Montclair Crime: Burglaries, Theft, Arrests

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (26)

Montclair Crime: Storm-Related Incidents, Theft, Attempted BurglaryThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


01-09-2017 (New Street) Mr. Eric Buie, 45yoa from Montclair, was arrested on open warrants out of Middletown ($1000.00), Atlantic Highlands ($600.00). Keansburg ($170.00)

01-11-2017 (North Willow Street) Mr. Sonny Cash, 34yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault and Possession of CDS following an altercation in the street.

01-15-2017 (Park Street) Mr. Erik Robbs, 49yoa from Montclair, was arrested on outstanding warrants out of Newark ($1000), Watchung ($500)

01-12-2017 (Exxon Gas, Bloomfield Avenue) On 12-16-2016, a physical altercation occurred inside the store between two adult males. One subject in this fight brandished a box-cutter, resulting in the other party sustaining a cut to the shin. The victim was treated for his injury. Through investigation, Mr. Sonny Cash, 34yoa from Montclair, was charged with Aggravated Assault and Weapon Possession.

01-13-2017 (Valley Road) Ms. Jacquelin Richards, 34yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Obstruction, and Resisting Arrest, following a dispute.

01-14-2017 (Urban Outfitters, S. Park Street) Ms. Jessica Spence, 34yoa from East Orange, was arrested and charged with Shoplifting for stealing a jacket from the store.
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Learn Some Montclair History Tonight at the Montclair’s Women’s Club

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 10:42am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair's Women's Club

Liz Lynch, professional genealogist, writer, Jeopardy champion, and Montclair Women’s Club archivist will share a bit of history tonight at the Montclair’s Women’s Club (82 Union Street, Montclair) at 7 pm.

Learn who the first club president was, what was the “Quest” magazine, and what montclair was like back in the day. The program is free for members, $5 for guests.



Montclair Council: Red Cross To Sell Park Street Office, Siena PILOT Ordinance

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (10)

The Montclair Township Council got off to a slow, quiet start for 2017 in its January 10 conference meeting.  Five resolutions, which included the passage for the temporary 2017 budget, a purchase of anti-virus software for the township, and an application for a certified local grant from the New Jersey Historic Preservation funds, passed unanimously.

The one ordinance voted on, a first-reading measure amending the 2008 financial agreement for the Siena condominium apartment building, prompted resident Sandy Sorkin to ask for an explanation of it in public comment.  Mayor Robert Jackson deferred to Township Attorney Ira Karasick, who explained it once the ordinance came up for a vote. Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Hit and Run & Weapon Arrest, Burglaries to Residences, Car Thefts, Car Vandalism

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 1:09pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: Storm-Related Incidents, Theft, Attempted BurglaryThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


01-04-2017 (Grove Street) Mr. Frank Bagley, 49yoa from Montclair, was arrested on an open warrant out of Bloomfield ($500)

01-04-2017 (Claridge Theater, Bloomfield Avenue) officers were dispatched to reports of an intoxicated female causing a disturbance. Ms. Nicole Levenchuck, 30yoa from Belleville, was arrested for open warrants out of Montclair ($2,500), Cedar Grove ($2,600), Atlantic City ($1,500), Glen Ridge ($500), Cranbury ($172)

01-04-2017 (Maple Plaza Lot) A hit-and-run accident occurred on Watchung Avenue in which a green Toyota Sienna struck a black Volkswagen and then fled the scene. The occupants of the Volkswagen followed the fleeing vehicle to the Maple Plaza Lot. Mr. Joseph O’Neill, 26yoa from Rutherford, then exited the Toyota, brandishing a baseball bat, and proceeded to threaten the occupants of the Volkswagen. O’Neill was arrested and charged with Possession of a weapon, Possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, Terroristic Threats, and Obstructing Administration of Law. He was also issued motor vehicle summonses for the hit-and-run accident.
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Montclair PD Hosting a Mitten Tree to Collect Winter Wear For MESH

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

mitten treeThe Montclair Police Department will host a “Mitten Tree” charity event from January 9 through February 1.  A “tree” will be located in the lobby of police headquarters for officers and residents to drop off and donate scarves, mittens and hats, which will be donated to MESH (Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless) for those in need during this cold time of year.  Donations can be either new or gently used.  

Donations may be dropped off at any time at 647 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair Police Headquarters.  Contact Ofc. Robert Anderson at 973-509-4752 or  Ofc. Paul Rusiniak at 973-509-4776 with any questions.






