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Ferrarro resigns, takes buyout

By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent  KEARNY –  After months of wrangling with his employer, the Kearny Board of Education, Frank Ferraro has tendered his resignation as Kearny superintendent of schools, effective Nov. 1. Ferraro, who was facing the threat of being fired after the board had brought tenure charges […]


New high school VP named

KEARNY – A 13-year school employee has been promoted to vice principal assigned to Kearny High School. Paul Measso, 37, was appointed to his new job Oct. 20 at an annual salary of $128,163 (pro-rated), pending receipt of his principal certificate of eligibility from Trenton. He completed a master’s degree […]


Lottery for senior apts. next month

By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent  HARRISON – The town’s first affordable residence for senior citizens at 774 Harrison Ave. is getting ever closer to reality. As construction of the 15-unit building nears completion, the sponsor, Domus Corp., the housing arm of Catholic Charities of Newark, has begun the process […]


Heroin/gun rap for felon

      By Karen Zautyk Observer Correspondent  KEARNY –  When Kearny Vice Squad detectives busted a Newark man for drug possession/distribution Oct. 17 on Maple St., they reported recovering 135 folds of heroin. While the suspect was languishing in the Hudson County Jail on $40,000 bail, the KPD […]


Borough voters getting school question

By Ron Leir Observer Correspondent  EAST NEWARK –  A court ruling has cleared the way – over objections by Harrison – for a Nov. 4 nonbinding referendum asking borough voters, “Should East Newark high school students be sent to Kearny High School instead of Harrison High School?” Harrison Board […]


Bar could face 6-month shutdown

Photo by Anthony Machcinski/ Ambatenita’s could end up shut for half a year.


By Ron Leir 


A local tavern that has incurred the borough’s wrath for a series of past indiscretions may have shot itself in the foot.

Last November East Newark imposed a one-year closing of the Ambatenita Bar & Restaurant on N. Third St. for various liquor law infractions but the licensee appealed to the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.

So the borough and the licensee ended up with a settlement agreement that forced the bar to close for 10 days and, thereafter, put it on a sort of probation.

Under the agreement, which was signed Dec. 14, 2011, the licensee was bound to adhere to a list of conditions required by the borough through June 30, 2012, and if it failed to satisfy any one of those conditions, the borough had the right to close the place for six months.

Well, according to the borough, it didn’t take long for the licensee to break the agreement.

Borough Attorney Neil Marotta said that on Sunday, Jan. 8, a borough police offi cer who visited the bar that evening found that it was open past the designated 10 p.m. closing time.

Because the bar stayed open later than the consent order (settlement agreement) permitted, Marotta said, the licensee is charged with breaching the order.

Marotta said the borough has served notice of the alleged violation of the agreement on the licensee and the Borough Council will conduct a public hearing on the charge on Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the second-fl oor assembly chambers at Borough Hall, 34 Sherman Ave.

Marotta said that if the licensee is found guilty of the charge, the bar is “subject to a six-month suspension of the license,” as provided by the consent order, but added that, ultimately, it’s up to the Borough Council to determine the penalty.

Asked for more details, Borough Police Chief Ken Sheehan said that the police report documenting the incident indicated that the Police Department received a call from a resident alleging that the bar was continuing to serve customers after the mandated 10 p.m. closing.

When a police officer went to the bar at 10:20 p.m. to check, the offi cer “found that patrons were still in the establishment,” Sheehan said.

Newark attorney Fausto Simoes, listed as representing Ambatenita’s, couldn’t be reached for comment.

Borough officials said they were prompted to impose special conditions on the bar in response to neighbors’ quality of life complaints about loud noise and music coming from inside, disruptive patrons hanging outside and urinating in an alley next to the bar, and fights in the bar that sometimes spilled outside into the neighborhood.

The borough instructed the bar owner to close at 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and to “turn the music down at 9 p.m.” on those days.

On weekends, the owner was told to tone down the music at midnight.

The bar also had to install a security light outside the front entrance and put in a second light with motion detector in the alleyway.

It also was required to hire a bouncer to prevent customers from hanging outside.

The borough put limits on the number of patrons allowed outside. And the owner had to pay the state a fi ne in lieu of a 30- day license suspension.

Over the limit, under arrest

A rash of D.W.I.’s took place in Kearny this week as Kearny Police were left to clean up the mess.

