Category: South Brunswick

South Brunswick Police Stop An Unconscious Intoxicated Driver On Route 522 And Prevent Tragedy

November 21, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–On Saturday November 19, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. South Brunswick Police Officers Justin Samuels, Gagan Chopra, Christine Harris and Sgt. William Merkler were able to chase down an unconscious driver in a moving vehicle and able to get it stopped preventing a tragedy. The vehicle traveled Route 522 for approximately a half mile before officers got it stopped. Officers were able to block the vehicle in, smashed the side window, an get the driver out from behind the wheel. The driver, a 28-year-old from Scranton, PA, was found to be intoxicated and was arrested.

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Truck Driver Suffers Serious Injuries In Route 1 Crash

November 10, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police report that yesterday November 9, 2022, 10:11 a.m., a truck traveling Route 1 south swerved onto Promenade Boulevard to avoid a car and overturned. The plywood on the truck spilled onto the roadway and struck four vehicles. The 53-year-old truck driver suffered serious injuries.


South Brunswick Police Searching For Man In Connection Of $24,000. Stolen Tools At Hotel Construction Project On Route 1

October 13, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police say they are no longer searching the area off Route 1 for the burglary suspect.  The incident began at 11:30 a.m. when staff at the Sonesta Suites at 4375 Route 1 reported finding numerous tools in a guest’s room. The tools were believed to have been stolen from several commercial shipping containers at the hotel overnight. The hotel is in the process of being remodeled and several contractors have items stored in the containers in the parking lot. In addition to the containers, two vehicles were broken into and items stolen. Police had earlier taken reports of over $24,000 in tools stolen overnight.

As police were responding, the victims of the thefts, who were staying only rooms away confronted the suspect, Travis Mollett age 33 of Dayton, Ohio who was renting the room. Mollett was working for a commercial painting contractor out of Ohio doing work in the area. Mollett fled when police arrived and a perimeter was set up to attempt to locate him. Two K9 dogs from the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office tracked Mollett’s sent along Route 1 headed south. After an extensive search of the wooded areas behind the hotel, the search was called off at 3:30 pm.

Detectives assisted by the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office obtained a search warrant for the hotel room. Detectives recovered numerous stolen tools and equipment from the hotel room. Detectives are following several leads to locate Mollett. When located he will be charged in connection to the thefts.

Anyone with information is asked to call South Brunswick Police at (732) 329-4646.



Update: South Brunswick Police Make Arrests in Double Stabbing Case

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–On October 8, 2022, at approximately 7:50 p.m., the South Brunswick Police Department received a call from a man seeking medical assistance at the Home Depot, located at 4095 Route 1.

Upon arrival, Patrol Officer Tyler Harpster located the victim, who was found to have suffered multiple stab wounds. The victim, a 19-year-old South Brunswick man, stated that he had been stabbed in the parking lot following an altercation, and had made his way inside the store seeking help.

Additional officers responded to the scene and checked the area for possible actors. They were unable to locate the actors, but located a second victim, a 20-year-old South Brunswick man, with knife wounds, not far from Home Depot.

Both victims were transported to the hospital for treatment of their wounds.

Police processed the scene for evidence and Detective Rick DeLucia continued investigating the case through the weekend. Two individuals were identified as suspects, and after developing probable cause, James Romer, an 18-year-old man, and a 17-year-old male, both from South Brunswick, were arrested and charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, and weapons offenses. Mr. Romer was lodged in the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center, and the 17-year-old male was lodged in the Juvenile Detention Center.

Chief Raymond J. Hayducka praised the efforts of patrol officers on scene and detectives who followed up the case. “Their diligent work led to the arrest of two individuals and put the case to rest.”

Anyone with information on the case may contact Detective Rick DeLucia at (732)329-4646.

Original MidJersey.news story here:


Developing: 2 Stabbed In Area Of Home Depot In South Brunswick

UPDATE:

October 8, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Authorities have confirmed that two victims have been stabbed near the Home Depot on Wynwood Drive and Route 1 around 8:48 p.m. Details are still sketchy at this time if the victims were in the store or outside the store when the incident occurred.

South Brunswick Police, EMS and Paramedics are still on scene at the time of this report. Mutual aid paramedics were called to the scene from Captial Health in Mercer County.

This is a developing story check back for details.

South Brunswick Police Investigate Fatal Monday Night Crash

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police continue to investigate the fatal Monday night crash that claimed the life of a 21-year-old Monroe woman. At 10:32 p.m., South Brunswick Police received multiple 911 calls of an overturned van on Route 130 near Deans Rhode Hall Road. Officers arrived and found a 2003 Ford Econoline van had been traveling Route 130 southbound being driven by Eli Szmer a 32-year-old male from Monroe. Mr. Szmer for unknown reasons lost control of his vehicle and crossed the grass divider, the northbound lanes of travel then struck the guardrail off the northbound shoulder of the highway. The force of the collision caused the van to flip over. A female front seat passenger, Cassidy Cutler aged 21 of Monroe was killed in the crash and pronounced at the scene. Szmer and Cutler were the only two occupants of the van. Szmer was uninjured in the crash.

