Madison Police Blotter

May 23, 2014 at 8:41 AM

On May 2, 2014 at approximately 9:00pm, Ptl. Christopher Williams arrested 55 year old Sally Gregory Merrell of Chatham, NJ. Merrell responded to police headquarters after being notified of an active warrant for her arrest from Madison Joint Municipal Court in the amount of $114. She posted bail and was released on her own recognizance pending a court appearance.


On May 3, 2014 at approximately 3:30am, Ptl. Matthew Mirabella arrested 32 year old Blake Reed of NY, NY. Mirabella stopped Reed’s vehicle in reference to a suspicious incident. During the investigation, it was determined that there was an active warrant for Reed’s arrest issued by Ocean Township Municipal Court in the amount of $100. Reed posted bail and was released on his own recognizance. A court appearance is pending.

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On May 3, 2014 at approximately 3:30 pm, Ptl Bart Glab arrested 55 year old Armando Rodriguez of Summit, NJ. Glab, along with Patrolman Carmine DeCaro, responded to the Whole Foods Supermarket on report that the Loss Prevention Unit had an alleged shoplifter in custody. Upon arrival, Glab took custody of Rodriguez, who allegedly concealed over $115 worth of merchandise in a reusable shopping bag. The merchandise consisted of various food items and health care products. Rodriguez was charged with shoplifting and was released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance.


On May 3, 2014 at approximately 10:00pm, Ptl. Luis Goncalves arrested 19 year old Mateo Maduro of Morristown, NJ. Goncalves along with Sgt. Sean Plumstead and Ptl Vincent Dellavalle, responded to the Campus of Drew University on report of an assault that took place. Following an investigation, it was determined that Maduro was the alleged aggressor in the incident. Maduro was charged with simple assault and was released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance.


On May 5, 2014 at approximately 5:00pm, Ptl Stephanie Corrao arrested 40 year old Wendy Booterbaugh of Madison, NJ. Booterbaugh was arrested earlier in the day by the Florham Park Police Department on the strength of an active Madison Municipal warrant in the amount of $250. After being taken into custody by the Madison Police, Booterbaugh posted bail. She was release pending a court appearance.


On May 5, 2014, an employee of the Madison Area YMCA reported that his vehicle was burglarized. Taken was a backpack containing a laptop computer and other personal belongings. The vehicle, which was left unlocked, was parked in the YMCA lot between the hours of 9:20pm and 10:30pm. Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Madison Police Department at 973-593-3000.


On May 6, 2014 at approximately 9:00pm, Ptl Vincent Dellavalle arrested 19 year old Jake Hart of Chatham, NJ. While on patrol, Dellavalle observed a young looking male exit the Elm Street Liquor Store allegedly carrying alcoholic beverages. Dellavalle performed an identification check and determined that the male, identified as Hart, was under the age of 21. The investigation determined that Hart allegedly used a fake I.D. to purchase the beverages. Hart was charged with underage purchase of alcohol and underage possession of alcohol. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance.


On May 8, 2014 at approximately 6:30pm, Madison Police Patrol Units responded to the area of Plymouth Court in the Madison Commons on report of a single car motor vehicle crash. Ptl. Nicholas Lunetta and Sgt. John Miscia investigated the incident. The driver of the vehicle, 50 year old Kevin Nevias of Madison, NJ, was allegedly intoxicated. Nevias was charged by Lunetta with careless driving as well as driving while intoxicated. A court appearance is pending.


On May 10, 2014 at approximately 6:00pm, Ptl Christopher Williams arrested 40 year old Richard Garcia of Passaic, NJ. Garcia was arrested earlier in the day by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department on the strength of an active Madison Municipal warrant in the amount of $1,000. After being taken into custody by the Madison Police, Garcia was then transferred over to the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a court appearance.


On May 11, 2014 at approximately 12:30 pm, Ptl Vincent Dellavalle arrested 25 year old David Thompson of East Orange, NJ. Dellavalle stopped Thompson’s vehicle on Route 24 for an alleged equipment violation. During the investigation, Dellavalle observed a bag containing suspected marijuana in plain view. Thompson was arrested for the violation and was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana. He was also issued motor vehicle summonses for possession of CDS in a motor vehicle and unregistered vehicle. Thompson was released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance.


On May 13, 2014 at approximately 11:45 pm, Ptl Stephanie Corrao arrested 29 year old Joshua Strong of Glen Burnie, MD. Madison Patrol Units responded to the area of Madison Avenue and Kings Road on a report that a vehicle crashed into the train bridge overpass. Corrao and Ptl Luis Gonclaves investigated the incident. During the investigation, Corrao detected an odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from Strong’s breath and determined that he was allegedly operating the vehicle while intoxicated. Strong was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while under the influence of alcohol within 1,000 feet of a school zone, possession of an open container of alcohol inside a motor vehicle, failure to maintain lane and reckless driving. Strong was released to a family member pending a court appearance.


On May 15, 2014 at approximately 9:00 am, Ptl Kevin Boone arrested 41 year old Bradley Gibbs of Madison, NJ. While on patrol, Boone was flagged down by a passing motorist who informed him that another motorist, later identified as Gibbs, was allegedly “driving drunk”. Boone investigated the allegation and stopped Gibbs for an alleged moving violation. Further inquiry determined that Gibbs had allegedly been involved in an accident prior to the stop. During the investigation, Boone also determined that Gibbs was allegedly operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving, failure to report an accident, and leaving the scene of an accident. Gibbs was later released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance.


The following are some of the calls for service that the Madison Police Department handled during the past three weeks: 30 Motor Vehicle Crashes, 59 Medical Calls, 28 Alarm Calls, 22 Animal Complaints, 24 Assist Citizen Calls, 18 Motor Vehicle Lockouts, and 9 Calls to assist another Police Agency.


All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, will update this report.

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