Morristown police blotter: Punches, paper and plenty of pee-pee

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Summer’s here and the time is right for peeing in the street.

Sorry, Bruce.

morristown police badgeWe’re catching up on the Police Blotter. Morristown’s Finest have kept busy in recent weeks.

As temperatures rise, zippers lower. Or so it seems from all the pinches of public pee-ers.  This batch of reports also includes a rich assortment of DWIs, drug busts and scuffles.

There is even a novel use of toilet paper.  HINT: It doesn’t involve public urination.


Police charged a Morristown man with gingerly swiping a cash envelope from a woman at a check cashing establishment on Speedwell Avenue at noon on July 1, 2014.

The suspect, George Sparano, 67, told Sgt. Mark Jackson he took the envelope and later handed the cash to his girlfriend, according to the police report. The victim told police she never saw it happen as she was conducting her transaction at a teller window.

Some $180 was recovered from the girlfriend and returned to the victim, police reported.  Sparano was charged with theft, reported Officer James Krauss.


Three men were charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly engaging in a “mutual consent fight” in the middle of Morris Street at 1:25 am on June 28.

Adam Peters, 38, of Hudson, NH; Drew Gizzi, 25, of Mendham Borough; and Christopher Gold, 25, of Chester Township were charged by Officer Eric Petr, who broke up the melee with help from Officer Jesse Dickerson, according to the police report.

The fracas occurred near Grasshopper Off the Green.

“I observed Gold attempt to punch Peters and Peters punched Gold in the face, knocking Gold to the ground. Gizzi punched Peters in the head, then Peters punched Gizzi several times,” Officer Petr reported.

When Gizzi attempted to walk away, the officer “placed [him] on his stomach on the ground” and handcuffed him.

The Morristown Ambulance Squad treated the bloody nose of Gold, who declined further medical assistance, according to police.


Morristown police made a series of recent arrests on drug-related charges.

William L. Green, 52, of Morristown was arrested on Early Street at 2:36 pm on June 27, on charges of heroin possession and receiving stolen property. He also was accused of driving with a revoked or suspended license, in an unregistered vehicle without insurance.

Lawrence Thokey, 50, of Morristown also was arrested there and charged with drug possession. Officer Scott Weaver made the arrests.

Officer Weaver also arrested Daniel Coombs, 27, of Morris Township, on Spring Street in Morristown at 11:34 a.m. on June 26, and charged him with resisting arrest and obstruction of justice, in addition to possession of drugs, use paraphernalia and a hypodermic needle.

The suspect was lodged at the Morris County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail set by Municipal Judge Gary Troxell.

Morristown resident Richard Newton, 24, was arrested at the Cauldwell Playground at 10:11 am on June 25 and charged with illegal possession of drugs, distribution of heroin and cocaine, distribution of drugs within 500 feet of public housing, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Robert Everett, 48, of Morristown,  also was arrested at that time and place and charged with possession of drugs and use paraphernalia.  Officer Brett Smith made the arrests.


The Morristown Post Office made the list of public urinals on June 29, when Sean Ariel Nielan, 30, of Panama City, FL, was charged with urinating on the wall of the facility at 1:17 am.

Officer Adam Khoudja made the pinch.


On June 28, at 2:22 am, Officer Jesse Dickerson said he observed a man relieving himself on the side of a building on Morris Street.

Stephen Rainwater, 30, of Lafayette, was charged with public urination.


A Kinnelon man charged with urinating on the wall of the Morristown United Methodist Church insisted to police that he was only vomiting.

“Further investigation revealed a fresh urine spot on the side of the church corner wall and adjacent fence,” Officer Adam Khoudja said in his report.

The alleged incident occurred on June 27, at 2 am.

Dennis Centuori, 22, faces a $500 fine if convicted.


A Morristown woman charged with drunk driving made a bold fashion statement in a jail cell, wrapping herself in toilet paper, according to police.

