Police & Fire

May 29, 2020

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The final stages of the township's restoration of its website and other online systems, disabled by a cyber-attack in mid-May, was underway at the end of this week, said Township Administrator Pat Monaco. However, so far, no culprit has been identified. In answering questions ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ A resolution to approve a shared municipal court arrangement with three other Somerset Hills towns, which would shift the township's court hearings to Bedminster Township, was tabled at Tuesday's virtual Township Committee meeting, but then rescheduled for discussion at a ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- The borough of Bernardsville and the police department both have temporarily disabled access to their respective Facebook pages. The moves came in response to a litany of incendiary comments on both pages in response to the citation of the owner of the Country Home crafts ...

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BERNARDS TWP. _ Bernards police said that a resident of Fellowship Deaconry fell victim to an internet lottery scam to the tune of $8,000 to $10,000 sent out in gift cards over a period of about six months.  The victim reportedly told police he received an email stating he had won an ...

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Liberty Corner Fire Company is now offering gift cards for future events and fundraisers in addition to their Annual Drive mailing as a way to continue bringing in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Due to current social distancing guidelines, the Fire Company was forced to ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Despite the widespread COVID-19 lockdown, Bernards Township police said that burglars, car thieves and even a man from a neighboring town who reportedly entered an unlocked vehicle for a snooze have been out and about in recent weeks. Police said officers responded to a ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- The police department is cautioning residents about an increase in incidents of mail theft related to COVID-19 guidance. "There is an increase in the theft of mail occurring in this jurisdiction and surrounding jurisdictions," Bernards Police Lt. Jon Burger said in a ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ COVID-19 has put a serious damper on a lot of celebrations, but local residents have figured out a way to give many young people (and one 99-year-old) a special birthday they will never forget. Over the past few weeks, residents may have noticed lines of vehicles -- some ...

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BEDMINSTER, NJ - This afternoon Karl Rock, Chief of the Bedminster Township Police Department, announced the passing of the township’s Patrol Sergeant AlTerek Patterson.   “Sergeant Patterson fought a courageous battle against COVID-19 and unexpectedly passed away early this morning,” Chief Rock ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Wearing protective gear to help ward off exposure to COVID-19, Bernards Township police are still responding to first aid calls throughout the township as well as answering all other calls, a police department spokesman said on Friday, responding to a question from TAP Into ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ After closing all Bernards Township parks as a way of "discouraging people from congregating," Bernards Townshp Mayor James Baldassare added on Sunday that the townshp will be "actively enforcing" the prohibition, while monitoring the growing number of COVID-19 at the township, ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The looming threat of COVID-19 has kept a lot of people at home _ but not everyone; apparently some thieves breaking into vehicles are out and about, the Bernards Township police department warned this week. While none of the recent vehicle burglaries occurred in Bernards ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Venturing into what they described as "uncharted territory," the Bernards Township Committee conducted a virtual public meeting via Zoom on Tuesday afternoon, during which they affirmed NJ Gov.'s Murphy's executive order calling for residents to stay at home. Officials also ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township police said that a Mendham man driving south on Mount Airy Road on Sunday night crossed the road's center double yellow line and struck head-on a vehicle driven by a Bernardsville woman that was traveling north. The impact of the collision at 9:19 p.m.

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ A fundraiser for the Basking Ridge Fire Company set for Saturday, March 28, will showcase "some of the finest restaurants in the area," says the invitation to the public from the all-volunteer firefighting organization. [Updated] Advance tickets are now only being sold for ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township Committee gave approval this week for submission of a grant application for federal funding to hire two more township police officers. If the grant application to the U.S. Cops Hiring Program (CHP) is successful, the funds would be used to hire one ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township Police Department, in conjunction with Bernards Township PBA Local no. 357, will be wearing a special department patch on their uniforms during April to raise awareness for children with autism during “Autism Awareness Month,:  The patch that township ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township has announced the township's partnership with RAVE Mobile Safety to provide enhanced and streamlined communications to the public via text, email, or whatever format residents chose when they sign up for the system. Even residents who previously signed up ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ A resident of Bernard Drive told police on Tuesday that he or she returned home to find an unfamiliar vehicle parked by their residence, and the front door of their front door had been forced open, township police said on Wednesday. A search for one or more suspects was ...

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NEW YORK -- The body of a young man who was found on the ground near The Vessel, a sculpture at Hudson Yards in Manhattan, was identified as that of a 2019 Ridge High School graduate. According to a published report in the New York Post, 19-year-old Peter DeSalvo of Basking Ridge did not survive ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Township police are still investigating an apparent road rage incident that resulted in a Somerville man laying injured in the roadway on West Oak Street last week. The following is the official report filed by Bernards Township Police Officer Anthony Severino: On ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township police reported this week that a resident of Irving Place who left their vehicle briefly to ask a family member for assistance in carrying a heavy bag reportedly had a work laptop and other work supplies stolen. According to this week's police blotter, the ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Continuing a number of delivery package thefts in Bernards Township, a resident of the 10 block of Alexandria Way reported the theft of a package which was delivered to a business on 17 Columbia Road in Basking Ridge, said township police, who logged the complaint at about 10 ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, N.J. _ The members of Liberty Corner Fire Company earlier this month elected the volunteer firefighting organization's new officers for 2020.  The recently elected officers include Carl Blanchard as Chief, Rich Vindici as Deputy Chief, and Ken White as Assistant Chief.

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The arrest of a Hillsborough woman on charges of possession of heroin was reported by police in a recent police blotter report. Township police also said a complaint made by a township resident that a friend had been "evasive" when asked to return a pair of borrowed ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ -- The Bernards Township police will host another Coffee With A Cop, with an open invitation to the community scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Dewy Meadows Dunkin' coffee shop off King George Road. At least six officers in attendance for the event, ...

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GLADSTONE, NJ -- An NJ Transit train carrying no passengers derailed Thursday night in NJ Transit's rail yard. According to a report from NJ 101.5, the incident, which occurred at 7:30 p.m. and did not cause any injuries, has affected the Friday morning commute on the Morris & Essex ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township Committee took another step into its future at the Jan. 2 annual township reorganization meeting, with the swearing in of a new member, Janice Fields, and the appointment of James Baldassare, Jr. as township mayor for 2020. Baldassare has just wrapped up ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Three Chevy vehicles were destroyed in a structure fire that broke out at 180 Somerville Road the day following Thanksgiving, Bernards Township police reported in this week's police blotter. Police said that the homeowner reported to police on Nov. 29 that a fire inside ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Snow has continued to fall at a moderate but steady rate throughout the afternoon in the township, but the roads have been mostly free of incidents, police said mid-afternoon. There was no call yet as of Monday evening on whether the continuing snow would impact school ...

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