Police & Fire

May 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The community is being alerted to a nationwide safety recall of certain Kidde smoke detectors for failing to sound off during smoke conditions or a fire. The Consumer Product Safety Commission on May 6 announced the recall of some 225,000 Kidde smoke and combination smoke/carbon ...

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UPDATE: Authorities located two-week-old Chinna Payne in East Orange just after 3 p.m. along with the man last seen with the infant, according to New Jersey State Police.  NEW JERSEY - The East Brunswick Police Department has confirmed a report from the New Jersey State Police that Chinna Payne ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Chinna Payne is a Black female infant who is missing. She is suspected to have been abducted by Damion Payne, a 27-year-old Black male. Payne was driving a 2016 Nissan white Altima with Virginia plates: UPF6043. He was seen in East Orange, NJ. The suspect is armed with a ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A shooting that left one person dead and a second seriously injured in Plainfield on Sunday afternoon is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess jointly announced Monday.   The deceased victim has been ...

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UPDATE: Missing person found safe! Thanks for everyone's assistance. METUCHEN, NJ – The Metuchen Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance with locating a 41-year-old man who was last seen in the Aylin Street area wearing only gray sweatpants. Police issued an alert Saturday ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Piscataway Township Police Department - 555 Sidney Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854 – is designated as a collection site for another scheduled National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, to be held on Saturday, April 24th, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Take Back Day aims to ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Piscataway, is now publicly available as part of a new statewide dashboard that debuted Tuesday. The Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 New Jersey use-of-force cases from October through February as part of ...

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TRENTON, NJ — With distracted driving continuing to claim more lives on New Jersey roadways than any other risky driving behavior, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Highway Traffic Safety (“HTS”) announced the launch of a statewide public awareness campaign aimed at providing ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — Shawn Heyward, 32 of Piscataway and Umoja Fortney, 25 are among eleven charged with a variety of drug distribution offenses for their parts in a ring that operated in Middlesex and Union Counties, said Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone. Fortney, who has a Piscataway ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- State corrections officials continue to investigate a January 12 incident in which inmates were assaulted and seriously injured at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, now adding an officer from Piscataway to the list of those charged. Courey James, 31 a ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — The smell of smoke still filled the air hours after an early morning fire tore through a Piscataway home on Saturday, displacing a family of eight. Neighbors said the family was asleep in the split-level home on Fernwood Drive in the township’s Arbor section when the fire ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — A driver crashed into the front end of a parked pickup truck in a High Street neighborhood as Piscataway Police attempted to make a traffic stop late Friday afternoon. Witnesses said the female driver, who had three young children in the car with her was arrested at the ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Thomas Mosier of the Piscataway Police Department announced Saturday the arrest of a Plainfield man for a non-fatal shooting.   On January 19, Dasean Toney, 22, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with second-degree ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — Piscataway firefighters responded to separate fires in the township Thursday afternoon.  At about 1:00 p.m., fire crews made quick work of keeping a car fire from spreading to a home on Hamilton Blvd. However, heat from the fire melted some of the home’s siding, said ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – Township officials congratulated Thomas Mosier who formally became Piscataway’s Chief of Police January 1st. Mosier had been acting chief for the past year, taking over the top seat from Chief Michael McLaughlin after his retirement. Officials shared a vignette about Mosier’s ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — The drivers of two cars collided with each other at the intersection of Stelton Road and Haines Ave. in Piscataway Monday night blocking the area near PNC Bank and North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company. Piscataway rescue squads and police officers responded to the scene where a ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered that all U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff on Monday, Jan 11, 2021, 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.

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — Two juveniles and two men are facing a long list of charges stemming from a police chase through three counties that ended in a multi-car crash on Stelton Road and a foot chase through Piscataway neighborhoods on Wednesday. A State Police spokesman said the car chase began in ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — A suspect was on the loose Wednesday as State Police searched Piscataway neighborhoods for someone who fled on foot after a multi-vehicle crash on Stelton Road across from the WaWa convenience store. The late afternoon crash and investigation snarled traffic through the area ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — Harry Wyatt, 53, of Piscataway was arrested December 24 on charges of sexually assaulting a minor he knows, said police officials. Wyatt, who is a teacher at Leonard V. Moore Middle School in Roselle was charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault, one count of ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ -- With the December holiday seasons now upon Piscataway, North Stelton Fire Department EMTs, Geena Patel and Jill Patel remind residents of some basic safety tips to not only prevent fires, but this year extend to include coronavirus precautions. The pair shot a safety tip video ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – An unlicensed juvenile driver was charged on Friday with causing the death of his passenger in a November 19 collision with a freight train in Piscataway. The male juvenile, whose name was not released was charged with aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide, causing a death ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – A former Piscataway firefighter has filed suit in state Superior Court saying that she was sexually harassed on an ongoing basis while assigned to Arbor Hose Company 1 and then was wrongfully terminated. Kira Castellon, a township resident who had been a member of the company ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Sheriff Darrin Russo stood on the steps of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Thursday and spoke of a big man, with a big smile and big heart, a public servant who never stopped doing for others. "He enjoyed helping people and making people smile," Russo ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – A 63-year-old Piscataway man died after fire engulfed a Maple Ave. home on Saturday, said township police. According to NJ.com, Piscataway fire crews responded to a neighbor’s 9-1-1 call and found heavy smoke rising from the home, said police. They found the man unresponsive ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The Piscataway Police advise motorists of a lane shift on Old New Brunswick Road between Roma Blvd. and South Randolphville Road Saturday morning.  They ask motorists to use caution as crews make infrastructure improvements through the area.   TAPinto is free and ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — The Piscataway Police Department is recruiting for new police officers to serve in the township. In a Facebook statement posted on Monday, the department announced: “We are seeking energetic, enthusiastic, focused individuals who can demonstrate the ability to successfully ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – A Piscataway woman was killed in a one-car accident on Route 287 that left her passenger seriously injured early Sunday morning. According to NJ.com, New Jersey State Police said Tamiyka N. Scott, 49 was driving southbound when her 2003 Honda Accord left the roadway at mile ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — One person was killed when a car was struck by a freight train in Piscataway Thursday night.  Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Thomas Mosier of the Piscataway Police Department announced the fatal collision on Friday saying it is under ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – Retired Piscataway Police Sergeant Stephen Prohaska passed away over the weekend. Piscataway police officials made the announcement Monday morning, expressing condolences to Stephen’s family and friends, and those he worked with in the department. Stephen spent 29 years in ...

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