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Suspected Drug Distributor Arrested
Wednesday, 05 January 2011

Newark – In a joint operation conducted by the Essex County sheriff’s Bureau of Narcotics and the department’s Tactical Response Team, a suspected drug distributor was arrested late yesterday afternoon and more than $43,000 in narcotics was seized.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that BON and TRT detectives, armed with a search warrant issued by Judge Michael Petrolle, initiated a plainclothes surveillance operation at 394 Irvine Turner Boulevard on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

300 Snowstorm Victims Rescued; Baby Delivered
Monday, 27 December 2010

West Orange – Hours after rescuing and sheltering more than 300 people stranded by blizzard conditions last night on Route 280, Essex County sheriff’s officers this morning assisted in the delivery of a baby boy.

The post-Christmas snowstorm dumped more than two feet of the white stuff across Essex County, causing massive snowdrifts and shutting down vehicular traffic for hours. As a result of the snow and ice, scores of cars, vans, buses and trucks could not surmount the steep hills of Route 280.

Sheriff's Holiday Toy Drive Concludes
Friday, 17 December 2010

Newark – The final phase of the Essex County Sheriff’s Holiday Toy Drive for the Needy which began last week was launched today from Veterans Courthouse when a convoy of pick-up trucks filled with games, toys, winter clothing and holiday meals began delivery operations throughout the county.

Shoplifter Arrested in Belleville
Friday, 17 December 2010

Belleville – An Avenel man was arrested this morning by an Essex County sheriff’s officer following a shoplifting incident at the Walgreen’s drugstore on Franklin Avenue.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that sheriff’s officer Alexis Coelho was on routine patrol at 9:15 a.m. when she was flagged down by the drugstore’s manager and advised that a shoplifter had just walked away with 25 boxes of condoms.

Juvenile Wanted in Armed Assault Arrested
Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Newark – A 15-year-old male was arrested early this morning by Essex County sheriff’s detectives and charged with an armed assault on a male juvenile.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that a 17-year-old male and his juvenile companion were confronted by three male juveniles shortly before 9:00 p.m. on Sunday at Independence Park.

Sheriff Fontoura said that one of the three juveniles, a 15-year-old, pulled a .32 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver on the pair and demanded money. When the two potential victims ran the 15-year-old fired his weapon, striking the 17-year-old in the neck.

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