Police & Fire

September 17, 2020

WAYNE, NJ – Wayne Police responded on Wednesday afternoon to a call from a Wayne resident who claimed a family member was being held hostage in a home on Benwell Avenue, according to Detective Captain Dan Daly, the Wayne Police Public Information Officer. It was reported that Nicholas Perota ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Wayne’s 9/11 Memorial is a small circular space on the side of the Wayne Public Library, facing Nellis Drive. In the center of the space are replicas of the twin towers and ringing these towers are monuments to the seven Wayne residents who died that day in 2001.  Each monument displays ...

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WAYNE, NJ - The Wayne Police Department has been investigating an Invasion of Privacy case and is seeking the help of the public to identify the suspect.   On August 14, a woman was in a stall in the Macy's restroom when someone reached under the partition between the stalls and took a picture ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Wayne Police Officers were busy last week, when multiple arrests were made on Thursday morning near the Days Inn off of Ratzer Road.  Two men were arrested for drug and weapons possession, as well as outstanding warrants, and one women was arrested for robbery. Wayne Police Officer, ...

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Update: Rubin has been apprehended WAYNE, NJ - Detective Captain Dan Daly, the Wayne Police Public Information Officer is looking for help in locating Bradley Rubin, age 41 of Wayne. Rubin is currently wanted on an outstanding warrant for stalking. According to Daly, Rubin has been evading ...

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MT. ARLINGTON, NJ – At approximately 4:30pm on Wednesday afternoon, Havey and Pat Togno’s generator caught fire and because it sat so close to their house, flames began to catch on their Kadel Drive home. Harvey Togno told TAPinto that he was home doing a crossword puzzle when he began to smell ...

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The Wayne Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management is responding to the aftermath of the storm that impacted our area. We are aware of numerous power outages within the Township and are in contact with PSE&G and JCP&L. They are working on restoring power as quickly as ...

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WAYNE, NJ - Detective Captain Dan Daly has a message for Wayne residents. The following is a notification that he has asked TAPinto Wayne to publish as a public service announcement. ---------- There have been several recent motor vehicle thefts in Wayne and the surrounding towns. Many of ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Kathleen Engler looked out her window onto Packanack Lake on Wednesday morning and was surprised to see her neighbor Anita Cronk in her car, forty feet out into the lake. “She was speaking frantically to her daughter on the shore and nobody was helping this woman in the car,” said ...

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CORRECTION: Previous versions of this story identified Kathleen Engler as the driver of the vehicle. Engler was actually a good samaritan rescuer. She was not driving the vehicle. We apologize for this error. Updated story below... WAYNE, NJ – Just before 11:00 a.m. on July 8, a woman lost ...

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WAYNE, NJ - Anthony “Tony” Pagnotta and his wife Linda went to bed in their Andover Drive home on the evening of July 4 with the sounds of fireworks going off across the street. The next sounds they heard, hours later, were the excited screams of their son’s friend yelling up to them that their ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Wayne Police Officers along with Officers from Lincoln Park, Fairfield and the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department surrounded a commercial building in Wayne, trapping a would-be burglar; arresting him in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 2. An activated burglar alarm brought ...

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WAYNE, NJ – A Wayne resident of a home on Ratzer Road called 911 after seeing a man on her back deck, peering through the windows. It was 10:48 a.m. on Thursday morning according to the information provided by the Wayne Township Police Department. Wayne Police patrol officers Adrian Sulejmani ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Route 23 South was closed for almost five hours Friday morning in Wayne due to the fear of an explosion from a 40-pound propane tank that was damaged in a motor vehicle accident. The incident occurred at approximately 8:39am near the jug handle next to Kohls. The accident involved a ...

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TRENTON – The Attorney General’s Office today released audio and video recordings related to the shooting on April 26, 2020 in Wayne, N.J., in which police officers fatally shot Bradley G. Pullman, 48, of Queens, N.Y. The Attorney General’s Office today also released the identity of the police ...

