- If you will be drinking, plan on not driving. Plan your safe ride home before you start the party. Designate a sober driver ahead of time.
- If you become intoxicated, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation. Try NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, which allows users to call a taxi or friend and identify their location so they can be picked up.
- If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys, take them home, or help them arrange a safe way home.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement. Your actions could help save someone’s life.
News Release for August 25, 2016
News Release for July 25, 2016
July 2, 2016 @ 10:33am – Tyler T. Smith, 38, of East Windsor was arrested and charged with Obstructing the Administration of Law during Officer Daniel McCue’s investigation of a dispute on the 600 block of Lincoln Boulevard. Mr. Smith was released on his own recognizance.
July 6, 2016 @ 3:36pm - David Rukhadze, 24, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with burglary and theft. Officer Scott Christofides and Detective Sean Flanagan determined that Mr. Rukhadze unlawfully entered a vehicle on Cindy Court and removed cash. Mr. Rukhadze was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $15, 000.00 bail.
Residents are reminded to lock their vehicles when they are unattended and urged to refrain from storing valuable items in their unattended vehicles.
July 19, 2016 @ 1:59am – Hudify T. Green, 21, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with theft. Officer Scott Mulford and Detective Thomas Falk investigated a report of a theft from the Acme Market, 125 Bound Brook Road and discovered that Mr. Green, a store employee, had stolen more than 95 cartons of cigarettes over a five week period. The value of the stolen cigarettes was reported as $7,710.11. Mr. Green was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $5,000.00 bail.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant are merely accusations and he or she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
In an effort to make the roads safer for motorists and pedestrians, the Middlesex Police Department will be putting more officers on our roadways to enforce traffic violations. Motorists and pedestrians can expect intensified police patrols. Officers will be focusing on driver behaviors that distract from the task of driving, such as talking on a hand-held cell phone or sending text messages. The Middlesex Police Department urges all motorists to avoid acitvites that take your attention off of the roadway. Thank you.
Special Press Release
Safe St. Patrick’s Day Initiative - March 17, 2016
In an effort to make the roads safe for motorists and pedestrians this St. Patrick’s Day, the Middlesex Police Department will be putting more officers on the streets to enforce traffic violations. Motorists and pedestrians can expect intensified police patrols this Thursday, March 17, 2016. Officers will be focusing on aggressive drivers, distracted drivers and impaired drivers. The Middlesex Police Department urges those celebrating the St. Patrick’s Day holiday to do so responsibly and asks all motorists to drive sober, safely and courteously.
Press Release for March 7, 2016
February 21, 2016 @ 5:27pm – Officer James Morley investigated report of a suspicious vehicle at 701 Lincoln Boulevard, arrested Zachary V. Balvin, 24, of Middlesex and charged him with Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. After further investigation, Officer Morley arrested Matthew J. Cleveland, 23, of Middlesex and charged him with Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Mr. Cleveland posted $10,000.00 bail and was released. Mr. Balvin was released on his own recognizance.
February 27, 2016 @ 8:30pm – Lauren K. Zubritsky, 30, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass and Criminal Mischief. Investigation revealed that on Sunday, February 21, 2016 Ms. Zubritsky unlawfully entered the vehicle storage area of Hart’s Auto Body, 90 Wood Avenue and damaged a vehicle parked therein. Ms. Zubritsky posted $750.00 bail and was released. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.
March 3, 2016 @ 3:24pm – Justyne R. Boyce, 19, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with three counts of Credit Card Fraud. Ms. Boyce was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $1,000.00 bail. Officer Michael Sharkey investigated.
March 4, 2016 @ 12:52am – Dalton A. Martin, 25, of South Plainfield was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on William Street at Sherman Avenue. Officer Scott Christofides investigated.
February 13, 2016 @ 8:23pm – Anthony Barksdale, 56, of Linden was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle crash on Stephenson Avenue. Officer Scott Christofides investigated.
February 14, 2016 @ 2:17am – Mynor E. Monroy-Chavez, 47, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Stephenson Avenue. Officer Scott Christofides investigated.
February 14, 2016 @ 10:09am – David G. Rukhadze, 24, of Middlesex was charged with two counts of Burglary, two counts of Criminal Trespass and one count of Theft by Officer Sean Flanagan who was investigating the theft of monies from unlocked vehicles that occurred during the overnight. Mr. Rukhadze was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $25,000.00 bail.
All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 10:00 AM on 3/19/16 at the MIDDLESEX ELKS BPOE located at 545 Bound Brook Road, Middlesex, NJ. Please contact Ofc. Joleen A. Auricchio with questions: 732-356-1900 EXT. 346 OR firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Middlesex’s neighborhoods.
The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Chief Matthew P. Geist. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.
The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.
January 20, 2016 @ 1:50pm – Leonard S. Thorne, 31, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Possession of a CDS, Possession of a CDS with the Intent to Distribute a CDS subsequent to a motor vehicle stop on Lincoln Boulevard at Sheridan Avenue. Mr. Thorne was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $10,000.00 bail. Officer Sean Flanagan investigated.
January 21, 2016 @ 7:30pm – A resident of the Middlesex Village Apartments reported a burglary and a theft. Investigation revealed that an unknown actor(s) entered the first floor apartment through an unlocked window. Once inside, the actor(s) ransacked numerous rooms and absconded with luggage, clothing items, personal electronics items, jewelry and cash with a value reported a $12,520.00. Officer Paul Steffanelli investigated.
January 28, 2016 @ 9:47pm - Fredis E. Mercado-Callejas, 27, of North Plainfield was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road at Mountain Avenue. Officer Marc Arancio investigated.
February 1, 2016 @ 9:46pm – Maintenance representatives for a property on the 100 block of Union Avenue reported a burglary and a theft. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated and determined that an unknown actor(s) forced in a basement window and removed numerous sections of copper pipe from the plumbing system in the vacant house.