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Best Public High Schools In Essex County Revealed In New Rankings Best Public High Schools In Essex County Revealed In New Rankings
Best Public High Schools In Essex County Revealed In New Rankings Essex County is rife with top-rated schools. US News & World Report released its list of best high schools in the nation this week — and many of them are in Essex County. ALSO SEE: Best High Schools: New Jersey Well-Represented In New National Rankings The rankings were determined by performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare students for college. Glen Ridge High School came in at No. 11 in all of New Jersey, and No. 1 for Essex County. According to US News & World Report, here are the top-rated schools in the county: No. 10: James Caldwell …
Congressman Donald Payne, Newark Native Dead At 65 Congressman Donald Payne, Newark Native Dead At 65
Congressman Donald Payne, Newark Native Dead At 65 Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) died on Wednesday, April 24 at the age of 65, weeks after suffering a cardiac episode. Payne, a Newark native, had served in Congress, representing New Jersey's 10th district since 2012, when he won a special election to fill the seat left vacant when his father, Donald Payne, Sr. died.  A graduate of Kean University, he previously served on the Essex County Board of Freeholders and the Newark Municipal Council and was known for his signature bowtie.  Earlier this month, Payne's office said he suffered a cardiac episode based on complications from di…
Newark Rallies Around Families Displaced By Blaze Newark Rallies Around Families Displaced By Blaze
Newark Rallies Around Families Displaced By Blaze A three-alarm blaze in Newark on Monday, April 22 displaced 39 people. Now the community is coming together to lend a hand. At 6:59 p.m., firefighters responded to a fire at 576 Broadway, an occupied 3-story, multi-use, multi-family building, that also houses a supermarket and El Kiosko Restaurant and Grill, Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé said. Firefighters observed a heavy fire upon arrival, and immediately called a 2nd alarm, requesting additional firefighters to the scene, Fragé said. The fire extended to adjacent occupied buildings, including a liquor store with apartments ab…
Man Injured In Jump From Route 78 Overpass In Newark: Police Man Injured In Jump From Route 78 Overpass In Newark: Police
Man Injured In Jump From Route 78 Overpass In Newark: Police A man was hospitalized after he jumped from an overpass near Route 78 in Newark on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 23. At 4:13 p.m., police responded to the Fabyan Bridge Route 78 near Lyons Avenue after receiving calls of a man threatening to jump, Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé said. State police stopped traffic in both directions of Route 78 beneath the overpass, Fragé said. After refusing several police de-escalation attempts, the man jumped from the overpass, missing an inflatable bag that had been placed underneath him on the roadway, Fragé said. The man is c…
Newark Firefighter Injured In Three-Alarm Blaze: Authorities Newark Firefighter Injured In Three-Alarm Blaze: Authorities
Newark Firefighter Injured In Three-Alarm Blaze: Authorities One firefighter was injured and nearly 40 people were displaced following a three-alarm blaze in Newark on Monday, April 22, authorities said. At 6:59 p.m., firefighters responded to a fire at 576 Broadway, an occupied 3-story, multi-use, multi-family building, that also houses a supermarket and El Kiosko Restaurant and Grill, Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé said. Firefighters observed a heavy fire upon arrival, and immediately called a 2nd alarm, requesting additional firefighters to the scene, Fragé said. The fire extended to adjacent occupied buildings, including a li…
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…
Newark Teen Arrested For Car Theft Ring: Police Newark Teen Arrested For Car Theft Ring: Police
