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Barking Dog Saves Five from Fire at Putnam Avenue Home

October 18, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ —  A barking dog sounded his own alarm shortly after midnight Thursday morning, alerting five sleeping people of trouble, as a fire swept through the first floor of their Putnam Avenue home.

All five escaped and were able to call 911 for help.

Deputy Chief Jim Hopkins gave the following account of the incident.

At 12:18 a.m., the Police ...

Berkeley Heights Police, School District Receive COPS Grant to Increase School Security

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7) personally delivered a $297,673 grant from the Department of Justice Congressman office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), to Berkeley Heights on Thursday afternoon.The grant will fund training of staff and students on security measures and add security enhancements to the district’s schools.

Attending the ...

Technology Helps Police Identify Man Involved in Motor Vehicle Burglaries in Four Counties


MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – An Irvington man has been charged in connection with several motor vehicle burglaries that happened in the borough on Sept. 8 and Sept. 11. 

According to a release from Mountainside Acting Police Chief Lt. Joseph Giannuzzi, Jonathan Joseph, 24, was arrested by Woodbridge Police after committing more than 40 burglaries to motor vehicles over the course of ...

Burglar Takes Jewelry, Cash From Bolton Boulevard Home

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ --- Police are investigating the burglary of a Bolton Boulevard home that took place on Friday night, and are asking for residents who live near the home to check surveillance cameras that may have captured suspicious activity.

The burglary took place on Friday, Sept. 28, between about 9:30 and 9:45 p.m. at a home on Bolton Boulevard near Scott Avenue. According to ...

Three Forced Entry Burglaries Reported in Warren, Jewelry Boxes Stolen, Police Say

WARREN, NJ - Three residential burglaries or attempted burglaries with forced entry were reported in Warren Township within the last week, Warren Township Police said.

Geiger Lane, Rockage Road, and Crown Drive residents  all reported home burglaries within the last week, Warren Township police said ,

The Geiger Lane homeowner said a burglary occurred sometime between 7:20 a.m. on ...

UPDATE, Service Restored from Earlier NJ Transit Gladstone Line Suspension

UPDATE at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018: Service restored with no delays reported.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - There is no service for the NJ Transit Gladstone line in both directions between Gladstone to Summit due to overhead wire power issues. 

For latest updates, visit NJ Transit.com.

New Providence Police Charge Seven with Possessesion of Marijuana in Past Month

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Police reported the following activity between August 20 and September 19, including seven incidents involving possession of marijuana.

August 20, Patrolman Andrew Lynch charged Jerome Reid, 21, of Piscataway for Possession of Marijuana 50g or less.  The charges stemmed from a motor vehicle stop on Southgate Road.  Mr. Reid was processed and released ...

Vehicle Crashes into Traffic Light at Intersection of Plainfield and Mountain Avenues

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A Saturday afternoon single car accident snarls the intersection of Plainfield and Mountain avenues.

The car hit the traffic light in right turn median on Plainfield Avenue. Berkeley Heights Police and EMS responded.

Assault Reported at Runnells -- Injuries Unknown

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ --  Breaking News Network, (BNN) reports four victims of an assault at Runnells Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare have been transported.

The first report indicated there were "multiple assault victims," at the "Cornerstone West" unit in the rehab facility located at 40 Watchung Way. Cornerstone is the Behavioral Health Hospital of ...

First Responders Treated to a Barbecue at Arbor Terrace Mountainside on September 12

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Who doesn’t like a free lunch? The offer to participate in the “BBQ for Badges” at Arbor Terrace Mountainside went out to first responders throughout the area a few weeks ago and, as expected, police officers, firefighters and EMTs dropped in from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

And, no one should be surprised that each group that spoke to ...


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Reminder: Turn In Unwanted Guns at Union County Gun Buyback Event

October 19, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that they can anonymously turn in unwanted guns in their possession at either of two locations on Saturday, October 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The two locations are the Macedonia Baptist Church at 1251 Fairmount Avenue in Elizabeth and the Visions of God Family Worship Church at 350 Leland Avenue in Plainfield.

Residents ...