Police Blotter

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

May 9 - 15, 2016

 On Monday, May 9 at 4:52 p.m., police responded to Apple Tree Lane on a report of an intoxicated male acting strangely.  A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the 47 year-old subject, Todd R. Green of Cedar Grove, after he assaulted a family member in the officers’ presence and then resisted arrest, kicking officers attempting to restrain him.  Green was charged with one count of assault, two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, and one count of throwing bodily fluid at a police officer after spitting on one of the officers.  The defendant was processed on all charges and released pending a Superior Court Arraignment in Newark on May 25, 2016.  Ptl. Jose Rodriguez and Ptl. Christopher Lynch were the investigating officers.     

On Tuesday, May 10 at 1:40 a.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella initiated a motor vehicle stop after observing a vehicle being operated in an erratic manner.  As the officer secured the operator’s credentials, he detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on the woman’s breath, along with signs of impairment.  Following a series of standardized field sobriety tests, the officer arrested the 20 year-old operator, Rebecca L. Salberg of Livingston, on charges of driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle after consuming an alcoholic beverage while underage, and careless driving.  The defendant was processed on the charges at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.    

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On Tuesday, May 10 at 4:50 a.m., Lt. John Kennedy stopped to investigate an occupied vehicle parked in the Mills Reservation parking lot after the posted curfew.  As the officer spoke to the occupants, he detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.  A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the two occupants, Joseph J. Desmond, 22, of Totowa and Tova E. Silverberg-Urian, 19, of Montclair, after they were found to be in possession of CDS marijuana (under 50g) and drug paraphernalia.  Both defendants were processed at police headquarters and released pending Municipal Court appearances. 

On Friday, May 13 at 1:49 a.m., police investigated a hit & run motor vehicle crash that occurred on Ridge Road near Briarwood Terrace.  The hit & run vehicle, believed to be a black Hyundai, was traveling south on Ridge when it side-swiped a parked vehicle and then left the scene.  The black Hyundai would have passenger side damage and is missing its side view mirror.  Anyone having information is asked to contact police at 973-239-4100.    

On Friday, May 13 at 2:59 p.m., police responded to 89 Commerce Road after receiving 9-1-1 reports a motor vehicle had crashed into the building.  A subsequent investigation revealed the involved vehicle, a 2002 BMW X5, had been traveling west on Commerce Road when the vehicle ran off the road to left, drove over the curb, hitting a tree, and then continuing into the building.  The operator, a 57 year-old Cedar Grove man, appeared to be in altered mental state, believed to be related to a medical incident that occurred just prior to the crash.  The operator and two of his juvenile passengers were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  Ptl. Dominick Buscio was the investigating officer.  

On Saturday, May 14 at 9:52 p.m., Ptl. Dominick Buscio initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed speeding violation.  As the officer secured the operator’s credentials, he detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.  A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the 18 year-old vehicle operator, Laura V. Mejia of Paterson and her 19 year-old passenger, Bryan F. Marin of Montclair, after they were found to be in possession of CDS marijuana (under 50g).  Mejia was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia (a metal grinder) and possession of an alcoholic beverage while underage.  Marin was additionally charged with being under the influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance.  Both defendants were processed at police headquarters and released pending Municipal Court appearance.

 On Sunday, May 15 at 1:52 a.m., Ptl. Nicole O’Halloran initiated a motor vehicle stop after observing a vehicle being operated in an erratic manner.  As the officer secured the operator’s credentials, she observed the subject displaying signs of impairment.  Following a series of standardized field sobriety tests, the officer arrested the 62 year-old operator, Howard Tarplin of Verona, on a charge of driving while intoxicated.  The defendant was processed on the charge at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.  

The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.

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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