Sheriff’s officers arrest three and recover handgun in drug arrest

NEWARK, NJ — Three drug suspects were arrested and a semi-automatic handgun was recovered Sept. 29 by Essex County sheriff’s officers, according to a Sept. 30 press release from the sheriff’s office. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics were conducting a narcotics investigation in the area of Leslie Street […]

Sheriff’s office, police charge Bloomfield man on weapons, drug charges

Sheriff’s office, police charge Bloomfield man on weapons, drug charges

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A military-style assault rifle, two semi-automatic handguns, a cache of narcotics and cash were seized during two related investigations into narcotics trafficking in Essex and Union counties by a law enforcement task force, comprised of detectives from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office and the Bloomfield and Elizabeth police departments, according to a […]

Sheriff’s officers recover handgun, hollow-point ammunition

NEWARK, NJ — A drug suspect, armed with a handgun and rounds of hollow-point bullets, was arrested the afternoon of Sept. 23 by Essex County sheriff’s officers, according to a Sept. 24 press release. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that uniformed officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics were conducting a narcotics investigation in the area […]

‘Essex Remembers’ the many lives lost on 9/11

‘Essex Remembers’ the many lives lost on 9/11

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County’s “Essex Remembers” ceremony couldn’t draw the crowd it normally draws to the Eagle Rock Reservation this Sept. 11 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but the county was still able to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. A livestream allowed those who normally […]

Sheriff’s officers arrest man and woman for narcotics violations

NEWARK, NJ — A female driver and her male passenger were arrested the afternoon of Sept. 9 and multiple narcotics charges were filed against them by Essex County sheriff’s officers, according to a Sept. 10 press release. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that Patrol Division officers were conducting a pedestrian safety operation in Branch Brook Park […]

Restoration of Essex County Riverbank Park Community Center is complete

Restoration of Essex County Riverbank Park Community Center is complete

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced Aug. 3 that the project to restore and modernize the Essex County Riverbank Park Community Center has been completed. A focal point for recreation and academic enrichment before the pandemic, the one-story building was severely damaged by a fire in 2018. “We are pleased to […]

Sheriff’s detectives recover more than $3.5K in illegal narcotics in two days of drug arrests

NEWARK, NJ — As the result of two separate investigations, three suspects, including a mother and her daughter, were arrested on multiple drug charges July 29 and 30 by Essex County Sheriff’s detectives, according to a July 31 press release. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that detectives from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics conducted a pair […]

Red Cross praises Fontoura for donating plasma

Red Cross praises Fontoura for donating plasma

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The American Red Cross conveyed its appreciation for and thanks to Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura on July 2, after the sheriff donated convalescent plasma in an effort to help combat COVID-19. In a statement sent to the sheriff following his donation, the American Red Cross applauded his actions. “When you […]

SHU’s China MBA Program donates PPE to Essex community

SHU’s China MBA Program donates PPE to Essex community

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Chinese students and alumni from the Stillman School of Business China MBA Program came together to donate 2,000 personal protective equipment gowns to first responders, nursing homes and other health care facilities in Essex County. Through their collective efforts, the group raised a total of 489,384 renminbi, or approximately $69,122, to […]

Essex County law enforcement members denounce killing of George Floyd

Essex County law enforcement members denounce killing of George Floyd

NEWARK, NJ — Newark Mayor Ras Baraka recently stood in solidarity with the Association of Chiefs of Police of Essex County and Essex County Sheriff’s Department to denounce the actions of the Minneapolis Police Department officer who killed George Floyd. Baraka’s father was beaten by police during the 1967 Newark Riots. At one point, every […]

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