(973) 402-4000

155 Powerville Road Boonton Township NJ 07005

Chief Michael Danyo 

​Night of Drinking Leads to Trespassing Arrest:
On August 3, 2019 patrols responded to a report of an unknown male with no pants sleeping in a homeowner’s vehicle in the area of Pheasant Run. Upon arrival patrols awoke the male whom was identified as Matthew Cole (22) of Oak Ridge. Mr Cole was confused about how he had ended up asleep in an unknown person’s car, but video footage which was conveniently captured from a home surveillance system showed Mr Cole stumbling around the property and entering the vehicle during the night. Mr Cole was arrested for Defiant Trespass and released pending a future court date.

Traffic Stop Leads to Warrant Arrest of Suspended Driver:
On August 1, 2019 patrols conducted a traffic stop on Old Denville Road on a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation found the driver, Gregory Meyer (58) of Kinnelon to be driving with a suspended license and to have multiple warrants for his arrest. Mr Meyer was arrested on the outstanding warrants, charged with driving while suspended and released pending future court dates.

Driver Arrested After Being Found with Heroin:
On July 17, 2019 patrols conducted a traffic stop on Boonton Avenue. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Michael Mainero Jr (25) of Kinnelon. Further investigation lead to the discovery of heroin, as well as copious amounts of paraphernalia in Mr. Maniero’s possession. Mr. Mainero was arrested and charged with Speeding, Unclear Plates, CDS in a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a future court date.

Traffic Stop Yields Another Suspended Driver with Warrants:
On July 13, 2019 patrols stopped a vehicle on Powerville Road for a traffic violation. After making contact with the driver, Sheldon Villarnel (50) of Newark, it was found that he was driving on a suspended license and an active criminal warrant was found for his arrest. Mr. Villarnel was placed under arrest, charged with Driving While Suspended, and Unclear Plates before being released pending a future court appearance.

Alarm Call Turns Up Suspended Driver with Warrants:
On July 4, 2019 patrols responded to an alarm at a local business. While checking the area, patrols stopped a vehicle which was driving through the parking lot and discovered that the driver, Raynaldo Zorilla (56) of Bronx, NY was driving with suspended New Jersey driving privileges. Mr Zorilla was also found to have multiple outstanding warrants out of several municipalities. Mr Zorilla was then placed under arrest and charged with Driving While Suspended and released pending future court appearances. The business from which the alarm had been coming from was found to be secure with nothing out of the ordinary.

Traffic Stop Leads to CDS Arrest:
On June 27, 2019 patrols conducted a traffic stop in the area of Four Corners. Upon making contact with the driver, identified as Matthew Dempe (22) of Butler, patrols detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A subsequent investigation and search turned up amounts of what Mr Dempe admitted to be cocaine in the vehicle. Raw marijuana and paraphernalia were also found on Mr Dempe’s person which he attempted to conceal. Mr Dempe was placed under arrest and charge with Possession of Marijuana (<50g), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Make Lawful Disposition, CDS in a Motor Vehicle, and Unclear Plates. Mr Dempe was released pending a future Court Date.

Suspended Driver Found in Possession of Marijuana:
On June 22, 2019 patrols conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of Valley Road. Upon making contact with the driver, identified as William Bruce (34) of Lyndhurst patrols detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. A subsequent investigation turned up marijuana as well as paraphernalia used in the preparation and smoking of marijuana. Mr Bruce was also found to be driving on a suspended license. Mr Bruce was then arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana (<50g), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving While Suspended. He was released pending a future court date.

Boonton Township Officers Assist in Apprehension of Car Thief:
On June 13, 2019 Boonton Township Officers received a radio transmission out of Denville requesting assistance in locating suspected car thieves who had crashed and subsequently fled. After canvasing the area for almost an hour Boonton Township Officers located and apprehended one of the suspects. The suspect was turned over to Denville Police Custody. Three other suspects were also apprehended by Denville Police later in the night.

Boonton Township Police Recover Stolen Vehicle:
On the morning of July 8, 2019 Boonton Township Police took a report of a vehicle which stolen from a Southfield Road driveway. The ensuing investigation by the Boonton Township Detective Bureau lead to the recovery of the vehicle less than 6 hours later. The incident is currently still under investigation. The Boonton Township Police would like to use this as an opportunity to remind all of our residents to keep their vehicles locked and to keep valuables out of sight, especially in the overnight hours.  


