Police & Fire

September 24, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- Sections of Madison Avenue in Fanwood will be closed between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. this week for road work, according to Fanwoof Police Chief Richard Trigo. Please use caution when driving through this area," Chief Trigo said. "Detour signs will be in place, and officers will be ...

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Fanwood, NJ -- The Borough of Fanwood has announced the sale dates for 2019 parking passes at the Fanwood Train Station.  October 9, 2018 Fanwood Renewals A link and password will be emailed to all REGISTERED permit holders on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. * Renewals are guaranteed a space, but ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo is asking residents and business owners to help solve crime and keep the community safe by registering their surveillance cameras with the Citizen/Business Security Program to help deter crime and assist FPD in its overall crime prevention ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Who doesn’t like a free lunch? The offer to participate in the “BBQ for Badges” at Arbor Terrace Mountainside went out to first responders throughout the area a few weeks ago and, as expected, police officers, firefighters and EMTs dropped in from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- During the past few weeks Scotch Plains and surrounding towns in Union County have had a significant increase in the number of motor vehicle burglaries. The majority of these burglaries have been a result of vehicles being left unsecured. On September 4, six vehicles ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Midway Ave. will be closed from North Ave. to Hetfield Ave. to pave the roadway beginning Friday, Sept. 14, at 7:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, due to continuing work by Elizabethtown Gas Company. "Detour signs will be in place, and officers will be on scene to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A large tree branch fell on Lamberts Mill Road near New England Drive Wednesday night, taking down wires with it, according to Acting Westfield Police Chief Chris Battiloro. No injuries were reported, he said. Westfield Police, with the assistance of Scotch Plains Police, were ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The drivers of two cars that collided on North Ave. and Martine Ave. in Fanwood survived a crash that appears to have totaled both vehicles around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. According to Fanwood Fire Chief John Piccola, the vehicles collided in the front, causing one of the cars to ...

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Central Avenue northbound is closed at Myrtle Avenue until further notice, Westfield Police announced via Nixle Friday just after 10:00 a.m. They have asked that people please avoid the area.

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith swore in Michael Baltazar as the SPPD's newest police officer at Tuesday's meeting of the Scotch Plains Township Council.  Baltazar, a native of Elizabeth, graduated from Old Bridge High School and later spent six years as a police dispatcher in Old Bridge. He ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Following a brief, but pounding thunderstorm, the Township of Scotch Plains hosted its annual National Night Out event at the Alan Augustine Green on Park Ave. on Tuesday night. Police officers and other first responders interacted with the community they serve. The evening ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Borough of Fanwood hosted its annual National Night Out event in Fanwood's LaGrande Park on a balmy Tuesday night. Those who came out were treated to free hot dogs and ice pops, a giant slide, face-painting and raffle prizes.  TAPintoSPF.net is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only ...

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FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The 35th annual National Night Out takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 7, in Fanwood and Scotch Plains. The event helps bring together police officers and members of the local community under positive circumstances.  Fanwood's National Night Out starts at 7:00 p.m. and ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Another bad accident sent one person to the hospital and tied up traffic on Route 22 today. Mountainside Police gave the following account of the crash: At 11:43 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, Mountainside Police were called to respond to the area of Route 22 West, between the  ...

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FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The 35th annual National Night Out will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 7, in Fanwood and Scotch Plains. The event helps bring together police officers and members of the local community under positive circumstances.  Fanwood's National Night Out starts at 7:00 p.m. and ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood police have arrested a suspect in the case of a bicycle robbery that occurred on Friday, July 20. A teenage victim reported that he was physically forced off his bicycle at about 9:30 p.m. in the area of the Forest Road and Pleasant Ave.  Officers Elliott Bernarrd and Daniel ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Police Department has promoted Jeff Briel to the rank of captain. Briel, a lifelong resident of the Township, was sworn in by Mayor Al Smith at Tuesday's Scotch Plains Council meeting. Briel attended Evergreen Elementary, Park Middle School and Scotch ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — A multiple vehicle accident on  US-22 and Lawrence Ave. in Mountainside closed Route 22 in both directions on Wednesday around 12:30 p.m. According to a 12:28 p.m. report from the Breaking News Network, there were multiple injuries reported with possible entrapments. Hazmat ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township welcomed Joe Kostecki, Jr., as its newest police officer on Tuesday, July 24. A lifelong resident of Scotch Plains, he played PAL football as a youth and continued his athletic career at SPFHS, where he played football, lacrosse and wrestled. Officer Kostecki ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fire Department hosted its 150th Anniversary fundraiser at Stage House Tavern (Mountainside) on Tuesday, July 17. "We are planning a celebration for next June 15, 2019, and the money raised tonight will help cover the costs," said Fire Chief John Lestarchick ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Second Street from Marian Ave. to LaGrande Ave. and Marian from Second St. to Helen St. from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in conjunction with Fanwood's Summer FanJam music and food truck festival in LaGrande Park.  Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo announced the street closures earlier ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — No one was injured Tuesday evening when a car crashed into a two-family house on the corner of West Broad Street and Lamberts Mill Road. The crash occurred around 6:30 p.m., after rain had slicked the streets. “I heard this big bang and the whole house shook,” said Caroline De ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ -- The female victim of a double shooting that took place in Plainfield the weekend of June 23-24 has died due to her injuries, Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas Jr. announced Monday. The victim has been identified as Shavonne Young, 25, of Scotch Plains. The ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ -- The female victim of a double shooting that took place in Plainfield the weekend of June 23-24 has died due to her injuries, Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas Jr. announced Monday. The victim has been identified as Shavonne Young, 25, of Scotch Plains. The ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ -- A shooting that left a Plainfield man dead and a Scotch Plains woman seriously injured in Plainfield late Saturday is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Sunday. The deceased victim has been identified as Michael Welsh, 34, of ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains welcomed three new firefighters this week: Emily Kilgore, Luis Cornejo, and Samantha Grzywacz.  TAPintoSPF.net is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Matthew Ridge, Vincenzo Bianco, and Michael Colineri completed 5 months of training at Union County Fire Academy to complete their training to become members of Fanwood's fire department.  The graduation ceremony for the firefighters took place on Monday, June 18, at Union County ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS,  NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fire Department will host its 150th anniversary fundraiser on Tuesday, July 17, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m at the new Stage House Tavern, (1099 U.S. Route 22 East, Mountainside). Prices are  $35 per person. $65 per couple. The ticket includes buffet dinner and ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood school district sent a letter to parents on Friday regarding an attempted child abduction at Park Middle School. The letter, signed by Superintendent Dr. Margaret Hayes, said: I would like to alert you to the report of an attempted luring ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It likely started with a smoldering cigarette, according to Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Tiller. The fire that started in a flower planter on an outside deck on the second floor of Addams Tavern Wednesday caused a lot of smoke as it spread to the flooring, but only about a ...

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