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Police Blotter: DWIs, Thefts

03/14/2013 01:10PM ● By Anonymous

The following Police Blotter items were submitted to Midland Park Press by the Midland Park Police Department:


On March 1, a 43-year-old male resident of Midland Park reported to Officer Michael Canonico the theft of a N.J. State PBA shield from his vehicle.  He is unsure where or when the shield was taken as the vehicle has been parked at his residence for four months.

On March 1, the manager of a local business reported to Officer Canonico a Hispanic male in his late forties was observed removing food items from a shelf.  The items removed amounted to more than $23. Officer Christopher Birch assisted. The incident was turned over to the Detective Bureau.

On March 6, the owner of a local business reported to Officer Mark Berninger the theft of scrap metal and air conditioners. The value of the stolen items was approximately $150.  He stated the larceny possibly occurred on March 1.


On March 2, Officer Birch arrested a 53-year-old Ridgewood resident and charged her with driving while intoxicated and careless driving. The vehicle was observed crossing over the double yellow line as it approached the intersection of Godwin Avenue and Prospect Street, which resulted in a motor vehicle stop.  The female was transported to headquarters after failing to successfully complete standardized roadside tests. The offender was released into the custody of her son with a pending court date. Officer Thomas Bedoe assisted in the investigation.

On March 8, at 8:30 p.m. a 33-year-old male resident of New York City was arrested for driving while intoxicated after Officer Birch was dispatched to a local business to investigate a possible intoxicated driver. Following field sobriety tests the male was transported to headquarters for processing. The offender received a summons for driving while intoxicated and, summonses were issued for other charges. He was released with a pending court date.  Lt. Bernard Vandenberg assisted in the investigation.

On March 12, a 60-year-old Wayne resident was arrested after Officer Canonico observed the vehicle being driven in an erratic manner. The male subsequently failed field sobriety tests and was transported to headquarters for processing.  He was charged with driving while intoxicated and, additional summonses for various violations.  The male was released into the custody of his wife and daughter and, is scheduled to appear in the Midland Park Municipal Court.  Officers Birch and Berninger assisted.

Counterfeit Bill

On March 12, a local business owner reported to Lt. Vandenberg that he received a counterfeit bill for a purchase made at his store. He reported the subject bought two cookies and paid for them with a $20 bill. The suspect left the store and was seen walking toward Godwin Avenue. The area was checked with negative results.The incident was referred to the Detective Bureau.

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