Montclair Crime: Attempted Burglary, Theft, and Several Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 12:05pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: String Of Burglaries, One Seen by Homeowner on Remote SurveillanceThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:

Arrest:

04-19-2016 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. James Fitzgerald, 44yoa from Orange, was arrested on open warrants out of Montclair ($350) and Tinton Falls ($900)

04-19-2016 (Fairfield Street) Ms. Susan Vanzoreon, 60yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with DWI

04-21-2016 (CVS, Valley Road) Ms. Asia Shemo, 28yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with shoplifting numerous personal hygiene items.

04-24-2016 (Elm Street) Mr. Richard Chinn, 26yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault. This arrest was the result of an investigation into an incident that occurred on 04-23-2016 on Claremont Avenue. During that incident, a 45yoa Montclair man was assaulted by Mr. Chinn, sustaining facial and head injuries. He was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

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Bloomfield PD to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Drugs-Dispose-12The Bloomfield Police Department will take part in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30, to provide a venue for people to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.

This program is anonymous and all efforts will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications. No questions or requests for identification will be made. Individuals will be allowed to deposit medication freely and independently.

Individuals may dispose of medication either in its original container or by removing medication from its container and disposing directly into the drug disposal box at Bloomfield Police Department, Front Desk, 1 Municipal Plaza.

 

 

 

 

Glen Ridge Crime: Criminal Mischief, Bike Theft, Arrest

BY  |  Sunday, Apr 24, 2016 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeThis week in Glen Ridge crime from Lieutenant Timothy Faranda:

Date/Time: 4/21/2016@7:20 AM
Incident: Criminal Mischief
Description:
Officer Romaine responded to the area of George Washington Field on a report of criminal mischief. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown person damaged a water pipe on the field. The matter is currently under investigation and anyone who has information is asked to contact Det. Ryan Schwartz at 973-748-5400 x 119

Date/Time: 4/20/2016@10:40 AM
Incident: Dispute
Description:
Officer Salerno responded to the area of Bay Avenue on a report of a verbal dispute which occurred at the Mountainside Hospital. Upon arrival, the victim advised that he was verbally harassed by another party on scene. Both parties were identified and referred to the Glen Ridge Municipal Court.

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More Discussion Into Doc Report on Bloomfield PD And Racial Profiling

BY  |  Friday, Apr 22, 2016 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

After Seton Hall Law School Center for Policy & Research created a VICE documentary film based on its report that concludes racial profiling and targeting of non-residents is occurring at traffic stops in Bloomfield, community leaders have been discussing the findings.

The Bloomfield Police Department — which has begun collecting data on the race of drivers in traffic stops as of January 2016 — rejects the report’s findings. They released a statement taking issue with elements of the report. Police Director Samuel DeMaio has denied his department racially profiles. “Basic police personnel deployment requires us to deploy our resources accordingly, meaning 75 to 80 percent of our manpower is dedicated to this area [the southern part of the township]. To do otherwise would be irresponsible,” DeMaio said in a statement. “Naturally, greater deployment of Officers to the area means a greater number of summonses issued there.”

Democrat Councilman Joseph Lopez, who is currently running for Mayor against incumbent Mayor Michael Venezia, called a meeting at Carteret School in Bloomfield last week to “foster and open and honest discussion and re-establish trust between the police and minority communities.” reports PolitickerNJ.com. Also in attendance was Senator Ronald Rice (D-28).

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Montclair Crime: Several DWI Arrests, Theft, Vandalism

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: String Of Burglaries, One Seen by Homeowner on Remote SurveillanceThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:

Arrest:

04-13-2016 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. Chris St Jean, 34yoa from Irvington was arrested and charged with DWI following a traffic stop.

04-14-2016 (Watching Avenue)Mr. Wesley Lafleur, 18yoa from Orange, was arrested and charged with theft for stealing a charitable donation jar from a business on Watchung Avenue.

04-16-2016 (Bloomfield Avenue) Ms. Maria Barona, 44yoa from Verona, was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop.

04-17-2016 (Church Street) Mr. Arias Bluestone-Weaver, 20ya from Morris Plains, was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop.

04-17-2016 (Valley Road) Ms. Katherine Buono, 34yoa from Highland Lakes was arrested and charged with DWI resulting from a traffic stop.

