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Cedar Grove Police Blotter

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August 22 - 29, 2016

On Tuesday, August 23 at 10:25 a.m., Sgt. Jose Rodriguez 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 45-year-old operator, Marco Linares of Passaic, was arrested on the charge, processed at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.

On Tuesday, August 23 at 8 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Ligas initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation.  A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the 26-year-old vehicle operator, Monadel S. Maneja of Lodi; after it was determined she was wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant issued by the Little Ferry Court.  Maneja was processed at police headquarters and released pending appearance in the Little Ferry Municipal Court.

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On Wednesday, August 24 at 10:35 a.m., Ptl. Anthony Cardona initiated a motor vehicle stop for observed violations.  A subsequent check of the NJMVC computer revealed the operator’s NJ driving privileges were under suspension.  The 27-year-old operator, John K. Croom of Belleville, was arrested on the charge, processed at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.

On Saturday, August 27 at 12:36 a.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation.  A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the 32-year-old operator, Ruben P. Romero of Jersey City, after it was determined he was unlicensed with suspended NJ driving privileges, in addition to being wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant issued by Middletown Township Court.  Subsequent to his arrest, Romero was also found to be in possession of a fraudulent Social Security Card.  The defendant was processed on all charges and released pending a Superior Court Arraignment in Newark on September 8, 2016.

On Saturday, August 27 at 4:14 p.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck initiated a motor vehicle stop for observed violations.  A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the 23-year-old operator, Anthony A. Romito of North Caldwell after it was determined his NJ driving privileges were under suspension and he was wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant issued by the Glassboro Municipal Court.  Romito was processed on all charges at police headquarters and released pending court appearances in Cedar Grove and Glassboro.

On Saturday, August 27 at 8:20 p.m., Ptl. Michael Passafiume initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation.  As the officer secured the operator’s driving credentials, he detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the passenger compartment.  A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the 39-year-old operator, Jonmichael P. Luppino of Cedar Grove, after he was found to be in possession of CDS marijuana (under 50g).  Luppino was processed on the charge at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.

On Sunday, August 28 police responded to the Ridge Gardens Apartments on Ridge Road on a report of a theft.  The manager of the complex reported that sometime over the past 24 hours, some unknown person(s) had stolen two generators, two drills and chain saw from a garage located in the complex.  The aggregate value of the stolen property was $2,300.00 and the matter was forwarded to the detective bureau for investigation.

On Sunday, August 28 at 1:43 p.m., police arrested an East Orange man after it was determined he was wanted on an outstanding warrant issued by the Newark Court.  The 20-year-old defendant, Azim K. Muhammadi, was processed at police headquarters and released pending a court appearance in Newark.  Sgt Jose Rodriguez was the arresting officer.

On Sunday, August 28 at 9:51 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Johnson initiated a motor vehicle stop after observing the operator using a cell phone while driving.  As the officer secured the operator’s credentials, he detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle and observed what appeared to be marijuana stems on the floor.  A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the 24-year-old operator, James R. Pezzolla of Lincoln Park, after he was found to be in possession of CDS marijuana (under 50g), drug paraphernalia, and a Xanax pill without a valid prescription.  Pezzolla was processed on all charges at police headquarters and released pending court appearance. 

On Monday, August 29 at 12:23 a.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation.  While securing the operator’s credentials, the officer detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.  A subsequent investigation resulted in the detention of a 17-year-old vehicle passenger after she was found to be in possession of CDS marijuana (under 50g).  Subsequent to her detention, the juvenile was also found to be in possession of a small bag of CDS cocaine and a fraudulent NJ driver’s license.  The juvenile was processed at police headquarters and released to a guardian pending 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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