Police & Fire

January 15, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Four pedestrians walking to school were struck by a taxi driver today as they crossed a street while walking in a crosswalk, police said. Authorities said the pedestrians were struck about 8:48 a.m. on Townsend Street. The victims included two girls, ages 8 and 10, who ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Authorities are investigating a three-vehicle crash on Route 22 and are requesting the public’s help. North Plainfield police responded to what originally was a two-car collision at 5:56 a.m. Jan. 12 in the vicinity of Route 22 East and West End Avenue; a third car struck ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Two men have been charged with attempted murder following a September 12, 2018 shooting in Franklin Township on Franklin Boulevard.  Dyshawn O. Williams, 23, and Sekuann D. Copeland, 22, of Bound Brook, were each charged with first-degree attempted murder and second-degree ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - At approximately 12 pm, Friday a vehicle crashed into the side of a building located on Easton Avenue, according to a Breaking News Network alert.  A grey SUV could be seen in front of what appears to be a damaged section on the side of Chase bank located in Rutgers ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A 34-year-old Somerville man faces charges of attempted murder and aggravated arson after police say he intentionally set fire to a Hillsborough residence where his former girlfriend lived. All eight occupants of the home, including a 4-year-old, escaped unharmed, according to ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Police are investing the shooting of an unidentified male victim, who may have been shot in Franklin, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Officials say the shooting was reported to police by hospital staff on Dec. 25 at approximately 12:17 am. The ...

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FRANKLIN PARK, NJ - Police charged a Flushing, New York woman with engaging in prostitution after allegedly offering sex for money to an undercover detective on Dec. 11.  According to a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, Yuhong J. Chen, 47 of Flushing, NY, allegedly ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Please feel free to join members of the Franklin Township Police for Coffee with Cop this Wednesday. Officers will be at Confectionately Yours at 3391 Route 27 from 6 pm to 8 pm on Dec. 12.   This is a great opportunity to meet some of our officers, ask questions, or just spend ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Police say a woman driving a late model pick-up truck tried to lure a young boy into the vehicle as he was walking home from a school bus stop on Dec. 5. The incident occurred around 4:10 p.m. in the vicinity of 117 Bluebird Drive, according to police. The age of the boy ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Two cars crashed at the intersection of Easton Avenue and Landing Lane at approximately 7:00 am and caused traffic delays for at least two and a half hours according to police.  "The initial investigation revealed that a 2006 Toyota Sienna operated by Nohelia ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK - A youth minister at a Franklin Township church was convicted Friday of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl in his Hillsborough home. A Superior Court jury found Shawn Butler, 52, guilty of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree criminal sexual ...

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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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