November 13, 2012 at 5:25 PM
On 11/9/12 at approximately 9:00am, Det. Kenneth Shannon arrested 20 year old John Maulbeck of Flanders, NJ. According to police, Madison Patrol Officers responded to 39 Green Village Road on report of a possible homeless individual in the building earlier in the morning. Upon arrival, Drew Public Safety officers were on scene and advised that there was an active fire alarm sounding inside the building. The building, which is currently vacant, was searched with negative results. During the search a deployed fire extinguisher was located along with a smashed up fire alarm. Several hours later, Maulbeck was apprehended nearby. After an investigation, he was charged with Burglary and Criminal Mischief. Based on his mental state, Maulbeck was admitted to the Morristown Medical Center for evaluation. A court appearance is pending.
On 11/10/12 at approximately 12:30am, Ptl Matthew Mirabella arrested 19 year old Ndubueze Ugochukwu of Nigeria. Ptl Mirabella and Sgt. Sean Plumstead were detailed to Drew University on report of an individual trespassing. According to Drew Public Safety, Ugochukwu, a student, was currently suspended and banned from Drew Housing and could not attend any extra curricular school functions. At the time of the call, Ugochukwu was attempting to enter the University Center where a dance was being held. He was then detained by Drew Public Safety. Ptl Mirabella arrested Ugochukwu and charged him with Defiant Trespass. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance.
On 11/11/12 at approximately 1:10 am, Ptl. Matthew Mirabella arrested 28 year old Thomas Hughes of Somerville, NJ. Mirabella was detailed to Drew University on report of an individual detained who was in possession of marijuana. According to Drew University Public Safety Officer Goldate, he detected an odor of marijuana emanating from Hughes’ person as he passed him in the hall. Goldate confronted Hughes about the odor and determined that he was in possession of marijuana. Goldate then obtained Hughes’ consent to search his dorm room. Located during the administrative search was an undetermined amount of marijuana along with several items of paraphernalia. Ptl. Mirabella took custody of Hughes and placed him under arrest. Hughes was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school, possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance.
On 11/11/12 at approximately 3:45am, Ptl. Mirabella arrested 20 year old Conor Dow of Needham, MA. Mirabella was detailed to Drew University on report of an individual detained who was in possession of marijuana. According to Drew Public Safety Officer Goldate, he was advised of an odor of marijuana emanating from Dow’s dorm room. Goldate made contact with Dow and detected the odor. Goldate then performed an administrative search of Dow’s room and located marijuana and paraphernalia. Ptl. Mirabella then took custody of Dow and placed him under arrest. Dow was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance.
On 11/12/12 at approximately 9:45 am, Ptl. James Cavezza arrested 26 year old Diana Cardenas Roman of Madison, NJ. Cavezza stopped Roman’s vehicle for a tail light violation and determined that her driving privileges were suspended. A further records check indicated that there were two active warrants for Roman’s arrest. Cavezza arrested Roman on the strength of the warrants. She was also issued a motor vehicle summons for driving while suspended as well as for illegal tinted tail lights on her vehicle. Roman’s husband posted bail and she was released pending a court appearance.
The following are some of the calls for service that the Madison Police Department handled during the past week: 13 Motor Vehicle Crashes, 21 Medical Calls, 31 Alarm Calls, 9 Animal Complaints, 4 Assist Citizen Calls, 4 Motor Vehicle Lockouts, and 4 Calls to assist another Police Agency.
All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.