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A WORD WITH THE PUBLISHER: Prevent a tragedy

publisher@theobserver.com

 

How ironic that on Saturday we heard of Whitney Houston’s death and Sunday was the annual Grammy awards. Houston’s voice was one that brought chills up your spine and tears to your eyes. Simply, it touched your soul.

Growing up in the ‘80s, Houston’s voice and style was one that many wanted to mimic. How many couples danced to her famous 1992 hit from The Bodyguard, “I Will Always Love You.”

When the news went across the screen Saturday evening, I was not shocked. I felt a deep sadness for the family. We could not fathom the fight that Houston has been fighting over the years with addiction, despite her fame and fortune. While we are still waiting for toxicology results, the nation is still baffled by yet another possible celebrity meltdown.

What we need to do is look around us in our everyday life and wonder many sad souls are hiding behind some form of addiction, whether it be from prescription or street drugs. Over the years, acid, pot and pills, have consumed the lives of many. For some, they’ve managed to get past it while others didn’t quite make it. Nowadays, help is all around us. If you or someone you love is in need, get the help.

Harrison Police Blotter

Feb. 7

A vehicle parked in a private lot was broken into and a GPS unit was stolen.

A 2000 Honda Civic was stolen from a private parking lot at Second and Essex Sts.

Three cars were broken into while parked on Bergen St. under Rt. 280. A GPS unit was reported stolen from one of the vehicles.

Feb. 5

A patron passed two fake $20 bills at a local gas station. After paying for gas and leaving the station, the attendant realized that the two phony bills were folded up with two real $1 bills.

A vehicle parked on the 400 block of Hamilton St. was broken into during the night. The intruder got away with a GPS unit and textbooks.

Feb. 4

A N. Fifth St. resident reported that someone entered his unlocked vehicle during the night and removed cash from the glovebox.

Feb. 2

Police arrested Nathan Hulstrum, 24, of Kearny, on DWI charges after his vehicle hit a street light on Frank Rodgers Blvd. South. Hulstrum also received summonses charging him with careless driving and driving while suspended.

At 7:30 p.m. someone skateboarding grabbed the headphones off the head of a juvenile walking in the area of Hamilton St. and Kingsland Ave. and fled. The juvenile was unhurt. The headphones were valued at $350.

Juan Guarnizo, 27, of Newark, was arrested on shoplifting charges after police said he tried to walk out of a local business with eight soccer jerseys without paying. Police said Guarnizo was also wanted by Newark police on an outstanding warrant. Guarnizo was released pending separate court appearances.

Angela Perez, 21, of Harrison, was arrested after police said they discovered a hypodermic syringe and five packets of heroin among items that Perez reportedly left in a relative’s home. She was released pending a court appearance.

Around Town

Bloomfield

Bloomfield Public Library Book Club will meet on Monday, March 12, from 6:45 to 7:50 p.m. in the conference room to discuss “Lake Wobegon Days” by Garrison Keillor.

The book contains a series of linked stories, both funny and poignant, about a rural community where “all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”

For further information or to request help in locating a copy of the book club selection, please call the Reference Desk at 973-566-6200, ext. 502.

New Jersey’s premier business to business directory Corfacts is now available online from the Bloomfield Public Library.

Access more than 64,000 N.J. company profiles and 30,000 email addresses. Locate new customers by company name, city, county, zip code, revenues, employee size, and key description word. Convert any of your results into detailed custom reports or pre-formatted mailing labels.

To utilize this service, connect to www.bplnj.org/ databases.html and click on the Corfacts link. This service is available from within the library and remotely with a valid Bloomfield Library card.

Harrison

Molly the Therapy Dog will be back at the library’s children’s room on the following dates: Thursday, Feb. 23; Thursday, March 15; Thursday, April 19 and Thursday, May 27, each date 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Due to the huge interest in the Paws to Read program, space is limited to the first 25 children each month. Story hour will start promptly at 3:30 p.m. Parents will be asked to wait in the upper level of the library. If you have any questions, email mdunphy@harrison.k12.nj.us or call the library.

