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Release Date: January 30, 2017


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Marijuana Arrest:  On January 28, 2017 at 8:46 a.m., Ptl. Matthew Levine observed a vehicle on Route 23 that was being operated with malfunctioning lights.  Ptl. Levine stopped the car and made contact with the occupants.  During the course of their conversation, the officer smelled what he recognized to be the odor of raw marijuana emanating from the passenger compartment.  After a brief investigation, a crushed marijuana cigarette and a small bag of marijuana were located.  Peter Granata, 37 years old from Pompton Lakes, was arrested, transported to headquarters and processed.  Mr. Granata was charged with failing to maintain the lamps on his vehicle and possession of under 50 grams of marijuana.  He was released on his own recognizance and has a pending court appearance.
 
Aggravated Assault:  On January 28, 2017 at 9:22 p.m., Ptl. Jay Hardy was dispatched to respond to the Golden China Restaurant on the Newark Pompton Turnpike to investigate an employee dispute.  Ptl. Hardy arrived on scene and discovered that an altercation had taken place and one employee had stabbed another employee with a kitchen knife.  The injured employee was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson for non-life threatening, superficial cuts to his arm and abdomen.  Jiayuan Fang, 23 years old from Brooklyn, N.Y., was arrested, transported to headquarters and processed.  Mr. Fang was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.  He was released on his own recognizance and has a pending appearance in court.
 
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Capt. Christopher DePuyt                       
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