Sawed-Off Shotgun Found After Man Left Crash, Cops Say

Long Valley resident charged with illegal possession of weapon and drug paraphernalia.

A Long Valley man was found with a sawed-off shotgun and drug paraphernalia after leaving the scene of an accident earlier this month, Washington Township Police Lt. Doug Compton said.

Patrick Mackewicz, 31, allegedly struck two trees on the front lawn of a Bartley Road residence and then left the scene, Compton said. Officer Susan Gilligan, after learning the make and model of the vehicle, found the car—and Mackewicz—a short time later at a nearby residence, Compton said.

Mackewicz consented to a search of the vehicle and his bedroom, where he was located, Compton said. The investigation revealed a cache of drug paraphernalia and a sawed-off shotgun, Compton said.

All contraband was seized, Compton said, and Mackewicz was charged with careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

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Tracy Tobin January 02, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Yankel If I were you, I would contact the Police Chiefs of Chester Townnship? and the Mendhams and provide this information with date, location and approximate time. I know that Chief Bailey in WT is always willing to follow up and get back residents who contact him. The Chiefs referenced may be able to provide you with some information. In any case, if they don't know about a problem they can't do anything about it.
Tracy Tobin January 02, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Peace The officer conducted a thorough investigation/search leading to the confiscation of an illegal weapon. Why do you consider that a media scare tactic? Would you rather the weapon be found during a traffic stop or at an accident scene?
Tracy Tobin January 02, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Domino Sorry for the typing error. I meant to invite you to meet me at the Monday January 14 Township Committee meeting.
Tracy Tobin January 02, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Domino I'm having a "bad typing day". The meeting is on Monday January 21. I'm going to stop typing and lie down with a cool towel on my forehead.
Woody January 02, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Mr. Tobin, thank you for that 1st post. Problem is most people don't have respect for anyone these days, and I believe some posters here just spew hate to intentionally 'crank' people up. What is the problem if an officer is 'following' you at 1am? Would you rather they pull behind a building and go to sleep? In appx. 10 years of living in LV I've had the pleasure of dealing with the PD several times, all of the officers were extremely professional. I love the fact that these men and women are out enforcing the law at all times of the day and night. Keep up the good work I say!
Tracy Tobin January 02, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Abraham Police officers in Washington Township start at $50,659, not $76k. Salaries and benefits are the result of contract negotiations, heavily impacted by State mandated rules. Only since Christie took office has some of the imbalance in negotiations been corrected. There is still a long way to go, and it remains to be seen if the Legislature can keep it's fingers out of contract negotiations and let the economy set wage and benefits bargaining.
Domino January 02, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Mr. Tobin: I certainly don't doubt what you are saying one bit. I'm sure that you have the report . It is the accuracy of the report I question, not whether you have seen it or have it. Thanks you your reply.
Peace January 02, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Mr Tobin: Please re-read my post and read the article header. Where do you see in my post that I want the shotgun to be found in the car or at an accident site? Wow!?!?!
stacie bohr January 02, 2013 at 09:41 PM
That's really my point, Hook. I get that the tactic can be scary and their means, even as unorthodox and calculated as it may seem, is because there isn't too much going here and it is annoying to "good" citizens. I say this to my kids all the time.... If you have nothing to worry about you have no need to worry. I sound like Yogi Berra! But you know what I mean! Happy New Year btw, Hook!
Abraham Clark January 02, 2013 at 09:45 PM
