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West Orange Times & Observer Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 3 years ago

COPS CORNER 12.12.16

One lady decided to destroy a McDonald's cookie display before climbing on the checkout counter to vent her frustrations. In other news, a WG officer found a convicted felon and his friends squatting in a home for sale.
by: Gabby Baquero News Editor


Dec. 2, 519 block of Westpoint Garden Circle: An officer conducting an area check in the Westpoint Garden subdivision noticed two bikes by an open screen door located near the back of a house for sale. When the officer peeked inside, he observed a male walking around the living room, which was void of furniture save for one foldable lawn chair. After the officer knocked on the front door, four occupants exited through the back sliding door. The officer's conversation with them established that neither one of them knew who the homeowner was and they did not have permission to enter the home. They admitted they had been living there for several days. One of the occupants was a convicted felon in possession of a black backpack containing two BB guns and four large knives.


Dec. 1, 8913 block of W. Colonial Drive: At 10:30 a.m., an irate woman entered a McDonald's and began complaining about an incorrect order from the previous day, demanding to speak to a manager. The woman grew more agitated while conversing with employees and threatened them, causing a public disturbance as she attempted to throw a cookie display on the ground. She then started eating the cookies without paying for them. At one point, she jumped on the checkout counter where she continued her tirade. She then left the McDonald's at 10:45 a.m., threatening to return, and made her way across the street to a Burger King. While there, she demanded food from the employees and began to yell. She then went behind the checkout counter without permission and grabbed a double cheeseburger. She began consuming the unpaid for cheeseburger. A Burger King employee asked the woman to leave repeatedly, but the woman instead jumped on the counter and continued to curse and yell. A responding police officer soon arrested the woman.


Dec. 2, 17503 block of W. Colonial Drive: Around 11:15 p.m., officers responded to reports of a verbal altercation that evolved into violence between a couple inside a car. The altercation began when the man, located in the backseat, accused his fiance of owing him $20. His fiance was in the front passenger seat, and the fiance's female friend was in the driver's seat. The man then began calling his fiance multiple profanities and throwing children toys at her. At one point, when his fiance located in the driver seat threatened to call 911, the man began to strangle her with a jacket. The man stopped strangling his fiance, and his fiance began to dial 911. The man then elbowed his fiance, breaking her nose in an attempt to wrestle the cell phone out of her grasp. The female driver then pulled into a gas station and stepped out of the vehicle to call 911, but the man chased her, trying to tackle her, before he was stopped by his fiance. Responding officers found the man to be in possession of cannabis, hallucinogenic mushrooms, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, including 4 syringes he confessed he used to shoot up heroin.


Dec. 7, 5th Ave on Main Street: Around midnight, an officer spotted a silver car speeding 54 mph in a 30 mph speed limit zone. The officer performed a routine traffic stop but noticed a smell of alcoholic beverages and cannabis emanating from the interior of the vehicle. When asked where the smell was coming from, the male driver stated he had one drink at universal. The driver did not show any signs of intoxication. The driver then handed over a vape pen used to smoke cannabis and a clear plastic baggy containing about 10 grams of marijuana. The driver was subsequently arrested.


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