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HOPATCONG POLICE PRESS RELEASES

     Every Police Department in the State of New Jersey is bound by laws when it comes to releasing information.  We want to keep you informed of what your department is doing.  However,  we cannot disseminate the following investigations or cases: domestic violence, certain child abuse cases, juvenile information, sexual assault victim information, wire tap or surveillance information, medical examiner's reports, confessions, mug shots, copies of criminal histories, defendants statements, name of a deceased until the next of kin has been notified, test results (polygraph, fingerprint comparison, ballistics test, or breathalyer tests) information that will be evidentiary in trial, information that will hinder an investigation and any opinion on a case.  What we will give you is what we give the local news and more local events that the newspapers usually do not print.

THESE CHARGES ARE MERELY AN ACCUSATION AND THE DEFENDANT IS PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY


   

   
10/12/14

 

 

DRUNKEN MAN BREAKS A FENCE, FLASHES A HOMEOWNER AND TRIES TO BREAK IN:

             

DATE: 10/12/14                     CASE: 14-11814

TIME: 00:12

WHERE IT HAPPENED: Coolidge Trail and Roosevelt Trail

NAME OF ACCUSED: Nicholas Loiacono

AGE OF ACCUSED: 20

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Winchester Ave Budd Lake

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Ptl. Mancuso, Ptl. Maresca and Ptl. Janosko

CHARGES: 2 counts of criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, lewdness and being under the influence of alcohol under age

WAS BAIL SOUGHT:: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer's responded to a home on Coolidge Trail for a report of a shirtless male breaking a fence on the property. Another call came in on Roosevelt Trail of a nude male trying to break into a home.  The officers responded to Roosevelt and found two friends of Nicholas Loiacono holding him down.  They told the officers that Loiacone is intoxicated and out of control.  They were walking to a party on Coolidge Trail when Loiacone blacked out and went crazy.  He started to fight with his friends, ran to a home on Coolidge and started to break the fence. He then ran into the woods towards Roosevelt. They saw Loiancone at the front door of a home on Roosevelt. They pulled him away from the front door and pinned him down until the officers arrived.  The woman who was in the home on Roosevelt saw Loiacone trying to get into her front door.  He broke through only her screen door trying to get inside. While outside he exposed himself to her. When the officers went to speak with Loiacono he jumped up and had to be taken back to the ground.  He resisted the officers while yelling about Army mission's codes and tactics. The friends told the officers Loiacono is in the Army.  Loiacono was arrested and taken to headquarters.  The Hopatcong EMT's were called.  Loiacono was cuffed by his hands and feet to the processing bench.  He was spitting on the floor and urinated himself.  He tried to lunge at the EMT's but couldn't because of the restraints.  A relative came and calmed Loiacono down.  He was later taken to Newton Mental Health by Hopatcong Police Officers.  Loiacono was later charged. At 19:05 he came into headquarters with a family member and was served his charges.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
10/11/14



Maxim Drive Road Closure:

This Thursday Maxim Drive will be closed for approximately 2 weeks from 8:30 am to 2:10 pm. Coming South you will be detoured up Dupont Ave. Coming North you will be detoured up Cresent to Dupont. (The traffic light at Hudson Maxim School). 

The Utility companies will be moving the poles and lines for the upcoming retention wall work between 263-265 Maxim Drive. The actual retention wall work is not going to be scheduled until the Summer of 2015. Lt. Kmetzspan style=

 
10/11/14




"KNOW YOUR TARGET AND BEYOND"

There are cardinal rules for firearm/bow and arrow safety. One of them is to know your target and beyond. 
On 10/11/14 a homeowner on Nariticong Ave found an arrow sticking out of the siding in the back of her home. Officer Cirri went to a home on Chincopee Ave where the arrow appeared to come from. A woman said her husband does shoot the bow but is away hunting. Officer Cirri called the husband who confirmed he was sighting in his bow and thought the arrow went into the ground. He stated he will not be shooting in the backyard anymore. The neighbors are friends. They will be settling the damage done to the siding.

Parents: Whether you shoot or not you should teach your children about firearm safety. They most likely will come across a firearm at some point in their life. You will not be there to yell, "Do not touch that". It cannot hurt to call a gun range and see if you can take your children for a day of instruction and shooting. They will learn how a gun is deadly and they will learn to respect it. They will shoot better than you and it can be a good bonding experience with you saying "yes, yes you beat daddy/mommy shooting." (I let my kids beat me shooting.....sometimes)
If you do have a firearm and make it that your children "CAN NEVER TOUCH THIS" it will only make them want to find it and handle it even more. I know of a case where a child wanted to use a pocket knife. It was forbidden. So the child found the knife and took it to school. Do you think the child would have done that if the parent showed the child how to properly use the pocket knife, taught him about the "blood circle," showed him how to whittle, taught him to respect the knife, and gave him rules to when and where he could use the knife? 
If you have firearms, Why not take them to the gun range? Have a trained instructor show them how to shoot and respect the gun. Teach them until they can tell you the cardinal rules of safety:
- Treat every gun as if loaded
- Know your target and beyond
- Do not point a weapon at anything that you do not intend to shoot
- Keep your finger off of the trigger until ready to shoot
Be safe. Lt. Kmetz

 
10/09/14

"Upon the first officer's arrival, the front door was discovered to be forced open. It appears that the actor(s)

went straight to the master bedroom, took the pillow cases off of the bed, and stole the above pictured

jewelry and jewelry holders, as well as a small blue men's "Big Skinny" wallet containing the owner's

credit cards, NJ driver's license, and $70 in cash".

 

Yesterday at the bottom of the "Burglary Arrest" press release I explained what every homeowner should be doing.  This morning while reading local crime reports I read the above report from a Morris County Police Department.

 

Protect yourself by removing all valuables from all bedrooms and hiding them where a burglar would not look. Time is of the essence for a burglar. They do not have time to look for your Jewelry.  Be creative and hide your Jewelry, passport, birth certificate, money, heirlooms, and valuables where a burglar would not look. Where is that?  Pretend to break into your home and go look in the most obvious places.  Now go hide your valuables in the most inconvenient places. If you want to ruin their day, leave some worthless costume Jewelry on your bedroom dresser.  They will be shocked at the pawn shop when they do not get a dime for what they thought would be enough money to score some heroin. Keep being the eyes and ears for your Police Department, Lt. Kmetz

 
10/09/14

SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT:

 

DATE: 10/05/14             CASE:14-11551

TIME: 10:48

LOCATION: Richards Road

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Kern

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Patrols responded to a burglary in progress on Richards Road. The caller stated that a male used a crowbar to enter the front door. Patrols found a male on the back deck.  It was found that this man was the landlord and was there to fix the front door for the tenant.

What could this have been?  How many of you would say, "That is none of my business?"   How many of you would call? Great job to the neighbor who took the time to call us.  Our burglaries are down.  It is working.  There are over 15,000 residents in Hoptcong. That is a large amount of eyes and ears for your Police Department. Criminals will know it is dangerous to break the law in Hopatcong.  The community looks out for each other. Great Job! 

