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48 Charged in Essex County Takedown Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that 48 individuals, including one juvenile, were arrested as part of a major takedown following the execution of six search warrants; five in Newark and one in East Orange. One of the arrests was for murder and a second was for conspiracy to commit murder. Dubbed Operation T.I.D.E. (Targeted Integrated Deployment Enforcement), the five-month investigation, centered on violence, drugs, guns and murder in Essex County mainly in the city of Newark. Eleven of those charged remain at-large. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force led the investigation with the assistance of the Passaic, Morris, Bergen, and Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Offices along with the New Jersey State Police, the Bloomfield, East Orange, Montclair, Belleville, Paramus Police Departments and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. Acting Prosecutor Murray commended the men and women of the Narcotics Task Force as well as her law enforcement partners who assisted in this operation. “We will continue to work together with our law enforcement partners to rid the county of crime, drugs and violence and make it a safer place live, work and visit, ’’said Acting Prosecutor Murray. The drug ring was operated by members of 793 set of the Bloods in Essex County. Those arrested include residents from Essex, Monmouth and Morris. Those arrested who did not live in Essex County drove from their homes in other counties to purchase drugs in the City of Newark. “This takedown is an excellent example of how law enforcement is collaborating in Newark to target the drug dealers and gang members who are driving gun violence in the city,” said Acting Attorney General Hoffman.  “The guns, heroin and Oxycotin seized in this operation speak to the dual threat posed by this network, which controlled its turf with violence while fueling the deadly epidemic of opiate addiction gripping our communities.” Page 1 of 3 Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said, “Gang related crimes do not follow jurisdictional lines and therefore partnerships are the only way to confront these violent and organized groups. We are all committed to sharing intelligence and resources to make our cities and our state safer.’’ The Operation culminated in the seizure of $31,064.00 in cash. Heroin, Cocaine, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Promethazine syrup, and Oxycotin with a street value of $10,000 were also seized along with four semi- automatic handguns and an assault riffle. The following people were arrested by the Task force:  Quincy Lowery, 35, of Newark was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS  Richard Griffin, 33, of Newark was charged with Possession of CDS with intent to Distribute, Distribution within 500 feet Public Housing, Distribution within 1, 000 ft of a School and Conspiracy.  Ali Duren, 24, of Newark was charged with Possesion of CDS with intent to Distribute, Distribution within 500 feet of Public Housing, Distribution within 1,000 feet of a School, and Conspiracy.  Anthony Williams, 33, of East Orange was charged with Possession of CDS with intent to Distribution, Distribution within 500 ft Public Housing, Distribution within 1,000 feet of a School and Conspiracy.  Ibn Young, 36, Newark was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.  Otis James, 32, Newark was charged with Possession of CDS with intent to Distribute, Distribution within 500 feet of Public Housing, Distribution within 1,000 feet of a School and Conspiracy.  Marilyn Kidd, 54, of Newark is charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.  William Bundy, 33, of Oxford is charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.  Francis Milano, 36, of Bradley Beach, was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.  Brianna Jusinski, 35, of West Keansburg, was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.  Donna Beerman, 52, of Neptune was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.  Colleen Barrett, 39, of Ocean was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.  Sergio Tapia, 42, of East Hanover was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.  Michael Grant, 488, of Newark was charged with violation of probation.  Cherlshee Bass, 26, of Newark was charged with Possession CDS/ Marijuana.  Malik James, 37, of Newark was charged with Possession CDS/ Marijuana.  Lenward Miller, 67, of Irvington was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.  William McDuffie, 59, of Vaux Hall was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.  Charles Hilliard, 55, of Hillside was arrested for open warrants in Irvington Municipal Court.  William Thomas, 55, of Newark was charged with open warrants.  Carmine Conocchi, 29, of Hazlet was charged with Possesion of CDS/Heroin.  Clifford Harris, 59, of Irvington was charged with Possession of CDS/Heroin.  Jeffrey Dent, 58, of Newark was charged with Possession of CDS/Heroin and Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.  MarcAnthony Datziwsky, 46, of Elizabeth was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.  Anthony Bond, 58, of Nutley was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.  Darrin B. Mack 2nd, 22, of Union was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS, Distribution of CDS Distribution CDS within 500 feet, Distribution CDS within 1,000 feet.  Henry Drakeford, 48, of Newark was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.  Frank Sassa, 38, o f Matawan was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute CDS.  Daquan D. Harris, 28, of Newark was charged with Distribution of CDS within 1,000 feet of a School & 500 feet of School.  Orlando Lee, 57, of Union was charged with Possession of CDS and Conspiracy. Page 2 of 3 As part of this investigation, on May 29, the following individuals were arrested on South 19th Street in Newark. During this arrest a total five handguns were recovered. Raheem Glaspie, 23, of Irvington was charged with murder, weapon charges, including possession of a hollow point bullets and an extended magazine, receiving stolen property and being a convicted felon in possession of a gun. He was charged with the murder of John Betances at 786 South 18th Street, Newark. Shaquan Leaks, 22, of Hillside was charged with conspiracy to commit murder were for the May 26, shooting homicide at Also arrested were:  Andre Davis of Newark who was charged with unlawful possession of a 9 mm Beretta handgun, terroristic threats, resisting arrest by flight and being a convicted felon with a gun.  Najee Atkins of Newark was charged with unlawful possession of a 9 mm Beretta handgun and resisting arrest by flight.  Keimai Colon of Newark was charged with possession of 10 glassines of heroin and resisting arrest by flight. Summons complaints were issued for the following individuals:  Wesley McAdams was charged with possession of 10 glassines of heroin and resisting arrest by flight.  One juvenile was also charged with possession of CDS/150 glassine envelopes of heroin and possession with intent to distribute, possession within a 1,000 feet and resisting arrest by flight. The investigation is continuing. These are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they enter a guilty plea or are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Judge sentences gang member from Hillside to 18 years for homicide at barbecue

