Woman Arrested after Threatening Kids with Rifle

On December 17th at 3:46pm the Barnegat Police Department received several calls of a female subject standing in the middle of Schooner Avenue waving a rifle. Multiple officers responded to the scene where they found Amanda Ponzio, 35, of Barnegat engaged in an argument with a group of juveniles. Ponzio was immediately taken into custody without incident. Officers recovered a Remington 597 rifle from the scene. The initial investigation revealed that Ponzio had become engaged in a verbal dispute with a group of area juveniles when she entered her Schooner Avenue home and returned with the rifle which she then used to threaten the juveniles.
Ponzio was charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose (2nd degree), unlawful possession of a rifle (3rd degree), endangering the welfare of a child (4th degree), and three counts of terroristic threats (3rd degree). She was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $175,000 bail.
The Barnegat Police Department would like to thank the concerned residents who called and provided relevant and timely information which was relayed to responding officers and aided in the successful and safe resolution of the incident.

Traffic Collision Leads to DWI Arrest

On December 14th at 8:30pm Barnegat Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision on Route 9 at West Bay Ave. Callers reported that a vehicle had struck a fire hydrant and sideswiped two utility poles.
Patrolman Nicholas Dapuzzo arrived on scene and determined that Joseph Ondusko 3rd, 32, of Manahawkin had been driving his 2003 Toyota Tacoma northbound on Route 9 when he left the roadway, sideswiped two utility poles, a mailbox, a street sign, and finally a fire hydrant before coming to rest in the area of 338 North Main Street.
Patrolman Dapuzzo determined that Ondusko, who was uninjured in the collision, was under the influence of alcohol and placed him under arrest for DWI. Ondusko’s vehicle was impounded in accordance with John’s Law. Ondusko was processed and released with summonses for failure to maintain lane, DWI, and reckless driving.

Arrest Made in Utility Theft

On November 5th at 8:00pm Barnegat Police communications officers observed suspicious activity near an electrical meter at a Lexington Blvd address. The communications officers were inside the Barnegat Police Department Communications Center monitoring video from security cameras mounted in the Lexington Blvd area when they observed a female subject appearing to tamper with an electrical meter while another female subject held a surfboard in a manner that appeared to be an attempt to block the view from the security cameras. The communications officers notified Ptl. Nicholas Dapuzzo.
Ptl. Dapuzzo was able to review the video and positively identify the subject tampering with the meter as Annmarie Locke, 29, of Barnegat. Ptl. Dapuzzo responded to Locke’s Lexington Blvd residence and placed her under arrest after determining that she had tampered with the electric meter to restore her electric service which had been turned off by Jersey Central Power and Light.
Locke was charged with theft of services and criminal mischief. She was processed and released pending a court date.

DWI Arrests

On November 7th at 8:12pm K9 Officer Robert Armstrong arrested Shawn Theno, 24, of New Gretna for DWI after stopping Theno’s car on Route 9 near West Bay Avenue for failing to observe a red traffic signal. Theno’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. Theno was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, driving with a suspended drivers license, and failure to observe a traffic control device.
On November 8th at 8:38pm Patrolman Anthony Carlo arrested Vincent Lioudis, 18, of Barnegat for DWI after responding to a single car motor vehicle crash on Rockrimmon Boulevard. Once on scene the officer determined that Lioudis had failed to negotiate a turn and had struck a dumpster. Lioudis was uninjured. His vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. He was processed and released with summonses for DWI  and reckless driving.
On November 8th at 3:17am K9 Officer Robert Armstrong arrested William Yates, 48, of Barnegat for DWI after stopping Yates’s vehicle on Ravenwood Blvd for failing to maintain lane of travel. Yates’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. He was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane.

Warrant Arrests

On October 30th at 1:09pm Patrolman Andrew Parsley arrested Ann Marie Locke, 29, of Barnegat on $750 dollars in outstanding warrants out of Stafford and Ocean Townships. Ptl. Parsley observed Locke walking on Lexington Blvd while patrolling the area. Locke was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.
On October 30th at 11:27am Patrolman Andrew Parsley arrested Dennis Roberts, 28, of Barnegat on a $501 dollar warrant out of Manchester Township. Ptl. Parsley was on patrol when he observed Roberts walking down West Bay Ave. Roberts was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.