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
10/03/14



OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE:

             

DATE: 10/03/14                     CASE: 14-11478

TIME: 18:53

WHERE IT HAPPENED: Zeek Way Hopatcong

NAME OF ACCUSED: Daniel Smith

AGE OF ACCUSED: 27

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Zeek Way Hopatcong

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Sgt. O'Shea, Ptl. Schultz

CHARGES: Obstruction

WAS BAIL SOUGHT:: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The officers went to a home on Zeek way after getting a transferred 911 call from Morris County. The Hopatcong Police Dispatcher was able to trace the 911 call to the home on Zeek Way.  When the officers arrived they met Daniel Smith.  They advised him that a female called 911 from that location.  Daniel lied and said that no one was home but him and the landlord who was upstairs. Sgt. O'Shea had dispatch call the woman back.  Meanwhile Sgt. O'Shea found Smith to be very nervous.  He asked Smith to allow him to go inside.  Smith said no.  A woman then came to the door from inside who was Shirley Sanchez age: 23.  She stated that she was the one who called 911.  She called because the two had an argument and she wanted to take a walk and cool off.  However, Smith would not leave her alone so she called 911. Smith reminded Sanchez that she has a warrant out of Hoboken for jumping a turnstile. This was confirmed by the officers with Hoboken Police.  Smith was arrested for lying to the officers.  Sanchez was arrested for the warrant.  Hoboken Police would not come and get her.  She was given a new court date.  Smith was charged and later released.

 

Lying to an officer will only make matters worse.  If Smith just went and got Sanchez Hoboken would not have come to get her and Smith would not be charged. They turned what would have been a 10 minute investigation into and arrest.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
09/25/14



BURGLARY ARREST:


DATE: 09/25/14 CASE:14-11103
TIME: 20:56
LOCATION: Bonaparte Point Drive
STRUCTURE ENTERED: Home
FORCED ENTRY: No
STRUCTURE LOCKED: Yes
CRIME WITH BURGLARY: Theft
IF THEFT WHAT AND VALUE: Diamonds and a check
NAME OF ACCUSED: Wallace Krake
ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Vail Road Landing NJ
AGE OF ACCUSED: 36
ANY RESISTANCE: No
CHARGES: Two counts of burglary, two counts of theft and one count of forgery
WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No
OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Kern, Det. Sutphen
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officers responded to a home on Bonaparte Point Drive for a reported burglary. The victim stated that a check that she didn't write was cashed and it made her account overdrawn. She then noticed Jewelry was missing. Neighbors of the victim previously saw the victim’s handyman enter her home. The handyman was Wallace Krake who had a key to the home. He was not scheduled to do any work. Detective Sutphen interviewed Krake. It was found that Krake took the check and made it out to cash for $200.00. He also took diamonds from the victim’s bedroom dresser. Krake agreed to return the diamonds. He was processed, charged and later released. 
Everyone homeowner should think like a burglar and try to enter their home. Can you get in? How about that ladder you put next to your house so the burglar can use it to get to your unlocked upstairs windows? Now go inside and find your valuables. Is your jewelry, cash, birth certificate, passport etc. where every criminal will look? IE: Your bedroom drawers. Why not put it someplace where someone looking to get in, steal your stuff and get out quickly won’t think of looking? The Jewelry box and all dressers in the home are the first places they look. If you really want to mess with a burglar, go ahead and put a whole load of nice fake jewelry on your dresser. The criminal will think he/she just scored big time. They might even stop looking now that they got something they think is good. Okay, go hide your valuables before you are sidetracked by Facebook.

 
09/30/14

It is all in your mindset when you answer that phone call. Have the proper mindset when you do not know who the caller is. THINK SCAM. HANG UP!!!!!! (report altered by Lt. Kmetz)

a woman came to police headquarters in reference to a possible scam. She told me that she received a phone call from a company called KIP. A male advised they were looking for (redacted) who happens to be her son in law. The male told her that (redacted) owed the company money and they would suspend his drivers license if the matter was not resolved. The woman gave KIP her Santander ATM card number to withdraw $200.00 to satisfy the the matter. She thought the call was legitimate because KIP had provided (redacted) social security number. I advised her to contact Santander immediately to stop the transaction.

 
09/30/14

2014 BEAR CALLS TO POLICE IN HOPATCONG:

January: 5
February: 0
March:0
April: 5
May: 3
June: 4
July: 11
August: 2
September: 21 (16 of those since the story of the hiker being killed by a bear came out)

The Hopatcong Police Department would like to remind people that we have been living in bear country since the 1980's. For years we have been telling residents that if you see a bear(s) in your yard and the bear is not leaving, bang two pots through an open window (they do not like that noise) or use an air horn. If the bear leaves then we do not respond (Category 3 bear). 
We have officers trained in conditioning ONLY Category 2 bears. That conditioning includes using rubber buck shot and pyrotechnics. We have had to move along a few Category 2 bears over the years. We have never had to destroy a bear (Category 1) and we hope to keep it that way.
Hopatcong is surrounded by woods. It is up to our community to keep each other safe living with bears. We do this by:

Using certified bear-resistant garbage containers if possible. Otherwise, store all garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids and place them along the inside walls of your garage, or in the basement, a sturdy shed or other secure area.

Wash garbage containers frequently with a disinfectant solution to remove odors. Put out garbage on collection day, not the night before.
Avoid feeding birds when bears are active. If you choose to feed birds, do so during daylight hours only and bring feeders indoors at night. Suspend bird feeders from a free-hanging wire, making sure they are at least 10 feet off the ground. Clean up spilled seeds and shells daily.

Immediately remove all uneaten food and food bowls used by pets fed outdoors.

Clean outdoor grills and utensils to remove food and grease residue. Store grills securely.

Do not place meat or any sweet foods in compost piles.
Remove fruit or nuts that fall from trees in your yard.

If you encounter a bear remain calm and do not run. Make sure the bear has an escape route. Avoid direct eye contact, back up slowly and speak with a low, assertive voice. (Taken from DEP June 2014)

Please visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bearfacts.htm for more information. Lt. Kmetz

 
09/30/14

UNDERAGE DWI:

 

DATE: 09/27/14                     CASE:14-11191

TIME OF STOP: 03:30

ROADWAY: Lakeside Blvd

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Brandon Rodriguez

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 18

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Salem Road Union NJ

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Cirri

REASON FOR THE STOP: Tail light out

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: Underage DWI, Reckless Driving, and Maintenance of lamps

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Cirri saw a vehicle heading into town at a high rate of speed. He also noticed a light out on the back of the vehicle.  He stopped the driver (who was Rodriquez) at Quick Chek.  He learned that Rodriguez was 18-years old.  Rodriguez left a party in Hackettstown that was broken up by the police when a fight broke out.  He was trying to go to Stanhope but missed the turn.  Rodriguez had been drinking at this party.  He was given Field Sobriety Tests and failed.  He was arrested and later given the Alcotest.  He was charged under the DWI statute for underage. He was processed, charged and later released to a family member.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
09/25/14

When you are asked to send money by someone you do not know "Western Union" or "Green Dot Card" Think SCAM: 
(report altered for press release by Lt. Kmetz)


 A resident came into Police Headquarters to talk with an officer about an incident involving helping a friend sell a 2007 Yamaha 600, street bike.  The resident received a call from a man that wanted the bike, agreed on the price and asked Kayla to open a Paypal account. The resident opened the account and told the buyer that she opened the account.  The buyer, no name given then told her that he deposited the money in the Paypal account, but he deposited $1,100 to much. The buyer then asked her to send him the extra money via Western Union. (Whoaaaaaaa.  And there is the big red flag that just slapped you across your face).