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Westfield attorney sentenced to one year in prison for role in large scale mortgage fraud scheme

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Union woman charged with fatally stabbing husband

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IN THE TOWNS

Roselle works with UCIA to build early learning center and community center

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Union County College responds to adjunct complaints

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Union Board of Education member resigns; replacement is sought

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SPORTS

Linden’s Dolbrice earns MVP honor in annual North-South All-Star Football Game

UNION – Pretty standard football discussion includes arguments about what offense to run or what defense to be in. But what about special teams? That part of the…

New Linden football coach Chiola seeks to keep Tigers on top; Moves up from offensive coordinator position

New Linden football coach Chiola seeks to keep Tigers on top; Moves up from offensive coordinator position

Now that the bar has been set about as high as it can go, Albert Chiola has the challenge in front of him of making sure Linden football…

Oak Knoll comes back to edge Summit to claim its first girls’ lacrosse TOC title; North Jersey, Group 1 state champ Royals cap 23-2 season

Oak Knoll comes back to edge Summit to claim its first girls’ lacrosse TOC title; North Jersey, Group 1 state champ Royals cap 23-2 season

UNION – With the game, the tournament and the season – post state championship contests – on the line, Oak Knoll standout sophomore Ali Baiocco was not finished. Not…

GL baseball bests Bernards 10-4 to win Group 2 state championship; Highlanders sparked by WP Belfer and Falk’s HR, 4 RBI

GL baseball bests Bernards 10-4 to win Group 2 state championship; Highlanders sparked by WP Belfer and Falk’s HR, 4 RBI

TOMS RIVER – You can say that everything is okay in Berkeley Heights today, June 6. That’s because the high school’s baseball team won a state championship, beating…

GL baseball 1 win away from 3rd state championship; Highlanders face Bernards June 6 in Group 2 final at Toms River South

Baseball statistics are sometimes important, necessary and even nice. But it takes a lot more for a northern New Jersey high school squad to qualify for a bus…

GL baseball captures CJ, G2 crown for first time since 2011; Highlanders tie record for wins in a season at 26

The Governor Livingston baseball team has played 32 games and won 26 of them. One more win and the Highlanders will have won 27 games for the first…

ARTS / EVENTS

Fanwood poetry series to feature internationally acclaimed poet Gerald Stern on May 19

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Masterwork Chorus to perform in Summit with finalist in Music Director search

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SUMMIT — The Masterwork Chorus continues its search for a new music director with the performance of Resounding Joy at 8 p.m. on…

Annual Doll & Tea event on May 3 at Hetfield House in Mountainside

MOUNTAINSIDE – The Mountainside Restoration Committee will host its annual Tea event on Sunday, May 3, with seatings at 1 and 2:30…

Union Rotary Club to host annual Speech Contest Dinner on June 10

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UNION — On Wednesday, June 10, The Rotary Club of Union will be hosting its annual Eloquence Soiree at the Galloping…

Brangaccio to present pastels at Swain Galleries in May

PLAINFIELD — “Pastel Perspectives III” is part three of Nancy Brangaccio’s ongoing series of interior still life pastels. Her solo show at…

Fanwood Choir Festival issues call-out for singers

FANWOOD — A call is out for singers for the annual Fanwood Choir Festival to be held on Sunday, May 17 at 7…

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UNION

Union Rotary’s Eloquence Soiree succeeds beyond words

Union Rotary’s Eloquence Soiree succeeds beyond words

UNION — On Wednesday, June 10, The Rotary Club of Union hosted its Annual Eloquence Soiree to honor Union High School’s student winners of the Marvin Orella…

CRANFORD

‘It’s a long road’ to potential relief

‘It’s a long road’ to potential relief

CRANFORD, NJ — The Army Corps of Engineer’s scoping meeting Monday night at Union County College did not draw the crowds expected, but in the end one…

KENILWORTH

Boy Scout Troop 83 beautifies library for Earth Day

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LINDEN

Officer in wrong-way double-fatal crash moved to NJ rehab

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RAHWAY

Rahway expands SID despite objections

RAHWAY, NJ  – Although City Council approved expanding the Special Improvement District to four times the original size in December, last week they slightly amended that ordinance…

ROSELLE PARK

Roselle Park doctor pleads guilty to illegally distributing oxycodone by writing fraudulent prescriptions

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced that a medical doctor from Union County pleaded guilty today to illegally distributing the highly addictive painkiller oxycodone. He…

SPRINGFIELD

Springfield resident who owns home health care agency in Linden admits fraud, bribery and other charges

NEWARK – The owner of a home health agency admitted on Tuesday her role in a $7 million scheme to defraud Medicaid and engage in bribery, money laundering,…

SUMMIT

Summit Fire Department tackles blaze

SUMMIT, NJ — The Summit Fire Department responded to an office building at 57 Union Place after a report of a chimney fire was received at 3:39…