Friday, May 24, 2013
The East Brunswick Police Department has announced that they will be ramping up their pedestrian safety and seat belt enforcement campaigns.
The East Brunswick Police Department has announced that it will be participating in two safety campaigns, one targeting pedestrian safety and the other enforcing the wearing of seat belts while driving in East Brunswick. According to a Nixle message from the East Brunswick Police Department, officers will be conducting “zero tolerance” enforcement of violations such as speeding, careless driving, traffic signal violations and failing to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. Officers will be setting up "enforcement locations" in random spots throughout East Brunswick and "decoy operations" will also be used, the message said. Pedestrians are also reminded to obey crossing signs at intersections and cross at the proper places, according to …
The True Spirits Authenticator was used to determine which drinks were substituted for more expensive brands.
The practice of filling high-end alcohol bottles with low end product, then passing it off as a premium brand is a “slap in the face to the consumer,” said Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa. More than 1,000 bottles of alcohol were seized from 29 establishments statewide—including at the Brunswick Grove— during “Operation: Swill,” a collaborative effort between the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and the Division of Criminal Justice, Chiesa said on Thursday, May 23. According to Chiesa, the restaurants and bars would fill empty premium brand bottles with non-premium brand alcohol, and serve them to customers, who believed they were drinking the premium brands listed on the bottles. “This alleged scheme is a dishonest ruse to increase …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Clint Benson, son of ex-Giant Brad Benson, ran down bystander in his pickup truck after an argument, prosecutor says.
The son of a famous South Brunswick auto dealer has been indicted after running down a man in his pickup truck on St. Patrick's Day, Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano said. Clint Benson, 21, of Hillsborough was indicted on charges of aggravated assault, assault by auto, endangering an injured victim, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and possession of hollow-point bullets after being arrested March 17 in Branchburg. He is free on $100,000 bail, Soriano said. Benson, the son of Brad Benson, a former New York Giant and owner of Brad Benson Hyundai in Monmouth Junction, struck a Flemington man with his pickup truck after an argument, Soriano said. The Flemington man had confronted Benson about his driving while …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Police say a man was found dead in a Milltown Road backyard of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
East Brunswick Police have reported that they are investigating the death of a 62-year-old man, found dead on Milltown Road. According to a Nixle alert from the police department, which described the death as a "possible suicide," the man was found dead in a backyard on Milltown Road with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No further information was available.
Wednesday's request was part of a year-long investigation. The Grove allegedly served non-premium alcohol and charged premium prices.
The Brunswick Grove is one of 29 licensed bars throughout the state that were served demands for records by the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and the Division of Criminal Justice for serving non-premium brand alcohol in premium brand bottles, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced on Wednesday, May 22. The request for records is part of a year-long investigation of the alleged substitutions. According to Chiesa, the restaurants and bars would fill empty premium brand bottles with non-premium brand alcohol, and serve them to customers, who believed they were drinking the premium brands listed on the bottles. Over 100 state investigators participated in “Operation Swill,” the result of information provided to …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The chase began in Newark and concluded in East Windsor.
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Tuesday, May 21
State Police have released the names of the 15 bikers, all from out of state, who were charged in the 40-mile chase down the N.J. Turnpike on Sunday. According to nj.com, the 15 bikers were charged with eluding police, and two of them were charged with possession of a handgun. They were placed in Middlesex County jail and the motorcycles were impounded, according to nj.com. The chase began in Newark, when the group allegedly prevented a state trooper from entering a station. When the trooper noticed one of the bikers didn't have visible tags, the other bikers formed a ring around their riding partner. A 40-mile chase ensued before the bikers stopped of their own accord at mile marker 68.1, according to the report. The biker the state …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, 24, better known as Internet sensation "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker;" alleged on Facebook that he was drugged, raped
CLARK, NJ -- Police are on the hunt for an Internet celebrity identified as the suspect in the homicide of Clark resident Joseph Galfy, Jr., 73. Authorities are searching for Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, 24, better known as Internet sensation "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker" on YouTube and Facebook. The Union County Homicide Task Force is working with local, state, and federal officials to locate McGillvary, who has been charged with murder. Bail has been set at $3 million by state Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim. UPDATE: At a Thursday afternoon press conference, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow revealed new details about the alleged murder, explaining that Galfy picked up McGillvary in Times Square on Saturday, May 11, …
Lt. Keith R. Buckley was charged with vehicular homicide and official misconduct after it was determined that he drove Lt. Christopher Zerby in a rented sports car on Route 130 in North Brunswick during work hours and crashed into the utility pole at 11:0
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Thursday, May 16
Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced Wednesday that prosecutors are preparing for trial following a state Supreme Court ruling that bars the defense from making irrelevant legal arguments during the trial of a police lieutenant who is charged with causing a fatal car crash. In a unanimous decision, the high court’s ruling clears the way for the trial of Lt. Keith R. Buckley, a North Brunswick police officer, who is charged with vehicular homicide and two counts of official misconduct in the death on Aug. 12, 2008, of Lt. Christopher Zerby, who also served with the North Brunswick Police Department. The 25-page decision, written by Justice Anne M. Patterson, overturned an earlier decision by the Appellate Division of…
Monday, May 13, 2013
A Kendall Park man has been charged with allegedly leaving the scene of a crash and trying to remove damage to his vehicle.
A Kendall Park man has been charged with tampering with evidence and leaving the scene of an accident following a March 10 crash on Main Street that sent a man to the hospital. According to a report on NJ.com, Marcus Creer, 37, of South Brunswick, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury and tampering with evidence. Creer was involved in the March 10 accident when he made a turn from the Route 18 south exit ramp onto Main Street, allegedly cutting off John Ovaduke, 59, of Spotswood who skidded out, sideswiping the rear driver's side of Creer's 2006 Pontiac G6 as the bike went down. Ovaduke was thrown from the bike, which slid into traffic on the other side of the road and was struck by a van. No …
The department has 23,618 followers.
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Monday, May 13
OK, so maybe it's not trending right now, but chances are, it soon will be. The New Jersey State Police ranked second among state police agencies nationally in terms of Twitter followers, according to statistics recently released by the IACP Center for Social Media. The agency has 23,618 followers, trailing only the Massachusetts State Police, which had a whopping 62,493 followers, as of April 30. The Texas Department of Public Safety (18,787), the Ohio State Highway Patrol (13,587) and the Indiana State Police (13,466) round out the top five. As of Monday morning, May 13, the State Police had 23,932 followers and had sent out 991 tweets. However, with over eight million people in the state as of the 2012 Census, the State Police still …