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Cedar Grove Police Blotter

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August 15 - 21, 2016

On Monday, August 15 at 9:44 a.m., police arrested a Montclair woman on a charge she was operating a motor vehicle while her NJ driving privileges were under suspension. The 26-year-old defendant, Carissa A. Streuli, was processed at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance. Ptl. Anthony Cardona was the arresting officer.

On Monday, August 15  at 11:47 a.m., police arrested a Paterson man wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant issued by the Cedar Grove Court. The 21-year-old defendant, Samir M. Younus was processed at police headquarters and released after posting the required bail. Ptl. Anthony Cardona was the arresting officer.

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On Monday, August 15 at 6:57 p.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation. A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the 26-year-old operator, Jonathan Colon of Paterson, was after it was determined he was wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant issued by the East Orange Court. Colon was processed at police headquarters and released after posting the required bail.

On Tuesday, August 16 at 12:02 a.m., Ptl. Dominick Buscio initiated a motor vehicle stop after observing a speeding vehicle being operated in an erratic manner. 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, Gregory S. Romano Jr. of Cedar Grove, after he was found to be in possession of the Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) Heroin (12 small folds), Cocaine (4 small bags), Alprazolam without a valid prescription and marijuana (under 50g), in addition to multiple items of drug paraphernalia. The defendant was processed on all charges at police headquarters and released pending a Superior Court Arraignment in Newark on August 31, 2016.

On Wednesday, August 17 at 1:41 a.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella stopped to investigate an occupied, improperly parked vehicle idling on East Bradford Avenue. A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of a vehicle passenger, 26-year-old Mary E. Balestrieri of Cedar Grove, on charges she was illegally in possession of the Controlled Dangerous Substance Alprazolam along with items of drug paraphernalia. The defendant was processed on the charges at police headquarters and released pending a Superior Court Arraignment in Newark on August 31, 2016.

On Wednesday, August 17 at 7:21 a.m., police responded to Bowden Road on a report of an injured deer in the roadway. Officers subsequently located the badly injured deer and determined the animal had been struck by a motor vehicle that left the scene prior to police arrival. Due to the deer’s severe injuries, it was necessary to destroy the animal. * Due to the large deer population in the area, motorists are advised to use caution when operating near wooded areas, especially between dusk and dawn.

On Wednesday, August 17, an Ozone Avenue resident reported an act of criminal mischief to her parked motor vehicle. The victim reported that sometime during the overnight hours, some unknown person(s) cut two of the tires on her 2008 Honda. Cost to replace the damaged tires was estimated at $500.00.

On Wednesday, August 17 at 4:47 p.m., police responded to the Staples Store on Pompton Avenue on a report of a shoplifting. Store personnel reported a male subject with a small child in a baby stroller had stolen four (4) ink cartridges, having an aggregate value of $610.93. Police conducted an area search for the suspect with negative results. The matter was referred to the detective bureau for follow-up investigation.

On Wednesday, August 17 at 11:03 p.m., police responded to the CVS Pharmacy at 387 Pompton Avenue on a report of a person attempting to fill a fraudulent prescription. A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of 30-year-old Medina E. Gibson of Newark on charges she presented a fraudulent prescription blank to the pharmacist in an attempt to obtain the Controlled Dangerous Substance Phenergan with Codeine. Gibson was additionally charged with providing police with a false name and being in possession of the Controlled Dangerous Substance Oxycodone found in her possession subsequent to arrest. The defendant was processed on all charges at police headquarters and released pending a Superior Court Arraignment in Newark on September 1, 2016.

On Thursday, August 18 at 7:39 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Ligas initiated a motor vehicle stop for observed violations. A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of a vehicle passenger after it was determined he was wanted on outstanding warrants issued by the Newark and West Orange Courts. The 21-year-old defendant, Eugene M Watson III of Nutley, was processed at police headquarters and turned over to the West Orange Police on their warrant.

On Thursday, August 18 at 9:00 p.m., police arrested an Aberdeen man on a charge he was operating a motor vehicle while his NJ driving privileges were under suspension. The 23-year-old operator, Patrick J. Tatarka, was processed on the charge at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance. Ptl. Michael Passafiume was the arresting officer.

On Friday, August 19 at 3:18 p.m., Ptl. Anthony Cardona 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 56-year-old operator, Anthony S. Nimely of Orange, was arrested on the charge, processed at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.

On Friday, August 19 at 9:23 p.m., police responded to the CVS Pharmacy at 387 Pompton Avenue on a report of a male subject attempting to obtain the Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Oxycodone by means of a fraudulent prescription. Upon arrival, officers determined the subject had left the store prior to police arrival. A subsequent investigation resulted in the identification of the suspect as 40-year-old Daniel Brinez of Clifton and the issuance of a warrant for him on charges of forgery and criminal attempt to obtain CDS by fraud. Police are currently seeking Brinez and he was entered him into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computer as a wanted person. Ptl. John Smigelsky was the investigating officer.

On Saturday, August 20 at 5:21 p.m., police arrested a Clifton man after it was determined he was wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant issued by the Clifton Court.  The 40-year-old defendant, Jose F. Abreu, was processed at police headquarters and released after posting the required bail. Ptl. Dominick Buscio was the arresting officer.

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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