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Marijuana, DUI, Shoplifting in Recent Raritan Twp. Arrests


RARITAN TWP., NJ –Police released details today on a number of recent arrests.

Stephen W. Howitt, 55, of Melville, N.Y. was arrested around 11:43 p.m. March 22 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. He was initially stopped by Patrolman Brian Mayer for driving without headlights on when required, police said. His vehicle was towed and Howitt was taken to Hunterdon Medical Center for evaluation.

Howitt was also charged with failure to maintain lamps, reckless driving, careless driving, driving with a suspended license and refusal to submit to chemical breath testing.

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Juan D. Sevilla-Bowman, 21, and Ryan K. Souto, 24, both of the township, were arrested by Patrolman David Carson around midnight March 28 and charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. Police said Carson had stopped to check on a running vehicle parked on Wedgewood Circle.

Sevilla-Bowman was also issued a motor vehicle summons charging him with possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Both were released.

Brian A. Coffey, 43, of Audubon and Kevin J. Mitchell, 45, of Delran, were each arrested and charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana after a motor vehicle stop on Route 31 around 7:50 a.m. Sunday. Police said Patrolman Brett Szatkowski stopped Coffey because he made an improper turn. He was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia (marijuana pipe) and was also issued motor vehicle summonses for improper turn and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.

Police said a random license plate inquiry revealed an expired registration on a vehicle driven by Tamer M. Khafaga, 36, of Piscataway, leading Patrolman Christopher Vallat to stop the vehicle around 12:14 p.m. Wednesday. That resulted in Khafaga’s arrest, and he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia (plastic wraps containing marijuana and marijuana cigars), having an unregistered vehicle, uninsured vehicle and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed and Khafaga was released.  

Patrolman Anthony Moreno arrested Jessica L. Andrews, 29, of the township, around 3:52 p.m. Wednesday. She was charged with shoplifting from ShopRite on Route 202-31 after a store employee told police he saw Andrews try to leave the store without paying for merchandise worth more than $200. Andrews released with a pending court date in Superior Court.

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