SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ – As the year comes to a close, TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood takes a look at the top local Police & Fire stories of 2016.
Scotch Plains Police Chief Brian Mahoney retired after serving the department for 30 years.
Friends, family and law enforcement officials throughout Union County were among the capacity crowd as Ted Conley was sworn in as Chief of the Scotch Plains Police this summer. Later in the year, Conley helped swear in several new officers.
Scotch Plains police swore in two new officers in December.
Father Kevin Gugliotta, who served the parishioners at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church in Scotch Plains for several years as a youth minister, was arrested for possession of child pornography.
Fanwood's Fanwood’s Provident Bank was robbed in March.
An ongoing investigation by Scotch Plains police led to the arrests of two drug suspects apprehended at the strip mall at the intersection of Terrill Road and Front Street.
A Scotch Plains home was destroyed by a three-alarm blaze when the homeowners were away. Firefighters were able to save the family dog. The cause of the fire was deemed accidental.
The Scotch Plains Fire Department hosted a "wetdown" for its new Engine 1684.
In a tragic story, police and other emergency workers responded when a 26-year-old woman was electrocuted by wires that fell on top of her car as she drove along Midway Avenue in Fanwood during a severe thunderstorm.
Fanwood hosted a "Wear Orange" anti-gun violence event on June 3.