Bloomfield Police Need Your Help To Identify Suspect in Armed Robbery of Gas Station

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

From Bloomfield Police:

The Bloomfield Police Department would like your help to identify a suspect in an armed robbery that took place on 7/17/17 at 3:10 am. The Exxon Gas station at 491 Bloomfield Ave was robbed at gunpoint and we need your help to identify the suspect in the video attached to this alert.
The suspect is described as a black male in his mid 40s-50s. 5’10” 150-160 lbs wearing black framed glasses with a pronounced limp in his right leg.

Click to see video of suspect

If you have information, contact:

Detective Sal Cordi, [email protected], 973-680-4089
Lt. Michael Sisco, [email protected], 973-680-4087

Bloomfield Crime: Stabbing During Domestic Altercation; Aggravated Assault on Pizza Delivery Man

Friday, Jul 07, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


06/26/2017- Alexander Walker age 39 of Newark NJ was arrested at 9:08am and charged with Shoplifting. The incident occurred at the Stop & Shop Store located at 8 Franklin Street. Mr. Walker concealed cosmetic items inside his bag and attempted to exit the store. Store security detained Mr. Walker until the arrival of police. Mr. Walker also had several active warrants issued by Roselle Township, Kearny, East Orange and Bloomfield.

06/29/2017- Laverne Henegain age 44 of Bloomfield was arrested at 1:08pm and charged with shoplifting at the Quick Check Store located at 357 Broad Street. Store security observed Ms. Henegain place merchandise inside her purse. She was issued a summons and released with a pending court date.

06/29/2017- A gold chain and loose change were reported stolen from a vehicle parked overnight on Waldo Ave. The owner discovered vehicle ransacked the next morning.

06/29/2017- Homeowner on Fulton Street reported a package stolen from the front porch. The delivery was confirmed via a photo of the package on the porch with a delivery time of 10:44am. The items were valued at $82.00 dollars.

07/01/2017- Orlando Christmas age 54 of Newark was arrested and charged with shoplifting at the Stop & Shop Store. PO Suzanne Looges was alerted by store security of the theft with the suspect running through the parking lot. After a brief foot pursuit the suspect identified as Mr. Christmas a habitual offender was taken into custody at the corner of Magnolia Street and Franklin Street. Mr. Christmas was additionally charged with Resisting Arrest and Defiant Trespass. All proceeds were recovered and returned to the store.

Aggravated Assault

06/27/2017- A pizza delivery driver was assaulted while attempting to make a delivery to a residence on Highview Terrace. The suspect later identified as Enrigue Hernandez struck the victim with a metal object as he approached the residence to deliver the pizza. The victim received injuries to his left cheek and left hand. The suspect continued yelling at the victim, threatening to get a gun and shoot him. The victim fled the area and called 911. The suspect arrived at police headquarters a short time later where he was placed into custody and charged with Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threats and Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose.

07/02/2017- Police were dispatched to a residence on Grove Street on a report of a stabbing. Officers arrived and spoke with the victim who stated she had a physical altercation with her husband. The altercation led into the kitchen, when the suspect grabbed a knife and the victim attempted to gain control of it, which led to the laceration on her arm. The suspect then fled on foot. The Essex County Prosecutors Office was notified and approved the charges of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose and Aggravated Assault. Police are actively attempting to locate the suspect. He is presently entered as a wanted person. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Police Seek Help to Locate Missing Teen (FOUND)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:01pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Update: Bloomfield Police report that the teen is back home with his family.

The Bloomfield Police Department is seeking assistance in locating a missing juvenile. We are asking anyone who has seen or come in contact with this juvenile to contact the Bloomfield Police at (973) 680-4141.

Jack was last seen by his parents on 05/22/2017 at 07:15. Jack is a student at Bloomfield High School but was absent today. No clothing description available at this time. Jack is not in possession of his cell phone, he also deleted all his social media accounts. Any agency coming in contact with Jack please contact the Bloomfield Police Department.

Essex County, Municipalities Partner for Bloomfield Avenue Safety Campaign

BY  |  Wednesday, May 10, 2017 10:30am

Mayor Venezia helps kickoff campaign outside Bloomfield Town Hall on Tuesday.

