Theft of services; arrested for DWI

Ruth_ChrisLt. Jay Wieners and Officers Alfred Keiser, Thomas Armenti, Robert Appel, Zachary Koch and Michael Sprung responded to the Hilton Hotel to investigate a report of Theft of Services by two individuals at 7:21p.m. on Sunday, May 4.

It was also reported that one of the individuals had just left the establishment and was attempting to leave in a red Lincoln. When Officer Keiser arrived on location, he began to check the parking are when a maroon Lincoln began backing out of a parking spot almost striking his patrol vehicle. Officer Keiser stopped the driver, later identified as Susanne Christ, 38, Pomona, New York.

After a brief investigation, Ms. Christy was placed under arrest by Officer Keiser for Driving Under the Influence and transported to Parsippany Police Headquarters where she was processed before later being released pending an appearance in court. She was also charged with Reckless Driving. Officers Sprung and Appel proceeded into the hotel where they were met by a staff member of Ruth’s Chris Steak House. The staff member informed them that a man later identified as Jamey Mead, 35, Netcong ordered food and beverages totaling $98.44 and had no way to pay for them.

The man then left the restaurant to order more drinks at the hotel bar. Officer Appel was already speaking with Mr. Mead when the manager of the hotel informed Officer Sprung that Mr. Mead attempted to charge the drinks to a room in the hotel that he was not registered in. Further investigation revealed that Mr. Mead was not registered at the hotel at all. He was placed under arrest and transported to Parsippany Police Headquarters where he was processed before later being released pending an appearance in court. He was charged with Theft.

Editors Note: A charge is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

DWI arrest and related motor vehicle charges

policecarWhile on patrol on Route 46 West, Officers Matthew LaManna and Jaime Mendez observed a black Toyota Rav for drifting in a lane while traveling 35 mph in the right lane at 2:55 a.m. on Saturday, May 3.

The vehicle then abruptly cut across to the left lane and made a left hand turn on Smith Road. The officers attempted to stop the vehicle on Littleton Road, but the vehicle would not stop.

It continued right onto Parsippany Boulevard at a very slow rate of speed before turning into the Tivoli Gardens Apartment Complex.

The marked patrol unit continued to follow the Toyota with their lights and sirens activated, but the vehicle did not come to a stop until it parked in a marked space.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Dominika Justynski, 30, Parsippany turned off the vehicle and locked the doors ignoring commands of the officers to exit the vehicle. Officers smashed the passenger side window and unlocked the vehicle. Ms. Justynski was then removed from the vehicle by the officers, handcuffed and placed into custody. She was transported to Parsippany Police Headquarters where she was processed before her custody was turned over to the Morris County Jail in lieu of $2,500.00 bail.

Ms. Justynski was charged with Eluding, two counts of Obstruction of Justice, DUI, Refusal to Submit to a Breath Test, DWI in a School Zone, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain a Lane, Unsafe Lane Change, Failure to Stop and Failure to Notify change of Address on a driver’s license.

Editors Note: A charge is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Parsippany had numerous vehicle burglaries

policecarBurglaries to seven vehicles were reported on Monday, May 5 between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

The burglaries are believed to have occurred in the overnight hours between Sunday, May 4 and Monday, May 5.

In each case, an unlocked vehicle was entered and rummaged through.

In some cases where nothing of value was located in the vehicle, there was no theft reported. In the incidents where items of value were stored in the vehicles, items were stolen.

These items included a GPS unit, a pocketbook, loose change and gift cards. The total replacement value of the items stolen totaled approx. $880.00. The locations of the burglarized vehicles were:

2 vehicles on Cedar Terrace

2 Vehicles on Wildwood Trail

2 Vehicles on Hawkins Avenue

1 Vehicle on Druid Hill Drive

Anyone with information regarding the incidents or witnessed suspicious activity in those areas should contact the Parsippany Police Department at (973) 263-4300 or email at

Residential burglary on Tarn Drive

tarndriveOfficers Michael Sprung and Jason Ferreira responded to a Tarn Drive home on Monday, May 5 to investigate a report of a resident arriving home to find their home burglarized.

The incident is believed to have occurred between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

When the residents arrived home, they found that the front and rear doors of the home were open and the bedrooms of the house had been ransacked.

Entry to the residence appears to have been made through a front window that had been forced open.

An apple I-Pad and a box of jewelry were reported missing from the home. Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Det. Joseph Puso at (973) 263-4315 or email  at

Crash involving utility pole on North Beverwyck

Officer Jeffrey Magahan responded to North Beverwyck Road just south of Vail Road to investigate a vehicle that had struck utility pole at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 5.

The truck registered to Safe Shredding LLC. struck a utility pole and pulled down power lines on North Beverwcyk Road near Vail Road.

Upon his arrival, Officer Magahan observed that the Freightliner truck registered to Safe Shredding LLC. had been attempting to make a right turn onto Vail Rd. when it struck the pole causing the live wires to fall before coming to rest on the vehicle.

The two occupants of the vehicle did not complain of injuries and were instructed to remain inside of the vehicle due to the live wires.

