Bloomfield Crime: Armed Robbery, Theft, and Several Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


On July 25, 2015, a 38 year old Bloomfield resident was robbed at gunpoint of his cell phone, by 3 males wearing bandanas over their faces, on the 200 block of Ampere Parkway. The victim reported that he was walking home when the 3 males approached him and one of the suspects was holding what appeared to be a silver semi-automatic handgun. The victim quickly said “the police are coming” which made the suspects hesitate for a moment before they took his cell phone and fled on foot towards Chester Avenue. The victim followed the suspects to N 17th Street, where he witnessed them enter a grey, 4 door vehicle, occupied by a fourth suspect in the driver’s seat. The victim observed the vehicle drive away south on N 17th Street.

The victim was not injured in the robbery and the stolen cell phone was valued at approximately $100.00.

The suspects were described by the victim only as being: 3 black males, one with a grey hooded sweatshirt and red bandana over his face, one with a black hooded sweatshirt and black bandana over his face and one with a white tee shirt and black bandana over his face.

The Bloomfield Police Department is actively investigating this crime and following up on leads generated by their investigation so far. Anyone that has information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at 973-680-4084.


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Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center to Host New Abstract Art Show

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mark AJ Szep

Bloomfield artist Mark AJ Szep will present his new art show “Spark of Creation” at the Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center from August 1 – August 31. An opening reception will be held Thursday, August 13 from 7:30 – 9:30 pm where the public can meet and greet the artist. Light refreshments will be served.

Spark of Creation is a series of black and white abstract paintings that were inspired by that single moment of creation when one drop of paint reaches the canvas and spreads outwards in undulations of expression and creativity.

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Bloomfield Mayor In the Finals of Politicker’s Poll For New Jersey’s Most Effective Mayor

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 8:16am  |  COMMENTS (9)

mayor mike veneziaBloomfield’s Mayor Mike Venezia has made it to the final round of Politicker’s contest to name New Jersey’s Most Effective Mayor. Polls opened in June with 13 mayors up for the title.

It’s now down to two—Venezia is up against Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.

Politicker says the young mayors deserve props in that they both supplanted older guards to get where they are now.

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Bloomfield Council Agrees on Resolution to Support Immigrants and Minorities

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (5)


The Bloomfield Council voted unanimously to move forward with a resolution supporting immigrant and minority groups at the Monday evening conference meeting, after rejecting a proposal to specifically admonish Donald Trump for his recent controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants.

The original resolution admonishing Donald Trump was proposed by Councilman Joe Lopez at last week’s council meeting. At that time, the Council voted to defer the issue to the conference meeting in order to have an opportunity to discuss it prior to voting, as the item had been added to the agenda on the morning of the meeting on July 13.

At Monday’s conference meeting, Lopez moved the resolution, which singled out Donald Trump for his remarks on Mexican immigrants, and added that he also wanted to include a paragraph about veterans, since Trump had subsequently made additional controversial comments stating Senator John McCain, who was a prisoner of war for five years during the Vietnam War, was “not a war hero.”

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Make Your Reservations for Bloomfield Restaurant Week

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield Restaurant WeekStart making reservations! Bloomfield’s Annual Restaurant Week will run from August 1 – 9 with over 20 local restaurants showcasing the town’s culinary best.  From French to Thai, from Japanese to Italian and from a  traditional Steakhouse to Mexican, every taste and every palate will be satisfied at Bloomfield Restaurant Week.

Participating restaurants will offer a prix fixe menu of $30 or less (not including drinks, tax and tip)for lunch and dinner.

Restaurants will also raffle away a gift certificate to the guests that come during restaurant week dates, in addition, information cards will be handed out and collected to continue to contact our visitors throughout the year.

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Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries, Theft, and Several Arrests

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:

The Bloomfield Police Department is announcing the arrest of 2 adult male armed robbery suspects, in regards to a crime that took place on July 18, 2015 on the corner of Hazelwood Road near Orchard Street. Police Officers Stefano Barillari and Marvid Camacho were responding to a dispatched call of an armed robbery at 2:25 pm, when they noticed two men, fitting the broadcast description of the involved suspects. The suspects were stopped and detained by the officers on the corner of Montgomery Street & Orchard Street and subsequently identified by the victim, a 27 year old Bloomfield resident, as the men who robbed him at knife point of $200.00. The suspects were placed under arrest, identified and charged as follows:

