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THEFT, 9 a.m. Feb. 19. Two Plainfield men are charged with stealing 450 gallons of township water from a fire hydrant, according to a community notification from police. Jorge Chacon, 34, and Pantaleon Sis, 51, were charged with hooking up to a fire hydrant at 32 Commerce Blvd. and filling two large tanks in the back of a white box truck to get water for their own power washing business. An alert security guard, who patrols the complex, allegedly saw the pair hook up to the hydrant and alerted police. The pair allegedly took about 450 gallons of water before Police Officer Matthew Hagood stopped the truck. Both men were released on a summons for the disorderly persons offense.
VEHICLE BURGLARIES, 12:30 a.m. Feb. 18. Township police are reminding residents to lock their car doors overnight. Over the Presidents Day weekend, three residents reported their unlocked vehicles were entered and items stolen, according to a community notification from police. The thefts all took place in the Brunswick Acres Development off Henderson Road. A security video showed one male suspect walk up a driveway and pull on door handles. The suspect stole change, a wallet, and some lottery tickets. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 732-329-4646.
ATTEMPTED BURGLARY, Feb. 12. A Holland Drive resident reported that midday, an unknown suspect awoke her from her nap attempting to enter her residence through her kitchen window, police said. Nothing was taken.
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, Feb. 14. A Hillview Avenue resident reported that during the morning hours, the front door to a vacant residence was damaged, police said.
BURGLARY, between Jan. 27 and Jan. 28. A Wheeler Place resident reported that during the overnight hours an unlocked vehicle was entered and an Apple MacBook Pro, valued at $1,700, was taken, police said.
CONTEMPT OF COURT, 12:40 a.m. Feb. 19. Zaccaria Teresi, 22, of Somerville, was arrested and charged with contempt of court following a motor vehicle stop on Prospect Avenue, police said. Teresi was found to have an active warrant for his arrest out of Burlington. He was brought to Dunellen police headquarters for processing and later released with a new court date.
WARRANT ARREST, 8:32 p.m. Feb. 18. Pedro Silva, 25, of Piscataway, was arrested and charged with contempt of court following a motor vehicle stop on Route 28, police said. Silva was found to have an active warrant out of Plainsboro. He was brought to Dunellen police headquarters for processing and later released after posting bail.
DWI, 1:45 a.m. Feb. 18. Jessica Ruiz, 40, of Plainfield, was arrested for driving while intoxicated following a motor vehicle stop on North Avenue, police said. Ruiz was brought to Dunellen police headquarters for processing and later released to a sober party.
HINDERING AND CONTEMPT OF COURT, 8:52 p.m. Feb. 17. Hakeem Parker, 27, of Plainfield, was arrested and charged with hindering apprehension and contempt of court following a motor vehicle stop on the 100 block of North Avenue, police said. During the stop, Parker allegedly provided a fictitious name knowing that he had several warrants for his arrest. He was found to have warrants out of Carteret, Fanwood, and Plainfield, totaling $1,997. Parker was brought to Dunellen police headquarters for processing and later turned over to the Carteret Police Department on their warrant.
ACCREDITATION REQUEST. A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive the last weekend of February to examine all aspects of the Union County Police Department s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, according to a statement.
We welcome this opportunity to prove to the team of assessors that we have fully adopted and implemented the Commission’s best practice standards for a law enforcement agency,” Public Safety Director Andrew Moran said. “This voluntary accreditation process will help us better serve the residents of Union County and will emphasize our dedication to self-improvement and professionalism. As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments by calling 908-654-9833 between 10 a.m. and noon Sunday. Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the agency s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. A copy of the standards is available for inspection at the Union County Police Department, 300 North Ave. East, Westfield. The local contact is Patrolman Deanna Lynn, who can be reached at 908-789-6833 or by email at
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DENVILLE TWP. Residents will dig a little deeper into their pockets should the Denville Board of Education adopt a $3.2 million budget as is for the 2017-2018 school year.
Introduced on Monday, Feb. 13, the plan includes a tax rate of 95 cents per $100 assessed valuation, or $950 per $100,000. That s three cents per $100,and $300 per $100,000 more than the 2016-2017 rate of 92 cents per $100, $920 per $100,000, an uptick of 3.44 percent. This means homeowners whose property is assessed the average $403,200 will see an annual increase of about $128, or $10.64 a month, in the local school district part of their property tax bill.
The money, however, will help pay for the many new programs and improvement projects being undertaken by the grades K-8 district and aimed at maintaining its quality of education. They include new science and social studies textbooks, capital improvements, and technology upgrades.
We feel very confident that this budget offers the necessary funding to provide the students of Denville the required curriculum to empower them to excel, said Business Administrator Damaris Gurowsky on Thursday, Feb. 16. Parents will also see a small financial break, as activity fees are being entirely eliminated for some and greatly reduced for others. Club participation at the Riverview and Lakeview Elementary Schools will be free, while Valleyview Middle School will reduce sports fees from $115 to $85, and club fees from $75 to $50.
The plan will be up for adoption immediately following a public hearing set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 24, in the township s 1 St. Mary s Place town hall. At $33,223,518, the proposed budget is $1,971427, or about 6 percent more than last year s budget of $31,252,091. It includes the 2 percent cap increase as mandated by the state, plus $453,944.00 in expiring cap funds, which is also allowed by the state. The proposed tax levy bears a 3.6 percent increase, to $29.289.592 from last year s levy of $28,232,878, or an increase of $1,056,714.
The budget will be put toward the following:
Buildings and Grounds: The district proposes budgeting $1,536,983 for various improvement projects. That includes $450,000 for replacing the roof at Valleyview School, $774,483 for improving instructional space now considered substandard; $250,000 for Lakeview parking lot improvements; $40,000 for security personnel, $10,000 for a security camera upgrade, $10,000 for additional cameras, and $2,500 for a lobby security guard.
Curriculum and Miscellaneous: Of the $351,928 proposed, $100,000 will be used for the purchase of new science and social studies textbooks, $33,000 for the free lunch program for disadvantaged students, $58,214 for hiring a new Spanish teacher, $58,214 for a new French teacher, $25,000 to lease another bus, $56,000 for a new special education teacher, and $9,500 for a part time teacher.
Technology: The district proposes to spend $188,488 for various technology improvements. Of that amount, $70,000 will be used to buy new Chromebooks; $45,000, for a three year-lease on technology upgrades; $36,200, for the various leasing and repairing of equipment; $11,288 for a staff attendance program; $10,000 for contingencies; $10,000 for various wireless expenditures; and $6,000 to repair projectors. The district is also working on future ways in which education can be improved. It is now in the second year of a five-year strategic planning project, and is finalizing a $1.8 million energy savings program that will reduce energy cost and improve efficiency throughout the district. Officials are also preparing to relocate central offices from rented space on Morris Avenue to town hall later in the year.
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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – South Brunswick police say they caught two Plainfield men helping themselves to 450 gallons of water from a fire hydrant Sunday morning at 32 Commerce Boulevard. They wanted the public water for their power washing business, police said.
An alert security guard working nearby called police after he noticed the two men tapping into a local municipal fire hydrant at around 9 a.m. Sunday. An officer arrived on the scene and found the men filling tanks inside the truck, pictured above, with hundreds of gallons of water. They had already gotten 450 gallons of water into tanks inside the truck by the time police got there, the officer said. The men said they wanted to use the water for their private power washing business, police said.
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