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Sheriff Issues Warning About Mail Solicitaion
Monday, 17 June 2013

Newark – Sheriff Armando Fontoura today advised Essex County residents to be on the look-out for what may be a fraudulent fundraising letter issued by an organization listed as the United States Deputy Sheriffs’ Association which claims to be headquartered in Wilton, New Hampshire.

According to Sheriff Fontoura, the association alleges to be dedicated to officer survival training and it seeks donations to underwrite its programs. “This organization is not connected with any legitimate police, sheriff’s or public safety department as far as we can tell,” Fontoura observed.

3 Arrested; 4 Weapons Seized
Monday, 10 June 2013

NewarkEssex County sheriff’s detectives today arrested three suspects and recovered four weapons, including a military-style assault rifle and three semi-automatic handguns.


            Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that detectives from his department executed an open bench warrant for assault for Alwahid Reeds this morning at 298 Schley Street in the city’s South Ward.


            Sheriff Fontoura said that when Reeds, age 35, opened the door to his apartment the sheriff’s officers observed the butt end of Norico SKS assault rifle protruding from a duffle bag on the floor of an open closet.

Reward Offered in West Orange Armed Robbery
Monday, 03 June 2013

West Orange - Law enforcement authorities today posted a cash reward offer for information that leads to the arrest of suspects wanted in a West Orange armed robbery.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that his department's Crimestoppers program will pay up to $5,000 for details about the whereabouts of five suspects.

The robbery occurred on Wednesday, May 4, 2013 shortly after 10:00 p.m at the intersection of Ridge and Watson Avenues. At that time, the suspects, brandishing a handgun, pistol-whipped and robbed a male victim of $300 in cash and his cell phone.

Two Supects Arrested on Drug and Gun Charges
Monday, 03 June 2013

Newark – Two suspects were charged with narcotics crimes and a handgun was recovered last night by Essex County sheriff’s officers.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department were on quality of life patrol shortly before 8:00 p.m. on Monday when they observed a 2000 Buick Century traveling north on Elizabeth Avenue at a high rate of speed.

Suspects Arraigned on Drug Charges
Sunday, 02 June 2013

Newark – Three suspects were arraigned today on drug charges following their arrests on Sunday by Essex County sheriff’s detectives.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that his department’s Bureau of Narcotics conducted a surveillance operation, based upon numerous neighborhood complaints of drug trafficking, at the intersection of 4th Avenue and North 12th Street early yesterday morning.

At that time, the sheriff’s BON detectives observed three males loitering in the area.

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