by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
NEWARK, NJ - Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 20, of Orange, was indicted this afternoon for the individual murders of three women whose deaths occurred this past Fall. Wheeler-Weaver was also charged for the attempted murder of a fourth woman who survived the attack.
The indictment also charges Wheeler-Weaver with three counts of desecrating human remains.
Assistant Prosecutor Adam B. Wells, who is handling the case, said, Wheeler-Weaver has been charged with the following:
It is alleged that Wheeler-Weaver’s interactions with the victims were all of a sexual nature. No further information is available at this time.
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.
Updated: 11:27pm Tuesday
Bloomfield Avenue was opened as of 11:25pm; Claremont Avenue between Valley Road and Noth Mountain Avenue remains closed.
VERONA, NJ - The Verona Police and Verona Fire Department arrived at the scene of Bloomfield Avenue and Sunset Avenue at about 5:35pm after a manhole cover apparently exploded. Bloomfield Avenue was closed for the rest of the evening from Pompton Avenue to Valley Road in Montclair.
PSEG arrived by about 6:15pm to take meter readings at every manhole in the area. Additionally, gas measurements were taken at area building locations.
On Sunday night, West Essex Now reported that PSEG was near that intersection at about 8:40pm, checking on a possible gas leak at a building at 25 Pompton Avenue. The area was investigated and then deemed safe.
A West Essex Now reader was on the scene as it occurred and described the pandemonium the drivers at the intersection experienced:
"We were just driving by Claremont Avenue on Bloomfield Ave
Darlene Rizio Sgarlato works in the area and recalled the loud explosion let off smoke right afterwards.
"You should have heard the noise!" commented Sgarlato.
John Paul Foley, of Roseland, was in the area at about 9:07pm.
"It smelled, something was still smoldering.