Police & Fire

November 12, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - A Monday morning fire has displaced six local residents from their home, according to police.  Reports of a structural fire prompted the Franklin Township Police Department to respond to a home on Hamilton Street near the area of Hadler Drive. Police arrived at approximately 7:57 ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - A Plainfield man died Saturday night from injuries sustained during a motorcycle crash on Blackwells Mills Road near Van Cleef Road, according to police.  George Garrett, a 35-year-old man from Plainfield, was determined to be the victim, according to police.  The Franklin ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, Public Information Officer Det. Jeanne Trillhaase, confirmed via email that "the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the matter but can’t comment further since the investigation is active and ongoing." Original story: Rev.

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SOMERSET, NJ - A local man murdered his mother and is now under police guard in an area hospital, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Dalton Chiscolm Jr., age 60,  has been charged with the homicide death of his mother, Roberta Ann Taylor, age 82, according to ...

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  SOMERVILLE, NJ – A 52-year-old Hillsborough man has been charged with at least three bank robberies in central New Jersey over the past month, and may face additional charges as a police investigation continues in adjoining counties and Pennsylvania. Mark Elbaum, a resident of ...

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On October 24th at approximately 4:00am, South Brunswick Police responded to an active mobile home fire in the Brookside Mobile Home Park. Upon arrival to the scene, officers reported that the fire had spread to a second mobile home. All occupants of the mobile homes that were in flames were ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Franklin Township man faces a vehicular homicide charge for allegedly driving after using marijuana last month when he struck and killed a 19-year-old Rutgers University student in downtown New Brunswick. David Stewart, 36, of the Somerset section of Franklin, was under the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 21-year-old  Piscataway man was charged in the hit-and-run accident in which a New Brunswick vice principal was struck and killed during what authorities said was a bunch of drivers drag racing in Piscataway. Freddy S. Garcia was arrested Thursday and charged with ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Two 18-year-old Franklin Township men have been indicted by a Somerset County Grand Jury charging them with multiple crimes arising from a burglary and discharge of a weapon at a home on Mersher Court in Hillsborough Township that occurred on Aug.16, according to Somerset County ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Please feel free to join members of the Franklin Township Police for Coffee with a Cop at three different locations. Officers will be at the Hamilton Luncheonette at 606 Hamilton Avenue from 7 am to 9 am, Corner Cafe & Grill at 1695  Amwell Road from 11 am to 1 pm, and ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Township police and the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office need the public's help in identifying a bank robbery suspect who fled on foot from the Financial Resources Federal Credit Union bank located on Easton Avenue.  Police say at approximately 9:33 am a male entered the bank ...

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FRANKLIN PARK, NJ - The 17-year-old Franklin Park resident who was hit by a car Saturday afternoon succumbed to his injuries and passed away on Tuesday, according to FTPD Lt. Phil Rizzo.   Original story: A 17-year-old male from Franklin Park was hit by a car Saturday afternoon while riding ...

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FRANKLIN PARK, NJ - A 17-year-old male from Franklin Park was hit by a car Saturday afternoon while riding his bike on Bennington Parkway in the area of Central Avenue, according to police.  Police responded to a 9-1-1 call made at 2:35 pm on Sept. 22, and discovered the teen suffering from ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - A local man was shot on Franklin Boulevard at approximately 8:10 pm Wednesday evening, according to police.  The unnamed man was taken to an area hospital and is in stable condition according to police.  Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said in a statement that ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - A raging fire completely gutted a South Middlebush Road house early Thursday morning, police said. Police and fire units responded just before 5 a.m. Thursday morning to find the house fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters from Middlebush Fire Department, Elizabeth Avenue Fire ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Local law enforcement officials are seeking the public's help with several ongoing burglary investigations, according to a social media post.  "The Franklin Township Police Department is actively investigating several burglaries that have occurred within the community," the ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Police charged a Flushing, New York woman with engaging in prostitution after allegedly offering sex for money to an undercover detective on Aug. 15. According to a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, Xu Huiqin, 47, of Flushing, allegedly offered a sexual ...

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On August 22, 2018 at 12:01pm, the Franklin Township Police Department responded to several 911 calls reporting a female pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle on Easton Avenue near JFK Boulevard. Upon arrival to the scene, responders discovered that Somerset resident Jada Montrese Vennie, 19, had ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Police charged a township man Aug. 15 with receiving a $141,000 commercial-grade trailer generator that was reported stolen out of Paterson, according to a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. Police charged Hunt Road resident Aaron Taylor-Fajardo, 43, with ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Police charged a township man with breaking into an occupied Hillsborough home early Thursday morning and are looking for a second suspect in the apparent home invasion. Hillsborough Police and detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office charged Jhamir Hoagland, ...

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WARREN, NJ -  Police released additional information on Thursday regarding the robbery of TD Bank in Warren Township  on Saturday, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Warren Township Chief of Police William Keane announced. Additional ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Multiple Firefighters responded to a smoke condition at the Stop & Shop on Easton Avenue at approximately 7 pm, according to an alert from the Breaking News Network.  The smoke condition didn't appear to impact shoppers as of 7:15 pm.  Editor's note: This story will be ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office has announced that police agencies all over Somerset County, and around New Jersey, are participating in the state's largest drunk driving crackdown. According to a release, the 2018 "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Statewide Labor Day ...

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A township resident faces multiple charges in the armed robbery of a WaWa store after the suspect was confronted by a gas station attendant, who tried to confine the suspect inside a booth where a cash register was located. Dupre J. McCalla, 45, of Pear Tree Lane, ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - A local man hit a parked car with his motorcycle and suffered serious head injuries Sunday morning according to police. David Vega Jr., 23 years old of Somerset, was traveling eastbound on Ralph Street, on his 2018 Honda motorcycle when it struck a parked car, police say.  "The ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - A Piscataway man is facing multiple charges after he fled the scene of an accident which left a commercial water tanker overturned at the intersection of John F. Kennedy Boulevard and caused a multi-car accident on Easton Avenue, according to a news release from the Franklin Township ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Police are investigating a serious crash involving a motorcycle in the area of Lafayette Street, according to a Breaking News Network alert.  First responders were called to the scene for a downed motorcyclist with a head injury and possible trouble breathing, according to the BNN ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - A truck overturned at the intersection of Easton Avenue and John F. Kennedy Boulevard shortly after 11 pm Friday evening, according to a Breaking News Network alert. Diesel fuel was leaking from the truck, and hazmat was called according to the BNN alert.  A crowd could be seen ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ  - A pedestrian struck by a van in front of the Somerset Hotel on Grove Street Tuesday morning has been identified as Christine McConnachie, a 52-year-old resident of Clinton Township in Hunterdon County. She was transported to Robert Wood Johnson/University Hospital in New ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ  - A 52-year-old woman crossing Grove Street in front of the Hotel Somerset was struck by a van Tuesday morning around 9 a.m. The pedestrian was transported to Robert Wood Johnson/University Hospital in New Brunswick where she was pronounced dead, according to Somerville Police ...

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