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This week’s e-Edition, classifieds are now posted

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This week’s e-Edition and classifieds are now posted. We apologize for the delay.

(Updated 11/15 @ 11 p.m.) Nutley police need public’s help finding van that left scene of fatal hit and run

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NUTLEY —

On Saturday, Nov. 15 at 11:40 a.m., Nutley police responded to a call of a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Centre Street and Ravine Avenue.

The woman was crossing the street and was struck, she sustained serious injuries and later died, reports said.

The vehicle fled the scene and is described as an older model Ford Econoline van, possibly blue or black, police said.

Police are actively trying to identify the vehicle.

Chief Thomas Strumolo says a witness at the scene told police the van took off traveling west on Centre Street and made a right turn on to Franklin Avenue. Anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have witnessed the accident is asked to call the Nutley Police Department immediately at 973-284-4940.

Kearny’s main library to close Monday through Wednesday for emergency repairs

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The Kearny Public Library’s main facility at 318 Kearny Ave. is closing for emergency heating repairs, from Monday, Nov. 10, to Wednesday, Nov. 12.

All programs scheduled for those days are canceled, including Story Time, Child’s Cooking Class and Book Discussion Group.

Library Director Josh Humphrey said the library’s generator – a converted coal-fired furnace that is at least 70 years old – “has been on its last legs” for a while and “leaking water.”

Core Mechanical of Pennsauken will install a new boiler, Humphrey said. He was unable to provide the cost estimate for the job but said that the money would come from the library’s unreserved emergency funds.

Meanwhile, on Nov. 10 and 12, the Branch Library, 759 Kearny Ave., will offer extended hours: from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

– Ron Leir

Route 21 crash claims two lives Monday night

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Above: The approximate location of last night’s deadly crash.

BELLEVILLE —

A multi-vehicle crash on Route 21 South claimed the lives of two people in Belleville on Monday, Nov. 3, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Belleville Police Department.

The crash involved three vehicles at around 7:30 p.m., the prosecutor’s office said.

Reports say a tractor trailer overturned on to a car. Afterward, a fire started, reports said.

The two deceased, whose names have not yet been released, were traveling in the same car, and were pronounced dead on scene, according to reports.

The crash is being investigated by the Belleville Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office’s Major Crimes Task Force.

We’ll share more information about this crash once it becomes available.

Those with details about the crash are asked to call the task force a 877-847-7432.

— Kevin Canessa Jr.

23-year-old Nutley man charged with sexually assaulting 14-year-old girl

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A 23-year-old Nutley man has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting and endangering the welfare of a 14-year-old girl, Nutley police say.

Jonathan Matos was taken into custody by police on Friday, Oct. 10, on Spring Street, and is being held at the Essex County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail, police say.

Nutley police say they, in concert with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, investigated claims of a sexual relationship between him and the Nutley girl over the past year.

The prosecutor’s office authorized charges on Oct. 10, at which time Nutley police drafted warrants for Matos’ arrest, according to police.

 

NAPD: Don’t fall for phone scams

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North Arlington residents have reported to police that they’ve received phone calls, mail and email from people reporting to be from the IRS and other governmental agencies. The caller will report delinquencies  in paying taxes, credit card bills or make a similar claim you owe money. A second scam purports that you are entitled to money from oversees or you can benefit from found money by the scammer.

Generally, you will be asked to purchase a green card or similar card from a local store and provide the number on the card or send money to the scammer.

Don’t fall victim to these scams.

Never provide your personal information over the phone or email to a solicitor.  Instead, contact your local police department if you’re not sure what to do.

— Chief Louis M. Ghione
North Arlington Police Department

UPDATE: 21-year-old Nutley man charged with breaking into elderly woman’s apartment

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Above: Stephen Nemec

A 21-year-old Nutley man has been arrested and charged with burglary after police say he broke into an elderly woman’s apartment.

Stephen Nemec is at the Essex County Jail, where he is being held on $25,000 bail, police say. He was unable to post the 10% cash option after his Oct. 9 arrest, reports say.

Police gave the following account of the Oct. 7 incident that led to Nemec’s arrest:

Police responded to the senior housing on William Street in response to an authorized man in a woman’s apartment. The 93-year-old victim told police that when she entered her apartment, located on the fourth floor, she was confronted by Nemec.

Police say Nemec handed the startled woman a candy bar and fled.

Police called to the scene reviewed video surveillance and determined Nemec entered the building behind an unsuspecting resident. He then proceeded to the fourth floor, and entered the woman’s apartment. Police say Nemec admitted to sneaking in behind the resident.

Nemec told police he entered the wrong apartment as he was looking for a friend who supposedly lived on the same floor, according to police.

— Kevin Canessa Jr.

Lyndhurst hosting Columbus Day event

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The Township of Lyndhurst will hold a Columbus Day celebration Sunday, Oct. 12, from noon to 5 p.m., at Town Hall Park and Delafield Avenue. Music, food and vendors will be available, sponsored by New Memory Management.

For more information, call 201-966-3579.

Animal, family event is Oct. 4 at Library Park, Harrison

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There will be a pet and family event on Saturday, Oct.  4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Library Park, 415 Harrison Ave.,  Harrison.  This is a free  event for the whole family and their pets and animal venders from all over NJ, rescues and shelters and events for kids, at 1 p.m. will take place. There will also be a blessing of the animals and a concert by Jo-Ann & The Converters.

Tonight’s Nutley HS football game moved to Msgr. Owens Field

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Due to weather conditions this week and the need to preserve the final stages of construction on the oval, tonight’s Nutley High School home football game has been moved to Monsignor Owens Field 44 Park Ave.,  at 7 p.m.  Admission to the game is free.