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                      (973) 402-4000

155 Powerville Road Boonton Township NJ 07005

Chief Paul C. Fortunato

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Township Man Arrested for Assault:

On Monday April 10th, shortly before 9am Boonton Township Police responded to a Township residence for a reported assault. Upon arrival it was determined that a male party, identified as 71 year old Alan Zawacki of Boonton Township, was involved in a dispute at the residence and subsequently assaulted an acquaintance. Zawacki was placed under arrest and processed at the Boonton Township Police Department where he was charged with one count of simple assault. Mr. Zawacki was released pending a future court appearance.

 Hackettstown Man Arrested for Trespassing at Township Business:

On Tuesday April 11th, shortly after midnight Boonton Township Police were dispatched to a Powerville Road business for a report of a trespasser. Upon arrival, officers spoke with a maintenance employee who reported to police that he had found a male party sleeping in a wooden storage shed on the business property. The suspect was identified as 43 year old David Silversten of Hackettstown, NJ. The investigation revealed that Silversten broke in to the storage shed on the business property without permission. Silversten was placed under arrest and charged with unlicensed entry/trespassing. Silversten was processed and released pending a future court appearance.

 
Wanted Man Found Hiding From Police in Attic:

On Wednesday April 12th, shortly before 2pm Boonton Township Police were dispatched to a Township residence for a welfare check. Officers were attempting to locate a male party with several outstanding warrants from numerous agencies who was believed to be staying at the residence. Patrols arrived on scene and after a brief search of the residence, officers located the suspect hiding in the attic. The male, identified as 38 year old Daniel Flynn of Boonton Township, was removed from the attic and taken in to custody. Once back at police headquarters Flynn was charged by Boonton Township Police with one count of hindering apprehension. Flynn was subsequently lodged in the Morris County Jail in lieu of his warrants.

Female Arrested for Smashing Windshield with Hammer:

On Tuesday April 18th at approximately 8pm Boonton Township Police responded to a Township residence for a disturbance involving a female with a hammer. Officers arrived on scene and learned that the suspect, 51 year old Maureen Feland of Lincoln Park, smashed the windshield of the victim’s vehicle with a hammer during the course of a dispute. Feland was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where she was charged with criminal mischief, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Feland was released pending a future court appearance.

 
Warrant Arrest:

On Thursday April 20th, shortly before 2pm Boonton Township Police received information in reference to a wanted person who was currently at a Township business. Officers responded and observed the suspect exiting the premises in to the business parking lot. The suspect was identified as 35 year old Hermino Rivera of Kenvil, NJ. Rivera had four active warrants for his arrest including one no-bail county warrant. Rivera was placed under arrest by Boonton Township Police and transported to Boonton Township Police headquarters where he was processed. Rivera was ultimately lodged in the Morris County Jail in lieu of his warrants.

 
Police Seeking info on Burglary/Copper Wire Theft:

Boonton Township Police are currently investigating a burglary to a Boonton Township cell and radio tower which occurred sometime between April 10th and April 20th. Police estimate that over $2,300 worth of copper was stolen. The incident is currently being investigated by the Boonton Township Detective Bureau. Anyone with information can contact 973-402-4022.

HOMEOWNER CHARGED AFTER UNDERAGE DRINKING PARTY:
 
On Monday June 27th, 2016 Boonton Township Police charged 58 year old James Patracuolla of Boonton Township with “Making property available for underage consumption of alcohol.” The charges stem from an incident which occurred on June 21st where police responded to a noise complaint at Patracuolla’s residence. Upon officer’s arrival, they reportedly found numerous intoxicated juveniles on the property, several of whom required medical attention.

Patracuolla was processed, charged and released pending a future court appearance. Earlier in the month of June, Boonton Township Police launched their “Parents Who Host Lose the Most” campaign which aims to deter parents from hosting underage drinking parties. The Boonton Township Police Department would like to remind parents that hosting such parties may lead to criminal or civil charges. 

POLICE INVESTIGATING STOLEN CAR AND MULTIPLE HOME BURGLARIES:
 
The Boonton Township Police Department is currently investigating a string of residential burglaries as well as an incident where a resident’s car was stolen from their driveway overnight. All of these incidents have occurred over an approximate two week span in late June and early July.

On June 29th, Boonton Township Police were dispatched to a township residence for a reported residential burglary. It is believed than an unknown actor gained access to the home through an unsecured rear window. Police found the master bedroom ransacked, and the homeowner reported that over $4,000 worth of jewelry was stolen. Boonton Township Police were assisted at the scene by detectives from the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division.     

On the morning of July 8th a Boonton Township resident reported to police that their 2013 Infiniti QX5 was stolen out of their driveway sometime during the overnight hours. The vehicle was reportedly left unlocked, and the key was inside of the vehicle at the time it was stolen.

On July 13th at approximately 10:45pm Boonton Township Police responded to another residential burglary in which the suspect gained access to the home by pushing in a rear screen window. Upon inspection of the residence it was discovered that the master bedroom and guest room was ransacked, and several personal items were stolen from the residence. After speaking with a neighbor, it was learned that a suspicious vehicle was observed parked down the block from the victim’s residence earlier in the evening. The vehicle was described as a Chrysler PT Cruiser which was parked on the roadway with its lights off. When the neighbor approached the car, it drove away. Boonton Township Police were assisted at the scene by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and Criminal Investigation Unit.

