Thursday, May 16, 2013
Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, 34, charged with killing Joseph Galfy of Clark.
Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, dubbed "Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker," was arrested Thursday evening at the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Philadelphia by members of the Philadelphia Police Department, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow said. McGillvary has been charged with the murder of Joseph Galfy, Jr., 73, which allegedly occurred in Clark on May 12. McGillvary will be processed in Philadelphia and returned to New Jersey in the coming days. His bail was previously set at $3 million, and he will be lodged in the Union County Jail in Elizabeth, Romankow said. "I am grateful for the overwhelming response and dedicated effort by the public and law enforcement that led to this arrest," Romankow said. "I believe that everyone is a …
Man believed to be involved in robberies in Belleville and Bloomfield.
The Essex County Sheriff's Office posted a $5,000 cash reward on Thursday for information leading to the arrest of two men wanted in connection with eleven armed robberies of convenience stores, liquor stores and gas stations in towns in three North Jersey counties since February 1, said Sheriff Armando Fontoura. One of the men has been identified as having robbed and shot the owner of MS&K Confectionery in Maplewood on April 1, said Fontoura. The man was also recently identified as allegedly robbing a Belleville convenience store on April 14 and being part of a two-man armed robbery at a liquor store in Linden on April 17. In both incidents, the man was carrying a red messenger bag on his shoulder, which contained zipties that he used to …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
One drink could be the standard for drunken driving – at least for some people if the National Transportation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. What do you think? Is this a reasonable proposal? According to a 2011 Mothers Against Drunk Driving report, the latest available data shows New Jersey ranked 31st out of 51 states (including the District of Columbia) in drunken driving injuries and deaths. That year, there were 193 DUI fatalities, MADD said. About 10,000 deaths nationwide a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The department has 23,618 followers.
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Monday, May 13
The New Jersey State Police, which maintains a patrol station on the Garden State Parkway in Bloomfield, ranked second among state police agencies nationally in terms of Twitter followers, according to statistics recently released by the IACP Center for Social Media. The agency has 23,618 followers, trailing only the Massachusetts State Police, which had a whopping 62,493 followers, as of April 30. The Texas Department of Public Safety (18,787), the Ohio State Highway Patrol (13,587) and the Indiana State Police (13,466) round out the top five. As of Monday morning, May 13, the State Police had 23,932 followers and had sent out 991 tweets. However, with over eight million people in the state as of the 2012 Census, the State Police still …
Monday, May 6, 2013
A Bloomfield man was arrested for pretending to be a police officer, ordering woman to pull over.
A Bloomfield man has been charged with impersonating a police officer after a Tuesday, April 30 incident in which he ordered a motorist to pull over in Cedar Grove, police said. Rocco Castiello, 72, who allegedly pretended to be a police officer, told the driver to pull over on East Bradford Avenue on Saturday, April 20, Cedar Grove police said. A 24-year old woman told police a man in a green van, who was later identified as Castiello, said he was a police officer and ordered her to pull over, police said. The incident took place after the woman pulled over after the traffic light at the intersection of East Bradford Avenue and Ridge Road, officials said. Castiello then approached the car, reprimanded the woman for using a cell phone and …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Mugger escaped in four-door black vehicle, police said.
Bloomfield police said that two people were robbed while walking on First Avenue. Police said that at approximately 10:15 p.m. April 25, a 5-foot-7-inch black male, in a black jacket and black jeans, ran up behind them and mugged them. Police said the thief took a Samsung galaxy phone, $100 cash and a small purse from the first victim and a cell phone and a bankcard from the second pedestrian. After the mugging, the man fled in a waiting four-door black vehicle, police said. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Bloomfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-680-4084.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Scammers pose as PSE&G employees, police say.
Police warn that scammers posing as utility bill collectors are targeting Bloomfield residents. Bloomfield police said that on two separate occasions, April 19 and April 22, two Bloomfield residents received phone calls from people claiming to be employees of PSE&G. The callers reportedly claimed to be from the “disconnect department.” Both calls were made by men who asked homeowners to make immediate payments to avoid having their utilities turned off or service interrupted. In one incident, the caller gave a call back phone number for a supposed supervisor, so that the victim could arrange for direct payment. In both cases the homeowners contacted PSE&G, using a reliable phone number, located on their monthly utility statement, not one …
Reward for information leading to capture of Joanne Chesimard, convicted in 1973 killing of state trooper, totals $2 million.
The most wanted woman in New Jersey history is now the first woman on the FBI's fugitive terrorist list. Joanne Chesimard, convicted of a murdering a state trooper in 1973, was added to the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list Thursday on the 40-year anniversary of the trooper's death. The FBI Newark Division held a press conference Thursday to announce the addition of Chesimard's name and the collaboration between federal and state law enforcement agencies in upping the reward for information that leads to her arrest to $2 million. Chesimard is the first woman on the Most Wanted Terrorist List. Chesimard, who is now known as Assata Shakur, has been living under political asylum in Cuba since she broke out of a Hunterdon County prison during a…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
His attorney stressed that Marcelus Tonic, 25, is innocent.
The man wanted in connection with the weekend shooting death of a Belleville man in Bloomfield surrendered to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office today. Marcelus Tonic, 25, of Newark, turned himself in one day after County Prosecutor's Office distributed his photograph and named him as a suspect. According to a report on NJ.com, his lawyer Steve Brown stressed his innocence but otherwise Tonic did not offer comment. Tonic was wanted in connection with the shooting death of 24-year-old Ron E. Jean of Belleville. Jean was fatally shot on April 27 at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Beardsley Avenue in Bloomfield and was pronounced dead at 4:06 a
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Authorities say Nycal Velasquez’s body came ashore in Edgewater.
Police in Bergen County have identified a body discovered over the weekend as 21-year-old Bloomfield resident Nycal Velasquez. Police had been searching for the 21-year-old Bloomfield resident since his abandoned car, which reportedly contained a suicide note, was found in Fort Lee in late March. The Bergen County Medical Examiner's Office determined that a body that washed ashore at an Edgewater construction site was Velasquez, according to an NJ.com report. Edgewater police have not released an exact cause of death has not been released, but believe suicide is the likely cause. Velasquez’s disappearance caused an outpouring of grief and concern by family members and friends, many of whom took to social media to aid their search.