Police & Fire

August 5, 2020

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Community Board on Police will meet tonight, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:30 p.m. in a public Zoom meeting. There will be opportunity for public comment. To watch and participate, use the following ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Village Trustee Steve Schnall moderated an online town hall Tuesday for South Orange first responders to address issues of home safety in the community. “Smoke detectors: cheap insurance that will save your life,” said Chief Daniel Sullivan of the South Orange Fire Department.

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange Village is hosting another virtual Town Hall. On August 4, 2020, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the theme will be Fire and Home Safety. There are several ways to take part in this event: Facebook Live: ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Saturday afternoon, July 25, there was a Medical Emergency at the Maplewood Country Club Pool, as told to TAPinto SOMA by Deputy Chief Brett Derewsky. An elderly male, not breathing and blue, was rescued from the pool by one of the two female lifeguards on duty. As soon as the man ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — During the Township Committee's marathon meeting Tuesday night, Deputy Mayor Dean Dafis took the opportunity to publicly apologize for comments he made during the Public Safety Committee meeting last week.  The July 16 meeting centered around a fact-finding discussion of the role ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The discussion of whether to disarm Maplewood’s volunteer Police Auxiliary will be taken up in the next 90 days, the Township Committee decided at its meeting last night, and the volunteers may not serve during that time.  The motion was passed unanimously after a public comment ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Community Board on Police was updated about the breadth of training the Maplewood Police Department receives during its July 1 online meeting.  “Well trained officers are confident officers. A lot of times, I think situations will become diffused if the officer is very ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At least two dozen string players gathered for a socially distanced crowd in Memorial Park to remember Elijah McClain. More than 100 people spread out and listened to local musicians playing and elected officials and others speaking. It was one of many violin vigils across the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Community Board on Police will meet online on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The  8 p.m. public session will be preceded by a 7 p.m. executive session.  Included in the agenda will be a review of the board's 2020 focus areas, including stops, use of force, and non-911 ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ —  During the coronavirus state of emergency, overnight parking rules were suspended in Maplewood. The rules go back into effect June 30, and enforcement will return on July 6.  Residents may sign up for alerts from the Township with Nixle and will receive information and ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Fire Department has released further information about yesterday's house fire on Boyden Avenue: At 04:46 hours on June 15, 2020, the Maplewood Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke in the basement at 488 Boyden Ave. The first units arrived on the scene ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Somewhere in a 4 a.m. hour today a fire started in a home on Boyden Avenue. The Maplewood Fire Department responded, and declared it a second alarm fire. The fire fighters received mutual aid from South Orange, Irvington, Orange and Millburn and the South Orange Rescue ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Deputy Chief Albert Sally told the Community Board on Police that the Maplewood Police Department will “use restraint” during any protest in the township. Sally’s remarks came during a discussion at last night’s meeting, held via Zoom, about police behavior during potential local ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Village President Sheena Collum has responded to the open letters from the state police and fire unions released earlier today, in an email to union representatives at the state and local level and the Village Board of Trustees: I offered to Firefighter [James ...

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  MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The following letter to the community from Maplewood Chief of Police Jim DeVaul has been submitted for publication. Chief DeVaul not only address the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police, but continues on to address past issues in Maplewood and the ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association and the New Jersey Policemen's Benevolent Association have issued separate letters to the public with one common message: They are unhappy with both the process and the result. "Although our issues might be slightly ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A house fire in the early hours of this morning in took several hours to get under control and resulted in at least two injuries.  The Second Alarm fire on Essex Avenue started at about 3:20 a.m. It “was dispatched as a porch fire with occupant inside,” according to Rob Munson, ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — As the weekend was gripped with protests locally, in Newark and New York, and across the country, someone decided to protest visually and illegally in downtown South Orange. Sometime late Saturday evening to Sunday morning, a person or persons tagged the overpass on Third ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The following letter to the community has been issued by Police Chief Kyle Kroll, with a request that it be made available to the community at the earliest possible time:     May 30, 2020   To Our South Orange Community: Far too often, law enforcement ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Board of Trustees have issued a formal statement responding to the letter released by the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association and the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association:   Village President                                    ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Board of Trustees clapped back at the state police and fire unions last night during the BOT online meeting. The New Jersey Policeman’s Benevolent Association and the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association sent an open letter to the trustees on ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The state associations representing South Orange police officers and fire fighters have issued a joint statement today denouncing the intention of the South Orange Board of Trustees — and Village President Sheena Collum in specific — to freeze their pay for the next two budget ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A South Orange Police Officer has been administratively charged following a Use of Force Incident on Jan. 22; SOPD is seeking his removal. The officer arrested a suspect the vicinity of the South Orange Train Station on Sloan Street at 12:05 a.m. that day; suspects are always ...

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  SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A pedestrian has died after being struck by a Coach USA bus, operated under contract to NJ Transit, in downtown South Orange. The incident happened shortly after 1:30 p.m. today, at the corner of South Orange Avenue and Valley Street. The bus involved in the incident ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Although full Police Week ceremonies are among the numerous events canceled by coronavirus quarantine, the South Orange Police Department participated in a moment of silence today for New Jersey police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty and were added to the Police ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Fire Department provided an All Hands response to reports of a smoke condition coming out of Maplewood Deli and Subs, located at 1628 Springfield Avenue shortly before 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 10. Upon arrival, it was discovered the business was closed and no one was in ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — When the South Orange Fire Department received a generous gift of medical masks to supplement their personal protective equipment, they turned around and shared the wealth. After all, the masks are worth their weight in gold right now. Dr. Kaixuan Liu of Atlantic Spine Center ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — With a sense of urgency as the community faces mounting losses in the public and private sectors during the coronavirus crisis, the South Orange Board of Trustees are working toward presenting a budget for a public hearing in May. And they are asking the union-represented ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — At approximately 2:30 this afternoon, during the start of the heavy windstorm and potential of lighting and hail, a large tree came down together with primary and secondary wires at 475 Irvington Avenue. The South Orange Fire and Police Departments are on scene and have closed ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — When an ambulance is called for in South Orange, no bill is sent out. That's because the South Orange Rescue Squad is staffed by voluntary EMT's who have not slowed down during the coronavirus crisis.  “How lucky we are to have such dedicated and hard-working members,” said ...

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