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    A Newark police helicopter helped track a pair of car thieves in an SUV stolen out of Bergen County, authorities said. The copter spotted a gray Alfa Romeo SUV stolen out of Closter speeding near 16th Avenue and South 13th Street around 9:30 p.m. Friday, city police said in a release. The car was later seen parked in a driveway at North 6th Street and 12th Avenue. Upon becoming aware of police presence, Rasheed Mells, 23, the driver, got out of the car and ran, police said. He was apprehended at North 11th Street. Newark Police Director Brian A. O’Hara, who was in the area at the time apprehended the vehicle's passenger, Keshawn K. Creech, 19, of Newark. Mells faces charges of receiving stolen property, obstruction of the administration of the law and resisting arrest. Creech is charged with taking without the owner’s consent.  “As most stolen cars recovered in Newark were stolen outside the city, it is imperative that drivers everywhere refrain from leaving their vehicles vulnerable to theft,” O’Hara said.  “Driver complacency creates a crime of opportunity that...
    Several arrests were made in connection with an attempted carjacking and multiple shootings including one for firing at a retired police officer in Newark this week, authorities said. The following information was released by Newark Public Safety Director O’Hara: On Nov. 24, police responded to 14th Avenue on a ShotSpotter notification where police found the victim, a retired Newark police captain, who had been shot at by a juvenile who attempted to carjack him.  The suspect was arrested Friday on charges of carjacking, aggravated assault, weapon possession and criminal mischief. Christopher Rodriguez, 20, and Tommie Jordan, 18, both of Newark, were arrested on Dec. 1 and charged with aggravated assault, weapon possession and conspiracy for an Elizabeth Avenue shooting. Ammaj Jones, 19, of Newark, was arrested on Nov. 24, for robbing and shooting a victim on 1st Street on Nov. 18. He faces charges of aggravated assault, weapon possession and robbery. Khalil Palmer, 38, of Irvington, was arrested on Nov. 23, for a shooting on Oct. 20 at South 20th Street. Palmer was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, weapon possession and...
    An off-duty New Jersey police officer who was arrested and charged in a vehicular homicide was under the influence of alcohol and using his cell phone when he fatally struck nurse Damian Dymka (pictured) An off-duty New Jersey police officer who was arrested and charged in a vehicular homicide was under the influence of alcohol and using his cell phone when he fatally struck a pedestrian who was allegedly dressed in a werewolf costume, an affidavit revealed. Newark officer Louis Santiago, 25, faces charges of driving while intoxicated, vehicular homicide, desecrating human remains, and more in the November 1 death of Damian Dymka, a 29-year-old nurse.  His lawyer, Patrick Toscano, confirmed the cop had been drinking alcohol at a local bar when he struck Dymka. He claims Santiago had not drank to a level of intoxication or impairment. The attorney instead argues that the incident was an accident, alleging Dymka was dressed in a werewolf Halloween costume and walking on a darkened stretch of the Garden State Parkway, making him hard to see.  'This was a horrible, horrible accident,' Toscano told NewJersey.com on...
    A Sussex County woman wanted for heroin distribution in Hackettstown was arrested in Newark, police confirmed. Hackettstown Police issued a warrant for Chelsea M. Pruden, 28, with charges for heroin distribution on Nov. 19, authorities said. Pruden, of Andover, was arrested in Newark by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, police said. She was charged with two counts each of distribution of heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, second-degree distribution of heroin within 500 feet of a public park and distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of school property. The second-degree charge is punishable by up to 10 years in state prison. The remaining third-degree offenses are punishable by up to five years in state prison. Pruden was being held at the Warren County Correctional Center pending a hearing. The investigation was conducted by the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force, Hackettstown Police Department, Mansfield Township Police Department, Washington Township Police Department (Warren County), and the New Jersey State Police.
    A Newark police detective was injured after being struck by a stolen vehicle driven by a 17-year-old boy Sunday, authorities said. Just after 2:25 p.m., police saw the Audi -- stolen out of South Hampton, NY -- parked at Shephard Avenue near Mapes Place, Newark Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara. The driver sped westbound on Shephard toward Bergen Street when he noticed police. The Audi struck an unmarked police car occupied by a detective and heading in the opposite direction, police said. The injured officer was transported to University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. He was in stable condition as of Monday. No other injuries were reported. The teen driver and a 16-year-old male occupant were arrested at the scene of the crash.  The driver was previously arrested for receiving stolen property, eluding, theft, credit card fraud, harassment, obstruction, resisting arrest and contempt of court, O'Hara said. His passenger was previously arrested for joyriding The suspects were also transported to University Hospital for evaluation.  Each one faces charges of aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, obstruction of the administration of the...
    A 25-year-old man was wanted in Newark for an armed robbery, authorities said. William Torres was wanted for a Nov. 19 incident, Newark Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara said. Police were not immediately able to provide further information. Torres is described as approximately 5’7” tall, 140 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Director O’Hara urges anyone with information on the whereabouts of William Torres to call the Police Division’s 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward. Anonymous tips may also be made using the Police Division’s website at: www.newarkpd.org or through our Smartphone App available at iTunes or on Google Play. Search Newark Police Division to download the App.
    NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- A Newark police officer was charged with reckless vehicular homicide, prosecutors said, accusing the man of hitting a pedestrian with his personal car and briefly taking the body home, where he discussed with his mother what to do with it.The officer, Louis Santiago of the Newark Police Department, was off-duty when his Honda Accord drifted into the northbound shoulder of the Garden State Parkway around 3 a.m. on Nov. 1, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said in a news release issued on Wednesday.His car struck Damian Z. Dymka, 29, a nurse from Bergen County.Neither Santiago nor the passenger in his car, Albert Guzman, both 25, called 911 or rendered aid to Dymka, the prosecutor's office said.Instead, Santiago drove away and returned to the scene multiple times before loading the victim into the Honda and driving to the home he shared with his parents in Bloomfield, New Jersey.The two men then discussed what to do with the body with Santiago's mother, Annette Santiago, 53, according to prosecutors.Santiago's father, who is a lieutenant in the Newark Police...
    A Newark police officer, a passenger and the cop's mother have all been arrested and charged in a vehicular homicide where the cop left the victim's dead body in his car. Louis Santiago, 25, was driving on the Garden State Parkway on November 1 at around 3 a.m. in a 2005 Honda Accord. He had a passenger with him, 25-year-old Albert Guzman of Newark.  While traveling northbound near exit 151, Santiago drifted off to the right shoulder and struck a pedestrian, 29-year-old nurse Damian Dymka. According to prosecutors in Essex County, after hitting Dymka, neither Santiago nor Guzman called 911 or offered help.  They apparently returned to the scene 'multiple times' before finally loading Dymka into the Honda and taking him away. Newark Police Officer Louis Santiago, 25, was driving on the Garden State Parkway on November 1 at around 3 a.m. in a 2005 Honda Accord The victim was 29-year-old nurse Damian Dymka Santiago then took the body to his home in nearby Bloomfield. Santiago, Guzman and Santiago's mother Annette all discussed what to do before Santiago returned to...
    A police officer was arrested for attempting to hide the body of a 53-year-old woman who he struck and killed on the Garden State Parkway, authorities said. Louis Santiago, 25, an officer in Newark, was off duty when he swerved into the right shoulder and struck Damian Z. Dymka, a 29-year-old nurse from Garfield, on the northbound side of the parkway near Exit 151 around 3 a.m. on Nov. 1, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II said. Neither Santiago nor his passenger, Albert Guzman, 25, of Newark, called 911 and instead, put Dymka's body in the back of Santiago's 2005 Honda Accord, Stephens said. The pair then drove with the body to Santiago's mom's house to discuss what to do with the body, before returning to the scene, authorities said. Santiago's dad, a Newark police lieutenant, called 911and reported his son was in an accident, Stephens said. When police arrived, Dymka's body was in the back seat of Santiago's car, authorities said. Santiago was charged with reckless vehicular homicide, desecrating human remains, leaving the scene of crash resulting in death,...
    A police officer was arrested for attempting to hide the body of a 53-year-old woman who he struck and killed on the Garden State Parkway, authorities said. Louis Santiago, 25, an officer in Newark, was off duty when he swerved into the right shoulder and struck Damian Z. Dymka, a 29-year-old nurse from Garfield, on the northbound side of the parkway near Exit 151 around 3 a.m. on Nov. 1, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II said. Neither Santiago nor his passenger, Albert Guzman, 25, of Newark, called 911 and instead, put Dymka's body in the back of Santiago's 2005 Honda Accord, Stephens said. The pair then drove with the body to Santiago's mom's house to discuss what to do with the body, before returning to the scene, authorities said. Santiago's dad, a Newark police lieutenant, called 911and reported his son was in an accident, Stephens said. When police arrived, Dymka's body was in the back seat of Santiago's car, authorities said. Santiago was charged with reckless vehicular homicide, desecrating human remains, leaving the scene of crash resulting in death,...
    A police officer was arrested for attempting to hide the body of a 53-year-old woman who he struck and killed on the Garden State Parkway, authorities said. Louis Santiago, 25, an officer in Newark, was off duty when he swerved into the right shoulder and struck Damian Z. Dymka, a 29-year-old nurse from Garfield, on the northbound side of the parkway near Exit 151 around 3 a.m. on Nov. 1, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II said. Neither Santiago nor his passenger, Albert Guzman, 25, of Newark, called 911 and instead, put Dymka's body in the back of Santiago's 2005 Honda Accord, Stephens said. The pair then drove with the body to Santiago's mom's house to discuss what to do with the body, before returning to the scene, authorities said. Santiago's dad, a Newark police lieutenant, called 911and reported his son was in an accident, Stephens said. When police arrived, Dymka's body was in the back seat of Santiago's car, authorities said. Santiago was charged with reckless vehicular homicide, desecrating human remains, leaving the scene of crash resulting in death,...
