Police & Fire

March 9, 2021

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Though passed overwhelmingly by voters in November, the legalization of marijuana has rankled the New Jersey law enforcement community and elected officials from both parties, many of whom are pushing back against Gov. Phil Murphy, who signed the legislation Feb. 22. Mayor ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A driver heading north on Route 206 veered off the road, crossed over the southbound lane of the busy state highway and wedged itself between the stanchions of a sign at the K-Fuel gas station. The air bags inside the vehicle deployed; the unidentified driver was taken to an ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Route 206 traffic in both directions was shut down for five hours Friday afternoon after a car crossed the center line near the intersection of New Amwell Road and hit two more vehicles, killing the 77-year-old driver. identified by police as township resident Shobha ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Investigators continue to seek information connected with the hit-and-run death of volunteer firefighter George Kavanaugh in front of the Lincoln Hose Co. firehouse on Warren Street six years ago. Kavanaugh, a former chief of the Somerville Fire Department and life-long resident ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A 24-year veteran of the Hillsborough Police Department has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Lieutenant Mark Szymanski will become the Patrol Division commander. During his career, he worked as an officer in the Patrol Division from 1997 to 2000 and 2005 to 2013.

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Illegal dumping is an environmental hazard that poses a risk to the community. Not only is it unsightly, it also distracts from the natural beauty of the landscape and costs taxpayers thousands of dollars each year to clean up. Hillsborough Township Clean Communities has seen ...

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BRANCHBURG,  NJ – Police arrested three men and seized an AR-15 assault weapon and fully-loaded magazine following a road rage incident Feb. 28, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Arrested were Robert Figueroa, 19, of Whitehall, Pa., Axel Rafael Colon Merly, 18, of ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A criminal complaint was filed Monday against a Bridgewater man in connection with a fatal motor vehicle collision on Old York Road in Raritan Borough in September 2020 in which a pedestrian was killed. Kevin D. Betyeman, 56, of Maple Street, was previously charged with motor ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – A Bernardsville man has been charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder and related offenses in connection with a Dec. 20, 2019 incident in the Bound Brook train station parking lot, according to Somerset Prosecutor Micheal H. Robertson. William D. Hoke, Jr., of ...

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A California man has been arrested after police say he flew to New Jersey to have sex with a 14-year-old girl after the two established a relationship online, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Justin R. Ganutan, 22, of Greyhouse Lane, Stockton, ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Firefighters and emergency personnel were able to assist a motorist whose car had left the roadway and hit a pole, coming to rest in a vertical position at a severe angle with the front of the car pointing skyward. The incident occurred at 1:45 p.m.; no other vehicles were ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - A two-year-old boy was struck and killed by a pick-up truck backing up in a driveway early Saturday according to police.  An investigation was announced by Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and Franklin Township Public Safety Director Quovella.   Franklin ...

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FRANKLIN, NJ – The tragic death of a 17-year-old Jan. 29 in Franklin has prompted an online petition that has garnered thousands of signatures calling for street lights and barriers to be added to a section of Canal Road.  At 9:22 p.m. on Jan. 29, Franklin Township Police received a 9-1-1 call ...

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BOUND BROOK, NJ - A North Bergen man has been arrested and charged with Attempted Sexual Assault following a series of phone calls with an undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old girl on various online platforms, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. The suspect, ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A 19-year-old Franklin man has been charged murder in connection with the Sept. 13 shooting at a party on Delafield Street that left two dead and seven injured. Jeron Pitt was arrested and charged Friday with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers face off against the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs Sunday night in the National Football League's 55th championship game in Florida, a game that traditionally draws the attention of law enforcement agencies throughout the country. That includes ...

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SOUTH BOUND BROOK, NJ – A 38-year-old mother has been charged with murder in the death of her 4-year-old son, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Elina Gutti, 38, of Cedar Street, South Bound Brook is charged with killing her son, identified as Aiden Singhania after ...

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A Belle Mead doctor already charged with sexual assault of two patients faces another charge after a third woman told police she was assaulted by the doctor during an appointment at his office in June, 2020 according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Dr.

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WASHINGTON, DC - "He loved his girlfriend, his dogs, and the New Jersey Devils," said Senate Majority leader Charles E. Schumer today of Capitol Police Officer and New Jersey native Brian David Sicknick.  Members of the United States Congress gathered in the Capitol Rotunda this morning to honor ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Police are investigating the death of a 17-year-old woman whose car left the road and plunged into the Delaware & Raritan Canal. Police did not release the identity of the driver, only that she was a resident of Kendall Park. Police received a 911 call Friday at 9:22 p.m.

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Construction crews have begun to rebuild a four-story apartment building alongside the Raritan Valley NJTRANSIT railroad tracks that was destroyed by a multiple-alarm fire in August. Following demolition of the gutted Somerville Parc II Luxury Apartments in the months following ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. – A 27-year-old father has been charged with attempted murder and child endangerment after surveillance video showed him carrying his two-year-old daughter in a plastic bag in the hallway of a hotel where he was living, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H.

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  WASHINGTON - NJ -- Sen. Cory Booker D-NJ eulogized U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick in the U.S. Senate Tuesday, calling him "the very definition of a hero" and said that he was proud to say the officer "was a Jersey guy through and through."  “When a violent mob attacked this ...

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BRANCHBURG, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health began dispensing the COVID-19 vaccination to hundreds of police, firefighters and EMTs from departments throughout the country this week, while those 65 and older, or people with pre-existing medical conditions are expected to line ...

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A Belle Mead doctor already charged with sexual assault of a patient faces another charge after a second woman told police Friday she was assaulted by the doctor during an appointment at his office in 2019 according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Dr.

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RARITAN, NJ - Police officers from Raritan, Bridgewater and Hillsborough and local residents gathered in Raritan Thursday night for a moment of silence to honor fallen Officer Brian Sicknick, who died from injuries sustained in the attack at the Capitol in Washington D.C Jan. 6. Sicknick was a ...

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A 64-year-old Belle Mead doctor was arrested after a patient told police he had sexually assaulted her at his office in Franklin Township, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Dr. Chike J. Aguh of Mulberry Court, Belle Mead, is charged with 2nd ...

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WARREN Township, N.J. – Three suspects face multiple charges after a fraudulent bank withdrawal of $10,000, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Robertson identified the three suspects as Deleon Hutchenson, 25, Dolan Street Sayreville; Rebecca Burlew 43, Therese Avenue, ...

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TRENTON, NJ - The threat of protests in the state capital on Jan. 17 has put the state on high alert, following a massive insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. last week. Gov. Phil Murphy and Colonel Pat Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said Monday that NJ ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered all U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff on Monday, Jan 11 in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick of South River, who died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol when it was under siege on Jan. 6. In a ...

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