Linden Police Blotter

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Sept. 11 at 8:04 p.m. – Officer Peter Mitros investigated a reported hit and run accident on West Edgar Road. On Route 278 East, he stopped a 2004 GMC pickup truck pulling a boat on a trailer that allegedly hit the vehicle driven by a 22-year-old Elizabeth resident. Before the pickup stopped, one of the passengers allegedly threw a large object out of a window.

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The driver, Sayreville resident Ronald A. Kuhl, 30, was charged with DWI, reckless driving, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident due to striking a second vehicle while fleeing north on the highway, and failure to exhibit an insurance card. After recovering a shot gun that had been discarded alongside of the road, police also charged Kuhl and his passengers, South Amboy residents James J. Gaston, 27, and David R. Tomasula, 28, with possession of a firearm without a required firearms I.D. card, and unlawful disposition of a firearm. Bail was set at $70,000 for Kuhl and Tomasula and $40,000 for Gaston.

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Sept. 12 at 4:52 a.m. – Officer Javier Perez investigated a report of car burglaries on the 1800 block of Mildred Avenue. The officer observed a 2000 Audi with Canadian plates that had been reported stolen in Linden the day before. After a chase, the occupants of the vehicle abandoned it on Route 278.

Additional officers responded and observed four suspects flee in separate directions from the 900 block of South Park Avenue. Police arrested Newark residents Kashad J. Ashford, 19, and Andre Shariff Smith, 23, but the other suspects escaped. They were charged with receiving stolen property, burglary, and possession of burglar tools. Smith also had an Irvington contempt warrant. Bail was set at $12,500 for each suspect.

Sept. 12 at 1:31 p.m. – Officers investigated a robbery at a liquor store on the 1000 block of West St. Georges Avenue. A store clerk, 24, told police that he was threatened by two 18-20 year-old black men. One of the robbers claimed to have a gun. They took approximately $1,000 in cash and three bottles of cognac, fleeing on foot towards North Stiles Street.


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