    Two car thieves from New York and Newark were busted following separate traffic stops in Hudson County, authorities said. Tariq Alqanawi, 37, of Newark was pulled over on Paterson Plank Road in a 2007 Hyundai Elantra found to be stolen out of East Rutherford on Nov. 18, Secaucus Police Chief Dennis Miller said. Alqanawi was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property. Meanwhile, George Valerio, 40, was pulled over on County Avenue in a 2007 Chrysler Sebring found to be stolen out of New York City on Nov. 23, Miller said. The vehicle allegedly had a forged temporary registration, police said. Valerio, of Ozone Park, New York, was also found with electronics, blank checks and other items that were stolen from victims in Atlantic City, according to Miller. Valerio also had an active warrant from Atlantic County for a weapons offense with no bail and an active warrant from Paramus for theft of moveable property with $1,000 bail. Valerio was arrested and charged with two counts of receiving stolen property, hindering his own apprehension and forgery. “In response to an...
    A 17-year-old boy died days after he and another male were shot in a vehicle in Newark, authorities said. Yashawn A. Hansen succumbed to his injuries on Friday, Nov. 19 just after 4:05 p.m. --  three days after the incident, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Newark Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara said. Police responding to Quitman Street in Newark on a report of shots fired found Hansen and another man in a vehicle having suffered gunshot wounds, O'Hara and Stephens said. Both were transported to University Hospital, where Hansen was pronounced dead just after 4:05 p.m. Friday, police said. The other victim survived. ALSO SEE: FBI Bust Nets 7 Arrests, 8 Illegal Weapons After Newark Shooting Spree: Police The investigation is active and ongoing. No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.  Calls will be kept confidential. 
    NEWARK, Del. (CBS) — Two men are facing attempting kidnapping charges after Newark police say they tried to take a woman from her home after one of the suspects choked her. The incident happened Saturday night around 11:22 p.m. in the 400 block of Hamlet Way. Rene Villate Umpierre, 20, of Philadelphia and Keniel Rivera Peraza, 24, of Elkton, are both charged with attempted kidnapping. READ MORE: Shooting That Killed Jessica Covington, Pregnant Woman Shot After Baby Shower, Was 'Domestic In Nature': SourcesAccording to the police department, the incident began when Villate Umpierre went to the victim’s apartment. The victim recently met Villate Umpierre and allowed him to come over. Peraza stayed in a car outside the building. Inside the apartment, Villate Umpierre “became aggressive and physical” with the victim, choking her and tried to remove her from her bedroom. The victim fought back and escaped to a room to call 911. She told police Villate Umpierre called Rivera Peraza and they spoke like they were planning to take her. READ MORE: WATCH: Surveillance Video Shows Attempted Robbery Of...
    A 4-year-old child was one of five people wounded when two men started shooting at an overnight backyard party in Passaic, authorities said. City police responding shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday reported finding the child, along with two women – one 21 from Passaic, the other 25 from Newark – and a 29-year-old Newark man all wounded by gunfire. They been struck at a home near the corner of Lafayette and Howe avenues “when two unknown gunmen opened fire,” Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Passaic Police Chief Luis A. Guzman said in a joint release. All four were taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening, they said. A fifth victim, a 21-year-old Passaic man, refused medical treatment after being grazed by a bullet, Valdes and Guzman said. Valdes asked that anyone with information that could help detectives investigating the incident contact her office’s tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org, or contact the Passaic Police Department at (973) 365-3900.
    A 24-year-old Newark man pleaded guilty Wednesday in connection to a Morris County police pursuit and crash that involved two juveniles. Isaac Zackery-Barnes entered the plea to charges of second-degree eluding and third-degree receiving stolen property, Hanover Police Chief Michael Loock said. Zackery-Barnes fled from Hanover officers in a stolen vehicle with two juveniles in Sept. 2020, Loock said. The vehicle crashed in Parsippany, and the trio were arrested following a brief foot chase, police said. Meanwhile, Zackery-Barnes was also involved in a Union County stolen vehicle pursuit and crash that injured two police officers and led to charges for another man and a teen on Nov. 9, according to Mountainside PD. Zackery-Barnes will be sentenced Jan. 6, 2022 to 10 years in state prison for eluding with a concurrent five-year sentence for receiving stolen property, authorities said. 
    Majia Horner wasn't a bad kid, her mom Jennifer Horner says: "She just made a bad choice." The 15-year-old Newark girl was driving a stolen Jeep that crossed a double-yellow line and struck a westbound Acura RDX in Princeton earlier this month, according to her mom and local police. Majia and the other driver, Jodi Marcou, 61, of the Kendall Park section of South Brunswick, were both pronounced dead at the scene. A 14-year-old passenger in the Jeep was hospitalized with serious injuries, police and the teen's mom said. Horner says she's heartbroken that her daughter took two lives. "I feel horrible because [Marcou] has her own family grieving and I am sorry that it happened," Horner said. "I wish it never would have happened. I can’t take anyone’s pain away." According to her LinkedIn profile, Marcou had worked as a development specialist at Rutgers University since 2018. She previously was program coordinator of the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival. She was a 1980 graduate of Rider University, with a degree in management and organizational behavior. The tragic series of events began...
    NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- Eight people were wounded in four shootings in less than four hours in Newark Tuesday night, and lawmakers are speaking out against the rash of violence.Police said they made five arrests within the last 24 hours related to recent gun violence."We are shocked and disgusted by this outrageous level of senseless violence, and it will not be tolerated," Mayor Ras Baraka and Public Safety Director Brian O'Hara said in a joint statement. "While we continue to work intensively around the clock with our law enforcement partners, as evidenced made by the illegal guns recovered and arrests in the last 24 hours, we need the entire judicial system to help us as many of these persons involved were released into the community despite having pending criminal cases and previous weapons offenses."ALSO READ | New Jersey mom admitted planning deaths of young daughter, son: InvestigatorsEMBED More News Videos Anthony Johnson has the latest on a New Jersey mother accused of killing her two children. They went on to say that in each case, patrol officers rendered aid...
    Eight people were injured in a series of Newark shootings Tuesday night, authorities said. The first incident happened around 6:25 p.m. near Lincoln Street and Court Street, local and county officials said. Two men were injured, including one critically. Just before 8:10 p.m., two boys, ages 15 and 17, were found by police having been shot while riding in a stolen car in the area of Quitman Street near Montgomery Street. Both victims were reportedly in critical condition, authorities said. In a separate shooting incident at Maybaum Avenue near Tremont Avenue, police found one male who had been shot just before 8:40 p.m. While police were with the victim at University Hospital, a second shooting victim, a 15-year-old male, arrived. Both were reportedly in stable condition. At approximately 10:10 p.m., police responded to the area of 17th Avenue and Hunterdon Street where they found a man with a gunshot wound, authorities said. He was transported to University Hospital, and second victim arrived at the hospital in a private vehicle. Both victims were reportedly in stable condition. Shooting detectives are also investigating...
    A fugitive wanted for shooting and killing a man on a Newark street more than a year ago was captured by Little Ferry police who said he'd been hiding out in a local motel. Dennys Santana, 28, had been on the run since the out-of-state victim was shot point-blank in the head up the street from Santana's Highland Avenue apartment on Aug. 20, 2020, authorities said. The victim, Milan Madison, 28, of Hyattsville, Maryland, was pronounced dead at the scene, they said. A warrant for Santana's arrest was issued in October 2020. The Essex County Prosecutor's Homicide Unit had been looking for him ever since. That changed Tuesday, when Little Ferry Police Officer Joseph Convery stopped a 2007 Honda Civic near the corner of Bergen Turnpike and Valley Road for having tinted windows and a busted brake light, Police Chief James Walters said. Asked to step out of the vehicle, the driver said he didn't know his passenger, whom he claimed was a friend of his cousin's whom he'd been asked to pick up from a nearby motel, the...
    Police are seeking the public’s help identifying a man and woman in connection with an armed carjacking that occurred in Newark Wednesday evening. The armed suspects — pictured above — carjacked a white 2016 Toyota Camry on the 100 block of South 9th Street around 7:30 p.m., Newark Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara said. The man is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build and dressed in all black clothing and a black face mask, O’Hara said. The woman was also dressed in all black clothing, authorities said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Department's 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477).  All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.
    NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — More than 30 fallen police officers were being honored at the 28th annual Blue Mass in Newark on Thursday. Hundreds of members of law enforcement in New Jersey and their families filed into the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Ridge Street to pay tribute to those lost, CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported. READ MORE: Defiant Jack Ciattarelli Still Not Conceding New Jersey Governor's Race To Incumbent Phil MurphyAmong them were friends and loved ones of 42-year-old U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was originally from South River, New Jersey. He died after a mob stormed the Capitol, interrupting the electoral count on Jan. 6. Det. Joseph Seals of the Jersey City Police Department was 39 years old when he was shot and killed at Bayview Cemetery as part of the domestic terror attack on a Jewish business in December 2019. He was a 13-year veteran, husband and father of five. READ MORE: 9-Year-Old Who Emptied Piggy Bank For First Responders Gets COVID-19 Vaccine In QueensOfficers said this year has been especially heavy, with so...
    NEWARK — Two men and a juvenile were in county jail after simultaneous warrant services last week ended in their arrests on suspicion of multiple charges connected to at least a pair of robberies last summer, authorities said. According to a statement Monday night, Newark police investigators working a pair of armed convenience-store robberies involving handguns on August 17. City records show officers responded to one armed robbery at 11:47 p.m. in the 5700 block of Thornton Boulevard, followed moments later by another in the 39600 block of Cedar Boulevard. After investigators believed the suspects could be linked to other Bay Area robberies, they sought and obtained search warrants for addresses in Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. During those searches around 6 a.m. last Thursday, two 19-year-old men in Oakland and San Mateo and a juvenile were each separately arrested. The searches also yielded three handguns, a stolen rifle, high-capacity magazines and many rounds of ammunition, police said. The trio were booked into county jail and juvenile hall on suspicion of robbery, possession of an un-serialized firearm (or “ghost...