Medical Call Turns into Simple Assault Arrests:
On July 5, 2019 patrols were dispatched to a medical call for an intoxicated male who appeared to be unconscious. Further investigation revealed that Brian Waller (31) and Matthew Shearman (30), both of Boonton Township had engaged in mutual combat and both parties sustained injuries as a result of the altercation. Both individuals were placed under arrest and charged with Simple Assault. Both were then released pending a future court appearance.


Motor Vehicle Crash Leads to DWI Arrest: 
On May 26 2019 patrols were dispatched to the area of Deer Lake regarding a motor vehicle crash with airbag deployment. Patrols were further informed that the vehicle was attempting to leave the area. Patrols were able to locate the vehicle disabled in the area of Four Corners and upon making contact with the driver found him to be displaying signs of intoxication. The driver, identified as Isidro Ramirez-Inestroza (32) of Morristown, was asked to perform field sobriety tests. Upon completion of the tests patrols determined that Mr Ramirez-Inestroza was intoxicated and he was placed under arrest and transported back to police headquarters. There Mr Ramirez-Inestroza refused to take part in breath testing. He was then issued summons for DWI, Refusal to Submit to Breath Testing, Careless Driving, Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Failure to Report an Accident, and Failure to Maintain Lane. Mr Ramirez-Inestroza was then released into the care of a friend pending a future court appearance.

Seatbelt Violation Leads to Warrant Arrest:
On May 21 2019 a Boonton Township Officer observed a vehicle travelling on Rockaway Valley Road in the area of Farber Hill in which multiple parties were observed to not be wearing seatbelts. Patrols conducted a motor vehicle stop and upon identifying the cars occupants found that one of the passengers, Michael Hosein (28) of Stroudsburg PA, had an active criminal warrant out of Readington, New Jersey. Mr. Hosein was placed under arrest and transported back to police headquarters. After being processed, Mr. Hosein was turned over to Readington Police who picked him up in regards to his warrant.

Motor Vehicle Lockout Leads to Warrant Arrest:
On May 14 2019 patrols received a call for assistance regarding an individual who locked his keys in his vehicle in the parking lot of a local business. While assisting the motorist in getting into the locked vehicle officers discovered that the owner of the vehicle had an active warrant for his arrest. The owner, Chaim Meghnagi (47) of Passaic, was on scene with the vehicle. He was then placed under arrest and transported back to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a future court date.

Assault Investigation Leads to Arrest of Juvenile:
On May 5 2019 Boonton Township Police launched an investigation relating to an assault which had occurred at a Township residence. The ensuing investigation resulted in the arrest of a 16 year old juvenile, whom was arrested without incident on the morning of Tuesday, May 7 2019. The juvenile was charged with one count of simple assault, and released pending a future court appearance.

Dispute Call Results in Warrant Arrest:
On the morning of May 17 2019 Boonton Township Police responded to a local business to investigate a report of an argument between two parties. Upon arriving on scene, one of the individuals was located sitting in a vehicle. That individual, a 49 year old male of Jersey City, was found to have an active warrant for his arrest. The subject was placed under arrest and transported to Boonton Township Police headquarters where he was subsequently processed and released.

Boonton Township Police Investigating Residential Burglary:
The Boonton Township Police Department Detective Bureau is actively investigating a burglary which occurred to a Hillcrest Road residence on the morning of Wednesday May 22 2019 shortly after 10am. Anyone who may have observed any suspicious activity on the date and time in question, or anyone who feels they have relevant information is encouraged to contact the Boonton Township Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-402-4022. Individuals can also submit anonymous tips online at www.btpolice.org. 


CDS Arrest:
On April 29 2019 patrols stopped a vehicle travelling on Rockaway Valley Road for a traffic violation. Upon approaching the vehicle, it was found to be operated by Anthony Machigua (19) of Hopatcong. While speaking to Mr Machigua patrols detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search turned up a baggie of suspected marijuana inside the vehicle. Mr Machigua was placed under arrested and transported back to police headquarters for processing. He was charged with Maintenance of Lamps and Possession of Marijuana (Under 50 Grams) before being released pending a future court date.


