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Vehicle Sought In Pipe Assault Robbery, Newark Police Says Vehicle Sought In Pipe Assault Robbery, Newark Police Says
Vehicle Sought In Pipe Assault Robbery, Newark Police Says A man was assaulted with a pipe and robbed in Newark on the early morning of Friday, May 31, authorities said. At 3:41 a.m., two men and a woman struck the man with a metal pipe in his head, face, back and arm on the 400 block of North 5th Street, Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé said. The trio took the man's iPhone, $700 in cash and then fled in a silver 2006 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck with New Jersey license plate P97RBZ, Fragé said.  The four-door vehicle was seen in Clifton but frequents Clifton Avenue in Newark and Washington Avenue in Belleville, Fragé …
WINNER! Quick Draw Ticket Sold In Essex County Wins Big $$ WINNER! Quick Draw Ticket Sold In Essex County Wins Big $$
Winner! Quick Draw Ticket Sold In Essex County Wins Big $$ It was a terrific Tuesday for a lottery player in Essex County. A Quick Draw ticket sold in Belleville won $25,110 in the drawing held on Tuesday, May 28. The ticket was sold at Belleville Tobacco.  In Quick Draw, a set of nine “Your Jackpot Numbers” (01-80) are randomly selected and printed at the bottom of every Quick Draw ticket. If all nine of the player’s numbers are selected in any of the Quick Draw drawings that the ticket is eligible for, the ticket wins a portion of the Progressive Jackpot based on the amount wagered per draw.
Crash Closes All Lanes Of Route 21 In Belleville, DOT Says Crash Closes All Lanes Of Route 21 In Belleville, DOT Says
Crash Closes All Lanes Of Route 21 In Belleville, DOT Says A crash with injuries in Route 21 in Belleville has closed all lanes on Tuesday, May 21, according to the state Department of Transportation. The crash occurred at 11:19 a.m. northbound on Route 21 near Exit 7 at Main Street in Belleville, the state Department of Transportation said. It is unknown how many people are injured.  Drivers can expect delays.
Family Seeks Help Returning Belleville Man's Body To Ecuador After Drowning: Fundraiser Family Seeks Help Returning Belleville Man's Body To Ecuador After Drowning: Fundraiser
Family Seeks Help Returning Belleville Man's Body To Ecuador After Drowning: Fundraiser A family is asking for help returning an Essex County man's body to his native Ecuador after he drowned at a beach along the Jersey Shore, a campaign fundraiser said. According to a GoFundMe page, 23-year-old Wilmer Lalvay of Belleville drowned on Saturday, May 4. The fundraiser was created by Lalvay's cousin Norma Minchala Perez. The GoFundMe has raised nearly $400 from at least six donations as of Tuesday, May 7. "My cousin came to this country to look for a better future and provide for his family in Ecuador," Perez wrote in Spanish. "Wilmer died on the beach drowning and…
Belleville Man Drowns At Jersey Shore Beach: Police Belleville Man Drowns At Jersey Shore Beach: Police
Belleville Man Drowns At Jersey Shore Beach: Police An Essex County man drowned in the ocean at a beach along the Jersey Shore, authorities said. Spring Lake police responded to the beachfront near St. Clair Avenue for a swimmer in distress at around 2:05 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, the department said in a news release. The first officers at the scene found a man floating face down in the surf and he was pulled out of the water for life-saving measures. The 23-year-old Belleville man was treated by paramedics before he was rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at the Neptune hospital. Police also warned…
Sudden Death Of Belleville Man, Passaic Police Officer Brian Lora, 29, Stuns Community Sudden Death Of Belleville Man, Passaic Police Officer Brian Lora, 29, Stuns Community
Sudden Death Of Belleville Man, Passaic Police Officer Brian Lora, 29, Stuns Community The sudden death of a 29-year-old Passaic police officer has spread shock and sadness through multiple communities. Brian Lora, a Passaic police officer and Belleville resident, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 29, his department said. "Officer Lora's tenure was marked by unwavering loyalty, exemplary work ethic, fearless commitment to duty, and steadfast adherence to the highest principles of law enforcement," the Passaic Police Department said. "The entire community mourns the loss of Officer Brian Lora, a true exemplar of duty and service." Lora served in the School Resource Division …
JACKPOT! Lotto Ticket Sold In Essex County Wins Big JACKPOT! Lotto Ticket Sold In Essex County Wins Big
Jackpot! Lotto Ticket Sold In Essex County Wins Big What a way to end April. A lottery ticket sold in Essex County matched all five numbers in the Jersey Cash 5 jackpot on Monday, April 29, winning $617,241. The ticket was sold at White Oaks Liquors in Belleville.  The winning numbers were: 11, 18, 20, 25 and 36 and the XTRA number was: 03. 
