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Union Man Charged in Connection with Alcohol-Fueled Linden Wreck that Took Hillside Officer’s Life

January 15, 2019

UNION, NJ - A Union man has been arrested and charged with being responsible for the alcohol-related motor vehicle collision that took the life of his passenger, an off-duty Hillside police officer, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly announced Tuesday.

Ricardo Dos-Santos, 29, is charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and ...

Elizabeth Man Charged with Vehicular Homicide in Death of Union Daughter

UNION, NJ – An Elizabeth man has been arrested for vehicular homicide in the death of his daughter from Union as a result of a fatal crash that killed that daughter and seriously injured another daughter, according to a State Police social media post.

State Police say Madelynn Rizzo, 9, of Union was killed on Sunday, November, 25, when her father, Marcelo Rizzo, driving a Ford Focus on ...

Two Fires in Union on Friday Keep Firefighters Busy

UNION, NJ – Union firefighters had a busy day Friday with two fires around town.

At about 7:30 Friday morning, firefighters arrived at 320 Concord Avenue for a smoke condition in the residence.  Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke and fire coming from the basement. 

According to Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio, firefighters searched the upper floors of the ...

Union Police Seek Help in Identifying Putnam Manor Burglary Suspect

UNION, NJ – Union police are seeking resident’s help in identifying a person wanted for burglaries in the Putnam Manor section of town.

Police said there have been several reports of suspicious people and/or residential burglaries in the Putnam Manor section. Police are trying to identify the male in the photos, as he fits the description of a suspect.

Police ask anyone who may ...

Union Comes in Second in County for 2018 Narcan Deployments, Prosecutor's Office Says

UNION, NJ – Union emergency responders deployed Naloxone (Narcan) 65 times in 2018, according to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the second highest deployment in Union County.

“The Township of Union’s police, fire, and EMS units are very aggressive in our approach to combating the opioid epidemic,” said Union Police Director Dan Zieser. 

Union police ...

Four New Union Police Officers Sworn into Office

UNION, NJ – Four new Union police officers were sworn into office on Thursday morning in Town Hall.  The new officers will enter the John H. Stamler Police Academy tomorrow to begin their training. 

Sworn into office today were:

Jessica Da-Silva Rocha
Thyago O. Morais
Edherson Thalout
Jennifer Long

Speaking to the four new officers, Union Police Director Dan ...

Car Slams Backward into Garage Wednesday Morning

UNION, NJ – A car slammed into the garage of a home at Liberty Avenue and Jockey Hollow Way at about 9:45 Wednesday morning.

According to Battalion Chief Greg Stagaard, upon arrival to the scene firefighters found a car had crashed backwards through the exterior wall of a garage after an initial collision on Liberty Avenue.

One occupant was trapped in the vehicle.  The ...

Union Firefighters Battle Early Christmas Morning House Fire

UNION, NJ – A fire that began in a fireplace sent Union firefighters to a home on Cedar Avenue early Christmas morning.

According to Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio, firefighters were called to a home on Cedar Avenue at about 4:00 Tuesday morning.  Upon arrival, firefighters found the homeowners outside with smoke coming from the first floor of the home. 

Firefighters ...

Union Firefighters Battle Interior House Fire

UNION, NJ – Union firefighters responded to a house fire Sunday night on Creger Avenue.

According to Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio, firefighters were called to a house fire at about 8:30 p.m. by the home’s first floor tenant.  Scanio said the second floor of the house was not occupied.  Firefighters arrived and found smoke coming from the second floor apartment and the ...

Explosion at Union Food Processing Facility Sends Three to Hospital

UNION, NJ – The failure of a steam kettle caused a pressure explosion Thursday morning at Deep Foods on Springfield Road, sending three to the hospital.

According to Union Battalion Chief Greg Stagaard, firefighters were dispatched to the Deep Foods facility at about 8:45 Thursday morning for an unresponsive patient. 

Stagaard said upon arrival firefighters discovered four ...


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