Weekly Police Blotter – Lacey Township Police Department – December 30th, 2014 thru January 5, 2015

Weekly Police Blotter – Lacey Township Police Department – December 30th, 2014 thru January 5, 2015

Police Blotter 1Weekly Police Blotter – Press Release

December 30th, 2014 thru January 5th,  2015

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  • Motor Vehicle Accident (Hit & Run) – On Monday, January 5, 2015, at 8:13 p.m., Sergeant Ronald Buxton along with Officers Robert Duffy and Michael Verwey responded to Dover Road in the Bamber Lake section of Forked River for a motor vehicle accident involving an overturned pickup truck and trailer. The caller reported that a tree was apparently struck and no one was in the vehicle or in the immediate area of the crash. Upon the officers’ arrival at the scene, the 2001 GMC pickup truck and immediate area were searched for the driver and/or occupants with negative results. Efforts made to contact the female who was the registered owner of the vehicle and who resides in Browns Mills, NJ were initially unsuccessful. Out of concern that someone might have been injured and walked into the woods in the cold temperatures, additional assistance was requested to conduct a search. The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit, the Berkeley Township Police Department, along with the New Jersey State Police Helicopter responded to the area to assist with the search. The comprehensive search yielded no results. Further investigation resulted in the driver being identified as 39-year-old Kortnee Hollaway (male) of Nottoway Lane in Toms River. Kortnee Holloway was contacted and responded to Lacey Police Headquarters. Kortnee Holloway admitted to operating the vehicle and leaving the scene after receiving a ride from a passerby. Kortnee Holloway was served with multiple traffic summonses including: Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License, Careless Driving, Failure to Report an Accident, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Abandoning a Motor Vehicle.

  • DUI with Accident and Assault on a Police Officer – On Saturday, January 3, 2015, at 2:25 a.m., Officers Adam Ewart and John McKee responded to the 800 block of DeGuise Street in Lanoka Harbor for a one-vehicle accident involving a vehicle into a telephone pole. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 19-year-old Samantha Cittadino of Sloop Creek Road in Bayville, NJ, for DUI. She was transported to police headquarters and processed. Samantha Cittadino was released to a relative in the lobby of police headquarters after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Breath Test Refusal, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Underage DUI. In addition, she was issued a criminal summons for Underage Consumption of Alcohol. Samantha Cittadino was belligerent toward officers throughout the encounter. Upon being released and while still in the lobby of police headquarters, Samantha Cittadino became irate and shoved the person who responded to headquarters to pick her up. As a result, Samantha Cittadino was again arrested. Due to her irrational conduct, officers initiated a transport to Community Medical Center in Toms River for an evaluation. While being transported in the patrol vehicle, Samantha Cittadino continued to be belligerent toward officers then proceed to spit on Officer Julie Barcalow through the protective screen. In addition to being charged with Harassment for the incident in the lobby, Samantha Cittadino was charged with Assault on a Police Officer for spitting on the officer.

  • Shoplifting and Criminal Mischief (Arrest Warrant Issued) – On Wednesday, December 31, 2014, Officer Evan Androcy completed his investigation into the theft of two laptop computers from Walmart located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor. The shoplifting incident occurred in the early morning hours of December 30, 2014. During the theft, damage was done to a display case. The investigation resulted in an arrest warrant being issued for the accused, 41-year old Ned E. Berwanger, Jr., with a last known address of Hanley Street in Lanoka Harbor. The warrant was issued with bail set at $10,000 for Shoplifting and is active at the time of this release. Anyone with information on Ned Berwanger’s current location is asked to contact the Lacey Township Police Department at 609-693-6636.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Sunday, January 4, 2015, at 2:45 p.m., Officer Kymberly Gudgeon responded to Walmart located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for an adult female shoplifter in custody. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Angela Rossi of Hazelton Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for allegedly shoplifting merchandise valued at $93.17. She was transported to police headquarters and processed. Angela Rossi was released after receiving a criminal summons for Shoplifting.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Saturday, January 3, 2015, at 7:41 p.m., Officers Charles May and Evan Androcy responded to the Walmart located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for an adult female shoplifter in custody. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 28-year-old Shannon Roseti of Easton Court in Whiting, NJ for allegedly shoplifting merchandise valued at $55.88. She was reported to have shoplifted the merchandise and then tried to return it to the service desk. Shannon Roseti was transported to police headquarters, processed, and served with a criminal summons for Shoplifting.

  • Credit Card Theft (Arrest) – On Saturday, January 3, 2015, at 11:56 a.m., Officers Jeffrey Slota and Anthony Sarno responded to the Walmart located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor in regard to two male subjects who were using stolen credit cards to make purchases earlier in the morning. Loss Prevention reported that the male subjects were back in the store again. Upon the officers arriving contact was made with both subjects in the parking lot. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 24-year-old Joel Perez of White Plains Road in Bronx, NY, for credit card theft. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Joel Perez was charged with one count of credit card theft. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.

