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Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - October 14th thru 21st, 2014

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October 14th, 2014 thru October 21st, 2014

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  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Arrests) – On late Friday night, October 17, 2014, into the early morning hours of Saturday, October 18, 2014, the Lacey Township Police Department initiated a thorough investigation into a report of a party involving at least eight youth between the ages of 13 to 14 engaging in the heavy consumption of hard alcohol while also smoking Marijuana at 611 Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor. The report came from a concerned parent who reportedly found her daughter highly intoxicated at the residence. The young girl was brought by the mother to police headquarters at 12:23 a.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2014, where Lacey EMS responded and transported the girl to Community Medical Center for immediate medical attention. Officer Michael Verwey, Officer George Resetar, and Sergeant Ronald Buxton responded to 611 Clairmore Avenue to further investigate the concern. Upon arrival at the residence, officers found numerous 13 and 14 year old youths who were visibly intoxicated and showing signs of impairment due to alcohol and Marijuana. The parents of each juvenile were contacted and subsequently responded to police headquarters to take custody of their children. The Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly known as DYFS) was contacted as well. Officer Michael Verwey, with the assistance of representatives of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, conducted a thorough criminal investigation in the hours and days that followed due to a concern that adults at the residence may have actually engaged in supplying the hard alcoholic beverages (Fireball Whisky & Vodka) as well as allegedly teaching some of the young teens how to smoke Marijuana from a “bong.”The investigation culminated in a search warrant being executed at the residence of Brian Smith and Tammy Smith at 611 Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor, NJ, during the evening hours of Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Investigators from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office as well as the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU) assisted Officer Verwey with the search warrant execution. Based on information obtained during the investigation and evidence collected at the residence, Officer Michael Verwey arrested 36-year-old Brian Smith and 34-year-old Tammy Smith for 3rd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, 6 Counts of Providing Alcoholic Beverages to Minors, and one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Judge Damian Murray set bail at $25,000 for Brian Smith and $25,000 for Tammy Smith for the 3rd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child charge. A representative from the Division of Child Protection & Permanency also initiated a continuing investigation into the matter. Both Brian Smith and Tammy Smith were transported to Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail.

  • Eluding – Wanted Person (Arrest) - On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 3:48 a.m., Officer Evan Androcy responded to the area of Aloha Drive in reference to two males in Kayaks paddling in the lagoons appearing to be looking at rear of houses. Officer Androcy observed two males exit the lagoon behind the home located at the northwest end of Aloha Drive. Officer Androcy made contact with one of the males who was later identified as 22-year-old Joshua Allotta of 307 5th Street in Waretown. Joshua Allotta informed Officer Androcy that the other subject fled because he was wanted by Lacey Police on an outstanding criminal arrest warrant. Based on Joshua Allotta’s interaction with Officer Androcy, he was later charged with Hindering the Apprehension of a Wanted Person. Officer Androcy found the other subject, 23-year-old Douglas J. McKee Jr. of 701 Tampa Road in Forked River, hiding in the cold water under a dock in the lagoon. Douglas J. McKee Jr. was arrested on a $100,000 Lacey Township criminal warrant for an eluding incident which occurred in the Bamber Lake section of the Township on Monday, October 6, 2014. Douglas J. McKee Jr. was transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where he was processed and then transported to Community Medical Center for treatment. Douglas J. McKee Jr. was transferred to the custody of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department at Community Medical Center.

  • Fraud – On Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at 5:42 p.m., Officer Kymberly Gudgeon responded to a Pleasantville Court address in reference to a fraud. The homeowner reported that she received a call from a man identifying himself as “David Hunter” from the number (855) 657-0536. The caller told the resident that her niece had been arrested for a hit and run accident and that she needed to send $3,000 cash to bail her out. The resident stated that a woman then got on the phone who sounded just like her niece and requested that she FedEx the cash immediately to a “Michael Stevens” in Bronx, NY. The subjects had contacted FedEx for the resident to schedule a pickup at her residence. FedEx showed up at her door a short time and provided her with a receipt and tracking number for the package. The resident leaned a short time later that her niece had not contacted her and that it was a scam. Officer Gudgeon had the victim contact FedEx immediately to stop the delivery of the package. FedEx was able to track the package down and subsequently return the cash to her a short time later. The NYPD was notified.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, October 19, 2014, at 1:49 a.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop on Sunrise Boulevard near Oak Lane in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 39-year-old Tracey Sangemino of Deer Run Drive N in Barnegat, NJ, for DUI. She was transported to police headquarters and processed. Tracey Sangemino was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle she was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 8:24 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy conducted a traffic stop on Game Farm Road near Route 9 in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver identified as 23-year-old Blake G. Patrovich of Orlando Drive in Forked River for an outstanding warrant. The warrant was issued from the Lacey Township Municipal Court in the amount of $350. Blake Patrovich was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was released after posting bail. Blake Patrovich also received a traffic summons for driving with a suspended driver’s license.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 8:09 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota was on patrol in the area of Lacey Road and Route 9 in Forked River when he observed 25-year-old Vincent G. Maulbeck Jr. walking in the parking lot of Spirit’s Unlimited. Officer Slota believed he had an active warrant for his arrest. Officer Slota learned that Vincent Maulbeck Jr. had a warrant from the Manchester Township Municipal Court in the amount of $439. He was arrested and transported to police headquarters. Vincent Maulbeck Jr. was later turned over to the custody of the Manchester Township Police Department.

  • Theft (Residence) – On Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 6:17 p.m., Officer John D. Simonson responded to police headquarters for a theft report. The victim reported that between 6:15 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered her bedroom and stole approximately $300 in gift cards from her dresser. At the time of the theft the victim was having a party at her residence located on the 200 block of Algonquin Trail in Forked River. The theft is currently under investigation.

  • DUI and Warrant (Arrest) – On Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 8:05 a.m., Officer John Simonson and Michael Eden responded to the Wawa, located at 800 Lacey Road in Forked River, in reference to a suspicious female. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 29-year-old Michelle T. Lobue of Pine Tree Drive in Forked River for DUI. In addition, a warrant was located for her from the Eatontown Municipal Court in the amount of $150. Michelle Lobue was transported to police headquarters and processed. She was later released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Exhibit a Driver’s License, and Driving While Suspended. Eatontown Municipal Court provided Michelle Lobue with an ROR. The vehicle Michelle Lobue was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Drug Possession – On Friday, October 17, 2014, at 8:42 p.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 near Lacey Road in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 27-year-old Luis G. Ortiz of Route 37 West in Toms River, NJ, for Possession of Marijuana. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Luis Ortiz was released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana. In addition, Luis Ortiz received traffic summonses for Driving While Suspended, CDS in a Motor Vehicle, and for Failing to Exhibit a Valid Insurance Card.

  • Shoplifting – On Friday, October 17, 2014, at 3:13 p.m., Officer John D. Simonson responded to Walmart located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for two female juvenile shoplifters in custody. Investigation at the scene led to a 14-year-old female juvenile from Lanoka Harbor being taken into custody for allegedly shoplifting merchandise valued at approximately $16.62. Additionally, a second 14-year-old female juvenile from Forked River was taken into custody for allegedly shoplifting additional items as well. Both female juveniles were transported to police headquarters, charged on juvenile complaints with shoplifting, and released to their respective parents.

  • Traffic Accident (Quad) – On Friday, October 17, 2014, at 3:01 p.m., Sergeant Vincent Meehan and Officer Michael Eden responded to Bryant Road in the Bamber Lake section of Lacey Township for a quad accident. The quad operator, identified as 71-year-old Robert Moeller from Brooklyn, NY, was traveling on Bryant Road when he lost control and was ejected into the woods. He suffered head and internal injuries at the scene and was transported by Monoc1 helicopter to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, NJ. The Waretown Fire Department and Monoc paramedics assisted.

  • Traffic Accident (Motorcycle) – On Friday, October 17, 2014, at 2:20 p.m., Officers Michael Eden and Frederick Anderson were dispatched to the 600 block of Lake Barnegat Drive North in Lanoka Harbor for a motorcyclist struck. The investigation revealed that the motorcyclist, identified as 55-year-old Gaetano Papa of Bayville, NJ, was traveling south on Lake Barnegat Drive when he was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound on Lake Barnegat Drive attempting to make a left turn into a driveway. The vehicle was being operated by 52-year-old Elisabeth Henwood of Lanoka Harbor, NJ. The Lanoka Harbor EMS and Monoc paramedics responded to the scene. Gaetano Papa suffered a severe leg/foot injury and was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, NJ, by Lanoka EMS. The Lacey Township Police Accident Investigation Team responded. Officer George Resetar is the investigating officers. The issuance of traffic summonses is pending the conclusion of the investigation.

  • Burglary and Theft – On Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 1:43 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn responded to the 2100 block of Leguene Avenue in Forked River for a theft. The victim reported that between the overnight hours of Wednesday, October 15, 2014, into Thursday, October 16, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered her unlocked garage and stole property including but not limited to an iPhone dock, and iPhone charger, and iPhone headphones with an estimated total value of $130.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 1:42 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the 1200 block of Ocean Street in Forked River for a dispute. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 22-year-old Zachery Kochel of Illinois Avenue in Waretown, NJ, on two outstanding warrants. The first warrant was a no bail warrant issued from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and the second warrant was issued from the Pine Beach Municipal Court in the amount of $500. Zachary Kochel was unable to post bail and was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility.

  • Theft and Criminal Mischief – On Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at 7:11 p.m., Officer Adam Ewart responded to the 500 block of Buttonwood Drive in Lanoka Harbor for reports of theft and criminal mischief. The complainant reported that within the past two weeks, an unknown person or persons slashed the front left tire of his enclosed trailer while it was parked in the driveway of his residence. The damage is valued at $100. Additionally, the complainant stated that within the past year, someone cut the catalytic converters out of the exhaust systems of two of his vehicles while they were parked on his property. Each catalytic convertor was valued at approximately $600. Additionally, an aluminum step ladder valued at $50 and a dolly valued at $300 were also reported stolen. The total value of stolen property is estimated at $1,550.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - October 7th thru October 13th, 2014

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October 7th, thru October 13th, 2014

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  • Shoplifting – On Sunday, October 12, 2014, at 4:42 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy responded to the Nutri-Shop, located at 410 Route 9 south, in reference to a theft. The employee reported that at about 3:55 p.m. a female teenager stole a bottle of NGN Bee Pollen valued at $50. The suspect was also accompanied by another female teen and a male teen. The female suspect is described as a white female with red hair, between 5-03” and 5-06”, in her mid-teens, wearing blue jeans and a blue long sleeve shirt. Footage from the store security cameras was retained in an effort to identify the suspect and the accomplices.

  • Criminal Mischief – On Sunday, October 12, 2014, at 8:07 a.m., Officer Anderson responded to the Gille Park Concession stand in reference to criminal mischief to the building. The gutters of the building were damaged as a result of someone attempting to get onto the roof of the building. The damage is estimated at $200.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, October 10, 2014, at 11:59 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey and Officer Andrew Slota were on a directed enforcement patrol assignment in the Area of West Lacey Road ad Dover Road when they observed a vehicle traveling south on Dover Road at a low rate of speed and failing to maintain its lane of travel. The officers followed the vehicle and after observing continuing motor vehicle violations, they stopped the vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 38-year-old Joan Mazzella of Stern Court in Barnegat, NJ, for DUI. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Joan Mazzella was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters, processed, and charged with DUI, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane.

  • Trespassing (Formal Charges) – On Friday, October 10, 2014, at 10:23 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy and Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas responded to a vacant residence, located at 460 Cedar Drive in Lanoka Harbor in reference to several subjects trespassing. Officers located 20-year-old Albert Reuter of Teakwood Drive in Lanoka Harbor, 19-year-old Kelsey Fisher of Central Lake Drive in Forked River, 20-year-old Justian Morales of Knollwood Court in Lanoka Harbor, and two juvenile females trespassing inside the vacant residence. Officers also located a partially consumed 1 liter bottle of Vodka in possession of the subjects. Investigation at the scene led to Albert Rueter being issued special complaint summonses for providing alcohol to minors, trespassing, and underage possession of alcohol. Kelsey Fisher was issued special complaint summonses for trespassing and underage consumption of alcohol. Justian Morales was issued a special complaint summons for trespassing. The two juvenile females were transported to police headquarters where they were picked up by their parents. Juvenile complaints for underage consumption of alcohol and trespassing were filed for both juveniles. The other subjects were released at the scene.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Friday, October 10, 2014, at 2:04 p.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to 7-11, located at 403 Route 9 North, Lanoka Harbor NJ, in reference to a suspicious person in a Honda Civic. As Officer Hein entered the parking lot to meet with the caller, the Honda Civic left the parking lot heading north on route 9. Detective Brian Flynn and Detective Alan Abrecht who were in the area, followed the vehicle north on Route 9 and observed the vehicle park in a driveway on Ashwood Place in Lanoka Harbor. The driver was identified as 22-year-old Jason P. Drackwicz of Ashwood Place who was driving while suspended. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Jason Drackwicz on an outstanding $350 Berkeley Township Municipal Court traffic warrant. Jason Drackwicz was transported to Lacey Township Police headquarters, where he was processed and released after posting bail. Jason Drackwicz was issued a summons for driving while suspended.

  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Friday, October 10. 2014, at 10:23 a.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to a Devon Street residence in Forked River in reference to a suspicious incident. The caller reported that sometime between 10:00 p.m. on October 9, 2014 and 10:00 a.m. on October 10, 2014, someone damaged a vehicle while it was parked in the driveway of a residence on the 600 block of Devon Street. Tool marks were observed on all four doors of the vehicle. It appeared that someone used an unknown tool in an attempt to pry the doors away from the vehicle in order to make entry to the vehicle. The paint of the vehicle was damages and is estimated at $400. Detective Alan Abrecht responded to the scene and took photographs and lifted several fingerprints from the vehicle.

  • Photo of Airsoft Gun within the Lacey Township High School – On Wednesday, October 08, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., the Lacey Township Police Department received a call from the Lacey Township High School administration reporting a concern regarding a digital photograph which appeared to depict some type of handgun in what appeared to possibly be within the high school. The school officials received the information and the photograph from a conscientious student. School officials were also able to quickly obtain the identity of the students responsible for the photograph. The photograph was reported to have been actually taken during a prior week. School officials notified the police department while immediately implementing protocols to utilize available staff to isolate the students of concern while other staff checked the lockers of those students identified. Officer Riciardella, Detective Lieutenant Chris Cornelius, Detective Robert Surtees, Detective Samuel Della Sala, and Chief Paprota all responded to the high school and worked closely with Principal Handschuch and his staff to quickly investigate the concern. The matter was quickly determined to involve Airsoft toy guns. No threat was posed to students and staff. The information obtained very early in the investigation indicated that, during a prior week, a male student of the high school brought two separate Airsoft handguns in a backpack into the school building. While within the school, that student captured at least two photographs on a cell phone and later transmitted the photos to others. Investigation revealed that the students commonly play with their Airsoft guns while not in school. While the Airsoft guns depicted in the digital photographs are commonly used as toys, the Airsoft guns are entirely improper in a school environment. Both the Lacey Township School administration and the Lacey Township Police Department are treating the matter seriously. After further investigation, several of the students who were initially of concern were determined to not be involved in the incident. The investigation has been narrowed to one student’s direct involvement and is continuing. All parents and students involved in the investigation where very cooperative and interested in quickly resolving any concern. The decisive action, implementation and use of proper protocols, and the cooperative efforts of the school administration and responding investigators allowed this matter to be resolved quickly without causing unnecessary alarm and without causing a disruption to the school environment. Any formal charges rendered by police investigators will be determined at the conclusion of the investigation. All persons involved are juveniles.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 4:48 p.m., Officer Kymberly Gudgeon and Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to Walmart, located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, in reference to shoplifting. The loss prevention employee had 32-year-old Joann Landi of Deck Street in Barnegat, NJ, and 28-year-old Grace Landi of Deck Street in Barnegat, NJ, detained for shoplifting. The loss prevention employee reportedly observed Joann Landi conceal and then attempt to leave the store with $254.68 worth of makeup and jewelry. Joann Landi was arrested and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed and released on a summons charging her with shoplifting. The loss prevention employee also reportedly observed Grace Landi conceal and then attempt to leave the store with $147.68 worth of makeup and jewelry. Grace Landi provided the officers with a false name, initially giving officers her sister’s name. Grace Landi was arrested and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed on the live-scan fingerprint machine which indicated that the name she provided was false and her actual name was Grace Landi. Upon discovering her actual name, a $500 Tinton Falls Municipal Court traffic warrant, a $1,000 Tinton Falls Municipal Court criminal warrant, and a $500 Barnegat Township Municipal Court criminal warrant were located for her arrest. Grace Landi was charged with shoplifting, hindering her own apprehension, and one count of false reporting to police (attempting to incriminate another). Bail was set at $5,000 and Grace Landi was transported to Ocean County Jail in default of bail.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 12:21 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno was on patrol in the area of Chelsea Street and Newark Avenue in Forked River when he observed 28-year-old Christopher Marsillo of Chelsea Street driving down the roadway. Officer Sarno was aware that Christopher Marsillo had several outstanding warrants for his arrest which included a $500 Lacey Township Municipal Court traffic warrant, a $500 Elmwood Park Municipal Court traffic warrant, and a $2,500 Perth Amboy Municipal Court traffic warrant. Officer Sarno stopped the vehicle at a Center Street address. Officer Sarno activated the emergency lights and sirens on his patrol vehicle and exited the vehicle yelling for Christopher Marsillo to stop. Christopher Marsillo refused to stop and entered the residence. Officer Sarno knocked on the door and after about a minute Christopher Marsillo came out. Christopher Marsillo was arrested and found in possession of drug paraphernalia and an empty wax fold of heroin. He was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and then transported to the Ocean County Jail in default of bail. Christopher Marsillo was charged with obstructing the administration of law and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set by the court at $2,500.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 10:28 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota and Officer Kymberly Gudgeon responded to the Walmart store located at 580 Route 9 North in reference to shoplifting. The Walmart Asset Protection Associate reported that he observed a female remove a brown Faded Glory 3xl jacket from the hanger and place it in her shopping cart. The female, later identified as 25-year-old Nichole Coker of N Leithgow Street in Philadelphia, PA, then reportedly attempted to exit the store without paying for the item. Nichole Coker, who indicated that she was a Walmart vendor at the store setting up a display, was arrested and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed, charged with shoplifting on a summons, and then released.


Press Release - Lacey Township Police Department - Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - Lacey Township High School

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Photo of Airsoft Gun within the Lacey Township High School – On Wednesday, October 08, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., the Lacey Township Police Department received a call from the Lacey Township High School administration reporting a concern regarding a digital photograph which appeared to depict some type of handgun in what appeared to possibly be within the high school. The school officials received the information and the photograph from a conscientious student. School officials were also able to quickly obtain the identity of the students responsible for the photograph. The photograph was reported to have been actually taken during a prior week. School officials notified the police department while immediately implementing protocols to utilize available staff to isolate the students of concern while other staff checked the lockers of those students identified.

Officer Riciardella, Detective Lieutenant Chris Cornelius, Detective Robert Surtees, Detective Samuel Della Sala, and Chief Paprota all responded to the high school and worked closely with Principal Handschuch and his staff to quickly investigate the concern. The matter was quickly determined to involve Airsoft toy guns. No threat was posed to students and staff. The information obtained very early in the investigation indicated that, during a prior week, a male student of the high school brought two separate Airsoft handguns in a backpack into the school building. While within the school, that student captured at least two photographs on a cell phone and later transmitted the photos to others. Investigation revealed that the students commonly play with their Airsoft guns while not in school. While the Airsoft guns depicted in the digital photographs are commonly used as toys, the Airsoft guns are entirely improper in a school environment. Both the Lacey Township School administration and the Lacey Township Police Department are treating the matter seriously.

After further investigation, several of the students who were initially of concern were determined to not be involved in the incident. The investigation has been narrowed to one student’s direct involvement and is continuing. All parents and students involved in the investigation where very cooperative and interested in quickly resolving any concern. The decisive action, implementation and use of proper protocols, and the cooperative efforts of the school administration and responding investigators allowed this matter to be resolved quickly without causing unnecessary alarm and without causing a disruption to the school environment.

Any formal charges rendered by police investigators will be determined at the conclusion of the investigation. All persons involved are juveniles.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - October 1st thru October 6th, 2014

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October 1st, thru October 6th, 2014

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  • Eluding (Formal Charge – Arrest Pending) - On Monday, October 6, 2014 at 8:07 p.m. Officer Darrell Nick was on West Lacey Road near Lacey Materials when he observed a vehicle traveling westbound at 106 mph. Upon activating the emergency lights of the patrol vehicle, the suspect vehicle fled and eventually turned onto Phillips Road in the Bamber Lake section of Lacey Township in an attempt to evade Officer Nick. The vehicle then slowed and pulled over to the right side of the roadway, at which time the driver was observed climbing over the front seat passenger and exiting the passenger side door. The driver then ran off into a dark wooded area leaving the vehicle in gear with 3 passengers remained in the vehicle. The vehicle slowed to a stop and the occupants were identified. The front seat passenger was a 22-year-old male from 5th Street in Waretown and the son of the registered owner of the vehicle. The rear seat passengers included a 28-year-old male from Nautilus Boulevard in Waretown and a 20-year-old female from Polaris Court in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to a determination that the driver who fled on foot was 23-year-old Douglas J. McKee Jr. formerly of Tampa Road in Forked River. Judge Francis Hodgson set bail at $100,000 on the 2nd degree charge of Eluding. Douglas J. McKee Jr. also has an outstanding $615 Lacey Township Municipal Court criminal warrant. Douglas McKee Jr. has not been located as of October 7, 2014, and has been entered into the state computer system as a wanted person. Motor vehicle summonses were also prepared for Douglas McKee Jr. for speeding, reckless driving, and driving while suspended.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Monday, October 6, 2014, at 12:51 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno was on patrol in the area of Chelsea Street and Newark Avenue in the Forked River section of the township when he conducted a motor vehicle stop regarding a suspected suspended driver. The vehicle was stopped on Lacey Road near the entrance to the Garden State Parkway. The driver, 31-year-old Sabrina C. Simmons of Toms River, NJ, was determined to have a suspended driver’s license. During the stop, drug paraphernalia was observed in the possession of the male passenger, 31-year-old Thomas M. Johnston of Toms River, NJ. Thomas Johnston initially provided police with a false name, but investigation at the scene revealed that he had provided his brother’s name in an effort to prevent the officer from discovering an active $5,000 Ocean County Sheriff’s Department failure to appear warrant. Thomas Johnston was placed under arrest for possession of Heroin and hindering his own apprehension. Thomas Johnston was transported to Lacey Township police headquarters where he was processed and charged with possession of Heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a hypodermic syringe. Bail was set at $10,000. Thomas Johnston was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail. Sabrina Miller was issued motor vehicle summonses for possession of CDS in a motor vehicle, driving while suspended, and maintenance of lamps. Sabrina Miller was released at the scene on the motor vehicle summonses.

  • Traffic Accident & Warrant Arrest – On Monday, October 6, 2014, at 8:35 a.m., Officer Daniel Ricciardella responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Arlington Avenue and Chelsea Street in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 27-year-old Brandon Pascarella of Mallard Road in Bayville, NJ, for an outstanding $350 Toms River Township Municipal Court traffic warrant. Brandon Pascarella was transported to Lacey Township Police Department where he was processed and released after posting bail. Brandon Pascarella was issued a summons for driving while suspended.

  • Warrant Arrest - On Sunday, October 5, 2104, at 1:25 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno was traveling north on Route 9 in the Forked River section of the township when he conducted a motor vehicle stop in the Lakeside Plaza, located at 404 Route 9 South. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 23-year-old Amanda Picard of Forked River, on an outstanding $500 Lacey Township Municipal Court warrant for shoplifting. Amanda Picard was transported to Lacey Township police headquarters where she was processed and then transported to Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail. Amanda Picard was also issued motor summonses for maintenance of lamps, and unregistered vehicle.

  • Found Incendiary Device –On Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 8:49 a.m.,John D. Davis of Forked River responded to Lacey Township police headquarters with an unknown metal device that he found in the Barnegat Bay on September 27, 2014. The device was located just south of Tices Shoal, under approximately three (3) feet of mud. The device was approximately eighteen (18) inches long and four (4) inches in diameter and made of brass, which was tarnished from being in the bay. The device had writing stamped on the side which read, “For hand launching. To arm rotate cover to arm.” The item was temporarily secured in the rear of police headquarters and attempts were made to contact the Fort Dix Bomb Disposal Unit, but no response was received. The Coast Guard at Barnegat Light was also notified and Petty Officer Patrick Seebald identified the device as possibly being a MK72 location flare. The New Jersey State Police Regional Operations Intelligence Center, the New Jersey State Police Arson/Bomb Unit, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office were notified. Detective Brett Beyer of the New Jersey State Police Arson/Bomb Unit responded and took possession of the device. After consulting with several other members of the NJSP Arson/Bomb Unit and other bomb experts, Detective Brett Beyer indicated that he believed that the device is actually an MK25, a location device that produces flames and smoke, via stored red phosphorous, when activated with seawater. Detective Beyer indicated that if some red phosphorous was remaining inside the device, and it was neutralized with a counter charge, the result could be very dangerous. The device is believed to be utilized by the United States Air Force, so Det. Beyer notified the United States Air Force Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit informing them of the recovery of the device.

  • Eluding Incident and Motor Vehicle Accident (Arrest)– On Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 10:31 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota was traveling eastbound on Lacey Road approaching the intersection of Lacey Road and Route 9 when he observed a 2002 Cadillac run through the red light and travel north on Route 9. Officer Slota attempted to stop the vehicle using his lights and siren which prompted the vehicle to slow down and begin to pull over as if it were going to stop near Game Farm Road. Rather than stop, the Cadillac accelerated to a high rate of speed, disregarding the safety of other traffic in the area. The Cadillac was observed traveling in a reckless manner, weaving in and out of traffic, while increasing its speed. As the vehicle passed the area of Route 9 and First Street, it was tracked on radar in excess of 89 mph in the 45 mph zone. Officer Slota lost view of the fleeing vehicle as it passed the Walmart. The Cadillac was found to have spun out of control ultimately colliding with a utility pole before Laurel Boulevard on Route 9. Evidence at the scene indicated that the vehicle, which was traveling north, spun several times, struck a utility pole, and ultimately came to rest in the opposite lane facing southeast.While approaching the crash scene, Officer Slota observed a black male exiting the Cadillac and fleeing into the woods. That section of Route 9 was temporarily closed due to the damaged Cadillac blocking the southbound lane and considerable debris strewn throughout the roadway. Moments later, Officer George Resetar observed the suspect driver, later identified as Edward A. Poli, walking out of the woods northbound onto Laurel Boulevard. Upon being confronted by Officer Resetar, Edward A. Poli initially provided Officer Resetar with a false name to avoid detection. Officer Slota was able to positively identify 31-year-old Edward A. Poli as the subject who had exited the motor vehicle and fled the scene of the collision. Officers then recognized Edward A. Poli as a wanted subject discussed in the officers’ daily shift briefing earlier in the evening. In the shift briefing, E. Poli, formerly of Little Egg Harbor, was discussed as being wanted on several warrants including one for escaping a New Jersey correctional facility (halfway house). Edward A. Poli was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters. Although no injuries were evident, due to the severity of the accident, the Lanoka Harbor First Aid Squad was called to transport E. Poli to the hospital, but E. Poli refused medical treatment. Edward A. Poli, who eventually reported his address as 1031 Newark Avenue, Apt. 3015 of the Heritage Apartments in Forked River, was subsequently charged with second degree Eluding with bail set at $150,000 with no 10% option. E. Poli was also charged with Hindering Apprehension along with numerous motor vehicle violations, including: Failure to Observe Signal, Speeding +44 mph above the speed limit, Failure to Maintain Lane, Reckless Driving, Suspended Driver, Unregistered Vehicle, and Uninsured Motor Vehicle. E. Poli was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

    Edward A. Poli was found to also have the following active warrants for his arrest:
        1. NJ Department of Corrections Offense: Escape No Bail
        2. Camden County Prosecutors Office Offense: Escape No Bail
        3. Cobb County, Georgia Offense: Failure to Appear Original charge violation of GA controlled substance act

 

  • Under Age Consumption of Alcohol – On Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 10:31 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy was on patrol when he observed a male juvenile run across Route 9 carrying a large shiny object. Officer Androcy followed the subject and identified the object he was carrying as a 1.75 liter bottle of Fire Ball cinnamon whiskey. Officer Androcy stopped the subject on Sunrise Boulevard and identified him as being a 17-year-old Lacey resident. The male subject displayed obvious signs of alcohol impairment and was taken into custody. He was transported to police headquarters where he was turned over to his father. The juvenile was confrontational and non-compliant during the incident. He was charged on juvenile complaints with under age possession/consumption of alcohol and obstruction of justice.

  • DUI (Arrest) - On Saturday, October 04, 2014, at 12:59 a.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas was on patrol when he observed a black Ford pickup speeding on Route 9 near Beach Boulevard in the Forked River section of the township. Officer Tsarnas stopped the vehicle on Route 9 near the border of Waretown. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 46-year-old Benjamin Redman of Harborage Place in Barnegat, NJ, for DUI. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Benjamin Redman was charged with DUI, reckless driving, and speeding.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, October 3, 2014, at 6:08 p.m., Officer John McKee was directing traffic on Route 9 when he was approached by a citizen who reported that a female with blond hair was driving a red, 2010, Nissan Versa erratically on Route 9. Officer McKee attempted to stop the vehicle while directing traffic, but the driver ignored his commands. Officer McKee notified the Lacey Township Police Department Communications Center of the incident. Officer Noah Schaffer was on patrol in the area and observed the vehicle near the intersection of Route 9 and Parkers Point Boulevard. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and was failing to maintain its lane. Officer Schaffer stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Route 9 and Lakeside Drive South. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 61-year-old Lolita J. Albert of Lanoka Harbor for DUI. In the vehicle were two children, ages 4 and 5. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Officer John Simonson assisted at the scene and waited for the mother of the two children to arrive and take custody of them. Lolita Albert was transported to Lacey Township police headquarters where she refused to provide samples of her breath. Lolita Albert was charged with DUI, refusal to submit breath samples, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and failure to stop for Officers Signals. The Division of Child Protection and Permanency was also notified.

  • Theft – On Friday, October 3, at 2:47 p.m., a resident of Trenton Avenue in Forked River responded to Lacey Township police headquarters to report that her wallet had been stolen. The resident reported that upon returning from a run on Friday October 3, 2014, she discovered that someone stole her wallet from her unlocked car. Lisanne Brown reported that she parked her green, 1997, Mitsubishi Mirage in front of her residence on the 1000 block of Trenton Avenue at approximately 11:00 a.m. The total reported loss is estimated at $44.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Friday, October 3, 2014, at 8:48 a.m., Nicolas Martinez responded to police headquarters to post bail on several outstanding warrants. The warrants included; a $5,000 Ocean County Sheriff’s Department failure to appear contempt warrant, $600 Lacey Township Municipal Court traffic warrant, a $250 Ocean Township Municipal Court traffic warrant, and a $228 Beachwood Municipal Court traffic warrant. Nicolas Martinez posted bail and was released awaiting new court dates.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at 2:35 p.m., Sergeant Vincent Meehan and Officer Michael Hein responded to Walmart, 580 Route 9 North, Lanoka Harbor, NJ, in reference to shoplifting. The Loss Prevention employee reported that he observed a male place two items in his backpack and then exit the store without paying for the items. The items were a 3 ounce container of Murray’s Pomade Spike Wax valued at $2.24, and a 2 ounce container of Got2B Hair Gel valued at $3.97. The male suspect was identified as, 18-year-old Jonathan Dallavalle of Caldwell Avenue, Forked River, NJ. Jonathan Dallavalle initially told the officers that he was 17 years old and provided the officers with a false date of birth. Upon further investigation officers were able to obtain Jonathan Dallavalle’s actual date of birth. Jonathan Dallavalle was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Township police headquarters where he was processed and released on a summons. Jonathan Dallavalle was charged with shoplifting and hindering apprehension.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - September 23rd thru 29th, 2014

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September 23rd, thru September 29th, 2014

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  • Terroristic Threats & False Public Alarm – On Sunday, September 28, 2014, at 12:55 p.m., Officer Kymberly Gudgeon, Officer Anthony Sarno, and Lieutenant Christopher Kenny responded to a residence on Manchester Avenue in the Forked River section of the township in reference to a 52-year-old adult male who had reportedly taken an excessive amount of Xanax and was being aggressive. Upon arrival of the officers, the subject was located inside a bus with blacked-out windows parked on the side of the property. Upon the officers attempting to approach the bus, the man became aggressive and threatened to shoot the officers. The subject appeared to be holding his hands in a shooting position and continuously pointed at the officers yelling that he had a gun and was going to shoot the officers. The officers immediately took a tactical position of cover and started a dialogue with the subject who continued his aggressive and threatening behavior. The subject became even more frustrated and then grabbed a metal box with a cord and what appeared to be a handle with a button. The subject then told the officers that he had wired the bus and the house with explosives and he was going to blow them up. The subject held the handle and cord in his hand as if it was a detonator switch. The officers continued to maintain a dialogue with the subject until he became even more frustrated and exited the bus and moved aggressively towards the officers. During the incident, it was unknown if the subject possessed the weapons, but the officers believed the man was attempting to force the officers to shoot him. Once the man emerged from the bus and moved aggressively toward the officers, Lieutenant Kenny was able to deploy OC (Oleoresin Capsicum – Pepper) spray to bring the subject under control. He was immediately handcuffed and treated for the exposure to the OC spray. He was then transported to Community Medical Center for psychological evaluation and care. He was later charged with terroristic threats, false public alarms, and disorderly conduct. No weapon or explosives were found at the scene. The officers involved are each being commended for demonstrating tremendous restraint and professionalism during the stressful incident.

  • Drug Paraphernalia & Warrant Arrests – On Monday, September 29, 2014, at 1:30 p.m., Officer Kymberly Gudgeon and Officer Robert Flynn responded to Walmart, 580 Route 9, Lanoka Harbor, in reference to people who had reportedly been in a car in the parking lot for several days. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 22-year-old Patrick Newman of Bainbridge Island, Washington, on a $350 Berkeley Township Municipal Court traffic warrant and a $500 Jackson Township Municipal Court traffic warrant. Julia Hunter, 27, of 33 Korman Road Apt. 8A in Bayville, NJ, was also arrested on a $351 Toms River Township Municipal Court criminal warrant and a $750 Cream Ridge Municipal Court traffic warrant. Upon arresting the subjects, officers recovered a hypodermic syringe and empty heroin wax folds. Both suspects were transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where they were processed and each charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were then transported to the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.

  • Criminal Mischief & Theft from a Vehicle –On Monday, September 29, 2014, at 8:41 a.m., Officer Kymberly Gudgeon responded to Christopher’s Auto Sales, located at 309 Route 9 North in Forked River, in reference to thefts from several vehicles. The owner reported that between 6:00 p.m. on September 28, 2014 and 8:00 a.m. on September 29, 2014, three vehicles were damaged and unlawfully entered. A UD 1800 flatbed truck had the rear, passenger-side, cab window smashed out and the Panasonic stereo stolen. A silver Nissan Sentra had one of its rear windows smashed out and the radio had been attempted to be removed without success. A yellow Dodge Dakota pickup had one of its rear windows smashed, but it did not appear as if the actor(s) attempted to remove the radio. The damage was estimated at $650 and the stolen radio was estimated at $200.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Monday, September 29, 2014, at 12:17 a.m., Officer Michael Verwey observed a vehicle traveling east on Lacey Road that failed to dim high beams to oncoming traffic. Officer Verwey followed the vehicle and observed the vehicle swerve over the center line of the roadway. Officer Verwey stopped the vehicle, a gold Saturn, on Manchester Avenue near Lacey Road. Upon speaking with the driver, 18-year-old Emily L. Burke of Cape May Avenue in Bayville, Officer Verwey detected the odor of Marijuana in the vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the discovery of four clear Zip lock bags containing Marijuana, one glass smoking device containing suspected burnt marijuana resin, one metal pipe containing suspected marijuana resin, and a 7/32 socket attached to a water bottle used as an improvised smoking device also containing suspected marijuana resin. Emily Burke was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed and released on a summons. Emily Burke was charged with possession of Marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Emily Burke was also issued motor vehicle summonses for possession of CDS in a motor vehicle, failure to maintain lane, and failure to dim high beam headlights.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 12:39 a.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas stopped a motor vehicle on Route 9 near the intersection of First Street after observing the vehicle crossing the fog line and center line of the roadway. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 57-year-old Robert Jankowski of Coolidge Place in Paramus, NJ, for DUI. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Robert Jankowski was charged with DUI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane and failure to observe traffic signal.

  • DUI and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Arrest) – On Friday, September 26, 2014, at 11:03 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey conducted a stop of a motor vehicle at Route 9 near the intersection of Lacey Road for speeding and failing to maintain a lane of travel. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 49-year-old Andrew J. Grogan III of Nantucket Road in Forked River for DUI. Upon arrest, officers recovered a small pipe containing suspected burnt Marijuana resin and a Marijuana grinder. Andrew Grogan III was transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where he was processed and issued motor vehicle summonses for DUI, refusal to submit breath tests, reckless driving, speeding, failure to maintain lane, and failure to dim high-beam headlights. Andrew Grogan III was also issued a summons for possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Thursday, September 26, 2014, at 9:51 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer was on patrol when he observed a vehicle traveling West on Lacey Road that was erratically changing lanes multiple times and passing the surrounding vehicles in an aggressive and careless manner. Officer Schaffer stopped the vehicle in the Wawa parking lot, located at 800 Lacey Road in Forked River. The registration of the vehicle came back “not on file” and it was discovered that the license plate did not belong on the vehicle and the vehicle was not registered. Further investigation led to the arrest of the driver, 19-year-old John Giberson of Starboard Way in Waretown, New Jersey, on two outstanding warrants. The first warrant was a $500 Lacey Township Municipal Court traffic warrant and the second warrant was a $500 Stafford Township Municipal Court traffic warrant. The vehicle was impounded for not being registered. John Giberson was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and issued motor vehicle summons form driving while suspended, careless driving, unregistered vehicle, fictitious plates, and failure to exhibit insurance card. John Giberson was not able to post bail and was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Friday, September 26, 2014, at 9:14 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota and Officer George Resetar responded to Walmart, located at 580 Route 9 North, Lanoka Harbor, in reference to a report of shoplifting. The Asset Protection Manager reported that he observed a female conceal several items inside her purse and then observed her try to exit the store without paying for those items. The suspect, 47-year-old Toni Valente of Roger Road in Forked River, was arrested and transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where she was processed and released on a summons. Toni Valente was charged with shoplifting a black Goody Paddle hair brush, a black con air hair brush, two pair ladies underwear, and a camouflage tee shirt with a total value of $22.54.

  • Suspicious Incident – On Thursday, September 26, 2014, at 6:32 p.m., a Jacqueline Court resident reported that she received a suspicious phone call from a subject that attempted to solicit money from her. The subject told her that her grandson was arrested by the Lacey Township Police and he needed bail money. The resident did not provide any information to the caller and then contacted this agency. It was determined to be scam and a police report was completed regarding the incident.

  • Underage Consumption of Alcohol (Formal Charge) – On Thursday, September 25, 2014, at 9:51 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey responded to a Sunrise Boulevard address in reference to an alleged robbery. A 17-year-old male reported that he and his friends were at Spirits Unlimited, located at 3 Lacey Road in Forked River, trying to convince liquor store patrons to purchase them alcohol. The juvenile stated that a patron purchased them Vodka. The juvenile stated that after receiving the vodka, he attempted to make a phone call and was then reportedly punched by a subject named “Scooby.” The juvenile continued by stating that the subject then stole his cell phone. Upon further questioning by Officer Verwey, the juvenile recanted his story and admitted to losing his cell phone and that he made up the story to avoid being in trouble with his father. Officer Verwey observed that the juvenile was displaying signs of alcohol intoxication. The juvenile and his father were advised that he is being charged on a juvenile complaint with underage consumption of alcohol.

  • Vehicle Fire – On Wednesday, September 25, 2014, at 12:07 a.m., Officer Evan Androcy responded to Route 539, between mile marker 20 and mile marker 21, in reference to a car fire. Manchester Police and Manchester volunteer fire department were already on scene attending to the incident. The 2000 Pontiac Grand Am was fully engulfed and damaged a telephone pole. No injuries were reported. JCP&L responded to the scene regarding the damaged utility pole.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Wednesday, September 24, 2014, Officer John Simonson, responded to Walmart, 580 Route 9, Lanoka Harbor, in reference to shoplifting. The loss prevention employee reported that he observed two males put packages of Pokemon cards in their pockets and then attempt to leave the store without paying for the items. Tyler Morong, 18, of Cornelius Street in Bayville was found to have 3 packages of cards in his possession valued at $12.54 and 18-year-old Kyle M. Wilson of Brooks Avenue in Bayville was found to have 9 packages of cards in his possession valued at $37.62. Tyler Morong and Kyle Wilson were both placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters. Both suspects were processed, charged with shoplifting, and released on summonses.

  • Traffic Accident – On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at 2:05 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Lacey Road and Newark Avenue in reference to a downed utility pole. Investigation at the scene indicated that while installing a sign on the property of 933 Lacey Road, a bucket truck pulled down overhead wires from a utility pole, causing the wires and the pole to fall into the roadway. Two vehicles parked in the parking lot sustained damage as a result of the falling wires. The roadway was closed and traffic was detoured into the Pines Section for 5 hours until the utility pole could be replaced.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - September 16th, 2014 thru 22nd, 2014

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September 16th, thru September 22nd, 2014

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  • DUI (Arrest) – On Monday, September 22, 2014, at 3:37 a.m., Officers Adam Ewart and John McKee responded to the area of Route 9 North and Haines Street in Lanoka Harbor for a report of a male subject driving away from Walmart who appeared to be intoxicated. A description of the vehicle and a license plate was provided. Officer Ewart soon located the vehicle traveling on Basin Road near Chestnut Drive in Lanoka Harbor and conducted a traffic stop. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 22-year-old Michael Araneo 2nd of Hazelton Avenue in Lanoka Harbor, for DUI. Michael Araneo 2nd was released after receiving traffic summons for DUI, Reckless driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle Michael Araneo 2nd was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Sunday, September 21, 2014, at 9:00 p.m., Officers Scott Keefe and John McKee were dispatched to Walmart, located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a male shoplifter. Loss prevention advised that the accused had entered a vehicle and headed toward Haines Street. A description of the vehicle along with a partial license plate was provided. Lieutenant Michael DiBella observed the vehicle as it turned onto Haines Street going eastbound. Lieutenant DiBella followed the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 near Liberty Way in Lanoka Harbor. Officers Keefe and McKee arrived on scene. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 46-year-old Anthony M. Mascola of Morris Boulevard in Bayville for shoplifting approximately $165 worth of merchandise from Walmart. Anthony Mascola was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was released after receiving a criminal summons for Shoplifting.

  • Simple Assault and Underage Consumption of Alcohol (Formal Charges) – On Sunday, September 21, 2014, at 2:16 a.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to the 100 block of Heatherington Court in Lanoka Harbor for a dispute. Investigation at the scene led to 19-year-old Dominique R. Deservio of Lanoka Harbor being served with a summons for Underage Consumption of Alcohol as well as a summons for Simple Assault. Additionally, 19-year-old Brett Miniaci of Forked River was served with a summons for Underage Consumption of Alcohol.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, September 20, at 6:13 p.m., Sergeant Paul Sullivan responded to the area of Beach Boulevard in reference to a report of an intoxicated female driver leaving a residence with a child in the vehicle. Sergeant Sullivan located the suspect vehicle traveling north on Route 9 near the intersection of Clearwater Drive in Forked River. Sergeant Sullivan conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot behind Caffrey’s Steak House located at 440 Route 9 South in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 30-year-old Emily Rosario of Spruce Drive in Manchester, NJ, for DUI and for DUI with a Minor in the Vehicle. Emily Rosario was transported to Police Headquarters and processed. She was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, DUI with a Minor in the Vehicle, Refusal to Submit to Breath Testing, Reckless driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle she was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 1:14 p.m., Sergeant Paul Sullivan Jr. conducted a traffic stop near the 400 block of Route 9 South in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 56-year-old Jeffrey Benner of Bowsprit Point in Lanoka Harbor, on two (2) outstanding warrants. Warrant number one (1) was issued from the Lacey Township Municipal Court in the amount of $1,000, and warrant number two (2) was issued from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department in the amount of $29,000. Jeffrey Benner was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was later released after posting bail on the Lacey Township warrant. In addition, he was released ROR by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department. Jeffrey Benner received a traffic summons for Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License.

  • Noise Disturbance (Formal Charge) – On Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 12:40 a.m., Officers Adam Ewart and John McKee responded to the 1000 block of Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor for a loud music complaint. Upon arrival officers heard the loud music and met with 26-year-old Michael Giordano. Michael Giordano was issued a Special Form of Complaint and Summons for the Noise Disturbance.

  • Fireworks (Formal Charge) – On Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 12:20 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas responded to the 300 block of Beach Boulevard in Forked River for a report of possible gun shots in the area. An investigation at the scene determined that there were no gun shots, however, fireworks were being discharged. As a result, 25–year-old Franklin Bidder of Beach Boulevard was issued a summons for discharging fireworks.

  • Theft (Residence) – On Friday, September 19, 2014, at 3:31 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey responded to the 300 block of Hemlock Drive in Lanoka Harbor for a theft report. The victim reported that during the overnight hours of Thursday, September 18, 2014, into Friday, September 19, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole a blue Schwinn bicycle valued at $100 from the front yard of the residence.

  • Theft – On Friday, September 19, 2014, at 9:02 a.m., Regina Discenza responded to police headquarters to make a theft report. Regina Discenza reported that four of her campaign signs for Lacey Township School Board had been stolen from various locations within Lacey Township. One sign was reportedly stolen from the intersection of Station Drive and Oak Street, one sign was reportedly stolen from the intersection of Garden State Parkway South and Lacey Road, and two signs were reportedly stolen from the intersection of Colgate Avenue and Western Boulevard. The reported thefts occurred at various times and dates between Sunday, September 7, 2014 and Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The signs were valued at $11.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Thursday, September 18, 2014, detectives from Lacey Township and Toms River conducted a cooperative investigation which led to the arrests of two Forked River residents. The investigation began while detectives searched for Jeremy Molloy, 24, after a no-bail warrant was issued by the New Jersey State Parole Board. The warrant was issued after Molloy failed to conform to Parole standards. Jeremy Molloy was seen in the parking lot of Howard Johnson’s in Toms River while accompanied by a second Forked River resident, Kenneth Novak, 25. After the two departed, Lacey detectives observed a suspicious meeting between Novak and another subject on Clearwater Drive in Forked River. A traffic stop was conducted and drug paraphernalia was observed leading to Kenneth Novak’s arrest. Detectives discovered 94 bags containing heroin and a hypodermic syringe. Toms River detectives had conducted a separate traffic stop of a vehicle as it left the hotel and arrested Molloy on the outstanding warrant. During a search of the vehicle and the hotel room, detectives discovered another 61 bags containing heroin as well as some Oxycodone. Jeremy Molloy was charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Oxycodone, and Intent to Distribute Heroin. He was incarcerated at the Ocean County Correctional Facility with no opportunity to post bail. Kenneth Novak was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Remaining in a Public Place with Purpose of Selling a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, Possession of Heroin, and Intent to Distribute Heroin. Novak was also incarcerated in default of bail set at $75,000.

  • Theft – On Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 6:58 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded police headquarters for a theft report. The victim reported that over the past few weeks, several pieces of jewelry and gold bars had been stolen from his residence located on the 200 block of Quail Lane North in Lanoka Harbor. The victim stated that there was no signs of forced entry. Names of possible suspects were provided and the investigation is continuing. The theft is estimated at $6,000.

  • Criminal Mischief (Township Property) – On Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 3:36 p.m., Special Officer Russell Moller located graffiti on a township sign posted at the intersection of Bullard Avenue and Jay Street in Forked River. The Department of Public Works was contacted to remove the graffiti. The estimated cost to remove the graffiti is $25.

  • Criminal Mischief (Township Property) – On Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 2:30 p.m., Special Officer Russell Moller was on patrol and observed graffiti spray painted on the Second Lake bath house located at 5000 Lakeside Drive in Forked River. Several different spray paint colors were utilized to spray the writings and symbols on the building. The Lacey Township Department of Public Works was contacted to clean off the graffiti. The cost of removal is estimated at $200.

  • Theft & Criminal Mischief – On Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 7:36 a.m., Officer Scott Anderson responded to Lacey Diagnostics Imaging, 833 Lacey Road, Forked River, in reference to smoke coming from one of the air conditioning units behind the building. Officer Anderson determined that unknown persons cut the copper coils out of the air conditioning condensing unit. The Forked River Fire Department responded and assisted at the scene. The coils were cut between 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 17, 2014 and 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014. The damage and theft are estimated at $1,000.

  • Silver Alert – On Thursday, September 18, 2014, a 73-year-old Lacey Township resident who reportedly suffers from dementia was reported missing by family members. The man was reported missing at 9:30 a.m. and located during the late afternoon hours near Hamilton Township on Route 195 by the New Jersey State Police.

  • Traffic Accident (Fatal) – On Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 6:02 a.m., Officers George Resetar and Michael Eden responded to Route 539 mile marker 16 for a two-car head-on motor vehicle accident. The Barnegat Police Department also responded. The accident was determined to be a fatal crash. The Lacey Township Police Department’s Fatal Accident Support Team, along with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminalistics Investigation Unit responded. The deceased was identified as 54-year-old Suzanne Kessler of Whiting, New Jersey. Suzanne Kessler was traveling in the southbound lane of Route 539 when her Chevy Cavalier was struck by a Cadillac Deville being operated by 27-year-old Kenneth Busardo of Barnegat, NJ. Kenneth Busardo was traveling northbound on Route 539 when his car drifted into the soundbound lane striking Suzanne Kessler’s vehicle. Kenneth Busardo received minor injuries in the crash and refused medical treatment. Kenneth Busardo was transported to Southern Ocean County Hospital by investigating officers to have his blood drawn for analysis. There were no other occupants in either vehicle. No charges have been filed at this time. The Barnegat Township, Stafford Township, and Manchester Township Fire Departments, along with the Barnegat Township First Aid Squad, and Monoc Paramedics responded to the scene. The accident is currently under investigation.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at 8:25 p.m., Sergeant Ronald Buxton and Officer George Resetar responded to the 300 block of Enterprise Drive in Forked River to serve 50-year-old Patrick Applegate with a $15,000 Lacey Township Warrant for operating a motor vehicle during a period of suspension for driving while intoxicated. Patrick Applegate was located at that residence and placed under arrest. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Patrick Applegate was later lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

  • Fraud – On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at 12:24 p.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to PNC Bank located at 702 Lacey Road in Forked River in reference to fraud. The assistant branch manager reported that an unknown person or persons was using “slugs” in the coin counting machine located in the lobby of the bank. The assistant branch manager reported that the bank was defrauded of approximately $1,800 by the use of the “slugs.” The machine has been recalibrated to correct the error.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - September 9th thru 15th, 2014

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September 9th, thru September 15th, 2014

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  • Burglary of a Residence (Arrest) – On the two separate mornings of August 12th, 2014 and August 20th, 2014, an elderly homeowner on Harrison Avenue in Forked River reported that while he was out for breakfast, an unknown person entered his home and stole items of value. During the unlawful entries, the burglar stole cash, jewelry, and documents valued at nearly $10,000. A one-month investigation by detectives led to arrests on Thursday, September 11, 2014. Christopher Boardingham, 22, formerly of 812 North Lakeside Drive in Forked River, was charged with Burglary and Theft of Moveable Property. Christopher Boardingham was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 cash bail. The second suspect, Justin Bennette, 24, 839 Devon Street in Forked River, was charged with Possession of Stolen Property, specifically a gold watch valued at $2,000. The victim has since reported knowing Christopher Boardingham from prior contact when he had C. Boardingham rake leaves in his yard last year. The victim’s residence on Harrison Avenue is in close proximity to C. Boardingham’s previous address on North Lakeside Drive in Forked River.

  • Burglary and Assault – On Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 11:32 a.m., Officers Jeffrey Slota and Daniel Ricciardella responded to the 600 block of Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for an assault victim. The investigation revealed that just prior to this agency being contacted, the accused, identified as 48-year-old Joseph Wright of Predmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor, entered into the victim’s residence through an unlocked door and assaulted him. Joseph Wright left the scene prior to officers arriving. Joseph Wright was charged on a summons with burglary and simple assault. In a separated related matter, Joseph Wright was also charged on a criminal summons with harassment. On Saturday, September 13, 2014, Joseph Wright responded to police headquarters to be served with summonses.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 10:16 p.m., Officer Darrell Nick conducted a traffic stop on Lacey Road near Lower Lake Drive. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 59-year-old Henry W. Graveman Jr. of Eugene Fury Boulevard in Bayville, NJ, for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Henry Graveman Jr. was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle he was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Hindering Apprehension and Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, September 12, 2014, at 8:58 p.m., Officers Adam Ewart, and Charles May responded to the 100 block of Lawrence Drive in Lanoka Harbor for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, officers observed a man seated as a passenger in the parked vehicle. An inquiry revealed that the man was sitting in the vehicle parked at one house while the driver was briefly visiting a separate house on foot in the area. Further investigation revealed that the man (passenger), identified as 49-year-old Joseph Dering, had an outstanding warrant issued from the Beachwood Municipal Court for $500. Initially Joseph Dering had provided a false name to officers in an attempt to hinder his apprehension for the warrant. Joseph Dering was arrested and transported to police headquarters. He was charged with hindering his own apprehension with bail set in the amount of $1,000. Joseph Dering was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in Lieu of the $1,500 bail.

  • Theft – On Friday, September 12, 2014, at 4:32 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to a residence on Haines Street for a report of a theft. The victim reported that within the past couple of weeks, three (3) bottles of medication valued at $50 were stolen from her bedroom. The victim provided the name of a possible suspect who was allowed in the residence during the time in question. The investigation is continuing.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Friday, September 12, 2014, at 9:33 a.m., Officers Anthony Sarno and Daniel Ricciardella responded to the 800 block of Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor to serve a warrant. Upon arrival, officers met with the accused, 51-year-old Keith Boyce of Laurel Boulevard, who was placed under arrest on a Lacey Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $20,000. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Keith Boyce was released after posting bail via a bail bondsman. The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office assisted.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 4:59 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the 700 block of Oak Road in Lanoka Harbor for a suspicious vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 56-year-old Rudolph Cato, of Darthmoor Drive in Manalapan, NJ, on an outstanding no-bail warrant issued from the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office. Rudolph Cato was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was later transferred to the custody of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 11:11 a.m., Officer Kymberly Gudgeon responded to Lacey Amoco, located at 341 Route 9 North in Forked River for two separate theft reports. Victim number one (1) reported that over the past few weeks, an unknown person or persons smashed a window on his vehicle that was parked in the parking lot and stole stereo speakers and an amplifier with a total value of $175. The damage to the window is estimated at $150 to repair. Victim number two (2) reported that between 8:00 p.m. on Monday, September 8, 2014, and 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole a set of keys from a toolbox located on a flatbed tow truck parked in the parking lot. The value of the keys is estimated at $10.

  • Theft – On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at 11:21 p.m. Officer Andrew Slota responded to the 1400 block of Edgemere Avenue in Forked River for a theft report. The victim reported that between the overnight hours of September 9, 2014, and September 10, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole the license plate off of her vehicle as it was parked in the driveway of the residence. The value of the license plate is estimated at $10.

  • Theft of Bicycle – On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at 5:46 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota responded to the 1200 block of Parker Street in Forked River for a theft report. The victim reported that within the past week, an unknown person or persons stole his bicycle from the side of the residence. The bicycle is described as a black, 28 inch, Murray mountain bike valued at $125.

  • Simple Assault – On Sunday, September 14, 2014, at 1:13 p.m., Sergeant Paul J. Sullivan and Officer Daniel Ricciardella responded to Gille Park with a report of a possible assault. Investigation at the scene led to Mark Dykoff of Forked River being served at the scene with a summons for simple assault for allegedly striking another man in the face. No injuries were observed and no medical attention was necessary.

  • Theft – On Monday, September 15, 2014, at 2:42 p.m., Officer Frederick Anderson responded to the 600 block of Beach Boulevard in Forked River for a theft report. The victim reported that between 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 13, 2014, and 2:30 p.m. on Monday, September 15, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole the mailbox and mailbox post from the front yard. The value of the mailbox and post is estimated at $100

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, September 14, 2014, at 5:31 a.m., Officer Adam Ewart conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Lacey Road and Route 9. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 24-year-old Uchenna K. Okose of Buttell Avenue in Lakewood, New Jersey, for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Uchenna Okose was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle he was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Sunday, September 14, 2014, at 7:14 a.m., Officer John Cernek responded to the 400 block of Lake Barnegat Drive in Forked River for a criminal mischief report. The victim reported that between the overnight hours of Saturday, September 13, 2014, into Sunday, September 14, 2014, an unknown person or persons struck her mailbox. A vehicle is believed to have been used to cause the damage. Damage is estimated at $50.


Neighborhood Crime Alert (Residential Burglary Arrest) - Lacey Township Police Department - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Burglary of a Residence (Arrest) – On the two separate mornings of August 12th, 2014 and August 20th, 2014, an elderly homeowner on Harrison Avenue in Forked River reported that while he was out for breakfast, an unknown person entered his home and stole items of value. During the unlawful entries, the burglar stole cash, jewelry, and documents valued at nearly $10,000.

A one-month investigation by detectives led to arrests on Thursday, September 11, 2014. Christopher Boardingham, 22, formerly of 812 North Lakeside Drive in Forked River, was charged with Burglary and Theft of Moveable Property. Christopher Boardingham was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 cash bail. The second suspect, Justin Bennette, 24, 839 Devon Street in Forked River, was charged with Possession of Stolen Property, specifically a gold watch valued at $2,000.

The victim has since reported knowing Christopher Boardingham from prior contact when he had C. Boardingham rake leaves in his yard last year. The victim’s residence on Harrison Avenue is in close proximity to C. Boardingham’s previous address on North Lakeside Drive in Forked River.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - September 2nd thru September 8th, 2014

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September 2nd, thru September 8th, 2014

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  • Theft from a Vehicle (Arrest) – On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at 9:58 p.m., Officer Robert Duffy was dispatched to the area of Ewart Road and Joffre Road in Forked River for a report of a male subject attempting to burglarize vehicles. Upon arrival, Officer Duffy was advised by the complainant that the suspect was last seen running through the yards of Whitcomb Road going toward Joffre Road. Officer Duffy soon located the suspect on Whitcomb Road. An investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the suspect, identified as 21-year-old Anthony O. Baisi of Ewart Road in Forked River, for one count of burglary and theft from a motor vehicle. Anthony Baisi was transported to police headquarters and processed. Anthony Baisi was charged with one count of burglary and theft with a total bail of $5,000. He was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional facility in lieu of bail.

  • Theft from a Vehicle (Arrest) – On Friday, September 5, 2014, at 2:46 a.m., Officers Adam Ewart and Scott Keefe responded to the area of Hazelton Avenue located in Lanoka Harbor, for a suspicious person looking into vehicles. A description of the actor was provided. Upon arrival, two adult females were located. Officers Charles May and John McKee arrived on scene to assist. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 31-year-old Jessica Walters of 26 Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor for Criminal Attempt to Commit Burglary to a Motor Vehicle. Jessica Walters was transported to police headquarters. Further investigation revealed that Jessica Walters allegedly burglarized an additional vehicle. Jessica Walters was processed and released after receiving a criminal summons for Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Attempt to Commit Burglary.

  • Theft from a Residence (Arrest) – On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at 3:53 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy responded to the 1400 block of Jay Street for a theft report. The victims reported that several items were stolen from their residence at approximately 3:00 p.m. on the same day (Tuesday, September 2, 2014). The items included but were not limited to a Gibson Les Paul Traditional guitar and its case valued at $2,500. The victims provided the name of a suspect who had been permitted in the home. An investigation commenced that ultimately led to a positive identification of the accused, identified as 19-year-old Roger T. Krinic Jr. with a last known address of Olds Street in Forked River. Roger T. Krinic Jr. was charged with Theft of Movable Property and his bail was set in the amount of $10,000. On Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at approximately 11:45 a.m., the Lacey Township Police Detective Bureau located Roger T. Krinic Jr. in the parking lot of the Lacey Mall located at 348 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor. Roger T. Krinic Jr. was placed under arrest on the Lacey Township criminal warrant. Additionally, there was an active Ocean County Sheriff’s Department no-bail warrant for contempt of court. Roger T. Krinic Jr. was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • Distribution of Heroin (Arrest) - On the afternoon of Thursday, September 4, 2014, Lacey detectives witnessed suspicious activity on Bay Way consistent with drug distribution. After the suspected transaction, detectives approached the driver of the suspect vehicle while he parked in his driveway at 841 Hanley Street, Lanoka Harbor. As the investigation continued, detectives discovered that the driver, 41-year-old Ned Berwanger of 841 Hanley Street, was in possession of both Heroin and Cocaine. Ned Berwanger was arrested and charged withDistribution of Heroin, Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substances, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.Berwanger was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $35,000 cash bail.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Monday, September 8, 2014, at 6:27 p.m., Officers Evan Androcy and Noah Schaffer responded to the area of Route 9 South and Oak Street in Forked River in regard to a call of a suspicious male on a bicycle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 55-year-old Wayne Sabo of Williams Avenue in Forked River on an outstanding arrest warrant. The warrant was issued from the Lacey Township Municipal Court in the amount of $100. Wayne Sabo was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was released after posting bail.

  • Theft – On Sunday, September 7, 2014, at 12:55 p.m., Officer Frederick Anderson responded to the 300 block of Shepard Avenue in Forked River for a theft report. The victim reported that between 11:00 p.m. on September 6, 2014, and 8:00 a.m. on September 7, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole four solar lights from the front yard with a total value of $28.

  • Criminal Mischief – On Sunday, September 7, 2014, at 11:01 a.m., Officer Michael Eden responded to the 200 block of Lane Place in Forked River for criminal mischief. The victim reported that within the past week, an unknown person or persons smashed the windshield and a headlight on his vehicle that was parked in the driveway of the residence. Damage was estimated at $250.

  • Theft – On Saturday, September 6, 2014, at 11:18 a.m., Officer John Cernek responded to the 1100 block of Waikiki Drive in Forked River for a theft report. The victim reported that during the overnight hours of September 5, 2014, into September 6, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole two bronze decorative propellers for the rear of his yard. The propellers had an estimated total value of $300.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Friday, September 5, 2014, at 8:02 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of Wawa located at 701 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, who was identified as 20-year-old Kevin L. Lee Jr. of Pacific Avenue in Beachwood, NJ, on an outstanding warrant. The warrant was issued from the Toms River Township Municipal Court in the amount of $350. Kevin Lee Jr. was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was released after posting bail.

  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Thursday, September 4, 2014, at 12:12 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the 700 block of Cambridge Road in Lanoka Harbor for a report of criminal mischief. The victim reported that between Wednesday, September 3, 2014, and Thursday, September 4, 2014, an unknown person or persons punched a fist-size dent on the rear passenger side door. The damage is estimated at $500.

  • Burglary and Theft (Residence and Vehicle) – On Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 6:42 p.m., Officer Charles May responded to the 1200 block of Lakeside Drive South for a theft report. The victim stated that between 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., an unknown person or persons gained entry into her unlocked vehicle and stole approximately $100 in cash. In addition, the suspect entered her unlocked residence and stole cash and jewelry with an estimated total value of $400. A possible suspect has been identified and the incident is under investigation.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 11:48 p.m., Officers Adam Ewart and John McKee responded to the parking lot of 7 Eleven, located at 403 Route 9 North in Forked River, for a suspicious vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the vehicle’s occupant, identified as 29-year-old Michelle T. Lobue of Pine Tree Drive in Forked River, on an outstanding warrant. The warrant was issued from the Stafford Township Municipal Court in the amount of $750. Michelle Lobue was transported to police headquarters and processed. She was released after posting bail.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 2:50 p.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota conducted a traffic stop near the 100 block of Route 9 South in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 33-year-old Christopher C. Gardocki of Jackson, NJ, on an outstanding warrant. The warrant was issued from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department in the amount of $544. Christopher Gardocki was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was released after posting bail.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - August 26th, 2014 thru September 1, 2014

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August 26th, thru September 1st, 2014

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  • Theft and Criminal Mischief – On Sunday, August 31, 2014, at 11:07 a.m., Officer John D. Simonson responded to the 400 block of Cedar Drive in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. The victim reported that between the overnight hours of Saturday, August 30th into Sunday, August 31st, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered the garage and stole three bicycles with a total value of $1,200. In addition, eggs were thrown at the residence.

  • Criminal Mischief – On Saturday, August 30, 2014, at 12:55 p.m., Special Officer Russell Moller responded to Gille Park, located at 56 Manchester Avenue in Forked River, for criminal mischief. A representative from the Lacey Pride Lacrosse Club stated that between Friday, August 15th and Friday, August 29th, 2014, an unknown person or persons damaged four Lacrosse nets with damage estimated at $500.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Friday, August 29, 2014, at 2:26 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno was speaking with 48-year-old Jeffrey Parker of Chestnut Street in Forked River on Spruce Street in Lanoka Harbor during an unrelated investigation. Officer Sarno soon learned that Jeffrey Parker was wanted on an outstanding Lacey Township warrant in the amount of $750. Jeffrey Parker was arrested and transported to police headquarters. He was processed and released after posting the bail.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, August 29, 2014, at 11:39 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn conducted a traffic stop on Lake Barnegat Drive in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 28-year-old Kevin P. Gibson Jr. of Lake Barnegat Drive North in Lanoka Harbor, for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters, processed, and released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Refusal to Submit to Breath Testing, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle Kevin Gibson was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest (Arrest) – On Friday, August 29, 2014, at 10:45 p.m., Officers Scott Keefe, Charles May, and George Resetar responded to the Lanoka Harbor Marina, located at 888 Bay Way in Lanoka Harbor, for a report of an intoxicated male who fell into the water. Upon arrival, officers were informed that the intoxicated male subject, identified as 52-year-old William Johnson of Lavender Lane in Levittown, PA, was out of the water. Officers observed he was being held down on the ground by several subjects. William Johnson was extremely intoxicated and combative. William Johnson was placed under arrest for Disorderly Conduct and transported to police headquarters. He was charged on a summons with Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, and Obstructing the Administration of Law.

  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 10:55 a.m., Officer John Cernek responded to an East Lacey Road residence in Forked River for damage to a vehicle. The complainant reported that during the overnight hours of August 27th into August 28th, 2014, an unknown person or persons damaged his vehicle. The damage consisted of a smashed driver’s-side window. The vehicle was parked in the driveway at the time of the incident. The damage is estimated at $500.

  • Distribution of Heroin (Arrests) – On the morning of Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Lacey detectives witnessed suspicious activity on Constitution Drive in Forked River.  Further investigation led to the arrest of two suspects in a motor vehicle and one pedestrian. The investigation revealed that the pedestrian, 22-year-old Maureen Marsh of 360 Constitution Drive met with a vehicle driven by 33-year-old Dana Kutassy of 431 Cabot Street in Forked River and a passenger, 25-year-old Paul Townsend of 11 Eno’s Lane in Forked River. During the meeting, the occupants of the vehicle purchased Heroin from Marsh. All three subjects were arrested. Paul Townsend and Dana Kutassy were charged with Possession of Heroin and Destruction of Physical Evidence. Maureen Marsh was charged with Possession of Heroin and Distribution of Heroin.

  • Criminal Attempt to Commit Burglary and Criminal Mischief – On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at 8:22 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to headquarters for an attempted burglary report. The victim reported that between 6:00 p.m. on August 21st and 7:30 p.m. on August 27th, 2014, an unknown person or persons attempted to enter a residence located on the 700 block of Oak Road in Lanoka Harbor while the residents were not home. The unknown person or persons reportedly damaged both the rear screen door and sliding door while attempting to gain access. It does not appear entry was gained and nothing was stolen from the residence. The damage is estimated at $400.

  • Multiple Warrants (Arrest) – On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at 10:55 a.m., Officers Anthony Sarno and Kymberly Gudgeon responded to the 100 block of Chestnut Drive for a dispute. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 42-year-old Kenneth W. Vanlenten of Chestnut Street in Forked River on three outstanding Ocean County Sheriff’s Department warrants. Warrant number one (1) was a no-bail warrant for Theft and warrant number two (2) was also a no-bail warrant for Shoplifting. Warrant number three (3) was issued for Failure to Pay Child Support; and the bail was $7,823.89. Kenneth Vanlenten was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • Underage Consumption of Alcohol on Private Property – On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at 11:03 p.m., Officers Darrell Nick and Julie Barcalow responded to a Llewellyn Parkway residence in Forked River for a report of a loud party. Upon arrival, the officers located several juveniles consuming alcohol. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of two males for underage consumption of alcohol on private property. The two males were identified as 18-year-old Tycen Stiffler of Lawrence Drive in Lanoka Harbor and 18-year-old Gage Matthews of Lawrence Drive in Lanoka Harbor. They were both charged on a complaint summons and released at the scene pending a court date. In addition, two juveniles were also charged with underage consumption of alcohol on private property. The juveniles included a 16-year-old female from Lanoka Harbor, and a 15-year-old female from Forked River. Both juveniles were released at the scene to guardians. In addition, a 17-year-old female who was hosting the party was charged on a juvenile complaint with providing alcoholic beverages to persons underage.

  • Theft – On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at 4:46 p.m., Officer Daniel Ricciardella responded to police headquarters for a report of a theft. The victim reported that between 8:00 p.m. on August 22nd and 8:00 a.m. on August 24th, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole property from the exterior of his home located on the 700 block of Briar Road in Lanoka Harbor, including a patio chair, a 15-foot aluminum ladder, and two lawn rakes. The total theft is estimated at $500.

  • Theft – On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at 2:28 p.m., Officer John Cernek responded to the 100 block of Froghollow Road in Forked River for a theft report. The victim reported that between Saturday, August 23rd and Tuesday, August 26th, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole his gas-powered cement mixer that was left in the yard. The valued is estimated at $1,000.

  • Drug Possession and Underage Consumption of Alcohol (Arrest) – The original posting regarding this incident had errors and has since been corrected. On Monday, September 1, 2014, at 10:53 p.m., Officers Michael Verwey and Noah Schaffer responded to a Carolyn Court residence in Lanoka Harbor for a loud party. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 18-year-old Marcus Gervasini of Leanne Court in Forked River for Possession of Marijuana and Obstructing the Administration of Law. In addition, he was charged with Underage Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages on Private Property. He was transported to police headquarters, processed, and released after receiving a criminal summons. Complaints against additional persons are forthcoming for Underage Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages on Private Property and Making Alcoholic Beverages Available to Underage Persons.

  • Drug Possession and Drug Paraphernalia (Arrest) – on Monday, September 1, 2014, at 9:48 p.m., Officers George Resetar and Andrew Slota were on a directed enforcement detail patrolling parking lots when they observed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of Retro Fitness, located on Route 9 South in Forked River, which was closed at the time. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest 23-year-old Sean Scalise of Sinclair Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Sean Scalise was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He also received motor vehicle summonses for Possessing CDS in a Motor Vehicle and for being an Unlicensed Driver.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - August 19th thru August 25th, 2014

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August 19th, thru August 25th, 2014

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  • Theft from a Vehicle – On Monday, August 25, 2014, at 8:06 a.m., Officer John D. Simonson responded to headquarters for a theft report. The victim reported that on the morning of August 22, 2014, his unlocked vehicle was entered while it was parked in the parking lot of Manhatten Bagel, located at 336 Lacey Road in Forked River. Stolen from the vehicle was a handicapped placard valued at $5.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Sunday, August 24, 2014, at 11:38 p.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas conducted a motor vehicle stop of a subject believed to have an active warrant. Officer Tsarnas confirmed that the driver, 33-year-old Jesse Betterly of West Water Street in Barnegat, NJ, had an active $100 traffic warrant out of Toms River Township Municipal Court. Jesse Betterly was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and released after posting full bail.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Sunday, August 24, 2014, at 11:32 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to the Walmart located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for an adult male shoplifter in custody. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 38-year-old Christopher D. Campbell of Russell Smith Road in Lawrenceville, NJ, for shoplifting merchandise with a total value of $46.35. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Christopher Campbell was released after receiving a criminal summons for shoplifting.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, August 24, 2014, at 12:27 a.m., Officer Michael Verwey conducted a traffic stop on Eagleswood Avenue near Alpine Street in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as Monserik E. Honningsvaag, for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Monserik Honningsvaag was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle he was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Warrant Arrest - On Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 1:36 a.m., Officer George Resetar was on patrol when he stopped a driver for careless driving on Nautilus Boulevard near Juniper Lane in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 29-year-old Crystal Klein of Nautilus Boulevard, Forked River, NJ, on a $35,000 Ocean County Sheriff’s Department failure to appear warrant. Crystal Klein was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • Underage Consumption of Alcohol (Juvenile) - On Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 1:16 a.m., Officer Michael Verwey and Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas responded to Bud Mezera Park in reference to a call from a resident expressing concern regarding juveniles in the park after closing. Upon arrival, the officers located three juveniles inside the park who were attempting to flee the area. All three juveniles had the odor of alcoholic beverages emanating from their breath and all three juveniles exhibited signs of intoxication. They were also found in possession of a 1.75L bottle of Smirnoff Vodka. The juveniles were taken into custody and turned over to their parents. All three juveniles were charged with underage consumption of alcoholic beverages on juvenile complaints.

  • Fraud - On Friday, August 22, 2014, at 6:08 a.m., Officer John Simonson responded to Wawa, 701 Route 9, Lanoka Harbor, NJ, in reference to a fraud. The manager reported that at approximately 4:15 a.m., the store received a call from an individual identifying himself as a Wawa Security Specialist. He requested that an employee remove the “Reload It” phone cards and scratch off the rear of each card to reveal the security code. The employee believed that Wawa Corporate needed to clear the store shelf of the phone cards and wanted to void them by getting the account information from each card. A total of (20) twenty transactions were completed for a total value of $1,000.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Thursday, August 21, 2014, at 11:57 p.m. Officers Michael Verwey and Dimitrios Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop on Lakeside Drive South and Taylor Lane in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the vehicle’s passenger, identified as 29-year-old Steven R. Larocco of Hillwood Road in Forked River, for Possession of Marijuana. He was transported to police headquarters, processed, and released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The vehicle’s driver received traffic summonses for CDS in a motor vehicle and for Maintenance of Lamps and was released at the scene.

  • DUI and Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Thursday, August 21, 2014, at 11:27 p.m., Officers George Resetar and Robert Flynn conducted a traffic stop on Falkenburg Avenue and Lakeside Drive in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 32-year-old James Davenport of Lakeside Drive North in Forked River for DUI and Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. James Davenport was transported to police headquarters where he was processed then released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. In addition, he received traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle James Davenport was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Thursday, August 21, 2104, at 5:49 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the 1400 block of Earie Way in reference to a theft. The caller reported that 23-year-old Ryan Territo of Poplar Street in Waretown admitted to stealing $20 from her pocketbook when he stopped over her residence earlier in the day. Ryan Territo was later located at a Beverly Road residence in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Ryan Territo on an Ocean County Sheriff’s Department no bail probation warrant for Controlled Dangerous Substance violations. Ryan Territo was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility.

  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at 4:48 p.m., Officer Daniel Ricciardella responded to the 800 block of Harrison Avenue in Forked River for a burglary report. The victim stated that between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. on August 20, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered the residence and stole a box safe containing cash and jewelry estimated at $7,000. There were no signs of forced entry. Detective Alan Abrecht of the Lacey Township Police Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminalistics Investigation Unit responded to the scene. The investigation is on-going.

  • Theft and Criminal Mischief – On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at 12:53 p.m., Officer Kymberly Gudgeon responded to 820 Municipal Lane for a report of a theft of copper. The complainant reported that between May 28, 2014, and August 20, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole the copper ground bars from the exterior of the AT&T cell phone tower building and the tower itself. The total theft and damage is estimated at $1,800.

  • Warrant Arrest - On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 9:49 p.m., Officer Adam Ewart conducted a motor vehicle stop for speed at the intersection of Parkers Point Boulevard and Admiral Road in Forked River. The driver, 34-year-old John Platt of Frenchtown, NJ, was issued summonses for speed and driving with a suspended driver’s license.  An active $200 Camden City Municipal Court arrest warrant was located for John Platt. John Platt was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters.  The Camden City Court Administrator released John Platt on his own recognizance. He is awaiting a new court date.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at 1:52 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the 7-11 store, 524 Lacey Road, Forked River, in reference to shoplifting. A store employee reported that 24-year-old Melissa Loenhert of Alpine Street in Forked River attempted to conceal two “5-hour energy” drinks and then leave the store without paying for them. The value of the merchandise was $7. Melissa Loenhert was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed and charged on a criminal summons with shoplifting. A $500 Ocean Gate Municipal Court warrant was located for Melissa Loenhert. Melissa Loenhert was unable to post bail and was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at 4:22 p.m. Sergeant Paul Sullivan, Jr., and Officer Scott Keefe responded to Rick’s Marina located at 222 Marine Plaza in Forked River for an intoxicated male subject. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 22-year-old Daniel Candeletti of Continental Street in Forked River for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Daniel Candeletti was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Refusal to Submit to Breath Testing, and Reckless Driving. The vehicle he was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Criminal Mischief (residence) – On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at 9:07 a.m., Officer Daniel Ricciardella responded to the 1400 block of Edgemere Avenue in Forked River for a report of criminal mischief. The complainant reported that between 11:00 p.m. on August 18, 2014, and 8:30 a.m. on August 19, 2014, an unknown person or persons threw an unknown object at the front window causing a one-inch hole. The damage is estimated at $200.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - August 11th thru August 18th, 2014

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  • Warrant Arrest & Unlawful Possession of a Weapon - On Monday, August 11, 2014, at 8:48 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue stopped 39-year-old Pasquale Delgiudice of 728 Oak Road in Lanoka Harbor, NJ, near the Laurel Boulevard for improper behavior. During that incident, Pasquale Delgiudice provided false information including a false name to Officer Donahue. Officer Donahue discovered that the information was false after the stop had been concluded and the suspect left the area. It was then discovered that Pasquale Delgiudice had several active warrants for his arrest. On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, Officer Donahue then observed the suspect riding a bicycle on Laurel Boulevard and stopped him in the parking lot of Wawa, located at 701 Route 9 in Lanoka Harbor. Officer Donahue placed Pasquale Delgiudice under arrest for the outstanding warrants and for hindering his own apprehension by previously providing false information to Officer Donahue. Pasquale Delgiudice was found in possession of a handgun that he had hidden in his shorts. Inspection of the handgun revealed that the weapon was a pellet gun. Pasquale Delgiudice was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with hindering his own apprehension and unlawful possession of a weapon. Further investigation did not reveal Pasquale Delgiudice’s intentions or reasons for possessing the concealed weapon. Pasquale was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $12,914.87 bail on a Non-support Ocean County Sheriff’s Warrant; a $10,000 Distribution of CDS Warrant; a $2,128 Lakewood Township Municipal Court traffic warrant; a $953 Folsom Boro Municipal Court traffic warrant; a $500 Galloway Township Municipal Court traffic warrant; and a $250 Barnegat Township contempt warrant.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) - On Sunday, August 17, 2014, at 10:10 a.m., Officer John Simonson responded to the parking lot of JT’s Bagel Hut in reference to a call from a citizen of possible drug activity. The caller reported that a male subject was sitting in a green-colored Hyundai Elantra and was believed to be actively using drugs. Officer John Simonson and Officer Michael Eden located the vehicle and approached the occupant of the vehicle who was identified as 27-year-old Joel Perlstein of 1210 Orlando Drive in Forked River. As they approached the vehicle, Joel Perlstein attempted to conceal items, which were later identified as a hypodermic syringe, a metal spoon, and wax folds. Joel Perlstein was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with possession of a Heroin, possession of a hypodermic syringe, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is awaiting a future court date.

  • Criminal Mischief (Vehicle) – On Sunday, August 17, 2014, at 10:28 p.m., Officer Frederick Anderson responded to the 600 block of Windsor Street in Forked River in reference to criminal mischief. The homeowner reported that between 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014, and 10:30 a.m., on Sunday, August 17, 2014, an unknown person or persons smashed out the front driver side window of a car which belongs to visitor of the home. The vehicle was parked in the street in front of the residence during the incident the damage is estimated at $250.

  • Criminal Mischief (Vehicle) - On Sunday, August 17, 2014, at 10:36 a.m., Officer Frederick Anderson responded to the 1200 block of Taylor Lane in Forked River for a report of criminal mischief to a vehicle. The owner reported that between 1:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 17, 2014, an unknown person or persons smashed out the rear window to his vehicle. The vehicle was parked in the driveway of the residence during the incident. The damage is estimated at $600.

  • DUI & Drug Possession (Arrest) - On Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 9:48 p.m., Officer George Resetar was on patrol when he observed two vehicles stopped on the eastbound shoulder of Laurel Boulevard near Briar Road. Upon checking on the vehicles, Officer Resetar was informed that the driver of the other vehicle struck a curb while traveling east on Laurel Boulevard and may be in need of assistance. Officer Resetar met with the driver, 52-year-old Susan Duffy of Chestnut Drive in Lanoka Harbor, who indicated that she had struck something with her vehicle. Officer Resetar observed new damage to the rim of the vehicle consistent with the statement made by the other driver. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Susan Duffy for driving while under the influence and for possession of a controlled dangerous substance (a prescription medication). The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Susan Duffy was then transported to police headquarters where she was processed and issued traffic summonses for DUI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. Susan Duffy was also charged on a criminal summons with possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

  • Theft – On Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 6:36 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota responded to the 1200 block of Taylor Lane for a report of a theft. The victim reported that over the last month, a go-kart was stolen from his driveway. The go-kart is described as a lime green, two-seater, with a green roll cage, and has a Briggs and Stratton engine. The go- kart is valued at approximately $500.

  • Warrant Arrest - On Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 2:16 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton and Officer Michael Hein responded to the Wawa at 444 Route 9 S. in Forked River for a report of an intoxicated couple with a small child walking around in the parking lot. The subjects were eventually located at the intersection of Kennebec Drive and Spruce Street. The male was identified as 24-year-old Joseph J. Caputo IV of Circle Drive in Forked River who was with a 21-year-old female and small children. The subjects did not appear to be under the influence and the children who were with them did not appear to be in distress. An active $500 Lacey Township Municipal Court criminal contempt warrant was located for Joseph Caputo. Joseph Caputo IV was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and released after posting full cash bail.

