Florham Park Police Blotter - Released September 7, 2016

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On August 19, 2016 at 7:55pm Officer Richard Wronski, Officer Joseph Rega and Officer Brian Sampson responded to the parking lot of 184 Columbia Turnpike for a report of suspicious persons walking around the parking lot asking for money. Officer Wronski made contact with an individual (Joseph J. Salja, age 27 from Monroe, NJ) who reported after leaving a friend’s house in Florham Park he realized he was low on fuel and was asking for money. While speaking to Mr. Salja Officer Wronski detected signs of impairment.

Subsequent field sobriety tests indicated Mr. Salja was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and was further intoxicated. Mr. Salja was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was administered a breath test and an examination by a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). The results of the Drug Recognition Expert’s examination revealed Mr. Salja was under the influence and unable to operate a motor vehicle safely.

Mr. Salja was processed and charged with the following offenses prior to being released to a responsible adult pending a Florham Park Municipal Court date.

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  •   DWI

  •   Reckless Driving

  •   Being Under The Influence of Drugs

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    On August 21, 2016 at 1:45am, Officer Daniel Braico stopped a Jeep Liberty on Rt 24 for a headlight violation. While speaking to the driver (Edwin A. Deltoro, age 25 from Rochester, NY) he detected a strong odor of raw marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle. While questioning Mr. Deltoro about the odor, Mr. Deltoro retrieved and handed Officer Braico a glass jar containing suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

    Mr. Deltoro was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was processed and charged with the following offenses prior to being released pending a Florham Park Municipal Court:

  •   Possession of Under 50 grams of Marijuana

  •   Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

  •   Possession of CDS In A Motor Vehicle

  •   Improper Distribution of Light from Multi-Beam Headlamps

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On August 23, 2016, Pioneer Rental reported a stolen excavator and trailer to the Florham Park Police. It was reported that the excavator and trailer were rented on April 3, 2016 and paid through the middle of June when the renter stopped paying and failed to return the rented equipment. Mr. Paterno owed Pioneer Rental $11,500.00 in past due rental fees. The excavator and trailer were reported to be valued at $44,000.00.

The renter (John Paterno, age 63, from Verona, NJ) was arrested by Oradell Police Department after he was stopped in possession of the stolen excavator and trailer. Subsequently Detective Brian Ford arrested and charged Mr. Paterno with theft of movable property. He was processed and released pending a future Superior Court appearance. The excavator and trailer were returned to Pioneer Rental.

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On August 25, 2016 at 2:09pm, Officer Thomas Ciasullo responded to Lifetime Fitness for a report of a theft from a locker. The victim reported that he arrived at the gym at 11:46am and placed his belongings in a locker. When he returned later, he was unable to unlock the locker. Staff opened the locker with a key and the victim reported $500.00 in cash missing from his wallet.

This incident remains under investigation by the Florham Park Police Department Detective Bureau. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Michael Neilan of the Florham Park Police Department at (973) 410-5411 or Morris County Crime Stoppers at 973-COP-CALL.

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On August 30, 2016 at 2:24pm, Officer David Rubelowsky and Officer Geoffrey Rothrock responded to Fairleigh Dickinson University for a student reporting a theft of a purse. The victim reports her purse was stolen and then returned to FDU Public Safety. An investigation utilizing surveillance video revealed a male (Michael T. Dennis, age 22 from Burlington, NJ) picking up the purse in a student lounge. FDU Public Safety identified Mr. Dennis as the individual who took the purse. Subsequent interview of Mr. Dennis led to his arrest for the theft of the purse.

Mrs. Dennis was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was processed and charged with the following offenses prior to being released pending a Florham Park Municipal Court date:

 Theft of Movable Property ********************************************************************************************************

On September 1, 2016 at 1:39am, Officer Joel Phillips stopped a vehicle on Route 24 for speeding while participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement Campaign.

While speaking to the driver (Justin J. Patel, age 41 from Union, NJ) he detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the interior of the vehicle. Officer Phillips also observed signs of intoxication while speaking to Mr. Patel.

Subsequent field sobriety tests indicated Mr. Patel was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and was further intoxicated. Mr. Patel was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was administered a breath test. The results of the breath test revealed Mr. Patel was under the influence of alcohol and unable to operate a motor vehicle safely.

Mr. Patel was processed and charged with the following offenses prior to being released to a responsible adult pending a Florham Park Municipal Court date.

 Speeding
 DWI
 Reckless Driving 

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