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Update: Hit-And-Run Driver Smashes Hole In Community Center Wall, Headlight Recovered

Update: Hit-And-Run Driver Smashes Hole In Community Center Wall, Headlight Recovered

Update: What a police spokesman called “good, old-fashioned police work” resulted in the discovery that a township man drove the car that  smashed into the side of the community center. Police said that Joseph Driggers, Jr. 40, of Somerset was identified as the driver of the 2001 Chevy Impala that hit the building before fleeing […]

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Police Log: Oct. 11 – Oct. 16, 2017

Police Log: Oct. 11 – Oct. 16, 2017

Oct. 11 Raphael Edwards of Somerset was cited for careless driving and driving with a suspended license after his car collided with one driven by Jeison Garcia-Tejada of Somerset. Edwards was turning left from Park Street to Baier Avenue when the two cars collided. Garcia-Tejada said Edwards’ car pulled out in front of his, giving […]

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Update: Point Pleasant Man Dies In Construction Accident At Claremont Road School

Update: Point Pleasant Man Dies In Construction Accident At Claremont Road School

Update: A GoFundMe account has been established to raise money for the Marotana family. The donation page can be accessed here. Original Story: A 39-year-old Point Pleasant construction worker was killed Oct. 17 after he fell from the roof of the Claremont Road School. Police said that Peter Marotana was working on the roof at […]

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Township Man Sentenced To 23 Years In Prison For Kidnapping, Assault In Highland Park

Township Man Sentenced To 23 Years In Prison For Kidnapping, Assault In Highland Park

A 23-year-old township man was sentenced Oct. 16 to 23 years in state prison for a kidnapping and sexual assault in Highland Park. Under the sentence imposed by state Superior Court Judge Alberto Rivas, Brandon Cox of Somerset will have to serve 85 percent of his term – 9.5 years – before he is eligible […]

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Township Man Arrested On Gun-Related Charges

Township Man Arrested On Gun-Related Charges

A township man remains in custody at the Somerset County Jail, Somerville, following his arrest on gun-related charges. Rashan M. McMillan, 44, of Somerset was arrested Oct. 4 after he was found by police with a loaded revolver holding several spent shell casings stuffed in the waistband of his pants, according to a press release […]

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‘Coffee With A Cop’ Program Deemed A Success

‘Coffee With A Cop’ Program Deemed A Success

Franklin police deployed to several sites in the township on Oct. 4, but not for emergencies. The officers were participating in the national “Coffee With A Cop” program, in which police officers were stationed at various businesses in towns to meet and talk with residents. In Franklin, officers were sent to the Dunkin’ Donuts on […]

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Franklin Police Detective, State PBA President, Caught Up In Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Franklin Police Detective, State PBA President, Caught Up In Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Pat Colligan knew something was up when he saw a security guard and police officer in a traffic vest running full-speed through the crowded casino at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Spa in Las Vegas late in the evening of Oct. 1. Colligan, a Franklin Township Police detective and president of the New Jersey Policeman’s […]

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Township Police To Participate In ‘Coffee With A Cop Day’

Township Police To Participate In ‘Coffee With A Cop Day’

Township police will be at six locations Oct. 4, participating in National Coffee With a Cop Day. Officers will be at: Dunkin Donuts at 920 Hamilton St. and Starbucks at 120 Cedar Grove Lane from 7-9 a.m. Hamilton Street BBQ at 841 Hamilton St. and Kettleman’s Bagels at 456 Elizabeth Ave. from noon to 2 […]

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Scotch Plains Man Hits Wrong Button On Scooter, Ends Up In Canal

Scotch Plains Man Hits Wrong Button On Scooter, Ends Up In Canal

A push on the wrong button on a power chair ended up with a 71-year-old man needing a rescue from the Delaware & Raritan Canal Sept. 12. Police said that the Scotch Plains man, who was not identified, was riding a “Jazzy” scooter along the canal tow path with another person walking alongside him, when […]

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Township: FTPD Does Not Discriminate Against Minority Officers

Township: FTPD Does Not Discriminate Against Minority Officers

The Franklin Township Police sergeant charging the department with discrimination was denied further promotions not because of his race, but because he did not meet the department’s conduct or performance expectations. That assertion was among the defenses presented by the township in response to the civil lawsuit filed by Franklin Township Police Department Sgt. Dennis […]

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