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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


   

   
04/11/14

 

SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT:

 

DATE: 04/10/14             CASE:14-03763

TIME: 1:32

LOCATION: Dupont Ave

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Schultz, Ptl. Barta and Sgt. Magrini

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A neighbor on Dupont Ave called the Police Department about people in a vacant home using flashlights.  When the officers arrived they found several people inside the home.  They stated they were perspective buyers and were given permission to enter the home by a realtor from the Juba Realty Team.  That realtor was called and at first denied letting the people in. He then stated he did leave the back door open for them. The officer contacted the listing agent from Realty Executives to advise her of the situation. She advised us that no one should be in the home without the presence of a realtor.  The people were escorted off of the property. The listing agent was going to contact Juba Realty to report that realtor.

Thank you to the neighbor that called this in. Seeing flashlights in any home at night is very suspicious. Do not assume it could be something good.  Assume it is something bad and call us.    

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

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

 
04/10/14

 

POSSESSION OF CDS:

 

DATE: 04/09/14                 CASE:14-03711

TIME: 15:13

LOCATION: Lakeside Blvd

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Bianculli, Ptl. Snyder/K-9 Eli

NAME OF ACCUSED: Two accused see below

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: See below

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Bianculli stopped a vehicle at the Quick Chek for a broken tail light.  The driver and the passenger were questioned. There was suspicion that there was CDS in the vehicle.  Officer Snyder was called to the stop with K-9 Eli.  Eli hit on the vehicle as to the scent of CDS within it.  Officer Bianculli called Sussex County Assistant Prosecutor Koch for a telephonic search warrant.  Prosecutor Koch conferenced a call with Superior Court Judge Wright who issued the search warrant.  In the vehicle there was a pull down compartment by the steering wheel that contained approximately 44 wax folds of suspected heroin labeled "King Kong".  The driver had on his person, 6 wax folds and a piece of pen with white residue inside it.  The passenger had on his person, 5 wax folds and a piece of pen with white residue inside it.  There was a duffle bag and a power drill in the vehicle.  It was later found that those items were stolen from the passengers parents house.  The two were going to pawn them to buy more heroin.  Arrested and charged were as follows:

Driver: Ryan Sheridan (photo on the left)  Staten Trail Hopatcong Age: 21 Charged with: Possession of Heroin 3rd degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia D.P. Receiving Stolen Property, Possession of CDS in a vehicle and Maintenance of Lamps. He was charged and later released

Passenger: Michael Dean (photo on the right)  Holiday Drive Hopatcong Age: 21 Charged with: Possession of Heroin 3rd degree, Possession of Paraphernalia D.P. and Theft 4th degree.  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)

 
04/08/14

 

 

BURGLARY ARREST:

DATE OF CRIME: 04/02/14                   CASE:14-03426

TIME: 19:55

LOCATION: West River Styx Road

STRUCTURE ENTERED: Home

FORCED ENTRY: No

STRUCTURE LOCKED: No

CRIME WITH BURGLARY: Theft

IF THEFT WHAT AND VALUE: Jewelry still Unknown value

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Sadowski, Det. Sutphen, Det. Tracey

NAME OF ACCUSED: Patrick Homan

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: 16 Alexandria Ave Hopatcong

AGE OF ACCUSED: 26

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Burglary, Criminal Trespass and Theft

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Sadowski took a burglary report on a home on West River Styx Road.  Patrick Homan used to live in this home.  What used to be his upstairs bedroom is where the actor entered an unlocked window and stole jewelry.  On 04/08/14 a neighbor from West River Styx Road called in a suspicious male going into a vacant home.  Patrols met Homan in the area. He told patrols he was there looking for work and was not inside.  Later in the day Homan was in the area of West River Styx Road again.  Officers Mancuso and Snyder went back to the abandoned house and found it open.  Inside was fresh food, an open soda can, clothes that fit Homan, empty heroin bags, and a needle.  Detective Sutphen stopped Homan who was walking in the area.  Homan cooperated with Detective Sutphen and Detective Tracey.  He was later charged with Burglary and theft from his old house and criminal trespass for staying in the abandoned house. A stolen backpack and Jewelry were recovered from the reported burglary.  

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

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

 
04/10/14

Parents and students: This is a reminder of tonight's presentation at the Hopatcong High School. 6:30 pm-8:00 pm. We hope to see you there. Lt. Kmetz

 

 

 

 

 
04/06/14

 

 

 

FOUND STOLEN PROPERTY:

 

DATE: 04/05/14             CASE:14-03544

TIME: 22:10

WHAT WAS TAKEN: A motor vehicle on 07/10/12

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Mt. Olive Police Department

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Bara was approached by two young males with a burnt license plate.  They stated they found it next to a car that was torched in the woods off of Sparta Road.  Officer Barta looked up the license plate and found that it had been registered to a stolen vehicle out of Mt. Olive.  The vehicle stolen was a 1996 Subaru wagon.  It was stolen from Oakwood Village overnight on 07/10/12..  The two males showed Officer Barta where they found the vehicle.  It was about a mile into the woods and off of a main trail.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mt. Olive Police Department at (973) 691-0850

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

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

 
04/04/14

 

FRAUD LEADS TO THREATS:

 

DATE: 04/04/14                     CASE: 14-03483

WHERE IT HAPPENED: By phone

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: New York and Jamaica

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Ptl. Luciani

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A Hopatcong resident applied for a loan over the internet to a company called 5k Loan Payday.  She was told she had to pay them $100.00 through a green dot card and she did.  Then they told her she had to pay another $80.00 and she did.  They called her again to pay another $50.00 and she refused.  She then received a call from a male stating he was going to send some people to kidnap, rape and kill her if she did not pay the money.  A male called again stating that he was coming with a shotgun.  The victim searched the internet and found out this company was a scam. The victim gave them all of her personal information because she thought she was applying for a loan.  She stopped sending money but they keep calling. The phone numbers come back to New York and Jamaica.  Officer Luciani called the Sussex County Prosecutors Office who will be looking into this.

This scam is different because the victim reached out to the scammers rather than the scammers randomly contacting the victim.  Please do your research on any company you are looking do business with.  Same with e-bay and craigslist. "Caveat emptor" Let the buyer beware.

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

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

 
04/03/14

 

Can any of you give up 1 ½ hours for the safety of your children on Thursday April 10, 2014? Yes, I know how busy you are.  But we are talking about 1 ½ hours to learn something new.  And you can bring your children with you.  The presentation will be at the Hopatcong High School. It is only for a short time and refreshments will be provided. All are welcome wherever you may live.

