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Four Township Men Among 19 Snagged In ‘Operation Open Door’ Child Sex Sting

Four Township Men Among 19 Snagged In ‘Operation Open Door’ Child Sex Sting

Four township men were among 19 alleged child predators caught in a multi-agency law enforcement sting, authorities said Oct. 31. The men were caught in “Operation Open Door,” a sting led by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, in cooperation with a number of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Franklin Township Police. […]

20-Year-Old Shooting Victim Dies Of Injuries; $5,000 Reward Still Offered

20-Year-Old Shooting Victim Dies Of Injuries; $5,000 Reward Still Offered

A 20-year-old township woman who was found shot in her car on Oct. 22 died two days later from her injuries, authorities said. Police found Monserrat Noyola-Narvaez unconscious behind the wheel of her car on Phillips Road, near Matilda Avenue, shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22. Once officers realized she had been shot, she […]

$5,000 Reward Offered In Phillips Road Shooting

$5,000 Reward Offered In Phillips Road Shooting

Authorities are offering a reward of up to $5,000 to solve the Oct. 22 shooting on Matilda Avenue that left a 20-year-old township woman in critical condition. Earlier reports that the victim had been killed were incorrect. Police responded to a 9-1-1 call at about 7:20 p.m. reporting that shots had been fired, and a […]

Dayton Man Seriously Injured In Motorcycle Accident

Dayton Man Seriously Injured In Motorcycle Accident

A 20-year-old Dayton man sustained “numerous” serious injuries Oct. 14 after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car on Hamilton Street. Police said that Danyal Rizwan was riding his Yamaha motorcycle east on Hamilton Street shortly after 3 p.m. when it collided with a Toyota Highlander, driven by Mark Varga, 60, of Princeton, […]

Township Man Charged With Child Endangerment

Township Man Charged With Child Endangerment

A 50-year-old Somerset man who teaches at Watchung Hills Regional High School has been arrested on charges connected with his alleged sexual pursuit of a student there. Sean DiGiovanna, of Renfro Road, was arrested Oct. 10 at Warren Township Police headquarters and charged with one count of 3rd Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child […]

Somerset County Prosecutor Finds No Criminal Or Administrative Violations In FTPD ‘Union Time’ Use

Somerset County Prosecutor Finds No Criminal Or Administrative Violations In FTPD ‘Union Time’ Use

The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office has closed its investigation into township police use of its “union time” benefit, saying there is no evidence that any officer who used the perk violated the law or department policy. The Prosecutor’s Office did, however, criticize the FTPD’s former administrative team for poor record-keeping relating to the granting of […]

Hit-And-Run Death Of Township Man Nets Drag Racer 13 Years In Prison

Hit-And-Run Death Of Township Man Nets Drag Racer 13 Years In Prison

The 22-year-old Piscataway man who admitted running down a township resident while drag racing last year was sentenced Sept. 11 to 13 years in prison. Freddy S. Garcia, Jr. was sentenced to 10 years in prison for vehicular homicide and three years in prison for leaving the scene of an accident, according to a press […]

Ray Street Fire Damages Home

Ray Street Fire Damages Home

No one was injured in an early afternoon house fire on Ray Street Sept. 10, authorities said. But the house was heavily damaged and declared uninhabitable, forcing its occupants to find another place to stay, according to a press release from the Franklin Township Police. The initial investigation indicated that the fire does not appear […]

Outstanding Warrants Lead To Drug Bust For New Brunswick Man

Outstanding Warrants Lead To Drug Bust For New Brunswick Man

A 32-year-old New Brunswick man was arrested on a drug charge Aug. 29 on Hamilton Street. Members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force and the Franklin Township Police Department Crime Suppression Unit were conducting a “quality of life” detail in the area when they saw Marcelino Ortiz, of Harvey […]

St. Matthias Interim Priest To Stay On Until Predecessor’s Criminal Finance Probe Concluded

St. Matthias Interim Priest To Stay On Until Predecessor’s Criminal Finance Probe Concluded

The interim priest serving the Catholic Community of St. Matthias will stay on until the criminal probe involving the church’s former spiritual leader is concluded. It was originally thought that Fr. Abraham Orapankal, who assumed the temporary leadership position near the end of 2018 – after the resignation of Fr. Douglas Haefner – would only […]