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Howell Police Unable to Locate Reported Solicitor

Residents are reminded to check for permits

Residents in the Pointe O'Woods development were reporting on at least one social media page on Tuesday night that they had been approached by a woman who was going around the neighborhood asking for money in exchange for newspaper subscriptions. 

Some of the reports claimed that the woman was attempting to sell newspaper subscriptions in order to help her pay her tuition at Rutgers University. 

Detective Sgt. Eileen Dodd of the Howell Police Department said officers were dispatched to Arbor Drive at 6:35 p.m. looking for a blonde woman in her 20's walking door to door with a clipboard. Dodd said after conducting a search officers were unable to locate the woman.

Following recent reported burglaries the department has advised residents that anyone soliciting in the township needs to first obtain the proper permit. The ordinance also applies to contractors who need a permit in order to work in the township. 

Dodd said the application for a permit includes a criminal and background check which is done by the department. Any residents with concerns are encouraged to call 911 in an emergency or call the department at 732-938-4111 with any information or questions.

Terri Dotro October 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Oh no! We had a boy come to our door on Tuesday night doing the same! He said he needed 9 more subscriptions to the Star Ledgar to obtain a scholarship to Drexel and I bought it! We are in Toscana Development in Howell.
Tom miner October 11, 2012 at 07:13 PM
It doesn't nessacerly mean that they were doing wrong based on burglaries that happened in the area .
Tom miner October 12, 2012 at 04:17 AM
I signed up also and received paper they have nothing to do with recent crimes.
lovinglife October 17, 2012 at 02:46 PM
With the crime spree that is currently happening, I would suggest a ban on door to door solicitation for now. We had three instances of solicitors in the past week. I did ask to see the permit, however I would not know a legitimate one from a fake. So now I have to spend time calling the township to find out if they are legitimate. Just temporarily ban it for the safety of all.
Ken October 18, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Here is an Idea: Why doesn't the town post on its web site the name of those that have been issued permits to go door to door, indicatating such information as name, name of the business, and what they are soliciting? This way we would have a heads-up on what to expect>

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