Onodaga county tip411 app

tip411 App in Onondaga County Busts Marijuana Growing Operation

An 80-year-old woman and her son were charged with growing marijuana in Clay.

According to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, Rosemary Mezzatesta, 80, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana in the third degree and unlawfully growing cannabis after a concerned community member notified deputies using the Tip411 app.

Mezzatesta’s son, 51-year-old Albert Merola was also charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the third degree, unlawfully growing cannabis and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Both were issued appearance tickets.

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York City Police Arrest Suspect Wanted for Questions After Receiving Anonymous Tip

York City Police on Friday, April 27, arrested a man wanted for questioning in the shooting death of 18-year-old Nylik Roger Moore.

An anonymous tip led police to West Manchester Township, where Shanquay Ritter was picked up during a vehicle stop about 7:45 p.m., according to a city police news release.

Ritter, 21, of York City was wearing a bulletproof vest and in possession of cocaine at the time of his arrest, police state.

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Tip leads to N.H fugitive in South Carolina

Tip leads to N.H. fugitive in South Carolina

Anonymous tips led to the arrest of New Hampshire “Fugitive of the week” Wesley Barkley in South Carolina.

Barkley, 32, was arrested without incident by the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force at a residence on Foxfire Road in Cowpens, S.C., according to the U.S. Marshals Service in Concord.

Barkley, is now in custody at the Spartanburg County Jail as a fugitive from justice based on the outstanding N.H. warrant. Barkley is expected to return to New Hampshire in the near future, the Marshals said.

As part of the “Fugitive of the Week” poster, the Marshals include multiple ways to communicate with investigators in an effort to develop information on these fugitives. Since 2014, one method is through anonymous emails and text messages through a system developed by the company, Citizen Observer called Tip411. It was through that anonymous messaging service that the task force received a half dozen tips pointing investigators to Barkley’s location in South Carolina. The anonymous messaging service has proved itself countless times as an invaluable tool for the NH Joint Fugitive Task Force, the Marshals said.

Barkley was featured as the “Fugitive of the Week” on April 18. Barkley was wanted on an outstanding Rockingham County arrest warrant for failure to appear on a charge of assault on a minor. The wanted poster also indicated that Barkley had an extensive criminal history, had been known to resist arrest and may carry a handcuff key on his person, according to the Marshals.

The “Fugitive of the Week” had been aired on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The Patch, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Manchester Information, the Manchester Ink Link and prominently featured on the internet. The “Fugitive of the Week” has been a very successful tool that has resulted in the location and arrest of numerous fugitives since its implementation in 2007, the Marshals said. Additionally, the “Fugitive of the Week” is distributed statewide to all law enforcement officers.

If you have any information about the location of a New Hampshire fugitive, please don’t hesitate to contact the NH Joint Fugitive Task Force anonymously at: WEB-TIP or TEXT the word NHTIP followed by any information to the phone number TIP411, the Marshals said.

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Atlantic city anonymous tip

Tip leads to Atlantic City heroin, cocaine arrest, cops say

A city man was arrested Wednesday after officers followed an anonymous tip and found him in possession of 285 bags of heroin and five grams of cocaine, police said.

Farod Chapman, 22, was arrested with 35 bags of heroin and 5 grams of cocaine just after 1 p.m. by Special Investigation Section detectives, police said in a statement.

Detectives recovered 250 more bags of heroin in a search of Chapman’s vehicle after Detective Brian Hambrecht’s K-9 partner Nikki, a narcotic detection dog, indicated the presence of drugs.

Chapman is charged with two counts each of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of CDS with intent to distribute, possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school zone and possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public zone.

He was released on a summons with a future court date.

Sgt. Richard Andrews and Detective Nick Berardis led the investigation. Detectives received information about Chapman distributing narcotics from tip411, an anonymous text service provider.

Tips can be shared with the Atlantic City Police Department Special Investigations Section to by texting tip411 (847411) or calling 609-347-5858. All texts are anonymous.

Read the full story from the Press of Atlantic City and see the tip411 Alert ACPD sent to residents announcing the arrest.

Methuen Police Arrest Fugitive

Methuen Police Arrest Fugitive After 16 Years on the Run Using Tip From Smartphone App

Police on Friday arrested a Methuen man who had been on the run for 16 years.

Eric Rivera-Velez, 39, of Methuen was charged with five active warrants from Massachusetts and New Hampshire for allegations including trafficking 18 kilograms or more of cocaine near a school or park, being a fugitive from justice, and conspiracy to sell a narcotic drug,

Detectives from the Methuen Police Department began an investigation on Jan. 10 after a tip was submitted from their tip411 app about the possible distribution of narcotics at a Methuen residence. On Jan. 12, police spotted Rivera-Velez on Brook Street. He was recognized as one of the people living in the residence from the tip earlier that week, and as a man who had several outstanding warrants.

Rivera-Velez was detained until his identify was verified. He had several outstanding warrants for narcotics offenses in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

“A job well done,” said Mayor James Jajuga. “Excellent police work and investigation. I look forward to working more with all of you during my time as mayor. With this arrest, we are off to a great start to 2018.”

Police discovered that Rivera-Velez had several fake names, altered fingerprints, and was listed on Rockingham County’s Most Wanted list in New Hampshire. He’d been wanted by police since 2002.

“A case closed for Rockingham County and a great arrest by detectives,” Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon said. “This arrest goes to show the power of communication with the police, anonymous or otherwise.”

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