    Authorities in Newark are seeking the public's help in locating a missing boy. Jahzir Lopez, age 10, was last seen leaving the 700 block of South 12th Street, walking towards Clinton Avenue at approximately 5:45 p.m. Friday, Newark Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara said. Jahzir, who suffers ODD and ADHD, is 5 feet tall with a medium brown complexion, black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a green Minecraft shirt with black sleeves, and no shoes. Director O’Hara urges anyone with information about the whereabouts of Jahzir Lopez to call the Department's 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward. Anonymous tips may also be made using the Police Division’s website at: www.newarkpd.org or through our Smartphone App available at iTunes or on Google Play. Search Newark Police Division to download the App. 
    A Newark office fired his gun at a dog who bit him Friday afternoon, authorities said. The officer discharged one round at the dog on the 300 block of Emmet Street, but the dog was not injured around 1:50 p.m., Newark Public Safety Director Brian O'Hara said.  The officer was transported to University Hospital for treatment and the incident was under investigation.
    Police in Newark are seeking a man who they say knocked a victim unconscious during an argument earlier this month. The man pictured above apparently joined an argument on the 100 block of Fleming Avenue, which left the victim unconscious Oct. 10, Newark Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara said. The victim arrived at University Hospital for treatment of a black eye. The suspect is described as 5’6” tall and 190 pounds. He was wearing a multi-colored sweater. Director O’Hara urges anyone with information on the identity of this suspect to call the Division's 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward. Anonymous tips may also be made using the Police Division’s website at www.newarkpublicsafety.org. or through our Smartphone App available at iTunes and Google Play. Search Newark Police Division to download the App. #newark #publicsafety #police #community #partnership #tips #CrimeStoppers
    Two burglars who tried to blend in as home-repair contractors in Lyndhurst were arrested following a police pursuit that ended when they crashed a stolen commercial truck in Newark, authorities said. Credit for the capture goes to area residents, Lyndhurst police said. The driver, Nathaniel Barreto, 39, of Newark took off on foot after the crash but was quickly grabbed, Detective Lt. Vincent Auteri said. Passenger Philip Zaragoza, 41, also of Newark, said he was having withdrawal from using heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine and was quickly taken to an area hospital, he said. Officer Anthony Giaquinto spotted their van while responding to a call of a man in a suspicious commercial vehicle who was seen trying to break into a home on Peabody Avenue, Auteri said. Seeing the officer, Barreto hit the gas, speeding onto Riverside Avenue and into North Arlington before crossing the Route 7 bridge into Belleville, the lieutenant said. He eventually headed into Newark, reaching speeds up to 70 miles an hour, running lights and stop signs and sideswiping cars along the way, Auteri said. An Essex...
    A Bergen County man was arrested for dumping animal carcasses in Newark, authorities said. Paul A. Bartella, 60, of North Arlington, is accused of dumping deer carcasses in Newark three times across the city since June, Newark Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara said. He was arrested on warrants Wednesday night, after an incident on Verona Avenue near Broadway, police said. He did the same on Aug. 3 on Chester Avenue and Riverside avenues, and on June 24, on the 200 block of Oraton Street, O'Hara said. VICE detectives charged Bartella with disposal of solid waste, transport of solid waste, dead deer tagging and transport violations. “There is an appropriate process for disposing of deer remains, but dumping them in Newark is disgusting, illegal and disrespectful to our community," O'Hara said. "This absolutely will not be tolerated.” Bartella was arrested on summonses for each incident and released. Director O’Hara urges anyone with information about illegal dumping or any other criminal activity to call the Division's 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential...
    Two New Jersey fugitives have been arrested on murder charges in the fatal shooting of a 28-year-old Atlantic City man last spring, authorities said. Denzel Garrison, 28, of Newark was arrested Tuesday by Newark police and charged with murder, conspiracy and weapons offenses, according to Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill. Laquine Demby, 30, of Pleasantville, was arrested Tuesday by ACPO detectives and Pleasantville police and charged with murder and conspiracy,  Shill said on Wednesday. Demby and Garrison were processed and were being held at the Atlantic County Justice Facility, the prosecutor said.  Jahmil Greenidge, 28, of Atlantic City was found dead by police about 8 a.m. May 19 suffering from a gunshot wound on the 300 block of North Tennessee Avenue, authorities said.  Surveillance video allegedly recovered near the murder scene showed a newer model, black Hyundai Sonata with tinted windows, the prosecutor's office has said. Details on how the fugitives were tracked down were not released, but Shill credited several law enforcement agencies for their help including Newark, Pleasantville and Egg Harbor Township police, the county Sheriff's Office,...
    A Newark police officer was hospitalized after being struck by a stolen vehicle Tuesday night. The officer noticed a Mercedes Benz SUV stolen out of Elizabeth on Quitman Street near Spruce Street around 11 p.m., Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara said. The driver noticed the police presence, pulled off and hit the officer, O'Hara said. The injured officer was taken to University Hospital for treatment and was in stable condition as of Wednesday.  The vehicle was recovered by police at Livingston Street. The incident remains under investigation. No further information was available.
