January 30 - Feb 5, 2017 Police Blotter

Posted on February 6, 2017

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

January 30 – Feb 5,  2017

 
            On January 31, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., patrol officers responded to a report of an attempted burglary to a Pompton Avenue business. The owner arrived to open the store and discovered that someone had attempted to pry open both doors to the business. The detective bureau is investigating the incident.
 
            On January 31, 2017 at 7:34 p.m., Ptl. Nicole O’Halloran stopped a motor vehicle for an observed equipment violation. It was subsequently determined that the operator had a suspended driver’s license. The 27 year old operator, Jordans Williams of Hillside, was arrested and processed at police headquarters.  Williams was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On February 1, 2017 at 2:10 p.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck stopped a motor vehicle for an observed equipment violation. Further investigation revealed that the 29 year old operator, Dantes Dejean of Orange, was wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant. Dejean was placed under arrested and transported to police headquarters. Dejean was able to post the required bail and was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On February 1, 2017 at 11:32 p.m., Ptl. Michael Passafiume stopped a vehicle that was travelling at an excessive speed on Pompton Avenue. The 20 year old operator, Jante Evans of Maplewood, was found to have an outstanding traffic warrant from Irvington Municipal Court. Evans was arrested and processed at police headquarters. She posted the required bail and was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On February 3, 2017 at 2:06 a.m., Sgt. Jose Rodriguez was on patrol when he observed a vehicle travelling at an excessive speed on Pompton Avenue. Sgt. Rodriguez attempted to stop the vehicle for the observed violation. The operator failed to stop and brief pursuit began. Officer Christopher Lynch assisted Sgt. Rodriguez and the vehicle was eventually stopped on Pompton Avenue at East Lindsley Road. The 27 year old operator, Steven Collin of Fairfield, was subsequently placed under arrest for eluding. A 26 year old passenger, Matthew Baynes of West Caldwell, was also arrested for an outstanding criminal warrant from Woodland Park Municipal Court. Baynes was unable to post the required bail and was turned over to Woodland Park Police. Collin was charged with eluding and possession of CDS (Cocaine). He was transported to the Essex County Jail.  
 
            On February 3, 2017 at 8:01 a.m., Ptl. Anthony Cardona stopped a motor vehicle for an equipment violation. The 31 year old operator, Asia Starling of Linden, was subsequently placed under arrest for operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. Starling was processed at police headquarters and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On February 3, 2017 at 12:44 p.m., Ptl Jason Rivers stopped a motor vehicle after observing the operator using a cell phone while driving. The 49 year old operator, Elizabeth Davis of Andes, NY, was subsequently arrested after it was determined that her driver’s license was suspended. Davis was processed at police headquarters and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On February 4, 2017 at 1:22 a.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella stopped a vehicle for travelling at an excessive speed on Ridge Road. The 21 year old operator, Brandi Alfaro of West Orange, was subsequently placed under arrested after it was determined that she was operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or drugs. At the time of her arrest, a small quantity of CDS (marijuana) was found on her person. Alfaro was process at police headquarters and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On February 4, 2017 at 10:00 p.m., Ptl Raymond Cassella stopped a motor vehicle for an equipment violation. The 21 year old operator, Blake Mainardi of Little Falls, was subsequently arrested for driving a vehicle with a suspended license. Mainardi 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. ********

 
February 5, 2017

February 5-12, 2017 Police Blotter

Posted on February 13, 2017

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

Feb 5- Feb 12, 2017

 
            On February 5, 2017 at 4:47 p.m., Ptl. Jason Rivers stopped a motor vehicle for improper passing. The 32 year old operator, Brandon Black of Parsippany, was subsequently placed under arrest after it was determined that his driving privileges were suspended. He was processed at police headquarters and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On February 7, 2017 at 3:48 a.m., Ptl. Michael Passafiume found an unoccupied vehicle parked in Mills Reservation. Upon further investigation he observed empty brass bullet casings on the rear passenger floor. A short time later two individuals returned to the vehicle. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 24 year old operator, Paul Ulrich of Lyndhurst. Ulrich was found to be in possession of CDS (marijuana). He was processed at police headquarters and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On February 7, 2017 Patrol officers and detectives responded to a Little Falls Road business on a report of a theft of a box truck. A 2008 Freightliner Box Truck was stolen from the business at 11:39 p.m. The theft was captured on surveillance video. Two actors could be seen entering the truck and driving it away. The detective bureau is investigating.
 