What does it say about our community and our surrounding communities when we let our civil liberties get trampled on like this. Citizenry should not be bullied like this. I don't know why we have put up with this for so long! The tailgating by the local police forces has been going on for more than a decade in this area. Educating ourselves and friends/family of our rights as citizens is a good start. Memorizing the headlight and turn signal configuration of the crown vics and other police cars is also a good idea. Now when someone is on my bumper at starting at 10pm I automatically assume it is a cop. They were able to blindside the population here with this kind of behavior but they are only able to bully cars to speed for so long. Some of us work long hours and are on the road due to work, the same reason that the police are on the road. Not all of us are retirees who receive love letters monthly from the police department. If we are doing nothing wrong then we don't deserve this distracting and dangerous behaviour from those sworn "to serve and protect us". Having lived and commuted all over the state, this is not how other police forces behave. Especially historic well established towns. We should not fear our own police force just because they are desperate to ticket thier own citizenry. We pay thier salaries. Congratulations Mr. Tobin on learning to use a computer, many people you're age have difficulty learning to use computers.
Sam Slobo January 02, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Learn how to spell " Abraham ". You are clearly in the dark in regards what how our police department operates. You think these men & women get a charge out of writing tickets ??? Think again. I know many police officers who say the thing they dislike the most about the position is writing tickets. They are pressured to do so by the township. They chose the profession to help people. When you move out of your parents' house and get a job, maybe you will grow up a little and understand what the world is all about. Next time you NEED the police, be sure to not call them.
Hookerman January 02, 2013 at 11:46 PM
So if you're like me Stacie, and you have a kid who's a new driver and driving around in a small compact car, do you really want them followed so closely by a cop in a big heavy cruiser, that if they suddently had to slam on their breaks because a deer ran out in front of them, they would get rear ended and possibly injured pretty badly. To me, that's something to worry about.
Abraham Clark January 03, 2013 at 12:14 AM
The majority of the police work in this town is devoted to traffic tickets. I heard this directly from the chief of police at a town meeting. I also asked the woman who collects fines how much they averaged in ticket revenue per week. Her answer was 24,000 to 26,000 dollars! That was several years ago, if all the police have to do is write tickets, then one could see why they would be aggressively trying to make people speed by tailgating at night. If it is a 5 point ticket for a motorist to tailgate then why are they above the law and encouraged to do this dangerous act? If you are insane enough to attack me for my spelling than you are obviously a fool. Go jump in a lake, spelling nazi. Bullying and belittling someone for being a concerned citizen and taxpayer is very childish. Perhaps you are showing early signs of alzheimers? I may have just done you a huge favor, since early detection is important for your safety and the safety of others. And arrangements for you to be put in an old folks home could be made. Thank me later! I did need the police when I was outside tending to my horses and my family was in danger from a deranged gunman in a field nearby. They lied to the population and said it was a missing person.
Abraham Clark January 03, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Some of us are concered about not just ourselves but everyone in our community. People in Nazi Germany turned a blind eye to what Hitler and his "police state" was doing until it was too late. They weren't allowed to have guns, or dogs and were killed for speaking out against a currupt and un-just government. This is what some people in our town obviously would like. But being a member of the Sons of The American Revolution, I do not. And am also entitled to my opinion.
Kenny Fisher January 03, 2013 at 12:47 AM
So it's not OK for someone to criticize you when you make a mistake, however small, such as spelling. It is, however, OK for you to criticize the police, a job you truly know nothing about. Be honest, you know as much as the average citizen, which is what you see, hear (which is most often incorrect) and experience, but you have done no true research. You have not gone out of your way to meet any of our town police in a non-formal setting (e.g. traffic stop). You just come on here and criticize, and it makes you feel good about yourself. Great joke about the alzheimers by the way, real funny stuff. I just flew in to town and boy are my arms tired!! I assume you also know about all careers then, such as being a fireman, or an accountant. I am sure the pexpertise of being a doctor, lawyer, and diplomat are also in your repertoire.
Kenny Fisher January 03, 2013 at 12:52 AM