Boonton Township Police are also investigating an incident in which occurred on July 13th in which a resident reported finding their rear sliding screen door ajar when they returned home to their house around 4:30 in the afternoon. It does not appear that entry was made in to the house in that instance.

Boonton Township Police are encouraging all resident’s to remain vigilant and to demonstrate basic crime prevention techniques, especially in these summer months. Residents are reminded to notify the Police Department when their house will be temporarily vacant, and to fill out a closed house check request either online or in person at the Boonton Township Police Department. Residents are also urged to report any suspicious activity to police immediately. Please remember to lock your doors, secure your vehicles, and activate your alarm systems. It is also recommended to take steps to ensure that your home does not appear vacant if you are in fact away on vacation. Leave lights on, install motion sensors, and ensure that uncollected mail is not visible.

All of the above incidents are under investigation by the Boonton Township Police Department Detective Bureau. Anyone who may have information can contact detectives at 973-402-4022. Individuals may also submit an anonymous tip online at www.btpolice.org under the “Investigative Division” tab. 


SUSPENDED DRIVER FLEES SCENE OF TRAFFIC CRASH:

On Monday June 20th at approximately 4:30am Boonton Township Police were dispatched to Oak Road for a reported motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival officers found an unoccupied vehicle with heavy damage which had crashed in to a rock wall off the side of the road. Officers were able to determine that the driver of the vehicle was 26 year old Shawn Ramnarain of Boonton Township. Police also determined that Ramnarain’s license was suspended.

Police then initiated a search of the area in an attempt to find Ramnarain with the assistance of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit.  The initial search was unsuccessful, however after a brief investigation officers ultimately located Ramnarain the following day. Ramnarain was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, taking a vehicle without owner’s consent, willfully abandoning a motor vehicle, failure to maintain lane, failure to keep right, driving while suspended, and reckless driving. Ramnarain was released pending a future court appearance. 


​LITTERING VIOLATION LEADS TO DRUG ARREST:

On Thursday March 3rd shortly after 10pm Boonton Township Police conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle on Valley Road after officers observed the driver throw something out the window of the vehicle. Police spoke with the driver whom was identified as 44 year old Jason Yudoff of Brooklyn, New York. During the course of the traffic stop officers discovered that Yudoff was in possession of marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia. Yudoff was placed under arrest and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, littering, and failure to maintain lane. Yudoff was processed and released pending a court appearance.

POSSESSION OF CDS:

On Saturday March 5th at approximately 2:30am Boonton Township Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Rockaway Valley Road. The driver of the vehicle was 20 year old Calvin Mampe of Ringwood, NJ. Mampe was found to be in possession of several clear plastic baggies containing marijuana as well as multiple articles of drug paraphernalia. Mampe was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cds in a motor vehicle, and speeding. Mampe was released pending a future court appearance.

On Saturday March 19th at approximately 5pm Boonton Township Police conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle on Rockaway Valley Road. During the course of the traffic stop, police learned that the rear seat passenger was in possession of marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia. Police arrested the passenger whom was identified as 23 year old Christopher Lee of Wharton, NJ. Lee was charged with possession of marijuana as well as possession of drug paraphernalia. Lee was released pending a future court date.

RESIDENTS URGED TO REMAIN VIGILANT OF IRS SCAM:

With tax season underway, the Boonton Township Police Department is urging its residents to remain vigilant of any potential scams involving the IRS. Residents are reminded to hang up immediately if they receive a phone call from anyone claiming to be the IRS demanding immediate payment over the phone. This is a common scam, and residents may report any potential incidents to their local police department. The Boonton Township Police Department is also currently investigating an incident where a Township resident had someone file a fraudulent tax return on their behalf.

On March 18th the Boonton Township Police Department took a report from a resident after that resident had their identity stolen and had a fraudulent tax return filed. Further, the resident reported that on March 15th a suspicious white van with no windows was parked outside of their residence. At approximately 3pm on March 15th the resident had their mail delivered, and at that time a male exited the van and approached the resident’s mailbox. The male fled after seeing that the resident was home at the time, and nothing was removed from the mailbox. Inside of the mailbox at that time was a tax refund check.

The suspect is described as a white male between 50 and 60 years old. Any resident who observes any suspicious individuals or vehicles in the neighborhood is urged to call the police immediately. Anyone who may have seen something suspicious on the afternoon of March 15th is also encouraged to contact the Boonton Township Detective Bureau at 973-402-4022. 




MAN WHO BURGLARIZED CARS IN BOONTON, TRIES TO STEAL LADDERS IN BOONTON TOWNSHIP:

On the morning of December 20th, 2015 30 year old Evan Menconi of Boonton was arrested and charged by the Boonton Township Police Department and the Town of Boonton Police Department after he allegedly committed several motor vehicle burglaries in Boonton, and then tried to steal several ladders from a resident’s property in Boonton Township.

