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Single Mom Struck, Killed By Vehicle In Maplewood, Prosecutor Says Single Mom Struck, Killed By Vehicle In Maplewood, Prosecutor Says
Single Mom Struck, Killed By Vehicle In Maplewood, Prosecutor Says A 28-year-old Irvington resident was killed after she was struck by a vehicle in Maplewood on Monday, May 13, authorities said. At 9:10 a.m., Maria Ganzhi Zhao was struck by a vehicle on the 1400 block of Springfield Avenue and pronounced dead at the scene, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said.  Zhao, a native of Ecuador, was a single mother who is survived by her two daughters, Noemi, 7 and Genesis, 9 months, according to a fundraiser set up to support the family.  A viewing will be held on Saturday, May 18 at Mt. Alvarez Funeral Home in Newark from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., a…
Man, Woman Killed In West Orange Townhouse Fire, Officials Say Man, Woman Killed In West Orange Townhouse Fire, Officials Say
West Orange Townhouse Fire A man and a woman were killed in a fire in West Orange on the early morning of Tuesday, May 14, authorities said. At 12:18 a.m., the West Orange Fire Department responded to Northfield Townhouses at 595 Northfield Ave., for a structure in a 3-story home with trapped occupants, a spokesman for the township said. Firefighters encountered a heavy blaze in the basement and were able to place the fire under control in 45 minutes, a spokesman said. A man and a woman were removed from the building and taken to Cooperman Barnabas Hospital where they were pronounced deceased, a spokesman said. The i…
Elizabeth Man Convicted Of Shooting Newark Resident In Back of Head: Prosecutor Elizabeth Man Convicted Of Shooting Newark Resident In Back of Head: Prosecutor
Elizabeth Man Convicted Of Shooting Newark Resident In Back of Head: Prosecutor A 20-year-old Elizabeth man was convicted on Wednesday, May 8, of fatally shooting a 25-year-old Newark man in 2022, authorities said. On Feb. 16, 2022, Mahdi Wright shot James Shaw. Jr. in the back of the head as he was standing on the curb talking with two people on the corner of Shephard Avenue and Maples Place, Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens said. Wright was found guilty of murder in the first degree and various weapons offenses following a month-long trial. He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced in June.
Newark Man Gets Two Life Sentences For Sexually Abusing Children: Prosecutor Newark Man Gets Two Life Sentences For Sexually Abusing Children: Prosecutor
Newark Man Gets Two Life Sentences For Sexually Abusing Children: Prosecutor A 42-year-old Newark man was sentenced on Friday, May 3, to two consecutive life sentences for sexually abusing three children, authorities said. The man, whose name is being withheld by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office to protect the identity of the victims, was convicted in Dec. 2022 of  27 counts of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of three children, Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens said. The man abused the children, who ranged from seven to 13 years old for years, prosecutors said. When the older two victims finally disclosed what the man had been d…
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 …
One Killed, Two Wounded In Newark Triple Shooting One Killed, Two Wounded In Newark Triple Shooting
One Killed, Two Wounded In Newark Triple Shooting One person was killed and two others were injured in a triple shooting in Newark on the afternoon of Friday, April 19, authorities said. The shooting occurred at 5 p.m. on Avon Avenue, Thomas Fennelly, a spokesman for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said.  Two of the victims were transported to a nearby hospital, while one declined medical attention, Fennelly said. One of the victims was pronounced dead the next morning, Fennelly said. The name of the victim is being withheld pending formal notification of the next of kin, Fennelly said. The Essex County Prosecutor's Homicid…
2 Complete Strangers Sexually Assaulted By Man In Irvington At Knifepoint: Prosecutor 2 Complete Strangers Sexually Assaulted By Man In Irvington At Knifepoint: Prosecutor
2 Complete Strangers Sexually Assaulted By Man In Irvington At Knifepoint: Prosecutor A 31-year-old Irvington man was arrested on Wednesday, April 10 and charged with sexually assaulting two women at knifepoint, authorities said. Marquise Jones assaulted the first victim, a stranger, at 25 Park Pl. Tuesday, March 26, Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and Irvington Public Safety Director Tracy Bowers said. The woman had been taken to St. Michael's Hospital, where she told police a struggle had ensued for Jones' knife, at which point he cut her hands, police said. On April 10, a second victim reported being sexually assaulted at knifepoint by a m…
