Friday, March 8, 2013
Stanhope resident broke into three homes in Hopatcong and Mt. Arlington, police report.
A Stanhope man stole copper piping from homes in Hopatcong and Mt. Arlington, then sold it for cash, according to Lt. Thomas Kmetz. Sometime around October 2012, Michael Kaloudis, 24, entered three locked homes–two in Hopatcong and one in Mt. Arlington–and cut copper from pipes in the residences, Kmetz said. A home on Maxim Drive in Hopatcong leaked home heating oil into Bear Pond after Kaloudis cut the piping, Kmetz said. The home on Lakeside Boulevard flooded when Kaloudis cut the piping from there, Kmetz said. Kaloudis allegedly took 80-feet of copper piping from the home in Mt. Arlington, Kmetz said. Kaloudis then brought the stolen metal to C&M scrap yard in Dover, where he received $1,931.34 for the goods, Kmetz said. The Stanhope …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Guns, drugs found in Hopatcong home Tuesday evening, authorities report.
A Hopactong man was sent to jail in lieu of $100,000 bail after pointing a handgun at a police officer during a search of his home, Lt. Thomas Kmetz said. Police went to Carentan Road to serve a temporary restraining order on Dennis Nayman, 60, at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Kmetz said. The order came with a search warrant for potential weapons and allowed the officers to conduct a search of Nayman’s home, Kmetz said. When police asked Nayman to hand over any weapons, he didn’t cooperate, Kmetz said. Officer Bill Sutphen then went with Nayman back to a bedroom in the home, where the resident quickly went toward a nightstand and grabbed a small glass marijuana pipe and shoved it under his pillow, Kmetz said. At the same time, Nayman had grabbed a …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Resident driving with suspended license charged with drug offenses, DWI.
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Monday, February 25
A 62-year-old Hopatcong man admitted to having crack in his pocket after a motor vehicle stop on Feb. 23, Hopatcong police said. According to Lt. Thomas Kmetz, Robert Bullard was stopped on River Styx road for failing to keep right and admitted to patrol that his license was suspended for drug charges. Bullard told patrol had crack in his coat pocket, and it was found that Bullard had in total: A plastic bag with crack cocaine, two wax folds of heroin, three small-colored bags of suspected crack cocaine residue, a crack pipe and a push rod used for the crack pipe, Kmetz said. According to Kmetz, Bullard was taken to headquarters, tested and charged with failure to keep right, reckless driving, DWI, possession of CDS, possession of drug …
Hopatcong woman drove up Dupont Avenue without stopping for police.
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Monday, February 25
A 53-year-old Hopatcong woman was charged with DWI after a motor vehicle stop on Feb. 22, Hopatcong police said. Lt. Thomas Kmetz said that Debra Dachniewicz was pulled over after crossing the double yellow lines on Dupont Avenue. Kmetz said Dachniewicz ignored the emergency lights and siren from a patrol car from 223 Dupont Avenue to 333 Dupont Avenue before stopping. According to Kmetz, Dachniewicz failed the field sobriety tests and was arrested. After being arrested, Dachniewicz cursed at patrols throughout the processing, refused to submit to a breath test and told a family member while on her cell phone "I am ready to blow one of their heads off if I had a gun," Kmetz said. After being charged with failure to keep right, DWI, …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Five men, one teen girl found with heroin during search, police say.
Five men and one teen girl were arrested and charged with possession of heroin Wednesday after authorities from three different agencies descended upon a Hopatcong home, Lt. Thomas Kmetz said. Hopatcong and Roxbury police, along with the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, conducted a search warrant on a home owned by Eleanor Leonard after a joint investigation suspected the residence had heroin in it, Kmetz said. When authorities arrived, they found Hopatcong residents Joseph Leonard, 28; John Leonard, 25; John Mckevitt, 23; and Chelsea Pruden, 19, all in the home and in possession of 33 folds of heroin, Kmetz said. An arrest warrant had been issued for Joseph Leonard, Kmetz said. After conducting a search of the home, authorities …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Hopatcong Police say man took 48 cold pills and Xanax before driving.
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Monday, February 4
A 19-year-old Boonton man was arrested and charged with possession of drugs after his vehicle was found blocking the intersection at Brooklyn Road and Lakeside Boulevard on Feb. 3, Hopatcong Police Lt. Thomas Kmetz said. According to Kmetz, Sgt. Meghan Antonello was behind a vehicle on Brooklyn Road and observed it rolling through the traffic light into the intersection. Upon speaking with the driver, Christopher Sanford, Antonello smelled the strong odor of burnt marijuana from within the vehicle, Kmetz said. According to police, Sanford was given field sobriety tests which he failed and further investigation found that he had taken 48 cold and cough pills and Xanax during the day. Sanford was arrested, taken to headquarters, given the …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Hopatcong man charged after being identified from deer camera images, tracked by K-9 Unit, police say.
A Hopatcong resident’s deer camera, along with the Sussex County K-9 unit, led to the arrest of a borough man who allegedly stole items from unlocked cars, Lt. Thomas Kmetz said. Dennis Fastiggi, 25, has been charged with burglary, criminal trespass and theft. On Jan. 20 a Maxim Drive resident brought images taken from his deer camera to police that showed the back of an individual trying to break into the homeowner’s vehicle, Kmetz said. The resident also brought the images to Castaways Bar and showed patrons, seeking the identity of the individual, Kmetz said. Both the patrons and a Hopatcong Police Department detective identified the individual as Fastiggi, Kmetz said. On Jan. 23, a Mohawk Avenue resident saw a man inside her vehicle …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Union Beach 20-year-old arrested on underage drinking and drug charges.
A 20-year-old South Jersey woman was arrested in Hopatcong Saturday for underage drinking and possession of pot and cocaine drug paraphernalia in her car, police said. Susanne Ferrano, of Union Beach, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, underage drinking and driving with blood-alcohol content of .01 percent to .07 percent, reckless driving, CDS in a motor vehicle, and failure to obey a no turn on red, according to a release supplied by Lt. Thomas Kmetz. Hopatcong Police first pulled Ferrano over when officers noticed her make a turn on red onto Maxim Drive, and then saw her driving over the double-yellow lines, Kmetz said. Police first found a marijuana blunt and smoking pipe in the center console of …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Police said traffic may not resume until about 8 p.m.
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Friday, December 21, 2012
Motorists were asked to avoid Brooklyn Stanhope Road and Wills Avenue in Hopatcong on Friday as two downed utility poles were blocking the roadway. Hopatcong police said the roads would not be reopened until between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, according to a time estimate provided by Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L). JCP&L crews were on the scene repairing the poles. As an alternate route, police encouraged drivers to travel on Lakeside Avenue to Brooklyn Mountain Road to Durban Road. Drivers could then take Flora Road on to Wills Avenue.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Between $30-$50 was taken from the unlocked vehicle.
More than $30 was stolen from a vehicle on Hudson Avenue during the overnight hours Thursday, Hopatcong Police said. The vehicle, which was unlocked, had between $30 and $50 worth of change stolen from it, according to a report released by Lt. Thomas Kmetz. Kmetz said the theft occured sometime between 8:30 p.m. Thursday and 9:30 a.m. Friday. Police ask anyone with information to contact Officer Thomas Snyder at 973-398-5000.