Reward Increased to $25,000 as West Orange Police Seek Public's Help with Brendan Tevlin Murder Investigation
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Police and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office are seeking the public's help with information regarding a murder which occurred Wednesday evening.
At 11:50pm, calls came into police reporting shots had been fired in the vicinity of Walker Road and Northfield Avenue, West Orange. Ultimately, officers discovered a male victim, Brendan Tevlin, 19 of Livingston, who was found dead in his car after receiving multiple gun shot wounds.
No arrests have been made in the case thus far and the prosecutor's office has released two images which may help in the investigation. In addition, the Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers program has increased the initial $10,000 reward for information about the killing to $25,000 after an anonymous donation.
The two still shots were taken by West Orange Police from surveillance videos in the area of Walker Road and Northfield Avenue in West Orange, from the same time period as Tevlin's murder.
At this time the investigation is active and ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tips line at 1-877-847-7432.
Six Fairfield "Cash-for-Gold" Jewelry Stores at Rt. 46 Diamond Exchange Cited by NJ Division of Consumer Affairs
FAIRFIELD, NJ - On May 16, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs in cooperation with the Fairfield Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office investigated "cash-for-gold" businesses located at the 653 Route 46 Diamond Exchange in Fairfield.
In order to help ensure that consumers are not cheated when they sell their precious metals, New Jersey law requires the following:
NJ law also attempts to protect those who have had their jewelry stolen and requires the following of jewelry stores:
The May 16 sting consisted of undercover visits to jewelry stores by officers who posed as consumers seeking to sell their jewelry. Later that day, the officers returned to the stores and announced that they were performing an inspection in keeping with the New Jersey’s Weights and Measures Act. The officers inspected the jewelry store’s scales and signage and obtained all store receipts.
The investigation was part of a crackdown on “cash-for-gold” shops across northern and central New Jersey which resulted in 936 civil citations for alleged violations of State consumer protection laws at 21 jewelry stores. The civil violations were filed as summonses in municipal court. Each civil violation carries a penalty of $500 to $1,000.
Fairfield Cited Jewelry Stores
As a result of this investigation, the State Office of Weights and Measures filed summonses in municipal court detailing a total of 241 violations at these six Fairfield stores:
“New Jersey’s cash-for-gold laws serve two important functions.
The statewide investigation, led by the Division of Consumer Affairs and Office of Weights and Measures, will continue across New Jersey and will include undercover operations, as well as unannounced inspections at jewelry shops that offer to buy precious metals from consumers.
“Especially now that the price of gold appears to be rising,
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com Published 2:03pm
WEST CALDWELL, NJ - At noon Saturday, a group of people gathered outside the West Essex First Aid Squad building in West Caldwell for the live drawing of the West Essex Policemen’s Benevolent Association raffle of a 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250. Over 500 tickets - priced at $100 each - were sold; one lucky winner from Nutley soon received a call that they were the winner of the new car valued at $35,385.
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250
Annually, the West Essex PBA’s Civic Association donates money for college scholarships to deserving local students who attend one of the three local high schools served by officers of the West Essex PBA. In the past ten years, over $100,000 has been donated to scholars who attend James Caldwell, West Essex and Cedar Grove High Schools. This year, seven students selected were selected to each receive a $1,500 scholarship award.
On hand for the occasion was the West Essex PBA Local #81 President and Roseland Police Officer Dave Courter, along with Clinton Vail, a representative from the Globe Motor Car Company, in Fairfield, who donated the vehicle.
From left: West Essex PBA Local #81 President and Roseland Police Officer Dave Courter, Globe Motor Car Representative Clinton Vail and West Caldwell Police Lieutenant Ed Nemeth
Over 500 tickets were shuffled and then Courter pulled out a ticket and made Donna Fermato, of Nutley, one very lucky woman. Courter placed a call to the winner soon after; she answered and was in disbelief that the car was now hers.
"The West Essex PBA is very grateful to the public for supporting us in our fundraising effort," Courter said. "We sold over 500 tickets - the winning one was sold by Sergeant Eileen O'Toole of the Cedar Grove Police Department so thank you to Sgt. O'Toole as well. This is a very worthy project and we congratulate all of the 2014 scholarship recipients and wish them the very best."
West Essex PBA Local 81
The West Essex PBA Local 81 is made up of officers who work in the following police departments:
The PBA Local 81 Civic Association is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization.