Coffeehouse draws support, reproach from community

Coffeehouse draws support, reproach from community

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race presented its coffeehouse discussion “RACISM: It’s in Our Backyard Too” on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at The Woodland in Maplewood and tackled community issues surrounding local law enforcement, public school district inequities and the role that recent events in Charlottesville, Va., play on […]

Cummis retires from police force, receives severance pay

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The members of the Maplewood Township Committee unanimously approved a resolution that settles the severance payout to former Maplewood Police Capt. Joshua Cummis, who recently retired after being placed on administrative leave. Following the release of records from the July 5, 2016, clash between Maplewood police and many teenagers, many of whom […]

Cummis’ leave extended in special meeting

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Township Committee held a special meeting Monday, Aug. 21, to address the status of Maplewood Police Capt. Joshua Cummis. In the meeting, which lasted approximately 20 minutes, the committee unanimously passed Resolution No. 161-17, which extends Cummis’ administrative leave an extra month. Following the release of records from the July […]

Maplewood teen files suit against MPD

Complaint cites excessive force, racial epithets in lawsuit stemming from 2016 incident

Maplewood teen files suit against MPD

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Following the events of July 5, 2016, in which Maplewood police officers are accused of using excessive force and attempting to herd rowdy teenagers into neighboring Irvington, one Maplewood teenager is fighting back and has filed a federal lawsuit against the Maplewood Police Department. Jason McDougall, 17, alleges that, during the July […]

Vehicle vs. building with fire at 1753 Springfield Ave.

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On Friday, Aug. 18, at approximately 10 p.m., the Maplewood Fire Department responded to 1753 Springfield Ave. after Maplewood police observed smoke and fire resulting from a motor vehicle collision. Upon arrival, Maplewood firefighters observed significant damage on the side of the building with visible fire around the electrical service and a […]

TC votes ‘no confidence’ in Chief Cimino

Maplewood Township Committee condemns police actions on July 5, 2016, asks Cimino to resign

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Tuesday, Aug. 1, was an up and down night for the Maplewood Police Department. The evening started with the department’s National Night Out celebration, meant to strengthen bonds between police officers and the community they serve. The evening ended with Police Chief Robert Cimino being placed on administrative leave and being asked […]

Town releases files from July 5 altercation

Concerned residents call for Chief Cimino’s dismissal due to alleged racial profiling incident in 2016

UPDATE: At its Aug. 1 meeting, the Maplewood Township Committee unanimously passed a vote of no confidence, requesting the resignation of Maplewood Police Chief Robert Cimino. Effective immediately from that meeting, Cimino was placed on administrative leave, with pay, for 60 days. During the vote, the room was packed, with many more concerned residents standing […]

MPD unveils procedures to keep Maplewood a ‘welcoming city’

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Police Department recently unveiled its Welcoming Community Order, which includes guidelines and directives, to instruct police officers in administering safety while keeping to Maplewood’s stated goal of being a “welcoming city.” This designation means the township recognizes that it is the federal government’s responsibility to enforce immigration law, not a […]

Maplewood businessman sentenced to five years in prison

TRENTON, NJ — Attorney Gen. Christopher S. Porrino announced that a man who stole approximately $298,000 from customers of his two debt relief businesses was sentenced to prison on July 19. Germaine Theodore promised customers of TGC Movement in Maplewood and Save My Future in Jersey City big reductions in their monthly bills, but he […]

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