South Plainfield News

Female Jogger Attacked in South Plainfield

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief James Parker of the South Plainfield Police Department said that authorities are actively searching for a suspect after an attack on a female jogger in the area of Franklin Avenue and Thornton Court on September 23, at approximately 7:20pm.

South Plainfield Man Whose ’Explosive Devices’ Canceled Labor Day Parade Gets Additional Charges Police say

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief James Parker of the South Plainfield Police Department announced that a man from South Plainfield charged on Labor Day with possession of a destructive device for an unlawful purpose has also been charged with possession of prohibited devices and tampering with evidence.

UPDATE: South Plainfield Police Cancels Labor Day Festivities Due to Suspicious Item Found; Arrest Made

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni, Chief Brett M. Friedman of the Sea Bright Police Department, and Chief James Parker of the South Plainfield Police Department announced that a South Plainfield resident has been arrested and charged today with the possession of a destructive device for an unlawful purpose.

Former South Plainfield Recreation Director Charged with Theft, Forgery

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief James Parker of the South Plainfield Police Department announced today that the former borough recreation director has been arrested and charged with theft, financial facilitation and forgery.   Officials say Kevin Hughes, 49, of North Plainfield, the former recreation director for the Borough of South Plainfield, was arrested and charged today with one count of theft by unlawful taking in the second degree, one count of theft by failure to make required disposition of property received in the second degree, two counts of financial facilitation in the second degree, and four counts of forgery in the fourth degree.   According to authorities, Hughes collected fees for the South Plainfield Recreation Department for various recreation as well as travel teams and utilized the funds for his own use. In addition, he forged invoices to obtain monies for his own personal benefit.   Police charged Hughes following an investigation by Detective Craig Magnani of the South Plainfield Police Department and Detective Christopher Pennisi of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.   During the investigation, it was determined that between July 2013 and February 2019, Hughes stole in excess of $75,000 from the South Plainfield Recreation Department. Hughes held the position of director for the South Plainfield Recreation Department since August 1, 2006; he previously was the assistant director since June 1, 2005. He resigned from his position as recreation director on February 20, 2019.   Officials say Hughes was processed and released pending his initial court appearance in Middlesex County Superior Court on April 18, 2019.   The investigation is active and continuing.

Joint Drug Investigation by Edison, Piscataway, and South Plainfield Police Results in Four Arrests  

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today that joint investigations with police departments in Edison, Piscataway, and South Plainfield has led to the arrest of four men in connection with the seizure of illegal drugs.   This multi-jurisdictional operation initiated by the Middlesex County Task Force led to two separate searches netting controlled substances which included methamphetamine, GHB (commonly known as a date rape drug), and prescription drugs.   According to authorities, on September 4th, with the assistance of the Piscataway and South Plainfield Police Departments and the New Jersey State Police Hazmat Unit, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s seized an ounce of methamphetamine, several bottles of GHB, and prescription drugs from a vehicle following a court-ordered search.   Police arrested and charged with a variety of second-degree and third-degree charges for controlled dangerous substances including possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession with intent to distribute were Kurt Langlois, 43, and Trevis Lopez, 28, both of Edison.   In another investigation, on September 5th, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office with the assistance of the Edison and South Plainfield Police Departments, and the New Jersey State Police Hazmat Unit seized three ounces of methamphetamine, quantities of GHB, and drug paraphernalia including packaging materials, following a court-ordered search, from a home on Oak Tree Road in Edison, and an additional eight ounces of methamphetamine from a vehicle.   Here police arrested and charged with first-degree and second-degree charges for controlled dangerous substances were Chester Wans, 54, of Edison and Wesley Rosario, 22, of New York City.   The investigation is active and is continuing.

UPDATE: Piscataway Man Charged in South Plainfield Fatal Motorcycle Crash  

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today that a driver has been charged in the motorcycle fatality in which a passenger was killed in South Plainfield on July 4th.   According to authorities, Ruddy Custodio, 30, of Piscataway, the operator of the motorcycle, was charged on July 16th with vehicular homicide in the second degree caused by driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.   The deceased passenger was identified as Jessica Montes, 28, of Piscataway, who was ejected from the motorcycle driven by Custodio. Montes was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and pronounced dead from her injuries.   Officials say Custodio was previously issued multiple motor vehicle summonses for driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, failure to maintain lanes, driving without a license, driving while suspended, operating a vehicle without consent, driving an unregistered vehicle, failure to possess a driver’s license, failure to possess an insurance card, and no insurance.   During the investigation it was determined that Custodio was driving his 2016 BMW motorcycle on New Brunswick Avenue near Carlton Avenue, lost control and hit a curb. The passenger was ejected and suffered catastrophic injuries.   According to authorities, Custodio is currently being held in the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center pending a detention hearing.   The investigation is active and is continuing.

South Plainfield Police Seeks Public’s Assistance in Fatal Crash Investigation

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and the South Plainfield Police Department are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred on July 4th at approximately 4:50 a.m.   According to authorities, investigators located video of two motorcycles traveling northbound on New Brunswick Avenue between Stelton Road and Carlton Avenue while a dark colored vehicle is seen traveling in front of the motorcycles.

South Plainfield Man’s Post-Conviction Relief Application Denied

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C Carey announced that the denial of an application for post-conviction relief by a South Plainfield man convicted of murder in 2010 was affirmed today by the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.   According to authorities, Paul Cibelli Jr., of South Plainfield was convicted on October 21,  2010 by a jury sitting in New Brunswick of the 2005 murder of Tania Silva, his estranged 35-year old girlfriend, hindering his own apprehension and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.   Officials say Cibelli initially was convicted in May 2007, but filed an appeal and was granted a retrial in June 2009. He was retried and found guilty a second time of murdering his estranged girlfriend and then disposing her body in an attempt to conceal the crime. He was sentenced on January 5, 2011 in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz to a 55-year prison term, subject to 85 % parole ineligibility pursuant to the No Early Release Act.   The Judge also imposed a 5-year term for the hindering count to run consecutively to the 55-year term. That conviction and sentence was affirmed on direct appeal by the Appellate Division on July 15, 2013.   During an eight-day trial that began on October 6, 2010, former Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Neil J. Casey presented evidence and testimony showing that Cibelli stunned Ms. Silva when he struck her over the head with a heavy hammer-stapler gun, strangled her, and then took her body and other evidence to a recycling center in Philadelphia, Pa.

Piscataway Motorcyclist Issued Summonses as Fatal Motorcycle Crash Investigation Continues  

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief James Parker of the South Plainfield Police Department said police are investigating a motorcycle fatality in which the passenger was killed during the early morning hours of July 4th.   Officials say a preliminary investigation has determined that Ruddy Custidio, 30, of Piscataway, while driving on New Brunswick Avenue near Carlton Way, lost control of his 2016 BMW motorcycle. The 28-year-old passenger was ejected and suffered catastrophic injuries.

South Plainfield Man Charged with Scotch Plains Homicide

A Middlesex County man has been arrested and charged in connection with the 2004 fatal shooting of a Plainfield resident in Scotch Plains, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park, Plainfield Police Director Carl Riley, and Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley jointly announced Thursday.

Former South Plainfield Police Chief Placed on Probation

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today that a retired chief of the South Plainfield Police Department has been placed on probation for four years after admitting that he injured a 58-year-old woman and harassed her 8-year-old grandson during a dispute.