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GR Police Blotter January 8th – January 14, 2018



4:32 PM –  P.O. Holguin and Sgt. Carter responded to the Glen Rock Library on a report of two intoxicated individuals inside the building.  Officers’ spoke to the male and female parties in question who did in fact appear to be under the influence of alcohol.  They were advised that the library staff did not want them in the facility while under the influence of alcohol. Both parties left without incident.



5:53 PM – P.O. Holguin and Sgt. Carter responded to the Glen Rock Municipal Building on a reported activated fire alarm.  Upon investigation of the alarm, it was determined that a sprinkler head broke in the elevator shaft causing water to flow down through the interior of the elevator itself.  The Glen Rock Fire Department responded and shut down the water until the sprinkler head could be repaired.  Damage was confined to the elevator area but also temporarily affected the heating and cooling systems for certain parts of the building.


9:49 AM – During a motor vehicle stop, P.O. Graziani arrested a 28-year-old Paterson man on an outstanding warrant out of the Scotch Plains Municipal Court in the amount of $300.00.  He posted bail on the warrant and was released.


Between 8 AM and 1 PM –  The Glen Rock Police Department, in conjunction with the NJ State Motor Vehicle Commission, held a vehicle inspection check point along Maple Avenue at Harding Plaza.  The operation, held several times a year, is designed to remove dangerous vehicles from the road and promote safe driving practices.  The checkpoint also has the added benefit of allowing 44 motorists, whose vehicles were due for inspection, to have their vehicles inspected free of charge with only a short wait.  A total of 90 summonses were issued to vehicles found with safety violations, as well as suspended and unlicensed drivers.  Three motorists were cited for driving through the check point while talking on their cellphones.  These types of local checkpoints were instituted when the NJ Motor Vehicle commission eliminated the safety testing portion of motor vehicle inspections as a cost savings measure in 2010, now testing only for emissions. Despite this elimination of mechanical inspections, local law enforcement is still responsible to cite motorists for equipment out of compliance or failure to make repairs.


2:21 PM – P.O. Onove responded to the Exxon Station located at 390 Maple Ave on a report of a U-Haul truck that was not returned.  Exxon employees stated that a party had rented the U-Haul truck back in October of 2017 and it was supposed to be returned in November.  The renter then extended the rental until December 16, 2017.  When the renter did not return the truck after December 16th, employees were unable reach the renter via telephone and the credit card they had on file was declined.  The Detective Bureau is investigating.


10:04 AM – A Fieldmere Avenue resident reported a theft of three bags of items she was donating to Veterans of America.  The resident stated that she placed three bags of miscellaneous clothing, towels and pillows outside her garage door for pick up by the Veterans of America organization.  She was later contacted by Veterans of America who stated that when the driver arrived, the bags were no longer there.  The Detective Bureau is investigating.

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