    A driver of a stolen car was arrested after he struck two people at a bus stop in Newark leaving them seriously injured Tuesday morning, authorities said. Norven Dee Alcius, 19, of Union, was behind the wheel of a stolen Mazda SUV when he hit the two pedestrians at a bus stop around 9 a.m. at Broad and Market streets in Newark,  Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara said. The victims were transported to University Hospital for treatment. They both are reportedly in serious, but stable condition. Alcius got out of the vehicle after it struck the two victims and was apprehended by responding officers without further incident, O'Hara said. The vehicle, a black 2021 Mazda CX-9, was reported stolen Monday at 10:15 p.m. after it was left running and unattended in the 800 block of Broad Street, police said. Alcius faces a charge of receiving stolen property, police said. “Sadly, the vehicle that struck the two victims was reported stolen after being left running and unattended,” Director O’Hara said. “This incident highlights the problem we’re having, not only in...
    NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Two people were hurt after a car that jumped a curb on Tuesday morning. Newark police told CBS2 the driver was behind the wheel of a stolen car when he plowed into the pedestrians near Broad and Market streets at around 9:15 a.m. READ MORE: Art Exhibit Inspired By Worldwide Game Of Jacks Opens At One World Trade CenterThe driver fled the scene, but was later taken into custody by police. READ MORE: Federal Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction Against N.Y.'s Vaccine Mandate For Health Care WorkersThe victims were taken to University Hospital. MORE NEWS: Nets: Kyrie Irving's Choice Not To Get Vaccinated Means He Can't Play Until He DoesThere was no immediate word on their conditions.
    NEWARK, Del. — Police say a Delaware school bus driver fell asleep behind the wheel just before a crash that injured 18 students. News outlets report that Newark police said the crash happened as the bus pulled into Newark Charter School’s campus on Tuesday. Police say the bus with 37 elementary and middle school students on board hit three parked cars, then left the road and hit a pole. The driver fell asleep at the wheel, but police say speed or impairment weren’t factors in the crash. Police say no students were taken to hospitals, but a school nurse treated 18 for minor injuries. Police have not said what charges they will file against the driver, who was not identified.  Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    NEWARK, Del. (CBS/AP) – A school bus with students on board crashed into parked cars, then went off the road and struck a pole Tuesday morning as it pulled into the campus of a Newark school, but there were only minor injuries, police said. The crash happened just before 9 a.m. at the Newark Charter School campus on Patriot Way, Newark police said in a news release. Elementary and middle school students were on the bus at the time of the crash. READ MORE: WATCH: Montgomery County DA To Update Investigation Into Schuylkill Expressway Crash That Killed Firefighter Thomas RoydsWhen police officers arrived, a school nurse was treating some students who received minor injuries, but no students needed to be taken to a medical facility, police said. READ MORE: 2 New Murals Dedicated At Start Of Mural Arts Month In PhiladelphiaThe driver was not injured, police said. No student required transportation to a medical facility and the school has notified parents of the incident. MORE NEWS: Anrae James' Family Speaks Out After Nursing Assistant, Father Killed By Gunman Inside Jefferson...
    A Newark man who police say fired shots into the air and fled from officers in a stolen car was arrested Monday. Officers spotted Rodney Burch, 28, standing outside a black Nissan Sentra, raising a firearm, and firing multiple rounds into the air just before 3:40 a.m. Monday, according to Newark Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara. When Burch became aware police were on scene, he fled in the car, which had been reported carjacked out of Jersey City, authorities said. After crashing into a parked vehicle at Summer Avenue and Kearney Avenue, Burch then fled on foot, tossing a handgun into the backyard of a residence in the 100 block of Summer Avenue, police said. He was apprehended in the area of Kearny Street, near Summer Avenue, where he spit at arresting officers, according to O'Hara. Police recovered the handgun and found Burch in possession of 34 glassine envelopes of suspected heroin, authorities said. He faces charges of unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, discharging a weapon within the city limits, eluding, obstruction of the administration of...
    NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- A driver is under arrest after allegedly crashing a stolen car in Newark, New Jersey.Police say a Nissan was stolen at gunpoint in Jersey City around 3:15 a.m. Monday morning.Officers caught up with the car in Newark, where the driver crashed on Summer and Elwood Avenues.The suspect was taken to the hospital to be evaluated.The person who was robbed of the Nissan was not injured.Police are continuing their investigation and the identity of the arrested suspect has not yet been released.ALSO READ | Spirit plane catches fire after hitting bird at New Jersey airportEMBED More News Videos More than 100 passengers and crew members evacuated the plane after it hit a bird while accelerating for takeoff. ----------* More New Jersey news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube
    NEWARK (CBS SF) — Two 15-year-olds have been arrested in connection with a Newark strong-arm robbery and police chase in a carjacked vehicle while trying to elude capture. On Sept. 23, officers with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit advised the Newark police that a white Toyota RAV4 recently stolen in a carjacking had been spotted in Newark. READ MORE: Man Killed, Woman Wounded In Late Night Oakland Maxwell Park Neighborhood ShootingThe sheriff’s office reported to police the occupants of the vehicle also were seen committing a strong-armed robbery in the area of Newark Blvd. and Jarvis Ave. Fortunately, the victim of the robbery — a 75-year-old man — did not suffer any serious injuries. Responding officers located the suspects as they fled the scene and a pursuit ensued. The chase went on to eastbound state Highway 84 and to northbound I-880 before the vehicle pulled into a clutch-de-sac and two of the three suspects fled on foot through some residential backyards. READ MORE: San Jose Delays Disciplinary Action for City Employees Who Aren't VaccinatedPolice took the driver into...
