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Staten Island Man Caught In Child Sex Sting At Township Coffee Shop

Staten Island Man Caught In Child Sex Sting At Township Coffee Shop

A 31-year-old Staten Island man faces multiple charges after he was arrested May 10 when he thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl at a township coffee shop for a rendezvous that would lead to sex. Thomas McKernan was arrested at about 11:35 a.m. at the unnamed Cedar Grove Lane shop, following a month-long investigation […]

Five Township Residents Arrested In ‘Operation X Out;’ Alleged Heroin Ring Busted

Five Township Residents Arrested In ‘Operation X Out;’ Alleged Heroin Ring Busted

Five township residents have been arrested, and a local heroin distribution ring dismantled, in connection with an investigation authorities dubbed “Operation X Out.” The five face gun- and drug-related charges, according to a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. Raids by police yielded heroin and marijuana valued at more than $52,000, as well […]

Blaze Damages Norwich Place Condo Units; Nine Families Displaced, Several Fire Fighters Injured

Blaze Damages Norwich Place Condo Units; Nine Families Displaced, Several Fire Fighters Injured

Several fire fighters were reportedly injured and nine families were displaced as a result of a fire in a multi-unit dwelling on Norwich Place April 25. None of the homes’ residents were injured in the fire, police said. Police said a 9-1-1 call on the fire was received at 6:52 a.m., and responding officers were […]

Township Homes Damaged In Separate Fires

Township Homes Damaged In Separate Fires

A microwave oven and a discarded cigarette were blamed for two fires that damaged homes in the township on April 6. The first, reported at 5:49 p.m., was in a Wilson Road home’s kitchen and was apparently started in the microwave, according to a press release from the Franklin Township Police Department. All of the […]

Township Woman Seriously Hurt In Auto-Truck Crash

Township Woman Seriously Hurt In Auto-Truck Crash

A 17-year-old Franklin Park woman was seriously injured April 5 after the car she was  driving collided with a Freightliner truck at Olcott Street and Amwell Road, police said. Police said the woman was making a left turn from Olcott to Amwell in a Honda Accord when the accident happened. Upon arrival, police found the […]

Franklin High School Student Charged With Making False Bomb Threat

Franklin High School Student Charged With Making False Bomb Threat

A 19-year-old Franklin High School student was arrested April 3 and charged for allegedly phoning in a false bomb threat to the school in January. The woman, Annissia Gayle of Somerset, remained in the Somerset County Jail, Somerville, on April 4 pending her detention hearing, according to court records. Gayle allegedly phoned in the threat […]

Somerset Man Wanted On Murder, Attempted Murder Charges

Somerset Man Wanted On Murder, Attempted Murder Charges

Update: Harriot surrendered to authorities at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick at approximately 11 a.m. April 3, according to a release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation is still ongoing. Harriot will be held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick pending an April 5 detention hearing, according […]

FTPD Gets $11,000 To Crack Down On Distracted Driving In April

FTPD Gets $11,000 To Crack Down On Distracted Driving In April

You shouldn’t be doing it anyway, but think twice for the first three weeks of April before you pick up that phone while driving. The state’s annual “U Text, U Drive, U Pay” crackdown on distracted driving begins April 1 – no joke – and the Franklin Township Police Department is one of 207 departments […]

Police: 81-Year-Old Man Assaulted Over ‘MAGA’ Hat (Updated)

Police: 81-Year-Old Man Assaulted Over ‘MAGA’ Hat (Updated)

Update: 19-year-old Ryan M. Salvagno has been charged with assault, a disorderly person’s offense and harassment, a petty disorderly person’s offense after he allegedly tried to take a “Make America Great Again” cap from an 81-year-old man, assaulting him in the process. A release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office said that Salvagno followed the […]

Updated: Township Man, NBHS Vice-Principal, Killed By Drag-Racing Car

Updated: Township Man, NBHS Vice-Principal, Killed By Drag-Racing Car

Update 3: Garcia on Feb. 22 was indicted on a number of charges in connection with the incident, including aggravated manslaughter in the first degree, vehicular homicide in the second degree, knowingly leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death in the second degree, causing death while driving with a suspended license in the […]