Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Police vs. Fire Basketball Game Announced

Tickets are now on sale!  Adults $5, students and seniors are $3. Kids under 5 are free.  Tickets are available at the front window if the police station. The proceeds of this game will benefit the Riverside Police Explorer and Riverside Fire Company Outreach programs.  Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Three Officers Sworn in Tonight

Nicholas Wallace, Travis Perinho, Kevin Joo
At tonight's Township meeting, three officers were sworn in as full time patrolman.  All three officers have been working in Riverside, part time, as Class II Special Law Enforcement Officers since 2014.  Patrolman Kevin Joo, Patrolman Travis Perinho, and Patrolman Nicholas Wallace completed their full time certification training last week.  They were hired to fill vacancies created by the retirement of several officers over the last two years.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

PSE&G Warns Customers About Scams

If anyone is at your door soliciting, ask to see their Township Permit.  If they are unable to produce one or if you believe it is not legitimate, contact Riverside Police at 461-3434 so they can be investigated.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Riverside Police Explorer Assists in Solving Burglary

On 12/4/15 the Riverside Police Explorers were assisting with the Christmas in Riverside parade.  One alert Explorer
witnessed a disturbance and became aware of a theft.   The Explorer then notified Chief William Eliason who was attending the event.
Tara Conchado, 36 of Sicklerville

Chief Eliason apprehended and detained a female suspect in the area.  Further investigation revealed that the suspect knocked on the door of a house on E. Hancock St. and asked to use the bathroom.  There was a language barrier and without permission the female just walked in and located the bathroom.   She remained in the bathroom for 10 to 15 minutes and left with jewelry and other items.

All items were recovered by police.  The suspect was found to have several warrants and was charged with Burglary, Theft, and Hindering, after it was determined she had also lied to police about her identity.  She was lodged in Burlington County Jail in default of $5,000 bail.

The Riverside Police Explorer Post is an organization affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America.  The Explorers learn and experience different aspects of law enforcement under the supervision and guidance of members of the Riverside Police Department.  Although they have now law enforcement authority, they often augment the Police Department by assisting with community related functions.   The Explorers program is open to youths between the ages of 15 and 21, many of whom have a desire to pursue a career in law enforcement.  The activities of the Explorers include, but are not limited to, training, ride-alongs, and community service.  If you know a young person interested in joining please contact, Ptl. Anthony Cicali for more information.

Riverside Police Participating in Impaired Driving Crackdown

Riverside Police will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign.  Beginning December 11, 2015 and continuing through January 1, 2016, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort endeavors to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education. This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent.  People that choose to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or using drugs pose a grave danger to all roadway users and this initiative is designed to bring attention to this important issue.

Last year, 27% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related. Nationally, more than 10,000 people die each year in drunk driving crashes. The societal cost associated with these crashes is estimated to be $37 billion annually.

The Riverside Police Department offers the following advice for a safe holiday season:

  • Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night where the activity or party is held.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life. 
  • Always buckle-up, every ride.  It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
·       If you are intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep.
·       Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Citizen Tip Leads to Drug Distribution Arrests

Clarence R. Burton Jr.
22 of Browns Mills
Today at approximately 1:27 p.m., Riverside Police were dispatched to Lee Street for a report of two subjects in a vehicle possibly using drugs.  Officers located the vehicle and while speaking with a male in the driver's seat, Clarence R. Burton Jr. 22 years old of Browns Mills, an odor of marijuana was detected.
The driver and his passenger, Uluwehi Boone 19 of Riverside, were removed from the vehicle and the vehicle was searched.  Police recovered marijuana packaged for distribution and empty baggies. Police then attempted to take Mr. Burton Jr. into custody and he resisted arrest.   Ms. Boone was screaming at police while the arrest transpired and physically attempted to prevent police from arresting Mr. Burton Jr.

One officer utilized O.C. spray and placed it on the ground next to him so he could continue handcuffing Mr. Burton Jr.   Ms. Boone ran up and kicked the can of O.C. spray out of the officers reach.  Mr. Burton was taken into custody as was Ms. Boone.  A digital scale was also recovered from the vehicle.

Uluwehi Boone
19 of Riverside
Clarence R. Burton Jr. was charged with Distribution in a School Zone, Distribution 500 Feet of a Park, Resisting Arrest, Obstruction, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was lodged in Burlington County Jail in default of $30,000 bail.

Uluwehi Boone was charged with Distribution in a School Zone, Distribution 500 Feet of a Park, Resisting Arrest, Aggravated Assault on Police, and Obstruction.  She was lodged in Burlington County Jail in Default of $25,000 bail.
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