Kearny Police Blotter

Over the limit, under arrest

Around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, police said Sgt. John Becker observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed without any lights driving northbound on Passaic Ave. Becker pulled over the vehicle at S. Midland Ave. where the driver hit the curb while coming to a stop. When Becker walked up to the vehicle, police said he detected a strong odor of alcohol. Police said the driver failed a field sobriety test. Roselle Park resident Ryan Birmingham, 30, was charged with driving while intoxicated, careless driving, and driving with no lights.

Alleged robber caught, 2nd sought

Officers Rich Pawlowski and Sean Kelly responded to a Windsor St. location on a report of a robbery July 3. Police said that, upon arrival, they were able to locate and detain 47-year-old Gregory Cannell of Upper Saddle River who was grabbed while attempting to leave the area. Police said investigation determined that Cannell and a female had entered the victim’s apartment where the female stole a laptop, an iPad, and a cell phone while Cannell threatened and assaulted the victim. Cannell was placed under arrest, transported to headquarters, and charged with robbery, conspiracy, and burglary and held on $30,000 bail. Police have issued an arrest warrant for the female suspect who has been tentatively identified as Dara Mott, 20, of Wallington, on charges of robbery and conspiracy.

Pizza delivery intercepted

On July 4, Officers Jay Ward and Sean Kelly, Sgt. Anthony Limite, and Det. Scott Traynor responded to Van Courtland and Kearny Aves. on a report that a pizza deliveryman had been robbed by two men. Police said the officers located 21-year-old Elizabeth resident Louis Calles and a 20-year-old Carteret resident hiding in the basement of a nearby residence. The victim identified the pair as the men who robbed him, police said. Police recovered $55 in stolen currency and the pair were charged with robbery and taken to Hudson County Jail, Kearny, each on $50,000 bail.

Fireworks and hazy smoke

Officers assigned to the fireworks detail at Veteran’s Field on July 4 were advised of an unruly group smoking marijuana, drinking alcohol and becoming a public nuisance. Dep. Chief George King, Sgt. John Taylor, Det. Mike Gonzalez and Officer Rose Traynor went to the location and Gonzalez determined that 22-year-old Jersey City resident Elizabeth Andrews was in possession of marijuana and had been consuming alcohol in public. She was placed under arrest and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and was given a town summons for drinking in public.

-Anthony J. Machcinski

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