On February 16, 2020 at 11:07 p.m., Officer Devin Hinchcliffe observed a vehicle travelling on Columbia Tpk with illegal tinted front windows.  He conducted a motor vehicle stop and determined the identities of all parties in the vehicle. During his roadside investigation, Off. Hinchcliffe learned the driver, Mr. Kenneth Steele (age 50, of Newark, NJ), had a suspended NJ driver’s license and further, was the subject of multiple outstanding criminal and traffic warrants totaling $8,500 out of Newark.  

Mr. Steele was arrested and transported to Florham Park Police Headquarters.  He satisfied bail requirements with Newark and was then released pending a new court date in that city.  Locally, Mr. Steele was charged with a motor vehicle summons for Driving While Suspended, which will be heard in Florham Park Municipal Court.  

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On February 20, 2020 at 10:58 a.m., Officer Greg Dietz observed a vehicle travelling on Columbia Tpk that had multiple items obstructing the driver’s view of the road.  Officer Dietz conducted a motor vehicle stop and met with the driver, Ms. Corie Henson (age 28, of Paterson, NJ). He soon learned Ms. Henson was the subject of an outstanding traffic warrant from Elmwood Park, NJ.  As Officer Dietz spoke with Ms. Henson, he detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.  

A search of the vehicle revealed numerous items of evidential value, including suspected raw marijuana and items of drug paraphernalia.  Ms. Henson was placed under arrest and transported to Florham Park Police Headquarters. She satisfied her bail requirement with Elmwood Park and was issued a new court date for them.  Locally, she was charged with the following criminal and motor vehicle offenses, which will be heard in Florham Park Municipal Court, and later released on her own recognizance:

  • Possession of Marijuana Under 50 Grams (disorderly persons offense)

  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (disorderly persons offense)

  • Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle

  • No Liability Insurance on Vehicle

  • Obstruction of View

 

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On February 8, 2020, Detective Geoffrey Rothrock began an investigation in which an individual rented over $1,200 worth of equipment from a business in town and failed to return the same.  After numerous attempts to resolve the matter were unsuccessful, a theft 

investigation occurred resulting in criminal charges.  The suspect, Mr. Mark Mucci (age 41, of Madison, NJ) was positively identified by Det. Rothrock and requested to surrender himself.

On February 21, 2020, after failed attempts to have Mr. Mucci surrender himself, Det. Rothrock and Det. Lt. Brian Ford tracked him down at a residence in Pine Brook (Montville, NJ) where he was taken into custody without incident.  He was then transported to Florham Park Police Headquarters for processing.

Mr. Mucci was charged with the following crime and released pending a Morris County Superior Court date:

  • Theft of Movable Property (3rd degree crime)

 

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On February 22, 2020 at 8:23 p.m., Officer Faith Niemynski responded to a 9-1-1 call of an erratic, possible intoxicated driver, travelling on Ridgedale Ave.  She observed the vehicle and conducted a motor vehicle stop near Columbia Tpk. She met with the driver, Mr. Michael Perez (age 60, of Newark, NJ) and while speaking with him, she observed items indicative of recent drug use in the vehicle.

Off. Niemynski conducted a search of the vehicle and took custody of suspected raw marijuana and items of drug paraphernalia.   Mr. Perez was placed under arrest and transported to Florham Park Police Headquarters where he was charged with the following offenses, which will be heard in Florham Park Municipal Court, and later released on his own recognizance.

 

  • Possession of Marijuana Under 50 Grams (disorderly persons offense)

  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (disorderly persons offense)

  • Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle

 

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On February 24, 2020 at 8:12 p.m., Officer Faith Niemynski was travelling on Columbia Tpk when she observed a vehicle driving with two nonfunctioning brake lights.  She conducted a motor vehicle stop near Columbia Tpk and met with the driver, Mr. Ever Rivera-Chicas (age 21, of Elizabeth, NJ) and another occupant. While speaking with them, she detected the odor of marijuana emanating from within the vehicle.

