Police & Fire

February 13, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – Authorities have recovered more than 4,000 files depicting children in sexual acts from a local man’s electronics, the Union County Prosecutor said Wednesday. Officers arrested Gregory L. Brown, 37, at his home in the 300 block of John Street Wednesday morning and charged him ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — For the first time in its history, the town’s police department has two chaplains. Rabbi Douglas Sagal and Deacon Keith Gibbons took the oath of office at Town Hall on Tuesday, along with Frank Padovano, formerly a Westfield police lieutenant, who was sworn in as captain before ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — On Tuesday morning, Raymond Schwartz of Cranford passed away at the age of 15. Schwartz was an honorary member of the Cranford Police Department. The son of Stacy Schwartz, who is on leave from her job as a dedicated paraprofessional at Jefferson Elementary School in Westfield, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — At least two crashes closed area roads Tuesday afternoon amid slick roadway conditions. Shortly after noon, first responders from Westfield and Mountainside were on the scene of a van into a pole on Springfield Avenue, Police Chief Chris Battiloro said. A state of emergency is ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — How do law enforcement officials tell family members their loved one has died, and who do police officers turn to for guidance when one of their own passes? Starting Tuesday, the Westfield Police Department will have two chaplains — Rabbi Douglas Sagal of Temple Emanu-El and ...

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Updated at 10:15 a.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — All telephone service at the Westfield Municipal Building, including the Police Department, has been restored as of 10:15 a.m. after it was down part of Wednesday morning, police announced through the emergency notification and and advisory service ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — An attempted vehicle burglary on Wyoming Street prompted a high-speed police chase into Essex County early Sunday morning, town police said. Officers chased the suspects seen driving a box truck into Newark before ending the pursuit, Chief Chris Battiloro said on Sunday. No ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A masked man robbed the 7-Eleven on Central Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. on Jan. 25, raising concern in the suburban Union County town. Here is what we know now about the robbery, the arrest in connection with that robbery and some of the ways in which the public learned about ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Police are promising increased patrols at Westfield establishments that operate round-the-clock following an early morning robbery at the 7-Eleven on Central Avenue last week. Chief Chris Battiloro of the Westfield Police Department announced the increased patrols at Tuesday’s ...

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Updated at 1:42 p.m. Jan. 30 WESTFIELD, NJ — A masked man armed with what first appeared to be a handgun robbed the 7-Eleven on Central Avenue of an undisclosed amount of cash and has since been arrested following an "intense foot chase," police said Monday. Chief Chris Battiloro announced ...

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Updated at 6:15 p.m. Jan. 28 UPDATE: Westfield PD: East Orange Man, 22, Arrested in 7-Eleven Robbery WESTFIELD, NJ — Authorities have arrested two people in connection with an apparent armed robbery occurring at the 7-Eleven on Central Avenue early Friday morning, police said. Officers ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Edison Intermediate School was evacuated Wednesday morning following a minor cooking mishap involving a microwave, a fire official said. Firefighters were called to the school located at 800 Rahway Ave. to ventilate the building due to the smoke, the official said. Nobody was ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – With a deep chill setting in, the outdoor portion of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day March has been called off, but services planned for the observance will still be held, police said. The Westfield Police Department announced the cancellation of the outdoor march shortly ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Officers have arrested a 20-year-old Newark man who police say attempted to break into a home on Fair Hill Drive during broad daylight on Monday, authorities said. A resident living in the 70 block of Fair Hill Drive called police to report that a man, later identified as Wali ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Parts of the already busy downtown could be a bit busier Thursday and Friday as utility workers upgrade electric facilities on four streets. The work in Westfield is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday on Clark Street, Cowperthwaite Place, Ferris Place and Prospect ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – A 36-year-old Elizabeth man is in custody and a second suspect is on the loose after leading officers on an approximately 10-mile police chase through Union County Sunday night, police said. The chase followed an attempted robbery of a 56-year-old Elizabeth woman at 10:38 p.m.

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Updated: 12:47 p.m. Dec. 26 WESTFIELD, NJ — A woman escaped a two-alarm fire that started in the rear of a Forest Avenue home Wednesday morning and extended to the kitchen, fire officials said. Arriving firefighters saw smoke and flames coming from the rear of the home at 704 Forest Ave., ...

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The department anticipates equipping all of its officers with body-worn cameras in 2019. WESTFIELD, NJ – Local police are testing three body-worn cameras and anticipate equipping all of the department’s officers with cameras early next year, the police chief said. The department began a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Firefighters quickly extinguished two small blazes that occurred in the downtown during one of the busiest shopping days of the year, a fire official said Monday. At about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, a grease fire erupted in a second-floor kitchen of Ferraro’s Restaurant at 14 Elm ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 13-year-old student at Edison Intermediate School faces five counts of criminal mischief in connection with various forms of hateful graffiti depicted on the restroom walls at that school, police said Wednesday. “The Westfield Police Department takes incidents like these ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — After an extensive search, the town has a new police chief, the mayor said. Mayor Shelley Brindle announced the appointment of Christopher Battiloro to the position of chief on Wednesday. Battiloro has been serving as the department’s acting chief for the past four months, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — One woman was transported to the hospital following a crash involving at least three vehicles at the intersection of St. Marks and South Euclid avenues Wednesday morning, police said. The woman reported neck pain, but the injury did not appear to be critical, acting Police Chief ...

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Updated: 9:29 a.m. Dec. 11 Reporting hate crimes allows the public, researchers, law enforcement and community leaders to develop preventative measures, the FBI says. WESTFIELD, NJ — The hateful graffiti recently found at Edison Intermediate School targeted a number of groups of people, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The carjacker shoved a 62-year-old woman to the ground in front of her home, grabbed her keys and sped off in her Lexus SUV in broad daylight, police said. The Newark man led police on a March 31, 2014, chase into Mountainside before dumping the Lexus just off a Route 22 exit ...

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The 2004 Acura was later used in a robbery in Irvington, Maplewood police said. WESTFIELD, NJ — Police have arrested a 21-year-old Irvington man and a teenager in connection with the theft of a vehicle that was later used in an Essex County robbery, authorities said Monday. Dquan Dupont, of ...

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Updated at 7:49 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — Authorities are looking into hate-filled graffiti found at a local school Thursday and appear to have linked the crime to one student. School officials condemned the hate crime at Edison Intermediate School but did not detail its full scope, and local ...

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Updated: 5:25 p.m. Nov. 28 WESTFIELD, NJ – The cats came back, but it was not the very next day. At 12:54 a.m. on Nov. 22, an unknown person broke into Eric Warrell’s home on Kimball Circle, left a doorway open and when he had returned, his two felines were missing, the resident told ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – If you see a bearded Westfield police officer this month, it is not because he was too lazy to shave. In a first for Westfield Police, officers are participating in “No Shave November,” a nationwide fundraiser for cancer research intended to heighten awareness about the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A Kimball Circle resident is seeking the public’s assistance in searching for his two cats after a burglar broke into his home, left a door open, and the feline brothers escaped. Eric Warrell wrote on Facebook Thursday that he sought to lure the cats back home with food, but he ...

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Monies utility companies pay to the town for officers guarding construction projects funded the purchase of the new vehicles. WESTFIELD, NJ – The local police department has something to give thanks for this Thanksgiving. The Town Council on Tuesday approved the award of a contract for the ...

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