This workshop is a FANTASTIC program for parents & students who have children that use the internet, social media sites and/or have cell phones.  Dave Fallon, from Homeland Security does an awesome job sharing real stories,  offers useful tips and strategies  with parents regarding things to look for on their children’s cell phone, computer and social media sites.  He also talks about all the new apps that seem innocent but are not. See the poster below.  Please come join us. Lt. Kmetz

 

 

 

 
04/01/14

On 03/31/14 an 80 year old Hopatcong resident went to visit a friend in Princeton NJ. She left at 10:00 am and at 2:07 pm a family member reported her missing when she did not show up. She has Alzheimer's and can get disoriented. She did arrive at the friends house after making a wrong turn and reaching the Delaware River. For those family members in Sussex County who have elderly parents and are concerned please see the below information from The Sussex County Sheriff and TRIAD. Lt. Kmetz 

Introducing the Sussex County
Sheriff’s Office/Sussex County TRIAD
Wristband Program
Sussex County Sheriff Michael F. Strada has recently introduced the Sussex County TRIAD Wristband Program for all senior citizens. The TRIAD organization will provide silicone wristbands, black and gold in color, to every senior citizen of Sussex County free of charge. These bands are engraved with “SC Sheriff, 973-579-0888” and a registration number. That number will register all senior citizens with the Sussex County
Sheriff’s Office should the senior citizen be unable to communicate with emergency personnel. The TRIAD organization will obtain the following information from the senior citizen; name, address, phone number, emergency contact persons and the senior’s physician information. This information will be available to assist any police, fire and EMS agency by calling the telephone number on the band and giving the dispatcher the registration number. This will assist any first responder in identifying a senior citizen in need and unable to communicate with the responder. If you are interested in learning more or are interested in sponsoring this program, please contact Hilary Manser at the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office at 973-579-0850 ext. 2114

 
04/01/14

 

THEFT:

 

DATE: Between 03/22/14 to 03/31/14                 CASE:14-03346

TIME: Unknown

LOCATION: 722 Brooklyn Mtn Road from an unlocked jeep

WHAT WAS TAKEN: Mountain bike

VALUED AT: $2,000.00

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Schultz

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The victim had a "29 inch Specialized stump jumper mountain bike worth $2,000.00 in that back of his unlocked jeep. some time during the above dates someone stole it from his unlocked jeep. The bike that was taken from the unlocked jeep is described as having a black powder coated frame with front suspension/hard tail, disc brakes on the front and rear and a red "water holder".  Anyone with information on this bike that was taken from the victims unlocked jeep is asked to contact the Hopatcong Police Department. 

If you have not caught on to the hint yet….Lock Your Vehicles.  

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

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

 
04/01/14

 

THEFT:

 

DATE: 03/30/14             CASE:14-03320

TIME: Sometime during the night

LOCATION: 4 Cs by the River Styx Bridge

WHAT WAS TAKEN: A generator and an air compressor

VALUED AT: $500.00 and $75.00

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Bianculli

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The victim reported that he parked his pickup truck in the parking lot of the 4 C's motel on River Styx Road (across from the River Styx Grill).  Someone took a generator and an air compressor out of the bed of his pickup truck sometime during the the night.  The generator is described as one year old, red, 5000 watts with wheels and a pull handle.  Unknown make and model at this time.  The air compressor is described as blue, several years old with a 25 foot green air hose connected to it.  If anyone saw anything while driving by or has any information Please 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)

 
04/01/14

Thank you to the neighbor who reported this. Though it was a bank employee, it is better to think worst case scenario then to blow it off, not call it in and we find that the house was burglarized. Again, you are the eyes and ears of your Police Department. Thank You, Lt. Kmetz 

"Patrols responded to a report of a burglary in progress. Upon our arrival I observed a male trying to get in the side door. He stated that he worked for the bank and he was there to winterize the house, change the lock and put a lock box on the house. He confirmed this through a work order from the bank".

 
03/27/14

 

FRAUD: PLEASE PAY THIS FORWARD TO AT LEAST ONE PERSON. ESPECIALLY WALMART EMPLOYEES WHO CAN MAYBE STOP THIS TYPE OF CRIME:

 

DATE: 03/26/14                     CASE: 14-03161

TIME: During the day

WHERE IT HAPPENED: Hopatcong/ Walmart Rockaway

NAME OF ACCUSED: Fake "United States Treasury Agent"

AGE OF ACCUSED: Sounds to be middle aged male with an accent

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: California

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Bianculli

DATE OF ARREST: I would so like to arrest this guy.

TIME OF ARREST: None

WHERE ARRESTED: None

CHARGES: Would be Fraud, and Impersonating a Federal Officer

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: Oh I wish

VICTIM: 47 year old Hopatcong resident

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A caller from phone number 707-508-4533 which if you google it you will see; "This caller is a scammer- uses the name Kevin Peterson and claims to be from the US Treasury and has a warrant for your arrest. Total scammer- ...". And yes I called it and spoke to him and he did just that. This person called a Hopatcong resident and used that story. The male asked for the victim’s cell phone number which the victim provided. The male called the victims cell phone and instructed him to go to a Walmart and buy two (2) Green Dot Money Pak cards. The male refused to end the phone call with the victim and instructed him to remain on the line the entire time. While the victim was driving to Walmart the male asked him which one he was going to purchase the money cards from. The victim told the male he would buy them from the Walmart in Roxbury. The male then told him not to go there, that there would not be money in the account and instructed the victim to buy the cards from the Walmart in Rockaway. The male further advised the victim not to speak to any employees of Walmart about his reasoning for purchasing the money cards and to buy them with a debit card and not a credit card.

 

Once at Walmart, while remaining on the line with the male, (here is where I cry out NOOOOO) the victim purchased one (1) Green Dot Money Card,  for $1000.00 and one (1) Green Dot Money Card,  for $250.00. Upon completing the transaction the male advised the victim to scratch off the security strip and read the MoneyPak Number to the male. With this number the male was able to remove the money from the Green Dot Money Cards and deposit the money into his own bank account.

 

Upon removing the money from the money cards, the male stated a new error was found with older taxes the victim had filed. They stated he should return to Walmart and once there the male would tell the victim how much money he had to send them. The victim found this curious and began asking several questions to the male. The victim informed the male he was going to call the police department to confirm what the male had said. While the victim contacted the Police Department the male disconnected the phone call.

Okay, so how many red flags do we see with that phone call?  But still this person fell victim to this crime.  DO NOT blame the victim. Use this post as a means to tell someone else so these type of crimes end.  People we MUST get the word out there to everyone. Yes of course YOU would never fall for that.  But if this victim heard you talking about this scam he would not have either. And that leads to everyone thinking about other scams and questioning them.  TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE. Hang up and call the police if you think it is fishy.  Hang up and phone a friend.

 No, you didn't win the Lottery. No, you do not have a rich Uncle in Nigeria. No, there is not some woman of your dreams that is attracted to you from China, No, your Grandson is not in a jail in Mexico and needs money for bail.  No, there is never going to be a Federal Agent asking you to go to Walmart. No, you must NEVER send money through Western Union unless you know the person who you are sending to. No, that check from H&R Block is not real because you didn't even use H&R Block. No, you will not cash a check for someone you do not know when they tell you they will pay you for it. No, you will not get packages delivered to your home and then ship them across seas. No, paypal is not e-mailing you to sign in and give them your personal information. No, your credit card is not being updated even if the caller knows the last or any digits on your credit card. Just keep saying NO! and hang up.  

