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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…
6-Car Crash Kills 41-Year-Old On Garden State Parkway In Irvington: State Police 6-Car Crash Kills 41-Year-Old On Garden State Parkway In Irvington: State Police
6-Car Crash Kills 41-Year-Old On Garden State Parkway In Irvington: State Police A 41-year-old North Carolina man was killed in a multi-car crash on the Garden State Parkway in Essex County early Wednesday, April 17, authorities said. Tarron Francis was heading north in a Nissan SUV when he was struck by a Dodge passenger vehicle around 12:45 a.m. in Irvington, said Jeffrey Lebron, a spokesman for the New Jersey State Police. The impact caused a chain reaction crash involving four other vehicles, two Toyota SUVs, a GMC SUV and a Kia passenger vehicle, Lebron said. Francis died as a result of the crash, and the driver of the Dodge sustained moderate injuries and was tak…
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…
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…
Irvington Woman Fatally Struck By Truck On Route 80: NJSP Irvington Woman Fatally Struck By Truck On Route 80: NJSP
Irvington Woman Fatally Struck By Truck On Route 80: Njsp A 27-year-old Irvington woman was fatally struck by a truck while she was standing by her disabled vehicle on the shoulder on Route 80 in Warren County on the morning of Monday, April 8, authorities said. At 8:21 a.m., a Honda was parked and disabled on the right shoulder of I-80 in Hardwick Township when a tractor trailer traveling east struck Valdaishi Simpkins, Jeffrey Lebron, a spokesman for the New Jersey State Police said. Simpkins sustained fatal injuries, Lebron said. The crash remains under investigation, Lebron said
Netflix True Crime Show Examines 'Carnegie Deli Massacre' Carried Out By Irvington Man Netflix True Crime Show Examines 'Carnegie Deli Massacre' Carried Out By Irvington Man
Netflix True Crime Show Examines 'Carnegie Deli Massacre' Carried Out By Irvington Man The "Carnegie Deli Massacre" was a quintuple-shooting and triple-murder that shocked the nation. In 2001, actress Jennifer Stahl, a Mercer County native who appeared in "Dirty Dancing", was one of five people shot execution-style in an apartment above New York's iconic Carnegie Deli in midtown Manhattan. Jennifer Stahl, a New Jersey native, died in what's known as the "Carnegie Deli Massacre," now being examined on a new Netflix true crime show. Courtesy of Netflix While two people survived, three others — including Stahl — were killed in the shooting.  The case is now the sub…
Thief Who Stole $1.5M Worth Of Luxury Cars In NJ, Rockland, Long Island, CT Gets 3½ Years Thief Who Stole $1.5M Worth Of Luxury Cars In NJ, Rockland, Long Island, CT Gets 3½ Years
Thief Who Stole $1.5M Worth Of Luxury Cars In NJ, Rockland, Long Island, CT Gets 3½ Years 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: The last of four men who admitted stealing more than $1.5 million worth of luxury cars in New Jersey, Rockland County, Long Island and Connecticut was sentenced to nearly 3½ years in federal prison. Malik Baker, 30, of Vauxhall, and his three co-conspirators stashed at least 10 of the vehicles at a central location in Irvington, NJ, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Philip Sellinger said. The Essex County-based quartet often used one stolen vehicle to swipe another, he added. In one instance, Sellinger said, the crew swiped a Maserati GranTurismo at the Jersey Shore in Manalapan an…
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…
Paramus Detectives Nab Thief Accused Of Burglarizing Local Home, Stealing BMW, Eluding Pursuit Paramus Detectives Nab Thief Accused Of Burglarizing Local Home, Stealing BMW, Eluding Pursuit