No you are only concerned about yourself and the fact that you were followed by a police officer. Above, I believe you or one of the other computer tough guys on here stated that it is "Innocent until proven guilty," and that you should not be followed in your car by the police. Somewhere along the lines here I missed where being followed meant you were guilty. I always thought you had to be charged first (the ticket) and then found guilty by a judge (your day in court). Apparently though, you are so awesome, so righteous in your good citizenry, that you are above being followed. You should never be followed, indeed you believe yourself to be above the law and its enforcement. Apparently the cops should just know not to follow you on the roads at night. I say sir, if only the rest of the citizenry was like you, then we could truly live in a world without police.
Kenny Fisher January 03, 2013 at 12:59 AM
And comparing modern day America, a representative republic, to Nazi Germany, a Facist State is completely ridiculous. You allowed to have guns, and dogs, and yes people were killed for speaking out against the government, which does not happen here, but really they were killed for being first and foremost, JEWISH (you dolt), then Gypsy, or mentally or physically handicapped, etc... Someone correct me if I am wrong here, but I am pretty sure that is not going on here, you know the whole mass genocide thing. Great comparison though! Now, since you were the badge of being a "Son" of the American Revolution, lets look at your pride in a different light. Lets see you ancestors, the Revolutionary's, were a bunch of aristocratic, slave owning, white males, who rebelled against a government because they did not want to pay taxes, however obsurd those taxes may have been. They had no problems denying other citizens, women, non-land owning males, etc... basic rights, e.g. voting. And after the war to not pay taxes was over they once again commenced with the systematic killing (genocide) of Native Americans. Yes I would say that your pedigree of beng a Son of the American Revolution would make you quite familiar with militaristic/genocidal tactics, perhaps much more then the police.
Hookerman January 03, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Nice rant Kenny. Now, let’s slow down a bit and look at this statement of yours; “You should never be followed, indeed you believe yourself to be above the law and its enforcement”. I don’t think any of us has a problem with officers enforcing the law when someone breaks it. That is their job. However, I don’t think people like being harassed by police officers when they are obeying the law. And yes…. to be followed at a very close distance when you are driving safely and well within the speed limit is harassment.
Kenny Fisher January 03, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Hookerman, while I respect your opinion and what you said, I cannot agree and that is fine. But I think we can both agree that Abraham Clark is small!!!!!!!
Nolan January 06, 2013 at 07:08 PM
"go visit the Stalag PD station on the mountain" Good luck. No one works there anymore - all the dispatchers are gone, 1/3 the police are gone, and half the office staff are gone. There ain't no one there to do any outreach.
Claire January 06, 2013 at 09:04 PM
It also makes a new driver very nervous and they are focusing more on the rearview mirror than the road. Its not good.
Abraham Clark January 09, 2013 at 05:42 AM
Tailgating from police is downright entrapment!
Abraham Clark January 09, 2013 at 05:45 AM
Thats not what you're mom said Kenny.
Kurt January 09, 2013 at 05:52 AM
I don't need their help. .223 and 12 gauge give me all the safety that I need...oops, no, I cannot carry my .40, because only Jesus or the Pope gets a CCW in NJ.
Kurt January 09, 2013 at 05:55 AM
Open container and a gun rack with loaded guns in it. Yeah, I am old enough and worldly enough to remember those halcyon days. Back when people remembered what freedom, responsibility, and the Gestapo meant.
Michael January 09, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Kurt, the pope doesnt have a justifiable reason and neither does jesus, so their out too.
Michael January 09, 2013 at 05:17 PM
I can't find a single statute that gives the police the legal means to illegally tailgate a motorist. Can you? http://law.onecle.com/new-jersey/39-motor-vehicles-and-traffic-regulation/index.html
Jerry Gordon January 09, 2013 at 05:59 PM
You live in a dream world Tracy, the cops in WT are hostile towards the citizens because they don't like their contract. With this year's budget restraints the town is sure lay off a few more.
The Lawrax January 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM
The above message from Jerry Gordon is completely inaccurate and there will be no lay offs. In fact, I believe I read an article on the patch recently where two new officers were hired, to replace one that was forced to retire and another who is due to retire soon. I, as a citizen of Washington Township, will take great pleasure watching as the year goes by and subsequent years follow, and no officers are laid off, that Jerry "Hey Lady!" Gordon is at home stewing in his anger, hate and jealousy for law enforcement. Happy New Year Jerry!
PatchSucks February 05, 2013 at 02:54 AM
hahahhahahha perfect


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