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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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield Police and Fire units responded around 2:12 p.m. on Wednesday to the 900 block of West Sixth Street for a burn victim, according to a release by Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess. The 8-year-old victim was severely burned by a candle, and was transported via ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield Police units responded to the area of the 1100 block of West Third Street on a report of shots fired on Monday, May 10 at 6:51 p.m. according to a press release sent Tuesday. Officers located a 20-year-old male victim who was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot ...

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UPDATE: Chinna Payne has been safely located. NEW JERSEY -- The New Jersey State Police is activating the Amber Abducted Child Alert Plan. The East Orange Police Department is investigating a confirmed child abduction which occurred on May 10, 2021 at 26 Lindsley Place in East Orange, NJ at 1245 ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Police Department held a promotion ceremony on Friday at Plainfield High School, introducing three new lieutenants and five sergeants. The new lieutenants include Alana Walker, Nuno Carvalho and Jerry Plum, and those promoted to sergeant are Khisha Bethea, Ivy ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A shooting that left one person dead and a second seriously injured in Plainfield on Sunday afternoon is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess jointly announced Monday.   The deceased victim has been ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A Breaking News Network alert was issued Sunday afternoon about two stabbings on the 300 block of Monroe Avenue in Plainfield. Multiple police units were on site, along with at least two EMS vehicles. TAPinto Plainfield reached out to Police Director Lisa Burgess for ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Today is the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 20th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to help people dispose of potentially harmful prescription drugs. Over a ten-year period, the DEA has collected more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs. Last year there were 4,153 ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield Fire Director Kenneth Childress provided an overview of the fire department and its goals at Wednesday’s 2021 calendar year budget deliberation, addressing council members. There are three divisions within the department, he noted, that fall under his purview: Fire ...

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A 24-year-old Plainfield resident has been arrested near a U.S.-Mexico border crossing in Texas after being criminally charged with killing a man and burning his body beyond recognition on Christmas Eve in 2020. The announcement was jointly made by acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield council members took steps towards reigning in the use of dirt bikes and ATVs on both public streets and in city parks at its meeting on Monday. The quality of life issue has generated numerous complaints about the prevalence of the vehicles in the city, the excessive ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Police and fire divisions were on hand responding to a two-vehicle crash on Wednesday morning at the intersection of East 7th Street and Leland Avenue in Plainfield. A Nissan 4Runner sat in the middle of the intersection, while a white SUV was on the lawn across from the HOPES ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A statement from the Plainfield Police Division on Monday indicates units responded to the 500 block of West 3rd Street on Sunday, April 4 at 9:55 p.m. based on an alert by ShotSpotter, the technology that detects gunshots. Upon arrival, police located an individual with a ...

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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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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The circumstances behind an officer-involved shooting that took place on the 300 block of Monroe Avenue in Plainfield on Sunday, March 28, are under active investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Friday. The incident took place at approximately ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Law enforcement officers from the Plainfield Police Division will join with police across the country in April to crack down on distracted drivers as part of the national “U Drive. U. Text. U Pay.” campaign. The month-long “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign is aimed at saving ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A Plainfield man has been criminally charged in connection with a fatal motor vehicle collision in which high speed and alcohol both played a factor, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess jointly announced Wednesday. Mike ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A structure fire occurred on the 1300 block of Park Avenue in Plainfield Tuesday evening. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters, according to Fire Director Kenneth Childress. The fire started on the second floor of the home, and was quickly knocked down, Dir.

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A Breaking News Network alert was received just before 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, with a report of a shooting on the 300 block of Monroe Avenue in Plainfield near Calvary Baptist Church. TAPinto Plainfield saw a heavy police presence at the site, and reached out Sunday to Plainfield ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Vulcan Pioneers of Union County, in partnership with the FMBA Local #7, or New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association, contacted Plainfield Action Services, who identified twenty families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic to receive $100 ShopRite ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — Jermaine Pennant, 36-years-old, Henry Alvin II, 35-years-old, and Larry Lowery, 31-years-old, all from Plainfield, are among eleven charged with drug distribution offenses for their parts in a ring that operated in Middlesex and Union Counties, said Middlesex County Prosecutor ...

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LINDEN, NJ — Two men have been arrested and are charged with first-degree robbery for their alleged role in a convenience store robbery at a 7-Eleven in Linden. According to police officials, on February 21, 2021, at approximately 10:15 p.m., the two suspects, Travis Price, 28, of Linden and ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — NJ Transit service remains suspended on the Raritan Valley line due to a pedestrian fatality Saturday night, according to NJ Transit. Breaking News Network advisories started around 7 p.m., initially requesting both ALS (Advanced Life Support) and BLS (Basic Life Support) ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — A Rahway resident employed by the Linden Public Schools has been reported missing. The Rahway Police Department is asking for the public's assistance to find him. Brian Gooney, a paraprofessional at Soehl Middle School and resident of Rahway, hasn't been seen since Tuesday, March 9, ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Police are reviewing security footage after a shooting at The Mills at Jersey Gardens sent people running Saturday afternoon. The shooting happened outside the Saks Fifth Avenue store and the suspect fled in a vehicle, city spokeswoman Kelly Martins said. Nobody was hurt, she ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A Union Township man is currently being sought by police after being charged with fatally shooting a Newark woman, Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay Ruotolo announced on Monday.  Jamar I. Webber, 20, is charged with first-degree murder and two related weapons offenses in ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Up to 15 residents in a multi-family home on the 500 block of Central Ave. were displaced due to a Sunday morning fire, according to Fire Director Kenneth Childress. The American Red Cross has responded with assistance. According to Director Childress, the fire started on the ...

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RAHWAY, NJ--A February 26 press release from the Union County Prosecutor's Office requests the public's assistance in providing information related to the unsolved 2016 fatal shooting of 21-year-old Rahway business owner Jamal Gaines. Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Rahway Police ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A fire in a residential structure on the 800 block of West 4th Street broke out around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. According to Plainfield Fire Director Kenneth Childress, the fire started on the rear porch and spread throughout the structure. The fire was extinguished with the help ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Police Department issued a weather advisory for Thursday, February 18, and Friday, February 19. According to the National Weather Service, a winter weather advisory is in effect for the area from Thursday at 4 a.m. to Friday at 7 p.m. Light to moderate snowfall is ...

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