Thursday, May 23, 2013
Grace Park will replace outgoing Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow.
A former federal prosecutor will replace outgoing Prosecutor Theodore Romankow as Union County's Acting Prosecutor effective June 17, Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced Thursday. Grace Park, of Westfield, who spent several years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Newark, will take over for longtime Union County Prosecutor Romankow who announced his resignation earlier this month after serving in the role for more than 10 years. "I am confident that Grace Park will do an outstanding job of leading the effort to bring criminals to justice and protect the residents of Union County, Chiesa said. "Having worked with her at the U.S. Attorney's Office, I know that she is an intelligent, energetic and capable lawyer, and will be extremely …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Police said two vehicles were stolen from the valet parking lot of a Morris Avenue restaurant on May 10.
Some thieves in the Summit area apparently have discriminating taste. Several patrons at a Morris Avenue restaurant enjoyed a leisurely dinner recently, only to pay their bill and discover their luxury cars - a 2007 black Maserati and a silver 2012 BMW - were stolen from the parking lot. Summit police reported that the twin vehicle theft happened at approximately 11:30 pm on Friday, May 10. The name of the restaurant was not disclosed, but it was an establishment that provides valet parking. The police report said that the keys to vehicles were missing from the valet key safe, so the thieves apparently didn't hotwire the vehicles, but drove off in style. Police are still searching for the car thieves. Anyone with any information is urged …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
One man is hoping fans will open their wallets to fund the defense of an Internet celeb accused in the murder of Clark resident Joseph Galfy.
Will fans of 'Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitcher' stand by him now that the Internet celeb has been arrested for the murder of Clark's Joseph Galfy? At least one fan is, and he's asking other supporters of Kai (whose real name is Caleb Lawrence McGillvary) to open their wallets to fund his $3 million bail and the cost of his legal defense. Galfy, 73, was found in his Clark home on Monday morning after hosting McGillvary, 24, overnight on Saturday and Sunday. Police say that McGillvary murdered Galfy, who was found in his underwear and socks, severely beaten. McGillvary was arrested in Philadelphia on Thursday night. For his part, in a Tuesday post on his Facebook page, McGillvary alleges that he was drugged and raped, and asks readers, "…
Planning on driving down the shore or to a family barbecue on Memorial Day Weekend? Buckle up.
- POLICE & FIRE
Sunday, May 19
As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety is urging everyone to buckle up. The 2013 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign begins Monday, May 20 and runs through Monday, June 2, according to a press release from the Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Police departments across New Jersey will crack down on motorists who are not belted. “As we kick-off the busy summer driving season it’s important that everyone buckles up every time they go out, both day and night – no excuses,” said Division of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director Gary Poedubicky in the release. “Officers throughout New Jersey are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt.” …
Friday, May 17, 2013
The SFD will soon have a new television show on HomeTowne TV and they need your help to select a name for the program.
What's in a name? A new television show starring members of the Summit Fire Department. Beginning next week, the Fire Department will have it's own show on HomeTowne Television, the cable network that broadcasts on Comcast Channel 36 and Verizon Fios Channel 33. The station already features a program called "Off the Cuff" that's hosted by the Summit Police Department. And now, the Fire Department will get into the act as well with a program that will not only highlight members of the department, but some of the department's services and initiatives as well. The show will involve Batallion Chief Donald Nelson as well as various guests. But no good TV show would be complete without a name...and that's where the public comes in. The Fire …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Caleb Lawrence McGillvary has been arrested by the Philadelphia Police Department at a Greyhound Bus Terminal for the murder of Clark resident Joseph Galfy.
Around 6:30 p.m. Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, aka Internet celeb "Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker," was arrested at the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Philadelphia, by members of the Philadelphia Police Department, announced Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow. McGillvary has been charged with the homicide of Joseph Galfy, Jr., 73, which 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, said Romankow. "I am grateful for the overwhelming response and dedicated effort by the public and law enforcement that led to this arrest," said Romankow. "I believe that …
Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, 24, better known as Internet sensation "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker;" alleged on Facebook that he was drugged, raped.
Update, May 16, 7 p.m. CAUGHT: 'Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker' Arrested in Philadelphia --- Original story, May 16, 2 p.m. CLARK, NJ -- Police are on the hunt for an Internet celebrity identified as the suspect in the homicide of Clark attorney Joseph Galfy, Jr., 73. Authorities are searching for Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, 24, better known as Internet sensation "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker" on YouTube and Facebook. (Video here - warning, contains profanity.) McGillvary became an Internet sensation in February: After saving a woman by smashing her attacker in the head with his hatchet, McGillvary’s offbeat personality in an interview made for a YouTube video that garnered nearly 4 million views. He also recently appeared on …
Emergency crews responded to an accident with injuries at 7:35 a.m. Thursday.
New Jersey State Police at the Somerville Station have confirmed that a crash on the eastbound site of Rt. 78 has been cleared. Troopers could not confirm any additional details about the early morning accident with injuries, but said at 8:45 a.m. that the wreck was removed from the roadway and all lanes were open. Fire Chief Joseph Houck said units from Summit Fire Department responded to the crash around 7:35 a.m. at mile marker 46.7. Crews left the scene at about 8:04 a.m.
Patch recently took a tour of the firehouse. Check out our photos and take a look inside the building where local firefighters work, train, eat and rest while on call.
There's a lot of history inside the Summit Fire Department. The original building was constructed in 1901, about 32 years after the city of Summit was officially incorporated. The two-story building — which serves as the department's headquarters — is the place where on-duty firefighters send their days when they're not out in the community responding to emergency calls or providing services to the public, such as fire prevention. In addition to the dispatch center on the first floor — which serves as the 911 call center for the entire city — the building also has large bays where fire trucks are housed and maintained. The second floor features a meeting room used by emergency management officials, as well as a kitchen and sleeping …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Summit Police will target seat belt violators during the May 2013 Click It or Ticket Mobilization.
- POLICE & FIRE
Monday, May 13
The following information was provided by the Summit Police Department. The May 2013 Click It or Ticket Mobilization will play a critical role in the effort to keep people safe on our nation’s roads and highways. From May 20 to June 2 law enforcement agencies in New Jersey and nationwide will conduct Click It or Ticket campaigns that incorporate zero-tolerance enforcement of safety belt laws with paid advertising and the support of government agencies, local coalitions and school officials to increase safety belt use and defend against one of the greatest threats to us all — serious injury or death in traffic crashes. Click It or Ticket is a high-publicity law enforcement effort that gives people more of a reason to buckle up - the …