On June 4th at 5:40pm, Patrolman Kyle Cranmer arrested Geoffrey Colucci, 48, of Manahawkin for DWI after responding to West Bay Ave and Barnegat Blvd for a multiple car crash. An investigation determined that Colucci had rear-ended a stopped motor vehicle which set off a chain reaction crash ultimately involving three cars. It was further determined that Colucci was impaired due to alcohol.
Colucci’s vehicle was impounded in accordance with John’s Law. Colucci was processed and released with summonses for DWI and reckless driving.
On June 5th at 6:20pm, Patrolman Kyle Cranmer arrested Edward Petro, 49, of Barnegat fro DWI after agency detectives on a separate case observed Petro’s vehicle failing to maintain its lane of travel. Ptl. Cranmer stopped Petro’s vehicle on Georgetown Blvd. Petro’s vehicle was impounded in accordance with John’s Law. Petro was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, improper display of plates, and open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
On June 6th at 1:08am, K9 Officer Robert Armstrong arrested William Ludwig IV for DWI after responding to the Laurel Oaks complex for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Ludwig’s Green Jeep Liberty matched the description of the suspicious vehicle. It was determined that Ludwig had been operating the vehicle while impaired by alcohol. Ludwig’s vehicle was impounded in accordance with John’s Law. He was processed and released with summonses for DWI and reckless driving.
On May 17th at 5:00am, Ptl. Brian Weber arrested Tina Danko, 33, of Barnegat for DWI after responding to a one-car collision on East Bay Avenue.
Ptl. Weber determined that Danko had been attempting to make a U-turn in the roadway when she struck the pole. Danko was not injured and the pole sustained minor damage. Danko’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s law. She was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane.
On May 18th at 1:55am, Ptl. Alex Hoffman arrested Lisa Bumbarger, 41, of Rahway Rd after responding to a report that an intoxicated subject had left a residence and was operating a motor vehicle. Ptl. Hoffman was able to locate the vehicle at the Barnegat Municipal Dock where he determined that Bumbarger was intoxicated. Bumbarger’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. She was processed and released with summonses for DWI and reckless driving.
On April 28th at 3:08pm, Patrolman Anthony King arrested Cornelius Robinson Jr., 49, of Barnegat on multiple outstanding warrants totaling $46,300 dollars. The warrants were issued by the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department, Ocean Township (Monmouth), Howell, New Brunswick, Princeton, East Windsor, and Summit.
Robinson Jr was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.
On April 26th at 12:42pm, Barnegat police officers responded to the Barnegat Motel for a report of an armed robbery. Officers were advised that two male subjects had forced their way into a motel room armed with what appeared to be a handgun and demanded money. The subjects reportedly fought with a male occupant of the room before fleeing the area in a white Ford Crown Victoria.
Patrolman Bryan Nogowski located the Ford Crown Victoria unoccupied on Water Street approximately 15 minutes later. Officers immediately established a perimeter and, due to the large size of the wooded and marshy area, requested additional resources from surrounding agencies. Officers from the New Jersey State Police, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, Stafford Township Police Department, Ocean Township Police Department, and Little Egg Harbor Police Department responded to the scene to assist in maintaining the perimeter and searching for the subjects.
A New Jersey State Police helicopter was requested and responded to the scene as well as K9s from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and Little Egg Harbor Police Department. During the ensuing search operation, NJSP Troopers in the helicopter were able to locate both subjects who were attempting to flee the area through the difficult terrain. Officers on the ground were guided by the helicopter to the locations of the subjects who had split up. Both of the subjects- James Boone, 22, of Toms River, and Lance Alexander, 27, of Philadelphia, PA were taken into custody without incident.
The crime scene was processed by Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI. Officers at the motel recovered a black BB gun which may have been the weapon brandished during the robbery.
Alexander was charged with 1st degree robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and aggravated assault. He was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $70,000 bail (no 10% option). Boone was charged with 2nd degree robbery and was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $30,000 bail (no 10% option).
On April 1st at 1:00am, Patrolman Anthony Carlo arrested Tiffany Duffy, 43, of Barnegat for DWI after stopping Duffy’s car on Village Dr for failing to maintain her lane of travel. Duffy’s car was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. Duffy was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and driving with a suspended drivers license.
On March 27th at 1:41am, Patrolman Anthony Carlo arrested Sean Thorpe, 29, of Barnegat for DWI after stopping Thorpe’s car on Route 9 for having tinted windows. Thorpe’s car
was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. Thorpe was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, and tinted windows.
On March 26th at 11:23pm, K9 Officer Robert Armstrong arrested Mark McGinley, 46, of Barnegat for possession of CDS. Officer Armstrong had stopped McGinley’s vehicle on Village Drive for having inoperable taillights. During the course of the stop, Officer Armstrong made several observations that led to a consensual search of the vehicle. During the search, Officer Armstrong recovered heroin and hypodermic syringes.
McGinley was processed and released pending a court date.
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.