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Police & Fire

May 19, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- "It means a lot to know you really have our backs." Scotch Plains police chief Ted Conley thanked Mayor Josh Losardo and members of the Township Council for their support and the opportunity to recognize a number of his outstanding officers at the governing body's meeting ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In front of a standing room only audience at Council Chambers, Mayor Josh Losardo and the Scotch Plains Township Council presented Recognition Awards for high school students for their outstanding achievements this winter and proclamations honoring a number of Scotch Plains ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A car accident overturned near the corner of Forest Rd. and Westfield Ave. (near Fresh Mart) in downtown Scotch Plains on Monday afternoon and closed off the road around 5:00 p.m. A witness who did not want to be identified said that the car sped around the corner and hit a ...

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SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Late Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Detective James Yeager is finally having his name engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, in Washington D.C., with a ceremony set for May 19 as part of National Police Week. It has been 22 years since the detective ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A Scotch Plains man who argued with and then stabbed his roommate fled from the scene on the south side of town and was nabbed by Westfield police on Lamberts Mill Road, according to the Scotch Plains police blotter. Nelson Sanchez, age 48, of Scotch Plains was arrested and ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A Raritan woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, driving under the influence, and refusal to submit to a breath test on Apr. 26, according to the Scotch Plains police blotter.  Jennierose ...

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FANWOOD, NJ —The Fanwood Police Department welcomed its first tour in a couple of years this week when Cub Scouts from Den 4, first graders from McGinn and Coles Elementary schools, and some of their parents came to visit. The Scouts got a guided tour of a police vehicle by Officer Sean Hoffman ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood swore in its newest police officer, Daniel Hudspith, at the Borough Council’s agenda meeting on Monday, May 2. Hudspith, a resident of the Long Valley area of Washington Township in Morris County, has six years of law enforcement experience, most recently in Pennington. He ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Police Department has announced it has opened enrollment for its Youth Police Academy. Available for Scotch Plains-Fanwood students graduating 5th - 8th grade, the academy teaches middle schoolers several aspects of law enforcement. In addition to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — There’s a bear in Brightwood Park, Westfield police said Wednesday afternoon. In a Nixle alert at 12:29 p.m., Westfield police told the public of the sighting in the park located on the border of Scotch Plains. “Use extreme caution if in the area and report any such sighting ...

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NEW JERSEY -- AAA Northeast and Students Against Destructive Driving (SADD) have partnered to educate youth on the risks of marijuana-impaired driving as more states legalize recreational marijuana. The primary focus of the partnership is the delivery of peer-to-peer education by SADD’s student ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- A car accident occurred in Fanwood around noon on Friday. The collision caused a road closure on Martine Ave., between La Grande Ave. and South Ave. No one involved in the accident was hurt, according to authorities. "The driver was checked by EMS but was not injured," Fanwood ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Now that the warmer weather has arrived, people will be spending more and more time outdoors walking, running and biking. While the fresh air and exercise is great, statistics show these activities can also lead to danger, and the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad warns of ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Scotch Plains has been ranked 71st in the annual Safest Cities in New Jersey list by home security company Safewise. Last year, Scotch Plains was ranked No. 79. Sparta took the top spot this year and was also given the seventh place ranking for the Top 100 Safest Towns in ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Six people were treated for minor injuries following a crash on Lamberts Mill Road on Saturday evening, authorities said. A photo posted by the Westfield's firefighters union Monday showed an ambulance and a black sedan had crashed head-on causing severe damage. “All ...

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PLAINFIELD and SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A Plainfield resident reported a fraud in which he was swindled out of $30,000 in cash and ownership of his car by a man he thought would help him with his immigration status, according to the Scotch Plains police blotter. The victim met an individual at a ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The owner of a 2016 Mercedes Benz who left his fob in his unlocked car reported the vehicle stolen from the parking lot of a business on the 2500 block of Route 22 on Friday, April 1, at 12:15 p.m., according to the Scotch Plains police blotter.  Witnesses told Scotch Plains ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A Scotch Plains police officer narrowly avoided serious injury early Wednesday morning when a speeding vehicle slammed into the back of her patrol car after the officer had pulled over to check on a car that was stopped on the side of Route 22 West. Officer Valerie Aguirre ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Rampant scams aimed at stealing from senior citizens received attention at this week’s meeting of the Fanwood Seniors Club. Fanwood police director Michael Bramhall and several officers spoke at the meeting, warning of types of scams and what people can to do prevent becoming ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A Scotch Plains resident last week reported being swindled out of $48,000 by someone they had been chatting with via online applications over the past few months, according to the Scotch Plains police blotter.  The victim began sending money even though they had never met ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In 2021, consumers lost more than $5.8 billion to fraud, up 70% over 2020. Almost 2.8 million people filed a fraud complaint, an annual record. Imposter scams were most prevalent, but investment scams cost the typical victim the most money, CNBC reports. In a presentation at ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Police in Scotch Plains, Fanwood and neighboring towns, including Cranford and Westfield, have seen a rise in the number of car thefts and attempts. Further, suspects are becoming increasingly brazen and now sometimes attempt to enter homes in search of car keys, according ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police arrested a man who reportedly was wielding a pipe at pedestrians outside the 7-11 at 302 Park Ave. shortly before 6 p.m. on Friday, March 11. Upon arrival, officers encountered two males, one of whom was still armed with the pipe and refused commands to ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Even with stories about cybersecurity and online fraud increasing in the news, criminals are relentless in the variety of online scams they attempt to persuade victims to give them money electronically. Unfortunately, despite heightened awareness and warnings from officials, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A woman made off with a bag of $15,000 stolen from the front of a resident's home last week, police said. Video footage shows a woman taking the bag from the front stairs before returning to a waiting vehicle and then driving off, police said in a statement. The money had been ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Police Department has been nominated for a 2022 RISE Award presented by @Axon.ProtectLife. The awards celebrate the officers, agencies, and organizations who serve their communities with unparalleled heroism and dedication. Agency and Community award winners ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The driver who slammed into a Wonder Truck at the intersection of North Avenue and the Hetfield Ave. in Scotch Plains on Thursday, March 3, has been charged with DUI, according to the Scotch Plains police blotter released today. Robert Vandergroef, 51, of Garwood, was ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Phil D’Ambrosio, a 50-year member of the Fanwood Fire Department and decades-long volunteer with the Fanwood Rescue Squad, died at age 82 in his home in Lebanon, NJ, on Jan. 2, 2022. Mr. D’Ambrosio and his wife, Nancy, were fixtures at the Rescue Squad for many years. Nancy, one ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The intersection of North Avenue and the Hetfield Ave. and the Hetfield Ave. bridge were closed to traffic this evening following an accident involving a Wonder truck. Scotch Plains firefighters were seen helping to hook the damaged vehicle onto the tow truck. Scotch Plains ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police arrested a 22-year-old Plainfield man on Monday, Feb. 28, following a report of a suspicious male attempting to open car doors the 300 block of Henry Street, according to the Scotch Plains police blotter. Residents also posted on social media that the ...

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