Princeton Township Police Blotter: Jewelry Theft, a Dog Bite and More

Jewelry Theft

A resident on Franklin Avenue reported Wednesday that jewelry was stolen from the master bedroom of their house while the residents were away during the day. Police determined that some time between 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, an unknown person or people forced entry into the home located on the 300 block of Franklin Avenue, gaining entry through a kitchen window. Once inside, various jewelry items of an undetermined value was stolen from the bedroom. The theft is still being investigated.

German Shepherd Bites 7 Year Old

On Sunday, Sept. 26, a 7-year-old girl was bitten by a dog at the Riverside Elementary School. She suffered injuries to her back as a result of the bite and had to be taken to the University Medical Center at Princeton. A police investigation revealed that the girl had been at the school with her parents and the dog had been on location upon the family’s arrival. The dog, a German Shepherd owned by borough resident Dorothy Mullen, who tends community gardens at the school, had broken its leash and ran toward and tackled the child, causing the injuries. The investigation was turned over to the township animal control officer, who ordered the dog quarantined for a period of ten days pending the investigation.

Car Hits Cyclist Riding on Wrong Side of Road

On Sept. 23 a car struck a bicyclist at the intersection of Alexander Street and Faculty Road at about 9 a.m., injuring the cyclist. A police investigation found that the cyclist, Quinn Gibson, was riding the bike on the wrong side of the road on Alexander as he approached Faculty Road. Gibson, 22, a resident of Hibben Apartments, continued straight through the intersection of Faculty and was struck by the Pontiac, which was driven by Cleveland Lane resident William Radogna. Radogna was making a right turn from Faculty onto Alexander at the time of the incident. Gibson was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries by the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad.

Teen Drives Car Off the Road and Hits a Tree

A teen was charged with careless driving after she drove her Honda off the road and struck a tree in the woods along Herrontown Road near Bunn Drive just after 7 p.m. Sept. 23. The 17-year-old driver, whose name is being withheld by police because of her age, was transported to the University Medical Center at Princeton for minor injuries that she suffered in the collision. A seventeen year old rear seat passenger was also transported to the hospital for injuries that he suffered as a result of the collision.

Three-Car Crash on Washington

A driver was charged with careless driving after a three-car crash Sept. 22. All three vehicles were eastbound on Washington Road near Ivy Lane. Two of the cars, a Honda driven by Joseph Faragi of Lanoka Harbor and a Saturn driven by Claire Critchlow-McCabe of Robbinsville, were stopped to allow pedestrians to cross the roadway. John W Crawford, Jr. of Eatontown allegedly struck the Honda from the rear with his Volvo truck, causing the Honda to hit the Saturn. As a result of the crash, Critchlow-McCabe suffered injuries and was transported to a local hospital by the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad.