Police & Fire

Two Fanwood Residents Escape Fiery Blaze in Fatal Car Accident

June 26, 2014 at 12:40 PM

MAHWAH, NJ –  Two Fanwood residents avoided serious injury caused by a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 287 northbound in Mahwah on Tuesday afternoon, June 24.

Rosemary DiBattista, 58, of Fanwood was cautiously passing a disabled cement truck parked on the shoulder of the highway, when she was slammed in the rear bumper by a Freightliner tractor-trailer. 

The tractor-trailer, driven by Adelbert McKee, hit 2000 Toyota Avalon, as well as the left side of the cement truck and the three workers who were trying to fix it. The mid-sized sedan and the tractor-trailer quickly became engulfed in flames. However, DiBattista, her husband, Anthony DiBattista, 59, and McKee, 58, were able to escape the blaze and sustained only minor injuries. 

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The Concrete on Demand cement company workers -- Harry Bulatowicz, 58, of Ellenville, N.Y., Santiago F. Mercado, 42, and Santiago M. Mercado, 22, (a father and son) both of Nyack, N.Y. -- were pronounced dead at the scene.  

No charges have been filed and the accident remains under investigation, according to New Jersey State Police.

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Plainfield Resident Arrested, Charged in Connection with Thursday Night Death

January 14, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A Plainfield resident has been arrested and charged for his alleged role in an altercation that resulted in the death of 34-year-old Oscar Isaac Ramos Lopez  this week, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Saturday.

Jamie Castillo Castro, 24, is charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter in connection with the killing.

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New Jersey Wins Under Lance Mental Health Law

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WASHINGTON, D.C. ---  Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) announced that New Jersey has been selected to participate in a demonstration program to expand access to community mental health services and strengthen the quality of care for those living with mental and behavioral health issues. The demonstration program was created under Lance’s Excellence in Mental Health Act, which was ...

5 Questions to Ask at an Open House

When you go to your next open house, ask the listing agent these key questions to help you make an informed decision. When a property is hot, a public open house may be your best opportunity for due diligence before submitting an offer. While the hosting agent may not be able to answer all of your questions, there is a lot you can learn.

1. How long has it been on the market?  You may ...

Where's the Replacement?

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To the Editor:

As a chair of the Rare Disease Congressional Caucus, Congressman Leonard Lance has been a strong advocate for those who have been stricken with uncommon health issues and last year helped to pass the 21st Century Cures Act. Yet on Friday, Congressman Lance voted to take away the health insurance of those very souls he claims to be on the side of.

The Affordable Care Act makes ...

Homes That Sold This Week in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

January 15, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Brought to you by Keller Williams Realty, the following is a list of homes that have sold this week in the towns of Fanwood, Scotch Plains and Westfield. (See table below.) This information includes sales that were listed in the Garden State MLS.

Check this weekly update to stay informed about your local real estate market.

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