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Woman charged for DWI after leaving liquor store

A tip that was given to police from an anonymous caller led to a 66-year-old New Jersey woman's drunk driving charges on Feb. 19. The caller reportedly told police that they witnessed a person driving erratically in Hopatcong at around 5:30 pm. According to the caller, the driver was swerving on Holiday Drive before pulling into the parking lot of the Liquor Factory.

After the call came in to police, a patrol officer visited the parking lot of the liquor store and observed the woman leaving the store and getting into her car. The police officer followed the woman as she went up Holiday Drive and allegedly witnessed her swerving. A traffic stop was then conducted, and the woman received a DWI charge.

New Jersey indictments announced

On Feb. 13, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office announced that several people were being indicted for criminal charges. A 25-year-old Camden resident was charged for two counts of distribution of over half an ounce but less than five ounces of cocaine along with possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Two other Camden residents were handed charges for conspiracy to distribute over half an ounce but less than five ounces of cocaine.

A Gloucester County grand jury also handed drug offense charges to several other people. A 21-year-old man from Paulsboro was charged for marijuana possession, distribution of marijuana and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance in a school zone. A 22-year-old man from Woodbury received nearly identical charges.

2 men arrested after alleged drug deal

Two New Jersey men were taken into custody after allegedly engaging in a drug deal in Bayonne on Feb. 5. The incident took place at approximately 10:23 p.m. near West 18th Street and Broadway.

According to Bayonne police, detectives conducting surveillance in the area observed a 58-year-old man approach a double-parked car driven by a 33-year-old man. The two men allegedly completed a drug transaction and then left the scene separately.

New Jersey driver charged with DWI after hitting tree

A 32-year-old New Jersey man is facing drunk driving charges after slamming his car into a tree on Route 9 in Galloway on Feb. 4. The crash occurred around 1:38 p.m. near Somerstown Lane, according to the Galloway Township Police.

Authorities said they were dispatched to the scene in response to a report that a vehicle crashed into a tree. Officers found the defendant, who was allegedly disoriented, behind the wheel of a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Investigators said it appeared he had been driving southbound on Route 9 when he crossed the center line, left the roadway, struck several bushes and collided with a tree. The accident delayed area traffic for approximately 45 minutes as crews cleared the scene and performed an investigation.

Woman accused of DUI, causing power outage

Washington Township Police officials reported that an allegedly drunk woman hit a light pole and caused a power outage on Jan. 24. The accident reportedly happened around 7:45 a.m. on Route 57 near Stew's Auto Body and Towing.

Reportedly, the woman struck the utility pole with her car. The roads were icy at the time. Officers indicated that the woman was also allegedly intoxicated and that her blood alcohol concentration measured at .19 percent, more than twice the legal limit. According to police, the accident was caused by a combination of the ice as well as the woman's intoxication.

Teen accused of grabbing woman's buttocks

A teen in New Jersey was charged for criminal sexual contact as a result of an incident that took place on Dec. 19. The teen was charged for the juvenile crime after NJ.com posted photos of him on their site on Jan. 20. Although a detective working on the case would not offer details about the teen's charge, he did say that publishing surveillance footage aided in the investigation.

According to police, the incident in question took place outside of a ShopRite store. While a 19-year-old woman from Jersey City was walking, the accused teen allegedly approached her and grabbed her buttocks. When the woman screamed, the accused teen reportedly fled the area. On Jan. 20, police publicized surveillance footage that was recorded near the scene and asked for witnesses to come forward with information.

4 detained for alleged parking lot drug deal

Elmwood Park police reported that four people were detained in a supermarket parking lot for an alleged drug deal on Jan. 9. The incident reportedly occurred around 5:00 p.m. in the Broadway Pathmark parking lot.

Officers indicated they witnessed an allegedly suspicious-looking vehicle pull into the parking lot. Officers stated they then saw another vehicle pull into the lot next to the first vehicle. After reportedly witnessing an exchange take place between people inside of the two vehicles, officers moved in.

Camden pedestrian accent leaves 1 man dead, 1 charged with crime

A Camden resident faces a charge of death by auto in an Oct. 4 crash that left another Camden man dead. The accident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. near the Westfield and Rosedale avenues, when a 53-year-old pedestrian from Camden was struck by a 2000 Ford Explorer while crossing Westfield Avenue. There was a witness present at the scene prior to police arrival.

The witness reported to authorities that the injured 74-year-old Ford driver from Camden exited his vehicle after the collision. The driver reportedly took several labored steps before collapsing. The witness took the Ford driver's keys and waited to turn them in to police responders.

New Jersey teenager arrested for manufacturing drugs

On Dec. 29, two Lacey police officers took a 15-year-old girl into custody at a residence on Leguene Avenue at approximately 5 p.m. Police were alerted to the scene after receiving reports that illegal drug activity was taking place in the garage of the residence.

The officers discovered that the teenage girl was using a system in the garage to manufacture a drug called "dabs." Dabs are a waxy substance made by infusing concentrated marijuana hash oil into a resinous form. The dabs are used in electronic vapor pens. The drug-infused vapor inhaled by the user is many times more powerful than the smoke created by consuming regular cannabis.

Police charge man in elf costume with DWI

The Riverdale Police Department reported that officers detained a man who was dressed like an elf on suspicion of DWI on Dec. 19. The incident leading to the man's detention reportedly occurred around 3:30 a.m.

Officials said that a suspicious vehicle in a large retailer's parking lot on Route 23 elicited a call to police. Allegedly, responding officers found the reported car's engine running with its lights on, its stereo resounding and its driver sleeping.

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