Police & Fire

Madison Police Blotter, April 9-30

May 1, 2014 at 9:14 AM

On April 9, 2014 at approximately 9:30 pm, Ptl Lisa Esposito arrested 31 year old Anthony Cheek of Madison, NJ. While on patrol, Esposito performed a random license plate look up of Cheek’s vehicle. Esposito received information during the look up which alerted that there was an active warrant for Cheek’s arrest in the amount of $500 issued by Florham Park Municipal Court. Esposito executed a motor vehicle stop and confirmed Cheek to be the operator. Cheek was arrested and posted bail in full. He was then released pending a court appearance.

On April 12, 2014 at approximately 7:00 pm, Ptl Christopher Williams arrested 67 year old Karen Shor of Chatham, NJ. Williams, along with Sgt. James Cavezza, responded to the Whole Foods Supermarket on report that the Loss Prevention Unit had an alleged shoplifter in custody. Upon arrival, Williams took custody of Shor, who allegedly concealed over $50 worth of merchandise in her purse. The merchandise consisted of various food items and health care products. Shor was charged with shoplifting and was released on her own recognizance. A court appearance is pending.

On April 14, 2014, Ptl Chad Rybka took a report of a theft on the property of the Central Ave School. According to the juvenile victim, an Apple iPod touch was taken from within a friend’s backpack. The victim advised that a young, black male handed over the bag and advised that a man wearing a black hooded shirt took the bag and removed the iPod, leaving the bag behind. Anyone having information regarding this theft is asked to contact the Madison Police Department at 973-593-3000.

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On April 15, 2014, at approximately 12:30 pm, Ptl Paul Papamarkos arrested a male juvenile who resides in Madison. Papamarkos stopped the juvenile’s motor vehicle for an equipment violation. During the investigation, Papamarkos detected an odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle. The investigation revealed that the juvenile was allegedly in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The juvenile was issued a motor vehicle summons for the expired inspection sticker. The investigation was then turned over to the Juvenile Detective, Detective Ed Mitchko. The juvenile was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. A court appearance is pending.

On April 16, 2104 at approximately 11:00 am, Ptl Bart Glab arrested 34 year old Dustin House of Hackettstown, NJ. Prior to the arrest, Glab was alerted that House was in Madison and that there were active warrants for his arrest. Glab investigated the allegation and determined that there were two active warrants for his arrest. One was issued by Roxbury Municipal Court in the amount of $500 and the other was a no bail warrant issued by the Morris County Sheriff’s Department. House was located at a business on Community Place and was arrested on the strength of these warrants. He was ultimately transferred over to the custody of the Morris County Sheriff’s Department.

On April 16, 2014 at approximately 9:00 pm, Ptl Kevin Boone and Sgt Sean Plumstead arrested two male juveniles from Madison, NJ. Boone and Plumstead were detailed to the area of the park on Delbarton Avenue on report that four individuals were allegedly engaged in using marijuana. Upon arrival, Boone was advised that two of the four males left the area in a vehicle while the other two were walking from the area on foot. Both groups were located and were stopped by Boone and Plumstead. Their investigation determined that the group was allegedly smoking marijuana. The investigation was then turned over to the Juvenile Detective, Detective Ed Mitchko. Two of the four males were later charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Court appearances are pending.

On April 16, 2014 at approximately 11:30 pm, Sgt. Sean Plumstead arrested 18 year old John Depalma of Staten Island, NY and 19 year old Kylee Cintron of Lindenwold, NJ. Plumstead stopped Depalma’s vehicle for an equipment violation. During his investigation, Plumstead observed drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the vehicle. Furthermore, while speaking with Depalma outside of the vehicle, Plumstead allegedly observed Depalma drop a marijuana grinder from his person. Further investigation revealed that Depalma and Cintron were allegedly in possession of marijuana. Depalma was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also issued motor vehicle summonses for maintenance of lamps and for possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. Cintron was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were released on their own recognizance pending a court appearance.

On April 17, 2014, a student of the Madison High School reported that his iPhone and iPod were stolen from his bag. Juvenile Detective Ed Mitchko conducted an investigation and determined were two juveniles were allegedly responsible for the theft. Both juveniles were arrested and charged with the theft of both items. Court appearances are pending.

On April 19, 2014 at approximately 1:00 am, Ptl Christopher Williams arrested 24 year old Thomas McGovern of Florham Park, NJ. Williams stopped McGovern’s vehicle for an equipment violation. During the investigation, Williams detected both an odor of raw marijuana emanating from the vehicle as well as an odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from McGovern’s breath. Further investigation revealed that McGovern was allegedly in possession of marijuana and following field sobriety testing, it was determined that McGovern was allegedly driving while intoxicated. He was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of CDS in a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, refusal to provide breath samples, maintenance of lamps, and failure to inspect a motor vehicle. McGovern was released into the custody of a family member pending a court appearance.

The following are some of the calls for service that the Madison Police Department handled during the past three weeks: 37 Motor Vehicle Crashes, 92 Medical Calls, 63 Alarm Calls, 43 Animal Complaints, 34 Assist Citizen Calls, 16 Motor Vehicle Lockouts, and 22 Calls to assist another Police Agency.

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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, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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