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On Wednesday January 21,Hopewell Township police arrested an individual trying to con local residents into paying for unwanted and unsolicited driveway paving services.

On January 16, a Flower Hill Terrace resident was approached by an individual and advised that his driveway should be resealed. The resident said that he didn’t want any work done on his driveway yet when he returned an hour later, without authorization, a substance was sprayed on the driveway and the perpetrator demanded payment from the resident.

The resident, feeling intimidated, gave a check to the individual and then contacted police.

On January 21, another Hopewell Township resident contacted police about an individual trying to intimidate him to do work on the driveway.

The perpetrator was arrested for “theft by deception, defiant trespass, and soliciting without a permit,” at location of the second crime, on Marshalls Corner Woodsville Road.

After being processed at police headquarters, the individual was later released after posting bail. This case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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