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Fire at Hunterdon Central High School Appears Accidental

October 20, 2017

RARITAN TWP., NJ – A fire at Hunterdon Central High School last night appears “to be accidental in nature,” according to a press release from Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III.

The fire prompted Hunterdon Central officials to close the school for classes today.

Witnesses reported seeing smoke and flames coming from a storage room in the school around 8:55, ...

Man at Hunterdon Medical Center's Emergency Department is Arrested

RARITAN TWP., NJ - The report of an “intoxicated and irate person” who was in Hunterdon Medical Center’s Emergency Department to pick up a patient who was being discharged resulted in an arrest.

Patrol Officer Anthony Moreno arrested Stephen M. Johnson, 57, of Whitehouse Station around 10:36 a.m. Oct. 12 and him charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Johnson ...

Multiple Drug Distribution Charges for 20 Year Old, Prosecutor Says

FLEMINGTON, NJ – A 20-year-old man was arrested and faces a string of drug charges, Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III announced in a press release this morning.

Austin Vasallo, 20, of High Bridge, was charged with two counts of second-degree distribution of LSD; two counts of third-degree distribution of MDMA; third-degree distribution of cocaine; fourth-degree ...

Hydrocodone, Marijuana, Careless Driving in Raritan Twp. Police News

RARITAN TWP., NJ - Police here recently released details on a number of unrelated arrests.

Sgt. Robert Landolina arrested Bloomsbury residents Kenyatta Rodgers, 31, and Samantha Miles, 35, and charged each with narcotics offenses after a motor vehicle stop on Route 202-31 around 12:38 p.m. Oct. 6.

Police said Rodgers was initially stopped for an expired inspection sticker. She was ...

8 Flemington Residents Among 20 Arrested in Fugitive Sweep

FLEMINGTON, – A sweep by the Hunterdon County Joint Fugitive Task Force has resulted in the arrest of 20 fugitives in Hunterdon and surrounding counties, according to a press release issued today.

The individuals and their initial charges are as follows:

Stacey Alberti, 40, of Flemington, distribution of a heroin.
Danielle Houser, 33, of Flemington, theft.
Candace Sparatta, 35, ...

Flemington Hires New Cop, Dog is Part of the Deal

FLEMINGTON, NJ – The borough is hiring two new members for its Police Department, and one of them has four legs.

Greg Zytko will be the department’s newest patrol officer. He previously worked in that role in the Mansfield (Warren County) Police Department.

Zytko will be bringing with him Jax, a K-9 dog trained to detect drugs, Councilperson Marc Hain said at yesterday’s ...

Raritan Township Man Charged with Impersonating a Cop

RARITAN TWP., NJ – Police here arrested a township resident on a charge of impersonating a police officer.

On Sept. 7, police received a report of a vehicle, which did not appear to be a police or emergency services vehicle, using red and blue strobe lights. Police said they were also told that the driver of that vehicle had displayed some type of badge.

Michael F. Lakat, 65, was ...

Firefighter Shortage Subject of Debate in Raritan Township

RARITAN TWP., NJ – Township Committee was given a first-hand account Tuesday night of a plan by the county’s Fire Chiefs Association to introduce paid firefighters to Hunterdon to augment volunteers during daytime hours.

But before it heard the account, the Committee discussed the plan in a closed-door session that it explained as “contract negotiations.” Committeeman ...

Undercover Drug Busts Snare Six Flemington Residents, Prosecutor Says

FLEMINGTON, NJ – An undercover operation begun in response to the ever increasing number of heroin overdoses - including 15 deaths in Hunterdon this year – has led to a string of arrests.

The operation specifically targeted people distributing heroin and other illegal narcotics, according to a press release from Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III.

A total of 11 ...

Heroin, Marijuana in Recent Raritan Twp. Arrests

RARITAN TWP., , NJ – Patrol Officer Adam Swiatek arrested Brittany R. Rash, 28, of the township and Thomas G. Connell, 29, of Hamilton, and charged each with narcotics offenses after a motor vehicle stop on Copper Hill Road around 11:41 p.m. Sept. 22.

Police said Rash was initially stopped for delaying traffic. She was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin) ...

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