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Juveniles Find Deceased Male in Wooded Area in Crescent Trailer Park in Gloucester City

On July 15, 2018, Gloucester City Police announced that a deceased individual was found on July 14, 2018 at 4:37 p.m. when officers responded to the wooded area north of the Crescent Trailer Park for a report of a found body.

Upon arrival, the officers were directed to the location of the deceased, who was found by several juveniles.

“The body was badly decomposed and appears to have been there for some time,” the media release states.

The investigation by the GCPD Detective Bureau and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office is still ongoing. However, the cause of death appears to be the result of an overdose.

On July 17, the GCPD provided an update stating that the deceased has been identified as Brandon G. Laxton, 26. He was a resident of Runnemede and had family members living in the Crescent Trailer Park.

and his name is being withheld at this time pending notification to family members.

(Updated 7/15/2018 at 2:15 pm; 7/17/2018 at 2:45 p.m.).

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Gloucester City Man Arrested & Charged With Robbery

Harry F. Laute, Jr., was arrested on April 13 on robbery charges for an alleged incident that took place on Route 130, the Gloucester City Police Department announced today.

On April 13 at 6:37 a.m., police responded to the Planet Fitness in the Brooklawn Shopping Center for a reported robbery. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim had reported the robbery in Brooklawn, but it had actually occurred on Rt. 130 next to C.W. Clarke Auto Sales in Gloucester City, the post stated.

“The victim reported that a male had assaulted her by pulling her to the ground by her hair and stole her purse, before fleeing towards the Brooklawn Shopping Center. The victim sustained injuries to her hands and feet during the assault.”

The suspect was located hiding on the roof of Bellmawr Self Storage on Kings Highway and arrested without incident. Brooklawn and Bellmawr Police also assisted.

Laute was charged with robbery and remanded to Camden County Jail pending a detention hearing. 

D/Sgt. Carl DePoder, Sgt. Bill Eller, Inv. Joe Hopkins, and Ptl. John Bryszewski were the investigating officers.

(All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law.)

Harry Laute
Photo: Gloucester City Police Dept.
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Glendora Man Arrested & Charged With Glou City Burglary & Theft

The Gloucester City Police Department announced today that Nicholas Larocca, 28, a resident of Glendora was recently arrested and charged with burglary, theft, and possession of hypodermic syringes.

On March 29 at approximately 3:51 p.m., Gloucester City Police officers responded to a call in the 200 block of Morris Street for the report of a burglary at a vacant residence.

Larocca was operating a green 1996 Ford pick-up truck and was working in a residence on the block, during which time he allegedly pried open the front door of an adjacent residence and allegedly removed scrap metal and personal property belonging to the owner, the post stated.

Assistance from witnesses aided the investigation.

After processing, Larocca was released as per bail reform guidelines. Investigating officers were Sgt. Jason Flood, Ptl. Greg Coxe, Det. Keith O’Donnell, and Inv. Joe Hopkins.

Nicholas Larocca arrested
Photo: Gloucester City Police Department.

Other crime activity included:

March 24 (6:47 pm) Daniel E. Pierce (45), a resident of N. Harley Avenue, was arrested on Market Street at S. Filmore by Sgt. Ken Iepson on a warrant from West Deptford Twp. He was subsequently charged with possession of CDS (crack cocaine) and driving on a suspended license. After processing, he was turned over to West Deptford Police.

March 25 (10:09 am) Gina M. Wynne (27), a resident of Pennsauken, was arrested on Rt. 130 at Market Street by Ptl. Ben McKinney on warrants from Ocean City, Camden City and Pennsauken. After processing, she was released on bail.

March 25 (9:55 pm) A resident of Yale Avenue reported sometime between 3:00 pm and 9:40 pm unknown person(s) entered her unlocked vehicle and stole cash from inside. The investigation is ongoing.