In addition to the South Brunswick Police, the Monmouth Junction First Aid Squad, Monmouth Junction Fire Department, New Jersey State Department of Transportation and the Middlesex County Medical Examiner responded to the crash. Route 130 was closed in both directions for five hours.

 The investigation is currently ongoing by the South Brunswick Police Traffic Safety Bureau. PFC Mike Leung is the lead investigator in the crash. Anyone with information should contact PFC Leung at (732) 329-4000 ext. 7472.


NY Man Charged In Armed South Brunswick Carjacking

September 16, 2022

A New York man was charged for an armed carjacking committed in South Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

Jashawn Robinson, 21, of Queens, New York, is charged by complaint with one count of carjacking and one count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. He will appear for his initial appearance at a later date.

According to the documents filed in this case:

On Aug. 29, 2021, at approximately 11:15 a.m., as two victims approached their vehicle parked in a motel parking lot to leave, Robinson ran up behind one of them, pointed a gun directly at her, and forcefully pulled her away from the vehicle. Robinson fired one round of ammunition from his gun into the air. Robinson then pointed his gun at the second victim, who had his hands in the air and was backing away from the vehicle. Robinson then entered the vehicle and drove away. The carjacking, including Robinson’s discharge of the firearm, was captured on video surveillance.

On Sept. 27, 2021, law enforcement officers located the carjacked vehicle parked on a residential street in Queens, New York, and established surveillance. The officers observed Robinson approach and enter that vehicle. As law enforcement officers converged and surrounded the vehicle, Robinson repeatedly tried to get away, including hitting parked cars and almost hitting law enforcement personnel. Robinson was removed from the vehicle and arrested.

The count of carjacking carries a maximum potential penalty of 15 years in prison. The count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence is punishable by a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison, which must run consecutively to any term of imprisonment imposed on any other charge. Both charges each carry a potential fine of up to $250,000.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Newark Field Division, Trenton Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews; and the South Brunswick Police Department, under the direction of Chief Raymond J. Hayducka, with the investigation leading to the charges. He also thanked the U.S. Marshals Service, the New York City Police Department, the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office for their assistance with this case.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey Agnew of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Trenton and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle S. Gasparian, Chief of the General Crimes Unit in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Students Escape Serious Injuries In South Brunswick Crash

September 7, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police reported that three Mercer County students received minor injuries when their vehicle crashed into a tractor-trailer on Route 130 near Melrich Road around 8:00 a.m. this morning. Police advised of traffic delays in the area and the injuries were minor in nature.



TRAFFIC ALERT: Avoid Route 1 In South Brunswick Due To A Serious Crash

TRAFFIC ALERT – 8:15 PM SERIOUS CRASH ON ROUTE 1 AT INDEPENDENCE WAY, CAR UNDER TRACTOR TRAILER. ROADWAY SHUT DOWN AND DIVERTED.

August 23, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Around 8:15 p.m. the South Brunswick Police Department, Fire Departments and EMS responded to Route 1 and Independence Way for reported vehicle that collided with the rear of a tractor trailer.

South Brunswick Police are advising that Route 1 will be closed in the area for the next several areas. Please seek alternate route.

TRAFFIC ALERT – 8:15 PM SERIOUS CRASH ON ROUTE 1 AT INDEPENDENCE WAY, CAR UNDER TRACTOR TRAILER. ROADWAY SHUT DOWN AND DIVERTED.



Serious Crash Involving RV In South Brunswick; Three Injured, One Flown To Trauma Center By NJSP Helicopter

August 23, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Police reported at 1:35 p.m. South Brunswick Police Department responded to a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 522 and New Road. The crash involved an RV and a sedan. The RV struck a traffic light stanchion and the sedan ended up fifteen yards off the highway into the woods. One person in the RV had to be extricated by the Monmouth Junction Fire Department.

The driver of the RV was taken by New Jersey State Police medical helicopter to the trauma center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. The two occupants of the sedan were taken by South Brunswick EMS to Penn Medicine Princeton Hospital for treatment.

Police say that all the injured are being evaluated at the two hospitals.

The Kendall Park and Kingston fire departments along with the Middlesex County Hazmat team assisted at the crash location.

The investigation into the crash remains active. Anyone with information is asked to contact South Brunswick Police Traffic Safety Bureau PFC Jason Gassman at (732) 329-4646.

The roadway was closed until 5:00 p.m. for the investigation and roadway cleanup.


