National Night Out 2022

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II, along with his staff, attended various Night Out events. He met with several civic organizations, highlighting the importance of partnerships between law enforcement and community groups, in an effort to combat crime and keep our communities safe.

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Arrest in Death of Newark Fire Captain

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Eliasel Baez,42, of Kearny, was arrested for causing the drug induced death of Newark Fire Captain Carlos Rivera. Baez is charged with strict liability drug-induced death for distributing a controlled dangerous substance that caused the death of Rivera. He is also charged with counts…

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New Public Information Officer

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Robert Florida, a veteran journalist and public-relations expert, was named Public Information Officer for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office (ECPO). Florida replaces Katherine Carter, who served as the Public Information Officer (PIO) for 12 years. Florida will manage all communications for ECPO, which is…

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Victim of East Orange Fatal Fire Identified

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and East Orange Police Chief Phyllis Bindi announced today that the victim of the fire on Friday, July 22 has been identified as Cherry Davis, 69, of East Orange. The three-alarm fire broke out at approximately 12:30 am on Friday, July 22 in an apartment located on…

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Newark Homicide – 400 Block of South 15th Street

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Interim Newark Public Safety Director Raul Malave announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department, is investigating the fatal stabbing of Ebony Johnson, 42, of Newark. On Saturday, July 23 at approximately 12:35 am…

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Newark Homicide – 300 block of New Street

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Interim Newark Public Safety Director Raul Malave announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department, is investigating the fatal shooting of Tameel Grimes, 31, of Newark. On Saturday, July 23, at approximately 12:22 am,…

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Four Killed in Newark Motor Vehicle Crash

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Interim Newark Public Safety Director Raul Malave announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department, is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that resulted in the death of four people. At approximately 4:22 am…

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