BERNARDS TWP., NJ _  A 52-year-old Basking Ridge man was arrested on a charge of criminal mischief at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 2 after police said he allegedly used a sharp object to scratch the vehicle of a customer at Stop and Shop supermarket at the Lyons Mall, according to this week's police blotter.

Steven Merkel was arrested by Township Patrol Officer England, police said. He was charged on a summons and released, according to township police.

In other news released by the Bernards Township police department:

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Township police said that a Basking Ridge man was arrested for alleged possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose at 7 p.m. on Dec. 29. Mark Herklotz, 65, was arrested by Ofc. Aboosamara after the resident allegedly confronted another man with the unlawfully possessed handgun, according to township police.

Herklotz was arrested and charged, police said. He was lodged in Somerset County Jail. No other details about the incident were released.

On Jan. 3 at 11:05 p.m., police said Brett Cullinan and Catherine Chujak, both 38, from the Broadway section of Franklin Township were arrested on charges of drug possession. The two were stopped by Ofc. Zolnierowski for driving an uninspected vehicle, according to police. During the stop, the police report said heroin, syringes, and other paraphernalia allegedly were discovered. Both Cullinan and Chujak were charged and released pending a court appearance, police said.

On Jan. 8, at 10:55 pm, township police said a Newark man was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Darren Curtis, 46, was driving on Lyons Road when his vehicle became disabled, according to police. While Ofc Zolnierowski was assisting him, it was determined that Curtis allegedly was impaired, according to the police report. He was charged and released pending a court appearance.