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

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

 
03/25/14

 

 

We received our first bear complaint today. Officer Snyder responded to the 500 block of Maxim Drive for a report of a bear that broke into a homeowner’s garage. The bear broke the door and removed several bags of garbage.

The bears are now coming out of their hibernation. They are hungry. Please store your garbage where a bear cannot get to it. Also if you do not hang your bird feeder high enough you may see what this homeowner saw in the picture posted here.
Below is a link to our webpage with information on living with bears in NJ. Lt. Kmetz

 
03/25/14

The Division of Highway Traffic Safety is asking all police agencies in the state to join in the Distracted Driving 2014 Statewide Crackdown. This is part of a nationwide enforcement effort, with the Slogan “UDRIVE. UTEXT. UPAY.”

The purpose of this campaign is to undertake visible targeted enforcement during April, which is National Distracted Driving Month. Enforcement activities will focus on driver behaviors that distract from the task of driving, such as talking on hand-held cellphones or sending text messages. 

The National Campaign will run from April 1-21, 2014. 

 
03/14/14

 

 

ROAD RAGE LEADS TO M.V. CRASH:

 

DATE: 03/13/14            CASE: 14-02655 

TIME OF INCIDENT:17:54

LOCATION: From Landing into Hopatcong

INVESTIGATED BY: Ptl. Luciani

HOW MANY VEHICLES: 2

SUMMONS ISSUED FOR: Disorderly Conduct, Reckless Driving

NAME OF ACCUSED: Timothy Howell

AGE OF ACCUSED: 28

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Northwestern Trail Hopatcong

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A 22 year old female left her gym on Kings Highway in Landing.  She stated she had plenty of time to make the left turn but the vehicle coming up on her did not slow down and tried to pass her on the right. He could not do so because he was between her vehicle and the bridge.  The driver of the other vehicle was later identified as Timothy Howell who had an 8-month old in the vehicle with him. Howell was yelling at the female driver as he was almost next to her stopped at a traffic light still in Landing. At the light by Pathmark Howell had a vehicle between him and her. She could see him yelling for the vehicle in front of him to get out of the way.  While driving by Quick Chek Howell illegally passed the car in front of him to get behind this driver.  A witness who confirms the woman's account followed the two into Hopatcong when he saw how Howell was acting.  The female turned onto Corisca Road to head home. She was scared and called her Father.  He told her to drive to the Police Station.  As she was about to turn onto Elba Ave Howell pulled in front of her and she hit his vehicle with hers.  The witness got out of his vehicle when he saw Howell going towards the victims vehicle. The victim got out and started yelling at Howell.  Howell was yelling and pushed the witness who was trying to calm the situation down.  Officer Luciani arrived.  He told Howell to get off of the phone so he could speak with him about the incident.  Howell cursed at Officer Luciani.  Howell was then arrested. He was taken to headquarters 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)

 
03/18/14

 

TAX SEASON SCAMS:

    We received a report that a resident received a check from H&R Block for $1,362.06 for her taxes.  It was suspicious because she did not file yet.

    I started to research all the scams related to taxes and there are just too many for everyone to remember.  So let’s just make a blanket statement about these scams.

If you receive something that is off from what you know your return is and/or it is not from who it should be from, it is a scam

If the IRS sends you an e-mail, it is a scam

If you are scared because the IRS is contacting you, take a break, relax and look into it. It is most likely a scam.  The thieves try and make it look like they are the IRS. Do your homework and look into it.

When all else fails, call the Bank/Agency that gave you the check or the IRS. AND NOT FROM ANY DOCUMENTATION THEY GAVE YOU.  GOOGLE THE PHONE NUMBER.

Here is a link to the IRS and the scams:

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Suspicious-e-Mails-and-Identity-Theft

 
03/13/14

TREE FELL THROUGH A HOME KILLING THE HOMEOWNER:

 

DATE: 03/13/14            CASE: 14-02642 

TIME OF ACCIDENT:15:17

LOCATION: 102 Maxim Drive Hopatcong

VICTIM: Frederick Dalton age: 74

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Maresca, Schultz, Sgt. Magrini, Lt. Kmetz, Det. Sutphen and Det. Sgt. Houtz responded to 102 Maxim Drive on a report of a tree that fell through a house with the homeowner possibly trapped inside.  When the Officers arrived they called to the homeowner but did not get a response.  The Hopatcong Fire Department and Ambulance Squad was called out.  Officer Maresca and Sgt. Magrini used a ladder and crawled through a back upstairs window looking for the homeowner.  When they entered the home they found that there had been a kerosene heater in the upstairs living room.  Debris from the roof collapsed on the heater and caused a fire.  Officer Maresca used his patrol car fire extinguisher and put the fire out. Officer Magrini inhaled the smoke and chemicals from the fire extinguisher.  He was able to exit the home but became sick and was taken to Dover Hospital.   As patrols were looking for the homeowner they located two dogs that were not harmed. They were able to get the dogs out of the house and hand them over to the next door neighbor.   Patrols then located the victim.  He was in a chair in the upstairs living room.  The tree and roof were on top of him.  It was impossible to remove him due to the size of the tree.  A tree cutting crew had to respond to assist with removing him.  Maxim Drive was shut down for several hours.  The Hopatcong Fire Department and ambulance stayed to assist during this investigation.  Sgt. Magrini was later released from the Hospital.  I would like to thank all the volunteers and the neighbors who assisted us in this tragedy.   

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

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

 

 
03/07/14

 

CAR FIRE:

 

 DATE: 03/07/14           CASE:14-02436  

TIME: 13:13

LOCATION: Stone Ave Hopatcong

WAS ANYONE INJURED: No

WHAT FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED: Hopatcong Fire Department

WHAT WAS THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE: Under investigation

WHERE DID IT START: Appears to be inside the passenger compartment

HOW LONG UNTIL FIRE WAS UNDER CONTROL: Within 20 minutes

WHAT IS THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE: Probably not driveable anymore or at least the seats are ruined

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: This vehicle was not running at the time of the fire.  It had snow covering it.  There was no key in the ignition. No one was around it.  As you can see in the pictures the entire interior of the the vehicle is engulfed in flames. Though this is under investigation a possible cause might be mice that chewed on hot wires which shorted out.  The Hopatcong Fire Department responded and quickly put the fire out.

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

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

 
03/07/14

M.V. CRASH SAME AS YESTERDAY:

 

DATE: 03/07/14            CASE: 14-02431 

TIME OF CRASH: 12:03

LOCATION: Brooklyn Mtn Road and Durban Ave intersection

INVESTIGATED BY: Ptl. Sadowski

HOW MANY VEHICLES: 2

HOW MANY INJURED: 1

INJURED TAKEN TO: Dover Hospital

SUMMONS ISSUED FOR: Failure to stop/yield

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: This is the same type of crash at the same intersection as yesterdays.  The nearest vehicle in the picture did not stop at the stop sign crossing over Brooklyn Mtn Road.  The further vehicle in the picture was traveling on Brooklyn Mtn Road. He could not stop in time and stuck the vehicle who did not stop. One driver was taken to Dover Hospital with a complaint of pain to his arm. 

