Newark police search for gunman who opened fire on officers

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger 

on September 15, 2013 at 11:00 PM, updated September 16, 2013 at 6:57 AM

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Newark police cordoned off a three block perimeter as they searched for a man who opened fire on officers Sunday night(David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger)

NEWARK — A South Ward Newark neighborhood was flooded with search lights again tonight as police searched for a man who allegedly opened fire on an officer during a pursuit.

"This evening, shortly after 7 p.m. Newark Police officers were in a foot pursuit of an armed suspect in the area of Clinton Avenue (and) S. 10th Street," Newark Police Sgt. Ronald Glover said in a statement.

"During the pursuit the suspect fired at officers who returned fire," Glover added. "None of the officers were injured as a result of this incident and the suspect managed to elude capture.

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Newark residents say house owned by Cory Booker is in disrepair, filled with squatters

By Star-Ledger Wire Services 

By Michael Linhorst, The Record

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NEWARK — On a block of Court Street in Newark between the Gigi Foushee Towers public-housing project and the abandoned, decaying Krueger-Scott Mansion is a boarded row house with a "NO LOITERING" sign above the door.

Until a few months ago, the building was owned by Newark's mayor, Cory Booker — now in the home-stretch of a run for the U.S. Senate — who paid $175,000 for it in 2009.

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Latest victims of Newark gun violence: 16-year-old Irvington girl and her cousin

By Jessica Calefati/The Star-Ledger 
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on September 15, 2013 at 1:39 PM, updated September 15, 2013 at 9:34 PM

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Investigators at the scene of a double homicide at South 10th Street and 15th Avenue in Newark this afternoon. (Richard Khavkine/The Star-Ledger) 

NEWARK— Essex County law enforcement officials have identified the man and woman shot and killed yesterday afternoon in Newark's West Ward as Damien Matteaux, 23, of Newark and NaQuese McCollum, 16, of Irvington.

The pair were cousins and it appears Matteaux was the target of the shooting, said Anthony Ambrose, the chief of detectives with the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

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Booker hit for high-profile Senate bid while Newark besieged by killings

Published September 07, 2013 FoxNews.com

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Newark Democratic Mayor Cory Booker is facing pressure to focus his attention on his crime-challenged city instead of his Senate bid, following a string of 10 homicides in 10 straight days.

The most recent killing occurred Wednesday when a 14-year-old boy was gunned down in the courtyard of Newark's Riverview Terrace housing complex.

Booker, whose popularity and national prominence are largely the result of his high-profile efforts to clean up the city, has announced a new anti-crime initiative that includes police overtime and a plan to send officers into sections of the city notorious for gun violence.

However, Booker's Republican opponent, Steve Lonegan, and others continue to say the mayor is not spending enough time in Newark nor doing enough to curb crime.

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Cory Booker claims Newark represents a third of real-estate growth in New Jersey

Editor’s Note: On March 14, 2013, PolitiFact New Jersey rated as Mostly True a statement by Newark Mayor Cory Booker that "More than 30 percent of all commercial and multifamily development in the entire state is happening in Newark." We based that ruling on building permit and square footage data provided by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, a real-estate development firm that compiled numbers for the Booker administration and experts in the real-estate development industry. Booker, now a candidate in an Oct. 16 special election for the late Frank Lautenberg’s U.S. Senate seat, made the claim again in a form e-mail campaign letter distributed last week. In reanalyzing the claim, we realized that our first ruling didn’t take fully into account how Newark compares statewide in terms of building permits and value of new construction. This fact-check adds that analysis and consequently changes the ruling to Half True.

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FBI arrests Newark man wanted in 8 bank robberies that netted $50K

By Tom Wright-Piersanti/The Star-Ledger 

Andrew Thomas, allegedly seen above in surveillance footage from a robbery in Cranford, was charged with eight bank robberies today. (Cranford police)

 

For the past year, Andrew Thomas made a living robbing banks, federal authorities say.

The Newark man allegedly hit eight banks across four counties in 10 months, and his exploits earned him nearly $50,000, according to a complaint filed today in U.S. District Court.

Thomas, 32, surrendered to authorities Wednesday after FBI agents used surveillance footage from a robbery in Hillside to trace the getaway car to his girlfriend’s home, according to the complaint.

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Wazn Miller police report: Cory Booker rendered aid to victim

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger 

NEWARK — Newark Mayor Cory Booker's administration has released records surrounding the 2004 shooting death of Wazn Miller, a Newark teen whose death the mayor would later recall in speeches.

The ghoulish details of the nine-year-old homicide have emerged anew in a contentious battle between Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan to replace the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg in the U.S. Senate.

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