WEST MILFORD POLICE BLOTTER
The information contained in this Police Blotter has been compiled and released at the discretion of the West Milford Twp. Police Dept. and does not represent the entire scope of activity for the time period. However, in the spirit of transparency, the Police Dept. strives to release all information that can be released without compromising on going investigations or causing unnecessary harm to victims .
For the time period August 24th – August 30th 2014
Driving While Intoxicated / Possession of CDS
On August 28th 2014 at 2119 hrs. Officer Anthony Frassa responded to the scene of a reported motor vehicle accident on the Warwick Tpk . Upon arrival on the scene Officer Frassa made the determination that the driver was under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics. The driver of the vehicle identified as Robert C Opperman III age 36 was arrested at the scene for driving while intoxicated. Subsequent investigation revealed that the driver was in possession of a quantity of heroin at the time of arrest and admitted to ingesting 3 bags of heroin prior to the accident. He was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, driving while intoxicated, driving while suspended, reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle while in possession of controlled dangerous substance.
Driving While Intoxicated
On August 30th 2014 at 1437 hrs. Officer James Fulton observed a suspicious vehicle traveling on Union Valley Rd. in the area of Marshall Hill Rd . Officer Fulton observed the vehicle in question being operated in a careless manner and demonstrating an inability to maintain a lane of travel. Officer Fulton initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as John Wiltshire age 71. Subsequent investigation revealed the driver to be intoxicated. He was placed under arrest at the scene and transported to Police headquarters. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, careless driving and failure to maintain a lane. He was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital Warwick N.Y. due to his high level of intoxication.
Attempt to Elude Police/ Hindering Apprehension
On August 30th 2014 at 2336 hrs. Officer Thomas Valente observed a vehicle traveling northbound on Rt. 23 in the area of Canistear Rd. Officer Valente observed the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and determined that the vehicle was traveling at 76 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. Officer Valente then stopped the vehicle and as he attempted to exit his vehicle, the suspect vehicle sped away at a high rate of speed. Officer Valente then pursued the vehicle for a short distance. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed in a very reckless manner. The vehicle entered the jug handle on Rt. 23 at Rt. 515 and began to travel against the flow of traffic. The vehicle traveled at a high rate of speed moving south in the northbound lanes of travel. The vehicle then crossed the center median at a high rate of speed and began to travel south in the southbound lanes. Due to the danger to the public that would be created by continuing to pursue the vehicle in question, a decision was made to terminate the pursuit. Through the ensuing investigation it was determined that the driver of the vehicle in question was identified as Daniel G Miller age 49 of Garfield N.J . He was charged with attempting to elude Police and hindering apprehension as well as numerous motor vehicle violations. The investigation also revealed that the driver was operating the vehicle with a suspended license and had an outstanding traffic warrant out of the city of Passaic.
Arrest on Warrant
On August 27th 2014 at 2020 hrs. Officer Jason Lowenfeld was monitoring the flow of traffic at the intersection of Lakeside Rd and Union Valley Rd . He observed an individual with whom he had prior interactions. He also had knowledge that the man in question had a suspended drivers license. Officer Lowenfeld then stopped the vehicle in an effort to investigate the matter further. Subsequent investigation revealed that the driver identified as Michael R Freese did in fact have a suspended drivers license and an active warrant from the Frankford Joint Municipal Court . He was placed under arrest and transported to West Milford Police headquarters. He was released on bail with several motor vehicle summonses.
Computer related theft
On August 27th 2014 at 1521 hrs. Officer Denis Welch responded to a residence on Longhouse Rd to speak with a resident who had been the victim of a computer related theft. The resident received a phone call in regard to a computer service that had been legitimately purchased for the removal of computer virus(s). The caller advised the victim that he would need access to their computer via the internet. The caller walked the victim through several steps and then began to control the computer from a remote location. The computer then shut down and a short time later Wells Fargo Bank contacted the victim and advised of suspicious activity including 5 transfers of $219.00, totaling $1095.00. The victim was reimbursed the money as the bank was able to identify the fraudulent activity immediately. This particular incident is indicative of an ongoing and growing problem that has been reported to West Milford Police on an ever-increasing basis. Residents are urged to use caution and not release personal, financial or banking information to anyone via phone or internet unless their identity can be determined with absolute certainty. This agency has received numerous reports in regard to identity theft. West Milford Police Dept. would caution residents to be extremely wary of telephone or e-mail solicitors who request personal or financial information. Residents are also requested to contact the Police Dept. if they suspect that they may have been the victim of fraudulent activity.
The information in this press release has been released at the discretion of the West Milford Twp. Police dept. and does not represent the total activity during the time period. In addition to the above listed events the West Milford Twp. Police Dept. also responded to the following incidents :
20 motor vehicle accidents with minor or no injuries
24 medical emergencies that required immediate care
22 burglar/fire alarms
18 domestic/wild animal complaints