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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


   

   
12/18/14

"E-shop Best Buy has received an order addressed to you which has to be confirmed by the recipient within 4 days. Upon confirmation you may pick it in any nearest store of Best Buy. Detailed order information is attached to the letter. Wishing you Happy Thanksgiving! Best Buy" Just received this sent to an employee who has not worked here in years. There was a winzip file attached. when I looked at it, it was an application. Be careful opening these scams. within the winzip file you will find a virus. Lt. Kmetz

 
12/10/14

HIT AND RUN. DRIVER FOUND WHEN THE LICENSE PLATE FELL OFF:

DATE: 12/10/14  CASE:14-14382
TIME OF HIT AND RUN: 21:50
LOCATION: Lakeside Blvd and Brooklyn Mtn Road
NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Michele Cardone
AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 47
ACCUSED LIVES IN: West Caldwell NJ
INVESTIGATED BY: Ptl. Luciani
CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: Leaving the Scene, Failure to Report an Accident and No Insurance
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Luciani responded to an accident where one of the vehicles left the scene.  When he arrived he found a vehicle on the lawn of 76 Lakeside Blvd.  The driver stated she was driving on Lakeside Blvd when another vehicle pulled out of Brooklyn Mtn Road hitting the passenger side of her car. The impact made her spin out of control  and end up on the lawn.   The other driver stopped then left the scene.  Officer Luciani was later given a license plate recovered from the scene.  He called the owner who was Cardone. She came to the Police Station and was cooperative.  She stated that she panicked and left the scene.
The legislature has made the penalty for leaving the scene of an accident stiff. Fine of no less than $400.00, and/or imprisonment for not more than 30 days and a license suspension for 6 months. Leaving the Scene when there is an injury is even harsher.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident stay at the scene and wait for the police.  Do not argue nor confront the other driver. Stay in your vehicle if you are still on the road where you might be struck by oncoming traffic.  
Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000
(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
12/01/14

 

 

POSSESSION OF CDS:

DATE:  12/01/14                CASE:14-14028

TIME: 19:12

LOCATION: Motor Vehicle Stop Lakeside Blvd

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Kern

NAME OF ACCUSED: Jake Robertiello

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Mountain Road Flanders

AGE OF ACCUSED: 19

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kern stopped a vehicle for having a light out.  When he approached the car he could smell the odor of burnt marijuana.  After speaking with the occupants and searching the vehicle it was found that the front seat passenger who was Roberteillo possessed a partially smoked marijuana cigarette and a metal "one hitter" smoking device. He was arrested and taken to headquarters.  Officer Kern found that Robertiello had a $1,000.00  criminal warrant out of Roxbury for theft. Robertiello was bailed out by a family member. Robertiello was then processed, charged and later released on our complaint.    

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

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

 
11/27/14

 

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF PAVINCI’S RESTAURANT:

DATE: 11/27/14                   CASE:14-13847

TIME: 01:17

LOCATION: Pavinci's Restaurant

WHAT WAS DAMAGED:A wall

ESTIMATED AMOUNT OF DAMAGE:$Unknown.

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Cirri

NAME OF ACCUSED: Matthew Gibney

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Santa Clara Trail Hopatcong

AGE OF ACCUSED: 23

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Criminal Mischief

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Cirri responded to Pavinci's restaurant on a report of male who punched a hole in a wall.  When he arrived he saw the owner of the restaurant following a male in the parking lot. Officer Cirri saw the male later identified as Gibney running through the parking lot towards River Styx Road.  Cirri caught up to Gibney and asked him why he was running. Gibney was calm and cooperative.  He said he punched a hole in the wall.  The owner came over and started to work out a deal with Gibney so that he wouldn’t be charged.  As Officer Cirri was running Gibneys information Gibney became loud and started to yell at Officer Cirri..  Gibney came towards the Officer and was pushed back. Gibney became louder and louder.  He 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)

 
11/25/14

 

DWI FROM DRUGS/POSSESSION OF CRACK:

 

