Police Blotter

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

July 18 - 24, 2016'

On the morning of Tuesday, July 19, police investigated a motor vehicle theft and multiple reports of parked vehicles being entered and contents rummaged through during the overnight hours in the Reservoir Ridge section of the Township. The stolen vehicle, a 2002 Honda, was taken from a Glen Rock Road driveway and was subsequently recovered parked in the City of Newark. Of the vehicles entered, loose change and a GPS device were known to be stolen. Available surveillance video indicates the incidents may have occurred around 2:30 a.m. * In an effort to reduce opportunity for these types of incidents, we are asking residents to remove all types of keys and key fobs and to lock and alarm vehicles. In addition, please consider leaving outside lights on at night and parking vehicles in a garage when possible.  We are asking residents to be alert for suspicious activity and report it as it occurs (i.e., unknown persons walking around late at night, car alarms, or unknown vehicles driving in the area).

On Tuesday, July 19 at 12:31 a.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella 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 25-year-old operator, Ronnie A. Dumas of Morristown, after he was found to be in possession of CDS marijuana (under 50g).  Dumas was processed on the charge at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.

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On Tuesday, July 19 at 3:10 p.m., police arrested a Newark man on charges he was in possession of CDS marijuana (under 50g) and drug paraphernalia. The 20-year-old defendant, Maurice Odum, was processed on the charges at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance. Ptl. Anthony Cardona was the arresting

On Wednesday, July 20 at 4:47 p.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck 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 39-year-old operator, Jean D. Charles-Fils of Orange, was arrested on the charge, processed at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.

On Wednesday, July 20 at 11:26 p.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck stopped to investigate an occupied vehicle parked in Mills Reservation after the posted curfew. As the officer spoke to the occupants he detected of the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the two occupants after they were found to be in possession of CDS marijuana (under 50g) and drug paraphernalia. The defendants, 19 year-old Joseph M. Silva of Bloomfield and 19-year-old Daniel M. Furbeck of Bloomfield, were processed at police headquarters and released pending Municipal Court appearances.

 

On Thursday, July 21 police arrested a Passaic man on charges of marijuana possession and distribution. The arrest of the 35-year-old defendant, Noelin Garcia, followed an 8:09 p.m. motor vehicle stop conducted by Ptl. Joseph Ligas for an observed motor vehicle violation. While securing Garcia’s credential, the officer detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle and subsequently discovered 77 grams of CDS marijuana divided into 21 separate bags, in addition to a digital scale with marijuana residue on it. It was also determined that Garcia was unlicensed to operate and his NJ driving privileges were under suspension. In addition, he was wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant issued by the Passaic Court. The defendant was processed on all charges at police headquarters and released pending a Superior Court Arraignment in Newark after posting the required bail.

On Friday, July 22 at 7:39 a.m., Ptl. Jason Rivers initiated a motor vehicle stop after observing the operator using a cell phone while driving. A subsequent check of the NJMVC computer revealed the operator’s NJ driving privileges were under suspension.

The 26-old operator, Franco G. Lopez of Paterson, was arrested on the charges and transported to police headquarters for processing. It was subsequently determined that Lopez was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants from Passaic, Paterson, and Hawthorne Courts. He was processed on all charges and turned over to the Passaic Police on their warrants.

On Saturday, July 23 at 12:58 a.m. officers responded to a Dogwood Court residence on an activated Burglar alarm. Upon officers arrival they located four damaged windows however no entry was made into the home. This matter was referred to the detective bureau for further investigation.

On Sunday, July 24 at 12:22 a.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation. A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the 18 year old operator, Artesa Selimi of Newfoundland on an outstanding traffic warrant issued by the West Milford court. The defendant was cited for the violation and released after posting the required bail.

On Sunday, July 24 at 3:03 a.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella initiated a motor vehicle stop after observing a vehicle being operated in an erratic manor. While speaking to the 17-year old juvenile operator, the officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath, along with signs of impairment. Following a series of standardized field sobriety tests, the juvenile was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated. The juvenile was processed on the charge at police headquarters and released pending Municipal and Juvenile Court proceedings.

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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