LIVINGSTON, NJ — Over the past week, in the continuing aftermath of the blizzard, the Livingston Police Department has been busy issuing township summonses for failure to clear sidewalks.
According to police, the department issued approximately 40 summonses last week and an additional 25 this week after receiving calls from neighbors and other residents.
“That’s a problem every year, honestly,” said Sgt. Jack Hickey, who said the town ordinance on snow removal requires residents to clear sidewalks within 24 hours of a storm. “Summonses are issued five or six days after the storm and the sidewalks still weren’t cleared.”
In other news, the Livingston Police Department also conducted two motor vehicle stops involving drugs as well as one incident where a West Orange man was caught selling imitation drugs in Livingston.
On Wednesday, Jan. 27, at approximately 8:30 a.m., a motor vehicle stop was conducted at Eisenhower and So. Orange Ave., near the Livingston Mall. During an investigation of the stop, Montclair resident Teri Dorceous was taken into custody for operating a vehicle while suspended and for possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) under 50 grams in the vehicle.
Dorceous was charged with motor vehicle charges of driving while suspended and also for possession of CDS under 50 grams.
The next morning at about 11:30 a.m., a motor vehicle stop was conducted on Madonna Dr. in Livingston. Subsequent to an investigation, two juveniles were taken into custody for possession of CDS under 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia as well as motor vehicle charges. According to police, both were released to their parents pending juvenile court action.
Also on the 28th, police responded to Kings Supermarket on report of a disturbance inside the store. Subsequent to the investigation, it was found that an individual was selling imitation drugs in the back parking lot by the loading dock of Kings. Erin Melvin of West Orange was taken into custody for selling imitation CDS, which turned out to be oregano.
Police said Melvin was charged with two counts: one for possession of imitation CDS and a second for distribution of imitation CDS, in this case marijuana. Melvin was released pending court action.