Lambertville Police Department
On April 19 at 6:45 a.m., a resident of South Franklin Street reported damage to his vehicle, which included a long fresh scratch along the driver’s side front and rear doors. The scratch appeared to have been made with a knife or key, and appeared to be intentional. The resident advised that he had parked his vehicle at 3 a.m. and noticed the fresh scratch at approximately 6:45 a.m. Ptl. Weber investigated.
On April 23 at 11:10 a.m., a resident of Ferry Street reported damage to her vehicle, which included several scratch marks on the hood of her car. The scratch marks were found to be in a zig-zag pattern that extended three to four feet from the passenger side of the vehicle to the driver’s side. In addition, a single line scratch was found on the rear bumper near the passenger side. The scratches appeared to have been made with a knife or key, and appeared to be intentional. Sgt. Gramlich investigated.
Matthew D. Strickland, 22, of Ottsville, was arrested on April 25 at 6:49 p.m. for an active warrant.
While on routine patrol, Sgt. Memolo observed Strickland’s vehicle driving at a high rate of speed in the area of State Highway 29 and Phillips Barber Road. Sgt. Memolo stopped Strickland in the area of State Highway 29 and U.S. Highway 202.
Subsequent to investigation, Strickland was found to have an active ACS warrant from Ocean City in the amount of $300. Strickland was placed under arrest and processed for the warrant. Strickland was able to post bail and was later released. Strickland was issued a summons for Speeding and Maintenance of Lamps.
William A. McKibbin, 75, of Bensalem, was arrested on April 28, at 5:43 p.m. for DUI.
While on routine patrol, Ptl. Bast observed McKibbin’s vehicle driving erratically in the area of State Highway 29. Ptl. Bast stopped McKibbin in the area of State Highway 29 and the Golden Nugget Flea Market. Subsequent to investigation, McKibbin was found to be under the influence of alcohol, and placed under arrest.
Ptl. Bast charged McKibbin with DUI, Refusal to Submit to Chemical Testing, Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol, Reckless Driving, Speeding, Failure to Keep Right, and Unsafe Lane Change. McKibbin was later released with a pending court date.
Suzanne S. Townsend, 54, of Landenberg, was arrested on May 1 at 1:14 a.m. for DUI.
While on routine patrol, Sgt. Memolo observed Townsend’s vehicle stopped in the middle of the intersection of State Highway 165 and Swan Street. Subsequent to investigation, Townsend was found to be under the influence of alcohol, and placed under arrest. Sgt. Memolo charged Townsend with DUI, Reckless Driving, and Obstructing Passage of Another Vehicle. Townsend was later released with a pending court date.
Helen L. Rupert, 24, of Hockessin, Delaware, was arrested on May 1 at 10:41 p.m. for Possession of CDS.
While on routine patrol, Sgt. Memolo observed Rupert’s vehicle driving in the area of State Highway 29 with a headlight out and a broken taillight. Sgt. Memolo stopped Rupert in the area of State Highway 29 and the Golden Nugget Flea Market. Subsequent to investigation, Rupert was found to be in possession of suspected marijuana, and placed under arrest. Sgt. Memolo charged Rupert with Possession of Less Than 50 Grams of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of CDS in a motor vehicle, and Maintenance of Lamps. Rupert was later released with a pending court date.
Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office
Fire at Flemington Business Does Not Appear Suspicious
Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, announced that fire investigators from the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office and the Flemington Borough Police Department investigated a fire at Café Cicchetti, 19 Stangl Road, in Flemington, N.J., on Monday, May 2.
According to Prosecutor Kearns, “The fire appears to have started in the attic of the establishment. The structure sustained significant damage to the attic and roof and there was water damage throughout the restaurant. The preliminary results of the investigation indicate the fire was not suspicious and the cause remains officially undetermined at this time. The investigation is ongoing.”
The Hunterdon County Arson Task Force is comprised of specially trained police officers, volunteer firefighters, as well as HCPO Detectives that work in conjunction with the State Police Arson/Bomb Squad and the NJ Fire Marshal K-9 Unit to investigate major fires in the county.
(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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