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

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

 

 
03/06/14

 

M.V. CRASH:

 

DATE: 03/06/14            CASE: 14-02367 

TIME OF ACCIDENT: 10:17

LOCATION: Brooklyn Mtn Road and Durban Ave

INVESTIGATED BY: Ptl. Snyder

HOW MANY VEHICLES: 2

HOW MANY INJURED: 1

INJURED TAKEN TO: St. Claires Hospital

SUMMONS ISSUED FOR: Failure to stop or yield

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The vehicle that you see in the snow bank was on Durban Ave crossing over Brooklyn Mtn Road.  The driver told Officer Snyder that he was not paying attention and ran the stop sign. (Officer O'Shea had flashing lights installed on the stop signs on Durban Ave and Brooklyn Mtn Road to make people aware of the dangers of this intersection). A vehicle was traveling on Brooklyn Mtn Road and smashed into the driver side of this car.  That caused this vehicle to be pushed up on top of the snow bank.  The driver of the vehicle that was traveling on Brooklyn Mtn Road was taken to the hospital with a complaint of pain.

 

On January 8th 2014 we posted an awesome video of this exact type of crash. Scroll down and check it out. Please pay attention while driving.

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

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

 

 

 
03/06/14

 

 

DWI/POSSESSION OF CDS:

 

DATE: 03/06/14                     CASE:14-02358

TIME OF STOP: 00:25

ROADWAY: Brooklyn Mtn Road

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Gerard Mascellino

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 31

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Sutton Trail Hopatcong

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Lotito

REASON FOR THE STOP: He saw a vehicle on the snow bank

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Keep Right Possession of CDS, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of CDS in a MV

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Lotito was driving on Brooklyn Mountain Road.  He saw a vehicle up on a snow bank.  Officer Lotitio just drove through that area and the vehicle was not there. Officer Lotitio saw a male walking on the road later identified as Gerard Mascellino.  When questioned about the vehicle Mascellino denied he was driving it.  As Officer Lotito was asking another Officer to run the registration Mascellino admitted he was driving it.  Officer Lotitio found Mascellino to have been drinking alchol.  Mascellino was given Field Sobriety Tests and failed.  He was arrested and searched.  On his person was a Ziploc bag of marijuana and a wooden smoking pipe.  Mascellino was taken to headquarters and given the Alcotest. He blew over the twice the 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)

 

 

 
03/05/14

 

“I responded to Temple Trail for the report of a female attempting to break into the residence by drilling the front door handle out. Upon arrival I spoke with Christine who stated she was employed by Wells Fargo to change the locks on the house and do an inspection of the interior of the home. Christine produced a work order and documentation that she was allowed at the property. No further police action was taken”.

Would you have called the police?

You could “ASSUME” it was just a bank employee at another foreclosure. But, What if it was a burglar?

What if it was your house, you were burglarized and you found out your neighbor watched the whole time and never called the police?

This neighbor made the right decision. If you see someone suspicious call the police.  Lt. Kmetz

 
03/04/14

 
02/26/14

 

POSSESSION OF CDS:

 

DATE:  02/26/14                CASE:14-02109

TIME: 14:30

LOCATION: Lakeside Blvd

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Joint narcotics investigation with Hopatcong and Roxbury Police Departments

NAME OF ACCUSED: Two: See narrative

WHERE ARRESTED: Lakeside Blvd

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Possession of CDS

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Detectives from the Hopatcong and Roxbury Police Departments conducted a joint investigation which led to the arrest of two females for possession of Heroin.  The accused are as follows: left picture with the black shirt is Robyn Corsar of Lakeside Blvd. Hopatcong age: 26. On the right is Dawn Costa of Elmira Trail Hopatcong age: 30. Both females drove to Patterson where they bought approximately 30 folds of Heroin. They were stopped by Officer Bianculli coming back into town. Both cooperated with the investigation.   Both were charged with possession of Heroin, a 3rd degree crime.  Costa was also charged with possession of paraphernalia, that being a hypodermic needle.  Costa had a no bail warrant out of Sussex County Superior Court.  She was picked up by the Sussex County Sheriff’s Officers and brought to jail. Corsar was additionally charged with possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. She 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)

 
02/26/14

 

 

THEFT:

DATE: Between 12/23/13-02/19/14            CASE:13-13554

TIME: Unknown

LOCATION: Oaklahoma Trail

WHAT WAS TAKEN: Jewelry

VALUED AT: Over $50.00

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Mancuso, Det. Sutphen

NAME OF ACCUSED: Thomas Burnett

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: LKA: Piscataway

AGE OF ACCUSED: 25

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Theft 3rd degree

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: Yes, $10,000.00 no 10%  by Judge Bowkley

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A homeowner/landlord called the Police Department reporting a theft.  The homeowner had a tenant named Thomas Burnett living in his home from March 2013 to November 2013.  He evicted Burnett when items went missing.  Burnett left with the garage door opener.  The victim believes that Burnett used that to enter his home to steal more items.  In January the victim came into to the police station with a pawned jewelry receipt he found in a co-owned vehicle with Burnett.  At that time Officer Mancuso showed the victim photos of jewelry that was pawned at a local pawn shop.  The victim identified that jewelry as his deceased mother's. This jewelry was pawned by Burnett.  Detective Sutphen found that Burnett had two outstanding warrants for his arrest and was staying in Piscataway.  The Piscataway Police Department was able to locate Burnett and arrest him on our charge of Theft and the outstanding warrants. Detective Sutphen went to Piscataway, arrested Burnett and brought him to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of bail. Unfortunately the pawn shop had destroyed the jewelry already so the victim lost his mother's keepsakes.

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

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

 
02/25/14

 

This IS the hardest press release I have ever written.  It is a terrible topic but one of utmost importance to EVERY parent of a pre-teen or teenage child. 

PARENTS:

Is your child sending or receiving pornographic or nude pictures?  I know you just felt disgusted and said, “NOT MY KID”.  However, It HAS happened.  And not with a teenage but a pre-teen child.  Imagine how you and your family would feel knowing that these pictures were sent to others over the internet.  Mom and Dad; Have you ever heard of : KIK, KIK Video, Omegle, snapchat or Spycalc?   

These are applications “apps” that your child can download to get free messages, send pics for free and meet strangers. All without any protections or limits. “Well, I do not allow my daughter to use text”.  Well mom she is, and it is free.  She doesn’t need your data plan.   THIS IS REAL. THIS IS HAPPENING NOW!  Go on youtube and search these apps and you will see for yourself.

What can be done about it?  Well, if you go and delete the apps there will just be more for your child to download.  New apps are being created daily.  That leaves you and your children.

 TALK TO THEM!!!!!!!

