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Department News (Officer Retirements) - Lacey Township Police Department - September 2, 2014

lacey_jan28Department News (Retirements) – Congratulations to Officer Joseph Soto and Special Officer Kenneth Martin on their September 1st, 2014, retirements from the Lacey Township Police Department. Officer Soto is known throughout the community for his charisma and outgoing personality which was most evident with his work with the schools and the youth of Lacey Township. Special Officer Kenneth Martin is well-known for his efforts to keep our township parks, businesses, and the schools safe for the youth of Lacey Township. Both officers will be missed by the police department and the community as a whole.

Also, good luck to Special Officer Jesse Urban and Special Officer Travis Horton who have both moved on in their careers. Special Officer Jesse Urban is now a full-time police officer in the Pine Beach Police Department while Special Officer Travis Horton has moved on to the Manalapan Township Police Department.

The retirement of Officer Joseph Soto marks the loss of 14 full-time police officers (not including special officers) from the Lacey Township Police Department in the past 4 1/2 years. The members of the Lacey Township Police Department look forward to the graduation of 5 new officers from the Ocean County Police Academy in January of 2015 as the rebuilding process continues.


Department News (Courtesy Child Seat Safety Checks) - Lacey Township Police Department - Saturday, August 23, 2014

August 23 2014 - Childseat Safety Check
Lacey Township Class II Special Officer Travis Horton (Certified Child Seat Technician) assisting a resident

Courtesy Child Seat Safety Inspections (Saturday, August 23, 2014) – The Lacey Township Police Department, with the assistance of members of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and the Manchester Township Police Department, conducted courtesy child seat safety inspections for dozens of parents and grandparents. The event was held between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at the Lanoka Harbor Fire Department building on Route 9 in Lanoka Harbor. Participants were provided information on the proper installation and use of child seats by specially trained and certified child seat technicians.

 

 

 


Department News (5K Run) - Lacey Township Police Department - Saturday, August 23, 2014

August 23 2014 5K Run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Municipal Alliance 5K Run - Congratulations to the officers of the Lacey Township Police Department who ran in the Municipal Alliance 5K Run at Gille Park this morning (Saturday, August 23, 2014). The officers included Brian Holt, Lieutenant Patrick Ganley, Patrick Watkins, Jason Lee, Anthony Sarno, Michael Hutman, Chris Meyler, Scott Keefe, and Charlie May. The five runner team of Anthony Sarno, Michael Hutman, Charlie May, Jason Lee and Patrick Watkins earned 2nd Place in the team event. Officer Charlie May and Officer Anthony Sarno finished 2nd overall in their respective age groups. Congrats to all!


Department News - Courtesy Child Seat Safety Inspection Event - Lacey Township Police Department - Monday, August 18, 2014

Child Safety Seat

Courtesy Child Seat Safety Inspection Event – The Lacey Township Police Department is hosting a courtesy (non-enforcement) Child Seat Safety Check at the Lanoka Harbor Fire House on Route 9 and Warren Avenue on Saturday, August 23, 2014. The event will be held rain or shine from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. with no pre-registration required. Specially trained certified child seat technicians from the Lacey Township Police Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department will be on site to conduct a courtesy inspection of installed seats and to assist participants in the proper installation of child seats.

The officers of the Lacey Township Police Department are dedicated to child safety. Over 80% of child safety currently installed in vehicles are either the wrong seats for the child being transported or are incorrectly installed. Technicians, dedicated to child safety, will assist not only in the inspection of the seats but will actually educate caregivers on the proper seat selection and installation.

Refreshments will be available as well as free handouts and activities for children while the seat inspections are conducted. The event is being hosted by the Lacey Township Police Department with assistance from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department. Inspections are expected to take approximately 15 minutes per vehicle. – Chief David A. Paprota, Ed.D.