            On February 7, 2017 at 9:38 p.m., Ptl. Dominic Buscio stopped a vehicle being operated without headlamps. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of two of the four occupants. The 20 year old operator, Cherish Barnhart and 20 year old passenger, Willie Thomas, both of Belleville, were arrested and processed at police headquarters. Barnhart was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon (knife). Thomas was charged with possession of CDS (marijuana). Thomas was released with a summons to appear in municipal court. Barnhart was transported to the Essex County Jail.
 
            On February 8, 2017 at 11:18 a.m., Sergeant Wolfstirn observed a vehicle travelling south on Pompton Avenue that was wanted for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash in Wayne. The vehicle was being operated in an erratic manner and he stopped it as it entered the Nicholas Markets Foodtown parking lot. The 29 year old operator, Brandon Leath of Edison, was placed under arrest after it was determined that his driving privileges were suspended. It was also determined that his vehicle, a 2004 GMC Yukon, was uninsured. The vehicle was impounded and towed from the scene. It was also determined that Leath had a warrant out of Jersey City court. He posted the required bail and was issued numerous traffic summonses. He is scheduled to appear in municipal court.
             
            On February 8, 2017 at 3:19 p.m., North Caldwell Police arrested 18 year old Darian Veliu of Fairfield on an outstanding traffic warrant from Cedar Grove Municipal Court. Veliu was transported this agency and taken into custody. He was brought to the court where he posted the required bail. He was released with a new date to appear in municipal court.
 
            On February 9, 2017 at 11:51 p.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella stopped a motor vehicle after he detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from the passenger compartment as it travelled in front of him. He stopped the vehicle and conducted an investigation. A 34 year old passenger, Paul Hanlon of Keansburg, was arrested after it was determined that he was in possession of marijuana. A second passenger, 24 year old Brendan Frank of Hazlet, was arrested after it was determined that he had provided a false name to avoid his arrest for numerous outstanding criminal and traffic warrants. Hanlon was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court. Frank was changed with hindering his apprehension and turned over to Raritan Township Police for an outstanding warrant.  
 
            On February 10, 2017 at 7:18 p.m., Ptl. Christopher Lynch stopped a motor vehicle after observing that one of the occupants was not wearing a seatbelt. The 23 year old operator, Brian Delrosario of Parsippany, was subsequently placed under arrest for operating a vehicle without a license. Delrosario was not in possession of license at the time he was stopped. He provided a false name in an effort to hinder his apprehension for numerous outstanding warrants. It was also determined that his driving privileges were suspended. He was charged with hindering his apprehension and driving while suspended. Delrosario was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On February 11, 2017 at 3:20 p.m., Ptl. Dominic Buscio stopped a vehicle for an observed equipment violation. Ptl. Buscio detected the strong odor marijuana coming from the vehicle while speaking with the operator. A search of the vehicle for the source of the odor revealed four small plastic baggies containing marijuana in the trunk. The 25 year old operator, Shaun Hudson of Brooklyn, NY, was placed under arrest and processed at police headquarters. He was charged with possession of CDS (marijuana) and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On February 11, 2017 at 6:59 p.m. Patrol officers and detectives responded to an Eileen Drive residence to investigate a burglary. The resident returned home from work to discover that the front door had been forced open and the master bedroom was ransacked. While canvassing the area, police discovered that a second residence was burglarized. Surveillance video was obtained showing three actors walking the perimeter of one of the homes prior to the burglary. The detective bureau is investigating both burglaries.  

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. ********

February 13, 2017

February 13-19, 2017 Police Blotter

Posted on February 22, 2017

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

February 13-19, 2017

 
            On February 13, 2017 Officers responded to an Essex Road residence on a report of a burglary to an automobile. The victim reported that during the overnight hours someone had entered his unlocked vehicle while it was parked in his driveway. The actor removed a container with loose change and a pair of gloves. Residents are again reminded to remove key fobs and lock all vehicles parked in driveways.  
 
            On February 14, 2017 at 8:03 a.m. Police and Fire Departments responded to the Meadowbrook Garden Apartments for a carbon monoxide alarm activation. The fire department conducted tests of the air in the affected units. The tests revealed excessive levels of carbon monoxide. The units were ventilated and PSE&G responded to assist in determining the source of the CO. A boiler unit that supplies heat and hot water was determined to be the cause. The unit was shut down until repairs could be made. The Cedar Grove Building Department, NJ State Division of Fire Safety and NJ State Division of Housing responded to investigate the incident.  
 