On Saturday, Jan. 14, Sgt. John Becker was on patrol on Passaic Ave. near Riverview Court at about 1:15 a.m. when he observed a vehicle driving erratically, then pull into the town parking lot on Passaic Ave. Knowing that the location has featured prior illegal activity, Becker approached the vehicle from the passenger side where he smelt the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle. With three individuals in the vehicle, Officers Ben Wuelfing and Derek Hemphill came as backup. Sgt. Becker observed the front seat passenger smoking a small “blunt”, which he tried to drop on the floor after Becker illuminated the object. Officer Wuelfing conducted a field sobriety test. The driver, 25-year-old Marlin Garcia of Kearny, was placed under arrest and charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to an alcohol test, possession of a controlled substance within a motor vehicle, and failing to change the address on his driver’s license. The other two passengers, 23-year-old Kearny residents Brian Matos and Eugene Fernandez, were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The DWI rash continued into the morning of the 15th when officers Chris Medina and Frank West were patrolling the area of Kearny and Bergan Aves. and observed a vehicle driving northbound on Kearny Ave. with a man driving hunched over at the steering wheel. After almost hitting several parked cars, the officers stopped him in the area of Garfield and Kearny Aves. The man seemed startled and didn’t stop for the lights, only pulling over after the officers put their sirens on. Officers approached the vehicle and noticed a strong smell of alcohol. When asked where he lived, the man said Virginia and that he was just on his way home. After performing field sobriety tests and an I.D. check, the man, 52-year-old Kearny resident Raul Sevillano was placed under arrest. He was charged with driving with an obstructed view, driving while intoxicated, careless driving, and driving with a suspended registration.

Just two hours later at about 4 a.m., Sgt. Becker was traveling on Davis Ave. and observed a silver vehicle traveling at a very high rate of speed westbound on Oakwood Ave. The vehicle traveled west on Oakwood Ave, then turned onto Belgrove Drive, hitting a sign in the process. The vehicle was pulled over at Belgrove Drive and Pedan Terrace. When he approached the vehicle, Becker could smell the odor of both alcohol and burnt marijuana. Immediately upon questioning the driver, the male admitted that he only had a couple of beers. The driver was put through field sobriety tests and could barely stand or complete the most routine questions. A search of the area found an uncovered Heineken bottle. The man, 21-year-old Newark resident Ruy Horta, was placed under arrest and charged with careless driving, operating a vehicle with an open container, driving while intoxicated, and not having documents in possession.

On the evening of the 16th around 7 p.m., Officer Mike Andrews observed a suspicious vehicle on Clinton Ave. Officer Frank West responded to the scene as backup. Andrews approached the driver’s side of the vehicle and question the occupants. After detecting the odor of burnt marijuana, the driver admitted that the hand-rolled marijuana cigar belonged to him and him only. The driver, 19-year-old Kearny resident Jorge Borreto was taken from the car and placed under arrest. He was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Later that evening, around 11:30 p.m., patrol units were alerted that a hit and run occurred near Columbia Ave. and Devon St. A red vehicle was seen leaving the scene and turning onto Elm St. Officers Chris Medina and Ben Wuelfing responded to the scene to conduct an investigation while other units checked the surrounding area for the vehicle. Sgt. Mike O’Neill advised that he had the vehicle in sight, driving westbound on Midland Ave. and stopped the vehicle. The car appeared to be damaged and the driver appeared to be intoxicated. After a field sobriety test, the man was placed under arrest. Raymond Garbiras, a 59-year-old Kearny resident, was charged with driving while intoxicated, failing to exhibit registration, careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident, and refusal to submit to an alcohol test.

