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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


   

   
06/20/14

  

POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND SYRINGE:

DATE: 06/19/14  CASE:14-06806
TIME: 22:11
LOCATION: Pathmark Roxbury
OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Mancuso
NAME OF ACCUSED: 3, see below
ANY RESISTANCE: No
CHARGES: See below
WAS BAIL SOUGHT: Yes and No
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The Hopatcong Police received information that Jennifer Nicholson who was wanted for credit card theft (see below post) was going to the Pathmark in Roxbury. Patrols waited and stopped her when she drove in.  She was arrested on our outstanding warrant.  There were two passengers with her. In the vehicle there were empty folds of heroin in a cigarette pack. There was also a metal cap with empty heroin folds inside.  No one claimed ownership of the paraphernalia.  The following people were arrested and charged as follows:
- Jennifer Nicholson:  Age: 28 of Lackawanna Trail Hopatcong. Possession of Paraphernalia and our outstanding warrants.
- Thomas Schwarz: Age: 27 of New Road Parsippany. Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe.
- Jennifer Kain: Age: 40 of Market Street Belvidere. Possession of Paraphernalia
Kain and Schwarz were charged and released.  Nicholson was taken to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of bail. The photos are in order as above.
Again, look at the ages. Why are we seeing so many 20 somethings doing heroin?  Parents.  Talk to your children in this age range. Yes they are adults but we all would be remiss by not seeing that this age group is the populous of our heroin users.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000
(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
06/20/14

 

POSSESSION OF A HYPODERMIC NEEDLE:

 

DATE: 06/19/14                 CASE:14-06791

TIME: 17:28

LOCATION: River Styx Road and Sharps Ave

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Barta

NAME OF ACCUSED: Charles Tredway

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Carol Drive Succasunna

AGE OF ACCUSED: 27

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Possession of a Hypodermic needle

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: He already had a no bail warrant

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Barta received information that Charles Tredway was wanted out of Morris County for a no bail warrant for violation of parole. Barta was told Tredway was walking on River Styx Road by Sharps Ave.  Officer Barta stopped Tredway and arrested him on the warrant.  Tredway possessed a Hypodermic needle and was charged.  He was later picked up by officers of the Morris County Sheriffs Department.

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

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

 
06/19/14

  

THREE ARRESTED FOR DEALING DRUGS:

DATE: 06/16/14  CASE:14-04715
TIME: 19:30
LOCATION: Papakating Road Hopatcong
OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Detective Tracey and officers from the Hopatcong Police Department
NAME OF ACCUSED: Three. See narrative
ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: See narrative
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Through an extensive investigation Detective Tracey found that Scott Brady Jr Age:18 of Tomahawk Trail Sparta and now living with his girlfriend on Papakating Road Hopatcong was selling large amounts of Marijuana out of the house on Papakating Road.  A Search Warrant was obtained and executed on June 16, 2014.  Brady was arrested. Seized in the home were: Approximately 4 pounds of marijuana, numerous marijuana smoking devices, $1,028.00 in cash, Marijuana wax, a sentry safe, drug packaging items, containers and scales. Brady was arrested and charged with: 3 counts of Possession of greater than one ounce but less than 5 lbs of Marijuana with intent to distribute. 3rd degree, 2 counts of Distribution of Marijuana. 3rd degree, 2 counts of Distribution of Marijuana within 500 feet of a park. 2nd degree and 3 counts of Possession of Marijuana. 3rd degree.
Also arrested were:
- Justin Faschan of Birch Road Andover NJ. Age: 18.  He was charged with Possession of Marijuana over 50 grams, 4th degree and Possession of Marijuana with intent to distribute greater than one ounce but less than 5 lbs. 3rd degree.
- Abigail Smith of Papakating Road Hopatcong Age:18 She was charged with Possession of Marijuana over 50 grams. 4th degree and Possession of Marijuana with intent to distribute greater than one ounce but less than 5 lbs. 3rd degree. 
Abigail lives with Brady in her parents home on Papakating.  The parents were not charged. It was found that Brady moved in about 3 months ago and has been selling marijuana from the home. Faschan sells marijuana for Brady and has been for approximately 2 years. All cooperated with the investigation, charged and later released.
The Pictures from left to right are Brady, Faschan and Smith
Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000
(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
06/18/14

 

FRAUD:

 

DATE: 06/09/14                     CASE: 14-06409       

TIME: 14:00

WHERE IT HAPPENED: Lackawanna Trail Hopatcong

NAME OF ACCUSED: Jennifer Nicholson

AGE OF ACCUSED: 26

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Unknown

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Ptl. Luciani

DATE OF ARREST: First charged on 06/09/14 for CDS. Now we have a warrant for her arrest

CHARGES: Possession of Marijuana, Forgery 3rd degree, Credit Card Theft 4th degree, and Theft D.P.

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: Yes $15,000.00 from Judge Bowkley

VICTIM: Not disclosed by police

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A woman came into headquarters to report theft from her husband.  He was not present because he is a hospice patient.  The woman stated that she thinks its her sons girlfriend who is Jennifer Nicholson. She was living in the home with them.  Officer Luciani found Nicholson later in the shift.  In her room was a marijuana cigarette.  She was arrested on that and 3 warrants.  They were as follows: Bedminister $1000.00, and two from Roxbury for $500.00 each.  Nicholson was arrested and brought to the police station.  She was questioned about the theft of the credit card but denied using it.  Officer Luciani told her he will be getting video and it would show her using the stolen credit card. She still would not cooperate.  Nicholson's boyfriend bailed her out on the three outstanding warrants. She was charged for possession of marijuana and released.

