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Cash Reward Offer in Ironbound Murder
Monday, 27 July 2015
Newark - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Eugene Venable announced that authorities are investigating a shooting incident on Sunday in which a male was fatally shot. Shortly before 7:15 a.m. Sunday, July 26, 2015, Newark Police responded to the 150 block of Walnut Street on a report of a male having been shot. Arriving officers discovered that the victim, who has been identified as Agostinoh Sousa, 40, of Newark, had sustained a gunshot wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead at 7:28 a.m. Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced this morning that his department’s Crimestoppers program has made a cash reward offer up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the shooting death of Mr. Sousa. The matter is being investigated by the Essex County Prosecutor's Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department. The investigation is ongoing at this time according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly, of the Prosecutor's Homicide Unit. Anyone with information is asked to contact Task Force detectives at (877) 847-7432 or (973) 621-4586.
 
Public Safety Youth Academy
Monday, 27 July 2015
Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the annual Public Safety Youth Academy kicked off last week. Some 35 children from the Essex County area, mostly Newark, will spend the next three weeks learning about police and fire. “The goal of this program is to foster relationships between youth and people who work in public safety. These young people will learn about our jobs and get an opportunity to meet firefighters, prosecutors and others in law enforcement up close,’’ said Acting Prosecutor Murray. “We believe it is a valuable experience for the youth and for us.’’ Acting Prosecutor Murray said the program, which is offered to children between the ages of 9 to 12, is a joint initiative with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Essex County Sheriff, Newark Police and the Newark Fire Department. Sheriff Armando Fontoura was a big hit, on Tuesday, opening day, when he deputized the children and told them they will now be able to arrest anyone except their parents. Among other things, the students are given tours of the Historic Court House, the Police Academy, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Crime Scene Unit and the Fire Department. They will learn about gangs and even have fun trips to the Turtleback Zoo and the Newark Museum. There is a graduation ceremony for the youth on Aug. 7.
 
Two Suspects Arrested on Gun & Drug Charges
Monday, 20 July 2015
Newark – Two alleged suspects were arraigned this morning on multiple weapons and drug charges following their arrests late last week by Essex County sheriff’s detectives. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that his department’s Bureau of Narcotics conducted a plainclothes surveillance operation near the intersection of Brookdale Avenue and Abinger Place on Thursday evening in response to numerous complaints of open air drug trafficking in the area. Sheriff Fontoura added that his BON detectives observed two males loitering in the area when a Mazda Millenium pulled up to the location and the driver engaged in a brief conversation with the two suspects.
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Stun Gun Arrest at Courthouse
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Newark – A city woman was arrested this afternoon when she attempted to bring a stun gun into the Essex County Superior Court complex on West Market Street. Shaquai Brown, age 24, was stopped from entering Veterans Courthouse at 1:30 p.m. by sheriff’s officers who detected the weapon via the complex’s east entrance X-ray machine. Brown had come to the court complex to obtain information about a pending matter in Tenant – Landlord court. “The taser device was disguised to resemble a cell phone,” noted Sheriff Armando Fontoura. “Our officers were really on the ball in identifying this dangerous weapon for what it was.” Brown was issued a summons for possession of a stun gun and released in her own recognizance. She will answer to today’s charge in criminal Central Judicial Processing court on July 24th.
 
Minnesota Fugitive Arrested in Newark
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Newark – A suspect on the lam for more than three years from Minnesota law enforcement authorities was arrested in Newark on Tuesday by detectives from the U. S. Marshal’s New York/New Jersey Regional Task Force. “Working with information provided by Minnesota sources, sheriff’s Detective Lenny Jackson and other officers assigned to the task force yesterday located and arrested 22-year-old Alex Yupa in the second floor apartment of 220 Wilson Avenue,” stated Sheriff Armando Fontoura. Fontoura added that Yupa was on the Most Wanted list of Hennepin (Minneapolis) County authorities for the aggravated sexual assault of a minor on February 21, 2011. Yupa was lodged at the Essex County jail where he awaits extradition to Minnesota.
 
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