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Water Main Break on Baker Street in Maplewood Wednesday Morning

April 18, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Shortly after 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Maplewood police reported receiving a call from a commuter on his way to work who noticed a small geyser of water in front of 34 Baker St., next to the driveway to the Maplewood Country Club. 

According to Maplewood police, they requested assistance from New Jersey American Water to shut off the water, but as of 7:10 a.m., ...

Jim DeVaul Sworn In as New Maplewood Chief of Police

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Before an almost full house, Jim DeVaul was sworn in as the new Maplewood Chief of Police by Township Clerk Liz Fritzen, at the Maplewood Township Committee meeting on Tuesday.

The ceremony was attended by Maplewood Fire Department Chief Michael Dingelstedt, South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll and police officers.

The search for a new police ...

Two Men from Maplewood Charged with Criminal Mischief in Connection with Recent Graffiti

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Two men from Maplewood have been charged with criminal mischief in connection with the recent graffiti that has been found throughout Maplewood, according to a press release from the Maplewood Police Department.

The press release stated that at about 4 a.m. on April 6, an officer stopped a man "in connection with the recent graffiti incidents that ...

Seton Hall Fire Survivors Present "After The Fire" to Bloomfield H.S. Seniors

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield Fire Department presented "After The Fire" to Bloomfield High School's senior class.  "After the Fire" is an award winning documentary about the arson fire on the campus of Seton Hall University in 2000. Three students were killed and over fifty were injured in a fire started as a prank but rapidly spread in a common area at Boland ...

Maplewood Firefighters Extinguish Dumpster Fire; Say Multiple Cigarette Butts Found Nearby

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Shortly after 11 a.m., on Friday, April 13, Claudine Baptiste, manager of the new BCB Community Bank branch in Maplewood stated that she became aware of smoke rising from the area behind Village Coffee, located at 164-166 Maplewood Avenue. Upon further inspection, Baptiste found that a dumpster was on fire.

According to the Maplewood Fire Department, attempts by ...

Maplewood Township Committee Appoints New Chief of Police

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Township Committee voted 4 to 1 to appoint Acting Chief of Police Jimmy DeVaul to the position of Chief of Police, effective Wednesday morning, April 4, when he will officially be sworn into office.

DeVaul, who is a lifelong resident of Maplewood and a graduate of Columbia High School, was accompanied at the meeting by his wife, Krista, as well ...

Two Juveniles Arrested for Robbery of South Orange Mail Carrier, Police Say

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A South Orange mail carrier reported that she was robbed by two males with a handgun on Friday afternoon, March 16, while she was delivering mail on Radel Terrace, stated the South Orange police blotter.

"According to the victim and other witnesses, two unknown actors got out of a tan colored vehicle and approached her with a handgun (a black revolver) ...

Newstead House Fire Leaves Home Uninhabitable

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A house fire on Monday afternoon on Hoskier Road in Newstead has left the home uninhabitable, according to a release from South Orange Fire Chief Daniel Sullivan.

The fire, which was reported at about 3:30 p.m. and was extinguished by about 7 p.m.,  required "aggressive interior firefighting and suppression efforts," according to Sullivan who ...

Man Shot and Killed in Maplewood on Saturday Night; Investigation Ongoing

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There was a fatal shooting at a restaurant on Springfield Avenue on Saturday night, according to a press release issued on Sunday from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Acting Maplewood Police Chief Jimmy DeVaul.

The Maplewood Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating it as a ...

'Code Yellow' at South Mountain School on Friday

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Mountain Elementary School was put into a "Code Yellow" on Friday morning after there was a report of an unauthorized entry, according to an email to families from South Mountain Principal Alyna Jacobs

According to the email from Jacobs, after the unauthorized entry report, "we responded with extra caution and put the building into a Code Yellow and ...

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