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    A 23-year-old New Jersey man who made headlines last year for his involvement in a stabbing was arrested and charged in a nearly identical crime, authorities announced. Safi N. Hill was arrested and charged with first-degree attempted murder, hindering, and weapons offenses, Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart said in a release alongside local officials on Friday, May 6. According to investigators, Hill approached a Hillsborough man walking his dog near 9th Street and Clawson Avenue before stabbing him several times in the back around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. Hill was identified and taken into custody following the execution of a search warrant at his home on of Equator Avenue in Hillsborough later the same day. Hill was accused in April 2021 of stabbing a victim multiple times during a fight and hiding in his family's basement, DailyVoice.com reported. The suspect was being held in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing. The incident remains under investigation, authorities said. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or...
    A 60-year-old Somerset County man was arrested on child porn charges, authorities said. Gary J. Babey, of Hillsborough, sent numerous images of child sexual abuse material to another individual, Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart said. The investigation stemmed from a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Babey was arrested on Monday, May 2 and charged with multiple child porn offenses. He was lodged in the Somerset County Jail where he will remain pending a detention hearing in this matter Acting Prosecutor Taggart, Chief Fodor, and Chief McMahon request anyone with information relating to this investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Special Investigations/Computer Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Hillsborough Township Police Department at (908) 369-4323 or via the STOPit app.  The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit...
    A Somerset County man hopped behind the wheel of a woman's car  left unlocked and parked outside of her job and drove off, authorities said. Surveillance tapes show James Owens, age 39, Somerville, getting inside of the vehicle parked at a business on Route 22 before heading east on Route 22 around 11:35 a.m. on Thursday, April 28 in Branchburg, Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart said. Owens took the car to Somerville and parked it near Mechanic Street, Taggart said alongside County Detectives John W. Fodor. Police found the stolen car soon after, and identified Owens as the thief, police said. Owens was found around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, on reports of a "suspicious man" near Rehill Avenue, Taggart said. Owens was arrested without incident and charged with third degree theft, Taggart said. He was lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing.   Taggart reminds the public to never leave the keys or the key fob in your vehicle. "Leaving your keys or key fob in your unlocked vehicle gives thieves the opportunity they are seeking," she said.
    A trio of ski masked men broke into a New Jersey home wielding handguns and fled with the owner’s cash over the weekend, according to authorities who are seeking clues on their identities. Franklin Township Police responding to the home invasion report on Cedar Grove Lane were told by the owner that three men had forced their way in through the garage entrance shortly before 12:35 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart said in a release alongside local officials. The armed men — donning ski masks and gloves — fled after demanding money from the homeowner, who turned over an undisclosed amount of cash, Taggart said. The victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries, authorities said. The investigation is ongoing, and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information about the home invasion is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533.
    A Pennsylvania District Attorney who was arrested for rape and related charges but was later released may have his bail revoked by Pennsylvania's Attorney General Josh Shapiro after half a dozen new charges were filed in two separate incidents.  Somerset District Attorney, Jeffrey Lynn Thomas II, 36, of Windber, was first accused of entering a known woman’s home in Windber without permission, refusing to leave, then sexually and physically assaulting her on Saturday. Sept. 18, 2021, according to court documents. For that incident, he was charged with the following, court records show: F1 Rape Forcible Compulsion M1 Indecent Assault-Without Consent Of Other M2 Strangulation - Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck M2 Simple Assault (2 Counts) Criminal Trespassing- Entering A Structure Prior to this incident, Thomas had a record of traffic offenses in Cambria and Somerset counties. He was briefly held in Somerset County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bail. Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a motion to revoke the bail of Jeffrey Thomas in light of new charges in two separate incidents, both filed...
    The victim of a fatal police-involved shooting in Somerset County, along with the involved officers, have been identified, the Office of the Attorney General said on Wednesday, April 27.  The victim is 24-year-old William Brink of Salisbury, the office said. The involved officers are Corporal Jason Dykes, a Maryland State Trooper, Sergeant Kevin Goepfert, with the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, and Deputy First Class Anthony Jackson, also with the office.  Brink was shot during an altercation in Westover on Monday, the Somerset County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook. Police responded to a 911 call from a convenience store in the area of Route 13 (Ocean Highway) and Perry Road in Westover just before 12 p.m. The caller said Brink pointed a gun at him and demanded money before fleeing the area. Upon arrival, officers approached the suspect and there was an exchange of gunfire. The suspect then fled again.  Once officers located Brink, he fired his gun a second time. That's when officers fired their guns and shot the Brink, the office reports.  Officers rendered aid to the man until he was taken to...
