Weekly Police Blotter – Lacey Township Police Department – May 20th thru 26th, 2015

Weekly Police Blotter – Lacey Township Police Department – May 20th thru 26th, 2015

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Weekly Police Blotter

May 20th thru 26th, 2015

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  • Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Monday, May 25, 2015, at 12:23 p.m.,  Officer Frederick Anderson responded to the 900 block of Meadowlark Drive in Lanoka Harbor for damage to a residence. The complainant reported that between April 5, 2015 and May 25, 2015, an unknown person or persons shot several BB pellets at the siding and window frame causing damage in the amount of $150.

  • Criminal Mischief, DUI and Disorderly Conduct (Arrests) – On Monday, May 25, 2015, at 3:44 a.m., Officers Anthony Sarno, Scott Keefe, and Patrick Watkins responded to the area of Snipe Road and Pheasant Hollow Drive in Lanoka Harbor for a report of two males fighting in the street. An investigation at the scene revealed that 20-year-old Nicholas J. Brembos of Sinclair Avenue in Lanoka Harbor and 20-year-old William R. Belford of Seaspray Road in Manahawkin, NJ, were involved in a mutual fight. During the fight, a mailbox belonging to a residence on the 200 block of Snipe Road was damaged. As a result, both subjects were arrested for Disorderly Conduct (Mutual Fighting) and Criminal Mischief, for damaging the mailbox valued at $130. In addition, William R. Belford was arrested for operating his vehicle DUI. Both subjects were transported to police headquarters and processed. Nicholas Brembos was released after receiving a criminal summons for Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief. William Belford was released after receiving a criminal summons for Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief. In addition, he received traffic summonses for DUI and Underage DUI. The vehicle William Belford was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Sunday, May 24, 2015, at 9:37 p.m., Sergeant Robert Flynn conducted a traffic stop on Alpine Street near Harrison Avenue in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 33-year-old Amanda L. Malota of Forked River on an outstanding warrant. The warrant was issued by the Lacey Township Municipal Court in the amount of $500. She was transported to police headquarters and processed. Amanda Malota was released after posting full bail. In addition, she was issued traffic summonses for Failure to Stop and Driving with a Suspended License.

  • DUI and Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Sunday, May 24, 2015, at 4:03 p.m., Officer Daniel Ricciardella conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of 524 Lacey Road in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 34-year-old Dennis W. Miller of Haines Road in Toms River, for DUI. In addition, he was found to be in possession of Marijuana. Dennis Miller was transported to police headquarters and processed. He was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, CDS in a Motor Vehicle and Speeding. In addition, he received a criminal summons for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The vehicle he was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Traffic Accident – On Sunday, May 24, 2015, at 9:46 a.m., Officer Darrell Nick responded to the area of West Lacey Road, MM 10, for a traffic accident. The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of vehicle #1, identified as 40-year-old Anthony Santore of Beach Haven, NJ, was traveling eastbound on Lacey Road when he crossed over the double yellow line and sideswiped vehicle #2 which was traveling west on Lacey Road. Vehicle #2 left the roadway and struck several trees on the north side of Lacey Road. The driver of vehicle #2, identified as 48-year-old John Turner of Waretown, NJ, sustained back and neck injuries and was flown by helicopter to Jersey Shore Medical Center. Anthony Santore received traffic summonses for a Cell Phone violation, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The Forked River and Bamber Lakes Fire Departments, along with the Lacey Township First Aid Squad, and Monoc Paramedics responded to the scene. The accident is under investigation and additional charges are pending.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, May 24, 2015, at 2:32 a.m., Officer Scott Keefe conducted a traffic stop on Lacey Road near Williams Avenue in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 59-year-old Connie Dibenedetti of Forked River for DUI. She was transported to police headquarters and processed. Connie DiBenedetti was released after receiving motor vehicle summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Following too Closely, Failure to Signal, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle she was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Criminal Mischief (Township Property) – On Sunday, May 24, 2015, at approximately 1:00 a.m., Officer Scott Keefe was patrolling Clune Park, 740 Sandyhook Drive in Forked River, when he located significant damage to the park equipment. Between 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2015, and 1:00 a.m., on May 24, 2015, vandals spray-painted graffiti on the buildings, signs, and playground equipment throughout the park with words and symbols including profanity, causing more than $2,000 worth of damage. As a result of the damage, the park had to be closed for a two days while the graffiti was removed. On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, Detective Brian Flynn began a follow-up investigation into the criminal mischief. As a result of a thorough investigation, which included viewing video at several of the local stores which sell spray paint, Detective Flynn identified 5 teen girls who were responsible for the damage. As a result, 4 juvenile females, ages 13, 13, 13, and 15, all from Forked River, were taken into custody. An adult female, identified as 19-year-old Bianca Soliz of Beach Boulevard in Forked River, was arrested. Each was charged with Criminal Mischief exceeding $2,000. In addition, Bianca Soliz was charged with Child Endangerment. All subjects were processed at police headquarters.

