Central New Jersey man facing 3rd DWI charge in less than a week

KEANSBURG, N.J. – Jean Attis, a central New Jersey man was arrested for DWI for the third time in less than a week.

According to Keansburg police, the 46-year-old borough resident was arrested on Saturday afternoon after he allegedly led police officers on a brief chase.

Officers pursued Attis through a neighboring town but the chase soon ended when Attis crashed into a fire hydrant in Keansburg.

Officers were pursuing Attis because they knew that his license had been revoked. The officers also knew that he had already been arrested twice for DWI earlier in the week. Those arrests took place between a 17-hour period.

Attis faces multiple charges, including DWI and eluding police officers. He also faces several motor vehicle citations.

Attis was arrested and was held on $20,000 cash bail.

At the moment, it is not known if Attis had a lawyer.

News Source: www.SFGate.com

Parsippany police officer charged with DWI

RANDOLPH – On Saturday, an intoxicated Parsippany police officer ran his Chevrolet Silverado off the road and wound up in a residential front yard, according to the police.

Randolph police said that 30-year-old John R. Freudenberg was charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving on Saturday night.

Randolph Sgt. Frank Mygas, and officers Jason Gould and Jason Del Turco responded to the accident; they found the car in the front yard of a Jennifern Avenue home.

Del Turco spoke to Freudenberg, and was told that he “ran off the road”.

Freudenberg also told that he is a Parsippany officer and according to Randolph Detective Lt. Christopher Giuliani, he didn’t have any idea that Freudenberg attempted to use his status as an officer to avoid arrest.

When the incident happened, Freudenberg was also off-duty.

Del Turco smelled alcohol on Freudenberg’s breath and issued him field sobriety tests. After that he was taken into custody and charged with driving while intoxicated.

The result of his breath test was not released by the police.

Freudenberg’s passenger complained of pain but didn’t want to receive medical treatment at the scene, said Randolph police.

According to the police, Freudenberg didn’t complain of any injuries.

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Retired State Police commander admits to stealing from nonprofit fund

PATERSON – On Tuesday 11 Feb., a retired State Police commander, 47-year-old Maj. Michael Mattia, accepted to stealing more than $55,000 from a charitable fund he oversaw that was intended to assist fellow troopers and their families, and also getting a $19,000 loan from a subordinate colleague by lying.

To pay some undisclosed personal expenses, acting Maj. Michael Mattia stole the money from the bank accounts of the Troop B Health and Welfare Fund until his retirement in April 2013 from August 2011.

The investigation was started by the state Attorney General’s Office after Mattia left the force and they came to know that the charity’s bank account had only $26 left.

In October, the allegation against Mattia and the state’s investigation was first disclosed by The Star-Ledger.

Acting state Attorney General John Hoffman said, “Mattia betrayed his badge and those who served under him. This guilty plea demonstrates that nobody is above the law — in fact, we hold police officers to the highest standards”.

Mattia pleaded guilty to a single charge of theft by deception in court before Superior Court Judge Donald Volkert Jr. of Passaic County. He didn’t speak too much during the court hearing other than answering “yes, sir” to the allegations.

The state prosecutors will recommend Mattia be sentenced to probation and about a year in jail, under a plea bargain reached with the Attorney General’s Office. Sentencing is scheduled for 14th of March.

Mattia was a member of Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes’ command staff and in charge of Troop B in Totowa, overseeing northern New Jersey. He also administered the charitable fund, which uses proceeds from the sale of State Police apparel to pay scholarships and other trooper requirements. He transferred $55,500 in his account as he had access to the fund’s checking account and debit card. In March 2013, he paid $8,500 back and then $17,000 cash after being confronted about the account’s low balance, said the investigators.

Mattia got the $19,000 loan cash from a subordinate trooper, Neal Picillo and Mattia accepted he told Picillo that he needed the money to pay his mortgage and his children’s tuition. Mattia has not paid any amount of the loan back. It was later found out that he needed the money to replenish the fund.

Under the plea bargain, Mattia has to pay the outstanding $30,000 back owed to the fund as well as the $19,000 to Picillo. He will also not be able to do a job in New Jersey. His pension will be decided at a later date which was given by the state Treasury Department.

Mattia’s plea comes after a year when it was found that troopers assigned to Troop B had led a high-speed caravan of sports vehicles along some of New Jersey’s busiest highways. 2 troopers were criminally charged for the “Death Race 2012”. In 2013, one trooper pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year probation, and also accepted a permanent ban from law enforcement or public employment in New Jersey. The 2nd trooper was also banned from state law enforcement and in return entered a program for 1st time offenders. Under the agreement, upon completion of the program, the charges will be dismissed.

News Source: www.NJ.com

Poll says New Jersey residents want to smoke pot than bet online

ATLANTIC CITY – A survey done by a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll found that 41% of the participants support smoking marijuana in free time for enjoyment if it became legal. This shows that only 32 percent individuals support gambling over the Internet which is legal in New Jersey.

The survey clearly showed that more residents of New Jersey want to smoke pot than bet online.

According to the survey, support for online betting has decreased even though more than 150,000 online gambling accounts have been set up in the state.

Poll director Krista Jenkins said, “The public’s attitude was, for several years, warming up to online gambling. But there has been a clear change in direction now that the practice has actually been legalized. Part of the public has always shown deep reluctance to make gambling so accessible in their own homes. Now that it is in fact legal, they may be more concerned than ever”.