Trailer Drops For 'Joker' Sequel Filmed At Abandoned North Jersey Hospital (WATCH) Trailer Drops For 'Joker' Sequel Filmed At Abandoned North Jersey Hospital (WATCH)
Joker 2 Trailer Folie à Deux The trailer to the "Joker" sequel, set to be released later this year, has been released by Warner Brothers Entertainment. "Joker: Folie à Deux," the musical psychological thriller and sequel to 2019's "Joker," wrapped filming nearly one year ago, after shooting at the shuttered Essex County Isolation Center in Belleville. Lady Gaga plays Harley Quinn and Joaquin Phoenix will be reprising his Joke role, which won him an Academy Award. The trailer was released on Tuesday, April 9, and had more than 10M views on YouTube as of press time.  He's not alone anymore. Jo…
7 Is Driver's Unlucky Number: Port Authority Police Continue To Collar Chronic Toll Evaders 7 Is Driver's Unlucky Number: Port Authority Police Continue To Collar Chronic Toll Evaders
7 Is Driver's Unlucky Number: Port Authority Police Continue To Collar Chronic Toll Evaders A chronic toll evader was stopped at the George Washington Bridge with not one, not two but seven bogus license plates and tags, authorities said. It was part of a productive week for Port Authority police at three Hudson River crossings as a massive multi-agency crackdown that began earlier this month continues to gain momentum. Noel Tirado Melendez not only had the fraudulent tags when he was stopped on the New Jersey side of the GWB on Thursday, March 28, authorities said. "We also discovered that Melendez owes the agency over $8,000 in tolls and fees because of 198 known unpaid violati…
Two Newark Teens Busted Trying To Break Into Vehicles: Nutley PD Two Newark Teens Busted Trying To Break Into Vehicles: Nutley PD
Two Newark Teens Busted Trying To Break Into Vehicles: Nutley PD Two 16-year-old Newark teenagers were arrested and charged for attempting to break into vehicles in Nutley on the evening of Thursday, March 28, authorities said. At 10:45 p.m., Belleville police notified Nutley police of two people wearing ski masks who were trying to enter homes in the township, Nutley Police Director Alphonse Petracco and Nutley Police Chief Thomas Strumolo said. Nutley police searched the area and found the two teenagers trying to enter vehicles on Ohlson Avenue and Ridge Road, police said. The two teenagers were charged with attempted burglary, conspiracy and hindering…
WINNER! Essex County Mega Millions Player Scores Big Bucks WINNER! Essex County Mega Millions Player Scores Big Bucks
Winner! Essex County Mega Millions Player Scores Big Bucks They may not have won the billion dollar jackpot like someone in Monmouth County, but several North Jersey Mega Million players still had reasons to celebrate on Tuesday, March 26. Lottery players in Essex County, Hudson County and Somerset County had tickets that matched four of the white numbers, winning $10,000. The ticket sold in Essex County was bought with a Megaplier multiplier and won $20,000. The tickets were sold at Krauszer's Food Store in Belleville, New Hilltop Exxon in Union City and Lucky Spot Convenience Store in Somerville. The winning numbers were  07, 11, 22, 29 and …
Woman Struck, Killed By Vehicle In Belleville: Authorities Woman Struck, Killed By Vehicle In Belleville: Authorities
Woman Struck, Killed By Vehicle In Belleville: Authorities A 78-year-old woman was fatally struck by a vehicle in Belleville on Friday, March 22, authorities said. At 8:53 a.m., Teresita Cenit was hit by a car while walking on the 100 block of Union Avenue, Thomas Fennelly, a spokesman for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said.  She was transported to University Hospital in Newark where she was pronounced dead soon after, Fennelly said. The driver remained on scene, Fennelly said. The crash remains under investigation.
