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Verona Police Blotter

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Blotter Report January 6, 2017 – January 13, 2017

1/6/2017

7:37 AM Officer Michael Barone responded to a Bloomfield Avenue business on a report of a dispute. An employee of the building reported that he was salting the sidewalk when he said, “excuse me” to a male waiting for the bus.  The male than began to yell at the employee, picked up a garbage can and dumped it into the salt spreader.  The male then boarded an eastbound bus and left the area.  The officers attempted to locate the male with negative results.

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5:23 PM Officer Chris Scheper took a report of suspicious text messages from a Verona Place resident.  The resident reported that she previously received several text messages from a female who identified herself as her cousin.  When the resident reached out to her cousin, she discovered that the text messages were not from her.  At that point, she ended the text conversation and blocked the phone number. The resident was advised to contact police headquarters if she receives any more suspicious text messages.

1/7/2017

2:02 PM Officer Bill Frazee took a report of an attempted motor vehicle theft from an Essex Fells resident.  The resident reported that he exited a Bloomfield Avenue business and observed a black male standing by the open driver’s side door of his vehicle.  When he yelled, the male entered a black jeep that was parked next to his car and left the area north on Rockland Terrace.  The resident reported that a black Lexus with a temporary license plate followed the Jeep.  Officer Frazee reported that while responding to the call, he observed a black Jeep on Durrell Street. Upon checking the license plate, it came back as a stolen vehicle.  Officers followed the vehicle and reported it was last seen traveling south on Lakeside Avenue.

2:12 PM Sgt. David Wardrope took a report of an attempted motor vehicle theft from a Rawding Court resident.  The resident reported that she observed a dark colored SUV stopped on Rawding Court.  A black male exited the vehicle and walked over to a Porsche parked in her neighbor’s driveway.  After looking in the Porsche, the male got back into the black SUV and left the area west on Durrell Street.  The resident was able to provide a picture of the male and SUV to the Sgt. Wardrope.

1/9/2017

11:04 AM Officer Brendan Huber took a report of a missing person from a Wedgewood Drive resident.  The resident reported that she has not seen or heard from her adult son for the past 5 days, and that she was unable to contact him via cellphone.  The missing male was entered into the national computer system as a missing person.  The detective Bureau followed up by checking his cell phone and credit card records.  The male was located in Portland Oregon in good health.

11:37 AM Det. Joel Martin took a report of found drug paraphernalia on White Rock Road.  The items were photographed and destroyed.

2:19 PM Officers Stephanie Colon took a report of suspicious phone calls from a Marion Road resident.  The resident reported that she received a phone call on January 5, 2017 from a male who identified himself as Bill, who reported that he was attempting to make a delivery to the resident’s former address.  The resident then provided the caller with her current address so the delivery could be made. On the date of this report, the resident received a phone call from a male who identified himself as Joe who stated he was attempting to make a delivery to the resident. The resident reported her husband also received a similar call. The resident was advised to block the phone number and to contact police headquarters if she receives any more calls.

7:25 PM Sgt. Dave Wardrope took a report of harassment from a Montrose Avenue resident. The resident reported that he just became aware of a fraudulent Twitter account in his name.  The resident was concerned about the posts that were made on the account.  The officer contacted Twitter and advised them of the fraudulent account.

1/10/2017

11:42 AM Officer Stephanie Colon took a report of a person who fell in a parking lot on Bloomfield Avenue.  The victim reported that she slipped on the ice and fell causing injuries to her right arm and right leg.  The victim refused any medical attention.

3:41 PM Officer Giovanni DeSomma took a report of fraud from an Oakridge Road resident.  The resident reported that his financial advisor contacted him regarding an email that was received requesting a withdrawal.  The resident reported that he did not send the request and the financial advisor did not take action on the request. 

1/11/2017

3:47 PM Officer Giovanni DeSomma took a report of a suspicious package from a Balston Drive resident.  The resident reported that a small package was delivered from Japan that she did not order.  The package contained a coffee mug. The resident was advised to return the item to the sender.

3:56 PM Officer Brendan Huber took a report of property damage from a West Orange resident.  The resident reported that his vehicle was damaged as it went through the car wash.  The resident reported damage to the driver’s side tire rims.  Value of the damage is unknown at this time.

