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Belleville Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting 12 Year Old Nutley Girl; Coached Basketball Team that Practiced in South Orange

May 31, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - A 29 year old Belleville man is being held in Essex County jail following accusations of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Nutley. According to the Essex County Prosecutors Office, the accused worked as a youth basketball coach at Good Shepherd Academy in Nutley in the past.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced on Thursday that Kevin Jimenez ...

South Orange Maplewood School Board Member Vows to Remain After Police Altercation

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - South Orange Maplewood School Board Member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad, who drew international attention following an altercation with a South Orange police officer in which she used profanity and called the police chief a “skinhead cop,” made clear during a recent school board meeting that she has no plans to step down.

After apologizing for her ...

South Orange Fire Department Extricates Man From Vehicle After it Strikes House on Scotland Road

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - About 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, the South Orange Fire Department responded to a 911 report of motor vehicle accident, according to a press release from Daniel Sullivan, Chief, South Orange Fire Department.

Arriving firefighters found a vehicle had left the roadway and entered the front lawn area of a private residence on Scotland Road, ...

Pedestrian Struck By Car Outside South Orange Middle School on Monday

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A 47-year-old woman was struck and injured by a car at about 4 p.m. on N. Ridgewood Road, in front of South Orange Middle School (SOMS), according to an update from South Orange Village President Sheena Collum to her Facebook page at about 5 p.m..

Collum also stated on Facebook that the woman had been transported to the hospital and an investigation is ...

South Orange Village Sent School District Letter With 'Great Concerns' Over School Board Member's Police Altercation

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Maplewood School District Board President Elizabeth Baker knew as early as May 8 about the altercation between school board member Stephanie-Lawson Muhammad and a South Orange police officer, in which she argued about a ticket and called the police chief a “skinhead.” 

A letter dated May 7 from South Orange Acting Village Administrator Adam D.

South Orange Village President Issues Statement About Traffic Stop of School Board Member

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Village President Sheena Collum issued a statement on Thursday, addressing a video in which South Orange Maplewood School Board member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad appeared to suggest that she would contact South Orange Village President Sheena Collum in regards to a traffic stop by police.

Lawson-Muhammad is heard on the video asking if the officer is from ...

Lawson-Muhammad Apologizes For 'Irrational Response' To Police Altercation; School Board President Supports Her

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -  A day after video surfaced of her altercation with a South Orange police officer -- in which she used profanity and called the police chief “a skinhead cop” -- South Orange Maplewood School Board member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad issued an apology in which she called her behavior “uncharacteristic” and “an irrational response” to being ...

Video Shows School Board Member In Altercation With Police at Traffic Stop in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Maplewood School Board Member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad got into an altercation with a South Orange police officer who stopped her for speeding last month, in which she used profanity, complained when she was issued a ticket and called South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll “a skinhead cop.”

Lawson-Muhammad also appeared to suggest that she would ...

Storm on Tuesday Downs Trees, Causes Power Outages in South Orange and Maplewood

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ -  Thunderstorms on Tuesday evening left downed trees and wires throughout SOMA. The PSE&G outage map showed 41 households in South Orange without power, and less than 5 households in Maplewood without power as of 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Restoration of power is expected by 11 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the PSE&G website.

Maplewood police ...

South Orange Maplewood School District Sends 'Safety Update' After Graffiti Found in South Orange M.S.

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - An email was sent from the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD) to South Orange Middle School (SOMS) families on Tuesday night with the subject line "Safety Update for May 16 2018."

The email was sent in response to graffiti which "indicated a potential threat for tomorrow, May 16," according to the email, which also stated that the South ...

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