The Week That Was in Union County — Clark Death a Homicide, Teen Slain in Linden
Major stories in Patch towns in Union County this past week
The Union County Homicide Task Force has been continuing work on the investigation into the death of Vera Pecoraro while also working two other active homicide investigations in the county – the shooting death of a Linden teen and the stabbing of a 17-year-old during a large fight in Rahway.
Matthew Dorsi, lawyer for Michael and Theodore Pecoraro, says the two are fully cooperating with the investigation into their mother's homicide. Vera Pecoraro was found with her throat slit on Saturday at her home on Rolling Hill Way in Clark. Police say there was no sign of forced entry into the home and they believe she knew her attacker.
Former Cranford Deputy Mayor Ann Darby no longer works for JPMorgan Chase, but the wife of New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley continues to receive deferred-income checks in the amount of $190,000 a year for the work she did at JPMC, the The Huffington Post reports.
A mother and two children, ages 2 and 5, were injured when their car crashed into a power pole on South Street near the intersection of Hansel Road in New Providence on July 11. The accident is still under investigation.
A Summit man arrested in January 2010 and charged with attempting to lure a Berkeley Heights girl and who is was charged in a New York state case relating to the sexual assault of a minor, was sentenced for the New Jersey charges earlier this morning, said Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.
A Medevac helicopter flew an elderly woman to University Hospital Sunday afternoon after the woman was injured in a serious accident that ran her vehicle off the road on Route 22, according to a witness and Mountainside police.
Tensions ran high in the second hearing of a potential consolidation study for Fanwood and Scotch Plains. At the meeting, held in Fanwood, residents questioned the petition process and voiced concerns about the grassroots organization that submitted an application for consolidation between the borough and Scotch Plains.
Following the Springfield Township Committee’s 3-2 vote in favor of absorbing the functions of the Township's Board of Health, former Board of Health members and advisors said they were let down by the decision but happy they were able to get the word out about their issues. The meeting to decide the fate of the Board of Health was punctuated by frustration and anger by officials, township volunteers and residents. Springfield Mayor Ziad Shehady repeatedly stopped the meeting to admonish spectators for heckling.
In a heated three-and-a-half-hour meeting Tuesday evening, a large group of Westfield residents let Board of Education members know not only are they unhappy about the proposed installation of a lighted turf field at Westfield High School but they are also upset about the fact that funding for the field has been lumped in with district-wide roof repairs.
Westfield firefighters union president Mike Sawicki told HuffPost that the department has been hampered by a 25-percent reduction in firefighters over the past two years.