  • Robbery – During the early morning hours (4 a.m.) of Friday, August 15, 2014, a 50-year-old, male cab driver from Lakewood, NJ, reported having been robbed by a male customer whom he transported to Forked River from the streets of Lakewood. The cab driver, working for Lakewood Taxi LLC, picked up a white male in Lakewood, New Jersey, in the area of Central Avenue and Route 9. The customer reportedly asked to be transported to Lacey. The cab driver stated that he drove the customer to Lacey Township and was directed to drive down Lakeside Drive East and stop just east of Mariner Road in Forked River. The cab driver was reportedly offered what he believed was a fake one hundred dollar bill. When the driver refused to take the fake bill, the subject reportedly wrapped what the driver believed to be a phone cord around the driver’s neck from behind thereby choking the driver. The driver reported that the subject made a demand for money to which he complied. After allegedly taking $124 from the cab driver, the subject reportedly ran from the vehicle into the wooded area. The cab driver drove to Lacey Township Police Headquarters to report the incident.

    The cab driver described the subject as a white male with facial pock marks, black hair, slender build, 35-40 years old, approximately 5’9”, looked sickly, wearing a black sweat shirt, a green Eagles hat with a white eagle, medium blue colored jeans, work boots, and a chain wallet.

    Sketch Artist Daimon Santa Maria of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department responded to police headquarters and prepared a sketch to assist with identifying the suspect. The investigation is currently ongoing and the suspect has not yet been identified as of 11:30 a.m., Friday, August 15, 2014. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Lacey Township Police Department at 609.693.6636 or submit an anonymous crime tip through the Lacey Township Police Department website at www.LaceyPD.org/crime-tips/.

  • Rescue from the Stouts Creek Marsh – On Friday, August 15, 2014, at 9:24 p.m., the Lacey Township Police Department received a 911 call from a resident of Preble Drive in Forked River indicating they heard someone in the water yelling for help. Officers responded to search the area of Stouts Creek, and within approximately 30 minutes after arriving to the area, Officer Michael Verwey located the individual. The man, later identified as 22-year-old Jason Drackwicz of Ashwood Place in Forked River, was able to utilize the light on his cell phone which caught the attention of Officer Verwey. At that time, it was verified that the subject was not submerged in the water but was actually physically stuck in the marsh and unable to get himself out. At that point, the subject indicated that he had a leg injury and could not move (it was later discovered that the injury was an existing injury for which the subject needed the assistance of a cane to walk). Additional emergency services were requested which included the Lacey Township Underwater Rescue & Recovery (URR) Team, Lanoka Harbor Fire Department, Lanoka Harbor First Aid Squad, United States Coast Guard Search and Rescue vessel, and the NJSP Aviation Hoist Unit.

    Jason Drackwicz was found in an area of wet marsh on the north side of the South Branch of Stouts Creek. Officer Androcy responded to Bayside East Parkway which is a short distance west from the specific location. Based on the location description provided by Officer Verwey, Officer Androcy entered the wooded area along the northeast portion of Bayside East Parkway and walked approximately three-quarters of a mile until he found Jason Drackwicz.

    Officer Androcy found Jason Drackwicz to be wet and cold with his legs stuck in the marsh. He was otherwise not physically injured from the incident. With Officer Androcy’s assistance, Jason Drackwicz was able to make his way close enough to the water way of Stouts Creek where the Lacey Township Underwater Rescue & Recovery (URR) boat met them for extraction. Officer Androcy and the members of the Underwater Rescue & Recovery team were able to assist Jason Drackwicz into the boat.

    The NJSP aviation unit helicopter was preparing to respond with a hoist crew that assembled in Berkley Township, but their services were cancelled once Jason and Officer Androcy were safe and aboard the rescue boat. Jason was examined by members of the Lanoka Harbor First Squad and was found to not be in need of emergency medical transport.

    Jason Drackwicz had apparently entered the wooded area behind the 7-11 convenience store located at 403 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor while it was still daylight. He walked deeper into the woods and eventually realized that he was lost as he continued to walk east. Once darkness set in, he was unable to see and ultimately became stuck in the wet marsh mud. During the time period that Officer Androcy was heading to Jason’s location, Jason’s girlfriend arrived on Bayside East Parkway looking for him. She met with a firefighter along the roadway and was escorted to Sergeant Buxton’s location on Richmond Drive. She informed Sergeant Buxton that Jason had called her earlier from his cell phone and told her that he was lost after walking in the woods just before his cell phone signal was lost.

  • Drug Possession and Warrant (Arrest) - On Friday August 15, 2014, at 3:24 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton observed 28-year-old John M. Sabie of 755 Birch Road in Lanoka Harbor walking in the area of Birch Road and Walnut Drive in the Lanoka Harbor section of Lacey Township. Special Officer Horton confirmed that John Sabie had an active $500 Toms River Township Municipal Court criminal contempt warrant for Shoplifting and placed him under arrest. John Sabie turned over a hypodermic syringe utilized for heroin. John Sabie was then transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a hypodermic syringe. Bail was set at $1000. John Sabie was unable to post bail and was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility.

  • Burglary of a Residence – On Friday, August 15, 2014, at 1:33 p.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to the 800 block of Harrison Avenue in Forked River in reference to a theft from a residence. The victim reported that between 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered his house and stole jewelry and cash valued at $2,150. The house was unsecured at the time of the incident and no signs of forced entry could be located. The stolen property includes $300 in quarters and silver dollars and a gold bracelet with” MAGY” inscribed inside.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 12:54 p.m., Officer Frederick Anderson responded to Kohl’s, 304 Route 9 N., Forked River, in reference to shoplifting. Loss prevention reported that 35-year-old Krista K. Johnson of the 300 block of East Lacey Road in Forked River attempted to steal perfume and jewelry valued by putting some jewelry on and concealing the perfume and some jewelry in her purse. Krista Johnson paid for additional items but reportedly attempted to leave the store without paying for the $509 worth of concealed items. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Krista Johnson for shoplifting. Krista Johnson was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and charged with shoplifting on a summons and then released pending a court date.

  • Criminal Mischief (Township Property) – On Friday, August, 15, 2014, at 7:11 a.m., a caller reported that during the overnight hours an unknown person or persons broke two wooden railings and pulled two posts out of the ground at the Bamber Lake foot bridge. It appears a quad may have been involved in the action of pulling the posts out. The damage is estimated at $200.

  • Warrant Arrest & Possession of Syringes - On Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 3:30 a.m., a resident contacted the police department to report that 25-year-old Patrick Cornelius of Hilltop Court in Lanoka Harbor had an active warrant for his arrest and was on the front porch of 3 Hilltop Court in Lanoka Harbor. An Ocean County Sheriff’s Department no-bail Warrant was located for Patrick Cornelius. Upon arrival, officers located Patrick Cornelius walking east on Hilltop Drive and placed him under arrest. A search incident to the arrest uncovered two hypodermic syringes which were concealed in his pants. Patrick Cornelius was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with possession of two hypodermic syringes. Patrick Cornelius was then transported to Ocean County Correctional Facility on the no-bail warrant.

  • Robbery (Arrests) – During the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 13, 2014, Officer Adam Ewart and Officer Charles May of the Lacey Township Police Department responded to a call of a disturbance at 112 East Lacey Road in Forked River. Several neighbors contacted the police department and reported hearing a vehicle horn being blown repeatedly at the residence. Officer Ewart arrived and made contact with a 43-year-old, adult male from Bayville who reported that he had been robbed. The victim had visible signs of injury to his face. The victim advised officers that he arrived at the residence to give a ride to an acquaintance after being called by the acquaintance. The victim stated that when he arrived at the home and began to speak with the acquaintance, he was assaulted from behind by an unknown man who stole $120 cash, his wallet, and his car keys. The home is unoccupied and is currently under foreclosure.

    As the investigation continued throughout the day, Lacey Detective Brian Flynn arrested 18-year-old Michael Guarini of 322 Briggs Avenue in Forked River and 19-year-old Alexandros Tsarnas of 108 Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor and charged them both with second-degree robbery. It appeared that the two conspired to lure the victim to the home with the intention of stealing his money. Bail was set for both individuals at $25,000. Michael Guarini posted bail after being processed and was released pending a court appearance. Alexandros Tsarnas was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail. Second-degree robbery is punishable by imprisonment from 5 to 10 years.

  • Shoplifting - On Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., Officer Dan Ricciardella and Officer Kym Gudgeon responded to Walmart at 580 Route 9 N for a shoplifter who fled the area. Loss prevention contacted the police department and stated that a female wearing rainbow patterned pants, black sweat shirt, and hair up in a pony tail was found to be shoplifting $225 worth of merchandise. When stopped by loss prevention, the female dropped the clothes she was attempting to steal and the purse she was carrying. The suspect then fled the store on foot. The unidentified female stole a cell phone value at $175. The abandoned purse that was dropped contained a cell phone and a crack pipe which were secured and then processed as evidence. Video surveillance was also secured and collected as evidence. The matter is under investigation.

  • Criminal Mischief and Theft - On Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 6:54 a.m. , Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to the Cellular Telephone Tower, located at  510 Route 9 South in Forked River, in reference to criminal mischief and theft. An AT&T technician reported that copper wire had been snipped and removed from the area around the cell phone tower.  The damage is estimated at $1,900.

  • Warrant Arrest –On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 1:55 p.m., Officer Daniel Ricciardella was flagged down by a passing motorist who reported seeing two individuals fighting on the side of the Lacey Road. Officer Ricciardella located the subjects in the parking lot of Eric Plaza and identified 27-year-old Eric Porter of Park Place in Brooklyn, NY, and a 21-year-old female from West Anna Street in Cape May Court House, NJ.  Both subjects reported that they were just joking with one another while walking down the roadway. No signs of injury were observed by Officer Ricciardella. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Eric Porter on an outstanding no bail Atlantic City Municipal Court criminal warrant for drug distribution and an outstanding $350 Atlantic City Municipal Court criminal warrant for hindering apprehension. Eric Porter was transported to Ocean County Correctional Facility awaiting transport by the Atlantic City Police Department.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) - OnTuesday, August 12, 2014, at 2:44 p.m. Officer Anthony Sarno and Officer Kymberly Gudgeon responded to The Home Depot, 244 Route 9, Forked River, in reference to shoplifting. Loss prevention detained 49-year-old Ralph Woodcock of 20 Maple Tree Court, Manahawkin, NJ, for concealing merchandise on him and attempting to leave the store without purchasing the items. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Ralph Woodcock and a search incident to the arrest uncovered ten (10) more unpaid for items tucked inside his t-shirt. Ralph Woodcock attempted to steal thirteen (13) items in total, valued at $363.73. He was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and then released on a summons.

  • Theft - On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 4:39 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to Osprey Court in Forked River for a report of a theft from a residence. The victim reported that on August 11, 2014, he discovered that numerous bottles of his liquor were empty. He did not report the incident until August 12, 2104, when he discovered that approximately $500 was missing from his bedroom jewelry box. No signs of forced entry could be located. The total value of the stolen property is estimated at $760.


Neighborhood Crime Alert (Robbery) - Lacey Township Police Department - Friday, August 15, 2014

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Robbery – During the early morning hours (4 a.m.) of Friday, August 15, 2014, a 50-year-old, male cab driver from Lakewood, NJ, reported having been robbed by a male customer whom he transported to Forked River from the streets of Lakewood. The cab driver, working for Lakewood Taxi LLC, picked up a white male in Lakewood, New Jersey, in the area of Central Avenue and Route 9. The customer reportedly asked to be transported to Lacey. The cab driver stated that he drove the customer to Lacey Township and was directed to drive down Lakeside Drive East and stop just east of Mariner Road in Forked River. The cab driver was reportedly offered what he believed was a fake one hundred dollar bill. When the driver refused to take the fake bill, the subject reportedly wrapped what the driver believed to be a phone cord around the driver’s neck from behind thereby choking the driver. The driver reported that the subject made a demand for money to which he complied. After allegedly taking $124 from the cab driver, the subject reportedly ran from the vehicle into the wooded area. The cab driver drove to Lacey Township Police Headquarters to report the incident.

The cab driver described the subject as a white male with facial pock marks, black hair, slender build, 35-40 years old, approximately 5’9”, looked sickly, wearing a black sweat shirt, a green Eagles hat with a white eagle, medium blue colored jeans, work boots, and a chain wallet.

Sketch Artist Daimon Santa Maria of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department responded to police headquarters and prepared a sketch to assist with identifying the suspect. The investigation is currently ongoing and the suspect has not yet been identified as of 11:30 a.m., Friday, August 15, 2014. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Lacey Township Police Department at 609.693.6636 or submit an anonymous crime tip through the Lacey Township Police Department website at www.LaceyPD.org/crime-tips/.

 


Neighborhood Crime Alert (Robbery Arrests) - Lacey Township Police Department - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Robbery (Arrests) – During the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 13, 2014, Officer Adam Ewart and Officer Charles May of the Lacey Township Police Department responded to a call of a disturbance at 112 East Lacey Road in Forked River. Several neighbors contacted the police department and reported hearing a vehicle horn being blown repeatedly at the residence. Officer Ewart arrived and made contact with a 43-year-old, adult male from Bayville who reported that he had been robbed. The victim had visible signs of injury to his face. The victim advised officers that he arrived at the residence to give a ride to an acquaintance after being called by the acquaintance. The victim stated that when he arrived at the home and began to speak with the acquaintance, he was assaulted from behind by an unknown man who stole $120 cash, his wallet, and his car keys. The home is unoccupied and is currently under foreclosure.

As the investigation continued throughout the day, Lacey Detective Brian Flynn arrested 18-year-old Michael Guarini of 322 Briggs Avenue in Forked River and 19-year-old Alexandros Tsarnas of 108 Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor and charged them both with second-degree robbery. It appeared that the two conspired to lure the victim to the home with the intention of stealing his money. Bail was set for both individuals at $25,000. Michael Guarini posted bail after being processed and was released pending a court appearance. Alexandros Tsarnas was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail. Second-degree robbery is punishable by imprisonment from 5 to 10 years.

 


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - August 6th thru August 11th, 2014

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  • Theft (Lawn Tractor) – On Sunday, August 10, 2014, at 5:40 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the 1400 block of Kenney Street in Forked River in reference to a theft. The homeowner reported that an unknown person or persons stole his John Deere lawn tractor from the backyard of his residence between 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014 and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 10, 2014. The lawn tractor is described as a green John Deere riding lawn mower valued at $2,500.

  • Theft (Lawn Tractor) - On Sunday, August 10, 2014, at 1:03 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the 1700 block of Edgewood Road in Forked River regarding a theft of a riding lawn mower. The homeowner reported that his gray Craftsman, Model 38 riding lawnmower was stolen from the backyard of his residence between Wednesday, August 6, 2014 and Sunday, August 10, 2014. The lawn mower is valued at $600.

  • Theft (Lawn Tractor) - On Sunday, August 10, 2014, at 9:05 a.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the 1500 block of Claire Road in Forked River regarding a theft of a riding lawn mower. The homeowner reported that his red, Wheelhouse brand riding lawnmower was stolen from the backyard of his residence during the overnight hours between Saturday, August 9, 2014 and Sunday, August 10, 2014.  The value of the lawn mower is $200.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Monday, August 11, 2014, at 9:26 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue was on patrol when he observed 28-year-old John M. Sabie of 755 Birch Road in Lanoka Harbor walking south on Oak Road near the intersection of Laurel Boulevard. Officer Donahue was aware that John Sabie had an active arrest warrant out of the Newark Municipal Court. Officer Donahue placed John Sabie under arrest. John Sabie was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and released R.O.R. by the Newark Court Clerk pending a new court date.

  • Traffic Accident (Injury) - On Sunday, August 10, 2014, at 10:10 a.m., Officer Daniel Ricciardella responded to Lacey Road near the intersection of Vaughn Avenue for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a bicyclist. A red 2-door Saturn Ion driven by 62-year-old Janis Brown of Forked River was traveling west on Lacey Road when a 13-year-old juvenile male of Forked River attempted to cross Lacey Road while riding his bicycle. The driver was unable to stop in time and struck the rear end of the bicycle, causing the juvenile to fall off the bicycle. The juvenile male was not wearing a helmet at the time, and as a result of the crash, suffered what appeared to be minor superficial injuries to his face. The juvenile male was taken to Community Medical Center by the Lacey Township First Aid Squad for treatment.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Saturday, August 9, 2014, at 6:21 p.m. Special Officer Russell Moller responded to the dirt road behind the Lacey Shell, located at 922 Lacey Road, Forked River, to assist Lieutenant Michael DiBella who was out with a suspicious automobile. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 50-year-old Lance Gethard of Fountain Drive in Toms River, NJ, on an outstanding $1,414 Absecon Borough Municipal Court traffic warrant. Lance Gethard was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility to be held awaiting transfer to Absecon.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Saturday, August 9, 2014, at 12:22 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota and Officer George Resetar responded to the area of Sunrise Boulevard and Nautilus Boulevard for a report of a dispute between a male and female. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 32-year-old Justin L. Marshall of Tampa Road in Forked River on an outstanding $700 Wall Township Municipal Court traffic warrant. Justin Marshall was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and released after posting cash bail.

  • Brush Fires – During the late night hours between Wednesday, August 6, 2014, and Friday, August 8, 2014, an unknown person or persons purposely ignited some brush they placed in the roadway on Basin Road near the Ash Road Park in Lanoka Harbor. Three separate incidents have occurred.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Saturday, August 9, 2014, at 11:16 a.m., Special Officer James Perotti was on directed patrol of the Ash Road Park when he observed two subjects in the park after hours. Alexandro Tsarnas, 19, of 108 Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor and 19-year-old Casey Sinopoli of 710 Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor were identified by Officer Perotti. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Casey Sinopoli on an active $102 traffic warrant. Casey Sinopoli was transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where he was processed and released after posting cash bail.

  • Theft from a Vehicle - On Friday, August 8, 2014, at 8:49 p.m., Officer George Resetar met with a theft victim at police headquarters. The victim reported that while she was visiting a friend around 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 8, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole her cell phone from her unlocked, white, 2006, Nissan Altima as it was parked in the roadway in front of 406 Lawrence Drive in Lanoka Harbor. The stolen phone is described as a white, Samsung Galaxy S5, 16gb, with a white/gray Otterbox case, valued at $650.

  • Theft from a Vehicle - On Friday, August 8, 2014, at 4:26 p.m., Officer Michael Hein met with a theft victim at police headquarters. The theft reportedly occurred at her residence on the 400 block of Bay Way in Lanoka Harbor. Stephanie Franco reported that between 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 3, 2014 and 7:30 a.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole $180 cash from her vehicle. The black, 2000, Jeep Grand Cherokee was unlocked and parked in the driveway of the residence during the incident. The victim also reported that the same vehicle was entered the following night between 10:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m.

  • Fighting & Resisting Arrest – On Friday, August 8, 2014, at 1:33 a.m., Officer Andrew Slota responded to 1063 Laurel Boulevard in reference to a possible fight in progress. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 25-year-old Maxwell Wimmer of 1063 Laurel Boulevard who resisted arrest by jumping into the lagoon behind the residence and swimming away. Maxwell Wimmer was located hiding in tall grass on a vacant lot down the street from the residence. Maxwell Wimmer refused to cooperate with Officer Andrew Slota and indicated that he was not going to peacefully submit to the arrest. Officer Andrew Slota properly utilized his pepper spray on the suspect in order to effect the arrest without physical violence. Maxwell Wimmer submitted to the arrest and was handcuffed without further incident. Maxwell Wimmer was then transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where he was processed and then transported to Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $5,000 bail.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Thursday, August 7, 2014, at 11:30 a.m., Lieutenant Michael DiBella conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of Carr Street and Steuben Avenue after he observed a passenger hanging out of the passenger window. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 39-year-old Donnie F. Meyers of 3010 Benson Street, Apt B in Camden, NJ, on a $156 Manalapan Township Municipal Court traffic warrant. Donnie Meyers was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and released R.O.R. by the Manalapan Township Municipal Court Clerk pending a future court date.

  • Warrant Arrest - On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at 10:09 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer conducted a motor vehicle stop of a blue, 2005, Chevy Malibu for making an improper left turn into the Wawa parking lot, located at 800 Lacey Road in Forked River. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 54-year-old Bonnie F. Generally of South Lakeside Drive in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Bonnie Generally on a $500 Lacey Township Municipal Court criminal warrant and a $350 Toms River Municipal Court traffic warrant. Bonnie Generally was also operating an uninsured and unregistered vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. The vehicle was impounded due to it being unregistered and uninsured. Bonnie Generally was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed and issued motor vehicle summonses for improper turn, driving while suspended, operating an uninsured vehicle, and operating a vehicle with an expired registration. Bonnie Generally was unable to post bail and was subsequently transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility.

  • Theft from a Vehicle - Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at 9:41 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota responded to 1229 Kennebec Road for a report of a theft from a motor vehicle. The victim reported that he heard a noise outside of his residence and upon checking to see what it was, he observed two male juveniles (approximately 12 years of age) near his ice cream truck. The victim observed that each juvenile was holding multiple items from his truck including, plastic-ware, potato chips, and candy. The victim then confronted the juveniles who subsequently turned over the items to him. The juveniles then fled the area on foot.

  • Theft from a Vehicle – Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at 8:01 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota responded to Shady Brook Lane in Forked River for a theft from a motor vehicle. The victim reported that between 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on August 6, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered his unlocked, 2004, Ford Expedition and stole a pink iPod valued at $200 and a silver and gold Rolex watch with an oyster wrist band valued at $7,000. The victim reported that the vehicle was parked in front of the residence, and he was working inside at the time of the incident.

  • Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer - On Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 6:52 p.m. Officer Michael Verwey and Officer George Resetar responded to Lacey Powersports, 416 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, in reference to an intoxicated and disorderly female. The business owner reported that a highly intoxicated female trespassed onto his property and was refusing to leave. The suspect, later identified as 48-year-old Evelyn Riccardi of Spinnaker Avenue in Manahawkin, was very aggressive towards the business owner and officers. Evelyn Riccardi was cursing very loudly and refused to cooperate with officers. Evelyn Riccardi was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct, obstructing the administration of law, and resisting arrest. She was transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where she assaulted Officer Michael Verwey by kicking him in the leg. Evelyn Riccardi was then transported to Ocean County jail in default of $20,000 bail.

  • MVA, Theft, and Abandonment of a Toxic Pollutant (Arrests) – On Sunday, August 10, 2014, at 10:41 p.m., the Lacey Township Police Department received a report of a motor vehicle accident on West Lacey Road near Aspen Road. Upon arrival of officers, they discovered that the vehicle was no longer in the area, but a large area of the roadway was coated with diesel fuel. The officers located the crash site into the woods along West Lacey Road where they found five large (55 gallon) plastic containers in the woods at the crash site. The contents of one of the containers had completely leaked into the wooded area. The other four containers remained sealed. A five mile stretch of Lacey Road was immediately shut down and the Berkeley Hazmat Unit along with the Bamber Lake Fire Company responded to the scene.

    The Lacey Township Police Department secured the crime scene and the roadway was open to traffic at 2:20 a.m. on Monday, August 11, 2014. The Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU) of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department responded to photograph the scene. The NJDEP responded to the scene midday on Monday, August 11, 2014, and clean up efforts continued through 10:15 p.m. on Monday, August 11, 2014. Officer Robert Flynn and Officer Jeffrey Slota of the Lacey Township Police Department were assigned the follow-up investigation with the assistance of Detective Thomas Haskell Jr. of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

    On Monday morning, August 11, 2014, Officer Robert Flynn and Officer Jeffrey Slota conducted a search of the area for the vehicle involved in the collision. Both officers located a damaged 2001, Jeep Cherokee and a trailer at 2422 Capshaw Road in the Bamber Lake section of Forked River which investigation linked to the transport of the 55 gallon containers and the accident. The officers seized both the Jeep and the trailer as criminal evidence.

    The vehicle, owned by 26-year-old Shannon Smith of Saltspray Drive in Forked River, ultimately led to the identification of 24-year-old Nico T. Morgan as the driver of the vehicle. Within hours after officers seized the Jeep, the officers received word from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office that an attorney representing Nico T. Morgan contacted their office regarding the accident. On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, Officer Robert Flynn prepared a criminal complaint for Nico T. Morgan for the 2nd Degree charge of Abandonment of a Toxic Pollutant. Bail was set on that charge at $15,000.

    While continuing the investigation on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, Officer Robert Flynn and Officer Jeffrey Slota determined that 366 gallons of diesel fuel was stolen from the Brick Wall property of the Hesse Company. The officers determined that 25-year-old Paul R. Townsend Jr., an employee on the property of Brick Wall, conspired with Nico T. Morgan to facilitate the theft of the “on road” diesel fuel. Investigation revealed that 7 containers were allegedly filled by Nico Morgan with a total of 366 gallons of fuel and removed from the property. The total value of the fuel is $1,262. The Jeep Cherokee, along with the trailer holding the seven containers of diesel fuel, was only able to travel several hundred yards east on West Lacey Road before losing control and crashing into the woods. As much as 110 gallons of diesel fuel is believed to have spilled during the incident.

    Investigation further revealed that Nico T. Morgan fled the scene in the Jeep Cherokee after being pulled from the woods after calling upon the assistance of Paul R. Townsend Jr. of Forked River. The Jeep traveled from the scene on only three wheels, as one wheel was dislodged and left in the roadway as a result of the collision.

    Based on the discovery of the theft of the 366 gallons of diesel fuel, additional charges were filed in this incident.

    Officer Robert Flynn charged Nico T. Morgan with the theft of $1,262 worth of diesel fuel and charged Paul R. Townsend Jr. with conspiracy to commit theft of $1,262 worth of diesel fuel. Nico Morgan, through his attorney, turned himself in at police headquarters on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 12, 2014. Nico Morgan was processed and released after posting a bond for $40,000 combined bail. Officer Robert Flynn prepared a criminal summons for Paul R. Townsend Jr. regarding the conspiracy to commit theft charge.

    Officer Jeffrey Slota completed the accident investigation which included the issuance of motor vehicle summonses charging Nico T. Morgan with Leaving an Injurious Substance in the Roadway, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Failure to Report an Accident, Reckless Driving, and several other related offenses.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - July 29th thru August 4th, 2014

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July 29th, thru August 4th, 2014

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  • Death by Auto (Arrest) – On Monday, August 4, 2014, at approximately 11:55 p.m., a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle on Route 9 South near Mario’s Pizzeria in Forked River. The investigating officers determined that a 2000, Dodge, Ram, 1500 van driven by 27-year-old Patrick Clayton of Bayville was traveling North on Route 9 when for an unknown reason the vehicle drifted over the center line into the southbound lane and onto the shoulder of the roadway. Marcelo Romano Nolazco, 37, and his friend Jose Sanchez, 38, both of Forked River, were walking north on the southbound shoulder of Route 9 when the Dodge Ram came from behind them and struck Nolazco directly while grazing Mr. Sanchez who was walking with Mr. Nolazco. Mr. Sanchez was uninjured, however, Mr. Nolazco was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:15 a.m.After striking the pedestrians, Patrick Clayton did not stop his vehicle and left the scene. He continued into a nearby Applebee’s restaurant parking lot. Officers, using a description provided by Mr. Sanchez, quickly located Patrick Clayton’s van in the nearby Applebee’s restaurant parking lot. Patrick Clayton was found inside the restaurant and taken into custody. The Dodge Ram van was secured and towed pending a search warrant. While at the scene, an MVC look up revealed that Clayton’s driving privilege was suspended, and he also had three (3) active warrants for his arrest. Clayton was arrested and processed back at police headquarters. A telephonic search warrant for Clayton’s blood was requested by the investigating officers and granted by Judge Hodgson. Patrick Clayton has been charged with second degree Death by Auto and Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Crash Resulting in Death, and third degree Causing Death to Another While in Violation of 39:3-40 (License Suspension). Bail was set at $200,000 with no ten percent option.

  • Theft - On Monday, August 4, 2014, at 5:52 p.m., Officer Darrell Nick responded to a Maple Road residence in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a theft. The victim reported that he rode his green and black Trek bicycle to his friend’s house on Maple Road and left it unsecured outside the fenced in the front yard of the residence. Upon returning outside approximately 30 minutes later, he discovered that the bicycle had been stolen. The bicycle is valued at $500. A red and silver, Next “Powerx,” 18 speed bicycle was left at the scene. Officer Nick transported the found bicycle to headquarters where it was processed and submitted to the property clerk.

  • DUI (Arrest) -On Sunday, August 03, 2014, 2:38 a.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 9 near Sunrise Boulevard. The driver, 42-year-old Michael Moore of Forepeak Avenue in Beachwood, was found to have an expired license. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Michael Moore for DUI. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Michael Moore was transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where he was processed and issued motor vehicle summonses for DUI, reckless driving, expired drivers license, and failure to maintain lane.

  • Unattended Death – During the overnight hours of Sunday, August 3, 2014, into Monday, August 4, 2014, the Lacey Township Police Department received a third-party call from a resident of the Lacey Inn on Route 9 in Forked River. The caller reported that another individual advised him that a homeless woman was deceased in a tent in a wooded area between the Lacey Inn and the Game Farm property. Officers responded to the area and conducted a search on foot. Officers located 51-year-old Cheri Peterson (formerly of Wells Mills Road in Waretown) deceased within the tent. A medical examiner from the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene. Likewise, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU) also responded and assisted with the investigation. There were no overt signs present indicating the cause of death. The matter is under investigation and pending a determination by the medical examiner as to the cause of death. Detective Robert Surtees of the Lacey Township Police Department is conducting the investigation.

  • Warrant Arrest – On August 2, 2014, at 6:46 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe and Officer Darrell Nick responded to a Bay Way residence in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a call for medical assistance. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of one of the residents, 34-year-old Shawn Wrazen, on an Ocean County Sheriff’s Department warrant for a violation of probation. Shawn Wrazen was later turned over to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Warrant Team and transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Friday, August 1, 2014, at 4:54 p.m., Special Officer Russell Moller was on patrol in the area of Laurel Boulevard when he observed 31-year-old Melanie Bald of Laurel Boulevard. Special Officer Moller was aware that Melanie Bald had outstanding warrants for her arrest. Special Officer Moller placed her under arrest after confirming that she had an active $1,250 Lacey Township Municipal Court Criminal warrant and an active $350 Berkeley Township Municipal Court traffic warrant. Melanie Bald was unable to post bail and was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility.

  • Receiving of Stolen Property (Arrest) - On Friday, August 01, 2014, at 12:23 a.m., Officer George Resetar was patrolling the area of Dover Road and Good Luck Road in the Bamber Lake section of the township when he observed two suspicious vehicles parked off of the shoulder of the roadway. Upon checking the area, Officer Resetar located three subjects hiding in the woods. Two subjects, 20-year-old John Ryan of Carr Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, and 21-year-old Margarita Roldan of St. John’s Place in Keansburg, NJ, were found with an all-terrain vehicle in their possession. Another subject, 22-year-old Mitchell R. Braikovich of Avenue A in Bayonne, NJ, was found in possession of a dirt bike. A $114 Beachwood Borough Municipal Court contempt warrant was located for Mitchell Braikovich. The dirt bike, a 2007, Honda, CRF 100F, red/white in color, that Mitchell Braikovich had in his possession was found to have been reported stolen out of Manville Township, NJ, on August 19, 2013. Mitchell Braikovich was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters. The dirt bike and quad were impounded and the Manville Township Police Department was notified in reference to the stolen dirt bike. John Ryan and Margarita Roldan were both issued complaint summonses for trespassing. John Ryan received motor vehicle summonses for failure to exhibit an ATV registration, failure to exhibit ATV insurance, and operating an ATV without a helmet. Mitchell R. Braikovich was charged on a criminal summons with possession of stolen property. He was also issued a complaint summons for trespassing and received motor vehicle summonses for driving while suspended, failure to exhibit an ATV registration, failure to exhibit ATV insurance, and operating an ATV without a helmet. Mitchell Braikovich was processed and released after posting bail on the Beachwood Borough warrant. The stolen dirt bike was returned to the owner the next day.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) - On Friday, August 01, 2014, Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas was on patrol near the area of Route 9 and Beach Boulevard when he conducted a motor vehicle stop. The registration privileges for the vehicle had been suspended. The registered owner, 31-year-old Michael Polovitch of Betsy Ross Lane in Whiting, NJ, was operating the vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the passenger, 44-year-old Leslie Haines of Engleside Avenue in Beach Haven, NJ, who was found to be in possession of hypodermic syringes with each syringe containing suspected CDS. The vehicle was also occupied by two other passengers who were identified as a 23-year-old subject from Winteringham Village in Toms River, NJ, and a 19-year-old subject from Clifton Place in Jersey City, NJ. The vehicle was impounded due to the suspended registration. Michael Polovitch was issued summonses for possession of CDS in a motor vehicle and driving with a suspended registration. Leslie Haines was transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where she was processed for the criminal charge. Leslie Haines was charged with one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and one count of possession of a hypodermic syringe.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 8:37 a.m., Officer John Simonson responded to Atlantic Gravel, located at 2301 Lacey Road, Forked River, in reference to a theft. The site manager reported that tools were stolen from inside an equipment truck that was parked on the property. The theft occurred between Sunday, July 20, 2014 and Sunday, July 31, 2014. The stolen tools included large socket sets, socket wrenches, large crescent wrenches, and channel lock pliers. The value of the stolen tools is estimated at $1,000.

  • Shoplifting – On Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 7:46 a.m., Officer Frederick Anderson responded to Walmart in Lanoka Harbor in reference to incidents of shoplifting. The loss prevention employee reported that a female stole two comforters from the store. The female was observed leaving the store at approximately 7:28 a.m. with one of the comforters and then she reentered the store approximately 10 minutes later and stole an additional comforter. The female suspect was seen entering a gray, Chevrolet, Trail Blazer LT. The total value of the stolen comforters is $61.93. The matter is currently under investigation by Officer Anderson.

  • Trespassing (Formal Charge) – On Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 3:54 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy responded to an East Lacey Road residence in reference to a trespassing complaint. The son of the homeowner reported that he believed someone was sleeping in the detached garage on his mother’s property without her permission. Officers located 55-year-old Brett Chambers of Dock Road in West Creek, NJ, sleeping in a makeshift bed in the garage. Brett Chambers was charged with trespassing on a complaint summons.

  • Underage Consumption of Alcohol (Formal Charges) - On Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 12:16 a.m., Officer Evan Androcy was trying to locate a missing 15-year-old, juvenile female. Investigation led officers to an address on Kay Street in Forked River. While speaking with the occupants, Officer Androcy discovered that a 16-year–old female was highly intoxicated and was vomiting. The juvenile was transported to Community Medical Center by Lacey Township EMS. Officer Androcy prepared formal charges for the 16-year-old as well as a 15-year-old female for their underage consumption of alcohol.

  • Possession and Distribution of Heroin (Arrests) – On the afternoon of Wednesday, July 30, 2014, detectives of the Lacey Township Police Department witnessed a suspicious transaction between two adult male pedestrians in the area of Murray Grove Cemetery in Lanoka Harbor. After an exchange between the two subjects and upon further investigation, detectives discovered 55 bags containing Heroin. Kyle Pianetti, 22, of Briar Road in Lanoka Harbor was arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin. The second suspect, Jason Drackwicz, 22, of Bayshore Drive in Toms River was arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin and Distribution of Heroin.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - July 22nd thru July 28, 2014

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July 22nd, 2014 thru July 28th, 2014

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  • DUI (Arrest) - On Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 10:00 p.m., while officers were investigating a separate incident at the Lacey Branch of the Ocean County Library, the officers heard a motor vehicle crash occur at the intersection of Lacey Road and Route 9. The driver of the vehicle which crashed was observed leaving the scene; however, the vehicle was stopped by Officer George Resetar on Route 9 south of the scene near the intersection of Station Drive. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 38-year-old Wai K. Suen of South River Drive in Forked River, for DUI. Wai K. Suen also had two juvenile children in the vehicle at the time of the incident. Wai K. Suen was transported to police headquarters, processed, and served with motor vehicle summonses for DUI, reckless driving, improper turn, failure to maintain lane, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to report an accident. In addition, Wai K. Suen was charged with two separate counts of disorderly persons offence for being DUI with a minor children in a Motor Vehicle. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 8:23 p.m., Special Officer Michael Hutman conducted a traffic stop on Beach Boulevard near the intersection of Route 9 South in Forked River. Officer Dimitri Tsarnas responded to assist. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 44-year-old Tara King of Keelson Drive in Waretown, NJ, for DUI. She was transported to police headquarters, processed, served with summonses for DUI, refusal to submit to breath-testing, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane. The vehicle Tara King was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Heroin Possession and Distribution (Arrests) – On Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 10:50 p.m., Patrol Officer George Resetar was assigned to a directed enforcement detail targeting suspected drug activity on Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor. While conducting a surveillance, he observed what appeared to be drug distribution activity from a vehicle in front of 26 Laurel Boulevard. Officer Resetar observed the occupants of a red, 4 door, Volvo sedan engaged in suspicious activity. The vehicle was then observed quickly leaving the area by running the red light at Laurel Boulevard and Route 9. Officer Resetar immediately conducted a motor vehicle stop. Officer Resetar approached the vehicle as the occupants appeared to be attempting to hide contraband. Officer Resetar, assisted by Officer Michael Verwey, observed three bricks (50 bags each) of Heroin in plain view on the passenger side floor of the vehicle. The two male occupants in the vehicle were 26-year-old Justin C Hall (driver) of 411 Manapaqua Avenue, Lakehurst, NJ, and 29-year-old Donald L. Peardon (passenger) of 2401 Carey Lane in Vienna, Virginia. Both subjects were placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. The vehicle was impounded. The officers seized 200 wax folds (4 bricks) of Heroin, a hypodermic syringe, as well as other drug paraphernalia. Both subjects were charged with possession of Heroin, possession of Heroin with the intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a hypodermic syringe. Donald Peardon was also found to have three active warrants out of Virginia for his arrest. Donald Peardon was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $75,000 bail as well as the outstanding Virginia warrants. Justin Hall was also charged with motor vehicle summonses for CDS in a motor vehicle and the red light violation then released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance. The investigation into drug activity on Laurel Boulevard is continuing and further charges are pending the outcome of further investigation.

  • Heroin Possession and Distribution (Arrests) – On the afternoon of Wednesday, July 23, 2014, detectives from the Lacey Township Police Department executed a search warrant at 303 Enterprise Drive in Forked River as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation involving the distribution of heroin from the residence. The search warrant execution at 303 Enterprise Drive was completed simultaneously with a traffic stop on Lacey Road of a vehicle that contained four occupants from the residence. A search of the residence and the vehicle led to the recovery of 156 bags containing heroin, as well as a quantity of Alprazolam, and drug paraphernalia. The driver of the vehicle, 63-year-old Robert Schramm, and the front seat passenger, 50-year old Rosemarie Schramm, of Stillwater Drive in Barnegat were arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin. Their adult daughter, 22-year-old Angelmarie Schramm, of 303 Enterprise Drive in Forked River, was also in the vehicle and was arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin and Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute. Another rear seat passenger and resident of 303 Enterprise Drive, 27-year-old Karl Endreson, was arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe. Additionally, Angelmarie Schramm was charged with hindering her own apprehension after she provided detectives with a false name in an attempt to avoid the discovery of an active no-bail arrest warrant issued by the Ocean County Sherriff’s Department for the violation of her participation in Drug Court. Both Angelmarie Schramm and Karl Endreson, Jr. were lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $75,000 bail. The Lacey Township Detectives were assisted by the Ocean County Sherriff’s Department K-9 unit.

  • Drug Possession and Warrant (Arrests) - On Monday, July 28, 2014, at approximately 9:45 a.m., Officer Anthony Sarno conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 in Lanoka Harbor for speeding. Officer Sarno identified that the license plates on the vehicle did not match the vehicle that was stopped. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the passenger, identified as 34-year-old Robert S. Lally of Attison Avenue in South Toms River, NJ, had three (3) warrants for his arrest. Warrant number one (1) was issued from the Little Egg Harbor Municipal court in the amount of $350. Warrant number two (2) was issued from the Little Egg Harbor Municipal Court in the amount of $350, and warrant number three (3) was issued from the Seaside Park Municipal Court in the amount of $470. Upon arrest, Robert Lally was found to be in possession of Marijuana. The driver, identified as 21-year-old Edward Hayes of Leeward Avenue in Beachwood, NJ, was also found to be in possession of Marijuana and drug paraphernalia. They were both transported to police headquarters and processed. Robert Lally was charged with Possession of Marijuana. He was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail on the outstanding arrest warrants. Edward Hayes was released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. In addition, Edward Hayes received traffic summonses for speeding, fictitious license plates, unregistered motor vehicle, uninsured motor vehicle, and CDS in a motor vehicle.

  • Heroin and Steroid Possession (Arrest) - On Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 10:02 p.m., Officers Andrew Slota and Dimitri Tsarnas responded to the Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant security checkpoint, located at 800 Route 9 South in Forked River, at the request of plant security, which had a suspicious vehicle stopped at the main entrance. Upon arrival at the scene, the officers were advised by OCNGS security that they had performed a security search of the vehicle. The passenger in the vehicle, identified as 45-year-old Jonathan S. Lloyd of Chapel Street in Waretown, NJ was found by security personnel to be in possession of 13 wax folds of heroin, a hypodermic syringe, marijuana, a glass smoking device, and a vial of anabolic steroids. Jonathan Lloyd was arrested and transported to police headquarters. Jonathan charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Anabolic Steroids, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe. The driver of the vehicle, Jacob Moore, 3rd, of Villas, New Jersey, was issued motor vehicle summonses for driving with a suspended license and CDS in a motor vehicle.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) - On Friday, July 25, 2014, at 8:05 p.m. Officer John McKee responded to the WAWA located at 444 Route 9 South in Forked River for a report of two suspicious individuals possibly engaged in drug activity sitting behind the rear of the store. During the investigation at the scene, 44-year-old Leonard Brown of Taylor Lane in Forked River was found to possess marijuana and a silver smoking pipe. Leonard Brown was arrested and transported to police headquarters. Leonard Brown was processed and released after receiving a criminal summons charging him with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

  • Warrants and Possession of Hypodermic Syringe (Arrest) – On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 10:48 a.m., Officer John D. Simonson responded to the area of Birch Road and Hemlock Lane (Laurel Boulevard area) in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a report of a suspicious male subject walking in the area. Officer Simonson located the male subject, identified as 38-year-old Charles Howard of Sweetwood Drive in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to Charles Howard’s arrest on two outstanding warrants. Warrant number one (1) was a no bail warrant issued from the Ocean County Sherriff’s Department and warrant number two (2) was issued from the Lacey Township Municipal Court in the amount of $250. Upon arrest, Charles Howard was found to be in possession of a hypodermic syringe. Charles Howard was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was charged with Possession of Hypodermic Needle and subsequently lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility on the outstanding arrest warrants.

  • Drug Possession and Warrant (Arrest) – On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at 4:32 p.m., Officer Michael Hein conducted a traffic stop on Deerhead Lake Drive in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 22-year-old Richard Colletta of Westwood Drive in Forked River on a Tinton Falls Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $360. Upon arrest, Richard Colletta was found to be in possession of Marijuana. Richard Colletta was transported to police headquarters, processed, and served with a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana as well as Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Richard Colletta also received traffic summonses for speeding and for driving with a suspended license. Richard Colletta posted the bail related to the arrest warrants.

  • Hindering Apprehension and Warrant (Arrest) - On Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 12:59 a.m., Officer Darrell Nick responded to the area of Station Drive and Railroad Avenue in Forked River for a report from a concerned citizen of several people in the area acting suspiciously. During the course of the investigation, Officer Nick spoke with 21-year-old Amanda Naia of Tampa Road in Forked River who initially provided him with a false name in an attempt to hide the fact that she had two (2) warrants for her arrest. It was later determined that Amanda Naia had two active warrants for her arrest out of the Lacey Township Municipal Court – each in the amount of $250. Amanda Naia was arrested, transported to police headquarters, processed, and released after posting bail. Amanda Naia was also charged on a criminal summons with hindering her own apprehension by providing a false name to police officers.

  • Warrant Arrest -On Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 11:04 a.m., Officers Daniel Ricciardella and Anthony Sarno responded to the 900 block of Sinclair Avenue in Lanoka Harbor to serve an arrest warrant. Upon their arrival the officers arrested 52-year-old Timothy Ruhnke of Sinclair Avenue in Lanoka Harbor on an Ocean County Sherriff’s Department warrant in the amount of $7,500. Timothy Ruhnke was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was released after posting 10% bail.

  • Warrant Arrest - On Friday, July 25, 2014 at 6:53 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe was investigating an animal complaint at 414 Route 9 South in Forked River. While investigating the incident and speaking with 19-year-old Hector Ceballos of Hollywood Drive in Forked River, an active warrant was discovered for his arrest. The warrant was issued by the Berkeley Township Municipal Court in the amount of $350. Hector Ceballos was arrested and transported to police headquarters. He was processed and released after posting bail.

  • Theft from a Motor Vehicle – On Friday, July 25, 2014, at 2:37 p.m., Officer Daniel Ricciardella responded to the 900 block of Mallard Drive in Lanoka Harbor for a theft from a vehicle. The victim reported that between 8:30 p.m. on July 23, 2014, and 7:00 a.m. on July 24, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered his unlocked vehicle that was parked in the driveway and stole his wallet containing two credit cards and approximately $1,300 in cash. The investigation is continuing.

  • Warrant (Arrest) - On Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 11:32 a.m., Special Officer Travis Horton conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of Wawa, located at 701 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 31-year-old Marcus Lowe of Hemlock Drive in Lanoka Harbor, on two outstanding warrants. Warrant number one (1) was issued from the Sea Isle City Municipal Court in the amount of $81, and warrant number two (2) was issued from the New Gretna Municipal Court in the amount of $254. Marcus Lowe was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was issued a traffic summons for failure to inspect and was released after posting bail on the outstanding arrest warrants.

  • Theft from a Motor Vehicle – On Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 9:04 a.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to the 900 block of Seagull Drive in Lanoka Harbor for a theft from a motor vehicle. The victim stated that between 6:00 p.m. on July 23, 2014, and 8:00 a.m. on July 24, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered his unlocked vehicle while parked in the driveway of his residence and stole approximately $30 worth of change and a small black pen flashlight valued at $10. The total theft was valued $40.

  • Theft from a Motor Vehicle – On Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 4:30 a.m., Officer Andrew Slota responded to the 800 block of Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for a theft from a motor vehicle. The victim stated that during the overnight hours of July 23, 2014 into July 24, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered his unlocked vehicle while parked in the driveway of his residence and stole his wallet valued at $25. The wallet contained $200 in cash. In addition, $50 in loose change was also stolen from the vehicle. The combined estimated value of the items stolen is $275.

  • Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 5:23 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas responded to the 700 block of Fairview Lane in Forked River for a criminal mischief report. The victim reported that within the past year, an unknown person or persons cut the wire to her pool heater. Damage is estimated at $100.

  • Theft – On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at 8:47 a.m., Officer John D. Simonson responded to the 800 block of Bowline Drive in Forked River for a theft report. The victim reported that between the overnight hours of July 21, 2014, into July 22, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole seven (7) six foot siding jack extensions, (2) twelve foot siding jack extensions, and a six-foot step ladder, with a total value of $1,100.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - July 15th thru July 21st, 2014

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July 15th, 2014 thru July 21st, 2014

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  • Theft & Forgery (Arrest) – On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas met with a resident who reported that she was the victim of a theft of checks from her residence. The checks were later cashed at her bank without her authorization. The victim stated she had hired 22-year-old Christopher Boardingham of N Lakeside Drive in Forked River to perform odd jobs around her house. She indicated that she suspected that he stole the checks and then made the checks out to himself by forging her name on the checks before cashing them. Officer Dimitri Tsarnas investigated the matter and signed criminal complaints against Christopher Boardingham for theft by deception and forgery. Boardingham was subsequently arrested, processed, and released on the criminal summonses pending a court date.

  • Burglary & Theft (Arrest) – On Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Officer Evan Androcy responded to the 400 block of Lake Barnegat Drive South in reference to a report of a burglary and theft. The victim reported that 20-year-old Erik Moore of 417 Lake Barnegat Drive South entered his house and stole electronic equipment valued at $620. Officer Androcy with the assistance of Officer John Simonson conducted an investigation and subsequently arrested Erik Moore and charged him with burglary and theft.  Erik Moore was processed at police headquarters and released on summons pending a court date.

  • Underage Consumption of Alcohol/ Consumption of Alcohol in a Township Park – On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy and Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas responded to Gille Park, 56 Manchester Avenue, in reference to a report of the consumption of alcoholic beverages underage in the park. Officers located a group of people in the park consuming alcoholic beverages. The following action was taken by the responding officers: 22-year-old Shawn Kaliske of Hasting Road in Forked River and 22-year-old Chelsea Littleford of Chestnut Street in Forked River were issued township ordinance violations for the consumption of alcoholic beverages in a township Park. Three underage subjects, 19-year-old Michael Micallef of Froghollow Road in Forked River; 20-year-old Anthony Baisi of Ewart Road in Forked River; and 20-year-old Amber Cox of Bullard Avenue in Forked River were each issued a summons for the underage consumption of alcoholic beverages. Shawn Kaliske was issued an additional summons for providing alcoholic beverages to minors.

  • Theft from a Vehicle – On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, Officer Scott Anderson handled a report of items stolen from a vehicle that was located on the 400 block of Barramore Ave in Lanoka Harbor. The incident reportedly occurred between the hours of midnight and 8:00 a.m. on July 15, 2014, when an unknown actor or actors entered the unsecured vehicle and stole the vehicle registration and insurance card, $65 in cash, as well as other miscellaneous items. The total value of the stolen property was reported as $530. The vehicle was parked in the driveway at the time of the theft.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, Special Officer Travis Horton arrested 21-year-old Joseph P. Sinopoli of Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor in the vicinity of Taylor Lane and Route 9 on two outstanding arrest warrants issued by the Lacey Township Municipal Court totaling $750. Joseph Sinopoli was released after posting the required bail.

  • Burglary of a Residence – On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, Officer Michael Hein handled a report of a residential burglary on the 700 block of Maple Road in Lanoka Harbor. The resident reported that between Friday, July 11, 2014 and Tuesday, July 15, 2014, an unknown actor or actors stole jewelry valued at approximately $1,100 from the home. There were no signs of forced entry to the residence. Detective Brian Flynn is currently investigating the incident.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, Officer Evan Androcy responded to the Wal-Mart store in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a shoplifter in custody. Loss prevention staff reported that 35-year-old Christopher Cieslik of Spar Court in Barnegat placed four articles of men’s clothing in a bag and attempted to leave the store without paying for the merchandise. C. Cieslik was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters, processed, charged with shoplifting, and released from custody pending a court date.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, Special Officer Travis Horton arrested 28-year-old John Sabie of Birch Road in Lanoka Harbor in the vicinity of the Wal-Mart parking lot on an outstanding warrant out of the Newark Municipal Court in the amount of $350. John Sabie was transported to police headquarters where he was subsequently released after the Newark Municipal Court assigned a new court date.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, July 18, 2014, Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the parking lot of 800 Lacey Road in reference to a report of an impaired driver. Officer Sarno made contact with the operator of the vehicle, 40-year-old Dayna Rod of Edgewood Drive in Toms River. Signs of impairment were evident and field sobriety tests were administered. Dayna Rod was subsequently arrested for DUI. Dayna Rod was transported to police headquarters and processed. Dayna Rod was charged with DUI and reckless driving. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Theft (Arrest) – On Friday, July 18, 2014, Officer Anthony Sarno arrested 29-year-old Timothy O’Brien of Buena Vista Road in Forked River for the theft of township property. The arrest came after an investigation into the theft of 25 used car batteries stolen from the Lacey Township Recycling Center. The batteries were valued at $250. Timothy O’Brien was processed and released on a summons.

  • Theft – On Friday, July 18, 2014, Officer Daniel Ricciardella responded to the 1500 block of Beverly Road in Forked River in reference to a theft of a John Deer Dump Cart that was located on the side of the residence. The theft occurred between Wednesday, July 16, 2014 and Friday, July 18, 20014. The cart is valued at $200.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 11:37 p.m., Officer Anderson observed a vehicle stop in the middle of the roadway confusing other vehicles that had to travel around it. Officer Anderson initiated a motor vehicle stop and identified the driver as 58-year-old Leopoldo Tocao of Sunflower Lane in Toms River. Leopoldo Tacao was arrested and charged with DUI, reckless driving, an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, careless driving, and the disorderly persons offense of DUI with a minor as a passenger in the vehicle. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Friday, July 18, 2014, Special Officer Travis Horton arrested 48-year-old Jeannett Maxson of Main Street in Bayville as a result of a motor vehicle stop. J. Maxson had an outstanding warrant out of Wall Township in the amount of $104.  J. Maxson posted bail and was released without incident.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Saturday, July 19, 2014, Officer George Resetar arrested 59-year-old Guy Sbar of Hospital Drive in Toms River as a result of a motor vehicle stop. Guy Sbar was found to have several outstanding warrants. The warrants were issued from Lacey Township, Toms River Township, and Bordentown Township. The total default in bail was $1,395. Guy Sbar was released after posting the required bail and being served a summons for driving with a suspended license.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, July 20, 2014, at 1:00 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas and Officer George Resetar stopped a motor vehicle on Route 9 near Game Farm Road in Forked River for failing to maintain a lane. The driver, 53-year-old Lance James of 1122 Capstan Drive in Forked River was arrested for DUI. Lance James was charged with DUI, reckless driving, and failure to maintain a lane. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Criminal Mischief – On Sunday, July 20, 2014, Officer George Resetar responded to the 700 block of Cambridge Road in Forked River for a report of criminal mischief to a vehicle. The victim reported that during the daytime hours on Saturday, July 19, 2014, an unknown person or persons damaged the passenger side of her vehicle. The damage consisted of three dents made with an unknown object. The damage is estimated at $750.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On July 20, 2014, Officer Julie Barcalow responded to the parking lot of the Spirits Liquors in reference to an adult male passed out behind the steering wheel of his running vehicle. The driver, 54-year-old James Jorgensen of Fairview Lane in Forked River was arrested for DUI. James Jorgensen was transported to police headquarters, processed, and charged with DUI, reckless driving, consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle, and open container in a motor vehicle. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Monday, July 21, 2014, Officer George Resetar and Officer Andrew Slota responded to a call for assistance on the 300 block of Predmore Avenue. Upon arrival, the officers were directed to a person walking down Birch Road. Officers met with 21-year-old Brittany Gartner of Predmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor to check her well-being. Investigation by Officer George Resetar revealed that Brittany Gartner was in possession of six wax folds containing Heroin and syringes.  Gartner was transported to police headquarters, processed, and charged with possession of Heroin, possession of hypodermic syringes, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - July 8th thru July 14th, 2014

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July 8th, 2014 thru July 14th, 2014

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  • Resisting Arrest and Criminal Mischief (Arrest) – On Monday, July 14, 2014, at 8:49 p.m., Officers Tsarnas and Resetar responded to Ocean Fields Residential, 1 Game Farm Road in Forked River, for a 17-year-old male juvenile inmate. The Ocean Fields staff provided a description of the juvenile and reported that he was last seen heading north toward Shop Rite. A few minutes later, Officer Resetar observed a juvenile male fitting the description walking in the parking lot of Kohl’s located at 304 Route 9, in Forked River. Upon making contact with the 17-year-old juvenile, the male provided a false name and then ran from the officer. Officer Resetar ordered him to stop, however, the male continued to run north in the parking lot. Officer Resetar pursued and apprehended him the male who then physically resisted arrest. During the incident, the male purposely caused damage to the police vehicle. The male was restrained and positively identified as the subject who fled from the detention facility. He was transported to police headquarters and charged with juvenile delinquency for resisting arrest, obstructing the administration of law, criminal mischief, and hindering apprehension by providing false information to a law enforcement officer. The juvenile was processed and turned over to the custody of the New Jersey Human Services Police to be lodged in the Jamesburg Juvenile Correctional Institution. Human Services Police advised they would be charging the juvenile with escape as well.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 10:10 p.m., Officers Andrew Slota and Dimitri Tsarnas responded to the 1200 block of Leguene Avenue in Forked River on an unrelated investigation. While arriving at the scene, 42-year-old Stacy Zayas backed out of the driveway and into a patrol vehicle two times. Investigation at the scene led to Stacy Zayas’s arrest for DUI. She was transported to police headquarters and processed. She was served with traffic summonses including DUI and Reckless Driving. The vehicle Stacy Zayas was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Drug Possession – On Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 3:13 a.m., Officers Ewart and Barcalow responded to the 400 block of Cedar Drive in Lanoka Harbor with a request to check the well-being of the caller’s son, identified as 25-year-old Sean Gavin of Cedar Drive in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to Sean Gavin’s arrest for Possession of Heroin, Possession of a Hypodermic Needle, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Sean Gavin was released after receiving criminal summonses for Possession of Heroin, Possession of a Hypodermic Needle, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 12:46 a.m., Special Officer Travis Horton conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 near First Street in Forked River. Officer Julie Barcalow responded to assist. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 47-year-old Simone Lepore of Watersedge Drive in Toms River, NJ, for DUI. She was transported to police headquarters and processed. Simone Lepore was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Speeding. The vehicle she was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 5:18 p.m., Officer Daniel Ricciardella responded to the 100 block of Clearwater Drive in Forked River for a burglary. The victim reported that between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on July 12, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered the residence and stole approximately $600 in cash. There were no signs of forced entry to the residence. Lacey Detective Sam Della Sala, along with the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Crimininalistics Investigation Unit (CIU), responded to the scene. The incident is currently under investigation.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 3:24 p.m., Officer Ewart responded to the Wawa, located at 444 Route 9 South in Forked River, for a dispute. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 24-year-old Christopher Pleis of Southwind Drive in Waretown, NJ, on several outstanding warrants. Warrant number one (1) was issued from the Seaside Park Municipal Court in the amount of $500, warrant number two (2) was issued from the Tinton Falls Municipal Court in the amount of $500, and warrant number three (3) was issued from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office in the amount of $25,000. Christopher Pleis was transported to police headquarters and later turned over to the custody of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Fireworks (Formal Charge) – On Friday, July 11, 2014, at 9:31 p.m., Officers Charles May and Julie Barcalow responded to the parking lot of Deerhead Lake located at 5000 Lakeside Drive South for a report of fireworks. Investigation at the scene determined that 28-year-old James R. Kiernan of Vaughn Avenue in Forked River was responsible for discharging the fireworks. James Kiernan was issued a complaint-summons for the state law prohibiting fireworks.

  • Theft – On Friday, July 11, 2014, at 2:22 p.m., Officer John Cernek responded to the 1300 block of Leguene Avenue in Forked River for a theft report. The victim reported that between July 10, 2014, and July 11, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole his green Craftsman ride-on lawnmower from the front yard of the residence. The value is estimated at $650.

  • Theft – On Friday, July 11, 2014, at 11:20 a.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the 1700 block of Hillwood Road in Forked River for a theft. The victim reported that just prior to contacting this agency, she was having a garage sale at her residence. During the garage sale, a male subject, described as a white male in his late 20’s, approximately 6 foot tall, wearing a white shirt stopped at her residence and looked around. The victim stated that the suspect did not purchase anything and left. As soon as he left, the victim observed approximately $100 in Wii video games missing.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 8:06 p.m., Officer John McKee conducted a traffic stop on Lacey Road in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 33-year-old Devon A. Crane of Fernwood Way in Whiting, NJ, on an outstanding Manchester Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $1,072. She was transported to police headquarters and processed. Devon Crane was released after posting bail. She received a traffic summons for driving with a suspended driver’s license.

  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 4:38 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to Maxim Drive in Forked River for a report of criminal mischief. The victim reported that between 11:00 p.m. on July 9, 2014, and 3:00 p.m. on July 10, 2014, an unknown person or persons keyed letters into her vehicle causing approximately $700 in damage. The vehicle was parked in the driveway of the residence at the time of the incident.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at 11:34 p.m., Officers John McKee and Julie Barcalow responded to the Business Park located on Old Shore Road in Forked River for a burglar alarm. While checking the area, a male subject, identified as 23-year-old Sean M. Scalise of Deerhead Lake Drive in Forked River, was arrested for smoking and possessing Marijuana while in a parked vehicle. He was transported to police headquarters, processed, and released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana.

  • DUI Arrest with an Accident – On Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at 3:24 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to the intersection of Route 9 and Sunrise Boulevard in Forked River for a five car motor vehicle crash. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 53-year-old Jacquelin Maclachlan of Llewellyn Parkway in Forked River for DUI. She was transported to police headquarters and processed. Jacquelin Maclachlan was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The investigation revealed that Jacqeulin Maclachlan caused the crash which resulted in several injuries. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.

  • Theft from a Vehicle – On Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at 2:18 p.m., a resident of the 1200 block of Capstan Drive in Forked River reported that between 12:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on July 9, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered her unlocked vehicle while it was parked on the roadway and stole her purse. The purse contained various credit cards and $200 in cash.

  • Burglary and Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at 10:57 a.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to the 400 Block of Penn Avenue in Forked River for a report of a possible burglary. The victim reported that on July 9th, 2014, he found damage to a basement window consisting of pry marks. Indication were that an unknown person or persons entered the basement and sorted through property in the basement, however, the victim was not sure if anything was missing. The door from the basement into the residence was secured and it did not appear the person or persons were able to gain entry. The damage to the window is estimated at $100. Detectives Brian Flynn and Alan Abrecht arrived on scene to conduct a follow-up investigation.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Wednesday afternoon, July 9, 2014, Officer Daniel Ricciardella and Special Officer Travis Horton responded to Windjammer Court in Forked River in reference to an ongoing investigation. While at the residence, officers arrested 39-year-old Thomas W. Fuller of Windjammer Court on an outstanding Seaside Park Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $350. Thomas Fuller was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • Criminal Mischief (Township Property) – On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at 10:46 a.m., Officer Frederick Anderson responded to the Lanoka Harbor Fire Department located at 2 Warren Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for a criminal mischief report. The complainant reported that between July 7, 2014 at 10:45 p.m., and July 8, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., an unknown person or persons broke a window located at the rear of the fire house. Damage is estimated at $250.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - July 1st thru July 8th, 2014

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July 1st, 2014 thru July 8th, 2014

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  • Eluding, Resisting Arrest, and Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer (Arrest) – On Tuesday, July8, 2014, Detective Brian Flynn charged 22-year-old Eugene J. Fisher Jr. of 601 East Arverne Avenue in Ocean Gate with multiple criminal offenses related to the June 18, 2014, incident involving a stolen Jeep Cherokee out of Waretown, NJ. The June 18th incident involved the driver jumping from the stolen vehicle, fleeing on foot, resisting arrest upon being apprehended by Officer Ewart, then fleeing again after the officer was injured wrestling with the fleeing suspect in a backyard of a residence during the overnight hours (Click for the posting regarding the Original Incident). Eugene J. Fisher was charged with the 2nd degree crime of Eluding, 3rd Degree Resisting Arrest, 3rd degree Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, and 4th Degree Criminal Mischief. A criminal warrant was issued with bail set at $75,000. Eugene J. Fisher Jr. was served with the charges at the Ocean County Correctional Facility where he is currently lodged on unrelated charges. Possible additional charges are pending further investigation.

  • Forgery, Theft, and Warrant (Arrest) – On Monday, July 7, 2014, Officer John Simonson completed a five week investigation that began on May 27, 2014. On May 27, 2014, Officer Simonson responded to the 900 block of Capstan Drive in Forked River for a fraud report. The victim reported that several checks were stolen from his residence and later cashed at a local bank during the month of May 2014. The total cash received at the bank is estimated at $1,800. During Officer Simonson’s investigation he identified the accused as 39-year-old Michael A. Ragusa with a last known address of Pine Tree Drive in Forked River. On Monday, July 7, 2014, Officer Simonson charged Michael Ragusa with four (4) counts of Forgery, Uttering a Forged Instrument, and Theft by Deception. Bail was set at $50,000. On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at approximately 10:00 a.m. Officer Michael Eden took Michal Ragusa into custody at the Lacey Township Police Department. Michael Ragusa was arrested and processed. In addition to the above charges, Michael Ragusa had an outstanding Berkeley Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $350. Michael Ragusa was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Monday, July 7, 2014, at 11:58 a.m., Officer Frederick Anderson conducted a traffic stop on Clifton Street and Weehawkin Avenue in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 24-year-old Alysha M. Manhat of Cedar Drive in Lanoka Harbor, on an outstanding Lacey Township warrant in the amount of $500. Alysha M. Manhat was processed at police headquarters and released ROR pending a court date.

  • Theft – On Sunday, July 6, 2014, at 6:23 p.m., Officer Keith Pearce responded to the Wawa, located at 444 Route 9 South in Forked River, for a theft of gasoline. The employee reported that just prior to contacting this agency, a male subject in a Chevy Avalanche exited his vehicle and pumped $25 worth of gas in it and then left without making payment. The employee was able to record the license plate of the vehicle and a suspect has been identified. Officer Pearce is continuing his investigation and charges are pending.

  • Shoplifting, Warrant, and Resisting (Arrest) – On Sunday, July 6, 2014, at 1:42 p.m., Officer John D. Simonson responded to the Wawa, located at 800 Lacey Road in Forked River, for a shoplifting incident that just occurred. The suspect exited the store prior to Officer Simonson’s arrival. Upon arrival, Officer Simonson identified the accused as 28-year-old Ryan P. Lee with a last known address of Spruce Road in Lanoka Harbor. Officer Simonson learned that there was an outstanding no-bail warrant for Ryan P. Lee issued from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department. Officer Simonson located Ryan P. Lee riding a bicycle on Harrison Avenue near Baldwin Street in Forked River. When Officer Simonson advised him he was under arrest, Ryan P. Lee jumped off of his bicycle and fled on foot toward Lakeside Drive North. Additional officers responded to the area. Ryan P. Lee was located in the rear yard of 755 Lakeside Drive North and taken into custody. Ryan P. Lee was transported to Lacey Police Headquarters and processed. Ryan P. Lee was charged with Shoplifting and Resisting Arrest. His bail was set at $2,500. Ryan P. Lee was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

  • Fireworks (Formal Charge) – On Sunday, July 6, 2014, at 1:59 a.m., Officer Michael Verwey responded to the 400 block of Tappan Street in Forked River for a complaint of fireworks. Officer Verwey conducted an investigation at the scene and determined that 31-year-old Stephan G. Drum, Jr., of Tappan Street in Forked River, was responsible for the fireworks. He was issued a Complaint Summons at the scene for state law prohibiting fireworks.

  • Theft – On Sunday, July 6, 2014, at 1:27 a.m., Officer George Resetar responded to the 800 block of Tiller Lane in Forked River for a theft report. The victim reported the between 11:15 p.m. on July 5, 2014, and 1:15 a.m. on July 6, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole his helmet from his motorcycle while it was parked in front of the residence. The helmet was described as a “Scorpion EXO” and was red, white, and blue in color. The value of the helmet is estimated at $360.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Sunday, July 6, 2014, at 12:02 a.m., Officers George Resetar, Adam Ewart, and Evan Androcy, responded to the 100 block of Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor in regard to assisting another agency. While at the residence, a no-bail warrant issued from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department was located for one of the occupants, identified as 29-year-old Hector A. Mejias of Lexington Boulevard in Barnegat, NJ. Hector Mejias was arrested and later lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the no-bail warrant.

  • Underage Consumption of Alcohol (Formal Charges) – On Saturday, July 5, 2014, at 3:37 a.m., Officer Adam Ewart responded to the 1000 block of Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor for a report of a suspicious incident involving a person hiding in bushes. Upon arrival, Officer Ewart met with 19-year-old Carissa Henry of Herkimer Court in Barnegat, NJ, who was intoxicated. An investigation at the scene determined that she was attending a party on Laurel Boulevard where she was consuming alcoholic beverages. Carissa Henry was issued a complaint summons for Underage Consumption of Alcohol and released at the scene to a relative. The owner of the Laurel Boulevard residence was identified as 26-year-old Michael Giordano. He was issued a complaint summons for allowing the Underage Consumption of Alcohol at his residence.

  • Affray – On Saturday, July 5, 2014, at 2:37 a.m., Officers Adam Ewart, Charles May, and John McKee responded to Route 9 and Warren Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for a report of a fight in the street. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 22-year-old John M. Stackable of Cypress Street in Brick, NJ, and 20-year-old Dillon J. Ponzo of Middle Drive in Toms River, NJ, for mutual consent fighting. Each subject was issued a complaint summons for mutual fighting and released at the scene.

  • Fireworks (Formal Charge) and Warrants – On Friday, July 4, 2014, at 12:41 a.m., Officers Charles May and John McKee responded to the area of Clifton Street and Harrison Avenue in Forked River for a complaint of fireworks. Upon arrival, they located a subject identified as 32-year-old Christopher J. Commiso of Chelsea Avenue in Ocean Gate, NJ, actively discharging fireworks. During the course of their investigation, the officers discovered two outstanding warrants for Christopher Commiso. Warrant number one (1) was issued by the Ocean Gate Municipal Court in the amount of $1,364, and warrant number two (2) was issued by the Manchester Township Municipal Court in the amount of $498. Christopher Commiso was arrested and transported to police headquarters where he was processed and issued a complaint and summons for the fireworks violation. Christopher Commiso was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail on the outstanding warrants.

  • Fireworks (Formal Charge) – On Friday, July 4, 2014, at 9:59 p.m., Special Officer James Perotti was dispatched to the 900 block of Capstan Drive in Forked River for a complaint of fireworks. Upon arrival, Special Officer Perotti observed fireworks being discharged. Special Officer Perotti issued a complaint summons to 55-year-old Paul S. Piscitelli of Saint John’s Place in Union, NJ, for the violation of the state law prohibiting fireworks.

  • Fireworks (Formal Charge) – On Friday, July 4, 2014, at 9:09 p.m., Special Officer James Perotti responded to the 1200 block of Varuna Drive in Forked River for a complaint of fireworks. Upon his arrival, Special Officer Perotti observed a male subject, identified as 45-year-old Glen R. Howard of Patton Place in Dumont, NJ, discharging fireworks. Special Officer Perotti issued Glen R. Howard a complaint summons for the violation of the state law prohibiting fireworks.

  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Friday, July 4, 2014, at 5:56 p.m. Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to the 1900 block of W. Lacey Road in the Bamber Lakes section of Lacey Township for a report of criminal mischief. The victim reported that between the afternoon of Thursday, July 3, 2014, and the afternoon of Friday, July 4, 2014, an unknown person or persons threw a landscaping stone through the front windshield of the vehicle. The vehicle was parked along the side of the house at the time of the incident. The damage is estimated at $500.

  • Possession of Hypodermic Needle and Trespassing (Arrest) – On Thursday, July 3, 2014, at 8:17 p.m., Officers Charles May and John McKee responded to the Wawa, located at 444 Route 9 South in Forked River, on a trespass complaint. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 22-year-old Ryan D. Territo of Pollar Street in Waretown, NJ, for trespassing. (Ryan Territo was given prior notice by store management that he was not allowed on Wawa property.) In addition, Ryan Territo was found to be in possession of a hypodermic needle. Ryan Territo was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was released after receiving a criminal summons for Trespassing and Possession of a Hypodermic Needle.

  • Heroin Distribution (Arrests) – On the afternoon of Wednesday, July 2, 2014, Lacey Township Police Department detectives arrested four Lacey Township males as part of an ongoing heroin distribution investigation. During surveillance, a vehicle driven by 30-year-old Joseph Bevilacqua of Ashwood Place in Lanoka Harbor and his passenger, 41-year-old John Daly of Enterprise Drive in Forked River, were observed traveling to various homes engaging in suspicious interactions consistent with drug distribution. During the surveillance which led to a Serpentine Drive residence in the Pines Section of Forked River, detectives observed 23-year-old Matthew Copeland of Lakeside Drive South in Forked River enter the rear seat of the vehicle and engage in what appeared to be a drug transaction. Detectives approached the vehicle and upon the detectives being recognized as law enforcement, Joseph Bevilacqua quickly sped from the area driving recklessly at a high rate of speed through a residential area while Matthew Copeland attempted to exit the moving vehicle on several occasions. The vehicle came to a stop near Huffy Wallis Park in the Pines Section of Forked River where all three occupants were placed under arrest. A search of the vehicle by detectives and a K-9 unit from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department yielded 92 bags of heroin. Members of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Warrants Division responded to the 315 Yorktown Drive residence where the fourth suspect, 26-year-old Christopher Jones, was arrested as he attempted to flee through a rear window of the home. Joseph Bevilacqua was incarcerated in the Ocean County Correctional Facility on $100,000 cash bail after being charged with Possession of Heroin, Distribution of Heroin, Intent to Distribute within 500 feet of a Public Park, and Eluding Police. John Daly, who was a wanted person for a violation of probation from a previous drug charge, was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of an additional $35,000 bail for charges of Possession of Heroin and Distribution of Heroin. Matthew Copeland was charged with Criminal Attempt to Possess Heroin and released on his own recognizance. Christopher Jones was transported to jail in connection with an outstanding no-bail warrant issued by the Ocean County Superior Court. The Lacey Township Police Department seized Joseph Bevilacqua’s vehicle, a Lexus, and will be seeking civil forfeiture, as it was used in the furtherance of a crime.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Thursday, July 3, 2014, at 2:50 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton conducted a traffic stop on Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor. The driver, identified as 31-year-old Jennifer M. Palmieri of Ocean Avenue in Beachwood, NJ, was arrested on an outstanding warrant issued from the Paramus Borough Municipal Court in the amount of $150. Jennifer Palmieri was transported to police headquarters and processed. She was released after posting bail.

  • Hindering Apprehension (Arrest) – On Thursday July 3, 2014, at 7:14 a.m., Officer Robert Flynn conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of 918 Lacey Road in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 32-year-old Ignat Safarov of E. Long Branch Avenue in Ocean Gate, NJ, for Hindering Apprehension by providing a false name to a law enforcement officer and for Driving While Suspended for a DUI. Ignat Safarov was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was released after receiving a criminal summons for Hindering Apprehension and Driving while Suspended during a period of suspension for DUI. In addition, Ignat Safarov was issued traffic summonses for driving with a suspended driver’s license and for making an improper a right on red violation.

  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Thursday, July 3, 2014, at 1:33 a.m., Officer Charles May responded to police headquarters for a report of a car burglary that occurred on the 900 block of Elwood Street in Forked River. Upon arrival, he met with the victim who reported that between 9:30 p.m. on July 2, 2014, and 1:20 a.m. on July 3, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered his vehicle while it was parked in the driveway of a residence on the 900 block of Elwood Street. The victim reported that the doors were locked, however, he left his window slightly down and believes that is how entry was gained. Stolen from the vehicle was approximately $100 in cash and $20 in lottery tickets.

  • Warrant(s) Arrest – On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at 5:46 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton was conducting a check of the Trestle located at 5000 Cedar Avenue in Lanoka Harbor. While checking the area, Special Officer Horton located and arrested 29-year-old Brendan A. Derflinger of Brookdale Park Drive in Forked River on four (4) outstanding warrants issued by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department for nonsupport. Warrant number one (1) was in the amount of $7,737.85, warrant number two (2) was in the amount of $5,829.98, warrant number three (3) was in the amount of $5,575.00, and warrant number four (4) was in the amount of $3,691.07. Brendan A. Derflinger was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

  • Theft from a Garage – On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at 3:52 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to the 600 block of Deerhead Lake Drive in Forked River for a burglary. The victim reported that between 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, and 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered her locked garage and stole her gray bicycle, no further description, valued at $88.00. There were no signs of forced entry.

  • Theft – On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at 12:51 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton responded to the 800 block of Hazelton Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. The victim reported that between 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on July 2, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole her purple Schwinn mountain bike from the front yard of the residence. The bicycle is valued at $200.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to Birch Street and Chestnut Drive in Lanoka Harbor for a report of a suspicious male. Upon arrival, Officer Sarno located 28-year-old John M. Sabie of Birch Road in Lanoka Harbor who had a no-bail warrant issued from the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department. John Sabie was arrested and lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility.

  • Theft – On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 4:53 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy responded to the 600 block of Deerhead Lake Drive in Forked River for a theft. The complainant reported that between 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014, and 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered his property and stole a dirt bike from the side of the residence. The dirt bike was described as a yellow, 1996, Yamaha PW80 with a purple seat. The dirt bike is valued at $400. The dirt bike was covered by a tarp at the time of the theft.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - June 24th thru June 30th, 2014

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June 24th, 2014 thru June 30th, 2014

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  • DUI (Arrest) - On Sunday, June 29, 2014, at 4:52 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas responded to the area of Lakeside Drive North and Kearney Drive in Forked River in reference to a report of a driver passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle. Upon arrival, Officer Tsarnas observed a GMC Suburban along the roadway with the flashers activated. Upon approaching the vehicle, the driver, later identified as 42-year-old Michael Clark of Tappan Street in Forked River appeared to be sleeping in the driver’s seat with the vehicle’s engine running. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Michael Clark for DUI. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Michael Clark was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters, processed, and was issued traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Open Container of an Alcoholic Beverage in a Motor Vehicle.

  • DUI (Arrest) - On Saturday, June 28, 2014, at 10:04 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas and Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the area of Nautilus Boulevard in reference to a suspected drunk driver as called in by a concerned citizen. The vehicle was described as a Dodge Pickup which was traveling north on Route 9. Officer Sarno located the vehicle and stopped it on the 500 block of Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River. Officer Sarno observed the vehicle weaving on the roadway and failing to maintain a lane. The driver was identified as 49-year-old Debra Kaczmarek of Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Debra Kaczmarek for DUI. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Debra Kaczmarek was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed and issued motor vehicle summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Refusal to Submit Breath Samples, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Failure to Exhibit a Driver’s License.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, June 27, 2014, at 11:15 a.m., Officer George Resetar, Officer John McKee, and Officer John Cernek responded to a motor vehicle crash on Bay Way near the intersection of Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor. Upon arrival, officers located a Lincoln Navigator sport utility vehicle stuck in a ditch. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 18-year-old Patrick Murphy of 1245 Spruce Street in Forked River for DUI. Patrick Murphy was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and issued summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and unlicensed driver.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Sunday, June 29, 2014, at 12:59 a.m., Officer Anthony Sarno stopped a motor vehicle on Moosehead Street and Foch Avenue in Forked River after the driver failed to signal a turn. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 18-year-old Joseph Elafante of 1405 Foch Avenue on a $300 Ocean Gate Municipal Court Traffic Warrant. The Ocean Gate Court Clerk released Joseph Elafante on his own recognizance pending a court date.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Sunday, June 30, 2014, at 4:59 p.m., Officer Frederick Anderson observed a vehicle speeding on West Lacey Road in Forked River. Officer Anderson stopped the vehicle on Lacey Road near the intersection of Carriage Road. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 27-year-old Dean V. Gallo of 1544 South Broad Street in Trenton, NJ, on an outstanding Trenton Municipal Court traffic warrant.  Dean Gallo was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and released after posting $82 cash bail.

  • Burglary (Residence) – On Sunday, June 29, 2014, at 2:44 p.m., Officer Keith Pearce responded to 511 Nautilus Boulevard in reference to a burglary. The victim reported that she left her residence at 10:00 p.m. on June 28, 2014, and upon returning home at 2:00 p.m. on June 29, 2014, she observed that her bedroom window was open and the screen was disturbed. Stephanie Hoover reported that all her prescription medication had been stolen from her dresser drawer. No other items were reported stolen.

  • Theft from a Residence – On Friday, June 27, 2014, at 11:27 a.m., Officer Keith Pearce responded to the 400 block of Woodlawn Drive in Forked River in reference to a theft. The resident reported that while she was away for eight days, an unknown person stole several pieces of jewelry from her jewelry box. The stolen items included: a 14 ct. gold pearl and diamond ring; an 18 ct. gold amethyst/diamond ring; a 14 ct. gold engagement ring 1/2 ct. diamond solitaire; a Victorian 1/4 ct. diamond ring (family heirloom); a 14 ct. 18 inch chain necklace; a 14 ct. gold rope chain necklace; and a 14 ct. gold chain with a cross. The total value of the stolen property is estimated at $11,600. No signs of forced entry could be located.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Friday, June 27, 2014, at 9:04 p.m., Officer George Resetar and Officer John McKee responded to Kohl’s, 304 Route 9 North in Forked River, in reference to shoplifting. The Loss Prevention Manager reported that an employee of their contracted cleaning service was stealing merchandise from the store. The worker, 44-year-old Teresa Osorno of Lawrence Drive in Lanoka Harbor, was suspected of shoplifting two towels and a bra from the store. The items were valued at $50. Teresa Osorno was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed, charged with Shoplifting, and released on a summons.

  • Drug Possession and Distribution (Arrests) – On Thursday, June 26, 2014, detectives from the Lacey Township Police Department completed an investigation into the distribution of Heroin from 100 Clearwater Drive in Forked River. The investigation was initiated on Friday, June 6, 2014, after Lacey patrol officers and paramedics responded to the home for an apparent Heroin overdose. The investigation during the weeks that followed led to a traffic stop on Trenton Avenue in Forked River on Thursday, June 26, 2014, where the target of the drug distribution investigation, 51-year-old Robert Zaug of 100 Clearwater Drive in Forked River, was a passenger in the vehicle. During the motor vehicle stop, Robert Zaug was arrested on two outstanding traffic warrants issued separately by the Lacey Township Municipal Court and Evesham Township Municipal Court. Detectives located 196 bags containing Heroin along with Alprazolam (Xanax) hidden in the dash where Zaug was seated. The driver of the vehicle, 52-year-old George Boustania of 103 Cayuga Road in Barnegat, was also arrested.

    Robert Zaug was charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Alprazolam (Xanax), and Intent to Distribute Heroin. Robert Zaug was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of $101,000 cash bail. George Boustania was charged with Possession of Heroin and Possession of Alprazolam (Xanax).  He was released on his own recognizance (ROR) pending a court appearance.

    The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit assisted with the search.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 9:55 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey and Officer Dimitri Tsarnas were on directed enforcement patrol when they stopped a vehicle on Lacey Road near Manchester Avenue after the driver failed to dim high beams for other traffic on the roadway. The operator was identified as 21-year-old Joseph Sinopoli of Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor. Joseph Sinopoli was found to be in possession of Marijuana and was subsequently arrested. Joseph Sinopoli was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with possession of possession of Marijuana. Joseph Sinopoli was released on a summons.