New Belleville QuickChek Features No-Fee ATMs, 12 Fueling Stations New Belleville QuickChek Features No-Fee ATMs, 12 Fueling Stations
New Belleville QuickChek Features No-Fee ATMs, 12 Fueling Stations A new QuickChek has opened in Essex County. QuickChek recently opened a new 4,542-square-foot store in Belleville at 190 Cortlandt Street. The store celebrated its grand opening on Tuesday, March 5.  Russ Mensch The store offers no-fee ATMs, 12 fueling stations, outdoor seating and 51 parking spaces.  The location will be open 5 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week. QuickChek has been expanding throughout the Garden State, recently opening locations in East Hanover and Scotch Plains.
'Trailblazer': Marie Strumolo-Burke, Longtime Belleville Councilwoman, Dies At 82 'Trailblazer': Marie Strumolo-Burke, Longtime Belleville Councilwoman, Dies At 82
'Trailblazer': Marie Strumolo-Burke, Longtime Belleville Councilwoman, Dies At 82 Marie Strumolo-Burke, an institution in the township of Belleville died on Friday, March 8 at the age of 82, Mayor Michael Melham announced. Strumolo-Burke spent two decades on the town council, representing the 1st ward and lived in Belleville for 45 years. A graduate of Central High School, where she was valedictorian, Strumolo-Burke was founder of the Silver Lake Civic Association and served as Democratic Chairwoman. We lost our good friend Marie Strumolo Burke. God has taken her away from us and must have other work for her to do. She will forever be remembered for all she has done …
GOTCHA! Accused Route 4 Road Rage Driver Caught, Charged With Attempted Murder In Stabbing GOTCHA! Accused Route 4 Road Rage Driver Caught, Charged With Attempted Murder In Stabbing
Gotcha! Accused Route 4 Road Rage Driver Caught, Charged With Attempted Murder In Stabbing UPDATE: A manhunt ended with the arrest in Belleville of a Paterson motorist on attempted murder charges following the stabbing of another driver during a noontime road rage incident on Route 4 in Paramus, authorities confirmed. Christian A. Velez, 24, and the victim got out of their vehicles in front of the Popeye's on the highway’s eastbound side during an unspecified argument around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, Paramus Police Chief Robert Guidetti said. The 28-year-old victim, who was driving a Mercedes van, was stabbed in the side and back and slashed once on the arm, the chief said. …
ROUTE 4 STABBING: Road Rage Driver Who Fled Caught, Charged With Attempted Murder ROUTE 4 STABBING: Road Rage Driver Who Fled Caught, Charged With Attempted Murder
Route 4 Stabbing: Road Rage Driver Who Fled Caught, Charged With Attempted Murder UPDATE: A manhunt ended with the arrest in Belleville of a Paterson motorist on attempted murder charges following the stabbing of another driver during a noontime road rage incident on Route 4 in Paramus, authorities confirmed. Christian A. Velez, 24, and the victim got out of their vehicles in front of the Popeye's on the highway’s eastbound side during an unspecified argument around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, Paramus Police Chief Robert Guidetti said. The 28-year-old victim, who was driving a Mercedes van, was stabbed in the side and back and slashed once on the arm, the chief sa…
4-Year-Old Boy Hurt, Man Dead In Belleville Shooting 4-Year-Old Boy Hurt, Man Dead In Belleville Shooting
4-Year-Old Boy Hurt, Man Dead In Belleville Shooting A 4-year-old boy was hurt and a man was killed in a Belleville shooting over the weekend, police said. Francis Medina, 37, was shot on the 100 block of Mill Street around 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and Belleville Chief of Police Mark Minichini said. He was taken to Clara Maass Medical Center and pronounced dead at 3:17 p.m. The boy was taken to an area hospital, where he’s listed in stable condition. The investigation is active and ongoing. No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex Co…
