Police & Fire

April 29, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — A burglar crept into a home on Bennett Place through an unlocked mudroom door early Thursday morning, grabbed car keys from a purse there and then stole a vehicle in what is the latest in a series of similar crimes, police said. In a Nixle message, police said an unlocked car on ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Robert Kruthers, who helped thousands of people as a member of the Fanwood Rescue Squad since 1957, died early Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Overlook Hospital. He was 94. A Fanwood resident since 1954, Bob provided volunteer service to our town in ways that have touched three ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Izzie the cat is doing just fine after his adventure up a very high tree outside 225 North Ave. on Thursday, April 22nd. Owners Barbara and Jim Vierschilling got worried when Izzie climbed more than 50 feet up the tree and stayed there. They called 911, and the cavalry responded.

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ  -- We all know it’s important to keep up with annual physicals and medical screenings to catch any health issues early on. Often, early detection save lives. Due to COVID-19, many of us have postponed getting these crucial checkups. Don’t delay any longer -- schedule those ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Dan Kranz, who was promoted to sergeant in the Fanwood police department only four months ago, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant on Tuesday, April 20, in a ceremony outside Fanwood Borough Hall. Kranz was sworn in by Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in the presence of a number of ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Quick action on the part of City of Summit Police Department officers resulted in the thwarting of an attempted abduction over the weekend, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Summit Police Chief Andrew Bartolotti jointly announced Sunday. Shervon James, 33, of the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Scotch Plains and Fanwood, is now publicly available as part of a new statewide dashboard that debuted Tuesday. The Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 New Jersey use-of-force cases from October ...

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FANWOOD, NJ — Fanwood’s newest police officers were sworn in today by Mayor Colleen Mahr during ceremonies outside Borough Hall on Tuesday, April 6.  They are Christopher Eckerson, most recently of the Kean University Police Department, and Christopher Piniero, formerly with the Gibbsboro Police ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Fire Department responded within minutes to a house fire at 244 N. Martine Avenue at Portland Avenue just before midnight Tuesday, April 6. With the assistance of the Scotch Plains and Westfield Fire Departments, the major fire was knocked down within 45 minutes and was ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ -- State police are investigating the death of a Scotch Plains man who fell from an overpass onto a Nissan headed south on the Garden State Parkway during the evening rush hour on Thursday, April 1.  According to RLS Media, Joshua Goldberg, 21, sustained fatal injuries near ...

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CLARK, NJ – The Clark Police Department announced via social media Wednesday that sentencing was completed for Thiruvenk Srinivasan, the driver in the hit-and-run that resulted in the death of 82-year-old James B. Leinbach last October. Police said Srinivasan, 78, of Edison was sentenced to ...

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FANWOOD, NJ — Marc Gottlick, who served the Borough of Fanwood as an EMT, firefighter, and police officer, retired on Wednesday, March 31, after 25 years with the police department. Raised in Fanwood and now a resident of Greenbrook, Gottlick was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and helped run ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Police arrested three 16-year-old boys on charges resulting from numerous early-morning vehicle burglaries, Westfield Police Chief Christopher Battiloro announced Tuesday. Westfield Police responded to the 700 block of Lamberts Mill Road on Friday, March 26, at about 6:19 a.m. on ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- A local man has been charged with being in possession of more than 10,000 digital images consisting of child sexual abuse material, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Monday.  Joseph Poutre, 55, of Middletown, is charged with a single count of ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police officer was struck by a 23-yr-old. man with a hammer on Saturday at around 8:15 p.m. The officer had responded a report of a disturbance at a business on Plainfield Ave. and transported the individual home. Not long afterward, the individual became ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Sean Hoffman was sworn in by Mayor Colleen Mahr as the newest member of the Fanwood police department on March 16.  Hoffman was joined by his family and members of the Fanwood Police Department. The officer joins Fanwood having previously served with the Bay Head Police ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — NJ Transit service remains suspended on the Raritan Valley line due to a pedestrian fatality Saturday night, according to NJ Transit. Breaking News Network advisories started around 7 p.m., initially requesting both ALS (Advanced Life Support) and BLS (Basic Life Support) ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Authorities are redirecting traffic after a crash knocked power lines into the roadway in the area of South Avenue West and Palsted Avenue early near the Scotch Plains border on Sunday morning, police said. PSE&G has been notified and is making an assessment, police said in a ...

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CLARK, NJ - Parts of Madison Hill Road were closed Wednesday morning after a dump truck flipped shortly after 6:00 a.m. according to Fire Chief Frank Cerasa. The truck's load was strewn across the roadway, leading Clark Police to close the road to traffic while clean up took place.  Cerasa said ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Members of the Scotch Plains PBA  Local 87 presented a check for $21,700, a figure representing the proceeds from the PBA's 35th Annual Children’s Charities Golf Classic, to Autism New Jersey on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. The golf outing was held on Sept. 28, 2020, at Shackamaxon ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood police department celebrated the promotions of three officers to the rank of sergeant on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. Mayor Colleen Mahr administered the oath of office to the following three officers: Officer Thomas Chisholm, who has been an officer with the Fanwood ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Captain Joseph Zito has retired from the Scotch Plains police department as of February 1, 2021. Captain Zito was hired by the Scotch Plains Police Department in January 1996 and was awarded the Anthony Lordi award for top academics in constitutional law. He served in patrol ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- Officer Krysti Janusz is a graduate of Linden High School in 2007 at the top 1% of her class. At New York University she pursued a double major in Journalism and Sociology, with a particular focus on veteran affairs and deviance. After graduating in 2011, she served as a ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Shawn Johnson, a 23-year veteran of the Scotch Plains police department, was promoted to the rank of Sergeant during his official swearing in ceremony at Tuesday's township council meeting. Johnson graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, where he played football ...

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CLARK, NJ – Ronaldo Godwin, 43, of Newark has been charged with second-degree death by auto and second-degree witness tampering in connection with a fatal Parkway crash on Monday according to acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo. Godwin, is in custody and has been criminally charged ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A Scotch Plains resident has been criminally charged with multiple animal cruelty offenses after three pets suffered severe neglect while in his care and two of them died, Scotch Plains Police Department Chief Ted Conley, Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess, and acting ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The owner of a 2017 Red Dodge Charger who left his engine running and doors open when he went inside the 7-11 at 302 Park Ave. in Scotch Plains left the store on Friday, Feb. 12 and discovered his vehicle was gone.  Scotch Plains police responded to the scene and have ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, N-- Last year was surprising in a number of ways. In the midst of a pandemic, most people were doing their best to avoid others. So, the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad membership committee was not expecting any new applications to come in for quite a long time. We couldn’t have been ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL donated a check for $500 as a form of gratitude for the services that the Fanwood Rescue Squad delivered during home games on Sundays for the PAL football games at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School this past fall.  This season, the Scotch Plains ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The driver of a 2013 Audi traveling approximately 80 mph on Cushing Road (a 25 mph zone) in Scotch Plains crossed over into Plainfield and crashed at the intersection of Woodland Ave and Watchung Ave. after being pursued by a Scotch Plains police officer on Jan. 29, according ...

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