Police Log: April 4 – April 10, 2017

April 4

  • Cars driven by Christoph Carnevale and Gregory Shaffer, both of Somerset, collided at Easton Avenue and Franklin Boulevard. Shaffer was trying to make a left turn from Easton to Franklin when his car collided with Carnevale’s. Shaffer said he did not see the “No Turns” sign at the intersection.
  • Anil Jain of Somerset was cited for careless driving and not getting a New Jersey driver’s license within 60 days of moving here after his car sideswiped a car on Davidson Avenue, driven by Jackelyne Racchumi of North Plainfield.
  • Devonna Carreker of Somerset told police her car was rear-ended by another auto on Easton Avenue, but the other driver left before police arrived. Police issued the car’s owner citations for having an uninsured vehicle and letting a suspended driver drive her car.

April 5

  • Someone spray-painted the gate at the Arlington Avenue impound lot, as well as a car inside it.
  • Someone stole $50,000 worth of kitchen equipment from an Easton Avenue business.
  • A package containing sneakers valued at $14 was stolen from the stoop of a Franklin Court home.
  • John Mills III, 26, of South Plainfield, was arrested in Piscataway on an outstanding township warrant.
  • Patrick Wollack of South River told police that he was driving down Treptow Road when a possum ran in front of his car. He said he swerved to avoid it, then lost control of his car, leaving the road and hitting a utility pole.
  • Yesenia Diaz-Almonte of Somerset was cited for careless driving after her car rear-ended one on Cedar Grove Lane, driven by Sumit Jha of Somerville.

April 6

  • The passenger side windows of a 2012 Nissan Altima and a 2013 Honda Civic parked on Hamilton Street were smashed.
  • Rodney Scott of Newark was cited for failure to observe a stop sign and driving without insurance after the tractor-trailer he was driving on Hamilton Street collided with a car driven by Erasmo Torres of Somerset. Torres and a witness said that Scott ran the stop sign at Berry and Hamilton streets, giving Torres no time to avoid a collision.
  • Cari Burton of Somerset was cited for careless driving and driving with a suspended license after her car rear-ended a car on Amwell Road, driven by Shaw Keller of Highland Park. Burton’s car was then rear-ended by a car driven by Snamie Browne of Somerset. Browne was also cited for careless driving.

April 7

  • Someone entered an Executive Drive business after hours.
  • $70 worth of over-the counter-medications was stolen from the 7-11 on Franklin Boulevard.
  • Someone damaged a 2015 Infiniti Q50 parked on Fir Court.
  • Someone threw a rock through a window of a Pasture Trail home, causing $400 worth of damage.

April 8

  • Someone threw a rock through a window of a Mustang Trail home, causing $700 worth of damage.
  • Thomas Paddock of Somerset was cited for reckless driving, failure to exhibit a registration card, failure to exhibit a valid insurance card, and having an expired inspection after his car struck a pedestrian and a cement pole base in an Easton Avenue parking lot. Paddock said he was reversing his car when his foot got stuck on the accelerator. His car circled in reverse and struck Kyle West of Somerset, who was standing next to his car, before hitting a cement light post.
  • Ling Wang of Somerset was cited for improperly changing lanes after her car struck three others on Easton Avenue. Wang’s car switched from the left to the right lane, hitting a car driven in the left lane by Chaitanya Kumthekar of Parsippany in the process. Wang’s car then hit a car driven in the right lane by John Van of Somerset, the impact of which bounced Wang’s car into one driven in the left lane by Frank Salerno of Hoboken. Kumthekar was cited for not having a child who was in the car younger than 8 years in a restraint or booster seat.
  • Della Dufner of East Brunswick was cited for driving an unregistered car after her car rear-ended one on Easton Avenue driven by Jie Ning of Somerset.

April 9

  • A 2004 Toyota Sienna was entered while it was parked on Carson Court.
  • Leonard Brown, 43, of Bound Brook was arrested in Watchung on an outstanding warrant.

April 10

  • Someone stole a 2001 Mitsubishi Gallant while it was parked on John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
  • A license plate was removed from a car parked on Matilda Avenue.
  • Someone broke into a 2015 Toyota Corolla while it was parked on John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
  • $740 worth of items were taken from a 2011 Nissan Rogue while it was parked on John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
  • Someone threw a rock through a window of a Saddle Court home.
  • Someone took a wallet left by a customer of a Franklin Boulevard store.


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