Friday, May 24, 2013
The new officers were officially appointed on Friday.
The Township of Woodbridge appointed eight new officers on Friday, all of which have completed the state-mandated police-training program and either graduated college or attended college-level classes. According to Mayor John McCormac, each new member of the department is a forward-thinking individual who has expressed dedication in becoming a Woodbridge Township police officer and career law enforcement professional. The eight officers are: Police Officer Robert Higgins Jr., 20 of Colonia. Higgins is a 2010 Graduate of Colonia High School. He presently attending Middlesex County College where he is pursuing a major in Fire Science Technology. Higgins is also Volunteer Fire Fighter with Colonia Fire Department. Police Officer Jeffrey…
The four original cadets and their Chief gathered at the Reo Diner on May 6.
In 1965, the Woodbridge Police Director Joseph Galassi created a program for young men ages 18 to 19 to become the first Police Cadets in the Township. Nearly 48 years later, the four original cadets reunited along with their Chief at the Reo Diner in the Woodbridge on May 6. Woodbridge High School graduates Joseph Seubert 18, Guy Nemara, 19, John Haley,19 and Wayne Collins, 18 and their Chief Anthony O’Brien who was a Lt. and a mentor to the cadets when they joined at those ages met up at the Reo on May 6 to catch up and have a great time, Seubert said. The cadets also recreated a photo they took back in 1965. Sebuert now residents in Florida, while the other cadets live either still in Woodbridge or the North Brunswick area.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Brian Ruzich, 21, of Fords was arrested on $25,000 bail for saying that "tiny town" would blow up on May 14, 2013.
Woodbridge Police have arrested mall security guard Brian Ruzich, 21, of Fords in connection with Tuesday’s early morning bomb threat at Woodbridge Center Mall. At around 6:35 a.m. Woodbridge Mall Security contacted Woodbridge Police that they received a threat that “tiny town” will blow up on May 14, 2013. “Tiny town” is the children’s play area located on the lower level of Woodbridge Center Mall in the JcPenney/Boscov’s wing. After an immediate investigation following the incident, Woodbridge PD traced the threat back to Ruzich, a mall security guard. Ruzich was charged with false public alarms, terroristic threats and criminal mischief. His bail is set at $25,000 with no 10 percent, according to Woodbridge PD. Once Woodbridge PD …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The bomb threat happened around 6:35 a.m. and a police search came up negative.
At about 6:35 a.m. on Tuesday, Woodbridge Mall Security informed Woodbridge Police that the mall had received a bomb threat, according to officials. The threat indicated that a bomb would go off at the mall on May 14, 2013 but there was no time indicated, according to Woodbridge Police Captain Roy Hoppock. The mall was evacuated of the personnel inside at the time and police secured the perimeter. Due to a quick response from Woodbridge PD, Edison PD and Union, Monmouth and Middlesex County Sheriffs, six dogs were brought to the mall and an in-depth search was conducted and came up negative, Hoppock said. The mall was able to open on time and police are maintaining a presence at the mall throughout the day. Woodbridge PD is aggressively …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Woodbridge seniors will take part in the Senior Police Academy from May 2 to May 30.
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Friday, May 3
The following information was provided by Woodbridge Police Department. Commencement: May 2nd, 2013 Graduation: May 30th, 2013 Location: Participants: 25 Woodbridge senior residents Ride Along’s: May 3rd-May 17th (radio patrol) Thursday May 2nd (Community Center) 830: Breakfast, Give out Shirts, ride along scheduling 900: CPR/FA instruction (Brian Small and First Aid) 1100: Senior Scams Presentation 1200: Dismissal Thursday May 9th 830: Breakfast 915: Bus to Town Hall 930: Tour of Court, PD and Town Hall 1030: Crime Scene (Platt, Cioni) (muster room) 1115: Pedestrian safety, traffic presentation (muster room Sgt. Nelson) 1200: Bus back to Community Center, dismissal Thursday May 16th 900: Breakfast 945: Bus to Range 1015: Demo by …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Woodbridge Police Department is warning residents to beware of those who say they are public utility workers following the robbery of a elderly couple in Hopelawn.
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Tuesday, April 30
The following information was provided by Woodbridge Township. The Woodbridge Police Department (WPD) has issued an alert cautioning residents to be aware of potential seasonal scams, burglaries, and robberies and reminding residents to make sure people claiming to be public utility workers - or other types of public service employees - are in fact who they say they are. The WPD warning is in response to a reported robbery of an elderly couple in the Hopelawn section of Woodbridge Township on April 25, 2013. The preliminary investigation determined that Suspect #1 approached the elderly male resident working outside in the yard and announced that he was investigating a problem with the water main and that he required access to the …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Councilman Kyle Anderson said at the December 4 council meeting he had been arrested by Woodbridge police on a bench warrant for an outstanding motor vehicle ticket.
Councilman Kyle Anderson admitted at a Woodbridge council meeting Tuesday night that he had been arrested on a bench warrant for an unpaid traffic ticket. Anderson reportedly had been pulled over by a Woodbridge patrolman for having a broken tail light in early November. The officer discovered that Anderson had an outstanding ticket for failing to pay for a previous motor vehicle fine. The councilman was brought into the Woodbridge Police Department and was released. Bench warrants are issued in New Jersey for contempt of court charges, such as not paying tickets for motor vehicle violations. Anderson brought up his arrest at the December 5 council meeting. He said that he had forgotten about the ticket, and didn't remember it until he …
Friday, October 5, 2012
The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office awarded the Woodbridge Police Department a grant to help with quality-of-life issues.
The Woodbridge Police Department is getting a $5,000 grant. The money is one of 23 grants given to police departments throughout the county by the prosecutor's office, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan. It's the third year for the grant, funded under Kaplan's community policing program, which encourages local police departments to focus on local issues and problems of concern to residents. Departments that applied for the grants were required to meet with various community leaders, civic groups and religious organizations to identify areas of concern, and then develop programs designed to address those matters, Kaplan said in a statement. The applications included developing a plan to deal with quality-of-life …
Friday, August 31, 2012
A statue of Jesus Christ stored in a Sewaren garage got the brunt of a tussle between a thief and a car-mounted GPS unit.
A 24-inch statue of Jesus Christ stored in a garage was broken as a thief was going about lifting a mounted GPS device from a vehicle parked inside the structure. Woodbridge police reported that the homeowner's son was installing the $200 Magellan GPS unit on his 81-year-old mother's car on Sunday, August 26, while moving items out and about the garage area. The son told police that he didn't recall anyone suspicious in the area, but that the First Baptist Church across the street was letting out as he was going about installing the GPS in the car. The home is located on Sherman Street in the Sewaren section of Woodbridge. Police said that the thief had entered the side door of the unlocked garage and used his own tools to unscrew the …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Thieves are finding an open field of solar panels on upper Main Street to be a tempting target.
Remember the mobile manned spy tower that Middlesex County owns, and Woodbridge signed up to borrow in case of emergency? It seems Woodbridge has its owns mini spy cameras - or to be more technical, mobile surveillance trailers - and they are using them to protect the acres of solar panels that Hess set up on upper Main Street. Seems that thieves have been walking off with wire and some other items, said Woodbridge Police Captain Roy Hoppock. "We've stepped up patrols in the area," Hoppock said. So far, though, no damage has come to the open acreage of solar panels that Hess put up in February. The power generated from the 1.1 megawatt solar field is said to provide 25 percent of the energy needs of the nearby 14-story Hess Building. The …