Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Three of the four men involved in a home invasion turned robbery on Monday were arrested.
Two men arrested in Monday’s home invasion turned robbery are reported gang members, according to the West Orange Police Department. Known gang members Andrew Benjamin, 20, of Newark, and Michael Owens, 19, of Plainfield, were arrested on Monday morning after fleeing from a home they were burglarizing on Nestro Road. Al-Tariq Burrows, 36, of Newark, was also arrested in connection with the robbery. Police are still looking for one more unidentified man. The four men were in the act of burglarizing the house when a homeowner walked in on them at about 10 a.m. The four men assaulted the resident before they fled the home in a Chrysler Condorde stolen earlier that day from East Orange. Information released to Patch Monday incorrectly …
Monday, August 13, 2012
Two men take approximately $400 from two bartenders and a patron at Dillon's Tavern on Saturday morning.
Employees at a West Orange tavern were robbed at gunpoint shortly before last call on Saturday morning, police said. Two men entered Dillion’s Tavern, at 45 Freeman St., between 12:30 and 12:45 a.m. on Saturday and robbed the tavern’s register of approximately $400 in cash. As one of the men held a handgun, the other reportedly punched a bartender in the face. There were two employees and one guest in the tavern at the time of the robbery. After the two men took the money from the tavern’s register, they robbed the two employees and one patron of their cell phones and money, and also took two bottles of liquor from behind the bar. The men then left the bar on foot. The two men were described as black men, one approximately 6 feet …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
A 46-year-old woman had her purse stolen by man who came up behind her.
A 46-year-old woman was punched in the face and robbed Monday evening, according to West Orange police. The woman was walking in the parking lot of CVS Pharmacy at 217 Main St. when she was attacked. She said a man came up behind her at approximately 8:38 p.m. The woman told police that the man repeatedly punched her in the face and chest in an attempt to take her purse. The man then stole her purse, containing cash, credit cards and other items, which she said were valued at about $200. The man then jumped into a black-colored Saturn and sped away. Police arrived to find the woman screaming in the parking lot, and the black Saturn driving away. Police pursued the car down Washington Street until it sped out of sight into Orange …
Sunday, July 29, 2012
West Orange High School gets a new principal and taxpayers get a clearer look at how their tax dollars are beings spent.
Topping the news this week in West Orange was Hayden Moore's appointment as principal of the West Orange High School. The appointment came only a week after the Board of Education placed the district's superintendent, Anthony Cavanna, on paid leave pending an investigation. Click on the links below to read all about the other top stories in the news this week in West Orange. Also, vote in this weekend's poll whether or not red-light cameras should be placed in town.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
The second week in July featured a robbery, changes to the Edison redevelopment project, and beer.
This week in West Orange touched on just about everything: crime, the Edison redevelopment project, open space, local fundraising, and a group of local beer enthusiasts. Here is a wrap-up of the stories that happened around town this past week. Armed robbery at the Exxon gas station on Pleasant Valley Way. Edison redevelopment project gets scaled back. Police release more information about a fire on Lincoln Avenue. A new diner opens on Valley Avenue. Your local Patch editor has a beer with the Brew Council. "Edison Unveiled" takes a look at the photography laboratory in the Thomas Edison National Historical Park. Bookmobile connects West Orange and Newark. West Orange debates what it would do with 6.3 acres of open space. Salon …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Exxon gas station robbed of between $300 and $400.
A Pleasant Valley Way gas station attendant reported he was robbed of several hundred dollars at gunpoint on Wednesday evening, West Orange police said Thursday. At 8:28 p.m., a white man holding a handgun ordered the Exxon gas station attendant at 972 Pleasant Valley Way to "hand over what he had on him," according to information released by West Orange Public Information Officer Jessica Glicker. The suspect fled after the attendant turned over approximately $300 to $400 in cash. There were no injuries reported. The suspect was described as a white man, approximately 6-feet tall and wearing a green-hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and a hat. Anyone with information is asked to call the West Orange Police Department Detective Bureau at…