News from the Nutley police blotter

Between Jan. 3 and 9, Nutley PD responded to 27 auto accidents, 36 medical calls, 15 disputes and suspicious incidents and these incidents:

Jan. 3 

A motor vehicle stop of a vehicle allegedly traveling in a dangerous manner on Passaic Ave. resulted in the arrest of the driver, Michelle Rizzo, 29, of Belleville, police said. She was ticketed for DWI, careless driving and driving without a license. She was released pending a court date.

Jan. 4 

Akreba Foster, 40, of Belleville, was pulled over on Franklin Ave. for an active warrant from Belleville and motor vehicle violations, police said. She was issued summonses for driver’s license expired and unregistered vehicle. She was freed after posting bail, pending a court appearance.


A Park Ave. resident reported that someone keyed or scratched their vehicle while it was parked.

 Jan. 5 

Police responded to a Bloomfield Ave. residence on a report of a burglary. At the scene, police noticed that a back window had been tampered with and spotted a trail of blood on the window shade. Detectives are investigating.


Police made a drug-related arrest of a motorist on Yantacaw Place. Michael Pavone, 20, of Belleville, was charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute, possession of more than 50 grams of suspected marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession within 1,000 feet of a school. He was released pending a court date.

Jan. 6 

Kevin Baez-Castillo, 19, of Kearny, was pulled over on Jefferson St. for active warrants from Montclair and East Orange. Police said he was found to have a hypodermic needle and a prescription drug used to maintain treatment of opioid dependence that was not prescribed to him. He was charged with possession of a hypo and ticketed for maintenance of lamps, a violation of probationary license conditions and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. He was freed, pending a court appearance, after posting bail.


Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Harrison St. that resulted in the arrest of Geraldine Pruznak, 32, of Belleville, on charges of two counts of possession of CDS (suspected cocaine and heroin), possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was freed pending a court date.


A Hancox Ave. resident reported the theft of several pieces of jewelry valued at $5,000 from their home. Police said they found no signs of forced entry. Detectives are investigating.

Jan. 7 

Approaching a vehicle on Fischer Ave., police said they observed the occupant with a hypodermic needle that was uncapped. Bianca Castellaro, 23, of Bloomfield, was arrested on charges of possession of CDS (suspected heroin), possession of drug paraphernalia (hypo needles and heroin folds) and possession of CDS in a vehicle. She was freed pending a court appearance. 

Jan. 9 

Police responded to a Passaic Ave. location on a call about someone sleeping in a car. After waking the occupant, police said they could detect a strong odor of suspected marijuana from the vehicle and observed a glass jar and a blue glass pipe with suspected marijuana in the console. Thomas A. Gaimo, 32, of Nutley, was arrested on charges of possession of CDS and possession of drug paraphernalia and was released pending a court date.

– Ron Leir 

The Observer Staff