Friday, October 24, 2014

Road closures for the Week of October 27, 2014

See below for anticipated lane closures for the week of October 27, 2014.

Crime Stoppers Tip Leads to Drug and Warrant Arrest

On Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 3:15 am, police received an anonymous tip on the Crime Stoppers telephone line regarding drug activity occurring in a garage on Willow Street.

Officers David Tortora and Peter Morano responded to the area to investigate the tip. Upon arrival, officers observed garage lights on and heard noise from a television playing inside. Officers approached the garage and knocked on the side door. A male, identified as Allan Verdeflor, 32, of Bergenfield, answered the door with a clear glassine bag containing a controlled dangerous substance in his left hand. Upon speaking with Verdeflor, officers determined he was under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. In addition, officers observed drug paraphernalia within the garage, specifically a large glass bong. Several other men were also observed inside the garage in addition to Verdeflor.

One male located in the garage was identified as Ramil Culala, 38, of Bergenfield. An active warrant for Culala was discovered after police conducted a computer check. The warrant was issued by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department.  Police communications personnel contacted the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department who verified that the warrant was active and no bail was permitted.  The warrant was issued for failing to appear. Other occupants in the garage were checked by officers and released without further incident. 

Verdeflor and Culala were placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters without incident. The drugs and paraphernalia were collected from the scene and secured into police evidence. Municipal Court Judge Helene Herbert was contacted and issued the following warrants for Verdeflor:  being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than one ounce of methamphetamine. Bail for Verdeflor was set at $5,000 no 10% permitted. 

Verdeflor was unable to post bail and was transported to Bergen County Jail without incident. 

 Culala was processed and turned over to the custody of Bergen County Sheriff's Officers.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fire-General Alarm: Garage Fire October 12, 2014

On Sunday, October 12, 2014, at 4:28 PM, the Bergenfield Police Department Communications Desk received multiple 911 calls reporting a garage fire on Glenwood Drive North. Fire units were dispatched, but the actual fire location was quickly updated 1 Glenwood Drive East.

Fire Chief Jason Lanzilotti, upon arrival of fire apparatus, said the "garage was reported to be fully involved." Although the garage is detached from the residence, the neighboring residences "started to burn but were extinguished and cooled" as firefighters began their attack on the blaze, he said.

The fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters on scene and the fire chief further reported,  "because of the potential for collapse, hot spots, as well as the quantity of contents, the garage needed to be taken down with a controlled demo preformed in cooperative effort by members from the Bergenfield and Dumont fire departments."

Mutual aid was requested from the Dumont, New Milford, Tenafly, Englewood and Teaneck fire departments. In addition, the Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded and was on scene to standby and provide medical treatment if needed. The fire chief reported there were no injuries to either civilian or firefighter personnel during the incident.   

The fire remains under investigation and no specific cause is known yet, however, it is not deemed suspicious in nature at this time. All fire units cleared the scene by 6:56 PM.


Friday, September 19, 2014

"Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day" October 10, 2014

The Bergenfield Police Department will be participating in the "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day."  See the article and links below for more information.                                                                        

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

PSE&G Work Schedule Week of September 15

PSE&G has scheduled work to be conducted for the week of September 15, 2014.  The work will be conducted Monday through Saturday, weather permitting.  Please see the notification below for further details and road closures.