A fight brought police to the Kings Court on Riverside Avenue at 9:17 p.m. Police said the fisticuffs developed after a soccer match held at that venue. Police charged Eduaward Gonzalez-Diaz, 35, of Union City, with simple assault and disorderly conduct after they said he sucker-punched a 30-year-old Kearny man while the younger man was sitting on bench at the conclusion of the game. An EMS unit responded and transported the victim to Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, for treatment of a cut nose and a swollen face, police said.
A resident of the 600 block of Union Avenue called police at 10 a.m. to report a theft. Police said the resident told them he was awakened at 12:50 a.m. by the sound of his dog barking but went back to sleep. Hours later, when he went outside, the resident discovered that someone had entered the porch area and taken a sweatshirt and a pack of cigarettes during the early morning hours, police said. The items taken were valued at $50. Police said they are reviewing images captured by a home surveillance video camera in hopes of finding a lead on a suspect.
The North Arlington owner of a 2000 Freightliner tractor trailer truck called police at 11:17 a.m. to report the theft of various items from his vehicle. Police said the owner told them the thief got away with four batteries valued at $200 apiece and two battery covers priced at $250 each and also siphoned 40 gallons of fuel worth more than $1,400.
A Lyndhurst man faces charges after police say he was involved in a motor vehicle accident at Cedar Street and Sanford Avenue at 12:30 a.m. Richard Petty, 31, was issued summonses for DWI and being under the influence of drugs after his 1992 Buick Century reportedly struck three parked cars, causing minor damage to those vehicles. Police said Petty admitted having smoked some marijuana earlier in the evening. Petty, who sustained a cut to his nose as a result of the traffic mishap, was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center for treatment of his injury and for a blood sample. His vehicle was impounded by police.
– Ron Leir