POLICE BLOTTER Westfield Rescue by fjwuxn


									  Page 10             Thursday, June 19, 2008                                                          The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains – Fanwood TIMES                                                                 A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION

                                                                                                               Westfield Rescue Squad
                                                                                                               Member Receives Award
                                                                                                          WESTFIELD — Westfield Volun-                          three ambulances and is usually on
                                                                                                       teer Rescue Squad (WVRS) member                          duty Tuesday nights.
                                                                                                       Drew Fleyzor has received the Over-                        “This was quite an honor and it is a
                                                                                                       look Hospital EMT Excellence Award.                      pleasure to serve the community of
                                                                                                       The award, presented on May 30th,                        Westfield as an EMT and squad mem-
                                                                                                       was given in recognition of Mr. Fleyzor’s                ber,” he said.
                                                                                                       “Outstanding service to EMS”.                              Prior to joining Westfield’s squad,
                                                                                                          Mr. Fleyzor is an emergency medi-                     Drew was a member of the Clark Vol-
                                                                                                       cal technician with five years experi-                   unteer First Aid Squad for two years.
                                                                                                       ence and has been a member of the                          He works at On Time Ambulance,
                                                                                                       WVRS for three years. He serves as                       based in Roselle, as an EMT, dis-
                                                                                                       lieutenant in charge of the squad’s                      patcher and recruiter.

                                                                     Courtesy of Jonathan Delano
                                                                                                                SPF Board of Education                                                                                                            Katherine Vowell for The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times
                                                                                                                                                                                                           BECOMING AWARE...The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School displays a
                                                                                                                                                                                                           wrecked car to remind students not to drink and drive as graduation approaches.
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OUTSTANDING...Drew Fleyzor of the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad dis-
plays the plaque he received on May 30, as part of the Overlook Hospital EMT                           various areas of development.                            place parts.
Excellence Award.                                                                                         The program began when the dis-
                                                                                                       trict received the Early Launch to
                                                                                                       Learning Initiative (ELLI) grant in
                                                                                                                                                                   Research into a new health promo-
                                                                                                                                                                tion kit started one year ago when
                                                                                                                                                                Ms. Knodel-Gordon began survey-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             POLICE BLOTTER
          Scotch Plains Council                                                                        2004. Last year, two classes were of-
                                                                                                       fered at Brunner and Evergreen
                                                                                                                                                                ing other districts to find alternative
                                                                                                                                                                curriculums, and wanted to find a                           Westfield                     Saturday, June 14, Zyykirrah M.
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                                                                                                       Schools. Eligibility for the program is                  program that would cover and meet             Tuesday, June 10, the apparent theft     Casado, 23, of Plainfield was arrested
Second Street, a portion of Westfield        ers, some of whom have signed a peti-                     determined by age and residence, and                     everyone’s needs.                          of an Apple iPhone, valued at ap-           for obstruction of justice for provid-
Avenue and on both sides of Route 22.        tion expressing their opposition to the                   priority is given to children with de-                      According to Ms. Knodel-Gordon,         proximately $400, was reported at a         ing police with false documentation
   The ordinance, which was introduced       SID ordinance.                                            velopmental needs or financial needs.                    on May 8, teacher representatives          Stoneleigh Park residence.                  after a motor vehicle stop on North
last week, includes a provision calling         At last week’s council meeting, when                      The board unanimously approved                        from five schools met to discuss the          Wednesday, June 11, Marcus               Avenue. According to police, she was
for a first year assessment of $400 on       the ordinance was introduced, several                     the submission of the 2008-2009 ELLI                     new health promotion kit and were          Rawls, 40, of Newark was arrested on        processed and released after posting
each property within the SID bound-          opponents were in attendance under                        grant totaling $49,500, designated for                   happy with the results. Ms. Knodel-        the 100 block of Prospect Street on a       bail.
aries. A 13-member board of directors,       the mistaken impression that they would                   the Jump Start preschool program.                        Gordon described it as “a                  shoplifting offense and an outstand-           Saturday, June 14, Nyeesha S.
to be appointed if the ordinance is ap-      be afforded an opportunity at that time                      Also on the evening’s agenda, so-                     multidisciplinary program” that helps      ing Rutherford criminal warrant with        Coleman, 19, of Plainfield was ar-
proved, will decide future assessments.      to voice their concerns.                                  cial studies department supervisor                       to incorporate the state health re-        bail of $130. Bail on the shoplifting       rested following a motor vehicle stop
   As was the case four years ago when          Mayor Martin Marks and Deputy                          Brad Siegel proposed three new so-                       quirements into the curriculum.            offense was set at $1,000. Rawls was        on North Avenue for an outstanding
the council defeated a similar ordi-         Mayor Nancy Malool told them that the                     cial studies textbooks to next year’s                       Following the committee reports,        held at the Westfield Police Depart-        warrant out of Minehill. According to
nance, vocal opposition has arisen this      public hearing on Tuesday, June 24, was                   curriculum and world languages su-                       the board passed the following mo-         ment pending the posting of bail.           police, she was processed and re-
year among business and property own-        the time for views on the SID to be aired.                pervisor Linda Materna proposed six                      tions: submission of amendment to             Friday, June 13, police arrested         leased after posting bail.
