Police & Fire

June 21, 2021

MANVILLE, N..– Police are investigating reports of gunfire in the area of North Sixth Street early Sunday morning. Police were dispatched to the area after receiving phone calls reporting a man with a gun and gunfire at 3:26 a.m. Police say there were 10 shots fired. There were no reported ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - An early morning fire on Sunday damaged a home on Davis Close, but the occupants were able to escape without injury, according to police. Firefighters arrived at the residence at 5:06 a.m. where they were confronted by flames at the rear portion of the building's exterior. The ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Police throughout central New Jersey who slipped out of uniform in favor of running shorts, t-shirts and sneakers caught a break Friday, with a slight drizzle and temperatures in the 70s making their trek that much easier.  More than one dozen Somerville police officers and law ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Motor vehicle stops on Route 206 and other township roads continue to result in drivers being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Those who have been charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty. May 2, 2021 - Sandra Briganti, 47, of Hillsborough was ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Members of the township's Police Department will pick up where the Somerville Police leave off with the transfer of the New Jersey Special Olympics Torch of Hope at the Duke Parkway East exit off Route 206 Friday afternoon. Somerville Police will carry the torch through the ...

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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 ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The township Police Department has created a new Motorcycle Unit, with two new Harley Davidson FLHTP Motorcycles on order, purchased with a $60,000 donation from Dr. Cesar DePaco. DePaco, a Someset County resident, is a longtime supporter of law enforcement and has made ...

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WESTAMPTON, NJ – Burlington City police have a new recruit and he has loads of energy and a nose for sniffing out trouble. Meet Dutch. He’s an 11-month-old German Shepherd-Pitbull mix who is the latest success story from the Burlington County Animal Shelter. Dutch was surrendered to the ...

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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, ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A man who had just exited a NJTRANSIT bus on his way to work at the UPS warehouse facility at the intersection of Route 28 and Chimney Rock Road was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver early Thursday morning, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and ...

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NJ -- A birthday party that became the scene of a mass shooting at a house party is still an active investigation according to a Monday morning briefing by Governor Phil Murphy. The Saturday night shooting killed two individuals and injured 12 others, some of whom remain in ...

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ -  Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson has announced the arrests of two township residents in connection with the May 18 stabbing death of Jamari R. Stephenson, 23, a resident of Holland Drive. Charged with First Degree Murder and related charges are Nasir J.

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TRENTON — No seatbelt? “No excuses,” according to New Jersey state officials who are ramping up seat belt checks beginning May 24 through June 6.  That means any motor vehicle driver or passenger caught without a seatbelt starting Monday will be issued a citation by local, county and state law ...

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MANVILLE, NJ – Two 19-year-olds have been arrested and charged in connection with a police pursuit of a stolen car and attempted burglaries of several parked cars May 17, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Robertson provided the following account: Manville Police ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Officer Michael Teel, who took part in the search and recovery efforts in the moments after the 9/11 attacks, succumbed to cancer.  Sgt. Charles Wilson III and Patrolman Gary Walker passed away after contracting COVID-19.  Lt. Leroy Palmer died from complications after suffering ...

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – Police and emergency medical first responders were unable to save the life of a 23-year-old man stabbed multiple times inside a residence on Holland Drive early Tuesday morning, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. The prosecutor provided the ...

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Police say a lack of cooperation has impeded an investigation into two separate shooting incidents on Sunday, May 16. Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said the shootings occurred 14 hours apart in the area of Hamilton Street and Franklin Boulevard in the ...

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LONG BRANCH, NJ - A 19-year veteran police officer of the Long Branch Police Department has been suspended without pay after he was arrested and charged over the weekend with various offenses related to manufacturing and maintaining a methamphetamine laboratory at his home, according to Monmouth ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Ten fire companies responded to a fire at 502 Brookside Lane early Wednesday evening that gutted the first floor and basement, according to police. The structure was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived shortly after 6 p.m. The fire was extinguished and there were ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A single family house on Coyle Trail is uninhabitable after a fire ripped through the second floor and attic Sunday afternoon. Bill Rose of the Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department said the call came in around 12:09 p.m. Sunday, and, when firefighters arrived, it was already ...

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MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, NJ – A victim looking to buy drugs was instead pistol-whipped and robbed at gunpoint and reported the ripoff to police afterwards, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Police have arrested George C. Battle 4th, 18, of Drewes Court, Lawrence in ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Following an event involving use of force and "assaultive conduct," two officers, one from East Brunswick and one from North Plainfield, have been charged with failing to report and prevent guards assaults on inmates. Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal on Tuesday announced charges ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - A 59-year-old driving school instructor and resident of the borough faces charges of inappropriate sexual encounters with two students. Steven Collucci, of North Clark Street, is charged with two counts of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Contact involving two 16-year-ol students ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  A local wrestling coach and Special Education teacher has been charged with numerous counts of multiple sex crimes and avoidance of arrest and prosecution. John DeNuto coached at 15 public and Catholic high schools and township youth programs in Central New Jersey, including ...

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Police investigating a report of "shots fired" found 27 shell casings in the vicinity of Baier Avenue and Phillips Road Wednesday night, and a vehicle that had been struck and damaged by a gunshot, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. No injuries ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Volunteer firefighters from eight surrounding towns responded along with township firefighters from Stations 36,37 and 38 to put down a garage fire Tuesday night at 52 Vliet Drive. The fire was reported at 8:04 p.m. The structure was fully engulfed in flames when ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ –  National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 18-24 is being observed by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office. Magnets have been affixed to all police cars in the county to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights and introduce the community to the important ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A 74-year-old township is dead after a landscape mower he was repairing dropped on top of him when the cable holding the machine above him snapped, according to police. The victim was identified as John F. Levinski of Township Line Road. A neighbor found the man beneath the ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – In honor of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, County Commissioner Douglas Singleterry recently toured the Somerset County 911 Communications Center to meet staff and learn more about the county’s emergency telecommunications and national Smart911™ program. “One ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Township resident Christopher Quaglin has been arrested and charged by the United States Department of Justice for his involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the United States Capitol following a rally for former President Donald Trump. Quaglin faces charges that ...

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