Paramus Detectives Nab Thief Accused Of Burglarizing Local Home, Stealing BMW, Eluding Pursuit Paramus police detectives identified and arrested an Irvington resident who they said stole a brand new BMW during a burglary and forced a uniformed officer to terminate a pursuit out of safety concerns. Kasieum Frye, 21, and an accomplice broke into an Oakwood Drive home and snatched the key fob for the 2024 X6 shortly before 4:30 a.m. late last September, Paramus Police Chief Robert Guidetti said. A neighbor alerted police, who found sliding glass doors to the kitchen pried open, the chief said on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Officer Matthew Mulick pursued the SUV on Farview Avenue until high spe…
Animal Control Officer Left Dog To Die In Kennel Dumpster: Mahwah PD Animal Control Officer Left Dog To Die In Kennel Dumpster: Mahwah PD
Animal Control Officer Left Dog To Die In Kennel Dumpster: Mahwah PD An animal control officer for several New Jersey towns was arrested after leaving a dog to die in a Dumpster at a kennel he owns and operates in Mahwah, township police said. Authorities took Richard A. DuBarton III, 57, into custody and removed 47 malnourished and severely weakened dogs from the Aranwood Kennels after finding them locked outside in freezing temperatures, a Mahwah police complaint says. They'd been left in dog runs "with feces and urine that [DuBarton] failed to clean up," according to the complaint filed in Superior Court in Hackensack. "Multiple dogs were seen shiver…
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…
One Killed In Irvington Double Shooting: Prosecutors One Killed In Irvington Double Shooting: Prosecutors
One Killed In Irvington Double Shooting: Prosecutors One person was killed and two people were wounded in a shooting in Irvington on Sunday, Feb. 11, authorities said. At 9:22 p.m. Irvington police responded to a shooting on the 200 block of Isabella Avenue and found two men suffering from gunshot wounds and one person with an injured leg, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens, II and Irvington Police Director Tracy Bowers said. The three men were taken to University Hospital and Damian Thompson, a 27-year-old Irvington resident, was pronounced dead at 11:14 p.m., Stephens and Bowers said. The other two men were treated for no…
GUILTY! Serial Newark Rapist Attacked Woman With Infant Before BF Disarmed Him: Prosecutors GUILTY! Serial Newark Rapist Attacked Woman With Infant Before BF Disarmed Him: Prosecutors
Guilty! Serial Newark Rapist Attacked Woman With Infant Before BF Disarmed Him: Prosecutors A serial rapist from Newark has been convicted of following an Irvington woman home and raping her at knifepoint as her 3-week-old son was on the floor nearby, authorities announced. Kervin Joseph-Michel, 43, kidnapped and sexually assaulted the 21-year-old woman in Irvington, after accosting her as she walked home carrying her three-week-old infant son on Nov. 4, 2015, according to Robert Florida, a spokesperson for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. The victim said Joseph-Michel repeatedly tried to engage her in conversation, but she rejected his advances and continued walking hom…
Bloomfield Man Gets 35 Years For Murder Of Gas Station Attendant: Prosecutors Bloomfield Man Gets 35 Years For Murder Of Gas Station Attendant: Prosecutors
Bloomfield Man Gets 35 Years For Murder Of Gas Station Attendant: Prosecutors A 36-year-old Bloomfield man was sentenced to 35 years in state prison on Tuesday, Feb. 6 after being convicted of murdering Jahque Benbow, a 23-year-old gas station attendant in May 2022, prosecutors announced. Lamar Sommers, along with two other men, conspired to shoot Benbow at the Irvington gas station where he worked, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II said.  Sommers waited in the car while the two men shot Benbow five times, Stephens said. Sommers was apprehended in North Carolina a month later, Stephens said. Aside from murder, Sommers was also convicted of&nbs…
