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ConRail Working on Track Clean Up Following Friday's Derailment in Union; Train Service Still Suspended

December 9, 2017

UNION, NJ – No hazardous material was involved in the freight train derailment Friday afternoon in Union.

“There’s severe damage to the tracks,” said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio at a press conference Friday evening.  “There’s multiple piles of cars at different locations up and down the span of the tracks from the Roselle Park line all the way through ...

New Providence Police Chief Addresses 'Questionable' Traffic Stop Incident

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Police Chief Anthony Buccelli, Jr. has provided a statement in response to Monday's recount of a "questionable" traffic stop by Officer Guerreiro at a borough council meeting by a former out-of-state trooper. The former trooper addressed the Mayor and Council claiming the stop was questionable and based on racial profiling.

The ...

Freight Train Derailment in Union

UNION, NJ - A freight train derailed in Union at about 2:15 p.m. this afternoon.

Preliminary details indicate that the train derailed past the Union Train Station.  According to Township of Union Business Administrator, the freight train contained 141 cars.  Eight were involved in the derailment.  Information on the contents of the freight cars are not yet ...

Berkeley Heights Police Department Investigates Complaint Against Dispatcher About Hang Ups on Two 911 Calls

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Police Department recently conducted an Internal Affairs Investigation of the way in which a police dispatcher handled a 911 call after receiving a complaint from a retired Maryland State Trooper that the 911 dispatcher hung up on him twice.

The caller was a former Virginia State Police Officer and Maryland State Trooper Reginald Garrett. He attended the ...

Former Out of State Trooper Claims Racial Profiling at Traffic Stop in New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – A retired State Trooper of Virginia and Maryland, Reginald Garrett, showed up at the Monday, Dec. 4 Council meeting to recount a recent traffic stop in New Providence. According to Garrett the traffic stop was questionable and based on racial profiling. Additionally, Patrolman Nicholas Guerriero acted unprofessionally during the traffic stop according to ...

Firefighters' Parade Lights Up Somerville's Main Street and Neighborhoods

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Hundreds of volunteer firefighters and first responders from throughout the state answered the call for assistance from the Somerville Fire Department Saturday night to help escort Santa Claus down Main Street and through the side streets of the borough during the VI annual Holiday Lights parade.

Firefighters began arriving in the borough hours before the start of the 6 ...

Chatham Township Couple Gives First-Person Account of Break-in at Henry Drive Home; Offer Security Advice

CHATHAM, NJ - There was no way Thad and Janet Russell were going to let a would-be burglar ruin their holiday traditions.

That's why they were outside putting up Christmas decorations Thursday morning on the same front door that had been smashed in two days earlier.

"No rogue thug is going to change that," Janet Russell said. "I still feel secure. It was random, it ...

Chatham Police: Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle Crossing Main Street; Listed in Critical Condition at Hospital

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough Police are investigating an accident that occurred Wednesday night involving two Chatham residents, one of which was sent the hospital after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Main Street.

The injured pedestrian was identified as Maureen Matthews of Chatham, who was transported to Morristown Medical Center by the Chatham Emergency Squad. The driver of the ...

Former Westfield Gymnastics Instructor Charged with Sexual Assault of Child

This story was updated at 4:10 p.m. with new information.

ELIZABETH, NJ — A former instructor is accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old student at Surgent’s Elite School of Gymnastics in Westfield over the course of more than six months, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour announced Wednesday.

Jorge Rodriguez, 34, formerly of Elizabeth and currently ...

Chatham Township Police Respond to 'Burglary in Progress' on Henry Drive; Resident Struggles with Suspect

CHATHAM, NJ - Earlier today (Tuesday) Chatham Township Police responded to a Henry Drive residence for a burglary in progress.

Upon arrival, officers learned that one suspect, a heavy set Hispanic male with a shaved head between 35 and 40 years old, forcefully opened the front door. While inside the homeowner encountered the suspect and a struggle ensued.

The suspect left the residence ...

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A Night Of Conversation in New Providence: Substance Use and Conversation

December 1, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Police Department, in conjunction with the New Providence Municipal Alliance, invites you to "A Night of Conversation" on Monday, December 11 at 7pm in the New Providence High School Media Center.

We will be speaking about trends in substance abuse, focusing on the current Opioid and Heroin Epidemic. This night is meant to provide information to Parents ...