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New Hope and Lambertville police blotters: Alleged thefts, DUIs, sitting in the snow on Route 232 while intoxicated

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 New Hope Police Department

The following alert was issued Thursday, Feb. 26:

The New Hope Police Department has received recent complaints regarding phone calls in which the caller represents himself or herself as a representative of the IRS, PECO, or the FBI, and demands immediate payment of a supposed overdue tax bill, utility bill, or fine. These calls are a scam, and no money or financial information should be provided to the caller. Anyone receiving a call of the above nature should report the matter to police.


January 18, 2015 –  At 1:44 p.m. a New Hope resident reported to police that earlier that morning her pocketbook, containing cash, credit cards, driver’s license, and car key, had been stolen from her while she was at a South Main Street establishment.

January 28, 2015 –  At 12:41 p.m. the manager of a Union Square establishment reported to police that two days prior someone had removed a computer valued at approximately $1,300 from the business. Police have identified a suspect, and are continuing their investigation.

February 1, 2015 –  At 11:17 p.m. police arrested Laura Rieti, 49, of Morrisville, for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, after she was observed operating her vehicle in an unlawful manner on South Sugan Road.

February 2, 2015 –  At 12:24 p.m. an employee of a West Bridge Street business reported to police that a soda vending machine located outside of the business had been broken into, and an unknown amount of money removed. The complainant was unable to provide a time frame for the theft.

February 3, 2015 –  At 9:53 p.m. police arrested Ulises Vasquez, 42, of Lambertville for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, after the vehicle he was operating was involved in a one-vehicle traffic accident on West Mechanic Street at Oscar Hammerstein Way.

February 8, 2015 –  At 1:28 a.m. police cited James Douglas, 22, of Ewing, New Jersey, for Public Drunkenness, after he was found intoxicated and sitting in the snow on Route 232 in the area of South Main Street.

Lambertville Police Department

Case #15000932:

Elizabeth Mattaliano, 53, of New Hope was arrested on February 17 for an outstanding warrant at 5:35 p.m.

While on patrol, Det. Miloszar conducted a random plate inquiry of Mattaliano’s vehicle registration. The inquiry revealed Mattaliano had an outstanding warrant issued by the Lambertville Municipal Court in the amount of $340. Det. Miloszar conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of North Franklin Street and Grants Alley. Mattaliano was subsequently arrested and processed for her arrest. Mattaliano was also issued a summons for operating an unregistered motor vehicle. Mattaliano was later released with a pending court date.

(Information is provided by law enforcement officials, and is assumed accurate. All suspects and arrested persons are presumed not guilty unless proven guilty in a Court of Law or until such rights are waived by the accused.)

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