Child Scalded. A one-year-old burned his face and neck area when he pulled a cop of hot tea off a table onto himself at his Hunters Glen residence on September 25. Officer Kevin Lowery said he was treated on scene by Plainsboro EMS and then transported by ambulance to Morris Davison Park, where he was subsequently airlifted by a state police Northstar helicopter to Saint Barnabas Hospital in West Orange for further treatment.
Weapons Possession. James L. McFadden, 53, of Ewing was charged September 7 with possession of a weapon. Officer Joseph Bolognese said he stopped him on Route 1 South at Ruby Tuesdays for accelerating from a red light at a high speed. He said he followed him westbound onto Scudders Mill Road, heading toward Route 1, where he pulled him over. During the investigation, Bolognese said he found him to be intoxicated, as well as in possession of a loaded 9 millimeter Taurus handgun, as well as several additional loaded handgun magazines, which he had been transporting behind the driver seat. He was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, obstruction of justice, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and speeding. McFadden posted $10,000 bail.
Criminal Mischief. A resident of Tennyson Drive was the victim of criminal mischief sometime between September 21 and 22. Officer Jason Mandato said someone threw eggs at two of his cars. Damage is estimated at $30.
A resident of Ravens Crest Drive was the victim of criminal mischief on September 24. Officer Martin McElrath said someone placed sugar in the gas tank of the victim’s car, causing $539.17 worth of damage.
Harassment. A resident of Quail Ridge Drive was the victim of harassment between August 30 and September 28. Officer Thomas Larity said someone continuously makes telephone calls to the victim’s home from a private phone number and hangs up without identifying who he or she is.
Fire. A fire broke out in a tree over the New Jersey Transit tracks on September 28. Officer Timothy McMahon said an anonymous caller reported a fire on the northbound side of the tracks near Pole 45. McMahon said that investigation at the scene found the tree to be engulfed in flames, most likely caused by windy conditions and the tree’s contact with the live overhead electrical wires. The Plainsboro Fire Company put out the fire with the help of Amtrak personnel.
A lit candle caused a small fire at a residence on Rutledge Court, prompting fire and emergency response from five separate agencies around 11:32 a.m. on September 26.
Officer Thomas Larity said a candle was left lit in an upstairs hallway closet, causing the linen and clothing in the closet to catch fire. The closet, surrounding walls, and floor were damaged, but the residents were evacuated safely and no one was injured. Responding to the fire were Plainsboro Fire Company, Plainsboro EMS, and Plainsboro Police, as well as the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Fire Department, East Windsor Fire Department, and South Brunswick Rescue Squad.
Harassment/Identity Theft. A Brookside Court resident was the victim of harassment and identity theft between October 3 and 4. Officer Matt Baumann said someone accessed the victim’s E-mail account and used her E-mail address and password to make fraudulent posts on her Facebook account. The person posted the victim’s phone number on the account and requested that male readers contact the victim, Baumann said.
Theft/Burglary. A resident of Henry Court was the victim of theft on September 29. Officer Timothy McMahon said someone stole a Fed Ex package containing personal identification from the victim’s front porch. McMahon said that upon returning home, she confirmed with Fed Ex that the package, worth approximately $100, was stolen and not delivered improperly to another residence.
Someone stole various items from a utility closet at the Highlands at Cranbury Brook Condo Association sometime between May 1 and September 9. Officer Richard Colucci said the items stolen included a four-channel digital video recorder, worth $1,000, and a 19-inch color television monitor, worth $175. He said the closet houses various utilities and meters for the building. The building is a multi-level adult residential apartment complex with limited access, he said.
A resident of Hopkins Court was the victim of theft on September 28. Officer Jason Mandato said someone stole a yellow gold ring with diamonds from her residence. The ring is worth $550.
A Boston, MA, resident was the victim of theft on September 28 at the Westin Hotel. Officer Timothy McMahon said the victim’s purse was stolen from the taxi lane waiting area at the hotel. He said she reported that the purse and its contents were worth a total $850. McMahon also said that her credit card had been used approximately 20 minutes after the theft had occurred.
