KPD: Back in town, back in cuffs

KPD Jeremy Postel
Jeremy Postel

In May, an 18-year-old Newark man was arrested by the KPD after he allegedly attempted to break into a BMW in Kearny. Last week, he was collared again, this time on criminal warrants, police reported.

At 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, Vice detectives recognized suspect Jeremy Postel standing near the bus stop on the northwest corner of Kearny and Stewart Aves. Checking him for warrants, police said, they confirmed that his current tally was three: two, with $50,000 bail each, out of Kearny, and a no-bail warrant from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office. Postel was processed at headquarters and transported to the Hudson County Jail. Not in a BMW.

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Other recent reports from the Kearny police blotter included the following:

Oct. 22 

Officers Daniel Esteves and Chris Manolis, on patrol at 3 p.m., spotted Osvaldo Desousa, 23, of Harrison, driving a Nissan Pathfinder at Davis and Wilson Aves.

Police said they were familiar with him from a prior arrest and believed he had a failure-to-appear warrant from Kearny. This being confirmed, he was re-arrested. (On Oct. 11, Desousa had been charged with DWI, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident at Hickory and Pine Sts.)

Oct. 23 

At 7 p.m., HQ received a call from a Harrison Ave. towing firm that a man had tried to flee the lot in a stolen 2007 Suburban. However, the SUV hit a pole and the suspect then became engaged in an altercation with two company employees who had pursued him. During the struggle, one of those employees was allegedly bitten. Sgt. Pete Gleason, Det. Ray Lopez and Officers Luis Moran and Phil Finch responded to the scene and arrested Taronne Ross, 44, of Newark. Charged with robbery and aggravated assault, he was remanded to the county jail on $50,000 bail, with no 10% option.

Oct. 24 

Officers Derek Hemphill and Stephen Podolski responded to a 1 a.m. accident on Rts. 1/9 in South Kearny, where Albert Fischetta, 32, of Toms River, had reportedly smashed his 2000 Buick into a Toyota. Police said there was the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from both the Buick and Fischetta and two joints were in plain view on the vehicle’s floor. When Fischetta alighted from his car, police said, he was not wearing shoes and was “unsteady on his unshod feet.” He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, refusal to take an Alcotest, careless driving, possession of a CDS in a motor vehicle, possession of pot and being under the influence of a CDS.

Oct. 25 

At 3:20 a.m., Officer Ben Wuelfing observed a 2005 Saturn reportedly speeding north on Davis Ave. near Bergen Ave. and twice crossing the center line. He brought it to a stop south of Midland Ave. After field sobriety tests and an Alcotest, driver Nilto Pimenta, 28, of Kearny, was charged with DWI and careless driving.

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James Bogucheski, 24, of Newark, was arrested by Officers Jordenson Jean and Jon Dowie after they reportedly found him puffing on a pot-packed cigar in Riverbank Park near the Pike at 2:30 p.m. He was charged with possession of the drug and drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a CDS.

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Shortly after 6 p.m., Officer Jay Ward observed a 2010 Honda stopped in a marked crosswalk on the 200 block of Kearny Ave., forcing pedestrians to navigate around the car. Police said the driver, Marquise Samad Hanee Hicks, 24, of Newark, was found to have both a suspended license and a MV warrant from Hillside. He was charged on those and also with failure to surrender a suspended license and with the crosswalk violation.

 Oct. 26 

At 12:30 p.m., Vice officers, reportedly aware of a prior narcotics transaction, stopped Andy Ravert, 26, of North Ar lington as he was driving on Wilson Ave. near Belgrove Drive. Police said they detected the odor of marijuana, observed a pill bottle holding a partially smoked joint in the car and, in a search incident to arrest, found Ravert to also be in possession of two suspected Oxycodone pills. He was charged with possession of the drugs and paraphernalia.

Oct. 27 

Officers Jean and Dowie, on patrol at 4:20 p.m., saw a 16-year-old Kearny male enter fenced-in property on the 100 block of Chestnut St. As they approached him on foot, police said, he began to run, ignored orders to halt, climbed over a fence and tried to mingle with some other juveniles in an adjacent yard on Devon St. The teen was charged with defiant trespass, on both properties, and illegal possession of four prescription pills. He was released to the custody of his mother.

Oct. 28 

Officers Manolis and John Fabula observed a 2015 Toyota speeding and being operated in an erratic manner on southbound Schuyler Ave. near Duke St. at 1 p.m. When they stopped the car, police said, they found driver Frank Saggese, 42, of East Hanover, apparently falling asleep at the wheel — and holding a glass pipe in his right hand. A knit cap, holding some glassine bags, was reportedly on the front passenger seat. The bags, police said, were found to contain four folds of heroin, stamped “Honey Breakfast.” (Editor’s note: Yum.)

Police said Saggese was unable to stand on his own and fell asleep repeatedly during the booking process at HQ. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, reckless driving, operating a MV while inpossession of a CDS, possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Oct. 29 

At 6:30 a.m., Fabula and Manolis reportedly saw Geovanny Gonzalez, 42, of Elizabeth, drinking a breakfast beer from a 24 oz. can at Kearny Ave. and West Hudson Park. He would have gotten only a Kearny town ordinance summons, except police said he was found to have two ordinance-violation warrants from Newark. He was arrested, bought to HQ , and the Newark PD was notified.

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Fabula and Manolis responded to an 11:15 a.m. report of an unruly customer in a pawn shop on the 800 block of Kearny Ave. and found Michael Alves, 30, of Kearny, who was confirmed to have two no-bail warrants, one from Kearny and one, more recent, from the State Parole Office. He was arrested and sent to the county jail.

– Karen Zautyk 

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