Police & Fire

May 7, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will expand its Emergency Services Regional Dispatch Center in Westfield, allowing more towns the option to use its services for fire, EMS, mutual aid and first responders.  At Thursday’s virtual Board of County Commissioners meeting, commissioners awarded a $3.28 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A burglar crept into a home on Bennett Place through an unlocked mudroom door early Thursday morning, grabbed car keys from a purse there and then stole a vehicle in what is the latest in a series of similar crimes, police said. In a Nixle message, police said an unlocked car on ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Officers arrested a Middlesex County man Tuesday morning on charges in connection to vehicle burglaries on Bates Way, police said Wednesday. At about 6:40 a.m. on Lamberts Mill Road near West Broad Street, police responded to a report of a person who appeared to be unsteady on ...

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Updated at 4:36 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — A 16-year-old from Newark was arrested and his counterpart got away after crashing into a patrol vehicle responding to reported car burglaries on Topping Hill Road over the weekend, police said Tuesday. At 6:14 a.m. Sunday, officers arrested the Newark ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With a continuously low rate of violent crime, the town of Westfield is New Jersey’s 31st safest city, according to a new study by a Utah-based company that reviews home safety companies and products. SafeWise based its findings on crime data from 2019 FBI crime report statistics ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Hit the button on the key fob — the one that locks the doors. Don't leave your keys, or fobs, in your car, or your garage. And when you do get in the house, lock the doors. It's a simple message that police in Westfield are repeatedly telling the public after a recurring ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A local detective assigned to the New Jersey State Police to recover cars stolen from the town, officers patrolling in stealth police vehicles and the arrests of suspected burglars and thieves have not stopped a spate of vehicle thefts and burglaries here — nearly all of which have ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town has negotiated a contract with the police department’s rank-and-file bargaining unit that grants an average of 2.2% annual raises for members of the PBA Local 90 retroactive to 2019 and lasting until 2023. A public hearing on the salary schedule is set for Tuesday, April ...

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The state Attorney General’s Office wants your feedback on the platform. WESTFIELD, NJ — Five months of law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Westfield, are now publicly available as part of a new statewide dashboard. The Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A town commissioned report from two years ago recommends safety improvements at an intersection where a driver hit a teenage bicyclist Monday. The 13-year-old girl from Westfield was taken to Overlook Medical Center in Summit after reporting pain in her arm following the crash at ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A pedestrian hit by a driver at Central Avenue and North Avenue East Monday evening was taken to the hospital, a police spokesman said. The pedestrian, who was conscious when police arrived, was taken to Overlook Medical Center in Summit, Sgt. Michael Walsh said. The incident ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Police arrested three 16-year-old boys on charges resulting from numerous early-morning vehicle burglaries, Westfield Police Chief Christopher Battiloro announced Tuesday. Westfield Police responded to the 700 block of Lamberts Mill Road on Friday, March 26, at about 6:19 a.m. on ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Two Westfield police officers were honored last week for their response when a man with a loaded handgun was on the grounds of Tamaques Elementary School in June of 2019, Westfield Police announced Monday. The Union County Prosecutor's Office gave its “Hero Award” to Officers ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Police are investigating after authorities found two swastikas in a bathroom at Westfield High School Friday. In a statement Tuesday, police said the swastikas were etched on a bathroom stall wall by a person using “an unknown metal object.” “At this time, there is no suspect ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Bias crimes in New Jersey have risen significantly with the number of reported incidents jumping from 569 in 2018 to 994 in 2019 — a 75% increase, according to the state’s most recent bias incident report. Westfield saw nine bias crimes reported in that year, according to the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Three men charged in the March 8 theft of an unlocked SUV in Westfield stand accused of a Newark homicide committed the next day, police said Tuesday. New Jersey State Police Detectives arrested Reynold Henderson, 18, of Irvington, Tyson Armour, 19, of Newark, and Isaad Jackson, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Calling it an “outstanding achievement” the accreditation program director of the New Jersey Association of State Chiefs of Police congratulated the Westfield Police Chief on his department’s accreditation. It marks the first time the Westfield Police Department has been ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The mother of a 12-year-old boy severely bruised when a driver hit him while he was crossing in the Fourth Ward is warning the public about a potentially dangerous intersection. Danielle Corso’s son, Vincent, was crossing in the crosswalk at West Broad Street and South Avenue ...

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Updated at 10:29 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — South Avenue West near Palsted Avenue was closed for most of the day Sunday after a vehicle crashed into a utility pole, knocking wires into the roadway, according to police. At 7:14 a.m., police said in a Nixle that PSE&G was assessing the situation ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Standards concerning prisoner handling, use of force and fiscal controls are among those the town’s police department is taking a hard look at — including by soliciting public feedback on — as it seeks accreditation from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. What ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Two Hudson County men accused of defrauding an elderly Westfield woman of $93,000 were arrested Tuesday as they attempted to scam her out of an additional $40,000 in cash, police said. Police arrested Brandon Reyes, 27, of Union City, and Walter Rosario, 28, of Jersey City, in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A fraudulent online computer repair service that told a man there was “illegal data on his computer” took $12,000 from the resident, police said Tuesday. The man living in the 1000 block of Ripley Avenue told police Feb. 8 that he had attempted to use the “service” to repair his ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Firefighters responding to a residential alarm quickly put down a blaze that started in a home on South Euclid Avenue, fire officials said Saturday. Crews entering the home Thursday evening found that a couch had caught fire because it was too close to a space heater, the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The homeowner is safe after her attached garage caught fire Wednesday morning. Reported at 9:48 a.m., crews got to the scene in 3 minutes and in about half-an-hour had contained to the fire to the garage of the 2 ½-story home at 37 Sunnywood Drive, town spokeswoman Kim Forde ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Two North Brunswick juveniles have been charged in connection with Wednesday’s shooting death of a Plainfield man at the Renaissance Glen Apartments. The juveniles are both male and are 17 years old, according to a press release from Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Town police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the owner of a truck connected to a report of illegal dumping. In a Facebook post Friday afternoon, police shared a low resolution image of the dump truck and asked the public to contact the department if they are ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town issued 95 tickets to people violating snowstorm parking rules Monday as a blizzard pummeled the region, the mayor said. The rules in Westfield require that no cars be parked on the street when 3 or more inches of snow have fallen, said Mayor Shelley Brindle, who cited ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A car left unlocked and running was stolen from in front of the Westfield Diner Friday, police said. The car was parked at the curb on North Avenue, police said in a Nixle alert. Thefts of and burglaries from unlocked cars in Westfield have been an ongoing problem, according to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A series of stickers posted on local streets in support of a white supremacist group were removed this week and later condemned by the authorities, who said they are investigating. Officials with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office said investigators are aware of materials found ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Officers have arrested a man who allegedly stole money from a tip jar and threatened to shoot an employee at a takeout restaurant in the 500 block of Central Avenue Wednesday, police said. Dustin G. Eli, 24, of Westfield, had ordered food at the Peking Garden restaurant and made ...

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