    NEWARK – Authorities have arrested two 15-year-olds and are seeking a third juvenile in connection with a recent strong-arm robbery and vehicle pursuit in Newark. Around 2:15 p.m. on Sept. 23, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office informed the Newark Police Department a Toyota RAV4 stolen in a recent carjacking was in the city and its occupants were committing a strong-arm robbery near Jarvis Avenue and Newark Boulevard, the Newark Police Department said in a news release Friday. The Toyota was leaving the scene as officers arrived, police said. “A pursuit was initiated, with the assistance of the ACSO airplane, from eastbound State Route 84 to northbound Interstate 880, and ultimately terminated in Hayward when the driver pulled into a cul-de-sac,” police said. Two of the three suspects ran from the Toyota, police said. The driver was taken into custody without incident, and officers arrested a second suspect following a search of the area. The third suspect remains at large and investigators are working to identify him. Police said the 75-year-old victim’s belongings were recovered and returned to him. On Tuesday,...
    A man caught on video firing a gun at Newark police officers from a balcony was charged with aggravated assault, authorities said. Carlos Green, 64, was on the second-floor balcony of a home on the 300 block of South 18th Street when he fired the weapon at officers responding to a shooting report around 11:45 a.m., Newark Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara said. Residents from the first and third floors of the building were evacuated with help from the Newark Police Division’s Emergency Response Team. Robots and pole cameras were used to ensure that all residents had escaped safely, O’Hara said. Green was taken into custody, and no injuries were reported, authorities said. Officers later carried out a search warrant at Green’s apartment, leading to charges for aggravated assault against police, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and hindering apprehension. “I commend these officers who, like so many other of our officers do, courageously responded to a report of shots fired and placed their lives on the line for the safety...
    A Hudson County man admitted Tuesday that he pulled over a postal worker and pointed a gun at him. What motivated Joseph Cartagena, 34, of Jersey City, wasn't clear when he pleaded guilty via videoconference with a federal judge in Newark to one count of assaulting a federal employee. The U.S. Postal Service employee told police that he got out of his truck and approached Cartagena to find out why he had him stop on March 3, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig said. Cartagena then "pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the postal employee," Honig said. "The postal employee immediately pushed Cartagena’s hand away and ran into traffic to get away. "Cartagena then entered his car and drove away." Cartagena took a deal from the government rather than face a trial. U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti, who accepted Cartagena's guilty plea, scheduled sentencing for Feb. 9, 2022. Honig credited postal inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service's Newark Division and Jersey City police with the investigation leading to the plea, secured by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney...
    NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- Unions representing firefighters and police officers in Newark are angry over the requirement to get the COVID-19 vaccine after a New Jersey appeals court upheld the city's mandate for municipal employees.The unions filed a complaint against Newark alleging unfair labor practices, and a state public employment commission paused the order this month and ruled the mandate was lawful but that the city had to negotiate terms with the unions.In Monday's ruling, however, the appeals court ruled the city has is not required to engage in negotiations with the unions over the policy.RELATED | Facing suspension or termination, more NY health care workers get COVID vaccineEMBED More News Videos NY's vaccine mandate for health care workers took effect, leaving hospitals and nursing homes braced for the prospect of severe staff shortages. Requiring negotiations "impermissibly interferes with the city's managerial prerogative to protect the health and safety of all its employees and the city residents with whom those employees come into contact," the court wrote.Kevin McGovern, an attorney for Teamsters Local 97, a union representing university employees,...
    Police are seeking the public's help locating a woman they say stabbed another woman in Newark last week. Officers responding to Riverview Court around 7:40 p.m. on Sept. 13 discovered a woman who said she had been stabbed with a knife by a woman she knew following an altercation, according to Newark Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara. The suspect -- identified as 24-year-old Aliyah T. Napier -- reportedly fled in a black Nissan SUV after dropping the knife. The victim was transported to University Hospital and was listed in stable condition, O'Hara said. An arrest warrant was issued for Napier, of Newark on charges of aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon. She is described as 5’5” tall, 150 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is urged to call the division's 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward. Anonymous tips may also be made using the police division’s website.
    Police in Newark used arrest and control tactics to safely apprehend three armed suspects in two recent incidents, authorities said. Newark residents Kaseem Callender, 25, and Keon Orr, 22, were arrested in connection with an armed robbery near the North Munn Avenue entrance of the Bradley Court apartment complex just after 8 a.m. on Sept. 7, Newark Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara said. The victim told police that he and a second victim had been robbed at gunpoint while inside a vehicle. Callender was found during a search of the area and taken into custody after resisting arrest and tossing a loaded handgun on the ground on Chelsea Avenue, O’Hara said. Orr then arrived at the scene, threatened to kill one of the victims and fled before being located and taken into custody, police said. Callender and Orr were each charged with robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and conspiracy. Orr was also charged with terroristic threats. Meanwhile, officers apprehended aggravated assault suspect Tavares Thompson, 40, of Newark, who allegedly strangled...
