Police & Fire

August 2, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – When schools and businesses prepare to reopen across Newark in the coming weeks, crosswalks and city streets will likely be flooded with pedestrians traversing on foot. For the Newark Department of Public Safety, protecting those pedestrians will be a foremost priority.  Determined ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A man who threatened bystanders with a knife at Weequahic Park in Newark was arrested on Wednesday, authorities announced.  Marcelino Canterero, 46, of Newark, was arrested by Newark police officers after families in the park alerted law enforcement that he was wielding a knife and ...

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NEWARK,NJ---The Department of Public Safety in conjunction with the  End of Watch Riders, and Beyond the Call of Duty held a memorial service this morning to remember five Newark Police Division members and officers throughout the country who lost their lives in 2020.  Newark Division members: ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth Police Department is seeking help in locating a missing person with dementia.  Joao Branco, 67, was last seen at approximately 11:00 a.m. on July 23, 2021, wearing blue plaid boxer shorts, a gray tank top shirt, a gold ring and watch, and was either barefoot or had ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Calls for justice rang out along Cypress Street on Monday as Newark social justice advocates gathered at the site where four men were arrested following an altercation with police officers - an incident advocates say was wrongly prompted by authorities.   The gathering on Cypress ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Members of the Newark Department of Public Safety saved 73 people from the flooding rain in Newark on July 17. Newark Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara reported that multiple people and vehicles were submerged in the Ironbound area as well as industrial areas of the South and ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Officers from the 4th Precinct excelled through their training on July 15 as they rendered aid to a mock victim in two simulated scenarios  Authorities released a video of officers Joseph Azxona, Nicholas Malfatto, Luan Serrano, and Eric Paro as they responded to help at Springfield ...

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NEWARK, NJ — City firefighters rescued a woman dealing with shortness of breath in the 700 block of North 6th Street on Friday. Firefighters saw Gertrudis Rodriguez, 67, suffering from breathing distress and immediately administered oxygen until the EMS arrived, Newark Public Safety Director ...

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NEWARK, NJ— A man who is suspected of shooting off a weapon and barricaded himself inside a South Ward home causing a standoff with authorities has ended, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.  The 31-hour standoff ended when authorities forcibly entered an apartment at Clinton ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A standoff between a shooting suspect remains in progress after shots rang out in the South Ward area early Thursday morning, authorities announced.  At 6 a.m., detectives executed a search warrant on Clinton Place in Newark, responding to reports of shots fired at law enforcement ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A Newark man was arrested for stealing and driving off in a Public Safety Department Fire Division vehicle, authorities announced.  Hector Perez, 48, of Newark, was arrested in connection with the theft of a Newark Fire Division Vehicle on Sunday, Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A 19-year-old Jersey City man was arrested in connection to the murder of a Newark resident in the area of Mt. Vernon Place, authorities announced.  Deautay Haines, 19, of Jersey City, was arrested and charged with the murder of Akram Brown, 42, of Newark, Acting Essex County ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A suspected member of the Bloods street gang was arrested Tuesday at a North Ward apartment complex, authorities announced.  Lazarus Blackwell, 42, of Jersey City, was arrested at an apartment complex located at 219-221 Mount Prospect Ave. The Essex County Sheriff's Office Tactical ...

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NEWARK, NJ — As more residents find themselves outside this summer with the easing of COVID restrictions, Newark's Department of Public Safety is striving to become a more positive presence in the community.  One way the department plans to do this is by hosting community roll calls, inviting ...

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NEWARK, NJ – As two suspects remain at large in the death of Newark resident Debra Derrick, who was fatally shot on her front porch, Essex County authorities are offering a $20,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of those connected to the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A local contest aimed to reshape the way children in Newark view law enforcement launched on Thursday by the Newark Police Foundation.  The local nonprofit, joined by city officials and state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, kicked off its “Cops and Kids Community Policing Contest” ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A Newark woman on Monday was charged for stabbing a man to death, authorities announced.  Latysha Simmons, 29, of Newark was arrested and charged in the murder of Darien Wharton, also 29 of Newark, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens and Newark Public ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A 16-year-old Newark boy was shot and killed during the day on June 10, according to authorities. The teen, whose name is being withheld by authorities, was a Newark resident and pronounced dead on the scene when officers responded to reports of a shooting on June 10, according to ...

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EAST ORANGE, NJ — Calling all firefighters to participate in the "Battle of the Bravest", a firefighter muster and skill competition. The Battle will be interactive for the public, in addition for the firefighters to enjoy. Hosted by NJ First Responders, FirstNet, and the Firefighters Wear Pink ...

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A Columbia High School student has died following a shooting on Sunday night at Underhill Field, the South Orange-Maplewood School District has announced. Another student was wounded, according to an email sent to the district by Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor. Names of the students involved ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A driver who suffered a major cardiac incident during a motor vehicle accident this weekend was resuscitated after Newark Firefighters who reported to the scene performed lifesaving efforts on the individual, officials announced.  Members of the Newark Fire Division’s Engine 10, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Body worn camera footage released by the Newark Police Department on Friday showed that officers were attacked in an altercation at Fabyan Place and Cypress Street amid "sensational" reports that officers were "pummeled to the ground" and "attacked by a mob."  Due to numerous ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Newark Police Department on Thursday was recognized for its commitment to the community, saving the lives of three individuals from attempted suicide.  The Newark police were presented with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention New Jersey Chapter’s Lifesaver Award. The ...

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WEST TRENTON, NJ – For the first time since May of 2019, New Jersey is open for Memorial Day.  This weekend kicks off the summer season as thousands of motorists hit New Jersey’s roadways to head to beaches, lakes, State Parks or just across town to a friend’s cookout. Because it has been a long ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark Firefighters will serve as first responders in all life-threatening calls starting this weekend, Public Safety Department officials announced.  Knowing time is of the essence in most emergency situations, the expanded role will require firefighters to be dispatched to calls ...

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NEWARK, NJ — No seatbelt? “No excuses,” according to New Jersey state officials who are ramping up seat belt checks beginning May 24 through June 6.  That means any motor vehicle passenger caught without a seatbelt starting Monday will be issued a citation by local, county and state law ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Essex County authorities are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of those connected to the murder of Newark resident Debra Derrick. Derrick, 63, was shot and killed on her front porch in March on her birthday, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A 50-year-old man on Tuesday was rescued by Newark firefighters after his vehicle fell over an embankment along Route 78.  At approximately 4:20 p.m., firefighters responded to the scene of a crash where the driver collided with a semi-truck at the Route 78 ramps off Routes 1 and 9, ...

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NEWARK - Port Authority Police Officer Michael Teel, who took part in the search and recovery efforts in the moments after the 9/11 attacks, succumbed to cancer.  Glen Ridge police Sgt. Charles Roberts III and Bloomingdale Patrolman Gary Walker passed away after contracting COVID-19.  Camden ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The death of a 16-year-old Newark boy who was fatally shot on Sunday has prompted an investigation by Essex County and Newark authorities.  Jarrod Lawson, of Newark, was shot on the 500 block of 15th Avenue, Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens said. He was then taken to ...

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