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Nutley Police Blotter

April 26

A man described as 5-feet-eight tried to steal a 1994 Honda parked on Newark Ave. shortly before noon but was scared off by a local resident. The would-be thief ran north on Newark and then west on Harrison St. Police said the vehicle’s steering column was damaged.

Police are investigating the theft of eyeglasses from a Franklin Ave. business shortly before 11 a.m.

Police issued a summons to a man on Park Ave. urinating while standing with his back to passing motorists at 12:26 a.m.

April 25

Someone removed a police shield from the windshield of a vehicle parked on Park Drive during the early evening.

A man on White Terrace was struck in the head by a fallen tree limb at 5:57 p.m. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Someone scrawled graffiti on the wall near the waterfalls in Nichols Park. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call police at (973) 284-4940.

April 24

Two seventh-grade students duked it out after school behind an area business. One suffered a black eye as a result. Charges are pending.

A Hawthorne Ave. resident reported fraudulent charges on her charge account that were reportedly logged in Chicago, Ill.

Patricia Krentcil, 44, was arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child after she allegedly took her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth in which the child sustained burns. Krentcil, who was  wanted by the Camden County Sheriff’s Dept. on unrelated charges, was extradited to Camden County after posting the required $25,000 bail option for Nutley.

A 72-year-old Nutley man was ticketed for careless driving after his car struck a dog that had run into the street at Grant Ave. and Walnut St. at 10:17 a.m. The injured dog, cradled by its owner, was taken to a local animal hospital but the pooch couldn’t be revived.

Responding to a report of a motorist leaving the scene of an accident on Rt. 21 at 9:34 a.m., police located a heavily damaged 2007 Mitsubishi in a bank parking lot on River Road and arrested the driver, Samantha Petrullo, 34, of North Plainfield, on charges of DWI, possession of drugs and possession of a hypodermic needle. Petrullo was also ticketed for leaving the scene, driving while suspended, driving an uninsured motor vehicle, failing to report an accident and possession of drugs in a motor vehicle. The other driver involved was unhurt, police said.

A driver was stopped at Franklin and Kingsland Aves. at 8:15 a.m. after police say they saw him making an illegal turn. The driver, not identified by police, was ticketed for the illegal turn and for failure to register his vehicle, which police then impounded.

A suspended driver with an expired registration was given summonses by police after the driver was stopped on Passaic Ave. at 1:42 a.m. The vehicle was impounded. Police didn’t identify the driver.

April 23

Police investigating an anonymous letter reporting witchcraft being practiced in an Elm St. residence met with the occupants at around 9 p.m. and a “cooperative voluntary search” of the home failed to document any evidence of “satanic rituals,” according to police.

A Park Ave. resident suffered facial burns while cooking at night. She was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital for treatment.

Township workers cleaning sewer drains at 9:31 a.m. found a handgun near Myrtle Ave. and Monsignor Owens Place. Police took the weapon and are investigating to determine if it was used in a crime.

What police described as a “mother daughter dispute” on Hillside Ave. prompted the mother to flee with her 3-year-old grandson at 8:31 a.m. Police located both in Livingston and brought them back to Nutley. After learning that the daughter, Jackie McInerney, 24, of Nutley, had outstanding warrants totaling $1,150 from Livingston and Belleville, police arrested her and later charged her with simple assault with an additional $2,500 bail set. McInerney was released after posting bail, pending a court hearing.

Alerted by an activated burglar alarm, police went to a Bloomfield Ave. convenience store at 12:27 a.m. where they found the side window smashed and proceeds taken. Detectives are investigating this burglary and other area burglaries that may be linked to the same culprit.

April 22

Two people were hurt in an accident on Rt. 21 at 3:28 a.m. Police believe the accident occurred when a pickup truck was struck from behind by a Mercedes Benz. Police said the truck rolled down an embankment and hit a tree. Both of the occupants were taken to an area hospital for treatment of head injuries. The Mercedes motorist, not identified by police, was charged with DWI and released to a responsible adult pending a court appearance.

