Drug Dealer Sentenced to 12 Years

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino today announced that Stephon Johnson, 37, of Newark was sentenced to 12 years in New Jersey State Prison for narcotics and weapons charges resulting from his January 2009 arrest by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office VIPER Unit. Johnson was a prime target of a long-term investigation dubbed “Operation…

State vs Rudolfo Trial To Begin

Opening arguments in the case of State v. Rudolfo Godinez are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, 2010 in the court room of the Honorable Michael Ravin, Essex County Veterans Courthouse, 50 West Market Street, 11th Floor, room 1104. The case is being handled by Assistant Prosecutors Romesh Sukhdeo and Thomas McTigue. News organizations…

Teenage Girl Fatally Shot In Orange

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino today announced that a 16-year-old girl was fatally shot last night in Orange. At approximately 10 p.m. Orange Police officers responded to a report of shots fired. When they arrived in the area of Valley and Argyle Streets they discovered two victims — Swamaiya White, 16, and Myron…

Irvington Man Found Guilty in Robbery

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that an Essex County jury convicted Calvin Garnett, 27, of Irvington on three counts of first degree robbery, aggravated assault and weapons offenses. The jury deliberated for an hour and a half before returning the guilty verdict. On July 27, 2008, Garnett approached the three victims…

Young Parent Dies From Hit-and-Run In Newark

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino today announced that Maria Pomavilla, 19, of Newark died from injuries she sustained after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. On Saturday, April 17, 2010 Ms. Pomarilla, who lived in the Ironbound section of Newark, was hit by a motor vehicle at the intersection of Warwick and Adams…

Man Pleads Guilty to Two Counts of Murder

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today Noah Cuebas, 27, of East Orange plead guilty to two counts of murder and weapons offenses. On Feb. 21, 2005 Cuebas murdered Allen Reese, 17, of Newark. Cuebas abducted Ishwanda Hutchins, a 14-year-old Newark girl, at gunpoint, took her to the basement of a condemned building…

Newark Special Police Officer Arrested

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today Rory Palmer, 26, of Newark, a Newark Special Police Officer, was arrested on a complaint charging him with official misconduct, theft by deception and tampering with public records. Between September 1, 2009 and March 1, 2010, Palmer was assigned to work at the Newark Public Library.…