Essex Fells, NJ

Tuesday, Sept. 14: Police Incidents Include Essex Fells Police Investigating Attempted Car Burglaries

Carolyne Volpe Curley / West Essex Now
Essex Fells Police DepartmentCarolyne Volpe Curley

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021

The following incidents took place around the West Essex, NJ, area on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021:
Hanford Place, Caldwell, NJGoogle Maps


  • Caldwell Police are investigating a report of Criminal Mischief which took place on Hanford Place, near Bloomfield Avenue
  • A resident reported someone threw a rock into their window.

Clinton Road, West Caldwell, NJGoogle Maps

West Caldwell

  • West Caldwell Police responded to Clinton Road near Passaic Avenue after a resident reported the smell of natural gas in the area.
  • West Caldwell Fire Department was dispatched to the scene where they that determined the smell was coming from a vent pipe.
  • Venting takes place when the Transco Compressor Station, located in Roseland, performs what they call “planned maintenance.”

Rensselaer Road, Essex Fells, NJGoogle Maps

Essex Fells

  • Essex Fells Police responded to Rensselaer Road near Hillside Lane after a resident reported witnessing suspicious activity. The resident described:
  • 3 black males touching car handles on the street, accompanied by a car driving slowly next to them.
  • The resident called police while following the car to Fells Road and then into Verona.
  • The car was described as a four-door BMW with New York plates.
  • The police investigated the area and an alert was sent out to West Essex area police.

Smull Avenue, Caldwell, NJGoogle Maps


  • Caldwell Police responded to Smull Avenue near Ward Place where a resident reported an outside odor of natural gas.
  • PSEG responded to investigate the incident.

Vincent Road, Cedar Grove, NJGoogle Maps

Cedar Grove

  • Cedar Grove Police responded to Route 23 near Vincent Road where a tractor trailer had become disabled in the middle of the county road and was blocking traffic.
  • After waiting for the vehicle to cool, police assisted with moving it to a safe spot on Commerce Road.

Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJGoogle Maps


  • Roseland Police responded to Eagle Rock Avenue near Passaic Avenue where traffic lights were out due to a power outage.
  • The area, including Jim Johnston’s Steakhouse, had an outage which lasted until 7:40pm when PSEG repaired the grid.
  • The same area had heavy flooding during Tropical Storm Ida which may have played a role in the outage.


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For further information:

Caldwell Police Department
James H. Bongiorno, Police Chief
1 Provost Sq Caldwell, NJ 07006


Cedar Grove Police Department
Joseph Cirasa, Police Chief
525 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove, New Jersey 07009


Essex Fells Police Department
Darren Volker, Police Chief
255 Roseland Ave., Essex Fells, NJ 07021


Roseland Police Department
Richard Costello, Officer in Charge
15 Harrison Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068


West Caldwell Police Department
Dennis A. Capriglione, Jr., Police Chief
21 Clinton Road, West Caldwell, NJ 07006


West Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department
Michael Luker, Fire Chief
6 Fairfield Ave West Caldwell, NJ 07006

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Carolyne Volpe Curley, a Certified New Jersey Press Journalist since 2012, has appeared on nationally televised productions and interviewed by the international press. Volpe Curley publishes West Essex NOW, a hyperlocal news site covering Essex County, NJ. Volpe Curley graduated from Lafayette College in 1986, with a BA in both English and Government, and a minor in Women Studies and Religion.

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