Police are investigating a report from a Nutley resident who said she was pulled over on Prospect St. by a blue pickup truck with flashing blue and red lights apparently posing as a cop.

April 21

The driver of a 2010 Toyota who, police say, fled the scene of an accident at Franklin Ave. and Glenwood Road at 9:02 p.m. continued driving along Grant Ave. where he struck a number of parked cars. When officers caught up to the driver at Centre St. and Passaic Ave., police said the driver tried to flee but was stopped and placed under arrest. Jorge Delgado, 33, was ticketed for leaving the scene of an accident and DWI. He was released to a responsible adult pending a court hearing.

Someone swiped two bicycles from the rear yard of a Kenzel Ave. residence. The theft was reported at 12:16 p.m.

A Mountainview Ave. resident complained to police about a neighbor feeding stray cats which defecate and bring small prey into an open garage, causing a foul odor and potential health risk. The Health Dept. was asked to investigate.

Police found a 45-year-old man incapacitated and lying in the street at Lafayette Place and Park Ave. at around 1 a.m. He was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

April 20

A 55-year-old intoxicated man fell down several steps in the park off Centre St. at around 8:30 p.m. and was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries.

A woman shopping at a local business shortly before 8:30 p.m. told police that as she reached for groceries on the top shelf, a woman grabbed her purse from her shopping cart and ran out of the store, with employees giving chase. Police apprehended the suspect, Kathleen Armstrong, 46, of North Brunswick, holding the customer’s purse, several blocks away and charged her with theft.

Five teens were caught with drugs while hanging out on the rail tracks near Nutley Ave. at 5:19 p.m. They were turned over to their parents’ custody and charged with possession of marijuana.

A Clifton motorist was charged with DWI after police say he rear-ended another vehicle at Franklin Ave. and Harrison St. at 1:14 p.m. Victor Bador, 40, was issued a summons and released to the custody of a family member pending a court hearing.

BREAKING NEWS: Deadline extended for flood insurance claims

New Jersey policyholders who suffered losses as a result of Hurricane Irene damage (Aug. 27 through Sept. 5, 2011) have been given an extension to file the Proof of Loss (POL) form with the insurance company handling their claim.

National Flood Insurance officials said that New Jersey policyholders now have 150 days from the date of the event that caused the damage to file the POL, or until January 23, 2012.

The claims process starts with the affected policyholder contacting his/her insurance agent, reporting the property damage and meeting with an adjuster.

The adjuster may, as a courtesy, provide a POL – which is the statement of the amount claimed under the NFIP policy  - but the property owner is responsible for making sure that it is complete, accurate and filed in a timely manner. It must include a detailed estimate and other supporting documentation to replace or repair the flood-damaged property, and must be signed and witnessed.

If the property owner notices additional damage after the POL is submitted, the owner may file a supplemental Proof of Loss documenting the newly discovered damage. This, too, must be within the time period allowed by the extension.

If the claim for additional damages is presented after the extension period, the insured must request a waiver of the time limitation from NFIP in order to submit the supplemental claim.

Those who wish additional information on flood insurance or who have questions or concerns about their flood insurance should contact their insurance agent or visit www.floodsmart.gov.

BREAKING NEWS: FINAL DAYS TO REGISTER WITH FEMA FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE

New Jersey residents whose homes and properties sustained damage in Hurricane Irene have until Nov. 30 to register for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Even if an insurance settlement has not been determined, individuals must register before the Nov. 30 deadline or face losing the opportunity to be considered for federal assistance. Though FEMA will not duplicate insurance benefits, expenses not covered by insurance may be eligible for federal grants after the claim has been paid.

Two remaining Disaster Recovery Centers in Essex and Passaic counties will also close Nov. 30. The centers, which operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., provide face-to-face answers to questions for those who have already registered. Applicants are reminded to keep their FEMA information updated, register before visiting the centers, but not to register more than once. Duplicate registrations will delay processing an application.

To register or to contact FEMA: Go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov, m.fema.gov or call FEMA toll-free, 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 or use 711 or Video Relay Service to call 800-621-3362. Telephone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET; multilingual operators are available.