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Man Charged in Sexual Assault of Woman on D & R Canal State Park, Near Plainsboro-South Brunswick Border

PLAINSBORO, 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 today, that a Raritan man has been charged in connection with an attack of a female victim that occurred in the area of Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park on the border of Plainsboro and South Brunswick Townships on September 28, 2021.

An investigation 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 park when she was approached by an individual armed with a knife. The male dragged her into a wooded area, demanded money and forcibly sexually assaulted her. After an extensive investigation by members of law enforcement, including but not limited to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Plainsboro Police Department, South Brunswick Police Department, New Jersey State Police, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, and Raritan Borough Police, the male who attacked the victim was determined to be Rogelio Calyeca Postrero, 38, of Raritan, New Jersey.

Calyeca Postrero was charged with first-degree Kidnapping, two counts of first-degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, second-degree Sexual Assault, first-degree Robbery, third-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and fourth-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. Calyeca Postrero is being held in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing on Friday, August 19, 2022.

On August 5, 2022, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office charged Calyeca Postrero with two counts of first-degree Aggravated Sexual Assault in connection with separate attacks that occurred in Bridgewater on July 18, 2021, and Franklin Township on May 16, 2022.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Christopher Pennisi of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3600, Detective Patrick Miller of the Plainsboro Police Department at (609) 799-2333, or Detective Dominick DeLucia of the South Brunswick Police Department at (732) 329-4000. Tips may also be submitted to www.middlesextips.com .

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Calyeca Postrero are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.



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Update: After 26 Hour Search Tractor-Trailer Located

August 4, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–At 5:10 p.m. today, South Brunswick Police were able to track down the woman, man, and tractor-trailer cab involved in the Wednesday afternoon incident. In that incident, a witness said a female was in a white tractor-trailer cab yelling for help and bleeding. The tractor-trailer cab left and headed Route 130 south as the witness approached. Police disseminated a video of the incident Wednesday evening.
 
South Brunswick detectives received tips from around the country after releasing the video and images on social media. The break in the case came from Gabrielli Truck Sales located on Route 130 near where the incident took place. Company staff recovered video which allowed detectives to identify the truck as well as the female. Detectives searched locations in Middlesex and Union Counties looking for the truck. Detectives observed a male matching the witness description exit the truck in question and approached him. Detectives also contacted the woman seen in the video at the same location. Both the man and woman agreed to come to police headquarters. Detectives are speaking with both this evening.
 
Chief Raymond Hayducka said, “This was a great team effort, from the community providing tips to detectives tracking down leads. It was an exhaustive 26 hours, but we were able to locate the woman and make sure she was safe.” Detectives will continue to evaluate exactly what happened Wednesday afternoon in the truck. “This case exemplifies the power of so many coming together. I want to thank the witness who first reported the incident, the dozen of tips, and Gabrielli Truck Sales staff for getting involved to find this woman,” said Hayducka.  
 
The South Brunswick Police have been assisted in the investigation by the FBI and the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office. 


South Brunswick Police Seek Information

August 3, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Police say that at 2:00 p.m. South Brunswick Police responded to Route 130 near Dayton Toyota for a woman yelling for help. A witness said a female was in a white tractor-trailer cab yelling for help. The witness said the female was bleeding from her face. The male truck driver pulled her back into the cab and the truck headed Route 130 south getting off at the Ridge Road ext.

Victim – White / Hispanic female, in her 20s, long brown hair, brown flannel shirt

Actor – White male, older, bald, white beard, blue shirt

Detectives have recovered videos showing the tractor-trailer cab on Route 130.

ANY INFO CALL SOUTH BRUNSWICK POLICE (732) 329-4646



Rotary Club of Plainsboro, North & South Brunswick Celebrates Changing of the Guard, Installation of Officers for the Rotary Year 2022-2023

August 1, 2022

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Rotary Club of Plainsboro, North & South Brunswick, held its Annual Changing of the Guard ceremony and inducted new office bearers for the rotary year 2022-2023.

Outgoing President of the club Blisse Vakkalagadda presented various projects that the club completed during her presidency. Blisse along with Sudharani Kankanala, had also played a pivotal role as mentors of the Interact club of North Brunswick and helped organize various meaningful service projects. During Blisse’s presidency, the club also did some impactful international service projects.

District Governor John Shockley, Past DG Dr. Tulsi Maharjan and Kalpana Patel, President, Rotary Club of Robbinsville-Hamilton, NJ, were in attendance for the changing of the guard ceremony.

DG John Shockley conducted the oath ceremony for the incoming President Vijay Garg and his team for the year 2022-2023. During his acceptance remarks, Vijay Garg said that he is looking forward to working with the team and continuing doing various community projects aligned with the Rotary International causes. “I am excited and honored to accept the role,” said Vijay.

Vijay is a successful Entrepreneur, Past North-East President of IT Serve, Board Member of TiE, GOPIO and other social organizations. Vijay with his community reach and leadership skills will help the club in taking up bigger projects and extending its reach.

