Belleville Police Blotter

June 15

A nurse at Clara Maass Hospital contacted police with a complaint of a “disorderly and uncooperative patient” at 2:45 p.m. She told officers that after walking into the man’s room he grabbed her and threw her against a wall and shouted, “you’re not taking my blood! I’m not staying in here!” This prompted security guards to intervene. When they did, the man began to strike them. Police were able to subdue David Michael Finley, 40, of Newark. He was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault. His bail was set at $5,030.


June 13

Officers responded to the area of Washington Ave and Greylock Parkway on a report of a motor vehicle accident at 9:47 p.m. While speaking with the driver of one of the vehicles, officers noticed that his pupils were dilated and his speech was slurred. Michael Mcinernui, 33, of Kearny was arrested and charged with D.W.I. after failing a field sobriety test. He was released on his own recognizance.


Officers were dispatched to 31 Reagan Ave. Apt #1 at 6:38 p.m. on a report of a burglary.  The victim said that after arriving home, he noticed that the front door was ajar and that the doorknob had been ripped off of it. Upon closer inspection, he noticed that $5000 worth of jewelry was missing from the premises. Police are investigating.


June 10


At 5:05 a.m., officers were sent to Belleville News and Food at 111 Newark Ave. on a report of an individual who had made off with bundles of newspapers. When police arrived at the store they observed a man at the corner of Naples Ave. attempting to conceal two bundles of newspapers. Paul Vilmenay, 42, of East Orange was charged with theft and receiving stolen property. A subsequent search of Vilmenay’s vehicle uncovered 150 newspapers that had been stolen from Montclair. He was held in lieu of bail.


June 9

Officers responded to Magnolia St. and Newark Ave. at 6: 59 p.m. on a report of a motor vehicle accident with a vehicle leaving the scene. The victim said that the vehicle was traveling the wrong way on Magnolia St. and struck his vehicle before stopping. When he asked the driver why he was driving in the wrong direction, the man grabbed a dark colored object, waved it menacingly and started running toward the victim’s car. He then took off. Police spotted his car shortly thereafter and pulled it over. They observed a brown wooden pipe inside his car that matched the description of the object that had been brandished earlier. Louis Reed, 38, of Belleville was charged with simple assault, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He was also charged with several motor vehicle offenses. He was released on his own recognizance. — Jeff Bahr

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