Bank Robbery Probe, Controversial Cop Promotion Top Local News

The top Parsippany stories from the past week.

A man arrested on an outstanding warrant after his car struck a utility pole in Lake Hiawatha Sunday night is the same individual who struck and killed a Paramus woman in Pennsylvania the previous day, police said.

Philip Cise, 48, of Dover, was back on the road one day after striking Gabrielle Reuveni, 20, while she jogged Saturday near her family’s Poconos vacation home. 

Cise, who denies responsibility in Reuveni's death, has had several brushes with the law in the past month, including allegations that he harassed golf course workers, stole a truck and wielding an ax in a fast food restaurant. He is .

Authorities are investigating a robbery of the Indus American Bank inside the  on Route 46 Friday morning.

According to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, the man entered the Pathmark, approached the lone teller working at the bank, passed a note to the employee and fled the bank with an unknown amount of cash.

The Parsippany Police Department, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Section and the Federal Bureau of Investigations are investigating the robbery.

Jeffrey Storms, the 's newest captain, was . Storms, a 24-year veteran of the PPD, received high praise from Mayor James Barberio and Police Chief Anthony DeZenzo, and after his swearing-in, he received a sustained round of applause from a standing-room-only crowd at Town Hall. 

As captain, Storms will be given the task to manage the town's Office of Emergency Management, which was made part of the Parsippany Police Department earlier this year.

Seven months after it was announced that , , a defense contractor that saw about $3.2 billion in revenue last year, is moving its headquarters from 5 Sylvan Way to Crystal City in Virginia.

"We just needed to be closer to our customer," DRS spokesperson Brian Gallagher told Patch to explain its planned move. "We need to keep our finger on the pulse down in that area."

After having three different curriculum directors in four years, the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District now has a permanent director of curriculum and instruction. By a vote of 5-3, the  voted to hire Dr. Nancy Gigante, now principal of , for the position.

Superintendent of Schools LeRoy Seitz praised Gigante, saying that she would bring the district stability that has been lacking in recent years. But board members Susy Golderer, Gary Martin and Michael Strumolo voted against the appointment, taking issue with the contracted salary of $160,000.


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