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East Orange, NJ

$83 Million Will Modernize Historic East Orange Train Station $83 Million Will Modernize Historic East Orange Train Station
$83 Million Will Modernize Historic East Orange Train Station A train station in North Jersey is getting a major facelift. The Federal Transit Administration announced Tuesday, May 28, it is awarding an $83.3 grant to NJ Transit to modernize Brick Church Station in East Orange, turning it into a fully accessible station that will maintain its historic features.  “This large investment in the Brick Church station will pay dividends for the people of East Orange and our entire region for decades to come,” said Senator Cory Booker. “By upgrading this century-old station, we will improve the daily lives of thousands of commuters while spurring econom…
Teen Arrested After Pursuit Leads To Officer Injury In Montclair, Police Say Teen Arrested After Pursuit Leads To Officer Injury In Montclair, Police Say
Teen Arrested After Pursuit Leads To Officer Injury In Montclair, Police Say A 16-year-old was arrested in Montclair on Saturday, May 18,  after a police pursuit led to an officer being injured, authorities said. At 6:52 a.m., officers received a complaint of people hiding behind vehicles in a parking lot at 50 Greenwood Ave, Montclair police said. Both vehicles, a white Range Rover and a silver Kia Optima, left the parking lot as police arrived, officers said. The Kia Optima was revealed to have been stolen from East Orange earlier that day, police said. Officers attempted to stop vehicles but they refused and a pursuit was initiated at Greenwood Avenue and Gl…
Montclair Shooting Leaves Two People Wounded, Police Say Montclair Shooting Leaves Two People Wounded, Police Say
Montclair Shooting Leaves Two People Wounded, Police Say Two people were wounded in what police believe was been a drive-by shooting in Montclair on Friday, May 10. Police were called to Mission Street and Bloomfield Avenue around 5:50 p.m. where they found a 43-year-old man from East Orange and a 32-year-old man from Montclair, both suffering from gunshots in their hips and legs. Montclair EMS and paramedics responded, taking both victims to University Trauma Center in Newark for treatment. Witnesses on scene reported seeing a grey or silver minivan in the area prior to the shooting. Preliminary investigation suggests that the shooter was …
East Orange Hospital In Financial Duress Given 24 Hours To Draw Up Disaster Plan East Orange Hospital In Financial Duress Given 24 Hours To Draw Up Disaster Plan
East Orange Hospital In Financial Duress Given 24 Hours To Draw Up Disaster Plan A beleaguered hospital in Essex County has just 24 hours to draw up a financial disaster plan, the state Department of Health ordered. In a letter sent to Carewell Health Medical Center in East Orange, Gene Rosenblum, the director of the Office of Program Compliance paints a dire financial picture for the hospital. CareWell Health Medical Center has low cash on hand, maintains negative operating margins and has cited other issues with emergency cash flow, he said. The hospital has not made any payments for the entire fiscal year for the assessments it owes the Department of Health, accordin…
Out-Of-Town Driver Busted With 'Shrooms, Acid, Pot, More, Elmwood Park PD Says Out-Of-Town Driver Busted With 'Shrooms, Acid, Pot, More, Elmwood Park PD Says
Out-Of-Town Driver Busted With 'Shrooms, Acid, Pot, More, Elmwood Park PD Says Elmwood Park police busted a repeat offender with mushrooms, LSD, pot and prescription pills, authorities said. Brandon J. Soto, 25, of East Orange blew a stop sign off the ramp from eastbound Route 46 onto Stefanic Avenue and was pulled over by members of the Street Crimes Unit, Elmwood Park Police Chief Michael Foligno said. The officers had followed Soto’s 2008 Acura TL from the nearby Red Carpet Inn, the chief said. Their suspicions aroused, they called for a Bergen County Sheriff’s K-9 unit, which lead them to a search that turned up a trove of drugs. These included psilocybin mushro…
40-Year-Old East Orange Man Fatally Shot In Newark: Prosecutor 40-Year-Old East Orange Man Fatally Shot In Newark: Prosecutor
40-Year-Old East Orange Man Fatally Shot In Newark: Prosecutor A 40-year-old East Orange man was shot and killed in Newark on Sunday, April 28, authorities said. At 8:43 p.m., Newark police responded to the 300 block of Osborne Terrace and found, Deshaun Winston unresponsive at the location, Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens, II and Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Frage said. Winston was pronounced dead at the scene moments later, Stephens and Frage said.  The shooting is being investigated by the Prosecutor’s Homicide Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department. Anyone with information …
GOTCHA! East Orange Fugitive Caught, Charged With Shooting Prospect Park Woman On New Year's GOTCHA! East Orange Fugitive Caught, Charged With Shooting Prospect Park Woman On New Year's
