Bad Behavior: Public Urination, Disorderly People, and Drinking in Public

There's also been a burglary on Midland Avenue and an aggravated assault on Greenwood Avenue in the last 24 hours according to the latest police blotter from the Montclair Police Department.

There's been a lot of bad behavior in the last 24 hours, with disorderly people, public urination, and drinking in public, according to the latest police blotter just in from Lt. Scott Buehler at the Montclair Police Department.

Disorderly Persons

On Wednesday at about 4:05 p.m., police went to the area of Bloomfield Avenue and South Park Street after receiving numerous complaints of a woman yelling at pedestrians, walking in and out of traffic, and harassing store owners. Indeed, police saw a woman, later identified as Patricia Piacienza, walking in and out of traffic, nearly causing two car accidents. Piaceienza, 48, of Bloomfield, was issued a summons for violating a township ordinance prohibiting disorderly conduct.

Drinking in Public

A short time later, on Wednesday at about 4:35 p.m., police were in the area of Park Street and Bloomfield Avenue when they saw two men sitting on a bench on Park Street drinking alcohol. The men, Stephen Fetter, 60, of Warren, New Jersey, and Matthew Franklin, 56, of Montclair, were both issued summonses for violating a township ordinance prohibiting the consumption of alcoholic beverages in public.


Also on Wednesday, at about 6 p.m., police were on South Fullerton Avenue when they saw two women in the Chase Bank’s parking lot, with one urinating while the other served as a lookout. Upon approaching the women, both smelled of alcohol. Linda Hernandez, 40, of Paramus, was issued a summons for violating a township ordinance prohibiting urinating in public. Diane Grassi, 50, of Monroe Township, New Jersey, was issued a township ordinance summons for creating a nuisance.


On Wednesday at about 7 p.m., a burglary was reported at a home on Midland Avenue. Upon arrival, police spoke to the resident, who said she left her purse on the kitchen counter overnight. Another resident left the house that morning at about 5:30 a.m. and left the rear to the house unlocked, though it had been locked prior to the resident leaving. When the victim went to the kitchen that morning at 7 a.m., she found that $150 had been taken from her purse. There are no suspects at this time.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Detective Ray Gulbin at (973) 509-4739.


On Wednesday at about 7:35 p.m., police were in the area of the Walnut Street Parking Lot when they saw someone standing outside the bar cursing and creating a disturbance. Police learned that the man, later identified as Sean Hirrel, had been kicked out of the bar for creating a disturbance and refused to leave the area. When police asked Hirrel to leave the area, he reportedly responded, “F--- you, I ain’t going anywhere.” When they repeated their request, Hirrel responded, “F--- you, come make me go.” Police tried to escort Hirrel from the area of the bar, but he spun around and knocked over a garbage can. Hirrel was taken to the ground and arrested. Hirrel, 28, of Montclair was charged with disorderly conduct and later released.

Aggravated Assault

Early today at about 1:30 a.m., police went to Greenwood Avenue on a report of an assault in progress. Upon arrival, police found the victim, a 28-year-old Bloomfield resident, who was suffering from a laceration to the head. The victim was uncooperative and said he didn't know what happened or who had assaulted him, telling police, “Whatever happened, just happened.”

Police later spoke to a witness, who said he saw seven or eight African-American men walking south on Greenwood Avenue and talking. After going in his house, the witness heard a loud disturbance outside and saw an African-American man being assaulted by various people with their hands and feet. He said that he then saw one of the suspects throw what he believed to be a bottle at the head of the victim, with the bottle shattering on the ground. He said the actor then picked up a piece of the broken bottle and appeared ready to assault the victim with the broken glass, but was restrained by others in the group. The group then left and was last seen walking south on Greenwood Avenue.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Terence Turner at (973) 509-4724.

Sean Hirrel November 06, 2012 at 05:40 AM
UUUuuummm my name is Sean Hirrel, and that is NOT me in the second to last story...I would genuinely like the name taken out of it. I was just Googling my name out of curiosity and this was the first thing that popped up. I'm sure you can understand how that would look bad if an employer did the same thing.


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