Thursday, February 4, 2016

Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Press Release





Bergen County Prosecutor's Office
PRESS RELEASE



Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrests of GLEN S. THOMASSINI, age 44 and JAMIE L. ARANGO, age 34 both of Bergenfield, New Jersey, as well as KEITH SANTOLI, age 29 of Bergenfield, New Jersey on drug possession charges.  These arrests are the results of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor=s Office Narcotic Task Force under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO, the Dumont Police Department under the direction of Chief Joseph L. FAULBORN JR., the Bergenfield Police Department under the direction of Chief Cathy MADALONE and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department under the direction of Sheriff Michael SAUDINO.

Pursuant to a police investigation, it was determined that Glen S. THOMASSINI was involved in the distribution of controlled dangerous substances in Bergen County, New Jersey.  On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, search warrants were executed on Mr. THOMASSINI’s vehicle and at his residence. Mr. THOMASSINI, Ms. ARANGO, and Mr. SANTOLI were present during the execution of those search warrants. 

As a result of searching Glen S. THOMASSINI’s residence, approximately one (1) ounce of suspected cocaine, one (1) ounce of suspected crack cocaine, one-half (1/2) ounce of suspected heroin, seven (7) ounces of suspected marijuana, various prescription legend drugs, digital scales (commonly utilized to weigh narcotics), numerous empty baggies (commonly utilized to package narcotics), and $9,594.00 in United States Currency were located and seized from this location. 
 
Upon further investigation, it was determined that controlled dangerous substances were allegedly present at Keith SANTOLI’s residence.  A subsequent search of Mr. SANTOLI’s residence yielded a small portion of suspected heroin.         

Glen S. THOMASSINI was charged with one (1) count of Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Crack Cocaine, a second degree crime; one (1) count of Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Cocaine, a second degree crime; one (1) count of Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Heroin, a second degree crime; one (1) count of Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Marijuana, a third degree crime. Bail for Mr. THOMASSINI was set by the Honorable Louis J. Dinice, J.M.C., at $75,000.00 with no ten percent cash option. Mr. THOMASSINI was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail.

In the course of executing the search warrant, Jamie L. ARANGO was placed under arrest and was subsequently charged with one (1) count of Obstruction of the Administration of Law, specifically by obstructing the investigation of a crime, a fourth degree crime. Ms. ARANGO was released on a Summons pending a first appearance court date on February 3, 2016.

Keith SANTOLI was charged with one (1) count of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Heroin, a third degree crime. Mr. SANTOLI was released on a Summons pending a first appearance court date on February 3, 2016.

Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would like to thank the Dumont Police Department, the Bergenfield Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in this investigation.
                       
BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
        CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT:   GLEN S. THOMASSINI                         DOB:
  
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:         BERGENFIELD, NEW JERSEY

MARITAL STATUS:   SINGLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
OCCUPATION:  BARBER                                                                                      
                                                                 
ARREST INFORMATION

DATE OF ARREST:  FEBRUARY2, 2016   

PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN:  BERGENFIELD, NEW JERSEY   

AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST:  BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE,                                                               NARCOTIC TASK FORCE
                                                BERGENFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT
                                                     DUMONT POLICE DEPARTMENT
                                                BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

ONE (1) COUNT OF POSSESSION WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE, NAMELY COCAINE, IN A QUANTITY OF ONE-HALF (1/2) OUNCE OR MORE BUT LESS THAN FIVE (5) OUNCES IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5A (1)/5B (2) - A CRIME OF THE SECOND DEGREE

ONE (1) COUNT OF POSSESSION WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE, NAMELY HEROIN, IN A QUANTITY OF ONE-HALF (1/2) OUNCE OR MORE BUT LESS THAN FIVE (5) OUNCES IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5A (1)/5B (2) - A CRIME OF THE SECOND DEGREE

ONE (1) COUNT OF POSSESSION WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE, NAMELY CRACK/COCAINE, IN A QUANTITY OF ONE-HALF (1/2) OUNCE OR MORE BUT LESS THAN FIVE (5) OUNCES IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5A (1)/5B (2) - A CRIME OF THE SECOND DEGREE

ONE (1) COUNT OF POSSESSION WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE, NAMELY MARIJUANA, IN A QUANTITY OF ONE (1) OUNCE OR MORE BUT LESS THAN FIVE (5) POUNDS IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5A (1)/5B (11) - A CRIME OF THE THIRD DEGREE

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE:   FEBRUARY 3, 2016

JUDGE: THE HONORABLE LOUIS J. DINICE, J.M.C.
  
BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $75,000.00 NO TEN PERCENT (10%) OPTION

PRESENT STATUS: REMANDED TO BERGEN COUNTY JAIL.   



BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
        CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT:   JAMIE L. ARANGO                    DOB:
 
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:  BERGENFIELD, NEW JERSEY
                                   
MARITAL STATUS:   SINGLE
                                                                                               
OCCUPATION: WAITRESS                                               
           
ARREST INFORMATION

DATE OF ARREST: FEBRUARY 2, 2016  

PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: BERGENFIELD, NEW JERSEY  

AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST:  BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE,
                    NARCOTIC TASK FORCE
                                                          BERGENFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT
                                                               DUMONT POLICE DEPARTMENT
                                                          BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
                                                                                                                    
CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

ONE (1) COUNT OF OBSTRUCTING THE ADMINISTRATION OF LAW, SPECIFICALLY BY OBSTRUCTING THE INVESTIGATION OF A CRIME, IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:29-1B – 4TH DEGREE CRIME

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE:   FEBRUARY 3, 2016

JUDGE: THE HONORABLE LOUIS J. DINICE, J.M.C.
 
PRESENT STATUS: RELEASED ON SUMMONS    



BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
        CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT:   KEITH SANTOLI                         DOB:
 
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:   BERGENFIELD, NEW JERSEY
                                   
MARITAL STATUS:   SINGLE
                                                                                               
OCCUPATION: UNEMPLOYED                                                   
           
ARREST INFORMATION

DATE OF ARREST: FEBRUARY 2, 2016  

PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: BERGENFIELD, NEW JERSEY  

AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST:  BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE,   
                                                                 NARCOTIC TASK FORCE
                                                                 DUMONT POLICE DEPARTMENT
                                                                 BERGENFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT
                                                                 BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
                                                                                                                    
CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

ONE (1) COUNT OF POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE, NAMELY HEROIN, IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10A (1) – 3RD DEGREE CRIME.

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE:   FEBRUARY 3, 2016

JUDGE: THE HONORABLE LOUIS J. DINICE, J.M.C.
 

PRESENT STATUS: RELEASED ON SUMMONS

MV Crash Involving two Pedestrians



BERGENFIELD POLICE DEPT. MEDIA RELEASE

INCIDENT: MV Crash involving two pedestrians

OCCURRED: 02/03/2016

LOCATION:   S. Washington Ave / New Bridge Road


On Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at approximately 10: 46 pm, two pedestrians were struck by a motor vehicle while crossing S. Washington Ave., north of New Bridge Road. Pedestrian 2 who was in a wheelchair was being pushed by pedestrian 1 in an unmarked roadway, traveling westbound to eastbound. Pedestrian 1 is identified as Leroy Fray, age 59 of Bergenfield, NJ and pedestrian 2 is identified as Edward Marshall, age 61 of Bergenfield, NJ. Pedestrian 1 sustained a laceration to his face and a possible broken arm. Pedestrian 2 complained of pain to his upper body. Both pedestrians were transported to Hackensack University Medical center for their injuries. Animal control was notified as Pedestrian 2 had a pet snake inside a box.


The driver of the vehicle who was not injured is Judith Nadzick, age 67 of Elmwood Park, NJ. There were no summonses issued at this time.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

"Meet Our Officers" introducing PO Tim Knapp




Tim was born and raised in Cortlandt Manor, NY.  He graduated from Walter Panas High School in 1999.    

Tim joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2000 and was stationed as an Infantryman at Camp Lejeune, NC and as an Infantry Unit Leader at Garden City, NY. He was deployed numerous times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. 

In 2015, Tim was sworn in as a Police Officer for the Bergenfield Police Department and assigned to the patrol division.  Prior to that, Tim worked as a Uniformed Protection Officer for the Department of State.  Tim is a Bergenfield Youth Academy Instructor and an Honor Guard Member for the Department. 

Tim and his wife Blaise have been married for 13 years.  They have two children, Isabel and Amelia.  When not at work, Tim enjoys spending time with his family and is an outdoorsman.  When the weather is right, you can catch Tim hiking or mountain bike riding. 