The next day, on the 17th, Officer Neil Nelson was on patrol about 4 p.m. behind a vehicle on Clark St. that was being operated very slowly and erratically. From what Nelson could see, the individuals in the vehicle were looking at parked cars. After attempting to initiate a vehicle stop, the driver ignored his attempts and continued down Clark St. to Marshall St., finally stopping in the Shop Rite parking lot. After approaching the vehicle on foot, the driver put the vehicle in reverse and backed into the patrol car. Not knowing if the individuals were going to flee, Nelson summoned backup. This brought Sgt. Charles Smith and Officers Mike Andrews, Pete Jahera, and Sean Kelly to his aid. The officers began to conduct a field inquiry, to which the driver identified himself as three different people with three different dates of birth. He was placed under arrest for hindering apprehension. Nelson conducted a search of the person and found a waxed drug fold in his pocket, generally used to hold drugs. A cursory search by Nelson revealed two open beer bottles on the front seat and that the registration to the vehicle had expired in March. The passenger was interviewed by Kelly and found to have a warrant by the Ocean County Sheriffs Office and placed under arrest. The driver was asked why he lied to Officer Nelson and replied that his name was hard to spell and he couldn’t give the correct spelling. The driver, 56-year-old East Newark resident Mieczyslaw Kurasz was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia for the wax fold, failing to produce documents, driving an unregistered vehicle, careless driving and operating a vehicle in possession of an open alcohol container. The passenger, 53-year-old Dennis Wetmore of Harrison, was handed over to the Ocean County Sheriffs Dept.

On Jan. 19th around 4:30 p.m., patrol units were called to the area of Belgrove Drive and Woodland Ave. On Woodland Ave, Officer Jose Resua found that a man had rammed his vehicle into a parked car and was attempting to push the other vehicle. After placing his patrol car behind the perpetrator’s vehicle, Resua approached the car and observed a male in the driver’s seat bleeding from the head and face. After climbing through the window of the car and shutting the car off, Resua attempted to take the driver from the seat, but he initially resisted. Officer Sean Kelly arrived as backup and the two officers were able to arrest the man. The driver appeared to be so intoxicated that he was unable to perform any of the field sobriety tests and was taken to headquarters for treatment. The man, 62-year-old Manuel Sarniento of Lyndhurst was charged with reckless driving and driving while intoxicated.

Finally, just before midnight on the 19th, Officers Ben Wuelfing and Joe Martin responded to the area of Devon Terrace just off Schuyler Ave. on a report of a motor vehicle accident. The officers arrived on scene to find a red Dodge that had apparently been struck by another vehicle. Bystanders pointed the officers in the direction of a Pontiac at the end of the road. They found that the airbag had been deployed and the car was wedged between two vehicles. While waiting for EMS, the driver told them that she did not want to climb out of the vehicle while it was in that position. During an interview, police observed an empty can between the driver’s door and the seat. Once free, the woman was taken to headquarters. Yandra Beato, a 35-year-old Kearny female, was charged with operating under the influence, careless driving, and possessing an open container of alcohol while operating a vehicle.

Be alert for fake public workers

Two incidents regarding a fake public works agent have taken place this week. Two residents of different locations were approached by what they described as a male, possibly Hispanic, of average height and build with dark hair.

Upon gaining entrance into a Pavonia Ave residence, the man, who claimed he was checking the water, managed to get to the second floor and steal jewelry from.

After these incidents, Kearny Police Chief John Dowie wanted to send a message to residents of the area, to not only be on the lookout for this man, but to watch out for other incidents.

“You should know the condition of your own house, and not have someone tell you that,” Dowie explained. “Also, be aware of the time and day of the week. Town employees work 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.”

Town employees are required to have town-issued identification cards. Most town and public services vehicles are marked.

“Don’t be afraid to question them,” said Dowie. “You can ask them who sent them, where they’re from, and why they were sent.”

Deputy Chief James Corbett backed up Dowie’s statement by saying, “Anytime you have the least bit of suspicion, call the police department. People shouldn’t be nervous or embarrassed to call us. We’ll determine if the person is legitimate. That’s what were here for.”

For inquiries, call the Kearny Police Department at (201)- 998-1313. The fake public works official is currently on the loose. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male of average height and build with dark hair and a blue pea coat.

— Anthony J. Machcinski

A WORD WITH THE PUBLISHER: Targeting young readers



By Lisa Pezzolla

Each week, The Observer reports the news and views of the general population of East Newark, Harrison, Kearny, North Arlington, Lyndhurst, Belleville, Nutley, and Bloomfield. Obviously, we cannot voice everyone’s opinion within a limited space every week, but there is one demographic we have always tried to place in the paper.

Our “Bridging the Gap” column featured the work of young writers culled from our eight-town coverage area who, like us, had the passion to write and tell a good story. I felt it was a nice way to target our young readers and future journalists each week.

