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Have you seen this alleged Nutley burglar?

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NUTLEY —

Police say they are investigating a diversion burglary that allegedly occurred on Fischer Ave. on Dec. 9.

An elderly resident told police that a man banged on her front door at 3 p.m., Dec. 9, claiming there was a chemical spill a block away. Police say the man produced an identification card and asked to enter the resident’s basement. After allowing whom she believed to be an actual contractor downstairs, he turned on water, creating a noise distraction, police say. He then radioed someone saying all appeared to be in order. At this point, police say, a second man entered the home and ransacked the bedroom.

Police investigating the incident learned two men ran from the residence carrying hand-held radios and entered a black SUV parked on Hickory, containing two more men.

The New Jersey State Police, with the help of the victim, created a composite description of the man who is alleged to have come to the door (see above).

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Nutley Police Department’s Investigations Unit at 973-284-4940.

Take precautions if you’re expecting a delivery, HPD says

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HARRISON –

The Christmas Grinch has been busy in Harrison this season.

Police said that during the last five weeks or so, they’ve received reports of more than 20 package thefts from town residents.

Here’s an accounting of days and locations: Read more »

Nutley PD: Beware of Yuletide scammers

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NUTLEY –

It may be holiday time but gremlins are out to spoil the festivities of the season.

Mayor/Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco and Police Chief Tom Strumolo are cautioning Nutley residents to be wary of scammers posing as government agents, utility workers or whatever, out to plunder families’ hard-earned cash.

On Dec. 9, a Fischer Road resident contacted police with this hard luck story:

At 3 p.m., a man who, the elderly woman resident believed to be a construction worker, pounded on her front door and told her there was a chemical spill the next block over and he needed to check her basement water supply. Read more »

Go ahead! Be a showoff! Send us your decoration photos!

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Have you decorated your home this year — and do you want everyone to see what a great job you did? Well, we want to hear from you. Take some shots of your work — and send them to entertainment@theobserver.com — and we’ll publish the best ones online and in print. The photo you see here is from the Antonelli Family from 2013. Every year, their decor is among the very best in our readership area. Think your decor is as good? Send away! Deadline is Dec. 22 at 10 a.m.

Police seek help locating woman last seen in Belleville

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The New Jersey State Police needs help locating a missing Belleville woman.

Mildred Soto, 52, was last seen in Belleville on Oct. 2, police said. Police said she suffers from paranoia and may be in the area of Midtown Manhattan or Bergen and Hudson counties.

If you have information that can assist in helping to safely locate Soto, please call 9-1-1 or the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit at 609-882-2000, ext. 2895.

Driver in fatal crash found, is cooperating, officials say

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Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Nutley Police Chief Thomas J. Strumolo have announced that the driver of the black Ford Econoline van believed to have been be involved in a Nov. 15 accident in which  a 77-year-old woman was killed has been located.

The man, whose name is not being released at this time, is cooperating with authorities. As of Wednesday, no charges had yet been filed.

The victim, Ernesta Fernandez of Nutley, was crossing Centre St. when she sustained fatal injuries. The investigation is active and ongoing. No other information is available at this time.

Park Ave. in NA closed between Elm and Chestnut Sts. until further notice

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NORTH ARLINGTON —

Park Ave. is closed between Elm and Chestnut Sts. today for construction, the North Arlington Police Department said in a text alert. It will be closed until further notice.

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