DATE: 11/25/14                     CASE:14-13764

TIME OF STOP: 18:49

ROADWAY: Quick Chek parking lot

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Julie Lang

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 34

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Cobbler Square SPARTA NJ

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Kraus

REASON FOR THE STOP: Caller called in an erratic driver

ANY RESISTANCE: Yes

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: Possession of Crack 3rd degree, Obstruction 3rd degree, Possession of drug paraphernalia DP, Resisting Arrest DP, DWI, Reckless Driving and Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A motorist (Being the eyes and ears for their Police Department) called in a vehicle they were following that was all over the road.  This vehicle was going over the double yellow lines. At one point it went up onto a curb and almost struck a light pole.  The caller followed the vehicle into the Quick Chek parking lot.  Officer Kraus and Sgt. O'Shea watched the vehicle pull out of a parking spot and pull into another one.  Officer Kraus stopped the vehicle driven by Lang.  While speaking with Lang, she reached under the front passenger seat. She was told several times to stop reaching under the seat but kept trying to reach under there.  Officer Kraus grabbed Lang by her shoulder and ordered her out of her car so she couldn't reach under the seat.  Lang refused to get out.  Officer Kraus tried to pull her out but she grabbed the center console. Officer Kraus struggled with Lang and pulled her out of her car.  Lang had something in her hand and refused to open her hand. Again Lang struggled with Officer Kraus. She was flailing her arms and attempted to put her hand in her mouth and pocket. She tried to pull away and was taken to the ground.  Lang sustained a cut to her forehead.  She had a small piece of empty foil in her hand that she was trying to hide.  It was empty.  In the car she possessed two crack pipes copper brillo, and a small baggy of suspected crack cocaine.  She was arrested and brought to headquarters.  She was given the Alcotest and a DRE exam. She was charged and released the next morning after no one picked her up.

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

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

 
12/10/14

Hikers and hunters make sure your phone is charged and someone knows the area you will be in. (Report altered for press release). Lt. Kmetz

Patrols responded to the area of Squaw Trail/Devils footprint woods on the report of a lost hiker. The caller stated that her husband went into the woods with the family dog this morning. She started to worry and spoke to him on his cellphone around 0930. At that time he stated that he got a little lost in the woods but knows he is near Nebraska Trail. He will be back home by 1030 am. She waited until 1130am and contacted this pd. Ptl. Cirri went to the callers location and got more information from her. Ptl. Lotito went into the woods at the last point of known contact. (Nebraska/Acron) I headed to Squaw trail to head in from there and meet in the middle of the main trail. A few minutes later while Ptl. Cirri was at the house the husban called. He stated that he was standing in the roadway at Temple Trail. When he got out of the woods he had to borrow a phone from a passerby because his battery was dead on his phone. I responded to that location and found him. He was fine and stated he couldn't believe he got lost like this. I drove him to his residence and he was happy to be home. No need for further assistance and all patrols cleared. 

 
12/10/14

 
12/10/14

12/03/14: Keith Road. Very suspicious behavior. Please call us right away.If possible without risking your safety, try and get us a license plate. See report below. Lt. Kmetz

I responded to the above address for a report of suspicious activity. I spoke to the caller who stated that a male and a female came to her front door. They asked if she spoke Spanish. She told them no and then they asked if she knew any Spanish speaking people in the area. She described the male as about 6 foot wearing a black trench coat. She stated that there was another male sitting in the front passenger seat. She thought about it for a while and called the police an hour later. I advised her to call right away when something seems suspicious. I told her to go with her gut feeling. I checked the area for the vehicle she described, a dark gray 4 door car. She did not get a plate or make of the vehicle. I was unable to locate the vehicle. Caller stated that she would call if she saw the vehicle again.

 
11/25/14

11/25/14: 24- year old son passes from cancer after a 3 year battle. The mother said she was with him when he took his last breath at 0715 hours and she called the police shortly after.

In two days it is Thanksgiving.  It is the time to be with family and give thanks to all that we have.  This family will give thanks to the time they had with their loved one.  We do not know when someone close will leave us.  I hope that everyone will be together with their family (here and those who have gone home) and we remember what Thanksgiving is about. Be safe, please do not drink and drive and Enjoy your Thanksgiving.   Lt. Kmetz

 
11/25/14

11/24/14:
This officer responded to the High School for an active fire alarm.  Upon arrival the school was already evacuated.  The fire started in room B-6 while the science teacher had students sterilizing thermometers with rubbing alcohol.  The alcohol ignited and some paper caught fire.  The fire was put out by a student with a fire extinguisher.  This student was with the nurse and had a burn to his right hand.  His mother was notified by the school and taken by her to get the injury checked.
The fire department arrived and ventilated the building.  The students were brought back in.  Room B-6 will be closed to students until the room is cleaned.
Report altered by Lt. Kmetz for the Press release. Juvenile information redacted.