Newark Teen Arrested For Car Theft Ring: Police A 17-year-old Newark teenager was hit with multiple charges after stealing a man's Porsche and then striking him with it last November, authorities said. On Sunday, Nov. 19, officers responded to The Fairway on a report of a stolen Porsche, Cedar Grove police said in a release. During the theft, the victim was hit with the vehicle and knocked to the ground, police said. Utilizing the Porsche's GPS, officers said they tracked the vehicle to the Lincoln Tunnel where Port Authority police stopped the Porsche and took suspects into custody.  Over the last five months, police conducted mul…
NJ Teacher Who Posed As Woman To Lure 70 Boys Into Sending Him Nudes Gets 17½ Years: Feds NJ Teacher Who Posed As Woman To Lure 70 Boys Into Sending Him Nudes Gets 17½ Years: Feds
NJ Teacher Who Posed As Woman To Lure 70 Boys Into Sending Him Nudes Gets 17½ Years: Feds UPDATE: It's a measure of how despicably and disgustingly a former Union County grade-school teacher and youth soccer coach from Morristown abused dozens of boys he'd met online that a plea bargain got him "only" 17½ years in federal prison. Steven Brooks, 37, must serve at least 85% of the negotiated sentence handed down in federal court in Newark on Thursday, April 18, for posing as a woman to lure at least 70 underage boys into sending him nude photos and videos. That means he'll be in his early 50s before he'll be eligible to experience freedom again. FBI agents who investigated Brooks…
Feds: NJ Longshoreman Gets 2½ Years For Ducking Taxes On $2.5M Of Income Feds: NJ Longshoreman Gets 2½ Years For Ducking Taxes On $2.5M Of Income
Port Newark Longshoreman Tax Evasion IRS Plainfield A Port Newark mechanic who was convicted of ducking taxes on $2.5 million of income was sentenced to nearly 2½ years in federal prison. Jonathan Michael, 55, of Springfield had filed returns and paid his taxes without fail for decades, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a release. In 2014, however, he gave his employer in the machine shop at the Port Newark Container Terminal a bogus W-4 form, claiming that he was exempt from any federal income tax withholding from his pay, federal authorities said. The IRS notified Michael in 2016 that he wasn't entitled to exempt status, but he wrote…
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…
Shooting At Notorious Paterson Street Corner Wounds Out-Of-Towner, 42 Shooting At Notorious Paterson Street Corner Wounds Out-Of-Towner, 42
Shooting At Notorious Paterson Street Corner Wounds Out-Of-Towner, 42 Another shooting at one of Paterson’s most dangerous street corners sent a 42-year-old Newark man to the hospital. Shots rang out at Godwin Avenue and Carroll Street shortly after 10:30 p.m. Monday, April 15. As officers were arriving at the scene, a private vehicle was taking the victim to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center with non-fatal gunshot wounds, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Department Officer-In-Charge Isa Abbassi said in a joint release Tuesday. Valdes and Abbassi didn’t say whether any suspects had been arrested or identified.
GOTCHA! Fleeing Car Thief, 16, Captured By Paramus PD With Assist From Law Enforcement Partners GOTCHA! Fleeing Car Thief, 16, Captured By Paramus PD With Assist From Law Enforcement Partners
Gotcha! Fleeing Car Thief, 16, Captured By Paramus PD With Assist From Law Enforcement Partners Paramus police captured a 16-year-old Newark boy after he'd popped the ignition cylinder on an SUV parked in the owner's driveway. Officers Slavko Bajovic and Ryan Cottrell were responding to a call from the owner of the Bullard Road home when they saw the teen run from the 2017 Hyundai Tucson to a Sonata parked nearby shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday, April 14, Police Chief Robert Guidetti said. Guidetti's officers got help establishing a perimeter from a Bergen County Sheriff's K-9 unit and police from Bergenfield, River Edge and Rochelle Park police, Guidetti said. Bajovic found the Sonata …
