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Cops: Brick Teens Went to Lacey to Party in the Woods, 2 Arrested

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Lacey Township Police (Photo: The Lacey Reporter/Gavin Rozzi)
Lacey Township Police (Photo: The Lacey Reporter/Gavin Rozzi)

Lacey Township police said this week that they and their counterparts in Brick worked together after social media activity indicated that underage Brick residents were planning to party in the wooded areas of the southern Ocean County town.

“Extra patrols had been added to the area after social media postings were located earlier in the week promoting Brick Township teens coming to the wooded areas of Lacey for parties featuring alcohol, etc.,” Lacey Police Chief David Paprota said in an e-mail. “Brick authorities were notified earlier in the week and assisted Lacey PD in contacting the parents of the youths to reduce the likelihood of problems.”

Two Brick residents were arrested due to the incidents. Lacey Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas was patrolling Carusoville, located in the Bamber Lakes section of the Lacey, at 12:02 a.m. April 9, when he noticed a small bonfire and group of people drinking alcoholic beverages, police said.

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An investigation at the scene led to 20-year-old Brittany Stowman, of Arbutus Avenue, Brick, and 20-year-old Paul Vitale, of  Michigan Avenue, Brick, being issued summonses for underage consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Bamber Lakes Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire, police said.