SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police, Fire Departments and EMS responded to Broadway Road for an overturned dump truck at the curve around 9:00 a.m. Initially there was reported entrapment but the driver was able to self extricate. There were no injuries reported in the crash. The roadway was closed until the dump truck could up righted and towed away. South Brunswick Police are investigating.
MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Michael Biennas of the Monroe Police Department announce a Township man has been charged in connection with the theft of election campaign signs.
On October 19, 2021, Timothy Eosso, 51, of Monroe was arrested and charged with one count of disorderly persons theft by unlawful taking.
An investigation by members of the Monroe Police Department determined that, on October 7, 2021, Eosso removed roadside campaign signs from the area of Applegarth Road.
The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Monroe Police Department at (732) 521-0222 x130.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Eosso are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)—According to police, at 12:41 p.m. yesterday October 20, a 2007 Lexus traveling south on Bentley Road was approaching an intersection with Route 33 West Bound. That vehicle was being driven by 81-year-old Monroe Township resident Murray Lipman and entered the intersection with Route 33 passing stop signs on Bentley Road. The vehicle was struck on the driver’s door by a vehicle being driven by 39-year-old Manalapan resident, that drive was transported by Monroe Township First Aid with non-life treating injuries. Murry Lipman the driver of the Lexus succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident. The crash investigation is ongoing and being conducted by the Monroe Township Police Department.
MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Monroe Township Police, EMS and Monroe Township Fire Departments responded to Route 33 West Bound at Bentley Road for a serious motor vehicle crash with entrapment around 1:30 p.m. It was unclear the seriousness of the injuries or who was transported to the hospital. The roadway was shut down at Prodelin Way-Perrineville Road intersection with Route 33 West. The detour westbound was though Monroe Township. As of 4:00 p.m. the roadway is still shut down for the accident investigation. No further details are available at this time.
PLAINSBORO-SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone, Chief Fred Tavener of the Plainsboro Police Department, and Chief Raymond Hayducka of the South Brunswick Police Department announce authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying an individual believed to be involved in an aggravated sexual assault that occurred in the area of Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park on the border of Plainsboro and South Brunswick Townships.
A joint investigation has determined that on September 28, 2021 between 4:30 P.M. and 5:00 P.M., an adult woman was walking on a path adjacent to the canal where she was approached by a male armed with a weapon and moved to a secondary location on the Plainsboro-South Brunswick border where she was sexually assaulted.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, age range of 40’s-50’s, approximately 5’5” – 5’6” tall, wearing dark colored clothing and a dark baseball cap. The individual is believed to have been riding a bike.
This incident has similarities to a sexual assault that occurred in Duke Island Park in Bridgewater Township, Somerset County on Sunday evening, July 18, 2021.
The Latest “Cash for Guns” Event is the Largest One-Day Participation Ever Held in New Jersey with Simultaneous Buybacks Held in Conjunction with 9 Counties
October 18, 2021
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck today announced further details and locations for gun buyback events that will be held on October 23 with the help of Bergen, Camden, Cumberland, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Salem, Somerset, and Union counties. This is the largest one-day participation gun buyback ever held in New Jersey with 9 counties participating and holding events simultaneously. Middlesex and Somerset counties are hosting an event together and Salem county is participating for the first time.
Acting Attorney General Bruck announced that the state- and locally-sponsored “Guns for Cash” events will be held on Saturday, October 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at:
St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church
55 West Demarest Avenue, Englewood
In partnership with Prosecutor Mark Musella
Antioch Baptist Church
690 Ferry Avenue, Camden
In partnership with Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer
1 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Bridgeton
In partnership with Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae
Friendship Baptist Church
111 Perry Street, Trenton
In partnership with Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri
First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens
771 Somerset Street, Somerset
In partnership with Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone
Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park
124 Atkins Avenue, Asbury Park
In partnership with Prosecutor Lori Linskey
(This location will open at 8:30 a.m.)
Carneys Point Fire Department
258 D Street, Carneys Point
In partnership with Prosecutor Kristin J. Telsey
In Partnership with Prosecutor William Daniel
(The following locations will open at 9:00 a.m.)
