Crack Bust, Cursing Bus Driver/Spitting Passenger,

This just in from the Montclair Police:
Drug Arrest
On 3/12/11 at approximately 7:10 PM, Police conducted a random registration check on an Oldsmobile traveling north on Elm Street across Bloomfield Avenue. The vehicle was stopped in the area of Glenridge Avenue and Grove Street after the check revealed that the registered owner had a suspended driver’s license.
While speaking to the four occupants, police observed two baggies containing marijuana on the floor of the vehicle. A search of one of the rear passengers revealed that he was in possession of a box cutter and a marijuana grinder. While searching the vehicle, police located twenty baggies of crack cocaine under the front passenger’s seat of the vehicle. The four occupants were then placed under arrest.
The driver, an 18 man from Irvington, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (cocaine), possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute within five hundred feet of public housing at 50 Pine Street, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute within one thousand feet of the Charles H. Bullock School. He was also issued motor vehicle summonses for possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle and driving while suspended. Bail was set at $40,000.
A 21 year old man from East Orange was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (cocaine), possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute within five hundred feet of public housing at 50 Pine Street, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute within one thousand feet of the Charles H. Bullock School. Bail was set at $50,000.
Another 21 year old from East Orange, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (cocaine), possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute within five hundred feet of public housing at 50 Pine Street, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute within one thousand feet of the Charles H. Bullock School. Bail was set at $30,000.
A 24 year old Newark man was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (cocaine), possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute within five hundred feet of public housing at 50 Pine Street, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana), unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute within one thousand feet of the Charles H. Bullock School. Bail was set at $40,000. All of the four people arrested are scheduled to be transported to the Essex County Jail.

Arrest
On 3/10/11 at approximately 8:40 PM, police were dispatched to a single-family residence on Brainard Street in Upper Montclair on a report of a male at the rear door of the residence. The caller told police that the male suspect had told the resident that the police had sent him to the residence. The resident further stated that the male had stolen an umbrella from his property.
Detectives located the suspect and placed him under arrest. The 30 year old Ridgewood man told police that he was on the property soliciting. He was charged with theft of movable property and later released.

Disturbance
On 3/11/11 at approximately 12:20 AM, police responded to the intersection of South Park Street and Church Street on a report of a disturbance on a DeCamp bus. Upon arrival, police spoke to one of the people involved, a thirty-five year old New Brunswick male. This male stated that he boarded the bus approximately an hour prior at Port Authority in New York. The male stated that, upon boarding the bus, he was given a difficult time by the bus driver, a fifty-three year old male, about making his ticket purchase due to the ticket office being closed.
The caller stated that when he arrived in Montclair and was exiting the bus, he asked for the bus driver’s name and information so that he could file a complaint with his employer. The caller stated that the driver replied, “Go fu*k yourself.” The male stated that he then spat in the direction of the driver, who responded by punching the male twice in the face. There were no criminal complaints filed at the time of the report, and the male did not display any physical signs of injury.

Burglary
On 3/11/11 at approximately 5:05 AM, police responded to a single-family residence on Mission Street on a report of a burglary. Upon arrival, police spoke to the caller, who stated that she left her residence on 3/10/11 at approximately 2:00 PM. When she returned the following day at approximately 5:00 AM, she discovered that the front door was not locked shut. She then went into her living room and discovered that a thirty-two inch Magnavox LCD television, valued at $600, had been stolen. There were no signs of forced entry to the residence.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Charles Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

Arrest
On 3/11/11 at approximately 11:10 AM, police were patrolling the area of Canterbury Park when they were approached by a female who stated that she was jogging in the park near Pleasant Way when she observed a male trying the door knob to the rear of a residence on Pleasant Way. She stated that the male then attempted to push two of the windows located at the rear of the house.
While in the area, police observed two males who were reportedly observed on the aforementioned property. When police tried to detain the pair on Willowdale Avenue, one of the males fled south. A search of the area failed to locate the suspect. This suspect is described as a black male, eighteen to twenty years old, and last seen wearing a brown jacket, black pants, and a black baseball cap. The other male, a seventeen year old East Orange male, was placed under arrest and charged with defiant trespassing. This male is believed to have been at the front of the property, while the male who fled is reportedly the male who attempted to gain entry to the residence. The juvenile was later turned over to a guardian.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Christopher Barnes at 973-509-4731.

