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.
ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE CHARGES
On November 12, 2019 at 11:50 AM, West Milford Police received a 911 call involving a domestic incident.
The caller stated that a firearm was involved. West Milford Police and the West Milford Special Operations Unit responded to the scene.
The accused was placed under arrest, without incident.
The accused, a 70-year-old male was charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, and 2 counts of Terroristic Threats.
No further information will be released, due to the nature of the call.
Any further inquiries should contact the Passaic County Prosecutors Office - Domestic Violence Unit.
PRANK CALLS LEAD TO BIAS CHARGES
On September 25, 2019 West Milford Police Officer Suzanne Novakowski took a report involving a series of harassing phone messages that were being left on the victim’s voicemail.
The victim provided Officer Novakowski copies of the messages in which comments were made alluding to the victim’s sexual orientation.
Detective Nicholas Snook conducted over a month long follow up investigation and identified Daniel Azzinaro Jr., 52 of Butler as the individual who made the harassing calls.
He was arrested on November 4, 2019 and charged on summons with Harassment and 4th Degree Bias Intimidation.
MULTIPLE SHOPLIFTING INCIDENTS
On October 24 West Milford Police Officer Jill Brickman responded to TJ MAXX on a report of a shoplifter.
Store employees reported that a black male entered the store and proceeded to conceal numerous items in a bag and then leave the store.
Items were valued in excess of $1,000.
A shopper followed him out of the store and was able to get a vehicle description and license plate.
The vehicle turned out to be a rental vehicle. Det. Nicholas Snook conducted a follow up investigation and was able to identify the shoplifter as Toronzo Williams, 47 of Harrisburg, PA.
On November 4, 2019 a warrant was issued for Williams for 3rd Degree Shoplifting.
On November 8, 2019 West Milford Police were called to Shop Rite on a shoplifter being detained by the Loss Prevention Officer. Det. Sgt. Eric Darnsteadt and Officer Jason Lowenfeld responded and arrested Christine Morrison-Leduc, 41 of West Milford.
She was charged with Shoplifting and released on summons pending initial appearance in West Milford Municipal Court.
DWI ARREST WITH MINORS IN VEHICLE
On November 3, 2019 at 2:51 PM West Milford Police Officer Stephen Braikovich was monitoring traffic at the intersection of Route 23 North and Clinton Road when he observed a 2016 gray Honda Odyssey van fail to stop for a red light and cross Route 23 on to Clinton Road.
The van continued north on Clinton Road where Officer Braikovich initiated a motor vehicle stop.
Officer Braikovich made contact with the driver Mark Eisele, 43 of West Milford.
He also observed five children ages 2 to 13 seated in the van.
While speaking to Eisele, Officer Braikovich observed signs of intoxication.
After failing standard field sobriety tests, Eisele was arrested for DWI.
He was processed and charged additionally with 5 counts of DWI with a minor in the vehicle, and failure to observe a traffic control device.
He was released to a family member pending first appearance in West Milford Municipal Court.
ROLLOVER RESULTS IN DWI
On November 3, 2019 at 09:09 PM West Milford Police Dispatch received a 911 call of a single car motor vehicle crash involving an overturned gray Honda van.
Officers Jill Brickman, Kevin Canova and Michael Weber responded.
Officer Brickman made contact with the driver and lone occupant Christine Sondermeyer, 48 of West Milford.
While speaking to Sondermeyer Officer Brickman observed signs of intoxication.
After refusing medical attention and failing standard field sobriety tests Sondermeyer was placed under arrest for DWI.
She was processed and charged additionally with Reckless driving, Failure to maintain lane and Failure to wear seat belt.
She remained in West Milford Police custody until able to be released on her own recognizance pending initial appearance in West Milford Court.
CRASH RESULTS IN DWI ARREST
On November 18, 2019 at 12:06 AM West Milford Police Dispatch received 9-1-1 calls for a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Macopin Road and Northwood Drive, the caller reported a large amount of debris in the roadway and two people who fled the scene on foot.
Officers Suzanne Novakowski, Denis Welch, Stephen Herzog and Kevin Canova responded to the scene.
On arrival Officer Novakowski made contact with the driver of one of the involved vehicles Kamil Nosal, 23 of Oak Ridge.
While speaking to Nosal, Officers Novakowski and Canova observed signs of intoxication.
Nosal stated he was driving too fast for road conditions lost control and struck a parked car.
Officer Welch located the two parties that left the scene a short distance away and it was determined that they were passengers in the car.
After obtaining their information and them declining medical attention they were released from the scene.
After failing field sobriety tests Nosal was arrested for DWI.
He was processed and charged additionally with Reckless driving, Open container in a motor vehicle, and Failure to keep right.
He was also charged additionally for Possession of stolen property namely traffic cones belonging to West Milford Township.
He was released to a family member pending initial appearance in West Milford Municipal Court.
On November 22, 2019 at 10:06 PM West Milford Police Officer James McMahon was travelling Route 23 North when he observed a 2007 black Nissan Altima failing to maintain its lane.
After observing the Altima for a period of time and seeing additional indicators of a possible intoxicated driver Officer McMahon conducted a motor vehicle stop.
He made contact with the driver and sole occupant Erik Monge, 41, of Oak Ridge.
Officer McMahon observed signs of intoxication and after failing field sobriety tests, Monge was arrested for DWI.
He was processed and charged additionally with Failure to Maintain lane, Unlicensed driver, Failure to possess valid insurance card and Careless Driving.
ERRATIC DRIVER CALL LEADS TO DWI ARREST
On November 30, 2019 at 6:44 PM West Milford Police Dispatch received a call of a black GMC pick-up truck being driven erratically all over the roadway on Route 23 North.
West Milford Police Officer Jill Brickman was dispatched and began to make her way to the vicinity of the truck.
The caller remained on the phone with West Milford Police Dispatch during this time and advised they saw a marked Jefferson Police unit also travelling Route 23 North.
The truck was stopped by Jefferson Police Officer Bryan McCarthy. Officer Brickman arrived on scene and made contact with the driver and sole occupant Francis Varrone, 6,7 of Stockholm.
Officers Brickman and McCarthy observed signs of intoxication and after failing field sobriety tests, Varrone was arrested for DWI.
He was processed and charged additionally with Reckless Driving and Unsafe Lane Change.
He was released to a friend pending initial appearance in West Milford Municipal Court.