At 3:29 a.m., police responded to a call of a motor vehicle crash on Franklin Ave. near Vreeland Ave. Upon arrival, officers saw a tree and other items lying in the road along with a vehicle on its side on Franklin. The driver, Geraldo Vaccalluzzo of Nutley, was charged with DWI and careless driving and was released to a family member.
At 6:54 p.m., police were sent to Monsignor Owens Place on a report of a motor vehicle theft. The victim told police that his white Buick was stolen while it was parked on the south side of the block, sometime between 9 p.m. Aug. 1 and 6:54 p.m. Aug. 2. Police said they observed broken glass next to the curb where the vehicle was last seen.
Nicholas Stefanelli of Clifton was stopped for a motor vehicle check in front of 100 Franklin Ave., at 4:18 p.m., when police learned that Stefanelli was wanted on a warrant from Montville. Police turned Stefanelli over to Montville PD for processing.
At 12:19 a.m., polilce were called to Yanticaw Park on a report of an assault. At the scene, officers said they located a Bloomfield man with facial and head injuries. The man told officers he was assaulted by five Latinos. He was taken to Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, for treatment. Police referred the matter to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department for investigation since the incident happened in a county park.
Police arrested Andrea Delvecchio of Newark while she was walking on Prospect St., at about 1 a.m., after learning that she was wanted on a warrant from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. She was taken to Essex County Jail pending a court date.
At 2:13 p.m., a Wilmington Drive resident reported getting a call on his cellular phone from someone stating that his father was being held at gunpoint and that he needed to send $460 via Western Union to Rochester, N.Y., to get his father freed. The resident told police that he sent the money before realizing he was being scammed. Police said someone picked up the money in Rochester, N.Y., before the transaction could be canceled.
At about 12:40 a.m., police said they observed Daniel Cloban of Nutley banging on street signs on Chestnut St. and, after being approached by an officer, Cloban ran into Memorial Park and continued to bang on objects along the way. Police said they finally caught up with Cloban in the park and issued him summonses charging him with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was released pending a court appearance.
During the night, police responded to six separate calls reporting criminal mischief involving slashing of vehicles’ tires. Police said four of the incidents took place on Alexander Ave., one occurred on Coeyman Ave. and the other on Overlook Terrace. Detectives are investigating.
A River Road resident reported that someone had scratched her vehicle on the hood, truck, lights and both doors sometime between 1 and 10 a.m.
A Warren St. resident reported that someone bent the antenna on his vehicle during the night.
– Ron Leir