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Media Brief 09052017
Release Date: September 05, 2017

Jefferson Township Police

Media Brief




7/31/2017, 17-24205, Burglary, P.O. Florio: A boat stored at the Lake Hopatcong Marina had 11 fishing rods and an electronic fish finder taken from a compartment on the boat.  The incident occurred sometime between 7/26 and 7/31. Detective Bureau is investigating.


7/31/2017, 17-24270, Theft, P.O. Parisi: Holland Mtn Rd, A nail gun, compressor, weed wacker and drill were taken from a greenhouse with no doors located on the property. Detective Bureau is investigating


8/01/2017, 17-24304, CDS Arrest, P.O. Stokes:  S Maryland Rd, John Grecco, 32, of Jefferson Township was arrested when P.O. Stokes observed him toss objects later determined to be a marijuana grinder and glass pipe under a vehicle. During the incident Mr Grecco resisted arrest, but eventually was arrested, issued a summons and released pending a court date.


8/03/2017, 17-24543, CDS Arrest, P.O. Stokes:  Zachary Dagis, 24, of Hamburg, was arrested following a MV Stop at the Quick Chek.  He was arrested on a warrant out of Wayne PD.  During a search incident to arrest needles, heroin and suspected cocaine was found on Mr. Dagis.  He was charged accordingly and released.

8/05/2017, 17-24801,  Possession of CDS, Para / LSD, Hecht/Saparito: During a motor vehicle stop at Club 15, the driver Benjamin E Gringle, 22, of Maine and passenger Leonardo Recaldechelle, 22, of Newton, were found to be in possession of Marijuana, strips of LSD, and numerous items of paraphernalia.  Both suspects were arrested, issued summons and released.

8/12/2017, 17-25465, Disorderly Conduct, P.O. Seeley: Rog Wojciech, 48, of Jefferson Township, decided to take matters into his own hand after experiencing loud music emanating from the Black Bear Tavern.  He went over to the establishment and banged on a window yelling about the music.  While displaying his outrage he broke the window.  Upon patrols arrival and subsequent investigation Mr. Wojciech was placed under arrest, issued summons and released.  


8/17/17, 17-25945, DWI, Hecht/Parisi: , Koen Vanderstraeten, 32, of Boonton, was arrested for DWI following a traffic stop on Rt 15 South.  He refused to provide samples of his breath.  He was issued appropriate summons and released pending a court date.

8/19/17, 17-26039, CDS Arrest, Paskas: While doing a property check at Club 15 P.O. Paskas observed Jean Etienne, 26, of Morris Plains, rolling a marijuana cigarette on the hood of a motor vehicle.  He was arrested, charged and released for possession of same.

8/26/17, 17-26638, Suspicious Person/DWI/ DRE, Florio : Officer Florio arrested and charged Jason Coleman, 28, of Newton with DWI after being found sleeping in the driver seat of his car in front of the Exxon on Route 15 South .   

8/31/17, 17-27150, DWI / Possession of CDS, Williams: While conducting a property check at the local Quick Check a vehicle was observed with the driver hunched over the steering wheel.  A subsequent investigation revealed occupants of the vehicle were indulging in CDS activity/usage.  As result of his investigation, Kathleen Crinnian, 18, of Jefferson Township and Nathaniel Messano, 18, of Lincoln Park were arrested for possession/Consumption of CDS including Xanax, marijuana, and alcohol.  Subject was arrested, issued summons and released.

9/2/17, 17-27474, CDS Arrest, Florio: Joseph Wiltshire, 51, of Bronx, NY, was stopped for erratic driving on BVR.  PO Florio?s investigation determined Mr. Wiltshire was in possession of heroin, suboxone, prescription pills, and various paraphernalia were found. Mr. Wiltshire was arrested, issued a summons and released.

9/4/17, 17-27667, Warrant/CDS Arrest, Stokes: Sean Mekeel, 28, of Jefferson Township, and Markella Strongilos, 26, of Sparta, were arrested after an MV stop.  Both had warrants for their arrest.  Mr. Mekeel was in possession of a hypodermic needle and Ms. Strongilos was in possession of various paraphernalia with suspected heroin.  Both were charged with Ms. Strongilos turned over to MC fugitive squad on their warrant and Mr. Mekeel released after posting bail on his warrant.



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