8:32 PM Officer Thomas Conroy took a report of found property from a Linden Avenue resident.  The resident reported finding a wallet on Bloomfield Avenue.  The owner was located and the property was returned.

10:35 PM Officer Thomas Conroy responded to a Bloomfield Avenue business on a report of an unwanted person on the property.  Officers spoke to the individual and advised him he was not allowed on the property.  He then left without incident.

10:57 PM Officers Robert Juliano and Jordan Descafano responded to the East Orange Police Department to take custody of Andre Angerville on an outstanding warrant from the Verona Municipal Court.  Angerville was transported to police headquarters, processed and placed in the cell awaiting transport to the Essex County Jail.

1/12/2017

10:02 AM Officer Bill Frazee took a report of found property.  A set of keys were found in the Civic Center and logged for safekeeping.

3:10 PM Officer Thomas Conroy took a report of found property.  A credit card was found on Bloomfield Avenue.  A message was left for the owner to contact police headquarters.

11:02 PM Officer Heriberto Carattini Jr. took a report of a theft of a wallet from a Little Falls resident.  The resident reported that his wallet was taken while he was at a Pompton Avenue business. The wallet contained identification, credit cards and cash.  When the victim checked with his credit card company, he discovered that the credit card was used at a store in Cedar Grove.

1/13/3017

7:49 AM Officer Ed Ruff took a report of property damage at a Birch Lane residence.  The resident reported that he was away, and upon returning home, found a broken water pipe in the basement and approximately 4 feet of water in the basement.  The value of the damage is unknown at this time.

3:17 PM Officer Brendan Huber took a report of fraud form a Woodland Avenue resident.  The resident reported that in December 2016, a bank account was opened using his personal information, without his knowledge.  The resident alerted the bank and the account has been closed.  The resident was provided with identity theft information.

6:40 PM Officer Alyssa Kirby took a report of lost property from a Bloomfield Avenue business.  The business reported that they were unable to locate several license plates.  The license plates were entered as stolen in the state computer system.

8:04 PM Lt. Paul Watkins took a report of harassment that had occurred earlier in the evening. The complainant reported that she was parked on Morningside Road, waiting to pick someone up, when a vehicle pulled up behind her and began flashing their headlights, beeping the horn and flashing a blue light.  The resident then turned her vehicle around and parked.  The male in the other vehicle then parked his car in a driveway and approached her and began yelling at her.  Lt. Watkins was able to locate the male in question who gave conflicting accounts of the incident. 

1/14/2017

2:23 AM Officer Heriberto Carattini Jr and Lt. Robert Shafer responded to a White Rock Road residence after a 911 hang-up call.  Investigation revealed that two individuals were involved in a dispute. A short time later, the one of the individuals involved in the dispute returned to the scene.  After repeated requests to leave the area, Aaron Ludlow of Verona was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct.  While being placed under arrest, LUDLOW violently resisted officers’ attempts to take him into custody.  While continuing to be disorderly and resisting arrest, LUDLOW assaulted Officer Carattini resulting in Officer Carattini suffering a dislocated shoulder. After being subdued, LUDLOW was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. After treatment at the hospital, LUDLOW was processed at police headquarters and transported to the Essex County Jail.  Officer Carattini was transported to Mountainside Hospital.  He was released after treatment.

1:26 PM Officer Bill Frazee took a report of found property from a Hillcrest Terrace resident.  The resident reported finding an iPhone on Bloomfield Avenue by Hillcrest Terr.  The owner was located and the phone was returned.

4:59 PM Officer Alyssa Kirby took a report of a theft of a cell phone from a Brentwood Drive resident.  The resident reported his son’s cell phone was taken out of his gym bag while he was participating in a sporting event.  The cell phone account was deactivated.  The value of the phone is approximately $650.

9:23 PM Officer Alyssa Kirby responded to a report of a noise complaint on Newman Avenue.  Officer Kirby spoke with a group of people who were leaving a residence in the area. The group stated they were at a friend’s house when a second group of individuals arrived and attempted to enter the house without permission. This group then left the area.  The officer spoke with a parent who arrived to pick up the original group of individuals.

