WEST CALDWELL, NJ - At about 11:35am Sunday morning, a red sedan drove into the Brion home located on Stonybrook at the corner of Central Avenue, West Caldwell. Both West Caldwell Police and West Caldwell Fire reported to the scene immediately. Joe Brion, his wife and son were home in the house when the accident occurred; neither the driver nor the residents were harmed in any way.
Central and Stonybrook was closed during the police investigation. Additionally, the house's structure was damaged and the residents are awaiting the report from a building inspector. PSEG was also called to the area to investigate the smell of natural gas which followed the accident. No police information is available at this time.
"I wasn't home," said Ari Brion, "but my dad told me that
"Everyone is good, the car only damaged the house," Ari continued.
"I live on Washington, the first house in from Central,"
Three More Members of "Dirty Block Crime Fam" Gang Admit to Heroin Distribution And Money Laundering Conspiracies
TRENTON, NJ - Two Atlantic City men and a Millville woman today admitted their roles in a criminal street gang that used threats, intimidation and violence to maintain control of the illegal drug trade in Atlantic City, US Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
All three defendants entered their pleas today before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton federal court.
Franklin "Fat Boy" Simms, 31
US v Franklin Simms Court Papers
He pleaded guilty to:
US v Rayshell Strong Court Papers
He pleaded guilty to:
Latasha "Tasha" Cherry, 31
US v Latasha Cherry Court papers
She pleaded guilty to:
Dirty Block Crime Fam
All three defendants were members of a gang known as “Dirty Block,” also known as:
The group operated in a geographic area of Atlantic City that includes the public housing apartment complexes of Stanley Holmes Village and Schoolhouse Apartments. To date, 23 of the 34 defendants charged in this matter have been convicted, either through guilty pleas or following trial.
The Facts Gathered from Case Documents and Court Statements
Sentencing for all three defendants is scheduled for Sept. 21, 2015.
Fishman credited the following in leading to today’s sentencing:
For their contributions, Fishman also thanked:
The US Government is represented by:
VERONA, NJ - Verona Police have confirmed that another residential burglary has taken place within the township. The police are investigating an incident which occurred on Thursday night, at about 11:15pm, when an individual is said to have broken into a residence on Afterglow Road and taken at least one item; the homeowners were in their residence at the time. This event follows two previous recent and similar incidents on Grove Avenue and on Woodland Avenue.
During last night's burglary, police state that the suspect entered the Aspenglow home, saw the homeowner and fled the premises. No one was confronted or injured.
The police have further confirmed that the suspect is alleged to have gotten into a car which was last seen traveling east on Bloomfield Avenue.
Two recent previous incidents have occurred:
West Caldwell Police Cpl. Bill Styskal Retired Thursday, and is Honored by a Final "Walk-Out" from his Fellow Officers, Friends and Family
WEST CALDWELL, NJ - Thursday evening, at 7pm, West Caldwell Police Corporal William Styskal completed his final day as a police officer as he retired from a career which began twenty-five years ago. As he stepped out the side entrance of the station, there to wish him well were his fellow law enforcement officers along with some of his closest friends and family. The ritual, called a "walkout," is often performed in honor of a police officer retiring after many years of dedication and service.
Verona Police Captain Peter Wojtal played a solo piece on the bagpipes as Styskal walked out the employees-only door into the parking lot and through a sea of well-wishers. Styskal went from person to person saying his goodbyes and as he did each of them wished him well. When he had greeted everyone, Styskal was then honored by some words from Chief of Police Michael J. Bramhall who expressed his appreciation for Styskal's service and dedication, as well as for his infectious laughter and positive spirit.
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Corporal Styskal for 25 years,
Styskal was born in Oyster Bay, NY; his great-grandfather William Loeffler, Sr. and great-great-grandfather William Loeffler, Jr. were both New York Police Department patrolmen of the now defunct 143rd and 89th Police Precincts. Styskal was raised on heroic stories of both men and he always reflected on their service with respect and admiration as he spent his early years growing up in Montclair.
Days after graduating from high school, Styskal was hired as a Special Officer, having full police responsibilities, with the Montclair Police Department, on June 1, 1982.
In 1990, the Essex Fells Police Department took Styskal on first as a Dispatcher and the following year, as an Officer and EMT. By 1996 he was made an Investigator and in 2000, Styskal became the department's first ever promoted Detective.
"While I was with Essex Fells, I delivered two babies," Styskal explained.
In June, 2005, Styskal went on to work with, and then finally served the remainder of his career with, the West Caldwell Police where he began on patrol. In two years, he completed his Emergency Medical Technician certification and was assigned to the department's Emergency Service Unit. Styskal was ultimately promoted to the rank of Corporal in October, 2011.
Styskal served on the West Essex Policeman's Benevolent Association Local 81 executive board for 12 years, including one time as President, and he chaired many of the committee's including the scholarship and golf committee.
"My passion is on the streets," said Styskal.
After the 9/11 attacks, Styskal was assigned to Essex County's Elite Unit and he continued to be part of the Essex County Rapid Deployment Team until his retirement. He also served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Newark Office on the Fugitive Task Force which is responsible for apprehending some of the country's most dangerous fugitives. In 2006, Styskal also worked undercover with the Essex County Bureau of Narcotics and while there, he took into custody numerous criminals, seized several weapons and located thousands of dollars of drug money.
"It's every officers goal to get to where I am today
Throughout his career, Styskal continued his education with numerous police-related courses and along the way he also earned awards commendations including:
"Police work for me has never been a job, it has always been my passion.
