Police & Fire

January 14, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police is advising drivers to avoid Foothill Road between North Bridge Street and Mine Road because of an accident around 2:20 p.m. Monday. According to a Nixle alert from the department, there are wires down, and drivers should avoid the area.

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Police Department has sworn in its first Class III officer to be part of the school district. Mark Christensen, formerly of the Roselle Police Department, was sworn in as the first Class III officer, and will now just have to finish his training before ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Police Department swore in several new officers during a special ceremony at the beginning of January. Kevin Geisel, a graduate of North Hunterdon High School, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after high school where he completed three tours overseas ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - A Plainfield-based music teacher has been arrested and charged with inappropriately touching two of his students in school during recent years, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Friday. Donnie Harrell, 53, of Bridgewater, is charged with two counts of ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The air and sea search for a Bridgewater father and his 18-year-old son missing since their small plane crashed off Jacksonville, Fla. on Thursday has been called off by the US Coast Guard. Peter Renzulli, 51, and his son, Daniel, were returning to Princeton Airport after a ...

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RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Police Department promoted Officer Steven Bonczek to sergeant during the Dec. 18 council meeting. Bonczek graduated from the Monmouth County Police Academy in June 2005. He was hired by the Raritan Borough Police Department in September 2006, and was assigned to ...

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RARITAN, NJ - A New York man was charged with possession of a handgun after he fled the scene of a motor vehicle investigation on Route 202 Friday, according to a release from Raritan Borough Police. Angel Marmol, 19, of the Bronx, was charged with second degree unlawful possession of a handgun, ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council recently held off on introducing an ordinance that would have modified the Bridgewater Police Department by allowing the employment of six additional police officers. Bridgewater Police Chief Al Nicaretta appeared before the council with two ...

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RARITAN, NJ - Two Raritan Police officers were promoted to captain and lieutenant at the most recent Raritan Borough Council meeting. Craig Monda was promoted to captain and Thomas Fisher was promoted to lieutenant. Monda is a 23-year veteran in law enforcement, and has served in the Raritan ...

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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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