Kearny

First Presbyterian Church, 663 Kearny Ave., is holding a Winter Blowout Sale on Saturday, Feb.25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sale items include clothing for the whole family, small household items, books and more.

On Thursday, Feb. 16, at 4:30 p.m. art teacher Desiree Mills will host a special art project honoring Dr. Seuss’s birthday for children ages 4 and up at the Kearny Branch Library, 759 Kearny Ave. The program will be free of charge. All other sup – plies will be provided by the library. For further information, please call the Main Library at (201) 998-2666. Check the library’s website <www.kearnylibrary.org> for more program information.

Kearny Seniors Inc. has lowered the age requirement for membership. Now, anyone age 50 or older may join the club. The group meets every Thursday morning at the Henrietta Benstead Building, 60 Columbia Ave., Kearny. Meetings start at 11:30 a.m. Hospitality, coffee, rolls and donuts are available, starting at 10 a.m. Members need not be Kearny residents.

Trinity Episcopal Church, 575 Kearny Ave., Kearny, welcomes all members of the community to celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 10 p.m. The menu will feature buffet favorites, beverage and dessert. Following the dinner will be the crowning of the Mardi Gras King and Queen, the Mardi Gras procession to New Orleans style jazz, games, prizes and fun for all ages. A free-will donation will help cover the cost of the dinner. For more information, call the church office at 201-991-5894 on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1 to 6 p.m.

Roosevelt School PTA will host a Tricky Tray on March 22 to raise funds to support the purchase of educational tools, equipment and assemblies for the students, defray the cost of class trips and finance many family activities held at the school.

The PTA is asking local businesses for merchandise, gift cards/certificates or monetary donations to fill the prize baskets. All donations are tax deductible and all contributors will be recognized in a program for this event.

Donations may be sent to: Roosevelt School PTA, 733 Kearny Ave., Kearny, N.J. 07032. Make all checks or gift certificates payable to the Roosevelt School PTA.

Lyndhurst

The Humane Society of Bergen County, 221-223 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst, has a supply of both canned and dry dog food available to anyone that due to financial situations cannot feed their dog. Just stop by Mondays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or for more information, call 201-896-9300.

A Great Backyard Bird Count Walk will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst. This free, 90-minute guided walk will include keeping track of the number of species seen and the totals for each of those species, and sending them into the event organizers, the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This familyfriendly event is sponsored by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society. Check meadowblog. net for last-minute weather updates. Participants will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@ aol.com or 201-230-4983.

Lyndhurst V.F.W. Post 3549, 527 Valley Brook Ave., will host Karaoke on Friday, Feb. 17, starting at 7:30 p.m. The VFW hall is also available for rentals for all occasions. For more information, call the post at 201-939-3080.

A veteran’s ward party will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Chestnut Hill Extended Care facility, in Passaic, starting at 2:30 p.m. This party is being co-sponsored by Frances Cantore in memory of her husband James and by Vincent Troncone Sr. and his wife Vera in memory of his father Sabino Troncone If you would like to support these monthly programs, please contact American Legion Post 139, Rehabilitation Committee, Lyndhurst at 201-438-2255.

North Arlington

North Arlington Knights of Columbus, Queen of Peace Council #3428, will host its sixth annual Shrove Tuesday celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on the corner of Belmont Ave. and River Road in North Arlington. The event will feature a traditional pancake meal along with foods representing different cultures from around the world. A video history and presentation on the background of this special day and its roots in the Christian calendar will also take place at the event.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and $8 for children 12 and under and can be purchased at the Queen of Peace Church rectory during regular operating hours or at the Council’s hall, Wednesday through Saturday after 4p.m. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Nutley

St. Mary’s Rosary Society in Nutley is hosting its second annual fish and chip dinner on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22. The dinner entrees are being prepared by The Thistle restaurant of Lyndhurst and will be served in Msgr. Walsh Hall in the basement of St. Mary’s Church, 17 Msgr. Owens Place in Nutley.

Take-out orders may be picked up between 4 and 5 p.m. that afternoon. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. that afternoon guests may pick up orders or dine in the Hall. A dult portions are $15 and child portions (for those under 14) are $7. Proceeds will benefit St. Mary’s Parish.

