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Police Log: March 29 – April 2, 2014

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A 2007 Dodge Caravan owned by Amigo Medical Transport of North Brunswick was stolen and later recovered. Police said the victim, who was not identified, said the van was parked on Somerset Street shortly after midnight. The victim did not know the van was stolen until he was contacted by North Brunswick police, telling him the van had been recovered.

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Cars driven by Emike Omogbai of Franklin Park and Kanmani Rajagopalan of Aptif collided in a parking lot at 3001 Route 27. Rajagopalan was pulling into a space while Omogbai was pulling when when the cars collided. Each driver blamed the other.

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About $270 worth of shrimp was stolen from the Stop and Shop on Route 27. Police said a woman was seen by store security placing 10 bags of frozen shrimp into a shopping cart, covering it with her coat, and then walking out. The woman, who was described as being white and wearing white shoes, black pants, a black shirt and a tan jacket, was not found.

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March 30

Michael Contaldi, 23, of Wayne, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Driving and Reckless Driving. Police sad the arrest occurred at about 5 a.m. on Easton Avenue.

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Norman Pittman of Somerset was cited for careless driving after he was involved in an accident at Amwell Road and Wortman Street. Pittman told police that he did not see that a car ahead of his, driven by Hiren Shah of Hillsborough, was stopped in traffic. Pittman said he hit his brakes and slid into the other car.

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March 31

Leah Nonaillada of Somerset and Thiyagara Ganesan of Kendall Park told police that they were driving south on Route 27 when their cars hit a pothole, flattening tires on each of them. Police coned off the pothole.

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A car driven by Melissa Lesik of Somerset was struck in the rear by one driven by Nicholas J. Consoli, also of Somerset, on Easton Avenue. Lesik said she stopped at the stop sign at JFK Boulevard, then moved forward a bit before stopping for some oncoming traffic, when her car was hit. Consoli said he thought Lesik was moving forward.

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A car driven by Gautamkum Patel of North Brunswick was rear-ended by a car driven by Vinod Nallapareddy of Monmouth Junction at Route 27 and Delar Parkway. Patel said his car was stopped when it was hit. Police noted that strong glare made it hard to see.

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Police said a car driven by Nerissa Chin of Princeton was following a car driven by Raquel Morgan of East Orange too closely, resulting in Chin’s not being able to stop her car before it rear-ended Morgan’s. Morgan said she was stopped in traffic at the time her car was hit.

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April 2

Shveta Shah of Windsor was cited for failure to stop after her car collided with one driven by Ramesh Nuti of Franklin Park on South Middlebush Road and Bennetts Lane. Nuti said Shah pulled out from Bennets Lane in front of his car and that he could not avoid the accident. Shah said she thought she had an opening in traffic to make her turn.

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A outdoor air conditioning condenser unit valued at $500 was stolen from Marie’s Allied Health & Technology Institute on Hamilton Street. Police said the theft occurred sometime after March 26.

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