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Update: Cranford Under Flash Flood Warning Monday Morning, Police Warn Against Travel

April 16, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the area until 11:15 a.m.

A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.

At 9:26 a.m., the Cranford Police cautioned flash flooding on roadways via Nixle. Residents are advised to avoid travel and to avoid driving through standing water.

"Heavy rainfall is causing flash ...

Westfield Firefighters Extinguish Small Blaze at Rock 'n' Joe's

WESTFIELD, NJ - A small electrical fire started at Rock 'n' Joe's on Prospect Street around noon on Saturday.

According to Deputy Chief Anthony Tiller, the fire was caused by an electrical shortage in wires in the ceiling, sending smoke into the neighboring businesses on both sides.

“It created a smoke condition," Tiller said. "Once we located the ...

Cranford Man Dies after Wrong-Way Crash on Route 9

WOODBRIDGE, NJ – A Cranford man died after his car collided with another vehicle on Route 9 on Sunday.

Thomas McHugh, 88, was driving north in the southbound fast lane on Route 9, where he crashed head-on into another vehicle. On impact, one of the cars caught fire, according to Sgt. Jim Chessere of the Woodbridge Police Department.

 McHugh was taken from the scene to Robert ...

Cranford Police to Crack Down on Distracted Drivers with "UDrive. UText. UPay." Campaign

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Police Department will target distracted drivers this April as part of the state’s “UDrive. UText. UPay.” campaign. The campaign is part of the National Safety Council’s “Distracted Driving Awareness Month.”

From April 1 through April 21, the police enforcing the initiative will crack down on drivers who engage in ...

DARE Police Graduates Ready to Make Friends, Impact Lives in the Classroom

BRIDGEWATER, NJ  - Street-hardened police officers accustomed to traffic stops, petty crime, arresting bad guys and calming frazzled nerves came together two weeks ago in Somerset County to hone a new skill.

Side-by-side, the 25 officers were tested by a rigorous curriculum that challenged them to become role models and teachers in an ongoing national effort to counteract negative ...

Cranford Police Department Lieutenant Receives Inaugural Knights of Columbus Shield Award

CRANFORD, NJ – Lieutenant Christopher Polito of the Cranford Police Department was honored with the inaugural Cranford Knights of Columbus Shield Award.

Polito was selected at the 2018 recipient due to his faithful service, commitment and dedication to the Cranford community, according to a press release from the CPD.

Polito, a 19-year veteran of the CPD, is currently a division ...

Update: Car Off Garden State Parkway Near Cranford and Clark Wednesday

CLARK, NJ - According to Fire Chief Frank Cerasa, the vehicle that went off the Garden State Parkway and into icy water on Wednesday evening was almost completely submerged in a right-side-up position by the time crews got to the scene.  

Cerasa said the call came in just before 7 p.m. Upon arrival, emergency responders found the driver had escaped the car.  

Clark ...

Driver Escapes Icy Waters After Car Goes Off Road Near Clark and Cranford

CLARK, NJ –A car went off the road and into the river on the northbound Garden State Parkway between the Clark and Cranford exits during Wednesday night’s snowstorm.

According to Clark’s Chief of Police, Pedro Matos, the car’s driver managed to escape the water. Divers went into the river and determined the car to be empty. The sole occupant was transported to ...

Winter Storm Warning in Effect for Cranford Wednesday

CRANFORD, NJ - A winter storm warning is in effect for Cranford on Wednesday, March 21. Heavy snow between 11 and 15 inches is expected, according to the National Weather Service.

The Cranford Police Department cautioned residents to avoid travel, especially during the evening commute.

"Travel will be very difficult to impossible, especially during the evening commute," the ...

Hillsborough: Suspended HS Athletic Director Charged with Theft

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Suspended Hillsborough High School Athletic Director Michael Fanizzi has been arrested and charged with the theft of $10,704 in athletic event receipts over a four-year period from 2013-2017, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Fanizzi, 53, a resident of Conover Way in Hillsborough who had been athletics director for 14 years,, had been suspended ...

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