Police & Fire

May 12, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ — The city of Summit reported that police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault perpetrated by an unidentified suspect posing as an Uber driver who was transporting the victim from New York City to Pennsylvania. The driver, described as a white male with a beard, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Union County will expand its Emergency Services Regional Dispatch Center in Westfield, allowing more towns the option to use its services for fire, EMS, mutual aid and first responders.  At Thursday’s virtual Board of County Commissioners meeting, commissioners awarded a $3.28 ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — A water main has broken on Caldwell Place. As of right now it is unknown when the water will be back on.  North Trivett Avenue to Morris Avenue will be closed for the time being and is open to residents only. 

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SUMMIT, NJ — A 19-year-old Summit woman abducted off the street and locked in the trunk of her suspected kidnapper’s car narrowly escaped in a struggle with her captor, then helped police track the man down, records released Friday show. Shervon James, 33, of Union, is accused of first ...

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SECAUCUS, NJ — A 24-year-old Springfield man was one of two suspects charged by Secaucus Police with luring and enticing a child. Nicholas Signorelli, 24, of Springfield, Nevil Rana, 34 of Wallington, have been charged with Luring and Enticing a Child. Rana also has been charged with Criminal ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — Quick action on the part of City of Summit Police Department officers resulted in the thwarting of an attempted abduction over the weekend, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Summit Police Chief Andrew Bartolotti jointly announced Sunday. Shervon James, 33, of the ...

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UNION, NJ – The deaths of two women in Hillside are believed to be connected to a death in Union, said acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo on Wednesday. As reported by TAPinto Union early Wednesday morning, the case began at about 2:30 Monday morning when Union police officers ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The township has entered into a contract agreement with Mountain Valley Emergency Communications Center (MVECC), a regional public safety answering point, to provide 9-1-1 services to all Springfield residents and businesses and emergency dispatching services for the Springfield ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Springfield Township Committee passed resolutions last week approving the promotion of two police officers. Emmett Badai has been promoted to the rank of Sixth Class Patrol Officer, and Hope N. Arthur has been promoted to the rank of Eighth Class Patrol Officer in the ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- A local man has been charged with being in possession of more than 10,000 digital images consisting of child sexual abuse material, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Monday.  Joseph Poutre, 55, of Middletown, is charged with a single count of ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced overnight closures on I-78 westbound express as the CR 577/Main Street bridge deck replacement project advances in Springfield, Union County. Beginning at 11 p.m. tonight, Monday, March 29, until 5 a.m.

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Springfield Police Department has alerted residents via its Facebook page of a recent incident that might have been an attempted burglary under the guise of a contractor scam. On March 18, police say there was "a suspicious incident in the area of Evergreen Avenue" in which ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The following is the Springfield Police Department blotter from March 1 through March 14: March 2 – A burglary of a Springfield Avenue business was reported to Police on January 8, 2021. As a result of an investigation by Detective Bureau personnel, a 54-year-old Rahway man was ...

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UNION, NJ - A motor vehicle accident on Morris Avenue has shut down the road in both directions.  The accident occurred at 1481 Morris Avenue, near Surburan Road. Traffic is being diverted around the accident onto Lorraine and Colonial Avenues.  Traffic is heavy in the area.

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NEWARK, NJ — A Union Township man is currently being sought by police after being charged with fatally shooting a Newark woman, Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay Ruotolo announced on Monday.  Jamar I. Webber, 20, has been charged with first-degree murder and two related weapons offenses in ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Earlier this week, the Springfield Fire Department received delivery on its newest fire engine. The purchase of the pumper engine was approved at a township committee meeting in January of 2020, with the new Pierce 1500 GPM Pumper Truck replacing a fire engine that had been in ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a swearing-in ceremony held at town hall on Wednesday morning, Stephanie Bagniewski made history, becoming the first female firefighter that the Springfield Fire Department has ever had. Bagniewski was appointed as a probationary firefighter by resolution 2021-70 at ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In an update on the resident's forum Facebook page earlier this afternoon, Springfield Mayor Chris Weber updated Springfield residents on a water main break on Meisel Avenue next to the field complex, that has brought traffic down the street to a crawl. "Earlier this morning ...

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UNION, NJ – A tragic New Year’s Day accident occurred at just after 9:00 Friday morning on Route 78. According to Union fire officials, firefighters responded to the accident on Route 78 West at mile marker 50.8 just prior to the Springfield Avenue bridge. Firefighters found one vehicle which ...

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NEW JERSEY — An investigation is currently ongoing after a bomber, later identified as Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, reportedly set off an explosion in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, on Christmas morning. New Jersey officials said the bombing - which injured at least eight people, killed Warner and ...

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SOMERVILLE, N.J. – A Bound Brook man has been indicted by a Somerset County Grand Jury in connection with the Jan. 12 fire that destroyed two apartment buildings under construction on Main Street, Bound Brook and several adjacent buildings. Juan Hector Padilla, age 29, of East Second Street ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — A follow-up investigation and subsequent observance of a shoplifting incident at the Springfield Barnes and Noble led to a vehicular chase and eventual apprehension of a suspect, according to a post on the Springfield Police Facebook page yesterday afternoon. The incident in ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a follow-up to their donation late last month, Springfield-Hillside Elks Lodge members were on hand to make a charitable contribution to the Springfield Police Benevolent Association (PBA) this past weekend at their lodge. Representatives from the Springfield PBA 76 were on ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Earlier this afternoon, authorities were on site in Springfield, removing a car that had crashed through the fencing in front of the Gomes property and fallen to the base of the construction. According to the township on their Facebook page, the initial accident occurred on the ...

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NEW JERSEY — Halloween weekend saw mostly compliance with coronavirus restrictions across the state although there were a few notables outliers, according to New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan on Monday. “I thank the overwhelming majority of you who celebrated safely ...

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(Updated 5:52 p.m. with information about Caldwell School Closure) SPRINGFIELD, NJ — A downed power line and pole near the intersection of Morris Avenue and Caldwell Place brought first responders and township officials to the scene Wednesday evening in Springfield. According to Springfield ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — At last night's township committee meeting, two Springfield Firefighters were promoted by resolution from the township committee. Probationary firefighters Austin Bucossi and Ronald Werner were both promoted up to ninth class firefighters, via resolutions 2020-237 and 2020-238.

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TRENTON, NJ - Prosecutors' offices statewide have worked cooperatively in a sweeping operation to capture 21 accused sexual predators who have been targeting children as young as 6,7, or 8 on the internet.  At Governor Murphy's Coronavirus Press Briefing today, Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — At Tuesday night's Springfield Township committee meeting, the committee approved a series of movements within the Springfield Police Department. During the meeting, Officer Kenneth Novak officially resigned, and had his resignation approved. Officer Luis Brito was also ...

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UPDATE — 3:25 p.m. Mayor Capodice has put out a second update from JCP&L, showing 5,819 customers in Springfield without power. SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Springfield Township and its residents began to survey the damage Tuesday afternoon as Tropical Storm Isaias left the area. As part of the ...

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