Department News - New Officers Appointed to Enter Police Academy - Lacey Township Police Department - Friday, July 11th, 2014

New Officers Appointed at Twp Meeting 7-10-2014

(New officers from left: Jason S. Lee, Elton L. Copes II, [Chief of Police], Christopher M. Meyler, Brian G. Holt, Patrick Q. Watkins)

The Lacey Township Police Department welcomes 5 new officers who where appointed at last night’s (7-10-14) township meeting to attend the Ocean County Police Academy which begins on Monday, August 4, 2014. The appointment of the new officers is effective August 4th, as they will attend the police academy from August 4th, 2014, through January of 2015 before entering the police department’s field training program in the Spring of 2015. Each new officer is a Lacey Township resident and comes to the Lacey Township Police Department with military training and experience as well as formal educational credentials.

The new officers are as follows:

1. Jason S. Lee is a decorated combat veteran of the United States Army. Jason served in both Iraq (2008 and 2009) and Afghanistan (2011) and attained the rank of Sergeant. Jason Lee is a graduate of the Lacey Township High School and has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports and Health Science from the American Military University. Jason is also completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Psychology at Richard Stockton College as well as a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from the American Military University.

2. Brian G. Holt is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Brian served in Afghanistan (2011-2012) and held the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Brian Holt is a graduate of the Lacey Township High School and earned the distinction of Eagle Scout before entering the Marine Corps. Brian earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and subsequently completed Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS).

3. Elton L. Copes II is a decorated combat veteran of the United States Army. Elton served in Afghanistan (2011-2012) and held the rank of Specialist. Elton is a graduate of the Lakewood Township High School and has earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Ocean County College. Elton has served as a corrections officer with the Ocean County Correctional Facility since 2008.

4. Christopher M. Meyler is a decorated combat veteran of the United States Army. Christopher served in Afghanistan (2010-2012) and was an Airborne Infantry Team Leader holding the rank of Specialist. Christopher is a graduate of Lacey Township High School where he was an accomplished athlete. Christopher Meyler is currently attending Ocean County College earning an Associate’s Degree.

5. Patrick Q. Watkins is a decorated combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Patrick served two tours in Fallujah, Iraq (2005 into 2006 as well as 2007) where he served as a team leader, attained the rank of Corporal, and was awarded the Purple Heart. Patrick has earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Ocean County College. Patrick has been serving as a federal corrections officer where he has served for the past 5 years.

The new officers will be a welcomed and needed addition to the uniformed patrol force when they graduate the police academy next spring. The police department has experienced the attrition of 14 full-time officers over the past 5 years. These new officers along with the 5 officers who were hired in 2013 will help in adequately staffing the 24/7 function of the uniformed patrol division of the police department.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - June 10th thru June 16th, 2014

Police Blotter ImageWeekly Police Blotter – Press Release

June 10th, 2014 thru June 16th, 2014

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  • Counterfeit Money - On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 10:29 a.m., Officer Dan Ricciardella responded to the Wawa at 800 Lacey Road in Forked River regarding counterfeit money.  The store manager reported that within the prior hour, a white male in his 40’s, paid with three counterfeit $20 bills. The suspect purchased $60 worth of gift cards with the counterfeit money. The store manager also reported that the same suspect did the same thing a half hour prior within another Wawa at 444 Route 9 South in Forked River. He reportedly also passed three counterfeit $20 bills at that store as well. Security video is being obtained through Wawa management.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 4:02 a.m., 34-year-old Laura Mooney, of Burr Street in Barnegat, called 911 to report that her boyfriend, 28-year-old John Sabie, of 755 Birch Road in Lanoka Harbor, was unconscious in the woods between Cedar Drive and the Bayberry development in Lanoka Harbor. Laura Mooney reported that 51-year-old Rocco Selig of Cedar Drive in Lanoka Harbor provided her with the information. Officers attempted to make contact with Laura Mooney, but she did not answer her phone and did not come to police headquarters. Officers searched the wooded area for several hours but were not able to locate John Sabie. Officers spoke with Rocco Selig, who denied making the phone call to Laura Mooney and denied knowing John Sabie. Later in the day at 12:15 p.m., Rocco Selig called Lacey Township Police Headquarters to report that he had found John Sabie and walked him to the end of Cedarwood Drive in Lanoka Harbor. Officer Ricciardella responded to the scene and confirmed that the subject was John Sabie. John Sabie had an injury to his head and was transported to Community Medical Center by the Lanoka Harbor First Aid Squad. John Sabie had a $1,000 Toms River Township Municipal Court criminal warrant and was turned over to Toms River Township Police at the hospital. John Sabie also had a $250 Newark traffic warrant, but was released on his own recognizance by their court clerk.