- Tell your pre-teen and teen what happens when they send a nude photo to someone they think is their friend. Once it is on the web it can be sent anywhere and be there forever.  

- Tell them how it isn’t another young girl/boy but a nasty man and yes even a woman they are chatting with. And even worse someone who may like what they see so much they decide to come and try and find where you live.

- Tell them that it is a crime for them to take a photo or video of themselves. That is considered Child Pornography and they can be charged for having it or putting those out over these apps, e-mails or texts.  Yes, the child who sends it can be charged just as that criminal who requested it can be charged.

- Go over who these predators are that have just been given a great means to find and stalk your child by these free apps.  We cannot stop the apps but we can help our children make the right decision by not chatting or sending these pictures and videos to others.  Even their friends!

Think I am over exaggerating this?  Okay, go on youtube and look up “kik trolling” These are kids actually pretending to be young girls and trying to get creepy guys to ask for nude pictures.  The kids then bust them saying they are putting them on youtube.  Now how many criminals are out there doing this that kids actually are hunting them for fun?????

Please talk to your child.  It only takes a few minutes.  Ask them about these apps. Ask them to show you their phone.  Admit you are old (to them you are) and they know more than you about these apps.  Though they know more than us about these apps they do not realize how many sex offenders are out there waiting for an opportunity to fulfill their desires.  Yes we wish to shield our children from the harsh realities of life.  But just like Lockdown drills it isn’t like when we went to school.  Some uncomfortable information must be shared with our kids and if that is what it takes to protect them, then so be it. .  Thank You,   Lt. Kmetz

 
02/21/14

Come out and have dinner with your Police Officers:
The Hopatcong PBA is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner On March 22, 2014 from 6pm-10pm. This is a family event. It is all you can eat and beverages are included. It is only $15.00 per person. You can get tickets from any Officer. Come on in to headquarters pick up your tickets and say Hi. We are all looking forward to meeting you on a more social occasion. Thank you, Lt. Kmetz

 

 
02/21/14

Here is a great presentation for parents about prescription drugs and your children.

Click here for presentation

 
02/19/14

 

Before I even start let me first say yes we know how much snow is on the sidewalks.  However, our children walking to school are at risk having to walk in the narrow streets.  If you have a sidewalk you must get it cleared.   We waited to start issuing summonses, but now we will be doing so.  Please get the sidewalk cleared if you have one on your property.  Here is the Borough Ordinance:

The owner and/or occupant of any property located upon any public street or right-of-way which features a sidewalk or other public walkway shall arrange for the removal of ice and snow from said sidewalk or walkway so as to permit public passage by no later than 12:00 noon on the next day following the termination of the snowfall or precipitation event which caused the accumulation of said ice and/or snow.

Please get them cleared so our children can walk to school safely.  Thanks, Lt. Kmetz

 
02/15/14

 

SHOPLIFTING:

 

DATE: 02/15/14             CASE:14-01770

TIME: 20:19

LOCATION: Quick Chek

WHAT WAS TAKEN: "Sour Candy"

VALUED AT: Between $1.89 and $2.50

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Janosko

NAME OF ACCUSED: John Scavone

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: 4 C's apartments River Styx Road

AGE OF ACCUSED: 20

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Shoplifting

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: An employee of Quick Chek saw a male take a candy bar and put it up the sleeve of his jacket. He then walked around the store a few minutes more and walked out.  The employee approached him and asked if he was going pay for the candy bar.  He ignored her and walked out.  The employee called the police with the license plate of the vehicle he left in.  It came back to Scavones mother.  Officer Janosko called her and she told him that her son John Scavone is the one who drives it.  Officer Janosko eventually got hold of Scavone.  He came into headquarters and gave a statement.  He cooperated with Officer Janosko.  He was charged and later released.

The penalty for shoplifting is a Disorderly Persons Offense.  This can carry a fine of up to $1000.00 and/or jail for up to 6 months.  A $2.50 candy bar is just not worth it.  Please think before you are about to break the law and ask:  Is this worth it?

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

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

 
02/12/14

 

Please help us, the DPW and emergency vehicles tomorrow:

                As you can see there is nowhere to put the snow and now we are getting more.  The Hopatcong DPW asks that all vehicles be moved off of the roadway during their plowing.  They do have enough grit/salt mixture to get through this storm unlike other towns.  Since there is no place to put the snow, the plow trucks will take care of the roads first.  If the storm lasts overnight the men need to rest. After the storm is when they will be moving the snow into piles.  They are asking not to blow any snow into the roadways. GARBAGE PICK UP FOR THURSDAY WILL BE ON FRIDAY.  Garbage pickup for Friday will still be Friday.

                As for the police, we do not want to ticket and tow your vehicle.  However, if it is blocking the passing of emergency vehicles/plow trucks or not moved after the storm we will do so as per Hopatcong Ordinance. If you throw snow in the road you can also be given a summons.  Again, we do not want to do this.  We all need to work together to get the snow removed without causing a hazard to motorists and getting your neighbor mad that you are throwing all of your snow on their property.  We have already received many neighbor complaints for this. 

The snow piles are getting higher, we are tired of the cold and it is outright depressing seeing this day in and day out.  Let us help the DPW do the best they can.  We are almost out of this.  Think of warm summer nights on Lake Hopatcong.  Be safe and thank you for your cooperation.  Lt. Kmetz

 
02/08/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 02/08/14                     CASE:14-01472

TIME OF STOP: 00:53

ROADWAY: River Styx Road

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Tamira Kashimoto

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 42

ACCUSED LIVES IN: King Street Staten Island

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Cirri, Ptl Maresca

REASON FOR THE STOP: Called in as a driver being intoxicated

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Keep Right, Unclear Plate, Driving While Suspended and criminal complaint for driving while suspended from a prior DWI

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The Hopatcong Police received a 911 call of an intoxicated driver leaving a home on Maxim Drive.  The vehicle description was given.  Officer Maresca spotted this vehicle on River Styx Road and stopped it. Kashimoto, who was the driver had been drinking alcohol.  She was given Field Sobriety Tests and failed. She was arrested, taken to headquarters and given the Alcotest.  She 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)

 
02/11/14

PARENTS OF HOPATCONG SCHOOL CHILDREN: (Also those who read this and hear other parents talking who did not read this; Let them know why we do what we do). Thanks

We have received a bunch of calls from parents asking why we did not inform them that their child was in lockdown at the time it was happening. (See the below press release explaining what happened)

We will NOT call any parents when we have a lockdown situation. We do not want you at the school. Put yourself in our shoes having 300 parents responding to a school with an active shooter. For us that is 300 more suspects. You cannot help us, you cannot help the situation and you surely cannot get to your child. You will be frustrated, and we would have to waste our resources controlling parents rather than clearing a school or conducting our investigation. 

