News from the Kearny Police blotter

Recent reports from the Kearny Police Department blotter included, but were not limited to, the following:

May 14

At 8:45 a.m., Sgt. John Taylor was on the 100 block of Davis Ave. when he reportedly saw the driver of a car parked in a school zone unsafely discharge a passenger. When the sergeant approached the motorist and asked for credentials, he found that the man had a suspended license and also was wanted on a $400 warrant out of Newark, police said. Arrested on that warrant was 47-year-old Kearny resident Jorge Guillen, who was also charged with the license violation, failure to surrender a suspended license and improperly discharging the passenger.

• In case you thought this sort of annoyance was ignored: Music blaring from a car radio “at excessive decible levels” led P.O. Pat Becker to issue a town ordinance summons for “excessive noise” to a 23-year-old Kearny resident, who was allegedly disturbing the peace at Johnston and Kearny Aves. at 3:30 p.m.

May 15

At 6:15 p.m., P.O. Rich Pawlowski responded to Locust and Kearny Aves. on the report of a man exposing himself to young females. After interviewing the victims and witnesses, the officer identified a 22-year-old Kearny resident as the probable actor, and the suspect, Michael Echevestre, was arrested the next day and charged with lewdness, Police Chief John Dowie reported. Dowie also assured the public that this appeared to be an isolated incident.

• A Kearny man, reportedly known to police from “numerous past drug-related activity,” was placed under surveillance at 10 p.m. by the Vice Squad after officers saw him at New Lawn and Kearny Aves. inspecting a large plastic bag from his backpack, which appeared to also contain smaller bags, police said. Stopped on the 600 block of Elm St., he was allegedly found to be in possession of seven bags of suspected marijuana. The suspect, John Arboleda, 23, was charged with possession of pot and of paraphernalia.

May 16

P.O. Luis Moran responded to the Walmart parking lot at 2:30 p.m. on the report of a stolen car. The owner said he had parked his 2006 Pontiac at 1:30 and when he returned an hour later, it was missing.

Moran and Sgt. Paul Bershefski viewed store security video footage and spotted a man in a black-and-white jogging suit who drove off in the Pontiac — and left behind a black Ford.

Dets. Scott Traynor and John Telle set up surveillance of the Ford in the lot and eventually saw the stolen Pontiac, now carrying two individuals, return. As the driver approached the Ford, he was arrested, as was his passenger and alleged coconspirator. Charged with auto theft was Anthony Height, 44, of East Orange, who was held on $7,500 bail. Charged with receiving stolen property was Ronald Rosebure, 34, of South Orange; his bail was also set at $7,500.

• At 8:45 p.m., at Beech St. and the Belleville Pike, Vice Squad detectives observed a 17-year-old North Arlington youth pull a cigar pack from his pocket and begin to roll what appeared to be a marijuana stogie. After confirming their suspicions, police said, they charged the teen with possession of pot and paraphernalia. He was released to his father’s custody.

— Karen Zautyk

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