Spotswood Police Department
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Chief Michael S. Zarro

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Police Blotter - 2014
CASE NUMBER:  14005492

CHARGE/INCIDENT: DUI, Reckless Driving, Speeding, Careless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, Obstructing Traffic

WHEN: August 17, 2014

WHERE: Main Street, Spotswood

WHO:
   Name: John M. Fitzgerald
   Age: 23
   Sex: Male
   Address: Point Pleasant, NJ

WHY & HOW:

On Sunday, August 17, 2014 at approximately 1:31 am the above mentioned was stopped for speeding 47 mph in a 35 mph speed zone on Main Street by Ptl. Richard Sasso. Further investigation revealed that Fitzgerald was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Fitzgerald was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters, processed per policy, and released. There is a pending municipal court date set for September 4, 2014 at 6 pm in the Spotswood Municipal Court.

CONTACT PERSON: Lt. P. Corbisiero

RELEASED BY: Lt. P. Corbisiero

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Ptl. Richard Sasso

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CASE NUMBER:  14005445

CHARGE/INCIDENT: DUI, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Failure to Stop, Failure to Yield Right of Way

WHEN: August 16, 2014

WHERE: Summerhill Road, Spotswood

WHO:
   Name: Teresa M. Bellina
   Age: 59
   Sex: Female
   Address: Parlin, NJ

WHY & HOW:

On Saturday, August 16, 2014 at approximately 1:38 am the above mentioned was stopped for Failing to Stop at a Stop Sign and Failing to Yield the Right of Way to traffic on Summerhill Road by Ptl. Richard Sasso. Further investigation revealed that Bellina was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Bellina was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters, processed, and released. There is a pending municipal court date set for August 21, 2014 at 6 pm in the Spotswood Municipal Court.

CONTACT PERSON: Lt. P. Corbisiero

RELEASED BY: Lt. P. Corbisiero

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Ptl. Richard Sasso

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CASE NUMBER:  14005445

CHARGE/INCIDENT: DUI, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device, Failure to Maintain Lane, Failure to Produce Insurance Documents, Uninsured Vehicle, and Obstructed View

WHEN: August 15, 2014

WHERE: Main Street, Spotswood

WHO:
   Name: Denise Guitard
   Age: 48
   Sex: Female
   Address: Mt. Holly, NJ

WHY & HOW:

On Friday, August 15, 2014 at approximately 11:28 pm the above mentioned was stopped for Failing to Observe a Traffic Control Device on Main Street by Ptl. Richard Sasso. Further investigation revealed that Guitard was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Guitard was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters, processed, and released. There is a pending municipal court date set for August 21, 2014 at 6 pm in the Spotswood Municipal Court.

CONTACT PERSON: Lt. P. Corbisiero

RELEASED BY: Lt. P. Corbisiero

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Ptl. Richard Sasso

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CASE NUMBER:  14005143

CHARGE/INCIDENT: DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane

WHEN: August 14, 2014

WHERE: East Main Street, Spotswood

WHO:
   Name: James A. Smyth
   Age: 55
   Sex: Male
   Address: Brooklyn NY

WHY & HOW:

On Friday, August 15, 2014 at approximately 12:44 a.m. the above mentioned was stopped for Failure to Maintain Lane on East Main Street by Sgt. Nicholas Mayo. Further investigation revealed that Smyth was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Smyth was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters, processed, and subsequently released. There is a return court date set for September 4, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Spotswood Municipal Court.

CONTACT PERSON: Lt. P. Corbisiero

RELEASED BY: Lt. P. Corbisiero

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Sgt. Nicholas Mayo

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CASE NUMBER:  14003998

CHARGE/INCIDENT: DUI, Underage DUI, DUI in a School Zone, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, Impeding the Flow of Traffic

WHEN: June 7, 2014 at 0132 hours

WHERE: Snowhill Street, Spotswood

WHO:
   Name: Robert Hague
   Age: 19
   Sex: Male
   Address: Helmetta, NJ

WHY & HOW:

On 6/7/2014, at approximately 0132 hours, Ptl. Drude was on routine patrol when he noticed a suspicious vehicle in the Appleby School parking lot with its lights on and multiple people inside. As Ptl. Drude turned around to investigate the vehicle, it exited the lot towards Main Street. The vehicle was then observed to have committed several motor vehicle violations and was stopped on Snowhill St.
Further investigation revealed that the driver, Robert Hague, was operation a motor vehicle under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Hague was also discovered to be underage.
He was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters, processed and subsequently released.
There is a court date set for June 17, 2014 at 9 am.

