Daily Dispatch: New Jersey News
Teen's body found in her bedroom after Middletown house fire
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:00:50 -0700
An 18-year-old woman died Tuesday morning when a fire broke out in a Middletown home, authorities said. Aubree Larusso, 18, was found dead in her bedroom located off of the living room of the home at 20 Neptune Place, according to a press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. Larusso's mother, brother and a family friend escaped the blaze unscathed, but a dog was found dead in the home.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 2:00:50 PM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Unthinkable tragedy deepens: 5th child dies after Union City fire
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:29:12 -0700
An unimaginable tragedy has taken another horrific turn: the 4-year-old girl who remained hospitalized in Philadelphia since Friday's devastating fire on 25th Street has died, authorities said. Shamira Lopez is the fifth child to die of injuries after a five-alarm fire tore through 416 25th St. Her brothers -- Jason Gonzalez, 2 Christian Josue Mendez, 7, and Jose Felipe Tejada, 13 – and cousin, Mayli Wood, 5, were also killed.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 8:29:12 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Pemberton Township OKs contract for firehouse
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:41:06 -0700
The township’s government is moving forward with plans to build a new firehouse in the Presidential Lakes section of the township. The Township Council voted last week to enter into a $1.73 million contract with Maryland-based Modular Genius Inc. to build the new firehouse and community center building on the New York Road site of the former firehouse, which was razed in 2016 by the township due to its poor condition after the municipal government acquired the property in 2015 as part of a legal settlement with the Presidential Lakes Fire and Rescue Company.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 3:41:06 PM - SOURCE: Burlington County Times
Perth Amboy now has a water rescue and dive team
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:10:52 -0700
This waterfront city now has its first-ever scuba dive team comprising 11 firefighters and five police officers. Fire Chief Edward Mullen says the Perth Amboy Dive Team will fill a need by responding to a water rescue or recovery quickly. "Lives will be saved and lives can be saved because we are able to immediately act now," he said.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 6:10:52 PM - SOURCE: NJ101.5
Man charged in crash that killed Jersey City firefighter released pending trial
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:16:19 -0700
The driver of a car in a head-on collision that claimed the life of a Jersey City firefighter last year is being allowed to remain free until trial as long as he meets supervision conditions. "This is an unfortunate case of a good kid, a good young man, and a few moments of a nightmare that cost his best friend's life," defense attorney Peter Willis said at today's detention hearing for Stephen A.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 3:16:19 PM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Structure fire at Cape May County motel
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:09:49 -0700
A fire Tuesday damaged the Cabin City Motel, forced the evacuation of residents and killed a cat, according to the owner. No one was injured, but a resident’s cat died in the fire, said Tim Lee, owner of the motel in the 700 block of Route 9 in the Erma section of the township. Erma Volunteer Fire Company Chief Dave Lepor said a firefighter also was taken to the hospital with a blood pressure issue.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 7:09:49 PM - SOURCE: Press of Atlantic City
Massive 6-alarm blaze destroys several businesses in Passaic
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:23:23 -0700
Emergency crews battled a six-alarm fire Monday night in Passaic that destroyed several businesses, fire officials said. "We have seven, eight different stores involved," city Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost Jr. said via a Facebook live video while providing an update to the town's mayor. "We are doing our best to confine the fire to probably the three buildings closest to the main building.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 4:23:23 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Driver in 2017 crash that killed Jersey City firefighter arraigned for aggravated manslaughter
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:52:15 -0700
The Jersey City man at the wheel of a car in a head-on collision that claimed the life of a Jersey City firefighter in 2017 was arraigned on the charge of aggravated manslaughter Monday morning. The grand jury also indicted Stephen A. Zadroga, 27, on the charges of death by auto and three counts of aggravated assault regarding other vehicle passengers, Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Leonardo Rinaldi said at the arraignment in the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 11:52:15 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Linden firefighters dedicate Last Alarm Memorial
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:14:21 -0700
Members of the Linden Fire Department gathered Monday to pay homage to eight fallen brothers who died in the line of duty between 1931 and 1983, as part of the dedication of the department's Last Alarm Memorial at Fire Station 1 on Wood Avenue. The dedication was held on the department's 102nd anniversary with many family members of the eight fallen firefighters on hand.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 3:14:21 PM - SOURCE: MyCentralJersey.com
Tourist seriously injured in freak Seaside Heights umbrella accident
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:05:07 -0700