  • Theft – On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., Officer Michael Eden met with a resident of the 900 block of Center Street regarding the theft that reportedly occurred between 11:30 p.m. on June 10, 2014 and 6:00 a.m. on June 11, 2014. An unknown person or persons reportedly entered his unsecured garage and stole his Men’s 26 inch black Mongoose Mountain Bike. The bicycle is valued at $200.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at 9:06 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy was on patrol when he observed 22-year-old Kyle Pianetti standing outside in front of his residence on Briar Road in Lanoka Harbor. Officer Androcy was aware that Kyle Pianetti had an outstanding $20,000 warrant out of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department for a parole violation. Officer Androcy approached Kyle Pianetti and placed him under arrest. Kyle Pianetti was arrested and transported to the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 6:22 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 9 and Jones Road in Forked River. The driver, 22-year-old Lizette Franco of Sylvan Court in Lakewood, was placed under arrest on the two outstanding warrants. The first warrant was a $350 Toms River Township Municipal Court warrant and the second was a $428 Beachwood Borough Municipal Court warrant. Lizette Franco was issued a summons for driving while suspended and later turned over to Toms River Police Department in default of bail. The Beachwood Borough Municipal Court released her on her own recognizance on their warrant.

  • Criminal Mischief – The owner of the Forked River House Plaza responded to Lacey Township Police Headquarters to report that an unknown person or persons damaged the mailbox in front of his commercial business. The large stainless steel rectangular mailbox is located on Route 9 in front of the Forked River House Plaza, 121 Route 9 South in Forked River. The owner was not sure when the incident occurred, but the damage was noticed by an employee on Friday, June 6, 2014. The box appeared to have been struck by a vehicle. The value of the damage property is estimated at $1,800.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, June 13, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., Officer John Simonson responded to the area of Meadowlark Beach in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a suspicious automobile that was called in by a concerned citizen. Upon arrival, Officer Simonson located the vehicle and met with the occupant, 39-year-old Lisa M. Morgan, of 28 Anthony Way in Jackson. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Lisa Morgan on an outstanding $2,038 Lakehurst Boro Municipal Court criminal warrant and a $401 Millstone Township Municipal Court traffic warrant. Lisa Morgan was unable to post bail and was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility.

  • Driving While Suspended for DUI (Arrest) – Officer Andrew Slota and Officer Noah Schaffer were on directed enforcement patrol when they conducted a motor vehicle stop. The driver, 45-year-old Scott Ondler of Chestnut Drive in Lanoka Harbor, was found to have a suspended driver’s license. Officer Slota and Officer Schaffer stopped the vehicle on Route 9 near Musket Drive and spoke with the driver. It was also determined that the vehicle’s registration was suspended for no insurance and Scott Ondler could not provide any proof of insurance. Midnite Towing responded to the scene and impounded the vehicle. Further investigation determined that Scott Ondler was driving while suspended during a period of suspension for DUI. Scott Ondler was arrested and transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released on a criminal summons for a 4th degree violation of operating a motor vehicle during a period of license suspension for DUI.

  • Drug Distribution (Search Warrant & Arrest) – On the evening of Friday, June 13, 2014, Lacey Township Police Department detectives, with the assistance of the Ocean County SWAT team, executed a search warrant at 1226 Laurel Boulevard, Lanoka Harbor, NJ. The warrant was sought during the investigation of a drug distribution operation. The investigation was conducted by the detectives of the Lacey Township Police Department.