To Add Balconies, Or Not To Add Balconies? That Is The Question of Montclair’s The Vestry

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 8:39am  |  COMMENTS (7)

The Montclair Planning Board began 2017 with a whisper more than with a shout.  The board members had two subdivision applications on the agenda for their January 9 meeting, one being a continuing hearing of the major application for the property of Luther Flurry and Jarmila Packard on Madison Avenue and the other being a minor subdivision to create two lots from a property on Alexander Avenue.  Neither application was pursued; Flurry and Packard requested a postponement until March 13, and at the last minute, attorney Alan Trembulak said that a witness was unavailable for the Alexander Avenue application.  That hearing was postponed until February 6.

Those applications out of the way for the time being, the Planning Board had only one significant order of business at hand – a vote on the resolution to approve the Vestry apartment building at the current site of Mount Carmel Holy Church on Bloomfield Avenue.  But the vote was delayed when attorney Neal Zimmerman came before the board to ask for clarifications to the resolution.

The Vestry

The Vestry

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Actor Frankie Faison to Receive Honorary Degree From Montclair State University

BY  |  Friday, Jan 06, 2017 11:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Frankie Faison is LearTony-nominated actor and longtime Montclair resident Frankie Faison with receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at Montclair State University’s January Commencement ceremony at Newark’s Prudential Center on January 23 at 7 pm.The television, film and Broadway performer will also deliver the keynote address at the ceremony.

“Frankie Faison has entertained us in a career spanning nearly four decades, but it is because of his impact as a citizen of Montclair that we found him to be a worthy recipient for this honor,” said Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole. “His charitable endeavors make him an example of what our graduates should strive to become: successful professionals who serve as role models in their respective communities.”

With more than 100 film and television appearances, Faison’s career has included roles in the movies The Silence of the Lambs, Mississippi Burning, Hannibal and Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist. He also starred as Commissioner Ervin Burrell in the prominent HBO television series The Wire, and has most recently appeared in the Netflix original series Luke Cage and the hit Cinemax series Banshee. On Broadway, Faison’s turn as Gabriel in the production Fences earned him Best Supporting Actor Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations.

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Montclair Offers an Expanded Seniors in Taxis Program For 2017

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 05, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Seniors In TaxisMontclair’s Seniors in Taxis (SIT) voucher program for Montclair residents 62 and older has been renewed for another year offering vouchers for reduced fares.

New this year, the vouchers can be used for destinations outside of Montclair. Use the vouchers to attend medical appointments, to grocery shop, or to meet a friend for lunch or a movie. Vouchers can also be purchased as “insurance” in case of car trouble, or if you do not want to worry about finding parking.

Visit or contact the Montclair Health Department on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Building (205 Claremont Ave) to purchase your vouchers and pay $15 for $30 of rides. You will need to provide proof of age and residency.




Montclair Crime: Home Burglary, Theft from Unlocked Cars, Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 04, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: Storm-Related Incidents, Theft, Attempted BurglaryThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


12-31-2016 (Heratij, Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. Khari Bradley, 20yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with shoplifting. He was found to have stolen clothing items in his possession.


12-30-2016 (Clarewill Avenue) Residents discovered that while they were home, an unknown person had entered their kitchen through a rear door and stolen the contents of a purse. This suspect had also entered their vehicle, parked in the driveway of the home. Cash was taken in this incident.

12-30-2016 (Park Street) An unlocked vehicle, parked in a residential driveway, was entered. An attempt was also made to enter the rear door of that residence. Nothing was noticed missing at this time.

12-31-2016 (Maple Avenue) theft from an unlocked motor vehicle. A pocketbook was taken in this incident.

12-31-2016 (Christopher Street) Police responded to a report of a male walking through backyards in that area. (This was reported during the timeframe of the burglaries on Clarewill Avenue and Park Street) Callers on Lorraine Avenue also reported seeing this subject walking through back yards. This suspect was described as a light skin black or Hispanic male, approximately 5’9” in height, wearing dark clothing, having facial hair and possibly wearing a red beanie style hat. Essex County Sheriff K-9 was requested in an effort to locate this subject, with no findings.

01-01-2017 (Miller Street) A parked motor vehicle was entered by breaking a side window. Unknown on any proceeds at this time.





NJ Transit Reminder: Do Not Cross Tracks When Lights Are Flashing

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 28, 2016 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)


You’re driving in town and come to a train crossing. The trains passes, the gates go up, but the red lights are still flashing. You may think it’s fine to cross. There are probably some cars behind you beeping you to go through, but unless the gates are up AND there are no flashing lights, it’s not safe to cross.

A resident recently shared a story on the Montclair Watercooler about a frightening experience at North Fullerton train crossing where gates came down and then went up moments later. Just as the driver began crossing, the gates came down again. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of issues at this crossing.

Baristanet reached out to NJ Transit to report the incident and to see if others have been doing the same.

Lisa Torbic of NJ Transit tells Baristanet there have been three recent customer concerns reported regarding the gates at the North Fullerton train crossing. Continue Reading

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