Charges Dismissed Against Former Fire Inspector
Scott Kooreman was accused of with stealing three all-terrain vehicles from the Top Soil Depot site in January.
A Wanaque Municipal Court judge recently dismissed theft charges against a former Wayne fire inspector.
Scott Kooreman, a Wayne resident, and former fire inspector with the township, was charged with stealing three all-terrain vehicles from the Top Soil Depot site on Pompton Plains Crossroad Jan. 26, a third-degree offense.
The case was moved to Wanaque because the township employed Kooreman at the time charges were filed against him. The case had to be moved to another court, Wayne Court Administrator Lori Ellicott said.
An assignment judge decided to what court the case was moved to; Wanaque Municipal Court Judge Joseph Perconti presided over the case.
Kooreman could not be reached for comment.
Joseph Afflito Sr., Kooreman’s attorney, said in February that he believed the “incident was the result of misinformation and miscommunication between several individuals.”
The vehicles belonged to Alan Rombough Sr., the embattled owner of Top Soil Depot. Rombough owns the business with his son Alan Rombough Jr.
Rombough and his son appeared many times in state Superior Court for refusing to remove supposed contaminated material from the 12-acre site.
The pair also violated a court order to stay off the site in 2011. A witness saw them removing documents from storage bins on the site and placing them into a storage bin just days before they were scheduled to appear at a hearing.
Rombough reached a settlement agreement with the state Department of Environmental Protection in May to clean up the site.