Thursday, January 10, 2013
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. …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Police said door appeared to be forced open.
Several pieces of costume jewelry were taken from a Pine Brook home in an apparent burglary on Dec. 24, police said. Montville Township Police Capt. Rudy Appelmann said the owner of the Maple Avenue home reported the burglary around 5 p.m. The value of the costume jewelry was unknown, although Appelmann said no other items of value appeared to have been taken from the home. Appelmann said an inside garage door appeared to be forced open at the house, although both overhead garage doors were closed. Police also found a rear door of the home that owners had kept locked was open. The bedroom closets and dressers appeared to have been entered and gone through, Appelmann said. Appelman said the investigation of the burglary is ongoing. Anyone …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Police said illegible writings were sprayed on business' exterior wall.
Montville Township police are investigating graffiti that was sprayed on the exterior wall of Burlington Coat Factory in Pine Brook on Thursday. According to Capt. Rudy Appelmann, an officer noticed the graffiti around midnight on one of the walls of the Route 46 business. The black graffiti appeared to be spray-painted on the white wall of the building, but the words or images were illegible, he said. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 973-257-4300.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Chief said police officers 'were there when people needed someone the most' during their careers.
If the number of plaques piled high at the beginning of the township's reorganization meeting Thursday night was any indication, Montville, and those who have spent years working in the town, have a lot to be proud of. Dozens of retiring police officers, borough employees and township volunteers were honored with kind words and awards of recognition for serving the residents of Montville. Five police officers who retired at the end of December were included as Chief Richard Cook spoke about the changes many of them have endured with the department throughout their time with the force. "Gone are they days when we were just given a firearm and sent on the road before going to the academy," he said. "We have come a long way since you guys …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Re-elected Township Committeeman Don Kostka to be sworn in.
Five retiring Montville Township police officers and several borough employees will be honored during the township's reorganization meeting Thursday night. From the police force, Capt. Wayne Guarino and Lt. Roger Atkinson, who both served the township for 35 years, will be honored, along with Capt. Ed Rosellini (34 years), Lt. Letitia Huffstutler (26 years) and Ptl. James Polachek (26 years). All five police officers retired at the end of December. Donald Cole, an employee of the Department of Public Works for 32 years, also retired, as well as Andrew Davanzo (27 years) of the Health Department and Robert Menzel (21 years) of the Construction Department. All three will be honored Thursday night. Presentations will also be made to the …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Superintendent assured parents that students will be safe Friday.
Montville Township Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried assured parents Thursday that students of Lazar Middle School will be safe on Friday, despite some students' concerns over alleged remarks made by one of their classmates. Fried sent a Honeywell alert message out to parents advising them that he had become aware of the alleged comments and had immediately expressed his concern to police. "I am aware that the police department conducted a thorough investigation and took all appropriate steps to make sure that our children at Lazar were safe today and will be safe tomorrow in school as well," Fried said in the alert. Fried said Friday morning that he is unable to comment on the nature of the comments made. "I am not able to …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Violent crime rate sees slight increase in state report.
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Monday, December 17, 2012
The New Jersey State Police Uniform Crime Report showed burglaries to have increased by more than 50 percent in Montville in 2011 while the number of robberies was slightly down. Overall crime increased in most areas between 2010 and 2011, according to the data. The violent crime rate increased by .1 percent while the total crime rate percentage increased by over 2 percent. The non-violent crime rate also increased by nearly 3 percent. Of the major violent crimes, no murders were reported, one rape was reported and aggravated assault cases increased to six from four. The number of burglaries increased from 28 to 43 and the number of larcenies increased from 96 to 121. Motor vehicle thefts also increased while arson cases, for which there …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Three new Montville Township police officers were sworn in Tuesday.
The Montville Township municipal building meeting room was filled with police presence Tuesday night, but no one was getting arrested. Five police officers were promoted and sworn in to their new ranks as Montville Township Police Chief Richard Cook said five officers will be retiring at the end of December. "We currently have five officers retiring at the end of the year. They consist of two captains, two lieutenants and one patrolman," Cook said. "In order to prepare for this, the township has hired four new officers this year." Of the four new officers, Cook said one is already on the road while the other three are planning to graduate from the police academy on Thursday. The three officers graduating from the academy were also sworn in…
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Resident noticed more than $1,500 missing.
A New York man was arrested Wednesday after Montville Township Police Capt. Ed Rosellini said he allegedly stole more than $1,500 cash from a Towaco home he was doing contractor work in. James O'Sullivan, 34, of Stony Point, NY, was charged with one count of theft. According to Rosellini, a resident of Doremus Drive called police on Nov. 30 to report that a large amount of money was missing from their home. The resident explained to police that contractors had been working on their house recently. In interviewing the workers, police said O'Sullivan admitted on Wednesday to taking the cash. O'Sullivan was arrested and transported to the Montville Township police station. He was later released with a date to appear in court. For questions on…
Police said an airbag was apparently stolen from a car parked outside a Pine Brook business.
Montville Township police are investigating an apparent airbag theft from a vehicle that was parked outside the Chapin Road business complex in Pine Brook last month. According to Capt. Ed Rosellini, the car, a Honda, was parked in the complex's parking lot on Nov. 20 between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m. Between those hours, police believe the driver's side of the vehicle was entered and the airbag was taken. The airbag was valued at $1,000, according to Rosellini. Anyone with information on the incident should contact police at 973-257-4300.