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Police Log: June 27 – July 4, 2017

Police Log: June 27 – July 4, 2017

June 27 Ronald Myers of North Brunswick was cited for driving without insurance after his car was backed into by one driven in a Route 27 parking lot by Mark Fonah of Franklin Park. Brianna Reece of Somerset was cited for improper passing after her car passed a number of stopped vehicles on the right […]



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Police Log: June 20-24, 2017

Police Log: June 20-24, 2017

June 20 Cara Padovano of North Brunswick was cited for failure to produce her driver’s license and failure to produce her insurance card, and Mark Keene, also of North Brunswick, was cited for careless driving after the two collided on Skillmans Lane.  The two were negotiating a curve on Skillmans when Keene’s car drifted out […]



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Two Somerset Residents, Six Others, Indicted In Connection With $500,000 Car Theft Scheme

Two Somerset Residents, Six Others, Indicted In Connection With $500,000 Car Theft Scheme

Two township residents were among eight people indicted on a variety of conspiracy and money laundering charges related to the alleged theft of cars and car loans worth more than $500,000. James Lamont Tutt, 43, and Shanel Terry, 35, were among those indicted by a state grand jury June 26. Also indicted were David L. […]



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Somerset Man, Two Others, Arrested With Eight Kilograms Of Cocaine

Somerset Man, Two Others, Arrested With Eight Kilograms Of Cocaine

A 30-year-old Somerset man was among three people arrested on charges that they conspired to distribute multi-kilograms of cocaine in and around New Brunswick. Yunior Martinez-Jimenez of Somerset, Palemon Silvestre Sierra, 41 and Indhira de los Santos Padilla, 33, both of New Brunswick, appeared in federal court in Newark on June 28 to face the […]



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Two FTPD Officers Defuse Situation With Distraught Girl Holding Knife

Two FTPD Officers Defuse Situation With Distraught Girl Holding Knife

Two township police officers are credited with defusing a tense situation with a distraught 11-year-old girl who had locked herself in her bedroom with a knife. At about 8:30 p.m. June 20, police received a 9-1-1 call about a person having a psychological crisis, according to a press release from the township Police Department. When […]



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After 30 Years, Police Chief Lawrence Roberts Is Calling It A Career

After 30 Years, Police Chief Lawrence Roberts Is Calling It A Career

Township Chief of Police Lawrence Roberts will retire in February, 2018, ending a 30-year career with the FTPD. Roberts, who has been chief since 2011, said that he has begin transferring some of his duties to Deputy Chief Richard Grammar, his probable successor. “We have in Franklin a succession plan, we plan for the future,” […]



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Overturned Truck Releases Small Chemical Spill On Bunker Hill Road

Overturned Truck Releases Small Chemical Spill On Bunker Hill Road

Part of Bunker Hill Road was closed for four hours June 15 after several gallons of lawn pesticides were spilled during a single-auto accident. According to police, FTPD received a 9-1-1 call at about 1:51 p.m., reporting that a utility truck had overturned on the road. Responding officers found a 2005 Isuzu JW4 on its […]



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Police Investigating Fight At FHS Resulting In Two Arrests

Police Investigating Fight At FHS Resulting In Two Arrests

A fight that resulted in the arrests of two Franklin High School students is under investigation by township police. FTPD spokesman Lt. Philip Rizzo said the fight occurred on June 8, and that the two 16-year-old youths taken into custody were later released to their parents. The incident is currently being investigated by the department’s […]



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FTPD Members Run For Special Olympics NJ

FTPD Members Run For Special Olympics NJ

A half-dozen Franklin Township police officers joined their colleagues across the state June 9 in running a stage of the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run for the NJ Special Olympics. The officers ran with a contingent of South Brunswick police officers from their starting point at Bennington Parkway and Route 27. Accompanied by police cars […]



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Updated: Township Man Faces Multiple Charges, Including Sexual Assault, Attempted Murder

Updated: Township Man Faces Multiple Charges, Including Sexual Assault, Attempted Murder

Update: Cox pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault, according to a published report. Cox in October will be sentenced to 23 years in prison, must register as a Meagan’s Law offender and faces parole for life, according to the report in the Highland Park Planet. Original Story: A 23-year-old township man […]



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