The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) is partnering with Essex County and six municipalities to launch a multi-town Street Smart NJ pedestrian safety education campaign along Bloomfield Avenue.

Bloomfield Avenue is one of the busiest corridors in Essex County, which creates serious pedestrian safety concerns. From 2011 through 2015 there were 256 pedestrians involved in crashes, resulting in 3 fatalities and 226 injuries. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Councilman Elias Chalet Pleads Guilty To Soliciting, Taking $15,000 Bribe

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 2:50pm

Bloomfield Township Councilman Elias N. Chalet pleaded guilty today to soliciting and accepting a bribe of $15,000 from a business owner, promising the owner that he would use his position on the council to ensure that the township went ahead with its planned purchase of the man’s commercial property.

Chalet, 55, of Bloomfield, N.J., who is the councilman for Bloomfield’s First Ward, pleaded guilty today to a second-degree charge of bribery in official and political matters before Superior Court Judge Martin G. Cronin in Essex County. Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Chalet be sentenced to five years in state prison, including two years of parole ineligibility under New Jersey’s Anti-Corruption Statute. He must forfeit $15,000 in funds, representing the bribe payments he accepted. He also must forfeit his public position and will be permanently barred from elected office and public employment in New Jersey. Chalet was arrested on Nov. 16, 2015. The bribery charge was contained in a Jan. 29, 2016 state grand jury indictment. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Teen Joins Sandy Hook Ride on Washington

BY  |  Sunday, May 07, 2017 1:41pm

The Sandy Hook Ride on Washington (SHROW) is in its 5th year of raising awareness about gun violence and pointing a spotlight on the inaction of the US Congress regarding sensible firearm legislation. This year, Benjamin Douglas of Bloomfield, NJ joined the #Team26 riders who are symbolically turning their backs on Washington D.C.’s inaction and riding from the U.S. Capitol to Newtown. This year, the team is focusing especially on the Campaign to Keep Guns of College Campuses.

The 400 mile ride began Thursday May 4th, 2017 in D.C. and finishes on Sunday, May 7th in Newtown, CT with a Welcome Home rally. At 15 years old, Montclair Bikery’s Benjamin is the youngest rider, but it hasn’t slowed him down one bit. Benjamin is the latest bicyclist associated with the Montclair Bikery to join the Sandy Hook Ride on Washington. Herb Jimenez rode with the team more than once, and owner, Dave Adornato, rode with Team 26 last year. This year, in addition to Benjamin Douglas, Montclair Bikery member Bill Brunner of Fairfield, NJ joined the ride. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Council Adopts 2017 Budget, Hires Planning Director

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 7:29am

The Bloomfield Council voted 6-0 to adopt the 2017 Municipal Budget at Monday evening’s council meeting.

The resolution adopting the $80m budget was passed unanimously by the council members present. Prior to the vote, the floor was opened for a public hearing. No members of the audience spoke. Councilman Carlos Bernard was absent.

Municipal Clerk Louise Palagano read into the record the first paragraph of Section 2 of the adopting resolution, which stated that the budget includes $58,845,456.08 for municipal purposes, $311,717.68 in the open space, recreation, farmland and historic preservation trust fund levy, and $1,447,929.22 for the minimum library levy.

The mayor and council also passed a resolution appointing Bonnie Flynn to the new position of Planning Director for the Township. According to her profile on the American Planning Association website, Flynn received her Masters of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and is a member of the New Jersey Association of Planning & Zoning Administrators, the Affordable Housing Professionals of New Jersey and the NJ Association of Floodplain Management. She is a Professional Planner and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Her previous position was Director of Community Development in Stafford Township, NJ, where she had broad responsibilities pertaining to planning and zoning, CDBG grants, affordable housing, and more. Flynn will officially begin her new position on May 15, 2017 at a salary of $96k.

During the public comment period, Susan Hebert of Greener Bloomfield thanked the mayor and council for supporting their organization and working with the group to renew the township’s bronze certification with Sustainable Jersey. She also provided an update on the recent Brookside Park Cleanup/flower planting sponsored by Greener Bloomfield. She thanked the High School Key Club, the Scouts, Hot Bagels Abroad and O’Boyle/Brookside Garden Center for their support.

