Police reported that five Ocean County residents — four of whom are from Manchester — were charged with drug possession last week.
The first of the charges came on Monday, Sept. 24, when Patrolman Chris Cerullo alleged 18-year-old Emanuel S. Kiprakis of Jackson was found with a controlled dangerous substance on Route 37 near Colonial Drive, according to a log of Manchester police activity released by Capt. Lisa Parker.
Days later on Thursday, Sept. 27, Manchester resident Nicole Monaco, 40, was charged with drug possession on Commonwealth Boulevard by Patrolman Joseph Reilly, Parker said.
On Friday, Sept. 28, Patrolman Joseph Fastige charged 18-year-old township resident Kristen N. Balsinger with drug possession on First Avenue in Manchester's Pine Lake Park section, Parker said.
Fastige issued another drug charge on First Avenue the following day, Saturday, Sept. 29, to Kristin R. Hauser, 18, a Manchester resident, according to Parker.
Capping off the activity, on Sunday, Sept. 30, 18-year-old township resident Michael A. Dymond was charged with drug possession as well as theft and the Manchester Police Department Headquarters by Patrolman Michael Guarino, Parker said.
All of the above were released with court summonses, except for Monaco, who was released on her own recognizance, Parker said.
Also on the department's police blotter were:
Monday, Sept. 24
Michele H. Valentino, 49, of Seaside Park, was charged with driving while intoxicated at the ShopRite Plaza by Patrolman Keith Craig. Valentino was released with a summons, Parker said.
Wednesday, Sept. 26
Frankie G. Magill, 18, of Manchester, was charged with criminal mischief on Sixth Avenue of the township's Pine Lake Park section by Craig. Parker said that police released Magill with a summons.
Saturday, Sept. 29
Bowman Hooks II, 46, of Neptune, was charged with driving while intoxicated on Commonwealth Boulevard by Patrolman Patrick Cervenak and issued a summons, Parker said.
Sunday, Sept. 30
Toms River resident Scott F. Miick, 24, was charged with theft after Patrolman Steven Wedndruff arrested him in Seaside Heights. Miick was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in Toms River on $3,500 bail, according to the county Department of Corrections.
The above charges are accusations made by police and are not an indication of guilt.