Most Spectacular Christmas Light Displays To See This Year In North Jersey Most Spectacular Christmas Light Displays To See This Year In North Jersey
Most Spectacular Christmas Light Displays To See This Year In North Jersey It may be getting dark early but Christmas light displays are keeping New Jersey bright. Daily Voice has partnered with Sandy Nussbaum-Giercyk, the creator of "The Great Holiday Light List: Sights of the Season," to come up with your guide to the best home Christmas light displays across North Jersey. Nussbaum-Giercyk, who owns a Disney-focused travel company, has compiled multiple lists for every county in NJ, FL, NY, PA and MA. "Since we all can't live in Disney every day, holiday lights are the next best way to create magic," she said. "You can see them where ever in the country yo…
Three Rescued From Vehicle Trapped In Floods: Belleville PD Three Rescued From Vehicle Trapped In Floods: Belleville PD
Three Rescued From Vehicle Trapped In Floods: Belleville PD Three people were rescued after their vehicle got stuck on a flooded roadway in Belleville early Wednesday morning, Nov. 22.  At 5:10 a.m., Belleville police were notified of a vehicle stuck on a flooded roadway near 525 Main St, officers said.  Police found a 2014 Dodge Durango with three occupants inside and along with the fire department, were able to safely remove the occupants, officers said. The vehicle was subsequently towed, police said.  The roadway was eventually reopened, police said.
Machete-Wielding Man Seized During Disturbance At New North Jersey Amazon Warehouse Machete-Wielding Man Seized During Disturbance At New North Jersey Amazon Warehouse
Machete-Wielding Man Seized During Disturbance At New North Jersey Amazon Warehouse Police from multiple jurisdictions converged on one of North Jersey's newest Amazon warehouses after a parking lot dispute between two drivers early Tuesday escalated into an assault involving a machete. No major injuries were reported in the assault, which Woodland Park police said triggered a disturbance that brought them and their colleagues from Totowa, Little Falls and the Passaic County Sheriff's Office to the distribution center on McBride Avenue near Route 46 shortly before 7 a.m. Nov. 21. Responding officers found "a large number of people gathered in the Amazon parking lot causing…
Nutley MMA Instructor Stuns Fighters With Unexpected Win At International Competition Nutley MMA Instructor Stuns Fighters With Unexpected Win At International Competition
Nutley MMA Instructor Stuns Fighters With Unexpected Win At International Competition Edgardo Moran stood in the corner of the gym feeling like the underdog. It was his first international trip and he was moments away from representing the USA in the International Tang Soo Do competition, held Nov. 11 and 12 in the Netherlands. "The competition was pretty much for Europeans only," said Moran, who owns Xtreme Edge Martial Arts in Lyndhurst.  "There were a lot of people from Germany, Wales, Poland, Sweden, and London. I was an American, a Latino, knowing no one. "I felt like the underdog, the outcast. Coming from America to a whole different, country and my style of martial…
10 Vintage Cars, 1.7 Pounds Of Coke, $332K Seized From Jobless NJ Drug Dealer: Prosecutor 10 Vintage Cars, 1.7 Pounds Of Coke, $332K Seized From Jobless NJ Drug Dealer: Prosecutor
10 Vintage Cars, 1.7 Pounds Of Coke, $332K Seized From Jobless NJ Drug Dealer: Prosecutor An unemployed Nutley man bought 10 vintage cars with the money he made selling cocaine, authorities charged. Authorities seized the “exotic” vehicles along with nearly $332,000 in cash that Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said Omar Rios, 44, squirreled away in his apartment and a stash house. They also grabbed 1.7 pounds of cocaine, cutting agents, packaging material and a hydraulic press used to compress cocaine for packaging, the prosecutor said. Rios was seized during coordinated raids at his apartment in the Franklin Commons building on Franklin Avenue in Nutley, at a mixed-used …