Newark's Curfew For Kids Postponed: Mayor Newark's Curfew For Kids Postponed: Mayor
Newark's Curfew For Kids Postponed: Mayor The City of Newark has announced it is postponing its Juvenile Safety Ordinance, which was scheduled to go into effect on Friday, April 12. Mayor Ras Baraka and Public Safety Director Fritz G. Fragé said a press conference will be scheduled and announced next week to include plans for the city’s Summer Safety Initiative. Under the plan, unaccompanied minors, ages 17 and below, who are more than 100 yards from their residence between 11 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. the following day will be given a verbal warning and will be escorted to his or her residence and released to the care of his or her …
Man Who Punched Police Officers Breaking Up Brawl In Newark Captured 2 Days Later: Cops Man Who Punched Police Officers Breaking Up Brawl In Newark Captured 2 Days Later: Cops
Man Who Punched Police Officers Breaking Up Brawl In Newark Captured 2 Days Later: Cops A 31-year-old man has been arrested for punching police officers breaking up a brawl in Newark, authorities said. Khalil Cuttino, of Phillipsburg, had been wanted for aggravated assault on police officers in connection with the Friday, April 12 incident, and was taken into custody on Sunday, April 14, Newark Public Safety Director Fritz G. Fragé said. Officers responded to the 300 block of Clinton Avenue for a man with a handgun around 5:10 p.m. Friday, where a large crowd had gathered, Frage said. A male in the crowd, later identified as Cuttino, struck two officers with closed fists…
Crooked Cardio Doc Admits Pocketing $2 Million In Health Insurance Ripoffs Crooked Cardio Doc Admits Pocketing $2 Million In Health Insurance Ripoffs
Crooked Cardio Doc Admits Pocketing $2 Million In Health Insurance Ripoffs The owner and sole medical provider of a Middlesex County medical practice admitted in federal court that he pocketed nearly $2 million in a long-running series of blatant health insurance scams. Dr. Fazal Panezai, a 76-year-old cardiologist from Morganville, at one point submitted claims for a single day's worth of visits to his Matawan-Aberdeen Heart & Medical Center in May 2022 that totaled 27.9 hours, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said. Hei also billed health insurance providers more than $80,000 for office visits when he was out of the country, the U.S. attorney said. Panezai …
10-Year-Old Boy Missing From Newark For Days: Police 10-Year-Old Boy Missing From Newark For Days: Police
10-Year-Old Boy Missing From Newark For Days: Police A 10-year-old boy, who was last seen in Newark on Wednesday, April 10, is missing, police said.  Ayaan Khan left his home on North 13th Street between 7:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Newark Public Safety Director Fritz G. Fragé said. A frequent runaway, Khan is 4'6" and weighs 70 lbs., Fragé said.  The photo of Khan is from a few years ago,  Fragé said. Anyone with information about Khan's whereabouts is asked to call police at 1-877-695-8477.
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…
Newark Man Took $40K Worth Of Merch From Seven Cell Phone Stores: Linden PD Newark Man Took $40K Worth Of Merch From Seven Cell Phone Stores: Linden PD
Newark Man Took $40K Worth Of Merch From Seven Cell Phone Stores: Linden PD A 36-year-old Newark man was arrested and charged on Tuesday, March 19, with burglarizing seven cell phone stores in Linden in 2023, authorities said. Teshawn Campbell's crime spree occurred between May and Sept. 2023,  Capt. Christopher Guenther of the Linden Police Department said. Campbell stole more than $40,000 worth of merchandise and caused over $13,000 in damage during the burglaries, Guenther said. Campbell, who was charged with six counts of burglary, along with theft and weapons offenses, remains in custody at the Middlesex County Jail, Guenther said.
