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Prosecutor's Office Investigating Apparent Suicide in Bloomfield Police HQ

January 16, 2019

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating an apparent suicide that occurred in the Bloomfield Police Department overnight.

The preliminary investigation indicates that retired Newark Police Lt. Patrick Montella shot himself in the Bloomfield Headquarters while being processed. The 58-year-old was a resident of Bloomfield.

Montella was arested for an ...

Camden Firefighter Sues City After Fire Hose Mishap

CAMDEN, NJ — A captain in the Camden Fire Department is suing the city after he was injured on the job.

Robert Eckert claims that the injuries he suffered when he was struck in the head by a fire hose coupling were the fault of Camden Fire Chief Michael Harper's mismanagement of the department’s probationary firefighters.

According to the complaint, filed on Jan. 8 in Camden ...

Authorities Seek Public’s Help Investigating Crash on Route 22 in North Plainfield

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Authorities are investigating a three-vehicle crash on Route 22 on Saturday morning and are requesting the public’s help.

Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the area of Route 22 East and West End Avenue, North Plainfield, New Jersey to assist the North Plainfield Police Department in ...

Police: 76-Year-Old Woman Found Dead in Short Hills was Hit-and-Run Victim

Updated at 8:35 p.m.

SHORT HILLS, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutors Office confirmed to TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills Wednesday that a body of a 76-year-old woman was found near the intersection of Woodland and Chatham Road in Short Hills. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Millburn Police determined that the woman was the victim of a hit and run. Her name will be released upon ...

Somerville: New DSA Board Elects Kobuta President, Hires Executive Director

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Downtown Somerville Alliance hired a new executive director at its reorganization meeting Monday night and elected Borough Councilwoman Jane Kobuta as chair of the Board of Directors for a three-year term.

Mike Kerwin, a borough resident and president/CEO of the Somerset County Business Partnership was elected vice chairman. Longtime DSA member Rick St. Pierre, who ...

Movin' Out: New Jersey Tops List of Outbound Population Migration, According to New Study

NEW JERSEY -- More residents moved out of New Jersey than any other state in 2018, with 66.8% of New Jersey moves being outbound, according to United Van Lines’ 42nd annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns over the past year.

The Garden State moved up one spot on the outbound list to No. 1 and has ranked in ...

Hillsborough: 8 Occupants Escape House Fire; Somerville Man Charged with Attempted Murder, Arson

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — A 34-year-old Somerville man faces charges of attempted murder and aggravated arson after police say he intentionally set fire to a Hillsborough residence where his former girlfriend lived.

All eight occupants of the home, including a 4-year-old, escaped unharmed, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. A pet cat perished in the fire.

Patrick ...

Update: Edison Police ID Victim, Provide New Details on Robbery-Homicide

EDISON, NJ –  Authorities have released additional information relating to the robbery-homicide at an Edison gas station Thursday morning. The suspect involved in the fatal shooting of a clerk at the Speedway Gas Station, located at 789 Amboy Avenue in Edison, is still at large. The 38-year-old victim, John Bertram of Fords, was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:15 a.m.

The ...

Edison Police Officer Arrested, Charged with Tampering

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Middlesex County authorities today announced that another Edison police officer was arrested, this time for destroying evidence he believed would be used in an investigation.

Nicholas Lunetta, 31, of Scotch Plains, was charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of obstructing the administration of law, Middlesex County Prosecutor ...

Authorities ID Man Killed in Cranford House Fire Sunday

CRANFORD, NJ — A 60-year-old township man died in Sunday's house fire on Hillcrest Avenue, authorities said.

Sunday's house fire fatality has been identified as Philip Anter, the owner and sole occupant of the residence, according to a press release from the Cranford Fire Department.

An investigation into the origin and cause of the fire was initiated after ...


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