Gotcha! East Orange Fugitive Caught, Charged With Shooting Prospect Park Woman On New Year's State and federal authorities captured a 23-year-old fugitive from East Orange who was wanted for shooting a woman on New Year’s Day in Paterson. It was just before 5 a.m. this past Jan. 1 that the 25-year-old victim from Prospect Park arrived at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center via private vehicle.  She’d been shot near the corner of Market Street and East 33rd Street, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Department Officer-In- Charge Isa Abbassi said in a joint announcement. Eudys Santios-Toribio was subsequently identified as the shooter and a manh…
Duo Accused Of Carjacking Takeout Customer In Newark Face Federal Prosecution Duo Accused Of Carjacking Takeout Customer In Newark Face Federal Prosecution
Duo Accused Of Carjacking Takeout Customer In Newark Face Federal Prosecution Two repeat offenders charged with carjacking a customer waiting for a pickup order outside a Newark restaurant are now in federal custody and aren't going anywhere. The victim was pumping air into the front passenger tire on Dec. 9, 2023 when the pair arrived in a 2015 Lexus that had been stolen from outside a Wawa on Route 34 in Wall Township. Arraqeeb Williams-Cook, 23, of East Orange, got into the driver's seat of the victim's car, then pulled a gun, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Philip R. Sellinger said. As the victim ran into the restaurant to call for help, ex-con Washir Singleta…
Two Juveniles Arrested For Vehicle Theft: Nutley PD Two Juveniles Arrested For Vehicle Theft: Nutley PD
Two Juveniles Arrested For Vehicle Theft: Nutley PD Two juveniles have been apprehended after a car was stolen in Nutley last month, police said. On Wednesday, March 6 at 4:21 a.m., the two juveniles entered a home on Alexander Avenue through a rear door and stole the keys to a Land Rover parked in the driveway, Police Director Alphonse Petracco and Chief Thomas Strumolo said. The vehicle was recovered in East Orange a day later, police said. The juveniles have been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and motor vehicle theft, police said.
Wanted Driver Crashes Off Route 17, Subdued After Grabbing Mahwah Officer's Gun Wanted Driver Crashes Off Route 17, Subdued After Grabbing Mahwah Officer's Gun
Wanted Driver Crashes Off Route 17, Subdued After Grabbing Mahwah Officer's Gun A fugitive who'd just crashed a car off Route 17 shouted at pursuing Mahwah police to shoot him, then grabbed at an officer's gun and bit him while being handcuffed Thursday morning, authorities said. Officer Christopher Lupo tried to stop Miles Harris, 32, of Newark for several violations on the southbound highway around 10:45 a.m. March 28, Lt. Michael Blondin said. Officer Nick Williams joined Lupo as the sedan exited the highway and fled onto Myrtle Avenue in Ramsey, the lieutenant said. It slammed into a tree moments later. Harris bailed out and ran behind some area businesses, Blond…
Four Busted In Summer Series Of Luxury Car Thefts, Burglaries Across North Jersey Towns: Police Four Busted In Summer Series Of Luxury Car Thefts, Burglaries Across North Jersey Towns: Police
Four Busted In Summer Series Of Luxury Car Thefts, Burglaries Across North Jersey Towns: Police Four people have been charged, with one currently at large, in a series of car thefts and burglaries across North Jersey last summer, police announced Thursday, March 21. It all began on Wednesday, June 28, 2023, at 2:27 a.m., when Fairfield police responded to a crash at Route 280, the department said. The occupants of the vehicle had fled the scene prior to state troopers arriving on scene, police said. An investigation revealed the vehicle had just been stolen from a residence on Hollywood Avenue, police said. Personal belongings were also stolen from the residence, police said. The sam…
2,000 Without Power In Essex County (UPDATE) 2,000 Without Power In Essex County (UPDATE)
2,000 Without Power In Essex County (Update) Wind gusts nearing 50 miles per hour left thousands of New Jersey residents without power Monday, March 11. According to the National Weather Service, winds are expected to die down in the evening with a wind advisory in effect until 11 p.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a high near 50. As of 4:15 p.m., the following areas did not have power: JCP&L: Hunterdon County: 4,264 without power mostly in Bethlehem, Glen Gardner, Hampton, Hampton, High Bridge, Lebanon, Readington Middlesex County: 8,359 without power mostly in Monroe Township Morris County: 10,049 mostly in…
John Cena's Naked Oscar Moment Was Homage To East Orange Streaker Robert Opel John Cena's Naked Oscar Moment Was Homage To East Orange Streaker Robert Opel
John Cena's Naked Oscar Moment Was Homage To East Orange Streaker Robert Opel In 1974 at the 46th Academy Awards, a man named Robert Opel ran across the stage naked. It happened just as David Niven was introducing Elizabeth Taylor. Opel was a photographer and art gallery owner who was born in East Orange, NJ. Rodrigogomespaixao Wikipedia Fifty years later, Robert Opel's memory lives on, with help from Oscar's host Jimmy Kimmel and John Cena. “Can you imagine if a nude man ran across the stage today?” Kimmel said at the event Sunday night, March 10. “I said, can you imagine if a nude man ran across the stage today? Wouldn’t that be crazy?” Enter: WWE s…
