Prosecutors: He Didn't Start The Fire—At The House He Meant To
Also: A driver gets an unexpected view, deer make an unexpected entrance and a pit bull may prove to be a valuable witness
A Hillsborough man can say without any argument he absolutely, certainly, positively, did not set fire to his ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend's house.
But it wasn't for lack of trying, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office. And the man was indicted this past week on a charge of second-degree arson that could lead to as much as 10 years in prison.
Prosecutors say the man did indeed set fire to a home on Fox Chase Run in Hillsborough, looking to get back at his ex and her new man. The only problem (OK, not the only problem)? It was the wrong house.
The person who actually lives at the targeted home, along with neighbors, was able to extinguish the early-morning fire before it spread.
Each Monday, Patch takes a peek at some of the more surprising, shocking, stunning and occasionally silly police-related incidents reported throughout New Jersey for "OMGs from NJ PDs." Some of the other reports:
Money Talks, And It Has Alcohol On Its Breath: Montclair police say a woman made a less-than compelling argument for her sobriety when her Volkswagen Jetta struck another car in a parking lot Feb. 4. The other driver reportedly told police the woman got out of her Jetta, said, “I am not drunk. Here, take my money,” threw an undetermined amount of cash at the other driver and fled. Less than 10 minutes later, police say, they located the Jetta—and couldn't help notice a strong smell of alcohol. The Jetta driver reportedly failed a field sobriety test and was charged.
Butt ... Butt ... We Didn't Do Anything Wrong: Lawrenceville police said a 19-year-old gave a motorist more than just the finger (although he allegedly did that too) in an apparent road-rage-ish incident on Feb. 5. A woman told police she had pulled over to get something out of her center console—and when she did, the driver of a pickup truck traveling behind her blew his horn and pulled alongside her vehicle. Then the pickup truck's passenger dropped his pants to expose his buttocks to the woman before the pickup sped away, police said. Officers found the pickup truck; its occupants reportedly said the woman slammed on her brakes so quickly the truck had to swerve to avoid a collision. Police didn't file any charges in the case.
D'oh! A Deer (Actually, Two)! Yes, we know we used that tagline on a recent OMG. But ... it's just so fitting. Lawrenceville police say two of the four-legged suspects smashed their way through the window of a former Strauss Discount Auto store and ran around inside. One of the deer exited the empty store by breaking through another window about 20 feet away from the spot where it had entered, a witness said. She said the other deer came out in a much more dramatic fashion–leaping through the glass of one of the store’s doors, about four feet off the ground.
Where's Cesar Millan When You Need Him? Wayne police think a pit bull may know the secret they're after—who stole an ATV from a local contracting business. They say the business was guarded by a pit bull, and it wouldn't have rolled over for just anyone. Police say it doesn't seem likely the dog would have let anyone in unless he or she seemed familiar. Anyone with information should contact Detective Colin Tarpey at 973-633-3537 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org—or, alternately, just sort of bark helpfully and hope no one assumes that mean's Timmy's fallen down the well again.
Is Honesty Always The Best Policy? Wayne police didn't get much of an argument from a driver they suspected was intoxicated this week. Well, he reportedly got a bit belligerent, but never disputed the drinking. After police stopped the man for allegedly driving 80 mph in a 50 mph zone on Route 23, the driver reportedly told police: "I’m wasted dude, let’s just get this over with," and, "I’m two sheets to the wind, let’s just go home." Police said he got to go home—eventually. His blood-alcohol test yielded a .23, about three times the legal limit, police said. He spent the night in a cell.