  • Possession of Alcoholic Beverage in Park - On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at 7:03 p.m., Officer Charles May and Officer Adam Ewart responded to the parking lot of Huffy Wallis Park, 1740 Parkside Drive in Forked River, in reference to a report of juveniles consuming alcohol in a parked vehicle. Upon arrival, the officers located a Honda CRV with two occupants. An open 1.50 liter bottle of Gordon’s Vodka was within the vehicle. The occupants were identified as 22-year-old Shawn Kaliske and 21-year-old Amanda Naia, both of Tampa Road in Forked River. The subjects were each issued a complaint-summons for the local ordinance which prohibits alcoholic beverages in a township park. Shawn Kaliske was also issued a motor vehicle summons for having an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle. Amanda Naia was also issued a motor vehicle summons for driving while having a suspended license.

  • Burglary (Residence) - On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at 9:16 a.m., Officer Scott Keefe and Officer Andrew Slota responded to the 1600 block of Whitcomb Road in Forked River in reference to a burglary. The homeowner reported that his kitchen window screen was damaged and his garage door was open. Investigation at the scene indicated that an unknown person or persons damaged the screen to reach inside the residence and activate the garage door opener. The interior garage door was locked, so entry into the main part of the residence was not gained. The Lacey Township Detective Bureau and Ocean County Criminalistics Unit (CIU) responded to the scene to continue the investigation.

  • Drug Possession and Distribution (Arrests) - On the afternoon of Tuesday, June 24, 2014, Lacey Township Police Department detectives, in cooperation with the United States Postal Service, executed a search warrant at 1510 Arient Road in Forked River. The warrant was obtained during a narcotics investigation initially based on information received from the Forked River office of the U.S. Postal Service. The investigation involved the anticipated delivery of several pounds of Marijuana to 1510 Arient Road in Forked River.

    Prior to executing the warrant at 1510 Arient Road, detectives conducted a stop of a vehicle departing the target home. The vehicle was driven by 42-year-old Lenny Maroney of 558 Lloyd Road in Toms River. Approximately three pounds of Marijuana which had been delivered to 1510 Arient Road in Forked River was located in the vehicle. A subsequent execution of the search warrant at 1510 Arient Road yielded additional Marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

    Both Lenny Maroney and the resident of the target home, 27-year-old Donald Klarmann, were arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Intent to Distribute Marijuana.  Both suspects were transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of $17,500 cash bail.

    The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit assisted with the search.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) - On Monday, June 23, 2014, at 10:31 a.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to Salon Tre Chic at 415 Route 9 N in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a shoplifting incident. The business owner reported that 61-year-old Lana Ostrowski of Dugout Drive in Lanoka Harbor, NJ, stole a $60 brush from the front retail counter of the store by placing it in her purse and walking out of the store. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Lana Ostrowski for Shoplifting. Lana Ostrowski was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed and released on a criminal summons for shoplifting.

  • Underage Consumption of Alcohol - On Monday, June 23, 2014, at 10:55 p.m., Special Officer Michael Hutman was on patrol when he made contact with a 16-year-old male juvenile subject in the parking lot of the St. Pius Church located at 300 Lacey Road in Forked River. The juvenile was determined to be intoxicated. Officer Adam Ewart responded to the scene and transported the juvenile to his residence where he was turned over to the custody of his mother. Officer Ewart prepared a juvenile complaint for Underage Consumption of Alcohol.

  • Obstruction of Justice (Arrest) – On Monday, June 23, 2014, at 11:41 p.m., Special Officer Michael Hutman was on patrol when he observed what appeared to be a hand- to-hand drug transaction take place in the Wawa Parking Lot, 444 Route 9 South in Forked River.  The suspicious transaction was between 22-year-old Ryan Territo of Pheasant Street, Manchester, NJ, and another unknown suspect. Special Officer Hutman attempted to stop Ryan Territo, but R. Territo fled north across the Caffrey’s parking lot on his bicycle. Ryan Territo then jumped off his bicycle and fled into the woods on foot. After a lengthy foot search, Ryan Territo was later located at the Towns Square Plaza by Special Officer Hutman. Officer Julie Barcalow responded to the scene and placed Ryan Territo under arrest for Obstructing the Administration of Law. Ryan Territo was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and released on a summons.

  • Drug Possession and Distribution (Arrest) – On Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at 7:22 p.m., Lacey Township Police Department Detective Brian Flynn assisted the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Group (SOG) with an investigation of Heroin possession and distribution at 1404 Bullard Avenue in Forked River. The investigation led to the arrest of 24-year-old Christopher C. Cox of 1404 Bullard Avenue who was found in possession of 194 bags of Heroin. Christopher C. Cox was arrested after being stopped on West Lacey Road in Forked River. Christopher C. Cox was charged by SOG members with possession of Heroin, Possession of Heroin with the intent to Distribute, and Distribution of Heroin. Christopher C. Cox was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - June 18th thru June 23rd, 2014

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June 18th, 2014 thru June 23rd, 2014

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  • Underage Consumption of Alcohol - On Monday, June 23, 2014, at 12:43 a.m., Officer George Resetar and Officer Evan Androcy responded to a Lawrence Drive residence in Lanoka Harbor for a complaint of a loud party. Upon arrival, the officers met with an 18-year-old resident who identified himself as the homeowner’s son. The 18-year-old male reported that his parents were currently vacationing and unaware of the party. While the officers were speaking with the resident, a small group of individuals exited from the backyard. Upon speaking with the group, Officer Resetar detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the breath of a 17-year-old juvenile. The juvenile was turned over to the custody of his mother. A juvenile complaint was prepared for the underage consumption of alcohol on private property.

  • Theft – On Sunday, June 22, 2014, at 1:04 p.m., the resident of Lancaster Court in Forked River responded to Lacey Township Police Headquarters to report a theft. The resident reported that between Sunday, June 8, 2014 and 9:00 a.m. June 21, 2014, an unknown person stole eight (8) pieces of jewelry from her jewelry box. The stolen items included a 1/2 inch gold chain bracelet, a gold tennis bracelet with diamonds, a gold chain bracelet with sapphire stones, an “Omega” style gold necklace, a gold ring with Tanzanite stone, a gold flexible bangle bracelet, a gold rigid bangle bracelet with leaves, and a men’s Movado watch with black face. The total value of the missing items is estimated at $4,450.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, June 22, 2014, at 9:42 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy and Officer Noah Schaffer located a male driver passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle at the Cedar Creek Trestle, 5000 Cedar Avenue in Lanoka Harbor. The officers observed a male subject, later identified as 22-year-old Dylan Kramer of 324 Eastern Boulevard in Bayville, passed out in the driver’s seat of a green, Saturn wagon that was running. After several attempts, the officers were able to wake up the subject. Dylan Kramer had visible signs of recent drug use on his arms, and a hypodermic syringe was observed on the seat of the vehicle. There was also an open 16 oz can of Budweiser beer in the center console. The Lanoka Harbor First Aid Squad responded to the scene to treat Dylan Kramer. Dylan Kramer refused medical treatment. Investigation at the scene indicated that Dylan Kramer was DUI. The vehicle was impounded by Jersey Shore Towing pursuant to John’s law. He was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Police Headquarters for processing. Dylan Kramer was charged with possession of CDS and Possession of hypodermic needle on a criminal summons. Dylan Kramer received traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle, and Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle.

  • DUI (Arrest) - On Sunday, June 22, 2014, at 9:22 p.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas was assisting other officers with a large fight at the Cedar Creek Trestle, 5000 Cedar Avenue in Lanoka Harbor, when he stopped a white, 2009, Chevy Cobalt driven by 25-year-old Barbara Johnson of 1228 Ocean Avenue in Beachwood which was attempting to leave the area upon arrival of police. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Barbara Johnson for DUI. The vehicle was turned over to the registered owner at the scene. Barbara Johnson was arrested and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed and issued summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Exhibit Documents.

  • Open Burning (Municipal Ordinance) – On Sunday, June 22, 2014, at 9:22 p.m., officers responded to the Cedar Creek Trestle, located at 5000 Cedar Avenue, in Lanoka Harbor, in reference to a large fight. While conducting the investigation, it was determined that several persons had improperly started a fire at the location. Officer Resetar issued special complaint summonses for the Municipal Ordinance violation of open burning to the following persons: Matthew O. Izquigrdo, 48 Long Point Dr, Brick, NJ; Michael F. Gilligan, 427 Mohawk Dr. Brick, NJ; Karalyn P. Smith, 58 5th Ave, Toms River, NJ; Alexander M. Supple, 204 Lane Place, Forked River, NJ; Michael J. Cannito, 775 Brewers Bridge Rd, Jackson, NJ; Charles M. Dekker, 409 Nautilus Boulevard, Forked River, NJ; Sasha Vazquez, 278 Sky Manor Boulevard, Brick, NJ; & Joseph B. Figner, 318 Northrop Rd, Brick, NJ.

  • Underage Consumption (Formal Charges) - On Sunday, June 22, 2014, at 9:22 p.m., Officers responded to the Cedar Creek Trestle, located at 5000 Cedar Avenue in Lanoka Harbor, in reference to a large fight. While conducting the investigation, it was determined that several persons were consuming alcoholic beverages under the legal age. Officer George Resetar issued special complaint summonses for Underage Consumption of Alcohol to the following: Vincent Ray, 45 Metedeconk Rd, Brick, NJ; Sandra Desieerio, 18 Elizabeth Ave, Brick, NJ; Candice A. Brandtjen, 327 Bellanca Rd, Brick, NJ; Danielle E. Figner, 1253 B Hamilton CT. Lakewood, NJ; Richard D. Getts, 44 Metedeconk Rd, Brick, NJ; & Aaron J. Molhem, 7 Crosstrees Rd, Brick, NJ.

  • DUI (Arrest) - On Sunday, June 22, 2014, at 10:04 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to the area of Western Boulevard and Manchester Avenue in reference to a possible intoxicated driver. The caller reported that a red, Dodge, pickup truck was driving erratically. Officer Schaffer stopped the vehicle in the Bank of America parking lot, 711 Lacey Road in Forked River, after observing the vehicle swerving on the roadway. Officer Schaffer approached the driver and identified him as 52-year-old Robert Tumminelli of 268 Wallace Avenue in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Robert Tumminelli for DUI. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s law. Robert Tumminelli was issued motor vehicle summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 2:29 p.m., Officer John Simonson responded to Cedar Drive in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a suspicious incident. Upon arrival Officer Simonson came in contact with 28-year-old Noel Fraguada of 542 South 12th Street in Newark, NJ. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Noel Fraguada on seven outstanding $500 Newark traffic warrants totaling $3,500. Noel Fraguada was arrested and transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where he was released on his own recognizance by the City of Newark court clerk.

  • Theft from an Auto – On Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 8:03 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota responded to 1700 Lakeside Drive South in reference to a theft. Thomas Conroy reported that he parked his unlocked, 2000, Ford Fusion at his residence on the evening of Friday, June 20, 2014, and upon going out to his vehicle at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2014, he observed that an unknown person or persons disturbed the items in his center console. Thomas Conroy stated that he did not think anything was stolen, so he did not initially report the matter to the police. It was not until his business wallet was located on the lawn of a Lakeside Drive South residence that he realized something had been stolen. The wallet was valued at $25. No other items were reported stolen.

  • Criminal Mischief to Auto - On Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 4:06 p.m., Officer John Simonson responded to 25 Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor in reference to criminal mischief. The resident reported that her 2003, Nissan Pathfinder was damaged between Wednesday, June 18, 2014, and Saturday, June 21, 2014. The front driver’s side door was damaged at the hinge just under the driver’s side mirror. It appeared an unknown person or persons attempted to pry the door open. Both the front fender of the vehicle and door were significantly damaged. The damage is estimated at $1,500.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 4:43 p.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas and Officer Evan Androcy responded to the 800 block of Bowsprit Point in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a male subject soliciting door to door. Upon arrival, officers located the subject and identified him as 30-year-old William Johnston of Arizona. A $60 Ridgefield Township Municipal Court warrant was located for William Johnston. He was arrested and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters. William Johnston was processed and released after posting bail.

  • Theft - On Friday, June 20, 2014, at 3:29 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to the Lacey Township Middle School, 660 Denton Avenue in Forked River, in reference to a bicycle theft. A 13-year-old juvenile reported that he parked his bicycle, a boy’s “Genius” brand beach cruiser which has a black frame and 27” tires was in the bicycle rack in the rear of the school at 11:30 a.m. in the morning. The juvenile reported that upon leaving school at 3:15 p.m., he discovered the bicycle had been stolen. The bicycle is valued at $125.

  • Burglary (Residence) – On Thursday, June 19, 2014, at 6:11 p.m., Special Officer Russell Moller responded to 940 Capstan Drive in Forked River in reference to a theft. Kelly Cannon reported that between Friday, June 6, 2014, and Thursday, June 19, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered the basement of the unoccupied home and took two chrome aluminum outriggers valued at $1,000. No signs of damage or forced entry could be located.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Thursday, June 19, 2014, at 6:37 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy responded to the 1300 block of Wood Avenue in the Forked River section of the township in reference to possible drug activity taking place inside a large, white SUV. Upon arrival, Officer Androcy located the vehicle and met with the occupants. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 22-year-old Frederick Vona of 1302 Wood Avenue in Forked River on an outstanding $500 Lacey Township Municipal Court contempt warrant. Frederick Vona was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters. Frederick Vona was processed and released after posting bail.

  • Stolen Vehicle and Resisting Arrest – On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at 2:19 a.m., Officer Adam Ewart was on patrol in a marked police vehicle when he observed a red, 4-door Jeep Cherokee traveling north on Route 9 without working tail lights and failing to maintain a lane. Officer Ewart pulled up behind the vehicle as it made a left turn heading west on Lacey Road. The officer activated the patrol vehicle’s overhead lights and attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop. The operator of the suspect vehicle failed to pull to the side of the roadway and instead continued traveling west on Lacey Road before turning onto Hoffman Road in Forked River. The driver and the passenger of the vehicle both jumped from the moving vehicle and fled the scene on foot. The driverless vehicle continued on Hoffman Road until crashing into a fence and a tree.

    Officer Ewart pursued the subjects in the darkness on foot, and once in the backyard of a nearby residence, he was able to briefly catch the male who was driving the vehicle. The male subject resisted arrest and engaged in a physical altercation with Officer Ewart. The male subject was ultimately able to break free and flee the yard over a fence after Officer Ewart sustained an arm injury. Officer Ewart was later treated at Southern Ocean County Hospital.

    Both subjects were white males in their early 20′s. The driver is described as a white male with some facial hair (slight beard) who was wearing a grey sweatshirt at the time of the incident.

    The investigation quickly led to the discovery that the red, 2000, 4-door Jeep Cherokee involved had just been stolen from 94 Atlantic Avenue in Waretown, NJ. The incident is currently under investigation by detectives from the Lacey Township Police Department with the assistance of forensic specialists from the Ocean County Sherriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU).

    Various leads are being followed with possible suspects being investigated. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the subjects who stole the vehicle from Waretown and fled the scene in Lacey are asked to call Detective Brian Flynn at 609.693.6636 x2593 of the Lacey Township Police Department or submit an anonymous crime tip through the department’s website at www.laceypd.org/crime-tips.

  • Attempted Burglary - On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, Officer Darrell Nick responded to the 400 block of Continental Street in Forked River in reference to an attempted burglary. The homeowners reported that between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, an unknown person or persons attempted to gain entry into their residence. On June 18, 2014, the resident noticed that the screen for the dining room window was damaged with pry marks. The resident stated that it appears that they were not able to remove the screen because the screen was locked into the window. The windows also have alarm sensors that were not activated. Access was not gained into the residence. The damage to the screen is estimated at $50.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Thursday, June 18, 2014, Officer Michael Eden and Officer Michael Hein responded to Home Depot, located at 244 North Main Street in Forked River, in reference to a shoplifter in custody. The loss prevention employee reported that he observed the suspect, later identified as John M. Sabie of 755 Birch Road in Lanoka Harbor, place two separate items underneath his sweatshirt in an attempt to conceal them. John Sabie attempted to exit the building without paying for the items. The shoplifted items included a container of 40 GRK Lag Screws and a container of 1,000 Prime Guard Max Paper Tape Offset Round Head Framing Nails. The total value of the items is $146.44. John Sabie was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with one count of shoplifting.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - June 3rd thru June 9th, 2014

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June 3rd, 2014 thru June 9th, 2014

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  • Additional Burglary Charges – As reported previously, 26-year-old Melanie Callari of 418 Penn Avenue North in Forked River was arrested on Monday, June 2, 2014, for Burglary and Theft. Melanie Callari was committed to the Ocean County Correctional Facility. Continuing investigation by Lacey Township detectives has resulted in Melanie Callari being charged on Monday, June 9, 2014, with four additional residential burglaries. Detectives were able to match jewelry pawned in Atlantic City to various burglaries committed in Lacey Township. Bail on the additional charges was set at $50,000 as Melanie Callari remains committed to the Ocean County Correctional Facility. Property from the various burglaries was recovered and returned to the victims.

  • Theft On Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at 12:43 p.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to Bicycles Unlimited, 407 Lacey Road in Forked River, for a report of theft. The business owner reported that between 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, 2014, and 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole the air conditioning compressor from the rear of the building. The air conditioning compressor, located at the far east of the building near Briggs Avenue was completely removed. The stolen air conditioning compressor is a Carrier model 38CKC048370 valued at $2,800.

  • Criminal Mischief, Burglary & Theft from a Vehicle – On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at 10:16 a.m., Officer Keith Pearce responded to Kauai Drive in Forked River for a radio stolen from a vehicle. The victim reported that during the overnight hours, an unknown person or persons smashed the rear window of his 2005 Jeep Wrangler while it was parked in the driveway of the residence and stole the face plate to his Sony RMX201 stereo. The damage to the vehicle is estimated at $300 and the stolen face plate is estimated at $160.

  • Burglary & Theft from a Residence – On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at 1:22 p.m., Officer Keith Pearce responded to Bay Way in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a burglary. The resident reported that an unknown person or persons burglarized her home between May 30, 2014, and Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Entry was made through a basement window that had been forced open from the outside. Several rooms appeared to have been ransacked and approximately $25,000 worth of jewelry was reported stolen. The resident also reported that her detached garage and car were entered as well. Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminalistics Investigation Unit responded and the Lacey Township Detective bureau is investigating.

  • Shoplifting & Warrant (Arrests) – On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at 4:42 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas responded to Walmart in reference to shoplifting. The loss prevention employee reported that he observed a male, later identified as Robert Cragg Jr., attempt to shoplift merchandise that had not been purchased. The shoplifted merchandise included fishing lures. Six outstanding warrants were also located for Robert Cragg, Jr. The warrants included a $100 and a $250 Camden City Municipal Court warrants, two $1,000 Trenton Municipal Court warrants, and two $500 Burlington City Court warrants. Robert Cragg, Jr. was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters. Robert Cragg, Jr. was charged with Shoplifting and Judge Damian Murray set bail at $2,500. Robert Cragg was unable to post bail and was transported to the Ocean County Jail.

  • Uttering a Forged Document & Criminal Attempt Fraud (Arrest) - On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at 1:19 p.m., Officer John Simonson, responded to the CVS Pharmacy at 700 Route 9 in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a fraud. The pharmacy manager reported that a female, later identified as 54-year-old Ann Martin of 644 East Arverne Avenue in Ocean Gate, NJ, provided the pharmacy with a fraudulent prescription. Ann Martin provided the pharmacist with a prescription for 120 Percocet 325mg tablets from a doctor located in Eatontown, NJ. The pharmacist reported that the prescription showed signs of irregularity, so she contacted the listed doctor’s office and was informed that Ann Martin was not a patient of their office and was not prescribed Percocet by their doctor. Officer Simonson spoke with the doctor’s office as well and confirmed that the prescription was fraudulent. Ann Martin was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where she was processed and charged with Uttering a Forged Document and Criminal Attempt to Obtain CDS by Fraud.

  • DUI (Arrest) - On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at 11:52 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a motor vehicle stop on Pine Street in Forked River after observing the vehicle turn directly into the path of an oncoming car on Lacey Road. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 60-year-old Robert Bair of Lakeside Drive North in Forked River for DUI. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s law. Robert Bair was processed and was issued summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane.

  • Burglary & Theft from a Residence On Thursday, June 5, 2014, at 11:34 a.m., Officer Keith Pearce responded to 592 Vaughn Avenue in Forked River in reference to a burglary of a residence. The resident reported that during the past two weeks an unknown person or persons burglarized his home and stole a camera and toolbox. The actor gained entry to the residence by cutting a window screen and climbing in through an unlocked window.

  • Theft - On Thursday, June 05, 2014, at 6:48 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas and Officer Michael Verwey responded to the Yummy Yummy Chinese Restaurant located at 725 Route 9 South in Forked River for a report of theft. The owner reported that an unknown person stole the tip jar and ran out of the front door. The owner reported that he chased the subject into a wooded but had to stop after he injured his foot. The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 5’06” tall, 16-20 years of age, shoulder length brown hair, and was wearing a striped sweatshirt.

    Officer M. Verwey canvassed the area for the suspect and located three juvenile males near the intersection of South River Drive and Nantucket Road in the Forked River section of the township. One of the males was sweating profusely as if he just been running. Upon questioning the suspects separately it was determined that the male subject that was sweating had stolen the tip jar. The suspect was taken into custody and brought to police headquarters where he was turned over to the custody of his father. He was charged with theft of $33.19 on a juvenile complaint. All of stolen property was recovered and turned over to the store owner.

  • Traffic Accident – On Friday, June 6, 2014, at 10:04 a.m., Officers responded to the intersection of Route 9 and Lacey Road in reference to a two vehicle traffic accident involving a motorcycle. The motorcycle was traveling south on Route 9 and the other vehicle was traveling north on Route 9. As the motorcycle approached the intersection, the other vehicle attempted to make a left turn onto Lacey Road, causing the vehicles to collide in the intersection. The operator of the motorcycle was flown to Jersey Shore Medical Center with serious injury and the passenger of the motorcycle was transported to Community Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The operator of the vehicle was not injured. The Lacey Township Police Department Fatal Accident Support Team responded and took over the investigation. The accident is under investigation.

  • Drug Overdose (Heroin) – On Friday, June 6, 2014, at 7:19 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey and Officer Dimitri Tsarnas responded to the 100 block of Clearwater Drive in Forked River for a report of an unconscious fall victim. The patient, a 46-year-old male from Manchester, NJ, was found lying on the hallway floor unconscious and unresponsive. Lacey Township Emergency Medical Services began CPR and advised the officers that the victim was possibly overdosing on heroin. Officer Michael Verwey administered Naloxone, but the patient did not respond. Paramedics arrived on scene and began advanced life support. He was transported to Community Medical Center by Lacey Township EMS and paramedics. The other occupants of the residence were interviewed by the officers. They indicated that Chad Williams went into the bathroom and after several minutes they heard him fall and found him on the floor unconscious. Five syringes, one wax fold of Heroin, and one glass smoking pipe containing resin suspected to be crack cocaine were found in the bathroom where he fell unconscious. The items were seized. The Lacey Township Detective Bureau and the Ocean County Prosecutors Office were notified. Child Protective Services was notified as a result of a 9-year-old child being present in the home during the incident. The Overdose Prevention Act of 2013 prohibits charges being filed for the possession and use of the CDS.

  • Drug Overdose (Heroin) – On Friday, June 6, 2014, at 8:10 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer, Officer Robert Duffy, and Officer Andrew Slota responded to the 500 block of Nantucket Road in Forked River in reference to a possible Heroin overdose. The caller indicated that a 23-year-old female from Forked River was lying on the bathroom floor unconscious, unresponsive and possibly not breathing. Officer Noah Schaffer immediately administered Naloxone to the female who regained consciousness approximately a minute later. The female informed officers that she utilized a hypodermic needle to “shoot” Heroin into her neck. The needle was turned over to Officer Schaffer and was submitted into property. She was transported to Community Medical Center by Lacey Township EMS and paramedics. The Lacey Township Detective Bureau and the Ocean County Prosecutors Office were notified of the incident. The Overdose Prevention Act of 2013 prohibits charges being filed for the possession and use of the CDS.

  • Shoplifting - On Friday, June 6, 2014, Officers responded to two separate incidents of shoplifting. The first incident occurred at 9:00 p.m. at the Spirits Unlimited located at 3 Lacey Road in Forked River. The store clerk reported that three black males stole two bottles of liquor from the store. The clerk reported she noticed that two of the suspects appeared to have items concealed under their clothing as they left the store and upon checking the area she observed empty boxes of Jonnie Walker Black left on the shelf. Upon confirming that the items had been stolen, the suspects had already fled the scene in a silver Nissan Altima. The total value of the stolen alcohol is $93.

    The second incident occurred at 9:23 p.m. at JR’s liquors located at 1000 Lacey Road in Forked River. The employee reported that three black males entered the store and were acting suspiciously. As customers were informing her that the subjects were acting suspiciously, they had exited the store and fled in a Nissan. Upon reviewing the video surveillance it was determined that nine bottles of alcohol from a shelf located near the front door of the business had been stolen, which included seven 750ml bottles of Johnny Walker Black and two 1.75L bottles of Johnny Walker Black with a total value of $451.

    The owner of the store also reported that a similar incident occurred at approximately 8:45 p.m. at his other store, Lacey Liquors located at 349 Route 9 in Forked River. Three black males entered the store and one of the suspects attempted to conceal a bottle of alcohol in his pants. A store employee confronted the suspect, who subsequently put the bottle down and left the store with the other two suspects. The incidents are under investigation. The registered owner of the suspect vehicle resides in Haledon, NJ.

  • Warrant (Arrest) - On Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 5:39 p.m., Officer Charles May and Michael Verwey responded to 103 Chestnut Lane in Forked River to serve a $500 Lacey Township criminal warrant on 43-year-old Ronald Schmidbauer who resides at that address. Ronald Schmidbauer was located and placed under arrest. Ronald Schmidbauer was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed before being transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

  • Burglary & Theft (Residence) - On Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 12:25 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn responded to the 800 block of Rogers Street in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a residential burglary. The resident reported that between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered the locked residence and stole two prescription bottles from the bathroom medicine cabinet. One bottle contained approximately 10 pills of Codeine and the other contained approximately 10 pills of Percocet. The prescription medication was valued at $30. The resident also reported that $200 in cash was missing from a bedroom dresser. No signs of forced entry could be located. The Lacey Township detective Bureau was notified of the incident.

  • Theft from a Boat & Warrant (Arrest) - On Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 11:09 a.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded with Officer Jeffrey Slota and Officer Dan Ricciardella to the Laurel Harbor Marina in reference to a male subject who was burglarizing boats. The caller reported that the suspect was stealing alcohol from inside of the boats. Upon arrival, officers located the suspect, 52-year-old Joseph A. Marrocco of 354 Yorktown Drive in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Joseph A. Marrocco for burglary of a boat and theft of a bottle of Three Olives “Loopy” Vodka valued at $28.00. Two Spring Lake Heights Municipal Court arrest warrants were also located for Joseph Marrocco. He was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with burglary and theft. Judge Damian Murray set bail at $15,000 with no 10% option. Joseph Marrocco was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of bail.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - May 27th thru June 2nd, 2014

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May 27th, 2014 thru June 2nd, 2014

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  • Theft – On Monday, June 2, 2014, at 6:46 p.m., Officer Adam Ewart responded to the Kohls store located at 304 Route 9 North in Forked River for a theft report (Non-shoplifting). The victim reported that she was shopping at Kohl’s and left at approximately 6:20 p.m. After returning her shopping cart and preparing to walk to her car, she realized that she left her Coach wallet containing $100 in cash, credit cards, and her car keys in the shopping cart. When the victim returned to the shopping cart area the items were missing. The victim notified the store manager who reviewed the video surveillance. The video revealed that shortly after the victim returned her shopping cart, an unknown adult female used the same shopping cart to shop in the store. The unknown female was later observed walking the cart to her vehicle in the parking lot and placing the items inside her vehicle. The unknown female left the parking lot with the wallet and keys. The vehicle that the female left in is described as a silver or grey mid 90’s Chevrolet Tahoe SUV. The female appeared to be in her 30’s or 40’s and had long dark hair. No further description is available at this time. The theft is estimated at $580.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Monday, June 2, 2014, at approximately 5:34 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe was conducting an investigation at police headquarters. During the course of the investigation, 33-year-old Michelle Mintchwarner of Kimberley Court in Forked River responded to police headquarters to meet with Officer Keefe. An outstanding Stafford Township Municipal Court Warrant in the amount of $750 was located for Michelle Mintchwarner. Michelle Mintchwarner was arrested on the warrant and processed. She was released after posting bail.

  • Warrant (Arrest) and Traffic Accident – On Monday, June 2, 2014, at 3:43 p.m., Officers responded to Lacey Road in front of Lacey Police Headquarters (808 W. Lacey Road in Forked River) for a one-car traffic accident. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a street sign. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 38-year-old Thomas Britton of Asbury Avenue in Ocean Gate, NJ, on an outstanding Ocean County Sheriff’s Department warrant in the amount of $37,667. Thomas Britton was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of bail. As a result of the traffic accident, Thomas Britton was issued traffic summonses for Driving while Suspended and Careless Driving.

  • Criminal Trespass and Warrant (Arrest) – On Monday, June 02, 2014, at 11:52 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Penn Avenue North in Forked River for a report of an adult female having forced her way into a residence through a locked front storm door. The victim reported that she observed the female peering through several windows before making her way to the front door. The accused female reportedly forced open the locked front storm door to enter the residence. The victim, who was within the residence at the time, confronted the accused, identified as 26-year-old Melanie Callari of Penn Avenue North in Forked River, as she (Melanie Callari) was walking up the interior stairs to the second floor of the home. The victim contacted this agency. Melanie Callari was arrested at the scene by Officer Anthony Sarno for forcing her way into the residence (Criminal Trespass). Melanie Callari was also found to have an active municipal court warrant. Detective Robert Surtees and Detective Samuel Della Sala assumed control of the follow-up investigation. Melanie Callari was found to have moved back into Forked River from Lodi, NJ, two months prior to this incident. M. Callari was quickly identified as a suspect in other burglaries which occurred over the past two months within Lacey Township. Investigative evidence collected from other burglary scenes provided detectives with sufficient cause to charge Melanie Callari with multiple counts of burglary, as well as theft and criminal trespass of a dwelling. See below entries for further details. The Lacey Township Police Department detectives are continuing the investigation to determine if Melanie Callari was involved in any additional burglaries. Melanie Callari was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.  Additional charges are pending.

  • Warrant (Arrest) - On Sunday, June 1, 2014, at 7:59 p.m., Officer Darrell Nick was investigating a road rage incident on Devon Street in Forked River. During the follow up investigation at police headquarters, it was discovered that one of the involved parties, identified as 19-year-old Nicholas Martinez of Devon Street in Forked River, had two outstanding warrants for his arrest. Warrant number one (1) was issued from the Manchester Township Municipal Court in the amount of $350 and warrant number two (2) was issued by the Lacey Township Municipal Court in the amount of $500. Nicholas Martinez was unable to post bail and was transported to Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

  • Criminal Restraint, Aggravated Assault, Resisting Arrest, and Obstructing (Arrest) – On Sunday, June 1, 2014, at 3:04 p.m., officers responded to Surrey Court in Forked River for a dispute involving possible criminal restraint. Sergeant Paul Sullivan located the involved suspect who was identified as 26-year-old John O’Neill of Surrey Court in Forked River. An investigation at the Surrey Court residence in the Pheasant Run development resulted in a determination that John O’Neill was going to be placed under arrest for criminal restraint of another. When John O’Neill was informed that he was under arrest, he fled the area on foot. Sergeant Sullivan pursued him on foot. Sergeant Sullivan and Officer Daniel Ricciardella were able to apprehend John O’Neill. John O’Neill physically resisted arrest and assaulted Sergeant Sullivan. John O’Neill was handcuffed and then transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with Criminal Restraint, Obstructing the Administration of Law, Resisting Arrest, and Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer. John O’Neill had his total bail set in the amount of $25,000. John O’Neill was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail. The involved officers received minor injuries.

  • DUI (Arrest)On Sunday, June 1, 2014, at 12:02 a.m., Officers responded to the 400 block of Bay Way in Lanoka Harbor for a report of a possible overdose. During the investigation, Officer Michael Verwey determined that 42-year-old Lawrence Pater, Jr., of Briggs Avenue in Forked River, was driving while under the influence of CDS. Lawrence Pater, Jr., was arrested for DUI. He was later issued summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License, and Driving without a License. The vehicle Lawrence Pater, Jr. was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Burglary and Theft (Residential Shed) – On Sunday, June 1, 2014, at 11:18 a.m., Officer Daniel Ricciardella responded to the 800 block of Oxgoose Drive in Lanoka Harbor for a theft report. The complainant reported that between December 1, 2013, and June 1, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered his shed and stole property including but not limited to a 17 foot canoe, a generator, an air compressor, batteries, and various tools, with a total value of $5,259. There were no signs of forced entry to the shed.

  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Saturday, May 31, 2014, at 5:56 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to the 1100 block of Skiffway Drive in Forked River in reference to a burglary and theft from an unoccupied residence. The complainant reported that between Wednesday, May 14, 2014, and Saturday, May 31, 2014, $450 worth of tools were stolen from his residence. The tools were described as SkilSaw worm drive saw, a black and gray nylon tool caddy, and other miscellaneous hand tools. There were no signs of forced entry.

  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Saturday, May 31, 2014, at 5:41 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to the 800 block of Harbor Road in Forked River for damage to a vehicle. The complainant reported that between 8:00 a.m. on May 21, 2014, and 5:30 p.m. on May 31, 2014, an unknown person or persons placed a piece of concrete on the sunroof of his vehicle while parked in the driveway, causing several scratches. Damage is estimated at $500.

  • Multiple Warrant (Arrests) – On Saturday, May 31, 2014, at 2:03 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno conducted a traffic stop on Lake Barnegat Drive in Forked River.     Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 21-year-old Heath Higgins of Edgemere Avenue in Forked River, on an outstanding warrant issued by the Lakehurst Borough Municipal Court. In addition, a passenger in the vehicle, identified as 22-year-old Stephen Jost ofNorth Central Parkway in Bayville, NJ, also had a Lakehurst Municipal Court warrant for his arrest. Both subjects were arrested and transported to police headquarters. A short time later, Heath Higgins’ brother, 23-year-old Jonathan Higgins, of Edgemere Avenue in Forked River, responded to police headquarters to post his brother’s bail and was subsequently arrested on a Beachwood Township Municipal Court warrant. All three subjects posted bail and were later released.

  • DUI (Arrest) - On Saturday, May 31, 2014, at 12:36 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop on Lacey Road near Lake Barnegat Drive in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 38-year-old Christopher G. Bartow ofOakwood Village in Flanders, NJ, for DUI. Christopher Bartow was transported to Lacey Police Headquarters and processed. He was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle Christopher Bartow was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Attempted Burglary (Residence) – On Friday, May 30, 2014, at 6:22 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to the 1200 block of Taylor Lane in Forked River for an alarm activation. The homeowner reported that at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014, she received a phone call from her alarm company advising her that her residential burglar alarm had been activated. She responded home approximately a half hour later and observed both of her backyard fence gates, which back up to the walking path, wide open and a window screen from a rear window lying on the ground with part of the screen torn. The window was locked and not damaged and the residence was not entered. No other signs of forced entry were located. The incident is under investigation.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, May 30, 2014, at 12:38 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the parking lot of JT’s Bagel, located at 918 Lacey Road in Forked River, for a report of a female slumped over the wheel inside a parked vehicle. Lieutenant Christopher Kenny responded to assist. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 53-year-old Shelly A. Smialowicz of Veronica Court in Lanoka Harbor for DUI. She was transported to police headquarters and processed. Shelly Smialowicz was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI and Reckless Driving. The vehicle Shelly Smialowicz was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Theft – On Friday, May 30, 2014, at 12:21 p.m., Officer Daniel Ricciardella responded to Convexserv Technology in the Village Green Shopping Plaza, located at 118 Route 9 North in Forked River, in reference to a theft of an air conditioner condenser. The manager reported that over the last two weeks an unknown person or persons stole the air conditioning compressor from the central air conditioning unit behind the business. The air conditioning unit is valued at $3,000.

  • Theft – On Friday, May 30, 2014, at 11:58 a.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to Tony’s General Merchandise, located at 1015 Lacey Road in Forked River, for a report of a theft. The employees reported that between Thursday, May 29, 2014, and Friday, May 30, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole the air conditioning unit behind the River Church unit of the plaza. The employee reported that a customer had seen a brown mustang parked on the side of the complex prior to the time that the theft is believed to have occurred. No additional information regarding the Mustang or occupants was provided by the customer. The air conditioning unit is valued at $3,200.

  • Burglary and Theft from Residence -On Friday, May 30, 2014, at 10:11 a.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the 500 block of Brentwood Road in Forked River in reference to a burglary. The victim reported that someone stole jewelry from her residence between Wednesday, May 28, 2014, and Friday, May 30, 2014. The victim reported that on Thursday, May 29, 2014, she came home for lunch and observed that her garage door was open. The victim thought that she did not properly close the door and did not see any signs of a burglary at that time. She did not notice her jewelry missing until the next morning. The jewelry box was still closed as she had left it but items were missing from inside. No signs of forced entry could be located and nothing else in the house appeared to be disturbed. Twenty (20) pieces of jewelry valued at a total of $7,420 were reported stolen. The Lacey Township Police Detective Bureau responded to the scene. On Monday, June 2, 2014, the Lacey Township Police Department concluded its investigation into the above burglary and arrested 26-year-old Melanie R. Callari of 418 Penn Avenue North in Forked River. She was charged in this incident with Burglary and Theft with bail set at $15,000.00 with no ten percent. Melanie Callari was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

  • Theft – On Friday, May 30, 2014, at 9:35 a.m., Officer John Cernek responded to the 700 block of Chesapeake Drive in Forked River for a theft report. The complainant reported that within the past week an unknown person or persons stole a grey vinyl boat seat cover off of his boat which was docked in the water behind his residence. The value of the cover is estimated at $500.

  • Burglary and Theft of a Residence (Arrest) – On Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., a resident of the 1700 block of Fleetwood Drive in Forked River reported that earlier that morning, she discovered the door leading from her garage to the interior of her residence was pried open and a metal lock box containing prescription medications was stolen from a bedroom. The victim was able to successfully provide the name and information of a female suspect who was known to the victim. Officer Noah Schaffer located 27-year-old Julie A. Knoeringer at her home, located on the 1700 block of Longwood Drive in Forked River at 1:45 a.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014. Officer Schaffer placed her under arrest for burglary and theft. Julie Knoeringer also had two outstanding warrants. Warrant number one (1) was issued from the Beachwood Municipal Court in the amount of $500.00 and warrant number two (2) was issued from the Lacey Township Municipal Court in the amount of $500. Julie Knoeringer was transported to police headquarters and processed. She was charged with burglary and theft with bail was set in the amount of $25,000 with no 10% option. Julie Knoeringer was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 1:15 p.m., Officer Frederick Anderson responded to Wawa, located at 444 Route 9 South in Forked River, in reference to a suspicious male subject in the front of the store. Upon arrival, Officer Anderson met with the male subject, identified as 22-year-old Ryan Territo of H Street in Carneys Point, NJ. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Ryan Territo for an outstanding warrant issued from the Toms River Municipal Court in the amount of $726. Ryan Territo was transported to Police Headquarters and processed. He was released after posting bail.

  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 9:54 a.m., Officer Frederick Anderson responded to headquarters for a criminal mischief report. The complainant reported that within the past week, an unknown person or persons placed a screw in one of her vehicle’s tires while the vehicle was parked in the driveway of her residence located on the 400 block of Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River. The cost to remove the screw and plug the tire was estimated at $10. The complainant reported that this is not the first time and believes that an unknown person or persons has been purposely putting nails and screws in her driveway.

  • Shoplifting and Warrants (Multiple Arrests) - On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at 3:57 p.m. Officers Noah Schaffer and Michael Hein responded to Walmart, located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for two adult shoplifters in custody. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 26-year-old Heather Cavallaro of Angelsea Avenue in Ocean Gate, NJ, for shoplifting merchandise with a total value of $847. In addition, she had two outstanding Ocean Gate Municipal Court warrants for her arrest. Warrant number one (1) was in the amount of $250, and warrant number two (2) was also in the amount of $250. In addition to her arrest, 27-year-old Richard Payton of Angelsea Avenue in Ocean Gate, NJ, was also arrested at the scene for shoplifting merchandise valued at $847. Richard Payton was also found to have four (4) outstanding warrants for his arrest. Warrant number one (1) was issued from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department in the amount of $20,000 and warrant number two (2) was a no-bail warrant issued from the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department. Warrant number three (3) was issued from the Lacey Township Municipal Court in the amount of $1,000 and warrant number four (4) was issued from the Barnegat Township Municipal Court in the amount of $250. The investigation at the scene continued and resulted in an additional arrest outside in the parking lot. A third subject, identified as 30-year-old Angeline Hatch of Rosewood Drive in Beachwood, NJ, was arrested for Possession of Heroin and Possession of a Hypodermic Needle. All three were transported to police headquarters and processed. Angeline Hatch was released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Heroin and Possession of a Hypodermic Needle. Heather Cavallaro was charged with Shoplifting with bail set at $500. Richard Payton was charged with Shoplifting along with one count of Hindering his own Apprehension for providing false information at Walmart in an attempt to conceal his identity. His bail was also set at $500. Both subjects were transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

  • Possession of Burglary Tools and Drug Possession (Arrests) – On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at approximately 12:00 p.m., Detective Robert Surtees observed a black, 4-door, Kia Optima with tinted windows which matched a description provided in a recent burglary investigation in the Pines Section of Forked River. The vehicle was observed stationary on a side street in the area of Bay Way in Lanoka Harbor. After observing the vehicle pick up a male subject who was walking all dressed in black with a black back-pack, Detective Surtees stopped the vehicle on Bay Way. Investigation at the scene led to the seizure of the vehicle to obtain a search warrant. After completing the five hour process of obtaining the search warrant and the corresponding search, both 25-year-old Mellisa Reed of Garfield, NJ, and 24-year-old Thomas Lomonico of Toms River, NJ, were placed under arrest. Thomas Lomonico was charged with possession of burglary tools while Melissa Reed was charged with Possession of CDS (Oxycodone). They were both released after receiving a criminal summons. The investigation is continuing.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at 11:04 a.m., Officer Frederick Anderson observed Shannon Augustino in the area of Chelsea Street and Williams Avenue in Forked River. Officer Anderson identified two active Lacey Township Municipal Court warrants for Shannon Augustino. Warrant number one was in the amount of $300 and the second warrant was also for $300. Shannon Augustino was placed under arrest and was subsequently transported to the Ocean County Correctional facility in default of bail.

  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 3:00 p.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to the 500 block of Baldwin Street in Forked River for damage to a vehicle. The complainant reported that between 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on May 27, 2014, an unknown person or persons damaged her vehicle while it was parked in the teachers’ parking lot of the Lacey Township High School located at 73 Haines Street in Lanoka Harbor. Scratches were observed around the outside of her rear windows. The damage to the vehicle is estimated at $100.

  • Burglary of Residence (Arrest) – On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 11:45 a.m., Officer Michael Eden responded to the 400 block of Steuben Avenue in Forked River for a possible burglary. The complainant reported that approximately 10 minutes prior to contacting the police department, she observed and spoke with a white female who attempted to enter her residence through her bathroom window. The complainant reported that she told the female to get out of her residence and meet her in the front yard and the suspect complied. The female suspect met the homeowner in the front yard and told the homeowner that she thought the house was her friend’s home. The suspect reportedly stated that her friend was in the hospital and she was there to take care of the dogs. After the brief conversation, the suspect left the area on foot. The homeowner called the police after the female subject was out of the area. The Lacey Township Police Detective Bureau and Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminalistics Investigation Unit responded to the scene. On Monday, June 2, 2014, upon the completion of the investigation, the Lacey Township Police Department arrested 26-year-old Melanie R. Callari of 418 Penn Avenue North in Forked River for the above incident. She was charged with Criminal Trespass of a Dwelling with bail set at $2,500 with no ten percent. Melanie Callari was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 1:58 a.m., Officer George Resetar conducted a traffic stop on Holmes Avenue near Lacey Road in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 53-year-old Lisa Bell of Elwood Street in Forked River, on an outstanding warrant issued from the Ocean Township (Ocean County) Municipal Court in the amount of $89. Lisa Bell was transported to police headquarters and processed. She was released after posting bail. Lisa Bell was also issued a traffic summons for Driving While Suspended.


Breaking News - Arrests - Multiple Burglaries - Lacey Township Police Department - Monday, June 2, 2014

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Breaking News – The Lacey Township Police Department has been investigating a series of residential burglaries that have occurred throughout the township over the past two months. While burglaries are regularly reported to the police department, most often, the reported home entries and thefts are quickly resolved as being thefts committed by family members, friends, or associates of the reporting party. The most recent series of burglaries differ in that it appears the criminal(s) committing the unlawful home entries and thefts may not have any association with the victims. Each of the burglaries has involved the offender accessing the home through an open window or through actually prying open a door or window while the families are not home during weekday, daytime hours.

The officers and detectives of the Lacey Township Police Department have been proactively pursuing all leads and working with the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU) to identify suspects.

In this regard, the Lacey Township Police Department has made the following arrests over the past week:

  • Multiple Counts of Burglary and Theft (Arrest) – On Monday, June 02, 2014, officers responded to the 400 block of Penn Avenue North in Forked River with a report of an adult female having forced her way into a residence through a locked front storm door. The resident of the home reported that she observed the female peering through several windows before making her way to the front door. The female reportedly forced open the locked front storm door to enter the residence. The victim, who was within the residence at the time, confronted 26-year-old Melanie Callari as M. Callari was walking up the interior stairs to the second floor of the home. The victim contacted the police department and Melanie Callari of 418 Penn Avenue North in Forked River was arrested by Officer Anthony Sarno at the scene.

    Detective Robert Surtees and Detective Samuel Della Sala assumed control of the follow-up investigation. Melanie Calari was found to have moved back into Forked River from Lodi, New Jersey two months prior to this incident. M. Calari was quickly identified as a suspect in other burglaries which occurred over the past two months within Lacey Township. Investigative evidence collected from other burglary scenes provided detectives with sufficient cause to charge Melanie Callari with multiple counts of burglary, as well as theft and criminal trespass of a dwelling. Three separate criminal warrants were issued with the total bail set at $27,500.

    M. Callari also had an active Failure to Appear (FTA) bench warrant out of the Lodi Municipal Court.

    The Lacey Township Police Department detectives are continuing the investigation to determine if M. Callari was involved in any additional burglaries. Melanie Callari was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail. Further charges are pending.

  •  Burglary and Theft from a Residence (Arrest) – On Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., a resident of the 1700 block of Fleetwood Drive in Forked River reported that earlier that morning she discovered the door leading from her garage to the interior of her residence was pried open and a metal lock box containing prescription medications was stolen from a bedroom. The victim was able to successfully provide the name and information of a female suspect who was known to the victim. Officer Noah Schaffer located 27-year-old Julie A. Knoeringer at her residence of 1732 Longwood Drive in Forked River at 1:45 a.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014, and placed her under arrest for burglary and theft. Julie Knoeringer also had two outstanding warrants for her arrest. One warrant was issued out of the Beachwood Municipal Court for $500 and the other outstanding warrant was issued out of the Lacey Township Municipal Court for $500. Julie Knoeringer was charged with burglary and theft on a criminal warrant and bail was set at $25,000 with no 10% option. She was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • Possession of Burglary Tools and Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at noon, Detective Robert Surtees observed a black, 4-door, Kia Optima with blacked out windows which matched a description provided in a recent burglary investigation in the Pines Section of Forked River. The vehicle was observed stationary on a side street in the area of Bay Way in Lanoka Harbor. After observing the vehicle pick up a male who was walking all dressed in black with a black back-pack, Detective Surtees stopped the vehicle on Bay Way. Investigation at the scene led to the seizure of the vehicle to obtain a search warrant. After completing the five hour process of obtaining the search warrant and the corresponding search, both 25-year-old, Mellisa Reed of Garfield, NJ, and 24-year-old Thomas Lomonico of Toms River were placed under arrest. Thomas Lomonico was charged with possession of burglary tools while Melissa Reed was charged with Possession of CDS (Oxycodone). Investigation is continuing.


News Update - Burglary Arrest - Fleetwood Drive, Forked River - Lacey Township Police Department

lacey_jan28Burglary and Theft from a Residence (Arrest) – On Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., a resident of the 1700 block of Fleetwood Drive in Forked River reported that earlier that morning she discovered the door leading from her garage to the interior of her residence was pried open and a metal lock box containing prescription medications was stolen from a bedroom. The victim was able to successfully provide the name and information of a female suspect who was known to the victim. Officer Noah Schaffer located 27-year-old Julie A. Knoeringer at her residence of 1732 Longwood Drive in Forked River at 1:45 a.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014, and placed her under arrest for burglary and theft. Julie Knoeringer also had two outstanding warrants for her arrest. One warrant was issued out of the Beachwood Municipal Court for $500 and the other outstanding warrant was issued out of the Lacey Township Municipal Court for $500. Julie Knoeringer was charged with burglary and theft on a criminal warrant and bail was set at $25,000 with no 10% option. She was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.


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

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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.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Blotter - May 14th, 2014 thru May 19th, 2014

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May 14th, 2014 thru May 19th, 2014

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  • Criminal Attempt to Commit Burglary and Criminal Mischief – On Monday, May 19, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey responded to the 1700 block of Hillwood Road in Forked River for an attempted burglary of a residence. Investigation at the scene determined that between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., an unknown person or persons attempted to pry open a locked window to the residence. The window frame and screen sustained minor damage. No entry was gained to the residence. Lacey Police Detective Brian Flynn responded and is investigating.

  • Criminal Mischief to a Motor Vehicle – On Monday, May 19, 2014, at 8:48 p.m., Officer George Resetar responded to the 300 block of Merrimac Road in Forked River for a report of criminal mischief. The complainant reported that between Friday, May 16, 2014 and Sunday, May 18, 2014, an unknown person or persons slashed a tire on his vehicle while it was parked in the driveway of the residence. The tire is valued at $93.

  • Criminal Mischief to a Residence – On Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., Officer George Resetar responded to the 200 block of Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River for a suspicious incident. The complainant reported that just prior to contacting the police department, he heard a loud noise out in front of his residence. When the complainant checked his residence, he observed that an unknown item or items struck one of his front window frames causing approximately $200 in damage.

  • Theft – On Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 2:33 p.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to police headquarters for a theft report. The victim stated that on the prior day, May 17, 2014, at approximately 4:00 p.m., she was at Dewey’s Dogs, located at 118 Route 9 North in Forked River. Sometime after she left, she discovered that her wallet, described as a gold metallic “Michael Kors” zip-up, containing miscellaneous items, was missing. The victim returned to the business but was unable to locate her wallet. The loss is estimated at $200.

  • Multiple Warrants (Arrest) – On Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 6:03 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue observed a suspicious male subject, identified as 28-year-old Christopher R. Schoepfer of Laurel Boulevard in Forked River walking in the area of Hollywood Boulevard in Forked River. Officer Donahue learned that there were three (3) warrants for Christopher Schoepfer’s arrest. Warrant number one (1) was issued from the Neptune City Municipal Court in the amount of $1000, and warrant number two (2) was issued from the Stafford Township Municipal Court in the amount of $479. Warrant number three (3) was issued from the Tuckerton Municipal Court in the amount of $464. Officer Donahue stopped Christopher Schoepfer and placed him under arrest on the above warrants. Christopher Schoepfer was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was released after posting bail on both the Stafford Township and Tuckerton warrants. Neptune City released him ROR on their warrant pending a court date.

  • DUI with Accident (Arrest) – On Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 2:12 a.m., Officers Charles May and Adam Ewart responded to the 1200 block of Taylor Lane in Forked River for a one-car motor vehicle accident (vehicle vs. tree). Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 22-year-old Nicholas A. Rutigliano of South Firelane Road in Southampton, NJ, for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Nicholas Rutigliano was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, DUI Breath Test Refusal, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, and Failure to Wear Seatbelt. The vehicle Nicholas Rutigliano was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • DUI with Accident (Arrest) – On Friday, May 16, 2014, at 8:54 p.m., Officers John McKee, Adam Ewart, and Peter Donahue responded to Beach Boulevard and Biscayne Drive in Forked River for a report of a motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival, three vehicles were found to be involved in the accident. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of one of the drivers, identified as 51-year-old Lorraine Campbell of Penguin Court in Forked River for DUI. Due to an injury sustained in the motor vehicle accident, Lorraine Campbell was transported to Community Medical Center for treatment. Lorraine Campbell was later charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain a Lane. The vehicle Lorraine Campbell was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. In addition, the two (2) other drivers, and three (3) additional passengers received non-life threatening injuries as a result of the accident and were all transported to Community Medical Center for treatment.

  • Criminal Mischief (Township Property) – On Friday, May 16, 2014, at 7:47 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton was securing the bathrooms located by the tennis courts at Gille Park at 56 Manchester Avenue in Forked River. While securing the bathrooms, Special Officer Horton observed that an unknown person or persons stuffed paper towels in the urinal as well as committed other acts of criminal mischief in the public bathroom. This was the second such incident this week.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, May 16, 2014, at 2:33 a.m., Officers John McKee, Adam Ewart, and Peter Donahue responded to the 1000 block of Buena Vista Road in Forked River for a dispute. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 23-year-old Ashley L. Beams of Ravenwood Drive in Toms River for DUI. She was transported to police headquarters and processed. Ashley Beams was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI and Reckless Driving. The vehicle Ashley Beams was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Burglary and Theft  from a Residence – On Thursday, May 15, 2014, at approximately 2:29 p.m., Officer John Cernek was dispatched to the 1000 block of Clifton Street in Forked River for a report of a burglary. The investigation revealed that between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014, an unknown person or persons gained entry to the residence through an unlocked window and stole jewelry valued at approximately $2000. Lacey Police Detective Brian Flynn, along with the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminalistics Investigation Unit (CIU) and K-9 Unit responded to the scene. The incident is currently under investigation.

  • Criminal Trespass – On Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 1:08 p.m., Sergeant Paul Sullivan, Jr. responded to the 1200 block of Taylor Lane in Forked River for a trespass complaint. The complainant reported that between Thursday, May 8, 2014, and Thursday, May 15, 2014, an unknown person or persons forced entry into his residence by removing a piece of plywood from a rear window (the residence was recently involved in a structure fire and is uninhabitable). Once in the residence, it appears the unknown person or persons went through various rooms and disturbed items. At the time of the report the complainant did not believe anything had been stolen.

  • Shoplifting – On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 10:42 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue responded to the Walmart, located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for a report of a shoplifting incident. The Walmart caller stated that one black female and two black males shoplifted items and fled the parking lot in a gold or silver colored sedan heading south on Route 9. During the investigation it was discovered that the suspects stole a 46 inch Samsung LED TV, and a Samsung Sound Bar, with a total value of $826. One of the black males was wearing dark sunglasses and a baseball cap. Officer Peter Donahue is investigating.


Neighborhood Crime Alert (Burglary) - 1000 Block of Clifton Street, Forked River (Pines Section) - Thursday, May 15, 2014

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Burglary of a Residence - On Thursday, May 15, 2014 (Today), at 2:30 p.m. the Lacey Township Police Department responded to the 1000 block of Clifton Street in Forked River for a report of a home burglary. The homeowner reported that between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014, an unknown person or persons gained entry to the home through an unlocked window and stole approximately $2,000 worth of jewelry from the home. Detective Brian Flynn along with the Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU) and a K-9 team from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department are on scene continuing the investigation. Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to contact the Lacey Township Police Department at 609.693.6636 or utilize the “Crime Tips” section of the Lacey Township Police Department’s website at www.laceypd.org/crime-tips to submit an anonymous crime tip.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Blotter - May 6th, 2014 thru May 12, 2014

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May 6th, 2014 thru May 12th, 2014

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  • Theft – On Monday, May 12, 2014, at 4:44 p.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to Taylor Lane in Forked River for a theft. The complainant reported that between November 1, 2013 and May 12, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole a red Roto Tiller (unknown make or model) valued at $300 from his backyard. In addition, the complainant reported that on May 8, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole a vehicle transmission (unknown what kind of vehicle the transmission belonged) valued at $800, that was also in the backyard.

  • Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Sunday, May 11, 2014, at 8:17 a.m., Officer Frederick Anderson responded to the 200 block of Lane Place in Forked River for a damaged mailbox. The complainant reported that between 7:00 p.m. on May 10, 2014 and 7:30 a.m. on May 11, 2014, an unknown person or persons struck his mailbox with an unknown object causing damage valued at $100. Officer Anderson is investigating the incident and is attempting to identify three juveniles seen in front of the residence on May 10, 2014, at approximately 9:30 p.m. causing the damage to the mailbox.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, May 11, 2014, at 3:21 a.m., Officer Michael Verwey conducted a traffic stop on Lacey Road near Lake Barnegat Drive in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 26-year-old Armando Quiroz-Martinez of Lacey Road in Forked River for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Armando Quiroz-Martinez was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Unlicensed Driver. In addition, the vehicle’s registered owner, identified as 21-year-old Beatriz Lopez-Reyes of Route 9 in Howell, NJ, was issued a traffic summons for allowing a DUI to operate her vehicle. She was a passenger in the vehicle during the traffic stop. The vehicle being operated was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, May 11, 2014, at 12:43 a.m., Officers Evan Androcy and Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop from Bay Avenue to across Rt 9 into the parking lot of the Forked River Freezer located at 308 Route 9 South in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 38-year-old Theodore J. Hutler, 3rd of Forked River for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Theodore J. Hutler, 3rd was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, DUI Refusal, Reckless Driving, Failure to Observe a Stop Sign, Speeding, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Failure to Exhibit Required Documents. The vehicle being operated was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 11:29 p.m., Officers Dimitri Tsarnas and Evan Androcy conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of Walmart located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 36-year-old Melissa O’Rourke of Dolan Street in Lanoka Harbor on an outstanding warrant. The warrant was issued by the Lacey Township Municipal Court in the amount of $600. Melissa O’Rourke was transported to police headquarters and processed. She was released by the court ROR pending a new court date.

  • Theft – On Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 6:55 p.m., Officer George Resetar responded to the 300 block of Beach Boulevard in Forked River for a theft report. The victim reported that during the afternoon of May 10, 2014, while in the Lacey Shop Rite located at 348 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, an unknown person or persons stole approximately $275 in cash from her purse while in her shopping cart. Officer Resetar is continuing the investigation.

  • Theft – On Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 3:40 p.m., Officer John D. Simonson responded to the 200 block of Haines Street in Lanoka Harbor for a report of theft. The victim reported that earlier in the day, her daughter’s bicycle described as a pink Huffy Cranbrook valued at $150.00 was stolen from the driveway.

  • Municipal Ordinance Violation (Formal Summons) – On Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 2:05 p.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban responded to the 1200 block of Taylor Lane in Forked River for a complaint of open burning in the backyard. Upon arrival, Special Officer Urban observed a 55-gallon steel drum with flames emitting from it. In addition, the open burn fire was unattended and the homeowner did not have an open burn permit. As a result, the homeowner, identified as 47-year-old Patrick Nascimento of Taylor Lane in Forked River, was issued a Complaint Summons for the open burn violation.

  • Suspicious Incident – On Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 12:21 p.m., Officer John Cernek responded to the 1200 block of Spruce Street in Forked River for a suspicious incident. The resident stated that she received a letter in the mail from “Global Capital Investment Inc” claiming that she had won $650,000 in the “International Money Sweepstakes.” Along with the letter was a check made payable to her in the amount of approximately $5,000 to help her cover the costs of taxes, insurance, and shipping fees. The check was to be deposited in her bank account and the funds forwarded to a different location. The resident contacted her bank who informed her it was a scam and to call the police. The letter was postmarked from Canada and the check was listed as drawn on Comercia Bank – Texas, Comstock Oil and Gas, LP Account.

  • Driving While Suspended (Arrest) – On Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 11:11 a.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Walmart located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 67-year-old Francis Burke of Ensign Avenue in Beachwood, NJ, for Driving While Suspended during a suspension period for multiple prior DUI convictions. Francis Burke was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was charged on a criminal summons for the fourth degree criminal violation and released pending a court appearance. In addition, Francis Burke received two traffic summonses, one for Driving While Suspended and a second violation for Failure to Install an Ignition Interlock Device.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 8:45 p.m., Officer Charles May conducted a traffic stop on Lacey Road near Vaughn Avenue in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 46-year-old Mark McGinley of Village Drive in Barnegat, NJ, for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Mark McGinley was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Signal, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Utilizing a Cell Phone while Driving. The vehicle Mark McGinley was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Overdose/Lifesaving Efforts – On Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 10:37 p.m., Officers Darrell Nick, Julie Barcalow, and Adam Ewart responded to a Forked River Residence for a report of a 31-year-old male having a suspected heroin overdose. Upon arrival, the male was unresponsive. Life saving efforts were started including the utilization of Naloxone (Narcan). After the utilization of two Naloxone kits, the male subject regained consciousness and began breathing on his own. The Lacey Township EMS and Monoc Paramedics also responded to the scene. The male subject was transported to Community Medical Center for further treatment. No charges have been filed nor are any pending pursuant to the restrictions of the Overdose Prevention Act.

  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 11:40 a.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to the 1200 block of Ocean Street in Forked River for criminal mischief. The complainant reported that between 11:40 p.m. on May 6, 2014, and 11:30 a.m. on May 7, 2014, an unknown person or persons “keyed” the front driver’s side door of her vehicle while it was parked in the driveway. The damage is estimated at $200.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 11:16 a.m., Officer Peter Donahue met with Lacey Police Detectives Alan Abrecht and Samuel Della Sala on the 600 block of Twin River Drive in Forked River in reference to a warrant issued from the United States Military. Upon arrival, the accused, 27-year-old Brian M. Kornse of Twin River Drive in Forked River, was arrested and transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility.

  • Theft – On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 8:57 a.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to the intersection of Lakeside Drive South and Arient Road in Forked River for a theft. An unknown person or persons stole the 350 pound cast iron catch basin from the side of the road. The catch basin is valued at approximately $300.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 7:49 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue responded to the 600 block of Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River to serve an NCIC warrant out of the State of Virginia. Upon arrival, Officer Peter Donahue arrested 43-year-old Wayne White of Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River on an outstanding no bail NCIC warrant issued from the State of Virginia for a probation violation. Wayne White was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility to await extradition to Virginia.

  • Suspicious Fire – On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 11:55 a.m., Officers Scott Keefe and Robert Flynn responded to the CVS located at 700 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for a report of a rear fence on fire. Two males, possibly juveniles, were observed fleeing the area in a small light blue pickup truck prior to the officers’ arrival. The Lanoka Harbor Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire consisting of a few sections of wooden fence. Lacey Police Detective Brian Flynn responded and is investigating.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - April 29th thru May 5th, 2014

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April 29th, 2014 thru May 5th, 2014

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  • DUI (Arrest) – On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 9:18 p.m., Officer Julie Barcalow conducted a traffic stop on Manchester Avenue in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 42-year-old Jennifer Bruno of Longwood Drive in Forked River, for DUI. She was transported to police headquarters and processed. Jennifer Bruno was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, Impeding the Flow of Traffic, and Open Container in a Motor Vehicle. The vehicle Jennifer Bruno was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 12:47 a.m., Officer Darrell Nick conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Wawa located at 444 Route 9 South in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 33-year-old Timothy S. Jordan of Skiffway Drive in Forked River on an outstanding warrant. The warrant was issued from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department in the amount of $1,029. Timothy Jordan was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 6:23 p.m., Officer Daniel Ricciardella responded to a residence on South Street in Lanoka Harbor for a report of a burglary. The victim reported that between 7:20 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. an unknown person or persons forced entry into the residence by kicking in a door. Once in the residence, the suspect or suspects stole property. Detective Sam Della Sala responded and assumed control of the investigation.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 12:30 a.m., Officers Charles May and Julie Barcalow responded to the parking lot of the Wawa located at 800 Lacey Road in Forked River for a suspicious vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 41-year-old Michael S. Clark of Tappan Street in Forked River, for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Michael Clark was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Inspect, and Open Container in a Motor Vehicle. The vehicle Michael Clark was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, May 2, 2014, at 8:31 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota conducted a traffic stop on West Lacey Road near Lacey Materials. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 29-year-old Teressa M. Lopez of Linden Avenue in Elizabeth, NJ, on an outstanding warrant. The warrant was issued by the Hoboken Municipal Court and was in the amount of $389. Teressa Lopez was transported to police headquarters and processed. She was later released after posting bail.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 11:46 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey was on patrol when he observed a suspicious male subject in the area of Bayside East Parkway and Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 37-year-old Phillip Scheller of Capstan Drive in Forked River on an outstanding warrant. The warrant was issued from the Belleville Township Municipal Court in the amount of $400. Phillip Scheller was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was released after posting bail.

  • Theft – On Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 7:55 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey took a report of a theft. The victim stated that during the day, while at the Gille Park soccer fields on Manchester Avenue in Forked River, an unknown person or persons stole his Samsung Galaxy III Cell phone valued at approximately $500.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 12:25 a.m., Officer Noah Schaffer and Special Officer Travis Horton responded to the Walmart located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for an adult female who reportedly took merchandise off the shelf and then attempted to return it to the customer service desk for a refund. Upon arrival of the officers, the female was located. The investigation led to the arrest of the adult female, identified as 34-year-old Michelle D. DellaPietro of Harbor Inn Road in Bayville, NJ, for shoplifting. She was transported to police headquarters and processed. Michelle DellaPietro was released after receiving a criminal summons for shoplifting merchandise valued at approximately $50.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 2:56 p.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to Walmart, located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for a recent shoplifting incident. Walmart staff advised that a male subject took a 55 inch flat screen TV and left the store without paying for it. An investigation commenced and the accused was identified as 37-year-old William J. Hoefsloot, of Parkside Drive in Forked River. Officers John D. Simonson and Michael Hein responded to William Hoefsloot’s residence where he was placed under arrest for the shoplifting and transported to police headquarters. The TV was recovered at the scene. William Hoefsloot was processed and later released after receiving a criminal summons for shoplifting merchandise valued at approximately $700.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Sunday, May 4, 2014, at 5:52 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy observed 51-year-old Rocco A. Selig of Cedarwood Drive in Forked River walking on the 300 block of Merrimac Drive in Forked River. Officer Androcy learned that there was an outstanding warrant for Rocco Selig’s arrest. The warrant was issued out of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office in the amount of $27,721.84 for nonsupport. Rocco Selig was arrested on the warrant without incident and transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Sunday, May 4, 2014, at 5:43 p.m., Officers Dimitri Tsarnas and Michael Hein responded to the Wawa located at 701 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for a report of a male subject who reportedly appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Upon arrival, officers located the subject. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 22-year-old Christopher P. Boardingham of Lakeside Drive North in Forked River for possession of various forms of illegal drugs. Christopher Boardingham was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was released after receiving criminal summonses for Possession of Heroin, Suboxone, Xanax, and hypodermic needles.

  • Residential Structure Fire – On Sunday, May 4, 2014, at 12:03 p.m., Sergeant Vincent Meehan, along with Officers John D. Simonson and Michael Eden, responded to 133 Caldwell Drive in Forked River for a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, flames and heavy smoke were observed coming from the upstairs of the residence located directly over the garage. The Forked River, Lanoka Harbor, and Bayville Fire Departments responded and extinguished the fire. There were no reported injuries. The Ocean County Fire Marshal, along with Lacey Township Police Detective Alan Abrecht responded to the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

  • Burglary and Criminal Mischief (Garage) – On Sunday, May 4, 2014, at 10:35 a.m., Sergeant Vincent Meehan and Officer Michael Hein responded to the 1200 block of Beach Boulevard in Forked River for the unlawful entry of a garage. The victim reported that between March 30, 2014, and the report date, May 4, 2014, an unknown person or persons forced entry into the garage of the residence by forcing open a rear door. The garage was checked and there did not appear to be anything missing. It appears that the actual residence was not entered. The damage to the door is estimated at $50.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, May 4, 2014, at 2:11 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 near Beach Boulevard in Forked River for a speeding violation. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 27-year-old Danielle D. Fiorenzo of Mizzen Way in Waretown, NJ, for DUI. She was transported to police headquarters and processed. Danielle Fiorenzo was later released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Speeding. The vehicle Danielle Fiorenzo was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Life-Saving Use of Naloxone on 19-year-old Lanoka Harbor Resident – At approximately 6 p.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014, Lacey Township Police Officers Dimitri Tsarnas and Evan Androcy responded to a suspected Heroin overdose incident at a Lanoka Harbor residence involving a 19-year-old male who resides in Lanoka Harbor. Upon the arrival of the officers, they found the teen to be unresponsive with very shallow breathing. Officer Dimitri Tsarnas needed to utilize two separate Naloxone kits before the teen regained responsiveness. A volunteer crew from the Lanoka Harbor First Aid Squad arrived and administered oxygen with assisted breathing to allow the medication to have the desired effect. The Lanoka Harbor First Aid Squad transported the patient to the Community Medical Center for further treatment.

    The medication Naloxone is administered to overdose victims pursuant to the Overdose Prevention Act of 2013 (N.J.S.A. 24:6J-1 et seq.). The Overdose Prevention Act is the same law that prohibits law enforcement from arresting or charging the person who overdoses. Both the person who calls for medical assistance as well as the patient are protected from arrest, charge, prosecution, or conviction for the possession or use of the illegal drugs. This Naloxone save is the second such incident in Lacey Township within the past two weeks.


Lacey Township Police Department - Life-Saving Incident involving 19-year-old Lanoka Harbor Resident - Monday, May 5, 2014

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Life-Saving Use of Naloxone on 19-year-old Lanoka Harbor Resident – At approximately 6 p.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014, Lacey Township Police Officers Dimitri Tsarnas and Evan Androcy responded to a suspected Heroin overdose incident at a Lanoka Harbor residence involving a 19-year-old male who resides in Lanoka Harbor. Upon the arrival of the officers, they found the teen to be unresponsive with very shallow breathing. Officer Dimitri Tsarnas needed to utilize two separate Naloxone kits before the teen regained responsiveness. A volunteer crew from the Lanoka Harbor First Aid Squad arrived and administered oxygen with assisted breathing to allow the medication to have the desired effect. The Lanoka Harbor First Aid Squad transported the patient to the Community Medical Center for further treatment.

The medication Naloxone is administered to overdose victims pursuant to the Overdose Prevention Act of 2013 (N.J.S.A. 24:6J-1 et seq.). The Overdose Prevention Act is the same law that prohibits law enforcement from arresting or charging the person who overdoses. Both the person who calls for medical assistance as well as the patient are protected from arrest, charge, prosecution, or conviction for the possession or use of the drugs. This Naloxone save is the second such incident in Lacey Township within the past two weeks.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - April 21st thru April 28th, 2014

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April 21st, 2014 thru April 28th, 2014

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  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Tuesday April 22, 2014, at 6:45 p.m., Officer Ewart responded to Walmart in reference to shoplifting. A loss prevention employee reported observing a female shopper place a sheet set and a large comforter set into her cart and then return them at the customer service desk where she received a monetary benefit for the returned items. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 45-year-old Dawn Lagnese of 25 Staysail Court in Bayville. Dawn Lagnese was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed, charged with shoplifting, and released on a criminal summons.

  • Life-Saving Use of Naloxone – At approximately 10:54 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Lacey Township Police Sergeant Paul J. Sullivan responded to a Heroin overdose incident at a Forked River residence. Upon his arrival, he found a 30-year-old female unresponsive with very shallow breathing and a faint pulse. Sgt. Sullivan administered the Naloxone spray. The victim subsequently became responsive and alert within a minute of being administered the medication. The Lacey Township First Aid Squad transported the patient to the Southern Ocean County Hospital for further treatment. The Overdose Prevention Act of 2013 (NJSA 24:6J-1 et seq.) prohibits an arrest, charge, prosecution, or conviction under these circumstances.

    The Naloxone program was implemented within the Lacey Township Police Department just two weeks prior to this incident. Currently, the officers on patrol are equipped with Naloxone nasal spray kits in the event of a Heroin or opioid pill overdose. As in this incident, the administration of the medication in a timely manner can quickly reverse the deadly effects of an overdose.

  • Burglary of Residence – On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 3:52 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe and Sergeant Paul Sullivan responded to 702 Oxford Road in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a residential burglary. The homeowner reported that upon arriving home she discovered that her home had been forcibly entered through a window. The homeowner reported that jewelry and two laptops had been stolen. The homeowner believes that other items were stolen were stolen as well. The detective bureau responded to the scene and is investigating.

  • Theft – On Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 11:27 a.m., a boat owner reported that between September 15, 2014 and April 24, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole his dock box from the Lacey Township South Docks located at the end of East Lakeside Drive in Forked River. The dock box is described as a white, fiberglass, 52 inch long by 24 inch wide by 30 inch deep box valued at $750. The dock box was bolted down in front of slip #58. The victim also reported that a Danforth anchor valued at $90, assorted chemicals valued at $50, and assorted brushes valued at $100 were stored in the dock box and were stolen as well.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 6:51 a.m., Officer John McKee stopped a motor vehicle on Lake Barnegat Drive North and Cranberry Court for speeding. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 30-year-old Alfred Riccuiti 3rd of 153 Brennan Concourse in Bayville on an outstanding $150 Berkeley Township Municipal Court traffic warrant. He was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and released after posting bail.

  • Cruelty to an Animal – On Friday, April 25, 2014, at 3:47 p.m., Officer John Simonson responded to Gille Park in Forked River in reference to a male juvenile being chased by a group of juveniles. Investigation by Officer Simonson indicated that the male being chased had just purposely killed a gray squirrel with a skateboard. The juvenile suspect was taken into custody and charges have been forwarded to the juvenile court for the cruelty.

  • DUI and Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 1:11 a.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to 504 Cedarwood Drive in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a vehicle that struck a tree in the front yard of that residence. Upon arrival, Officer Schaffer observed a Ford F-150 pickup in the front yard of the residence. Investigation at the scene indicated that the vehicle was traveling north on Cedarwood Drive when it jumped the curb. The vehicle traveled approximately twenty feet onto the property before striking a tree where it came to rest. Further investigation led to the arrest of the driver, 21-year-old Armando J. Chavez-Lua of Bayberry Drive in Lanoka Harbor for DUI. During the investigation, Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also located. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Armando J. Chavez-Lua was transported to police headquarters. Where he was processed, issued motor vehicle summonses for DUI, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, and failure to exhibit a valid registration card. Armando J. Chavez-Lua was also issued a criminal summons for possession of Marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Hindering Apprehension and Warrant Arrest – On Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 5:52 p.m., officers responded to Predmore Avenue residence in reference to a dispute. Officer Evan Androcy stopped a male and female walking away from the residence. The male initially provided a false name, and was later identified as 39-year-old Vincent P. Lefurge of Winding River Way in Land O Lakes, Florida. Investigation at the scene led to the discovery of an active $500 warrant out of Toms River. Vincent P. Lefurge was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released after posting bail on the Toms River warrant. Vincent Lefurge was also served with a warrant for hindering his own apprehension and was released on his own recognizance as per the judge.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 8:31 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas responded to the area of Laurel Boulevard and Briar Road in Lanoka Harbor for a report of two females possibly involved in drug activity. Upon arrival, Officer Tsarnas observed two females in the area. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 26-year-old Amanda Walters of 26 Laurel Boulevard on a $1,000 Ocean County Sheriff’s Department warrant. Amanda Walters was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

  • Hit & Run Motor Vehicle Accident – On Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 10:45 p.m., Officers responded to the parking lot of Caffrey’s for a hit and run motor vehicle accident. The caller took a picture of the license plate of the vehicle that struck her vehicle and provided it to officers. The officers were able to locate the vehicle a short while later at the residence of the registered owner on Beach Boulevard in Forked River. The registered owner, 27-year-old Devin Piekkola was issued motor vehicle summonses for leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident.

  • Theft – On Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 12:50 p.m., Laura Anne Cavanaugh responded to police headquarters to report a theft. Laura Anne Cavanaugh reported that an unknown person or persons stole sixty (60) feet of metal chain with six (6) “No Trespassing” signs that they put up around the vacant land next to their property on Binnacle Road in Forked River. The theft occurred between April 25, 2014 and April 27, 2014. The value of the stolen property is estimated at $72.

  • Theft – On Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 1:29 p.m., Officer Michael Eden responded to Arient Road in Forked River for a theft report. Mark Olivieri reported that an unknown person or persons stole two kayaks from his front yard between Friday, April 25, 2014 and Sunday, April 27, 2014. One kayak was described as a yellow “Pelican” brand with green paint flecks valued at approximately $250. The other kayak was described as being a yellow “Ozark” brand kayak and is valued at approximately $200.

  • Debit Card Fraud Alert -In addition to the 6 ATM bank card frauds reported early Monday, April 28, 2014, the Lacey Township Police Department received more than 20 additional reports (as of 12:00 Noon) Tuesday, April 29, 2014, from Lacey Township residents regarding fraudulent activity on their debit card accounts. Residents have reported that their Bank of America ATM cards have been fraudulently used at locations in North New Jersey within the past several days. The victims in each reported incident currently have physical possession of their debit cards, yet funds are being withdrawn from their bank accounts at ATM locations in North Jersey. PIN numbers are apparently being used to access the money through ATMs. Each incident is currently under investigation by the Lacey Township Police Department. It is strongly suggested that residents change their PIN numbers on their debit card accounts regardless of which local bank they utilize. Early indications are that unknown subjects may have set up a system over the prior weeks to capture debit card information and PIN numbers at one or more ATM locations in town. Residents are asked to check their bank accounts to ensure there has been no fraudulent activity. If any fraudulent activity is discovered, residents are asked to immediately report the fraud to their respective banks, then report the matter to the Lacey Township Police Department. The Lacey Township Police Department will be working with bank personnel to determine the method utilized to obtain the debit card information.

  • Disorderly Conduct – On Monday, April 28, 2014 at 10:32 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota conducted a motor vehicle stop on Lacey Road near the intersection of Briggs Avenue for a suspended registration. During the course of the motor vehicle stop, the driver of the vehicle, Robert Carmosino, exited his vehicle and confronted Officer Slota regarding the status of his registration. Robert Carmosino disregarded Officer Slota’s direction to return to his vehicle, at which point Robert Carmosino became irate and aggressive, ultimately challenging officer’s on scene to a fight. Robert Carmosino’s actions became alarming to a witness in the area. Officer Slota issued a special form of complaint summons to Robert Carmosino, charging him with disorderly conduct. Additionally, Robert Carmosino was issued several motor vehicle summonses. His vehicle was impounded for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration. He was provided a courtesy transport to his residence following the incident.

  • Shoplifting and Drug Possession (Arrests) – On Monday, April 28, 2014, at 10:52 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue arrested two female shoplifters from Walmart. Melanie Stocko, 19, of Haines Street in Lanoka Harbor and Vada Opalenik, 19, of Devon Street in Forked River were both arrested for concealing merchandise in their purses.  Both subjects were charged with shoplifting. Vada Opalenik was also found in possession of drug paraphernalia containing Marijuana. Vada Opelenik was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of Marijuana. Both subjects were released on criminal summonses.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 12:34 a.m., Officer Darryl Nick conducted a motor vehicle stop for a suspended driver’s license. The driver, Timothy Jordan, 33, of Skiff Way in Forked River was subsequently arrested for an outstanding warrant issued by the Ocean County Sherriff’s Department in the amount of $1,029. Timothy Jordan could not post bail and was transported to Ocean County Correctional Facility. Timothy Jordan was also issued a summons for operating a motor vehicle during a period of license suspension.

  • Warrant Arrest - On Monday, April 28, 2014, at 7:34 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue conducted a motor vehicle stop for a suspended driver’s license. The driver, Andrew Pelyak, 50, of Parker Street in Forked River was subsequently arrested for an outstanding warrant issued by the Howell Township Municipal Court in the amount of $349. A. Pelyak was able to post bail and was released from police headquarters.


UPDATED (4/29/14) Crime Alert - ATM Card Fraud - Lacey Township Police Department - Monday, April 28, 2014

lacey_jan28UPDATE: Debit Card Fraud Alert - In addition to the six ATM bank card frauds reported early Monday, April 28, 2014, the Lacey Township Police Department received more than 20 additional reports (as of 12:00 Noon) Tuesday, April 29, 2014, from Lacey Township residents regarding fraudulent activity on their debit card accounts. Residents have reported that their Bank of America ATM cards have been fraudulently used at locations in North New Jersey within the past several days. The victims in each reported incident currently have physical possession of their debit cards, yet funds are being withdrawn from their bank accounts at ATM locations in North Jersey. PIN numbers are apparently being used to access the money through ATMs. Each incident is currently under investigation by the Lacey Township Police Department. It is strongly suggested that residents change their PIN numbers on their debit card accounts regardless of which local bank they utilize. Early indications are that unknown subjects may have set up a system over the prior weeks to capture debit card information and PIN numbers at one or more ATM locations in town. Residents are asked to check their bank accounts to ensure there has been no fraudulent activity. If any fraudulent activity is discovered, residents are asked to immediately report the fraud to their respective banks, then report the matter to the Lacey Township Police Department. The Lacey Township Police Department will be working with bank personnel to determine the method utilized to obtain the debit card information.


Dangerous Synthetic Drug - Warning - Lacey Township Police Department - Friday, April 25, 2014

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Dangerous Synthetic Drug (Warning) – On Friday evening, April 18, 2014, the Lacey Township Police Department responded to an emergency call involving a Forked River teen who reportedly overdosed on an unknown hallucinogenic substance initially suspected as being LSD. The teen was transported to the Community Medical Center then transferred to the Jersey Shore Medical Center for critical care. The teen is currently recovering from the near death experience.

 The synthetic substance is not LSD; it is actually believed to be the synthetic psychedelic chemical known on the street as “25i” or “N-Bomb.” The street names for the drug vary but tend to be based on its chemical composition 25I-NBOMe. Investigation has led to the belief that the synthetic drug may have been ordered by local teens via the Internet. The drug is believed to be distributed on very small, perforated, square tabs of paper similar to blotter acid (LSD) tabs. It is most commonly taken by placing the paper tab under the tongue. The substance is extremely dangerous and will likely lead to organ failure and death in those who use it.

