RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough Police responded to a structure fire at a multi-family home on Wall Street May 21, but it was deemed not suspicious, according to this week's police report.

According to the report, officers were sent to the home at 9:30 p.m. Officer Andrew Ragati was first on scene, and reported that the rear porch of the house was on fire.

Ragati, Sgt. Everett Holt, Det. Robert Sinopoli and Officer Timothy DeBerry safely evacuated the residents in the building before the Raritan Borough Fire Department arrived on scene. Firefighters from the department, along with numerous mutual aid agencies, extinguished the fire before further damage was caused.

Throughout the last week, police made arrests for drugs and other offenses.

  • Trevor Doughtery, 21, of Hillsborough, was arrested May 11 at 2:59 a.m. for possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Route 206. Officer Nicholas DePiano investigated the incident.
  • Jason Meyer, 39, of Bethlehem, was charged May 13 with theft and defiant trespass after an investigation by Officer Robert Jones of money stolen from a vehicle. On May 3, an employee at the Quick Chek on the Somerville Circle reported that $300 cash was stolen from his motor vehicle at about 7:30 a.m. Jones viewed surveillance footage of the incident and found the license plate of the vehicle Meyer drove away in. Meyer was processed and released pending a court date.
  • Christian Pindar, 36, and Christopher Hayes, 33, both of Raritan, were arrested May 14 at 7:17 p.m. and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance following a motor vehicle stop at the Quick Chek on West Somerset Street. Jones investigated.
  • Zachary Adams, 29, of Manville, was arrested May 16 at 10:30 p.m. for possession of a controlled dangerous substance following a motor vehicle stop on Route 206. DePiano investigated the incident.
  • Jared Norton-Young, 28, of Dunellen, was arrested May 17 at 8:59 a.m. for possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Route 206. Officer Joseph Nepomuceno investigated the incident.
  • Clayton Simon, 22, of Basking Ridge, was arrested May 18 at 1:28 p.m. for possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Bell Avenue. Nepomuceno investigated the incident.
  • Over a week in the middle of May, four people were arrested for domestic violence offenses, and outstanding traffic and criminal warrants.