Police & Fire

September 20, 2018

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bernards Township officials have laid out a game plan for how residents can help prepare for a wide variety of future emergencies--including extreme weather, the spread of major illnesses, or manmade disasters--with some of the community's own experiences providing first-hand ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Basking Ridge Post Office reported on Tuesday, Sept. 4, that one of its mailboxes had been burglarized sometime during the Labor Day weekend, Bernards Township police reported. The mailbox, located outdoors at The Highlands Village Center off Allen Road, had been pried ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Whether construction work on the 2018 Road Improvements projects throughout Bernards will continue as planned on Monday, Sept. 10, and into this week, depends on the weather, the township said.   Work planned on multiple roads as heavy rains head north Road crews are ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Recently retired Bernards Township police officer Hank Werner was appointed to the newly created job of director of school and campus safety by the Bernards Township Board of Education on Monday night, Aug. 27. Werner, who worked 24 years as a patrol officer on the local ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ - With a deadline of finishing the project before township schools open on Sept. 6, Hansom Road is due to be closed to through traffic for pavement milling operations from approximately 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29. The road was closed off on Tuesday as the ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _  Sometime over a long weekend, between Thursday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 19, a home on Berta Place was burglarized, Bernards Township police reported in this week's police blotter. Forced entry was apparently made into the home and several personal items were stolen, ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Plainfield man was arrested in connection with an attempted sexual assault in Washington Valley Park, off Miller Lane, according to a report from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Saturday. Elvin Martinez, 18, was charged with third degree criminal sexual contact, third ...

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MANVILLE, N.J. – For the third time in as many months, homeowners in the northwest section of town woke up Wednesday morning to a crime spree that targeted 80 automobiles parked on the street, with 130 tires punctured. The victims live in an area bounded by North 3rd Avenue and North 13th ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township Committee has pledged to hire and equip the school district's first specially trained school security officers, to be stationed at Ridge High School, while the Board of Education is expected to vote on Aug. 27 whether to pick up the salaries of the the ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township police released this week's police blotter, including the arrests of four out-of-towners for alleged drug possession and outstanding warrants. • On Aug. 15, Kaheem Lakins of Maplewood was arrested on charges of hindering apprehension and outstanding warrants ...

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SOMERVILLE., NJ – A Somerville man and his two sons, plus a fourth suspect from Newark, have been charged with kidnapping and assaulting a 21-year-old Somerville resident. Arrested and charged with First Degree Kidnapping and Third Degree Assault are David Alex Villegas, 22, of Davenport Street; ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office has announced that police agencies all over Somerset County, and around New Jersey, are participating in the state's largest drunk driving crackdown. According to a release, the 2018 "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Statewide Labor Day ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Robert Zachary "Zach" Bunsa, 23, who grew up in Basking Ridge, drowned in a lake in Georgia on Saturday night while attending a bachelor's party, authorities and media reports said. Bunsa reportedly drowned in Lake Sinclair after saying he wanted to see how long he could hold ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ –  A 17-year-old male from Newark has been charged with vehicular homicide after allegedly fleeing police in a stolen vehicle last Friday before a crash resulting in the death of a 14-year-old Newark youth in Bernards Township, announced Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H.

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ - No road closures or driveway access restrictions are planned with construction due to continue on Monday, Aug. 6. on the Hansom Road and Watchung Drive Road improvements project. Crews will be working on construction of new granite block curb and sidewalk on Hansom Road, ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - A fire that burned for nearly three hours early Wednesday morning caused extensive damage to a Wisteria Way home. According to Bernards Township police, the blaze appears to have started in a pool house behind the main residence, before spreading to the main house. "At ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township police department is again hosting its own community version of National Night Out, with the event scheduled for 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday at Astor Field, located between Ridge High School and the municipal complex. Demonstrations and displays of vehicles ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Following recent thefts that had occurred inside the locker rooms at the Somerset Hills YMCA, Bernards Township police reported that a YMCA employee was arrested and charged with one of the thefts. Police said that the employee, 54-year-old Raul Salazar of Bound Brook, was ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ A construction project for a major overhaul of Hansom Road and Watchung Drive Road is scheduled to continue on Monday, July 30, the township said. Crews will be working on the construction of new granite block curb and sidewalk along Hansom Road. No road closures or driveway ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards police department is back to full staffing with 38 officers after two young patrol officers, James (JD) Moore, a 2012 graduate of Ridge High School, and Ryan Caparoni, a graduate of the Morris County Academy, were sworn at Tuesday's Township Committee ...

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BERNARDS TWP., _ Surface course paving is due to take place on Lurline Drive, Beechwood Road, North Brook Avenue and Conklin Street from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, the township announced. The projects are scheduled to close all or part of the roads. Lurline Drive will be closed to ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ - A Township Committee discussion on whether to change the zoning on a 9.66-acre commercial property off Mount Airy Road to a zone that could allow a assisted senior living facility to be built is back on Tuesday night's meeting agenda, after being delayed earlier this ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township police reported that several unlocked cars were burglarized on local streets, and a 2017 Hyundai Sonata was stolen from Ashwood Lane, over a two-night period last Tuesday and Wednesday. During the evenings of July 17 and 18, several unlocked cars were ...

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Bernards Township Police arrested a Bridgewater man and charged him with groping a teenage girl in Basking Ridge on Monday. According to a police report, David Cutler, 65, was criminal sexual contact after a 13-year-old girl reported that she was groped in a parking lot on ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bedminster woman has died from her injuries after being struck by a car in the parking lot of the Bridgewater Commons Mall on Monday. Marion Kelley, 62, was struck by a vehicle while walking in Lot 4 near the Macy's merchandise pick up area at around 3:20 p.m. Monday. The ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A 52-year-old New York man drowned in the Raritan River near Duke Island Park Wednesday in what appeared to be an accident, according to a release from Bridgewater Township Police. Fermin Franco was pronounced dead shortly after midnight July 5 at Robert Wood Johnson University ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Sparklers and other limited novelty fireworks now legally sold throughout New Jersey would still be banned on any public property in Bernards Township, including parks, according to an update of an existing law that is being proposed by the Bernards Township Committee. The ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township police reported Frank Pesola, 65, of Knollcroft Road in Bernards Township was arrested and charged with theft after he was allegedly spotted riding a bicycle that had earlier been stolen from Ridge High School. The bike was reportedly stolen on June 8.

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The 15-year-old girl missing from Bridgewater since Friday night has been found safe, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police. Samantha Canuel was reported missing around 9 p.m. Friday in the area of Chester Street. She was found safe around 3:30 p.m.

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township Patrol Officer Henry "Hank" Werner will step out of police headquarters for the traditional "walk-out" for retiring officers this Friday, June 29, wrapping up a long and varied career on the township police force. Werner has been a police officer for 28 ...

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