A beachgoer from England was rushed to the hospital Monday afternoon after she was impaled by an aluminum umbrella in Seaside Heights. Officers were called to the Hiering Avenue beach at 4:30 p.m. and found a 67-year-old woman from London, England, with a piece of an umbrella that had been driven straight through her right ankle by strong winds, according to Seaside Heights Police Det.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 8:05:07 PM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Man charged with setting fire to vacant house, commercial building in Little Egg Harbor
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:00:25 -0700
A 48-year-old man set two vacant structures on fire in Little Egg Harbor earlier this month, officials said. Phillip Harrison, of Little Egg Harbor, was charged with two counts of aggravated arson and two counts of burglary following his arrest on Saturday, the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 11:00:25 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Fire damages multi-million dollar Princeton home, firefighters hurt
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Fire damaged a multi-million dollar home early Tuesday morning in Princeton, New Jersey. The fire on the 100 block of Hodge Road broke out just after midnight. Just 45 minutes later, the fire went to three alarms. Two firefighters were hurt battling the blaze. One firefighter suffered a respiratory issue, the other cut a finger.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia
Update: Four children die in multi-alarm fire in Union City
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 18:51:31 -0700
A fourth child has died days after a devastating fire tore through a home on 25th Street on Friday morning. The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office confirmed the 13-year-old boy's death on social media this morning. Authorities said a 2-year-old boy, a 5-year-old girl, and 7-year-old boy died on the day of the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 6:51:31 PM - SOURCE: NJ.com
New Hoboken firefighters cite personal reasons for joining department
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 03:39:56 -0700
Christopher Sorrentino of Hoboken has wanted to become a firefighter ever since he lost three friends in a blaze during college. In January of 2012, an off-campus house near Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. caught fire with seven people inside. Sorrentino’s fraternity brother and two other friends died in the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2018 3:39:56 AM - SOURCE: Hudson Reporter
Paterson pays $250,000 to settle unfair labor practice claim filed by EMT's union
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 08:22:49 -0700
The city council has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle an unfair labor practice claim filed by the emergency medical technicians’ union. Council members agreed to settle the claim on Tuesday night. Khalifah Shabazz, the city’s chief attorney, said the Paterson Emergency Medical Technicians Association accused the city of violating labor laws by failing to make retroactive payments on time.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 8:22:49 AM - SOURCE: Paterson Times
Pinelands Commssion postpones vote on clearing trees obstructing fire tower
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:28:40 -0700
The New Jersey Pinelands Commission delayed a vote on a controversial proposal to clear more than 3,000 nonnative trees that are impeding the views from the Bass River State Forest fire tower. The full 15-member commission was scheduled to vote on the application from the state Department of Environmental Protection to clear just over 16 acres of trees from around the tower during its meeting Friday, but the vote was postponed due to a third-party appeal filed by one of the plan’s opponents.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 9:28:40 PM - SOURCE: Burlington County Times
Firefighters battle multi-alarm fires in New Brunswick, Perth Amboy
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:02:26 -0700
Firefighters in New Brunswick and Perth Amboy battled multi-alarm fires involving adjacent homes Friday. New Brunswick firefighters fought a house fire that spread to two adjacent homes, while in Perth Amboy firefighters battled a blaze involving two Sutton Street homes while mutual aid responded to a car fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 2:02:26 PM - SOURCE: MyCentralJersey.com
More cuts to NJ pensions and health benefits? Not so fast, says Governor
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 05:24:52 -0700
Senate President Stephen Sweeney's plan to wring savings out of government is also putting the squeeze on Gov. Phil Murphy. Emboldened after out-dueling Murphy in last month's budget drama, the Gloucester County Democrat says he wants to enlist the governor as his "partner" in this smaller-, smarter-government enterprise.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 5:24:52 AM - SOURCE: Asbury Park Press
Firefighters battle 5-alarm blaze in Union City
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 06:37:11 -0700
Firefighters are working to quell a five-alarm blaze in Union City this morning, which has sent at least one person to the hospital. The fire is in a three-story residential building on 25th Street between Bergenline and New York avenues. Freelance photographer Joe Shine, who is at the scene, said EMS was transporting a victim to the hospital, while at least two firefighters are being treated for smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 6:37:11 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Ocean City's Junior Firefighters Program wraps up its 9th year
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 11:36:49 -0700
The Ocean City Fire Department's annual Junior Firefighters Program wrapped up its ninth year to the sound of laughter and excited cheers for pizza. The program, takes place over four days and began Monday, shows children what it's like to be a firefighter. This year, children learned how to rappel and even ventured into a "smoke room," which simulated the situations firefighters often face.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2018 11:36:49 AM - SOURCE: Press of Atlantic City

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