Officers have identified several teens believed to possibly be involved in using the substance. The teens and their parents have been thoroughly advised of the ongoing investigation and the extreme danger related to the drug. This notice is to advise the public of the concern and to ask for the assistance of parents. Parents of teenagers in Lacey Township are asked to speak with their children about this concern. If anyone has information that may be of assistance, they are asked to forward the information through the “Crime Tips” section of the police department website at www.LaceyPD.org/crime-tips/ or call Officer Dimitri Tsarnas at 609-693-6636 x2576.

- Chief David A. Paprota, Ed.D.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - April 15th thru April 21st, 2014

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  • Criminal Mischief - On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Officer John McKee took a report of criminal mischief to a motor vehicle. The victim reported that his motor vehicle was damaged while parked on the roadway on Enterprise Drive in Forked River. The incident reportedly occurred on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, between the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. The words “HO HO” were spray painted on the side of the vehicle.

  • Warrant Arrest - On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Officer Adam Ewart was conducting an investigation into a traffic accident that occurred on Lacey Road at the intersection of Manchester Avenue in Forked River. One of the involved drivers, 21-year-old Brooke O’Rourke of Forked River, was arrested for two outstanding warrants. The first warrant was out of the Lacey Township Municipal Court in the amount of $750. The second warrant was out of the Berkeley Township Municipal Court in the amount of $100. Brooke O’Rourke posted $850 cash bail and was released from police custody.

  • Theft from a Motor Vehicle - On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Officer Scott Keefe responded to a residence on the 600 block of Tappan Street in Forked River for a report of a theft from a motor vehicle. The complainant stated that during the overnight hours between Monday, April 14, 2014, and Tuesday, April 15, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered her vehicle and stole a pink iPod Nano valued at $200. The vehicle was unlocked and in the driveway of the residence at the time of the theft.

  • Theft from a Residence – On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Officer Anthony Sarno responded to Spring Oak Assisted Living at 601 Route 9 N in Lanoka Harbor for a theft report. Three separate residents of the facility reported that on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, money was stolen from their rooms. Cash was reportedly stolen from each room with a combined total of $1,400.  The incident is currently under investigation.

  • Attempted Burglary - On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Officer John McKee responded to garage unit #17-18b at 441 Route 9 South in Forked River in reference to a report of an attempted burglary. The victim reported that it appeared as if someone attempted to enter the garage by prying it open on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, between 1:00 p.m. and 7:50 p.m.  Entry was not gained nor was any damage reported.

  • Possession of a Weapon and Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 12:47 a.m., Officer Michael Verwey conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 9 North near the intersection of Haines Street in Lanoka Harbor. An investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 44-year-old David Barney of Lake Avenue in Island Heights, NJ. David Barney was found in possession of a switch blade knife as well as a hypodermic syringe and five wax folds containing Heroin. David Barney was arrested and charged with the following criminal offenses: unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (Heroin), and possession of drug paraphernalia. David Barney was also charged with the following motor vehicle offenses: possession of CDS in a motor vehicle, improper maintenance of lamps, and unclear license plates.

  • Warrant Arrest - On Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 12:27 p.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban conducted a motor vehicle stop for speeding on Lake Barnegat Drive North near the intersection of Steuben Avenue. The driver, 19-year-old Nicolas Martinez of Forked River was arrested on a failure to appear warrant out of Ocean Township Municipal Court in the amount of $150. Nicolas Martinez posted bail and was released from police headquarters.

  • Theft – On Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 2:50 p.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to the Prime Time Smoke Shop at 118 Route 9 South in Forked River regarding a theft that had reportedly just occurred. The manager reported that a white male in his late 20’s with facial hair was wearing grey sweatpants, a black hooded sweatshirt, and a Chicago Bears blue wool hat when he entered the store. The employee of the store was helping the male subject and turned her back to show him an additional product at which time the male subject reportedly grabbed a white TD Bank envelope containing $150 cash that was on the counter by the register. The male subject put the envelope in his pocket and fled the store on foot running north on Route 9. The incident is currently under investigation.

  • DUI and Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Friday, April 18, 2014, at 12:57 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a motor vehicle stop on Beach Boulevard near the intersection of Biscayne Drive for speeding. An investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 24-year-old Kyle Wilson of Shelly Street in Toms River for DUI.  K. Wilson also charged with possession of Marijuana. His vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Kyle Wilson was charged with the following motor vehicle offenses: DUI, reckless driving, speeding, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Kyle Wilson was also charged on a criminal summons for possession of Marijuana.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) - On Friday, April 18, 2014, at 12:12 p.m., Officer Michael Hein arrested 25-year-old Natalie Sabie of Birch Road in Lanoka Harbor for Shoplifting. Natalie Sabie was reported to have attempted to steal $119 worth of electrical items from the Home Depot in Forked River. Natalie Sabie was charged with Shoplifting on a criminal summons and was released from police headquarters.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Friday, April 18, 2014 at 1:57 p.m., Officer Michael Hein was investigating a citizen report of a suspicious female in the roadway on Alpine Street near the intersection of Lower Lake Drive in Forked River. An investigation at the scene led to the discovery of two outstanding warrants for the female, 25-year-old Shannon Augustino of Chelsea Street in Forked River. The first warrant was issued by the Ocean County Sherriff’s Department for the amount of $5,000. The second warrant was issued by the Lacey Township Municipal Court in the amount of $500. Shannon Augustino was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest (Arrests) – On Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 1:35 a.m., Officer Michael Verwey and Officer Noah Schaffer responded to the parking lot of Caffrey’s Steakhouse in Forked River for a report of a dispute in progress. Upon arrival, officers learned that 50-year-old James Magee of Crockett Lane in Whiting, NJ, and 48-year-old Gail Swayze of Corbin Court in Lakewood, NJ, were in a dispute with a taxi driver who had called for police assistance. James Magee and Gail Swayze continued their aggressive and tumultuous behavior after officers arrived. James Magee was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. During the course of the arrest, James Magee became combative and attempted to head butt Officer Michael Verwey while resisting the officer’s efforts to control him during the arrest. James Magee was charged on a criminal summons with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Gail Swayze was also arrested at the scene and charged on a criminal summons with disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice.

  • Warrant Arrest - On Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 9:55 a.m., Sergeant Vince Meehan conducted a motor vehicle stop on Lacey Road near Manchester Avenue in Forked River. The driver of the vehicle, 30-year-old Jennifer Frazer of Faulkenburgh Avenue in Forked River, was arrested for an outstanding warrant issued by the Ocean County Sherriff’s Department in the amount of $5,000. Jennifer Frazer was able to post bail and was subsequently released from police headquarters.

  • Theft from a Boat – On Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 8:28 a.m. Officer Michael Eden responded to a residence on Taurus Court in Forked River in reference to a theft. The resident reported that between Wednesday, April 16, 2014, and Friday, April 18, 2014, his boat was entered and various fishing poles and fishing equipment were stolen from within the boat. The exact contents and estimated value of the theft has not yet been determined.

  • Fire – On Sunday, April 20, 2014, at 3:24 a.m., the Lacey Township Police Department received a 911 call reporting that the vacant home at 2215 West Lacey Road was engulfed in flames. Officer Dimitri Tsarnas and Officer Robert Duffy responded to the scene. Fire departments from Bamber Lake, Lanoka Harbor, Forked River, Bayville, Pinewald, and Whiting responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. There were no injuries reported at the scene. Detective Alan Abrecht and the Ocean County Fire Marshall are currently investigating the incident.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Monday, April 21, 2014, at 8:48 p.m., Officer Charles May was investigating a suspicious male subject reported to have been ringing doorbells and asking to use the phones of residents in the Pheasant Run development on Llewellyn Parkway near the intersection of Canterbury Drive in Forked River. The investigation led to the arrest of 35-year-old John Humphrey of McCormack Drive in Toms River for two outstanding traffic warrants. The first warrant was issued by the Seaside Park Municipal Court in the amount of $89. The second warrant was issued by the Toms River Municipal Court in the amount of $145. John Humphry posted cash bail for the above warrants and was released from police headquarters.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - April 7th thru April 13, 2014

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April 7th, 2014 thru April 13th, 2014

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  • Criminal Mischief (Township Property) – On Monday, April 7, 2014, at 10:23 p.m., Officer Darrell Nick observed the bathrooms in Hebrew Park to have sustained damage as a result of criminal mischief. The bathroom mirrors above the sink within the men’s bathroom had writings scratched into them. “Dina and Logan 4Ever” was scratched into the mirror. The women’s bathroom had similar damage. Several figure 8′s were scratched into the mirror as well as some profanity. The damage is estimated at $200.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 9:41 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota was on patrol when he stopped to speak to a male subject who was observed hitchhiking along Beach Boulevard. While speaking with the subject, it was determined that a $250 Ocean Township Municipal Court Warrant was active for the individual. Officer Andrew Slota placed Fred Beglinger of Forked River under arrest for the active warrant. Fred Beglinger was turned directly over to the custody of the Ocean Township Police Department.

  • Robbery (Arrests) – On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 10:30 p.m., the Lacey Township Police Department received a report of several young adults having assaulted a single individual behind the Spirits Unlimited Liquor Store in the Town Square Plaza at Lacey Road and Route 9 in Forked River. The caller reported that the victim was bleeding badly and needed medical attention. The assailants were reported to have fled the scene on foot. Upon arrival at the scene, officers quickly learned that the incident involved a robbery of an undetermined amount of cash from 24-year-old Joseph J. Caputo IV of Forked River. Joseph Caputo was transported to the Community Medical Center for treatment of the injuries suffered during the assault and reported robbery.

    Immediate investigation by Officers Andrew Slota, Dimitri Tsarnas, George Resetar, Michael Verwey, and Sergeant Ronald Buxton led to the identification of four suspects, including: 20-year-old Anthony O. Baisi of 1618 Ewart Rd in Forked River; 22-year-old Shawn C. Kaliske of 15 Hastings Road in Forked River; 21-year-old Jacob Barney of 1250 Spruce Street in Forked River; as well as a 17-year-old male from Forked River.

    In the hours that followed the robbery, officers located and arrested Anthony Baisi, Shawn Kaliske, and the male juvenile. The juvenile was transported to the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center in Toms River while Anthony Baisi and Shawn Kaliske were charged with 2nd degree robbery and transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility with bail set at $75,000 each.

    An arrest warrant was issued for 21-year-old Jacob Barney with bail set at $75,000 for 2nd degree robbery. Jacob Barney was located by Lacey Detective Samuel Della Sala at midday on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the Sea Pine Inn in Ocean Township (Waretown). Jacob Barney was arrested by Detective Della Sala with the assistance of the Ocean Township Police Department. Jacob Barney was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility.

  • Theft – On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 3:30 p.m., Officer John Simonson responded to the 800 block of Oxgoose Drive in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a reported theft. The victim reported that an unknown person or persons stole his 17 foot Sears aluminum canoe between January of this year and April 8, 2014. The value of the canoe is estimated at $1,200.

  • Improper Disposal (Formal Charge) – On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 2:04 p.m., Officer John Simonson responded to the Lacey Township Recycling yard in reference to the improper disposal of debris. A public works employee reported that someone dumped broken double hung window casings in the paint can recycling bin of the Lacey Township Recycling Yard. A review of the video surveillance provided Officer Simonson with the vehicle registration and a description of the suspect. The suspect was identified as 79-year-old Frank Gialanella of Sylvan Lake Boulevard in Bayville, NJ. Frank Gialanella was issued a complaint summons for Lacey Township Municipal Code 353-5 — Recycling yard limited to resident of Lacey Township.

  • Theft from a Residence – On Wednesday, April 09, 2014, at 7:32 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas responded to the 2200 block of West Lacey Road in reference to a theft. The resident reported that an unknown person or persons stole approximately $85 in loose change and a Samsung Tablet valued at $350 from the residence during the prior week. No signs of forced entry were located.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Wednesday, April 09, 2014, at 7:56 p.m., Officer George Resetar stopped two males in the parking lot of Walmart that fit the description of two shoplifting suspects who previously fled the CVS located at 700 Route 9 in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of two 16-year-old juvenile males for shoplifting. The juveniles were found in possession of a box of 16 Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold tablets and a box of CVS Tussin Cough Liquid Gels valued at $13.98 which were stolen from the CVS. Both juveniles were transported to Lacey Township police headquarters where they were turned over to their parents. Both juveniles were charged with shoplifting.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 2:20 a.m., Officer George Resetar observed a bicyclist traveling east in the westbound lane of Bay Way. The bicyclist was observed swaying back and forth between the fog line and center lines of the roadway. Officer Resetar stopped the bicyclist learned that an arrest warrant was active for the individual’s arrest. Officer Resetar placed 31-year-old Kalif Dollard of 59 Sherman Avenue in Newark, NJ, under arrest on an outstanding $8,136 Ocean County Sheriff’s Department non-support warrant. Kalif Dollard was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • Burglary & Theft (Residence) – On Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 5:32 p.m., Officer Michael Hein and Officer Noah Schaffer responded to the 1300 block of Clearview Street in reference to a burglary of a residence. The homeowner reported that when she returned home at approximately 5:30 p.m., she observed that several of her dresser drawers were open and appeared to have been searched through as well as several of her jewelry boxes. The victim reported that nine pieces of jewelry valued at $2,800 had been stolen. The detective bureau responded to the scene and is conducting the follow-up investigation. The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminalistics Unit responded also assisted at the scene.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, April 11, 2014, at 2:02 a.m., Officer Noah Schaffer was on patrol when he observed a car that had crashed into a utility pole near the intersection of Route 9 and First Street. Upon further investigation, the driver, 28-year-old Mark R. Spina of Forked River, was placed under arrest for DUI and transported to Lacey Township police headquarters. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Mark Spina was issued summonses for DUI, failure to submit breath samples, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and using a cell phone while operating a moving vehicle.

  • Burglary & Theft (Residence) – On Friday, April 11, 2014, at 12:54 p.m., Officer Keith Pearce responded to the 500 block of Holmes Avenue South in reference to a burglary of a vacant residence. The property manager reported that between December 5, 2013 and April 11, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered the house and stole a water pump, approximately 60 feet of copper baseboard heat pipe, and an air conditioner compressor unit. No signs of forced entry could be located. The theft and damage are estimated at a total of $4,500.

  • Dog Bite (Formal Charge) – On Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 6:14 p.m., Officer Julie Barcalow and Officer Darrell Nick responded to the Ocean County bicycle path (rail-trail) near Taylor Lane in reference to a subject being bitten by one of two loose dogs. The victim was identified as a 34-year-old woman from Barnegat, NJ. The victim sustained a bite to her shoulder area along as well as several scratches. As a result of the injuries, she was transported to the Community Medical Center for treatment. The owner of the dogs was identified as 36-year-old Beth Hupke of 1231 Taylor Lane in Forked River. The two dogs are described as black Labrador and Pit Bull mixes. Both dogs were properly licensed and were up to date on their vaccinations. Animal Control was notified and they responded to assist. Beth Hupke was issued a summons for allowing the dogs to run at large. Animal control is conducting a follow-up investigation as well.

  • Motor Vehicle Accident (Injuries) – On Sunday, April 12, 2014, at 4:17 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas and Officer Robert Duffy responded to mile marker 18 of Route 539 in reference to a one car motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival, officers observed a motor vehicle that had left the roadway and struck a tree. The two male occupants had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Forked River Fire Department and were flown to Jersey Shore Trauma Center. The driver of the vehicle 28-year-old Sujith Tanneru of 2111 Cypress Street in Alphratta, Georgia, suffered serious injuries and was listed in critical condition. The passenger, 26-year-old Deepak Gaade, suffered serious injuries and was listed in stable condition. Lacey Township Police Officers Robert Flynn and Michael Verwey along with other members of the Ocean County Fatal Accident Support Team responded to the scene and assisted with the accident investigation. The Ocean County Criminalistic Investigations Unit also responded. The incident is under investigation.

  • Hindering Apprehension (Arrest) – On Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 9:48 a.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban conducted a motor vehicle stop on Lake Barnegat Drive and Stueben Avenue for speeding. The driver informed Special Officer Urban that she did not have her license or any other identification on her, but she identified herself by a false name of a woman from Little Egg Harbor, NJ. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the driver was actually 30-year-old Amanda Cicerello of 1680 Joffre Road in Forked River. Amanda Cicerello was found to have a suspended driver’s license and was subsequently arrested for hindering her own apprehension by providing false information to a law enforcement officer. Amanda Cicerello was transported to Lacey Township police headquarters where she was processed and released on a criminal summons.

  • Driving while Suspended for DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 8:47 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 9 near Mario’s Restaurant for a cell phone violation. Upon further investigation it was determined that the driver, 53-year-old Kenneth Logan of Sheridan Street in Waretown, was driving while suspended. A check of the driver abstract indicated that Kenneth Logan was driving while suspended during the period of license suspension for a third Driving While Intoxicated violation. Kenneth Logan was arrested and transported to Lacey Township police headquarters where he was processed and released on a criminal summons. Kenneth Logan was charged with the 4th degree crime of operating a motor vehicle during a period of suspension for his third DUI. Kenneth Logan was also issued a summons for using a cell phone in a moving vehicle.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 3:56 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the area of Route 9 and Lacey Road in Forked River in reference to an erratic driver which was called in by a concerned citizen. Officer Sarno was able to locate the vehicle and conduct a motor vehicle stop in the parking lot of Sunrise Plaza. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 53-year-old Dwayne Creamer of Iger Way in Bayville, NJ, for DUI. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Dwayne Creamer was issued summonses for DUI, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, April 13, 2014, at 1:45 a.m., Special Officer Travis Horton conducted a motor vehicle stop in the parking lot of the 7-11 store at 524 Lacey Road in Forked River. Special Officer Horton arrested 30-year-old Robert Kologe of Wynnewood Road in Forked River for DUI. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Robert Kologe was transported to Lacey Township police headquarters where he refused to provide breath samples. Robert Kologe was issued summonses for DUI, refusal to submit breath samples, and reckless driving.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Thursday, April, 10, 2014, at 3:35 p.m., Officer Frederick Anderson stopped a motorist for speeding in a school zone and tailgating. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 25-year-old Corey Heulitt of Princeton Avenue in Bayville on an outstanding $289 Seaside Heights Municipal Court traffic warrant. Corey Heulitt was transported to Lacey Township police headquarters where he was processed and released after posting cash bail.


Robbery Arrests - Lacey Township Police Department - Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - Lacey Road & Route 9, Forked River, NJ

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Robbery (Arrests) – On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 10:30 p.m., the Lacey Township Police Department received a report of several young adults having assaulted a single individual behind the Spirits Unlimited Liquor Store in the Town Square Plaza at Lacey Road and Route 9 in Forked River. The caller reported that the victim was bleeding badly and needed medical attention. The assailants were reported to have fled the scene on foot. Upon arrival at the scene, officers quickly learned that the incident involved a robbery of an undetermined amount of cash from 24-year-old Joseph J. Caputo IV of Forked River. Joseph Caputo was transported to the Community Medical Center for treatment of the injuries suffered during the assault and reported robbery.

Immediate investigation by Officers Andrew Slota, Dimitri Tsarnas, George Resetar, Michael Verwey, and Sergeant Ronald Buxton led to the identification of four suspects, including:  20-year-old Anthony O. Baisi of 1618 Ewart Rd in Forked River; 22-year-old Shawn C. Kaliske of 15 Hastings Road in Forked River; 21-year-old Jacob Barney of 1250 Spruce Street in Forked River; as well as a 17-year-old male from Forked River.

In the hours that followed the robbery, officers located and arrested Anthony Baisi, Shawn Kaliske, and the male juvenile. The juvenile was transported to the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center in Toms River while Anthony Baisi and Shawn Kaliske were charged with 2nd degree robbery and transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility with bail set at $75,000 each.

An arrest warrant was issued for 21-year-old Jacob Barney with bail set at $75,000 for 2nd degree robbery.  Jacob Barney was located by Lacey Detective Samuel Della Sala at midday on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the Sea Pine Inn in Ocean Township (Waretown). Jacob Barney was arrested by Detective Della Sala with the assistance of the Ocean Township Police Department. Jacob Barney has been transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Detective Samuel Della Sala at 609.693.6636 x2582 or submit an anonymous “Crime Tip” through the police department website at www.LaceyPD.org/Crime-Tips/.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - April 1st thru April 6th, 2014

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  • Drug Possession (Arrest) - On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 9:48 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota conducted a motor vehicle stop of a vehicle at Manchester Avenue just south of Grove Street in Lanoka Harbor. Upon speaking with the driver, 19-year-old Kadija Diawara of Fellowship Court in Toms River, Officer Slota detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Kadija Diawara for possession of marijuana. Kadija Diawara was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed and released on a summons. She was charged with Possession of Marijuana. She also received motor vehicle summonses for Maintenance of Lamps and possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) - On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 11:51 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey and Officer George Resetar were assigned to a directed drug enforcement detail when they observed two males sitting in a vehicle on Devon Street in Forked River with the engine running and all of the vehicle’s lights off. Upon making an inquiry, the officers detected a strong odor of burnt Marijuana. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 19-year-old Trevor Matthews of Lakeside Drive North in Forked River, and the passenger, 18-year-old Julius Sciamanna 4th of Devon Street in Forked River. The suspects were found to be in possession of Marijuana as well as assorted fireworks. Both subjects were transported to Lacey Township police headquarters, where they were processed and released on summonses. Both suspects were charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Fireworks.

  • Fraud/Identity Theft – On April 2, 2014, a Capstan Drive resident responded to police headquarters in reference to a fraud/identity theft.  After completing his federal income taxes, he attempted to file them electronically.  This was met with an error message advising about this being a duplicate return being filed.  The IRS was contacted and he was advised that a return had already been filed in his name and that the return was flagged. The IRS is investigating the matter.

  • Fraud/Identity Theft – On April 2, 2014 a Dugout Drive resident responded to police headquarters reference a fraud/identity theft.  After meeting with their accountant and attempting to file the completed return they were advised that a tax return was already received and processed using their information.  IRS is investigating the matter.

  • Warrant (Arrest) - On Thursday, April 03, 2014, at 7:01 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas responded to the area of Moosehead Street and Bullard Avenue in Forked River in reference to a report of a suspicious male walking in the area. Upon arrival, Officer Tsarnas observed two subjects walking together. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 24-year-old Christopher Cox of Bullard Avenue in Forked River on an outstanding $21,260 Child Support Warrant out of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department. Christopher Cox was transported to the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.

  • Disorderly Conduct (Formal Charge) – On Thursday, April 03, 2014, at 5:14 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas responded to Wawa, 444 Route 9 South in Forked River, in reference to a female sleeping on the side of the building.  Upon arrival, Officer Tsarnas made contact with 47-year-old Evelyn Riccardi of Spinnaker Avenue in Manahawkin, who was lying on the sidewalk on the south side of the establishment. Evelyn Riccardi was awake but appeared to be highly intoxicated. As Officer Tsarnas attempted to obtain her information, she became belligerent and was causing a disturbance in the presence of numerous customers who were exiting/entering the Wawa. The Lacey Township First Aid Squad responded to the scene and transported her to CMC due to her high level of intoxication. Evelyn Riccardi was issued a Complaint Summons for Disorderly Conduct.

  • Burglary/Criminal Mischief – On Thursday, April 3, 2014, Officer Keith Pearce received a report of Criminal Mischief/Burglary to a commercial building from the property manager. The building, formally the Shark Fin Inn, 701 Route 9 South in Forked River had a broken window and it appeared that entry was gained into the interior of the building.  The individual reporting the entry was not able to provide an approximate timeframe of the suspected unlawful entry. The criminal mischief was valued at $100.

  • Theft – On Friday, April 04, 2014, at 6:07 p.m., a resident of Parkside Drive in Forked River reported that between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 29, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole a fishing pole and reel from his residence. The stolen property is described as a 7 ft. Bill Gail custom made 2-speed, blue, fishing pole (Model #JX) and an Avet fishing reel, color blue, with yellow fishing line. The fishing pole also has a distinct rubber handle with an outline of a gold colored fish. The value of the fishing pole is estimated at $1,000.

  • DUI (Arrest) - On Friday, April 04, 2014, at 1:41 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas stopped a vehicle in the parking lot of the Lacey Township Municipal Building after observing motor vehicle violations on Lacey Road. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Anita Roberts of Neptune Avenue in Beachwood, NJ, for DUI. The vehicle was impounded as per John’s Law. Anita Roberts was issued motor vehicle summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Maintenance of Lamps, and Failure to Maintain Lane.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 12:55 a.m., Officer Darrel Nick conducted a motor vehicle stop and arrested 36-year-old Todd Johns of Locust Avenue in Howell, NJ, on an outstanding $350 Toms River Township warrant.  Officer Darrel Nick had stopped the vehicle on Route 9 in front of the Oyster Creek Power Plant. Todd Johns was transported to Lacey police headquarters where he was processed and then turned over to Toms River Police Department.

  • Underage Possession of Alcohol (Formal Charge) – On Saturday, April 5, 2104, at 8:30 a.m., Officer Robert Flynn stopped a blue GMC truck for a motor vehicle violation at the intersection of Manchester Avenue and Lacey Road. Upon speaking with the driver, 20-year-old John P. Rutigliano of Riviera Drive in Forked River, Officer Flynn observed an open 12-pack of Bud Light beer within the vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to John Rutigliano being issued a Complaint Summons for Underage Possession of Alcoholic Beverage in a Motor Vehicle.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 10:41 a.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban and Officer Scott Keefe responded to a Clairmore Avenue residence in Lanoka Harbor in reference to an outstanding $400 Lacey Township Municipal Court warrant. The officers located the subject named on the warrant, 21-year-old Joseph Sinopoli, and placed him under arrest. Joseph Sinopoli was transported to Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • Theft – On Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 3:01 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn responded to Latitudes, 361 East Lacey Road in reference to a theft. The restaurant owner reported that an unknown person stole an Apple IPad from the hostess station of the restaurant between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The IPad is valued at $1,000.

  • Fires – On Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 4:53 p.m., the Lacey Township Police Department, Forked River Fire Department, and Forest Fire Service responded to the area behind Clune Park in reference to a fire. Upon arrival, officers observed that approximately 5-10 acres of woods was burning. The fire was quickly extinguished by the Forked River Fire Department and the Forest Fire Service, limiting the area that burned.  The fire never threatened any homes and was not a threat to Clune Park.  There was no indication that the fire was set intentionally.

  • DUI (Arrest) - On Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 10:40 p.m., Officer Charles May conducted a motor vehicle stop on Lacey Road near Newark Avenue in Forked River.  Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 51-year old Thang Nguyen of 105 E. Essex Avenue in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, for DUI. The vehicle was impounded as per John’s Law.  Thang Nguyen was transported to police headquarters, processed, and issued motor vehicle summons for DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain a Lane and Failure to Signal.


UPDATE: Robbery Arrest - Lacey Township Police Department - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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Robbery Arrest – At 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Detective Robert Surtees arrested 18-year-old Alex Marsh of Hollywood Drive in Forked River for the armed robbery committed on Monday, March 31, 2014, at the Country Farm store in the Eric Plaza on Lacey Road in Forked River. The arrest was made by Detective Surtees without resistance at the Marsh residence on Hollywood Drive in Forked River. Alex Marsh was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and charged with Robbery (1st degree), Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose (3rd degree), and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (4th degree). Bail was set by J.S.C. Francis Hodgson at $250,000 with no 10% option. Alex Marsh will be transferred to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail following further forensic processing.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - March 25th thru March 31, 2014

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March 25th, 2014 thru March 31st, 2014

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  • Robbery (Business)  – On Monday, March 31, 2014, at approximately 5:15 p.m., the Lacey Township Police Department responded to the Country Farms store, located at 336 Lacey Road in Forked River, for a report of a robbery. The investigation revealed that a male subject entered the store and confronted the employee with a knife and demanded money. The employee did not provide the money and the suspect soon fled on foot toward Briggs Avenue North in Forked River. The suspect is described as being a white male, in his late teens to early twenties, approximately 5 foot 8, with a stocky build and dark hair. There were no reported injuries. Both the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit and Criminalistics Investigation Unit responded to the scene to assist. As of the time of this release the investigation is on-going. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Robert Surtees of the Lacey Township Police Department at 609-693-6636 ext. 2572 or utilize the “Crime Tips” section of the police department website at www.LaceyPD.org/Crime-Tips to forward anonymous information.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Monday, March 31, 2014, at 4:42 p.m., Officer Michael Hein met with 28-year-old Jessica Perez of Tappan Street in Forked River in regard to a motor vehicle incident which occurred earlier. While Officer Hein was investigating the motor vehicle incident, Jessica Perez was found to have an outstanding warrant issued from the Aberdeen Township Municipal Court in the amount of $114. Jessica Perez was arrested on the warrant. She posted full bail and was released.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Monday, March 31, 2014, at 2:28 p.m., Officer John Simonson responded to the Walmart located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for a male, juvenile shoplifter in custody. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of a 16-year-old male juvenile from Forked River for shoplifting merchandise valued at $508.56. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. The juvenile male was charged on a juvenile complaint with shoplifting and released to the custody of his parent.

  • Criminal Mischief to a Vehicle – On Monday, March 31, 2014, at 12:48 p.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to the 1600 block of Beverly Road in Forked River for criminal mischief to a vehicle. The complainant reported that between 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, 2014 and 7:00 a.m. on March 31, 2014, an unknown person or persons spray-painted the word “Elite” on his vehicle in black spray-paint while it was parked in the driveway of his residence. The cost to remove the paint is estimated at $500.

  • Criminal Mischief to a Residence –  On Monday, March 31, 2014, at 11:09 a.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to the 1600 block of Joffre Road in Forked River for criminal mischief. The complainant reported that between 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, 2014, and 10:45 a.m. on March 31, 2014, an unknown person or persons spray-painted the words “Elite Squad HAA!!!” on the side of his garage in black spray-paint. The cost to remove the paint is estimated at $250.

  • Criminal Mischief to a Vehicle – On Monday, March 31, 2014, at 10:59 a.m., Officer John Simonson responded to Municipal Lane in Forked River for criminal mischief. The complainant reported that between Saturday, March 29, 2014, and Monday, March 31, 2014, an unknown person or persons dented the passenger side door of his 2000 International Truck while it was parked in the parking lot. The damage is estimated at $200.

  • DUI with Accident and Underage Consumption of Alcohol (Arrest) – On Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 2:27 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of Cedar Avenue and Lake Barnegat Drive North in Lanoka Harbor for a traffic accident with injuries. Upon arrival, officers determined it was a one vehicle accident involving four (4) occupants. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 21-year-old Darren J. MacGillivray Jr. of Forrest Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters, processed, and released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Stop. The vehicle’s passengers, identified as 20-year-old Thomas A. Prosser of Warren Avenue in Lanoka Harbor; 18-year-old Gregory J. Fenton of Dugout Drive in Lanoka Harbor; and 18-year-old Miranda L. Holsten of I street in Seaside Park, NJ, were all later charged on a Special Complaint and Summons with Underage Consumption of Alcohol. As a result of the crash, one of the passengers sustained minor injuries and was transported to Community Medical Center for treatment by Lanoka Harbor EMS. The vehicle Darren MacGillivray Jr. was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Fireworks (Formal Charge) – On Friday, March 28, 2014, at 9:33 p.m., Officer Charles May observed fireworks coming from the area of Weehawkin Avenue and Tappan Street in Forked River. Officer May investigated and determined that the fireworks were coming from a residence located on the 700 block of Tappan Street. Officer May met with the homeowner identified as 35-year-old Dean A. MacGillivray, Jr., who was ultimately charged on a Special Complaint and Summons with Possession of Fireworks.

  • Theft by Deception (Arrest) – On Friday, March 28, 2014, at 9:24 p.m., Officer Adam Ewart responded to the Walmart, located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. An investigation revealed that earlier in the day 29-year-old Sara M. Stephens of Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor entered the store and removed merchandise and placed it into her shopping cart. Sara Stephens then went to the Customer Service Counter and returned the same merchandise valued at $65. Sara Stephens received a store gift card for the return and left the store. Officer Ewart completed his investigation and responded to the residence of Sara Stephens. Sara Stephens was arrested for theft and transported to police headquarters. She was processed and released after receiving a criminal summons for Theft by Deception.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, March 28, 2014, at 3:28 p.m., Officer Daniel Ricciardella responded to 629 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for a traffic accident. Investigation at the scene revealed that one of the drivers, identified as 32-year-old Brittany Bryant of Beverly Beach Road in Brick, NJ, had an outstanding warrant from the Brick Township Municipal Court in the amount of $500. Brittany Bryant was arrested on the warrant and transported to police headquarters. She was processed and released after posting bail.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, March 28, 2014, at 9:06 a.m., Officer Scott Keefe conducted a traffic stop on Devon Street near Newark Avenue in Forked River. Officer Anthony Sarno responded to assist. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 38-year-old Michael C. Micliz of Spruce Street in Forked River on an outstanding warrant issued by the Toms River Township Municipal Court in the amount of $240. In addition, the passenger, identified as 24-year-old Janelle Whitfield of Tolerance Court in Toms River, NJ, was arrested on an outstanding warrant issued from the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department in the amount of $50,000 with no 10 percent option. They were both transported to police headquarters. Michael Micliz was processed and released after posting bail. Janelle Whitfield was later turned over to the custody of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 5:08 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue responded to the 1200 block of Lakeside Drive South in Forked River for a burglary. The complainant reported that between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on March 27, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered her residence and stole jewelry valued at $200 along with a 32 inch LG flat screen television valued at $500. There were no signs of forced entry and the incident is under investigation.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 2:38 p.m., Lieutenant Christopher Kenny, Sergeant Paul Sullivan Jr., and Officer Robert Flynn responded to Auto-Zone, located at 319 Route 9 North in Forked River for a male shoplifter who fled from the store in a vehicle after pushing an employee. A description of the accused along with a description of the vehicle and registration were provided. The vehicle’s registration identified a residence located on the 1300 block of Wickford Lane in Lanoka Harbor. Lt. Kenny and Sgt. Sullivan responded to Auto-Zone while Officer Flynn responded to the residence and located the vehicle. Officer Flynn met with the accused, identified as 35-year-old David Krempa of Wickford Lane in Lanoka Harbor. He was arrested, processed, charged with shoplifting, and released. The incident is under continuing investigation and additional criminal charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 11:01 p.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 South near Station Drive in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 20-year-old Nikki L. Buck of Coral Lane in Manahawkin, NJ, for DUI. Nikki Buck was transported to police headquarters, processed, and released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Failure to Exhibit a Valid Insurance Card. The vehicle Nikki Buck was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Criminal Mischief (Boat) – On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 6:20 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy responded to the Lanoka Harbor Marina located at 888 Bay Way in Lanoka Harbor for damage to a boat. The complainant reported that within the prior two week period, an unknown person or persons damaged a window screen and custom blinds on the boat while it was dry-docked at the marina. The complainant reported that there did not appear to be anything missing from the boat. Approximately $300 in damage was caused to a window screen and custom-made blinds. The incident is under investigation.

  • Theft from a Boat – On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 9:20 a.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to the Lanoka Harbor Marina, located at 888 Bay Way in Lanoka Harbor, for a theft. The complainant reported that he received information that on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at approximately 7 p.m., two subjects, possibly juveniles, were observed on his boat that was dry-docked at the marina. The complainant reported that he responded to the marina to check his boat and discovered that four (4) “Ugly Stick” fishing poles valued at $150 each, along with a pair of Binoculars valued at $100 were stolen from the boat. The total theft is estimated at $700. The incident is under investigation.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at approximately 4:15 p.m., Officer Frederick Anderson conducted a traffic stop on Alpine Street near Newark Avenue in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the passenger, 25-year-old John R. Knoeller Jr., on an outstanding warrant issued from the Toms River Township Municipal Court in the amount of $145. John Knoeller Jr., was transported to police headquarters, processed, and released after posting bail.

  • Fraud – On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 1:37 p.m., Officer Frederick Anderson responded to Midnite Towing (Lacey Amoco), 341 Route 9 North in Forked River for a fraud report. The owner reported that prior to contacting this agency, an unknown male contacted the Midnite Towing phone line and identified himself as Tom Jenkins from JCP&L. The male subject advised that Midnite Towing was in default of $489.62 for payment owed for two months of electric service and if it was not paid immediately the service would be turned off. The caller advised the owner to go and get a Green Money-pack in the amount of $400 for immediate payment and provided a phone number to be contacted in order to pay the bill. A claim number was also provided. The owner looked into the incident and learned that his account was in good standing and the incident was a scam. Detective Robert Surtees is conducting the investigation.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 12:22 p.m., Officer John Simonson responded to the Walmart, located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a female shoplifter in custody. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 28-year-old Jennine P. Lizer of Predmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for shoplifting merchandise in the amount of $50.14. The shoplifting incident occurred on March 21, 2014. The accused was an employee of Walmart and was confronted by Loss Prevention on March 25, 2014. Jennine Lizer was transported to police headquarters, processed, and released after receiving a criminal summons for shoplifting.


Robbery Suspect - Lacey Township Police Department - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Robbery – The Lacey Township Police Department is investigating a report of a robbery at the Country Farms store in the Eric Plaza (Lacey Road) which occurred on Monday, March 31, 2014, at approximately 5:15 p.m. The suspect reportedly produced a knife and demanded money. The suspect fled the store on foot after being denied the money. The photo depicts an image of the suspect while fleeing the store. If anyone has information regarding the identity of this individual, please utilize the “Crime Tips” feature on the police department website at www.LaceyPD.org/Crime-Tips to submit anonymous information or contact Detective Robert Surtees at 609.693.6636 x2572.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Blotter - March 18th thru March 24th, 2014

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March 18th, 2014 thru March 24th, 2014

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  • Theft from a Motor Vehicle – On Monday, March 24, 2014, at 9:59 p.m., Officers Dimitri Tsarnas and Michael Verwey responded to the 1200 block of Ocean Street in Forked River for a theft from a parked car. The victim reported that she was contacted by her neighbor who observed a male subject go in her vehicle and remove property. The unknown male reportedly ran away with the property. The victim stated that after she was notified, she checked the vehicle and observed that several pieces of property were missing. The property consisted of but was not limited to a pink duffle bag, a digital camera, eyeglasses, and books with a total value of $310. The vehicle was left unlocked and was parked in the driveway of the residence at the time of the theft. The description of the suspect was provided as a male, approximately 6 feet tall with shoulder length dark hair wearing dark clothing.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Monday, March 24, 2014, at 11:47 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop on Clearwater Drive near Biscayne Drive in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 30-year-old Heather M. Schmidt of Wyatt Court in Forked River for DUI. She was transported to police headquarters and processed. Due to her high level of intoxication, Heather Schmidt was transported to Community Medical Center for treatment. She received traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, as well as Operating an Unregistered Vehicle. In addition, Heather Schmidt received a criminal summons for Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Minor Passenger While DUI. The New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency was contacted due to the presence of an infant child in the vehicle.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Sunday, March 23, 2014, at 10:23 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota conducted a traffic stop on Deerhead Lake Drive near Elwood Street in Forked River. The driver, 26-year-old Joshua S. Preston of W. Princeton Avenue in Brick, NJ, was arrested on an outstanding warrant. The warrant was issued from the Point Pleasant Borough Municipal Court in the amount of $250. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Joshua Preston was ultimately lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of the $250 bail.

  • Drug Possession (Arrests) – On Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 6:45 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe and Special Officer Travis Horton responded to the 400 block of Cedar Drive in Lanoka Harbor for a report of CDS activity inside a parked motor vehicle. Upon arrival, the vehicle was located and found to contain three occupants. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of both 20-year-old Eric Moore of Lake Barnegat Drive in Forked River and 18-year-old Katherine Fagan of Cedar Drive in Lanoka Harbor for Possession of CDS (Heroin), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Hypodermic Needle. In addition, 18-year-old Frank J. Losardo of Cedar Drive in Lanoka Harbor was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Hypodermic Needle. They were transported to police headquarters, processed, charged, and released.

  • Trespassing and Drug Possession (Arrests) – On Sunday, March 23, 2014, at 5:36 p.m., Officers Noah Schaffer and Michael Verwey were dispatched to the 800 block of Devon Street in Forked River for a possible burglary in progress. Officer Evan Androcy responded to assist. The caller reported seeing two unknown male subjects enter the rear of the residence. Upon arrival, two male juveniles were quickly located inside a shed in the back yard. The two males, identified as a 14-year-old juvenile male from Bayville, NJ, and a 13-year-old juvenile male from Forked River, were found to be smoking Marijuana inside the shed. The two juvenile males were arrested and transported to police headquarters. Each juvenile was processed and charged on juvenile complaints with delinquency related to Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Trespassing.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 12:54 a.m., Special Officer Travis Horton conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Earie Road and Whitcomb Road in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 39-year-old Justin Johnsen of Kenney Street in Forked River for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Justin Johnsen was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Signal. The vehicle Justin Johnsen was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s law.

  • Underage Consumption of Alcohol (Formal Charges) – On Friday, March 21, 2014, at 10:35 p.m., Officers Scott Keefe, Charles May, and Peter Donahue responded to the 500 block of Tappan Street in Forked River for a suspicious incident. The caller reported observing a juvenile female being carried into the residence by four people and was concerned for her safety. Investigation at the scene determined that the 15-year-old juvenile female was intoxicated as a result of consuming alcoholic beverages at another residence located on the 1200 block of Taylor Lane in Forked River. The 15-year-old female juvenile was transported to Community Medical Center for treatment of alcohol poisoning. She was later charged on a juvenile complaint for underage consumption of alcohol in a private residence. The incident is under investigation and further charges are pending.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) - On Friday, March 21, 2014, at 3:40 p.m., Officers Anthony Sarno and Jeffrey Slota responded to Auto-Zone, 319 Route 9 North in Forked River, for a male shoplifter who left the store. A description was provided and the male was located in the area. The shoplifter was identified as 32-year-old Robert Beard of Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River. He was arrested for shoplifting merchandise valued at $69.93 and transported to police headquarters. Robert Beard was processed and released after receiving a criminal summons for shoplifting.

  • Burglary and Theft (Residential Shed) – On Friday, March 21, 2014, at 2:26 p.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to the 1500 block of Bee Way in Forked River for a theft report. The complainant reported that between March 17, 2014, and March 20, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered his shed and stole a green 6 inch double wheel grinder valued at $50.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 9:44 p.m., Officer Adam Ewart conducted a traffic stop in the TD Bank parking lot located on the corner of Beach Boulevard and Route 9 South in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, John F. Rae of Puffin Court in Forked River, for DUI. John F. Rae was transported to police headquarters, processed, charged, and released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Speeding, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Improper Passing. The vehicle John Rae was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 9:12 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue and Special Officer Travis Horton observed an improperly parked vehicle containing two occupants on Dover Road near Good Luck Road in Forked River (Bamber Lake). Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of two occupants, 18-year-old Danica M. Heck of Poe Avenue in Forked River and a 17-year-old juvenile male from Toms River for Possession of Marijuana. They were transported to police headquarters and processed. Danica Heck was charged with Possession of Marijuana and released on a criminal summons. The juvenile was charged on a juvenile complaint with Possession of Marijuana and released to his parent.

  • Underage Consumption of Alcohol (Formal Charge) – On Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 6:31 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno was dispatched to Laurel Boulevard near Basin Road in Lanoka Harbor for a female stumbling in the roadway. Upon arrival the female was located. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the female, identified as 20-year-old Sara M. McCanna of Beverly Road in Forked River, for Underage Consumption of Alcohol. Sara McCanna was issued a Special Form of Complaint and Summons for the violation and released.

  • Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Mischief (Business) – On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 10:58 a.m., Officer Keith Pearce responded to Ocean Trophies located at 825 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. The complainant reported that near the end of January 2014 an unknown person or persons cut and stole approximately 50 feet of copper pipe from the basement. In addition, the MUA water meter was stolen. The total theft is valued at approximately $50 and the damage is estimated at $500. Detective Lieutenant Christopher Cornelius responded to process the scene and is continuing the investigation.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - March 11th thru 17th, 2014

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March 11th, 2014 thru March 17th, 2014

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  • DUI (Arrest) – On Monday, March 17, 2014, at 11:53 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey conducted a traffic stop on Vaughn Avenue near Baldwin Street in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 24-year-old James N. Sheppard of Baldwin Street in Forked River for DUI. James Sheppard was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Speeding, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • DUI with Accident (Arrest) On Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 5:31 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas was dispatched to the Captain’s Inn, 304 E. Lacey Road in Forked River, for a hit and run traffic accident involving two parked vehicles that were struck. A description of the vehicle fleeing the scene was provided. The suspect vehicle and driver were located a short time later. The investigation led to the arrest of 53-year-old William D. Kurtz of Hemlock Drive in Forked River for DUI. William Kurtz was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Failing to Report an Accident.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 1:24 p.m., Officer Michael Eden conducted a traffic stop on Swains Bog Road in the Bamber Lake section of Lacey Township. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 20-year-old Erik C. Moore of Lake Barnegat Drive South in Forked River for possession of Marijuana. Erik Moore was transported to police headquarters and processed, charged, and released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana. In addition, he received traffic summonses for Driving While Suspended and for Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle.

  • Trespassing (Formal Charge) – On Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 1:29 a.m., Officer Evan Androcy stopped 19-year-old John P. Rutigliano of Riviera Drive in Forked River for trespassing in Lacey Materials at 5001 W. Lacey Road in Forked River. John Rutigliano was issued a summons for trespassing and released at the scene pending a court appearance.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 12:32 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop on Parker Avenue near Lakeside Drive South in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 41-year-old Kenneth L. Wimbush of Foxhollow Drive in Lanoka Harbor for DUI. Kenneth Wimbush was transported to police headquarters, processed, then released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle Kenneth Wimbush was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Trespassing and Littering (Formal Charges) – On Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 11:49 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy was patrolling Caruso Lane at the end of Swains Bog Road in the Bamber Lake section of Lacey Township when he observed two suspicious vehicles. Special Officer Travis Horton responded to assist. The officers conducted an investigation at the scene, and as a result, 20-year-old Ashley N. Jaspan of Mesa Verde Lane in Howell, NJ, was issued a summons for Trespassing, and 23-year-old Matthew Patetta of Mesa Verde Lane in Howell, NJ, was issued a summons for Trespassing as well as Littering. Matthew Patetta also received a traffic summons for Driving While Suspended. In addition, 22-year-old Niko Carrano of Pt. Monmouth Road in Keansburg, NJ, and 22-year-old Mitchell R. Braikovich, Jr. of Avenue A in Bayonne, NJ, were also each issued a summons for Trespassing.

  • Drug Possession (Arrests) – On Friday, March 14, 2014, at 11:57 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of E. Hickory Drive and DeGuise Street in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 19-year-old Abdelkari K. Kandil of Boox Street in Lanoka Harbor, and the passenger, 18-year-old James E. Whitley of Horner Lane in Forked River, for Possession of Marijuana. They were transported to police headquarters and processed. Abdelkari Kandil was released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was also issued traffic summonses for Operating an Unregistered Vehicle and for Possessing CDS in a Motor Vehicle. James Whitley was released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

  • Theft – On Friday, March 14, 2014, at 6:44 p.m., Officer Adam Ewart responded to the 1200 block of Cypress Place in Forked River for a theft report. The complainant stated that between 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, and 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole six (6) decorative solar lights from the front yard. The theft is estimated at $100.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 9:56 p.m., Officers Peter Donahue and Adam Ewart responded to the 1500 block of Sommerell Avenue in Forked River for a suspicious vehicle. Lieutenant Christopher Cornelius also responded. Upon arrival, the vehicle was located. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 18-year-old Tyler E. Gorda of Deerhead Lake Drive in Forked River for Possession of Marijuana. A 16-year-old, juvenile, male, passenger from Forked River was taken into custody as well. They were transported to police headquarters and processed. Tyler Gorda was released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana.

  • Theft – On Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 9:52 p.m., Officer Julie Barcalow responded to the 1200 block of Taylor Lane in Forked River for a theft. The complainant reported that between the evening hours of March 12, 2014, and the morning hours of March 13, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole six (6) solar lights from her front yard. The total theft is estimated at $52.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 4:25 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of the McDonald’s Restaurant at 404 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 38-year-old Holly Dingus of Weehawkin Avenue in Forked River, on two (2) outstanding warrants. Warrant number one (1) was issued by the Lacey Township Municipal Court in the amount of $500 and warrant number two (2) was issued by the Lakewood Township Municipal Court and was in the amount of $750. Holly Dingus was transported to police headquarters and processed. Holly Dingus was released after posting full bail on both warrants. She was issued a traffic summons for driving while suspended.

  • Theft – On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 9:56 a.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the 1200 block of Edgemere Avenue in Forked River for a theft report. The complainant stated that between 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014, and 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, an unknown person or persons removed the medium size “Haier” window air conditioner unit from the window located on the north side of the kitchen. The theft is estimated at $150.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 7:58 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue conducted a traffic stop on Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 30-year-old Kevin J. Kennedy of Compass Road in Forked River, for Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Kevin Kennedy was released after receiving a criminal summons for the above violations.

  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 8:46 a.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the 1700 block of Longwood Drive in Forked River for criminal mischief. The complainant stated that between 5:30 p.m. on March 10, 2014, and 8:30 a.m. on March 11, 2014, an unknown person or persons keyed the driver’s side of their vehicle that was parked in the driveway. The damage is estimated at $3,000.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - March 5th thru March 10th, 2014

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March 5th, 2014 thru March 10th, 2014

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  • Warrant and Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Sunday, March 9, 2014, at 8:09 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of Walmart, 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, NJ. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 36-year-old Scott M. Rosanio of Spray Avenue in Beachwood, NJ, on an outstanding Ocean Township (Waretown) traffic warrant in the amount of $250. Upon arrest, Scott Rosanio was found to be in possession of Cocaine. Scott Rosanio was transported to police headquarters, processed, charged, and released after posting full bail on the Ocean Township warrant. He was charged with Possession of CDS (Cocaine) and released pending a court date. Scott Rosanio received traffic summonses for Driving while Suspended, CDS in a Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Exhibit Proof of Valid Insurance.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Sunday, March 9, 2014, at 11:13 a.m, Officer Michael Hein conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 South near Oak Street in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 36-year-old Jill A. Valentino of Beach Boulevard in Forked River for an outstanding Toms River Township warrant in the amount of $350. Jill Valentino was transported to police headquarters and processed. She was released after posting full bail.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, March 9, 2014, at 1:41 a.m., Officer Michael Verwey conducted a traffic stop on Nantucket Road near Palm Beach Drive in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 46-year-old Patricia Burlew of North Shore Drive in Forked River for DUI. Patricia Burlew was transported to police headquarters and processes. Patricia Burlew was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and for Operating an Unregistered Vehicle. The vehicle Patricia Burlew was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • DUI and Warrant (Arrest) – On Sunday, March 9, 2014, at 12:56 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of Lacey McDonald’s at 404 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 55-year-old Jeffrey Benner of Bowsprit Point in Lanoka Harbor for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Jeffrey Benner was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, Driving While Suspended, and Failure to Exhibit Documents. During the course of the investigation, a Tinton Falls warrant in the amount of $186.00 was located for Jeffrey Benner. Jeffrey Benner posted full bail on the warrant. The vehicle Jeffrey Benner was driving was impounded pursuant to John’ s Law.

  • Theft from a Vehicle – At 7:12 p.m. on Monday, March 10, 2014, Officer Schaffer received a report from a Forked River resident who reported that someone removed his handicapped placard from inside his unlocked vehicle while it was parked in front of the Walmart entrance in a handicapped parking space. The theft took place while the complainant was inside the store shopping between 6:00 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. on Monday March 10, 2014. Officer Schaffer is furthering the investigation with Walmart security to check the video to attempt to identify a possible suspect. Nothing else was reportedly removed from the vehicle.

  • Criminal Mischief and Trespassing (Township Property) – On Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 9:56 a.m., Officer Keith Pearce responded to Clune Park, 740 Sandyhook Drive, Forked River, for criminal mischief. The complainant stated that within the past month, an unknown person or persons damaged the Lacey Little League Field D Tower door and door jam. The damage is estimated at $500. The tower appears to have been entered. At the time of the report, nothing appeared to be stolen from inside.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 1:42 a.m., Officers Robert Duffy and George Resetar responded to a wooded area off of Route 539 near mile marker 17 in Forked River for an assault victim. The investigation revealed that the assault occurred in Barnegat Township. Barnegat Township Police responded to handle the assault. At approximately 2:46 a.m., while returning to the area of mile marker 17, Officer Duffy was speaking with the operator of a motor vehicle, identified as 19-year-old Frank Salintino of Broad Street in Florence, NJ. Investigation at the scene led to his arrest for Underage DUI and Underage Possession of Alcohol. Frank Salintino was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was released after receiving traffic summonses for Underage DUI, Reckless Driving, Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Wear Seatbelt. He was also issued a Special Form of Complaint and Summons for Underage Possession of Alcohol. The vehicle Frank Salintino was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 2:20 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas responded to the Forked River House parking lot located at 121 Route 9 South in Forked River for two males fighting in the parking lot. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of one of the participants, identified as 32-year-old Christopher Peters of Buena Vista Road in Forked River, on an outstanding warrant. The warrant was out of the Lacey Township Municipal Court in the amount of $250. Christopher Peters was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was released after posting full bail.

  • Theft (Residence) – On Friday, March 8, 2014, at 3:17 p.m., Officer Frederick Anderson responded to the 1400 block of Circle Drive in Forked River for a theft report. The victim stated that on Thursday, March 6, 2014, she observed the air conditioner condenser was stolen from the west side of the residence. The house was a rental and the time of theft is unknown. The theft is valued at $1,000.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 11:07 a.m., Special Officer Kenneth Martin was patrolling the Wawa located at 800 Lacey Road in Forked River when he observed a parking violation. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 35-year-old Jessica Quagliozzi of Clubhouse Drive in Forked River on two outstanding warrants. The first warrant was issued out of Lacey Township in the amount of $350 and the second warrant was issued out of Lacey Township and was in the amount of $133. Jessica Quagliozzi was released after posting full bail on both warrants.

  • Theft from a Motor Vehicle – On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 4:34 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue responded to the 1200 block of Cypress Place in Forked River for a theft report. The complainant reported that between the overnight hours of March 4th into March 5th, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered her unlocked vehicle that was parked in her driveway and stole property. The property consisted of medical supplies including a stethoscope, a blood pressure cuff, and bandages, with a total value of $100.

  • Theft from a Motor Vehicle – On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 1:42 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the 1300 block of Cypress Street in Forked River for a theft report. The complainant reported that between 11:30 a.m. on March 4, 2014, and 1:30 p.m. on March 5, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered his unlocked vehicle that was parked in his driveway and stole loose change with a total value of $24.

  • Theft from a Motor Vehicle – On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 12:43 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the 1200 block of Ocean Street in Forked River for a theft report. The complainant reported that between 5:30 p.m. on March 4, 2014, and 7:45 a.m. on March 5, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered his unlocked vehicle that was parked in the driveway and stole loose change valued at $20.

  • Theft from a Motor Vehicle – On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 11:29 a.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the 1200 block of Spruce Street in Forked River for a theft report. The complainant reported that between the overnight hours of March 4th, 2014 into March 5, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered her unlocked vehicle. Although the interior of the vehicle was gone through by the suspect(s) the complainant was unsure if anything was stolen.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Feb. 25, 2014 thru March 3, 2014

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February 25th, 2014 thru March 3rd, 2014

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  • Drug Possession & Distribution (Arrests) – Lacey detectives arrested two Lacey Township residents during a drug investigation on Friday, February 28, 2014. The investigation led to the traffic stop of a vehicle suspected of being used by a subject suspected of being involved in heroin possession and distribution. Investigation at the scene led to the discovery of 45 bags containing heroin. The driver of the vehicle, 21-year-old Alexandria Walker of 619 Oakwood Drive in Forked River, and the sole passenger, 18-year-old Melody Smyers of 380 Constitution Drive were both arrested. Melody Smyers was charged with Possession of Heroin and Possession with the Intent to Distribute CDS while Alexandria Walker was charged with Possession of Heroin.

  • Drug Possession & Warrant (Arrest) – On Monday, March 3, 2014, at 1:24 a.m., Officer Michael Verwey stopped a vehicle in the Parking Lot of 7-11 located at 524 Lacey Road in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 18-year-old Drew Warthen of 2336 Odyssey Way in Toms River on a $275 Bloomfield Township Municipal Court Traffic warrant. Following the arrest on the warrant, Officer Verwey found Drew Warthen in possession of Marijuana. Drew Warthen was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with possession of Marijuana. Drew Warthen posted bail on the outstanding warrant and was released on a summons awaiting a court date.

  • Mutual Consent Fighting (Formal Charges) – On Saturday, March 2, 2014, at 12:05 p.m., Officer John Simonson responded to 1736 Lakeside Drive South in Forked River in reference to theft. Upon arrival, 48-year-old Leah Kern of 1332 Norwood Street in Forked River reported that she came to the Lakeside Drive South residence to confront the resident, 31-year-old Maureen Bart regarding the theft of a puppy. The two apparently engaged in a verbal confrontation which escalated into a physical confrontation. Both parties had signs of injury from the altercation which occurred prior to police arrival. Both parties were issued complaint summonses for mutual consenting fighting. The matter regarding the claim that a puppy was unlawfully taken is still under investigation.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 11:37 a.m., Officer Keith Pearce was assisting Officer Simonson on a dispute call at 1736 Lakeside Drive South in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Maureen Bart on an active $405 Manchester Township Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear on a speeding summons. Maureen Bart was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed and released on her own recognizance as per the Manchester Township Municipal Court Clerk.

  • Trespass & Criminal Mischief – On Saturday, March 2, 2014, at 12:50 p.m., Lt. Michael DiBella responded to 240 Spruce Lane in reference to a trespassing incident. Debra Schaefer reported that between January 28, 2014 and March 2, 2014, someone forced open the fence gate on her property and made their way to a secured shed in the back yard. The lock to the shed was reportedly removed and the shed was entered. It is unknown if anything was removed from the shed. Damage to the gate and lock is estimated at $100.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, March 02, 2014, at 1;40 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas and Officer Michael Verwey were on directed drug enforcement patrol when they observed a tan Chevy Cavalier traveling north on Route 9 from Forked River into Lanoka Harbor.  The driver of the vehicle failed to maintain its lane and the vehicle was stopped in the 7-11 parking lot located at 403 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 23-year-old Nicholas Kuzman of Forked River for DUI. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Nicholas Kuzman was transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where he was processed and then released after being issued summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Provisional Driver’s License Violation.

  • Theft from a Boat – On Saturday, March 1, 2014, 5:17 p.m., a boat owner responded to Lacey Township Police Headquarters to report a theft from his boat. The boat owner reported that an unknown person or persons entered his 1987, 37 foot, Silverton boat while it was dry docked at the Lanoka Harbor Marina located on Bay Way in Lanoka Harbor. The rear hatch was forced open causing damage to the lock. Binoculars valued at $300 were reported stolen while the damage to the hatch is estimated at $500.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 11:09 p.m., Officer George Resetar arrested 19-year-old Monica Bednarowicz of Avalon Avenue in Barnegat on an outstanding active $164 Toms River Township Municipal Court traffic warrant. The arrest was made during a motor vehicle stop.

  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) -On Friday, February 28, 2014, at 12:57 p.m., Officer Frederick Anderson responded to Bay Avenue in Forked River in reference to criminal mischief to an automobile. The vehicle owner reported that between 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2014, and 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014, an unknown person or persons poured sugar in her gas tank and cut the brake lines of her 2004, Hyundai Sonata. Damage is estimated at $1,000.

  • Theft & Possession of CDS (Arrests) - On Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 9:52 a.m., Officer Frederick Anderson responded to headquarters for a theft report. A resident of 332 Briggs Avenue in Forked River reported that during the morning hours of February 27, 2014, her stepson, 18-year-old Michael Guarini of 332 Briggs Avenue in Forked River, stole her debit card from her purse and illegally withdrew $200 from her account. At approximately 3:00 p.m., Officer Anderson observed a blue Jeep stop in front of 332 Briggs Avenue and observed Michael Guarini get out of the vehicle. Officer Anderson detected the odor of Marijuana while speaking with the occupants of the vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the discovery of Marijuana and drug paraphernalia. 18-year-old Michael Guarini of 332 Briggs Avenue, 18-year-old Jacob Smith of 112 East Lacey Road, and a 17-year-old juvenile male were arrested for possession of Marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Michael Guarini was charged with Burglary, Credit Card Theft, Theft of Movable Property, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bail was set for Michael Guarini at $7,500 with no ten percent option. He was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail. The juvenile driver was charged on a juvenile complaint with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The juvenile driver also received traffic summonses for Provisional Driver’s License violation and for having CDS in a Motor Vehicle. Jacob Smith was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released on a summons awaiting a court date.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) -On Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 2:50 p.m., Officer Michael Eden responded to the Walmart for an adult female shoplifter. The loss prevention officer reported that 27-year-old Alexis M. Azaceta of 103 Grand Street in Bayville concealed merchandise in her purse and at the bottom of her shopping cart in an attempt to leave the store without paying for the items. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Alexis Azaceta for shoplifting merchandise valued at $235. Alexis Azaceta was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed and released on a summons.

  • Drug Possession and Warrant (Arrest) -On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 6:04 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue observed a male riding his bicycle across Lacey Road near the intersection of Parker Avenue in Forked River. The bicycle had no reflectors and was difficult to see creating a dangerous condition, so Officer Donahue stopped the bicyclist on Parker Avenue. Investigation led to the arrest of 38-year-old Thomas M. Britton of Ocean Gate on an outstanding $31,475 Ocean County warrant. A search incident to the warrant arrest uncovered a hypodermic syringe that was used to inject heroin. Thomas Britton was charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of CDS (heroin). Thomas Britton was unable to post bail and was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility.

  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Tuesday, February 25, 2013, at 11:58 a.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban was working as the court security officer in the Lacey Township Municipal Court, when he was approached by a Lanoka Harbor resident who reported that while she was in court, an unknown person “keyed” the driver side door of her vehicle while it was parked in the Lacey Township Municipal Complex parking lot. The damage is estimated at $1,000.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 9:28 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue was on a directed drug enforcement assignment on Constitution Drive in Forked River in reference to citizen complaints of drug activity in the area. While monitoring activity in the area, Officer Donahue observed a red Jeep Cherokee pass through the stop sign located at the intersection of Independence Drive and Constitution Drive without stopping. The vehicle then stopped at a Constitution Drive residence briefly. Officer Donahue stopped the vehicle and investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 57-year-old Salvatore Abruzzo of 513 Ocean Gate Avenue in Ocean Gate for possession of CDS. Salvatore Abruzzo was found to have Marijuana in his possession as well as another prescription pill bottle containing different types of pills. Salvatore Abruzzo was arrested and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with possession of CDS (prescription pills) and possession of Marijuana.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Sunday, February 23rd, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue and Officer Scott Keefe responded to the area of Conifer Drive and Greenwood Lane in Forked River in reference to a person using Heroin inside a parked motor vehicle. The caller provided the vehicle registration and vehicle description. The vehicle was described as a black, 2009, Hyundai Santa Fe. As the officers were responding to the area, the caller reported that the vehicle had left the area. The responding officers observed the vehicle at the intersection of Sunrise Boulevard and Route 9 in Forked River. The officers conducted a motor vehicle stop at the intersection. Upon approaching the side window of the vehicle and speaking with the driver, 26-year-old Justin L. Lilore of 7 Ermine Court in Whiting, Officer Donahue observed a hypodermic syringe and wax folds in the center console cup holder. Two of the wax folds were empty and two contained Heroin. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Justin Lilore. Justin Lilore was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed, charged, and transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $10,000 bail after being charged with Possession of Heroin and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe.


UPDATE (Burglary Arrest) - Pan Asia Restaurant, Lakeside Plaza in Forked River - Friday, February 28, 2014

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UPDATE: Burglary (Arrest) – On the morning of February 18, 2014, officers responded to the Pan Asia Restaurant at the Lakeside Plaza, 416 South Main Street in Forked River for a report of an attempted burglary. Upon opening his business, the owner of the Pan Asia Restaurant discovered extensive damage to the rear door of the business and to the interior of an attached mechanical room. It appeared that the damage occurred during the overnight hours. The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of 51-year-old John Santo of 41 Frederick Drive in Bayville, NJ. John Santo was charged with Burglary as well as $1,800 worth of Criminal Mischief.  John Santo was released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance.


UPDATE (False Report) - Neighborhood Crime Alert - Hollywood Boulevard, Forked River - Friday, February 28, 2014

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UPDATE (False Burglary Report) – On February 14, 2014, officers responded to a Hollywood Boulevard residence in Forked River in reference to a report of a residential burglary. A 17-year-old resident reportedly arrived home during the evening and reported that he observed an unknown male suspect running from the residence. Upon the arrival of the officers, they discovered a large flat screen television missing and a smaller television, originally in a bedroom, placed in the hallway. The juvenile provided a description of the suspect and a “get-away” vehicle. During the investigation, detectives located the stolen television at a second-hand merchandise dealer. The television had been sold on the same day as the burglary but prior to the reported time of the entry. Further investigation revealed that the matter was a false report.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Feb. 18th thru Feb. 23rd, 2014

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February 18th, 2014 thru February 23rd, 2014

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  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 12:09 a.m., Officer Robert Duffy and Officer Andrew Slota were assigned to a special drug enforcement detail when they encountered a vehicle at the Cedar Creek Railroad Trestle. The vehicle was occupied by three juvenile females and three adult males. Upon speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, the officers detected the odor of Marijuana and observed Marijuana in plain view on the center console of the vehicle. After further investigation, 20-year-old Justian Morales of 503 Knollwood Court in Lanoka Harbor was arrested. Justian Morales was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and charged with possession of Marijuana, and released on a summons pending a court date. The juveniles were released to their parents at the scene.

  • Theft from a Vehicle – On Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 9:25 a.m., Officer Tsarnas responded to the 1600 block of Lakeside Drive South in Forked River in reference to a theft. The caller reported that an unknown person or persons entered her 2004, Ford Escort and stole a cell phone and wristlet containing $65 in cash, a N.J. driver’s license, and a TD Bank card. She reported that on February 23, 2014, she parked the vehicle at approximately 9:10 p.m. and when she returned to her vehicle approximately 15 minutes later she noticed that the two items were stolen. The vehicle was unlocked and the items that were stolen were on the passenger side seat. The total value of the theft is estimated at $342.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Friday, February 21, 2014, at 11:40 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas and Officer Michael Verwey were assigned to a directed drug enforcement patrol when they observed a drug transaction between the occupants of two vehicles on Maple Road near Laurel Boulevard. Officer Tsarnas and Officer Verwey followed one of the vehicles into the parking lot of Wawa, located at 701 Route 9 in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 25-year-old Melinda Goetchius of 46 Staysail Court in Bayville, NJ, for possession of CDS (Crack Cocaine). Melinda Goetchius was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released on Criminal Summons pending a future court date. Melinda Goetchius was charged with possession of CDS (Crack Cocaine), possession of Marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Melinda Goetchius was also issued a summons for possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Friday, February 21, 2014, at 11:46 a.m., Officer Michael Eden responded to the 300 block of Nautilus Boulevard in reference to someone aggressively banging on the door of a residence. The suspect left prior to the arrival of officers, but the caller provided the name of the suspect and the description of the vehicle he was driving. The caller informed officers that the suspect was on his way to 7-11, 403 Route 9 in Lanoka Harbor, to conduct a drug transaction. The suspect vehicle was stopped by officers on Route 9 near Liberty Way in Lanoka Harbor. The driver was identified as 57-year-old Salvatore Abruzzo Jr. of 513 Ocean Gate Avenue in Ocean Gate, NJ. Investigation at the scene led to the discovery of Marijuana. Salvatore Abruzzo, Jr. was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Police Headquarters. Salvatore Abruzzo, Jr. was charged with possession of Marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. Salvatore Abruzzo Jr. was processed and released on a summons pending a court date.

  • Theft – On Thursday, February 20, 2014, at 5:50 p.m., Officer Tsarnas responded to the 200 block of Boox Street in reference to a theft. The caller reported that during the overnight hours an unknown person or persons stole over $1,000 worth of copper piping from the rear yard of his residence.

  • Criminal Mischief – On Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 9:05 a.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to the 1400 block of Jay Street in Forked River in reference to criminal mischief. The caller reported that during the overnight hours, an unknown person or persons keyed three of his vehicles which were parked in the driveway of the residence. The damage consisted of vulgar writing, symbols, and numerous deep scratches. The vehicles that were damaged included a 2007 Chevy Cobalt, a 2009 Volkswagen Bug, and a 2007 Honda Accord. The total damage is estimated at $2,000.

  • Dog Bite (Municipal Ordinance) – On Thursday, February 20, 2014, at 3:38 p.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to 4 Hollywood Boulevard South in Forked River in reference to an ambulance call. Andrea M. Costantini reported that she was walking on the Taylor Lane portion of the Ocean County walking/bicycle path with her 2-year-old son, when she was attacked by two dogs, described as black Labrador Retrievers. During the incident, Andrea Constantini was bitten on her wrist. The dogs were retrieved a short time later by a juvenile who brought the dogs to a residence which backs up to the walking/bicycle path. Andrea Constantini refused medical treatment. Investigation led to the identification of the owner of the dogs, 49-year-old David J. Hupke of Taylor Lane in Forked River. David Hupke was issued a township ordinance violation for unlicensed dogs. Animal control and the Ocean County Health Department were notified and are further investigating the matter.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 11:30 a.m., 25-year-old Jessica Bates of 609 Beach Boulevard in Forked River posted bail at police headquarters on a $1,028 Wall Township failure-to-appear warrant for possession of CDS. Jessica Bates posted full cash bail and is awaiting a new court date.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Thursday, February 20, 2014, at 8:55 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy stopped a vehicle near the intersection of Route 9 and Haines Street in Lanoka Harbor for a traffic violation. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the passenger, 25-year-old John R. Knoeller Jr. of 17 Cedar Drive in Lanoka Harbor on two outstanding traffic warrants – a $350 South Toms River Municipal Court warrant and a $500 Clark Township warrant. John Knoeller Jr. was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and then transported to Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • Attempted Burglary & Criminal Mischief (Business) – On Tuesday, February 18, 2014, Officer Robert Flynn responded to Pan Asia Restaurant located at 416 Route 9 South in Forked River in reference to an attempted burglary. The owner reported that an unknown person or persons attempted to enter the business between 11:00 p.m. on Monday, February 17, 2014 and 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. The owner reported that when he opened up the business he observed that the rear door locks had been damaged. Officer Flynn observed that the door knob and deadbolt to the door had been damaged and removed. A 5-gallon bucket filled with tools and a large pipe wrench were found lying on the ground near the door. Access to the business had not been gained. Access was also attempted through an unlocked utility room door. Nothing was reported stolen or missing.


Neighborhood Crime Alert - Taylor Lane and Route 9 South, Forked River - Drug Distribution

01 - Neighborhood Crime AlertDrug Distribution and Possession (Arrests) – On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at 10:39 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey and Officer Noah Schaffer were assigned to a directed surveillance assignment in the parking lot of the Wawa located at 444 Route 9 South in Forked River. The officers were observing the area for possible drug activity when they observed a female walking across the rear parking lot of Wawa toward the wood line near the area of the Ocean County walking path. The female appeared to be looking for someone in the wooded area. Officers observed a male emerge from the wood line onto the walking path. The female and the male met face-to-face and made a hand-to-hand transaction. Immediately at the conclusion of the transaction the two separated and walked in opposite directions. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 48-year-old Henry A. Racaniello IV of 212 Cedar Lake Point in Forked River for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance and 47-year-old Kim Nulle of 1013 Mizzen Avenue in Beachwood for possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Officers recovered a clear plastic Ziploc bag from Henry Racaniello containing a large quantity of small blue opioid prescription pain pills, specifically sixty-two (62) Oxycodone pills, as well as other pills including Alprazolam. The small blue pills are commonly referred to as “Blues” or “Roxies” on the street. Kim Nulle was found to be in possession of twenty (20) round blue Oxycodone pills. Both suspects were transported to Lacey Township Police headquarters where they were processed and charged. Bail for Henry Racaniello was set at $25,000 with no 10% option, and bail for Kim Nulle was set at $10,000 with no 10% option. Kim Nulle was charged with Possession of CDS and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, while Henry Racaniello was charged with Distribution of CDS and Possession of CDS. Both subjects were transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail. Officers learned that Kim Nulle had a 13-year-old juvenile in the vehicle use to drive to the location, so the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (aka – DYFS) was notified regarding the incident.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Feb. 11th, 2014 thru Feb. 15th, 2014

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February 11th, 2014 thru February 15th, 2014

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  • DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, February 15, 2014, at 3:10 a.m., Officer Michael Verwey stopped a vehicle for careless driving on Newark Avenue near Lacey Road. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 23-year-old Douglas J. Warren of 2147 Llewellyn Parkway in Forked River, for DUI. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Douglas Warren was transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where he was processed and released to a family member after being issued summonses for DUI, Refusal to Submit Breath Samples, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, and Failure to Exhibit Insurance Documents.

  • Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Friday, February 14, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to 236 Hemlock Lane in Forked River in reference to criminal mischief. The residents reported that on Thursday, February 13, 2014, at approximately 11:30 p.m., they heard multiple bangs on the rear of their house while they were watching television. On Friday, February 14, 2014, they discovered three small holes in a living room window located at the rear of the house. The damage is believed to have been caused by BB’s from a BB gun. The damage is estimated at $500.

  • Burglary & Theft (Residence) – On Friday, February 14, 2014, at 9:05 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to the 2000 block of Hollywood Drive in Forked River in reference to a burglary. The resident reported that her 17-year-old son came home around 8:30 p.m., and as he went down stairs, he heard someone leave through the front door of the residence. The 17-year-old reported that he observed the subject enter the front passenger seat of a small Teal Green pick-up truck, possibly a Ford Ranger with “cheap silver hubcaps.” The vehicle and suspect reportedly fled the area before he could get the registration number. The 17-year-old reported that he only left his residence for approximately a half hour before he returned to discover the person inside. The following items were reported to have been stolen: a black 42 inch Dynex flat screen television valued at $700 and a prescription pill bottle containing approximately six 30mg pills of Adderall. Detectives responded and processed the scene. There was no sign of forced entry to the home.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, February 14, 2014, at 2:01 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas and Officer Michael Verwey conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 9 near the Lacey Business Park in Forked River for failure to maintain a lane. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 32-year-old Jason P. Zelko of 127 Village Drive in Barnegat, NJ, for DUI. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Jason Zelko was transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where he was processed, charged, and released to a family member. The passenger, 28 year-old, Jenna M Humphries of 310 Taylor Street in Little Egg Harbor, NJ, was determined to be the owner of the vehicle and was charged with allowing a person to operate her vehicle while impaired. Jason Zelko was issued summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain a Lane.

  • Theft & Credit Card Fraud – On February 14, 2014, at 3:58 p.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to a Williams Avenue residence in Forked River in reference to a theft. The caller reported that her PNC debit card was stolen between February 12, 2014 and February 14, 2104. The caller also reported that the card was fraudulently used eight times between February 13, 2014 and February 14, 2014. The total amount of the withdrawals and charges was $1,418.14. The account was immediately canceled immediately upon learning of the fraudulent transactions.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, February 14, 2014, Officer Keith Pearce arrested 42-year-old Dewann Mcallister of 807 Orlando Drive in Forked River, NJ, on an outstanding $2,500 Lacey Township Municipal Court warrant. Dewann Mcallister was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and was then transported to the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Thursday, February 13, 2014, at 9:29 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy observed a vehicle swerving as it was traveling north on Route 9. Officer Androcy stopped the vehicle on Route 9 near the intersection of Warren Avenue in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the discovery of a small plastic baggie containing both Oxycodone pills and Alprazolam pills. The driver, 24-year-old Anthony P. Cipolletti of 47 Harborage Avenue in Bayville, NJ, and the passenger, 18-year-old Evan R. Smith of 26 Galleon Court in Bayville, NJ, were placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters. Both subjects were charged with the 3rd degree offense of Possession of CDS. Both were released on a summons pending a court date.

  • Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle – On Thursday, February 13, 2014, at 9:01 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota responded to the Wawa located at 444 Route 9 South in Forked River for a report of people consuming alcohol in a vehicle. Investigation at the scene indicated that 21-year-old Jacob Barney of 1250 Spruce Street in Forked River was consuming Vodka in a vehicle. Jacob Barney was issued a summons for Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle and Open Container in Motor Vehicle.

  • Theft – On Thursday, February 13, 2104, at 9:10 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota responded to the 900 block of Sinclair Avenue in reference to a theft. The resident reported that over the past three weeks several items had been stolen from the rear yard of the residence. The items reported stolen include a Toro lawn mower ($300), Echo Weed whacker/trimmer ($150), an air conditioning condenser ($2,000), various scrap copper piping and baseboard ($500), scrap copper wire ($200), and miscellaneous scrap AC compressors, copper and brass fittings ($50). The total value of the stolen property is estimated at $3,200.

  • Drug Possession & Warrant (Arrest) – On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at 1:37 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas observed a vehicle drive into the Lacey Industrial Park. Due to the unusually late hour, Officer Tsarnas deemed the action to be suspicious, so he entered the Business Park in an attempt to locate the vehicle. The vehicle was located near a closed business. Officer Tsarnas and Officer Verwey checked the business and discovered that it was unsecured. The officers entered the business and encountered two male subjects and a female inside the closed business. The male subjects indicated that they were employees of the business and had permission to be there at the late hour. While speaking with the subjects, officers observed drug paraphernalia on a table in the immediate area of the subjects. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the paraphernalia contained Marijuana. After further inquiry, Christopher M. Lovenberg of 89 Whitlock Road in Jackson, NJ, was also determined to have an outstanding warrant from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department for $2,500 for possession of CDS as well as an outstanding traffic warrant from Brick Township Municipal Court. Christopher Lovenberg was placed under arrest and found to be in possession of Suboxone, a prescription medication. Christopher Lovenberg was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged on a warrant with 3rd degree possession of CDS (Suboxone) with bail set at $2,500. Christopher Lovenberg was also charged on a summons with possession of CDS (Marijuana) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Christopher Lovenberg was unable to post bail on the multiple warrants and was subsequently transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility.

  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Arrest) – On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at approximately 5:55 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey and Officer John Simonson responded to the Wawa located at 701 Route 9 North Lanoka Harbor in reference to a call of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot. The caller reported that there were two subjects sitting in a blue Chevrolet Cobalt packaging drugs. Officers approached the vehicle and spoke with the driver, 23-year-old Ian Brown of 411 Shipwrighter Lane in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, and the passenger, 24-year-old Candace DePedro of 202 Kingswood Lane in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. While speaking with the subjects, Officer John Simonson observed a straws and a large quantity empty of wax folds commonly used in the packaging of heroin. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Ian Brown and Candace DePedro for possession of drug paraphernalia. Both subjects were transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where they were processed and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Both subjects were released on summonses awaiting a court date.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Tuesday, February 11, 2104, at 10:28 p.m., Officer George Resetar and Officer Andrew Slota, observed a vehicle parked on Weehawkin Avenue near the intersection of Tappan Street in Forked River. The vehicle had its headlights on and two occupants inside. The officers approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, 19-year-old Nicholas E. Semanchik of 508 Holmes Avenue North in Forked River. As Nicholas Semanchik opened his door, Officer Slota immediately detected an odor of Marijuana. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Nicholas Semanchik and the passenger, 21-year-old John P. Regan, Jr. of 750 Tappan Street in Forked River for possession of Marijuana. Paraphernalia was also located following the arrest. Both subjects were transported to Lacey Township Police headquarters where they were processed and released on a summons awaiting a court date. Nicholas E. Semanchik was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. John P. Regan Jr. was charged with Possession of Marijuana.

  • Attempted Burglary (Residence) – On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 11:15 a.m., Officer John Simonson responded to a residence on the 900 block of Capstan Drive in Forked River in reference to an attempted burglary. The homeowner reported that upon checking his residence, he noticed that all three sliding doors were damaged by what appeared to be someone attempting to pry them open. The rear garage door and window, as well as a kitchen window, appeared to be have been tampered with and damaged. The damage appears to have been done by a pry tool. The damage is believed to have happened within the past two months. The total damage is estimated at $7,950. Detective Samuel Della Sala responded to the scene to continue the investigation.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Feb. 4th, 2014 thru Feb. 10, 2014

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February 4th, 2014 thru February 10th, 2014

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  • Warrant and Vehicle Theft (Arrest) – On Monday, February 10, 2014, at 11:00 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe observed a suspicious male near the TJ Maxx Store located at 348 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 51-year-old Joseph Maracco of Yorktown Drive in Forked River on an outstanding Atlantic City Municipal Court warrant for $500. Further investigation led to additional criminal charges against Joseph Maracco for stealing a 2003 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup from Blood Marine Services, 621 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor that was reported to this agency on February 3, 2014. Bail was set at $10,000 for the vehicle theft. Joseph Maracco was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Monday, February 10, 2014, at 4:51 p.m., Officer Julie Barcalow responded to a two-car motor vehicle accident that occurred on Manchester Avenue in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of one of the drivers, identified as 52-year-old John P. Zahn, IV, of Martin Drive in Whiting, NJ, on an outstanding Manchester Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $250. John Zahn was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released after he posted full bail.

  • False Reports to Law Enforcement (Formal Charge) – On Sunday, February 9, 2014, at 12:02 a.m., Officers Peter Donahue and Julie Barcalow responded to the 100 block of Lawrence Drive in Lanoka Harbor for a reported subject inside the residence whom was out of control. Upon arrival, officers determined that everything was fine at the residence and the call was false. The incident resulted 35-year-old Michael S. Chabot of 109 Lawrence Drive in Lanoka Harbor with Filing a False Police Report.

  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Sunday, February 09, 2014, at 4:38 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to the 900 block of Capstan Drive in Forked River in reference to a burglary. The complainant reported that between September 2013 and February 2014, an unknown person or persons forced entry into his summer home and stole a 40-inch Insignia television valued at $500. The rear door of the residence was forced open and was damaged as a result. The damage is estimated at $200.

  • Criminal Mischief and Trespassing – On Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 12:51 p.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to the 1700 block of Lakeside Drive South in Forked River in reference to criminal mischief. A real estate agent reported that within the past two months, an unknown person or persons threw a brick through a window in the rear of the residence causing under $500 in damage. The home has been vacant since 2011 and someone is believed to have been squatting there.

  • Underage Consumption of Alcohol (Formal Charges) – On Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 10:53 p.m., Officers Julie Barcalow and Peter Donahue responded to the Lanoka Harbor Post Office, located at 402 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for an intoxicated juvenile female. Upon arrival, officers located an intoxicated 15-year-old female from Forked River. The juvenile female was transported to police headquarters where she was released to her mother. A juvenile complaint was prepared for the Underage Consumption of Alcohol.