Master’s Table Christian Fellowship (Triumphant Life Church)
207-211 Bond Street, Elizabeth
Shiloh Baptist Church Community Center
Corner of W 5th Street and Liberty Street, Plainfield
Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church
506 Westfield Avenue, Westfield
Residents can turn in firearms with “no questions asked,” and will receive as much as $250 per weapon for up to three guns. Police officers will be stationed at each buyback location to collect and secure the guns. The gun buyback initiative is funded with forfeiture dollars obtained by the local police departments and County Prosecutors’ Offices, as well as forfeiture funds from the Division of Criminal Justice.
“The gun buyback events we organized this August proved so popular that we decided to host a second round this fall,” said Acting Attorney General Bruck. “We are committed to using every tool at our disposal to reduce gun violence, and this expanded program will help us achieve that goal. I’m especially grateful to our County Prosecutors and their community partners for taking the lead on this important project.”
“We are committed to reducing gun violence across the state and this initiative is another step toward making our communities safer,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “Fewer firearms in the wrong hands will lead to less violence in our neighborhoods and this program will play a huge role in protecting our cities and saving lives.”
“When we reduce the number of firearms in circulation, we reduce the amount of violence in our communities,” said Lyndsay V. Ruotolo, Director of the Division of Criminal Justice. “The gun buyback program is a collaborative effort across all law enforcement that demonstrates how effective it is when we work together.”
Statements of support from local leaders:
“Thank you to Governor Murphy and Attorney General Bruck for dedicating resources toward this important public safety issue and for partnering with Bergen County law enforcement,” said Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella. “This initiative accomplishes the twin goals of raising awareness of the need for gun safety and getting unwanted guns out of households.”
“Initiatives like the gun buyback program are an effective means of combatting senseless acts of gun violence,” said Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer. “Too often, we have seen a gun in a home fall into the wrong hands, only to be used later in a violent crime – or even worse – fall into the hands of a child. The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office is proud to work with the Attorney General and our local law enforcement partners to help make our county and our state a safer place to live.”
“I, in conjunction with the Cumberland County Municipal Chiefs and Sheriff, am excited to host this Gun Buy Back even,” said Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae. “Giving the public a way to safely dispose of unwanted guns assures that they don’t fall into the wrong hands. We remain committed to promoting strategies that improve public safety for all Cumberland County residents.”
“There are too many guns on our streets. Last year, the city of Trenton and Mercer County experienced a historic number of homicides and almost all involved guns,” said Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri. “We realize that buybacks alone won’t put a stop to gun violence, but they are a valuable opportunity to make our communities safer and I am grateful to Governor Murphy and Acting Attorney General Bruck for their support.”
“The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office is honored to partner with Somerset County law enforcement and local community leaders in working towards reduced gun violence and deaths,” said Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone.
“The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, in conjunction with our law enforcement and community partners, believe that removing illegal and unwanted guns from our streets makes our residents safer,” said Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey. “The force-multiplier of having multiple gun buybacks taking place simultaneously across our state demonstrates the commitment that Attorney General Bruck and our County Prosecutors have in making a tangible difference.”
“The Salem County Prosecutor’s Office is excited to participate in this opportunity to partner directly with our citizens to take illegal and unwanted guns off the street immediately,” said Salem County Prosecutor Kristin J. Telsey. “Together with our local municipal police departments and the Salem County Sheriff’s Office, this initiative demonstrates our commitment to preventing gun violence and improving safety.”
“We welcome the opportunity to participate in the gun buyback program with our law enforcement partners throughout the State,” said Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. “Reducing the amount of firearms that could potentially cause violence in our communities is a top priority for all of us and we will continue to participate in initiatives that make our neighborhoods safer.”
“Gun buyback programs are an important opportunity for the community and law enforcement to collaborate on an initiative to reduce violent crime,” said Union County Prosecutor William Daniel. “We encourage Union County residents to participate in the gun amnesty program on October 23rd and decrease the number of unwanted firearms in their communities.”
The October 23 gun buyback initiative is also being promoted through social media, local advertising, and through community and faith-based outreach.
The previous “Guns for Cash” events held in Atlantic City, East Orange, Newark, and two locations in Paterson yielded 941 firearms. Residents turned in 487 handguns, 281 rifles and shotguns, 27 assault weapons and 146 inoperable firearms and BB/pellet guns at state-and locally-sponsored gun buybacks on August 7. Each of the gun buybacks represented a collaboration between law enforcement and community stakeholders, who promoted and assisted with the six-hour events.
