NUTLEY, NJ -  The Police Blotter is compiled each week by Det. Sgt. Anthony Montanari of the Crime Intelligence Public Information Division of the Nutley Police Department.

Please note:  All parties placed under arrest have been assigned a Court date and remain innocent until proven guilty of those charges at their respective hearing.

Medical Calls:  47

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Motor Vehicle Accidents:  16

Disputes/Suspicious Incidents:  29


Noise Complaint – Myrtle Avenue – Headquarters received a complaint of noise in the area.  Patrol spoke with the occupants regarding the issue and left the home.  A short while later, Officers had to make a second trip to the same residence regarding a noise complaint.  After speaking with the homeowner near the front steps, they agreed they could hear it and it was loud.  They were issued a Township Ordinance for Unnecessary Noise 460.1 and advised of their Court date.  All guests left for the evening.  Nothing further.


Motor Vehicle Stop – Franklin Terrace - While conducting a property check at Municipal Lot #7, Units conducted a motor vehicle stop which resulted in the arrest of, Melissa Mendez, 40, Nutley.  She was transported to Headquarters without incident, processed, charged with Possession of Marijuana, advised her of the mandatory Court date, and released Ms. Mendez from custody.


Criminal Mischief – Franklin Avenue – Headquarters received a walk in report of criminal mischief.  The party stated that after parking in the Nutley Post Office parking lot they exited their vehicle and their door hit the red vehicle parked next to theirs.  The vehicle was occupied but the person did not exit the car.  When they returned from inside the Post Office 5 minutes later, they noticed that their driver’s side door was keyed.  The victim was unable to provide a license plate of the red vehicle. 

Suspicious Person – Park Drive – Headquarters received a report of a male party sitting on the ground in the area of Park Drive.  Officers arrived on scene and spoke to the individual who did not want any medical attention, but was found to have an outstanding warrant out of Newark.  Joseph Kozielski, 50, of Nutley, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  Newark Police were contacted and stated that they would release Mr. Kozielski on his own recognizance with a new Court date, which he acknowledged receiving, and was released from custody.


Fraud Highland Ave – A resident reported to police that they were contacted by their credit card company and advised that close to 3000.00 was placed on their card. The resident did not authorize these charges and credit card company is investigating the fraudulent charges.

Recovered Bicycle- Vreeland Ave. a caller reported a bicycle that was left unattended for a considerable amount of time. Police responded and took the bike into possession for safekeeping pending owner identification.

Internet Harassment- A Lincoln Park Resident contacted Nutley Police and reported that a Nutley Resident was harassing them via the internet. They claimed a resident was accessing their personal account info on social media and blocking access. The incident was referred back to Lincoln Park for further investigation.


Township Ordinance- Police stopped a 19 y/o man in Memorial Park at 1:28 AM, the man who was on a bicycle was questioned then issued a township ordinance for being in the park after hours.

Suspicious Vehicle- Police investigated a vehicle that was parked overnight on Margaret Ave in violation of the overnight parking ordinance. Upon closer inspection they observed a man sleeping inside. After interviewing him it was discovered that he had an argument with his girlfriend and was spending the evening inside the vehicle.

He was allowed time to repair a flat tire on vehicle then left area without incident.

Dispute Glendale Ave- Police responded to Glendale and Passaic, when a town worker requested assistance. The worker reported that the roadway was closed and a motorist went around barricade into a work zone. The worker confronted the motorist at which time a verbal confrontation took place. Parties were advised of their rights to sign complaints if they wished to do so.

Phone Harassment- A Myrtle Ave resident reported to police that they are receiving multiple calls from a male party at all hours of the night for several months. The resident reported the male caller knew the names of her children which caused concern. Police are investigating.

Credit Card Fraud- Police took a report from a Montclair Ave resident that reported they received information that several credit cards had been established in their name. The credit card companies were notified and are investigating.

CDS Arrest Vreeland Ave- Police responded to a Vreeland Ave residence for what they believed  was a medical call, when they arrived they found 37 y/o Gabrian Hidalgo of S Orange running from the scene carrying a camouflage jacket, bulletproof vest and a metal object in his pocket. Police detained Hidalgo and arrested him for being under the influence of CDS Controlled Dangerous Substance. He was charged with possession of paraphernalia.

Fraud – Police took a report of fraud when a Union Ave resident reported that several accounts had been opened in their name and over 10,000 dollars’ worth of debt had been accumulated. Police offered to place the victim into the stolen identity data system, however declined at this time.

Dispute Washington Ave. Police were called to a Washington Ave establishment that is under construction. It appears the building the business is located in had been shut down by Township Building Department for structural violations. As a result the tenant has been locked out and was disputing their right to enter. The owner then agreed to provide tenant with a key to establishment.

Burglary Passaic Ave- Police were called to an apartment complex on Passaic Ave when a resident returned home after a short stay away to find the apartment had been entered through a first floor unlocked window. Police called to the scene are investigating the burglary and missing proceeds.


MV Stop Impound- Park Ave Police stopped a motorist that was not wearing his seatbelt, and discovered that the vehicles registration had expired. The vehicle was impounded and driver issued summons.

Limb Down Wilson Ave- Police responded to Wilson Ave and found a tree limb had fallen onto a motor vehicle. The vehicle sustained minor damage. Shade Tree Department responded and removed the limb.

Theft from Auto- Montclair Ave resident reported to police that their vehicle had been entered in the overnight hours and a number of items were missing inside including credit cards and a wallet. Police are investigating this and other auto burglaries that have occurred in the Township.


Dispute- Police were called to a local establishment when a patron claimed that repair work that the store performed did not last. The complainant claims shoes were repaired and the very first time wearing them caused the soles to become loose. After police intervention, the store owner agreed to refund the patron what she paid.

Sink Hole Chestnut St. – Police responded to Chestnut St area regarding a sink hole and strong odor of gas. Police determined the gas was coming from the holes, at which time Public Service was notified.