March 26 (12:20 pm) Stephen R. Bascone (35), a resident of Budget Inn on Rt. 130, was arrested in front of the motel by Ptl. Ben McKinney on warrants from Camden City. He was subsequently charged with possession of CDS (heroin) and possession of hypodermic syringes. After processing, he was released on bail.

March 27 (1:08 pm) While on patrol, Ptl. Tim Ryder and Shea O’Donnell arrested two individuals in the 300 block of Walnut Avenue whom they observed acting in a suspicious manner. William A. Anderson (23), a resident of Deptford Twp. and Stefanie N. Melvin (21), a resident of New York, were charged with defiant trespass. Anderson was processed and turned over to the N.J. Department of Corrections because it is alleged that he had violated his parole. Melvin was processed and released.

March 27 (6:40 pm) Randle J. Gray (45), a resident of Deptford Twp. was arrested on Center Street at 9th. by Ptl. Brittany Pollander on warrants from Washington Twp. He was additionally charged with driving on a suspended license and released on bail.

March 27 (8:00 pm) A traffic stop on N. Broadway at Essex Street conducted by Cpl. Bill Lessig resulted in the arrest of David Harper Jr. (34), a resident of Pennsauken. He was charged with possession of CDS (heroin and cocaine) and driving on a suspended license. He was released after processing.

March 27 (11:45 pm) Eleanor L. Brinegar (33), a resident of Bobwood Avenue, was arrested on Rt. 130 at Market Street by Sgt. Jim Little on warrants from Woodbury and Bellmawr. She was released on bail after processing.

March 28 (2:43 pm) Jonuel O. Cruz-Roman (21), a resident of Pennsauken, was arrested in the parking lot of the Quality Inn on Rt. 130 by Ptl. Tim Ryder and Shea O’Donnell on a warrant from Delran. After processing, he was turned over to Delran Police.

March 28 (3:00 pm) An investigation into prostitution activity at the Quality Inn on Rt. 130 by Det. Keith O’Donnell and D/Sgt. Carl DePoder led to the arrest of Kathleen A. Brodzik (26), a resident of Marlton (also known as “Jenny” and “Cherry”). She was charged with promoting prostitution, possession of CDS (heroin and crack cocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. After processing, she was released.

March 30 (11:00 am) Michael F. Cobb (26), a resident of the 100 block of N. Sussex Street and Robert F. Kain (23), a resident of the 300 block of Walnut Avenue, were arrested on Rt. 130 at Market Street by Ptl. Shea O’Donnell and Sgt. Ken Iepson on outstanding warrants. After processing, Kain was turned over to Moorestown Police and Cobb was remanded to Camden County Jail on a Fugitive From Justice Warrant.

March 30 (1:40 pm) A traffic stop on Brown Street at Essex Street conducted by Det. Keith O’Donnell and D/Sgt. Carl DePoder resulted in the arrest of Jason L. Rusk (27), a resident of Monroeville. He was charged with possession of CDS (marijuana) and possession of CDS with intent to distribute. After processing, he was released.

March 30 (4:13 pm) Andrea M. Cebollero (30), a resident of the 600 block of Division Street, was arrested in the parking lot of the CVS on S. Broadway by Ptl. Tim Ryder. She was charged with possession of CDS (heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana and prescription medication), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of hypodermic syringes. After processing, she was released.

March 30 (6:20 pm) Ptl. Blaise O’Donnell and K9 Demo responded to N. King Street at Monmouth for a report of an overdose. Ptl. O’Donnell administered one dose of naloxone which had no effect. Additional dosed were administered by EMS and the (29) year old male resident of the 200 block of Cumberland Street regained consciousness. He was transported to an area hospital for further treatment.

In addition, officers conducted 81 traffic stops, 276 property/business checks and 13 school visits. Officers made 23 arrests, investigated six motor vehicle crashes, six domestic disputes and impounded two abandoned vehicles.