The Executive Team 2022-23 consists of Sanjeev Dixit as Secretary, Sanjay Pagidimarri as Treasurer, Venkat Jagarlamudi as President-Elect, Ganesh Madda as the Foundation Chair, Jaydip Sen as PR Chair, Suresh Pannala as Membership Chair, Sudharani Kankanala as Service Project Chair, Srinivas Gattu as Fundraising Chair and Sunil Nambiar as International Projects Chair.

The changing of the guard ceremony was well attended by the Rotary Club members, Rotary Interact Club members, families, and prospective members. Representatives from organizations like ITServe, IBA, SMEC joined and discussed collaboration on future Community Service Projects.

The club which is also celebrating its 20th charter Anniversary this year, recognized six senior members, Suresh Pannala, Sunil Nambiar, Rajeev Mehta, Nishit Mehta, Mahalingam Narayanan and Darshan Doshi, who completed over twelve years of service as dedicated and passionate Rotarians. 

About Rotary Club of Plainsboro, North & South Brunswick, NJ

In 2002 a few prominent people from the Community, living in Plainsboro, South Brunswick, North Brunswick, and surrounding areas decided to charter a new Rotary Club in Central New Jersey with the intention of serving the local and international community. The club started out with three active members and rapidly grew to about more than 25 members living in various parts of the state. Although the club is open to people of all race, color, and religion, most of the current members are people of Indian Origin.

Since its inception, the Rotary Club of Plainsboro, North & South Brunswick has proudly sponsored several local and international charitable projects. For more information, visit PlainsboroRotary.org.



House Fire Extinguished In South Brunswick

July 29, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Just before 8:00 p.m., on Sunday, July 24th, the Monmouth Junction Fire Department, South Brunswick EMS, and South Brunswick Police Department were dispatched to Davids Court for a smoke condition in the residence and a possible basement fire. First arriving police officers and fire chiefs observed heavy smoke coming from one residence of the two-family dwelling. Firefighters entered the home and located a working fire in the basement, which was quickly extinguished. Firefighters remained on scene until just after 10 PM, extinguishing hot spots and ventilating smoke and carbon monoxide that had spread throughout both residences. Responding to the fire were the Monmouth Junction, Kingston & Kendall Park Fire Departments. Firefighters from Jamesburg and Plainsboro covered South Brunswick during the incident. EMS units from South Brunswick, Plainsboro, and North Brunswick responded to the scene to provide monitoring and rehab for firefighters. All residents escaped the home, and there were no injuries. The fire is currently under investigation by the South Brunswick Township Fire Safety Bureau.

Monmouth Junction Fire Chief Scott Smith said, “Basement fires are one of the most dangerous types of fires we can respond to. The firefighters did a great job advancing to the basement and quickly extinguishing the fire, under very hot and smokey conditions. The humid weather certainly added to the challenge for our firefighters with the amount of protective gear we have to wear.”

This fire also demonstrates the importance of keeping doors and windows closed in the event of a fire. Fortunately, the door at the top of the stairs to the basement, and the few basement windows, were all closed. This helped to limit the smoke spread and the amount of oxygen available to feed the fire. We must also remind residents to exit a home or building immediately in the event of smoke or fire, and call 9-1-1 right away once safely outside.


South Brunswick Police Issue Summons In Fatal Motorcycle Crash That Killed Beloved Helmetta Fire Chief

July 29, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–The South Brunswick Police Department announced yesterday that motor vehicle tickets have been issued in connection to the July 11, 2022, fatal motorcycle crash on Georges Road. Investigators determined that at 3:20 P.M   Maheshkum Kuniyil, 48, of Dayton was driving a 2019 Honda Odyssey on Summerfield Boulevard and came to a stop at the Georges Road intersection. Mr. Kuniyil then attempted to make a left onto Georges Road and collided with a 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle being driven by Christopher Acs, 47, of Jamesburg which was headed north on Georges Road.  Mr. Acs died at the scene of the crash.

Investigators determined that after Mr. Kuniyil came to a stop, he failed to make sure it was clear to proceed into the intersection. He was issued two motor vehicle summonses; one for failure to yield right of way at an intersection and one for obstructing the passage of other vehicles. Both motor vehicle tickets will be heard in Municipal Court.

The investigation was conducted by Patrolman First-Class Jason Gassman of the South Brunswick Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau in conjunction with Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.





Suspect Charged In Zoom Attack Of Virtual Memorial Service Of 17-Year-Old High School Student

July 14, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka announced today a suspect has been identified and charged in a Zoom attack on a virtual memorial service for a South Brunswick High School student in February of 2021. The memorial service was being held for 17 year old Emily Murillo who tragically died in January of 2021. Due to Covid, the memorial service was broadcasted virtually. During the service, an unknown person entered the Zoom and threatened to blow up the funeral home and make the casket turn to ashes. “It was unspeakable to us that while family and friends were mourning the loss of this young girl, someone would look to threaten them,” said Chief Hayducka. Investigators never gave up in their search for the suspect. The case required numerous court orders, interaction with a variety of social media platforms, and partnering with state and federal law enforcement. “I told all the officers involved that we will never stop until we track down every lead. It took almost 18 months, but we got him,” said Chief Hayducka.

