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 […]

Gearing up for the downfall of plastic waste in SO

Gearing up for the downfall of plastic waste in SO

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange trustees, members of the South Orange Environmental Commission and members of the South Orange Police Department teamed up Dec. 8 and handed out 500 reusable bags to commuters in an hour! This is all in anticipation of Jan. 1, when the village’s ban on single-use plastic bags in stores […]

Ward Place closed from Dec. 2 through 6

Ward Place closed from Dec. 2 through 6

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — From Monday, Dec. 2, through Friday, Dec. 6, Ward place will be closed to through-traffic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to the South Orange Police Department’s Community Relations Bureau. Plan your route accordingly.

Education commissioner denies SLM appeal, affirms her fears, reduces penalty to 30 days

Education commissioner denies SLM appeal, affirms her fears, reduces penalty to 30 days

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Board of Education member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad’s appeal of an ethics complaint against her was denied Thursday, Oct. 31, though the original six-month suspension was lessened to 30 days by New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet. The complaint was filed in May 2018 by Black Parents Workshop Chairman […]

Fall Drug Take Back Day in the county on Oct. 26

Fall Drug Take Back Day in the county on Oct. 26

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County will hold a Fall Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 26. Twenty-one police departments in Essex County have free and anonymous collection sites where residents can drop off old and unwanted prescription medications. The event is co-sponsored by the Essex County Division of Community Health, the Federal Drug […]

Wave a South Orange safety flag when you cross the street

Wave a South Orange safety flag when you cross the street

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Walkability and pedestrian safety are key trends in municipal planning and for good reason. Students rushing to class, millennial parents pushing strollers, and baby boomers counting steps all desire safe, walkable streetscapes wherever they live, work and play. In response, South Orange is exploring new ways to enhance pedestrian safety for […]

SOPD remembers Officer Monsees brush with death

SOPD remembers Officer Monsees brush with death

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — It’s not a typical Throwback Thursday, but the South Orange Police Department sent out a missive reminding the community of something that happened 30 years ago today. On this date, Aug. 23, 30 years ago, South Orange Police Officer John Monsees was shot in the line of duty. Monsees had responded […]

SOPD works to map all security cameras in village

SOPD works to map all security cameras in village

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Police Department is mapping security cameras, asking residents and business owners who have installed cameras to register them with the department in an effort to make criminal investigations faster and more efficient. Sgt. Adrian Acevedo is working with a geographical information system map that will allow officers to […]

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