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Lacey Woman Extricated from Car After Striking Trees

Police blotter from the past week

A Forked River woman was served several summonses after she allegedly struck trees on a local yard with a motor vehicle.

Police responded to Sylvania Place at 1 a.m. where Leah Kern, 47, allegedly truck two trees in a yard.

The 2003 Chevrolet Kern was driving sustained heavy damage, police said.

Kern was extricated by the Forked River Fire Department and transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center for treatment, police said. She has since been released.

Kern was charged with DWI, failure to maintain lane and reckless driving.

Lt. James Veltri provided the following information: 

Dec. 31
Police responded to Walmart on report of a male and female adult couple shoplifting at 5 p.m. Christine Lotti, 46, of Toms River was charged with one count of shoplifting. She allegedly attempted to steal $220 worth of merchandise. She was processed and released.

David McIntyre, 45, of Toms River was also charged with shoplifting. He allegedly attempted to steal $143 of merchandise. He also had an outstanding warrant of $526 by Brick Court. He posted bail and was released. 

Dec. 31
A resident of Walmart Drive in Lanoka Harbor reported someone stole a $100 gift card for Walmart from the home. There was no forced entry. 

Dec. 31
A resident of Nautilus Boulevard reported that a tire on the passenger side of a car was slashed. Damage was estimated at $100. 

Dec. 30
Police made a motor vehicle stop for failure to maintain lane at 6:40 p.m. Christopher Wachtler, 30, of Forked River was charged with DWI, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane. 

Dec. 30
It was reported that two windows on the side of a Lacey Road food establishment were damaged. Each window is approximately $500 to repair. 

Dec. 28
A local contractor who parked a vehicle at the Lacey Township municipal truck lot reported that the truck suffered damage. Police determined that someone threw rocks at the vehicle, which sustained a broken door window and multiple chips to paint. A tire compressor valued at $50 was stolen.

