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Police Investigation and JCP&L Rate Hike Request Top Local News

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Police Investigation and JCP&L Rate Hike Request Top Local News

Police Pursue Leads in Cedar Grove Burglary Investigation

Cedar Grove Police have recovered fingerprints and a glove from car believed to be involved in a Nov. 20  burglary of an Eileen Drive residence, officials said Thursday.

“They (police) located the vehicle and were able to get (finger)prints,” said Cedar Grove Township Manager Thomas Tucci during the Dec. 3 council meeting.

In addition to the fingerprints, police recovered a single glove from the site where the chase began. A matching glove was later found in the recovered vehicle, said Tucci.

State Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40th District) told Jersey Central Power & Light officials Wednesday morning their request for a $31.5-million rate hike following Hurricane Sandy was “insulting.”

O’Toole, speaking at a state Board of Public Utilities hearing in Trenton to discuss the rate hike, told Patch during a short recess he was given the opportunity to directly address JCP&L President Donald Lynch about the utilities response to the storm and “what went right and what went wrong.”

Documents Provide Insight Into Decades of Cedar Grove Scout Abuses

Thirty-eight guilty charges, ranging from aggravated sexual assault to endangering the welfare of child, against nine children ages 10 through 15 over a four-year span.

Cedar Grove Police Make DWI Arrest After Crash

A Rutherford man was arrested on drunk driving and posession charges following a Wednesday, Nov. 28 car crash near a Cedar Grove intersection, police said.

Robert G. Waldron, 51, was arrested after crashing near the intersection of Pompton and Montclair avenues.

Verona Truck Splits Utility Pole in Half

PSE&G crews were called to Bloomfield Avenue Monday afternoon after a U-Haul truck clipped a utility pole and split it in half.

“The mirror of the truck hit the pole and severed it,” said Verona Police Chief Douglas Huber.

The U-Haul hit the pole near 340 Bloomfield Ave. and Green Acres Drive around 2:30 p.m. on Monday.

West Caldwell Man Ticketed For Providing False Information

Verona police ticketed a West Caldwell man after he provided false information following a Nov. 26 traffic stop.

Police said they stopped Steven James Gesumaria just after 10 p.m. and requested his driver’s license or registration for the vehicle.

Cedar Grove Council Looks to Acquire Generators

Municipalities around New Jersey learned a valuable lesson from last month’s encounter with Hurricane Sandy — be prepared because when a once-in-a-lifetime storm strikes, it’s too late to start planning.

With memories of Sandy still fresh, the Cedar Grove Township Council is looking to acquire some new generators for township buildings in case extreme weather like Sandy shuts down power in the town.

Cedar Grove Council Recognizes O'Toole

During the Dec. 3 meeting, the Cedar Grove Township Council recognized state Sen. Kevin O'Toole for his service to the town in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

O'Toole provided “extraordinary service” to the township after Hurricane Sandy, said Mayor Peter Tanella, citing his work in acquiring gasoline for the township and working with PSE&G to get the town up and running.

Cedar Grove Council Rejects Firehouse Bid

The Cedar Grove Council Rejected a bid for alterations to the South End Firehouse during its public session on Monday night.

Private financing has been established so the town is no longer involved, said Tucci.

In July, the council heard from South End Firehouse Company President Michael Flohn, who  told council members the firehouse had “serious structural deficiencies” and was in need of repair.

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