  • Theft (Bicycle) – On Monday, January 5, 2015, at 8:23 p.m., Officer John D. Simonson responded to the 300 block of Beach Boulevard in Forked River for a theft. The complainant reported that between January 3, 2015 and January 5, 2015, an unknown person or persons stole a men’s black TREK 3500 mountain bike valued at $500 from the rear yard of the residence.

  • Traffic Accident – On Saturday, January 3, 2015, at 4:54 p.m., Sergeant Paul Sullivan, Jr., and Officer Kymberly Gudgeon responded to the intersection of Manchester Avenue and Lake Barnegat Drive North in Lanoka Harbor for a one-car motor vehicle accident involving an overturned vehicle. The investigation revealed that the driver, identified as 66-year-old Thomas Tyrrell of Derby Court in Forked River, left the roadway and crashed through a cement barrier and guardrail ultimately overturning and coming to a rest in an embankment. Thomas Tyrrell suffered minor injuries and was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River by the Lanoka Harbor EMS. The Berkeley Township Hazmat Team responded to the scene to assist with a small fluid leak from the vehicle.

  • Multiple Warrant Arrest – On Thursday, January 1, 2015, at 5:32 p.m., Officers Anthony Sarno and Daniel Ricciardella responded to the 900 block of Meadowlark Drive in Lanoka Harbor to serve an outstanding Lacey Township warrant in the amount of $2,000. Upon the arrival of officers, the accused, Devin DeMichele, was located and arrested on the warrant. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. An additional warrant, issued by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department in the amount of $10,000, was also located for his arrest. Devin DeMichele was transported and lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of his bail.

  • Ordinance Violation (formal summons) – On Thursday, January 1, 2015, at 1:24 a.m., Officers Scott Keefe and Andrew Slota responded to 3 Hill Top Court in Lanoka Harbor for a noise complaint. Officers had responded previously to a noise complaint at 1:02 a.m., but the resident was reported to have turned the music off upon radio dispatch of the patrol officers; therefore no noise was present at the time of the initial response of officers. Residents in the area reported that the music level increased to an even higher level following the initial response of the officers. Officers returned to 3 Hill Top Court and as a result of the investigation on scene, the resident, 25-year-old Kristen Kell, was issued a summons for loud music which requires a court appearance in the Lacey Township Municipal Court.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 10:15 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 South near Taylor Lane in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 54-year-old Robin D. Jones of Key West Road in Forked River, for DUI. She was transported to police headquarters, processed, and served traffic summonses for DUI, Breath Test Refusal, Reckless Driving, Speeding, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle she was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at 11:05 a.m., Officer John D. Simonson and Special Officer Edger Lenkauskas responded to the 300 block of Enterprise Drive in Forked River to serve an Ocean Township (Waretown) arrest warrant in the amount of $2,500. Upon arrival, Officers met with the accused, 22-year-old Thomas J. Carrano of Enterprise Drive in Forked River and placed him under arrest on the warrant. Thomas Carrano was transported to and turned over to the custody of the Ocean Township Police Department.

  • Shoplifting (Arrests) – On Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at 3:05 p.m., Lieutenant Michael C. DiBella and Officer John D. Simonson responded to the Walmart located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for a report of two juvenile female shoplifters in custody. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of a 17-year-old female juvenile from Ocean Gate, NJ, for shoplifting merchandise valued at approximately $81. Additionally, a second 17-year-old female from Barnegat Township was taken into custody for shoplifting merchandise valued at approximately $51. They were both transported to police headquarters, processed, and charged with Shoplifting.

  • Drug Possession and Warrant Arrests – On Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at 6:50 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno conducted a traffic stop on Lakeside Drive North near Penn Avenue in Forked River for speeding. Officer Michael Verwey responded to assist. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 31-year-old Adam J. Visokay of Eton Court in Lanoka Harbor and 36-year-old Nicole M. Dimattia of Elwood Street in Forked River for Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe. In addition, each had a warrant for their arrest. Adam Visokay was found to have an Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Probation Violation no-bail warrant. Nicole Dimattia was found to have a warrant out of Burlington Township Municipal Court in the amount of $340. They were both transported to police headquarters and processed. Bail was set for each in the amount of $10,000 for each. Adam Visokay and Nicole M. Dimattia were both lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility. In addition, Adam Visokay was issued traffic summonses for Speeding, Suspended Driver’s License, CDS in a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Inspect, Failure to Signal, and Maintenance of Lamps.

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