Police & Fire

May 11, 2021

UNION, NJ – Union residents are invited to provide comments to a team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) who are scheduled to examine all aspects of the Union Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services on ...

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UNION, NJ - Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. It’s dangerous and often tragic. Union residents can clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in their prescription drugs at Union Police Department’s National Take Back event.  Unused, unwanted and expired ...

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UNION, NJ - A new fire engine joined the ranks of the Union Fire Department on Thursday  Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio said the new truck is a water and foam pumper.  He said the foam is used for hazardous material and gasoline fires.  It will be part of the Union County Foam Task Force, who ...

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UNION, NJ - Union firefighters were called to a home on Winfield Terrace Wednesday afternoon at just after 1:30. The fire appears to have begun in the attic of the two-story home, said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio, although the cause is still under investigation. He said the fire appears to be ...

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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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UNION, NJ – Union police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man who they say broke into Mario’s Restaurant early Thursday morning. Police say the man forced open a door to Mario’s Tutto Bene on Chestnut street, stole money and liquor and fled in a white Ford van.  The van, ...

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UNION, NJ – Residents will have an opportunity get to know some Union police officers during a coffee and cake event on May 1. The meet and greet will be held at Cioffi’s Restaurant at 929 Stuyvesant Avenue from 9 to 11 a.m.  Other upcoming dates and locations will be announced, said Union Mayor ...

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UNION, NJ – The Union Fire Department responded to 216 incidents and the police department to 1,337 calls for service over the past two weeks, according to reports provided at Tuesday night’s Township Committee meeting. Committeeman and Fire Commissioner Clifton People Jr. reported on a few of ...

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UNION, NJ – Union police are warning residents that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t. Police are alerting residents to be on the lookout for scams and con artists.  “The coming of spring typically means the potential for an increase in crimes related to scams,” read a ...

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SUMMIT, NJ – A Vauxhall man has been charged with first-degree kidnapping, said acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo. Swift action on the part of police officers in Summit resulted in the thwarting of an attempted abduction by Shervon James, 33, over the weekend, said the ...

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UNION, NJ – Union firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at the end unit of attached townhomes on Tebe Place just after midnight Sunday morning. Upon arrival, firefighters found fire venting from two large front windows on the second floor, said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio. All occupants were ...

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UNION, NJ – A vehicle rolled over and another caught fire in an early morning crash on Route 78 Friday. Union firefighters responded to the accident at just after midnight.  At the scene of the two-car crash, firefighters found a van on its side with one occupant trapped inside and a second ...

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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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UNION, NJ  - What began as a police inquiry into a straightforward suicide in a Union parking lot now appears to be connected to a Hillside double murder, a Union police official said. The case began at about 2:30 Monday morning when Union officers discovered a suspicious car parked in the lot ...

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UNION, NJ – Union firefighters responded to an Easter evening car crash, finding the woman driver unconscious. A car crashed into a home on Burkley Place at about 4:30 Sunday afternoon, leaving the one occupant unconscious, said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio. Scanio said the woman became ...

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UNION, NJ - At 9:00 Thursday morning, Union firefighters responded to a car fire on Route 78 west at mile marker 52. Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio said the car was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on the scene.  He said Union's Engine 5 and Ladder 3 extinguished the fire without ...

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UNION, NJ – The Union Fire Department responded to 216 incidents and the police department to 762 calls for service over the past two weeks, according to reports provided at Tuesday night’s Township Committee meeting. Committeeman and Fire Commissioner Clifton People Jr. reported on a few of the ...

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LINDEN, NJ - Two men have been arrested and are charged with first-degree robbery for their alleged role in a convenience store robbery at a 7-Eleven in Linden. According to police officials, on February 21, 2021, at approximately 10:15 p.m., the two suspects, Travis Price, 28, of Linden and ...

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UNION, NJ – Union firefighters had a busy Sunday morning as they responded to two motor vehicle accidents on the Garden State Parkway. The first crash was reported on the Parkway southbound at mile marker 141.4 at around 4:50 Sunday morning.  Upon arrival, firefighters found a two car crash ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Police are reviewing security footage after a shooting at The Mills at Jersey Gardens sent people running Saturday afternoon. The shooting happened outside the Saks Fifth Avenue store and the suspect fled in a vehicle, city spokeswoman Kelly Martins said. Nobody was hurt, she ...

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UNION, NJ - A motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle on Morris Avenue has shut down the eastbound lanes.  The accident occurred at 1481 Morris Avenue, at the intersection of Lorraine Avenue.  The accident appears to involve one motorcycle and one SUV.   Eastbound traffic is being diverted ...

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UNION, NJ - There has been a rise in car burglaries all around town in the last few weeks, Union police say. Door locks are not damaged and windows are not smashed, said police. The burglars simply open an unlocked car door. "This is a basic crime in which groups of teenagers or young adults ...

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UNION, NJ - During his report on fire department activity over the past two weeks, Township Committeeman and Fire Commissioner Clifton People Jr. said the department has seen a rise in calls due to carbon monoxide detector activations. “For the majority of these incidents, it appears that the ...

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UNION, NJ – A Union man, criminally charged with fatally shooting his girlfriend at his home over the weekend, is being sought by police, said acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo. Jamar I. Webber, 20, is charged with first-degree murder and two related weapons offenses in ...

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UNION, NJ – An active investigation continues into a fatal shooting early Sunday morning at a residence on Melrose Parkway. The incident is believed to be the result of a domestic incident, said a township official.  The official said the suspect is well known to the Union Police Department for ...

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UNION, NJ - Police and Fire Department incidents from the prior two weeks were reported at the February 23, 2021 Township Committee meeting as follows: Fire Department Fire Commissioner Clifton People Jr. said the Fire Department responded to 170 incidents over the past two weeks.  On ...

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UNION, NJ – Vauxhall Road was blocked by a downed tree for some time in the very late and very early hours on Tuesday and Wednesday from a one car accident. According to officials, at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday a Subaru hit a tree on the side of Vauxhall Road, in the area of the Lincoln Technical ...

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UNION, NJ – Union firefighters are continuing to train with their new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) equipment, recently received by the department, funded in large part by a FEMA grant. Union Fire Captain Richard Fretz said each face mask is fit tested to ensure a correct fit.  “The ...

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UNION, NJ - The Union Police Department is currently accepting applications for school crossing guards. School crossing guards safeguard all pedestrians crossing the street at their assigned posts, with special attention to school children and accompanying parents, and stop traffic to the extent ...

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UNION, NJ – Union firefighters recently battled a house fire discovered to have been caused by an unattended fire pit.  Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio says there are safeguards in place to help residents enjoy safe recreational fires. “Never leave a fire unattended while smoldering or burning,” ...

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