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South Orange Police Blotter - Officers Seize Firearm, Large Knife and Ammunition


South Orange Police Blotter as of November 16

Adult Arrest - Aggravated Assault/Weapons - Ajibola Oyawusi, a 27 year old South Orange resident, was arrested on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at approximately 1:34 a.m. for aggravated assault and weapons possession. Officers responded to the area of Ward Place on a call for a man with a gun. Upon arrival, officers quickly located the subject and after a fluid, on-scene investigation were able to locate and seize the firearm along with a large knife and two magazines with ammunition. Officers arrested Oyawusi without further incident and he was transported to headquarters where he was processed accordingly.

Adult Arrests - Disturbance -Shaquanah Smith, a 21 year old Pennsylvania resident and Anastasha Perry, a 19 year old Irvington resident were arrested on Saturday, November 12, at approximately midnight after officers responded to a disturbance on Waverly Place. The subjects, who were attempting to flee the scene upon officers arrival, were positively identified by the victims as the individuals involved in the disturbance. Both subjects were arrested without further incident and transported to headquarters where they were processed accordingly.

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CDS Arrest - Asad Raza, a 20 year old West Orange resident, was arrested on Tuesday, November 15, at approximately 1:08 a.m. for possession of CDS. Officers conducted a routine motor vehicle stop along South Orange Ave. after observing several violations and further investigation at the scene revealed that the driver of the vehicle (Raza) was in possession of marijuana. Officers arrested Raza without further incident and he was transported to headquarters where he was processed accordingly.

PULA (Possession Under Legal Age) - Bryce Mathis, a 19 year old Florida resident, was issued a special complaint on Monday, November 14, at approximately 6:40 p.m. for possession of alcohol under the legal age. Officers stopped the subject after he was observed walking into Morgan's Liquors on Irvington Ave. and exiting a short time later carrying a plastic bag with three 24 oz cans of Miller Lite beer inside. The on-scene investigation revealed the subject was only 19 years old and officers issued Mathis a special complaint & confiscated the alcohol.

PULA - Adult Arrest - Zaakir Powell, a 19 year old Newark resident, was arrested on Monday, November 14, at approximately 1:22 p.m. for possession of alcohol under the legal age, receiving stolen property, and an open container. Officers responded to the area of First and Academy Street on a call for a suspicious person who appeared to have an open container of alcohol. After locating the subject, further investigation revealed the bottle of alcohol was stolen by a business on Valley Street. The subject was arrested without further incident and he was transported to headquarters where he was processed accordingly.

Theft - A U.S. Postal employee reported that on Monday, November 14, at approximately 10:36 a.m., an unknown actor, described as a black male in his 40's, wearing a baseball cap, got out of a black Mercedes Benz 4-door sedan a removed a "RED MAX EBZ8500" backpack leaf blower from a landscaping truck while it was parked in front of an address on So. Centre Street. The actor then put the leaf blower in the trunk of his vehicle and drove north toward So. Orange Ave. A search of the area by officers proved negative and the incident is currently under investigation.

DWI Arrest - Milton Melgar, a 25 year old Irvington resident, was arrested for DWI on Monday, November 14, at approximately 1:48 a.m. Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Wilden Place. During the on-scene investigation, officers discovered that the driver was in fact intoxicated and operating his vehicle while under the influence. Officers arrested Melgar without further incident and transported him to headquarters where he was processed accordingly.

DWI Arrest - James White, a 49 year old Newark resident was arrested on Sunday, November 13, at approximately 4 a.m. after an officer observed a vehicle stopped at a the intersection of Valley St. & Third St. with the driver asleep behind the wheel. During the on-scene investigation officers discovered that the driver was in fact intoxicated and operating his vehicle while under the influence. Officers arrested White without further incident and transported him to headquarters where he was processed accordingly.

Criminal Mischief (Graffiti) - Between 6 p.m. Friday, November 11, and 7 a.m. Saturday, November 12, unknown actor(s) damaged property by spray painting a "tag" at several locations along the Irvington Ave. business district. Officers photographed the graffiti and the investigation continues.

Theft - An employee of the Delta gas station on Irvington Ave. reported that on Sunday, November 13, at approximately 12:15 p.m., an unknown actor, described by the employee as a black male, late twenties, wearing glasses driving a black SUV came into the station and ordered $57.00 worth of premium fuel and then drove off east on Irvington Ave. into Newark without paying. The license plate given to officers NJ reg (L49DTW) is not on file.

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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