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Code Blue in Effect, Union County Looks to Add Shelter in Elizabeth

January 18, 2019

In Union County, the 2018 Point-in-Time Count Found 459 Homeless Persons

ELIZABETH, NJ – With the proposed addition of a shelter to the roster of places the homeless can go during freezing temperatures, Union County government is looking out for its homeless population.

The “Code Blue Emergency Shelter Initiative” is designed to “prevent death and injury among ...

Union Man Charged in Connection with Alcohol-Fueled Linden Wreck that Took Hillside Officer’s Life

UNION, NJ — A Union man has been arrested and charged with being responsible for the alcohol-related motor vehicle collision that took the life of his passenger, an off-duty Hillside police officer, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly announced Tuesday.

Ricardo Dos-Santos, 29, is charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and ...

Worker Flown to Hospital after Falling Nearly 80 Feet in Roselle Park Saturday

ROSELLE PARK, NJ – A construction worker who fell nearly 80 feet onto concrete was flown to the hospital Saturday morning, police said.

The fall occurred at the Merida Apartment building construction site in the 200 block of East Westfield Avenue at 10:35 a.m., police said.

First responders found the worker had fallen between 70 and 80 feet onto a second-floor concrete pad located ...

Plainfield’s Drake House Museum Undergoes Restoration Project

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Historical Society of Plainfield announced that a major restoration of the interior masonry walls of the Drake House Museum has been completed. There are two interior basement areas that date to 1746, and one basement area that dates to the 1880’s. 

The project included local craftsmen working on the re-pointing of mortar throughout those areas, and ...

Three Sentenced in 2013 Killing of Plainfield Man

Three people who stood trial and were convicted for their roles in the fatal shooting of a Plainfield man in his home a little more than five years ago have been sentenced to a combined total of 140 years in state prison, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Friday.

Alejandro Lopez, 30, Mayrenid Hidalgo-Bautista, 31, and Rodney Rosario, 33, were sentenced Friday morning ...

Music Teacher Charged with Inappropriate Touching of Students at Plainfield's Clinton Elementary

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A Plainfield-based music teacher has been arrested and charged with inappropriately touching two of his students in school during recent years, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Friday.

Donnie Harrell, 53, of Bridgewater is charged with two counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child. He was served the charges via summons, with a ...

Cranford Teacher Admits to Threat, Surrenders Teacher's License

CRANFORD, NJ – Matthew Acosta, a special education teacher at Orange Avenue School has admitted to making a perceived general threat against the school where he worked late last year, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Thursday.

Acosta, 34, of Kenilworth pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a petty disorderly persons offense during a ...

Deer Hunt Starts Jan. 1 at Nomahegan Park

CRANFORD, NJ — The Union County Parks and Recreation will conduct a controlled deer hunt at select parks including Nomahegan Park this winter in accordance with its white-tailed deer management program, which aims to improve forest health in county parks through the management of the deer population.

Winter bow season will begin Jan. 1 and last through Feb. 16, Monday ...

Fire Damages Scotch Plains Home, Occupant Escapes

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Volunteer firefighters from Scotch Plains and Fanwood were dispatched to a report of a structure fire on Cooper Road. Engine Company 1683 and 1684 extinguished the fire while Fanwood Ladder 1 went to the roof to ventilate on Thursday. 

The resident was brought to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. The cause of the blaze was accidental, according ...

Foundation Left Vacant for Years on Westfield Road in Scotch Plains Filled In

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- After nearly a decade of sitting empty, work began to fill in the foundation on property at 507 Westfield Road at the corner of Westfield Ave.

According to Scotch Plains building and zoning official Bob LaCosta, following a Zoning Board ruling in June, the owner of the property, Duffy Pastore, had until December 31 to fill in the foundation that existed before ...

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