Weekly Police Blotter – Lacey Township Police Department – October 20th thru October 27th, 2015

Weekly Police Blotter – Lacey Township Police Department – October 20th thru October 27th, 2015

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Weekly Police Blotter

October 20th thru October 27th, 2015

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  • Warrant and Possession of Heroin (Arrest) – On Friday, October 23, 2015, at 1:08 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno was on patrol when he observed suspicious activity in the parking lot of the Lacey Inn, located at 229 Route 9 North in the Forked River section of the township. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 48-year-old Beth Donnamarie of Maple Drive in Bayville, NJ on a no bail Ocean County Sheriff’s Department warrant and Howell Township Municipal Court Warrant in the Amount of $750. Beth Donnamarie was also found to be in possession of Heroin. Beth Donnamarie was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters, processed, and charged with Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Beth Donnamarie was then turned over to the custody of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin (Arrest) – On Thursday, October 22, 2015, Officer Anthony Sarno was conducting an investigation into the possible possession and distribution of Heroin when he observed 47-year-old Edward F. Smith standing on the corner of Greenwood Lane and Sunrise Boulevard in Forked River. Officer Sarno was aware of an outstanding arrest warrant for Edward Smith out of New York State with a full extradition order. Officer Sarno approached Edward Smith while Edward Smith was talking on a cellular phone. Upon seeing Officer Sarno, Edward Smith began to run from the uniformed officer. As Officer Sarno ran after Edward Smith, the officer observed Edward Smith throwing items onto the lawn of a residence along the 200 block of Sunrise Boulevard. The items were recovered and determined to be packets of Heroin. Edward Smith was apprehended by Officer Sarno. Edward Smith initially resisted arrest and was quickly restrained. Officer Michael Verwey responded and assisted with the arrest. Once Edward Smith was under arrest and in custody, the officers recovered 330 bags of Heroin. Lacey Township EMS was called to the scene, and Edward F. Smith was transported under guard to the Community Medical Center in Toms River after complaining of not feeling well. Lacey Township police officers have been assigned to stand guard at the hospital facility in Toms River until Edward Smith is cleared by staff to be transported to a correctional facility.  Edward Smith, formerly of East Lacey Road in Forked River was most recently residing at the Lacey Inn on Route 9 in Forked River. Edward Smith was charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute Heroin, Possession of Heroin, as well as Obstructing the Administration of Law and Resisting Arrest.  Bail was set at $150,000 by Honorable D. Murray.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Thursday, October 22, 2015, at 2:36 p.m., Officer Darrell Nick and Officer Jesse Dalziel responded to the 200 block of Stafford Avenue in the Lanoka Harbor section of the township in reference to a report of juveniles in a green SUV engaging in drug activity. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the 17-year-old male driver of the vehicle. He was taken into custody and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters, where he was processed and turned over to the custody of his mother. He was charged on a juvenile complaint with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at 9:26 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey responded to the area of Sussex Place in the Pheasant Run section of the township for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 39-year-old Michael A. Ramirez of Bay Way in Lanoka Harbor, NJ for possession of Marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Michael Ramirez was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters, processed, and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

  • Maintaining and Operating a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Production Facility (Arrest) – On October 21, 2015, detectives of the Lacey Township Police Department concluded an investigation involving a Marijuana grow in a wooded area of Lacey Township near the Manchester Township border.  The investigation led to a suspect being identified as Brian Keough of South Toms River. A search warrant was sought and obtained for a search of his home at 406 Dover Road, South Toms River, NJ.  During the execution of the search warrant, detectives recovered more than 25 Marijuana plants, a large quantity of raw Marijuana, and assorted equipment and paraphernalia associated with operating and maintaining a controlled dangerous substance production facility, including grow tents, grow lights and ballasts, seeds, fertilizer, packaging materials, and scales.  The target residence was located directly across the street from the South Toms River Elementary School.

