Byram Police blotter

| 12 Jul 2021 | 04:01

Shoplifting

The Byram Township Police Department on June 15 responded to ShopRite for a series of shoplifting incidents that previously occurred. ShopRite security advised patrols that Josephine Kong of Byram Townshiphad shoplifted numerous items over the past few months. After further investigation, Kong was charged with 8 counts of shoplifting. Kong responded to the police station on June 15 and was issued the summonses. A mandatory Andover-Joint Municipal Court date is pending.

DWI crash

The Byram Township Police Department on June 21 responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Route 206 at the intersection of Whitehall Hill Road. When officers arrived, they spoke to the driver who caused the crash, Michelle A. Oves of Budd Lake and felt that Oves may be intoxicated. Oves was asked to perform several field sobriety tests, which she failed. Oves was subsequently transported to Newton Medical Center to have blood drawn as per an issued search warrant and she was charged with the following: Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Passing and Reckless Driving. An Andover-Joint Municipal Court date is pending.

Unresponsive male

The Byram Township on June 26 responded to Sparta-Stanhope Rd. near Ascot Lane for a report of an unresponsive male in a vehicle. When officers arrived, they spoke to the male party, Bardford Nagy, who was now conscious.

After speaking to Nagy, officers felt he was intoxicated. Nagy was asked to perform several field sobriety tests, which he failed. Nagy was then arrested, and a search of his vehicle produced an open alcoholic beverage container.

Nagy was transported to the police station where he consented to the giving of breath samples. After the samples were taken, Nagy was transported to Newton Medical Center to have blood samples drawn as per a search warrant that was issued.

Nagy was charged with the following and released pending a mandatory Andover-Joint Municipal Court date: Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Driving, Reckless Driving, Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, Obstructing Passage of Vehicles, Improper Mounting of Mirror and Being Under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance.

Heroin possession

The Byram Township Police Department on June 29 responded to a report of an erratic driver on Route 206. The officers located the vehicle initiated a motor vehicle stop with it. While speaking to the driver, Danielle R. Erickson, one of the officers observed the cap to a hypodermic syringe in the vehicle.

Further investigation lead to the recovery of a quantity of heroin, numerous syringes and other drug paraphernalia. Erickson was arrested, charged with the following and released pending a mandatory Sussex County Superior Court date: Possession of Heroin, Possession of Hypodermic Syringes, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Driving While Suspended, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle and No Liability Insurance.

Shoplifting at ShopRite

The Byram Township Police Department on June 29 responded to ShopRite for a series of shoplifting incidents that previously occurred. ShopRite security advised patrols that Jennifer Lepre of Hopatcong had shoplifted numerous items over the past year.

After further investigation, Lepre was charged with 19 counts of shoplifting. Lepre responded to the police station on July 7 and was issued the summonses. A mandatory Andover-Joint Municipal Court date is pending.

Erratic driver

The Byram Township Police Department on July 4 responded to Waterloo Rd. for a report of an erratic driver. An officer found the suspect vehicle and while following it, observed the vehicle cross the shoulder and double yellow lines. A motor vehicle stop was initiated and while speaking to the driver, Terence E. Matthews of Flanders, the officer felt Matthews was intoxicated.

Matthews was asked to perform several field sobriety tests. Matthews refused to do the field sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested. He was transported to the station where he refused to submit to breath samples.

Matthews was charged with the following and released pending a mandatory Andover-Joint Municipal Court date: Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to Submit to Breath Tests, Failure to Install Ignition Interlock Device on Vehicle, Consumption of an Alcoholic Beverage by the Driver, Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in the Vehicle, Driving While Suspended, Failure to Maintain Lane, Reckless Driving and Failure to Possess a Driver’s License.

DWI crash

The Byram Township Police Department on July 8 responded to a motor vehicle crash on Route 206. While speaking to the parties involved, the officer felt one of the drivers may be intoxicated. Stacey Defalco was asked to perform several field sobriety tests, which she failed. Defalco was arrested and a search of her vehicle produced a quantity of Pregabalin, which she did not have a prescription for. Defalco was transported to the station for processing where she refused to give proper breath samples.

Defalco was charged with the following and released pending a mandatory Sussex County Superior Court date: Possession of Pregabalin (Schedule V Controlled Dangerous Substance), Being Under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to Submit to Breath Tests, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle, Careless Driving and Tinted Windows.