    During the search, detectives discovered a quantity of marijuana, packaging equipment, and cash consistent with distribution. The target of the investigation, 22-year-old Randy Clark of 1226 Laurel Boulevard, was arrested at the scene and charged with Distribution of Marijuana. Randy Clark was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail.

  • Criminal Mischief – On Friday, June 13, 2014, at 10:26 a.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to 1815 Beach Boulevard in Forked River, in reference to criminal mischief to a motor vehicle. The owner reported that between 12:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on June 13, 2014, an unknown person or persons damaged the front passenger door handle of her vehicle. The vehicle was parked in the driveway of the residence when the incident occurred. A piece of plastic was broken off and was found lying on the driveway next to her vehicle. The damage is estimated at $50.

  • Warrant (Arrest) - On Monday, June 16, 2014, at 7:13 p.m., Officer Charles May responded to the area of Bay Way and Maple Road in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a complaint of possible drug activity. The caller reported that a male subject on a bicycle had just made a hand to hand transaction with a female who was on foot. Upon arrival, Officer May met with 31-year-old Kalif A. Dollard of 409 Forrest Avenue in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Kalif Dollard on an outstanding $8,739 Ocean County Sheriff’s Department child support warrant. Kalif Dollard was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters and then to Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.


Department News - MADD Awards Ceremony for DUI Enforcement - Lacey Township Police Department - Thursday, June 11, 2014

MADD Award Photo - 2014

Department News – On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, Officer Michael Verwey and Officer Dimitri Tsarnas were honored at the 2014 MADD New Jersey Law Enforcement Recognition event at the Middlesex County College in Woodbridge, NJ. Both officers were honored by the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) organization for their consistent and diligent DUI enforcement efforts. Both officers serve within the uniformed patrol division of the Lacey Township Police Department and are known locally for their drug interdiction efforts and their consistent DUI enforcement. Officer Tsarnas is a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) who assists departments around the county as part of a county-wide DRE team. Likewise, Officer Michael Verwey is a highly trained traffic investigation expert who is a member of the Ocean County Fatal Accident Support Team (FAST). In addition to their patrol assignments, both officers are on-call 24 hours a day for their expertise as part of DRE and Accident Investigation shared services agreements with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

Drug interdiction and DUI enforcement have been set as a priority for all sworn officers and detectives of the police department. The dedicated officers and detectives of the Lacey Township Police Department have made over 100 drug arrests as well as 57 DUI arrests in the first five months of 2014. These efforts will continue and will be intensified as we move forward. Officer Michael Verwey and Officer Dimitri Tsarnas have made significant contributions to the department’s proactive enforcement efforts as recognized by the MADD organization.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - May 20th thru May 26th, 2014

Police Blotter ImageWeekly Police Blotter – Press Release

May 20th, 2014 thru May 26th, 2014

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  • DUI (Arrest) – On Monday, May 26, 2014, at 1:42 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of Wawa, located at 444 Route 9 South in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as a 17-year-old female juvenile from Forked River for DUI. The driver was transported to police headquarters and processed. She was released to a family member after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, and a Provisional Driver’s License Violation. The driver was also charged on a juvenile complaint with Underage Consumption of Alcohol. The vehicle that the 17-year-old was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. In addition to this arrest, a passenger, identified as 20-year-old Nicholas Green of Beach Boulevard in Forked River was charged with Underage Consumption of Alcohol. He was issued a complaint summons at the scene and released.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Sunday, May 25, 2014, at 9:49 p.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban observed a suspicious male on Brookdale Park Drive in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 32-year-old Scott Naia, of Clairemore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for Possession of Heroin. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Scott Naia was released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Heroin and Possession of a Hypodermic Needle.

  • Theft (Arrest) – On Saturday, May 24, 2014, at 5:15 p.m. , Special Officer Jesse Urban responded to Walmart, located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a theft (non-shoplifting). Upon arrival, Special Officer Urban spoke with the complainant who stated that just prior to contacting this agency, he was in Walmart with his granddaughter when his granddaughter’s wristlet containing cash and gift-cards valued at approximately $50 was stolen from the shopping cart. The investigation identified the accused as 56-year-old Carlos Rodriguez of Maple Street in Waretown, NJ. Carlos Rodriquez later responded to police headquarters where he was charged with one count of theft. He was released after receiving a criminal summons. The wallet was returned to the complainant.

