Nutley Police Blotter

Feb. 3

An argument between Kaien Jenkins, 32, of Newark, and his girlfriend was just the beginning of trouble for Jenkins. Police said the pair parked along Rt. 21 and, after quarreling, Jenkins left the vehicle and started walking along the highway. After stopping him, police discovered Jenkins was wanted by Newark on an outstanding warrant. Jenkins was turned over to Newark authorities.

Feb. 2

Martin Errico, 20, of Clifton, was busted on drug possession charges following a motor vehicle stop on Oakley Terrace at 11:40 p.m. Police said they saw a small wax envelope containing suspected narcoticsWHAT DRUG? inside the car. Further checking disclosed several more packages, also believed to contain drugs.

Police are investigating a case of more than $1,000 in fraudulent charges, including some from Ohio, being placed on an Evelyn Place resident’s credit card. The resident reported the suspected fraud at 8:19 p.m.

Police went to a Washington Ave. car wash at 1:02 p.m. to check out a customer’s complaint that their car’s side view mirror had been damaged during a cleaning.

Feb. 1

At 3:53 p.m. a motorist drove away from a Kingsland Ave. gas station without paying for gasHOW MUCH? received, police said.

Police stopped Joseph Tinsley, 23, of Paterson, as he was allegedly making an illegal left turn on Park Ave. at 8:28 a.m. Police learned he was driving with a suspended license and was wanted on a $250 outstanding warrant from Paterson. He was issued motor vehicles summonses and released after posting bail pending a court appearance.

Jan. 31

A motor vehicle stop of a blue Chevrolet with a non-operating headlight, at 9:26 p.m., resulted in the arrest of Joseph Curcio, 34, of Bloomfield, wanted by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. Curcio was taken to Essex County Jail.

A 911 call brought police to a Winthrop Drive home at 8:22 p.m. After not being admitted, officers forced their way inside where they found blood on the floor. Investigation disclosed that the resident was dealing with a “pet emergency” and had taken the pet to an area animal hospital.

A 68-year-old Nutley man lost $2,300 after an apparent scam artist sent him counterfeit money orders as a “Secret Shopper” and then asked that he return the money via Western Union. The resident later learned that the individual he was dealing with was a fake. Police are urging residents to avoid sending money or wiring funds to anyone without first verifying the recipient’s authenticity.

A dog escaped from a cage and attacked another dog being walked by a woman along Kingsland Ave. at 9:51 a.m. The victimized dog suffered puncture wounds. Police gave the attacking dog’s owner a summons for having an unlicensed dog.

A hit and run driver who crashed and left the scene damaged several parking meters and planters along WHAT? roadway. Police are investigating the 2:15 a.m. incident.

Jan. 30

A 59-year-old Franklin Ave. resident suffering from a MEDICAL CONDITION ? was reported missing at 9:30 p.m. Police contacted other agencies around the state in an effort to locate the woman and also appealed to the public for help. The next day, police said, the woman returned home, unharmed, and was taken to an area hospital for evaluation. Police are still trying to determine her whereabouts during the time she went missing.

Several motorists phoned police after 4 p.m. to alert them to a man repeatedly stumbling and falling in the area of Washington and Grant Aves. Arriving at the scene, police noticed the man’s hand was bleeding from his several falls and took him to an area hospital for treatment and evaluation.

Jan. 29

At 8:47 p.m. police were called to a Washington Ave. residence after a 17-year-old had ripped a wide-screen TV off the wall in a fit of rage. Police calmed the teen and took him to a crisis center for evaluation. Charges are pending.

Police stopped a speeding vehicle near Sheppard Place, at 11:44 a.m., and learned that the driver had an expired registration. The driverWHO?was issued summonses and the car was impounded.

A Faber Ave. homeowner whose car was being repossessed had a shoving match with the repossesser and police were called to the scene at 10:58 a.m. Police persuaded the repossesser to release the vehicle and advised both parties of their rights to sign cross-complaints.

A police negotiator managed to defuse a potential hostage situation that developed at a Hancox Ave. home at 1:50 a.m. Police and EMS arranged to transport a 50-year-old resident to an area hospital for medical evaluation and the other individual involved in the incident was unharmed, police said.

Jan. 28

A report of gun shots brought police to Hancox Ave. at 9:02 p.m. Officers were unable to account for the origin of the noises and speculated it may have been fireworks.

A driver backing up on Franklin Ave. near the post office, at 1:50 p.m., accidentally knocked a pedestrian to the ground, police said. The victim, who complained of leg pain, was taken to an area hospital.

Someone used a Brookline Ave. resident’s credit card to charge nearly $1,000 for the rental of a vehicle between Arizona and California, police said.

Police executed a traffic stop of a 2007 Audi on Park Ave. at 12:17 a.m. and determined that the driver’s registration had expired and that the driver’s license had been suspended. Police gave the driverWHO? summonses and impounded the Audi.

Jan. 27

Police were called to a River Road apartment complex at 2:22 p.m. to investigate a burglary. Someone forced entry through the front door and ripped out a large-screen TV from its wall mount brackets.

Police, firefighters and EMS responded to a motor vehicle accident at Kingsland and Terrace Aves. at 10:12 a.m. Nainaben Patel, 49, of Nutley, was extricated from her overturned vehicle and taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Patel was charged with DWI.

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