Police Log: July 14 – 21, 2015

July 14

Joseph McKelvey of Croydon, Pa. was cited for careless driving after his car rear-ended one driven on Route 27 by Karen Moore of Lawrenceville.  McKelvey said he applied his brakes but could not stop in time when he saw Moore’s car stopped in traffic.


Michele Pawling of Pipersville, Pa. was cited for careless driving after she was involved in a four-car accident on Cedar Grove Lane. Pawling said she started to slow for stopped traffic when one of her flip-flops became stuck, and when she freed it, she accidentally stepped on the car’s accelerator. Her car rear-ended one driven by Jaanai Babb of Edison. Pawling’s car then struck the rear of a car driven by Rajan Mehta of North Brunswick, the impact of which forced Mehta’s car into the rear of one driven by Bobbie Walp of Somerset.

July 15

Anastacio Mendez of Hillsborough was cited for careless driving after his car collided with one driven by Jose Perez of New Brunswick. Mendez said he was waved through by another driver when he was attempting to turn left from Franklin Boulevard to Highland Avenue when the cars collided.


John Pernice of East Brunswick was cited for careless driving after his car rear-ended one driven on Old Georgetown Road by Dolores Jones of Princeton. Pernice said he saw Jones’ car slow down and tried to stop, but his car slid on the wet road.

July 16

A Girard Avenue resident’s car was stolen and items taken from it. Police said $50 in computer charges, a computer valued at $1,000, a wallet valued at $50 and a jacket valued at $50 were removed from the car. Police said there were no signs of forced entry.


Someone took the vehicle registration card out of an unlocked car owned by an Indiana Road resident.


$700 in cash was taken from an Abbott Road resident’s unlocked car.


A parked car owned by Pingping Zing of Franklin Park was struck in an Opal Court parking lot by a car driven by Lawrence Dixon of Somerset. Dixon said he was trying to turn around when his foot slipped and hit the accelerator. Dixon was cited for careless driving.


Emmad Sheikh of Somerset was changing lanes on Amwell Road, at the Elizabeth Avenue intersection, when he suddenly had to swerve to the right to avoid striking a stopped car. Hi car ran off the road, struck a stopped car driven by Lizzie Valeri of Edison, and then struck a utility pole.


July 17

A $200 Garmin GPS unit, $30 in cash and a credit card were stolen from a Fulton Road resident’s car. The victim said she was not sure if the car was locked.

The driver’s side window on a 2005 Hyundai Sonata was smashed while it was parked behind a Main Street home.


Shirley Dimperio of Somerset told police she had no idea how the car she was driving on Davidson Avenue left the road and hit a utility pole.


Charles Finlay of Fort Bend, Texas was cited for careless driving after the car he was driving failed to negotiate a turn on Skillmans Lane, left the road and struck a tree.

July 18

A blue Mongoose mountain bike valued at $100 was stolen from a Village Drive home. 


Troy Powell of Piscataway told police she was driving down Skillmans Lane when another car approached hers, taking up the roadway. Powell said she had to swerve to the right, and when she did so, her car went into a ditch and hit a tree before bouncing back onto the road.


Ereck Velasteguy of Somerset was cited for careless driving, being an unlicensed driver, failure to exhibit documents, driving without insurance, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident and failing to stop after police said he blew a stop sign at Girard Avenue and Belmar Street and collided with a car driven by Budi Baaklini of Somerset. Velasteguy left the scene, but police were able to trace him because the license plate fell off his car.


Cars driven by Khayree Walker of Edison and William Miles of Newark collided at Easton and Hillcrest avenues. Walker’s car was heading south on Easton when it was struck by Miles’ which was turning out of Hillcrest, police said. Walker was cited for driving with a suspended license, while Miles was cited fro failure to stop and careless driving.

July 19

Katherine Jibaja of Somerset was cited for careless driving after her car collided at Somerset Street and Kevin Apuzzio Avenue with one driven by Kellie Statum of Princeton. Statum said Jibaja’s car pulled out of Apuzzio Avene and hit hers. Jibaja said Statum was speeding.


A car driven by Nicole Cooper of Somerset was making a left turn from Hamilton Street to Matilda Avenue when it collided with a car on Hamilton driven by Theodore Miller, also of Somerset.

July 20

A burglar alarm scared off someone who was trying to enter a Second Street home through its kitchen sliding glass door. The person was identified as being a slim man, about 5’6” or 5’8’, wearing a hood or winter cap.


A 22-year-old Kendall Park man was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick after he fell off the roof of an Arthur Glick Boulevard building while cleaning its gutters. Police said the man hit a tree on his way down.


Kenneth Blinn of Somerset was cited for careless driving after his car rear-ended one stopped at the Somerset Run gate on Stone Manor Drive. Blinn’s car then left the road and hit two trees. Blinn said he stepped on the gas instead of the brake.


A bicyclist, Daniel Gross of Somerset, was struck by a car driven on Weston Canal Road by Louis Gabriel of Manville when Gross attempted to cross the road. Gross said he thought he had enough time to make it across.

July 21

All four wheels on a car parked at a Pierce Street hotel were stolen. The wheels were valued at $1,500.


Someone stole $60 in cash from an unlocked car parked on Vernon Avenue.


Items valued at $950 were stolen from another unlocked car on Vernon Avenue. $400 worth of video games, a computer valued at $500 and a back pack valued at $50 were taken.


$130 in cash and a prescription were stolen from an unlocked car parked on Girard Avenue.


$500 worth of items were taken from an unlocked car parked on Fraley Drive. A Michael Kors tote bag valued at $200, A DKNY tote bag valued at $100, a Louis Vuitton tote bag valued at $100 and a Gucci tote bag valued at $100 were taken.

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