GOTCHA! NJ Duo Charged With Beating Gas Station Attendants In Armed Tri-County Robbery Spree GOTCHA! NJ Duo Charged With Beating Gas Station Attendants In Armed Tri-County Robbery Spree
Gotcha! NJ Duo Charged With Beating Gas Station Attendants In Armed Tri-County Robbery Spree Two men wanted for beating attendants during a two-day spree of quick-stop armed gas station robberies in three New Jersey counties were captured by federal agents, authorities said. Ex-con Ahmad Singletary, 24, and Joseph Young, 26, both of Newark, committed three of the robberies last Sept. 5, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said. Four more holdups -- also in a single day -- followed exactly a week later, the U.S. attorney said. Singletary "threatened, assaulted, and struck victims in the head" with a Ruger 9 mm P95 handgun, injuring all of them, a complaint filed by the ATF says. Th…
Irvington Man ID'd As Victim In Fatal Newark Shooting: Prosecutors Irvington Man ID'd As Victim In Fatal Newark Shooting: Prosecutors
Irvington Man ID'd As Victim In Fatal Newark Shooting: Prosecutors A 27-year-old Irvington man was fatally shot in Newark on Sunday, Jan. 14, authorities said.  At 4:25 a.m., Newark police responded to a report of a shooting on the 300 block of Grove Street and found Ty'Shad Campbell outside the location suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé said. Campbell was taken to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead soon after, Stephens and Fragé said. The investigation is active and ongoing and no arrests have been made, Stephens and F…
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…
1,600 Heroin Envelopes, 87 Pounds Of Pot, 7 Firearms Seized In Essex County Raids: Sheriff 1,600 Heroin Envelopes, 87 Pounds Of Pot, 7 Firearms Seized In Essex County Raids: Sheriff
1,600 Heroin Envelopes, 87 Pounds Of Pot, 7 Firearms Seized In Essex County Raids: Sheriff Seven firearms, thousands of envelops of heroin, and 87 pounds of pot were just some of what detectives seized in a Essex County raids, they said. The three searches were carried out in Newark and Irvington, leading to the arrests of Jamil Wilson of Irvington and Courtney Conner of Newark, and others, Essex County Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura said. Sheriff’s detectives seized 7 weapons including a .22 caliber assault rifle, two 9mm handguns (one defaced), a .44 magnum revolver, a .40 caliber handgun, a .22 caliber rifle, a handgun, and approximately 200 rounds of hollow point ammunition…
Man Fatally Struck By Hit-And-Run Vehicle: Irvington PD Man Fatally Struck By Hit-And-Run Vehicle: Irvington PD
Man Fatally Struck By Hit-And-Run Vehicle: Irvington PD Bernard Jones, a 70-year-old East Orange man was fatally struck by a vehicle in Irvington on Saturday, Oct. 28, authorities said. At 10:07 p.m., police responded to Clinton Avenue and Linden Avenue after being alerted to the crash, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and Irvington Police Director Tracy Bowers said. Jones was transported to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center where he was soon pronounced dead, Stephens and Bowers said. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene, Stephens and Bowers said. The investigation is active and ongoing and no arrests have be…
Crash On Garden State Parkway In Irvington Snarls Traffic Crash On Garden State Parkway In Irvington Snarls Traffic
Crash On Garden State Parkway In Irvington Snarls Traffic A car crash that left a vehicle overturned on the Garden State Parkway has caused two lanes to be blocked, according to 511NJ. Crash and Overturned vehicle on Garden State Parkway northbound South of Exit 143 - NJ 124 (Irvington Twp) 2 Left lanes of 5 lanes blocked https://t.co/o6NBGrPQpm — 511NJ GSP (@511njgsp) October 27, 2023 The crash occurred near the Garden State Parkway northbound south of Exit 143  by Route 124 in Irvington.
