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Abducted Delaware child could be in NJ, NYC

Top: Elinor Trotta; Bottom: Michael Trotta.

Top: Elinor Trotta; Bottom: Michael Trotta.


The New Castle County, Del., police seeks your help in locating a missing child.

Elinor Trotta, a 3-year-old, 60-pound girl with brown hair, was last seen wearing a purple coat, pink pants, and “Frozen” shoes.

The New Castle County Police Department is investigating a domestic-related incident that occurred in the community of School Side Apartments in New Castle, Del. At approximately 6:48 p.m., county police responded to the 800 Block of East Basin Road on a report of a domestic-related assault. The reporting person advised that her ex-boyfriend, 39-year-old Michael Trotta, came to her residence, assaulted her and took their 3-year-old daughter.

Police are currently looking for Mr. Trotta. He is a white man, 5’8” tall, approximately 160 pounds, balding/short haircut, scruffy beard and mustache last seen wearing all black clothing. The suspect fled the scene in a 1989 gray Mazda 626 bearing Delaware registration 247457 with his 3-year-old daughter.

Police believe the child is in imminent danger and that Mr. Trotta may have fled with her to the state of New Jersey, possibly heading to New York City.

Anyone with information is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately, the New Castle County Police Department at (302) 573-2800 or visit www.nccpd.com.

NAPD sees upswing in residential burglaries

napd-shield-transparentThe North Arlington Police Department wants to ensure residents are aware that there have been a series of residential burglaries in recent weeks that had similar characteristics and asks that all necessary precautions be taken to aid in preventing further incidents.

Five burglaries have taken place in apartment building/complex facilities in the last several months.

The suspects identify units that have unlocked doors and/or windows. They have focused on ground-floor apartments with air conditioning window units in which they’ve been able to push (or pull) the unit out of the window to gain entry, or have entered through unlocked windows.

All residents are asked to identify and correct any issues that may make their residence a potential target.

Anyone with any information, or assistance needs, can contact Det. Feola with the North Arlington P.D. at 201-991-4400, ext. 139.

As always, immediately contact the police to report suspicious activity.

Report: 2 women arrested, charged with soliciting prostitution at Kearny clinic

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GOOGLE STREET VIEW PHOTO — Two women were arrested and charged with soliciting prostitution at a Kearny health-care clinic located inside 50 Midland Ave., seen above, according to reports.

By Karen Zautyk
Observer Correspondent


In a professional building on Midland Ave., near the Post Office, there used to be a business called the Y&L Health Care Clinic. We say “used to be” because last week it got busted.

Kearny police said it  was a massage parlor operating as a front for prostitution.

At 2:30 p.m., Feb. 9, as the result of an ongoing investigation, KPD Vice detectives went to the premises and arrested 64-year-old Jia Cao and 49-year-old Chunlan Yu, residents of Flushing, Queens.

Both were charged with engaging in prostitution; additionally, Yu was charged with promoting it.

The officers also confiscated approximately $500, believed to be the proceeds from illicit proceedings.

Seeking donations for Brown St. fire victims

The Nutley Department of Public Affairs, working in partnership with the Nutley Music Boosters Association, is seeking donations from the public to assist the victims of a recent fire on Brown St.

Gift cards to clothing stores, food stores, etc., are very helpful.

Also needed are: soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, powder, brushes, combs, blow dryers, hand/body lotion, shaving cream, shavers, socks, (size 10) men’s and women’s gloves — women’s (XLG), men’s (XLG) — hats, scarves, slippers (XLG) women’s and men’s, pocketbooks and wallets.

Items be may be dropped off at the Department of Public Affairs, 149 Chestnut St., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call 973-284-4976.




A story in last week’s edition misidentified the first name and job location of one of the candidates being considered for an open First Ward council seat in Kearny. The candidate, Jenny Mach, teaches in the Tenafly School District.

3 arrested in Nutley robbery



At 12:50 a.m., Jan. 18, a Nutley police officer noticed three young men fleeing a Whitford Ave. location. Police said the three entered a black Subaru, which the officer felt was suspicious and stopped the vehicle. It was shortly after this that headquarters received and transmitted a call reporting, that a 17-year-old boy had just been assaulted and robbed, near Tennis Place.

After the victim identified the three as the assailants, detectives were able to recover the robbery proceeds from the suspect vehicle that belonged to the victim, police said.

The three suspects were identified as Carlos Vidreiro, 18, of Belleville along with two other juveniles, report said. All three were charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, with Vidreiro getting an additional charge for employing a juvenile in the commission of a crime, according to police.

Police said Vidreiro was transported to the Essex County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail, while the two juveniles were transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Newark, pending a court appearance.

The victim, although visibly upset, sustained minor injuries.

Chief Thomas Strumolo said that if not for the quick actions of this patrol officer, the actors may have gotten away. He commended the officer, and added that these are very serious charges with serious consequences.

Mayor/Police Director Alphonse Petracco said he was grateful the juvenile wasn’t seriously injured, and feared what could’ve happened. He said when young people from another town come into Nutley to commit crimes, it is a crime against everyone in the town and it will not be tolerated.

From Kearny Mayor Alberto Santos … RE: the snow emergency

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The Kearny Office of Emergency Management, in coordination with the Kearny Police and Fire departments, Kearny Emergency Rescue Squad, Office of Mayor Alberto G. Santos, Town Administrator Michael Martello, the Kearny School District, Kearny Health and Public Works Departments, and the South Kearny Municipal Utilities Authority are preparing for the major winter storm expected to impact the region tonight and tomorrow.  Residents are advised of the following:

1. The Town’s main roadways will take priority, so do not leave parked vehicles on the following streets during the storm or they will be towed Monday evening:

entire length of Kearny Ave;

entire length of Belgrove Drive;

Midland Ave from Belgrove Drive to Schuyler Ave;

south side of Afton St from Belgrove Drive to Passaic Ave;

Davis Ave from Midland to Dukes;

Elm St from Midland Ave to the Belleville Pike; and

Bergen Ave from Passaic Ave to the DPW garage.

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Closures for Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 26 & 27 (ongoing list)

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Here’s an ongoing list of local closures as of 5:39 p.m., Jan. 26. We’ll update this post as new information is available to us.

• North Arlington Public Schools, closed Jan. 27.
• North Arlington Borough Hall, closed Jan. 27
• State offices, closed now and Jan. 27.
• Nutley Library, closed Jan. 26 at 1 p.m.; unknown whether it will open tomorrow.
• Kearny Public Schools, closed Jan. 27
• The last NJ Transit trains and buses will depart at 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26. Reports say NJ Transit buses may return Wednesday — and trains will not return to service until Thursday.

Nutley Library closing today at 1 p.m.

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The Nutley Public Library will close early Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 at 1 p.m., due to inclement weather. Call the library at 973-667-0405 on Tuesday to see if it has reopened. You may also check the library website at nutleypubliclibrary.org for updates.

State offices closing at 1 p.m. today, will be closed tomorrow


State offices will close today at 1 p.m., and will be closed tomorrow, after Gov. Christie declared a State of Emergency for the entire state.