Somerset County News

Police Identify Homicide Victim in Monday's Incident on Washington Valley Road as Defendant's Mother

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The homicide victim in Monday's stabbing in a home on Washington Valley Road in Martinsville has been identified as Helen Litwornia, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson.

Robertson said the 61-year-old victim was the mother of defendant Michael Litwornia.

According to Robertson, an autopsy was performed by the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner's Office, and the cause of death was found to be sharp force trauma to the neck, classified as a homicide.

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The investigation is continuing.

Litwornia, 27, of Martinsville, was charged with first-degree homicide in his mother's death, as well as second degree aggravated assault in connection with the stabbing of his father.

The incident took place Monday evening inside the Litwornia home on Washington Valley Road. Following a standoff with Michael Litwornia, he was taken into custody by the Somerset County SWAT team.

At this time, he is at an area hospital under police guard for self-inflicted wounds, and will be lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing once he is released.

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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Lost in Warren: Have You Seen Snickers?

September 22, 2017

WARREN, NJ - Have you seen Snickers? Here is the latest update on Snickers. Snickers flew out of her window and was last see flying around with some sparrows in the Plainfield Gardens neighborhood at the corner or Roseland and Gates.  

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Missing Dog in Warren: Have You Seen Fonzi?

WARREN, NJ - Update: Found.

Fonzi is an 80 pound Italian Mastiff and was last seen about 9:45am Thursday in the Deerwood Trail/ Wychwood Way area. 

 

Fonzi is a friendly dog and should come right to you if you see him and call him or clap. He is wearing a collar with a tag with phone number.

 

Call 973-699-2387 if you spot him.

Remembering 9/11: a Warren resident remembers

September 11, 2017

Sixteen years. The day that changed my life and our country.

 

Last year my son asked me what I remembered about that day for an assignment he was doing for social studies. And for the first time, I told him some details.  I was there, guessing I was pregnant with our first child, the son who asked the question, and through a dumb move with broken glass, my husband was at ...

Fundraising Site Launched After 16- Year Old Dies During Lacrosse Game at Rutgers

September 18, 2017

HOLMDEL, NJ - A GoFundMe site was launched Monday by the Holmdel Lacrosse Team to support the family of their friend, classmate and teammate Jack Dowd, who died after collapsing at a lacrosse game at Rutgers University on Sunday. You can find it and assist the family by clicking here:

https://www.gofundme.com/jack-dowd-fundraiser

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Great Whites Finn and Amagansett Paths Converging Along Jersey Coast

JERSEY SHORE, NJ — Two young great white sharks remain off the coast of New Jersey, moving toward each other in the waters between Asbury Park and Seaside Heights.

Ocearch’s Global Shark Tracker “pinged” Finn at 10:30 a.m. on September 14 about 10 miles off the Asbury Park shoreline, moving along a southbound track. Amagansett ‘s last known whereabouts was about ...

A Call to Action on Healthcare

September 24, 2017

On July 29, 2016, one week after my 41st birthday, with no warning, I experienced a Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection. SCAD is an uncommon heart condition that causes arteries in the heart to tear, leading to a blockage of the artery, and, in my case, a heart attack.  I HAVE NO KNOWN RISK FACTORS FOR HEART DISEASE.  

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Obituaries

South Plainfield – Ellen Parker, 76, passed away on Monday, August 21, 2017 in JFK Haven ...
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Attention Warren Commuters:NJ Transit Gladstone Branch to Resume Service Thursday Afternoon

September 21, 2017

NJ TRANSIT’s Gladstone Branch rail service along the Morris & Essex Lines will resume full regularly schedule service beginning at approximately 12:30 this afternoon following emergency repair work. 

The P.M. peak period ride home will have full regularly scheduled service originating in Penn Station New York and Hoboken making all scheduled stops.

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Mindfulness in Warren: Linda Lantieri Speaks to Watchung Hills Staff on Social and Emotional Learning

September 21, 2017

WARREN, NJ - Keynote Speaker Linda Lantieri, co-founder and Senior Program Advisor for Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), urged teachers at Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) to not only teach with a more fundamental awareness of the social and emotional influences on students’ readiness to learn, ...

WHRHS Soccer: Watchung Hills Girls Win in Double OT, Boys Fall to Montgomery

 

WARREN, NJ - The Watchung Hills boys and girls varsity soccer teams split their games with Montgomery on Tuesday.

 

In Montgomery, Chloe Ferreira scored twice to lift WHRHS over Montgomery, 3-2, with 36 seconds left in double overtime. Lindsay Wolf scored one and Nicole Entrup made four saves.

 

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WHRHS Football: Watchung Hills Falls to Elizabeth on Future Warrior Night, 27-7

WARREN, NJ -  The Watchung Hills Warriors Varsity football team started strong on Friday against the Elizabeth Minutemen, but the first win of the 2017 was not to be. The Warriors fell to the Minutemen, 27-7.

Prior to the game all youth football and cheer organizations were invited to participate in Future Warrior Night where they were announced onto the field before kick off.

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Immaculata HS Rededicates State-of-the-Art Theater

September 23, 2017

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ -- The curtain went up on Immaculata High School's new state-of-the art theater this week with a blessing and dedication ceremony.

The Immaculata Theater was made possible by community support of the recent Capital Campaign, Preserving Tradition, Preparing for the Future. Invited guests included generous donors, parents, alumni and school faculty and ...

Somerset County Children's Singer/Songwriter Faces Child Pornography Charge

 

NEWARK, NJ – Eric. S. Komar a Hillsborough resident, music teacher and singer/songwriter who performs for children at synagogues, Jewish community centers, camps and conventions nationwide was arrested at his home Tuesday and charged with receiving and distributing images of child sexual abuse, according to Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.

 Komar, 46, was ...