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Police Blotter: DUI Arrest Made in E. South Ave Crash

The following information was obtained from the Westfield Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

Oct. 23 : A Scotch Plains resident reported the theft of a blue Schwinn bicycle and lock from the bicycle rack on the south side of the train station. The theft occurred between 6 p.m. Oct. 19 and 5:30 p.m Oct. 21. The approximate value of the theft is $274.

A resident in the 200 block of Springfield Avenue reported a burglary and theft from their residence. The victim believes the incident occurred between on Oct. 21 and Oct. 23. The suspects forced entry to the rear sliding doors of the residence. At the time of this report it was estimated that $2,700 worth of jewelry and a safe were stolen. The incident is under investigation by the detective bureau.

Mario John Cassitta, 28, of Roselle Park, was arrested during an investigation of a motor vehicle accident in the 300 block of East South Avenue. Cassitta was operating a silver Dodge pickp truck traveling west of East South Avenue when he struck a parked and unoccupied vehicle on East South Avenue. The crash caused the pickup truck to roll onto its side and slide for a brief distance. Officers DaSilva and Wierzbicki observed the crash and rendered assistance to the driver. While investigating the crash officers detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from Cassitta and the interior compartment of his vehicle as he was being extricated. Cassitta was transported to UMDNJ Hospital for medical treatment. He was processed at the hospital and released to a sober adult. The crash and investigation caused the 300 block of East South Avenue to be closed for approximately two hours. 

Oct. 24: A business located in the 100 block of North Avenue reported being the victim of harassment.

Mark Venson, 52, of Plainfield was arrested on the strength of an outstanding warrent from Westfield Municipal Court in the amount of $204. Venson was processed and place in cell #2 until his Oct. 25 court date.

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