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Police Log: July 18 – 22, 2014

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Two bottles of Snapple, a toothbrush and a package of Tyson Wings, valued at $10.31, were stolen from Rite Aid Pharmacy on Hamilton Street. A store employee told police that three women were seen placing the items in a white purse. The women were not apprehended.

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A car driven by Ahmed Amer of Highland Park was slowing on Veronica Avenue when it was rear-ended by a car driven by Thomas Nilla of Middlesex. Nilla said the sun glare prevented him from seeing properly.

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Margaret Castoria of Somerset was attempting to turn her car left from Weston Canal Road to Route 287 when it struck an oncoming car driven by John Thorn of Portland, Pa.

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Nicole Webb of Baltimore, Md. told police that she was adjusting the mirror in her car while driving down Tamarack Road when she suddenly saw that her car was about to drift into a parked car owned by Michael Henderson of Somerset. The impact pushed Henderson’s car about 25 feet.

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Cars driven on Route 27 by Roxie James of Piscataway and Frank Espinoza of Highland Park collided when Espinoza’s car slowed and James’s rear-ended it.

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Cars driven by Abdoulie Cole of Somerset and Andre Watts of North Brunswick collided when Watts’ car made a left turn from Hamilton Street to Matilda Avenue. Cole said Watts made the turn right in front pot his car and he could not avoid the accident.

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Abraham Appiah of Colorado Springs, Co., was parking a car on Roberts Road when it struck a parked car owned by Lumenis of Lebanon, Pa.

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Nicholas Kozic of Hightstown told police that he misguided the distance between his car and one in front of it, driven by Rose Olwande of Sayreville,  when they were starting forward from a traffic light. Kozic’s car rear-ended Olwande’s.

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A car owned by Ronald Hunter of Somerset was parked on Victor Street when it was struck by another vehicle. The driver of the second car fled the scene.

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July 19

A patron at the Stage House Tavern Amwell Road, reported that someone went into her purse and stole her drivers license and bank debit card while she was dancing. The woman said she left her purse at the bar to dance for about 45 minutes and discovered the theft when she returned.

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A golf ball hit by a golfer at Spooky Brook Golf Course, Elizabeth Avenue, sailed into the parking lot and struck a 2014 Kia Optima.

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Beverly Roberts of Kendall Park told police that she averted her eyes as her car was slowing on Route 27, and struck a stopped car driven y Darrell Williams of Somerset.

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A car driven by Jyothsna Salru of Dayton backed into a car parked on Hamilton Street, owned by Peter Fuentes of Somerset.

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Kwama Fitzpatrick of South River told police that he did not stop in time while driving on Hamilton Street, striking a stopped car driven by Ronny Beshay of Sayreville. The impact forced Beshay’ car into one in front of it, drive by Julian Lockhart of New Brunswick.

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Keila Campbell of Trenton was cited for careless driving and driving an unregistered vehicle after the car she was driving rear-ended one driven by Malik Thompson of North Brunswick. Campbell told police she was driving inattentively. Thompson was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, for a complaint of neck and back pain.

July 20

Thomas Ranier of Bedminster told police that as he was driving down Jacques Lane, he thought he hit an animal. He stopped and backed up, but did not see that a car driven by Matthew Chertoff of Franklin Park was right behind his, and struck it. Ranier was cited for careless driving.

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Gloria Daly of Somerset was driving past Tara Greens on Route 27 when a car driven by David Sirkin of Kendall Park exited the parking lot onto the highway. Daly said she saw him coming and tried to swerve to avoid an accident, but his car hit hers anyway. Sirkin said he was merging to the left while Daly was merging to the right.

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Yesenia Diaz-Lopez of North Brunswick was trying to make a u-turn in front of a Hawthorne Drive home when her car backed into a parked car owned by Charles Lauder of Somerset.

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July 21

Someone drove away from the Delta gas station on Hamilton Street without paying for $20 worth of gas, police said.

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Computer equipment and a handbag valued at $830 were stolen from the Stop and Shop on Route 27. An employee of a contractor for the grocery store said he left the equipment – a Toshiba tablet, a tablet portfolio, a scanner, miscellaneous power cords and a handbag – in a corner ledge in the store’s cafe. When he returned later in the day, the items were gone.

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A car driven by Mary Pogarzelski of Hillsborough was stopped on Hamilton Street when it was struck by a car driven by Elias Penson of Somerset as Penson was leaving a parking lot.

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John Gamble of Somerset was cited for careless driving after his car rear-ended a car driven on Somerset Street by Tamica Nixon of New Brunswick. Police said both drivers were injured.

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Citations went to both drivers involved in a collision on Easton Avenue. Atiana Applewhite of Somerset was cited for improperly parking in a handicapped spot, and Khaled Zayed of Piscataway was cited for obstructing the roadway. Applewhite was backing out of her space when her car hit Zayed’s.

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Thana Dickens of Somerset was driving down John F. Kennedy Boulevard when her car veered into a street sign at Sebring Road.

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Syed Zaidi of Franklin Park was cited for careless driving after his car rear-ended a stopped car on Route 27 driven by Ulysses Guthrie of East Orange.

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Steven Notte of South Bound Brook was cited for careless driving after the car he was driving on Worlds Fair Drive rear-ended a car driven by Jacquelyn Peterson of Denver, Co. Peterson said she was turning into a parking lot when her car was hit.

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Pavan Pamidipatt of Edison was cited for careless driving, being an unlicensed driver and failure to change his address after the car he was driving rear-ended a car on Pierce Street, driven by Nicole Buchyn of Hillsborough.

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July 22

Dessie Wakefield of the Colonia section of Woodbridge was cited for careless driving after the car she was driving in a Hamilton Street parking lot collided with one driven by Catherine Verkis of Edison. Police said Wakefield failed to yield to Verkis.

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