    A New Jersey man who allegedly had help from his parents covering up a rapper's shooting death has been convicted of first-degree murder, authorities announced. Ryan D. Keough shot Terrence "T.R." Coulanges, 29, of Old Bridge, on Jan. 9, 2019 at a home on Farm Lane in Bound Brook around 5:45 p.m., when neighbors said they heard gunshots, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office said. Keough — who reportedly made appearances in  Creed and The Dark Knight Rises — told police he was in a carriage house when Coulanges banged on the door, reached into his jacket and pulled out a gun, NJ Advance Media reports. Keough's lawyers said he shot the man in self-defense, the outlet said. Keough and his parents left the house for some "period of time" after Coulanges was shot, Somerset County Acting Prosecutor Annmarie Taggar said. A 9-1-1 call placed by Keough's mom, Cindy, reporting the incident came in around 7:35 p.m, according to authorities and NJ.com. Cindy and her husband, David, were both later charged with hindering investigation and endangering an injured victim, and false swearing. Responding officers found...
    A Central Jersey man was arrested after police found him with cocaine in his car last week, authorities said.  Police in Branchburg were doing a property check on a "suspicious vehicle" parked on Woodfern Road, in which Steven J. Dolci, 25, of Hillsborough Township, was in the driver's seat around 10:45 p.m. last Friday, April 22, Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart said. While speaking with Dolci, the officer observed a white powdery substance on the center console, which was suspected to be cocaine, Taggart said. Dolci was arrested without incident and slapped with related drug charges, authorities said. He was later released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in Somerset County Superior Court.   Acting Prosecutor Taggart and Chief Fodor request anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the Branchburg Township Police Department at (908) 526-3830 or via the STOPit app.  The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can...
    A third suspect wanted in a New Jersey murder case was nabbed by US Marshals agents in North Carolina, authorities said. Jose Branch, of Plainfield, was tracked down in Raleigh in connection with the March 1 shooting death of Steve Camino in North Plainfield, Acting Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart said. He was charged with first-degree conspiracy to commit murder and extradited from North Carolina to Somerset County on Tuesday, April 19, Taggart said. Branch was jailed pending a detention hearing. Kenneth Hill, 21 of Plainfield, and Daniel Carrera-Cardona, 22, of Piscataway, were previously arrested in Camino's death, authorities said. Camino was found with gunshot wounds by police responding to a 911 call around 9:35 p.m. March 1 near Grove Street and Prospect Place, Taggart said alongside local police. Police immediately initiated life saving measures and requested emergency medical personnel to the scene, police said. North Plainfield Officers continued CPR until relieved by North Plainfield Fire Department and EMS personnel.  Camino was taken to an area trauma center where he was pronounced dead. Detectives from the North Plainfield Police Department along with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s...
    A deputy from the Somerset County Sheriff's Office and a Maryland State Police trooper fatally shot a suspect in Somerset County, the office reports.  Police responded to a 911 call from a convenience store in the area of Route 13 (Ocean Highway) and Perry Road in Westover just before 12 p.m. on Monday, April 26, the office said on Facebook. The caller said a man pointed a gun at him and demanded money before fleeing the area, the office reports. Upon arrival, officers approached the suspect and there was an exchange of gunfire. The suspect then fled again.  Once officers located the man, he fired his gun a second time. That's when the sheriff's deputy and the trooper fired their guns and shot the suspect, the office reports.  Officers rendered aid to the man until he was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No other injuries were reported and the shooting is under investigation, the office reports. This marks the third highly publicized police-involved shooting in the state within the past week. Secret Service officers fatally...
    A Somerset County woman who set fire to a business sign in Mercer County was charged with arson, authorities said. Alicia Schmitter, 40, is accused of using a lighter to set fire to an advertisement flag in front of Angie’s Multiservices on the 1800 block of South Broad Street in Hamilton just before 3:10 a.m. on Thursday, April 21, local police said. Schmitter, of Franklin Park, was seen on surveillance footage walking out of sight before officers found her lying on the sidewalk nearby, police said. During questioning, Schmitter allegedly pulled out the lighter and tried to set fire to a tree branch. Schmitter was arrested and charged with arson and criminal mischief. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Det. Chris Pullen at (609) 581-4080 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.
    The driver who struck and killed a pedestrian earlier this year was arrested, as was a woman who lied about the incident to police, authorities in Central Jersey said. Raulito Peralta, 22, of Highland Park, struck and killed New Brunswick's Treasa M. Daye-Fennie while she was crossing a street in Franklin Township last February, Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart said. Estrella Caballero-Cruz, 21, of Highland Park, was charged with providing a false report to police. Daye-Fennie was crossing Somerset Street near High Street around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, when she was struck by Peralta, Taggart said. Peralta fled and Daye-Fennie was pronounced dead. On Tuesday, April 19, as Peralta was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of a fatal crash, causing death or injury while driving suspended or unlicensed, and hindering. He was lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing. That same day, Caballero-Cruz was arrested without incident and charged with false police report. She was released pending her court appearance. Anyone with information relating to this fatal hit and run to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major...
