Press Release

Avalon Police Arrest Delaware Man For Possession of an Imitation Firearm

Avalon Police have charged a Delaware man with Possession of an Imitation Firearm and other offenses relating to a motor vehicle stop on Thursday, August 15th, 2013.

At approximately 12:55am, Avalon Police Sergeant John Roscoe observed a green Jeep driving through a red traffic signal.  The driver of the Jeep led the police officer through the Avalon business district in the north end of town while driving erratically until he was subsequently stopped in the 2900 block of Ocean Drive.

Patrolman Charles Hewitt observed the butt of what appeared to be a Glock-style handgun sticking out from underneath the center console of the vehicle.  The investigation revealed that the firearm was actually an Airsoft-type gun with the orange safety markings removed, giving it the appearance of an actual firearm.

The driver, 25 year old Matthew L. Snyder of Wilmington, Delaware, was subsequently arrested on charges including Possession of an Imitation Firearm, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Observe a Traffic Signal.  Mr. Snyder was released on his own recognizance.

Avalon Police Department Adds Three New Officers

The Avalon Police Department has hired three new full time police officers.  The officers were sworn in to their full time positions by Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi during a meeting of the Avalon Borough Council on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013.

“The application process for these three positions was very competitive and Avalon is pleased to add these three men to the ranks of the Avalon Police Department”, said Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi.  “We welcome their talents and efforts to compliment one of the finest police departments in the entire State of New Jersey”.

The three new officers will fill vacancies created by two prior retirements in the Avalon Police Department and by the upcoming retirement of Avalon Police Sgt. Frank Hood.  The three new officers are:

-Mark Glassford, 26, of Belleplain, NJ.  Officer Glassford has served as a Class II officer with the Avalon Police Department since 2008.  He is the brother of Avalon Police Sgt. David Glassford.

-Joseph Duda, 22, of Buena, NJ.  Officer Duda began his career with the Avalon Police Department as a Class I officer in 2010 and has served as a Class II officer since 2011.

-Nicholas Brady, 20, of Hammonton, NJ.  Officer Brady served as a Class II officer in Sea Isle City in 2012 before being hired as a full time Class II officer in Haddon Heights in 2013.

Officer Nicholas Brady receives badge from Chief McCormick (1024x723)

Officer Mark Glassford and Mayor Martin Pagliughi (1024x664)Officer Joseph Duda receives his badge from Chief William McCormick (1024x657)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Officer Mark Glassford and Mayor Martin Pagliughi (1024x664)

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign August 16th Through September 2nd in Avalon

The Avalon Police Department will join with other municipal police departments in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative.  The anti-drunk driving campaign begins Friday, August 16th and runs through Monday, September 2nd.  The program will include sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

The Division of Highway Traffic Safety awarded Avalon a $4,400 grant to participate in the program which was launched in the United States in 1999.  “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” combats drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year, including the popular Labor Day Weekend holiday.

“Shore communities like Avalon need to continually send the message that drinking and driving is simply not tolerated and breaks the law”, said Avalon Police Chief William McCormick.  “Avalon is proud to participate in this program as another reminder to residents and visitors to not get behind the wheel after consuming alcoholic beverages”.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” includes high-visibility enforcement and public and education tools, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs.  Police departments who participate in the program may also conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, specifically designed to pull over motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

In 2012, alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for 19 percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities.  The Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to run the two-week program.

Here are some tips to avoid being arrested for driving while intoxicated:

-Designated a driver who will not consume alcohol before going out.

-Take advantage of other transportation alternatives including Avalon’s Jitney service or various taxi services

-Spend the night where the activity is held

-Report drunk drivers to law enforcement

Man Arrested For Fight at Local Convenience Store

Avalon Police have charged a Pennsylvania man with Aggravated Assault following a fight that occurred a local convenience store earlier this month.

On Saturday, August 3rd at 2:14 am, police responded to a fight in progress at a Wawa store located at 2701 Ocean Drive.  When officers arrived, both the victim and suspect had fled the area.  After an on scene investigation, the suspect was discovered in a nearby house.  The victim was found several blocks away and sustained significant injuries including: a broken orbital socket, broken nose and a large cut above his eye.

Police have charged Joseph Bristow, 42, of Philadelphia, PA with Aggravated Assault.  He was released on his own recognizance.

Avalon Police Charge Massachusettes Man With Assault, Other Offenses

The Avalon Police Department arrested a Massachusetts man following an incident that began at a local business and continued at police headquarters.

