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October 9, 2013 • • Vol CXXVI, No. 20 COVERING: BELLEVILLE • BLOOMFIELD Suspects run but can’t hide • EAST NEWARK • HARRISON • KEARNY • LYNDHURST • NORTH ARLINGTON • NUTLEY Colossal crunch coming By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent KEARNY – Township police dealt with two shoplifting cases in recent days, both of which ended in arrests, each under somewhat bizarre circumstances. In the first, Kearny Police Chief John Dowie said, the suspect was apprehended after she exited a moving vehicle on Rt. 21 -- with an infant in her arms. In the second, the alleged thief had to be rescued from a water-filled ditch in the meadows, into which she jumped while reportedly fleeing the cops. On Friday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m., Officer Sean Kelly responded to the Street Smart store on Passaic Ave. where employees reported that a woman suspected of shoplifting had just fled in a gray SUV, last seen travelling north on Passaic. The vehicle was spotted at Midland Ave. by Sgt. Peter Gleason, who tried unsuccessfully to stop it and then followed it east down Midland to Schuyler Ave., with the SUV reportedly ignoring traffic signals along the way. The pursuit, which other officers had joined, continued north on Schuyler, east on the Belleville Pike, through the meadows area to Harrison Ave., west on Harrison and see SHOPLIFT page ?? Photo courtesy By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent KEARNY – othing less than disaster. That’s what one South Kearny business leader sees ahead from the partial closure of the Pu- N laski Skyway, starting in March 2014, when the state Department of Transportation (DOT) plans to shut down all northbound traffic for two years to replace the 80-year-old deck of the elevated highway that carries 67,000 cars daily. Trucks are banned from the Skyway, which links Newark and Jersey City and is used as an express route to the Holland Tunnel. Alan Lambiase, president of the South Kearny Industrial Association, said his members “have great cause for concern that the closing will push additional traffic volumes onto Truck Rt. 1&9 and will negatively impact the ability of employees to get to and from work during the day.” The association got some backup from the town on Sept. 24 when Kearny Mayor see SKYWAY page 12 Temporary truce in police conflict By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent Nutley Department of Public Safety, said he’s ready to appoint Capt. Tom Strumolo NUTLEY – as “provisional” chief of the Have the two rival warriors department upon the retireturned True-blue partners? ment of Chief John Holland on Will there be peace behind Oct. 31. the Blue lines? Maybe for now, But the mayor managed to but who knows how long the interject a little Halloween truce will last? scare into his assurance when Mayor/Commissioner Alasked if he intended to call phonse Petracco, who runs the for a state Civil Service test to pick a permanent chief. “I don’t think I’m headed in that direction,” he said. Petracco has previously talked about exploring the idea of naming a civilian director to run the Police Department as a way of economizing since a uniformed chief can command an annual pay well in excess of $100,000. It’s unclear how much 201-991-1300 KEARNY OFFICE 213 Kearny Ave, Kearny, New Jersey a director could expect to make but if the mayor chose to go that route, the candidate wouldn’t have to take a competitive exam for the job, which would be rated “unclassified” under Civil Service rules. But in the meantime, there’s the surprise element of Petracco and Strumolo making nice see STRUMOLO page 13 201-460-8000 LYNDHURST OFFICE Semiao & Associates TO SEECENTURY OUR AD THIS PLEASEMOBILE! TURN TO PAGE 24 23 21WEEK, HAS GONE 761 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst, New Jersey Get CENTURY 21 Real Estate Mobile App. Visit

Oct. 9, 2013 Edition of The Observer

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