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Police & Fire

August 6, 2022

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ - The extensive fire that destroyed a home on Normandy Heights Road in Morris Township has claimed the lives of two people.  Authorities have confirmed the victims of the fire are Robert Ricciardi (age 87) and Gemma Ricciardi (age 85). Robert Ricciardi, together with his ...

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 MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Maplewood Chief of Police Jim DeVaul informed the community that earlier this afternoon, Friday, August 5th, around 3:15 pm, there was an attempted robbery that occurred in the vicinity of 83 to 89 Jacoby Street. Maplewood detectives are on the scene investigating the incident.

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Police Chief Jim DeVaul has sent a release that is informatory in nature, and is sent out to assist the residents in avoiding a possible scam. In his message to the community, DeVaul informs the community about a number of contractor scams offering exceptionally low prices for doing ...

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SOPD currently has open school crossing guard positions and guess what, we've increased our starting pay to $23.00/hr! Join us, pass this along to someone who may be interested and of course, share to your social media & Facebook groups to help us spread the word! The South Orange Police ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – According to information provided by South Essex Fire Department (SEFD) Chief Joseph Alvarez all the Companies were at Seton Hall University responding to an alarm activation. While there, Deputy 1 received a call from REMCS advising him that they were receiving multiple calls of a ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - It's National Night Out in many communities and there will be events in both South Orange and Maplewood on Tuesday, August 2. SOUTH ORANGE National Night Out promotes police-community partnerships, and provides public safety tips and information. The event is ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The South Orange Junior Police Academy held a Graduation Ceremony Friday afternoon, July 22, 2022, in the Auditorium at Columbia High School. The class had experienced and learned what police do, how they train and, in some cases, had their interest wetted that someday ...

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Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today Newark Police Lieutenant Luis Santiago, and his son, Officer Louis Santiago, have both been indicted in connection with the death of Damian Z. Dymka, a nurse who was struck and killed by Officer Santiago. On Nov.

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Speaking with South Orange Fire Department (SEFD) Fire Chief Joseph Alvarez on Thursday, July 21, 2022, for an update regarding the status of the newly formed fired department which resulted from a merger of the South Orange and Maplewood Fire Departments. Alvarez said: “we’ve ...

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UNION, NJ – A car chase and subsequent foot pursuit, which began in Union and ended in Maplewood, resulted the arrest of an 18-year-old and two juveniles Monday afternoon. According to Union police, a motor vehicle burglary was reported on Portland Road at about 11:30 Monday morning. The vehicle ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Responding to Chairman Frank McGehee’s question regarding the status of active shooter training in South Orange, Police Chief Jim DeVaul split his answer into two parts. He explained that the training referred to in our previous article, the state supplied training program from the ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Chair of the Community Police Collaborative Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad expressed concerns that the social work pilot program, launched three months ago, has not developed the right traction as yet. Lawson-Muhamad asked Community Outreach Chair Bobby Brown “Is there a funding ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Early on the morning of July 12, 2022, the Maplewood Police Department received a report of an armed robbery of a gas station attendant at the /WAWA Convenience Store at 1511 Springfield Avenue. Maplewood Police Department patrols were dispatched to the site upon receipt of the ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – South Orange is getting a $250,000 grant from the state as part of the Murphy Administration’s Local Efficiency Achievement Program (LEAP). The money is expected to be used to offset the cost of merging the South Orange and Maplewood fire departments. The new entity, named the ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Patrolman Nick Lonero of the Community Relations Department became aware, in April, of various POLICE Departments raising funds for Autism Awareness. Lonero thought it sounded like something the Maplewood Department should do, and with the agreement of Chief Ernest Morillo, ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - A Montclair resident reported nearly $20,000 in jewelry was stolen from her during a recent burglary, days later, another burglary reported $9500 in cash was stolen. According to Montclair Police officials, three recent burglaries, which occurred days apart, included $20,000 in ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ — A fox was euthanized after being injured following an illegal trapping in Montclair. As a result, the Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - "According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day of the year, with more than half of those fires caused by fireworks. Added to fires are injuries," says the Township of East Brunswick in a message ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The newly created South Essex Fire Department (SEFD), the joint operation of the former Maplewood and South Orange fire departments, saw its first day of operations on Friday and one of its chiefs said all went well.   The merger was given final ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following the recent uptick in vehicle thefts throughout the state, including a total of 19 vehicles stolen from Livingston to date in 2022, Livingston Chief of Police Gary Marshuetz attended Monday’s township council meeting to publicly addressed crucial data related to these ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Township Animal Shelter officials are seeking the public's help in locating the individual who ejected a kitten from a car window on Friday, they announced. According to published reports, Montclair animal control officers say that an unidentified person who threw ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ – Several Montclair Police officers, including the police chief, participated in the 39th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics of New Jersey. According to Montclair Police officials, Montclair Police officers gathered on the morning of June 10, to help carry the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – After a two-year hiatus, due too the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Annual MAPLEWOOD Police Department Safe Bike Skills Course with NJ EZ Ride returned on Saturday, June 11, 2022. There are two classes each year, one starting in late morning, and the second in early afternoon. Each class ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Lt. Christopher Black issued the following Information from the Police Department Police Blotter regarding various crimes committed in Maplewood between May 19, 2022, and June 4, 2022. There was also the recovery os a stolen vehicle which had come out of Weehawkin and was found at ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A 24-year-old Belleville man was arrested Friday, June 3 after an investigation by the Clifton Police Department and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Sexual Investigations Unit.  The case began on May 31 with the report of a home invasion and sexual assault of a minor in ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - CLICK IT OR TICKET - SOUTH ORANGE WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW From May 24th to June 5th, South Orange Police Department is Participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign.   Seat Belts reduce injury and death when properly worn.   SOPD will use roving details (given ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The information below was provided by the Maplewood Police. It is a listing in reverse chronological order of various incidents that occurred between May 1st and May 18th. May 18, 2022, Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 8 pm, a vehicle left running and unsecured at the Wawa ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - In December 2021, at a Community Police Collaborative(CPC) meeting, a researcher associated with a Police Perception Study being conducted in partnership with several New Jersey universities made allegations that South Orange Police Officers were involved in racial profiling.  ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – A man accused of firing a gun into the air during a May 12 altercation on Valley Street involving Seton Hall students was charged this week with a number of crimes, police said. They said the man, Veckins Paul, 27, of Sicklerville, was charged with Unlawful Possession of a ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Police Department is looking for dependable adults to fill part-time and per diem School Crossing Guard positions. Your duty would be to ensure the safety of children and other pedestrians as they cross the street before and after school. While wearing your ...

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