Published On: Fri, Jan 20th, 2017

New Jersey Police Beat: Lambertville Weed Conspiracy, West Amwell Arson Arrest

new hope free pressLambertville Man Charged with Aggravated Arson

Kenneth Bacorn, age 52, of Lambertville, was arrested and charged with aggravated arson as a result of a joint investigation conducted by the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office and the West Amwell Township Police Department.

The arrest was announced Friday by Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski, Delaware Township Police Chief Chris Cane and West Amwell Township Police Department Officer in Charge Captain Stephen Bartzak.

According to Prosecutor Kearns, Bacorn was “arrested and charged with aggravated arson, a second degree crime, and criminal mischief, a third degree crime, in connection with a fire that occurred Thursday night on Barry Road in West Amwell Township. Mr. Bacorn was lodged in the Somerset County Jail and is awaiting his first court appearance.”

The West Amwell Township Fire Department and the Hunterdon County Arson Task Force responded to the scene. The investigation is ongoing, according to the prosecutor, who asks that anyone with additional information contact the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit at (908) 788-1129.

Lambertville Man Arrested for Conspiracy to Distribute Weed

A “joint investigation” resulted in the arrest of Brian Case, age 30, of Lambertville, on Jan. 11.

“The defendant was arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess CDS (marijuana) with intent to distribute, a third degree crime,” Hunterdon County Prosecutor Kearns explained. “U.S. Currency in the amount of $31,000 was seized from the defendant, who was released on his own recognizance pending his first court appearance.”

The announcement was made by Kearns, Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski, and Raritan Township Police Chief Glenn Tabasko, and involved an investigation by the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns, & Narcotics Task Force and the Raritan Township Police Department.

The investigation is ongoing. The Hunterdon Prosecutor requests that those with information call the Gangs, Guns, and Narcotics Task Force at (908) 788-1129.

Additional West Amwell Reports

On Dec. 30, 2016, at approximately 8:51 p.m., Patrolman Matthew Kelly stopped a vehicle on Route 202 for a motor vehicle violation. A computer check of the driver, John Giovino (a 35-year-old male from Dublin) showed an outstanding traffic warrant for $1,500 from the Municipal Court. Giovino was arrested, processed, and released with a court date.

On Dec. 31, 2016, at approximately 1:38 a.m., Patrolman Cory Flemming stopped a vehicle on Route 179 for a motor vehicle violation. A computer check of the driver, Karan Verma (a 30-year-old male from Carteret, N.J.) showed a traffic warrant from the South Brunswick Municipal Court. Verma was arrested, processed and released with a court date.

On Jan. 1, at approximately 2:06 a.m., Sergeant Edward Skillman stopped a vehicle on Linvale Harbourton Road for a motor vehicle violation. As Sergeant Skillman spoke to the occupants of the vehicle, he observed the odor of marijuana. After an investigation, the vehicle’s driver, Nicholas Gonzales (a 20-year-old male from Valrico, Fla.), and a passenger, Amanda Gonzales (a 23-year-old female from Riverview, Fla.) were arrested and charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. After processing, both were released with a court date.

(Information is provided by law enforcement and court 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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