Tuesday, November 21, 2017

First “Operation Christmas Child” is a Big Success

Fairfield (NJ) Between early October and November 13, 2017, The Fairfield Police Department served as a collection site for “Operation Christmas Child”, a charitable program which encourages the public to fill a gift wrapped shoe boxes with small toys, toiletries, and educational items which will later be distributed to underprivileged children around the world. “My administrative assistant, Sharon McNamara, brought the idea to me and was the catalyst behind its local success” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. This is the first time the department participated in this event.

The department collected approximately 100 boxes which were then dropped off at a collection site in Parsippany, N.J. They will then be brought to a distribution center in Maryland in preparation for their final destination, the hands of child in need of some holiday spirit.    

“Our department is always glad to participate in these charitable programs, and as always, the Fairfield community responded in such a positive way” said the chief. The department is currently serving as a collection sight for non-perishable food to aid the St. Thomas More food pantry and also as a collection site for the United States Marine Corps. Toys for Tots program. Anyone wishing to make donations to either one of these programs can bring their donations to the lobby of the police department at any time.

 

 

 

 

Fairfield Officers go Unshaven for Movember Awareness

Fairfield (NJ) The well-groomed appearances that Fairfield police officers are required to maintain are being shed for no shave Movember. “This annual event has become extremely popular with many of our officers who, quite frankly, hate shaving every day. But more important is the public awareness that is raised to men’s health issues and to pancreatic cancer” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. In Fairfield, in order for an officer to go unshaven for the month, they first must contribute $25.00 which, at the end of the month, will be donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. “As soon as November ends, the public can again expect our officers to be clean shaven” said the chief.


Motor Vehicle Crash Leads to DWI Arrest of California Man

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Patrick Nakamura (43) of Eastvale, CA for driving while under the influence on October 26, 2017. On that date, at approximately 12:17 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a single car motor vehicle crash on Route 46 East at the Crowne Plaza hotel.

Responding to the scene were Officers Raymond Puluse, Jeffrey Dean, Frank Patierno and Sergeant Christopher Oswald. It is alleged that they observed a 2017 BMW on the grass and against a tree. They immediately went to render aide to the occupants but found the vehicle to be unoccupied. As they began to search for the driver, it is alleged that Nakamura began to approach the officers and advised them that he was the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle.

In speaking with Nakamura, it is alleged that he displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, slurred speech, and bloodshot and watery eyes. He also allegedly had difficulty walking and swayed as he was standing. Nakamura told the officers that he has made too wide of a turn and lost control of the vehicle. He then went to his room and returned when the officers arrived.

Field sobriety testing was performed and as a result of the totality of the circumstances, Nakamara was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for chemical breath testing. Nakamara was eventually charged with driving while under the influence, careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident. He was released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on November 2, 2017.

(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)

 

 

 

North Caldwell Driver Arrested for Suspected DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jamie Lucero (60) of North Caldwell, N.J. for driving under the influence on October 24, 2017. On that date, at approximately 9:24 P.M. Officer Brian Geisler was on patrol on Route 46 East when he observed a 2015 Mercedes Benz that was allegedly being operated in a careless manner. The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Lucero.

During the stop, it is alleged that Lucero exhibited signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, bloodshot and watery eyes, droopy eyelids, slurred speech and was slow to answer simple questions. Field sobriety testing was performed and based upon all of the observations; Lucero was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for chemical breath testing.

In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, he was also charged with careless driving, driving under the influence in a school zone and six other violations. He was released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on November 2, 2017.

(It should be noted that the charges against Lucero are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

West Essex Police Departments Assist FBI with Operation Cross Country Initiative

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department, in conjunction with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Caldwell, Essex Fells, North Caldwell and West Caldwell Police Department, all took part in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s “Operation Cross Country” initiative on October 12, 2017. Designed to try and recover minors who are being trafficked into prostitution and to prosecute the offenders, the Fairfield portion of the operation took place using undercover officers in one of the township’s hotels and resulted in five arrests. No minors were recovered.

Arrested and charged and charged with prostitution-related offenses were Tyshad Moody (22) of East Orange, N.J., Ncarea Williams (20) of Vallejo, CA., Sophia Garcia (20) of Sacramento, CA., Susan Whitfield-Pearson (23) of Oakland, CA. and Dominique Brea (24) of Hayward, CA. Also arrested during the investigation for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia was Sawab Wright (46) of East Orange, N.J.

