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Scotch Plains JCC Deemed Safe After Bomb Threat

January 18, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey was closed for a short time after preschool began there Wednesday morning due to a bomb threat. A bomb squad swept the building for explosives and no bomb was found, according to Lt. Jeff Briel of the Scotch Plains Police Department.

“This is another in a series of bomb threats to JCCs up and down the East ...

Scotch Plains Police Department Promotes Five Officers

SCOTH PLAINS, NJ -- Before a capacity crowd at the Scotch Plains Township Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17,  Police Chief Ted Conley announced the promotions of five officers:

Sergeant Stanley Pearson
Sergeant James Ritchie
Sergeant David Lavery
Sergeant Jerald Brown
Lieutenant Albert Sellinger

Sgt. Stan Pearson (joined by wife, Jessica, and kids Lucas & ...

Plainfield Resident Arrested, Charged in Connection with Thursday Night Death

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A Plainfield resident has been arrested and charged for his alleged role in an altercation that resulted in the death of 34-year-old Oscar Isaac Ramos Lopez  this week, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Saturday.

Jamie Castillo Castro, 24, is charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter in connection with the killing.

Plainfield Police ...

Standoff with Police in Westfield Ends Peacefully

WESTFIELD, NJ — A woman who had barricaded herself in her home with a loaded gun was taken into custody peacefully Thursday night after a standoff with police that shut down the 900 block of Grandview Avenue.

The incident began at about 9:00 p.m. when police responded to a call to check on the welfare of a resident, Westfield Police Chief David Wayman said at the ...

Scotch Plains Police Lt. Beverly Peal Speaks at the UN

NEW YORK, NY -- Scotch Plains Police Lieutenant Beverley Peal spoke at the United Nations to the African Project of the International Visitor Leadership Program on Dec. 12, 2016. 

The program, “Women Leaders: Promoting Peace and Security” for the Africa Regional Project," consisted of women from African countries, whose objectives were highlighting women’s role in ...

Body Found in Rahway River ID’d as Popular Cranford High School Teacher

CRANFORD, NJ — The body of a Cranford man discovered in the Rahway River Saturday morning has been identified as Joseph Dugandzic, 52, of Cranford, a teacher at Cranford High School, Union County Police said in a statement Saturday afternoon.

Union County Police discovered Dugandzic's body in the shallow waters of the Rahway River off South and Centennial Avenues around 9 ...

Following Recent Murders, Plainfield to Hold Town Hall Meeting Regarding Safety

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The City of Plainfield is inviting residents to an town hall meeting regarding safety on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 7:00 p.m.

There were 12 homicides in Plainfield in 2016, with two coming days apart in the last week of December. 

In Mayor Adrian O. Mapp's year-end message to residents, he noted that he and his administration are gathering all possible resources to ...

2016 in Review: Top Stories of Scotch Plains & Fanwood -- Police & Fire

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 ...

Latest Plainfield Homicide Victim Identified

PLAINFIELD, NJ – Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park released the identity of Plainfield’s latest homicide victim, 32-year-old Shamar Coleman.

Coleman was shot multiple times yesterday inside the Seafood Rama Restaurant located at the 1000 block of East Second Street in Plainfield. Coleman was a well known business person in the community. The killing marks the 12th ...

No Holiday from Violence in Plainfield: Homicide Task Force Investigates Another Fatal Shooting

PLAINFIELD, NJ - There has been no holiday when it comes to the violence in Plainfield’s East end as police investigate another murder. The shooting took place at the Seafood Rama restaurant at the 1000 block of East 2nd Street between Garfield Ave. and Netherwood Ave. TAPintoPlainfield has confirmed that the Homicide Task Force is investigating this latest act of gun ...

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