Police & Fire

November 14, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Former Raritan resident Ramon Cadiz has been sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison after he pleaded guilty to the murder of a Raritan woman and her daughter. Cadiz was sentenced Wednesday in Somerville following the guilty plea to two counts of first degree murder, ...

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Editor's Note: Story has been updated with information from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office. BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are asking for assistance in identifying a man who committed a robbery at Provident Bank, on Union Avenue, Wednesday morning. According to a ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township held a special ceremony Nov. 1 to commemorate the promotions of Lt. Michael Maxwell, Sgt. Robert Stasiulaitis and Officer Kevin Lamey.    Maxwell was promoted to captain, Stasiulaitis was promoted to lieutenant and Lamey was promoted to ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - A Hillsborough man was arrested Monday in connection with the robbery of the Peapack-Gladstone Bank, on East Main Street, as well as another robbery on Easton Avenue in Franklin. Mark Elbaum, 52, has been charged with two counts of second degree robbery in Somerset County, as ...

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RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Police Department is hosting a Child Safety Seat Check Up Event at the police department, on First Street, Nov. 7 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The department is partnering with Safe Kids Middlesex County for the event. Those looking for assistance with car seats are asked ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson, and the Bridgewater Township Police Department are investigating a bank robbery that occurred at the Peapack-Gladstone Bank, on East Main Street, Oct. 23. According to Robertson, at about 12:10 p.m. Oct. 23, the police department ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township’s police department is asking for the addition of a dozen new officers over a two-year period, according to Chief of Police Al Nicaretta.   Nicaretta gave a special presentation to the Bridgewater Township Council Oct. 15 to examine how the police force will ...

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RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Police Department, in conjunction with the DEA, is hosting Operation Take Back New Jersey Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents are invited to bring their unused, unwanted and expired medications to the Raritan Police Department, at 20 First Street, for ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police and the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office are investigating a Thursday morning fire on Timothy Place. According to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson, at about 6 a.m., Bridgewater Township Police responded to a 911 call about a fire on ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A trio of Bridgewater Township police officers will be assigned to the Bridgewater-Raritan school system in the near future, after the council approved a measure to hire three Class III officers. According to the New Jersey School Boards Association, the option for these ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater woman was seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash that killed a Clinton woman on Easton Avenue in Franklin Township Oct. 4. According to the Franklin Township Police Department, at 1:54 p.m. Oct. 4, the department received multiple 911 calls about a motor ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Three officers from the Bridgewater Township Police Department were promoted in a recent ceremony at the municipal complex. Kevin Tennant, a 20-year veteran of the department, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. He will be one of the afternoon Watch Commanders. Tennant ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - A Raritan man has pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree murder in the 2015 deaths of 15-year Kim Streath and her mother, 51-year-old Sandra Guiseppe, in their First Avenue home, according to a report from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office. Ramon Cadiz, 53, will face ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Many Bridgewater-Raritan High School students and parents have reported on Facebook that they are noticing fraudulent charges on their credit cards following purchases of a uniform or clothing from Universal Lacrosse/ALLU Sportswear. According to the report from a Bridgewater ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Florida 10-year-old Tyler Carach has made it his mission to thank every police officer in the United States for their service and bring them donuts – and his journey took him to Bridgewater this week. On Sunday, Carach, dubbed “Donut Boy,” visited with Bridgewater Police Chief ...

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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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