The resident already felt uncomfortable with opening the Paypal account, told the guy that she did not want to deal with him anymore and closed the account. The individual got mad at her and told her that he was going to contact the FBI. The resident was concerned that she did something wrong.

When she tried to tell the individual that she no longer wanted to deal with him, he became very irate with her. The resident provided the phone number for the individual that she was dealing with. (925-587-2905). I tried contacting the phone number provided by her. The number was no longer in service.

 
09/24/14

 

CRAIGSLIST FRAUD: 

DATE: 09/20/14 CASE: 14-10837
TIME: 17:21
WHERE IT HAPPENED: Winding Hill Road Hopatcong
NAME OF ACCUSED: Unknown
VICTIM: No money was sent
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A resident has his home for rent through a Realtor on Winding Hill Road. Someone found out the owners name and posted an ad on Craigslist to rent the home. A person answered the ad and was told to send the money to Nigeria. The criminal was using the owners name. This prospective renter thought that suspicious and drove to the home. There she saw a sign on the door that the owner wrote stating that the home is not for rent on Craigslist. There was another prospective renter who also looked at the home on 9/16/14 before the owner put the sign up. The ad on Craigslist has been removed. The owner has put an ad on Craigslist stating that he is not renting his house on this site.
You MUST do everything you can to ensure you are not being scammed these days. Yes it stinks. But this is the world we live in. Here the red flag which should have hit you right across your face is "to send the money to Nigeria". But what if it was California? Would you just think that the owner has moved there? See how easy it is to be scammed? It is all in your mindset at the time. ALWAYS THINK SCAM! Do your research. Never trust anyone. (Except for me of course).
Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000
(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
09/20/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 09/20/14                     CASE:14-10118

TIME OF STOP: 02:16

ROADWAY: Maxim Drive

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Bobbi Marino

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 21

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Overlook Drive Hackettstown

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Kern

REASON FOR THE STOP: Failure to maintain lane

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Failure to maintain lane, Reckless Driving and Possession of an open alcoholic container in a vehicle

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kern saw a vehicle driven by Bobbi Marino going over the double yellow lines.  When he stopped her he found that she had been drinking alcohol. He also found a bottle of blackberry vodka that was partially consumed.  Marino was given Field Sobriety Tests and failed.  She was arrested, taken to headquarters given the Alcotest and charged. She was over twice the limit to drive.  She was processed and later released to a friend.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
09/20/14

 

 

POSSESSION OF COCAINE/MARIJUANA:

 

DATE: 09/19/14                 CASE:14-10798

TIME: 23:19

LOCATION: Brooklyn Stanhope Road

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Bianculli, Ptl. Kern

NAME OF ACCUSED: Two see narrative

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: See narrative

AGE OF ACCUSED: See narrative

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: See narrative

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Bianculli followed a vehicle that had a brake light out and that drifted out of its lane.  He stopped the vehicle and could smell the odor of burnt marijuana from within the vehicle.  When Officer Kern arrived they spoke to the driver and the front seat passenger.  After a brief investigation the officers located in the vehicle; a pack of EZ-Wider rolling papers, a magic playing card box which contained a small yellow plastic bag of marijuana and an even smaller plastic bag of white powder that was shown to be cocaine on a field test kit.  Also in the vehicle were two pipes with burnt marijuana residue inside them.  Both the driver and front seat passenger were arrested. There was a 17-year old female paassenger who was not arrested.  The two arrested were:

- Driver: Austin Davidson of Mayfair Lane Andover  Age: 19 charged with Possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, Failure to keep right, Possession of CDS in a vehicle and a provisional drivers violation (You are a provisional driver until you go to DMV and have it removed no matter what age you are)

- Passenger: Anna Rossi of James Street Stanhope Age: 18  charged with possession of paraphernalia (the two pipes)

The juveniles mother came to the motor vehicle stop and picked up her daughter.  The other two were arrested, taken to headquarters, processed, charged and later released.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
09/18/14

Okay. The bike that was stolen was not stolen. When we got to the trail where the bike was, the off duty Sussex County Prosecutors Detective who called in that he found it was waiting for us. He told us that it was against the railing at the trail since yesterday morning. He then suggested that maybe the owner left it there. I called the victim and asked him where he last used his bike. Yep, it was at the trail we were at. After a long pause he stated, "I didn't leave my bike there did I?" 
We brought the bike back to headquarters where he came and picked it up.
It took one hour after posting the bike stolen on Facebook to get it back to the owner. "Eyes and ears for your police department". It works. Lt. Kmetz

 
09/18/14

 

On 09/18/14 at 14:55 Officers are watching a Mother bear and her two cubs by the back of the Dunkin Donuts by Durban Ave. (No donut jokes). (Yes you were). School has let out and we want to make sure no one gets between the mother and her cubs. 

Hopatcong is very familiar with bears. We first ran a bear awareness class around 10 years ago to explain the three categories of bears. For information on bears you can go on our website: www.hopatcongpolice.org and click on the "Bear Awareness" page.

If you do see a bear in your yard it is suggested you bang two pots together from an open window. They do not like the noise and should leave. DO NOT feed nor try to get close to them. (But Lt. Kmetz they are just so cute). They are wild animals that can out run you, out swim you, climb a tree faster than you and weigh up to 700lbs. If you want more information check out our webpage. Lt. Kmetz

 
09/17/14

THEFT (Stock photo, the actual bike is black. (But the bad guy could have painted it):

DATE: 09/17/14 CASE:14-10690
TIME: 09:00
LOCATION: Musconetcong Ave (up from Modick Park)
WHAT WAS TAKEN: Gary Fisher Mountain bike
VALUED AT: $800.00
OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Mancuso
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A resident left his mountain bike in the back of his car while parked in his driveway. Someone took the bike out of his vehicle. The bike is black with white and red front shocks. The picture is a stock picture. Anyone seeing someone suspicious with a similar bike or anyone with information is asked to contact the Hopatcong Police Department at (973) 398-5000
Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000
(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
09/16/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 09/16/14                     CASE:14-10663

TIME OF STOP: 23:54

ROADWAY: River Styx Road

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Robert Misner

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 27

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Highway 46 Mine Hill

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Bianculli

REASON FOR THE STOP: The driver was parked on the side of the road asleep at the wheel

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Refusal to give breath samples and Reckless driving

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officers saw a vehicle parked on the side of River Styx road engine running with the headlights on. When they went to check on the driver who was Robert Misner they found him to be asleep behind the wheel.  They woke him up and found that he had been drinking alcohol.  He was given Field Sobriety Tests and failed.  He was arrested and taken to headquarters to take the Alcotest.  Misner refused. He was charged and later picked up by a family member.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
09/15/14

 

 

 

POSSESSION OF COCAINE:

 

DATE: 09/15/14                 CASE:14-10590

TIME: 22:49

LOCATION: River Styx Road

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Kern, Ptl. Bianculli

NAME OF ACCUSED: Two see narrative

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: See narrative

AGE OF ACCUSED: See narrative

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: See narrative

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kern was traveling on River Styx Road when he saw a vehicle approach him that went over the double yellow lines.  He turned around and stopped this vehicle.  There were two occupants. They were:

