Montclair Man Charged With Murder in Newark

BY  |  Sunday, Dec 04, 2016 11:14pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Brandon Williams, 22, of Montclair, has been charged and arrested with the murder of James Goff, 22, of Irvington, in the 200 block of Clifton Avenue.

At approximately 2:30 a.m. today, in the 200 block of Clifton Avenue in Newark, Goff was found suffering from a fatal gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital in critical condition, but later pronounced dead.

Brandon Williams

Brandon Williams

Shortly after the shooting, Williams was detained by Newark Police Department; and after further investigation by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force, he was charged with Murder, Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose.

Williams’ bail has been set at $750,000, with no 10 percent by Essex County Superior Court Judge Marcella Wilson. He is currently being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, according to acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose, in a joint statement.

Prosecutor Murray stated, “Thanks to the quick response of the Newark Police Department and investigation by the Homicide Task Force, an arrest was made today.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.

Montclair Mourns As Woman, Missing For Over A Week, Is Found Dead in West Orange (UPDATED)

BY  |  Friday, Dec 02, 2016 6:59am  |  COMMENTS (5)

Missing Person

UPDATE: 3:50 p.m. Authorities announce that Sarah Butler’s death has been determined to be a homicide. Reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti have announced that the death of Sarah Butler, age 20, of Montclair, New Jersey has been determined to be a homicide by the New Jersey Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.  At this point in the investigation, it has also been determined that the victim’s body was placed in an area of Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, NJ.

Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura’s Crime Stoppers Program is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the murder of Ms. Butler.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432. The investigation is active and ongoing at this time.

 

Family and friends of Sarah Butler, Montclair High School graduate and a talented dancer who attended New Jersey City University, are grieving after learning that her body was found in West Orange.

According to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti, at approximately 11:30 a.m. Thursday law enforcement officers located the remains while searching in an area of Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, NJ. Butler had been reported missing to the Montclair Police Department on November 23, 2016.

The exact cause of death will be determined by an autopsy by the New Jersey Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly. The investigation into her death is being handled by the Homicide Task Force. The investigation is active and ongoing at this time, according to Fennelly.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Prosecutor’s Tips Line at (877) 847-7432.
 

 

 

 

 

Bloomfield Crime: Shoplifting, Burglary, DUI, Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 01, 2016 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:

Theft

11/22/2016- Andrew Modo age 28 of Maplewood NJ was arrested at 12:08pm and charged with shoplifting. The theft occurred at the Home Depot Store located at 60 Orange Street. Mr. Modo attempted to exit the store with power tools values at $497.00 dollars. He was transported to police headquarters where several outstanding warrants were discovered. Mr. Modo was issued new court dates for his warrants and ROR.

11/23/2016- William Santiago age 47 of Newark NJ was arrested at 9:23am. Police were dispatched to the Home Depot Store located at 60 Orange Street on a reported theft. Loss Prevention observed Mr. Santiago concealing a tool kit inside his pants. Mr. Santiago was detained until the arrival of police. He was issued a summons and ROR with a pending court date.

11/22/2016-Police are investigating a theft occurring at the ShopRite Store located at 1409 Broad Street. Store employee observed a customer acting suspicious after returning store merchandise for a cash refund. A review of store security video captured the customer picking up a receipt in the parking lot and entered the store retrieving the items listed on the receipt. The customer then proceeded to the cashier for the cash refund. Police are reviewing footage and actively investigating incident.

11/24/2016-Police were dispatched to the Liquor Locker located at 339 Broad Street on a reported shoplifting incident. Store manager reported a black male attempted to conceal a bottle of liquor valued at $22.99. The male gave back the bottle after being confronted by the store manager and fled the store running through the parking lot towards Broad Street.
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Three Juveniles Suspected of Throwing Large Rock Off Chestnut Street Train Trestle, Hitting Moving Vehicle

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 7:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Chestnut Street Train Trestle

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DSG James Milano of the Montclair Police Department reports that on November 25, a large rock was dropped from the Chestnut Street train trestle and struck a moving motor vehicle causing the windshield to shatter. Soon after, three juveniles believed to be responsible were located and identified.
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Montclair Police Seek Help To Find Missing Montclair Woman

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 9:32am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Missing Person

D/Lt. David O’Dowd of the Montclair Police Department just sent the following notice of a missing woman from Montclair:

On 11/23/2016, family members of Ms. Sarah Butler (20yoa from Montclair) reported her missing. Ms. Butler was last seen on 11/22/2016 at approximately 8pm.

Sarah Butler is described as a black female, 20 years of age, 5’5 in height, weighing 170 pounds, brown eyes, black/red hair, medium build, and medium to dark complexion. She was last seen wearing a black zip up jacket labeled “Premiere Dance Theater” with orange stripes, large men’s reading glasses, silver hoop earrings, dark blue jeans, a black headband, tall black boots, and a black side bag with a long strap.

Sarah Butler was operating a light blue/gray 2007 Dodge Caravan with yellow scrapes along the rear driver side.