                                                                                                       world language textbooks. These                          the Fiscal Year 2008 Individuals with      Christina Wichoski, 18, Suzanna                Sunday, June 15, Santiago Z. Vidal,
                                                                                                       motions will be voted on at next                         Disabilities Educations Act (IDEA)         Cross, 19, Joshua Newberg, 21, and          48, of Westfield was arrested follow-
        Fanwood Layoff Letter                                                                          week’s public meeting on Thursday,
                                                                                                       June 26.
                                                                                                          Liz Knodel-Gordon, the high
                                                                                                                                                                application, Superintendent recom-
                                                                                                                                                                mendations for staff training reim-
                                                                                                                                                                bursements, and the approval of bills
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Mark Boyle, 21, all of Westfield, on
                                                                                                                                                                                                           charges of possession of more than
                                                                                                                                                                                                           50 grams of suspected marijuana,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ing a motor vehicle stop on South
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Avenue for outstanding warrants out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of Bordentown and Newark. Accord-
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                                                                                                       school’s substance abuse coordina-                       from May 7 to June 9, in the amount        possession of cocaine, possession of        ing to police, he was processed and
case scenario” for both municipal em-        tractor. Fanwood is also looking to the                   tor, came before the board with a                        of $2,744,303.                             a controlled dangerous substance in a       released after posting bail.
ployees and residents.                       county for grants to offset costs.                        proposal for a new health promotion                         Prior to the meeting’s closure, mem-    school zone and possession of drug             Sunday, June 15, a resident in the
  Mayor Mahr said the borough has                Fanwood resident and former Demo-                     resource kit, which would replace the                    bers of the board offered congratula-      paraphernalia. The arrests occurred         100 block of Westfield Road reported
been in contact with Plainfield in ef-       cratic Councilman David Pickering                         current “Here’s Looking AtYou 2000”                      tions to all students and staff that       on the 500 block of Cumberland Street       that someone removed a 10-foot dingy
forts to save money on trash disposal        spoke out against the possibility of                      kit. Ms. Knodel-Gordon said the cur-                     participated in the recent string of       during the investigation of a suspi-        valued at $4,000 from his property
costs for seven municipal locations,         borough employees being laid off at                       rent program is outdated and has be-                     chorale performances from the el-          cious motor vehicle. All four were          between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11
currently handled by an outside con-         last week’s borough council meeting                       come expensive to update and re-                         ementary to high school level.             released after processing.                  a.m.
                                             on June 10, before the letters were                                                                                                                              Saturday, June 14, after being              Sunday, June 15, a resident of
                                             distributed.                                                                                                                                                  stopped for a motor vehicle violation,      Woodland Avenue reported that some-
 State Budget                                    During a phone interview on Mon-
                                             day, Mr. Pickering said he is “strongly
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Lamar Ingram, 20, of Linden was
                                                                                                                                                                                                           arrested at North and South Euclid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       one knocked down their free-stand-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ing mailbox.
                                             opposed” to the decision the council                                                                                                                          Avenues on an active warrant out of            Monday, June 16, a resident of
culated by the Division of Local Gov-        has made. He said Fanwood could avoid                                                                                                                         Linden.                                     Scotch Plains reported that someone
ernment Services. However, this pre-         these job cuts without “extraordinary                                                                                                                                       Scotch Plains                 keyed their vehicle while it was parked
ventative measure does little to coun-       aid from the state.”                                                                                                                                             Tuesday, June 10, a resident of          in the 100 block of Pleasant Avenue.
teract that “this budget directly in-            Mr. Pickering suggested Fanwood                                                                                                                           Spruce Lane reported that someone              Monday, June 16, a resident of the
creases people’s property tax and in-        charge residents for their yearly cleanup,                                                                                                                    used his credit card without authori-       100 block of Chetwood Place reported
creases people’s utility bills” while        as Scotch Plains does yearly. He also                                                                                                                         zation to purchase $700 worth of            that sometime between midnight,
“not going far enough in more effi-          recommended that residents be billed                                                                                                                          merchandise.                                Friday, May 30, and noon, Sunday,
ciently spending people’s money,”            separately for their sewer fees. By tak-                                                                                                                         Wednesday, June 11, a resident of        June 15, someone attempted to enter
said Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R-21,            ing these two steps, Mr. Pickering said                                                                                                                       East Second Street reported that some-      their residence through a side door.
