Monday, February 11, 2013
Wieners has served as head of state's largest police union since 2008
Anthony Wieners, a longtime Belleville police detective, last week was elected to another term as president of the state Police Benevolent Association, Nj.com reported Monday. Wieners, a 32-year veteran of the Belleville force, has been president of the PBA since 2008. His latest term as head of the 33,000-member union is three years. Wieners's presidency coincides with the economic doldrums caused by the 2008 recession, a time when departments across the state, including Belleville’s, have reduced manpower through attrition. Weiners has been an outspoken critic of Gov. Chris Christie’s measures to improve the state’s finances through cuts to public-sector benefits. In 2011, Wieners, who comes from a family of law-enforcement officers, …
Latest in a series of burglaries and burglary attempts in recent weeks
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Monday, February 11
A home in Belleville was burglarized Feb. 7, police reported. The residents of a Cedar Hill Avenue apartment returned home around 12:44 pm and noticed the front door had been damaged and the home had been ransacked. Taken was $5,000 in jewelry and $10,000 in cash, the victims told police. The robbery occurred sometime after 6:30 that morning, the victims also said. The incident is under investigation. The incident is just the latest burglary or burglary attempt of a home to be reported in Belleville and Nutley during the last several weeks.
Friday, February 8, 2013
One man arrested following attempt
Two shoplifting attempts at a Belleville drug store were thwarted by store staff in the last week, police said Friday. Around 3 pm Feb. 4, Melvin Rivera was seen by the management of Walgreens, 325 Washington Ave., attempting to make off with a number of items, police said. When the manager confronted him, Rivera, a 25-year-old Newark resident, dropped the items and ran from the store. He was caught by responding Belleville police a few blocks away at Rutgers Street. He was charged with shoplifting and possession of a hypodermic needle and held on $2,500 bail. A few days later, around 3:30 pm Feb. 7, a man wearing a black jacket with the word “Baltimore” printed on it entered the store and tried to steal a lighter, gum and other items. …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Kearny resident later released
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Monday, February 4
A woman was arrested on DWI charges Jan. 26 after she fell asleep at the drive-thru of a Washington Avenue fast food restaurant, Belleville police said. Police reportedly found Evelyn Lazo, 35, of Kearny, asleep behind the wheel of her car at Taco Bell around 1:37 am. Officers, who managed to wake her after several attempts, smelled alcohol in a cup Lazo had been holding. She was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, consuming an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, refusing to take a breathalyzer test and for failing to be in possession of her license while driving. Lazo was believed to be a licensed driver but did not have the document with her at the time of the incident, police said. She was later released.
Suspect used pellet gun, police say
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Monday, February 4
A man and a juvenile were arrested in Belleville for attempted armed robbery Jan. 27, police said. The victim was walking along Nolton Street around 12:40 am when he was approached by Katarr Terrell, 21, of Belleville, and a teenager. The younger assailant reportedly asked to use the victim’s cell phone, then pulled a pellet gun from the waistband of his pants. The two then fled with the phone. The victim went to a nearby home and called police. Terrell and his accomplice were arrested by officers responding to the call. Terrell was charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery. The youth faces weapons charges.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Suspects allegedly tried to strike officers
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Monday, January 28
Two men and a youth were arrested in connection with an armed robbery Jan. 24, Belleville police said. At 2:47 pm, police responded to a Passaic Avenue on a report of a strong arm robbery. As officers arrived they spotted two 18-year-old Belleville men, Kamal Miller and Hamad Broadway, as well as a third teenaged suspect, and stopped them. Miller and Broadway were arrested after they tried to punch the officers, a department spokesman said. Miller and Broadway were charged with resisting arrest, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct. The youth was charged with robbery and later released to his parents’ custody. Earlier the three had approached a man and forced him to hand over his iPhone, police said.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Washington Avenue business was reportedly front for brothel
Belleville police yesterday arrested two women employed at a local business that was allegedly operating as a front for a house of prostitution, Deputy Chief Mark Minichini told Patch Friday. Residents living near Skin Care, 270 Washington Ave., had complained for months about illegal activities there, Minichini said. Police conducted an investigation and sent in an undercover officer to make an appointment at the business, which was nominally operated as a provider of skin care treatment, Minichini said. After the undercover officer was propositioned, police arrested Ksenia Pachtchenko, 30, of Queens, and 33-year-old Oksana Boychuk of Brooklyn. Both were charged with prostitution. A third woman, 49-year-old Fort Lee resident Tatiana …
Belleville men face weapons charges
Two brothers were arrested in Belleville Jan. 19 after they threatened a third man with a sword, township police said. Fabio and Alejandro Laguer, aged 19 and 20, respectively, began arguing with the man near a Van Rensselaer Street apartment around 8 pm. The brothers accused the man of damaging a car, police said. As the argument grew more heated, one of the brothers entered the home and emerged with a 4-foot sword, threatening the man. When one of the brothers dropped the sword, the other picked it up and continued to brandish it during the dispute, police said. Police arrived at the scene and arrested the two. Both brothers were charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Two arrests made following investigation
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Monday, January 21
Belleville police arrested suspects in two separate burglaries last week, a spokesman said. On Jan. 14 around 1:40 pm, two men walked onto the porch of a Cortlandt Street home and attempted to steal tools, police said. A resident of the home came out on the porch and startled the men, who ran from the scene. Responding officers spotted the pair a few blocks away and placed them under arrest. Carlos Camacho, 43, was charged with burglary, theft and possession of a hypodermic needle. Alfonso Reyes, 18, also faces burglary and theft charges. The Newark residents were both being held on $50,000 bail. The following day a Malone Avenue resident reported the the theft of $55 in cash and an $800 laptop. There were no signs of forced entry but a …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Two men caught at School 8
Belleville police made a number of narcotics-related arrests last week, including two men who were reportedly trespassing at a township school. Shortly after noon Jan. 8, police pulled over a motorist for speeding on Bremond Street. The driver, 29-year-old Tristen Ambrosino, was arrested after officers spotted six baggies of what appeared to be marijuana inside the car, police said. Ambrosino, whose hometown was not immediately available, was charged with careless driving and possession of drugs. The following evening, at 10:50 pm, police responded to School 8, at Holmes and New streets, after receiving reports that two people were seen on an overhang near the school’s ball field. Officers spotted the two men as well as a small quantity of…