- Travis Tinio of Squire Road Hopatcong Age: 22 who was the driver

- Joseph Gibney of Santa Clara Road Hopatcong Age: 20 who was the front seat passenger

After a brief investigation the officers found a bag of white powder that was in between the driver and passenger seats. It was tested and confirmed to be cocaine.  There was also two bags commonly used to package drugs in the vehicle.  Both Tinio and Gibney would not say who possessed the cocaine.  Both were arrested.  Gibney was charged with Possession of CDS 3rd degree.  Tinio was charged with Possession of CDS 3rd degree, Possession of CDS in a vehicle and Failure to maintain lane.  They were processed and later released. The photo on the left is Tinio. The photo on the right is Gibney.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
09/12/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 09/12/14                      CASE:14-10443

TIME OF STOP: 01:45

ROADWAY: Brooklyn Road

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Jesse Hawkins

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 23

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Fay Ave Hopatcong

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Kern

REASON FOR THE STOP: He ran off the road and almost hit the patrol car

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Refusal to take the breath test, Failure to maintain lane, DWI in a school zone and Reckless driving

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kern was parked at the entrance to the old Ridge Restaurant on Brooklyn Road.  He saw a vehicle traveling towards him. The vehicle went off of the roadway and almost struck his patrol car.  The vehicle went by Officer Kern and almost struck some trees.  When Officer Kern stopped the driver who was Jesse Hawkins he could tell that Hawkins had been drinking alcohol.  Hawkins was given Field Sobriety Tests and failed.  He was taken to Headquarters to be given the Alcotest.  Hawkins would not give samples of his breath.  He was charged and later released.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
09/11/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 09/11/14                     CASE:14-10432

TIME OF STOP: 22:16

ROADWAY: Hopatchung Road

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Brian Horn

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 56

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Shawnee Road Hopatcong

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Kern

REASON FOR THE STOP: Headlight out

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Maintenance of lamps, Reckless driving Failure to change address and Failure to inspect

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kern stopped a vehicle for having a headlight out.  When he spoke to the driver he could see that the driver had been drinking alcohol.  After being given Field Sobriety Tests the driver who was Brian Horn was arrested for DWI.  He was taken to headquarters and given the alcotest.  He was found to be over three times the legal limit.  He was charged and later released to a friend.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
09/16/14

Good call by the resident. The male could have walked deeper into the woods and this could have ended in a bad way. Keep being the eyes and ears for your Police Department. Thank You. Lt. Kmetz
(report changed for the press release by Lt. Kmetz)

On September 14, 2014, Lt. Unhoch, and I responded to 221 Squaw Trail on a report of a male sitting across the street in the woods. Upon arrival we were met by a male who stated he went for a walk and does not know how he ended up where he was. The male was highly intoxicated and could not even remember what year it was. He did not know where he was or any other basic information. He also had a laceration on his left hand. Hopatcong EMS arrived on scene and transported him to Dover ER. for medical treatment. Patrols cleared at that time.

 
09/16/14

WATCH THOSE CANDLES:
(Report altered by Lt. Kmetz for this release)

I responded  Lil Chester for a report of a fire in a bedroom. Upon arrival, I met with the homeowner who advised he had extinguished the fire. There was a moderate smoke condition inside I had the owners leave the residence. I learned a candle was placed to close to the wall which caused the fire. I went to the bedroom at that time and saw charring to the drywall.  I also observed a table below charring with the remnants of a candle. I observed no visible signs of fire. The Hopatcong Fire Department arrived and the scene was turned over to them. Fire Marshall Cook advised the damage was consistent with the owners statement. No further action required.

 
09/16/14

Reminder that Dupont Ave will be closed between Northwestern and Skidmore tomorrow 09/17/14 from 7am until they are done for repaving. Detours will be posted. Any questions call the DPW. We just wanted to remind you. Lt. Kmetz

 
09/16/14

 

Keeping those lines of communication open, especially during adolescence when they are most likely to engage in risky behaviors, can be a simple and effective tool to help you prevent​ substance abuse with your kids. While we encourage you to make every day “Family Day” in your home, we hope you will make a date with your kids on September 22nd to mark the 13th annual national Family Day. Let’s all make Family Day a big success, joining with other families in Sussex County and across the country as they sit down together to share a meal, create togetherness and help keep kids drug free!

Local restaurants are participating to make this day even more fun! Skip the mess and check out the list below to find Hopatcong establishments who are offering incentives, discounts and special opportunities for dining with your family on September 22nd.  Check out  www.centerforprevention.org  for other Sussex County establishment deals  Visit a local diner, restaurant or other eating  place with your family and either dine in, take out or picnic together, affirming positive family values. 

To receive this year’s Family Day special you must either mention the deal at the time of ordering or present the coupon that we have created for the event http://centerforprevention.org/pdf-files/2014/FamilyDay/FamilyDayCoupon.pdf. You can either show the coupon on your phone or print it out before going to the restaurant.

 
09/10/14

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Outside Borough Hall 10:00 AM

In recognition of the 2,977 victims who died on September 11, 2001 we will be gathering for a “Remembrance Ceremony” Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes and a “Moment of Silent Reflection”. Come join us so we may never forget.

 
09/07/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 09/07/14                     CASE:14-10234

TIME OF STOP: 02:46

ROADWAY: Maxim Drive

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Michael Mania

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 36

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Church Street Montclair NJ

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Bianculli

REASON FOR THE STOP: He almost ran the officers over

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Reckless Driving,  and Failure to maintain lane

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Biancull and Officer Sadowski were investigating a complaint on Maxim Drive. They saw a white Kia drift off of the South bound lane of Maxim drive onto the shoulder of the road. This vehicle came at them on the shoulder almost striking first a telephone pole and then them. The officers moved out of the way as the vehicle passed them. They ran to their police cars and went after the vehicle.  When the vehicle was stopped they found Michael Mania behind the wheel.  He was highly intoxicated. After the Field Sobriety Tests were attempted by him he was arrested and taken to Headquarters. He was given the Alcotest.  He was over 3 times the legal limit.  He was charged and later released to a family member.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
09/05/14

 

DWI/POSSESSION OF CDS:

 

DATE: 09/05/14                     CASE:14-10148

TIME OF STOP: 23:26

ROADWAY: Lakeside Blvd

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: 3 of them see below

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Bianculli

REASON FOR THE STOP: Rejected sticker and Failure to keep right

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: See below

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Bianculli saw a jeep with an expired inspection sticker. When he stopped the vehicle he could tell that there was something wrong with the occupants.  He spoke to the driver alone.  Officer Bainaculli is a DRE (Drug Recognition Expert).  When he spoke to the driver he found clues that he may be under the influence of a drug.  The driver who was Christopher Flammia age: 19 of Brooklyn Mtn Road was given Field Sobriety Tests for cannabis and was arrested.  Officer Kern arrived and spoke to a female passenger who was 17 years old. She was in possession of a small ziplock bag of marijuana. Another female passenger was Maggaly Herrera age 20 of Brooklyn Mountain Road Hopatcong.  She had in her purse: a small bud of marijuana, a grinder, and a small wax fold containing THC wax.  Inside the car there was a small "one hitter" marijuana pipe.  All occupants were arrested and charged as follows:

- Flammia: DWI, Reckless Driving, Failure to keep right, Possession of Paraphernalia and Being under the influence of CDS

- 17 year old: Possession of marijuana on a juvenile complaint

- Herrera: Possession of marijuana and Possession of paraphernalia

All were served and later released.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 

 
09/05/14

 

 

 

 

TRESPASS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL:

 

DATE: 09/05/14                 CASE:14-10107 and 14-10141

TIME: 07:17 and 20:30

LOCATION: Hopatcong High School

STRUCTURE ENTERED: School Property

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Barta and Ptl Sadowski

NAME OF ACCUSED: 2 see below

CHARGES: Trespass

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Barta was patrolling in the High School parking lot when he was approached by a school official. Officer Barta was asked if he saw David Berry and Nathan Torres. Officer Barta did see them parked on school property.  Officer Barta was told that Berry was given a certified letter from the school that he was not allowed on school property without authorization. (We do not know the reason for that letter being given to him). Officer Barta was given a copy of that certified letter.  The school official also wanted to send a certified letter to Nathan Torres but did not have an address for him.  Officer Barta found where Torres lives and went there.  He found Berry and Torres there.  Berry was told he was being charged with trespassing.  Torres was told by Officer Barta that he was not allowed on school property.

