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Police & Fire

April 28, 2022

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The Two Hundred Club of Essex County will honor 28 police officers and 16 firefighters recognizing them for their bravery, dedication to duty, courageous vigilance, and selflessness during the Valor Awards luncheon on May 10th.  The Two Hundred Club of Essex County was founded ...

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Essex County law enforcement officials announced that Darneill Thomas, 22, of West Orange, was arrested and charged with the murder of Joshua Dessin, a 19-year-old Orange resident. According to police, around 10:31 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, they received a call from Hilton Street in East ...

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Update on Sunday's fire:   The West Orange Fire Department responded to a fire in progress at 58 Hart Drive on Sunday morning shortly before 10:00 a.m. The fire consumed four to five units of a 16-unit townhouse building. Gas and electric services were shut off to the entire building and ...

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Arson experts are investigating a fire that spread through several units of an apartment complex in West Orange today, Sunday, April 24.  Firefighters were called to Hart Drive around 10:00 a.m. this morning where one unit's roof was engulfed in huge flames that traveled onto two neighboring ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, who had killed three women in Essex County in 2016, including a college student from Montclair, has been charged with a fourth murder, according to prosecutors. Wheeler-Weaver, who has been incarcerated since his arrest in December 2016, has been accused of ...

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Javier Diaz was found in the Eagle Rock Avenue/Pleasant Valley Way area. He can't remember where he lives. Please call the police at 973-325-400 if you know him or his family.   

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Around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, two men in a stolen Audi exited the car and drove off in a Steven Terrace resident's 2015 BMW 535i. The BMW contained 300 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, dining chairs and a wallet. According to police, the empty vehicle was recovered later on South 14th ...

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The West Orange Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of New Jersey’s UDrive, Utext, UPay enforcement and awareness campaign. Beginning April 1 and running through the end of the month, the high visibility law enforcement initiative will target ...

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A Promotional Ceremony was held for six West Orange Police personnel at the Wilshire Grand Hotel on March 9. Dennis McCole was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Marc H. Forges, Christopher Polizzano, Michael DelPlato, Jose O. Alvarez Jr., and Jeffrey ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that the male found on a hiking trail at Eagle Rock Reservation on the West Orange and Montclair border has been identified as Kelsey Steels, 31, of New York City. The preliminary investigation indicates the ...

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Police Chief James Abbott, who’s celebrating his 25th year anniversary as chief, shared the Uniform Crime Reporting System (UCR) with the town council last week. He explained, “Eight crimes make up the overall crime rate, but they're split into four violent crimes and four property crimes.

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The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force is investigating a fatal shooting of an unidentified male, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II. The victim, who was found on a hiking trail at Eagle Rock Reservation on the West Orange and ...

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The latest Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program statistics show that while both violent and non-violent or property crimes continue to soar across the nation, crime in West Orange continues to decline. The report indicates that the violent crime rate, non-violent crime rate and overall crime rate ...

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NEWARK, NJ--Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and West Orange Police Chief James Abbott announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Task Force and the West Orange Police and Fire Departments are investigating a fatal fire. On Sunday, February ...

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Trafic update at 5:50 pm: The female patient who was reported rescued from the second floor of the house and transported to SBMC by the WOFD has subsequently passed away. It has also been learned that a family pet perished in the fire as well. The cause of the fire, at this point, has been ...

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This past December 18th, 2021 a jogger discovered 3 swastikas drawn on the sidewalk at the B’nai Shalom Temple at 300 Pleasant Valley Way. Immediately following the incident, the West Orange Police launched an investigation. Although there was little to go on initially, a lengthy and persistent ...

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On Sunday, February 13 Christina Lee entered her Chrystie Street apartment in New York City’s Chinatown neighborhood. Unknown to Lee, she was followed up the six flights of stairs to her apartment by an assailant. The suspect is Assamad Nash who has been charged with murder and burglary. Nash ...

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The West Orange Police Department (WOPD) received a sweet and heartwarming surprise from Roosevelt Middle School. Students designed Valentine's Day cards and sent them to the police department with bags of Valentine's Day treats. WOPD posted on its Facebook page "What a wonderful surprise to ...

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A West Orange resident who wished to remain anonymous reported that her car was broken into at the South Mountain Recreation Complex in early February. The thief smashed her car window and took her wallet as well as other personal belongings. The complex is under the county Sheriff's ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is hosting a Virtual Community Town Hall Meeting to address security concerns from the Jewish Faith-Based Community.  Acting Essex County Prosecutor Date Theodore N. Stephens II will speak to the community on Wednesday, February 9, from 5-6 ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A man is facing charges, accused of stealing a car with a one-year-old baby inside and leading officers on a chase into South Orange. Police say he then jumped out of the car, tried to get away, and moments later, the car crashed into a mail truck. The baby was not hurt. Police ...

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At 3:40 a.m. on Wednesday, February 2, two men with a knife and a "hammer-like object" told an employee at Chit Chat Diner to give them the cash in the register. The suspects were black males wearing masks and dark clothes.  The amount of money taken is not known at this time. No one was ...

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News 12 NJ recently ran a report about the hidden dangers police officers face in responding to domestic violence calls. In the wake of the fatal shooting of two New York City police officers, the issue is back in the news. West Orange Police Sergeant Andrew Berkery and Officer Anthony Piserchio ...

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West Orange Police were called to Ashwood Terrace on Thursday night around 10:00 p.m. to investigate gunshots heard in the area. They found shell casings and requested a K-9 unit to aid them in their search. As of 10:15 p.m., they hadn't found any victims.  TAPinto will provide an update once ...

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During last week's town council meeting, President Susan McCartney reported that the West Orange Police Department (WOPD) has had a very productive partnership with the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris (MHAEM). “The police department has been adopting resolutions and ordinances ...

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Such was the quietness West Orange Police Officer McClellan anticipated when he arrived home on Christmas Eve at the end of his shift. The silence was soon broken as he heard cries for help ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and West Orange Police Chief James P. Abbott announced today that Shaahid Forshee, 36, of East Orange has been arrested and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a ...

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𝐒T𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓 𝐑𝐄𝐆𝐀𝐑𝐃𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐎𝐅𝐅-𝐃𝐔𝐓𝐘 𝐏𝐎𝐋𝐈𝐂𝐄 𝐈𝐍𝐕𝐎𝐋𝐕𝐄𝐃 𝐒𝐇𝐎𝐎𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐆  At 3:08 p.m. on December 27, an off-duty West Orange Police Officer sustained a non-life-threatening injury while attempting to intervene in a robbery in progress at Krauszer's on 12. S. Valley Rd. The suspect's firearm was discharged one ...

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The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office announced this past Friday in an online video conference that the West Orange Police Department received the Excellence in Policing: Community Partnership Award. The award honors a partnership that strengthens relationships or collaborates with community ...

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On December 18th, 2021 between the hours of 8:48 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. swastikas were drawn on the sidewalk at the B’nai Shalom Temple at 300 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange. Grainy images obtained from the Temple’s security camera reveal the suspect and the crime in progress. As of now, these are ...

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