Brigantine Police Blotter – Week of July 20, 2012

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For the week ending July 18, the Brigantine Police Department responded to approximately 400 calls for service, including 58 motor vehicle stops/incidents (with 32 summonses issued and one DWI arrest), nine traffic accidents and six domestic disputes. Special Officers also issued 10 summonses for failure to have 4x4 permits and two summonses for having alcohol on the beach.

Anthony Sentore, 25, of Brigantine was arrested July 13 by Detective Sgt. Feehan and charged with two counts of theft of movable property.

A 32-year-old Atlantic City female was arrested July 13 by Officer Sweet on outstanding warrants.

Robert Stonestreet, 48, of Bridgeton was arrested July 13 by Officer Knoff and charged with DWI, careless driving, and failure to use headlights.

Joseph Wilson, 62, of Brigantine was arrested July 14 by Officer Sweet and charged with DWI.

On July 15, Vincent Battaglia, 55, of Brigantine was arrested July 15 by Officer Glasser and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A 43-year-old Brigantine male was arrested July 16 by Officer Newcomer on outstanding warrants.

BRI-Police-7-19 Chief Stone addresses a group at the Brigantine Community Center this past weekend.

Thank you!
On behalf of the entire Brigantine Police Department, we offer our thanks in helping us make our community outreach programs a success. Your phone calls, attendance at recent events and participation have gone a long way in fostering a greater relationship between the police and residents. It has allowed us to continue to “help us help you.”

Please visit our newly redesigned website, Lt. Reed has recently completed a major overhaul of the website. The redesigned site has a more user-friendly view, easier navigation and all the up-to-date information from the department.

Police and PBA at Family Fun Day
This year, members of the Brigantine PBA Local 204 and the department participated in the annual Family Fun Day. Officers brought out the County SWAT “Bearcat” Tactical vehicle and its equipment. They also had a tent set up where members of the department talked about the BUCS (Brigantine Union of Cops and Schools) program, the Detective Bureau and Motor Unit.

Beach reminders
Dogs on the beaches: From Ordinance No. 105-1: No person shall permit or allow any dog on the public beaches in the City of Brigantine between 14th Street North and the southwestern most point of the City of Brigantine beach from May 30 to Sept. 30, inclusive.

Alcohol Prohibited: From Ordinance No. 105-19: To consume alcoholic beverages on the public beaches shall be prohibited. This is your reminder, summonses have been issued.

4x4 permit required: it shall be unlawful to operate an automobile, truck, motorcycle or any other vehicle on the beaches within the City of Brigantine without the permits provided for in this article or in violation of any provision of this article. Permits must be affixed to the rearview mirror.

Boat and trailer parking: From Ordinance No. 284-33: Between May 2 and Sept. 30 of any year, it shall be unlawful for any person to park any boat or trailer in the City of Brigantine for a continuous period of more than 48 hours in such places as parking is authorized unless the owner or operator of said boat or trailer owns or leases the property in front of which said boat or trailer is so parked. Between May 2 and Sept. 30 of any year, boats may be parked for longer than a period of 48 hours in any street in front of any legally operated and licensed marina on the same side of said street as said marina but only within the area between the property lines of said marina property if said lines were extended into said street in front of said property.

Front beach restrictions
As the result of an agreement the city entered into with the state and federal government, there will be no dogs, vehicles or kites allowed on the Front Beach from Bramble Drive to Sandy Lane. There is currently fencing in place on the beach to protect the nesting areas. Please be mindful of the areas marked off as you travel the beaches.

Revere Boulevard violations
The City of Brigantine Police Department is continuing rigorous enforcement of speeding and stop sign violations on Revere Boulevard, due to the increase in traffic from the construction of Bayshore Avenue. Officers are assigned to monitor the area on a random basis and will be strictly enforcing all speed and traffic laws. This is your warning: slow down and obey the stop signs!

Lafayette Boulevard speeding
Complaints continue to come in regarding speeders along Lafayette Boulevard. As with Revere Boulevard, officers will be randomly running radar speed checks. This is your warning: slow down and obey the 25 mph speed limit!

Parking reminders
According to NJS 39:4-135, all vehicles must be parked facing the direction of travel. Please do not park facing oncoming traffic. Parking so as to block a sidewalk is also prohibited under NJS 39:4-138(f). It creates a safety hazard for pedestrians, forcing them to enter the roadway to pass by your vehicle.

Reminder for motorists and pedestrians
Effective April 2010, the pedestrian crosswalk laws in New Jersey changed. There is increased responsibility on both drivers and pedestrians in order to make everyone safer. Please read and take note of the following excerpt from NJ 39:3-46 traffic statute: The driver of a vehicle must stop and stay stopped for a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk, but shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except at crosswalks when the movement of traffic is being regulated by police officers or traffic control signals, or where otherwise prohibited by municipal, county, or State regulation, but no pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.

Whenever any vehicle is stopped to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.
Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
Pedestrians must obey pedestrian signals and use crosswalks at signalized intersections.

Be bike smart
Young people under the age of 17 are required to wear an approved helmet when cycling, roller skating, in-line skating, or skateboarding.

The Division of Highway Traffic Safety assists county, municipal and law enforcement agencies with education, public awareness and enforcement of the bicycle helmet law and other bicycle safety issues.
Each year, bicyclists are killed or injured in New Jersey due to bicycle crashes. Many bicycle deaths result from bicycle-motor vehicle collisions. However, injuries can happen anywhere, including parks, bike paths and driveways, and often do not involve motor vehicles.

Head injury is the most serious injury type and the most common cause of death among bicyclists. The most severe injuries are those to the brain that cause permanent damage.

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