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Raritan Township Man Indicted on Cocaine Charges

June 23, 2018

FLEMINGTON, NJ – A Raritan Township man has been indicted on drug charges, according to a press release from Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III.

Jorge L. Mercado, Sr., 31, was indicted along with Lundin D. Rivas, 26, of Trenton. They were each charged with one count of first-degree conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance (cocaine) and one count of ...

Marijuana, DUI, in Recent Township Arrests

RARITAN TWP., NJ – Police here released details of three recent arrests.

Petros Abajyan, 23, of Flemington, was arrested by Patrol Officer Dustin Pflug around 2:16 a.m. June 18. Police said Abajyan was stopped on Route 202-31 for driving 71 in a 55 mph zone. He was charged with driving under the influence, careless driving, and “disregard of a traffic control device.” He ...

Hunterdon Prosecutor Congratulates Two New Grads

FLEMINGTON, NJ – Mac and Pawlick passed.

“Mac” is Officer McGinley. He’s a K-9.

Pawlick is Det. Edward Pawlick of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office.

The pair are trained in detecting explosives and have graduated from the State Police K-9 Scent Detection School. The class began March 12 and ended June 15. It graduated 26 K-9 teams, consisting of ...

DUI, Marijuana, in Recent Township Arrests

RARITAN TWP., NJ – Police released details and several recent arrests.

The report of an aggressive driver led to the arrest of Christina M. Boyer, 33, of Flemington, by Patrol Officer Gary Galloppo. Police said Boyer was found after the tip of the driver in the area of Route 202-31 and South Main Street around 6:04 p.m. June 13. Boyer was charged with driving under the influence and ...

Hunterdon Law Enforcement at Annual Torch Run

FLEMINGTON, NJ – Law enforcement officers from across Hunterdon participated in the 35th Annual Torch Run to benefit the New Jersey Special Olympics.

More than 3,000 officers from 340 New Jersey police departments participated in the run and carried the torch known as the "Flame of Hope" on June 8.

Each year, detectives and staff from the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's ...

'Khat,' Trepassing at HCHS, in Recent Township Arrests

RARITAN TWP., NJ – Police here recently released details on several unrelated arrests.

Sgt. Robert Landolina arrested Jakayla D. Oaks, 22, of Canton, Ohio, around 10:27 a.m. June 4 after police said he was found smoking marijuana in the parking lot of the Travel Inn Motel. Oaks was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was ...

Flemington Man Arrested on Child Sex Charges

FLEMINGTON, NJ – A borough man has been arrested and charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault.

The announcement by Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III follows a joint investigation by his Special Victims Unit and Flemington police, according to a press release.

Carlos Zacarias, 50, was arrested June 5, Kearns said. He was also charged with second-degree ...

State Trooper Stops Driver, Gets Surprise of a Lifetime

KINGWOOD, NJ – State Police say they don’t know the odds of it happening. Perhaps they’re close to the odds of a hole-in-one. Or winning the lottery. Or being struck by lightning.

But it happened.

Last Friday, Trooper Michael Patterson stopped Matthew Bailly for a minor motor vehicle violation here.

During the initial conversation,  Bailly told the trooper that he ...

$200K Police Settlement a 'Total Disgrace,' Reiner Says

RARITAN TWP., NJ – A recent TAPinto report that $200,000 was paid to a former township man after he filed a federal suit alleging excessive force by police here prompted a passionate defense of township police by Committeeman Louis Carl Reiner at last night’s Township Committee meeting.

Reiner apologized to the police force and to Lt. Benedict Donaruma – who attended the ...

Driver Charged After Striking Bicyclist, Leaving Scene, Delaware Twp. Police Report

DELAWARE TWP., NJ – A 67-year-old woman is facing several charges after police said she hit a bicyclist with her 2004 Infiniti G35 and then left the scene of the crash.

Mary C. Briant, of the township, was driving north on Route 29 around 3 p.m. May 14 when she turned onto Federal Twist Road and hit bicyclist Martin C. Hulme, 73, of the township, who was thrown from his bike, witnesses ...

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