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PRESS RELEASE ARCHIVE FOR YEAR 2012
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DATE:  12/21/2012
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Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the employees of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office donated 800 toys and games to benefit 10 local agencies that serve needy families, including several that specialize in meeting the needs of families who are victims or survivors of violent crimes.

“Every day we have sad reminders of how violence can forever change the lives . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  12/21/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
1 juvenile, 16 adults

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio announced today that 17 individuals have been arrested and charged with possession of drugs, possession with intent to distribute and weapons offenses following a pre-dawn raid today in what the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, VIPER Unit, dubbed “Operation Buy Walk.’’

Today’s arrests are the culmination of a three-month investigation that led . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  12/19/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Reginald Anthony

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Reginald Anthony, 30, of East Orange was sentenced to 20 years in New Jersey state prison by the Honorable Peter J. Vazquez, J.S.C., for 2nd degree conspiracy to commit burglary in the 2010 home invasion and robbery that resulted in the death of 91-year-old Robert Nevius of Essex Fells.

Under the No Early Release . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  12/18/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Kajuan Murray

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio announced today that an arrest warrant has been issued for Kajuan Murray, 21, of Newark. He is wanted for the murder of Tony Johnson, 27, also of Newark.

On Dec. 3, at approximately 4 p.m. Newark Police officers responded to a report of shots fired. They discovered Johnson in the 300 . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  12/13/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Shahid Baskerville

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, J.S.C., sentenced Shahid Baskerville, 21, of Morristown to 30 years in New Jersey state prison for his role in the 2007 schoolyard robbery and triple murder of three Delaware State University students.

Terrance Aeriel, 18, Dashon Harvey and Iofemi Hightower, both 20, were murdered. Natasha Aeriel, 24, was shot and . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  12/11/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Raymond Roche

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County grand jury has returned a three-count indictment charging attorney Raymond Roche, 54, of Mahwah with 2nd degree theft, 2nd degree misapplication of entrusted funds and 1st degree financial facilitation of criminal activity.

Roche, who has a law practice in East Orange but lives in Mahwah, is charged with stealing more than $600,000 . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  12/11/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
John Melvin Moses

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that John Melvin Moses, Jr., 44, of Irvington pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree aggravated sexual assault against two boys, both under 14 years old.

Assistant Prosecutor Gigi Scoles, who handled the case, said Moses had been a friend of the victims’ family and intimately touched the boys for his own sexual gratification, . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  12/7/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Jamil Kollie

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Jamil Kollie, 19, of Newark of first degree robbery and weapons offenses following a trial before the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, J.S.C.

On January 19, 2011, Kollie pointed a gun at a man on the corner of Schley Street and Chancellor Avenue in Newark and demanded his money.

The victim had . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  12/5/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Melissa Wilson

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Mellissa Wilson, 35, of Newark of brutally assaulting another woman with a box cutter in a dispute over a man following a trial before the Honorable Thomas Moore, J.S.C.

Wilson was convicted on all charges – one count of burglary, one count of aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  12/3/2012
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Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will host its seventeenth “World Against Violence (WAV#17) Youth Conference, entitled: “Overcoming Obstacles: Achieving Your Goals!” on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.

This invitation-only youth conference will be held at Rutgers University, The Paul Robeson Center, at 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Newark from 9:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.

Approximately . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  12/3/2012
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Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, working with officials in the judicial system, the Public Defender’s Office and mental health experts, is launching an initiative designed to divert non-violent offenders with a history of a diagnosed mental illness to treatment programs as either an alternative to incarceration or in conjunction with incarceration.

Modeled after a similar . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  11/29/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
[8 adults]

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Orange Police Director Hakim Sims announced that eight individuals were charged today with distributing narcotics in the city of Orange. A ninth person was charged with possession of narcotics.

Following a month-long investigation in a targeted area of Orange, in response to complaints about the open-air sale of drugs, three women and six men were charged following . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  11/28/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Joseph Melillo

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio announced today that Joseph Melillo, 44, of Newark has been arrested for the murder of Therese Diggins, 58, also of Newark.

On Nov. 23, Newark Police located a female in the Passaic River in the area of 996 Route 21. Following an autopsy, it was determined Diggins had injuries that resulted . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  11/19/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
(under investigation)

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating a fatal crash that resulted in the death of an ambulance attendant.

Keith Chipepo, 30, of Montclair sustained fatal injuries today when the private ambulance he was riding in was involved in a collision with a Chrysler Pacifica. The collision also involved a food truck and a county . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  11/16/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Jean Joseph

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Jean Joseph, 39, of Irvington was sentenced by the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, J.S.C., to 15 years in New Jersey state prison for sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl.

In April of 2010, the defendant’s mother was babysitting the little girl who had just arrived in the U.S. from Haiti when the sexual assault occurred. At . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  11/15/2012
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Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Acting Deputy Chief Quovella M. Spruill will be sworn-in tomorrow as Deputy Chief of Detectives in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office during a 10 a.m. ceremony on the 14th Floor of the Leroy Smith Building, 60 West Market Street, Newark.

Acting Deputy Chief Spruill, who grew up in Newark and attended school here, will . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  11/13/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
(unknown)

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio announced today they are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in Newark.