Medical Call
On 3/14/11 at approximately 4:00 AM, police responded to a single-family residence on Riverview Drive in Upper Montclair on a report of an unresponsive male. Upon arrival, police determined that the injured person, a fifty-six year old Montclair male, had no pulse. Police began administering CPR and defibrillation before members of MVAU arrived on scene. The male was transported to Mountainside Hospital and vital signs were present upon his arrival.

Burglary
On 3/14/11 at approximately 10:00 AM, police responded to a single-family residence on Claremont Avenue on a report of a burglary. Upon arrival, police spoke to the victim, who stated that the residence was in the process of being renovated. He reported that he left the property on 3/11/11 at approximately 4:30 PM. When he returned on the 14th at approximately 7:30 AM, he noticed that several items were missing from the rear yard and a glass window had been broken in the house’s rear door.
The victim reported that a used white storm door, valued at $25, a used empty electric service box, valued at $10, and used metal and copper piping, valued at $10, had been taken from the yard. An inspection of the rear door revealed that it appeared that the glass in the door had been broken with a rock, and entry was gained by the suspect unlocking the rear door through the broken window. The victim reports that a Dewalt sawzall, valued at $120, a Dewalt Electric jackhammer with a black plastic case, valued at $700, a Dewalt drill, valued at $250, and a Bosch electric drill hammer with a blue box, valued at $200, had been stolen from inside the residence. There are no suspects at this time.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at 973-509-7543.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. The Decamp one is classic. The driver will probably get a raise. I’ve never seen a company staffed by such rude and loathesome people. Which is why I will wait at Penn for a half a day rather than ride Decamp.

  2. The passenger didn’t even need a name. All he needed was a bus number, time of day and location. Not that it would have done any good, IMHO. And this from a union that wants a raise when everyone else is struggling.

  3. in all the years that i have taken the DeCamp Bus, I have never witnessed any trouble aboard DeCamp. The bus drivers have always been pleasant. Maybe the passenger pissed him off. I have seen many nasty and unpleasent passengers over the years. Ranging from farting to cussing out the drivers when asked to turn off cell phones, eating,loud noise. Professional curtesy (sp), can be put on edge at times. And while it maybe considered unprofessional to respond like that, sometimes riders can push peoples buttons just a little bit too much. NOT THAT I AM MAKING EXCUSES FOR THE DRIVER. BUT JUST AN OBSERVATION OVER THE YEARS.

  4. Bruce…really?? (this in not to be sarcastic- I am just truley amazed at your luck!!) I have met with so many RUDE bus drivers on the DeCamp bus!! Plus, I agree with the others who say nothing will be done…I have complained about particularly rude drivers before, and when you complain on line, you have to give you name, and address. I had to make it VERY clear as a daily rider, I was afraid to do so, because I didn’t not trust that this information would not make it back to the driver. However, I do not think that the appropriate response would be to spit at anyone.

  5. I’m with Bruce on this one. In my experience, rude passengers far outnumber the couple of rude drivers I’ve seen. For the most part the drivers have kept their cool and been professional. Now if we could only work on their driving…

  6. I’m with Kelli (love your avatar, by the way!). There are some good eggs but the bad ones spoil it for everyone else. Rude drivers are only part of the story. There’s the chronic lateness (mostly for the trip home), with no apologies or explanations (they like to keep us in the dark, makes us easier to control), broken down and unreliable equipment (yet they continue to raise fares…where’s it all going?), and no real customer service to speak of.

    For the most part, I don’t think they are bad drivers. And, after reading about the two recent horrific casino bus accidents, I count my lucky stars for getting to my destination in one piece.

    But I do find it odd that a schedule-based business often does not adhere to its own schedules.

    No, I do not agree that spitting or other shows of aggression towards the drivers is the answer. But what recourse do De Camp commuters have?

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