Notes from the KPD blotter

Sept. 14 

Officer Chris Levchak, on patrol at 5:45 a.m., saw a man asleep behind the wheel of a car at a stoplight on Schuyler Ave. at Bergen Ave. The auto was running and the driver’s foot was on the brake, police said. Levchak secured the vehicle and reportedly detected the odor of alcohol. Gerard Reimers, 24, of Kearny, was brought to headquarters for an Alcotest and was charged with DWI, DWI in a school zone, and driving an unregistered vehicle.

Sept. 15 

At noon, Officer Jack Corbett and Sgt. Paul Bershefski responded to a report of several youths being threatened by a man in the area of Chestnut St. and Midland Ave. After interviewing them, the officers located and arrested Victor Vigilante, 50, of Kearny on charges of making terroristic threats and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.

Sept. 16 

Officer Steve Hroncich and Det. Bryant Obie responded to a noon report of a verbal dispute involving a man with a knife at a business at Kearny Ave. and Halstead St. Raul Polanco, 42, of Kearny was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.

Sept. 17 

Vice detectives, at Passaic and Johnston Aves. at 12:30 p.m., observed Scott Huaman, 24, of Kearny, whom they knew to have an outstanding Kearny warrant. After confirming this, they approached Huaman, who fled on foot along Passaic, police said. Overtaken and tackled, he reportedly fought efforts to handcuff him was charged with resisting arrest along with the aforementioned warrant. Police said that stemmed from a Sept. 9 incident in which he allegedly broke the jaw of a 26-year-old Kearny man.

Sept. 18 

At 7:40 p.m., the KPD received reports of two individuals attempting to enter a half-dozen parked vehicles on the 160 block of Hoyt St. Officers Brian Wisely and Frank West located and detained suspects Douglas Welfl, 29, and Alexander Harkes, 30, both of Kearny, who were arrested after Det. Ray Lopez obtained witness statements.

Harkes was charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and attempted burglary/theft. Police said he also had three warrants — two from Kearny, one from Newark.

Welfl was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, attempted burglary and possession of burglar tools.

– Karen Zautyk 

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