Neptune NJ, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority will pay $250,000 to settle a driver’s lawsuit that was filed after a former State Trooper downloaded an intimate video from her cellphone during a 2016 traffic stop on the Garden State Parkway.
Egg Harbor Township NJ, Earlier today, a Trooper from Troop “D” Galloway Station responded to a report of a large bird that appeared to be injured on the side of the Garden State Parkway.
Trooper Danny Lopes responded to the area of milepost 39.1 northbound in Egg Harbor Township and observed a Red-tail hawk on the side road with what appeared to be an injured leg. Trooper Lopes kept a close eye on the hawk while waiting for a professional, which he requested, to capture animal for medical treatment.
While he was waiting, the hawk took a liking to Trooper Lopes’ troop car and decided the view of the Parkway would look much better from the vehicle’s emergency light bar.
Unfortunately, when the animal rescue officer arrived and attempted to catch the hawk, it flew off of the troop car and into the woods.
If anyone in the area of the incident spots the injured hawk, we encourage you to contact your local police department to assist with helping this beautiful animal receive a medical evaluation.
Point Pleasant NJ, Sergeant Michael Krauchuk, of the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau, rescued three occupants from a sinking vessel in the Point Pleasant Canal.
On Sunday, June 14, at approximately 5:08 p.m., troopers from the Marine Services Bureau Point Pleasant Station were dispatched to the report of a 26-foot boat sinking in the Point Pleasant Canal in Point Pleasant Boro, Ocean County.
Trenton NJ, A suspended New Jersey state trooper was indicted today for allegedly engaging in a sexually explicit email exchange with an adult woman about a prepubescent girl, during which the trooper and the woman allegedly exchanged sexually explicit photos, including a photo of the girl.
Sea Isle City NJ, On Saturday, August 3, Detective Sergeant First Class George Wren was vacationing with his family in Sea Isle City, N.J. when he rescued a swimmer who was caught in a riptide and being pulled into the ocean.
Moments after explaining the dangers of the rip current to his children, a woman frantically approached DSFC Wren and screamed that a man was drowning. He observed the man about 75 yards from the shoreline drifting further into the ocean.
Linden NJ, A New Jersey state trooper was sentenced today on charges that he tampered with evidence and falsified records to cover up the fact that he conducted improper stops of female drivers in order to view the private contents of their cell phones and proposition them to meet him socially.
Marquice Prather, 38, of Linden, N.J., was sentenced to three years of probation by Superior Court Judge Benjamin S. Bucca in Middlesex County. He was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and pay a $5,000 fine. The judge also ordered that Prather have no contact with his victims. Prather pleaded guilty on Sept. 11 to charges of third-degree invasion of privacy, fourth-degree tampering with physical evidence, and fourth-degree falsifying or tampering with records. He forfeited his job as a state trooper and is permanently barred from public office and employment.
Deputy Attorneys General Brian Faulk, Jonathan Gilmore and Charles Wright prosecuted the case for the Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau.
The New Jersey State Police Office of Professional Standards investigated numerous incidents involving Prather that reflected a pattern of pulling over women, ranging in age from 18 to 42, and soliciting them to go on a date with him or give him their phone numbers. The investigation revealed the following conduct, for which he pleaded guilty to the three charges:
Prather requested and searched the cell phones of numerous female drivers without justification, after asking the women to unlock the phones. He looked through personal information and images on the phones and, in some cases, reproduced intimate photos and videos of the women.
Prather disposed of suspected marijuana that he seized from the vehicle of a female motorist.
Prather falsely reported the gender of drivers he pulled over to disguise the fact that he stopped a high number of females.
Several women initially came forward to file complaints against Prather about improper conduct. A number of other women subsequently gave statements outlining similar conduct after they were contacted by investigators who were auditing Prather’s patrol activities. Prather was suspended without pay by the State Police after his arrest on Dec. 9, 2016.
Ridgewood NJ, Multiple injuries were reported in a two (2) vehicle crash on the Garden State Parkway northbound at mile marker 164.3, Paramus on Thursday afternoon, 09/14. Paramus Police and EMS responded along with a NJ State Trooper from the Troop D, Bloomfield based barracks. One (1) vehicle wound up off of the roadway in the grassy center median. A flatbed tow truck removed both wrecked vehicles from the highway.
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Ridgewood NJ, the latest conspiracy theory of immigration check points is cleared up by NJ State Police. On their Facebook page NJ State Police clear up the mystery .
“So, it was brought to our attention that this rather uninspiring photo of one of our troopers has caused a bit of stir.
This photo was posted by @LVwithLove on Instagram. Now, there seemed to be quite a bit of suspicion and confusion among commenters as to what exactly this trooper was doing. So, we would like to set the record straight by addressing a few.
No, this was not an immigration checkpoint. We were not checking your “papers.” Names taken were not entered into a double-secret federal database.
The truth is that this trooper was recording passengers’ names, ages, towns of residence, and seat locations for, brace yourselves, a crash report. This is standard practice.
As much as we enjoy our job, we typically don’t relish chasing down everyone on a bus to get their information for our report. To be honest, we typically allow junior troopers to gain the invaluable experience of handling bus crashes. We even give them neat little forms to help record names and seat locations.
Oh, and no, you don’t have to provide your license. You can provide your info verbally, but it’s easier and more accurate if we copy information from a license. Many names are not commonly spelled.
This is a service done for you. If you find yourself injured, you’re going to need this information for a whole host of reasons.”
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