At 20:30. Officer Sadowski received a complaint that Nathan Torres and his brother came to the High School to assault a juvenile.  The victim told a coach who called the police.  The officers could not locate Nathan and his brother. Nathan was later charged for Trespassing since he was told by Officer Barta not to be on school property. The accused pictured are as follows: David Berry Age:23 of Eugene Road Hopatcong and Nathan Torres age: 18 of Lakeside Blvd Hopatcong

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
09/09/14

ALWAYS BE SUSPICIOUS:
(Name removed. Report altered by Lt. Kmetz)

A resident came to police headquarters to report a fraud. She advised that she received written notification from an alleged collection agency (Enhanced Recovery Company LLC or ERC) for "The Dish Network". She advised she has never had the Dish Network and she contacted ERC at 888-309-0370  to report the same. She received a fraud report packet from ERC and was told to complete it. She had questions pertaining to the document and called the phone number she had called previously. She learned the phone number had been disconnected and at that time became suspicious. I advised her not to send in the packet as requested by ERC and told her to contact The Dish Network directly.  At this time, she has not suffered any monetary loss and I am awaiting her call after she speaks with The Dish Network.  No further action at this time.

 
09/03/14

 

A word on bats from our on call Animal Control Officer Marisa Sandham:


People who have a bat in their home should call their local Animal Control Officer. The bat will be captured and tested by the state for rabies. You will be notified if the bat is or is not infected with rabies. Though bats are not known to attack people you can easily get in their line of flight and be struck. Or, be bitten while asleep. 
Most of the bats in New Jersey are brown bats. They have very small but very sharp needle like teeth. You could be in contact with these teeth and not even know it. And it is possible that it would not leave a mark. There is a shot that can be administered by your doctor if there was a bat in your house and you have no idea if you or a family member was bitten. Some people do not take this option but rather wait for the test results.
Sandham has been called out and captured around 18 bats from homes in Hopatcong within the last month. So far none of the bats have come back positive for rabies. She catches them by using a Tupperware container. If you do have a bat in your home call the Hopatcong Police Department. The bat pictured is a stock photo of a typical brown bat found in New Jersey. You can get more information on bats from the below link. Lt. Kmetz

 
09/02/14

 

 

POSSESSION OF CDS:

 

DATE: 09/02/14                 CASE:14-09994

TIME: 22:59

LOCATION: Stone Ave

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Kraus

NAME OF ACCUSED: Philip Venello

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Spicebush Ln Milford PA

AGE OF ACCUSED: 51

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of CDS in a vehicle, Failure to stop at a stop sign and Unregistered Motor Vehicle

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kraus saw a vehicle that did not stop for a stop sign on Stone Ave.  When he stopped the car driven by Philip Venello, Officer Kraus could smell the odor of raw marijuana.  Venello was cooperative and handed Officer Kraus a metal container with marijuana in it.  Also found in the car was a platic medication bottle with 4 zip lock bags of marijuana and a metal pipe with burnt marijuana residue inside.  Venello was arrested, taken to headquarters, processed and later released.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
08/26/14

QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUE: LARGE FIREWORKS:

TIME: In the evenings around 8:30pm
WHERE IT HAPPENED: Northern Broadway, Lucas, Keith, Williams, Carteret and Brown Trail
HOW WERE POLICE NOTIFIED: Multiple complaints
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: On random occasions someone is setting off a very loud firework in the area described above. It is just one time on random nights but it is extremely loud. This is waking up children, bothering pets and is an annoyance to the residents around these roads. It seems to happen a few times a week around dusk or just after. Anyone with information on who is doing this is asked to contact the Hopatcong Police Department at (973) 398-5000. You may remain anonymous. You can e-mail me at tkmetz@hopatcongpolice.org if you feel more comfortable. Quality of life issues are as bad as major crime. We all come home to feel relaxed. Please help us catch this person who does not care about his/her neighbors.
Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000
(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
08/19/14

BURGLARY ARREST (Called in by one of the 15,000 eyes and ears of the Hopatcong Police Department) Thank You:


DATE OF CRIME: 08/19/14 CASE:14-09279
TIME: 20:04
LOCATION: Brooklyn Mtn Road
STRUCTURE ENTERED: Home
FORCED ENTRY: No
STRUCTURE LOCKED: No
CRIME WITH BURGLARY: Criminal Mischief
IF THEFT WHAT AND VALUE: N/A
OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Schultz, Sgt. Magrini
NAME OF ACCUSED: Steven Johnson and a 15-year old male
ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Cornell Way Hopatcong
AGE OF ACCUSED: 27
ANY RESISTANCE: No
CHARGES: Burglary, Criminal Mischief
WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A resident saw two males walking from the back of a vacant home that is for sale. That resident contacted the police. The officers searched the area and found Johnson and a juvenile male that matched the description the neighbor gave. After a brief investigation the officers brought the males back to the vacant home. It was found that they entered through an unlocked sliding glass door in the rear of the home. They took a fire extinguisher and shot it all over the inside of the home. They took the fire extinguisher and threw it into the woods near the home which was recovered. Both were brought back the Hopatcong Police Department. They were processed and charged. The juvenile's parent arrived and took custody of him. Johnson was later released.
Thank You to the neighbor who was the eyes and ears for their Police Department. There may be only a few officers on duty at any given time but when a community is watching and calling in suspicious persons, criminals get caught. (photo is of Johnson. No juvenile information is given out)
Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000
(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
08/18/14

 

FRAUD (Please read the last paragraph because we need to help each other):

 

DATE: 08/18/14                     CASE: 14-09184

TIME: 10:17

WHERE IT HAPPENED: Hopatcong

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Ptl. Kern

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: On July 10th a senior citizen in Hopatcong received a call that he thought was his neighbor.  The male told him he was arrested in Las Vegas for DWI and needed $1,320.00 for bail.  The caller kept calling the victim Grandpa.  The caller told the victim not to tell anyone and hung up.  Then the phone rang again and it was a male claiming to be the public defender "Jimmy Scott Smith"  who was at the court house.  He told the victim to wire the money to Julio Sosa Martinez in the Dominican Republic to avoid  excessive taxes.  The victim felt obligated to help his neighbor.  The vicitims wife wired the money from the Rite Aid in Hopatcong through Western Union.  When the neighbor never said anything to them they became suspicious and looked up the phone number. Then they found it was a scam.