On Saturday, August 3rd, at 12:29am, Sgt. Jeff Christopher and Ptlm. Sam Hoffman responded to a fight in progress at the Whitebriar Restaurant located at 260 20th Street.  At the scene, a highly intoxicated Joseph McGlone, 32, of Rehoboth MA, was taken into custody for assaulting members of the Whitebriar staff.  While at police headquarters, McGlone became more aggressive and assaulted an officer.  McGlone was also found to be in possession of illegal narcotics.  He was charged with Aggravated Assault on Police, Simple Assault, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Disorderly Conduct.

He was taken to the Cape May County Correctional Facility on $25,000 bail.

Avalon Police Arrest Individuals for Bicycle Thefts

The Avalon Police Department have made five recent arrests of suspects who stole police-owned bicycles in the Borough.  Police have recently conducted three separate bait bicycle operations where a bicycle was placed at 27th Street and Ocean Drive in Avalon.  During each operation, police successfully made arrests on charges of Theft of Moveable Property.

Those arrested and charged were:

-Patrick McCusker, 18, of Westfield, NJ on Sunday, August 4th, at 11:38pm by Special Officers Michael Solomon and Joseph Duda.

-Christopher Romo, 23, of Avalon, NJ on Monday, August 5th, at 1:43am by Special Officers Joseph Duda and Scott Beroldi.

-Matthew Marcinek, 28, of Blue Bell, PA and Benjamin Bevan, 21, of Stafford PA were arrested in three separate incidents over a four-hour period.

Each suspect was each charged with Theft of Movable Property on scene and released with a court appearance required.

The Avalon Police Department continues to make an effort to crack down on bicycle thefts within the Borough.  They will arrest and charge individuals who take bikes that do not belong to them.  The police department reminds residents and visitors that bike thefts are crimes of opportunity and to always lock your bike, or keep it in a secured building when not in use.

Avalon Police Charge Pennsylvania Man With Theft Relating To Popular Kite Girl Statue

The Avalon Police Department has arrested a Pennsylvania man with theft and other offenses after he allegedly stole part of a bronze sculpture from a well-known Borough streetscape. The statue entitled “Girl” was cast by local artist Gary Jacketti in 1991 and depicts a young girl flying a kite. She has greeted millions of visitors as they have entered Avalon over the years at 30th Street and Ocean Drive. The kite portion of the life size work was reported missing on July 16, 2013.

Bruno Talvacchia, age 19 from Narberth, PA was arrested at his rental residence in the 700 block of 21st Street later that day, where the kite was recovered. Talvacchia was charged with theft, receiving stolen property, and criminal mischief after police located a pay stub he dropped at the scene. The theft and receiving stolen property charges are third degree crimes and the criminal mischief is a fourth degree crime as damage is estimated to be over $500.00.  Investigating officers were Det. Sgt. Joseph Gaughan and Ptlm. Sam Hoffman.

Talvacchia was transferred to the Cape May County Correctional Facility after failing to post $10,000 full cash bail set by the Hon. George Neidig of the Avalon Municipal Court.

Avalon Police Charge Woman With Theft Following Bicycle Sting Operation

Avalon Police have formally charged a 27 year old Philadelphia woman with Theft of Movable Property following a bicycle theft sting operation in the Borough.

On Friday, July 12th at approximately 1:43am, Special Officers Scott Bertoldi and Michael Mangiaracina conducted a bicycle theft sting operation on Ocean Drive in Avalon.  The officers spotted Maura Heenan walking southbound on Ocean Drive.  Ms. Heenan allegedly stopped at the “bait” bicycle, picked it up, and began riding away.  Officers stopped Ms. Heenan several blocks away and charged her at the scene with Theft of Movable Property.  She was processed and released on her own recognizance.

The Avalon Police Department continues to crack down on all thefts and mischief throughout the community.  Police will continue to arrest and charge individuals who take or deface any property that does not belong to them.  Police remind residents and visitors that thefts are crimes of opportunity and easily avoided with locks and or proper storage in secure buildings.

Avalon Police Charge Two With Theft Following Investigation

 The Avalon Police Department has charged two Dennis Township residents with theft and receiving stolen property after police obtained information they were attempting to sell a Jet Ski dock to a local business. Middle Township and Avalon Police found the two in possession of the dock which was later determined to have been taken from an Ocean Drive address in Avalon. A second jet ski dock was also reported missing from the property by the victim. The loss was estimated to be $3600.00.

Police charged Leonard Verity, age 32 and Justin Doyle, 30 with theft and stolen property and were released after posting $2500.00 cash bail set by the Hon. George Neidig of the Avalon Municipal Court. The case was investigated by Ptlm. Charles Hewitt and Detective Sergeant Joseph Gaughan.

The matter is pending review by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.

Borough Residents are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the Avalon Police Department at 967-3411 or by dialing 9-1-1.