Police & Fire

August 15, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle spoke about the Westfield Police Department during her update at Tuesday night’s town council meeting, saying that a car crash involving a police captain's daughter and the abrupt retirement of Chief David Wayman on Aug. 1 were unrelated, and that an ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The mayor and council of Mountainside have gone on record stating they had no knowledge of the incidents alleged in the lawsuit filed on May 11 against the borough “until the filing of the lawsuit.” The borough has also “retained former New Jersey State Police Superintendent ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Police Chief Allan Attanasio is the latest member of the police department to suffer repercussions from a complaint filed against the borough on May 11.  Attanasio, who is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, was “placed on administrative leave,” on Thursday by Borough ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Five Mountainside Police Officers and one employee filed a lawsuit against the borough in the Superior Court of New Jersey on May 11, 2018. The borough announced the lawsuit and provided background information regarding the issue on a statement posted on the borough’s ...

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ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Mountainside firefighters were among those who responded to a call on the 100 Block of Butler Ave. at approximately 8 p.m. Monday evening.  According to the Breaking News Network (BNN), firemen reported finding heavy smoke showing from the basement of a 2.5 story wood frame ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Work continues in the right lane of US Route 22 east to repair a water main break in the vicinity of Walnut Avenue. Expect traffic delays all morning.

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Two men have been charged with armed robbery and other related crimes in connection with a hold-up at a Verizon store on Route 22 in Green Brook, which was followed by a chase and apprehension in Piscataway and South Bound Brook, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H.

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Borough Council appointed Ryan Carr as a Probationary Police Officer at its Tuesday, Jan. 16 meeting. The appointment is effective as of Jan. 17, 2018. The probationary period lasts a full calendar year during which time Carr will receive an annual salary of ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ  - A raccoon attacked a 63-year-old woman and her dog a few steps outside the front door of her residence Tuesday morning, according to police. Irene Rothschild told police she had walked out the front door of her home at 424 Bigley Road with her dog around 11 a.m. when the ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Work continues today to repair a gas leak at the intersection of Mountain Avenue, Glenside Road and South Street, said Berkeley Heights Deputy Fire Chief Jim Hopkins. Initial reports that there were evacuations were incorrect. As of about noon, PSE&G was working on ...

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  Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include information from a press release from the New Providence Police Department: NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Evacuations are underway in the area of Glenside and Mountain avenues because of major gas leak in that area, according to a report from ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ – A 68-year-old women was killed in a fire at a Kenilworth home on Monday night, Detective Sergeant Jim Grady of the Kenilworth Police Department said. The name of the victim is being held pending an autopsy, he said. The fire was reported in a two-level home in the 200 block ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Police report that three cars have been reported stolen since Jan. 1 in the township. Each of the cars had been unlocked, two with the key fob in the car, the third, while being warmed up, according to the police. Two of the vehicles have been recovered. The police issued ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Santa Claus dropped by The ARC Kohler School with presents for all the children in what has been an annual event for at least the past five years. Santa’s visit on Thursday, Dec. 14, the presents and a Holiday Luncheon were all arranged by members of the Mountainside PBA Local ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ – A detour on eastbound Route 22 is causing between a five and 10-minute delay for drivers this evening. According to 511nj.com, as of 4:06 p.m. there's a downed pole on US 22 eastbound CR 577/Springfield Ave in Springfield Twp. All lanes are closed and detoured. Earlier ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - A major residential structure fire at 125 Summit Avenue has caused significant damage to the apartment building, displaced approximately a dozen families, and sent two individuals to Overlook Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. There are no reported injuries to first ...

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CRANFORD, NJ – A senior woman and her dog are dead after a fire early Saturday morning tore through a home on the border of Cranford and Garwood, according to Assistant Chief John Scalzadonna of the Garwood Fire Department. The name of the victim has not been released. The home is located on ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – An older man who was choking on something was saved on Christmas evening thanks to the quick action of the New Providence Police, Emergency Medical Services, customers and the owner of Dim Sum Villa, Emily Kei. On Tuesday, Kei said when the incident happened, there was a ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - TRAFFIC ALERT: The fire department has been called to the scene of a truck fire on Route 22 East Bound in front of Grillstone Restaurant causing road to be shut down in the east bound direction at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – A possible child-luring incident occurred near Columbia Middle School on Wednesday morning. A 12-year old girl was approached by an unknown man on the Columbia Avenue cul-de-sac at approximately 8 a.m. The man was driving a black Nissan-type vehicle bearing unknown NJ license ...

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UNION, NJ – No hazardous material was involved in the freight train derailment Friday afternoon in Union. “There’s severe damage to the tracks,” said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio at a press conference Friday evening.  “There’s multiple piles of cars at different locations up and down the span of ...

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UNION, NJ - A freight train derailed in Union at about 2:15 p.m. this afternoon. Preliminary details indicate that the train derailed past the Union Train Station.  According to Township of Union Business Administrator, the freight train contained 141 cars.  Eight were involved in the ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – A retired State Trooper of Virginia and Maryland, Reginald Garrett, showed up at the Monday, Dec. 4 Council meeting to recount a recent traffic stop in New Providence. According to Garrett the traffic stop was questionable and based on racial profiling. Additionally, Patrolman ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Hundreds of volunteer firefighters and first responders from throughout the state answered the call for assistance from the Somerville Fire Department Saturday night to help escort Santa Claus down Main Street and through the side streets of the borough during the VI annual ...

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  SOMERVILLE, NJ - Santa will return to the borough again this weekend, escorted into town by hundreds of firefighters from Somerville and fire departments throughout the state. The VI annual Nighttime Firefighters’ Parade on Saturday, Dec. 2nd, begins at 6 p.m. down Main Street, featuring ...

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This story was updated at 4:10 p.m. with new information. ELIZABETH, NJ — A former instructor is accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old student at Surgent’s Elite School of Gymnastics in Westfield over the course of more than six months, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour ...

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MILLBURN, NJ - A Millburn family was confronted by two gunmen in the early hours of Monday as they returned to their home on Addison Drive. At approximately 1:51 a.m. the family was unpacking their vehicle when two men, described as black males with hooded sweatshirts and partially hidden faces, ...

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UNION, NJ – The deadly crash of a shoplifting suspect began at about 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon when police were summoned to the Target/Whole Foods stores on Vauxhall Road to assist with a shoplifter resisting arrest. According to Union police, officers attempted to arrest the suspect, who was ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Like many other visitors to post-hurricane Puerto Rico, Fanwood Police Officer Elliott Bernard says the images seen on TV and online simply don’t capture the enormity of the damage, even two months after the storm. Roads with giant fissures, downed utility poles, epic food and water ...

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MILLBURN, NJ - On November 11, communities across the state will participate in the 9th Annual American Medicine Chest Challenge – New Jersey (AMCC-NJ) Day of Awareness of Prescription Drug Abuse and Safe Disposal, a public health initiative supported by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey ...

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