Weekly Police Blotter

May 27th thru June 1st, 2015



  • Drug Distribution (Arrests) – On the afternoon of Monday, June 1, 2015, Lacey Detectives conducted a traffic stop on Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor. The stop was conducted as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation. Interviews of the vehicle occupants and a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 209 bags of Heroin. The driver, 64-year-old Daniel Kennedy of 435 Sycamore Drive in Lanoka Harbor, and a passenger, 54-year-old Lorraine Walters of 26 Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor, were arrested and lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility. Bail was set for each at $50,000 for charges of Heroin Possession and Intent to Distribute Heroin. Lacey Detectives were assisted by a K-9 unit from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department. Lacey Patrol Officers Christopher Meyler and Brian Holt also assisted in the arrest.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Monday, June 1, 2015, at 5:19 p.m., Officer John D. Simonson responded to the area of Whitcomb Road in Forked River for a report of an erratic driver. A short time later, Officer Simonson observed the vehicle matching the description provided by the caller and conducted a traffic stop on the 500 block of Lakeside Drive North. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 24-year-old William Ulaky of Glen Oak Drive in Forked River, for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters, processed, and served with summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle he was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Monday, June 1, 2015, at 4:35 p.m., Officer Patrick Watkins responded to the Walmart located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for an adult female shoplifter in custody. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 20-year-old Jessica J. Englebrook of Franklin Avenue in Seaside Heights for shoplifting merchandise valued at $59.79. She was transported to police headquarters, processed, and charged with Shoplifting.

  • Vehicle Fire – On Sunday, May 31, 2015, at 12:14 p.m., Officer Michael Eden responded to a residence on the 100 block of Carriage Way in Forked River for a vehicle fire. Upon arrival, Officer Eden observed the vehicle fully engulfed in flames. The Forked River Fire Department, along with the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service, responded and extinguished the fire. The preliminary investigation revealed that just prior to the fire being reported, the homeowner’s grandson was assisting with cutting up the vehicle for scrap metal with a reciprocating saw and an oxy-acetelene torch when the fire began. The juvenile sustained a minor hand injury as a result. Lacey Township EMS responded and treated the injury.

  • DUI with Accident (Arrest) – On Sunday, May 31, 2015, at 1:04 a.m., Officers Patrick Watkins and John McKee responded to Lacey Road and Newark Avenue for a report of a two-car motor vehicle accident. Preliminary investigation revealed that both vehicles were traveling east on Lacey Road when vehicle number two collided with the rear of vehicle number one. The driver of vehicle number two attempted to flee the scene on foot; however, he was taken into custody by an off-duty officer. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of driver number two, identified as 24-year-old Thomas Pierson, 4th of Hudson Parkway in Manchester, NJ for DUI. He was processed and charged on a warrant with Assault by Auto and Resisting Arrest. Bail was set in the amount of $25,000. In addition to the criminal charges, Thomas Pierson 4th was charged on traffic summonses with DUI, Reckless Driving, Suspended and Expired Driver’s License, and Having an Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle. The vehicle Thomas Pierson 4th was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Thomas Pierson, 4th sustained a minor head injury and was treated at Community Medical Center. He was later lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail. The driver of vehicle number one suffered an injury to her forearm. She was treated by the first aid squad at the scene.

  • Burglary and Theft (Arrests) – On Saturday, May 30, 2015, at 11:47 a.m., Officers Daniel Ricciardella and Michael Eden responded to the 100 block of Jones Road in Forked River for a possible burglary. The caller reported that she had reason to believe an unknown person or persons unlawfully entered her summer home. The complainant reported that the home should be unoccupied and no one had permission to be within the residence. Upon arrival at the residence, officers observed two females, later identified as 18-year-old Caitlyn Gortatowski of Lakeside Drive South in Forked River and a 16-year-old juvenile female from Forked River, running out of the back door of the residence. The suspects were quickly apprehended and taken into custody. Investigation at the scene revealed signs of forced entry to the residence. Both suspects were transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters and processed. Caitlyn Gortatowski was charged on a criminal warrant with Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Mischief with bail set in the amount of $5,000. Caitlyn Gortatowski posted full bail and was later released. The juvenile was charged on a juvenile complaint with Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Mischief. She was released to the custody of her parent.

  • (Update) Assault by Auto and Warrant Arrest – On Sunday, May 24, 2015, at 9:46 a.m., Officer Darrell Nick investigated a serious two car motor vehicle crash on W. Lacey Road near mile marker 10 that resulted in driver number two, John Turner, being flown to Jersey Shore Medical Center for treatment. Driver number one, identified as Anthony Santore of Long Beach Boulevard in Beach Haven, NJ, had received several traffic summonses as a result of the crash. On Friday, May 30, 2015, Officer Darrell Nick criminally charged Anthony Santore with Assault by Auto as a result of utilizing a cellular phone during the accident which caused bodily injury. Bail for the offense was set at $500. On the evening of May 30, 2015, at 9:44 p.m., Anthony Santore was taken into custody by the Long Beach Township Police Department. This agency responded and took custody of him. Anthony Santore was transported to police headquarters and processed on the warrant. In addition to the Lacey Township warrant, a separate warrant issued by the Hamilton Township Municipal Court in the amount of $2,500 was located for his arrest. Anthony Santore was processed on both warrants and released after posting bail.

