Police & Fire

Three Arrested Following Drug Bust at Westfield Home, Police Say

Three people were arrested in Westfield Aug. 31 following a two-month investigation into illegal distribution of narcotics, Westfield Police Chief David Wayman announced Wednesday. Credits: Jackie Lieberman

WESTFIELD, NJ — Three people were arrested in Westfield Aug. 31 following a two-month investigation into illegal distribution of narcotics, Westfield Police Chief David Wayman announced Wednesday.

On Friday Aug. 31, about 2:45 p.m. the Westfield Community Response Tactical Unit executed a Superior Court Search Warrant at 11 Stoneleigh Park after a two-month long investigation into the illegal distribution of narcotics by Alexander Mazen, 21, of Westfield, according to police.

During the execution of the warrant the tactical unit recovered more than 60 LSD tabs, a bag containing 4 HO MiPT (a psychedelic narcotic) and marijuana, as well as paraphernalia consistent with the distribution of LSD, police said.

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Mazen was placed under arrest and charged with possession of suspected LSD with intent to distribute; possession of Suspected CDS/Analog–Schedule I, II, III ,IV; possession of suspected CDS marijuana under 50 grams; and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police. Charges are pending for additional narcotics found on scene, police said.

During the search it was also found that Jeffrey Mazen, 57, of Westfield and Elisa Mazen, 56, of Westfield were in possession of marijuana over 50 grams, police said. They were both charged with possession of suspected CDS marijuana over 50g and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

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Cranford

Criminals Go High Tech; Scotch Plains Police Warn Apps Help Thieves Steal Cars

November 14, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Scotch Plains police department is warning the public about how thieves are increasingly using technology to steal motor vehicle thefts in the township:

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Update: Road Closures Continue Following Water Main Break

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Drivers are encouraged to find an alternate route. 

Update: At approximately 5:30 p.m., Police Chief Ryan Greco ...

Wardlaw + Hartridge Middle School Thespians Put on a Musical Show

November 17, 2017

EDISON, NJ -- Bravo to the Wardlaw + Hartridge Middle School students for entertaining the audience with two fantastic performances in The Little Mermaid Jr. in the new Berry Performing Arts Center last Friday.

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Westfield Area Y Men’s Club Annual Tree Sale About to Begin

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The trees will be delivered and lot ...

Tips to Sell Your Home this Winter

The winter is usually the main focus is on family and the holidays, not on buying a home

Perhaps your winter selling strategy needs an adjustment. Strategize for the season. Take advantage of seasonal opportunities, current market trends, home care and staging tips and sell your home this winter.

Seasonal Opportunities:

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Cranford Police Blotter: Multiple Drug-Related Arrests & More

November 17, 2017

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. 11/09/2017 11:19 p.m.

Centennial Avenue at Winans Avenue

Arrested: Kenneth Meier, 25, Cranford

Arrested by: Ptl Ryan Gerrity

Charges: ...

Parting Advice from Four Decades on the Front Lines of Local News

November 12, 2017

In February 1978 I walked into the office of The Rahway News-Record and Clark Patriot to begin what I thought was to be a short-term job stepping stone. 

Instead, it turned out to be a nearly 40-year odyssey in local journalism—including the last eight—overwhelmingly great—years with The Alternative Press (TapInto.Net).

I have decided it is time to spend more time in ...