Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Car stopped as part of St. Patrick's Day drunken driving detail.
A Lake Hiawatha man was charged with DWI after police said he drove his car through a glass bus shelter in Montville and then left the scene of the crash on St. Patrick's Day. Daniel Greenzweig, 27, was charged with driving with a suspended license and other motor vehicle violations in addition to the DWI charge, according to a release from Fairfield Police Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. Manna said Fairfield Police Ptl. John McGrory was on patrol on Route 46 just before 1 a.m. as part of a drunken driving enforcement detail set up for the holiday weekend when he saw Greenzweig driving a Chevrolet Camaro faster than the 50 mph limit. Greenzweig was also not driving within his lane of traffic, Manna said. Greenzweig's car was stopped and …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Students safely waited on buses while school was cleared Thursday, police said.
Just days after another district school was evacuated because of a bomb threat, Cedar Hill Elementary School students were also evacuated because of a similar threat, according to Montville Township Police Capt. Rudy Appelmann. The students were safely placed on school buses, as part of the school's evacuation plan, around 11:20 a.m. while officials determined whether they should be bussed to another location, Appelmann said. Ultimately, the buses did not leave the parking lot and students were able to return within about 20 minutes. Appelmann said police believe Thursday's threat, which is still under investigation, originated from inside the school, similarly to Monday's bomb threat at the Robert R. Lazar Middle School. However, …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Driver transported to hospital following Thursday morning crash.
A driver was transported to St. Clare's Hospital Thursday morning after Montville Township police Capt. Rudy Appelmann said he crashed into the building at 55 Route 46 in Pine Brook. Appelmann said the driver, who was not named, was traveling west on Route 46 around 11 a.m. when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed the median, driving into the building near Tiffany's Restaurant. The building at 55 Route 46 is currently vacant, Appelmann said. The Montville Township Volunteer First Aid Squad responded to the scene to transport the driver to the hospital. No other injuries were reported, although the building was damaged.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Hamilton Place man was sitting in car when a person attempted to open door, police said.
Two new-model cars were stolen from Pine Brook residences last weekend leaving Montville Township police to investigate whether the vehicle thefts are connected. Both of the vehicles were taken overnight from Saturday into Sunday, Capt. Rudy Appelmann said. One of the vehicles, a black, four-door 2012 Acura, was taken from Tudor Place between 11 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Appelman said. The owner of the car told officers the keys were not inside the vehicle, but Appelmann was unsure whether the car was locked. That same night, between 6 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. Sunday, a grey, 2013 Jeep Cherokee was reported stolen from the parking lot of the 4100 building at Rachel Gardens. It was unknown whether the Jeep had been locked. In both …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Police said woman's credit cards, other items were stolen after pry marks were found on the front door.
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Monday, February 4
Montville Township police are investigating the apparent burglary of a Pine Brook apartment in which a purse and credit cards were reported stolen on Jan. 16. Capt. Rudy Appelmann said the value of the purse is about $200, including items inside that were taken. Police responded to Rachel Gardens to investigate and Appelmann said officers saw pry marks on the front door of the apartment. The purse appeared to be the only thing missing from the residence and the residents said they were out of the apartment for about an hour between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Chase Bank had contacted the resident whose purse was taken to alert her of suspicious charges on her credit card. Appelmann said police took photos at the scene and canvassed the area, …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Two or more men took off from Burlington Coat Factory with coats, police said.
Montville police are investigating a reported shoplifting incident where Capt. Rudy Appelmann said five black leather jackets were stolen from Burlington Coat Factory in Pine Brook on Jan. 22. Several, between two and four, men described as being Hispanic and wearing baseball caps allegedly shoplifted the coats before 8 p.m., when the store manager called police, Appelmann said. The total value of the stolen coats is about $1,000. Appelmann said the store manager ran after the men and watched them run toward Dunkin Donuts on Route 46 before she could no longer see them. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Montville Township police at 973-257-4300.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Police said cash was stolen after office window was broken.
Montville Township police are investigating an apparent burglary in which cash was stolen from the Green Clean car wash in Pine Brook on Sunday. The business was broken into by pushing an air conditioning unit through an office window, Capt. Rudy Appelmann said. Appelmann said the business owners realized the money, of which the amount was not known, was stolen around 8 a.m. The alleged burglary occurred some time overnight between when the business closed and when the owners arrived on Jan. 27. While the owners reported cash stolen, Appelmann said other valuable items went undisturbed, including a Blackberry cell phone and boombox. "They took an undetermined amount of cash and nothing else," Appelmann said. The owners of the car wash use …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Coyotes in Montville 'not unusual,' but could become an issue if they are near people.
Montville police responded to a call from a Kanouse Lane resident who said they saw coyotes near their home Tuesday morning. The call came in around 8 a.m. While it was not confirmed that the animals the resident saw were, in fact, coyotes, or how many there were, Capt. Rudy Appelmann said residents have been known to confuse coyotes with other animals. "More than likely, it was a fox," he said. This is not the first time a resident said they saw a coyote in Montville. Last year, Appelmann said police responded to a report of coyote sightings near Pyramid Mountain. When asked whether coyote sightings are common for this area, Appelman said "it's not normal, but it's not unusual. They avoid people." Coyotes mostly poke around garbage, …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
'Lack of communication' caused disagreement, police said.
Police responded to Montville Township High School Tuesday afternoon for a report of a dispute between a teacher and student, Montville Township Police Capt. Rudy Appelmann said. "It turned out to just be an internal problem, lack of communication," Appelmann said. Appelmann said the student and teacher had a discussion in which they did not agree. "It didn't escalate. It was resolved before we got there," he said. Appelmann said police had no further information on the incident. When asked whether discipline was rendered, Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried commented that the district works to ensure safety of students and faculty members. "In all instances regarding student discipline, we follow our code of conduct," he said.
35-year-old man sent to hospital for evaluation following crash.
Police seized 19 packets of heroin from a car that crashed into a guardrail on Passaic Valley Road Monday after the driver was being followed by an officer, Capt. Rudy Appelmann said. Appelmann said the man, a 35-year-old Rockaway resident, whose name was not released, was parked in a back corner of a parking lot of a Changebridge Road business when Ptl. Scott McGowan noticed him allegedly throw something from the car around 8 p.m. McGowan drove up to the vehicle, but Appelmann said the driver then began to drive away. McGowan followed the driver to Passaic Valley Road, Appelmann said, where he then crashed his car into a guardrail. The man was the only person in the car and was transported to St. Clare's Hospital for an evaluation. …