To place an order, please call the Parish Center at 973-235-1100. Tickets must be purchased before the event.

Nutley Public Library’s first annual Wii Winter Olympics will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. Healthy snacks and juice will be available. This event is for children only. Registration is not required.

Compete in a live action Angry Birds challenge at the library on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. Children must be age 12 and up to compete. Registration is required. Feel free to bring in plush Angry Birds. Check the teen website for further details at http://nutleypubliclibraryforteens. wordpress. com.

The Nutley Department of Park and Recreation announces registration is open for spring tennis lessons. The program will be directed under the supervision of Barry Rubach, an accredited member of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association and former Collegiate Champion. Classes range in age groups starting in first grade to adult sessions. The program will run for five weeks.

Online registration is now available for recreation programs at www.NutleyNj.org or forms may be turned in to the Parks and Recreation Department, 44 Park Ave., prior to the first session on April 13 at Msgr. Owens Park. Class sizes are limited and are filled on a firstcome, first-served basis. All rain dates will be made up at the end of the session.

For more information on this or any Recreation Program, please contact the department at (973) 284- 4966, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Harvesting your portfolio

 

By Randy Neumann

Because of the turmoil in the markets these days, it’s a good thing that there is some leeway in planning for Required Minimum Distributions. Let me explain. RMDs are a way for the government to collect taxes. The first Individual Retirement Account (IRA) was created by the ERISA legislation in 1974. Back then, you could put a maximum of $1,500 into your IRA.

Over time, Congress has increased the contribution limits to qualified plans to the current levels: $17,000 for a 401(k), plus a catch-up of $5,500 if you’re over age 50. Ditto for a Roth IRA and $5,000 for a Traditional IRA, plus a $1,000 catch-up if you’re over 50. However, individual Roths still have ceilings. You cannot contribute if you make over $125,000 as a single or head of household, and $183,000 based on a joint return. Additionally, you are allowed to rollover from one qualified plan to another.

In the 1980s, Congress realized that they’d shot themselves in the foot because of rollovers—they wouldn’t get any tax revenue until the account holder died. So they came up with the RMD strategy to get some money now! When the RMDs first came out in 1987, they were complex and nobody understood them. Over time, they were made less onerous and more understandable. However, do not compare simplicity with largess because the penalty for under withdrawal is still 50%!

Furthermore, it is now easy for the IRS to catch under withdrawers because the custodians of the plans must report annually to the government how much you are supposed to withdraw. They no longer have to catch you on an audit, which are few these days; they merely send you a letter of deficiency if your total does match the total provided to them by the custodians.

Now, for the good news. You get to pick and choose how much you want to take out of each IRA. This can be very important and here’s why. Let’s say that you have three IRAs. One is invested in stocks. The second is in bonds and money markets, and the third is in a variable annuity with a guarantee of 8% while in the growth phase.

How much do you have to withdraw? You must take out a percentage of the prior year’s Dec. 31 value. Although there are complicated factors to arrive at the amount, in today’s high-tech world, there are calculators available that will give you the number. Assuming that each account above was worth $100,000 (for a total of $300,000 last Dec. 31 and you are 72 years old, your RMD for this year is $11,718.75. The number is just below 4% of the account value, so if your long-term return on the account is 8%, the account will have a 4%-plus net return after the withdrawal. Not so bad.

But where do you take the money from? That’s a good question. If you have a guarantee on an annuity from a solid life insurance company, you’d want to put that on a backburner. If the stock market is down, as it is now, at year end, you wouldn’t want to take it from there either. In the above example, you have $100,000 in an account made up of money markets and bonds.

Cash is no longer king. With money market rates ranging from 0.10% all the way up to 1%, the choice is obvious. If you subtract the current inflation rate of 3.5% from a 1% money market return, the $100,000 you started with in January will be worth $97,500 in December. However, you have to pay tax on the 1%; therefore, if you are in the 25% bracket, the $100,000 nets down to $97,250. So this is the place to take your withdrawal.

The above is an example. The point of this column is that you should pay as much attention to how you harvest your portfolio as you do to how you grow and maintain it. The second point is—you can take the withdrawal in any amount from any qualified plan that you own as long as the total withdrawal amount matches the number that the IRS has from your custodians.

