Middlesex County Police Blotter

CARTERET – A Carteret resident faces 12 counts of animal cruelty after being accused of raising pit bulls as sparring partners for fighting dogs in his home.

Caesar Hussein, 21, was being held in lieu of $7,500 bail late last week on the animal cruelty charges, officials said. Additional charges were pending, according to authorities. Police recovered three dogs around midnight on Jan. 10 and returned the next day to find a fourth dog and evidence consistent with dog fighting, authorities said.


EDISON – A burglar broke into an Edison church last week, ransacking several rooms, but apparently fled without taking anything, police said.

The Rev. William Gerhart of St. James Episcopal Church on Woodbridge Avenue told police that he left the church at 5 p.m. on Jan. 14 and returned at 9 a.m. on Jan. 15 to find objects at the alter overturned. A basement window had apparently been pried open, police said.

METUCHEN – Police arrested Lytisha Calloway, 18, a senior at Metuchen High School last week in connection with two bomb threats at the school in December, authorities said.

Calloway was charged with two counts each of terroristic threats and creating false public alarm in connection with the bomb threats following her Jan. 12 arrest. In both incidents, one on Dec. 15 and one on Dec. 18, someone in the high school found a scrawled threat in a bathroom and notified school officials, who ultimately called police.

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