    A home invader who got naked and jumped into a woman's shower—while she was in it— is being sought by the police. The reported home invasion occurred in the area of Andria Avenue during the evening hours of Thursday, April 14, 2022, in Hillsborough Township, according to a release by the police. This is a developing story, check back here for more details. Anyone with information relating to this sexual offense to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Sex Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Hillsborough Township Police Department at (908) 369-4323 or via the STOPit app, or via the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). 
    A 42-year-old New Jersey man was arrested after a teenage girl told authorities that he sexually assaulted her multiple times. An investigation began on Thursday, March, 17 when the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office received information about a 14-year-old sexual assault victim, they said. The girl told investigators that Carlos B. Deleon-Sis, sexually assaulted her multiple times between June 2021 and February 2022 in Bound Brook, Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart said in a joint release. On Wednesday, April 6, Deleon-Sis was charged with sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a minor, and criminal sexual contact.  He was being held in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing. Anyone with information relating to the sexual assault is urged to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Bound Brook Police Department at (732) 356-0800 or via the STOPit app.  Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.
    A crew of con artists from New Jersey swindled more than $1 million from businesses nationwide that thought they were buying aircraft equipment and replacement parts, state authorities charged. For five years, the thieves cut deals online for the purported sale of specialized equipment, including airline ground support parts and hydraulic jacks, Acting New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin said. As soon as the payments arrived, members of the crew either made a bunch of cash withdrawals or slid the money into a Somerset County accomplice's account, Platkin said. The buyers got bupkis, he said. Police in Scottsdale, AZ alerted New Jersey authorities to the operation, involving multiple members of the same family. All were arrested following an investigation by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice's Financial and Cyber Crimes Bureau. The top dog identified by prosecutors, Antonio P. "Tony Demetro" Signo, 35, of Somerset, was ordered held on charges of conspiracy, theft by deception, receiving stolen property and money laundering. Sonny Signo, 54, of Elizabeth, Eddie Signo, 28, and Champagne Thompson, 29, both of Iselin were all...
    A DUI driver who struck a tree near a Somerset county golf course last month was busted with heroin, authorities said. Christian Graverson, 44, was behind the wheel of an SUV when he struck a tree South Branch Road near the Neshanic Valley Golf Course around 5:50 p.m. March 31,  Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart said. The 44-year-old Hillsborough man was not injured, Taggart said. Further investigation found that Graverson was under the influence of drugs, and was subsequently placed under arrest, police said. He was in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia, Taggar said. Graverson's LinkedIn profile says he's the CEO of GNE Management, LLC, a trading program for investors. He was charged with 3rd Degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia a Disorderly Persons Offense, and several motor vehicle summonses which included Driving While under the Influence of Narcotics as a result of the incident.  Graverson was later released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in Somerset County Superior Court.   Acting Prosecutor Taggart and Chief Fodor request anyone with information relating to this incident...
    A tractor-trailer rolled over in Somerset County, according to developing and unconfirmed reports. The crash occurred before 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5 on Commons Way in Bridgewater Township, initial reports said. The driver was out of the vehicle with injuries, an unconfirmed report said. As of 1:30 p.m., the ramp from Route 202 to Route 22 remained closed, reports said. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES
    A tractor-trailer rolled over in Somerset County, according to developing and unconfirmed reports. The crash occurred before 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5 on Commons Way in Bridgewater Township, initial reports said. The driver was out of the vehicle with injuries, an unconfirmed report said. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES
    A small plane crashed outside of a home in Somerset County Monday, April 4. The single-engine Mooney M20M went down in a yard at the corner of Griesheimer and Main streets in Manville around 1 p.m. The crash-landing location is just north of Central Jersey Regional Airport, the FAA said. The number of people on board was not known as of 3:15 p.m. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates.
    A girl riding a bicycle was struck and killed by a 22-year-old woman driving a pickup truck on Saturday, April 2, authorities in Bridgewater said. The driver, who Daily Voice will not be identifying unless charges are filed, was heading north on Fulton Street when she struck the girl near 3rd Street just before 6:10 p.m., local police said. The victim was transported to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Somerset where she was pronounced dead. This crash remains under investigation by the Bridgewater Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Kevin Florczak of the Bridgewater Police Traffic Safety Bureau at (908)722-4111 extension 4130 or the Bridgewater TIPS line at 877-660-INFO (4636).