Cedar Grove Police Blotter
April 19, 2021 – April 28, 2021
On April 23, 2021 at 5:12 p.m., Ptl. Anthony Grigolo responded to the area of Pompton Avenue and Montclair Avenue for a three-car motor vehicle crash. One of the drivers became unresponsive with no pulse or respirations. Additional officers arrived on scene and CPR was initiated. Ptl. Grigolo determined that the driver’s symptoms were consistent with a drug overdose. He administered Narcan to the victim who regained consciousness a short time later. The 53-year-old driver was treated at the hospital and released into police custody. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
On April 24, 2021 the department participated in the DEA Operation Take Back program. This program enables the public to get rid of unused, unwanted and expired medications properly. Prescription drug abuse is rapidly becoming one of our nation’s greatest emerging drug problems and it is widely recognized that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from home medicine cabinets. In addition to this growing drug problem, unused and expired prescription medications also represent a severe environmental hazard. The department collected 45 pounds of medication that will be properly disposed of.
On April 26, 2021 Ptl. Robert Hectus took a report of a fraud from a resident. The resident reported that she met someone on Facebook who identified himself as a member of the US Military that was stationed overseas. The person requested that the victim send them money in the form of store gift cards. The victim complied and sent a total of $6,050 before realizing that they were the victim of a fraud.
During the above period, officers responded to a total of 496 calls for service including (25) 911 calls, (85) motor vehicle stops, (16) first aid calls and (6) motor vehicle crashes.
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