KPD: A Click-It ticket & more 

A Belleville man got more than just a MV summons when he was stopped in Kearny for failure to wear a seat belt, the KPD reported. He ended up in cuffs after police learned he was wanted on a $20,000 warrant.

Shortly before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, Officer Jon Dowie was on “Click It or Ticket” enforcement detail  when he spotted a seat-beltless Carlos Colon, 29, driving a 1995 Honda at Harrison Ave. and Freeman Drive. Colon reportedly was unable to produce his license, and Dowie was advised that it was suspended.   He also had the non-suspended warrant out of Newark on a charge of making terroristic threats, police said.

Colon was arrested and taken to headquarters, where he was booked on the MV violations and the warrant and then turned over to the Newark PD. 

The national Click It or Ticket initiative runs through June 5 and this year focuses especially on back-seat passengers not wearing seat belts. 

You have been warned.


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

May 20

At 7 p.m., Vice detectives  stopped a 2014 VW operated by Anthony Pucillo, 57, of Kearny, on the 600 block of Elm St. Police said they had information that he was in possession of cocaine and confiscated a glass pipe. In a search incident to arrest, they also reportedly found a small plastic bag containing suspected crack cocaine. Pucillo was charged with possession of the drug and drug paraphernalia.


At 10:30 p.m., at Kearny and Midland Aves., the same detectives arrested Christopher Salerno, 40, of Jersey City, on a $1,475 warrant from Franklin Lakes and reportedly found him to be in possession of a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette and four knotted plastic bags containing MDMA (a.k.a. Ecstasy). He was also found to be the subject of a Bergen County no-bail warrant for child neglect, police said. He was charged on the warrants and possession of the drugs and paraphernalia and was remanded to the Hudson County Jail on an additional $1,000 bail set by Kearny Municipal Court Judge Thomas D. McKeon.

May 23

Armed with prior knowledge that he was possibly in possession of heroin, Vice pulled over Keith Parasmo, 26, of Lyndhurst, as he was driving in the area of the Belleville Pike and Passaic Ave. at 10 a.m., police said. In his ’96 Chevy Blazer, the detectives observed a cellophane wrapper reportedly found to contain eight wax folds of suspected heroin, stamped “Prada.” [Editor’s note: Gives new meaning to the term “designer drug.”] Parasmo was charged with possession of heroin and paraphernalia.


Advance info reportedly also led to the 1 p.m. arrest at Belgrove Drive and Bergen Ave. of Joseph Fauser, 30, of Kearny, whom Vice removed from the taxi in which he was a passenger. Police said he was charged with possession of heroin and  paraphernalia after he was found to have two wax folds of the drug — stamped “Prada.”


Det. Michael Farinola and Officer Jordenson Jean, on patrol in the Marshalls mall area on Passaic Ave. at 9 p.m., observed Joseph Lopez, 25, of Harrison, whom they knew to have a $250 Kearny warrant, police said. The officers stopped him at the East Newark border and, in a search incident to arrest, reportedly found him to have two hypodermic needles, which led to his being charged with that offense. While being booked at headquarters, police said, he was also found to have a $394 North Arlington warrant, and he was transferred to the Hudson County Jail. 

May 24

At 2 a.m., Officers Andre Fernandes and Michael Gontarczuk came upon a 2006 VW, its motor running, sitting immobile in the intersection of Halstead and Maple Sts., police said.  Driver Miguel Paz, 45, of Colonia, was ordered to put it in park and turn off the engine. Following field sobriety tests conducted by Officer Chris Medina, Paz was charged with DWI and taken to HQ, where he allegedly refused an Alcotest and became “belligerent and profane.” He was also subsequently charged with DWI in a school zone, refusing the Alcotest, failure to have his vehicle inspected and having an obstructed windshield. 


Officer Pat Becker responded to ShopRite at noon on the report of a shoplifting and took into custody Sean Sampson, 24, of Jackson, who security said had tried to conceal two packages of Dove soap. Police said a search also revealed a hypodermic needle and a warrant check revealed two: $250 out of Kearny on a prior shoplifting charge, and a $100 one from Elmwood Park. He was charged on those, with possession of the needle, and — once again — with shoplifting.

Sampson last made an appearance in the KPD blotter after he was arrested May 4, at the Kearny ShopRite, for allegedly shoplifting $51 worth of merchandise — gum and a bottle of Snapple. [As one of our sources said: “Don’t they have a ShopRite in Jackson?”]

 — Karen Zautyk

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