The suspect is a juvenile from North Jersey. He faces a 2nd degree charge of terroristic threats, a 3rd degree charge of false public alarm, and a 4th degree charge of cyber harassment. The charges were elevated because the threat was made during the state of emergency from the Covid pandemic.

South Brunswick Police thanked the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office, the New Jersey State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and law enforcement agencies in Connecticut and North Jersey for their assistance in the investigation.


The memorial service was being held for 17 year old Emily Murillo who tragically died in January of 2021.

A Gofundme page says:

On January 29th, our dear friends lost their beautiful 17-year-old daughter, Emily Murillo, in a tragic car accident. For those fortunate enough to have really known Emmy, you know how deeply we will miss her bright smile and sweet, sweet soul.

From chasing frogs near the creek when she attended Brunswick Acres Elementary to her two dogs and two geckos, Emmy always had a way with, and a love for, animals. She was determined to find a job working with them after graduating from South Brunswick High School this June, but she’s been taken from us far too soon.

Emily was a lifelong resident of South Brunswick and will be missed most deeply by her sister Kaylee, step brothers Dominic and Vincent, mom and stepfather Erin and Joe Popolo and her father, Oscar Murillo. Kaylee graduated from SBHS in 2017. Erin worked for years for the South Brunswick Board of Ed, and Oscar currently works at Deans Elementary School. Joe is a retired firefighter and is now a fire subcode official. They are the kind of people who help make this community great.

We know her family’s pain too well, and we know how much the kindness of friends, family, the community and even strangers have helped us, so we’re creating this GoFundMe page in the hope that Emmy’s wonderful family can know this comfort.


Beloved, Helmetta Fire Chief, Identified As Victim Of Motorcycle Crash In South Brunswick


Helmetta Fire Chief Christopher Acts was a 28 year veteran of the department and also served as a Deputy Warden with the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service, B – Division, Section 10.

He was a devoted, dedicated member who worked tirelessly on the apparatus and the building throughout the years. His efforts on behalf of the Borough of Helmetta will be sorely missed.


July 12, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Raymond Hayducka of the South Brunswick Police Department announced today that a fatal crash occurred on July 11, 2022, on Georges Road in South Brunswick Township.

An investigation by Patrolman First-Class Jason Gassman of the South Brunswick Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that on July 11, 2022, at 3:21 P.M., authorities responded to the intersection of Georges Road and Summerfield Boulevard following the report of a crash. Upon their arrival, authorities determined a motorcycle driven by Christopher Acs, 47, of Jamesburg, was traveling northbound on Georges Road when it was struck by a 2019 Honda Odyssey. Acs succumbed to his injuries and was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Patrolman First-Class Gassman of the South Brunswick Police Department at (732) 329-4000 X 7432 or Detective Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4328.


It is with the deepest regret that the officers and members of the Helmetta Fire Department announce the untimely passing of our current Fire Chief, Christopher Acs.

Chief Acs was a 28 year veteran of the department and also served as a Deputy Warden with the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service, B – Division, Section 10.

He was a devoted, dedicated member who worked tirelessly on the apparatus and the building throughout the years. His efforts on behalf of the Borough of Helmetta will be sorely missed.


It is with deep regret that the officers and members of the Helmetta Fire Department report the untimely passing of current Fire Chief Christopher Acs.

Services for Chief Acs have been finalized and we will be providing full fire department honors. It is requested that any agency who wish to pay their respects please note the following:

Viewing:

Viewing will be held on 07/15/22 at 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Lester Funeral Home (16 West Church Street). Parking may be limited, please follow all directions from Jamesburg Police Department on placement of any apparatus. Helmetta Fire Department service will be conducted at 7:00pm.

Funeral:

Funeral Services will be held on 07/16/22 at 11:00 am at the Lester Funeral Home (16 West Church Street).

Staging area will be designated, please follow all directions of the Jamesburg Police Department.

Final Alarm:

At the conclusion of the Funeral Services, Fire Department Procession will proceed from Lester Funeral Home to the Helmetta Fire Department for Chief Acs’ final alarm.




Woman Charged in Connection with South Brunswick Fatal Crash

July 8, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Raymond Hayducka of the South Brunswick Police Department announced today that a woman was charged in connection with a fatal crash that occurred on June 15, 2022, on Georges Road in South Brunswick Township.