 
11/25/14

Thank you neighbors for keeping an eye out in your community. Though it was found that they were supposed to be there lets not assume.  Lt. Kmetz

I responded to  Ford Ave on a report of trucks and men inside an abandoned house.  On arrival I spoke with the men who work for Homeshield.  They advised me that they were hired to clean out the house and provided me with a work order.

 
11/25/14

Patrol responded to the area of 16 Washington Trail for a report of a suspicious silver vehicle that keeps parking in the roadway. The driver then pretends to change a tire. The caller stated that this vehicle has done this twice so far this morning. The only description of the vehicle was a small silver car.

Patrol checked the area with negative contact. I will check the neighborhood throughout the shift checking for this suspicious vehicle.

This is suspicious. Neighbors of Washington Trail If you see this please get us a license plate number.  And while I am on that issue, if you see any suspicious vehicle ONLY IF IT IS SAFE FOR YOU, please get us a plate number.  Thanks, Lt. Kmetz

 
11/25/14

11/20/14 19:57. Officer Sadowski:

I responded with the fire department to a brush fire. Upon my arrival the fire department was already on scene and had the fire extinguished. It appears that a passing vehicle may have flipped a cigarette out the window which ignited the leaves. Once the fire was extinguished all units left the scene.

It is no less than a $200.00 fine for throwing a cigarette out the window, Please keep your butts in the car. Lt. Kmetz

 
11/21/14

 

Caller Id says IRS = SCAM:
The criminals use an app that makes their phone number show up as the IRS. Just one way to get someone to think that it is really the IRS. 

We have been getting numerous complaints from residents that the IRS is calling them. The criminal says that if the person doesn't pay they are going to be arrested. It is a scam.

Next Thursday when you are sitting down with Grandma and Grandpa for Thanksgiving tell them about these scams. Either you will get a laugh out of what they tell these scammer's or you will educate them. (Actually that would be funny to have a list of what some seniors say to these scammers. I have spoken to seniors many times and they have no problem speaking their minds). Lt. Kmetz

 
11/21/14

 

 

   

 

DO NOT PUT HOT ASHES FROM YOUR FIREPLACE/WOOD BURNIG STOVE INTO THE WOODS:

 DATE: 11/21/14           CASE:14-13555  

TIME: 12:29

LOCATION: Rollins Trail

WAS ANYONE INJURED: NO

WHAT FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED: Hopatcong

WHAT WAS THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE: Hot ashes

WHERE DID IT START: in the woods

IS ARSON SUSPECTED: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A homeowner took hot ashes from their fireplace and placed them into the woods.  It started a brush fire. While waiting for the Fire Department Officer Mancuso and Officer Kern tried to rake leaves away causing a bare area to stop the spread of the fire. The fire had the help of a stiff wind and when it hit old Christmas trees that were dumped there, the fire grew too big.  The Hopatcong Fire Department arrived and put the fire out.

I asked Hopatcong Fire marshal Richard Cook what to do with hot ashes.  He advised to put them into a metal bucket and either hold them for a minimum of 24 hours before dumping them or sprinkle them out and douse them with water.  Last year we posted a fire when a person put ashes that they thought were out into a plastic bucket.  That is no good.  You must use a metal bucket like the picture shows. 

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

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

 
11/16/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 11/16/14                     CASE:14-13331

TIME OF STOP: 22:04

ROADWAY: Dartmouth Trail

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Aboubakry Ly

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 42

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Dartmouth Trail Hopatcong

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Kraus

REASON FOR THE STOP: Called to a dispute and the accused vehicle was stuck on logs

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: Dwi, Refusal to submit to breath test, Reckless driving and unlicensed driver

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kraus responded to a home on Dartmouth Trail for a dispute.  When he arrived he found Ly trying to remove wood from under his car that he backed over.  The car was still in gear and running.  Ly was arrested for the dispute and brought to headquarters.  There he was given Field Sobriety Tests and failed.  Ly was argumentative and refused to give his breath samples.  He was charged and later brought to the Sussex County Jail on $1,000.00 bail for charges stemming from the dispute.

