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January 14, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J-The South Orange Police Department has launched an investigation into alleged racial profiling by its officers. The investigation comes after officers accused their colleagues on the force of exhibiting bias and racial profiling in their tactics in a recent study conducted by ...

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MAPLEWOOD, N.J - Maplewood saw an 18% reduction in crime (both violent and non-violent) in 2021, according to police chief James DeVaul. DeVaul delivered a crime report at the Maplewood Public Safety Committee’s Jan. 12 meeting. Violent crime was down 44% and theft decreased by 40% in the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, N.J. – A plan to have the Maplewood Community Board on Police (CBP) give a report to the township committee is “a great opportunity,” said a board member at the panel’s meeting this week. CBP member Roberto Reyes said he believes the upcoming presentation to the governing body will ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The Dec. 23 rescue of three people from a fire demonstrated the value of having fire personnel stationed nearby as well as the fire dangers posed this time of year, said the South Orange Fire Department in a statement. It said its firefighters rescued a mother and two children ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The Village of South Orange has hired Jayme Ganey as director of the Community Care & Justice program. An initiative of Village President Sheena Collum, Community & Justice is a collaboration between South Orange, Seton Hall University and Essex County which seeks to ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The suspect in the Nov. 20 stabbing on Van Rensselear Street in Belleville was arrested Sunday night in Trenton. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Belleville Police Chief Mark Minichini made the announcement Monday evening.  Termaine Pines, 48, of ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The South Orange Fire Department and its unions issued a statement Tuesday congratulating firefighter David Klugel for being promoted from captain to deputy chief. Klugel, a 10-year veteran of the South Orange Fire Department, was sworn in at Monday’s meeting of the South ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A small group of South Orange Police Department officers participated in a New Jersey City University study which revealed that some officers still see racial profiling from their colleagues. Venessa Garcia of New Jersey City University reported about the Qualitative ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Fire Department is currently facing extraordinary overtime rates, according to its new chief. Just a day after being sworn in as Chief of the Maplewood Fire Department, Joseph Alvarez had to deliver the news at his first Public Safety Committee meeting. About ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A major water main break on Saturday in Maplewood, left a number of homes with no water and others with very low water pressure. The water main broke at Dunnel Road and Oakland Road in the same area where work has been taking place. New Jersey American Water was on the scene ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Joseph Alvarez and Steven Cassiello, Maplewood's new fire chief and fire captain, expressed gratitude for the appointments and said they look forward to serving and protecting the township's residents and property. The men were sworn in via Zoom during the Dec. 7 Maplewood ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At a celebration marking the fifth night of Hanukkah in Maplewood, local clergy members are reacting to news that a swastika was found in the bathroom at Westfield High School. As TAPinto Westfield reported, it was discovered late yesterday. You can read their story ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – A program called Strategies for Youth, designed to improve police communication with young people, might work well in Maplewood, said members the Maplewood Community Board on Police on Wednesday. The topic was discussed in a virtual meeting of the board, a committee reviewing ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Police throughout New Jersey, including Maplewood, are taking part in the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, so ... don't enjoy too much holiday cheer in a glass and get behind the wheel of a car this season. That's essentially the message of the Acting Attorney ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - We have the following report from Maplewood Police regarding a robbery at the Walgreens on Springfield Avenue that occurred on Friday morning. Police issued the statement today.  "On 11/19/21, at approximately 11:10 am a male wearing a hooded sweatshirt and mask entered the ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The following press release was just received from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office regarding the arrest of Jamie A. Moore, the mother of the 14-year-old child, Jashyah Moore, who had been missing until she was located in New York last evening. Newark, NJ ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Literature containing antisemitic writing was found at a church in Westfield earlier this month, police said. A photocopied document, found Nov. 1 at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, contained instructions “threatening harm” if the literature was not distributed, said to ...

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Newark, NJ – Jashyah Moore, an East Orange 14-year-old who had been missing, was found in New York City, said Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephen Moore is safe and is being provided all appropriate services, he said. Other than stating that Moore  wil be returned to New Jersey ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Alexis Karteron, a Constitutional Law professor at Rutgers specializing in policing, was appointed Monday to the Maplewood Community Board on Police. Karteron, a Maplewood resident and a member of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, expressed enthusiasm for the new ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Township Police responding to a 911 call reporting a disabled car on Mountainview Road Tuesday morning discovered the bodies of two young children bound and restrained in their car seats. The mother, identified by police as Yuhwei Chou, 36, a resident of Skillman in Montgomery ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - While a time for celebration, the holiday season is unfortunately also a time of increased crime. This holiday season, the Maplewood Police Department would like to remind all residents of the following holiday crime prevention tips: Tips for Vehicle Theft Prevention: Lock ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A 2-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon trapped one of the involved motorists in their vehicle, forcing firefighters to use an extrication device. The almost head-on collision took place at about 1:30 p.m. on Prospect Street just north of the Parker Street intersection. The ...

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            SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — There were many sounds of sirens around 10am this morning with the typical sound of Police Vehicles, Fire Engines and possibly ambulance. It shortly later became evident that the reason for all the sirens was an accident involving an automobile striking a ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. _ A new team of social workers from Seton Hall University is now accepting referrals from South Orange police and emergency medical personnel as part of an initiative that seeks to "reimagine" traditional models of law enforcement through the larger lens of public safety and ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — NBA legend Allan Houston brought The FISLL Project to Seton Hall University  on Tuesday to continue the success of his foundation’s nationwide mentoring program. SHU is a partner in South Orange’s Community Care and Justice Program, along with Essex County, and will ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — An inaccurate report from Breaking News Network was received earlier this morning. In a telephone call with South Orange Police Chief Steve Dolinac, we have been informed that there was NO Incident in South Orange today, and that the South Orange Police Department has no ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange Village President Sheena Collum is asking residents to participate in a survey related to the village's new Community Care and Justice program. Below is a copy of her statement. Dear South Orange Neighbors, As you may have heard, this year we launched our ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Maplewood firefighters today extricated a person who was partially trapped in a vehicle accident, a crash that also injured two others, said Acting Maplewood Fire Chief Christopher Ariemma. The 4 p.m. incident took place at the corner of Newark Way and Rutgers Street, Ariemma ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Police Department has requested that we post the following as they are in immediate need of School Crossing Guards to help keep the children safe on their journey to and from School. PART-TIME JOB OPPORTUNITY Township of Maplewood — Police Department       ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ The catalytic converters recently stolen from beneath eight South Orange-Maplewood School District buses are likely worth about $20,000, according to police. The Maplewood Police Department is investigating the theft of the expensive exhaust system components, reporting that ...

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