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NJ Transit Police Seek Public's Help to I.D. Man Struck by Train

October 19, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The New Jersey Transit Police Department is seeking the public's help in an active investigation involving a fatal strike in the area of the Plainfield train station.

The investigation concerns an unidentified deceased male, and NJ Transit Police are seeking help in identifying the individual. The man was located 1,000 feet east of the Plainfield train station on the ...

Barking Dog Saves Five from Fire at Putnam Avenue Home

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ —  A barking dog sounded his own alarm shortly after midnight Thursday morning, alerting five sleeping people of trouble, as a fire swept through the first floor of their Putnam Avenue home.

All five escaped and were able to call 911 for help.

Deputy Chief Jim Hopkins gave the following account of the incident.

At 12:18 a.m., the Police ...

Police Say Dirt Bike Involved in Fatal Accident in Plainfield was Stolen

PLAINFIELD, NJ - According to the Plainfield Police Division, the life of 24-year old Shawn D. Murkey was tragically cut short when he rode a stolen dirt bike without a helmet or lights, and careened into a telephone pole on Oct. 11.  The bike had been reported stolen on Aug. 22 by a city resident.

The police note that Murkey also had a suspended driver’s license, but even a valid ...

New Acting Fire Chief Appointed in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Friday evening, a post on the city's official Facebook page announced the appointment of Deputy Chief Michael McCue to the position of Acting Fire Chief in Plainfield.

The announcement came after now former Fire Chief Frank Tidwell shared on social media that he had been demoted and suspended.

Read the full release:

The City of Plainfield has appointed Deputy ...

Dirt Bike Fatality in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Units from the Plainfield Police Division responded to the 100 block of Stelle Ave. on Thursday at approximately 2:04 a.m. on the report of a motorcycle accident.  Upon arrival, police located a 24-year old male with life-threatening injuries. 

Investigation revealed that the as of yet unidentified Plainfield resident was traveling west on Stelle Ave. while riding an ...

Richmond Street Drug Arrest by Plainfield Police

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Members of the Plainfield Police Division’s Criminal Investigation Bureau Narcotic/VICE Section executed a Superior Court search warrant on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 301 Richmond St., Apt. 2B at approximately 5:50 p.m.

The search warrant was a result of a one month investigation, conducted by Detective Michael Metz, into the distribution of cocaine by target Juan ...

Plainfield Police Division Issues Advisory on Vehicle Break-Ins

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Police Division issued an advisory on Monday, noting an uptick in vehicle entries to unlocked car doors throughout the city. 

They have issued tips to reduce vehicle break-ins:

Do not leave valuables in plain view in vehicles.  Do not keep cash, credit or debit cards inside of vehicles.
Get an alarm system.
Purchase aftermarket radios with ...

Prosecutor: 4 Arrested in Westfield Massage Parlor Prostitution Raids

WESTFIELD, NJ – A nine-month-long investigation into alleged prostitution at massage establishments in town led the arrests of four parlor managers this week, authorities said.

Authorities charged Qingxia Zhu, 28, of Westfield, Jing Liu, 53, of Linden, Xiaoman Zhang, 56, of Watchung, and Michelle X. Gao, 60, of Springfield, with third-degree promoting prostitution and promoting ...

South Plainfield Police Search for Wells Fargo Bank Robber

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -  Authorities are searching for a man wanted in connection with a bank robbery in South Plainfield last week and have released an image of the suspect.

On Thursday, September 13th, at around 1:25 p.m. a man described as a black male approximately 5’7” tall weighing 150 lbs entered the Wells Fargo Bank located at 2325 Plainfield Ave.  He was dressed ...

Turn in Unwanted Guns for up to $250 Each

Union County residents with unwanted guns in their possession can turn them in for up to $250 each at either of two locations, in Elizabeth and Plainfield on Saturday, Oct. 27.  Anyone turning in a gun may do so anonymously.

“Gun buyback events have safely taken hundreds of guns off the streets and out of our homes and neighborhoods. Buybacks also help raise awareness about the risk ...


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Elizabeth Man Sentenced to 75 Years for Girlfriend’s Murder

October 15, 2018

The Elizabeth man who killed his girlfriend on Easter Sunday 2016 before fleeing the state with their infant daughter has been sentenced to 75 years in state prison for the crime, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Monday.

A minimum of 85 percent of the term must be served before the possibility of parole under the conditions imposed Friday by State Superior Court ...