  • Warrant and Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 12:18 a.m., Officer Darrell Nick conducted a traffic stop on West Lacey Road near the intersection of Aspen Road in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 21-year-old Sean Cox of Bullard Avenue in Forked River, on an outstanding Hamilton Township Municipal Court traffic warrant. Sean Cox was also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), possession of a hypodermic syringe, and possession of drug paraphernalia.. Sean Cox was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $15,000 bail for the drug related charges.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, February 7, 2014, at 5:48 p.m., Officer Julie Barcalow responded to the main gate of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, 800 Route 9 South in Forked River, in reference to a suspicious vehicle. The security officers reported that a white van had pulled into the security checkpoint. The security officers approached the van and the driver told them that he had made a wrong turn into the facility. The security officers reported that the driver, 52-year-old Robert J. Verpent of Buccaneer Lane in Manahawkin, and an adult passenger of Spring Street in Red Bank, appeared to be intoxicated. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Robert J. Verpent for driving while intoxicated. Robert Verpent was transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where he was processed for DUI. He was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle, and failure to produce insurance documents. The vehicle Robert Verpent was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Theft (residence) – On Friday, February 7, 2014, at 10:58 a.m., Officer Ricciardella responded to the 500 block of Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a theft. The caller (neighbor) reported that someone had stolen the air conditioning unit from the vacant residence. The property is owned by a bank and the property manager did not want to report the theft. No time frame was provided and no suspects could be identified.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, February 7, 2014, at 10:31 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 North near Game Farm Road in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 21-year-old Quincy Zabroski of Richmond Drive in Forked River, on an outstanding Atlantic City Municipal Court traffic warrant in the amount of $550. Quincy Zabroski was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he posted bail and was released.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Thursday, February 06, 2014, at 5:19 p.m., Officers Michael Verwey and Dimitri Tsarnas responded to the 1500 block of Claire Road in Forked River to serve a warrant. While at the residence, officers arrested 22-year-old Paul Illingworth, Jr. of Claire Road in Forked River on an outstanding Lacey Township Municipal Court failure-to-appear warrant for $250. Paul Illingworth was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

  • Shoplifting – On Thursday, February 6, 2014, at 1:27 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to Verizon Wireless, 118 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for a theft report. The complainant reported that on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at approximately 10:45 a.m., a male and female entered the store together. The female engaged a store employee in conversation while the male subject walked around the store. After a short period, the male and female left together and entered what appeared to be a silver, Toyota SUV. The employees reviewed the store video surveillance and determined that the male subject shoplifted two Life Proof IPhone 5s cases valued at $79.99 each for a total of $159.98. The male is described as being 6’0” tall, in his early 20’s, with a scruffy beard. The female is described as being in her 20’s, approximately 5’6” tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. The male and female have not been identified.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 9:45 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey, while traveling north on Deerhead Lake Drive, observed a pedestrian make a transaction with someone in a blue, older-model Ford F-150 standard cab pick-up truck. The pedestrian quickly walked away heading east on Lakeside Drive South. Believing that he had just witnessed a CDS transaction, Officer Verwey approached the pedestrian on Lakeside Drive South at Edgewood Road. Officer Dimitri Tsarnas arrived and assisted Officer Verwey. The adult male subject, identified as 42-year-old Joseph D. Negra of Joffrey Road in Forked River, was found to have an outstanding warrant out of the Toms River Municipal Court in the amount of $500. During the arrest at the scene on the outstanding warrant, Joseph Negra was caught trying to discard five (5) bags of heroin. Joseph D. Negra was charged with Possession of Heroin and lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $10,000 bail. The investigation is continuing into the identity of the occupants of the suspect vehicle involved in the drug transaction.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Wednesday, February 5, 2104 at 11:53 a.m., Officer Michael Hein conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 South in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 19-year-old Tyshon Jackson of Alden Drive in Toms River on an outstanding Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Warrant for CDS. The outstanding bail on the warrant was $10,000. Tyshon Jackson was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed. He was then transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 11:12 a.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to the 1200 block of Lakeside Drive South in Forked River in reference to a theft. The management company reported that numerous items were stolen from a bank-owned property. No signs of forced entry could be located. The items stolen included a stove, dishwasher, bathroom vanity, and kitchen cabinets. The time frame is unknown and the management company indicated that the property may have been removed by the prior tenants. The total amount of theft is estimated at $2,000.

  • Fraud – On Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 9:47 a.m., Officer John Simonson responded to the Lacey Township Board of Education, 200 Western Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor, for a fraud report. The Business Administrator reported that an unknown person or persons identified themselves as a representative of the Lacey Township Board of Education and ordered 22 Dell laptop computers on January 16, 2014. The computers were to be delivered to location outside of Lacey Township. Detective Lieutenant Christopher Cornelius is investigating the matter.


Neighborhood Crime Alert (Questionable Smart/Ipod Apps) - Monday, February 10, 2014 - Lacey Township

01 - Neighborhood Crime Alert

Questionable Smartphone/Ipod Apps – The Lacey Township Police Department recently received information concerning Smartphone/Ipod Applications (APP’s) that may be inappropriate for children. The APP’s appear to be marketed to children/young users and contain an allegedly interactive, animated animal on the main screen. However, users have reported that the “interactive cartoon animal” has been prompting young children for personal information and has been responding verbally to users with inappropriate and offensive comments. These APP’s may also have the ability to engage the devices wireless capabilities including the camera feature to obtain involuntary photographs of users. All of this may be occurring without the knowledge of the user(s).

The Lacey Township Police Department is continuing to investigate this matter. Parents are urged to exercise extreme caution in allowing young children to access APP’s, websites, chat rooms, or other forums while unsupervised. Even applications that appear to be harmless or intended for children have the potential for misuse; therefore, the use of cell phone applications by children should be thoroughly explored and supervised by parents. Parents should also remain vigilant in discussing with their children the importance of not sharing personal information, names, photos, etc., via the Internet or other wireless devices.

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Computer Crimes Unit, has been notified of the concern.


Neighborhood Crime Alert (Drug Transaction - Arrest) - Deerhead Lake Drive & Lakeside Drive South, Forked River - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

01 - Neighborhood Crime Alert

Drug Transaction – Heroin Arrest – On Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 9:45 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey, while traveling north on Deerhead Lake Drive, observed a pedestrian make a transaction with someone in a blue, older model Ford F-150 standard cab pick-up truck. The pedestrian quickly walked away heading east on Lakeside Drive South. Believing that he had just witnesses a CDS transaction, Officer Verwey approached the pedestrian on Lakeside Drive South at Edgewood Road. Officer Tsarnas arrived and assisted Officer Verwey. The adult male subject, identified as 42-year-old Joseph D. Negra of 1651 Joffrey Road in Forked River, was found to have an outstanding $500 warrant out of the Toms River Municipal Court. During the arrest at the scene on the outstanding warrant, Joseph Negra was caught trying to discard 5 bags of heroin.

Joseph D. Negra was charged with Possession of Heroin and lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $10,000 bail.

The investigation is continuing into the identity of the occupants of the suspect vehicle involved in the drug transaction. Anyone with information regarding the suspect vehicle and its possible involvement in the distribution of Heroin is asked to call Officer Michael Verwey at 609.693.6636 x2598 or submit an anonymous crime tip through the police department website at www.laceypd.org/crime-tips/.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Jan. 28th thru Feb. 3rd, 2014

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January 28th,  2014 thru February 3rd,2014

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  • Warrant & Possession of Heroin (Arrest) – On Monday, February 4, 2014, at 4:50 p.m., Officers Michael Verwey and Dimitri Tsarnas responded to 2006 Brookdale Drive in the Pheasant Run section of Forked River in an attempt to serve an arrest warrant. Upon arrival, officers located 27-year-old Dillon J. Dittenhofer who was subsequently arrested on an outstanding $1,000 failure-to-appear warrant out of the Lacey Township Municipal Court. In addition, he was found to be in possession of 35 bags of Heroin. Dillon Dittenhofer was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Clonazepam, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bail was set at $35,000 with no 10 percent option. Dillon J. Dittenhofer was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • Possession of Stolen Property (Arrests) – On Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 12:31 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota was patrolling the parking lot of Rella’s Restaurant, 443 Route 9 South, in Forked River, when he noticed that an unknown person or persons damaged and stole parts from several air conditioning units from the building. Officer Jeffrey Slota initiated an investigation. On Monday, February 3, 2014, at approximately 10:02 a.m., this agency was contacted by a caretaker from Rella’s Restaurant who was reporting three suspicious males that were in the rear parking lot of Rella’s Restaurant retrieving items from the woods and placing them into the rear of a pickup truck. The caller stated that the vehicle left the parking lot, and the caller proceeded to follow the suspect vehicle. Officers located the vehicle in the parking lot of Caffrey’s Restaurant. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of three males identified as 19-year-old Casey Sinopoli of Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor; 19-year-old Eric Anderson of Dolphin Court in Forked River; and 20-year-old Nicholas B. Cicerello of Deguise Street in Lanoka Harbor. Each was charged with Possession of Stolen Property; specifically, air compressor coils and copper piping valued at approximately $1,800. Nicholas Cicerello and Eric Anderson were processed and served with a criminal summons pending a court date. Casey Sinopoli was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility with bail set at $10,000. The vehicle they were operating was impounded for possible forfeiture proceedings.

  • Shoplifting (Arrests) – On Sunday, February 2, 2014, at 2:52 p.m., loss prevention personnel of the Walmart, 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, reported the theft of two Vizio 32” LED televisions that occurred earlier in the day. Officer Peter Donahue conducted an investigation which led to the arrest of 34-year-old Charles C. English of Mallard Road in Bayville, NJ, and 38-year-old Kevin T. Reilly of Sica Road in Toms River, NJ, for the shoplifting incident. Charles English was arrested at his home by Officer Donahue with the assistance of Berkeley Township police officers. He was transported to the Lacey Township Police Headquarters, processed, and released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Stolen Property and Fencing. Kevin Reilly was arrested on two outstanding warrants in Toms River by the Toms River Police Department. Officer Donahue responded to Toms River Police Headquarters and took custody of Kevin Reilly. He was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with Shoplifting and Fencing. Bail was set at $10,000 with no ten percent option. He was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • Fraud – On Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 11:07 a.m., a resident of Sunrise Boulevard in Forked River reported that on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, he received a phone call at his home from a man claiming he was from a Microsoft Security Agency. The caller advised the resident that his computer had a virus. He was further advised that if he paid a $375 fee, the supposed Microsoft agent could remotely fix his computer. The victim provided his credit card number and social security number. On January 30, 2014, an unknown person had $1,024 transferred from the victim’s bank account to Western Union without the victim’s consent. It was determined that the Microsoft incident was a scam.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, January 31, 2014, at 11:46 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue conducted a traffic stop on Lake Barnegat Drive North and Easy Street in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 53-year-old Timothy Mason of Serpentine Drive in Forked River for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Timothy Mason was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, DUI Refusal, Reckless Driving, Speeding, and Failure to Maintain Lane. His passenger, the registered owner of the vehicle, identified as 57-year-old Suyuan C. Mason, was issued a traffic summons for allowing the driver to operate her vehicle DUI. The vehicle Timothy Mason was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Theft – On Friday, January 31, 2014, at 8:30 p.m., Officer Darrell Nick responded to the 800 block of Rogers Street in Lanoka Harbor for a theft report. The complainant stated that between 10:00 p.m. on January 30, 2014, and 8:00 a.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole a furnace valued at $200 that was on the side of the residence. The victim reported that she first became aware of the theft when a neighbor found the furnace on the neighbor’s property. The complainant has since recovered her furnace.

  • Theft and Criminal Mischief (Business) – On Friday, January 31, 2014, at 4:35 p.m., Officer Darrell Nick responded to 510 Route 9 South in Forked River for a theft. The complainant reported that during the last two weeks an unknown person or persons entered a commercial building located at 510 Route 9 S in Forked River and stole items including but not limited to several hundred feet of copper wire and multiple hard drives. The exact total for the theft and damage is unknown at this time. Detective Alan Abrecht is conducting the follow-up investigation.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Friday, January 31, 2014, at 10:57 a.m., Officers Dan Ricciardella and Jeff Slota responded to the 100 block of Seabright Road in Forked River for a resident reportedly under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS). Upon arrival, officers spoke with 30-year-old Dorian Knorr. Investigation at the scene led to his arrest for Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Dorian Knorr was transported to police headquarters, processed, and released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

  • Shoplifting and Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, January 31, 2014, at 11:32 a.m., Officer Robert Flynn responded to Kohl’s, 344 Route 9 North in Forked River, for a male shoplifter. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 30-year-old Edward Bizzaro who resides at the Lacey Inn, Forked River, for shoplifting merchandise valued at $59.99. He was also found to have an outstanding arrest warrant from Lacey Township in the amount of $500. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Edward Bizzaro was charged with Shoplifting with bail set at $500. He was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility with a total bail of $1,000 which included the outstanding warrant and the warrant issued on the shoplifting offense.

  • Theft and Criminal Mischief – On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at 7:28 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to the 700 block of Spruce Road in Lanoka Harbor for criminal mischief. The complainant reported that between 12:00 a.m. on Monday, January 27, 2014, and 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole a battery valued at $100 from his RV that was parked in the driveway. During the theft, the battery cables were cut causing $100 in damage.

  • Traffic Accident with DUI (Arrest) – On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at 6:32 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey responded to Route 9 South near the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station for a motor vehicle accident. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 21-year-old Joshua Allota of 5th Street in Waretown, NJ, for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters, processed, and released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, and Open Container in a Motor Vehicle. The vehicle Joshua Allota was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at 6:32 p.m., Officers John Simonson and Keith Pearce responded to Kohl’s, 304 Route 9 North in Forked River for two female shoplifters. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 18-year-old Bianca Soliz and 21-year-old Kirsten G. Golda, both of Beach Boulevard in Forked River, for shoplifting merchandise valued at approximately $85. They were both transported to police headquarters, processed, and released after they each received a criminal summons for Shoplifting.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Jan. 21st thru Jan. 27th, 2014

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January 21st, 2014 thru January 27th, 2014

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  • Multiple Incidents of Shoplifting (Warrant Arrest) – On January 23, 2014, at 5:04 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to Kohl’s, 304 Route 9 North, in Forked River, for a shoplifting incident and learned of an unrelated, ongoing shoplifting scheme. Officer Keefe received information regarding multiple incidents involving an adult male, later identified as 29-year-old Adam Tanner of Pointe Circle in Jackson, NJ. Adam Tanner had reportedly returned clothing to the Lacey Kohl’s store without a receipt on three separate occasions, including January 20th, 21st and 23rd, 2014. During each visit to the store and after returning the clothing, Adam Tanner was reportedly observed shoplifting various electronic devices including Sol Republic headphones, N-Ergy Ear-buds and N-Tune Headphones, totaling approximately $669. An arrest warrant for shoplifting was issued for Adam Tanner. Bail was set at $10,000. On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at 9:33 a.m., Officers Anderson and Simonson responded to Kohl’s for a report of a shoplifting incident involving a male subject later identified as Adam Tanner. Kohl’s reported that the male subject fled the store on foot and ran into the woods toward Shop Rite after concealing headphones on his person and attempting to leave the store with them. When confronted, he reportedly dropped the headphones and fled. Kohl’s provided a description for the subject along with his name. Adam Tanner was later located near Route 9 and Sunrise Boulevard in Forked River. He was arrested for shoplifting merchandise from Kohl’s valued at $149.99, along with the outstanding $10,000 warrant. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Adam Tanner was charged on a warrant with shoplifting. His bail was set at $5,000. He was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional facility in default of $15,000 bail.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Monday, January 27, 2014, at 9:44 p.m., Officers Robert Duffy and Evan Androcy observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the dark at the Trestle located near Cedar Avenue in Lanoka Harbor. The officers located two people in the vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the passenger, 18-year-old Frank J. Losardo of Cedar Drive in Lanoka Harbor, for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Frank Losardo was released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

  • Theft (Business) and Criminal Mischief – On Saturday, January 25, 2014, at 4:58 p.m., Officer Darrell Nick responded to “The Furniture Source,” 512 Route 9 South in Forked River, for a theft. The owner reported that between 4:30 p.m. on January 22, 2014, and 9:00 a.m. on January 25, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole the coils from the four outside air conditioner compressors. The four outside air compressor units were located in the rear of the building. The theft and damage done to the commercial units was estimated at $50,000 by the building owner.

  • Shoplifting and Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Friday, January 24, 2014, at 5:38 p.m., Officers Scott Keefe and Peter Donahue responded to Walmart, 580 Route 9 North, in Lanoka Harbor, for a male shoplifter. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 23-year-old Michael Mele of Sunnydale Court in Bayville, NJ, for shoplifting merchandise valued at $186. Further investigation revealed Michael Mele was in possession of heroin, a hypodermic syringe, and drug paraphernalia. Michael Mele was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was later released after receiving a Criminal Summons for Shoplifting, Possession of CDS (Heroin), Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, January 24, 2014, at 12:15 p.m., Special Officer Russell Moller responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Williams Avenue and Tappan Street in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 33-year-old Anthony Rocco of Earie Way in Forked River on an outstanding $250 South Brunswick warrant. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Anthony Rocco was later released after posting full bail.

  • Heroin Distribution (Search Warrant & Arrests) – Late Friday afternoon, January 24, 2014, Lacey Detectives executed a search warrant at 727 Briar Road in Lanoka Harbor, NJ. The warrant was sought during a narcotic investigation involving the distribution of heroin and prescription drugs. During the execution of the search warrant, the target ofthe investigation and Briar Road resident, 37-year-old Kirk Feinstein, was arrested after 82 bags containing heroin were located. Additionally, the search yielded other contraband including prescription medication known as Suboxone and Xanax. As a result of the investigation and the search warrant, Kirk Feinstein was charged with two counts of possession of heroin, two counts of distribution of heroin, and one count of possession with the intent to distribute heroin. Kirk Feinstein was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $100,000 cash bail. Detectives also arrested 18-year-old Tiffany Remington of Belmar who was present at the residence at the time of the search warrant execution. Tiffany Remington was charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia. An additional arrest was made at the scene when 38-year-old Scott Speck of Waretown arrived at the scene and was found to be in possession of the prescription drug Suboxone. Both Tiffany Remington and Scott Speck were charged and released on their own recognizance pending a court appearance.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, January 24, 2014, at 1:09 a.m., Special Officer Travis Horton investigated a suspicious vehicle parked at the Wawa, 701 Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 30-year-old Richard Barlow of Puffin Glade in Bayville on two outstanding arrest warrants. One warrant was issued from Holmdel Municipal Court in the amount of $500 and the second warrant was issued from Ocean Gate Municipal Court in the amount of $478. Richard Barlow was also issued a traffic summons for having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Richard Barlow was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was later transferred to the custody of the Holmdel Police Department.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Thursday, January 23, 2014, at 10:09 p.m., Officer John McKee and Special Officer Travis Horton responded to the 400 block of Lake Barnegat Drive in Forked River to serve an arrest warrant. Upon arrival of the officers, 20-year-old Erick C. Moore was taken into custody on a Lacey Township warrant in the amount of $750. Erick Moore was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was later released after posting full bail.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest Warrant Issued) – On Thursday, January 23, 2014, at 5:04 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to Kohl’s, 304 Route 9 North, in Forked River, to report a shoplifting incident not in progress. Upon arrival, he met with Loss Prevention. Officer Keefe was informed that on January 20, 2014 an adult female, later identified as 31-year-old Danielle Kwityn of Hovsons Boulevard in Toms River, reportedly shoplifted a Kitchen Aid appliance valued at $449. Later that day she attempted to return the Kitchen Aid appliance to the Brick Township Kohl’s, located at 644 Route 70 in Brick, NJ. As part of the transaction, the clerk at the Brick Kohl’s asked her for her driver’s license. That driver’s license provided positive identification. Danielle Kwityn was advised she was only going to receive store credit. As a result, the exchange did not occur and Danielle Kwityn left the store with the appliance. The Lacey Kohl’s was contacted. A warrant for Shoplifting at the Lacey Kohl’s has been issued for Danielle Kwityn’s arrest. Bail has been set at $1,500.

  • Theft – On Thursday, January 23, 2014, at 2:01 p.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban responded to West Lacey Road near the VFW for a theft report. The complainant and owner of CME Associates stated that between 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. on January 23, 2014, an unknown person or persons stole a surveying tripod valued at $500 that was left on the side of Lacey Road approximately a half a mile west of the VFW. The complainant stated that they were surveying the area and had left for a short time when the theft occurred.

  • Arrest on Out-of-State Warrant (Hawaii) – On Thursday evening, January 23, 2014, while conducting an investigation into suspected drug activity at 2006 Brookdale Drive in the Pheasant Run section of Forked River, Patrol Officer Peter Donahue located 27-year-old Dillon Dittenhofer living at the residence. Dillon Dittenhofer was known to be wanted in the NCIC system with an extraditable warrant out of Honolulu, Hawaii. The warrant was listed as being based on two counts of “Dangerous Drugs in the 3rd Degree” under the state laws of Hawaii. Officer Donahue arrested Dillon Dittenhofer at the residence. The customary procedure for an extradition involves lodging the arrestee in the county jail until a legal process is completed so the out-of-state authority can arrange for transportation of the arrestee back to that state. Although the Hawaiian authorities initially confirmed the extradition, once arrested and at police headquarters, the Hawaiian authorities decided to release Dittenhofer on his own recognizance.

  • Attempted Burglary and Criminal Mischief – On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at 10:40 a.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to JR’s Liquors, 1000 Lacey Road in Forked River, in reference to an attempted burglary. The owner reported that between Saturday, January 11, 2014, and Tuesday, January 21, 2014, an unknown person or persons attempted to gain entry into the business. Several pry marks were discovered around the rear entrance door handle and lock. The door was also bent outward. Damage is estimated at $1,600 to replace the door.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at 9:35 a.m., Officers John Simonson and Officer Anthony Sarno responded to Walmart, 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a female shoplifter. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 39-year-old Donna Shaffery of Commodore Court in Barnegat for shoplifting merchandise valued at $254. She was transported to police headquarters and processed. Donna Shaffery was later released after receiving a criminal summons for shoplifting.


Neighborhood Crime Alert (Drug Distribution) - 727 Briar Road, Lanoka Harbor - Friday, January 24, 2014

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Heroin Distribution (Search Warrant & Arrests) – Late Friday afternoon, January 24, 2014, Lacey Detectives executed a search warrant at 727 Briar Road in Lanoka Harbor, NJ. The warrant was sought during a narcotic investigation involving the distribution of heroin and prescription drugs.

During the execution of the search warrant, the target of the investigation and Briar Road resident, 37-year-old Kirk Feinstein, was arrested after 82 bags containing heroin were located. Additionally, the search yielded other contraband including prescription medication known as Suboxone and Xanax. As a result of the investigation and the search warrant, Kirk Feinstein was charged with two counts of possession of heroin, two counts of distribution of heroin, and one count of possession with the intent to distribute heroin. Kirk Feinstein was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $100,000 cash bail.

Detectives also arrested 18-year-old Tiffany Remington of Belmar who was present at the residence at the time of the search warrant execution. Tiffany Remington was charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia. An additional arrest was made at the scene when 38-year-old Scott Speck of Waretown arrived at the scene and was found to be in possession of the prescription drug Suboxone. Both Tiffany Remington and Scott Speck were charged and released on their own recognizance pending a court appearance.


Neighborhood Crime Alert (Warrant Arrest) - 2006 Brookdale Drive (Pheasant Run), Forked River - Friday, January 24, 2014

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Arrest on Out-of-State Warrant (Hawaii) - On Thursday evening, January 23, 2014, while conducting an investigation into suspected drug activity at 2006 Brookdale Drive in the Pheasant Run section of Forked River, Patrol Officer Peter Donahue located 27-year-old Dillon Dittenhofer living at the residence. Dillon Dittenhofer was known to be wanted in the NCIC system with an extraditable warrant out of Honolulu, Hawaii. The  warrant was listed as being based on two counts of “Dangerous Drugs in the 3rd Degree” under the state laws of Hawaii. Officer Donahue arrested Dillon Dittenhofer at the residence. The customary procedure for an extradition involves lodging the arrestee in the county jail until a legal process is completed so the out-of-state authority can arrange for transportation of the arrestee back to that state. Although the Hawaiian authorities initially confirmed the extradition, once arrested and at police headquarters, the Hawaiian authorities decided to release Dittenhofer on his own recognizance.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Jan. 14th, 2014 thru Jan. 20th, 2014

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January 14th, 2014 thru January 20th, 2014

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  • DUI (Arrest) – On Monday, January 20, 2014, at 10:54 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 South near Station Drive, in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 31-year-old Stanley N. Zalewski, of Imperato Court in Toms River for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Stanley N. Zalewski was later released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Failure to Exhibit both insurance and registration documents. The vehicle Stanley N. Zalewski was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Attempted Theft from a Vehicle – On Sunday, January 20, 2014, at 8:30 p.m., Officer George Resetar responded to the 400 block of Hickory Lane in Forked River for an attempted theft from a car. The complainant reported that he was inside his residence and observed his exterior motion sensor light come on. When he looked outside, he observed the driver’s side door of his vehicle open and a male subject inside. He exited the residence and confronted the white male subject from a distance. The unidentified subject walked away and entered a vehicle parked nearby in the street then drove away. Nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle. The incident was reported to the police department approximately 45 minutes after the subject departed the area. No other vehicles were reported to have been entered. The suspect had a full, long, light-colored goatee and a stock build. He was dressed in blue pajama pants, (possibly “New York Giants” sweatpants), and a dark blue hooded sweatshirt. The vehicle is described as a gold or tan sedan with rain guards on the windows. The complainant stated that he believes the first three letters of the New Jersey license plate are S-A-Y.

  • Improper Business Practice (Ordinance Violation) – Officer Michael Verwey charged 43-year-old Quan Jing of the Green Spa, 445 Lacey Road, Forked River, with a violation of Lacey Township Ordinance 234-11. The violation came as a result of Officer Verwey observing various male subjects enter the establishment on Monday, January 20, 2014, for approximately 20 to 30 minute durations during the evening hours. A brief investigation revealed the business was in violation of the local ordinance. The ordinance requires that a massage parlor not associated with a doctor’s office or physical therapist only provide same gender massages. Quan Jing, new owner/operator, was served the summons and will be required to appear in Lacey Township Municipal Court.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 4:09 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe conducted a traffic stop on Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 21-year-old Joseph Bellettiere of Cedar Drive in Lanoka Harbor for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters, processed and released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Failure to Wear Seatbelt. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Sunday, January 19, 2014, at 1:34 p.m., Officers Michael Eden and Keith Pearce responded to the area of Foch Avenue and Lee Way for suspicious activity. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 25-year-old Thomas Staunton, Lee Way, in Forked River, for Possession of heroin. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was later released after receiving a criminal summons for possession of heroin.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Sunday, January 19, 2014, at 5:25 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy responded to the 1000 block of Orlando Drive in Forked River to serve an arrest warrant. The individual named on the warrant, 37-year-old Daniel J. Stellato, was arrested on a Sussex County no bail child support warrant. Daniel J. Stellato was later turned over to the custody of the Sussex County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Friday, January 17, 2014, at 10:49 a.m., Officer Daniel Ricciardella responded to a vacant residence being renovated on Bay Way in Lanoka Harbor for a burglary. The complainant reported that during the overnight hours of January 16, 2014, into January 17, 2014, an unknown person forced entry into the residence and stole various tools and equipment. The total value of the stolen property is unknown at this time.

  • Theft from a Residence – On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at 9:04 p.m., Officer Darrell Nick took a report from the complainant who reported that during the day, an unknown person or persons entered her residence on Dugout Drive, Lanoka Harbor, and stole a laptop computer and a Coach Purse containing $200 in cash. There were no signs of forced entry. The complainant reported a possible suspect known to the complainant.

  • Shoplifting and Employee Theft (Arrest) - On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 12:06 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn  responded to TJ Maxx in the Lacey Mall, 348 Route 9 North, Lanoka Harbor, for a female shoplifter. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 19-year-old Ashley Cavalier, Devon Street, in Forked River, for shoplifting merchandise valued at $75.00. In addition, she was charged with stealing cash and merchandise valued at $150.00 while working as an employee in the store.  She was processed and later released after receiving a criminal summons.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) - On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 1:11 p.m., Officer Daniel Ricciardella responded to the Walmart, 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a male shoplifter. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 29-year-old Korey James of Dess Street in Toms River for shoplifting merchandise valued at $740. He was processed and later released after receiving a criminal summons for shoplifting.

  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 9:16 p.m., Officers Adam Ewart and Darrell Nick responded to the 900 block of Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for a burglary. The victim reported that between 6:15 p.m. on January 15, 2014, and 8:40 p.m. on January 15, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered the residence and stole property including, but not limited to, iPods, jewelry, and cash valued over $500. Detective Surtees responded to the scene and is handling the follow-up investigation.

  • Warrant (Arrest) –On Sunday, January 17, 2014, at 9:35 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue responded to the Bay Harbor Motor Lodge for an unrelated call. While at the scene, an arrest warrant was located for 53-year-old Christopher J. Apostolos of Lanoka Harbor. The warrant was issued by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department in the amount of $2,500. Christopher Apostolos was later turned over to the custody of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Monday, January 20, 2014, at 12:39 p.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to a residence located on Taylor Lane in Forked River for a reported burglary. The victim reported that between 5:00 p.m. on January 19, 2014, and 12:20 p.m. on January 20, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered his residence and stole approximately $1,500 in cash. There were no signs of forced entry.


Neighborhood Crime Alert (Burglary) - Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 900 Block of Clairmore Avenue, Lanoka Harbor

01 - Neighborhood Crime AlertResidential Burglary & Theft – On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 9:16 p.m., Officer Adam Ewart responded to a residence on the 900 Block of Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for a report of a residential burglary and theft. The reporting person indicated that between 6:15 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, an unknown person or persons entered the home and stole various items while the owner was not home. Items reported to be stolen from the home include: numerous pieces of jewelry; $50.00 in cash; and two I-pods. The total value of items stolen exceeded $500. There were no signs of forced entry, as entry may have been made through an unlocked window. Evidence was collected at the scene which may assist in the investigation. Detective Surtees responded to the scene and is handling the follow-up investigation. Anyone with information regarding the burglary is asked to call Detective Surtees at 609.693.6636 x2572 or forward an anonymous crime tip through the police department website at www.LaceyPD.org/crime-tips.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Jan. 7th, 2014 thru Jan. 14th, 2014

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January 7th, 2014 thru January 14th, 2014

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  • Multiple Car Burglaries (Search Warrant & Arrests) – On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, detectives executed a search warrant at 841 Hanley Street in Lanoka Harbor in reference to an ongoing burglary investigation. Detectives seized dozens of items of personal property believed to be tied to over 30 motor vehicle burglaries that have occurred over the past two months. Detectives arrested 41-year-old Ned Berwanger Jr. of 841 Hanley Street in Lanoka Harbor. Ned Berwanger was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility with bail set at $100,000 with no 10% option.

    • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at 1:51 p.m., Officer Joseph Soto responded 504 Laurelwood Drive in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a theft. Thomas Blackwell reported that during the overnight hours someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole his wallet. The value of the stolen items is estimated at $50.

    • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at 6:17 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to the 2000 block of Lakeside Drive South in Forked River for a theft. The victim reported that between 10:30 p.m. on January 7, 2014, and 6:15 a.m. on January 8, 2014, an unknown person entered his unlocked vehicle that was parked in the driveway. Stolen from the vehicle was a black Nike gym bag, $20.00 in cash and a NJ Transit Ticket Punch valued at $100.00. Total theft was value at $160.

    • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at 1:38 p.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to the 2000 block of Lakeside Drive South in Forked River for a theft. The victim reported that between 1:00 p.m. on January 7, 2014, and 3:00 a.m. on January 8, 2014, an unknown person entered his unlocked vehicle and stole approximately $23 in change.

    • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Friday, January 10, 2014, at 7:21 a.m., Officer John Simonson responded to Easy Street in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. The victim reported that between 7:20 p.m. on January 9, 2014, and 11:30 a.m. on January 10, 2014, an unknown person entered two unlocked vehicles — one parked in the driveway and the other on the street. The total theft from both vehicles was estimated at $6.

    • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Friday, January 10, 2014, at 8:40 a.m., Officer Frederick Anderson responded to the 100 block of Forrest Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. The victim reported that between 8:00 p.m. on January 9, 2014, and 8:30 a.m. on January 10, 2014, an unknown person entered two of their unlocked vehicles that were parked in the driveway. The theft included $30 in cash and change along with a wallet containing personal items. The total theft was estimated at $45.

    • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Friday, January 10, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., Officer John Simonson responded to Easy Street in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. The victim reported that between 7:00 p.m. on January 9, 2014, and 9:00 a.m. on January 10, 2014, an unknown person entered two of his vehicles that were unlocked and parked in the driveway of the residence. The victim reported that approximately $20 was stolen from each vehicle.

    • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Friday, January 10, 2014, at 6:27 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to Easy Street in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. The victim reported that between 11:00 p.m. on January 9, 2014, and 7:15 a.m. on January 10, 2014, an unknown person entered her unlocked vehicle, which was parked on the street, and stole a black Garmin NUVI 50LM GPS unit, valued at $177; a dark gray Canon Power Shot digital camera, valued at $200; and a purple Droid Galaxy cell phone valued at $400.  The total value of the stolen property is estimated at $777.

    • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Friday, January 10, 2014, at 5:58 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to Easy Street in Lanoka Harbor, for a theft. The victim reported that sometime between 11:00 p.m. on January 9, 2014, and 8:15 a.m. on January 10, 2014,an unknown person entered her husband’s unlocked vehicle while it was parked in front of their residence. Stolen from the center console was a white I-Phone car charger valued at $20, as well as $26 in cash. Total value of the stolen property is estimated at $46.

  • Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at 7:54 a.m., Officer Robert Flynn responded to Dee Road in Forked River for a report of Criminal Mischief. The victim reported that during the prior week, an unknown person shot a pellet through an upstairs window of the residence under construction. The damage is estimated at $100.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at 1:36 p.m., 29-year-old Michael Hughes of Forked River turned himself in at Lacey Police headquarters to post bail on a $914 Wall Township Municipal Court warrant. Michael Hughes was processed and released.

  • Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Wednesday, January 9, 2014, at 5:38 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to the 300 block of Lakeside Drive in Forked River for criminal mischief. The victim reported that between 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on January 8, 2014, an unknown person damaged his white mailbox that was located out in front of the residence. The damage is estimated at $20.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) - On Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 12:29 p.m., Officers Robert Flynn and Daniel Ricciardella responded to the Walmart, 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a female shoplifter. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 26-year-old Emilie C. Guzman, Pennsylvania Avenue in Waretown, NJ for shoplifting merchandise valued at $97.08. She was processed and later released after receiving a criminal summons for shoplifting.

  • Trespass, Theft, & Landlord Violation – On Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 1:31 p.m., Officer Cernek responded to 513 Beach Boulevard in reference to missing items from a rented home. The residents reported that their rental home was improperly entered and that numerous items were removed by the landlord while they were away. Some of the items removed include a sofa, TV stand, coffee table, Nintendo Wii, various clothes, Brinks safe, social security cards and birth certificates, $400 in cash, a Coach purse, various DVDs, and dishes. The residents reported having continuous issues with their landlord and believe that she is responsible for the missing property. The residents observed remnants of some of their personal items near the street and believe that the landlord put their personal belongings out to the trash. The estimated value of the missing property at this time is $750. The matter is under continuing investigation.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 6:24 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue responded to the intersection of Lakeside Drive South and Ravine Drive in reference to a two-car motor vehicle accident in which the involved parties were involved in a verbal dispute. While investigating the incident, it was discovered that the accident occurred at the intersection of Deerhead Lake Drive and Serpentine Drive when 54-year-old Toni E. Blackwell of 2258 Lakeside Drive South in Forked River ran the stop sign and collided with a vehicle driven by, 26-year-old David Monko of 1916 Whitcomb Road in Forked River. Toni Blackwell fled the scene and pulled into a driveway of a residence that she thought was vacant, but was followed by David Monko. Further investigation led to the arrest of Toni Blackwell for DUI. Toni Blackwell was issued summons for DUI, reckless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident.

  • Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute (Arrest) – On Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 2:05 a.m., Officer Michael Verwey stopped a 2008 Nissan Altima for speeding and failure to maintain a lane on Route 9 near Game Farm Road in Forked River. While speaking with the driver, 35-year-old Dametrious R. Summers, Officer Verwey detected the distinct odor of marijuana. Continuing investigation led to a consent search of the vehicle and the discovery of packaged marijuana consistent with distribution. Three individually wrapped clear bags containing marijuana were found in the trunk of the vehicle. The vehicle’s registered owner and operator, 35-year-old Dametrious R. Summers of 117 South MLK Boulevard in Atlantic City, was placed under arrest. Dametrious R. Sumners was charged with Possession of more than 50 grams of Marijuana as well as Possession with the Intent to Distribute CDS. Dametrious Sumners was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility with bail set at $25,000. The vehicle was impounded for potential forfeiture. Investigation is continuing into the location in Lacey Township where the CDS was to be delivered.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) - On Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 4:33 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey, responded to the Walmart, 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a report of a male shoplifter who fled from the store. A description was provided and the subject was located at a nearby New Jersey Transit Bus Stop.  The investigation led to the arrest of 43-year-old George P. Decrosta of 23 Birch Street in Beachwood for shoplifting merchandise valued at $450.24. He was transported to headquarters and processed. He was later transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of $2,500 bail for the shoplifting charge.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 10:26 p.m.,Officers Michael  Verwey and Dimitrios Tsarnas, while on a special patrol detail looking for suspicious drug activity, observed a white male in a vehicle acting suspiciously in the parking lot of the Taylor Lane Wawa, 444 Route 9 South. Upon further investigation it was learned that 34-year-old Andrew S. Zitzner of 1206 Ocean Street in Forked River was nervous because he had an outstanding $750 Lakewood Township Municipal Court contempt warrant. Andrew Zitzner was arrested and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and turned over to Lakewood Township Police.

  • DUI and Underage Consumption of Alcohol – On Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 11:46 p.m., Officers Michael Verwey and Dimitrios Tsarnas stopped a vehicle in the parking lot of Wawa, 800 Lacey Road in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 19 year-old Zachary E. Gray of Capstan Drive in Forked River for DUI and Underage Consumption of Alcohol.  Lacey Used Auto impounded the vehicle pursuant to John’s Law. Zachary Gray was transported to headquarters where he provided breath samples. Zachary Gray was issued summonses for Underage Consumption of Alcohol, DWI, Reckless Driving, Speeding, and for a Provisional Drivers License Violation. The two passengers in the vehicle, 18-year-old Ethan J. Walter of 2524 Hurry Road in Forked River and 20-year-old Daniel J. Hadley of 1829 Second Street in West Deptford, NJ were charged with the municipal ordinance violation for underage consumption of alcoholic beverages at a private residence.Additional investigation led officers to the 103 Pine Street in Forked River where additional persons were believed to be consuming alcohol under the legal age. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 20 year-old Sabrina Bowen of 103 Pine Street in Forked River; 19-year-old Jessica B Valentine of 510 Cedarwood Drive in Lanoka Harbor; and 20-year-old Brandi-Lynn Rousse of 1419 Jay Street in Forked River for the municipal ordinance violation of Underage Consumption of Alcohol in a private residence.   They were each charged and released at the scene.

  • Criminal Mischief – On Sunday, January 12, 2014, at 3:27 p.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to 844 Hanley Street in Lanoka Harbor in reference to criminal mischief. Peter Arp reported that between 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2014, and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 12, 2014, an unknown person or persons slashed a tire on his “Cargo Express” trailer while it was parked in front of his residence. The value of the tire is estimated at $120.

  • Theft – On Sunday, January 12, 2014, at 7:07 p.m., Officer Robert Duffy responded to 35 Nautilus Boulevard in reference to theft of medication.  Catherine Daddio reported that someone stole 36 Oxycodone/Acetamino tablets from her residence between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2014. Catherine Daddio suspects that employees from home service company may be responsible for the theft as they were performing work in her residence at that time. The value of the theft is estimated at $10.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Sunday, January 12, 2014, at 10:24 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy stopped a vehicle in the area of Route 9 and Haines St for expired registration.  Upon speaking with the driver, 21-year-old Jesse L. Ehrnstrom of 503 Buttonwood Drive in Lanoka Harbor, Officer Androcy detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Officer Androcy also observed small pieces of what he believed to be marijuana on the driver’s sweatshirt and on the interior of the vehicle.  Investigation at the scene led to the discovery of a clear plastic bag containing marijuana and two glass smoking pipes. Jesse Ehrnstrom was arrested and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Jesse Ehrnstrom was also issued a traffic summons for Unregistered Vehicle and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle.  Jesse Ehrnstrom was released pending a court date.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 11:17 a.m., Officer Robert Duffy and Officer Andrew Slota were patrolling the wooded area near “Carusoville” off Dover Road in Bamber Lake when they observed a suspicious vehicle parked in a wooded area. Upon speaking with the driver, 29-year-old Joseph E. Kline of 102 Jefferson Avenue in Bayville, it was discovered that his driver’s license was suspended and he had an active warrant for $500 out of the Sparta Township Municipal Court for contempt. Joseph Kline was arrested and transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where he posted cash bail. Joseph Kline was issued a summons for driving while suspended and then released.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Monday, January 13, 2014, at 10:57 a.m., 24-year-old Jonathan DeSantis-Joiner of Bayville was arrested at police headquarters on an outstanding $500 Lacey Township Municipal Warrant. Jonathan DeSantis-Joiner was unable to post bail and was transported to Ocean County Jail in default of bail.

  • Drug Possession & Shoplifting (Arrests) – On Monday, January 13, 2014, 9:42 a.m., Officers Sarno, Anderson, and Pearce responded to Kohl’s in reference to three suspicious males on the side of the building that may be smoking marijuana and may have shoplifted items from the store. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 18-year-old Cody Collins of 322 Eleanor Road in Forked River for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where he was processed and released on summons awaiting a court date. A 16-year-old male was charged with shoplifting, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Investigation at the scene revealed the possession of an unusual quantity of Coricidin (Triple Cs), an over-the-counter medicine containing Dextromethorphine which is known to be abused by teens and young adults. Officer John Simonson is continuing an active investigation from December into prior cases of shoplifting of Coricidin from the Lacey ShopRite.


Neighborhood Crime Alert (Search Warrant and Arrest) - Lacey Township Police Department - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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Multiple Burglaries & Thefts (Search Warrant & Arrest) – Detectives of the Lacey Township Police Department executed a search warrant at 841 Hanley Street in Lanoka Harbor during the evening hours of Tuesday, January 14, 2014. The search warrant came as a result of a five-week investigation into dozens of car burglaries throughout Lacey Township extending back to November of 2013 through this past week (1/10/14). During the search warrant, detectives seized dozens of pieces of personal property believed to be the illegal proceeds of car burglaries committed in Lacey Township as well as elsewhere in Ocean County. The five-week investigation began as a concern of drug distribution from 841 Hanley Street and led to the inclusion of burglary offenses as a focus of the investigation. Detectives arrested 41-year-old Ned Berwanger at the scene and charged him with multiple counts of Burglary, Theft, and Fraudulent Use of Credit Cards. Ned Berwanger of 841 Hanley Street in Lanoka Harbor was committed to the Ocean County Correctional Facility with bail set at $100,000 no 10% option. Due to the complexity of the investigation and the need for considerable follow-up, the investigation will continue and additional charges will be prepared in the days and weeks to come. The Lacey Township Police Department thanks the public for submitting anonymous “crime tips” related to this case through the Police Department website over the past five weeks.


Neighborhood Crime Alert - Saturday, January 11, 2014 - Lacey Township

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Drug  Possession with the Intent to Distribute (Arrest) – At 2:05 a.m., Saturday morning, January 11, 2014, Patrol Officer Michael Verwey stopped a 2008 Nissan Altima for speeding and failure to maintain a lane on Route 9 near Game Farm Road in Forked River. While speaking with the driver, 35-year-old Dametrious R. Summers, Officer Verwey detected the distinct odor of marijuana. Continuing investigation led to a consent search of the vehicle and the discovery of packaged marijuana consistent with distribution. Three individually wrapped clear bags containing marijuana were found in the trunk of the vehicle. The vehicle’s registered owner and operator, 35-year-old Dametrious R. Summers of 117 South MLK Boulevard in Atlantic City, was placed under arrest. Dametrious R. Sumners was charged with Possession of more than 50 grams of Marijuana as well as Possession with the Intent to Distribute CDS. Dametrious Sumners was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility with bail set at $25,000. The vehicle was impounded for potential forfeiture. Investigation is continuing into the location in Lacey Township where the CDS was to be delivered.

 


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Dec. 31st, 2013 thru Jan. 6th, 2014

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December 31st, 2013 thru January 6th, 2014

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  • Warrant (Arrest) –On Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at 1:41 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno conducted a motor vehicle stop of 43-year-old Kimberly Sonn of Forked River who was driving with a suspended registration and had an outstanding $89 warrant out of the Ocean Township Municipal Court. The registration was determined to be suspended for canceled insurance and it was determined that the vehicle did not currently have valid insurance. Kimberly Sonn was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where she posted bail. Kimberly Sonn was issued summonses for suspended registration and no insurance.

  • Theft – On Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at 5:08 p.m., 23-year-old Alexander Rodriguez of 1103 Mizzen Avenue in Beachwood responded to police headquarters to report a theft. Alexander Rodriguez reported that sometime over the past three months someone stole his Playstation III gaming console and a Craftsman Snowblower from his mother’s residence on Sunrise Boulevard in Forked River. Alexander Rodriguez reported that his mother last saw the items on December 28, 2013. The total value of the items is estimated at $400. On January 4, 2014, the snowblower was located at Cash Now, 1231 Route 166, Suite 2, in Toms River. Charges are pending the identification of the suspect.

  • Theft from a Vehicle – On Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 7:22 a.m., Officer Andrew Slota responded to Clearwater Drive in Forked River for a report of thefts from three motor vehicles which were parked in the driveway of a residence. Each vehicle was reported to have been left unlocked. A brown leather tri-fold wallet was stolen from one of the vehicles. The wallet contained money, identification, credit cards, and gift cards. Total value is estimated at $62. The other two vehicles were entered but had nothing stolen. One of the gift cards may have been used at the Wawa, located at 800 Lacey Road in Forked River, to purchase gas. The incident is currently under investigation pending surveillance video and records from Wawa.

  • Theft from a Vehicle – On Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at 10:46 a.m., a resident of Clearwater Drive in Forked River reported a theft from a motor vehicle. The owner reported that during the overnight hours, an unknown person or persons entered his vehicle while it was parked in the driveway of the residence and stole a 1984 City of Linden High School class ring and eight 30mg Oxycodone pills. The estimated total value of the stolen items is $540.

  • Criminal Mischief – On Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at 8:16 a.m., a report was filed for criminal mischief to the skate park in Gille Park, 56 Manchester Avenue in Forked River. During the overnight hours of December 31, 2013, into January 1, 2014, unknown persons damaged the skate-park fence. The subjects broke the metal tie down clamps that secure the chain link fence to the fence posts and then pulled the fence back to gain entry into the skate park. The center support post was also removed and missing.

  • Theft – On Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at 11:10 a.m., a resident of Laurel Boulevard, Lanoka Harbor, reported the theft of 120 prescription Xanax pills between December 24, 2013, and December 30, 2013. The theft was reported to have been committed by a family member who was permitted in the residence. The relative denied stealing the pills. The matter is under investigation.

  • Theft – On Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at 2:51 p.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban responded to Walmart, 580 Route 9 N, in Lanoka Harbor, in reference to a theft from a shopping cart. A Forked River resident reported that he and his 6-year-old daughter were shopping inside Walmart when an unknown person stole his daughter’s purse from the shopping cart. The items stolen included a purse, a $20.00 bill, and a $25.00 Visa gift card. Special Officer Urban is currently investigating the matter and will be viewing the surveillance video recording upon receipt from Walmart officials.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at 5:53 p.m., Officers Darrell Nick and John McKee responded to Walmart, 580 Route 9 N, in Lanoka Harbor, in reference to shoplifting. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 27-year-old Lauren E. Saldana of 114 Manor Drive in Manchester, NJ, for shoplifting merchandise valued at $195.74. She was transported to police headquarters, processed, and released after receiving a criminal summons for the theft.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, January 3, 2014, at 1:44 p.m., Officer John Cernek was on patrol when he observed a vehicle off of the roadway into the snow near the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Clubhouse Drive. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 53-year-old William Mckelvey of 813 Beach Boulevard in Forked River for DUI. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. William Mckelvey was transported to police headquarters where he refused to provide samples of his breath. William Mckelvey was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit breath samples, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and DUI. William Mckelvey was also issued a criminal summons for driving while suspended while being suspended for a previous DUI.

  • Theft – On Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 7:37 p.m., Officer Robert Duffy responded to Lacey Liquors in reference to a theft. The store owner reported that at approximately 7:30 p.m. a male subject entered the store, concealed a 750 ml bottle of Grey Goose vodka ($37.99 value), and walked out without paying for the item. The suspect was described as a white male, 6-01 in height, in his 40′s, wearing a black jacket and a black and white striped “Beanie hat.” The store owner reported that the same subject previously entered the store at approximately 6:45 p.m. on the same date, but had purchased a bottle of the same type of vodka. The suspect was observed entering passenger side of a black Ford Explorer. Charges are pending the identification of the suspect.

  • Fraud (Arrest) – On Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 3:15 p.m., Officer Simonson responded to Chase Bank located at 744 Lacey Road in Forked River for an attempted fraud. The bank manager reported that a subject attempted to withdraw $4,480.75 from an account. Upon checking the subject’s identification, it appeared to be fraudulent and upon checking activity on the account it appeared that the suspect attempted withdraw money earlier in the day from a Chase Bank in Toms River. The subject was denied because she was not able to answer security questions on the account. The suspect was denied the money and left the bank on foot. She was located and identified as Faye Angel Singleton of 3043 Yates Avenue in Bronx, NY. Faye Singleton was arrested and transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where she was fingerprinted and charged with Uttering a Forged Document, Criminal Attempt, Theft by Deception, and Exhibiting a False Government Document.

  • Theft from a Residence – On Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 6:20 p.m., 44-year-old John Abrams of Maywood Place in Forked River reported that someone stole items from his home between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on January 4, 2014. The items reported stolen included 40 Oxycotin pills and $300 cash from a lock box he had hidden in his home. Other items, including medications and additional cash in the box, were not stolen. There was no forced entry to the residence or the lock box. Total value of the stolen property is estimated at $340.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, January 5, 2013 at 1:37 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas stopped a vehicle on Route 9 near Beach Boulevard. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 22-year-old Ashley Biele of 205 Carol Drive in Toms River for DUI. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Ashley Biele was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she refused to provide breath samples. Ashley Biele was charged with DUI, refusal to provide breath samples, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and failure to report change of address.

  • Shoplifting & Warrant (Arrest) – On Sunday, January 5, 2013 at 5:07 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey responded to Walmart located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor in reference to shoplifting. The Asset Protection Associate observed 29-year-old Jessica Doctor of 60 Mallard Road in Bayville conceal several items in her purse and then attempted to exit the store without paying for them. The stolen items included one two pack t-shirt and bra, one pair of gloves, and one beanie. Jessica Doctor was placed under arrest and a search incident to arrest uncovered a pack of Paper Mate Ink Joy pens hidden on her person. Jessica Doctor was also found to have an active $600 Manchester Township Municipal Court failure-to-appear warrant. Jessica Doctor was transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where she was processed and released on a criminal summons after bail was posted on the Manchester Municipal Court warrant.

  • Drug Possession & Warrant (Arrest) – On Sunday, January 5, 2014, at 6:34 p.m., a resident of Weehawken Avenue in Forked River reported that she believed her daughter, 21-year-old Ashley Frank of 771 Weehawken Avenue, was being held against her will. The caller reported that she received text messages from Ashley Frank requesting her to leave $200 in the mailbox outside of her residence. The caller reported that Ashley Frank indicated that she needed $200 or the people she was with were not going to let her leave. The veracity of the claim by Ashley Frank was very questionable, so officers set up a surveillance of the mailbox and observed a vehicle stop and pick up the money. The vehicle was stopped by Officer Dimitri Tsarnas and the driver, 28-year-old Raymond Ouellette of 912 Neptune Avenue in Beachwood was questioned regarding the whereabouts of Ashley Frank. Raymond Ouellette indicated that Ashley Frank texted him and asked him to pick up the money and deliver it to her at 311 Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River. Officers responded to 311 Nautilus Boulevard where they observed Ashley Frank in the front yard. Upon seeing the officers, Ashley Frank fled inside the residence. Further investigation led to the arrest of Ashley Frank at the residence of 311 Nautilus Boulevard for an outstanding “No Bail” Ocean County Sheriff’s Department warrant for violation of probation. The post-arrest search of Ashley Frank uncovered two wax folds of heroin in her sweatshirt pocket. Ashley Frank was charged with possession of heroin and then turned over to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department on the outstanding no bail warrant for commitment in the Ocean County Correctional Facility.

  • Warrants (Arrest) – On Sunday, January 5, 2014, while officers were at 311 Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River dealing with a separate arrest involving 21-year-old Ashley Franks, officers located 22-year-old Brittani Koppenjan of 50 Broadway in Point Pleasant who was found to have an active $10,000 Ocean County Sheriff’s Department warrant and an active $500 Toms River Township warrant. Brittani Koppenjan was arrested and transported to Lacey Police headquarters where she was processed and then turned over to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department for commitment in the Ocean County Correctional Facility.

  • Theft from a Vehicle – On Monday, January 6, 2014, at 1:09 p.m., a resident of Driftwood Lane in Lanoka Harbor reported a theft from a motor vehicle. The resident reported that during the overnight hours between January 5, 2014 and January 6, 2014 someone entered her vehicle and stole a black Coach purse containing make-up. The vehicle was unlocked and parked in the driveway of the residence at the time of the theft. The total value of the stolen items is estimated at $230.

  • Burglary & Theft (Residence) – On Monday, January 6, 2013, at 12:10 p.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to 10 Taylor Lane for a report of a burglary. The resident reported that sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on January 6, 2014, someone entered his residence and stole two coffee cans containing money. One Maxwell House coffee can contained $175 worth of five dollar bills and one Maxwell House coffee can contained $150 of loose change. The homeowner reported that the home was not locked as there were no signs of forced entry.

  • Theft from a Person (Reported Robbery) – On Monday, January 6, 2014, at 6:47 p.m., officers responded to the parking lot of the Forked River Pharmacy located at 605 Route 9 South in Forked River in reference to a report of robbery that reportedly occurred at Wawa located at 444 Route 9 South in Forked River. The complainant, 26-year-old Jason Fiorvante of East Haines Street in Lanoka Harbor, reported that he parked his vehicle at the fuel pumps of Wawa and then proceeded inside the store where he made a purchase of some items. Jason Fiorvante reported that he left the items he purchased on the store counter while he walked into the bathroom. Jason Fiorvante reported that as he walked to the bathroom, he still had approximately $120 in his hand. Jason Fiorvante stated that while in the bathroom, a white male subject grabbed the money from his hand and ran out of the store. Jason Fiorvante reported that he chased the subject out of the side emergency exit door of Wawa and caught up with him in the parking lot of the Forked River Pharmacy where he reportedly retrieved his money. The other subject then reportedly fled the area on foot. Jason Fiorvante described the white male as being in his mid-to-late-twenties, wearing a black wool hat and a green jacket. Jason Fiorvante reported that he was not injured. All aspects of the reported incident are currently under investigation.


2013 Drug Overdose Information - Lacey Township Police Department - Saturday, Janaury 4, 2014

Very Small Patch2013 Drug Overdose Information – The concern regarding illegal drug use and the prescription opioid pill and heroin epidemic striking Ocean County has been well documented and publicized through 2013. Throughout 2013, the Lacey Township governing body, police department, local organizations, and the school system have engaged in a very concerted and cooperative effort to raise public awareness regarding the issue and implement multifaceted strategies to most effectively deal with the very complex problem that is not only plaguing Ocean County, but the entire State of New Jersey. Those cooperative efforts continue and are being expanded as we move forward into 2014.

On February 27, 2013, over 800 residents of Lacey Township attended an informational event at the Lacey Township High School during which it was revealed that the Lacey Township Police Department investigated 43 drug overdose incidents in 2012 which involved 8 accidental drug and/or alcohol overdose deaths. The staggering numbers brought to light the rising opioid drug epidemic which has been closely linked to prescription pill abuse throughout the country. Furthermore, the 2012 home or business burglary statistics reached 119 separate burglaries within Lacey Township in 2012. Investigation has consistently revealed that the burglaries committed in Lacey Township are invariably linked to the use of illegal drugs.

In 2013, the Lacey Township Police Department engaged in a multifaceted approach to the very complex societal problem of drug abuse and the associated criminal conduct that negatively impacts a residential community. First and foremost, enforcement efforts were increased, as the limited resources and staffing of the police department were redirected toward drug and alcohol enforcement. The personnel in the detective bureau and the uniformed patrol personnel most notably focused on drugs, underage consumption of alcohol, as well as burglaries. The efforts were directed toward reducing victimization within Lacey Township and reducing the number of accidental deaths due to overdoses. The dedicated members of the police department, with the help of the community, effected 126 arrests for illegal drug possession in 2013. These arrests included 30 charges for the distribution of illegal drugs in Lacey Township. The drug dealing charges came as a result of extensive investigations which often included lengthy surveillance operations, controlled buys, and search warrants. The detective bureau personnel and uniformed patrol officers worked tirelessly to complete the investigations.

The enforcement efforts were one part of the overall approach. Public awareness and the involvement of parents throughout the community was seen as a key component in mitigating the negative impact of illegal drugs and alcohol abuse in our community. The police department stands firm on the belief that parents and family are the essential component is decreasing drug abuse and addiction. Likewise, keeping the public informed through weekly police blotter releases has raised public awareness and allowed the residents of Lacey to be more engaged in dealing with the illegal activities occurring in their neighborhoods. The public information released through the police department’s website and through the available social media outlets has resulted in over 200 substantive, anonymous “crime tips” in 2013 from residents throughout the township. Furthermore, the prescription drug drop box, installed within the lobby of police headquarters in February of 2013, has provided residents with a mechanism for disposing of unwanted medications. Well over 700 pounds of medications were collected in the box and properly destroyed in 2013, thereby lessening the availability for misuse of the prescription drugs within the township.

While 2012 was very difficult, as it produced very staggering statistics for Lacey Township, Ocean County as a whole has seen the problem actually expand greatly. In 2013, county-wide accidental, drug overdose deaths more than doubled from 2012 through 2013. It is clear that communities throughout Ocean County are struggling with this epidemic. Based on the drastic increase in drug overdoses and overdose deaths in Ocean County, the fear was that Lacey Township would follow the disturbing trend and experience twice as many overdoses and overdose deaths in 2013 as the township experienced in 2012. Those are hypothetical numbers that would be devastating for any community.

With 2013 now behind us, the results of the effort put forth by Lacey Township as a community appears to have helped mitigate the negative results of drug abuse in Lacey Township. The number of drug overdoses investigated in Lacey Township reduced from 43 incidents in 2012 down to 32 incidents in 2013. The number of accidental drug and/or alcohol overdose deaths decreased from 8 in 2012 down to 7 in 2013. These decreases occurred at a time when the remainder of the county as a whole was experiencing a more than 100% increase. Likewise, the number of residential and commercial burglaries in Lacey Township decreased from 119 burglaries in 2012 down to 62 burglaries in 2013.

The reduction in drug overdoses is a very positive trend in Lacey Township; a positive trend for which we are committed to making every effort to continue. Continuing the positive trend will require the community’s commitment to engaging the issue as we move forward in 2014. The significant reduction in burglaries from 2012 through 2013 and the close correlation with illegal drug abuse, means that 59 less families experienced the victimization of their residence being entered by a drug user while they were not home. The police department’s goal in dealing with the illegal drug epidemic plaguing our state is not only geared toward saving lives through reducing drug overdoses, but also deals squarely with reducing the victimization of Lacey Township residents that results from the crimes commonly committed by illegal drug users.

All residents are encouraged to read the weekly police blotter posted on the Lacey Township Police Department website at www.LaceyPD.org. By staying informed about what is occurring in the neighborhoods, residents are better prepared to recognize illegal activity and report the activity in a timely manner. 

Since assuming command of the Lacey Township Police Department in January of 2013, I have greatly appreciated the overwhelming support of the community. Continuing the progress this community has made in such a short time will require a concerted effort by all. We, as a community, have no shortage of work and challenges ahead of us, but this past year has shown me that Lacey Township is most certainly up to the task.

Chief David A. Paprota, Ed.D.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Dec. 23rd thru Dec. 30th, 2013

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December 23rd thru December 30th, 2013

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Warrants (Arrest) – On Wednesday, December 25, 2013, at 3:25 a.m., Officers George Resetar and Alan Abrecht, responded to the 400 block of Sinclair Avenue, in Lanoka Harbor, to assist Berkeley Township Police Department with a separate investigation. While assisting Berkeley Police at the residence, several warrants were located for 29-year-old Anthony Fattaruso, of Lanoka Harbor who was present at the residence. The outstanding failure-to-appear warrants were as follows: (1) Manchester Municipal Court in the amount of $408; (2) Manchester Municipal Court in the amount of $519; (3) Lacey Township Municipal Court for $500; and (4) Barnegat Township Municipal Court for $500. Anthony Fattaruso was arrested on all four warrants and lodged at the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1,927 bail.

Theft from a Residence (Garage) – On Thursday, December 26, 2013, at 7:29 a.m., a resident of Arborridge Drive in Forked River reported a theft of alcoholic beverages from the garage of the residence. The complainant reported that between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 25, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered the unlocked garage and stole several bottles of alcoholic beverages that were in the refrigerator within the garage. The theft is estimated at $570.

Theft from a Vehicle and Bank Card Fraud – On Thursday, December 26, 2013, at 12:05 p.m., a resident of Lanoka Harbor contacted the Lacey Township Police Department from the TD Bank, 106 Route 9 North in Forked River, to report a theft and fraud incident. The victim reported that between Friday, December 13, 2013 and Monday, December 16, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered his vehicle while it was parked on the 600 block of Predmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor and stole his wallet containing items including but not limited to a TD Bank debit card. The victim learned of the theft when several fraudulent charges appeared on his debit card statement. The total theft is still under investigation.

Warrants (Arrest) – On Thursday, December 26, 2013, at 6:38 p.m., Officers Julie Barcalow and Daniel Ricciardella conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 South near Beach Boulevard in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 23-year-old Dina N. Kilani, of Toms River, NJ, for multiple arrest warrants. The failure-to-appear warrants out of the Ocean Township (Waretown) Municipal Court were as follows: (1) $500.00; (2) $250; and (3) $250.00. Dina Kilani was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released after posting full bail. She was also issued a traffic summons for driving with a suspended driver’s license.

• Trespassing and Criminal Mischief (Township Property) – On Thursday, December 26, 2013, at 1:49 p.m., a Lacey Township Recreation Department employee reported criminal mischief within the Gille Park Skate-Park located at 56 Manchester Avenue, Forked River. Just prior to contacting the police department, the Lacey Township Recreation Department employee located several subjects inside the “closed” skate-park, however, most of them ran away when they observed the employee. In addition to the trespassing incident, the fence was found to be purposely cut resulting in $150 in damage. The incident is under investigation by Officer Adam Ewart and criminal charges are pending.

• Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Thursday, December 26, 2013, at 10:30 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop on Lacey Road near Caldwell Avenue in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 25-year-old Edwin Calva of Bradley Beach, NJ, for possession of Marijuana. Edwin Calva was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was later released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana. In addition, he received traffic summonses for Improper Maintenance of Lights and Possession of CDS in a motor vehicle.

• DUI and CDS (Arrest) – On Thursday, December 27, 2013 at 1:49 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 near Murray Grove Lane in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 30-year-old Angelo Scalzo of Lanoka Harbor, for DUI and possession of Marijuana. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Angelo Scalzo was later released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. In addition, Angelo Scalzo was issued traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Speeding, and Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle. The vehicle Angelo Scalzo was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

• Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Friday, December 27, 2013, at 7:37 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe was dispatched to the 1400 block of Jay Street in Forked River for a report of criminal mischief. The homeowner stated that between 7:20 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 27, 2013, an unknown person or persons used fireworks to destroy the mailbox in front of the residence. Damage is estimated at $50.

• Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Friday, December 27, 2013 at 7:35 p.m., a resident of the 1500 block of Claire Road in Forked River reported criminal mischief. The complainant reported that between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 27, 2013, an unknown person or persons slashed an 11 foot tall, blow up snowman decoration on the front lawn of the residence. Replacement is estimated at $50.

• Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Friday, December 27, 2013 at 8:36 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey responded to the 500 block of Hardwood Drive in Lanoka Harbor for a suspicious vehicle in the driveway of a residence. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 18-year-old Kyle Donnelly of Deerhead Lake Drive in Forked River and a 17-year-old juvenile male from Lanoka Harbor for smoking Marijuana in the vehicle. Both were transported to police headquarters, processed, and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The juvenile was released to his mother on a juvenile complaint and Kyle Donnelly was released on a criminal summons.

• Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Friday, December 27, 2013, at 10:31 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn conducted a traffic stop on Lane Place near Lacey Road in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of a 17-year-old male juvenile driver for possession of Marijuana. He was transported to police headquarters and charged on a juvenile complaint with Possession of Marijuana. He was later released to his mother. In addition, the 17-year-old male driver received motor vehicle summonses for Failure to Yield and Possessing CDS in a Motor Vehicle. An additional pouch of suspect “synthetic” Marijuana was sent to the lab for further analysis.

• DUI and Underage Possession of Alcohol (Arrests) – On Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:50 a.m., Officer Michael Verwey conducted a traffic stop on Lacey Road in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 18-year-old Steven Prezwodek of Forked River, for DUI. Steven Prezwodek was transported to police headquarters and processed. A 15-year-old male juvenile passenger from Forked River was also arrested for underage possession/consumption of alcohol. He was later released to his parents after being charged on a juvenile complaint with Underage Possession of Alcohol. Steven Prezwodek was later released on traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Speeding, and Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle. In addition, Steven Prezwodek was issued a complaint summons for Underage Possession of Alcohol and for DUI with a Minor Passenger.

• Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Saturday, December 28, 2013, at 12:40 p.m., a resident of the 1700 block of Serpentine Drive in Forked River reported an incident of criminal mischief. The complainant reported that during the morning hours on Saturday, December 28, 2013, an unknown person or persons put superglue in his front door lock and garage door lock. The complainant was able to remove the glue. No permanent damage resulted from the incident.

• Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Saturday, December 28, 2013, at 7:47 p.m., a resident of the 200 block of Richard Place in Forked River reported criminal mischief to a motor vehicle. The complainant reported that between approximately 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m., on Saturday, December 28, 2013, an unknown person or persons utilized a crow bar in an attempt to pry open the truck to his vehicle which was parked in the driveway. The complainant reported that nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle. Damage is estimated at $1,200. A neighbor observed a white mini-van in the area at approximately 6:00 a.m. When the neighbor approached the white mini-van, the vehicle reportedly sped off.

• Assault (Arrest) – On Sunday, December 29, 2013, at 11:23 p.m. Officers Andrew Slota and Robert Duffy responded to the 2500 block of W. Lacey Road in Forked River for an assault. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Charles R. Wolfe 3rd of South Toms River, NJ, for Assault. Charles R. Wolfe 3rd was located walking on West Lacey Road near the Bamber Lakes Fire Department when he was arrested. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Charles R. Wolfe 3rd was charged on a complaint summons with Assault.

• Warrant (Arrest) – On Monday, December 30, 2013, at 7:49 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a motor vehicle stop of 30-year-old Joseph Witty Jr. of Toms River who had a suspended driver’s license and an active warrant. The warrant was from the Beachwood Municipal Court in the amount of $600. Officer Tsarnas conducted the traffic stop on Lacey Road near Lane Place. Joseph Witty Jr. was arrested and transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released on his own recognizance by the Beachwood Municipal Court Clerk. In addition, he was issued a traffic summons for driving with a suspended driver’s license.

• Municipal Ordinance Violation (formal charge) – On Monday, December 30, 2013, at 9:39 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas responded to the 300 block of Harbour View Drive in Forked River for a loud noise complaint. Upon further inquiry, Officer Tsarnas issued 42-year-old Shawn Schierloh of Forked River a summons for Excessive Noise in a residential area.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Dec. 17th thru Dec. 22nd, 2013

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December 17th thru December 22nd, 2013

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  • Residential Burglary (Arrest) – On Thursday, November 28, 2013, the Lacey Township Police Department received a report of a residential burglary on Bowline Drive in the Sunrise Beach section of Forked River. On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, after a three-week investigation, Detective Brian Flynn arrested 30-year-old Jeffrey Polyak of Forked River. The Bowline Drive home was forcibly entered by means of a bedroom window being pried open while the residents were not home. Jeffrey Polyak was charged with Burglary as well as Theft of Movable Property ($7,500 worth of jewelry). Jeffrey Polyak was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility with bail set at $25,000.

  • Shoplifting and Warrant (Arrest) - On Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12:14 a.m., Officers George Resetar and Alan Abrecht responded to the Lacey Walmart, 580 Route 9 N in Lanoka Harbor, for a female shoplifter. Officers arrested 42-year-old Jerri L. Cornine of South Toms River, NJ, for shoplifting merchandise valued at $570.99. In addition, three warrants were located for her arrest. The failure-to-appear warrants were as follows: (1) Robbinsville Municipal Court in the amount of $933.00; (2) East Brunswick Municipal Court in the amount of $273.00; and (3) Toms River Municipal Court in the amount of $750.00. Jerri Cornine was transported to headquarters and processed. She was charged with Shoplifting and bail was set at $10,000. Jerri Cornine was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility.

  • Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at 11:06 a.m., a resident of Andover Road (west of the GSP) in Forked River reported a car burglary. The complainant reported that just prior to contacting the police department, they heard a car alarm sounding. Upon checking, they observed that two of their vehicles and been damaged. In addition, property was stolen from both cars. An unknown person or persons forced their way into the first vehicle causing approximately $1,000 in damage. In addition, property valued at $2,000, including an iPad, GPS, and books, were stolen from inside the vehicle. The suspect attempted to force his way into a second vehicle, causing approximately $100 in damage. The second vehicle did not appear to be entered.

  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 7:01 a.m., a resident of the 400 block of Forrest Avenue in Lanoka Harbor reported criminal mischief to a vehicle. The complainant reported that between 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, and 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, an unknown person or persons damaged the convertible top on her vehicle, ultimately causing $2,000 in damage. At the time of the report, the complainant did not believe anything was stolen from inside the vehicle.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) - On Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 12:24 p.m., Officers John Simonson and Keith Pearce, responded to Advance Auto Parts, 218 Route 9 North, in Lanoka Harbor, for a male shoplifter. Investigation at the scene revealed that 42-year-old Dewann Mcallister entered the store, removed items from the packaging, then exited the store and began working on his vehicle in the parking lot. Dewann Mcallister of Forked River was arrested for shoplifting merchandise valued at $30.06. He was transported to headquarters and processed. He was later released after receiving a criminal summons for shoplifting.

  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 2:14 p.m., a resident of the 800 block of Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor reported a car burglary. The complainant reported that between Tuesday, December 17, 2013, and Wednesday, December 18, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered his unlocked vehicle and stole approximately $300 in cash and change.

  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Thursday, December 19, 2013, at 1:14 p.m., a resident of the 1500 block of Sommerell Avenue in Forked River reported criminal mischief to construction vehicles and equipment. The complainant reported that between 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, and 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2013, an unknown person or persons committed approximately $1,000 in damage to a backhoe and $750 to a vehicle while they were left at the construction site. The damage to the backhoe consisted of broken windows. The damage to the vehicle included electrical wiring that had been purposely cut.

  • Drug Possession & DUI (Arrest) – On Thursday, December 19, 2013, at approximately 10:31 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas arrested 19-year-old Nicholas Brembos of Lanoka Harbor for DUI and Possession of Marijuana after a motor vehicle violation was observed on Lacey Road. Nicholas Brembos was transported to headquarters and processed. He was released after receiving criminal summonses for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. In addition, he received traffic summonses for DUI, Underage DUI, Reckless Driving, Speeding, and CDS in a Motor Vehicle. The vehicle he was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Friday, December 20, 2013, at 9:54 a.m., a property maintenance company contacted police headquarters regarding a burglary and theft from a home on the 100 block of Beach Boulevard in Forked River. The complainant reported that during the prior three weeks, an unknown person or persons forced entry into the unoccupied residence and stole approximately $6,000 worth of copper piping and wiring.

  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Friday, December 20, 2013, at 11:29 a.m., a complainant called to report criminal mischief to vehicles parked in the area of JT’s Bagel Hut, 918 Lacey Road in Forked River. The complainant reported that between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on December 20, 2013, an unknown person or persons broke the rear window of a vehicle. Damage was estimated at $500. Further investigation revealed that a second vehicle was damaged at approximately 8:30 a.m. The damage consisted of a broken window which was estimated at $500.

  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Friday, December 20, 2013, at 3:25 p.m., a resident of the 1400 block of Argonne in Forked River reported a car burglary. The complainant reported that during the three month period of September 23, 2013 through December 6, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered his unlocked work vehicle and stole a camera valued at $550.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, December 20, 2013, at 7:57 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey responded to the 400 block of Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River for a motor vehicle accident (moving vehicle struck an unoccupied parked vehicle). Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 80-year-old Teresa Murray of Forked River, for DUI. Teresa Murray was transported to headquarters for processing then released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI. DUI Refusal, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle being operated was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, December 20, 2013, at 8:00 p.m., while dealing with a motor vehicle accident on the 400 Block of Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River, Officer Michael Verwey arrested 78-year-old Frederick Wright of Forked River for DUI after he was located in a second (uninvolved) vehicle at the accident scene. Frederick Wright was transported to headquarters and processed. Frederick Wright was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI and Reckless Driving. The vehicle being operated was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Friday, December 20, 2013, at 8:51 p.m., a resident of the 700 block of Amherst Road in Forked River reported criminal mischief. The complainant reported that between 8:00 p.m. and 8:50 p.m., an unknown person or persons damaged candy-cane lights that were in the ground in front of the residence. Damage is estimated at $20.

  • Improper Business Practice (Formal Charge) – On Friday, December 20, 2013, Stella Li, owner/operator of the Green Spa at 445 Lacey Road in Forked River, was charged with violating the Lacey Township ordinance governing massage parlors. The ordinance has a same-gender requirement for massages when operating a massage parlor not in the office of a licensed physician, chiropractor, or a physical therapist. Since the spa operates independent of an office of a licensed physician, chiropractor, or physical therapist, it is a violation if a female massages a male client or a male massages a female client. The charge was served and is pending a court date.

  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Friday, December 20, 2013, at 9:32 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey responded to the 400 block of Barramore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for a car burglary. The complainant reported that between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered his unlocked vehicle and stole property consisting of cash, a phone charger, and a knife. The total value of the property is estimated at $112.

  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Friday, December 20, 2013, at 9:38 p.m., a resident of the 1400 block of Jay Street in Forked River reported criminal mischief to a vehicle. The complainant reported that between 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on December 20, 2013, an unknown person or persons caused approximately $1,500 in damage to a vehicle at the residence. The damage, consisting of a broken window and a dent, appeared to have been done by a pellet-gun.

  • Possession of Heroin & Marijuana (Arrests) – On Friday, December 20, 2013, at approximately 11:29 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of a passenger, identified as 18-year-old Michael W. Guarini of Forked River, for Possession of Heroin. An additional passenger, a 17-year-old male juvenile from Lanoka Harbor, was arrested for Possession of Marijuana. They were both transported to headquarters and processed.  Michael Guarini was later released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Heroin. The 17-year-old Juvenile was later released to his parent after being charged on a juvenile complaint with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

  • Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Saturday, December 21, 2013, at 7:45 a.m., a resident of the 400 block of Lake Barnegat Drive North in Forked River reported criminal mischief. The complainant reported that between the overnight hours of Friday, December 20, 2013, into Saturday, December 21, 2013, an unknown person or persons drove their vehicle onto the complainant’s newly paved driveway leaving embedded tire marks. The cost to repair the driveway was valued at approximately $500.

  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Sunday, December 22, 2013, at 7:08 a.m., a resident of the 400 block of Irons Street in Forked River reported a car burglary. The complainant reported that sometime during the overnight hours of Saturday, December 21, 2013 into December 22, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered her unlocked vehicle and stole property valued at $28. The property was later located in the area. A second unlocked vehicle was entered at the residence, however, there did not appear to be anything missing.

  • Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Sunday, December 22, 2013, at 8:35 a.m., a resident of the 1500 block of Dee Road in Forked River reported criminal mischief. The complainant reported that between Sunday, December 15, 2013 and Saturday, December 21, 2013, an unknown person utilized a pellet gun to break a window on the residence. In addition, a light fixture was also damaged. Total damage is estimated at $75.

  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Sunday, December 22, 2013, at 11:32 a.m., a resident of the 300 block of Pine Forest Lane in Forked River reported a car burglary. The complainant reported that during the overnight hours of Saturday, December 21, 2013 into Sunday, December 22, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered her unlocked vehicle and stole an iPhone, MP3, and assorted change with a total valued of $280.

  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Sunday, December 22, 2013, at 3:54 p.m., a resident of the 300 block of Pine Forest Lane in Forked River reported. The resident reported that during the overnight hours, an unknown person entered the homeowner’s unlocked vehicle and stole property consisting of but not limited to loose change, a tire pressure gauge, a cell phone charger, medication, and glass cleaner, totaling approximately $56. Several of the items had been located around the neighborhood.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Sunday, December 22, 2013, at 3:48 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 23-year-old Alysha Manhat of Lanoka Harbor, on an outstanding Brick Township warrant in the amount of $500. She was transported to headquarters, processed by Officer Flynn, and then released on her own recognizance by the Brick Township Court.


UPDATE (Arrest): Home Burglary and Theft - Lacey Township Police Department - Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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Residential Burglary (Arrest) – On Thursday, November 28, 2013, the Lacey Township Police Department received a report of a residential burglary on Bowline Drive in the Sunrise Beach section of Forked River. On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, after a three-week investigation, Detective Brian Flynn arrested 30-year-old Jeffrey Polyak of 207 Greenwood Lane in Forked River. The Bowline Drive home was forcibly entered by means of a bedroom window being pried open while the residents were not home. Jeffrey Polyak was charged with Burglary as well as Theft of Movable Property ($7,500 worth of jewelry). Jeffrey Polyak was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility with bail set at $25,000.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Dec. 10th thru Dec. 16th, 2013

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  • UPDATE (Arrest): On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, the Lacey Township Police Department publically released a bank ATM surveillance image of an unidentified person who had illegally used a stolen credit card connected to a burglary of a vehicle in Lanoka Harbor. After a three week investigation, detectives identified the suspect as 31-year-old Jessica Walters of Lanoka Harbor. On the afternoon of Tuesday, December 10, 2013, Lacey Township Police Department detectives arrested 31-year-old Jessica Walters.

    Jessica Walters also had an outstanding, no-bail warrant issued out of the Ocean County Superior Court for a probation violation. A search of her clothing yielded 13 folds containing Heroin as well as a hypodermic syringe.

    Jessica Walters was identified as a suspect in several vehicle burglaries that occurred in Lacey Township during the month of October.  During the investigation, detectives obtained video surveillance from several locations in Ocean and Monmouth Counties where Jessica Walters used stolen credit cards to make cash withdrawals and purchases.

    Walters was charged with two counts of Burglary, Theft of Moveable Property, Theft of a Credit Card, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, as well as Possession of Heroin.  Jessica Walters was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility based on the no-bail warrant and an additional $20,000 in bail for the Lacey Township charges.

  • Possible Overdose - On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 9:11 p.m., Officer John McKee responded to a Lakeside Drive North residence in Forked River for a report of an unconscious female (possible drug overdose). Upon arrival at the residence, officers were led to a 29-year-old female from Tuckerton, NJ, who was then conscious and was reported to have consumed Roxicet (prescription pain medication) with vodka. She was transported to the hospital for further evaluation and treatment. Under the new “Overdose Prevention Act,” the 29-year-old female is not subject to any further police involvement.

  • Theft – On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 12:32 p.m., Officer John D. Simonson took a theft report. The complainant reported that on December 10, 2013, her juvenile son rode his bicycle to the TJ Maxx at 348 Route 9 N in Lanoka Harbor and left it outside unlocked. A short time later, he returned and the bicycle was gone. The bicycle is valued at $300.

  • Shoplifter (Arrest) - On Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:18 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey responded to the Lacey Walmart, 580 Route 9 N, Lanoka Harbor, for a female shoplifter. Upon his arrival, 49-year-old Anita Benson of Asbury Park, NJ, was arrested for shoplifting merchandise valued at $778.41. Anita Benson was processed and charged with shoplifting. She was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu $5,000 bail.

  • Heroin Possession and Distribution (Arrests) - While on patrol on Tuesday evening, December 10, 2013, in the Pheasant Run section of Lacey Township, Officer Michael Verwey received information from a resident that possible CDS activity may be taking place at 2006 Brookdale Drive in Forked River. It was reported that a subject was seen at a side window of the residence. While responding to the residence, Officer Verwey stopped a vehicle leaving that particular home. The driver, 22-year-old Branden Barranger of Toms River, NJ, was subsequently arrested for possession of a bundle (10 wax folds) of Heroin. The investigation continued with officers responding to the residence. Investigation at 2006 Brookdale Drive led to the seizure of 129 wax folds of Heroin along with other drug paraphernalia and prescription pills. Officers and detectives arrested the following individuals from the home: 24-year-old Wessley Krempel of Beachwood, NJ, 23-year-old Michael Krempel of South Toms River, NJ, 24 –year-old Noelle Hurley of Waretown, NJ, and 18-year-old Ariela Ceko of Bayville, NJ. Ariela Ceko and Michael Krempel were charged with Possession of Heroin and released on summonses. Noelle Hurley was charged with Possession of Heroin and turned over to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department for over $70,000 in outstanding warrants. Wessley Krempel was charged with Distribution of Heroin, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Schedule III Prescription Pills, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe. Wessley Krempel was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $150,000 cash bail.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 4:19 a.m., Officer Charles May and John McKee responded to the Lacey Inn at 216 Route 9 North in Forked River for a dispute. The investigation led to the arrest of 27-year-old John M. Sabie of Lanoka Harbor, NJ, on an outstanding warrant. The warrant was issued out of Newark, NJ, in the amount of $250. John M. Sabie was transported to headquarters, processed, and later released on his own recognizance by the Newark Court.

