Police & Fire

April 29, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Several Montclair police officers were recognized on Wednesday for their service to the community. During a celebration held at Edgemont Park, Robin Lavorato, Executive Director of the Essex Health and Wellness Recovery Center at Saint Michael’s Medical Center recognized ...

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NEWARK, NJ — For the first time in nine years, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura is being challenged in the Democratic primary. John Arnold, who served as Newark’s deputy police director from 2014 to 2016, announced on Tuesday that he is challenging the 10-term incumbent for the Democratic ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Montclair, 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 ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Nearly $10,000 in damages have occurred to the Bellevue Theatre as a result of vandalism, officials announced. Officers responded to the former Bellevue Theater in Upper Montclair, on a report of a burglary and vandalism that occurred sometime in the past month. The owners of the ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Have you seen Venika Williams? It has been 39 months since this mother was last seen or successfully contacted. The Police are asking for the public to assist in locating Venika, 28, who went missing on December 22, 2017. The police believe she was last seen headed to Jersey City ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - When Armour Harding Brown turned 100-years-old on February 9, his friends and family members wanted to do something special to acknowledge his special day. Deputy Chief Wilhelm Young, Lieutenant Tyrone Williams, and Officer Paul Rusiniak accompanied by Montclair Police Patrol ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - A two-alarm fire broke out in a home on Mission Street on Wednesday.  At 6:27pm, tenants called the Montclair Fire Department reporting a smoke condition in their apartment.  According to Deputy Chief Robert Duncan, "Upon arrival, MFD units assisted residents in evacuating the ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ--Patrolling the town by motorcycle, with his signature riding boots, Officer Christiano was a fixture in Bloomfield for many years.  Unfortunately, he lost his battle with COVID 19 on Tuesday. Benedetto "Benny" Christiano served the Township of Bloomfield since 1993. He had just ...

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TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced that an Essex County man has been arrested for attempting to lure a boy under the age of 16 for sex and sending child sexual abuse materials via social media to persons he believed were underage.   Keith F. Matheis, 67, of Montclair, ...

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NEW JERSEY — Earlier this week, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana use in the Garden State and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months. Shortly after, however, the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association (PBA) issued a ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A 30-year-old Clifton man has been arrested and charged with four counts involving distributing, maintaining and possessing images of suspected child pornography.  According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, Christopher ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Belgiovine’s Deli on Bloomfield Avenue was broken into on February 1. When officers responded to the location, it was after hours. A passerby had noticed the glass front door shattered. Sgt. Terence Turner of the Montclair Police Department wrote, "Officers conducted a ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Police are on the lookout for three female shoplifters after an incident on January 28.  Employees of Novelle Boutique notified officers that the three females entered the store and began inquiring which designer bags were authentic and which were fake. One female then ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - After a fire broke out in a Claremont Avenue Apartment building on Friday, Montclair firefighters rush to the scene to prevent it from spreading. At 12:12pm, the Montclair Fire Department responded to a call from a central station alarm company reporting of a smoke detector ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Township of Montclair has declared a State of Emergency, officials announced on Sunday. According to the National Weather Service, a Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the Montclair area and will be in effect from 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening to 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, February ...

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 NEWARK, NJ — Newark is issuing body cameras for all plainclothes officers after Det. Rod Simpkins shot and killed a man minutes into New Year’s Day, an incident investigators say is difficult to assess due to a lack of footage from the scene.  Officers will wear body cams starting immediately, ...

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WASHINGTON, DC -- In a closed-door briefing before members of Congress, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, Yogananda Pittman apologized for the department's security failures during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by pro-Trump supporters, which resulted in the death of South River ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ — A series of stickers posted on local streets across New Jersey, in support of a white supremacist group were removed this week. Montclair Police officials responded to an inquiry from TAPinto Montclair, stating they are investigating. "In recent months, there has been growing ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- The Roxy Florist building, a staple in Bloomfield Center since 1956, was torn down today.  The building, located at 328 Glenwood Avenue, on the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Washington Street, was heavily damaged during an early morning fire on January 21, 2020. Information on ...

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The spilled his blood. They took a son away from his parents. They took a sibling away from their brother. SOUTH RIVER, NJ -- Senator Cory Booker eulogized U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick today and called him "the very definition of a hero" and said that he was proud to say the ...

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The New Jersey State Police have arrested six suspects and dismantled an alleged multi-county theft ring linked to more than 30 stolen vehicles and two motor vehicle pursuits after a 13-month operation dubbed “Bust a Move.” According to a press release from the State Police, troopers from Troop ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Police officials have confirmed that they are investigating a report of shots fired on Mission Street. According to reports, police officials responded at 5:21PM on January 8 to a report of shots fired. When officers arrived, they found three spent shell casings in ...

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NEW JERSEY — The threat of Trenton protests on Jan. 17 looms, following a massive insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. last week. Gov. Phil Murphy and Colonel Pat Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said Monday that NJ authorities are prepared and on high ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered that all U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff on Monday, Jan 11, 2021, in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick of South River, who died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol when it was under siege on Jan.

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MONTCLAIR, NJ-- Bloomfield Engine 3, located on East Passaic Avenue, was requested to assist the Montclair Fire Department this afternoon when a fire broke out in a home on Mountain Terrace.  Mountain Terrace is located between Upper Mountain Avenue and Highland Avenue. Essex County utilizes ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Fire Department responded to two fires within the span of 12 hours, officials confirm. The first fire took place Wednesday night and the second on Thursday morning. With the support of surrounding fire departments, both fires were extinguished in a few short ...

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NEW JERSEY — An investigation is currently ongoing after a bomber, later identified as Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, reportedly set off an explosion in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, on Christmas morning. New Jersey officials said the bombing - which injured at least eight people, killed Warner and ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - After Montclair Police responded to reports of an active shooter on Thursday afternoon, officials have determined the report to be unfounded. According to Sgt. Terence Turner of the Montclair Police Department, a third-party caller reported an active shooter inside of 425 ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Police officers responded to the scene of a dispute on December 12 after a large brawl broke out.   Nearly 25 people were observed a physical altercation in front of Royal Bagel, located at 560 Bloomfield Avenue, when officers arrived to the scene. When police arrived, ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Cedar Grove resident who has been a soldier in the Lucchese Crime Family admitted on Wednesday that he planned and carried out an aggravated assault on the current husband of one of the former stars of the Bravo television show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey." According to an ...

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