Forked River Juvenile Probationer Missing

Drug arrests, motor vehicle stops and investigations from the past week

A probationer from the Juvenile Justice Commission’s (JCC) facility at the Game Farm in Forked River has gone missing.

Police assisted in a search for an absent teen on Nov. 22.

The 16-year-old male “walked away” from the camp, JCC spokeswoman Sharon Lauchaire said.

The juvenile has yet to be found and the case is still under investigation by the JCC’s Office of Investigation, she said.

The missing teen is considered a probationer, which is someone serving a probationary term but not committed to the facility.

Once found, the juvenile would be returned to the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center until going before a judge once more, Lauchaire said.

Lt. Scott Tirella provided the following information: 

Nov. 26
Brian Arnett, 29, of Toms River was charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of Suboxone. Arnett was arrested in the Home Depot parking lot. 

Nov 25
Michael Lavelle, 34, of Forked River was charged with possession of heroin, marijuana, syringes and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested in the 7-Eleven parking lot. 

Nov. 23
Police responded to a Lakeside Drive South home where a vehicle was on fire. The incident is under investigation by Lacey’s detective bureau, the Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office, the Ocean County Criminal Investigation Unit and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.   

Nov. 22
Raymond McElvaney, 51, of Lanoka Harbor was charged with DWI, reckless driving and speeding after he was stopped on Route 9 North near Mill Street in Forked River. He was processed and released. 

Nov. 18
Thomas Vassallo, 26, of Waretown, was arrested at Wawa on Route 9 and Taylor Lane and charged with possession of heroin and possession of a hypodermic needle. 

Kelly Greene November 29, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Yes, heroin is the problem drug not only in Lacey but all over the country right now. Even my home town, which is suppose to be idyllic small town America, currently has a big problem with heroin. The problem is that it is so addictive trying it once will get you hooked. We should revisit whatever was done in the 70's to get rid of the problem because it is definitely back bigger than ever.
frank rizzo November 30, 2012 at 12:26 AM
the hill billy heroin known as oxycodone in pill form. its small probably easy enough to get prescriptions for and can sell for big bucks on the street.
WhyohWhy December 03, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Njshoremom Just where do you plan on moving to? There are drugs ALL over...not just Lacey. You are hearing about it 1, bc we have this thing called the Patch that alerts you and 2,bc its in your home town. It is in every town. Wake up... you can't live in a bubble. Just do your job as a good parent! Don't think you can be your child's friend and their disciplinarian. You can not be both. Know what your child is doing, going and who they are doing it with. That is a big first step in parenting.... and Don't expect the police to just clean up the neighborhoods when they are getting no cooperation from parents. How many times are young teens being arrested at Gilly Park late at nite or in broad daylite when they should be home. ??? Half the time parents don't even know where their kids are let along what they are doing or who they are doing it with. BE ON TOP OF YOUR KIDS !!!
JAKE2 December 05, 2012 at 03:23 PM
you got it !!! The heroin starts because these kids are starting with the oxycodone and blues . Roxys... They cant afford to stay with the pill addiction , , once they are addicted which does not take long , they move on to the heroin , much more afforable.. its all opiutes....I have some news for some of you !!! yes parenting is all so important, very important.... but sometimes that is just not enough... its the peer pressure that sometimes get s these kids....peer pressure is so strong , every teenager wants to fit in. Unfortuality i know kids from great families , who s parents were always around , and did a great job parenting had their kids get in to this drug problem that is going on everywhere !!!! Its not always the parents fault !!!!!!
Mike werner December 08, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Blues are all over this town and the usa. Watch the national geographic called" Pill Nation,national geographic drugs inc pill nation" Check it out and that will give you a good understanding on how to http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/drugs-inc/galleries/drugs-inc-pill-nation-pictures/#plenty-of-pills-47046. Here is the link. Very interesting statistics on this very additive drug!


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