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23-year-old Nutley man charged with sexually assaulting 14-year-old girl

A 23-year-old Nutley man has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting and endangering the welfare of a 14-year-old girl, Nutley police say. Jonathan Matos was taken into custody by police on Friday, Oct. 10, on Spring Street, and is […]


Bloomfield’s Cunningham on watch in the Indo-Asia Pacific region

Quartermaster Seaman Fayden Cunningham, of Bloomfield, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89), stands watch at night in the bridge. Mustin is currently on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting regional security and […]


NAPD: Don’t fall for phone scams

North Arlington residents have reported to police that they’ve received phone calls, mail and email from people reporting to be from the IRS and other governmental agencies. The caller will report delinquencies  in paying taxes, credit card bills or make a […]


2nd Harrison hotel

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide opened its 14th Element hotel in Harrison last Thursday with members of the development team pedal-powering a virtual ribbon-cutting at the new location, 399 Somerset St., just off Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. South. Starwood CEO Fritz van Paasschen told visitors that that the company is “looking to […]


A first for Kearny VFW Post

By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent  KEARNY –  When Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1302 elected its new commander in May, it also made local history. Jennifer M. Long, who was installed in office at the state VFW convention in June, is the first woman to head a […]


Lyndhurst bowling adds state title to ‘triple crown’

Photo courtesy Michael Rizzo/ The Lyndhurst bowling team celebrates after capturing the NJSIAA North 1-A state sectional championship at Bowler City in Hackensack on Saturday. From left are Lexus Lopez, Paul Ulrich, John Missagia, Carmine Battista, Nyquan Johnson and Jordan Lopez.


By Jim Hague

One would never guess that the exploits of a track and field team would serve as motivation for a bowling squad.

But that’s what happened at Lyndhurst High School.

Last spring, the Lyndhurst track team had a season to remember, winning four titles, the Bergen County Relays, the Bergen County individual championships, the NJIC-Meadowlands Division title and the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group I state crown. It was the first time in the school’s history that the track team earned all those championships.

Well, Lyndhurst bowling coach Michael Rizzo decided to use what the Golden Bears did on the track as a springboard to try to duplicate the feat on the lanes.

“I told our kids early on that our goal this year was to win the league, the county and the state sectional,” Rizzo said. “I told them that if the track team could do it, that they could win the ‘Triple Crown,’ then we could do it. It was our motivation. They had to step up when the pressure was on.”

The Golden Bears already had two-thirds of the “Triple Crown” in place, namely the league and the county titles. On Saturday, they headed to Bowler City in Hackensack for the third piece of the puzzle, the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1-A championships.
Going into the tournament, Rizzo felt like he had the team to beat. Others believed it as well.

“On paper, we were the favorites,” Rizzo said. “But I had the other coaches breaking my chops, saying that they were all bowling for second place. When you’re expected to win, you always get nervous, because something could happen. You might not have a great day. Some other team could step up and have a great day. Nothing is handed to you.”

As it turned out, the Golden Bears really didn’t bowl up to their capabilities, but they still managed to do well enough to hold off the rest of the competition.

Led by freshman Jordan Lopez’s sensational 278 high game and 675 series, the Golden Bears rolled a three-game series total of 2,853 pins, easily outperforming runner-up Becton Regional and third place New Milford for the state sectional crown.

It was the second state title for Lyndhurst in the last three years.

“We bowled a 1,017 in the first game and were up by 100 pins,” Rizzo said. “We were in good shape. After the second game, we had a 200-pin lead. At that point, we were bowling against the clock. We had a big lead, but the lanes were breaking down. We didn’t finish the way we wanted to, but a win is a win.”

And the youngest of the Golden Bears led the way.

Jordan Lopez began the season bowling the conventional way, as a one-handed thrower. But he then switched over to throw the ball uncharacteristically with two hands.

“It’s really become the new trend in bowling,” Rizzo said. “A lot of kids are doing it now. When Jordan first did it in practice, I thought he was fooling around, but he was serious. You can’t say anything about the success. He’s getting 212 every day, so it’s safe to say he’s mastered it.”