  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Saturday, May 24, 2014, at 2:54 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to the 500 block of Tappan Street in Forked River for a residential burglary. The complainant reported that between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on May 24, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered the residence and stole property valued at $1100. There were no signs of forced entry. The Lacey Township Police Detective Bureau is investigating.

  • Aggravated Assault (Arrest) – On Saturday, May 24, 2014, at 12:39 a.m., Officers Peter Donahue, Adam Ewart, and John McKee responded to the 700 block of Weehawkin Avenue in Forked River in response to a call for assistance. While investigating the matter, 28-year-old Justin Donaldson of Weehawkin Avenue in Forked River struck Officer Donahue on the side of his head with a Makita power saw. Justin Donaldson was immediately arrested by Officers Ewart and McKee. Justin Donaldson was charged with Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Bail was set at $25,000 with no ten percent option. Officer Donahue was transported to Community Medical Center and treated for the head injury which included a concussion. In the absence of a State or County correctional facility willing to assume custody of Justin Donaldson, the Lacey Township Police Department was required to staff a police officer around the clock at the Community Medical Center maintaining custody of Justin Donaldson for three days until he was transferred to a state facility on the afternoon on Monday, May 26, 2014.

  • DUI and Drug Possession (Arrests) – On Saturday, May 24, 2014, at 1:51 a.m., Officer George Resetar conducted a traffic stop on Old Shore Road in Forked River during a DUI Checkpoint. Special Officer Jesse Urban assisted. Investigation at the scene resulted in several arrests. The driver, identified as 23-year-old David A. Bettinger of Sonora Road in Iselin, NJ, was arrested for DUI. He was transported to Police Headquarters and processed. David A. Bettinger was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, CDS in a Motor Vehicle, and Open Container. A passenger, identified as 18-year-old Ashlie M. Torri of Ellsworth Street in Iselin, NJ, was arrested for Possession of Marijuana. She was transported to police headquarters and processed. Ashlie Torri was released after receiving criminal summonses for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Underage Consumption of Alcohol. In addition, she received traffic summonses for Riding on Parts not Intended, and for having an Open Container in a Motor Vehicle. Two additional passengers, identified as 20-year-old James L. Galipean of Macarther Drive in Edison, NJ, and 19-year-old Rocco R. Brienza of Pearl Street in Woodbridge, NJ, were each issued a Special Form of Complaint and Summons for Underage Consumption of Alcohol and traffic summonses for having an Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor vehicle, and for Riding on Parts not Intended. This incident is still under investigation and additional complaints are pending.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Saturday, May 24, 2014, at 1:45 a.m., during the course of a DUI checkpoint located on Old Shore Road in Forked River, Officer Keith Pearce arrested 19-year-old Alexander Chmielewski of Cable Road in Waretown, NJ, for Possession of Marijuana. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Alexander Chmielewski was released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana. In addition, he received a traffic summons for CDS in a Motor Vehicle.

  • Warrant (Arrest) - On Saturday, May 24, 2014, at 12:24 a.m., during the course of a motor vehicle stop at a DUI Checkpoint on Old Shore Road in Forked River, Officer Michael Verwey arrested 29 year-old David M. Cano of Lighthouse Drive in Waretown, NJ, on four (4) outstanding warrants. Warrant number (1) was issued by the Trenton Municipal Court in the amount of $500 and warrant number two (2) was issued by the Trenton Municipal Court in the amount of $250. Warrant number three (3) was issued by the Bordentown Municipal Court in the amount of $83, and warrant number four (4) was issued by the Hamilton Municipal Court (Mercer County) in the amount of $81. David M. Cano was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was released ROR on all warrants. In addition, David M. Cano was issued a complaint summons for Hindering Apprehension related to the stop.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) - On Friday, May 23, 2014, at 11:50 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer conducted a traffic stop on Old Shore Road in Forked River. The stop occurred during a DUI Checkpoint. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 25-year-old Ryan J. Tatham of Lakeside Drive South in Forked River, for Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Hypodermic Needles. In addition, the passenger, identified as 20-year-old Kevin J. Kennedy of Clinton Avenue South in Trenton, NJ was arrested for Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Hypodermic Needles. They were both transported to Police Headquarters and processed. Both were released after receiving criminal summonses charging them with the above offenses.  In addition, each received a traffic summons for CDS in a Motor Vehicle.

