Man in SWAT Standoff Due in Bernardsville Court
Samuel Medway scheduled to appear in August before municipal judge in Bernardsville.
Samuel J. Medway, arrested and charged with a disorderly persons offense following last Thursday's three-hour standoff with a SWAT team and other authoritiies, is scheduled to appear in Bernardsville municipal court on Aug. 6, according to a court employee in the borough hall.
Medway is scheduled at appear at 10:30 a.m. on that date before Municipal Judge Robert Schaul, the employee said.
Medway, 44, was arrested following the standoff, during which police initially believed he may have been holding another person hostage at his home on Anderson Hill Road in Bernardsville, authorities said. He later was found to be alone, according to authorities.
Medway was facing charges of obstruction of justice and a disorderly person offense, Capt. Jack Bennett, of the proseuctor's office, said last Friday afternoon. He said Medway was in Somerset County Jail as of Friday, but a jail employee laster said he was released early Saturday after apparently posting a $2,500 bail set earlier by Schaul.
The jail spokesman also said on Monday Medway had paid $1,400 toward a $93,432.01 bill in back child support payments. Authorities had said that attempting to serve the child support warrant last Thursday night had sparked the standoff.
Bennett said late Monday afternoon that there is no further investigation into the disorderly persons charge against Medway. He said the Bernardsville Municipal Court was responsible for setting the date for a hearing on that charge.
However, Bennett added said a separate indictable offense against Medway, who also was arrested in 2011 for allegedly selling an Uzi to an undercover agent, is pending trial in July.
After turning himself over to members of the SWAT team without incident Thursday night at about 9:50 p.m., Medway was transported to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and was then lodged in the Somerset County Jail at that time, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.
Bernardsville Police Chief Kevin Valentine said on Tuesday that borough police were not planning a further investigation or file additional charges at that time. However, he said the case will not be closed until adjudicated in court.