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Westfield MLK March Cancelled Due to Freezing Temps, Indoor Service a Go

January 21, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – With a deep chill setting in, the outdoor portion of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day March has been called off, but services planned for the observance will still be held, police said.

The Westfield Police Department announced the cancellation of the outdoor march shortly after 10 a.m. Monday.

The National Weather Service in a statement Monday warned wind chill ...

Newark Man Accused of Attempted Daytime Break-in in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ – Officers have arrested a 20-year-old Newark man who police say attempted to break into a home on Fair Hill Drive during broad daylight on Monday, authorities said.

A resident living in the 70 block of Fair Hill Drive called police to report that a man, later identified as Wali Wiggs, was attempting to enter the residence by breaking windows shortly before 1:40 p.m., ...

Traffic Alert: Electric Upgrades set for Some Westfield Streets

WESTFIELD, NJ – Parts of the already busy downtown could be a bit busier Thursday and Friday as utility workers upgrade electric facilities on four streets.

The work in Westfield is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday on Clark Street, Cowperthwaite Place, Ferris Place and Prospect Street, Lauren Ugorji, a spokeswoman for PSE&G, said.

“We are upgrading our ...

One Arrested, Another Loose After High-Speed Chase Through Westfield

UNION COUNTY, NJ – A 36-year-old Elizabeth man is in custody and a second suspect is on the loose after leading officers on an approximately 10-mile police chase through Union County Sunday night, police said.

The chase followed an attempted robbery of a 56-year-old Elizabeth woman at 10:38 p.m. on Canton Street in Elizabeth, police said. Shortly after, officers saw a ...

Fire Kept to First Floor of Westfield Home Wednesday, Fire Official Says

Updated: 12:47 p.m. Dec. 26

WESTFIELD, NJ — A woman escaped a two-alarm fire that started in the rear of a Forest Avenue home Wednesday morning and extended to the kitchen, fire officials said.

Arriving firefighters saw smoke and flames coming from the rear of the home at 704 Forest Ave., stretched two hoses through the front door and extinguished the main blaze within 10 ...

Westfield Police Testing Out Body-Worn Cameras for Three Months

The department anticipates equipping all of its officers with body-worn cameras in 2019.

WESTFIELD, NJ – Local police are testing three body-worn cameras and anticipate equipping all of the department’s officers with cameras early next year, the police chief said.

The department began a three-month test-run of the cameras on three officers during the day shift and three officers ...

Two Fires Quickly Quelled in Downtown Westfield Saturday Night

WESTFIELD, NJ – Firefighters quickly extinguished two small blazes that occurred in the downtown during one of the busiest shopping days of the year, a fire official said Monday.

At about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, a grease fire erupted in a second-floor kitchen of Ferraro’s Restaurant at 14 Elm St., Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Tiller said.

Firefighters contained the blaze ...

Police: Westfield Teen Charged in Hateful Graffiti Incidents at Edison School

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 13-year-old student at Edison Intermediate School faces five counts of criminal mischief in connection with various forms of hateful graffiti depicted on the restroom walls at that school, police said Wednesday.

“The Westfield Police Department takes incidents like these extremely seriously,” Chief Chris Battiloro said in a statement. “They have ...

Chris Battiloro is Westfield's New Police Chief, Mayor Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — After an extensive search, the town has a new police chief, the mayor said.

Mayor Shelley Brindle announced the appointment of Christopher Battiloro to the position of chief on Wednesday. Battiloro has been serving as the department’s acting chief for the past four months, following the abrupt departure of former Chief David Wayman.

A graduate of Westfield High ...

Woman Taken to Hospital After Rush Hour Crash in Westfield, Police Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — One woman was transported to the hospital following a crash involving at least three vehicles at the intersection of St. Marks and South Euclid avenues Wednesday morning, police said.

The woman reported neck pain, but the injury did not appear to be critical, acting Police Chief Chris Battiloro said. The crash happened at 8:49 a.m., Battiloro said.

One car ...

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