Off. Niemynski conducted a search of the vehicle and took custody of several items of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Based on her roadside investigation, it was determined Mr. Rivera-Chicas was responsible for the items. He was placed under arrest and transported to Florham Park Police Headquarters where he was charged with the following offenses, which will be heard in Florham Park Municipal Court, and later released on his own recognizance.

  • Possession of Marijuana Under 50 Grams (disorderly persons offense)

  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (disorderly persons offense)

  • Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle

  • Maintenance of Lamps

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On January 27, 2020, Officers took a report of a burglary to a locker and theft of the items contained within at a local business.  The total value of items stolen was approximately $316. Detective Frank Pietropinto began an investigation which took him into other towns after realizing some stolen items were used outside of Florham Park.  He contacted other agencies who experienced similar crimes and was able to positively identify a suspect while coordinating with the Hanover Twp Police.  

The suspect was identified as Mr. Christopher Granados (age 32, of Morristown, NJ) and multiple joint efforts to locate him were unsuccessful which resulted in a warrant for his arrest.  On February 25, 2020, Mr. Granados surrendered himself to the Hanover Twp Police and was subsequently lodged in the Morris County Jail. Det. Pietropinto then responded to the jail to process Mr. Granados.  He was charged with the following crimes and remained in the jail pending a Morris County Superior Court hearing:

 

  • Burglary (3rd degree crime)

  • Theft of Movable Property (4th degree crime)

  • Theft of Movable Property (Disorderly Persons offense)

  • Theft of Credit Card (3 counts – 4th degree crimes)

  • Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card – (3rd degree crime)

  • Criminal Attempt to Fraudulently Use a Credit Card (3rd degree crime)

 

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On February 25, 2020 at 8:28 p.m., Officer Dan Braico observed a vehicle travelling on Columbia Tpk while failing to maintain its lane of travel.  He conducted a motor vehicle stop and, after observing items indicative of marijuana possession or use, he furthered his investigation. During Off. Braico’s roadside investigation, he obtained personal identifying information from both parties, but soon learned that the passenger was not being truthful and had provided false information.  



 

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After learning the passenger’s identity, Mr. Quaseem Carter (age 24, of Irvington, NJ), he also learned the reason for Mr. Carter providing false information was due to having two outstanding traffic warrants from Newark, NJ totaling $550.

 

Mr. Carter was arrested and transported to Florham Park Police Headquarters.  He was provided a new court date regarding his Newark warrants. Locally, Mr. Carter was charged with the following offense, which will be heard in Florham Park Municipal Court:

 

  • Providing False Info to Hinder Apprehension (disorderly persons offense)

 

The driver was issued a warning for his motor vehicle violation.

 

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On February 26, 2020 at 1:34 am, Officer Rich Wronski conducted a random license plate inquiry of a vehicle on Rockwood Rd and learned the registered owner was suspended and had active warrants.  He conducted a motor vehicle stop and met with four adult occupants.  

 

As Officer Wronski spoke with the vehicle’s occupants, he detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.  His roadside investigation and search led to the detection of drug items on one of the male occupants, a passenger in the vehicle, as well as inside the vehicle.  That man, who was also determined responsible for the items in the vehicle, initially provided Officer Wronski with a false name and other identifying information.  Off. Wronski soon learned that this party was actually the owner of the vehicle, Mr. Kenny Fetiere (age 19, of West Orange, NJ) and not who he claimed to be.  

 

Mr. Fetiere was placed under arrest and transported to Florham Park Police Headquarters.  He was also confirmed to have $2,200 worth of outstanding warrants from Newark, NJ and $600 from East Orange, NJ.  Contact was made with both of those agencies who provided Mr. Fetiere with new court dates for their cities. Locally, he was charged with the following offenses, which will be heard in Florham Park Municipal Court, and later released on his own recognizance.

