Essex County News

December 8, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - A Newark couple was arrested and charged with animal cruelty for allegedly starving and neglecting a 6-month old, male pit bull puppy in their apartment.   Jose E. Martinez, 29, and his girlfriend Porchia Williams, 27, are accused of failing to feed the puppy on a regular basis, ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - The annual Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo returns for the holiday season. Every night, through December 31, guests are invited to enjoy the lights at Essex County's most popular park. The lights will not be on December 24 and 25 The 'Holiday Lights ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Officers of the Bloomfield Police Department responded to Spring St. after reports of shots fired in the area. The incident happened in the 8 o'clock hour Thursday night. Police blocked Spring St. from the intersection of Spring and Division St. south. Spring St. runs from St.

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NEWARK, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II has announced that his office is asking for the public’s help in locating the vehicle involved in the fatal hit-and run of an NJIT student. On Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at approximately 9:20 p.m., Naomi R. Segura, 25, of Byram ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Jane Fonda got higher wages for women through unscrupulous means in the 1980's comedy "9 to 5," but now she's advocating for a $15 minimum wage for tipped workers in more traditional ways. The Academy Award-winning actor and activist  spoke at Rutgers University-Newark today with ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — After being stranded on school buses for nearly five hours in a powerful snowstorm, students are reportedly being moved to safe locations, the West Orange mayor wrote in a Facebook post around 9 p.m. Thursday. “The township is currently moving all children off stranded school ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Many West Orange students remained stranded on their buses and some at their schools hours after the final bell rang Thursday, due to a powerful Nor’easter that slammed into tri-state just as schools were being let out. Robo-calls were sent to parents Thursday afternoon warning ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - As snow is falling in Montclair, firefighters are fighting a blaze at the corner of Walnut St. and Valley on Thursday evening, according to reliable sources. Details have not yet been released by the Montclair Fire Department.  Story developing....

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - A 28-year-old Montclair woman has been identified as the victim of a fatal accident in Montclair involving a NJ Transit train headed for New York Penn Station, Tuesday morning. According to NJ Transit spokesperson, Lisa Torbic, Joan Juengling was identified as the victim. She was ...

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Story developing.... MONTCLAIR, NJ - Law enforcement officials have confirmed the fatal stabbing of a woman in Montclair on Monday. The exact location and details surrounding the homicide have not yet been released. However, eyewitnesses reported seeing police bring someone in a body bag out ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Congresswoman-Elect Mikie Sherrill, a Navy veteran, made her first public appearance since winning the election in New Jersey’s 11th District at the ninth annual Essex County Veterans Day Observance on Wednesday at Essex County Veterans Memorial Park in Newark. During the ceremony, ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The head of the city department that has been addressing elevated levels of lead in residents’ water died last night, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said today.  Andrea Hall Adebowale worked in the city’s Department of Water and Sewer Utilities for about 30 years and spent the last five ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka Monday said Newark has benefited from being in the running for Amazon’s second headquarters -- even if the corporate giant picks a different location. “It's not over 'til the fat lady sings,” Baraka said today at an unrelated press conference for the opening of a ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka’s former campaign treasurer wiped away tears today after he was sentenced to 30 months in prison for embezzling more than $220,000 in campaign funds with forged checks. “I made my bed,” Fredrick Murphy said outside court with tears in his eyes. “Now I gotta lay in ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka today said he was unsure exactly when the chemical used to prevent lead from dissolving into pipes stopped working, but it will be fixed in about six to eight months. In the meantime, Baraka said the city will begin handing out water filters to homeowners ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Newark police officers are in the midst of conducting a pedestrian safety initiative that uses a decoy to educate - and issue summonses - to people during a month-long Street Smart NJ campaign. The campaign is for all of Essex County and coordinated by the North Jersey ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Filming for “Joker,” a movie that tells the backstory of the popular Batman villain, is coming to Newark in about a week. Crews will be on hand from Oct. 13 to 16, and a number of road closures and parking restrictions are expected around Downtown during that time. The movie is ...

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VERONA, NJ - Chef Ariane Duarte will be hosting the 2nd annual fundraiser for homeless pets and pets of domestic violence victims on Thursday, October 18. The non-profit organization, Only Kindness Rescue, has collaborated with Chef Ariane to host the fundraiser for a cause. The goal is to raise ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Officers from the Nutley Police Department filed drug possession charges on Thursday against a 29 year old man after responding to a call about a suspicious person wearing a clown mask on Baltimore St.  Nutley police conducted a field interview with Lamelle Robinson of North Bergen, ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - Testing conducted by Garden State Environmental has detected low levels of Legionella bacteria in the administration building and all but three schools in the West Orange school district, according to a release from the West Orange Board of Education. Remediation will take ...

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NEWARK, NJ - When Jaheem Burks was shot six times in January, his coach at Malcolm X Shabazz High School didn’t think the teen would live - let alone ever play football again. “He looked at me with the coldest stare and said, ‘I’m gonna play this year,’” recalled Shabazz High School Bulldogs ...

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NEWARK, NJ – In two raids by Essex County sheriff’s detectives on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, six suspects were arrested and $150,000 in heroin and cocaine was seized. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics staged Friday’s raid at an ...

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NEWARK, NJ - About a dozen protesters yesterday demanded Newark City Council pass a resolution to oppose Essex County’s agreement with the federal government to jail immigrants within the city’s borders. City council says protesters should take their fight to the freeholders since the county has ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Cyclists will take a tour through Branch Brook and Weequahic parks, the Ironbound community and the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart this Sunday.  Brick City Bike Collective, a cyclists advocacy group, will host the 16-mile ride, including a shorter loop through the Ironbound ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A Seton Hall University student has died after falling from the campus' parking deck on Tuesday, according to a letter to the school community from the University's Interim President, Mary J. Meehan. South Orange Police Officers responded to a 9-1-1 call at about 12:15 p.m., ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A Seton Hall University student sustained serious injuries after falling from the campus' parking deck. The incident happened before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a tweet from the University's Twitter account. The student was taken to University Hospital in ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The head of the Essex County Surrogate Court was appointed today by Gov. Phil Murphy as acting county prosecutor. Theodore “Ted” Stephens II, who was first elected as the county surrogate in 2012, will replace acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino. Stephens' position will ...

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MILLBURN, NJ – According to reports, three men entered the offices of Associates in Primary Care P.A., a medical practice dedicated to primary care and internal medicine, and robbed as staff member at gunpoint. The robbery occurred on Thursday, August 23, at the E. Willow St. offices of the medical ...

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SHORT HILLS, NJ — A  patron of Chase Bank in Short Hills was robbed at gunpoint Monday night at 9:30 p.m. while using a drive-up ATM, Millburn Police announced. Two men in masks are seen from security cameras approaching the bank's customer from the driver's side of the vehicle, one carrying a ...

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Newark, NJ - Thirty-six passengers on a bus returning from an annual mayor’s picnic Saturday were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries after an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, officials said. Mayor Ras Baraka's fourth annual family reunion picnic event was held at ...

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