Monday, July 21, 2014
A life was saved last night just days after Narcan training had been completed. Ptl. Cicali and Ptl. Settimio received a call for an unconscious male with a possible diabetic emergency. Upon arrival, the patient was found to be unconscious, unresponsive, and barely breathing. Officers arrived and observed what appeared to be fresh "Track marks" on the patients arm. Narcan was administered and the subject began to regain consciousness. He was transported to the hospital for further evaluation.
Monday, July 14, 2014
|Patrolman Brendon Griffin|
Monday, July 7, 2014
In response to the growing epidemic of heroin and opiate-based drug overdoses and deaths, the Riverside Township Police have obtained the anti-overdose drug, Naloxone, also known as Narcan. This drug is administered as a nasal spray to victims to combat the immediate effects of an opiate-based overdose and to save lives. The program was approved this past month for police officers in all 21 counties in New Jersey to be trained to administer Narcan. The initial issue of Narcan in Burlington County is being coordinated by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office. Once trained, every officer with the Riverside Police Department will be able to administer the drug.
In addition to this program, the State of New Jersey, in May of 2013, also approved the “Good Samaritan” bill. This bill provides immunity to 911 callers under most circumstances when they call to report that someone has overdosed so they will not fear being arrested for drug possession. ANYONE who observes someone they believe is suffering from an overdose is required to DIAL 9-1-1 and report it immediately.
The Riverside Township Police will continue to hold this problem as a HIGH priority and will continue to investigate charge and prosecute anyone who manufactures, sells or distributes heroin, prescription pills or any other addictive narcotics in and around the township. Citizens are encouraged to continue to assist police with information on those they believe are distributing narcotics within the township. Call 856-461-8577 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The “Riverside Police” mobile App has links to the “Crime Tip” email and phone numbers to contact Detectives. The mobile App also has a “Drug Problem” hotline link with phone numbers to several agencies to help those suffering from drug addiction. The App can be downloaded to any iPhone or Android-based phone by navigating to the appropriate App store and searching on "Riverside Police."
Sunday, July 6, 2014
We are no longer searching for Anthony Derosa of Riverside. He was taken into custody early this afternoon on an outstanding warrant. Also arrested was Garrett Ellis, 18, of Ocean City, NJ. Both face drug charges stemming from today's arrests. A citizen tip on the location of Derosa led to the arrest of both men and the discovery of drugs
- 1st Offense: Fine of at least $200-$400
- 2nd Offense: Fine of at least $400-$600
- 3rd Offense: Fine of at least $600-$800 possible 90 day license suspension, 3 points
"Although it is discouraged, drivers may use a hands-free device if it does not interfere with standard safety equipment. “Use” of a wireless phone and any other hand-held communication device includes, but is not limited to, talking or listening to another person, texting, or sending and receiving electronic messages." - NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
Some newer vehicles are equipped with Bluetooth technology for hands free cell phone use. There are also some after market options available for older vehicles. A good online article detailing alternatives can be found at: http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-bluetooth-kits-for-every-car-stereo/
Congratulations to William Eliason on his recent promotion to the rank of Captain. Prior to his promotion he served as a Patrolman, Sergeant, and most recently, eight years as Lieutenant. He began his career with the Riverside Police in 1995 after serving four years in the United States Navy on-board a nuclear powered Trident Missile submarine. He attended Atlantic Community College working toward a degree in Applied Sciences. He grew up in Riverside and is a graduate of Riverside High School class of 1988.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
After street intelligence was obtained that the heroin market in Camden City was going to be on the move up into the “River Towns," an aggressive operation was put into place back in April by the Riverside Police Department. During that time several targets operating in and around the Riverside area were identified as working together with suspected ties to the “Bloods” Street Gang. The investigation into this particular ring began in early May and continued until early July.
|Bilal Ali (Delran, NJ)|
|John Derosa (Riverside, NJ)|
|Jason Washington (Camden, NJ)|
Police obtained a Search Warrant for the apartment where Jason Washington, John and Anthony Derosa were living. Riverside Police then executed the search warrant on the residence which was located in the 500 Block of Fairview Street. Investigators located an undisclosed amount of heroin and products used to package the drug for distribution.
|Anthony Derosa (Riverside, NJ)|
On June 30 a search warrant was obtained for the vehicle which was driven by Bilal Ali. A search of the vehicle revealed heroin packaged for distribution and prescription drugs. On July 3rd Mr. Ali was arrested when he came to the station to retrieve property from the vehicle. He was lodged in Burlington County Jail in default of $100,000 cash bail. Ramere Johnson 19 of Riverside turned himself in on his charges for his involvement in the distribution ring as well as Dylan Moyer 19 of Willingboro.
Charges for the suspects include:Bilal Ali: Possession and distribution of Heroin, Distribution in a School Zone, Distribution within 500 Feet of Public Park, Possession of prescription drugs, Obstruction of Law and Driving While Suspended.
John Derosa Jr.: Possession and distribution of Heroin, Distribution in a School Zone, Distribution within 500 Feet of Public Park, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession and distribution of prescription drugs and possession of an open container in public.
Jason Washington: Possession with the intent to distribute prescription drugs, Distribution in a School Zone, Distribution Within 500 Feet of Public Park, Possession of Heroin and packaging material for the distribution of heroin, Open Container in Public and the Possession of Fireworks.
Anthony Derosa: Possession of Heroin, Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Wandering to Obtain or Sell a Controlled Dangerous Substance.
Ramere Johnson: Possession of Heroin, Wandering to Obtain or Sell a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Dylan Moyer: Possession of Heroin, Wandering to Obtain or Sell a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Karuda Medley: Wandering to Obtain or Sell a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Open Container in Public.
17 year old Juvenile: 2 counts of Wandering to Obtain or Sell a Controlled Dangerous Substance.
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