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PRESS RELEASE ARCHIVE FOR YEAR 2013
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DATE:  12/31/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
(Juvenile), A. Fields, D. Pendergrass, R. Langford

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray, Irvington Police Director Joseph Santiago, Newark Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio, East Orange Police Chief William C. Robinson, along with State and Federal officials, announced today that four arrests have been made and warrants have been issued for 1 suspect wanted in the holiday spree of homicides in Essex County.

“I would like to extend my condolences . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  12/19/2013
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Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will host its 18th “World Against Violence (WAV#18) Youth Conference,” tomorrow for approximately 300 middle school students from Irvington, Orange, East Orange, Cedar Grove and Newark.

Entitled: “Learning to Succeed to Reach Your Goals!” the purpose of the summit is to engage middle school students in a one day program . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  12/3/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Clarence Williams

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, Judge of the Superior Court, sentenced Clarence Williams, 42, of Newark to 25 years in New Jersey State Prison for carjacking a 21-year-old West Orange man.

Following a two week trial, on Sept. 25, Williams was convicted by an Essex County jury of one count of carjacking.

The crime occurred . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  11/21/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Hakim Jones

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Hakim Y. Jones, 23, of Newark was arraigned yesterday before the Honorable Michael A. Petrolle after the return of a 38-count indictment by the Grand Jury.

The indictment alleges that the defendant committed aggravated sexual assaults of five women and girls over a 10 day period between March 5, 2013 and March 15, 2013. . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  11/7/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
(none at this time)

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force and the Professional Standards Bureau of the Prosecutor’s Office are investigating a police involved shooting.

The preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 12:30 p.m. on 4th Avenue and North 9th Street in the city of Newark, officers with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department Bureau of Narcotics . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  10/24/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Khaalid Fate

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Khaalid Fate, 37, of Newark of two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer following a trial before the Honorable Sherry Hutchins-Henderson, Judge of the Superior Court.

The jury also convicted Fate’s co-defendant, George Jones, 45, of Newark of resisting arrest.

According to Assistant Prosecutor Roger Imhof, who tried . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  10/4/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Khalid Khan

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury late today convicted a Bloomfield man of fatally stabbing his estranged wife in her Montclair home.

Following a three-week trial before the Honorable Martin G. Cronin, Judge of the Superior Court, the jury found Khalid Khan, 44, guilty of murdering Shazmina Khan, 31. He was also found guilty of two weapons . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  9/27/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Nadiyah Venable

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Sherry A. Hutchins-Henderson, J.S.C. sentenced Nadiyah Venable, 23, of Newark to 55 years state prison for the murder of Sha-Ron Moens, a 29-year-old mother of three from Newark.

On May 15, 2010 a pregnant Venable, accompanied by her then 15-year-old cousin, went to Moens’ home. Venable threw bleach in the victim’s eyes and . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  9/25/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Clarence Williams

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Clarence Williams, 42, of Newark of carjacking following a trial before the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, Judge of the Superior Court.

Following a two week trial, the jury returned a verdict this morning finding Williams guilty of one count of carjacking a 21-year-old West Orange man.

Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Jamel . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  9/17/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Nolvin Garcia

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Peter J. Vazquez, J.S.C., sentenced Nolvin Garcia, 25, also known as Jose Elvin Lendos Garcia, of Orange, to 24 years in New Jersey state prison for 1st degree aggravated manslaughter and 1st degree attempted murder in the fatal shooting of Jacques Nelson, 32, of Orange.

On August 6, 2012, Nelson, a father . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  9/11/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Muhammed Farooq

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Muhammed Farooq, 49, of Somerset pleaded guilty today before the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, Judge of the Superior Court, to one count of 2nd degree theft by deception in connection with a scheme to defraud the Food Stamp program.

Following a joint investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General Office, Homeland . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  8/20/2013
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Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force and the Newark Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in a Feb. 26, 2013 robbery and a subsequent attempted robbery and homicide.

A composite sketch of the suspect is attached.

The robbery occurred in the vicinity . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  8/19/2013
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On August 19, 2013, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray joined U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura and Newark Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio to announce the launch of a joint anti-carjacking public awareness campaign.