“The Fairfield Police Departments and the other West Essex police departments take very seriously the offense of human trafficking and we will continue to support and assist our federal partners in helping to identify those who would profit on the backs of the innocent” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

All of the defendants were released on their own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on October 26, 2017.

(It should be noted that the charges against all of these defendants are merely allegations and that they are all presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)           

“Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day”

Fairfield (NJ) Motorists in New Jersey and throughout the nation are asked to join a day-long effort on October 10, 2017, designed to increase awareness about safe driving behaviors and keep the State’s roadways fatality free for one-day. Known as “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day”, the national initiative was designed to unite the country in moving toward zero fatalities for one full day by encouraging motorists to obey all traffic laws, including buckling up, every ride; driving the posted speed limit; avoiding distractions while driving; and always being safe and sober behind the wheel. Our goal is to experience a day when all roadway users are extra vigilant and there are no fatalities on our roadways.

To support this effort, the department’s Special Enforcement Unit will be intensifying their enforcement efforts towards aggressive and reckless driving even more so than usual.Statewide law enforcement agencies will be utilizing their variable message boards and conducting educational activities to raise public awareness regarding this issue during the week of October 3rd ending with “Brakes on Fatalities Day on October 10th.

“Clearly, this effort will go a long way in our continuing efforts to stem the tide of tragedies that occur every day on New Jersey’s roadways,” Said Chief Anthony G. Manna. “Shining the spotlight on this one day can help create a groundswell of support for good driving behaviors that can carry over throughout the year. Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day not only raises awareness about the individual responsibility we have for our driving behaviors, but also engages drivers in making positive changes behind-the-wheel every day of the year,” said the chief.

Additional information on the “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” is available by logging on to www.asce.org/brakesonfatalities.

 

 

Tractor Trailer Driver Arrested for Alleged CDS Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Daniel Hannigan (35) of Philadelphia, PA. for possessing a controlled dangerous substances on October 8, 2017. On that date, at approximately 4:35 A.M., a retired Fairfield police officer who was travelling on Route 80 West, contacted the police department and reported that a tractor-trailer was driving erratically and was about to enter Fairfield.

Sergeant Frank Tracey and Officer Daniel Moran responded to Route 80 westbound and allegedly observed a 2011 Mack truck that was pulling a trailer, failing to maintain its lane. The officers then initiated a traffic stop. The operator was found to be Hannigan.

During the course of the encounter it is alleged that the officers observed “track marks” on both of Hannigan’s forearms. As the investigation continued, it is alleged that the officers recovered two glassine folds and two plastic capsules containing suspected heroin, hypodermic syringes, one and a half Xanax tablets, a small quantity of suspected marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia. Hannigan was placed under arrest. The New Jersey State Police assisted by impounding the truck.

While at police headquarters, the officers administered filed sobriety tests in order to determine if Hannigan was under the influence. He allegedly passed these tests. Hannigan was charged with possession of heroin, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of hypodermic syringes and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, he received motor vehicle summonses for possessing a CDS in a motor vehicle, failing to maintain a lane and careless driving. He was released on his own recognizance pending an October 19, 2017 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

“This was an extremely dangerous situation and I commend our former officer for the actions taking in protecting all motorists driving through Fairfield” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

(It should be noted that the charges against Hannigan are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)   

Building Fire Alarm Results in Discovery of Vehicle Fire

Fairfield (NJ) On October 6, 2017, at approximately 8:44 P.M., the Fairfield police were contacted regarding a fire alarm activation at 26 Law Drive. This location is occupied by multiple businesses. Officer James High Jr. was dispatched and observed a heavy smoke condition coming from the building. The Fairfield Fire Department was immediately dispatched.

The fire department entered the structure and determined that the fire was attributed to a 2012 GMC van that was on fire and parked inside the warehouse belonging to Fleetwash. The fire was kept in check because of the building’s fire suppression system. It was then fully extinguished by the fire department.

The Fairfield Fire Prevention Bureau is taking the opportunity, based upon this fire, to emphasize the importance for building owners to keep their fire suppression systems well maintained and inspected. “This could have been a really bad fire had it not been for the sprinkler system” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

Assisting Fairfield were the West Caldwell, North Caldwell, Pine Brook, Wayne, Caldwell, Cedar Grove and Lincoln Park Fire Departments as well as the West Essex First Aid Squad.

