Police & Fire

September 14, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Police Department is preparing to invite one special fourth grader from St. Ann School and one from John F. Kennedy Primary School to be "Leader of the Parade," and ride with Raritan Borough Police during this year's annual John Basilone Parade. According to ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township and its officials are exploring new ways of helping others, if a recent presentation by an Ocean County group is any indicator. Stafford Township Mayor John Spodofora, Stafford Township Police Chief Thomas Dellane and On P.O.I.N.T. Coordinator Meghan ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council and the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District are working on hiring a new set of police officers to help protect the school buildings.  The council voted unanimously at its Sept. 6 meeting to introduce an ordinance that will allow the ...

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UPDATE: As of 7 a.m. Saturday, Alexander R. Dirner, who was reported missing Friday afternoon, has been found safe, according to Bridgewater Township Police. BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are seeking the public's help in locating a missing 86-year-old "at risk" male, who was last ...

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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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RARITAN, NJ - With a slew of recent pedestrian accidents and the death of a 1-year-old boy being pushed by a stroller on the side of the road in early July, pedestrian safety has been at the forefront of people’s minds, particularly in Raritan, where businesses line Somerset Street, inviting ...

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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 ...

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RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan community gathered at Frelinghuysen Pool Tuesday to celebrate National Night Out with the police department. Children had the chance to explore the fire trucks and police cars, while also seeing a demonstration from the county K9 unit. — Photos by Dawn Wilde

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Police Department celebrated National Night Out Tuesday with emergency vehicles, bouncy houses, entertainment and lots of food. The department held the annual celebration at the municipal complex, and were joined by fire trucks and rescue vehicles from ...

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RARITAN, NJ - A viewing for the 1-year-old Raritan boy killed on Anderson Street July 7 will be held this week at St. Ann Church, in Raritan, according to an obituary released by the Bongiovi Funeral Home. Matias Ortega-Rosales was killed on the evening of his first birthday when a vehicle hit ...

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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 Monday. Marion Kelley, 62, was struck by a vehicle while walking in lot four near the Macy's merchandise pick up area at around 3:20 p.m. Monday. The ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are trying to identify a man responsible for stealing several cases of Red Bull energy drink from Wegmans June 29, according to a post on the department's Facebook page. According to the post, the department is trying to identify the individual who ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A woman was hit by a car in the parking lot of the Bridgewater Commons Mall Monday afternoon, according to a release from Bridgewater Township Police. The crash happened at about 3:20 p.m. Monday in lot four near the Macy's merchandise pick-up area. According to the report, ...

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RARITAN, NJ - A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds for the family of the 1-year-old boy killed when he, his mother and brother were hit by a car on Anderson Street in Raritan Saturday. Matías Ortega was killed on the evening of his first birthday when a vehicle hit two cars and then ...

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RARITAN, NJ - A Raritan man has been charged with vehicular homicide in a Saturday evening motor vehicle crash that killed a 1-year-old boy in the area of Anderson Street and Second Street, according to a release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office. Ronald B. Rebernik, 62, of Second ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township honored four firefighters who have been serving their community for over two centuries, combined. Bridgewater Mayor Dan Hayes read separate proclamations honoring the quartet at a recent council meeting, before presenting those documents to each respective ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ - Christopher Koller, 41, of Piscataway was sentenced Thursday to 66 ½ years in a New Jersey state prison for the murder of Beth Bezek, a 31-year-old Raritan woman, said Middlesex County Prosecutor, Andrew C. Carey. The sentence was imposed after Koller was found guilty by a jury ...

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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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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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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - As of around 6 a.m. Saturday, the search for missing 15-year-old Bridgewater teen Samantha Canuel was temporarily suspended, according to a Facebook post from Bridgewater Township Police. According to the post, after an exhaustive search for the missing teen overnight, police ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police have issued an alert about a missing 15-year-old, last seen June 29. According to a Nixle alert from the department, the missing girl is Samantha Canuel, an Asian female, 5 feet 2 inches and 110 pounds. She has black and blonde hair, and might be ...

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RARITAN, NJ - A Raritan man was arrested June 20 for a report of lewdness after he was seen standing naked in his open front doorway, according to a report from Raritan Borough Police. William Schrader, 65, of First Avenue, was charged with lewdness in the incident. According to the report, ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - A Manville man has been charged with aggravated sexual assault and other crimes in connection with the sexual assault of a 12-year-old female in 2017 in Raritan, according to a report from Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson. Cornelio Felipe-Lopez, 22, of Manville, was ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - As of 11:30 a.m. Friday, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office was still reviewing surveillance footage regarding the fight that broke out at the Bridgewater Commons Mall Thursday evening. According to Det. Jeanne Trillhaase, with the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, they ...

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UPDATE: According to a Nixle alert from the Bridgewater Township Police Department at 9 p.m., the investigation at the mall has been completed, and the mall will be resuming normal business operations. Police emphasized that there is no immediate threat to the public and no injuries were ...

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UPDATE: According to a Nixle alert sent at 7:48 p.m. Thursday, the Bridgewater Township Police is on location at the mall for a suspicious incident, but no injuries have been reported. According to the alert, the police are investigating, but there is currently no threat to the public and no ...

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RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Police Department held its annual ceremony June 6 to recognize officers and citizens for their efforts to keep the community safe in 2017. Exceptional Duty Awards went to Sgt. Everett Holt, Officer Andrew Ragati, Officer Damien Chromowsky, Det. Christopher Wren ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Piscataway man was identified as the tow truck operator killed when he was struck by another vehicle on I-287 in Bridgewater Wednesday afternoon, according to NJ State Police Sgt. Lawrence Peele. Nicholas Coble, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene after he was struck by a ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Police Department has announced it has joined the New Jersey Attorney General's "Project Medicine Drop" initiative, and installed a Project Medicine Drop box at police headquarters, on Commons Way. According to a release, this makes it more convenient ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are asking for assistance in identifying a vehicle that was involved in an attempted burglary in Finderne Tuesday afternoon, according to a post on the department's Facebook page. According to the post, the vehicle was involved in the attempted ...

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