Police & Fire

November 13, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Sheriff's officers made 38 arrests over a three-day period in an effort to collect delinquent child support payments. Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano said the sweep occurred Oct. 23-25 and involved 41 Sheriff's Officers, operating in teams, who served ...

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The fatal shooting that took place in Plainfield Sunday evening is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced on Monday. The victim has been identified as 45-year-old Benjamin Nord of Plainfield. Plainfield Police Division patrol units responding to a ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - A Plainfield man died Saturday night from injuries sustained during a motorcycle crash on Blackwells Mills Road near Van Cleef Road, according to police.  George Garrett, a 35-year-old man from Plainfield, was determined to be the victim, according to police.  The Franklin ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - According to a report from the Breaking News Network (BNN), county sheriffs and the homicide squad had responded to a shooting on the 400 block of Liberty St. in Plainfield on Sunday evening. The shooting victim, according to BNN, sustained multiple gun shot wounds, and was ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - Law enforcement officials have stated that Thomas Kolding, the missing 15 from Mountain Lakes, has been seen in Philadelphia,PA, on the corner of Race and 5 th Streets, at approximately 3:00 PM the afternoon of November 3. Thomas Kolding, who lives with his parents in Mountain ...

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A 38-year-old Plainfield woman has been sentenced to five years of probation and will be barred for life from ever again owning, breeding, or selling pets in New Jersey following her admission of neglect that led to the deaths of multiple puppies in her care, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - Thomas Kolding, who lives with his parents in Mountain Lakes is still missing, said Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp. In a press release, the Prosecutor's Office as well as Mountain Lakes Police Department continue to ask for the public's help locating him. According to ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - In recognition of School Violence Awareness Week in October, administrators at Hubbard Middle School in Plainfield hosted several school based youth services programs (SBYSP) aimed at identifying and mentoring 7th and 8th grade boys who may be considered “at-risk” due to a number ...

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A Union County jury has returned guilty verdicts against all three people who stood trial for their roles in the fatal shooting of Jose Disla-Cordero, a Plainfield man, in his home nearly five years ago, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan. Alejandro Lopez, 30, ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield meetings and events. MONDAY Girls tennis:  home match at 4 p.m. vs. Union HS. Girls soccer: away match vs. Rahway at 4 p.m. Boys soccer: away at Westfield, 4 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – A 24-year-old Mountainside resident is in critical condition at University Medical Center in Newark after being struck by a vehicle while walking on Route 22 in the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 9. Police gave the following account of the incident: At about 1:09 a.m.

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - It has been seventeen years since the September 11th terrorist attacks, and the occasion was marked in Plainfield at city hall with residents, first responders and members of the administration. Councilman-at-large Elton Armady led the remembrance ceremony that was interspersed ...

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A long-term joint investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Narcotics Strike Force and the FBI Newark Hybrid Task Force has yielded 19 arrests, the seizure of thousands of doses of heroin, and the dismantling of two heroin mills operating in Elizabeth and Plainfield, acting Union County Prosecutor ...

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UPDATE: As of 7 a.m. Saturday, Alexander R. Dirner, who was reported missing Friday afternoon, has been found safe, according to Bridgewater Township Police. BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are seeking the public's help in locating a missing 86-year-old "at risk" male, who was last ...

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  NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ– Two additional people have been arrested on charges stemming from a North Plainfield homicide while trying to flee to Mexico, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and North Plainfield Chief of Police William Parenti ...

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An investigation has resulted in criminal charges against Dominic Gomez, 23, a Plainfield resident who ran a stop sign earlier this year, causing a collision that took the life of a pedestrian, and then fled the scene, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Plainfield Public Safety ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The third suspect wanted in the homicide death of Nelson Noe Garcia-Lopez, age 24-year, of North Plainfield, has surrendered to police and charges have been upgraded to one suspect already in custody, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Plainfield man was arrested in connection with an attempted sexual assault in Washington Valley Park, off Miller Lane, according to a report from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Saturday. Elvin Martinez, 18, was charged with third degree criminal sexual contact, third ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ –  Three Plainfield men were charged in relation to the on-going homicide investigation of Nelson Noe Garcia-Lopez, age 24, of North Plainfield, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and North Plainfield Chief of ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Thursday night was a busy one at duCret School of Art, with both the Toastmasters and Plainfield Arts Council groups holding meetings.  But the most fun was happening outside on the lawn where children were going camping with a cop. The city's first overnight Camping with a Cop ...

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