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"Code Blue" In Effect For Essex County
Friday, 13 February 2015
Essex County, NJ - On Friday, February 13th, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced the Essex County's Code Blue procedures are being activated because extreme cold weather in the forecast. The Code Blue will be in effect starting Friday, February 13th at 4 p.m. to Wednesday, February 18th at 9 a.m. "Providing our homeless residents with a warm place to stay during extreme weather conditions is important for their safety and well-being. We thank our participating shelters and warming stations who are working with us to open their doors in these times-of need," DiVincenzo said.
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Winter Driving Tips
Monday, 09 February 2015
Newark – Sheriff Armando Fontoura, coordinator of the Essex County Office of Emergency Management, today issued the following Winter Driving Tips for local motorists. For increased safety on snow-covered and icy roads: Motorists should decrease speed and leave three times the amount room between their vehicle and the one in front of them to stop; Tap on your brakes repeatedly, but gently, to avoid skidding; Always drive with your lights on to increase your visibility to other drivers; When driving uphill, use lower gears to maintain traction.
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Reward Offer in Go-Go Bar Murder
Monday, 09 February 2015
Newark – Law enforcement authorities today posted a cash reward offer for information that leads to an arrest in the murder of a Georgia man outside a Newark strip club in December. Sheriff Armando Fontoura said that his department’s Crimestoppers program will pay up to $5,000 for details surrounding the shooting of Tywon Bandy, age 26, of Cuthbert, Georgia. The victim was gunned down at 1:40 a.m. on December 22, 2014 at Fox’s Go-Go Bar, located at 43 Passaic Avenue, following what is believed to be a dispute with unknown assailants. Persons with information about the crime are urged to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force at 1-877-847-7432. All calls to law enforcement will be kept confidential.
 
Profeesional Standards Summary 2014
Wednesday, 04 February 2015

Type of Complaint

Anonymous Complaints

Citizen Complaints

Agency Complaints

Total Complaints

Excessive Force

5

5

Improper Arrest

1

1

Improper Entry

Improper Search

3

3

Other Criminal Violation

3

4

7

Differential Treatment

1

1

2

Demeanor

31

1

32

Domestic Violence

Other Rule Violation

4

16

72

92

Total

4

60

78

142

COMPLAINTS FILED
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3 Suspects Arrested with Heroin, Cocaine, Marijuana, Xanax & Propofol
Wednesday, 04 February 2015
Bloomfield – Armed with a battering ram, Essex County sheriff’s detectives and Bloomfield police yesterday made a forced entry into a local residence where they arrested three suspects, two males and a female, on drug trafficking charges. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that detectives from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics and Bloomfield police detectives executed a search warrant on Tuesday afternoon for a third floor apartment at 147 Franklin Street. Fontoura added that the search warrant was obtained after a two-week long joint investigation which was prompted by numerous neighborhood complaints of narcotics trafficking at that location. Seized during the raid were 9 grams of heroin, 26 grams of ‘crack’ cocaine, 256 grams of marijuana, 21 Xanax tablets and 17 vials of Propofol. The estimated street value of the drugs is $8,000.
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