Corrections Officer is Wanted for Sexual Assault

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that law enforcement authorities are seeking the public’s help in apprehending Devere Hatchett, a corrections officer at Northern State Prison who is wanted on sexual assault charges. As a corrections officer, he is authorized to carry a firearm. An arrest warrant was issued last night for…

North Bergen Man Admits Stealing $630,000

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today Marco Laviola, 35, of North Bergen plead guilty to one count of theft by deception on Thursday, Aug. 5 before the Honorable Robert H. Gardner. Assistant Prosecutor Jane Plaisted said Laviola stole approximately $630,000 from Sal Son Trucking Company, located at 88 Doremus Avenue, Newark. Between…

New Jersey Transit Conductor Admits Stealing $3,500

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that Terance Campbell, a former assistant conductor with New Jersey Transit, plead guilty before the Honorable Torkwase Sekou to stealing $3,500 from his former employer. “When a public employee commits a crime related to his job, he creates two victims – his employer and society. With…

Corrections Officer Involved in Jail Contraband Smuggling

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that 13 people were arrested during the predawn hours today, including two corrections officers, a probation officer and a special education teacher for orchestrating an elaborate criminal scheme to smuggle drugs, cell phones and other contraband to inmates in the Essex County Correctional Facility. Among those…

Arrest Made In Fatal Hit and Run

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino today announced the arrest of Saleem Wright, 24, of Irvington. Wright has been charged with death by auto, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and endangering an injured victim in connection with the death of 5-year-old Julianne Vega. Wright surrendered at approximately 2:30 p.m. to Rev. Ron…