Press Release

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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Crime Prevention & Community Awareness Presentation

Crime Prevention & Community Awareness Presentation
The Cedar Grove Police Department is inviting the public to attend a Crime Prevention and Community Awareness Presentation on Thursday, February 9th, 2012 at 7:00 P.M. in the Municipal Council Chambers at 525 Pompton Avenue.  Representatives of the Police Department will be offering residents tips on crime prevention, home security and will be making a presentation on the new Virtual Neighborhood Watch Initiative.  Anyone seeking information on the event can contact Lt. Joseph Cirasa at 973-239-4100 Ext. 254.
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