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Forked River Male Arrested for Alleged Connection to Teen Heroin Overdose

DWI and shoplifting arrests

Police along with Lacey EMS medics responded to a call on Alpine Street in Forked River on a report of a 16-year-old female who was unconscious due to an apparent heroin overdose, police said.

The female was treated when police arrived at the scene at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1. She was taken to Community Medical Center.

Investigation led to Michael Cannito, 19, of Forked River being charged with drug related offenses. Cannito was arrested on Thursday, Feb. 2 on the strength of a $25,000 warrant.

Cannito was charged with possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia, hypodermic needles and prescription legend drugs. He was taken to Ocean County Jail where he was unable to post bail.

Charges are pending against the 16-year-old for use and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

The Lacey Township Police Department worked in conjunction with concerned citizens, leading to the arrest of Cannito, Lt. James Veltri said.

Cannito was indicted in June for the Five bottles of alcohol, each valued at $100, were stolen from the store and more than $500 in damage was done to the store

Veltri provided the following information:

Feb. 6
Trevor Conroy, 31, of Forked River was arrested for DWI after officers were dispatched at 5 a.m. to the intersection of Route 9 and Laurel Boulevard where he was found sleeping at the wheel of a running vehicle.

Feb. 5
Jeffery Rodgers, 57, of Barnegat was driving and stopped at 1 a.m. for failure to maintain lane. Rodgers was charged with DWI, refusal to submit to a breath test and reckless driving.

Feb. 5
Police were dispatched to Walmart for a shoplifter at 2:30 p.m. Mahmut Ilham, 45, of Whiting was arrested for allegedly stealing $3.92 worth of ChapSticks. He was processed and released.

Feb. 4
A motor vehicle was stopped because it did not have a front license plate. Erik Tobin, 29, of Brick was arrested after it was discovered that he had a $5,000 outstanding warrant by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department for failure to appear in court. He was transported to the Ocean County Jail in lieu of his bail.

Feb. 3
Zachary Strain, 20, of Bayville was arrested at midnight for numerous offenses. Police responded to a report of numerous vehicles in the area of Lacey Material. While they were at the scene, Strain’s vehicle was observed.

Strain was charged with DWI, underage DWI, open container, reckless driving and a Lacey Township ordinance violation for trespassing on private property. He was processed and released.

Feb. 3
A resident on Lawrence Drive in Lanoka Harbor reported that $450 worth of property including a cell phone and assorted tools were stolen. There was no forced entry.

Feb. 2
Christopher Alvarez, 30, of Bayville was arrested after his vehicle was stopped for failure to maintain lane at 11:30 p.m. Investigation led to Alvarez being charged with DWI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, cell phone use and failure to report change of address. He was processed and released.

Feb. 1
A resident of Riviera Drive in Forked River reported that an unsecured Mongoose bike was stolen from the driveway. The bike was valued at $120.

Feb. 1
Police responded to Walmart for an alleged shoplifter in custody. Tyre Zimmerman, 30, of Toms River was detained by store security for allegedly concealing merchandise on himself. The value of the products, which were recovered, was $76.43.

Feb. 1
A resident of Parkside Drive in Forked River reported over $2,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from the home. There was no forced entry.

Feb. 1
A resident of Serpentine Drive in Forked River reported that an Eastern Ramrod valued at $650 was stolen from outside the home.

Feb. 1
Joseph Brown, 23, of Forked River was arrested after police made a motor vehicle stop for not maintaining lamplights. Brown had two outstanding warrants—one from Long Beach Township for $350 and another from Lacey Township for $500. He was taken to Ocean County Jail after he was unable to post bail.

Jan. 31
Lisa Concannon, 26, was arrested at the Lacey Inn on two warrants—one out of Atlantic City for $125 and the other from Lacey for $300. She was sent to Ocean County Jail after she couldn’t post bail.

MJC February 18, 2012 at 05:44 AM
hey randy your a fat cat degenerate gambler who are you your addicted to gambling so who are you to judge....oh and before you air other peoples dirty laundry why dont you stop hosting illeagle poker games in your basement:)
mussel man February 18, 2012 at 07:02 AM
uh oh randy. the stones in glass houses thing
Alyssa Starchild Hunter March 01, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Mike, yeah, you did the right thing and it isnt fair for people to say some of these things. but really, i wish youd get help bud. Mrs G, I hope your son Mike's story can help others
Getting my facts straight March 29, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Lock him up and throw away the key!! He has been in trouble many times and for many years, even as a juvenile. The upstanding citizens of Lacey do not deserve to be victims of his multiple offenses. Let's not forget he broke into to Lacey Liquors, vandalized and robbed them, not too long ago. Now he's selling heroin in your beloved town to your children. What's next?? He's not a hero for saving that girl. I think he helped her because he knew the police would pin a murder on him if she died. My heart goes out to the parents of this young girl. I hope she gets the helps she needs and learns from this. As for Mike Cannito,unfortunately, there is no hope for him. Did I get my facts straight, Mike??
609crimetime April 03, 2012 at 07:54 AM
im not going anywere come see me if you have issues i dont sell heroin and this was like 2 monthes ago almost a little late there for your slander and ignorance.i saved her cause im not a scumbag i USE to do drugs i am a rehabilitated man and i didnt know you were a judge or a cop to have your facts so straight to were you know what ive done and havnt innocent untill proven guilty you sound like a complete and total idiot.im "selling heroin" hmmmm i dont think and i dont think i forced anybody to do any drugs they didnt already acquire before entering my presence if you wanna get so exact.what is next isssss me getting my head on straight which it has been but dont think for a second i wont correct you anyway i have to think what you want cause obviously you arent that big of a person if you have to hide behind a computar screen on an anonymous website you know who i am why dont you come tell me who you are my adress is posted above;) btw her parents thanked me for doing the right thing cause a run of the mill junkie would of took off instead of sitting there recessitating her myself before rescue even showed up but you should know that already right? damn internet blog gangsters

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