DRC locations:

ESSEX COUNTY
Fairfield Community Center
376 Hollywood Ave.
Fairfield, NJ 07004

PASSAIC COUNTY
Paterson Museum
2 Market St.
Paterson, NJ 07501

Residents with flood insurance claims have until Jan. 23 to submit complete, signed and sworn-to proof of loss claims to their National Flood Insurance Program providers.

BREAKING NEWS: Traffic signal retiming scheduled for Nov. 23

Public Safety Commissioner Robert Giangeruso has addressed Lyndhurst safety concerns due to operational issues caused by the new traffic signal at Route 21 at Park Avenue (Nutley) that are spilling back across the bridge to Lyndhurst.

Commissioner Giangeruso called upon the New Jersey Department of Transportation to revisit the signal timing intervals at the new traffic light across the Passaic River that is causing excessive westbound delays on the DeJessa Bridge (Avondale Bridge).

Based on a coordination meeting at the NJDOT field office, and as proposed by Bergen County Engineering staff, the Lyndhurst and Nutley traffic signals will be retimed to better synchronize traffic flow across the DeJessa Bridge.

The signal retiming is scheduled to occur on or about Wednesday, Nov. 23.

BREAKING NEWS: FEMA, SBA ANNOUNCE HOURS FOR THE TWO WEEKS BEFORE NOV. 30 DEADLINES

Seven centers remain open to provide federal assistance in the final two weeks leading to Nov. 30, the deadline to register and to submit disaster loan applications for Hurricane Irene damage in New Jersey.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), in Essex and Passaic counties, and five U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) business recovery centers are still open. All will close Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving, a federal and state holiday, and an SBA center in Bergen County will have a shortened schedule during Thanksgiving week. Most will reopen Friday, Nov. 25.

 

FEMA’s DRC hours:

 

ESSEX COUNTY

Fairfield Community Center

376 Hollywood Ave.

Fairfield, NJ 07004

Hours:  Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

PASSAIC COUNTY

Paterson Museum

2 Market St.

Paterson, NJ 07501

Hours:  Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

SBA’s BRC hours:

 

BERGEN COUNTY

New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Bergen Community College

355 Main St.

Hackensack, NJ 07601

Hours:  Mon-Tues, Nov. 21-22 − 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Nov. 23-25

Hours:  Mon-Wed, Nov. 28-30 − 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

MONMOUTH COUNTY

Monmouth County OEM

300 Halls Mills Rd.

Freehold, NJ 07728

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 

MORRIS COUNTY

Denville Municipal Building

1 Saint Mary’s Place

Denville, NJ 07834

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

PASSAIC COUNTY

Woodland Park Municipal Building

Community Room

5 Brophy Lane

Woodland Park, NJ 07424

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

UNION COUNTY

New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Kean University-Incubator

320 Park Ave.

Plainfield, NJ, 07060

Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

NOTE: All business recovery centers will permanently close Nov. 30.

Customer service representatives at FEMA’s disaster recovery centers and the SBA’s business recovery centers can issue loan applications; answer questions about the disaster loan program; and explain and assist homeowners, renters and businesses with the application process.

The deadline to register with FEMA for assistance and the deadline to submit SBA loan applications for physical property damage is Nov. 30.

To register or to contact FEMA, go to www.disasterassistance.gov, m.fema.gov or call FEMA toll-free, 800-621-3362 (FEMA).  Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 or use 711 or Video Relay Service to call 800-621-3362. Telephone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., ET; multilingual operators are available.

Go to an online video describing the “do’s and don’ts when registering for disaster assistance”: www.fema.gov/medialibrary/media_records/6486

Completing and returning the SBA application is an essential step in the federal recovery process.  If you are a homeowner or renter and SBA determines you cannot afford a loan, you may be referred for other possible FEMA assistance. Visit the website at: www.sba.gov, call the customer service center at 800-659-2955 or send an email to: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Those with access or functional needs may call TTY 800-877-8339.