 

 

Glen Ridge Crime: Stolen Cones Near Crosswalk, DUI and Possession Arrest, Car Burglary

BY  |  Monday, Nov 28, 2016 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeThis week in Glen Ridge crime from Lieutenant Timothy Faranda:

Date/Time: 11-23-2016 at 9:58 pm
Incident: Suspicious Condition
Description: Officer Wilk responded to Sunset Avenue on a report of a suspicious condition. The victim advised that an unknown male contacted her by telephone claiming to represent PSEG and was inquiring about a refund check. Shortly thereafter she received a knock at the door from a female who claimed to work for NJ Reimbursement Company, she was also inquiring about a refund check. The party left after being requested to leave. This matter is currently under investigation and anyone with information is requested to contact Det. Sgt. Daniel Manley at 973-748-5400 x 115.

Date/Time: 11-23-2016 at 3:27 am
Incident: Driving while intoxicated & Possession of CDS.
Description: Officer Rivera and Officer Holley responded to Hillside Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue for a single car motor vehicle accident where the vehicle crashed into a retaining wall. Upon speaking with the driver, Mr. Paul Torres, 38 of Bensalem, PA, it was determined that he was intoxicated and in possession of a controlled dangerous substance. During the investigation, it was also determined that the passenger, Mrs. Angela Perez, 26, of Harrison NJ had active warrant and was in possession of CDS. Both parties were placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing. This case has been turned over to the Essex County Superior Court.
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Montclair Crime: iPad stolen from Turtle + The Wolf, Burglary, Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 23, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: Storm-Related Incidents, Theft, Attempted BurglaryThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:

Arrest:

11-19-2016 (Nishuane Road) Suspects were observed attempting to break into vehicles in the area. They fled the scene in a Silver 2011 Nissan Altima towards Orange. Minutes later, Orange Police had located this vehicle and arrested three of its occupants. Through investigation, Mr. Nahime Gilmore (25yoa from orange) and a 17yoa juvenile from Orange were charged with Burglary for their involvement in the incident on Nishuane Road.

11-20-2016 (Ridgewood Avenue) Ms. Rebecca Fiorillo, 25yoa from Ringwood, was arrested and charged with DWI following a single car accident.
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Glen Ridge Police Sergeant Suing Department for Allegations of Harassment and Hostile Workplace

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 23, 2016 10:31am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Glen Ridge Police Department

Sgt. Merritt Carr of the Glen Ridge Police Department is suing the GPD, as well as the borough administration, alleging “a continuing, systematic and outrageous pattern of abuse taken” against him over a period of at least two years.  The 45 page lawsuit was filed on October 24 in the Essex County Superior Court.

Police Chief Sheila Byron-Lagattuta, Capt. Sean Quinn, and Lt. Timothy Faranda are named as defendants in the suit, as are Borough Administrator Michael Rohal and Councilman Paul Lisovicz, the borough police commissioner.

There are five claims included in the complaint: Violation of Family Act Leave, Violation of CEPA (Conscientious Employee Protection Act), Disability Discrimination under NJLAD, Aiding and Abetting, Violation of the NJ Civil Rights Act. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Crime: Aggravated Assault With an Axe, Several Car Thefts, Shoplifting, Drug Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 23, 2016 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:

Theft

11/14/2016- Terry Scott age 52 of Newark NJ was arrested at 9:43am and charged with shoplifting. The theft occurred at the Home Depot Store located at 60 Orange Street. Mr. Scott attempted to exit the store with electrical wall plates values at $72.00 dollars. He was issued a summons and ROR with a pending court date.

11/16/2016- Police were dispatched to the Stop & Shop Store located at 8 Franklin Street on a reported theft. Store employee pointed out the suspect described as a white male, walking through the parking lot. The suspect observed the officer and fled the area towards Franklin Street. Police canvassed the area having negative results. The incident was captured on store video and forwarded to police.

11/17/2016-Police were dispatched to 331 Broad Street (CVS) on a shoplifting incident. The suspect is described as a white female in her 20’s carrying a large black purse. The suspect placed store merchandise in her black purse and exited the store. She was observed entering a vehicle in the parking lot. Incident forwarded to the Detective Division for further investigation.
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Glen Ridge Crime: Drug Arrest, Destruction of Bird Houses in Community Garden, Bike Theft

BY  |  Monday, Nov 21, 2016 3:59pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeThis week in Glen Ridge crime from Lieutenant Timothy Faranda:

Date/Time: 11-17-2016 at 7:20 pm
Incident: Theft
Description: Officer Salerno met with a resident who reported that on 11/17/2016 between 6AM and 7PM his bicycle was stolen from the Glen Ridge Train Station. The resident reported that the bicycle was secured to the bicycle racks with a lock. The bicycle is described as a silver and green Gary Fisher Mountain Bike. This matter is currently under investigation and anyone with information is requested to contact Det. Sgt. Daniel Manley at 973-748-5400 x 115.
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Condolences. So tragic. May she RIP. Very sorry for her family.

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