On March 4, 2015 members of the Barnegat Police Department Investigative Division served a search warrant at the Rainbow Spa, 575 Route 9 in Barnegat. Arrested during the warrant service were Jian Zhou, 44, of Galloway, NJ and Xiuhong Fu, 49, of Brooklyn, NY. The warrant service was the result of a month long investigation into illegal prostitution at the location. Officers seized $2,000 dollars in cash during the subsequent search.
Zhou was charged with promoting prostitution and engaging in prostitution. Fu was charged with engaging in prostitution. They were both processed and released pending a court date.
The Barnegat Police Department was assisted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Group, the Toms River Police Department Special Enforcement Team, and United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
On March 5th at 10:23am officers responded to a report of an overturned truck on Route 539 south of Route 72. Upon arrival officers found that a Penske Leasing Co box truck that had been headed southbound left the roadway and overturned, damaging a utility pole.
Officers determined that there were over 100 pressurized oxygen tanks in the cargo area of the truck. In response, Route 539 was closed to all traffic from Route 72 to Route 610 and a safety perimeter was established.
The Station 85 Berkeley Emergency Response Team (BERT), which specializes in handling hazardous materials incidents, was requested and responded to the scene. The BERT team conducted an assessment and determined that none of the oxygen tanks had been compromised or were leaking.
The roadway remained closed for several hours while the oxygen tanks were offloaded and Atlantic City Electric personnel repaired the damaged pole and wires.
The initial investigation indicates that the snow covered roadway contributed to the accident. The driver, Gustave Demartin, 47, of Old Bridge, was uninjured.
Barnegat police were assisted by the Ocean County Sheriffs Department, Stafford Police Department, Barnegat Volunteer Fire Company, and Warren Grove Fire Department.
This agency investigated a total of eight officer complaints in 2014. These complaints were lodged by either citizens or other police officers concerned by the actions of their colleagues. Six of the eight complaints were brought forth by citizens and were as follows: three related to officer attitude and/or demeanor; two alleged excessive use of force, and one claimed officer harassment. The remaining two complaints were supervisory in nature and were brought forth by agency supervisors and or fellow employees. Each complaint can result in departmental discipline ranging in punishment from a negative performance notice and/or a counseling session to dismissal from the agency.
In each case, Professional Standards initiated an investigation to determine whether each complaint was valid. The outcome of each investigation was documented as follows: two of the three attitude/demeanor complaints were sustained meaning that there was clear evidence to prove that the incident did occur. In the remaining complaint the officer was determined not to have been involved in any wrong doing. The excessive use of force investigations cleared one officer of any wrong doing and the other was administratively closed because the complaint was withdrawn. The sole harassment allegation resulted in the officer being cleared (exonerated) of any wrong doing. Both of the supervisory complaints were sustained. All sustained complaints resulted in some form of departmental discipline in accordance with agency policy. Discipline ranged from a counseling session and or negative performance notice to an oral reprimand.
We also received one hundred-two (102) compliments in 2014 from citizens and police supervisors pleased with officer performance.
On February 13th at 7:47am, Ptl. Brett Taylor arrested Stanley Chambers, 30, of Toms River on a $45,000 warrant for a prior offense of distribution of CDS within Barnegat Township.
Ptl. Taylor located Chambers at Southern Ocean Medical Center after receiving information that Chambers was possibly there. Chambers was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail. Stafford Township police assisted with the arrest.
On February 13th at 1:27am, K-9 Officer Robert Armstrong arrested Joseph Garrett, 35, of Long Branch on $89,000 in outstanding warrants issued by the Monmouth County Sheriffs Department. Officer Armstrong observed Garrett inside of the 7-11 on West Bay Avenue and had prior knowledge of the warrants.
Garrett was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.
On February 3rd at 9:31pm, Patrolman Thomas Behrens arrested Israel Ortega Jr., 43, of Atlantic City and Tiffany Duffy, 42, of Barnegat on multiple outstanding warrants. Ptl. Behrens stopped the vehicle which Ortega Jr was driving on Village Dr for an inoperative brake light. During the stop it was learned that Ortega Jr’s drivers license was suspended. It was further determined that both Ortego Jr and Duffy, who was a passenger in the vehicle, both had multiple outstanding warrants. Ortega Jr had two outstanding warrants out of Atlantic County for $5,430. Duffy had three warrants out of Stafford Twp., Brick Twp., and Mays Landing totaling $1,659 dollars. In addition, she had a no bail warrant out of Egg Harbor Township.
Ortega Jr was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail. Duffy was lodged in the Atlantic County Jail in default of bail.
On February 5th at 10:12pm, Patrolman Anthony Carlo arrested Dwaine Duffy, 40, of Jackson on an outstanding child support warrant issued by the Ocean County Sheriffs Department. Duffy was processed and lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $19,081 dollars bail.
On February 7th at 5:29pm, Patrolman Nicholas Dapuzzo arrested Edward Deller Jr., 33, of Warren Grove on an outstanding no bail warrant issued by the Ocean County Sheriffs Department. Ptl. Dapuzzo observed Deller in the 7-11 parking lot on West Bay Avenue and determined that he had a warrant for his arrest. Deller was processed and lodged in the Ocean County Jail.
On February 5th at 1:08am, Patrolman Timothy Bradshaw arrested Walter Rutzler 3rd, 20, of Barnegat for assault after responding to a fight in progress at a Mast Drive residence. Ptl. Bradshaw observed Rutzler strike a victim in the face at which time he was placed under arrest. Rutzler resisted arrest resulting in an additional charge. The accused was charged with simple assault and resisting arrest and was released pending a court date.
On January 31st at 4:16pm, Ptl. Timothy Bradshaw arrested John Meadows 3rd, 49, of Barnegat for theft of services after Meadows refused to pay for a $150 dollar limousine ride from Atlantic City. Meadows resisted arrest and failed to cooperate with officers during processing resulting in charges of resisting arrest and obstructing the administration of law.
Meadows was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $7,500 bail.