Police Blotter

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

June 20 - 27, 2016

On Monday, June 20 at 8:39 a.m., police responded to East Bradford Avenue & Lynwood Road on a report of a deer involved motor vehicle crash.  Investigation revealed the involved vehicle was west on East Bradford when a deer ran into the roadway, resulting in a collision.  The involved vehicle, a 2012 Chevrolet, sustained front-end damage and the badly injured had to be destroyed by police.  *  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 20 at 5:48 p.m., police arrested 18-year-old Robert M. Zack of Mahwah on charges of disorderly conduct and possession of an imitation firearm for an unlawful purpose.  Zack’s arrest followed a police response to Highfield Lane on a citizen’s 9-1-1 report of a man in a blue vehicle waving a gun outside the driver’s side window.  Arriving officers located the described vehicle and determined Zack was in possession of an Airsoft handgun and had been waving the gun out the window, yelling and acting as if he was firing the gun.  The defendant was processed on the charges at police headquarters and released pending a Superior Court Arraignment in Newark on July 6, 2016.  Ptl. Dominick Buscio was the arresting officer.        

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On Tuesday, June 21 at 10:29 p.m., police charged an Oak Ridge man with operating an unregistered, uninsured motorcycle while not possessing a NJ license endorsement to operate the motorcycle.  The 24-year-old defendant, Daniel R. Goldfarb, was cited for the violations and released pending a Municipal court appearance.  The defendant’s motorcycle, a 2007 Kawasaki, was impounded.  Ptl. Raymond Cassella was the investigating officer.

On Wednesday, June 22 at 9:32 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Ligas initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed 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 22-year-old vehicle passenger, Clarence E. Sears Jr. of Woodbridge, after he was found to be in possession of CDS marijuana (under 50g) and drug paraphernalia.  The defendant was processed on the charges at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.

On Thursday, June 23 at 7:49 p.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed 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 a passenger in the vehicle after he was found to be in possession of alcoholic beverages (2 bottles of vodka) while under the legal age.  The 19-year-old defendant, Jake P. Moscato of Huntington, NY, was processed on the charge at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.

On Friday, June 24 at 12:15 a.m., Ptl. Michael Passafiume investigated 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.  Subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the 19-year-old operator, Rene D. Narvaez of Hillside, after he was found to be in possession of CDS marijuana (under 50g) and drug paraphernalia.  The defendant was processed on the charges at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance. 

On Saturday, June 25 at 3:02 p.m., Sgt. Jose Rodriguez initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation.  Subsequent checks of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) computer revealed the vehicle registration and the operator’s NJ driving privileges were under suspension.  The 58-year-old operator, Jonothan Richards of East Orange, was arrested on the charges and transported to headquarters where he was processed and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.  The defendant’s vehicle, a 2014 Toyota, was impounded.

On Monday, June 27 at 1:14 a.m., Ptl. Nicole O’Halloran initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation.  A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the 61-year-old operator, John A. Vaccaro of Little Falls, after it was determined he was wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant issued by the Cedar Grove Court.  Vaccaro was processed at police headquarters and released after posting the required bail.

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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