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

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April 15th, 2014 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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April 1st, 2014 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.


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