Police & Fire

April 25, 2019

Large support for armed guards but not arming teachers in K-12 schools in New Jersey NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Half of New Jersey residents fear they or someone they know will become a victim of gun violence, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll conducted in collaboration with the New Jersey Center on ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka clarified his position on new youth rehabilitation centers and jails on WBGO’s “Newark Today” after the release of a joint statement with the governor showed support for a new secure youth residential center. “There's no way we should spend $160 million to build ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The adjunct professor at Seton Hall University who was arrested earlier this week for trying to bring cans of gasoline into St. Patrick's Cathedral is no longer working at the university, according to a university spokesperson. Marc Lamparello, 37, of Hasbrouck Heights, was ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The Newark Police Division will hop into Easter this weekend with an egg hunt at Ivy Hill Park. Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose and 6th Precinct Commander Capt. Lee Douglas announced the event. The hunt will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Community ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Thomas O’Reilly always wanted to be a firefighter, but he joined the Newark police instead in 1956 and eventually rose to the rank of chief. His affinity for the fire department never ended though. That was apparent before his funeral today at St. Mary's Church at the Newark Abbey, ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A husband and wife who live on DeWitt Lane have been arrested and charged with money laundering following a year-long investigation that also includes charges against a third suspect, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Somerset County Prosecutor’s ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The federal monitor assigned to keep track of the Newark Police Division’s reforms called for a culture change in the internal affairs unit that handles civilian complaints against officers. Police investigators would reflexively resolve disputes between officers and civilians in ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The federal monitor appointed to oversee reforms in the Newark Police Division will discuss findings of a forthcoming quarterly report on March 19. The New Hope Baptist Church will host Peter Harvey, the court-appointed monitor who was assigned to independently assess the division's ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Forty-two members of the Newark Police Division were sworn into their new ranks today during a ceremony at the Greater Abyssinian Baptist Church. The division got one new deputy chief, three captains and 38 new sergeants. Federal, county and local officials joined family members in ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The Newark Police Division is urging residents to refrain from leaving vehicles running and unattended or with key fobs left inside the cars.  Authorities advise drivers that an unattended vehicle with keys in the ignition is an invitation for thieves to steal your car. Police ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Essex County Sheriff’s officers raided a deli across the street from Newark Vocational High School yesterday and confiscated about three pounds of marijuana, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fortuna announced.  Kendall Hill, a 44-year-old man from Union, faces several drug-related ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A city cop involved in a police shooting which killed one man and injured another during a Jan. 28 police pursuit has been suspended as the Essex County Prosecutors Office investigates the incident.  The shooting will be presented to a grand jury for possible criminal charges, ...

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Downed wires are dangerous. Here’s what to do if you encounter one. Downed power lines can carry an electric current strong enough to cause serious injury or even death. If you come across a low or fallen line, adhere to the following safety tips, the Electrical Safety Foundation says. If ...

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NEWARK, NJ - City officials say Narcan was administered to the driver of a school bus that allegedly crashed into a tree today at 14th Avenue and Jones Street.   Lisa Byrd, 57, was driving 12 children from 14th Avenue School when it crashed around 1:10 p.m., authorities said. Byrd, of Newark, is ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A fatal shooting in Newark took the life of an 18-year-old youth from Roselle on Tuesday evening. Authorities said DeSean L. Brickhouse, 18, of Roselle was fatally shot in the area of 41 Evergreen Ave. in Newark shortly after 11 p.m. on Tuesday night. He was taken to University ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Marilyn Rodriguez and her little sister would see Newark’s mounted police trot by their home near Broadway and Oriental Street on a regular basis when they were kids. Rodriguez developed a love for animals that she carried on into adulthood after seeing Newark’s horses on patrol. So ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A Newark arson investigator who was acquitted of impersonating a law enforcement officer in two separate incidents plans to move forward with a nearly four-year-old whistleblower lawsuit, his civil attorney says.  A jury this month acquitted Anthony Graves of the two fourth-degree ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A North Ward resident has his Ring doorbell to thank for helping catch an alleged package thief, police said. Gilfredo Santiago, 41, was arrested in connection with the Jan. 14 theft after police identified him through the homeowner’s Ring Home Security system, authorities said.

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NEWARK, NJ - Police are looking for an Elizabeth man that was involved in a hit and run that occurred in Newark.  According to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose, Police are looking for Nester Marin-Romaldo, 35, of ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating an apparent suicide that occurred Tuesday night in the Bloomfield Police Department.  The preliminary investigation indicates that retired Newark Police Lt. Patrick Montella shot himself in the Bloomfield Headquarters while being ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Officers have arrested a 20-year-old Newark man who police say attempted to break into a home on Fair Hill Drive during broad daylight on Monday, authorities said. A resident living in the 70 block of Fair Hill Drive called police to report that a man, later identified as Wali ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Police are in search of a suspect accused of attempting to give an 11-year-old girl a ride, officials say. According to reports, the incident occurred on January 2 at 7am, when an 11-year-old was approached by an unidentified male in a vehicle, at the corner of ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Property and violent crime in Newark is down 15 percent from last year, and city officials say it is due to more community policing and collaborative work with local, state and federal authorities. Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said 2018's numbers show the lowest dip in ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - A fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, December 12, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM to benefit residents who were displaced by the Walnut Street fire that occurred on November 15. The event will take place at Ruthie's BBQ Pizza, located at 64 1/2 Chestnut Street in Montclair, ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Law enforcement officials have charged Kenneth Jones of Montclair, with the fatal stabbing of Tameeka Johnson, 41, also of Montclair. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti announced Thursday, that Jones of Montclair has ...

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Police officers across the state are now restricted from asking a person about their immigration status under certain circumstances because of a directive issued by state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. Grewal’s policy – which applies to all state, county and local law enforcement agencies – ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Newark police are looking for an 18-year-old from East Orange to question him in connection with a shooting that occurred in early November that left two men injured. Authorities are asking for help in locating Mikal Ali to question him about the shooting police responded to on Nov.

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Update: 9:35 p.m. Mayor Christian Bollwage has released the following statement on the Black Friday shooting at the Jersey Gardens Mall.  MORE: Jersey Gardens Mall on Lockdown After Shots Fired Friday Night "There was an incident earlier this evening at The Mills at Jersey ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - More than two dozen Rutgers faculty members signed an open letter to President Robert Barchi blasting university police for turning over a suspect to ICE agents. "This action by the Rutgers University Police is a direct violation of your repeated assurances that Rutgers was ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Authorities from Newark and East Orange have a message for criminals who think they’re off the hook if they try to flee into either municipality: the police will pursue and officers are getting better at it. That’s because police from both cities have created a small patrol unit to ...

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