Police Blotter: Underage Driver Caught With Pot, a Nodder With a Needle & Shoplifting Teen Arrested
The following police blotter items were supplied to Midland Park Press from the Midland Park Police Department:
Drugs & Paraphernalia Possession Arrests
On April 12, Sgt. Powderley and Officer Thomas Bedoe were dispatched on a report of a male slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle which was parked. While assessing the patient, a 21-year-old male Oakland resident, Sgt. Powderley noticed a hypodermic needle next to him on the driver’s seat in plain view. He was later charged with Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, and is to appear in the Midland Park Municipal Court.
On April 13, a 15-year-old male resident of Wyckoff was arrested for possession of drugs after Officer Michael Canonico stopped the vehicle for being driven without headlights. When the subject was asked for his credentials he stated they were in his wallet which he left at home. In speaking with him an odor of marijuana was detected emanating from within the vehicle and on his person. The juvenile was transported to headquarters for processing. He was charged with possession of marijuana, providing false information to a police officer; unlicensed driver, and no insurance documents. The juvenile was released into the custody of his mother and will appear in Juvenile Court. Officer Kenneth Junta assisted.
On April 18, Sgt Noah Van Vliet and Officer Berninger met with an off-duty state officer who reported persons in a parked vehicle are using drugs. An investigation revealed the passenger was applying a hypodermic needle into his arm. The subject, a 20-year-old male resident of Haskell, was arrested and transported to headquarters for processing. He was charged with possession of paraphernalia, given a court date and, released on his own recognizance. The driver, a 21-year-old female resident of Hewitt, was released. Officer Junta assisted in the investigation.
On April 10 at 3:05 p.m., Officer Christopher Birch observed a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner. The vehicle was stopped, and it was determined the driver, a 35-year-old resident of Midland Park had been drinking. The female subsequently failed field sobriety tests and was transported to headquarters for processing. She received four motor vehicle summonses and two criminal complaints. The subject was released into the custody of her husband and given a date to appear in the Midland Park Municipal Court. Det. Sgt. Gibbons and Officer Berninger assisted in the investigation.
On April 14, Officer Canonico arrested a 52-year-old female resident of Wyckoff for driving while intoxicated after the vehicle was stopped for passing a red light and driving erratically. An odor of an alcoholic beverage emanated from within the vehicle. Following field sobriety tests the female was transported to headquarters for processing. The driver was issued summonses for driving while intoxicated, and for careless driving. She was released into the custody of her husband and given a date to appear in court. Sgt. Powderley and Officer Junta assisted.
Shoplifting, Larceny and Thefts
On April 9, an employee of a local business reported several males ran off with a bracelet which was on display outside the store. She gave a description of the juveniles and, two of the subjects were located. The two were transported to headquarters and, one of the males, a 17-year-old Wyckoff resident, confessed to taking the bracelet, valued at $145, without the knowledge of the other juveniles. He was charged with larceny, released into the custody of his mother, and will appear in Bergen County Family Court. The parents of the other juveniles were involved were notified of the incident. Sgt. Michael Powderley, Det. Sgt. John Gibbons and Officer Mark Berninger investigated.
On April 10, Det. Sgt. Gibbons took a larceny report from the owner of a business who reported sometime overnight approximately 100 lbs of scrap metal was removed from a parked pickup truck. The stolen scrap metal has a value of $700.
On April 17, A Goffle Road resident reported to Officer Canonico that a lawn ornament was stolen from her property sometime overnight. She stated the ornament; a lawn jockey weighing approximately 50 pounds, is valued at $250.
On April 19, Lt. Bernard Vandenberg and Sgt. Gregory Kasbarian were dispatched to meet with residents who witnessed an assault. One witness yelled at the actors who left in a waiting vehicle. The victim, a 15-year-old male resident of Midland Park, was assaulted after he found a skateboard which he assumed was garbage. He stated he was not badly injured and, his parent did not want to press any charges.