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Police & Fire

September 11, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ __ The body of a Seton Hall University student and her friend were recovered and identified this week after going missing during Tropical Storm Ida, the university said. Nidhi Rana was a first-year commuter student and was last seen with her friend, Ayush Rana, in her hometown ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ —The Maplewood Township Committee voted unanimously on Sept. 9 to direct Chris Ariemma, acting chief, to hire a candidate to train as an entry level firefighter for the Maplewood Fire Department. Committee Member Greg Lembrich, chair of the Public Safety Committee, said that in its ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A Wednesday fire at a popular restaurant in the center of Maplewood Village was quickly extinguished, but the incident will likely force the eatery to stay closed for a while until inspections are completed. The incident took place at about noon in a kitchen exhaust duct at ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Due to COVID-19 spacing requirements and ongoing school construction projects, residents should expect traffic delays, parking limitations and/or temporary road closures near schools this fall "and plan to avoid the area whenever possible," said Maplewood Police Chief Jim ...

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SEA BRIGHT, NJ -- The New Jersey State Police Homicide South Unit and Missing Person’s Unit are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a deceased male in Monmouth County. The deceased man has a unique tattoo that can aid in identifying him.  On Sunday, Aug. 29, at approximately 11:29 ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Tropical Storm Ida left a mess of financial and emotional impact for many in the SOMA area whose lives and property were damaged by its pummeling wind and rain. Hundreds remained without electricity. Lives were lost, including that of a Maplewood man who went out in ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A Maplewood man who left his house during the torrential rain of Tropical Storm Ida on Wednesday was found dead the next morning on Ridgewood Road, police said. They said it appears the man drowned while trying to clear clogged storm drains near his neighborhood. The man, who was ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The names of Newark’s first three African American firefighters will forever be honored with a bronze plaque bearing their names at the firehouse on 360 Clinton Ave.  Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara on Tuesday dedicated Engine 10 at Clinton Avenue to ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A South Orange restaurant sustained fire damage last week on its first day of reopening after being closed due to a similar fire that took place Aug. 5. The incident took place Aug. 13 at Reservoir Restaurant. The establishment had been closed since the Aug. 5 fire, in a ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Village residents are being asked for their input on a community survey on policing, public safety and wellness. The anonymous survey of its residents is "meant to gauge the community’s pulse on issues of policing and public safety, [and] findings from the survey will be used ...

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  MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Multiple fire departments on Friday responded to a report of a fire in a building on Springfield Avenue, but the matter was resolved quickly when they learned the smoke was coming from an overheated HVAC transformer, authorities said. The incident took place at about 11:30 ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A 20-year-old Newark man was accused Thursday of murdering Maplewood resident Moussa Fofana, authorities announced today. The man, Yohan Hernandez, faces charges of murder, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, said ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Long time restaurant staple The Reservoir on South Orange Avenue had a fire in its kitchen today; it was extinguished quickly by the South Orange Fire Department. Smoke coming from the restaurant was reported at about 12:30 p.m., and the SOFD responded with two trucks, and ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Community Board on Police discussed last night the challenges that the township has recently faced with violent crime.    One of those challenges took place on July 9 in the area of Hughes Street when two Maplewood men, ages 21 and 23, were shot and ...

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NEW JERSEY - A  gun buy back event will take place at five New Jersey locations on August 7 from 10am to 4pm as a part of the New Jersey Statewide Gun Amnesty Program. The events will take place in: East Orange - New Vision Baptist Church, 100 Warrington Place Newark - Prudential Center ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ —Droves of South Orange residents packed Flood's Hill on Tuesday night to meet the Public Safety Department, including the Police Department, Fire Department and Rescue squad at the annual National Night Out. National Night Out, which culminates annually on the first Tuesday in ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Moments after noon today a Nissan Maxima landed on its side on South Orange Avenue near the corner of Riggs Place. The driver was able to extricate himself through the sunroof. The car had to be towed.  The South Orange police and fire departments responded. Officials at ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — If a planned merger comes to fruition, South Orange and Maplewood will both be serviced by the South Mountain Regional Fire Department.  The name was announced as the Maplewood Township Committee joined the South Orange Board of Trustees in a joint meeting on July 26 — the ...

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NEWARK, N.J. — Dashawn Duncan, 27, of South Orange, New Jersey, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for his role in conspiring to defraud two banks of $250,000 using stolen credit cards and blank checks, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. Duncan, and coconspirators Nasheed ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Shortly after 5 p.m., the Maplewood Fire Department received notice of that Jurgens Bauer had called 911 to advise that the house next door at 31 Salter Place was on fire, and they immediately responded. Since the report from the emergency call center stated it was a structure fire, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A stolen car occupied by two masked men wearing hooded sweatshirts sped out of a country club parking lot, prompting a police chase earlier this week, authorities said. At 4:37 p.m. Tuesday, the 2019 Audi spotted in the parking lot of Echo Lake Country Club left the lot “at a ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The following announcement was sent out this afternoon for the in-person meeting set for July 26: The South Orange and Maplewood Joint Exploratory Committee on Fire Services is hosting a community meeting on Monday, July 26, 2021, 7 p.m. (immediately following the South Orange ...

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SOUTH ORANGE – NJ: At a virtual community meeting on Wednesday night, Township representatives maintained that developing a Digital Video System with facial recognition is a cost-effective way to promote public safety, but South Orange residents have a number of concerns.  The digital video ...

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1. What is the Digital Video System?  Township of South Orange Village (the “Village”) elected officials have authorized the Village Information Technology Department (IT) to invest in a Digital Video System (“DVS”) for use by the South Orange Police Department (“SOPD”). Our DVS is a combination ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Approximately 6 pm on July 14, TAPinto SOMA received a message from Breaking News Network (BNN) advising of a Working Fire at 747 Valley Street. Withing the next few minutes BNN sent messages advising that a request for both mutual aid and additional Ambulances had been request.

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Essex County Prosecutors Office just released the following statemenT: Newark — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura’s Crime Stoppers Program is now offering a reward of up to $50,000 for ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The electricity and phones are back at the Maplewood Police Department headquarters, as well as the phones at Town Hall. The power and phone lines were interrupted for more than 12 hours last night and today after a back-up generator was knocked out by a minor explosion at the ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the insertion of a $95,750 revenue item into the Village’s budget on Monday evening that will be used to purchase body-worn cameras for the South Orange Police Department.  The money, which was awarded to the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A juvenile female died today on the train tracks west of the Maplewood NJ Transit station.  The non-revenue train X667 was enroute to Dover from Penn Station New York; no passengers were aboard. The girl was struck and fatally injured at 12:15 p.m., confirmed Mariluz Garcia-Diaz, ...

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RAHWAY and UNION COUNTY, NJ — Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Rahway Police Department Director Jonathan Parham jointly announced Saturday morning that Sebastian Rios, the Rahway child who was the subject of yesterday’s Amber Alert, has been found safely. His father, Tyler ...

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