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Princeton Police Blotter: Car Accidents, iPad and Bike Seat Thefts, Marijuana Busts

A driver attempting to make a left onto Route 206 from Mountain Avenue collided with a Buick that was crossing Route 206 onto Mountain Avenue from the jughandle Sunday night, police said. Juan Orellana, 63, of Trenton was issued a summons for failure to yield to oncoming traffic after his Toyota crashed into the Buick driven by Charles Beach Jr., 68, of Princeton. Both drivers complained of general pain as a result of the crash, but refused treatment at the scene, police said. Both cars were towed.

Police observed someone sleeping in a vehicle on Mercer Street Sunday just after 5 a.m. Nicholas Walthery, 24, of Old Westbury, New York, was found to be in possession of marijuana and a marijuana pipe, police said. Walthery was charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A police officer saw two Princeton residents in the amphitheater area of  Community Park North and suspected drug related activity on Sept. 27. Ryan Everett, 22, of MacLean Street and Robert Carter Jr., 45, of Leigh Avenue were allegedly in possession of marijuana under 50 grams. Carter was also found to have outstanding warrants from the City of Trenton, police said.

The driver of a Honda failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Valley Road and Walnut Lane on Sept. 27 and collided with a Chevrolet, police said.  Carol Conklin, 58, of Trenton was issued a summons for failing to stop at a stop sign after she hit the Chevy driven by Margaret Rose of Princeton. Rose had to be extricated from her vehicle by rescue personnel. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital for observation, and both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Police were alerted to a person going door to door on Longview Drive asking to perform odd jobs around homeowner’s property on Sept. 26. Patrols found Trenton resident James Hill and two others in the area. They were advised of the need to have a permit to solicit. Hill was issued a summons for the municipal ordinance violation and released at the scene, police said.

A Princeton minor parked his bicycle near the Valley Road School at about 3:30 pm on Sept. 25. When he returned to his bicycle, the seat and rear wheel had been removed and were missing. He reported the theft to the police. The items were valued at approximately $80, police said.

The driver of a Chevrolet rear ended an Audi on Route 27 at River Road in the early evening of Sept. 25, police said. Both vehicles were heading northbound on Route 27 when the Chevrolet driven by Maryann Oake, 43, of Cranbury, hit with the rear of an Audi driven by Nataliya Alimova, 45, of North Brunswick, police said. Alimova complained of a headache at the scene but refused medical treatment, police said.  Both vehicles were able to be driven away, and Oake was issued a summons for careless driving, police said.

An iPad was stolen from Princeton Day School some time between Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22. An investigation resulted in the arrest of Zhanna Kovtunenko, 53, of Lawrence. Kovtunenko was charged with burglary and theft and released pending her court date.

A resident of the 100 block of Griggs Drive reported to police that sometime over the past two months, she noticed electronics and jewelry missing from her home and her vehicle. Police said there was no sign of forced entry to either the home or the vehicle. The victim estimated the total value of the theft at $750.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

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