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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 […]

Reward Increased For Information On Township Man’s Shooting Death

Reward Increased For Information On Township Man’s Shooting Death

The reward for information leading to the indictment of whoever is responsible for the May shooting death of a 30-year-old township man has been increased to up to $3,500. The increase of the reward from Crime Stoppers of Somerset County was announced in a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. David Anderson of […]

Hillsborough Man Convicted Of Meaghan’s Law Violation For Township Church Work

Hillsborough Man Convicted Of Meaghan’s Law Violation For Township Church Work

A Hillsborough man already imprisoned for sexually assaulting a child was convicted last month of violating a Meaghan’s Law prohibition while volunteering at a township church’s youth ministry. Shawn Butler, 53, was convicted on May 21 on a single charge of 3rd Degree Prohibited Participation in a Youth Serving Organization, according to a press release […]

County Prosecutor’s Office To Assume Oversight Of FTPD July 1

County Prosecutor’s Office To Assume Oversight Of FTPD July 1

The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office will assume administrative oversight of the township police department on July 1, following the abrupt retirements of FTPD Chief Richard Grammar and Captain Greg Borlan. Both Grammar and Borlan will retire as of June 30. As of next month, John W. Fodor, the Prosecutor’s Office’s Chief of Detectives, will become […]

Reward Offered For Information On May 18 Killing

Reward Offered For Information On May 18 Killing

A $2,500 reward is being offered by Crime Stoppers of Somerset County, Inc. for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those involved in the shooting death of a 30-year-old Somerset man. David D. Anderson of Henry Street died after he was shot multiple times before 11 p.m. May 18 on Matilda Avenue, according […]

FTPD, PBA 154 Thank 3rd Grader For Donation With Surprise Party

FTPD, PBA 154 Thank 3rd Grader For Donation With Surprise Party

As far as 9-year-old Meghna Sakar knew, she, her parents, brother and some friends were visiting the township Police Department June 5 for a private tour. The tour had been arranged by FTPD Chief Richard Grammar, as a way to say “Thank-You” to the 3rd Grader for raising $300 for the department’s Bullet Proof Vest […]

Report: Township Cop Busted For DWI While On Duty; Details Shrouded In Prosecutor’s Investigation

Report: Township Cop Busted For DWI While On Duty; Details Shrouded In Prosecutor’s Investigation

An on-duty township Police officer was charged in April with driving under the influence of drugs the same day the case was transferred from Franklin Township Municipal Court to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. Court records show that Matthew D. Ellery was charged on April 15 with DWI, for an incident that occurred a little […]

‘Porn Production Company’ Members Charged With Child Endangerment

‘Porn Production Company’ Members Charged With Child Endangerment

Four township residents who authorities say ran a “pornography production company” out of their Coburn Lane home have been arrested on charges including aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. The four residents were allegedly filming pornography in the house, and, the release said, investigators […]

Reports: Double Shooting Results In Second Shooting Death In One Week

Reports: Double Shooting Results In Second Shooting Death In One Week

According to several unconfirmed reports, a man who was in an automobile that crashed into a Foxwood Drive home on May 25 was shot to death, and another man was shot and wounded. Rescue personnel responding to the accident call at about 11:10 p.m. found the man in the car, which had crashed into the […]

Early Morning Fire Damages Two Becket Place Condominiums

Early Morning Fire Damages Two Becket Place Condominiums

Residents of two Becket Place condominiums were displaced May 23 as a result of an early morning fire. There were no reported injuries. Police received a call about the fire at approximately 5:49 a.m., according to a Franklin Township Police Department press release. Responding officers saw black smoke and flames coming from the units’ garage […]