Editor’s note: This section is based on data provided to the Northern Valley Press by neighborhood police departments. Due to pending court appearances and other variations, the following information shall be read in “press time”
Department reports activity
– The Demarest Police Department reports that during the week of Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, its members responded to three 911 calls, three motor vehicle crashes and four medical calls. Officers issued 30 summonses during this time. There were no reported arrests, burglaries, thefts or assaults during this period.
Driver arrested for marijuana
– On Oct. 31 at about 6:06 p.m., Officer Andrew Soltes and Officer Kevin McKeary were dispatched to a residence on Valley Road on a report of a verbal dispute in progress. Upon officers’ arrival, it was determined a 56-year-old male lawn maintenance worker from West Milford was in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, namely marijuana. The actor was placed under arrest and transported to Haworth Police Headquarters for processing. The defendant was subsequently issued a complaint-summons charging him with possession of marijuana (50 grams or less). The defendant was fingerprinted, photographed and released on his own recognizance.
Car stolen during overnight hours
– On Wednesday, Oct. 25 at about 7:30 a.m., the theft of a motor vehicle was reported from a residence on Blue Hill Road. The owner of the car advised that the vehicle was stolen sometime after 6:30 p.m. the previous evening. Later that morning another Blue Hill Road resident reported that a briefcase (which contained nothing of value) was stolen from his vehicle sometime during the overnight hours on the same date. The stolen car was recovered in Newark on Oct. 29. Residents are urged to keep their vehicles locked and remove key fobs when not in use.
Speeding driver arrested for marijuana
– On Sunday, Oct. 29 just after midnight, a Norwood patrolman stopped a vehicle for speeding on Livingston Street. The vehicle was being driven 53 mph in a posted 25 mph zone. While speaking with the driver, a 24-year-old resident of Garnerville, N.Y., the officer was able to detect the odor of burnt marijuana. Upon questioning the driver surrendered a bag of marijuana from the center console of his vehicle. The man was placed under arrest and transported to Norwood Police Department where he was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana. The defendant was also issued a citation for speeding.