ECPO investigates bus company

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced that on May 31 the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office conducted safety inspections of buses owned and operated by A-1 Elegant, a Paterson-based company, as part of an ongoing investigation into school bus safety in Newark. A-1 Elegant is contracted to transport children to […]

‘101 Days of Summer’ traffic safety campaign in NJ

‘101 Days of Summer’ traffic safety campaign in NJ

TRENTON, NJ — On May 21, N.J. Attorney Gen. Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Highway Traffic Safety announced the start of a statewide campaign to enhance safety on New Jersey roads during the busy summer travel season. The “101 Days of Summer” traffic safety campaign will run between Memorial Day weekend and Labor […]

Newark man convicted of possession of a handgun, tampering with physical evidence

Newark man convicted of possession of a handgun, tampering with physical evidence

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II announced March 29 that an Essex County jury has convicted Dashon Ross, 34, of Newark, of second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun, third-degree tampering with physical evidence and second-degree possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, following a retrial before Superior Court Judge Nancy […]

Newark man convicted of being felon in possession of a firearm

NEWARK, NJ — A Newark man has been convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced March 28. Shakey Hoover, 38, was convicted March 27 of one count of being a felon in possession of a weapon following a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler […]

New guidelines for firearms applications

New guidelines for firearms applications

WEST ORANGE, NJ — As of Feb. 18, the New Jersey State Police Firearms Investigation Unit has activated the Firearms Application and Registration System statewide, according to a press release from West Orange Township. The activation of FARS will allow firearms applications to be created and submitted online. To access the portal, visit www.njportal.com/NJSP/fars. The […]

Three men charged with armed robbery spree

NEWARK, NJ — Three Union County men have been charged with robbing liquor stores in Middlesex, Union and Essex counties at gunpoint in November 2018, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced in a Feb. 21 press release. Paul Jimenez, 29; Jaime Fontanez, 41; and Vincent Chan-Guillen, 28, all of Elizabeth, are charged by complaint with one […]

Report: MPD is top user of force

‘The Force Report’ shows excessive racial disparities in police force in SO

Report: MPD is top user of force

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — After investigating for 16 months, filing 506 Open Public Records Act requests, collecting 72,607 use-of force reports, and spending more than $30,000 for its investigation and data compilation, NJ Advance Media released “The Force Report,” a comprehensive database and analysis of how often municipal police departments in New Jersey […]

WOPD places middle of the pack in ‘Force Report’

WOPD fairs much better in ranking than some Essex towns

WOPD places middle of the pack in ‘Force Report’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After investigating for 16 months, filing 506 Open Public Records Act requests, collecting 72,607 use-of force reports, and spending more than $30,000 for its investigation and data compilation, NJ Advance Media released “The Force Report,” a comprehensive database and analysis of how often municipal police departments in New Jersey used force […]