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Arsonist Sentenced for Setting Fire to Occupied Hillsborough Home

June 10, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Borough resident Patrick M. Hammond, 36, has been sentenced to jail for 14 years following his conviction for setting fire to an occupied Hillsborough home in 2018 with nine people inside.

Hammond was convicted of Aggravated Arson, 2nd Degree; Endangering another Person, 3rd Degree (9 Counts); Endangering the Welfare of a Child, 3rd Degree (4 Counts); Animal ...

Mother Indicted, Faces Murder Charge in Death of 4-Year-Old Son

SOUTH BOUND BROOK, NJ – A 38-year-old mother has been indicted on charges of murder and two lesser charges in the Feb. 6th death of her 4-year-old son, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Elina Gutti, 38, of Cedar Street, South Bound Brook also known as Olga Singhania, and also known as Olga Gutiy, is charged with killing her son, identified as Aiden ...

In-Person Criminal Jury Trials, Grand Jury Proceedings Resume in June

TRENTON, NJ - Criminal jury trials will resume in person next month, under a Supreme Court order issued this week that revises juror service based on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in New Jersey.

The Court’s order directs the resumption of in-person criminal jury trials beginning June 15, with cases that involve detained defendants receiving the highest priority. 

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Hillsborough Financial Advisor Took Advantage of Elderly Clients

TRENTON, NJ – A Hillsborough man was sentenced today to 78 months in prison Friday for engaging in a $2 million Ponzi scheme targeting elderly investors and for subscribing to a false tax return, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig.

Daniel Rivera, 51, of Hillsborough, New Jersey, a former financial advisor, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District ...

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Somerset County Offers Free COVID-19 Vaccinations This Week

June 21, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – COVID-19 vaccination clinics operated by the Somerset County Department of Health will be held at several locations through June 27.

No appointments are necessary.

Tuesday, June 22, Bound Brook Train Station, 3-7 p.m., Johnson&Johnson vaccine;

Wednesday, June 23, Somerset County Senior Wellness Center, 876 E. Main St. Bridgewater, 4-5:30 p.m.

Downtown Somerville Celebrates Pride Month with Mural, Pride Contest and Pride Night

June 15, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Downtown Somerville Alliance unveiled its PRIDE Month Mural on Friday – a 75-foot tribute to trailblazers in the LGBTQ Movement.

The mural is the latest in a partnership between the DSA, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somersetand the Babs Siperstein Proud Center to host a series of events in downtown Somerville to celebrate PRIDE Month throughout ...

Longtime Friends Spreading the News in Bordentown

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When longtime friends Elizabeth Meyers and Kristin Antonello saw that the greater Bordentown area was in need of a hyperlocal news outlet, they jumped at the opportunity to bring TAPinto into the community.

The two recognized Bordentown as a community that would benefit from a TAPinto site because there was no publication devoted only to local news.

“There was a ...

Shapiro: "Amid Spike in Local News Initiatives, Franchise Model Remains Only Proven Method to Scale Local News"

Cautionary tales have emerged in recent weeks about the inherent risks of entering the local news industry. Poynter recently called out a few of the pain points that new publishers endure, and Columbia Journalism Review suggested there isn’t enough budget to combat increasing political polarization at the local level.

All these potential pitfalls haven’t stopped ...