In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy and Acting AG Bruck are leading a comprehensive, statewide effort to reduce gun deaths, which pairs the latest evidence-based policing strategies with innovative, community-based prevention programs. The three-pronged approach to tackling this public health crisis includes addressing the root causes of violence; keeping guns away from those most likely to harm others; and taking swift action against those who break the law.
Residents with questions about the buyback effort can call the Attorney General’s Office of Constituent Services at (609) 984-5828 or visit www.njoag.gov/gunbuyback
Brings Depth of Experience in Academic Medicine and Customer Service
October 18, 2021
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has named Alan Lee as its Chief Operating Officer (COO).
A proven leader and expert in driving clinical excellence across integrated health care systems, Mr. Lee will draw on his experience at nationally distinguished academic medical centers and at internationally renowned hospitality brands to advance care at New Jersey’s largest academic medical center.
In his new role, Mr. Lee is responsible for aligning hospital operations with the RWJUH mission of delivering world-class patient care at the highest standards of clinical quality, performance and patient experience. As COO, he is charged with fostering new collaborations among Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School faculty physicians, RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group physicians and community physicians that contribute to clinical innovation and that promote groundbreaking research.
“We’re excited to welcome Mr. Lee to our team at RWJUH,” said Bill Arnold, President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJUH. “As we work to strengthen RWJUH’s position as a premier academic medical center in our state and region, Mr. Lee brings a wealth of experience and knowledge as an administrative leader. He has a proven track record of leading teams known for exceptional quality, outcomes, patient experience and research programs. We are confident that his expertise will prove invaluable to RWJUH as we enter this phase of expansion and transformation.”
RWJUH Board of Directors Chair Jack Morris adds, “Throughout his career, Mr. Lee has demonstrated a strong bottom-up management style, empowering frontline healthcare providers to identify challenges and develop strategies for improvement. His diverse body of professional experience and outstanding collaborative skills align perfectly with our vision for what we want to achieve with our academic partners.”
RWJUH is a 614-bed academic medical center that serves as the principal teaching hospital for Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. In addition, The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at RWJUH is a 105-bed, dedicated children’s hospital that serves as the focal point of the growing pediatric academic medical campus in New Brunswick. This campus also features the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital and Ronald McDonald House New Brunswick.
Mr. Lee joins RWJUH from New York-Presbyterian (NYP), where he served in multiple senior leadership roles since 2009. He was Vice President of Support Services and Patient Experience at NYP/Weill Cornell, then Vice President of Operations at NYP/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, before assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer at NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. During his time there, Mr. Lee led strategic initiatives focused on patient experience, operations and capital expansion, environmental services, patient throughput and length of stay management.
Mr. Lee began his career in hotel management where he established a strong foundation in customer service and environmental standards at several New York City-based luxury and deluxe hotel brands, including the Millennium Broadway, the Regent Wall Street, and the Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park and Hudson, an Ian Schrager Hotel.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Raymond Hayducka of the South Brunswick Police Department announced today that a man has been charged in connection with a fatal crash in South Brunswick.
At approximately 4:35 A.M., on September 19, 2021, South Brunswick police officers responded to the area of Major Road following the report of a single-car motor vehicle crash. An investigation by Officer William Beard of the South Brunswick Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined Antonino Ferlita, 22, of Marlboro was driving a 2002 Ford F-350 on Major Road when he left his lane of travel, overturned the truck, and struck a tree. The sole passenger of the vehicle, Gerald Pellak, III, 22, of Dayton, died at the scene.
Today, Antonino Ferlita was charged with one count of second-degree vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated, and other motor vehicle offenses.
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Beard of the South Brunswick Police Department at (732) 329-4000 ext. 4646, or Detective Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4328.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Ferlita are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police continue to investigate two serious crashes in the past 48 hours that critically injured one person and left two other people with serious injuries. Both crashes occurred less than a mile from each other in the Dayton section of the Township.
