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Martinsville Man Charged With Homicide in Stabbing Death of Woman in Washington Valley Road Home

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Martinsville man has been charged with first degree homicide in the stabbing death of a woman inside a Washington Valley Road home Monday evening, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson.

Michael Litwornia, 27, was also charged with second degree aggravated assault in connection with the stabbing of his father, also inside the home.

According to Robertson, Bridgewater police responded to a 911 call at about 8:20 p.m. regarding a stabbing victim outside of the home. When they arrived, he said, they found a 61-year-old male homeowner suffering from severe stab wounds and lacerations.

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The victim, Robertson said, told officers that his son, Litwornia, had attacked him.

Additional officers responded to the scene, Robertson said, and found a 61-year-old female also suffering from stab wounds and lacerations. Officers began lifesaving measures on the woman, but she was declared dead upon the arrival of medics.

According to Robertson, officers attempted to make contact with Litwornia, who had barricaded himself inside the house. Officers also set up a perimeter of the residence, and evacuated and sheltered in place local residents.

The Somerset County SWAT and Hostage/Crisis Negotiators responded to the scene, and detectives from the Bridgewater Township Police Department, Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit, the Crime Scene Investigations and Forensics Unit and the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner's Office responded to the scene.

Robertson said an attempt was made to establish communications with Litwornia, but he refused to communicate. A mechanical robot was sent into the residence, Robertson said, and found the defendant lying on a couch inside the house.

When SWAT members entered the house, Robertson said, Litwornia attempted to grab a sharp force instrument, but was subdued and taken into custody by SWAT personnel.

Litwornia was taken to an area hospital for emergency treatment because of self-inflicted wounds to his body.

Robertson said the adult male victim was taken to an area trauma center to undergo emergency surgery, and is listed in critical condition.

The investigation is ongoing, Robertson said, and detectives are working to establish a motive for the assaults. Authorities have not released the identity of the deceased female pending notifications of next of kin, and an autopsy is scheduled at the medical examiner's office.

Litwornia is currently at an area hospital under police guard, and, once he is released, he will be lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100, the Bridgewater Township Police Department at 908-722-4111 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers' Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). People can also go to www.888577tips.org or www.scpot.net with tips.

All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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The Iconic Surflight Theatre and Showplace Ice Cream Parlor Reopens Today

June 23, 2017

BEACH HAVEN, NJ - The iconic Surflight Theatre and Show Place Ice Cream Parlour in Beach Haven, NJ will reopen Friday, June 23 with a performance of Footloose. Under the new ownership of Al Parinello Entertainment LLC, the Surflight Theatre’s 68th year will begin with new sound and lighting, a newly renovated stage, new curtain and a range of plans for improvements over the next five ...

Weekend Suggestions To Entertain the Family

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Are you ready to celebrate the end of the school year? Many area schools are concluding for the summer, making kids primed to party. If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend with the family in New Jersey, you must make time to check out the following local events.

 

Montville 4th of July Celebration

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Great White Shark Mary Lee is 'Loopy' off Jersey Coast

BEACH HAVEN, NJ — After five days of "ping" silence, great white shark Mary Lee has traveled about  20 miles northbound and is now off the Jersey coast between Beach Haven and Long Beach Township, again.

The 16-foot, 3,500-pound shark was last tracked at 6:54 a.m. on June 17 about 15 miles off the shoreline of Long Beach Island — the same area that she visited ...

Seafood Festival in the Pines to Benefit the Maximilian Foundation this Saturday from Noon to 6 p.m.

STAFFORD - The Manahawkin Elks Lodge #2340 is presenting the Seafood Festival in the Pines to benefit the Maximilian Foundation this Saturday, June 17 from 12 to 6 p.m.  There will be plenty of crabs, clams, a fish fry, fish tacos, scallops, hot dogs and more.  

From 1 to 3 p.m. Shorty Long and the Horns will provide entertainment.  The Dankstesr will perform from 4 to 6 p.m.

"Surf the Sidewalk"in Surf City Opens Up Saturday

SURF CITY - The newly formed Surf City Business Cooperative will kick off a special event that will be held throughout the summer called “Surf The Sidewalk."  The initial event will be this Saturday June 17.

The cooperative will hold the event every Friday through December. The group seeks to promote and stimulate tourism and commerce in Surf City.  The group has great ...

Travel Ideas for Father's Day Weekend

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Father’s Day is Sunday and North Jersey is brimming with activities designed to honor all of the dads in our lives. Dad is guaranteed to love spending time with his family at any one of the area’s many festivals and fairs this coming weekend.

