Boonton Police Department

Police Blotter 6-16-2013

Police Blotter 6-16-2013
On 6-2-13 at 8:22 PM, Ptl. Scott Gamsby & Sgt. Royce Stafford responded to the BP Amoco Gas Station on West Main St. on a report of a robbery. Their initial investigation revealed that a suspect allegedly struck the gas attendant numerous times, while threatening his life and demanding his money. The suspect then fled with proceeds believed to be between $100 and $200. After an intensive investigation by the Boonton Detective Bureau the suspect was identified as James R. Ross, age 23, of Lake Hiawatha. On 6-14-13 he was subsequently charged with Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threats, and Theft in connection with the incident by Det. Sgt. Christian Trowbridge. The suspect, by now already detained in the Morris County Jail on unrelated charges, had his bail set at $100,000 with No 10% option, and is currently still remanded there on the new charges from our Agency.

On 6-4-13 at 11:57 AM, Sgt. Richard Vnencak, along with Det. Leroy Harris, arrested Robert J. Kaminski age 54, of Boonton, on an outstanding no bail warrant out of the Morris County Sheriff’s Dept. He was processed and subsequently turned over to the County Fugitive Unit.

On 6-4-13 at 12:11 AM, Ptl. Michael Gulla, charged Asa J. Maida, age 38, of Plainfield, with violation of a restraining order. She was subsequently arrested by Plainfield Police Dept. and posted bail of $2500.00 with a 10% option, and released pending a Court date.

On 6-4-13 at 12:45 PM, a Boonton resident reported being a victim of a fraud. She reported that she had been solicited via an email where she agreed to receive a cashier’s check in the amount of $10,000, which she was instructed to deposit into her account, and then subsequently issue a check in return to the suspect in the amount of $5,000, being promised a “profit” of $5,000. However the suspect or suspects quickly cashed it, during which time the original $10,000 check the victim deposited into her account was declined as being fraudulent. Residents are reminded that any type of internet or phone solicitation of this kind is a fraud, and to contact the Boonton Police Department immediately at 973-402-9371. The Boonton Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

On 6-6-13 Lt. Stephen Jones & Ptl. Christopher Petonak were honored at the annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Law Enforcement Recognition Ceremony that was hosted at the Middlesex County College, in Edison. Lt. Jones had 32 DWI arrests and Ptl. Petonak had 22 during 2012, both leading the Department, which had a total of 91 from all Officers. Lt. Jones was also previously honored on April 24
th by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, at a ceremony in Trenton, for being tied as the leader in DWI arrests for all of Morris County in 2012, sharing the award with an Officer from Mendham.

On 6-6-13 at 8:01 PM, Ptl. Brian Walinski arrested Miguel “Mickey” Canada age 39, of Boonton, on an outstanding contempt of court warrant out of Morristown. He was processed and released after posting $175 bail.

On 6-9-13 at 11:26 PM, a 24 yr old female responded to the Boonton Police Department to report that she was the victim of a robbery. Victim reports walking on Mechanic St. in Boonton, heading towards Walmart, when she was approached by a suspect who “grabbed” or “pressed something against” the left side of her body, and demanded her cellphone and wallet. Suspect was described as being black male, over 6 ft tall, having a large build with his hair in dreadlocks. He was further described as wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, dark colored gym shorts, dark shoes, and high white socks. The suspect grabbed the victims Iphone 4 cellphone and then reached into her purse and removed her wallet, which was empty at the time, before fleeing the area toward Main St. The Boonton Police Detective Bureau is investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Christian Trowbridge or Detective Leroy Harris at 973-402-9371, conversely you can contact Morris County Crime Stoppers at 973-COP-CALL, all callers can remain anonymous.

On 6-11-13 at 10:05 AM, Ptl. Christopher Petonak arrested Tracy L. Mallory, age 43, of Succasunna, on an outstanding contempt of court warrant out of Wayne. She was processed and released after posting $508.00 bail.

On 6-14-13 at 9:59 PM, Det. Sgt. Christian Trowbridge and Ptl. Scott Gamsby responded to the Morristown Police Department to take custody of Raheem M. Harris, age 32, of Morristown on an outstanding warrant for an Aggravated Sexual Assault that occurred in Boonton on 4-27-2013. The suspect allegedly sexually assaulted a 41 yr old female acquaintance, known to him, on that date. Det. Leroy Harris conducted an intensive investigation and prepared the charges against the suspect, who was subsequently remanded to the Morris County Jail in default of $100,000 bail with No 10% option.

On 6-15-13 at 11:08 AM, Lt. Stephen Jones arrested Carly M. Fiore, age 28, of Boonton, on an outstanding contempt of court warrant in the amount of $250 out of Bay Head, resulting from a motor vehicle stop. She was processed and released after being granted a release on her own recognizance by the Bay Head Municipal Court.

On 6-15-13 at 4:00 PM, Lt. Stephen Jones responded to the Boonton Wal-Mart on a report of store security having a shoplifter, Arthur G. Nadeau 4
th, age 38, of Flanders, in custody. The suspect allegedly obtained receipts for items he had never purchased; picked items listed on those receipts off the store shelves, and then attempted to “return” them in order to obtain a cash refund he was not entitled to. The suspect also was allegedly simultaneously trespassing on the Wal-Mart property, having been previously advised in writing he was no longer welcome on any Wal-Mart Inc. properties stemming from a previous shoplifting offense at another Wal-Mart store. He was further found to have an outstanding contempt of court warrant out of Mendham Twp. in the amount of $150.00. He placed under arrest, processed, charged with Shoplifting and Criminal Trespass, and released after posting bail for the outstanding warrant.

On 6-16-13, Ptl. Anthony LiMandri charged Diana L. Simon, age 37, of Riverdale, with Shoplifting stemming from an investigation conducted with the assistance of Wal-Mart Loss Prevention, which concluded that the suspect stole various home goods items totaling $512.00 between the dates of 5-6-13 and 5-12-13. Ms. Simon was mailed a complaint and is due to appear in Court to answer these charges.


On 6-16-13 at 2:26 PM, Lt. Stephen Jones and Ptl. Brian Walinski, responded to a 911 call reporting a dispute in progress at residence on the 700 block of Cornelia St. An investigation revealed that two family
members were having a heated verbal argument on the front lawn of their home, which alarmed their neighbors. Michael J. Pettersen, age 35, of Boonton was subsequently placed under arrest for Disorderly Conduct and Obstructing the Administration of Law, for allegedly creating a disturbance in the Officer’s presence and refusing to comply with their orders to cease his unruly behavior. He was processed and released pending a Court date.


Between the dates of 6-1-13 and 6-16-13 the Town of Boonton Police Department handled 19 motor vehicle crash investigations, 2 robbery investigations, 4 assault investigations, 4 theft investigations, 1 burglary investigation, 2 domestic violence incident investigations, conducted 162 motor vehicle stops, responded to 14 burglar alarms, responded to 21 medical emergencies, responded to 6 fire alarms investigated 2 reports of missing juveniles, arrested 8 persons total, and investigated 49 other various incidents.

A charge is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.