>Crime Scene Middletown: Busy Saint Pat’s Day For Middletown Police


The Middletown Police Department reports arresting eight people for various offenses relating to Saint Patrick’s Day festivities.

On March 17, 2011 at approximately 5:46 pm police responded to a report of a fight in progress at the Middletown Train Station. Upon arrival officers found a crowd of approximately fifty people scattered throughout the parking lot. Police began dispersing the crowd when four subjects refused to obey orders to leave the area. Officers issued numerous warnings to leave which were refused by the group who continued to yell obscenities and create a disturbance.

Patrolman Ryan Riffert, Patrolman Kevin Gardiner and Patrolman James Beirne arrested Steven Hewitt, age 20 and Caitlyn Hewitt , age 22, both from Kanes Lane and two seventeen year old juveniles. The subjects were charged with Disorderly Conduct and were transported to police headquarters where they were processed and released.

At approximately 9:15 pm Patrolman Frank Mazza and Detective Lieutenant Stephen Dollinger were assigned to a “Cops in Shops” detail at the Junction Bar and Liquors located on Main Street in Belford when they arrested two subjects for alcohol related offenses.

The “Cops in Shops” program involves assigning officers to a bar in order to enforce alcohol related offenses. The officers arrested Sergio Casal, age 20, from Kentucky Avenue in Hazlet and Joseph Toner, age 21, from Main Street in Belford.

Casal was charged with being under the legal age to possess alcohol and having Toner purchase it for him. Toner was charged with purchasing alcohol for a person under the legal age (Casal). Both subjects were arrested and were transported to police headquarters where they were processed and released on a summons pending a court appearance.

At approximately 10:50 pm Patrolman Stephen Keller was assigned to a DWI roadblock at the intersection of Highway 35 and Navesink River Road when a vehicle entered the checkpoint. Patrolman Keller approached the vehicle at which point he detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the car.

Officer Keller’s investigation resulted in the discovery of a small bag which contained marijuana and a pipe used to smoke it. The driver, identified as Johann Castaneda, age 27, from Shore Drive in Highlands, was arrested and charged with Possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, Possession of drug paraphernalia and Possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. He was transported to police headquarters where he was released on a summons pending a court appearance.

At approximately 12:42 am Patrolman Frank Mazza who was also assigned to the DWI roadblock arrested Timothy Fitzpatrick, age 47, from Main Street in Belford for Driving While Intoxicated after Fitzpatrick was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol after pulling into the roadblock and being checked by Mazza.

Fitzpatrick was also issued motor vehicle summonses for Reckless Driving and Revoked Driving. He was being held on $2,750.00 bail.

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Filed under Cops in Shops, Crime Scene Middletown, drug paraphernalia, drunk and disorderly, DWI, Marijuana, Middletown Police, St. Patrick's Day

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