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3 Suspects Arrested on Gun, Drugs & Assault Charges
Tuesday, 03 March 2015
Newark – Three suspects, two males and a female, were arraigned this morning on multiple weapons, drug and assault charges following their arrest last night by Essex County sheriff’s officers. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department’s Patrol Division were conducting quality of life operations in Newark’s North Ward at 9:00 p.m. on Monday when their marked unit’s electronic license plate reader signaled that the 2003 Acura station wagon parked in front of 143 Roseville Avenue and containing three occupants had been reported as stolen by Newark police on February 17, 2015. “Our officers then strategically positioned their cruiser in an effort to conduct a motor vehicle stop,” Fontoura said. “However, when the driver of the car spotted our presence he put the car into gear and repeated slammed the Acura into our vehicle in an effort to escape.”
Juvenile Has Sawed-Off Rifle Strapped to Leg
Monday, 02 March 2015
Newark – Three adults, a male and two females, were arraigned this morning on weapons charges following their arrest on Friday by Essex County sheriff’s officers. A sawed-off and defaced .22 caliber rifle was also found strapped to the right leg under the pants of a 17-year-old male during the incident. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department’s Patrol Division conducted a motor vehicle stop late on Friday morning at the intersection of South Orange Avenue and 10th Street where they observed a 2014 rented Kia Rio blocking traffic in the area.
Ice Safety Tips
Friday, 27 February 2015
Newark – Sheriff Armando Fontoura, coordinator of the Essex County Office of Emergency Management, today issued this fresh water Winter Ice Safety advisory to local residents. “When weather and ice conditions permit ice skating is allowed on the ponds at Verona and Grover Cleveland parks,” Sheriff Fontoura noted. “County parks department personnel inspect the safety of the ice conditions at these two parks on a daily basis. If the ice is determined to be unsafe skating is not permitted. Ice skating is also not permitted in any of the other outdoor locations throughout the Essex County park system.”
Drug Raids Net 5 Suspects
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Newark – Five suspects were arraigned this morning on multiple drug charges following their arrests yesterday in two separate raids conducted by federal and county narcotics investigators. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that detectives from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics and agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration executed simultaneous search warrants at two locations as part of an on-going investigation at Wynona Lipman Gardens on Wednesday afternoon. Sheriff Fontoura said the task force officers announced their presence at 133 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard made a forced entry into the ground floor apartment after hearing persons inside the residence yelling “Police, police”.
Warming Centers Opened
Monday, 23 February 2015
Essex County, NJ - On Monday, February 23d, 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 Monday, February 23'd al 4 p.m. to Saturday, February 28th 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. Conditions for a Code Blue are defined as when the temperature drops below 15 degrees for a 48-hour period or when the wind chill is below 0 degrees. When those conditions are met, or when the weather forecast predicts these conditions, the County Executive can proclaim a Code Blue and enact the procedure. When a Code Blue is declared, a network of warming stations operated by the County and its municipalities and shelters operated by the community based organizations will be opened. The warming stations identified include Essex County Codey Arena and a variety of public libraries, senior centers, civic and community centers, school buildings, houses of worship, firehouses and first aid squad buildings. Warming stations are generally opened during the day and may not provide overnight accommodations. Shelters do provide overnight accommodations. ln addition, shelters that regularly require occupants to leave during the day will suspend that practice so people can stay indoors. A list of available warming stations and shelters is available on www.NJ211.orq and available by dialing 2-1-1. ESSEX
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