Weekly Police Blotter – Lacey Township Police Department – May 5th thru 11th, 2015

Weekly Police Blotter – Lacey Township Police Department – May 5th thru 11th, 2015

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Weekly Police Blotter

May 5th thru May 11th, 2015

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  • Motor Vehicle Accident (Detour) – On Monday, May 11, 2015 at 9:01 a.m., officers responded to a motor vehicle accident on Laurel Boulevard involving a single vehicle which veered off the roadway and struck a utility pole. The impact caused the pole to snap at the base. The pole was located on the eastbound side of Laurel Boulevard across from the intersection of Basin Road. The 23-year-old female driver was the only occupant of the vehicle and was not injured. The utility pole needed emergent repair as low hanging electrified wires caused an unsafe condition. Officers detoured Laurel Boulevard traffic at Birch Road as well as Basin Road with west bound traffic being detoured through a portion of Laurel Harbor Marina to avoid the Basin Road intersection. The cause of the crash is under investigation.  Utility repairs continued throughout the day into the night and the early morning hours. The roadway opened at 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

  • Theft – On Monday, May 11 2015, at 8:08 p.m., Officer Elton Copes responded to the Main Street Laundromat, 302 Route 9 South in Forked River, for a report of a theft. The victim reported that while she was at the Main Street Laundromat, an unknown person stole her wallet. The victim was unsure if the wallet was stolen from inside her car or inside the building. The wallet is valued at $20 and contained $80 in currency, a TD Bank debit card, Credit One credit card, and a Capital One credit card.

  • Brush Fire – On Friday, May 08, 2015, at 7:06 p.m., the Lacey Township Police Department responded to the wooded area behind the Georgetown Apartments for a small brush fire. The fire was quickly extinguished by members of the New Jersey State Forrest Fire Service with assistance from the Lanoka Harbor Fire Department. The cause of the small brush fire is unknown. No injuries were reported.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, May 10, 2015, at 1:44 a.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas responded to Walmart, located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a report of an intoxicated female driver who reportedly drove away from the store. Officer Tsarnas located the vehicle and conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 9 near First Street in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 52-year-old Michelle Gogger of Forked River for DUI. Michelle Gogger was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed and issued summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Suspended Registration. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Graffiti (Township Property) – On Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 4:28 p.m., Officer Elton Copes responded to Huffy Wallis park in reference to a report of graffiti. Two pieces of the playground equipment had been spray painted with black paint. The Lacey Township Department of Public Works (DPW) was notified so the graffiti can be removed.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, May 8, 2015, at 4:20 p.m., Officer John Simonson observed a vehicle stopped in the middle of Cambridge Road in the Lanoka Harbor section of the Township. The driver of the vehicle, 20-year-old Tyler Hayes of Forked River, was observed throwing a piece of the vehicle’s mirror into the front passenger seat of the vehicle. Investigation at the scene determined that Tyler Hayes had been involved in a motor vehicle accident in which he struck a mailbox of a residence located on Cambridge Road. Tyler Hayes was arrested for DUI and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters. Tyler Hayes was also found to be in possession of four Xanax pills without a valid prescription. Tyler Hayes was processed and charged on a criminal summons with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. Tyler Hayes was also issued motor vehicle summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, Failure to Exhibit Documents, and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 11:32 p.m., Officer Julie Barcalow observed a vehicle failing to maintain a lane as it traveled northbound on Route 9. Officer Barcalow stopped the vehicle in the parking lot of Wawa, located at 710 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 30-year-old Michelle Crowther of Forked River for DUI. Michelle Crowther was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters. Michelle Crowther was processed and charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s law.

  • Shoplifting & Providing False Information (Arrest) – On Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 12:52 p.m., Officer Brian Holt and Officer Keith Pearce responded to Walmart, located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a female shoplifter in custody. The Loss Prevention employees reported that the female, later identified as 19-year-old Katharine Fagan of Cedar Drive in Lanoka Harbor, had concealed a Monster Energy Drink and the contents of two (2) boxes of “Cough & Cold HBP” pills on her person and then attempted to leave the store without paying for the items. Katharine Fagan initially provided a false name to the responding officers. Katharine Fagan was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed and charged on a criminal complaint with Shoplifting and Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer.

  • Eluding, Resisting Arrest, & DUI (Arrests) – On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at 7:34 p.m., the Lacey Township Police Department received an anonymous complaint about an intoxicated driver traveling east on Beach Boulevard. Officer Julie Barcalow located the vehicle on Clubhouse Drive a short time later and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, 23-year-old Thomas Carrano of Enterprise Drive in Forked River, fled in the vehicle at a high rate of speed. When Officer Barcalow found the vehicle in the area on Sarasota Drive, Thomas Carrano exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Officer Barcalow observed that the passenger, 20-year-old Michelle Marold of Bowline Street in Barnegat, moved into the driver seat of the vehicle to operate the vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Michelle Marold for DUI. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Michelle Marold was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed and issued summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Under Age Consumption of Alcohol. Thomas Carrano was later located by Officer Anthony Sarno and Officer Scott Keefe who observed him walking in the area of Beach Boulevard and Sandy Hook Drive. Thomas Carrano fled from the officers on foot and was arrested in an area of reeds near the Beach Boulevard Bridge. Thomas Carrano was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed. Thomas Carrano had an outstanding $1,000 Lacey Township Municipal Court criminal warrant and an outstanding $1,500 Ocean Township Municipal Court criminal warrant. Thomas Carrano was charged with Eluding and Resisting Arrest by Flight. Bail was set at $20,000. Thomas Carrano was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • Brush Fire – On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at 6:15 p.m., Officer Brian Holt responded to a wooded area off of Clearview Street in the Forked River section of the township for a brush fire. The Forked River Fire Department and the New Jersey Forest Fire Service responded and extinguished the fire. The area affected was approximately 30 feet in diameter.

  • Criminal Mischief (Formal Charge) – On Wednesday, May 06, 2015, at 5:49 p.m., Officer Patrick Watkins responded to Walmart, 580 Route 9 North, Lanoka Harbor, in reference to criminal mischief to a vehicle. The vehicle owner reported that upon returning to her vehicle, which was parked in the Walmart parking lot, she discovered that an unknown person put a 14 inch long scratch in her driver side door. A note was also left under her windshield wiper which criticized the way she had parked. Investigation by Officer Watkins led to the formal charge of 31-year-old Brian Llewellyn of Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor for Criminal Mischief. The damage was estimated at $500.

  • Theft – On Wednesday, May 06, 2015, at 5:29 p.m., Officer Patrick Watkins responded to a Haines Street address for a report of a theft. The resident reported that between Sunday, May 3, 2015, and Wednesday, May 6, 2015, an unknown person or persons stole a tree mounted camera from behind his residence. The camera is described as a Primos Truth camera Model # 63025D and is valued at $110. Two unidentified juveniles were observed in the area at the time the camera was stolen.

  • Assault and Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 4:52 p.m., Officer Christopher Meyler responded to the Wawa, located at 701 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for an assault. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 28-year-old John M. Papiomitis of Belmont Court in South Toms River for assault.  John M. Papiomitis was found to be in possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. John Papiomitis was transported to police headquarters, processed, and charged with Assault as well as the Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle. He was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $2,500 bail.