Press Release

Cedar Grove Police To Participate In
Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”

 
          The Cedar Grove Police Department has announced that it will be participating in the impaired driving enforcement campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2012 Statewide Crackdown”. This impaired driving enforcement crackdown will take place between the dates of August 17 through September 3, 2012.  During the campaign period, Cedar Grove Officers will be out in full force to detect, arrest and prosecute any motorist found to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcoholic beverages. 
 
A concentrated national effort, the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” program helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters and banners.  Launched nationally in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year, including the Labor Day holiday period.   
 
In 2010, alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for twenty (20) percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities.   As part of the initiative, the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety will be providing Cedar Grove with a $4,400 Grant to run additional DWI patrols during peak hours of the two week period.
 
The Cedar Grove Police Department is offering the following advice during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2012 Statewide Crackdown”

  • If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink, before going out.
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  • Realize that every drink you have makes it more difficult to know when you’ve had too much to drive.
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  • If you plan to drink, take mass transit, a taxi, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
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  • If you’ve have too much to drink, spend the night where the activity
  • is being held.

  • Always buckle up – it’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
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TOWNSHIP OF CEDAR GROVE
DEPARTMENT OF POLICE 
PRESS RELEASE
DATE:  July 13, 2012
 
Cedar Grove Police Investigate Diversion Style Burglary 
On Thursday, July 12th. at 9:19 p.m., a Township woman reported that she had been the victim of a diversion style home burglary.  The 84 year-old victim reported that at 4:15 p.m. that afternoon, two white males in a grey pick-up pulled up to her home and asked her if they could do work on her driveway.  The victim informed the men that she did not need any work done and walked down her driveway with one of the men walking alongside her.  The man continued to talk to the victim and asked if she needed work done in her backyard.  The victim again declined and asked the man to leave.  At this time, the second subject entered the yard and stated to the first man that they had all they needed and could leave.  At that time the two men left the area.  The victim subsequently discovered that jewelry boxes in her bedroom were out of place and numerous items of jewelry were missing.  It is believed that the second subject entered the victim’s home and stole the jewelry while the first subject was distracting the victim in the backyard.  The victim reported that the suspects were in their late twenties, wearing work clothes and appeared dirty.  One of the men was missing teeth.  Any person having additional information is asked to contact detectives at 973-239-4100.  *  Residents are warned to be suspicious of contractors going door-to-door offering to do work.  Local ordinance requires that any such solicitor be licensed by the Township so that proper checks can be made of background and references.  Always ask to see a Township issued solicitors license and always be wary about strangers who come to your home unsolicited.  If you are unsure what to do, please contact the police department at 973-239-4100.    
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TOWNSHIP OF CEDAR GROVE 
DEPARTMENT OF POLICE
PRESS RELEASE  
DATE:  May 23, 2012 
Little Falls Man Charged in Connection with
Motor Vehicle Burglaries in Cedar Grove & Little Falls    
 
          A Little Falls man, identified as 32 year-old Todd E. Parrett, has been identified as the suspect responsible for a number of motor vehicle burglaries that occurred along the Cedar Grove, Little Falls border during the early morning hours of May 15, 2012.  It was during that morning that a number of victims, including one from Bergen Drive in Cedar Grove, reported that parked vehicles had been rummaged through and items such as cash and jewelry had been stolen.  Police were able to identify Parrett as the burglary suspect after a Little Falls Police Officer spotted him walking in Little Falls on May 22nd. and observed that his appearance was similar to the images of the suspect captured by surveillance video provided by one of the Little Falls victims.  Following a field interview with Parrett, the officer developed the probable cause necessary to arrest him in connection with the vehicle burglaries.  Cedar Grove Police processed the defendant on charges of burglary and theft and released him to the custody of the Little Falls Police where he was charged with additional offenses relating to the investigation.  Det. Scott Scherer, Det. Michael Tower and D/Sgt. John Kennedy were the investigating Cedar Grove officers.             
 
           
 
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TOWNSHIP OF CEDAR GROVE
DEPARTMENT OF POLICE
PRESS RELEASE
DATE:  May 10, 2012
 