  • Search Warrant and Theft/Heroin Possession (Arrest) – On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, Lacey Township Police Department detectives executed a search warrant at 301 Bay Way in Lanoka Harbor. The search warrant was sought and executed as part of an investigation into several residential burglaries which occurred on Clairmore Avenue, Lanoka Harbor, during the summer of 2013. During the search, detectives discovered 92 folds containing Heroin. The target of the investigations, 26-year-old Anthony Sestito, was arrested and charged with Theft of Moveable Property (Jewelry) and Possession of Heroin. The stolen property, mainly consisting of jewelry, was estimated at $27,000. The stolen jewelry was not recovered as the investigation revealed the stolen items had been sold/pawned. Anthony Sestito was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $50,000 cash bail.

  • K-9 Search – At 8:10 a.m., on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, six members of the Lacey Township Police Department participated in a preplanned and coordinated K-9 sweep of the Lacey Township High School in conjunction with seven other law enforcement agencies. The arrangement for the K-9 teams and the corresponding media coverage was handled by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. The search was conducted at the joint request of the Lacey Township Police Department and the Lacey Township School Administration. All media releases related to the search and the outcome of the search are being handled exclusively by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office as the operation was officially under their direction and control.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 6:34 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to the Walmart store located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a shoplifter that had fled the scene. A store loss prevention employee reported that a male subject, later identified as Kevin Emery of 7 Oak Leaf Court in Waretown, left the store with a shopping cart containing items that were had not been purchased. The store employee reported that Kevin Emery fled in a vehicle after he was confronted in the parking lot. The items that the suspect attempted to shoplift were three “Vizio” sound bars valued at $294. The suspect is also suspected in a previous shoplifting of one “Vizio” sound bar that occurred on December 4, 2013 at the same store. Kevin Emery was contacted and subsequently turned himself in at Lacey Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with shoplifting. He was released pending a court date.

  • Theft – On Friday, December 13, 2013, at 7:41 a.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to the 1600 block of Pershing Avenue, Forked River, for a theft report. The complainant reported that between Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:00 p.m. and Friday, December 13, 2013, at 7:00 a.m., an unknown person or persons stole two light-up penguin mannequins valued at $70 from the front porch.

  • Drug Possession and Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, December 13, 2013, at 6:56 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn conducted a traffic stop on Lacey Road in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 32-year-old Michael Lange, for Possession of Marijuana. A Wall Township warrant in the amount of $358.00 was also located for Michael Lange’s arrest. Michael Lange was transported to headquarters, processed, and released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. In addition, Michael Lange received traffic summonses for Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License, CDS in a Motor Vehicle, and Speeding. Michael Lange posted bail on the warrant and was released.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Wednesday, December 13, 2013, at 2:02 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a motor vehicle stop near the intersection of Elwood Street and Holmes Avenue. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 23-year-old Michael Gardner of 422 Brandywine Avenue in Forked River for DUI. He was arrested and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he refused to provide breath samples. Michael Gardner was issued summonses for Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to Provide Breath Samples, Reckless Driving, and Maintenance of Lamps. The registered owner of the vehicle, 21-year-old Kaitlyn Mckeon of 1430 Kenney Street in Forked River, was a passenger in the vehicle and was charged with allowing an intoxicated driver to operate her motor vehicle.

  • Criminal Mischief to Auto – On Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 4:52 p.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to the 700 block of Weehawkin Avenue in Forked River for a report of criminal mischief. The complainant reported that between the late evening of Friday, December 13, 2013, and early morning hours of Saturday, December 14, 2013, an unknown person or persons broke the windshield wiper off of his vehicle at this location. The damage is estimated at $50.

  • Aggravated Assault and DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, December 15, 2013, at 2:42 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Nantucket Road in Forked River for an assault-in-progress involving a knife. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 30-year-old Natalie J. Aguirre of Tuckerton, NJ, for several offenses including Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and DUI. Natalie Aguirre was charged with DUI for allegedly driving her vehicle to the Nantucket Road address where she is believed to have committed the assault with a knife. She was transported to police headquarters. She was then lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail. In addition, Natalie Aguirre received traffic summonses for DUI and Refusal to Submit Breath Samples. The vehicle she was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Burglary and Theft from an Auto – On Sunday, December 15, 2013, at 11:23 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to the 800 block of Rogers Street in Lanoka Harbor for a theft report. The complainant reported that between 4:00 p.m. on December 14, 2013 and 11:00 a.m. on December 15, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered his unlocked vehicle that was parked in the driveway and stole loose change and a pack of cigarettes.

  • OTC Cough Medicine Abuse (Juvenile) – On Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 9:16 p.m., Officer Alan Abrecht responded to a Forked River residence in reference to a juvenile under the influence of an excessive amount of OTC cough medicine. A 15-year-old female was found in her residence by her parents under the influence of an excessive amount (more than 20 gel-caps) of over-the-counter cough medicine believed to be Coricidin Liquid Gel-Caps known to juveniles as Triple C’s. The juvenile, who was disoriented and appeared to be under the influence of drugs, was treated by the Lacey Township First Aid Squad and paramedics at the scene. She was then transported to Southern Ocean County Medical Center.

  • Theft – On Saturday, December 14, 2013, Officer Anthony Sarno responded to a Penn Avenue North residence for two separate theft reports. The homeowner initially reported that someone stole two Christmas decorations from his front lawn between 4:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2013. The decorations were described as a light-up pink Christmas Pig and a red and green “Merry Christmas” sign. The total value of the stolen property is $40. The homeowner later called back and reported that someone stole dark grey landscaping stones that were stacked on palettes next to his garage between the 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, 2103 and the morning hours of Saturday, December 14, 2013. The value of the stones is estimated at $500.

  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Monday, December 16, 2013, at 7:49 a.m., Officer Joseph Soto responded to the 400 block of Sinclair Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. The victim reported that between 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 15, 2013, and 7:30 a.m. on Monday, December 16, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered his unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway and stole $30 in cash and change.

  • Theft – On Monday, December 16, 2013, at 9:41 a.m., a resident of Buttonwood Drive in Lanoka Harbor reported that someone stole a Silver Nintendo DS “Lite” game console system, a blue Nintendo DS case, and twenty five miscellaneous Nintendo DS video games from her Buttonwood Drive residence. The thefts occurred between Monday, November 4, 2013 and Monday, December 16, 2013. The victim suspects a family member is involved in the thefts. Total value of the stolen property is estimated at $650.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Monday, December 16, 2013, at 10:13 a.m., officers responded to 1208 Pensacola Road in Forked River in reference to serving a warrant on 40-year-old Anthony Caputo. Anthony Caputo was located and arrested for the Montclair Township Municipal Court contempt warrant with no bail set. Anthony Caputo was arrested and turned over to the Montclair Township Police Department.


Neighborhood Crime Alert (UPDATE) - Search Warrant - Theft of Jewelry and Heroin Possession Arrest - 301 Bay Way, Lanoka Harbor

01 - Neighborhood Crime Alert

Search Warrant & Theft/Heroin Possession (Arrest) – On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, Lacey Township Police Department detectives executed a search warrant at 301 Bay Way in Lanoka Harbor. The search warrant was sought and executed as part of an investigation into several residential burglaries which occurred on Clairmore Avenue during the Summer of 2013.

During the search, detectives discovered 92 folds containing Heroin. The target of the investigations, 26-year-old Anthony Sestito, was arrested and charged with Theft of Moveable Property (Jewelry) and Possession of Heroin. The stolen property, mainly consisting of jewelry, was estimated at $27,000. The stolen jewelry was not recovered as the investigation revealed the stolen items had been sold/pawned. Anthony Sestito was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $50,000 cash bail.


Neighborhood Crime Alert (Multiple Arrests) - Heroin Possession and Distribution - Lacey Township Police Department - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

01 - Neighborhood Crime AlertHeroin Possession and Distribution (Arrests) - While on patrol on Tuesday evening, December 10, 2013, in the Pheasant Run section of Lacey Township, Officer Michael Verwey received information from a resident that possible CDS activity may be taking place at 2006 Brookdale Drive in Forked River. It was reported that a subject was seen at a side window of the residence. While responding to the residence, Officer Verwey stopped a vehicle leaving that particular home. The driver, 22-year-old Branden Barranger from 124 Old Orchard Road in Toms River, was subsequently arrested for possession of a bundle (10 wax folds) of Heroin. The investigation continued with officers responding to the residence.

Investigation at 2006 Brookdale Drive led to the seizure of 129 wax folds of Heroin along with other drug paraphernalia and prescription pills.

Officers and detectives arrested the following individuals from the home:

Wessley Krempel (24-years-of-age)
1401 Windward Drive
Beachwood, New Jersey

Michael Krempel (23-years-of-age)
38 Double Trouble Road
South Toms River, NJ

Noelle Hurley (24-years-of-age)
21 Lighthouse Drive
Waretown, NJ

Ariela Ceko (18-years-of-age)
88 Dolphin Circle
Bayville, NJ

Ariela Ceko and Michael Krempel were charged with Possession of Heroin and released on summonses. Noelle Hurley was charged with Possession of Heroin and turned over to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department for over $70,000 in outstanding warrants. Wessley Krempel was charged with Distribution of Heroin, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Schedule III Prescription Pills, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe. Wessley Krempel was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $150,000 cash bail.


UPDATE (Arrest): Vehicle Burglaries, Credit Card Fraud, Heroin Possession - Lacey Township Police Department - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

01 - Neighborhood Crime Alert

UPDATE (Arrest): On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, the Lacey Township Police Department publically released a bank ATM surveillance image of an unidentified person who had illegally used a stolen credit card connected to a burglary of a vehicle in Lanoka Harbor. After a three week investigation, detectives identified the suspect as 31-year-old Jessica Walters of Lanoka Harbor. On the afternoon of Tuesday, December 10, 2013, Lacey Township Police Department detectives arrested 31-year-old Jessica Walters.

Jessica Walters also had an outstanding, no-bail warrant issued out of the Ocean County Superior Court for a probation violation. A search of her clothing yielded 13 folds containing Heroin as well as a hypodermic syringe.

Jessica Walters was identified as a suspect in several vehicle burglaries that occurred in Lacey Township during the month of October.  During the investigation, detectives obtained video surveillance from several locations in Ocean and Monmouth Counties where Jessica Walters used stolen credit cards to make cash withdrawals and purchases.

Walters was charged with two counts of Burglary, Theft of Moveable Property, Theft of a Credit Card, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, as well as Possession of Heroin.  Jessica Walters was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility based on the no-bail warrant and an additional $20,000 in bail for the Lacey Township charges.


K-9 Sweep of the High School - Lacey Township Police Department - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

lacey_jan28K-9 Sweep at the Lacey Township High School – On behalf of the Lacey Township Police Department, I would like to extend sincere thanks to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, Ocean Township (Waretown) PD, Toms River PD, Stafford PD, and Allenhurst PD for dedicating the time and resources necessary to facilitate the very expedient and professional K-9 sweep of the Lacey Township High School. The use of K-9s in the schools is one facet of a multi-faceted approach to dealing with the very complex problem currently facing our state, county, and our municipality. The operation would not have been possible without the support of the Lacey Township school administration and all of the supporting law enforcement organizations who participated. Thanks again. - Chief David A. Paprota


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Dec. 3rd thru Dec. 9th, 2013

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December 3rd thru December 9th, 2013

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  • Harassment & Disorderly Conduct (Formal Charges) – On Saturday, December 7, 2013, 30-year-old Joseph A. Potenzone of 414 Drew Avenue in Lanoka Harbor, NJ, was charged with two counts of Disorderly Conduct and one count of Harassment in reference to two separate incidents that involved female victims. The first incident occurred on September 14, 2013, when 30-year-old Joseph Potenzone was reported to have been riding his bicycle and followed a 13-year-old juvenile female (who was also riding a bicycle) in the area of Ash Road Park in Lanoka Harbor. Joseph Potenzone reportedly followed the juvenile female almost a mile until she was able to separate from him at the Wawa Store on Route 9 in Lanoka Harbor. While he was following her he was allegedly making flirtatious comments and bumped her rear bicycle tire. The juvenile female contacted family members who responded to intervene.  They were able to take a photograph of him which later led to his positive identification. For this incident, Joseph Potenzone was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Harassment. The second incident took place on December 4, 2013, at approximately 2:30 p.m. at the Ash Road Park in Lanoka Harbor. An adult female reported that while she was at the park with her 2 year-old child, she was approached by Joseph Potenzone who was riding a bicycle. The female reported that Joseph Potenzone said inappropriate things to her and was trying to ask her out. The female reported that when she tried to leave, Joseph Potenzone followed her to her car and blocked her from closing the car door.  She was eventually able to shut the car door and pull away. Joseph Potenzone was charged by the Lacey Township Police Department with Disorderly Conduct. 

  • Fraud – On Tuesday, December 3, 2014, Officer Keith Pearce responded to 7-11 located at 524 Lacey Road in reference to a fraud.A store employee reported that at approximately 2:00 a.m. she received a phone call from a male subject claiming to be from corporate 7-11.  The subject told her that corporate was having an issue with the green dot prepaid debit card reader.  The employee reported that the subject convinced her to put $500 on a card and scan it through the cash register.  The employee reported that the subject then convinced her to scratch off the pin number and read that to him so he could verify the transaction.  The employee reported that the subject told her that the transaction did not go through and asked her to try it again with a different card.  The subject hung up and called back several times convincing the clerk to scan approximately 26 different cards, putting $500 on each prepaid card, totaling $13,000 in attempted frauds. The manager, Mahesh Chaidhari, called corporate and was told that the store was scammed. The phone number the subject called from was 866-362-9035 and is not in service. Over $7,000 in actual transactions successfully went through during the fraud.

  • Burglary Investigation & Heroin Possession (Arrests)  On the morning of Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Lacey Township Police Department detectives executed a search warrant at 308 Sunrise Boulevard, Forked River, concluding a three week investigation. The warrant was sought to recover stolen property from a residential burglary that occurred at 304 Sunrise Boulevard on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. During the residential burglary committed on November 13, 2013, the actors stole items valued in excess of $3,000 and caused extensive damage to the heating and cooling system by cutting copper piping. Additionally, the electric meter was stolen from the exterior of the residence.

  • During the warrant execution, detectives located numerous items stolen during the burglary in addition to 48 bags of heroin, drug paraphernalia, and hypodermic syringes. Also, the electric meter supplying the power connection to 308 Sunrise Boulevard, Forked River, was determined to be stolen from another residence and illegally installed on the 308 Sunrise Boulevard home.

    The following four adults were arrested and processed for the corresponding offenses:

    Jacqueline Armenia (50)
    308 Sunrise Boulevard
    Forked River, NJ
    Possession of Stolen Property
    Theft of Services

    Luis Rivera (41)
    227 Hamilton Avenue
    Seaside Heights, NJ
    Possession of Stolen Property
    Possession of Heroin
    Intent to Distribute Heroin

    Johnny Irizarry (33)
    308 Sunrise Boulevard
    Forked River, NJ
    Burglary
    Theft of Property
    Possession of Heroin
    Theft of Services

    Michael Nealy (29)
    308 Sunrise Boulevard
    Forked River, NJ
    Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe

    Michael Nealy and Jacqueline Armenia were charged and released on their own recognizance pending a court appearance. Luis Rivera and Johnny Irizarry were both lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility after bail was set at $50,000 each.

    Lacey Detectives were assisted by the Ocean County Criminalistics Unit (CIU) and a K-9 team from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 9:56 a.m., 27-year-old Steven Henriques of 464 West Lake Drive in Brick was arrested at police headquarters on two outstanding warrants; a $600 Lacey Township municipal court warrant for driving while suspended and a $350 Toms River Township court warrant for driving while suspended. He was transported to the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.

  • Criminal Mischief On Tuesday, December 03, 2013 at 9:25 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to 1536 Dee Road in Forked River in reference to criminal mischief to a mailbox.  Cheri Sievers reported that her mailbox appeared to have been “blown up” by fireworks sometime between 9:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. on December 3, 2103.  A witness reported that just prior to the mailbox exploding, a white box truck with two male occupants was scene in the area.  The truck had what appeared to be a painted over business logo (possibly PC Richards) on it.  A check of the area provided negative results.  The value of the mailbox is $150. 

  • Suspicious Incident On Tuesday, December 03, 2013 at 9:50 p.m. Officer Scott Keefe responded to 1218 Ocean Street in reference to a suspicious incident. The resident reported that a road flare was placed in his mailbox earlier in the day. The road flare was apparently lit at the time it was placed in the mailbox, but no damage was observed to the mailbox. No suspects could be identified.

  • Theft – On Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11:02 a.m. Officer Daniel Ricciardella responded to 2194 Hollywood Drive in Forked River in reference to a theft. Rachelle Marsh reported that someone stole a central air conditioning unit compressor from the side of her residence between 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 02, 2013 and 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 04, 2013. The air conditioning unit was destroyed, leaving the unit case with exposed wires and fluid leaking. The value of the air conditioning unit is estimated at $2,500.

  • Criminal Mischief – On Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 3:45 p.m. Ptl. Ricciardella responded to 1809 Lakeside Drive South in Forked River in reference to criminal mischief. Frank Pezzuti reported that between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, someone cut six window screens and damaged one window sash in the rear of his residence. The windows and the doors were locked and no signs of entry into the residence were observed. The damage is estimated at $500.

  • Warrant (Arrest) On Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 9:03 p.m., Officers responded to 113 Seabright Road in Forked River in an attempt to serve a $3,500 Berkeley Township warrant on 30-year-old Dorian S. Knorr who resides at that address. Dorian Knorr was located at the residence and arrested. Dorian Knorr was transported to Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:19 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy was patrolling the end of Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor and observed a vehicle stopped across from a residence. The vehicle was running with its brake lights activated.  An inquiry of the vehicle registration indicated that the registered owner, 31-year-old Christopher Foster of 105 Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor, had an active $2,500 warrant out of Toms River Township Court for assault. Officer Androcy stopped the vehicle and arrested Christopher Foster on the outstanding warrant. The passenger, 23-year-old Cassandra Greeley of 2 Eagles Nest Drive in Vernon, NJ, was allowed to take temporary possession of the 1999 Nissan Maxima at Christopher Foster’s request.  Christopher Foster was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed. He was then transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

  • Shoplifting – On Thursday December 5, 2103 at 7:18 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota responded to Walmart, located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a report of shoplifting. The Asset Protection Employee reported that a white male, approximately in his early-to-mid-twenties in age, had placed an HP-500-123W computer in his shopping cart and proceeded to exit the store without paying for it. The suspect was followed and observed getting into a green Dodge Durango bearing NJ Registration Z91-BNS. The suspect then fled the area. Surveillance photographs of the suspect were provided and submitted into evidence. The vehicle is registered to 28-year-old Haley Johnson of 1196 Dell Street in Toms River. Toms River Police Department was notified and assisted in the investigation. The computer is valued at $498. Charges are pending the identity of the suspect.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 10:25 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota conducted a motor vehicle stop in the parking lot of Rella’s Italian Grill located at 443 Route 9 South in Forked River. The driver, Tyrone Kuziw, was stopped for an improper right turn on red at the intersection of Route 9 and Beach Boulevard in Forked River.  Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Tyrone Kuziw on an outstanding warrant for an assault out of Sanford, Maine from 1995. The jurisdiction in Maine indicated they would be responding to extradite the suspect. Officer Slota transported Tyrone Kuziw (aka, Michael Onest) to the Ocean County Correctional Facility where he will await extradition to Maine.

  • Burglary & Theft (Residence) – On Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 10:41 a.m., Officer Scott Anderson responded to the 200 block of Route 9 North in Forked River in reference to a residential burglary. The owner of the property reported that upon checking the residence on this date she noticed water coming out from beneath the doors on the south side of the residence. Upon checking inside the residence, it was discovered that someone had forced their way into the residence and cut the copper pipes and fittings from the residence causing water to spray out which resulted in the flooding of the residence.  The burglary and theft are believed to have occurred between Friday, November 22, 2103, and Thursday, December 5, 2013. It was determined that suspects entered the residence through the exterior crawl space entrance.  A plumber estimated the copper theft and repair to be $5,000. The free-standing garage at the rear of the residence had also been burglarized as well. The suspect(s) appeared to have attempted to gain entry by prying the side door of the garage but were unsuccessful. It appears that access was gained through the prying of a garage window. Damage as a result of the forced entries to the residence and garage is estimated at $2,000. 

  • Theft – On Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:05 a.m., Anthony Aiello, owner of Tony’s Landscaping, reported that a steel elbow from a commercial tailgate leaf vacuum was stolen. The theft occurred between 10:00 a.m. on November 27, 2013 and 10:00 a.m. on November 28, 2013, from the driveway of a Birch Lane residence in Forked River. The steel elbow is valued at $293.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, December 06, 2013, at 9:31 a.m., Special Officer Travis Horton conducted a motor vehicle stop of 30-year-old Ryan Wickes of 103 Bonita Road in Waretown for driving with a suspended driver’s license and an active warrant. Ryan Wickes was arrested on the $500 Tuckerton Borough traffic warrant which was for a separate driving while suspended offense. Ryan Wickes was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was released on his own recognizance as per the Tuckerton Borough Court Clerk. Ryan Wickes was issued a summons for driving while suspended in Lacey Township.

  • Fire – On December 6, 2013 at 2:18 a.m., officers responded to a Holland Avenue residence in Forked River for a report of a shed fire. Upon arrival, the metal shed and wooden stockade fence were on fire in the backyard of the residence. The Forked River Fire Department responded and extinguished the blaze. A member of the Forked River Fire Department, Robert Anderson, sustained a burn to his face while he was helping to extinguish the fire. The Lacey Township First Aid Squad responded and transported Robert Anderson to Community Medical Center for further treatment. Ocean County Fire Marshal William Hopson responded to the scene and determined that the fire originated in the shed and was not suspicious in nature.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, December 6, 2013, at 11:11 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy and Special Officer Travis Horton responded to the area of Briar Road and Walnut Drive in Lanoka Harbor for a report of an intoxicated male stumbling in the roadway.  Upon arrival, officers located 51-year-old Joseph Marrocco of 354 Yorktown Drive in Lanoka Harbor standing on the shoulder of the roadway. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Joseph Marrocco on several outstanding warrants: $750 Lacey Township Municipal Court Warrant for a township ordinance; $939 South Toms River Borough Warrant for driving while suspended; $2,040 Brick Township Court warrant for driving while suspended; $250 Beachwood Borough Warrant for unlicensed driver; $250 Atlantic City warrant for a local ordinance violation; and a $15,009 Ocean County Sheriff’s Warrant for non-payment of Child Support. Joseph Marrocco was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and then transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of his bail.

  • Underage Consumption of Alcohol (Formal Charge) – On Saturday, December 7, 2103, at 5:08 p.m., officers responded to the wooded area between Shop-Rite and Kohl’s in reference to a 14-year-old male found lying on the ground incoherent. Upon arrival, officers found the juvenile semi-conscious and covered in vomit. The Lacey Township First Aid Squad and paramedics responded and transported the juvenile to Community Medical Center for treatment. The guardian of the juvenile was notified. The 14-year-old resident of Lanoka Harbor was charged with under age consumption of alcohol on a Juvenile Complaint. The matter is under continuing investigation.

  • Criminal Mischief On Sunday, December 8, 2013, at 10:10 a.m., incidents of criminal mischief were reported. A resident of Hastings Court reported that between 11:00 p.m. on December 7, 2013, and 9:00 a.m. on December 8, 2013, someone damaged her Christmas decorations. The damage is estimated at $50. A resident of Brookdale Drive reported that during the overnight hours of December 7, 2013 into December 8, 2013 someone kicked over a decorative concrete deer that was in the front yard of the residence. The concrete deer sustained damage valued at $600. Between 1:00 a.m. and 9:00 am on December 8, 2013, someone damaged the Holiday decorations and Christmas lights that were placed outside of the Pheasant Run Clubhouse located on Canterbury Drive in Forked River. The damage was estimated at $5. On Sunday, December 8, 2013, at 6:53 a.m., a resident of York Drive in Forked River reported that between 12:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. on December 8, 2013, someone knocked her mailbox off of the mailbox post. The damage to the mailbox and post is estimated at $125.

  • Criminal Mischief – On Monday, December 9, 2103 at 11:48 a.m. Officer Peter Donahue responded to Ostrowski Dental in reference to criminal mischief. The owner reported that between December 6, 2013 and December 9, 2013, a small glass marble was used to break the window pane of the front entrance door to the dental office.  The damage is estimated at $300.


Crime Alert - UPDATE - Lacey Township Police Department - Wednesday, December 3, 2013 - Sunrise Blvd., Forked River

footerBurglary Investigation & Heroin Possession (Arrests) - On the morning of Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Lacey Township Police Department detectives executed a search warrant at 308 Sunrise Boulevard, Forked River, concluding a three week investigation. The warrant was sought to recover stolen property from a residential burglary that occurred at 304 Sunrise Boulevard on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. During the residential burglary committed on November 13, 2013, the actors stole items valued in excess of $3,000 and caused extensive damage to the heating and cooling system by cutting copper piping. Additionally, the electric meter was stolen from the exterior of the residence.

During the warrant execution, detectives located numerous items stolen during the burglary in addition to 48 bags of heroin, drug paraphernalia, and hypodermic syringes. Also, the electric meter supplying the power connection to 308 Sunrise Boulevard, Forked River, was determined to be stolen from another residence and illegally installed on the 308 Sunrise Boulevard home.

The following four adults were arrested and processed for the corresponding offenses:

Jacqueline Armenia (50)
308 Sunrise Boulevard
Forked River, NJ
Possession of Stolen Property
Theft of Services

Luis Rivera (41)
227 Hamilton Avenue
Seaside Heights, NJ
Possession of Stolen Property
Possession of Heroin
Intent to Distribute Heroin

Johnny Irizarry (33)
308 Sunrise Boulevard
Forked River, NJ
Burglary
Theft of Property
Possession of Heroin
Theft of Services

Michael Nealy (29)
308 Sunrise Boulevard
Forked River, NJ
Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe

Michael Nealy and Jacqueline Armenia were charged and released on their own recognizance pending a court appearance. Luis Rivera and Johnny Irizarry were both lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility after bail was set at $50,000 each.

Lacey Detectives were assisted by the Ocean County Criminalistics Unit (CIU) and a K-9 team from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Nov. 26th thru Dec. 2nd, 2013

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November 26th thru December 2nd, 2013

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  • Theft – On Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 7:34 p.m., a homeowner from the 300 block of Sunrise Boulevard reported a theft. The homeowner reported that someone stole a JCP&L service meter from the side of his house between 10:00 p.m. on Monday, November 25, 2013 and 7:34 p.m. on Sunday, November 26, 2013. The residence is in the process of being remodeled. The homeowner was alerted by his alarm company that his newly installed alarm was only running on battery backup, and upon checking the residence, he discovered his power off and the meter missing. JCP&L indicated that the account is in good standing and they did not remove the meter. Arrests are pending in the case.

  • Shoplifting (Arrests) - On Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at 1:55 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno was patrolling the Wal-Mart parking lot when he was approached by an asset protection employee who advised him of three shoplifters that had just exited the store. The three males were observed placing items into a shopping cart and leaving the store without paying for them. Officer Sarno immediately detained 38-year-old Dwaine Duffey of 7 Jay Street in Lakewood, NJ, who was pushing a cart filled with merchandise towards a vehicle in the parking lot. Officer Sarno then pursued (on foot) and detained 37-year-old Christos Stamatogiannis of 21 Jay Street in Lakewood, NJ, who was attempting to flee the scene. Officer Anthony Sarno then located and detained 35-year-old Nicholas Leewaye of 58 Hartley Avenue in Hamilton, NJ, who was found four aisles over. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of all three offenders. The arrestees were transported to Lacey Township Police headquarters where they were fingerprinted and photographed. Asset Protection employees also informed this agency that surveillance photos of three males attempting to shoplift televisions from the Stafford Township Wal-Mart matched the description of the three men in custody. The items shoplifted included an Inspired Style Laundry Sorter – $24.88, Nintendo Mario Pillow – $12.97, Scott Bath Tissue – $2.97, Diablo Computer Game – $39.96, Glass Cleaner – $1.98, Fruit of the Loom Pant – $9.92, and a HP Intel Envy Touch Smart – $675.00. Total value of all items is $767.68. Each arrestee was issued a summons for shoplifting and released pending a future court date.

  • Burglary & Theft (Residence) – On Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 10:40 p.m., Officer George Resetar and Officer Robert Duffy responded to 806 Bowline Drive in Forked River in reference to a burglary. Winifred Polyak reported that between 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 28, 2013, someone stole two sets of gold hoop earrings and a yellow “Hugs and Kisses” bracelet from her spare bedroom.  Winifred Polyak reported that upon returning home and entering the spare bedroom she noticed a disturbed window shade and that the room was colder than the rest of the house.  She then discovered that the window was slightly ajar and the wood casing on the bottom was broken. Pry marks could also be observed on the outside of the window casing, but it did not appear that the suspect gained entry from the window as it could only be pried open a few inches.  The rest of the house appeared secured. The estimated value of the jewelry is $650.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 1:12 a.m., Officers responded to the Walmart located at 580 Route 9 in Lanoka Harbor for a report of a shoplifter. The Asset Protection employee reported that a female shopper placed several items into her pocketbook and attempted to leave without paying for the items. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 20-year-old Jessica Bachefski of 1117 Verdant Road in Toms River for shoplifting. Jessica Bachefski was transported to Lacey Township Police headquarters where she was fingerprinted and photographed. Jessica Bachefski was issued a summons for shoplifting and released awaiting a court date. The items stolen included four cell phone cases, eyebrow makeup, two eye shadows, three “Phone Bling” screen protectors, RMI GeMONO, elastic hair ties, nail polish, and HC Mini Lash. The total value of the stolen property was $75.13.

  • Warrant (Arrest) - On Friday, November 29, 2013 at 9:23 p.m. Special Officer Travis Horton was conducting a business check of Wal-Mart when he observed a suspicious male sitting in the driver seat of a black pickup truck in a secluded area of the parking lot. The occupant of the vehicle was identified as 30-year-old Adam Visokay of 706 Eton Court in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Adam Visokay on an outstanding $368 Manchester Township traffic warrant. Adam Visokay was arrested and transported to Lacey Police headquarters where he was processed and released after his bail was posted. Adam Visokay was released awaiting a future court date in Manchester Township.

  • Theft – On Friday, November 29, 2013 at 9:21 a.m., Officer Darrell Nick responded to Townsend’s Marina located at 221 E Lacey Road in Forked River for a report of theft. The owner, Kevin O’Connell, reported that someone stole a 2008 aluminum Load Rite boat trailer between Wednesday, November 20, 2013, and Friday, November 29, 2013.  The trailer is able to carry a 20-23 foot long boat and has diamond plate fenders, a manual crank, and brand new tires. The trailer was being stored at the east end of Townsend’s Marina storage lot, close to Lacey Road.  The trailer had a yellow Gorilla guard coupler lock on the hitch which was found broken and on the ground. The approximate value of the broken yellow Gorilla guard coupler lock is $23. The Load Rite boat trailer is valued at approximately $3,500.

  • Shoplifting (Formal Charges) – On Friday, November 29, 2103 at 1:55 p.m., Officers responded to Kohl’s located at 304 Route 9 North in Forked River in reference to two juvenile shoplifters that had been detained. The male and female juvenile suspects stole approximately $60 worth of electronics on this date, but had also stolen numerous electronic items valued at over $900 on Sunday, November 17, 2013. A third male juvenile, who has been identified, was involved in the theft that occurred on Sunday, November 17, 2013.  Complaints from both incidents are pending for all three juveniles.

  • Warrant (Arrest) - On Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 6:55 a.m., Officer Joseph Soto arrested 33-year-old Michelle Mintchwarner of 605 Kimberly Court in Forked River on an outstanding $500 Stafford Township warrant. Officer Soto responded to the residence on a suspicious incident call when he became aware of the outstanding warrant. Michelle Mintchwarner was transported to Lacey Township Police headquarters where she was released by the court on her own recognizance awaiting a new court date.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, December 1, 2013, at 11:19 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey stopped 24-year-old James Tice Jr. of 40 Grant Concourse in Bayville, NJ, for improper parking in the parking lot of Wawa located at 701 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of James Tice Jr. for DUI. His vehicle was impounded by pursuant to John’s law and he was transported to police headquarters. James Tice Jr. is also under investigation for being under the influence of Suboxone and Xanex. James Tice Jr. was issued summonses for reckless driving and driving while intoxicated.

  • Theft – On Monday, December 2, 2013 at 9:02 a.m., Officer Cernek responded to 1032 Orlando Drive in reference to a theft. Joseph Marzacco reported that someone stole two Exide 12v marine (boat) batteries between Saturday, November 30, 2013 and Monday, December 2, 2103. The batteries were located on the ground on the side of his residence. The value is estimated at $30.

  • Theft, Forgery, & Fraud (Arrest) – On Monday, December 2, 2013 at 3:45 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey arrested 27-year-old Brendan Twigg-Patrick of 1808 Ridge Road in Forked River in reference to theft and forgery incidents that occurred over the past several months. Brendan Twigg-Patrick was charged with third degree theft by deception, third degree forgery, and third degree uttering of a forged object. Brendan Twigg-Patrick is alleged to have stolen 20+ checks from a checkbook belonging to the “Bridges to Safety” charity, then forging the checks and cashing them at local banks. The combined estimated value of the cashed checks is $2,405. He was processed and released on summonses pending a future court date.

  • DUI (Arrest) - On Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 12:29 a.m. Officer Julie Barcalow conducted a motor vehicle stop on Bay Way near Thorn Street for speeding.  Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 34-year-old Jason Keogh of 608 Drew Avenue, for DUI.  His vehicle was impounded by Priced Rite Towing as per John’s Law. He was processed and released after being charged on motor vehicle summonses with driving under the influence, reckless driving, speeding, and unregistered vehicle.

              


Crime Alert (Drug Distribution) - Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - Lacey Township

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Drug Distribution Arrests – On the evening of Tuesday, November 26, 2013, while conducting a surveillance which led to a parking lot in Berkeley Township, Lacey Township Police Department detectives witnessed a Lacey Township resident conduct a suspicious meeting with a second male subject. The Lacey man, 28-year-old Michael Visinski of Maple Road in Lanoka Harbor, was in a vehicle driven by another Lacey Township resident, 28-year-old Michael Toms of Windsor Street in Forked River. The investigation led to the arrest of both Michael Visinski and Michael Toms for Possession and Distribution of Oxycodone pills.

Both suspects were transported to Berkeley Township Police Department for processing.  Each was charged with Possession of Oxycodone with the Intent to Distribute and were released on their own recognizance pending a court appearance. Oxycodone (an opiate) is a Schedule II narcotic often prescribed for pain. Detectives from the Berkeley Township Police Department assisted with the arrest.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Nov. 19th thru Nov. 25th, 2013

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  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 3:13 p.m. Special Officer Travis Horton observed 26-year-old Jennifer L. Wood of 424 Bay Way in Lanoka Harbor, in the Lacey Township Municipal Court. Officer Travis Horton was aware that she had an active no bail Child Support warrant issued by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and placed her under arrest. Jennifer Wood was then transported to the Ocean County Jail.
  • Public Urination (Formal Charge) – On Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 12:14 a.m. Officer Androcy was patrolling on Route 9, when he observed a male urinating in the parking lot of the Forked River House. Upon entering the parking lot the male was still urinating and talking on his cell phone, until he noticed the patrol vehicle a short while later.  The subject later identified as, 23-year-old Nicholas Kuzma of 12 Tom Gray Court in Forked River was issued a township ordinance violation on a Special Complaint Summons for Urinating in Public.
  • Burglary & Theft (Residence) - On Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 9:14 p.m. Officer Evan Androcy responded to 409 Pine Tree Drive in Forked River in reference to a burglary and theft from the residence. 39-year-old Michael Ragusa reported that someone forced open the rear door of his residence and stole a 32 inch LG TV, jewelry, and a lap top computer. Detective Brian Flynn responded to the crime scene along with the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CIU, who processed the crime scene for evidence. The incident is under investigation.
  • Fraud – On Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 11:26 a.m., a resident of Sunrise Boulevard in Forked River was contacted via Facebook by someone claiming to be in the U.S. Navy and was requesting money to help him pay some travel expenses and his monthly bills. The resident offered to pay some of his expenses and was instructed to send the money to Oluwafemi Michael Omofaye, in Lagos, Nigeria. The resident then received instructions stating that she would be forwarded money from other people around the U.S. to also be sent to O. Omofaye in Lagos, Nigeria along with her own money. The resident stated that in total she sent $21,000 to O. Omofaye. This is clearly an ongoing series of scams of which well intentioned persons are commonly victims. Nigeria in particular, for well over a decade, has been the origin of many well-publicized scams throughout the United States.
  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – Continuing Investigation - At 2:30 a.m., on Friday, November 22, 2013, Patrol Officer Evan Androcy of the Lacey Township Police Department was patrolling the Laurel Boulevard area in Lanoka Harbor when he observed 19-year-old Cody Diaz of Bayville near a vehicle on Sycamore Drive in Lanoka Harbor. Cody Diaz of 149 Harlequin Glade in Bayville attempted to hide but was quickly located by Officer Androcy. Although Officer Androcy suspected Cody Diaz of committing car burglaries, Diaz quickly attributed his suspicious actions to his possession of Marijuana and his desire to avoid being arrested. In addition to the Marijuana, Diaz was found in possession of a black backpack weighted down with loose change along with other small items consistent with car burglaries. Officer Androcy placed Cody Diaz under arrest for possession of CDS as well as the underage possession of alcohol. Detective Brian Flynn is currently continuing the investigation into the suspected car burglaries in the general area of Laurel Boulevard from the Wawa down to the Laurel Harbor Marina area. The Berkeley Township Police Department was also notified as to Cody Diaz being a suspect in a number of car burglaries in their Township.
  • Burglary & Theft (Car) –On Friday, November 22, 2013, a resident of Chestnut Drive in Lanoka Harbor reported that his vehicle was burglarized between 6:00 p.m. on November 21, 2013 and 6:30 a.m. on November 22, 2013. The vehicle owner reported that someone entered his vehicle and stole a full carton of Newport cigarettes and $5.00 in change from the cup holder of his vehicle, a black, 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The vehicle was unlocked and parked in the driveway of Chestnut Drive residence.
  • Theft (Formal Charge) –On Friday, November 22, 2013 at 5:21 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy responded to Walmart in reference to a theft. 21-year-old Brittany Goodrich of Bayville reported leaving her wallet in a shopping cart within the store. 53-year-old Christine Caban of Pheasant Drive in Bayville found the wallet and turned it over to a store employee. Store security viewed the surveillance camera and observed Christine Caban take money out of the wallet prior to turning it over to the store employee. Christine Caban was found in possession of the money and was issued a complaint summons for theft.
  • Drug Possession (Arrests) –On Friday, November 22, 2013 at 9:59 p.m. Special Officer Jesse Urban was locking Hebrew Park when he observed headlights down by the trestle. Special Officer Jesse Urban checked the area and located four juveniles in possession of marijuana. The three 17-year-old males and one 16-year-old male were taken into custody and transported to police headquarters where they were turned over to their parents. All four juveniles were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on juvenile complaints.
  • Warrant (Arrest) - On Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 8:01 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton was observing traffic when he received a hit on his mobile data terminal (MDT) which indicated that the registered owner, 33-year-old Eric Kaboski of 811 Bowline Drive in Forked River, had a suspended driver’s license and traffic $350 traffic warrant out of Toms River and a $500 traffic warrant out of Ocean Township. Special Officer Horton stopped the vehicle in the parking lot of 7-11, 403 Route 9, Lanoka Harbor, and confirmed that Eric Kaboski was the driver of the vehicle. Eric Kaboski was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was turned over to the custody of Ocean Township Police Department for transport to the Ocean County Jail. Eric Kaboski was also issued a summons for driving while suspended.
  • Defiant Trespass – On Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 1:14 p.m. a resident of Neptune Court in Forked River reported that a group of juveniles were inside of a vacant house on Neptune Court. Officer Daniel Ricciardella and Officer Dimitri Tsarnas responded to the residence and located three juveniles inside – one male and two females. The three juveniles were taken into custody and transported to police headquarters. Officer Ricciardella conducted a “Station House Adjustment” for all three juveniles based on the trespassing incident, as nothing in the residence appeared to have been damaged or stolen. The juveniles were turned over to their parents at police headquarters.
  • Criminal Mischief – On Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 9:32 p.m. Special Officer Hutman was on patrol when he was flagged down by a citizen in the Applebee’s parking lot. Peter Aakejer reported that he parked his 2013 Mercedes Benz in the Applebee’s parking lot at approximately 8:15 p.m. and when he exited the restaurant at approximately 8:30 p.m., he noticed that the driver side of the vehicle had been keyed on both doors.  Damage is estimated at $1,500.
  • Theft – On Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 9:50 a.m. A resident of Llewellyn Parkway in Forked River reported a theft of a $298 laptop computer from his home by a 23-year-old female from Lake Barnegat Drive in Forked River. Officer Daniel Ricciardella contacted the female and informed her of the allegation. A short while later, the victim informed Officer Ricciardella that the female returned the laptop computer. No complaints were signed.
  • Suspicious Incident – On Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 2:28 p.m., Officer Daniel Ricciardella responded to a Joffre Road residence in Forked River in reference to a suspicious telephone call. The resident reported that she received a telephone call from (214) 161-8166 and was asked to provide personal information. She reported that the caller also requested that she turn on her computer because he is an Apple computer tech and needs her computer on to resolve the problem. She advised the caller that she has no issues with her computer but he still insisted that she turn on the computer so he can connect to their computer. The caller was described as a male with an Asian accent. She did not provide any personal information and did not connect to her computer before hanging up with the caller. Officer Ricciardella called the telephone number and received a message that this number is no longer in service.
  • Simple Assault (Arrest) – On Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 3:03 p.m. Officer Michael Verwey and Officer John Simonson responded to an Oxford Road residence in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a road rage incident. A 29-year-old male reported that he and his 30-year-old girlfriend were driving down Oxford Road when they were followed to their home by 56-year-old Douglas Thomas of Oxford Road. Douglas Thomas reportedly struck the 29-year-old male in the left side of his face causing visible injury. Douglas Thomas was arrested and transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released on a summons for simple assault. Gregory Young was transported to Community Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. The incident is still under investigation and further charges may be issued.
  • Criminal Mischief – On Monday, November 25, 2013 at 10:22 p.m., Officer Julie Barcalow responded to Lakeside Drive South in reference to criminal mischief. The residents reported that someone damaged mailboxes sometime between Sunday, November 24, 2013 and Monday, November 25, 2013. The damage is estimated at $100.
  • DUI (Arrest) – On Monday, November 25, 2014 at 7:03 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe and Officer Charles May responded to the Pan Asia restaurant parking lot located at 416 Route 9 South in Forked River for a male subject slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 60-year-old Theodore Stawicki of 116 Ravenwood Boulevard in Barnegat, New Jersey for driving while intoxicated. Jersey Shore Towing responded and impounded the vehicle per John’s Law. Theodore Stawicki was processed and released after being issued summonses for DUI and reckless driving.
  • Attempted Burglary (Car) - On Monday, November 25, 2013 at 13:30 a.m. Officer Julie Barcalow responded to 643 Williams Avenue in Forked River in reference to a suspicious incident. The resident reported that her car alarm went off and upon looking out the window she saw a male subject standing near her vehicle. She was unable to get a description of the male subject except that he left heading east on Center Street. Nothing was found missing from the secured vehicle or the other vehicle at the residence. The area was checked for the male subject with negative results.

Crime Alert (Arrest) - Lacey Township Police Department - Friday, November 22, 2013

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Continuing Investigation - At 2:30 a.m., on Friday, November 22, 2013, Patrol Officer Evan Androcy of the Lacey Township Police Department was patrolling the Laurel Boulevard area in Lanoka Harbor when he observed 19-year-old Cody Diaz of Bayville near a vehicle on Sycamore Drive in Lanoka Harbor. Cody Diaz of 149 Harlequin Glade in Bayville attempted to hide but was quickly located by Officer Androcy. Although Officer Androcy suspected Cody Diaz of committing car burglaries, Diaz quickly attributed his suspicious actions to his possession of Marijuana and his desire to avoid being arrested. In addition to the Marijuana, Diaz was found in possession of a black backpack weighted down with loose change along with other small items consistent with car burglaries. Officer Androcy placed Cody Diaz under arrest for possession of CDS as well as the under age possession of alcohol.

Detective Brian Flynn is currently continuing the investigation into the suspected car burglaries in the general area of Laurel Boulevard from the Wawa down to the Laurel Harbor Marina area. The Berkeley Township Police Department was also notified as to Cody Diaz being a suspect in a number of car burglaries in their Township.

The Lacey Township Police Department is seeking information regarding any residents in the Laurel Boulevard area who suspect their vehicles were illegally entered between 1:00 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on Friday morning, November 22, 2013. Anyone with information is asked to call police dispatch at 609.693.6636 for an officer to take a report or contact Detective Brian Flynn at 609.693.6636 x2593.


Crime Alert - Lacey Township Police Department - Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Car Burglary Suspect

Attempt to Identify - The Lacey Township Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the subject depicted in this photo captured from an ATM in Forked River. The clothing color(s) may be inaccurate due to the picture quality and lighting. The investigation involves multiple incidents of the unlawful entry of vehicles Lanoka Harbor and Forked River as well as the subsequent illegal use of stolen credit cards. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Brian Flynn at 609.693.6636 x2593 or forward an anonymous crime tip via the department’s website at www.laceypd.org/crime-tips.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Nov. 13th thru Nov. 18th, 2013

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November 13th thru November 18th, 2013

 

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  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) - On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at 6:54 p.m., Officer Androcy responded to the 300 block of Sunrise Boulevard in Forked River for a burglary of a residence. Upon their arrival, the homeowners stated they saw water pouring out of their garage area and discovered that copper piping, an outside air conditioning unit, two televisions, two recliners, two ottomans, and other smaller furniture had been stolen from the residence. The stolen property is estimated at $5,000. Entry was gained through a window on the ground floor level of the residence between Saturday, November 9, 2013, and Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Detective Samuel Della Sala responded to the scene and is investigation.
  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at 8:14 a.m., Officers responded to the 200 block of Barramore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for a report of criminal mischief. The complainant reported that between 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, and 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, an unknown person or persons smashed the front driver’s side window of his vehicle that was parked at the residence. The complainant reported that nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle. Damaged is estimated at $200.
  • Possession of Hypodermic Syringes (Arrest) – On Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 11:27 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy and Special Officer Travis Horton responded to the Walmart parking lot, 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for a report of three suspicious males in a vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 24-year-old John Joiner, Bay Boulevard in Bayville, for possession of three (3) hypodermic syringes. John Joiner was transported to headquarters where he was processed and released on a criminal summons.
  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, November 15, 2013, at 12:10 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 near Beach Boulevard. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 29-year-old Ryan Murray of Raider Way in Toms River. The owner of the vehicle and front seat passenger, 29-year-old Christopher Slonieski of Ryan Run in Toms River was also arrested and charged with allowing an intoxicated driver to operate the vehicle. Both subjects were transported to headquarters where they were processed and released on traffic summonses. Ryan Murray was issued summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, as well as Failure to Maintain Lane. Christopher Slonieski was issued a summons for allowing an intoxicated driver to operate a vehicle. The vehicle Ryan Murray was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Underage Possession/Consumption of Alcohol (Arrests) – On Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 3:00 a.m., Officers Julie Barcalow and Michael Eden responded to the 1200 block of Koa Drive in Forked River for a report of suspicious subjects on a vacant lot. Upon arrival, the officers observed several subjects on the property. Further investigation determined that they were in possession of alcohol under age. 20-year-old Jonathan Beibide of Willow Lane in Garwood, New Jersey was issued a Complaint-Summons for Underage Consumption of Alcohol. 19-year-old Kyle Colon of Walnut Street in Beachwood was issued a Complaint-Summons for Underage Possession of Alcohol. Three other juveniles were also taken into custody and turned over to their parents. The three juveniles, a 16-year-old female, a 15-year-old female, and a 14-year-old male, all from Forked River, were charged on juvenile complaints with Underage Consumption of Alcohol.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 5:00 a.m. Officer Robert Flynn responded to the 300 block of Sunrise Boulevard in Forked River for a theft report. The complainant reported that around 4:45 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered his unlocked vehicle and stole his wallet containing several identification cards and personal documents with a total value of $25.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 7:47 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn responded to the 200 block of Conifer Drive in Forked River for a theft report. The complainant reported that during the overnight hours between Friday, November 15, 2013, and Saturday, November 16, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered her unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway and stole loose change. No other items were reported missing.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 2:46 a.m., Officer Robert Flynn responded to the 300 block of Shady Brook Lane in Forked River for a theft report. The complainant reported that between 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013, and 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 17, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered her vehicle and stole her purse. The vehicle was unlocked and parked in the driveway of the residence. The stolen purse contained a wallet, debit card, and various other personal items. Upon checking the area, the purse was discovered near the wooded area on the corner of Shady Brook Lane and Annapolis Lane in Forked River.
  • Warrant Arrest – On Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 12:20 p.m., Officers Adam Ewart and Dan Ricciardella observed 47-year-old Robert Burns, 3rd in the area of Merrimac Road and Independence Drive in Forked River. The officers were aware that Robert Burns 3rd had several outstanding warrants for his arrest, including an Ocean County Sheriff’s Department child support warrant in the amount of $47,419. Robert Burns, 3rd was arrested on the Sheriff’s Department warrant, along with two (2) separate Atlantic City warrants – one for $500 and the second for $60. Robert Burns, 3rd was transported to the Ocean County Jail in default of his bail.
  • Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 1:31 p.m., Officer Keith Pearce responded to the 1400 block of Earie Way in Forked River for a criminal mischief report. The complainant reported that between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., on Friday, November 15, 2013, an unknown person or persons broke a mailbox. Damage is estimated at $25.
  • Burglary and Theft (Boat) – On Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 1:37 p.m., Special Officer Russell Moller responded to Southwinds Condominiums, 361 block of East Lacey Road in Forked River, in reference to a theft from a boat. The complainant reported that two (2) “Lee” 6D marine batteries were stolen from his 41-foot Silverton boat Monday, November 11, 2013, and Sunday, November 17, 2013 as it was docked in a boat slip behind the condominiums. The New Jersey State Police Marine Division is also investigating the incident. The theft is estimated at $1000.
  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 2:22 p.m., Officers Scott Keefe and John Simonson responded to the 500 block of Ash Road for a report of criminal mischief. The complainant reported that during the overnight hours of November 16, 2013, an unknown person or persons kicked the driver’s-side fender of her daughter’s vehicle while parked at the residence. Damage is estimated at $200.
  • Burglary and Theft (Boat) – On Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 7:03 p.m., Officer John McKee responded to the 1100 block of Pensacola Road in Forked River for a theft from a boat. The complainant reported that between Wednesday, October 13, 2013, and Sunday, November 17, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered his boat while docked at the Lacey Elks and stole two (2) marine batteries with a total value of $200.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Monday, November 18, 2013, at 10:55 a.m., Officer John Simonson responded to the 300 block of Enterprise Drive in Forked River for a report of a theft from a motor vehicle. The victim reported that between 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013 and 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 18, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered her vehicle and stole her purse. The vehicle was parked in the driveway of the residence and there were no signs of forced entry. The purse contained identification cards and earrings. Total value of the stolen items is estimated at $192.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Monday, November 18, 2013, at 3:45 p.m., Officer Charles May responded to the 300 block of Enterprise Drive in Forked River for a theft report. The complainant reported that between 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013, and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 17, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered her unlocked vehicle and stole her iPod Nano and Garmin GPS with a total value of $250.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Monday, November 18, 2013, at 8:58 p.m., Officer Charles May responded to the 200 block of Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River for a theft report. The complainant reported that between 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013, and 6:00 a.m. on Monday, November 18, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered both of his unsecured vehicles parked in the driveway and stole $8.00 in cash along with a set of keys valued at $5.00. Total theft $13.00.
  • Theft (Arrest) – On Monday, November 18, 2013, at 10:33 p.m., Officers Robert Flynn and Michael Eden responded to the Walmart at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor regarding a report of acts of theft allegedly committed by a store employee. Upon arrival, Walmart employee, 44-year-old Brian Scardone of Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor, was arrested and charged with stealing $790 from the cash registers between October 31, 2013 and November 17, 2013. Brian Scardone was processed and later released after receiving a criminal summons.

Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Nov. 5th thru Nov. 11th, 2013

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Drug Possession (Formal Charge) – On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at 9:26 a.m., Officers Darrell Nick and Anthony Sarno responded to the Lacey Township High School in regard to a student who was found to be in possession of illegal drugs. The student, identified as a 15-year-old female from Forked River, was found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. She was turned over to the custody of her parent and school. She was later charged on a juvenile complaint with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Additional charges are pending.

Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at 11:04 a.m., Officers responded to the 700 block of Briar Road in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. The complainant stated that between October 19, 2013 and October 26, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered his residence and stole property valued at approximately $2,400. The property consisted of, but was not limited to: a laptop computer, a bicycle, a camera, and various tools. There were no signs of forced entry.

Theft – On Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at 2:38 p.m., a Lacey Township High School student reported that between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, an unknown person stole his iPhone 4S, valued at $300, from his gym locker at the Lacey Township High School. The phone was later located on the roadway on Beach Boulevard in Forked River.

DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, November 8, 2013, at 12:39 a.m., Officer Julie Barcalow conducted a traffic stop on Lacey Road near Harrison Avenue in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 51-year-old Janice Henderson of Manasquan, NJ for DUI. She was transported to police headquarters and processed. Janice Henderson was later released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Speeding, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle she was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Friday, November 8, 2013, at 7:21 a.m., Officers responded to the 100 block of Parker Avenue in Forked River for a report of a theft. The complainant reported that between 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2013 and 8:00 a.m. on Friday, November 8, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered her unlocked vehicle that was parked in the driveway and stole her GPS, Nintendo 3DS, two mobile DVD players and loose change with a total value of $590.

Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Friday, November 8, 2013, at 11:58 a.m., Officers responded to the 100 block of Pine Street in Forked River for a theft. The complainant reported that between 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2013 and 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 8, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered her unlocked vehicle and stole her wallet and various documents with a total value of $24.

Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Friday, November 8, 2013, at 5:22 p.m., Officers responded to Thomas Lane in Forked River for a report of Criminal Mischief. The complainant reported that some time during the overnight hours of Friday, November 8, 2013, an unknown person drove their vehicle on his front lawn damaging the lawn and bushes. Damage is estimated at under $500.

Warrants (Arrest) – On Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 12:52 p.m., Officer John Simonson conducted a traffic stop on Lake Barnegat Drive North and Brentwood Road in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 34-year-old Robert M. Sitler of Forked River on four (4) outstanding warrants. Two of the warrants were issued by Lacey Township; one was for $500 and the second was for $300. The third warrant was issued by Brick Township for $500, and the last warrant was issued by Beachwood for $500. Robert Sitler was later lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail in the amount of $1800. In addition, he was issued traffic summonses for operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, failure to inspect, unregistered vehicle, and uninsured vehicle.

Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 2:19 p.m., Officer John Simonson responded to the 1700 block of Parkside Drive in Forked River for a theft. The complainant reported that some time during the overnight hours of Saturday, November 9, 2013, an unknown person or persons smashed the rear window of his vehicle and stole his wallet. The total theft is estimated at $80, and the damage to the vehicle is estimated at $150.

Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Sunday, November 10, 2013, at 3:30 a.m., Sergeant Paul Sullivan, Jr. was patrolling the Sea Breeze Development when he located a damaged residence on the 100 block of Arborridge Drive, Forked River. The damage consisted of a smashed front picture window valued at $800. A “porta-potty” nearby was also knocked over.

Criminal Mischief (Township Property) – On Sunday, November 10, 2013, at 10:23 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy located four (4) damaged mirrors inside the bathrooms at Hebrew Park. Damage is estimated at $100.

Warrants (Arrest) – On Monday, November 11, 2013, at 12:52 p.m., Officers Jeffrey Slota and Anthony Sarno responded to the 600 block of Fairview Lane in Forked River to serve warrants. Officers met with 27-year-old Michael R. Clancy of Forked River and placed him under arrest on two Robbinsville, NJ, warrants. Warrant number one (1) was issued in the amount of $250 and warrant number two (2) was issued in the amount of $500. Michael Clancy was transported to police headquarters and was later turned over to the custody of Robbinsville Police.

Theft – On Monday, November 11, 2013, at 2:51 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to the 500 block of Wynnewood Drive in Forked River for a theft. The complainant reported that between 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2013, an unknown person or persons stole the bumper off of the front of her vehicle; a white, 2002, Volkswagen Beetle, while it was parked at 15 Manchester Avenue in Forked River. The estimated value of the bumper is $1000.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Oct. 29th thru Nov. 4th, 2013

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  • Theft – On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at 1:35 p.m., Officers Darrell Nick and Anthony Sarno responded to the CVS, 700 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a theft. The victim reported that on September 20, 2013, between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., while she was working in the store, an unknown person or persons stole her white-gold diamond ring, valued at $1,200. The victim reported that she removed the ring for work purposes and when she went to retrieve it, it was missing.
  • Theft – On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at 2:19 a.m., Officer Andrew Slota responded to Kent Drive in Forked River for a theft. The victim reported that on October 30, 2013, between 12:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m., an unknown person or persons stole her three foot tall gray “Geisha Girl” concrete lawn ornament valued at $200 from the front lawn of her residence.
  • DUI and Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Thursday, October 31, 2013, at 12:15 a.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban was patrolling the Wawa, 800 Lacey Road in Forked River. While at the Wawa, he investigated a male subject who was slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle. Officer Michael Eden responded to assist. The officers observed a considerable number of bundled packets of heroin which led to the arrest of the driver, 33-year-old Joel L. Cotto of Waretown, NJ. He was arrested for DUI and Possession of Heroin. Continuing investigation led to a charge of Possession of Heroin with intent to Distribute. Joel Cotto was transported to police headquarters. He was processed and criminally charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bail was set at $75,000. In addition Joel Cotto was issued traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. Joel Cotto was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of his bail. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Criminal Mischief (Township Property) – On Thursday, October 31, 2013, at 12:04 p.m., Officers Peter Donahue and Daniel Ricciardella, responded to Ash Road Park, 501 Ash Road in Lanoka Harbor, for criminal mischief to the playground equipment. During the overnight hours of October 31, 2013, an unknown person(s) had poured a chlorine type substance on the equipment as well as dented it. The Lacey Township Road Department was contacted. The cost of cleanup and repairs was estimated at $250.
  • Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Friday, November 1, 2013, at 2:33 p.m., Officer John Simonson responded to the 700 block of South River Drive in Forked River for criminal mischief. The victim reported that during the overnight hours, an unknown person threw eggs at her and her husband’s vehicles. In addition the unknown person(s) made holes in her above-ground pool and as a result, the water came out. The eggs were cleaned off of the vehicles. Damage to the pool is estimated at $3,000.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Friday, November 1, 2013, at 8:39 p.m., Officer Charles May responded to the 500 block of Rosewood Drive in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. The victim reported that between 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2013, and 9:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered his unlocked vehicle that was parked in the driveway and stole approximately $20 in change and his iPod Nano valued at $125.
  • False Report to Law Enforcement – On Friday, November 1, 2013, 8:54 p.m., Sergeant Paul Sullivan, Jr.,  and Officer Charles May responded to the 300 block of Bayside East Parkway in Forked River for a report of an attempted robbery that had reportedly just occurred in the parking lot of Walmart, 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor. The complainant, 51-year-old Lloyd Jenkins of Lanoka Harbor, reported that he was accosted by a male subject with a knife in the parking lot. After a lengthy investigation, it was determined that the incident never occurred. Lloyd Jenkins was later processed and released after receiving a criminal summons for Filing a False Police Report.
  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Friday, November 1, 2013, at 11:43 p.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban conducted a traffic stop on Cedar Avenue in Lanoka Harbor near Hebrew Park. Sergeant Paul Sullivan Jr. arrived to assist. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, a 17-year-old juvenile male of Lanoka Harbor, for Possession of Marijuana. The driver was processed and charged on a juvenile complaint with the above offense. He was later released to his parent.
  • Possession of Alcoholic Beverages while Under the Legal Age (Formal Charge) – On Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 2:35 a.m., Special Officer Michael Hutman stopped a male subject who was walking on Penn Avenue North near Steuben Avenue in Forked River carrying an alcoholic beverage. Officer Charles May responded to assist. The subject of the investigation, identified as 20-year-old Michael P. Geotz of Forked River, was issued a Special Form of Complaint and Summons for Underage Possession of Alcohol.
  • Obstructing the Administration of Law (Arrest) – While officers were conducting an investigation on Penn Avenue North into the underage possession of alcohol, a resident on the 400 block of Penn Avenue North, later identified as 70-year-old David Koudelik, approached the officers and began to interfere with their investigation. Officer May observed that David Koudelik appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and informed him not to interfere in their investigation. David Koudelik was observed by officers to be holding a handgun. After repeated demands for David Koudelik to drop the handgun without compliance, he finally complied. David Koudelik was arrested and transported to police headquarters. He was processed and later released after receiving a criminal summons for Obstructing the Administration of Law. The incident is currently under investigation and additional charges are pending.
  • Burglary (Auto) – On Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 11:48 a.m., Officers Peter Donahue and Daniel Ricciardella, responded to Jacqueline Court in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. The victim stated that between the overnight hours of Thursday, October 31, 2013 and the morning hours of Saturday, November 2, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered his vehicle and moved around the contents. At the time of the report, the victim did not believe anything was missing. There were no signs of forced entry.
  • DUI and Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 11:42 p.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban was patrolling the parking lot of Applebee’s Restaurant, 404 Route 9 South in Forked River. While patrolling the parking lot, Special Officer Urban observed a subject slumped over inside a parked vehicle. Special Officer Urban approached the vehicle and observed a hypodermic syringe and open wax-folds of heroin. Special Officer Urban awoke the driver. Sergeant Paul Sullivan, Jr. and Officer Julie Barcalow responded to assist. The driver was identified as 22-year-old Joshua M. Pelcman of Bayville, NJ. He was placed under arrest and subsequently found to be in possession of additional wax-folds of heroin. Joshua Pelcman was transported to headquarters. He was processed and later released after receiving criminal summonses for Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Hypodermic Needle. In addition, Joshua Pelcman received traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and CDS in a Motor Vehicle.
  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, November 3, 2013, at 1:29 a.m., Officer Charles May conducted a traffic stop on Beach Boulevard in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 18-year-old William S. Docherty of Forked River, for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters. William Docherty was processed and later released after receiving summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Stop, Failure to Maintain Lane, Obstruction of View, and Failure to Wear Seatbelt.  The vehicle William Docherty was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Aggravated Assault (stabbing) and Possession of a Weapon – On Sunday, November 3, 2013, at 2:21 a.m., the Lacey Township Police Department was contacted in reference to a large fight at the Forked River House, 121 Route 9 South in Forked River.  During a large brawl that extended from inside the building out into the parking lot, 21-year-old Saul Garcia from Whitesville Road in Jackson (formerly of Lakewood) was stabbed through the forearm with a large knife and lacerated up toward the elbow. Saul Garcia was transported to Community Medical Center then flown to Jersey Shore Trauma Center. Initially officers arrived at the Forked River House to find well over 100 people engaged in fighting and aggressive behavior in the parking lot. The Ocean Township (Waretown) Police Department and the Berkeley Township Police Department were called upon to assist with the unruly and hostile crowd. While dealing with the hostile crowd in the parking lot, officers learned that a stabbing victim was incapacitated within the building. The stabbing victim, 21-year-old Saul Garcia, was attended to at the scene by officers while the remaining officers dealt with the hostile crowd outside the building. The amount of blood and damage at the scene was indicative of injuries well beyond the stabbing victim within the establishment. The patrons who were active in the fight(s) fled the area. A check of the area hospitals revealed that 24-year-old Jose Garcia of Whitesville Road in Jackson (formerly of Lakewood) had arrived at the Community Medical Center Emergency Room for treatment of significant injuries to his face and jaw due to the fight at the Forked River House. Blood was present throughout the establishment as well as outside the building consistent with multiple persons sustaining significant injuries, yet at this time, only the two aforementioned victims have been identified. Jose Garcia was initially treated at Community Medical Center and released while his brother, Saul Garcia, is being treated at the Jersey Shore Medical Center and is listed in stable condition. This agency has learned that since being released from Community Medical Center, Jose Garcia was later admitted to the Jersey Shore Medical Center for surgery due to the severity of his facial injuries. This matter is under continuing investigation, as detectives are working to identify persons depicted in photos seized from a patron’s digital camera at the scene.
  • Warrant and Drug (Arrest) – On Monday, November 4, 2013, at 5:13 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy conducted a traffic stop on East Haines Street in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 20-year-old Brandon R. Koppenjan of Lanoka Harbor, NJ, on two outstanding warrants. Warrant number one (1) was issued by Lacey Township in the amount of $750. Warrant number two (2) was issued by Brick Township in the amount of $500. Brandon Koppenjan was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1,250 bail. Brandon Koppenjan also received a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana. In addition, he received traffic summonses for Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License, and for Operating an Unregistered and Uninsured vehicle. The vehicle was impounded by Lacey Amoco.

Stabbing/Slashing – Aggravated Assault – Forked River House, Rt. 9, Forked River – Sunday, November 3, 2013

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The Lacey Township Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance regarding the facts surrounding the stabbing/slashing incident which occurred at the Forked River House just after 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 3, 2013. During a large brawl that extended from inside the building out into the parking lot, 21-year-old Saul Garcia from Whitesville Road in Jackson (formerly of Lakewood) was stabbed through the forearm with a large knife and lacerated up toward the elbow. Saul Garcia was transported to Community Medical Center then flown to Jersey Shore Trauma Center.

Upon receiving the 911 call for assistance from a female caller at 2:21 a.m. on Sunday, November 3, 2013, officers arrived at the Forked River House to find well over 100 people engaged in fighting and aggressive behavior in the parking lot. The Ocean Township (Waretown) Police Department and the Berkeley Township Police Department were called upon to assist with the unruly and hostile crowd. While dealing with the hostile crowd in the parking lot, officers learned that a stabbing victim was incapacitated within the building. The stabbing victim, 21-year-old Saul Garcia, was attended to at the scene by officers while the remaining officers dealt with the hostile crowd outside the building.

The amount of blood and damage at the scene was indicative of injuries well beyond the stabbing victim within the establishment. The patrons who were active in the fight(s) fled the area. A check of the area hospitals revealed that 24-year-old Jose Garcia of Whitesville Road in Jackson (formerly of Lakewood) had arrived at the Community Medical Center Emergency Room for treatment of significant injuries to his face and jaw due to the fight at the Forked River House.

Blood was present throughout the establishment as well as outside the building consistent with multiple persons sustaining significant injuries, yet at this time, only the two aforementioned victims have been identified. Jose Garcia was initially treated at Community Medical Center and released while his brother, Saul Garcia, is being treated at the Jersey Shore Medical Center and is listed in stable condition. This agency has learned that since being released from Community Medical Center, Jose Garcia was later admitted to the Jersey Shore Medical Center for surgery due to the severity of his facial injuries.

This matter is under continuing investigation. The Lacey Township Police Department is asking that anyone with information regarding the incident please contact Detective Brian Flynn at 609-693-6636, ext. 2593 or leave a detailed crime tip (anonymous) through the police department website at www.laceypd.org/crime-tips/ .


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - October 22nd thru October 28th, 2013

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October 22, 2013 thru October 28, 2013

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  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, Detectives Robert Surtees and Brian Flynn were checking the wooded area behind the 200 block of Route 9 South. While checking the area, the detectives observed two male juveniles in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. One of the subjects was a 16-year-old male and the second subject was a 14-year-old male. They were taken into custody and transported to police headquarters. Each was charged on juvenile complaints with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and released to a parent. Both juveniles were from Forked River.
  • Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 7:58 a.m., Officer Alan Abrecht responded to the 1200 block of Taylor Lane in Forked River for a report of criminal mischief. The complainant reported that during the overnight hours of October 23, 2013, an unknown person or persons damaged her mailbox and post. The damage is estimated at $75.
  • Possession of a Hypodermic Needle and Warrant (Arrest) – On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 8:16 a.m., Officers Adam Ewart and Scott Keefe conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 North in Forked River near the McDonalds. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of a passenger, identified as 29-year-old Anthony Fattaruso of Lanoka Harbor for an outstanding warrant. The warrant was issued from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department in the amount of $395. Anthony Fattaruso was found to be in possession of a Hypodermic needle. He was transported to police headquarters and charged on a criminal summons with Possession of a Hypodermic Needle. The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department responded to police headquarters and took custody of Anthony Fattaruso for the $395 warrant. He was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.
  • Theft (Business) – On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 4:15 p.m., Officer John Simonson responded to Lacey Diagnostic Imaging Center, 833 Lacey Road, Forked River, for a theft. The complainant reported that sometime between October 1, 2013, and October 23, 2013, an unknown person(s) stole the electrical jumpers off the outdoor electrical boxes that power the air conditioning condensers. The theft is valued at $350.
  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 6:35 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn responded to the Lacey Walmart, 580 Route 9 North, Lanoka Harbor, for a report of shoplifting. Upon his arrival, 33 year-old William E. Stuccio of Manahawkin was arrested for two counts of shoplifting. The first count was for transferring and/or removing labels/price tags, and the second count was for concealing merchandise valued at $30.  William Stuccio was transported to police headquarters, processed, and later released after receiving a criminal summons.
  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 10:16 p.m., Officers responded to the Lacey Walmart, 580 Route 9 North, Lanoka Harbor, for a shoplifter. Two adults were arrested for shoplifting, 25-year-old Sean Morrissey of Toms River was arrested for shoplifting merchandise valued at $42.25, and 34-year-old Kelly O’Brien of Barnegat was arrested for shoplifting merchandise valued at $110.23 and found to have an outstanding warrant issued by Tinton Falls in the amount of $300. They were both transported to police headquarters. Sean Morrissey was processed and released after receiving a criminal summons. Kelly O’Brien was processed and charged on a complaint warrant with bail set at $2,500. Kelly O’Brien was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of a total of $2,800 bail.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 8:18 a.m., Officers Adam Ewart and Scott Keefe responded to the 300 block of Shady Brook Lane in Forked River for a report of a theft. The complainant reported that sometime between 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, and 5:30 a.m. Thursday, October 24, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered her vehicle and stole her Apple iPod Classic, 80 GB, MP3 player, valued at $200. The vehicle was parked in the driveway and is believed to have been unlocked. There were no signs of forced entry.
  • Theft (Backyard of Residence) – On Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 8:40 a.m., Officer Andrew Slota responded to the 1200 block of Taylor Lane in Forked River for a report of a theft. The complainant reported that sometime between the overnight hours of Thursday, October 24, 2013, an unknown person or persons stole one cord of firewood valued at $200 from his backyard.
  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 7:33 p.m., Officer Julie Barcalow took a report of a theft from a residence. The complainant reported that sometime between Saturday, October 19, 2013 and Sunday, October 20, 2013, an unknown person stole his iPad Mini valued at $378.14 from his residence located on the 1200 block of Ocean Street, Forked River. There were no signs of forced entry.
  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, October 25, 2013, at 12:25 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton conducted a traffic stop on Briggs Avenue North in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 37-year-old Christopher M. King of Forked River for an active Brick Township warrant in the amount of $500. Christopher King was transported to police headquarters and was later released after posting full bail.
  • Shoplifting – On Friday, October 25, 2013, at 1:18 p.m., Officer George Resetar responded to Lacey Liquors, 349 Route 9 North, Forked River, for a theft. The complainant reported that sometime between Sunday, September 1, 2013, and Friday, October 25, 2013, an unknown person or persons stole six bottles of liquor valued at $600.
  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, October 25, 2013, at 9:25 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 29-year-old Edward A. Bizzarro of Manahawkin on an outstanding Atlantic City warrant in the amount of $95. Edward Bizzarro was transported to police headquarters and was later released after posting full bail.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Saturday, October 26, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., Officers Michael Hein and Frederick Anderson responded to the 1100 block of Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. The complainant reported that sometime between Sunday, September 1, 2013, and Friday, October 25, 2013, an unknown person or persons stole his wallet and its contents from his vehicle that was either parked at his residence or at a local Route 9, Forked River business. The total theft is estimated at $43.
  • Possession of CDS and Trespassing (Arrests) – On Saturday, October 26, 2013, at 11:40 a.m., Officers Jeffrey Slota and Joseph Soto responded to the Power Lines South, located at 5015 West Lacey Road in Forked River, to check for vehicles trespassing. While checking the area, a vehicle was located near the creek. The officers observed three males inside the vehicle. Further investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 20-year-old Joshua D. Kozireski of Harrison Avenue in Forked River. Joshua Kozireski was transported to police headquarters and later released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Hashish, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Trespassing. He also received a traffic summons for Possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. The two passengers that were in the vehicle were identified as 18-year-old Shawn A. Renn of Forked River and Taylor Savage of Waretown. Both Shawn Renn and Taylor Savage were issued a Complaint-Summons for Trespassing and were released at the scene.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Saturday, October 26, 2013, at 12:26 p.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to the 1700 block of Evans Road in Forked River for a report of a theft. The complainant stated that sometime between 11:00 p.m. the evening before, Friday, October 25, 2013, and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered his vehicle and stole approximately $17 in change, along with a folding knife, and pack of cigarettes. In addition, the complainant stated that his mother’s vehicle was also entered and approximately $5 in change was taken. Both vehicles were left unlocked and parked in the driveway of the home.
  • Theft – On Saturday, October 26, 2013, at 6:35 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy responded to Kohl’s, 304 Route 9 North in Forked River, for a report of a theft. The victim stated that sometime between 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., his Arbor long-board skateboard, valued at $240, was taken from the exterior of his vehicle while in the parking lot. The victim indicated that he left the skateboard outside of his vehicle while he sat within the vehicle awaiting the return of his friend from within the store.
  • DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, October 26, 2013, at 9:15 p.m., Special Officer Michael Hutman conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Walmart, 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor. Officer Evan Androcy responded to assist. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 54-year-old Glenn A. Jones of Ocean Gate, NJ, for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters, processed, and later released after receiving traffic summons for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle Glenn Jones was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Saturday, October 26, 2013, at 10:05 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota responded to the 100 block of Station Drive in Forked River for a report of a male subject lying on the ground. The male subject was identified as 23-year-old Joseph J. Caputo of Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to his arrest on an outstanding no-bail warrant from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department. Joseph Caputo was also found to be in possession of prescription pills without a prescription. The pills included but were not limited to Alprazolam. Joseph Caputo was transported to police headquarters and charged with the criminal offenses related to the possession of the pills. He was later transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility where he was lodged on the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department warrant.
  • Theft – On Sunday, October 27, 2013, Officers Frederick Anderson and Michael Hein responded to Walmart, 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. Upon arrival, officers met with the victim who reported that she was shopping in the store and left at approximately 12:40 p.m. She stated that she left her iPad in the shopping cart and drove away. A short time later, she responded back to Walmart to retrieve her iPad from the shopping cart; however, it was missing. Investigation at the scene determined that an adult female, identified as 50-year-old Susan Guadagnino of Ocean Gate, NJ, removed the iPad from the shopping cart and placed it in her vehicle just before entering Walmart. Susan Guadagnino was arrested and transported to police headquarters. She was charged on a criminal summons with Theft of Property Lost or Mislaid. She was served with her copy of the summons and released pending a court date.
  • Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Sunday, October 27, 2013, at 4:32 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas responded to the 1300 block of Wood Avenue in Forked River for a report of a theft. The complainant reported that sometime between August 1, 2013, and Sunday, October 27, 2013, an unknown person or person(s) entered the residence and stole copper piping. Copper piping was also taken from the crawl space. There were no signs of forced entry. The theft is estimated at $300 and the damage is estimated at $3,000.
  • Warrant Arrest – On Monday, October 28, 2013, at 2:28 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 South in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 34-year-old Alejandro J. Cunalata of Setaukey, New York, on two outstanding traffic warrants. Warrant number one (1) was issued out of Mount Olive Township in the amount of $500 and warrant number two (2) was issued out of Union Township in the amount of $260. Alejandro Cunalata was transported to police headquarters where he posted bail and was released. Alejandro Cunalate was also issued a traffic summons for driving with a suspended driver’s license.

Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Oct. 15th thru Oct. 21st, 2013

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  • Theft from Auto – On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 6:54 a.m., a resident of the 800 block of Arlington Avenue in Forked River came in to police headquarters to file a theft report. The victim reported that sometime between 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2013, and 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, an unknown person or persons stole power tools valued at $150 from the bed of his pickup truck that was parked at his residence.
  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 4:24 p.m., a resident of the 300 block of Predmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor reported criminal mischief. The victim reported that sometime between the evening of Monday, October 14, 2013, and 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, an unknown person or persons damaged the driver’s side door of his vehicle that was parked in his driveway. The damage is estimated at $500.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at 8:57 p.m., a resident of the 1000 block of Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor reported a theft from a vehicle. The victim reported that sometime between 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2013, and 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered his unlocked vehicle that was parked at his residence and stole his property. The property consisted of a wallet and a Samsung Galaxy cell phone with an estimated total value of $600.
  • Burglary and Theft (Business) – On Thursday, October 17, 2013, at 12:25 a.m., Officer Adam Ewart responded to North Dover OB GYN, 833 Lacey Road, Forked River, for a theft report. The complainant stated that sometime between 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, and 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2013, an unknown person entered the office and stole a laptop computer (HP brand) valued at approximately $1,000. There were no signs of forced entry to the building.
  • Structure Fire (Residence) – On Friday, October 18, 2013, at 2:35 a.m., while on patrol, Officer Michael Eden observed an odor of burning plastic along Lacey Road near the northeastern portion of the Pines Section of Forked River. Upon checking the adjacent streets, Officer Eden observed flames coming from a residence on Lane Place in Forked River. As Officer Eden was approaching the home, a 911 call was transferred to Lacey Dispatch from Ocean County Dispatch. The 911 call originated from a neighbor at 233 Lane Place who had observed the home engulfed with flames. Officer Eden identified the home as 229 Lane Place and quickly learned that as many as six residents live in the home. Prior to Officer Eden’s arrival, two adult males (28-year-old Stephen Bodzak, Jr. & 23-year-old Patrick Oliveto) had made their way out of the home through their bedroom windows and were standing in the roadway on Lane Place. The two adult males in the roadway indicated that other family members were still within the residence while the home was burning. Since the front of the home was fully engulfed in flames, Officer Eden made his way around to the back yard by kicking and breaking through a secured gate. Upon entering the back yard, he observed three other family members standing away from the home. The three family members included the mother, father and 10-year-old daughter from the residence. The mother and father (46-year-old Diane Bodzak & 56-year-old Stephen Bodzak, Sr.) indicated that their adult, pregnant daughter was trapped within the burning residence. Officer Eden began a process of trying to make contact with 28-year-old Brittany Bodzak who was trapped within the home. Upon hearing her screaming to him that she couldn’t find a way out, Officer Eden kicked over a section of fencing then smashed a window to a bedroom with his arm. After breaking through the window and while thick smoke was billowing out of the window, he climbed halfway into the window while continuing to yell for the woman. Neither the woman nor Officer Eden could see each other due to the thick billowing smoke. Based on the yelling, 28-year-old Brittany Bodzak was able to make her way to Officer Eden’s location at which time he quickly pulled her through the window to safety. Due to the exposure to the intense heat and thick smoke, Officer Eden along with Brittany Bodzak and Stephen Bodzak, Sr., suffered from smoke inhalation. The Lacey Township First Aid Squad transported Officer Eden as well as Brittany Bodzak and Stephen Bodzak, Sr. from the scene to Community Medical Center for treatment. Other family members responded to the hospital thereafter for treatment of minor injuries sustained while climbing out the windows during the initial stages of the incident. The Forked River Fire Company and the Lanoka Harbor Fire Company responded and extinguished the fire. The Ocean County Fire Marshall’s Office and the Lacey Township Police Department are conducting the investigation into the cause and origin of the fire.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Friday, October 18, 2013, at 9:22 a.m., a resident of the 400 block of Camden Court in Lanoka Harbor reported a vehicle burglary. The complainant stated that sometime between 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2013, and 9:15 a.m. Friday, October 18, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered her unlocked vehicle parked at the residence and stole property (Vehicle Reg and Insurance Card) valued at $5.00.
  • Burglary of Residence (Arrests) – On the afternoon of Friday, October 18, 2013, unknown actors burglarized a home on Yorktown Drive in Forked River. The owner reported that the suspect(s) entered through a rear door stealing her belongings from within. The stolen items included jewelry and cash valued at approximately $1,000. The investigation by detectives led to arrests on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. Renae Milko, 23, was arrested at 8:00 a.m. at the Lacey Inn. The second suspect, 20-year-old Joseph Ferenc, was arrested at 3:00 p.m. on Route 9 near Game Farm Road in Forked River. Both suspects were lodged at the Ocean County Correctional Facility after being unable to post $25,000 cash bail. Milko was in default of an additional $426 warrant issued by the Seaside Park Municipal Court on October 1, 2013. Although the cash was not recovered, all of the jewelry was located and will be returned to the victim.
  • Assault and Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Friday, October 18, 2013, at 10:50 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas responded to the area of Saltspray Drive and Dock Road in Forked River for a report of a fight. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 25-year-old Zachary McKay of Cherokee Trail in Forked River for causing criminal mischief in the amount of $550. Zachary McKay was arrested for damaging a motor vehicle during a dispute. Zachary McKay was transported to headquarters, processed, and released after receiving a criminal summons.
  • Trespassing (Formal Charges) – On Saturday, October 19, 2013, at 10:55 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota was patrolling the JCP&L power lines, 5001 Lacey Road in Forked River, when he observed a vehicle containing several subjects. Investigation at the scene determined that all the subjects were trespassing. They were identified as 26-year-old Flavio Pessoa Rodriguez of Oakhurst, NJ; 28-year-old Pedro A. Mendes Dealmeida of Long Branch, NJ; 33-year-old Jose Roberto Moreira of Delran, NJ; and 28-year-old Eucimar Moreira Dasilva of Mount Laurel, NJ. Each was issued a Complaint-Summons charging them with Defiant Trespassing. They were released at the scene.
  • Burglary (Residence) – On Saturday, October 19, 2013, at 3:50 p.m., a resident of the 600 block of Deerhead Lake Drive in Forked River reported a possible burglary. The victim stated that sometime between October 13, 2013 and October 19, 2013, an unknown person or persons forced entry through a rear window of the residence. Although the residence was reported to have been entered, it does not appear that anything is missing. A neighbor recalled seeing a white pick-up truck in the area during the days in question.
  • Theft of a Motorcycle – On Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 12:09 a.m., a resident of the 800 block of Baldwin Street in Forked River reported a theft of a motorcycle. The victim reported that sometime between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and midnight on Saturday, October 19, 2013, an unknown person or persons stole his motorcycle from the side of a garage at the residence. The motorcycle is described as a 2004, KTM dual sport, model 625EXC. It is orange in color and valued at $10.000. No one was home at the residence at the time of the theft.
  • DUI Arrest – On Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 12:21 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop on Parker Avenue in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 20-year-old Christopher C. Papa of Forepeak Drive in Forked River for DUI. He was transported to headquarters, processed, and released on traffic summonses including DUI, Underage DUI, Reckless Driving, and having an Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle. Christopher Papa also received a criminal summons for Underage Possession of Alcohol. The vehicle he was driving was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Theft – On Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 2:13 p.m., Lieutenant Michael DiBella responded to headquarters for a theft report. The victim stated that sometime between September 22, 2013, and October 20, 2013, an unknown person stole the license plate (NJ Registration TLY87Y) off of his trailer that was parked at a residence on the 300 block of Normandie Drive, Forked River. Total theft is $25.
  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 4:56 p.m., a resident of Lancaster Court in Forked River filed a report of criminal mischief. The victim stated that sometime between 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2013, and 4:30 p.m., on Sunday, October 20, 2013, an unknown person or persons slashed both driver’s side tires on his vehicle while parked at the residence. Total damage is estimated at $300.
  • Drug Possession (Formal Charge) – On Monday, October 21, 2013, at approximately 10:53 a.m., Officers Darrell Nick and Anthony Sarno responded to the Lacey Township High School for a report of a student in possession of marijuana. Upon arrival, Officers met with members of the school administration. Investigation at the school led to the arrest of a 16-year-old student for Possession of Marijuana. The student was charged on a juvenile complaint with the violation. The student was released to his parent.
  • Theft – On Monday, October 21, 2013, at 11:58 a.m., a victim reported that sometime during the prior two weeks, an unknown person or persons stole three of his hunting tree stands and a deer feeder, with a total value of $875. The items were located on the property of the Lacey Materials Hunting Club.

Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Oct. 8, 2013 thru Oct. 14, 2013

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October 8th, 2013 thru October 14th, 2013

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  • Theft – On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 10:24 a.m., a resident of Yorktown Drive in Forked River reported that sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. on Monday, October 7, 2013, someone stole her Apple iPod Touch mp3 player from her residence. The iPod was last seen on the living room coffee table when she left her home to go to work that morning. The item is valued at $300.
  • Theft – On Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 9:53 a.m., a resident of Grouse Court in Lanoka Harbor reported a theft of items from an automobile. The items reported stolen included an Android cell phone, loose change, and hoop earrings. The vehicle was entered during the overnight hours. No signs of forced entry were observed. The total value of the stolen property is estimated at $53.
  • Drug Paraphernalia Possession (Arrest) – On Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 10:13 a.m., Officer Keith Pearce responded to the parking lot of Wawa at 800 Lacey Road, Forked River, in reference to a suspicious female sitting inside a black Volkswagen Passat. The anonymous caller reported seeing a needle in the female’s arm. The owner of the vehicle, Staci Triesman, had left before officers arrived, but was located at the Lacey Township Municipal Court where she was found to be in possession of two hypodermic needles. Officers collected the hypodermic needles for evidence, but were not able to locate any other drugs. Staci Triesman was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released on summons. The needles were packaged as evidence and sent to Ocean County Crime Laboratory for testing to determine if they contained a controlled dangerous substance.
  • Shoplifting, Warrants, and Hindering Apprehension – On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 12:03 p.m., Officer John Simonson responded to Lacey Walmart for a female shoplifter leaving the store in a blue Honda Civic. The vehicle was observed by Officer John Simonson being driven in a reckless manner. The vehicle was then stopped in the parking lot of Walmart. The driver, 32-year-old Shannon M. Trott of Kent Drive in Manchester, NJ, provided Officer Simonson with a driver’s license belonging to Pattilynn China. An asset protection agent from the Walmart Manahawkin reported that Shannon Trott was also a suspect in a shoplifting incident in the Manahawkin Walmart. The asset protection agent from the Lacey Walmart had approached Shannon Trott upon seeing her arrive at the Lacey Store to attempt to return the stolen items for cash. Upon being approached by the Asset Protection Officer, she reportedly fled the store, leaving her passport which she used for identification at the courtesy desk to return the stolen items. The passport was turned over to Officer John Simonson. Shannon Trott was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters. The items that were stolen from Manahawkin included a 21-inch piece of luggage valued at $49 and a two piece comforter bed set valued at $34.96; with the theft totaling $83.96. Shannon Trott had several outstanding warrants for her arrest. Cherry Hill Municipal Court (No Bail warrant), Lumberton Municipal Court ($500.00), Pemberton Municipal Court ($1,900.00), and Manchester Municipal Court ($750.00). Shannon Trott was fingerprinted, photographed, and charged with Hindering Apprehension, Theft by Deception, and Receiving Stolen Property. Judge Damian Murray set bail at $10,000 with no 10% option. Shannon Trott was also issued traffic summonses for Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, and Driving while Suspended. She was not able to post bail and was transported to Ocean County Correctional Facility.
  • Theft – On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 9:23 a.m., a resident of Devon Street in Forked River reported a theft from a vehicle. The resident reported that sometime during the overnight hours, an unknown person or persons entered her 2012, GMC Yukon and stole her purse which was sitting on the passenger seat. The vehicle was parked in the driveway and left unsecured. The stolen items include a Floral Vera Bradley purse, TD-Visa Card, American Express Card, spare car key, NJ Driver’s license, and $10 in cash.
  • Warrant Arrest – On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at 2:47 p.m., Officer Keith Pearce responded to the Wawa, 444 Route 9 South in Forked River, in reference to a suspicious person. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 31-year-old Joshua Peterson of Griffin Road in Franklin, NH, on four outstanding warrants. A $414 Woodbridge Township Municipal Court Warrant (DUI), a $250 Waretown Municipal Court Warrant (Shoplifting), a $393 Wall Township Municipal Court Warrant (Driving while suspended), and a $393 Wall Township Municipal Court Warrant (Failure to Maintain Lane). He was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.
  • Drug Distribution (Arrests) – A drug distribution investigation on the 300 block of Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River culminated in several arrests between October 3, 2013 and October 9, 2013. On the evening of October 3, 2013, Lacey Detectives witnessed a vehicle departing from 311 Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River where drug-dealing activity was suspected. The vehicle was observed dropping off a male passenger at the Lacey Branch of the Ocean County Library. After meeting with a second male, the passenger entered the bathroom of the library. Further investigation led to the arrest of 19-year-old Michael Capone of Forked River. Michael Capone was found in possession of heroin and was suspected of injecting the drug while in the bathroom of the public library. The second male, 21-year-old Joseph Ferenc of Forked River, was arrested for an outstanding Lacey Township warrant from a prior incident. During his arrest, detectives located paraphernalia consistent with the use of heroin. Other detectives conducted a traffic stop of the suspect vehicle which led to the arrest of the driver, 21-year-old Alexandria Walker of Forked River. Alexandria Walker was found in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. Alexandria Walker was ultimately charged with possession of heroin, distribution of heroin, and possession of a hypodermic syringe. Michael Capone was charged with possession of heroin and possession of a hypodermic syringe. Joseph Ferenc was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility after being unable to post $750 bail on the outstanding warrant.
  • Drug Distribution (Arrests) – On the afternoon of October 9, 2013, detectives observed a suspicious transaction between a pedestrian and a vehicle in the Burger King parking lot at the Lacey Mall. The passenger of the vehicle, 23-year-old Ralph Monaco, is a resident of 311 Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River. As detectives approached the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle, 21-year-old John Clifton of Forked River attempted to conceal cash. The pedestrian, 25-year-old Devin Demichele of Whiting, NJ, had heroin and a hypodermic syringe in his possession which led to his arrest. The subsequent search yielded additional heroin and drug paraphernalia along with nearly $2,000 cash. John Clifton and Ralph Monaco were both charged with possession of heroin, distribution of heroin, and possession of a hypodermic syringe. Both suspects were lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $20,000 bail. Devin Demichele was incarcerated after bail was set at $10,000 in addition to an outstanding $2,500 warrant issued by the Tabernacle Municipal Court. A third passenger in the vehicle, 21-year-old Fred Vona of Forked River was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Residential Burglary & Theft as well as an additional Attempted Burglary – On Wednesday October 9, 2013, at 12:21 a.m., Officer Julie Barcalow and Officer Michael Eden responded to the 600 block of Baldwin Street in Forked River in reference to a reported burglary-in-progress. The resident reported that someone was cutting his window screen and attempting to get into his residence through his bedroom window. The suspect(s) fled in a vehicle prior to the arrival of officers. The resident could not provide a description of the suspect but described the suspect vehicle as an older model Honda that was possibly black or blue in color. While investigating the incident, the resident advised the officers that someone had burglarized the residence two days prior on Monday, October 7, 2013. He stated that he did not report the burglary and theft because they stole under $2,000 in cash. No suspects have been identified at this time.
  • Theft – On Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 7:15 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn met with a resident of the 700 block of Beach Boulevard in Forked River at police headquarters regarding a theft. The resident reported that he arrived home earlier to find his home had no electricity and that the electric meter on the side of his house was missing. JCP&L indicated that they would be responding to repair the meter. The value of the meter is estimated at $100.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 9:13 a.m., a resident of Dugout Drive in Lanoka Harbor reported a theft from a motor vehicle. The resident reported that between 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m., someone entered his vehicle and stole a white plastic Solo Style cup sitting in the console of the vehicle that had about twenty dollars in loose change. The cup (valued at $1.00) had “USMC” painted on the side. The vehicle was unlocked and parked in the driveway.
  • Fraud & Theft – On Thursday, October 10, 2013, a resident of Harrison Avenue in Forked River reported a fraud and theft. The resident had already made a report that his wallet was stolen from his vehicle on Wednesday October 9, 2013. The resident now was reporting that monies had been removed from his account via his stolen ATM card. Five withdrawals were reportedly made on Wednesday October 13, 2013 from the Kearny Federal Savings Bank, 630 North Main Street, Lanoka Harbor. The total amount withdrawn from the account was $615.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6:26 a.m., a resident of the 900 block of Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor reported a theft from a vehicle. The resident reported that her purse had been taken from her unlocked vehicle, a 2006, Black Pontiac G6, sometime between 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 and 6:15 a.m. on Thursday, October 10, 2013. The vehicle was parked in the driveway of her home. The stolen items include a White and Black Purse, debit card, two black wallets, $200 cash, a check book, driver’s license, insurance card, vehicle registration, Gettysburg tickets, Boston’s gift card, Gamestop gift card, social security card, birth certificate, student I.D, and two gold charms. The total value of the stolen items is estimated at $384.
  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Friday, October 11, 2013 at 4:41 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy responded to the 900 block of Montauk Drive in Forked River for a report of a residential burglary. The victim reported that sometime between 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2013, she discovered jewelry missing from her bedroom dresser and her laptop missing from the sun room. No signs of forced entry could be located but objects in the residence had been moved. The total value of the jewelry is estimated to be over $5,000 and the laptop is valued at $500. The victim was able to identify a possible suspect who is known to the family.
  • Burglary and Theft – On Friday, October 11, 2013 at 10:24 a.m., a resident of the 700 block of Weehawken Avenue in Forked River reported a burglary of a residence. The resident, 21-year-old Ashley Frank, reported that sometime between 12:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 someone entered her residence through a bedroom window. Ashley Frank immediately noticed that her house keys at the time, but did not realize until two days later that jewelry was also missing. The items stolen include a gold Coach bracelet valued at $125, a silver Coach bracelet valued at $75, a white gold ring valued at $300, and five miscellaneous gold bracelets with a total value of $250. The total value of stolen property is $756. The victim identified a person known to her as a suspect in the burglary and theft.
  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, October 11, 2013 at 1:39 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas stopped a vehicle near the entrance of the Power Plant. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 21-year-old, Joseph Ferenc of Forked River for DUI. Joseph Ferenc was issued summonses for DUI, Driving while Suspended, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane.
  • Fraud – On Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 12:25 p.m., Officer Michael Hein and Officer Scott Anderson responded to a Merrimac Road residence in Lanoka Harbor for a report of fraud. A resident reported that someone used his Wells Fargo Visa debit card to withdraw $302 from his checking account. The ATM at the 7-11 store, 403 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, was utilized to make the fraudulent transaction. The victim provided the identity of a suspect who is known to the victim.
  • Criminal Mischief – On Saturday, October 12, 2013, at 12:16 p.m., a resident of the 400 block of Lake Barnegat Drive North reported criminal mischief to his vehicle. The complainant reported that sometime between 10:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2013, and 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2013, an unknown person or persons slashed the front driver’s side tire of his white, 2001, Saturn SC, which was parked out in front of the residence. The damage is estimated at $100.
  • Criminal Mischief – On Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 12:38 a.m., Special Officer Russell Moller observed graffiti (spray paint) on the Beach Boulevard bridge by Sandy Hook Drive, Forked River. Arrangements are being made to remove the graffiti. Damage is estimated at $300.
  • Theft – On Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 5:26 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy responded to the wooded area behind 408 Route 9 North in reference to suspicious persons in the woods. The subjects were identified as 26-year-old Tara Thau of Prospect Avenue in Lakewood, NJ, and her father, Edward Thau of West Avenue in Delanco, NJ. While speaking to the subjects, Tara Thau reported that her friend 23-year-old Renee Milko and her boyfriend, 19-year-old Nicholas McBride, both of 69 Bonita Road in Waretown, NJ, just stole $200 from her purse. Tara Thau stated that she had just bought them lunch at McDonalds and they must have stolen the money when she left her purse and went to the bathroom.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 2:55 p.m., Officer Michael Hein met with a resident of the 300 block of Normandie Drive in Forked River who reported a theft from an unlocked vehicle. The victim stated that an unknown person or persons entered her vehicle between 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2013 and 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2013. Stolen from the vehicle was a Garmin Novi 260 GPS valued at $290.
  • Warrant Arrest – On Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 9:28 a.m., Special Officer Travis Horton arrested Candice Gianettino of Schindler Drive in Brick, NJ, on an active traffic warrant out of the Asbury Park Municipal Court after conducting a motor vehicle stop. Candice Gianettino was found to be operating the vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. She was issued a summons for Driving with a Suspended License and released after posting $89 bail on the Asbury Park traffic warrant.
  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 1:23 a.m., Officer Alan Abrecht responded to a residence on the 600 block of Windsor Street in Forked River for a report of an unknown male subject attempting to enter the caller’s yard. The male subject, identified as Yousef Qazi, was located in the rear yard of a Deerhead Lake Drive residence standing behind a shed. Yousef Qazi stated he was going to his home on Schoolhouse Lane in Toms River when he was informed that he was in Forked River, NJ. He was confused and did not believe that he was not at his residence. His vehicle was located running in the roadway with its lights on parked on Deerhead Lake Drive. The vehicle’s driver’s side mirror, front bumper, and quarter panel had minor damage to it. Officer Alan Abrecht had Yousef Qazi perform field sobriety tests. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Yousef Qazi for DUI. Yousef Qazi was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed for DUI and released to a family member after being issued summonses for DUI and Reckless Driving.
  • Burglary, Theft & Criminal Mischief (Auto) – At 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2013, a resident of Easy Street in Forked River reported a vehicle burglary. The victim indicated that an unknown person or persons entered her 2004, Chrysler Sebring convertible while the vehicle was parked at the residence between 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2013, and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2013. Entry was gained by cutting a hole in the convertible roof then opening the door lock of the vehicle. Stolen from the vehicle was a white nylon women’s gym bag containing gym clothing and a combination lock. The theft totaled $200, yet the damage to the vehicle is estimated at $2,000. The total loss is estimated at $2,200.
  • Theft from Residence – On Monday, October 14, 2013 at 8:25 p.m., Officer Julie Barcalow responded to police headquarters to take a theft report. A resident of Kay Street in Forked River reported that she had items stolen from her Sentry Safe. The victim stated that sometime between Sunday, October 13, 2013 and Monday, October 14, 2013, someone pried open her Sentry Safe and stole the items contained within in it. The stolen items include three birth certificates, a social security card, and two life insurance policies, as well as approximately 50 CD’s. Also reported stolen from the safe were numerous prescription medications including Oxycodone, Methadone, Synthroid, and Clonazapam. The total value of the stolen item is $610. The matter is under investigation.

Neighborhood Crime Alert - Friday, October 11, 2013 - 900 Block of Montauk Drive, Forked River (F.R. Beach Area)

01 - Neighborhood Crime AlertOn Friday, October 11, 2013, at 4:41 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy responded to the 900 block of Montauk Drive in  Forked River for a residential burglary. The victim reported that sometime between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., on Friday, October 11, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered her residence and stole approximately $5,000 in property including jewelry and a laptop computer. There were no signs of forced entry. Detective Brian Flynn responded to the scene and is handling the investigation.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Oct. 2nd thru Oct. 7th, 2013

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  • Theft – On Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 1:52 p.m., Officer Darrell Nick and Officer Anthony Sarno responded to Shell Gasoline (922 Lacey Road) in reference to a theft report. A 20-year-old male from Center Street in Forked River reported that $1,000 was stolen from his house sometime between 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. The reporting person stated he had $1,900 cash in an envelope in a drawer in his bedroom. He stated that he had an 18-year-old friend from Tappan Street in Forked River over around 11:00 a.m. on October 2, 2013 and when she left an hour later he noticed that the money was missing. The friend was questioned by police and denied being involved in the theft.
  • Criminal Mischief – On Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 7:05 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota responded to an Elwood Street residence in Forked River for a report of criminal mischief. The resident reported that her 2002, GMC, Yukon had been “keyed” on the rear door near the license plate. The resident did not know when or where the damage occurred and did not know of any suspects who might have damaged the vehicle. The damage is estimated at $100.
  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:18 p.m., Officer Alan Abrecht and Officer George Resetar responded to the area of Tappan Street and Penn Avenue for a report of a male subject partially hanging out of a vehicle. Upon arrival, the officers observed a Mazda pickup truck with two occupants identified as 21-year-old Derek Fix of Potters Drive in Bayville and 20-year-old Cody Lessing of Eastern Boulevard in Bayville. While speaking with Cody Lessing, Officer Resetar observed a plastic bag labeled “G6″, as well as a smoking pipe with burnt residue in a baseball cap on the dashboard of the vehicle. Cody Lessing was also found in possession of “Sky” Pineapple flavored vodka and rolling papers. Cody Lessing was searched, handcuffed, and transported to police headquarters for processing. Cody Lessing was charged with Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoid, Drug Paraphernalia, and Underage Possession/Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages. Cody Lessing was released on a summons pending a court date.
  • Drug Overdoses – On Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:54 a.m., Officers responded to a Beach Boulevard residence in Forked River for a drug overdose. A syringe was located in the unconscious subject’s shoe. The subject was treated by paramedics and transported to Community Medical Center by the Lacey Township First Aid Squad. Only 40 minutes later, at 12:35 a.m., Officers responded to a Bay Way residence in Lanoka Harbor for a report of a drug overdose. The 27-year-old subject was found unconscious on the floor of the screened-in porch. Officers administered first aid until the arrival of the paramedics. A subject at the scene turned over 1 empty syringe and 3 empty wax folds. The subject was transported to Southern Ocean Medical Center by the Lacey Township First Aid Squad with paramedics.
  • Warrant Arrest – On Friday, October 04, 2013 at 4:21 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a motor vehicle stop on Oak Street in Forked River and arrested 30-year-old Vernon Johnson, 3rd, of Pine Oak Drive in Tuckerton on an active warrant. Vernon Johnson, 3rd, transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he posted bail on the Ocean Township Warrant.
  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:19 p.m., Officer Anderson and Officer Michael Hein responded to the East end of Sinclair Avenue in reference to someone building a “fort” on wetlands. Upon arrival, the officers’ located 19-year-old Sean C. Slaff of Pine Street in Lanoka Harbor in the process of building a “tree fort.” As the officers approached him, Sean Slaff threw a black wool knit hat into the woods. As the hat hit the ground, a small bag of marijuana fell out of the hat. Upon a closer inspection of the hat, two additional bags of vegetation were found inside. Sean Slaff was arrested and a search incident to arrest uncovered another bag of marijuana, a smoking device made from a plastic soda bottle, as well as two sockets containing burnt marijuana. Sean Slaff was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released on a summons. Sean Slaff was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Criminal Mischief – On Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 7:26 a.m., officers received reports of multiple incidents of criminal mischief on Arborridge Drive in the Sea Breeze Development of Forked River. The incidents appear to have occurred between the hours of 10:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2013, and 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
  • Robbery & Aggravated Assault – On Saturday morning, October 5, 2013, at 9:55 a.m. the Lacey Township Police Department was notified by the staff at Community Medical Center (CMC) in Toms River that they were actively treating a patient with various injuries who claimed he was assaulted in Lacey Township. Officer Joseph Soto responded to the hospital to investigate. The victim, 18-year-old Andres Velasquez of Beachwood, NJ, stated that at approximately 1:00 a.m. (9 hours earlier Saturday morning), he was waiting for the New Jersey Transit bus at the bus stop located on Route 9 South near Parker’s Point Boulevard in Forked River when he was attacked. An inspection of the reported scene produced evidence supporting the victim’s claims. The victim stated that a newer gray car pulled up and parked next to the bus stop. The victim initially reported that two black males, both in their mid-to-late twenties, exited the vehicle and demanded his wallet. The victim’s initial description of the assailants was inaccurate, as the suspects are believed to be Hispanic males. The victim received multiple injuries, including lacerations sustained from a knife. The matter is currently under investigation.
  • Warrant Arrest – On Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 12:55 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas was patrolling the parking lot of the Wawa, 444 Route 9, Forked River, when he observed a male sleeping near the garbage bin in front of the establishment. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 34-year-old Thomas J. Bayard of Staysail Court in Bayville on an outstanding $500 Berkeley Township Court warrant. Thomas J. Bayard was transported to police headquarters for processing and was able to post bail.
  • Dispute – On Sunday, October 06, 2013 at 1:58 a.m., Officers responded to the Forked River House, 121 Route 9 South in Forked River, NJ, for a report of a fight in the front parking lot involving approximately ten subjects. It was reported that one of the subjects involved was possibly “unconscious.” Upon arrival, officers met with Saul Garcia of Florence Court in Lakewood, NJ, who had minor injuries consistent with fighting. Saul Garcia stated that two, unknown, black males “were looking for a fight” and started to argue with his sister, 25-year-old Shakira Soto of Martin Luther King Boulevard in Lakewood, NJ. Saul Garcia stated that when he came to his sister’s aid a fight ensued. Shakira Soto stated that during the altercation she was struck in the face with a closed fist. Both suspects fled the scene. A check of the area and local hospitals had negative results. The two suspects could not be identified at this time. Both victims declined medical treatment.
  • Warrant Arrest – On Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 7:36 p.m., Officer Charles May responded to the area of Steuben Avenue and Stony Point Drive in reference to a suspicious person complaint. Upon arrival Officer May met with a subject on the property of 405 Steuben Avenue in Forked River. The subject provided Officer May with false information. Upon further investigation, Officer May identified the subject as 31-year-old Kalif A. Dollard of Sherman Avenue in Newark, NJ. Kalif Dollard was arrested after a $1,495 Essex County Sheriff’s Department Warrant and a $100 Newark Municipal Court Warrant were located. He was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with hindering his own apprehension. Judge Damian Murray set bail at $1,500. He was transported to Ocean County Jail in default of bail.
  • Criminal Mischief – On Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 7:01 a.m. Officer Adam Ewart and Officer Scott Keefe discovered red spray painted graffiti on the cheerleading building while conducting a park check. Damage is estimated at $300.

Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Sept. 24th thru Sept. 30th, 2013

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  • Burglary and Theft – On Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., Officer Darrell Nick responded to Lakeside Drive North in reference to a burglary of a residence. The resident reported that between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, an unknown actor or actors entered the unsecured residence while no one was home and stole property that included a digital camera and a laptop computer. The value of the theft was estimated at $1,250.
  • Criminal Mischief – On Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 3:48 p.m., a resident of Bobwhite Court in Forked River reported that on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at approximately 6:00 p.m., he was walking the rail-trail, south of Wawa on Taylor Lane, and noticed some criminal mischief. The resident reported that two posts, that prevent vehicles from crossing the bridge, were pulled from the ground and thrown into the creek. The posts could be seen in the water from the bridge but were unable to be retrieved. Damage is estimated at $100.
  • Theft – On Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at 2:55 p.m., a resident of Forked River reported that he left his bicycle chained to the rope and pilings that run along the south side of the Caffrey’s Tavern parking lot some time before September 17, 2013.   The bicycle’s owner stated that the bike was secured there for a few days and was noticed missing as after September 17, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. The bike is described as a 19.5″ Trek 3700 Mountain bike, acid gold in color, with a bent left handle bar (serial# SWTU096C1541D). The value is listed at $374.
  • Possession and Use of CDS and Warrants (Arrest) – On Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 8:17 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy responded to a Pine Street residence in Lanoka Harbor to serve a warrant and a summons on 41-year-old Lorraine Schuster after receiving lab results that tested positive for Oxycodone as a result of an incident that occurred on March 2, 2013 at a Bowsprit Point residence in Lanoka Harbor. Back on March 2, 2013, Officer Evan Androcy had responded to that residence in reference to a complaint that Lorraine Schuster was smoking a controlled dangerous substance in the residence through a pen tube. The physical evidence was turned over to Officer Androcy at the scene and any charges were pending the return of lab results. On September 25, 2013, Lorraine Schuster was served with a complaint-summons for possession of drug paraphernalia and a complaint-warrant for possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Judge Damian Murray set bail at $10,000 on the complaint-warrant. Lorraine Schuster was transported to police headquarters and was fingerprinted and photographed. She was unable to post bail and was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility. Lorraine Schuster was also found to have an outstanding $750 warrant out of Lacey Township Court for driving while intoxicated and a $500 Brick Township Warrant for careless driving. Lorraine Schuster was also issued a summons for driving while suspended. The total bail for all outstanding warrants was $11,250.
  • Theft from a Residence (Arrest) - On Wednesday, September 25, 2013, detectives arrested 22-year-old Michael Corliss, Jr. of Constitution Drive in Forked River for a theft from a residence initially reported on Monday, September 9, 2013. A resident of Constitution Drive reported several items missing from his home, one being an antique coin set valued at $4,000. The investigation led to the arrest of a Michael Corliss, Jr., age 22, who allegedly stole the coins while residing with the victim and later sold them. Corliss was charged by detectives with theft and released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance.
  • Burglary and Theft – On Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 11:39 a.m., Officer Peter Donahue and Officer Daniel Ricciardella responded to a Chestnut Drive, Lanoka Harbor, residence in reference to a burglary and theft. The resident stated that sometime during the overnight hours some person(s) stole a tree stand and hunting blind from a motor home. The motor home was left unlocked and was parked in the driveway of the residence. The total value of the stolen property is $150.
  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 10:22 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas was investigating an aggravated assault when he located a warrant for 24-year-old Thomas Schramm of Central Avenue in Waretown. Thomas Schramm was arrested for the $1,184 out of Little Egg Harbor Township and was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters. He was unable to post bail and was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility.
  • Possession of Heroin with the Intent to Distribute (Arrests) - On Thursday evening, September 26, 2013, detectives from the Lacey Township Police Department witnessed a suspicious transaction in a local parking lot. The observation led to further investigation which culminated in a traffic stop being conducted on Lacey Road in Forked River. The investigation led to the seizure of 438 bags containing heroin. The driver, 18-year-old Eric Anderson of Dolphin Court in Forked River, passenger, 21-year-old Jamie O’Kane of Forked River, and passenger 30-year-old Kevin Kennedy of Waretown were arrested. Each was charged with Possession of Heroin, Intent to Distribute Heroin, and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe. All of the subjects were lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $100,000 bail each. The street value of the heroin is estimated at nearly $5,000.
  • Theft (Arrest) – On Thursday, September 26, 2013, at 7:57 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy responded to a report of a bicycle having been stolen from the Lacey Township High School bike rack. The bicycle’s owner reported that his Diamond Back, 18-speed, mountain bike was stolen from the bike rack in front of the main entrance of the Lacey Twp High School on Thursday, September 26, 2013. Upon leaving school at approximately 1:45 p.m., he noticed the bicycle was missing. The bicycle was valued at $330. Further investigation led to the arrest of 18-year-old Timothy Vecci of Hazelton Avenue in Lanoka Harbor. Timothy Vecci was charged with theft and released on a summons.
  • Possession of CDS (Arrest) – On Thursday, September 26, 2013, at 8:53 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy and Officer Peter Donahue, were dispatched to a Clairmore Avenue residence for a report of a dispute. Two persons present reported having observed  20-year-old Alyssa Thomas of Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor using drugs via hypodermic needle while in the residence. Upon speaking with Alyssa Thomas, she was obviously impaired and at times was nodding out. An ambulance was summoned to the scene. A needle and plastic bottle cap was turned over to the officers. The Lanoka Harbor First Aid Squad responded to the scene and treated Alyssa Thomas, who then became very aggressive and belligerent. She was placed under arrest but refused to comply and needed to be restrained. She was transported to the hospital for treatment and was charged with possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic needle, and resisting arrest.
  • Possession of CDS (Arrests) - On Friday, September 27, 2013, Officer Dimitri Tsarnas responded to the boat ramp near Riverview Road in reference to a report of a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival he observed a black Saturn Ion, occupied by two people, parked near the woods. Upon approaching the vehicle, Officer Tsarnas detected an odor of burnt marijuana and observed smoke billowing out of the front passenger side window. The vehicle was occupied by two 17-year old juveniles from Forked River. A bowl containing marijuana, a multi-colored glass smoking device, and a silver metallic grinder were observed in plain view and were seized. Both juveniles were transported to police headquarters where they were released to their parents. Juvenile charges were prepared for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The vehicle operator was also charged with a motor vehicle summons for possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle.
  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Saturday, September 28, 2013, at 5:14 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn and Special Officer Russell Moller responded to the area of Seabright Road in Forked River for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Special Officer Russell Moller stopped the vehicle and located a $106 Beachwood Borough warrant for the passenger, 22-year-old Andrew P. Jones of Kettle Creek Road in Toms River. Andrew Jones was arrested and transported to police headquarters where he posted $106 full cash bail.
  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 10:49 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton conducted a vehicle registration check which indicated that the registered owner, 47-year-old Daniel Conklin of Branchport Avenue in Long Branch, had a suspended driver’s license. Special Officer Travis Horton stopped the vehicle in the parking lot of Walmart. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Daniel Conklin for an outstanding $500 Little Egg Harbor Township warrant. Daniel Conklin was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he posted bail. Daniel Conklin was issued a summons for driving while suspended and was released.
  • DWI (Arrest) – On Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 2:12 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas stopped a vehicle for failure to maintain lane. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 42-year-old Edward Jasovsky of Brook Lane in Hamilton, NJ, for DUI. His vehicle was impounded as per John’s Law. Edward Javosky was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquaters, where he refused to provide samples of his breath. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit breath samples, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving, failure to exhibit registration card, and failure to wear seatbelt.
  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Sunday, September 29, 2013, at 3:34 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton stopped a suspicious male walking near the intersection of Lake Barnegat Drive North and Stony Point Drive in Forked River. Upon speaking with the subject, 32-year-old Michael A. Polley of Toler Place in Newark, NJ, it was determined that he had an outstanding $1,612 West Berlin Township warrant. He was arrested and transported to Lacey Township police headquarters. Michael A. Polley was processed and then released on his own recognizance as per the West Berlin Township Court.
  • Criminal Mischief - On Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 11:30 p.m., Officer Kymberly Gudgeon responded to 403 Decker Court for a report of criminal mischief.  The homeowners reported that an unknown motorist caused damage to a portable basketball hoop located on the front lawn of the residence by driving over the hoop. A neighbor observed a vehicle, possibly a Ford Ranger pickup silver or gray in color with a loud muffler, leaving the area.  The area was checked with negative results.  The damage is estimated to be $250.
  • Shoplifting – On Monday, September 30, 2013 at 2:37 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue and Officer Daniel Ricciardella responded to the Walmart store in reference to a shoplifter that had been stopped by a loss prevention officer. 20-year-old Victoria Mackie of Waretown was reported to have attempted to leave the store without paying for three shirts. She was arrested and transported to police headquarters. She was processed and released on a summons pending a court date.

Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Sept. 17th thru Sept 23rd, 2013

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September 17th thru September 23, 2013

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  • Criminal Mischief – On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at 10:01 a.m., Officer Darrell Nick took a report of criminal mischief to a 1992, Gray, GMC Suburban while it was parked in the roadway in front of 220 Lane Place in Forked River. The victim reported that sometime between the overnight hours of Sunday, September 8, 2013 into September 9, 2013, an unknown person or persons damaged the driver side mirror on his vehicle that was parked in the street in front of his house. The estimated damage is $200.
  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at 12:13 a.m., Officer Alan Abrecht responded to the Wawa (Route 9 and Taylor Lane) in reference to a theft. An employee stated that a male and female walked into the store together and then while the employee was distracted, the male subject reached over the counter and grabbed a carton of Marlboro Red cigarettes. The male subject then exited a store and fled the scene in a white Kia driven by another female. Officers were able to identify the suspect as 22-year-old Ryan Territo of 29 Poplar Street in Waretown. The female walking in with him was identified as a 20-year-old resident of Main Street in Forked River. The driver of the vehicle was identified as a 20-year-old female from Oakwood Drive in Forked River. Officers located and spoke with both female subjects, who denied knowing that Ryan Territo was going to steal cigarettes. Officers located and interviewed Ryan Territo who was subsequently arrested, processed, and released on a summons for shoplifting.
  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 6:27 p.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban responded to a parking complaint which involved a vehicle parked in front of 1809 Lakeside Drive South in Forked River. While conducting the investigation, a $2,500 warrant out of South River Municipal Court was located for the resident, Frank Pezzuti. Frank Pezzuti was advised of the parking complaint and then placed under arrest for the outstanding warrant. Frank Pezzuti was transported to Lacey Police Headquarters and at 10:26 p.m. was turned over to the South River Police Department.
  • Burglary (Business) – On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at 10:18 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota responded to 44 Manchester Avenue, Suite M, in reference to a burglary and theft. The victim stated that sometime between 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, an unknown actor or actors forcefully pried open the rear door of the business, breaking the door handle, to gain entrance to the suite. Stolen items include a Makita Hammer drill, Makita masonry saw, and a diamond blade. The value of the theft is estimated at $2,400.
  • Burglary (Residential) – On Thursday, September 19, 2013, at 2:32 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to 316 Predmore Avenue for a residential burglary. The victim stated that sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2013, an unknown person or persons forced entry into her residence by cutting a screen on a rear window and entering the house. Once inside, the suspect(s) stole $1,600 in property. The items stolen included a teal HP 15.6” G-6 laptop computer; two Xbox 360 game consoles; and an Astro headset equipped with a microphone.
  • DUI & Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, September 20, 2013, at 12:37 a.m., Officers Andrew Slota and Evan Androcy responded to Pheasant Run (retirement community) in reference to a dark Nissan Maxima driving carelessly in the area. The officers located the vehicle which was stopped on Lakeside Drive South with a flat front tire. The driver, later identified as 31-year-old Kristal Boldman of 890 Salem Drive in Toms River, was incoherent. During the course of the investigation, a warrant out of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and a warrant out of Tinton Falls were located. Kristal Boldman was arrested for DUI and the outstanding warrants and then transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters. Kristal Boldman refused to provide breath samples. She was processed and then transported to the Ocean County Jail in default of the warrants.
  • Criminal Mischief – On Friday, September 20, 2013, Officers Adam Ewart and Keith Pearce responded to 730 Lacey Road in Forked River for a report of criminal mischief to an office building which was called in by employees. The glass window and glass door to Dr. Lisa Vernon’s office had been shattered by an unknown projectile. Upon checking the building, Dr. Lisa Vernon indicated that nothing else appeared to have been damaged and nothing had been stolen. The damage is estimated at $1,342.
  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, September 20, 2013, at 1:32 p.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban responded to 13 South Street, Lanoka Harbor, to serve an active $500 Lacey Township Warrant on Gary V. Clark, Jr. Upon arrival, Special Officer Jesse Urban made contact with Gary V. Clark, Jr. and placed him under arrest. He was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and released after posting bail.
  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, September 20, 2013, at 9:17 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton observed 21-year-old William C. Fisher 3rd of Deerhead Lake Drive in Forked River inside the Wawa at 444 S. Main Street in Forked River. Special Officer Travis Horton was aware that William C. Fisher 3rd had an active $700 Lacey Township Warrant. William Fisher 3rd was positively identified and then placed under arrest. William Fisher 3rd was unable to post bail and was subsequently transported to the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.
  • Theft – On Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 1:21 a.m., Officer Keith Pearce responded to 1419 Circle Drive in Forked River in reference to a theft. The victim stated that sometime between June 2013 and Saturday, September 21, 2013, someone stole the air conditioner compressor from the side of the residence. The house is a rental property and had been vacant. The value of the stolen property is estimated at $1,200.
  • Theft – On Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 11:37 a.m., Officer John Simonson responded to 313 Merrimac Road in reference to a theft. The caller stated that someone stole his moped from his unsecured garage sometime between Sunday, September 1, 2013 and Sunday, September 22, 2013. The victim was unable to provide a make, model, or serial number. The description given was an older model moped with a large black bicycle seat and dual kickstand. The moped is valued at $250.
  • Criminal Mischief – On Monday, September 23, 2013 at 9:30 a.m., Officer John Simonson responded to 13 Ambermist Way in Forked River in reference to a report of graffiti. A Toll Brothers’ employee reported that an unknown person or persons spray painted graffiti around the construction site sometime during the overnight hours. The suspect(s) utilized spray paint that had been left at the construction site by Toll Brothers employees. The suspects spray painted two houses, a sign, a dump truck, and the roadway. The damage is estimated at $250.
  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, September 20, 2013 at 10:25 p.m., Special Officer Michael Hutman conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 9 North near South Street for failure to maintain a lane. Special Officer Hutman first observed the vehicle when it failed to stop at the stop sign on Railroad Avenue as it turned right onto South Street heading east toward Route 9. The driver, Kimberly Williams of Korman Road in Bayville was driving the black, 2002, Hyundai Elantra. Officer Kymberly Gudgeon arrived and handled the investigation. K. Williams was arrested for DUI and charged with the following summonses: DUI, DUI Refusal, Suspended Driver License, Reckless Driving, Failure to maintain a lane, and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Vehicle.
  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Monday, September 23, 2013 at 4:28 p.m., Officer Charles May responded to the Walmart at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for a report of shoplifting. Officer May met with Loss Prevention employee who explained that he had surveillance video of an unknown white male walking through the store concealing merchandise in two bins that he had placed in a shopping cart. The subject was observed on Monday, September 9, 2013, exiting the store where he proceeded to his vehicle, a blue Chevrolet Suburban. The vehicle registration observed came back to a different vehicle. The actor is described as a white male, in his middle 30’s, medium build, average height, wearing a black shirt and tan shorts. Some of the items that were identified in the cart were a Keter 22 inch tool box ($17.84), an Ozark Trail sleeping bag ($14.97), a Russell black hooded sweatshirt ($17.72), and an SUV truck tool box ($39.98), with a total value of $90.51. The matter is under investigation.

Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Sept. 10th thru Sept, 16, 2013

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  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 8:00 a.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to the 700 block of Joseph Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. The victim stated that sometime between August 30, 2013 and September 9, 2013, an unknown person entered the residence and stole approximately $5,000.00 dollars in jewelry and cash.
  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 9:40 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to the 700 block of Lake Barnegat Drive North in Lanoka Harbor for criminal mischief. The victim reported that sometime between the evening of Monday, September 9, 2013 and 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, an unknown person(s) broke the passenger-side window of their vehicle that was parked in the street. The damage is estimated at $500.
  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 10:09 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to the 800 block of Oxgoose Drive in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. The victim reported that sometime between June 18, 2013 and September 10, 2013, an unknown person or persons forced entry into the residence and removed all of the copper inside valued at approximately $25,000.
  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 10:43 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to the 700 block of Eagleswood Avenue in Forked River for criminal mischief. The victim reported that sometime between Sunday, September 8, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., and Monday, September 9, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., an unknown person(s) broke the driver’s-side mirror to his vehicle that was parked in the street directly in front of the residence. Damage is estimated at $50.
  • Trespassing (Formal Complaints) – On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 4:13 p.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota was patrolling the JCP&L powerlines at 5001 Lacey Road in Forked River when he observed a vehicle with several subjects standing near it. Investigation at the scene determined that all subjects were trespassing. They were identified as 20-year-old Joseph Appolonia of Chelsea Street in Forked River; 29-year-old Jason Russo of Royal Court in Middletown; 25-year-old Nicole Sweeney of Jasmine Court in Mays Landing, NJ; and 24-year-old Jeffrey Lentz, Jr. of Pershing Avenue in Forked River. Each was issued a summons for Defiant Trespassing. They were released at the scene.
  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 7:32 p.m., Officer Alan Abrecht responded to the 900 block of Center Street in Forked River for criminal mischief. The victim reported that sometime between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013, an unknown person or persons broke the driver-side mirror on his vehicle that was parked in the street in front of the residence. Damage is estimated at $25.
  • Theft (Business) – On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 8:42 a.m., Officer Darrell Nick responded to the Forked River House Plaza at 121 Route 9 South in Forked River for a theft. The complainant stated that just prior to contacting this agency, he observed a white van parked with two Hispanic male subjects in the rear of the building near the dumpsters. The van left prior to police arrival. The complainant stated upon checking the area, he observed that the suspects stole cooking oil from a cooking oil bin that was outside. A representative of the cooking oil company responded and determined that $383.50 worth of cooking oil was stolen. In addition, $89.50 worth of damage was done to the cooking oil bin when the suspects forced it open.
  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 8:55 a.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to the 700 block of Oxford Road in Lanoka Harbor for criminal mischief. The victim reported that sometime between 9:30 p.m. on Monday, September 9, 2013 and 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, an unknown person or persons damaged the driver-side mirror on two separate vehicles that were parked in the street in front of the residence. Damage is estimated at $500 each to replace each mirror.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 9:57 a.m., Officer Frederick Anderson received a report of a theft that occurred on the 1800 block of Ravine Drive in Forked River. The victim reported that sometime between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered her unlocked vehicle and stole approximately $55 worth of compact discs and cash.
  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to the 400 block of Lake Barnegat Drive North in Forked River for criminal mischief. The victim reported that sometime between 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, and 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, an unknown person or persons damaged the driver-side mirror of a vehicle that was parked in the street in front of the residence. Damage is estimated at $400.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 5:16 p.m., Officer Darrell Nick responded to headquarters in reference to a theft that occurred on the 300 block of Predmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor. The victim reported that sometime between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered her unlocked vehicle that was parked in the driveway and stole a bag containing personal items and prescription medications; the value of the items was reported as $376.
  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 8:30 p.m., Officer Alan Abrecht responded to the 1200 block of Tamarack Road in Forked River for criminal mischief. The victim reported that sometime between 8:00 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, an unknown person “sliced” the right rear tire on her vehicle while it was parked at a business located on the 100 block of Route 9 South in Forked River. The damage is estimated at $200 to replace the tire.
  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Thursday, September 12, 2013, at 4:50 p.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban responded to the 600 block of Sunrise Boulevard in Forked River for criminal mischief. The victim reported that sometime between 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, and 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2013, an unknown person or persons sliced the tires of three (3) separate vehicles that were parked at the residence. Damage is estimated at $659 to replace the three tires.
  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Thursday, September 12, 2013, at approximately 5:32 p.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban conducted a traffic stop on Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, Frederick Creutz, of Pine Forest Lane in Forked River for Possession of Marijuana. F. Creutz was transported to headquarters, processed, and released after receiving a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana. He was also issued a traffic summons for littering from a motor vehicle.
  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, September 13, 2013, at 1:15 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop on Lacey Road in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 43-year-old Dawn Milkosky of Berkeley Avenue in Beachwood for DUI. She was transported to headquarters, processed, and released on traffic summonses including DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle Dawn Milkosky was driving was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Shoplifting and Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, September 13, 2013, at 1:04 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue responded to Kohl’s department store at 304 Route 9 North in Forked River for two shoplifters in custody. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 48-year-old Ralph Woodcock of Maple Tree in Manahawkin and 47-year-old Kelly Leonard of Wells Mills Road in Waretown for shoplifting offenses. They were both transported to police headquarters. Kelly Leonard was processed and released after receiving a criminal summons for shoplifting merchandise valued at $249. Ralph Woodcock was processed and charged on a complaint warrant with shoplifting merchandise valued at $249. Bail for this offense was set at $1,500. He was also found to have two (2) outstanding warrants for his arrest including a warrant from Beachwood in the amount of $500 and a warrant from Little Egg Harbor for $500. Ralph Woodcock was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of his bail.
  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Friday, September 13, 2013, at 2:56 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton responded to the 300 block of Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. The victim reported that sometime between the morning and 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2013, an 18-30 inch 18 carat gold necklace with an “Infinity” charm was stolen from the top of the dresser in her bedroom. There were no signs of forced entry. Total theft is $520.
  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, September 13, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., Special Officer Russell Moller responded to Station Drive in Forked River for a speeding complaint. During Special Officer Moller’s investigation, he responded to a Mill Street address to speak with the resident in regard to the traffic complaint. While investigating the incident, Special Officer Moller was advised that an occupant of the residence, identified as 27-year-old Anthony Fuschino of South Indian Valley Court in Little Egg Harbor had an outstanding Lacey Township Warrant for $500. Anthony Fuschino was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters. He was unable to post bail and was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility.
  • Theft – On Friday, September 13, 2013, at 9:16 p.m., Officer John McKee responded to the 1200 block of Maui Drive in Forked River for a theft report. The victim reported that sometime between Monday, September 9, 2013 at 6:00 a.m. and Friday, September 13, 2013, at 9:10 p.m., an unknown person or persons stole his white, 2009, Suzuki 750 Motorcycle (NJ Registration U1ER6) that was parked in the driveway. The victim stated that he believed the motorcycle was not driven away because there were drag marks. A neighbor advised that she recalled seeing a flatbed tow truck in the area, possibly on the evening of Tuesday, September 10, 2103, and someone walking around the residence with a flashlight. The motorcycle is valued at $7,000.
  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Friday, September 13, 2013, at 9:31 p.m., Officer Joseph Soto conducted a traffic stop on Nautilus Boulevard. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of a 15-year-old male passenger from Forked River for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was charged on a juvenile complaint and released. Additional charges are pending.
  • Assault & Hindering an Investigation (Arrests) – On Saturday, September 14, 2013, at 12:32 a.m., Officer John McKee responded to an East Lacey Road address in reference to an unconscious male. The 26-year-old victim did not regain consciousness at the scene and was flown to the Jersey Shore Trauma Center. The investigation revealed that the victim was assaulted while in the residence. As a result of the investigation, 26-year-old Luis Jenis of Lakehurst Road in Toms River was arrested and charged with Assault and Hindering Apprehension. In addition, 39-year-old Marino Carpinteiro-Estevez of East Lacey Road in Forked River was charged with Hindering Apprehension. They were both charged on complaint summonses and released. Detective Robert Surtees and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office assisted in the investigation.
  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Saturday, September 14, 2013, at 11:57 a.m., Officers Peter Donahue and John Simonson responded to a Cedar Drive, Lanoka Harbor residence, and arrested 51- year-old Rocco Selig of Cedar Drive in Lanoka Harbor on an outstanding Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Child Support Warrant for $27,921.84. Rocco Selig was unable to post bail and was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility.
  • Underage Possession/Consumption of Alcohol and making Property Available for Underage Consumption (Arrests) – On Saturday, September 14, 2013, at 9:41 p.m., Officer Kym Gudgeon along with Special Officers Travis Horton and Russell Moller, responded to the 500 block of Cedarwood Drive in Forked River for  a loud party complaint. Investigation at the scene led to a 14-year-old female from Forked River being taken into custody for Underage Consumption of Alcohol. She was later released at the scene to her father. She was charged on a juvenile complaint with the offense. In addition, a second 16-years-old, juvenile female from Forked River was taken into custody for Underage Consumption of Alcohol. She was charged on a juvenile complaint and was released to her mother at the scene. The homeowner, identified as 46-year-old Jon Gaffney, Cedarwood Drive in Forked River was charged on a summons for Making Property Available for the Underage Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages. Jon Gaffney was released at the scene.
  • DUI with Accident (Arrest) – On Sunday, September 15, 2013, at 1:59 a.m., Officer Kymberly Gudgeon responded to the area of 504 Route 9 North near the entrance to Walmart for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving an overturned vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 20-year-old Eleison McHugh of Rabbit Court in Whiting, NJ, for DUI. She was transported to headquarters and processed. Eleison McHugh was later released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Underage DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle Eleison McHugh was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, September 15, 2013, at 6:24 p.m., Officers John Simonson and Keith Pearce responded to a business located on the 400 block of Route 9 North for an intoxicated male. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Alan Scola of Enterprise Drive in Forked River for DUI. He was transported to headquarters and processed. He was later released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI and Reckless Driving. Alan Scola was also charged with having a minor in his vehicle while operating a vehicle under the influence. The vehicle Alan Scola was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Sunday, September 15, 2013, at 8:39 p.m., Officer Kymberly Gudgeon responded to the 300 block of Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. The victim reported that sometime around Wednesday, August 28, 2013, she observed that her coin collection along with various pieces of jewelry was missing. She initially assumed she misplaced the items in the residence. The victim later learned that her neighbors had been the victims of a burglary and upon checking her residence further, she now believes her home was burglarized as well. The stolen property was valued at approximately $20,000. There were no signs of forced entry to the residence.
  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Sunday, September 15, 2013, at 8:46 p.m., Special Officer Russell Moller responded to the 700 block of Cambridge Road, Lanoka Harbor, for criminal mischief. The victim reported that sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 10: a.m. on September 15, 2013, an unknown person or persons damaged his vehicle’s driver-side mirror. The damage is estimated at $350.
  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Monday, September 16, 2013, at 10:40 a.m., Officer Frederick Anderson conducted a traffic stop on Arlington Avenue in Forked River. The driver, 40-year-old James W. Carmer of Waretown was arrested on an outstanding Ocean Township (Waretown) warrant in the amount of $250. James W. Carmer was transported to headquarters and turned over to the Ocean Township Police Department.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Monday, September 16, 2013, at 11:20 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to the 600 block of Chelsea Street in Forked River for a theft report. The victim reported that sometime during the overnight hours of Sunday, September 15th into Monday, September 16, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered his unsecured vehicle and stole loose change.
  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Monday, September 16, 2013, at 8:21 p.m., Officers Andrew Slota and Robert Duffy responded to the Wawa at 701 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for a shoplifting suspect. The accused, 39-year-old Richard Stockum of Hemlock Drive in Lanoka Harbor was arrested for concealing a low value item of on his person. He was transported to headquarters, processed, and later released after receiving a criminal summons for shoplifting. He was also issued a separate traffic summons for driving with a suspended driver’s license.

Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Sept. 3rd thru Sept. 9th, 2013

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September 3rd thru September 9th, 2013

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Unusual Incident (Narcotics Use) – On Tuesday September 3, 2013, at 8:30 p.m., Officer Androcy responded to the 700 block area of Sinclair Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for the report of an adult white male running in the street, yelling and removing his clothes. The male, later identified as 34 year-old Thomas Steadman was found inside his vehicle on Sinclair Avenue. Thomas Steadman admitted to abusing methadone and synthetic cocaine.  Thomas Steadman was transported to the hospital for treatment.  No drugs or paraphernalia were found.  This matter is pending further investigation by Lacey Police along with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

Shoplifting & Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at 10:47 a.m., the Lacey Township Police Department received a call from an eyewitness who observed a white male who came running out of the Staples (Office Supply Store), 300 Route 9 North in Forked River. The witness observed the subject enter into a beige minivan with NJ registration B46DHX, owned and operated by 83-year-old Benny Pezzino of Seaside Heights, NJ.

The witness believed that this subject may have done something wrong and decided to follow the vehicle as it drove away from the store. The Lacey Police Dispatcher contacted Staples confirming that the subject stole a Samsung Tablet and ran out of the store. With the assistance of the witness, officers were able to locate and stop the vehicle just before the Garden State Parkway entrance.

The male subject who ran was identified as 39-year-old Edward Willette of Toms River. He had separate warrants for his arrest from other jurisdictions totaling $1,500 bail.  Investigation revealed that E. Willette not only stole the Samsung Tablet from Staples valued at $588, but also stole a Sylvania Netbook valued at $99 and a carton of L&M cigarettes valued at $68.00 from the CVS Pharmacy, 700 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor.  E. Willette was charged with 2 counts of shoplifting, possession of an antishoplifting device, and possession of 50 grams or less of Marijuana.  E. Willette was transported to Ocean County Jail with an additional $1,000 bail.

Warrant Arrests and Possession of CDS (Arrest) – On Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at 1:37 a.m. Sgt. Paul Sullivan observed four adult subjects in Bud Mezera Park, 1400 Lakeside Drive South, Forked River. After identifying the subjects, 2 warrants were discovered for 21-year-old David Rivera of Seaside Heights; one out of Cherry Hill with a bail of $775, and the other out of Stafford Township with bail set at $750. After his arrest, Officers located five wax folds containing heroin in his pocket. David Rivera was charged with possession of CDS (Heroin) with bail set at $10,000. David Rivera was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

A $500 warrant out of Barnegat Township was also discovered for 24 year-old Thomas Staunton of Forked River.  Barnegat Township authorized Thomas to be released on his own recognizance.

A complaint summons was prepared for all four subjects under Lacey Township Ordnance 261-34 for remaining in a township park after hours. The two additional adults were identified as 20-year-old, Krysta Badgette of Forked River, and 21-year-old, Sean Cox, also of Forked River.

Shoplifting & Unlawful Possession of Syringes (Arrest) – On Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at 8:03 p.m., Officers Kymberly Gudgeon and Robert Flynn responded to Lacey Liquors, 349 Route 9 North in Forked River for a report of a male wearing red shorts and a white shirt that had just stolen a bottle of liquor and ran out into the woods behind the 7-11 store near the business.  After viewing surveillance video the liquor bottle was determined to be a 750 ml bottle of Ciroc Red Berry Vodka worth $36.  Prior to the incident, Officer Flynn observed an adult male subject that this agency is familiar with in the area that fit the exact description of the suspect.  That subject was unable to be located at that time.

On Friday September 6, 2013, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Officer Kymberly Gudgeon responded to Burger King, 346 Route 9 North, where Officer Mckee was on scene handling another matter. Officer Gudgeon observed the male suspected of shoplifting inside the Burger King establishment. Officer Gudgeon confronted 20 year-old Joseph Ferenc of Forked River who was still wearing the same clothing described on the individual who stole the liquor bottle.  Joseph ultimately admitted to taking the liquor bottle and was placed under arrest. Joseph was also found to be in the possession of nine hypodermic syringes. He was charged with Shoplifting and possession of hypodermic syringes, and later released on a summons.

Shoplifting & Drug Charges (Arrest) – On Thursday, September 5, 2013, at 3:42 p.m., Officer Adam Ewart and Special Officer Jesse Urban responded to Wal-Mart, 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for a shoplifter in custody. Officers identified the shoplifter as 24-year-old David Bond of Little Egg Harbor.  A Wal-Mart Loss Prevention Officer observed David remove two novelty key chains (valued at $7.36) from their display and place them into his pant pocket.  David was apprehended when he attempted to exit the store with the property in his pocket.

While retrieving the key chains from David’s pocket, Loss Prevention Officer Zach Sharp located a hypodermic syringe and a red plastic bottle cap. David Bond was later charged on a summons with Shoplifting, Possession of CDS, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Hypodermic Syringe, and released.

Theft – On Friday September 6, 2013, Officer Adam Ewart responded to the 1000 block area of Peaksail Point in Lanoka Harbor. The complainant reported that sometime between 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2013 and 5:00 a.m. on Friday September 6, 2013, someone stole a surf board from the roof of their vehicle which held a total of four surf boards.  The surf board is orange and yellow in color and valued at $250 (unknown make and model).

Shoplifting Attempt/ Warrant (Arrest) –  On Friday, September 6, 2013, at 6:00 pm, Officer Adam Ewart and Special Officer Jesse Urban responded to Lacey Wal-Mart, 580 Route 9 North, Lanoka Harbor, NJ, for the report of two people possibly shoplifting.  Officers met with Tyasia M. Cruz of Seaside Heights and Daniel Smith of Toms River. Tyasia was observed removing the security tags and plastic cases off of several DVD cases and then place them back onto the shelf.  Officers discovered a $257.00 arrest warrant out of Neptune City for Tyasia who was placed under arrest and processed at Lacey Police Headquarters.  Officers are continuing this investigation.

Theft of a Bicycle – On Saturday, September 7, 2013, Special Officer Travis Horton was dispatched to the 1900 block area of Sweetwood Drive in Forked River for a report of a stolen bicycle.  The bicycle owner reported that someone stole their orange forked Mongoose Mountain Bike between September 6, 2013 at 11:00 p.m. and September 7, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.  The bicycle was left out along the side of the house; it was valued at $400.

Underage Consumption of Alcohol – On Saturday, September 7, 2013, at 12:33 a.m., Officer Charles May was on routine patrol when he observed two adult white males walking through a neighborhood. Officer May asked for identification and one of the subjects, 18 year-old, James Murphy, became agitated and extremely uncooperative that the police were harassing him. Officer Julie Barcalow arrived on scene, and James Murphy began cursing at the officers and told police that he did not have any outstanding warrants but wished to be arrested. James motioned his arms at the officers to put handcuffs on him and he began yelling “arrest me” repeatedly at the officers.  James then purposely blew his breath at Officer May’s facial area at which time he detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath.  James said “arrest me, I was drinking beer.”  James was charged with Lacey Township Ordinance 130-14, Underage Consumption of Alcohol on a summons.  James Murphy was served his summons and began walking away while yelling out abusive vulgarities at the officers as he flicked his lit cigarette on the ground.  James was issued an additional summons for Lacey Township Ordinance 219-3 for littering.

Underage Consumption; Making Property and Alcohol Available to Minors – On Saturday, September 7, 2013, at 12:29 a.m., Sergeant Paul Sullivan and Officer Kymberly Gudgeon responded to a residence on Bayberry Drive in Lanoka Harbor for the report of a loud party.  Upon the officers’ arrival, someone yelled out “Cops” at which point partygoers began hopping over fences to get away.  19-year-old Justin Devlin of Forked River was charged with Lacey Township Ordinance 130-14 for Underage Consumption of Alcohol. The homeowner, 52-year-old Peter Tar, was charged with Making Property Available for Underage Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages.

Criminal Mischief to Multiple Motor Vehicles – On Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 4:47 a.m. this agency responded to the 700 block area of Princeton Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for a report of criminal mischief to a vehicle.  Officers discovered the driver’s side view mirror had been broken. While at the scene Officers discovered numerous other vehicles with the same damages, some on surrounding streets and some in other areas of town.  The damaged vehicles were found on Princeton Avenue, Radcliff Avenue, Cambridge Avenue, Oxford Road, Tappan Street, and Wallace Avenue. At least eight vehicles were reported with similar damage as residents from other parts of Lacey Township continued to report similar damages to their vehicles. It was determined that these incidents took place during the early morning hours on September 7, 2013. The initial caller heard a vehicle drive by then heard a sound like a car window breaking. This is an ongoing Investigation.

Possession of CDS (Arrest) – On Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 10:28 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota arrested Joseph P. Sinopoli Jr. charging him with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of CDS (Oxycodone). Officer A. Slota made contact with J. P. Sinopoli Jr. when a resident called police after seeing him lying on the ground, believing he had been struck by a vehicle.  J. P. Sinopoli Jr. was found disoriented and had a bicycle that had significant damage to it.  Joseph indicated to Officer Slota that he had not been struck by a vehicle but had fallen off his bike; he refused any and all medical care offered to him.  J. P. Sinopoli Jr.

DUI Arrest; Possession of CDS and Paraphernalia (Arrest) – On Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 8:45 p.m., Officer George Resetar arrested 21-year-old Blake Patrovich of 1029 Orlando Drive in Forked River for DUI.  Blake Patrovich drove his vehicle onto the property at 1404 Bullard Avenue in Forked River through sections of fencing destroying an above ground pool. His vehicle then collided with the residence across the street at 1322 Lee Way in Forked River where his vehicle came to rest.  Upon his arrest, Officer Resetar discovered marijuana and a marijuana smoking pipe in Blake Patrovich’s vehicle.  The vehicle was impounded. Blake was charged criminally with Possession of marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He also received summonses for the following motor vehicle violations: DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain a Lane.

Burglary and Theft from Motor Vehicle – On Monday, September 9, 2013, Officer Anderson responded to the 400 block area of Sinclair Avenue where he met with two complainants. They reported that someone entered their unlocked vehicles parked in the driveway sometime between 9:30 p.m. on September 8, 2013 and 7:00 a.m. on September 9, 2013. Loose change and a purse were taken from the vehicles. The purse was reported as a a Dolce & Gabbana replica; black and gray in color. Total approximate value of the stolen property is $136.

Criminal Mischief to Motor Vehicles Multiple cases and Locations - During the overnight hours between Sunday, September 8, 2013 and Monday, September 9, 2013, Lacey Township Patrol Officers responded to numerous calls of vehicles being damaged by cement blocks being thrown at them. All of the damaged vehicles were parked in the roadway. Damages consisted of broken windows, dented doors, trunks hoods and roofs. Some of the vehicles had their side view mirrors broken off.  This has received 27 reports of damaged vehicles with a majority of the vehicles having significant monetary damage.  The total value of the damage is yet to be determined but is well into the thousands of dollars. The criminal mischief occurred on the following roadways: Lake Barnegat Drive North, Center Street, Edgemere Avenue, Williams Avenue, Steuben Avenue, Tappan Street, Nantucket Road, Whitcomb Road, Elwood Street, Whitcomb Road, and Beverly Road in Forked River as well as Easy Street, Hardwood Drive, and Princeton Avenue in Lanoka Harbor.


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Aug. 27, 2013 thru Sept. 2, 2013

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August 27, 2013 thru September 3, 2013

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During the Summer of 2013, between the dates of July 1st thru August 31st (62 day period), the Lacey Township Police Department responded to and handled 6,103 calls-for-service. Officers of the police department made 214 physical arrests of which 51 were drug arrests with 9 arrests for Distribution of CDS in Lacey Township and 32 arrests for DUI.     

 Aug. 27, 2013 thru Sept. 3, 2013

  • Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Mischief (Shed) – On Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at 9:47 a.m., Officer Adam Ewart responded to the 600 block of Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for a burglary and theft. The victim reported that sometime between Monday, August 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. and Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 9:00 a.m., an unknown person pried the lock off of her shed causing approximately $25 in damage. Two shovels valued at $25 each were stolen.
  • Drug Possession and Warrants (Arrest) – On Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at 12:29 a.m., Officer Alan Abrecht observed three male subjects sleeping on the playground equipment at Bud Mezera Park on Lakeside Drive South in Forked River. One of the subjects, 20-year-old Jacob Barney of Spruce Street in Forked River, had three (3) outstanding warrants for his arrest. Two of the warrants were from the Lacey Township Municipal Court in the amount of $1,000 each, and the other warrant was from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department in the amount of $532.  Jacob Barney was arrested and found to be in possession of four hypodermic syringes, two glassine wax folds containing heroin, a small plastic bag containing cocaine, and a glass smoking device containing burnt marijuana. Jacob Barney was charged with Possession of CDS and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Jacob Barney was processed at police headquarters then transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of his warrants and default of additional bail set at $10,000 for the CDS charges. In addition, Jacob Barney was issued a summons for being located in a township park after hours. The remaining two male subjects at the park, identified as 18-year-old Hector Cabellos, Route 9 N in Lanoka Harbor and 20 year-old Joseph Ferenc of Capstan Drive in Forked River, were each issued a summons for being located in a township park after hours. Hector Cabellos and Joseph Ferenc were released at the scene.
  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at 6:02 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn was dispatched to the 900 block of Center Street for a report of female outside that was smoking marijuana.  Upon his arrival, Officer Flynn observed a 16-year-old juvenile female smoking marijuana from a bong just outside the residence. The items were seized and juvenile complaints were prepared charging the juvenile female with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Resisting Arrest, Obstructing the Administration of Law, and Harassment - On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 12:52 a.m., Officers Robert Flynn and John McKee responded to the 1700 block of Lakeside Drive South in reference to a dispute between the homeowner, identified as Pamela Patterson and a tow truck driver over a repossession of a vehicle.  Upon his arrival, Officer Flynn met with both parties and observed the vehicle already hooked up with the tow truck operator having taken possession of the vehicle. While investigating the incident, 41-year-old Pamela Patterson, Lakeside Dr South, Forked River, attempted to get the car keys back from the tow truck driver who was repossessing the vehicle. When she could not get the keys, she began to shove the tow truck driver in the presence of Officer Flynn. After several warnings to Pamela Patterson to stop, Officer Flynn intervened and informed Pamela Paterson she was under arrest. Pamela Patterson physically resisted arrest and continued in her attempt to assault the tow truck driver. Officer Flynn took Pamela Patterson into custody. She was transported to police headquarters. Pamela Patterson was processed and later released upon receiving criminal summonses for Resisting Arrest, Obstructing the Administration of Law, and Harassment (pushing and shoving the tow truck driver).
  • Burglary and Criminal Mischief (Residence) - On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 9:57 a.m., Officer John Cernek responded to the 700 block of Palm Beach Drive in Forked River for a criminal mischief report. The victim reported that sometime between Wednesday, August 14, 2013, and Monday, August 26, 2013, an unknown person(s) entered the residence and cut the copper water pipe on the top of the hot water heater. Water flooded and damaged the interior of the residence. There were no signs of forced entry; however, the homeowner believes entry might have been made via a rear window. Damage is estimated at several thousand dollars.
  • Internet Fraud Alert – On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 6:56 p.m., Officer Julie Barcalow responded to the 400 block of Chestnut Drive in Lanoka Harbor for a fraud report. The resident reported that she received an unusual message on her computer stating that she had accessed child porn and her computer was going to be locked until she paid the fine by purchasing a green dot card and sending it for payment. The resident realized it was a scam or a virus and did not send any funds. There was a similar incident reported on August 16, 2013.
  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 3:54 p.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban conducted a traffic stop on Manchester Ave. The driver, 48-year-old David Rosenblatt of Radio Road in Little Egg Harbor, was arrested for an outstanding Asbury Park warrant in the amount of $220. He was transported to headquarters, posted full bail, and was released.
  • Municipal Ordinance Violation (formal charge) – On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 4:35 p.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban was patrolling Bud Mezzera Park, 1400 Lakeside Dr South, Forked River, when he observed adults standing on the toddler playground equipment. The equipment had specific visible signs stating that the equipment was for use by children only. The three adults, identified as 19-year-old Catherine Wollner of Kentwood Blvd in Bricktown, 22-year-old Paul J. Illingworth of Claire Road in Forked River, and 23-year-old Hector Ceballos, Route 9 N in Forked River, were all issued summonses charging them with misuse of park equipment. They were released at the scene.
  • Theft (Residence) - On Thursday, August 29, 2013, at 3:22 p.m., Officer John Cernek responded to the 1200 block of Taylor Lane in Forked River for a theft of an air conditioner unit from the yard. The residence is vacant and it is unknown exactly when the theft occurred. The total value of the theft is estimated at $4000.
  • Warrants (Arrest) – On Friday, August 30, 2013, at 9:35 a.m., Detective Lieutenant Christopher Cornelius, Detective Brian Flynn, and Officer Adam Ewart, responded to Southwinds Marina, 362 East Lacey Road, Forked River, to serve several warrants. Upon arrival, officers met with 36-year-old Dean Rado of Belmont Drive in West Milford, NJ, and placed him under arrest on several outstanding warrants. Warrant number one (1) was a no-bail warrant from Morris County Sherriff’s Department; warrant number two (2) was a no-bail warrant from Somerset County Sheriff’s Department; warrant number three (3) was a Passaic County Sheriff’s Department warrant for child support in the amount of $51,050; warrant number four (4) was a Dumont Warrant for $1,000.00; and warrant number five (5) was a Wanaque Boro Warrant for $565. He was later turned over to the custody of Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.
  • Theft (Business) – On Friday, August 30, 2013, at 11:33 a.m., Officer Russell Moller responded to Latitude’s Restaurant, 361 East Lacey Rd, Forked River, for a theft report. The complainant reported that sometime between 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, and 7:00 a.m. on Friday, August 30, 2013, an unknown person(s) stole seven (7) flags valued at $150 each. Total theft is $1,050.
  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, August 30, 2013, at 7:43 p.m., Officer John McKee responded to 344 Route 9 N in Forked River for a dispute. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 38-year-old Christopher M. Bozarth of Route 9 in Waretown for two (2) outstanding warrants. Warrant number one (1) was issued out of Northumberland County Probation Department in the State of Pennsylvania, with full extradition; and warrant number two (2) was a $383 Lacey Township Warrant. Christopher Bozarth posted bail on the Lacey Township Warrant. He was then transported to the Ocean County Correctional facility to await Northumberland County.
  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Friday, August 30, 2013, at 8:44 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn conducted a traffic stop on Haines Street in Lanoka Harbor. The driver, 50-year-old Cheryl L. Gebhardt, was arrested on an outstanding Oakhurst Warrant in the amount of $165. She was transported to headquarters, posted full bail, and was later released.
  • Criminal Mischief and Theft  from Businesses (Formal Arrests)  - On Saturday, August 31, 2013, at 2:12 a.m., this agency was contacted by Lacey Township Police Officer Dimitri Tsarnas, who was working as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) at a DUI Checkpoint detail in Brick, NJ, with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. During the checkpoint in Brick, officers confronted 21-year-old Daniel Disbro of Chestnut Street in Waretown and 20-year-old William McMinnimin of Route 9 in Waretown. Both subjects drove into the checkpoint and were in possession of several air conditioner condenser coils in their vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of both subjects for the theft and criminal mischief incidents that occurred previously in Lacey Township. Three of those incidents occurred on earlier that evening on Friday night, August 30, 2013. The locations and incidents are as follows:
    1. Incident #1 occurred at Ace Dewatering, 706 Old Shore Road, Forked River (Lacey Business Park) on Friday, August 30, 2013. During this incident, the subjects attempted to steal the air conditioner condenser coils and while doing caused more than $2,000 worth of damage. They were charged with Criminal Mischief.
    2. Incident #2 occurred at
      Joseph H. Roberts Inc, Old Shore Road, Forked River (Lacey Business Park) on Friday, August 30, 2013. The subjects were charged with theft for stealing air conditioner condenser coils valued at more than $500 and Criminal Mischief for causing more than $2,000 worth of damage.
    3. Incident #3 occurred at Plastics for Chemicals, 710 Old Shore Road, Forked River (Lacey Business Park) on Friday, August 30, 2013. The subjects were charged with Theft for stealing air conditioner condenser coils valued at more than $500 and Criminal Mischief for causing more than $2,000 in damage.
    4. Incident #4 occurred at the office of Tom Morrissey, CPA, 623 Lacey Road, Forked River. During this incident, the subjects damaged the air conditioners in unsuccessfully attempting to steal the coils. They were each charged with Criminal Mischief for causing more than $2,000 in damage.
    5. Incident #5 occurred at the Lacey Moose Lodge, 305 Route 9 North, Forked River, which occurred on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Both subjects were charged with Theft in an amount more than $500 and Criminal mischief for causing damage more than $2,000.
    6. Incident #5 occurred at Best Impressions Dental Office, 321 Lacey Road, Forked River, which occurred between Thursday, August 22, 2013 and Tuesday, August 27, 2013.  Both subjects were charged with Theft in an amount more than $500 and Criminal Mischief for causing more than $2,000 in damage.

Both of the above subjects were lodged in the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail each. Additional charges are pending against both subjects for providing false information to law enforcement officers.

  • DUI Arrest – On Saturday, August 31, 2013, at 2:09 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer conducted a traffic stop on Binnacle Road in Forked River. The driver, 55 year-old Nina Sherwood of Forked River was arrested for DUI. She was transported to police headquarters and processed. Nina Sherwood was later released after receiving summonses for DUI, DUI Breath Test Refusal, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Exhibit Documents. The vehicle Nina Sherwood was operating was impounded as per John’s Law.
  • Underage Consumption of Alcohol (Arrest) – On Saturday, August 31, 2013, at 9:49 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota observed two subjects in front of the Lacey Library at 10 East Lacey Road in Forked River. Upon further investigation, Officer Slota observed a bottle of open alcohol. One of the subjects, identified as 20 year-old Joseph Ferenc of Capstan Drive in Forked River was charged with Underage Consumption of Alcohol.
  • Warrant (Arrest) - On Sunday, September 1, 2013, at 11:13 a.m., Special Officer Travis Horton conducted a traffic stop on Deerhead Lake Drive in Forked River. The driver, identified as 26-year-old David P. Hynes of Mandarin Road in Brick, NJ, was arrested on an outstanding Brielle Borough warrant in the amount of $89. David Hynes was transported to headquarters, processed, and released after posting full bail.
  • Harassment (Offensive Touching) - On Sunday, September 1, 2013, at 12:03 p.m., Sergeant Ronald Buxton and Officers Frederick Anderson and Noah Schaffer, responded to Gille Park Soccer Field for a soccer referee who was assaulted. The investigation determined that a juvenile male soccer player was unhappy with the referee’s call and as a result shoved him. The referee later responded to headquarters and signed a complaint against the 13-year-old juvenile male from West Long Branch, NJ, for Harassment (Offensive Touching).
  • Warrant (Arrests) - On Monday, September 2, 2013, at 7:25 a.m., Detective Robert Surtees arrested 41-year-old Robert Despies of Lanoka Harbor outside of a Lacey Road business on two outstanding warrants. Warrant #1 was from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and was for $9,199.35. Warrant #2 was from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and was for $17,912.13. Robert Despies was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility default of the bail.

Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Aug. 20th thru Aug. 26th, 2013

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  • DUI (Arrest) – On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, near 6:40 p.m., Officer Charles May was directing traffic at First Street in Forked River when the driver of a blue Jeep Wrangler failed to obey Officer May’s hand signals and verbal commands then continued driving east on First Street. A short while later, the vehicle and driver, 43-year-old George D. Hicks III of Annapolis Lane in Forked River drove back to the scene and demanded the name and badge number of Officer May. Upon speaking with George Hicks III, Officer May observed that his eyes were bloodshot and watery and smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of George D. Hicks III for DUI. He was issued summonses for DUI, reckless driving, and failure to obey officer’s commands. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Underage Possession of Alcohol (Formal Charge) - On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, Officer Kymberly Gudgeon responded to St. Pius Church for a report of a suspicious vehicle in the back of the church that may be involved in drug activity.  Upon arrival, four subjects were observed standing outside the vehicle, described as a beige Pontiac. Officer Gudgeon observed 20-year-old Joseph Ferenc of Capstan Drive in Forked River in possession of a 750mL bottle of Ciroc Vodka. Joseph Ferenc was issued a Complaint-Summons for Underage Possession of Alcohol and is awaiting a court date.
  • Theft – On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at approximately 8:41 p.m., Officer Charles May responded to the Lacey Inn on Route 9 in Forked River for a theft report. The victim reported that sometime during the early morning hours of August 11, 2013, her iPhone valued at $730 was stolen from the room she was renting.
  • Theft (Residence) – On Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at approximately 9:26 a.m., Officer John Cernek responded to a Tampa Road residence in Forked River for a theft report. The victim reported that sometime during the overnight hours, an unknown person stole three bicycles from the front yard of the residence. Total theft is valued at $150.
  • Shoplifting & Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at approximately 7:44 p.m., Officers Kymberly Gudgeon and Michael Eden responded to the Walmart store for a shoplifting incident. Upon further investigation, 34-year-old Christopher Haines of Seabright Road in Forked River was arrested for shoplifting merchandise valued at $45.93. C. Haines was also found to be in possession of CDS (Oxycodone and Aplrazolam). C. Haines was processed and later released after being charged with Shoplifting and for Possession of CDS.
  • Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 7:45 a.m., Officer John Cernek responded to an Elwood Street residence in Forked River for a report of criminal mischief.  The homeowner reported that some time during the overnight hours unknown person(s) threw a substance on her vehicle which was parked in the driveway of the residence. The victim reported that someone also lit a bag on fire which destroyed her front doormat. The doormat was valued at $20.
  • Drug Distribution & Possession (Arrests) – On the evening of Thursday, August 22, 2013, Lacey Detectives arrested three individuals involved in a drug transaction. The arrests were initiated after detectives witnessed a suspicious transaction on Clubhouse Drive in Forked River between a pedestrian and a vehicle. After the exchange, detectives approached the pedestrian, 18-year-old Casey Sinopoli of Lanoka Harbor, determining that he was in possession of heroin and Oxycodone. A traffic stop was conducted of the suspect vehicle occupied by the owner, 31-year-old Gregory Nelson and 26-year-old Nichole Post of 713 Buena Vista Road in Forked River. Both occupants were arrested and a search of the vehicle revealed heroin and a gravity knife. An additional search of Nelson’s home yielded other narcotics including heroin, marijuana, and MDMA.  MDMA is a schedule I drug often referred to as Molly or Ecstasy. Casey Sinopoli was charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $5,000 bail.  Nelson and Post were also lodged in the Ocean County Jail after being charged with Distribution of a CDS and Possession of CDS. Gregory Nelson was also charged with Possession of a Prohibited Weapon.  Gregory Nelson’s bail was set at $30,000 while Nichole Post’s bail was set at $15,000.
  • Warrant Arrest – On Thursday, August 22, 2013, at approximately 11:19 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn observed a suspicious male subject walking around the Bank of America on Lacey Road. After further investigation, the male subject, 38-year-old Christopher Williams of Mizzen Avenue in Manahawkin was arrested on two (2) outstanding warrants — one from Pine Beach for $500 and one from Newark for $500. C. Williams was unable to post and was turned over to the Pine Beach Police Department for transport to Ocean County Jail in lieu of his bail.
  • Warrant Arrest – On Friday, August 23, 2013, at 8:55 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton conducted a traffic stop of 45-year-old Dawn M. Jabush of Central Avenue in Mountainside, New Jersey after a computer inquiry indicated that she had an active Linden City warrant for $115. Dawn Jabush was arrested and transported to police headquarters where she was able to post bail.
  • Theft – On Friday, August 23, 2013, at approximately 11:43 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton responded to a Fanwood Drive residence in Forked River for a report of theft. The victim reported that sometime during the day, between 4:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., an unknown person stole a package containing two (2) black Limited Edition Accurate Fishing Reels from the front porch of the residence. The total theft is valued at $2,000.
  • CDS (Arrest) – On Saturday, August 24, 2013, at approximately 4:30 a.m., Officer Andrew Slota and Officer Dimitri Tsarnas responded to the WAWA , 444 Route 9 South, in Forked River regarding a male subject sleeping in his truck in front of the store.  Upon further investigation, 21-year-old Thomas R. Luce of John Street in Forked River was arrested for Possession of Marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Thomas R. Luce was processed and later released after receiving a criminal summons. T. Luce was also issued a traffic summons for having CDS in a motor vehicle.
  • DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, August 24, 2013, at approximately 10:11 p.m., Officers George Resetar and Alan Abrecht responded to the area of Manchester Avenue and Hill Street in Lanoka Harbor for a report of a fight in a vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 31-year-old Ryan Jenkins of Camden Avenue in Whiting, New Jersey for DUI. Ryan Jenkins was later released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Breath Test Refusal, and Reckless Driving. The vehicle he was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Noise Complaint (Formal Charge) – On Sunday, August 25, 2013, at approximately 3:21 a.m., Officers George Resetar and Dimitri Tsarnas responded to the residence next to Lanoka Farms in Lanoka Harbor for a loud party. Upon arrival, officers observed numerous people running from the area in an attempt to avoid the police.  Officer Tsarnas issued 27-year-old Phillip Porcellini of Heatherington Court in Lanoka Harbor a complaint-summons for the disturbance.
  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, August 25, 2013, at approximately 3:56 a.m., Officer Andrew Slota conducted a traffic stop in a parking lot off of Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 27-year-old Kevin Madden of Sloop Creek Road in Bayville for DUI. He was processed and later released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Speeding. The vehicle he was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Burglary & Theft (Residence) – On Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 5:37 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to a Clairmore Avenue residence in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a burglary and theft. The incident is believed to have occurred sometime between August 11, 2013 and August 25, 2013. The complainant reported that multiple power tools, nail guns, a chop saw, an air compressor, and two electric heaters were stolen. The residence is vacant and under construction. The suspects entered the residence by breaking through a wall inside a shed which is attached to the house. The estimated value of the stolen property is $600. 
  • DUI (Arrest) - On Sunday, August 25, 2013, at 5:53 p.m., officers responded to the area of Western Boulevard in reference to a 2001 Dodge Intrepid that was unable to maintain its lane of travel and nearly had a head on collision. Officer Dimitri Tsarnas was investigating a hit and run motor vehicle accident in the parking lot of Fast Cash on Route 9 in Forked River. The vehicle involved in the hit and run was the same vehicle reported in the aggressive driving complaint. Lt. Michael DiBella located the vehicle and stopped the vehicle on Constitution Drive in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 27-year-old Viviana M. Hildum of Forepeak Drive in Forked River for DUI. She was issued summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane.
  • Criminal Mischief (Business) – On Monday, August 26, 2013, at 9:15 a.m. Officer Noah Schaffer responded to 623 Lacey Road for a report of criminal mischief. The complainant reported that sometime between 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 23, 2013 and 9:00 a.m. on August 26, 2013, unknown person(s) damaged the interior of both air conditioning condensing units located at the rear of his building. It was apparent that suspect(s) tried to cut out the copper coils from the units. Although the units were destroyed, the actor(s) failed to remove the copper coils. Estimated repair/damage is valued at $4,000.
  • Theft – On Monday, August 26, 2013, at 6:46 p.m., a victim reported that on Thursday, August 22, 2013, she was at the Lacey Township Municipal Court located at 818 Lacey Road in Forked River conducting business as an attorney. She stated that sometime during the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., some person(s) stole her purse from within the court room. The total value of stolen property is $1,690.

Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - Aug. 13th thru Aug. 19th, 2013

 

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  • Forgery & Theft (Arrest) – On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 25-year-old Brittany Gibson of Parkside Drive in Forked River was arrested and charged with two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, forgery, and theft. The arrest stemmed from a report filed by Joseph Mazza of Leeward Court in Bayville on Monday, August 5, 2013, that Brittany Gibson stole his TD Bank Debit Card and used it to make a $100 purchase at Wawa (Forked River) and a $100 purchase at Walmart (Lanoka Harbor). He also reported that she stole a Waterford Crystal decanter from his vehicle. As a result of the investigation, Brittany Gibson arrested, processed and charged with the criminal offenses. Brittany Gibson was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $30,000 bail.
  • Criminal Mischief & Trespassing – On August 15, 2013, at 8:15 a.m., Special Officer Moller responded to the Gille Park Skate Park in reference to criminal mischief to the skate park equipment. The damage is believed to have occurred during the overnight hours after the Township parks are closed and the gates locked. The damage was caused nightly at the skate park between at least Sunday, August 11, 2013 and Wednesday, August 14, 2013. It is evident that the persons responsible are destroying the fencing to enter the skate park with bicycles and subsequently damaging the equipment as well.
  • Burglary & Theft - On Tuesday August 13, 2013, at 4:29 p.m., a resident of Glen Oak Drive in Forked River reported that someone stole jewelry from her home sometime between July 21, 2013 and August 1, 2013. The jewelry reported stolen included a yellow gold wedding band and a one carat diamond solitaire yellow gold ring. No signs of forced entry were located. The total value of the stolen jewelry is $3,900. 
  • Disorderly Conduct & Theft (Formal Charges) – On Thursday, August 15, 2013, at 2:00 a.m., a male subject entered the 7-11 Store on Lacey Road and Holmes Avenue North in Forked River and purposely knocked over all of the items on a shelf then picked up a food item and walked out of the store without paying for the item. The matter was not reported to the police department until the late morning hours (7 hours later). Video tape evidence led to the identification of the responsible subject. Juvenile charges have been signed against the 16-year-old, Forked River male for both disorderly conduct and shoplifting.
  • Use of CDS & Lewdness (Formal Charges) – On Thursday, August 15, 2013, at 2:18 a.m., Officer Resetar responded to Lake Barnegat Drive North in reference to a naked male running down the roadway. Officer Resetar located the juvenile suspect who appeared to be under the influence of drugs. The suspect appeared to be hallucinating and was not initially cooperative. The juvenile’s parents were notified, and he was transported to Community Medical Center by Officer Resetar. Juvenile charges are pending.
  • Hindering Apprehension, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Arrest) – On Wednesday, August 14, 2013, Officer Donahue conducted a motor vehicle stop on Penn Avenue North near Stueben Avenue in Forked River. The driver, 32-year-old Jason P. Corliss, provided Officer Donahue with false information, including a false name and false date of birth. Further investigation led to the discovery of multiple warrants for his arrest. He was arrested and a search incident to the arrest uncovered heroin. Jason P. Corliss was charged with hindering his own apprehension, possession of heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $15,000 bail as well as the no bail Ocean County Sheriff’s Department warrant.
  • Criminal Mischief (Township Property) – On Thursday, August 15, 2013, at 11:34 p.m., Special Officer Horton discovered damage to the Hebrew Park men’s room towel dispenser. Profanity and images were carved into the dispenser. Damage is estimated at $50.
  • Warrant Arrest – Special Officer Horton conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 North. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the driver, 21-year-old Brooke O’Rourke of Briggs Avenue North in Forked River, had an active $240 warrant out of the Pine Beach Municipal Court. Brooke O’Rourke was arrested, processed, and released after posting bail. She also received summonses for driving while suspended, driving an uninsured motor vehicle, and driving with a suspended registration. The vehicle was impounded for suspended registration and no insurance.
  • Internet Fraud Alert – On Friday, August 16, 2013, at 12:51 p.m., a resident of Forked River reported that on Thursday, August 15th, 2013, he observed that his home computer was locked (frozen) with an unusual message across the monitor. The message stated, “Prism Computer Prosecution Section” and underneath that it stated, “Your computer has been locked due to suspicion of illegal content downloading and distribution.” The message also indicated that the matter could be “resolved” without issue if he paid a fine of $300. The message stated that he should pay the $300.00 utilizing “Moneypak”, and that he could purchase the voucher elsewhere and then enter the bar code into the computer message to unlock it. The complainant contacted his Internet provider and learned that the incident was actually a recent computer virus going around and was not legitimate.
  • Hit & Run MVA, DUI, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Arrest) – On Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 12:52 a.m., Special Officer Horton observed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Lake Barnegat Drive North onto Haines Street in Lanoka Harbor. The vehicle then proceeded eastbound on Haines Street where it began to drive in the wrong lane of travel towards on-coming traffic. Special Officer Horton was traveling westbound on Haines Street and had to swerve out of the way of the vehicle in order to avoid an accident. Officer Horton turned around and stopped the vehicle in the parking lot of Walmart. The vehicle also had “fresh” damage to the front end indicating that it had just been involved in an accident. The vehicle was being driven by 18-year-old Gregory J. Fenton of Dugout Drive in Lanoka Harbor. It was determined that Gregory Fenton struck a vehicle parked in front of a residence on Adolphus Street in Forked River and left the scene without reporting the accident. Gregory Fenton appeared to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Field sobriety tests were conducted at the scene and Gregory Fenton was arrested for DUI. A white, powdery substance and a pen tube commonly used for inhaling CDS were seized. Gregory Fenton was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released. Gregory Fenton was issued criminal charges for possession of CDS and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also issued motor vehicle summonses for DUI, underage DUI, possession of CDS in a motor vehicle, failure to stop, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, failure to exhibit registration, failure to exhibit a valid insurance card, and probationary license holder violation for driving after hours. 
  • Burglary & Theft (Residence) – On Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 8:33 a.m., Officer Anderson responded to a residence on Surrey Court in Forked River for a report of theft. The resident reported that between June 5, 2013 and June 11, 2013, she was away on vacation and upon returning home she discovered that her Sentry key safe was partially pried open. The resident stated that some of her jewelry was missing. The value of stolen property is estimated at $9,000. There were no signs of forced entry to the residence.
  • Warrant Arrest - On Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 11:29 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota observed Shannon Augustino walking in the area of Deerhead Lake Drive and Alpine Street in Forked River and believed that she had a warrant for her arrest. Upon further investigation, Shannon Augustino was arrested on an outstanding $750 Lacey Township Municipal Court Warrant and an outstanding $300 Lacey Township Municipal Court Warrant. Shannon Augustino was unable to post bail and was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility.
  • DUI - On Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 8:19 p.m., Officers Anderson and Nick responded to the area of Anchorage Drive and Binnacle Road in Forked River for a report of a disoriented male in a vehicle. The vehicle was occupied by 60-year-old Martin A. Weaver of Forked River. It was determined that Martin Weaver was DUI. Officer Anderson arrested Martin Weaver for DUI and transported him to police headquarters. Martin Weaver received motor vehicle summonses for driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and obstructing passage of other vehicles.
  • Burglary & Theft (Residence) – On Sunday, August 18, 2013, at 2:39 p.m., Officer McKee responded to a Cambridge Road home in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a burglary and theft from a residence. The resident reported that sometime between June 24, 2013 and July 9, 2013, someone entered the residence and stole $5,500 worth of jewelry. The residence is currently listed for sale and there was no sign of forced entry.

Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - August 5th, 2013 thru August 12, 2013

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  • Underage Consumption of Alcohol (Formal Charges) – On Monday, August 5,, 2013, at 8:04 a.m., Officers Barcalow and Eden responded to Jay Street in Forked River for a report of an intoxicated juvenile female in the roadway. Officers located the juvenile and confirmed that she was intoxicated and in need of medical attention due to her intoxication level. The juvenile was transported for treatment at the Community Medical Center in Toms River. As a result of the investigation it was determined that the consumption of alcohol occurred at a residence on Claire Road in Forked River and that the alcoholic beverages were provided by a male juvenile. The intoxicated female juvenile was charged with underage consumption of alcoholic beverages on private property and the male juvenile was charged with providing alcoholic beverages to a juvenile.

  • Criminal Mischief (Arrest) – On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at 2:59 a.m., Officer Gudgeon responded to the Walmart in Lanoka Harbor for Criminal Mischief done to a parked in the lot between the hours of 12:30 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. The car sustained yellow colored spray paint on several areas of the vehicle. The investigation revealed that 22-year-old, Robert Baker of Whitcomb Road in Forked River purchased the spray paint within the store and then spray painted the parked vehicle in the parking lot. Robert Baker was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief and released.
  • Lewdness (Arrest) – On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at 6:48 p.m., Officers May and McKee responded to an East Lacey Road residence for a report of a male subject exposing himself while urinating on the property. Officers identified the suspect as 26-year-old, Francisco Garcia of Forked River. Francisco Garcia was arrested, charged with Lewdness, and released on a summons.
  • Criminal Mischief – On Thursday, August 8, 2013, at 6:14 p.m., Officer Abrecht responded to a residence on Peach Tree Lane in Forked River for Criminal Mischief that occurred between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on August 8, 2013. A wooden fence securing an area of the property was knocked down and the damage is estimated at $30.
  • Warrants (Arrest) – On Thursday, August 8, 2013, at 8:41 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton responded to a motor vehicle accident and found that one of the drivers had outstanding warrants for weapons possession, aggravated assault, and bad checks. Arrested was 49-year-old James R. Magee of Hancock Avenue in Bayville. He was lodged in Ocean County Jail.
  • Drug Distribution (Arrests) – On the evening of Thursday, August 8, 2013, detectives of the Lacey Township Police Department arrested seven individuals during a narcotics investigation. Detectives witnessed a male and a female exiting a home on Chelsea Street in Forked River recently suspected of drug distribution. A field inquiry of the two individuals and a third man meeting with them led to their arrests. Christopher Williams, 38 years-of-age from Manahawkin, was arrested for an outstanding $32,000 child support warrant. During his arrest, Christopher Williams was found to be in possession of heroin intended to be distributed to a third individual, 47-year-old Darrell Salter of Forked River. Darrell Salter was arrested and charged with Loitering to Obtain a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS). Christopher Williams was charged with Possession of Heroin and Intent to Distribute Heroin. Christopher Williams was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in lieu of the bail on the warrant, while Salter and Fagan were released on their own recognizance pending a court appearance. The third suspect, 18-year-old Katherine Fagan of Lanoka Harbor, was arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin. Several hours later, detectives executed a search warrant at 650 Chelsea Street in Forked River. During the search, 132 folds containing heroin were discovered along with numerous hypodermic syringes. The findings led to four additional arrests inside the home. The homeowner, 24-year-old Shannon Augustino of Forked River, was charged with Possession of Hypodermic Syringes. David Bond, 24, of Little Egg Harbor was charged with Possession of Heroin and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe. Shannon Augustino and David Bond were released on a summons pending a court appearance. Another individual, 30-year-old Jesse Morrell of Toms River, was arrested for three outstanding warrants issued from Point Pleasant, Lacey, and Washington Township Municipal Courts. Jesse Morrell was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $1,500 bail. An additional arrest of 50-year-old Steven Concannon of Forked River was also made at the residence. Steven Concannon was charged with Possession of Heroin, Intent to Distribute Heroin, and Intent to Distribute CDS within 1000’ of the Lacey Township Middle School. Steven Concannon was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $50,000 cash bail. Assistance was obtained from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Group and a K-9 Unit from the Ocean Township (Waretown) Police Department. Lacey Patrol Officers Andrew Slota and Alan Abrecht assisted with the warrant execution.
  • Failing to Register under Megan’s Law (Arrest) – At 8:00 a.m. on Friday, August 9, 2013, Officer Darrell Nick of the Lacey Township Police Department conducted an investigation into a suspicious male who was reportedly living in the wooded area near the McDonald’s Restaurant in Lanoka Harbor. The man was located and identified as 55-year-old Norman Myers of Canyon Country, California. Computer inquiries led to the discovery of multiple NCIC warrants from California and Illinois; yet none of the warrants allowed for extradition. While Norman Myers was not subject to arrest and incarceration for the out-of-state NCIC warrants, further investigation revealed that he was in violation of New Jersey’s Sex Offender Registration law for failing to properly register. Norman Myer was placed under arrest by Officer Darrell Nick, processed, and lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bail.
  • DUI (Arrest) – At 2:26 a.m. on August 10, 2013, Officer Dimitri Tsarnas of the Lacey Township Police Department conducted a motor vehicle stop on Lacey Road near Holmes Avenue. The motor vehicle stop led to the arrest of 50-year-old Judy Petersen of Vivas Drive in Barnegat for driving under the influence of alcohol. Additional motor vehicle summons were issued for reckless driving and failure to maintain lane.
  • Attempted Burglary of Residence – On Friday, August 9, 2013, a resident of Sweetwood Drive in Forked River reported a possible attempted burglary of his residence. The homeowner reported that sometime during the past week, an unknown person or persons attempted to pry open the front door of the residence. The homeowner located pry marks on the front door as well as fresh scratches around the door jamb area and door knob. No entry was made; however the damage was estimated at approximately $100.
  • Criminal Mischief to a Vehicle – At 4:32 a.m. on August 11, 2013, Officer George Resetar responded to a residence on South Street regarding criminal mischief to a motor vehicle. The victim, a resident of Manahawkin, informed Officer Resetar that her vehicle, a green 2003 Nissan Altima, was damaged while parked on South Street. The front driver’s side window was shattered out, and two large dents were made to the driver’s side doors. The estimated cost of damage to the vehicle is $1000.
  • DUI MVA (Formal Charge) – On Sunday, August 11, 2013, at 6:38 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn and Officer Jeffrey Slota investigated a motor vehicle accident on Route 9 near the intersection of Jones Road. The initial witness statements suggested a white BMW was involved in the accident with a motorcyclist, after which, the white BMW reportedly fled the scene. The motorcyclist, 53-year-old Michael Kovacs of Lacey Road in Forked River, suffered injuries that required him to be flown via helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center. With the help of the public after the information was posted through the police department website, the white BMW was identified and quickly determined to not have been involved in the motor vehicle accident. Members of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Support Team (FAST) responded to assist in the investigation. As a result of the investigation, Michael Kovacs is being charged with DUI.
  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Sunday, August 11, 2013, at 12:54 a.m., Officer Charles May arrested Roseanne Speciale of Western Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor for shoplifting $22 worth of merchandise from Walmart. She was transported to police headquarters, processed, and released on a summons.
  • Drug Overdose – On Sunday, August 11, 2013, at 7:35 p.m., officers responded to a residence on Joffre Road for a possible drug overdose. A 37-year-old, Forked River male who was visiting the residence became unresponsive and stopped breathing. Officers performed CPR and the patient regained a pulse. The man was transported to the hospital. The investigation uncovered paraphernalia including a hypodermic needle and stainless steel spoon.
  • DUI (Arrest) – On Monday, August 12, 2013, at 8:04 p.m., Officer Barcalow responded to the area of Harrison Avenue and Elwood Street for a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area. Officer Barcalow located the vehicle driving in the area. Upon investigation, 36-year-old Keith Glover of Center Street in Forked River was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). In addition, he was charged with reckless driving and having an open container of alcohol in his motor vehicle.
  • Vehicular Assault (Arrest) – On Monday, August 12, 2013, at 3:05 p.m., Officer Keith Pearce handled a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Route 9 and Hollywood Boulevard in Forked River. A vehicle operated by 28-year-old Samuel Ramirez-Gonzalez of Long Branch struck a vehicle operated by 65-year-old David Alexander of Waretown. Alexander was traveling southbound on Route 9 when Samuel Ramirez-Gonzalez passed a stopped vehicle at the stop sign on Hollywood Boulevard and proceeded to travel into the path of David Alexander. David Alexander suffered serious injuries and was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center. Samuel Ramirez-Gonzalez was determined to be unlicensed and was arrested for the crime of vehicular assault for driving recklessly and causing serious bodily injury to another. Samuel Ramirez-Gonzalez posted $2,500.00 bail and was released.
  • Warrants (Arrest) – On Monday, August 12, 2013, at 5:32 p.m., while investigating a separate incident, Officer May arrested 43-year-old Steven Gonzalez of Laurel Boulevard for several outstanding warrants. He was lodged in Ocean County Jail on the warrants.

Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - July 30th thru August 6th, 2013

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July 30th thru August 6th, 2013

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  • Burglary and Theft (Residential) –On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 9:30 a.m., a resident of Capstan Drive in Forked River reported a burglary and theft that occurred sometime between July 8, 2013 and July 11, 2013. The resident reported that she heard noise coming from her garage and upon checking she observed two unknown white male subjects standing in her garage. One of the subjects held up an item and asked her if it was for sale. One of the subjects then asked if she had any watches for sale. She told the suspects that she had a battery powered watch for sale and was offered $20 by the suspect. The resident mistakenly gave the suspects a bag of gold Omega watches valued at $10,800. The suspects then left. The resident did not see a vehicle.
  • Criminal Mischief – On Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 6:40 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy responded to Cedar Drive in Lanoka Harbor in reference to criminal mischief.  The homeowner reported that she was inside her residence around 6:40 p.m. when an unknown person threw a rock at her front bay window breaking the window. The damage is estimated at $1,500.
  • Theft – On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 10:07 a.m., a resident reported that someone stole his black Apple iPhone 4s from the second lake around 3:00 p.m. on July 30, 2013.  The value of the phone is estimated at $200.
  • Warrant Arrest - On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, Officer Travis Horton conducted a motor stop of 58-year-old Guy Sbar of Forked River in the parking lot of 524 Lacey Road after a check of his vehicle registration indicated that his driver’s license was suspended. Guy Sbar also had an active $164 Marlton warrant.  Guy Sbar was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where he posted full cash bail and was released. He was issued a summons for driving while suspended.
  • Theft – On Thursday, August 1, 2013, at 12:42 p.m., Officer Scott Anderson responded to police headquarters in reference to a theft report. A resident reported that sometime between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on July 31, 2013, someone went into her beach bag and stole her clutch purse while she was at the second lake beach. The purse contained money, jewelry, and medication valued at $330.
  • Obstruction & Hindering Apprehension (Arrest) – On Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 9:32 a.m., Officer Alan Abrecht stopped a vehicle for speeding near the intersection of Sylvania Place and Spruce Road in Forked River.  The driver, (later identified as 34-year-old Elizabeth Epps of Forked River) stated that she did not have her driver’s license in her possession and provided the officer with the information of another female. Officer Abrecht checked the information provided to him and determined that the information provided to him was false. Upon further questioning, Elizabeth Epps gave her proper information, which was verified by Officer Abrecht. Officer Abrecht determined that her driver’s license was suspended and she had an outstanding $500 Lacey Township warrant. Elizabeth Epps was arrested and charged with Obstructing the Administration of Law and Hindering Apprehension. Bail on those charges was set at $500. Elizabeth Epps was able to post bail on both warrants. Elizabeth Epps was also issued summonses for Speeding and Driving While Suspended.
  • Warrant Arrest – On Thursday, August 1, 2013, at 10:54 p.m., Ptl. Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a motor vehicle stop of 26-year-old Jeffrey Moissinac after a check of his vehicle registration indicated that he had an active $750 Lacey Township warrant. Jeffrey Moissinac was arrested and transported to Ocean County Jail in default of the bail. He was also issued a traffic summons for no insurance.
  • Aggravated Assault, Defiant Trespassing, & Hindering Apprehension (Arrests) – On Friday, August 2, 2013, at 9:47 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas and other officers responded to the IL Giardino Restaurant in reference to an assault of an employee of the restaurant by two male suspects. The victim identified one of his attackers as being the husband of Aileen Racanelli, a waitress at the restaurant. The assault took place inside the kitchen area of the restaurant. The victim was punched and knocked to the ground and was then kicked while he was on the ground. The suspects then fled the scene. The victim was transported to the Southern Ocean Medical Center by Lacey Township EMS and received treatment for his injuries, which included pain in his neck and back, as well as blurred vision. Investigation at the scene led to the arrests of 52-year-old Michael J. Racanelli and his son, 21-year-old Anthony M. Racanelli who were each charged with Aggravated Assault and Defiant Trespass. Bail was set at $25,000 each. Aileen Racanelli was charged with Hindering Apprehension. Michael J. Racanelli and Anthony M. Racanelli posted bail at Lacey Township Police headquarters and are awaiting a court appearance.
  • Warrant Arrest – On Friday, August 2, 2013, Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a motor vehicle stop near the intersection of Route 9 and Taylor Lane of 50-year-old John Concannon of Bayville. The traffic stop was a result of a check of his vehicle registration which indicated that he had a suspended registration. Investigation at the scene led to arrest of John Concannon on two outstanding warrants – a $250 Berkeley Township warrant and a $500 Ocean Township warrant. John Concannon was arrested and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was able to post bail. John Concannon was also issued a summons for suspended registration and driving while suspended. The vehicle was impounded due to the suspended registration.
  • Criminal Mischief – On Friday, August 2, 2013, at 2:48 p.m., Officer Anderson responded to a residence on Whales Court in reference to criminal mischief to the home. The resident reported that someone shot holes in approximately thirteen (13) pieces of her house siding with an air-soft gun. No suspects could be identified at this time. The damage is estimated at $500.
  • DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 1:52 a.m., Officer Alan Abrecht stopped a vehicle for speeding and careless driving. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 30-year-old Thomas J. Scarola of Forked River, NJ, for DUI. Thomas Scarola was transported to headquarters, processed, and released after receiving traffic summonses for speeding, careless driving, reckless driving, and driving while intoxicated. The vehicle he was driving was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Burglary & Theft (Auto) – On Sunday, August 4, 2013, at 4:50 a.m., Officer Adam Ewart responded to an address on Deguise Street in Lanoka Harbor for a report of a burglary and theft from a vehicle. The resident was awakened by the sound of a car alarm, and after investigating, the resident observed the passenger door to her vehicle open. The vehicle was not locked at the time of the incident. Stolen from the vehicle were a wallet, driver’s license, and various credit cards.  The estimated value of the items stolen from the vehicle is $25.
  • Criminal Mischief – On Sunday, August 4, 2013, Officer Julie Barcalow responded to an address on East Lacey Road in Forked River in reference to criminal mischief. The homeowner reported that between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on this date, someone damaged the garage door to his residence. The door was cracked down the middle, the left side of the door was bent inward, and the door frame was damaged.  The cause of the damage is unknown. The estimated damage done to the door is $1,500.
  • Theft – On Monday, August 5, 2013, Officer Barcalow responded to a residence on Earie Way in reference to a theft. The homeowner reported that two males in a maroon extended cab pickup truck got out of the truck and entered her backyard. They picked up her large wooden picnic table and placed it in their pickup truck and then fled east on Lakeside Drive South. No further description was provided. The table is valued at $250.
  • Criminal Mischief - A caller reported damage to his vehicle while it was parked in the Walmart parking lot. The damage occurred between the hours of 12:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. The vehicle was parked in front of the store when two unknown actors used yellow spray paint to damage the vehicle.  The estimated value of the damage is $250.

 

 


Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - July 23rd thru July 29th, 2013

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July 23rd thru July 29th, 2013

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  • DWI with Motor Vehicle Accident (Hit and Run) – On Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at 11:57 p.m., Officer Abrecht responded to the 400 block of Windsor Street in Forked River for a report of a hit and run motor vehicle and accident. A description was provided for the vehicle that fled the scene. A short time later, Officer Evan Androcy stopped the hit and run vehicle on Route 9 near Haines Street in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the motor vehicle stop led to the arrest of the driver, 49-year-old Donato Butindaro of Whiting, for DUI. The damage to Donato Butindaro’s vehicle was consistent with the damage to the struck vehicle on Windsor Street. Donato Butindaro was transported to headquarters, processed, and charged with DUI, Refusal to Submit to Breath samples, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle Donato Butindaro was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law as well as for further police investigation regarding the accident.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at 9:06 a.m., Officer Scott Anderson responded to the 1000 block of Clairmore Avenue for a burglary of motor vehicle. The victim stated that sometime between 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 and 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, an unknown person(s) entered his unlocked van that was parked in the street in front of his residence and stole tools valued and over $798.
  • Burglary and Criminal Mischief (Business) – On Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at 9:08 a.m., the owner of Lexi Floors, 808 N. Main Street, Lanoka Harbor, reported that an unknown person(s) forced entry into his business by prying open a side door sometime between 3:00 p.m. on July 8, 2013 and 7:00 a.m. July 9, 2013.  Nothing was reported stolen; the damage to the door is estimated at $200.00
  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at 10:12 a.m., Special Officer Russell Moller responded to the 300 block of Seabright Road for criminal mischief to a motor vehicle. The victim stated that sometime between 1:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013, an unknown person(s) smashed the driver’s-side window; damage to the window is estimated at $500.00.
  • Public Nuisance (Formal Charge) – On Thursday, July 25, 2013, at 12:44 a.m., Officers Evan Androcy and George Resetar responded to the 300 block of Constitution Drive for a loud party. The resident, 18-year-old David Buchko, was issued a summons for the loud noise.
  • DUI (Arrest) – On Thursday, July 25, 2013, at 12:46 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 near Laurel Boulevard.  Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 24-year-old Marissa Minnuies of Manchester for DUI. She was transported to headquarters, processed, and later released after receiving traffic summonses for DWI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle Marissa Minnuies was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Theft of a Credit Card & Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card (Arrest) – On Thursday, July 25, 2013, Detective Surtees concluded an investigation which originated on July 7, 2013, resulting in the arrest of 29-year-old Douglas Clayton of Ocean Gate. During the overnight hours of June 7, 2013, Patrolman Schaffer responded to Walmart in reference to a suspicious incident.  It was reported that three individuals purchased a gift card valued at $300 using an American Express credit card.  After completing the transaction, the actor attempted to purchase two additional gift cards valued at $800. The individual was unable to provide a personal identification number and abruptly exited the store. Patrolman Schaffer located the vehicle and identified the actor as 29-year-old Douglas Clayton of Ocean Gate. Detective Surtees discovered that the credit card used had been reported stolen from a Berkeley Township resident. On June 25, 2013, Douglas Clayton was charged with possession of a stolen credit card and fraudulent use of a credit card. Douglas Clayton was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of $20,000 bail.
  • Theft of a Cellular Phone (Arrest) – Detective Brian Flynn concluded an investigation which originated on July 12, 2013, resulting in the arrest of 19-year-old Ethan Eyerman of Forked River. A resident reported on July 12, 2013, that his cellular phone had been stolen from his residence. Detective Flynn recovered the phone at a secondhand store. Ethan Eyerman was arrested and charged with theft valued at $400.  Ethan Eyerman was released pending a court appearance. 
  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Friday, July 26, 2013, at 9:06 a.m., Officer Peter Donahue responded to the 700 block of Oxford Road in reference to criminal mischief to a motor vehicle. The victim stated that sometime during the overnight hours, her vehicle was spray painted while it was parked in the driveway of her residence; damage is estimated at $550.
  • Fraud (Arrest) – On Friday, July 26, 2013, at 11:19 a.m., Officer Keith Pearce responded to Bank of America, 711 Lacey Road, for a possible fraud. Investigation at the scene revealed that 30-year-old Carey Mayo of Barnegat was attempting to cash a check with a signature that did not match the account holder. Bank personnel confirmed with the account holder that it was a fraudulent transaction. Carey Mayo was arrested, transported to headquarters, and processed. She was charged with Theft by Deception and Forgery and later released after receiving a criminal summons.
  • Warrant Arrest – On Friday, July 26, 2013, Officer Charles May and Special Officer Russell Moller were at the Walmart when they observed 25-year-old Devin Demichele of Whiting who was actively wanted on warrants. Devon Demichele was arrested for three warrants including: (1) New Gretna Warrant in the amount of $264, (2) Lacey Township Warrant in the amount of $750, and (3) Tabernacle Warrant in the amount of $1,500.00. Devon Demichele was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of his bail.
  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, July  26, 2013 at 11:14 p.m., Officer Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of Wawa, 444 Route 9 South. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 39-year-old Todd Giaccio of Waretown for DUI. He was transported to headquarters and processed. Todd Giaccio was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, DUI Refusal, Reckless Driving, and Careless Driving. The vehicle he was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.  This incident stemmed from the DWI Checkpoint that occurred on Route 9 and Old Shore Road beginning at 10:00 p.m. that evening.
  • Warrant Arrest – On Friday, July 26, 2013, at 10:51 p.m., at the Lacey Township DWI checkpoint, on Old Shore Road and Route 9, Officer Evan Androcy arrested 28-year-old Ashley Campbell, Ortley Beach, for an outstanding Toms River Township Warrant in the amount of $105. She was transported to headquarters, processed, and released after posting full bail.
  • Drug Paraphernalia (Arrest) – On Friday, July 26, 2013, at 11:44 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota arrested 21-year-old Matthew Conrad, Forked River, for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The incident occurred on Old Shore Road during the DWI checkpoint. Matthew Conrad was transported to headquarters, processed, and later released after receiving a criminal summons. The vehicle Matthew Conrad was operating was impounded for further investigation.
  • Drug Arrest (Possession and Distribution) – On Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 1:14 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas arrested and charged 25-year-old Nicole Fava, Forked River, for several CDS charges including but not limited to: Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Hydrocodone, Possession of Hydrocodone with Intent to distribute, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $100,000 no ten percent. Nicole Fava was transported to the Ocean County Jail in lieu of her bail. The vehicle she was operating was impounded for a possible seizure. This incident occurred during the DUI checkpoint on Old Shore Road and Route 9 which began at 10:00 p.m.
  • DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 2:00 a.m., Officer Robert Flynn arrested 18-year-old Victoria Maulbeck of Waretown for DUI. She was transported to headquarters, processed, and released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Underage DUI, and Reckless Driving. The vehicle she was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. This incident occurred at the DUI checkpoint on Old Shore Road and Route 9 which began at 10:00 p.m.
  • Drug Arrest(s) – On Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 2:04 a.m., Officer Andrew Slota arrested 31-year-old Greg Nelson of Forked River for an outstanding Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department Warrant for $6,578. He was also charged with Possession of Heroin and Possession of Marijuana with bail set at $5,000. He was processed and transported to the Ocean County Jail in lieu of his bail. In addition, he received a traffic summons for CDS in a Motor Vehicle and Driving While Suspended.
    • The passenger, 25-year-old Nicole Post of Forked River, was also arrested for Possession of Heroin, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of a Hypodermic Needle. She was processed and later released on a criminal summons. This incident occurred during the DUI checkpoint on Old Shore Road and Route 9.
  • DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 2:38 a.m., Officer Evan Androcy arrested 18-year-old Madison Schiebler of Bayville for DUI. She was transported to headquarters, processed, and released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI and Reckless Driving. The vehicle she was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
    • The passenger in the vehicle, 20-year-old Thomas J. Materiale of Waretown, was issued a summons for Underage Consumption of Alcohol and later released at the scene. This incident occurred during the DUI Checkpoint on Old Shore Road and Route 9.
  • Warrant Arrest, Hindering Apprehension, Obstructing the Administration of Law, and Underage Consumption of Alcohol – On Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 1:46 a.m., Officer George Resetar arrested 24-year-old Deandre Boone, Bayville, NJ, for an Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Warrant in the amount of $9,804 for Child Support. He was also charged with Hindering his own Apprehension (False name to Law Enforcement) and Obstructing the Administration of Law, on Complaint Summonses. Deandre Boone also received traffic summonses for having a Suspended Driver’s License and not wearing a seatbelt. He was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of his bail.
  • Also charged in this case were the passengers:
    • 18-year-old Joseph Barton 4th of Barnegat who was charged with Underage Consumption of Alcohol. He was charged on a Complaint Summons and released at the scene; and
    • 18-year-old Davon T. Boone of Waretown who was charged with Hindering Apprehension. He was charged on a Complaint Summons and released at the scene.  He also received a traffic summons for not wearing his seatbelt.

       This incident occurred during the DUI Checkpoint on Old Shore Road and Route 9.

  • Theft (Residence) – On Saturday, July 27, 2013, Special Officer Jesse Urban responded to headquarters for a theft report. The victim reported that sometime on July 14, 2013, she was at a residence on the 300 block of Merrimac Road in Forked River and inadvertently left her wallet at the residence. When she contacted the persons at the residence to return and pick up the wallet, they informed her they did not have it and did not know where it was. The victim estimated the theft at $200.
  • Burglary and Theft (Shed) – On Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 7:40 p.m., Officer John McKee responded to the 1800 block of Binnacle Road for a theft report. The victim reported that sometime between May 27, 2013, and July 20, 2013, an unknown person(s) stole property valued at approximately $400 from her unlocked shed.
  • Burglary (Arrest) - At approximately 4:45 a.m. on March 10, 2012, (17 months ago) officers responded to an alarm call at the Forked River Pharmacy.  Upon their arrival, officers discovered a rear door ajar and determined that it had been pried open. Detectives from the Lacey Township Police Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department processed the scene recovering physical evidence including latent fingerprints. The pharmacy determined that prescription medications were stolen during the burglary. On the morning of Friday, July 26, 2013, detectives were able to further the investigation by arresting 24-year-old Daniel Costantini of Forked River after fingerprints recovered at the original scene in 2012 were matched to fingerprints in the criminal record database. Lacey detectives arrested Daniel Costantini at his Forked River home and charged him with Burglary, Theft of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Criminal Mischief. Daniel Costantini was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility after being unable to post $50,000 bail.
  • DUI with Accident (Hit and Run) – On Sunday, July 28, 2013, at 3:35 a.m., Officers Michael Eden and John McKee responded to Sheffield Drive for a hit and run motor vehicle accident. The suspect vehicle sustained significant damage and officers were able to follow the trail of debris from the scene. The suspect vehicle was located a short time later in the Parking Lot of the Lacey Shell on Lacey Road in Forked River. Upon further investigation the driver, 20-year-old Zachary Torrell of Lanoka Harbor, was arrested for DUI. He was transported to headquarters, processed, and released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Underage DUI, Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident, Failure to Report a Motor Vehicle Accident, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Reckless Driving. He was also charged with Underage Consumption of Alcohol. The vehicle he was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Forgery, Uttering a Forged Document, and Theft (Arrest) – On Sunday, July 28, 2013, at 2:17 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue responded to headquarters for a Forgery and Theft report. The victim reported that 23-year-old Matthew P. DeVaney stole checks from her, and as a result, money was withdrawn from her bank account totaling $435. On the following day, Officer Donahue completed his investigation and charged Matthew Devaney with five (5) counts of Forgery, five (5) counts of Uttering a Forged Document, and one (1) count of theft. He was processed at headquarters and released after receiving a criminal summons.
  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Sunday, July 28, 2013, at 3:40 p.m., Officer Charles May responded to the 800 block of Forepeak Drive in Forked River for a theft from a residence. The victim reported that sometime between July 18, 2013, and July 26, 2013, his residence was entered and approximately $6,500 in cash and Jewelry were stolen; there were no signs of forced entry.
  • DUI and Traffic Accident / Threats to Kill (Arrest) – On Sunday, July 28, 2013, at 5:04 p.m., Officers John Simonson and Julie Barcalow responded to the 100 block of Route 9 South for a vehicle that struck a building. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 39-year-old Laurentin Benites of Toms River for DUI, DUI Breath Test Refusal, Reckless Driving, Unlicensed Driver, and Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle. He was transported to headquarters and processed. During the incident, Laurentin Benites threatened to kill Officer Julie Barcalow. As a result, he was charged with Threats to Kill; his bail was set at $50,000 with no ten percent option. Laurentin Benites was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of his bail.
    • The passenger in the vehicle, identified as 24-year-old Mario Montes Perez, was charged with simple assault after allegedly striking a citizen who was checking on him directly after the collision. He was released after being served with the summons.
  • Warrant Arrest – On Monday, July 29, 2013, at 10:26 a.m., Officer John Cernek responded to the Lacey Elks for a report of subjects sleeping in a vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 21-year-old Ashley J. Krempel of  Barnegat for the following two outstanding arrest warrants: (1) Warrant from Cranford in the amount of $250; and (2) Warrant from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department in the amount of $3,498. She was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of her bail.
  • Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Monday, July 29, 2013, at 6:54 p.m., Officer Charles May responded to the 400 block of Pine Forest Lane for damage to a vehicle. The victim reported that sometime between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., on July 29, 2013, an unknown person(s) keyed his vehicle that was parked in front of his residence. Damage is estimated at $600.
  • Warrant Arrest – On Monday, July 29, 2013, at 7:31 p.m., Officer John McKee responded to Route 9 and Haines Street in Lanoka Harbor for a motor vehicle accident. During the crash investigation, it was learned that one of the drivers, identified as 25-year-old Kristen Waller of Waretown had an outstanding Beachwood warrant in the amount of $114. She was arrested and transported to headquarters. Kristen Waller was released after posting full bail.

Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - July 16th thru July 21st, 2013

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July 16th thru July 21st, 2013

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  • Drug Possession (Arrest) - On Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at 2:35 a.m., Officers George Resetar and Andrew Slota responded to the 700 block of Princeton Avenue for a suspicious vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of a 17 year-old juvenile male (driver) from Forked River. He was charged on a juvenile complaint with Possession of Marijuana in an amount of 50 grams or less and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He also received a traffic summons for possession of CDS in a motor vehicle and was released to a parent.
  • Theft from an Auto - On Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at 7:20 a.m., Officer Frederick Anderson responded to Walmart for a theft report. The victim reported that sometime between 10:00 p.m. on July 15, 2013, and 7:00 a.m. on July 16, 2013, an unknown person stole her son’s bicycle from the bed of her pickup truck. The bicycle was valued at $150.
  • Warrant Arrest - On Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at 2:29 p.m., Special Officer Kenneth Martin was investigating a parking violation at the Wawa, 444 Route 9 South.  Special Officer Martin located an arrest warrant for the driver, identified as 37-year-old Anthony Cournoyer of Pine Beach. The warrant was issued out of Atlantic City for $750. Anthony Cournoyer was arrested and transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where he posted bail and was released.
  • Warrant Arrest - On Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at 4:23 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton responded to the Lacey Township Municipal Building Court Office for a report of a male subject with an outstanding warrant. Upon arrival, 18-year-old Eric Anderson of Forked River was arrested on an outstanding Lacey Township Warrant in the amount of $500. He was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of his bail.
  • Theft (residence) - On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 4:19 p.m., Officer Alan Abrecht responded to the 900 block of Clifton Street for a theft report. The victim reported that sometime between Sunday, July 14, 2013 and Monday, July 15, 2013, an unknown person stole his solar light valued at $5.00 from his front yard.
  • DUI with Accident & Drug Possession (Arrest) - On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 10:36 p.m., Officers Evan Androcy and George Resetar responded to the 800 block of Brown Street for a traffic accident (vehicle struck residence). Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 65-year-old Michael J. Kalucki of Lanoka Harbor for DUI, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. M. Kalucki was transported to headquarters and later released after receiving several criminal and motor vehicle charges. The criminal charges included: Possession of Marijuana 50 Grams or Less and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The motor vehicle charges included: DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, and CDS in a motor vehicle. The vehicle M. Kalucki was driving was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Criminal Mischief (Residence) - On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 11:04 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to the 100 block of Bay Way in Lanoka Harbor for criminal mischief. The victim reported that sometime between 12:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., on July 17, 2013, an unknown person damaged his mailbox. Total damage was $50.
  • Shoplifter (Arrest) - On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 11:32 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to the Lacey Walmart for a shoplifter. Upon his arrival, 45-year-old Tracy Lobb of Forked River was arrested for shoplifting merchandise valued at $77.  Tracy Lobb was transported to headquarters, processed, and later released after receiving a criminal summons.
  • Warrant Arrest and Suspicious Person - On Thursday, July 18, 2013, at 9:27 a.m., Officer John Simonson responded to the 100 block of Seabright Road for a report of a suspicious male walking around a vacant residence. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 48-year-old Olen Shiflett of Forked River on an outstanding Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Child Support Warrant in the amount of $2,125. Olen Shiflett was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of his bail.
  • Drug Possession & Intent to Distribute CDS (Arrest) - On Thursday, July 18, 2013, at 6:21 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn responded to Ocean Residential, 1 Game Farm Road, for a male subject with CDS. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 18-year-old Dante Allen of Asbury Park for bringing Marijauna into the facility. D. Allen was transported to headquarters. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of CDS (Marijuana) with Intent to Distribute. D. Allen was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of $2,500.00 bail.
  • Warrant Arrest - On Thursday, July 18, 2013, at 7:43 p.m., Officers John McKee and Charles May responded to the 100 block of Walnut Drive on an attempt to serve a warrant. Upon their arrival, 43-year-old Lance T. Romano of Lanoka Harbor was arrested on an outstanding Howell Township Warrant in the amount of $600. Lance Romano was later turned over to the Howell Township Police Department.
  • Criminal Mischief (Business) - On Friday, July 19, 2013, at 9:36 a.m., Officer Peter Donahue responded to McDonald’s for criminal mischief. The complainant reported that sometime during the overnight hours, an unknown person damaged the business signs located on the Musket Drive entrance. The damage is estimated at $1,800.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) - On Friday, July 19, 2013, at 10:12 a.m., Officer Peter Donahue responded to headquarters for a report of a theft that occurred at the Home Depot. The victim reported that at approximately 10:00 a.m., he parked his unsecured vehicle in the Home Depot parking lot and entered the store. When he returned to his vehicle, he observed that his laptop computer and computer carrying bag were missing. The total theft is valued at $521.
  • Warrant Arrest - On Friday, July 19, 2013, Officer Kymberly Gudgeon and Special Officer Travis Horton responded to the 800 block of Tappan Street for an unrelated police matter. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 24-year-old Christopher N. Cosentino of Toms River on an outstanding Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Child Support warrant in the amount of $6,993. Christopher Cosentino was later transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of his bail.
  • DUI (Arrest) - On Friday, July 19, 2013, at 9:34 p.m., Officer Julie Barcalow conducted a traffic stop on Lakeside Drive North. Officer Robert Flynn and Special Officer Russell Moller responded to assist. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver identified as 38-year-old Michael P. Werner of Forked River for DUI. He was transported to headquarters. He was processed and later released after receiving summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Stop. The vehicle M. Werner was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Drug Possession & Intent to Distribute CDS (Arrest) - On Saturday, July 20, 2013, at 12:09 a.m., Officer Robert Flynn and Special Officer Russell Moller observed a female passed out in a vehicle in the parking lot of Walmart. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the female, identified as 31-year-old Christine A. Davis of Beachwood for several counts of Possession of CDS and Possession of CDS with the Intent to Distribute, including but not limited to Oxycodone. C. Davis was transported to headquarters where she was charged with Possession of CDS and Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute. Bail was set at $100,000 with no 10 percent option. C. Davis was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility.
  • Burglary and Theft (Auto) - On Saturday, July 20, 2013, at 9:00 a.m., Officer Peter Donahue responded to headquarters for a report of a theft. The victim reported that sometime between Monday, July 15, 2013, and Saturday, July 20, 2013, an unknown person entered her vehicle that was parked behind a Route 9, Forked River business. Once the vehicle was entered, approximately $318 of personal property was taken.
  • Hindering Apprehension - On Saturday, July 20, 2013, at 6:01 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue conducted a traffic stop on Lacey Road. The driver, later identified as 41-year-old Wayne K. Pawlowski, provided a false name in an attempt to conceal the fact that he had an outstanding Barnegat Township warrant in the amount of $500 for his arrest as well as a suspended New Jersey driver’s license. Wayne Pawlowski was arrested and transported to Lacey Police Headquarters. He was charged with Hindering his own Apprehension and bail was set at $1,500 no ten percent. Wayne Pawlowski was later released after posting bail.
  • Underage Consumption of Alcohol - On Sunday, July 21, 2013, at 7:37 a.m., Officer Peter Donahue, while assisting the New Jersey State Police with a DWI investigation, charged 19-year-old Joshua D. Lodi and 18 year-old Michael J. Nowin, both of Freehold, with Underage Consumption of Alcohol on a Criminal Summons. The NJSP continued their DWI investigation.
  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) - On Sunday, July 21, 2013, at 11:30 a.m., Officer Peter Donahue responded to the 100 block of Walnut Drive for a theft. The victim reported that sometime over the past six weeks, an unknown person entered his residence and stole approximately $1,000 in fishing equipment.
  • Criminal Mischief (Residence) - On Sunday, July 21, 2013, at 8:38 p.m., Officer Michael Eden responded to the 400 block of Penn Avenue North for criminal mischief. The victim reported that sometime between 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2013 and 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, July 21, 2013, someone damaged his mailbox post. Total damage is estimated at $20.
  • DUI (Arrest) - On Sunday, July 21, 2013, at 9:34 p.m., Officer Julie Barcalow and Special Officer Jesse Urban responded to the 600 block of Drew Avenue for an unrelated incident. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 45-year-old Brian R. Snow of East Brunswick for DUI. He was transported to headquarters, processed, and later released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI and Reckless Driving. The vehicle B. Snow was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Burglary and Theft (Business) - On Monday, July 22, 2013, at 1:30 a.m., an unknown subject smashed a glass window along the entrance of the Kohl’s Department Store on Route 9 in Forked River and made entry to commit a theft of jewelry. The subject was wearing dark clothing, a dark ski mask, and was carrying a back pack. The unknown subject was within the closed store for less than one minute, but was able to gain entry to a jewelry case by smashing the glass. A yet to be determined quantity of lower-valued, gold-plated, Sterling silver is known to be stolen at this point. A K-9 search of the area yielded no results. The matter is currently under investigation.
  • Theft (Residence) - On Monday, July 22, 2013, Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to the 600 block of Franklin Court for a theft. The victim reported that sometime on Sunday, July 21, 2013, an unknown person stole a 10 ft patio umbrella valued at $150 from the backyard.
  • Theft (Business) - On Monday, July 22, 2013, at 7:24 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to Conca Dora, 776 Lacey Road in Forked River for a report of a theft. The complainant reported that sometime between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. an unknown person stole a commercial sink that was set outside the rear of the building against the wall. The total value of the theft is estimated at $500.

Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - July 9th thru July 15th, 2013

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July 9th thru July 15th, 2013

 

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  • Burglary and Theft (Arrest) – On Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at 12:03 a.m., Officers George Resetar and Andrew Slota responded to Shoprite for a report of theft. The complainant reported that a male subject illegally entered the business after hours, took merchandise, and attempted to leave. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 45-year-old Chad M. Williams of Manchester for Burglary (entering Shoprite after hours) and committing a theft in the amount of $69.30. C. Williams was processed and transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bail.
  • Theft (Business) – On Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at 8:46 p.m., Officer George Resetar took a report of a theft from the Walmart. The victim reported that sometime between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. that day, an unknown person stole his bicycle that was left outside unsecure. The bicycle is valued at $250.
  • Criminal Mischief (Business) – On Thursday, July 11, 2013, at 10:38 a.m., Officer Keith Pearce responded to Lacey Used Auto for a report of criminal mischief. The complainant stated that sometime during the evening of Wednesday, July 10, 2013, and early morning hours of Thursday, July 11, 2013, an unknown person smashed out several vehicle windows totaling $1,200 in damage. The vehicles were parked in the rear of the business.
  • Drug Paraphernalia Possession (Arrest) – On Thursday, July 11, 2013, detectives conducted a motor vehicle stop on Elwood Street in Forked River of a suspicious vehicle containing two occupants. Upon the detectives’ approach of the vehicle, the driver, 32-year-old Nicole Sandella of Lanoka Harbor, began attempting to conceal cash. The investigation led to the discovery that Nicole Sandella was in possession of drug paraphernalia consistent with heroin packaging and usage. She was arrested, processed, and released pending a court appearance.
  • Shoplifting – On Thursday, July 11, 2013, at 10:49 p.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban responded to the Walmart for a theft. Loss Prevention employees reported that earlier in the evening, a male subject left the store without paying for merchandise totaling approximately $1,200. The male subject is described as a white male, approximately 25 to 30 years old, 6 foot tall, medium build, dark hair, wearing dark clothing and glasses. He was seen leaving in a newer model, dark-colored sedan.
  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, July 12, 2013, at 12:48 a.m., Officer Charles May conducted a traffic stop on Eagleswood Place in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 30-year-old Alissa M. Grisard of Forked River for DUI. She was processed and later released after receiving a summons. The vehicle A. Grisard was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Assault (Formal Charge) – On Friday, July 12, 2013, at 8:38 a.m., Officer Peter Donahue responded to the 400 block of Atlantic City Court in Lanoka Harbor for a report of an assault. The victim, a 24-year-old male from Forked River, stated that he was assaulted outside in a vehicle during a verbal dispute with the accused. The victim suffered a minor injury. Investigation at the scene led to the formal charging of 36-year-old David Kaiser of Toms River. He was issued a Special Form of Complaint and Summons for Simple Assault at the scene.
  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Friday, July 12, 2013, at 10:21 p.m., Officer Charles May responded to the 600 block of Devon Street for a report of a theft. The victim reported that sometime between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. that day, an unknown person stole his cell phone valued at $400 from his bedroom. There were no signs of forced entry.
  • Burglary and Theft (Business) – On Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 10:56 a.m., Sergeant Paul Sullivan, Jr. responded to a storage garage located in the rear of a Route 9 business (400 block of Route 9 South). The victim reported that sometime between Wednesday, July 10, 2013 and Saturday, July 13, 2013, an unknown person entered his storage garage and stole various tools with a total value of $2,000. There were no signs of forced entry.
  • Theft (Residence) – On Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 2:47 p.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban responded to the 800 block of Dolan Street for a report of a theft. The victim reported that sometime between Friday, July 5, 2013 and Saturday, July 13, 2013, an unknown person stole lawn ornaments with a total value of $70. On the evening of July 13, 2013, two of the stolen items were recovered.
  • DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 9:13 p.m., Officer Michael Eden conducted a traffic stop on West Lacey Road. Officer Noah Schaffer and Special Officer Russell Moller responded to assist. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 63-year-old John J. Ryan of Whiting for DUI. He was processed and later released after receiving the appropriate summonses. The vehicle J. Ryan was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Possession of a Weapon & Criminal Mischief – On Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 10:40 p.m., Officers Charles May, Noah Schaffer, and John McKee responded to the Lacey Elks for a report of an assault and criminal mischief. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 24-year-old Jason Leo of Waretown for purposely breaking a spindle off of a wooden banister and causing damage under $500. Once J. Leo broke the spindle, he reportedly threw it, subsequently striking two juveniles (no injuries). J. Leo was charged with Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Criminal Mischief. He was processed and later released after receiving a criminal summons.
  • Burglary and Theft (Residence) – On Sunday, July 14, 2013, at 6:18 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton responded to the 700 block of Joseph Avenue for a report of theft. The victim reported that sometime between 8:00 a.m. on Friday, July 12, 2013 and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered the residence and stole jewelry in the amount of $3,000. There was no indication of forced entry.
  • DUI with Accident (Arrest) – On Sunday, July 14, 2013, at 9:58 p.m., Officers Noah Schaffer and Alan Abrecht responded to Applebee’s Restaurant for a hit and run motor vehicle accident. Investigation led to the arrest of the suspect vehicle’s driver, 21-year-old Taylor Savage of Forked River, for DUI. He was processed and later released after receiving summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Failure to Report an Accident, Unregistered Vehicle, Uninsured Vehicle, and Fictitious License Plates. Upon the arrest of T. Savage, the vehicle he was operating was impounded.
  • Criminal Mischief (Township Property) – On Monday, July 15, 2013, at 1:10 a.m., Special Officer Travis Horton completed a report of damage inside the women’s restroom at Clune Park. The damage consisted of profanity carved into a bathroom stall door. The damage is estimated at $50.
  • Theft from a Residence – On Monday, July 15, 2013, Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to the 800 block of Arlington Avenue for a theft. The victim reported that sometime between the evening of Sunday, July 14, 2013, and the morning of Monday, July 15, 2013, an unknown person stole a solar light valued at $15.
  • Possession of Hypodermic Needle, Hindering Apprehension, Obstructing, and Warrant Arrest – On Monday, July 15, 2013, at 2:18 p.m., Officer Frederick Anderson and Special Officer Travis Horton responded to the Taylor Lane Wawa for a male causing a disturbance. Upon arrival, the accused was located and provided a false name to police officers. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 23-year-old Joseph Caputo, 4th of Forked River. He was charged with Hindering his Own Apprehension, Obstructing the Administration of Law, and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe. He was charged with the above offenses, processed, and later transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1,500 bail. J. Caputo also had two outstanding warrants for his arrest. Warrant number one (1) was issued out of Manchester Township and was in the amount of $750 and warrant number two (2) was issued out of Seaside Heights and was in the amount of $300.

Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - July 2nd thru July 8th, 2013

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  • Heroin Distribution (Arrest) - On Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 6:00 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn arrested 18-year-old Roger Krinic, Jr. of Forked River at Bud Mezzara Park on Lakeside Drive South in Forked River and charged him with Possession of CDS (Heroin), Possession of the CDS with the Intent to Distribute, and the 2nd Degree Crime of Distributing CDS in a Park. Roger Krinic, Jr. was processed and transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $100,000 bail. On Wednesday, July 3, 2013, Detective Robert Surtees continued this investigation with the arrest of 24-year-old Shannon Augustino of Forked River. Shannon Augustino was charged with Loitering to Obtain CDS.
  • Shoplifting (Arrest) - On Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 10:01 p.m., Officers Kymberly Gudgeon and Michael Eden responded to the Lacey Walmart for a shoplifter. Upon their arrival, 56-year-old Deborah Parente of South Toms River was arrested for shoplifting merchandise valued at $83.52. Deborah Parente was processed and later released after receiving a criminal summons.
  • Fireworks (Formal Charge) – On Wednesday, July, 3, 2013 at 9:36 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn observed fireworks being ignited on Penn Place. As a result of his investigation, Officer R. Flynn issued 24-year-old Joshua Tafuri of Forked River a Complaint Summons charging him with N.J.S.A. 21:3-2 (Use of Fireworks).
  • Fireworks (Formal Charge) – On Wednesday, July, 3, 2013 at 9:54 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn observed fireworks being ignited on the 500 block of Crosswick Avenue in Forked River.  As a result of his investigation, Officer R. Flynn issued 56-year-old Daniel Epps of Forked River a Complaint Summons charging him with N.J.S.A. 21:3-2 (Use of Fireworks).
  • Drug Possession (Arrest) - On Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:49 p.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban conducted a traffic stop on the 300 block of Route 9 N, Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 18-year-old Francis Brancatt, Jr. of Holmdel for Possession of Marijuana (50 Grams or Less). He was charged and later released after receiving a criminal summons.
  •  Fireworks (Formal Charge) - On Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:50 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton observed fireworks being ignited on the 1400 block of Daytona Road. As a result of his investigation, Officer T. Horton issued 26-year-old Timothy G. Philipps of Jackson a Complaint Summons charging him with N.J.S.A. 21:3-2 (Use of Fireworks).
  • Burglary and Theft from Residence - On Thursday, July 4, 2013, at 12:13 p.m., Officer John Cernek took a report of a theft from a victim who resides on Saltspray Dr. The victim reported that approximately $4000 in cash and jewelry was taken from her residence. There were no signs of forced entry.
  • Shoplifting (Arrest) - On Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 2:44 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton responded to the Lacey Walmart for a shoplifter who fled the store on foot. Upon arrival, Special Officer Horton observed the accused, 27-year-old Nicholas J. Salvatore, run onto the rail-trail located behind the Walmart. N. Salvatore was arrested for shoplifting merchandise valued at $58.  He was processed and later released after receiving a criminal summons.
  • Drug Possession (Arrest), Criminal Mischief (graffiti), and Warrant Arrest - On Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 2:58 p.m., Officer John Simonson responded to Gille Park for a report of a male subject writing on the concrete walls adjacent to the tennis courts. During the investigation, the accused, 20 year-old James DeCarlo of Forked River, was arrested on a Lacey Township Warrant in the amount of $500.00. J. Decarlo was found to be in possession of Marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was charged with Criminal Mischief, Possession of Marijuana (50 Grams or Less), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. J. DeCarlo was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $2000 bail.
  • Fireworks (Formal Charge) and Warrant Arrest - On Thursday July 4, 2013 at 6:32 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn observed fireworks being ignited on the 300 block of Laurel Boulevard. During his investigation, Officer R. Flynn learned that the accused, 21-year-old Quincy Zabroski of Forked River, had a Lacey Township Warrant in the amount of $700. Q. Zabroski was arrested on the warrant. He was later released after posting bail on the above warrant and after receiving a Complaint Summons charging him with N.J.S.A. 21:3-2 (Use of Fireworks).
  • Fireworks (Formal Charge) - On Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 7:48 p.m., Officer Michael Eden responded to the 400 block of Drew Avenue for a report of illegal fireworks. As a result of his investigation, 47-year-old Richard Santos of Lanoka Harbor was issued Complaint Summons charging him with N.J.S.A. 21:3-2 (Use of Fireworks).
  • Fireworks (Formal Charge) - On Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 8:57 p.m., Special Officer James Perotti responded to the 1400 block of Island View Drive with a report of illegal fireworks. As a result of his investigation, 49-year-old Michael C. Turek of Pennsylvania, was issued a Complaint Summons charging him with N.J.S.A. 21:3-2 (Use of Fireworks).
  • Fireworks (Formal Charge) - On Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 9:01 p.m., Officer Kymberly Gudgeon responded to the 900 block of Seagull Drive for a report of illegal fireworks. As a result of her investigation, 32-year-old Trevor Erk of Bergenfield, was issued a Complaint Summons charging him with N.J.S.A. 21:3-2 (Use of Fireworks).
  • Fireworks (Formal Charge)- On Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 9:08 p.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban responded to the 700 block of Western Boulevard for a report of illegal fireworks. As a result of his investigation, 46-year-old Damian Morrone of Lanoka Harbor, was issued a Complaint Summons charging him with N.J.S.A. 21:3-2 (Use of Fireworks).
  • Fireworks (Formal Charge)- On Thursday, July 4, 2013, at 9:15 p.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban responded to the 600 block of Clairmore Avenue for a report of illegal fireworks. As a result of his investigation, 51-year-old Raymond Fesco, of Lanoka Harbor, was issued a Complaint Summons charging him with N.J.S.A. 21:3-2 (Use of Fireworks).
  • Fireworks (Formal Charge)- On Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 9:17 p.m., Officer Michael Eden observed fireworks being ignited on the 500 block of Lakeside Dr N. As a result of his investigation, Officer Eden issued 51-year-old Richard StClair, of Forked River, a Complaint Summons charging him with N.J.S.A. 21:3-2 (Use of Fireworks).
  • Fireworks (Formal Charge)- On Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 10:44 p.m., Special Officer James Perotti responded to the 1700 block of Binnacle Road for a report of illegal fireworks. As a result of his investigation, Special Officer Perotti issued 31-year-old Patrick Bilancione of Toms River a Complaint Summons charging him with N.J.S.A. 21:3-2 (Use of Fireworks).
  • Noise Disturbance - On Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 11:25 p.m., Officers Kymberly Gudgeon and Michael Eden responded to a Brick Avenue address for a noise (loud party) complaint. The resident, 21-year-old Christopher Therien of Lanoka Harbor, was issued a Complaint Summons charging him with the Township Ordinance for the noise disturbance.
  • Underage Possession of Alcohol (Formal Charge) - On Friday, July 5, 2013 at 2:29 p.m., Officer Paul Sullivan, Jr., and Special Officer Jesse Urban responded to the Trestle on Cedar Avenue for a report of underage drinking. Upon their arrival, they observed the accused, 20-year-old Andrew Uvegas, in possession of alcohol. He was charged with Underage Possession/Consumption of Alcohol on a Complaint Summons.
  • Fireworks (Formal Charge)- On Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:18 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton responded to the 400 block of Center Street for a report of illegal fireworks. As a result of his investigation, 28-year-old Keith Staples of Forked River, was issued a Complaint Summons charging him with N.J.S.A. 21:3-2 (Use of Fireworks).
  • Fireworks (Formal Charge) - On Friday, July 5, 2013 at 11:08 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton observed fireworks being ignited on the 1800 block of Allwood Place. As a result of his investigation, Special Officer Horton issued 37-year-old Matthew Skalski of Forked River, a Complaint Summons charging him with N.J.S.A. 21:3-2 (Use of Fireworks).
  • Fireworks (Formal Charge) - On Saturday July 6, 2013 at 12:23 a.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban observed fireworks being ignited on South Street near Route 9. As a result of his investigation, Special Officer Urban issued 36-year-old David Cacoilo of Lanoka Harbor, a Complaint Summons charging him with N.J.S.A. 21:3-2 (Use of Fireworks).
  • Criminal Mischief – On Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 2:09 a.m., Officer Kymberly Gudgeon responded to East Hickory Drive in Lanoka Harbor for a report of unidentified teenagers purposely destroying residential property along East Hickory Drive, Bowsprit Point, and Pine Street in Lanoka Harbor. At approximately 1:00 a.m., a resident observed a group of juveniles throwing garbage cans at a house on East Hickory Drive. It was further learned that another resident came out of her home to find what she described as a tall, white, thin, teenage male smashing her landscaping lights on Pine Street. Other damage, including damaged mailboxes, was located in the area as well. Total damage is estimated under $500.00.
  • DUI with Accident (Arrest) - On Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 8:17 a.m., Officers Ronald Buxton, Darrell Nick, and Jeffrey Slota responded to Route 9 North near Laurel Boulevard for a traffic accident involving two cars and a telephone pole. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of one of the drivers identified as 48-year-old William Boutilette of Lanoka Harbor. W. Boutilette was charged with Driving Under the Influence. He was later released after receiving a summons. An adult female occupant of the other vehicle received minor injuries as a result of the crash. She was treated by the Lanoka Harbor First Aid Squad and released at the scene. The vehicle William Boutilette was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Theft - On Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 12:21 p.m., Officer Fred Anderson took a report of a theft from a Lakeside Drive East Marina. The victim reported that sometime between July 2, 2013 and July 6, 2013, an unknown person stole a 50-foot, yellow, shore power cord valued at $200 that was connected from his boat to the dock.
  • DUI (Arrest) - On Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 7:33 p.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 South and Oak Street. Officer Alan Abrecht responded to assist. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 47-year-old Thomas Dwyer of Columbus, New Jersey, with DUI. He was processed and later released after receiving a summons. The vehicle T. Dwyer was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Drug Possession (Arrest) - On Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 11:42 p.m., Officer Robert Flynn conducted a traffic stop on Lacey Road. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of an occupant, 22-year-old Randy Rozell of Lanoka Harbor, for Possession of Marijuana. He was processed and later released after receiving a criminal summons. R. Rozell was also issued a traffic summons for having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
  • DUI (Arrest) - On Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 1:07 a.m., Sergeant James Tranz and Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas responded to the 500 block of Ash Road for a trespassing complaint. Upon their arrival, they met with the accused, 47-year-old Dawn Giordano of Whiting, New Jersey, outside the residence. Investigation at the scene led to her arrest for DUI. She was processed and later released after receiving a summons. The vehicle D. Giordano was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
  • Shoplifting (Arrest) - On Sunday, July 7, 2013, at 11:34 a.m., Officers Darrell Nick and Jeffrey Slota responded to the Lacey Walmart for a female shoplifter who had left the store. A vehicle description was provided and an officer responded to the vehicle owner’s address. Upon arrival, the officer met the accused, 33-year-old Rachel Guzikowski, of Lanoka Harbor. She was arrested for shoplifting merchandise from Walmart valued at $54.88.  R. Guzikowski was processed and later released after receiving a criminal summons.
  • Fireworks (Formal Charge)- On Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 4:42 p.m., Officer Alan Abrecht responded to the 800 block of East Hickory Drive for fireworks. During his investigation, 33-year-old Brian Kurtz of Lanoka Harbor, was issued a Complaint Summons charging him with N.J.S.A. 21:3-2 (Use of Fireworks).
  • Burglary and Theft - On Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 5:27 p.m., Officers Alan Abrecht and Fred Anderson responded to a vacant residence on the 500 block of Lake Barnegat Drive North for an open window. Investigation at the scene revealed that an unknown person removed a basement window and made entry into the home. An undetermined amount of copper pipe and wire were stolen from the residence.
  • Structure Fire - On Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 10:35 p.m., officers responded to an Arborridge Drive address for a report of a structure fire. Upon their arrival, the residence was fully engulfed. The residents of the home were able to exit without injury. The houses next to the residence also suffered damage as a result of the fire. The Forked River, Lanoka Harbor, Bamber Lake, Bayville, and Waretown Fire Departments responded. During the course of extinguishing the fire, a Forked River Fire Department Firefighter sustained an injury. He was transported to the Community Medical Center where he was treated and released.
  • Burglary and Theft - On Monday, July 8, 2013 at 8:24 p.m., Officer George Resetar responded to a Lakewood Avenue address for a report of a theft. The victim reported that sometime between 4:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. that day, an unknown person entered her residence and stole a large sum of cash from a bedroom. There were no signs of forced entry.

Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - June 25th thru July 1st, 2013

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  • Burglary in Progress (Arrests) – On Monday, July 1, 2013, at 8:12 p.m., Officers Robert Duffy and George Resetar responded to a residence located on the 1200 block of Olds Street in Forked River concerning the home being burglarized. The resident returned home and witnessed two males exiting the residence. The homeowner was able to supply a description of the suspects who were quickly located in the area by the responding officers. It was discovered that a wallet containing personal identification and a debit card were stolen from a bedroom in the residence. Several additional items had been strewn about the same bedroom.The two suspects were identified as 20-year-old Joseph Ferenc of Forked River and 21-year-old Shawn C. Kaliske of Forked River. Both were arrested and charged with Burglary and Theft and transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of their bail which was set at $10,000 each.
  • Burglary (Arrest) – On Monday, July 1, 2013, Detective Robert Surtees concluded a burglary investigation from January 18, 2013, with the formal charging of 22-year-old Trevor May of Forked River. The commercial burglary occurred on Warren Avenue in Lanoka Harbor and involved the theft of over $1,300 worth of tools. Trevor May is currently incarcerated on unrelated charges.
  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Monday, July 1, 2013, at 4:26 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to Walmart due to a female customer being detained on suspicion of shoplifting. Upon further investigation, 45-year-old Valerie Coehlo of Bayville was arrested for shoplifting $124.62 in merchandise. She was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released.
  • Theft – On Monday, July 1, 2013, at 10:42 a.m., a homeowner from the 1500 block of Beach Boulevard in Forked River reported that an unknown person or persons stole his central air conditioning condenser unit from outside his home sometime between Friday, June 28, 2013 and Monday, July 1, 2013. The repair and replacement cost is estimated at $1,500.
  • DUI Arrest (Motor Vehicle Accident) - On Sunday, June 30, 2013, at 11:03 p.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas  responded to the intersection of Middle Branch Road and Seabright Road in Forked River for a vehicle that struck a street sign. After the collision, the involved driver fled the accident scene on foot. Officer Tsarnas located and arrested the driver, 41-year-old Lamar Porras of Forked River. He received the following summonses: DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, Suspended Driver, Leaving the scene of an accident, Failure to report an accident, and Open container in a motor vehicle. The vehicle in which Lamar Porras was operating was impounded in accordance with John’s Law.
  • Shoplifting (Arrest) - On Sunday, June 30, 2013, at 3:49 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy responded to Walmart for an adult female shoplifter. Upon arrival and further investigation, 29-year-old Jessica Urteaga of Waretown was arrested for shoplifting $198.50 worth of merchandise. Jessica Urteaga was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released on a criminal summons.
  • Noise Disturbance (Summons Issued) – On Sunday morning at 1:15 a.m., on June 30, 2013, officers responded to an Olds Street residence in Forked River with a repeat noise complaint for a loud party. After verbal warnings failed to decrease the noise, a summons for the Township Ordinance prohibiting unreasonable noise was issued to the resident, Bryan Shaw of Forked River.
  • DUI Arrest - On Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 11:16 p.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas responded to East Lacey Road due to a report of an erratic driver. A concerned citizen contacted police and supplied the vehicle’s description and partial license plate. The described vehicle was located turning off of Lacey Road onto Rt. 9. Investigation led to the arrest of a 54-year-old Steven Barcy of Beachwood for DUI. He also received summonses for Reckless Driving and Failure to maintain lane. The vehicle Steven Barcy was operating was impounded in accordance with John’s Law.

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The Lacey Township Police Department received two formal complaints from residents regarding the illegal use of fireworks over the weekend. In both instances, officers responded, investigated, and issued summonses to the responsible persons.

    • Fireworks (Summons Issued) – On Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 9:27 p.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas responded to a report of fireworks in the vicinity Skiffway Drive, Forked River. Upon the officer’s arrival fireworks were actively being ignited and 39-year-old Martin Czerepusko of Waretown was issued a Special Form of Complaint and Summons charging him with N.J.S.A. 21:3-2 (Use of Fireworks).
    • Fireworks (Summons Issued) – On Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 9:26 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton and Officer Paul Sullivan responded to a report of fireworks in the vicinity of the 2200 block of Brookdale Park Drive, Forked River. When the officers arrived, they observed fireworks in the area of Brookdale Park Drive and Parkside Drive. The officers located 51-year-old Robert Keene, Jr. with a tube used for setting off fireworks. He was issued a Special Form of Complaint and Summons charging Robert Keene, Jr. with N.J.S.A. 21:3-2 (Use of Fireworks).

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  • Theft from Residence – On Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. a resident of the 400 block of Hickory Lane, Forked River reported that an unknown actor or actors stole $240 from the residence. There were no signs of a forced entry into the residence.
  • DUI Arrest - On Friday, June 28, 2013, at 11:09 p.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas stopped a vehicle on Bay Avenue in Forked River for speeding and erratic driving. Investigation led to 23-year-old David Matthews of Forked River being arrested for DUI. He also received the summonses for Reckless Driving, Speeding, and Failure to maintain lane. The vehicle David Matthews was operating at the time of her arrest was impounded in accordance with John’s Law.
  • DUI Arrest - On Friday, June 28, 2013, at 7:13 p.m., Officer Robert Duffy responded to the Lanoka Harbor Wawa to investigative a report of a possible intoxicated driver. Upon investigation, 49-year-old Linda Inglis of Lanoka Harbor was observed driving and was arrested for DUI. She also received the following summonses: DUI, Careless Driving, No Seatbelt, Reckless Driving, and Possession of an Open Container. The vehicle she was operating at the time of her arrest was impounded in accordance with John’s Law.
  • Shoplifting & Warrants (Arrest) - On Friday, June 28, 2013, at 5:00 p.m., Special Officer Russell Moller and Officer Darrell Nick responded to the Lacey Walmart where they arrested 34-year-old Heather O’Neill-Deller of Barnegat for Shoplifting and two outstanding Ocean County Sheriff’s Department warrants. An additional warrant was issued for the Shoplifting charge in the amount of $500 with no ten percent option. The alleged theft involved merchandise in the amount of $127.85. The outstanding warrants totaled $10,000. Heather O’Neill-Deller was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.
  • Shoplifter (Arrest) - On Friday, June 28, 2013, at 3:27 p.m., Special Officer Travis Horton responded to the Lacey Township Home Depot for a male customer being detained for shoplifting. Upon further investigation, 50-year-old Robert Delicio of Forked River was arrested for shoplifting. He allegedly attempted to steal two Rigid 3-1/2″ multi-tool blades, value totaling $39.94, by taking them out of their packaging and placing them in his pocket. Robert Delicio was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and later released on a criminal summons.
  • Drug-related Arrest – On Thursday, June 27, 2013, Detective Robert Surtees arrested and charged 22-year-old Alex Edgeworth of Lanoka Harbor with Loitering to Obtain CDS for his actions on June 23, 2013, related to an incident in which he reported being the victim of a robbery on Lake Barnegat Drive North near Ernest Drive in Lanoka Harbor. The robbery which he reported on June 23, 2013 remains under active investigation.
  • DUI Arrest - On Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 12:05 a.m., Officer Julie Barcalow responded to Elwood Street in Forked River concerning a report of a possibly intoxicated driver. The described vehicle stooped at a residence on Elwood Street. Investigation of the identified vehicle’s driver led to the arrest of 35-year-old Sean Cassidy of Forked River for DUI. He additionally received a summons for Reckless Driving. The vehicle Sean Cassidy was operating at the time of his arrest was impounded in accordance with John’s Law.
  • Underage Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages (Juvenile Complaints) - On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at 1:26 a.m., Officer Charles May responded to the area of Route 9 and Clearwater Drive in Forked River for a report of an intoxicated male walking south on the east side of Route 9. The described male was located in the parking lot of the Forked River Pharmacy. The male was identified as a 17-year-old from Forked River. The male was transported home and released to the care of a parent. The male was formally charged with consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under legal age.
  • Criminal Mischief (Vehicle) – On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 1:26 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue took a report at a residence located on the 300 block of Independence Drive. It was reported that a vehicle parked in the residence’s driveway was spray painted during the overnight hours. The estimated repair cost to the vehicle is $350.

Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - June 19th thru June 24, 2013

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June 19th thru June 24th, 2013

 

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  • Recovered Handgun - On Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 11:48 p.m., a resident of the 900 block of Clifton Street in Forked River reported that unknown person(s) entered their residence when they were not home and stole various items. One of the items stolen was a black, Ruger, 357 revolver (handgun) with brown grips. On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, the stolen handgun was recovered in Franklin Township (Sommerset County). The matter is under continuing investigation.
  • Unlawful Taking of a Vehicle & Criminal Mischief - On Sunday, June 23, 2013, at approximately 4:27 a.m., Officer Resetar responded to the area of Steuben Avenue for a report of a vehicle having damaged yards and mailboxes in the area. Upon further investigation, it was determined that 20-year-old Matthew Uveges of Forked River unlawfully took a work truck from a yard on Haines Street and purposely drove onto the property of several residences and destroyed mailboxes in the Lanlac Drive and Cranberry Hill section of the Township. Various other landscaping was damaged on several properties. Total value of the damaged property is estimated at $2025. Two other occupants were in the vehicle at the time of the incident: 21-year-old Joseph Everett and 21-year-old Stephen Sloma who are both from Lacey Township. Joseph Everett and Stephen Sloma were both charged on Sunday, June 23, 2013, with the crime of Unlawful Taking of Means of Conveyance (Joyriding). Matthew Uveges was subsequently arrested on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, and charged with the 3rd degree crime of Unlawful Taking of Means of Conveyance, 3rd degree Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, and 4th Degree Criminal Mischief.
  • Robbery - On Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 10:07 p.m. Officer George Resetar responded to the area of Hill Top Drive and Ernest Drive in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a robbery that had just occurred. The victim reported that while walking in the area of Lake Barnegat Drive North and Ernest Drive, a small, white, two-door, pickup truck approached him and a male occupant asked him if he could use his phone. When the victim said “no,” the passenger reportedly sprayed him in the face with some type of eye irritant. The occupants then reportedly got out of the vehicle, knocked him to the ground, and stole his iPhone-4 cellular telephone. Three people are believed to have been in pickup, two white males and one white female. The victim sustained injuries and was transported to Community Medical Center. Detective Robert Surtees is currently investigating the veracity of the statements made by the victim.
  • Burglary of Residence - On Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 9:59 p.m., a resident responded to police headquarters to report that sometime between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 9:45 p.m. on Sunday June 23, 2013, some unknown person(s) entered her apartment on Manchester Avenue and stole some of her items. There were no signs of forced entry. Stolen items include a five drawer container, paperwork, and DVD’s. Total value of the property is estimated at $400.
  • Burglary/Theft from MV – On Sunday, June 23, 2013 Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to a residence on Earie Way in reference to a theft from a vehicle. The resident reported that some unknown person(s) entered his vehicle and stole a Garmin GPS and $600 cash from his wallet. The vehicle was unlocked and parked in the residence’s driveway.
  • Burglary/Theft from MV – On Monday, June 24, 2013, Officer Keith Pearce took a report from a resident of Laurelwood Drive who reported that sometime during the evening hours someone entered his vehicle and stole two pairs of men’s sunglasses valued at $510. The vehicle was parked in the driveway and was unlocked.
  • Theft - On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, Officer John Simonson took a theft report from a resident of Lakeside Drive North. The resident reported that scrap copper was removed from a pickup truck’s bed parked in his yard. The theft occurred during the overnight hours on June 18, 2013. The value of the stolen items is estimated at $900.
  • Theft - On Saturday, June 22, 2013, Officer George Resetar responded to Constitution Drive in reference to a theft. The resident reported that someone stole approximately $830 worth of landscape equipment from his work trailer while it was parked in his driveway.
  • Criminal Mischief – On Monday, June 24, 2013, Officer Jesse Urban took a report of Criminal Mischief that occurred in the parking lot of Dunkin Donuts. Sometime between 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. some person(s) spray painted his vehicle while it was parked in the parking lot. The damage is estimated at $700.
  • Criminal Mischief – Two residents of the Oakfield section of the township reported that their mailboxes were damaged sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2013. They appeared to have been struck by an object. Damage is estimated at $100.
  • Criminal Mischief – Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to Taylor Lane in reference to criminal mischief. The resident reported that someone broke one of the rear windows of his residence with a large stone sometime between 9:10 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. on June 20, 2013. It is believed that the rock was thrown from the area where the Ocean County trail is being constructed. Damage is estimated at $200.
  • DWI - On Sunday, June 23, 2013, Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas responded to the area of Route 9 near Waretown for a report of a vehicle driving erratically. Officer Tsarnas stopped the vehicle for failure to maintain a lane on Route 9 near Oak Street in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 56-year-old Marla Pruden of Greenwood Lake, New York, for DUI. Marla Pruden also received summonses for Reckless Driving and Failure to Maintain Lane.
  • Warrant Arrest – Officer Andrew Slota and Officer Robert Duffy responded to a Brookdale Park Drive address for a report of trespassing. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 42-year-old Elizabeth Meyer of East Orange, NJ on several outstanding warrants.
  • Attempted Theft – A resident of Taylor Lane reported that his back motion lights turned on around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2013. Upon checking his backyard he observed two male subjects attempting to lift his 18 foot fiberglass canoe over his fence. Upon seeing him, the subjects fled on foot toward the rail trail.

Weekly Police Blotter - Lacey Township Police Department - June 11th thru June 18, 2013

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  • Child Pornography – On Monday, June 17, 2013, Detective Robert Surtees assisted investigators of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office with the execution of a search warrant at a Lakewood Avenue residence in Lanoka Harbor. An arrest was made at the scene of 33-year-old Chad Zehner for child pornography related crimes. Chad Zehner was processed at Lacey Township Police Headquarters and transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $35,000 bail. 
  • Trespassing Damage – On Monday, June 17, 2013, at 12:14 a.m.,Officers Charles May and Robert Flynn responded to Clayton Gravel, 2215 Lacey Road in Forked River, due to a report of a pickup truck trespassing on the property. The officers located and stopped the pickup as it was attempting to flee the property. The driver, 41-year-old Colin Apanel of Toms River, was issued a township ordinance violation for operating a vehicle on private property. A passenger inside the pickup, 24-year-old Troy Apanel of Beachwood, also received a township ordinance violation for being on the private property as well as a summons for breaking Clayton Gravel’s padlock. Another passenger in the pickup, 20-year-old Marissa Brooks of Beachwood, was issued a township ordinance violation for being on the private property.
  • Recovered Handgun – On Sunday, June 16, 2013, at 4:00 a.m., the Lacey Township Police Department was notified by the Houston Police Department in Texas that they recovered a 357 Magnum handgun which was reported stolen in 1969 from Lacey Township. The gun was reportedly recovered at the scene of a dispute between two individuals in Houston.
  • DUI Arrest – On Sunday, June 16, 2013, at 2:55 a.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas conducted a motor vehicle stop on Lacey Road near Trenton Avenue, Forked River upon a vehicle that was speeding and failing to maintain its lane of travel. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 22-year-old Kaitlyn Ferdon of Manahawkin, for DUI.  She also received summonses for Reckless Driving, Speeding, and Failure to Maintain Lane. Kaitlyn Ferdon was processed and later released. The vehicle she was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. 
  • Theft from Residence – On Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 11:39 p.m., Officer Darrell Nick responded to a residence located on the 300 block of Sinclair Avenue, Lanoka Harbor.  The homeowner reported that sometime between 4:00 p.m. on June 6, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. on June 15, 2013, an unknown person or persons stole jewelry from within a bedroom inside the residence. There were no signs of a forced entry into the home.  The total value of the stolen jewelry is estimated at $7,500.
  • Assault – On Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 10:40 p.m., officers responded to the Captain’s Inn outside bar with a report of an assault. A 47-year-old female resident of Bayville reported that an unknown, white male with a goatee struck her three times in the face before leaving the area in a red pickup truck. The matter is under investigation.
  • Drug Possession – Heroin (Arrest) – On Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 4:45 p.m., officers responded to Hebrew Park located in Lanoka Harbor to investigate a report that a male in the park may require medical attention. The officers encountered 20-year-old Joseph Ferenc of Forked River. It was determined he was not in need of medical attention. Further investigation led to Joseph Ferenc being arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin and Possession of Hypodermic needles.  After being processed, Joseph Ferenc was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $1,500 bail.  
  • Criminal Mischief to Vehicle – On Friday, June 14, 2013, at 4:13 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy responded to the parking lot of the Lacey Mall where he met with a resident of Manchester Township. While inside a store shopping for approximately 30 minutes, unknown actor(s) put two large scratches in different sections of the victim’s vehicle. The estimated damage to the vehicle’s finish is $500.   
  • Warrant Arrest – On Friday, June 14, 2013, at 5:52 p.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas arrested 29-year-old Candice Gianettino of Forked River on an outstanding Lacey Township warrant in the amount of $300. Candice Gianettino was released after posting the $300 bail at police headquarters.
  • Criminal Mischief to Vehicle – On Friday, June 14, 2013, at 3:09 p.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota met with a residence of the 300 block of Alpine Street in Forked River. The resident reported that during the overnight hours of Thursday, June 13, 2013, into the morning hours of Friday, June 14, 2013, her vehicle was “keyed” while parked within the residence’s driveway. Several fresh scratches were visible on the vehicle’s paint.  The estimated damage to the vehicle’s finish is $500.   
  • Warrant Arrest – On Friday, June 14, 2013, at 3:06 p.m., Officer Darrell Nick arrested 33-year-old Vincent Civile of Bayville on an outstanding Toms River warrant in the amount of $350. Officer Darrell Nick learned of the active warrant while investigating a motor vehicle accident involving Vincent Civile as a driver. Vincent Civile was arrested and transported to police headquarters where he was released after posting the $350 bail. 
  • Burglary and Theft (Car) – On Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 4:00 p.m., a Forked River resident reported his cell phone as being stolen. The victim indicated he left his vehicle unlocked while parked at the Main Street Laundromat in Forked River. Upon reentering his vehicle,