Saturday, May 18, 2013
These stories made headlines in the Caldwells this past week.
The Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education will join other school districts in opposing the salary cap Gov. Chris Christie placed on superintendents. The Caldwell Police Department launched a crackdown on drivers who failed to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks this past weekend. Local editor Teresa Akersten stepping down to cover Montclair for Patch. Hundreds of people gathered on James Caldwell High School's Bonnel Field Friday, May 10, to join the fight against cancer. A gas line was ruptured early Friday morning on Fairmount Road, evacuating two homes, according to West Caldwell Police. Pot holes on Smull Avenue will be a thing of the past after crews repave the roadway this summer. Women's Club of Caldwell is now taking …
Friday, May 17, 2013
The electric and gas company PSE&G repaired the ruptured gas line by 11:30 a.m., police said.
A gas line was ruptured early Friday morning on Fairmount Road, evacuating two homes, according to West Caldwell Police. A contractor working at 11 Fairmount Road around 9:30 a.m. Friday reportedly struck an above-ground gas line which released natural gas into the home and neighborhood, West Caldwell Police Capt. Gerard Paris said. West Caldwell and Caldwell police and fire departments responded to the Fairmount Road home, located near Memorial Park and the Board of Education building at Harrison School. Police evacuated the home and a neighboring home as a precautionary measure, said Paris. There were no injuries. PSE&G arrived on the scene shortly afterward to shut off the gas and make repairs, said Paris. The gas line was mended and…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, 34, charged with killing Joseph Galfy of Clark.
Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, dubbed "Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker," was arrested Thursday evening at the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Philadelphia by members of the Philadelphia Police Department, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow said. McGillvary has been charged with the murder of Joseph Galfy, Jr., 73, which allegedly occurred in Clark on May 12. McGillvary will be processed in Philadelphia and returned to New Jersey in the coming days. His bail was previously set at $3 million, and he will be lodged in the Union County Jail in Elizabeth, Romankow said. "I am grateful for the overwhelming response and dedicated effort by the public and law enforcement that led to this arrest," Romankow said. "I believe that everyone is a …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
One drink could be the standard for drunken driving – at least for some people if the National Transportation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. What do you think? Is this a reasonable proposal? According to a 2011 Mothers Against Drunk Driving report, the latest available data shows New Jersey ranked 31st out of 51 states (including the District of Columbia) in drunken driving injuries and deaths. That year, there were 193 DUI fatalities, MADD said. About 10,000 deaths nationwide a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Officers pulled over more than 160 vehicles this weekend.
The Caldwell Police Department launched a crackdown on drivers who failed to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks this past weekend. Caldwell officers focused on crosswalks during a four-hour blitz on Saturday as part of a countywide effort to improve pedestrian safety. Both uniformed and plain-clothed officers pulled over 167 vehicles who did not stop for pedestrians walking in crosswalks on Caldwell streets, and issued 13 summonses and 157 warnings. Caldwell Police Det. Brad Palatucci said the department is serious about enforcing pedestrian safety laws and called the weekend crosswalk detail a "success." "The objective of the detail was to educate motorists and pedestrians about the laws," said Palatucci, "so we can keep pedestrians …
Gubernatorial candidate speaks in Newark Monday about the 'scourge' of gun violence
The likely Democratic candidate for governor accused incumbent Chris Christie on Monday of supporting "shallow" gun control legislation in order to avoid alienating conservatives elsewhere in the country. “This governor calibrates every decision he makes with an eye towards 2016. He calibrates every decision he makes with an eye towards making sure it plays well with voters in the cornfields of Iowa, instead of standing up for what’s right for the people and neighborhoods of New Jersey,” said state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) during a press conference held at Good Neighbor Baptist Church in Newark. Buono is expected to win next month’s primary, but is an underdog in the November governor’s race against the popular Christie, who is …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Check out the top stories in the Caldwells from this past week.
The Caldwell Borough Council introduced a $11,532,789 municipal budget on Tuesday that included 1.4 percent tax hike. This means the average Caldwell home assessed at $421,455 will pay about $42 more in municipal taxes than in 2012. Wharton-based sewer cleaning company paid nearly $150 for overbilling to borough. The camp will be for students in pre-K through fifth grade and extend from July 8 through Aug. 16. The board of education renewed the district’s board administrator's contract and hired a new technology supervisor at its reorganization meeting. Caldwell College will award its first-ever doctoral degrees on Saturday, May 11, at the college’s 71st annual commencement. West Essex Regional High School was ranked among the top 1,…
Monday, May 6, 2013
Four boys charged with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct after allegedly throwing potatoes through windows in Verona, Cedar Grove and Caldwell.
Four Cedar Grove teens have been charged for their alleged involvement in a potato-throwing spree in Verona, Cedar Grove and Caldwell in late March that damaged several properties, police said. The teens, ages 16 and 17, were charged on Wednesday, May 1, with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct following an investigation by Cedar Grove police. Their names were not released because of their ages. “The juveniles were processed and released to the custody of their guardians pending juvenile court proceedings,” police said. Police in the towns reported three incidents between Thursday, March 28 and Sunday, March 31 involving broken house windows and a damaged car where a potato was later found. In mid-April, Caldwell Police charged a 16-…
Friday, May 3, 2013
At event to endorse governor for re-election, Association of Police Chiefs of Essex County President Michael Bramhall tells story about his father.
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Friday, May 3
West Caldwell Police Chief Michael Bramhall, president of the Association of Police Chiefs of Essex County, announced Friday the association's unanimous endorsement of the governor in his bid for re-election. In the video above taken at a press conference in Cedar Grove, Bramhall shares the story of his father, who was a self-employed electrician. Bramhall compares his father's experience having no benefits with his as a police officer.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Reward for information leading to capture of Joanne Chesimard, convicted in 1973 killing of state trooper, totals $2 million.
The most wanted woman in New Jersey history is now the first woman on the FBI's fugitive terrorist list. Joanne Chesimard, convicted of a murdering a state trooper in 1973, was added to the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list Thursday on the 40-year anniversary of the trooper's death. The FBI Newark Division held a press conference Thursday to announce the addition of Chesimard's name and the collaboration between federal and state law enforcement agencies in upping the reward for information that leads to her arrest to $2 million. Chesimard is the first woman on the Most Wanted Terrorist List. Chesimard, who is now known as Assata Shakur, has been living under political asylum in Cuba since she broke out of a Hunterdon County prison during a…