  • Brian T. Keough, age 33, of 406 Dover Road, South Toms River, NJ, was arrested at the scene and charged with the following crimes:

    • Maintaining and Operating a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Production Facility (1stDegree)
    • Manufacturing & Possessing with the Intent to Distribute CDS (2nd Degree)
    • Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS within 1000 feet of a School (3rd Degree)
    • Possession of More than 50 grams of Marijuana (4th Degree)Brian T. Keough also had the following outstanding warrants:
    • The Honorable James M. Blaney, J.S.C., set bail at $150,000.
    • Toms River Warrant #TR 80128 (Traffic Warrant) – $350 Bail
    • South Toms River Warrant #SC 2014 3487 (Criminal Warrant) – $1,500The South Toms River Police Department, Ocean County Prosecutors Office-Special Operations Group, and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department-Crime Scene Investigation assisted in the investigation.
    • Brian T. Keough was processed and lodged in Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.
  • DUI & Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Sunday, October 25, 2015, at 11:23 p.m., Officer Elton Copes and Officer Adam Ewart responded to the parking lot of the Forked River Diner, located at 317 Route 9 South in the Forked River section of the Township, for a report of a male subject impaired behind the wheel of a vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 25-year-old Anthony Cipolletti of Harborage Avenue in Bayville, NJ for DUI and possession of Heroin. Anthony Cipolletti was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters, processed, and charged with Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Anthony Cipolletti was also issued traffic summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, and Possession of Heroin in a Motor Vehicle.

  • Shoplifting – On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, Officer Jason Lee responded to CVS Pharmacy, located at 700 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, NJ for a report of shoplifting. The store manager reported that a male and female entered the store and stole approximately $931 worth of shaving razors. The suspects had exited the store before the store employees were able to determine that items had been stolen and hidden in a back pack. The suspects are described as white female and a white male approximately 50 years of age.

  • Theft – On October 20, 2015, at 5:16 p.m., Officer Christopher Meyler responded to police headquarters for a report of theft. The homeowner, Megan McKenna, reported that she recently purchased a residence on Harrison Avenue in Forked River. The homeowner reported that on October 7, 2015, she discovered that the plumbing was not working and upon contacting a plumber was informed that over sixty feet of copper was cut out from the crawlspace of the residence. The damage and stolen copper was estimated at approximately $2,500. The incident is believed to have occurred between August 14, 2015 and October 7, 2015.

  • Theft – On Monday, October 26, 2015, at 10:17 a.m., Officer Jason Lee responded to the 300 block of Bayside East Parkway in reference to a report of theft. The homeowner reported that some person or person stole Halloween decorations from the front of his residence. The stolen items were described as a cast iron metal pumpkin, a metal lantern, and mums. The value of the stolen items is estimated at $50.

  • Theft – On Monday, October 26, 2015, at 8:44 a.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to the cellular telephone tower, located at 510 Route 9 South in the Forked River section of the township, for a report of theft. The complainant reported that some person or persons cut out and stole wire from the cell tower property. A preliminary assessment of the damage estimates it at $1,200.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Sunday, October 25, 2015, at 2:52 p.m., Special Officer Edgaras Lenkauskas conducted a motor vehicle stop of a vehicle on Lacey Road near Arlington Avenue. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 33-year-old Michael Angelo of Forked River, NJ, on an outstanding Tinton Falls Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $1,000. Michael Angelo was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and released after posting bail.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Sunday, October 25, 2015, at 3:28 a.m., an off-duty Lacey Township detective reported that two suspicious males were in the area of Holmes Avenue North on bicycles. Officer George Resetar located both subjects in the area of Vaughn Avenue and Lacey Road. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of one of the bicyclists, 29-year-old Matthew C. Clinton of Devon Street in Forked River, NJ, on numerous outstanding warrants. The warrants included: Two Lacey Township Municipal Court warrants in the bail amount of $500 each; one Berkeley Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $750; one Tinton Falls Borough Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $701; one Harvey Cedars Borough Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $500; and one Barnegat Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $500. Matthew Clinton was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters, processed, and then transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • Fire – On Friday, October 23, 2015, at 8:40 a.m., Officer Keith Pearce responded to the area of Switch Road near Route 532 for a report of a brush fire. The fire was extinguished by the Waretown Volunteer Fire Department. The incident is under investigation by Detective Brian Flynn of the Lacey Township Police Department and District Warden Scott Knauer of the NJ Forest Fire Service.

  • Suspicious Incident – On Friday, October 23, 2015, at 11:42 a.m., Office Daniel Ricciardella responded to the 1400 block of Daytona Road in the Forked River Beach section of the township for a report of criminal mischief. The complainant reported that during the overnight hours some person or person threw white paint onto her car while it was parked in the driveway of the residence. The substance was able to be cleaned off and no damage was reported.