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

  • Avinash G. Desai, 49, of the township, was arrested and charged with shoplifting from Kohl’s on Route 202 by Patrolman William McEnroe around 3:48 p.m. Sept. 9. Police said they were called to the store by an employee who told Desai was seen buying five jewelry items and then leaving the store with another five jewelry items for which he didn’t pay. The employee recovered the additional five items, which were valued at $315, police said. Desai was released.
  • Bryan W. Smits, 40, of Branchburg, was charged with aggravated assault after a dispute at Hunterdon Medical Center around 12:55 a.m. Sept. 10. Patrolman William Cialone determined that Smits punched Lawrence D. Sherman, 68, of Bridgewater, causing a “severe” cut to his upper lip, police said. Sherman was treated at HMC and Smits was released.
  • Frederic D. Orfe, 27, of Stockton, faces drug charges after Patrolman Eli Walters stopped in the ShopRite parking lot around 12:26 a.m. Monday to check on a vehicle parked in the corner of the lot with a sunshield on its windshield and “articles of clothing covering all of the other windows,” police said.

           Orfe was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (psilocybin mushrooms), possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia (pipe). He was released.

  • David P. Kerr, Meccai J. Lee and Jaquan D. Tillery, each 18 years old and from Hamilton, and a 16 year-old boy, also from Hamilton, were each charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana after a motor vehicle stop on Route 202-31 around 2:52 a.m. Tuesday. Police said Patrolman Robert Landolina stopped Kerr’s vehicle because of its tinted windows. Kerr was also issued motor vehicle summonses for the tinted windows and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Lee was additionally charged with unlawful possession of a weapon (dagger). All were released.
  • Michael Heffner, 55, of the township, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol by Patrolman Anthony Moreno after a motor vehicle stop on Old York Road around 9:07 p.m. Tuesday. Police were initially called to the area of Dory Dilts Road, near Old York Road, for a report of possible gun shots. While checking the area, Moreno saw a vehicle pull off the side of Old York Road in the area of Wells Road. The vehicle’s lights were then turned off and the driver got out of the vehicle and walked around to the passenger side.

           Heffner was arrested and also given a motor vehicle summons charging him with careless driving. The vehicle was towed and Heffner was released to a family member after processing. The report of possible guns shots in the area was not substantiated.

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