MANVILLE: Police blotter, May 27-30

Items from borough police records

   A women’s 26-inch green Huffy bicycle was found near the railroad tracks near North 15th Avenue at 8:43 a.m. May 27. Found not to be on a crime registry, the bike was logged and kept by police.
   • A soccer ball kicked by a youngster into Kyle Street broke a windshield on a passing vehicle at 1:30 p.m. May 27. The parents and the driver said they’d settle the matter amongst themselves.
   • A Warren woman called police at 9:27 p.m. May 27 and said her purse was stolen about 10 p.m. the night before while at Frank’s Pizza. Her credit and debit cards were either used or tried to be used at Walmart on North Main Street that day between 6:32 and 8:09 p.m. She was unable to come to headquarters but said she would be there in the morning. At 9:07 a.m. May 28 she reported the theft, as well as fraudulent transactions for $316.02 on May 27 at Walmart. She canceled all credit cards and wanted the incident on the record.
   • A caller reported an alleged hit-and-run accident at McDonald’s restaurant on North Main Street at 11:12 p.m. May 27. A black Ford F-150 pickup truck allegedly hit another vehicle, pushed it into the menu order sign and then drove away. Police were given a license plate number.
   • Driver Michael Vagi of Manville allegedly sped away after giving his credentials to Patrolman Nickolas Franzoso in a traffic stop at 9:49 a.m. May 28 on Wilhousky Street. The vehicle was pursued into Franklin Township and then orders were given to cancel the pursuit. Franklin police found Mr. Vagi and held him “for serious offenses that occurred in their jurisdiction,” police said. Manville complaints will be handled through Franklin and the prosecutor’s office, police said.
   • A Kennedy Boulevard man said at 4:16 p.m. May 28 that a dismantled swing set was taken from his front yard. Patrols found that the set had been placed along the curb. The incident was entered on the record.
   • A woman came to headquarters at 5:21 p.m. May 28 and said copper was taken from a Huff Avenue house in the last several months. She was unable to provide a value. An investigation was to continue.
   • A Boesel Avenue man said at 5:32 p.m. May 28 that sometime in the past week the detached garage of his home was entered and three five-gallon plastic gasoline cans, valued at $54, were taken. The rear door of the residence was damaged in an unsuccessful attempt to get in, police said.
   • A caller at 7:24 p.m. May 28 said that a woman in her 50s driving a white Chevy Trailblazer was following him on South Main Street for an unknown reason. At one point she got out of her vehicle and pounded on the window of his vehicle, he said. No license plate number was obtained. Patrols checked the area.
   • At 12:26 a.m. May 29, a Kennedy Boulevard caller reported a beeping sound from her neighbor’s home. A patrolman responded and said the noise was crickets in the backyard.
   • A construction crew hit a gas main on North Main Street at Duke’s Parkway at 10:52 a.m. May 29. Fire, police and rescue squad units were dispatched. Police shut the roadway and evacuated the area. PSE&G responded. About a half-hour later two Verizon store employees reported feeling ill from gas smell. The rescue squad responded, but both refused medical care.
   • A Huff Avenue caller at 5:04 p.m. May 29 said that the back window of her vehicle was broken. Patrols confirmed damage, estimated at $500.
   • At 9:16 p.m. May 29 county communications reported a cell phone call saying he was struck by another man on the 600 block of Brooks Boulevard. Patrols found a man had been punched in the left side of the face by an unknown man driving an S-10 pickup, which left the scene. No license plate was noted. The man was advised of his rights.
   • Annmarie Bongiorno, 21, of Somerset was charged with shoplifting items valued at $184.32 at Walmart at 9:47 a.m. May 30. She was released.
   • Responding to a call, patrols found a rabid skunk on a Brooks Boulevard property at 11:29 a.m. May 30. It was turned over to Hillsborough police and Somerset animal control was notified.
   • A Kennedy Boulevard caller said at 12:15 p.m. May 30 that she had noticed within the last couple of days that some of her loose change was missing from a jar. Patrols found no forced entry. The incident was put on the record.
   • A red Ford F-150 pickup, valued at $15,000, caught on fire in the parking lot of Adesa Auto Auction at 1:11 p.m. May 30. The owner is a Springfield man. The fire company responded.
   • Iesha H. Loyal, 35, of Newark was issued a summons at 1:44 p.m. May 30 for alleged shoplifting of items valued at $277.18 at Walmart. She was released.
   • Richard A. Rubin, 36, of Bound Brook was charged at 3:26 p.m. May 30 with shoplifting items valued at $184.32 from Walmart. He was released after booking.