Thursday, May 16, 2013
Cops & Rockers scheduled to take place May 18 evening in Verona.
Verona kids are fine tuning their instruments and getting ready to take on township police in the third annual Cops & Rockers battle of the bands. This year's show will be held at on Saturday, May 18, at the Verona High School Auditorium, 151 Fairview Ave. Tickets will cost $10 at the door. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the performance starts at 6 p.m. The show was originally scheduled for Saturday Feb. 9, but was rescheduled following a snowstorm. “We wanted to give local kids a chance to show off their talents at a battle of the bands and give them the ultimate rock star experience,” said Cops & Rockers Sgt. Dan Greco who founded the event in 2011 with the help of the Verona PBA Local #72. “The Verona kids put on an amazing show for our first…
Monday, April 8, 2013
Police report five burglaries within two days.
Cedar Grove and Verona police reported a total of five burglaries between Tuesday, April 2 and Wednesday, April 3 in both townships, officials said. On Tuesday, April 2, Cedar Grove police were called to the Cedar Grove Garden Apartments on Pompton Avenue on a report of a burglary. The victim reported sometime between Sunday, March 31 and Tuesday evening, someone entered his apartment through a ground floor window and allegedly took cash from his bedroom, police said. That same day, a second resident of the complex reported several screens on her ground floor windows had been lifted up, but no entry had been made into her apartment, police said. The Cedar Grove detective bureau is investigating the incidents. Also on Tuesday April 2, a …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Verona, Cedar Grove and Caldwell Police are investigating a number of recent incidents involving potatoes.
Residents of multiple Essex towns have reported property damaged by potatoes police believe were launched using a homemade cannon, according to officials. Three incidents of broken house windows and a damaged car where a potato was later found were reported to police in Cedar Grove, Verona and Caldwell in the last five days. Police believe the potatoes are being launched from a car or truck that pulls up to the intended target. No injuries were reported as a result of these incidents, which appear to be random pranks. A Verona resident reported damage to a car parked in front of a Lynwood Road home on Friday, March 29. “The tail light of the car was smashed in with the potato still inside,” said Verona Police Captain Mitchell Stern. “…
Idling car taken from Verona residence on Friday, police said.
Verona police were involved in a short police chase on Friday, March 29 through the township and into West Orange, officials said Monday. The car, a gray Jeep Grand Cherokee, was taken from a Claremont Avenue residence while the owner left it running with the keys inside, police said. “Officers responded and saw the vehicle on Pompton and Bloomfield avenues,” police said. The vehicle was last seen heading south on Prospect Avenue into West Orange, police said. As of Monday, April 1, the vehicle had not been recovered.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Two motorcycles sped past a Verona Police Officer going more than 80 miles per hour before disappearing into West Orange.
Two motorcyclists nearly struck a Verona police officer before eluding pursuing police in a high-speed chase through West Orange on Monday, police said. The Verona officer had pulled over a car on Lakeside Avenue in Verona at around 5:50 p.m., when the motorcyclists sped past going at least 80 miles per hour, said Verona Chief of Police Douglas Huber. The officer got in his car and attempted to follow the motorcyclists, but at that point they had already disappeared into West Orange, he said. “It wasn't much of a chase,” Huber admitted. Verona Police notified West Orange police, who said the motorcyclists continued at a high speed on Pleasant Valley Way before vanishing onto Interstate 280.
Monday, February 25, 2013
A letter, which caused confusion for Verona residents last year, may be making another appearance, police say.
Verona Police are once again urging residents to exercise caution regarding a letter from a home repair company that is being mailed to them designed to look like an official correspondence from a government agency. Last year, letters were sent from HomeServe USA Repair Management Corp., claiming the water line coming from the township into resident’s homes may not be covered by resident’s homeowners insurance in case of breakage or damage. The letter also said homeowners may be liable for thousands of dollars in costs to replace the line if there is a problem with it. Although the letters have not yet turned up in Verona mailboxes this year, police have said they expect them to start making their appearance again in late February or early…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
A new bill working its way through the state Assembly would require New Jersey schools to link a panic button to local police departments.
A new bill, introduced by Assemb. Ralph Caputo (D-Belleville) requiring New Jersey schools to have a panic button to alert local authorities of potential life-threatening emergencies is working its way through the state Assembly. Assembly bill A3691 was introduced on Monday, Jan. 14 and referred to the Assembly Education Committee. Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. (D-18), chairman of the Education Committee, is one of the primary sponsors of the bill. The bill comes a month after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., which left 26 people, including 20 children dead. Verona and Cedar Grove Schools have been re-evaluating their safety guidelines since the Dec. 14 shooting. Verona Chief of Police Douglas Huber compared the panic button …
Monday, January 7, 2013
A Verona man was arrested after an altercation involving a knife at a Bloomfield Avenue business.
A 22-year-old Verona man was arrested and charged with assault after allegedly brandishing a knife at employees at the Verona Inn, police said. Thomas McMahon was arrested and charged with simple assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes and defiant trespass after the Dec. 29 incident, according to police. Police responded to Verona Inn Dec. 29 on a report of an employee who was threatened with a knife, police said. An employee told police that McMahon had been asked to leave the business several times but continued to return. “After being escorted from the business the suspect then threatened the employees with the knife,” police said. McMahon was then arrested and taken to police headquarters where he was released after …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
William Culbertson, 22, was last heard from on Dec. 12. He has an apartment in Verona and has family in Montclair.
A Verona man, last heard from by his Montclair parents on Dec. 12, has been reported missing, according to police. William Culbertson, 22, is described as being white, 6-foot, 3-inches tall, about 275 lbs., and has blond hair and blue eyes. He is known to frequent Panera Bread in Montclair where he plays chess, according to police. Culbertson has no conspicuous marks, scars or tattoos, officials said, but four of his upper front teeth are implants and may be noticeable when he smiles. Culbertson currently lives in a small three-story apartment building on Montrose Avenue in Verona. Verona Police have been distributing fliers around the township with his photo on them. Janet Lee, his mother, said Culbertson grew up in Montclair and …
Newark Police find BMW X3 taken from Verona residence.
A car left idling on a Verona driveway Dec. 26 was stolen and recovered the following day in Newark, police said. The black BMW X3 was taken from an Oakridge Road residence just after 11 a.m., police said. “The resident reported that he started the vehicle and left the keys in it to warm up,” Verona police said. “When he came back outside the vehicle was missing from the driveway.” Newark police found the car the next day and contacted both State Police and Verona police, officials said. The car was then returned to the owner in Verona, police said.