Unfortunately, “Bridging the Gap” fizzled after a few of our young writers moved on to college. The issues and opinions posed by our young readers and writers are ones you don’t see on an everyday basis, and should be valued as such.

The idea behind “Bridging the Gap” was to afford young writers an opportunity to publish their pieces. These published pieces help writers prep for their college careers and in their future in general. So, parents and teachers, if you know of a child with an affection and talent for writing, please direct him or her to The Observer and let them take advantage of those talents!

U.S. Marine “pee party” is hardly surprising

It spread across the news outlets like free beers at a “kegger.” Four American Marines had done the unthinkable to the corpses of Taliban fighters who had once opposed them. If you missed it, suffice to say that, in a final show of supremacy, our boys indignantly trained their “weapons” on the combatants’ dead carcasses, effectively treating them as urinal pucks.

“Oh, the humanity!” the talking heads screamed.

“What were these vile young men thinking when they peed on the enemy?” asked a gaggle of high-placed politicians and press members whose feigned shock was worthy of an Academy Award.

To answer that, a football metaphor might prove helpful. The gridiron gang is trained with one goal in mind: to destroy the opposition at almost any cost. As long as a fairly liberal set of prescribed rules are followed, all is hunky-dory. Everybody loves a winner, especially team owners, so the men are drilled and then drilled some more until the squad becomes a crushing force to be reckoned with. When a player ultimately scores a touchdown, he has done all that he was trained to do. Hooray!

But at that instant, woeful is the player who dares to celebrate too exuberantly. We’ve now been told that this sort of thing is akin to “bad sportsmanship,” that “rubbing it in” isn’t the “American way.” Put another way, it’s perfectly alright for players to kick the living hell out of those standing in their way – in fact the most violent players are cheered on for their boneshattering “hits” while enroute to a goal – but it’s somehow bad form to execute a celebratory dance once that goal is achieved. Is it just me, or is there something ridiculously screwy with this rationale?

Human beings never cease to amaze me. Some of the very same people currently taking these soldiers to task for their “yellow” celebration have no problem at all with the idea of killing in the first place. It’s the “chest puffing” that occasionally comes afterwards that seems to annoy them. Here’s a question for these “concerned” Americans.

After you train a soldier to kill, after you systematically destroy and/or remove every instinct that a soldier once held regarding the sanctity of life, how can you then act surprised when that soldier turns tribal and decides to “take a whiz” on the bad guys? In the pre-politically-correct football era, this would be considered nothing more than a spiked ball; in tennis, it would be a ball hit into the crowd. You simply can’t have it both ways. When you encourage the taking of lives in the national interest you shouldn’t be too surprised when the participants sometimes forget their post-kill manners.

Some argue that this “outrageous” act will serve to incite the Taliban and its sympathizers and will be used as a propaganda tool to further their cause. That may be true, but I have a newsflash for those who labor under such a mindset: These extremists and extremist factions are going to hate us anyway. Period.

At this point, I’d be far more concerned with sending mixed messages to our soldiers – a seriously exploited group who receive precious little in return for saving our asses. In an allvolunteer military, where the perception that a soldier will receive a fair shake is basically everything, it’s mighty bad form to pick our heroes apart for their “bad manners” after the fact—after they’ve done the job that we asked them to do.

For those who don’t approve of such celebrations, I suggest you visit the local recruiting office. Then you can head off to boot camp and show us all how it should be done. Until that time comes, let’s cool it with the political correctness. “War is hell,” said Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman – a ruthless but effective warrior who knew a little something about the carnage of this ultimate human failing. If the taking of lives is considered necessary in order to preserve the American way of life, then an impromptu “Pee party” should be no big deal. Just ask some real soldiers – they’ll tell you. After they zip-up, of course.

—Jeff Bahr


Fraudulent check leads to arrest in Lyndhurst

Jan. 18

At 5:14 p.m. police arrested Skye Rivera, 18, of Warwick, N.Y., on charges of trying to pass a bad check and forgery at the Chase Bank on Stuyvesant Ave. Police said Rivera tried to cash a fraudulent check made out to her in the amount of $1,087.82. She was sent to the Bergen County Jail, Hackensack, on $15,000 bail with a 10% cash option, pending court action.

