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Increasing VA Accountability & Economic Opportunity for Our Veterans This Memorial Day

May 22, 2015

Dear Friend, Memorial Day is a time when Americans pay tribute, honor and remember those who have served our country bravely and sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom and democracy. ...

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Today's Events

Police Blotter

Vehicle Reported Stolen in Westfield

May 20, 2015

May 19, 2015 5:49 p.m. Officers Popleik and Davis arrested Soncivae Brown, age 33, of Elizabeth for two outstanding warrants (total $973) out of Union Township municipal court to a motor ...

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Columns

Lindabury Legal Corner

Lindabury Participates In Red Nose Day 2015

On Thursday May 21, 2015 the attorneys and staff of Lindabury McCormick participated in Red Nose Day and raised money to provide assistance to children and young people in the United States living ...

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The Seventh District Congressional Report

The Seventh District Congressional Report

Congressman Lance is joined by Congressman Donald Payne Jr. to discuss business before the U.S. House of Representatives.  

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Point View WealthPoints

Soaring Dollar and Your Portfolio: What You Need to Know

Over the last year the Dollar has appreciated nearly 22% versus the world’s currencies.  With forecasts for continuing Dollar strength, what’s the next move for ...

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ViaNutrition

Mindful Eating Tips to Help with Health and Weight Loss

Everyone just wants to feel better, move better, look better and be happy.  Not always in that order but they all rank up there. How we get there is different for everyone. Coming off of a ...

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Westfield Area Y

New Local Mental Health Coaltion Launched

Stress, anxiety and depression are conditions that occur to all of us at various times.  Yet, there is a stigma attached to discussing mental health.  In recognition of Mental Health ...

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In the Schools

Westfield High School Senior Jorge Ledesma Named Presidential Scholar

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced the selection of Jorge Ledesma, a senior at Westfield High School, as a 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Ledesma is one of 141 outstanding ...

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Connecting Commerce and Community

The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Introduces The Community Street map

The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce will once again produce its Community Street Map, which includes all of our five towns--Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Westfield. ...

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Monday with Millicent

Time to Eat at Fiamma Quimby Street, Westfield

The first Fiamma Restaurant opened about five months ago on the corner of Main and Essex Street in Millburn. Owned by brothers Tony Fetajak, Charlie, and Sam Magjuni, and their friend Sam Bek, ...

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Carjacking in Westfield Monday Ended with Crash in Mountainside (Updated)

By THE ALTERNATIVE PRESS STAFF

April 1, 2014 at 10:14 AM

WESTFIELD, NJ — Updated:

Two Newark men are in custody and facing multiple charges after a carjacking that took place in the victim’s driveway on Minisink Way in Westfield Monday afternoon. The victim, a 62-year-old woman, was not seriously injured.

Caavon Hinson, 24, and Lamar Randleman, 25 are charged with first-degree carjacking, second-degree criminal conspiracy, and third-degree theft. Hinson additionally is charged with second-degree eluding police, second-degree aggravated assault, and third-degree aggravated assault, while Randleman is additionally charged with third-degree resisting arrest.

At approximately 1 p.m. on Monday, the victim arrived at her home on Minisink Way in Westfield and was approached in her driveway by an unknown male wearing a mask, according to the investigation, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office said. Following a brief struggle during which the woman was shoved to the ground, Randleman took the keys to the victim’s Lexus SUV and drove away.

Randleman then drove a short distance east and parked the Lexus in a lot off of an exit ramp for Route 22 in Mountainside, a joint investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the Westfield Police Department and the Mountainside Police Department revealed. Shortly thereafter, a Mountainside police officer spotted Randleman and started pursuing him on foot until Randleman arrived at a nearby gas station and quickly entered a second vehicle, driven by Hinson.

Hinson then allegedly drove in the direction of the Mountainside officer, who fired multiple rounds from his service weapon as the vehicle approached him. Neither suspect was struck by the gunfire, and following a brief police pursuit Hinson crashed the getaway vehicle at the corner of Orchard and New Providence roads in Mountainside. The two defendants were then taken into custody without further incident.

The Mountainside officer who had pursued Randleman was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a leg injury. The two defendants were not seriously injured.

Bail for Hinson and Randleman was set at $750,000 and $1 million, respectively, by state Superior Court Judge Frederic R. McDaniel. Both defendants are expected to make their first appearances in court later this week.

The Union County Prosecutor’s office noted that these criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.