Before you yell at your computer screen, I want you to take a deep breath, leave the computer, sit down with your child and question them about lockdowns. You will be amazed a what we do and what your children do. For security reasons I will not go any further. Just know we and your children train for what may come at us. Yes it is hard to give up control and yes I know you want to run to your child and help. However, you will only delay our progress, get you or someone else hurt, and waste your time trying to get to get to your child.

We will always put our lives on the line for you and your children. We train for the worst case scenarios so we are ready if they come. You must put your faith in your Police Officers. Thank You, Lt. Kmetz

 
02/11/14

At 14:06 there were reports of gunshots in the woods behind the Tulsa Trail School. We put the schools in lockdown after confirming this with DPW workers, a teacher and students who heard this. It was found that a vehicle had backfired several times which was mistaken as gun shots. These backfires were so loud students ducked down. We cleared the schools as soon as we made sure this was not something more. 
Thank you to the students, teachers bus drivers and parents for helping us run the lockdown and clearing of the schools as expeditious as it could be. Lt. Kmetz

 
02/04/14

 

FALSE REPORTS TO POLICE:

 

DATE: 02/04/14                     CASE: 14-01345

TIME: 16:27

WHERE IT HAPPENED: 503 River Styx Road Hopatcong

NAME OF ACCUSED: Steven Averett

AGE OF ACCUSED: 26

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: 503 River Styx Road Hopatcong

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Ptl. Bianculli

CHARGES: Unsworn Falsification to Authorities 4th degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle While Suspended from a DWI 4th degree, False Reports to a Police Officer DP, Driving While Suspended, No insurance and Unregistered Vehicle

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Mr. Averett called the Police Department to report his vehicle stolen.  He stated he parked it in the front of his home with the doors unlocked and the keys in the vehicle.  When the vehicle was entered in NCIC as stolen it was found that the New Jersey State Police had found the vehicle crashed into a ditch on Route 80.  When Officer Bianculli called the State Police he was told the Jeep had no keys in it and it was locked.  Averett told Officer Bianculli that he walked to Quick Chek and was picked up by his mother. He stayed the night and when she brought him home the next day he noticed his Jeep missing.  Officer Bianculli called Averetts mother and stated he was going to review the surveillance video at Quick Chek.  A short time later she told Officer Bianculli that her son asked her to give the police that story and it was a lie.  Officer Bianculli called in Steven and he then cooperated.  He did crash into a ditch and left the scene because he did not have insurance on the vehicle.  Averett 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)

 
01/31/14

I will be away until Februaruy 11th.  Check back then.  Lt. Kmetz

 
01/26/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 01/26/14                     CASE:14-00993

TIME OF STOP: 01:26

ROADWAY: Hopatchung

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Robert Huffert

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 33

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Route 181 Lake Hopatcong

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Binaculli

REASON FOR THE STOP: Failure to keep right

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Reckless Driving and Failure To Keep Right

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Bianculli was behind Hufferts vehicle on Lakeside Blvd turning onto Hopatchung Road.  Officer Bianculli saw the vehicle take the turn to early and go into the oncoming lane.  Officer Bianculli stopped the driver at Company 3 firehouse.  The driver who was Huffert had been drinking alcohol.  He was given Field Sobriety Tests and failed. He was arrested and taken to the Hopatcong Police Department.  He was given the alcotest, charged and placed in the holding cell until he found someone to come get him.

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

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

 
01/25/14

 

TAKING VEHICLE WITHOUT OWNERS CONSENT AND RESISTING ARREST:

 

DATE: 01/25/14             CASE:14-00961

TIME: 14:57

LOCATION: Hopatchung Road

WHAT WAS TAKEN: His mothers vehicle

NAME OF ACCUSED: David Berry 

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Eugene Road Hopatcong

AGE OF ACCUSED: 23

ANY RESISTANCE: Yes

CHARGES: Operating a vehicle without the owners consent, Obstruction, and Resisting Arrest

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Maresca

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Patrols were called to a home on Eugene Road for a vehicle that was taken without the owners consent.  Officer Maresca saw this vehicle on Hopatchung Road. When he stopped it he found the callers son who is David Berry in the drivers seat.  Officer Maresca told Berry to turn off the vehicle which he did.  Berry still had his hand on the keys in the ignition.  Officer Maresca instructed Berry to give him the keys.  After the third time telling him, Berry took the keys out of the ignition and said, "No!"  Officer Maresca warned Berry that he would be arrested.  Officer Maresca went to reach inside and Berry locked the door.  Officer Maresca  hit the unlock button and opened the door. He again told Berry to give him the keys.  Berry then covered the keys with his hands and put them by his side.  Officer Maresca went to grab the keys and Berry clinched his hands tighter.  Berry was told he was under arrest.  With the help from Sgt. Magrini and Ptl. Luciani Berry was taken out of the vehicle and arrested.  During that time Berry still resisted giving up the keys.  He was taken to headquarters 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)

 
01/24/14

 

STRUCTURE FIRE:

 DATE: 01/24/14           CASE:14-00909  

TIME: 19:34

LOCATION: Quick Chek

WAS ANYONE INSIDE:Yes

WAS ANYONE INJURED: No

WAS ANYONE KILLED:  No

WHAT FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED: Hopatcong

WHAT WAS THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE: Air conditioning belt

WHERE DID IT START: Air conditioner

IS ARSON SUSPECTED: No

WHAT IS THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE: Smoke

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Sgt. O'Shea, Patrolman Bianculli and Patrolman Kraus responded to Quick Chek on the report of a fire at the store.  Upon arrival they had the gas pumps shut off and everyone evacuated from the store.  There was the odor of smoke coming from the roof area.  The Hopatcong Fire Department responded. They found that a belt on an air conditioning unit had been burning.  The firemen turned off the unit and removed the belt. 

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

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

 
01/24/14

HIT AND RUN:

 

DATE: 01/24/14                     CASE:14-00906

TIME OF HIT AND RUN: 18:36

LOCATION: Jefferson Trail

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Bianculli responded to Jefferson Trail for a hit and run.  The driver of the vehicle at the scene stated she was traveling North on Jefferson Trail.  A dark colored jeep came at her head on at a high rate of speed. She swerved to the left. This jeep sideswiped her.  The jeep that left the scene should have damage to its passgenger side fender and passenger side wheel.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hopatcong Police 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)

 
01/21/14

 

WARRANT ARREST:

 

DATE: 01/17/14                     CASE:13-12980

TIME OF STOP: 16:30

ROADWAY: Rt 206 Newton NJ

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Scott August

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 33

ACCUSED LIVES IN: 5 Barton Lane Hopatcong

STOPPED BY: Newton Police

REASON FOR THE STOP: Outstanding warrant

TOWN(S) AND BAIL WARRANTS ARE FROM: Hopatcong, Warrant arrest complaint for Robbery.  See January 9th's press release

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Newton Police Department saw Scott August in the back of a vehicle.  He was stopped at the parking lot of Marshall's department store.  He was arrested on our warrant.  Detective Sutphen responded and brought August to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of $75,000.00 bail. 

