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Cedar Grove Police Blotter

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On February 20, 2017 at 9:09 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Johnson stopped a motor vehicle for an observed equipment violation. While speaking with the operator he detected the odor of marijuana. Further investigation resulting in the discovery of approximately 19 grams of marijuana concealed in the vehicle. The 32 year old operator was placed under arrest and processed at police headquarters. He was charged and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On February 21, 2017 3:52 p.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. A check of the operator’s license revealed that his driving privileges were currently suspended. The 33 year old operator was placed under arrest and processed at police headquarters. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On February 21, 2017 at 8:14 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Johnson stopped a vehicle for a moving violation. While obtaining the operators credentials he detected the odor of burnt marijuana. He conducted a search of the vehicle and its occupants to locate the source of the odor. A 22 year old passenger was subsequently placed under arrest after he was found to be in possession of marijuana. He was processed at police headquarters and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

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On February 22, 2017 at 2:22 p.m. Ptl. Kristian Schneider responded to a Union Street address on a report of a suspicious incident. A resident reported that an individual rang his bell and offered to repair auto body damage to a vehicle parked in the driveway. Patrol officers responded to the area and located an individual matching the description driving slowly on an adjacent street. An investigation revealed that he was soliciting for work in the township without a permit. He was issued a summons and released at the scene.        

On February 22, 2017 at 11:44 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Ligas responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Woodstone Drive. Upon his arrival he located the vehicle and conducted an investigation. When the driver opened her purse to retrieve her credentials he observed what he believed to be contraband. He questioned the driver and she admitted that the substance he observed was LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide), a controlled dangers substance. He also detected the odor a marijuana coming from within the vehicle. A search of the vehicle to determine the source of the odor revealed a glass jar containing a small amount of marijuana. The investigation resulted in the arrest of the 18 year old female driver for possession of LSD and a 19 year old female passenger for possession of marijuana. Both were processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On February 23, 2017 at 3:12 p.m. Patrol officers responded to the Cedar Grove High School on a report of a suspicious incident. School administrators discovered that a former student was in the building looking to start a fight. The former student had left the building prior to police arrival. The incident was captured on school surveillance video. The video was reviewed and the subject was positively identified as a 19 year old former student. He was charged with defiant trespassing and issued a summons to appear in Superior Court.

On February 23, 2017 at 11:23 p.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella stopped a motor vehicle for a loud muffler. He obtained the operators credentials and attempted to check them on his mobile data terminal. He was unable to locate a license in the DMV system that matched the one provided by the operator. He question the 19 year old operator who then produced a second license that was determined to be valid. It was determined that the license he originally presented was fraudulent and depicted him as a 22 year old male. He was subsequently arrested for possession of false government documents. He was processed and released with a summons to appear in Superior Court.

On February 24, 2017 at 11:44 p.m. Ptl. Michael Passifiume stopped a motor vehicle for an observed violation. A subsequent investigation revealed that the operators driving privileges were suspended. The 52 year old operator was placed under arrest and processed at police headquarters. She was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.   

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.  All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty. 

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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