Bill and Susan Styskal with their children Billy (pink), Christian (grey), Emily and Joey (red)
All of Bill's family were present at the walkout: His wife, Sue, who is a retired Lieutenant and was the first female officer, from the Roseland Police Department, and their children Billy, 15, Christian, 13, Emily, 10, and Joey, 9. West Caldwell had only put together only one other walkout so Styskal had no idea that it was going to happen.
"I was totally taken by surprise!," he commented.
Styskal is well known and cherished by many in West Essex for his generous and uplifting spirit and his continuous effort to put the community first.
Bill is loved and respected for who he is:
Always a familiar face at local gatherings, Styskal has often been on hand as well during emergencies and challenging events. Hurricane Sandy brought out all of the first responders around West Essex, and Styskal was no exception; for weeks he worked around the clock clearing trees and debris from home and roadways, while putting his own property last on the list. While West Caldwell became his central focus, there's not a portion of West Essex which didn't benefit from Styskal's service, time, and talents.
"Words cannot express how happy and proud I am for Billy;
Styskal expressed that he's always felt a duty to attend, when possible, the memorials for law enforcement officers who have died on duty so that he could pay his final respects. The first he attended was for Patrolman Daniel J. Smith of the Essex County Police Department, who died Sept. 17, 1984. Smith had been shot in the head
and killed as he approached a stolen car in East Orange.
"My first funeral was for Danny Smith," Styskal explained.
North Caldwell Police Chief Mark Deuer has spent countless hours working with Styskal for various incidents all over West Essex.
"It has been an honor to work next to Officer Styskal for so many years.
Officer Matthew DeAngelo of the Caldwell Police department recounted the happy times he and Styskal had spent together.
"Bill and I always had a lot of good times together
Styskal had a very good working relationship with the West Caldwell governing body. Councilman Stephen Wolsky called him the "ultimate professional."
"Bill Styskal was a fine addition to the West Caldwell Police," Wolsky expressed.
Gerard Giannetti, of Roseland, concurred:
The last funeral Styskal will have attended in uniform was for Detective Liu of the NYPD's 84th precinct, who was killed while on duty in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. Styskal and his co-workers had earlier participated in a fundraiser selling t-shirts as a benefit for Liu's family members.
"I made it a point to make sure that our new officers were at Detective Liu's funeral to experience what I experienced at my first funeral," said Styskal.
As much as he relished all the time being in uniform, Styskal has always enjoyed being with his family as much as possible. They often take trips up to New England together and when he's home, Styskal is usually involved with a time-consuming scouting project as a Scoutmaster for Caldwell's Troop 3.
"I love this job and I'm going to miss it," Styskal commented,
Thirty minutes before leaving the West Caldwell Police Station, Styskal expressed that he was overwhelmed with the support of good wishes he had received from the community, and at peace with his decision to retire.
"I feel blessed that I had the privlege of serving the citizens of West Caldwell.
VERONA, NJ - Verona Police confirmed that a residential robbery took place at about 11:40pm on Sunday evening on Grove Avenue in the township. Reportedly, the homeowner was inside the residence and was tied up. The home invasion incident took place in the lower end of Grove between Bloomfield and Linden Avenues. In a statement, the police reported that the township has experienced several burglaries recently and the investigation into these incidents is ongoing.
After arriving at the scene, the Verona officers conducted a search of the residence and located an older female resident who had been tied up; she was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Essex County Prosecutors Office was the contacted to assist the department in the investigation.
Area police are asking the public to take extra precautions in securing their homes. Cedar Grove Police Chief Richard Vanderstreet commented that he felt it was best for the community to know about the situation and be aware of their need to be alert.
As a result of a nighttime residential burglary to an occupied home in a neighboring town, the police department is asking residents to be on the alert for suspicious activity and to take extra precautions in securing their homes. The burglary in question occurred on Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 11:40 p.m. and the victim had apparently been tied up by the burglars. The investigation into the incident is ongoing. As precautionary measures, residents are being asked to ensure their doors and windows are locked and their home alarms are set before retiring for the evening. In addition, some interior and exterior lights should be left on at night. Residents are also asked to be alert for suspicious persons and vehicles and if observed to immediately contact the police department at 973-239-4100 or 9-1-1 in an emergency.
FAIRFIELD, NJ - The Black Bear population around the state is just becoming active after the winter hibernation season, and sightings have been reported several times in Fairfield this past week. This photo, taken at on Sunday, May 3, at about 2pm, shows a Black Bear crossing over Grace Court in Fairfield.
Since Sunday, Black Bears - possibly the same bear - have also been reported in several other locations around Fairfield:
Wednesday, May 6
Thursday, May 7
Once found only in habitats around northwestern New Jersey, the Black Bear has been expanding its territory through all 21 counties in New Jersey and its populations have been increasing. They are not only the largest animal found in the state, but a vital component of its ecosystem as well.
Correct Human Response to a Bear
If you encounter a bear:
“Residents can substantially reduce the risk of interactions with
The Black Bears are roaming the area with the expectation of finding food. While it is illegal to intentionally feed the Black Bears in New Jersey and is also punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, residents commonly don't realize that they are attracting the bears with their garbage, their pet foods placed outside, and their outdoor cooking odors. The most common problem among residents is Black Bears getting into their garbage which the bears can easily smell from wide distances away.
Wildlife experts from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Agency remind residents that unless a bear is directly causing a safety threat to humans or to a home, they should be left alone. There are, however, safety precautions everyone can take to decrease their chances of attracting a bear to their home: