Fairfield Police and Fire Departments Respond to Pier Lane House Fire
Fairfield (NJ) On December 15, 2013, at approximately 4:24 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a house fire at 105 Pier Lane. First responding police and fire units found the house fully involved with fire. The three occupants and one dog that were in the residence when the fire started were able to escape without injury. Assisting the Fairfield Fire Department with extinguishing the blaze were firefighters from the Little Falls, West Caldwell and North Caldwell Fire Departments. Two Fairfield firefighters, whose names are being withheld, were transported to St. Barnabas Medical Center, by the West Essex First Aid Squad. One had a minor burn to his neck and the other suffered scrapes to his arm.
According to the homeowner, one of the occupants of the house had been exercising on a treadmill which was located on the first floor. The individual then briefly went downstairs and when he returned to the first floor, the treadmill was allegedly on fire. Still, the exact cause of the fire is being investigated by the Fairfield Fire Prevention Bureau.
Target Employee Arrested for Theft of I-Phone
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Inser Silveira (24) of Bloomfield N.J. for theft which took place at the Target store, located on Route 46 East, on December 11, 2013. At the time of the arrest, Silveira was a store employee. It is alleged that Target loss prevention officers were informed that an I-Phone 5S box was discovered by the trash compactor near the loading dock of the store. A review of store surveillance video allegedly implicated Silveira in the theft.
Silveira was arrested and transported to police headquarters where he was charged and eventually released on his own recognizance. He was given an initial court appearance date of December 19, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Father-Stepdaughter Team Arrested for Shoplifting
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Tammi Luke (23) of Wayne, N.J. and her stepfather George Smith (50) of Lincoln Park, N.J. on December 11, 2013 at the Target store, located on Route 46 East. The incident that led to the pair’s arrest occurred at approximately 3:54 P.M. That is when the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by Target security and advised that they had a shoplifting incident that was in progress.
As officers arrived at the scene, Luke was already being detained by security officers after she allegedly attempted to push out a shopping cart containing baby formula without paying for it, valued at approximately $265.00. The security personnel advised the police officers that she was being assisted by a male who was still in the store. The officers allegedly found Smith in the food court area where he was detained for further investigation.
The investigation that followed allegedly revealed that Smith acted as a lookout for Luke. It also revealed that the pair had been in the store, earlier the same day at approximately 12:46 P.M. and allegedly stole approximately $331.00 worth of baby formula at that time. It also revealed that Luke was in the store on December 10, 2013, at approximately 8:15 A.M. and allegedly stole approximately $160.00 worth of baby formula.
Both suspects were placed under arrest without incident. It is further alleged that officers found hypodermic syringes and other drug paraphernalia in Luke’s possession, prior to being transported to police headquarters.
Luke was charged with shoplifting, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of hypodermic syringes. Smith was charged with conspiracy to commit shoplifting. Charges for the additional thefts are pending. Both were released on their own recognizance with a pending court date of December 19, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that they are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
International Student found Unresponsive at Hotel
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department, along with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 16 year old Austrian student, at the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road on December 9, 2013. At approximately 8:28 AM, on that date, the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from the hotel reporting an unresponsive female who was found in a bathtub in a guest room. Efforts were made at the scene to revive the victim to no avail. She was transported to Chilton Hospital, in Pompton Plains, N.J. where she was pronounced dead at 9:10 A.M.
The victim, whose identity is being withheld, had been residing with a host family in Canada and was at the hotel with other international students also staying with Canadian host families, as part of a tour group that had visited New York City.
The investigation of the incident is ongoing.