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Fatal Bus Crash in Maplewood on Tuesday Under Investigation

February 20, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - One fatality has been reported in the bus crash Tuesday afternoon on Springfield Avenue that also injured four other people, according to an updated press release from the Essex County Prosecutor's office.

The driver of the bus, identified as Larry Wiley, age 65, was transported to University Hospital in Newark where he was pronounced dead at 5:48 p.m., according to Chief ...

Five Injured When NJ Transit Bus and Garbage Truck Collide in Maplewood on Tuesday

Article has been updated here: Fatal Bus Crash in Maplewood on Tuesday Under Investigation

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Five people were seriously injured when a NJ Transit bus and a garbage truck had a head-on collision around 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a press release from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino of the Essex County Prosecutor's office.

The accident ...

South Orange - Maplewood School District Responds to Threatening Message Painted in Columbia H.S. Lot

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Orange - Maplewood School District (SOMSD) sent an email to Columbia High School (CHS) families at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday with information about the threatening message that was found painted in the CHS lot that morning. 

The large message was painted on the ground of the student parking lot on Parker Avenue, about a half-block from CHS, and stated, ...

Police Respond to Threatening Message Painted in Columbia High School Lot

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Police are investigating an apparent offensive message painted on the parking lot surface at Columbia High School (CHS) on Wednesday, which includes a threat to obtain a gun in response to alleged name-calling.

The large message was painted on the ground of the student parking lot on Parker Avenue, about a half-block from CHS and stated, “If they keep calling me a b**ch ...

Suspect in Newark Murder Previously Charged with Assaulting Victim Outside of Maplewood Daycare Center

NEWARK, NJ - Tiffany Wilson, age 28, of Newark was fatally shot on Tuesday in Newark, according to a release from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose.

According to the release, at about 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Newark Police were advised that a shooting had occurred in the 100 block of Scheerer Avenue in Newark. When police ...

No Injuries Reported in Maplewood House Fire on Tuesday Night

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish a house fire on Irvington Ave. on Tuesday, Jan. 30, but the home was deemed uninhabitable due to damage and loss of power, and the seven people living there are now displaced, according to a release from the Maplewood Fire Department.

The Maplewood Fire Department was dispatched at about 10:15 p.m. due to reported smoke conditions ...

Where is 'The Goonies?' And is it Safe?

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - At the monthly meeting of the South Orange Environmental Commission on Jan. 25, discussion of improvements to the Farrell Field Park area was pushed to the top of the agenda in response to the report by police of a recent robbery of a teenage girl while she was walking with friends in the woods behind the park on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 24.

The wooded area -- which ...

Teenage Girl Robbed in South Orange on Wednesday Afternoon; Arrest Made

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A teenage girl reported being robbed as she was walking with several friends on Wednesday, Jan. 24, according to an update to the South Orange Police Department's Facebook page on Thursday. A juvenile from Maplewood was apprehended and arrested for this robbery at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday, and a second suspect is still at large.

According to the South Orange Police ...

Brief Evacuation at Maplewood Middle School Thursday Morning Due to 'Concerning Odor'

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There was a brief evacuation Thursday morning at Maplewood Middle School after staff smelled a cornering odor, according to an email from the South Orange - Maplewood School District. The evacuation occurred before most students and staff had entered the building, and after investigation, the Maplewood Fire Department gave the all clear to enter the building at 8:30 ...

How Is Maplewood’s Interim Police Chief “Changing Everything?”

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Interim Maplewood Police Chief Jimmy DeVaul says he is changing the culture of the police department following last year’s abuse scandal that forced out his predecessor and led to calls for reform.

His plan: a lengthy list of ideas ranging from Trader Joe’s customer service to police chaplain compassion – and a whole lot in ...

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Man Charged with Crashing Truck into East Orange Planned Parenthood Clinic

February 17, 2018

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and East Orange Public Safety Director Sheliah Coley announced on Friday that Marckles Alcius, 31, with a last known address in Lowell, Massachusetts, has been charged with carrying out a truck attack on the Planned Parenthood East Orange Health Clinic on February 14, 2018, using a stolen bakery delivery truck.

Alcius has been charged with ...