  • Theft (Residence) – On Friday, May 23, 2015, at 2:24 p.m., Special Officer Edgar Lenkauskas responded to the 1200 block of Olds Street in Forked River for a theft report. The complainant reported that between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on May 23, 2015, her white hummingbird mailbox cover valued at $50 was stolen from the front yard.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, May 23, 2015, at 11:53 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop on Beach Boulevard and Biscayne Drive in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 49-year-old Thomas Eckhart of Forked River, for DUI. He was transported to police headquarters and processed. Thomas Eckhart was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Right Turn on Red Violation, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle he was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Underage Consumption of Alcohol (Formal Charges) – On Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 10:21 p.m., Officers John McKee, Scott Keefe, John Simonson, and Patrick Watkins responded to a Carr Court residence in Forked River for a complaint of a party involving juveniles consuming alcohol. Investigation at the scene led to several juvenile complaints being signed for the Lacey Township ordinance prohibiting the underage consumption of alcohol in a private residence. In total, 8 juveniles, including: two 17-year-old female juveniles from Forked River; two 16-year-old female juveniles from Forked River; three 17-year-old female juveniles from Lanoka Harbor; and one 16-year-old male juvenile from Bayville, NJ, were charged with Underage Consumption of Alcohol in a Private Residence. In addition, several adults received a Complaint Summons for Underage Consumption of Alcohol in a Private Residence, including: 18-year-old Michael Bocchini 4th of Lanoka Harbor; 18-year-old Lucas Z. Dittenhofer of Forked River; 20-year-old Robert J. Napoleon of Lanoka Harbor; 18-year-old Nicholas J. Koenig of Forked River, 18-year-old George E. Sayre 5th of Lanoka Harbor, and 19-year-old Amanda L. Lahaye of Forked River. Amanda Lahaye also received a Criminal Summons for Making Alcohol Available to Persons Under the Legal Age. All adults were issued a Complaint Summons at the scene. The juveniles were released to a parent or guardian and charged on juvenile complaints.

  • Theft – On Friday, May 22, 2015, at 7:11 p.m., Officer John D. Simonson responded to the 700 block of Spruce Road in Lanoka Harbor, NJ, for a theft report. The victim reported that between Thursday, May 21, 2015 and Friday, May 22, 2015, an unknown person or persons stole a green BMX bicycle valued at $120 from the front yard of the residence.

  • Structure Fire – On Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 6:58 p.m., Officers Anthony Sarno and John D. Simonson responded to the 1500 block of Lakeside Drive South in Forked River for a structure fire. The caller reported that the residents and animals were out of the home. Upon arrival 10 to 15 foot flames were observed coming from the second floor of the residence. The Forked River Fire Department responded and extinguished the blaze. Lacey Detective Brian Flynn and the Ocean County Fire Marshal responded to the scene. This fire is currently under continuing investigation. This was the second such fire call at the residence within two days. The day prior, on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at 8:11 p.m., Officer Elton Copes responded to the residence for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, the upstairs residence was full of smoke; however, no flames were observed. The Forked River Fire Department and the Ocean County Fire Marshal responded. The investigation revealed that a window air conditioner, along with several other electrical devices, were plugged into an outlet which caused it to overheat and smoke.

  • Criminal Mischief (Township Property) – Officer Kymberly Gudgeon responded to the trestle along the Cedar Creek in Lanoka Harbor with a report of criminal mischief to fencing. The Lacey Township DPW reported that an unknown person or persons completely destroyed the fence located at the trestle. The damage was estimated at $1,500.

  • Criminal Mischief and Attempted Burglary – on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 11:31 a.m., Officer Daniel Ricciardella responded to Hill Top Court in Lanoka Harbor for a suspicious incident. The complainant reported that just prior to contacting the police department, he arrived at the residence and located a small black knife by the front door. In addition, he located several scratches on the door and door jamb. The complainant stated that the incident occurred between Tuesday, May 19, 2015 and May 21, 2015. No entry was made to the residence. The damage is estimated at $50.

  • Theft and Criminal Mischief – On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at 11:36 a.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to the 1700 block of Hillwood Road in Forked River for a theft report. The complainant reported that within the prior ten days, an unknown person or persons entered the crawl space underneath the residence where they cut and stole copper piping. In addition, the copper piping from the outside air conditioning unit was also cut and stolen. The theft is valued at $1,000 and the cost to replace it is valued at an additional $700. The residence was unoccupied at the time of the theft.  The incident is under investigation.