Officer Luciani then went after the surveillance tapes as follows: Liquor Factory in Hopatcong, Walmart in Flanders, Quick Chek in Hopatcong, Shoprite in Succasunna, MCDonalds in Byram and Rite Aid in Hopatcong.  He found Nicholson using the stolen credit card.  Officer Luciani could not locate Nicholson who no longer lives with the victim.  There is now a warrant for $15,000.00 for her arrest from these charges.  There is also two $500.00 warrants out of Hopatcong for Nicholson for failure to appear for the possession of marijuana charge that she did not show up in court for and a driving while suspended charge.   

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

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

 
06/16/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 06/16/14                     CASE:14-06653

TIME OF STOP: 00:16

ROADWAY: Hopatchung Road

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Sean Kerr

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 23

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Schwarz Blvd Lake Hopatcong

STOPPED BY: He crashed into a telephone pole

REASON FOR THE STOP: The pole

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Failure to Report an Accident

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Barta, Schultz and Janosko responded to the area of Hopatchung Road by Rite Aid for a vehicle that crashed.  When they arrived they found that a pick up truck had crashed into a telephone pole.  No one was in nor around the vehicle.  Two officers searched the area and found Kerr on Bell Ave walking with a female.  Kerr broke two teeth and was bleeding from his mouth.  The female was a passenger in the vehicle and was trying to get Kerr to go back to the scene. She was not injured.  She said they turned onto Hopatchung from Durban Ave. Kerr then crashed into the pole.  Kerr stated he got scared and ran from the accident.  The officers found both full and empty beer cans in the bed of the truck.  Kerr stated he had two beers. Due to his injuries he was taken to Dover St. Clares Hospital.  Blood was drawn by the hospital staff for the DWI charge.

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

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

 
06/18/14

 

This is NJ. This is Hopatcong. This is not going to go away: 


“Given the new face of opiate addiction, it is not enough that we re-invigorate public awareness campaigns that expose the horrors of heroin. Those past campaigns were highly successful in stigmatizing that substance. Today, however, we must not only repeat and reinforce that traditional anti-drug message, but go further by explaining to the public the connection between prescription pills dispensed by a trusted pharmacist and heroin sold by a street dealer.

The problem we face in presenting that message is compounded by the widely-held stereotype of what a person addicted to opiates looks like. Many of the New Jerseyans whose lives have already been affected live in quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods. Their stories defy the conventional stereotype of heroin abuse. It is tragically ironic that when parents believe that their households are beyond the reach of heroin traffickers, their children may be at greater risk of falling prey to heroin addiction. These families fail to recognize their vulnerability, and that, in turn, makes it more likely that they will not take affirmative steps in their households to prevent and deter abuse, and more likely that they will not recognize the red flags of opiate abuse if and when it invades their world”.

For the entire report see the link below. Lt. Kmetz 

http://gcada.nj.gov/policy/master/documents/2014_TaskForce_Report.pdf

 
06/11/14

 

 

 

BURGLARY ARREST:

 

DATE OF CRIME: 06/10/14                   CASE:14-06448

TIME: 18:08

LOCATION: Skidmore Trail Hopatcong

STRUCTURE ENTERED: Home

FORCED ENTRY: No

STRUCTURE LOCKED: Yes, but they had a key

CRIME WITH BURGLARY: Theft

IF THEFT WHAT AND VALUE: Attempted theft of a washer and dryer

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

NAME OF ACCUSED: Two see below

CHARGES: Burglary, Theft and eluding

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: Yes, see below bail set by Judge Bowkley

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: "Caller states there is a grey truck in the driveway. The garage door keeps opening a little bit & then closing. Caller saw this truck or one similar to it leave the house about a month ago, with a refrigerator in the back of it. She thinks that they might be stealing items from the residence. No front plate on the truck" 

Patrols responded to Skidmore Trail for the above complaint. When they arrived one black male with dreadlocks ran from the home.  Sgt. Magrini gave chase after him.  Officer Schultz assisted in trying to find this male.  When patrols lost the male they went back to the home where Officer Barta had another male.  He was Freddie Hamilton Jr Age: 24 of 310 Indiana Street Union NJ.  He told patrols he and the other male were there to do an inspection on the house for the bank.  Hamilton could not produce a work order.  It was later found the bank hired a contractor who hired Hamilton Hamilton was never given any work order for the home. He had the key legitimately and used it to go in and steal items.

Inside a washer and a dryer were in the middle of the room and so was a hand truck.  Hamilton was arrested for burglary and theft.

The male that ran away was seen by residents running through backyards.  A resident said that the accused may still be in the backyard of 15 Divito Trail.  Officer Schultz found a male there hiding under a deck matching the description of the male that ran.  He was identified as Kelvin Fridy Jr age: 26 of 66 Bedford Terrace Irvington NJ. He told Officer Schultz he ran because he thought he had outstanding warrants.  Fridy was arrested and charged with burglary, theft and eluding for fleeing the scene. Both were taken to the Sussex County Jail. Fridy's bail was $25,000.00 Hamilton's bail was $15,000.00 Fridy has the beard in the photo.

Again, Great Job residents. You ARE the eyes and ears of your Police Department.  The caller could have just "minded her own business" but instead "minded the business of her community".  And that people, lead to these arrests.  Awesome.   

