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VFW Post 2433 Donates 5 K9 Ballistic Vests to the Sheriff’s Office Unit

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Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan (R) thanked VFW Post 2433 Commander Leo Graf (3rd R) and past Commander and Quartermaster Bob Johnsen (2nd R) as they presented the Sheriff’s Office K9 Search and Rescue Unit with 5 K9 ballistic vests Post 2433 donated.  The officers from the K9 unit are (from left) Officer Ryan Wilson, Detective Anthony Gialanella, Officer Timothy O’Grady, Officer Bryan Frew and Sgt. Brian Howarth. K9 Ruger is wearing one of the donated vests. (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

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Promotion Of Union County Sheriff Capt. Dennis Burke

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Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan swears in Dennis Burke as he is promoted to the rank of Captain during a ceremony at the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth. Holding the Bible is Captain Burke’s wife Meredith. Captain Burke, a 20-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, will continue his assignment as the Commander of the Fugitive, Family Violence and Street Crime Units. (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

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Quality of Life Warrant Roundup Nets Murder Suspect

During a predawn sweep in and around Plainfield this morning, members of the Union County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad and Plainfield Police Division Narcotics Bureau arrested fifteen people on outstanding warrants including a murder suspect, Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan and Plainfield Police Director Carl Riley announced Tuesday.

Officers began the round up assisting Union County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force members in the apprehension of Richard Culver, 26, who was arrested without incident at his home on Mercer Avenue in North Plainfield.

Culver of Somerset County was wanted for the fatal shooting of a Plainfield man outside of a city restaurant in 2010.

“Thanks to the coordinated effort and cooperation between law enforcement agencies we able take some dangerous people off the streets today,” Sheriff Cryan said. “We will continue to work closely together to make Plainfield and Union County a safer place.”

Culver has been lodged in the Union County Jail, with bail set at $750,000 by state Superior Court Judge Frederic R. McDaniel.

The Quality of Life warrant roundup also netted 14 suspects wanted on a variety of charges ranging from municipal warrants to aggravated assault.

“These officers will vigorously pursue any man or woman who is wanted, whether it is for a violation of probation or murder,” Sheriff Cryan added.

The Sheriff specifically noted the efforts of the Plainfield Police Division’s Criminal Investigations and Narcotics Unit Supervisors, Captain Brian Newman and Lt Kevin O’Brien who coordinated the round up with UCSO Lt. Dennis Burke.

Shakir Tyler was wanted for aggravated assault. Shepard Mitchell, James Watkins, Nathaniel Summers had Superior Court Bench Warrants issued for failure to comply: original charge was possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Bruce Brant and Carolina Henriquez had Superior Court Bench Warrants issued for failure to appear: original charge was possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Allan Jordan had a Superior Court Bench Warrant issued for his arrest for a Violation of Probation: original charge was of possession of a controlled dangerous substance. George Byrd had a Superior Court Bench Warrant issued for his arrest for failure to comply: original charge was tampering with evidence. Estelle Talley had a Superior Court Bench Warrant issued for her arrest for failure to comply: original charge was prostitution. Latanya Watson had a Superior Court Bench Warrant issued for her arrest for failure to comply: original charge was theft of deception. Regina Wheeler had a Superior Court Bench Warrant issued for her arrest for failure to comply: original charge was abuse of a child. Christine Johnson was wanted for possession of a controlled dangerous substance and failure to pay child support. Christine Fitz and Kevin Livingston were wanted on municipal warrants. All are Plainfield residents

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Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey

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Union County Sheriff’s officers joined the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey in Elizabeth. The Torch Run is a statewide campaign coordinated and managed by all divisions of law enforcement officers and officials from throughout the state. For more information, visit www.njtorchrun.org.

(Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

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“My County” Poster Contest Winners

More than 200 fourth grade students from schools throughout Union County entered the contest.

(From left) Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan, Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi and Union County Surrogate James LaCorte congratulate the top winners of the 2015 “My County” poster contest sponsored by the Union County Constitutional Officers.

 

My County Poster 12 Winners

The top winners of the contest, which is open only to fourth-graders, are (from 2nd left): Nyssa Gandhi (1st place) from St. John the Apostle Elementary School in Clark, Joseph Etrata (2nd place) from St. Michael Elementary School in Clark, Matthew Imhoff (3rd place) from St. John the Apostle Elementary School in Clark and Adriana G. Veliz Mayen (4th place) the Jefferson School in Plainfield.

 

My County Poster Winners

(From left) Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan, Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi and Union County Surrogate James LaCorte congratulate the 12 winners of the 2015 “My County” poster contest sponsored by the Union County Constitutional Officers

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Freeholder Board Congratulates Undersheriff Amilcar Colon

Undersheriff Colon Union County NJUnion County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders gathered to congratulate Amilcar “Mickey” Colon, on his swearing-in as Union County Undersheriff earlier this month. Undersheriff Colon is the first person of Latino heritage to achieve the position of Undersheriff in Union County (l-r, Freeholders Sergio Granados and Bette Jane Kowalski, Vice Chairman Bruce H. Bergen, Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh, Undersheriff Amilcar Colon, and Freeholders Alexander Mirabella, Angel G. Estrada, and Christopher Hudak).  Photo credit: Jim Lowney/County of Union.

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Union County Sheriff Warns Residents about Phone Scammers Pretending to Be Law Enforcement Officers

Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan advises residents to protect themselves from telephone scam artists masking their phone numbers so it appears they are with a local law enforcement agency.

