Police & Fire

June 23, 2021

WAYNE, NJ — A video posted on the Wayne Police Department Facebook page shows three people in broad daylight exiting a car on the street, running up to three cars parked in the driveway of a home in a very nice neighborhood. Only one of the cars was unlocked, while the other two were locked. One of ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Shortly after 11:30 a.m. on June 20, Father’s Day, Yanick Ranier, the owner of Papillon 25, located at 25 Valley Street, reported smoke and a fire in her restaurant directly to the Firefighters at the South Orange Fire Department Headquarters. They immediately responded and ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Essex County is offering a $10,000 reward for information in the Moussa Fofana murder case. Mayor Frank McGehee announced the incentive at the start of the June 15 Township Committee meeting.  “If you know anything, please step forward. We need you,” said McGehee. Maplewood ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Village President Sheena Collum administered the oath of office to Sally Reaves “with epic Village Presidential excitement” at the June 14 Board of Trustees meeting upon Reaves' promotion and appointment to police sergeant in the South Orange Police Department. It was epic ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — There will be a candlelight service to honor and celebrate the life of Moussa Fofana today, June 12, on Ritzer Field at Columbia High School. The 7:30 p.m. vigil will remember Moussa, the 18-year-old Maplewood resident killed by gunfire almost a week ago, on June 6, in an ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Police issued the following information on June 11, 2021 regarding a serious incident that occurred on May 22, 2021. The release reads as follows: “On 05/22/21 at approximately 11pm, the Maplewood Police responded to Ricalton Square (Parking Lot #2) near the ...

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EAST ORANGE, NJ — Calling all firefighters to participate in the “Battle of the Bravest,” a firefighter muster and skill competition. The Battle will be interactive for the public in addition for the firefighters to enjoy. Hosted by NJ First Responders, FirstNet, and the Firefighters Wear Pink ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Although Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul told TAPinto SOMA today that “at this time there is nothing new that can be released,” about the shooting Sunday night that took one Columbia High School student's life and injured another, he did ask one thing of the public. He would ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On a steady stream of Instagram photos, local teens have been tagging Charles Obiagwu and sending the message to “get well soon.”  A police official confirmed that is the name of the Columbia High School student shot in the leg in last night's incident at Underhill ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The victim who died in last night's shooting at Underhill Field has been identified as Columbia High School student Moussa Fofana, age 18, of Maplewood. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul issued a press release just before ...

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CLIFTON, NJ — A dark, violent message this past Tuesday morning seemingly came out of the blue. A somewhat routine day at Clifton’s Palestinian American Community Center (PACC) was immediately transformed into a horrific experience of nightmare proportions.   At approximately 11:50 a.m., PACC ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The victim who died in last night's shooting at Underhill Field was an 18-year-old male, confirmed the Maplewood Police Department to TAPinto SOMA. He was pronounced dead on arrival when transferred to a hospital. The other victim was also confirmed as male; he was shot in the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A Columbia High School student has died following a shooting on Sunday night at Underhill Field, the South Orange-Maplewood School District has announced. Another student was wounded, according to an email sent to the district by Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor. Names of the ...

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DENVILLE, NJ -- The Denville Police Department reported that Samantha R. Carhart, 28, of Denville, has been safely located. Thank you to all who helped with the search.   READ MORE:  Rotary Club of Denville Honors Those Who Sacrificed Their Lives for Liberty READ MORE:  Man Attempted to ...

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WEST TRENTON, NJ — For the first time since May of 2019, New Jersey is open for Memorial Day.  This weekend will kick off the summer season as thousands of motorists will hit New Jersey’s roadways to head to beaches, lakes, State Parks or just across town to a friend’s cookout. Because it has ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A smoke alarm activation at Seth Boyden Elementary this morning brought out two fire departments to check on the cause.   The Maplewood Fire Department responded to Seth Boyden at 8:20 a.m. “for an alarm activation with a report of smoke coming from one of the classrooms,” ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — After a fire in the Hilton neighborhood was put out, the Maplewood Fire Department had to return to the site hours later after a new fire sent heavy smoke showing from the third floor. Shortly after noon a passerby reported smoke coming out of windows of a residential house ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On a beautiful spring day made for riding a bike, children from five to 10 learned road safety in two sessions at The Maplewood Bike Rodeo. The Maplewood Police Department's Community Bureau and NJ EZ Ride to give local kids lessons in the rules of the road, along with some lunch ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange Maplewood School District has confirmed that Stephanie Robinson, who confronted school employees at Clinton Elementary School on May 20, had worked as a lunch worker at the school. A Code Yellow was instituted at the school during the confrontation and Robinson ...

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TRENTON, NJ — No seatbelt? “No excuses,” according to New Jersey state officials who are ramping up seat belt checks beginning May 24 through June 6.  That means any motor vehicle passenger caught without a seatbelt starting Monday will be issued a citation by local, county and state law ...

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  MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Two Maplewood Police officers came to the rescue today at a vehicle crash site: Two people were entrapped in an SUV which had flipped and landed on its roof and engine hood after striking a parked car. The crash happened on the eastbound side of Tuscan Road about 2:40 ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A woman who provoked a disturbance this morning at Clinton Elementary — causing the school to have its second Code Yellow “shelter in place” order this month — was arrested a short time later by the Maplewood Police Department. “People are in an uproar in the school community,” ...

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NEW JERSEY — Officer Michael Teel, who took part in the search and recovery efforts in the moments after the 9/11 attacks, succumbed to cancer.  Sgt. Charles Wilson III and Patrolman Gary Walker passed away after contracting COVID-19.  Lt. Leroy Palmer died from complications after suffering ...

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CALDWELL, NJ — Mother Joseph Residence Hall on the campus of Caldwell University was evacuated late Monday afternoon after heavy smoke was detected on the second floor of the building. According to information from the Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department, West Caldwell Dispatch received a call of ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Lt. Adrian Acevedo, of the South Orange Police Department, Special Operations Bureau issued the following information regarding milling and paving of certain sections of South Orange Avenue and North Ridgewood Road: Starting on Wednesday, May 12th and running through Thursday, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Following an Amber alert issued on Monday afternoon, authorities located two-week-old Chinna Payne in East Orange just after 3 p.m. along with the man last seen with the infant, according to New Jersey State Police.  Police reported that Damion Payne, 27, of Newark, is accused ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Chinna Payne is a Black female infant who is missing. She is suspected to have been abducted by Damion Payne, a 27-year-old Black male. Payne was driving a 2016 Nissan white Altima with Virginia plates - VPF6043. He was seen in East Orange, NJ. The suspect is armed with a ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Police Department is partnering with EZ Ride to present a bike safety presentation on Saturday, May 22, at the annual MPD Bike Rodeo.  Please visit www.maplewoodpd.org/events to sign up!   IN LOCAL NEWS:  New S.O. Independent School SOMSD Budget ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is now involved in the investigation of an April 24 single car crash near Seton Hall University.  TAPinto SOMA spoke with Sgt. Richard Lombardi of the South Orange Police Department about the situation. He confirmed that there were four ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Shortly before 7:30 a.m. this morning, April 24, a single vehicle accident occurred just west of Center Street on South Orange Avenue. South Orange Police and Fire Department, as well as the South Orange Rescue Squad, responded to the scene. The initial report indicated ...

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