Police & Fire

May 14, 2021

Program seeks to strength Police and Community Connection BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Police Department announced the launch of the Annie Young Academy, a program aimed at educating Berkeley Heights residents about police operations, in keeping the BHPD and Township's commitment ...

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ROSELLE, NJ - A 2-year-old child is safe and has been reunited with his family after being briefly kidnapped in a vehicle that was stolen outside a Roselle home Thursday night, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Roselle Police Chief Brian Barnes jointly announced Friday. “The ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Law enforcement officers from the Berkeley Heights Police Department will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign. Beginning May 24 and running through June 6, ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit reports that police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault perpetrated by an unknown actor posing as an Uber driver who was transporting the victim from New York City to Pennsylvania. The driver, described as a white male with a beard, ...

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WARREN, NJ — Five unlocked vehicles were burglarized on Sunday. A Claire Drive resident reported around 7 a.m. that someone entered his unlocked car, used a garage door opener to access the garage, and a video recording showed three people were at the burglary, Warren police advised. Nothing ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A burglar crept into a home on Bennett Place through an unlocked mudroom door early Thursday morning, grabbed car keys from a purse there and then stole a vehicle in what is the latest in a series of similar crimes, police said. In a Nixle message, police said an unlocked car on ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Volunteer Fire Department responded to a reported brush fire at 300 Connell Drive on Friday, April 23 at 5:54 p.m. The fire was on the south side of Connell Dr. "On arrival, the fire was initially burning leaves and grass. Due to the dry conditions and ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights PBA #144 Fishing Derby brought multi-generational fun to families in town on a picture perfect spring Saturday at Horseshoe Pond.  To see parents and grandparents casting the lines with their children brought smiles and joy to everybody in ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Police PBA Local #144 is hosting its annual youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Horseshoe Pond on Horseshoe Road. The derby is open to Berkeley Heights residents in third through sixth grade. No fishing experience ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — A 19-year-old Summit woman abducted off the street and locked in the trunk of her suspected kidnapper’s car narrowly escaped in a struggle with her captor, then helped police track the man down, records released Friday show. Shervon James, 33, of Union, is accused of first ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - For the first quarter of 2021 the Berkeley Heights Fire Department responded to 155 fires, emergencies, and calls for assistance. Below are further details of some of the 155 incidents. A chimney fire on January 3rd in a home on Cambridge Drive, The fire was ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Dr. Patrick Smith, on behalf of the Smith Chiropractic Foundation/BH5K, presented a check for $1,000 to Police Chief Jason Massimino and members of the Berkeley Heights Police Department in support of the fundraiser for the New Police Department Defensive Tactics Training ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Quick action on the part of City of Summit Police Department officers resulted in the thwarting of an attempted abduction over the weekend, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Summit Police Chief Andrew Bartolotti jointly announced Sunday. Shervon James, 33, of the ...

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UNION, NJ – The deaths of two women in Hillside are believed to be connected to a death in Union, said acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo on Wednesday. As reported by TAPinto Union early Wednesday morning, the case began at about 2:30 Monday morning when Union police officers ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The message was clear at the #StopAsianHate Rally and Vigil Saturday at Memorial Field where close to 300 community members came in solidarity to support the Asian community.  "We are here today because hate crimes and harassment against Asian American Pacific Islanders ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – In response to New Providence residents voicing their concerns over speeding vehicles and traffic safety issues, the Borough Council introduced an ordinance amending some of the speed limits on local roads. The ordinance was introduced at the Tuesday, March 23 meeting and the ...

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WARREN, NJ – The owner of a martial arts academy in Warren has been arrested and charged with Third Degree Invasion of Privacy after a hidden camera was found in the public bathroom of the business, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Leonardo Sanchez, 31, West Summit ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On Thursday, March 18, 2021 Berkeley Heights Police Detectives arrested Jason Hunter, 35, of Berkeley Heights after a thorough investigation. Hunter was charged with Criminal Sexual Contact and Endangering the welfare of a child.  After being taken into custody, Hunter was ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Members of the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Fire Department saluted the hearse carrying Retired Fire Chief Dominick "Chuck" Imbimbo, who passed away at the age of 88. On Wednesday, the Berkeley Heights Fire Department fleet along with rigs from surrounding towns lined up ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - It's a new era for the Berkeley Heights Police Department with a new headquarters, new chief, newly ranked officers, and new hires. TAPinto recently sat with newly sworn in Chief Jason Massimino to talk about his department goals and receive a tour of their new ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A wind advisory is in effect for the area from noon until midnight Sunday, the National Weather Service announced. Winds could gust at 40 to 50 mph, the service predicted. “The gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could come down and a few power outages ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Police are reviewing security footage after a shooting at The Mills at Jersey Gardens sent people running Saturday afternoon. The shooting happened outside the Saks Fifth Avenue store and the suspect fled in a vehicle, city spokeswoman Kelly Martins said. Nobody was hurt, she ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A wind advisory is in effect for the area from 8 p.m. Friday night until 6 a.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service announced. Winds could gust at 45 mph, the service predicted. “Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A Union Township man is currently being sought by police after being charged with fatally shooting a Newark woman, Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay Ruotolo announced on Monday.  Jamar I. Webber, 20, is charged with first-degree murder and two related weapons offenses in ...

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The Berkeley Heights Police Department is pleased to announce the hiring of three new police officers. Probationary Patrol Officers Natalie Santillo, Anthony Triguero, and Pooja Patel began their service to the township on March 1st, 2021 after a competitive interview process, background ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On March 3, 2021 at 12:59 a.m., officers responded to a Dorr Road residence on a report of a witnessed motor vehicle theft of a 2017 Audi. A resident reported that he heard his vehicle start and looked out the window to see the vehicle pulling out of the driveway. On ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On February 25 at approximately 3:50 a.m., a Radcliff Drive resident reported that several individuals were seen an hour prior in the driveway attempting to enter their vehicles.  At 7:19 a.m., a resident of Mee Lane reported that a Honda Accord was taken from the driveway.  A ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a swearing-in ceremony held at town hall on Wednesday morning, Stephanie Bagniewski made history, becoming the first female firefighter that the Springfield Fire Department has ever had. Bagniewski was appointed as a probationary firefighter by resolution 2021-70 at ...

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WARREN, NJ - Take it easy on the roads.  A jack-knifed tractor trailer is slowing traffic on I-78 westbound just west  of Exit 40 - CR 531 in Warren Monday. The right lane and shoulder are closed. And reports of cars sliding off the road on Mountain Avenue and elsewhere in the Watchung Hills are ...

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Berkeley Heights, NJ — The governing body honored retiring Sergeant Michael Gallaro for 25 years of service to the police department and township at the Tuesday, Feb. 16 council meeting. Gallaro was a critical piece of the Berkeley Heights Police Department where he played a major role in the ...

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