Leaking Propane Cylinder Closes Route 46
Fairfield (NJ) At approximately 9:48 A.M. the Fairfield Police Department was contacted and advised of a leaking propane cylinder at the Fairfield Garden Center, located at 445 Route 46 West. The cylinder that was leaking was above ground and is commonly used to fill household propane tanks for gas grills. The Fairfield Fire Department was dispatched to the location. It was decided that, for precautionary purposes, Route 46 in both directions would be closed and traffic diverted onto Fairfield Road, avoiding the affected area. In addition, portions of the Crown Plaza strip mall, the Huffman Koos furniture store and the Goodwill store were evacuated.
The Fairfield Fire Department was able to shut off the main to the cylinder, rendering it safe. Route 46 was reopened and surrounding buildings repopulated by approximately 10:42 A.M.
Motorist Arrested for Alleged Marijuana Possession
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of James Williams (26) of West Orange, N.J. for possessing less than 50 grams of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia on November 23, 2012. At approximately 12:30 P.M., Officer John McGrory was on patrol when he observed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn. He continued to observe the vehicle until it exited onto Route 46. Officer McGrory observed that the driver was allegedly not wearing his seatbelt and he stopped the vehicle.
During the traffic stop it is alleged that the officer observed suspected marijuana near the vehicle’s center console area. Additional marijuana and a smoking pipe were allegedly also recovered from this area. The driver, identified as Williams was then arrested. In addition to the drug charges, Williams was also charged with motor vehicle violations to include failure to wear a seatbelt and possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Williams has an initial court appearance date of November 29, 2012 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Williams are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Irate Driver Arrested for DWI
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joseph Gambino (40) of Staten Island, N.Y. for driving while intoxicated, DWI in a school zone and refusal to submit to a breath test on November 25, 2012. At approximately 9:50 P.M., Officer Christopher Nicholas observed a 2003 white Kia traveling on Route 46 West appearing to continually brake for no reason. The officer followed the vehicle as it stopped for a red traffic signal at the intersection of Hollywood Avenue and Fairfield Road.
It is alleged that the driver of the Kia, Gambino, now rolled down his window and began yelling for the vehicle that was next to his to roll down their window. It is alleged that he started to yell louder and began to use expletives to get the other driver to comply with his request. At this time, Officer Nicholas initiated a motor vehicle stop of the Kia. During the course of his field investigation, Officer Nicholas developed probable cause to believe Gambino was under the influence and was subsequently arrested. It is alleged that, while at headquarters, he refused to submit to a breath test. Gambino is scheduled for an initial court appearance date of November 29, 2012 in the Fairfield Municipal Court.
Car Crash leads to DWI Arrest
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Christopher Sierra (18) of North Caldwell, N.J. for driving while intoxicated on November 22, 2012. At approximately 12:25 A.M., Officer R.J. Casendino was on patrol on Route 46 East when he came upon a 2010 Volkswagon Passat that was off the roadway and now located on the front lawn/landscaped area of McDonalds, located at 450 Route 46 East. Sierra was uninjured from the crash.
Officer Casendino conducted an investigation of the incident which allegedly revealed that Sierra was racing with one of his friends who was in another vehicle, when he lost control and crashed. Based upon other observations, Officer Casendino felt he had probable cause to believe Sierra was operating his vehicle while allegedly under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. He was arrested and later administered a breath test which resulted in the DWI charge. In addition, he was also charged with reckless driving, DWI in a school zone and racing on the highway. He has an initial court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court on November 29, 2012. (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)