 

I know when you read this you saw all the clues that this was a scam. I have read your comments in past posts of “How could anyone fall for this?”   However we have two people here who fell for this. Look at how many times I am posting these scams where our neighbors and family members are falling victim to these criminals. Your grandparents may be next.  This has got to stop.

 

Many heads are better than mine here. We have well over 5,000 people that follow this page. That is a lot of ideas and voices.   I am brainstorming but what if we could get employees of Rite aid and other stores to hand out some pamphlet that lists all the common scams to anyone sending money through Western Union or through the Green Dot Money Pak. Imagine if there was a big sign hanging over where you are about to pay at Rite Aid (for Hopatcong) or Walmart that lists the common scams. A victim might look up and say “Hey that is exactly what this guy is asking me to do. Maybe I am being scammed.” 

 

Yes Rite Aid is a big corporation but we know the employees by name.  This is Hopatcong. I am sure if the corporation would allow it, the employees could be trained to say something like.  “I just have to tell you about the many scams where people are trying to get your money”.  Then give them or show them the list.  Such as:

 

Lottery scam where you only have to send money for taxes to get the big prize, The rich Uncle in Nigeria who died and you just have to send tax money to get his inheritance, The grandson who is arrested and needs bail money, The beautiful woman who wants to marry you from another country. The “Lender” who wants you send a Green Dot Money Pak to pay for services. The “IRS Agent” who wants the Green Dot Money Pak or you are going to jail. And on and on.

 

Anyone have any ideas?  Any Political people out there that can start something? Maybe I am just so fed up and blowing off steam. But I see this as preventable.  It is just that the victim is in the wrong state of mind when they are scammed. A little wake up information before they make that purchase might help  What do you think? 

    

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
08/20/14

3 OFFICERS CREDITED WITH SAVING THE LIFE OF A 5-DAY OLD BOY:

DATE: 08/16/14  CASE: 14-09105
TIME: 13:22
WHERE IT HAPPENED: West River Styx Road Hopatcong
HOW WERE POLICE NOTIFIED: Parent called it in
OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Ptl. Haffner, Ptl. Lotito and Lt. Unhoch
VICTIM: Juvenile. No information permitted
VICTIM’S AGE: 5
VICTIM WENT TO HOSPITAL: Yes
VICTIM’S INJURIES: Victim was not breathing when patrol arrived
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Police Officers/EMT's Robert Haffner and Christopher Lotito responded to a home on West River Styx Road for a baby unresponsive and not breathing.  When they arrived they found a 5-day old boy not breathing.  CPR was started by Officer Lotito. Lt. Unhoch took Officer Haffner and the baby to the Hopatcong Ambulance Squad.  Lt. Unhoch immediately drove the ambulance with Officer Haffner and ambulance member EMT Auer to Dover Hospital. While en route they performed rescue breathing with a bag valve mask. The baby's pulse returned. They met ALS (Medics) who climbed aboard in Landing. Roxbury Police cleared all the traffic lights while Lt. Unhoch drove to Dover Hospital.  At the Hospital they were met by the Hospital Trauma Team who took over care of the newborn.  As of this writing the infant was taken to Morristown Hospital and placed in the pediatric ICU.
I personally commend these Officers for their quick response and decision to take the ambulance when time was of the essence. Thank you to the Roxbury Police Officers who cleared the way.  I commend Dispatcher Judy Wolff who coordinated with Roxbury Police, MICU and Dover Hospital.  Because of their actions a life was brought back.  Let us all keep that little boy in our prayers. 
Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000
(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
08/08/14

 

SMOKE CONDITION FROM COOKING:

 DATE: 08/08/14           CASE:14-08830  

TIME: 22:42

LOCATION: Bergen Trail

WAS ANYONE INSIDE:Yes

WAS ANYONE INJURED: No

WAS ANYONE KILLED:  No

ANY PETS INJURED OR KILLED: No

WHAT FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED: Hopatcong

WHAT WAS THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE: Pasta

WHERE DID IT START: Kitchen stove

IS ARSON SUSPECTED: No

WHAT IS THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE: Just smoke

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: An intoxicated resident left pasta on the stove and fell asleep. She was awoken by neighbors who saw smoke coming out of her windows.  When Officer Maresca arrived he found the resident outside on the steps with a fan blowing smoke out of her home.  The water had boiled over and left the pasta to burn inside the pot causing the smoke condition.  The Hopatcong Fire Department responded with a large fan and helped the resident remove the smoke.

 

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
08/17/14

 

 

STRUCTURE FIRE WITH APPROXIMATELY 40 CATS INSIDE:

 DATE: 08/17/14           CASE:14-09161  

TIME: 21:14

LOCATION: Akron Way

WHO LIVES THERE: David Struble        

WAS ANYONE INSIDE:Yes

WAS ANYONE INJURED: Not from the house but two fireman were

WAS ANYONE KILLED:  No

ANY PETS INJURED OR KILLED: Yes, see narrative

WHAT FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED: Hopatcong

WHAT WAS THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE: At this time it appears to have been a lit cigarette tossed into a trash can in a bedroom

WHERE DID IT START: Trash can

IS ARSON SUSPECTED: No

WHAT IS THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE: Extensive damage

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Police and Fire responded to a structure fire on Akron Way.  They found heavy smoke coming from the residence.  The elderly female who owns the house was outside with her son in law David Struble.  David was holding the female who has Alzheimer’s and was trying to get back into the house.  David stated that he was in his room and heard the smoke alarm going off.  He saw smoke coming from the elderly female’s bedroom.  When he opened the door he found a fire in the trash can next to the bed.  It was believed that the elderly female who smokes threw a lit cigarette in the trash can which caught fire.  David had to carry her out of the home because she did not want to leave.  There were approximately 40 cats living in the home.  Between 10-15 died in the fire.  Another 6 to 12 ran out of the house when the firemen were entering the home.  22 were saved and taken out of the house by the firemen.  Two fireman were injured.  One twisted his knee and the other was scratched by several cats while removing them.

There are now 20 domestic short hair and long hair cats that are in the Hopatcong pound that need to be adopted.  The cats will be Spay and neutered before adoption by the Hopatcong Pound. Anyone who is willing to adopt any of the cats can call the Hopatcong Animal Pound at (973) 479-3659.     

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
08/07/14

 

 

HOPATCONG POLICE LOSE AN OFFICER AND K-9 AND GAIN AN OFFICER:

 

          In March of 2012 the Hopatcong Borough Police Department hired Police Officer Thomas Snyder off of the RICE Bill list. (A list of police officers who have been laid off). Officer Snyder had been laid off as a Sparta Township Police Officer.

 In June of 2013 Officer Snyder graduated the NJSP 14-week K-9 academy with Eli who is trained in narcotics detection. The township of Sparta approved the rehiring of police officers and Officer Snyder was asked back. K-9 Eli will not be going to the Sparta Police Department with Officer Snyder.  At the time of this press release The NJ State Department of Corrections might be taking K-9 Eli.

          On 08/07/14 The Borough of Hopatcong swore in Police Officer Daniel Kern.  Officer Kern had been an Andover Township Police Officer for 9 years.  Through the intergovernmental transfer program Officer Kern was able to transfer from the Andover Township Police Department to the Hopatcong Borough Police Department.