Westfield).                                  many jobs could be saved.                                                                                                                                     one has been calling her during the         Police said entry was not gained.
   “The budget is reneging on a prom-            “I think the public needs to be aware,”                                                                                                                   day and night but just yells and hangs                   Mountainside
ise to start phasing out a high utility      he said. “This is totally wrong and not                                                                                                                       up.                                            Friday, June 13, Victor A. Soria,
tax,” Mr. Kean said. Moreover, the           necessary. They don’t realize how hard-                                                                                                                          Thursday, June 12, a resident of         48, of Plainfield was arrested and
2008-2009 budget calls for tax in-           working these people are, a lot of them,                                                                                                                      Highlander Drive reported that some-        charged with driving without a li-
creases “at a time when people are           at the end of the day, volunteer.”                                                                                                                            one entered her vehicle and removed         cense after being involved in a motor
hurting the most.”                               “I don’t want to see Fanwood change,                                                                                                                      several items valued at $200.               vehicle accident on Route 22. He was
   “This budget, unlike the one pro-         it can’t. It’s too good of a place,” he said.                                                                                                                    Thursday, June 12, a resident of         also charged with multiple outstand-
                                                                                                        YOUNG TALENT…Last Saturday, at the Ashbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation                             Aberdeen reported that someone en-          ing warrants, police said.
posed by the Republicans, is not mak-                                                                   Center in Scotch Plains, students from Roosevelt Intermediate School voluntar-
ing New Jersey more affordable,” said              MS Taxes Increase                                    ily performed for residents. Pictured, from left to right, are: Mathew Lee,                        tered her vehicle and removed ap-              Friday, June 14, Ferdinan
Mr. Kean, saying the budget fails to                                                                    Stephanie Tepper, Alexandra Davidson, Alexandra Jason, Keith Peterson, Pilar                       proximately $100 worth of items.            Maysonet, 52, of Jersey City was
focus on transportation or the state’s             $800 K in Budget                                     Martinez, Sabrina Greene, Connor Breza, Victoria Bonsall, Rebecca Tunis,                              Sunday, June 15, Tajah Bacot, 18, of     arrested and charged with driving with
infrastructure needs. Moreover, “no-                     By EBONY McQUEEN                               Elizabeth Queisser, Alexander Rothfelder, Audrey Peterson, Caroline Ehrhardt,                      Middlesex was arrested for obstruc-         a suspended license after being
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body really knows what’s in [the bud-                                                                   Kieran Windorf and conductor Brice Freeman.                                                        tion of justice after police responded      stopped for allegedly being involved
get],” he said.                                 MOUNTAINSIDE — The                                                                                                                                         to a report of a rowdy group in front of    in a motor vehicle crash.
   Mr. Kean’s statements echo cri-
tiques of the budget in the recent
                                             Mountainside Borough Council Tues-
                                             day adopted its $10.5 million munici-
                                                                                                               Mountainside Denies                                                                         a store on Route 22. While dispersing
                                                                                                                                                                                                           the crowd, Bacot became loud and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Saturday, June 14, Michelle C. Lee,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       28, of Plainfield was arrested for an
weeks. The 2008-2009 budget has              pal budget in unanimous fashion.                                                                                                                              refused to leave the area, police said.     outstanding warrant in the amount of
sparked controversy from many
groups in addition to municipalities,
                                                Of the $10.5 million budget, roughly
                                             $6.59 million will be raised through
                                                                                                             Arirang’s Expansion Plan                                                                      According to police, he was processed
                                                                                                                                                                                                           and released after posting bail.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       $165 after a motor vehicle stop on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Route 22.
such as housing, environmental, la-          local property taxes, an increase of                          By CAROLYN D. FREUNDLICH                             corporating a buffer to accommodate           Sunday, June 15, police responded           Sunday, June 15, Michael P.
