Plainfield Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2014 Killing Over Dice Game

August 11, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ -- A Plainfield man who fatally shot an acquaintance over a game of dice has been sentenced to life in prison for the crime, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Friday.

Johnathan Sylvester, who was 28 at the time of the killing of 24-year-old Rashawn Bryant, was sentenced Friday by state Superior Court Judge Frederic McDaniel.

At approximately 5:15 p.m.

Scotch Plains Swears in Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Joseph Rodrigues

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Joseph Rodrigues was sworn in by Mayor Al Smith as Battalion Chief of the Scotch Plains Fire Department on Tuesday evening during the Council Meeting with his family by his side.

Last month, Rodrigues was serving his Marine Reserve duties in the Middle East while several of his fellow comrades were sworn in. 

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New Scotch Plains Police Recruits Introduced at Council Meeting

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – At last week’s Scotch Plains Council meeting, Lieutenant Jeff Briel and Mayor Al Smith introduced three new police recruits to the community:

Richard Sopko
Richard Sopko grew up in Clark and graduated from ALJ High School in 2006. After high school, he attended Clemson University and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree ...

Parking Prohibited at Fanwood's Southside Train Station Lot on Sun, Aug. 6

FANWOOD, NJ -- There will be no parking at the South Side Train Station on Sunday, August 6, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. due to the striping of the parking lot.

Vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense, according to Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo.

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Garwood Woman Whose Dog Was Mauled by Pit Bulls Worries for Others

WESTFIELD, NJ — Nancy Rubin, who lives in Garwood near the Westfield border, worries for the safety of children in her neighborhood after her 8-year-old Bichon, Lucky, was violently attacked by two pit bulls near her home.

Rubin had just left the Village at Garwood senior housing with her dog at about 6:00 p.m. Saturday, July 22, when said she she spotted man walking to pit bulls. Lucky ...

Scenes from National Night Out in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood and Scotch Plains police departments each hosted National Night Out festivities for the community on Tuesday, August 1st. 

National Night Out activities at LaGrande Park in Fanwood included games, a free barbecue, face-painting, raffles, a bounce house and Dunk-a-Cop. Following the festivities, the recreation department presented its ...

Scotch Plains Swears in New Fire Department Leaders

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Before a packed audience at last Tuesday's Scotch Plains Township meeting, Mayor Al Smith officially swore in John Lestarchick as the new fire chief. Lestarchick takes over the position from Jonathan Ellis, who retired at the end of June after three decades with the department.

Additionally, Rutland "Skip" Paal was sworn in as deputy chief, while ...

Plainfield Man Charged With Fatally Stabbing Ex-Wife

PLAINFIELD, NJ -- A Plainfield man has been arrested and charged with stabbing his ex-wife to death at the home they shared, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday.

Eric Beale, 56, is charged with first-degree murder and related weapons offenses in connection with the killing of 56-year-old Marlene Martin.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 30, Plainfield ...

Mail Carrier Arrested for Credit Card Fraud After Scotch Plains Detective's Investigation

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A months long joint investigation conducted by the Scotch Plains Police Detective Bureau and agents from the Office of Inspector General and U.S. Postal Inspector Service resulted in the July 20 arrest of Emmon Lee 23, from Somerset, NJ, for 3rd degree theft, 3rd degree conspiracy, and 4th degree credit card theft. 

The investigation began ...

Scotch Plains Police Establish Extended Parking for Customers of Downtown Business

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Police Department is introducing an "Extended Time Parking Permit" for businesses that may have patrons that will be visiting their establishment for longer than the allowed parking time limits.

"For example, hair salons may have customers whose treatments will go longer than 2 hours," explained Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted ...

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