ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At least three people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike in the area of milepost 64.5 south bound on the inner roadway. The Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Robbinsville EMS along with the Hightstown First Aid Squad were dispatched to the scene at 8:24 p.m. Firefighters had to use extrication equipment to free one of the occupants of the vehicles. The New Jersey State Police are investigating the crash and no further information is available at this time.
UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Trooper Brandi Slota of the New Jersey State Police Public Information Unit told MidJersey.News that Troopers responded to a motor vehicle crash on I195 eastbound at milepost 11 in Upper Freehold, Monmouth County at approximately 6:20 p.m. The preliminary investigation revealed a Ford pickup truck was traveling eastbound on I-195 when it ran off the roadway. The driver was transported to a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation, and no other information is available at this time.
The Hope Fire Company of Allentown, Allentown First Aid- Capital Health and Millstone Township Fire Department responded to I-195 for the accident.
EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)—According to an Affidavit of Probable Cause obtained by MidJersey.news The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received a report from KIK regarding the distribution of child pornography and generated a cybertip report where a user utilized KIK to upload three files containing child pornography. After reviewing the cypertip an IP Address 188.8.131.52 was located with a physical address in the 600 Block of Ithaca Place in East Windsor.
On January 27, 2022, officers executed a search warrant at the residence on Ithaca Place in East Windsor, NJ. While executing the search warrant, Mitchell B Richtman, 31, was located in the residence. Officers located and seized several electronic devices belonging to Richtman, according to the affidavit.
Police stated in the affidavit that while previewing the seized electronic devices detectives located a combination of between approximately 1,000 and 100,000 images and video files containing child sexual abuse material.
Additionally, while previewing the seized electronic devices, detectives located approximately twenty-one (21) videos depicting Mitchell Richtman performing fellatio on a horse, as reported in the Affidavit of Probable Cause.
The document also shows Richtman was charged with, knowingly possessing or knowingly view or knowingly have under his control, though any means including the Internet, between 1,000 and 100,000 items depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of a child in violation of N.J.S.2C:24-4B (5) (B) (II) which is a Second Degree Crime.
Richtman was also charged with knowingly use an animal in a sexual manner, and/or did initiate sexual contact on an animal specifically by performing fellatio on a horse, in violation of N.J.S. 4:22-17C(4) which is a Fourth Degree Crime.
The Affidavit of Probable Cause is signed by Detective Minnick
According to a search of the New Jersey Sex Offender Internet Registry Mitchell B. Richtman is a Tier 2-Moderate Risk offender and was convicted on October 12, 2005 for 2C:24-4A – Endanger Welfare of Children in Mercer County.
TOMS RIVER, NJ (OCEAN)–Toms River Police told MidJersey.News that on Friday, February 4. 2022, at approximately 12:20 a.m., police and fire units were dispatched to Fielder Ave in Ortley Beach for a reported vehicle fire. Upon police arrival, the Seaside Heights Fire Chief was already on scene and there were two vehicle fully engulfed. Multiple Fire Companies arrived and extinguished the blaze which had spread to the adjacent properties. The Toms River Building Department rendered three homes inhabitable. All residents were able to exit their homes safely and there were no reported injuries at the scene. The fire remains under investigation by the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention and is not deemed suspicious.
FREEHOLD – Two Bayshore men have been arrested and charged in connection with the double homicide that took place in Neptune Township last month, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Friday.
Gabriel Braithwaite, 19, of Keansburg and Jerod Dearin, 22, of the Cliffwood Beach section of Aberdeen are both charged with two counts of first-degree Murder and single counts of first-degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder, two related second-degree weapons offenses, and third-degree Hindering Apprehension in connection with the deaths of 18-year-old Samore Edwards of Plainfield and 19-year-old Isaiah Williams of New Brunswick.
Shortly before 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19, members of the Neptune Township Police Department responded to the 1300 block of Washington Avenue on a report of a shooting, according to the preliminary investigation. At that location, officers found the two victims in a parked vehicle; Edwards was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene, while Williams was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
An intensive investigation involving members of the Prosecutor’s Office, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, the Neptune Township Police Department, and the Keansburg Police Department resulted in Braithwaite and Dearin being identified as suspects in the case, and they were taken into custody without incident earlier today.
“This was a brazen and brutal crime, and the swiftness with which it was investigated and these defendants apprehended is a testament to the quality of no small amount of stellar collaborative work,” Acting Prosecutor Linskey said.
Convictions on criminal charges of this nature are commonly punishable by terms of up to life in state prison. Despite the charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.
This case has been assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Matthew Bogner and Stephanie Dugan.
Anyone with any information about this matter is still being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Christopher Guy toll-free at 1-800-533-7443 or Neptune Township Police Department Detective Darell Harris at 732-988-8000, Ext. 408.