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

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

 
11/20/14

 

THEFT/RESISTING ARREST:

 

DATE: 11/6/14 And 11/17/14            CASE:14-11356

TIME: Various

LOCATION: See narrative

WHAT WAS TAKEN: Visa credit card was used fraudulently via Amazon

VALUED AT: $59.99, $31.99 and $79.05

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Bianculli and Det. Tracey

NAME OF ACCUSED: Wallace Krake

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Vail Road Landing or Netcong Heights Apartments

AGE OF ACCUSED: 36

ANY RESISTANCE: Yes

CHARGES: 3 counts of 3rd degree Fraudulent use of a credit card, 3 counts of 3rd degree intent to defraud, one count of  3rd degree theft of a credit card, one count of 4th degree identity theft and one count of DP resisting arrest

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: Yes, $16,000.00

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: On 11/06/14 a victim came into headquarters to report someone used her credit card to buy items on Amazon.com.  She called Amazon. All they gave her was a name Wallace.  She believed it was her ex-boyfriend Wallace Krake.  Officer Bianculli spoke to Det. Sutphen who recently arrested Krake for burglary to a residence in Hopatcong. That was case 14-11103. Officer Bianculli tried to contact Wallace several times but Wallace would not return the phone calls.  Officer Bianculli wrote to Amazon to get the information. He found that Wallace Krake bought an Xenon colored headlight conversion kit, LED tail lamp, and 7 color LED glow underbody neon lights kit on three separate transactions. Officer Bianculli called for a warrant for Krake's arrest. Judge Bowkley authorized the warrant with $16,000.00 bail.  Detective Tracey and Officer Bianculli began looking for Krake.  After several attempts they found his vehicle at the Netcong Heights apartments. The parts ordered from Amazon were on the car. Det. Tracey, Officer Bainculli and an Officer from Netcong went to different apartments until they found Krake.  The Officers entered the apartment with the arrest warrant and tried to arrest Krake. Krake resisted and said he was not going anywhere.  Krake would not give the Officers his hands.  A knife was taken from Krakes pocket by Officer Bianculli during the struggle to handcuff him. Krake was screaming that he was not going to be arrested. Officer Tracey assisted and punched Krake on the left side of his face two times. The officers were then able to handcuff him.  Later Krake apologized to Det. Tracey.  He stated that he has extreme anger issues and sees red when he fights with the police. Krake further stated that if he would have got free that would have been the end for the officers.  Krake complained of chest pains while at the Hopatcong Police Department. He was transported to Newton Hospital, checked out and released.  He was then taken to the Sussex County Jail.  The parts that he put on his car using the stolen credit card are going to be removed.

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

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

 
11/15/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 11/15/14                     CASE:14-13289

TIME OF STOP: 19:36

ROADWAY: Flora Ave

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Pasquale Meola

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 62

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Brown Trail Hopatcong

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Bianculli

REASON FOR THE STOP: Failure to keep right

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Bianculli was behind Meola's vehicle when he saw it going over the double yellow lines and driving onto the sidewalk.  He stopped the vehicle on Wills Ave.  Meola told the officer that he did not have anything to drink. Meola was given Field Sobriety Test and failed. He was taken to headquarters and given the Alcotest.  He was charged. Meola was 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)

 
11/15/14

 

THEFT:

 

DATE: 11/15/14             CASE:14-13279

TIME: 15:00

LOCATION: 711 Brooklyn Mtn Road

WHAT WAS TAKEN: A radon fan

VALUED AT: $150.00

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Maresca

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Between 11/14-11/15 someone removed the victim's radon fan and cut the wires.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Maresca 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)

 
11/15/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 11/15/14                     CASE:14-13265

TIME OF STOP: 02:38

ROADWAY: Lakeside Blvd

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Lauren Gaven

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 27

ACCUSED LIVES IN: McPeek Road Lafayette

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Kraus

REASON FOR THE STOP: Failure to keep right

ANY RESISTANCE: No

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

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kraus saw a vehicle in front of him going over the double yellow and the shoulder lines.  He stopped the vehicle and found that the driver who was Gaven had been drinking alcohol.  Gaven had high heel boots on and took them off to do the Field Sobriety Tests.  She still failed and was arrested for DWI.  She was 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)

 
11/13/14

 

 

THEFT OF 32 SHEETS OF PLYWOOD:

 

DATE: 11/13/14             CASE:14-13171

TIME: Between 17:45 and 0800

LOCATION: 239 Knox Way

WHAT WAS TAKEN: 12 sheets of 3/4 inch "dry ply" plywood and 20 sheets of 5/8 inch roofing plywood sheets

VALUED AT: $896.00

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl Janosko

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The home is currently under construction. A person who rents the home was there all night with his dog. His dog usually barks but he did not hear anything. When he woke up he found the plywood gone.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Janosko at (973) 398-5000. 

