January 2-8, 2017 Police Blotter

Posted on January 9, 2017

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

January 2- 8, 2017

 
            On January 2, 2017 at 11:11 p.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella stopped a motor vehicle for an equipment violation. It was determined that the 25 year old operator, Rushane Oldacre of East Orange, was operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. Oldacre was arrested and transported to headquarters to be processed. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On January 3, 2017 at 12:38 p.m., Ptl. Anthony Cardona responded to the Nicholas Markets Foodtown on a report of a shoplifting. The actor had already fled the scene with a quantity of baby formula valued at over $200.00. Surveillance video of the actor and the vehicle he used was obtained. The theft is under investigation by the detective bureau.          

            On January 4, 2017 at 08:19 a.m., Ptl Carolyn Zajack stopped a motor vehicle after observing the operator using his cellular telephone. Subsequent investigation revealed that the 34 year old operator, Edgar Hidalgo of Morristown, was operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. Hidalgo was arrested and transported to headquarters to be processed. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On January 5, 2017 at 2:16 a.m., Ptl. Christopher Lynch stopped a motor vehicle for an equipment violation. A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the 20 year old operator, Andrea Buitrago of Butler, for possession of CDS (marijuana). Buitrago was processed at police headquarters and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.   
 
            On January 5, 2017 at 11:10 a.m., the Cedar Grove Police, Fire Department and Ambulance and Rescue Squad responded to a structure fire at 38 Woodmere Road. The fire was reported by the homeowner and originated in the basement of the residence. Responding police and fire units were met with heavy fire coming from the rear basement stairwell and side basement window. The fire was officially declared under control at 12:23 p.m. The home sustained heavy smoke and fire damage. No injuries were reported. The fire appears to be accidental and the cause is undetermined. The Montclair Fire Department, Verona Fire Department, North Caldwell Fire Department and Caldwell Fire Department assisted at the fire scene.
 
            On January 6, 2017 at 8:09 p.m. Ptl. Joseph Ligas stopped a motor vehicle for an equipment violation. The 19 year old operator, Douglas Muller of Haskell, was found to have an outstand warrant from Wanaque Municipal Court. Muller was placed under arrest and processed at police headquarters. He was released with a summons after posting the required bail.
 
            On January 8, 2017 at 3:16 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Ligas stopped a motor vehicle after observing the operator using his cellular telephone. The 29 year old operator, Ermal Rustemlliu of West Caldwell, was arrested after it was determined that he was operating a vehicle with a suspended license. Rustemlliu was processed at police headquarters and released with a summons to appear in municipal court. 

The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.

*********All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty. ********

 
January 8, 2017

January 8-15, 2017 Police Blotter

Posted on January 16, 2017

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

January 8-15, 2017

 
            On January 8, 2017 at 10:00 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Ligas responded to a Little Falls Road address on a report of a suspicious person. A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of Joseph Vaughan of New Brunswick. Vaughan was determined to be wanted by the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office for failing to appear in court on an outstanding drug charge. He was arrested, processed and transported to the Middlesex County Jail.

 
            On January 10, 2017 at 2:00 a.m., Ptl. Joseph Johnson stopped a vehicle for an observed moving violation. The 22 year old operator, Louis Mancini of Verona, was subsequently arrested after an investigation revealed that he was in possession of drug paraphernalia. Mancini was processed at police headquarters and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On January 11, 2017 at 12:05 a.m., Officers responded to the CVS at 387 Pompton Avenue on a report of a shoplifting. The actors had fled prior to police arrival. Surveillance video was obtained and the matter is under investigation by the detective bureau.  
 
            On January 12, 2017 at 12:45 p.m., Ptl. Anthony Cardona stopped a motor vehicle for an observed equipment violation. The 46 year old operator, Sharez Simmons of East Orange, was arrested after it was determined that his driving privileges were suspended. He was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On January 14, 2017 at 7:42 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Johnson stopped a vehicle for an observed equipment violation. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 21 year old operator, Najai Gordon of East Orange, for possession of CDS (marijuana). He was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 

The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.

 *********All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty. ********

January 16, 2017

January 16-22, 2017 Police Blotter

Posted on January 23, 2017

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

January 16–22, 2017

 
            On January 17, 2017 at 1:31 p.m., Lt. John Kennedy was assisting another officer on a motor vehicle stop when he observed a motorist using her cell phone while driving. He stopped the vehicle for the violation. The 27 year old operator, Ashley Keenan of Henryville P.A., was subsequently arrested after it was determined that her driving privileges were suspended. Keenan was processed at police headquarters and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

           On January 17, 2017 Detect Sergeant Andrew McPhail and Detective Michael Tower arrested and charged 29 year old Nicholas Demaria of Moonachie. Demaria’s arrest was the result of the detective bureau’s investigation into a string of shoplifting incidents at the Nicholas Markets Foodtown. The detectives were able to identify Demaria after surveillance images of the suspect were shared with other police agencies via an information sharing network. Demaria was already in custody at the Bergen County Jail for a robbery committed in Lodi. Detectives processed him at the jail. Demaria was issued summonses to appear in Cedar Grove Municipal Court.

