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Updated: Somerset Man Charged With 2nd Degree Theft from Cultural Organization Indicted

Updated: Somerset Man Charged With 2nd Degree Theft from Cultural Organization Indicted

A 58-year-old Somerset man was indicted Dec. 13 by a Somerset County Grand Jury on a charge that he stole more than $85,000 from the Federation of Gujarati Associations in North America. Girishcha Patel was arrested on Sept. 21 and charged with 2nd-Degree theft, according to an October 22 release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s […]

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Police Log: Dec. 9, 2013

Hector Homblert of North Brunswick told police that he was driving down Easton Avenue, near John F. Kennedy Boulevard, when a deer ran into the street and hit his car. § Andrei Ferents of Somerset was cited for careless driving after the car he was driving on Runyon Avenue suddenly veered into a parked car […]

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Police: Dec. 8 Snow Causes 17 Traffic Accidents

The wintry weather of Dec. 8 caused 17 traffic accidents in the township, according to township police spokesman Sgt. Phil Rizzo. Here’s a sampling: Shirley Thomas of Somerset told police that she was driving on Veronica Avenue when she lost control of her car on the slippery road and hit a tree. Police said Thomas […]

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Township Police Receive Grant for ‘Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign

The township Police Department recently received a $4,400 grant to aid in its participation in this year’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” anti-drunk driving campaign. The department was one of 144 in the state to receive the grants for the program, which runs from Dec. 6 through Jan. 2, 2014. The grants come from […]

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‘Grinch’ Steals, Breaks Christmas Items

A Village Drive resident reported Nov. 29 that someone broke into their storage unit and stole and broke Christmas items. The resident told police the burglary happened sometime during November. The storage unit is located in the building’s laundry room, police said. Stolen were a Thomas Kincaid train set, valued at $1,000, and an artificial […]

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Police: Gas Can Ignited by Outdoor Fireplace, No Injuries

A Mark Street resident got a scare Nov. 29 when a gasoline can caught fire next to his outdoor fireplace. Police said the resident, who they did not identify, said he was lighting charcoal in the outdoor fireplace in preparation of cooking chicken when the small can caught fire. The homeowner extinguished the fire before […]

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Police Log: Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, 2013

Nov. 29, 2013 Bruce Jefferson of Hopewell was told police he was driving down Route 518 when a black footrest fell off a truck traveling ahead of him. Jefferson said that as he was slowing, his car was struck in the rear by one driven by Anthony Gaylord of Plainsboro. Gaylord said he could not […]

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Police Log: Nov. 26 – Nov. 27, 2013

Nov. 26, 2013 Danielle Jackson of New Providence was cited for careless driving after the car she was driving rear-ended one driven by Jacquelin Espinosa of Somerset. Espinosa told police her car was stopped in the Easton Avenue/John F. Kennedy Boulevard jughandle when it was hit. § Wai Cheah of South Bound Brook was cited […]

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iPads, Bleacher Stairs Stolen From Franklin Middle School

Township police are investigating two thefts at Franklin Middle School, Francis Street. In the first incident, reported on Nov. 20, four iPads were removed from a file cabinet in one of the classrooms, police said. The iPads were valued at $300 each, police said. In the second incident, reported on Nov. 22, someone stole the […]

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Texas Man Takes Dip in Hotel Pond – In His Car

Texas Man Takes Dip in Hotel Pond – In His Car

A Texas man on Nov. 24 took an early morning dip in the pond in front of the DoubleTree Hotel on Atrium Drive. The problem was that he was in his car when he did it. Police said that Wayne Schertz, 54, of Carlton, Texas, was driving his rented Cadillac down Atrium Drive around 2 […]

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