Welfare Check of Parked Vehicle Results in Drug Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jessica Faber (19) of Parsippany, N.J. for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on October 7, 2017.

On that date, at approximately 9:04 A.M., a concerned citizen contacted the police department and requested that officers check on the condition of a female at Target, located on Route 46. The caller stated that she observed the female allegedly having difficulty walking. The female then entered a gray Honda Accord where she allegedly was holding a pink plastic bag containing a white powder. The female appeared to be nodding off in the car. Officer Christopher Yoo and Sergeant John McGrory responded.

Upon arrival, they found the gray Honda that was occupied by Faber. It is alleged that Faber had difficulty keeping her balance, slurred speech, was slow in responding to their basic questions, and in their opinion, appeared to be under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.

As the investigation continued, it is alleged that the officers recovered a small quantity of suspected marijuana and a pink plastic bag containing the residue of a white powdery substance, believed to have been cocaine, and a smoking pipe. Faber was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. After being processed, she was released on her own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on October 12, 2017.

(It should be noted that the charges against Faber are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Local Police Take Part in National “Coffee with a Cop Day”

Fairfield (NJ) On Wednesday October 4, 2017 the Fairfield Police Department, in conjunction with the Fairfield Municipal Alliance Committee and Manhattan Bagel, took part in the national “Coffee with a Cop Day”. From 8Am until 11 AM, several Fairfield police officers were on hand at Manhattan Bagel greeting patrons as they came in and buying them a free cup of coffee as a way thank the community for all their support of law enforcement. It also gave patrons the opportunity to meet officers in a different way than the way they may usually do like at medical calls, at crime scenes or during enforcement actions. Patrons were given the opportunity to also inform the officers about any issues that they may be concerned about.

The cost for the project was provided by the Fairfield Municipal Alliance Committee and the whole idea was embraced by the owners and staff of Manhattan Bagel. Well over 200 cups of coffee were given out.

“The three hours that our officers got to spend having coffee with our citizens is a great investment in helping to expand even more, the community policing philosophy that our department embraces everyday” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.  “ It was priceless to the see the immediate reactions of patrons walking into the store, seeing so many officers and then being told that the coffee was on the police department. The confusion that were on their faces immediately changed to smiles, thank yous and a lot of conversation that may have never taken place. It’s a great program” said the chief.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parking Violation Leads to Marijuana Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Tumba Cool (36) of East Orange, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on October 3, 2017. On that date, at approximately 9:55 AM, Officer Christopher Yoo was on patrol in the parking lot of the Target store located on Route 46. He allegedly observed a 2007 Cadillac Escalade standing in the fire zone with tinted windows, in violation of a local ordinance and state law. When the vehicle entered onto the highway, the officer initiated a traffic stop.

A computer inquiry immediately indicated that the driver, identified as Cool, had a suspended driver’s license and an active arrest warrant issued by the Bloomfield Municipal Court. Cool was placed under arrest and it is alleged that the officer observed drug paraphernalia and a small quantity of suspected marijuana. He was transported to police headquarters for processing.

In addition to the criminal charges, Cool was also given summonses for parking in a fire zone, having tinted windows, driving while suspended and being in possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He posted bail on the outstanding warrant and was eventually released from custody pending an October 12, 2017 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Cool are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

 

 

Fairfield Police Helps Promote 2017 Annual “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day”

Fairfield (NJ) Motorists in New Jersey and throughout the nation are asked to join a day-long effort on October 10, 2017, designed to increase awareness about safe driving behaviors and keep the State’s roadways fatality free for one-day. Known as “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day”, the national initiative was designed to unite the country in moving toward zero fatalities for one full day by encouraging motorists to obey all traffic laws, including buckling up, every ride; driving the posted speed limit; avoiding distractions while driving; and always being safe and sober behind the wheel. Our goal is to experience a day when all roadway users are extra vigilant and there are no fatalities on our roadways.

To support this effort, the department’s Special Enforcement Unit will be intensifying their enforcement efforts towards aggressive and reckless driving and will also be distributing literature to drivers to educate them concerning the meaning of no fatalities day

Statewide law enforcement agencies will be utilizing their variable message boards and conducting educational activities to raise public awareness regarding this issue during the week of October 3rd ending with “Brakes on Fatalities Day on October 10th.