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

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

 
01/15/14

DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED FROM DWI LEADS TO A 4TH DEGREE CRIME:

 

DATE: 01/15/14                     CASE:14-00537

TIME OF STOP: 00:11

ROADWAY: River Styx Road

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Steven Averett

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 26

ACCUSED LIVES IN: River Styx Road Hopatcong

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Cirri

REASON FOR THE STOP: Registration came back expired

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: Driving While Suspended, Unregistered Vehicle, Uninsured Vehicle and 4th degree Driving While Suspended

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Cirri ran the license plate of a vehicle that was in front of him on River Styx Road.  The registration came back expired.  The driver who was Averett was suspended.  Officer Cirri had the vehicle towed.  Officer Cirri issued Averett his summonses and released him. After returning to headquarters Officer Cirri found that Averett was suspened for two prior DWI's.  Driving while suspended because of two or more DWI's is a 4th degree offense.  Under section "C" of this statute if the person is driving while suspended because of two or more DWI convictions that person if found guilty must serve a "minimum sentence of not less than 180 days during which the defendant will not be eligible for parole".  This is a statute that took effect August 1, 2011.  Officer Cirri typed out the summons complaint and later delivered it to Averett.

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

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

 
01/15/14

 

 

FRAUD ARREST:

 

DATE: 01/15/14                     CASE: 13-12827       

TIME: 12:19

NAME OF ACCUSED: Ricky James

AGE OF ACCUSED: 30

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: 354 Park Avenue Newark NJ

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Ptl. Bianculli

CHARGES: Theft 3rd degree, Theft of Credit Cards 4th degree and Using Stolen Credit Cards 3rd degree

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: Yep, $20,000 no 10%

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: On 12/05/14 a victim came into headquarters reporting his wallet stolen.  He stated he was at a party on Brooklyn Mtn Road with about 15 other people the night before.  A few of these partygoers came with  friends and no one knew them.  One of them was Ricky James.  The victim went into a hot tub and left his pants with his wallet in them in a bedroom. The next day he found his wallet missing.  Later he found charges to his 3 credit cards.  At one local business, Officer Bianculli saw the stores surveillance video showing James using the stolen credit card.  Another transaction made with a stolen credit card  was to DMV to pay a $100.00 surcharge and $142.00 restoration fee for Ricky James.  The victims mother was called by a male who got her to tell him the last four digits of the victims social security number and the victims middle name.  The victim then found that his passwords and personal information was changed on his credit card accounts.  There were now more transactions on his stolen credit card accounts.  Officer Bianculli found that Secaucus Police Department had arrested James on an outstanding warrant. In his possession was the victims stolen credit card. James had been lodged in the Union County Jail by the Secaucus Police.  Officer Bianculli contacted Judge Bowkley for a warrant complaint.  Judge Bowkley granted $20,000.00 bail. James was served with the complaint in jail.

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

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

 
01/15/14

 

 

ARREST IN BURGLARIES:

 

DATE: 01/15/14                            CASE:13-13588

TIME: 15:28

LOCATION: Lakeside Blvd. Motor Vehicle Stop

STRUCTURES ENTERED: Homes

FORCED ENTRY: Yes

STRUCTURES LOCKED: Yes

CRIME WITH BURGLARY: Theft

NAME OF ACCUSED: Michael Laborda

AGE OF ACCUSED: 25

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: 616 Brooklyn Mtn Road Hopatcong

CHARGES: See Narrative

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: $50,000.00 full

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Detective Tracey, Detective Sutphen and Sgt. Magrini

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The Hopatcong Police Detective Bureau received a resident’s home security image of a suspected truck in the attempted burglary on Columbia Trail. Officer Maresca found this truck at 616 Brooklyn Mtn Road. Once the owner of the truck was identified, the detectives found that the suspect had pawned jewelry from one of the Brooklyn Mtn burglaries. Detectives went to the house but Laborda would not come to the door.  They watched the home until Laborda left the house around 3:20pm.  The detectives called Sgt. Magrini who stopped Laborda's vehicle on Lakeside Blvd.  Laborda was arrested and taken to the Hopatcong Police Department.  He cooperated with the detectives.  He was charged with two of the three burglaries on Brooklyn Mtn Road and the attempted burglary on Columbia Trail.  Laborda was charged as follows:

- 2 counts of 3rd degree burglary

- 3 counts of 4th degree possession of burglar tools

- 2 counts of 3rd degree theft. For the thefts of jewlry and cash

- 3 counts of 4th degree criminal mischief for the damage done while breaking into the homes

Laborda was taken to the Sussex County jail in lieu of bail that was issued by Judge Bowkley. The third burglary is still being investigated.  

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

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

 
01/14/14

 

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY:

DATE: 01/14/14                 CASE:14-00522

TIME: 12:34

LOCATION: Columbia Trail by Brooklyn Mtn

STRUCTURE ENTERED: Attempted home

FORCED ENTRY: Attempted

STRUCTURE LOCKED: Yes

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Mancuso, Detective Sutphen

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The Hopatcong Police are looking for anyone that lives on Brooklyn Mtn Road, Columbia Trail, Temple Trail, or any of the side roads off of Brooklyn Mtn road that may have security cameras that capture the roadway.  We are looking for a red Ford F250 or F350 extended cab around the time of 12:30pm.  The victim was sleeping and thought he heard someone knock.  When he went to look no one was there. He then heard a noise at the back door. There was a person trying to get in. The owner confronted a white male who then fled in the truck.  The picture is a stock photo of the type of vehicle we are looking for. 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)

 
01/12/14

 

ICE RESCUE FROM LAKE HOPATCONG

 

DATE: 01/12/14                     CASE: 14-00449

TIME: 13:35

WHERE IT HAPPENED: Lake Hopatcong off of Pickerel Point

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Sgt. Magrini, Ptl. Bianculli

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: On January 12, 2014 patrols responded to the area of 353 Lakeside Blvd for a person that fell through the ice.  Upon arrival Sergeant Magrini and Officer Bianculli saw a male on the ice next to a section of open water.  The victim had been on an ice sail boat that fell into this open section of water about 2 football fields off of Pickerel Point. A section of the mast and sail could still be seen by the officers. The 52 year old male victim yelled out that his leg was hurt. The victim was on the ice on the opposite side of this open area of water. The two officers suited up in ice rescue suits in case the victim fell into the water.   The Hopatcong Fire Department, EMS and medics arrived.  Rescuers tried to use a ladder to cross this open section of water. They were going  to use the ladder as a bridge to get the victim onto their side of the ice, but it wasn't long enough.  Two Hopatcong Firemen in ice rescue suits were able to get the victim into a stretcher. They deployed a large blow up raft and were able to get him across the open section of water.  He was taken to Morristown Hospital and later released.  The NJSP arrived and were working on how to get the ice boat out of the lake.    

