Comcast Vehicles Target for Criminal Mischief
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating an act of criminal mischief that took place at the Comcast facility located at 39 Kulick Road sometime during the overnight hours of April 23-24, 2013. Unknown actor(s) entered a fenced in area where the company stores its work vehicles and damaged approximately 40 of them. The damage ranged from punctured tires to broken windows. The cost of repairing the damage is unknown.
This is not the first time that this Comcast facility was the victim of an act of criminal mischief to its vehicles. In July of 2011, 100 tires on 59 company vehicles were slashed. At that time, company officials reported there had been ongoing issues with the company’s union members; however there was no indication then that it had anything to do with the incident and no arrests were made. Insofar as this most recent incident is concerned, Comcast management again reported union issues relative to a recent schedule change as ongoing.
Anyone with any information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. All information will remain confidential.
Paterson Pair Arrested for CDS Use and Obstructing Justice
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Willie Butler (39) and Andrea Cummings (40) both of Paterson, N.J. Butler was charged with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and hindering his own apprehension and Cummings charged with hindering the apprehension of another.
The incident that led to the pairs arrest took place on April 20, 2013 at approximately 11:22 P.M. That is when Officer Frank Tracey observed an occupied 1995 Infiniti stopped on Maplewood Avenue near Little Falls Road, which he initially felt to be suspicious. When the vehicle finally pulled onto Little Falls Road, Officer Tracey allegedly observed that the vehicle had both a tail light out and had drifted out of its lane, which resulted in it being stopped. Cummings was allegedly the operator of the vehicle and Butler its front seat passenger.
As the officer was conducting the traffic stop, he allegedly smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that Butler allegedly had just smoked marijuana prior to being stopped. He was placed under arrest for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. It is alleged that he initially identified himself as Wyleek Butler with a different date of birth then his own real one. It is also alleged that Cummings verified this information as being true.
After being fingerprinted at Fairfield police headquarters, it was determined that Wyleek Butler was actually Willie Butler and that he had outstanding arrest warrants from Paterson and South Hackensack. It was at that point that Cummings was also arrested. In addition to the criminal charge, Cummings was also charged under motor vehicle law with careless driving, possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage, failure to maintain a lane and improper maintenance of lamps.
Both individuals were eventually released on their own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of April 25, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against the pair are merely allegations and that they are both presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Roseland Woman Arrested for Driving Under the Influence
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Leslie Manley (49) of Roseland, N.J. for driving under the influence on April 19, 2013. At approximately 11:43 P.M., Officer Brian Sabatelli was dispatched to the area of Hollywood Avenue and Campbell Road, to assist a disabled motorist. Upon the officer’s arrival, he observed a 2000 Plymouth minivan with a flat tire. Manley, who was identified as the operator, allegedly told the officer that she had struck the median and had gotten a flat tire. The officer inquired as to where this occurred, but Manley allegedly could not recall.
It is alleged that the officer smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage on Manley’s breath. He continued his field investigation which resulted in him developing probable cause to believe Manley was operating her vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. She was arrested and the vehicle impounded.
She was eventually charged with driving while under the influence and released on her own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of April 25, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Plane Lands at Essex County Airport without Front Landing Gear
Fairfield (NJ) On April 10, 2013, at 12:21 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from officials from the Essex County Airport reporting a plane would be attempting to land without its front landing gear engaged. Emergency personnel were immediately dispatched to the scene. The plane, a 1982 fixed wing, single engine Cessna owned by CF Images LLC of 19 Wright Way, Fairfield, N.J. apparently had some malfunction in engaging its landing gear while in flight. Frederick Hartman Jr. of Century Air, which is located at the airport, was at the plane’s controls at the time of the incident. He was engaged in training a second individual, identified as Alberto Corvo, to become a flight instructor. The plane landed at 12:49 P.M. without the front landing gear and without incident. No one was injured.
The Fairfield Fire Department, Atlantic Ambulance and Paramedics and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department all responded to the emergency. The investigation of the incident was turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration. The airport has resumed normal operations.
This is the second incident at the Essex County Airport this year involving a plane that had landing gear malfunction during landing. The other occurred on February 7th and involved a 1964 Piper PA-30, fixed wing, multi-engine airplane. In that case, all of the landing gear malfunctioned and the plane ended up sliding down the runway. No one was injured during that incident.