Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Two officers died in the line of duty over the past year in New Jersey
The two New Jersey law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty over the past year were remembered Tuesday as courageous men who served their state proudly. Millville Police Patrolman Christopher Reeves, killed July 8, 2012 when his patrol car was rammed by a driver fleeing authorities, and New Jersey State Police Detective Sgt. James G. Hoopes, who died of a heart attack during training, were added to the list of the 467 New Jersey officers who have died in the line of duty since 1854. An indictment in the Reeves case was handed up May 8, the South Jersey Times reported. The annual memorial service, held at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, includes a ceremonial roll call of fallen officers and a 21 gun salute. The West …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Charge: Brick couple abused 'Sammy' the cocker spaniel; one suspect receives public defender in case
The Brick couple accused of animal cruelty after claiming they found a dog in a garbage bag by the side of the road in March will face a maximum of six months in jail if convicted, a judge said Monday afternoon. Keith E. Morgan and Shauna Ewing Morgan of Sawmill Road were arraigned Monday afternoon by Judge Robert M. LePore in Brick Township Municipal Court. The two are accused of animal cruelty, falsifying a police report and more in connection with abandoning their cocker spaniel, now known as Sammy, whose story had drawn followers across the country. “These are disorderly persons offenses,” LePore said, adding New Jersey law allows a maximum of a six-month jail sentence for charges arising from the same event. That news did not sit well…
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The stabbing followed an argument and took place just before midnight.
A suspect is still at large following a stabbing Saturday night, May 18, at Hemingway's Cafe. According to Seaside Heights Police Detective Steve Korman, the stabbing was the result of a verbal altercation between two customers at 11:41 p.m. The victim, identified as a 32-year-old male from Bayville, was stabbed in the lower left abdomen and was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He has since been treated and released. The suspect fled the scene following the stabbing, and Seaside Heights Police were still searching for him as of 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Police Chief Thomas Boyd requests that anyone with information on this incident contact the Seaside Heights Police Department at 732-793-1800. The incident is being …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Pedro Marcano also facing other charges in connection with May 15 arrest
Lacey police arrested a Forked River man recently on drug charges after a foot chase that ended near the Home Depot store on Route 9 South, Police Chief David A. Paprota said. Pedro Marcano, 22, Deerhead Lake Drive, was charged with posession of a controlled dangerous substance, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest and hindering his own apprehension, the chief said. Lacey detectives spotted Marcano acting suspiciously, in a manner consistent with drug activity, on the afternoon of May 15. As they approached him, Marcano immediately fled on foot towards a Route 9 commercial parking lot, Paprota said "The suspect dropped several items consistent with heroin packaging during the foot chase," the chief said. Detective Brian Flynn continued…
Incident occurred early Monday morning, police chief says
Lacey police are investigating the attempted burglary of the Forked River Pharmacy on Route 9 South earlier this week, Police Chief David A. Paprota said. Officers responded to the pharmacy at 6:55 a.m. on Monday on a report of criminal mischief and attempted burglary. The incident occurred sometime between the time the store closed on Sunday and early morning on Monday, before the pharmacy opened, the chief said. An unknown suspect or suspects pried open a rear door at the pharmacy, but did not enter the main part of the store. Nothing in the pharmacy appeared to have been stolen, Paprota said. The damage was estimated at $500, he said. Detective Robert Surtees is investigating.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Anthony Verdicchio's body was discovered Monday night. He was last seen alive on Sunday.
Authorities are investigating the murder of a 76-year-old man who was found dead at his home on Pine Acres Estates just off Route 37 West Monday, Ocean County Prosecutor Spokesman Al Della Fave said Tuesday afternoon, May 14. Anthony Verdicchio was discovered at 5:19 p.m. Monday night. He was last seen at church on Sunday, Della Fave said. A group that Verdicchio met with every day for coffee first noticed he was missing when he didn't show up on Monday. An acquaintance from the group went discovered him on the floor and not responding when he went to check up on him. The unidentified acquaintance found Verdicchio on his floor not responding, and immediately contacted police, Della Fave said. Verdicchio was pronounced dead at 6:37 p.m. …
Anthony Senatore was charged with having multiple unsecured weapons accessible to children.
A Toms River man has been charged with having multiple unsecured weapons accessible to his 4-year-old son when he fatally shot 6-year-old Brandon Holt, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor James P. McClain announced Monday night, May 13. Anthony Senatore, 33, was arrested around 6:30 Monday night by detectives from the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, McClain said. Senatore was arrested at a residence in Bayville, according to McClain. He was charged with five counts of second degree endangering the welfare of children and one count of third degree endangering the welfare of children, as well as a disorderly person's offense for enabling access by minors to a loaded firearm. Senatore's 4-year-old son shot and killed Holt on April 8 with …
Monday, May 13, 2013
John Dykhouse facing numerous charges in connection with the accident at Lacey Road and Municipal Lane
Lacey police have charged a Forked River man with drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident at the intersection of Lacey Road and Municipal Lane. John Dykhouse, 50, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, following too closely, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries, failure to report an accident, driving an unregistered vehicle, driving with an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle, Police Chief David A. Paprota said. Officers Noah Schaffer and Joseph Soto responded to the 3:39 p.m. accident on May 4. Two passengers in a 2009 Honda Civic were struck from behind by a 1996 Chevy Cavalier driven by Dykhouse, the chief said. …
The department has 23,618 followers.
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Monday, May 13
OK, so maybe it's not trending right now, but chances are, it soon will be. The New Jersey State Police ranked second among state police agencies nationally in terms of Twitter followers, according to statistics recently released by the IACP Center for Social Media. The agency has 23,618 followers, trailing only the Massachusetts State Police, which had a whopping 62,493 followers, as of April 30. The Texas Department of Public Safety (18,787), the Ohio State Highway Patrol (13,587) and the Indiana State Police (13,466) round out the top five. As of Monday morning, May 13, the State Police had 23,932 followers and had sent out 991 tweets. However, with over eight million people in the state as of the 2012 Census, the State Police still …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Christoper Franzone and wife facing numerous drug charges
Lacey Township police have charged a Forked River man with running a "large scale" Oxycodone distribution from his home on Hawser Drive, Police Chief David A. Paprota said. Detectives combed through Christopher Franzone's home and Chevrolet Tahoe on May 10, after obtaining two search warrants. The arrest was the culmination of an investigation into the possible distribution of Oxycodone, a schedule III narcotic opoid, the chief said. They found 1,300 in Oxycodone pills, cocaine and marijuana. The street value of the Oxycodone pills is estimated at $40,000, Paprota said. "This was a very thorough and professional investigation conducted by detectives in the Lacey Township police department, which led to taking a large scale distributor of …