Police & Fire

May 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The community is being alerted to a nationwide safety recall of certain Kidde smoke detectors for failing to sound off during smoke conditions or a fire. The Consumer Product Safety Commission on May 6 announced the recall of some 225,000 Kidde smoke and combination smoke/carbon ...

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CAMDEN, NJ —This city has little in common with Ithaca, New York. Yet that scenic upstate New York college town is the latest community looking to duplicate many of Camden’s police reforms as the framework for overhauling its police department. It intends to dismantle its police force, partner ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Following an Amber alert issued on Monday afternoon, authorities located two-week-old Chinna Payne in East Orange just after 3 p.m. along with the man last seen with the infant, according to New Jersey State Police.  Police reported that Damion Payne, 27, of Newark, is accused ...

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NEW JERSEY - The East Brunswick Police Department has confirmed a report from the New Jersey State Police that Chinna Payne has been located and found safe.  Damion Payne, who was sought in the abduction of the two-week-old, has also been found. Earlier today, the State Police issued an Amber ...

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EAST ORANGE, NJ — An Amber Alert for a missing infant went out this afternoon. The baby's name is Chinna Payne. Her abductee is Damion Payne, a 27-year-old Black Male. He was last seen on Oraton Parkway in East Orange, NJ driving a 2016 Nissan white Altima with Virginia plates: VPF6043. The ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – Five-year-old Gracie Ferluge was named honorary police chief and had a proclamation named in her honor recently, Police Chief Andrew Caggiano said. A parade of police cars in the fall delighted the young girl, who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, Caggiano said. Caggiano’s ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A Clifton man faces up to 10 years in jail when he is sentenced on May 28 after pleading guilty Monday to two counts of Terroristic Threats, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes announced Monday. As previously reported, Stefan Keco, 29, used text messages on two separate ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - The body of missing Madison student Ajay Sah has been found, announced Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll. Sah was a foreign exchange student from Nepal and was attending Drew University. He was reported missing on January 22, 2021. Sah was last seen on the campus ...

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LINDEN, NJ - A Linden Firefighter is sharing his personal heart transplant story to help raise awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donation. Aware of his family's history with heart disease, Mathew Pribish decided to take the first step and check out the condition of his heart ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A burglar crept into a home on Bennett Place through an unlocked mudroom door early Thursday morning, grabbed car keys from a purse there and then stole a vehicle in what is the latest in a series of similar crimes, police said. In a Nixle message, police said an unlocked car on ...

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VERONA, NJ - Earlier this month, the Verona Fire Department recognized and thanked Firefighter Rick Neale for his 40 years of volunteer service to the VFD and the Township of Verona. Neale has served on numerous committees throughout the years and has also served as lieutenant and captain. He ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - The Township of Nutley was ranked on Safewise's New Jersey's Safest Cities of 2021. The report, released this week, ranks Nutley at 83 in the report. In the 2021 State of Safety survey, 58% of residents in New Jersey expressed daily levels of high concern for their safety, which is ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Officers of the Nutley Police Department received a report of fraud from a township resident related to a hacked Facebook account. According to police, the victim stated they received a Facebook message from a friend regarding a job. Unknown to the victim, that particular Facebook ...

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PARAMUS, NJ - Police arrested a 17-year-old "for possession of a fully loaded handgun" at the Westfield Garden State Plaza on Saturday at 8 p.m. The mall closes at 9 p.m. According to the police report, the young man, from Lodi, was discovered at the mall with a group of juveniles that matched a ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ — An NJ wrestling coach and Special Education teacher has been charged with numerous counts of multiple sex crimes and avoidance of arrest and prosecution.  John M. DeNuto coached at 15 public and Catholic high schools and township youth programs in Central New Jersey, ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - A 64-year-old Belleville man was charged with defiant trespass after an incident at Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) Wednesday. According to police sources, the police were monitoring the Nutley Family Service Bureau annex on Chestnut St. after several reports of an individual ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Marquise Smith, 26, of Newark has been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit murder and felony murder for the fatal shooting of Agustin “Orlando” Pichardo, 51, of Newark. It is alleged that Smith fatally shot Pichardo during an attempted ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — A 19-year-old Summit woman abducted off the street and locked in the trunk of her suspected kidnapper’s car narrowly escaped in a struggle with her captor, then helped police track the man down, records released Friday show. Shervon James, 33, of Union, is accused of first ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A 34-year-old Paterson man is under arrest after an investigation determined that he was responsible for various internal injuries on a three-month-old child that were discovered by doctors at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M.

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Bloomfield Fire crews arrived to find a well involved detached garage fire located at 23 Clarendon Place just before 8 p.m. on Monday evening.  Fire apparatus was seen along Belleville Avenue and Clarendon Place, where the fire personnel set up to douse the fire. Hose lines were ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- A box truck found itself in a bad situation Tuesday morning when it caught wires on the top of the vehicle and pulled a telephone pole down.  The incident occurred by the corner of Franklin Street and Washington Street. As a result, Franklin Street was closed between Municipal ...

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UPDATE: The Nutley Police Department reported that the woman has been identified and her family has been notified. The Nutley Police Department thanked the community for their help and support in the matter.      Nutley Police are requesting assistance identifying a woman located ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Police are investigating the source of a swastika painted on the rear door of Temple Sholom of West Essex. According to Cedar Grove police, on April 8, Patrolman Nyron Watson responded to the Temple Sholom to take a report of bias intimidation. A staff member at the Temple ...

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Package Includes Proposals to Require Firearms Safety Training, Mandate Safe Storage of Firearms, Raise the Minimum Age to Purchase Long Guns to 21, and Establish Electronic Ammunition Sales Recordkeeping TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday unveiled a sweeping series of reforms aimed at ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - After spewing a steaming cup of COVID guideline defiance, a 'coffee shop Karen' was advised that returning to Nutley establishment may result in her arrest. The story began percolating on Thursday April 15, when the manager of a Franklin Ave. coffee shop contacted the Nutley Police ...

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NEW JERSEY — The New Jersey State Police are currently looking for individuals who want to join their century-old elite police force.  The agency has more than 120 career paths with specialized training opportunities. State Troopers earn a starting salary of almost $65,000 per year with pension, ...

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PATERSON, NJ - The recent reinvestment into Rescue operations, including the purchase of all new rescue rope and hardware, was put to good use early Sunday as members of the Paterson Fire Department saved a man in distress on a rocky island in the base of the Great Falls.  "Our Technical Rescue ...

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FAIR LAWN, NJ — The borough's police officers, retired and active duty, along with friends and family honored Mary Ann Collura who was killed in the line of duty on April 17, 2003. At 8 p.m., people gathered at Van Riper Ellis Church on the corner of Morlot and River Road with glow sticks and an ...

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PARAMUS, NJ - A county sheriff's officer has been arrested and charged with forgery, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor, and has been suspended without pay. Officer Peter Servidio, 41, a Paramus resident, was arrested on March 30 after presenting a forged document on March 29 to members ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Kreme & Krumbs, a Glenwood Avenue  ice cream shop, was broken into at 330 a.m. on April 11th.  Bloomfield Police Officers responded to 162 Glenwood Avenue on a report of a burglary and found that the front door was pried open and an ice cream pedal cart (valued at $3000.00) ...

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