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Scotch Plains Resident, Westfield Firefighter Michael Lanza Dies; 35-Year-Old Was a Father of Two

February 24, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield firefighter Michael Lanza, 35, of Scotch Plains died suddenly on Wednesday, Feb. 22. He was a father of two. 

According to his obituary, Lanza was born and raised in Westfield and lived in Scotch Plains with his family; wife Annett Lanza and children Anthony and Charlotte. He graduated from Westfield High School in 2000 and the Union County Fire ...

Scotch Plains Police Department Launches Project Medicine Dropbox to Combat Drug Abuse

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In an effort to curb pill and painkiller abuse, the Scotch Plains Police Department has launched the Project Medicine Dropbox for expired medications in pill form only. 

For safety reasons, the Project Medicine Dropbox can only accept solid medications such as pills, patches, inhalers and similar objects. No liquids, medical waste, or syringes are allowed.

Pole Falls on FedEx Truck, Causing Power Outage at Stores in Route 22 Corridor

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A single-car accident involving a 10-wheel FedEx truck and an electric pole temporarily closed Union Ave., a small connecting road from Route 22 West to New Providence Road on Friday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. It is unclear if the driver hit the pole or if the pole fell due to weather-related conditions.

When the Scotch Plains Police responded to the call, power lines were ...

Scotch Plains Police Dept. Receives Accreditation from NJ Chiefs of Police

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Police Department has officially received its accreditation from the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police as it was presented with a certification at the Scotch Plains Council Conference meeting on Tuesday evening. 

"It's been a long time coming (to reach this status)," said Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley, who ...

James C. Debbie Sworn in as Union County Police Chief

UNION, NJ -- County Manager Alfred J. Faella has appointed James Christopher Debbie, a 29-year veteran of the County Police Division, as its Police Chief. Debbie becomes the County’s 10th Police Chief in the Police Division’s history, and has served as the Officer in Charge since 2015. He will be responsible for supervising a police force of 73 sworn officers and 25 ...

Defiant First Appearance By Man Charged With Attack On Catholic Bishop In Newark Offers Clues To Motive

NEWARK, NJ -- In a defiant first appearance at Essex County Superior Court in Newark, the man charged with the shocking attack on an auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark last weekend offered possible clues about what provoked him.

"I'm the Reverend Charles Miller, and I am who I am," said Miller, 48, of Newark, whose description included several ...

Scotch Plains Library Evacuated Due to Gas Leak

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The Scotch Plains Police and Fire Department responded to a suspected gas leak at the Scotch Plains Public Library as patrons were forced to evacuate the building on Wednesday afternoon.

“We got the call around 3:50 p.m.,” explained Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley. “There was an odor of gas in the library, so we called the fire ...

Bob Kruthers Marks 60 Years with Fanwood Rescue Squad

FANWOOD, NJ -- Bob Kruthers making remarks on his 60 years with the rescue squad at Saturday's annual Fanwood Rescue Squad/Fire Department awards dinner.

Kruthers joined in 1957, the year mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and later CPR became part of first aid.

Today, at age 90, Bob remains active as the squad's treasurer.

In the background are squad ...

Scotch Plains JCC Deemed Safe After Bomb Threat

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 & ...

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