MV Crash Involving Pedestrian






INCIDENT: MV Crash Involving Pedestrian

OCCURRED: February 2, 2016

LOCATION:   W. Clinton Ave / S. Prospect Ave


 On Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at approximately 3:48 pm, a female juvenile pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle while crossing W, Clinton Ave / S. Prospect Ave. The juvenile, age 16, was walking in the crosswalk at the time of the accident. The vehicle driven by Irina Shevchuk, age 51, of Fairlawn, NJ was traveling westbound on W. Clinton Ave., and made a left turn onto S. Prospect Ave., striking the juvenile.

The juvenile sustained a small laceration to her face and complained of pain to her neck and head area. Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance responded and transported the juvenile to Hackensack University Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. The juvenile’s mother was notified. High School Principal James Fasano followed the ambulance with his personal vehicle, awaiting the juvenile’s mother to respond.


The driver of the vehicle was not injured and was issued a summons for careless driving. The investigation remains active at this time.                              

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Snow Emergency Update

January 27, 2016

The snow emergency declared on January 23, 2016 will be lifted as of 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 27, 2016.  Overnight parking within the Borough will still be prohibited.  Please be courteous and try to park on one side of the street only to allow for free passage of emergency and non-emergency vehicles.

Reminder to remove ice and snow from vehicles before traveling and do not shovel snow into the roadways.

Chief Cathy Madalone


Monday, January 25, 2016

Snow Emergency-Drop Off/Pick Up from Schools

All are reminded that the snow emergency is still in effect.  Vehicles who are dropping off and/or picking up children from the Borough schools can do so in a courteous manner by parking on one side of the street, remaining with their vehicles until the child comes out from school or until the parent is needed to walk to the school to pick up their child.  Parents are to retrieve their children and return immediately to their vehicles and remove them from the roadway.   Please be mindful of other parents trying to pick up their children.

The DPW is working diligently to make the roadways as safe and passable as possible, with vehicles off the roadways, it allows them to do their jobs quicker and safer.

Our goal is to get the roadways and sidewalks clear as quick as possible for all to travel freely.   Please ensure that you have shoveled your sidewalks.  We thank everyone for their cooperation.

 Chief Cathy Madalone





Friday, January 22, 2016

Snow emergency declared for Bergenfield


The Bergenfield Police Department has declared a snow emergency for Friday, January 22, 2016 at 11:05 pm, which will be in effect until further notice due to the Winter Storm Warning and road conditions.  Twelve (12) to sixteen (16) inches of snow is expected to accumulate. 

All are urged to remain indoors.  If travel is necessary please use extreme caution.  No parking will be permitted on the streets to allow for plowing of the roadways.

Borough Ordinance       299-12. Snow emergency.
A. A snow emergency shall exist whenever snow has fallen and the accumulation is such that it covers the street or highway. In addition to this, when weather conditions cause a state or condition of the street that is hazardous or dangerous to vehicular or pedestrian traffic even if the entire street or highway is not covered by snow shall constitute a snow emergency when declared by the Chief of Police or, in her absence, the ranking police officer in charge.

B. Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
SNOW: Any precipitation depositing any accumulation and shall be deemed to include snow, sleet, hail, ice, freezing rain or any combination thereof.

SNOW TIRES: Tires with or without studs and having treads designed for use in snow which tread shall be of sufficient depth to accomplish the purpose for which the tire was designed.

C. Snow emergency declared. Upon the occurrence of a snow emergency as hereinabove defined, the Chief of Police or, in her absence, the ranking police officer shall have the authority to declare such emergency. Within one hour after such declaration, no person shall cause, permit, allow or suffer any vehicle owned or driven by him to become stalled or immobile on any portion of any street in the Borough of Bergenfield because of the failure of the vehicle to be equipped with snow tires or chains. The Chief of Police or the ranking police officer shall immediately inform the public of said snow emergency by issuing a press release to the local and metropolitan radio, television and news services.

D. Snow emergency routes. All streets of the Borough of Bergenfield are snow emergency routes upon which no parking shall be allowed during a snow emergency, and such parking prohibition shall remain in effect until after the snow has ceased or until the streets have been plowed sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic or until otherwise terminated by the Chief of Police or, in her absence, the ranking police officer, in the same manner as declared in above.