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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.

One dead in Lyndhurst shooting

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The state Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team is investigating a fatal shooting of the driver of a stolen SUV at the Lyndhurst-Rutherford border early Tuesday, Sept. 16, according to a press release issued by the AG’s Office.

The driver, identified as Kashad Ashford, 23, of Newark, was shot by police shortly before 2:30 a.m. after a pursuit and a passenger in the vehicle, listed as Jemmaine T. Bynes, 30, of East Orange, was arrested.

The AG’s Office said the two men, who reportedly had a weapon inside the vehicle, were being chased in connection with their alleged efforts to steal or break into vehicles. Read more »

Nutley police arrest suspicious man who had warrants

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During the past week, the Nutley Police Department responded to 120 calls for service, including 14 motor vehicle crashes and 38 medical calls. Among those responses were these incidents:

Aug. 23

Officers on patrol came across a man walking north on Franklin Ave. who fit a description broadcast by detectives of someone who had committed acts of criminal mischief on Aug. 15 on Franklin. The suspect was described as an African-American man with dreadlocks. Officers interviewed the man, identified as Earnest Bradley, 33, of Newark, and learned he was wanted on a warrant from the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office. He was later turned over to that agency for processing. Read more »

Kearny man collared in Lyndhurst home invasion

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A suspect in a home invasion incident in Lyndhurst has been placed under arrest, according to the Lyndhurst Police Department.

Evanalain Sieberkrob-Hershman, 24, of Kearny, has been charged in connection with the incident, which happened Friday, Aug. 29, at a Bogle Drive residence.

Police said they responded to the location, at about 4:45 p.m., on a report of a robbery and assault.

Police said an unknown man had entered the house through an unlocked rear door, grabbed a 74-year-old woman who lives there and demanded money. At that point, police said, the woman’s husband, also 74, entered the kitchen and tried to intervene but was struck in the head by the intruder. Read more »