The callers will present themselves as a member of law enforcement; claim there is an outstanding federal complaint against the resident and will then try to have the resident send money in order to avoid arrest. Many of the scammers falsely tell the resident they owe money to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and must pay immediately.

“The best way for people to protect themselves from these scams is to be aware they are happening,” Sheriff Cryan said. “Law enforcement does not demand money over the phone to avoid a criminal complaint.”

Any one of these five things is a sign of a scam. The IRS does not:

  1. Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS does not call about taxes owed without first mailing a bill.
  2. Demand that you pay taxes without offering the chance to question or appeal the amount they say is owed.
  3. Require a certain payment method for paying taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying.

Sheriff Cryan advises residents who receive calls they believe are a scam to hang up and call local police.

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Union County Sheriff’s Officers Seek “Tree of Hope” Donations for Kids in Need

Every holiday season for 17 years, Union County Sheriff’s Officers have set up their “Tree of Hope” in the courthouse seeking donations of toys and clothing for needy children throughout the county. Each year the response has been overwhelming.

The “Tree of Hope” was first planted in 1997 when officers encountered children in the courts who were going to experience a less than happy holiday season. The children the officers encountered were homeless or living in shelters, were victims of domestic violence or medically fragile. Their parents or guardians did not have the financial ability to provide holiday gifts.

Every year since the “Tree of Hope” committee have erected a tree in the Union County Courthouse featuring paper ornaments. Volunteers make the ornaments and write a particular gift on each one.

“These caring officers do a tremendous job in helping these children,” acting Sheriff Joseph Cryan said. “It is important not to forget those kids who are less fortunate.”

Monetary donations to help provide additional gifts are also being sought.

Contributions of money (tax-deductible), toys and clothing can be sent to: Union County Sheriff’s Officers Tree of Hope, Union County Courthouse, 2 Broad Street, Elizabeth, N.J., 07207. For more information, call the “Tree of Hope” hotline at 908-629-2158.

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Union County Sheriff’s Office Tracks Down Fugitive Wanted Since 1999

Some fresh detective work on a fugitive cold case by the Union County Sheriff’s Fugitive Unit led to the arrest of a suspect wanted for more than 15 years, acting Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan announced today.

Esmelyn Bronfield, formerly of Plainfield, had been wanted since being charged in Union County with first degree aggravated sexual assault in May 1999. Based on new information from Sgt. Darryl Warner of the Sheriff’s Fugitive Unit he was arrested last week by local police in Manchester, New Hampshire, according to the acting Sheriff.

“Thanks to the outstanding detective work by Sgt. Darryl Warner and the Fugitive Unit a very dangerous individual has been captured,” acting Sheriff Cryan said. “This arrest once again proves that our office doesn’t stop looking for fugitives.”

While revisiting the case, Sgt. Warner conducted a wide online search for the whereabouts of Bronfield. Several new leads suggested the suspect was in Manchester, NH.

Working with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the Manchester Police Department, Sgt. Warner was able to confirm Bronfield’s identity and location.

Bronfield, 45, was taken into custody without incident by Manchester police in the early morning of Thursday, October 9.

He was booked into the local jail as a fugitive of justice and is awaiting extradition back to New Jersey.

“This arrest also highlights the importance of law enforcement agencies working together,” acting Sheriff Cryan said. “We truly appreciate the assistance of the Prosecutor’s Office and the Manchester Police Department in finding and arresting this suspect.”

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September is National Preparedness Month

Acting Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan would like to remind residents that September is National Preparedness Month, a time to make sure everyone is ready in the event of an emergency or weather-related disaster.

Sponsored by FEMA, National Preparedness Month aims to educate and encourage Americans to prepare for and be able to respond to all types of emergencies.

“This is a time to prepare yourself and your family for events like Hurricanes Irene and Sandy,” Acting Sheriff Cryan said. “Emergencies can happen unexpectedly and we all need to be ready for them.”

Everyone should have an emergency plan addressing all types of potential disaster scenarios. Discuss with family, friends and neighbors in advance about how you will contact each other, where you will meet and what you will do in different situations.

Make sure that you and your family are prepared for an a disaster by making an emergency kit to ensure you can go for at least three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or other local services.

Emergency kits should include at least a three to five day supply of non-perishable food and water, prescription medications, baby supplies and any additional items for special medical needs. Your kit should also include important phone numbers for doctors as well as car cell-phone chargers.

A battery-operated radio, flash lights, extra batteries as well as non-electric items likes can openers should also be included in the kit.

The needs of pets should also be taken into consideration when planning and making an emergency kit.

Staying informed and being aware of news updates is vital during a crisis.

“It is incredibly important to know what is happening before, during and after an emergency,” said Acting Sheriff Cryan. “Awareness can save lives.”

In the event of an emergency, everyone is urged to tune in, log-on, ‘like’ or ‘follow’ state, county, local and federal agencies on social media for credible disaster-relation information such as alerts and warnings, situational updates and where to find help. Emergency management officials suggest everyone should sign up for phone, e-mail and text alerts.

In New Jersey, hurricane season runs through November so following the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center regarding storm predictions and forecasts is essential.

Residents interested in volunteering to help their community in the event of an emergency should consider attending Community Emergency Response Team training. Information about CERT training can be found on the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management website atwww.state.nj.us/njoem/citizen/cert or call 1-877-237-8411.

For more information about being prepared for an emergency visit www.ready.nj.gov.