Another Plane Lands at Essex County Airport Without Front Landing Gear
Fairfield (NJ) On July 31, 2013, at approximately 10:22 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by Essex County Airport operations and advised that a twin Cessna 402 airplane had just landed safely without its front landing gear engaged. Fairfield police and fire units were immediately dispatched to the airport.
The airplane sustained damage to its undercarriage and propeller. The plane was piloted by William O’Connor of Sharpsburg, GA. There was one other passenger on the plane. Neither individual reported being injured. Information obtained at the scene indicated that Mr. O’Connor is an experienced pilot, which included flying in the Vietnam War. The plane is owned by Woolpert Inc., located in Dayton, Ohio. The incident has been referred to the Federal Aviation Administration for investigation
Ten Individuals Arrested in Fairfield under Operation Cross Country
Fairfield (NJ) Ten individuals were arrested and charged in Fairfield with various criminal offenses under New Jersey state law as a result of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Operation Cross Country. On July 24, 2013, investigators from the F.B.I., New Jersey State Police, Human Services Police, Essex, Bergen and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Offices and the Fairfield Police Department, conducted an extensive investigation that targeted the recovery of minors who were forced to engage in prostitution. This investigation was done with the cooperation of the management of a local hotel.
In addition to the ten arrests, four vehicles and over $300 in cash was also seized. The charges against these ten individuals were as follows: (7) counts of promoting prostitution, (9) counts of engaging in prostitution, (1) count of possession of a prohibited weapon, (1) count of possession of drug paraphernalia, (1) count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and (1) count of possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. The charges have all been referred to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for disposition. (It should be noted that these charges are merely allegations and that all of these defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
“The success of this investigation, along with the others that we have conducted in the recent past, is a direct result of the partnership we enjoy with the F.B.I., the New Jersey State Police, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and especially our hotel managers, all of whom want to pro-actively prevent the exploitation of minors” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “You can rest assured that we will continue to conduct these operations in our local hotels, in order to give those who want to engaged in this illegal activity in Fairfield, a moment to pause and think as to whether they are dealing with undercover law enforcement officers” the deputy chief said.
Pair Arrested for Possession of GHB and Crystal Methamphetamine
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael M. Roggenbach (35) of Belle Harbor, N.Y. and Michael F. McGovern Jr. (35) of Belleville, N.J. for various alleged violations of the New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substance Act. On July 30, 2013, at approximately 4:52 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by the management of the Crowne Plaza hotel, located on Route 46 East, regarding a dog that was barking in one of the guest rooms. Management advised that the presence of a dog in a guest room was against hotel policy.
Sgt. Joseph Keegan, Officer Christopher Nicholas and hotel management responded to the room to investigate this breech of the peace. After receiving no response upon knocking on the door, management and the officers entered the room to check on the condition. It is alleged that the officers found a Doberman Pincher left unattended in the room. In addition it is alleged they observed, in plain view, items of suspected contraband and paraphernalia used for its ingestion. The officers then left the room and conducted surveillance on it. A short time later the room’s occupants, McGovern and Roggenbach returned to the room and were then detained by the officers.
Further investigation allegedly led to the discovery of a large quantity of hypodermic syringes, and a small quantity of Valium and Xanax tablets, crystal methamphetamine, Gamma-Hydroxybutyric (GHB), as well as several items of drug paraphernalia.
The pair was arrested without incident and both were eventually charged with illegally possessing all of the aforesaid items. The pair was released on their own recognizance with a pending court date of August 8, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against the pair are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Employee Arrested for theft of Cable Wire
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Erick Obregon (41) of Saddle Brook, N.J. for theft of copper wire, valued at approximately $5000.00 on July 26, 2013. Obregon was employed as a fleet mechanic for Arete Development Inc., located at 20 Industrial Road. On July 26th, company officials discovered the missing wire and immediately launched an internal investigation since it was less then twenty-four hours since the wire was last seen.
A review of the company’s video surveillance recording revealed that on July 25th, Obregon allegedly drives his 2009 Ford pick up truck into the warehouse, with the bed of the pickup truck empty. When the vehicle emerges, it is alleged that the bed now had something in it that was covered. After making these observations, Arete company officials responded to Obregon’s business, known as Erick’s Auto Repair located at 296 Midland Avenue in Saddle Brook where they allegedly observed the stolen wire in the bed of Obregon’s pick up truck. Officers from both the Fairfield and Saddle Brook Police Departments responded and assisted with arresting Obregon and recovering the stolen material.
Obregon was charged and eventually released on his own recognizance with a pending court date of August 7, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charge against Obregon is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)