Cop charged with taking funds from Athletic League

SCOTCH PLAINS — A Scotch Plains police officer has been charged with taking approximately $18,000 from the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Police Athletic League for his own personal use, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced last week. Officer James Denman, 50, was charged Dec. 4 with a single count of third-degree misapplication of trust funds. […]

Alleged serial bank robber arrested after morning robbery in Colonia

NEWARK — A man allegedly responsible for a three-county New Jersey bank robbery spree faces a federal charge today following his arrest yesterday, after the rush hour robbery of a Rahway Savings Institute in Colonia, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced. Jason Novello, 35, of Elizabeth, is charged by complaint with one count of bank robbery […]

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA to welcome Sen. Booker for Martin Luther King Day of Service

SCOTCH PLAINS — Sen. Cory Booker will join teen volunteers at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA in preparing a meal for the Plainfield Area YMCA Emergency Housing Department on Monday, Jan. 20 at 3:30 p.m. The activity is part of Fanwood-Scotch Plains’ MLK Day of Service where the community comes together to give back. The YMCA is […]

Arrest made in shooting of off-duty South Plainfield police officer in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH — A Newark man has been arrested and charged with shooting an off-duty police officer during a suspected attempted robbery outside an Elizabeth nightclub earlier this month, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced Friday. Taquan Ward, 21, was arrested without incident Friday morning in Newark and charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, second-degree possession of a […]

Union Catholic freshman awarded the Eldon M. Hammeke Scholarship

SCOTCH PLAINS –Union Catholic recently announced that Katrina Springer of Roselle Park has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Eldon M. Hammeke Scholarship. The scholarship was established in memory of Hammeke by his wife Grace, and is supported by the Knights of Columbus Summit Council #783, of which Mr. Hammeke was an active member. The award is […]

Union County Vocational plans West Hall expansion

SCOTCH PLAINS — Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter, and Freeholders Bette Jane Kowalski and Vernell Wright recently joined Union County Vocational Technical Schools Superintendent Peter Capodice and Vo Tech Schools Business Administrator Sue Anne Marcello in holding up a blueprint for the planned expansion of the West Hall building at the Union County Vocational Technical Schools […]

Remains of Cranford homicide victim found in Newark

UNION – A woman’s dismembered body found in Newark Sunday, Oct 27, was officially identified by police authorities as the slain body of homicide victim April Wyckoff, 43, from Cranford. “Human remains recovered in Newark on Sunday have been identified as belonging to the Cranford woman who was the victim of a homicide in Union Township […]

Murder suspect remains in custody as police search for body of Cranford victim

UNION – Suspect Matthew Ballister III remained in the county jail this morning on $2 million bail but has refused to tell police where he dumped the slain body of his Cranford girlfriend, April Wyckoff. According to police sources, more than 100 law enforcement officers along with the Hudson County K-9 Unit, U.S. Park Police […]