WILD CHASE: Clifton Sergeant Pursuing Tow Truck And SUV Nearly Rammed And Run Off Road WILD CHASE: Clifton Sergeant Pursuing Tow Truck And SUV Nearly Rammed And Run Off Road
Wild Chase: Clifton Sergeant Pursuing Tow Truck And SUV Nearly Rammed And Run Off Road A skillful Clifton police sergeant got taken for a wild and dangerous ride when the driver of a fleeing SUV repeatedly tried to ram his patrol car and run him off the road during a nearly 10-mile pursuit, authorities said. Sgt. Andrew Mulick was on patrol in the area of River Road and Old River Road when he spotted a tow truck with no license plates followed by a newer-model Ford Explorer shortly after 4 a.m. last Friday, Oct. 27, Lt. Robert Anderson said. The sergeant tried to get the vehicles to pull over, and the Explorer -- which bore bogus license plates -- looked to be turning into a …
Funeral Director Killed In Belleville Home Was 'Movie Buff, Capable Of Loving Anyone,' BF Says Funeral Director Killed In Belleville Home Was 'Movie Buff, Capable Of Loving Anyone,' BF Says
Funeral Director Killed In Belleville Home Was 'Movie Buff, Capable Of Loving Anyone,' BF Says Erica Voloshin was born to love. The 37-year-old Nutley woman, who was killed over the weekend in a Belleville home, is being mourned by those who love her for her innate kindness. "She was so capable of loving anybody," said Voloshin's boyfriend, Aviv Roziner, of Huntingdon Valley, PA. "She was so kind... she was the most understanding person one could ever imagine." Scott Hurring, 43, of Belleville, was charged with murder in Voloshin's killing Sunday, Oct. 1, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and Belleville Police Chief Mark Minichini said. Roziner and Voloshin m…
Police ID Woman Shot Dead In Belleville Home, Suspect In Custody: Prosecutor Police ID Woman Shot Dead In Belleville Home, Suspect In Custody: Prosecutor
Police ID Woman Shot Dead In Belleville Home, Suspect In Custody: Prosecutor A 37-year-old woman was fatally shot in an Essex County home over the weekend, and a suspected gunman was in custody. Police were called to a home on the 100 block of Meacham Street in Belleville around 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and Belleville Police Chief Mark Minichini said. Erica Voloshin, 37, of Nutley, was found unresponsive suffering a gunshot wound, and pronounced dead 10:42 a.m. Scott Hurring, 43, of Belleville, has been charged with murder in the incident, they said. Hurring was charged with murder and unlawful pos…
GOTCHA: Citizens ID Assailant Who Broke Eye Socket Of Patron At Lyndhurst Wendy's: Police GOTCHA: Citizens ID Assailant Who Broke Eye Socket Of Patron At Lyndhurst Wendy's: Police
Gotcha: Citizens ID Assailant Who Broke Eye Socket Of Patron At Lyndhurst Wendy's: Police A 55-year-old fast-food customer had his eye socket broken when a Lyndhurst man nearly half his age sucker-punched him, authorities said. Eric Martinez, 28, fled the Wendy’s on Ridge Road after bashing the Belleville man in an entirely unprovoked attack as the victim waited online around 3:30 p.m. last Thursday, Sept. 14, Lyndhurst Detective Lt. Vincent Auteri said. Lynchurst Officer Joseph White retrieved surveillance images that were then published (see collage above), the lieutenant said. Soon calls began coming in. Police had obtained an arrest warrant when Martinez chose to surrender…
Community Rallies To Help Man Get Service Dog Community Rallies To Help Man Get Service Dog
