On July 12th at 11:22pm, Patrolman Thomas Behrens arrested Robert Hughes, 30, of Barnegat on $1,500 in outstanding warrants out of Hazlet and New Brunswick.
Ptl. Behrens came into contact with Hughes during the response to a fight call on Lexington Blvd. Hughes was processed and turned over to officers from the New Brunswick Police Department who lodged him in the Middlesex County Jail in default of bail.
On July 12th at 1:06am, Ptl. Thomas Behrens arrested Thomas Danna, 59, of Tuckerton on a $750 warrant out of GallowayTownship. Ptl. Behrens came into contact with Danna during a motor vehicle on Route 9.
Danna initally advised Ptl. Behrens that his name was Thomas Lehman. After a records check revealed that no such person existed with the date of birth and address that Danna had provided, Danna admitted his real name to Ptl. Behrens. A subsequent records check revealed the outstanding warrant.
Danna was arrested on the strength of the warrant and was also charged with hindering apprehension. He posted bail and was processed and released pending a court date.
On July 6th at 11:07am, Ptl. Nicholas Dapuzzo arrested Douglas Vandevelde, 43, of Waretown on a no-bail warrant issued by the Ocean County Sheriffs Department.
Ptl. Dapuzzo was on routine patrol on West Bay Avenue when he observed Vandevelde walking in the area of the Garden State Parkway. Ptl. Dapuzzo had been aware of the outstanding warrant and took Vandevelde into custody. Vandevelde was processed and lodged in the Ocean County Jail.
On July 7th at 8:33pm, Patrolman Chris Ebert arrested Brett Podinker, 48, of Barnegat for DWI after responding to a report of an erratic driver.
An anonymous caller had reported a black GMC Envoy driving erratically on Route 9. Based on the caller’s description and a partial license plate number, Ptl. Ebert was able to locate the vehicle, which was being operated by Podinker, on Freedom Hills Drive.
Podinker’s 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 June 24th at 10:23pm K9 Officer Robert Armstrong arrested Kenneth Stetson Jr., 35, of Barnegat for DWI after stopping his car on Route 9 for failure to maintain lane.
Stetson’s car was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. He was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane and failure to submit breath samples.
On June 4th at 4:52am K9 Officer Robert Armstrong arrested Joseph Blair, 34 ,of Bayville on an outstanding warrant out of Barnegat Municipal Court. Officer Armstrong made contact with Blair in response to a report of a suspicious person at the Wawa on Route 9. Blair was processed and lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $750 bail.
On June 1st at 11:54am Patrolman Andrew Parsley arrested Justin Ramos, 20, of Barnegat for DWI after responding to a motor vehicle crash on Denville St. The investigation at the scene revealed that Ramos had struck two parked cars and a mailbox. Further investigation revealed that he was under the influence. His vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. Ramos, who was uninjured, was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane.
On June 4th at 9:42pm Patrolman George Martin arrested Keith Carson, 48, of Barnegat for DWI after stopping Carson’s vehicle on Barnegat Blvd for failing to stop at a stop sign and failure to maintain lane. Carson’s car was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. Carson was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to maintain lane, and failure to produce registration.
On June 9th at 12:10pm, a dump truck owned by Mathis Construction and operated by James DiGuilio, 66, of Tuckerton was headed southbound on Route 539 approximately one mile south of Route 72 when it experienced an apparent severe mechanical failure which caused it to overturn.
DiGuilio was treated at the scene by MONOC paramedics and Quality Medical Transport personnel. He was transported to a landing zone at the New Jersey Forest Fire Service’s Coyle Field airstrip on Route 72. From there he was airlifted by New Jersey State Police Northstar helicopter to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City.
The preliminary investigation showed a major suspension component failed causing the load in the dump truck to shift abruptly which led to the vehicle becoming uncontrollable and ultimately overturning. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Route 539 was closed between Route 72 and Warren Grove Rd for approximately 4 hours while the crash investigation was conducted and the Berkeley township hazardous materials response team supervised the cleanup of multiple gallons of diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid that was spilled as a result of the accident. Upon the completion of the investigation and cleanup at the scene, two heavy duty tow trucks from South Shore Towing were able to get the truck upright and removed from the scene.
The Barnegat Police Department Traffic Safety Unit is investigating with assistance from the New Jersey State Police Commercial Carrier Safety Inspection Unit.
Also assisting was Barnegat Volunteer Fire Company, Warren Grove Volunteer Fire Company, and the Stafford Township Police Department.
On May 30th at 2:09pm, Patrolman Jim Purcell arrested Thomas Taylor, 82, of Barnegat for harassment in connection with a disturbance at the Barnegat Food Pantry.
Officers were called to the food pantry by a food pantry volunteer who reported that Taylor had become irate when she would not give him a key to a secured area of the Food Pantry to which he was not authorized access. She alleged that Taylor, who is also a food pantry volunteer, yelled and cursed at her as well as shook his fist in close proximity to her. The victim related that she has been subjected to this behavior by Taylor on multiple occasions in the past.
Taylor was placed under arrest at his residence and was transported to police headquarters for processing. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court date.
On May 19th at 1:04am, Patrolman Thomas Behrens arrested Jerry Anderson 3rd, 22, of Barnegat for DWI after stopping Anderson’s vehicle for speeding on Barnegat Blvd. Anderson’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. Anderson was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, speeding, failure to maintain lane, driving with a suspended drivers license, driving with an expired drivers license, failure to wear a seat belt, and failure to produce documents.
On May 24th at 6:47pm, Patrolman Alex Hoffman arrested Kenneth Hynes Jr., 58, of Crosswicks for DWI after stopping Hynes’s car on Route 72 for failing to maintain lane of travel. Hynes’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. Hynes was processed and released with summonses for DWI, failure to submit breath samples, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, failure to produce registration, and failure to produce proof of insurance.