Union County News

October 9, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union County Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski, Vice Chair Al Mirabella, and Freeholders Rebecca Williams and Andrea Staten joined Union County Deputy County Manager Amy Wagner, Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, Township officials and student athletes at the opening of the new ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Prosecutor’s Office is requesting funding to purchase new laboratory equipment, which the office would use to address a five-year backlog of rape kits. “We’re addressing a five-year backlog that the state has mandated, but we were ahead of the mandate,” said the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – Half of the county’s school districts will be open during the general election next month, and most will be open during next year’s primary in June.  At its Oct. 3 meeting, the freeholder board discussed the security of the schools that will remain open while being used as ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – The Elmora Troopers Little League Team received special recognition at Thursday night’s Freeholders meeting. Each player, along with coaches Jairo Labrador and Sal Garcia, received a resolution and medals commending their success. “You guys were heard when we were in ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County is providing additional funding for deer carcass removal services following a spike in deer roadway deaths.  A total of 517 deer have been removed from roadways in the county between February 2018 and September of this year, according to Ron Zuber, the county’s Parks ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A Westfield man is anticipated to be sentenced to 10 years in state prison after pleading guilty to a child a pornography charge, authorities said Wednesday. Gregory L. Brown, 37, of the 300 block of John Street, admitted to having “thousands of digital files constituting images ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – In 2018, 133 people in Union County died as a result of a drug overdose, 122 of which were attributed to opioids, county data shows. County officials are seeing an increased need for postmortem laboratory testing due to the opioid epidemic. The county’s Department of Public ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – A Union County service offers treatment referrals, education, and other support services for those found driving while intoxicated. The Union County Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) served a total of 851 people in 2018, all of whom were charged and/or convicted of ...

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 ELIZABETH, NJ - A formerly Summit-based pediatric gastroenterologist, who was arrested earlier this year and charged with sexually assaulting one of his patients on numerous occasions, now has been criminally charged in connection with similar alleged incidents involving two additional patients, ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- It'll be the "Battle of The Union County 'Woods" as Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Garwood Mayor Sara Todisco have challenged each other's communities to see which one can raise enough food for the Foodstock organization. The mayors of both one square mile towns are encouraging ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A Union man was arrested along with 30 others in a drug bust that netted $1 million in marijuana, and seven guns recovered.  Joseph Longueira, 50, of Union, was charged with Conspiracy to distribute CDS.  Others charged were from Newark, Hillside Kearny, Bradley Beach, Harrison, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD-WESTFIELD-CRANFORD, NJ -- For the past two decades, the Walk for Mom has celebrated the life of Charlotte Dursee after she lost her battle with breast cancer. Tim Dursee, a Scotch Plains resident who grew up in Westfield, began Walk for Mom in 1999 in honor of his mother.

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – The county is providing additional training seminars for new voting machines ahead of the general election. During the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders board meeting Thursday night, Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado explained how the county is working to ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s payment of $395,000 to settle sexual harassment claims lodged by two of its employees was a “business decision” to avoid a costly trial over claims it staunchly denies, the settlement agreement states. While the man accused in the lawsuit remains employed by Union ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – Union County remains committed to fighting the opioid epidemic with programs like Operation Helping Hand. A county initiative that offers treatment to individuals arrested for opioid possession, Operation Helping Hand has offered help to 250 people over the last two years, ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Just three years old when his big sister Aneshia was diagnosed with cancer, Prince was -- understandably -- at a loss as how how to help his sibling. Then, he decided he would grow his hair. Then, in the middle of the crisis, Prince and Aneshia's family lost their home. It is a ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Scotch Plains Township Council voted unanimously to endorse the application of High Rise Botanicals (HRB) Group, which includes Scotch Plains native and local business owner Sean Flannery, who spoke at the meeting. The group is seeking to apply to the state for a medical ...

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Updated at 9:37 p.m. UNION, NJ — A man alleged to have prompted the evacuation of a Walmart store on Route 22 Thursday morning turned himself in after seeing “significant media coverage” of the incident in which he is accused of brandishing an airsoft gun while in the store, authorities ...

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UNION, NJ - The Union WalMart was evacuated for a time Thursday morning because of two separate calls to Union police reporting the sighting of a masked gunman at the store.  The first call was received by police at 10:48 a.m. Union Police Director Dan Zieser said no suspect has been located, no ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A city woman who claims a sheriff’s officer assaulted her at the Union County One Stop Center is suing the sheriff’s office and county government because of that officer's “malicious beating.” Tatianna Cunningham claims in the federal lawsuit filed June 11 that Sheriff’s Officer ...

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UNION, NJ – A Dingman’s Ferry, PA, man was arrested last week for invasion of privacy for taking photos under the dress of a woman at the Target store on Route 22 in Union. On the morning of July 27, Union police were alerted by a Target loss prevention worker who observed a man acting ...

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UNION, NJ – In an incident that placed the entire Township of Union in mourning, a Morris County man has been arrested and charged in connection with the hit-and-run tragedy that left 12-year old Jeremy Maraj fatally injured two weeks ago. Jose V. Marrero, 37, of the Lake Hiawatha section of ...

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LINDEN, NJ – A Roselle man is in custody and charged in connection with a string of arsons committed on a single night last week in Linden, authorities said Thursday. Marcus D. Wise, 30, of Roselle, is charged with two counts of second-degree aggravated arson, two counts of third-degree arson ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – When one of Union County’s newest residents was ready to come into the world earlier than expected, Joy Allen knew just what she had to do. Allen, a 911 telecommunicator who answers calls at the county’s dispatch center, guided the parents-to-be through a home birth from the ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Overlook Medical Center was placed on lockdown for more than 90 minutes after reports of a suspicious individual, possibly with a handgun. According to the Summit Police Department, the subsequent active police investigation restriction and search -- conducted ...

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Updated at 1:03 p.m. July 29 UNION COUNTY, NJ — Following a record harvest during last year’s hunt, the freeholders have again allocated funding for deer hunts — by both shotgun and bow — at eight county parks in 14 municipalities. The freeholder board on Thursday approved the $20,815 ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Union County and other sections of northern New Jersey from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the area. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly, according ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A replica of the police car featured in the “Andy Griffith Show,” a 1977 Cadillac El Dorado named “Don Vito” and a mock robot from the movie “Transformers” were among vehicles on display at the train station’s parking lot Saturday. The sun reflected off of chrome trim, washed ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ – Authorities are investigating a case of suspected animal cruelty after a dead racoon was found in a cage last week. They're seeking information from the public, acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport announced Friday. Shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, ...

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UNION, NJ – Members of the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association (PBA) and others attended a rally on Wednesdahy morning in a parking lot at Kean University to protest the actions of Kean University Director of Public Safety, Mark Farsi, in advance of a hearing for charges against ...

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