On Friday, Nov. 9, Hykine Johnson, 35, of Newark was fatally shot at a gas station on the corner of Washington and Court Street in Newark at approximately 7:45 p.m.

The . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  11/9/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Gerardo Gomez

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Gerardo Gomez, 20, of Newark of three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder for his role the Aug. 4, 2007 triple murder at the Mount Vernon school yard in Newark.

Following a six-week trial before the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, J.S.C., the jury deliberated over three days . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  11/5/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
A. Thompson, D. Miller

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Derrick Miller, 24, and Arthur Thompson, 31, both of Newark of murdering Anthony Hunt, 47, of Irvington.

On Jan. 18, 2010 Hunt was fatally shot three times inside his Brighton Terrace residence. Hunt was home with his family when the two assailants broke in with masks and a gun and . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  10/22/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Maurice Mosley

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Maurice Mosley, 22, of Newark of murdering 29-year-old Douglas Brown, also of Newark.

On July 16, 2011 Mosley approached a van in the vicinity of Orange and Gray Streets in Newark in which two women and Brown were occupants. Mosley ordered them out of the car and robbed them. He . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  10/16/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Derrick Baker and 17-yr old juvenile

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced today that a juvenile and an adult male have been arrested and charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a young woman at Irvington Park.

The victim, an 18-year-old college student, was returning from night classes at approximately 6:40 p.m. yesterday. When she exited a bus, she was approached by two . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  10/15/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Matthew Kirnan

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Sherry A. Hutchins-Henderson, J.S.C., sentenced Matthew Kirnan, 52, of Ramsey to 7 years in state prison for three counts of theft by deception.

On July 18, 2012, Kirnan, a disbarred attorney and former mayor of Verona, pleaded guilty to stealing $750,000 from three clients he represented in real estate and other legal . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  10/11/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Nicholas Camasco

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Bloomfield Police Chief Christopher Goul announced today that Nicholas M. Camasco, 23, of Bloomfield has been charged with vehicular homicide and aggravated assault by auto in connection with the motor vehicle collision that resulted in the death of 16-year-old Christina Lembo, also of Bloomfield.

Camasco turned himself in today. He is currently being held at the . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  10/11/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
(Juvenile), Trique Spruell

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio announced today that two males have been arrested and charged with the murder of Jamil Bader, Jr., 18, of Newark.

Tyrique Spruell, 21, and a 16-year-old juvenile, both of Newark, were arrested and charged with murder. Spruell was arrested late last night. The juvenile was taken into custody this morning. Both . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  10/9/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Virgil Suggs

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio announced today Virgil Suggs, 42, of Newark has been arrested and charged with the murder of Bronique McLeod, 24, of Newark.

McLeod was shot while sitting in a vehicle in the 300 block of Hawthorne Avenue in Newark at approximately 11:28 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1. She was pronounced dead Oct. 2, . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  10/9/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Chiquitah Mayes

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Sahad Byrd, 23, of Newark pleaded guilty before the Honorable Peter J. Vazquez to aggravated manslaughter for killing his girlfriend, Chiquitah Mayes, 21, also of Newark.

On April 8, 2011 Byrd fatally stabbed Mayes at her grandmother’s Treacy Avenue home in Newark as she was preparing to relocate to South Carolina with her two children. . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  10/9/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Robert Johnson

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Judge Peter Ryan, J.S.C., sentenced Robert Johnson, 46, of Newark to eight years in New Jersey State Prison for sexually assaulting a developmentally delayed 14-year-old girl in the bathroom at a Rutgers University library in Newark.

On Feb. 24, 2011, three days after being released from state prison and while still wearing an . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  9/26/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Anthony Massenburg

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Joseph Cassini, III, J.S.C., sentenced Anthony Massenburg, 41, of Henderson, N.C. to 60 years in state prison for breaking into an Irvington apartment, hogtying, torturing and sexually assaulting two women and attempting to murder his nephew.

On January 21, 2010, Massenburg, who is originally from East Orange, with three other men, broke into . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  9/14/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Fredrick Lamont Daniels

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force is investigating a fatal stabbing at Branch Brook Park.

Fredrick Lamont Daniels, 41, was fatally stabbed this morning at the park. He was pronounced dead at University Hospital 12:29 a.m. The preliminary investigation indicates the stabbing was targeted and isolated.

No arrests have been made . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  9/14/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Justin Hazel

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Justin Hazel, 25, of East Orange of murder for fatally stabbing Floyd McLean, a 39-year-old East Orange father of three.

The case was tried before the Honorable Thomas M. Moore, J.S.C., over two days. The jury deliberated for 3 and ½ hours before returning the guilty verdict. In addition to . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  9/13/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Jamar Holmes

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Jamar Holmes, 32, of West Orange for the murder of Donald Andrews, 40, of East Orange.

After approximately 90 minutes of deliberation, the jury found Holmes guilty of murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Jurors watched a video tape showing the . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  8/31/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Erica Depalo

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and West Orange Police Chief James P. Abbott announced today that West Orange school teacher Erica Depalo, 33, of Montclair was charged today with having an illegal sexual relationship with a 15-year-old male student she taught in her Honor’s English class.

