Somerset County News

October 9, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A Montgomery High School teacher who lives in Hillsborough has been arrested and faces charges of sending nude photos of herself and sexually-explicit messages via social media to a Montgomery High School student over a period of several months. Michelina Aichele, 29 of ...

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TRENTON, NJ - A Warren real estate investor, a Watchung builder, and a Millington real estate settlement attorney were arraigned Wednesday on multiple charges in connection with their alleged roles in a mortgage fraud scheme using “straw buyers” to fraudulently obtain mortgage loans from a bank , ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The award-winning Somerville High School Pioneer Marching Band will host its 38th Annual Marching Band Festival on Saturday Oct. 6.with 14 high school bands scheduled to perform at the event. The festival will be held at SHS, 222 Davenport St. and will begin at 4:30 p.m. with ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Eric. S. Komar, a Hillsborough resident, music teacher and singer/songwriter who performed for children at synagogues, Jewish community centers, camps and conventions nationwide, was sentenced Tuesday to 82 months in prison for receiving images of child sexual abuse, according to U.S.

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BERNARDSVILLE, N.J. - An armed, 28-year-old Bernardsville man surrendered to police Thursday after a standoff that lasted for 3 1/2 hours. , Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Bernardsville Chief of Police Kevin Valentine announced that an approximately 3 ½ hour standoff ended ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Arts on Division is presenting “Strength, Passion and Design,” an exhibit of original art from Thursday, Sept. 27 to Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Gallery on Division, 15B Division St.. The exhibit features the works of four New Jersey artists including the strong portraits of Aaron ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The call went out and the North Plainfield community responded.  Cooper, an eight year old boy from North Plainfield, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 3. His mom posted a message that Cooper would be holding a sugar and carb free lemonade stand, coinciding with ...

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UPDATE: As of 7 a.m. Saturday, Alexander R. Dirner, who was reported missing Friday afternoon, has been found safe, according to Bridgewater Township Police. BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are seeking the public's help in locating a missing 86-year-old "at risk" male, who was last ...

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WATCHUNG, NJ - An urgent Bayberry School update was sent to parents and guardians on Thursday. The opening of school will most likely be delayed due to mold in the school. Work on remediation is scheduled to begin on Saturday, Sept.1. “Dear Parents and Guardians, Please see the attached letter ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A 28-year-old woman was killed Saturday after she was struck by a vehicle while walking on Route 22 at the intersection of Country Club Road, according to a release from Bridgewater Township Police. Shivangi Sharma was pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ –  Three Plainfield men were charged in relation to the on-going homicide investigation of Nelson Noe Garcia-Lopez, age 24, of North Plainfield, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and North Plainfield Chief of ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – A Manville resident has been indicted for attempted murder and faces other charges in connection with a sword attack on June 13. Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson announced the return of a Grand Jury Indictment charging Jared Razzano,  35, of North 9th Avenue, with ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, A 24-year old North Plainfield man was fatally stabbed over the weekend and an investigation is underway, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and North Plainfield Chief of Police William Parenti announced on Monday. The ...

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 SOMERVILLE, NJ – Laura Gonzalez, of Paramus has been found guilty of 2nd degree endangering the welfare of a child and simple assault, a disorderly person’s offense.  The guilty verdicts were returned by a petit jury after a trial in New Jersey Superior Court before the Honorable Angela ...

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WARREN, NJ –  A 14-year old boy was killed and a 17-year old boy is charged with vehicular homicide following a high-speed chase involving a car stolen in Warren. Both juveniles are from Newark. The 17-year old has been charged with 2nd degree Death by Auto, 2nd degree Eluding, 2nd ...

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Bridgewater, NJ - A Bedminster woman has died from her injuries after being struck by a car in the parking lot of the Bridgewater Commons Mall Monday. Marion Kelley, 62, was struck by a vehicle while walking in lot four near the Macy's merchandise pick up area at around 3:20 p.m. Monday. The ...

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WATCHUNG, NJ - A former New York City Police sergeant was sentenced on Friday to five years in state prison,  with 42 months to be served without parole, after she was found guilty of second-degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and disorderly persons criminal mischief in an ...

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  SOMERVILLE, NJ – Laura Van Gilder, 54-year-old cycling champion from Cresco, Pa., will return to defend her title at the 75th annual Tour of Somerville on Memorial Day, attempting an unprecedented fifth win in the 25-mile women's race, just one of several races that begin at 10:30 a.m.. The ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset Station, an expansive Transit Village featuring apartments, townhouses, retail stores and a community center alongside the NJ Transit Raritan Valley line - with an interior roadway providing access to Route 206 - was given site plan and subdivision approvals by the ...

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TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey siblings were convicted of running a multi-million dollar fraudulent invoice scheme, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced on Thursday. Vishallie Verasawmi, 37, of Green Brook and sister Shevandra Verasawmi, 38, of Matawan, were found guilty of all four counts of an ...

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WATCHUNG, NJ  - The Watchung Borough Council voted on Thursday night, before packed chambers and over 500 watching on Facebook live,  to close the Watchung Library and explore redevelopment of the library site on Stirling Road. After years of discussion and debate, the council decided not to ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ –  Two men were charged with possession a handgun, hollow bullets and drug paraphernalia after a motor vehicle stop in Warren Township on Saturday,Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Warren Township Chief of ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ  - More than a thousand protestors gathered yesterday afternoon and evening at either end of Main Street to demonstrate against gun violence and to demand heightened safety measures  in the nation’s schools. The demonstrations were an outgrowth of the Valentine’s Day shooting last ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Following the Parkland, Fla school shooting last month in which 17 students and staff were killed, Somerset County Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione and Freeholder Mark Caliguire Thursday announced that the freeholder board will fund a second armed school resource officer at ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Suspended Hillsborough High School Athletic Director Michael Fanizzi has been arrested and charged with the theft of $10,704 in athletic event receipts over a four-year period from 2013-2017, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Fanizzi, 53, a resident ...

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WARREN, NJ - Hillcrest Road is closed south of I-78 until further notice due to Fire Department activity, police advised.  The fire is near the intersection of Ridge Road and Hillcrest Road. Avoid the area and expect delays near I-78 exit 40. 

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - More than 120 Girl Scouts of all ages traveled around the world in one day recently at the annual World Thinking Day at the Peter J. Biondi Municipal complex. World Thinking Day is a tradition for Girl Scouts that teaches girls that they are part of a huge, global movement ...

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WATCHUNG , NJ - A Watchung man has been arrested on charges of fraud and tax evasion, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announced today. Pedro L. Carbajal, age 43, of Watchung, was arrested  on charges arising out of the fraudulent activities of Options Staffing, a New Jersey ...

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WATCHUNG, NJ -  Handguns, a Mercedes Benz, cash and jewelry were reported stolen last week, and the Watchung Police are asking the public to come forward with any information. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3728xZPor2g Watchung Police Department detectives, with the assistance of the Somerset ...

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SOMERVILLE, N.J. – A 38-year-old Hillsborough man faces multiple charges including the manufacture of child pornography after police traced his activities on the Internet., according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. The investigation revealed that the suspect was using ...

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