ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Chief Jerry Vasto reports the following activity:
On January 22, 2018 at 11:56 A.M., Patrolman Michael Zudonyi conducted a traffic stop on Center Avenue and subsequently arrested Patricia Cyrta, age 20, Atlantic Highlands for possession of under 50 grams of marijuana. Cyrta was also charging with driving with a suspended registration.
On January 22, 2018 at 12:53 P.M., an Atlantic Highlands Water Department employee reported a suspicious person in the area of the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School. Sergeant Harry Murtha responded and located Stephen B. Bigotto Jr., age 57, Atlantic Highlands, standing behind a First Avenue business. Investigation revealed Bigotto was consuming alcoholic beverages in public and had urinated on the building. Bigotto was issued Borough Ordinance summonses for the violations and advised to leave the area.
On January 24, 2018 at 12:32 A.M., Patrolman Travis Sodon conducted a traffic stop on Center Avenue and subsequently arrested Thomas Schnoor Jr., age 21, Belford, for possession of under 50 grams of marijuana. The driver of the vehicle, Courtney Henton, age 20, Leonardo was issued summonses for having an obstructed windshield and possession of a controlled dangerous substance while operating a motor vehicle.
On January 24, 2018 at 4:18 P.M., Patrolman Travis Morgan responded to a West Highland Avenue business where a Jackson Township resident reported a hubcap was stolen and her lug nuts loosened. The woman advised the incident either happened on West Highland Avenue or in Old Bridge. Patrolman Morgan was able to review surveillance video from the business and it was determined that nothing took place while the vehicle was parked on West Highland Avenue. The woman advised she was going to file a report in Old Bridge.
On January 24, 2018 at 5:25 P.M., Patrolman Travis Morgan was dispatched to East Washington Avenue where a resident reported a opossum walking up and down the sidewalk near her home. Patrolman Morgan observed the opossum and contacted animal control who advised that it was normal for the opossum to be out and that it was likely searching for food. The resident was advised of Patrolman Morgan’s findings.
On January 24, 2018 at 6:19 P.M., Patrolman Travis Morgan located a disabled motorist on Ocean Boulevard near Upper Prospect Road. The motorist advised she was waiting for AAA to respond and change a flat tire. While on location a resident advised the motorist that he would change her tire if she could get her car into his driveway. Patrolman Morgan was able to assist the motorist with moving her vehicle into the resident’s driveway and the tire was changed.
On January 25, 2018 at 1:47 A.M., Patrolman Adam Gurian reported a street light outage on West Avenue. Dispatcher Duncan faxed a form to JCP&L advising them of the street light outage.
On January 25, 2018 at 12:18 P.M., an Asbury Avenue resident reported a wire had fallen onto her car as she was driving down Asbury Avenue. Patrolman Travis Morgan and Sergeant Stephen Doherty responded and closed the roadway using cones and caution tape. Verizon was contacted to make the repairs.
On January 25, 2018 at 1:30 P.M., Sergeant Stephen Doherty taught lesson 6 (alcohol) to the 5th grade LEAD (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) students at the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School.
On January 26, 2018 at 12:39 A.M., Patrolman Gurian and Sergeant Phair responded to a Bay Avenue apartment when a caller reported a loud radio and a beeping noise coming from the apartment of a tenant who is not at home and leaves the radio on. The officers were able to determine that the beeping was coming from a smoke detector in a common area hallway which was in need of a battery change. No further noise was coming from any of the other apartments.
On January 26, 2018 at 1:58 A.M., Patrolman Christopher Inglis conducted an audit of the property room.
On January 26, 2018 at 7:15 A.M., Sergeant Murtha and Patrolman Zudonyi conducted roll call training on the seizure and safe keeping of weapons and watched a training video on the 1995 murder of Investigator John McLaughlin and Patrolman John Norcross who were fatally shot while attempting to serve a warrant in Hadden Heights. Patrolman Norcross’s brother, Patrolman Richard Norcross, was also shot and survived the incident. A year before the incident dozens of residents had protested a proposed raise for Hadden Heights officers, arguing that they dealt with few serious crimes in the quiet borough of leafy front lawns and two story homes.
On January 26, 2018 at 7:58 A.M., Patrolman Zudonyi conducted the morning traffic detail at the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School.
On January 26, 2018 at 10:46 A.M., Sergeant Harry Murtha checked a suspicious vehicle parked on Avenue A near the waterfront. Investigation revealed the vehicle operator was a beach comber who decided it was too cold to walk on the beach and was talking to a friend on her phone.
On January 26, 2018 at 11:10 A.M., Patrolman Michael Zudonyi chalked tires on First Avenue for time limit parking enforcement.
On January 26, 2018 at 12:34 P.M., Patrolman Michael Zudonyi conducted a motor vehicle stop on Sutton Walk. As a result of the stop, Shaun R. Leiby, age 29, Fairless Hills, PA, was placed under arrest for a warrant out of Logan Township. Leiby posted the $ 1500.00 bail and was released.
On January 27, 2018 at 7:04 A.M., Patrolman Zudonyi and Sergeant Murtha responded to a motor vehicle crash on Highway # 36 near the Bayshore Plaza. Investigation revealed the motorist lost traction and spun out due to black ice on the roadway. Officers had Dispatcher Gardiner contact the State DOT for salt trucks due to the hazardous road conditions. Officers assisted Middletown Police with a roll over on Highway # 36 a short time later.
On January 27, 2018 at 11:06 A.M., Patrolman Zudonyi and Sergeant Murtha were dispatched to an Eighth Avenue residence where the 85 year old resident reported hearing noises in the basement. The officers were able to locate a squirrel in the basement. The resident and his home health aide were advised to contact a pest control company.
On January 28, 2018 at 9:29 A.M. Patrolman Zudonyi responded to police headquarters where a resident reported being harassed by a neighbor. Patrolman Zudonyi spoke with the other party in an attempt to mediate the matter. The resident was appreciative of Patrolman Zudonyi’s efforts to resolve the problem and was advised to call police headquarters should anything else happen.
On January 29, 2018 at 4:40 P.M., Sergeant Harry Murtha spoke with two 14 year olds who were riding their bicycles without helmets on Simon Lake Drive. A check of our in house record system revealed the boys were warned by Patrolman Zudonyi on October 11, 2017 of the same thing. Sergeant Murtha spoke with the boy’s parents and summonses are pending.
On January 29 ,2018 at 11:11 A.M., Patrolman Travis Morgan and Sergeant Stephen Doherty responded to Police Headquarters in reference to a restraining order violation. The victim advised her ex boyfriend had shown up at her job in violation of the restraining order. Investigation revealed the restraining order had been dropped. The victim advised she wanted to apply for a new restraining order and would come back to police headquarters after work. The victim returned after her shift ended and the officers assisted her in obtaining a restraining order against her ex boyfriend.
On January 31, 2018 at 8:21 P.M., Patrolman Travis Sodon conducted a motor vehicle stop on Highway # 36. Subsequent to the stop, Michael K. Moore, age 22, Port Monmouth, was arrested for under 50 grams of marijuana. The driver of the vehicle, Lucy Casale, age 24, Middletown, was charged with having an obstructed windshield and possession of a controlled dangerous substance while operating a motor vehicle.
Between January 20, 2018 and January 31, 2018 there were 388 calls for service. Calls for service are made for anything an officer does in the course of duty. This police blotter reflects a small portion of the police work that our officers do on a daily basis.