Police & Fire

May 26, 2020

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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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The following is an announcement from Maplewood Police Department Chief Jim DuVaul concerning the attempted carjacking on Oakland Road: The Maplewood Police Department is pleased to report an arrest has been made related to an Attempted Carjacking that occurred in our Township ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Police Department and the Community Service Bureau will be hosting a pizza contest for Maplewood residents Pre-k through 4th grade and 5th through 8th grades. MPD will post contests with detailed instructions on its Facebook page (@maplewoodpolicedepartment) every Friday ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Shots were fired in the Oakland Road area this afternoon during an attempted car jacking; the area is less than half a mile from Columbia High School. Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul provided the following statement, with the caution to "keep in mind this is an active ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Before the novel coronavirus crisis, when the Maplewood Fire Department took a medical call, the ambulance and EMT crew were away from the station for an average of 45 minutes. Now, having to put on two layers of personal protective equipment (PPE), being extra cautious at the call, ...

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March 22, 2020; Shoplifting; At approximately 1:30 pm a male took several body washes and fled the CVS on Valley St without paying for them. March 22, 2020; At approximately 8:30 pm a male took several items from the Walgreens and fled without paying for them. March 23, 2020; Theft from Auto; ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A vehicle hit a house on Millburn Avenue across the street from the Audi dealership last night, April 2, sometime in the 9 p.m. hour, damaging the building. Maplewood Fire Department and EMS responded. A Deputy on the scene reported that the vehicle fled the scene toward ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Police and Fire Departments are coming together to cheer up local kids who cannot have birthday parties during social distancing. The first responders are offering children with April birthdays a mini parade in front of their home.  Community Relations Officer ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Local UPS Store owner George Berkeley has been charged.  A source familiar with the investigation and wishing to remain anonymous gave the tip to TAPinto SOMA earlier today; the tipster said the charges were in the realm of sexual harassment.  This was confirmed by South ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The parking lot behind BCB Bank and Village Coffee on Maplewood Avenue, officially Parking Lot #2, is closed until further notice. This is due to a truck hitting a utility pole early this morning. The Maplewood Police Department sent out a Nixle Alert about the situation at 7:22 ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A resolution was passed at the March 3 Township Council meeting naming the following religious leaders Police Chaplains within the Maplewood Police Department: Rev. Dr. Rick Boyer of Prospect Presbyterian Church, Maplewood Rabbi Daniel Cohen of Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, ...

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  Warrant Issued for South Orange Man and Two Newark Men Each Wanted for Separate Incidents of Domestic Violence Assault Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose reports that warrants have been issued for the arrest of Farod Rice, 49, of South Orange, and for Newark ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — An accident this afternoon along South Orange Avenue just west of Ridgewood Road damaged three cars and caused one of them to flip upside down. Remarkably, no one was injured. The driver of the flipped Buick Encore spoke with TAPinto SOMA at the scene today, Feb. 3, but ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Police Department held its recurring Coffee With a Cop event at Bread Stand on Boyden Avenue this morning, Jan. 31. The latest installment of Coffee With a Cop came as they all do, with no agenda. The purpose is just to get to know the neighbors and for the residents of ...

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MAHWAH, NJ — When each call to a fire could result in injury or death, there is no such thing as a fire fighter being over-prepared. To that end, the Maplewood Fire Department held a training day for each of the four platoons comprising the department. Over the period of four days last week, each ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Three officers of the South Orange Police Department were sworn into new positions at Monday’s meeting of the Village Trustees. Police Chief Kyle Kroll said he was proud of the three men and the department. “We’re moving forward, and we’re moving people up in the ranks,” he ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange Village has issued the following statement on their website. TAPinto SOMA will update the story as details become available: The South Orange Police Department Internal Affairs Unit and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Bureau are ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Fire Department didn't have far to travel from the station to Bunny's Restaurant when they were called to check on the restaurant's basement. Leslie Pogany, Bunny's owner, told TAPinto SOMA she smelled smoke today, Jan. 22, during dinnertime and immediately ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ-10) visited Seton Hall University on Friday, Jan. 17, to mark today's 20th anniversary of the fire at Boland Hall on Jan. 19, 2000, and introduce their legislation, the Campus Fire Safety Education Act.  Also ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The incident at 200 Boyden Avenue which we reported on earlier in the day was initially reported to the police as either a robbery on shooting. According to a report about the incident from Detective Sergeant Michael Palmerezzi, the witness on the scene provided the Patrol Officers ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Shortly before noon today, January 10, both the. Maplewood Police and Fire Departments responded to an incident at Avalon Apartments on Boyden Avenue.  Blood was found both on the ground in the courtyard of the building as well as inside the property. Two persons were seen ...

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