Union County News

August 15, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle spoke about the Westfield Police Department during her update at Tuesday night’s town council meeting, saying that a car crash involving a police captain's daughter and the abrupt retirement of Chief David Wayman on Aug. 1 were unrelated, and that an ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced that 63 artists, historians and local non-profit organizations will receive funding through the 2018 Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program. “The recipients of HEART Grants are a ...

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NEWARK, NJ- A Paterson based podiatrist who was sentenced to 36 months in prison earlier this year for defrauding Medicare and private insurance companies out of $3 million has had his podiatric license suspended for five years following a complaint that was filed against him by the State of New ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Ashley Redding was just making a quick run to CVS the night of Jan. 28, 2018. She said told her husband, Quinton Redding, and their three young children that she’d be right back. Instead, she ended up at the hospital. Redding was driving on Central Avenue when another car, driven ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – An Indianapolis man traveling through Union County by way of Pennsylvania was arrested in the parking lot of a store on Route 22 in Union after an investigation led to a search of the vehicle, resulting in the seizure of two kilograms of heroin late last week, according to the ...

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UNION, NJ – A Dingman’s Ferry, PA, man was arrested last week for invasion of privacy for taking photos under the dress of a woman at the Target store on Route 22. On Friday morning, Union police were alerted by a Target loss prevention worker who observed a man acting strangely.  According to ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - An election to fill the vacancy created by Linda Carter’s departure to the Assembly was held at a Union County Democratic Committee convention on Thursday, led by Chairman Nick Scutari. The UCDC chair called on Plainfield Chairman Adrian O. Mapp, who nominated Councilwoman Rebecca ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - The three-person panel selected by Democratic City Committee Chairman Adrian O. Mapp to pick a Plainfield nominee for an open freeholder seat submitted its recommendation over the holiday weekend. Linda Carter had previously held the freeholder position until she took on the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The fourth suspect involved in the homicide and an exchange of gunfire with police on Easter Sunday in Elizabeth outside of a local gentlemen's club has been captured and taken into custody, says acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan. Authorities said Jonathan ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ – Kenilworth Schools Superintendent Thomas Tramaglini is on paid leave of absence following his recent arrest in Holmdel, where he is accused of defecating on or near the Holmdel High School athletic fields. The 42-year-old Tramaglini was charged with lewdness, littering and ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - The Union County College Women’s Basketball Team won the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Region XIX Championship and the NJCAA District N Championship on March 5 when they defeated Harcum College. This led the Lady Owls to the national tournament that was ...

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RAHWAY, NJ - Artists looking to settle in the "Art District" in downtown Rahway now have the Willows as an affordable housing option. Rahway Mayor Raymond A. Giacobbe was on hand to cut the ribbon on Wednesday when the Willows at Rahway officially opened. Union County Freeholder Chairman ...

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CLARK, NJ – A motor vehicle crash on the northbound ramp of exit 135 on the Garden State Parkway led to a police foot chase and caused driving delays around the traffic circle and beyond shortly after noon on Wednesday.   According to Clark Police Chief Pedro Matos, a red Honda van exiting the ...

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UNION, NJ - Union firefighters responded to a truck fire on Morris Avenue Wednesday morning. According to Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio, a call was received at about 9:40 Wednesday morning of a truck fire in front of ConnectOne Bank on Morris Avenue, near the intersection of Stuyvesant ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - During their Thursday night meeting, Union County Freeholders presented resolutions to the winners of the 2018 Union County Arbor Day Poetry Contest. Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados and Freeholder Linda Carter presented the resolutions to the students. One ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ -- ‎A friend of the heartbroken owners of standard poodle Chanel informed concerned supporters on the Finding Chanel Facebook page that the lost dog's body has been found. It is with a most heavy heart and salty cheeks that we have to let you know that Chanel's body was found ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A Roselle man was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday for distributing child pornography through his Twitter account and possessing more than 16,000 videos and images of child pornography on his computers. Charles Diggs, 37, from Roselle, was sentenced to five years in ...

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RAHWAY, NJ - The LGBTQ office of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is organizing an alternative prom event - "Light up the Night - Teen Pride" from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway on June 15. LGBTQ Services, in collaboration with the Union County ...

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RAHWAY, NJ - Rahway Mayor Raymond Giacobbe will Assemblyman Jim Kennedy and Union County Freeholders, 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Willows, a new affordable housing residence which will cater to artists in downtown Rahway. The new 58-unit residence, located at 219 ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - During their Thursday night meeting, Union County Freeholders officially recognized Thursday, April 26, 2018, as “Lesbian Visibility Day.”  Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados and Freeholder Linda Carter presented resolutions to TAPinto Roselle/Roselle Park and ...

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A Rahway resident has admitted to strangling his girlfriend to death in 2015, Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas Jr. announced Wednesday. Ignacio Ortiz Vasquez, 42, earlier this week pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree murder and second-degree endangering the welfare ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Presbyterian Church in Westfield hosted 40 overnight guests on Saturday, April 21, in a temporary “Box City” set up on the church’s front lawn.  The event was organized to drive awareness of homelessness and to raise funds for the FISH Hospitality Program, a rotating shelter ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Northside Kitchen’s fried chicken sandwich beat sandwiches from nine other local restaurants to win “Best Bite” by popular vote at Sandwichfest Sunday. Northside Kitchen is located at 760 Prospect St. in Westfield. More than 400 ticket holders each had a chance to taste 10 ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - An off-duty Elizabeth police officer was indicted on Friday in the fatal collision with a motorcycle causing the death of an Elizabeth man on October 31, 2017.  Elizabeth Police Officer Romulo Meneses-Alvarez, 30, was indicted for one count of vehicular homicide in the second ...

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UNION, NJ – For the third time in the past year, a car hit the CVS building at 2287 Morris Avenue at the corner of Commerce Avenue. Union firefighters responded to a call at the CVS at about 12:50 p.m. Thursday.  According to Fire Chief Mike Scanio, a car had struck the building. The Union Fire ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — This Sunday, from noon until 4 p.m., head to The James Ward Mansion in Downtown Westfield to taste sandwiches from some of the area’s best-loved restaurants and vote for your favorites. Proceeds from the event will go to Greta’s Run (benefiting people with special needs) and A ...

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ROSELLE PARK, NJ -  Due to popular demand, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders have announced that two additional CPR training classes have been added in May. Three sessions were previously scheduled in April and are already fully booked. All classes are open to the general ...

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UNION, NJ – Union police arrested a man and four women in connection with a prostitution business at a local spa on Morris Avenue. In September 2017, Union police made arrests at the Birchwood Oils – Essential Oil Rub Treatments -  when they discovered it to be a place of ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A 26-year-old Scotch Plains man was arrested and charged with lewdness after he allegedly exposed himself in front of a girl at Farley Park. The girl's family members contacted the Scotch Plains police, who arrested Melvin A. Hanciles, who lives near the park on Farley ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Youth Employment Pathways Program (YEPP), a pilot program that is a partnership between the Union County Freeholder Board and the United Way of Greater Union County, has put 60 at-risk youth to work part-time in various industries throughout Union County beginning this week.  ...

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