Aimed at raising awareness of the serious consequences carjackers face, the campaign will include billboards, bus placards and flyers. The message is that carjacking is . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  8/15/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
James Fiol

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Glen Ridge Police Chief Sheila Byron-Lagattuta announced today that an arrest has been made in connection with an arson that occurred in the early morning hours of August 11, 2013 in Glen Ridge.

At approximately 1:20 am on Sunday, Glen Ridge police responded to a residence on Clinton Road on reports of a fire. Arriving officers observed . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  8/13/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Tina Lunney

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Thomas M. Moore, J.S.C., sentenced Tina Lunney, 46, of Fairfield to 40 years in New Jersey State Prison for murdering her mother, Marie Zoppi.

Lunney is required to serve 85 percent of her sentence under New Jersey’s No Early Release Act before becoming eligible for parole.

On July 22, 2009 Lunney used a . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  8/13/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Abdul Holman

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Thomas M. Moore, J.S.C., sentenced Abdul Holman, 26, of Newark to 25 years in New Jersey State Prison for attempted murder.

Under the No Early Release Act, Holman must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Assistant Prosecutor Allan Nawrocki, who tried the case, said, on March 21, . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  8/8/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Jose Cruz

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Jose Cruz, 40, of Irvington of sexually assaulting a girl repeatedly over a period of 2 years when she was between the ages of 9 and 10 years old.

Following a four-day trial before the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, J.S.C., the jury returned a verdict finding Cruz guilty of . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  8/2/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Raheem Battles

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, J.S.C., sentenced Raheem Battles, 32, of Orange to 20 years in state prison for carjacking.

On March 20, 2012, the victim, a 53-year-old Livingston man, was carjacked by Battles in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant on Main Street in Orange. Battles entered the vehicle from the passenger . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/31/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Kisha Curtis

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced that this afternoon Kisha Curtis, 29, of Irvington, pled guilty before the Honorable Joseph Cassini, III, J.S.C., to the indictment which charges her with one count of 4th degree animal cruelty.

The case was scheduled to go to trial tomorrow.

Back in March of 2011 Curtis was charged with animal cruelty for abandoning and starving the dog . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/30/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
John Warnock

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the State Grand Jury returned a four-count indictment charging an Essex County Sheriff’s Officer with official misconduct, criminal restraint, criminal coercion and terroristic threats.

During the late night hours of Oct. 5, 2012 and the early morning hours of Oct. 6, 2012, John P. Warnock, 39, currently of Newark, allegedly presented himself as a sheriff’s . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/23/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Jose Garcia-Lendos

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Jose Garcia-Lendos, a 25-year-old undocumented Honduran living in Orange, pleaded guilty today before the Honorable Peter J. Vazquez, J.S.C., to aggravated manslaughter for the Aug. 6, 2012 killing of Jacques Nelson, 32, also of Orange.

A father of four, Nelson was killed trying to stop a fight between bar patrons outside Misty’s Restaurant . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/15/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
John Mekell Jr.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Essex Fells Police Chief Vincent Kulik announced today that John Mekell, Jr., 46, has been charged with the murder of his father, John Mekell Sr., 69, both of Essex Fells.

At approximately 3:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2013, Essex Fells Police officers were summoned to Fellscrest Road on a call of a suicidal male on the . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/12/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
(unknown at this time)

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio are seeking help from the public identifying individuals in these surveillance photos from the Bergen Street IHOP restaurant murder which occurred on March 23.

The IHOP manager, Papa Khaly Ndiaye, 30, was killed and a second person was shot but survived.

** It should be noted that the person in Photo #1 is . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/8/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Jamal Peoples

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Joseph C. Cassini, III, J.S.C., sentenced Jamal Peoples, 27, of Newark to 15 years in state prison for 1st degree robbery and 1st degree aggravated sexual assault.

On May 25, 2011 at approximately 10 p.m., Peoples walked past a male and female couple near the gazebo at Riverbank Park in Newark. He returned . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/3/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Kevin Lloyd

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Kevin Lloyd, 44, of Newark was sentenced to life in prison without parole by the Honorable Alfonse Cifelli, J.S.C., after an Essex County jury found him guilty of attempted murder and weapons charges.

Lloyd was convicted of attempting to murder Terrell Smith, 23, of Newark as Smith exited a pizzeria at 125 Avon . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  6/27/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Nadiyah Venable

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Nadiyah Venable, 23, of Newark of murder, felony murder, conspiracy, burglary and weapons offenses for the brutal stabbing death of Sha-Ron Moens, a 29-year-old mother of three.