Police ID Woman, Montclair Officer Wounded In Shootout (UPDATE) Police ID Woman, Montclair Officer Wounded In Shootout (UPDATE)
Montclair Police Shooting Authorities have identified the alleged gunman and released details in a police-involved shooting Monday in Montclair. Maryann Swain, 39, a township resident, struck Montclair Police Officer Michael J. Medrano, 33, in the shoulder on the 100 block of Forest Street around 1:10 p.m. Monday, April 15, Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II said. Medrano and other officers were responding to the scene on reports of an armed person and "were met with gunfire," Stephens said. Another Montclair officer returned fire, striking Swain, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries and wa…
POLICE SHOOTOUT: Montclair Officer, Suspect Both Shot In Exchange Of Gunfire, Prosecutor Says POLICE SHOOTOUT: Montclair Officer, Suspect Both Shot In Exchange Of Gunfire, Prosecutor Says
Montclair Police Shooting A police officer and suspect were both injured in a shooting on Monday, April 15, authorities said. An individual in a residence began shooting at a police officer on the 100 block of Forest Street, Thomas Fennelly, a spokesman for the Essex County Prosecutors Office said. The officer was hit but was able to return fire, striking the suspect, Fennelly aid. The officer and suspect were transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Fennelly said. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating, Fennelly said. 
Brooklyn Man Shot Dead At Irvington Home Brooklyn Man Shot Dead At Irvington Home
Brooklyn Man Shot Dead At Irvington Home A 61-year-old Brooklyn, NY man was shot and killed overnight in Irvington, NJ, authorities said. Oliver A. Francis was shot at a home on Melville Place at approximately 2:30 a.m. Sunday, April 14, Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and Irvington Public Safety Director Tracy Bowers said. He was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:18 a.m.  The incident is being investigated by the Prosecutor’s Homicide Task Force, which includes detectives from the Irvington Police Department. The investigation is active and ongoing.  Anyone with informa…
Newark Teen, Grandmother Busted: Guns, Ammo Seized After Secaucus Car Burglary Arrest Newark Teen, Grandmother Busted: Guns, Ammo Seized After Secaucus Car Burglary Arrest
Newark Teen, Grandmother Busted: Guns, Ammo Seized After Secaucus Car Burglary Arrest Police who nabbed a Newark teen for a car burglary in Secaucus ended up seizing both him and his grandmother after finding three handguns and 400 rounds of ammunition at their home, authorities said. Secaucus police originally charged Malahki E. Issac, 18, with burglary and theft for the vehicle break-in and released him last month. A deeper dive by members of the department’s Anti-Crime Unit led them to even more serious offenses, Police Chief Dennis Miller said. After obtaining an arrest warrant, the detectives scoop up Isaac on Springfield Avenue in Newark on Thursday, April 4. Members…
Serial Verona Church Vandal Takes It One Step Further: Arson, Cops Say Serial Verona Church Vandal Takes It One Step Further: Arson, Cops Say
Serial Verona Church Vandal Takes It One Step Further: Arson, Cops Say A 42-year-old Verona man with a history of vandalizing a Catholic church in Verona was charged with intentionally setting a fire there  on Thursday, April 4, authorities said. At 3:33 a.m., Verona police responded to Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church on Lakeside Avenue and observed a heavy smoke condition, Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and Verona Police Chief Christopher Kiernan said. Firefighters were called to the scene and quickly extinguished the blaze, authorities said. An investigation determined the fire was started deliberately and arrested…
'Ruthless' Brick City Brims Druglord From Montclair Convicted Of Three Murders, More 'Ruthless' Brick City Brims Druglord From Montclair Convicted Of Three Murders, More
Brick City Brims Newark Drugs Murder Montclair Bloods Gang The leader of a notorious Essex County street gang that dominated the region's drug trade was convicted by a federal jury of three murders, among other counts, authorities said. Michael Healy, 43, of Montclair, "ruthlessly ordered murders so that he could protect his narcotics operation and continue to sell large quantities of dangerous [drugs],” U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said after federal jurors in Newark returned their verdicts on Wednesday, April 3. Healy "recruited men to kill someone he thought was an informant, and even when they killed the wrong person – a bystander – he ord…