A resident of Hunters Glen Drive was the victim of theft between February 1 and September 28. Officer Timothy McMahon said someone stole the victim’s license plates from a car that was sold to a resident of Brick seven months ago. McMahon said she only found out about the theft after receiving a parking ticket in the mail from Seaside Heights police approximately two weeks ago.
A Cream Ridge resident was the victim of theft between September 22 and 23. Officer Martin McElrath said the victim reported to police that a boat engine was stolen off his boat at a construction site in Plainsboro. The 14-foot boat was docked on the Plainsboro side of the Millstone River. The engine was a 6-horsepower mercury boat engine.
A 13-year-old resident of Ravens Crest Drive was charged September 27 with theft and burglary after a resident reported the juvenile had been breaking into parked cars. Officer Jason Mandato said he found that the juvenile had stolen a bicycle from a neighboring residence, as well as $4.42 in loose change from a parked car. The juvenile was charged with burglary, two counts of theft, unlawful taking of a means of conveyance, obstruction, and hindering.
Underage Drinking Party. Saagar Modi, 21, of Narrowbrook Court, was charged October 2 with providing alcohol to minors in connection with a party he held at his house. Officer Martin McElrath said police were called to Narrowbrook Court for a report of suspicious vehicles. When they arrived, McElrath said they found four juveniles outside who were under the influence of alcohol. McElrath said that upon further investigation, they found that there was an underage drinking party taking place at the home.
McElrath said that when police went up to the door, the people inside turned off all the lights and hid in the basement, and that after repeated attempts at knocking, ringing the doorbell, and calling the residence for over an hour, the residents finally answered the door. McElrath said police found a total of 33 people hiding throughout the house, and that there was a total of 42 people who had attended the party — including 25 juveniles, 13 underage adults, and four adults who were of the legal age. Police issued a total of 28 ordinance violations for underage consumption of alcohol.
Modi was also charged with obstruction of justice and providing property for minors to consume alcohol.
Drug Arrests. Ryan A. Everett, 19, of Princeton, was charged October 2 with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Officer Thomas Newbon said he stopped Everett on Quail Ridge Drive for having a brake light out and found marijuana in the vehicle. Everett was also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to exhibit documents, maintenance of lamps, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was sent to the Middlesex County jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Abimael Maldonado, 19, of Trenton was charged September 26 with possession of marijuana under 50 grams. Officer Joe Breyta said he stopped him on Route 1 South at Scudders Mill Road for driving through a safety zone and failing to maintain a lane. He said he saw a partially burnt marijuana cigarette in the ash tray and searched the vehicle, in which he also found a bag of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and an open container of brandy. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, being uninsured, failure to maintain a lane, and driving through a safety zone.
DWI Arrests. Keith Henderson, 32, of Aspen Drive, was charged October 4 with driving while intoxicated. Officer Martin McElrath said he saw Henderson’s disabled vehicle stopped on Plainsboro Road near Deer Creek Drive. McElrath stopped to ask about the problem and found him to be intoxicated. Upon further investigation, McElrath also determined that Henderson had been involved in a one-car accident and had run off the roadway prior to McElrath’s arrival.
Rudy S. Tecum-Sapon, 31, of Tennyson Drive was charged September 27 with driving while intoxicated. Sergeant John Bresnen said he stopped him on Thoreau Driver near Plainsboro Road for failing to maintain a lane and driving through a safety zone and found him to be intoxicated. He was also charged with reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane, failure to turn, driving through a safety zone, and operating an uninsured vehicle.
Laud K. Anderson, 20, of North Brunswick was charged September 26 with underage driving while intoxicated. Officer Matt Baumann said he stopped him on Route 1 North for having a headlight out and found him to be intoxicated. He was also charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and maintenance of lamps.
Karishma Chawla, 27, of Hampshire Drive was charged September 20 with driving while intoxicated. Officer Bruce Stankiewicz said he stopped Chawla for speeding and failing to maintain a lane on Plainsboro Road and found her to be intoxicated. She was also charged with speeding, failure to maintain a lane, and reckless driving.