Somerset County News

July 24, 2021

As the Aug. 21 deadline to decide on legal marijuana gets closer, towns in Somerset County are banning or allowing — mostly banning — cannabis businesses, with some enacting penalties as high as $200 for smoking weed in public. The laws passed by the state legislature this year gave ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – It was a sea of blue inside Mary Mother of God Church Thursday night as hundreds of firefighters and emergency personnel from across the state came to pay respects to Hillsborough Fire Company #2 Assistant Chief Billy Shaffer, who died on July 14 while responding to a car ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A veteran firefighter responding to a car fire at a recycling scrap yard Wednesday afternoon died after experiencing what is described as a "medical emergency." Hillsborough Fire Company #2 Assistant Chief Billy Shaffer had over 35 years of experience as a ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - New Jersey American Water has lifted the mandatory water conservation order issued on June 29 to customers in the western and southern regions of its Raritan water system. Customers were asked to limit their water use to essential purposes only while New Jersey American Water ...

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SOMERVILLE. NJ — New Jersey American Water has issued a Mandatory Outdoor Water Restriction for customers in three central New Jersey counties until further notice because of a 36-inch water main break brought on by increased demand as a heat wave continues to broil New Jersey with record-breaking ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police is seeking the public's help in finding a missing "at risk" person who was last seen June 24. According to an alert from police, the missing person is Mark Gibbons, 67, a white male, 5'11" and 180 pounds. Gibbons was last seen wearing a blue ...

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BERNARDS, NJ — An officer from the Bernards Township Police Department has seen something he hasn't seen in all his 24 years on the force. Criminals stole a car and then went to the owners residence and burglarized the home. Here's what happened. According to police, at approximately 3:40pm a ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Two suspects face attempted murder charges in connection with an early-morning shooting in a neighborhood May 23. Miguel Hernandez, 37, a resident of Division Street, Somerville, and Ronnie Lyles, 51, of Hudson Street, Phillipsburg, Both are charged with two counts of 1st degree ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Board of County Commissioners amended its budget this week to eliminate a slight increase in the tax rate, making it the second year officials have kept the tax rate flat.  The changes come alongside an almost $800,000 drop in taxes the county will collect – ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ – With Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order lifting the requirement for maintaining six-foot social distancing for outdoor settings, the Somerset Patriots, the New York Yankees Double-A Affiliate, will operate at 100% capacity at TD Bank Ballpark beginning on Friday, May ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — The Somerset County Department of Health on Sunday reported 23,532 cases of the COVID-19 virus, an increase of 11 in the county overnight. The New Jersey Department of Health Sunday reported 880,560 total cases since last year, an increase of 253 overnight.  The rate of ...

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BEDMINSTER, NJ — There were a net of no additional confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bernardsville between last Sunday and this Sunday, according to data from the Somerset County Department of Health. Bernardsville's cumulative total on Sunday, April 25 of 558 confirmed cases since the start of the ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Somerset Patriots Chairman Emeritus, and chairman and CEO of Flemington Care & Truck Country, Steve Kalafer died Wednesday. "I was absolutely shocked and saddened today to hear about the passing of Steve Kalafer," Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench said in a statement ...

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NEW YORK — Mike Ford, who grew up in Belle Mead and honed his skills as a pitcher and infielder at the Hun School and Princeton University before signing a professional contract with the New York Yankees, has returned to the Major League club for the third time in as many years. Manager Aaron ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Clerk will conduct a ballot drawing via livestream on Friday, April 16, at 3 p.m., for the June 8 Primary Election. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ballot drawing was usually open to the public and held in the County Clerk’s Office, but this year ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Following the recommendation of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration to pause the use of the Johnson&Johnson one-shot COVID vaccine due to an “extremely rare” complication, Somerset County Department of Health is suspending ...

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BEDMINSTER, NJ — The Somerset County Department of Health Sunday reported an increase of 111 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county on Sunday. The New Jersey Department of Health on Sunday reported a total of 837,052 positive cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began its spread in the ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater resident has been indicted on second degree reckless vehicular homicide and other charges stemming from a fatal motor vehicle collision on Old York Road in Raritan in September 2020. Kevin D. Betyeman, 56, was indicted Wednesday on charges of second degree ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The Somerset Patriots and other professional sports franchises in New Jersey will benefit from the state's easing of seating capacities for large outdoor and some indoor stadiums and arenas. The Patriots open their season at TD Bank Ballpark May 4, their first as the AA ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Spring has sprung, with crocus and daffodils popping up through the ground, soon to be joined by umbrellas and tables popping up in front of restaurants throughout the downtown dining and shopping district. All sidewalk cafe licenses issued last year have lapsed; restaurant ...

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WARREN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A Somerville resident and owner of a martial arts academy in Warren has been arrested and charged with Third Degree Invasion of Privacy after a hidden camera was found in the public bathroom of the business, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H.

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SOMERVILLE, NJ — Somerset County is taking advantage of its first shipment of 700 Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses to ensure seniors who have had difficulty obtaining vaccination appointments are protected during the pandemic. The county held its first mobile clinic geared toward ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A local cardiologist this week admitted unlawfully prescribing thousands of Oxycodone pills, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced Monday. Raymond Catania, 59, of Warren, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp to an ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - A parking deck for commuters and future residents of the NJ TRANSIT village under construction alongside the Raritan Valley line has begun to take shape adjacent to the Somerville train station. The five-story deck will include more than 400 spaces; the structure will be hidden ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ — A criminal complaint was filed Monday against a Bridgewater man in connection with a fatal motor vehicle collision on Old York Road in Raritan Borough in September 2020. Kevin D. Betyeman, 56, of Maple Street, was previously charged with motor vehicle summonses for driving ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Patrick Frain, president of the Somerville Education Association and other local education association leaders have written a letter urging Gov. Phil Murphy to give public school employees priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine. To do so would assist with the safe reopening of ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ – The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for New Jersey, starting from 4 am on Thursday morning until 10 am on Friday.  The anticipated coastal low is in the process of forming and will likely position itself slightly farther out to sea than models ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ – Another winter weather advisory has been posted by the National Weather Service that will commence Monday afternoon through early Tuesday morning. A second coastal storm will make its way into New Jersey Monday afternoon, following that same path as Saturday night’s weather ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — The latest in the series of storms on what has previously been dubbed a conveyor belt will be making its appearance on Saturday evening.  The latest models have all come into agreement that the coastal low will form in the Mid-Atlantic region and track up the New Jersey coast ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ – Confidence remains high that a significant coastal storm will leave all of New Jersey with measurable, and in most areas plowable, snow by the end of Sunday.  The Saturday models have brought some previously mentioned variables into play, and with that, some adjustments to ...

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