On 21st of November, internet gambling started in New Jersey with a 5 day trial period and after that it was launched statewide on 26th of November. It took in nearly $8.4 million, through the end of the year.

The survey found that 57% residents were not in the favor of Internet gambling, which is 46% more from March 2013.

A senior lecturer of hospitality management at the university, Donald Hoover, said that the increased opposition may be a reflection of residents’ annoyance at heavy advertising from New Jersey casinos.

Those individuals who say that they visited a casino in the last 1 year are significantly in favor of online gambling. Almost 40% are in favor of it while 28% of those individuals who have not recently visited a casino do so.

As far as recreational marijuana is concerned, 80% of the voters have heard or read a lot of news about the states that have recently legalized the use of drug for the purpose of enjoyment.

According to Jenkins, “These numbers point to the possibility that fertile ground exists in the state for those looking to expand legalization beyond medicinal use. Policymakers will likely be watching for changes in public opinion as the percentage difference between those in favor and opposed gets closer to the 50/50 mark. Right now, however, a majority of the public remains opposed”.

From 20th of January to 26th of January, the survey of 734 registered voters in New Jersey was conducted by landline telephones and cellphones. It has a margin of error of 3.6%.

News Source: www.NJ.com

The seven deadliest roads for pedestrians in New Jersey

According to a recent study, the below mentioned routes and the roadways were the most dangerous for New Jersey pedestrians, as a large number of deaths occurred there.

The list with the name of “most dangerous roads for walking” was made by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. The list compiled is the annual one in which complete statistics were shown.

For the 4th consecutive year, a South Jersey roadway has been said as the most deadly road for pedestrians. In the year 2012, the pedestrian deaths increased for the third straight year.

Between the time period of 2010 and 2012, 12 pedestrians died on Route 130 in Burlington County. Of the 12 deaths, 8 occurred within a 7.5-mile section from Cinnaminson to Willingboro.

Given below is the list of New Jersey’s seven deadliest roads for pedestrians:

  • Route 130 (Burlington Pike) in Burlington County. From 2010 to 2012, twelve individuals were killed on the route.
  • Route 30 (White Horse Pike, Admiral Wilson Boulevard) in Camden County. The number of individuals who died on this road is nine.
  • Route 1 in Middlesex County. Seven deaths occurred there.
  • Route 322/40 (Black Horse Pike, Albany Avenue) in Atlantic County. The total number of deaths occurred is six.
  • Route 30 (White Horse Pike, Absecon Boulevard) in Atlantic County. Six individuals were killed on the route.
  • Routes 1 & 9/Route 1 (Tonnelle Avenue) in Hudson County. Six individuals died on the route while walking.
  • Route 9 in Middlesex County. It is dangerous for people walking on foot and six individuals were killed.

In last 3 years, the number of pedestrians that were died on New Jersey roads was 442 from which 161 died in 2012, up from 142 pedestrian were killed in 2011 and 139 deaths occurred in 2010.

The deaths occurred on the roads prohibited to pedestrians and on portions of roads where walkers are not allowed are not counted in the estimate.

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is forcing for New Jersey elected officials to pass pending bill which is related to the protection of pedestrians, funding pedestrian and bicyclist improvements and for New Jersey to continue its “Complete Streets” policy of building roads with bikers, pedestrians and motorists in mind. Tri-State said that “arterial” roadways and multi-lane roads with speed limits of 40 mph or above than that and have few accommodations such as sidewalks, median islands and crosswalks were the most deadly for the pedestrians.

News Source: www.NJ.com

Texas resident charged with DWI and weapons possession in Delran

DELRAN – On Tuesday, police said that 45-year-old Joseph M. Rupert, a Texas resident, was found in possession of several illegal weapons early Sunday during a traffic stop on Route 130 South.

Rupert was pulled over around 2:16 a.m. for failing to maintain a lane. Further investigation showed that Rupert had an assault rifle, handgun, high-powered rifle with a high-capacity magazine, and hollow-point bullets.

According to police reports, Rupert did not have a permit for the handgun and other weapons he was carrying which are illegal in New Jersey.

Rupert was charged with multiple weapon offenses, driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated near a school, reckless driving and also refusing to give a breath test.

He was arrested and placed in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly. His bail was set at $50,000.

News Source: www.BurlingtonCountyTimes.com

Alleged drunk driver hits Cherry Hill police car

CHERRY HILL TWP. – On early Saturday morning, 49-year-old Brian Hanratty was accused of hitting a police vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Hanratty hit the marked police vehicle after the officer had stopped another driver on Route 70, near West Gate Drive. According to the police, the officer was outside the vehicle when Hanratty’s Toyota Solara hit the car and drove off. He was stopped by the police officers at Route 70 and Wexford almost 2 miles away from the accident spot.

Police charged him for eluding and driving while intoxicated (DWI) among other motor vehicle violations. He was processed and released pending a court appearance.

The incident highlights the importance of New Jersey’s Move Over Law which was implemented in 2009 which is to protect police and others working on roadways, said police. Under the law, the individuals can safely move to a lane not adjacent an authorized emergency vehicle stopped on the road and flashing its red, blue, amber or yellow light. If the individual cannot do so, then he/she must slow down below the posted speed limit and be prepared to stop if required.

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