Friday, May 17, 2013
22-year-old charged with three counts of aggravated arson after allegedly threatening to kill homeowner's daughter's boyfriend.
An angry Dunellen man has been charged with three counts of aggravated arson after authorities said he set a Green Brook woman's home on fire while a couple and their child were home, according to My Central Jersey. The fire, which happened on March 22 on Brandywine Rise, was under investigation by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office after detectives believed it was intentionally set. A fire accelerant had been poured along the home's foundation, authorities said. Twenty-two-year-old Owen Harshaney has been charged as Green Brook Police told My Central Jersey that the man was angry with the homeowner's daughter and her boyfriend and had threatened to kill the boyfriend that day. Neither were home at the time of the fire, which was …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, 34, charged with killing Joseph Galfy of Clark.
Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, dubbed "Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker," was arrested Thursday evening at the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Philadelphia by members of the Philadelphia Police Department, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow said. McGillvary has been charged with the murder of Joseph Galfy, Jr., 73, which allegedly occurred in Clark on May 12. McGillvary will be processed in Philadelphia and returned to New Jersey in the coming days. His bail was previously set at $3 million, and he will be lodged in the Union County Jail in Elizabeth, Romankow said. "I am grateful for the overwhelming response and dedicated effort by the public and law enforcement that led to this arrest," Romankow said. "I believe that everyone is a …
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With prom and graduation nearing, police agencies and other organizations are doing what they can to stop students from driving drunk—even "killing" some of their own. Northstar Air Medical, based in Bedminster, held its "Every 15 Minutes" program Thursday to warn of the dangers of drunken driving. The program was held at the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, in conjunction with the University Hospital in Newark, the Somerset County Sheriff's Office and local police and rescue agencies. "It takes a village and everyone helps," said Terry Hoben, EMS coordinator for the Northstar Air Medical Program. Hoben said this was the first time the Vo-Tech has hosted the program, which has been held in other Somerset County districts…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
One drink could be the standard for drunken driving – at least for some people if the National Transportation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. What do you think? Is this a reasonable proposal? According to a 2011 Mothers Against Drunk Driving report, the latest available data shows New Jersey ranked 31st out of 51 states (including the District of Columbia) in drunken driving injuries and deaths. That year, there were 193 DUI fatalities, MADD said. About 10,000 deaths nationwide a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Watchung police say he had a list of outstanding warrants, however.
Watchung Police took Timothy Minor, 53, of Akron, Ohio, into custody after receiving complaints of a suspicious person in the neighborhoods around Glen Eagle and Washington Rock roads at 3:21 p.m. May 11. During the investigation, police discovered five outstanding warrants for Minor, issued by Newark, Elizabeth and Scotch Plains courts, with bonds totaling $1,350 required. As police were processing Minor, he requested to be taken to Somerset Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation and was released to the Watchung First Aid Squad for transport.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Officers rode through Somerville and made a stop at TD Bank Ballpark.
The Police Unity Tour passed through Somerset County Thursday, with a stop at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater for a little lunch. The unity tour, which has officers riding their bicycles from New Jersey to Washington D.C., honors officers who have been killed in the line of duty. The tour began 12 years ago, and currently has more than 1,000 officers participating. At this point, the tour has raised more than $6 million for maintenance of the memorial in D.C., and to continue adding names as needed. This year, the tour began in East Hanover, and officers are arriving in Washington D.C. Sunday.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Angelo Fiorenza injured when vehicle hits utility pole on Morning Glory Road.
Green Brook resident Angelo Fiorenza, 21, was taken to Somerset Medical Center after the vehicle he was driving on Morning Glory Road, near Sunny Slope Drive, went off the roadway and struck a utility pole at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police said Fiorenza received lacerations when his vehicle rolled over after the crash, and he was taken to Somerset Medical Center for treatment of the injuries. Information on his status was not available from the hospital. Following the investigation, police charged Fiorenza with driving while intoxicated, as well as careless driving, reckless driving, and disregarding of the marked lanes.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Patrick Lott, former Bernardsville Middle School administrator, admits videotaping boys in showers at Immaculata.
Patrick Lott, assistant principal at Bernardsville Middle School prior to his arrest in December 2011, pleaded guilty Wednesday to videotaping boys in the showers at Immaculata High School where he was a volunteer basketball coach. Lott, appearing in the afternoon before Superior Court Judge Julie Marino, agreed to a six-year prison sentence as part of a plea agreement with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. He also agreed to forfeit his state educator’s certificates and will be subject to the terms of Megan’s Law, requiring the registration of sex offenders. James Wronko, Lott’s attorney, said his client agreed to the deal because he wanted to spare the victims, the Immaculata school community, and his family the ordeal of going …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Carrie Ruffner found 3.4 miles from home Saturday after last being seen Wednesday in Basking Ridge.
A Long Hill woman who had been missing since Wednesday was found safe Saturday afternoon. Carrie Ruffner, 34, was found by Long Hill police Sgt. Aaron Buerstetta at 3:49 p.m. near the intersection of Carlton Road and Whitebridge Road in Millington, only 3.4 miles from her home. Ruffner was transported to Morristown Medical Center for evaluation, acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said in a release. Authorities did not say where Ruffner had been for the past three days or if she suffered from a medical condition. Ruffner disappeared after leaving her parents' house in Basking Ridge around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and had been expected back at her own home on Meyersville Road in Long Hill. A large search coordinated by the Morris …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Morris County authorities report that Carrie Ruffner, last seen Wednesday at parents' home in Basking Ridge, is still missing.
The search continued on Friday for Long Hill resident Carrie Ruffner, 34, who was last seen at her parents home in Basking Ridge on Wednesday evening. Ruffner had not been located as of shortly before 4 p.m. Friday, said Morris County First Assistant Prosecutor Tom Zelante. He said he had nothing further to report at that time, but added that further updates would be released as needed. Zelante said the investigation is being handled entirely within Morris County, since that's where Ruffner's home is located. Ruffner, 34, was last seen leaving her parents' house around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said Ruffner was driving to her own home on Meyersville Road in Long Hill Township and was expected to …