Good hunting.

(Fixed annuities are longterm investment vehicles designed for retirement purposes. Gains from taxdeferred investments are taxable as ordinary income upon withdrawal. Guarantees are based on the claims paying ability of the issuing company. Withdrawals made prior to age 59 1/2 are subject to an IRS 10% penalty tax and surrender charges may apply.)

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for the individual. Randy Neumann CFP (R) is a registered representative with securities and insurance offered through LPL Financial. Member FINRA> SIPC. He can be reached at 600 East Crescent Ave., Upper Saddle River, 201- 291-9000.

The Perfect Balance

There is one blessing most us take for granted almost all the time and that is breathing. And if we do think about it then it is primarily because we are having difficulty with it. To breathe right means we are allowing our mind and body to grow, to rejuvenate, and to be healthy. Any form of activity or exercise can help you achieve the right balance in life. But there is one form of exercise that is both physically and spiritually rewarding. Yoga, The age-old practice of maintaining a given posture while taking deep, deliberate breaths, helps in cultivating patience, alertness, and energy.  It also keeps the body fit and refreshes the mind. The ancient science of Yoga is an ever-evolving activity that offers innumerable forms and different types of practices to suit every need.

The most important element of Yoga is its meditation. The word “Om” is very common in yogic meditation. Its loose translation is, “the light within me which enlightens my world salutes the light within you.” While chanting this mantra it is equally important to shut your eyes, relax your nerves, breathe right and let go of your worries. This will elevate you above your stresses and bring you mind, body and soul in perfect balance to work harmoniously with each other.

Science has seconded the opinion of the saints and masters who maintain that meditation benefits a person physiologically, psychologically and spiritually – thereby enriching one’s life with the power and knowledge to think clearly and act accordingly.

In India, Yoga is taught to school children from a very early age, because it is believed that this practice promotes flexibility of mind and body through signature body positions, breath and focus of intention – all of which are important in living a balanced life. So whether you are young or old, a seasoned practitioner or a newcomer, I urge you to embrace this process of transformation as you blossom into the best expression of your own self.

Namaste.

 

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Lyndhurst Gas Station Robbery

Lyndhurst Police are looking for two men who robbed a local gas station of about $1,000.

Police said the incident took place at 11:20 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the Delta Gas Station on Riverside Ave., just north of Jauncey Ave. off Roosevelt Ave.

Two men entered the station’s convenience store where they ordered the clerk to open the register and turn over the proceeds.

The pair, one of whom displayed a handgun, ordered the clerk to the floor while they searched under the counter for money cash.

Then, the holdup men directed the station attendant, who was in the store at the time, to give them his money.

Both bandits then left the store and sped away in a silver vehicle north on Riverside Ave.

Neither the attendant nor the clerk was physically harmed, police said.

Police described the man with the gun as dark-skinned, medium build, between 5-feet-10 and 6 feet, wearing a black jacket, checked shirt, blue jeans, black gloves, black half-mask and winter fur hat with side flaps.

The other man was listed as dark-skinned, heavy build, between 5-feet-10 and 6 feet, wearing a gray sweatshirt and pants, black gloves, black mask and black winter skull cap.

Police said they are reviewing the store’s surveillance video as they continue their investigation. – Ron Leir

Nutley Police Blotter

Feb. 3

An argument between Kaien Jenkins, 32, of Newark, and his girlfriend was just the beginning of trouble for Jenkins. Police said the pair parked along Rt. 21 and, after quarreling, Jenkins left the vehicle and started walking along the highway. After stopping him, police discovered Jenkins was wanted by Newark on an outstanding warrant. Jenkins was turned over to Newark authorities.

Feb. 2

Martin Errico, 20, of Clifton, was busted on drug possession charges following a motor vehicle stop on Oakley Terrace at 11:40 p.m. Police said they saw a small wax envelope containing suspected narcoticsWHAT DRUG? inside the car. Further checking disclosed several more packages, also believed to contain drugs.

Police are investigating a case of more than $1,000 in fraudulent charges, including some from Ohio, being placed on an Evelyn Place resident’s credit card. The resident reported the suspected fraud at 8:19 p.m.