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

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

 
01/10/14

 

 

BURGLARY:

DATE: 01/10/14                 CASE:14-00382

TIME: Between 06:30 and 08:30

LOCATION: 108 Brooklyn Mountain Road

STRUCTURE ENTERED: Home

FORCED ENTRY: Yes

STRUCTURE LOCKED: Yes

CRIME WITH BURGLARY: Theft

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Maresca, Det. Tracey, Det. Sutphen

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The Hopatcong Police are asking if anyone saw anyone in the area of Brooklyn Mtn Road by Holiday Drive this morning between the hours of 6:30 am to 8:30 am.  A Woman left for work at 6:30 am.  When she returned home at 8:30am she found that her front door had been pried open.  From the bedroom, jewelry and cash were taken.  Anyone who may have been driving by going to work and saw a suspicious vehicle or person 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)

 
01/09/14

 

WANTED PERSON:

 

DATE: 01/09/14                     CASE:13-12980

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The Hopatcong Borough Police Department has an outstanding Warrant complaint for SCOTT AUGUST  Age: 33 DOB: 09/30/1980 White male Approximately 6'0, 200lbs. LKA: 5 Barton Lane Hopatcong New Jersey.  He is charged with Robbery and Terroristic Threats. His bail has been set at $75,000.00. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Hopatcong Borough Police Department at (973) 398-5000

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

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

 
01/09/14

 

  

 

ROBBERY, TERRORISTIC THREATS, ASSAULT

 

DATE: 12/09/13                     CASE: 13-12980

TIME: 21:47

WHERE IT HAPPENED: 134 Madison Trail Hopatcong

HOW WERE POLICE NOTIFIED: Victim came to headquarters

NAME OF ACCUSED: See narrative

AGE OF ACCUSED: See narrative

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: See narrative

WEAPONS USED: metal object

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Kraus, Det. Tracey

DATE OF ARREST: 01/08/14 three of the four accused were arrested

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: See narrative

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: Yes, See narrative

VICTIM: Withheld

VICTIM’S AGE: Withheld

VICTIM LIVES IN: Withheld

VICTIM WENT TO HOSPITAL: Y N

VITIM’S INJURIES: Cut to the lip

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kraus was called to the Hopatcong Police Department for a report of a robbery.  The victims stated they went to Kyle Shalkowski's house and were robbed of $300.00.  The victims were surrounded in the back yard of Shalkowski's house by Shalkowski and 3 other males.  Shalkowski took the money and hit one of the victims with a metal object giving the victim a cut on the lip.  The males surrounded the victims,  yelled and screamed at the victims as they followed the victims to their car.  Shalkowski pulled out a knife and tried to slash the victims tire as they drove away.  A subsequent investigation by Detective Tracey led to the following arrests:

- Kyle Shalkowski 134 Madison Trail Hopatcong. Age: 26, charged with: Robbery 2nd degree, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon 4th degree, Possession of an Unlawful Weapon 4th degree, Terroristic Threats 3rd degree and Aggravated Assault 2nd degree. He was arrested and taken to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of $85,000.00 bail.

- John J McKevitt of 5 Barton Lane Hopatcong Age: 24, charged with: Robbery 2nd degree, Terroristic Threats 3rd degree and harassment pdp.  He was arrested and brought to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of $75,000.00 bail.

- Shawn Price LKA: 18 West River Styx Road Hopatcong Age:19,  charged with: Robbery 2nd degree, Terroristic Threats 3rd degree and Harassment pdp. He was arrested and brought to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.

- OUTSTANDING ARREST WARRANT FOR: Scott August LKA: 5 Barton Lane Hopatcong. Age: 33,charged with:  Robbery 2nd degree, Terroristic Threats 3rd degree and Harassment pdp. August is at large and entered as a wanted person.

The names of the victims are being withheld. The issuance of the warrants and bail were by Judge Bowkley.

 

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

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

 
01/08/14

 

SHOPLIFTING:

DATE: 01/08/14             CASE:14-00290

TIME: 12:29

LOCATION: Rite Aid

WHAT WAS TAKEN: See below

VALUED AT: See below

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Mancuso

NAME OF ACCUSED: Linda Harris

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: West Moore Street Hackettstown

AGE OF ACCUSED: 54

CHARGES: Shoplifting

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The manager from Rite Aid contacted the police on a shoplifting complaint.  He stated that a woman walked out with a shopping cart of items and did not pay. It was found she took the following: A mini super cycle valued at $19.99, a plastic bowl valued at $5.99 and a comforter valued at $49.99.  The manager stated that the woman told him she paid at the pharmacy department.  He checked with them and they said no she didn't. Harris comes into the store almost every day.  One of the employees knew her name.  Officer Mancuso contacted her and she came to headquarters. She was cooperative in the investigation and thought she paid for the items. She gave Officer Mancuso the items. These were returned to Rite Aid. Harris 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)

 
01/04/14

 

OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE:

             

DATE: 01/04/14                     CASE: 14-00121

TIME: 04:20

WHERE IT HAPPENED: Tulsa Trail

NAME OF ACCUSED: Jason Slater

AGE OF ACCUSED: 29

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Tulsa Trail

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Ptl. Haffner, Ptl. Cirri

CHARGES: Resisting Arrest

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Haffner and Officer Cirri responded to a dispute on Tulsa Trail.  When they arrived they met Jason Slater who was intoxicated.  When Officer Cirri went to handcuff Slater he pulled away.  Officer Haffner assisted and again Slater pulled away.  Slater was handcuffed and led to the patrol car yelling and screaming. He continued to pull away from the Officers. At the Police Department Slater calmed down.  He complained of pain to his arm and requested to go to the hospital.  The Hopatcong Ambulance Squad took him to St. Clare’s Dover.  Slater was later charged and served his charges by Dover Police Officers while he was in the Hospital.

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

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

 
01/04/14

ROAD RAGE:

DATE: 01/04/14  CASE:14-00153
TIME: 17:14
LOCATION: Route 80
INVESTIGATED BY: Ptl. Mancuso
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Two vehicles pulled into the Hopatcong Police Department parking lot. One driver stated the following:  She was driving on Route 80 and this other vehicle was tailgating her.  As the vehicle went to go around her they attempted to push her off of the road into the median. After getting around her, this vehicle kept slamming on their brakes, driving slow and kept giving her the middle finger.
The other driver stated the following: He passed this vehicle while on Route 80. After he passed them they began to tailgate him. As this vehicle was tailgating him the driver kept giving him the middle finger.
Both drivers wanted to sign motor vehicle complaints.
How far is it from Route 80 to Hopatcong? Both of these drivers were angry the whole way.  Both accuse each other of giving the middle finger. Both accuse each other of tailgating. Would it have been better for one of them to just pull over, take a deep breath and let the whole situation go? Or, have a passenger snap a picture of the vehicle and license plate number to use in court? Who is in the other vehicle?  Does he or she have a gun? Is it worth putting your life at risk for road rage.  We all get tailgated. We all get mad when it happens to us.  How far you let it go is up to you.   You do not have to come face to face with them during a road rage incident. At least these two came into the Police Department and didn't take actions into their own hands on the side of the road.    
Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000
(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)