The first crash took place on Wednesday, October 6th at 8:53 pm at the intersection of Stults Road at Herrod Boulevard. A 28-year-old East Brunswick man operating a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling eastbound when he attempted to pass a 2014 Nissan, operated by a 35-year-old Somerset man, in a no-passing zone. While the Suzuki was passing the Nissan, the Nissan attempted to make a left turn onto Herrod Boulevard and struck the motorcycle, causing it to lose control and strike a utility pole. The East Brunswick man was taken by South Brunswick EMS and paramedics to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. He was listed in critical condition.
The second crash took place on Thursday, October 7th at 10:14 pm on Route 130 in the area on Stults Road. A 24-year-old Cinnaminson woman operating a 2010 Kia was traveling northbound on Route 130 when she attempted to make an illegal U-turn across the grass divider. When the Kia crossed into the southbound lanes of Route 130, it was struck by a 2003 Ford operated by a 42-year-old man from Browns Mills who was unable to stop in time. The crash caused both vehicles to catch fire, and both were engulfed in flames by the time the Monmouth Junction Fire Department arrived. The driver of the Ford received burns and lacerations to his arms and head. The driver of the Kia received a head injury. Both were transported by EMS to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick with serious injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
Both crashes are still under investigation, and anyone with additional information is asked to call the South Brunswick Police Department at (732)329-4646.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today that an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Hamilton Police Division has led to the arrest of an Edison man for last month’s murder of Dashawn Womack.
George A. Briscoe, 31, was arrested Wednesday morning in Edison by members of the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force, and the Hamilton and Edison police. He is charged with murder, felony murder, robbery, and multiple weapons offenses. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Briscoe pending trial.
At approximately 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2021, Hamilton patrol officers located 39-year-old Womack in a parked vehicle on Rosalie Avenue, adjacent to Victor Avenue. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
PLAINSBORO, SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone, Chief Fred Tavener of the Plainsboro Police Department, and Chief Raymond Hayducka of the South Brunswick Police Department announce authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying an individual believed to be involved in an aggravated sexual assault that occurred in the area of Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park on the border of Plainsboro and South Brunswick Townships.
A joint investigation has determined, on September 28, 2021 between 4:30 P.M. and 5:00 P.M., an adult woman was walking on a path adjacent to the canal where she was approached by a male armed with a weapon and moved to a secondary location on the Plainsboro-South Brunswick border where she was sexually assaulted.
The suspect is believed to be a Latino male, approximately 5’5” – 5’6” tall, wearing dark colored clothing and a dark baseball cap.
The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information or surveillance footage of the area is asked to contact Detective Sue Kowalski of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3287, Detective Patrick Miller of the Plainsboro Police Department at (609)799-2333, or Detective Dominick Delucia of the South Brunswick Police Department at (732)329-4646. Tips may also be submitted to www.middlesextips.com
PLAINSBORO-SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone, Chief Fred Tavener of the Plainsboro Police Department, and Chief Raymond Hayducka of the South Brunswick Police Department announce authorities are investigating an aggravated sexual assault that occurred in the area of Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park on the border of Plainsboro and South Brunswick Townships.
A joint investigation has determined, on September 28, 2021, between 4:30 P.M. and 5:00 P.M., an adult woman was walking on a path adjacent to the canal where she was approached by a male armed with a weapon and moved to a secondary location on the Plainsboro-South Brunswick border where she was sexually assaulted.
The suspect is believed to be a Hispanic male, approximately 5’5”-5’6” tall, wearing dark-colored clothing and a dark baseball cap.
The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information or surveillance footage of the area is asked to contact Detective Sue Kowalski of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3287, Detective Patrick Miller of the Plainsboro Police Department at (609)799- 2333, or Detective Dominick Delucia of the South Brunswick Police Department at (732)329-4646. Tips may also be submitted to http://www.middlesextips.com.
FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A Monmouth County grand jury has returned a 20-count indictment against a former Middlesex County Sheriff’s Officer charged with videotaping violent sexual assaults of multiple unconscious women over the span of three years, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Monday.
Joshua Padilla, 36, was indicted Friday and is now charged with eight counts of first-degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, seven counts of third-degree Invasion of Privacy, four counts of third-degree Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact, and one count of second-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
In February 2019, members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Bureau arrested Padilla, a resident of Berkeley Place in Eatontown, in relation to an investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.
