Accident. An early-evening accident on Old Trenton Road on April 17 left a Cranbury man critically injured and sent a family of three to the hospital.
According to West Windsor Lieutenant Matt Kemp, Allan Sirjoo, 30, of Cranbury was traveling north on the road, just south of the intersection with Robbinsville Road, a little after 6 p.m. when he drove head-on into the southbound lane and hit an SUV driven by Lorraine Gankiewicz, 49, of Upper Freehold. Gankiewicz and two passengers were taken by the Robbinsville first aid squad to Robert Wood Johnson hospital in Hamilton for treatment, said Kemp. According to published reports, the two passengers were her daughter and husband.
The West Windsor first aid squad took Sirjoo to Helene Fuld Trauma Center for treatment. The roadway was closed until 9:45 p.m. for an investigation and roadway cleanup. Witnesses are asked to call police at 609-799-1222.
Criminal Mischief. A West Kincaid Drive resident was the victim of criminal mischief between April 23 and 24. Officer Michael McMahon said someone threw a landscaping stone through the driver’s side window and windshield of the victim’s car. The total damage was estimated to be $550.
Credit Card Fraud. A Princeton Junction resident was the victim of credit card theft and fraud at Staples on April 22. Officer Frank LaTorre said someone took the victim’s lost credit cards and used them to make fraudulent purchases at Marshall’s and Wegmans.
Shoplifting. Christopher S. Gregory, 38, of Belvidere, was charged April 21 with shoplifting at Marshall’s. Officer Carey Zacheis said Gregory was at the store to clean and polish the store’s floors after hours. Before he left, he removed the anti-theft sensors from several handbags, concealed them in an empty floor polish box, and wheeled them out of the store, Zacheis said. He was about to load the merchandise into his van when he was approached by security and apprehended, Zacheis said. Zacheis said he was also found to be in possession of stolen sunglasses. The total value of the stolen merchandise was over $1,000.
Jonethan C. Ford, 46, of Trenton was charged April 16 with shoplifting at Marshall’s. Officer Carey Zacheis said Ford was seen entering the store carrying an empty duffel bag. He said he was seen walking through the store, filling the bag with shoes, pants, and cologne, worth a total $180. He then approached the register, paid for some candy while still carrying the bag filled with stolen merchandise, and left the store, where he was arrested by West Windsor Police, Zacheis said.
Drug Arrests. Maurice L. Patterson, 26, of Tabernacle was charged April 26 with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Officer Jason Jones said he stopped a car with four passengers on Route 1 South near Nassau Park Boulevard. He said he found that Patterson, a rear passenger, was wanted for an active warrant out of Medford Township. When he got out of the vehicle, Jones said he found he had marijuana and drug paraphernalia. After he was processed by West Windsor police, he posted bail for the Medford warrant and was released.
Alex W. Fernandez, 20, of Trenton was charged April 23 with possession of marijuana under 50 grams. Officer Christopher Van Ness said he stopped him on Route 1 at Washington Road for having an inoperable license plate light and found he was unlicensed. Upon further investigation, Van Ness said he also found that Fernandez provided him with a false name in an effort to hinder his apprehension. During a search of the car, Van Ness said he found marijuana inside the passenger compartment. Fernandez was also charged with hindering apprehension, maintenance of lamps, having an unclear license plate, being an unlicensed driver, and driving while suspended. He was turned over to Trenton Police for several outstanding warrants.
Jasper Adler III, 37, of Perth Amboy, was charged April 16 with possession of cocaine. Officer Christopher Van Ness said he stopped a car on Route 1 and Harrison Street and found Adler, the passenger, had given him a false identity. Once he was correctly identified, Van Ness said he found several active warrants, including one by the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department. During the investigation, Van Ness said he found him in possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
Neel J. Patel, 19, of Edison, and Milan G. Zalavadia, 21, of Warren, were charged April 14 with possession of marijuana under 50 grams. Officer Walter Silcox said he stopped them for a motor vehicle violation on Route 1 North and found them to be in possession of the drugs and paraphernalia. They were also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and Zalavadia, the driver, was also issued motor vehicle summonses.
DWI Arrests. Rebecca N. Kochis, 24, of Trenton was charged April 13 with driving while intoxicated. Officer Lee Brodowski said police were called to Old Trenton Road to investigate a car accident and found that Kochis drove off the road and hit a car that was for sale and parked on a front lawn. Brodowski said Kochis had been driving under the influence. She was also charged with reckless driving, careless driving, and using a handheld mobile device while driving.