JCP&L responded to the location and was able to de-energize the wires at which time the occupants were able to exit the vehicle.

A portion of North Beverwyck Road was closed between Farrand Road and Vail Road while repairs were made to the utility pole. No summonses were issued at the time of the crash.

JCP&L de-energizing the wires so occupants were able to exit the vehicle.
Parsippany Police closed North Beverwyck Road between Farrand Road and Vail Road while repairs were made.


Police investigates Lake Hiawatha residential burglary

northbeverwyckOfficer William Stone responded to a North Beverwyck Road address at 12:53 p.m. on Thursday, May 1 to investigate a report of a burglary to a residence.

Upon his arrival, he spoke to the resident who stated that he arrived home to find the window open in the downstairs bathroom and the bedrooms in the home had been ransacked.

Upon closer observation, it appeared that the window was pried open using a hand tool. The incident is believed to have taken place between 11:00 a.m. and 12: 50 p.m. on Thursday, May 1.

Detectives Anthony Morelli and Det. Joseph Puso of the Parsippany Police Department’s Investigative Division responded to begin the follow up investigation.

Sgt. Joseph Chmura, Officer David Cavaliere and Officer Jason Lubeck canvassed the surrounding areas for possible witnesses or evidence while officers from The Morris County Sheriff’s Department’s Criminal Investigative Division processed the crime scene.

There was nothing reported missing from the home at the time that the report was filed.

Residents in the area reported seeing a two door grey Pontiac sedan, either a Grand Am or Grand Prix parked in the area in close proximity to the time of the burglary.

The vehicle was possibly occupied by two Hispanic males. The first male was described as approx. 5’7” and in his 30’s with an average build and short brown hair. He was reported to be clean shaven and wearing a red t-shirt and jeans. The second male was described as having an average build and height and had a mustache.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Det. Joseph Puso at (973) 263-4315 or email us at

Bill to extend matching funds in special NJ elections for governor advances

TRENTON — A state Senate panel today approved a bill intended to make sure the state’s public financing law for gubernatorial elections will be in effect should Gov. Chris Christie leave office before his term ends.

Kovalcik is resigning as Parsippany’s CFO

Parsippany Focus has learned that Joseph A. Kovalcik, Jr., Parsippany-Troy Hills Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Comptroller & Director of Finance will be resigning the position in June, to take a position in Morris County Government. Frank Corrente, Director of Personnel of Morris County,  stated “unofficially I was told a tentative start date of June 23 or June 24, but I did not receive the requisition from the Business Administrator.”

Joseph A. Kovalcik, Jr.
Joseph A. Kovalcik, Jr.

Kovalcik replaced Ruby Malcolm, who served the township for more than 29 years.

Kovalcik was also named Acting Business Administrator on April 2, when Jasmine Lim retired.  According to resources he can only hold that position for 60 days or until a permanent Business Administrator is named.

Kovalcik’s base salary, in the Tentative 2014 Budget is listed as $147,900.00 including the annual proposed increase. His base salary for 2013 was $145,000.00.

Before taking on the role in Parsippany, Kovalcik had worked for Morris County since October 2000, and having served as CFO for Mount Arlington and Stanhope.

He also works as an adjunct instructor for the Rutgers Center for Government Services, teaching courses in financial management.

Kovalcik, a Roxbury resident, is a graduate of Montclair State University and a certified municipal and county finance officer. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Government Finance Officers Association of New Jersey.

Councilman Michael dePierro “Thats news to me, I had no idea, and I am disappointed to see him go, if the rumor is true.”

Councilman Dr. Louis Valori stated “Joe will be missed! He was highly qualified and was working very well with the council. I wish him the very best with his new leadership position with the county!”

“Concerning Mayor Barberio I’m very disappointed again with him not being transparent with the council. We have a budget that still has not been approved. We still have not received any of the law firms billing to the town that exceeds well over $3,500,000  in the past four years. The council now has to work with the Mayor immediately to start the search for a new BA and CFO who will have a vision for our town to provide nothing but the best services and to save the taxpayers money! So it’s now time for the Mayor to start working with his council to form these committees to get the most qualified administrators for our town, we deserve nothing less,” stated Valori.

Council President Paul Carifi, Jr. said “It has been a pleasure working with Joe. He is very knowledgeable, always willing to answer any questions that I’ve had and gave thorough explanations. It will be Parsippany’s loss, and the County’s gain.”

Focus left messages for Kovalcik and Morris County Business Administrator John Bonanni, and also emailed Mayor James Barberio for comment and hasn’t received a response at the time this article was published.

Pennacchio: Bullying of Secretary Rice Embarrassing

Senator Joe Pennacchio`Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) issued the following statement regarding former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s decision to recues herself as commencement speaker following continued protests at Rutgers:

“It’s an embarrassment to Rutgers and New Jersey that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was bullied out of speaking at the upcoming commencement by a group ofself absorbed intellectual lightweightsintent on circumventing the rights of the vast majority. Condoleezza Rice has an amazing story and it’s one our graduates would have benefited from hearing. Shame on the elitist faculty for leading this blatant partisan effort to silence the voice of such a highly qualified speaker.”