As a result of the investigation, Padilla was found to be in possession of numerous videos of himself performing sexual acts upon women who were clearly unconscious and unresponsive. Additionally, the defendant was found to be in possession of child sexual abuse materials. Many of these crimes took place at the defendant’s home in Eatontown, with others occurring in Middlesex County.
The sexual assault charges outlined today relate to three different adult victims and crimes taking place from 2016 into 2018, but investigators continue to seek additional information about Padilla’s activities. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Brian Hammarstrom of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-431-7160, Ext. 6413. “These were truly unspeakable crimes against utterly helpless victims,” Acting Prosecutor Linskey said. “We are encouraged by the progress made so far in shepherding this case through the criminal justice system, but troubled by the prospects
of other victims being out there who have yet to come forward – and who may not even have known they were victimized. We urge anyone with any information about the activities of this defendant to step forward and tell us what they know.”
Anyone who wishes to make an anonymous report about this case can call the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers’ confidential tip line at 1-800-671-4400. Tipsters can also text “MONMOUTH” and their tip to 274637, or they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com.
The investigation into Padilla has thus far resulted in criminal charges in three different jurisdictions; in July 2019, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced that it was indicting him for producing, distributing, and being in possession of child sexual abuse materials after he allegedly recorded himself engaging in unlawful sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl in Pennsylvania and later uploaded the video online. In March 2021, Padilla pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact with a minor in relation to the aforementioned investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, admitting to attempting to meet with an undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old girl and digitally sharing with her sexually graphic images of himself.
If convicted on the charges filed in Monmouth County Superior Court, Padilla would face up to 20 years in state prison on each count of Aggravated Sexual Assault, up to five years on each count of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact, up to five years for each count of Invasion of Privacy, and up to 10 years for Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Additionally, he would be subject to Parole Supervision for Life and would be required to register under Megan’s Law.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendants have all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.
The defendant remains incarcerated in federal prison in Pennsylvania, and is no longer employed by the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office.
This case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Zanzuccki.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police arrested a 28 year old Philadelphia man after he crashed his car with a loaded handgun on Route 1 Sunday morning September 26, at 2:39 a.m., Officer Kyle Klemas responded to a single car crash on Route 1 south near Sandhill Road. Officer Klemas found the 2016 BMW had collided into a utility pole and the driver, Alman Isangulov age 28 of Philadelphia and a passenger were still sitting in the vehicle. Officer Klemas observed Islangulov to have slurred speech and watery bloodshot eyes. Islangulov and his passenger both denied being injured and admitted to drinking alcohol in Brooklyn before attempting to drive home. As Officer Klemas spoke with the two men, Officer Brooke Goetz arrived and approached the passenger side of the vehicle. Officer Goetz observed a loaded Glock 31 on the passenger side floor of the car. Further investigation recovered a Glock airsoft gun from the rear passenger compartment of the gun. Both guns were connected to Islangulov
Islangulov was arrested and transported to South Brunswick Police headquarters. He was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and driving while intoxicated. He was lodged at the Middlesex County Correction Center pending his first court appearance.
Chief Raymond Hayducka said, “To be drunk driving with a loaded handgun is just reckless. This driver was impaired to the point he crashed and had in his possession a loaded handgun. This could have ended in tragedy in so many ways, from the crash, to the weapon, to the officers’ interaction. I want to credit Officers Klemas and Goetz for slowing things down and taking this suspect into custody without any injury.”
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police continue to investigate the Friday evening crash on Route 130 that claimed the life of a Somerset County man. At 7:16 PM police responded to Route 130 south at the intersection of Deans Rhode Hall Road for a motor vehicle crash involving a passenger car and a tractor-trailer. Officers arrived to find a 2015 Dodge Dart had run into the rear of a 2015 Volvo tractor-trailer. The driver of the Dodge, a 52-year-old man from Somerset County was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the tractor-trailer was uninjured. The preliminary investigation revealed the tractor-trailer was stopped at the traffic signal when the Dodge ran under the back of the tractor-trailer.
The Monmouth Junction Fire Department, South Brunswick EMS, Middlesex County Medical Examiner, and the New Jersey State Department of Transportation responded to the crash. The highway southbound was closed for five hours during the investigation.
Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call South Brunswick Police Traffic Safety PFC Jesse Blake at (732) 329-4646.