The arrest warrant charges Depalo with first degree aggravated sexual assault, second degree sexual assault and . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  8/31/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Lamar Hill

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Lamar Hill, 20, of East Orange has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault, eluding and receiving stolen property following a police pursuit yesterday that resulted in four people being injured.

The preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 1:50 p.m. yesterday officers from the East Orange Police Department observed a car that had been . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  8/31/2012
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(12 adult suspects, 5 juveniles

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio announced today the arrest of 12 suspects accused of 15 carjackings in Essex County during June, July and August.

“Carjackings pose a serious threat to the well-being of the community,’’ said Acting Prosecutor Murray. “We have been working closely with our federal partners, the New Jersey State Police and the Newark and . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  8/30/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Anthony Burrows

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio announced today that Anthony Burrows, 24, of Newark was arrested for the murder of Russell Lighten, Jr., 24, also of Newark.

On Aug. 20, Lighten was fatally shot in the 400 block of South 17th Street in Newark at approximately 9:35 p.m. He was pronounced dead at approximately 10 p.m. at University . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  8/28/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Rev Amir Natson

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Newark minister who filed a false insurance claim but failed to appear in court to face the charges.

Rev. Amir Natson, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, located at 119 Camden Street in Newark, was indicted for 2nd degree insurance fraud, 2nd degree conspiracy and 3rd . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  8/24/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Robert Goodwin

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Robert Goodwin, 49, of Newark of second degree insurance fraud for submitting a fraudulent insurance claim related to the theft and torching of his girlfriend’s vehicle.

“We hope this case sends a very clear message that people who lie to insurance companies and provide false documents will be . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  8/23/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Salvador Storch

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Judge Peter V. Ryan, J.S.C., sentenced Salvador Storch, 49, of West Orange to 30 years in state prison for aggravated sexual assault of a girl over a three year period.

On Thursday May 24, 2012, a jury found Storch, a West Orange mechanic, guilty of three counts of first degree aggravated assault, . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  8/13/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
[name unknown at this time]

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Irvington Police Director Joseph Santiago announced today the Irvington Police and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Bureau are searching for a man wanted for sexually assaulting a 23-year-old woman in Irvington.

On Aug. 8, at approximately 3 am the victim was sexually assaulted in 900 block of Clinton Avenue, Irvington.

The suspect is described as a . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  8/10/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Isaiah Brinson

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Isaiah Brinson, 18, of Irvington pleaded guilty to attempted first degree murder, first degree robbery, and second degree unlawful weapons possession.

Assistant Prosecutor Justin Edwab, who handled the case, said at approximately 10 a.m. on March 28, 2011, Brinson robbed at gunpoint a male Verizon worker who was about to climb a utility pole . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  8/9/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Nolvin Garcia

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and West Orange Police Chief James P. Abbott announced today that Nolvin Garcia, 24, of Orange is wanted for the murder of Jacques Nelson.

Nelson, 32, of Orange, was employed as a bouncer at Misty’s Restaurant and Bar located at 277 Main Street in West Orange. The father of four was fatally shot in the pre-dawn hours . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  8/7/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
(Juvenile)

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and East Orange Police Chief William C. Robinson announced today that the East Orange Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating an incident that resulted in the arrest of a 15-year-old juvenile from Newark.

The juvenile has been charge with assaulting a police officer, receiving stolen property and eluding police. His name is not being . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/30/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Colleth Merle Rhodes

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Peter V. Ryan, J.S.C., sentenced Colleth Merle Rhodes, 54, of Staten Island, N.Y. and Elizabeth, N.J., to 7 years in state prison for one count of second degree theft.

While working as an account manager at XCEL Federal Credit Union in Bloomfield, Rhodes made a series of transactions between 2005 and 2010, . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/27/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Lovett, Watford

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Acting Orange Police Director Hakim Sims announced that two individuals have been charged with the murder of Malcolm Bagley, a 19-year-old Orange resident who was attending Dean College in Massachusetts.

“Malcolm Bagley was a young man with a bright future until he was violently and senselessly killed on Memorial Day weekend,’’ said Acting Prosecutor Murray. “Through a . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/27/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Ernest Williams

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Montclair Police Chief David Sabagh announced today that Ernest Williams, Jr., 21, of Montclair has been arrested and charged with the murder of Brian Schiavetti, a 21-year-old of Villanova University student from Ridgefield, Ct.

“Our detectives and those the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force have been working around the clock methodically investigating this . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/26/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Luis Santiago

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Luis A. Santiago, 44, of Newark of 20 counts, including kidnapping and multiple counts of aggravated sexual assaulting for attacking his 26-year-old neighbor.

After deliberating over three days, the jury returned a verdict late today finding Santiago guilty of dragging his neighbor into his apartment and repeatedly sexually assaulting her . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/26/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Joel Hester

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Joel Hester, 25, of Newark for the murder of Oscar Ayo, Jr., 31, of Newark.

