Police & Fire

June 2, 2020

A Black Lives Matter protest is planned for Sunday in Mindowaskin Park WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 6:45 p.m.) Riot gear at the ready and cleaning solution to combat coronavirus were the order of the day at police headquarters in Westfield as protestors rallied nearby. Police Chief Christopher ...

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UPDATE: 4 Arrested, 1 Wanted After Tuesday Police Chase Through Westfield WESTFIELD, NJ — Officers have arrested four people in connection with a stolen car and are on the lookout for a fifth, police said Tuesday night. Cranford police were chasing a vehicle that had been reported stolen when ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The pandemic has slowed down life for many, but you still should lock your car doors. A thief made off with a car that had been left unlocked and with a key fob inside on Wychwood Drive Wednesday, police said in a text message alert. It wasn’t the first time. On March 22, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A young man turning onto Shackamaxon Drive crashed into a single-family home Thursday after he was overcome by an apparent medical incident, police and witnesses on the scene said. The driver crashed a four-door sedan into the home at 617 Shackamaxon Drive just after 5 p.m., the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — News that the Westfield Police are using drones as part of its patrols created a stir on social media last Wednesday, but the department’s chief said the technology is common and appropriate for law enforcement use. Police Chief Christopher Battiloro told TAPinto Westfield that ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — After being closed for nearly a month due to coronavirus, most municipal parks and fields in Westfield will reopen for passive recreation beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, authorities said. The National Weather Service has predicted sunny weather with a high near 70 degrees. But with ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A report of a stolen vehicle prompted a high-speed chase that ended when the suspect’s SUV crashed into a house in the 500 block of Bradford Avenue, police said. Springfield police on Thursday announced the arrest of Bryan Spells Jr., of Newark. Police said in a Facebook post ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A police chase that began in Springfield ended with a crash into a home in the town's First Ward Sunday evening, authorities and witnesses said. Neighbors heard a loud bang around 6:15 p.m. and found what Bradford Avenue resident Kevin Swenson described as a “tremendous police ...

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Mayor Shelley Brindle asked the public not to post photos to social media of people violating social distance regulations. WESTFIELD, NJ — The three Westfield Police officers who tested positive for coronavirus have recovered as the number of cases in the town continues rise, the mayor ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 1:33 p.m.) A professor at The College of New Jersey who said he first started experiencing symptoms of coronavirus 10 days ago is warning the public that the condition may not present itself how you think. Craig Hollander, a 38-year-old Westfield resident and history ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — As the number of COVID-19 cases grow, the mayor continues to urge residents to practice social distancing. In an announcement Thursday night, Mayor Shelley Brindle said that Westfield school resource officers who have been redeployed as community service officers will conduct ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 35-year-old woman is the third person in Westfield confirmed to have the novel coronavirus, the mayor said Tuesday night. The woman “is stable and managing symptoms at home,” Mayor Shelley Brindle said. “All individuals considered to be close contacts are in the process of ...

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Editor's Note: Our reporter practiced social distancing during the making of this story. WESTFIELD, NJ — As Westfield announced its second case of COVID-19 on Monday, life around the town and state had seemingly come to a grinding halt — at least in public spaces. From empty playgrounds to ...

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Union County is working to set up a drive-up COVID-19 testing facility, Mayor Brindle said. WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 12:06 p.m. March 17) There is a second case of COVID-19 confirmed in the town, authorities said Monday night. The 45-year-old man is stable and managing symptoms at home, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 2:05 p.m.) Town officials briefed the public on the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, Friday afternoon. Here are the top takeaways from the broadcast. [Full broadcast embedded below text.] School closures? Westfield public schools will close indefinitely ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Raritan Valley Line’s train #5127 was delayed as firefighters in Westfield and Scotch Plains extinguished a small brush fire that twice ignited along the tracks Monday afternoon, authorities said. The fire delayed the train’s 3:12 p.m. arrival in Raritan by “up to 20 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — If you’re going to party for St. Patrick’s Day this coming weekend, you’d better do it safely, police said. With Saint Patrick’s Day approaching, Westfield Police are urging motorists to plan a safe ride home and not get behind the wheel drunk. “Drunk driving is dangerous, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Across Union County, 129 people died of suspected opioid overdoses in 2019, state data show. On Wednesday, Westfield Police announced that each of its 61 law enforcement officers will carry the opioid antidote naloxone — commonly known by its brand name, Narcan. Westfield police ...

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Updated at 4:32 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — A husband, wife and their 4-year-old daughter escaped a fire that tore through the family’s Tice Place home Monday afternoon, authorities said. Firefighters rushed to the blaze at 1041 Tice Place at 1:13 p.m. and worked for more than hour to control the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 17-year-long veteran of the town’s police department has been appointed to the rank of lieutenant. Marcin Kapka, who arrested an armed carjacking suspect after a high-speed chase in 2010, is anticipated to be formally sworn into his new role on March 10, police announced.

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Burglars broke into three unlocked cars on Warren Street and Hyslip Avenue over the weekend, police said Monday. An attempted burglary from a car on Nancy Way was averted when the suspect found the car locked, police said in an electronic notification sent to neighborhood ...

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GARWOOD, NJ — A 65-year-old borough woman hit by car at Second Avenue and Cedar Street Thursday night has died from her injuries, police said. Nedra I. Clark was crossing Cedar Street in the marked crosswalk when a Dodge Charger turning left at the intersection hit her around 6:15 p.m., police ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 24-year-old Plainfield man is to be charged with creating a false public alarm following his arrest at the 7-Eleven on South Avenue Friday night, police said. Authorities had taken a call at 6:43 p.m. Friday reporting of a person with a gun at “the 7-Eleven in Fanwood,” police ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The highest-ranking woman in the Westfield Police Department’s history is anticipated to soon be sworn into her new role as lieutenant. A 15-year veteran of the Westfield Police, the department hired Nicole Stivale following her graduation from the John H. Stamler Police Academy ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A vehicle left running while unattended was stolen from a gas station on Central Avenue Monday, police said. A New Providence man told police that a thief stole his 2019 gray Dodge Charger valued at about $45,000 from the Amoco, Sgt. Michael Walsh said. The theft happened shortly ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A Westfield man caught with over 4,000 child pornography files was sentenced Friday to 10 years in state prison, authorities said. Gregory L. Brown, 38, a resident of John Street, previously pled guilty to one count of first-degree possession of child pornography with the intent ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Authorities on Wednesday arrested a 35-year-old Newark man in connection with the Nov. 11 burglary and theft of a 2004 Ford F-250 truck, police said. Westfield's detectives Piotr Wierzbicki and Robert Desiato arrested Juan Martinez at his residence in Newark’s North Ward before ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The pedestrian-involved crash that occurred on New Year’s Day at an intersection on the town’s south side is at least the second such crash to occur there in recent months. On Oct. 22, a Nissan Rogue turning left onto South Avenue West from Boulevard hit a 65-year-old woman from ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Police are looking into swastikas and racist graffiti found written in pencil on classroom furniture, the Westfield High School Principal said Thursday. Principal Mary Asfendis in an email to parents said authorities discovered the graffiti on a small area on the furniture Dec.

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 76-year-old man was taken to a hospital Wednesday night after being hit by a vehicle while attempting to cross South Avenue West at the intersection of Boulevard, police said. The vehicle traveling westbound on South Avenue hit the man while he was in the crosswalk at 10:05 ...

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