BCPO: 4 Belleville cops arrested in North Arlington

Four Belleville police officers were among five men arrested Monday, Dec. 5, in the aftermath of a fight at a North Arlington bar on Oct. 21. Police Officers John Clarizio, 32, of Nutley, was charged with simple assault and hindering apprehension; Marco Zarfino, 24, of Belleville, was charged with two counts of simple assault; Jesse McKeough, 28, of Belleville, was charged with simple assault; and Giovanni Casillo, 39, of Wayne, was charged with simple assault. Vasilios Theofanidis, 39, of Lyndhurst, who is not a Belleville cop, was also charged with simple assault. Continue Reading

I-280 eastbound bridge over Martin Luther King Boulevard traffic shift necessary this weekend for bridge replacement in Newark

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced a traffic shift of I-280 eastbound, and the closure of Martin Luther King Boulevard this weekend for bridge replacement work as the I-280 and Route 21 Interchange Improvements Project advances in… Continue Reading

Pulaski Skyway traffic to shift to the northbound lanes next week

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced that southbound traffic on the Pulaski Skyway is scheduled to be shifted on to two sections of the newly completed northbound lanes beginning Monday, April 4, as the rehabilitation of the historic 84-year-old… Continue Reading

Grape Street Crips ‘leader’ charged with 4 murders, 3 attempted murders, other crimes: US Attorney

  BELLEVILLE —  A 39-year-old Belleville man, the alleged long-time leader of the Grape Street Crips, was charged last week in connection with four murders, three attempted murders, and numerous other crimes as part of a racketeering conspiracy, U.S. Attorney… Continue Reading

Belleville man guilty in Newark assaults

BELLEVILLE –  A 21-year-old Belleville man faces up to 30 years in prison following his conviction last week for two armed assaults in Newark in 2014. Last Wednesday, Jan. 20, after two hours of deliberation, a Superior Court jury sitting in Newark found Freddies Cresporios guilty of robbery, aggravated assault… Continue Reading

A look back at 2015

As we do every year, here’s a look back at the top stories that made headlines in 2015. The first six months — January to June — were recounted by Kevin Canessa Jr.; July through December, by Ron Leir. Click the headline to read on. Continue Reading

SMMC offers free screenings for diabetes, hypertension

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million Americans are living with diabetes and 86 million have prediabetes and are at risk for developing diabetes. In recognition of American Diabetes Month, November, St. Michael’s Medical Center, 111 Central Ave., Newark, will host a special diabetes event on Friday, Nov. 13, from… Continue Reading

3 nabbed in shooting outside club: ECPO

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed a published report that three individuals have been apprehended in connection with the fatal shooting of a man outside a Belleville strip club on Oct. 8. Katherine Carter, spokeswoman for the ECPO, confirmed as “accurate” a report by Patch that Yanafi Mojica, 31, Armand… Continue Reading

Kearny Bank hosts business program

In an informal talk to business leaders at Kearny Bank headquarters in Fairfield. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Bracken touted two initiatives designed to boost New Jersey’s economy: funding the state’s Transportation Trust Fund and eliminating or greatly reducing the individual estate tax. “We need to find a permanent, long-term, dedicated funding… Continue Reading

Kearny’s Ruela heads Rutgers-Newark women’s soccer

Although she’s still just 25 years old and not that far removed from her playing days at Kearny High School, Ariana Ruela is the head coach of a prestigious women’s soccer program at Rutgers- Newark. “I never dreamed it could happen to me this quickly, especially not at 25,” said Ruela, who… Continue Reading