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2 Warren County business owners charged for violating governor’s executive mask order

WASHINGTON, NJ (Warren County) – The owner of two businesses in Warren County have been charged for allegedly violating Governor Phil Murphy’s mask order in New Jersey.

On April 17, at around 8:13 p.m., Washington Township Police responded to Desiderio’s Stone Tavern, located at 289 Route 31 south in Washington Township, at the request of the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office to investigate Covid-19 executive order compliance, police said.

Upon the officer’s arrival and subsequent investigation, the business owner, Stephen Desiderio, 51, of Branchburg, was issued a summons for a failure to comply with the Governors’ executive mask order. He was released pending a mandatory court appearance.

Also on April 17, at around 8:15 p.m., Washington Township Police responded to Philburt’s Pub, located at 101 West Washington Avenue in Washington Borough, at the request of the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office to investigate Covid-19 executive order compliance, police said.

Upon the officer’s arrival and subsequent investigation, the business owner, Philip Blanche, 65, of Washington, was issued a summons for a failure to comply with the Governors’ executive mask order. He was released pending a mandatory court appearance, police said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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