If kids built tree forts anymore I would ask residents to look for a new one constructed in the woods nearby.  The thief might be selling the wood cheap or try and return it to a local store.

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

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

 
11/12/14

 

 

DWI DROVE OFF EMBANKMENT:

 

DATE: 11/12/14                     CASE:14-13159

TIME OF STOP: 23:56

ROADWAY: 735 Lakeside Ave

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Arnt Walaas

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 42

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Brady Road Lake Hopatcong

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Cirri

REASON FOR THE STOP: He drove off an embankment

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane and Open Container in a motor vehicle

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Cirri responded to a report of a vehicle that drove off of a 40 foot embankment.  When he arrived he found the driver Arnt Walaas who stated he was okay.  Officer Cirri saw open beer cans and an open vodka bottle by the vehicle.  The driver had been drinking. Officer Cirri arrested Walaas for DWI.  He was taken to the Police Department and given the Alcotest. 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)

 

 
11/19/14

GOOD JOB NEIGHBOR. I am proud that the residents of Hopatcong take the time to call in suspicious behavior. Please keep being the eyes and ears for your police department. Lt. Kmetz (reported changed for press release by Lt. Kmetz)

On November 19, 2014 Sgt. Wojtach, Officer Kern, and I responded to  Rollins Trail on a report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival I noticed a light on in the kitchen area but when I got out of my vehicle the light was off. As I went around to the back of the house to see if anyone broke in, the homeowner came out of the front door. He spoke to Sgt. Wojtach and Officer Kern who were in the front of the house.  He stated he locked himself out of his house, and needed to break in. He was using a flashlight to get around the backyard and into his house. He was very happy that the neighbor called this into the police as he was breaking into his house. He was fine and needed no further assistance. No further police action taken, and we cleared.

 
11/14/14

When a person takes their own life it is devastating to their family and friends. Do not assume it is all talk only to realize that they have been screaming for help but no one was listening.  Lt. Kmetz

Please be aware of friends and loved ones depressed. Especially now that the Holidays are coming.

At 1:57 am a person called us to say that he is worried about his friend.  This friend said he was going into the woods to hang himself.

When patrols arrived at the victims home they found him in his driveway very upset.  The victim stated that he has been very depressed for a month.  He attempted to hang himself from a tree but the knot did not hold and he fell to the ground.

Because of the friend that called, patrols were able to get him to the right people that could help him.

I have been on many suicides. Time and time again family and friends did not see the warning signs until it was too late.  If someone you know is talking about suicide you need to act. If they are giving their belongings away for no reason then that should raise your suspicion. If they are suddenly very withdrawn and depressed it is time to try and get them to talk to someone.

 Pay attention if they are dropping hints such as: "Soon everything will be fine" "It will all be over soon enough" "I cannot wait until I get out of here" "No one will care when I go" Phrases such as these can easily be blown off as just temporary emotions or someone just having a bad day.  Do not assume.  Dig deeper. Sit and talk to them

 
11/06/14

THEFT FROM AN ICE CREAM TRUCK:

DATE: 11/6/14 CASE:14-12880
TIME: 11:47
LOCATION: David Road
WHAT WAS TAKEN: Ice Cream
VALUED AT: $50.00
OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Schultz, Ptl. Sadowski and Ptl. Mancuso
NAME OF ACCUSED: Two juveniles
ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Juveniles
AGE OF ACCUSED: 16 and 13
ANY RESISTANCE: No
CHARGES: Burglary and Theft
WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Schultz responded to David Road on a report of a theft. The victim stated he has an ice cream truck parked there. He received a text message alarm that someone opened the door to his ice cream truck. When he arrived home he looked at the surveillance video. He saw two young males taking 6 assorted cases (24 bars) of ice cream.
As the officers were waiting for the video to be burned for them one of the juveniles came in to turn himself in. After a brief investigation both juvenile males were spoken to and cooperated. They were walking down David Road and saw the ice cream truck. One of them unplugged it so that the ice cream would melt. He noticed that the latch to the ice cream truck was not locked. The two entered the truck and stole the ice cream. They ate some of the ice cream and threw the rest away. A third male was there but did not take part in the burglary. The two were charged on juvenile complaints with Burglary and Theft. They were released to their parents. 
The picture of the ice cream cones are not the stolen ice cream. They are only to be used as a visual to make you drool. 
Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000
(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
11/12/14