“Clearly, this effort will go a long way in our continuing efforts to stem the tide of tragedies that occur every day on New Jersey’s roadways,” Said Chief Anthony G. Manna. “Shining the spotlight on this one day can help create a groundswell of support for good driving behaviors that can carry over throughout the year. Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day not only raises awareness about the individual responsibility we have for our driving behaviors, but also engages drivers in making positive changes behind-the-wheel every day of the year,” said the chief.

Additional information on the “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” is available by logging on to www.asce.org/brakesonfatalities.

 

 

 

 

Fairfield Police Officers Participate in Day of Charity

On September 30, 2017, many officers from the police department participated in two separate charitable events. The first of these events was the annual Special Olympics Plane Pull held at Newark Airport. “Fairfield’s Finest” raised $11,720 for the cause which helps to support the Special Olympics activities throughout the state. Over the last 15 years, the Fairfield Police Department has raised approximately $86,000. “We could not even come close to this amount if not for our generous donors and supporters” said Detective Robert Sanger, the department’s Special Olympics coordinator and the Plane Pull’s team captain. The final results relative to the fastest pull time and the lightest combined weight pull time have not yet been published by Special Olympics.

Later that same day, the second annual “Battle of the Badges” charity softball game between the police and fire departments took place at the Fairfield recreation complex. As was the case last year, the police team defeated the fire team by a score of 14-9. This year, the game was played to benefit one of the children of retired Fairfield Police Corporal David Kane who is afflicted with autism and who will greatly benefit by the acquisition of a service dog, the cost of which is very expensive. “This softball game is truly a great event in that it brings our police officers and firefighters closer together in a friendly competition. But even more importantly, it allows to raise money for various causes that both the police and fire departments care about” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. A final total of money received has not yet been tabulated as more donations continue to come in. Anyone interested in donating can do so by sending it to the Fairfield Fire Department with a note that it is for the Battle of the Badges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairfield Officers Deploying to Puerto Rico in Support of Operation NJ Pride

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces that it will be participating in Operation NJ Pride by deploying two of its officers to Puerto Rico to assist with relief efforts, keeping the island secure and maintaining law and order. Scheduled to be part of the first deployment, which is to take place on or about October 22, 2017 and last approximately fourteen days, are Sergeant David Proctor and Officer Sean McCormack.

“When our department was first asked to participate in this mission, I sought volunteers. Eight officers immediately responded that they would leave their families and comforts of home in order to assist the people of Puerto Rico in their hour of need. This dedication to service is reflective of the quality found in our officers and I am extremely proud of all of them” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. “We also received 100% support from our Mayor and Council to participate in this humanitarian effort which reflects our community’s unity to always assist those in need” said the chief.

Residents Come Out for Touch A Truck Event

Fairfield (NJ) On Thursday September 21, 2017 the Fairfield Police Department, in conjunction with the Fairfield Public Library, the Fairfield Fire Department, Public Works Department, Fire Prevention Bureau, the West Essex First Aid Squad and Criger’s Towing, all participated in the “Touch a Truck” program. Held in the parking lot of the library, all of these entities brought emergency vehicles to one location in order that children and adults alike could have an up close look at the capabilities that each possess. Over 100 attendees took advantage of this opportunity.

“I was very pleased when the library asked us and the other departments to participate in this community outreach program which goes a long way for our citizens to see just how well prepared our emergency services are to handle anything that might come our way. Also, we will always take a proactive approach whenever we are given the opportunity to speak and closely interact with our residents” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

Out of State Pair Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of George Hannah (25) of Mercer, PA and Sebastian Finegan (21) of Warren, OH for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on September 28, 2017. On that date, at approximately 12:25 A.M., Sergeant John McGrory was on patrol and allegedly observed a 2017 Dodge pickup truck make an illegal right turn on red at the intersection of Little Fall Road and Passaic Avenue.

The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Finegan. During the roadside investigation, it is alleged that the officer smelled a pungent odor of raw marijuana coming from inside of the vehicle. Further investigation allegedly led to the recovery of a quantity of suspected marijuana. Both individuals were placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. In addition to the criminal charge, Finegan was also charged with motor vehicle offenses to include failing to observe a traffic control device and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.