At approximately 6:30am on December 20th Boonton Township Police were dispatched to a Township residence for a reported theft in progress. The homeowner had called police after they observed an unknown male grab two ladders from their property and begin to walk away. Boonton Township Police located the suspect who was identified as Menconi. Menconi had taken the ladders to a neighboring property and reportedly placed them in the bed of a neighbor’s pickup truck just prior to the arrival of police. The ladders were recovered and returned to the owner.

Boonton Township Police then placed Menconi under arrest for theft. At the time of arrest Menconi was also found with drug paraphernalia in his possession and was charged additionally with one count of possession of cds paraphernalia. Throughout the course of the investigation it was also discovered that Menconi had committed several motor vehicle burglaries in the Town of Boonton. Menconi was turned over to Boonton Police where he was additionally charged with four counts of burglary and four counts of theft. Menconi was ultimately lodged in the county jail.

BOONTON TOWNSHIP POLICE ARREST WOMAN WHO FAKED ROBBERY, FILED FALSE POLICE REPORT:

On Wednesday December 23, 2015 Boonton Township Police arrested Jennifer Hamilton, 42 years old of Flanders, NJ. Hamilton was charged with one count of filing a false police report and one count of filing a false report to incriminate other.

The investigation began on November 30th 2015 when Boonton Township Police received a report of a robbery in the parking lot of a local Township business. Officers spoke to the alleged victim, who was identified as Ms. Hamilton. Ms. Hamilton informed police that she was “jumped” by two men as she was walking to her car in the parking lot of a local business.

Ms. Hamilton claimed that the men threw her to the ground and demanded her purse. Ms. Hamilton reported that she handed over her purse and the two men stole two bottles of prescription medication, and then fled the scene on foot southbound on Powerville Road. The case was forwarded to the Boonton Township Police Department Detective Bureau for further investigation.

Throughout the next several weeks, the Boonton Township Detective Bureau obtained evidence indicating that Ms. Hamilton had fabricated the entire incident. Ms. Hamilton was arrested by Boonton Township Police without incident on the afternoon on December 23rd. Ms. Hamilton was released pending a future court appearance for her charges.


DISTURBANCE CALL LEADS TO CRIMINAL MISCHIEF AND TRESPASSING ARREST:

On Monday November 23rd shortly after 9pm Boonton Township Police were dispatched to a township residence for a reported disturbance. Upon arrival police learned that a male had attempted to gain access to the victim’s house. When the suspect was unable to gain access, he reportedly became irate and punched a hole in the exterior siding of the victim’s house. The suspect also damaged a piece of furniture on the front steps of the residence. The suspect was identified as 23 year old Matthew Alarcon of Rockaway, NJ. Alarcon had already fled from the scene prior to the arrival of Boonton Township Police. Alarcon was eventually located by Boonton Township Police and arrested later that evening. Alarcon was charged with one count of defiant trespass as well as one count of criminal mischief. Alarcon was released on bail pending a future court appearance.
 
TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO MARIJUANA AND DUI CHARGE:

On Wednesday November 25th shortly before 9pm Boonton Township Police conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle on Powerville Road. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 60 year old Keith Beccia of Boonton Township. Officers could detect the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle, and Beccia was displaying signs of being under the influence of marijuana. Beccia ultimately failed several field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence. Officers also found marijuana in Beccia’s possession at the time of the arrest. Beccia was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and charged with DUI, and possession of marijuana. Beccia was released pending a future court date.
 
MAN WITH WARRANTS HAD MARIJUANA PIPE:

On Saturday December 12, 2015 shortly after 3pm Boonton Township Police conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle on Oak Road. The passenger in the vehicle was identified as Leonardo Rijo-Perez of Dover. A check of Leonardo’s name revealed that he had several active warrants for his arrest. At the time of arrest, Leonardo was also found to have a marijuana pipe in his possession. Leonardo was transported to Boonton Township Police headquarters where he was processed. Leonardo was ultimately turned over to Dover Police in reference to one of his warrants.



TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS URGED TO LOCK THEIR CAR DOORS:

The Boonton Township Police Department is investigating a string of motor vehicle burglaries which have occurred during the overnight hours in various Township neighborhoods. Specifically, sometime during the early morning hours of October 21st, several residents reported that their vehicles were burglarized overnight while they were parked in their driveway. In one of those burglaries, the suspects stole a resident’s wallet which was left in the car. In all instances, the vehicles which were burglarized had been left unlocked. The Boonton Township Department would like to remind all Township residents to lock their cars, and to remove all valuables from their vehicles. The burglaries are currently being investigated by the Boonton Township Police Department Detective Bureau. Anyone with information can contact 973-402-4022. All residents are urged to report any suspicious activity immediately to police.

MAN ASSAULTS VICTIM WITH BEER CAN, TRIES TO LIGHT CLOTHES ON FIRE:

On Wednesday September 23rd 2015 at approximately 9:00pm Boonton Township Police responded to a Township residence for a report of a physical disturbance. Officers arrived on scene and encountered the suspect, 39 year old Kenneth Hollstein of Boonton Township. Throughout the investigation it was discovered that Mr. Hollstein threw a full beer can at the victim, and struck the victim in the head. The victim suffered a laceration but did not require serious medical treatment. It was also discovered that throughout the incident Hollstein took a pile of the victim’s clothes outside the residence and attempted to light them on fire with a cigarette lighter. Hollstein was placed under arrest and charged with simple assault. Hollstein was processed at police headquarters and ultimately released on bail pending a future court appearance.

SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO DRUG ARREST:

On Sunday August 23rd 2015 at approximately 8:30pm Boonton Township Police conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle on River Road. Officers spoke to the driver of the vehicle who was identified as 25 year old Angelo Pezzino of Rockaway as well as the passenger, 26 year old Anthony Murray of Boonton Township. With the assistance of the Morris County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit, Boonton Township Police developed probable cause which indicated that the occupants had narcotics in the vehicle. The vehicle was seized and a search warrant was obtained. When the search warrant was executed, officers found a canister in the vehicle containing marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia. Both Pezzino and Murray were arrested by Boonton Township Police and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both subjects were released pending a future court appearance.

POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND PARAPHERNALIA:

On Tuesday August 25th shortly after 8pm Boonton Township Police conducted a traffic stop on Rockaway Valley Road. Officers spoke to the driver who was identified as 21 year old David Young of Pequannock. Throughout the course of the traffic stop, Young was found to be in possession of marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia. Young was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Young was released pending a future court appearance.

MAN FOUND TO HAVE 4 WARRANTS AND DRUGS AFTER SUSPICIOUS PERSON CALL:

On Wednesday August 26th shortly before 6:30pm Boonton Township Police were dispatched to a township business for a report of a suspicious male on the premises. Officers arrived on scene and encountered the man in the parking lot. The male was identified as 55 year old Devis Guillaume of Irvington. Officers located drug paraphernalia in the man’s possession as well as several grams of marijuana. Further investigation revealed that the man had four warrants for his arrest. Guillaume was placed under arrested and charged by Boonton Township Police with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Guillaume was processed and released to another agency in reference to one of his warrants.

POMPTON PLAINS DUO ARRESTED FOR DRUGS AFTER TRAFFIC STOP:

On Wednesday August 26th at approximately 11:00pm Boonton Township Police conducted a traffic stop on Powerville Road. Police spoke with the two occupants of the vehicle who were identified as 22 year old Kathryn Wasiuk and 23 year old Jonathan Rodriguez both of Pompton Plains. Officers located marijuana in the vehicle as well as multiple articles of drug paraphernalia. Both subjects were placed under arrest and charged with possession marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both subjects were released pending a future court appearance.

WOMAN BROUGHT DRUGS IN TO POLICE DEPARTMENT WHEN SHE TURNED HERSELF IN ON PRIOR DRUG CHARGES:

On Wednesday September 2nd, shortly before 8:30pm Boonton Township Police conducted a traffic stop on Rockaway Valley Road. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 41 year old Kathleen Ackerly of Rockaway. With the assistance of the Morris County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit, Boonton Township Police developed probable cause which indicated that there were narcotics in the vehicle. The vehicle was seized and a search warrant was obtained. When Boonton Township Police executed the search warrant, they located several large Tupperware containers filled with marijuana. Officers also discovered multiple articles of drug paraphernalia. Throughout the course of the following day, officers were attempting to obtain Ackerly’s whereabouts in order to charge her for the drug possession. Officers eventually spoke to Ackerly and she volunteered to turn herself in at Boonton Township Police Headquarters. Ackerly arrived at Boonton Township Police Headquarters later in the evening, and had another large Tupperware container filled with marijuana in her purse which she brought in to the police department. Ackerly was additionally charged with another count of possession of marijuana. Ackerly was processed and released pending a future court appearance.

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO SEIZURE OF MARIJUANA AND PILLS:

On Thursday September 3rd at approximately 8:30pm Boonton Township Police conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle on Rockaway Valley Road. Officers spoke to the driver who was identified as 18 year old Leilani Alvarez, and the passenger, 19 year old Abdurrahm Yoldas both of Boonton. Throughout the course of the traffic stop officers located a container in the driver’s possession containing twenty prescription pills that were determined to be a schedule two controlled dangerous substance which the driver did not have a prescription for. Officers also located a bag containing marijuana and several articles of drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Alvarez was charged with possession of prescription legend drugs, and possession of marijuana. Yoldas was charged with possession of paraphernalia. Both subjects were released pending a court date.

WARRANT ARREST:

On Friday September 4th, shortly before 8:30pm Boonton Township Police stopped a motor vehicle being driven by 54 year old Gregory Meyer of Boonton Township. During the course of the stop, police learned that Meyer had had a warrant for his arrest out of Kinnelon. Meyer was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was processed. Meyer was released after posting the required bail.

DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED:

On Sunday September 6th, at approximately 3:00am Boonton Township Police conducted a traffic stop on Valley Road. Officers spoke to the driver who was identified as 25 year old Melanie Merse of Rockaway. Merse was displaying several signs of being under the influence of alcohol and she subsequently failed several field sobriety tests. Merse was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where it was discovered that her blood alcohol concentration was nearly three times the legal limit. Merse was charged with DWI, careless driving, maintenance of lamps, and reckless driving. Merse was released pending a future court appearance.