Parents:
We just had a case where a daughter was videoed doing something at a party that no parent would want to see on the internet. Yep, it was filmed by another person and put on the internet for the world to see. Please take some time and talk to your teen about cell phone cameras and videos. 

They will tell you "Of course mom I know that already", roll their eyes at you and make a hissing sound as they try and walk away. But it is our jobs to keep them safe and healthy and sometimes us being a pain in their butt is what it takes (if we are lucky). Lt. Kmetz

 
11/7/14

Patrols responded to the area of 139 Bell Ave. for a sick raccoon. Upon arrival, the raccoon was located and clearly not healthy. Ptl Mancuso held the animal with the snare while I fired one round to dispatch the raccoon. Sgt. Antonello was notified of the same. The raccoon was then brought to the Hopatcong Pound to store it for future testing by the ACO. No further action required.

 
11/12/14

Patrol responded for a report of a buck and a doe in her yard that refused to leave. Patrol responded and got the deer to leave the property, no further action at this time.

It is RUT. That means the bucks have lost their minds and can only think about one thing. You got it. mating. Be extra careful driving. The bucks are chasing the does and you are more apt to run into one running across the road. Lt. Kmetz

 
11/05/14

 

  11/05/2014 Sgt. O'Shea, Ptl Sadowski and I responded to Chincopee Ave for a report of a missing elderly female. Upon arrival I spoke to the complainant who explained how his 79 year old mother suffered from Dementia and Alzheimer. She lives in the house by herself. She has a home care nurse at the house three times a week and he checks on her several times a week. Today, he went to the house after work and his mother was gone. After speaking to the nurse who was at the house earlier today, it appeared his mother has been missing for about two hours.  This was not the first time his mother was reported missing.

While obtaining the mother's information, Ptl. Sadowski located the mother walking down the street from the house. She stated she was walking to the bridge so she can go to the water and get a drink. She was returned to her son. He advised us he was in the process of finding her a senior citizen home.

If you live in Sussex County and have a loved one like this the Sheriff’s Department has project lifesaver. Your loved one can be tracked when they wonder off. See the information below.

Report changed by Lt. Kmetz for press release

http://www.sussexcountysheriff.com/community/project_lifesaver/

 
11/6/14

By now you should be able to fill in the rest:

November 6, 2014
A complainant came into Police Headquarters to report that his parents have been receiving phone calls from Publishers Clearing House, stating that they won 2 million dollars. The caller Mike, tells his parents that they have to send a $290.00 money order to him so that he can send them the check. (Here is where you yell out "NOOOOOOOOOOO its a scam") Good Job. Spread the word to our elders. Lt. Kmetz

 
11/6/14

3 males emptying a house into a U-haul truck. Suspicious? Would you call it in? Or is it "None of your business"? 

This time on Madison Trail it was workers hired by the bank to empty a foreclosure. Thank You to the neighbor that called. Make the call and keep the criminals out of Hopatcong. Lt. Kmetz

 
11/05/14

 

 

At 10:22 this morning a 68 year old male was on a ladder to paint the front of his home. He was found on the ground next to the fallen ladder laying in the gallon of paint. He sustained a laceration to his head and his leg when he fell approximately 12 feet onto the black top driveway. There was a large amount of blood loss. It was not known how long he was on the ground nor if he lost consciousness. He could not immediately answer questions as to his name, what day it is (etc). EMT/Police Officer Robert Haffner made the call to have the helicopter fly out the patient. The last information I have is that they were flying to Morristown Hospital. His condition is unknown at this time. Lt. Kmetz

 
11/01/14

OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE:
  
