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
Vape Shop Owner charged with Sales to Minors
As a result of anonymous complaints of sales of Vaping products to minors, the West Milford Police Department Detective Bureau conducted surveillance at several locations throughout the township.
On Feb. 25, after school hours surveillance was conducted at Vape Lite 24 Marshall Hill Road.
Within minutes of setting up surveillance several juveniles were observed entering the business.
After a short period of time the juveniles exited the store holding items.
Detectives immediately conducted an investigation and determined the juveniles had purchased vaping products and were not asked for age verification by the business owner.
Detectives seized the items as they were unlawful for the juveniles to purchase and released the juveniles.
Detectives then entered the business and spoke to owner, Paul Aiazzone.
Aiazzone admitted to selling to the juveniles and admitted to not asking for identification as required by law.
He was issued a summons for sales of tobacco products to Minors with an initial appearance of March 5 in West Milford Municipal Court.
After issuing the summons, Detectives resumed surveillance and again within a short time frame additional juveniles from West Milford and from Warwick, New York, entered the business attempting to make purchases.
After exiting these juveniles were again investigated by Detectives but stated they were asked for ID and denied service.
All the juveniles were advised not to return to any vape shop in West Milford.
These enforcement activities will continue throughout West Milford.
Motor Vehicle Crash results in DWI ARREST
On Feb. 26 at 4:27 p.m., West Milford Police Officers Suzanne Novakowski and Frank Elia were dispatched to Route 23 South at the intersection of Clinton Road on a reported motor vehicle crash with injuries.
On arrival the officers made contact with the driver of a 2013 Hyundai Tuscon, and injured party, identified as Robert Bartilucci, 68, of Hewitt.
Officer Elia tended to Bartilucci until he was transported by West Milford First Aid Squad to Chilton Medical Center.
Officer Novakowski made contact with the driver and lone occupant of the other vehicle, a 2010 Jeep Wrangler, identified as Kelly Hugin, 37, of Rockaway.
While speaking to Hugin, Officer Novakowski detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath and observed signs of intoxication.
After failing standard field sobriety tests, Hugin was placed under arrest for DWI.
She was processed and charged additionally with reckless driving, failure to yield right of way at an intersection.
She was released to a friend pending first appearance in West Milford Municipal Court.