Shanita Stubbs, 26, of East Orange, Arrested for Murder of TJ Maxx Worker Crystal Williams, 33, of Montclair
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Friday afternoon, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced that that the body of Crystal Williams, 33, of Montclair - who was reported missing on July 10 after she left to take the bus to her job at TJ Maxx in West Caldwell - was found badly decomposed on July 25, and that Shanita Stubbs, 26, of East Orange was arrested yesterday in Sacramento, California for her murder.
The final cause and manner of death are still under investigation, but according to Murray the preliminary results reveal that Williams died from blunt force trauma and possible suffocation.
Stubbs was charged with Williams’ murder Friday, Aug. 14 and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Yesterday, she was taken without incident into custody by the FBI Fugitive Task Force. Officials in California are preparing to have her extradited to New Jersey.
Cedar Grove Police Seek Two Women in Connection to Purse and Credit Card Theft at Pompton Avenue Foodtown
CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The Cedar Grove Police are asking the public's assistance in identifying two suspects who are wanted in connection with stealing a purse yesterday in the township, and then using the owner's credit cards later on at multiple stores at Willowbrook Mall, in Wayne.
The incident took place at about 5:21pm at Foodtown Supermarket, located on Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove.
According to Chief Richard Vanderstreet, Foodtown's surveillance video shows a younger female taking a purse from a shopping cart when the victim had her back turned. She then is seen immediately leaving the store in the company of an older female carrying a toddler.
Once she discovered the theft, the owner of the purse alerted authorities and then soon after contacted her credit card companies who informed her that the cards had just been used at three different locations at the mall. Officers responded to the mall area but were unable to locate the suspects.
Additionally, investigators determined that the pair left the Foodtown parking lot traveling in a large black Sport Utility Vehicle believed to Chevrolet.
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Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect is asked to contact Cedar Grove Police Detective Michael Tower at 973-239-4100.
Cedar Grove Police Department
Chief Richard Vanderstreet
525 Pompton Avenue
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - On Thursday, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced that countywide homicides are up approximately 31 percent. This week alone, 5 homicides were reported over a 24-hour period in Newark, and East Orange has a total of eight more homicides than it did at this time last year.
Eight-Month Homicide Comparison Increase Totals
Increases in Essex County Homicides January to August, by year
Recent Newark Homicides
The Newark Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating five reportedly unrelated homicides that occurred this week over a two-day period in Newark:
The investigations into all five incidents are active and ongoing.
John Hannon, 55, of Toms River, Killed in Saturday Morning Plane Crash Behind Kiddie Academy, Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell
UPDATE: 1:30pm Tuesday
The Medical Examiner's office has confirmed the pilot's identity as John Hannon, 55, of Toms River.
WEST CALDWELL, NJ - Saturday morning, at 9:59am, the West Caldwell Police and Fairfield Police were alerted to a plane crash in the wooded area behind Kiddie Academy, located at 810 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell. Immediately after, West Caldwell Fire Department and the Fairfield Fire Department were dispatched to the scene for a working fire in progress. By 10:03am the West Essex First Aid Squad was dispatched to the crash site as well.
"Officers discovered a single engine Cessna 206
Peter Knudson, spokesman from the National Transportion Safety Board in Washington DC, confirmed with West Essex Now that the plane was a Cessna T206H. Knudson said that there was one person on board, the pilot, and he was killed in the accident. According to Knudson, the plane crashed after takeoff from the Essex County Airport into the rear of Kiddie Academy which is about 1/2 mile away. An investigator from the NTSB arrived in town Saturday afternoon, and the investigation continued with local law authorities early Sunday morning. Knudson also confirmed that fire from the plane itself caused a brush fire to the surrounding area.
West Caldwell Fire Chief Jim Alvine explained to WEN that he saw the plane having problems, called the police, and then sent out a call for mutual aid from Fairfield, Caldwell, Verona and the West Essex First Aid Squad.
"I witnessed the plane coming down and crashing," Alvine commented.
Fairfield Deputy Fire Chief Tim Connolly was the first to reach the burning airplane.
"I was the first one to reach the wreckage," Connolly commented.
Because the plane crashed into the woods, the fire departments were extinguishing both the plane fuel fire and the surrounding area brush fire as well using "Purple K Fire Extiguishers."
Kiddie Academy does offer a summer program for infants to children up to age 12; because the incident occurred on Saturday, the school was closed.
The Caldwell Fire Department provided mutual aid with one engine, and one truck at 10:08am. North Caldwell Police responded to Passaic Avenue for traffic control and North Caldwell Fire Department responded, as well, with one engine. The Verona Fire Department and the Essex County Sheriff's Department also offered mutual aid.
At 10:38am, the Roseland Fire Department and soon after the Essex Fells Fire Department each responded with one engine to the West Caldwell firehouse for coverage.
Because this is an aviation incident, the Federal Aviation Authority and the National Transportation Safety Board are handling the investigation.
According to Paris, it is believed Hannon experienced a mechanical malfunction with the airplane during take-off. The debris has been removed from the crash site.
ROSELAND, NJ - William Siudmak, 56, of Roseland, was sentenced today to 17 years in New Jersey State Prison after having been found guilty of aggravated sexual assault and other crimes against a young girl. Sidumak was arrested for the crime in March, 2014 and the crimes are alleged to have occurred against a child betweenJanuary 2006, and December 2007.
According to Essex County Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Sandler, who handled the case, on June 2, Siudmak pled guilty to the following:
Siudmak was sentenced to 17 years by Essex County Superior Court Judge Alfonse J. Cifelli. Under the No Early Release Act, Siudmak must serve 85 percent of his 17-year sentence before he will become eligible for parole.
“Thanks to the courage of the victim in this case,
The investigation into this case was a joint investigation between the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, the New Jersey State Police and the Roseland Police Department.
VERONA, NJ - On Saturday, July 25, David Siclari, 47, of Verona, was arrested after an Essex County Grand Jury returned a 27-count
indictment against him which charged him with committing multiple sexual acts on various occasions against a child. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced the arrest today and detailed that her office believes that the sexual assaults occurred between December 2008 and August 2014 in both Essex and Cape May Counties.
According to Murray, Siclari worked for the Roseland School District in a "Non-teaching" capacity. Sources tell West Essex Now that Siclari was employed as the Senior Custodian at Noecker and was since placed on leave, as determined at the last Board of Education meeting in July.
The Prosecutor's Office has informed WEN that NONE of the incidents occurred on school grounds.
The Roseland Superintendent, Lisa Gross, emailed a letter to concerned parents:
Updated: 6:54pm with Board of Education Letter
Siclari has been charged with:
The criminal investigation is being handled by Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Sandler.
Siclari's case is a joint investigation between the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Verona Police Department.
Siclari is currently out of custody on a $125,000 bail.