CONTACT PERSON: Capt. Joseph Seylaz

RELEASED BY: Capt. Joseph Seylaz

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Ptl. Drude

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CASE NUMBER:  14004036

CHARGE/INCIDENT: DWI

WHEN: June 6, 2014 at 0109 hours

WHERE: Main Street, Spotswood

WHO:
   Name: Andres P. Santalla
   Age: 31
   Sex: Male
   Address: Rutherford, NJ

WHY & HOW:

On 6/9/2014, at approximately 0109 hours, Ptl. Kevin Palmer was on patrol in a marked patrol vehicle when he observed a silver vehicle traveling on Main Street. This silver vehicle was driving erratically and was observed speeding, following another vehicle too closely, and going through a red traffic signal.
When the vehicle was stopped by police, the driver was found to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. The driver was placed under arrest, processed, and later charged with DUI and several additional motor vehicle violations.
A Spotswood Municipal Court date is pending in this matter.

CONTACT PERSON: Capt. Joseph Seylaz

RELEASED BY: Capt. Joseph Seylaz

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Ptl. Kevin Palmer

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CASE NUMBER:  14003848

CHARGE/INCIDENT: DUI, DUI in a School Zone, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, Obstructing Traffic, Failure to Inspect and Driving While Suspended

WHEN: May 30, 2014 at 2253 hours

WHERE: Main Street, Spotswood

WHO:
   Name: Dalton W. Brown, Jr.
   Age: 53
   Sex: Male
   Address: Spotswood, NJ

WHY & HOW:

On 5/30/2014 police responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Main Street involving a car into a utility pole.
Upon arrival, Ptl. Drude found the driver, Dalton W. Brown, Jr. on the sidewalk next to the vehicle. After speaking with the driver, it was determined that he was operating the vehicle prior to the crash while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage.
Brown, Jr. was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters where he was processed and subsequently released.
There is a court date set for June 17, 2014 at 9 am in Spotswood Municipal Court.

CONTACT PERSON: Capt. Joseph Seylaz

RELEASED BY: Capt. Joseph Seylaz

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Ptl. Richard Drude

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CASE NUMBER:  14003725

CHARGE/INCIDENT: DUI, Speeding, Reckless Driving

WHEN: May 26, 2014 at 0013 hours

WHERE: East Main Street, Spotswood

WHO:
   Name: Katryn Flynn
   Age: 22
   Sex: Female
   Address: Parlin, NJ

WHY & HOW:

On 5/26/2014, at approximately 0013 hours, the above mentioned was stopped for speeding, 47 mph in a 35 mph speed zone, on East Main Street by Sgt. Nicholas Mayo.
Further investigation revealed that Flynn was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage.
Flynn was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters, processed, and subsequently released.
There is a return court date set for June 19, 2014 at 6 pm in the Spotswood Municipal Court.

CONTACT PERSON: Capt. Joseph Seylaz

RELEASED BY: Capt. Joseph Seylaz

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Sgt. Nicholas D. Mayo

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CASE NUMBER:  14003177

CHARGE/INCIDENT: Possession of Weapon for Unlawful Purpose; Public Nuisance

WHEN: May 3, 2014 at 0355 hours

WHERE: Cambridge Inn, Spotswood

WHO:
   Name: Thomas Kasper
   Age: 39
   Sex: Male
   Address: South Amboy, NJ

WHY & HOW:

On 5/03/2014, at approximately 0355 hours, Ptl. Nichols and Ptl. Drude investigated a suspicious male who had been walking in and out of the bar harassing patrons and staff.
The subject was approached by officers in the parking lot and he failed to comply, and appeared to be highly intoxicated.
After investigation, the subject was found to be in possession of a 4 inch steak knife. The subject was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Weapon for Unlawful Purpose and public nuisance.
Subject later failed to post $2500.00 and while en route to MCACC, he attempted to kick out the rear passenger side window.
The subject was restrained and handed over to MCACC.