Both were released on their own recognizance pending an initial hearing in the Fairfield Municipal Court on October 19, 2017.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)  

 

Fairfield Man Charged with Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of William Pollack (33) of Fairfield, N.J. with a variety of charges relating to the possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance charge on September 22, 2017. On this date, at approximately 8:53 AM, Officer Frank Patierno was on patrol in the area of Long Acres Road as an initiative having greater presence in and around the residential areas with the recent start of school.

It is alleged that he observed a 2012 Chevrolet pickup truck, operated by Pollack, driving rapidly down Long Acres Road and barely stopping at the stop sign at the intersection of Knoll Road. The officer also observed the vehicle had front end damage that prevented certain lights from working and also having tinted windows. The vehicle was eventually stopped on Horseneck Road.

When the officer approached the vehicle, he immediately recognized Pollack from an alleged recent previous arrest in a neighboring jurisdiction. At this time, Officer Jeffrey Dean arrived as back up. Further investigation resulted in the seizure of 50 glassine folds containing suspected heroin, 3 Xanax tablets and $612.00 in cash.

He was ultimately charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of heroin with intent to distribute within a 1000 feet of a school, and possession of both heroin and Xanax. In addition, he was charged with a variety of motor vehicle violations. He was released on his own recognizance.

(It should be noted that the charges against Pollack are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Media Ride along Gives Public Glimpse at being a Fairfield Cop

Fairfield (NJ) Recently Burt Sempier, a correspondent with WMBC, a local television station located in West Caldwell, conducted a ride along with Sergeant John McGrory in order to get an up close perspective of what it’s like being a Fairfield police officer. “Our department remains very transparent and I felt that this was an excellent opportunity for members of the public to see some of what we do” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. “Sergeant McGrory is very representative of the high quality and professionalism found in all our officers. I hope the public enjoys it” said the chief.

 Hit the link below in order to view the story

 http://wmbctv.com/wmbctvnews/2017/09/02/hometown-fairfield-nj-p-d-ride-along/

Shoplifting of Cellphones Results in Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael Rojas (46) of Wayne, N.J. for shoplifting on September 16, 2017. On that date, at approximately 4:29 P.M., the Fairfield police were contacted by loss prevention personnel from Target, located on Route 46, in regards to a shoplifting incident that was in progress. It is alleged that Rojas was observed using a knife to cut open cell phone packages and then was concealing them in his clothing.

Officer Brian Geisler and other officers entered the store and allegedly found Rojas in possession of two Samsung cell phones, cell phone accessories and an open folding pocket knife.  The items that were allegedly stolen were valued at under $200.00. Rojas was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was eventually charged and released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on September 21, 2017.

(It should be noted that the charge against Rojas is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

2017 Child Safety Seat Event on Saturday a Big Success

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department, in conjunction with Target, held a child safety seat installation event in the parking lot of the Target store, located on Route 46 East, this past Saturday September 16, 2017. Technicians at the event, which lasted three hours, were able to check or install approximately 40 car seats. “Out of all the events our department hosts, this one is especially meaningful in that we always get a good turnout and have the opportunity to help protect some of our youngest citizens by assuring their car seats are installed properly” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

Assisting the Fairfield Police Department were officers from the Pequannock and Essex Fells Police Department, members of the West Essex Citizens Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.), Safe Kids of Northern New Jersey, Morristown Memorial Hospital Injury Prevention and St. Joseph’s Hospital Geriatric/Trauma Injury Prevention.


Pizzeria Burglary Suspects Charged

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Brian Barone (51) of Clifton, N.J. and a 15 year old juvenile accomplice, whose name is being withheld due to his age, on burglary and other related charges. The incident that led to the arrests occurred on August 25, 2017 at Puzo’s Pizzeria and Ristorante located at 397 Route 46 West in Fairfield, N.J..

On that date, at approximately 0230 AM, the owner of the restaurant was contacted by his alarm company and notified of an alarm activation. After remotely viewing surveillance cameras and seeing nothing out of the ordinary, the owner cancelled the police department’s response to the building. After that, it is alleged that two actors then entered the restaurant and ultimately stole cash from within. The burglary was discovered the next day when employees arrived to open the business.