The jury reached its verdict after approximately four hours of deliberation. In addition to first degree murder, Hester, a reputed Bloods gang member whose street name is ‘Bandana,’ was also convicted of two weapons . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/25/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
(Juvenile)

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio announced today the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force and Newark Police are investigating a fatal shooting involving an off-duty Essex County Corrections Officer.

The preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 10:55 p.m. yesterday an off-duty corrections officer was approached by an armed masked man in the 300 block of . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/24/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Edelbarto Padilla

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Peter J. Vazquez, J.S.C., sentenced Edelbarto Padilla, 36, of Highland Park to 50 years in state prison for the murder of Carlos Manuel Freitas, 27, of Newark.

On October 24, 2002, the two men had an altercation at the Ugha Ugha Social Club at 43 Joseph Street in Newark. At that time the . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/19/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Jean Joseph

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Jean Joseph, 39, of Irvington of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl.

In April of 2010 when the crime occurred, the child was in the defendant’s home because the defendant’s mother was babysitting. Joseph brought the child to a secluded bedroom in the house away from the other children being cared . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/19/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Robert Claybrook

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Martin G. Cronin, J.S.C., sentenced Robert Claybrook, 31, of Orange to 14 years in state prison for stabbing his former girlfriend with a 12” butcher’s knife.

On September 16, 2011, the victim was found lying in the street near Linden Avenue in Bloomfield with severe stab wounds on her head, hands, face, upper . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/18/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Matthew Kirnan

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Matthew Kirnan, 52, of Ramsey entered a guilty plea admitting he stole $750,000 from three clients he was representing in real estate and other legal transactions.

Kirnan, a disbarred attorney, represented himself, when he pleaded guilty on July 16 to three counts of theft by deception before the Honorable Sherry Hutchins-Henderson, J.S.C.

Under the terms . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/13/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Darnell Williams

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Darnell Williams, 19, of Newark was indicted for the Nov. 12, 2011 murder and robbery of Kenneth Kwiatkowsky, 64, also of Newark.

Kwiatkowsky was killed during a robbery on Chapel Street in the East Ward. In addition to murder, the eight-count indictment charges Williams with two counts of aggravated assault, robbery, terroristic threats, felony . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/12/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Alchane Mayes, Jeshon Johnson

Acting Essex County Prosecutor and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio announced today that two teenagers have been arrested and charged with the murder of taxicab driver Rochenel Guerrier, 49, of Irvington.

Guerrier was killed in the predawn hours of Saturday, July 7. Just after 5 am Newark Police received a report of a car crash involving Guerrier’s taxicab and several parked cars. When they arrived . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/11/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Rolando Terrell

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Rolando Terrell, 40, of Newark for the September 8, 2008 murders of Candes McLean, 40; her daughter, Talia McLean, 18; her niece, Zakiyyah Jones, 18; and her boyfriend’s daughter, Latrisha Curruthers-Fields, 13, all of Irvington.

Terrell was found guilty of four counts of murder and four counts of felony murder.

On . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/10/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Rashad Ziegler, Robert Spann

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio announced today the Newark Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension Section, with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service, arrested two homicide suspects this morning.

“I congratulate all the detectives for an outstanding job in apprehending two suspects wanted in connection with these murders. The detectives worked tirelessly to ensure that these suspects were . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/6/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Rochenel Estinphil

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and East Orange Police Chief William C. Robinson announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force and the East Orange Police Department have arrested Rochenel Estinphil, 19, of East Orange for the murder of Tyree Thomas, 18, also of East Orange.

Thomas was fatally shot on July 5. He was pronounced dead at 5:30 . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/5/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Phillip Sessoms

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County Grand Jury returned a 5-count indictment charging Phillip Sessoms, 23, of Newark with the murder of Kendal Davis, 22, also of Newark.

In addition to murder, Sessoms is charged with two counts of second degree aggravated assault and two weapons offenses for possessing and using an illegally obtained handgun. The aggravated assault . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/5/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Robert Spann

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio announced today that an arrest warrant has been issued for Robert Spann, 31,
of Newark.

Spann is wanted by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force and the Newark Police in connection with a shooting homicide that occurred at 84 Brookdale Avenue in Newark.

Following a dispute, on June 26, Jamar . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  6/27/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
2 others, D. Zengotita, K. Adams, M. Paden, O. Martin

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio announced today that six individuals were arrested and charged in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Regina Baker, a 29-year-old Jersey City mother of five.

On June 19, Baker’s body was found inside a vacant townhouse on South 15th Street in Newark. She died from multiple gun shot wounds. She was . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  6/26/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Marie Jean-Francois

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Marie Jean-Francois, 46, of East Orange of aggravated assault for stabbing her husband.

The defendant’s 39-year-old husband had moved out of the house and was living in Irvington when Jean-Francois confronted him and stabbed him multiple times on Oct. 1, 2009.

The trial started on June 19 before the Honorable . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  6/22/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Venette Ovilde

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County Grand Jury returned a 38-count indictment charging Venette Ovilde aka Krisla Rezireksyon and Myriam Janvier with the murder of 8-year-old Christiana Glenn.

In addition to murder, Rezireksyon, who is the mother of the child, and Janvier, a friend who shared responsibility for the care of Christiana and her two younger siblings, were . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  6/22/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Oswald Hall

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Oswald Hall, 61, of Newark pleaded guilty to one count of third degree animal cruelty.

