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Assistance from Public Being Requested to Help Solve Two-year-old Homicide

May 24, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ – The public’s assistance in identifying and locating two persons of interest in the 2015 fatal shooting death of 20 year-old Earlquan Moore is being sought by investigators, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Wednesday.

The homicide occurred two years ago this week at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, when Elizabeth Police responded to ...

Elizabeth Resident Arrested in Newark Narcotics Case

NEWARK, NJ – Elizabeth resident Nakki Melvin was one of 12 arrested by Newark authorities on narcotics charge, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced May 23.

Melvin was charged with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. The arrest was mad by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task ...

Elizabeth Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Child He Was Hired to Care For

ELIZABETH, NJ -  An Elizabeth man hired last year to take care of a young child has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting her on multiple occasions, according to Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park. 

Jonathan Tavara-Nima, 31, is charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, one count of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of ...

Elizabeth Couple Sentenced For Fatal Beating of Young Daughter

ELIZABETH, NJ – Elizabeth residents Jorge Orozco, 33, and  Raquel Ramirez, 33, were sentenced to a combined total of 53 years in state prison for beating their two-year daughter to death a little more than three years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced today, May 12.

Orozco was sentenced to 37 years after being convicted of charges of first-degree aggravated ...

Fight Back Against Fraud!

UNION COUNTY, NJ – A free workshop on fighting phone scams, online schemes and mail fraud will take place at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford on Wednesday, May 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

This “Fight the Scammers!” event is open to the public on a drop-in basis. No pre-registration is required. The event features presentations by experts from ...

Public’s Assistance Sought in Identifying Suspect in Elizabeth Homicide

ELIZABETH, NJ – Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park is seeking to identify a suspect in a homicide that took place in Elizabeth last month, announced May 10.

The Prosecutor’s Office today is releasing a video clip depicting the suspect, pulled from surveillance footage recorded at a nearby convenience store shortly after the homicide took place.

The suspect is wanted in ...

Elizabeth Woman Arrested in Connection with Bloomfield Burglaries

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - An Elizabeth woman was arrested in the connection with two burglaries that occurred in Bloomfield last week. 

On May 3, two house burglaries occurred on Essex Avenue in Bloomfield. Shortly after the investigation began, the suspect, Maria Circelli of Elizabeth NJ was identified. Circelli was apprehended in Clark NJ and transported to the Essex County Jail in ...

Elizabeth Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Belleville Strip Club Homicide

NEWARK, NJ  – Yanafi Mojica, 33, of Elizabeth was sentenced to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison for the Oct. 8, 2015 shooting death of 28-year-old Newark resident Michael Williams, II by that the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, Judge of the Superior Court, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today, May 5.

Mojica pled guilty on Feb. 23, to first degree ...

Elizabeth Man in Custody After Driving Through Accident Investigation Scene, Officer Discharge of Firearm

ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth resident Nelson Valentin, 30, was arrested after a wild ride that involved gun fire and colliding with multiple vehicles at the scene of an investigation into an unrelated Saturday afternoon, April 29, car accident is in custody, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Sunday.

Valetin is charged with second-degree causing widespread damage and ...

Defendant Admits to Role in 2012 Roselle Homicide

ELIZABETH, NJ – A third man has pleaded guilty in connection with the 2012 killing of a teenager in Roselle a little more than a month after one of his two co-defendants was convicted in the case, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced April 21.

Derrick Dunn, 23, pleaded guilty to a single count of aggravated manslaughter in connection with the death of Damel Mitchell.

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