Linden schools to hire former cops for armed security

LINDEN, NJ — Armed special law enforcement officers in uniform will soon be posted inside four schools as part of the city’s ongoing effort to increase security for its 6,100 students. The goal is to have the officers inside Linden High School’s Academy of Science and Technology, McManus and Soehl middle schools and School No. […]

Ethics charges filed in Linden schools’ primary voting spat

LINDEN, NJ — State ethics charges have been filed against two school board members stemming from the unauthorized release of internal communications that ignited controversy between school officials and Mayor Derek Armstead. Board of Education President Raymond Topoleski confirmed during an Oct. 19 phone interview that charges were filed against Gregory Martucci and Katarzyna Kozak […]

Off-duty Hillside cop killed in Linden crash

LINDEN, NJ — An off-duty Hillside police officer was killed and another person seriously injured in an early morning automobile crash Oct. 15 that closed U.S. Routes 1 & 9 in Linden in both directions for more than six hours. Hillside Police Officer Giovanni Esposito, 30, who joined the Hillside Police Department in November 2017, […]

Former All-Star Dykstra indicted in Linden incident

Former All-Star Dykstra indicted in Linden incident

LINDEN, NJ — Former Major League Baseball All-Star Lenny Dykstra has been indicted on three counts for drugs and making terroristic threats during an early morning altercation with a ride-sharing driver in May that occurred in Linden. The 55-year-old former outfielder, who played from 1985 to 1996 with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, […]

Winfield Park vet gets Vietnam medals half century late

Winfield Park vet gets Vietnam medals half century late

WINFIELD PARK, NJ — On Aug. 12, 1970, Stephen Thorpe was aboard a transport helicopter known throughout the Army as a “Huey.” He had been in Vietnam for about 10 months and found himself approaching a landing zone near the South Vietnamese village of Khe Sanh to extract a reconnaissance patrol involved in a firefight. The […]

Linden mayor race turns personal with conviction reference

LINDEN, NJ — The city’s mayoral race turned personal when Mayor Derek Armstead revealed in an interview with LocalSource that independent candidate John Principato was convicted of selling drugs. During an Oct. 4 phone interview, Armstead said he helped Principato become approved to be a firefighter some 25 years ago even though “he was a […]

Linden BOE devises alternatives after primary vote rebuff

Linden BOE devises alternatives after primary vote rebuff

LINDEN, NJ — The local Board of Education, which was recently denied a request to have June primary voting removed from its schools, has been notified that the Ward 5 polling station will be reassigned to one of the city’s schools. BOE President Raymond Topoleski announced at the board’s meeting Thursday, Sept. 20, that the […]

Linden firefighters accuse chief of assault, racism

Linden firefighters accuse chief of assault, racism

LINDEN, NJ — A Linden Fire Department senior captain has made a series of allegations against fire Chief Joseph Dooley, including that he was “physically assaulted” by the chief at the scene of a call. Reading from a prepared statement at the council meeting on Monday, Sept. 17, Capt. Fred Castle alleged that Dooley used […]