West Milford Police Blotter

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Aug 13 2019 | 02:59 PM

The information contained in this Police Blotter has been compiled and released at the discretion of the West Milford Twp. Police Dept. and does not represent the entire scope of activity for the time period. However, in the spirit of transparency, the Police Dept. strives to release all information that can be released without compromising ongoing investigations or causing unnecessary harm to victims.

DWI

On July 5, 2019 at approximately 12:06 AM West Milford Police Officer Stephen Braikovich was conducting patrol along Route 23 North when he observed a running vehicle parked in front of a closed business. Officer Braikovich pulled behind the vehicle in order to conduct a check of the vehicle and business. As the officer approached the vehicle, he observed the vehicle in drive with the driver later identified as Alex Cianci, 22 of Mahwah, NJ asleep at the wheel. Several attempts were made to wake the driver. Cianci eventually awoke and exhibited signs of intoxication. After failing standard field sobriety tests he was placed under arrest for DWI. He was processed and additionally charged with leaving a vehicle with the engine running, and possession of fireworks.

The accused was later released awaiting his first municipal court date.

DWI

On July 5, 2019 at approximately 5:08 PM West Milford Police Dispatch received a call from Warwick NY Police Dept. regarding a possible intoxicated driver who had just left an establishment in Warwick. Warwick Police Dept. provided a vehicle description and NJ registration as well as a physical description of the driver. West Milford Police Officer Jonathan Bregman was on patrol on Warwick Turnpike and observed the vehicle in question. Officer Bregman conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing a motor vehicle violation. After

making contact with the driver identified as Dino Riccio, 55 of West Milford, Officer Bregman observed signs of impairment. After failing standard field sobriety tests, Riccio was placed under arrest for DWI. He was processed and charged with DWI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to maintain a lane. He was later released to a family member pending first appearance in West Milford Municipal Court

Possession of Prescription Legend Drugs

On April 20, 2019 at approximately 10:17 AM West Milford Police Officer Stephen Herzog was dispatched to Union Valley Road to meet with an officer from another agency who was assigned to a road construction detail. Officer Herzog met with the officer who stated a passing motorist found a black messenger bag in the area of Union Valley Road and Sussex Drive and turned it over to him. Officer Herzog took possession of the found property and opened it to obtain possible ownership. He observed several prescription bottles with the name of George Richards, 58 of West Milford and several bottles without labels. He returned to West Milford Police Department to conduct an inventory and contact Richards. While conducting his inventory, Officer Herzog discovered a large quantity of opioid pain killers. Richards showed up at West Milford Police Department to report his lost bag and was then interviewed by Detectives Nicholas Snook and Donald Fantasia. Richards was later charged with Possession of Prescription Legend Drugs. He was released on summons pending an initial appearance in Passaic County Superior Court.

Possession of Marijuana

On July 19, 2019 at approximately 11:43 PM West Milford Police Officer Thomas Connors was on patrol on Route 23 South when he observed a gray Dodge Dakota operated by David Castillo Jr., 30 of

Newark, NJ commit a motor vehicle violation. Officer Connors initiated a motor vehicle stop and on approach of the vehicle detected the odor of raw marijuana. Castillo handed over a bag containing a quantity of suspected marijuana. Castillo was also discovered to be the subject of a traffic warrant out of Belleville, NJ. He was placed under arrest and transported to West Milford Police Department for processing. He was charged and released on summons with Possession of CDS Marijuana and traffic summonses for Operating a vehicle in possession of CDS, Driving while suspended, and an Unregistered vehicle. Belleville released Castillo from the warrant on his own recognizance.

Possession of Marijuana

On July 20, 2019 at approximately 01:04 AM West Milford Police Officer Andrew Petrucelli was conducting radar on Route 23 South when he observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed. He received a radar reading in excess of 30 mph over the posted speed limit. Officer Petrucelli conducted a motor vehicle stop after following the blue Hyundai into a gas station. On approach of the vehicle Officer Petrucelli detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle.

The driver, Manuel A. Gonzalez, 25 of Bronx, NY and a passenger Juliany N. Severino, 28 of Bronx, NY were both found to be in possession of marijuana. Both were placed under arrest and transported to West Milford Police Department for processing. Gonzalez was additionally issued motor vehicle summonses for Speeding, Unlicensed Driver, and Careless driving.

DWI

On July 26, 2019 at approximately 7:12 AM West Milford Police Officer Bruce Lederman was dispatched to the area of Hiawatha Pass and Navajo Trail after West Milford Police Dispatch received two

separate 9-1-1 calls for a gray Lexus being driven in an erratic manner and almost striking a tree. Officer Lederman arrived to the area and observed the vehicle in question and initiated a motor vehicle stop on Mohawk Trail. Officer Lederman made contact with the driver Seamus Cogshell, 18 of Hewitt, NJ. While speaking with Cogshell, Officer Lederman observed signs of intoxication. After failing standard field sobriety tests, Cogshell was placed under arrest for DWI. He was transported to West Milford Police Department for processing. He was issued motor vehicle summonses for: DWI, Reckless Driving, Failure to keep Right, Failure to wear seatbelt, and Failure to have vehicle inspected before being released to a family member pending appearance in West Milford Municipal Court.

DWI

On July 28, 2019 at approximately 12:46 AM West Milford Police Officer Jill Brickman was patrolling Union Valley Road near White Road when she observed a blue Jeep travelling south at a high rate of speed. Officer Brickman proceeded to follow the Jeep south on Union Valley Road and observed several motor vehicle violations. Officer Brickman attempted to initiate a motor vehicle stop prior to Winetka Lane but the Jeep pulled into the Shop Rite parking lot. Officer Brickman made contact with the driver Kenneth Kearney, 42, of Ringwood, NJ and detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. After failing standard field sobriety tests, Kearney was placed under arrest for DWI. He was transported to West Milford Police Department for processing. He was charged with DWI, Refusal to submit to Breath Testing, Reckless Driving, and Failure to maintain lane. He was released to a friend pending initial appearance in West Milford Municipal Court.

DWI

On July 28, 2019 at approximately 12:47 AM West Milford Police Officer Robert Kulawiak observed a black Mazda travelling north on Union Valley Road at a high rate of speed. Officer Kulawiak followed the vehicle north on Union Valley and saw the vehicle turn north onto Warwick Turnpike and accelerate rapidly. Officer Kulawiak observed the Mazda fail to maintain the lane and received a radar reading in excess of 30 mph of the posted speed limit. Officer Kulawiak was able to catch up to the vehicle and initiate a motor vehicle stop on Warwick Turnpike near Lakeshore Drive. Officer Kulawiak made contact with the driver, Tyler Nowinski, 18 of Hewitt, NJ. He detected signs of intoxication. After failing standard field sobriety tests, Nowinsky was arrested for DWI and transported to West Milford Police Department for processing. Nowinski was charged with DWI, Speeding, Failure to keep right, Careless driving, and Graduated License Violation – After Hours. He was released to a family member pending initial appearance in West Milford Municipal Court.

The above listed data does not represent the entire scope of activity for the time period. During the period, July 1st-31th 2019, The West Milford Police Department responded to 1557 calls for service. The West Milford Police Department strives to release all information that can be released without compromising ongoing investigations or causing unnecessary harm to victims. In addition to the above listed data The West Milford Police Department also handled the following incidents:

Alarms-88

Medical Emergencies-168

Assist Residents/Welfare Checks - 74 Disputes-36

Animal Complaints-85

Motor Vehicle Accidents-68

Motor Vehicle Stops – 411

DWI Arrests – 6

CDS Arrests – 4 Warrant Arrests-3

Theft Reports- 20