May 15, 2018, 5:42 p.m. – Arrested: Rashad Sutton, 30, of Spring Valley, NY. Washington Street near train station. Police were called to suspicious males on Washington Street by the train station. Officers observed one party in the parking lot and another party further from station. One party, Mr. Sutton, speaking to officers appeared to be under the influence, attempted to take off his clothes, and was jumping up and down. Officers attempted to pat down Mr. Sutton to check for weapons and two envelopes of heroin came out of his pockets. Mr. Sutton was arrested and brought to Headquarters. Mr. Sutton was processed for possession of heroin, having other paraphernalia on him, and was released to Mahwah Police Department because he had warrants from them.
May 18, 2018, 12:12 p.m. – Arrested: Lamar Pelham, 30, of Paterson, NJ. Wagaraw Road near May Street. Mr. Pelham was driving a 2013 grey, four door Ford focus. He was pulled over for a motor vehicle violation. While officers were speaking to the party they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from vehicle. Officers had the driver exit the vehicle and before they patted him down, the driver said he had marijuana in his pocket. Marijuana was removed and he was arrested. He was charged with possession of marijuana and several motor vehicle violations. Paterson Police Department responded and took Mr. Pelham because he had a warrant out from them.
May 20, 2018, 10:29 p.m. – Arrested: Henry Lafaro Mora, 43, of Hawthorne. Utter Avenue. Driver’s vehicle was a 2005 Toyota pick up truck. Officers were sent to Churchill Furniture on Utter Avenue for a report of an erratic driver who was swerving and parked in the lot of Churchill Furniture. Officers arrived, locating the reported truck in the lot and officers approached the running vehicle, seeing the brake lights were on, the truck appearing to be in drive but stopped in the lot. Patrol officers asked driver to lower the window and when he did, they smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from vehicle. Officers observed an empty alcoholic beverage can inside the vehicle. Officers told the driver to put the vehicle in park and turn off the engine. However, the driver turned off the vehicle but didn’t put it in park, and the truck started rolling backwards towards the patrol cars. The officers were able to open the door and stop the truck, as well as get the driver out of the vehicle, before it collided with the patrol cars. The driver was transported to headquarters to perform field sobriety tests. He failed the tests and was arrested for driving while intoxicated as the breath samples provided were over the legal limit. He was issued motor vehicle summonses for DWI, driving without a license, and not having insurance. He was given a court date of May 31.
April 17, 2018 Pop’s Breakfast and Lunch at 230 Central Avenue was given a check for $31.00 from a woman paying for $21.00 worth of food. She requested the money back as cash. Upon depositing the check, it was returned due to insufficient funds. Police reviewed security camera footage, looked at the check, and were able to identify Jane Ruffle, 58, of Hawthorne. The checkbook from which the check was written had the name of her deceased mother. Police attempted to speak with Ms. Ruffle at her house, but had no response. Afterwards, police issued a summons charging her with forgery, identify theft, check fraud, and theft by deception.
May 23, 2018, 4:09 p.m. – Arrested: Jeffrey Malgieri, 32, of Ringwood, NJ. Goffle Road and Rea Ave. Driving a 2016 Nissan, officers conducted a motor vehicle stop for driver crossing over the white fog line on numerous occasions. While speaking to driver, officers observed track marks indicative of IV drug use. When questioned, he voluntarily stated he had a syringe and heroin. Police found two bundles of heroin, 3 empty glassine envelopes, and 1 syringe were in his possession. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a syringe, possession of heroin, and received 2 motor vehicle summonses. He was released pending court.
May 23, 2018, 5:15 p.m. – Arrested: Jahmere Anthony, 25, of Paterson, NJ. Goffle and Warburton Avenue. Motor vehicle stop resulted in arrest for possession of marijuana and an outstanding warrant. Motor vehicle stop was conducted for having no brake lights. On approaching the vehicle a strong odor of marijuana detected by police. Mr. Anthony was found to have a suspended drivers license and multiple warrants: $500 for Parsippany, an additional $250 Parsippany, $500 from Paterson, $500 from Lincoln Park, and $300 from Haledon. Seated in the vehicle was the registered owner of the vehicle and their juvenile son. Mr. Anthony was advised of his rights on being arrested on the warrants. When asked if there was any marijuana in car, the passenger stated there was, in the passenger side door. 1 baggie of marijuana was retrieved. Mr. Anthony charged with marijuana possession, 4 motor vehicle summonses, and the passenger was issued a summons for allowing a suspended driver to operate. The Parsippany Police Department responded and took custody of Mr. Anthony.