BOONTON TOWNSHIP POLICE ARREST TWO MEN INVOLVED IN SUSPECTED INTERNATIONAL CREDIT CARD FRAUD OPERATION:

After an investigation that lasted over a year, Boonton Township Police arrested an Irvington Man and a South Orange man in connection to a credit card fraud operation that is believed to have ties overseas. 21 year old Emmanuel Duker-Eshun of South Orange, and 29 year old Dominic Eshun of Irvington were both arrested and charged by Boonton Township Police with fencing, and conspiracy to receive stolen property. Duker-Eshun was additionally charged with criminal attempt of theft of moveable property.

The investigation began in June of 2014 after a Boonton Township resident reported to police that her credit card was fraudulently used to make several internet purchases. The total sum of the purchases were over $700. One of those purchases were cellular phones, which by most phone carrier policies can only be shipped to the purchaser’s billing address. The day after the township resident filed her initial police report, she received the shipment of cell phones to her residence. The cell phones were turned over to Boonton Township Police. Later that afternoon, the resident reported that a suspicious man that was unknown to the homeowner showed up at her residence. When the homeowner confronted the man, he told the homeowner to give him the package that was delivered to the home earlier. The homeowner called the police and after a brief confrontation between the homeowner and the unknown man, the man fled the scene and escaped prior to the arrival of police. The homeowner reported that the man fled in a vehicle with an unknown passenger.

The case was turned over the Boonton Township Police Department Detective Bureau, and an investigation was launched to determine the identity of the unknown man. Throughout the next several months Boonton Township Police continued to track several of the fraudulent purchases which had been shipped to various locations, and were being addressed to several fictitious names. Police were ultimately able to locate a potential address for one of the suspect’s in Irvington. After the address was obtained, police were subsequently able to identify the two suspects as Dominic Eshun and Emmanuel Duker-Eshun.

Throughout the next several months, police learned that the stolen credit card numbers were possibly being obtained overseas in Ghana. According to information later provided by the suspects, a party in Ghana would provide them with the stolen credit card information and instruct them to make fraudulent internet purchases with them. The suspects then conspired to ship the illegally obtained merchandise overseas to Ghana for various forms of compensation.

Boonton Township Police arrested Emmanuel Duker-Eshun at his South Orange home on August 26th, 2015. His bail was set at $20,000 and he was lodged in the Morris County Jail. Boonton Township Police located Dominic Eshun on Monday August 31st, and he was also lodged in the Morris County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED:

On Monday July 27th 2015 shortly after 11pm Boonton Township Police conducted a traffic stop with a motor vehicle on Powerville Road. The driver, 53 year old John Zouvelekis of Boonton was displaying signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Zouvelekis subsequently failed several field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. Zouvelekis was processed at police headquarters where he was charged with dwi, reckless driving, failure to stop or yield, careless driving, and failure to maintain lane. Zouvelekis was released pending a future court appearance.

BOONTON TOWNSHIP POLICE INVESTIGATING COPPER WIRE THEFT:

On Thursday July 30th 2015 at approximately 11am Boonton Township Police received a report of a copper wire theft from a local cell tower. Officers arrived on scene and spoke with a maintenance worker who had just arrived at the cell tower to service it. The maintenance worker informed police that four copper bars had been removed from the tower and stolen. The matter is being investigated by the Boonton Township Detective Bureau.

DISPUTE CALL LEADS TO COCAINE ARREST:

On Sunday August 2nd 2015 at approximately 8:30pm Boonton Township Police were dispatched to a township residence for a reported dispute. Officers arrived on scene and discovered that one of the parties involved was 38 year old Kenneth Hollstein of Boonton Township. By the time officers had arrived at the residence Hollstein was no longer at the scene. Officers initiated a brief search and ultimately spotted Hollstein’s vehicle leaving another residence in the neighborhood. Before officers could conduct a traffic stop, Hollstein was able to elude officers by parking in a neighbor’s driveway and fleeing from his vehicle. When officer’s ultimately found the unoccupied vehicle in the neighboring driveway, officers discovered evidence indicating there was potentially narcotics in the vehicle. The vehicle was then impounded pending a search warrant. A search of the vehicle was ultimately conducted and officers discovered a plastic bag containing cocaine. Hollstein was located by officers and he was placed under arrest and charged with possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Hollstein was released on bail with a future court date.


WOMAN FOUND TO HAVE 6 WARRANTS DURING TRAFFIC STOP:

On Tuesday August 11th 2015 at approximately 1145am Boonton Township Police conducted a traffic stop with a suspicious vehicle they observed driving around the parking lot of a local business. Officers spoke to a passenger in the vehicle whom was identified as 31 year old Rachel Smith of Union City, NJ. A check of the passenger’s identification revealed that she had six active warrants out for her arrest from various agencies. Smith was placed under arrest and processed at police headquarters. Smith was ultimately released pending several future court appearances.


BOONTON TOWNSHIP POLICE REVIVE OVERDOSE VICTIM THROUGH USE OF NARCAN

On the evening of Monday July 6th, 2015 shortly before 11pm Boonton Township Police were dispatched to a township residence for a report of a 40 year old male who was unconscious. Upon arrival at the scene officers located the victim unconscious in an upstairs bathroom of the residence. Officers dragged the male to the hallway at which time they noticed that the victim had very shallow and labored breathing as well as constricted pupils. Officers had a prior encounter with the victim who had overdosed once before, and the officers were able to recognize that the victim was once again a victim of a heroin overdose. Officers also located several empty heroin folds at the scene. Officers administered nasal Narcan to the victim and began rescue breathing. After the administration of the Narcan, the victim slowly became more responsive and was beginning to return to a normal state. The patient was transported to the hospital by paramedics and Boonton Kiwanis Ambulance. Boonton Township Police began carrying nasal Narcan in February of 2015.