In a trial before the Honorable Sherry Hutchins-Henderson, J.S.C., the jury deliberated for just a few hours today before returning a guilty verdict . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  6/12/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Henry Milstrey

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Henry Milstrey, 46, pleaded guilty to assaulting Robert Kevin Waters, president of the Newark Little League, during a game on June 8, 2011.

Following a two week trial and two days of jury deliberations, Milstrey informed the Honorable Thomas M. Moore, the judge presiding over the trial, he wanted to enter a guilty plea.

Waters, . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  5/15/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Peter Dicostanzo

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County Grand Jury returned an 18-count indictment against Millburn Fire Inspector Peter Dicostanzo, 40, and his wife Angela Discostanzo, 35.

The indictment charges the Nutley couple with theft, forgery, and misapplication of entrusted funds for the unauthorized use of money and the sale of jewelry belonging to Mr. Dicostanzo’s grandmother.

Following the . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  5/13/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Jaworski Sneed

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Peter V. Ryan sentenced Jaworski Sneed, 20, of East Orange, to life in state prison for murdering Daryl Logan, 47, of Newark.

Logan was fatally shot on Christmas Eve 2010 outside a Newark grocery store where he worked. Logan left the store, located at Osborne Terrance and Shephard Avenue, to break up a . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  5/9/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Kenneth Glasco

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Kenneth Glasco, 47, of Irvington of 3rd degree leaving the of accident and 3rd degree endangering an injured victim.

On Aug. 3, 2011 at approximately 1 a.m. Glasco, who was driving his car, struck then 50-year-old Carl Russell who was traveling on a bicycle. Glasco left the scene leaving . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  5/8/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Muhammed Farooq

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Muhammed Farooq, 49, of Somerset has been arrested and charged with first 1st degree money laundering, 2nd degree theft by deception and 4th degree Food Stamp fraud.

Following a joint investigation by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Inspector General’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations multiple search . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  5/3/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Anwar Crockett

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Anwar Crockett, 32, and Ali Ibn Karim, 31, both of Elizabeth, were sentenced to extended prison terms today by the Honorable Martin Cronin, J.S.C.

Crockett was sentenced to 30 years with a 22-year period of parole ineligibility. Karim was sentenced to 24 years with a 19-year period of parole ineligibility. Earlier this year an Essex . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/29/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Marcelus Tonic

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Bloomfield Police Chief Christopher Goul announced today that arrest warrants have been issued for Marcelus Tonic, 25, of Newark.

Tonic is wanted for the murder of 24-year-old Ron E. Jean of Belleville. Jean was fatally shot on April 27 at approximately 3:30 am in the 500 block of Beardsley Avenue in Bloomfield. He was pronounced dead at . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/29/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Hugo Fierro

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Peter V. Ryan, J.S.C., sentenced former Newark Police Officer Hugo Fierro, 46, of Newark, to 5 years in New Jersey state prison for assaulting a 44-year-old man with his weapon in front of Tony’s Marisqueira Bar and Restaurant in Newark in 2011

On May 8, 2011, Fierro, an 11-year veteran of the Newark . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/24/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Raheem Cleveland

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Raheem Cleveland, 33, of Newark of murder, attempted murder and weapons offenses.

Following a three-day trial before the Honorable Joseph C. Cassini, III, the jury deliberated a day and half before reaching a verdict finding Cleveland guilty on all charges.

“We believe justice was served,’’ said Assistant Prosecutor Romesh Sukhdeo, . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/22/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Fidel Ortez

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that following a joint investigation by the Port Authority Police of New York and New Jersey and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Fidel Ortez, a bus driver who struck and killed a pedestrian at Newark Liberty International Airport, has been arrested.

Fidel Ortez, 47, of West New York, has been charged with second degree leaving the . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/22/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Bridgette Rivera

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio announced today that Bridgette Rivera, 21, of Belleville has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of Michael Perez, 20, of Newark.

At approximately 7:57 p.m. Perez was shot on Saturday, April 20, in his apartment located in the 300 block of Clifton Avenue in Newark. He died a few . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/22/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Felicia Wiliams

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Felicia Williams, 38, of Montclair was indicted on charges of aggravated manslaughter for the Jan. 13 fatal stabbing of Herbert W. Spriggs, III, 47, also of Montclair.