An investigation by Officer Jesse Blake of the South Brunswick Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that on June 15, 2022, at approximately 10:31 A.M., authorities responded to the southbound lane of Georges Road near Crossroads North Middle School following the report of a crash. Upon their arrival, authorities determined a vehicle driven by Shamantha Bolla, 18, of Monmouth Junction, struck Dean Battaglia, 53, of South Brunswick. Battaglia succumbed to his injuries and was ultimately pronounced dead on scene.

On July 7, 2022, Bolla was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree reckless death by auto.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Blake of the South Brunswick Police Department at (732) 329-4000 X 7474 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 Bolla are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.



Fire Quickly Extinguished In South Brunswick

July 7, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–On Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at 8:44 a.m., the Monmouth Junction Fire Department and South Brunswick Police were dispatched to 404 Samuel Court in Dayton Center for a report of smoke coming from a barbecue on a balcony. Police officers arrived within minutes and observed smoke coming from the roof line of a one-story section of the 4-unit building and immediately started evacuating the residents. Chief Scott Smith of the Monmouth Junction Fire Department arrived and immediately requested the first alarm, bringing the Kingston and Kendall Park Fire Departments to the scene to assist. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes but remained on location until 10:30 a.m. extinguishing hot spots.

“This was a challenging fire as we had to use saws and hand tools to open the decking of the second-floor balcony, as well as the walls and ceiling of the unit below the balcony in order to expose and extinguish the fire, which must have been smoldering unnoticed for some time. We are fortunate that the fire was relatively contained and discovered during the day, and not when residents were sleeping,” said Chief Smith.

Six fire trucks and 30 firefighters responded to the fire. South Brunswick EMS responded, and there were no injuries.

Preliminary indications are the fire was caused by old charcoals from a barbecue the night before. The fire is under investigation by the South Brunswick Township Fire Safety Bureau.


Photo: South Brunswick PD


Car Fire Extinguished In South Brunswick

June 17, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Kendall Park Fire Department and South Brunswick on scene of a car fire on Kory Drive around 9:55 a.m. The fire was quickly extinguished. South Brunswick Police reported no injuries.


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Worker Rescued From Machine In South Brunswick

June 17, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police say just after 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2022, the Monmouth Junction Fire Department, Monmouth Junction First Aid Squad, and South Brunswick Police were dispatched to Loving Pets at 110 Melrich Road for a worker trapped in a machine. First responders arrived to find a 54-year-old female employee with her forearm impaled and trapped in a machine in the production area of the business. The worker was standing on a portable stair when she put her arm into the top of the machine, apparently to clear material inside when a rotating bar moved and she was impaled through her forearm.
 
EMTs and paramedics stabilized the patient while firefighters worked to free her arm. Firefighters first secured the power, then used hand tools to disassemble the section of the machine where the worker’s arm was trapped. After disabling the rotating bar, firefighters used several different powered cutters to remove the bar from the machine to free the worker, which took approximately 45 minutes. EMTs and firefighters placed the employee on a backboard to lower her from the stairs. She was then placed on a stretcher where her arm was packaged for transport to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where the mixing bar that impaled her arm could be safely removed.
 
Monmouth Junction Fire Chief Scott Smith said, “This was a challenging rescue for first responders. The worker was in an elevated position, so firefighters had to work from ladders to access the top of the machine where her arm was trapped. Due to the construction of the machine and limited access, we had to develop several plans and use a number of different manual and powered tools to free her arm. Everyone did a great job under tough conditions.”


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Man Crushed to Death in South Brunswick

April 23, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police say that a 37-year-old worker at Empire Marble and Granite was struck and killed by a slab of granite that fell on him Thursday afternoon April 21, 2022 at 3:28 p.m. South Brunswick Police, South Brunswick EMS, and Monmouth Junction Fire Department responded to 5 Chris Ct. First arriving Officers found the man’s coworkers had removed much of the slab off of him. The man died at the scene. Investigators determined workers were moving the slab when it fell backwards onto the man. The victim was from Marlton. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the accident.


Commuter Van and Uber Driver Crash Injures 6, 1 Critically in South Brunswick

April 5, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–On Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 10:43 p.m., a crash on Route 130 at Route 522 involving a commuter van and a Honda CRV left several people injured, one critically. The commuter van, a 2022 Chevy Express was transporting workers from nearby LaserShip warehouse to their homes when the crash took place. The van was crossing from Fresh Ponds Road onto Route 522 when it was struck by the Honda being used as an Uber. The Honda was headed south on Route 130 and failed to stop for a red signal. The Honda struck the side of the commuter van and the impact ejected one of the van’s passengers.

The people injured in the commuter van included a 26-year-old male, 42-year-old male, 30-year-old female and 32-year-old male all from Trenton. The two passengers in the Uber, a 49-year-old female and 57-year-old male from Robbinsville were also injured. Multiple EMS units responded to the crash including two ambulances from Kendall Park First Aid, Monroe, Cranbury, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital paramedics and ambulance, and North Brunswick First Aid Squad. The injured were transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Princeton Medical Center.

