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Police Blotter: Livingston Police Announce Multiple Arrests in August


LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston police responded to the following incidents between Aug.1 and Aug. 10:

  • August 2nd, 3:00 pm: While conducting a motor vehicle stop on South Orange Ave. near JFK Pkwy, officers were notified that the driver was a wanted person out of two Morris County municipal courts. In the vehicle, it was discovered that the person had stolen groceries from the Bernardsville ShopRite. The driver, 60-year-old Gifford Johnson, Jr., from Newark, was taken into custody for receiving stolen property. He was released to Mountain Lakes Police on their warrant.
  • August 2nd, 3:30 pm: A purse was stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the parking lot of Compliments Two, 155 S. Livingston Ave. Investigation is continuing.
  • August 2nd, 11:15pm: An assault occurred at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. A patient refused to leave the hospital after treatment. While confronting the hospital security, the patient ripped off the security officer's nametag. As the security officer bent down to pick it up, the patient bit him in the arm. Arrested was a Natequah Polk, 23, of Newark, N.J. Polk was remanded to the Essex County Jail on a violation of Probation warrant.
  • August 4th, 11:00 am: A motor vehicle stop was conducted on Surrey Lane. During the investigation of the stop, the operator, a 17 year old from Livingston, was taken into custody for possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was later released to his parents pending Juvenile Court action.
  • August 4th, 2:15 pm: Officers responded to Macy's at the Livingston Mall on a report of Macy's security struggling with a shoplifter. Upon arrival, the suspect, 43-year-old Kipchoge Wshington of Newark, was in custody. He was charged with shoplifting from Macy's and Sunglass Hut. He was remanded to the Essex County Jail on a no bail warrant for burglary out of Newark.
  • August 4th, 9:15 pm: a motor vehicle accident occurred at Walnut St. and Eisenhower Parkway in which three persons were injured. An investigation was conducted at the scene that resulted in the arrest of Enrico Pennella, 27, of East Hanover for Driving Under The influence of Alcohol. He was later released to a family member.
  • August 4th, 3:30 pm: Headquarters received a call of people on the roof of Harrison school's gym. Upon arrival, Officers found four juveniles on the roof. All were detained and charged with Defiant Trespass and released to their parents.
  • August 7th, 7:30 am: Officers responded to a call of a driver slumped over the wheel of a vehicle parked in the middle of the roadway on South Ashby Avenue. Upon arrival, the driver, Marrissa Laipsker, 31, of Livingston subsequently arrested for possession of CDS under 50 grams, possession of Drug Paraphernalia and multiple motor vehicle charges. She was released to a family friend.
  • August 7th, 10:00 pm: Two individuals were arrested for theft of bales of cardboard from Bottle King at the traffic circle. Antonio Deleon, 47, of Paterson and Wendi Gonzalez Diaz, 33, also of Paterson, used a large box truck owned by Deleon, to remove bales of cardboard boxes and later sell them to recycling centers. They do not have a contract with Bottle King to remove the items.
  • August 8th, 12:00 noon: Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on E Northfield Rd. During the stop, it was found that the driver Mark Vallario, age 40 of Holland Patent, NY, was in Possession of CDS under 50 grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was also charged with multiple motor vehicle violations. He was released pending municipal court action.
  • August 8th, 1:30 pm: Two individuals were taken into custody for receiving stolen property, possession of a booster bag, and drug possession. Tyairral Murray, 24, and Namon Johnson, 24, both from the Bronx, NY, were observed by Livingston Mall security conducting the thefts from Victoria’s Secret. The individuals were followed out the outer parking lot and placed bags in a vehicle. Upon the arrival of Livingston Police a search was conducted for their car. It was later located with additional stolen items valued at over $2,200.
  • August 8th, 2:15 pm: While conducting the investigation of theft from Victoria’s Secret, officers found a vehicle with the engine running, locked and a child in the back seat. As attempts were made to find the owner of the vehicle, Livingston police were able to gain entry into the vehicle and check on the child who was in good health. The mother, Stacey Carpenter age 34 of West Orange, NJ, was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child. She was released pending court action.
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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