           On January 17, 2017 at 7:49 p.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella stopped a motor vehicle for an observed equipment violation. The 21 year old operator, Tayvon Hammond of East Orange, was subsequently arrested after an investigation revealed that he was in possession of marijuana. Hammond was processed at police headquarters and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
           On January 18, 2017 at 08:26 a.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck attempted to stop a motor vehicle after he determined that the operator had a suspended driver’s license. The operator of the vehicle failed to stop and attempted to elude the officer. Officer Heck engaged in a brief pursuit of the vehicle which crashed in the intersection of Little Falls Road and Bowden Road. The 24 year old operator, Najee Brown of Bloomfield, was taken into custody without further incident. He was arrested and transported to police headquarters. It was also determined that he was wanted by Bloomfield Police for eluding charges on January 2, 2017. Mr. Brown was not injured in the crash. He was charged and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility.
 
           On January 19, 2017 at 8:01 p.m., Officer Christopher Lynch stopped a motor vehicle for an observed violation. The 43 year old operator, Pedro Gutama of Irvington, was subsequently arrested after it was determined that he had an outstanding traffic warrant from Newark City Court. It also determined that Gutama was operating a vehicle without a valid license. Gutama was processed at police headquarters. He posted the required bail and was released with a summons to appear in Cedar Grove Municipal Court. 
 
           On January 20, 2017 at 12:32 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Russomanno responded to a Pompton Avenue business after the owner reported receiving a suspicious phone call from an individual claiming to represent PSE&G. The caller advised the owner that his account was delinquent and his service would be shut off if he did not provide a credit card number for immediate payment. The business owner believed this was a scam and contacted police. Residents are reminded that they should not provide personal information over the telephone. Reputable businesses and utility companies will not call their customers demanding immediate payment.
 
           On January 20, 2017 at 11:30 p.m. A passing motorist alerted Ptl. Joseph Ligas of a vehicle being operated in an erratic manner. He located and stopped the vehicle after observing the erratic operation. The 52 year old operator, Christopher Joel of Orange, was subsequently arrested after an investigation revealed that he was driving while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or drugs. He was processed at police headquarters and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.

*********All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty. ********

 
January 22, 2017

January 23-30, 2017 Police Blotter

Posted on January 30, 2017

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

January 23– 302017

 
            On January 24, 2017 at 11:28 p.m., Ptl. Christopher Lynch stopped a motor vehicle after a random vehicle registration check on his mobile data terminal indicated that the operator had a suspended driver’s license. The 24 year old operator, Linda Drejaj of Garfield, was arrested for operating a vehicle with a suspended license. Drejaj was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On January 25, 2017 at 12:12 a.m., Ptl. Michael Passafiume stopped a motor vehicle for an observed equipment violation. The 22 year old operator, Jason Brown of Piscataway, was subsequently arrested after it was determined that he was operating a vehicle with a suspended license. Brown was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On January 26, 2017 at 12:51 p.m., Santander bank reported that a customer had presented suspicious identification to gain access to another customers account. The actor, who fled prior to police arrival, was attempting to withdraw $6400.00 from a customer’s account using a fraudulent Pennsylvania driver’s license. The suspect fled the bank when the teller became suspicious. Surveillance video was obtained and the detective bureau is investigating.
 
            On January 26, 2017 at 4:11p.m., a taxi driver walked into the lobby at police headquarters to report that a passenger had just fled his cab without paying the fare. He provided a description of the female actor. A short time later, Ptl. Jason Rivers located the female on Elm Road and took her into custody. The 29 year old female, Liesel Chism of Orange, was arrested for theft of service.  At the time of her arrest she was found to be in possession of numerous boxes of over the counter medication and 18 pairs of earrings in new packaging. During an interview Chism confessed to shoplifting this merchandise from the CVS at 387 Pompton Avenue. While in custody, Chism provided a false name in an attempt to hinder her apprehension for an outstanding criminal bench warrant from Kearny Municipal Court. She was charged with the above offenses and turned over to Kearny Police.
 
            On January 27, 2017, Detective Sergeant Andrew McPhail charged 26 year old Joann Cousins of Cedar Grove with the theft of a Sterling .25 caliber handgun. The charge was the result of an unrelated narcotics investigation conducted in November of 2016 by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Bureau. Detectives had recovered a handgun during a narcotics arrest. The handgun had been reported stolen by a Cedar Grove resident in October of 2016. Detective Sergeant Andrew McPhail and Detective Michael Tower interviewed the subjects arrested by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Bureau. It was determined that they had received the weapon from a female in Cedar Grove in exchange for narcotics. The detectives were able to determine that the female was Joann Cousins. Cousins was charged with a summons to appear in Superior Court.
 
            On January 28, 2017 at 5:48 a.m., Sgt. Jose Rodriguez conducted a random vehicle registration check on his mobile data terminal on a vehicle stopped at traffic signal. The check revealed that the registered owner had a suspended driver’s license. Sgt. Rodriguez confirmed that the owner was the person operating the vehicle. He stopped the vehicle and arrested the 44 year old operator, Tae Kim of Palisades Park. Kim was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.    

            On January 29, 2017 a landscape business owner reported a burglary to his equipment trailers which were parked on the property of a Pompton Avenue business. The actor or actors used bolt cutters to remove the lock on the trailer and then take numerous pieces of landscaping equipment and power tools. The incident is under investigation by the detective bureau.
           
            On January 29, 2017 at 7:52 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Johnson stopped a motor vehicle for an observed moving violation. The 24 year old operator, Marque Simmons of Vauxhall, was arrested after it was determined that his driver’s license was suspended. He was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On January 29, 2017, at 11:09 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Johnson stopped a motor vehicle for an observed equipment violation. The 28 year old operator, Gary Rushing of Wayne, was subsequently arrested after it was determined that his driving privileges were suspended. Rushing was processed at police headquarters and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 

The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.

 *********All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty. ********

 
January 30, 2017