At 2:03 a.m., police began pursuit of a vehicle traveling northbound on Summit Ave. after the driver made a sharp left turn onto Sixth St. and came to a stop at Jackson Place. The driver, Frank Erminio, 49, of Lyndhurst, was charged with DWI and reckless driving. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia (a purple fold with a white powdered residue suspected of being cocaine), possession of drugs and possession of drugs in a motor vehicle.
At 3:48 a.m., police found two males sitting in a vehicle parked in a lot in the 300 block of Valley Brook Ave. After learning that the driver, Jonathan Loewing, 20, of Manchester, was wanted on a $350 arrest warrant out of Point Pleasant, police arrested Loewing on the warrant. He was also charged with hindering after he allegedly gave police a false name.
At 9:43 p.m., police responded to the ShopRite on New York Ave. where store security had detained Anusha Vanastali, 22, of Lyndhurst, after Vanastali had allegedly tried to leave the store with $88 in miscellaneous items concealed under a long winter coat. The suspect was charged with shoplifting.
At 11:20 p.m., police responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident at Ridge Road and Park Place where a parked 2014 Porsche had been struck head-on by a 2002 Buick which police found parked, unoccupied, with its windows down, at Page and Schuyler Aves. Searching the area, police said they found the driver, Michael Ferrara, 55, of Lyndhurst, hiding behind a Dumpster at the nearby Kingsland Shops. Police arrested Ferrara on charges of leaving the scene of an accident, unlicensed driver, driving while suspended, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane (crossing over yellow line), possession of suspected heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.
At 12:32 p.m., police received a report of the theft of a portable basketball hoop and base, valued at $200, from the 700 block of Pennsylvania Ave., between the curb and sidewalk, between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
At 5:12 p.m., police responded to a residential building in the 700 block of Second Ave. where a second-floor resident reported that a downstairs tenant had kicked in the door to her apartment and then returned to his apartment. Police said the woman had her children with her in the apartment at the time of the incident but they weren’t harmed. Police arrested the downstairs occupant, Mario Moriano, 41, of Lyndhurst, on a burglary charge. After bail was set at $15,000, with no 10% cash option, police took Moriano to Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, for evaluation. He was placed in the custody of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office.
– Ron Leir