St Baldrick's 2014

Ptl. Robert McDermott, Ptl. Michael Grasso, Ptl. Jeffrey McElroy and Sgt. Andrew McPhail of the Cedar Grove Police Department with help from Fr. Robert “Mac” McLaughlin of Saint Catherine of Siena show off their bald heads after taking part in the Cedar Grove Elks St. Baldrick’s Event. The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for life-saving childhood cancer research.  This year the team raised over $10,000 dollars. For more information check out the St Baldrick’s web site. http://www.stbaldricks.org/

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Press Release

Cedar Grove Police Department

Press Release

Flushing Queens Woman Arrested on Prostitution Charge

              A police investigation into suspected prostitution at the Angel Spa on Pompton Avenue led to the arrest of a Flushing, Queens woman on a charge of engaging in prostitution.  The 46 year-old defendant, Shiqing Liu, was arrested at the Angel Spa on February 18, 2014 on a charge she engaged in a sexual activity with another person in exchange for US currency.  At the time of her arrest, Liu was an Angel Spa employee working as a masseuse.  The investigation, which included a variety of investigative means including surveillance, was conducted by the Cedar Grove Police Detective Bureau, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey State Police.  The investigation initiated following citizen complaints alleging prostitution at the location.  The defendant was processed on the charge at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance on March 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.    

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The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated

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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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February 20, 2014

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Holiday Care Package Collection

Cedar Grove Police Department Thanks Public for Generosity During Holiday Care Package Collection for United States Military Personnel Serving Overseas

          The Cedar Grove Police Department would like to thank the public for their generosity during our recent Holiday Care Package Collection for United States Military Personnel serving overseas.  Thanks to your generosity, the 2013 Holiday Drive was a great success and we were able to send care packages to 24 United States Marines currently serving aboard the USS Boxer in the Arabian Sea. Your help in providing our service men and women with a taste of home during the holidays was greatly appreciated. 

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Collecting for Military Serving Overseas

Cedar Grove Police Collecting Care Packages for

United States Military Personnel Serving Overseas

          The Cedar Grove Police Department will once again be collecting donations for care packages to send to our troops serving overseas this Holiday Season.  Thanks to the generosity of our residents, last year’s drive was a great success and we were able to send care packages to many of our soldiers away from their families during the Holidays.  Examples of items being sought include personal items such as toothbrushes, travel size toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, mouthwash or body wash.  Baby wipes, hand or foot warmers, digital or disposable cameras, multi-tool or good folding knife, disposable razors and shaving cream.  Snack items such as Pringles, fruit snacks, gum, hard candy and beef jerky. Miscellaneous items such as comic books, playing cards, crossword puzzles, suntan lotion and sun glasses.  A copy of the complete list is available at the police desk.  Any person wishing to donate items can leave donations in the collection bin located in the Cedar Grove Municipal Building Lobby.  We will be collecting items until Christmas.  Please help us say thank you to our troops by sending them a little piece of home.  Anyone having questions can call Lt. Erik Hansson or Sgt. Eileen O’Toole at 973-239-4100.

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Drive Sober 2013

Cedar Grove Police To Participate In 2013

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Year End Holiday Crackdown”

          The Cedar Grove Police Department has announced it will be participating in the impaired driving enforcement campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Year End Holiday Crackdown”. This impaired driving enforcement crackdown will take place between the dates of December 6, 2013 through January 2, 2014.  During the campaign period, Cedar Grove Officers will be out in full force to detect, arrest and prosecute any motorist found to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcoholic beverages. 

A concentrated national effort, the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” program helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters and banners.  Launched nationally in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year, including the holiday period.    

In 2012, alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for nineteen (19) percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities.   As part of the initiative, the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety will be providing Cedar Grove with a funding grant to run additional DWI patrols during peak hours of the holiday period.

The Cedar Grove Police Department is offering the following advice during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Year End Holiday Crackdown” period:

  • If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink, before going out.
  • Realize that every drink you have makes it more difficult to know when you’ve had too much to drive.
  • If you plan to drink, take mass transit, a taxi, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • If you’ve have too much to drink, spend the night where the activity is being held.
  • Always buckle up – it’s your best defense against an impaired driver.        
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Cedar Grove Police Department

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Township Man Arrested On Charge of Attempted Burglary