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bor and student organizations.               roughly $800,000 from 2007.                                                                                        the nearby residents, because of the       to a report of a disturbance at a Route     O’Connor, 22, of Westfield was ar-
   Accordingly, municipalities are not          The levy’s $44,000 reduction was                          MOUNTAINSIDE — The plan-                              increased business the banquet hall        22 gas station. Upon arrival, police        rested and charged with DWI after
alone in feeling the cuts. For example,      caused due to an increase in state aid                    ning board, last Thursday, unani-                        would potentially generate, and the        discovered a customer arguing with          being involved in a one-car motor
the 2008-2009 measures cut more              and an increase in the surplus.                           mously denied Arirang Hibachi                            traffic that would increase in the resi-   an attendant over how much gas was          vehicle accident.
than $90 million from subsidies for             In a separate matter, a PODS (Por-                     Steakhouse and Sushi Bar’s submit-                       dential streets. He said he believes       pumped and the price to be paid,               Sunday, June 15, Trevorald Parrish,
hospitals.                                   table On Demand Storage) representa-                      tal for a use variance, after a two-                     taking away parking lot spaces and         police said. According to police, the       19, of Plainfield was arrested and
   But despite complaints, Mr. Scutari       tive, Orlando Silva, addressed the bor-                   year-long debate. The restaurant                         adding shrubbery to the outskirts of       officer settled the dispute and the         charged with driving with a suspended
said the budget leaders had done “an         ough council concerning an ordinance                      wanted to expand its business by turn-                   the parking lot can accomplish this.       customer agreed to pay the money.           license and leaving the scene of an
excellent job forging a strong bud-          that would restrict the use and place-                    ing the 12,000 square feet of unused                     Mr. Chadwick said basically anything          Sunday, June 15, Lamont Moseley,         accident after being involved in a
get.”                                        ment of PODS.                                             space in the basement into a banquet                     that gives “a hint of something other      23, of Hackensack was arrested and          motor vehicle accident on Route 22,
   As of press time, calls were placed          Mr. Silva said, “At times, we do                       hall. The banquet hall would accom-                      than a big parking lot” would be de-       charged with driving while intoxi-          which he is suspected to have been
to Assemblywoman Linda Stender               struggle with placing the PODS where                      modate an additional 207 patrons.                        sirable. He said this would give back      cated (DWI) after being stopped for a       the driver.
(LD-2, Fanwood) and Assemblyman              the resident asks for it. We understand                      The board has lingered on the con-                    to the community by offering “a dra-       motor vehicle violation. He was trans-         According to police, officers no-
Jon Bramnick (LD-21, Westfield) who          and we would not want a PODS (unit)                       troversial topic for about two years,                    matically different effect of the road-    ported to headquarters where he was         ticed a car behind a business on Route
were in Trenton negotiating budget           causing an accident.”                                     holding numerous meetings to dis-                        side view of this property”.               processed and released with a sum-          22 that had crashed through a fence.
measures and not available for com-             The ordinance, which passed on Tues-                   cuss the possibilities.                                     Numerous Beech Avenue residents         mons, police said.                          While turning around to inspect the
ment.                                        day, stipulates that residents must ap-                      Arirang is a restaurant located at                    were in strong opposition to Arirang’s        Monday, June 16, Albert Hopkins,         scene further, police noticed three
   The budget is currently going             ply for a permit and pay a $50 fee prior                  1230 Route 22, West. Behind Arirang,                     expansion, and said they did not feel      46, of Brooklyn, NY was arrested and        individuals inspecting a car parked in
through last stages of process, and is       to placing the storage container on prop-                 parallel to Route 22, lies Beech Av-                     the buffer suggested by Mr. Chadwick       charged with DWI after being stopped        a closed service station, authorities
set for a final passage on Monday,           erty. The unit may not sit on a property                  enue, a heavily populated, residential                   was a fair proposal. Currently, the        for a motor vehicle violation. He was       said. According to police, the three
according to the Star-Ledger. The            longer than 30 days.                                      district. Many residents of Beech                        residents are frustrated with the          transported to headquarters where he        individuals stated that their car was
state budget is required by state con-          Borough resident, Ed LaTourette, of                    Avenue and the surrounding area op-                      amount of problems the restaurant          was processed and released with a           sideswiped by the vehicle that they
stitution to be in place by July 1.          Dunn Parkway, spoke of concerns re-                       posing the application have regularly                    generates due to its popularity, and       summons, police said.                       witnessed crashing in to the fence.