Community Rallies To Help Man Get Service Dog An Essex County resident with special needs believes a service dog will change his life for the better. Unfortunately, his insurance won't pay for it. Albie Nieves, a Belleville resident, has launched a fundraiser to help him obtain the dog. As of Thursday, August 17, more than $5,700 has been raised. Nieves is hoping to raise $25,000 to pay for the cost of the dog. "I really need this dog for my independence and confidence in life," said the 23-year-old Nieves, who was born prematurely. The dog will help with assistance in social situations and help Nieves maintain balance when he walks a…
Driver, 14, Leads Paramus Stolen Car Chase Ending With Hackensack Crash, Pet Parakeet Recovered Driver, 14, Leads Paramus Stolen Car Chase Ending With Hackensack Crash, Pet Parakeet Recovered
Driver, 14, Leads Paramus Stolen Car Chase Ending With Hackensack Crash, Pet Parakeet Recovered A 14-year-old boy whose passenger was carrying a pet parakeet in his backpack led Paramus police on an overnight stolen car chase that ended with a crash down a Hackensack dead end. An officer in Upper Saddle River first spotted the 2015 Hyundai Sonata on Lake Street around 2 a.m. and issued an alert to police in surrounding towns. Paramus Officer Michael Mordaga was waiting as the sedan, reported stolen out of Belleville nearly 24 hours before, sped past him on southbound Route 17. Mordaga activated his emergency lights and siren, but the young driver from Newark kept going, Paramus Polic…
Ex-Con Who Raped Clifton Child After Climbing Through Bedroom Window Cuts Deal With Prosecutors Ex-Con Who Raped Clifton Child After Climbing Through Bedroom Window Cuts Deal With Prosecutors
Ex-Con Who Raped Clifton Child After Climbing Through Bedroom Window Cuts Deal With Prosecutors UPDATE: An ex-con from Belleville who climbed in through a Clifton child’s bedroom window before raping and choking the trapped youngster will be imprisoned for at least 13½ years before he’ll be eligible for parole, authorities announced. Andres Vasquez, 25, is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 2 after cutting a deal with prosecutors and pleading guilty to first-degree aggravated sexual assault and child endangerment in the horrific attack. Vasquez said he “did not know the victim” when he climbed through the child’s window in the middle of the night on May 31, 2022, Passaic County Prosec…
Services Set For Former Newark Officer, 2 Kids Killed In Crash Services Set For Former Newark Officer, 2 Kids Killed In Crash
Services Set For Former Newark Officer, 2 Kids Killed In Crash Funeral services have been set for the former police officer and his two children who were killed in a devastating Sussex County crash last week. Thirty-six-year-old Andrew “Andy” Benavente, his 13-year-old son, Andrew “AJ” Jr., and 5-year-old daughter, Madelyn, died after a Jeep crossed over the double yellow lines on Newton-Sparta Road in Andover Township, striking their Ford Ranger pickup around 4 p.m. on Friday, May 26, Daily Voice reported. A GoFundMe for Digna Melendez-Benavente — Andy’s fiancée and loving mom to AJ and Madelyn — was launched by Edwin Melendez shortly afterward and h…
Belleville Jet Skier Dead, Operator Critical In NY Crash Belleville Jet Skier Dead, Operator Critical In NY Crash
Belleville Jet Skier Dead, Operator Critical In NY Crash A jet ski passenger from New Jersey was killed and the operator critically injured following a crash with another watercraft on the Hudson River over Memorial Day weekend. Saddle Brook's Jorge Arribasplata, 48, was operating a 2018 Yamaha jet ski with a passenger, while David Torres, 49, of Lodi, was driving a 2017 Yamaha jet ski, with his passenger, Charles Sanchez, of Belleville, on the Hudson River in Newburgh on Saturday, May 27, said New York State Police Trooper Steven Nevel. Both were traveling north when they collided with each other. Torres and Sanchez, 48, were thrown into the ri…