Car Thief Confronted By Wyckoff Homeowner Turns Out To Be 14-Year-Old Garfield Boy Car Thief Confronted By Wyckoff Homeowner Turns Out To Be 14-Year-Old Garfield Boy
Car Thief Confronted By Wyckoff Homeowner Turns Out To Be 14-Year-Old Garfield Boy A would-be car thief who fled a Wyckoff driveway after the new BMW X5’s owner confronted him turned out to be a 14-year-old boy from Garfield, authorities said. The teen hopped into a waiting Dodge Charger that was trailed by a Nissan Rogue, both of which sped from Atwood Place early one late-March morning, Wyckoff Police Lt. Joseph Soto said. Sgt. Ryan Noon tried stopping the Rogue but had to terminate the pursuit because of safety concerns, Soto said. Detective Sgt. Michael DeMaio took it from there, identifying the boy with help from Newark police who’d stopped the Charger, the lieutena…
140 Shopping Carts Stolen From NJ Shop-Rite Lot, Elderly Man, Younger Pal Busted 140 Shopping Carts Stolen From NJ Shop-Rite Lot, Elderly Man, Younger Pal Busted
140 Shopping Carts Stolen From NJ Shop-Rite Lot, Elderly Man, Younger Pal Busted A 77-year-old Cuban national and a middle-aged accomplice from Newark were arrested after 140 shopping carts were stolen from the Rochelle Park ShopRite over the course of two weeks, authorities said. The carts began vanishing from the parking lot of the West Passaic Street supermarket on March 27, Rochelle Park Police Capt. James M. DePreta said.By early this week, 140 were gone, the captain said. Total value: $28,000 (or $200 per).  Reviewing surveillance video with supermarket security, Rochelle Park Detective Sgt. Jared Shatkin and Detective Nick Mercoun identified a distinctive r…
Man Shot In Newark: Police Man Shot In Newark: Police
Man Shot In Newark: Police A man was shot in Newark on the early morning of Friday, April 5, authorities said. At 3:28 a.m., police responded to Astor Street near Pennsylvania Avenue on a report of a shooting, Newark Public Safety Director Fritz G. Fragé said. Officers were advised a man had arrived at University Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound and is in stable condition, Fragé said. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 1-877-695-8477.
Curfew For Kids: Newark Enacts 'Juvenile Safety Initiative' Curfew For Kids: Newark Enacts 'Juvenile Safety Initiative'
Curfew For Kids: Newark Enacts 'Juvenile Safety Initiative' As the weather gets warmer, New Jersey's largest city is taking action to keep kids safe. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Public Safety Fritz Fragé announced the city is launching an overnight for kids ages 17 and below, calling it a "Juvenile Safety Initiative." Under the initiative, unaccompanied minors, ages 17 and below, who are more than 100 yards from their residence between 11 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. the following day will be given a verbal warning and will be escorted to his or her residence and released to the care of his or her parent or guardian, Baraka and Fragé said. A second…
4 Newark Men, 2 With Records, Arrested In Shooting Of Georgia Fugitive: Cops 4 Newark Men, 2 With Records, Arrested In Shooting Of Georgia Fugitive: Cops
4 Newark Men, 2 With Records, Arrested In Shooting Of Georgia Fugitive: Cops Four Newark men including two with prior arrests were arrested after a man was shot in Union Township on Monday, April 8, authorities said. Quazir Robinson, 18, Dabson Fofana, 21, Yaleem Prothro, 23 and Mecca Latham, 23 have all been charged with aggravated assault and numerous weapons offenses in the shooting of a 44-year-old man in the backyard of a home at  Carnegie Place near Laurel Avenue, Union Township police said in a release. The victim was found having suffered a gunshot wound to his thigh and graze wound to his arm, and was profusely bleeding while lying on the ground …
Man Shot In Drive-By Shooting: Newark PD Man Shot In Drive-By Shooting: Newark PD
Man Shot In Drive-By Shooting: Newark PD A man was shot in a drive-by shooting in Newark on Monday, April 1, authorities said. At 10:30 p.m., police responded to University Hospital after a man walked in for treatment of a gunshot wound, Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé said.  The man said he was walking west on Springfield Avenue when a black SUV stopped in the area where he was walking and a passenger began shooting in his direction, Fragé said.  The man ran from the scene and was driven to University Hospital by a driver who offered him assistance, Fragé said. The man is in stable conditi…
