Sunday, May 19, 2013
One home and a pair of businesses were hit since May 13, Chester Township Police said.
The Chester Township Police Department is investigating a residential burglary and two commercial burglaries that occurred during the week of May 13, Lt. Thomas Williver said. All three burglaries involved forced entry through more than one entry point, Williver said. The two businesses hit were located on Route 24, while the home that was struck was on Spring Lake Drive, Williver said. Forced entry was gained at all three burglaries through various entry points. The investigation is ongoing and Williver urged that anyone with information regarding these burglaries should contact Cpl. Anthony DaCunza and Det. Brian Gill at (908) 879-5514 Ext. 833/832. The Chester Township Police Department urged residents and businesses owners to always …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Bergen County prosecutor announces 11 arrests in alleged credit card fraud scheme.
A Chester Township resident was among 70 victims of a busted identity theft ring that netted 11 arrests. The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday the culmination of a task force's efforts to probe numerous complaints of identity theft from 30 jurisdictions within the past two years. Chester Township Detective Brian Gill worked on the task force after investigating a township victim's report of credit card fraud, Lt. Edward Noonan said. Credit cards were opened in the victims' names, and charges were made on their behalf by "authorized buyers," Bergen Prosecutor John Molinelli said. The task force investigation found that most of the victims had recently refinanced or applied through mortgages through NJ Lenders Corporation, …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Califon woman arrested after Chester Township blaze spreads to brush.
A 35-year-old Califon woman was jailed after police and fire officials responded to a vehicle and brush fire report called in by a bystander traveling on Pottersville Road on April 26, Chester Township Police said. According to Chester Township Police Lt. Tom Williver, officials arrived on the scene to find a 2014 Kia Sorrento, that was rented to Somer Stephenson, engulfed in flames. The car fire had spread to the surrounding brush and was extinguished by the Chester Volunteer Fire Department, Williver said. The location, off of Route 206, was only accessible by a dirt road and the fire was not reported by Stephenson, Williver said. Investigation on scene led to Stephenson being charged with criminal mischief, failure to report or control …
Friday, April 26, 2013
RX medication drop off locations at the Mendham Borough PD, Chester Township PD, Mendham Township PD, Randolph Municipal Building and Morris Plains Stop & Shop.
The Chester Township Police Department, Mendham Township Police Department, Mendham Borough Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor's Office will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration-National Take Back Initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The medications can be dropped off at the Chester Township Police Department located at 1 Parker Road (behind the Municipal Building), the Mendham Township Police Department at 3 Cherry Lane, Brookside, the Mendham Borough Police Department at 3 Cold Hill Road South, Mendham, Stop & Shop at 245 Littleton Road, Morris Plains, and the Randolph Township Municipal Building, 502 Millbrook Road, Randolph. Operation Takeback is a national initiative that encourages individuals to …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
200 Club of Morris County honors Mendham Township, Chester Township and Chester Borough police.
Officers from Chester Borough, Chester Township and Mendham Township were among the 34 firefighters, police officers and emergency medical services providers that were honored by the 200 Club of Morris County at the Club’s 41st Annual Valor & Meritorious Awards Dinner Thursday night. Each year, The 200 Club of Morris County honors local police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services providers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. For 2012, nine incidents resulted in eight valor awards and 26 meritorious awards. According to Jack Van Orden, president of the 200 Club, the club defines an act of valor is an extraordinary event in which a person puts his or her own safety aside to perform an act of courage above and …
2011-2012 awards for leadership and honorable service during hurricane Sandy and beyond.
At the last meeting of the Chester Township Mayor and Council, the Chester Township Police presented their 2011 and 2012 honorable service awards. Presented by Chief Wayne Martini, the awards recognized officers past and present for their efforts above and beyond the call of duty. 2011 Awards Motor Vehicle Enforcement DWI Enforcement Criminal Law Enforcement 2011 Lifesaving Award The lifesaving award is presented to those officers whose actions in the line of duty led to the preservation of the life of another. Steckel and Loprete's response to a first aid call, which required defibrillator, compressions and rescuse breather, resulted in a resident making a full recovery. Exceptional Service Award The Exceptional Service Award is an …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Chester Township Police investigation leads to distribution, possession charges.
A 20-year-old Chester man was arrested April 15 and charged with distribution of narcotics, Chester Township police said. According to Lt. Ed Noonan, James Downs was charged with three counts of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, suspect marijuana and oxycodone, two counts of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance within 1000 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of controlled dangerous substances. The arrest was made by Detective Cpl. Anthony DaCunza at the conclusion of an ongoing investigation, Noonan said. Downs was lodged at the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bail with no 10 percent option, Noonan said.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Township police charge 30-year-old driver.
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Wednesday, April 10
A 30-year-old Chester resident was charged with DWI after an accident on Pleasant Hill Road April 3, Chester Township Police said. According to Lt. Thomas Williver, John Rackowski drove his silver Honda off the bridge at the intersection of Pleasant Hill Road and Oakdale Road, flipping the vehicle on its roof. Williver said Rackowski was taken to Morristown Medical Center for evaluation and was subsequently arrested and charged by Cpl. Christopher Cavanaugh.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
'Hoops for Johnny' nets $1300 for Chester teenager's medical expenses.
On Thursday, April 4, the students and staff of Black River Middle School were pitted against one another in a hard-fought game of hoops. It was a close match with the students edging out their teachers; however, no one seems to remember the exact score. A competitive ball game where no one remembers the score? That’s because both teams were winners in the quest to raise money for Johnny Seel, a Chester teen fighting cancer. According to Black River’s Guidance Counselor, Beth Grasso, the charity event netted over $1,300 for Johnny’s medical expenses. “I’m so thrilled by the outpouring of support from everyone in our school community,” Grasso said, “and I know the Seel family is overwhelmed and extremely grateful.” The game began with a …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Chester Township Police Detective Bureau charges 21-year-old at the conclusion of an ongoing investigation.
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Friday, April 5
The Chester Township Police arrested a 21-year-old Washington Township resident on April 2 after completing a investigation into alleged drug dealing activities, Detective Bureau Commander Lt. Ed Noonan said. According to Noonan, Julia Cho was arrested by Cpl. Anthony DaCunza and charged with drug distribution, distribution within 500 feet of a park, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of narcotics within the Township of Chester. According to Noonan, the charges all stem around suspected oxycodone. Cho was lodged at the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of $7,500 bail with no 10 percent option, Noonan said. The Chester Township Police declined to comment on the nature and specifics of the investigation.