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Police Log: March 15 – March 21, 2017

Police Log: March 15 – March 21, 2017

March 15 Abdul Hunter, 27, of Carteret, was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Bogdan Oleksuk of Somerset was driving down Easton Avenue when a deer jumped the concrete median and ran in front of his car. Oleksuk’s car hit the deer, then came to a stop. A car driven by Patrick Nurthen of Ocean rear-ended […]








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Alleged Burglar Shot By Off-Duty Township Police Officer In His Home

Alleged Burglar Shot By Off-Duty Township Police Officer In His Home

MANVILLE – A borough man suspected of a number of burglaries is in critical condition after being shot by a Franklin Township police officer after allegedly breaking into the officer’s home here. Tyreek Cook, 19, was shot by the off-duty officer shortly after midnight on March 20 after Cook was confronted by the officer in […]








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Police Log: March 7 – 14, 2017

Police Log: March 7 – 14, 2017

March 7 Viswanath Papineni of Somerset was cited for careless driving after his car collided with one at Fuller Street and Franklin Boulevard, driven by Malcolm Smullen of Piscataway. Smullen said he was on Franklin when Papineni’s car pulled out in front of his. Antone Watts of Elizabeth was cited for careless driving after his […]








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Township Woman Suffers Potential Life-Threatening Injuries In Auto Accident

Township Woman Suffers Potential Life-Threatening Injuries In Auto Accident

A 74-year-old township woman suffered possible life-threatening injuries and two other people were injured in a March 9 auto accident at the intersection of Arden Street and Girard Avenue. Police said Priscilla Roberson, 74, of Somerset, had to be “heavily extracted” from her 1993 Volvo after the early afternoon accident, which, police said, was apparently […]








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Township Man – Former ICE Officer – Convicted Of Federal Bribery, Harboring Charges

Township Man – Former ICE Officer – Convicted Of Federal Bribery, Harboring Charges

A township man who was a former deportation official for Immigration and Customs Enforcement was convicted by a federal jury March 9 of accepting cash bribes and sex for concealing the employment of an undocumented alien. Arnaldo Echevarria, 39, of Somerset, was convicted of eight of nine counts with which he was charged. The jury, […]








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Police Log: Feb. 28 – March 6, 2017

Police Log: Feb. 28 –  March 6, 2017

Feb. 28 Louis Ord of Somerset was cited for careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident after his car struck a parked car in the basement parking lot of Harrison Towers. Ord was trying to park at the time. Ord told police that he was tired and wanted to go to sleep; he […]








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Township Man Among Four To Be Sentenced For Theft From Parking Authority

Township Man Among Four To Be Sentenced For Theft From Parking Authority

Four former employees of the New Brunswick Parking Authority – including a township man – will be placed on probation for stealing more than $500 from the authority in 2016. Karran Buchan, 19, of Somerset, was among the men who pleaded guilty to a count each of 3rd Degree Conspiracy to Commit Theft, according to […]








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Police: No Injuries In Fire That Left Somerset Run Home Uninhabitable

Police: No Injuries In Fire That Left Somerset Run Home Uninhabitable

No one was injured in a fire March 2 that destroyed a Somerset Run home. The unidentified occupant of the home escaped and will be staying with family members, according to a press release from township police. Police arrived at the Windfall Lane home to find it fully engulfed in flames after receiving a 9-1-1 […]








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Police Log: Feb. 22 – 28, 2017

Police Log: Feb. 22 – 28, 2017

Feb. 21 Halakkuma Patel of Lawrenceville was cited for careless driving after his car rear-ended one driven by Tarra Wilson-Torrise of Jackson. Wilson-Torrise said she was entering the Pleasant Plains and Claremont roads intersection, then stopped for traffic when her car was hit. Sihan Cheng of Somerset was cited for failure to yield the right-of-way […]








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Alleged Dewald Avenue Shooter Surrenders To Police

Alleged Dewald Avenue Shooter Surrenders To Police

The 20-year-old township man wanted for a January Dewald Avenue shooting has surrendered, authorities said March 1. Jaki Hooks-Lewis turned himself in at 2 p.m. Feb. 28 while at his lawyer’s office in Newark, according to a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. Hooks-Lewis was charged with 2nd Degree Aggravated Assault after he […]








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