CONTACT PERSON: Lt. Phil Corbisiero

RELEASED BY: Lt. Phil Corbisiero

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Ptl. Nelson Nichols

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CASE NUMBER:  14002901

CHARGE/INCIDENT: Possession/Marijuana Under 50g

WHEN: April 21, 2014 at 2327 hours

WHERE: Old Stage Road Road, Spotswood

WHO:
   Name: Douglas E. Woodruff
   Age: 50
   Sex: Male
   Address: Sayreville, NJ

WHY & HOW:

On 4/22/2014, at 2150 hours, while on patrol, Ptl. Stenger was in a marked unit # 75 and observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Old Stage Road. Further investigation after the motor vehicle stop revealed that the above subject had Marijuana inside of his vehicle.

Subject was later ROR with motor vehicle summons for speeding and a summons complaint for Possession of Marijuana u/50 grams with a returnable Spotswood Municipal Court date.

CONTACT PERSON: Lt. Phil Corbisiero

RELEASED BY: Lt. Phil Corbisiero

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Ptl. Stenger

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CASE NUMBER:  14002272

CHARGE/INCIDENT: Possession/Marijuana/Hash Under 50g; Possession of Unlawful Purpose; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

WHEN: March 31, 2014 at 0118 hours

WHERE: Summerhill Road, Spotswood

WHO:
   Name: Robert Osowski
   Age: 24
   Sex: Male
   Address: Monroe Township, NJ
WHO:
   Name: Shana Fitzpatrick
   Age: 21
   Sex: Female
   Address: South Plainfield, NJ

WHY & HOW:

On 3/31/14, at approximately 0049 hours, Ptl. Nichols was traveling southbound on Summerhill Road and observed an Infiniti traveling northbound on Summerhill Road. The above vehicle was later stopped on Summerhill Road for a motor vehicle violation. A further investigation revealed that there was marijuana and drug paraphernalia (pipe) inside the vehicle. A search of the passenger revealed a butterfly knife that was in her jacket pocket.
Osowski was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Fitzpatrick was placed under arrest for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Both were later ROR pending court.

CONTACT PERSON: Lt. Phil Corbisiero

RELEASED BY: Lt. Phil Corbisiero

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Ptl. Nelson Nichols

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CASE NUMBER:  14000216

CHARGE/INCIDENT: Theft, Receiving Stolen Property

WHEN: March 20, 2014

WHERE: Spotswood

WHO:
   Name: Kristen Ellis
   Age: 33
   Sex: Female
   Address: Spotswood, NJ

WHY & HOW:

On 3/23/14, as a result of a lengthy investigation conducted by Detective John Pfeiffer in reference to jewelry thefts within the Borough, the above subject was subsequently arrested during a motor vehicle stop for violations, and lodged at MCACC in default of $30,000.00 bail with no 10% option.
As a result of the same investigation, Joel Vreeland, age 32, of Monroe Township, and Eric Winter, age 33, of Monroe Township were charged in connection with the same jewelry theft.
Both subjects were also lodged in the MCACC on $10,000.00 bail with no 10% option.
This case in pending court action.

CONTACT PERSON: Lt. Phil Corbisiero

RELEASED BY: Lt. Phil Corbisiero

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Det. John Pfeiffer

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CASE NUMBER:  14002030

CHARGE/INCIDENT: Possession of Marijuana/Hash Under 50g/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

WHEN: March 23, 2014

WHERE: Snowhill Street, Spotswood

WHO:
   Name: Benjamin Mushailov
   Age: 28
   Sex: Male
   Address: East Brunswick, NJ

WHY & HOW:

On 3/23/14, at approximately 0015 hours while on patrol, Ptl. Nelson Nichols stopped a vehicle for motor vehicle violations on Snowhill Street. During this stop, Benjamin Mushailov was later arrested and a subsequent investigation revealed drug paraphernalia (Pipe) and (Rolling Papers) and Marijuana.
The above subject was later transported to headquarters for processing. Subject was ROR pending Spotswood Municipal Court for Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, along with motor vehicle summons.