Following an early morning argument between the couple, Williams allegedly stabbed Spriggs one time in the residence they shared in the 200 block of Claremont Avenue. Spriggs . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/22/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Joseph Melillo

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Joseph Melillo, 45, who was homeless but has resided in Newark, was indicted for the November 2012 murder of Therese Diggins, 58, also of Newark.

The body of Diggins was pulled from the Passaic River the day after Thanksgiving in 2012. She died from strangulation, She also sustained stab or puncture wounds and blunt force . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/22/2013
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Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will kick off National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by unveiling a new 30-minute video and an updated website focusing on the needs of crime victims.

“Serving the needs of crime victims in this high-tech, fast-moving environment is a challenge. Sometimes victims need answers after regular work hours. The website . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/17/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Marc Jackson

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an indictment was returned by an Essex County Grand Jury charging defendant Marc Jackson, 27, of East Orange with the third degree crime of Creating a Risk of Widespread Injury or Damage. These charges stem from an alleged incident which occurred in East Orange in November of 2012.

On November 3, 2012 the defendant, . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/17/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Johnathan Taylor

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an indictment has been returned by an Essex County Grand Jury charging defendant Johnathan Taylor, 41, of Plainfield with the second degree conspiracy, aggravated arson and insurance fraud. These charges stem from an alleged incident which occurred in Newark in March of 2012.

On March 1, 2012 the defendant’s 2005 Toyota Sequoia automobile was . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/5/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
James Ryan

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Irvington Police Director Joseph Santiago announced today that James Ryan, superintendent of Streets and Sewers of the Township of Irvington, has been arrested and charged with corruption for using municipal property in his personal business.

Ryan, 46, of Washington is accused of using two heavy duty construction vehicles owned by the Township for his personal business, Amber . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/4/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Jaworski Sneed

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Jaworski Sneed, 20, of East Orange of murdering 47-year-old Daryl Logan of Newark.

Following a two-week trial before the Honorable Judge Peter V. Ryan, J.S.C., the jury deliberated for just over three hours before convicting Sneed of murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  4/4/2013
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The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking assistance from the public in identifying the man in the attached photograph. He is wanted in connection with a March 29, sexual assault of an adult female.

On Friday, March 29 at approximately 6:30 a.m. a 28-year-old woman living in Irvington was allegedly sexually assaulted by the man in the photograph. The suspect broke into the victim’s apartment . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/27/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Jennifer Lubisco

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Jennifer Lubisco, 33, of Millburn has been charged with third degree theft.

Lubisco, who has been employed by the city of Millburn for seven years as a customer service representative for the Recreation Department, was charged today with stealing in excess of $500 from the municipality.

An internal audit revealed that between January 2011 and August . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/27/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Yvonne Walker

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Peter J. Vazquez, J.S.C., sentenced Yvonne Walker to 45 years in New Jersey State Prison for the murder of Cassetta Blunt, an 88-year-old woman who hired Walker to cut grass and do other chores around the house.

Walker, 47, of Irvington must serve at least 38 years before she will be eligible for . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/19/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Jahaan Allen, Nathaniel Broadnax

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Jahaan Allen, 28, and Nathaniel Broadnax, 30, both of Newark, following a trial before the Honorable Verna G. Leath, J.S.C.

The case was tried by Assistant Prosecutor Adam Salzer. On May 5, 2011, Newark Police officers noticed the two defendants in a car that had reportedly been taken during . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/18/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Jererad Hollaway

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Jererad Hollaway, 26, of Newark was found guilty by an Essex County jury of second degree unlawful possession of a handgun but acquitted of murdering Michael Reese, 22, of Newark.

The case was tried before the Honorable Judge Joseph Cassini, III, J.S.C. Deliberations began last week. The jury returned a verdict this morning.

On Nov. . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/15/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Ernest Williams, James Pitts

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an indictment was returned by the Essex County grand jury charging Ernest Williams, 21, of Montclair of murdering Brian Schiavetti, 21, of Ridgewood, Conn.

Schiavetti was killed in Montclair during an attempted robbery on July 22, 2012. He died from multiple gunshot wounds. His body was found in an apartment building on William Street around . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/15/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Michael Parker

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio announced today that Michael Parker, 40, of Newark was arrested and charged with aggravated arson and terroristic threats setting a small fire at Father and Son Moving Co., on Frelinghuysen Avenue in Newark.