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

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

 

 

 
06/11/14

 

WELFARE CHECK:

 

DATE: 06/10/14             CASE:14-06439

TIME: 14:17

LOCATION: Hopatcong

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Kraus

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A counselor from a VA hospital called in a welfare check on an 85-year old male.  The counselor tried calling him numerous times and was concerned for his health.  When patrols got there they found the male on the floor. He was conscious but he could not remember how he got on the floor nor could he get up on his own.  He had dried blood in and around his mouth. Hopatcong Ambulance and ALS 505 responded and took the male to the hospital.  The victims daughter was notified.
It would have been tragic for this Veteran or anyone else to lay helpless on the floor of their home until they pass. Yes, we have had that in Hopatcong. Neighbors, if you have an elderly neighbor who lives alone and you haven't seen them maybe take a walk over and say hi.  Family members please do not assume your elderly mom or dad can fend for themselves.  Yes they will yell at you but isn't that better than what could happen?

 

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

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

 
06/11/14

 

SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT:

 

DATE: 06/10/14             CASE:14-06431

TIME: 13:16

LOCATION: Leland/Oklahoma Trail

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Kraus, Chief Brennan, Captain Kraus, Lt. Kmetz DSG. Houtz, Det. Sutphen, Sgt. O'Shea and Ptl. Luciani,

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The Police Department received a call of a suicidal male who has a gun. This male left his home in the area of Leland and Oklahoma Trail with a .45 cal. pistol, a box of ammo and a magazine for the gun.  He walked into the woods and the caller did not know where he was.  Every officer working responded to the area.  The roads were shut down and people were ordered to stay in their homes.  Patrols started to search the woods in around the home. A SWAT team was called in.  The male was seen circling back to a garage. Patrols took safe positions and talked him out of the garage.  He was cooperative.  The handgun and magazine were found in the garage where he said he put it.  No ammunition was found.  The SWAT team was cancelled before they could respond. The male was brought to headquarters, questioned and brought to Newton Mental Health. We took the pistol from the garage and a shotgun from the home. Both weapons were legally owned.

 

It should not have to be said but needs to….when you see officers carrying shotguns and rifles it is safe to assume there is a major risk in your neighborhood and you need to keep indoors until we leave.  Far to many residents were outside watching us as we screamed at them to get back into their houses.   

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

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

 
06/11/14

License Plates, Buying and selling modes of transport:
- If you sell your vehicle you MUST remove your license plate. And sign the title over. We continually get people who leave the plate on the vehicle and then the new owner goes through EZ-pass or parks illegally and now you are stuck with the tickets.

- If you find a good deal on Craigslist for a boat, wave runner, car, any merchandise, house for rent, dock space for rent (etc) Do your homework. Treat every transaction as suspicious and you wont get burned. Trust everyone and sooner or later you will be calling us. Lt. Kmetz

 
06/10/14

Suspicious driving leads to drug arrest:

We have bombarded you on here about calling in suspicious behavior. And it is working. A woman motorist yesterday saw a vehicle go onto a curb. She called in the plate. The accused was already out of Hopatcong. Our dispatch called Roxbury Police who stopped the car. The male driver was found to be in possession of heroin and paraphernalia. He told the Roxbury officer he hit the curb because he was looking at his cell phone. 

Again awesome job reporting suspicious people and erratic drivers. Remember that post of the woman who was DWI at 10:00 am. Or the burglar at 2:00 pm caught on video. Do not think suspicious behavior is not suspicious just because it is during the day rather than late at night. Call it in. Thanks, Lt. Kmetz

 
05/31/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 05/31/14                     CASE:14-06032

TIME OF STOP: 02:20

ROADWAY: Squire Road Hopatcong

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Richard Reider II

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 46

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Tamarack Road Sparta

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Kraus

REASON FOR THE STOP: Driver talking on cell phone

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Reckless Driving, Cell Phone, Seat Belt,  Possession of CDS in a Vehicle, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kraus was behind Reider's vehicle on Squire Road when he saw Reider on the cell phone.  Officer Kraus stopped Reider on West End Ave.  When Officer Kraus approached the vehicle Reider was still talking on his cell phone.  Officer Kraus saw what he believed to be a marijuana smoking pipe in the center console. He had Reider step out of the vehicle.  Reider was showing signs of intoxication.  Reider was given Field Sobriety Tests and failed. Officer Kraus retrieved the marijuana smoking device.  Also in the vehicle was a plastic pill bottle that contained marijuana, a glass bottle containing marijuana, a grinder and 4 marijuana smoking devices.  He was arrested and taken to the Hopatcong Police Department for processing.  Reider was given the Alcotest. He was later charged and 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)

 
06/01/14

 

MOTORCYCLE FIRE:

 

 DATE: 06/01/14           CASE:14-06099  

TIME: 09:36

LOCATION: 504 Brooklyn Mtn Road

WHAT FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED: Hopatcong Fire Department

WHERE DID IT START: Under the fuel tank

IS ARSON SUSPECTED: No

WHAT IS THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE: The motorcycle was destroyed and secondary damage to another motorcycle

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Sgt. Magrini and Officer Luciani responded to a motorcycle that was on fire.  When they arrived they found the bike fully engulfed.  They could not get near it with fire extinguishers.