            On February 14, 2017 a resident contacted police after she believed that she was the victim of a fraud. She had received a fraudulent letter advising her that someone had attempted to open a Kohl’s credit card in her name. She called the sender as requested in the letter to resolve the matter. She was asked to provide personal information and became suspicious. It was later determined that the letter was fraudulent and not sent by Kohl’s Department Stores. Residents should use caution before providing personal information over the phone and report any suspicious incidents to police.
 
            On February 15, 2017 at 3:09 p.m. Officer Christopher Heck stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. The 24 year old male operator was arrested after it was determined that his driving privileges were suspended.  He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On February 16, 2017 at 3:48 p.m. Officer Carolyn Zajack stopped a motor vehicle for an equipment violation. It was determined that the 29 year old male operator had two outstanding traffic warrants. He was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. He posted the required bail and was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On February 16, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. Officer Joseph Johnson conducted a random license plate check on a passing vehicle. The inquiry revealed that the vehicle owner was wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant. He stopped the vehicle after identifying an occupant of the vehicle as the wanted person. The wanted person, a 49 year old male, was arrested and taken to police headquarters. He posted the required bail and was released. 
 
            On February 18, 2017 at 12:13 a.m. Lieutenant Francis Pumphrey investigated an occupied vehicle parked in Mill’s Reservation after the park was closed. His investigation resulted in the arrest of the 19 year old male operator for possession of CDS (marijuana). The subject 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. ********

February 13, 2017

February 20-27, 2017 Police Blotter

Posted on February 28, 2017

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

February 20-27, 2017
 
           
            On February 20, 2017 at 9:09 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Johnson stopped a motor vehicle for an observed equipment violation. While speaking with the operator he detected the odor of marijuana. Further investigation resulting in the discovery of approximately 19 grams of marijuana concealed in the vehicle. The 32 year old operator was placed under arrest and processed at police headquarters. He was charged and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On February 21, 2017 3:52 p.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. A check of the operator’s license revealed that his driving privileges were currently suspended. The 33 year old operator was placed under arrest and processed at police headquarters. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On February 21, 2017 at 8:14 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Johnson stopped a vehicle for a moving violation. While obtaining the operators credentials he detected the odor of burnt marijuana. He conducted a search of the vehicle and its occupants to locate the source of the odor. A 22 year old passenger was subsequently placed under arrest after he was found to be in possession of marijuana. He was processed at police headquarters and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On February 22, 2017 at 2:22 p.m. Ptl. Kristian Schneider responded to a Union Street address on a report of a suspicious incident. A resident reported that an individual rang his bell and offered to repair auto body damage to a vehicle parked in the driveway. Patrol officers responded to the area and located an individual matching the description driving slowly on an adjacent street. An investigation revealed that he was soliciting for work in the township without a permit. He was issued a summons and released at the scene.              
 
            On February 22, 2017 at 11:44 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Ligas responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Woodstone Drive. Upon his arrival he located the vehicle and conducted an investigation. When the driver opened her purse to retrieve her credentials he observed what he believed to be contraband. He questioned the driver and she admitted that the substance he observed was LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide), a controlled dangers substance. He also detected the odor a marijuana coming from within the vehicle. A search of the vehicle to determine the source of the odor revealed a glass jar containing a small amount of marijuana. The investigation resulted in the arrest of the 18 year old female driver for possession of LSD and a 19 year old female passenger for possession of marijuana. Both were processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On February 23, 2017 at 3:12 p.m. Patrol officers responded to the Cedar Grove High School on a report of a suspicious incident. School administrators discovered that a former student was in the building looking to start a fight. The former student had left the building prior to police arrival. The incident was captured on school surveillance video. The video was reviewed and the subject was positively identified as a 19 year old former student. He was charged with defiant trespassing and issued a summons to appear in Superior Court.
 
            On February 23, 2017 at 11:23 p.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella stopped a motor vehicle for a loud muffler. He obtained the operators credentials and attempted to check them on his mobile data terminal. He was unable to locate a license in the DMV system that matched the one provided by the operator. He question the 19 year old operator who then produced a second license that was determined to be valid. It was determined that the license he originally presented was fraudulent and depicted him as a 22 year old male. He was subsequently arrested for possession of false government documents. He was processed and released with a summons to appear in Superior Court.
 
            On February 24, 2017 at 11:44 p.m. Ptl. Michael Passifiume stopped a motor vehicle for an observed violation. A subsequent investigation revealed that the operators driving privileges were suspended. The 52 year old operator was placed under arrest and processed at police headquarters. She was 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. ********