Peapack and Gladstone Incidents - Week of 9/18/17 - 9/24/17
Monday 9/18/17 4:24 PM - Police reported that they were dispatched to a fire alarm at Gill St. Bernard’s School. Cpl. Thomas Scanlon arrived and was informed by an employee that there was a smoke condition in one of the buildings. The Peapack-Gladstone and Chester Fire Departments responded to investigate. The smoke condition was related to a mechanical issue in an elevator. The fire departments remained on scene until it was deemed safe.
Wednesday 9/20/17 1:08 PM - Police were dispatched to the area of Brady Drive for a report of a suspicious vehicle. A male operating the vehicle told a resident that he was in the area to check a cellular tower in the area. Ofc. Dirk Sheasley was able to locate the vehicle on Fowler Road. The driver was identified and his employment with a communications company was verified.
Wednesday 9/20/17 7:39 PM - Police and the Peapack-Gladstone First Aid Squad responded to the Gladstone Train Station for a report of an unresponsive person. Det. Anthony Damiano located the 71 year old male victim lying on his back in the parking lot. He was bleeding from the head and ears, was unresponsive, but was breathing. Far Hills Police also responded to assist. The victim was provided oxygen. Due to the extent of injuries, NJSP NorthSTAR Medivac was requested and responded to transport the victim to Morristown Medical Center.
Friday 9/22/17 1:10 PM - Police reported that they responded to Rt. 206 in the area of Holland Road for a report of a vehicle in the roadway. Cpl. Owen Duff located the vehicle in the southbound lane of Rt. 206. The Ford van was unoccupied. The key was in the ignition, headlights were on, and the vehicle appeared to have been ransacked. Attempts were made to contact the registered owner of the vehicle, who resides in Raritan. Sgt. Stephen Ferrante checked local gas stations for the driver or owner of the vehicle, but no one was at either location. Raritan Police were asked to attempt to locate the owner of the van. The owner of the van no longer resided at the address on the owner’s NJ Driver’s License. A tow truck was contacted and responded to impound the vehicle which was deemed abandoned. The owner, 36 year old Michael A. Godden, was issued summonses for Abandonment of a Motor Vehicle, Obstructing Passage of Motor Vehicles, and Operating While Suspended.
Friday 9/22/17 7:24 PM - Police arrested 39 year old Michael A. Massimo of Edison, NJ for two traffic warrants. Ofc. Adam Caruso stopped a vehicle being driven by Massimo on Rt. 206 after conducting a random check of Massimo’s license plate. The return on the plate inquiry showed a warrant out of Cranford Municipal Court for $150. After stopping Massimo, it was determined that he also had a warrant out of Roselle Park for $200. Massimo was placed under arrest, transported to Police HQ, and processed for the two warrants prior to being released.