The owner had her bike running by two cars and another motorcycle. She ran inside for a something.  She heard her boyfriend who is Joseph Dandrea yelling that the bike was on fire and to call the fire department. Dandrea saw that a plastic shroud was catching fire under the gas tank.  He quickly moved the bike away from the house and put the burning bike next to the road. His actions saved the two other vehicles and motorcycle.  The other bike did sustain damage to the seat and plastic when the bike turned fully engulfed. The Hopatcong Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire.

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

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

 
05/23/14

 

POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL UNDERAGE:

 

DATE: 05/23/14                 CASE:14-05679

TIME: 22:37

LOCATION: Madison Trail Hopatcong

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Cirri, Sgt. Wojtach

NAME OF ACCUSED: Juvenile

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Juvenile

AGE OF ACCUSED: 17

DATE OF ARREST: 05/23/14

ANY RESISTANCE: No he couldn't even stand up

CHARGES: Possession/consumption of alcohol underage

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Cirri responded to a call of a intoxicated male in the roadway.  When he arrived he found a 17-year old male laying face down on the side of the road. The male tried to stand up but fell back down. Sgt. Wojtach and Ptl. Cirri picked him up and brought him over to a patrol car. The male then urinated in his pants and vomited.  He asked the officers if he was going to die.  Because of the high level of intoxicaton they called for both EMS and Medics.  The male was taken to Hackettstown Hospital.  When Officer Cirri spoke to the juvenile's mother she stated that he was not even supposed to be in Hopatcong he was supposed to be staying at a friends house in Netcong.

 

Do you remember on TV when the ad came on…"Its 10pm do you know where your child is?"  The lesson here is that children lie.  Yes your child too. We did, they do and a hundred years from now their childrens children will also. The idea is to catch them when they lie and prevent them from ending up like this kid.  He is lucky he didn't fall into a ditch and wind up dead from choking on his vomit.    

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

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

 
05/23/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 05/23/14                     CASE:14-05619

TIME OF STOP: 01:57

ROADWAY: Lakeside Blvd

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Casey Cottrell

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 22

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Stedwick Drive Budd Lake

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Kraus

REASON FOR THE STOP: Brake light out and failure to keep right

ANY RESISTANCE: No

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

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kraus was behind Cottrell's vehicle.  He saw that a brake light was out.  As he followed the vehicle he saw it drift out of its lane of travel several times.  When he stopped the vehicle he found that Cottrell had been drinking alcohol at the Stanhope House.  Cottrell was given Field Sobriety Tests and failed.  He was arrested and taken to headquarters.  He was given the Alcotest, processed, 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)

 
05/22/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 05/21/14                     CASE:14-05490

TIME OF STOP: 10:10 AM YES THE MORNING.  NOT 10:10 AT NIGHT

ROADWAY: Durban Ave

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Gail Compitiello

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 56

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Lackawanna Trail Hopatcong

STOPPED BY: Sgt. Magrini

REASON FOR THE STOP: Speeding and Failure to Keep Right

ANY RESISTANCE: No

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

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Sgt. Magrini was running radar on Durban Ave.  He saw a vehicle speeding and going over the double yellow lines. When he stopped the vehicle he found the driver, who was Compitiello  had the odor and physical signs of consuming alcohol.  He gave her Field Sobriety Tests which she failed.  She was taken to headquarters and given the alcotest.  She blew well over two times the legal limit.   She was later charged and released to family members.

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

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

 
05/18/14

 

DWI FROM DRUGS:

 

DATE: 05/18/14                      CASE:14-05364

TIME OF STOP: 19:10

ROADWAY: Hopatchung and River Styx Road

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Robert Owens

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 20

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Highland Ave Clifton

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Bianculli

REASON FOR THE STOP: Loud exhaust

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Reckless Driving, Loud Exhaust and Driving While Suspended

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Bianculli stopped a vehicle for a loud exhaust.  When Officer Kraus spoke to the driver who was Robert Owens,  he found clues that the driver was impaired.  At one point the driver started to nod off.  Officer Bianculli who is a DRE (Drug Recognition Expert) gave the driver field sobriety tests specifically testing  for drug use.  Officer Bianculli then arrested Owens.  Ownes was taken to headquarters, given further tests and charged.  He was later released to a friend.

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

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

 
05/20/14

Here is a report one of our officers took. Please spread the word to family members this Holiday weekend about these Green Dot Card scams especially to older family and friends. Lt. Kmetz

A resident came into headquarters to report that she was the victim of an online loan scam. Dorthea stated she found a loan company online and contacted the company, A1 Cash Advance. Dorthea gave all her personal information to a Michael Johnson. Johnson informed Dorthea she could get a loan for $5000.00. Dorthea only wanted $2000.00 to help with some bills. 

Johnson had Dorthea go purchase a pre-paid debt card (Green Dot Card) with an amount of $199.00 on it. The card was forwarded to Johnson. A few days later Johnson contacted Dorthea and said that he needed another card for $180.00 for processing the loan. Dorthea followed Johnson's directions. 
After several days Dorthea did not receive anything from A1 Cash Advance and tried to contact Johnson but was not able to reach him at the number of 206-497-9139.

Dorthea came to headquarters for help in getting her $379.00 returned. I informed her of the difficultly of that. I attempted to contact Johnson but the call went to a "full" inbox so I was not able to leave a message.

I then looked up the phone number and company name on Google and found countless articles and forum pages about this number and company being a "Green Dot scam".

