Friday, January 18, 2013
Chatham Township Police offer tips after one township man lost $2,800 earlier this month.
- POLICE & FIRE
Friday, January 18
Chatham Township Police want residents to be aware of a scheme known as "the grandparent scam," which one 80-year-old township man became a victim of earlier this month. Lt. Steven Hennelly said a grandparent may receive a telephone call or email from someone posing as a grandchild. "If it is a phone call, it’s often late at night or early in the morning when most people aren’t thinking that clearly," Hennelly said in a statement Friday. The caller will wait for the victim to give the name of a grandchild, and will claim to be that grandchild. The caller may also claim to be a police officer, a lawyer, a doctor at a hospital or someone else with a connection to the grandchild. The township man wired $2,800 to a location in Peru on Jan. 7, …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Berkley police to assist with delivering toys to families in need.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Township police, Green Village Fire Department responded to the accident.
Chatham Township Police said a car accident along Shunpike Road sent a woman to Overlook Hospital after she complained of wrist pain. The accident took place at about 6 p.m. Monday at the intersection at Green Village Road near the Chatham Mall. A woman entered the intersection in an attempt to turn left onto Green Village Road when she was struck by an oncoming car traveling east on Shunpike Road, police said. The second driver, described by police as a male, was able to drive away from the accident. Police were still on the scene at 7 p.m. though the accident had been cleared. The Green Village Fire Department also responded. Chatham Patch will post more information regarding this accident as it becomes available.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Animals spotted on Jay Road and Nicholson Drive on Friday morning.
Chatham Township Police said a resident reported a bear in a tree along Jay Road Thursday evening. Sgt. Robert Scheetz said another resident on Nicholson Drive reported finding bear dung on his property Friday morning. A Nxle alert released by Chatham Township Police Friday morning said bears have been sighted in the Sunset Drive. Police warn residents not to approach or feed bears, which are likely looking for food before hibernation begins. Fines of up to $1,000 can be metered out for the offense. More likely, though, bears will root through your garbage, pet food or bird feeders to find food. Once they know that they can find food in your neighborhood, they will likely come back for more. Most conflicts with bears can be avoided if …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Despite police-issued alert indicating most power had been restored Saturday night, nearly 3,000 township customers remain out, JCP&L map shows.
Nearly 60 percent of Chatham Township JCP&L customers remained without power Sunday morning, the utility company's outage map indicated. However, a Nixle alert released Saturday night by the Chatham Township Police said 75 percent of the township was expected to be restored by Saturday night and more than 90 percent was expected to have power by midnight Sunday. Township Police issued another alert Sunday morning, saying utility crews were working to repair the outages. "Crews are trying to make significant repairs to severely damaged police and transmission lines in the Great Swamp in an effort to restore township power," the alert said. "They are doing everything possible to try an expedite this repair." According to JCP&L's outage map, …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Chatham Township officials get ready for the second hurricane in 18 months.
Fourteen months ago in August 2011, Hurricane Irene blew through Chatham and left flooding, sinkholes, power outages and trees strewn in streets, lawns and on top of homes and vehicles. Twelve months ago, almost to the day, an early season nor’easter dropped three feet of snow onto the Chathams, where the leaves were still on the trees. Chatham Township lost power completely; all but a few blocks of Chatham Borough were without power. School, sports and even Halloween trick-or-treating were all canceled as a result. Now with Hurricane Sandy protected to hit the area as early as Sunday, officials in Chatham Township see an opportunity to demonstrate the improvements they’ve made in communications and responding to community needs after the…
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Police release video of gang believed to be targeting homes in multiple municipalities in Morris and Somerset counties.
A video of what authorities believe to be a sophisticated gang of thieves committing crimes in a similar fashion to the infamous James Bond Gang has been released. The video, taken from surveillance cameras at a Sandy Hill home in Chatham Township, clearly shows four men with their faces concealed breaking in through the front door. The video was released by Chatham Township police. Immediately after the thieves entered, the home's alarm and video surveillance system were disabled, with a signal never relayed to the department, according to police. The burglary is one of several at homes in Morris County which were carefully selected for burglaries, according to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. According to a statement released …
Friday, October 19, 2012
There were no injuries, officials say.
Members and employees of The Chatham Club were evacuated at about 2:40 p.m. Friday when an electrical fire broke out. Keith Vastola of the Green Village Fire Department said they received the call at 2:38 p.m. "The fire was put out quickly," Vastola said, but the club remained "very, very smoky." Fire departments from Green Village, Chatham Township, Chatham Borough and Summit responded, along with the Chatham Emergency Squad and Chatham Township Police. Chris Rutgers, the general manager of the Chatham Club, said this incident was "verry different" from another electric fire which evacuated the club in June. "There were actual explosions ... in the electrical system," Rutgers siad. "We just don't know what the cause was." Rutgers said the…
Monday, October 15, 2012
Police said they never received a signal from the home's alarm and video surveillance system.
Chatham Township Police said a Sandy Hill Road resident returned from vacation on Sunday, Oct. 7 to find his home had been burglarized. Surveillance cameras captured four individuals on Oct. 6 forcing in the front door to the residence, police said. Immediately after the thieves entered, the home's alarm and video surveillance system were disabled, and for that reason a signal was never relayed to the police department, according to police. At the time the home owner filed the police report, an undetermined amount of jewelry had been reported stolen, police said. Based on video footage and methods employed by the burglars, the four individuals appear to be the same group that has been very active in the area, according to police. Anyone …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Chatham Township Police said three cyclists were riding together when a car passed and struck one of the riders.
A bicyclist from Livingston was transported to Morristown Medical Center after he was struck by a car along Southern Boulevard Sunday. Chatham Township Police said three bicyclists, all from Livingston, were riding from Southern Boulevard from Green Village Road toward Fairmount Avenue Sunday when a car approached traveling in the same direction. Because the cyclists were riding abreast instead of in single file, the driver, identified as Donald Murphy of Green Village, crossed into the northbound lane of traffic in order to pass the cyclists, police said. A second car approached from the north traveling southbound along Southern Boulevard, forcing Murphy back into the southbound lane, according to police. When Murphy came back into the …