Nutley Blotter: Fireworks scare residents

Nov. 24
Police rushed to the Spring Garden School area at 11:28 p.m. on a report of shots fired. Investigation, however, revealed that the “shots” were actually fireworks, police said. A gray minivan was seen leaving the area before police received the call.

Nov. 26
Rebecca Maniscaco of Bloomfield was issued a summons for being in possession of an open alcoholic beverage while standing at the corner of Prospect and Centre Sts. at 1:54 a.m., police said.
At 10:25 p.m. police pulled over a car operated by Daniel Cioban of Nutley for a motor vehicle stop on Harrison St. to ask the driver why he wasn’t wearing his seat belt. After police gave Cioban summonses for failure to wear a seat belt and disorderly conduct, Cioban crumpled up the summonses and tossed them out the car window, according to police. Cioban was then issued an additional summons charging him with throwing debris on the street.
Police responded to a neighborhood dispute on Columbia Ave. at 3:20 p.m. One neighbor accused the other of pushing him. Police told them they could sign complaints with the court if they wished.

Nov. 27
A Union City motorist was stopped for a motor vehicle check at Franklin and Kingsland Aves. at 2:19 a.m. and was arrested after a mobile computer alerted police that the registered owner’s license had been suspended. Police issued Jamie Wheaton six motor vehicle summonses and released her with a court date after she posted bail.
A Ridge Rd. resident told police she saw someone in a red pickup truck leave the area with her garbage can, valued at $25, at 9:57 p.m.

Nov. 28
Police pulled over a vehicle driven by Omar Sawaged of Secaucus at 3:38 a.m. at Franklin Ave. and Chestnut St. after the driver reportedly failed to keep in the right lane and crossed the yellow traffic line. Police said Sawaged was arrested on an outstanding warrant and was issued two motor vehicle summonses. After posting bail, Sawaged was released.

Nov. 29
At 7:12 p.m. police went to a Chestnut St. apartment complex in response to a landlord-tenant dispute. The tenant told police that the landlord had entered the apartment without permission. Police advised the tenant of the right to sign a complaint and left.
A Bloomfield Ave. resident’s suspicions were alerted after seeing three men in a late-model green Toyota Camry parked in a neighbor’s driveway at 11:23 p.m. When
police arrived, the vehicle left the area. Police said they checked the area for possible break-ins but none were reported.

Nov. 30
Police went to a Centre St. bank at 1:42 p.m. to check on a report of an argument with
a customer but upon arrival police were unable to locate the alleged disputant. No further action was taken.
Someone used a Nutley resident’s credit card to charge $1,000 on, police
said. The credit card fraud department is investigating. The alleged fraud was reported
at 4:05 p.m.

Dec. 1
A thief swiped a large pile of scrap metal from a construction company dumpster on Franklin Ave. during the night. The scrap metal was valued at $1,000, according to the company.

Dec. 2
A Belleville resident told police he parked his 1998 Ford pickup in front of a Washington Ave. business and ran inside to pick up an item. He said that he left the
vehicle unlocked and with the motor running and that when he returned, the car was gone. He reported leaving the car unlocked and the motor running. Police are investigating. The incident was reported at 9:39 a.m.
Someone apparently broke into a Kingsland Ave. restaurant through a rear door during the night and stole various electronic equipment items, police said. The owner told police he found the rear door damaged and open when he arrived to open the restaurant at 11:54 a.m.

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