 
05/17/14

  

 

 

A MOTHERS PHONE CALL LEADS TO DRUG ARRESTS:

 

DATE: 05/17/14                 CASE:14-05269

TIME: 00:39

LOCATION: Motor vehicle stop Flora and Durban

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Det. Sutphen and Ptl. Kraus

NAME OF ACCUSED: See below

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: See below

AGE OF ACCUSED: See below

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: See below

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: See below

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A mother called the Hopatcong Police because she believed her 17- year old daughter was using her car to buy heroin with some people. Detective Sutphen knew the juvenile. He saw the vehicle and saw that the juvenile was driving past the provisional's allowed driving hours.  When Detective Sutphen stopped the car he found 4 passengers besides the driver.  Officer Kraus backed up Detective Sutphen.  The occupants were questioned and all had different stories.  The mother was asked to come to the motor vehicle stop and she did. She allowed the officers to look in the vehicle.  After speaking with the occupants and searching the vehicle the following people were arrested and charged:

-17 year old driver: Possession of heroin for having two empty folds with residue in her wallet, provisional driving violations of driving after hours and driving with to many occupants,  and possession of CDS in a vehicle. She was later charged and released to her mother.

- Christopher Mills of Elmira Trail Hopatcong, Age: 33 charged with Possession of crack cocaine, Possession of heroin, Possession of a hypodermic needle, Possession of paraphernalia (push rod and brillow balls used to smoke crack) and destruction of evidence (he had heroin and a needle in his underwear. He attempted to flush them in the cell at headquarters but was stopped by Officer Kraus) He was taken to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of $20,000.00 bail issued by Hopatcong Municipal Court Judge Bowkley.

- Paul Fortunato of Biscay Drive Flanders, Age: 24 charged with Possession of heroin, Possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of Xanax without a prescription. He had in his pocket a plastic bag that contained a brick of heroin, bundles of heroin and loose folds of heroin. In another pocket he had a small plastic wrapper with Xanax pills in it and a brown paper bag that was wrapped around two hypodermic needles. He was later brought to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of $10,000.00 bail issued by Hopatcong Municipal Court Judge Bowkley

- Marissa Alberty of Main Street Netcong, Age: 32 charged with Possession of heroin, Possession of a hypodermic needle, Possession of Suboxone and Obstruction.  She had a back pack in the trunk that had two needles, two bundles of heroin and a small plastic wrapper that had loose heroin folds and several pills one being Suboxone. She lied about who she was because she had a $400.00 warrant out of Jefferson.  Jefferson Police would not come and pick her up on this warrant but gave her a court date to show up. She was later released on a summons complaint

- Thomas Rando of Main Street Netcong Age: 27 He had an outstanding warrant out of Roxbury.  Roxbury police responded to the scene and arrested him on their warrant. He was not charged with any CDS offenses at that time.

Pictured left to right is Mills, Fortunato and Alberty

 

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

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

 
05/15/14

  

 

NEIGHBOR COMPLAINTS LEAD TO ARRESTS FOR GROWING AND SELLING CDS:

 

DATE: 05/15/14                 CASE:14-05214

TIME: 18:00

LOCATION: 11 Charles Street Hopatcong

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Detective Tracey and Ptl. Mancuso from Hopatcong, Detective Ricco from Roxbury,

NAME OF ACCUSED: 4 see below

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: See below

AGE OF ACCUSED: See Below

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: See below

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: See below

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The Hopatcong Police Department received many complaints from neighbors living around 11 Charles Street about possible drug dealing.  People were going into the house, staying for a short period of time then leaving.  The Hopatcong Police Detective Bureau started an investigation.  Through this extended investigation Detective Tracey was able to get probable cause for a search warrant for the home.  Members of the Hopatcong Police Department with K-9 Eli and members of the Roxbury Police Department assisted in the May15 search.  Police removed several marijuana plants, growing materials, smoking devices, and  numerous counterfeit United States currencey bills in many denominations. 4 people were arrested at the home and charged as follows:

Kyle White, Age: 20 of 11 Charles Street Hopatcong charged with:

- 4th degree conspiracy to distribute CDS

- 2nd degree employing a juvenile to distribute CDS

- 4th degree possession of marijuana

- 4th degree distribution of CDS

Stephanie Talmadge, Age: 18 of Hopatcong Street Hopatcong charged with:

- DP Possession of marijuana

- DP Being under the influence of marijuana

Paul Hiltz, Age: 44 of 11 Charles Street Hopatcong charged with:

- DP Possession of marijuana

Juvenile, Age: 17 Charged with DP Possession of marijuana

Detective Tracey contacted The Division of The Unites States Secret Service in Morristown NJ to conduct their own investigation into the counterfeit monies found. The charges stemming for that will be by them.

White was transported to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of $50,000.00 bail issued by Judge Bowkley of the Hopatcong Municipal Court.  The juvenile was lodged in the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center.  Hiltz and Talmadge were served summonses and later released.

Pictured from left to right is White, Talmadge and Hiltz

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

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

 
05/09/14

 

 

POSSESSION OF CDS:

 

DATE: 05/09/14                 CASE:14-04949

TIME: 15:54

LOCATION: Garden Cleaners Lakeside Blvd

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Det. Tracey Hopatcong Police. Detective Ricco Roxbury Police

NAME OF ACCUSED: Angela Schaeffer

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Jay Street Rockaway

AGE OF ACCUSED: 34

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Possession of Crack Cocaine and Possession of Paraphernalia

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: Yes, $10,000.00

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The detectives were following up on a drug investigation with Angela Schaeffer who was working at the Garden Cleaners.  They witnessed Schaeffer go into a parked vehicle and pass a smoking pipe between her and a male.  The male left and the Detectives had the vehicle stopped in Roxbury.  The driver was cooperative and it was found they were smoking crack cocaine in the car.  That driver was arrested by Roxbury Police Department for DWI.  The detectives went back and spoke to Schaeffer.  She was also cooperative.  She confirmed what the driver told them.  She went into the cleaners and retrieved a crack pipe with crack cocaine in it.  Schaeffer was arrested and taken to the Hopatcong Police Department.  There she turned over two more crack pipes that she had in her shirt. Schaeffer was charged and brought to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of bail.  

