Police Blotter: Clean Up Your Act
Collingswood police rounded up a handful of perpetrators whose inability to maintain their composure led directly to their apprehension.
Information presented in these reports was gathered from the Collingswood Police Department. An arrest is not a conviction.
DWI, Possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession of marijuana
At 1 a.m. on Sept. 16, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Fern Avenue to investigate the report of a male urinating in the street, and possibly operating a Ford Taurus station wagon.
Upon arrival, they stopped a vehicle matching that description, and made contact with the driver: Lorenzo Chimel, 18, of Collingswood. Officers saw that Chimel had an open alcoholic beverage container, and removed him from the vehicle.
In a search incidental to his arrest, Chimel’s vehicle contained packaging material used for the sale of marijuana and two small baggies of what officers believed to be marijuana. Furthermore, when officers attempted to apprehend Chimel, he resisted arrest.
Chimel was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. His vehicle was impounded and Chimel was released to a sober acquaintance pending his court date.
At 2 a.m. Sept. 17, officers were dispatched to the Heights of Collingswood terrace for reports of a public disturbance. There they encountered Eric Blanding, 33, of Camden, who refused to leave the premises after several warnings. Blanding was charged with a disorderly persons offense and released pending a court date.
At 7 a.m. Sept. 19, officers were dispatched to the Dunkin' Donuts on Route 130 to investigate the report of a subject who had been banned from the premises refusing to leave. Maurice Thomas, 48, of Camden, had already been arrested at least seven times at the same location for defiant trespass, and he was again. Thomas was released pending a court date.
Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS)
At 4 p.m. Sept. 30, an officer on patrol in the 1000 block of Grant Ave. encountered a man riding a bicycle. Upon seeing the vehicle, the cyclis—Eugene Lipscomb, 55, of Collingswood—looked at the patrol unit, wide-eyed, and then reached into his pocket and discarded a couple bottles of what appeared to be crack-cocaine. Lipscomb was taken into custody and charged with possession of CDS.