Don’t shovel, get ticket: NPD

It may be getting a trifle warmer but in Nutley, police have been no less vigilant in trying to keep residents safe from slipping on snow- and/or ice-covered sidewalks.

On March 7, officers responded to an Alexander Ave. location on a report of a hazardous condition and, after seeing that the sidewalk was topped by ice, issued a summons to the property owner for failure to clear their sidewalk within a 36-hour period.

On March 10, patrol units were advised that a home on Ravine Ave. had a dangerous condition and, upon arrival, found the sidewalk hazardous, causing pedestrians to walk in the street to avoid falling. The homeowner ended up getting a summons.

And on March 11, police said they observed a Bloomfield Ave. homeowner removing snow from their property and dumping it on Bloomfield and Vine St. Police advised the owner to discontinue that activity and to put the snow back on their property. They also gave the owner a summons.

All the tickets issued carry a mandatory court appearance, police said.

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Between March 7-13, Nutley PD responded to 34 motor vehicle accidents, 10 disputes, eight suspicious incidents, 36 medical calls and these incidents:

March 7 

Taha Aziz, 26, of Bergenfield, was arrested on a DWI charge after police said he was observed weaving over the double yellow lines and traveling in excess of the posted speed limit at Kingsland St. and Washington Ave. Aziz was also ticketed for speeding, failure to keep right and careless driving.

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An individual walking along Whitford Ave. was bitten on the right leg by a small Chihuahua, the victim told police. Nutley Rescue Squad transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment and police issued the dog’s owner a summons for unlicensed dog. Police advised the owner to quarantine the dog for no less than seven days pending a follow-up visit by the township Health Department.

March 9 

Police said Krystie Cruz, 27, of Clifton, was intoxicated when she crashed her vehicle into a snowbank on Coeyman Ave. Cruz was charged with DWI and failure to produce an insurance ID card.

March 11 

A fraud victim came to HQ to report that they had noticed multiple unauthorized withdrawals from their bank account. Police said that two separate withdrawals totaling more than $300 were made from an ATM in Bloomfield. The victim told police that their bank card was neither lost nor stolen.

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A Centre St. resident reported a burglary to a basement storage bin. The building owner told police that the wooden door to their basement storage bin had been pried open and the lock damaged and that a gray metal shelf about 4-by- 4-feet and three or four metal radiator covers were missing.

March 12 

A Passaic Ave. resident reported criminal mischief to their auto. Upon returning to their vehicle, the resident noticed that the entire right side had been scratched.

– Ron Leir 

The Observer Staff