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Seaside Park Police Blotter: Knife-Wielding ‘Guest,’ Garbage Can Fires, Unsafe Moped Ride

A Seaside Park police vehicle. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

A Seaside Park police vehicle. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Seaside Park police have released their weekly blotter, which features a sampling of calls to which the department responded over the past week. Last week, the department handled 374 total calls for service.

The blotter appears below:


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Community Policing – While on patrol in the area of M St. and Ocean Avenue, a female driver flagged down officers and asked for assistance with a piece of debris that was stuck on under her vehicle. Officers assessed the situation and were able to remove the debris that was dragging under the motorist’s vehicle.

Missing Person – Police were dispatched to assist a neighboring agency with a missing juvenile male who was possibly in our jurisdiction that got separated from his family. A description was disseminated to the patrols and officers began to check the area. Police were able to locate the missing male and he was reunited with his family.


Alarm – Police responded to a burglar alarm activation in the area of 3rd Ave. and Central. Officers arrived and checked the exterior of the building and did not locate and signs of forced entry. All doors and windows were found to be secure, and it was determined that the alarm was set off in error.

Verbal Dispute – Police were dispatched to the area of 13th and Central Avenue for a verbal altercation between two females. Officers arrived and began to speak to the individuals involved. Police were able to mediate the situation and the females were separated and left individually. No further police action required.


Fire Alarm – Police and the Seaside Park Volunteer Fire Company responded to the area of H St. and Ocean for a fire alarm activation. The occupants of the residence were safely outside upon arrival. Police secured the scene and did not observe any smoke or active fire. The fire department arrived and checked the residence with their heat sensing equipment and the house was deemed safe and it was determined that the alarm was set off in error.

Arrest – Police were dispatched to the area of Decatur and Lake Avenue for a report of a male with a knife threatening people. Officers arrived and located the male who was intoxicated and was in possession of a pocket knife at the scene. Officers spoke to all the individuals involved and began to investigate the situation.

Officers learned that the male who was intoxicated wandered there as he was trying to get home from a night out. He saw a group out on their porch and asked for help, and they helped him get a ride home by calling a ride share vehicle to their location. While waiting for the car to arrive, the male got into a verbal altercation with the people who were helping him, and he brandished his pocket knife and began to threaten to use it on them if they came towards him. They immediately called 911.

The male was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was charged with disorderly conduct, and terroristic threats.


Garbage Can Fire – There have been several garbage can fires after people were setting off fireworks and throwing the still-smoldering spent fireworks directly into the trash and leaving the area. Officers have put out several of these the last few days.


Borough Ordinance Violation – While on patrol, officers observed a male setting off fireworks on the Lafayette Avenue beach in violation of the borough ordinance. The male was advised of the ordinance and issued a borough summons for the violation. Any illegal unused fireworks were confiscated and disposed-of.


Motor Vehicle Violation – While on patrol in the area of Ocean and I St., officers observed a driver operating a moped with no helmet on as well as having a small child on the moped as a passenger. Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop and advised the subject on the violations. The driver was issued motor vehicle summonses for traffic violations. It was also learned that the registration of the moped was expired by several years. The vehicle was left there and picked up later, and the driver and passenger walked home which was nearby.


Borough Ordinance Violation – While on patrol in the area of Lafayette and Ocean, police observed a male urinating by his parked vehicle. Officers made contact with the male and advised him of the violation. He was issued a borough summons for the infraction.

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