BREAKING NEWS: Only two weeks left to register with FEMA for disaster assistance

New Jersey residents whose homes and properties sustained damage in Hurricane Irene have only two weeks left to register for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The deadline is Nov. 30.

Even if an insurance settlement has not been determined, individuals must register before the Nov. 30 deadline or face losing the opportunity to be considered for federal assistance. Though FEMA will not duplicate insurance benefits, expenses not covered by insurance may be eligible for federal grants after the claim has been paid.

The deadline to submit loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is also Nov. 30. Completing and returning the SBA application is an essential step in the process.  If you are a homeowner or renter and SBA determines you cannot afford a loan, you may be referred for other possible assistance. Additional information is available at www.sba.gov or 800-659-2955.

To register or to contact FEMA: Go to www.disasterassistance.gov, m.fema.gov or call FEMA toll-free, 800-621-3362 (FEMA).  Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 or use 711 or Video Relay Service to call 800-621-3362. Telephone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET; multilingual operators are available.

Applicants are reminded to keep their FEMA information updated, but not to register more than once. Duplicate registrations will delay processing an application.

 

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: Only two weeks left to register with FEMA for disaster assistance

 

New Jersey residents whose homes and properties sustained damage in Hurricane Irene have only two weeks left to register for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The deadline is Nov. 30.

Even if an insurance settlement has not been determined, individuals must register before the Nov. 30 deadline or face losing the opportunity to be considered for federal assistance. Though FEMA will not duplicate insurance benefits, expenses not covered by insurance may be eligible for federal grants after the claim has been paid.

The deadline to submit loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is also Nov. 30. Completing and returning the SBA application is an essential step in the process.  If you are a homeowner or renter and SBA determines you cannot afford a loan, you may be referred for other possible assistance. Additional information is available at www.sba.gov or 800-659-2955.

To register or to contact FEMA: Go to www.disasterassistance.gov, m.fema.gov or call FEMA toll-free, 800-621-3362 (FEMA).  Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 or use 711 or Video Relay Service to call 800-621-3362. Telephone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET; multilingual operators are available.

Applicants are reminded to keep their FEMA information updated, but not to register more than once. Duplicate registrations will delay processing an application.

 

TRAFFIC ALERT!

NJDOT officials have announced daily closures for the entrance ramp onto the Route 1&9 Pulaski Skyway northbound from Central Ave. in South Kearny.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 31, the ramp is scheduled to be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each weekday for approximately two weeks, through Friday, Nov. 11. Motorists will be directed to use Route 1&9T northbound heading east.

The closures are part of an ongoing interim bridge deck repair and drainage improvement project on the Skyway.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather and other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for construction updates and real-time travel information.

BREAKING NEWS: Lyndhurst School District gives tours of facilities.

As the Lyndhurst School District and Community prepares for the December 13, 2011 Referendum, we would like to give the members of our community the opportunity to tour the school facilities. During these tours, you will be able to see each school building, as well as the proposed facility plans and upgrades. The tour dates are as follows:

October 13, 2011 6:00pm-7:00pm or 7:00pm-8:00pm Roosevelt School
October 18, 2011 6:00pm-7:00pm or 7:00pm-8:00pm Lyndhurst High School
October 19, 2011 6:00pm-7:00pm or 7:00pm-8:00pm Washington School
October 20, 2011 6:00pm-7:00pm or 7:00pm-8:00pm Jefferson School

BREAKING NEWS: Disaster Recovery Centers Closed for Columbus Day

NEPTUNE, N.J. — Officials at the FEMA/State Joint Field Office announced that the Disaster Recovery Centers in New Jersey will be closed for Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 10. They will re-open on Tuesday, Oct. 11 and resume normal hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Assistance is available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. by calling the Helpline, 800-621-3362.

Anyone affected by the disaster may register for assistance by calling FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA). Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY, call 800-462-7585. Video Relay Service and 711 are also available by calling 800-621-3362.  Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.  Multilingual operators are available. Register anytime online at www.fema.gov or m.fema.gov.

Residents can find the DRC closest to them online at: http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm. The deadline to register is Oct. 31.