Tri-County Fair

Bring Dad to the fair this weekend and enjoy rides, carnival games, live music, and ...

Animal Shelter Celebrates New Dog Play Yard, Rescue Van

June 20, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter hosted a ribbon cutting June 14 to celebrate the opening of a new dog play yard, donated by Tony Martinez, of the National Fence Company, in honor of his mother, Isabel Martinez, an animal welfare advocate.

“We need an area for dogs to play and meet,” Brian Bradshaw, shelter manager, said.

Natalie Zaman, a board member for ...

The Iconic Surflight Theatre and Showplace Ice Cream Parlor Reopens Today

June 23, 2017

BEACH HAVEN, NJ - The iconic Surflight Theatre and Show Place Ice Cream Parlour in Beach Haven, NJ will reopen Friday, June 23 with a performance of Footloose. Under the new ownership of Al Parinello Entertainment LLC, the Surflight Theatre’s 68th year will begin with new sound and lighting, a newly renovated stage, new curtain and a range of plans for improvements over the next five ...

Great White Shark Mary Lee is 'Loopy' off Jersey Coast

BEACH HAVEN, NJ — After five days of "ping" silence, great white shark Mary Lee has traveled about  20 miles northbound and is now off the Jersey coast between Beach Haven and Long Beach Township, again.

The 16-foot, 3,500-pound shark was last tracked at 6:54 a.m. on June 17 about 15 miles off the shoreline of Long Beach Island — the same area that she visited ...

No Lifeguards on Duty:Belmar Elementary School Grieves Death of 13-Year Old Drowning Victim, 12-Year Old Cousin Clings to Life

BELMAR, NJ — On a day that should have been a time of celebration at Belmar Elementary School is a time of grief as the school mourns the drowning of one 13-year-old student and prays for the 12-year-old student who is clinging to life.

Today, June 16, marks the final day of the school year for Belmar Elementary School — less than 15 hours after two unidentified students, who were ...

Animal Shelter Celebrates New Dog Play Yard, Rescue Van

June 20, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter hosted a ribbon cutting June 14 to celebrate the opening of a new dog play yard, donated by Tony Martinez, of the National Fence Company, in honor of his mother, Isabel Martinez, an animal welfare advocate.

“We need an area for dogs to play and meet,” Brian Bradshaw, shelter manager, said.

Natalie Zaman, a board member for ...

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New Jersey Blood Services Declares Blood Emergency

June 27, 2017

New Jersey Blood Services Declares Blood Emergency

NJBS urges the public to donate to replenish the community’s critically low blood supply.
 

New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS) and its parent company,  New York Blood Center (NYBC) has declared a blood emergency and is asking the public to please find time to donate blood at a NJBS donor center or convenient blood drive to ...

Watchung Hills Raises More Than $2,000 'Dancing With The Teachers'

June 20, 2017

WARREN, NJ - In the second annual Dancing with the Teachers fundraiser, more than 150 students, teachers, administration and staff performed to the delight of more than 300 in the audience.

Co- hosted by graduating senior Suchir Govindarajan and freshman Vincent DiGeronimo, the event last week raised more than $2,000 in honor of the family of Juan Carlos Cruz. Last fall, Spanish ...

Giving Back with Art at WHRHS: Watchung Hills Students Participate in Memory Project

WARREN, NJ - For the second year in a row, Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) Art Teacher Kate Griffin’s Advanced Placement 2D Studio Art class participated in The Memory Project.  

“The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to youth around the world who ...

Congressman Lance Speaks at American Legion Jersey Boys State

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) returned to the place where he started his political career Sunday, the podium at American Legion Jersey Boys State.

The 1969 delegate of the nationwide government-in-action program spoke to the nearly 1,000 rising senior boys at Rider University, professing his love for the program that launched his government ...

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Somerville Hosts Weekly Summer Dance Party with Live Music on Division Street

June 26, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The borough is synonymous with live events that include - what else - live music.

Over the past three weeks, there was live music on Main Street during the June 4 Somerville Business & Professional Association street fair; on June 10, there was a live band on the steps of the historic Somerset County Courthouse as part of the Flag Day celebration and this past ...

Warren Township Dedicates New Ambulance

WARREN, NJ - A new ambulance was dedicated on Saturday to the Warren Township Rescue Squad by Mayor Carolann Garafola and Committeeman Gary DiNardo. 

 

The new vehicle is equipped with an automatic lift cot and larger cabin space to allow first responders to access their equipment and service patients more effectively.

 

The members of the Rescue Squad would like to ...