jabe0312 January 04, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Seems like each and every week people are caught shoplifting at Wal Mart......are they some kind of target for thieves? Dont see any being caught at Kohls or Home Depot or anyplace else.
Ronald Fletcher Stephensen January 04, 2013 at 04:18 PM
MAYBE THEY HAVE THE WRONG SECURITY SET UPS !!LOSS PREVENTION IS CRITICAL, HOME DEPOT, KOHLS ,STAPLES, SHOPRITE ETC. SHOULD POOL TOGETHER , FORM A OBVIOUS SECURITY LOSS PREVENTION, WHICH MEANS MAKE THE OFFICERS BE SEEN THROUGH THE APPARENT STORES SEEN OFFICERS IN UNIFORM,IS A GREAT DETERENT, POOL ALL THEIR RESOURCES. THAT IS CALLED LOSS PREVENTION ! IT WORKS, I KNOW PERSONALLY ! THAT MEANS, WE PREVENT THE ACT BEFORE IT HAPPENS! MAKES SENSE!
Captain Ed January 04, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Yes but WALMART seems to be catching them. Maybe the other stores are just not catching them. Plus there is so much more for them to steal. I hope those people rot in jail for stealing. Its shameful that these grown adults are doing this. Guessing they are druggies mostly. Yuk.
dedicated vol. January 04, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Walmart has police dept doing the arrests and signing the complaints, the other stores do there own complaint signing.
Ronald Fletcher Stephensen January 04, 2013 at 06:04 PM
I HAVE TO SAY THIS, THE POLICE DEPT,ALL DEPTS, ONLY COME WHEN CALLED OR SEE A SUSPICIOUS ACT BEING DONE !! THEY CANNOT PREVENT CRIMES ! ONLY AFTER THE FACT ! OR BEING VISABLE THEY CANNOT BE EVERYWHERE , SO IT IS UP TO US, CITIZENS TO PREVENT CRIMES, PREVENTING !! LOSS PREVENTION, BE VISABLE, PASS ON TO THE PD ,IF WE SEE A POSSIBILE CRIME IN THE MAKING, WE ,ALL OF US MUST STOP THEM BEFORE IT HAPPENS! POLICE DEPTS COUNTS ON US TO HELP PREVENT!! THEN THEY MAY DO THEIR JOBS, THEY NEED BACK UP ALSO !!
Captain Ed January 04, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Definitely. If I saw theft from one of these druggie dirt bags I would be calling them instantly. You like to think that thefts are few and far between and only commited by poor abandoned mothers just trying to feed their starving child. But unfortunately its usually just the druggie dirt bag looking for money for a quick fix or a giant tv he thinks hes entitled too. Very sad.
Kelley January 05, 2013 at 07:49 AM
A Lacey cop told me that most days there are only 3 or 4 of them on the road. Is Walmart going to hire another Officer for the Township since they use the service so mucn? I'm glad robbers are driving around our neighborhoods while our policemen are stuck dealing with drug addict thieves at Walmart. While Walmart is prosecuting thieves for stealing 20 bucks worth of merchandise, our homes go unprotected. Oh I get, Walmart is a billion dollar corporation and deserved more protection than us petty taxpayers. I respect our police department and think they do a wonderful job. I am not blaming them, but maybe their chief needs to tell Walmart to only bother them with big theft cases. I keep seeing these stupid little amounts in the Patch. What a waste of the township resources.
Piney Boy January 05, 2013 at 03:40 PM
I'm always shocked when I read comments on here. Let me get this straight. Because Walmart is a billion dollar company they aren't allowed to utilize the very resources they help pay for? That makes no sense. That's like saying people that live in Lacey that have a lot more money than the average resident can't call the police if their house is broken into. If Walmart and the other big box stores weren't here paying the hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in taxes that they do there would likely be 1-2 less officers on the streets. Most of the people shoplifting in this town have drug problems. Wether it be pills, meth, etc. they steal to feed their habit. If the box stores didn't exist rest assured they'd be creepin in your homes during the day and night looking to feed there habits. There more times these people get caught doing things the more the courts are forced to deal with them which will eventually mean jail. Maybe then they will get the help they need. All of the people saying the box stores including Walmart are over extending the department, in lack of a better term are retarded. I'm not a fan of Walmart but I dislike ignorance more. I personally feel if you're caught stealing anything, wether its a pack of gum, soda or a TV you should be locked up. Enough with the stupid crap. Blaming everyone except the scumbags that are actually committing the crimes. Remember, if the box stores go then these very same losers stealing from Walmart will be in your homes.
PoliticsInLacey January 05, 2013 at 04:43 PM
I realize that this woman was allegedly drunk, when she went into two trees, but what about the cop's son back in the summer who was traveling down Trenton at a high rate of speed, and wrapped his car around two trees, when he lost control, while driving barefoot by the way. He was only issued a careless driving, not even a reckless and no speeding ticket. The car was unrecognizable, one taken to a hospital, the other three dropped off at a local Wawa to get their own rides home. One of the boys dropped off at the Wawa, had a fractured leg, as well as bleeding on the brain and was shortly after taken from SOCH to Jersey Shore Trauma. Funny, you never read anything about that. Makes you scratch your head, when only a careless is given, no speeding and these kids get dumped at Wawa. Yet, this is news and multiple tickets given out. I guess it helps to be the son of a cop here in town huh. Imagine how the parents of that kid must feel knowing their son was sitting at a WaWa with no medical and then four days at a trauma center with bleeding on the brain, and nothing mentioned in "Our" patch. Can you say "Selective Reporting."
Kelley January 05, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Piney Boy, I moved here in 2003, so I'm no "Piney", but I believe there were more cops on the road in 2003 than there are in 2013.. That means your little "1-2 less officers" without the box stores comment above is false. Also, I am pretty sure that the woman stealing $200 worth of cosmetics wouldn't be breaking into my home if there wasn't a Walmart to steal from. Typical big piney brain comments, go do your homework.
Kelley January 05, 2013 at 06:08 PM
PoliticsInLacey, I didn't hear about that. Was the cops son drunk? Who dropped a kid off at Wawa who had a brain bleed? That's a serious allegation and should be investigated Elaine!!!! If it is untrue, than the above poster should be banned from the Patch.
John Walton January 06, 2013 at 03:41 AM
I think you're Tea tarded Piney Boy.
Piney Boy January 06, 2013 at 03:59 AM
Yeahhhhhh I'm the one that doesn't make sense. Of course the average person that steal make up wouldn't rob your house but what about the 80%? They are drug addicts. You think they would just stop? Wake up! I was also thinking about that whole police chief telling them they can't call the police. I'm thinking that wouldn't be legal. I'm not sure but I think anyone and everyone is free to call law enforcement if they have a problem. There's really nothing they could do besides answer the call. I don't know though. We need more police though. I agree. The drugs are as bad as they ever been comparing 2003 to 2012 isn't even fair. The drug problem here now is 10 fold. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Lock your doors, buy a gun, get a dog because if it continues not even the police are going to keep you safe. They will be robbing us, breaking into our homes, breaking into our cars. Instead of complaining on this little page lets start complaining to the council and to whoever else could make a difference. WE NEED MORE POLICE OFFICERS I didn't hear about the accident claim but if someone refuses medical treatment that's no ones fault. I'd like to hear more about this. It's probably no where near true but you never know.
Denis January 07, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Ronald Fletcher Stephenen...WHY THE STUPID CAPS ALL THE TIME ???
JOHNNY Done it January 08, 2013 at 05:09 AM
DIDNT You hear crime is down in Lacey LOL

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