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Hit-And-Run Death Of Township Man Nets Drag Racer 13 Years In Prison

Hit-And-Run Death Of Township Man Nets Drag Racer 13 Years In Prison

The 22-year-old Piscataway man who admitted running down a township resident while drag racing last year was sentenced Sept. 11 to 13 years in prison. Freddy S. Garcia, Jr. was sentenced to 10 years in prison for vehicular homicide and three years in prison for leaving the scene of an accident, according to a press […]

Ray Street Fire Damages Home

Ray Street Fire Damages Home

No one was injured in an early afternoon house fire on Ray Street Sept. 10, authorities said. But the house was heavily damaged and declared uninhabitable, forcing its occupants to find another place to stay, according to a press release from the Franklin Township Police. The initial investigation indicated that the fire does not appear […]

Outstanding Warrants Lead To Drug Bust For New Brunswick Man

Outstanding Warrants Lead To Drug Bust For New Brunswick Man

A 32-year-old New Brunswick man was arrested on a drug charge Aug. 29 on Hamilton Street. Members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force and the Franklin Township Police Department Crime Suppression Unit were conducting a “quality of life” detail in the area when they saw Marcelino Ortiz, of Harvey […]

Township Woman Faces Jail Time After Admitting To Stealing From Union

Township Woman Faces Jail Time After Admitting To Stealing From Union

A 52-year-old township woman faces four years in state prison after she admitted July 26 to stealing thousands of dollars from a Rutgers University union. Shelby Hyman pleaded guilty to one count of 2nd Degree Misapplication of Entrusted Funds, and admitted that she took money from AFSCME Local 176 for her personal use, according to […]

Township Resident Shot, Police Looking For Help

Township Resident Shot, Police Looking For Help

Police are investigating a July 17 shooting on Barker Road that left a township resident wounded. A 9-1-1 call reporting the shooting was received by Franklin Township Police at about 5:29 p.m., according to a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. FTPD detectives responding to the call found the unidentified victim, who was […]

Police Investigate Gunshot Damage To King Road Home

Police Investigate Gunshot Damage To King Road Home

What was thought at first to be fireworks turned out to be gunshots near a King Road home, and police are turning to the public for help in finding out who was responsible. Franklin Township Police received a 9-1-1 call reporting firework damage to a house in the King Road area at about 6:42 p.m. […]

FTPD Officer Pleads Guilty To Heroin Possession, Will Leave PD

FTPD Officer Pleads Guilty To Heroin Possession, Will Leave PD

A Franklin Township police officer could avoid serving jail time for a guilty plea to possession of heroin and driving while intoxicated under a plea deal struck with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. Matthew D. Ellery, 29, a township police officer since 2018, plead guilty to the charges on July 12 to state Superior Court […]

Reward Increased For Information On Township Man’s Shooting Death

Reward Increased For Information On Township Man’s Shooting Death

The reward for information leading to the indictment of whoever is responsible for the May shooting death of a 30-year-old township man has been increased to up to $3,500. The increase of the reward from Crime Stoppers of Somerset County was announced in a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. David Anderson of […]

‘Porn Production Company’ Members Charged With Child Endangerment

‘Porn Production Company’ Members Charged With Child Endangerment

Four township residents who authorities say ran a “pornography production company” out of their Coburn Lane home have been arrested on charges including aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. The four residents were allegedly filming pornography in the house, and, the release said, investigators […]

Reports: Double Shooting Results In Second Shooting Death In One Week

Reports: Double Shooting Results In Second Shooting Death In One Week

According to several unconfirmed reports, a man who was in an automobile that crashed into a Foxwood Drive home on May 25 was shot to death, and another man was shot and wounded. Rescue personnel responding to the accident call at about 11:10 p.m. found the man in the car, which had crashed into the […]

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