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PRINCETON AREA: Police blotter

Virginia Petty, 26, of Dallas, was arrested at 1:15 a.m. Dec. 24 on University Place and charged with drunken driving. She was also charged with refusal to submit breath samples, driving while intoxicated in a school zone, reckless driving, careless driving, obstructing traffic and failure to keep right.

Bryant Council, 42, of Ewing, was arrested at 9:34 a.m. Dec. 26 on Great Road at Winfield Road and was charged with possession of what was believed to be marijuana under 50 grams.

Kairi Aerial, 18, of Princeton, was arrested at 11:21 a.m. Dec. 27 in Panera Bread on Nassau Street on a failure to appear warrant out of Mercer County Superior Court.

Elizaida Galarza, 41, of North Brunswick, was on Hulfish Street at 11:44 a.m. Dec. 28 on an outstanding $200 warrant out of South Brunswick Municipal Court.

Kenneth Nwachukwu, 19, of Princeton, was arrested at 2:55 p.m. Dec. 30 on Nassau Street near Vandeventer Avenue. He was reportedly wanted out of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office. He was also found in possession of alcohol while underage.An unidentified white male approximately 20 years old, 6-feet-tall and 200 pounds assaulted another male for no apparent reason in the Hulfish Street parking garage at 2 a.m. Jan. 1. The unidentified male had short, curly blonde hair and was reportedly intoxicated when he grabbed the victim and knocked him to the ground. The victim suffered cuts and bruises. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Princeton Police Department Detective Bureau at 609-921-2100.

An oven fire broke out in a residence on the 100 block of Rollingmead at 4:48 p.m. Jan. 2. Police extinguished the fire. The incident did not appear to be suspicious and was turned over to the Princeton Bureau of Fire Prevention for follow up.

Cecelia Torres, 28, of North Brunswick, was arrested at 10:55 p.m. Jan. 5 after a traffic stop on Nassau Street for active warrants totaling $891 out of Milltown Borough and Montgomery Township. She was additionally charged with driving with a suspended driver’s license.A pogo stick and a painting were reported stolen from the front porch of a residence on the 100 block of Wilson Road between 11:50 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 29 after a courier service had delivered them that day. The value of the items was determined to be $560.


An item left on a kitchen stove in a residence on Deer Creek Drive caught on fire at 9:08 p.m. Dec. 27. The resident was able to extinguish the fire before police responded. The Plainsboro Fire Department subsequently assessed the scene. The residents were uninjured and the scene was subsequently turned over to the Plainsboro Fire Department and the Plainsboro Fire Marshal for further investigation.

Randy N. Yeah, 22, of Trenton, was arrested at 2:08 a.m. Dec. 30 and was charged with drunken on Route 1 north. Mr. Yeah was also issued traffic summonses for reckless driving and failure to maintain a lane.

Gabrielle D. McLendon, 26, of Philadelphia, was arrested at midnight on Jan. 1 on Route 1 north. She had an active traffic warrant out of Mansfield Township in the amount of $164. She was later released after posting bail pending a future court date. She was issued a motor vehicle summons for having tinted front windows.

West Windsor

Cristhian G. Mendoza-Salazar, 28, of Hamilton Township, was arrested at The Americana Diner at 4:02 p.m. Jan. 4 on an active warrant out of West Windsor in the amount of $300 for unpaid traffic tickets. He was taken to the Mercer County Detention Center. He also had numerous other active warrants out of other jurisdictions for both outstanding traffic and criminal offenses.

A resident of South Longfellow Drive told police that he received a telephone call from an individual identifying himself as “Fran” from the IRS. “Fran” advised the victim that the IRS issued a warrant for his arrest, and if he did not pay $5,000 he would be arrested on Monday morning. The victim followed the instructions and made the payment. Police said the theft by deception is under active investigation.

Michael Kodia, 20, of Trenton, was arrested at Nassau Park at the Walmart at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 5 and was charged with shoplifting $179.64 worth of electronics equipment. He was taken into custody, processed and later released on his own recognizance pending a Jan. 8 court date.

Gary Warford, 65, of Lambertville, was arrested at the Best Buy in Nassau Park at 1:20 p.m. on Jan. 5 and was charged with shoplifting merchandise in excess of $3,000 over a three-day period. He was taken into custody, transported to police headquarters and processed for the arrest. While in custody, police allege he made threats. Capital Health Systems was contacted, and he was screened and cleared for his psychological stability. He was later released on his own recognizance pending a Jan. 8 court date.

Published on Monday, January 6, 2014 4:36 PM EST

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