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Fanwood Police Officer Leaves for Recovery Mission in Puerto Rico

October 20, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ – One of Fanwood’s Finest, Officer Elliott Bernard, a member of the Union County Emergency Response Team, will be among five police offers who leave Saturday to help with relief and security efforts in Puerto Rico.

The mission is sponsored by the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) program of the Department of Homeland Security. The Jersey ...

Scotch Plains Family Escapes Huge Blaze

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A family of four safely escaped from a large blaze at their home on Winchester Drive early Friday morning. 

Scotch Plains Fire Chief John Lestarchick said in an interview with TAPintoSPF that the fire, deemed accidental, began outside the garage and made its way up the back of the house, located in the southwest corner of the township, to the attic.

"By the ...

Video: Firefighters Battle Five-Alarm Blaze in North Plainfield

NORTH PLAINFIELD — Firefighters continue to battle a five-alarm fire that began in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the vacant Villa Maria facility at 641 Somerset Street. At 10 a.m. the fire was still burning and fire companies were being rotated, continuing to operate by hitting hot spots of active fire, authorities said.

Somerset Street South was closed and ...

Fanwood Proclaims Fire Prevention Week

FANWOOD, NJ -- As part of Fire Prevention Week efforts to educated the public about safety, Assistant Fire Chief Dave Zawodniak discussed common sense fire prevention measures at the Fanwood Borough Council meeting on Monday.

"Fire Prevention Week is a reminder what fire safety is all about," Zawondniak said. "We go out to the schools, but parents don't take ...

Westfield Police Arrest 9 Involved in Car Thefts Sunday

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Nine people involved in car thefts were arrested in Westfield Sunday, according to Westfield Police Chief David Wayman. Four were involved in crash on Central Avenue Sunday morning and five were arrested after fleeing a stolen car on Prospect Street in downtown Westfield Sunday night.

On Sunday night at 11:43 p.m., Westfield Police saw a vehicle speeding North-bound ...

Cops Arrest 3 After Stolen Car Crashes in Westfield; 4th Person Sought

WESTFIELD, NJ — Around 7:00 a.m. Sunday, a stolen car left the roadway and crashed on the 1200 block of Central Avenue, according to Westfield Police Chief David Wayman. Four males exited the vehicle and fled on foot, he said.

The car was not being pursued by police at the time, he said.

“Police arrived and the vehicle ended up being stolen out of Manalapan,” Wayman ...

Scotch Plains Police Officers Commended for Helping Injured Elderly Couple

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Three Scotch Plains police officers, Scott Leyden, Zach Von Langen and Jason Everitt have received commendations for going beyond the call of duty to help an elderly couple who needed help following an automobile accident.

Both of husband and wife, who have requested anonymity but wanted the officers to be recognized for their efforts. The man, a WII ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Parents Get Lesson on Teens and Drugs from DEA, Local Police

FANWOOD, NJ -- Parents from Fanwood and Scotch Plains got an education Wednesday night on the places and things where their kids could be hiding drugs. The "Hidden In Plain Sight" presentation by the Drug Enforcement Administration NJ Office has a simple message for parents: Don't think it can't happen to your kids.

The easy availability of prescription drugs, ...

Armed Carjacking in Clark During Early Morning Hours on Weds

CLARK, NJ -- Clark police confirmed a carjacking in the early hours before dawn on Wednesday on the 900 block of Lake Avenue, just south of the Scotch Plains border.

According to  Clark police chief Pedro Matos, a male resident arrived home at approximately 4:30 a.m., and as he sat in his car, two males with handguns approached the sides of the vehicle and ordered the ...

Drug Awareness Program: Hidden in Plain Sight

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains and Fanwood Police Departments will participate in an open community forum on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Forest Road Park to address some key indicators of drug use that might be overlooked in a child's life.

The event is free for residents to attend. 

Other sponsors of the event include the Municipal Alliance ...

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