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October 4, 2017 – Serious Motor Vehicle Crash

Bridgewater, NJ – On Wednesday October 4, 2017 at 1559 hrs, the Bridgewater Police Department responded  to Easton Turnpike in the area of Bridgeway Care Center to investigate a motor vehicle crash involving a bicyclist. The operator of the vehicle was identified as 63 year old, Jeffrey Kampf of Hillsborough, New Jersey. Kampf had been traveling east on Easton Turnpike in a 2015 BMW X1. The cyclist was identified as 75 year old, Peter Castle of Bridgewater, New Jersey. Castle had been traveling east on Easton Turnpike in the right shoulder.

Castle was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – New Brunswick with life threatening injuries.

The crash is still under investigation by the Bridgewater Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Bridgewater Police Traffic Safety Bureau or the Bridgewater T-I-P-S line at 877-660-INFO (4636).

September 18, 2017 – Sunny Slope Road Structure Fire

Bridgewater, NJ – Officers from the Bridgewater Police Department, along with fire companies and emergency services units from Bridgewater, Somerville, Manville and Bound Brook responded to the 2100 building of Sunny Slope Road for a report of a fire.  The fire has been extinguished, but approximately twenty-one people from eight housing units have been displaced.  There was one adult male who suffered minor burns to his extremities, he was treated at the scene and released.  The Red Cross is assisting with housing the displaced families.

The origin of the fire is unknown at this time and it currently being investigated by the Bridgewater Bureau of Fire Safety.

August 9, 2017 – Bound Brook Man Charged in Robbery

Somerville, NJ – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, Bound Brook Chief of Police Vito Bet and Bridgewater Township Chief of Police Al Nicaretta announced the arrest of Brian M. Sivetz, age 26, of West Main Street, Bound Brook, New Jersey.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that detectives have identified the individual responsible for last week’s Shop Rite robbery as Brian M. Sivetz.

On August 1st at approximately 9:28 a.m. Bound Brook Police responded to a report of a robbery at the Shop Rite located on West Union Avenue. Officers were advised by employees that a white male approached a cashier and after stating that he had a weapon he demanded money from the cash register. The cashier gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of currency and the suspect exited the store and drove away in a dark colored sedan.
The investigation conducted by detectives from the Bound Brook and Bridgewater Police departments in conjunction with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s office has also revealed that on the same morning of the Shop Rite robbery, at approximately 8:51 a.m. defendant Sivetz went to the Target located in the Bridgewater Promenade. Once inside the store he handed a cashier a note that stated he had a gun. As he reached over the checkout counter, he attempted to grab currency from the cash register drawer. The employee closed the drawer on the defendant’s hands preventing him from taking any monies. The defendant ran out of the store and fled the area in a dark colored sedan.
On August 4, 2017, defendant Sivetz went to the Macy’s department store, located in the Bridgewater Commons Mall, and shoplifted five clothing items having a cash value of $280.50.
On August 5, 2017, defendant Sivetz returned to Macy’s and attempted to return the shoplifted clothing items. When advised by a store manager that they would not accept the returns without a proof of purchase defendant Sivetz walked away with the clothing items. Before exiting the store, the defendant grabbed two men’s shirts and two men’s dress ties off a display rack and put the items in a Macy’s shopping bag that contained the other shoplifted items.
After exiting the store, the defendant began to walk towards his parked vehicle. A store employee, who was monitoring the attempted return via a security camera, approached the defendant and identified himself as an Asset Protection associate.  A struggle ensued as the associate attempted to prevent the defendant from leaving before the Bridgewater police arrived. The defendant dropped the shopping bag containing the stolen items and fled the area in a dark sedan.
Early Sunday morning, August 6, 2017, detectives arrested defendant Sivetz at his West Main Street residence. He was processed and lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.
Sivetz was charged with 2 counts of 1st degree, robbery, and 1 count of 4th degree, shoplifting.
NOTE:
We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

August 8, 2017 – Fatal Crash on Old York Rd

Bridgewater, NJ – On Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 1429 hours, the Bridgewater Police Department responded to Old York Road, in front of Duke Island Park, to investigate a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a motorcycle.

