Police & Fire

January 16, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Before a packed Council chambers, Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley held promotion ceremonies for Lt. Matthew Fugett and Sgt. Brad Belford on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building. The department also honored officer Richard Sopko, who has been called ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Authorities are investigating a three-vehicle crash on Route 22 on Saturday morning and are requesting the public’s help. Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the area of Route 22 East and West End Avenue, North ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad hosted its 82nd annual Installation of Officers Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 5, at Snuffy's Pantagis. Debbie Speth emceed the event, and Deacon Bob Gurske said the invocation on behalf of people who "wake up in the middle of the night in the dead ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ -- A Plainfield music teacher has been arrested and charged with inappropriately touching two of his students in school during recent years, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Friday. Donnie Harrell, 53, of Bridgewater is charged with two counts of ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ -- Video footage of a suspect in the recent fatal shooting of a Plainfield man has been collected as evidence and has been released to the public in an effort to help solve the crime, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Thursday. The victim in the case was ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - A fire broke out at a one-story restaurant on the 400 block of West Front Street in Plainfield on New Year's Eve around 7 p.m. Breaking News Network reported that the roof of the restaurant was compromised, and the main body fire has been knocked down. Firefighters are still on ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Elizabeth police pursued two attempted armed robbery suspects in a vehicle from Elizabeth into Scotch Plains, where the car went across North Avenue and eventually ended at Concord Road, where the Elizabeth police bottled it late Sunday evening. Multiple police departments ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Volunteer firefighters from Scotch Plains and Fanwood were dispatched to a report of a structure fire on Cooper Road. Engine Company 1683 and 1684 extinguished the fire while Fanwood Ladder 1 went to the roof to ventilate on Thursday.  The resident was brought to the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- An accident near the Scotchwood Diner on Route 22 resulted in a car flipping over the divider and taking out a section on Wednesday evening. Up to four cars were involved in the crash, which took place just before 7:00 p.m. Injuries from the wreckage did not appear to be ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ -  A Nixle alert was issued by the Plainfield Police Division on Sunday evening.  The police are seeking the public's help in locating a missing "at risk" female. Moana Tarver, 41, Black, 5'8", and 170 lbs, was last seen wearing a gray jacket, black pants, with black and red ...

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NEW JERSEY — Law enforcement officials will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of the year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. The crackdown began December 7, and continues through Jan. 1, 2019, local and state law enforcement ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley introduced the newest addition to the force at Tuesday's Township Council meeting.  Eric Fricks, who was hired in September, comes to Scotch Plains after his previous department in Helmetta was disbanded. Officer Fricks grew up in Toms ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police have arrested a man suspected of burglarizing vehicles parked at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA.  Detectives Brad Belford and Dave Belford arrested Terique S. Smith, 29, at his Irvington, NJ, residence on Dec. 5. The arrest came as the result of a ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Police are investigating a hit-and-run accident which occurred on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 6:58 a.m. when a vehicle was traveling eastbound on South Ave. between Laurel and Beech struck and killed a medium-sized dog. The driver fled the scene.  The vehicle sustained damage to ...

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WATCHUNG, NJ -  Helen Kim, the Watchung woman who had been missing since Dec. 6 and was last seen in Scotch Plains, has been located and is reunited with her family, Watchung police advised on Wednesday evening. “Thank you to all who provided tips and aided in her safe return,” they ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Several residents have reported they have received calls from the U.S. Social Security Administration, regarding their social security benefits. One resident reported the caller stated that there would be “disciplinary measures taken if she did not assist them.” "THIS IS A SCAM," ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- You're a mean one, Mr. Package Thief.  Scotch Plains Township has experienced numerous thefts of packages from the front steps of homes in the area during the last week. As a result of these crimes and tips from residents, the Scotch Plains police detective ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Call it "Revenge of the Nerds." Rocket scientist Mark Rober has become an internet sensation by posting a YouTube video demonstrating how he built a "glitter and stink bomb" disguised as an Amazon package.The package cameras that loaded up videos onto the cloud, so ...

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WATCHUNG, NJ - Today, Dec. 18 is Helen Kim’s birthday and she is still missing from Watchung. Police are seeking help from the public locating her and reuniting her with her family. Kim has been missing since Dec. 6. A missing person investigation has been underway into the disappearance of ...

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WATCHUNG, NJ - Police are seeking help from the public locating a woman missing since Dec. 6. A missing person investigation is underway into the disappearance of Helen Kim, 47 of Route 22 West, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W.

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Part of the fun of the holiday season is shopping to find a gift for a child or special someone that will brighten their day when the package is open. Amid the hustle and bustle, holiday shoppers may inadvertently let their guard down and do things they normally ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fire Department was dispatched to the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA on around 8:45 pm on Friday, Nov. 23, to rescue of a worker on the roof who tore his ACL after slipping on the icy roof, fell under the HVAC unit that he was repairing, and injured his other knee ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A family that lived in Scotch Plains who has sought to avoid the public eye after receiving threatening letters just days after purchasing a home on Boulevard in Westfield is once again the subject of national media attention following an in-depth interview with New York ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- A vehicle traveling on Union Avenue in New Providence was struck by the NJ Transit Gladstone Line train at the intersection of Union and Rose avenues on Thursday after leaving the Murray Hill Station around 6:00 p.m. . The female driver, the only occupant of the ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood police are investigating a burglary at the Crown Jewelers store on Martine Ave. in downtown Fanwood at approximately 4:00 a.m. early Wednesday morning. Video evidence shows a white male, with facial hair, fled the area on a dark color bicycle and traveled westbound on ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Police Department is closely monitoring an upcoming coastal storm that will impact the region Thursday into Friday. This system could bring the first accumulating snow of the season to much of the area, along with the potential for some freezing rain. Snow fall amounts of ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Seniors at Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS learned some life lessons about the dangers of distracted driving, thanks to a car crash simulation staged by Scotch Plains and Fanwood first responders.  The students were brought out of the school to the crash scene where they ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the Scotch Plains and Fanwood police departments will conduct a simulated automobile accident on Happel Court, next to SPFHS, to educate high school seniors about the dangers of driving while impaired. The demonstrations will take place between the hours ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood police are investigating a residential burglary in the 100 block of South Martine Avenue that occurred on Thursday, Nov. 8, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.. Entry was made by prying open a rear kitchen window.   "All residents are encourage to contact the ...

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KEY LARGO, Fla. – A 49-year-old Westfield man died while vacationing in Florida, a spokesman for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Friday. Rodney Jinkins was snorkeling with his family when witnesses saw him unresponsive in the water at about 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, the spokesman, Adam ...

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