Fugitive Wanted By Boonton Township Police Arrested:
On April 20 2019 patrols received a call from Byram Township Police that Mr Thomas Ackerman (36) of Netcong had been arrested by their agency on an outstanding criminal warrant out of Boonton Township. Mr. Ackerman was wanted by Boonton Township Police for failing to appear on charges relating to drug possession after fleeing from a traffic stop in 2014. Patrols then proceeded to Byram Township where they took custody of Mr Ackerman and brought him back to headquarters for processing. Mr Ackerman was processed and the Boonton Township Police Department and was then subsequently transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a future court date.


CDS Arrest:
On April 18 2019 patrols stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation as it travelled on Powerville Road. Upon stopping the vehicle, it was found to be driven by Julian Billa (18) of Boonton, and also occupied by Aaron Corea-Gamez (19) of Boonton. Subsequent investigation lead to the discovery of numerous vaping pens containing THC oil. Both parties were then placed under arrest and transported back to police headquarters. Mr Billa was charged with Tinted Windows, and Possession of Marijuana (Under 50 Grams). Mr Corea-Gamez was charged with Possession of Marijuana (Under 50 Grams). Both were released pending a future court appearance.


Traffic Stop Leads to Recovery of Marijuana and Over One Hundred THC Vials:
On April 7 2019 patrols conducted a motor vehicle stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation in the area of Boonton Avenue. Upon conducting a motor vehicle stop the vehicle was found to be operated by Mr Frank Bolcar (58) of Parsippany. While patrols spoke with Mr Bolcar he began exhibiting suspicious behavior and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit was called in for assistance. Upon their arrival the K9 produced a positive hit for contraband within Mr Bolcar’s vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle found 13 sandwich baggies containing suspected marijuana, 117 vials of THC oil, and various materials commonly used to package CDS. Mr Bolcar was then placed under arrest, transported back to police headquarters and charged with Failure to Signal Turn, Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Marijuana (Over 50 Grams), Possession with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia before being released with a future court date.


Possible Disabled Vehicle found to Contain Fugitive:
On May 27 2019 patrol found a vehicle pulled off the roadway with it’s hazards on in the area of Valley Road and Powerville Road and made contact in order to check on the occupant’s welfare. While speaking to the driver, patrols recognized the passenger as Eric Logan (33) of East Stroudsburg PA. Due to past dealings with this individual it was known that he had an active extraditable warrant out of Pennsylvania, as well as criminal warrants out of the Morris County Prosecutors Office and Rockaway Township. Mr Logan was placed under arrest without incident and transported back to police headquarters where he was turned over to the Morris County Prosecutors Office who lodged him at the Morris County Jail pending future court dates and possible extradition to Pennsylvania.   


Assault Call Leads to Warrant Arrest:
On March 30 2019 officers were investigating a report of an assault at a local business. Officers with the Boonton Township Police Department made contact with a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle and began speaking with the occupants. While speaking with one of the passengers, identified as Ahmad Mitchell (24) of Ledgewood, it was discovered that he had an active criminal warrant for weapons related charges. Mr Mitchell was taken into custody and later released pending a future court date.


Warrant Arrest:
On March 15 2019 patrols conducted a motor vehicle stop on a vehicle for having an expired registration. Further investigation revealed that the driver, Abimbola Akinruli of East Orange, had an active traffic warrant for driving while suspended. Ms Akinruli was arrested for the active warrant and issued summons for Expired Registration and Expired Inspection. She was then released pending a future court date.


School Bus Crash:

​On Friday, March 8th, 2019 at 2:35pm this agency responded to a report of a school bus crash in front of 38 Valley Road. At this time, it appears the crash occurred after the driver experienced a medical episode. There were 18 children on the bus at the time of which 6  were transported to Morristown Medical Center with minor injuries. CPR was performed on the driver at the scene before they were transported to Saint Clares Denville for treatment and is currently in critical condition.


Invasion of Privacy:
On Friday, March 1 2019 patrols responded to a suspicious incident at a local business. An investigation lead to the arrest of Phillipe Leger (32) of Denville. He was charged with Invasion of Privacy and Hindering Own Prosecution before being released pending a future court date.