A Honda Civic, operated by Deborah J. Moore (age 47) of Hillsborough NJ, was traveling east on Old York Road. Her vehicle crossed the center line and struck a Yamaha XVS650 motorcycle, being operated by Michal L. Hribik (age 62) of Bridgewater NJ. The motorcycle was then struck by a Toyota Camry, operated by Carol Foppiano (age 50) of Raritan NJ, which was traveling directly behind the Yamaha motorcycle.

Hribik was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital via NJSP NorthSTAR, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Moore was treated for minor injuries at the scene and released.

The crash is still under investigation by the Bridgewater Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer John Kennedy at (908)722-4111 ext. 4162 or the Bridgewater TIPS line at 877-660-INFO (4636).

 

June 14, 2017 – MVC/HazMat on Finderne Ave and Union Ave

Bridgewater, NJ – On 06/14/17, a 1999 Freightliner tractor owned by Solid Logistics LLC Newark NJ was traveling westbound on State Highway 28 and attempted to make a left turn on Finderne Avenue. The vehicle struck a traffic light pole located on the west side of Finderne Avenue and rolled onto its passenger side. The trailer it is was pulling contained a corrosive liquid, which was released onto the roadway. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

Somerset County Haz-Mat along with State and Local agencies are actively cleaning up the scene. All traffic from Finderne Avenue, Highway 28 and surrounding area will be affected throughout the evening. Bridgewater Police Facebook will be updated as the situation progresses.

Update – Regarding the tractor trailer at Finderne Ave. and Union Ave., crews are still in the process of off-loading the corrosive liquid that was being transported. The attached picture indicates our area of concern and residents in this area are suggested to shelter in place, keep windows closed and turn off the A/C. Residents outside of this circled area can have the windows open or operate their A/C.

State DEP is monitoring air quality in the area as the work continues. We will update again around 10 PM

UPDATE (10pm): The situation remains the same. Efforts to unload the tractor trailer are continuing. We are hoping the roadway will be open at approximately 2:00 AM. We will continue to update our Facebook page and website as the incident continues.

UPDATE (2:14am): Route 28 (Union Ave) is now open. Finderne Ave remains closed between Union Ave. (Route 28) and East Main Street.

UPDATE- 06/15/17: The trailer involved in the motor vehicle crash on Finderne Avenue was transporting eighteen (18) containers of Aminoethylpiperazine,aep. This spill was contained to the roadway. On 06/15/17 at approximately 3:20 am, clean up was completed and the Somerset County Haz-Mat team advised that the area was safe. At that time, the roadway was re-opened. The driver of that vehicle, Rafael Millasaky (age 54) of Lyndhurst ME, was issued a motor vehicle summons for Careless Driving.

 

June 5, 2017 – Fatal Crash on Adamsville Road

Bridgewater, NJ – ​On Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 0759 hours, the Bridgewater Police Department responded to South Adamsville Road and Kirby Avenue to investigate a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle. The operator of the motorcycle, identified as Eric Maliszewski, lost control of his motorcycle and went off the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash is still under investigation by the Bridgewater Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bridgewater Police Traffic Safety Bureau at, or the Bridgewater TIPS line at 877-660-INFO (4636).

April 18, 2017 – Bridgewater Man Charged with Homicide after Standoff with SWAT

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Bridgewater Township Chief of Police Al Nicaretta announced the arrest of Michael Litwornia, age 27, of Washington Valley Road, in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater Township, New Jersey.

Prosecutor Robertson stated last evening, at approximately 8:20 p.m., Bridgewater Township Police responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting a stabbing victim outside of a Washington Valley Road residence. Responding Officers encountered a 61 year old male homeowner suffering from severe stab wounds/lacerations. The victim told the officers that his son, Michael Litwornia had attacked him. Officers immediately tended to the victim and requested emergency medical personnel. Additional Bridgewater Officers simultaneously arrived at the residence where they encountered a 61 year old female inside the residence also suffering from multiple stab wounds/lacerations. The officers evacuated the victim from the residence and initiated life saving measures. The victim was subsequently declared deceased upon the arrival of medics.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that Bridgewater Officers attempted to make contact with Michael Litwornia who had barricaded himself within the house. At the same time additional officers established a perimeter of the residence and began to evacuate/shelter in place local residents within the operational perimeter.

The Somerset County SWAT and Hostage/Crisis Negotiators were quickly activated and responded to the scene. Detectives from the Bridgewater Township Police Department, along with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Crime Scene Investigations and Forensics Unit, and the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office responded to conduct the investigation.

Upon the arrival of Hostage/Crisis Negotiators an attempt was made to establish communications with Litwornia who refused to communicate. A mechanical robot was introduced into the residence and was successful in locating the defendant who was observed lying on a couch within the residence. At approximately 11:00 p.m. SWAT was authorized to make entry into the residence. Once SWAT members were inside defendant Litwornia attempted to grab a sharp force instrument but was quickly subdued and taken into custody by SWAT personnel. Defendant Litwornia had self-inflicted wounds to his body and was quickly transported to an area hospital for emergency treatment.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that the adult male victim was transported to an area trauma center where he underwent emergency surgery and is listed in critical condition.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that the investigation into the circumstances leading to this deadly encounter is on-going and detectives are attempting to establish a motive for the assaults. Authorities have not released the identity of the deceased female pending next of kin notifications. An autopsy is scheduled at the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Detectives have charged defendant Litwornia with first degree, homicide, and second degree, aggravated assault. Defendant Litwornia remains at an area hospital under police guard. When released, defendant Litwornia will be lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor, and Chief Nicaretta request anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, the Bridgewater Township Police Department (908) 722-4111 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

NOTE:
We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

April 6, 2017 – Serious Motor Vehicle Crash on US 22 West

Bridgewater, NJ – The Bridgewater Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau is investigating a motor vehicle crash that occurred on 4/5/17 at 1733 hours on US 22 West near Americas Best Value Inn.

Mark Dillon (age 62) of Norristown, Pennsylvania was operating a 2007 Yamaha FJR when he attempted to enter the right lane of travel of US 22 West from the property of Americas Best Value Inn. Dillon’s motorcycle made contact with a trailer that was being pulled by a Ford F-550 operated by James Irwin (age 34) of Somerville, New Jersey.   Dillon was airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick with serious injuries.

This crash is being investigated by Officer Douglas Thorsen. Any witnesses are asked to call (908)-722-4111 ext. 4154.

March 9, 2017 – Somerset County Police Academy: Police Youth Week

Somerville, NJ – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano and the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police President, Chief William Parenti of the North Plainfield Police Department, announce that the Somerset County Police Academy with be conducting a 5-day “Police Youth Week”.

This program will be held from Monday, July 17, 2017 to Friday, July 21, 2017 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy, located at 402 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough Township, New Jersey.

The goals of the program are to introduce high school students to a career in law enforcement and to develop positive interaction between students and members of the law enforcement community.

Academy Director Dr. Richard Celeste states the Police Youth Week program is modeled after the Somerset County Police Academy Recruit Training Program which trained police recruits up until 2014.  Instruction will be provided by Police Academy staff members and police officers from participating local police departments. The program is being sponsored by the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

Participation in Police Youth Week will provide the attending student with an overview of various components of the criminal justice field.  The program will be conducted through both classroom and practical based exercises providing the student with not only an academic understanding but also a “hands-on” experience.  The program changes every year and is based on a four year curriculum to encourage the student to participate in the program the following year.  It should be understood that due to the course design, it is not necessary to attend a previous year in order to attend a following year program. The program includes Police & Community Relations, Communication Skills, SWAT & Dive Units, Military Drill, Physical Training and much more.

The program is open to students entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year or that have completed their senior year. Applicants must be a Somerset County resident or a child of a Somerset County government employee. To apply for the program, go to the Police Academy website. You can also contact your school main office or your local police department. For specific questions please call the Police Academy at 908-541-5038.

Applications must be received by Friday, June 9, 2017.

Once applications have been reviewed, you will receive a confirmation letter in the mail.

March 3, 2017 – Incident at Baker & Taylor

Bridgewater, NJ – Officers responded to the Baker & Taylor building located at 1122 US Highway 22 East for an employee feeling ill. Upon, their arrival, several other employees began complaining of feeling ill as well. The building was evacuated and the fire department responded to the scene. It was discovered that a flue in the HVAC system had broken and remained in the closed position. This broken flue prevented carbon monoxide to be vented to the outside, causing approximately 20 employees to be treated for carbon monoxide exposure. At this time, three employees have been transported to local hospitals and the rest are being treated at a triage area located at the scene.

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