Friday, June 14, 2013
Bear had been foraging in Afterglow section of town for several days, police said.
A black bear that had been foraging in the Afterglow section of Verona this week was captured and identified as an 18-month-old female weighing 100 lbs., according to Verona Police officials. The bear was caught by State Conservation Officers with the assistance of Verona Police and Fire Department members and taken to a state forest to be released, police said. Verona Police issued an advisory Saturday morning saying, "Catching this bear doesn't mean that you should no longer be alert to hazards when outdoors." The bear caught in Verona and one caught in Montclair earlier this month, are two of possibly three bears reported in the area in recent weeks, police said. Verona Police chased the bear through the Afterglow residential …
Residents of Verona told to stay clear of black bears, provide bear safety tips.
The third black bear advisory in four days has been issued by the Verona Police Department. A bear was spotted Friday around 3 p.m., as well as Wednesday afternoon in the Afterglow and Sunset Avenue of town near Eagle Rock Reservation, police said. Earlier in the week, a black bear was reported on Crestmont and Witherspoon roads, and bears have been spotted in Montclair, Cedar Grove and Fairfield in the past couple of weeks. A black bear cub was tranquilized and captured after it climbed up a tree in a Montclair park earlier this month. Verona Police are asking residents to stay clear of the bear. "In our recent experiences with black bears, they have not been aggressive and have moved through the area without incident," police said in …
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Section of road will be closed for several hours, nearby residents may lose water.
A section of Grove Avenue in Verona will be closed for several hours Wednesday due to a water main break, according to the Verona Police Department. Grove Avenue is closed between Linden and Kenwood avenues while crews work on repairs. Drivers are advised to plan alternate routes. Residents in nearby homes may lose water service temporarily or experience low water pressure, police said. If water appears discolored, faucets should be run for several minutes until clear water runs through. For more information, contact the Town Engineer's office at (973) 857-4804. Correction: This story originally said the water main work was happening Tuesday.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Photos and video from third annual battle of the bands at Verona High School.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, May 23
The third annual Cops & Rockers battle of the bands pinned the talent of eight teen bands against Undercover, a group made up of local police officers from Verona and Montclair. The bands took the stage at Verona High School Saturday and raised $3,000, which will be split with the school’s music program and an effort to rebuild a community center in Brick destroyed by superstorm Sandy. Each band played one original song along with a selection of popular covers. The youth once again out-rocked the cops with the band GNGR taking first place. The winning band received a day in a music studio, where they will record a CD and make a music video, as well as receive a consultation with RCA Records in New York. The winner was selected by text vote…
Monday, May 20, 2013
Police look to public for information on several car burglaries.
Police are urging residents to keep their cars locked as they investigate a string of car burglaries that hit Verona in the last week. On May 11, seven cars were burglarized on various streets throughout Verona, police said. “We definitely believe that the same people or person was responsible for the thefts in the area that night,” said Verona Chief of Police Douglas Huber. “Every once and a while towns get hit and every once and a while we get lucky and make an arrest.” Police are looking to the public for any information on any suspicious activity in the area of the burglaries. On May 11, police received a call of a burglary to a motor vehicle on Park Avenue at 9:09 a.m. The resident told police that the vehicle had been entered …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Massachusetts man arrested after shoving, struggling with Verona Police Officer.
A Massachusetts man was charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest after officers caught up with him following an alleged drunken driving hit and run. Verona police said they were called to a car accident at the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Mount Prospect Avenue at 7:41 p.m. on Monday, May 6. Additional officers were called in to help search for a white Mercedes, which had left the scene of the accident, police said. The Mercedes was found and stopped in the area of Birdseye Glen. When the driver, later identified as Michael Ginis of Newton, Massachusetts, was pulled over, police smelled alcohol on his breath, according to Verona Police. Ginis allegedly refused to perform a field sobriety test and pushed an …
Jose Borgos, 57, of Newark is responsible for two recent burglaries in Verona, police said.
A Newark man, arrested for attempted burglary in Verona, racked up several additional charges after police linked him to an April break-in, Verona Police said in a written statement. Jose Borgos, 57, was arrested on Monday, May 6, for attempting to break into a home on Derwent Avenue and for giving false information, said Verona Police Chief Douglas Huber. Borgos was also charged with criminal mischief, burglary and theft after an additional investigation into a burglary on Mount Prospect Avenue on April 26. “The resident reported returning home to find that the front door had been kicked in and the home entered,” police said in April. “Once in the home the suspect entered the bedrooms and went through the dressers.” The resident told …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Verona and Cedar Grove Police Departments held a medicine collection day on Saturday, April 27, with no questions asked.
The Cedar Grove and Verona Police Departments collected a combined total of 127 pounds of unwanted or expired medicine, part of Operation Take Back New Jersey Day, organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Each department had officers on hand to collect and discard medicine with no questions asked on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their respective municipal buildings. “Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs,” Verona police said. “Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.” During the last collection, held in October …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Several pieces of jewelry and an iPad were stolen from a Mount Prospect Avenue residence, police said.
Verona police are investigating an April 26 burglary of a Mount Prospect Avenue home in which jewelry and electronics were taken, officials said. Police said they were called on Friday at around 1:30 p.m. to investigate the burglary. “The resident reported returning home to find that the front door had been kicked in and the home entered,” police said. “Once in the home the suspect entered the bedrooms went through the dressers.” The resident reported several pieces of jewelry and an iPad were missing, police said. Verona detectives checked for possible witnesses and are continuing the investigation, police said. Anyone with information, or who witnessed suspicious behavior at the time of the incident, can call the Verona Police Department…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Expired, unused, or unwanted medicines sought to keep them out of the wrong hands.
The Verona and Cedar Grove Police Departments will be helping residents do some spring cleaning by collecting unwanted, unused or expired medicines for proper disposal. Operation Take Back New Jersey Day, organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will take place in both Verona and Cedar Grove on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their respective municipal buildings. “Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs,” Verona police said. “Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.” The Cedar Grove Police Department collected 136 …