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Florida Fugitive & 2 Gang Members Arrested on Drug Charges
Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Newark – A Florida fugitive and two other suspects, all Latin King gang members, were arrested this afternoon by Essex County sheriff’s detectives and drug charges were filed against them.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that detectives from his department, working in conjunction with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, today executed a search warrant for the second floor apartment at 502 North 4th Street in Newark.

At that location, Jennifer Pisciotta, age 27, wanted for violation of probation on an earlier theft charge was taken into custody along with her boyfriend, Victor Lopez, age 32, and, Jose Colon, age 21.

Meth and Crack Seized During Arrest
Sunday, 14 April 2013

Newark – A Dominican national who is scheduled for deportation was arraigned this morning on multiple drug charges following his arrest Friday afternoon by Essex County sheriff’s officers.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that, as part of an on-going investigation into drug trafficking in the city’s North Ward, detectives from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics executed a search warrant for the second floor apartment at 306 North 5th Street late last week.

Sheriff Fontoura said the BON detectives established surveillance at that location and observed as a late model Jeep Grand Cherokee pulled up and the driver repeated beeped the vehicle’s horn.

Within moments, the target of the investigation, Fray Ovando, age 45, exited his residence and engaged in conversation with the driver. Ovando then exchanged an item from his jacket pocket with the driver for cash.

Sheriff's K-9 Recovers Missing, Unconscious, Epileptic Child
Friday, 12 April 2013

Newark – A missing 15-year-old female student, suffering from epilepsy, was located late yesterday afternoon by a K-9 team from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura said that Newark police contacted his department shortly before 4:00 p.m. on Thursday and requested that a tracking canine be dispatched to North Star Academy Middle School, located at 600 Clinton Avenue.

Upon arrival, Detective Tahir Brown was advised that the female student who has a history of wandering away had gone missing.

Reward Offer for Aggravated Assault Suspect
Thursday, 11 April 2013

IrvingtonSheriff Armando Fontoura today announced a cash reward offer for information that leads to the arrest of Byron Stokely who is wanted by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Irvington Police Department on charges of aggravated assault, kidnapping and weapons charges.

Sheriff Fontoura said the Crimestoppers program would pay up to $2,500 for details of Stokely’s whereabouts.

On March 29, 2013, Stokely is alleged to have thrown a pot of boiling water, mixed with oil, on his ex-wife while she was asleep in her home. The victim was severely burned.

Reward Offer in Shooting of Maplewood Shopkeeper
Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Maplewood – Law enforcement authorities today posted a cash reward offer for information that leads to the arrest of the person wanted for an armed robbery and shooting of a convenience storekeeper.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that the Crimestoppers program will pay up to $2,500 for details of the shooting which occurred on April 1, 2013 at MS&K Confectionary Store, located at 745 Springfield Avenue. The incident took place at approximately 1:00 p.m.

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