Jan. 17

At 9:50 p.m., police discovered three Lyndhurst teenagers consuming beer while sitting in a car parked in the N.J. Transit lot on Park Ave. Three girls, two aged 16 and one, 17, and one boy, age 17, were charged with underage drinking in a motor vehicle and having open containers of alcohol in a motor vehicle. They were released pending appearances in juvenile court. Police said the car was registered to the mother of one of the teens.

Jan. 15

Police were called to the Sidowski Shell station on Ridge Road at 9:13 p.m. where an attendant told them that two males had just taken two cigarette lighters without paying and left. Police said the pair were spotted entering a residence about a block away and were grabbed there. Police charged John Sanchez, 19, of Fairlawn, and his pal, a 15-year-old Paterson boy, with disorderly conduct and shoplifting. They were released pending court action.

Police went to the Lyndhurst Diner on Riverside Ave. at 3:51 a.m. to deal with an unruly customer. After she began yelling at the officers, Tiffany Crespo, 29, of Manhattan, was given a summons charging her with disorderly conduct and released pending a court appearance. Police said Crespo may have been intoxicated.

A cancer survivor, chef now cooking up a storm

By Anthony J. Machcinski

Kearny —

Just think, if only for a minute, what it might be like to lose something that affected what you do the best, whether it be a writer losing his hands or a marathon runner losing a foot.

This is what happened to former Kearny resident David Guerrero.

Two years ago this April, Guerrero was diagnosed with brain cancer and had a tumor removed. After the surgery, a stroke compounded his already formidable challenge.

“After my surgery, my first fear was thinking that I would never be able to do anything again,” explained Guerrero, who now resides in Houston. “I used to be fluent in Portuguese. Don’t remember much of that anymore. I had to relearn how to speak English and how to Salsa dance. My main concern was that I lost my taste.”

Guerrero, who at the time of his setbacks was employed as a personal chef by NBA basketball player, Tracy McGrady, had lost the one thing that a chef relies on most; his taste buds.

“I couldn’t see myself doing anything else in a real profession,” said Guerrero, who also lost much of the functionality in his left hand.

Then, one single discovery allowed Guerrero to continue pursuing his passion.

“I learned that about 80 percent of your taste comes from your nose,” Guerrero said. “I had only lost about 10 percent of my ability in my nose.”

Guerrero’s grit and determination got him back into the food business. After becoming a Sous Chef at Samba Grille – a South American inspired restaurant in Houston – Guerrero was promoted to the position of Executive Chef.

Despite all that he has been through, Guerrero has managed to stay positive.

“I believe that God gave me a second chance. I’m not perfect, but I want to do my best to prove to people that there’s always hope; that no matter what, you can follow your dreams. It’s all about hard working and believing in yourself.”

Now that Guerrero has started to get back on his feet, he has dreams of his own that he would like to see completed.

“I really want to open my own restaurant and I’m going to do it,” said Guerrero with newfound confidence. “I want to open a French and American Restaurant with a twist of South America—it’s a fusion. (South Americans) have tons of foods that people have never seen before in this country.”

For taste of good music, try The Pietasters

Photo courtesy Steve Jackson/ The Pietasters (from l.): Dan Schneider, Jeremy Roberts, Carlos Linares, Dave Vermillion, Andrew Guterman, Steve Jackson (sitting), Toby Hansen, Alan Makranczy.


By Anthony J. Machcinski

In the music culture, a band being together for over twenty years seems like an eternity. Many bands such as Metallica, the Rolling Stones, and Aerosmith have become legends not just because of the music they produce, but for the longevity of their careers. One band, who will play the Kearny Irish Feb. 4, can be considered with those names because of their members’ ability to stay together.

The Pietasters, a ska band out of Washington D.C., was formed in 1991 and still remains together today, playing wherever crowds appreciate its music. Ska music, which originated in Jamaica in the 1950s and moved into American culture in the early 1980s, is characterized by a walking bass line and rhythms on the upbeat.

“It’s pretty much rock and roll with a different beat,” explained Pietasters’ vocalist Steve Jackson.

The Pietasters got started while Jackson and other members were in college.

“We were a bunch of friends who tried to put together a punk rock band,” Jackson said. “We had a friend do ska, so we gave it a try. We started playing it at parties and people seemed to enjoy it. It was a fun thing.”

Since its inception in 1991, the band has seen its share of lineup changes.

