Florham Park Police Blotter - Released August 2, 2016


On July 6, 2016 at 5:24pm Sergeant Michael Thomas stopped a vehicle for speeding in the area of Brooklake School on Brooklake Road. While speaking to the driver (Michael T. Marinos, age 18 from East Hanover) he observed a package on the drivers person which was similar in look to packaging used for synthetic drugs.

Mr. Marinos confirmed to Sgt. Thomas that the package was for “THC Gummy Bears” which he stated he had on his person to discard. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Mr. Marinos was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was charged with the following offenses:

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 Speeding

  •   Failure to Possess Liability Insurance

  •   Possession of Under 50g of Marijuana

  •   Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    Mr. Marinos was processed and released pending a future Florham Park Municipal Court date.


    On July 1, 2016 at 9:49am Officer Richard Wronski and Chief Robert Treiber stopped a vehicle on Columbia Turnpike after a random computer check revealed the vehicle registration to be expired.

    While speaking to the driver Officer Wronski detected the odor of raw marijuana emanating from the vehicle. The driver was removed from the vehicle and denied possession or knowledge of marijuana in the vehicle.

    While Officer Wronski was speaking with the driver, Chief Treiber observed and retrieved a prescription bottle containing suspected marijuana from the passenger (Melissa Merlino, age 26, from Florham Park, NJ). A subsequent search of the vehicle by Officer Wronski revealed drug paraphernalia.

Ms. Merlino was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where she was charged with the following offenses:

  •   Possession of Under 50g of Marijuana

  •   Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    Ms. Merlino was processed and released pending a future Florham Park Municipal Court date.


    On July 19, 2016 at 2:06pm Officer Brian Mensing observed a suspicious occupied vehicle in the driveway of a residence on Keyes Street. While investigating and speaking to the passenger he observed a plastic bag under the center console. The driver voluntarily provided the bag which contained drug paraphernalia and suspected marijuana.

    The driver (Jesus Adrian Ramirez-Acosta, age 26 from Capo Beach, CA) was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was charged with the following offenses:

  •   Possession of Under 50g of Marijuana

  •   Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    Mr. Ramirez-Acosta was processed and released pending a future Florham Park Municipal Court date.


    On July 20, 2016 at 1:01pm Officer Belli and Officer Mensing responded to a suspicious vehicle on Afton Drive. Officer Mensing stopped the vehicle and as Officer Belli approached the suspect vehicle he detected an odor of raw marijuana.

    A search of the vehicle was conducted by both officers revealed a stun gun, bags containing yellow powder suspected to be ecstasy and a digital scale which contained marijuana residue.

    The driver (Janice Valladares, age 18 from Patterson, NJ) admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day.

A warrant in the amount of $1000.00 from Haledon Municipal Court was located for one of the occupants (Gabriel Roberts, age 21 from Patterson NJ). Mr. Roberts was also determined to have overturned a go-kart on Afton Drive prior to the arrival of the officers. He was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters.

An additional occupant (McCoy P. Whitaker, age 21 from Patterson, NJ) was also arrested.

All were transported to police headquarters and charged with the following offenses:

Janice Valladares

  •   Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle

  •   Maintenance of Lamps

  •   Possession

  •   Possession

  •   Possession

    McCoy P. Whitaker

  •   Possession

  •   Possession

    Gabriel Roberts

  •   Possession

  •   Possession

  •   DWI

  •   DWI within 1000 of a School

  •   Unregistered Vehicle

  •   Driving While Suspended

  •   No Liability Insurance

  •   Reckless Driving

  •   Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle

    All 3 defendants are awaiting future appearances in Superior Court. ********************************************************************************************************

    On July 27, 2016 at 1:00am the Florham Park Police Department was alerted to 2 vehicles being stolen from a residence on Sherbrooke Drive. The victims observed their vehicles being driven away after hearing a vehicles horn beep.

    Both vehicles were unlocked with the key fobs inside the vehicles.



Residents are reminded to always lock their vehicles while they are unattended. It is also recommended that all valuables be removed from the interior of vehicles while unattended.

This incident remains under investigation by the Florham Park Police Department. Anyone with information on this incident is requested to contact Florham Park Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-377-2200 or Morris County Crime Stoppers at 973-COP-CALL.


On July 27, 2016 at 9:48am Officer Belli responded to a parking lot on Columbia Turnpike for a report of criminal mischief in progress. On arrival he met the victim who reported her vehicle had been scratched by a key by a man she had exchanged words with in the parking lot.

The victim reported having an argument with a male (Christopher A. Mattice, age 28 of Springfield, NJ) regarding a parking space. The victim reported going into a gym and while on the treadmill observed Mr. Mattice make a “swiping motion” on the passenger side of the vehicle. The victim came outside immediately to find the vehicle scratched.

Mr. Mattcice was on scene and after a brief investigation admitted to causing the scratch to the vehicle due to being angry about the altercation. Mr. Mattice was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was charged with the following offense:

 Criminal Mischief
Mr. Mattice was released pending a future Florham Park Municipal Court Date.


On July 31, 2016 at 2:57am Officer Joel Phillips stopped a vehicle on Rt 24 after observing it continuously drift out of the lane it was traveling in. While speaking to the driver ( Karen L. Bolitho, age 34 From Dover, NJ) he observed white pieces of a rock like substance on the floor mat between the drivers feet. He also observed signs of intravenous drug use as well as signs of intoxication due to drugs and/or alcohol.

A search of the vehicle was conducted by Office Phillips which revealed suspected heroin, suspected cocaine, and Suboxone, which Ms. Bolitho did not have a prescription for, as well as drug paraphernalia.

Ms. Bolitho was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where she was administered a breath test and an examination by a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). The results of the Drug Recognition Expert’s examination revealed Ms. Bolitho was under the influence of a narcotic analgesic and unable to operate a motor vehicle safely.

Ms. Bolitho was charged with the following offenses prior to being lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility:

  •   Possession of Heroin

  •   Possession of Cocaine

  •   Possession of Suboxone

  •   Possession of Prescription Legend Drugs

  •   Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

  •   Under the Influence of CDS

  •   DWI

  •   Reckless Driving

  •   Failure to Maintain a Lane

  •   Driving While Suspended

  •   Unlicensed Driver

  •   Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle

    ******************************************************************************************************* Any questions regarding this release can be directed to Detective Sergeant Scott Bartell at 546@fppd.net

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Charges and allegations contained in any complaint are merely accusations and all defendants listed in this press release are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. 

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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