Union County News

May 13, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A man incarcerated at the Union County Jail is suing the county with claims that the staff there denied him medication for a severely painful condition and then beat him mercilessly. While in court papers the county denies the allegations, Michael David Ivancich claims in the ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — City police said Tuesday evening that a man posing as an Uber driver attempted to sexually assault a person he was taking from New York City to Pennsylvania. In a statement posted to Facebook, police said the driver exited Route 78, stopped on Glenside Avenue and the victim escaped ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — A partial closure of the eastern section of Lenape Park will happen in June due to repairing the dam, The Union County Board of Commissioners and the Union County Parks Department announced jointly this week. The purpose of the dam is to regulate the flow of water into Cranford ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will expand its Emergency Services Regional Dispatch Center in Westfield, allowing more towns the option to use its services for fire, EMS, mutual aid and first responders.  At Thursday’s virtual Board of County Commissioners meeting, commissioners awarded a $3.28 ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — A 41-year-old Cranford man admitted on Tuesday to receiving images of child sexual abuse, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. Joseph Hinksmon of Cranford downloaded and received videos and images of child sexual abuse to his personal hard drive from July ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — While Union County enters into a five-year agreement to send the prisoners from the county jail in Elizabeth to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, Elizabeth-based activist Salaam Ismial says the fight to challenge the move is not over. His organization, the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Things are tutto bene in Scotch Plains with the announcement Tuesday that the Saint Bart's Festival will return for Labor Day Weekend 2021. Paul Raphael, president of the Scotch Plains chapter of UNICO, the Italian-American service organization, and a member of the festival ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — Despite the success of last year's pedestrian plaza on Eastman Street, there is no guarantee of its return. The uncertainty stems from the need for state approval for street closures within 50 feet of a state highway, in this case North Avenue (Route 28). But Cranford isn't giving ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Motor Vehicle Commission's Springfield Agency is planning to move out of its present location on Center Street into a new space on Route 22. Springfield Township Administrator John Bussiculo made the announcement during his report at last week's Township Committee meeting, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Essex County is ending its contract to house federal immigration detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officials announced. The move to eliminate ICE detainees from the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark came after it entered into a Memorandum of ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will be borrowing up to $120 million for the planning, design and building of a new county government complex in Elizabeth. Officials have said the new complex at 61-99 West Grand St. will save money on rent the county pays for existing office space, but legal ...

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FANWOOD, NJ — The Fanwood Pharmacy sold one of four third-tier prizewinning tickets sold for the Friday, April 23, drawing that matched four of the five white balls and the Gold Mega Ball drawn winning the $10,000 prize. “That's a shocker,” said Fanwood Pharmacy owner Mit Patel when he ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — County officials confirmed the prior suspicions of community leaders at Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting: the Union County jail in Elizabeth will close and inmates will be transferred to the Essex County Correctional facility in Newark. The county is entering into a ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — Police reported black bear sightings early Friday morning. In the 9:41 a.m. Nixle alert, police said multiple sightings of a black bear in the area of Nomahegan Park were reported. "Residents are advised to not approach the animal and be mindful of pets," police said. "Police ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Don’t be alarmed if you start hearing piercing sounds and seeing the brown shells of insect bodies on the ground next month. JD Stamler, a park naturalist at the Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside, said some of the periodical cicadas in Brood X will emerge ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — A 19-year-old Summit woman abducted off the street and locked in the trunk of her suspected kidnapper’s car narrowly escaped in a struggle with her captor, then helped police track the man down, records released Friday show. Shervon James, 33, of Union, is accused of first ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The nationwide movement against anti-Asian racism was on full display here Saturday at a rally organized by area high school students. About 100 people attended the rally organized by Rutgers Preparatory School’s Global Outreach Club. The event began with a moment of silence ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s COVID-19 vaccination team is discussing what changes will be necessary to continue its mobile vaccination program now that use of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been paused statewide. On Tuesday, the state Health Department directed all vaccination ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — “I totally forgot I submitted. I was in shock when I won!” Scotch Plains-based author Robert Constant's marketing plan for his latest children's book was derailed by COVID, but a recent award is giving his book new life.  “Hello Grandma!,” Constant's second children book ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — Quick action on the part of city police officers thwarted an abduction attempt over the weekend, authorities said. Shervon James, 33, of Union Township, has been charged with first-degree kidnapping, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Summit Police Chief Andrew ...

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Commissioners are anticipated to authorize $120 million in bonds for the government complex April 22. UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners will provide $16.75 million to the Union County Improvement Authority to plan and design a new county government complex in Elizabeth. The ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — Nearly 60 years ago, Bob Dylan wrote and sang that “The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind” but, in Summit, for at least three months this summer, that answer — or anything else for that matter — won't be propelled by gas-powered leaf blowers. That's because the Summit Common ...

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UNION, NJ — The deaths of two women in Hillside have been linked to a man found dead by apparent suicide in Union earlier this week, authorities said Wednesday. As reported by TAPinto Union, at about 2:30 a.m. Monday Union police officers discovered a suspicious car parked behind Enterprise ...

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FANWOOD, NJ — Firefighters from at least three departments responded to a blaze at 244 North Martine Ave. just before midnight Tuesday, a spokesman for the borough said. With the assistance of the Scotch Plains and Westfield Fire Departments, Fanwood firefighters knocked down the main body of ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The city is mourning the loss of Elizabeth Battalion Chief Dale Arthur, who died at home on Sunday. In a Facebook post, Elizabeth NJ Fire Officers IAFF Local 2040 said, "Our prayers are with our brother and his family as we all cope with this difficult and unexpected loss.  ...

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UNION, NJ — Union firefighters responded to an Easter car crash, finding the woman driver unconscious, authorities said. A car crashed into a home on Burkley Place at about 4:30 Sunday afternoon, leaving the one occupant unconscious, said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio. Scanio said the woman ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — The Rahway Police Department announced Saturday that the body of Brian Gooney, 55, has been found, nearly a month after his disappearance on March 9. Detective Anthony Tilton positively identified the body, discovered along the banks of the Rahway River near Essex Street, as ...

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CLARK, NJ — The Clark Police Department announced Wednesday that sentencing was completed for Thiruvenk Srinivasan, the driver in the hit-and-run that killed 82-year-old James B. Leinbach last October. Srinivasan, 78, of Edison, was sentenced to probation for three years and will make ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — The Cranford Fire Department responded to a house fire on Shadowlawn Way shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday. Cranford Fire Chief Daniel Czeh said the department was already operating at another scene in town when they noticed a column of smoke in the air near Lincoln Avenue. A ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — “In this crisis, I lost my dad and, in addition to losing my father, my sister is a COVID-19 ‘long hauler.’ And just before the new year, I lost two more cousins,” said Dr. Chris Pernell, the chief strategic integration and health equity officer at University Hospital in Newark, ...

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