KPD: From rested to arrested

kpd-patch-500x300Kearny police were called to a home on the 300 block of Forest St. at 4:45 a.m. last Friday, April 24, on the report of an intruder. Police said the sleeping occupants were awakened by a crashing noise at the rear of the residence, and when Officer Michael Santucci arrived, he found the back door smashed and a man — who did not live there — reclining on a sofa.

There reportedly was no evidence that the intruder was also smashed.

Chief John Dowie stated only that the man admitted he didn’t live there, but “he didn’t know where he was.”

Ian Ferrari, 21, of Kearny, was charged with criminal mischief (breaking the door) and criminal trespass. Apparently, no porridge — hot, cold, or just right — had been consumed.

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Other recent reports from the Kearny police blotter included the following:

April 19 

Officer Jordenson Jean was on patrol at 4 p.m. when he saw a northbound 1987 GMC pickup truck nearly collide with another vehicle on Schuyler Ave. at E. Midland Ave. Jean, with Officer Daniel Esteves as backup, stopped the truck on the 600 block of Schuyler and reportedly detected the odor of alcohol. Following field sobriety tests, he arrested the driver, Sergey Gaston, 38, of North Arlington.

At headquarters, Gaston reportedly became combative, tried to free himself from his handcuffs and had to be put in a cell to calm down.

Police said Gaston was found to have a suspended license and an Essex County Sheriff’s warrant for child neglect.

He was also charged with DWI, failure to take an Alcotest, disregard of a traffic signal and obstructing the administration of law.

April 20 

At 5 p.m., at Johnston and Grant Aves., Det. Michael Gonzalez pulled over a 2006 BMW with a broken windshield and was advised by headquarters that the driver, Ricky Santiago, 19, of Kearny, had a suspended license. Santiago was charged with that and the windshield violation.

April 21 

Officer Esteves responded to Kearny High School at 2 p.m. on a report that a female student was in possession of a glass container holding suspected marijuana. When taken into custody, she was also found to have four Xanax tablets, police said. She was brought to HQ and charged with possession of a prescription drug, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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At 3:30 p.m., Officer Jay Ward was passing a residential construction site on Bergen Ave. when he spotted a boy using a stick to write names in the newly poured wet cement, police said. The youth, a 13-year-old from Kearny, was charged with criminal mischief and released to the custody of his mother. The Juvenile Aid Bureau was also contacted.

April 23 

Officer Brian Wisely, on patrol near Passaic Ave. and the Belleville Pike at 4:45 p.m., recognized a pedestrian whom he knew to have a Kearny shoplifting warrant, police said. Confirming this, he arrested Christopher Lindsay, 25, of Harrison, who reportedly also had a no-bail contempt-of- court warrant from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office. In a search incident to arrest, Lindsay was found to be carrying three hypodermic needles, police said. He was remanded to the Hudson County Jail.

Karen Zautyk | Observer Correspondent