Media / Press
Reward Offers: Maplewood Assault & Irvington Murder
Wednesday, 06 June 2012

Newark – Cash rewards were posted today in unsolved cases regarding an aggravated assault in Maplewood and an Irvington homicide.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that the Crimestoppers program would pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the brutal attack on a female secretary in the St. Joseph Church rectory, located at 256 Franklin Avenue, on the morning of March 14, 2012.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

In an incident that occurred on May 7, 2012 and reported in The Star – Ledger on May 8, 2012, the Essex County Sheriff’s Office’s press release was in error in categorizing Ms. Kiyana Ellison as a suspect in a motor vehicle stop which led to a drug arrest.

Ms. Ellison was not present on this occasion.

The correct name of the suspect is Anthony Ellison, age 24, of Newark.

The sheriff’s office regrets this error.

Block Unwanted Telephone Calls
Tuesday, 08 May 2012

Newark – In an effort to minimize unwanted telephone calls from telemarketers, whether on your cell phone, work phone or home phone, Sheriff Armando Fontoura today advised Essex County residents to register their various telephone numbers with the National Do Not Call Registry.

You may register your telephone numbers on-line at or by calling 1-888-382-1222. If you call to register your telephone number you must do it from the telephone number you wish to register.

Drug Suspects Arrested
Tuesday, 08 May 2012

Newark – A city man, one of two drug suspects arrested yesterday by Essex County sheriff’s officers, was arraigned today in central Criminal Processing court.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department’s Patrol Division were conducting quality of life operations at Clinton Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, a known high drug trafficking area, late on Monday morning.

At that time, the sheriff’s officers observed a 2012 Honda Accord with three occupants who were not wearing seatbelts, traveling north on King Blvd. The Honda then improperly passed another vehicle and turned on a red light without stopping.

Suspect Carrying Oxycodone, Ecstasy & Marijuana Arrested
Monday, 07 May 2012

Newark – A Bloomingdale woman was arraigned today on drug charges following her arrest on Friday by Essex County sheriff’s officers.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that Officers Dennis Kihlberg and George Sona were on quality of life patrol near West Market and Norfolk streets Friday afternoon when they observed a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am with an inoperable brake light in which the occupants were not wearing seat belts.

A motor vehicle stop was conducted and the officers then observed, Chelsea Kasperowicz, age 20, in the front passenger seat secrete a clear plastic bag containing a green vegetative substance inside the collar of her shirt.

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