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They allegedly didn’t report an overdose. Now they face charges.

Police returned to the apartment days later with a search warrant.

Days after responding to a drug overdose, police returned to the same Blairstown Township home with a warr…

Fugitive charged with eluding police found in N.J. home

Randolph “Randy” S. Ike was wanted by the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office on an eluding charge.

Blairstown police and Pennsylvania State Police nabbed a man in the hallway of a township home wanted on a charge of eluding police.

Randolph IkeRandolph S. Ike Courtesy photo 

Officers Sunday received an anonymous tip about the whereabouts of Randolph “Randy” S. Ike, 35, whose last known address was in the 400 block of Route 94 in Knowlton Township.

Officers surrounded the south end barn of a home along Route 94 and continued toward the main residence, eventually knocking on the front door. When a woman answered, she was escorted out of the house for her safety and officers raided the house, according to police.

Warren County authorities seek fugitive of the week

Ike was ordered out of the hallway with his hands up. He was arrested by Blairstown police without incident and taken to the Warren County jail. He was incarcerated by 10:30 p.m. Sunday, according to police.

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Cops rescue Warren County man with hand stuck in tree

Two officers worked to pry the man free.

A Warren County man had to be rescued last week when his hand became stuck in a tree, Blairstown police said.
The man on May 11 was cutti…

Glider makes a surprise landing on Blairstown soccer field

No one was hurt, but the aircraft and a soccer goal were damaged.

A glider coming in to land at the Blairstown Airport on Friday missed its mark by about 1,000 feet, coming …

Possible child-luring attempt reported in Blairstown

Police released a description of the driver and a photo of what may have been the car.

Police in Blairstown Township are investigating a potential child-luring attempt that …

Pilot killed in small plane crash was family man who loved to fly

The Somerset County man’s plane ran into trees at the Blairstown Airport.

Samuel Singer was a decisive man, a quality a former colleague said served him well in the business world.

So how the 73-year-old pilot could have failed to act in the small plane crash that took his life Thursday is a mystery to Rich Faherty.

Samuel SingerSamuel Singer (Photo courtesy BioReference Laboratories) 

The fellow aviator who worked with Singer for some 20 years was among the first to learn Singer’s plane had crashed about 9:30 Thursday morning at a Blairstown Township airport in northern Warren County. Another pilot had called him, saying emergency officials needed his help to get in touch with Singer’s family.

Authorities have said the plane finished refueling, then went full-throttle across the runways before crashing into trees. Singer, of Warren Township in Somerset County, was pulled from the wrecked aircraft and flown to Morristown Medical Center, where he later died.

“As a pilot, the first thing you think of is if the plane suddenly went full throttle, what would you do? … I would assume Sam would have the same mental checklist,” Faherty said Friday. “The fact that Sam didn’t stop the plane before it struck the trees makes me believe that something else prevented him from going through the mental checklist.”

Faherty is the executive vice president of administration at BioReference Laboratories, where Singer worked for 30 years. Under Singer’s guidance as chief financial officer, the company based in Elmwood Park — which provides testing services for physicians, hospitals and other clinics — went from making $1 million a year to almost $1 billion by the time he retired in 2015, Faherty said.

Singer’s family said that he served in the U.S. Army, both active duty and reserves, for about 20 years starting in the 1960s. He was a father to five and a grandfather to three, devoted to his local Catholic parish and other charities. Three of his children have or are working at BioReference, Faherty said.

Singer served for nine years as a trustee at Mount St. Mary Academy, a Catholic prep school for girls in Watchung.

“The death of Sam Singer is a profound and devastating loss for the Mount St. Mary Academy community,” the school said in a statement Friday. “He demonstrated a steadfast devotion to the academy’s mission and values and was deeply devoted to his Catholic faith. He was a loyal friend and member of our family who will always be appreciated and missed.”

A post from October on the school’s Facebook page congratulated him on his retirement from the board, noting that his four daughters all graduated from the school and a granddaughter is applying there.

Singer had gotten into flying later in life, Faherty said. Federal Aviation Administration records say he got his license in 2011, though Faherty said his colleague had been flying for 10 years, frequently logging hours in the sky.

FAA records also say Singer owned the plane that crashed Thursday, a North American Navion fixed-wing, single-engine craft manufactured in 1947. The same plane was involved in a crash last December at the airport in which its landing gear apparently were not deployed, a photo submitted Thursday to shows.

15-12-12Navion_6193.jpegThis photo from December 2015 shows a North American Navion plane following a crash landing at Blairstown Airport. The same plane subsequently crashed on landing Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at the airport in Blairstown Township. (Courtesy photo | For 

Faherty said it is part of the piloting community to meet up at various airports — he had met Singer and others at Blairstown Airport before.

When he heard of the crash, Faherty got in touch with Singer’s wife. At the time, he said, it sounded serious but not fatal.

It wasn’t until Thursday night that Faherty said he found out from another former colleague that Singer was gone. The Warren County Prosecutor’s Office on Friday said Singer died of blunt force trauma, and his death was ruled an accident.

“It’s really sad,” Faherty said. “This is a man who was a wonderful family man, a great business associate, someone I worked with for many years. … I missed him because he had retired. I used to see him virtually every day.

“I know how much he loved to fly,” he continued. “Certainly, no one would ever have expected this to happen to him. … The last thing you want to do is have a car accident in your plane. And that’s virtually what this was.”

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Murder victim’s family urges donations to domestic violence group

Donors should also consider two animal groups, based on Julie Matte’s passions.

Those who wish to honor the victim of last month’s murder-suicide in Warren County should consider donating to animal groups and domestic violence services, her family has said.

Blairstown Township police posted their wishes Saturday on Facebook, listing three options for potential donors.

Julie Matte, 46, was found dead about 1 a.m. Oct. 26 at her Cherry Tree Lane home, minutes after calling 911 to report she was being shot at, authorities said. The body of her 55-year-old husband, Edward Aghahowa,was found hours later at a campground six miles away with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Murder-suicide victims’ pets finding new homes

“Our family misses Julie horribly,” the message from the family says. “We are in the process of finding out just how many peoples’ lives she positively influenced.”

They suggest making donations to:

  • Helping Horseshoe, a non-profit therapeutic riding club where Matte volunteered. Their website is
    “This was near and dear to her heart and she loved the impact it has on people,” Matte’s family said. 
  • Domestic Abuse and Sexual Intervention Services, a non-profit group that helps people in Warren County. Their website is
    “Given what happened to Julie, we feel it’s important to help other women who may be in danger or need other help,” her family said.
  • Margo for Animals, a non-profit that helps offset the cost of animal adoptions. Their website is
    “We all know how much Julie loved her animals,” the post said.

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Ex-North Warren superintendent arrested on sex charges in Canada

Brian Fogelson, 61, faces five charges from the 1970s when he was a music teacher in Nova Scotia.

North Warren’s recently retired superintendent was arrested this week in Ca…

Power outage planned in Blairstown area Wednesday night

JCP&L will be doing work on power lines and the outage will last about 10 minutes, police say.

Expect the lights to go out for a little while tonight, Blairstown Townshi…