Police went to a Washington Ave. car wash at 1:02 p.m. to check out a customer’s complaint that their car’s side view mirror had been damaged during a cleaning.

Feb. 1

At 3:53 p.m. a motorist drove away from a Kingsland Ave. gas station without paying for gasHOW MUCH? received, police said.

Police stopped Joseph Tinsley, 23, of Paterson, as he was allegedly making an illegal left turn on Park Ave. at 8:28 a.m. Police learned he was driving with a suspended license and was wanted on a $250 outstanding warrant from Paterson. He was issued motor vehicles summonses and released after posting bail pending a court appearance.

Jan. 31

A motor vehicle stop of a blue Chevrolet with a non-operating headlight, at 9:26 p.m., resulted in the arrest of Joseph Curcio, 34, of Bloomfield, wanted by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. Curcio was taken to Essex County Jail.

A 911 call brought police to a Winthrop Drive home at 8:22 p.m. After not being admitted, officers forced their way inside where they found blood on the floor. Investigation disclosed that the resident was dealing with a “pet emergency” and had taken the pet to an area animal hospital.

A 68-year-old Nutley man lost $2,300 after an apparent scam artist sent him counterfeit money orders as a “Secret Shopper” and then asked that he return the money via Western Union. The resident later learned that the individual he was dealing with was a fake. Police are urging residents to avoid sending money or wiring funds to anyone without first verifying the recipient’s authenticity.

A dog escaped from a cage and attacked another dog being walked by a woman along Kingsland Ave. at 9:51 a.m. The victimized dog suffered puncture wounds. Police gave the attacking dog’s owner a summons for having an unlicensed dog.

A hit and run driver who crashed and left the scene damaged several parking meters and planters along WHAT? roadway. Police are investigating the 2:15 a.m. incident.

Jan. 30

A 59-year-old Franklin Ave. resident suffering from a MEDICAL CONDITION ? was reported missing at 9:30 p.m. Police contacted other agencies around the state in an effort to locate the woman and also appealed to the public for help. The next day, police said, the woman returned home, unharmed, and was taken to an area hospital for evaluation. Police are still trying to determine her whereabouts during the time she went missing.

Several motorists phoned police after 4 p.m. to alert them to a man repeatedly stumbling and falling in the area of Washington and Grant Aves. Arriving at the scene, police noticed the man’s hand was bleeding from his several falls and took him to an area hospital for treatment and evaluation.

Jan. 29

At 8:47 p.m. police were called to a Washington Ave. residence after a 17-year-old had ripped a wide-screen TV off the wall in a fit of rage. Police calmed the teen and took him to a crisis center for evaluation. Charges are pending.

Police stopped a speeding vehicle near Sheppard Place, at 11:44 a.m., and learned that the driver had an expired registration. The driverWHO?was issued summonses and the car was impounded.

A Faber Ave. homeowner whose car was being repossessed had a shoving match with the repossesser and police were called to the scene at 10:58 a.m. Police persuaded the repossesser to release the vehicle and advised both parties of their rights to sign cross-complaints.

A police negotiator managed to defuse a potential hostage situation that developed at a Hancox Ave. home at 1:50 a.m. Police and EMS arranged to transport a 50-year-old resident to an area hospital for medical evaluation and the other individual involved in the incident was unharmed, police said.

Jan. 28

A report of gun shots brought police to Hancox Ave. at 9:02 p.m. Officers were unable to account for the origin of the noises and speculated it may have been fireworks.

A driver backing up on Franklin Ave. near the post office, at 1:50 p.m., accidentally knocked a pedestrian to the ground, police said. The victim, who complained of leg pain, was taken to an area hospital.

Someone used a Brookline Ave. resident’s credit card to charge nearly $1,000 for the rental of a vehicle between Arizona and California, police said.

Police executed a traffic stop of a 2007 Audi on Park Ave. at 12:17 a.m. and determined that the driver’s registration had expired and that the driver’s license had been suspended. Police gave the driverWHO? summonses and impounded the Audi.