January 15, 2017 – January 21, 2017

1/15/2017

10:16 AM Officer Brendan Huber took a report of found property from a Brentwood Drive resident.  The resident reported finding numerous credit cards and vehicle registrations in his driveway.  The officer was able to locate the owner and the items were returned.

1/16/2017

12:02 PM Officer Brendan Huber took a report of lost property from a Linden Avenue resident.  The resident reported that she had lost her NJ Driver’s License. 

1/17/2017

10:28 AM Detectives Anthony Condorelli and Joel Martin responded to the Bergen County Jail to pick up Bekim Mehmeti of Lodi who was being held on an outstanding warrant from the Verona Municipal Court.  Mehmeti was transported to police headquarters and processed.  On January 18 he appeared in court and was sentenced to eight days in jail.  Mehmeti was then transported to the Essex County Jail.

10:33 AM Officer Erin McGarrity took a report of property damage on Bloomfield Avenue.  A decorative light pole appeared to have been struck by a vehicle. Value of the damage is unknown at this time.

1:57 PM Officer Stephanie Colon took a report of a larceny at a Bloomfield Avenue business.  The general manager reported that numerous customers have been reporting items missing from their vehicles.  The manager set up a video camera and a short time later observed an employee remove change from a vehicle.  At the request of the manager, the employee was asked to leave the property and was advised not to return.

1/18/2017

8:53AM Officer Erin McGarrity took a report of criminal mischief on Bloomfield Avenue.  An employee reported that metal clamps and wiring to a fence had been removed. No damage was observed to the fence.

1:18 PM Officer Bill Frazee responded along with the Verona Fire Department to a report of a car fire on Fairview Avenue.  The fire was extinguished by the fire department.  The value of the damage is unknown at this time.

6:22 PM Officer Chris Scheper took a report of a fraud from a Martin Road resident.  The resident reported that he was hired by on online company.  His assignment was to attempt to collect an outstanding debt.  Several days after speaking with the person who owed the debt, the resident received a partial payment on a check from a company in Michigan.  When the resident contacted the company, they advised that the check was fraudulent check.  The resident was provided with identity theft information and advised to contact the police if he has any additional correspondence with the online company.

8:01 PM Officer Chris Scheper responded to a Bloomfield Avenue business to check on a person sleeping on the front steps.  Upon checking the person’s credentials, an outstanding warrant was located from the Morris County Sheriff’s Department.  Justin Giannetti of West Caldwell was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters.  After processing, Giannetti was turned over to the Morris County Sheriff’s Department.

1/19/2017

9:45 AM Officer Ed Ruff took a report of a fraud from a Cedar Grove resident.  The resident discovered unauthorized charges on her debit card.  The resident has been in touch with her credit card company and the account has been closed.

1/20/2017

7:30 AM Officers Stephanie Colon and Brendan Huber responded to East Orange Police Department to pick up Kyle Ruth on an outstanding warrant from the Verona Municipal Court. Ruth was transported to police headquarters and processed.  After processing, he was transported to the Essex County Jail.

1/21/2017

1:30 AM Officer Robert Juliano responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Elmwood Road. While tending to the driver’s injuries, Officer Juliano detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver.  Upon checking for identification in a purse located in the vehicle, officers found marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  The Verona Rescue Squad transported the operator of the vehicle, Natalie Aracil of Verona, to St. Joseph’s Hospital.  Aracil was issued summonses for driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated in a school zone, reckless driving, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

8:24 AM Officer Michael Barone took a report of a township ordinance violation from a Derwent Avenue resident.  The resident reported that his neighbor’s dog had come into his yard several times and attempted to bite him. He stated he had attempted to speak with his neighbor without success.  The officer spoke to the neighbor and advised him to keep the dog in his yard.  The resident was advised of complaint procedures.

12:29 Officer Stephanie Colon arrested Michael Garcia of Woodcliff Lake on an outstanding warrant from the Verona Municipal Court.  After processing, Garcia posted bail and was released.

1:41 PM Sgt. Dan Greco responded along with the Verona Fire Department to a report of a smoke condition at a Montrose Avenue residence.  The fire department determined that the smoke was coming from the furnace, which had cracked due to a lack of water in the boiler. The owner was advised to contact a plumber to replace the boiler.  The value of the damage is unknown at this time.

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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