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Union Firefighters Respond to Kean University Fire

November 22, 2017

UNION, NJ – Union firefighters responded to Kean University on Tuesday for a basement fire.

Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio said while en route, firefighters were advised by Kean authorities of a power outage on the campus.  Firefighters found a small motor fire and it was quickly extinguished. 

Due to the power outage, every building without back-up power had to be searched ...

Investigation into Fiery Fatal Crash Continues

UNION, NJ – The man who died in what began as a shoplifting incident on Sunday afternoon has not yet been identified.

According to Acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour, the incident in which the suspected shoplifter led police on a vehicle pursuit before crashing into a building, killing him, is still under investigation.

At just before 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, a store ...

Details Emerge on Fatal Car Crash on Springfield Avenue

UNION, NJ – The deadly crash of a shoplifting suspect began at about 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon when police were summoned to the Target/Whole Foods stores on Vauxhall Road to assist with a shoplifter resisting arrest.

According to Union police, officers attempted to arrest the suspect, who was violently resisting, shouting he has AIDS.  The suspect bit one of the officers and ...

Car Chase Ends in Deadly Crash on Springfield Avenue

UNION, NJ - Details continue to emerge, but a car crash ending in the death of the driver has occurred on Springfield Avenue in the Vauxhall section of Union. 

The incident began when a shoplifting suspect attempted to assault officers at the Target parking lot in Vauxhall.  The suspect fled and a pursuit ensued.  The suspect ended up crashing his vehicle into an ...

Springfield Township Committee Meeting: Public Safety Openings to be Filled, Pool Update, Residents Complain about Parking at Roessner Field

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - A celebration began the Township Committee meeting Monday night with a proclamation read by Deputy Mayor Vassallo honoring Ronnie Mitnitsky for 50 years of service as an auxiliary police officer.  Officer Mitnitsky put in 10,000 volunteer hours of service.  He retired as a Corporal.  In his own words Ronnie said, “In 50 years I did everything… walked ...

Fanwood Police Officer with Law Enforcement Team in Puerto Rico Finds Misery and Optimism

FANWOOD, NJ -- Like many other visitors to post-hurricane Puerto Rico, Fanwood Police Officer Elliott Bernard says the images seen on TV and online simply don’t capture the enormity of the damage, even two months after the storm. Roads with giant fissures, downed utility poles, epic food and water shortages and the lack of power make day to day life exhausting.

“Every day, you ...

Somerville Resident Charged with Attempted Murder

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A Mechanic Street resident has been charged with attempted murder following Thursday afternoon’s shooting in the area of Third Street and Center Street.

Azikwa D. Rustin, 30, faces formal charges of first degree attempted murder, second degree possession of a firearm, second degree unlawful possession of a firearm, and second degree certain persons prohibited from ...

Roxbury Cops Nab Serial Con-Man After Foot Chase in Kenvil

ROXBURY, NJ – A serial criminal, who convinced a 78-year-old Kenvil woman to give him more than $30,000 for roof repairs she didn’t get, was arrested last week by Roxbury police following a dramatic foot chase, police said.

The man, Sonny Stanley, 43, of Gutenberg, was charged with obstruction of the administration of law, resisting arrest and theft by deception, police ...

Cops Arrest 4 After Stolen Car Crashes Through Fence in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — UPDATED AT 12:15 p.m.

Around 7 a.m. Sunday morning, a stolen car left the roadway and crashed on the 1200 block of Central Avenue, according to Westfield Police Chief David Wayman. Four males excited the vehicle and fled on foot, he said.

Photos taken by the home's owner show that the car crashed through a fence and into the bushes.

The car was not being ...

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