Parker was employed by the Moving Company. This morning he was asked to leave the premises. He left . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/14/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
George Ruiz

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that a 12-year veteran of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office was convicted of official misconduct today by an Essex County jury in a case tried before the Honorable Peter V. Ryan, J.S.C.

Acting Prosecutor Murray said, “It is a real tragedy when a sworn law enforcement officer brazenly violates the law during the routine course of . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/13/2013
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Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will host an all-girls youth conference in recognition of Women’s History Month tomorrow, Thursday, March 14.

Over 200 high school students from various schools in Essex County are expected to attend the “We Run the World!” youth conference. The goal of the one-day summit is to inspire and empower . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/12/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
(unknown at this time)

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Newark Police Department are seeking assistance from the public in identifying a man believed to have been involved in two home invasions during which three women were sexually assaulted.

During the month of February 2013, the suspect entered two separate homes in Newark brandishing a knife. In the first incident he sexually assaulted two female occupants. A couple . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/5/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Ali Ibn Karim, Anwar Crockett

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Anwar Crockett, 32, and Ali Ibn Karim, 31, both of Elizabeth, were convicted by an Essex County jury of eluding, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and weapons charges, including possession of an assault firearm. In addition, the defendants were convicted of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Both defendants were acquitted of a . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/5/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Anthony Boffa

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Millburn Public Works Department employee Anthony P. Boffa, 44, of Springfield, has been arrested and charged with theft.

Boffa is charged with third degree theft by deception for purchasing landscaping products through the Township and giving the products to a private landscaper to repay a personal debt.
The products included 85 bags of fertilizer . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/5/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Pedro Rios

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Pedro R. Rios, 57, of Newark was arraigned today at the Essex County Veterans Courthouse on three counts of kidnapping, five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and one count of hindering apprehension.

Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Deborah Freier, who is handling the case, said the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/1/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Jamil Kollie

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Michael L. Ravin sentenced Jamil Kollie, 19, of Newark to 15 years in New Jersey State Prison.

Under the No Early Release Act, Kollie must serve 85 percent of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

In December 2012, an Essex County jury convicted Kollie of first degree robbery and weapons offenses following a . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/1/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Jennifer Heiner-Pisano

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Jennifer A. Heiner-Pisano, 28, of Rutherford entered a guilty plea today to before the Honorable Judge Peter V. Ryan, J.S.C.

Heiner-Pisano pleaded guilty to forgery, falsifying bank records and misapplying entrusted clients’ funds.

From July 2012 through September 2012, Heiner-Pisano carried out a scheme that involved falsifying bank statements in order to obtain a mortgage, using . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  3/1/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Keevin David

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Keevin David, 20, of Springfield was sentenced to 55 years by the Honorable Peter J. Vazquez, J.S.C., for the murder of 18-year-old Tyrell Coleman of Orange.

On Jan. 25, 2011, Coleman was walking home from school around noon when he was shot multiple times by David in front of his home in Orange. Coleman was . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  2/28/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Rasul Burt

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio announced today that Rasul Burt, 30, of East Orange has been charged with attempted murder for shooting an off-duty Essex County sheriff’s office last night at Mercedes and Mink, a bar on Springfield Avenue in Newark.

The 25-year-old off-duty Essex County Sheriff’s officer was leaving the bar at approximately 2 a.m. . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  2/26/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Maurice Mosley

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Verna G. Leath, J.S.C., sentenced Maurice Mosley, 22, of Newark to 30 years for the murder of Douglas Brown, 29, also of Newark.

On July 16, 2011 Douglas was fatally shot after he and two women were ordered out of a van and robbed in the vicinity of Orange and Gray Streets . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  2/26/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Patricia Krentcil

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County grand jury issued a no bill, declining to indict Patricia Krentcil, 44, of Nutley.

Krentcil was facing second degree child endangerment charges for allowing her then 5-year-old daughter to get in a tanning booth.

On April 17, 2012 school officials noticed burns on the little girl’s legs. They reported the injuries . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  2/22/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Kisha Curtis

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has rejected Kisha C. Curtis’ application for entry into the Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI).

PTI is a diversionary program. The charges pending against a defendant are dismissed after they successfully complete the program.