Assistant Prosecutor Dawn D’Amico, who handled the case, said on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2012 Hall kicked the dog, Zoey, in the head while wearing boots. Zoey, a small Chihuahua, belongs to his girlfriend’s sister. Both the . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  6/19/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
John Staten

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Peter J. Vazquez, J.S.C., sentenced John Staten, 32, of Orange to 18 years in state prison for killing Arthur Downey.

In March 2010 Downey, 27, of Maplewood was killed by Staten. The two met through a telephone chat service. Downey picked up Staten and drove him to his Maplewood home. Downey’s body was . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  6/18/2012
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Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio are seeking the public’s help in finding the person responsible for fatal a shooting at a Mavado concert in Newark.

An internationally known Reggae artist, Mavado, whose real name is David Constantine Brooke, was performing at the Palladium Ballroom, formerly known as Club Sensation, a night club located at 50 Branford . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  6/15/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Leon Thomas

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio announced today that Leon Thomas, 24, of Newark was arrested today for the murder of Ronald Kelly, 44, of Irvington.

Kelly was fatally shot on June 1, 2012 in the vicinity of 727 South 15th Street in Newark. Thomas was arrested at a private residence in the city of Newark without . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  6/13/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Haniyyah Barnes

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County Grand Jury has returned a four count indictment charging Haniyyah Barnes, 25, of Newark with second degree burglary, third Degree Animal Cruelty, third Degree Theft and third Degree Criminal Mischief.

The indictment alleges Barnes forcibly kicked in the door to the victim’s home and threatened and assaulted the victim over . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  6/12/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Rasul McNeil-Thomas

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County Grand Jury has indicted Rasul McNeil-Thomas, 20, of Newark for first degree murder, first degree conspiracy to commit murder, first and second degree carjacking, first degree attempted murder, second degree aggravated assault, two second degree weapons charges, and third degree child endangerment in connection with the death of off-duty Newark Police . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  6/12/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Roberto Ortiz

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County Grand Jury has indicted Roberto Ortiz, 32, of Newark for first degree murder and fourth degree hindering prosecution charges in the death of Sylvia Paucer, 37, of Newark.

On November 9, 2011, Paucer was found unresponsive in her car on the 100th block of Stone Street, where she lived. Her teenage son . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  6/6/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Trevor Rodrigues

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Trevor Rodrigues, 32, of East Orange was found guilty by an Essex County Jury of brutally beating his 31-year-old wife with a cable wire.

The trial began on May 29, 2012 before the Honorable Joseph Cassini, III, J.S.C. This morning, Rodrigues was found guilty of all 10 counts charged in the indictment, including two . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  6/6/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Khalif Paden

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Khalif Paden, 23, of East Orange was found guilty by an Essex County jury of carjacking, robbery, conspiracy, aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, credit card theft and hindering apprehension.

The jury deliberated for about an hour and 15 minutes before returning a guilty verdict in the case tried before the Honorable Martin Cronin, J.S.C.

According to . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  6/4/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
A. Maldonado, J. Pettus, R. Gonnella

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that three Essex County employees working in the Parks Department were charged with third degree theft and conspiracy to commit theft.

The three employees are maintenance repairer Albert Maldonado, 40, of Elizabeth; coordinator of maintenance services, Rocco Gonnella, 44, of Toms River; and laborer Jimmie Pettus, 45, of Irvington. The three have been employed in . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  6/4/2012
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Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray along with East Orange Police Chief William C. Robinson and East Orange Fire Director Charles Salley announced today the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, with assistance from local officials, is investigating the fatal fire that took the life of 55-year-old Willie Neal Springfield and her 3-year-old grandson, Shaquan Brown.

Both the grandmother and the grandson were residents of . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  5/30/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Raymond White

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County Grand Jury has indicted Raymond White, 26, of Newark for first degree murder and two second degree weapons possession charges in the death of Hameek Thomas, 18, of Orange.

On August 31, 2011, at approximately 10 p.m., Thomas was shot in the 200th block of Cleveland Street. The victim was taken to . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  5/30/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Tray Barnard

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Tray Barnard, 32, was arrested for possession and distribution of child pornography.

Barnard, of East Orange, is a substitute teacher in Newark and has most recently taught at Weequahic High School.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit and Cyber Crimes Task Force conducted a peer-to-peer investigation with cyber crimes detectives in Ohio leading to . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  5/29/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
(unknown at this time)

Acting Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Task Force and Newark Police Department are investigating an early morning homicide in Newark’s South Ward. Abdullah Parrish, 26 of Newark was fatally shot in the area of 661 Frelinghuysen Avenue at approxmiately 1 am this morning. When the Police arrived they found . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  5/25/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Anthony Barham

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Anthony Barham, 46, was arrested for abducting and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy as the teen walked along the street in Newark.

Barham, who has lived in East Orange, Newark and Irvington, was charged today with first degree kidnapping, first degree aggravated sexual assault, second degree sexual assault, third degree criminal sexual contact and third . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  5/25/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Salvador Storch

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Salvador Storch, 49, of West Orange was found guilty by an Essex County jury of 10 counts arising from the sexual abuse of a young family member over a number of years.

