Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The national Click It or Ticket campaign will run through June 2. Local police will also be on the lookout for people driving while on their cell phones, Millburn officials say.
Millburn Police along with law enforcement throughout Essex County will be cracking down on unbuckled drivers from now until June 2 as part of 2013 Click It or Ticket seat-belt campaign. During this two-week period police will set up seat-belt check points and increase patrols with a zero-tolerance enforcement policy. "Our goal is the safety of the driving public," Capt. Michael Palardy, of the Millburn police, said. "It's not because we want to hurt the public but we want to protect them." Palardy added, although the main focus for police is seat-belts the department will also locally concentrate on drivers on their cell phones during the campaign. Throughout the county, the law enforcement will focus on rear-seat passengers, which only …
Monday, May 20, 2013
A former priest at St. Rose of Lima, Michael Fugee, worked with kids, defying court order, says Bergen prosecutor.
Former Short Hills pastor Michael Fugee was arrested and charged Monday with multiple counts of contempt of a court order after allegedly violating a 2007 agreement with prosecutors to discontinue work with children following accusations of sexual misconduct. The cleric has been living at St. Antoninus Parish on South Orange Avenue in Newark. Fugee was previously a priest at St. Rose of Lima in Short Hills for three years after being ordained in 1994. Fugee, 52, confessed in 2001 to two acts of sexual misconduct with a Wyckoff teenager during a visit to the teen’s home and again during an overnight church retreat to Virginia. The confession was later recanted and a 2003 conviction was overturned on judicial error in 2007. Prosecutors opted…
Abercrombie and Fitch in The Mall at Short Hills reports 27 bottles of men's fragrance was stolen.
More than $1,700 in men's cologne was stolen from a store in The Mall at Short Hills Saturday, according to Millburn police. The manager of Abercrombie and Fitch reported at about 3:30 p.m. she noticed that 27 bottles were missing from the front display, Capt. Michael Palardy said. According to the report, none of the store employees saw anyone take the bottles. The store manager told police, 15 3.4-ounces bottles, valued at $74 each, and 12 1.4-ounce bottles, valued at $54 each, were missing, with a total value of $1,758.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The Millburn Fire Department says residents may smell natural gas in the area similar to Thursday's gas purge.
PSE&G has scheduled another gas line purge in Livingston this weekend, which may result in an abnormal odor of natural gas around Millburn and Livingston similar to Thursday, according to officials. The gas release on Cit Drive was scheduled to start on Saturday around 8 a.m. and set to end at 6 p.m. Millburn Fire Chief Michael Roberts said he doesn't expect the purge to be the same as Thursday, which spurred many calls to town hall about the smell, but was unsure because current humidity. "It may linger around longer than usual," Roberts said. If residents are concerned, he said, they can contact the Millburn Fire Department at (973) 376-0100 or Livingston Fire Department at 973-992-2373
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 …
Township says it should be a short-term issue which is believed to be from the purging a gas line early Thursday.
The purging of a gas line early Thursday spurred numerous calls to the township about an abnormal odor of natural gas inside and outside of buildings in Millburn-Short Hills, assistant business administrator Alex McDonald said. According to McDonald, the odor from this purge is moving west to east and should be a short-term issue. The gas release began around 7:30 a.m. and was scheduled to end around 10 p.m. with 150 pounds of gas planned to be released. The smell was also reported earlier in areas of Hanover and Florham Park as a result of a planned release by Williams/Transco in Livingston, according to Morris County Office of Emergency Management Director Jeffrey Paul. However, residents should report the smell of natural gas in their …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The pair allegedly stole $150,000 from grandmother's bank account and sold more than $15,000 of her jewelry, Essex County Prosecutor's Office announced.
Millburn's fire inspector and his wife were indicted Wednesday for allegedly taking money from his grandmother's bank account and selling her possessions using power of attorney, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office announced. Peter Dicostanzo, 40, and his wife, Angela Discostanzo, 35, both of Nutley, are accused of withdrawing more than $150,000 from Dicostanzo's grandmother's bank account and selling more than $15,000 of her jewelry, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray said in a release Wednesday. According to the release, Dicostanzo was given power of attorney over his grandmother's finances after his grandfather passed away in 2010. The Nutley couple was indicted by an Essex County Grand Jury on 18 counts of theft, …
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 …
'No single individual has contributed to the success of St. Barnabas more than our honoree tonight, Ronald Del Mauro,' said Barry Ostrowsky, president and chief financial officer of Barnabas Health.
Saint Barnabas Hospital unveiled the new entrance to its emergency services department Monday and dedicated it to the man who was instrumental in building it into the largest health care system in New Jersey. More than 200 people sat and stood outside the hospital’s newly constructed entrance yesterday to see the opening of the Ronald J. Del Mauro Emergency Services Pavilion. The $1 million renovation was named after the former president and chief financial officer who many credit with saving the hospital from bankruptcy in the late 1980s. “No single individual has contributed to the success of St. Barnabas more than our honoree tonight, Ronald Del Mauro,” said Barry Ostrowsky, president and chief financial officer of Barnabas Health. …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Millburn police arrested Starlett Davis, 27, of Brooklyn, on fraud charges at The mall at Short Hills Saturday.
Police arrested a 27-year-old Brooklyn woman Saturday after she allegedly attempted to purchase a designer purse with a fraudulent credit card in The mall at Short Hills, Millburn police said. According to Capt. Michael Palardy, Starlett Davis was arrested on May 11 on fraud charges at about 2 p.m. Davis attempted to buy a Yves Saint Laurent Bo Sac De Jour purse, valued at $3,156.50, from Nordstrom with a Bank of America card containing a different name, police said. Davis showed the assistant manager a Florida driver's license with Davis's photo but with a different name and information matching the credit card, police said. The store's assistant manager told police, she allowed Davis to purchase the purse and sign the receipt with the…