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Police & Fire

August 10, 2022

RARITAN, NJ - A Raritan man was arrested for lewdness at the Nevius Street Bridge Aug. 4, and has since been charged in connection with sexual assaults in Bridgewater and Franklin. Rogelio Calyeca Postrero, 38, was arrested Aug. 4 after a citizen reported to Raritan Borough Police that someone ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench has released a proposed agreement that he has sent to the board of education to put a Bridgewater police officer in every school building for the 2022-2023 school year. On Thursday, Moench submitted the agreement to the board of education to ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police Department held its National Night Out celebration Aug. 2, with activities for kids, food cooked by police officers and a look at the police cars. Hundreds came out to celebrate with the department.

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council recently honored the late Debbie Manna, the first and only female chief in the history of the Martinsville Rescue Squad. Manna died July 7 after courageously battling cancer. Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench, who attended Manna’s wake in ...

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RARITAN, NJ - Repairs have already begun at Espo's Italian Restaurant, which suffered damage in a fire Tuesday afternoon. According to fire chief Brian Kredatus, the fire department responded Tuesday at 3:26 p.m. to a fire at the restaurant, arriving in one minute from time of dispatch. The ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater resident has been charged with theft by deception in relation to theft of funds from a non-profit organization in Bridgewater, according to a report from Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald. Jolee Roberts, 55, has been charged with second degree theft by ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With the hope of being more prepared in the event of another storm like Hurricane Ida, district three in Bridgewater purchased a boat for the North Branch and Country Hills fire departments to better outfit the Swift water teams, which aid in water rescues. In addition, ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is seeking to make improvements to local law enforcement, as far as preparation is concerned. The town council approved a resolution to award a contract to The Rodgers Group, out of Frisco, TX, for a maximum of $17,000 for up to one year for police and ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A section of Garretson Road is closed Wednesday afternoon because of a water main break, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police. According to police, Garretson Road is closed between John Christian Drive and the YMCA because of a water main break. Drivers are ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With 25 years under his belt with the Bridgewater Township Police Department, Chief Paul Payne will retire as of Sept. 1. “I speak from the heart that I will miss the department, the town and the people who live here,” he said. “I am very happy with where I wound up in the ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Several school buses caught fire Tuesday evening in the Finderne section of town after a live powerline fell, according to Bridgewater police. According to Bridgewater Township Police Capt. John Mitzak, the fire was caused by a live powerline that fell on top of a school ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District seems set on continuing with its own school security plan, as opposed to complying with recent suggestions made by Bridgewater Township officials. Bridgewater-Raritan board of education president Steven Singer discussed the issue ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District recently unveiled plans regarding upgraded security measures for its 11 school buildings – but the mayor of Bridgewater has his own ideas on the matter. Mayor Matthew Moench expressed his views on school security during his ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Superintendent of Schools Robert Beers released a statement Friday regarding the district's school security plan and the changes that have been made over the past couple years to increase security in the district. In the statement sent to all members of the community, Beers ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With the district having recently released its security plan for the upcoming school year, and the township, through Mayor Matthew Moench, countering with what it is calling a plan of its own for security in the schools, Superintendent Robert Beers said Thursday that the district ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township has announced that there will be a township police officer assigned to every public school in Bridgewater Township for the remainder of the school year, through June 23. Mayor Matthew Moench announced the decision Monday morning, and the expanded police ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office has still not released a report or findings regarding the incident at the Bridgewater Commons Mall in February in which a 14-year-old Black teenager was handcuffed following a fight while the other lighter-skinned boy involved in the fight ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A Bridgewater resident was identified as the deceased man found in the parking lot of a Quick Chek on Route 206 in Hillsborough Monday, according to a release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office. According to Somerset County Acting Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart, on June ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Franklin Township Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred on Canal Road near Elm Street on Monday night, according to a news release.  Luis Ruiz, 43, of Bridgewater, was traveling northbound on a 2014 Harley-Davidson when it collided with a 2019 Ford F250, ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are reporting that missing teen Hailey Dippold has been found and is safe. Police reported that she had been missing as of midnight June 6. At 11:30 a.m. Monday, police reported she had been found safe.

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are searching for a missing 14-year-old, last seen at midnight June 6 on Pearl Street. Hailey Dippold, 14, was last seen wearing a black hoodie, black sweatpants and black Ugg slippers in the area of Pearl Street in Bridgewater. She has red/brown ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Hopatcong woman died early Sunday morning after being struck by a vehicle while she was walking on Route 28, according to a release from Bridgewater Township Police. According to the release, the accident occurred at about 12:46 a.m. June 5 on Route 28, westbound, near ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A 17-year-old was taken to Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick Monday after being struck by a vehicle at the Bridgewater Commons Mall, according to Bridgewater Township Police. According to police, at 8:56 p.m. Monday, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on the ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township welcomed its newest police officers in a public ceremony May 15. “They are replacing officers who retired in the past year,” said Bridgewater Township Police Chief Paul Payne. Christopher Conti, Justice Dickerson and Tyler Ossenfort were recognized ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin has called for increased law enforcement presence at schools statewide, following the May 24, 2022, deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. "Nothing about this is normal," Platkin said in a statement. "We do not have to accept ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police Capt. Sean O’Neill retired from the department with a special walk-out ceremony April 28, after 25 years of service. Before beginning his career with the department, O’Neill served this country as a member of the United States Marine ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Part of Route 22 was closed for a while in the early Monday morning hours as firefighters worked on a fire at the Bridgewater Diner. According to Green Knoll Volunteer Fire Company Chief Kevin Driscoll, fire companies were dispatched to the restaurant at 12:07 a.m. Monday, ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Several officers were promoted by the Bridgewater Township Police Officer in a special ceremony May 3. Kevin Tennant, who began his career in January 1998 after graduating from the Somerset County Police Academy, was promoted to the rank of captain. While assigned to the ...

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SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Late Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Detective James Yeager is finally having his name engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, in Washington D.C., with a ceremony set for May 19 as part of National Police Week. It has been 22 years since the detective ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The 2022 Police Unity Tour made its way through Bridgewater Monday, passing down Route 202/206 as thousands cycled through in memory of police officers lost in the line of duty. A number of current and former Bridgewater police officers participate in the ride every ...

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