DATE: 11/01/14  CASE: 14-12659
TIME: 16:19
WHERE IT HAPPENED: Johnny's Marina parking lot
NAME OF ACCUSED: Dasean Sears
AGE OF ACCUSED: 26
ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Marne Road Hopatcong
OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Ptl. Maresca
CHARGES: Obstruction, Resisting Arrest
WAS BAIL SOUGHT:: No
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Maresca responded to the parking lot of Johnny's Marina for a report of a person chasing a car.  When Officer Maresca arrived he found a male later identified as Dasean Sears throwing tree climbing equipment from the back of his truck onto the parking lot.  Officer Maresca asked Sears what was going on but Sears would not answer.  Sears walked very fast from the back of his truck to the open driver’s door. He was ordered to stop but kept going.  Sears reached into the center console of his vehicle.  Officer Maresca again ordered him to stop and to show him his hands.  Again Sears did not comply and continued to do something inside of the vehicle.  Officer Maresca physically took Sears to the ground for his safety.  After being handcuffed Officer Maresca asked him what his problem was and Sears told him he is having a bad day. 

It was found that Sears was on Ithanell Road having an argument with his girlfriend over a belt buckle which did not fit properly. This made Sean "go off".  He picked up a rock and threw it at his own truck. He then sped away and drove to Johnny's Marina where Officer Maresca found him.

Sears was arrested and taken to headquarters.  He calmed down and explained that he has bad days like these.  Officer Maresca took him to Newton Hospital to talk to a counselor about his anger.
It cannot be stressed enough that you must do what a Police Officer directs you to do. From a Police Officers eyes Sears was going into his center console to get a gun. We MUST think like this. If not when it does happen we are not ready and we die.
Sears must answer for his actions in court but on the other hand we want him to get help. This situation could have ended tragically. Hopefully Mr. Sears gets the help needed.
Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000
(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
10/22/14

 

 

POSSESSION OF A WEAPON:

 

DATE: 10/22/14                 CASE:14-12234

TIME: 20:58

LOCATION: Beacon Road

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Sgt. Magrini, Det. Sutphen

NAME OF ACCUSED: Barry Winbush

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Beacon Road

AGE OF ACCUSED: 53

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose 3rd degree  and Harassment a pdp.

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officers responded to Beacon Road on a disturbance in the street. When Sgt. Magrini arrived he found Barry Winbush in the street with a 3 foot wooden pole.  He ordered Winbush to drop the stick. Winbush did not drop it and turned towards Sgt. Magrini.  Sgt. Magrini then drew his service weapon and again ordered Winbush to drop the stick.  Winbush then complied.  Winbush was told to lay on the ground but only went onto his knees.  He was placed onto the ground with the help of Det. Sutphen.  Winbush sustained a small scratch by his left eyebrow from being put onto the pavement. He was handcuffed and placed in the patrol car.  The wooden pole was taken as evidence. The officers found that Winbush was mad at a neighbor who had friends over.  One of those friends parked a car in front of Winbush's house.  Winbush said that he got mad  because he is tired of dealing with these neighbors. He was going to confront the neighbor.  He only grabbed the stick for his protection and was not going to hit anyone with it. The neighbor stated Winbush did not threaten anyone with the stick but was yelling that he was going to smash the car window. Another neighbor who saw and heard Winbush stated the same. Winbush was taken to headquarters, charged and later released.

 

We are only a phone call away.  If the accused simply called the police rather than grab a weapon and threaten to break the windshield he would not have been arrested and now have to go to court.

 

Here is how to properly deal with bad neighbors (We are not saying that these neighbors were bad):

1) Go talk to them. (without a weapon, as a friendly neighbor). Tell them what they are doing to make your life miserable

2) Some neighbors will comply. Others will not. If they disturb your peace again call the police. We will go over and talk to them. 

3) Sometimes us going there will help.  Sometimes they just do not care

4) After we talk to them and it doesn't stop, try and get a recording for evidence.

5) File a complaint in court. You have a right to sign complaints against someone who is constantly disturbing you.

6) Get the Officers report through OPRA (Open Public Records Act) by coming to the Police Department and talking ot our records clerk

7) You will go to the community dispute board before going to a trial. Bring your report and evidence. Most situations are worked out there

8) If it happens again call the police and file another charge

9) Go to trial. If they are found guilty they get fined

10) If it continues, repeat steps 8 and 9 until they comply or you get so fed up you move.

 

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

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

 
10/22/14

From: NJLINCS Health Alert Network [mailto:NJLINCS-HAN@njlincs.ne