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

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

 
05/15/14

 

  ELUDING ARREST:

             

DATE: 05/13/14                     CASE: 14-05131

TIME: 15:30

WHERE IT HAPPENED: Lakeside Blvd

NAME OF ACCUSED: Robert Walthour

AGE OF ACCUSED: 25

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: 12b Lakeside Blvd

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Ptl. Kraus and Ptl. Barta

CHARGES: Eluding 2nd degree, criminal mischief, Reckless driving, Failure to keep right, Failure to follow marked lanes, passing on the double yellow lines and speeding

WAS BAIL SOUGHT:: Yes, $25,000.00 by Judge Bowkley

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kraus and Officer Barta responded to 12b Lakeside Blvd on a report of a dispute.  When they arrived a relative stated that Walthour threw things around the home and left in a black Honda.  As Officer Barta was escorting the relative out of the driveway the relative stopped and pointed to Atno's truck lot where he saw Walthour walking.  Officer Barta drove to the lot and saw Walthour run to his car.  Officer Barta tried to stop Walthour who got into his vehicle and quickly backed up.  He spun around on the gravel and went up an embankment heading into the turn lane on Lakeside Blvd.  Officer Barta tried to catch up to Walthhour who was now driving at a high rate of speed and was passing other vehicles.  Walthour went onto to old Lakeside Blvd in speeds of excess of 75 mph.  Walthour approached Hudson Maxim School and the officers broke off the pursuit. 

Walthour was entered as wanted in NCIC.  Walthour had ties to Rockaway Township.  We received a call from the Rockaway Township Police that Walthours vehicle was in a motel in their town.  They were able to arrest Walthour there.  The Hopatcong Police took custody of Walthour.  He was processed charged and brought to Sussex County Jail in lieu of bail.

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

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

 
05/9/14

Notice of Aerial Mosquito Larviciding:

May 10, 2014 from 6am to 6pm. They are NOT spraying in residential areas. They will fly low over residential areas to get to the wetlands. Any questions go to their site or call them during the week. We just dont want our community worried when there is a low flying plane tomorrow. Have a good weekend, be safe. Lt. Kmetz 

 
05/09/14

 

DWI:

 

DATE: 05/09/14                     CASE:14-04917

TIME OF STOP: 00:44

ROADWAY: Lakeside Blvd

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Kelly Wentz

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 36

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Main Street Boonton

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Kraus

REASON FOR THE STOP: Failure to keep right

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Reckless Driving, Obscured Plates, Failure to Keep Right, Failure to Maintain Lane

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kraus was behind a vehicle driven by Wentz,  He saw that it went over the double yellow lines and he pulled it over.  He found that Wentz had been drinking alcohol.  Wentz failed the Field Sobriety Tests and was arrested for DWI.  She was brought to the Hopatcong Police Department and given the Alcotest.  She was charged and later turned over 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)

 
05/09/14

Suspicious Incident:

We want our residents to be in the mindset of not blowing off incidents that are suspicious. Read the below report and think if you would have called or said, "Oh it is probably someone lost".

Caller reporting a smaller silver 4 door Ford pickup driving back and forth down the road, pulling into driveways and turning around and going back and forth. 

Patrols responded to the area and located the vehicle and spoke with the driver. (Peter). He stated he works for Lucy's Maids and was looking for a cleaning crew to meet up with them to clean a house. He was told by his boss, that the crew was at a house on Smokerise Rd. Peter said he did not see any signs of the crew so he was on the phone with his boss trying to find out where the crew was. We learned the crew was at another home on Smokerise Rd. 

Patrols were able to determine that Peter did work for Lucy's Maids and we were able to verify where the crew was. Peter was checked for any wants and or warrants which was negative. Patrols cleared. No need for further police involvement.

This could have been someone picking up a burglar, casing homes, looking for a drug dealer's home or a predator looking for a child's home. Just like years ago an unattended back pack on a train means someone forgot it. Not anymore. Please do not dismiss suspicious behavior. Call the police. Thank you to the caller for keeping our town safe. Lt. Kmetz

 
5/06/14

PLASTIC GARBAGE CAN CATCHES FIRE:

DATE: 05/04/14 CASE:14-04718 
TIME: 08:14
LOCATION: 200 Block of Dupont Ave
WHAT FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED: Hopatcong
WHAT WAS THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE: Embers from a fire
WHERE DID IT START: in a garbage can next to the house
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a home on Dupont Ave for a report of flames coming from a house. When Officer Schultz arrived he found a fire next to the house. There was a neighbor trying to get a garden hose to the fire. Officer Schultz used his patrol car fire extinguisher then the garden hose and put the fire out. He found that the fire was in a plastic recycling garbage can. The 14 year old who lives there had a fire in a fire pit the night before. He put the fire out with water around 11:00 pm. He put the wood and paper into the plastic garbage can. This in turn caught fire 9 hours later from the embers. Hopatcong Fire Marshall Frank Steinberg spoke to the juvenile about the dangers of embers.