POLICE INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE CRIMINAL MISCHIEF TO VEHICLE:

On Friday March 27th2015 a Township resident made a suspicious activity report in reference to potential criminal mischief to their vehicle. The resident stated that on the evening of March 26th, at approximately 10:30pm they observed a suspicious vehicle pull in to the driveway of their Rockaway Valley Road home. The vehicle was described as a large white pickup truck with large tires and a loud exhaust. Before the resident had an opportunity to confront the driver of the truck, the vehicle quickly fled from the residence going westbound on Rockaway Valley Road.

The next morning as the resident was driving their vehicle, the vehicle began to malfunction and the “check engine” light activated. After bringing the vehicle to a mechanic, the resident was informed that a possible cause of the malfunction was due to leaves or other debris clogging the tail pipe of the vehicle. The resident then recalled the suspicious truck which was briefly observed in their driveway the prior evening, and believed someone tried to tamper with their vehicle which was parked outside at that time. Anyone with information can contact the Boonton Township Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-402-4022.

MOUNTAIN LAKES JUVENILE FOUND WITH DRUG PARAPHERNALIA:

On Saturday March 28th2015 Boonton Township police conducted a traffic stop on Powerville Road. Police spoke with the driver who was a seventeen year old male from Mountain Lakes. Throughout the course of the motor vehicle stop officers discovered drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. The juvenile was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to maintain lane. The juvenile was processed and released to a parent pending an appearance in juvenile court.

TOWNSHIP MAN ARRESTED AFTER DAMAGING HOUSE DURING ARGUMENT:

On Monday March 30th2015 shortly before 10:30am Boonton Township Police responded to a Township residence for a reported disturbance. Upon arrival officers spoke to several individuals outside of the residence, and officers were informed that the suspect had locked himself in the house after an argument and was currently causing damage to the interior of the residence. Boonton Township officers had to make several attempts to get the suspect to come out of the house, including several brief phone conversations with the suspect. The male eventually surrendered and was taken in to custody outside of the house without incident. The suspect was identified as 28 year old Marcus Weatherford of Boonton Township. Weatherford was processed at Boonton Township Police headquarters where he was charged with criminal mischief and harassment.

MAN BITES WOMAN DURING ARGUMENT:

On Monday April 6th2015 shortly before 12:30pm Boonton Township Police received a report of a disorderly male causing a disturbance in the parking lot of a local Township business. Officers arrived on scene and spoke to a female who stated that she was assaulted by the suspect. The female stated the suspect bit her in the wrist and forcefully threw her to the ground. The victim sustained minor injuries during the encounter. Officers identified the suspect as 21 year old Wilder Guardia of Denville. Guardia was placed under arrest and transported to Boonton Township Police Headquarters. Guardia was charged with simple assault and lodged in the Morris County Jail pending a future court date.

WARRANT ARREST:

On Thursday April 8th2015 shortly before 9pm Boonton Township Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Rockaway Valley Road. Police were able to identify the passenger in the vehicle as 23 year old Korey Orr of Denville. Orr had multiple warrants for his arrest and was taken in to custody by Boonton Township Police. Orr was processed at police headquarters and later turned over to the Denville Police Department in reference to one of his warrants.

MAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF CRYSTAL METHAMPHETAMINE FOUND WITH NEEDLES AND METH PIPES SUBSEQUENT TO DISTURBANCE CALL:

On Wednesday April 15that approximately 8:15pm Boonton Township Police responded to a Township residence for a report of a disturbance. Police spoke to several individuals on scene who stated that the suspect, 48 year old Munir Hussein of Manhattan had been using drugs in the residence and was currently under the influence. Officers located Hussein in the basement of the residence and subsequently found him to be in possession of 5 meth pipes, 2 hypodermic needles, and 6 empty plastic baggies containing apparent crystal meth residue. Hussein was placed under arrest and transported to Boonton Township Police Headquarters where he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of hypodermic needles, and being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. Hussein was processed and lodged in the Morris County Jail.

On Saturday March 14th2015 shortly before 12:30am Boonton Township Police were dispatched to Valley Road for a report of a suspicious vehicle parked alongside of the roadway with it’s headlights on. Officers located the vehicle, and observed a male driver slouched over in the driver seat. The male was unresponsive, and officers were unable to awaken him despite several efforts. After several unsuccessful attempts to awaken the driver, officers had to gain entry to the vehicle. Once officers were able to gain entry, they were able to detect the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle. The male driver, who was identified as 28 year old Brian Ross of Rockaway, was then awoken and subsequently failed several field sobriety tests. Ross was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI in a school zone, and several other motor vehicle violations. The driver was later released pending a future court appearance.

DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED:

On Tuesday March 17thshortly before 1:30am Boonton Township Police conducted a traffic stop on Powerville Road. Police spoke to the driver who was identified as 22 year old Matthew Manlangit of Dover. The driver displayed several signs of being under the influence and failed several field sobriety tests. The driver was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding, careless driving, maintenance of lamps, and reckless driving. The male was released pending a future court appearance.

On Wednesday March 18thshortly after 1:30am Boonton Township Police were conducting traffic enforcement on Rockaway Valley Road. At that time officers observed a vehicle driving eastbound in the westbound lane of travel at an extremely high rate of speed. Officers were able to stop the vehicle and they spoke to the driver, 24 year old Melanie Irizarry of Denville. The driver was displaying signs of being under the influence and she subsequently failed several field sobriety tests. Irizarry was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where she was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding, careless driving, failure to maintain lane, failure to inspect, failure to keep right, and reckless driving. Irizarry was released pending a future court appearance.

CELL PHONE VIOLATION LEADS TO WARRANT ARREST:

On Wednesday March 18that approximately 4:30pm Boonton Township Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Rockaway Valley Road after the driver was observed utilizing her cell phone while operating her vehicle. Police spoke to the driver whom was identified as 51 year old Susan Fox of Pine Brook. A check of the driver’s license revealed that she had a warrant for her arrest from a Somerset County municipality. The driver was processed at police headquarters where she was able to post bail and was subsequently released pending a future court date.

PASSENGER IN VEHICLE CHARGED WITH MARIJUANA AND PARAPHERNALIA:

On Wednesday March 18thshortly before 9pm Boonton Township Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on split rock road. As officers were speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, they were able to detect an odor of marijuana emanating from the car. After a brief investigation, the front seat passenger, 22 year old Haley Fritts of Denville was found to be in possession of marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia. Fritts was placed under arrest and transported to Boonton Township Police Headquarters where she was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Fritts was released pending a court appearance.

POSSESSION OF PILLS WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION:

On Saturday March 21st2015 shortly before 9:30pm Boonton Township Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Farber Hill Road. Officers spoke to the driver of the vehicle whom was identified as 22 year old Jason Hall of Denville. Throughout the course of the traffic stop, officers developed probable cause to believe that there were illegal narcotics in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted and officers discovered multiple prescription pills that were determined to be hydrocodone. Hall was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was charged with possession of prescription legend drugs and speeding. Hall was released pending a court date.

DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED:

On Sunday March 22nd, at approximately 2am Boonton Township Police conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle on Hillcrest Road. Police spoke with the driver whom was identified as 23 year old Dalton Hartye of Boonton Township. Officers were able to detect the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the driver’s breath and displayed several signs indicating he was under the influence of alcohol. Hartye subsequently failed several field sobriety tests and he was placed under arrest. Hartye was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding, careless driving, failure to maintain lane, and reckless driving. Hartye was released pending a court date.

MAN WHO COMMITTED DECEMBER BURGLARY APPREHENDED:

On Tuesday March 24th, 2015 Boonton Township Police arrested 25 year old Robert Goldberg of Denville for one count of burglary and two counts of credit card theft following a nearly four month long investigation. On Tuesday, December 16th 2014 a Boonton Township resident reported to police that his car was burglarized while it was parked in his driveway, and his wallet which contained several credit cards was stolen out of the vehicle. The investigation was turned over to the Boonton Township Detective Bureau and after a brief investigation it was determined that Goldberg was responsible for the burglary. Boonton Township Police issued a warrant for Goldberg’s arrest on February 11th 2015, however police were unsuccessful in locating him for several weeks. On March 24thGoldberg was located by Boonton Township Police and he was arrested. Goldberg was processed at police headquarters and released pending sentencing on his charges.


DISTURBANCE CALL AT TOWNSHIP RESIDENCE LEADS TO DWI ARREST:

On Monday February 9th2015 shortly after 9:30pm Boonton Township Police were dispatched to a Rockaway Valley Road residence for a reported disturbance. Police arrived on scene and observed a male in a silver pickup truck driving recklessly in the roadway in front of the residence. The male then pulled his pickup truck in the driveway of the residence, and began to spin the vehicle’s tires in the snow. The driver of the vehicle reportedly refused to exit the vehicle upon the officer’s commands on several occasions. After several moments, the driver abruptly exited his vehicle, and attempted to enter the residence. The driver, 46 year old Patrick Murray of Boonton Township, was detained by police and it was determined that he was under the influence of alcohol. Murray was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to take a breath test, careless driving, and reckless driving. The driver was released pending a future court date.

WANTED SUSPECT IN SUSSEX COUNTY APPREHENDED AT BOONTON TOWNSHIP BUSNIESS:

On Thursday, February 12th2015 Boonton Township Police were contacted by the Hopatcong Borough Police Department in reference to a male with warrants from their agency, who was believed to currently be at a local business in Boonton Township. Boonton Township Police responded to the location and observed the man, 24 year old Alex Markey of Wharton. Markey was taken in to custody by Boonton Township Police without incident. Markey was transported to Boonton Township Police headquarters where he was held until he was turned over to officers from the Hopatcong Police Department.