   Asw. Linda Stender told The               garding a borough-owned easement for                      attended the meetings.                                   said they feel an expansion of the                          Fanwood                       Parrish was apprehended approxi-
Leader/Times on Wednesday, “We are           storm water runoff.                                          In order to get a full understanding                  restaurant would increase their com-          Wednesday, June 11, Robert Roy,          mately a mile down Route 22 along
working very hard to develop a bud-             He said over the last 15 years the                     of Arirang’s legal capacity for expan-                   plaints.                                   Jr., 28, of Roselle was arrested on a       with a juvenile and Asion K. Harris,
get that ends the practice of spending       easement has increased by 15 feet in                      sion, experts were called to testify in                     The residents blame the restaurant’s    Union County Sheriff’s Department           19, of Scotch Plains, who was ar-
beyond our means and begins to solve         width and is destroying his deck.                         front of the planning board through-                     popularity for the influx of suspi-        no-bail warrant after a field investi-      rested and charged with leaving the
some of New Jersey’s financial chal-            Mayor Robert Viglianti advised Mr.                     out the last two years. During last                      cious behavior, drunken patrons and        gation on Martine Avenue. Accord-           scene of a motor vehicle accident and
lenges while still protecting the most       LaTourette to contact borough engi-                       Thursday’s meeting, John Chadwick                        robberies on their street. Also the        ing to police, he was turned over to        failure to report a motor vehicle acci-
vulnerable members of our popula-            neer Mike Disko.                                          and Harold K. Maltz testified and                        restaurant provides an unwanted            the Union County Sheriff’s Depart-          dent after he was apprehended by
tion. I believe that we are close to            The council concluded the meeting                      provided their opinions.                                 amount of noise and trash, and lights      ment.                                       police in the vicinity of the accident.
achieving these goals but we still           by going into executive session to dis-                      Mr. Chadwick is a licensed profes-                    from cars often shine into resident’s
have some work to do.”                       cuss an employee benefit program.                         sional planner, who has previously                       homes, residents said.
                                                                                                       overseen hundreds of planning                               Local residents said they feel the
                                                                                                       boards. Taking spatial and traffic regu-                 traffic on Beech Avenue, as proposed
                                                                                                       lations into consideration, he said he                   by the new parking plan, stands to
                                                                                                       believes the restaurant needs to imple-                  endanger their families.
                                                                                                       ment several changes in order to ex-                        Jacquie Mahon, Beech Avenue resi-
                                                                                                       pand. If Arirang had strictly valet                      dent, said there are no sidewalks on
                                                                                                       parking, it would be able to expand                      the street and her children often play
                                                                                                       parking from 184 to 205 spaces. If the                   outside at night. She spoke out against
                                                                                                       restaurant voted against valet park-                     the proposed plan.
                                                                                                       ing, another option to accommodate                          “Instead of living next to 22, they
                                                                                                       the additional patronage, and use all                    are bringing 22 to my house,” Ms.
                                                                                                       205 spaces, would be to hire people to                   Mahon said.
                                                                                                       direct traffic through the parking lot.                     She said this would possibly en-
                                                                                                       This would change the previous clock-                    danger her children, and the numer-
                                                                                                       wise traffic flow into a counter clock-                  ous other children that live on the
                                                                                                       wise direction, thus filtering traffic                   street by exposing them to increased
                                                                                                       out of the back exit onto Beech Av-                      chances of getting hit by a car or
                                                                                                       enue.                                                    abducted.
                                                                                                          This traffic flow and exit strategy
                                                                                                       would safely allow for emergency
                                                                                                       vehicles to enter and exit the pre-
                                          Raynor Denitzio for The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times             Mr. Maltz, traffic and transporta-                                                               AMELIA BEDELIA…At Brunner School, author Herman Parish carries on the
DRAWING THE LINE…Union County Police Officer Frank Catena rides his                                    tion consulting expert, agreed with                                                                 misadventures of Amelia Bedelia, created by his Aunt Peggy Parish. Mr. Parish
horse, Justice, during Substance Abuse Awareness Day in Garwood on Saturday.                           Mr. Chadwick’s proposals of valet                                                                   revealed where the character Amelia Bedelia came from, and explained where he
Hosted by Garwood Parents Draw the Line, the event enabled residents to enjoy                          parking or regulated traffic within the                                                             gets his ideas. A surprise visit by Amelia Bedelia was a highlight of the day. Five
rides, games and demonstrations from local police agencies. Sue Baron, an                                                                                                                                  lucky students had lunch with Mr. Parish. Pictured, in the bottom row, are: Zach
organizer of the event, said that the purpose of the day was “to show what a fun                       parking lot.                                                                                        Carter, Mary Hubbard and Micayla Mirabella. Top row: Amelia Bedelia (Mary
family day you can have without drugs.”                                                                   Mr. Chadwick also suggested in-                             goleader.com/subscribe               Kay Cunningham) Jonathan Kriney, Francesca Dobies and Herman Parish.

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