DWI Arrests

On October 17th at 11:08pm Patrolman Alex Hoffman arrested Jacquelin Popinko, 32, of Stewartsville for DWI after stopping her car on West Bay Avenue for failing to maintain lane of travel. Popinko’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. She was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, failure to produce registration, and failure to produce insurance.
On October 24th at 11:01pm Patrolman Thomas Behrens arrested Paul Taurgrasso, 37, of Barnegat for DWI after contacting Taurgrasso on the shoulder of Lowershore Rd. Taurgrasso’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. He was processed and released with summonses for DWI, refusal to submit breath samples, and reckless driving.
On October 25th at 9:15pm Patrolman Timothy Bradshaw arrested Mark Sacaloff, 40, of Ocean for DWI after stopping Sacaloff’s vehicle on Route 9 for failing to maintain lane of travel. Sacaloff’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. Sacaloff was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and maintenance of lamps. 
 
On October 25th at 3:13am K9 Officer Robert Armstrong arrested Vishesh Nath, 19, of Barnegat for DWI after stopping Nath’s vehicle on Gunning River Road after a random license plate check showed Nath’s registration was suspended. Nath’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. Nath was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and underage possession of alcohol. 
 
On November 1st at 11:58pm Patrolman Brian Weber arrested Scott Wallace, 42, of Manahawkin for DWI after stopping Wallace’s vehicle on Barnegat Blvd for failing to maintain lane of travel. Wallace’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. Wallace was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane. 

Weapons Arrest

On October 25th at 8:52pm, Patrolman Alex Hoffman arrested Charles Jordan 4th, 18, of Tuckerton, NJ for possession of a switchblade knife and possession of alcoholic beverages.
Ptl. Hoffman had responded to the wooded area of Ocean Acres in response to a report of a bonfire and party with underage drinking. Ptl. Hoffman along with other Barnegat officers located the bonfire and several subjects. Jordan was arrested after the investigation on scene revealed that he was in possession of alcohol and a switchblade knife.
Jordan was processed and released pending a court date.

Warrant Arrest

On October 21st at 10:48pm Patrolman Nicholas Dapuzzo arrested Joseph Fattaruso Jr., 61, of Manchester on an outstanding $500 contempt of court warrant out of Englishtown, NJ.
Ptl. Dapuzzo ran a random plate inquiry on Fattaruso Jr’s vehicle registration via his patrol unit’s mobile computer which returned a hit for the outstanding warrant. Fattaruso Jr. was lodged in the Monmouth County Jail in default of bail.

DWI Arrest

On October 19th at 2:02am, Sgt. Jason Carroll arrested Frank Derosa 3rd, 31, of Barnegat for DWI after stopping his vehicle for speeding. Derosa’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law.
Derosa was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, and speeding.

Officers Pull Female Off of Parkway Overpass in Apparent Suicide Attempt

On October 6th at 3:45pm, the Barnegat Police Department received numerous emergency calls from citizens and motorists reporting that a female subject had walked out onto the Garden State Parkway overpass on West Bay Avenue and was on the ledge on the outside of the fence hanging over the parkway.
Multiple officers arrived on location within one minute of the call being dispatched. The officers observed that a female subject had walked out onto the ledge of the overpass outside of the fence and was standing on the narrow ledge over the parkway, clinging to the fence.
Ptl. Alex Hoffman, Ptl. Tim Bradshaw, Ptl. Brett Taylor, and recent academy graduates Ptl. Kyle Cranmer and Ptl. Anthony Carlo controlled traffic on the overpass and initiated a dialogue with the female (later determined to be a juvenile) from the roadway side of the fence. At the same time, Sergeant Jeff Ryan stopped the northbound traffic on the Garden State Parkway from traveling under the overpass.
While the juvenile was distracted by the other officers, Ptl. Andrew Parsley and Ptl. Bryan Nogowski stepped undetected onto the outside portion of the overpass where they were able to grab the juvenile and forcibly pulled her off of the ledge (despite her resistance) before she could fall or jump.
The juvenile was uninjured and was transported to Southern Ocean Medical Center for evaluation.
Ptl. Parsley, Ptl. Nogowski, and Ptl. Taylor had finished their shifts and were leaving for the day, but upon hearing the call dispatched responded to the scene due to their close proximity and the nature of the call.
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