“This band’s been around a long time. It’s hard to reinvent it,” explained Alan Makranczy, the Pietasters’ saxophone player who became part of the band around 1993. “(Joining the band was) the best opportunity as a horn player like that. Truth is, I wasn’t that into ska.”

The band’s longevity can be attributed to a passion that exists in all of the members.

“I just want to keep playing music,” Jackson said, inspiringly. “We’re older, we have kids and have other responsibilities. Everyone in the band is proud of where we’ve been.”

“Our love is playing live and having a huge stack of songs to choose from,” Makranczy added.

Even with longevity, good music is required to continue to be able to perform live in front of audiences. This is a statement that the Pietasters definitely back up. With a strong horn section, definitive beat, and soulful vocals, the Pietasters give the evidence needed to make a statement on their longevity.

“Told You the First,” a very funky number that can’t stop listeners from moving to the beat of the song, showcases the band’s horn section with the right amount of grittiness in the vocals similar to a James Brown song or any song from the late Sublime lead singer Bradley Knowell.

While none of the songs make listeners feel unhappy, the band’s rowdier side comes out in the song “Maggie Mae.” In what can only be described as a modern day drinking song, the Pietasters use strong beat and an equally strong horn rhythm to create a song that just oozes good vibes. The multi-man vocals also stay consistent to another band the Pietasters have traveled with, the Mighty Mighty Bostones.

In their travels across the nation and the world, the Pietasters have been able to perform with several headline acts, but none larger than when they were able to play in their hometown with one of the greats.

“(One of the greatest moments was) playing with James Brown,” Jackson remembered. “We were approached by a local radio station and told James Brown was going to play here. He was the tie into the older generation of music and asked if we thought we could play his music. We went in the garage for a night and just did his songs. Three days later, James Brown and his guitar player came in. We were the backing band for James Brown at the MCI Center.”

While the Pietasters have been able to perform at highlevel gigs, the band has no reservations as to where it plays.

“Everywhere you have a good time and it’s a good crowd (are our favorite places to play),” Jackson explained. “It doesn’t have to be huge to be a great show.”

The band is in the process of making another album, although a date and name have yet to be released.

Nutley Police Blotter

Jan. 20

At 1:16 a.m., a police officer stopped a loud Acura on Hancox Ave. and learned that the driver, Matthew Rullo, 20, of Belleville, had several outstanding warrants and was driving while suspended. He was issued a summons and released after posting bail.

Jan. 19

Police stopped motorist around 9:57 p.m., DiAntonio, 25-year-old resident of Nutley, off of Vincent Pl. for failure to wear a seat belt and found that she had an outstanding warrant for $300 out of Old Bridge. She was released with a motor vehicle summons after posting bail.

A Franklin Ave. tenant reported around 9:11 p.m. someone had smashed in the apartment’s front door to get inside. While checking further, police discovered that a second burglary had been committed in the same building, with entry gained the same way. Detectives are investigating.

Police responded to a family dispute at a Hillside Ave. residence at 3:19 p.m., culminating in the homeowner’s adult son, Nicholas Zappula, 23, reportedly kicking in the front door after an argument with his mother who refused to let him inside. Police charged Zappula with criminal mischief. Police said Zappula also had an outstanding warrant out of Newark for $800. He was released pending a court appearance.

Jan. 17

At 5:36 p.m., an E. Passaic Ave. homeowner returned home to find an open door and broken glass. After searching the home, police said they found everything appeared to be in order.

A resident called police at 4:26 p.m. to report two men appeared to be checking out local businesses on Darling Ave. Police found two Newark men at the scene with a vehicle that was initially listed as stolen and officers detained the pair, but they were released after officers learned that the vehicle wasn’t stolen after all.

A River Road resident reported at 11:05 a.m. that a virus turned up on her computer instructing the user to turn on her camera and lift her shirt to get rid of the virus. Police said the resident suspects it’s the work of a repairman who visited recently. Police are investigating.

Police went to a Centre St. location at 11 a.m. where a 65-year-old man was pulling his pants down. The man told officers he was only fixing his clothes. Police advised him not to disrobe in public and permitted him to leave.

A Franklin Ave. traffic stop resulted in the arrest of Marlon Seogiva, 21, of Nutley, on a charge of driving while suspended. Police said Seogiva also had a $500 outstanding warrant from Nutley. He was released pending a court appearance.