  • DUI and Warrant (Arrest) - On Friday, May 23, 2014, at 11:12 p.m., Officer Keith Pearce conducted a traffic stop on Old Shore Road in Forked River. The stop occurred during a DUI Checkpoint. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 33-year-old Germain Chavez of Beach Boulevard in Forked River for DUI. In addition, he was found to have two (2) outstanding warrants for his arrest. Warrant number one (1) was issued out of the Lacey Township Municipal Court in the amount of $250. The second warrant was a no-bail NCIC warrant issued by the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department. Germain Chavez was transported to Police Headquarters and processed. He received traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Driving while Suspended. Germain Chavez was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of both warrants. In addition, federal agents from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who participated in the DUI Checkpoint, placed a detainer on him for immigration concerns.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, May 23, 2014, at 4:48 p.m., Officers Darrell Nick and Anthony Sarno responded to Wawa, located at 701 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a report of an intoxicated male in a vehicle. Upon arrival the vehicle was located. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 22-year-old Joseph E. Chiorazzi of Tulsa Drive in Barnegat, NJ for DUI. In addition, he was found to be in possession of Heroin and a hypodermic needle. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Joseph Chiorazzi was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle. In addition, he received a criminal summons for Possession of Heroin and Possession of a Hypodermic Needle.

  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Friday, May 23, 2014, at 1:20 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the 400 block of Penn Avenue North in Forked River for a residential burglary. The complainant reported that between May 19, 2014, and May 23, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered her residence and stole property valued at approximately $5,000. There were no signs of forced entry. Lacey Police Detective Brian Flynn and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminalistics Investigation Unit responded to the scene. The incident is currently under investigation.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, May 23, 2014, at 12:50 a.m., Officer Adam Ewart conducted a traffic stop on Lakeside Drive South in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 47-year-old Cynthia L. Crepezzi of Hillwood Road in Forked River for DUI. She was transported to police headquarters and processed. Cynthia L. Crepezzi was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Refusal to Submit to Breath Tests, Reckless Driving, Speeding, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle Cynthia Crepezzi was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • DUI and Drug Possession (Arrests) – On Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 5:49 p.m., Sergeant Paul Sullivan, Jr., and Officer Jeffrey Slota were dispatched to the parking lot of CVS, located at 700 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a report of two subjects slumped over in a motor vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 62-year-old Cheryl Della-Pietro of Seabright Road in Forked River, for DUI. The passenger, identified as 34-year-old Michelle Della-Pietro, was arrested for Possession of CDS and Tampering with Evidence. Both subjects were transported to police headquarters and processed. Michelle Della-Pietro was charged with Possession of CDS (Oxycodone) and tampering with Evidence. She was released on a criminal summons. Cheryl Della-Pietro was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI. The vehicle Cheryl Della-Pietro was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 11:43 p.m., Officers Michael Verwey and Noah Schaffer responded to the parking lot of Wawa, located at 701 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a report of two intoxicated subjects walking in the parking lot. The caller added that they had just exited from a motor vehicle. A description was provided. Upon arrival, Officer Verwey observed the vehicle driving in the parking lot and conducted a traffic stop. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver identified as 55-year-old Michael A. Araneo of Hazelton Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for DUI. In addition, the passenger, identified as 21-year-old Michael A. Araneo 2nd, was arrested for Possession of CDS. Both subjects were transported to police headquarters and processed. The driver, Michael A. Araneo, was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Maintenance of Lamps. 21-year-old Michael A. Araneo 2nd, was released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of CDS (Alprazolam). The vehicle Michael Araneo was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Burglary and Theft (Business) – On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 7:19 a.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to the 400 block of Route 9 South in Forked River for a theft. The victim reported that between 7:00 p.m. on May 20, 2014, and 7:00 a.m. on May 21, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered his business garage and stole a Red Max trimmer valued at $400. There were no signs of forced entry.

