Chief Arthur P. Drexler is proud to announce that Kyle Cranmer, 29, of Little Egg Harbor and Anthony Carlo, 23, of Barnegat were both hired as full-time police officers with the Barnegat Police Department during the Committee Meeting held on March 10th.
Cranmer and Carlo were hired in order to replace retired officers. The department, which once had 47 full-time officers, had been reduced to 41 with the retirement of six officers over the past several years. Upon Cranmer and Carlo’s completion of the police academy and Barnegat Police Field Training Program they will join officers Brett Taylor and Stephen Russoniello (who are currently undergoing training at the Monmouth County Police Academy) to bring the department up to 45 officers.
The new officers were hired after finishing in the top 2% of over 250 applicants who endured a highly competitive and rigorous selection process. As Ocean County’s only nationally accredited police department, the Barnegat Police Department’s selection process is governed by numerous CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) standards and processes that meet or exceed the best practices in law enforcement.
Cranmer earned a bachelor of arts degree in historical studies from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Carlo earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Monmouth University.
The Barnegat Police Department is excited to welcome these highly-qualified candidates. Both officers will undergo training at the Ocean County Police Academy beginning in April.
On March 6th at 12:26pm, Patrolman Bryan Nogowski arrested Thomas Wright Jr., 44, of Barnegat on an outstanding $7,669 child support warrant issued by the Ocean County Sheriffs Department.
Ptl. Nogowski has responded to the area of the Wawa on Route 9 in response to a report of a suspicious person stumbling in the parking lot. After checking the area, Ptl. Nogowski located Wright Jr (who fit the description) in the area of the Rail Trail on Barnegat Blvd.
Wright Jr was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.
On February 28th at 12:12am, Patrolman Thomas Behrens arrested Darren Chambers, 23, of Warren Grove for DWI after stopping his vehicle on Warren Grove Road for failing to maintain lane of travel.
Chambers’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. He was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, failure to submit breath samples, failure to maintain lane, failure to possess drivers license, failure to wear seatbelt, failure to signal, and failure to exhibit documents.
On February 28th at 6pm, Patrolman Nicholas Venuto arrested Sean Morrissy, 26, of Toms River on a $758 warrant issued by Beachwood Municipal Court.
Ptl. Venuto came into contact with Morrissy after stopping his vehicle for speeding on Barnegat Blvd. Morrissy was turned over to Beachwood Police and was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.
On February 7th at 5pm, Ptl. Nicholas Venuto arrested Jarriel Walton, 20, of Barnegat on $15,500 in outstanding warrants out of Lacey and Barnegat Townships.
Ptl. Venuto had observed Walton in the 7-11 on West Bay Avenue and had prior knowledge of the warrants. Walton was processed and lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.
On February 21st at 10:20pm, Officer Lauren Keilitz arrested Shannan Harvey, 36, of Little Egg Harbor for DWI after stopping Harvey’s vehicle on Barnegat Blvd for making a right turn on red and failing to maintain lane of travel.
Harvey was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and right turn on red. Harvey’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law.
On January 31st at 4:30pm, members of the Barnegat Police Narcotics Unit arrested Joseph Barton, 49, and Michael Euston, 34, both of Barnegat on multiple charges.
The officers were in the area of the Lillian M Dunfee elementary school when they observed Barton and Euston engage in a hand-to-hand drug transaction. Barton began to leave the area on a bicycle when he was stopped and arrested.
Euston ignored orders to stop and fled the scene on foot. One of the officers chased Euston to the area of Bilge Avenue where he was located hiding behind a residence.
Barton was charged with possession of heroin (3rd degree). He was processed and released pending a court date.
Euston was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, distribution of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute in a school zone, distribution of heroin in a school zone (all 3rd degree), and resisting arrest (4th degree). He was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $77,500 bail.
On January 22nd, Detective Maryann Cirulli arrested Christopher Ryan, 40, of Barnegat in connection with a June 2013 theft.
Officers had responded in June 2013 to the reported theft of approximately $1,800 from a TD Bank account. It was determined that there were six unauthorized withdrawals from the account made in Barnegat, Manahawkin, and Little Egg Harbor.
The suspect was identified through surveillance footage. He was charged with theft (3rd degree) and was processed and released pending a court date.
On January 22nd, Detective William Hetrick arrested Grace Ross, 36, of Bridgewater, NJ in connection with several burglaries that occurred in the Heritage Point North age-restricted community dating back to August 2013.
Officers had responded to reports of burglaries on August 15, 2013, August 21, 2013, and December 3, 2013, all in the Heritage Point North community. Two of the homes were burglarized after the front doors were forced open and one was burglarized via a partially opened garage door. All three were daytime burglaries. The stolen property consisted primarily of jewelry and watches.
Ross was developed as a suspect based on eyewitness reports as well as surveillance footage from residential security systems.
Ross was charged with three counts of burglary (3rd degree), three counts of theft (two- 3rd degree, one- 4th degree), and two counts of criminal mischief (4th degree). She was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $45,000 bail.
None of the stolen property was recovered.
On January 18th at 1am, Patrolman Robert Armstrong arrested Tyquan Melvin, 26, of Barnegat on drug charges after responding to a call of a possible burglary.
Ptl. Armstrong was dispatched to the area of 39 Lowershore Road after a caller observed a male subject punching and pushing on the exterior door of the residence. Upon arriving on Lowershore Road, Ptl. Armstrong observed Melvin walking away from the porch of the residence.
Ptl. Armstrong made contact with Melvin and during the course of his investigation discovered that Melvin was in possession of crack cocaine and marijuana. Melvin was placed under arrest and was ultimately charged with possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana. He was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $25,000 bail.