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$5,000 Reward Offered In Phillips Road Shooting

$5,000 Reward Offered In Phillips Road Shooting

Authorities are offering a reward of up to $5,000 to solve the Oct. 22 shooting on Matilda Avenue that left a 20-year-old township woman in critical condition. Earlier reports that the victim had been killed were incorrect. Police responded to a 9-1-1 call at about 7:20 p.m. reporting that shots had been fired, and a […]

Dayton Man Seriously Injured In Motorcycle Accident

Dayton Man Seriously Injured In Motorcycle Accident

A 20-year-old Dayton man sustained “numerous” serious injuries Oct. 14 after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car on Hamilton Street. Police said that Danyal Rizwan was riding his Yamaha motorcycle east on Hamilton Street shortly after 3 p.m. when it collided with a Toyota Highlander, driven by Mark Varga, 60, of Princeton, […]

Township Man Charged With Child Endangerment

Township Man Charged With Child Endangerment

A 50-year-old Somerset man who teaches at Watchung Hills Regional High School has been arrested on charges connected with his alleged sexual pursuit of a student there. Sean DiGiovanna, of Renfro Road, was arrested Oct. 10 at Warren Township Police headquarters and charged with one count of 3rd Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child […]

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 […]

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