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    A 40-year-old man was caught in the act while authorities say he stole biodiesel from two Hunterdon County businesses. Officers responding to the first theft at a Readington Township business took a report of the suspect’s description from the owner around 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3, local police said. Frandsen Clervoyant, of Irvington, matched the suspect’s description and was found behind a Route 22 business stealing more biodiesel a short time later, Readington Township Police said. Clervoyant was arrested and charged with theft of moveable property before being released pending a future court appearance.
    A beloved 26-year-old tow truck driver was struck and killed while responding to a Hunterdon County crash scene Tuesday afternoon, authorities confirmed. Gary Vondrasek, 86, was driving a 2014 Cadillac Escalade westbound in the left lane of Route 22 near the Phillips 66 Gas Station in Readington when he drifted into the median and hit a disabled vehicle and tow truck driver, identified as Seth Newton, just after 3 p.m., Readington Township Police said. Newton, of Readington, was pronounced dead at the scene. Vondrasek, of Lebanon, was treated at the scene before being taken to RWJ University Hospital Somerset, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The eastbound side’s left lane had been closed to traffic as Newton, an employee with Superior Towing & Transport, LLC, responded to help remove the disabled vehicle from the median, authorities said. Condolences immediately began pouring in for Newton from friends, family members, and even local rescue crews: “Seth, you were a joy to work with from the 1st we worked together,” writes Walter P Dorf Jr. “You always worked well with all of us...
    QuickChek store has opened another New Jersey store. The Readington Township store opened Tuesday at 3483 Route 22 E., not far from its headquarters at 3 Old Hwy. 28 in Whitehouse Station.  In addition to 24-hour operation, the new store occupies nearly 5,500 square feet, offering both indoor and outdoor seating and a total of 10 fuel pumps, according to NJ.com. The Readington Township location is the second QuickChek in the county, with the first found at 410 Route 31 in West Amwell. QuickChek, 3483 Route 22 E., Readington, NJ 08889
    An Allentown man was sentenced to three years in New Jersey state prison for his role in a Hunterdon County bank robbery, authorities announced. Felix Gil, 31, passed a note demanding money to a teller at TD Bank in Readington Township and fled with $500 in cash on June 30, 2021, DailyVoice.com reported. Gil plead guilty to third-degree theft on Nov. 19, 2021, Hunterdon County Prosecutor Renée Robeson said. In addition to a three-year state prison sentence, Gil is forbidden to have contact with the victims, authorities said. He must also avoid the scene of the crime and pay restitution upon his release. The investigation was conducted by the Readington Township Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office.
    A driver involved in a drunken late-night crash in Hunterdon County is still at large after fleeing the crash scene, police said. Officers attempted to stop a potentially intoxicated driver on Route 202 in Readington Township just before 11:50 p.m. Thursday, local police said. The driver ignored the officers’ attempts to stop and fled the scene before crashing the vehicle on Summer Road, police said. The driver then fled on foot and was tracked by canine for several miles but not located. “There is no reason to believe the public is in any danger,” police said. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Readington Township Police.
    State Police initiated a helicopter search after a bank in Hunterdon County was robbed Wednesday afternoon. The robbery occurred at TD Bank on Route 22 west in Whitehouse around 3:50 p.m., Readington Township Police said. State Police were conducting an overhead helicopter search of the area following the robbery, NJSP Sgt. Philip Curry told Daily Voice. The bank remained temporarily closed following the robbery, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Readington Township Detective Bureau.  
    Police have issued a warning while attempting to determine the suspects in connection to the theft of a Range Rover from a Hunterdon County driveway. A 2018 Land Rover was stolen from a driveway on Creek Road in Whitehouse Station on Monday, March 29, Readington Township Police said Monday. The car was found in Newark later that day, police said. “An increase in vehicle thefts and burglaries have been observed in the areas surrounding Readington Township,” police said. “It is imperative that vehicle owners lock their cars and take their keys and fobs into their homes to avoid future incidents.” Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the department at 908-534-4031. 
    Police have issued a warning while attempting to determine the suspects in connection to the theft of a Range Rover from a Warren County driveway. A 2018 Land Rover was stolen from a driveway on Creek Road in Whitehouse Station on Monday, March 29, Readington Township Police said Monday. The car was found in Newark later that day, police said. “An increase in vehicle thefts and burglaries have been observed in the areas surrounding Readington Township,” police said. “It is imperative that vehicle owners lock their cars and take their keys and fobs into their homes to avoid future incidents.” Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the department at 908-534-4031. 
    A 26-year-old Readington man was being held in the Warren County Jail on charges of sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child and lewdness, authorities said. Jose Ramos-Ramirez was arrested April 10 on second, third and fourth degree charges, respectively, Acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Michael J. Williams, Acting Chief of Detectives Frank R. Crisologo, and Readington Township Police Chief Joseph Greco said Monday. The alleged crimes occurred in Readington Township, Williams said. The arrest was a result of a joint and ongoing investigation by the Hunterdon and Somerset County Prosecutor’s Offices and the Readington, Raritan, and Clinton Township Police Departments. No further details were released. Anyone with relevant information regarding Mr. Ramirez is encouraged to call the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office’s at (908) 788-1129.
    Police in Hunterdon County are searching for clues after a witness reported seeing a driver throw two small dogs out a car window on Route 202 Friday morning. The unidentified driver pulled to the shoulder of the southbound side of the highway near Railroad Ave. in Readington Township and threw the dogs out the window just after 5:20 a.m., local police said. The mixed-breed tan and black colored dogs, estimated to be between 20 and 40 pounds, were then struck and killed by passing cars, police said. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Readington Township Detective Brown at (908) 534-4031 ext. 366.
    A Morris County driver was under the influence of both alcohol and narcotics when he left the scene of a Readington Township crash, authorities charged.  Brian Chacko of Lake Hiawatha was involved in a crash near the intersection of River Ave and Route 202 in Readington Township around 1:50 a.m. on Friday, July 3, township police said in a release. Police arrived at the scene and determined that Chacko was intoxicated, authorities said. Chacko was arrested and charged with reckless driving, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, failure to report a motor vehicle accident, DWI, and under the influence of narcotics. He was released to a sober adult pending a future court appearance.
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