Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Authorities said a discarded cigarette in a flowerbed sparked a fire that damaged part the building.
Fuddruckers restaurant, on Route 23 South in Wayne, has reopened after a fire damaged the establishment Sunday afternoon. The restaurant opened at 1 p.m. Monday. Authorities said a cigarette discarded in a flowerbed outside the restaurant sparked the blaze. Styrofoam on the outside of the building caught fire. The fire then moved up the wood beams in the ceiling and window openings, said Steven Toth, fire commissioner. Town officials closed the restaurant after the fire occurred pending inspections by the township building and health departments.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Vernon man hospitalized after SUV landed on his Volkswagen's roof.
A Vernon man was taken to Chilton Hospital Sunday morning after police said a drunken driver flipped his Hummer over the Route 23 North barrier, landing on the man's Volkswagen. Alex B. Malaquti, 19, of Hewitt, was charged with driving while intoxicated and issued a summons for reckless driving, according to a release from Kinnelon Police Lt. John Schwartz. Schwartz said Sgt. Joseph Fiduccia and Ptl. Nicholas Cifelli responded to a motor vehicle accident call on Route 23 just before 2:30 a.m. to find a 1996 Volkswagen with extensive front damage in the middle of the northbound lane of traffic and a 2003 Hummer flipped over on its roof about 100 yards away in the southbound lanes of the highway. Witnesses told officers that the Hummer, …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Man has agreed to pay $2 million in overtime back wages and $1 million in damages to hundreds, the U.S. Department of Labor announced.
A Madison man has agreed to pay $2 million in overtime back wages and $1 million in damages to employees at gas stations he owns throughout New Jersey, including two in the Wayne area, the U.S. Labor Department announced Thursday. Wayne gas stations involved include the Shell stations at 1217 State Route 17 and at 60 Riverview Drive. The agreement involves 417 workers at 72 gas stations owned by Waseem Chaudhary. Employees often worked up to 84 hours per week but did not receive earned overtime pay, a department news release said. The agreement was reached after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which requires that covered, nonexempt employees be paid one-and-a-half …
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 …
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 …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Property has remained unused for years.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Bloomingdale DPW superintendent said highways are particularly slippery.
Bloomingdale Department of Public Works (DPW) Superintendent Al Gallagher has advised motorists to avoid driving Wednesday night as a winter storm has created hazardous road conditions throughout the area. "It's nasty out here," Gallagher said as he sat in traffic on Hamburg Turnpike just after 4 p.m. Gallagher said Route 23 and Route 287 were particularly slippery and that he had seen cars sliding on the roads. Kinnelon and Butler police were unavailable for comment. Bloomingdale DPW crews began salting the roadways around 3:30 p.m. when snow started to fall. By 4 p.m., Gallagher said the snow started to mix with sleet as it fell. Gallagher said the borough's weather advisor has predicted 2 to 4 inches of snow to fall within a nine-hour …
Police said traffic was slowed for about 30 minutes.
Two people suffered minor injuries after a crash on Route 23 South Wednesday afternoon. Wayne Police Capt. Mark McGrath said the crash happened around 1:30 p.m. on Route 23, near Black Oak Ridge Road, before the snow started to fall, when the driver of one vehicle rear-ended another. "The second driver took their eyes off the road for a moment and did not see the vehicle in front of them had stopped and struck the vehicle," McGrath said. The driver and front-seat passenger of the vehicle in front were transported to Chilton Hospital with minor injuries to the neck and back. No other injuries were reported. No summonses were issued and both vehicles were towed from the scene.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Police said no injuries resulted from collision.
All lanes of traffic were opened near the intersection of Boonton Avenue and Route 23, in Butler, Thursday morning after a three-car crash occurred at the entrance of the 7-Eleven parking lot. Butler Police Capt. Ciro Chimento said the crash happened around 7:30 a.m. after a motorist traveling on Boonton Avenue was attempting to make a left turn into the parking lot. Chimento said another motorist, traveling toward Route 23 on Boonton Avenue, had attempted to let the turning motorist enter the lot, but a driver in the adjacent lane did not stop and a collision resulted. Chimento said no injuries were sustained in the crash and no summonses were issued. Two of the vehicles were towed from the scene and the third vehicle was deemed operable.