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Roselle Park Police Blotter - August 8, thru August 23, 2017

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ROSELLE PARK, NJ - August 8, 2017 at 2:59 p.m., Patrolman Anthony Rodriguez conducted a motor vehicle stop with a 2010 Infinity on Madison Ave for an equipment violation. The driver identified as Stephen A. Nieves, age 28 from Milltown was found to be in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  

Nieves was arrested and charged with possession of suspected c.d.s. and possession of drug paraphernalia. Nieves was ultimately released on a summons with a Roselle Park Municipal Court first appearance date. He was also issued motor vehicle summons for driving while suspended, possession of c.d.s. in a motor vehicle and expired inspection.  

August 11, 2017 at approximately 10:23 p.m., Patrolman Kyle Snyder conducted a motor vehicle stop with a 2003 Ford on E. Westfield Ave near Galloping Hill Rd. for an equipment violation.

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The driver of the vehicle, Alexis Rivera, age 34 of Elizabeth was found to be in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, suspected (marijuana). Nieves was arrested and charged with possession of suspected c.d.s. He was issued motor vehicle summonses for possession of c.d.s. in a motor vehicle and maintenance of lamps.

Rivera was ultimately released on a summons pending a Roselle Park Municipal Court Date.

August 14, 2017 at approximately 12:36 a.m., Sgt. Matthew Disano approached a 2008 Acura on Williams St that had its passenger side door wide open and was blocking the driveway where he discovered a male seated in the driver seat. The male was identified as Jorell J. Glover, age 22, from Vauxhall. Glover was found to have an outstanding warrant out of Woodbridge Township Municipal Court for $150 and arrested for same. Glover was subsequently found to be in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, suspected (marijuana). 

Glover was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Bail was posted and he was ultimately released on a summons pending a Roselle Park Municipal Court Date. Motor vehicle summonses were issued for blocking a driveway and possession of c.d.s. in a motor vehicle.

August 16, 2017 at approximately 5:54 p.m., Patrolman Angelo Marino conducted a pedestrian stop with an individual on W. Grant Ave near Chestnut St. for failure to use the crosswalk. The pedestrian identified as Donuel E. Benedetto, age 33 from Hillside was found to be in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was placed under arrest and charged with possession of c.d.s. and drug paraphernalia. Benedetto was ultimately released on a summons with a Roselle Park Municipal Court date.

August 17, 2017 at approximately 7:11 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of W. Roselle Ave. on a report of a burglary in progress where two individuals were observed by an alert neighbor entering the rear of the dwelling. Upon arrival officers located a broken window on the rear door and once inside a search was conducted where they located two individuals who were identified as Jenna M. Medina, age 19 from Roselle Park and Frank E. Cepeda-Jimenez, age 18 from Elizabeth. Medina and Cepeda-Jimenez were both placed under arrest and found to be in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, suspected (marijuana) and drug paraphernalia. They were ultimately charged with criminal trespass, criminal mischief, possession of c.d.s. and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both Medina and Cepeda-Jimenez were released on a summons with a future Roselle Park Municipal Court date.

August 18, 2017 at approximately 1:30 a.m., officers responded to the area of Madison Ave. on a report of three males walking in the street and pulling on door handles of parked vehicles. One of the males was described by the witness as a black male with a red sweatshirt around his waist. 

While checking the area, Patrolman Angelo Marino located two males walking on E. Grant Ave., one of which fit the description given by the witness. An on-scene identification was conducted and both were positively identified as the individuals observed on Madison Ave. 

Further investigation by patrol revealed that two unlocked parked vehicles on Madison Ave. were burglarized and items were removed from the vehicle. Proceeds were located on one of the males, who was identified as Otis E. Jones, age 20 from Elizabeth. Jones was placed under arrest and later charged with burglary to a motor vehicle (3rd degree) and theft (disorderly person’s offense). He was ultimately released on a summons with a Union County Superior Court Date. The second male was identified and released without charges. The third male was never located. 

August 20, 2017 at approximately 3:25 a.m., Patrolman John Fitzgerald conducted a motor vehicle stop with a 2003 Honda on Linden Rd for multiple moving violations. 

The driver of the vehicle, Tahiyyah N. Muhammad, age 20 from Scranton, P.A. was arrested for driving while intoxicated. 

Further investigation led to the discovery of controlled dangerous substances, namely suspected (marijuana), (cocaine) and (xannax) along with drug paraphernalia (packaging material) located in the vehicle. Subsequently, both passengers who were identified as Samar Terry, age 19 from Linden and a 17 year old female juvenile from Roselle were also placed under arrest. Muhammad, Terry and the female juvenile were all charged with (3 counts) of possession of c.d.s., possession of c.d.s. with intent to distribute, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Muhammad was issued motor vehicle summons for D.W.I., failure to maintain lane, possession of c.d.s. in a motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving, improper right turn, D.W.I. in a school zone. All were released on a summons with a Union County Superior Court date. 

August 21, 2017 at approximately 12:31 a.m., Patrolman Dean Khallaf conducted a motor vehicle stop with a 2015 Jeep on Maplewood Ave for a moving violation.

The driver of the vehicle, Jennifer H. Halupka, age 27 of Roselle Park was placed under arrest for obstruction and driving while intoxicated. Subsequent to the arrest, Halupka was found to be in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, suspected (marijuana) and (adderall) along with drug paraphernalia. Halupka was charged with (2 counts) of possession of c.d.s., possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction, resisting arrest and possession of prescription legend drugs. She was issued motor vehicle summonses for possession of c.d.s. in a motor vehicle, failure to stop at stop sign, D.W.I., Refusal to submit to breathe test, careless driving, and failure to possess a driver’s license or registration card.

Halupka was ultimately released on a summons pending a Roselle Park Municipal Court Date.

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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