Woodland Park Man Arrested on Charges of Weapons Possession, Marijuana Distribution   
          The Cedar Grove Police Department has announced the arrest of Nicholas A. Rusignuolo, 19, of Woodland Park on charges relating to illegal weapons possession and marijuana distribution.  Rusignuolo’s arrest followed a two month long Narcotics Bureau investigation into reports that the defendant was selling marijuana in the Township.  The investigation led to the issuance and execution of search warrants for the defendant and his vehicle on May 8, 2012 on Slattery Drive.   Subsequent to search warrant execution, the defendant was found to be in possession of over 50 grams of marijuana, two knives, including a specifically prohibited switch blade knife, and drug paraphernalia, including a digital scale, packaging material and six marijuana pipes.  Rusignuolo was processed on the following charges and released pending a Superior Court Arraignment on May 16, 2012 in Newark:  Possession with Intent to Distribute Over One Ounce of CDS Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Over One Ounce of CDS Marijuana Within 500 ft. of a Public Park, Possession of CDS Marijuana Over 50 Grams, Possession of a Weapon Under Circumstances Not Manifestly Appropriate for Such Possession, Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, Possession of Weapons While Distributing CDS, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Lt. Joseph Cirasa, Lt. Erik Hansson, Ptl. Jose Rodriguez and Ptl. Dominick Buscio of the Narcotics Bureau participated in the investigation along members of the Verona Police Department. 
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TOWNSHIP OF CEDAR GROVE
DEPARTMENT OF POLICE
PRESS RELEASE 
DATE:  April 30, 2012 
Cedar Grove Police Collect 78 Pounds of
Surrendered Pharmaceuticals as Part of
Operation Take Back New Jersey
           On Saturday, April 28, 2012, the Cedar Grove Police Department collected 78 pounds of surrendered pharmaceuticals as part of the Operation Take Back New Jersey medicine disposal day.  Approximately 40 citizens utilized the program to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired medicine.  The collected pharmaceuticals were turned over to the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency for safe destruction.  The Cedar Grove Police Department wishes to thank all who participated in the Operation Take Back New Jersey Initiative.
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TOWNSHIP OF CEDAR GROVE
DEPARTMENT OF POLICE 
PRESS RELEASE
DATE:  April 16, 2012 
Essex County P.B.A. Conference Honors Cedar Grove Police Officers
For Their Efforts in Arrest of Cargo Theft Crew 
Several Cedar Grove Officers were among the honorees at the 30th. Annual Essex County P.B.A. Conference Valor Awards Ceremony held on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at il Tulipano in Cedar Grove.  The Cedar Grove Officers were recognized for their efforts in a special operation that resulted in the arrest of an organized group of criminals caught in the act of burglarizing a Cliffside Drive Factory on January 15, 2011.  The arrest of the five criminals involved in an East Coast Cargo Theft Crew followed a sting operation performed with the assistance of the New Jersey State Police Cargo Theft Unit.  After receiving information that the criminals were targeting the Cedar Grove location, the officers secreted themselves both inside and out of the building on surveillance.  The Cargo Theft Crew later arrived, forcibly entered the building, and was in the process of loading $500,000.00 worth of merchandise into two stolen trucks when officers sprung into action and arrested them.  The honored officers were D/Sgt. John Kennedy, Lt. Joseph Cirasa, Lt. Michael Orsulak, Lt. Erik Hansson, Sgt. Frank Pumphrey, Sgt. Eileen O’Toole, Ptl. Michael Grasso, Ptl. Jose Rodriguez, Det. Michael Tower and Chief Richard Vanderstreet.
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OFFICE OF THE COUNTY PROSECUTOR
Essex County Veterans Courthouse
973.621.4700

ACTING ESSEX COUNTY PROSECUTOR
CAROLYN A. MURRAY
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Contact:  Katherine Carter                                                                                                      
973. 621.4021 (Office)     973 289.9704 (Cell)

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                 
April 3, 2012
Mom Charged with Aggravated Assault for Injuries Sustained by 8-Week-Old 
NewarkActing Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Cedar Grove Police Chief Richard Vanderstreet announced today that Ania Marcinkiewicz, 35, of Cedar Grove was arrested yesterday and charged with one count of 2nd degree aggravated assault and two counts of  2nd degree endangering the welfare of a child.
It is alleged that Marcinkiewicz assaulted her eight-week-old baby girl, resulting in a fractured skull and other injuries. It is further alleged that the mother failed to obtained medical attention for the baby. The assault allegedly occurred between March 22 and March 23 at the family home in Cedar Grove.
The mother was arrested yesterday. She is currently being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility. Bail was set at $300,000 with the condition that the defendant surrenders her passport and has no contact with the victim who is currently in the care of the Division of Youth and Family Services. 
The investigation remains active and ongoing. No other information in available at this time. 
Acting Prosecutor Murray lauded the Cedar Grove Police Department led by Detective Sgt. John J. Kennedy and Detective Michael Tower and Detectives of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Special Victims Unit, led by Captain Arnold Valentin. 
These are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law.
 

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Cedar Grove Police Department Arrest Two in
Connection with Thefts from Elderly Residents
          On Friday, February 10th., police arrested two Newark women in connection with the theft of money from two elderly residents, for whom one of the defendants had been working as a home health aide.  The arrest of 31 year-old Theresa M. Castillo, the home health aide, and her co-defendant, 40 year-old Martha B. Vazquez, followed a detective bureau investigation into reports that the initial victim, an 86 year-old resident, had $1,235.00 in cash stolen from her home over a two month period, reportedly during hours when Castillo and her associate, Vazquez, were in the home.  On the date of the arrests, detectives were able to locate Castillo at another residence in the Township where she was also working as a home health aide.  Detectives subsequently developed information that implicated Castillo and Vazquez in the initial theft, along with information that also implicated Castillo in the theft of $1,000.00 from the home where she was currently working for the second victim, also an 86 year-old resident.  Both Castillo and Vazquez were arrested at police headquarters, where they were processed on their respective charges and released pending a Superior Court Arraignment on February 16, 2012.  D/Sgt. John Kennedy, Det. Michael Tower and Det. Scott Scherer were the investigating officers.   

          

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Deer Management Program

Essex County Deer Management Program

The County of Essex will be conducting a deer management program in the Hilltop Reservation and the old Essex County Hospital Center between February 2nd, 2012 and February 23rd, 2012.  The Program will run on Tuesdays (Feb. 7,14, & 21)and Thursdays (Feb. 2, 9, 16, & 23) during the listed dates with morning and afternoon sessions scheduled.
For safety reasons, the Essex County Sheriff's Department will close both properties to vehicular and pedestrian traffic during the hours of the program.  In addition Fairview Avenue will be closed between Durrel Street in Verona and Myrtle Avenue in Cedar Grove.

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