PLAINSBORO TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Yesterday, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Fred Tavener of the Plainsboro Police Department announce that a Lawrence Township man has been charged with the sexual assault of a minor known to him.
On September 23, 2021, Dezheng Ping, 57, of Lawrence was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault, one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and one count of fourth- degree criminal sexual contact.
Following an investigation by Detective Patrick Miller of the Plainsboro Police Department and Detective Linda Infusino of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office as well as assistance from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the West Windsor Police Department, authorities determined that, in 2016, Ping inappropriately touched a child, approximately 12 years of age, during violin lessons held at what was then Ping’s Plainsboro residence.
Ping is employed by Rider University at the Westminster Choir College and provides private violin instruction in West Windsor and Plainsboro.
The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Miller of the Plainsboro Police Department at (609)799-2333 or Detective Infusino of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732)745-4340.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Ping are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–A serious accident happened on Route 130 south bound near Deans Rhode Hall Rd, at approximately 7:15 p.m. last night September 24, 2021. Fire Departments and the first aid squad responded to the scene for reported entrapment.
South Brunswick Police sent at NIXLE Alert at 7:36 p.m. to Avoid Route 130 Southbound between Distribution Way and Deans Rhode Hall Road due to a motor vehicle crash.
The serious accident investigation team was on scene investigating the accident.
No further details are available at this time. There was no official word of the condition of the occupant of the car.
CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Firefighters from several departments including Cranbury, Hightstown, East Windsor, and Monroe Township were dispatched to a well involved dumpster fire that was next to a large warehouse at approximately 10:40 a.m. When firefighters arrived they found that the flames were starting to extend into the building. Firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire. No further details are available at this time.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Raymond Hayducka of the South Brunswick Police Department announced today that an early morning crash resulting in one fatality is under investigation.
At approximately 4:35 A.M., on September 19, 2021, South Brunswick police officers responded to the area of Major Road for a single-car motor vehicle crash. The investigation revealed a 2005 Ford F-350 driven by a 22- year-old Pennsylvania man left the roadway and overturned. A passenger in the vehicle, Gerald Pellak, III, 22, of Dayton, died at the scene.
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer William Beard of the South Brunswick Police Department at (732) 329-4000 ext. 7439, or Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4328.
On September 19th, Jerry Pellak unexpectedly passed away. If you knew Jerry, you’d know how much he touched the lives of everyone around him. He always lit up the room wherever he was. He had a contagious smile and laugh. He will be missed dearly but the memories we have all created with Jerry will not be forgotten.
I have created this gofundme to help raise money to cover the expense of Jerry’s funeral arrangements as the family deals with this loss.Any donation is greatly appreciated and we ask that you continue to keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Director Anthony A. Caputo of the New Brunswick Police Department announce an East Windsor man has been indicted in connection with a September 2, 2020 shooting.
On September 15, 2021, a Middlesex County Grand Jury indicted Kyale Simonson, 33, of East Windsor with one count of first-degree Attempted Murder, one count of second-degree Aggravated Assault, and one count of second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose.
On September 2, 2020, at approximately 9:28 P.M., members of the New Brunswick Police responded to the area of Lee Avenue and Seaman Street and located two men who been shot. The men were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for their injuries.
An investigation by Detective Brandt Gregus of the New Brunswick Police Department and Detective Sean Sullivan of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office identified Simonson as the gunman.
The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Gregus of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732)745-5200, or Detective Sullivan of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4060.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Simonson are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Around 1:00 p.m. Monroe Township fire companies were dispatched to a house fire in the 1st Block of Sherry Lane. A column of smoke could be seen in the sky and a 2nd alarm was called around 1:04 p.m. Upon arrival firefighters reported having a large amount of fire showing on the second floor and extending to the attic. Three lines were pulled and in operation to knock down the fire according to radio reports. Jamesburg, Hightstown, East Windsor and Plainsboro were dispatched for mutual aid and a fire coordinator was called to the scene. Firefighters reported the bulk of the fire knocked down around 1:16 p.m. and an ALS unit was called for smoke inhalation.
Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Acting Chief Larry Cattano of the Perth Amboy Police Department announced today a man has been charged with setting fire to a mixed-use building, which housed several residences and a local bar.
