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Police went to a Hancox Ave. residence at about 1:50 a.m. where an individual was reportedly looking to harm himself and another occupant, both about age 50, but a police negotiator managed to calm him down. No weapons were involved and no charges were filed.

Jan. 27

At 1:58 a.m. police stopped a motor vehicle on Park Ave. after noticing its rear lights weren’t operational and then detected a strong odor of suspected marijuana. The driver, Victor Jiminez, 23, of Newark, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and received a motor vehicle summons before being released pending a court hearing.

Jan. 26

A Washington Ave. homeowner reported a burglary at 5:37 p.m.. The resident told police that a side door had been forced open and that a number of items had been taken from the home. Detectives are investigating.

Police assisted state Treasury Dept. agents in shutting down a Franklin Ave. gas station at 11:41 a.m.. The treasury agents took possession of the business and secured the property.

At 8:13 a.m., police mediated a dispute between two neighbors, one being upset with the other’s positioning a security camera (not yet operational) so that it focused directly on her home, invading her privacy. The owner of the camera agreed to relocate it.

Police responded to a complaint that someone was picking up recyclables from Nutley residents, other than the public works department. Police located the individual around 7:41 a.m. who told them that he was only collecting from private vendors.

Jan. 25

Relatives of a 79-year-old Nutley woman called police to report a scam around at 3:47 p.m.. They told police that the woman had received a call telling her that her grandson was in an accident in Peru and asked her to send money via Western Union, which she then did. The caller phoned back after the transaction to ask for an additional $2,800 but was told she couldn’t make another transaction the same date. It was then that a family member realized she’d been scammed and notified police.

Police pulled over a 2000 Nissan around 10:44 a.m. for a traffic stop on Union Ave. and found that the vehicle was unregistered. Police issued the driver a summons and impounded the vehicle.

At 2:26 a.m. police stopped a 2004 Saturn with a non-functioning tail light at the intersection of Union and Conover Aves. and learned that the vehicle was unregistered. Police issued a summons to the driver and impounded the car.

Jan. 24

Police were called to Nutley High School at 1:36 p.m. where a school employee told them someone had carved letters into their vehicle. Police are investigating.

Police searched the area around Yantacaw School after learning from a teacher that a 9-year-old girl on her way into school had been confronted by man believed to over age 50 who may have been power-walking and who asked the girl several questions but didn’t attempt to grab or harm the girl. Anyone with information that may help identify the man is asked to call Nutley Police at 973-284-4940. The initial incident was reported at 9:23 a.m.

At 1 a.m. police went to a Nutley home to investigate a report called into 911 that there was a hostage situation at the location. Police determined, however, that the alleged victim lived in Mt. Holly, was safe inside his home and had no knowledge of the call. Police are trying to learn how the call originated and, if they can identify the caller, they intend to charge the person with making a false report and creating a false public alarm. Police Director Alphonse Petracco and Police Chief John Holland said that such false reports are taken very seriously, particularly, when a phony distress call makes police unavailable to respond to a real emergency.

Jan. 23

Police responded at 12:51 a.m. to an activated alarm at the Old Canal Inn on E. Passaic Ave. where detectives discovered the front door had been smashed with a rock and a large-screen TV torn from its mount had been stolen. Based on investigation, police are seeking a man with dreadlocks driving a grey or silver Nissan Xtera. Anyone with information is asked to call Nutley Police at 973-284-4940.

Jan. 22

Police responded to an accident on High St. around 11:09 p.m. where they found Thomas Undegrove, 51, of Clifton, standing outside his vehicle. Undegrove was summonsed for DWI and released to his wife.

Jan. 21

At 8:28 p.m. police arrested Robert Pisarczyk, 41, of Clifton, on DWI charges.

A Hopper Ave. resident contacted police at 4:59 p.m. after reportedly being contacted by a U.S. military representative via the Internet and Skype with a request to go to the Ghanian Embassy in New York to pick up jewels and a large sum of money.

Police went to a Bloomfield Ave. residence around 1:21 p.m. where the homeowner showed them about nine paintball marks on the house. Police determined that the marks were made by a juvenile. Charges are pending.

Police were sent to Memorial Park at 10:19 a.m. to check a dispute between two people over a dog. One person had been hit in the face, accidentally, by a dog leash. Police advised both of their rights to sign complaints and issued a summons to the dog owner for having an unlicensed dog.

At 9:14 a.m. police impounded a snow-covered vehicle parked on the shoulder of Rt. 21. Police ticketed the vehicle for abandonment and secured it at their impound site pending release to the owner.

Jan. 20

Police went to a Bloomfield Ave. residence at 7:11 p.m. where the owner’s car had been “keyed” along its side. Police are investigating.

Police responded to a Franklin Ave. business around 4 p.m. where a food handler had accidentally cut his wrist with a knife. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Police and EMS went to a Washington Ave. auto repair garage around 12:20 p.m. where a tire had exploded, injuring a mechanic’s hand. The employee was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

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