Sunday, May 19, 2013
Also, a dog-walker wasn't just taking pooches out for a walk, police say.
Each week, Patch combs through the more shocking, surprising and often absurd alleged criminal acts and police-related incidents that unfold around the region. Here’s what went on last week for “OMG PD.” Poaching with pooches: A Marlton dog-walker wasn’t just taking pups for a stroll, according to Evesham Township Police. Jewelry also had a way of walking off with Kyle E. Zimniuch, 22, who has been charged with stealing $600 worth from a client, police said. You’ve got scams: The top three signs the guys trying to fix your computer aren’t on the up-and-up: One—they claim to be from a major company, but they called you. Two—they tell you they’re from “Microsoft Windows.” Three—they install malware and your machine and try to scam you out of…
Friday, May 17, 2013
Alexander Lorenzo is wanted by the Camden County Sheriff's Office.
Alexander Lorenzo, 22, is wanted by the Camden County Sheriff’s Office for multiple counts of drug distribution within a school zone. Lorenzo is 5 feet, 1 inch tall, weighs approximately 125 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. He has multiple tattoos, including a promiment one on the right side of his neck. Lorenzo's last known address is 3233 N. 33rd Street in Camden. He is known to travel in taxicabs, and to frequent East Camden. Anyone who knows Lorenzo's whereabouts should not attempt to apprehend him. Instead, contact the Camden County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau at 856-225-5283 or the Camden County Sheriff’s Tip line at 856-225-5555. Callers can remain anonymous and rewards are offered for information leading to …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Our Lady of Hope-St. Agnes Parish Festival runs through Saturday near Little Gloucester and Coles roads.
The good news is the Our Lady of Hope-St. Agnes Parish Festival runs through Saturday and township police are expecting crowds of pedestrians near Little Gloucester and Coles roads between 5:30 and 10:30 p.m. The bad news is it's another traffic woe in a township beset with recent traffic woes. Little Gloucester Road is a main detour route for work on Chews Landing and Coles roads near Hider Lane. Drivers have been complaining about navigating a patchwork of detours on major roads in the township. Another major road project started recently on Jarvis Road in the Sicklerville section of the township. All of the work is being done on county roads.
Gloucester Township police officers will visit local schools teach students about law enforcement.
Gloucester Township police officers plan to visit local schools next week as part of their National Police Week activities. The plan is to inform students of the challenges and responsibility of law enforcement. “National Police Week is a time where we remember and honor fallen officers throughout our country as well as a time that we recognize the dedicated efforts of all the men and women of the Gloucester Township Police Department for their commitment to professionalism and dedicated service and a time to be thankful for the many community members, groups, and business leaders who have partnered with us in making our community even safer,” Chief Harry Earle said. The department also marked police week with three officers joining about …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Emery Galiazzi was charged for an accident last month on Coles Road that sent two people to the hospital.
A 49-year-old Lindenwold man was charged with DWI and driving with a suspended license after an investigation into a violent wreck in Gloucester Township that sent three people to the hospital last month. Emery Galiazzi, of the 100 block of 4th Avenue, was charged Friday with two counts of assault with a motor vehicle, under the influence of a narcotic, driving while intoxicated and for a suspended driver being involved in a motor vehicle crash with serious injuries. The one-car wreck was reported shortly after 3:30 p.m. in the unit block of Coles Road near the Route 42 on-ramp on March 19. The car slammed into a utility pole, which came out of the ground. Two of the car's occupants were able to extricate themselves, while a third was …
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
One drink could be the limit that leads to a drunken-driving charge—at least for some people if the National Transportation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving while intoxicated from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. What do you think? Is this a reasonable proposal? According to a 2011 Mothers Against Drunk Driving report, the latest available data shows New Jersey ranked 31st out of 51 states (including the District of Columbia) in drunken-driving injuries and deaths. That year, there were 193 DWI fatalities, MADD said. About 10,000 deaths nationwide a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A judge agrees the 4th District state assemblyman was stopped unconstitutionally by a police officer who is now charged with official misconduct.
Calling it “fruit of the poisonous tree,” Gloucester County prosecutors dismissed drunken-driving charges against state Assemblyman Paul Moriarty Tuesday. Moriarty, a 4th District Democrat, had fought allegations he was driving drunk from the moment of his July 31, 2012, arrest. Moriarty immediately maintained he had not been drinking and that the arresting officer, Washington Township Patrolman Joseph DiBuonaventura, abused his power. The tables eventually turned on DiBuonaventura, who was suspended from the force and recently indicted on a slew of charges, including official misconduct, stemming from the arrest. On Tuesday, Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson dismissed the charges against Moriarty following a motion by the …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Township police teach safe driving with simulators.
Township high school students won't have to wonder what it's like to drive while distracted or intoxicated; they'll get to experience a simulation firsthand. Gloucester Township Police have developed a program to show students the dangers of distracted or impaired driving. Teens will drive a vehicle on a controlled course with simulations for texting while driving and being intoxicated. Students will learn about the dangers of texting and cell phone use while driving by actually driving the Gloucester Township Police DWI simulator on a controlled course while attempting to text. Texting while driving can cause drivers to focus attention on texting long enough to miss a person running in front of a vehicle, or a vehicle in front of them …
The department has 23,618 followers.
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Monday, May 13
OK, so maybe it's not trending right now, but chances are, it soon will be. The New Jersey State Police ranked second among state police agencies nationally in terms of Twitter followers, according to statistics recently released by the IACP Center for Social Media. The agency has 23,618 followers, trailing only the Massachusetts State Police, which had a whopping 62,493 followers, as of April 30. The Texas Department of Public Safety (18,787), the Ohio State Highway Patrol (13,587) and the Indiana State Police (13,466) round out the top five. As of Monday morning, May 13, the State Police had 23,932 followers and had sent out 991 tweets. However, with over eight million people in the state as of the 2012 Census, the State Police still …
A team of Gloucester Township officers honor those who have died in the line of duty.
A team of Gloucester Township police officers participated in a three-day bicycle ride to Washington, D.C. over the weekend to mark the beginning of National Police Week. The local team were part of more than 1,700 police officers who road more than 300 miles to D.C. The theme was "We ride for those who died." Several bikers displayed photos of officers slain in the line of duty, including Sean Collier, a university police officer allegedly slain by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.