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Police & Fire

March 12, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Between 1pm and 1:30 there was series of incidents that appears tol have been the result on a single fallen tree.   The call to the Maplewood Fire Department advised that a tree had fallen on a car on Valley Street just north of Oakland Rd. The tree fell not far from the rear of ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — As emergency repairs to the NJ Transit Morris & Essex Line between the South Orange and Maplewood stations continue, the South Orange Police Department has issued an advisory about traffic at the South Orange train station. Due to limited service to Penn Station being ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – This past Monday, March 7 we reported on an Armed Robbery that occurred the previous Saturday night in the vicinity of 1013 Chancellor Avenue in Maplewood. Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul had advised us of the robbery on Monday and at that time let us know that there were a ...

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MAPLEWOD, NJ – According to information shared with the press by Chief Jim DeVaul, this past Saturday evening, March 5, 2022, The Irvington Police contacted Central dispatch to advise they had dispatched several units to 1016 Chancellor Avenue to investigate a robbery that occurred in ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – South Orange hopes to get a $250,000 state grant to support the upcoming merger of its fire department with Maplewood’s. The South Orange Village Board of Trustees last week voted to  apply for the $250,000 grant, which would come from the state Department of Community ...

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Maplewood Hires New Social Worker By Matt Collins MAPLEWOOD, N.J. - Maplewood’s search for a new crisis social worker is over according to assistant township administrator Bailey Barnett. Speaking at the March 2 meeting of the Maplewood Community Board on Police (CBP), Barnett said the new ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Friday afternoon March 4, hikers discovered a dead body on a trail inside the Eagle Rock Reservation. According to published reports, it was on a path less than a half-mile from a rear parking area on Crest Drive. The deceased male, who has not yet been identified, was ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ – A civil rights lawsuit has been filed in the Superior Court against the Township of Montclair, according to published reports. The Montclair Property Owners Association [MPOA] is challenging the constitutionality of Montclair’s rent freeze that has been in effect since the spring ...

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Newark, NJ – During a mid-day walk on one of the hiking trails at Eagle Rock Reservation, a group of several hikers came upon the dead body of as yet, an unidentified male. The police were notified and upon examination by Authorities, the man was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:16 pm.   As ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Shortly before 10:00am the South Orange Fire Department responded to a home at 25 Crest Circle on report of a Structure fire. TAPinto SOMA received a message from Breaking New Network advising that the SO Firefights were at the home and there was a fire inside the home. The ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Police Chief Jim DeVaul, announced, this afternoon, Feb. 24, as an update to the Domestic Incident which had occurred on Feb. 16, on Jacoby Street, that the suspect who had been charged with the crime, Cranford Butler, a 67-year-old male, and Irvington Resident, had voluntarily ...

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  MAPLEWOOD, NJ – According to a press release from Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul, about 9:55 a.m. on Feb. 16 the Maplewood Police Headquarters received a phone call from a Good Samaritan who informed the police that a male had possibly been shot and was, at that time, outside near Hughes ...

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               MAPLEWOOD, NJ -Police Chief JIM DeVaul has issued the following statement referring to the incident that occurred on January 31 at Columbia High School:  "The Maplewood Police Detective Bureau conducted an investigation related to an aggravated assault with a weapon that ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - South Orange Interim Police Chief Stephen Dolinac on Thursday told  the village Community Board on Police (CPC) that he doesn’t know when his department’s internal affairs probe of racial profiling will be concluded.   “The investigation is still ongoing,” Dolinac told the ...

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HACKENSACK, NJ - Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced that Nicholas Pagano, 31, of West Deptford was found deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Waterford Township, NJ. Nicholas Pagano was wanted on charges of attempted murder, aggravated arson, aggravated assault, and ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Township of Maplewood Police Department is seeking applicants to fill part-time positions as School Crossing Guards. The minimum requirements are: U.S. Citizen Age 18 and older Valid New Jersey Driver License Pass a criminal background investigation and ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is hosting a Virtual Community Town Hall Meeting to address security concerns from the Jewish Faith-Based Community.  Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II will speak to the community on Wednesday, February 9, from 5-6 p.m.

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J.-Valley Street will be closed to southbound traffic between South Orange Avenue and Second Street until about 10 p.m. tonight. Village Plaza, the street adjacent to Spiotta Park which drivers use as a shortcut to Valley Street, will also be closed. Both streets will be closed ...

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MAPLEWOOD, N.J. - The cost of officer training programs and setbacks in the hiring process for a crisis intervention social worker position were discussed at the Maplewood Community Board on Police’s Feb. 2 meeting. Board member Roberto Reyes said he spoke to representatives from the Strategies ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A man is facing charges, accused of stealing a car with a one-year-old baby inside and leading officers on a chase into South Orange. Police say he then jumped out of the car, tried to get away, and moments later, the car crashed into a mail truck. The baby was not hurt. Police ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Shortly after 2:00 pm on Thursday Feb.3, a car parked in front of the CVS Pharmacy on Valley Street in Maplewood with its engine running was stolen. Based upon preliminary information from Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul, Unbeknownst to the person stealing the car, there was a ...

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MAPLEWOOD, N.J - The recent muggings of three women and a fight between two students at Columbia High School were topics of discussion for the Maplewood Community Board on Police (CBP) at its meeting Feb. 2. An update on the township’s police scanner app soon turned into a debate on how ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township Police Chief Andrew Caggiano and county law enforcement authorities announced that 39-year-old Cheng Hsiao, reported missing from Montville Township, along with her two young children - Ethan, 3, and Ian, 2 - have been found. The three were reported missing on ...

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MAPLEWOOD, N.J - Maplewood Firefighter EMT’s successfully performed CPR on a man undergoing cardiac arrest on Jan. 24. EMT’s responded to a witness call reporting a man undergoing cardiac arrest at 228 Burnett Ave and found a man unresponsive, not breathing, and pulseless when they ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – South Orange Village President Sheena Collum on Monday disputed claims made by South Orange Fire Department unions in an anti-merger flyer. South Orange Fire Department Locals 40 and 240 mailed a flyer to village residents earlier this month criticizing Collum for supporting ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This past Friday, January 21, Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul had issued a press release informing the community that three women had been robbed at gunpoint while out walking during the daytime In all the incidents, the Robber took their purses and were immediately picked up by ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Today, Saturday, January 22, 2022, has not been a good day for women to be out walking alone in Maplewood. Unfortunately, three women out walking in different areas of the town were victims of armed robberies.  In all three instances, the suspect’s mode of operation was similar ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J - South Orange Fire Chief Daniel Sullivan recently outlined over $800,000 in 2022 budget requests for his department, including more than $700,000 for a new fire truck. Presented at the village’s Health and Public Safety Committee meeting Jan. 13, Sullivan’s requests are a mix ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, N.J-Local police and fire departments are monitoring weather forecasts in anticipation of a winter storm that is predicted to hit the area Sunday night and continue into Monday. Currently, an inch of snow and 30 mph wind gusts are predicted by the National Weather ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J-The South Orange Police Department has launched an investigation into alleged racial profiling by its officers. The investigation comes after officers accused their colleagues on the force of exhibiting bias and racial profiling in their tactics in a recent study conducted by ...

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