Lauren Cranmer, 29, was arrested at 2:17 am on June 19, after Officer Joseph Heuneman observed her driving through a red light at Elm Street to turn left onto South Street.

According to the officer’s report, Cranmer used various techniques at headquarters to thwart a breathalyzer test. The machine then froze, and police asked Cranmer to accompany them to a neighboring station to re-do the test.

After 10 minutes of trying to elicit an answer, police said, they finally charged her with refusing to submit to testing.  At this point, her demeanor fluctuated from “periods of heavy crying to verbally lashing out” at Officer Heuneman.

While Cranmer was in a holding cell, awaiting the arrival of a friend to drive her home, she banged on the cell bars with her shoes, police said.

At that point, Officer Heuneman “observed Ms. Cranmer had taken an entire roll of toilet paper and wrapped the toilet paper around her legs and upper torso.

“I inquired into her irregular behavior when she advised she was cold,” the officer reported.

The woman was given a blanket to replace the toilet paper, he said.

Cranmer was charged with drunk driving, refusal to submit breath samples, failure to observe a traffic signal, failure to maintain lanes and failure to give a proper signal.


When Morris Township and Morristown police responded to a crash on Morris Avenue early on June 24, they reportedly found a Honda Accord on the sidewalk, with the engine still running, a slumped-over driver at the wheel, and four Corona beer bottles and a bottle of Captain Morgan’s rum–all empty–inside the vehicle.

“This is a dream, right?” the driver, Toreanno Simmons, 41, of Morristown, told Morristown Officer Collin Birch after being awakened by a tap on the window, according to the police report.

It appeared that the car had struck a utility pole, police said. The accident occurred at 2:46 am.

Simmons was unable to shut off the engine despite repeated requests; a Township officer had to enter on the passenger side to put the car in park and switch off the ignition, reported Officer Birch.

The driver denied he had been drinking, but later acknowledged imbibing rum on the Morristown Green, according to police.

During questioning, Simmons kept nodding off and bumping his head into a wall.

“I had to repeatedly remind Simmons that he needed to stay awake in order to not fall over,” the officer reported.  The man subsequently toppled to the ground in a holding cell, according to the report.

Police charged Simmons with drunk driving, having an open alcohol container in his car, reckless driving, and failure to maintain his lane.

He had been driving with a suspended license, according to another charge.

Simmons was taken to Morristown Medical Center for evaluation, and then locked up in the Morris County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail set by Judge Gary Troxell.  Warrants from East Hanover and Dover also are pending, police said.


An Andover man was arrested in the lobby of Morristown town hall after a dispute over a child custody exchange.

Troy Weygandt, 24, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at 9 am on June 24 by Officer Matthew Rawding.


A Califon man was charged with drunk driving after speeding eastbound at an estimated 75 mph up the middle of Morris Avenue onto Columbia Road in Morris Township, reported Morristown Officer Brian LaBarre.

The officer began the chase after observing Colin Hayes, 23, drive a Lexus sport utility vehicle through a red light on Morris Street, according to the report.

Posted speed limits were 25 mph.  Hayes declined to give a breath sample, the officer reported.

The arrest occurred at 1:47 am on May 30.

Police charged the driver with drunk driving, refusal to submit to breath testing, driving with a license suspension, failure to observe a traffic control light, reckless driving, failure to maintain lanes, and failure to maintain his vehicle lights.


Three men were arrested at the same time after allegedly urinating in a business parking lot behind DeHart Street establishments, just before 2 am on May 10.

The men were found near a dumpster, by “several large fresh pools of urine” on the ground, with more on a building wall, reported Officer Adam Khoudja.

Two of the men became confrontational, accusing police of having to make quotas and calling them “lying pathetic pieces of —-,” the officer reported.

Edgar Escobar-Castro, 27, of Lawrenceville, and Diego Arriola, 28, of Manville, were charged by Officer Khoudja with public urination.

A third man, Ricardo Del-Cid, was charged separately by Officer Eric Petr.

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