 

  • Possession of Marijuana Under 50 Grams (disorderly persons offense)

  • Providing False Info to Hinder Apprehension (disorderly persons offense)

 

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On February 26, 2020 at 2:16 am, Officer Chris Heredia observed a vehicle travelling on Route 24 with non-functioning lights on the rear of the vehicle.  He conducted a motor vehicle stop and met with the driver, Ms. Mary Weynberg (age 22, of Clark, NJ) and her four adult passengers. During his conversation with Ms. Weynberg, Off. Heredia detected the odor of marijuana emanating from within the vehicle.





 

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Off. Heredia conducted a search of the vehicle and took custody of several items of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Based on his roadside investigation, it was determined Ms. Weynberg was responsible for all of the items. It was also determined that she was the subject of an outstanding criminal warrant from Elizabeth, NJ, who subsequently provided her with a new court date for their city.  She was placed under arrest and transported to Florham Park Police Headquarters where she was charged with the following offenses, which will be heard in Florham Park Municipal Court, and later released on her own recognizance.

 

  • Possession of Marijuana Under 50 Grams (disorderly persons offense)

  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (disorderly persons offense)

  • Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle

  • Maintenance of Lamps

 

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On December 23, 2019, Detective Frank Pietropinto began an investigation following a report of two males having shoplifted over $3,000 worth of items from a local business the night prior.  His investigation led to the discovery that the suspects may be responsible for similar crimes in other towns in New Jersey, New York City, and Pennsylvania. Through coordinated efforts with other NJ municipalities, including Springfield, Montclair, and Ramsey, Det. Pietropinto was able to identify the two suspects in our crime.  They are identified as Mr. Tyler Harrison (age 32, of Brooklyn, NY) and Mr. Webster Gonzalez (age 31, of Brooklyn, NY).

 

Numerous attempts were made to locate the individuals before warrants were issued for their arrest.  On February 28, 2020, Det. Pietropinto learned the two suspects had been arrested in another municipality and were currently lodged in the Bergen County Jail.  He then responded to the jail to process and serve both Mr. Harrison and Mr. Gonzalez with their complaints. Both suspects were charged with the following crime and will remain lodged pending the satisfaction of their other charges as well as a Morris County Superior Court hearing:

 

  • Shoplifting (a 3rd degree crime)

 

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On February 29, 2020 at 8:08 am, Officer Greg Dietz observed a vehicle failing to maintain its lane while travelling on Route 24.  He conducted a motor vehicle stop and met with the driver, Mr. Leonel Diaz (age 31, of Staten Island, NY) and passenger Mr. David Rolland (age 43 of Bronx, NY).  During his conversation with the parties, Off. Dietz detected the odor of marijuana emanating from within the vehicle and eventually on one of the males themselves.








 

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Off. Dietz conducted a search of the vehicle and the male and took custody of several items of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Both Mr. Rolland and Mr. Diaz were placed under arrest and transported to Florham Park Police Headquarters where they were charged with the following offenses, which will be heard in Florham Park Municipal Court, and later released on their own recognizance.

 

  • Possession of Marijuana Under 50 Grams (disorderly persons offense)

  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (disorderly persons offense)

 

Mr. Diaz was also charged with the following motor vehicle offenses:

 

  • Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle

  • Failure to Maintain Lane of Travel

 

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On March 2, 2020 at 12:29 a.m., Officers Kyle Kepler and Dan Braico observed a vehicle travelling on Route 24 failing to keep to the right on the multilane highway. They conducted a stop of the same and identified the driver as Mr. Jamal Cross (age 26, of Middletown, NY).  During their interaction, it was learned Mr. Cross was the subject of an outstanding criminal warrant from New Brunswick.

 

Off. Kepler placed Mr. Cross under arrest and transported him to Florham Park Police Headquarters.  He was detained at Headquarters until the New Brunswick Police arrived, at which time he was turned over to their custody.  Locally, Mr. Cross was issued a motor vehicle summons for Failure to Keep Right.