We get reports of fires from embers that are dumped into the woods when homeowners clean out their fireplaces and wood burning stoves. The embers stay hot long after the fire is out. When dumped they start to smolder and catch leaves and twigs on fire. Here, even though he put water on the fire, the wood still had embers inside where the water did not reach it. It remained hot enough to rekindle the fire in the plastic garbage can. 
Lt. Kmetz

 
05/06/14

Green Dot Card Scam...again:

A Hopatcong Business owner called our department to report an attempted phone scam. A person who represented himself as Jason Miller from JCP&L. told the business owner that he owed $ 1,405.18 for overdue electric bills. The caller wanted the owner to purchase a Green Dot Card from Rite Aid. He was then instructed to call Jason back to provide him with the cards account information so the overdue account could be brought current. 

Patrol called "Jason Miller" at 1-800-259-6025 about the reported scam. Jason became very evasive as I asked him more questions such as his work address, supervisors name, employee number and the account number for the business. Jason eventually hung up on the officer and would not answer a return call. The owner confirmed with JCP&L that the call was a scam.

Lesson: These Green Dot cards are a prime way scammers are taking people’s money. Residents should be extremely alarmed anytime someone wants them to get one and give them the numbers from the card. If you feel it isn't right then you are right it isn't. Call someone and run it by them. If you have no one, call the police and we will investigate it. Remember with these scammers, They called you. HANG UP! JUST HANG UP! Lt. Kmetz

 
05/01/14

POSSESSION OF CDS:

DATE: 04/29/14 CASE:14-04518
TIME: 17:36
LOCATION: Shears Road Hopatcong
OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Kraus
NAME OF ACCUSED: 4 accused, see below
ANY RESISTANCE: No
CHARGES: Possession of CDS and Possession of paraphernalia
WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kraus was called to Shears Road on a report of possible drug dealing going on at a house. This is not the first time it has been reported that people were seen at this residence constantly coming and going in short intervals. Officer Kraus stopped a vehicle by the suspect’s house that violated a traffic law. When officers approached the vehicle they could smell the raw odor of marijuana from within the vehicle. They saw marijuana on a cutting board, an empty yellow dime bag and a partially unwrapped cigar. The officers retrieved the contraband. None of the occupants claimed ownership. All were arrested for possession of CDS. They were transported to headquarters for processing. Three yellow dime bags containing marijuana were found rolled up in the pant leg of Nadeem Mahmoud Age: 19 of Cove Road Mt. Arlington. All were charged and later released. The other three accused were:
- Kayode Agunbiade Age: 22 of Tamari Court Randolph
- Elvin Rodriguez Age: 19 of Shears Road Hopatcong
- Tajay Turner Age: 18 of Dacotah Ave Rockaway
Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000
(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)
 (4 photos)

 
05/01/14

 

 

There will be a middle aged white male with an orange reflective shirt from NELSON TREE SERVICE walking around Brooklyn Mountain Road and all of the cross streets off of Brooklyn Mountain Road.  He will be hanging the below pictured door hangers on people’s front doors where they will be trimming trees for JCP&L.  He is starting today and will be walking this area for 3 weeks. 

Around May 15, 2014 there will be tree cutting crews on Brooklyn Mountain Road and the side streets until August. They will be either pruning or cutting down trees that can affect the electrical lines.

When the crews from Nelson Tree Service cut the trees, they will be chipping the branches.  Customers of JCP&L can request these chips only by the truckload which is approximately 10 cubic yards.  Nelson workers will be leaving the big pieces of wood on the ground for anyone to take as firewood.

Most homeowners will get the green card (left in the picture).  There is nothing more you need to do. Others may get the orange card (right in the picture) if Nelson needs a right of way to get to a tree. If you get the orange card you need to check off the appropriate box in the back and replace the card on your door.

These cards are stamped with phone numbers.  Any questions you can call those numbers.  Lt. Kmetz

 

 

 

 
04/25/14

 
04/25/14

To be considered for a job as a Police Officer you need to make yourself stand out from the rest. You can go into the military, (you can buy back that time served and retire those years earlier), get a college degree (a lot of towns now mandate this), become a dispatcher or become a Class I, II or III Officer. Here is an opportunity below: Lt. Kmetz

Hiring Announcement - Hackettstown Police Department


The Town of Hackettstown is currently accepting resumes for the position of Class II Special Law Enforcement Officer. 

Applicants must possess a current New Jersey Police Training Commission Certification as a Police Officer or a Class II Special Police Officer from an approved Police Academy, a valid New Jersey Driver's license and meet all qualifications of N.J.S.A 40A:14-146 et seq. 

Interested candidates should mail or hand deliver a resume and cover letter to: 

Hackettstown Police Department 
215 Stiger Street 
Hackettstown, NJ 07840 
Attn: Lt. Scott Wheeler 

The Town of Hackettstown is an Equal Opportunity Employee. 

Any candidate that sent in a resume on the prior posting need not re-apply, your information is on file. 

The date for accepting of resumes will be extended to June 1, 2013

 
04/23/14

True story: 
A mother from Hopatcong thought she monitored her daughter’s activity on the computer and cell phone pretty well. The one thing she didn’t monitor was the chatting on X-BOX:

“Mom I have a boyfriend. I know I am 14 and he is 19 but he cares about me. I have not met him yet. He lives in Florida and we met on X-box”.

