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Four Township Residents Plead Guilty To Drug Distribution Charges

Four Township Residents Plead Guilty To Drug Distribution Charges

A township man is the latest of four Franklin residents to plead guilty to a charge of operating or participating in a multi-county cocaine distribution ring. Michael “Augue” Rodriguez, 40, of Somerset pleaded guilty on April 30 to a first degree count of being the leader of a narcotics trafficking network, according to a press […]

Six Township Residents Caught In County Sheriff Sweep Of Deadbeat Parents

Six Township Residents Caught In County Sheriff Sweep Of Deadbeat Parents

Six township residents were among 58 people throughout Somerset County arrested April 17-19 in a deadbeat parent sweep by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office. The six, who were arrested on each of the three days of the sweep, owed a combined $110,678.16, about 10 percent of the total $1,075,285.97 owed by the parents arrested. One […]

Two Break-Ins At JFK Boulevard Apartments Net More Than $3K In Jewelry

Two Break-Ins At JFK Boulevard Apartments Net More Than $3K In Jewelry

Approximately $3,200 in jewelry was stolen from a resident of The Park at Franklin apartments in one of two break-ins on April 5, police said. Both apartments in the John F. Kennedy Boulevard complex were entered by someone forcing open the front doors, Franklin Township Police spokesman Lt. Phil Rizzo said. The break-in in which […]

Franklin One Of Four County Towns To Report Bias Crimes In 2016

Franklin One Of Four County Towns To Report Bias Crimes In 2016

Franklin Township and three other Somerset County towns reported one bias incident each in 2016, according to a report released by the state Attorney General’s Office. That was a reduction from the two bias crimes reported in Franklin in 2015, according to the report, which was released on March 27. The four bias crimes recorded […]

Three New Brunswick Residents Charged With Dealing Drugs In Township

Three New Brunswick Residents Charged With Dealing Drugs In Township

            All photos, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. A month-long joint-agency investigation resulted earlier this month in the seizure of more than $4,000 worth of illegal narcotics and the arrests of three people charged with distributing drugs in the township and New Brunswick. All three suspects are New Brunswick residents, according […]

Loaded Gun, Drug Paraphernalia, Found In Alternative School Student’s Backpack

Loaded Gun, Drug Paraphernalia, Found In Alternative School Student’s Backpack

A 17-year-old township youth faces weapon and narcotics charges after he was found with a loaded handgun and drug paraphernalia in Franklin Middle school. The youth was part of the school district’s “Road to Success” alternative high school program, which is run out of the middle school. The program is geared to help those students […]

Township Clerk Returns To Work After Insurance Fraud Charges Dropped

Township Clerk Returns To Work After Insurance Fraud Charges Dropped

Township Clerk Ann Marie McCarthy returned to her job March 9 after the Somerset County Prosecutor dropped insurance fraud charges against her. McCarthy was “not available for comment” the day she returned, said Deputy Township Clerk Msiba Holliman. Holliman was Acting Clerk in McCarthy’s absence. McCarthy was charged on Dec. 14, 2017 with 3rd Degree […]

Discovery Of Bullet Prompts Franklin Middle School Lock Down

Discovery Of Bullet Prompts Franklin Middle School Lock Down

The discovery by a Franklin Middle School student of a bullet in the school gym March 6 led to a lock down and search by township police. No weapons or other ammunition was found in the search of school lockers and student backpacks, according to statements released by the school district. Students were cleared to […]

FHS 17-Year-Old Arrested After Handgun Found In Backpack

FHS 17-Year-Old Arrested After Handgun Found In Backpack

Questions remain unanswered in the Feb. 23 arrest in Franklin High School of a 17-year-old township youth who was allegedly found with a loaded gun in school. According to a Feb. 27 press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, the youth was found to have a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun in his backpack. The […]

Township Man Charged With Possession Of Child Porn

Township Man Charged With Possession Of Child Porn

A 70-year-old township man and retired math teacher has been released from Somerset County Jail following his Feb. 23 arrest on child pornography related charges. Kent Kollmer of Norris Road in Somerset was released through a court order, according to court documents. Kollmer taught math for nearly 40 years in New Brunswick High School, retiring […]