BUSTED! 10 People Arrested In Newark For Outstanding Warrants: Police BUSTED! 10 People Arrested In Newark For Outstanding Warrants: Police
Busted! 10 People Arrested In Newark For Outstanding Warrants: Police It was a busy February for the Newark police. Ten people were arrested on outstanding warrants in the city, ranging from aggravated assault to being in possession of a handgun, Newark Public Safety Director Fritz G. Fragé said. Brenda Velasquez, a 46-year-old Kearney resident, was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 7 after a warrant was issued for her arrest on charges of aggravated assault and weapon possession following an altercation with a woman in January, Fragé said. Tanieka Sanchez, a 27-year-old Newark resident, was arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 20, after she was wanted on…
East Orange Officer Who Caused 22 Fractures In 9-Year-Old Son's Body Convicted: Prosecutor East Orange Officer Who Caused 22 Fractures In 9-Year-Old Son's Body Convicted: Prosecutor
East Orange Officer Who Caused 22 Fractures In 9-Year-Old Son's Body Convicted: Prosecutor A 53-year-old East Orange police officer faces up to 80 years in prison after being convicted of assaulting his 9-year-old son in 2018 on Friday, March 1, authorities said. In February 2018, Devin Higgs, a West Orange resident, brought his son to the hospital for injuries that Higgs said were from a fall, Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens, II said.  The child had suffered 22 fractures on his ribs and a fractured scapula bone, along with bruises, scars and marks on his body, a sign of child abuse, Stephens said. Neither Higgs nor his son had explanations for his injuries, …
SUV Crashes Into State Police Car On Route 280: NJSP SUV Crashes Into State Police Car On Route 280: NJSP
SUV Crashes Into State Police Car On Route 280: Njsp An SUV crashed into a state police vehicle, causing it to hit another trooper car on Route 280 in Essex County on Saturday, March 2. That evening, troopers were investigating another car crash on Route 280 at Exit in East Orange in the left lane, Jeffrey Lebron, a spokesman for the New Jersey State Police said. Two unoccupied marked trooper vehicles were parked in the left lane behind the crash, with their emergency lights activated, Lebron said. At 9:55 p.m., a Jeep Grand Cherokee struck the back of one of the trooper cars, causing it to hit the other state police vehicle, Lebron said. The…
Man Wanted For East Orange Shooting Busted In Traffic Stop: Boonton PD Man Wanted For East Orange Shooting Busted In Traffic Stop: Boonton PD
Man Wanted For East Orange Shooting Busted In Traffic Stop: Boonton PD A man wanted for a shooting in East Orange was arrested on Friday, Feb. 16 following a traffic stop in Boonton, authorities said. Officers observed a vehicle with dark tinted windows on Powerville Road and a license plate inquiry revealed a suspended registration and license for the owner, Boonton police said on Facebook. Police pulled the vehicle over and discovered the driver, Bernard James, a 29-year-old, had an active warrant out for a shooting in East Orange, officers said. He was placed under arrest and transported back to police headquarters, police said.  His vehicle was impou…
East Orange Man Who Rammed Cop Car On Garden State Parkway Sought: Newark PD East Orange Man Who Rammed Cop Car On Garden State Parkway Sought: Newark PD
East Orange Man Who Rammed Cop Car On Garden State Parkway Sought: Newark PD Newark police are trying to track down a 51-year-old East Orange man wanted for crashing into a police car during a pursuit on the Garden State Parkway after being suspected of breaking into a a vehicle in January, authorities said. On Friday, Jan. 19, at 11:10 a.m., a woman reported her vehicle was broken into while parked at the 200 block of Springfield Ave, Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé said.  The front passenger side window was broken and her purse, containing $60, two credit cards and a debit card were stolen, Fragé said. The victim's debit card was later use…
East Orange Man Stabs Victim During Argument On Newark Street: Police East Orange Man Stabs Victim During Argument On Newark Street: Police
East Orange Man Stabs Victim During Argument On Newark Street: Police A 38-year-old East Orange man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing on Newark, police said. Jesse Lee Simmons was arguing with another man when he stabbed him around 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 on the 100 block of Broad Street, Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé said. The victim was taken to University Hospital for treatment and is in stable condition. Police located the suspect, Simmons, on the 200 block of Broadway.  He was arrested without incident and faces charges of aggravated assault and weapon possession. 