Portions of the highway were closed for three hours as traffic officers investigated. New Jersey State Department of Transportation set up detours around the crash and assisted with the extensive roadway cleanup.

No charges have been filed as South Brunswick Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau continues to investigate. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call police at (732) 329-4646.


Unable to Escape Apartment Fire, Father Drops Son to First Responders Before Jumping Out of Window to Safety

Body camera video from sergeant shows the moment firefighters and police yell “drop the baby” to the Dad in the fire filled apartment.

March 7, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police reported that at 8:17 a.m. on Monday March 7, 2022 the Monmouth Junction Fire Department was dispatched to Building 1 in the South Ridge Woods apartment complex for a reported structure fire. Within minutes, multiple 9-1-1 calls were received reporting a working fire. Firefighters and police officers arrived to find heavy fire in the rear of the building coming from the second and third floor balconies and starting to spread up the outside of the building into the attic space. Building residents were reporting people still inside the 24-unit building, with the common hallway rapidly filling with smoke. Within minutes, a father and son appeared at a second floor window, unable to escape their apartment. The father broke out the window and dropped his son to first responders below, before jumping out the window himself.
 
Firefighters entered the building to perform primary searches but were forced to exit due to the heavy fire conditions in the rear of the building. The rapidly spreading fire caused the third floor rear balcony and a section of the roof to collapse. Master streams from three aerial fire trucks were used to extinguish the fire.
 
“This was a total team effort to extinguish this fire and ensure all occupants were able to escape,” according to Monmouth Junction Fire Chief Scott Smith. “We were faced with extremely heavy fire conditions immediately on arrival, along with reports of people still inside. Fortunately, all of the occupants were able to escape the fire. If this fire was earlier in the morning when people may have still been asleep, the outcome could have easily been tragic.”
 
Approximately 50 firefighters from Monmouth Junction, Kingston, Kendall Park, Plainsboro, Jamesburg, Monroe, Brookview and North Brunswick #2 responded to the 3-alarm blaze. Firefighters from Old Bridge, Montgomery and Griggstown covered the South Brunswick fire stations during the incident.
 
The fire is under investigation by the South Brunswick Township Fire Safety Bureau. The building is currently uninhabitable until a determination can be made as to whether any of the apartments can be re-occupied. The Red Cross responded to assist those residents displaced by the fire.




NJ Convoy to DC North Route Day 1

March 5, 2022

The New Jersey Convoy to Washington DC started in North Jersey today near Mahwah and proceeded down several highways on their way to New Egypt Speedway for a rally at 6:00 p.m. On Sunday the Convoy will leave New Egypt Speedway and proceed to several highways and meet at Salem County Fairgrounds for a final send off to Washington DC on Monday.

According to NJTruckerConvoy.com In solidarity with our brothers and sisters nationwide in the global Freedom Convoy phenomenon, a peaceful, nonpartisan convoy & event has been planned statewide in New Jersey from March 5th – March 6th, 2022. We Americans love our freedoms and our country. This convoy aims to restore our civil liberties and freedoms. Our goal is to protect the freedom of choice for future generations. It’s not about political parties, but more so, we believe our government has forgotten its place and has no regard for our Founding Fathers’ instructions, The Constitution of the United States of America. We believe that the power of politicians on all sides has been abused. We demand our voices be heard once again. We, The People, of all political affiliations & walks of life, demand the restoration of our democracy and an end to all unconstitutional mandates.





Police and Firefighters Mourn Passing of Lenny Hibbitts, Past Police Lieutenant in South Brunswick and Past Chief of Jamesburg Fire Department

February 18, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK – JAMESBURG, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Police and firefighters in Middlesex County are morning the sudden loss of Lenny Hibbitts who served both South Brunswick Police Department and Jamesburg Fire Department.

Hibbits worked for South Brunswick Police Department for 36 years, and retired with the rank of lieutenant. He also rejoined the Police Department in 2017 as a Class III School Resource Officer. He also was part of a team of South Brunswick officers who responded to New York City immediately after the 9/11 attack.

Past Chief Lenny Hibbitts also served the Jamesburg Fire Department for 27 years entered the fire service in 1995, joined the department in 2000 and became Fire Chief in 2007. He was still a member of the Jamesburg Fire Department when he passed away.


South Brunswick Police Department:

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we mourn the sudden passing of our friend Officer Lenny Hibbitts. The 36-year law enforcement veteran rose through the ranks of the South Brunswick Police Department to become a lieutenant before he retired. He later rejoined the department in 2017 as a Class III school resource officer. In 2001 he had been part of a team of South Brunswick officers sent into New York City to help immediately after the 9/11 attack. In his over three-decade career, he worked in many aspects of the police department including patrol, emergency response team (ERT), evening shift supervisor, traffic bureau supervisor, and school resource officer (SRO). He was known as a quiet leader whose mere presence could calm a scene. His dedication to public service in policing was matched by his commitment to the fire service where he was a firefighter and fire chief in Jamesburg.

Chief Raymond Hayducka said, “Lenny loved being a police officer and serving our community. He was a gentle giant, quiet and resourceful. He knew everybody and everything going on.” The chief added, “If something was happening, Lenny was the person you looked to for information.”

South Brunswick Police ask everyone to keep Officer Hibbitts family and friends in their thoughts and prayers.


Jamesburg Fire Department:

It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of Ex-Chief Lenny Hibbitts. Lenny joined the fire service in 1995 and went on to serve for 27 years as an active firefighter. He joined our department in 2000 and became Chief in 2007. Lenny remained a member of our company until the day he passed. Along with Lenny’s fire service career, he was also police officer. He worked up through the ranks to Lieutenant of the South Brunswick Police Department where he retired after 35 years. While on the police force, he helped out in New York City after the 9/11 attacks. He later rejoined the department as a Class lll School Resource Officer in 2017. Lenny was a man who lived his life to serve. He will be sincerely missed. Until we meet again Lenny, we will take it from here Chief.



Teens Racing at High Speed, Charged in Jan 20 Edison Crash that Killed 18-Year-Old Passenger Diana Somarriba

February 17, 2022

Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Thomas Bryan of the Edison Police Department announced today that two individuals have been charged in connection with a fatal crash, which occurred on January 20, 2022.

An investigation by Captain Dominic Masi of the Edison Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that two vehicles driven by Tyler Dickerson, 18, of South Brunswick and a male juvenile, 17, were involved in a high-speed race that resulted in the juvenile crashing his vehicle into a vacant building, killing Diana Somarriba, 18, of South Brunswick who was the juvenile’s passenger.

Yesterday, the juvenile was arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and aggravated assault. The juvenile was released on conditions following a hearing before the Family Court. Dickerson was also arrested and charged with vehicular homicide and aggravated assault. He also was released after a hearing in Superior Court.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Captain Masi of the Edison Police Department at (732) 248- 7400 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 Dickerson and the juvenile are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.



Hit-n-run Driver Arrested, Bicyclist and Officer Injured in South Brunswick

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka announced the arrest of a 41-year-old North Brunswick man in connection to a series of crashes that left a bicyclist and an officer injured Thursday afternoon. “We were very lucky today. When you see the police vehicle and hear from witnesses who saw the bicyclist run over, you realize it is a miracle,” said Chief Hayducka.

The incident began at 1:29 PM when the bicyclist, a 40-year-old East Brunswick man, was riding on Route 522, crossing over Route 130 to Fresh Ponds Road. At the same time, a 2017 Ford passenger van driven by Ankur Khajuriwala age 41 of North Brunswick made a left-hand turn from Route 522 onto Route 130 northbound and ran over the bicyclist. The van never stopped and headed northbound on Route 130. South Brunswick officer, PFC Joseph Marrero, was out of his patrol SUV across the highway and witnessed the bicyclist get struck. PFC Marrero got back in his vehicle and headed Route 130 north attempting to locate the van that had fled. As he headed northbound traffic began to slow and he took evasive action. His SUV left the roadway and hit a berm which sent the vehicle airborne. The SUV then struck a sign and a utility pole before coming to rest in a parking lot.

The Monmouth Junction Fire Department responded to the scene and freed PFC Marrero from the vehicle. South Brunswick EMS and paramedics transported PFC Marrero to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, while Monroe EMS transported the bicyclist to the same hospital. Both the officer and bicyclist were released from the hospital late Thursday evening.

The bicyclist was able to provide officers with a partial license plate of the van that struck him. Police dispatchers were able to isolate the van and determined it came back to Rainbow Home Adult Day Care in Somerset. After making contact with the business, Mr. Khajuriwala returned to the scene. The investigation found that Mr. Khajuriwala knew he struck something and continued to drive northbound. A few minutes later he realized he was headed in the wrong direction and traveled southbound on Route 130 passing both the crash involving the officer and the bicyclist who had been struck. Mr. Khajuriwala was arrested and charged with Endangering an Injured Victim, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, and several other motor vehicle offenses. In addition, Rainbow Home Adult Day Care was cited for having an unregistered vehicle and improperly licensed driver using their vehicle.

South Brunswick Police Sergeant William Merkler is the lead investigator and anyone with information is asked to call him at (732) 329-4646.

Chief Hayducka added, “The bicyclist had amazing composure even after being struck to remember the majority of the license plate number. I am thankful that everyone was released from the hospital, but aggravated at the conduct of the driver who started everything.”

South Brunswick Police would like to thank the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and Franklin Township Police for all their assistance in the case.