CONTACT PERSON: Lt. Phil Corbisiero

RELEASED BY: Lt. Phil Corbisiero

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Ptl. Nelson Nichols

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CASE NUMBER:  14001993

CHARGE/INCIDENT: Interference with Borough Officer, Possession of Marijuana/Hash Under 50g, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

WHEN: March 22, 2014

WHERE: Main Street, Spotswood

WHO:
   Name: Danzel Felix
   Age: 18
   Sex: Male
   Address: Spotswood, NJ

WHY & HOW:

On 3/22/14, at approximately 0054 hours while on patrol, Ptl. Nelson Nichols stopped a vehicle for motor vehicle violations on Main Street. During this investigation, Danzel Felix failed to listen to several requests to keep his hands on the trunk for officer safety.
The above subject was arrested and a subsequent investigation revealed drug paraphernalia (pipe) and Marijuana. The above subject was transported to Police Headquarters for processing. Subject was ROR pending Spotswood Municipal Court for Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Interfering with Borough Officer, Open alcohol in Motor Vehicle by underage, along with motor vehicle summons.

CONTACT PERSON: Lt. Phil Corbisiero

RELEASED BY: Lt. Phil Corbisiero

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Ptl. Nelson Nichols

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CASE NUMBER:  14001814

CHARGE/INCIDENT: Possession of Marijuana/Hash Under 50g/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

WHEN: March 16, 2014

WHERE: New Brunswick Avenue, Spotswood

WHO:
   Name: Jennifer Cartelli
   Age: 24
   Sex: Female
   Address: East Brunswick, NJ

WHY & HOW:

On 3/16/14, at approximately 0156 hours while on patrol, Ptl. Nelson Nichols stopped a vehicle for motor vehicle violations on New Brunswick Avenue. A subsequent investigation revealed drug paraphernalia (pipes) and Marijuana.
The above subject was later arrested and transported to Police Headquarters for processing. Subject was ROR pending Spotswood Municipal Court for Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia along with motor vehicle summons.

CONTACT PERSON: Lt. Phil Corbisiero

RELEASED BY: Lt. Phil Corbisiero

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Ptl. Nelson Nichols

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CASE NUMBER:  14001870

CHARGE/INCIDENT: DUI, DUI Refusal, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, Failure to Keep Right, Failure to Report an Accident

WHEN: March 18, 2014

WHERE: Main Street, Spotswood

WHO:
   Name: Leah Corless
   Age: 25
   Sex: Female
   Address: Old Bridge, NJ

WHY & HOW:

On 3/18/14, Sgt. Mayo and Ptl. Drude were dispatched to a report of a car that had driven off the roadway and onto the railroad tracks on Main Street near the Spotswood Mill. Upon arrival, Ptl. Drude observed a silver colored Honda Civic on the railroad tracks.
Upon making contact with the driver, Leah Corless, Ptl. Drude could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. After further questioning, Leah Corless became very upset and aggravated. Upon request, she refused to perform any tests and began screaming vulgar comments at the officer.
Leah Corless was then placed under arrest and transported to Spotswood Police Headquarters. While at Headquarters, Leah continued to be very upset and continued screaming vulgar comments.
Leach Corless again refused to perform tests when requested by officers. Leah Corless was charged with DUI, DUI Refusal, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, Failure to Keep Right, and Failure to Report an Accident.
She was processed and later released with a Spotswood Municipal Court date.

