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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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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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