October 28, 1997 |
Mischief Night in Camden - once mostly soaped-up car windows and splattered egg-yolked-houses, and later a sea of arson fires - has been pretty quiet since 1991. And authorities aim to see that that streak continues on Mischief Night this Thursday. "We'll be out in force," said Camden Police spokesman Lt. Joseph Richardson. The entire 350-officer department will be mobilized, he said, including undercover operatives, and would be backed up by sheriff's deputies, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and even the county's probation officials.
November 5, 1992 |
Maybe it was the cold, rainy weather Friday. Or perhaps parents kept their children inside on Mischief Night. Of course, there were extra police on patrol in many communities, which may have dampened youthful enthusiasm for breaking or soaping windows. Whatever the reason, police in Lower and Middle Bucks reported a relatively prank-free Halloween eve. Bristol and Northampton Townships reported no Mischief Night or Halloween- related arrests. Middletown's weekend curfew of 11 p.m. was violated by several juveniles.
November 1, 1990 |
West Chester resident Robin Jones woke up yesterday morning to find that her Toyota truck had turned into a Mazda. Sometime between 5 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. yesterday, someone had spray- painted the name Mazda on the tailgate of Jones' white pickup, parked on the 500 block of West Gay Street. Tuesday was Mischief Night - a night many residents throughout the region now find more frightening than Halloween. From 3 to 6 a.m. yesterday, West Chester police filled six blotter pages of incidents involving vandals who had slashed tires or sprayed, egged, or rocked over more 60 cars in the borough.
October 30, 1998 |
Fires ripping through abandoned buildings. Glass bottles and firebombs hurled at oncoming cars. Pumpkins, eggs and bricks smashing through storefront windows. All of it belongs to Mischief Night, the eerie eve of Halloween when tricksters prowl the streets in search of the perfect prank - and occasionally, the perfect crime. This year, however, here's who will be sharing the streets with mischief-makers: uniformed officers, undercover police, and community-oriented police (COP)
October 31, 1992 |
Camden residents and police stamped out Mischief Night fires and vandalism before they began last night. More than 800 Camden residents took to the streets armed only with flashlights, shirts and hats to protect their community from a reprise of last year's Mischief Night, with its 133 random fires, most set by youthful vandals. Efforts of the police and volunteers - and a 6 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew for anyone under 18 - appeared successful late last night. The streets were quiet, save for the sound of one state police and two National Guard helicopters above.
October 31, 1991 |
Scores of youths torched buildings, stoned cars and smashed windows in Camden last night as widespread violence swept the city for the second consecutive year on "Mischief Night" despite a massive show of police force. More than 70 fires - a record number - were set, at least six in occupied houses and more than 10 in vacant buildings. A five-alarm fire heavily damaged the Crazy discount store at Kaighn and Haddon Avenues. Other fires were set in cars and trash piles, and water pressure fell to dangerous levels.
October 18, 1999 |
Hundreds of volunteers are set to patrol their Camden neighborhoods with police on Oct. 30, "Mischief Night," to discourage arson and other crimes, Camden police say. Citizens will be wearing hats with "Crime Prevention" written on them, Deputy Police Chief Edwin Figueroa said. The crime-prevention plan, which police had been developing for most of the year, was approved by city agencies Oct. 4, Figueroa said. As part of the plan, members of the Camden City Human Services Department will take city children, up to age 15, to movies out of the area.
November 16, 1992 |
Roses and bon-bons, it wasn't. But a 2 1/2-hour reception last night, complete with hors d'oeuvres, chamber music and free tours of the New Jersey State Aquarium, was virtually a romantic interlude for Camden's city administration and its newest darlings: the volunteers who patrolled the city on Mischief Night. "This is a fantastic way to say to the people of Camden, we're proud of you," said Mayor Aaron A. Thompson as he stood in the lobby of the aquarium, greeting some of the 1,000 or so guests he described as "volunteers and well- wishers.
November 2, 1994 |
Camden city officials said yesterday that Mischief Night was a success for the third year in a row, despite an increase in the number of fires this year over last. And they shrugged off those who challenged their estimate of the number of anti-arson volunteers out that night. At a news conference yesterday in Camden's city hall, Novella Hinson, commissioner of the city Department of Community Affairs, estimated that there were nearly 2,000 volunteers on the streets to help prevent fires.
October 28, 1992 |
It was supposed to be a training session for the volunteers recruited as part of Camden's plan to prevent Mischief Night arson fires. But before the meeting was over, it felt like a pep rally. Mayor Aaron A. Thompson drew repeated cheers last night when he pledged to prosecute arsonists "to the full extent of the law," and a Camden police official said the first-time effort was destined to succeed. "God is on our side," said Sgt. Gilbert "Whip" Wilson, the Police Department's point man on the Anti-Arson Task Force.