Vandalism. Police are looking for vandals who damaged a 40-foot boat at Mercer Lake belonging to the Machestic Dragons about six days before the team was going to use the boat in its annual breast cancer fundraiser on June 6.
According to officials, the vandalism was discovered in the parking lot on June 1. Vandals had pulled the boat from its mooring and dragged it 60 or 70 feet from the lake’s edge. Damaged in the ordeal was the boat’s steering arm and a bolt that holds the arm in place.
Members of the Oregon State University rowing team, who were training at the site at the time of the vandalism’s discovery, helped to repair the damage to the boat.
West Windsor police say that a witness saw three vehicles approach the edge of the lake at about 6:45 p.m. on May 31. One of the vehicles was a two-toned maroon minivan, and police say the witness saw the van back up to the lake and a group of high school-aged teenagers getting out of the vehicles to pull the boat out of the water.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact West Windsor Detective Robert Fow at 609-799-1222.
Credit Card Fraud Arrest. Simone A. Jeudy, 19, of New York City, was charged May 29 with theft by deception, fraudulent use of credit cards, possession of a fraudulent ID, and obstruction of justice.
According to Officer Michael Bollentin said he was called to the Best Buy store because the manager believed Jeudy was making a fraudulent purchase, and the manager had suspected her in previous similar incidents. Jeudy was attempting to purchase a laptop and Blackberry cell phone worth over $2,200 combined under the name Meghan Vandia, said Bollentin. She gave the Best Buy employees a New York driver’s license with the name.
Bollentin said that when he got to the store, she tried to run out of the store, but she was caught by officers arriving in front of Sam’s Club. Once arrested, she continued to use fictitious names, Bollentin said. Police made a positive identification at headquarters.
Theft. John P. Simmons, 40, of Trenton, was charged with committing theft at Wal-Mart on June 3. Officer Campbell Knox said Simmons stole several hundred dollars in cash from a cash register, as well as a grill, fan, and desktop computer and fled the store. The total value of the items was $1,200.
Then, on June 5, Wal-Mart loss prevention officers called police because they recognized Simmons when he returned to the store. As Officers Campbell Knox and Brian Mahon approached him, he tried to flee the store, but they caught up to him. They said Simmons became combative, and a physical altercation took place. He was also charged with resisting arrest. He was released after posting bail.
Drug Arrests. Adrian Kwabena Johnston, 19, of South Brunswick was charged June 5 with possession of marijuana under 50 grams. Officer Christopher Van Ness said he stopped him at Route 1 North and Washington Road for speeding and found marijuana in the passenger compartment of the car. He was also charged with speeding and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.
Richard S. Klieger, 18, of Plainsboro was charged May 27 with possession of marijuana. Officer David Jelinski said that he saw two cars parked in the Millstone Trail parking area off Millstone Road, approached the cars to investigate, and spoke with Klieger. While speaking with him, he said he saw the marijuana inside the car. He said he also found a plastic homemade smoking pipe and a quantity of marijuana inside the car. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Leon Franklin Christopher, 22, of Brooklyn, NY, was charged May 27 with possession of marijuana. Officer Christopher Van Ness said he stopped him on Route 1 South at Meadow Road for motor vehicle violations and found he was driving with a revoked driver’s license. He said police also found marijuana in the car. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and received summonses for motor vehicle violations.
DWI Arrests. Deborah L. Glover, 52, of West Windsor, was charged June 6 with driving while intoxicated. Officer Christopher Van Ness said she was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Route 1 northbound at Carnegie Boulevard. He said police found she was intoxicated. She was also charged with reckless driving.
James Graham, 46, of Lawrenceville, was charged June 6 with driving while intoxicated. Officer Ted Hojnacki said Graham was involved in a two-car accident at the intersection of New Village and Edinburg roads. Hojnacki said police found Graham to be intoxicated. He was also charged with reckless driving, failure to observe a signal, driving while suspended, and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
Oliver W. Lopresti, 24, of Lambertville, was charged May 27 with driving while intoxicated. Officer Christopher Van Ness said he stopped him on Route 1 North near Alexander Road for having a headlight out and found he was intoxicated. He was also charged with reckless driving and equipment violations.