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Columbia High School Teacher and Coach Has Died

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Columbia High School Principal Kalisha Morgan sent an email to the school community on Thursday notifiying all that school staff member Erskine Rowe had unexpectedly died. Rowe was a permanent substitute teacher and freshman basketball coach.


Union Municipal Band Scheduled to Perform Monday, March 11

UNION, NJ - The Union Municipal Band, under the direction of Howard Toplansky, will present a free concert on Monday evening, March 11. The concert will be held at Hannah Caldwell School Auditorium, 1120 Commerce Avenue beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


Queen Latifah to Build Affordable Housing in New Jersey, Report Says

Actress and hip hop artist Queen Latifah is headed back to her New Jersey roots, according to a published report. The artist plans to build a new affordable housing complex in Newark, but the project comes with a pricey cost.


Elizabeth police officer accused of sexual assault

A 22-year-old rookie Elizabeth police officer was charged Friday with sexually assaulting a woman late last year. A Union County grand jury indicted the officer, Samaad I. Bethea, on second-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact charges following a nearly two-month investiga


Girls Basketball: Livingston Prepares For States After Loss to Morris Hills

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston High School girls basketball team is looking for a tune-up before the state playoff the Lancers fell, 35-27, to Morris Hills on Thursday night.


Union County Covering Costs of PD Lieutenant's Defense in Civil Rights Suit

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Freeholder Board this week approved $20,000 to pay for a former Union County Police Department lieutenant’s representation a lawsuit in which he is accused of improperly administering a polygraph test, leading to the false conviction of a city man in 2008.


Westfield Needs Police Dispatchers: See How To Apply

WESTFIELD, NJ - The Westfield Police Department is seeking a full-time dispatcher to help coordinate their operations. According to authorities, a Police Dispatcher answers emergency and non-emergency phone calls and coordinates the response of law enforcement officers to crime and accident scenes.


Senior Center Hosting Six-Week Chair Yoga Program

UNION, NJ - The Township of Union Senior Center is hosting Chair Yoga, with instructor Kathleen Leary starting on Monday, February 25. Classes will be held on Mondays through April 1. Sessions will be at the Union Senior Center, 968 Bonnel Court, from 12:15 p.m. -1:15 p.m. The sessions are open to a


Newark School Bus Driver Overdoses on Opioids While Driving and Crashes Into Tree With 12 Students Aboard

A school bus driver was arrested after she overdosed while driving and crashed into a tree, Newark police said. The driver, Lisa Byrd, was transporting a dozen students from 14th Avenue School in Newark when the vehicle crashed into a tree on Wednesday, officials said in a statement.


N.Y. man, 34, killed in fiery crash on I-280 in West Orange

A 34-year-old New York City man was killed after his pickup truck burst into flames in a crash on I-280 in West Orange early Sunday. Though State Police said the man has not yet been positively identified, family members told SILive.com Neil Holtermann, of Staten Island, died in the crash.


New Thrift Store Headed to Old ShopRite Site

UNION, NJ – The empty building at the intersection of Morris and Liberty Avenues, known as the ‘old ShopRite’ site, will become home to a new thrift chain store, 2nd Ave. Value Store.


Video shows alleged drunk driver going out of control and onto sidewalk in New Jersey

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Newly released video shows an alleged drunk driver going out of control and onto a sidewalk in New Jersey, narrowly missing a man. The incident happened the night of Feb. 9 in Jersey City.


Lenny Dykstra, Associates Defrauded Clark-based Nonprofit Lawsuit Says

CLARK, NJ – A fraudulent attempt to convert a private pool club and banquet hall into housing has been tied to embattled former professional baseball player Lenny Dykstra, court records show.


Suspect arrested in spree of more than 50 New Jersey burglaries

MONTCLAIR, New Jersey (WABC) -- A New Jersey man was under arrest in connection with a burglary spree involving more than 50 homes since last year. Saveon Hayles, 29, formerly of Montclair, was arrested Monday in Jersey City.


DEVELOPING UNION NJ: Man Found Shot in Union

Police in Union are on the scene of a shooting with a man down at a location in the city at this time. According to preliminary reports, reports of shots fired sent police to the vicinity of 711 Lehigh Avenue at around 12:30 p.m. where arriving officers found a male victim struck by bullets at that


How a Linden mayoral vacancy is filled, just in case

If Linden Mayor Derek Armstead is convicted of assault charges, the city could see election for mayor in November to fill his unexpired term. The process of filling the vacancy is the same as the one used a few times a year, every year, throughout the state.


Union Police Still Accepting Applications for School Crossing Guards

UNION, NJ - The Union Police Department is accepting school crossing guard applications for the current school year. According to Union police, school crossing guards safeguard all pedestrians crossing the street at their assigned posts, with special attention to school children and accompanying par


Tanker truck crash, fuel spill shuts down New Jersey highway

MARLBORO, New Jersey (WABC) -- A tanker truck crash and fuel spill has completely shut down a New Jersey highway Friday morning. The crash involved more than one truck and happened just before 10 a.m. on Route 9 at CR 520/Robertsville Road in Marlboro.


Woman Has Medical Emergency Aboard Flight To Newark, Dies: Report

NEWARK, NJ — An elderly woman passed away after an apparent medical emergency took place aboard a United Airlines flight traveling from Germany to Newark, New Jersey earlier this week, a report said.


Training Day(s) For Chatham Firefighters

CHATHAM, NJ - The benefit of the varying weather temperatures is that the Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Department (CTVFD) was able to get varied trainings done in a short span of time.