Police & Fire

May 30, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In response to the “deep-rooted outrage” sparked across the country by the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, West Orange Township officials joined “the countless voices across the country offering support to the family of George Floyd for their profound ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Although overall crime continues to trend downward during the pandemic, the West Orange Police Department (WOPD) released a statement on Wednesday to alert residents that auto burglaries continue to plaque the community. According to the WOPD, the vast majority of vehicles ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Residents of Conforti Avenue in West Orange recently welcomed first responders to their neighborhood for a drive-by parade in a show of appreciation. The event was arranged by Mike Schatzberg and Rabbi Lisa Vernon, who sang "God Bless America" as police and fire department ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Officer Chris Jacksic has officially retired from the West Orange Police Department (WOPD) after 25-plus years of service. He has also served on the West Orange PBA Executive Board since 1998 and has been Local 25 President since 2006. Jacksic brought the “Take Me Home” program ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Thanks to the many residents and organizations that have donated personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves and more, the West Orange Police Department (WOPD) has been able to replenish its supply in order to ensure the safety of officers during the battle against ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Township of West Orange advises residents that there are currently no active solicitor permits within the township and no permits are being issued until further notice. Additionally, the township recently became aware of a new text-message scam that has been ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ -- Probationary Firefighters James Bette III and Joseph DeFinis, Jr. were sworn in by West Orange Fire Chief Anthony Vecchio on March 25 while observing social distancing protocols. Vecchio was assisted by Capt. Abdur Yasin at an abbreviated ceremony outside West Orange Fire ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ -- The township has issued a plea to residents to do all they can to ease the burden of the community's first responders. The township released this public service announcement to residents on Monday afternoon: The West Orange Fire Department team of professionals stands ready ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange police and fire departments are currently seeking donations of gloves, masks, sanitizers, no-contact infrared thermometers, paper towels and other protective equipment or high-demand items as the first responders continue to work at full capacity during the public ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – Prior to the township’s State of Emergency declaration, West Orange Police Officer Michael Cassidy reminded the township’s governing body about the lack of benefits for retiring police officers. Cassidy urged the council to adopt a resolution for the township's public safety ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Scammers are currently leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal money, personal information or both from residents across the country, according to the West Orange Police Department (WOPD), which provided information on Friday about how residents can protect themselves from ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — After declaring a “State of Emergency” in the Township of West Orange in order to allow for more flexibility in addressing issues surrounding what he described as a “very unique and very significant issue facing our county,” Mayor Robert Parisi hosted a live press conference on ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange police acted quickly on Tuesday morning to apprehend a suspect after a robbery at the TD Bank located at 425 Pleasant Valley Way. According to police, a security company reported several panic alarms from the bank to the West Orange Police Department (WOPD), and ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A 62-year-old West Orange man has been charged with second-and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child for possessing and distributing items depicting the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office (ECPO). Acting Essex County ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — In addition to various arrests and reports of theft throughout West Orange in January, the West Orange Police Department (WOPD) also shared the following reports of credit card fraud that occurred over the last several weeks. Victim One: A female victim reported to the WOPD ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — In addition to delivering his annual “State-of-the-Township” Address to a room full of local residents and business leaders, Mayor Robert Parisi also honored various students and named the 2020 Citizens of the Year and Employees of the Year during the West Orange Chamber of ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Among the police reports submitted by the West Orange Police Department (WOPD) in January were several incidents involving victims who were deceived into purchasing gift cards under the guise that this would help them fight fraudulent charges found on personal accounts. The ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Among the reports submitted to the West Orange Police Department (WOPD) in January were several instances of theft, identity theft and fraud. In two of those cases, the victims received fraudulent calls from individuals posing as social security officers; and in one instance, the ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Police Department made several arrests in the month of January that included charges related to driving while intoxicated, assault and more.  Three Arrested on Charges of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Lenaijah Ciarra Roberts, 26, of West Orange, was ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ -- One victim was taken to the hospital for evaluation after a Friday morning fire at an Elm Street residence in West Orange. According to township spokesman Joe Fagan, the West Orange Fire Department responded to a structure fire at about 10:15 a.m. There was "moderate to heavy ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ -- A school bus with students from Edison Middle School was involved in a minor accident Friday afternoon. According to West Orange Township spokesman Joe Fagan, school bus No. 329 collided slightly with another vehicle at 3:13 p.m. While coming to a stop at the intersection ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ -- A explosive was discovered during an estate clean out on Ridge Road shortly before noon Monday, prompting West Orange police to contact the Essex County Bomb Squad, according to West Orange Township spokesman Joe Fagan. "In an overabundance of caution units on scene deferred ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ -- A township woman reported a UPS package stolen from outside her residence on the evening of Monday, Dec. 16. According to a report by the West Orange Police Department, the woman reported that an Amazon delivery of a pair of twisted women's Payton Jean slippers was missing ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ -- A fire that damaged two buses and a recreational vehicle in a bus storage parking lot Thursday night is under investigation. According to West Orange spokesman Joe Fagan, the West Orange Fire Department was dispatched at 9:48 p.m. to a vehicle fire at the corner of Lakeside ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ -- A full day after the township was beset by icy roads and falling branches when heavy rains turned to sleet on Tuesday, West Orange was still dealing with dangerous travel Wednesday afternoon and early evening. "Both fire and police have been handling a high amount of weather ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange police responded to reports of several attempted thefts of motor vehicles within the last week. According to the West Orange Police Department, sometime between 9 p.m. on Dec. 7 and noon on Dec. 8, a Ford F250 was stolen from a driveway on Watchung Avenue. That ...

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(Updated at 2 p.m.) WEST ORANGE, NJ -- The Essex County Sheriff's Office had closed a portion of Eagle Rock Avenue due to treacherous conditions from the snowstorm, but the road was later reopened. Township spokesman Joe Fagan released the news from the sheriff's office shortly after 1 p.m.

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WEST ORANGE, NJ -- The West Orange Fire Department spent Friday morning battling a blaze that broke out in the basement of a Valley Road auto repair shop. According to township spokesman Joe Fagan, the fire, which was reported shortly after 11 a.m., occurred at FDR Autobody at 429 Valley ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Since November 2016, the West Orange Police Department (WOPD) has offered assistance to those struggling with drug addiction through Operation HOPE, or the Heroin Opiate Prevention Effort, a program intended to help them into drug treatment facilities. Working in collaboration ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — In order to receive accreditation status that will last for the next four years, members of the West Orange Police Department (WOPD) recently welcomed a team of assessors from the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) to examine the department’s ...

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