Two-Time Felon, East Orange Resident Convicted Of Possessing Firearm Two-Time Felon, East Orange Resident Convicted Of Possessing Firearm
Two-Time Felon, East Orange Resident Convicted Of Possessing Firearm An East Orange man with two prior felony convictions was found guilty of unlawfully possessing a firearm on Thursday, Jan. 25, authorities said.  In May 2019, East Orange detectives were on patrol then they discovered a group of men trespassing on a property at South Munn Avenue, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens, II said. As detectives approached, Cedrick Hickman dropped a bag and told police he possessed a handgun, Stephens said. The detectives took the handgun and arrested Hickman, Stephens said. Hickman was convicted of unlawful possession of a weapon following a thr…
Wheelman Admits Role In Carjacking Of Montclair Woman In Her Driveway: Feds Wheelman Admits Role In Carjacking Of Montclair Woman In Her Driveway: Feds
Wheelman Admits Role In Carjacking Of Montclair Woman In Her Driveway: Feds An Essex County man admitted his role in carjacking a Montclair woman at gunpoint in her driveway, federal authorities said. Andy Cook, 24, of Newark was with an armed man who pointed a gun at the victim, ordered her to leave her purse, phone and keys behind and get out of her 2021 Porsche Cayenne on Melrose Place in the township's Estate section on Dec. 6, 2021, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said. Cook then got behind the wheel and drove off, he said. Essex County sheriff's officers spotted the Porsche on Route 280 in East Orange a short time later and pursued it. Cook soon hit heavy…
CEO In Bergen Sold $35M Worth Of Banned Chinese Surveillance Cams To Police, Others In NJ: Feds CEO In Bergen Sold $35M Worth Of Banned Chinese Surveillance Cams To Police, Others In NJ: Feds
CEO In Bergen Sold $35M Worth Of Banned Chinese Surveillance Cams To Police, Others In NJ: Feds A Jersey Shore businessman conned state and local law enforcement agencies and others into buying nearly $35 million worth of surveillance cameras that were made in China and then illegally rebranded for sale by his Bergen County company, federal authorities charged. Tamer Zakhary, 49, of Toms River, modified license-plate readers and other cameras, then removed the original company’s logo, an FBI complaint says. He then told the police departments, prosecutor's offices and other buyers throughout the state that they were compliant with the National Defense Authorization Act, U.S. Atto…
Verona Police Encounter Car Burglars After Vehicle Stopped In Roadway: (VIDEO) Verona Police Encounter Car Burglars After Vehicle Stopped In Roadway: (VIDEO)
Verona Police Encounter Car Burglars After Vehicle Stopped In Roadway: (Video) Two Verona police officers tried to stop car thieves who were attempting a break-in on the early morning of Wednesday, Dec. 27. At 1:04 a.m., the officers were on patrol when they observed a white Honda Accord parked in the middle of the roadway on Martin Road, police said.  As officers attempted to check on the vehicle, they saw someone running from a driveway into the awaiting vehicle, police said. The suspect was attempting to commit a car burglary but the vehicle was locked and nothing was taken, police said. Early this morning, Officers Clark and O’Neill were on patrol when t…
22-Year-Old East Orange Man Fatally Shot in Newark: Prosecutors 22-Year-Old East Orange Man Fatally Shot in Newark: Prosecutors
22-Year-Old East Orange Man Fatally Shot in Newark: Prosecutors It was a deadly holiday season in Newark. A day after a 27-year-old was shot in Newark, a 22-year-old East Orange man was fatally shot on Saturday, Dec. 23, authorities said. At 6:13 p.m., Newark police responded to a shooting on the 100 block of Mountainview Avenue and found Kareem Abdul Jarmon Guilford, Jr. suffering from a gunshot wound, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Stephens and Fragé said. I don't even know this kid but his life was taken a couple of days ag…
Woman Mourned After Dying In East Orange Bike Crash Woman Mourned After Dying In East Orange Bike Crash
Woman Mourned After Dying In East Orange Bike Crash Tributes are pouring in for Melody Regus, a 42-year-old Newark resident, who died after being struck by a vehicle in East Orange while on an electric bike on Friday, Dec. 15, authorities said. At 4:15 a.m., police responded to report of a crash between a vehicle and an electric bike at Main Street and Grove Street in East Orange, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and East Orange Police Chief Phyllis Bindi said.  Regus was transported to University Hospital where she was pronounced dead soon after, Stephens and Bindi said.  I never thought in a milli…
