Police & Fire

May 7, 2021

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The South End Engine Fire Company #3 has a new firehouse after the ribbon was cut for its grand opening on Thursday. Mayor Kerry Peterson and councilmen Joe Zichelli and Joseph Maceri were on hand to celebrate the new facility and make the ceremonial cut of the green ribbon.

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VERONA, NJ — The Verona Police Department promoted three members of its force on Monday. Officer Brendan Huber was has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant, Sgt. Anthony Condorelli to the rank of Lieutenant, and Lt. Paul Watkins to the rank of Captain.  "We congratulate Sgt. Huber, Lt.

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TRENTON, NJ - Four individuals have been charged in an investigation for allegedly conspiring as members of a criminal ring responsible for numerous residential burglaries across much of New Jersey, including in Verona. The participating law enforcement agencies have worked collaboratively to ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — A collision involving three vehicles during rush hour in Cedar Grove last Friday caused one driver to be hospitalized and subsequently charged with DWI. On April 23 at 5:12 p.m., Patrolman Anthony Grigolo responded to the area of Pompton Avenue and Montclair Avenue for a ...

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VERONA, NJ — The Verona Police Department in partnership with EZ Ride will be holding a Bicycle Rodeo on Sunday, May 16 and Sunday, May 23. The rodeo is intended to teach children safety aspects of riding such as turning, signaling, yielding and stopping. Due to COVID-19, the group numbers for ...

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VERONA, NJ - Earlier this month, the Verona Fire Department recognized and thanked Firefighter Rick Neale for his 40 years of volunteer service to the VFD and the Township of Verona. Neale has served on numerous committees throughout the years and has also served as lieutenant and captain. He ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Police are investigating two separate cases of fraud that were reported on the same day last week, Thursday, April 15. Officer Nicole Hoyt took a report of fraud from a resident on Ridge Road who reported that her home received a call from a person claiming to be an IRS ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Police are investigating the source of a swastika painted on the rear door of Temple Sholom of West Essex. According to Cedar Grove police, on April 8, Patrolman Nyron Watson responded to the Temple Sholom to take a report of bias intimidation. A staff member at the Temple ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The Cedar Grove Police Department will be participating in the bi-annual Operation Take Back Program sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency. This program enables the public to get rid of unused, unwanted and expired medications properly. Prescription drug abuse is rapidly ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — An auto theft on Bortic Road and a package theft from a home on Rose Terrace occurred three days apart last month, and both cases are still under investigation by Cedar Grove police. On March 28, Patrolman Joseph Ligas took a motor vehicle theft report from a Bortic Road ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — On Monday, March 22 at 6:13 p.m., police and fire personnel responded to a Sunrise Terrace address on a report of a house fire. When the officers arrived, they observed heavy smoke coming from the residence. The fire was determined to be coming from a clothes dryer in the rear ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — A Belleville resident was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after his vehicle collided with a gas vent in Cedar Grove on Saturday. According to Cedar Grove police, Patrolman Michael Passafiume responded to the scene of a motor vehicle crash on Ridge Road, ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — A motorcycle accident on Sunday, March 14 sent the driver to the hospital with a serious leg injury. At 7:07 p.m. that evening, Cedar Grove Patrolman Connor Grawehr responded to the scene of a crash involving a motorcycle. According to police, the driver of the motorcycle was ...

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VERONA, NJ — In honor of March being Women's History Month, the Verona Police Department posted special recognition on its Facebook page of the force's three female members. Officers Erin McGarrity, Alyssa Kirby and Stephanie Colon all received mention from the VPD. ⠀ Officer McGarrity joined ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The township is mourning the death on Thursday of Peg Tower, who had been a crossing guard in Cedar Grove since 1973. Tower passed away after being stricken while on duty at her longtime post at the intersection of Pompton Avenue and Bowden Road.  Tower served for 45 years ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ - An 18-year-old Cedar Grove resident has been arrested and charged with two burglaries in the last week. Police arrested Julian Lopez on Saturday on burglary charges. At 2:46 a.m. Saturday, police say that a Cedar Grove patrol officer observed a male sitting on a guardrail ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — There were two drunk drivers from other towns arrested in Cedar Grove in the first five days of this month. On Feb. 4 at 8:06 p.m., Ptl. Anthony Grigolo investigated a hit-and-run motor vehicle crash on Pompton Avenue near Vincent Road. A description of the fleeing vehicle was ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Unusual snow depths can create dangerous conditions inside a home when vents become obstructed. The Cedar Grove police and fire departments and EMS personnel dealt with such a situation at a Laura Drive residence last week. On Feb. 2, they responded to a Laura Drive address ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The Cedar Grove Board of Education staff reported criminal mischief and graffiti inside Cedar Grove High School Thursday afternoon. The school board told police that an unknown individual or persons had defaced a large ledge or shelf that runs along the back of one of the ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — A passenger in a car attempted to punch a Cedar Grove police officer during a traffic stop last weekend. Last Saturday, Jan. 31, Ptl. Anthony Grigolo stopped a vehicle for speeding and dark window tinting on Pompton Avenue. During the investigation, he detected the strong odor ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Cedar Grove police last week took two reports of fraud and investigated the case of a package stolen from a front porch. Two of the incidents were reported on Monday, Jan. 25. On that day, Patrolman Anthony Cardona took a report of a package theft from a Beech Street ...

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VERONA, NJ — With close to 2 feet of snow anticipated before the current storm winds down for good, Verona officials are advising that the Department of Public Works' plowing of residential streets might leave driveways blocked. "Do not call the Police Desk or Public Works because you are upset ...

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VERONA/CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Residents of Verona and Cedar Grove are being reminded not to park their vehicles on the streets during or in the aftermath of the impending snowstorm. Forecasts for the area are calling for the possibility of 20 inches of snow. The Verona Police Department posted this ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — A water main break occurred in the area of Westland Road between Otsego and Bentley Road Tuesday morning, According to Cedar Grove police, water pressure may be affected until early Tuesday afternoon.

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The Cedar Grove Police Department responded to 216 calls for service between Jan. 12 and Jan. 19, including three reports of possible fraud. These cases included: On January 13, Ptl. Robert Hectus took a report of a fraud from a resident. The victim reported that while ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — There a new fire truck in town as of this week. On Tuesday, the Cedar Grove Fire Department's South End Fire Company #3 received delivery of the new Engine 73.  The new 2021 Pierce PUC Pumper will replace the 1996 K.M.E. in the Cedar Grove Fire Department's fleet of ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — A Cedar Grove police officer's attempted stop of a vehicle led to a brief car chase and a collision on Monday night. On Jan. 18 at 10:58 p.m. Sgt. Jose Rodriguez attempted to stop a vehicle for an observed violation. The subject accelerated away, and Rodriguez initiated pursuit ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — After being sidelined for the last nine months of 2020, the Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad (CGARS) is back. On Jan. 11, the rescue squad covered its first shift since last March, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the volunteer unit to suspend operations after being a ...

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The New Jersey State Police have arrested six suspects and dismantled an alleged multi-county theft ring linked to more than 30 stolen vehicles and two motor vehicle pursuits after a 13-month operation dubbed “Bust a Move.” According to a press release from the State Police, troopers from Troop ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Cedar Grove detectives are investigating the theft of seven bicycles from a storage unit on Little Falls Road last Friday. On Jan. 8, Ptl. Kristian Schneider took a report of a theft of bicycles from the storage unit. The victim owns a bicycle shop in Verona and stores some of ...

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