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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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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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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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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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Township Man Faces Multiple Charges, Including Sexual Assault, Attempted Murder

Township Man Faces Multiple Charges, Including Sexual Assault, Attempted Murder

A 23-year-old township man faces 16 charges – including attempted murder – in connection with the beating and sexual assault at gunpoint of a Highland Park woman. Brandon Cox of Somerset was charged by authorities with kidnapping, attempted murder, aggravated assault, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact, armed robbery, burglary, unlawful possession of a […]








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Police Investigating Two Luring Incidents Near Franklin Middle School

Police Investigating Two Luring Incidents Near Franklin Middle School

Township police are investigating two luring incidents that occurred in the last two weeks – the latest on Feb. 24 – involving Franklin Middle School students. Police said the students, a 13-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl, reported to the school’s Resource Officer that they were approached while walking home from school by a man […]








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Bronx Man Faces Child Porn Charges After ‘Sexually Explicit’ Communications With Township Girl

Bronx Man Faces Child Porn Charges After ‘Sexually Explicit’ Communications With Township Girl

A 31-year-old Bronx man faces child pornography charges after he allegedly asked an 8-year-old township girl to send him nude pictures of herself. Efrain A. Martinez was arrested in his Bronx home on Feb. 10, according to a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. On Jan. 21, according to the release, township police […]








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Father Of Alleged Dewald Avenue Shooter Turns Himself In, Faces Hindering Charge

Father Of Alleged Dewald Avenue Shooter Turns Himself In, Faces Hindering Charge

The father of the man police say shot a person Jan. 3 on Dewald Avenue turned himself in to authorities. Jason Lewis, 43, turned himself in to authorities at the Somerset County Jail, Somerville, on Feb. 10, according to a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. Lewis, of Somerset, had been wanted for […]








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