Two Arrested For Stealing Vehicle After Break-In: Verona Police Two Arrested For Stealing Vehicle After Break-In: Verona Police
Two Arrested For Stealing Vehicle After Break-In: Verona Police Two people were arrested on Thursday, Oct. 26 for stealing a vehicle after breaking into a Verona home, police said. At 5:45 a.m., a person entered a home in the Wayland neighborhood by pushing open a first-floor window, police said. A key fob was taken from the kitchen area and the suspect was able to flee the scene with the homeowner's vehicle, police said. A resident heard them as they were exiting the home and contacted police, officers said. Verona police contacted the state Auto Theft Task Force and two men in the vehicle were arrested in Irvington at 9:25 a.m., officers said. An inve…
Ring Member Admits Snatching $1.5M Worth Of High-End Vehicles In NJ, Rockland, CT, Long Island Ring Member Admits Snatching $1.5M Worth Of High-End Vehicles In NJ, Rockland, CT, Long Island
Ring Member Admits Snatching $1.5M Worth Of High-End Vehicles In NJ, Rockland, CT, Long Island The last of four men caught stealing more than $1.5 million worth of luxury cars in New Jersey, Rockland County, Long Island and Connecticut took a guilty plea on Thursday, federal authorities announced. Like his pals, Malik Baker, 29, of Vauxhall, NJ, took a deal from the government, pleading guilty in federal court in Newark on Oct. 19 to conspiring to transport stolen vehicles in interstate commerce and receiving a stolen vehicle that had crossed state lines after being stolen. U.S. District Judge Esther Salas scheduled Baker's sentencing for March 7, 2024. Baker had remained on the sid…
Irvington Rite Aid Store Among Dozen Closing In NJ After Filing For Bankruptcy Irvington Rite Aid Store Among Dozen Closing In NJ After Filing For Bankruptcy
Irvington Rite Aid Store Among Dozen Closing In NJ After Filing For Bankruptcy Rite Aid, the pharmacy giant that filed for bankruptcy on Sunday, Oct. 15, plans to close 154 underperforming stores nationwide, according to a new filing.  A dozen of the stores closing are located in New Jersey. They are: 431 Haledon Avenue in Haledon 35 Mill Road in Irvington 1636 Route 38 Suite 49 in Lumberton 210 Bridgeton Pike in Mantua 108 Swedesboro Road Suite 20 in Mullica Hill 2370 Route 33 in Robbinsville 773 Hamilton Street in Somerset 4057 Asbury Avenue Suite 8 in Tinton Falls 1726 Route 37 in East Toms River 3 Marshall Hill Road in West Milford 1434 South Black …
Bloomfield Man Convicted Of Murdering Gas Station Attendant: Prosecutors Bloomfield Man Convicted Of Murdering Gas Station Attendant: Prosecutors
Bloomfield Man Convicted Of Murdering Gas Station Attendant: Prosecutors A 36-year-old Bloomfield man was convicted of murdering Jahque Benbow, a 23-year-old gas station attendant in May 2022, prosecutors announced. On Tuesday, Oct. 10, a jury found Lamar Sommers guilty of murder in the first degree, conspiracy to commit murder and two weapons charges, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II said. He faces a minimum of 30 years in prison when he is sentenced in December, Stephens said. Sommers, along with two other men, conspired to shoot Benbow at the Irvington gas station where he worked, Stephens said. Sommers waited in the car while the …
16-Year-Old Newark Teen Fatally Struck On Garden State Parkway: State Police 16-Year-Old Newark Teen Fatally Struck On Garden State Parkway: State Police
16-Year-Old Newark Teen Fatally Struck On Garden State Parkway: State Police A 16-year-old teenage boy from Newark was fatally struck on the Garden State Parkway in Irvington on Monday, Oct. 9, state police said. At 9:24 p.m., state troopers responded to the Garden State Parkway North 143C ramp, Detective Jeffrey Lebron said.  An investigation revealed a vehicle was traveling northbound when the 16-year-old entered the roadway and was struck, suffering fatal injuries, Lebron said. The accident remains under investigation, Lebron said.