Gregory Badu age 24 from West Orange

  • Robbery
  • Conspiracy to commit robbery
  • Possession of a schedule 3 CDS, (14) Xanax pills
  • Possession of a weapon
  • Possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose

    Bail was set at $100,000.00 full by the Honorable Judge John Paparazzo

Jayceon William age 25 from Bloomfield

  • Robbery
  • Conspiracy to commit robbery

Bail was set at $50,000.00 full by the Honorable Judge John Paparazzo

Police Director Samuel DeMaio commended the actions of the officers involved noting that their quick response, attention to detail and teamwork allowed them to detect, detain and arrest two dangerous, armed suspects. “Our officers risk their lives each and every day to protect our township and keep our citizens safe. We will not tolerate this type of behavior from anyone who attempts to diminish the quality of life and safety of our residents. We will work tirelessly and continue to make Bloomfield safe each and every day for our residents.”

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Bloomfield Council Creates Area in Need of Redevelopment for South Junior H.S.

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 7:26am  |  COMMENTS (0)

council71315The Bloomfield Council unanimously passed a resolution designating 177 Franklin Street (the former South Junior High School) as “an Area in Need of Redevelopment, without the use of the power of eminent domain.” In addition, the council passed a second resolution directing the Planning Board to prepare a redevelopment plan for the building.

The designation will enable the developer, Lance Robbins of Urban Smart Growth, to become eligible for certain grants, donations and other funding opportunities not previously available to him. The building, which Robbins wants to convert via adaptive reuse to house apartments “in a variety of sizes and configurations,” was previously designated an “Area in Need of Rehabilitation.” South Junior High School has been vacant since 1985.

Salary Fixed for Township Administrative Positions

The mayor and council passed two ordinances on first reading that established a supplemental salary for the Acting Township Administrator (Sam DeMaio), who will receive $36,000 for the year in addition to his salary as Police Director for taking on the additional responsibilities of Township Administrator.

Ted Ehrenburg, who is now the Assistant Township Administrator reporting in to DeMaio, will receive a 2015 salary of $120k, reduced from his original annual salary of $167k. Continue Reading

North Jersey Humane Society Adoption Event Friday at Lynnes Subaru in Bloomfield

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 09, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

North Jersey Humane Society AdoptionLynnes Subaru will sponsor an Animal Adoption Day Event in partnership with the North Jersey Humane Society of Bloomfield this Friday, July 10, from 1 – 6 pm at their dealership at 379 Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield.

The North Shore Animal League will be on site with their van, where animal lovers who are looking for a new feline or canine companion can meet many dogs and cats that are available for adoption. In addition to adult animals, there will be plenty of kittens, since this is kitten season at the shelter.

There will also be Frisbees and other giveaways provided by Lynnes Subaru for those who attend the event.

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Bloomfield Crime: Assaults, Burglaries, Theft, and Arrests

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 07, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


On June 23, 2015 Officers Joseph Cevallos, Dominick Sodano and Sergeant Michael Menzel responded to the area of Ampere Parkway and Tunbridge Place on a report of a male assaulting people in the area. Officer Cevallos arrived on scene first and located a victim and the suspect, later identified as Levon Moon, age 25 from Newark. When Officer Cevallos confronted the suspect he fled on foot followed by the Officer. The suspect ran into a building on Tunbridge Place to hide however he was located by the Officers and taken into custody after a brief struggle. During the struggle, Officer Cevallos was assaulted and injured by the suspect. Mr. Moon was processed and charged with:

  • Aggravated assault on a police officer
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Resisting arrest

Mr. Moon was being detained pending a court hearing or bail which was posted at $25,000.00 full.

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Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries, Stolen Cars, and Several Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


6/21/2015 – 2 bicycles valued at approximately $240.00 were stolen from a garage on the 100 block of Baldwin Place sometime between 1:15 pm and 1:30 pm. A witness reported seeing a suspicious male in the area at that time, whom he described as being a Hispanic male, 5’10” tall, approximately 30 years old, wearing khaki cargo shorts, a green and tan shirt.

6/22/2015 – An office trailer was broken into and computers were damaged on property located at the lower end of Arlington Avenue. Nothing appears to have been stolen.

6/22/2015 – A business was burglarized on the 100 block of Montgomery Street and two rifles were reported stolen. The approximate value of the stolen property was reported to be $3850.00.

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