Lopez’s series was seventh in the entire state and he now heads to the NJSIAA individual state sectionals this week at Carolier Lanes in East Brunswick. His 278 high game, rolled in the first game of the series, was the second highest single game total for any individual.

Lopez’s older sister, Lexus Lopez, a junior, also played a big part in the success of the team. She rolled a 546 series and had a high game of 201. It’s a potent 1-2 brother/sister act that the Golden Bears have going for them. Both will head to Carolier Lanes this week to participate in the state tournament, which is quite an accomplishment, but Lexus will get to finally compete with and against fellow girls this week instead of battling with the boys.

Senior Paul Ulrich was also big. He had a 211 in the first game, the second highest game of any Lyndhurst bowler, and ended the day with a 568 series, trailing only Jordan Lopez among the Bears.

“Paul was fighting pain in his wrist, but was still out there,” Rizzo said. “He was hurting, but he still managed to focus and do well. He’s come a long way and I’m very proud of him.”

Senior Carmine Battista, the team’s leader, had a 530 series and senior Nyquan Johnson had a 534 series.

Senior John Missagia and sophomore Connor Sheldrick acted as substitutes and bowled a few frames to get in the festivities.

“It’s tough to win when you’re expected to win,” Rizzo said. “I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

On Friday, the Golden Bears will head to the overall Group I state championships, also at Carolier Lanes.

“Right now, after the ‘Triple Crown,’ anything we get is gravy,” Rizzo said. “The top three would be nice, but I really think we have a shot to win. I’m not bragging or anything, but we have a shot.”

And if Rizzo needs help getting his team ready, he can just turn to the track team for a little touch of moral support.

Kearny’s Bush poised for solid final wrestling go-round

Photo by Jim Hague/ Kearny senior wrestler Dave Bush is looking forward to a fine end to his wrestling career, one that he hopes takes him to the NJSIAA state championships in Atlantic City next month.


By Jim Hague

Dave Bush knows that it’s his final season of high school wrestling and the Kearny senior is ready to give it his all down the stretch.

That’s why Bush became more of a dedicated wrestler before this season, religiously attending the NJAC Wrestling Facility, owned and operated by former Kearny state champion Dave Cordoba, currently the head coach at St. Mary’s of Rutherford.
As soon as the high school baseball season came to an end, Bush put the bat and glove down and headed back to the wrestling room with Cordoba, the program’s all-time leader in victories with 141.

“I’ve learned a lot from him,” Bush said of Cordoba. “Right after baseball is over, I go right to wrestling. Even sometimes during the baseball season, I go train a bit, but that can be a little tough.”

But Bush had to make the necessary sacrifice to become a better wrestler.

“I felt like I had to do it,” Bush said. “I wasn’t too happy with the way my seasons have ended in the past.”

In each of the last three seasons, Bush made it to the finals of the NJSIAA District 16 tournament, only to lose in the finals.

“I knew I couldn’t do that again,” Bush said. “I knew I had to do something different. Enough is enough.”

So Bush was determined to become a better wrestler and that meant spending more time training.

“He has all the tools,” veteran Kearny head wrestling coach Tony Carratura said. “He just needed that something extra. He needed to get a little more determined. He works hard after practice, then hits the weight room and then goes to train. He knows that’s what it takes to take it to the next level. That extra work is needed, even though he plays other sports.

Added Carratura, “Dave is a very good baseball player. But to take it to the next level and to get to Atlantic City (in the state tournament), Dave had to put in the extra work. It’s all about what you put into it. Then that’s what you get out of it and that gets you to the next level. He’s put a lot of time and effort into it and it’s shown. It’s put him a step above what he was last year.”

Bush said that he could feel the improvement.

“I went to a lot of summer tournaments and that got me ready,” Bush said. “I felt better. I felt quicker. Since I lifted a lot, I felt stronger. I really felt good about myself.”
Bush was rolling along in fine fashion, holding fort at 160 pounds in the Kardinals’ lineup, when disaster struck a month ago.

“He rolled his knee and that kept him out for a couple of weeks,” Carratura said.

“It started to bother me in practice a little and then I realized it was sprained,” Bush said. “The doctors said I had to sit out for two weeks and that was horrible. I knew that no matter what, I was going to come back and be 100 percent. I worked too hard to have anything happen.”

