Sunday, May 19, 2013
Fair Lawn Fire Chief Jeff Greco was uninjured in a minor motor vehicle accident Sunday on Morlot Avenue, police said.
Fair Lawn Fire Chief Jeff Greco was involved in a minor car accident Sunday while responding to a fire call on Elizabeth Street, police said. Greco had turned left onto Morlot Avenue from Mayfair Terrace in his chief's car just before 1 p.m. when a woman backing into her driveway on Morlot Avenue struck him as he passed by, Acting Lt. Joseph Dawicki said. The woman told police she did not see the fire chief's vehicle behind her as she backed into her driveway, Dawicki said. Neither the woman nor the chief suffered injuries in the crash, and while both cars sustained minor front-end damage, each could be driven from the scene, Greco said. The chief said he waited for police to arrive and did not make it to the fire call, which ended up …
Friday, May 17, 2013
For the next week, overnight paving will occur for all Route 208 South entrance and exit ramps in Fair Lawn.
A week of overnight paving will begin Friday on all Route 208 South entrance and exit ramps in Fair Lawn. According to a Fair Lawn Emergency Management notification, milling and paving will occur between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. from May 17 through May 24. The paving will begin Friday night on Elm Avenue, near the Route 208 South exit and entrance ramps to Maple Avenue. Paving will continue each evening on additional Route 208 South exit and entrance ramps for the following week. -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter in your inbox each morning
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, 34, charged with killing Joseph Galfy of Clark.
Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, dubbed "Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker," was arrested Thursday evening at the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Philadelphia by members of the Philadelphia Police Department, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow said. McGillvary has been charged with the murder of Joseph Galfy, Jr., 73, which allegedly 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, Romankow said. "I am grateful for the overwhelming response and dedicated effort by the public and law enforcement that led to this arrest," Romankow said. "I believe that everyone is a …
The 2010 killings of two women, in Teaneck and Palisades Park, remain unsolved. Authorities have not said the two deaths are connected.
The family of a 69-year-old Palisades Park woman found stabbed to death in her burning home has offered a $25,000 reward to help solve the more than three year old slaying, authorities said this week. Emergency crews found Dolores Alliotts dead after they responded to a fire at her home early April 28, 2010, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office. Investigators determined the house was set ablaze to cover up the killing. "Detectives believe, based on available statistics and evidence, that the killer may have had some prior interaction with Alliotts," Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a statement. "This may have been a brief interaction that would not normally raise suspicion, such as a deliveryman, maintenance personnel, …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A driver rear-ended a vehicle stopped on Fair Lawn Avenue Wednesday afternoon, setting off a chain reaction that sent multiple drivers to the hospital, police said.
The drivers of four cars involved in a chain reaction crash on Fair Lawn Avenue between 3rd and 4th Street Wednesday were taken to area hospitals with varying degrees of non life-threatening injuries, police said. Sgt. Eric Leitman said three cars were stopped in traffic waiting to cross the Fair Lawn Avenue bridge into Paterson around 3:30 p.m. when a fourth car rear-ended the third, pushing it forward and setting off a chain reaction that ensnared all four vehicles. He said the driver whose car was struck directly suffered the brunt of the damage and was taken to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson complaining of pain throughout her entire body. The drivers of the two cars in front of her were also taken to St. Joseph's, one…
Between 501 and 2,000 Fair Lawn customers are without power Wednesday afternoon, according to PSEG's online outage map.
A downed power line along Route 208 in Fair Lawn Wednesday afternoon has left hundreds of residents without power, a PSEG spokeswoman said. Kristine Snodgrass said that about 900 customers lost power when a wire came down on Route 208 South near the intersection with Berdan Avenue around 2:50 p.m. Crews are on the scene repairing the wire as of 4 p.m., and power should be restored in full by 5 p.m., she said. The outage does not appear to be localized to a particular part of Fair Lawn, as Sgt. Eric Leitman said he'd received calls about the outage from all over town. -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter in your inbox each morning
Fair Lawn resident Alexandra Vanni, 19, was sworn in Tuesday as a member of the Fair Lawn auxiliary police.
The Fair Lawn Auxiliary Police swore in its newest officer at Tuesday's borough council meeting. Alexandra Vanni, 19, a lifelong resident and 2012 graduate of Fair Lawn High School was sworn in by Mayor John Cosgrove. Vanni, who graduated earlier this month as president of the county's auxiliary police class, will immediately begin her field training in Fair Lawn. She's been an active member of the Fair Lawn Police Explorer program and is currently majoring in criminal justice at Bergen Community College with the goal of eventually becoming a police officer. The auxiliary police train throughout the year under the supervision of the borough police department. They patrol in marked Fair Lawn Police vehicles, provide courtroom security and …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
One drink could be the standard for drunken driving – at least for some people if the National Transportation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. What do you think? Is this a reasonable proposal? According to a 2011 Mothers Against Drunk Driving report, the latest available data shows New Jersey ranked 31st out of 51 states (including the District of Columbia) in drunken driving injuries and deaths. That year, there were 193 DUI fatalities, MADD said. About 10,000 deaths nationwide a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American …
Monday, May 13, 2013
A driver lost control of his vehicle early Monday afternoon on Route 208 North near the Berdan Avenue ramp.
A driver heading northbound on Route 208 rolled over his Jeep Cherokee in a single-car accident early Monday afternoon near the Berdan Avenue ramp, Fair Lawn police said. The driver was uninjured in the wreck, but his Jeep had to be uprighted and towed from the scene, Sgt. Timothy O'Shaughnessy said. It's unknown what may have caused the driver to lose control of his vehicle. The ramp from Berdan Avenue to Route 208 North was closed briefly while the accident was cleared, police said. -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter in your inbox each morning
Fair Lawn became an accredited police department last week at a hearing in Princeton.
Fair Lawn's police department was one of 29 state, county and local law enforcement agencies awarded accreditation last week by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police at a hearing in Princeton. The designation, a significant achievement for the department that requires its policies and procedures comply with best police practices in New Jersey and acts as a protective barrier against risk and liability in civil litgation, has been a long time coming. Acting Capt. Ron Patterson, the department's former accreditation manager, fine tuned the department's policies and procedures for two years in ultimate preparation for a visit and evaluation from assessors with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement. The assessors …