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North Arlington woman charged with trying to use dogs to stop police

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A North Arlington woman was charged with threatening to use two dogs to hold back police from arresting her boyfriend on open warrants yesterday.

Detective Augustino Fiola saw 45-year-old Dominick Fina entering the first-floor Eagle Street apartment of Carolyn Craig, 49, around 3:30 p.m., Police Chief Louis Ghione told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this morning.

Aware of open warrants for Fina’s arrest, the detective summoned backups who surrounded the building.

A short time later, former North Arlington resident Daniel Reagan, 45, walked out. Reagan, of Catskill, NY, was arrested on an open theft warrant out of Belleville and for illegal possession of a hypodermic needle that Ghione said he was carrying.

He also told them that Fina — whose criminal record includes a charge of aggravated assault on police and resisting arrest — was inside with Craig, the chief said.

After about a half-hour, Craig “cracked the door open to the rear of the house,” Ghione said. Officer David Hudak saw Fina inside.

Craig tried holding the door closed and threatened to sic her two dogs on the officers, the chief said.

Once inside, Hudak, Officer Anthony Scala and Detective Mark Ballantyne took Fina into custody.

Sgt. Tony Abilio arrested Craig.

She was later released on a court summons for hindering.

Reagan was turned over to Belleville police.

Fina — who had an open no-bail warrant out of Essex County, as well as a warrant out of Belleville and two out of North Arlington — was taken to the Bergen County Jail.

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