Morristown police blotter: Restaurant pumps up the volume, manager gets slapped with ticket; others charged with drunk driving, heroin in ladies room

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Downtown Morristown was pretty noisy at closing time a couple of weekends ago, but the commotion wasn’t from boisterous revelers, according to police.

morristown police badgeThe manager of Pamir Restaurant, Mostafa Javad, 29, of Parsippany, was cited on April 12, 2014, for blasting “extremely loud dance music with excessive bass” that could be heard a half-block away on the Morristown Green, reported Police Officer James Green.

During bar closings on at least five prior occasions, the manager and other Pamir employees had been warned about noise, according to Officer Green.

He said he warned the manager about complaints from residents, as well as public safety concerns about “intoxicated patrons…who choose to remain on the sidewalks for an extended period of time because of the musical entertainment being provided by the restaurant.”

At 1:51 am on this particular Saturday, the music was even louder than on previous evenings, reported the officer. He traced the source of the noise to Pamir’s open sliding doors, where the Afghan restaurant sells food from a temporary countertop to patrons exiting nearby bars at closing time.

The officer said he saw an over-sized speaker on the floor facing the sidewalk on South Street, blaring music that could be heard in “extreme excess of 25 feet,” in violation of the town’s loudness ordinance.


A Morristown man charged with drunken driving had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit, police said.

Stafford Steele, 38, was arrested on Rowe Street at 2:30 pm on Monday, April 14. His breath test registered 0.16, reported Officer Anthony O’Brien.

Two empty 24-ounce Miller High Life beer cans were found in Stafford Steele’s vehicle, the report stated.

The man was charged with possession of open, unsealed beverage containers and careless driving, in addition to drunk driving.


A “known heroin user” was found unconscious on the ladies’ room floor of Panera Broad at 3:15 pm on Monday, April 14, police said.

Michelle Trasente, 21, of Roxbury, was treated by the Morristown Fire Rescue crew and medics from the Atlantic 11 Mobile Intensive Care Unit, and taken to Morristown Medical Center, reported Officer Robert Iozzia.

A used hypodermic syringe was on the floor near the woman and drug paraphernalia was found atop her jacket in the bathroom stall, the officer said.

The woman faces charges of being under the influence of an illegal drug, using drug paraphernalia, and distribution of hypodermic needles.


A Mendham man was charged with drunk driving after allegedly running a red light at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Miller Road, police said.

Evan Alexander, 22, was arrested at 11:42 pm on April 14 and charged with failure to stop at a red light and careless driving, in addition to D.W.I. after registering 0.13 on a breath test, reported Officer Adam Khoudja.


A Newark woman who was arrested in the parking garage of Headquarters Plaza on a drunk driving charge “became extremely agitated” and refused to cooperate, requiring four police officers to place her hands behind her back for handcuffing, police reported.

At police headquarters, Maria M. Ramirez, 25,  “became combative” and refused to enter a jail cell; Officer James Green said he had to deploy a wrist lock on the woman’s arm to make her comply.

A security guard at Headquarters Plaza told police he had observed the woman wandering in the lobby, “very extremely intoxicated.” He said she asked where her purse was located, then became argumentative and declared she intended to drive home. The guard followed her to the garage and called police when he saw her attempt to drive off in a VW Beetle at 1:12 am on April 13.

In a breath test, Maria Ramirez registered 0.14, Officer Green reported. That is nearly twice the legal blood-alcohol limit. In addition to drunk driving, the woman was charged with careless driving and failure to show her driver’s license


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  1. Thank you for your comment, Felicia. You raise a good question. We wrestle with whether to publish names in police blotter stories. Arguments can be made for and against the practice. Police reports are public records, presumably because society feels this is in the public interest. We publish names of adults. To publish some names and not others would invite complaints about favoritism. However, we welcome readers’ thoughts and suggestions on this subject.

  2. Do you think it’s appropriate to post peoples names?? The officer G was probably on a power trip and needed to fine in order to keep his job.