Police & Fire

June 3, 2020

TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal spoke yesterday about ongoing initiatives that advance the Administration’s goal of strengthening trust between police officers and the communities they serve in New Jersey. Their announcement included updates on initiatives ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD/WESTFIELD, NJ -- A peaceful protest against "systematic racism" is planned to take place on Thursday, June 4, starting at 2:00 p.m. The march will start at Park Middle School in Scotch Plains, go south along Park Ave. and onto Martine Ave. in Fanwood, and turn left on North ...

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  SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Ted Conley, Chief of Scotch Plains Police Department, and Chief Richard Trigo of the Fanwood Police Department have issued a joint statement to condemn the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.  We are writing this statement to the residents of ...

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NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Colligan on Saturday released the following statement on George Floyd, Derek Chauvin and the tragedy in Minneapolis. “The horror that unfolded in Minneapolis is painful for us all. The actions that we saw on ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the Fanwood police department, fire department and rescue squad, along with Mayor Colleen Mahr, borough employees and Council members, family, friends and officers from the Scotch Plains police held a "clap-out" for retiring Lieutenant Francisco "Frank" Marrero on his last ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy closed out his daily COVID-19 press conference on Friday with comments about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kept his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes. "George Floyd should be alive today – ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo honored members of his department who went above and beyond the call of duty during the past 12 months at the Fanwood Council's video meeting last Monday, May 18. "I appreciate the Borough Council recognizing the officers' efforts," Chief Trigo ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- During National Police Week (May 11-17, 2020), the Scotch Plains police department annually celebrates the meritorious service of its officers. At the Scotch Plains Council meeting on Tuesday, May 12, Chief Ted Conley announced this year's winners of the Meritorious Service ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Patricia and Henry Mazzucca were the first winners of the Fanwood police department's inspirational messages contest on Friday, May 1. Officers Dan Piccola and Tim Green made the special delivery of two pizzas from Fabio's Bistro. The prizes are sponsored by the Fanwood PBA ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Westfield's Tamaques Park is opening up again on Saturday, but if you think getting there is going to be a walk in the park, think again.  While the park is open to walkers and hikers, cars are prohibited. “The Westfield Police Department will maintain a constant police ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- During these stressful times, the Fanwood police have kicked off a program in which it will judge inspirational messages written and/or drawn by residents and displayed on front lawns, windows, doors, sidewalks and driveways.  Fanwood residents can nominate their own home or a ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Two Fanwood police officers who responded to a call for help after a little boy, 4 1/2 year old Luke Haight, fell off his scooter and briefly lost consciousness. Fortunately, the boy was wearing a helmet at the time. "The doctor (pediatrician) said he suffered a slight concussion, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police are looking for the driver of a car that struck a pedestrian on Rte. 22 West near Harding Road on Saturday, April 25, around 10:00 p.m. The vehicle fled the scene. When police arrived, they found a semi-conscious 37-year-old male Scotch Plains resident ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- On Friday, April 17, a Scotch Plains resident called to report the theft of a 2014 Audi Q7 during the overnight hours. A neighbor also reported their vehicle on Hidden Meadow Drive was entered and a key fob to a BMW was stolen. Officers canvassed the area and were able to ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- They are public servants by nature, but these days Scotch Plains and Fanwood first responders are serving in different ways amid the coronavirus crisis.  The Fanwood Fire Department, along with several other emergency agencies, visited Overlook Medical Center in ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad is committed to providing the best care for the community while keeping its volunteers safe. Without our certified EMTs and drivers who answer the calls, the ambulances cannot go out. There are some things that residents can do to ensure that ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Elizabethtown Gas will be starting the milling of Hetfield Avenue and cross streets on Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Residents that may affected have been notified by Elizabethtown Gas. These are the streets that are on the list to be milled and ...

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Special to TAPintoSPF. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. State Police have said that some 10% of police officers in NJ are ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Coronavirus doesn’t know or care if it’s your birthday. While time indeed marches on, weddings, birthday parties and even funerals are now put on hold because of social distancing measures intended to stop the spread of COVID-19. Friends of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High ...

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FANWOOD, NJ — Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Police Chief Richard Trigo today announced that they been notified that a member of the Fanwood Police Department has tested positive for COVID-19. The officer resides outside of Union County and is self-isolating. Borough officials, Chief Trigo, and ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- New Jersey American Water (NJAW) will commence with the replacement of the water main on North Martine Ave, between Midway Ave. and Portland Ave., according to Fanwood police. The work is expected to take about four weeks and will be done in the overnight hours between 8:00 p.m.

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PLAINFIELD, NJ -- Plainfield man has been arrested and a large quantity of cocaine seized as a result of a narcotics investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess jointly announced Thursday. Nelson G. Hercules-Hurtado, 43, is charged ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Fire Department, along with other Union County departments, attended a ceremony this week at Public Safety Headquarters in Westfield to accept delivery of new advanced digital radios. These radios allow firefighters access to the NJ Interoperability Communications ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A section of Park Ave./Martine Ave. will be closed between East Second St. (Scotch Plains) and Midway Ave. (Fanwood) from March 14th through April 14th from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. due gas line work. Police officers from Scotch Plains and from Fanwood will be on hand to ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- A car slammed into a building on Terrill Road in Fanwood on Saturday evening, but fortunately no serious injuries occurred to the driver or the occupants of the building.  According to Fanwood fire chief John Piccola, the Fanwood Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ -- Adoption of the puppies and kittens that were taken from the Scotch Plains puppy mill is temporarily on hold for two weeks, according to the Plainfield Area Humane Society's director Elijah Brice-Middleton. "There's a hold on them (adoptions of the animals confiscated from the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Rebecca (Becky) Lugara initially got involved with the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad through the squad auxiliary. The auxiliary was started 11 years ago by Jennifer Speth, the eldest daughter of long-time squad members Deborah and Robert Speth. It has been instrumental in ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – An anonymous tip from a potential dog-buyer led Scotch Plains police to investigate what turned out to be an illegal puppy mill on Laurie Court. According to Scotch Plains police chief Ted Conley, the caller had gone to the house to buy a dog and was alarmed by the condition ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Investigators earlier this week dismantled a Scotch Plains puppy mill being illegally run out of a private residence, resulting in more than 130 animals being rescued and transferred to more than a dozen local shelters, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains police are looking for the driver responsible for a hit-and-run incident on Thursday, Feb. 6, on Terrill Road during morning drop-off at Terrill Middle School between 7:10 and 7:25 a.m. The car is believed to be a white, four-door Jeep Wrangler, and ...

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