Armed Robber Busted In Newark After April Fools Pursuit: Police Armed Robber Busted In Newark After April Fools Pursuit: Police
Armed Robber Busted In Newark After April Fools Pursuit: Police A 27-year-old Newark man was arrested and charged with attempting to rob two men at gunpoint in Bloomfield on Monday, April 1, police said. At 11:30 a.m., two men were picked up for work near the 100 block of Floyd Avenue by Alameen Mohammed in a silver Mercedes Benz, Bloomfield police said.  Mohammed brandished a handgun and demanded money from the men, police said. The men had no money and exited the vehicle before calling 911, police said. Newark police recognized Mohammed's vehicle and began a pursuit, officers said The vehicle crashed and officers pursued Mohammed on foot before …
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…
ICE Seizes Turkish National Charged With Sexually Assaulting Drive-Share Passenger In Fair Lawn ICE Seizes Turkish National Charged With Sexually Assaulting Drive-Share Passenger In Fair Lawn
ICE Seizes Turkish National Charged With Sexually Assaulting Drive-Share Passenger In Fair Lawn ICE agents took custody of a 33-year-old ride-share driver from Turkey after he was jailed on charges of sexually assaulting a female passenger in Fair Lawn. Ahmet Yusuf Aydemir sexually assaulted the woman “while she was a passenger in his vehicle” on Wednesday, April 3, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. He didn’t specify which ride-share service, however. Aydemir, a Turkish national who's been living in Garfield, was arrested on Thursday and charged with sexual assault and criminal sexual contact charges, records show. He was sent to the Bergen County Jail -- but he didn’…
Orange Man Seriously Injured After Truck Crashes Into Car On Route 78: NJSP Orange Man Seriously Injured After Truck Crashes Into Car On Route 78: NJSP
Orange Man Seriously Injured After Truck Crashes Into Car On Route 78: Njsp A 27-year-old Orange man was seriously injured after a vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer on Route 78 on the morning of Friday, April 5, authorities said. At 5:13 a.m. on Route 78 west in Newark, a Chevrolet passenger vehicle was stopped in the right lane due to a previous crash when it was truck by a Freightliner truck, Jeffrey Lebron, a spokesman for the New Jersey State Police said. The passenger of the Chevrolet was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries, Lebron said. The crash remains under investigation, Lebron said.
NJ Tax Preparer Got $1.43M For Himself, $40M For Clients In COVID Scam: Indictment NJ Tax Preparer Got $1.43M For Himself, $40M For Clients In COVID Scam: Indictment
NJ Tax Preparer Got $1.43M For Himself, $40M For Clients In COVID Scam: Indictment A Teaneck tax preparer illegally collected $1.43 million for himself and $40 million for clients from the IRS by purposefully exploiting COVID-related credits that neither he nor they were entitled to, a federal indictment alleges. Leon Haynes, 50, was originally arrested on a criminal complaint last July. The investigation leading to the charges continued before a grand jury in Newark. The result: a 55-count indictment for tax evasion, preparing false returns, aggravated ID theft and mail fraud, authorities said. Haynes fraudulently sought more than $150 million from the IRS by claim…
Trio Nabbed With Thousands Worth Of Designer Clothes, Bags, Anti-Security Device: Lyndhurst PD Trio Nabbed With Thousands Worth Of Designer Clothes, Bags, Anti-Security Device: Lyndhurst PD
Trio Nabbed With Thousands Worth Of Designer Clothes, Bags, Anti-Security Device: Lyndhurst PD Three out-of-towners traveling with thousands of dollars worth of stolen designer clothing and purses were busted by Lyndhurst police after the driver made an illegal turn in a vehicle that was missing both a front license plate and an inspection sticker. Officer Michael Clifford was on patrol in the area of Schuyler and Page avenues when it happened. As Clifford approached the vehicle after stopping it, he saw the rear passenger "remove her jacket and place it over something on the seat next to her," Detective Lt. Vincent Auteri said. She, the driver and a second passenger all said they d…
'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…