Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Erick Vargas, 27, allegedly used a false identity at the Chase Bank on South Avenue.
A Bronx man attempted to withdraw $4,000 from a Chase Bank in Cranford on May 14 by allegedly using a false identity. Police were called to the South Avenue Chase around 3 p.m. when a teller noticed Erick Vargas, 27, behaving suspiciously, police said. Ptl. Nelso Hearns arrested Vargas and he was charged with forgery, impersonation, theft by deception and false government documents. According to Cranford PD, Vargas was arrested, processed and transferred to Union County Jail where he was held on $15,000 bail pending a Superior Court appearance.
The incident was a planned drill at Cranford Health Facility.
The following information was provided by Cranford Police Department. At approximately 10:10 am on 5/21/2013, a 9-1-1 call was received at Cranford Police Headquarters reporting an active shooter situation at Cranford Health, a local extended care and skilled nursing facility. Information from the caller was relayed by Communications Officer Kathleen Ditzel to police units in the field. In less than 90 seconds, a contact team comprised of four Cranford police officers armed with rifles and handguns arrived on the scene and entered the building. Moments later, the shooter was neutralized and an injured victim was rescued by the responding officers. The entire incident was a planned drill designed to test the operations, policies and …
Monday, May 20, 2013
James Mattis, 22, was arrested after burglarizing a Holly Street resident's vehicle.
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Monday, May 20
The following information was provided by Cranford Police. A local man has been arrested and charged with multiple offenses by police following a 9-1-1 call reporting a burglary to a parked motor vehicle and an assault on the vehicle owner. At approximately 01:05am on 5/18/2013, Cranford Police were contacted by a Holly Street resident who witnessed his vehicle being ransacked by a white male suspect in his 20s. The vehicle owner had confronted the suspect and engaged in a scuffle with him outside the car prior to calling police. The suspect fled the scene on foot after breaking away from the victim. The victim provided a description and turned over to police a cellular telephone dropped at the scene by the suspect. Moments later …
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, "…
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The following information was provided by the Cranford Police Department.
The following information was provided by the Cranford Police Department. Arrests do not indicate convictions. On May 10 at around 7:30 p.m., Ptl. Robert Jordan arrested Macie Tucciarone, 22, of Staten Island and Jacqueline Joseph-Wold, 44, of Brooklyn for Possession of Prescription Medication (Tucciarone: Xanax and Joseph-Wold: Suboxone and Possession of Paraphernalia, according to the report. Tucciarone and Joseph-Wold were stopped at South Avenue and Washington Place when Ptl. Jordan noticed erratic driving by a 1999 Nissan Sentra that was crossing the line on South Avenue. Once the vehicle was stopped at the scene, Ptl. Jordan found suspected narcotics on the driver, Tucciarone and a rear seat passenger, Joseph-Wold. Both were …
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 …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Union County Medical Examiner has concluded that Joseph Galfy died as a result of blunt force trauma. Anyone with information regarding the homicide is urged to contact Union County Crime Stoppers.
Update, May 16, 7 p.m. CAUGHT: 'Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker' Arrested in Philadelphia --- Original story, May 14, 4:30 p.m.: This release was provided by the Union County Prosecutor's Office. The Union County Homicide Task Force and the Clark Police Department are in the early stages of an investigation into the death of a township man on Monday afternoon, announced Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow. Joseph Galfy of Starlite Drive was found unresponsive in his home around 2 p.m. on Monday. Officers were called to the home for a welfare check and discovered the victim, said Romankow. It was considered a "suspicious death" until late this afternoon when the Union County Medical Examiner concluded an autopsy and determined …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The department has 23,618 followers.
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Monday, May 13
OK, so maybe it's not trending right now, but chances are, it soon will be. The New Jersey State Police ranked second among state police agencies nationally in terms of Twitter followers, according to statistics recently released by the IACP Center for Social Media. The agency has 23,618 followers, trailing only the Massachusetts State Police, which had a whopping 62,493 followers, as of April 30. The Texas Department of Public Safety (18,787), the Ohio State Highway Patrol (13,587) and the Indiana State Police (13,466) round out the top five. As of Monday morning, May 13, the State Police had 23,932 followers and had sent out 991 tweets. However, with over eight million people in the state as of the 2012 Census, the State Police still …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Range Rover was stolen on Monday night by thieves using a vehicle stolen from an Elizabeth carjacking a few days prior.
On May 5, a woman in the passenger seat of a Range Rover was threatened at knifepoint in the parking lot of the Dunkin Donuts on Raritan Road by thieves in a Mercedes Benz that was stolen during an Elizabeth carjacking earlier in the week, according to officials. At around 10 p.m. the driver of the Range Rover, 39, pulled into the Dunkin Donuts and entered the store, leaving his 21-year-old passenger inside the vehicle, according to a report on NJ.com. A Mercedes Benz pulled up next to the Range Rover and the driver exited the Benz, entered the Range Rover and pulled a knife on the passenger telling her to get out, Cranford Police Chief Eric Mason told NJ.com. The couple in the Range Rover is from Clark, according to reports and the 21-…