Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.

A Manahawkin 75-year-old awaits court action for allegedly uttering sexually-provocative comments to a 15-year-old girl and exposing himself to her in the Stafford Preserve Complex.


Township police filed charges of harassment, lewdness and child endangerment against Thelbert L. Bradbury for encounters that they believe occurred between June 2 and 8.

Police said that a complaint precipitated their investigation. They gave no indication of the number of alleged incidents, times of day, whether the two were previously acquainted, of the circumstances that brought each to the preserve.

Car thief sought in Stafford

The suspect who apparently watched a driver pull into a Stafford Township parking lot, leave the keys in the vehicle, and enter a convenience store, before jumping behind the wheel and taking off is the object of a search by township police.

Car theft suspect (Stafford Township PD)
Car theft suspect (Stafford Township PD)

Investigators said the black 2006 Saturn VUE was stolen June 11, at about 4 PM, at the Wawa on Route 72 at Mermaid drive. It bore Pennsylvania license plates, GFZ2490.

The incident was captured by surveillance cameras, as was the image of the suspect, described as a white male with brown hair, a white tee shirt, navy blue shorts, a small backpack and sunglasses.

Anyone with information that can lead to an arrest and conviction should e-mail Detective McVey, or reach Detective McVey or Officer Scalese at 609-597-1189, extension 8441.

One adult, two minors caught in Stafford weed bust

A Little Egg Harbor woman and two underage passengers in her car face marijuana possession charges in Stafford Township, following a nighttime traffic stop on June 15.

Police charged Elizabeth Welch, 19, and the two juveniles after stopping their car on Stafford Avenue at about 10:28 PM. They did not indicate the violation that precipitated the encounter, but said that each is charged with possession of under 50 grams. They are free on summonses until municipal court appearances.

Sexually attacked, robbed in her own apartment in Burlington County

The Burlington County man accused last Thursday of sexually attacking a woman at gunpoinT in her own apartment, then robbing her, will learn Tuesday whether he'll stay behind bars until his court hearings begin.

Lawrence Pippins (Burlington Co. Prosecutor's Office)
Lawrence Pippins (Burlington Co. Prosecutor's Office)

Lawrence Pippins, 26, of Pemberton Township, faces first-degree counts of aggravated sexual assault and robbery, second-degree burglary, three second-degree weapons charges, and third-degree counts of criminal restraint and terroristic threats, according to the office of Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina.

Investigators allege that Pippins climbed into the University Park Apartments unit on June 15, at about 2:45 AM and terrorized the victim, tying him to it through canvassing of the neighborhood and collecting enough evidence toi justify a search of his residence.

Detectives of the Prosecutor's Office were supported by New Jersey State Police Canine Unit and Techinical Emergency and Mission Specialists Unit, and Pemberton Township Police.

HIdden knife in Ocean Township

Alleged driving infractions prompted the weekend, late-night stop of a Cateret teen's car in Monmouth's Ocean Township, but are the least of the charges filed against him by township police.

Authorities said that after bringing Jonathan S. Flores, 18, to a stop just after midnight on June 17 at Asbury Avenue and Bowne Road, Officer Zach Rheim spotted marijiuana in the car. That led to a search in which officers allegedly found a kitchen knife in Flores's pants.

Flores's initial court appearance will address counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Ocean Township Uber uproar

An Uber driver's decision to eject a rider escalates into a fight that landed the passenger behind bars, according to police in Monmouth's Ocean Township.

Marquis Freeman, 20, of Ocean Township, was ordered to be detained at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold until his first appearance on robbery and narcotics counts.

According to police who responded to a report of a physical confrontation on West Park Avenue at Cotswold Circle just before midnight June 14, the driver opted to stop the fare when Freeman became disorderly inside the car.

Officers alleged that Freeman, under the influence of drugs, threatened, attacked, and stole cash from the driver.

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