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New Providence Police Blotter for March 21: Fictitious Plates, Careless Driving, and Motor Vehicle Infractions Lead to Charges


NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On March 11, 2017 at approximately 2:45 a.m., Sgt. Sretenovic attempted to stop a vehicle on Union Avenue displaying fictitious plates.  

Once the vehicle was stopped, approaching Officers detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the inside of the vehicle.  Officers questioned the driver and passengers during the investigation and subsequently charged both Lashuan Munford, age 40 of St. Harrisburg, PA and Chanetta Munford, age 57 of New York, NY with possession of a marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

Multiple motor vehicle summonses were issued to Ms. Munford and the driver, Timothy Joseph of Somerset, NJ.  All parties have a mandatory court appearance in New Providence Municipal Court.

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On March 12, 12017 at approximately 3 a.m., Ptlm. Hoppe observed a vehicle being operated in a careless manner.  Ptlm. Hoppe continued to observe the vehicle before stopping the vehicle on Maple St.  

During the course of the motor vehicle stop, Ptlm. Hoppe detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.  The investigation continued, during which Ptlm. Hoppe determined that the driver, Mathew Balog, age 22 of Summit, was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated.  

He was transported to New Providence Police headquarters, processed and released to a suitable adult pending a court appearance in New Providence Municipal Court.

On March 17, 2017 at approximately 11:15 a.m., Ptlm. Hoppe stopped a vehicle, on South St., with several motor vehicle infractions.

 During the course of the motor vehicle stop, the passenger in the vehicle gave Ptlm. Hoppe false information as to his identity.  

The investigation identified the passenger as Willie Trowell, age 55, of Jersey City, who had outstanding warrants from Newark and Rahway, NJ.  

He was subsequently charged with hindering the investigation and was given a mandatory court appearance in New Providence Municipal Court.

On March 17, 2017 at approximately 2:30 a.m., Ptlm. Nick Guerriero observed a pickup truck being operated in a careless manner on Livingston Ave.   

After he stopped the truck and spoke to the driver, Ptlm. Guerriero detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage and continued his investigation.  

The driver of the vehicle, Manuel Alpizar, age 47, of Gillette, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and transported to New Providence Police Department.  

Mr. Alpizar was processed and released to the care of a suitable adult pending his appearance in New Providence Municipal Court.       

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