Watchung-Green Brook's Top Stories in August
Neighborhood lockdown, alleged sexual assault among most-read stories last month.
August was an unusual month for Green Brook and Watchung: in these usually-quiet communities, readers followed several dramatic stories on Watchung-Green Brook Patch.
In case you missed any of the top news, here's a quick recap of the month's biggest stories:
This story was the month's most read, as readers learned of events unfolding in Watchung when a man threatened suicide by trying to draw police into a shootout. Somerset County SWAT responded, and the man was able to be talked down.
Just a week ago, a tragic, one-car accident on I-78 closed the roadway while five passengers in the car were hospitalized, several with severe injuries.
In a disturbing chain of events, Watchung resident Patrick Deck was charged with videotaping in a boys bathroom, followed by charges of posssessing a rifle illegally. Then, just two days after the rifle charge, a shocking series of charges including sexual assault, child pornography and recording a minor in a sexual act were filed. Deck is being held at the Warren County Correctional Center, with bail set at $200,000.
Tenants in a North Plainfield apartment house stumbled across a grisly scene, leading to charges that a resident of the hosue murdered a New York woman.
Mayor Jerry Searfoss discussed a letter from resident Diane Eisen that criticized the township for increased taxes and reduced services at the July 30 Township Committee meeting. Eisen attended the August meeting to reiterate her points, with the committee members suggesting she check with the school board.