Heather Nolan also thanked the council for its continued support of Greener Bloomfield, and said they hoped to hear soon about a grant they had partnered with the town to submit, which would help increase composting in the town and fund a feasibility study.

Michele Mickle, accompanied by her two young grandchildren, spoke about her son, Quenzelle Mickle, who was murdered two years ago, and urged the town not to forget about his unsolved homicide. “Where there is no justice there is no peace,” she said. She asked that anyone who has any information to call 1-877-847-7432 and ask for Jessica Mazzola.


  • Municipal Judge Vincent A. Pirone was reappointed to his position.
  • Thomas Heaney and Mike Salinas were appointed to the Bloomfield Parking Authority.
  • Flint Kinkade was appointed as an alternate to the Environmental Commission.
  • Damaris Hicks was sworn in as a member of the Rent Leveling Board.

Damaris Hicks is sworn in.

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R.I.P. Tom Fleming, Montclair Kimberley Track Coach and Hall of Fame Marathon Runner

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 8:27am

Tom Fleming, running legend who won both the 1973 and 1975 New York City Marathons and beloved track and field coach at Montclair Kimberley Academy, died suddenly yesterday while coaching at the SEC Track and Field meet in Verona. Fleming collapsed after taking a break from the cold in his car, from an apparent heart attack.

Fleming, a longtime resident of Bloomfield, also coached and founded the three-time USA National Cross Country Champions Nike Running Room in Bloomfield. He also opened the Running Room store in Bloomfield which served runners until from 1978-1999.

Fleming was 65.

Montclair Kimberley closed its Middle School today due to the loss. The school released this statement:

It is with deep sadness that Montclair Kimberley Academy announces the sudden and tragic loss of Tom Fleming, beloved teacher and coach. Tom died of an apparent heart attack while coaching his team at a meet on Wednesday, April 19 in Verona. He was 65. An integral part of our school’s community, Tom had been at MKA for 18 years, most recently holding the position of fourth grade teacher and the varsity boys and girls Head Coach in cross-country and track and field.
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Bloomfield Police Looking For Third Suspect in Robbery at Wendy’s

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 1:41pm

Bloomfield Police have arrested Ahmari Gilmore, 21, and Bobby Reed, 23, both of Newark, on charges of robbery and conspiracy, but they continue to look for a third suspect, shown in this photo taken by a witness.

Police were dispatched at 4:13pm on April 17 on a reported robbery occurring in the parking lot of Wendy’s located on Bloomfield Avenue. Witnesses observed 3 males attack the victim. The victim was punched and kicked while on the ground. The victim a 41 year old male was robbed of his Nike sneakers valued at $500.00 dollars. Several witnesses were able to provide descriptions of the suspects. Officers responding located two suspects walking in the area of Bloomfield Avenue and Watsessing Avenue. The two males were found to be in possession of one of the victim’s sneaker and a hat.

The third suspect (pictured) is still at large. The 41 year old male victim sustained cuts and facial bruising as a result of the attack. A witness was able to capture a picture of the third suspect running from the scene. Police are actively attempting to identify and locate the third suspect. Anyone having information regarding this individual please contact Bloomfield Police @ 973-680-4100.

Bloomfield Crime: Robbery, Theft From Parked Vehicles

Monday, Apr 17, 2017 12:15pm

Theft from Auto
04/03/2017- The owner of (2) vans reported several tools valued at $2,900.00 dollars were stolen from his vehicles. The suspects gained entry by punching out the door locks. The vans were parked on Broad Street on Saturday 04/01. The owner discovered the theft on 04/03.

04/04/2017- A commercial work van was broken into over the weekend. The vehicle was parked in front of the employee’s residence on Corsi Road. Several power tools were reported missing.

04/05/2017- Two vehicles parked in a driveway on Warren Street were entered by unknown person(s). The vehicle doors were unlocked with the owner reporting a wallet and money missing from the vehicles. The theft is believed to have occurred overnight. Continue Reading

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