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Marijuana, Shoplifting, Trazadone in Recent Township Arrests

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RARITAN TWP., NJ – Police here released details on a number of unrelated arrests.

  • Amber C. Ludwig, 19, of the township, was arrested by Patrol Officer Eli Walters around 3:42 a.m. July 18.

Police said Ludwig was a passenger in a vehicle Walters stopped on River Road for a burnt out headlight and a burnt out tail light. During the stop, she was found in possession of marijuana, according to police. She was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and released.

  • A motor vehicle crash on Route 202-31 around 11:46 a.m. July 28 led Sgt. Robert Landolina to arrest two men.

According to police, Harrison R. Bock, 18 of East Voorhees and Jace J. Pedersen, 19 of West Deptford, were involved in the minor crash in which the vehicle Bock was driving was hit by a tractor trailer. Bock and Voorhees both initially claimed that Pedersen was driving and Bock was a passenger, but an investigation revealed that Bock was driving, police said. The two had intially lied because Bock did not have his driver’s license in his possession, police said.

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Both were charged with hindering apprehension and hindering apprehension of another. Bock was also issued a motor vehicle summons for failure to produce a driver’s license and both were released.

  • Michael A. Alexantonakis, 18, Michael T. Carthens, 18 and Codi M. Cosentino, 19, all of Phillipsburg, were arrested by Patrol Officer Connor Gallagher after a motor vehicle stop on Route 202-31 around 2:05 p.m. July 28. Each were charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said the charges followed a motor vehicle stop because the vehicle Alexantonakis was driving had improperly tinted windows, for which Alexantonakis was charged. All three were released.

  • A Phillipsburg woman is in jail after she was charged with shoplifting from ShopRite here around 1:54 p.m. July 29.

Police were dispatched to the store after an employee saw Sanders try to leave the store with two containers of prepared food without paying for them, police said. Sanders was initially confronted by store employees, but then fled the store on foot, according to police, who later found her and took her into custody.

Sanders was charged by Patrol Officer William F. McEnroe, III with shoplifting prepared foods and health and beauty aids with a retail value of less than $200. During processing, Sanders was found to have five active traffic warrants for her arrest from various municipal courts in Hunterdon and Warren counties. After processing at police headquarters, Sanders was turned over to the Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Department to be lodged in the Somerset County Jail on the warrants.

  • Patrol Officer Adam Swiatek arrested Hannah E. Fay, 20, of the township, and charged her with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana around 9:31 p.m. July 31. According to police, they stopped to check on a vehicle that was parked in the Minebrook Park parking lot, which was closed at the time. Police said they found Fay and a “male subject” walking out of the trails at the park. Fay was released.
  • Sgt. Robert Landolina arrested two men from Stroudsburg, Pa. around 4:19 p.m. Tuesday after a motor vehicle stop on Route 31.

Police said the stopped the vehicle driven by Walter P. Hock, 62, because it had two brake lights out. He was charged with possession of more than five doses of a prescription legend drug (Trazadone) without a prescription and issued a motor vehicle summons for maintenance of lamps.

Passenger Neil L. Allen, 38, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (Suboxone) and possession of a hypodermic syringe.

During the course of the stop, police found a $250 criminal warrant for Hock’s arrest from Atlantic City Municipal Court, but Atlantic City police decided to release Hock with a new court date. Both Hock and Allen were released.

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