Monday, May 20, 2013
Man escaped Walmart after trying to steal two TVs, police said.
Watchung police made numerous arrests recently after a rash of shoplifting reports. A loss prevention officer said a shoplifter ran from the store after being detained around 6:54 p.m. May 14. Police said a man tried to leave the store with two LG 32-inch television sets by showing a false receipt to employees at the exit. When he was stopped, the man escaped before police arrived. Daniel Demaurez, 21, was charged with shoplifting after he was found at 1:29 p.m. with $142.63 worth of items from the store, police said. Demaurez was processed and released, with a court appearance scheduled for June 5. According to police, Bellamy was found in the Homeowners Heaven lot in North Plainfield after officials with Sears registered the complaint. …
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.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Crimestoppers offers $2,500 reward for information on Plainfield resident Jahad Perkins.
Watchung police are searching for Jahad Perkins, 22, of Plainfield, after an April 18 incident at Watchung Square Mall where he and another man allegedly stole an iPhone while showing a handgun. According to a news release issued Wednesday by Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano, Somerset County Chief of Detectives Stuart A. Buckman and Watchung Borough Chief of Police Timothy Wenzel, Perkins and Brian Ward, 21, of Plainfield, approached a man who wanted to sell his iPhone at a store in the mall at about 7 p.m. April 18, offering to buy the phone directly. Perkins and Ward then reportedly asked the victim to accompany them to their car, at which point, Perkins is reported to have lifted his shirt to show a handgun in his …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Watchung police reports for April 15- April 20.
Watchung police are investigating a report filed by Liccardi Ford that someone used a large bin for recycling to illegally dispose of items. The report was made at 8 a.m. April 18, the night after the bin had been emptied, according to managers at Liccardi. The business reported discovering items placed in the bin when the business opened. To see the details on any of the incidents reported last week by Watchung Borough Police, click on the markers.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Watchung Police reports for week of April 8.
Collision Specialists, of Gainseville, Ga., reported fraudulent use of a company credit card to Watchung police. The company said someone used the card at Home Depot to charge $1,587 in merchandise on March 31. Police are investigating the incident. To see details on any of this week's reports, click on the marker on the map.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Three taken to Overlook Medical Center, including two minors.
Linwood Darden, 81, of North Plainfield, was charged with drunken driving and reckless driving at about 8 p.m. Saturday after causing a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Route 22 and Terrill Road, Watchung police said. Police said Darden was driving in the westbound lane of Route 22 when his 2002 Cadillac hit the rear of a 2002 Audi driven by Nika Archemashvili, of Old Bidge, which was forced into the rear of a 2005 Nissan driven by Plainfield resident Ivan Byron. Byron, and his two passengers, ages 9 and 15, were taken to Overlook Medical Center for treatment of pain reported at the scene. Darden also was charged with refusing to provide breath samples.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Borough Council approves hiring Brian McLaughlin as borough's newest officer.
The Watchung Borough Council approved the hiring of Ocean County resident Brian McLaughlin, 25, at Thursday's council meeting, completing a recent hiring spree that filled vacancies in the department. McLaughlin has been employed as a Class 2 special officer with the Seaside Heights Police Department, after graduating from the Ocean County Police Academy in May 2010. McLaughlin began as a probationary officer today, and will receive further training by riding with another officer for a period of time. Also at the meeting, Borough Council President Debra Joren reported on the status of three officers hired in January to bolster the department, Ryan Dunne, Andrew Pero and Robert Hofmann. She said Ofcs. Dunne and Pero had completed ride-along…
Monday, April 1, 2013
Watchung Police say store employees saw man and woman grab items from displays.
Employees at the Carter's Children's Clothing Store said a man and a woman entered the store and grabbed about $400 worth of clothing from displays, before fleeing the store on March 25. Police are continuing to investigate the theft, which occurred at about 2:25 p.m. To view details on any of the reported events, click on the balloon marker on the interactive map.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
A construction crew hit one of the underground lines in the area.
There are some reports of power outages in the area of Bayberry Lane in Watchung after a construction crew hit underground lines while working in the area Wednesday morning, according to Watchung Borough Police. According to Watchung Police Lt. Joe Cina, a construction crew was working on the road around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. "They hit one of the underground lines and caused local power outages in the area," he said. Cina said he is not sure if Bayberry School is affected by the power outage, but there have been reports in the area of locations without power. Officers are investigating the situation, Cina said. "We are not sure what the crews were working on, but officers are on scene now," he said.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Watchung Borough police reports for March 11-March 17.
Watchung police charged Darline Murkey, 35, of Plainfield, with obstructing justice after she provided several false names when police stopped the vehicle she was driving. Once her real name was determined, police found outstanding municipal court warrants issued from area courts, with bail totaling more than $4,000. Two warrants issued by North Plainfield municipal court totaled $1,753. Murkey was turned over to North Plainfield police after the charge was filed. Click on the markers to see details on all of the reports Watchung police released this week.