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Police & Fire

July 2, 2022

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - "According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day of the year, with more than half of those fires caused by fireworks. Added to fires are injuries," says the Township of East Brunswick in a message ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Car accidents are serious business to Wayne’s all-volunteer First Aid Squad. Part of their responsibility as Emergency Medical Technicians is to help get people safely out of damaged vehicles after an accident. To that end, these new recruits just finished an intense extrication rescue ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Nearly four dozen people were detained by Wayne Police after an illegal “pop-up party” was very briefly held in a vacant commercial property in Wayne on Saturday night. New Jersey State Police tipped off Wayne Police Chief Jack McNiff on Saturday afternoon, warning him that a group ...

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WAYNE, NJ – In response to parents questions about school safety following the deadly shooting at a school in Texas, the Wayne School District will be hiring a police officer for every school starting sometime next school year. The fiery debate over the new Health and Physical Education ...

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WOODLAND PARK, NJ -The sixth annual Families Behind the Badge on June 11 was a great success. Ten teams of North Jersey law enforcement officers battled it out for the title, which was won this year by the Paterson Police Department. The tournament honors officers that have given their lives in ...

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WAYNE, NJ – It was 10:26 p.m. on Saturday night when the call came in to the Wayne Fire Company dispatch for a structure fire. A house on Schuyler Road was ablaze, and it was time for Wayne’s Bravest to take action. Police Officers arrived first, at first seeing nothing. The house is set back ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Patience was rewarded as a surveillance operation by Wayne Police Officers from their Special Operations Unit and Detective Bureau led to the arrest of two people dealing and two people buying heroin and prescription pills out of a unit at Finn’s Mobile Home Park. According to Dan ...

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WAYNE, NJ – It's the small things that seem to get the bad guys caught. This time it was a cracked windshield that led to a traffic stop and the arrest of a Wayne couple who were hiding an illegal handgun. The man was also found to be a “wanted person” in Rhode Island. The following account is ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Wayne is a community known for its volunteerism. The all-volunteer Fire Department and First Aid Squad are great examples of this selfless spirit that makes Wayne Township great. During this past Wayne town council meeting, three firefighters were recognized, honored and celebrated ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Primary election day is Tuesday, June 7 and all Wayne schools will be closed for in-person instruction, yet open for virtual, at-home instruction. The decision was made on Friday out of concern for school safety in the wake of the school shootings in Texas on May 24, and because of a ...

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WAYNE, NJ – The volunteers of Wayne’s Fire Department answered the call on Wednesday just after noon when a first-floor porch of a house on Statler Road was “engulfed in flames” and the fire began to move to the house itself. One alarm was raised, but it quickly became two then three and all ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Six new Wayne Police Officers were hired recently to fill spots left by retiring officers. They were sworn-in during the last Wayne town council meeting, along with Ryan Vallaro was promoted to Sergeant and will be joining the Detective Bureau. Police Chief Jack McNiff, resplendent ...

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WAYNE, NJ – In a welcome that filled Wayne Township with lights and sirens, Rocco Sivolella came home today, with an escort of over 20 police vehicles. In preparation for his wake and funeral, Vander May Funeral Home picked up Rocco and was escorted into town with a convoy of Wayne Township ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Wayne Police Lieutenant Robert Franco along with three police officers from Fairfield were recognized by the Two Hundred Club of Essex County during their Valor Awards on May 10. They received the awards for an incident that occurred more than two years ago when a man, fleeing ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A 27-year-old Paterson man was among four suspects charged Thursday in connection with their roles in a scheme to steal catalytic converters from vehicles in New Jersey and transport the stolen goods to New York, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced. Juan Jose Flores Nolasco, ...

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HACKENSACK, NJ - A Wayne resident now interred in a Bergen County Jail is facing charges for threatening a Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office employee and their family, announced Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella.  Michael Strzelczyk, 40, originally from Wayne but incarcerated at Bergen ...

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PATERSON, NJ – Six Paterson men said to be involved in the operation of a “chop shop” which reportedly possessed stolen cars and stripped them for parts have been charged for their crimes, according to Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin. Two Newark residents were also charged. In a ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Wayne’s Finest made quick work of the mystery of the remains of the human fetus discovered this past Sunday, May 8. The very next day, the investigation led to two arrests in connection with this strange case. The following account is based on a statement released by Wayne Police ...

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WAYNE, NJ – A gruesome discovery at a Wayne residence have the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office investigating. They are seeking help to learn more about a human fetus found inside a home. There was not a lot of information shared when Chief Jack McNiff and Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes released ...

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WAYNE, NJ – During every Town Council meeting over the last several months, Mayor Chris Vergano has reminded residents to lock their cars and not to leave key fobs inside their cars. It's a public service announcement that came in response to a rise in the rate of vehicle thefts in Wayne. The Wayne ...

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WAYNE, NJ – After more than a year-and-a-half after NJ voters decided to lift the prohibition on the sale, possession and use of recreational marijuana, the final piece of the puzzle was put into place on April 21 when NJ allowed 13 cannabis dispensaries to begin to sell their products. The ...

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This is a Letter to the Editor From John Zebrowski, President of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Most states that approved the use of recreational cannabis have exclusions for those employed in “safety-sensitive” professions.  These are individuals who hold such jobs as ...

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WAYNE, NJ – In the early 2000s, a worker slipped from a ladder in an underground sewer pump house in Lincoln Park. He was very unlucky because he landed on an exposed pipe and was impaled through his upper chest. He was in extreme pain, bleeding and would likely die unless somebody could get him ...

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WAYNE, NJ – The peace of Easter Sunday – a day of celebration in the Christian religion – was shattered when a call came in of two people shot and killed in a home in Wayne Township. The call, supposedly, was from the shooter who was still in the house, armed, agitated and wanting to turn the gun ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Eagle-eyed and fleet-of-foot, Officer Kristin Mikolaczyk spotted a fleeing suspect who was accused of wielding a handgun during a domestic dispute. She chased him down along with officer Erik Cueva, tackled him and brought him to justice. The following account is based on a statement ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Six children found themselves trapped in an elevator stuck between floors at a retail building on Willowbrook Boulevard in Wayne. This is a four-story structure that houses several businesses, including Rockin’ Jump – an indoor trampoline park. When it became clear that the elevator ...

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WAYNE, NJ – An 18-wheeler tractor trailer truck driving on the Route 23 South ramp to Route 46 West, was a bit too tall and struck the train overpass. The truck ended on it's side spilling antifreeze into the roadway. The volunteers of Wayne Fire Companies #2 and #5 were woken early on Tuesday ...

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HAMILTON, NJ -- The Hamilton Township Police Division has a warning to the public: participate in the TikTok "Orbeez Challenge" and you could face criminal charges.  Hamilton Police issued a Public Safety Announcement (PSA) on Wednesday stating that they are "investigating numerous incidents ...

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WAYNE, NJ – A series of “harassing emails” led to the arrest of a Wayne man by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department, this past week. The following account is based on a statement released by Passaic County Sheriff, Richard H. Berdnik’s office. An anonymous individual began a series of ...

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WAYNE, NJ – After a seventeen-month investigation, the Wayne Police Department announced the arrest of two individuals who used stolen prescription blanks to get 4,080 Percocet pills. The following account is based on a statement released by the Wayne PD. In late 2020, a Wayne doctor called ...

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