Police & Fire

July 21, 2021

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Hundreds of township volunteer firefighters will be joined by their comrades from surrounding communities and departments from out-of-state to pay tribute to Hillsborough Fire Company #2 Assistant Chief Billy Shaffer who died last week responding to a car fire. The viewing ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Abdul Lewis, 38, of Spotswood, has been arrested and charged with six counts following the sexual assault of a teenage girl near the train tracks near Summerhill Road in the borough. Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Michael S. Zarro, Jr. of the Spotswood ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Earlier today, a woman was fatally struck on Route 1 South near Ridge Road, according to a press release from the South Brunswick Police Department. The woman was in her 30s and from Princeton Township.             Police responded to the accident at approximately 12:35 PM ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city’s police department plans to start equipping its sworn-in officers with body cameras by the end of the summer. All 150 or so members of the police department could be equipped with the body cameras by the end of the year. Deputy Director J.T. Miller, the New ...

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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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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Last weekend, the South Brunswick Police Department and EMS saved a local man from nearly drowning in his backyard pool, according to a recent press release. The 49-year-old man was transferred to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick and is currently ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Dennis Shennard served the greater community of South Brunswick for most of his life. He was honored today by his peers and the township which he served as a member of the Kingston Volunteer Fire Department. Says a spokesperson for the Franklin Park Fire Department, ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Curtis Wright, 57, has been charged with murder in the death of Howard Smith, 53.  Both men are from East Brunswick. Wright is alleged to have beaten Wright to death with a baseball bat.  He has been charged with murder and unlawful possession of a weapon for an unlawful ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) has awarded its prestigious 2021 Valor Award to township Police Officers Ryan Hensperger and Robert Thuring for preventing a suicide attempt that also threatened the safety of New Jersey Turnpike motorists. Chief ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Funeral and viewing arrangements have been made for Dennis Shennard, a South Brunswick Firefighter who passed away earlier this week. A viewing will take place at the MJ Murphy Funeral Home in Monmouth Junction today, June 30th, from 6 P.M to 9 P.M. The first hour is reserved ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The ongoing heat wave has caused local grass and trees to be very dry - and highly combustible. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day of the year, with more than half of those fires caused by ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A South Brunswick firefighter died in the line of duty this past Saturday at a training session, according to a press release from the township. Dennis Shennard, of Kingston Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, died at the Middlesex County Fire Academy while working at a drill. All ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Township Council has passed a resolution and provided funding for a stoplight at the intersection of Fresh Ponds Road and Church Lane. Following a traffic report submitted to the East Brunswick Police Department that revealed a number of accidents and rate ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A gunman fired into a vehicle early this morning on Easton Avenue striking two occupants in a targeted act of violence, according to police.  Treatment was sought at a local hospital, but one of the victims died from their injuries.  The second victim is currently in stable ...

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SAYREVILLE, NJ –  John Zebrowski, a lifelong Sayreville resident, has dedicated his professional career to public service in his community – the last decade as its Chief of Police. Beginning July 1, Zebrowski will have a broad, statewide role, as president of the New Jersey State Association of ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick Police Department raised over $15,000 for the New Jersey Special Olympics at their annual torch run. According to a press release, 21 South Brunswick officers began running at 5AM to raise money. Multiple New Jersey police departments held a torch run this ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A bear has been spotted near the city’s border with East Brunswick for the second time in as many days. However, the bear that was seen Wednesday between Lipman Drive and Ryders Lane/Cobb Road in New Brunswick is apparently a different bear than the one spotted on ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick Police Department, along with several other law enforcement agencies, has arrested a Texas woman in connection to a car burglary and identity theft in the township. Jessica Williamson, age 39, was charged yesterday with a conspiracy to commit burglary and ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Cases of COVID-19 in South Brunswick Township have been decreasing dramatically for the past several weeks, a sign that more residents are getting vaccinated and transmission remains low. Last week, May 23rd to the 29th, only two residents contracted COVID-19. No new cases ...

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EDISON, NJ -  A fire destroyed the former home of the Edison Arts Society last night.  The two-alarm fire raged through the 3,000 square foot structure at about 8:15pm.  The Edison fire department responded to the blaze with engines, ladder trucks as well as fire rescue rigs.  Edison police along ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – City police have issued a missing person alert for a 15-year-old autistic juvenile. Ayman El Aroussi was last seen at about 4 p.m. in the area of Rutgers Village, near the East Brunswick border. New Brunswick Police say he is about 6 feet tall and weighs about 300 ...

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            SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick Police Department has approved a contract to supply every officer with a body camera, in-car camera and a taser unit. The Township Council approved a five-year contract with Axon Enterprises for one million dollars. The police department will ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The township Police Department has created a new Motorcycle Unit, with two new Harley Davidson FLHTP Motorcycles on order, purchased with a $60,000 donation from Dr. Cesar DePaco. DePaco, a Someset County resident, is a longtime supporter of law enforcement and has made ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department has notified the public that a crew of thieves is operating in the local area. They watch unsuspecting shoppers or individuals withdrawing money from ATMs, then covertly slash a tire on their vehicle. Once the vehicle is disabled, they ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - On May 8, longtime Mahopac resident Peter Intervallo Sr. passed away at the age of 69, leaving behind a legacy few in law enforcement could ever imagine. Intervallo was a retired Yonkers police detective with 37 years on the job. As a young officer with just three years of ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police Chief Frank LoSacco has nominated two police officers for the N.J. State Association of Chiefs of Police’s prestigious Valor Award for preventing a distraught man from attempting suicide. Chief LoSacco credited Officers Robert Thuring and Ryan Hensperger with stopping ...

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NJ -- A birthday party that became the scene of a mass shooting at a house party is still an active investigation according to a Monday morning briefing by Governor Phil Murphy. The Saturday night shooting killed two individuals and injured 12 others, some of whom remain in ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A 22-year-old city man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with two recent shootings in New Brunswick. Nelson Benitez was arrested on May 21 and is facing attempted murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Police who responded to reports of gunfire found a man who had been shot in the back. Police are still investigating after they discovered the man near Redmond Street and Lee Avenue at about 11:30 p.m. on May 17, Deputy DIrector J.T. Miller said. The victim was treated for ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Kevin Palmer is a former officer for the Spotswood Police Department. He has more than 25 years of experience in emergency services through his work with the SPD, volunteer fire departments, local emergency management and emergency medical services. After retiring from the Spotswood ...

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