Former Newark Public Safety Director Accidentally Shot Himself — With Someone Else's Gun: PD Former Newark Public Safety Director Accidentally Shot Himself — With Someone Else's Gun: PD
Former Newark Public Safety Director Accidentally Shot Himself — With Someone Else's Gun: PD Anthony Ambrose, who has a lengthy career in law enforcement in Essex County, accidentally shot himself with another person's gun on Friday, March 22, police said. Responding to many unanswered questions about the shooting, Cedar Grove police issued a news release laying out what happened to Ambrose at 2 Village Park Road, where Ambrose keeps an office as a private investigator.  Ambrose previously served as chief of detectives for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office and public safety director for the City of Newark. After the discharge, Ambrose was taken to the hospital by another m…
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.
Former Essex County Chief Of Detectives Accidentally Shoots Himself: Prosecutor Former Essex County Chief Of Detectives Accidentally Shoots Himself: Prosecutor
Former Essex County Chief Of Detectives Accidentally Shoots Himself: Prosecutor Authorities are investigating after Anthony Ambrose, the former chief of detectives for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, accidentally shot himself on Friday, March 22. The incident occurred at a private office complex in Cedar Grove, Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens, II said.  He was treated and released at a nearby hospital for a non-life-threatening wound, Stephens said. Ambrose joined the Newark Police Department in 1986 and became chief in 1999. He was an undersheriff in the Essex County Sheriff's Office and was public safety director for Newark from 2016 to 2021. A…
US Marshals Capture Christmas Day Newark Murder Suspect: Prosecutor US Marshals Capture Christmas Day Newark Murder Suspect: Prosecutor
US Marshals Capture Christmas Day Newark Murder Suspect: Prosecutor A 44-year old man was arrested on Thursday, March 21 and charged with killing 34-year-old Ridge Scott, Jr. in Newark on Christmas Day, authorities said. Marcus Sorbino was apprehended by the  US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Thomas Fennelly, a spokesman for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, said. At 1:28 p.m. on Christmas, Newark police responded to a shooting on the 300 block of Clinton Avenue and found Scott, Jr. suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and Newark Public Safety Director Frit…
Paroled NJ Drug Dealer Admits Trafficking Kilo Of Coke Armed With Trio Of Guns Paroled NJ Drug Dealer Admits Trafficking Kilo Of Coke Armed With Trio Of Guns
Paroled NJ Drug Dealer Admits Trafficking Kilo Of Coke Armed With Trio Of Guns 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: An ex-con from Newark who spent 13 years in state prison will be doing federal time after admitting that he trafficked a kilo of cocaine while packing three guns. Carlos Ovidio Gonzalez, 36, was paroled in March 2022 after serving time for drug dealing and illegal weapons possession convictions out of Morris County in 2009, records show. Gonzalez faces significantly more time now that he's pleaded guilty in federal court to having and conspiring to sell coke and fentanyl and illegally possessing guns and ammo, among other counts. Unlike the state of New Jersey, the federal prison s…
Columbia High School Principal Arrested For Assault, Group Says Incident Involved Student Columbia High School Principal Arrested For Assault, Group Says Incident Involved Student
Columbia High School Principal Frank Sanchez Arrested A New Jersey high school principal has been arrested for an alleged assault. Frank Sanchez, who was suspended from his job at Columbia High School in South Orange-Maplewood since January, has been charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child and simple assault, according to Thomas Fennelley, Chief Assistant Prosecutor of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. Sanchez surrendered to detectives Monday morning, March 11. Dr. Kevin F. Gilbert, Acting Superintendent of the South Orange-Maplewood School District, released the following statement to Daily Voice when aske…
Woman Arrested After Striking Newark Cheerleader, Fleeing Scene: Prosecutor Woman Arrested After Striking Newark Cheerleader, Fleeing Scene: Prosecutor
