Friday, July 27, 2012
Colleth Merle Rhodes, a former account manager at XCEL Federal Credit Union, pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $3 million.
She blamed it on her shopping obsession. A former account manager at XCEL Federal Credit Union in Bloomfield was sentenced to seven years in prison today for stealing nearly $3 million from her employer, said acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray. Colleth Merle Rhodes, 54, of Staten Island, N.Y. and Elizabeth, N.J., was charged with one count of second-degree theft for transferring nearly $3 million of company funds to a fictitious account. She pleaded guilty on June 11 and was sentenced Friday by Superior Court Judge Peter V. Ryan. She said during her guilty plea that a shopping obsession contributed to her participation in the theft. Rhodes pleaded guilty to stealing the money by transferring to another account from 2005 to …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
A man was struck and killed by an NJ Transit bus on Wednesday morning, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s office.
An unidentified pedestrian was struck and killed Wednesday morning by an NJ Transit bus on Bay Avenue near the intersection of Broad Street in Bloomfield, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office has confirmed. Details on the victim’s identity have not yet been released. “He was pronounced dead at 10:54 am,” said Kathy Carter, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office. “We have to notify next of kin before I can release any identifying information.” Carter said the pedestrian was struck by an NJ Transit bus at around 10:00 a.m. She said more information would be forthcoming when officers at the scene released a full report. “The man was chasing the bus and was trying to board it but he wasn’t able to gain access,” said one Bloomfield man …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Victim-witness advocates mark the 30th anniversary of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office
- POLICE & FIRE
- Paul Milo
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Unlike their colleagues elsewhere in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, they don’t carry guns, scour crime scenes for evidence or grill suspects on the witness stand. The only weapon the 15 staffers in the Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy wield is compassion. And for the victim of domestic violence, the devastated mother of a murdered child, or the terrified eyewitness to a brutal crime, that’s a potent weapon indeed. “A victim does not know what to expect. What we try to do is address practical and emotional needs when navigating the halls of justice,” said Pamela McCauley, the Victim-Witness Coordinator for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. “Our interest is solely on behalf of crime victims and survivors.” Yesterday victims’ …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Task Force nabs eleven in high-end car theft operation targeting northern New Jersey communities
“Operation High End” was the name of a wide-reaching investigation conducted by law enforcement officers across New Jersey that yielded eleven arrests on Tuesday. A Bloomfield man, Matthew J. Policarpio, 24, was among the operatives charged. According to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the ring of thieves targeted high-end cars in affluent communities across New Jersey and later resold them or dismantled them for parts. The arrests took place Monday night at various locations in Essex County. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the Newark Police Department and the New Jersey State Police conducted the investigation, aided by the Jersey City and Millburn Police Departments. “Through …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office homicide tips line at 1-877-847-7432.
The Essex County Prosecutor's Office has released a police sketch of a woman whose body was found in suitcase in the Passaic River earlier this month. Patch reported March 5 that the Essex County Prosecutor's Office and the Newark Police Department were attempting to identify the remains of a person who washed ashore on the south bank of the Passaic River near the Jackson Street Bridge exit ramp in the Ironbound district. The victim, whose identity to date is still unknown, is described as a black female with a slight build. Her body was found completely intact, according to the press release issued by the prosecutor’s office March 26. She was wearing gray slacks and a red blouse. Authorities said they were unsure how long the body …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Jose Luis Rivera was charged in the murder of Bloomfield business owner Joseph Rossi Sr. on February 24
Jose Luis Rivera pleaded not guilty at Newark’s Superior Court on Wednesday, according to a report on NorthJersey.com. His bail remains at $1 million. Rivera, 48, was arrested on murder, conspiracy and weapons charges March 9, two weeks after 58-year-old Bloomfield business owner Joseph Rossi Sr. was found shot to death in his Floyd Avenue arcade shop, Phoenix Amusements. Following the shooting, various newspapers linked Rossi’s death to the death of alleged mafia informant, “Nicholas “Nicky Skins” Stefanelli, 69, of Belleville. According to reports published in the New York Daily News and the New York Post, Stefanelli was suspected of shooting Rossi as an act of retaliation after Rossi allegedly “snitched on him" to authorities. Two …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Police say 29-year old Ibn Futrell of Bloomfield was pronounced dead at 9:57 p.m. Tuesday.
A Bloomfield man was shot to death Tuesday night in Montclair, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s office. No suspects have yet been identified. Police responded to a report of gunshots fired near 4 Mission Street and Bloomfield Avenue around 9 p.m. Tuesday and discovered a man who was later identified as 29-year-old Ibn Futrell of 17th Street in Bloomfield. Futrell was transported by ambulance to Mountainside Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:57 p.m., according to Montclair Police and the prosecutor's office. Early Wednesday morning, a law enforcement official who asked not to be named said the shooting appeared to be drug- or gang-related. According to the Montclair Times, police closed off Mission Street following …