Police & Fire

September 21, 2018

Thursday's pedestrian-involved crash is the third such incident to happen at the intersection since 2012. WESTFIELD, NJ – A crossing guard hit by a car near Edison Intermediate School escaped serious injury Thursday morning in what has been a series of pedestrian-involved crashes at the ...

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Updated: 3:06 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ – Thick black smoke billowed from the top of a tire shop on South Avenue early Friday morning, a fire chief said. One firefighter suffered a minor injury while fighting the blaze at Mavis Discount Tire and was treated by the town doctor, Chief David Kelly ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Union and Essex counties Monday afternoon but the warning expired within an hour when the storm did not materialize as initially expected. The thunderstorm, spotted in Middlesex County at 4:35 p.m. and moving ...

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Updated at 2:40 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ – A 57-year-old man was hospitalized following a two-car crash that prompted a response from the county’s hazmat unit and left a car into a utility pole Thursday morning, authorities said. The man was transported to Overlook Medical Center in Summit to be ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — South Chestnut Street at East Broad Street to Benson Place, and Benson Place at South Chestnut to Salter Place will be closed to all traffic on Friday for paving, the Westfield Police Department advised via Nixle.  

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(Updated 2 p.m.) WESTFIELD, NJ - The following roads are closed during the day Thursday for paving: Fairacres Avenue between Wells Street and Benson Place, and South Chestnut Street between East Broad Street and Lenox Avenue. At 6 p.m., the Route 28 traffic circle will be closed in the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Police Department recently designated a municipal humane law enforcement officer to investigate reports of animal cruelty in town, according to Acting Westfield Police Chief Chris Battiloro. The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A large tree branch fell on Lamberts Mill Road near New England Drive Wednesday night, taking down wires with it, according to Acting Westfield Police Chief Chris Battiloro. No injuries were reported, he said. Westfield Police, with the assistance of Scotch Plains Police, were ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — South Chestnut Street between East Broad Street and Archbold Place and Benson Place between South Chestnut Street and Saint Marks Avenue have uneven pavement and raised manholes Wednesday night in preparation for paving Thursday, the Westfield Police Department advised via ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council officially approved the appointment of Westfield Police Captain Chris Battiloro to the role of acting police chief at its meeting Tuesday night. Related story: Westfield’s Mayor Speaks About Issues at Police Department David Wayman, who held the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle spoke about the Westfield Police Department during her update at Tuesday night’s town council meeting: “In the midst of numerous media reports concerning the Westfield Police Department, I’d like to take the opportunity to provide an update and some ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Due to rain, Grove Street is not being paved Monday as originally scheduled, according to a Nixle alert sent by the Westfield Police Department. Instead, the street remains open to traffic Monday and will be closed for paving on Tuesday, Aug. 14, weather permitting, according to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Central Avenue northbound at Myrtle Avenue has reopened, Westfield Police announced via Nixle Friday just after 3 p.m. The road was closed for a large part of the day while PSE&G addressed a pole damaged in a crash the night before, according to Acting Police Chief Chris ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Grove Street between Rahway Avenue and Central Avenue will be closed to traffic on Friday, Aug. 10, for milling and Monday, Aug. 13 for paving, according to an announcement by the Westfield Police Department via Nixle. The road will be open on Saturday and Sunday. Residents ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A brief, drenching rain early in the evening didn’t wash out National Night Out in Westfield Tuesday night, though jazz night was scaled back at the last minute to just one band on Elm Street. As the sun came back out, so did the families, who mingled and took photos with police, ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Another serious crash sent one person to the hospital and tied up traffic on Route 22 mid-day Thursday. Mountainside Police gave the following account of the crash: At 11:43 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, Mountainside Police were called to respond to the area of Route 22 West, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Effective immediately, Police Chief David Wayman is retiring from the Westfield Police Department “after consultation with the Union County Prosecutor’s office and the town’s labor counsel,” Mayor Shelley Brindle announced Wednesday morning. Captain Chris Battiloro  is being ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — Route 22 reopened at about 6 p.m. Wednesday after a multiple vehicle crash at Lawrence Avenue in Mountainside closed the highway in both directions around 12:30 p.m. According to a 12:28 p.m. report from the Breaking News Network, there were multiple injuries reported with ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A shop on Central Avenue in Downtown Westfield has reported three recent incidents of shoplifting to police that appear, from the shop's security videos, to involve the same woman with different accomplices. In the most recent incident, on July 11, video provided by the store ...

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CLARK, NJ - A multi-vehicle accident on the southbound Garden State Parkway shortly beyond Exit 135 has been causing major delays on the roadway Tuesday.  Clark Police issued a warning that the southbound entrance to the parkway was closed at the Clark Circle due to an accident investigation ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A ruptured chlorine drum has forced closure of Nomahegan Swim Club on Springfield Avenue Friday afternoon. According to a Westfield police officer on the scene, a 1,000-gallon drum of chlorine ruptured. In addition to the swim club being closed, some area streets around the ...

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GARWOOD, NJ - The Westfield and Clark fire departments were on hand to assist at a house fire early Thursday morning in Garwood.  The fire was in the upper levels of a vacant home on Willow Avenue, according to officials. Clark Fire Chief Frank Cerasa confirmed that five Clark firefighters took ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — No one was injured Tuesday evening when a car crashed into a two-family house on the corner of West Broad Street and Lamberts Mill Road. The crash occurred around 6:30 p.m., after rain had slicked the streets. “I heard this big bang and the whole house shook,” said Caroline De ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The driver of a 2000 green Mercury Mountaineer that hit a 14-year-old boy in front of Edison Intermediate School Thursday was issued summonses, Westfield Police said Friday.   According to police, the vehicle failed to stop for a pedestrian in the crosswalk at intersection of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It likely started with a smoldering cigarette, according to Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Tiller. The fire that started in a flower planter on an outside deck on the second floor of Addams Tavern Wednesday caused a lot of smoke as it spread to the flooring, but only about a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Seventeen-year-old Summit High School student Ben Schachter was taken away in handcuffs Tuesday during a gun safety “die-in” protest led by local high school students at Congressman Leonard Lance's Westfield office. Lance was not present at the office at the time. “We are ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A woman has been arrested in the theft of the YESTERcades new game fund/employee tip jar in the early hours of May 20, according to police. Cinthia Burgos, age 31, of Rahway, was the woman in photos shared by YESTERcades, according to police. She was arrested last week for theft ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Detective First Grade Eric Lieberman’s watch ended on May 22 when the 47-year-old died suddenly and unexpectedly. Now a fund has been established to raise money for his two teenage boys. “This is a tough time and we’re just trying to do what we can, trying to show ...

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CLARK/WESTFIELD, NJ — Issues at the freight train crossing on the Clark/Westfield border at Rahway/Westfield Avenue snarled traffic in both towns during Tuesday morning rush hour traffic. At 8:30 a.m. the train was moved on and the crossing re-opened, according to Westfield Police.

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Police found that there was no threat to Roosevelt Intermediate School Thursday afternoon, according to Westfield Police Chief David Wayman. The school had been placed on a “shelter in place” for 25 minutes during the school day after “inappropriate graffiti” was found, ...

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