The jury deliberated for 3 1/2 hours over two days before reaching a verdict. Assistant Prosecutor Tony Gutierrez, of the Essex County . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  5/21/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Omar Bridges

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Omar Bridges, 32, of East Orange was found guilty by an Essex County jury. Bridges was found guilty of attempted murder, aggravated assault, receiving stolen property and multiple weapons offenses.

In a separate proceeding, Bridges was also found guilty of being a convicted felon carrying a weapon. Assistant Prosecutor Brian Matthews tried the case before . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  5/17/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
John Staten

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that John Staten, 32, of Orange plead guilty yesterday to aggravated manslaughter and weapons offenses for killing 27-year-old Arthur Downey, III, at his Maplewood home.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Staten will be sentenced to 18 years. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 19, 2012 by the Honorable Peter J. Vazquez, J.S.C. . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  5/16/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Al-Quadir Williford

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County Grand Jury has indicted Al-Quadir Williford, 17, of Newark for first degree murder and two second degree weapons possession charges in the death of Dechania Edwards, 23, of Newark.

On August 29, 2011, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Edwards was shot in the 100th block of 12th Avenue. Police found her bleeding on . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  5/15/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Rasheed Bush

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County Grand Jury has indicted Rasheed Bush, 19, of Newark for first degree murder and two second degree weapons possession charges in the death of 19-year-old Daniel Rivera of Newark.

At approximately 2:15 a.m. on September 2, 2011, Rivera was shot multiple times while walking along Riverview Court in Newark. He was taken . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  5/9/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Michael Gilyard

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Michael Gilyard, 33, of East Orange has been indicted in connection with the death of Fred Atterberry, 45, of East Orange.

An Essex County Grand Jury returned a three-count indictment charging Gilyard with leaving the scene of an accident, causing a death while driving with a suspended license, and endangering an injured victim.

On . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  5/9/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Alberto Nunez

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County Grand Jury has indicted Alberto Nunez, 20, of West Orange for first degree aggravated manslaughter, second degree vehicular homicide, second degree aggravated assault, and fourth degree aggravated assault by automobile in the death of 18-year-old Adreana B. Nelson of West Orange.

At approximately 12:57 a.m. on September 18, 2010, Nunez was driving . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/30/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Elijah Sumler

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Elijah Sumler, 31, of Newark was sentenced by Honorable Peter Ryan, J.S.C., to 15 years for second degree conspiracy to commit robbery and a weapons offense.

Second degree offenses ordinarily carry a 5 to 10 year sentence but Assistant Prosecutor Justin Edwab argued for an extended prison sentence, as allowed by law, because Sumler had . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/27/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
John McLachlan

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Newark Arson Squad arrested John M. McLachlan, 47, of Brick Township for setting a truck on fire in Newark.

McLachlan is charged with second degree aggravated arson, third degree burglary and third degree criminal mischief for torching a Ford F-250 pickup truck in the parking lot of his . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/24/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Edelbarto Padilla

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Edelbarto Padilla, 35, of Highland Park for the murder of Carlos Manuel Freitas, 27, of Newark following a six-day trial before the Honorable Peter J. Vazquez, J.S.C. In addition to murder, Padilla was also found guilty of two weapons offenses.

Back on Oct. 24, 2002, the two men were . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/24/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Sylvia Sexius

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced that the Essex County Prosecutors Office Financial Crimes Unit arrested Sylvia Sexius, 46, of Orange today for carrying out a scheme to defraud a Newark woman.

Sexius was charged with 2nd degree Theft by Deception, 4th degree Forgery and 3rd degree Theft by Unlawful Taking.

It is alleged that in October 2011, a Newark woman reported to Newark . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/20/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Nirell Logan

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced Nirell Logan, 26, of Irvington was sentenced today by the Honorable Judge Peter V. Ryan, J.S.C., to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison for first degree carjacking and second degree conspiracy to commit robbery and/or burglary.

“We argued for an extended-term sentence given the violent nature of the crime and the fact that the . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/20/2012
DEFENDANT(s):

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will celebrate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, an annual observance recognizing crime victims and those who serve them.

President Barack Obama has designated April 22 to April 28, 2012 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The theme for this year’s national commemoration is “Extending the Vision, Reaching Every Victim.”

The Essex County . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/18/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Lee Moir

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray, Livingston Police Chief Craig Handschuch and the Toronto Police Services announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit and the Livingston Police Department are actively investigating a case involving 12-year-old girl who was threatened and sexually abused by an adult male who initially posed as Justin Bieber on Facebook.

The Cyber Crimes Unit’s investigation . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/11/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
17 yr old male, K. Rhodes, R. White

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Orange Police Director John Rappaport announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force and the Orange Police Department have made three arrests in connection with two homicides in Orange.

Raymond White, 26, of Newark was arrested for the murder of Hameek Thomas, 18, of Orange.
Thomas was killed on Aug. 31, 2011 on . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/4/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Ania Marcinkiewicz

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Cedar Grove Police Chief Richard Vanderstreet announced today that Ania Marcinkiewicz, 35, of Cedar Grove was arrested on Tuesday and charged with one count of 2nd degree aggravated assault and two counts of 2nd degree endangering the welfare of a child.