May 24, 2018, 12:39 p.m. – Arrested: Stephen Baldo, 33, of Fair Lawn, NJ; Mark Rathburn, 29, of Oneonta, NY. 111 Wagaraw Road. Officers observing traffic and running licenses plates came back with a hit for a suspended license. A motor vehicle stop ensued. Mr. Baldo was the driver of the vehicle. While speaking to driver, officers observed track marks on Mr. Rathburn’s arms. The driver was asked to step from vehicle and advised of the suspension of his license. He was able to produce documents showing licenses was no longer suspended. When asked about the condition of the passenger, he stated that he was aware that he had a drug problem and did not know if there were narcotics in vehicle. The passenger was removed from the vehicle. A syringe was found in his pants pocket and he was placed under arrest. Mr. Baldo was asked again if there were narcotics, this time he advised that there were, under the gear shifter. Police found 18 bundles of heroin, 1 baggie of cocaine, and 1 syringe. Both were placed under arrest, taken to HQ, and both were charged with possession of heroin, possession of a syringe, and distribution of heroin. The driver received 3 motor vehicle summonses and both parties were released pending court.
May 25, 2018m 4:56 p.m. – Arrested: Elias Lugardo, 23, of Ellenville, NY. Goffle and Warburton Avenue. Police officers conducted a motor vehicle stop for driver’s use of a cell phone and having an inoperable brake light. Immediately, officers detected an odor of marijuana coming from vehicle. When running his license, it was found that he had a $279 warrant from Bloomfield, NJ. He was asked to step out of the vehicle, patted down for officer’s safety, advised of the odor coming from the vehicle, and asked if there were any controlled dangerous substances within the vehicle. Mr. Lugardo said he had nothing and knew of nothing in the car because it belonged to his friend. Officers located 1 baggie of cocaine under the ash tray. Additionally, there was a sealed FedEx bag which officers could feel what seemed to be buds inside and smelled like marijuana. Mr. Lugardo said his friend asked him to drop the package off and he didn’t know what was inside it. Mr. Lugardo was asked if he would open the bag, he said he would willingly do so. It was found the package contained 1 large baggie of marijuana and 20 baggies of cocaine. He was transported to police headquarters and when he was removed from patrol vehicle, officers found an additional green container with 8 baggies of cocaine on the floor where Mr. Lugardo was seated. (Officers check their vehicles for any items prior to their shift each day.) Mr. Lugardo was charged with possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, distribution of CDS, distribution of CDS within 1,000 feet of a school, distribution of CDS within 500 feet of a public park, possession of drug paraphernalia, hindering apprehension, and issued 3 motor vehicle summonses. He was transported to the Passaic County Jail.
May 25, 2018, 11:53 p.m. – Arrested: Michael Stewart, 39, of Hawthorne, NJ. Lafayette and Rea Avenue by Olsson’s Pharmacy. Mr. Stewart was intoxicated and asked to leave Rumor’s Bar. He was observed standing in the middle of Lafayette Avenue, yelling at patrons of the bar. He then entered R.D. Bender’s and exited quickly. He was walking south on Lafayette, yelling, and causing a disturbance. Officers responded and asked for identification which he refused to give. A clear alcoholic beverage was found on his person and Mr. Stewart was irate. Officers attempted to conduct a field interview and advised Mr. Stewart that he would be patted down for officers safety. He refused and began pushing officers away. He was placed in a compliance hold, brought to the ground, and handcuffed after refusing to cooperate with police officers. He was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, and also found to have a $350 warrant from Pequannock. He was released with a new court date in Pequannock and Hawthorne.