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 BLOTTER: 11/18/10 issue

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By Susan C. Moeller / Senior Reporter

(Nov. 18, 2010) — The information below is compiled from local police blotters, as that information is made available, and is not intended to give a full description of every criminal incident in the local area.


CARLSTADT — An interaction between a tenant and building supervisor ended with a call to police Monday, Nov. 8. The tenant alleged that the building superintendent and his son had assaulted him; the supervisor alleged that the tenant attacked he and his son with a knife. There were no injuries, and a weapon was not located. Complaints are pending, according to police.


WOOD-RIDGE — Police were summoned to a Wood-Ridge Avenue residence for a landlord-tenant dispute. The landlord had left the residence by the time police arrived. No complaints were filed.

WOOD-RIDGE — The manager of a Route 17 business called police Saturday, Nov. 6 because two people were arguing in the parking lot. Both had left the scene by the time the officers arrived.

EAST RUTHERFORD — James Jed-Doty, 32, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 9 and charged with petty disorderly conduct following an incident at the Homewood Suites Hotel on Route 17 South. Police were called to the hotel on reports of an assault. At the hotel, officers talked with two men who both described a fight between one of them and Jed-Doty. Jed-Doty allegedly put one of the men in a headlock and then hit him in the neck. All three of the men had allegedly been drinking. Police searched the hotel and found Jed-Doty hiding in a stairwell leading to the roof. He was arrested there, and eventually transported to St. Mary’s Hospital.

Domestic violence

WOOD-RIDGE — Police responded to three reported domestic violence incidents between Thursday, Nov. 4 and Monday, Nov. 8.

Drugs and alcohol

EAST RUTHERFORD — Michael Price, 26, of Jersey City, and Mario Figueroa, 28, also of Jersey City, were arrested Friday, Nov. 12 after a police officer on patrol pulled Price and Figueroa off the road because the vehicle they were in had a broken headlight. As the officer interacted with Price, he reportedly detected a smell of burnt marijuana in the vehicle. Both Price and Figueroa allegedly admitted to having smoked half of a marijuana blunt earlier. The remainder of the blunt was in the car. Both Price and Figueroa were charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams. Price was also charged with possession of CDS in a motor vehicle, and he was issued summonses for maintenance of lamps and a broken car mirror. Both parties were eventually released on summonses.

LYNDHURST — Carmine Coppola, 57, of Rutherford, was arrested and charged with DWI Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 3:54 p.m. after police reportedly found him asleep at the wheel of an idling car that was parked on the curb line of Chubb Avenue. Coppola was eventually released to a family member.

LYNDHURST — John Brandli, 40, of Jersey City, was arrested and charged with DWI, Tuesday, Nov. 9 at approximately 9:43 p.m., after he was pulled over for speeding near the intersection of Valley Brook and Polito avenues. Brandli was also issued a summons for speeding.

LYNDHURST — A 17-year-old Lyndhurst male was charged with DWI Saturday, Nov. 13 at 11:39 p.m. He was also issued summonses for driving under the influence with a minor passenger and violation of a provisional license. He was later released to a parent.

EAST RUTHERFORD — Kevin McGuire, 50, of Carlstadt, was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle accident Wednesday, Nov. 10. After the accident, McGuire had difficulty parking his car away from the roadway, reportedly striking the other vehicle involved in the accident again, and bumping a police car. McGuire allegedly told police that he was not drinking, but had been released from the hospital recently and was taking a lot of medication. A test administered later confirmed the presence of several prescription drugs in McGuire’s blood stream. McGuire was later transported to Hackensack University Medical Center and was issued summonses for DWI and careless driving.


WOOD-RIDGE — A vehicle was impounded Tuesday, Nov. 9 after an officer on patrol determined that the vehicle’s registration was expired and suspended.


LYNDHURST — An unidentified man attempted to push his way into a Second Avenue residence Thursday, Nov. 11 at approximately 2:45 p.m. A 43-year-old woman reported hearing a knock at the side door of the house and answering the door. When she did, a man asked to use the woman’s phone, but she refused to allow him into the house to make the call. The man responded by trying to push his way in; the woman, who also heard another man outside saying “let’s get out of here,” shoved him back out and locked the door, according to police. Police were notified approximately an hour and half later, at 4:07 p.m. The suspect was not found in the area then.

To the right is a composite sketch of the alleged intruder by Detective Anthony Preite.

Property damage

WOOD-RIDGE — A brick was thrown through the window of a vehicle while it was parked at a Hackensack Street establishment. Police were notified Nov. 7 at 11:45 p.m.

Recovered vehicle

CARLSTADT — A 2001 Dodge Caravan that was reported stolen from North Carolina was recovered in the Sunoco lot on Washington Avenue Friday, Nov. 12.


EAST RUTHERFORD — An East Rutherford officer removed a man from a smoke-filled basement apartment Sunday, Nov. 14 at approximately 10:17 p.m. The fire appeared to have been started by a water distiller plate.


EAST RUTHERFORD — George Biggs, 55, of New York, N.Y., was issued a summons for soliciting without a permit Sunday, Nov. 14. According to police, Biggs was seen on the South Service Road holding a sign that read “I NEED TICKETS.” Biggs allegedly told the police officer that he was trying to purchase a parking pass.

Stolen items

LYNDHURST — The passenger side window of a 2001 Acura was smashed and a factory-installed GPS unit valued at $2,000 stolen from the vehicle while it was parked at a Terminal Road repair shop Thursday, Nov. 11.

LYNDHURST — Marta Tomashvski, 50, of Little Falls, was arrested and charged with shoplifting Thursday, Nov. 11 at 4:45 p.m. after she allegedly tried to leave the Shop Rite on New York Avenue with $73.73 worth of unpaid merchandise. Tomashvski was released on summons.

LYNDHURST — A bag containing clothing, $1,400, bank cards, a camera and a passport were stolen from a Chinese tourist at the Quality Inn Saturday, Nov. 13 at approximately 8:25 a.m. The bag’s owner reported being distracted by a person who had ketchup on his shirt and wanted help. When the victim put the bag down to help the man, another person picked the bag up. Then both fled the hotel. They were last seen in a dark-colored SUV traveling toward Route 17 South.

— All persons are presumed innocent until proved otherwise.

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