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Westfield Police Break Off Chase on Garden State Parkway

November 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – Police broke off a vehicle chase originating in the town when the suspect got on the Garden State Parkway shortly after 8 a.m. Monday morning, authorities said.

While two law enforcement agencies confirmed the incident occurred, few details were immediately available Monday, including a description of the suspect’s vehicle.

Police in nearby Mountainside said a ...

Kathryn Schurtz, Daughter of Former Fanwood Councilwoman Karen Schurtz, Dies in Tragic Car Crash

FANWOOD, NJ -- Kathryn M. Schurtz, the daughter of former Fanwood Councilwoman Karen Schurtz, died tragically with her fiancé, Joseph D. Kearney, in a car accident as the couple tried to make their way to a wedding in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018.

Kathryn, 35, grew up in Fanwood and graduated from Union Catholic High School in 2001. She received her liberal arts ...

Atlantic EMS Worker Injured in Fiery Westfield Crash

WESTFIELD, NJ – An ambulance worker was rushed to the hospital after injuring an arm during a fiery crash on Central Avenue early Monday morning, authorities said.

A 2015 BMW 540 sedan crossed the double-yellow lines while driving north near Clover Street at 12:23 a.m. and crashed into the ambulance coming in the opposite direction, police Sgt. Michael Walsh said on Tuesday.

The ...

Clark Business Administrator Says Closing Date Set for Former A&P Property

CLARK, NJ – A closing on the sale of the former site of the A&P on Westfield Avenue is set for January 2019 according to John Laezza, Clark’s business administrator. 

This comes after Mayor Bonaccorso initiated legal proceedings toward condemnation in February and the Clark Planning Board ultimately recommended condemnation in August.

The building, which the mayor ...

Lockdown at Union High School Monday Morning

UNION, NJ – A Union High School student suspected of having a weapon caused a lockdown at the school Monday morning.

According to a voice message sent out at just after 1:00 p.m. by Althea Bossard, Acting Principal of Union High School, at 9:30 Monday morning “the building went into a lockdown and the police and the Board of Education was notified at that time.”

In the ...

Ice Rink Slides Into Westfield With Much Fanfare Sunday

WESTFIELD, NJ – An 8.3-acre park on the town’s border with Garwood is home to a regulation size ice hockey rink, at least for the next three months.

Several hundred people gathered for the formal opening of the Westfield Rink on Sunday, a temporary ice rink housed in a tent at Gumbert Park. The rink started hosting hockey practices earlier in the week and held its public skate ...

Westfield Man, 49, Dies While Snorkeling in Florida Keys, Sheriff Says

KEY LARGO, Fla. – A 49-year-old Westfield man died while vacationing in Florida, a spokesman for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

Rodney Jinkins was snorkeling with his family when witnesses saw him unresponsive in the water at about 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, the spokesman, Adam Linhardt said.

“He was taken on the boat,” Linhardt said. “The ...

Arrested OAS Faculty Member Said He Would "Shoot up the Place"

CRANFORD - In a report obtained by TAPinto Cranford from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, some disturbing details on the arrest of Orange Avenue School faculty member Matthew Acosta, 33, of Kenilworth, have been released. 

Certain portions have been partially redacted to omit personal identifying information. Detectives wrote in the ...

VIDEO: Union County Dad Bravely Shares Story of Son's Death to Opioids

CLARK, NJ – “On April 5, 2016, my son Joseph Anthony Lanza passed away of a heroin fentanyl overdose,” Jose Lanza begins. “This is his story.”

Jose Lanza shared his son’s story in a short film, at the request of the Clark Police Department. TAPinto Clark first reported in June that the film would be shown to all Arthur L. Johnson High School ...

Arrested OAS Faculty Member to Undergo Mental Health Screening

CRANFORD - On Thursday afternoon, Mark Spivey, the Director of Communications for the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, released a statement on Matthew Acosta, a faculty member of Orange Avenue School who was arrested last Friday. 

"State Superior Court Judge Daniel R. Lindemann today granted the State's motion to remand defendant Acosta pending a mental ...


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