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Verona Police Blotter


Blotter Report March 12, 2017 – March 18, 2017


7:39 AM Officer Michael Barone took a report of a neighbor dispute on Linn Drive. The first floor tenant reported that he was awoken earlier today by noise from the upstairs neighbor “stomping” around his apartment. The officer spoke with the upstairs neighbor who stated that he was not stomping his feet, and that he would attempt to lessen any noise he makes while walking around. The first floor tenant was advised of complaint procedures.

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6:52 PM Officer Stephanie Colon responded to a Claridge Drive residence on a report of a noise complaint. The resident reported that a neighbor’s children are constantly screaming and banging on the walls and floors. The resident reported that this is an ongoing issue. The officer spoke to the neighbor who reported that she has family members with small children who visit. She was not aware that the noise was disturbing to the neighbors and stated she would keep the noise down. The resident was advised of complaint procedures.


1:28 AM While on patrol, Officer Robert Juliano observed a vehicle stopped in the middle of Claremont Avenue with a male slumped over the steering wheel. The officer approached the vehicle, and after several attempts, was able to arouse the operator. Upon speaking with the operator, the officer detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The operator was asked to exit the vehicle and perform field sobriety tests. After the tests, the operator, Noel Potter of Verona, was placed under arrest for DWI and transported to police headquarters for processing. After processing, he was released to a friend.

8:29 AM Officer Ed Ruff took a report of illegal dumping at a Bloomfield Avenue business. The building supervisor reported that over the last several weekends, an unknown person had been illegally dumping construction materials in the dumpster.

11:41 AM Officer Michael Barone took a report of found property from an Afterglow Avenue resident. The resident reported finding a debit card on Bloomfield Avenue. A message was left for the owner to pick up her property.

1:07 PM Officer Michael Barone took a report of a theft from a White Rock Road resident. The resident reported that he was displaced from his apartment for several days due to water damage repairs that were being made in his apartment. The resident reported that while he was out of the apartment, his checkbook and some cash were taken from his apartment, and he was advised by the bank that fraudulent checks had been written on his account. The bank closed his account and he was advised to notify the credit reporting agencies.

5:16 PM Officer Giovanni DeSomma took a report of lost property from a South Prospect Street resident. The resident reported losing his wallet while walking in Verona. The wallet contained a NJ driver’s license, credit and debit cards, a postal money order and cash. The resident was in contact with the credit and debit card companies and canceled his accounts.


9:59 AM Officer Heriberto Carattini towed a vehicle from Hamilton Road for a violation of the township snow emergency ordinance.

10:26 AM Officer Brendan Huber responded to the area of Hillwood Terrace and Fairview Avenue on a report of an electric wire down and on fire. The Verona Fire Department and PSE&G responded to the scene. Power was restored to the area at approximately 4 PM.

11:54 AM Officer Steven Young took a report of a lost wallet from a White Rock Road resident. The resident reported that the wallet contained a NJ driver’s License, college identification, and a visa card.

4:25 PM Officer Steven Young took a report of property damage to a decorative light post on Bloomfield Avenue. The damage appears to be from a snow plow. Value of the damage is unknown at this time.


8:52 AM Officer Brian McMahon took a report of property damage from a Bloomfield Avenue resident. The resident had water in her stove which was coming from a leak in the ceiling. Damage was observed to the walls and the stove. The building superintendent was contacted to repair the damage.

9:49 AM Officer Brendan Huber took a report of a larceny from a Pease Avenue resident. The resident reported that he ordered checks and they never arrived. Upon reviewing his checking account, he observed numerous checks withdrawn from his account that were consistent with the checks that he never received. The resident was in contact with his bank and the account has been closed.

12:00 PM Officer Brendan Huber took a report of a fraud from a Linden Avenue resident.  The resident reported that he was contacted via a text message by a female who reported she saw his resume on a job recruiting website. The female stated that she wished to interview him for a position, and that the interview would be conducted online. During the interview, the resident was advised that the company would send him a check and that he should deposit the check and use it to purchase equipment that he would need for the job. The resident then advised the female that he was not interested in the position.

12:44 PM Officer Brian McMahon responded along with the Verona Rescue Squad on a report of a female who fell. After treatment for a leg injury, the victim was transported to St. Barnabas Medical Center.

8:29 PM Officer Stephanie Colon, Alyssa Kirby and Sgt John Lecreux responded to Lakeside Avenue to assist West Orange in attempting to locate two juveniles who had left home in West Orange. It was also reported that one of the juveniles may have a BB gun.  The juveniles were located on Bloomfield Avenue and questioned about the BB gun.  Both juveniles reported that a third juvenile who stayed with them had the BB gun. The juveniles were turned over to a guardian.

9:07 PM Officer Steven Young responded along with the Verona Fire Department to a report of an oven fire on Woodland Avenue. Upon arriving, the fire had been extinguished by the resident. The fire department ventilated the residence. Value of the damage is unknown at this time.


1010 AM Officer Brian McMahon took a report of a neighbor dispute from a Woodland Avenue resident. The resident reported that his neighbor continually blocks his driveway with his vehicle. The resident reported that when he confronted his neighbor, the neighbor made an obscene hand gesture towards him.

3:59 PM Officer Thomas Conroy took a report of a dispute on Linn Drive. The officer spoke to a snowplow operator who reported that a resident was yelling profanities at him from the window of their apartment. The officer spoke to the resident who reported that he thought the plow hit his car. The officer reported that there was no damage to the vehicle and advised the resident to stop yelling from the window. Both parties were advised of complaint procedures.

11:35 PM Officer Robert Juliano responded to a motor vehicle accident on Grove Avenue. Upon speaking to the operator of the vehicle, the officer detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage. The operator was asked to perform field sobriety tests. After performing the tests the operator, Edrian Arocho, was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. After processing AROCHO was detained until a friend could pick him up.


12:18 PM Officer Brian McMahon took a report of found wallet from a Clifton resident. The owner was contacted and advised to pick up his property.


2:31 PM Officer Brian McMahon responded to a Beech Road residence to take a report of harassment. Upon explaining the issues, the victim was advised of complaint procedures.

10:40 PM Officers Steven Young, Stephanie Colon and Thomas Conroy responded to the area of Glenn Road and Afterglow Ave after receiving a report of a noise and a possible party taking place. Upon arrival on scene, officers found a group of juveniles walking in the area, none of which were intoxicated. Upon speaking with the resident of an Afterglow home, officers learned that several uninvited individuals showed up at the house with alcohol, however left the area prior to police arrival. While at the residence, the officers contacted the parents of several juveniles who were visiting the home and were either picked up by parents or taken home to a parent by officers.

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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