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. […]

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 […]

Armed robbery investigation leads to arrest of Clark resident

CRANFORD — Yesterday, Cranford Police detectives arrested William Black, 24 of Clark, and charged him with robbery and weapons possession in connection with an incident that occurred the previous evening. On Jan. 14, at approximately 8:07 p.m., Cranford Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at H & B Shell, 1170 Raritan Road. According to a gas […]

Legal oversight stops Cranford in its tracks

Township keeps same contract with Westfield after learning layoff of employees was illegal

CRANFORD — It appears the township failed to do their homework completely before informing the two remaining Health Department employees they would be losing their jobs at the end of 2013. When former township administrator Joe Hartnett told full-time health inspector Monica Koscova Jencik and part-time deputy registrar of vital statistics Joan Holler in November […]

Disbarred Cranford-based attorney admits to stealing from clients

ELIZABETH –A West Orange man who once managed a Cranford-based law practice has admitted to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from half a dozen clients, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced Tuesday. Appearing Monday before state Superior Court Judge Robert Mega, 41-year-old Sergio Pastor pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree theft by failure to make […]

‘Healthiest Show on Earth’ featured at Community Center on Jan. 11

CRANFORD — Children and their families are invited to join Muscle Man Mike and Soccer Sue in the “Healthiest Show on Earth” on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 3:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. The Community Center is located at 220 Walnut Ave. This Fit4Kids program features instruction, laughter, fun, and exercise, as children are encouraged to keep their […]

Entrepreneurship 101 workshop offered for small business start-ups

CRANFORD – A six-week intensive workshop for start-up businesses — those in the idea/planning phase or in operation less than a year — is being offered by UCEDC, a statewide non-profit economic development corporation. Entrepreneurship 101 begins Thursday evening, Dec. 5, at UCEDC’s headquarters in Cranford. Participants will be guided through a real-world assessment of their business idea […]

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