Police & Fire

May 21, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — COVID-19, according to the administration's Wednesday update, has claimed the lives of 78 Plainfield residents in total.  That's five more announced since just one day ago. The announcement stated the coronavirus has taken: 37-year-old Caucasian female 40-year-old ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Council members heard from three Plainfield division heads at Wednesday's budget deliberation session. Fire Director Kenneth Childress reviewed his department's finances and goals, and Oren Dabney, Director of Public Works, broke down the divisions that fall under his purview.  ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Union County Prosecutor's Office, as a part of its missing persons initiative, is asking the public if they have seen 14-year-old Christoper Soto of Plainfield. Missing since April 20, Soto was last seen leaving his Plainfield residence wearing a black jacket, jeans, black ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Members of Plainfield’s City Council held their first municipal operating budget deliberation session Wednesday, hearing from Police Director Lisa Burgess, and Director Valerie Jackson of the Department of Economic Development. The Zoom platform that was used gave residents an ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield Police units responded to a motor vehicle incident at 4:51 a.m. Tuesday morning at the intersection of Clinton Avenue and West Fourth Street. Upon arrival, they located a 39-year-old male from Middlesex with life-threatening injuries. The victim was transported to an ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A fire broke out in a Plainfield home on the 1200 block of East 7th Street early Friday afternoon, according to Breaking News Network.  Emergency vehicles closed off the road from Leland Avenue towards Terrill Road. The BNN alert noted command reported the fire was on the second ...

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TRENTON — Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, announced recent enforcement actions related to COVID-19 on Monday.  A non-essential business in Plainfield was open, in violation of Governor Murphy’s Executive Order, ...

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TRENTON — Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, announced recent enforcement actions related to COVID-19, including those involving individuals in violation of Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders.  A Plainfield restaurant ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Residents are joining together to provide the Plainfield Rescue Squad with personal protective equipment.  Ocean Reef snorkel masks are being purchased and retrofitted to protect squad members who are running low on proper masks. The "PPEs for Plainfield Rescue Squad" campaign ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Pleas from the city's first responders continue to roll in.  Personal protective equipment, or PPE, is sought as supplies are extremely low. Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess said in the release, "Our first responders put their lives on the line every day to keep the City ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced Wednesday that the Attorney General’s Office has taken over prosecution of six cases, including one in Plainfield, and is filing upgraded charges against defendants who allegedly threatened police officers by spitting or coughing at them and ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — According to a press release from the Plainfield Police Department, the Department of Public Affairs and Safety and the Division of Health are working extremely hard to protect the health and welfare of the community. All Plainfield residents are asked to be mindful of the ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - An alert from the Plainfield Police Department was issued Tuesday morning to remind residents of the current State of Emergency and Stay at Home Order issued by Governor Phil Murphy due to the COVID-19. Only essential personnel or those conducting essential business should go ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Rescue Squad is seeking the community's help.  The EMS facility is fully staffed, and always open; however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, daily call volume has tripled, and is expected to surpass the 7,000 calls the staff normally responds to each ...

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Three Plainfield residents are in custody and now criminally charged in connection with a stabbing outside a Plainfield nightclub that left one person dead and three others injured last month, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess jointly ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ – Plainfield Police Department has issued a warning to all local residents to be aware of potential scams in connection with the Coronavirus crisis. Residents received a robocall today indicating that individuals posing as government agency representatives, specifically the Red ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ – Early Tuesday a fire was reported at the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority transfer station at 95 Rock Avenue. Breaking News Network reported that smoke was seen coming from a trailer structure and Union County hazmat teams were requested to assist in the investigation.

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A Plainfield man has been arrested and a large quantity of cocaine and cash seized as a result of a narcotics investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess jointly announced Thursday.  Nelson G. Hercules-Hurtado, 43, ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's Community Emergency Response Team formed in November 2012.  It is currently ten members strong, and is looking to grow.  The non-profit program falls under the direction of the City's Office of Emergency Management, which reports to Fire Director Kenneth ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Selket Damon shared some news on Friday that is great for the citizens of Plainfield.  She and two others are being promoted within the Fire Division later this month. "Be it by chance, opportunity, faith, blessings, preparedness and/or luck," Damon said, she will be promoted ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Plainfield was one of seven municipalities to receive 62 new fire radios, a shared service enabling municipal fire departments to communicate more effectively with County responders during emergencies. In fulfillment of his 2020 Freeholder Chairman initiative, Union County ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Four people were stabbed, one fatally, outside a Plainfield nightclub overnight, and is under joint investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force, the Plainfield Police Division, and Union County Sheriff’s Office, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Two vehicles were involved in a crash at the intersection of East 7th Street and Belvidere Avenue in Plainfield on Friday. According to a witness who lives on Belvidere Avenue, the driver of the white vehicle said she cut in front of the gray one as she was placed on a ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A fire broke out around 11:15 p.m. on Friday night in a house on the 100 block of East 7th Street in Plainfield, according to Breaking News Network alerts.  City officials suspect arson. The fire was heavy at the abandoned house, and in additional BNN alerts, command reported an ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A narcotics investigation has yielded two arrests and the seizure of a quantity of cocaine and more than $20,000 in cash, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess jointly announced Friday.  Jerry Ross, 42, of Dunellen, and ...

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BOUND BROOK, NJ — The Bound Brook Police Department posted on social media about a multi-alarm structure fire on Main Street.  According to the post: "This is a disastrous fire that is very difficult to contain and has the potential to spread to all nearby structures. If emergency personnel order ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A fire in a dumpster shut down a section of Plainfield's Randolph Rd. at Muhlenberg on Friday afternoon.  According to a Breaking News Network alert, all visible fire was knocked down, and placed under control.  An officer on scene told TAPinto Plainfield that there were no ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Department of Public Affairs and Safety has issued a checkpoint advisory for this weekend. In its continuous effort to promote safe driving in the community, the department will conduct a DUI checkpoint on Saturday, Dec. 28 at the intersection of Madison Ave. and ...

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RAHWAY, NJ - Forty-seven graduates of the John H. Stamler Police Academy, including 21 who have now joined the Jersey City Police Department, took their oaths of honor during the commencement ceremony for the Academy’s 121st class, held last week at the Union County Performing Arts Center in ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Winter break is in full swing, so kids, why not spend it with Plainfield's First Responders?  Enjoy three days of fun and learning, geared towards teaching the youth in the city about the important roles police, fire and rescue squad members play in protecting residents. The ...

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