KPD: Drug deal could have been lethal

At 12:52 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, Kearny patrol officers responded to a report of gunfire at Pine and Hickory streets but found no one at the scene. However, investigation revealed that three males had reportedly met at that location to engage in a marijuana sale, and one — identified as Ramon Fernandes, 18, of Newark — had allegedly fired a handgun at an 18-year-old from Kearny … but missed.  Continue Reading


If you drive past the intersection of Stephens and Academy streets, you will notice that a third name has been added to the street sign there. The gold lettering on a blue background reads: Leonard R. Willette Way. Placed there Saturday, Feb. 24, by the Belleville Historical Society, it honors a local man who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of his country, despite the discrimination rampant in it against members of his race. Continue Reading