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.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Two more car thefts reported involving unlocked cars sitting in driveways.
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Wednesday, April 17
Five out of six cars reported stolen to West Caldwell Police since Jan. 1 were left unlocked with keys inside, according to police. The latest thefts were reported on Monday, April 8, at 11:30 p.m., on Taylor Drive, a quiet residential road. Homeowners reported an Acura and Cadillac Escalade, which were left unlocked, stolen from their driveways. Police Chief Michael Bramhall said six car thefts by mid-April is trending high for the township. A BMW, which was left running in a 7-Eleven parking lot on Bloomfield Avenue, was reported stolen in March. In February, a Lexus was allegedly taken by a thief while it was left warming up in a driveway. Near the Roseland border, a Whitaker Place resident reported her four-door Mercedes-Benz was …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Police say East Rutherford woman struck a car in a West Caldwell parking lot and kept driving on Easter Sunday.
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Tuesday, April 2
The following charges were reported by Fairfield Police and West Caldwell Police. The subject is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. An East Rutherford woman who allegedly kept driving after striking a car in a West Caldwell parking lot on Easter Sunday faces drunk driving charges. Elaine Wisneski, 26, was arrested by Fairfield Police and charged with driving under the influence, driving under the influence in a school zone and other motor vehicle violations on Sunday, March 31. About about 8 p.m., Fairfield Police Officer Gerald Veneziano heard a description of a driver believed to be involved in a hit-and-run in West Caldwell. The victim, Kenneth Perkins, 48, of Caldwell, said Wisneski struck his 2008 Chevy Tahoe …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Michael Bramhall will take over the position effective April 3.
The West Caldwell Council is expected to name Police Chief Michael Bramhall as the acting township administrator at their next meeting on April 2. A memo obtained by Patch was sent to all West Caldwell Township employees on Wednesday announcing Bramhall would take over the position effective April 3 as a result of the departure of Jock Watkins. Watkins previously served as the administrator, clerk, construction official, fire sub-code official, fire official and deputy emergency management coordinator. Watkins's resignation is up for approval at the April 2 meeting. Bramhall will continue to act as police chief while the council conducts a search for a new administrator. He has been police chief for three years and has been with the …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Driver apparently left the car running in the parking lot while he went inside early Friday.
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Friday, March 22
A 20-year-old Fairfield resident's car was stolen Friday morning in West Caldwell after he apparently left it running in the 7-Eleven parking lot, police said. The victim parked his 2008 BMW in the lot and left it running while he went into the Bloomfield Avenue convenience store at 12:30 a.m., police said. When he left the store, the car was gone. The incident is under investigation. West Caldwell police were investigating a similar incident a few weeks ago in which a Lexus left warming up on a Sunnie Terrace driveway was reported stolen. There have been a number of thefts involving cars left warming up in the Caldwells this winter. Anyone with information is asked to contact the West Caldwell Police Department at 973-226-4114.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Essex County Freeholder who crashed his car into tree after he allegedly became distracted by his cell phone walked home before calling police.
Essex County Freeholder Leonard Luciano, who received 40 stitches to his face after crashing into a tree early Thursday morning in Roseland, was issued a summons for using his cell phone while driving, Roseland Police officials said. Luciano, of West Caldwell, said Monday he will plead guilty to “prohibited cell phone use,” a traffic offense carrying a $100 fine in New Jersey. The District 4 freeholder said since the accident, he has been reflecting on the dangers of operating a phone while behind the wheel. “I’m really just happy to be alive,” Luciano said. The freeholder, who is employed by Newark Public Schools, was in the hospital for several hours while doctors treated injuries — to his left eye, lip, cheek, chin and forehead— he …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Fairifeld police investigating theft of Honda Odyssey from township gas station.
A Paterson man allegedly lied about a carjacking in order to get a quicker response time from police when his minivan was stolen from a Fairifled gas station last week, officials said. Police say Terrence Byrd claimed a car thief brandished a handgun and took his 2013 Honda Odyssey from the A Plus Sunoco station at the intersection of Passaic Avenue and Greenbrook Road on March 5 at approximately 11 p.m. A police investigation revealed Byrd fabricated the part about the gun in order to get officers to the scene quicker, which it did, according to police. Byrd has been charged with filing a false police report. “Mr. Byrd’s actions put a great number of people at risk including the public and the police officers who pursued the stolen …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Police warn residents about leaving cars running and unoccupied.
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Thursday, February 28
A Lexus left warming up on a West Caldwell driveway was reported stolen Tuesday morning, police officials said. A resident of Sunnie Terrace told police he went outside at about 6:50 a.m. and started his car to let it warm up. When he returned five minutes later, he said, the car was gone. The car was a 2010 four-door Black Lexus with New Jersey license plates. In a release Tuesday morning police said, "Residents are reminded not to leave cars running and unoccupied as well as to contact the police department if they observe anything out of the ordinary in their neighborhoods, including people on foot that are acting in an unusual manner." The car theft is under investigation by West Caldwell Officer Brett Keepers. There have been a …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Police department recognized by Rotary Club of the Caldwells for relief efforts in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
The Rotary Club of the Caldwells presented the Service Above Self Award to the West Caldwell Police Department Tuesday during the club's weekly lunch meeting at the Cloverleaf Tavern. The police department was recognized for collecting and delivering more than nine truckloads of relief items to survivors of Superstorm Sandy in South Jersey in November. In the days after the historic storm devasted coastal regions of the state, West Caldwell Police officers converted a vacant storefront into a drop-off center for donations. For more than a week, employees of the department volunteered their time unloading cars, sorting donations, packing boxes and filling pallets. This is the 17th year the Rotary presents the award for service in the …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Police say K-9 trail went cold Monday morning in area of Henderson Drive.
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Monday, February 4
An intruder broke into a West Caldwell house Monday morning, but quicky fled after realizing someone was home, according to West Caldwell Police. Officials say a Passaic Avenue resident in the area of Long Meadow Lane called 9-1-1 at about 11:30 a.m. and said someone had broken into her house. No items were reported missing and the woman was not injured, according to police. The search for a suspect was aided by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit. The dog led police to the area of Henderson Drive, but the animal lost the scent. The search was assisted by the Fairfield and North Caldwell Police Departments. Police investigating the incident said a rear door was forced open and the suspect was making his or her way to the …