Police & Fire

November 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – The local police department could have something to give thanks for this Thanksgiving. The Town Council is set to award a contract for the purchase of three new police SUVs at a total cost of $108,309, the resolution to be considered Tuesday night states. Monies for the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A family that has sought to avoid the public eye after receiving threatening letters just days after purchasing a home on Boulevard is once again the subject of national media attention following an in-depth interview with New York Magazine. Reporter Reeves Wiedeman, who ...

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Police from Westfield, Mountainside and Kenilworth chased the BMW. WESTFIELD, NJ – A police chase involving officers from at least three Union County towns ended on the Garden State Parkway during rush hour Monday morning, authorities said. Surrounding law enforcement agencies confirmed the ...

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Updated: 8:52 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ – Forecasters are warning that up to 5 inches of snow could fall across the region Thursday evening, and local authorities are preparing for the season's first snow. The National Weather Service winter storm warning in effect until 10 p.m. predicts ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – An ambulance worker was rushed to the hospital after injuring an arm during a fiery crash on Central Avenue early Monday morning, authorities said. A 2015 BMW 540 sedan crossed the double-yellow lines while driving north near Clover Street at 12:23 a.m. and crashed into the ...

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KEY LARGO, Fla. – A 49-year-old Westfield man died while vacationing in Florida, a spokesman for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Friday. Rodney Jinkins was snorkeling with his family when witnesses saw him unresponsive in the water at about 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, the spokesman, Adam ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Driving and collecting candy on Halloween can be tricky, and so local authorities have issued an advisory hoping to keep local youths safe during the sweet excursions. Seeking to avoid costumes catching fire, pedestrian-involved crashes and other potential Halloween mishaps, ...

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CLARK, NJ – A Westfield police officer rushed to the hospital after falling ill from exposure to an unknown drug found in a suspect’s car Monday night has since returned to work, police said Tuesday. At about 9:15 p.m., officers stopped a vehicle alleged to have been involved in shoplifting in ...

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Last updated: 2:06 p.m. Oct. 29 Local Police, Other Agencies Tighten Security At Jewish Institutions WESTFIELD, NJ – Community members came together in a vigil after what is being described as the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history left 11 people dead and six wounded at a synagogue in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – An elderly man was taken to the hospital following a single-car crash into an SUV parked on Grove Street near the intersection of Carlton Road Wednesday evening. Firefighters pulled the man from his car following the crash, which occurred at about 5:50 p.m., fire Battalion Chief ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The five schools that comprise the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools (UCVTS) campus went into lockdown for about two hours on Friday afternoon when an unidentified individual who admitted carrying a pocket knife entered the complex.  Located on Raritan Road in Scotch ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ -- Few details were available pertaining to a crash reported near a school on Lambert's Mill Road Thursday afternoon, the latest in a series reported on or near the winding roadway. A police department spokesman did not respond to requests for information on the crash Thursday ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — U.S. Route 22 and Terrill Road have reopened following a motor vehicle accident involving a box truck.  Expect delays in the area.

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Police are looking into a potential hit-and-run involving a 17-year-old struck in a crosswalk near Holy Trinity School on Monday. The youth was not injured in the morning incident during which the driver of a Jeep SUV gave the signal for the teenager to cross, but then struck the ...

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Last updated: 4:01 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — Firefighters quickly extinguished a bedroom blaze in a second-floor apartment above the catering establishment, Maggie Cooks, on Tuesday morning, a fire official said. A small appliance sparked the blaze in the apartment and authorities have ruled the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Authorities continue to seek information leading to an arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for the biased graffiti spray painted at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School earlier this month. Photos of the vulgar graffiti at Scotch Plains High, which was ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — After a weekend burglary spree in the 1st Ward, which the public was not notified of until residents objected at a Town Council meeting, the municipality is launching a new emergency notification option, the mayor announced on Facebook Saturday morning. The option, which allows ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Town residents have been plagued by a spate of so-called “spoof” calls, whereby potential scammers disguise their phone numbers showing up in would-be victims’ caller identifications. One resident living in the 100 block of Marlboro Street received a call on Monday, from what ...

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Get Rid Of That Hide-A-Key, Chief Says WESTFIELD, NJ – The public may be underestimating the sophistication of burglars who broke into homes earlier this week, police said. The burglars, in some instances, scoured properties and found residents’ hidden keys in unlocked garages and cars, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – In back-to-back weekend break-ins, burglars snuck into unlocked houses then stole cash and credit cards while the owners were home, police said Wednesday. The residents did not encounter the suspects and reported no injuries in the three Saturday night break-ins on Elm Street and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Parents of Franklin Elementary School students learned Wednesday that a swastika was found etched on a panel in one of the school's restrooms that afternoon. “You can imagine our serious disappointment when we found that a student had etched a swastika on a panel in one of our ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Jackie Lieberman, publisher and owner of TAPinto Westfield, recently won second place for Online Breaking News — Daily in the Society of Professional Journalists’ statewide 2018 Spotlight Contest for a piece titled “Standoff with Police in Westfield Ends Peacefully.” In January ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A nine-month-long investigation into alleged prostitution at massage establishments in town led the arrests of four parlor managers this week, authorities said. Authorities charged Qingxia Zhu, 28, of Westfield, Jing Liu, 53, of Linden, Xiaoman Zhang, 56, of Watchung, and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – One thief walked into an unlocked garage and drove out in the resident's Audi. Another suspect snatched a purse from an unlocked car in Tamaques Reservation. Thieves took two unlocked cars from Wallberg Avenue. These are among the incidents, which have prompted a simple warning ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – The state has approved pension benefits for a former police chief who retired suddenly last month, but he will receive no sick-time payout, a municipal official said. While police chiefs retiring from other departments in New Jersey have secured significant and widely reported ...

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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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