Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Three reports of burglaries and thefts came in over the holiday weekend.
Chatham Township Police are investigating four reports of thefts and burglaries that occurred over the last week. A business owner on Shunpike Road told police on Saturday that his store, which had been closed and locked for 10 days, had been broken into. Police said the door lock was cut and the store had been entered. At the time of the report, the store owner did not notice anything missing. On Saturday, a Lake Road resident told police that his home was broken into over the holiday weekend. The resident said that the only items missing were beverages, some of which were consumed on the property, according to a police statement. A Country Club Road resident told police Saturday that his home had been broken into over the holiday weekend…
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Borough saw rise in violent crimes; domestic violence spiked in township.
Chatham Township saw a rise in domestic violence while more violent crimes were reported in the borough in 2009, according to the Uniform Crime Report released Thursday by the New Jersey State Police. The borough and township both saw increases in the crime index total, mainly propelled by a substantial rise in larceny incidents. Larceny rose from 26 incidents in 2008 to 43 in 2009 in the borough, and from 20 to 44 in the township. Overall, Morris County saw drops in both violent and non-violent crime from 2008 to 2009, according to the report. The report shows that the total crime index in Morris County fell from 6,220 incidents to 5,980, a decrease of 3.9 percent. Within those numbers, violent crime fell from 430 incidents to 387, a …
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
That pedestrian in the crosswalk may be an undercover officer.
Chatham Township Police announced a new initiative Tuesday to protect pedestrian safety. Under the new initiative, called "Cops in Crosswalks," plainclothes police officers will pose as pedestrians and cross at marked intersections and "essentially challenge oncoming traffic," according to Lt. Steven E. Hennelly, of the Township Police Department. Drivers who fail to yield will be stopped by a uniformed officer stationed nearby, and given a warning or summons. According to a statement by Township Police, the department will be looking for drivers who do not stop for pedestrians already in the crosswalk, pass by cars that have stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross and drivers who "deliberately go around" pedestrians who are making their …
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Man arrested for warrant for non-payment of child support.
On Oct. 7, Township police pulled over Adriano Dasilva, 41, of Kearny, on Rolling Hill Drive for having a suspended driver's license, police said Tuesday. When the police ran a computer check, it was discovered that the Essex County Superior Court had issued a warrant for Dasilva for civil contempt and non-payment of child support. After processing, Dasilva was released to the Essex County Sherriff's Department, according to a statement by township police.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Police: Driver of pickup 'used poor judgment," but 'didn't do anything criminal.'
UPDATE—3:58 p.m.—Police identified the driver of the white pick-up truck on Shunpike Road on Wednesday from information turned in by a Chatham resident. Police said the man, a 27-year-old Summit resident, cooperated when authorities talked to him Thursday. Police determined that "he didn't do anything criminal," as stated in a telephone interview Thursday. According to a press release on Thursday, detectives determined that "he used poor judgment in his actions, but committed no crime." Police said no charges have been filed. UPDATE—10:59 a.m.—Police have identified the driver of the truck who tried to lure two 13-year-old girls Tuesday afternoon, according to a statement released by Chatham Township Police. Police also said the driver is…
Monday, February 1, 2010
Break-in likely occurred over the weekend.
A house was broken into this weekend, according to township police, and several rooms were ransacked in the process. It is the second break-in township police have reported this week. Police said that, in this instance, a home on Tree Top Lane was burglarized. The crime likely took place between 5 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, according to police. Police said they were alerted to the matter after a neighbor noticed the residence had been forcibly entered while its owners were not home. Upon investigation, it became apparent that some of the home's rooms had been ransacked. A burglary at a home on Johnson Drive was reported at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. In that instance, a homeowner came home to find his house had been broken into. Several …