William F. Craig
Chief of Police


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Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

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Media Brief
Release Date: May 22, 2013

Media Brief

 

4/13/2013, Criminal Mischief, PO Tim Hecht- A resident of Quincy Drive reported damage to a mailbox.

 

4/26/2013, Suspicious Activity, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, PO Chris Quidort- Officer Quidort responded to the Gerhardt Apartments on Gerhardt Road for a report of juveniles driving a vehicle with individuals riding on the front hood. Officer Quidort located the vehicle which was occupied by with three males. The driver later identified as a 17 year old Jefferson Twp. male was being questioned about the incident. Officer Quidort could smell the odor of raw marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle. The Officer Quidort later observed a marijuana cigar on the floor. The driver was taken into custody and later issued numerous motor vehicle summonses and juvenile charges are pending.

 

4/27/2013, Motorcycle Accident, DWI, Cpl. Bill Kropp, PO Dave Wojtach: Martin Augustine age 53 of Jefferson lost control of his motorcycle on Cozy Lake Road and struck a guide rail.  He was conscious but not alert and was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Patterson. Det/Cpl. Steve Muller responded as did the Morris County Sheriff?s Crime Scene Unit. The driver was later charged with DWI.   

 

4/30/2013, Warrant Arrest, PO Tim Hecht- Jack Valois age 38 of Pompton Lakes was arrested by Roxbury PD on $2500 worth of Jefferson Twp. Municipal Court warrants. He was late transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility.

 

4/30/2013, Motor Vehicle Accident, DWI, Assault by Auto, PO Ryan McGowan- Christian Ochs age 60 of Branchville was arrested at scene of a motor vehicle accident on Route 15 South for DWI after striking another vehicle. Both drivers were transported to St. Clare?s Hospital for moderate injuries. Mr. Ochs was later charged with DWI and assault by auto.

 

4/30/2013, Motor Vehicle Accident, DWI, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, PO Rich Riena- Michael Palazzolo age 20 of Jefferson Twp. was arrested after passing out and driving off the road on Espanong Road. A wax fold containing suspected heroin was later found.  He was later charged for DWI, Possession of a controlled dangerous, Reckless and Failure to Maintain Lane. Later released pending a Municipal Court appearance. .

 

5/1/2013, Disorderly Conduct, Cpl. Doug Martin- Jeffrey Haber age 35 of Jefferson Twp. arrested after patrol responded to his residence at the Jefferson Apartments in regards to a noise complaints (loud yelling) for the second time in a 3 hour period. He was charged with Disorderly Conduct and later released pending a Municipal Court appearance.

 

5/2/2013, Warrant Arrest, PO Ryan McGowan- Joseph Vernieri age 21of Jefferson Twp. was arrested on $5081 worth of assorted warrants from numerous municipalities. Bail was posted and later released.

 

5/7/2013, Suspicious Activity, PO Justin Gjelsvik- A resident of Milton Road reported that they received a call from a male claiming to be her grandson and that he needed money for bail. She called her grandson and he did not need bail money. Residents should be aware this is a fairly common phone scam.

 

5/7/2013, Theft , PO Tim Hecht- A resident of Laverne Court reported theft of a black bear lawn ornament from their property.

 

05/11/2013, Drug overdose, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, PO  Dave Wojtach- Officer Wojtach responded to Woodland Drive for a report of an unresponsive male.  Codey Dohm age 18 of Jefferson Twp. was found breathing but not responsive. Waxed paper folds containing suspected heroin residue were located nearby. Jefferson Rescue Squad responded and Mr. Dohm was transported to St. Clare?s Hospital. Mr. Dohm was later charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.   

 

5/13/2013, Drug Offenses, PO Chris Quidort- Officer Quidort stopped Joshua Garcia age 21 of Jefferson Twp. for a stop sign violation at Mallard Drive. Officer Quidort detected the odor of raw marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Mr. DeJesus was placed under arrest and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was later released pending a Municipal Court appearance.

 

5/14/2013, Drug Offenses, PO Sean Krater/PO Chet Glazewski-.PO Glazewski observed a white male on Route 181 who appeared to have been in a fight. Officer Krater responded and they identified the male as Ryan Young age 24 of Sparta. Further investigation revealed that Mr. Young was possibly under the influence of heroin. He was placed under arrest and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and later released pending a Municipal Court appearance.

 

5/15/2013, Theft, Cpl. Doug Martin- Owner of Woodport Consignments on Route 181 reported theft of a Little Tikes playhouse from the parking lot of the business. 

 

5/18/2013, Criminal Mischief, PO Chris Fabian- A resident of Wood Hollow Trail reported that unknown actor(s) spray painted graffiti on a sign in front of his house.

 

 

 




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