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Reward Posted for Sexual Assault Suspects
Monday, 16 January 2012

East Orange – A cash reward offer has been posted by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office for information that leads to the arrest of any of the five suspects wanted for a sexual assault of a teenage female.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that his department’s Crimestoppers program would pay up to $2,500 for details that assist law enforcement agencies in apprehending the suspects.

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Drug Arrest
Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Newark – A drug suspect was arraigned today after being arrested yesterday afternoon by an Essex County sheriff’s officer following a routine motor vehicle stop.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura said that Officer George Sona was on fixed patrol in Branch Brook Park when he observed a gold Acura traveling east on Park Avenue with what appeared to be a fraudulent inspection sticker.

Officer Sona pulled over the vehicle, driven by Darius Gwyn, age 31, of Smith Street, at Park Avenue and Ridge Street. Upon approaching the vehicle, the sheriff’s officer detected the pungent odor of raw marijuana. As Gwyn handed Sona his license, registration and insurance card, the officer spotted a clear zip-lock bag, containing a green leafy substance protruding from the suspect’s jacket pocket.

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Elopement Victim Recovered Safely
Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Newark – Late Wednesday afternoon, Essex County sheriff’s detectives, utilizing electronic tracking devices, recovered a female victim of dementia who had wandered away from a city daycare facility.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department who operate Project Lifesaver tracking equipment were dispatched to Branch Brook Park Manor, an assisted living complex, on Clifton Avenue on a report of a missing person. Sheriff Fontoura said his officers were advised that a 59-year-old female resident had eloped at approximately 4:00 p.m. from her daycare facility, located on McCarter Highway.

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Stolen ATM Suspects Arrested and Arraigned
Thursday, 15 December 2011

Newark – Two suspects found to be in possession of a stolen ATM machine were arraigned today following their arrest by Essex County sheriff’s officers on Thursday afternoon.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura said that Officers Christopher Bozios and Michael Kihlberg were on routine patrol at Weequahic Park when they spotted a 2011 Chrysler Town and Country van illegally parked near the Route 22 service road.

In the immediate vicinity of the van, Bozios and Kihlberg observed a male dumping a large black plastic bag on the edge of the Weequahic Park lake while a female was placing another large black plastic bag into the rear of the vehicle.

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Drug Suspect Arrested and Arraigned
Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Newark – A suspected drug dealer was arraigned today as a result of his arrest on Tuesday by Essex County sheriff’s detectives.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics followed Israel Valera, age 49, from his 77 Highland Avenue residence on Tuesday afternoon and detained him at a parking lot on Clay Street before executing a search warrant at his first floor apartment.

On the dresser in Valera’s bedroom, the BON detectives discovered and seized a black leather pouch which contained 100 grams of cocaine in a large plastic zip-lock bag. The sheriff’s officers also confiscated a digital scale, a strainer and other drug packaging and processing paraphernalia.

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