04-18-2016 (Pine Street) Ms. Jacqueline Fishman, 50yoa from Montclair, was arrested on open warrants out of Montclair ($1500) and Wayne ($500)

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Glen Ridge Crime: Slashed Tires, DUI, Shoplifting

BY  |  Monday, Apr 18, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeThis week in Glen Ridge crime from Lieutenant Timothy Faranda:

Date/Time: 4/14/2016@9:45 AM
Incident: Criminal Mischief
Description:
Officer Perigo responded to the area of Forest Avenue and met with the victim who reported that her vehicles tire was slashed by an unknown party. The matter is currently under investigation and anyone who has information is asked to contact Det. Ryan Schwartz at 973-748-5400 x 119

Date/Time: 4/13/2016@3:10 PM
Incident: Theft
Description:
Officer Groan responded to the area of Bay Avenue on the report of a stolen iPad. The victim reported that iPad was stolen on March 29th, 2016 by an unknown party. The matter is currently under investigation and anyone who has information is asked to contact Det. Ryan Schwartz at 973-748-5400 x 119

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Bloomfield PD Searching For Man Suspected of Trying to Lure a Group of Children

BY  |  Monday, Apr 18, 2016 1:19pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

rp_alert1-e1295547120319.jpgBloomfield Police are searching for a man accused of attempting to lure a group of children on Sunday evening in Bloomfield, reports ABC7NY.com.

According to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, a man on foot who said he was a police officer approached a group of children, three 12-year-olds and two 11-year-olds, at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Bloomfield. He was in civilian clothing, not a uniform.

Investigators canvassed the area and will be trying to put together a sketch of the suspect.

Teen Pedestrian Hit by Car in Montclair Last Night

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 9:49am  |  COMMENTS (9)

pedestrian accident

A 14 year old male from Montclair was hit by a car last night walking east on Claremont avenue (south side of the street) reports Lt. David O’Dowd of the Montclair Police Department:

40yoa female from Montclair driving a 2001 Chevy was traveling west on Claremont and made a left turn onto Greenwood Avenue.The 14yoa pedestrian was struck during that turn. The pedestrian sustained a broken arm and was transported to St. Joes. Still under investigation.

 

 

Montclair Crime: Police Administer Naloxone For Drug Overdose, Vandalism, and Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: String Of Burglaries, One Seen by Homeowner on Remote SurveillanceThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:

Arrest:

04-03-2016 (Orange Road) Mr. Mark Kline, 45yoa from Newark, was arrested and charged with DWI

04-05-2016 (N. Willow St.) Mr. Dennis Russell, 33yoa from Morristown, was arrested and charged with Defiant Trespass for entering, and occupying, a vacant apartment.

04-09-2016 (Orange Road) Mr. Dave King, 56yoa from East Orange, was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana following a motor vehicle stop.

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Bloomfield Subject of “Driving While Black” Report on Vice News (Updated)

BY  |  Monday, Apr 11, 2016 2:38pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Driving While Black

Update 4/12 at 11:45 am: Bloomfield Mayor, Michael Venezia posted the following message on the film on his Facebook page:

You may have seen a story in the paper or online about a report alleging racial profiling by Bloomfield Police, and I think it’s important for you to hear directly from me as your Mayor about these allegations. First, let me say that the men and women of the Bloomfield Police Department work extremely hard every day and do an outstanding job of keeping our community safe. When I became Mayor we instituted new procedures, reforms and technologies that have contributed to a 28% overall reduction in crime — a statistic we can all be very proud of — as well as measures designed to enhance community policing and build trust between officers and residents of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

We are disappointed in the study for a few reasons: we believe the methodology behind it is incomplete, and we did not have the opportunity to work with the authors to provide data and information that could have helped it be a more accurate reflection of the department. However, given the painful history of racially charged incidents between police and people of color both in New Jersey and across the country, our entire team is very sensitive to the issues raised by the study and we will be looking into best practices and potential reforms to ensure that our police officers are treating everyone fairly while still continuing to do an incredible job keeping Bloomfield safe.

Over the past few years Bloomfield has become a progressive leader among New Jersey municipalities in several ways — we were one of the first to pass an Earned Sick Days ordinance, we increased our minimum wage for municipal workers to $15/hour and we have balanced the need for new developments with open space and environmentally-friendly planning. Our police department is no different, as we have installed dashboard cameras on all of our police vehicles and we are in the process of implementing body cameras for our officers. Our police department is only the second in New Jersey to implement a system of tracking race in all police interactions and using the data to inform policy and public safety strategy. Thanks to this, we have a tremendous amount of information to work with to help us determine if there is a problem, and if so what the steps are to fix it.

We would welcome the authors of the study to meet with members of our local government, police department and our African American and Hispanic communities to discuss their findings and look for common ground and opportunities to keep improving and will be reaching out via letter to Seton Hall and the ACLU to attend a meeting and discuss these issues. Thank you for taking the time to read this — if you would like to help spread the word, please share this with your friends.

Vice News is airing a documentary report conducted by Seton Hall Law students that concludes racial profiling and targeting of non-residents is occurring at traffic stops in Bloomfield. The film is based on a new report from Seton Hall Law’s Center for Policy & Research. The study entailed hundreds of observations of court appearances for traffic offenses and a small number of other minor offenses in Bloomfield Municipal Court, conducted by a team of trained Seton Hall Law School students for 70 hours over the course of a month.

In the trailer, Bloomfield Police Director Samuel DeMaio says the department does not engage in racial profiling.

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