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Middlesex County News Top Stories

January 30, 2023

MILLTOWN, NJ -- Milltown's Wranglers shared the unfortunate news through social media on Sunday and answered the burning question on the minds of the Groundhog Day faithful. There won't be a Groundhog Day celebration in the borough on Feb. 2 after the death of Milltown Mel II last ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The family of 91-year-old Clara Sutkowski, reported to the South Plainfield Police, that Clara was the victim of a violent assault by another resident at the AristaCare at Cedar Oaks nursing home facility in South Plainfield on January 16. When authorities arrived at the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Why Hyejeong Shin, a 29-year-old woman, used a false birth certificate in an attempt to enroll at New Brunswick High School remains a mystery. In a letter addressed to high school parents and guardians, New Brunswick schools superintendent Aubrey Johnson did not offer any ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On January 16, the family of 91-year-old Clara Sutkowski, reported to the South Plainfield Police Clara was the victim of a violent assault by another resident at the AristaCare at Cedar Oaks nursing home facility in South Plainfield. According to Nicole Kupko, Sutkowski’s ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Kenneth Saal, who was convicted of stalking, robbing, and brutally murdering Carolyn Byington, 26, of Plainsboro in April 2019, has been sentenced to serve 55 years in prison. Saal, who tried to get a fellow prisoner in the North Brunswick Correctional Facility to commit a ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - A group of local Muslim residents have asked the East Brunswick Board of Education to make Eid an official holiday and to close the schools. Parents and students plead their case at a Board of Education meeting on Thursday, January 19. Eid is a major holiday in the Islamic ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- An elderly pedestrian was struck by a car yesterday, Jan. 19, in East Brunswick Township, according to the authorities. Wesley Klarkowski, a 74-year-old man from Spotswood, was seriously injured and is currently in treatment. This is the third accident involving a senior ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Police have located a South Brunswick woman who was reported missing in November 2022. Veronica McLean, age 22, was located by the New York Police Department, according to South Brunswick Police. More information has not been made public at this time. McLean had been ...

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) has announced that federal funding for the United Way of Central Jersey Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) has officially been awarded to Perth Amboy. Pallone secured $425,000 for the center in a federal spending bill that was signed into ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – The Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners hosted its annual Reorganization Meeting, with nearly 500 people in attendance, on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at the Performing Arts Center on the Middlesex College campus. County Commissioner Director Ron. Rios, who was ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will begin a long-term project along Route 18 in East Brunswick, according to the East Brunswick police. The extensive project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2026.  Most work will be done at night after working ...

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The Arts Institute of Middlesex County is presenting, promoting, and supporting a multitude of arts and culture events, exhibitions, and shows throughout the month of January. These events are free to enjoy for all County residents and beyond. January’s event highlights include: Grow Your ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – The Middlesex County Office of Passport Services was officially recognized by the State Department or fully meeting annual inspection requirements for managing passport applications and renewals for three consecutive years. The Office received a 100% rating with zero ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Jason Gordan, 41, of New York, has been arrested in connection to the murder of his mother Carmen Gorden, 68, announced by the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office on Tuesday, December 27. Related: Son Charged with Mother's Murder After Body Found in East Brunswick ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – Middlesex County’s 4-H Youth Development Program hosted their 25th Project GIFT on Sunday, December 18. The annual event provides a free day of holiday shopping to over 120 families in need in Middlesex County. In addition to over 1,000 gifts, parents also had access to a ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Sayreville and South Amboy residents who want to sign up for "REAL ID" will get a chance to next month in East Brunswick. Although the enforcement date was recently delayed by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, starting May 7, 2025, state residents must have a REAL ID ...

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EDISON, NJ – Mark Finkelstein’s recent ascension to president of the Middlesex College Board of Trustees was a promise kept to his friend and predecessor, Dorothy Power, who passed away in August. Finkelstein, who was first appointed to the board in 2005 and had served as its vice chairman since ...

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SOUTH RIVER, NJ - Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Mark Tinitigan of the South River police department announced Friday that a Freehold man has been arrested and charged in connection with a fatal crash that occurred in South River on Oct. 15, 2022. South River police ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Jersey State Appellate Court has denied an appeal from a man who burned down a South Brunswick home in 2014 due to a dispute over a woman. The court found no evidence in the defendant’s claims to grant him an appeal. Terrence Strothers, from South Bound Brook age 32, ...

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OLD BRIDGE, NJ -- A GoFundMe page has started for the Family of Arturo Tlapa Luna, the 33-year-old man from Freehold who was killed in a crash on Route 9 on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Old Bridge Acting Police Chief Donald F. Fritz, Jr., have charged a ...

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PERTH AMBOY, NJ – A 22-year-old Perth Amboy man has been charged with first-degree murder after his 4-month-old daughter died last week. Radamez Santana has also been charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, according to a press release from Middlesex County Prosecutor ...

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OLD BRIDGE, NJ - Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Old Bridge Acting Police Chief Donald F. Fritz, Jr., have charged a Somerset man in connection with a fatal crash that occurred on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. Old Bridge police responded to a crash that occurred near the intersection ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The Justice Department announced plans to monitor compliance with federal voting rights laws in 64 jurisdictions in 24 states for the Nov. 8, 2022 general election. The only jurisdiction being monitored by the Justice Department in New Jersey is Middlesex County.  Monitors ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – Middlesex County has taken significant steps forward in the development of the pocket park located on Fayette Street in Perth Amboy, including selecting Najarian Associates to assist with the design of the pocket park. In addition to enlisting Najarian Associates to assist ...

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NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - In a strange case of stalking, killing, and further plotting to commit an additional murder, a local man was sentenced to 55 years in state prison. Kenneth Saal killed his co-worker after stalking her for months and invading her home, and then tried to murder another ...

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EDISON, NJ – Middlesex College, a school that has in recent years sought to shed the stereotype of community colleges as sleepy, small-time environs for so-so students, is growing up and building out. Gov. Phil Murphy and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin were on hand as College President Mark ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and acting Chief Daniel Plumacker of the Sayreville Police Department announced that a juvenile male was taken into custody and charged with an act of juvenile delinquency on Monday, Oct. 31. These offenses, if committed by an ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The Middlesex County and Union County Prosecutor’s Offices welcomed two members of the Coral Springs Police Department on Monday, Oct. 24, to present key findings and lessons learned from a case study of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Shooting, which took place in ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ -- Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone has announced that a man was charged in connection with a murder for hire plot. In August 2019, Kenneth Saal, 30, formerly of Lindenwold, in Camden County, was charged with murdering Carolyn Byington, 26, of Plainsboro, in her ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – The State of New Jersey has announced a new property tax relief program for homeowners and renters who owned or rented their principal residence on October 1, 2019, and who meet income limits. The Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters (ANCHOR) ...

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