Police & Fire

May 4, 2021

CRANFORD - Joseph Hinksmon, 41, of Cranford admitted on Tuesday to receiving images of child sexual abuse, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, from July 10, 2019 through July 24, 2019, Hinksmon accessed the ...

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CRANFORD - Police reported black bear sightings early Friday morning. In the 9:41 a.m. Nixle alert, police said multiple sightings of a black bear in the area of Nomahegan Park were reported. "Residents are advised to not approach the animal and be mindful of pets," police said. "Police units ...

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CRANFORD - Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Cranford, is now publicly available as part of a new statewide dashboard that debuted Tuesday. The Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 New Jersey use-of-force cases from October through February as part of a “beta” ...

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CRANFORD - Following a one-year layoff due to COVID-19, The Cranford Police Department has announced the return of its annual Youth Police Academy.  According to the release, the academy will begin Monday, July 12 and conclude on Friday, July 16. Classes are run daily from 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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CRANFORD - The Cranford Fire Department responded to a house fire on Shadowlawn Way shortly before 10 a.m. on Wednesday. According to Cranford Fire Chief Daniel Czeh, the department was already operating at another scene in town when they noticed a column on smoke in the air near Lincoln Avenue.

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The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.   1. 03/19/2021 @ 1:00 p.m. Kenilworth Boulevard Arrested: ...

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The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. 1. 03/15/2021 @ 10:40 p.m. Centennial Avenue and Raritan ...

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CRANFORD - A forward-thinking police officer, a generous Cranford-based business, and the Police Department’s Community Outreach Unit combined efforts to create and deploy “Sensory Communication Kits” in all primary radio cars in Cranford. According to the release, Officer John Rattigan, a ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Cranford's Stephanie Bagniewski made history on Wednesday becoming the first female firefighter that the Springfield Fire Department has ever had. With her history-making appointment and swearing-in, Bagniewski becomes the 82nd career firefighter in the department. The ...

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CRANFORD - The Cranford Police Department announced Wednesday afternoon that it has arrested the suspect of the Tuesday night BP Gas Station (475 North Avenue East) armed robbery. According to the release, the Cranford Police Department responded to the Tuesday robbery at 10:54 p.m. The gas ...

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CRANFORD - The Cranford Police Department Outreach Officers and Cranford Riverwalk Restoration and Preservation Alliance, in partnership with the Cranford Downtown Management Corp, will be hosting Coffee with a Cop and Winter Walk on the Riverwalk on Saturday, February, 13 from 1-3 ...

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CRANFORD - On December 20, 2020 at 8:33 a.m., Patrolmen Thomas Bell and James Knight of the Cranford Police Department were dispatched to a 9-1-1 call for a pregnant woman in labor. According to the release, Cranford resident Gina Chaves had gone into labor in her Cranford home when her water ...

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CRANFORD - The Cranford Police Department is currently investigating two "bias incidents" that occurred in the township last week.  According to the department, on Wednesday, January 6, "God is Gay" was found spray painted on a commercial building along South Avenue across from Cranford Alliance ...

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CRANFORD - Three motor vehicles have been stolen over the past four days in Cranford, police said on Monday.  According to the release, the two vehicles were stolen on December 31 from Iroquois Rd and Edgebrook Place, while the third was stolen on January 2 from Broad Street. In two of the three ...

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CRANFORD - The Cranford Police Department is warning residents about the latest phone scams that involve individuals alleging that they have family members held "hostage," or that money is needed to "bail" a family member out of jail.   According to the department, the scams intend on causing ...

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The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent unless proven guilty.   1. 11/12/2020 @ 11:34 a.m. Raritan Road and Centennial ...

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CRANFORD - Authorities have identified the pedestrian killed in the Tuesday morning crash as 78 year old Cranford resident Kenneth Ballman. According to the Cranford Police Department, the accident occurred approximately at 6:33 a.m. on Springfield Avenue near the intersection of Orange ...

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*Update- Name of the Deceased: Kenneth Ballman, 78 years old, Cranford CRANFORD - The Cranford Police Department is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 6:33 a.m. on Tuesday on Springfield Avenue near the intersection of Orange Avenue. According to the ...

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CLARK, NJ – An Elizabeth man who led Clark and Cranford officers on a chase Saturday afternoon is facing multiple criminal charges, police said. At approximately 3:00 p.m. Clark Police received a call that someone was trying to burglarize or steal a car at the construction site at the ...

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The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.   1. 10/30/2020 @ 7:16 p.m. Springfield Avenue and Seneca ...

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CRANFORD - Over the past several years, the Cranford PBA Local 52 and Cranford Police Department have raised tens of thousands of dollars participating in No Shave November, and this year will be no different. No-Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and ...

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CRANFORD - In the spirit of Fall, the Cranford Police Department will be hosting "Cider & Doughnuts with a Cop" at the Eastman Street Clock Plaza on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Residents are welcome to stop by from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to grab a cup of cider and a doughnut, ask ...

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The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.   1. 10/07/2020 @ 9:54 p.m. North Avenue West and Orchard ...

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CRANFORD - An arrest has been made in connection with a double shooting that took place on U.S. Routes 1&9 in Linden Sunday morning, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly announced Monday. According to the release, Cranford ...

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CRANFORD - Did you have a political campaign sign on your lawn that recently went missing?  The Cranford Police received several reports on Sunday from residents that their political campaign yard signs were stolen from their property. The Department on Monday announced that ...

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CRANFORD - Matthew Nazzaro, a 17-year veteran of the Cranford Police Department, was advanced to the rank of Lieutenant and will head the newly-formed Training and Outreach Division.  Nazzaro is a lifelong resident of Cranford and a 2001 graduate of Cranford High School. He was hired by the ...

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CRANFORD - 16-year veteran of the Cranford Police Department, Spencer Durkin, was advanced to the rank of Sergeant at the September 22 Township Committee Meeting.  Durkin attended the 91st class of the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains as an Alternate Route candidate prior to being ...

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The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.   1. 09/02/2020 @ 6:55 p.m. Springfield Avenue and Shawnee ...

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The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.   1. 08/18/2020 @ 09:13 a.m.  North Avenue East and Springfield ...

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CRANFORD - Police responded to an emergency 911 call at 1:38 p.m. on Thursday reporting an unknown male had entered a home on the 200 Block of Walnut Avenue.  According to the Cranford Police Department, police units arrived quickly on scene and placed two males under arrest in connection with ...

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