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Driver Trapped for Hours, Murder Probe Ongoing Top Local News

Watchung Police will start using social media, alleged purse-snatcher sought other top stories.

Driver Extricated After Trapped for Hours In Crash

The driver of a vehicle that went off Interstate 78 near the Bernards-Warren border was trapped for hours Tuesday afternoon before finally extricated, State Police said.

Murdered Watchung Man's Investigation Ongoing

Authorities are continuing their investigation of the homicide of Lamont Downing, the 34-year-old Watchung man who was found shot to death inside a minivan in Irvington last week.

Park Ranger's House May Get Leased to the State

Green Brook is interested in acquiring a lease to the former ranger’s house at Washington Rock Park.

Social Media New Source for Watchung Police Info

The Watchung Police Department has joined the social media revolution. Spurred by suggestions in the wake of Superstorm Sandy to improve communications with residents in times of emergencies, the police department will now be posting on Facebook, tweeting on Twitter and implementing the Nixle network in Watchung.

Sandy Response Still Being Assessed in Watchung

Watchung is continuing to work on improving its response and operations during emergencies. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Councilman Stephen Pote  a meeting of emergency responders, borough officials and school district officials in an “after action review" in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Alleged Purse-Snatching Probed in Watchung

Watchung police are investigating an alleged purse-snatching in the Shop Rite parking lot on Nov. 29.

Counterfeit Bills Lead to Man's Arrest

A 33-year-old Newark man was arrested at the Watchung Target on Nov. 24 after police said he used counterfeit $100 bills at the store.

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