County College struggles with neighbors in effort to build field

Local residents, officials raise many concerns about project

CRANFORD – Union County College is hoping to build a field of their dreams, but residents, elected officials and professionals alike think it will end up a nightmare for the community. Even the county urged college officials “to work out whatever problems there are with the community.” The college was expected to ask the Union […]

Union man indicted for murder, dismemberment of girlfriend

ELIZABETH — A grand jury has returned a nine-count indictment against the Union man charged with killing and dismembering his girlfriend last autumn, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park has announced. Matthew Ballister III, 44, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree desecration of human remains, two counts of third-degree hindering apprehension, third-degree […]

Cranford juvenile arrested and charged with narcotics distribution

CRANFORD — A six-week undercover narcotics investigation by detectives from the Cranford Police Department has resulted in the arrest of a local juvenile. The 17-year-old male was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana less than 50 grams. Det. John Swandrak received information in early February that identified the teen as […]

Narcotics Search Warrant at Local Business Leads to Multiple Arrests

CRANFORD — Following an undercover investigation by Cranford Police detectives, three local businessmen have been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged illegal narcotics distribution scheme operating out of a local convenience store. The investigation began approximately three months ago when Det. Ryan Greco received information that synthetic marijuana, banned by New Jersey criminal statutes since March 2013, […]

Recovered DNA leads to Cranford burglary arrest

CRANFORD –DNA evidence recovered in May 2013, during a burglary investigation, has led to the arrest of a Keyport, New Jersey, man by Cranford Police detectives. The incident was initially reported on May 6, 2013, when a Lincoln Avenue East resident returned home and found that her residence was burglarized. An unknown person had entered the home by […]

Suspicious person call leads to burglary arrest in Cranford

CRANFORD — A suspicious person call in a residential neighborhood resulted in three burglary arrests by the Cranford Police Department yesterday. Police credited an alert neighbor who witnessed two suspects attempting to enter an unoccupied home on Morse Street. The resident notified police, who immediately responded to the area with multiple patrol and detective units. […]

Cause of death still unknown in death of inmate at county jail

UNION COUNTY — Three years after William Parisio was accused of pummeling his girlfriend with a pair of 12-pound dumbbells and then strangling her, the Cranford resident was found dead in his Union County jail cell. Parisio, 25, awaiting trial for murder, was pronounced dead late on the morning on Feb. 17, but an autopsy the following […]

Cranford chooses Wozniak as new police chief … again

CRANFORD — The governing body last week unanimously approved the appointment of Police Capt. James Wozniak as the township’s next police chief … again. Wozniak, a 24-year veteran and Cranford police officer who rose through the ranks will officially take the top cop position March 1, succeeding Eric Mason, who spent 11 years as the […]

Union County Jail inmate dies in custody

ELIZABETH — A Union County Jail inmate died earlier this week, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced yesterday. William Parisio, 25, was pronounced dead late Monday morning at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth after being transported there from the jail. An autopsy that took place Tuesday revealed no obvious signs of significant trauma to Parisio, with the […]

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