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Police & Fire

May 13, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — An early morning fire tore through a home on Grant Avenue Friday, displacing five people, the fire chief said. The blaze at 849 Grant Ave. erupted just before 5:43 a.m., Chief Michael Duelks said. Firefighters who arrived at 5:49 a.m. found thick smoke and fire showing from the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — If you’re driving southbound on Prospect Street onto East Broad Street don’t plan on turning left. On Tuesday, the town announced that left turns are prohibited at the intersection “addressing a long-time problem area for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.” Signs seen at the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A man accused of stabbing his roommate following an argument fled the scene but was arrested by Westfield police on Lamberts Mill Road, Scotch Plains police said Tuesday. Officers arrested Nelson Sanchez, 48, of Scotch Plains, on Friday, May 6, and charged him with possession ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — An Elizabeth man was arrested on Thursday on multiple burglary charges, including three business burglaries in Cranford and one in Westfield, police announced Monday. Antoni Kuhl, 52, of Elizabeth, was arrested on three counts of third degree burglary, two counts of third degree ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A three-alarm fire that left a home in the Second Ward uninhabitable Saturday started with an electrical malfunction, the fire chief said Monday. When firefighters arrived at 5:36 p.m., they saw thick smoke pouring from all sides of the 2 ½ story home at Springfield Avenue and ...

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UPDATE: 3-Alarm Fire Leaves Westfield Home Uninhabitable Saturday WESTFIELD, NJ — Firefighters from multiple Union County towns knocked down a blaze that tore through a single-family home in the Second Ward Saturday evening. Fire Chief Michael Duelks said the blaze at 346 Springfield Avenue ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town has a new fire chief following the retirement last week of Chief Anthony Tiller. Chief Michael Duelks took the oath of office at Tuesday’s town council session. Duelks is the 12th chief to serve the town, said acting Mayor Mark Parmelee. “He’s been part of the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — There’s a bear in Brightwood Park, town police said Wednesday afternoon. In a Nixle alert at 12:29 p.m., Westfield police told the public of the sighting in the park located on the border of Scotch Plains. “Use extreme caution if in the area and report any such sighting to the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Fire Chief Anthony Tiller, the first African American to become the town’s fire chief, served his last day with the Westfield Fire Department Friday. Tiller is retiring after 25 years of service with the department as a career firefighter and 29 total years serving the town. He ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Sightings of a black bear that was apparently resting in a tree in Westfield Thursday night continue in the area. Town resident Justin Drazin told TAPinto Westfield he was on his way home from work when he saw the bear "mostly sleeping" up in a tree at the corner of Alden and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A bear was seen in the area of the 200 block of East Dudley Avenue, Westfield Police said in an alert Thursday morning just after 7:30 a.m. “If you observe the bear, do not approach it,” police said. The state Division of Fish and Wildlife offers the following advice about ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Four teenagers from Linden were arrested in connection with a pellet gun shooting involving “splat guns” in downtown Westfield Friday, police said. The two victims reported being shot by pellet guns around East Broad and Elmer streets around 9:19 p.m., police said. Officers ...

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GARWOOD, NJ — Police are seeking witnesses to a hit-and-run that left a 14-year-old bicyclist injured Monday afternoon. The youth was riding his bicycle westbound on North Avenue when he was hit by the driver of a gray Nissan SUV as the vehicle was leaving the McDonald’s parking lot at 216 North ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Six people were treated for minor injuries following a crash on Lamberts Mill Road in near Westfield Saturday evening, authorities said. A photo posted by the Westfield's firefighters union Monday showed an ambulance and a black sedan had crashed head-on causing severe ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Authorities are seeking the owner of a “large sum” of cash that was found in the town, police said Thursday. In a Facebook post, Westfield police asked the owner to call the police department. Police did not disclose the amount of money found or the location. “A large sum of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Detectives are exploring “all possible motives” in a pair of pellet gun shootings that targeted people in Downtown Westfield, a police spokesperson said Wednesday. The shootings March 5 and March 16 in Westfield come amid other pellet gun shootings around the state, including in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Authorities are hopeful they will “quickly find” who is responsible for the latest swastika to have been scrawled in a bathroom at Westfield High School and believe new security measures will aid in that effort, the school’s principal said Wednesday. In a message to high school ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A whistleblower lawsuit claims that the Westfield Police Department retaliated and discriminated against an African American sergeant and a female lieutenant for reporting racial profiling. Sgt. Preston Freeman, who according to the lawsuit is the first African American to reach ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A man mugged while walking on a trail near Westfield Memorial Pool March 15 was drawn into the area by his assailants, the mayor said Friday evening. Police had reported that three people in masks assaulted and robbed the victim, taking $300 worth of his belongings. Citing the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Someone has been shooting pedestrians with pellets, according to Westfield Police. A Westfield resident said someone drove up alongside her last week as she was walking on the 100 block of East Broad Street and shot at her with an Airsoft gun, police said in a statement. An ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A man told police that he was walking on a trail near Memorial Pool when he was assaulted and robbed by three people the evening of Tuesday, March 15, police said in a statement. The incident occurred around 7 p.m., police said. The victim entered the trail and saw the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — There wasn’t a fire at the former Victoria’s Secret store in Westfield over the weekend — even though that’s what it looked like for a brief time Saturday night. Responding to a report of smoke at the building at 8:42 p.m. Saturday, officers determined that someone had entered ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Drivers can expect increased police patrols for what is one of the most celebrated drinking weekends of the year, police announced. The increased DWI enforcement efforts will include a DWI checkpoint during the late evening hours on Saturday, March 19, and early morning hours on ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Two youths shot at with a pellet gun from a passing vehicle over the weekend were checked out by the rescue squad but did not appear to have been injured, police said Thursday. The police report contains no information on a motive for the attack that happened at East Broad and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A woman made off with a bag of $15,000 stolen from the front of a resident's home last week, police said. Video footage shows a woman taking the bag from the front stairs before returning to a waiting vehicle and then driving off, police said in a statement. The money had been ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The intersection of North Avenue and the Hetfield Avenue and the Hetfield Avenue bridge were closed to traffic Thursday evening following a crash involving a Wonder truck. Scotch Plains firefighters were seen helping to hook the damaged vehicle onto the tow truck. Scotch ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Scammers impersonating the “Geek Squad,” defrauded a resident of Twin Oaks Terrace out of $407,000, police said Tuesday. When the scammers sent an email identifying themselves as being from Best Buy’s computer repair service Feb. 22, the resident called a phone number and then ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Authorities are seeking the public’s assistance with an investigation into graffiti on a street in Westfield’s downtown, police said Tuesday. On Feb. 22, a business owner in the 100 block Quimby Street told officers that her property was vandalized with graffiti that read ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A trash can fire at the Westfield train station caused commotion and briefly interrupted the evening commute Monday just as many people were arriving home.  The fire, which started around 5:50 p.m. on the north side of the station, was under control within minutes of the fire ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A Rahway man has been arrested for DUI after he suffered from an apparent overdose while driving on Springfield Avenue this weekend, police said. David Mikolaczyk, 35, was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, Westfield Police Sgt. Michael ...

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