Thursday, May 16, 2013
Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, 34, charged with killing Joseph Galfy of Clark.
Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, dubbed "Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker," was arrested Thursday evening at the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Philadelphia by members of the Philadelphia Police Department, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow said. McGillvary has been charged with the murder of Joseph Galfy, Jr., 73, which allegedly occurred in Clark on May 12. McGillvary will be processed in Philadelphia and returned to New Jersey in the coming days. His bail was previously set at $3 million, and he will be lodged in the Union County Jail in Elizabeth, Romankow said. "I am grateful for the overwhelming response and dedicated effort by the public and law enforcement that led to this arrest," Romankow said. "I believe that everyone is a …
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With prom and graduation nearing, police agencies and other organizations are doing what they can to stop students from driving drunk—even "killing" some of their own. Northstar Air Medical, based in Bedminster, held its "Every 15 Minutes" program Thursday to warn of the dangers of drunken driving. The program was held at the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, in conjunction with the University Hospital in Newark, the Somerset County Sheriff's Office and local police and rescue agencies. "It takes a village and everyone helps," said Terry Hoben, EMS coordinator for the Northstar Air Medical Program. Hoben said this was the first time the Vo-Tech has hosted the program, which has been held in other Somerset County districts…
All county residents can dispose of unused, expired and potentially dangerous medications at Bernards police headquarters.
A permanent "drop box" where the public can discard unused, expired and potentially hazardous medications has been installed at Bernards Township Police headquarters at 1 Collyer Lane, to be open whenever the police department building is staffed. It is intended to serve the entire area, including other towns in the Somerset Hills. Information printed on the box specifies what medications can be accepted and those that are not. For example, medications with needles and liquids are not accepted through the program. Once collected, the medications are destroyed, at no cost to taxpayers, by Morristown-based Covanta Energy, a nationwide operator of energy from waste and renewable energy facilities, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Police directed traffic during outage lasting a few hours.
The traffic light at Olcott Square, the main hub of downtown Bernardsville where Route 202 (Mine Brook Road) intersects Anderson Hill Road and Mount Airy Road, was turned off for several hours Wednesday. The light was out from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Police were at the busy intersection directing traffic while the light was off. The light was turned off to allow repairs, according to borough police. The work is part of scheduled upgrades, said police Chief Kevin Valentine. Olcott Square is a main route leading to Bernardsville from Basking Ridge, and also to Mendham in Morris County.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
One drink could be the standard for drunken driving – at least for some people if the National Transportation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. What do you think? Is this a reasonable proposal? According to a 2011 Mothers Against Drunk Driving report, the latest available data shows New Jersey ranked 31st out of 51 states (including the District of Columbia) in drunken driving injuries and deaths. That year, there were 193 DUI fatalities, MADD said. About 10,000 deaths nationwide a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American …
Arrests of 11 people from Passaic County, with one from South Carolina, involved Bernards Township detectives.
Three Bernards Township residents were among the more than 70 people who made reports to 30 police departments within the last year or so that they were the victims of identity theft, prompting a statewide investigation that led to the arrest of 11 people earlier this month, authorities said. Bernards Township Police Detective William Seiple on Tuesday said the identity theft incidents involving the township residents began in December 2012. Since the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office just announced the arrests at the beginning of May, Seiple said there has been no money returned to those who apparently were the victims of fraud. Ten of those arrested were from Passaic County, mostly Paterson, with one from South Carolina. Seiple said he …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Bernards Township police decline to give further details.
An accident last weekend that injured four Basking Ridge teens remains under investigation, but no further summonses had been issued to the 17-year-old driver as of late Thursday, according to Bernards Township police. Last week, Bernards police Lt. Ted Reese said a 17-year-old Basking Ridge resident was driving a 2005 Honda including himself and five passengers, all 16 and 17-year-olds from Basking Ridge, when he apparently lost control of the car and hit a utility pole on Valley Road in the area of Heritage Court. The crash was reported shortly before 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, according to police. Four Basking Ridge teens were taken to the hospital following a one-vehicle crash on Valley Road early Saturday morning that left one of …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Patrick Lott, former Bernardsville Middle School administrator, admits videotaping boys in showers at Immaculata.
Patrick Lott, assistant principal at Bernardsville Middle School prior to his arrest in December 2011, pleaded guilty Wednesday to videotaping boys in the showers at Immaculata High School where he was a volunteer basketball coach. Lott, appearing in the afternoon before Superior Court Judge Julie Marino, agreed to a six-year prison sentence as part of a plea agreement with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. He also agreed to forfeit his state educator’s certificates and will be subject to the terms of Megan’s Law, requiring the registration of sex offenders. James Wronko, Lott’s attorney, said his client agreed to the deal because he wanted to spare the victims, the Immaculata school community, and his family the ordeal of going …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Eldon Vosseller crashed glider after take-off Saturday at Van Sant Airport in Tinicum Township.
A Basking Ridge pilot remained in the intensive care unit of a hospital Tuesday after crashing his glider during take-off at the Van Sant Airport in Tinicum Township, Pa., according to NJ.com. Seventy-year-old Eldon Vosseller was flying a New Jersey Civil Air Patrol glider when he crashed on the grassy runway around noon. According to The Morning Call, Vosseller was being cared for at St. Luke's University Hospital-Fountain Hill.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Four taken to hospital, one with head injury, after single-car accident, police said.
Four Basking Ridge teens, ages 16 and 17, were taken to the hospital following a one-vehicle crash on Valley Road at 12:27 a.m. Saturday morning that left one of the passengers with a head injury, said Bernards Township police. Police said the passenger, who was one of five in the vehicle, remained in Morristown Medical Center as of early Monday afternoon, but that no information was available on the teen's condition. Bernards police Lt. Ted Reese said a 17-year-old Basking Ridge resident was driving a 2005 Honda with five passengers, all from Basking Ridge, and lost control of the car while heading north on Valley Road in the area of Heritage Court. Police said the vehicle apparently swerved into the southbound lane before spinning back…