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.

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