Bush received medical treatment and did some rehabilitative exercise to get his knee back to full strength.

“It never crossed my mind that I was going to be out for the season,” Bush said. “I was going to wrestle no matter what. It was a little shock to the body to be out, but after a couple days, I got right back into it. I feel good now.”

Bush certainly is showing no signs of the knee injury. He currently has a stellar 23-1 record this season as the long-awaited District 16 tournament approaches next weekend.

Bush also reached an impressive milestone last week. In a match against Union, Bush won via a pin and in the process, collected the 100th win of his career, becoming only the seventh Kardinal wrestler to ever reach the impressive milestone.

“It’s a great honor to be with those guys,” said Bush of a list that includes Cordoba and current Kearny assistant coach Vin Abbott. “It’s actually amazing I’m with that group.”
Others include Jon DGravina, Angel Colon, Brian McDonnell and J.T. Nash.

For his efforts, Bush has been selected as The Observer Athlete of the Week for the past week.

Bush is also acting as a leader for a very young Kardinal team that features an astounding 18 freshmen.

“They all look up to him and mimic what he does,” Carratura said. “Even some of the older guys watch what Dave does. They all look up to him. It’s a different Dave Bush these days. He’s stronger. He has experience. He’s more determined. His technique is better and he has more finesse. He has a good chance to win the Districts and the Regions and move on to Atlantic City.”

That’s another goal. After three close calls, Bush wants to make sure that his season ends in Atlantic City.

“It’s exciting and nerve wracking,” Bush said. “We’re getting down to it, but I’m ready. I think having the nerves help. Right now, I’m in good position to win the Districts and try to win the Regions to get to Atlantic City. That would be a great thing. I’ve always thought of it. It’s always been inside my head. I feel like I’m hitting my peak at the right time.”

And after three disappointments, Bush feels like he’s saving his best for last.

“It could definitely happen,” Bush said. “I can feel it.”


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.



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Teresita Hernandez

Teresita Hernandez, of Harrison, died on Feb. 8. She was 76.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held in the funeral home, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Teresita is survived by her son Ruben and his wife Suly, along with two sisters and five grandchildren.

James C. Kunkel, Jr.

James C. Kunkel, Jr., of Kearny, died on Feb. 6 in the Belgrove Post Acute Center in Kearny. He was 69.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by private cremation.

Jim served in the Army from 1964-66 and was a warehouse manager at Kleer Kast in Kearny.

Surviving are his wife Dottie (Cicchino) Kunkel and his children and their spouses Joseph and Erica Cicchino, Valerie and Gary McCauley, Linda Ford and Daniel and Kathy Cicchino. Also surviving are his grandchildren Cara, Nicole, Gabi, Jesse, Patrick, Joseph, Kaitlyn, Timothy, Matthew, Jack and Gillian.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the D.A.V.

Ismael E. Lafarga

Ismael E. Lafarga, 74, died on Feb. 11 at his home in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral liturgy was held in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by entombment will follow at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Ismael was born in Cuba, moving to the United States in 1962 and has lived in Kearny for the last 37 years. Mr. Lafarga earned his B.A. in Spanish from Montclair State College in 1975. He owned and operated Kearny Business Machines for 39 years retiring five years ago. He was a member of the Elizabeth Cubanos Lions Club as well as the District 6 – E Past Governor and a former member of the Kearny Afternoon Optimist Club.

Ismael is survived by his wife Leysi (Jaume); children Richard Lafarga David Lafarga (Rose) and Karen Matuch (Chris). He was the beloved grandfather of Isabella, Phoebe, Reid and Griffin Matuch and David and Chloe Lafarga. He also leaves behind his beloved dog Sophie.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to ALS Association Greater New York Chapter, 42 Broadway, Suite 1724, New York, NY 10004 or at alsny. org or to the Elizabeth Cubanos Lions Club, 440 Westfield Ave., Elizabeth, N.J. 07207.

