Tuesday, June 18, 2013
42-year-old man allegedly had 15.9 grams of crystal meth in his apartment.
A Belleville resident was arrested for dealing crystal meth last week, Belleville police said. Authorities set up surveillance of a William Street building on Monday, June 10 after a tip indicated there was drug dealing in the area, police said. Officers saw a man walk out of a building to meet a car at about 2:15 p.m., police said. The man entered the car after going back inside the building and left with the driver. Police followed the car to Mill Street, where the two men walked into and then out of a store before rexchanging money and a small item on the street, police said. When officers approached the two men, the driver was found with a yellow plastic bag containing a substance suspected to be crystal meth, police said. Officers …
County residents began receiving fundraising letters in the mail from the United States Deputy Sheriffs’ Association.
Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura advised Essex County residents Tuesday to be on the lookout for what may be a fraudulent fundraising letter issued by an organization called the United States Deputy Sheriffs’ Association according to a published report. Fontora alleged that the association, which claims to be a Wilton, N.H.-based nonprofit dedicated to officer survival training, may not be trustworthy. The group solicits donations to fund its programs. “This organization is not connected with any legitimate police, sheriff’s or public safety department as far as we can tell,” Fontoura said in a statement. Independent nonprofit evaluator Charity Navigator scored the United States Deputy Sheriffs’ Association low in the areas of …
Monday, June 17, 2013
Annual law enforcement motorcycle club charity run set for Wednesday.
Barring rain, there will be something in the air Wednesday: The Blue Knights New Jersey Chapter IX hosts the 26th annual Gooch's Garlic Run, a motorcycle event to benefit local children's charities. The event is the handiwork of the Blue Knights, a collective of active and retired law enforcement officers who share a love for recreational motorcycling. The aims of the group, which was founded in Maine in 1974, are to improve the image of motorcycling, promote safety, encourage the sport as a family activity, helping the community and having fun. All of that comes together with Gooch's Garlic Run. It's a motorcycle trek that kicks off Wednesday at Rockaway Townsquare Mall and ends at Newark's Ironbound, where there will be food, music, …
Sunday, June 16, 2013
43-year-old had burglary tools and drug paraphernalia when he was pulled over, according to report.
A homeless man was caught driving a stolen car with crack pipe and burglary tools, Nutley Police said. According to a Nutley police report, officers patrolling Route 21 at about 12:40 a.m. on Thursday encountered a white Honda Accord that was reported stolen out of Newark. Officers followed and pull over the Accord and arrested the driver, Jose Cardona, 43, who is homeless, and brought him to headquarters. Nutley police said Cardona had a screwdriver in his pant pockets along with a thin glass pipe often used to smoke crack cocaine that allegedly contained burnt narcotic residue that later tested positive for crack cocaine. Cardona also had a ball of steel wool, which they noted is commonly used in crack pipes, a vial, containing a white…
Thursday, June 13, 2013
May accident resulted in death of elderly man; driver now dead from injuries sustained in the crash.
The wrong-way driver on Route 3 who reportedly caused the death of an elderly man in May has died from injuries sustained in the crash, according to published reports. Authorities said the 80-year-old Rutherford man died shortly after 11:30 p.m. on May 26 when the driver, later identified as 44-year-old Nutley resident Christine Caruso struck the car with her sports utility vehicle. The Nutley Times reported that Caruso died on June 5.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Bloomfield man charged in alleged incident last week behind a Franklin Avenue bakery.
A Bloomfield man has been accused of an armed robbery of a Belleville bakery delivery driver last week, Belleville Police said. Belleville Police Detective John Giacobbe said Sean Crosbie, 20, robbed a delivery driver bringing a truck to the loading dock behind a Franklin Avenue bakery shortly before 2 a.m. last Thursday. Giacobbe said Crosbie showed a handgun and ran from the area after robbing the driver. Belleville’s K-9 unit tracked the man’s scent and police alerted neighboring departments of the search. Bloomfield police officers Devin Lopez and Thomas Icolari, at Clara Maass medical on an unrelated matter, received the description and found Crosbie nearby on Chester Avenue near North 15th Street in Bloomfield. The Bloomfield …
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
East Orange man also believed to be involved in hit-and-run crash with Clifton police the previous night, according to report.
An East Orange man suspected of fleeing the scene of an accident in Clifton broke into a Nutley home the following day in an attempt to avoid capture, police said. Khalif T. Ransom was charged with obstruction and burglary on June 1. Ransom broke into an East Centre Street home when police were called because he was peering into cars in the area, police said. Officers spotted Ransom, who matched the description of the man who was allegedly looking into cars, in a driveway with a group of people, police said. A woman at the scene told officers the man approached them and asked for water and to make a phone call before ducking away when police arrived. Officers searched the home’s basement for the man, who the officers believed resembled …
Proposed bill would allow police officers to search cell phones after accidents. Supporters say it will help curb distracted driving-related incidents. Opponents say it violates drivers' rights.
When stopped by police, motorists usually are asked to present a driver's license and registration. If a bill just introduced before the state Senate becomes law, cell phones could be added to that list. The legislation, sponsored by state Sen. James Holzapfel (R-Ocean), would allow police to search a driver's cell phone without a warrant to determine if he or she was talking or texting immediately prior to a motor vehicle accident, according to an NJ.com report. Those in favor of the measure say it will give law enforcement officers—who must have "reasonable grounds" to demand the phone—an important asset in investigating crashes involving distracted driving, the article said. Using a cell phone while driving is a violation of New Jersey …
Monday, June 10, 2013
Elizabeth man is believed to be responsible for apartment burglaries in Essex County, police said.
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Monday, June 10
An Elizabeth man who is believed to be responsible for apartment burglaries in several Essex County towns—and for allegedly stealing a sheriff's badge—was arrested last week, according to NorthJersey.com. East Rutherford Police charged Raymond Rouland, 45, on June 7 with three counts of burglary, three counts of theft of moveable property and one count of credit card fraud, the article said. More charges are likely, the article said. Rouland is believed to be responsible for other burglaries in Montclair, Maplewood, South Orange, Millburn and Kearny, the article said. Authorities seized items from Rouland's residence that were allegedly stolen in the burglaries, including an Essex County Sheriff's badge, the article said.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Thieves made off with tools, a GPS navigation and money.
Nutley police have reported numerous thefts from cars in the township in early June and late May, including half a dozen that reportedly occurred on a single night. Nutley police reported that six cars were broken into on the evening of Friday, May 1 and morning of Saturday, June 1. Police say the thefts occurred on the area of Ridge Road and Coeyman Avenues. Almost all vehicles were reportedly unlocked. Police say thieves stole small amounts of change in the thefts. The next day, the owner of a 2003 Chrysler told police that a Garmin GPS system was stolen from the car that that the glove compartment and center console had been rummaged through. Police say it is possible the doors to the vehicle were left unlocked. On Monday, a Church …