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Cedar Grove Police Blotter

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August 1 - 7, 2016

On Monday, August 1, police arrested a Bronx, NY man on charges of Forgery, Hindering Apprehension, and Possession of a False Government Document. The arrest of the 54-year-old defendant, Mark D. Bradley, followed a 12:39 p.m. report from the TD Bank on Pompton Avenue that a male, subsequently identified as Bradley, was attempting to cash a fraudulent, forged check in the amount of $1,286.94. The bank reported that the subject was walking out of the bank and entering a waiting vehicle.  Police subsequently located the described vehicle parked in the upper lot of the Pilgrim Plaza and located Bradley attempting to hide from view on the car floor. Investigation revealed Bradley had used a fraudulent Delaware driver’s license with a false name while attempting to perpetrate the fraud. During processing it was also determined Bradley was wanted on outstanding warrants issued by the East Orange and North Plainfield Courts.  The defendant was turned over to the East Orange Police on their warrant and is scheduled to appear for a Superior Court Arraignment in Newark on August 17, 2016 on the Cedar Grove charges. Ptl. Jason Rivers, Ptl. Kristian Schneider and Sgt. Jason Wolfstirn were the investigating officers.

On Wednesday, August 3 at 3:57 p.m., Sgt. Jose Rodriguez initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation. A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of a 44-year-old vehicle passenger, Sebastian F. Crivelli of Bloomfield, after it was determined he was wanted on outstanding warrants issued by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department, the Neptune and Wall Township Courts. Crivelli was processed at police headquarters and turned over to Passaic County authorities on their warrant.

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On Wednesday, August 3, a resident of the Meadowbrook Garden Apartments on Pompton Avenue reported the theft of property. The victim reported that sometime between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., some unknown person(s) entered his garage and removed several items including a Nintendo Wiifit, golf clubs and bag, and golf balls. The aggregate value of the stolen property was $545.00. The matter was forwarded to the detective bureau for follow-up investigation.

On Wednesday, August 3 at 8:41 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Johnson 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 23-year-old operator, Che J. Fraser of Orange, was arrested on the charge, processed at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance. 

On Wednesday, August 3 at 10:58 p.m., Ptl. Michael Passafiume 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 37-year-old operator, Vito Mazza of Leonia, was arrested on the charge, processed at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.

On Thursday, August 4  at 12:20 a.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 the 19-year-old operator, John W. Guzman of Union City and the detention of a 17-year-old vehicle passenger after they were found to be possession of CDS marijuana (under 50g) and drug paraphernalia. Guzman was processed on the charges and released pending a Municipal Court appearance. The juvenile was processed and released to the custody of a guardian, pending Juvenile Court proceedings. 

On Thursday, August 4 at 9:01 a.m., Ptl. Michael Grasso initiated a motor vehicle stop after observing the operator using a cell phone while driving. A subsequent check of the NJMVC computer revealed the man’s NJ driving privileges were under suspension. The 33-year-old operator, Joshua R. Nadel of Wayne, was arrested on the charge, processed at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.

On Thursday, August 4  at 1:13 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Johnson 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 28-year-old operator, Maria F. Sanchez-Vinasco of Paterson, on charges she was in possession of CDS marijuana (under 50g) and CDS Tramadol without a valid prescription. In addition, Sanchez-Vinasco was charged with operating while her NJ driving privileges were under suspension. The defendant was processed on all charges at police headquarters and released pending court appearance.

On Friday, August 5 at 3:05 p.m., Ptl. Anthony Cardona initiated a motor vehicle stop after observing the operator using a cell phone while driving. A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the 22-year-old operator, Justin J. Luisi of Rahway, on a charge he was driving while his California driving privileges were under suspension.  Luisi was processed on the charge at police headquarters and released pending a municipal court appearance.

On Friday, August 5 at 10:18 p.m., police responded to Pompton Avenue and West Lindsley Road on a report of a motor vehicle crash. While speaking to one of the involved operators, officers observed the man displaying signs of impairment, believed to be related to drug and/or medication use. Following a series of standardized field sobriety tests, police arrested the 50-year-old operator, James Velez of Fairfield, on charges of driving while intoxicated and being under the influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. Velez was processed on the charges at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance. Ptl. Dominick Buscio was the arresting

On Friday, August 5 at 11:09 p.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation. A subsequent investigation revealed the 24-year-old operator, Meuvz Vincent II of Cedar Grove, was wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant issued by the Verona Court. Vincent was detained at the scene of the stop and turned over to Verona Police on their warrant.

On Saturday, August 6  at 7:05 p.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 23-year-old operator, Latoya L. Francis of Paterson, after she was found to be in possession of CDS marijuana (under 50g) and drug paraphernalia (metal grinder). Francis was processed at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance. A passenger in the vehicle, 26-year-old Kassuan S. Jackson of Paterson, was also arrested after it was determined he was wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant issued by the Elmwood Park Court. Jackson was processed at police headquarters and released after posting the required bail.

On Sunday, August 7 at 11:19 a.m., Sgt. Jason Wolfstirn initiated a motor vehicle stop for observed violation. A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the 35-year-old operator, Kristen A. Bloodgood of Woodbridge, on charges she was operating while her NJ driving privileges were under suspension, in addition to being wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant issued by the Montville Court. The defendant was processed on all charges and released after posting the required bail.

On Sunday, August 7 at 4:47 p.m., Ptl. Dominick Buscio initiated a motor vehicle stop for observed violations. 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 two subjects on marijuana possession charges. The 33-year-old vehicle operator, Derrick K. Wilson of the Bronx, NY, was charged with possession of CDS marijuana (19 small bags) with the intent to distribute and 23-year-old passenger Terrell S. Williams of the Bronx was charged with possession of CDS marijuana (under 50g). Both defendants were processed at police headquarters and released pending Superior and Municipal Court appearances respectively.

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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