Disorderly Person Investigation Leads To Warrant Arrest:
On Friday, March 1 2019 patrols responded to a report of a woman yelling in the parking lot of Saint Clares Hospital. Upon arrival a witness pointed out a vehicle leaving the parking lot. Patrols stopped the vehicle and found the rear seat passenger, Jennifer Paulson (33) of Belvidere to not be wearing a seatbelt. Subsequent investigation lead to the discovers of an outstanding criminal warrant out of Pohatcong. Ms Paulson was arrested and after posting bail was released pending a new court date.


Intoxicated Driver Charged with Assault By Auto:
On Friday, February 22 2019 patrols responded to a call for assistance on a hit and run out of the Town of Boonton. The offending vehicle was located after getting into another crash with the same vehicle in Boonton Township. The driver was found to be David Donnelly (55) of Dover. He was arrested and charged with Assault by Auto While Intoxicated. Mr Donnelly is also facing additional charges in the town of Boonton.


Driving Under The Influence:
On Friday, February 22 2019 patrols conducted a motor vehicle stop in regards to a headlight being out. While speaking to the driver, Stephen Lorig (55) of Whippany patrols were able to detect signs of intoxication. Mr Lorig failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. Back at headquarters Mr Lorig refused breath testing. He was then processed, charged with Driving while Intoxicated, Refusal to Submit to Breath Testing, Failure to Maintain Lamps and released to a friend pending a future court date.


Warrant Arrest:
On Thursday, February 21 2019 patrols were responding to the scene of a motor vehicle accident. While on scene contact was made with Gary Krensel (60) of Elkins Park, PA. It was discovered that Mr Krensel had two outstanding warrants, one traffic out of Bordentown and one criminal out of Glouster City. Mr Krensel was arrested, processed, and released pending new court dates.


Driving Under The Influence:
On Sunday, February 02 2019 patrols received a call for car which had crashed into the guardrail in the area of Powerville Road and Kincaid Road. Upon arrival patrols found the vehicle which was occupied by Shawn Ramnarain (28) of Boonton Township. Mr Ramnarain failed Field Sobriety Tests and was arrested by patrols. Back at headquarters he refused breath testing, and was charged with DWI, Refusal to Submit to Breath Testing, Open Container in Motor Vehicle, Careless Driving, Reckless Driving, Failure to Possess License, Failure to Possess Registration Documents, Failure to Possess Insurance Documents. He was then released to his mother pending a future court date.


CDS Arrest:
On January 26, 2019 at approximately 6:30pm officers from this agency responded to a report of an erratic driver called in by Denville Police on Rockaway Valley Road. A vehicle matching the given description was located and stopped on Valley Road for a motor vehicle violation. While speaking to the occupants of the vehicle, officers developed probable cause to believe there was narcotics in the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up marijuana, THC oil, and paraphernalia. The passenger of the vehicle, Rebecca Gagnon of Springfield New Jersey claimed ownership of the contraband and was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana (Under 50 grams) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Ms Gagnon was released pending a court appearance.


Warrant Arrest on Suspended Driver:
On January 17, 2019 at approximately 4:30pm an officer with this agency stopped a motor
vehicle on Rockaway Valley Road for expired registration. Further investigation revealed that the driver, Lariza Rodriguez-DeChacon of East Orange New Jersey had a suspended license as well as an active traffic warrant for operating while suspended. Ms Rodriguez-DeChacon was arrested for the active warrant and issued summons for Driving While Suspended, Expired Registration, Unlicensed Operation, and Expired Inspection. She was released pending court appearances. 


DWI Arrest:

On January 10, 2019 at approximately 7:00pm officers from this agency responded to a report of a disabled motor vehicle on Powerville Road. Upon arrival to the scene it was apparent that the vehicle had been disabled as the result of a motor vehicle crash. Officers suspected the driver, Kevin Graves of Kinnelon, to be intoxicated. Mr Graves refused to cooperate with field sobriety tests at the scene and was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Back at headquarters Mr Graves further refused breath testing. Mr Graves was issued summons for DWI, Refusal, Failure to Maintain Lane, Window Tint, Littering from a Motor Vehicle, Careless Driving, and Reckless Driving. He was then released to a responsible party pending a court appearance. 


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