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WAYNE, NJ - On Saturday, June 6, 2020 at approximately 5:23 pm, the Wayne Police Department responded to a motorcycle crash which occurred on the Route 23 south ramp to Route 80 east.  A Harley-Davidson motorcycle operated by Joel Chistiani, age 53, of Staten Island left the roadway and crashed ...

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WAYNE, NJ - Wayne Police Chief Jack McNiff announced that one of the drivers from the motor vehicle crash that occurred in Wayne last Wednesday has died from his injuries. Mr. Antonio R. Cruz (38) of Wayne, was pronounced dead on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 4:29 p.m. at Saint Joseph’s Regional ...

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WAYNE, NJ – For the last nine months, Jack McNiff has been the ‘acting’ Chief of Police for Wayne Township. He is no longer acting. In a formal and very private ceremony held in the Wayne council chambers, McNiff and six other Wayne Police officers, who were in "acting" status, were officially ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Two cars crashed into two separate telephone poles on Ratzer Road near Garside Avenue on Wednesday evening, sending four to a local hospital, and closing Ratzer Road for hours. At approximately 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Antonio Cruz (38) of Wayne was driving eastbound on Ratzer Road ...

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WAYNE, NJ – A fire raged at the Wayne Five Guys Burgers & Fries location in the West Belt Shopping Plaza but was quickly subdued by a few off-duty firefighters who were nearby. On Wednesday, May 20 at 10:06am, Wayne dispatch received the call and sent out Wayne Fire Companies #1, #2 and #5.

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WAYNE, NJ - On May 19, 2020 at approximately 5am, an alert resident called the police department to report a suspicious vehicle on Webster Drive. The caller reported that the occupants of the vehicle were going into mailboxes. Officer David Fox responded to the area and located the vehicle.

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WAYNE, NJ – Long-time Wayne Township Fire Official and volunteer firefighter, Greg Velardi had his last day of work before retirement on Thursday and as he walked out of Town Hall for the last official time, he was surprised by his firefighter family who came to honor his service to the town. “I ...

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WAYNE, NJ – In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Wayne Police Chief Jack McNiff offered a message to commemorate the day and the week. “National Police Week honors the ...

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WAYNE, NJ - The Wayne Fire Department, along with members of the Wayne Memorial First Aid Squad lined the intersection of Hamburg Turnpike and Terhune Drive in Wayne as the funeral procession of fallen first responder Gary Walker drove by on Wednesday morning. Walker, 53, was a Bloomingdale ...

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TRENTON – The Attorney General’s Office is conducting an investigation of a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred yesterday, April 26, in Wayne, N.J. One male civilian sustained fatal injuries. The decedent has been identified as Bradley G. Pullman, 48, of Beacon, N.Y. The ...

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WAYNE, NJ - It was March 28 when Wayne firefighter Albert “Al” Piombo, the former Chief of Preakness Volunteer Fire Company #4, began to feel ill with chills, fever and extreme fatigue. It was a scary time for him and his wife Sue.  Al and Sue are lifetime Wayne residents. They both graduated ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Al Piombo is the former Chief of Wayne’s Preakness Volunteer Fire Company #4 and still volunteers to battle fires in Wayne. Lately, Piombo has been sidelined as he fought his own personal battle with the coronavirus which hit him hard in early April. This is not a story with a sad ...

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WAYNE, NJ – In a show of support and to help boost the spirits of both residents and staff, The Passaic County Sheriff’s Department along with several units from local Police, Fire and EMS departments came to the Preakness Healthcare Center in a long parade of cruisers, fire trucks and ambulances ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Packanack Lake Fire Company #5 escorted a very special guest on their classic 1951 Mack Fire Truck on Saturday afternoon to help bring cheer to the neighborhood they serve. The most famous rabbit in the world donned a cloth to cover his face, climbed aboard the back of the ...

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On Thursday morning, April 2, 2020, a 29-year-old Wayne woman struck a disabled dump truck from behind on Route 23 North near the Wayne Inn and died on the scene.  The dump truck, a 2000 Ford F650 was being operated by Alexander Mendez, 39-years-old from Cliffside Park, New Jersey, when it ...

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