Thursday, May 16, 2013
Man was on the bridge over the Passaic River near Hobson Avenue.
A Chilean man was killed Tuesday night when he was struck by a NJ Transit train on a bridge over the Passaic River. Nelson Felipe Guerra Concha, 35, was in New Jersey visiting family in Little Falls, said Nancy Synder, a spokesperson for NJ Transit. Concha was struck shortly before 7 p.m. by a train on the Montclair-Booton line. The bridge is located near Hobson Avenue. Concha was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:10 p.m., Wayne Police Lt. Paul Dring reported in a news release. Service was temporarily suspended on the Montclair-Boonton line after the accident. The NJ Transit Police Department, with the assistance of the Wayne Police Department, is investigating the incident, Dring said.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Mark McGrath saved Officer Bob Franco's life after a tree fell on his vehicle during superstorm Sandy.
Police Capt. Mark McGrath, who helped save Officer Bob Franco’s life the night of superstorm Sandy, will be honored for his heroic act at the White House on Saturday. McGrath will be one of more than 40 officers from nine states, and the only one from New Jersey, that President Obama will honor as a National Association of Police Organizations Top Cop. McGrath crawled under live wires and wedged himself into a small space in Franco’s vehicle after an oak tree fell on top of it, pinning Franco inside. The tree also pinned Assistant Company 5 Fire Chief John Neukem inside his vehicle. Franco was out responding to a ruptured gas line. “I felt him, I heard him go to work,” Franco said in a news release issued by the White House. “The whole …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Grant will fund overtime time for police to be on the lookout for drivers without seatbelts.
Police officers will actively look for unbuckled drivers in the coming weeks as part of the nationwide Click It or Ticket program. Between May 20 and June 2 police will man checkpoints and step up patrols to make sure drivers and passengers are using their seat belts. Wayne police officers will look for commuters sitting in the back of vehicles. According to the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety (DHTS), only 36 percent of people sitting in rear seats use seat belts. "Using a seat belt is the simplist way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling," said Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the DHTS. A grant from the DHTS will be used to fund overtime pay the officers incur while on patrol as part of …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
'Young person' accessed unlocked bedroom window on Emerson Place, police report.
Police are looking for a "young person" who they believe broke into a township home Wednesday and stole cash and an iPad. An Emerson Place home was burglarized between 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, Detective Capt. James Clarke said. The burglar moved a chair off the home's back patio to access an unlocked master bedroom window. “It appears that a young person may have been responsible for this,” Clarke said. “It very well could be that your average burglar didn’t do this.” An iPad and $100 were discovered missing; several boxes in the bedroom and children’s rooms were rummaged through, Clarke said. The homeowners were not home when the burglary took place, Clarke said. They did not realize items were missing until Thursday morning at about…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Downed tree has been removed.
The flow of traffic has returned to normal after works crews have removed a tree that was blocking traffic on Alps Road. The fallen tree on Miller Road caused traffic on Alps and Ratzer Roads to be backed up late Wednesday afternoon.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Here is a recap of the top stories from April on Wayne Patch.
Michael Pascrell, a 21-year-old resident, died after being struck by a car while walking on an on-ramp leading to Route 46 when he was struck by a car. He was a junior at Rider University. Students at Wayne Valley High School are selling T-shirts in Pascrell’s memory to help his family. More than a dozen supervisor positions were eliminated and several new assistant principal positions were created when the Board of Education approved an administrative restructuring plan developed by Superintendent Ray Gonzalez. Police released a slideshow online of a man they are trying to identify who was on Finley Lane at the time a home on that street was burglarized. A Wayne physician was charged in connection with allegedly taking bribes to refer …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Here is a recap of some of the top stories that were on Wayne Patch this week.
Police released a slideshow of an individual they are trying to identify who was on Finley Lane at the time a home on that street was burglarized April 20. The home is one of several that have been burglarized in recent months. Residents living near the burglarized homes have said they don’t feel safe anymore. The Wayne Hills Diner was evacuated Monday night after a fire reportedly occurred in the basement of the restaurant. No one was hurt in the blaze. The restaurant reopened Wednesday. The new assistant principals in Wayne will be responsible for content, curriculum, and help principals, especially at the elementary level, the run the schools. Joseph Tweed will begin his term as the school’s fourth president July 1. Two high school …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Authorities have said that the use of medications by young people in town is rising.
Residents can dispose of their unwanted or expired prescription medications at the police department’s Operation Take Back Program. People may drop off their perscription pills at the police department’s lobby on Saturday, April 27 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Over the counter medications, needles, or medication in liquid form will not be accepted. The department is strongly urging parents to take advantage of the program. Police have identified the use of prescription drugs as “a rising trend” among younger Wayne residents. Detective Sgt. Jay Celentano of the Special Operations Unit and Detective Sgt. Charles Ahearn of the Youth Bureau will be available to answer questions. The police department is located in the municipal complex at 475 …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Man sought in connection with burglary on Finley Lane earlier this month.
Police have released a slideshow of an individual they are trying to identify who was on Finley Lane at the time a home on that street was burglarized April 20. A rear sliding glass door was shattered at the residence, said Detective Capt. James Clarke. The master bedroom was ransacked and an unknown amount of jewelry was stolen. Police released the slide show on YouTube. It shows a man waking through the woods at about 8 p.m. and again at about 9 p.m. that evening. The man appears to be wearing a dark-colored jacket with a white New York Yankees logo and a dark-colored hat. (Color values in the video are reversed.) “We’re looking for an attempt to identify this individual so we can further the investigation,” Clarke said. “He is …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Authorities continue to investigate break-ins on Valley Road and near Anthony Wayne Middle School.
Authorities are looking for a man riding a bicycle as they investigate burglaries that recently occurred in town. Chief John Reardon said Tuesday that police are looking for a man traveling on a bicycle in connection with burglaries that occurred near Anthony Wayne Middle School in the past three months. Residents living near Anthony Wayne say they don’t feel safe since the burglaries occurred. Three burglaries also occurred at apartments on Valley Road last month. Reardon said police are “continuing to investigate all of these burglaries.” Anyone with information regarding the burglaries or who witness suspicious activity or individuals in their neighborhood should contact the Wayne Police Department at 973-694-0600. — Have a question or …