Plainsboro Police said the a lightning strike occurred at 7:16 p.m. Responding were two Plainsboro Police patrol units, Plainsboro Fire Station 49 and Plainsboro EMS. The residence was evacuated and no injuries were reported. The house’s roof and upstairs ceiling sustained minimal damage, police said.
“Due to the quick action by Plainsboro Fire Department, the smoldering roof was extinguished and the fire was not able to spread,” said Officer John Popaca.
The house also sustained damage to electrical wiring and the gas line was compromised. PSE&G responded to assess and repair the damage. Police said the extent of the damage to the electrical and gas lines throughout the house was unknown.
Drunk driving arrest
Victor Yasinchuk, 33, of Hillsborough was arrested July 1 on a drunk driving charge. Police said that Yasinchuk was driving a blue 2013 Hyuandai Sonata on Route 1 south, when he was stopped near Fisher Place for speeding.
According to police, Yasinchuk was driving 111 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. He was found to be intoxicated and also charged with speeding, reckless driving, careless driving, failure to maintain lane, tinted windows and obstructed view violations.
Chazz L. Ortiz, 20, of Edison was arrested June 26 and charged with obstruction of justice and defiant trespassing. Police said that Ortiz was arrested at about 12:53 a.m. after he physically obstructed police investigating a trespassing complaint at a residence on Hampshire Drive.
A 36-year-old Trenton man was issued a warning after he was found to be harassing people at Mercer County Park with a drone. Officer Melissa Nagy said she was dispatched to the boathouse at Mercer County Park to investigate a report that an aerial drone was being flown intentionally in and around people.
The same drone had been observed in the area on two other days, each time being flown in a manner that disturbed and alarmed visitors at the park, police said.
A suspect was subsequently identified by Mercer County Park Rangers, and investigation determined that the suspect’s drone, a Mavic Pro, was not registered with the FAA as required by federal law. The suspect was given a verbal warning and released from the scene. A drone report was completed and submitted to the FAA.
Thomas P. Jackson, 50, of Trenton, was arrested May 27 on a shoplifting charge at Walmart in the Nassau Park Shopping Center.
Police said that Jackson was one of two suspects who filled shopping carts with more than $900 worth of merchandise and then left the store through a side emergency exit door.
Jackson was located by store loss prevention in Target and taken into custody. The other suspect was not apprehended.