          The picture is of Officer Kern getting sworn in by Borough Clerk Catherine Gleason and Captain Tina Kraus. Officer Kern was in his range clothes because he needed to qualify with his duty weapon before he starts his training tomorrow. A more formal swearing in will take place later this month.

 

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

 
08/02/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 08/02/14                     CASE:14-08602

TIME OF STOP: 18:09

ROADWAY: Bell Ave

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Marcie Almakias

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 53

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Adams Trail Hopatcong

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Cirri

REASON FOR THE STOP: Called in as a drunk driver

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Reckless driving and Failure to maintain lanes

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: An anonymous caller reported that a female is driving to the Hopatcong Plaza in a white van and she is drunk.  Officer Cirri found a van matching the description and followed it onto Bell Ave from the Rite Aid parking lot.  The vehicle was swerving going over the double yellow and the white line.  Officer Cirri stopped the vehicle and found that Almakias had been drinking alcohol.  She was given Field Sobriety Tests and failed. She was arrested and taken to headquarters.  She was given the Alcotest and charged.  She was later released to a friend.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
07/31/14

UNDERAGE DWI:

 

DATE: 07/31/14                      CASE:14-08552

TIME OF STOP: 22:18

ROADWAY: Lakeside Blvd

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Calvin Cappuccio

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 19

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Brooklyn Stanhope Road Hopatcong

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Kraus

REASON FOR THE STOP: Suspicious activity

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: Underage DWI, Reckless Driving and Provisional license violation (too many passengers)

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kraus saw a male in the Lakeside Tire parking lot running between cars when it was closed.  The male jumped into a car which then left the parking lot. Officer Kraus stopped the car and found that the driver who was Cappuccio was 19 years old and had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath.  It was found that the male that jumped into Cappuccio's vehicle had left his moms car there and he was not breaking into anything. Cappuccio was tested for DWI.  He was given Field Sobriety Tests and failed.  He was arrested and taken to the Police Department.  He was given the alcotest and charged. He was later picked up by a friend.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
07/29/14

 GREEN DOT MONEY PAK SCAM: 

DATE: going on for a time prior to 07/29/14 CASE: 14-08449
TIME: 18:58
WHERE IT HAPPENED: Internet/phone calls
NAME OF ACCUSED: Unk.
AGE OF ACCUSED: Unk.
ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Los Angeles and Atlanta
OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Ptl. Lotito
DATE OF ARREST: If only we could
VICTIM: Not being posted
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A resident came into the Police Department to report Fraud. the victim is having money problems and are trying to save their home from foreclosure. The victim went on the internet looking for a loan to pay the Lawyers retainer fee. After going onto the internet they were contacted by a man called Jack Brown. Brown told them the following:
- He needed them to get a $199.00 Green Dot Money Pak and put $199.00 on it then read him the numbers. So they did
- He then needed $310.00 for maintenance on the loan again with a Green Dot Money Pak. So they went to Rite Aid and did so. Again giving him the numbers
- He needed them to get another Green Dot Money Pak to pay 40% of the taxes on the loan which would be $500.00. They went to Rite Aid, bought a Green Dot Money Pak and gave him the numbers
- He then said California would not pay the taxes for New Jersey so he needed them to go back and get another Green Dot Money Pak for $600.00. They had to borrow money to complete this transaction. They went back to Rite Aid, bought the Green Dot Money Pak and gave him the numbers for the $600.00. He promised the the loan would go through now.
- Brown said there was now a problem with the loan and it was "adjusted." They needed to pay $390.00 more They went back to Rite Aid, got the Green Dot Money Pak and gave him the numbers 
- They were now told they were too late with the payment and needed to reapply for the loan which would be $275.00 or cancel for $337.00
At that point they realized this is a scam and came into the Police Department. The money is gone.
I know I will be doing another and another and another press release on these Green Dot Money Pak scams. DO NOT GET GREEN DOT MONEY PAK'S AND SEND THEM TO STRANGERS. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER. Maybe that just might stop one more person from being scammed. "Maybe" 
Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000
(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
07/22/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 07/22/14                     CASE:14-08185

TIME OF STOP: 23:44

ROADWAY: Maxim Drive

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Elise Palaia

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 44

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Courtet Drive Wharton

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Kraus

REASON FOR THE STOP: Failure to keep right

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Open Alcoholic Beverage in a Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Maintenance of Lamps and Failure to Keep Right

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kraus was behind Palaia's vehicle when he saw her crossing over the double yellow lines.  He stopped her and found that she had been drinking alcohol.  Palaia was given Field Sobriety Tests and failed.  Inside the car were empty and half empty Smirnoff vodka airplane bottles.  Palaia was taken to headquarters and given the Alcotest.  She was charged and later released to a family member

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
07/23/14

 

 

THEFT:

 

DATE: 06/19/14-07/21/14                 CASE:14-07068

TIME: N/A

LOCATION: 14 Shore Road Hopatcong

WHAT WAS TAKEN: Money

VALUED AT: $800.00

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Detective Sutphen

NAME OF ACCUSED: Christine Derosa

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: 14 Shore Road Hopatcong

AGE OF ACCUSED: 48

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Theft

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: Yes $5,000.00

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A person from Park Ridge went on Craigslist and found a dock for rent at 14 Shore Road.  He made contact with the "owner" who was Derosa.  He sent her $800.00 for a deposit.  After many communications he was told by Derosa that the dock had been damaged during the winter and it could not be rented.  She told him she would send the money back by May.  May came and went and he never received his deposit back.  Detective Sutphen called Derosa.  She did agree that she was going to return the money but had been to busy.  Derosa planned to give the money back by June 27th.  On June 30th the money was still not returned.  On July 21st Detective Sutphen charged Derosa with theft.  She was arrested charged and taken to Sussex County Jail in lieu of bail.

If anyone else had a similar dealing with Derosa they are asked to contact the Hopatcong Borough Police Department.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
07/19/14

 

 

ASSAULT

 

DATE: 07/19/14                     CASE: 14-08024

TIME: 01:47

WHERE IT HAPPENED: 126 Brooklyn Stanhope Road

HOW WERE POLICE NOTIFIED: A resident called in a fight

NAME OF ACCUSED: 3 See below

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Ptl. Lotito

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: assault

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: Yes, $10,000.00

VICTIM: Harry Stickle

VICTIM’S AGE: 21

VICTIM LIVES IN: Hopatcong

VICTIM WENT TO HOSPITAL: Y N

VITIM’S INJURIES: All over body

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Brothers Andrew Laureano age 20 of  Brooklyn Stanhope Road Hopatcong, Francisco Torres age 22 of Liberty Street Camden and Nathan Torres age 18 Lakeside Blvd Hopatcong jumped Harry Stickle after a argument.  The three kicked and punched Stickle all over his body.  Two of the Torres brothers were just arrested on 07/17/14 for assault.  Stickle went to the hospital.  He did not suffer major injuries.  Bail was sought because of the danger they pose to the community.  All three were lodged in the Sussex County Jail in lieu of $10,000.00 bail issued by Judge Cohen

The photo is of Laureano.

