Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Blairstown Man Facing Weapons Charges After Domestic Violence Report

A Blairstown man was arrested on assault and gun charges after township police responded to a domestic violence incident in progress on Mohican Road, January 16.

After an investigation, William Pollard, 53, was charged with acts of assault related to domestic violence, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office. 

The victim then obtained a temporary restraining order against Pollard, which requires the surrender of any firearms in the possession of the subject of the order. Police removed numerous weapons from Pollard’s residence including several illegal firearms, jigs for modifying firearms, extended magazines and firearms suppressors, commonly known as “silencers,” the prosecutor’s office said. 

As a result of these discoveries, a search warrant was executed on the residence. The search revealed additional unlawful weapons, tools for manufacturing or modifying firearms including the means to create automatic weapons without serial numbers, or “ghost guns,” and firearms suppressors, both homemade and purchased.

Warren County Prosecutor James Pfeiffer said the weapons recovered by law enforcement officials included eight illegal rifles, each of which either contained a collapsible stock and are considered assault rifles and are capable of automatic fire or were ghost guns without serial numbers. 

In addition, four ghost handguns were recovered, 49 high-capacity magazines, five suppressors, five jigs for modifying firearms, and two auto sears, which are devices designed to allow an otherwise semi-automatic rifle to fire automatically. 

“Two of these weapons were found underneath the desk of a child living in the residence,” Pfeiffer said.

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.