Saturday, August 18, 2012
This week's crazy New Jersey police news includes runaway cows, a cash hiding place failure and a pair of boozy pants.
- POLICE & FIRE
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Each week, Patch combs through the more shocking, surprising and often absurd alleged criminal acts and police-related incidents that unfold throughout New Jersey. Here’s what went on this week for “OMGs from NJ PD.” You Don’t Say… : Richard Vincenzi, you have the right to remain silent. We recommend exercising that right next time cops confront you about allegedly harassing a bouncer in Morristown. Unfortunately for Vincenzi, 24, he took another route, telling police “I have a huge problem with authority.” That’s probably an understatement, considering Morristown Police had to resort to leg irons to get Vincenzi under control and under arrest. Cattle Constitutional: Why did the cows cross the road? The bovines were unavailable for comment…
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Police demonstrate the capabilities of explosives-fighting device.
This week's National Night Out event was a chance for local law enforcement agencies to show off their top gear, including a bomb disposal robot.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Local public safety agencies put on a night for families in the middle of Springfield.
On Tuesday, August 7, families flocked to Springfield's Meisel park to celebrate Union County's celebration of National Night Out. Local public safety organizations and Union County employees offered refreshments and activitities. Celebrities onhand included famed crime dog McGruff and reknowned Frank Sinatra impressionist Eric DeLauro. Attendees were able to get up close and personal with bomb disposal robots, S.W.A.T. equipment, emergency vehicles and other public safety tech.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Annual public safety event will feature a movie, kids attractions, demonstrations of public safety equipment and more.
From 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, Springfield's Meisel field will be the safest place in Union County. Once again, local public safety agencies have teamed with County and municipal law enforcement agencies for the Annual National Night Out event. Families and other law-abiding citizens are encouraged to attend. Not only will Springfield's finest be on-hand, but so too will officers from Union County and nearby towns, as well as the latest tech and equipment the that law enforcement field has to offer. The event is a police-community partnership aimed at preventing crime and drug use. As in previous years, the event offered a fully loaded array of family activities, from bouncy castles to movies, music and food. In addition, families are able to …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Elio Pintado was arrested in 2010 near a Berkeley Heights elementary school.
From the Union County Prosecutor's Office: A Summit man arrested in January 2010 and charged with attempting to lure a Berkeley Heights girl and who is was charged in a New York state case relating to the sexual assault of a minor, was sentenced for the New Jersey charges earlier this morning, said Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow. Elio Pintado, 38, was arrested on January 7, 2010 near a Berkeley Heights elementary school, one day after he tried to lure a 9-year-old girl into his car, according to the investigation. He was later charged with the sexual assault of a 7-year-old in a bathroom stall at a movie theater in West Nyack, N.Y. mall. In October 2010, Pintado pled guilty to 2nd degree luring and 3rd degree theft by deception, said …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Prosecutor Theodore Romankow said that authorities believe the incident was a targeted attack and not a robbery.
Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow said that Saturday would have been Clark resident Vera Pecoraro's 74th birthday (born July 7, 1938). She was discovered on her living room floor by her son Anthony after he had not heard from his mother. When police found her, her throat was cut with a serrated knife found nearby. Initially, officials had questions about whether or not this might have been a suicide. "That may sound somewhat strange," said Romankow. "However we’ve had situations where people actually have cut their throat by suicide." Romankow said there was other forensic evidence as a result of the medical examiner’s evaluation which they received late yesterday which indicated that it was a homicide. Romankow said Pecoraro was …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Man charged with robbing liquor stores in Linden and Mountainside.
Springfield police have arrested a man suspected of breaking into and robbing from liquor stores in several Union County towns. According to a Springfield police report, Michael Ayler, 45, of Elizabeth and Neptune, broke into Springfield’s Stew Leonard's Wines on May 27 at 4:40 a.m. by prying open the front doors. He reportedly quickly fled in a tan four-door sedan after finding the store’s cash register drawers were open and empty. Springfield officers arrived shortly after Ayler reportedly left, responding to an alarm at the liquor store. Springfield Police detectives Keith Doherty and James Mirabile reviewed forensic evidence and video images from the store’s surveillance tapes and notified all police agencies in New Jersey. Police …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Couple reportedly stole candy and cash.
What if Bonnie and Clyde had a sweet tooth? Police reports indicate the man and woman accused of breaking into two Springfield businesses last week were not particularly discerning about what they allegedly stole. While they pocketed cash, they also reportedly stole an item with little resale value; a candy bowl. On Thursday, May 17 at 10:13 p.m., Springfield PD Officer Melissa Esteves responded to a silent burglar alarm at Dave's Sweet Shop on Mountain Avenue. The business was closed, so Officer Esteves turned off her headlights as she entered the parking lot. She reportedly spotted David Brady, 39, of Morristown attempting to pry the rear door of the store open with a tire iron. Brady started to walk away and then ran off. After a chase…
Saturday, May 19, 2012
One winds up on the train tracks, another on a front lawn.
Each week, Patch takes a peek at some of the surprising, shocking and occasionally silly police-related incidents reported throughout New Jersey for "OMGs from NJ PDs." On the Wrong Track: Contrary to popular belief, there is no "wrong side of the tracks." Well, not unless you count the top side. A driver who made a wrong turn wound up on the train tracks paralleling Route 17, leading authorities to shut down New Jersey Transit traffic on the line, according to Hasbrouck Heights Police. It took police about an hour to remove the vehicle from the tracks. We're not sure how long it took onlookers to remove their palms from their faces. Not Quite a Smoking Gun, But Close: You think smoking's bad for you? It's even worse if you're trying to …
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Also, someone made off with a whole lot of cooking oil. Slick.
Each week, Patch takes a peek at some of the surprising, shocking, stunning and occasionally silly police-related incidents reported throughout New Jersey for "OMGs from NJ PDs." Big Wheels Keep on Turning: A runaway van veered into oncoming traffic on the White Horse Pike, crashed against a guard rail and nearly struck a small gathering of people at the edge of Newton Lake in Camden County (our title for this section would have worked better if it was a river onto which the van was almost rollin'). Amazingly, no one was hurt, but police say an intoxicated driver may have been asleep at the wheel. At Least it Wasn't a Cow: Scotch Plains Police say a horse escaped from Watchung Stables. After a brief chase, he was cornered by Scotch Plains …