CRASH INVESTIGATION LEADS TO DRUG ARREST:

On March 3rd2015 shortly after 6pm, Boonton Township Police were dispatched to Rockaway Valley Road for a two-car motor accident. Officers arrived on scene, and began to question both drivers involved in the crash. As police spoke to one of the drivers, 18 year old Michael Kotapka of Bloomingdale, they detected the odor of marijuana emanating from his vehicle. After a brief investigation, police located a bag containing marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia in Kotapka’s possession. Kotapka was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Kotapka was released pending a future court date.

MAN DROVE INTOXICATED WITH JUVENILES IN VEHICLE:

On Friday March 6th2015 shortly before 11pm Boonton Township Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Elcock Avenue. Officers spoke to the driver whom was identified as 55 year old Kenneth Travis of Collingswood New Jersey. Officers were able to detect the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle and Travis was displaying signs of being under the influence. Travis subsequently failed several field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. Travis had been driving with several juveniles in his vehicle, who were all transported to police headquarters to be turned over to their parents. Travis was charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI with a juvenile in the vehicle, driving while intoxicated in a school zone, careless driving, failure to maintain lane, failure to remove snow from vehicle, failure to signal turn, and reckless driving. Travis was released pending a future court appearance


BOONTON TOWNSHIP MAN ADMITS RECEIVING IMAGES OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY:

A Boonton Township, New Jersey, man admitted using a computer in his home to download images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Lucas J. Reinmann, 35, pleaded guilty on January 15th, 2015 before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to an information charging him with one count of knowingly receiving images of child pornography over the internet.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: Reinmann admitted that he downloaded images and videos of child sexual abuse from the internet to his computer using a peer-to-peer file sharing network. He also admitted possessing more than 600 images of child sexual abuse on his computers and USB drives, which were seized from his residence in July 2013.

The count to which Reinmann pleaded guilty carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, followed by a mandatory minimum of five years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for April 20, 2015.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Newark Division, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge John P. Woods; the Morris County Prosecutors Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp; and the Boonton Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief Paul C. Fortunato with the investigation leading to the guilty plea.

POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA:

On Friday December 26th2014 shortly after 10pm Boonton Township Police conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle on Powerville Road. Officers spoke to the driver who was identified as 22 year old Daniel Seavy of Kinnelon. As officers spoke with Seavy they were able to detect a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted and officers located a bag of suspected marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia. Seavy was placed under arrest and processed at Boonton Township Headquarters. Seavy was ultimately released pending a future court appearance.

SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE CALL LEADS TO DRUG ARREST:

On Monday December 29th2014 shortly after 6pm Boonton Township Police were dispatched to Kingsland Road for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Officers located the vehicle in question and spoke to the two occupants. As officers were questioning the occupants, they observed a marijuana pipe in plain view inside the vehicle. Officers eventually also located marijuana as well as various other items of drug paraphernalia inside the car. 30 year old Daniel Murzyn of Trenton, and 21 year old Cheyenne Hodgins-Terrill of Boonton were placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where they were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were released pending a court appearance.

SUSPENDED DRIVER WITH WARRANTS AND NEEDLE FLEES FROM TRAFFIC STOP:

On Wednesday December 31st2014 shortly after 4pm Boonton Township Police observed a vehicle with several equipment violations traveling on Powerville Road. As police were behind the vehicle preparing to initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle abruptly pulled in to the parking lot of a local business and the male driver exited the vehicle and left the scene on foot. The female passenger was then observed positioning herself in the driver seat, and driving off. Officers stopped the vehicle on Powerville Road, and questioned the female about the identity of the male who fled the scene. Through a brief roadside investigation, officers were able to identify the male as 31 year old Thomas Ackerman of Oxford, New Jersey. A check of Ackerman’s name revealed that his license was suspended and he had three warrants for his arrest.

Boonton Township Police continued to canvass the area, and a short time later officers located Ackerman hiding inside a local business. Officers also recovered a hypodermic needle which Ackerman admittedly hid inside the business he was in. Ackerman was placed under arrest and transported to Boonton Township Police Headquarters where he was charged with obstruction, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic needle, and several motor vehicle summonses. Ackerman was released pending a future court date.

MAN WHO USED TROPHY AS A WEAPON CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT:

On Thursday January 1st2015 at approximately 2am Boonton Township Police responded to a township residence for a fight. Officers arrived on scene and observed a victim with several injuries who stated that he was assaulted by another male in the residence. Officers then spoke with the suspect who was identified as 27 year old Marcus Weatherford of Boonton Township. Throughout the investigation it was learned that Weatherford began to argue with the victim at which time Weatherford threw a trophy at the victim, causing the victim to suffer a severe laceration. Weatherford then charged the victim and began to strike him in the face. Weatherford also caused damage to the residence throughout the course of the incident. Weatherford was placed under arrest and transported to Police Headquarters where he was charged with aggravated assault, criminal mischief, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purposes. Weatherford was unable to post bail and was lodged in the Morris County Jail.

WARRANT ARREST:

On Friday January 30th2015 shortly before 10am Boonton Township Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Farber Hill Road. Police spoke to the driver, 21 year old Genevieve Sheeran of Denville. A check of the driver’s license reveled that she had a warrant for her arrest out of Bloomigdale. Sheeran was placed under arrest and transported to Boonton Township Police Headquarters where she was processed. Sheeran ultimately posted bail and was released.