Monday, May 13, 2013
Malfunctioning refrigerator causes blaze that spreads to the outside of the building.
Butler firefighters quickly extinguished a fire at Jiggs Corner Music Saloon Monday morning, authorities said. The Butler Police Department received numerous calls at about 11 a.m. about a fire that broke out at the bar, Capt. Ciro Chimento said. Emergency personnel discovered a refrigerator unit malfunctioned and caught on fire. The flames spread to the outside of the building. The Butler Fire Department brought the fire under control within minutes. Several neighboring businessmen battled the blaze with fire extinguishers before the fire department responded to the fire. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was being investigated Monday afternoon. Bartholdi Avenue was closed to traffic for a half hour while authorities …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Local residents preferred for the job.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Monday, April 8
Employment opportunities are available for substitute crossing guards in the Borough of Butler. The borough prefers local residents apply. According to a posting on the borough website, applications can be submitted to Sgt. Robert Findura of the Butler Police Department at 10 High Street, Butler, NJ, 07405.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Butler and Bloomingdale districts promise parents schools will continue to promote safe environment.
Local police officers were scheduled throughout Butler schools and Bloomingdale schools held safety assemblies Friday morning on the heels of an incident in which a threat was reported toward Butler High School on Thursday. According to a letter written by Butler Public Schools Superintendent Mario Cardinale and posted on the district's website, officials learned of the threat which was "of a more generalized and non-specific nature with no sense of immediate or imminent danger," and began alerting administrators, faculty members and parents. "The information we were alerted to was also shared with our Bloomingdale School colleagues," Cardinale said. Bloomingdale Public Schools Interim Superintendent Frank Buglione said he was unsure in …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Facebook gallery takes a look back at leaders of local police department.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, March 21
The Butler Police Department is honoring past police chiefs through a gallery of photos of the chiefs on the department's Facebook page. Five chiefs are honored in the gallery, beginning with Chief Arthur Ferris, the first department chief, who served from 1939 through 1959. Following him was Kenneth Shippee, who served from 1959 through 1960. Chief F. Earl Dean served from 1964 through 1983 and Chief Gerald J. Napoleone served from 1984 through 1996. Following was Chief Passenti. Which past chief do you feel made the greatest contributions to the borough and why? Tell us in the comments.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Hamburg woman collided with car making left-hand turn from Morse Avenue.
A two-car crash on Route 23 at the intersection of Morse Avenue, in Butler, shut down several lanes of Route 23 Tuesday night around 11 p.m. Neither driver was injured but fuel from one of the cars leaked out on to the highway, prompting the Butler Volunteer Fire Department to respond in addition to police. According to Butler Police Capt. Ciro Chimento, the driver of a 2007 Pontiac, a 49-year-old Hamburg woman, was driving south on Route 23 when she collided with a 2010 Mini Cooper being driven by a 53-year-old Kinnelon woman. The Kinnelon woman was attempting to make a left-hand turn from Morse Avenue on to Route 23. Officers investigated the scene for about an hour and are continuing an investigation into the cause of the collision. No …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Arrests, summonses issued down from previous year.
The Butler Police Department made 314 arrests in 2012, down by nearly 100 arrests from the year prior according to an annual summary report required for the department's accreditation. Butler Police Capt. Ciro Chimento said data was collected and sent to the state Attorney General's Office, through the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, on Wednesday. The figures included detail the past year in police activity in the Borough of Butler. In 2012, in addition to the 314 arrests (year-over-year-comparison below), 2,716 summonses of various natures were issued. Suspicious person incidents totaled 283, suspicious vehicles totaled 253 and medical emergencies reached 500. There were 48 burglaries reported in Butler in 2012 and 41 larcenies. A …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Police responded to call of woman slumped over her steering wheel to find her allegedly intoxicated.
After responding to a call of an unconscious woman in a car at Dunkin Donuts in Butler Tuesday, police said they determined the woman slumped over her steering wheel was drunk. Theresa Blair, 50, of Bloomingdale, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and issued a summons for failure to change her address, according to Butler police Capt. Ciro Chimento. Chimento said officers arrived at the parking lot of the Main Street coffee shop around 7:30 p.m. after a caller reported Blair to appear unconscious in a black Ford Mustang. Sgt. Scott Ricker, Ptl. Jorge Reyes and Ptl. George Beyloune investigated and found her vehicle to be running while Blair was in an unresponsive state, Chimento said. The officers …
Monday, February 18, 2013
Kinnelon woman's blood alcohol concentration was nearly three times the legal limit, according to police report.
A Kinnelon woman was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police said she was driving erratically on Route 23 Thursday, concerning other drivers, and had her clothing on inside out and backwards when her vehicle was stopped. Petrina Horvath, 46, had a blood alcohol concentration of .21 percent when she was arrested and also charged with failure to maintain a lane, reckless driving and operating with a fractured windshield, according to Butler police Capt. Ciro Chimento. Chimento said police received a call at 11:14 p.m. from another concerned motorist about Horvath's driving. Sgt. Keith Soules, Ptl. Jarred Schmiedhauser and Ptl. Dimitri Clarke responded to find Horvath driving a gray Jeep Commander "in an erratic …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Police said man's alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.
A Bergenfield man was charged with DWI Friday after police said his blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit when he crashed his car on top of a rock wall on Fairview Avenue in Butler. Dean Giardini, 52, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent. He was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of $2,500 bail with no 10 percent option. Officers responded to the street around 3:45 p.m. to see the red Saturn Giardini was driving disabled and on top of the wall, according to a report released by Butler Police Capt. Ciro Chimento. Giardini was still sitting …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Amalia Mirasola could face 30 years-to-life in prison after being found guilty of shooting her husband six times to death.
A state Superior Court jury found Amalia Mirasola guilty of murdering her husband, Carl Mirasola, insider their Butler home in 2010. Mirasola, who was also found guilty of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose when the jury delivered a verdit Thursday, could face 30 years-to-life in prison on the first charge plus up to an additional 10 years in prison on the weapons charge, according to a press release prepared by Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp's office. Amalia Mirasola, 47, was charged with shooting her husband six times inside their Roosevelt Avenue home on May 22, 2010. When she took the witness stand last week, Mirasola said she shot her husband in self-defense and that he had threatened to take her children…