On Wednesday, November 13th., police arrested a Township man on charges of attempted burglary to a residence, criminal mischief to property and possession of a weapon.  The incidents leading to the arrest of the 30 year-old defendant, Anthony F. Tomaselli, began at 12:39 p.m. on Wednesday after police responded to a Lafayette Drive residence on a report of an intrusion alarm.  Upon arrival, officers discovered a rear window to the home had been smashed out with a large paver stone in an attempt to force entry into the home.  Officers immediately set up perimeters around the home and the general area in order to conduct a search for suspects.  During this period, an area resident reported observing a suspicious person walking in the area just prior to the burglary attempt.  A short time later, Ptl. Carolyn Zajack observed a subject, subsequently identified as Tomaselli, matching the description walking in the parking lot of the nearby Senior Citizen Complex.  As the officer attempted to conduct a field interview, she observed Tomaselli attempt to secrete an object that was determined to be a large 8” kitchen knife.   At that time Tomaselli was taken into custody for the possession of a weapon under circumstances not manifestly appropriate for lawful use.  Subsequent investigation, including the location of Tomaselli’s cell phone in the backyard property of the involved Lafayette Drive home, led to charges he had perpetrated the burglary attempt.  The defendant was processed on all charges at police headquarters and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark in lieu of a $35,000.00 bail.  Ptl. Michael Grasso, Ptl. Robert McDermott, Ptl. Richard Macaluso, Sgt. Andrew McPhail, Lt. Joseph Cirasa, D/Sgt. John Kennedy, Det. Michael Tower, Det. Scott Scherer and the Verona Police Department assisted in the investigation. 

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The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.

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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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November 14, 2013

 

 

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Deer Advisory

Cedar Grove Police Department Issues Deer Advisory to Motorists

            In response to several deer involved motor vehicle crashes in the past week, the Cedar Grove Police Department is offering motorists the following tips to help avoid being involved a deer related crash:

Be aware that the period between late September and December is deer migration and mating seasons.  This results in a dramatic increase in deer activity and movement.

Be aware that deer are unpredictable, especially when faced with glaring headlights and fast moving vehicles.  Deer will often dart into the roadway.

Be aware that deer often move in groups.  If you see one, there are likely to be more in the vicinity.

Drive with extra caution when operating through wooded areas and areas known to have a large deer population, especially between dusk and dawn.

Decrease your speed when operating in an area known to have a large deer population.

When driving at night in an area known to have deer, use your high beam headlights when there are no other vehicles in the area.  The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of any deer on or near the roadway.

If you see a deer in your path, brake firmly but stay in your lane.  Many serious crashes have occurred when motorists swerve to avoid a deer and hit another car or lose control of the vehicle. 

Always wear your seatbelt.

In the event your vehicle strikes a deer, avoid going near or touching the animal.  A wounded deer can hurt you or further injure itself.  If the deer is still in the roadway and poses a danger to other motorists, call 9-1-1 for police assistance. 

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Cedar Grove Police Department

Press Release

September 6, 2013

Verizon Store Employees Charged with Theft of Smart Phones

          The Cedar Grove Police Department recently charged two Verizon Store employees with the theft of numerous smart phones taken from the Verizon Store on Pompton Avenue.  The two defendants, Jonathan Butler, 26, of Verona and Luis O. Robles, 31, of Paterson were charged following a detective bureau investigation initiated on September 2, 2013 after the store owners reported numerous phones missing from inventory.  A subsequent review of store surveillance video led to the identification of Butler as a suspect in the thefts and further investigation led to the identification of Robles as a second suspect.  The investigation culminated in theft charges being brought against both subjects.  Butler was charged on September 3rd. with the theft of 45 phones having an aggregate value of $27,000.00.  Robles was charged on September 4th. with the theft of 6 phones having an aggregate value of $4,000.00.  Both defendants were processed at police headquarters and released pending a September 12, 2013 Superior Court Arraignment in Newark.  D/Sgt. John Kennedy and Det. Michael Tower were the investigating officers.   *******************

          The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated. 

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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Cedar Grove Police To Participate In

Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”

          The Cedar Grove Police Department has announced it will be participating in the impaired driving enforcement campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2013 Labor Day Statewide Crackdown”. This impaired driving enforcement crackdown will take place between the dates of August 16 through September 2, 2013.  During the campaign period, Cedar Grove Officers will be out in full force to detect, arrest and prosecute any motorist found to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcoholic beverages. 

A concentrated national effort, the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” program helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters and banners.  Launched nationally in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year, including the Labor Day holiday period.   

In 2012, alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for nineteen (19) percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities.   As part of the initiative, the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety will be providing Cedar Grove with a funding grant to run additional DWI patrols during peak hours of the two week period.

The Cedar Grove Police Department is offering the following advice during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2013 Labor Day Statewide Crackdown”:

  • If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink, before going out.
  • Realize that every drink you have makes it more difficult to know when you’ve had too much to drive.
  • If you plan to drink, take mass transit, a taxi, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • If you’ve have too much to drink, spend the night where the activity is being held.
  • Always buckle up – it’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
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