Archive for category washington township police department

Authorities bust alleged heroin dealer in Washington

A raid capped a three-month investigation.

A raid Friday at a Washington home capped a three-month narcotics investigation with the arrest of an alleged heroin dealer.

Murderer who stabbed man 9 times gets 40 years in prison

Daniel Lawrence is guilty of the 2014 slaying in Warren County.

Daniel Lawrence will spend at least three decades behind bars, his punishment for fatally stabbing a man…

N.J. borough took ‘immediate action’ on clerk accused of stealing $100K

The now-former municipal clerk is charged with cutting herself checks over five years.

The investigation may have taken 10 months, but officials in the Warren County borough…

Alleged Hackettstown pot dealer charged after monthlong investigation

The 24-year-old from New York City was sent to the Warren County jail.

A 24-year-old New York City man is charged with dealing marijuana following a monthlong investigation …

Jeep slams into utility pole along Route 57 in N.J.

The driver declined medical treatment.

A man wasn’t badly hurt after he crashed a Jeep Liberty into a utility pole just after 6 p.m. Thursday on Route 57 in Washington.
The pole …

Police ask if you can name alleged wallet thief

The crime happened April 9.

Washington Township police in Warren County are trying to identify a man who they say stole a wallet at a grocery store.
The man committed the theft a…

‘Justice was served’: Jury rejects murderer’s self-defense claim at trial

Daniel Lawrence was convicted of murder after only a few hours of deliberations.

The verdict came as a shock to some in the courtroom.
After only four hours — including an hourl…

Daniel Lawrence guilty of murder for 2014 N.J. stabbing

Daniel Lawrence was accused of fatally stabbing a man in 2014 outside a Warren County home.

UPDATE: Reactions to the murder conviction

Arguments of self-defense were not en…

32 real charges for teen accused of reporting fake threats

Joseph Otto allegedly called 911 eight times in a week around Warren County.

Eight times in less than a week, 18-year-old Joseph Otto allegedly called police to report a gun…

Recap: Day 2 of testimony on 2014 Washington homicide

Jurors heard from the suspect’s ex and watched his police interrogation.

Jurors saw the stab wounds that killed a man, heard from the suspect’s ex-girlfriend and watched a police interview on the second day of testimony in the trial of Daniel Lawrence.

The 29-year-old is accused of killing 30-year-old Warren Moore, of Jersey City, outside a Washington home on Sept. 2, 2014. 

The prosecution says the death arose out of jealousy; the defense says Lawrence killed Moore in a case of self-defense. Proceedings are expected to continue Wednesday morning.

A summary of Tuesday’s testimony:

The autopsy: Moore, a 5-foot-11-inch-tall, 165-pound man nicknamed “Juice,” died of nine stab wounds to his front, side and back. The defense also established that Moore had evidence of alcohol, PCP and methamphetamine in his blood and no defensive wounds on his hands.

Warren MooreWarren Moore, 30, of Jersey City, is seen in an undated photo. (NJ Advance Media file photo)

The ex-girlfriend: Melissa Woody, who at times dated both Lawrence and Moore, was called by the prosecution to describe the day that Moore died. He had come to her home to pick up a bag of his, but Lawrence was there and what started as a verbal dispute became physical, she said. Woody told of having to pull Lawrence off of Moore at one point, but did not directly witness the stabbing.

The defense questioned why, in the days after the homicide, she told the the state Department of Child Protection & Permanency that Moore was the aggressor. She said she was trying at the time to protect Lawrence and that DCP&P’s records of her statements were inaccurate.

RECAP: Day 1 of testimony

The interview: Jurors watched a recording of Lawrence’s hourlong interview with investigators at the Washington Township Police Department, which took place hours after the stabbing. In it, Lawrence said that he was woken by Woody and tried to help the wounded Moore, whom Lawrence said he did not know. Officers challenged his statement when they said Woody told them Lawrence and Moore had fought.

Lawrence was not a suspect during the interview, Detective Walter Koch testified. The defense asked why Lawrence was still detained and arrested that night. Koch said that was done as officers consolidated information.

Steve Novak may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @type2supernovak and Facebook. Find on Facebook.