Jan. 16

At 11:12 a.m., police recovered several hypodermic needles on the road near King St. and Wesley Place. Police are investigating.

Jan. 15

A Joerg Ave. resident leaving a Centre St. pub at 9:55 p.m. was bitten by a dog being walked by its owner. Arriving at the scene, police detained the dog and learned that its license had expired in 2007. The resident, a female, had several cuts and was treated by Emergency Medical Services. She refused to go to the hospital. Police issued the dog owner a summons for having an unlicensed dog.

Police responded to Elm St. at 4:43 p.m. where two neighbors were fighting. Both were advised of their right to sign complaints against the other if they wanted to do so.

Jan. 14

A neighbor of a Passaic Ave. convenience store called police At 10:39 p.m. about a delivery truck running its engine while making a late night delivery. The neighbor said the delivery company had promised that its drivers would shut off the engine when making a delivery at night in consideration of the residents.

At 4:13 p.m., police went to an E. Centre St. location in response to a complaint about a blocked driveway. Police found that the vehicle parked in the driveway’s path had an overnight parking ticket affixed to the windshield. Police impounded the vehicle and issued an additional traffic ticket.

Police investigated a report of a hit and run incident at Cambridge Heights at 12:12 p.m.. There, police learned that the motorist had hit a control box used to activate the electric gates at the complex and had also struck a lamp post and had then fled the scene. Police are investigating.

A Hudson St. resident reported at 9:50 a.m. to police that she’d gotten a phone call telling her that she’d won $5 million and a new car but that she first needed to send $1,100 to cover insurance for the exchange. Police are investigating a suspected scam.

Jan. 13

At 7:31 p.m. police were called to an E. Passaic Ave. bar where a patron who had argued with another customer went outside to smoke when he was assaulted. The injured patron, who told police he thinks he was attacked by the same person he’d been arguing with inside the bar, was treated by EMS. Police are investigating.

A Hillside Ave. resident reported that a theft of a $400 I-phone occurred during gym class at Nutley High School earlier in the day. Police are investigating.

At 3:44 p.m. a Harrison St. resident reported that someone tried to get into his building by kicking the front door. He showed police footprints on the door and a damaged door lock. Police are investigating.

A Hopper Ave. resident reported at 3:34 p.m. that fraudulent charges were placed on her credit card. Police are investigating. Police went to Municipal Lot 1 a t 12:43 p.m. after an anonymous caller reported that someone was vandalizing a car parked there. The caller said the vandal had poured soda on the car’s hood and was kicking the vehicle. Police are investigating.

Harrison Police Blotter

Jan. 17

A warehouse in the south end of town was burglarized and about eight rolls of copper wire, valued at $30,000, were stolen. The theft is under investigation.

Two vehicles parked at a private lot on Essex St. were broken into. A GPS unit and sunglasses were taken.

A 2000 Honda Civic was stolen from the municipal parking lot on Essex St. and another car was broken into while it was parked in the same lot.

Jan. 16

A passenger who took umbrage at the price he was charged by a taxi driver reportedly took out his wrath on the driver, according to police. Antonio Perpiglia, 23, of Orange, was arrested on a robbery charge after police say Perpiglia punched the driver on Frank Rodgers Blvd. South and took back the $60 fare that he’d paid for his ride. The cabbie, 31, of Sunnyside, N.Y., was taken to St. Michael’s Hospital, Newark, for treatment of his injuries. Perpiglia was taken to the Hudson County Jail, Kearny, to await court action.

Tyrone Manns, 51, of Newark, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Newark after he was seen checking an alleyway in an area of Frank Rodgers Blvd. South. He was released by Newark Police pending a court appearance in that city.

Jan. 14

Jonathan Velarde, 38, of Kearny, was issued a summons for urinating in public on Harrison Ave. Police said Velarde was drunk at the time. A bit later, police said Velarde was observed operating a motor vehicle in the same area. He was stopped and placed under arrest on a DWI charge. He was released pending court action.

Jan. 13

Gregorio Laos, 23, of Harrison, was arrested on Frank Rodgers Blvd. North on a Superior Court warrant stemming from a Harrison charge for allegedly stalking a minor. Laos was transported to Hudson County Jail, Kearny, to await court action.

A Franklin Ave. resident reported that a package delivered by the U.S. Postal Service was stolen from her hallway.