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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
But animal control officer in Bernards Township says there is no indication this was the raccoon that attacked child last month.
A six-year-old Bernardsville girl reported to have been attacked by a raccoon late last month while playing in the family backyard has completed treatment to prevent rabies, and is doing well, her mother said. The mother, Heather MacDonald of Somerset Avenue, said she had not seen the animal again. However, police and Bernardsville's contractual health and animal control services say that the remains of a raccoon killed in the general area last Friday — although there is no proof this is the same raccoon — is being tested by the state for rabies. Bernardsville police kill "sickly" raccoon Bernardsville Borough police found a raccoon that appeared to be sickly in a storm drain located at Seney Drive and Anderson Hill Road last week and shot…
Monday, May 20, 2013
Twenty-year-old man allegedly left cut and bleeding in Olcott Square area on Sunday morning.
A 28-year-old resident of Prospect Street in Bernardsville has been arrested and charged with assaulting his neighbor early Sunday morning and allegedly leaving the man bleeding in the area of Olcott Square, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and Bernardsville Police Chief Kevin Valentine. Nelson Gomez-Marroquin, 28, of Bernardsville, was jailed in Somerset County on charges of third-degree aggravated assault and third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, according to a release from the prosecutor's office. Bail of $50,000, cash only, was set by Superior Court Judge Robert Reed in Somerville, according to the prosecutor's office. Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano said the Somerset County Communications …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Kids of all ages eat, play and enjoy a day in Basking Ridge
The streets of Basking Ridge were filled with the callouts of children, the smells of sausages, onions and other tempting foods, and the sounds of music Saturday as Bernards Township's 19th annual Charter Day was celebrated. Much of the event was on South Finley Avenue in downtown Basking Ridge, closed to traffic, and spilled onto the Henry Street parking lot and field behind the Oak Street Elementary School. Although a few showers punctuated much of the day, few people seem to be discouraged into leaving the community's biggest annual celebration — the commemoration of the founding of the Township of Bernardston on May 24, 1760, by order of King George II of Britain. Here are more scenes from Charter Day.
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 …
Editor's Note: Some of the photos are graphic in nature.
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…
All county residents can dispose of unused, expired and potentially dangerous medications at Bernards police headquarters.
A permanent "drop box" where the public can discard unused, expired and potentially hazardous medications has been installed at Bernards Township Police headquarters at 1 Collyer Lane, to be open whenever the police department building is staffed. It is intended to serve the entire area, including other towns in the Somerset Hills. Information printed on the box specifies what medications can be accepted and those that are not. For example, medications with needles and liquids are not accepted through the program. Once collected, the medications are destroyed, at no cost to taxpayers, by Morristown-based Covanta Energy, a nationwide operator of energy from waste and renewable energy facilities, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Police directed traffic during outage lasting a few hours.
The traffic light at Olcott Square, the main hub of downtown Bernardsville where Route 202 (Mine Brook Road) intersects Anderson Hill Road and Mount Airy Road, was turned off for several hours Wednesday. The light was out from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Police were at the busy intersection directing traffic while the light was off. The light was turned off to allow repairs, according to borough police. The work is part of scheduled upgrades, said police Chief Kevin Valentine. Olcott Square is a main route leading to Bernardsville from Basking Ridge, and also to Mendham in Morris County.
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 …
Arrests of 11 people from Passaic County, with one from South Carolina, involved Bernards Township detectives.
Three Bernards Township residents were among the more than 70 people who made reports to 30 police departments within the last year or so that they were the victims of identity theft, prompting a statewide investigation that led to the arrest of 11 people earlier this month, authorities said. Bernards Township Police Detective William Seiple on Tuesday said the identity theft incidents involving the township residents began in December 2012. Since the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office just announced the arrests at the beginning of May, Seiple said there has been no money returned to those who apparently were the victims of fraud. Ten of those arrested were from Passaic County, mostly Paterson, with one from South Carolina. Seiple said he …