Woman Arrested After Striking Newark Cheerleader, Fleeing Scene: Prosecutor A 33-year-old Newark woman was arrested on Friday, March 1, and charged after she struck a cheerleader with her vehicle and fled the scene last month, authorities said. At 10:15 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 4., an 18-year-old  Newark girl was struck by a vehicle outside Arts High School while getting off the bus after she returned from a cheerleading competition, Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens, II said.  The girl remains in critical condition, Stephens said. Mia'Jah Burton, who was driving a Kia Forte, did not stop and fled from the scene, Stephens said. Burton was charged wi…
22-Year-Old Newark Man Gunned Down: Prosecutor 22-Year-Old Newark Man Gunned Down: Prosecutor
22-Year-Old Newark Man Gunned Down: Prosecutor A 22-year-old Newark man was fatally shot on the evening of Thursday, March 7, authorities said. At 7 p.m., Newark police responded to a report of shots fired on the 400 block of 14th Avenue,  Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens, II and Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Frage said. Upon arrival, police located Cyrano Green suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, Stephens and Frage said. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead soon after, Stephens and Frage said.   Anyone with information is asked to contact Newark Task Force detectives …
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, …
22-Year-Old Gunned Down In NJ's Largest City 22-Year-Old Gunned Down In NJ's Largest City
22-Year-Old Gunned Down In NJ's Largest City A 22-year-old man was shot and killed in Newark over the weekend. Jaheem Futrell was found having suffered a gunshot wound on the 300 block of South 18th Street just after 10:45 a.m., Saturday, March 2, Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé said. Futrell was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:15 a.m. 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 1-877-847-7432. Calls will be kept confidential…
Death Of Newark 2-Year-Old Investigated By County Prosecutor Death Of Newark 2-Year-Old Investigated By County Prosecutor
Death Of Newark 2-Year-Old Investigated By County Prosecutor The death of a 2-year-old child is under investigation in Newark, officials said. Police were called to a home on the 100 block of South Orange Avenue around 2:15 p.m. Saturday, March 2, for a baby in distress, Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé said. Arriving officers located the baby inside a the home, and the baby was pronounced dead just after 2:30 p.m., officials said. The cause and manner of death are pending an autopsy. The investigation is active and ongoing. No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is …
Accused Dealer Charged With Fentanyl-Laced Crack Death Of Jersey City Man At Lyndhurst Hotel Accused Dealer Charged With Fentanyl-Laced Crack Death Of Jersey City Man At Lyndhurst Hotel
Accused Dealer Charged With Fentanyl-Laced Crack Death Of Jersey City Man At Lyndhurst Hotel An accused drug dealer from Bloomfield provided the drugs that killed a user from Jersey City at a Lyndhurst motel, authorities charged. Alberto Delgado, 43, was accused of selling the fentanyl-laced crack that killed 54-year-old Luke Revell after he smoked it at the Winslow Motor Hotel just off eastbound Route 3. Delgado had more than a pound and a half of the drugs in a storage unit when detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office searched it, according to a complaint on file in Superior Court in Hackensack. They also learned that Delgado had communicated with Revell by ce…
Family Of 13-Year-Old Killed In Crash Embraced By Newark Community Family Of 13-Year-Old Killed In Crash Embraced By Newark Community
Family Of 13-Year-Old Killed In Crash Embraced By Newark Community Edwin Ivan Martinez was just 13 when he was killed in a car crash in Newark on Sunday, Feb. 25.The two-crash occurred at 9:41 p.m. at the intersection of Clifton Avenue and Montclair Avenue, Thomas Fennelly, chief assistant prosecutor in the homicide and major crimes unit for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said.  Edwin, identified by a GoFundMe, was a passenger in one of the vehicles involved in the crash, Fennelly said.  The boy is being remembered on the campaign as a beloved son, brother, nephew and cousin. https://www.gofundme.com/f/edwin-ivan-martinez?utm_campaign=…
13-Year-Old Boy Killed In Newark Car Crash: Prosecutor 13-Year-Old Boy Killed In Newark Car Crash: Prosecutor
13-Year-Old Boy Killed In Newark Car Crash: Prosecutor A 13-year-old boy was killed in a car crash in Newark on the evening of Sunday, Feb. 25, authorities said. The two-crash occurred at 9:41 p.m. at the intersection of Clifton Avenue and Montclair Avenue, Thomas Fennelly, chief assistant prosecutor in the homicide and major crimes unit for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said.  The 13-year-old was a passenger in one of the vehicles involved in the crash, Fennelly said. The investigation is active and ongoing, Fennelly said.
