NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Motor vehicle stops for various reasons resulted in arrests for possession of marijuana in several instances during the last weeks of December.

The Police Blotter For Jan. 2 includes the following incidents:

12/12/17 - Corporal Andrew Diamond charged John Currie, 19, of New Providence, with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The charges stemmed from a motor vehicle stop and arrest conducted by a Berkeley Heights officer in New Providence.

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12/20/17- Patrolman Michael Carlino arrested Alex Balabanov, 20. of Brooklyn, New York, with the assistance of the New Providence Detective Bureau, Union County Sheriff Warrant Squad and NYPD on active warrant out of New York City for Armed Robbery.  Mr. Balabanov was charged with being a Fugitive from Justice and lodged in the Union County Jail pending an extradition hearing and a pending court date.

12/20/17- Patrolman Christian Cely arrested Timone Gordon, 20, of Hillside and Alexus Evans, 20 of Hillside for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The arrest stemmed from a motor vehicle stop on South Street for a motor vehicle violation.  Both parties were released with a pending court date.

12/21/17- Patrolman Nicholas Guerriero arrested Mitchel Murphy, 23, of Berkeley Heights, for Possession of Marijuana.  The arrest stemmed from a motor vehicle stop on Diamond Hill Road for Failure to Maintain Lane.  He was released with a pending court date.

12/22/17- Patrolman T.J. Hoppe arrested Maxwell Steltzer, 27, of Cranford, for Possession of Marijuana.  The arrest stemmed from a motor vehicle stop on Glenside Road for multiple motor vehicle violations.  Mr. Stelzer was released with a pending court date.

12/25/17- Patrolman Mark Pawelek and Patrolman Christian Cely responded to Dim Sum Villa at 1260 Springfield Avenue for a report of a 47-year-old male choking.  Upon arrival the officers attempted the Heimlich maneuver but the male was still unable to breath and fell unconscious.  The officers, with the assistance of the New Providence EMS, conducted CPR until the male regained consciousness and the food item was dislodged.  The male was then transported to Overlook Hospital for further treatment. 

12/30/17- Patrolman Nicholas Guerriero arrested Joel Santos, 50, of North Bergen, on an active warrant out of Readington.  The warrant was located during a motor vehicle stop on Mountain Avenue.  The bail was posted and Mr. Santos was released with a court date.

12/30/17- Patrolman Nicholas Guerriero arrested Jame Garcia, 27, of Plainfield, for Possession of Marijuana.  The arrest stemmed from a motor vehicle stop on Route 78 for a motor vehicle violation.  Mr. Garcia was released with a pending court date.

12/31/17-  Patrolman Nicholas Guerriero arrested Lateef Green, 21, of Hillside, on an active warrant out of Hoboken.  The warrant was discovered during a motor vehicle stop on Mountain Av.  Mr. Green was released on his own recognizance by Hoboken with a pending court date.