On September 6, 2021, Rey Zarzuela-Severino, 36, of Ocean Grove was charged and arrested for second-degree aggravated arson, second-degree aggravated assault, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree possession of a destructive device, and fourth-degree causing risk of widespread injury or damage.
On September 6, 2021, at approximately 2:59 A.M., officers of the Perth Amboy Police Department along with local firefighters were dispatched to the Casanova Lounge, located at 983 State Street, following the report of a structure fire. As a result, multiple residents who were later transported from the scene to a nearby hospital where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
An investigation conducted by Officer Jorge Irizarry II of the Perth Amboy Police Department and Detective Jose Rosario of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office as well as local and county fire officials determined Zarzuela-Severino broke a bar window and set a fire within the structure. The investigation also determined smoke from the fire entered into multiple, occupied residences located above the bar.
Zarzuela-Severino is presently lodged at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center where he is detained pending a pre-trial detention hearing in Superior Court.
The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Irizarry of the Perth Amboy Police Department at (732) 324-3800 or Detective Rosario of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4045.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Zarzuela-Severino are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police continue to investigate a crash from Wednesday morning September 1, that critically injured a 22-year-old Middlesex County man. At 6:35 AM South Brunswick Police responded to a serious motor vehicle crash on Route 522 at Ridge Road / East Gate Drive. The crash occurred when the driver of a 2014 Ford pickup truck headed east on Route 522 failed to stop for a red traffic signal and impacted a 2017 Toyota Corolla which was crossing over the intersection from East Gate Drive to Ridge Road. The impact of the crash pushed the Toyota into a guardrail and trapped the driver. The Monmouth Junction Fire Department responded to the crash and extricated the 22-year-old driver. South Brunswick EMS and paramedics transported the driver to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He is listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
The driver of the Ford, an 18-year-old Sussex County man was uninjured in the crash. He is cooperating with investigators.
South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka said, “It only takes a second to lose attention and tragedy can happen. I ask everyone to keep this 22-year-old young man and his family in your prayers.”
The roadway was down to one lane for two hours as traffic investigators worked at the scene.
South Brunswick Police Traffic Safety Officer William Beard is the lead investigator in the crash. Anyone with information can call (732) 329-4000 ext. 7432.
SAYREVILLE, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief John Zebrowski of the Sayreville Police Department announce a Barnegat man has been arrested after being indicted by a Middlesex County Grand Jury for the 1999 murder of Nancy Noga, 17, of Sayreville.
On January 7, 1999, Ms. Noga, who was then a senior in high school, was reported missing after she did not return home from work. Five days later, on January 12, 1999, at approximately 8:57 A.M., Ms. Noga’s body was discovered in a wooded area behind what was then Mini-Mall Plaza Shopping Center on Ernston Road. An autopsy later determined Noga died from blunt force trauma after being struck with a blunt object. For more than two decades, the case remained open and active as investigators continued to investigate Ms. Noga’s death.
Today, Bruce A. Cymanski, 49, of Barnegat was indicted for first- degree murder, first-degree felony murder, first-degree aggravated sexual assault, first-degree kidnapping, and third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in connection with the killing of Nancy Noga. Assistant Prosecutor Scott Lamountain, who serves as the section chief of the Major Crimes Unit, presented the case to the Grand Jury.
Following the return of the indictment by a Middlesex County Grand Jury, Cymanski was arrested near his home by members of the Sayreville Police Department, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Barnegat Police Department after a brief foot pursuit. Cymanski is presently lodged at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center where he is detained pending a pre-trial detention hearing in Superior Court.
The arrest was made possible by a joint investigation conducted by Detective Mark Morris and Sergeant Deon McCall, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, in conjunction with Sergeant Daniel Ellmyer of the Sayreville Police Department and retired Detective Sergeant Richard Sloan, formerly of the Sayreville Police Department.
Cymanski was in-part identified through the use of genetic genealogy conducted by the Chief Genetic Genealogist of Parabon NanoLabs, Ms. CeCe Moore.
“In the decades since Nancy Noga’s death, law enforcement has relentlessly pursued justice on her behalf. The advancement of modern scientific tools has allowed that endeavor to enter a new chapter,” said Prosecutor Ciccone.