Newark Man, 38, Killed in Homicide: Prosecutor Newark Man, 38, Killed in Homicide: Prosecutor
Newark Man, 38, Killed in Homicide: Prosecutor The death of a 38-year-old Newark man on Tuesday, Feb. 20 is being investigated by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, authorities said. Shortly after 11 p.m., Newark police responded to report of an assault on the 200 block of Cathedral Court,  Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens, II and Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé said. Officers located Daniel Hass outside the location suffering from injuries, Stephens and Fragé said. Hass was transported to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:53 p.m., Stephens and Fra…
Eddie Negron, Longtime North Jersey Detective, Dies At 46 Eddie Negron, Longtime North Jersey Detective, Dies At 46
Eddie Negron, Longtime North Jersey Detective, Dies At 46 Eddie Negron, a longtime police officer who worked in East Newark and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, died on Saturday Feb. 10 in Philadelphia at the age of 46, according to his obituary. Born in Hoboken, Negron joined the East Newark Police Department in July 1998 and moved to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office as a detective in 2005, later achieving the rank of sergeant.   Negron retired in 2022 when he had a double-lung transplant after contracting COVID-19.  Negron also served in the East Newark Fire Department. It is with deep sadness that we must bid fare…
Suspended Driver Arrested In Valentine's Day Nutley Hit-Run That Killed Paterson Man: Cops Suspended Driver Arrested In Valentine's Day Nutley Hit-Run That Killed Paterson Man: Cops
Suspended Driver Arrested In Valentine's Day Nutley Hit-Run That Killed Paterson Man: Cops An arrest has been made in a deadly hit-and-run crash that killed a 22-year-old Paterson man and injured another person. Dhkir Robinson, 42, is believed to have been behind the wheel of the vehicle that struck Winston Perlaza and a second victim Wednesday evening, Feb. 14 on Milton Avenue in Nutley, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens, II and Nutley Police Chief Thomas Strumolo said. Perlaza was taken to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and pronounced dead soon after, Stephens and Strumolo said. A second pedestrian was also taken to a local hospital for non-fatal injuries…
Nutley Hit-Run Victim ID'd As 22-Year-Old Paterson Resident: 'Wonderful Human Being' Nutley Hit-Run Victim ID'd As 22-Year-Old Paterson Resident: 'Wonderful Human Being'
Nutley Hit-Run Victim ID'd As 22-Year-Old Paterson Resident: 'Wonderful Human Being' A 22-year-old Paterson resident was killed after being struck by a vehicle in Nutley on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 14, authorities said. At 7 p.m., police were notified of a crash on the 100 block of Milton Avenue near the Garden State Parkway overpass, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens, II and Nutley Police Chief Thomas Strumolo said. Wiston Perlaza was taken to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and pronounced dead soon after, Stephens and Strumolo said. A second pedestrian was also taken to a local hospital for non-fatal injuries, Stephens and Strumolo said. …