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Reward Offer Increased in Shooting Death of 15-Month-Old Toddler
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Newark - Sheriff Armando Fontoura today announced an increase in the Crimestoppers reward offer in the shooting death of 15-month-old Sanai Cunningham of Irvington on October 11, 2014. The Crimestoppers reward offer now stands at up to $25,000. The original reward offer was up to $10,000. The toddler was bouncing on a bed with her parents at their Ellis Avenue apartment when a gunfight between a group of men erupted outside. One of the bullets fired on the street pierced the wall of a second floor apartment, striking Cunningham in the torso.
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Reward Offered in Shooting Death of 15-Month-Old Girl
Saturday, 11 October 2014
Irvington - Sheriff Armando Fontoura this evening announced a Crimestoppers reward offer up to $10,000 in the shooting death of a 15-month-old toddler. According to witnesses statement to police, a wild gun battle erupted on Ellis Avenue among at least three armed suspects. "One of the stray bullets apparently pierced the wall at 84 Ellis Avenue and struck the child in the upper torso as she was playing with her parents in their apartment," Sheriff Fontoura said. Persons with information about the crime are urged to contact the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide Task Force at 877-847-7432. All calls to law enforcement will be kept confidential.
 
Four Drug Suspects Arrested
Thursday, 09 October 2014
Newark - Two adult suspects were arraigned on drug distribution charges today following their arrests yesterday along with two juvenile suspects by Essex County sheriff's detectives. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department's Bureau of Narcotics and the Tactical Response Team executed two search warrants on Wednesday morning for apartments at 70 Summer Avenue in the city's North District. After surrounding the building, Sheriff Fontoura said the BON detectives and TRT officers announced their presence then, fearing the destruction of evidence, made a forced entry into the residence.
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Reward Offered in Berra Museum Burglary
Wednesday, 08 October 2014
Newark - In the aftermath of the break-in and robbery at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center on the campus of Montclair State University, Sheriff Armando Fontoura today announced a cash reward offer for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect or suspects. Sheriff Fontoura stated that his department's Crimestoppers program would pay up to $5,000 for details surrounding the crime. "This institution is an iconic asset to parents, children and baseball fans everywhere," Fontoura said. "We are outraged that this vital facility was violated." Persons with information about this crime are urged to contact the Essex County Sheriff's Crimestoppers hotline at 973-877-TIPS or the Montclair State University Police at 973-655-5222. All calls to law enforcement will be kept confidential. ***** PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CRIMESTOPPERS REWARD OFFER HAS INCREASED TO UP TO $30,000.
 
Suspect with Semi-Auto Handgun & Drugs Arrested and Arraigned
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Newark – An alleged Bloods street gang member was arraigned today on multiple weapons and drug charges following his arrest yesterday morning by Essex County sheriff’s detectives. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics conducted a plainclothes surveillance operation on Tuesday morning at the intersection of South Orange Avenue and Salem Street, a known drug trafficking area. Sheriff Fontoura said that the BON detectives observed Fuquan Scales, age 26 of East Orange, loitering in the area.
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