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Police Blotter: Drugs, DUIs, Stolen Tires and More...

Here's a roundup of notable police activity in Lawrence Township from Dec. 13 through Dec. 19.

Drug Offense

Two Lawrence Township men – Cory Williams, 20, of Mink Court, and Marcin Nedza, 20, of Pilgrim Avenue – were arrested and charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after they were allegedly caught with the prohibited drugs and material in a vehicle parked in Hamnett Park off Ohio Avenue about 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, according to township police spokesman Lt. Mark Ubry.

He said Officer Shaun Sexton made the arrests after investigating why the vehicle was in the park after hours.

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Drug Offense

A 17-year-old Lawrence Township boy, whose name was not disclosed because under the law he is still a juvenile, was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after he was found with an alleged marijuana pipe inside a vehicle parked at the dead end of Bunker Hill Avenue about 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, Ubry said.

Officer Richard Laird III, upon approaching the vehicle to ascertain why it was parked in such an unusual location, smelled an odor of what he believed was burnt marijuana, according to Ubry. As a result of Laird’s investigation, he said, the teenage occupant of the vehicle was arrested for possession of the pipe.

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Driving Under the Influence

David Zaback, 30, of Lambertville was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving and three other offenses after the Honda Fit he was driving crashed into the rear of another vehicle on Carter Road at Cold Soil Road shortly before 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, according to Ubry. No injuries were reported, he added.

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Driving Under the Influence

Alexander Rodriguez, 24, of Old Rose Street, Trenton, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving and making an improper turn after he allegedly made an illegal right turn against a red traffic signal from Princeton Avenue into the access road leading to the rear of the Trenton Farmers’ Market shortly before 2 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, Ubry said.

Officer Andres Mejia initiated the traffic stop after he witnessed the illegal turn, Ubry said. He said Rodriguez was taken into custody after he performed poorly on field sobriety tests.

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Theft

Officer Hector Nieves is investigating the theft of all four tires and rims from a Honda Accord while the vehicle was parked outside Building 8 of the Avalon Run apartment complex on Town Court North sometime between 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, Ubry said, noting that the stolen property was worth a total of about $800.

The car was found resting on two cinder blocks.

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Theft

At 7 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, police were notified that four 12-volt batteries had been stolen from two Mack trucks while they were parked at the Hub Leasing property in the 2800 block of Route 1 (Brunswick Pike) overnight, according to Ubry. Officer Thomas Chianese is investigating.

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Theft

Officer Shaun Sexton is investigating the theft of $300 in cash from a residence on Johnson Avenue sometime between 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, Ubry said. No evidence of a break-in was found, he said, and the resident told police she had several visitors to the home during that timeframe.

 

Anyone with information about any of the above crimes is asked to call Lawrence Township police at (609) 896-1111.

A copy of Lawrence Township's police dispatch log for Thursday, Dec. 13, through Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, can be viewed from the PDF box above. This log lists all significant calls for service and incidents for which officers filed a written report. Routine administrative assignments are omitted. Some data has been redacted to protect the identity of crime victims.


See Also:

  • Dec. 18: "Chiropractor Accused of Molesting Patients"

 

 

Amy January 08, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Something needs to be done about Avalon Run. This is the third theft of tires and rims at the complex in the last 6 months. Management claims that security cameras and guards are "too expensive" and that they don't even know if the police have been to the complex unless residents tell them. For what they're charging for apartments, their willful ignorance is unacceptable. I know I won't be renewing my lease when the time comes, and I don't suggest anyone move in there unless they want to deal with noisy neighbors, numerous maintenance issues, constant police activity for domestic disputes, and threat to personal property all at the hands of a management staff who truly couldn't care less.

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