Chief Charles Voelker Announces Retirement after 30 Years of Service
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department regrettably announces the retirement of Chief of Police Charles Voelker effective June 30, 2014. Chief Voelker will begin a period of terminal leave beginning on May 13, 2014 until his official retirement date. Chief Voelker has issued the following statement relative to his retirement:
“To the Fairfield Community:
It has been my honor and privilege to serve the Township of Fairfield for over 30 years, the last 6 ½ as your Chief of Police. The officers of the Fairfield Police Department are a group of extremely dedicated professionals, who serve this community to the best of their ability 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, but it is the partnerships that we have formed in this municipality that makes it all work as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Support from our residents, school and government officials, business community, civic groups, Fire Department, EMS service providers, such as the West Essex First Aid Squad and the police agencies from the surrounding communities, who are our mutual aid partners, all make the level of public safety in our community possible. We are not the most highly populated community in the West Essex area, but our daytime population far exceeds nearly all of them, thus contributing to the high volume of calls for service we receive each day.
I sincerely hope that all of the community stakeholders mentioned above continue to assist the Fairfield Police Department in the future to ensure that we maintain the highest level of public safety possible. Knowing so many of you in this community where I was born and raised, is the most difficult part of saying good-bye to everyone. I look forward to seeing all of you at some time in the not too distant future when I can express my gratitude personally.”
Lake Hopatcong Man Arrested for DWI
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Steven Kramer (48) of Lake Hopatcong, N.J. for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while under the influence on May 10, 2014. On that date, at approximately 11:28 P.M., Officer RJ Casendino was on patrol on Route 46 when he allegedly observed a 1998 Jeep travelling on the shoulder of the roadway, not entering a lane. When the vehicle finally did enter a lane, it allegedly was having difficulty maintaining its lane. The vehicle was eventually stopped near Clinton Road and Kramer was found to be the operator.
Further investigation at the scene, which included standard field sobriety testing, resulted in Kramer’s arrest without incident. His vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. He was transported to police headquarters for breath testing. While at headquarters, it is alleged that Kramer refused to submit samples of his breath for testing.
In addition to being charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, he was also charged with refusal to submit to a breath test, careless driving and failure to maintain a lane. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a May 21, 2014 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.
(It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)
Suspicious Male at Target Results in Driving Under Influence Arrest
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Sean Albanese (35) of Hackettstown, N.J. for driving while under the influence on May 9, 2014. On that date, at approximately 10:43 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by an employee of Target, concerning a suspicious male. The employee stated that an individual was allegedly inside of one of the fitting rooms for over an hour and may have passed out in there and urinated on the floor. When the male emerged, he was allegedly swaying as he walked and almost fell over, prompting the call to the police. The witness observed the male get into a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu.
Upon receiving this information, Officers RJ Casendino and Stacy Chiarolanza responded and stopped a vehicle matching the description given by the witness as it was pulling out of a parking stall. The vehicle was being operated by Albanese and he was allegedly identified by the witness as the individual seen in the store earlier.
Further investigation, which included standardized field sobriety testing resulted in his arrest without incident and he was transported to police headquarters. His vehicle was eventually impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, Albanese was also charged with operating a vehicle while his license was suspended and for careless driving. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a May 21, 2014 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.
(It should be noted that the charges against Albanese are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is proven guilty in a court of law)
Six People Charged with Narcotic Distribution Related Offenses
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Christopher Chytrak (21) of Wayne, N.J., Sophia DeCarlo (18) of Paramus, N.J., Edward Doherty (18) and Samer Merhi (23) both of Woodland Park, N.J., Anthony Jimenez (23) of Totowa, N.J., and a 17 year old juvenile, whose identity is being withheld due to their age, for possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on May 6, 2014.
On that date, at approximately 10:08, several Fairfield police officers responded to the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, in order to conduct a follow-up welfare check concerning an incident reported to the police on May 5, 2014. Information led the officers to room 159 where they went and knocked on the door. When the door opened, officers allegedly observed suspected marijuana roaches and drug paraphernalia in plain view. Further investigation revealed the alleged discovery of cocaine, packaged for distribution, a scale, a quantity of suspected marijuana and $765 in currency. All individuals were placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Fairfield Police Department.
All of the adults were released on their own recognizance pending a May 14, 2014 court date in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. The juvenile was released into the custody of a parent pending a hearing in the Family Court also in Newark, N.J.
(It should be noted that the charges against all are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until either they plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)