  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 4:26 p.m., Officer John D. Simonson responded to the 1700 block of Fleetwood Drive in Forked River for a residential burglary. The complainant reported that between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, an unknown person or persons forced entry into the residence. Once inside, the person or persons stole property valued at $25,000. Lacey Police Detective Brian Flynn and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminalistics Investigation Unit, along with their K-9 Unit responded to the scene. The incident is currently under investigation.

  • Shoplifting, Warrant, and Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 3:50 p.m., Officers Dimitri Tsarnas and Noah Schaffer responded to Kohl’s, located at 304 Route 9 North in Forked River for a male shoplifter in custody. In addition, an adult female was seen with the accused inside the store. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 20-year-old Joshua Aponte of Galloway Road in Galloway Township, NJ for shoplifting merchandise valued at $296. In addition, a warrant was active from the Port Republic Municipal Court in the amount of $130. The adult female, who was with Joshua Aponte, was no longer in the store. A short time later, Officer Noah Schaffer located the female, identified as 22-year-old Allison Gifford of Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River, sitting inside a parked vehicle in the parking lot. Allison Gifford was arrested for Possession of Heroin and Possession of Hypodermic Needles. Both subjects were transported to police headquarters and processed. Joshua Aponte was charged with Shoplifting with bail set at $500. He was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail. Allison Gifford was released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Heroin and Possession of a Hypodermic needle.


Memorial Day Parade - Honoring Fallen Heroes of the United States Armed Forces - Monday, May 26, 2014 - Lacey Township Police Department

Lacey PD Honor Guard - Memorial Day Parade - May 26 2014

Honoring Fallen Heroes of the United States Armed Forces – The members of the Lacey Township Department extend our sincere appreciation to the families of the members of the United States Armed Forces who have paid the ultimate price in service to our country. We remember those fallen heroes with heavy hearts. The Lacey Township Police Department Honor Guard was proud to march in the Memorial Day Parade in honor of those who so bravely gave their lives in defense of the freedoms we enjoy everyday in this country.


Department News (Local Parents Naloxone Trained) - Lacey Township Police Department - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

lacey_jan28Local Family Members Trained in the Use of Naloxone (Narcan) - Thanks to the volunteer efforts of Lacey Township residents Dan and Darla Dabal, members of 18 local families were trained in the use of Naloxone during an instructional session held at the recreation building in Lacey Township on Wednesday evening, May 21st, 2014. Dan and Darla Dabal worked with Chief Paprota to bring the staff of the South Jersey Aids Alliance to Lacey Township to train local parents who are struggling with a family member addicted to opioid pills or Heroin. The parents who attended currently live with the daily struggle of assisting a family member who is dealing with opioid addiction. The Naloxone provides the trained family member with an opportunity to assist a loved one should the addicted person relapse and overdose. The medical staff of the South Jersey Aids Alliance trained the parents in attendance and supplied each family with a Naloxone kit free of charge. All expenses related to the training were funded through the South Jersey Aids Alliance.

The Overdose Prevention Act of 2013 (N.J.S.A. 24:6j-1 et seq.) includes a provision that permits a person who “may be in a position to assist another individual during an overdose” to receive this special training and obtain the opioid antidote medication. The South Jersey Aids Alliance was gracious enough to offer and facilitate the training. A special thanks to Georgette Watson, Chief Operating Officer, and Babette Richter, RN, of the South Jersey Aids Alliance for their hard work and dedication to helping families deal with opioid addiction.


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