  • Underage Consumption of Alcohol – On Friday, May 29, 2015, at 9:37 p.m., Officer John Mckee responded to the Lacey Township Middle School located at 660 Denton Avenue in Forked River for a report of an intoxicated male juvenile outside on the side of the building. Officer McKee arrived on scene and located the juvenile on the side of the school. The 14-year-old juvenile was highly intoxicated and in need of immediate medical attention. Lacey Township EMS arrived on scene and transported the juvenile to CMC for treatment. The matter is under continuing investigation.

  • Shoplifting and Warrant (Arrest) – On Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 5:58 p.m., Officer Kymberly Gudgeon along with Officer Charles May, Officer Jason Lee, and Sgt. Ron Buxton responded to the Lanoka Harbor Walmart for the report of a male shoplifter fleeing from Loss Prevention employees with a large flat screen television. Upon arrival of the officers, loss prevention employees directed officers to a female, identified as 50-year-old Jennifer Mcquiggan, in a Beige Honda CRV parked a short distance from the main entrance doors of the Walmart. Loss prevention also advised officers that two males were previously with the female at the Honda CRV. One male subject reportedly fled the scene with a flat screen Vizio television that he was about to load into Honda CRV. Another male reportedly walked across the Walmart parking lot traveling toward the Route 9 entrance carrying several Walmart shopping bags containing various items. All three of these individuals reportedly had been inside this Walmart store earlier in the day without making a purchase, then reportedly returned again and separated once in the store. One of the males, later identified as William E. Farrell, Jr., had reportedly loaded a shopping cart with miscellaneous items valued at $553. All the items were placed into Walmart shopping bags creating the appearance that the items were purchased and bagged as if he had just left a register station. The other male, later identified as Timothy M. Smith, reportedly loaded the Vizio flat screen television valued at $388 into a cart. Both subjects reportedly walked right through the front door exiting the store without paying for the merchandise. Jennifer M. Mcquiggan reportedly shoplifted items by placing the items in a thermal bag as well as her purse. The combined value of the items reported shoplifted by Jennifer M. Mcquiggan was $16.29. Jennifer M. Mcquiggan and William Farrell were arrest in the parking lot. Timothy Smith ran across Route 9 with the television in hand into the wooded area behind the Spring Oaks Assisted Living Facility. Officer May followed Timothy Smith’s path through the woods and located him walking on Bayberry Drive. Officer May located and recovered the hidden television in the woods. All three subjects were arrested and charged with Shoplifting. Jennifer M. Mcquiggan was also issued a summons for a suspended vehicle registration and her vehicle was impounded. William E. Farrell, Jr. had an outstanding warrant from the Camden City Municipal Court and was transported to Ocean County Correctional Facility.

  • Criminal Mischief – On Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 3:18 p.m., Detective Lieutenant Christopher Cornelius was traveling north on Route 9 in the area of Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River when he observed two vehicles pulled off to the side of the road. An investigation at the scene determined that a road rage incident had occurred. During the incident, the accused, identified as 39-year-old Edward Nacovsky of Ocean Avenue in Beachwood, NJ, reportedly threw a cigarette lighter at the victim’s vehicle while in Lacey Township causing damage estimated in the amount of $200. Edward Nacovsky was arrested for criminal mischief and harassment. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Edward Nacovsky was charged on a criminal summons with criminal mischief and harassment.

  • Theft – On Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 1:55 p.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to the 1200 block of Taylor Lane in Forked River for a theft of a bicycle. The complainant reported that between 4:00 p.m. on May 27, 2015 and 1:45 p.m. on May 28, 2015, an unknown person or persons stole her orange Huffy Beach bicycle valued at $90 from the side of her residence.

  • Criminal Mischief (Business) – On Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 8:45 a.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to the 400 block of Lacey Road in Forked River for damage. The complainant reported that between 5:30 p.m. on May 27, 2015 and 8:45 a.m. on May 28, 2015, an unknown person or persons damaged several planters on the front exterior of the business. Damage was estimated at $75.

  • Criminal Mischief (Township Property) – On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 5:54 p.m., Officer Elton Copes responded to Clune Park for a report of possible criminal mischief. The complainant reported that during the overnight hours of Tuesday, May 26, 2015 into Wednesday, May 27, 2015, an unknown person or persons dented the bottom of the garage door at the Lacey Lacrosse Team garage. Damage to the garage door of the building was estimated at $600.

  • Aggravated Assault (Formal Charge) – On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at 3:26 p.m.,  Officer Jason Lee responded to the Wawa, located at 701 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a report of a fight with both subjects still at the scene. The investigation revealed that just prior to the call, the accused, later identified as 33-year-old Ryan R. Mickendrow of Brennan Concourse in Bayville, NJ, was involved in a road rage incident in Bayville, NJ, with the victim. After pulling into the Wawa parking lot, Ryan Mickendrow exited his vehicle and reportedly assaulted the 58-year-old male victim from Lanoka Harbor while he was still seated in his vehicle. The victim was subjected to multiple punches to his head and face while seated in the vehicle. Lacey Township EMS responded to the scene and treated the victim. As a result of the assault, the victim sustained a broken nose. After continuing investigation which included viewing the store video, Officer Jason Lee completed his investigation on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, and charged Ryan R. Mickendrow with Aggravated Assault by causing significant bodily injury to the victim. Ryan R. Mickendrow was contacted and he subsequently turned himself in at Lacey Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with Aggravated Assault on a criminal summons.