Nettie (Kaminash) Lebofsky

Nettie (Kaminash) Lebofsky, 88, died on Jan. 30 in University Hospital, Newark.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A service was held in the funeral home on Sunday, Feb. 12. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Nettie was born in London, England, on Feb. 18, 1923, the daughter of the late Harris and Rose Kaminash. On April 18, 1943, she married her hus – band Alfred Lebofsky and in 1948 they immigrated to the U.S. and lived in North Arlington. They moved to Kearny in 1975.

She was employed as the office manager at Temperature Processing in North Arlington for 20 years before retiring 26 years ago. She was an active and beloved member of the Arlington Players Club in Kearny as well as a member of the B’nai B’rith Sisterhood.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years Alfred, and her two sons Dr. Martin Lebofsky and his wife Ellen R. and Bernie Lebofsky and his wife Ellen A. She was the grandmother of Eric Lebofsky and his wife Jenny, Naomi Lebofsky, Tara Webb and her husband David and Janine Lebofsky.

Alexis Mendez

Alexis Mendez died on Feb 5. He was 28. Born in Newark, he lived his life in Belleville.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at the Basilica in Newark. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

He is survived by his parents and his sister Karina. He was a tow truck operator for Dente Brothers and was an avid Giants fan.

Dorothy A. Millar

Dorothy A. Millar, 86, of Oswego, N.Y., passed away on Feb. 8 at her home.

Born in Kearny, she was a daughter of the late Patrick and Catherine (Doherty) Harte and had attended St. Cecilia’s School in Kearny.

She was employed with the Blue Cross Blue/Shield in Newark for 20 years.

Dorothy was a member of the Catholic Daughters at St. Mary’s Church in Oswego and the Rosary Society at St. Cecilia’s Church in Kearny.

Surviving are her three daughters, Kathleen (Bob) Heintz of Tampa, Fla., Mary Kerr of Oswego, Dorothy (Steve) Cole of Kinderhook N.Y.; four sons, Robert Millar of Indian Land, S.C., Kenneth Millar of Oswego, Patrick (Paula) Millar of Gilbert, Ariz., Michael Millar of Houston, 20 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren; and her devoted caregiver, Carol Beach of Oswego. She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth Millar in 1988 and three sisters, Katherine McDonald, Margaret Bochenko and Marie Bullock.

Funeral services were held in St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny on Monday, Feb. 13.

Burial was in Gates of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.

Arrangements were by the Dowdle Funeral Home, Oswego.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Cecilia’s Church,120 Kearny Ave. Kearny, N.J. 07032.

Anna V. Ozzano

Anna V. Ozzano (nee Ruggiero), 94, died on Jan. 24, at her home in North Arlington.

Born in New York, N.Y., she lived in North Arlington since 1948.

She worked for 15 years as a cashier at Thom McCann in North Arlington before retiring in 1974.

She was a member of the Arts and Crafts Club and the Tuesday Senior Citizens Club of North Arlington. She was the president of the North Arlington AARP 3969 from 1993 to 1995, during which time she was happy to have had the honor of presenting the North Arlington Volunteer Emergency Squad with their first defibrulator and eye screening machine.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph “Joe”; the cherished mother of Dorothy Ford and her late husband, Jerry of North Arlington; Ann Square and her husband, Harry of South Plainfield; the adored grandmother of Lori Matuszek and her husband, Stephen; Doreen Ford-Wilde and her husband, Gary; Edwin Johnson and his wife, Rhoda; Jaime Golda and her husband, Eugene; the loving great- grandmother of Katherine, Joseph, Ryan, Kaitlyn, Dominic and Jake and the dear sister of Dorothy Palella of Florida.

Funeral services were conducted by the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington, on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a funeral Mass in Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 11 Independence Way, Newark, Del. 19713.

Frances Ross

Frances Ross (nee Cairney), died Feb. 5 at home. She was 73.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, she lived in Kearny before moving to North Carolina three years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. To leave online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Frances is the wife of the late John “Scotty” Ross. She is survived by her children and their spouses John and Tina Ross, Stephen and Alice Ross, Celene and Kevin Riley and Jacqueline Ross; her brothers Thomas and Hugh Cairney and her grandchildren Amanda, John, Andrew, Alyssa, Cameron, McKenna and Grace.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to University of North Carolina Cancer Center.


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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


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.