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Authorities Identify Body Found in East Orange

November 12, 2017

NEWARK, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and East Orange Public Safety Director Sheilah Coley have announced that authorities have identified the body found in East Orange on Saturday, November 11, 2017, as Kpama Silver, age 25, of Newark, NJ. 

An autopsy earlier today determined that Silver died as a result of a gunshot wound and the death has been ruled a homicide.

Authorities Investigate Homicide in East Orange

EAST ORANGE, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and East Orange Public Safety Director Sheilah Coley  have announced that authorities are investigating an incident in which a male was fatally shot in East Orange, NJ earlier this morning (11/11/17). At approximately 6:30 a.m., East Orange police officers discovered an unresponsive male on the ground in the area of ...

Shooting Involving Off-Duty Officer Under Investigation

NEWARK, NJ -- Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Professional Standards Bureau is investigating a police involved shooting that resulted in the death of two men.

The preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 11:30 p.m. yesterday an off-duty Jersey City police officer shot and killed two men who ...

Maplewood Man Convicted of Sexually Assaulting a Seven Year Old Girl 

NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Gery Destra, 21, of Maplewood, of sexually assaulting a seven year- old girl.   

“It took a great deal of bravery and courage for the child to come to court, much less talk about something so traumatizing before the ...

Man Arrested for Killing Wife

NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced today that Steven Damon, 47, of Newark has been arrested for the fatal stabbing of his wife Tanya Morris, 46, also of Newark.

Morris was fatally stabbed on Aug. 4 at her home in Newark at approximately 8:39 am. The couple were married but estranged. They have ...

Fatal Motor Vehicle Incident Under Investigation

NEWARK, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Newark Public Safety Anthony F. Ambrose has announced that authorities are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash in Newark early Saturday morning (10/21/17). Shortly before 3:00 am, Newark police and fire units, along with emergency medical services personnel from University Hospital, responded to a motor vehicle crash at ...

Newark Homicide Under Investigation

NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department, is investigating a fatal shooting.

The victim has been identified as Qumar Bohler, a 28-year-old woman from ...

Two Deaths Under Investigation

NEWARK, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose have announced that authorities are investigating an incident in which two males were fatally shot in Newark, NJ on Sunday, October 8. At approximately 5:30 p.m., Newark police officers responded to the 400 block of Irvine Turner Boulevard on reports of shots fired. Arriving ...

Guilty Verdict in Fatal Shooting

NEWARK, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Kanem Williamson, 22, of Newark of aggravated manslaughter for shooting a woman at the Bradley Court housing community in Newark.

Following a trial before the Honorable Siobhan Teare, Judge of the Superior Court, Williamson was convicted today of aggravated manslaughter, a ...

Two Plead Guilty in Short Hills Mall Murder Bringing Case to a Close

NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that the two remaining defendants in the Short Hill Mall carjacking murder from December 2013 entered guilty pleas today. 

Karif Ford, 35, of Newark and Hanif Thompson, 32, of Irvington pled guilty to their respective roles in the crime that resulted in the death of 30-year-old Hoboken lawyer Dustin ...

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