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(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
07/17/14

 

 

POSSESSION OF CDS:

DATE: 07/17/14 CASE:14-07963
TIME: 21:38
LOCATION: Hopatcong Garden off of Bell Ave
OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Kraus
NAME OF ACCUSED: Juvenile
ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Juvenile
AGE OF ACCUSED: 17
ANY RESISTANCE: No
CHARGES: Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of CDS in a Vehicle
WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Offcier Kraus observed a vehicle parked in the woods by the community garden. When the occupants saw him the driver started the car and went to leave. Offcier Kraus stopped them and could smell the odor of burnt marijuana. The 17-year old driver had a crusher a fake 7up soda can with marijuana in it 4 empy glassine baggies, and a glass marijuana smoking pipe. The provisional driver was arreseted, charged and later released to a relative.

PARENTS: Look at this can. Has your son or daughter been walking around with a can or bottle all the time? As parents we need to keep up on what our children are doing. 

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(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
07/17/14

 

 

 

RESISTING ARREST, ASSAULT:

 

DATE: 07/17/14                     CASE: 14-07948

TIME: 14:41

WHERE IT HAPPENED: The assault on the woman was in Rite Aid parking lot, the Resisting on Hopatchung

NAME OF ACCUSED: Francisco Torres Liberty Street Camden age 22 and his brother Nathan Torres Lakeside Blvd Hopatcong age 18

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Sgt. Magrini and Det. Sutphen

CHARGES: Francisco: Resisting arrest, Assault, Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Criminal Mischief and Disorderly Conduct.  Nathan: Obstruction and Resisting Arrest

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Sgt. Magrini responded to a call in the Rite Aid parking lot of a woman who was punched in the face by a young male.  The description was given of two males and a female who were now walking on Hopatchung Road.  Officer Magrini stopped the female but the two males kept on walking.  After being ordered to stop they turned and approached the Officer.  Francisco walked right towards the officer saying that the officer does not know who he is and he will **** him up.  Nathan stepped in between the officer and his brother to try and stop his brother.  Francisco was highly agitated.  He was placed in handcuffs for Sgt. Magrini's safety.  Francisco continued to curse and threaten Sgt. Magrini.  He was arrested for his threats. As Sgt. Magrini was going to place him in the patrol car Francisco spun away from him and was trying to knee him. Sgt. Magrini took Francisco to the ground.  Francisco sustained abrasions to his face.  Sgt. Magrini sustained an abrasion to his elbow, ripped his patrol pants and broke his holster.  At that time Nathan started to walk away after being ordered to keep his hands on the patrol car.  Officer Sutphen responded and arrested Nathan who tried to pull away from him.  Both were brought to headquarters.  The Hopatcong Ambulance responded and tended to Francisco and Sgt. Magrini's injuries. The woman who was assaulted stated that she was walking out of the stores and saw the males sitting on her car talking to others inside of a car.  She said excuse me that is my car.  Francisco punched her in her jaw.  She dropped her food ran inside and called 911. The two brothers were later charged and released. The photo on the right is Nathan

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(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
07/17/14

 

POSSESSION OF CDS, LEAVING THE SCENE:

 

DATE: 07/17/14                 CASE:14-07915

TIME: 00:31

LOCATION: Lakeside Ave

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Bianculli

NAME OF ACCUSED: James Duffy

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Conklin Ave Hopatcong

AGE OF ACCUSED: 36

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Possession of Marijuana, Careless Driving, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Failure to Report an Accident, Failure to Keep Right, Reckless Driving, Failure to Park off the Roadway and Possession of CDS in a Vehicle

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Bianculli responded to report of a crash where the driver left the scene on Lakeside Ave. Officer Bianculli found the car on a bad turn up from Daydream Lane partially in the road.  There is still a long black tire mark showing where this vehicle came from and how it went over the double yellow lines.  No one was in nor in the area of the vehicle. Officer Bianculli found marijuana within the vehicle. Sgt. O'Shea went to the home of the registered owner.  She told them her son James drives her vehicle.  She gave Sgt. O'Shea a phone number for James.  Sgt. O'Shea called James and wanted to speak with him in person.  James would not cooperate nor tell Sgt. O'Shea where he was. The next day James came into headquarters to get his vehicle.  He told Officer Bianculli he was taking a drink out of his water bottle and went off of the road.  from this he got a flat tire. He called his friend to pick him up.  James was charged and released. 

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(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
07/15/14

YOUR GRANDSON IS IN JAIL:

    On July 14, 2014 a resident received a phone call from a Jimmy Smith who said he was an attorney from Nevada.  The attorney was calling to say that the residents oldest grandson was in an accident and was arrested for DWI. The resident could bail him out with $3,000.00.  He was to go to the Jefferson 7-11 next to New Orleans steakhouse and purchase 6 packs of green dot money packs.
   SCAM SCAM SCAM.  He did not fall for this but many do.  Please spread the word to our senior citizens out there. (No I am not one yet). Lt. Kmetz

 
07/14/14

 

FRAUD:

 

DATE: 07/14/14                     CASE: 14-07836

TIME: 13:01

WHERE IT HAPPENED: Hopatcong

NAME OF ACCUSED: Joseph Bartek out of Denville NJ

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Ptl. Mancuso

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A resident hired Joseph Bartek from Craigslist to do sheet rock work in their home.  Bartek showed up and said he needed $160.00 to get materials.  He left and never came back.  Officer Mancuso and the resident tried to contact him but he would not return any phone calls. 

If you hire someone off of Craigslist remember; "Caveat emptor".  Let the buyer beware.  Get references, call past customers or you too may be a victim.

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(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
07/10/14

 

SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT:

 

DATE: 07/07/14             CASE:14-07660

TIME: 07:30

LOCATION: Enrite gas station Hopatchung Road

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Snyder

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A resident came into the police station to report a possible fraud.  He stated he got gas at the Enrite gas station in the amount of $40.58. He used a credit card to pay for the gas and asked for a receipt.  The attendant told him he had to go inside to make a receipt. The complainant thought this was suspicious because you get the receipt from the pump not from inside. The attendant returned and gave him a receipt.  On 07/10/14 the complainant found that Enrite charged him the $40.48 plus $20.00.  The complainant went to Enrite and showed this to the same attendant.  That attendant gave him $20.00 out of his pocket.

The Hopatcong Police Department is investigating this. We are asking that if anyone had a similar situation at this Enrite, please check their credit card statement. If  there is a double charge report this to the Hopatcong Police Department.  

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(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
07/03/14

DWI AND ALLOWING:

 

DATE: 07/03/14                     CASE:14-07371

TIME OF STOP: 22:30

ROADWAY: Quick Chek

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Two. See below

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Binaculli

REASON FOR THE STOP: They were arguing and the dispute was called in

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: See below

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Bianculli responded to the Quick Chek on a call of a dispute between and male and female.  When he arrived he found that Karyn Kronyak of West End Ave Hopatcong age: 36 was arguing with her boyfriend who is Christopher DelVecchio of West End Ave Hopatcong age: 36. The two drove into Quick Chek then started to argue.  Officer Bianculli found that both of them had been drinking alcohol.  Each said the other was the driver.  When Officer Binaculli said he was going to review the security cameras to see who drove, Kronyak stated she drove.  She was given Field Sobriety Tests and failed.  She was arrested and taken to headquarters. DelVecchio was also arrested for allowing an intoxicated driver to drive his vehicle.  Kronyak was given the Alcotest.  She was charged and later handed over to the Morris County Sheriff Department for an outstanding Superior Court warrant.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)