“This arrest is the result of decades of hard work by so many detectives and officers. We never stopped following up on leads, and today with the arrest of Bruce Cymanski, we are one step closer to bringing a degree of justice and closure to the family. I want to thank Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and her office for their tireless efforts and partnership in bringing justice to the family of this young girl,” said Chief Zebrowski.
This investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Morris at (732)745-3702 or Sergeant Ellmyer at (732)525-5406.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Cymanski are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Around 8:00 p.m. all South Brunswick Fire Departments were dispatched to 5 Stults Road for a fire in a warehouse at Sonoco Products Company. There were reports that employees were trying to extinguish the fire but were unsuccessful. When firefighters arrived there were reports of pallets on fire and the sprinkler system was holding the fire and employees were trying to move pallets to get the seat of the fire. Firefighters charged the FDC and also advanced two lines to knock down any fire. There was extensive overhaul involved in the fire. Edison Fire Department responded with large fans to blow the smoke out the building. Firefighters were still on scene at time of this report.
Partial list of departments on scene: All South Brunswick Fire Companies – Monmouth Junction, Kendall Park, Kingston, Plainsboro, Monroe Fire Department, Jamesburg Fire Department, Hightstown Fire Company, Kendall Park First Aid & Rescue Company, North Brunswick First Aid & Rescue Squad, Edison Fire Department and others. South Brunswick Police Department was also on scene.
This is a preliminary report once official information is available the story will be updated.
There was also a fire at the same location on January 19, 2021 that also called for a second alarm you can read about that fire at the links below.
MidJersey.News coverage of the previous fire at that same location:
At 8 PM on Friday August 27th, the Monmouth Junction Fire Department was dispatched to the Sonoco Corp. at 5 Stults Road off Route 130 in the Dayton section of the Township for a fire alarm activation. Shortly after receiving the call from the alarm company reporting the fire alarm, employees from the business called 9-1-1 and reported an active fire in the warehouse. Monmouth Junction Fire Chief Scott Smith and Deputy Chief Sean Wert arrived to find a heavy smoke condition inside the building. Firefighters stretched hoselines inside and located palletized goods on fire, which was quickly contained. A total of 10 fire trucks and over 50 firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire, including firefighters from Monmouth Junction, Kendall Park, Kingston, Jamesburg, Plainsboro, North Brunswick Co. #2, Monroe Fire District #3, and Hightstown. Several large trailer-mounted fans from the Edison Fire Department were used to help ventilate the smoke condition created by burning plastic and cardboard. Firefighters from Brookview, East Brunswick District #1, Griggstown, and Montgomery Fire Co. #2 covered South Brunswick fire stations during the incident.
Ambulances from South Brunswick, North Brunswick and Monroe responded to the fire. One firefighter was treated at the scene for heat stress and transported to Princeton hospital as a precaution.
“Fortunately, the sprinkler system contained the fire to several palletized stacks of goods in the warehouse , according to Chief Smith. It was a humid evening, so we had to rotate our firefighters frequently as they moved goods in the heavily packed warehouse in order to reach the seat of the fire to complete extinguishment. We even had firefighters operating fork-lifts to move unburned product.”
The fire is under investigation by the South Brunswick Township Fire Safety Bureau. Firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire at the same facility back in February of this year.
It is with deepest regret and sorrow that the Middlesex County Hazmat Unit reports the line-of-duty death of Lieutenant Donald J. Trout earlier this morning while responding to a call for service. Lieutenant Trout was with the Unit since 2002 and previously served as the Supervisor for “A” Shift. Recently, Lieutenant Trout was named as the Unit’s Training Officer. Lieutenant Trout was a member of IAFF Local 3451- Middlesex County Firefighter’s Association. He held several positions within the Local including a term as President. Information regarding the arrangements will be forwarded as it becomes available.
MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)—New Jersey State Police, Sgt. Philip Curry told MidJersey.News that a tractor trailer crash occurred at 6:17 a.m. on the NJ Turnpike at Interchange 8A in Monroe Township.
A Freightliner tractor trailer carrying a hazardous material overturned on the ramp. Middlesex County Hazmat was requested and responded to the scene. The northbound outer roadway is closed and traffic is being diverted onto the inner roadway.
No other information about the crash is available at this time.