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Newark Homicide an Open Investigation

July 21, 2017

NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced today that the Newark Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the fatal shooting of Deshawn H. Beeks, 22, of Newark.

Beeks was shot on July 17, at approximately 11:46 p.m. in the 100 block of Oration Street. He was pronounced ...

Essex County Freeholders Pass Legislation to Support Minority-Owned, Women-Owned and Veteran-Owned Businesses

NEWARK, NJ – New legislation has been enacted by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders designed to increase economic opportunity for women-owned, minority-owned, and veteran-owned businesses, county officials announced.

During the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Wednesday, the board unanimously passed an ordinance that they hope will redefine ...

Montclair Police Arrest 20-Year-Old Suspect for Nearly Two Dozen Crimes

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Police have arrested and charged a 20-year-old Newark man with nearly two-dozen crimes related to motor vehicle theft and vehicle burglaries. 

Lt. David O'Dowd of the Montclair Police Department stated that on July 14, "...officers were dispatched to a report of a subject looking into parked vehicles on Wildwood Avenue." 

He stated that ...

The Dog Lives, Suspect Not Yet Charged in Bloomfield Avenue Road Rage Incident

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Caught on camera, a little dog was thrown nearly 10 feet away from his owner's vehicle after an altercation between two drivers on Sunday. 

A video (below) surfaced online showing two male drivers fighting in the street on Bloomfield Avenue. One man, driving a white or silver Toyota minivan, the other a red Honda. Things escalated quickly when the driver of the ...

I-78 Resurfacing Project Impacts Union and Essex Counties

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) resurfacing project continues this week along approximately 12 miles on I-78 local and express lanes requires temporary overnight lane closures in Union and Essex Counties.

For the next several weeks on Monday through Friday evenings the NJDOT’s contractor Schifano Construction Corp., is scheduled to close up to two ...

Butterfly Tent Safari Returns to Essex County Environmental Center July 15

ROSELAND, NJ – Butterflies are once again coming to the Essex County Environmental Center located at 621B Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland. The “Butterfly Tent Safari” will be open to the public beginning July 15 through July 29.  The Butterfly Tent Safari is an interactive display where visitors can observe hundreds of butterflies while walking through a ...

Guilty Plea at Home Invasion Trial

NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that Peter Kopic, 38, of Passaic pled guilty to an Irvington home invasion robbery, one day after the start of his trial before the Honorable Siobhan A. Teare, Judge of the Superior Court.

Kopic entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary, robbery, and impersonating a law enforcement ...

Victim of Fatal Cliff Fall was Paterson Firefighter

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The man who was killed on Monday after falling from a cliff in Mills Reservation has been identified as Paterson firefighter and Wayne resident Kerry Rivera according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.  

Rivera, 50, was riding with his brother around 9 a.m. on Monday when he lost control of his mountain bike and fell approximately 20 feet down a rocky ...

Cyclist Dies After Riding Off Cliff in Cedar Grove

CEDAR GROVE, NJ  – The Essex Sheriff's Department has confirmed that a 49-year old man was killed when he lost control of his mountain bike and fell approximately 20 feet off of a rocky ledge in Mills Reservation on the Cedar Grove/Montclair border. The body was recovered at approximately 11:25 a.m. on Monday.

The victim was a resident of Wayne and had been riding with his ...

Driver in Fatal Short Hills Mall Carjacking Sentenced

NEWARK, NJ - Basim Henry, the driver in the deadly shooting at the Short Hills Mall on Dec. 15, 2013, was sentenced to life plus 10 years for his role in the killing. Hoboken lawyer Dustin Freidland was gunned down during a carjacking in front of his wife in the parking garage. 

Henry, 36, of South Orange was convicted of murder and felony murder in March of this year.  Henry was ...

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