Officers issued 40 criminal charges, 37 traffic citations, and managed 349 calls for service between March 24th. and March 30th.

All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law.

(Source: Gloucester City Police Department)

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Camden Man Hid 40 Bags of Suspected Heroin in Anus

On March 26, 2017, Brooklawn Police Officer Michael Brewster conducted a motor vehicle stop of a 2000 Honda Accord for an equipment violation in the area of Verchio’s Produce.

The driver, Pedro Hernandez, was found to be driving on a suspended driver’s license. He was also found to have an outstanding warrant out for his arrest.

Front seat passenger, Lay Colon, initially provided officers with a false name. Rear seat passenger, Michael Pagan, was found to have an active warrant out for his arrest.

Officer Brewster requested the assistance of Gloucester City Police Department Officer Blaise O’Donnell and his canine, Demo, to conduct a narcotics sniff of the vehicle because it was suspected that narcotics were inside the vehicle.

Upon the arrival of the canine team, a sniff was conducted and the K-9 indicated for the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.

From performing a subsequent vehicle search, officers located a loaded .44 caliber revolver in the trunk of the vehicle, which the driver, Pedro Hernandez later admitted was his.

Hernandez was transported to police headquarters, processed, and issued a criminal warrant. He was then transported to the Camden County Correctional Facility where he would be held pending a detention hearing.

Shortly after Officer Brewster turned Hernandez over to the jail staff, he was advised that Hernandez had hidden 40 bags of suspected heroin in his anus.

Hernandez, 23, of  Camden, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon – 2nd Degree; Certain Persons not to have Weapons – 4th Degree; and Contempt of Court (Warrants). Additional charges will be issued for the alleged narcotics possession.

Photo: Brooklawn Police Dept.

The front seat passenger, Lay Colon, 18, of Pennsauken, was later found to have an active warrant out for her arrest after officers learned her true identity. Colon was transported to police headquarters, issued a criminal summons for providing a law enforcement officer with false information, and was released on her own recognizance.

The rear passenger, Michael Pagan, 24, of Voorhees, was found to have an active warrant out for his arrest. He was transported to police headquarters, processed, and charged with Contempt of Court. He was released on his own recognizance.

All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law.

(Source: Brooklawn PD)

 

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Glou City Police Respond to Report of Females Fighting in Dressing Room of Cheerleaders

Officers from the Gloucester City Police Dept. responded to a report made in early morning hours of March 24 for two females fighting in the dressing room of Cheerleaders on Route 130.  “Upon arrival, it was determined that female #1 had been assaulted by female #2 because she admittedly used female #2’s lotion without permission because her knees were ashy. Neither female wished to pursue criminal charges,” according to a Facebook post made today by the GCPD.

Other crime log activity included:

March 17 (11:00 am) Stephen W. Ferrell (41), a resident of the 400 block of Middlesex Street, was arrested in the 200 block of Bergen St. by Captain Mike Morrell. He was charged with being under the influence of CDS and was transported to an area hospital for treatment after processing.

March 19 (7:21 pm) A resident of Oriental Avenue reported her bicycle was stolen from the front of the residence at 81 Elmwood Avenue. The investigation is ongoing.

March 20 (7:31 pm) A Brooklawn resident reported her unlocked vehicle was burglarized while parked in the parking lot of Elizabeth’s Ballroom on Klemm Avenue. Personal items were reported stolen.

March 21 (10:13 am) An officer responded to a vacant residence in the 600 block of Powell Street for a reported burglary. Further investigation determined a quantity of copper piping was stolen from the basement. The investigation is ongoing.

March 21 (1:52 pm) Ryan A. Ellis (34), a resident of Vineland, was arrested in the 300 block of Cumberland by Sgt. Jason Flood on a warrant from Audubon. After processing, he was released on bail.

