Police Log: Oct. 11 – 12, 2013

Gemma DiGlorio of Princeton told police Oct. 11 that she was driving north on South Middlebush Road and realized too late that traffic had stopped. Her car rear-ended one driven by Donna Scharnikow of Somerset, which was stopped in traffic. The impact forced Scharnikow’s car into one driven by Sarita Seelam of Plainsboro.


Ruth Crimmins of Monmouth Junction told police Oct. 11 that her car was parked in the Stop ‘n Shop parking lot on Route 27 when another car backed into it and fled the scene. There were no witnesses.


Heather Kingsland of Somerset was backing her car up on Mercury Street Oct. 11 to retrieve her mail when it struck a parked truck owned by Suburban Propane of Whippany.


Jan Gajewski of Warren told police Oct. 11 that he was driving down Easton Avenue when a taxi driving ahead of his car suddenly turned into a driveway near Bloomfield Avenue. Gajewski said he slowed his car down when it was rear-ended by a car driven by Bentee Goines of Dunellen. Goines said he could not avoid the collision.


Jamie Perry of Bridgewater was nearly stopped in traffic on Easton Avenue Oct. 11 when her car was rear-ended by one driven by Ashwin Rathnam, also of Bridgewater. Rathnam told police that he’d just had his brakes serviced.


Cars driven by Fay Austin of Piscataway and Zula Jariwala of North Brunswick collided Oct. 11 on Pierce Street. Police said Austin’s car was passing Jariwala’s on the right when Jariwala, who did not see the other vehicle, made a right turn into it.


Anne Rubinstein of Old Bridge attempted to change from the right lane to the left lane of Easton Avenue Oct. 12 when her car hit one driven by Jeiner Salazar of Bound Brook, which was traveling in the left lane. Rubinstein told police that she did not see the other car.


Cars driven by Somerset residents Tamika Burns and Juan Ayala-Ramirez collided Oct. 12 on Landing Lane. Burns told police she stopped when the traffic light changed from yellow to red; Ayala-Ramirez said Burns stopped short and he tried unsuccessfully to avoid a collision.


Chijioke Ohayia of Hillsborough was traveling south on Easton Avenue, near Walnut Avenue, when he said, a deer ran in front of his car. Ohayia’s car hit the deer, which then careened into a car driven by Adrienne Carollo of Middlesex.


Tracy Sparrow, 52, of Somerset was charged with shoplifting Oct. 12 after she was allegedly seen trying to leave the K-Mart on Easton Avenue with about $29 worth of goods.

Police said a store security guard saw Sparrow enter a dressing room with a candle and pajamas. A few minutes later, police said, the guard saw Sparrow leave the dressing room holding a plastic bag, which was later found to contain the candle and pajamas.

Police said the candle was valued at $9.99, and the pajamas at $18.74.

Police said Sparrow was taken to Somerset County Jail, Somerville, in lieu of $2,500 bail.


Eugenia Ricker of Port Monmouth told police Oct. 12 that she had to stop her car suddenly on Easton Avenue because the car ahead of hers did so. Ricker’s car was then rear-ended by one driven by Sasha Howard of South River.


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