Assistant Prosecutor Margarita A. Rivera put the state’s position on the record in court today before the Honorable Joseph C. Cassini, III, J.S.C. The defense attorney . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  2/21/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Hugo Fierro

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an 11-year veteran of the Newark Police Department was convicted by an Essex County jury of 3rd degree aggravated assault, 2nd degree official misconduct and simple assault for striking a Newark man in the face with his police issued weapon.

Following a week-long trial before the Honorable Peter V. Ryan, J.S.C., Newark police officer . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  2/6/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Sean Hill

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio announced today that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Sean Hill, 21, of Newark.

Hill is wanted for the Dec. 15, 2012 shooting of a 24-year-old male in the 500 block of 17th Street in Newark.

Hill is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is urged to . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  2/6/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Yvonne Walker

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Yvonne Walker, 46, of Irvington of murdering Casetta Blunt, 88, also of Irvington.

The older woman regularly allowed Walker into her home to do odd jobs in exchange for cash. Walker said the two got into an argument over $40 and that caused her to stab the victim 11 . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  2/6/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Luis Velez, Maritza Torres-Falu

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Maritza Torres-Falu, 54, and Luis A. Velez, 55, both of Newark, were arrested this morning and charged with conspiracy, tax fraud and money laundering.

The charges arise from their failure to file state tax returns or register three businesses: a consulting company called Latin Eagles Group, LLC; Pepe Printing and Graphics; and L.Velez . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  2/5/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Jihad Latham

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio announced today that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Jihad Latham, 20, of Newark.

Latham is wanted for New Year’s Eve murder of Efrahim Kinchen, 20, of Newark. In addition to shooting Kinchen, Latham is charged with shooting a 33-year-old female who survived. The shooting occurred at . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  2/4/2013
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Continuing a statewide effort to make New Jersey safer by taking deadly firearms out of circulation, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced today that a state-sponsored gun buyback program for residents of Essex County will take place at six churches in five municipalities on February 15 and 16.

According to Chiesa, the Essex County buyback will be conducted in the same manner as successful, state-sponsored . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  2/1/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
James Craft

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that James Craft, 31, of Irvington was found guilty by an Essex County jury today.

The defendant was convicted of possession of crack cocaine and unlawful possession of a weapon – a handgun. Assistant Prosecutor Jason Curry tried the case before the Honorable Judge Michael L. Ravin. Following a three-day trial, the jury began deliberating . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  1/28/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Garland Jones

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Sherry A. Hutchins-Henderson, J.S.C., sentenced Garland Jones, 44, of Newark to 15 years in state prison for attempting to kill his estranged wife and a male companion who intervened and tried to render assistance.

In November 2012 Jones pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder, one count of unlawful possession of . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  1/24/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Rafael Moreta

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Rafael Moreta, 21, of Orange pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter for killing Mark Fisher, 21, of Orange.

Fisher was fatally shot in the 200 block of Oakwood Place in Orange on Dec. 2, 2010. After one day of trial testimony before the Honorable Martin G. Cronin, J.S.C, the two defendants entered guilty pleas. Moreta . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  1/22/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Keevin David

Acting Essex County Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Keevin David, 20, of Springfield of murdering Tyrell Coleman, 18, of Orange.

Following a four-day trial before the Honorable Peter J. Vazquez, J.S.C., the jury deliberated all day Thursday and two and a half hours today before returning a guilty verdict.

David had previously been convicted of weapon charges in another . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  1/14/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
(under investigation)

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and East Orange Police Chief William Robinson announced today that the East Orange Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force along with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Professional Standards Bureau are in the early stages of an investigation into a fatal police involved shooting in the city of East Orange.

This morning at . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  1/9/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Dwayne Edwards (suspects), Tyquaah Mayse

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking help from the public in finding two suspects wanted in connection with separate murders that occurred in the city of Newark.

Tyquaah Mayse, 33, of Newark is wanted for the murder of Wesley L. Howard, 38, of Newark. Howard was . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  1/9/2013
DEFENDANT(s):
Gerardo Gomez

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, J.S.C., sentenced Gerardo Gomez, 20, of Newark to 195 years in New Jersey state prison for his role in the 2007 triple murder of three Delaware State University students at the Mount Vernon schoolyard in Newark.

The sentencing brings to a close one of the most notorious murder cases in . . . READxMORE


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