Weekly Police Blotter
4:12 PM – A Fair Lawn officer investigating a reported disabled vehicle on Route 208 North located the vehicle, with its occupant passed out, in Glen Rock by the De Boer Drive off-ramp. The vehicle’s occupant, a 31-year-old Fort Lauderdale man, had overdosed on heroin and was unconscious. P.O. Amman of the Fair Lawn Police administered two doses of Narcan after which Glen Rock Sgt. Rob Wojtecki and P.O. Sam Evans assisted in removing the victim from the vehicle and began to assist with rescue breathing. The man regained consciousness and was treated on scene by Valley Hospital Paramedics and Glen Rock Ambulance Corps EMT’s prior to transporting him to Valley Hospital.
In accordance with a directive issued by Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal earlier this year, a recovery specialist was dispatched to follow up with the victim at Valley Hospital.
6:20 PM – Patrols and EMS personnel were dispatched to an office building on Harristown Road in response to a 9-1-1 report of an electrocution. Upon arrival, they found a 35-year-old Ridgefield Park man who had suffered injuries due to an electrical shock. The man, employed by an electrical contractor, was reportedly attempting to change a light bulb in the ceiling, when for unknown reasons he came into contact with a live circuit, while touching the suspended ceiling metal grid.
The victim was treated on scene by Valley Hospital Paramedics and Glen Rock Ambulance Corps EMT’s prior to transporting him to Valley Hospital. The US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, was notified and will be investigating the incident.
7:39 PM – Patrols and EMS were dispatched to a report of a pedestrian struck by a bus at Maple Avenue and Rock Road. The female pedestrian, who was alert and conscious, was found to have serious but non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by a NJ Transit bus. The victim, a 15-year-old Glen Rock female, was treated on scene by EMT’s and Paramedics then transported to The Valley Hospital by the Glen Rock Volunteer Ambulance Corps. The bus driver, a 75-year-old Paterson man, was also evaluated by EMT’s on scene, but declined further aid.
Det. Calaski and P.O. Greg Carter were the lead investigators on this matter, Sgt. Chris Mc Inerney was the incident commander. Members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Accident Investigation Unit responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. Ridgewood Police and Emergency Services responded to assist with traffic while the road was closed for investigation.
An inspection of the bus found no defects and all equipment operating as intended. The driver had made a left turn from east bound Rock Road onto north bound Maple Avenue. He stated that he did not see the pedestrian until the left side of the bus made contact with her. Investigation determined that the point of contact was in the proximity of the cross walk on Maple Avenue at the north side of the intersection. There was no probable cause to believe that the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As a matter of policy, NJ Transit conducts alcohol and drug testing of drivers following any incident of this nature.
The victim, who was released from the hospital immediately following treatment, was not able to be interviewed until two days following the incident, at the request of her family. The teen stated that her last memory was of crossing Rock Road from the south side heading towards the library. She has no recollection of seeing the bus until after she was struck.
Following completion of the investigation the driver was issued as summons for failing to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
NJ Transit vs. Pedestrian
11:09 AM – P.O. Jim Donnelly was dispatched to Route 208 North just prior to Lincoln Avenue to investigate a road rage incident which had resulted in a motor vehicle accident. Investigation determined that a 38-year-old Hawthorne man had pulled onto the shoulder of the road to confront a truck driver who had also pulled onto the shoulder. When exiting the vehicle, with his 1 year old child still inside, the Hawthorne man left the vehicle in neutral and did not set the parking brake. The vehicle subsequently rolled backwards into the truck. The were no injuries and both vehicles were later driven from the scene.
The dispute occurred after the truck driver, a 52-year-old Little Falls, NY man, had attempted to negotiate a construction zone and the Hawthorne man refused to allow the truck to merge into traffic. Both were advised of the procedure to sign complaints with the Glen Rock Municipal Court. No independent witnesses were on scene.
4:31 PM – A Glen Rock woman reported receiving a Walmart Master Card in the mail. The complainant never opened such an account and she immediately contacted Walmart. The account, which has since been closed, was traced back to a Walmart Store in Teterboro. The detective bureau is reviewing this matter.
10:46 AM – Patrols were dispatched to the area of Bottle King Liquors on Prospect Street to investigate a 9-1-1 report of an unconscious woman. Upon arrival officers found a 54-year-old Ridgewood woman in a highly intoxicated state outside of the store. She was subsequently transported to New Bridge Medical Center for treatment and detox.
12:30 PM – The Principal of the Glen Rock High School reported receiving information concerning a social media threat toward the school, which was initially believed to be a bomb threat. Glen Rock patrols, along with the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Fair Lawn Police Department immediately responded. The Glen Rock Fire Department and Ambulance Corps were placed on standby as a precaution. The school was initially evacuated; however, it was quickly determined by investigators that the nature of the communication did not involve any form of an explosive device. Out of an abundance of caution, an exterior sweep of the building was conducted by the Sheriff’s K-9.
Students and staff members were permitted to return to the building, however, a heightened police presence remained as a precaution.
Det. James Calaski is currently investigating a series of social media chats which have occurred over the past week, culminating in a perceived threat which ended with a large scale law enforcement response. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s office will be providing resources during this ongoing investigation. Currently there is no evidence to support any credible threat against the school, students or staff. Much of the information received thus far is unsubstantiated and will require a comprehensive investigative effort.
3:33 PM – Patrols were dispatched to the area of Coleman School to investigate a parent’s report of a person dressed in a full bear costume, taking photos with an action camera (GoPro) and walking a dog. The subject was located on Winslow Terrance and found to be a young juvenile. Investigation determined that while the juvenile’s actions did cause alarm, no unlawful conduct had taken place. The juvenile was escorted home where a parent was informed of the circumstance which had occurred.
5:58 PM – The manager of the CVS store at 175 Rock Road reported that a male subject had shoplifted an unknown quantity of merchandise from the store. The actor had left the store prior to police being notified and was not located by responding officers. Video surveillance footage is being reviewed by detectives in an attempt to identify the shoplifter.
1:22 AM – During the course of a motor vehicle stop on Route 208, P.O. John Tarantino apprehended a fugitive wanted by Maryland authorities on numerous weapons and narcotics offenses. The subject, Harley D. Duarte age 37 out of Philadelphia PA, was also arrested for possession of Heroin, Crystal Meth, Marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The driver of the vehicle, a 58-year-old Philadelphia woman, was also arrested for possession of Marijuana.
The male subject was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending an appearance in Superior Court Central Judicial Processing on the Glen Rock charges as well as extradition proceedings from Queen Anne County in Centerville Maryland.
The female subject was processed at police HQ and released on her own recognizance pending an appearance in Glen Rock Municipal Court. She was also issued a traffic summons for operating a vehicle with an obstructed windshield.
12:37 AM – During the course of a motor vehicle stop on Lincoln Avenue, P.O. Nick Onove arrested a 24-year-old Hawthorne man for possession of cocaine. The man was processed at police HQ and released on his own recognizance pending an appearance before Central Judicial Processing at Superior Court in Hackensack on October 27th, 2017. He was also issued a traffic summons for driving with a suspended license.