Police & Fire

December 31, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - ​There was a minor fire at an apartment on Springfield Avenue on Sunday, Dec. 30, according to a press release from the Maplewood Fire Department. The cause of the fire was accidental, stated fire department officials, and may have been caused by a cat knocking over a candle. The ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – At Fire Department Headquarters on Dec. 27, FMBA LOCALS 40 and 240 presented a $3000 donation to Bill Lavin, the founder of the Where Angels Play Foundation.  South Orange Fire Captain Giovanni Grasso's contact with Allied Beverage Corporation was responsible for their ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Maplewood police, assisted by the Maplewood VFW Chapter 10120, raised $13,550 for the Pets for Vets organization, which trains and provides therapy dogs for Veterans with PTSD. On Dec. 11, they presented a check to Troopers Assisting Troops, an organization comprised of retired ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Samuel Skeete, age 21, of Maplewood was arrested and charged with burglary and eluding, along with numerous outstanding warrants from multiple jurisdictions, according to a press release from Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul. Maplewood police responded to a call at about 11:50 ...

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UNION, NJ – An armed robbery in the parking lot of the Millburn-Union Whole Foods has police and Union County Crime Stoppers asking the public for help. Police say that on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at about 8 p.m., a woman reported that as she was loading her bags in the trunk of her car at the Whole ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Police have arrested a 21-year-old Irvington man and a teenager in connection with the theft of a vehicle that was later used in an Essex County robbery, authorities said Monday. Dquan Dupont, of Irvington, had stolen the car left running in the parking lot of a convenience store ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Maplewood Township and and the Maplewood Police Department have issued the following response to "The Force Report" that was published elsewhere earlier. Maplewood Township and the Maplewood Police Department are committed to fairness and respect for all individuals in our ...

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SPARTA, NJ –  A South Orange woman who was weaving on Route 15 is facing driving while intoxicated charges. On November 17,around 7 p.m., Police Officer Brian Porter saw Barrie Rodner, 43, unable to stay in her lane in her black Nissan SUV, police said. Rodner was stopped and when the officer ...

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 MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Fire Department held their first annual open house and dedicated their new engine on Saturday, Oct. 13. The open house was a chance to welcome the community, exhibit equipment, and demonstrate life-saving equipment, including how the "Jaws of Life" can be used to ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — A structure fire in the Lourdes neighborhood near downtown West Orange caused a stretch of Harrison Avenue to be shut down on Saturday evening. The West Orange Fire Department battled the blaze near the corner of Harrison Avenue near Elm Street. Officials said a vehicle fire ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A snowstorm on Thursday caused cancellations, closures, major traffic problems, and impassable streets that prevented school buses from completing their routes. Here are the latest updates: From Maplewood Police at 4:20 p.m.: All Jitney routes are ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Columbia High School (CHS) Administrative Team sent an email to CHS families at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday, informing them that a student had shown school administration an "inappropriate picture of a weapon on another student's Instagram account." School administrators worked ...

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MAPLWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood PBA (Local #44) with the help of the Maplewood Police Department's Community Service Bureau, hosted a 5k "Pets For Vets" 5K run, which was a fundraiser for Troopers Assisting Troopers, a NJ State Police organization that raises money to purchase service dogs for ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Three incidents of Criminal Mischief were reported on Halloween night, according to the South Orange Police Blotter. SMASHED HALLOWEEN ORNAMENT ON BERKELEY AVENUE A Berkeley Avenue resident reported that at about 8:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, an unknown group of ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There was a fire Saturday morning in an attached two-car garage at a home on Crest Circle, according to a release from the South Orange Fire Department. When firefighters arrived at the home at about 8 a.m., they found a heavy smoke condition from the garage, and entry to ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There was a scheduled, but unannounced, Code Red Drill at South Orange Middle School (SOMS) on Friday morning, according to an email sent from the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD) to SOMS families at about 11 am. on Friday, Nov. 2. The email stated ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A New Jersey American Water (NJAW) dump truck crashed into a South Orange Fire Department vehicle at about 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday. According to fire department officials at the scene, NJAW was installing a new fire hydrant Wednesday morning on Glenside Road when one of their ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The Essex County Sheriff's Office has responded to Saturday morning's mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue by implementing stronger security measures and urging more vigilance at local temples and other places of worship. "Sheriff Armando ordered that the officers of his ...

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Article updated at 10 p.m. on Oct. 23 with information that the stolen vehicle has been recovered. SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A Warwick Avenue resident reported that at about 11 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 18, he was bringing groceries into his house when "two men struck him in the face and knocked him ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There was a hydrochloric acid spill at a building on Springfield Avenue on Tuesday afternoon, with Maplewood Fire and Nutley Haz-Mat responding to the scene. According to the Maplewood Fire Department, at about 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, they received a call advising that ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A suspect was arrested and taken into custody on Saturday in connection with the sexual assault and home invasion that occurred in Maplewood on Tuesday, Oct. 16, according to a statement from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and Maplewood Police Chief Jim ...

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Update on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m.: Man Arrested in Connection with Maplewood Home Invasion and Sexual Assault MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Essex County Prosector's Office Special Victims Unit and the Maplewood Police Department are investigating the home invasion and sexual assault of a woman on ...

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Update at 11 a.m. on Oct. 17: Katherine Carter of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office stated that the incident "was not a homicide" and that more information will be provided on Wednesday. Carter said no other details of the criminal investigation were available at this time, including the ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - A Maplewood man has been arrested and charged with robbery and fraudulent use of a credit card, stated Cranford police. Maplewood police assisted with the arrest. On Saturday, October 6, at 12:44 a.m., the Cranford Police Department responded to a reported robbery occurring on ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Two motor vehicles collided at the intersection of North Wyoming Avenue and South Orange Avenue at about 7 p.m. on Thursday, according to an update from the Breaking News Network (BNN). None of the occupants of the vehicles were entrapped, however one of the people involved in ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -  A Seton Hall University student reported that at about 11:25 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, two people robbed her of her purse while she was walking with a friend on South Orange Avenue, near police headquarters, according to the South Orange Police Blotter. The victim said that ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — The 51-year-old man who was struck and killed on South Orange Avenue on Friday evening has been identified as John Peebles of Newark, according to Livingston Police Chief Gary Marshuetz and Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens, II. At approximately 11:16 p.m., ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — A pedestrian was killed late Friday night in Livingston in the area of South Orange Avenue and Peach Hill Road, according to police. Livingston police added that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is handling the investigation of this incident and will provide more information ...

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LAVALLETTE, NJ — Firefighters from across the state, including from Maplewood and South Orange, are helping to keep a Livingston teen’s name alive through a memorial playground currently being built in Lavallette—the Jersey Shore town where Brendan Tevlin spent every summer of his 19 ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - West Third Street between The Mews and Gaslight Commons flooded after heavy rain on Tuesday afternoon, causing South Orange police to secure the area. South Orange Village President Sheena Collum wrote on her Facebook page at about 2:30 p.m.,: “South Orange residents please be ...

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