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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.

January 16, 2017 – Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash US Highway 22 West

Bridgewater, NJ – On Sunday, 01/15/17, a fatal motor vehicle crash occurred in Bridgewater Township. The crash occurred on Route 22 West, near North Gaston Avenue, at approximately 2355 hours.  A 2015 Ford Mustang driven by Douglas Marino (age 25) of Bridgewater NJ was traveling on Route 22 West in the center lane of travel.  An unidentified male was standing in the center lane of travel when he was struck by Mr. Marino’s vehicle.  This male was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (New Brunswick), where he was pronounced dead. The pedestrian that was struck is an Hispanic male age 20-30, wearing black colored “Adidas” sweatpants, a black colored non-descript long sleeve shirt with a black colored “Nike” short sleeve shirt underneath.

This motor vehicle crash is still under investigation.

The crash is being investigated by the Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau and the Somerset County Accident Reconstruction Team.   Any witnesses or anyone with information regarding the identity of the above listed person is asked to contact Bridgewater Township Officer Kevin Lamey at 908-722-4111 ext 4132.

December 19, 2016 – Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash US Highway 22 West

Bridgewater, NJ- On Sunday, 12/18/16, a fatal motor vehicle crash occurred in Bridgewater Township. The crash occurred on Route 22 West, near North Adamsville Rd. at approximately 2302 hours. A 2008 Nissan driven by Jose Luis Mondragon Zamudio (age 29) of Somerville NJ was traveling on Route 22 West in the left lane of travel. Marcus Cook (age 25) of Bridgewater NJ was struck by Mr. Mondragon Zamudio’s vehicle as he was walking in the left lane of travel. After being struck, Mr. Marcus was pushed into the center lane of travel where he was struck by a 2016 Lexus driven by Brittany Tapia (age 19) of Martinsville NJ. This incident is still under investigation.

The crash is being investigated by the Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau ant the Somerset County Accident Reconstruction Team. Any witnesses are asked to contact Bridgewater Township Traffic Safety Officer John Kennedy at 908-722-4111 ext 4162.

 

October 29, 2016 – Halloween Safety Tips

With Halloween quickly approaching, Acting Chief Al Nicaretta and the Bridgewater Township Police Department encourages everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween. There is no curfew in effect for Halloween in the Township. And remember, “if you see something, say something!”

Halloween Safety Tips from the Bridgewater Police Department:

  • Make sure your child’s costume is safe.  Costumes should be fireproof, masks should allow for adequate peripheral vision, and should not restrict a child’s ability to breath.
  • If your child’s costume includes a prop such as a knife or sword, that the tips are smooth and flexible enough not to cause injury in the event of a fall.  Also ensure that all props do not look realistic.
  • Young Children should always be accompanied by an adult
  • Remind your children about everyday safety. For example, children should never enter a stranger’s house or car.  Remind children to look both ways when crossing the street and to use cross walks when they are available.
  • Children’s costumes should include reflective material for good visibility.
  • Remember to carry a flashlight for increased visibility.
  • Parents should examine candy for any irregularities before children are allowed to eat their “treats”
  • Parents explain to children the difference between “tricks” and vandalism.  Throwing eggs and toilet paper may seem like harmless fun however it may cause damages and have unintended consequences.

If you still have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call us at (908) 722-4111.

August 25, 2016 – Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash US Highway 22 West

Bridgewater, NJ – On Thursday, 08/25/2016, a fatal motor vehicle crash occurred in Bridgewater Township. The crash occurred on Route 22 West, near North Adamsville Rd. at approximately 0312 hours.  A 2004 Toyota Sienna driven by Xu Chengfei (age 41) of Flushing NY was traveling on Route 22 West in the left lane of travel.  Robert Gibbons (age 29) and Magdalene Allen (age 23) both of East Brunswick NJ, were struck by Mr. Chengfei’s vehicle as they were walking in the lane of travel.  This incident is still under investigation.

The crash is being investigated by the Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau ant the Somerset County Accident Reconstruction Team.   Any witnesses are asked to contact Bridgewater Township Traffic Safety Officer Douglas Thorsen at 908-722-4111 ext 4154.

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