    Linden High School was in a shelter in place Tuesday morning after a group of students were struck by a car, authorities said. A 14-year-old girl, and two 15-year-old boys were struck at while in a marked crosswalk at the intersection of  W. St. George Avenue and Ainsworth Street by a 2009 Nissan Rogue heading east on W. George Street around 8:50 a.m., Lt. Christopher Guenther said. Special Police Officers arrived on scene and immediately rendered aid to the victims. The girl suffered serious, non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Newark University Hospital. The boys were treated on scene for minor injuries. The driver of the vehicle, a 40-year-old man from Rahway, was not injured in the crash. He was arrested on scene for unrelated charges and later released pending an appearance in Newark Municipal Court. The incident remains under investigation by the Linden Police Traffic Bureau, and anyone with information about the crash is urged to contact Inv. John Halkias at (908) 474-8505.
    A 36-year-old delivery truck driver from Newark was shot and killed while working in Plainfield Wednesday, authorities said. Plainfield police responding to the 200 block of Garfield Avenue found Jamar S. Harris suffering a fatal gunshot wound around 2 p.m., Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel said alongside local police. The investigation is being led by the Union County Homicide Task Force and assisted by members of the Plainfield Police Department, Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit, and Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit. Anyone with information about this matter is urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Sergeant Lamar Hartsfield at 908-451-1873, Prosecutor’s Office Detective Angela Concepcion at 908-341-5416, or Plainfield Police Department Sergeant Thomas Collina at 732-620-2209. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at www.uctip.org; submission of tips made in this fashion that result in an indictment and conviction can be eligible for a reward of up to $10,000 via the Union County Crime Stoppers.
    Police are seeking the public's help identifying a man wanted in a Newark shooting investigation. Officers responding to a shooting on the 100 block of South Devine Street around 1:10 p.m. Aug. 4, where a victim was laying on the ground with gunshot wounds, Newark Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara said. A relative of the victim told police that his cousin was shot when a gunman fired at them from the back seat of a black SUV Audi that pulled up with a black Suburban Denali, O'Hara said. The relative knew the driver of the Suburban Denali, and the victim was taken to University Hospital. While detectives investigate this incident and seek the public’s help with locating the individual in the picture below, Director O’Hara urges anyone with information to call the Division's 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward. Anonymous tips may also be made using the Police Division’s website at www.newarkpublicsafety.org. or through our Smartphone App available at iTunes and Google...
    A pair of Newark police officers were hospitalized with minor injuries in a hit-and-run crash early Thursday, authorities said. The police car was near Bergen and West Runyon streets when it was struck by another car around 9:30 a.m., Newark Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara said. The officers were taken to University Hospital for complaints of pain.  This incident remains under investigation. No further information is available.
    A 40-year-old stabbing suspect was arrested in Newark, authorities said. Jeff Napier chased the victim inside of a Chapel Street business and stabbed him around 8:40 a.m. Aug. 7, Newark Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara said, The victim was transported to University Hospital for treatment and is reportedly in stable condition. Detectives investigating this incident identified Napier as a suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest. He was located and arrested on Aug. 18 on charges of aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
    NEWARK — A 17-year-old was in custody after allegedly firing several shots at a man on Thursday after attempting to rob the man’s son earlier that afternoon, police said. Police said the suspect is a male Fremont resident; his name was not released due to his age. He will be booked at Alameda County Juvenile Hall in San Leandro. No one was injured in the incident, police said. At 3:25 p.m. Thursday, witnesses reported the attempted robbery at the 38000 block of Bluebell Drive, down the street from the Lion Food Center supermarket in Newark. The victim, a 15-year-old boy, had been walking home from school when the suspect drove up to him in a vehicle with other minors and attempted to rob him, police said. The victim escaped and called his father for help. By the time police arrived, the suspect had already fled the area. Later, the victim and his father were leaving the area when they encountered the suspect on another street, authorities said. The victim’s father confronted the suspect, who fired several shots in his direction...
    NEWARK (CBS SF/BCN) — Police arrested a 17-year-old suspect Friday in connection with an armed robbery and shooting incident that occurred Thursday in Newark. On Thursday at 3:25 p.m., officers with the Newark Police Department responded to a report of an attempted robbery in the 38000 block of Bluebell Drive. READ MORE: Dixie Fire Update: Weary Crews Brace For Red Flag Winds; Fire Grows To 714,219 Acres, Today Will Be A Day Of Battle Police said a 15-year-old was walking home from school when the suspect drove up in a vehicle containing several juvenile passengers and attempted to rob the victim. The victim fled and called his father for help. The victim’s father arrived to pick up his son, and as they were leaving, they located the suspect, a Fremont resident, in his vehicle on a nearby street. READ MORE: UPDATE: Caldor Fire Still 0% Contained After 7 Days, Forces Closure Of National Parks Police said the father confronted the suspect, and the suspect ultimately fired several shots at the father before fleeing in the vehicle. There were no injuries...