Authorities investigate three fatal shootings in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced July 6 that authorities are investigating three unrelated fatal shootings in Newark that occurred on July 4 and 5. The first incident occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. Newark police officers were dispatched […]

Police investigate shooting of 5-year-old girl

NEWARK, NJ — Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose reported July 5 that members of the Newark Police Division’s Major Crimes Unit are investigating the shooting of a 5-year-old girl that occurred Wednesday, July 4. At approximately 11:30 p.m., the girl was walking with her father in the 200 block of Avon Avenue when […]

County SummerMusic Concert Series returns

County SummerMusic Concert Series returns

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The 2018 Essex County free SummerMusic Concert Series brings a diverse group of musicians and entertainers to perform at locations throughout the historic Essex County Park System and provides residents with an evening leisure activity to enjoy the parks. This year’s series features three concert and fireworks spectaculars, Friday night concerts […]

Cimino, Maplewood reach settlement

Hillard Heintze releases report, finds areas where MPD caused July 5, 2016, incident to escalate

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Township Committee announced Sept. 27 that it had finally reached a settlement with beleaguered police Chief Robert Cimino, just two days before the township released a copy of independent investigator Hillard Heintze’s incident report on the Maplewood Police Department’s actions on July 5, 2016, in which Maplewood police are accused […]

Cummis’ leave extended in special meeting

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Township Committee held a special meeting Monday, Aug. 21, to address the status of Maplewood Police Capt. Joshua Cummis. In the meeting, which lasted approximately 20 minutes, the committee unanimously passed Resolution No. 161-17, which extends Cummis’ administrative leave an extra month. Following the release of records from the July […]

Maplewood teen files suit against MPD

Complaint cites excessive force, racial epithets in lawsuit stemming from 2016 incident

Maplewood teen files suit against MPD

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Following the events of July 5, 2016, in which Maplewood police officers are accused of using excessive force and attempting to herd rowdy teenagers into neighboring Irvington, one Maplewood teenager is fighting back and has filed a federal lawsuit against the Maplewood Police Department. Jason McDougall, 17, alleges that, during the July […]

TC votes ‘no confidence’ in Chief Cimino

Maplewood Township Committee condemns police actions on July 5, 2016, asks Cimino to resign

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Tuesday, Aug. 1, was an up and down night for the Maplewood Police Department. The evening started with the department’s National Night Out celebration, meant to strengthen bonds between police officers and the community they serve. The evening ended with Police Chief Robert Cimino being placed on administrative leave and being asked […]

Town releases files from July 5 altercation

Concerned residents call for Chief Cimino’s dismissal due to alleged racial profiling incident in 2016

UPDATE: At its Aug. 1 meeting, the Maplewood Township Committee unanimously passed a vote of no confidence, requesting the resignation of Maplewood Police Chief Robert Cimino. Effective immediately from that meeting, Cimino was placed on administrative leave, with pay, for 60 days. During the vote, the room was packed, with many more concerned residents standing […]

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