Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Hopatcong resident charged with burglary and theft.
A 25-year-old Hopatcong man was arrested for stealing dozens of DVD movies from a Monroe Trail home, Police Lt. Thomas Kmetz said. Police reported to a home where the owner said 30 DVDs had been taken from his home, Kmetz said. Following the complaint, Det. Ryan Tracey went to Saturday Night Matinee in Rockaway and learned that Dennis Fastiggi pawned the entire bundle of films to the store, Kmetz said. Fastiggi was arrested at his home on Wildwood Shores Drive without incident, Kmetz said. He was also given a borough ordinance violation for selling Avon door to door without a permit for an incident on March 22, Kmetz said. Fastiggi was charged with burglary and theft. Fastiggi was lodged in Sussex County Jail in lieu of $50,000. For …
Friday, March 22, 2013
20-year-old resident was being tracked for a month, police report.
After a month-long investigation by three police departments and the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office, a Hopatcong resident has been arrested and charged for having a cache of illegal drugs in his home, Hopatcong Police Lt. Thomas Kmetz said. Officers from Hopatcong, Roxbury and Mount Arlington, in conjunction with Sussex County Sheriff’s Officers and a K-9 unit, served an arrest and search warrant on Michael Calo, 20, at his home on Eugene Road at 1 p.m. Thursday, Kmetz said. The warrants were a result of a month-long investigation into Calo’s dealings, Kmetz said, and a search of his home yielded the following: Calo was charged with possession of ecstasy, possession with intent to distribute ecstasy, distribution of ecstasy, possession of …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Hopatcong resident fled the scene after smashing into a telephone pole, police report.
A Hopatcong teen crashed into a telephone pole, left the scene, and subsequently tried fighting police before being arrested, Hopatcong Lt. Thomas Kmetz said. Patrol responded to the area of Broadway and Brown Trail at noon Monday where a vehicle hit a telephone pole and left the scene, Kmetz said. Officer Gerald Mancuso found a piece of a bumper and a front headlight at the scene, Kmetz said. Mancuso patrolled back roads for an hour before finding a match of the vehicle on Tulsa Trail, Kmetz said. Mancuso began speaking with the homeowner, who said his son, Joshua Alfaro, 19, had the vehicle out earlier that day, Kmetz said. Mancuso then tried speaking with Joshua Alfaro, but the teen was highly intoxicated and could not talk to the …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Resident arrested twice in one month after telling police he was in possession of narcotics, authorities report.
A Hopatcong man told police he had crack cocaine on him for the second time in less than a month, according to Hopatcong Police Lt. Thomas Kmetz. Police responded to a report of a drunken driver on Maxim Drive on March 14, with a vehicle description and license plate number, Kmetz said. Officer Thomas Snyder found the vehicle travelling on Maxim Drive a short time later, and noticed Robert Bullard, 62, driving, Kmetz said. Snyder recognized Bullard in the car and knew the driver’s license was suspended, subsequently pulling him over, Kmetz said. While speaking with Bullard, Snyder found Chore Boy on the floor of the vehicle, which is commonly used at the end of a crack pipe to smoke crack cocaine, Kmetz said. Upon question, Bullard told …
Bicycle was taken from a home on Ruth Street on March 14.
A $460 bicycle was reported stolen last week, and Hopatcong Police are asking residents for any information to find the thief. A 2010 Fit VH1 bicycle was stolen from Ruth Street at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday, March 14, Lt. Thomas Kmetz said. The bike has a black frame, purple rims and purple peddles, Kmetz said. The front tire has a green hubcap, Kmetz said. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Hopatcong Police Department at 973-398-5000. For questions about this post, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Fredrik Greaker pleaded guilty to three different charges in Sussex County Superior Court this week.
A 68-year-old Hopatcong man arrested nearly a year ago for shooting a rifle toward a family member has pleaded guilty to three charges, according to the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office. Fredrik Greaker was arrested in early April 2012 when police responded to a dispute with a gun at the Arrowcrest Lodge. When officers arrived, they found Greaker had shot a rifle just feet above the bed where his family member was laying after an argument, police said. The shot was fired from a 1918 Enfield rifle four feet above the bed, police said. The bullet was never recovered. Nearly a year later, Greaker has pled guilty to possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, certain persons not to possess a firearm after having been convicted of illegal use…
Monday, March 11, 2013
Through a donation by The Lake Hopatcong Elks Lodge 782, Hopatcong PD recently welcomed a new K-9 officer into the ranks
A year after the Hopatcong Police Department was hit with the sudden loss of K-9 Officer Rosco, the department has now welcomed K-9 Eli into the ranks through the help of the Elks Lodge. The German Shephard was purchased from the Seeing Eye in Morris Township, following a $500 donation from the Lodge, according to a report on nj.com and the police department's website. "K-9 Eli is a one purpose dog and that is for drug detection," said Lt. Thomas Kmetz in a press release. "He will be used on motor vehicle stops, school searches and anywhere else where someone may be hiding narcotics." K-9 Eli along with his handler Officer Thomas Snyder will attend a 14-week training program conducted by the New Jersey State Police K-9 division. Following …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Brooklyn Stanhope Road house broken into while homeowner was away, cops report.
Hopatcong Police are looking for someone who allegedly broke into an unoccupied Brooklyn Stanhope Road house this winter, Lt. Thomas Kmetz said. The homeowner moved out of the residence and left it vacant for several months, Kmetz said. When he returned to winterize the building, he found the rear basement door was kicked in, Kmetz said. The home’s condition was left in “disarray,” Kmetz said, and it was not yet determined if any goods were stolen. Hopatcong Police are asking anyone with information to contact Det. Luciani at 973-398-5000. For questions about this post, email email@example.com.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Hopatcong police report a 28-year-old resident pawned off stolen jewelry.
A Hopatcong man has been arrested and charged with theft in connection with stolen jewelry in town, Hopatcong Police Lt. Thomas Kmetz said. A resident came into the Hopatcong Police Department reporting jewelry stolen from her home earlier this month, Kmetz said. The victim said she shared her home with Christopher Onnen, 28, Kmetz said. Police then looked at photographs of jewelry that had recently been pawned by Onnen in the area and found it matched the description the victim was describing, Kmetz said. Onnen was requested to come into headquarters, where he did not answer any questions, Kmetz said. He was arrested and charged with theft with a value amount of $1,250, and later released. For questions about this post, email jason.…
Friday, February 15, 2013
Hopatcong man resisted arrest when being questioned, police report.
A pair of 23-year-olds were arrested for drug possession after Hopatcong officers found them driving in a car wrecked from a crash, Chief Robert Brennan said. Joshua Sisson, of Budd Lake, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving, possession of controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, possession of controlled dangerous substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Brian Kunz, of Hopatcong, was charged with obstruction of justice and resisting arrest. At 3:30 a.m. Friday, Officer Gerald Mancuso saw a vehicle driving with extensive front-end damage and smoke coming from the car, Brennan said. Mancuso stopped the car and spoke with the driver, Sisson, who gave conflicting …