March 21 (4:21 pm) Stephen W. Ferrell (41), a resident of the 400 block of Middlesex Street, was arrested on N. Broadway at Morris Street by Ptl. Sean Saunders on warrants from Gloucester City. After processing, he was remanded to Camden County Jail.

March 21 (5:54 pm) Thomas J. Boychuck Jr. (29), a resident of Williamstown, was arrested on Brown Street at Middlesex by Det. Keith O’Donnell. He was charged with possession of CDS (crack cocaine), possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. After processing, he was released.

March 21 (6:10 pm) Officers responded to the Lucky 7 convenience store on Broadway at George Street for a reported fight between two females. Upon arrival, there was no fight in progress and both parties left the area without further police involvement.

March 21 (8:39 pm) While on patrol. Sgt. Ken Iepson and Ptl. Sean Saunders observed John T. Bongiovanni Jr. (39), a resident of Brooklawn, exit a N.J. Transit bus on Market Street at the Railroad. Having knowledge that Bongiovanni was a fugitive from justice wanted by the Camden County Sheriff’s Department and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, they moved to approach him.

Upon seeing the officers, Bongiovanni fled on foot along the railroad tracks and was unable to be located. On March 22 at 5:49 pm, Ptl. Sean Saunders and Ptl. Shea O’Donnell observed Bongiovanni operating a vehicle on Rt. 130 at Market Street. A traffic stop was conducted and Bongiovanni was arrested without incident. He was charged with resisting arrest and defiant trespass for the incident on the 21st. and remanded to Camden County Jail on the outstanding fugitive warrants.

March 21 (11:40 pm) Sgt. Bill Eller responded to the 300 block of Essex Street for a report of a male lying in the street unconscious and not breathing. Sgt. Eller and EMS administered one dose of Naloxone each and the (26) year old resident of the 400 block of Market Street regained consciousness. He was then transported to an area hospital for further treatment.

March 22 (6:41 am) A resident of the 200 block of Sylvan Avenue reported sometime overnight, unknown person(s) stole the tailgate off a city owned work truck parked at his residence. The investigation is ongoing.

March 22 (2:55 pm) A traffic stop on Middlesex Street at King Street conducted by D/Sgt. Carl DePoder resulted in the arrests of the following individuals: Kelly A. Hemphill (54), a resident of National Park was arrested on a warrant from Camden City. She was additionally charged with driving on a suspended license. Grace Gaughan (37), a resident of the 300 block of Hudson Street, was arrested on a warrant from Camden City. Peter M. Hennessy (38), a resident of National Park, was arrested on a warrant from Camden City. All three were released on bail after processing.

March 22 (4:15 pm) Gabrielle S. Berki (20), a resident of S. Railroad Avenue, was arrested on E. Brown Street at Kathryn Street by Ptl. Mike Calzonetti and K9 Blitz on warrants from Camden City. After processing, she was released on bail.

March 22 (7:35 pm) Magdi Youssef (63), a resident of New York, was arrested on Collings Avenue at Essex Street on a warrant from Hackensack. He was released on bail after processing.

March 23 (11:30 am) Bennie L. Smart (45), a resident of Franklin Twp. was arrested on Broadway at Powell Street by Cpl. Bill Lessig due to the fact he was a fugitive from justice wanted in Gloucester and Camden counties. After processing, he was remanded to Camden County Jail.

March 23 (2:21 pm) William J Hagan Jr. (38), a resident of St. John Street, was arrested on N. Broadway at Morris Street by Det. Keith O’Donnell due to the fact he was a fugitive from justice wanted in Gloucester County. He was additionally charged with driving on a suspended license and turned over to the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Department after processing.

In addition, officers conducted 79 traffic stops, 348 property/business checks, and 17 school visits. Officers made 17 arrests, investigated 11 motor vehicle crashes, 14 domestic disputes and impounded two abandoned vehicles. Officers issued 10 criminal charges, 26 traffic citations, and managed 381 calls for service between March 17 and March 23, 2017.

All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law.