Madison Police Blotter
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • 8:39am
On August 3, 2013 at approximately 12:30 pm, Ptl Matthew Mirabella arrested 58 year old Carol Mogavero of Florham Park. Madison Police patrol units were detailed to a motor vehicle crash on Park Avenue near the intersection of Chateau Thierry Avenue. Upon arrival on scene, officers encountered Mogavero behind the wheel of her vehicle which had struck a telephone pole. The investigation revealed that Mogavero was allegedly operating the vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Both alcoholic beverages and prescription pills were located in Mogavero’s possession. Mirabella charged Mogavero with Driving Under the Influence, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, CDS in a Motor Vehicle, two counts of Knowingly Possess a Controlled Dangerous without a valid Prescription, and Possess Controlled Dangerous Substance not in a Prescribed Container. The investigation is pending a court appearance.
On August 3, 2013, Ptl Chris Keller arrested 20 year old Caitlin Richards of Madison. Richards turned herself in at the Madison Police Headquarters on the strength of an outstanding traffic warrant from Rockaway Township in the amount of $214. Richards posted bail and was released pending a court appearance.
On August 7, 2013, the Madison Police Department received a complaint from a resident of Lathrop Avenue that the rear windshield of her vehiclehad been smashed. There were no witnesses available at the time of the report. Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Madison Police at 973-593-3000.
On August 12, 2013 at approximately 4:30 pm, Ptl Vincent Dellavalle arrested 68 year old Edwin Ranahan of Passaic. Dellavalle encountered Ranahan while investigating a suspicious person complaint. Ranahan fit the description of the suspicious person. The investigation revealed that there was an active warrant for Ranahan’s arrest from Secaucus Municipal Court in the amount of $500. Ranahan posted bail and was released pending a court appearance.
On August 14, 2013 at approximately 12:45 am, Ptl Luis Goncalves arrested 26 year old Danielle Lerner of New Providence. Goncalves stopped Lerner’s vehicle for allegedly running a red light. When Goncalves made contact with Lerner, he detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from her breath. The investigation determined that Lerner was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. She was charged with Driving while Intoxicated, driving while intoxicated in a school zone, careless driving, and failure to observe a traffic signal. She was released to a family member pending a court appearance.
On August 14, 2013 at approximately 9 am, a Main Street resident reported that his apartment had been broken into. An investigation determined that the screen to his second floor apartment window was ripped and that an unknown actor allegedly reached inside the window and took several gold coins. There were no witnesses available at the time of the report. The investigation has been turned over to the Madison Police Detective Bureau. Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Madison Police at 973-593-3000.
On August 15, 2013, a Madison Junior School employee reported that a detached building on the Junior School’s property had been broken into. An investigation revealed that a glass pane to the door of the building was smashed and an unknown actor gained entry to the structure. Inside of the building was a computer monitor which was smashed. There were no witnesses to this incident. Anyone having information is asked to contact the Madison Police Department at 973-593-3000.
On August 16, 2013 at approximately 8:30 pm, Detective Kenneth Shannon and Detective Paul Kosakowski arrested three Madison juveniles. The detectives were working a special assignment when they encountered the three males who had just received a bottle of alcohol from an unknown individual. The investigation revealed that one of the males was also in possession a small amount of marijuana. The juveniles were released to their parents pending a follow up investigation by the juvenile detective.
On August 19, 2013, Detective Paul Kosakowski and Detective Kenneth Shannon arrested 31 year old Ryan Rhinesmith of Madison. With the assistance of Ptl Paul Papamarkos, the Madison Police Detective Bureau conducted a several week investigation regarding three separate motor vehicle burglaries. Between the dates of August 6 and August 19, 2013, three separate Madison residents reported that their vehicles had been burglarized and that various items had been taken. Two of the three victims also reported that their credit cards had been fraudulently used. The investigation determined that Rhinesmith was the individual allegedly responsible for using the credit cards. After arresting Rhinesmith, who was also wanted by various other agencies for open warrants, the detectives were able to obtain a confession regarding Rhinesmith’s role in the burglaries and thefts. Ptl Papamarkos charged Rhinesmith with three counts of burglary to a motor vehicle, three counts of credit card theft, two counts of theft from a motor vehicle, and two counts of fraudulent use of credit cards. Rhinesmith was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail. A court appearance is pending.
On August 20, 2013, at approximately 1 pm, Sgt. John Miscia arrested 28 year old Matthew Leh of Oxford. Leh was arrested earlier that morning in Washington Township, Warren County, on the strength of a Madison Warrant in the amount of $2,500 for violating a court order. Leh was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail. A court appearance is pending.
On August 21, 2013, a Madison Store owner reported that an advertisement banner worth approximately $150 was taken from the window of her store. There were no witnesses to this incident. Anyone having information is asked to contact the Madison Police at 973-593-3000.
On August 24, 2013 at approximately 2:30 am, Sgt. Craig Perrelli Jr. arrested 63 year old Joseph Salerno of Madison. Perrelli stopped Salerno’s vehicle for several alleged moving violations. Upon making contact with Salerno, Perrelli detected an odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath. After having Salerno perform field sobriety tests, Perrelli determined that Salerno was allegedly operating his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Salerno was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Intoxicated in a School Zone, Refusal to Submit a Breath Test, Failure to Use a Turn Signal, and Failure to Maintain Lane. He was released to a friend and awaits a court appearance.
On August 25, 2013, a resident of Central Avenue reported that a UPS package that was delivered to his residence had been taken. The resident confirmed with UPS that the package was delivered on August 23. The items were valued at $128. There were no witnesses available for this incident. Anyone having information is asked to contact the Madison Police at 973-593-3000.
The following are some of the calls for service that the Madison Police Department handled during the past four weeks: 28 Motor Vehicle Crashes, 54 Medical Calls, 56 Alarm Calls, 29 Animal Complaints, 28 Assist Citizen Calls, 11 Motor Vehicle Lockouts, and 13 Calls to assist another Police Agency.
All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.