POLICE BLOTTER: Week of Oct. 19

East Windsor 
   Nancy Coffee, 50, of Washington Court, was charged with drunken driving at 1:36 a.m. Oct. 10.
   Officer Paul Wille saw a 2008 Honda going east on Route 571 and making a left turn on Route 130 through a red light, police said.
   The vehicle continued operating erratically and was stopped on Route 130, police said.
   Ms. Coffee also was charged with failure to observe signal, failure to maintain lane, careless driving and reckless driving and released without bail.
   Someone reported he had encountered an unknown individual at the Krauszer’s store in Hightstown who asked him to drive him to the Windsor Regency apartments at 10:05 p.m. Oct. 9, police said.
   Upon dropping the man off, he discovered his iPad 2, worth $500, had been stolen from the vehicle, police said.
   Marcos Sanchez-Merino, 21, of Windsor Regency, was charged with aggravated assault (domestic violence) at 2:21 p.m. Oct. 10.
   Officer Glen Vega responded to a Windsor Regency address for a report of an intoxicated male threatening a female with a knife. The victim told police Mr. Sanchez-Merino had come to her apartment, and an argument ensued during which he grabbed her around the neck and strangled her, causing visible redness on her neck, police said.
   Mr. Sanchez-Merino then allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and threatened to kill her, police said.
   He was found at a nearby apartment and arrested. He also was charged with making terroristic threats and weapons offenses.
   Bail was set at $250,000, and he was transferred to the Mercer County Corrections Center in lieu of bail.
   The woman did not require medical assistance, police said.
   A 16-year-old boy was charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams after a police officer on foot patrol saw several individuals who appeared to be smoking marijuana in a wooded area on Huntington Drive at 2:28 p.m. Oct. 13.
   The 16-year-old was in possession of a bag of marijuana, police said, and was taken home and turned over to a parent.
   Rashon Yarbrough, 28, of Keyport, New Jersey. was charged with fraud after trying to get a fraudulent prescription filled at the CVS at 5:35 p.m. Oct. 15.
   Officer Philip Melhorn went to the pharmacy and confirmed the prescription was fraudulent.
   Mr. Yarbrough also was charged with forgery and released without bail.
   Jeffrey Rios, 19, of Brooktree Road, was charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams after being stopped on Westfield Avenue at 12:06 a.m. Oct. 17.
   Officer Joseph Carabelli saw a silver Ford turning from Winchester Drive onto Westfield Avenue without stopping at the stop sign, police said. He stopped the vehicle and smelled the odor of marijuana, police said.
   Mr. Rios was found to be in possession of a glass marijuana pipe, a marijuana cigarette and a plastic bag of marijuana and also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.
   He was released without bail.
   A woman reported that her unlocked vehicle was entered while parked on Fairfield Road, and a bag containing hair styling tools worth a total of $2,079 was stolen, police said.
   The theft occurred between 9 p.m. Sept. 19 and 5:30 p.m. Sept. 24. 
   Officers took a report Sunday from a victim reporting a theft of a package from the 100 block of Rogers Avenue.
   The victim reported the package was left in the doorway of the residence Oct. 12 between 9:15 and 9:35 a.m.
   Upon arriving home, the victim reported there was no package contrary to the tracking of the package.
   Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Hightstown Borough Police Department.
   A resident in the 200 block of South Main Street reported being harassed by telephone calls.
   The victim reported receiving more than 100 phone calls to a personal phone and work from someone claiming to be from a company called BFF Investigations.
   The calls began Oct. 5 with a man requesting the victim’s social security number, then increased in frequency and urgency, saying the victim owed money from a prior loan and was directed to send money via Western Union.
   This is part of a scam. People should never give personal information over the telephone or Internet to unknown parties.
   Anyone else who may be a victim to this company or pattern of behavior is asked to contact the Hightstown Borough Police Department.