It is alleged that Marcinkiewicz assaulted her eight-week-old baby girl, resulting in a fractured skull . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/28/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Khalid Khan

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County Grand Jury indicted Khalid Khan, 43, of Bloomfield for the murder of his estranged wife Shazmina Khan, 31, of Montclair.

The indictment alleges Ms. Khan was fatally stabbed in her Montclair home on July 3, 2011. The four-count indictment also charges the defendant with two weapons offenses and endangering the . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/27/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Juquan Walker

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Thomas Moore, J.S.C. sentenced Juquan Walker, 24, of Irvington to 15 years in New Jersey State Prison yesterday for possessing cocaine, possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, weapons offenses and resisting arrest.

Walker, who has two prior felony convictions and was on probation at the time of the latest offense, . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/26/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
James Perry

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced that the Honorable Joseph A. Portelli, J.S.C., today sentenced James Perry, 24, of East Orange to 40 years in New Jersey State Prison for killing a mother and her son while speeding in a stolen car. Perry must serve 30 years before he will be eligible for parole.

After an 18-day trial an Essex County jury . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/23/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Joseph Mastriani

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Joseph Mastriani, 32, of Bloomfield was sentenced to five years in New Jersey State Prison by the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, J.S.C., for his role in a criminal scheme to smuggle drugs, cell phones and other contraband into the Essex County Correctional Facility.

“When a corrections officer smuggles narcotics, cell phones and other contraband . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/23/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Spyridon Gizas

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Parsippany restaurant owner Spyridon Gizas, 53, was sentenced to five years in New Jersey State Prison today by the Honorable Peter J. Vazquez, J.S.C. for his role in a credit card fraud scheme.

“Even though I argued for a longer sentence, I am satisfied with the outcome. Financial crimes are not victimless crimes. . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/21/2012
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Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will hold its first youth conference to address issues of particular significance to teenage males on Friday, March 23, 2012.

More than 200 male students from various high schools in Essex County are expected to attend the “From Boys to Men” youth conference. The goal of the one-day summit is . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/16/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Jose Carranza

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Jose Carranza, 32, of Newark was sentenced today to 155 years in New Jersey State Prison by the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, J.S.C. for his role in a triple murder at Mount Vernon schoolyard in Newark.

Assistant Prosecutor Romesh Sukhdeo, who tried the case, said, “We are very satisfied with the sentence imposed by Judge . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/15/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
[25 individuals]

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Orange Police Director John E. Rappaport announced today that 25 individuals involved in street level drug distribution have been charged as part of a joint operation with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and Orange Police Department.

The four-month long investigation dubbed “Operation Clean Sweep’’ ended this past weekend with the arrest of 16 of 25 defendants . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/14/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Dwayne Flourney

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Maplewood Police Chief Robert Cimino announced today that Dwayne Flourney, 26, of Maplewood has been arrested and charged with murdering his father and grandmother.

The victims are Sandra Flourney, 76, a retired school teacher, and Brian Flourney, 52, an investigator employed by the Union County Public Defender’s Office. Both lived at 5 Northview Terrace. The son lived . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/6/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Barbara Queen

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Barbara Queen, 75, a retired West Orange school teacher currently living in East Hanover, has been charged with first degree financial facilitation and theft for her role in a scheme to sell fraudulent stock.

On Feb. 10, of this year, Queen was charged with engaging in the same conduct by inducing a California doctor to . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/5/2012
DEFENDANT(s):

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio announced today that detectives from the Newark Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are attempting to determine the identity of a person who washed ashore on the South bank of the Passaic River adjacent to the exit ramp for the Jackson Street Bridge in the Ironbound . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/2/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Garrett Bryant

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio announced today that Newark Police and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force arrested Garrett Bryant, 38, of Newark for the murder of Al-Kareem Dunell, 33, of Irvington.

“I applaud the tireless efforts of the members of the Newark Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/2/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Nirell Logan

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Nirell Logan, 26, of Irvington of first degree carjacking and second degree conspiracy to commit robbery and/or burglary.

In a case tried before the Honorable Peter V. Ryan, J.S.C., the jury deliberated for two days before returning a verdict late yesterday finding Logan guilty of the two charges. He was . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  2/27/2012
DEFENDANT(s):

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio are reporting two separate fatalities in the City of Newark :

The first was a single car crash on Route 21 northbound by the Grafton Avenue exit at 9:30 pm on Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 . A Toyota being driven by a 21 year old Newark man hit the center median and . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  2/22/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Kyron Washington

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County Grand Jury has indicted Kyron Washington, 24, of Newark for the murder of Arlene Fields, 42, of East Orange.

The Grand Jury returned a five-count indictment charging Washington with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault, second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun and second-degree possession of a handgun for an unlawful . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  2/21/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Forrest Thomas

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Forrest Thomas, 45, of Newark was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Carol Spratt, his mother-in-law.