Jan. 27

Police were called to a River Road apartment complex at 2:22 p.m. to investigate a burglary. Someone forced entry through the front door and ripped out a large-screen TV from its wall mount brackets.

Police, firefighters and EMS responded to a motor vehicle accident at Kingsland and Terrace Aves. at 10:12 a.m. Nainaben Patel, 49, of Nutley, was extricated from her overturned vehicle and taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Patel was charged with DWI.

Harrison Police Blotter

1/30

Ricardo Powell, 24, of Perth Amboy, was arrested after he was reported to be trespassing in Red Bull Arena. Powell was released on his own recognizance.

Juan Placenia, 28, or Kearny was observed sleeping in his vehicle on Sussex St. Upon investigation, police discovered Placencia to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was then arrested, charged, and released.

 

1/29

Police observed two men fighting in the street in the area of Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. and Sussex St. at approximately 3:30 a.m. An investigation revealed that the two had just been involved in a motor vehicle crash. Onesilmo Rivas, 22, of Harrison who was bleeding from his mouth and his nose claimed that he was punched by Alvaro Gonzalez, 50, of Dover. Rivas was then arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Gonzalez was arrested for assault. Further investigation revealed that Angel Nieves, 20 of Dover, who was a passenger in Gonzalez’ vehicle, had also assaulted Rivas. Nieves was then too arrested for simple assault. All three were later released on their own recognizance.

 

1/28

Theodore Clark, 52 of Newark, was arrested for attempting to pass a forged prescription blank at a Harrison pharmacy. He was released on a summons.

 

1/27

A Bergen St. resident observed his roommate’s vehicle being burglarized. The resident then informed his roommate and the two chased and apprehended the individual. After police were notified and responded, Manuel Ignacio Gonzalez Santos, 21 of Harrison, was arrested. Santos was also found to be in possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose prior to being shipped to the Hudson County Jain with a $12,000 bail.

Three vehicles were broken into while parked on Bergen St. beneath Rt. 280. A GPS unit and some loose change were stolen from the vehicles.

Matthew Dennison, 19 of Woodbridge, was charged with theft after he was accused of stealing a cell phone from an acquaintance. A warrant was issued for Dennison’s arrest.

Darryl Owens, 55 of Newark, was arrested for attempting to pass a forged prescription blank at a Harrison pharmacy. He was released on a summons.

Juan Maldonado, 43 of North Bergen, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated after he was observed driving at a high rate of speed on Harrison Ave. Maldonado was also found to have outstanding warrants from North Bergen. After processing, he was released on his own recognizance.

 

1/25

A 1990 Honda Accord that was stolen from Newark was recovered in the parking lot on Hamilton St. beneath Rt. 280.

A 2002 Ford Econoline van was stolen from the parking lot on Hamilton St. beneath Rt. 280. The vehicle contained approximately $13,000 worth of tools.

Two vehicles were broken into while parked on Warren St. beneath Rt. 280. A portable GPS unit was stolen from one vehicle.

A 2002 Volkswagon Passat was broken into while it was parked on Hamilton St. beneath Rt. 280. At the time of the incident, it was unknown if anything had been stolen from within.

A 1994 Mitsubishi Galant that was reported to have been stolen from Kearny on January 15 was recovered on Manor Ave.

Belleville Blotter

On February 2 at 4:33 p.m., units were dispatched to Pathmark at 115 Belmont Ave. on a shoplifting call. Store detectives gave police a description of a woman who had left the store without paying for her purchases. A woman fitting the description was spotted on Jeraldo St. and transported to the store for identification. After being identified by store detectives as the woman who had moved through the self-checkout line without paying, the woman said, “Look, I paid for my goods” and produced a receipt for $6.10. Since the receipt didn’t match the $56.96 worth of goods that the woman was seen leaving with, police arrested 42-year-old Aracelis Yamuca on a shoplifting charge. It was subsequently discovered that Yamuca had two outstanding warrants; one from Newark for $750, and another out of Belleville for $250. She was transported to the county jail and held in lieu of $1000 bail.

