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Police Log: July 23 – July 27, 2014

July 23

Kairy Quinonez of Carteret was cited for careless driving after her car rear-ended one driven on Route 27 by Lauren Lubas of North Brunswick. Lubas said she was stopped in traffic when her car was hit, Quinonez said Lubas slammed on her brakes, leaving no time to avoid the accident.

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Nancy Pressman-Levy of Highland Park was cited for careless driving and Anthony Watts of North Brunswick was cited for parking in an intersection after they collided at Hamilton Street and Sydney Place. Watts told police he’d just parked and was getting out of his car when he saw Pressman-Levy’s car coming at him. He said he jumped back in his car, which was then hit and pushed forward. Pressman-Levy told police that she was driving toward Princeton “and then was flipped over in her vehicle,” police reported.

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A car driven on Cedar Grove Lane by Simone Smith was rear-ended by one driven by Sarah Steier of East Brunswick, police said. Steier’s car was then rear-ended by one driven by Venkata Vishnubhottla of Monmouth Junction.

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Deborah Clark of Hillsborough was cited for improper passing after her car side-swiped one on Amwell Road driven by Adway Biniwale of Plainsboro. Biniwale said he was stopped, waiting to make a left turn onto Wortman Street when his car was struck.

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Janella Meeks of Somerset was stopped at a traffic light at John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Easton Avenue when, she said, the box truck ahead of her backed into her car. The truck driver drove down Easton when the light turned green, she said.

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Ariella Levine of Somerset told police that she was slowing down on Bennetts Lane when her foot slipped off the brake, causing her car to rear-end a stopped car driven by Richard Ascher of East Brunswick.

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July 24

Brian Kelly of Forked River was backing his truck out of a parking space in the Cedar Grove Center when it struck a car driven by Mary Homer of Franklin Park.

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About $1,000 in damage was done to a garage door at 75 Claremont Road when a driverless car rolled into it. James Holmes of South Bound Brook was making a delivery of medications to the address, police said. Holmes said he thought he put the car completely in park.

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July 25

A cash register at the McDonald’s on Easton Avenue was damaged when two patrons had a fight in the restaurant. A witness told police that he saw the men fighting in the parking lot, after which one entered the restaurant. The other man followed, the witness said, and took another punch at his opponent. The second man ducked the punch and pushed his attacker into the counter, where he knocked over a cash register. Police said the register’s touch screen monitor shattered.

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July 26

Someone threw a metal street sign pole into the side of an Appleman Road house, causing an estimated $150 worth of damage, police said.

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Someone broke the rear driver’s side window on a Honda Civic owned by a Norma Avenue resident.

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July 27

A reported fire in a Hawthorne Drive apartment was actually heavy smoke caused by food that was left burning on the apartment’s stove, police said. The apartment was ventilated, police said.

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