Springfield Police Make Prescription Fraud and Fugitive Arrests at Walgreens

On Friday 04/18/2014 at 4:00 pm, Springfield police officers responded
to Walgreens Pharmacy 125 Morris Avenue on a report of an individual
attempting to pass a fraudulent prescription. A pharmacist who received
a prescription for Promethazine Codeine, a narcotic cough syrup, thought
the prescription was counterfeit and verified that it was fraudulent after
contacting the doctor in Bloomfield whose name was listed on the script.

Suspect Delivers Pizza Then Keeps and Uses Stolen Debit Card

On Monday 04-07-2014 a township resident filed a police report with the
Springfield Police Department reporting the theft and fraudulent use of a
bank debit card. The homeowner reported that on Friday 04-04-2014 a
delivery of pizzas was made to the victim's home in Springfield from a
pizza restaurant located in Union NJ. The delivery was paid for by the use
of the debit card. Unknown to the homeowner at the time, the pizza delivery
person had failed to return the debit card.

Springfield Police, assisted by Manalapan Police, Arrest Burglar Wanted in Two Union County Towns

On 04-10-2014, the Springfield Police assisted by Manalapan Police
apprended an indivdual who had committed a burglary to, and the
theft from, a home located in Springfield. Shawn Mayerik, age 37,
who had resided in Fanwood but is currently residing in Manalapan,
was located and arrested without incident at 6:00 pm.

One Run for Boston Race Comes to Springfield! Photos Added!!

Support the One Run for Boston Race in Springfield!

The One Run for Boston is a cross country, 3328 mile, 2,000 runner relay going from Santa Monica to Boston to support the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing. Begun on March 16, in Santa Monica, it will pass through New Jersey, including Springfield, starting early in the morning on April 11 and finish in Boston on April 13, two days before the first anniversary of last year’s tragic events.

March Township Committee Re-cap

The main focus of the Township Committee in March was downtown redevelopment. In early March we held a town hall style meeting (later repeated for the Seniors) to unveil preliminary plans which include road, lighting, traffic flow and building facade improvements along Morris Avenue. Later in the month, with the involvement of the Springfield Business Improvement District (BID) and our redevelopment attorney Joseph Bauman, the Township Committee added three lots in need of redevelopment to the project. These properties are on Caldwell Place, Church Mall and Black’s Lane.

House Fire in Springfield

At 2:23am on Sunday April 6th, the Springfield Fire Department dispatched all units to a reported building fire at 72 Colfax Road. The first engine company arrived and reported a two-story wood frame single family residence with heavy fire conditions in the garage, extending into the structure. The large amount of fire created an exposure problem to the adjacent residence. Springfield Police alerted the residents in the surrounding homes and neighbors believed that the residents were away.

Springfield Police Arrest Suspect in Multiple Retail Store Diversion Thefts


Subject: Arrest of Serial Retail Store Diversion Theft Suspect

Springfield Police Department detectives finally identified and arrested
a female who had committed dozens of diversion thefts in retail stores
where she would steal wallets and subsequently use stolen credit cards
to make multiple fraudulent purchases in several northeastern States.

Tabatha Garofalo age 31 of Ansonia, Connecticut was arrested by
Springfield Police Department detectives on 04/04/2014.

Fire Department Responds to Reported Smoke Condition

On April 2, 2014 at 6:50 pm, the Springfield Fire Department dispatched Engine 4 and Car 1 for reported a smoke condition from a barbecue grill at 112 New Brook Lane. Car 1 arrived and reported a one-story single-family residence with a moderate smoke condition coming from the front door. Fire Chief James Sanford established command and upgraded the incident for a full response. The residents were found to be evacuated and all accounted for.


The Springfield Free Public Library will present a concert performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s late

masterpiece, The Gondoliers, at 2:00 PM on Sunday, May 4, to be performed by the Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company. Set in Venice, The Gondoliers, like the majority of Gilbert & Sullivan’s operettas, offers a story based on the themes of young love, mistaken identity, and class distinctions.

The sly wit found in the political commentary of Sir Gilbert’s lyrics will still come across as surprisingly relevant to today’s audiences.