Friday, May 3, 2013
Sometimes when nature calls, it's more prudent to hold it—especially if you're (allegedly) holding.
When you gotta go, you gotta go, as the saying goes. But that old saw is missing a key piece of advice about choosing prudently the time and place, as an Oaklyn man learned first-hand from Collingswood police. On March 26 around 8:30 p.m., officers on patrol in the area of the Aldi food store saw a man urinating behind the supermarket: Raymond Van Sciver, 54, of Oaklyn—who had to answer for more than just the call of nature, as it turned out. Not only did police learn that Van Sciver was wanted on a $4,000 warrant, but also that he was carrying four Ziploc baggies containing what they think was heroin, police said. Van Sciver was charged with possession of a controlled, dangerous substance and was remanded to the Camden County correctional…
Friday, April 19, 2013
Collingswood Police were willing to cut a Berlin woman a break after she was pulled over for motor vehicle violations—until she tested them a second time within half an hour.
If a police officer decides to cut you a break, you should probably consider yourself lucky and tighten up. But apparently, a Berlin woman who was allegedly pulled over for driving without brake lights—or a current license—didn't get the memo. At 11 a.m. on April 4, while on patrol in the area of Route 130 and the White Horse Pike, Collingswood police say they pulled over a Saturn with non-functioning brake lights. The driver, Sharon Powers, 32, of Berlin, was also in possession of an expired driver license, police say. Powers told the officer that she was meeting a friend for breakfast at the nearby Collingswood Diner. The officer issued her a verbal warning instead of a citation, and suggested to Powers that she leave her car at the …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Paul Mitchell told police that he was returning from making a child support payment in Camden City when they stopped him, officers reported.
When they pulled him over for running a red light, Paul Mitchell of Oaklyn told Collingswood Police that was returning home from making a child support payment, according to police reports. The trouble is, that might not have been the only stop he made on the way. At 12:02 a.m. on Feb. 19, officers on patrol in the area of Magill Avenue and the White Horse Pike, stopped the 30-year-old Mitchell for an alleged traffic violation. He notified them that he was wanted on a $1,000 warrant for nonpayment of child support, and that he was returning from Camden City, where he had made a payment. A search of the vehicle, however, revealed that Mitchell was allegedly traveling with two bags of heroin, three heat-sealed baggies of crack-cocaine and a …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Collingswood Police say Shannon Becknell, 28, of Oaklyn, was carrying what they believe to be crack-cocaine and heroin when they pulled her over for a motor vehicle violation.
Failure to keep her vehicle registration current led an Oaklyn woman to run afoul of Collingswood Police in an early-morning traffic stop—and things went worse for her from there. While on patrol in the area of Haddon and Pacific Avenues at 7:55 a.m. on March 4, officers spotted a vehicle with expired tags and conducted a motor vehicle stop. The driver, 28-year-old Shannon Becknell of Oaklyn, was unable to produce the appropriate documents, and was asked to exit the vehicle. While opening the door, police say that a glass pipe typically used to smoke marijuana fell out of Becknell’s pant leg. Upon further investigation, police recovered 2 green baggies with wax paper that contained a powdered substance purported to be heroin and 6 heat-…
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Collingswood Police say Dwayne Hird, 33, was traveling with what they believe was crack-cocaine.
A vehicle stop on the White Horse Pike led Collingswood police to another drug arrest earlier this month. At 12:45 p.m. on Feb. 3, police pulled over Dwayne Hird, 33, of Haddon Township, for alleged motor vehicle violations in the 100 block of the White Horse Pike. In the course of their interaction with Hird, police allege he possessed what they believed to be crack-cocaine and related paraphernalia. Hird was charged with possession of a controlled, dangerous substance (CDS) and possession of paraphernalia, as well as an assortment of motor vehicle infractions. He was remanded to the Camden County correctional facility on $2,200 full-cash bail.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
One borough man allegedly carrying paraphernalia was locked up on the strength of $8,000 in active warrants. Another is accused of using heroin in the Krispy Kreme bathroom.
Collingswood police continue to encounter a number of individuals in possession of narcotics within the borough, including a pair of men arrested within a week of each another. At 8 a.m. on Jan. 19, officers were dispatched to the Krispy Kreme on Haddon Ave. to answer the report of a suspicious male loitering in the bathroom. There, police say that Robert Gaskill, 33, of Mt. Laurel was observed injecting a substance into his body with a hypodermic syringe. Gaskill was detained for investigation, and was found to be in possession of 7 plastic baggies that reportedly contained heroin, as well as 3 hypodermic syringes. He was charged with possession of a controlled, dangerous substance (CDS) and possession of drug paraphernalia, and was …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Michael Richards, who was allegedly involved in a summer crime spree, was arrested again last month for alleged heroin use.
A Collingswood man who was jailed last summer after an evening in which he allegedly participated in a drug-fueled double-burglary and hit-and-run apparently has not gotten the help he needed in the county correctional facility. Michael D. Richards, 33, of Collingswood, a confessed addict who just months ago told his girlfriend—the mother of his two children—that he hoped jail time would help make him "a more productive citizen," was arrested again on drug charges less than two weeks ago. It started at 3 p.m. on Jan. 20, when Collingswood police officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Cattell Ave. to answer the report of an unconscious person. In a second-floor bathroom, they located Richards, who was unresponsive and incoherent. …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Christopher M. Newton, 33, of Pennsauken, was arrested with syringes and what police believe was heroin. He was also wanted on more than $1,100 in warrants.
A motor vehicle stop in the area of Route 130 and the White Horse Pike led Collingswood police to a Pennsauken man they say was traveling with suspected heroin. At 11:58 p.m. on Jan. 9, officers stopped a vehicle with an out-of-date inspection sticker. When asked for identification, the driver, Christopher M. Newton, 33, produced a Pennsylvania ID-only card. The officer observed that Newton was in possession of a small plastic container containing a small piece of cotton police said is commonly used as a filter for heroin, according to reports. Upon further questioning, Newton voluntarily advised that he was in possession of “works”—slang for intravenous drug paraphernalia—and surrendered to police three syringes, a pipe typically used in …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Kristopher D. Polk was allegedly transporting 11 jars of 'wet' marijuana, a drug that has been linked to violent murders in Camden City, when he was apprehended Jan. 7.
A routine traffic stop led Collingswood Police to arrest a Camden City man for the possession of a purported hallucinogenic drug with intent to distribute. On Jan. 7, an officer pulled over Kristopher D. Polk, 28, of Camden City, near the intersection of Haddon and Ferry avenues. Polk's vehicle was determined to have an out-of-date inspection sticker, and police say he was unable to provide the required documentation. In the course of a conversation with Polk, the officer reportedly detected a strong owner of burnt marijuana, and asked him to exit the vehicle. Police say the officer then observed, in clear view, a cup containing what was believed to be marijuana. Polk gave police permission to search the remainder of the vehicle, who …
Monday, September 24, 2012
The repeat offender continues to run up against Collingswood police for crimes related to an apparent heroin addiction.
In July, Collingswood Patch reported on the story of Michael Richards, a Collingswood resident who was eventually incarcerated after his neighbors—and family—could no longer overlook a number of crimes driven by his serious addiction to crack-cocaine. In a similar vein is the story of 31-year-old Collingswood resident Eric J. Pauloski, whose battle with heroin is at the root of a recent series of arrests this month, each about one week apart. Pauloski is no stranger to the Collingswood police blotter. He was pinched in September 2011 for possession of a hypodermic syringe when he was found passed out in an unregistered vehicle. He was collared again in February 2012 in connection with an alleged burglary at Pete’s News Agency. In fact, a …