Police & Fire

December 20, 2017

UPDATE: Per Police Director Carl Riley, at approximately 5:10 p.m. on Dec. 20, Nafis Chapmin was apprehended without incident in the City of Plainfield by one of the Patrol Sergeants and a Detective as a result of a tip regarding his whereabouts.  Riley said, "this was made possible by some members ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Councilman Barry Goode was charged with driving while intoxicated after refusing to provide a breath sample on Dec. 9, according to a Plainfield Police report. Plainfield Police were called to the 900 block of Melrose Place on that Saturday evening to investigate a ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ--Investigators are asking for assistance from the public in identifying and locating a suspect wanted for the alleged luring and sexual assault of a teenager in Elizabeth last week. On Thursday, December 7, the Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit received a referral from the ...

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CRANFORD, NJ- Injuries are reported following a two-car crash on the Garden State Parkway near exit 137, according to Trooper Gene Hong of the New Jersey State Police. The accident occurred at 1:35 p.m. According to the Breaking News Network, the vehicles went into the woods after colliding, ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ -- Janet Dillon, who has led efforts to find Billy Hannam, a 2008 graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, reports that he has been found.  Hannam had been missing since Friday, Dec.1. Dillon, with whom Hannam lives in Plainfield, posted on Facebook today. Billy has ...

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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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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Police Chief Anthony Buccelli, Jr. has provided a statement in response to Monday's recount of a "questionable" traffic stop by Officer Guerreiro at a borough council meeting by a former out-of-state trooper. The former trooper addressed the Mayor and Council claiming the stop ...

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PATERSON, NJ- The Paterson Police Department and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office are seeking the public’s assistance in their investigation into a possible abduction in the city Tuesday night. According to an alert issued by both agencies, Shanaya Coley, 24, Paterson, was injured and ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Friends of Billy Hannam, a 2008 graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, have taken to social media in efforts to find him.  According to a Facebook post by Janet Dillon of Plainfield, Hannam has been missing for four days. Ms. Dillon, who described him as her ...

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LINDEN, NJ - A two-vehicle crash on St. George's Avenue early Friday morning killed one and hospitalized another.  Linden police have confirmed that 44-year-old Linden resident Sayoko Rosello died in the Friday morning crash. The second victim, a 54-year-old man, remains in critical condition at ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Arrests have been made in a massive operation that stretched from New Jersey to California, that targeted sex offenders, and persons possessing child pornography was announced today by Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino. Arrests of 79 child predators and child pornography ...

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A two-vehicle crash on St. George Ave early Friday morning killed one dead and hospitalized another.  Linden Police have confirmed that one 44-year old female victim was air lifted to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Rahway where she was pronounced deceased. The second victim, a 54 year-old man was ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Three suspects believed to be responsible for the fatal shooting of a New Brunswick man have been indicted by a grand jury​. The three suspects, Michael Martin, 26, and Rayshawn Riddick, 31, both of Newark, and Diana Williams, 26 of New Brunswick, each face a five-count ...

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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 announced Wednesday. Jorge Rodriguez, 34, formerly of ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Fire Chief Frank Tidwell wrote a Facebook post on Tuesday, Nov. 28 stating, "Keep me in your prayers. Facing 6 month suspension or demotion. Please no Sympathy just Prayers." Chief Tidwell did not have a comment for TAPinto Plainfield at this time. Corporation ...

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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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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Did you miss any of this week’s top news stories on TAPinto Plainfield? Click on the headlines to catch up: Aha Moment: Overlook Staff Develops New Insulin Management Device as Healthcare System Empowers Caregivers to Innovate Plainfield Resident at Pingry Performs in School ...

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UPDATE:  A GoFundMe page has been created.  If you would like to help, you can do so HERE. PLAINFIELD, NJ - A call came in at 10:00 p.m. on Friday evening about a fire on Denmark Road in the Netherwood Heights section of Plainfield.   One person was home asleep, but was able to escape ...

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RARITAN TWP., NJ – The body of a man found in a bathroom at the Walmart store here was that of a store employee, Raritan Township Police Captain Kevin Donovan said Tuesday. The man had a medical issue, Donovan said, and appears to have died from natural causes. The man had been working in the ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Police Division invites you to join officers for Coffee with a Cop this Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Gumbo House & Grill. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, a tasty pastry, and join the conversation.  This informal event will take place from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Here's a look at what's on TAP this week in and around the city.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield, NJ news and events.  It's going to be a busy week! Also, be sure to check out our EVENTS calendar page.  New events and activities are always being added, and you, ...

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UNION, NJ – Details are preliminary, but Union police have confirmed a shooting investigation in the vicinity of Sayre Road. According to Union Police authorities, a shooting “involving a federal agent” is under investigation.  The incident began at approximately 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening.  No ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - On a beautiful but brisk Saturday, TAPinto Plainfield, like many residents, took time to check out some events around town. Our tour started at the firehouse in Netherwood, where Fire Chief Frank Tidwell and the Fire Division held a dedication ceremony for the new Engine 4 ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Fire Chief Frank Tidwell reached out to TAPinto Plainfield to share that the Fire Division will be dedicating its new Engine 4 Pumper on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 10:00 a.m. Chief Tidwell said, "we are excited to provide the East End of town with a state of the art apparatus that will ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A shooting that left two women dead in Elizabeth overnight is under investigation according to acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour. The women were identified as Rah-Zhane Lee, 22, of East 4th Avenue in Roselle and Shaniquah Richardson, 24, of Franklin Street in ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - A fire broke out on in an apartment in Leland Gardens in Plainfield early Wednesday afternoon. According to an EMS official, the fire was contained and did not spread to other apartments in the building.  There was an initial report of entrapment, but turned out to be false, and ...

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ROSELLE, NJ - Roselle Police are asking the community to be on the lookout for a missing woman from Roselle. Thelma Lewis, age: 92 went missing earlier today. Lewis is described as a black female 5'2" weighing approx. 145 lbs. She was last seen at 3 p.m. Monday, on Wood Ave. in ...

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A Union County grand jury has returned a four-count indictment against a Plainfield man charged with stabbing his ex-wife to death this past summer, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour announced Thursday. Eric Beale, 57, is charged with murder, two related weapons offenses, and ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - An arrest was made in connection with the burglaries of six unlocked vehicles on Shasta Drive, 6th Avenue and North Bridge Street Oct. 6, according to Bridgewater Township Police. According to police, an individual was arrested for the burglaries Oct. 10 and most of the ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - The third and final listening session on Public Safety in the Plainfield Vision 2025 series took place Monday evening at Washington School. Although the crowd was a little smaller, the passion with which community members spoke with respect to safety in the city was on par with ...

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