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Synopsis of a Westfield Board of Education Meeting

April 16, 2015

VIOLENCE, VANDALISM, SUBSTANCE ABUSE & HIB REPORT The State requires school districts to report on Violence, Vandalism, and Substance Abuse and Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HI...

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Today's Events

Police Blotter

Burglaries Reported at Two Westfield Homes

April 15, 2015

April 15, 2015 1:24 a.m. Officers Bruno and Carrero arrested Marcin Krepula, age 38, of Clark for driving while intoxicated subsequent to a motor vehicle stop in the area of Nevada Street an...

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Columns

Monday with Millicent

Mark Your Calendars for Girls’ Night Out in Westfield, April 23!

No matter what, Thursday, April 23, 2015 is the date you are due in Downtown Westfield for their grand and glorious Girls’ Night Out. From 5 to 9 p.m., you’re welcome to come and enj...

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Westfield Area Y

New 'Move it and Lose it' Coaching Program Launches at the Westfield Area Y

The Westfield Area Y is pleased to announce “Move It and Lose It,” an 8-week coaching program designed to motivate participants to success through teamwork. Participants will pic...

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ViaNutrition

Partnering With a Health Coach to Achieve Personal Transformation

Many people find themselves in the grocery store, enticed by sugary treats or purchasing the same processed foods every week. Yet, they still find themselves with a mid-afternoon energy crash, u...

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In the Schools

Westfield High School Earns 6 Award Nominations for Fall Drama

The cast and crew of Westfield High School’s fall drama, "The Laramie Project," has been notified that the production received six Montclair State University "Theatre Night ...

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Connecting Commerce and Community

Young Entrepreneurs from GWACC Awarded Funding to Launch Startups

On Wednesday, April 1, 14 student entrepreneurs took to the stage to present their business plans before a panel of local leaders of industry and a public audience. The students were dressed as ...

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Experts of H.O.M.E.

National Window Safety Week is April 5-11

The Window Safety Task Force works year-round to promote window safety awareness, and every April it sponsors National Window Safety Week. For 2015, Window Safety Week is observed April 5-11. ...

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Take Five

Resources for a Rocky Marriage

If you’ve been married for more than two years, odds are, you’ve had several “moments” when you started thinking that the only way you could honor Til Death Do Us Part wo...

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Carjacking in Westfield Monday Ended with Crash in Mountainside (Updated)

By THE ALTERNATIVE PRESS STAFF

April 1, 2014 at 10:14 AM

WESTFIELD, NJ — Updated:

Two Newark men are in custody and facing multiple charges after a carjacking that took place in the victim’s driveway on Minisink Way in Westfield Monday afternoon. The victim, a 62-year-old woman, was not seriously injured.

Caavon Hinson, 24, and Lamar Randleman, 25 are charged with first-degree carjacking, second-degree criminal conspiracy, and third-degree theft. Hinson additionally is charged with second-degree eluding police, second-degree aggravated assault, and third-degree aggravated assault, while Randleman is additionally charged with third-degree resisting arrest.

At approximately 1 p.m. on Monday, the victim arrived at her home on Minisink Way in Westfield and was approached in her driveway by an unknown male wearing a mask, according to the investigation, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office said. Following a brief struggle during which the woman was shoved to the ground, Randleman took the keys to the victim’s Lexus SUV and drove away.

Randleman then drove a short distance east and parked the Lexus in a lot off of an exit ramp for Route 22 in Mountainside, a joint investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the Westfield Police Department and the Mountainside Police Department revealed. Shortly thereafter, a Mountainside police officer spotted Randleman and started pursuing him on foot until Randleman arrived at a nearby gas station and quickly entered a second vehicle, driven by Hinson.

Hinson then allegedly drove in the direction of the Mountainside officer, who fired multiple rounds from his service weapon as the vehicle approached him. Neither suspect was struck by the gunfire, and following a brief police pursuit Hinson crashed the getaway vehicle at the corner of Orchard and New Providence roads in Mountainside. The two defendants were then taken into custody without further incident.

The Mountainside officer who had pursued Randleman was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a leg injury. The two defendants were not seriously injured.

Bail for Hinson and Randleman was set at $750,000 and $1 million, respectively, by state Superior Court Judge Frederic R. McDaniel. Both defendants are expected to make their first appearances in court later this week.

The Union County Prosecutor’s office noted that these criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.