An ailing, 76-year-old woman who was on oxygen 24 hours a day, Spratt relied on Thomas to take care of her. Thomas was convicted of murdering Ms. Spratt and disturbing human remains on Friday, Dec. . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  2/14/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Jose Carranza

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Jose Carranza, 32, of Newark was found guilty by an Essex County jury of three counts of felony murder and four counts of first degree armed robbery.

He was acquitted of three counts of murder, sexual assault, one count of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit murder and weapons charges.

“If it . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  2/10/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Ahmad Taylor

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Ahmad Taylor, 21, of Newark of passion/provocation manslaughter for killing a Newark man in a dispute over Nicki Minaj CDs.

On Jan. 16, 2011 Amir McLean, 19, of Newark was fatally shot when he and Taylor got into an argument over Nicki Minaj CDs. McLean was arguing with his girlfriend . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  2/10/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Barbara Queen

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Barbara Queen, 75, of East Hanover has been charged with second degree theft by deception and second degree financial facilitation for her role in a scheme to sell fraudulent stock.

It is alleged that she worked with William C. Martucci, 69, of Millburn. Martucci was arrested on Jan. 6, and charged with the same offenses. . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  2/8/2012
DEFENDANT(s):

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray stated today the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has not filed charges against the two students who were involved in an incident that ended with the death of Gian Davis, 30, of Newark.

The investigation remains active and ongoing but the preliminary results indicate the two Essex County college students were walking in the 300 block of Bloomfield Avenue . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  1/31/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Andre DeMelo

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced that Andre DeMelo, 29, of Newark was arrested today by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Task Force with assistance from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team and charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.

A search warrant was executed at his apartment in the 500 block of Irvine Turner Blvd in Newark. . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  1/31/2012
DEFENDANT(s):

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office takes a proactive approach to crime prevention. In doing so, we have created the Community Justice Unit. This Unit is dedicated to creating and putting forth programs aimed at providing children and adolescents with positive alternatives and strategies to prevent delinquency.

The Community Justice Unit holds a five week summer internship program to introduce high school juniors to . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  1/30/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Michelet Glaude

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced an Irvington man who kidnapped and attempted to murder his girlfriend was sentenced today to 25 years in New Jersey State Prison by the Honorable Peter V. Ryan, J.S.C.

Judge Ryan sentenced 42-year-old Michelet Glaude to 25 years. He must serve 21 years before he is eligible for parole under the No Early Release Act.

In November an . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  1/26/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
James Perry

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted James Perry, 24, of Newark of 11 counts, including manslaughter by eluding, in connection with the death of Joselin Lizardo, 34, and her 10-year-old son, Aneudy Breton, both of Newark.

Ms. Lizardo was running errands just blocks from her home when her Toyota Corolla was hit by Perry who was . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  1/25/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
(at large)

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and East Orange Police Chief William Robinson announced today the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force and the East Orange Police are investigating the homicide of Lisa Lango, 45, of East Orange.

Ms. Lango was discovered at her home at approximately 8 a.m. in the 200 block of Grove Street in East Orange. She was . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  1/25/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Victor Sanchez

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Victor Sanchez, 28, of Newark pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in connection with the death of Felix Torres-Diaz, 43, of Venezuela.

According to Assistant Prosecutor Rachel Gran, who handled the case, the victim and Sanchez got into an altercation. On Oct. 17, 2009 Sanchez returned to the 200 block of Park Avenue in Newark, shortly . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  1/25/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Yvonne Walker

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County Grand Jury has indicted Yvonne Walker, 45, for the murder and robbery of 88-year-old Cassetta Blunt.

The grand jury returned a five-count indictment charging Walker with murder, felony murder, robbery, unlawful possession of a knife and possession of a knife for an unlawful purpose.

The indictment alleges that Ms. Blunt was fatally . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  1/24/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
(Juvenile), Isiah Adams

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio announced today that a 16-year-old juvenile and 18-year-old Isiah Adams, both of Newark, have been arrested for the robbery and murder of Miguel Torres, 37, also of Newark.

Mr. Torres, the owner of JNC Mini Mart located at 346 14th Avenue in Newark, was fatally shot at approximately 6:14 p.m. on Tuesday, . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  1/17/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
(at large)

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio are asking for help from the public in apprehending the two suspects wanted for the murder of Miguel A. Torres, 37, of Newark.

Mr. Torres, the owner of the JNC Mini Mart, located at 346 14th Avenue in Newark, was shot at approximately 6:14 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. He was transported . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  1/6/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
Isaiah Wise

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced Isaiah Wise, 53, of Newark was sentenced today to seven years in New Jersey state prison by the Honorable Peter V. Ryan, J.S.C., for stealing nearly $1 million from Saint Barnabas Long Term Care Division.

Wise, former manager of the billing office at Saint Barnabas, set up Procare, a fake holding company. He fraudulently deposited . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  1/6/2012
DEFENDANT(s):
William Martucci

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that William C. Martucci, 69, of Millburn was arrested today and charged with 2nd degree Theft by Deception and 2nd Degree Financial Facilitation.

It is alleged that between 2004 and 2007, Martucci induced a California man to invest $100,000 in fraudulent stock. Martucci removed the $100,000 from the account within a week of the transfer. . . . READxMORE


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