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Top Member of Carjacking Ring That Trafficked Luxury Cars Sentenced

September 20, 2017

TRENTON, NJ –Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced that an Essex County man was sentenced to a lengthy prison term today for his role as a top member of a major international carjacking and stolen car trafficking ring that stole high-end cars in New Jersey and New York and shipped them to West Africa. 

Kyle Champagnie, 30, of Irvington, N.J., was sentenced today to ...

Children's Singer/Songwriter Faces Child Pornography Charge

NEWARK, NJ – Eric. S. Komar a township resident, music teacher and singer/songwriter who performs for children at synagogues, Jewish community centers, camps and conventions nationwide was arrested at his home Tuesday and charged with receiving and distributing images of child sexual abuse, according to Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.

Komar, 46, was arrested by special ...

Authorities Investigate Fatal Shooting

NEWARK, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose have announced that authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in Newark, NJ earlier today (9/10/17). At approximately 2:40 this morning, Newark police officers were dispatched to the 100 block of North 5th street on reports of a shooting in progress. Arriving officers ...

Arrest Made in Double Murder of Brothers

NEWARK, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced today that Zabdiel R. Vargas-Soto, 22, of Newark has been arrested and charged with the two counts of murder for fatally shooting two brothers.

On Sunday Jose Castillo-Granados, 25, and Francisco Castillo-Granados, 22, both of Newark, were fatally shot shortly after ...

Killer Gets Life Plus 30 Years for Murder

NEWARK, NJ –Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that Ivery Brinson, 30, of Newark was sentenced to life in New Jersey State Prison today for killing mini-mart owner Narendrak Patel, 52, of Parsippany.

In June of this year an Essex County jury convicted Brinson of aggravated manslaughter, conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, felony murder, conspiracy to ...

Shooting Death Under Investigation

NEWARK, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Orange Police Director Todd R. Warren announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, and the Orange Police Department, are investigating the fatal shooting of Malcolm T. Ford, 24, of Orange. 

Ford was fatally shot yesterday in the 200 block of Scotland Road in Orange.

Police Involved Shooting Under Investigation

NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino has announced that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Bureau is investigating a police involved shooting in Orange, NJ on Thursday afternoon (8/24/17). At approximately, 5:28 PM, there was a report of a robbery at a PNC Bank branch in Orange. Two detectives from the Essex County ...

New Providence Man Arrested for Human Trafficking in Hanover Township

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, NJ - A New Providence man was charged Tuesday with two counts of Human Trafficking in a case brought by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and the Hanover Township Police Department under the direction of Chief Mark Roddy.     

The latest charges against Torrie Fogg, 41, follow earlier ...

Shooting Victim Identified; No Suspects Identified

NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced today that Shirlena Coke, 22, of Bloomfield was fatally shot yesterday at approximately 5:45 p.m. in the 700 block of South 19th Street in Newark. 

In total, four people were shot – three males and Coke, who died from her injuries at University ...

Man Sentenced to 18 Years for Sexually Assaulting Two Girls

NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today Uvaldo Melgar, 46, of Newark was sentenced to 18 years in state prison for sexually assaulting two young girls.

“This sentence brings finality and a sense of closure to the victims and their families,’’ said Assistant Prosecutor Peter Polidoro, who tried the case.

Following a three-week ...

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