West Milford Police briefs

02 Jun 2020 | 12:53

    The following information comes directly from the West Milford Police Department:

    Gas station clerk charged with vape sales to minors

    As a result of anonymous complaints of sales of paping products to minors, the West Milford Police Department Detective Bureau has continued surveillance at various locations throughout the township.

    On May 29, surveillance was conducted at Newfoundland Exxon Gas Station at 2899 Route 23. Within minutes of setting up surveillance a juvenile was observed entering the business.

    After exiting the store with a vaping product, Detective Nicholas Snook immediately made contact with the juvenile and confirmed the juvenile had purchased vaping products and was not asked for age verification by the employee behind the counter.

    The detective seized the items as they were unlawful for the juvenile to purchase and released the juvenile. Snook then entered the business and spoke to clerk, Siham Kamleh. Police said Kamleh admitted to selling to the juvenile and admitted to not asking for identification as required by state law.

    She was issued a summons for Sales of Tobacco Products to Minors with an initial appearance of June 23 in West Milford Municipal Court.

    These enforcement activities will continue throughout West Milford.

    Drug arrest

    On May 17, at 7:24 p.m.,West Milford Police Officers Jenna Bednarovsky and Kevin Canova were dispatched to the ShopRite parking lot at 23 Marshall Hill Road on a report of a suspicious person in a vehicle with Florida license plates.

    On their arrival they located a gray 2010 Ford Fusion bearing a Florida registration.The made contact with the driver and sole occupant identified as Michael Salerno, 26, of Hewitt.

    Police said the officers observed signs of possible Controlled Dangerous Substances use and asked Salerno to step out of the vehicle.

    As he did, police said, an empty glassine baggie fell to the ground. After recovering additional empty baggies from his person, Police said Salerno admitted to possessing additional CDS in the vehicle.

    Canova retrieved the additional CDS and Salerno was placed under arrest for possession of CDS. He was processed and charged additionally with possession of CDS in a motor vehicle and released on summons pending initial appearance in Passaic County Superior Court.

    DWI and child endangerment charges

    On May 17, at 8:38 p.m., West Milford Police received a report of a suspicious person who appeared to be intoxicated on the caller’s property on Clinton Road.

    On arrival, Officer Robert Kulawiak observed a 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe bearing an Alabama registration parked in the driveway.

    Police said the homeowner was yelling that the person was now “beating her children” near the back of the house.

    Kulawiak made his way to the yard and briefly made contact with two juveniles, 11 and 15, to check on their well-being. He then made contact with the womwn who police said was disheveled and acting erratically. She was identified as Dayanna Fitzpatrick, 39, ofAuburn, Alabama.

    Officer Thomas Connors arrived on scene to assist. While speaking to Fitzpatrick, police said Kulawiak detected a strong odor of alcohol andobserved signs of intoxication.

    After failing standard field sobriety tests, Fitzpatrick was placed under arrest for DWI. She was processed and charged additionally with two counts of Child Endangerment, two counts of Driving under the Influence with a Minor in a vehicle, Refusing to submit to breath testing and expired registration.

    The juveniles were later turned over to a family friend.

    Fitzpatrick remained in police custody and was later released pending initial appearance in Passaic County Superior Court