This can go three ways:

1) The daughter was smart enough to tell mom and this was stopped. Hopefully before the child sent nude pics or videos, was blackmailed and now the predator knows where she lives.

2) The predator tells the child to keep this their secret because adults just do not understand. “Hey I love you. I need your help. Can you talk a little dirty to me?” In time the sexting becomes pictures or videos. Then comes, “I have those pics you sent me. You better do what I want or I will show your whole school.” Imagine the psychological damage to a teen or preteen from this blackmailing?

3) You come home and either find a note from your child or your child is just gone. He/she just found out that the 19 year old is really 23. The trip they took to the amusement park was really a hotel or worse his home with a bunker where no sounds can be heard. The 19-year old was not from Florida but from Hopatcong.

It goes in this order:
- Talking, becoming friends “grooming”
- Finding what the child wants. Mom and Dad suck they do not understand their child. But the predator does. Oh, he knows just what to say to make your child feel wanted and loved
- Talking dirty
- Sending provocative pics
- Sending nude pics
- Sending videos of the child. Aka: “Child Pornography’
- Getting the child to meet. He now has the leverage of the pics, text and video
- Getting the child to do other things. Again, he now has the leverage of the pics, text and video

You stop it by:
- Talking to your child 
- THEN ACTING. Your child is NOT YOUR FRIEND. It is YOUR responsibility as a parent to check their every move. You can say to them you will not doubt what they do the second they are 18. Until then, you check their phones, computers and online chats. You badger them about online safety until they roll their eyes. Then pray they do not think “it wont happen to me”.
- So you have a son. This doesn’t pertain to you right? You couldn’t be more mistaken. Predators like boys just as Predators like girls.
- You learn what they know. “Knowledge is power.” Take the time to research what apps kids are using. If you do not know what these are then how can you talk to your children? Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Google+, Vine, Wanelo, Kik, Messenger, Ooovoo, Pheed and Ask.fm. And you thought you were cool because you know Facebook real well. You are outdated already. Facebook is getting as old as My Space. Us “old” people use Facebook. And us “old” people are not cool in their eyes. Learn these apps and what your kids are doing on them.

You do not let your child walk around Central Park at night. That would be dangerous. But you allow them access to every predator who is online. All with the devices you supplied them; without any instructions, rules or an understanding of consequences. Take some time and sit with your child. Lt. Kmetz

 
04/17/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 04/17/14                     CASE:14-04052

TIME OF STOP: 01:57

ROADWAY: Lakeside Blvd

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Devin Inskeep

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 40

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Brooklyn Mtn Rd

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Mancuso

REASON FOR THE STOP: Called in as a DWI

ANY RESISTANCE: No

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

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A person reported a possible drunk driver in a silver jeep in the Quick Chek parking lot. Officer Mancuso was in the area and saw this vehicle pull onto Lakeside Blvd.  The vehicle was swerving in its lane, almost hit the curb and was traveling approximately 20 mph on Lakeside Blvd.  When Officer Mancuso stopped the vehicle, the driver who was Devin Inskeep told him that he had been drinking.  Officer Mancuso gave Inskeep Field Sobriety Tests.  Inskeep failed the tests and was arrested.  He was taken to headquarters and given the Alcotest. He was nearly 3 time over the legal limit.  Inskeep 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)

 
04/14/14

 

THEFT TO BUY HEROIN:

 

DATE: 04/14/14             CASE:14-03942

TIME: 11:50

LOCATION: Cove Road

WHAT WAS TAKEN: Jewelry

VALUED AT: $3,900.00

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Bianculli, Detective Sutphen

NAME OF ACCUSED: Carly Gallo

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Shawnee Trail Sparta NJ

AGE OF ACCUSED: 22

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Theft 3rd degree

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: Yes, $10,000.00 No 10%

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Sadowski took a report of theft from  homeowners who just came back from a cruise. The homeowners had a person watching their home while they were away.  Gallo who is related to the homeowners was in the home unannounced.  The person watching the home found jewelry where Gallo was sitting.  Also found were needles, empty folds of heroin and Gallo's drivers license.  When the homeowners came home they found $3,900.00 worth of jewelry was stolen.  Detective Sutphen found that Gallo took the jewelry and pawned it at a Jewelry store in the Rockaway mall.  The money was used to buy heroin.  Gallo was charged with the 3rd degree theft and taken to the Sussex County Jail in Lieu of $10,000.00 bail issued 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)

 
04/14/14

 

POSSESSION OF CDS:

 

DATE:  4/14/14                  CASE:14-03924

TIME: 02:17

LOCATION: Jefferson Field Parking lot

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Sadowski

NAME OF ACCUSED: Jonathan Ross

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Coolidge Trail Hopatcong

AGE OF ACCUSED: 19

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Possession of under 50 grams of marijuana

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Sadowski was checking the parks at 2:17 am when he saw a vehicle on the side of Jefferson Trail.  When Officer Sadowski turned around the vehicle started to leave.  Officer Sadowski stopped the vehicle. He could smell the odor of raw marijuana from within it as he spoke to the driver.  Officer Snyder and his K-9 Eli who were also working came to the stop.  Officer Snyder did not need Eli because the odor of marijuana was so powerful.  There were 5 occupants in the vehicle.  Jonathan Ross was one of them sitting in the back seat.  He gave the officers the ziplock bag of marijuana that he had in his pocket. No other contraband was found.  Ross was arrested taken to headquarters processed and released.

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

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

 
04/11/14

 

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