Drivers protest ICE detention in Essex County

Drivers protest ICE detention in Essex County

NEWARK, NJ — Social distancing guidelines are preventing gatherings from happening but not preventing protests from happening. Members of the New Jersey Advocates for Immigrant Detainees circled around the federal building and the Essex County Jail in Newark on April 1, in their cars, asking state and county officials to release immigrants who are being […]

Two major investigations into carjacking rings lead to 42 prison sentences

Two major investigations into carjacking rings lead to 42 prison sentences

TRENTON, NJ — On Dec. 13, Attorney Gen. Gurbir Grewal announced final results of “Operation Jacked” and “Operation 17 Corridor,” major investigations and prosecutions that targeted international carjacking and stolen car-trafficking rings. The operations led to arrests and charges against more than 50 ring members in 2014 and 2015, and recovery of approximately 250 stolen […]

Allegations of abuse at Essex County Jail deemed unfounded by ECPO

Allegations of abuse at Essex County Jail deemed unfounded by ECPO

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II announced Nov. 26 that the Professional Standards Bureau of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, more commonly known as the Internal Affairs Unit, has concluded that claims made by two ICE detainees that they were abused while in custody at the Essex County Jail were not […]

Montclair man charged with murder captured in Cuba

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti announced Nov. 7 that James R. Ray III, 55, of Montclair, has been captured in Cuba and returned to New Jersey to face murder charges for fatally shooting Angela M. Bledsoe, 44, also of Montclair. “Today we have […]

Comic book artist admits to distribution of child pornography

NEWARK, NJ — A comic book artist from West Orange admitted on Sept. 17 to distributing thousands of images and videos of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Timothy Yates, 31, of West Orange, pleaded guilty Sept. 17 before Senior U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden in Newark federal court to an information […]

Maplewoodians unite artists to protest family separations

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A haunting painting of President Donald Trump, with bright orange skin and disheveled blond hair, devouring a small child’s body brought two Maplewood residents together to launch a new website Saturday, June 23. The artwork, featuring the words “where are the children” in response to the Trump administration’s Zero Tolerance policy, sparked […]

McKeon measure takes stance against ICE arrests at courthouses

TRENTON, NJ — On Thursday, June 15, the Assembly Judiciary Committee approved a measure, AR-268, sponsored by Chairman John McKeon, opposing the dramatic increase in arrests on courthouse premises across the country by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The legislation was prompted by a hearing that McKeon’s committee held last week on the […]

East Orange man sentenced to 10 years in state prison

TRENTON, NJ — Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced Jan. 27 that an Essex County man was sentenced to state prison in connection with a major international carjacking and stolen car trafficking ring that stole high-end cars in New Jersey and New York and shipped them to West Africa. The man was indicted last year […]

Maplewood to vote on remaining ‘welcoming community’

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Tomorrow, Jan. 17, the Maplewood Township Committee will vote on a resolution to express Maplewood’s commitment to equal, respectful and dignified treatment of all people, regardless of their immigration status, and to remain a welcoming community. At its Dec. 6, 2016, meeting, the committee discussed the merits of becoming a “sanctuary city,” […]