June 6 - 12, 2016

On Monday, June 6 at 4:03 p.m., police responded to the area of 77 Ridge Road on a report of an injured deer in the roadway.  Upon arrival, officers located the badly injured deer and determined it had been struck by a motor vehicle that left the scene prior to police arrival.  Due to the animal’s severe injuries, it was necessary to destroy the animal.  *  Due to the large deer population in the area, motorists are urged to use caution when operating near wooded areas, especially between dusk and dawn.    

On Monday, June 6 at 9:20 p.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation.  A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of a vehicle passenger after it was determined he was wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant issued by the Paterson Court.  The 28-year-old defendant, Lonnie A. Sessoms, was processed at police headquarters and released after posting the required bail.

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On Thursday, June 9 at 11:55 p.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation.  A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the 29-year-old vehicle, Silvana M. Labattaglia of Cedar Grove, after she was found to be in possession of CDS marijuana (under 50g) and drug paraphernalia.  Labattaglia was processed on the charges at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.

On Friday, June 10 at 4:47 p.m., Ptl. Christopher Lynch initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation.  A subsequent check of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) computer revealed the operator’s NJ driving privileges were under suspension.  The 27-year-old operator, Israel Myrtho of Irvington, was arrested on the charge, processed at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.

On Friday, June 10 at 7:40 p.m., police responded to the rear of the LRP School on Pompton Avenue on a citizen’s report of juveniles in possession of alcoholic beverages.  A subsequent investigation resulted in the detention of five Cedar Grove juveniles after they were found to be in possession of 1 1/2 cases of beer.  The juveniles were identified and released to their guardians and the matter was forwarded to the Juvenile Officer for further investigation and disposition.  Ptl. Dominick Buscio and Lt. John Kennedy were the investigating officers.  

On Saturday, June 11 at 12:42 a.m., police responded to Bruce Court on a citizen’s report of a suspicious occupied vehicle idling in front of his home.  A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of a vehicle passenger after he was found to be possession of an alcoholic beverage while under the legal age.  The 20-year-old defendant, Eric J. Mungenast of Cedar Grove, was processed at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.  Ptl. Raymond Cassella was the investigating officer.  

On Sunday. June 12 at 12:55 a.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella initiated a motor vehicle stop after observing a speeding vehicle being operated erratically.  As the officer secured the operator’s credentials, he detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on the man’s breath, along with signs of impairment.  Following a series of standardized field sobriety tests, the officer arrested the 27-year-old operator, Roody J. Baille of Orange, on a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI).  In addition to the DWI charge, Baille was also charged with operating while his NJ driving privileges were under suspension.  He was processed on all charges at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.   

On Sunday, June 12 at 5:41 p.m., police responded to Community Park on a citizen’s report of a group of individuals possibly consuming alcoholic beverages and smoking marijuana.  Responding officers located the group, consisting of four juvenile males and one young adult all from Montclair, exiting the park.  A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the adult subject, 18-year-old Austin W. Reichard, after he was found to be in possession of CDS marijuana (under 50g) and drug paraphernalia (a metal grinder and ceramic pipe).  One of the juveniles was found to be in possession of half full bottle of vodka and another appeared to be under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.  The two remaining juveniles were taken into protective custody due to the circumstances.  All of the involved were transported to police headquarters where Reichard was processed and released pending a Municipal Court appearance and the juveniles were released to their guardians pending appropriate juvenile court proceedings.  Ptl. Christopher Lynch, Ptl. Jason Rivers and Ptl. Dominick Buscio were the investigating officers.   

On Sunday, June 12 at 9:11 p.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella initiated a motor vehicle stop for observed violations.  As the officer secured the operator’s credentials, he detected the odor of alcoholic beverages and marijuana emanating from the passenger compartment.  A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the 29 year-old vehicle operator, Aramis Colon of Newark, and his 28-year-old passenger, Laura M. Andujar of Newark on drug possession charges.  Colon was charged with possession of CDS Marijuana (under 50g), in addition to operating with suspended NJ driving privileges.  Andujar was charged with being in possession of twenty three (23) smalls folds of CDS Heroin.  Both defendants were processed at police headquarters and released pending court appearances.  

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.