Police & Fire

October 26, 2020

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – An annual report released earlier this month by the FBI shows that Island Heights as the safest municipality in Ocean County in 2019. It’s also one of the smallest towns, with a population of just 1652 residents. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report is based on information submitted ...

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STAFFORD — The Stafford Township Police Department's Drug Enforcement Unit concluded an extensive narcotics investigation with the arrest of 78 year old Allen Poplawski, Poplawski lives on Whitecap Avenue in the Ocean Acres section of Stafford. The arrest took place on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - Barnegat Police officers and members of the Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) arrested a driver last night after discovering both a handgun and cocaine in his possession. Members of the CRU were in conducting an investigation in the area of Bowline Street. They observed a black Jeep ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ – The national news may be overrun with stories about negative interactions between law enforcement and everyday people.  However, that doesn’t appear to be the case in Barnegat, where local officials continue to enhance already exemplary policies and procedures. Barnegat Police ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ -  The Barnegat Police Department took to its social media page once again to welcome three new officers.  Ptl. Nicholas Castrovilly, Ptl. Nicole Lentini, and Ptl. Kenneth Calicchio have been hired as full-time police officers. and appointed at the October 6th Township Committee ...

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BRANT BEACH — Reports came in on Thursday morning about a construction site accident on 61st Street and Bayview Avenue in Brant Beach.  A home was being renovated when an accident took place in upper floor addition. Two workers were injured. The incident happened around 8:30 a.m.  The two ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ – The Barnegat Police Department once again made it to the top of the list as far as low crime rate last year in Ocean County. The local agency and Barnegat Police Chief Keith Germain have every intention of keeping it that way. Germain took to Facebook Live on Tuesday evening and ...

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SHIP BOTTOM — 11:40 a.m. Police cars and an ambulance are currently on eastbound Route 72 in Ship Bottom between Central Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard. The accident is near the WaWa.  Police are diverting traffic north or south onto Barnegat Boulevard. TAPinto will update as more ...

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STAFFORD — Route 539, north of Route 72 in Stafford has been closed for hours after a deadly truck and auto collision between Route 72 and Harry Wright Blvd according to the New Jersey News Netwrok.  A dump truck and auto collided.  Police report that one person has died. The name of the victim ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ -   News that the Barnegat Township Committee approved the hiring of a new officer came by way of official resolution.  This year the application process was extremely competitive. Barnegat resident Joseph Peragine made it to the top of the list and heads to the academy on September ...

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STAFFORD —Stafford Township Police responded to a report of multiple gunshots fired Wednesday night at 9:55 p.m. Joshua Posey, 36 years old was shooting a pistol in front of his home on Rudder Avenue in the Ocean Acres section of the Township.  Members of the Stafford Township Detective Bureau ...

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WARETOWN, NJ - The Ocean Township Police Department has requested the public's assistance in identifying a male and female suspected of burglary. Both individuals are depicted on videos on the department's Facebook page, found here. According to the local law enforcement agency, several vehicles ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - Barnegat resident Joseph Peragine heads to the police academy next week after the Township Committee passed a resolution appointing him as the department’s newest patrolman. Peragine starts the position at a base salary of $50 290.90. Peragine rose to the top of an applicant list ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The fatal shooting of 36-year-old Jermaine Lewis of Barnegat is under active investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Elizabeth Police Department Chief Giacomo Sacca and Director Earl Graves jointly announced Friday. Shortly after 11 p.m. on September ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ – The Barnegat Township Committee passed a resolution Tuesday thanking the Barnegat Township Police Department for its “amazing efforts” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The only thing missing was a perfunctory handshake exchange between Mayor John Novak and Police Chief Keith ...

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EAGLESWOOD - On Saturday, August 22 Salvatore Cusimano, 49, of West Creek, was operating a personal watercraft when he was ejected in Sahara Sands Quarry, in Eagleswood. The accident happened around 2:30 p.m., according to a statement by the New Jersey State Police said. Cusimano's body was ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Prosecutors' offices statewide have worked cooperatively in a sweeping operation to capture 21 accused sexual predators who have been targeting children as young as 6,7, or 8 on the internet.  At Governor Murphy's Coronavirus Press Briefing today, Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ – Firefighters battled a fire early this morning that devastated a one-story home within Four Seasons at Mirage.  No one was injured in the blaze that started at 12:26 am. The Barnegat Fire Department responded to the fire scene and received mutual aid from Forked River, Stafford, ...

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NEW JERSEY -  Thirteen year old Angelina Larsen has been safely located.  Angelina, whose family lives in Waretown and other parts of Ocean County ran away from a treatment facility on Tuesday evening. Melissa Larsen said that she received a call for the police department at 10:30 pm last night ...

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PATERSON, NJ – Paterson Police continue to search for 13-year-old Angelina Larsen, who has been missing since Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm. Angelina is from Waretown and last contacted family members on Sunday. When Angelina’s mother died in 2016, her older brother Alan and his then wife, Melissa ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - Power outages within the township aren't exactly novel to the community this week. The latest comes as a result of a transformer fire at the end of Savannah Drive in Ocean Acres. Approximately 2100 customers are currently without power as a result. “The fire started at 2:30 pm," ...

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STAFFORD — The Stafford Township Police Department arrested a Barnegat man on charges of Terroristic Threats, Harassment and Disorderly Conduct after a viral video was posted on a number of social media sites.  The video showed a customer at the Manahawkin Costco berating and threatening an ...

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BARNEGAT/WARETOWN, NJ - No doubt that 2020 will go down in area history books for its series of challenges.  Tropical Storm Isaias raged through both Barnegat and Ocean Township yesterday.  The National Weather Service confirmed six tornadoes across the region, including one in Ocean County.  ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - Big Barlow’s BBQ in Barnegat hosted a “Back The Blue” fundraiser on Saturday to show support for the Ocean County PBA.  The event attracted over 700 people throughout the day. Restaurant owner Chris Barlow committed to donating twenty percent of all food sales to the countywide ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - Big Barlow’s BBQ in Barnegat hosted a “Back The Blue” fundraiser on Saturday to show support for the Ocean County PBA.  The event attracted over 700 people throughout the day. Restaurant owner Chris Barlow committed to donating twenty percent of all food sales to the countywide ...

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WARETOWN, NJ -  Families in Ocean Township won't have to travel far to find some local entertainment. Tonight and tomorrow's events both add to the hometown feel of neighbors meeting neighbors and those who help them. The Ocean Township Police Department and Trailside Gardens have already teamed ...

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STAFFORD, NJ - Today at 3:47 p.m. the Stafford Township Police Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle collision on Route 72 at milepost 26.4 with injuries, police said. The accident involved a 2012 Hyundai Sonata operated by Hunter L Dyer, 26 of Little Egg Harbor, NJ. The ...

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WARETOWN, NJ – Ocean Township Police have been busy handing out citations to local children this summer. However, evidence confirms collusion exists between Trailside Gardens and township law enforcement officials.  Fines dished out require an in-person appearance at Trailside’s soft-serve ice ...

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NEW JERSEY — With temperatures expected to be high this weekend — peaking at 110 degrees on Sunday — Col. Patrick Callahan, acting superintendent of the State Police, said he is mindful of what it might mean for potential violence.  “For the past several years, heat has had a direct correlation ...

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LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, NJ - Video footage surfaced Thursday morning of a shark attacking a dolphin right off the shore in Long Beach Township. Video footage was provided by Sean Donohue, who says he witnessed the encounter near 106th Street Beach. There are unconfirmed reports that the dolphin ...

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