 

On February 2 at 5:09 p.m., units responded to a Liberty Ave. address on a sick person call. Police entered the house and found Anibal Rodriquez, 37, of Newark unconscious. They also found a syringe commonly used for narcotics. The man was taken to Clara Maass Hospital and charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe. He was released on his own recognizance.

 

On February 2, a vehicle was reported stolen from the 300 Block of Little St. The man said that he parked his car at 4 a.m. and when he returned at 7: a.m. it was gone. The missing vehicle is a 2001 Mercury Marquis color silver.

 

On February 2 a 15-year-old Belleville youth was apprehended on a stolen car charge at Belleville High School. The youth said that he “found the keys (to the car) on the sidewalk” and took the car for a joyride.  The juvenile was arrested for motor vehicle theft and released to his mother.

 

On February 2 at 10:42 p.m., police responded to an apartment complex at 16 Bellevue Ct. on a report of a man spotted with a handgun.  Once there, they encountered four males but couldn’t locate a weapon. While running an I.D. check, one man stated that his identification was in his car. Police escorted him to the vehicle and found a black bag containing a flashlight and greenish vegetation – possibly marijuana. A K-9 unit was summoned and the dog “hit” for narcotics. The vegetation was later identified as marijuana. The car’s owner, Jose Martinez, 26, of N. Arlington was arrested for possession of marijuana over 50 grams and possession of marijuana over 50 grams with intent to distribute. His bail was set at $50, 000 and he was transported to the county jail. Joseph Geraldo, 22, of Nutley was arrested for an outstanding warrant out of Wayne, for $264, and another from Nutley for $250. He posted $514 bail and was released.

 

On January 31 at 9:47 p.m., a plainclothes detective went to the 500 block of Union Ave. to serve a warrant. When he arrived at the residence, he spoke with a man and asked him if he was the man that he was looking for.  The man answered, “He’s upstairs.” When the detective checked out the second floor, he discovered a lit joint and paraphernalia usually used for the distribution of marijuana. He also found a white powdery substance thought to be cocaine (which was later confirmed), small plastic bags and a money ledger. The three males present in the home were arrested for possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine within 1000’ of a school, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The men are: Angel Santiago, 30, of Belleville, who also carried a warrant for $500 out of Belleville; Eduardo Ortega, 25, of Belleville, and Javier Illera, 26, of Newark who carried a $1000 warrant from Belleville.  No bail was set.

 

On January 31 at 7:40 p.m., a Belleville High student reported that his car had been vandalized. The student said that he parked the car at 7:45 a.m. that day. When he returned after school, he noticed that a blue line had been scribbled on his 20007 white Ford Focus from “bumper to bumper.” Police are investigating.

 

On January 30 at 10:34 p.m., an undercover unit responded to Overhill Ave. and Celia Terrace on a report of a suspicious vehicle circling the area. They stopped a Mercury Marquis that fir the description. Inside the vehicle, they uncovered a large amount of pills that they tentatively identified as Xanax, clear baggies and a total of $1,197 in cash. Neither occupant had a prescription for the pills. 18-year-old Marc Senatore, of Nutley, and 20-year-old Robert Thiele, also of Nutley were arrested for possession of a C.D.S., possession of a C.D.S. with intent to distribute, and possession of a C.D.S. within 1000’ of a school zone. Both parties were held at county jail in lieu of bail.

 

On January 28 at 8:40 p.m., narcotics officers driving on Rt. 21 observed a silver BMW traveling very slowly in the center lane near mile-marker 7.2. When they stopped the car to investigate, they noticed that the female driver was dropping small objects wrapped in rubber bands on the floor. The items were identified as wax folds that are commonly used to package heroin. The folds later tested positive for the substance. Cynthia Barroso, 26, of N. Bergen was arrested for possession of C.D.S. and released on her own recognizance.

 

On January 28 at 1:01 a.m., an anticrime unit spotted an individual acting suspiciously while looking inside vehicles at the 40 block of Belmont Ave. The man, Vernon Koslow, 29, of Sussex was found with wax folds that are often used to package heroin. The folds later tested positive for heroin. In addition to a possession of C.D.S. charge, Koslow was found to have two outstanding warrants – a “no bail” warrant out of Kinnelon and an $858 warrant out of Newark.