by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating a homicide:
On Tuesday, March 22, at approximately 7pm, Douglas Castellano, 69, of Livingston was found dead inside his Carteret Road home. Police discovered his body after family members indicated they had been unable to reach Castellano. Following an autopsy it has been determined that he was a victim of a homicide. The cause of death is blunt force trauma.
ROSELAND, NJ - Further information has been released from Roseland Police Department Chief Richard McDonough regarding Tuesday's arrest of two males in Millburn after a police chase which originated in Roseland.
McDonough explained that the incident began at about 4:40am Tuesday morning when Patrolman Martin Gutierrez was patrolling Eagle Rock Avenue near Locust Avenue and came upon a vehicle which he deemed suspicious. While continuing to follow the blue Chevy Monte Carlo, Gutierrez ran the plate and found that the car had been reported
stolen out of East Orange.
Without stopping for Gutierrez, the 16-years old male driver of the car, and his 21-years old male passenger led the officer on a high-speed chase which led up Livingston Avenue, onto JFK Parkway and into Millburn. The patrolman put out a call to his local law enforcement members in Livingston and Millburn and eventually, after the Chevy's front tire got blown out, the suspects made their way to the area of Parsonage Hill Road near JFK Parkway in Short Hills, left the car behind and took off into the wooded area.
Roseland, Livingston and Millburn Police were joined by the Essex County Sheriff's K9 unit and a NJ State Police Helicopter as they all searched the area, doing sweeps of the ground by car and on foot for the suspects and any possibly-tossed weapons.
Eventually, a member of Millburn Police located the two suspects and Gutierez placed them under arrest and brought them back to Roseland for processing.
Charges, Bail, Incarceration
The two men, both of Newark, were charged with the following:
McDonough expressed that he wished to thank the members of the Livingston and Millburn Police for their assistance.
ROSELAND, NJ - Two males are now under arrest after a police chase which stretched from Roseland to Millburn early Tuesday morning. The incident began at about 5am this morning and Roseland Police Department Chief Richard McDonough confirmed that the department does have two males in custody. No other information has been confirmed at this time, but will be updated as information is released.
Reports came in early Tuesday morning of Roseland and Livingston police pursuing two African-American males in a blue Chevy Monte Carlo. The chase led up Livingston Avenue, to JFK Parkway and into Millburn. The Chevy's front tire eventually got blown out as the suspects made their way to the area of Parsonage Hill Road near JFK Parkway in Short Hills.
Reportedly, the men decided to leave the car and took off into the wooded area, which is close to a reservoir. It was unclear if they get rid of guns or were possibly armed. K9 units and the NJ State Police Helicopter were called in to assist with the search.
As Millburn Police were called to the scene, Roseland and Livingston police continued to search the area, doing sweeps of the ground by car and on foot for the suspects and a possibly-tossed weapon.
Eventually, with the assistance of Millburn Police, two suspects were arrested.
LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston Police Department announced on Wednesday that six daytime residential burglaries occurred over the past month in their town, including one yesterday on Tuscan Road. They are seeking the public's assistance to take notice of any suspicious vehicles parked on streets in their vicinity.
Anyone who notices a suspicious vehicle is asked to write down the license plate and contact police. The Livingston Police Department can be reached at 973-992-3000.
"We are asking for your assistance.
Livingston Police Department
Chief Craig M. Handschuch
333 South Livingston Avenue
Livingston, New Jersey 07039
Updated on Monday, July 14
LIVINGSTON, NJ - The 300 block of South Livingston Avenue (near Inglemoor Care Center) was shut down for about four hours on Tuesday, July 1, after a motor vehicle which was stopped for hazardous driving turned out to have toxic elements within it.
According to Livingston Police Detective Sergeant Anthony Dippold, his police department received calls at about 5pm on July 1, alerting them to a 2006 Blue Honda Element driving north erratically on S. Livingston Avenue. When police pulled over the vehicle they noticed that the driver, Andrew Straub, 27, had hypodermic syringes on the center console.
Straub explained to the officer that he was in the process of transporting items from his old home in Plainfield to his new residence in Livingston. As the officers examined the vehicle, they also found labelled containers of what turned out to be sealed, separated from each other, alcohol-based chemicals. Soon after, three of the officers became ill from the fumes which were emanating from the containers.
The police called in the Nutley Hazmat Team to identify the chemicals and the Honda was impounded at police headquarters. In addition, animal control was called in because live fish were also found in the car, which the driver stated were pets being moved to his new Livingston home.
The items inside of Straub's vehicle caused police to be concerned enough to close down South Livingston Avenue. Nutley Hazmat arrived at the scene by 5:24pm and after a subsequent observation of the car, determined that the driver and the responding officers were contaminated with toxic elements and all were transferred by the Livingston First Aid Squad to St. Barnabas Hospital by 5:56pm.
At the hospital, a staff member trained in contaminates met them outside and treated them. The Hazmat team continued to secure the area by 6:51pm.
The Hazmat team, the Livingston Fire Department and officers from the the NJ State Police and the Essex County Sheriff's Office - along with an agent from the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) - continued to work through the night and by 9:44pm the officers left the scene and declared the area to be safe.
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Straub's house ended up being searched by law officials but no evidence for the reason he was transporting the chemicals was ever found. He was ultimately charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Although neighbors reported hearing a possible explosion during the arrest, to their knowledge police were unaware of any noise or any connection of a noise to the arrest.