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Somerset County News

May 17, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ – When hometown hero Furman Kugler crossed the finish line in 1940 ahead of Johnny Webber of Milwaukee to win the first Tour of Somerville bicycle race before a crowd of 20,000, Mayor Freas Hess told a reporter, “Maybe we should do this again next year.” They did, and with the ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — There’s a jar sitting on a counter at John's Meat Market at 389 Park Ave. in Scotch Plains with a sign, “Buy a Veteran a Burger! For Previously Homeless Veterans.” The sign raises a lot of questions: What Veterans? Why a burger? How will they get their burgers?  The ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Traffic is slow in the area of 7-11 on Route 22 east after a car ran into the front of the store. First responders are on the scene at 3:30 pm on Thursday afternoon. No further information is known at this time.

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — A 34-year-old resident of Maine, reported missing by his family on April 18, was found dead Thursday morning by a search team in the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Parker Veitch, a resident of Lovell, ME, was described by family as an avid hiker. Police followed up on a call ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Rise Against Hate, a non-profit organization working to raise awareness about racism and civil rights, has filed a second lawsuit against Bridgewater Township and clerk Linda Doyle in her capacity as official records custodian for the township, alleging a violation of OPRA ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — A homicide investigation is being conducted in North Plainfield following the shooting death of a North Plainfield man, acting Somerset County Prosecutor Thomas Chirichella, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and North Plainfield ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ — First- and second-generation immigrants protested 14-year-old Z’Kye Husain's arrest despite freezing temperatures Saturday. The protestors said Husain received disparate punishment by two Bridgewater police officers because he is Black and assumed to be the culprit in a fight ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ — More than 100 people and over 20 organizations and faith groups from around New Jersey gathered outside the Bridgewater Police Department Saturday to demand justice for 14-year-old Z’Kye Husain. Husain was aggressively arrested during a fight while a white teenager involved ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The family of the Black eighth grade boy who was handcuffed by Bridgewater Police following a fight in the Bridgewater Commons Mall Saturday has retained national Civil Rights attorney Ben Crump to represent them, according to a release from the attorney's office. Crump has ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Both young boys involved in a fight at the Bridgewater Commons Mall over the weekend have been banned from the property as an investigation continues after video of the fight showed police officers handcuffing the Black male involved, but not the white male. Bridgewater Commons ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - A 37-year-old Somerville woman who gave birth to a baby boy three weeks ago has died of COVID-19 complications without ever having the chance to hold her newborn, according to family and friends. Michelle Stani, also had an 11-month-old daughter, Jordan, a son Noah, 4 and her ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens was chosen to launch a statewide initiative designed to ensure vaccination distribution is done in an equitable manner.   Jonnice Slaughter, 45 of Rahway became the first of 300 people who will be vaccinated at the site on Wednesday. Once, ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The township's most famous 8-year-old pastry chef was eliminated from The Food Network's "Kids Baking Championship" Monday night, with the judges disappointed by his blueberry jam, which had the consistency of syrup. The sweet concoction was deemed unsuitable as a key ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Meadowbrook Neighborhood in North Plainfield is gearing up for a bigger than ever luminary event this year. This year they have more than doubled the number of participants as last year, with over 1,250 bags. Take a look for yourself on Tuesday, Dec. 21 around 6 p.m.

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater police are searching for a 15-year-old girl, missing since Sunday, according to Capt. John Mitzak. Mackenzie Wilson has been missing from Bridgewater since Dec. 12, according to a flyer put out by the police department. Wilson is 15 years old, 5' 6" and 135 ...

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WATCHUNG, NJ — A Watchung man was charged with sexual assault of two teenagers and then arrested and charged for giving false statements in his detention hearing, authorities said. A 16-year-old girl reported being sexually assaulted in Bridgewater by fencing instructor Stephen Kovacs, 49, of ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ— The President of the United States Joe Biden, NJ Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy, Congressman Tom Malinowski, Congressman Frank Pallone, and Congressman Donald Payne visited East End Elementary School in North Plainfield on Monday. “Earlier today, we had ...

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WARREN, NJ — The question was, what did you do this summer? Nick Seyda, 16 and a junior at Watchung Hills Regional High School, had a championship answer. Seyda competed in and won a World Championship Title at Super Ball Freestyle Football World Open Competition and is the first American and the ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Are you a winner?  Wawa on Route 22 in North Plainfield sold a ticket matching four of the five white balls and the Gold Mega Ball for Tuesday’s drawing of Mega Millions winning $10,000, Lottery officials said. The winning numbers were: 36, 41, 45, ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A section of Chimney Rock Road coming down from Martinsville has collapsed, as of Thursday morning. A resident driving down the mountain from Martinsville was stopped when she found that a portion of Chimney Rock Road had completely collapsed. Police have been notified, ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — An ongoing investigation into a triple shooting which resulted in the homicide death of a 14-year-old male and a 31-year-old male was announced by Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The arrests of two men in connection with two gas station burglaries were announced on Wednesday.   The arrests of Abufurgan Ahmad, age 54, of Kent Street, Newark, in relation to two separate gas station burglaries that occurred on Thursday, April 15, and on Sunday, May 9, ...

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