East Orange Pair Sentenced In Linden Nightclub Shooting East Orange Pair Sentenced In Linden Nightclub Shooting
East Orange Pair Sentenced In Linden Nightclub Shooting Two men from East Orange have been sentenced for their role in an August 2022 shooting at Menga Lounge in Linden, authorities said. Najir Paige, 29, and Sharif Evans, 26, were sentenced on Friday, Dec. 8 for the shooting, which left three people injured, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Linden Police Chief David Hart said. On Aug. 6, 2022, following a dispute at the bar, Paige retrieved a handgun from Evans' vehicle and fired numerous rounds into the establishment through the front door, authorities said.  A 28-year-old man, 24-year-old woman and 23-year-old wom…
Police ID Body Found In Creek At East Orange Park Police ID Body Found In Creek At East Orange Park
Police ID Body Found In Creek At East Orange Park A 68-year-old man was found dead at a park in East Orange on Thursday, Dec. 7, authorities said. Frank Vergilio's body was found in a creek at Watsessing Park around 5:40 p.m., Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and the Essex County Sheriff’s Office said. Vergilio was pronounced dead approximately two hours later. A pending autopsy will determine his cause of death. The investigation is active and ongoing. No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-…
Ex-Cons Nabbed In Elizabeth Taxi Driver Shooting Sent To Federal Prison Ex-Cons Nabbed In Elizabeth Taxi Driver Shooting Sent To Federal Prison
Ex-Cons Nabbed In Elizabeth Taxi Driver Shooting Sent To Federal Prison One ex-con was sentenced to a plea-bargained 8½ years in federal prison and another a little more than seven -- both without parole -- for shooting a taxi driver during a late-night robbery in Elizabeth. City police nabbed Naeem Jackson, 24, of East Orange, and Walter Williams-Lang, 22, of Elizabeth, but the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark took the case because of the government’s ability to secure much harsher penalties than under state law. There's also no parole in the federal prison system, which means both men must serve out their entire terms. Jackson and Williams-Lang were wearing …
Duo Convicted Of Gunpoint Robbery At Irvington Fried Chicken Joint: Prosecutors Duo Convicted Of Gunpoint Robbery At Irvington Fried Chicken Joint: Prosecutors
Duo Convicted Of Gunpoint Robbery At Irvington Fried Chicken Joint: Prosecutors Two men were recently found guilty of robbing a customer at gunpoint at a Kennedy Fried Chicken in Irvington in 2022, authorities said. On Jan. 19, Ricotson Dolisca, a 35-year-old Irvington resident and Gary Rhymes, a 37-year-old East Orange resident were caught on video taking a customer's wallet, phone and clothes at gunpoint inside the eatery, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II said. The pair were arrested soon after the robbery and found to possess the victim's property and a firearm, Stephens said. Dolisca and Rhymes were convicted of first degree robbery and…
Police ID Roselle Woman Shot Dead In East Orange Police ID Roselle Woman Shot Dead In East Orange
Police ID Roselle Woman Shot Dead In East Orange A 35-year-old Roselle woman was fatally shot in East Orange in the early morning of Wednesday, Nov. 15, authorities said. At 12:55 a.m., East Orange police responded to a shooting on the 100 block of Springdale Avenue and found Janill Perez suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II said.  She was transported to University Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 1:40 a.m., Stephens said alongside East Orange Police Chief Phyllis Bindi. The investigation is active and ongoing and no arrests have been made, Stephens and Bindi s…
Three Car Burglars Apprehended: Summit PD Three Car Burglars Apprehended: Summit PD
Three Car Burglars Apprehended: Summit PD Three people were arrested after breaking into a vehicle and stealing items on Thursday, Nov. 2, Summit police said. At 5:14 p.m., police responded to Blackburn Place after a resident their purse and two mobile phones were taken from an unlocked Toyota Highlander parked in the driveway., officers said. Detectives traced one of the phones to a location on Route 22 in Union Township, police said and were able to apprehend the suspects. Washir Singletary, a 38-year-old Newark resident, Rahmir Singletary, a 21-year-old Newark resident, and Jaylin Harper, a 22-year-old East Orange resident were …