Police Blotter

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

June 27 – July 3, 2016

On Tuesday, June 28 at 12:17 a.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck stopped to investigate an occupied vehicle parked in the Panther Park lot after the posted curfew.  A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the 22-year-old vehicle operator, Germrad M. Cortez of Garfield, after a check of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) computer revealed his NJ driving privileges were under suspension.  Cortez was processed on the charge at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.

On Wednesday, June 29 at 4:16 p.m., Ptl. Dominick Buscio initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation.  A subsequent investigation revealed the vehicle’s NJ registration was under suspension, along with the operator’s NJ driving privileges.  The 44-year-old operator, Edgar Salguero-Contrera of Irvington, was arrested on the charge and transported to headquarters where he was processed and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.  The defendant’s vehicle, a 2006 Nissan, was impounded.

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On Thursday, June 30 at 4:40 a.m., police investigated a deer involved motor vehicle crash on Ridge Road near Briarwood Terrace.  The involved vehicle, a 2010 Ford, had been traveling north on Ridge when a deer ran into the roadway resulting in a collision.  The vehicle sustained front-end damage and the deer was killed in the crash.   *  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 Thursday, June 30 at 5:07 p.m., Ptl. Jason Rivers initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation.  A subsequent check of the NJMVC computer revealed the operator’s NJ driving privileges were under suspension. The 44-year-old operator, Issa M. Barrett of Montclair, was arrested on the charge, processed at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.

On Friday, July 1 at 11:26 a.m., Sgt. Jose Rodriguez initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation.  A subsequent check of the NJMVC computer revealed the operator’s NJ driving privileges were under suspension.  The 48-year-old operator, Ivan A. Chavez of Fairfield, was arrested on the charge, processed at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.

On Friday, July 1 police investigated numerous reports of property damage caused by a severe storm that passed through the area around 4:00 p.m.  The storm took down a number of trees and power lines in the north end of the Township, resulting in road closures, power outages and property damage in the affected area.  The heavy winds took down major trees at several Pompton Avenue locations, Little Falls Road, Stevens Avenue, Carlson Parkway, Lopez Road, Tower Drive, and Mawal Drive.  The falling trees damaged a number of parked vehicles and fences and a number of electrical services were pulled from homes as trees took down wires.  A Township woman sustained minor injuries to her back and arm when she hit by a part of a falling tree on Little Falls Road and a Township man’s vehicle sustained damage when a large tree limb fell on his car as he was traveling on Ridge Road.   Several streets including Pompton, Stevens, and Lopez were closed and power was out for several hours until PSE&G could remove fallen trees and repair power lines.     

On Sunday, July 3 at 8:20 p.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck 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 outstanding warrants issued by the Union County Sheriff’s Department, in addition to the Carteret and Elizabeth Courts.  The 29-year-old defendant, Pedro J. Fernandez of Newark, was processed at police headquarters and turned over to Union County authorities.   

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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