CONTACT PERSON: Capt. Joseph Seylaz

RELEASED BY: Capt. Joseph Seylaz

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Ptl. Drude

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CASE NUMBER:  14001342

CHARGE/INCIDENT: Hindering Apprehension (False Information), Contempt of Court, Driving While Suspended, Expired Registration, Failure to Produce a Valid Registration, Failure to Produce a Valid Driver's License, Uninsured Motor Vehicle

WHEN: February 27, 2014

WHERE: Manalapan Road, Spotswood

WHO:
   Name: Mark Schlauch
   Age: 46
   Sex: Male
   Address: Mercerville, NJ

WHY & HOW:

On 2/27/14, Ptl. Drude was traveling on Main Street when he observed a white colored Subaru approaching him in the opposite lane of travel. Ptl. Drude entered the vehicle's license plate into his in-car computer and discovered that the owner of the vehicle (Mark Schlauch) had active warrants for his arrest, as well as a suspended driver's license.
Ptl. Drude then stopped the vehicle on Manalapan Road, and when he asked the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Mark Schlauch, for his credentials, the driver stated that he did not have them on him. Mark Schlauch then provided the officer with a false name and information in an attempt to avoid arrest, knowing that he had active warrants for his arrest.
Mark Schlauch was then placed under arrest and transported to Spotswood Police Headquarters where he was charged with Hindering Apprehension (False Information), and Contempt of Court.
Mark was further charged with motor vehicle violations as well, including Driving While Suspended, Driving with an Expired Registration, Failure to Produce a Valid Registration, Failure to Produce a Valid Driver's License, and Uninsured Motor Vehicle.
Mark was later turned over to South River Police Department on their warrant with a Spotswood Municipal Court date.

CONTACT PERSON: Capt. Joseph Seylaz

RELEASED BY: Capt. Joseph Seylaz

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Ptl. Drude

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CASE NUMBER:  14001227

CHARGE/INCIDENT: DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Possession of an Open Bottle of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle

WHEN: February 22, 2014

WHERE: Main Street, Spotswood

WHO:
   Name: Diana Yusim
   Age: 44
   Sex: Female
   Address: Brooklyn, NY

WHY & HOW:

On 2/22/14, Ptl. Drude observed a gray colored Toyota failing to maintain its lane of travel directly in front of him. The vehicle was observed swerving over the double yellow lines several times before eventually coming to a stop in the middle of the road.
Ptl. Drude then initiated a motor vehicle stop on the vehicle on Main Street. While speaking with the driver of the vehicle, Diana Yusim, the officer observed an open bottle of alcohol in a center console cup holder.
After further questioning and tests, it was determined that Diana Yusim was operating the vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Diana was placed under arrest and transported to Spotswood Police Headquarters where she was charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Possession of an Open Bottle of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle.
She was later released with a Spotswood Municipal Court date.

CONTACT PERSON: Capt. Joseph Seylaz

RELEASED BY: Capt. Joseph Seylaz

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Ptl. Drude

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CASE NUMBER:  14000665

CHARGE/INCIDENT: Disorderly Conduct, Obstructing the Administration of the Law, Resisting Arrest

WHEN: January 23, 2014

WHERE: Spotswood Municipal Building

WHO:
   Name: Eric Winter
   Age:
   Sex: Male
   Address: Monroe Township, NJ

WHY & HOW:

On 1/23/14, after being assessed a fine at the Spotswood Municipal Court on a unrelated charge, Eric Winter was told to leave the Courtroom and to take care of his fines by the Judge. As he walked towards the exit, Eric Winter stated vulgar and explicit comments against the Judge. Eric Winter further stated that he was not going to pay the fine and was just going to leave, and he slammed the Courtroom doors open, causing a public disturbance.
At this time, Ptl. Drude and Ptl. Sasso attempted to stop Eric Winter from leaving the Municipal Building without paying his fine and for causing further public disturbance. Eric Winter ignored several attempts to stop, resulting in police having to grab his arm to stop him. Eric Winter then shoved the office in an attempt to leave the building. Ptl. Drude and Ptl. Sasso then attempted to place Eric Winter under arrest, at which time he continued to fight and pull away from the officers.
Eric Winter was then handcuffed and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Obstructing Administration of the Law, and Resisting Arrest.
He was later released with a Spotswood Municipal Court date.

CONTACT PERSON: Capt. Joseph Seylaz

RELEASED BY: Capt. Joseph Seylaz

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Ptl. Drude

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