Irvington Shooting Victim Found Lying In Street: Maplewood Police Irvington Shooting Victim Found Lying In Street: Maplewood Police
Irvington Shooting Victim Found Lying In Street: Maplewood Police A person who was shot in Irvington was found lying in the street in Maplewood on Monday, Oct. 9, Maplewood police said. At 2:11 p.m., police in Maplewood responded to Evelyn Court and found the victim, Maplewood Police Chief Albert Sally said. They were taken to a nearby hospital, Sally said. An investigation by Maplewood police determined the shooting occurred in Irvington and the Irvington Police Detective Bureau will be handling the investigation, Sally said. Anyone with information is asked to call Irvington Police at 973-399-6600.
Gang Member Admits Planning Murder, Committing Gunpoint Robbery: NJ Feds Gang Member Admits Planning Murder, Committing Gunpoint Robbery: NJ Feds
Gang Member Admits Planning Murder, Committing Gunpoint Robbery: NJ Feds A member of the Rollin’ 60s Neighborhood Crips gang admitted his role in planning a murder and robbing a victim at gunpoint, federal authorities said. Federal prosecutors used the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law to charge Tre Byrd, 22, and dozens of other reputed gang bangers rounded up by a collection of crime-fighting “supergroups.” Byrd, they said, belonged to the Rollin’ 60s Neighborhood Crips – a violent drug-selling gang -- for seven years. He was in on planning the rubout of a rival who was shot dead in March 2019 in Irvington, then more than a year later r…
Irvington Man Thought Detective Was A 13-Year-Old Girl In Online Chat: Evesham PD Irvington Man Thought Detective Was A 13-Year-Old Girl In Online Chat: Evesham PD
Irvington Man Thought Detective Was A 13-Year-Old Girl In Online Chat: Evesham PD A 33-year-old man from Essex County was arrested after trying to arrange a sexual encounter with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl, authorities said. Jonti Pizarro, of Irvington, was charged on Sept. 12 with attempted sexual assault, enticing a minor, child endangerment and attempted criminal sexual contact, according to Eveham police. Pizarro was being held in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly pending a first appearance in Superior Court. The investigation began several months ago after Pizarro allegedly contacted a detective in an online chat room, police said. During …
DUI Essex County Sheriff's Officer Charged In Wrong-Way Crash That Injured 8: Prosecutor DUI Essex County Sheriff's Officer Charged In Wrong-Way Crash That Injured 8: Prosecutor
DUI Essex County Sheriff's Officer Charged In Wrong-Way Crash That Injured 8: Prosecutor An Essex County Sheriff's Officer has been charged in a 2022 wrong-way crash that left eight people injured, during which he had been under the influence, authorities in Hudson County said. Michael Johnson, 36, was under the influence when he drove a Jeep Cherokee east in the westbound lanes of the Route 280 entrance ramp near Harrison Avenue around 11:20 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2022, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. Johnson, of Irvington, struck a Chevy Traverse and a Nissan Rogue, leaving eight people injured, Suarez said. He was not on duty at the time of the crash. …
Parkway Crash Jams Traffic In Essex County Parkway Crash Jams Traffic In Essex County
Parkway Crash Jams Traffic In Essex County A crash on the Garden State Parkway had traffic piled up early Sunday, Sept. 24 in Essex County. The crash happened in the southbound lanes, north of Exit 142 in Irvington just before 9 a.m. DOT traffic cameras show a flatbed truck towing the vehicle from the scene.
Jackpot! Essex County Lotto Player Splits Big Prize Jackpot! Essex County Lotto Player Splits Big Prize
Jackpot! Essex County Lotto Player Splits Big Prize A lotto player in Essex County had a very lucky Tuesday. A lottery ticket sold in Irvington matched all five numbers drawn, splitting the $770,218 Jersey Cash 5 jackpot in the Tuesday, Sept. 19 drawing with a lotto player in Ocean County. The winning ticket was worth $385,109. The winning numbers were: 06, 11, 14, 17 and 20 and the XTRA number was: 04. The ticket was sold at Irvington Quick Stop.