Crime Stoppers reward offered in murder case

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Essex County Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura announced Sept. 14 that the Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers Program is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of Steven Damon, 47, of Newark. Damon is wanted for the murder of his wife, Tanya […]

Sheriff’s and police officers arrest three on narcotics charges

NEWARK, NJ — A father and son team of alleged drug dealers along with a third man were arrested Wednesday, Aug. 30, by a law enforcement task force comprised of Essex County sheriff’s detectives and Bloomfield and Irvington police officers which resulted in multiple narcotics charges being filed against the trio. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated […]

Heroin, crack, codeine, cash, stolen car arrests and more

NEWARK, NJ — In separate incidents, two suspects were arrested Aug. 23 by Essex County sheriff’s officers and a high-powered handgun, a large cache of illegal narcotics, a stolen car and cash from drug proceeds were recovered. Sheriff Armando Fontoura said in a press release that detectives from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics staged a […]

Sheriff’s office arrests reputed members of the Bloods

NEWARK, NJ — A reputed member of the Bloods street gang was arrested Aug. 19 by Essex County sheriff’s officers, who recovered multiple firearms at the scene. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated in an Aug. 20 press release that officers from his department’s Patrol Division were performing uniformed quality of life operations on the evening of […]

Honoring safety partners in Newark

Honoring safety partners in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — At Police Week ceremonies at St. Lucy’s Church on May 25, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, seventh from left, and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose, fifth from right, presented the Law Enforcement Partnership Award to Sheriff Armando Fontoura, sixth from left. Working independently within the city of Newark during 2016, the Essex […]

Sheriff’s Department recognizes local heroes in blue

Sheriff’s Department recognizes local heroes in blue

NEWARK, NJ — During Police Week ceremonies at Veterans Courthouse on May 17, Sheriff Armando Fontoura, left, presented Excellent Police Duty Awards to members of his department’s Detective Bureau for the arrest of a major narcotics distributor and for the recovery of a fully automatic machine gun and a sawed-off shotgun.

Sniffing out guns, drugs and cash

Sniffing out guns, drugs and cash

NEWARK, NJ — During Police Week Ceremonies at Veterans Courthouse on May 17, Sheriff Armando Fontoura, left, presented departmental Commendations to K-9 handlers, Det. Carmelo Vinci, center, and Det. Tahir Brown, right. While on duty with the United States Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, Vinci’s K-9, Chex, pictured, and Brown’s K-9, Yuma, not pictured, used their […]

Sheriff’s Office announces plans for new patrol headquarters

NEWARK, NJ — On March 30, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura was joined by County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. to outline plans to construct a new patrol headquarters. The building will provide officers in the Sheriff’s Patrol Division with modern accommodations and will contribute to more efficient policing operations. “The county police have been operating […]

Sheriff warns residents to keep their cars, identities secure

NEWARK, NJ — Sheriff Armando Fontoura issued a reminder on March 27 to local motorists that statistics reveal a car is broken into every 30 seconds somewhere across our nation. Fontoura added that Essex County is not exempt to that alarming statistic. “During this past weekend, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in car break-ins throughout […]