FLORHAM PARK – A Livingston grandmother faces a child abuse charge after police say her grandson got out of a vehicle and was found in a parking lot.
Borough police initially responded to the parking lot at 25 Hanover Road at about 12:35 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 to investigate a report of a 4-year-old juvenile found wandering the parking lot, police reported.
Officer Thomas Belli determined that the child was left in the vehicle while his grandmother was at a dentist appointment in a nearby building, police said.
Officer Jared Orgel responded to the dentist’s office and located the child’s grandmother, Dawn M. Todd, 56, of Livingston, who had taken her two other grandchildren, ages seven and nine, into the office with her.
Orgel later determined that she had left the boy in the vehicle because he was asleep and didn’t want to wake him, police said.
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families was contacted and responded, police added.
The child abuse charge will be heard in state Superior Court in Morristown, police said. The children were released to their parents.
In other police news, police say a stolen Lexus was used in a Newark crime spree.
Police responded to a residence on Village Road for a reported stolen motor vehicle out of the driveway on Wednesday, Feb. 8.
The vehicle, a gray 2015 Lexus LS460, was reported stolen sometime between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m., police reported.
The vehicle was left unlocked with the key fob still in the ignition, police added.
The stolen vehicle was used in several armed robberies in Newark on Monday, Feb. 13, according to police. Following the crime spree, police added that the vehicle was left unoccupied in Newark.
Police are urging residents to always lock their vehicles and to remove the keys, key fobs and all valuables from the interior of the vehicle.
The incident is being investigated by the police department’s detective bureau. Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact Detetive Michael Neilan at 973-410-5411.
Crack Cocaine, Heroin
A resident who police say made an illegal turn onto Columbia Turnpike was found to have crack cocaine and heroin.
Officer Thomas Ciasullo saw a vehicle on Columbia Turnpike make an illegal turn onto Columbia Turnpike when exiting the shopping center at 186 Columbia Turnpike at about 12 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, police reported.
Ciasullo stopped the vehicle and police say while speaking with the driver, Mark Poveromo, 33, Ciasullo saw signs of intoxication.
Field sobriety tests indicated Poveromo was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. A subsequent search revealed Poveromo had suspected heroin and suspected crack cocaine on him.
Poveromo was charged with possession of heroin, possession of crack cocaine, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated (DWI), reckless driving, careless driving, driving while suspended, making an improper turn and failure to obey a traffic signal.
He was released to a responsible adult and police say the charges will be heard in state Superior Court in Morristown.
Driving slow and with a flat tire can have consequences, as one Newark driver found out during the early morning hours of Saturday, Feb. 4.
Officer Richard Wronski stopped the vehicle at about 3:10 a.m. and while speaking with the driver, Thomas A. Bowman, 40, police say Wronski saw a bag of white powder, suspected to be cocaine, on the floor of the vehicle.
Bowman was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle and unsafe operation of a motor vehicle.
He was released and police say the charges will be heard in Florham Park Municipal Court.
A driver involved in a one-car motor vehicle accident on Park Avenue faces intoxicated driving charges.
Officer Brian Sampson responded to Park Avenue near Campus Drive at about 2:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27.
When he arrived, police say Sampson saw the vehicle had struck a tree a sustained “heavy” damage. The driver, Geovani Ocampo, 21, of Dover, was out of the vehicle and appeared uninjured, police reported.
While speaking with Ocampo, police say Sampson detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and saw signs of intoxication and an open container of alcohol.
Ocampo complained of soreness and was transported to Morristown Medical Center for evaluation. He was later charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), reckless driving, unsafe lane change and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
Police say the charges will be heard in Florham Park Municipal Court.
• In a separate incident, a Pennsylvania man found driving in the wrong lane faces an intoxicated driving charge.
While conducting a roving patrol on Park Avenue at about 12:20 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, Officer Brian Sampson saw a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lanes of Park Avenue near the Wyndham Hotel, police reported.
Sampson stopped the vehicle and while speaking with the driver, Jesus A. Pinos-Yuppa, 35, of Albrightsville, Pa., he smelled an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and saw signs of intoxication.
Following field sobriety tests, Pinos-Yuppa was arrested and transported to police headquarters, where police say he refused to submit to a breath test.
He was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), refusing to submit to a breath test, reckless driving, driving while suspended and operating the wrong way on a one way street.
Pinos-Yuppa was released to a responsible adult and police say the charges will be heard in Florham Park Municipal Court.
A stop for an equipment violation on Route 24 led to marijuana possession charges for a Newark man.
Officer Richard Wronski stopped the vehicle at about 12:20 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27. While speaking with the driver, Lionel Boone Jr., 33, police say Wronski saw remnants of suspected marijuana on the passenger side of the vehicle.
A later search of the vehicle revealed additional suspected marijuana, police added. Boone was also found to have active arrest warrants from Cranford and Union municipal courts.
He was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, driving while suspended and maintenance of lights.
Boone was released and police say the charges will be heard in Florham Park Municipal Court. He was also given new court dates for his Cranford and Union warrants, police added.