Middlesex County News

Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office to Get Its 1st Drone

Stock photo Credits: Pixabay

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Middlesex County has bought what officials believe is the first drone to be used in criminal investigations by the prosecutor’s office.

The Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a $21,829 contract with Florida-based FlyMotion for the “furnishing and delivering of an unmanned aircraft system” at its June 1 meeting, according to the resolution. The document notes that the technology will go toward Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey’s office.

“It’s going to be used for investigations,” Freeholder Director Ronald Rios said in response to a question from a member of the public.

Sign Up for E-News

The county’s purchasing agent, Ann Hartwick, said this would be the prosecutor’s office first remote-controlled drone, “as far as I know.”

During the meeting, Middlesex officials referred questions on how, exactly, the drone will be used to the prosecutor’s office.

Two spokespersons for the prosecutor’s office didn’t return emails from TAPinto New Brunswick requesting comment and more information on the drone.

The capacity in which the drone will be used and whether the county will implement privacy protections are unclear.

In 2015, detectives in the prosecutor’s office attended a drone training session, according to New Brunswick Today. There, they reportedly learned about federal regulations and how to obtain and fly the devices.

Middlesex County isn’t the first government in the state to use drones in criminal investigations. In Bergen County, detectives have reportedly launched a drone to track down a murder suspect, according to NJ.com. Local law enforcement agencies have also reportedly bought drones.

FlyMotion promised the county a 1 percent discount for “prompt payment,” according to the resolution.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Piscataway

A Call to Action on Healthcare

September 23, 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.  

I am a mother of two young children.  I am basically ...

Spotswood Community Comes Together To Help Beloved School Employee

September 23, 2017

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - A familiar face has been noticeably absent from the Memorial Middle School for the past two weeks. Frank Luongo has not been in his usual spot greeting students and parents at the morning drop off. For Spotswood and Helmetta parents, Memorial Middle School teachers and staff, Frank, as he's affectionately known, is a vital element of the sixth through eighth grade school's ...

Obituaries

James Faraci, 96, passed away on Friday, September 15, 2017 at Brandywine Living at Middlebrook ...
Read more
- Sep 1, 2017
Joyce Varga, 57, passed away on Friday, September 1, 2017 at Robert Wood Johnson University ...
Read more

Two NJ-Based Healthcare Leaders - RWJBarnabas Health and CareOne - Collaborate on Quality of Care Initiatives

September 25, 2017

CareOne President and CEO Daniel Straus, CareOne Executive Vice President Elizabeth Straus, and RWJBarnabas Health President and Chief Executive Officer Barry H. Ostrowsky met to celebrate CareOne's commitment to the RWJBarnabas Health Foundation and to announce their partnership in care throughout New Jersey.

Fort Lee-based CareOne operates 32 post acute care, assisted living, and long ...

LD17 Assembly Candidate Robert Quinn: It’s not about the party but the issues

It was a cold damp day when I decided to sit down with a friend of mine to discuss my plans to run for State Assembly.  Interestingly the friend had served for decades as an employee for the State of New Jersey and is a registered Democrat. The insight and guidance they provided was truly invaluable.

For instance, they noted: “If you perform an audit on the state of New ...

Rutgers Football hit with NCAA sanctions, escapes harsher penalties

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers was hit with a two-year probation period, after the NCAA's Division I Committee on Infractions panel ruled the university failed to monitor its football program, the NCAA announced Friday afternoon.

The penalties fell short of the more punitive measures that were considered, which included the loss of scholarships and bowls.

Still, they added little to the ...

Plainfield Couple Create GoFundMe Page to Collect Donations for Hurricane Maria Ravaged Island of Dominica

September 25, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Conrad Linton and Farah Pidgeon, a couple in the Netherwood Heights section of Plainfield, are on a mission to help family, friends and residents of the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica that was devastated by Category 5 Hurricane Maria last week.

The Commonwealth of Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean, is made up of tropical rain forests and natural springs, with a ...

What You Should Know about Equifax Data Breach

September 18, 2017

Have you ever applied for a car loan, credit card, lease or mortgage? You may be among the 143 million Americans whose private data was exposed during a recent breach at Equifax – one of our nation’s top three credit reporting agencies. It’s outrageous that Equifax waited more than a month to inform consumers about this hack. And it’s unconscionable that some executives ...