Police Blotter


   A Hopewell man was charged with drunken driving Saturday at 2:25 a.m.
   Police said a pick-up truck, driven by Ralph Sparks, 48, went through a red traffic light at the intersection of Bridge Street and Route 165. The vehicle narrowly missed striking the traffic signal and a patrol car, police said.
   The vehicle was stopped in the parking lot of Nicola’s Restaurant. Mr. Sparks allegedly told police he did not see the red light and was unaware he nearly struck the patrol vehicle.
   Police said there were several open beer containers on the floor of Mr. Sparks’ vehicle.
   He also was charged with failure to observe a signal, careless driving and consumption of alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.
   He was released without bail.
   Two juveniles were arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia Saturday at about 9 p.m. at the old Lambertville High School.
   Police said they saw a vehicle backing out of the entrance, and the driver made a sudden movement towards the rear of the car.
   Police said they smelled burnt marijuana. The passenger voluntarily admitted to possessing a small bag of greenish vegetation, suspected to be marijuana, and a ceramic pipe containing residue, police said.
   The 16 year-old driver and the 15 year-old passenger, both of Holland, Pa., were charged and released to their parents.
   A statue was taken from the front porch of a Lambert Lane residence April 21.
   Paul Lipschutz, 56, of 41 Lambert Lane called police at 11:15 a.m. to report the theft. The statue was described as a cement-colored dragon that weighed about 40 pounds. It was approximately 1 foot tall and 2 feet wide.
   The statue, which is valued at $80, was last seen the previous evening about 7 p.m.
   A Trenton man was lodged in the Middlesex County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail following an April 24 motor vehicle stop.
   John Rivera, 34, of Hancock Street, was driving a car that was stopped at 8:50 p.m. on Route 29 near Fireman’s Island. A check revealed Mr. Rivera had two contempt warrants for his arrest issued by the Monroe Municipal Court, police said.