Investigation by Detective Ian Rasmussen indicated that the actors allegedly forced open the rear door but apparently did not immediately enter. After waiting, they allegedly entered the business and eventually stole an undisclosed amount of cash. The pair was in fact captured on the business’ surveillance camera system. Fairfield investigators then sent copies of the surveillance photos to various police agencies within the state. Detectives from both the Clifton and Bloomfield Police Departments recognized the pair and positively identified them.

Warrants were issued for Barone’s arrest. He was taken into custody after leaving his Clifton residence on August 30, 2017 by the Clifton Police Department and turned over to Fairfield. Further investigation revealed that Barone is allegedly employed as an electrician by a Passaic business and very often is sent out to do service calls at such stores as Staples, K-Mart and Trader Joes. It is alleged that after completing these calls, he would then seek out other business in the area of these stores to burglarize.It is alleged that the pair have now also been linked to commercial burglaries in both Yorktown and Mamaroneck, New York.

In addition to the burglary charge, Barone was also charged with theft, possession of burglar tools, employing a juvenile in the commission of a crime, and conspiracy. He was eventually transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark pending a bail hearing in the superior court. The juvenile was charged with burglary and conspiracy and will be referred to the Family Court for adjudication of the case.

“This has been and still is a great cooperative effort between various law enforcement agencies resulting in the arrest of a serial commercial burglar and his young accomplice” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. “The investigation is still ongoing and we are hoping that it will result in clearing other open burglary cases in both this state and others” said the chief.

(It should be noted that the charges against the pair are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Fairfield Police Honor Guard Presents Colors at Giants/Jets Game

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department Honor Guard had the distinct honor and pleasure of presenting the nation’s colors at the New York Giants/New York Jets pre-season football game on Saturday August 26, 2017 during the national anthem. The officers that participated included Sergeant Frank Tracey, Detective Robert Sanger, and Officers Christopher Hlubik, Jeffrey Dean, and Steven D’Argenio. After doing so, the officers were the guests of the Giants and permitted to watch the game from the field. “ I was extremely proud of how well the honor guard did and how well they represented our department” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.


Belleville Woman Gives False Information During Shoplifting Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Brittnie Godette (26) of Belleville, N.J., for shoplifting and hindering apprehension on August 11, 2017. On that date, at approximately 5:52 P.M., Officer James High Jr. responded to the Target store, located on Route 46 East, to investigate a report that a shoplifter had been apprehended by store security.

It is alleged that Godette filled a shopping cart with various electronic equipment and home goods, valued at approximately $622.00, and attempted to wheel it out the front doors without ever attempting to pay for the items. It is further alleged that when the officer arrived and requested her name for the purpose of checking on prior arrests, Godette originally identified herself as Brittnie Madera in an effort to hinder the discovery of active warrants for her arrest issued by the Union, Sayerville and Newark Municipal Courts. The warrants ended up being found and she was arrested.

During the course of the investigation, officers came in contact with Godette’s boyfriend, Donald Silvera (39) of Orange, N.J., who was allegedly waiting in a car for her outside of the store. It is alleged that officers discovered Silvera had active arrest warrants issued by the East Orange, Hackensack, Parsippany and Bloomfield Municipal Courts for his arrest. Silvera was also arrested. Both were transported to police headquarters for processing.

Godette was eventually released on her own recognizance with an initial court appearance scheduled in the Fairfield Municipal Court on August 24, 2017. Silvera was released into the custody of the Hackensack Police Department.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Authorized by: Chief Anthony Manna

2017 Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be Conducted Locally as Part of National Campaign

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department, along withpolice agencies from around New Jersey, are gearing up for the state’s largest annual drunk driving crackdown. The 2017 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Statewide Labor Day Crackdown begins August 18 and concludes on September 4. During the campaign, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols targeting motorists who may be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement backed up by educational activities including national radio and television advertisements, posters, banners and mobile video display signs. The campaign looks to curtail impaired driving during the busy summer travel season, including the Labor Day holiday period.

“Despite years of enforcement and public awareness efforts, too many people still make the unfortunate decision to get behind the wheel while impaired. Nearly 30% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey are alcohol related,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “This is a zero tolerance campaign. If drivers are caught operating their vehicle while impaired they will be arrested,” he added.  

As part of the initiative, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local police agencies throughout the state to run the two-week campaign. During last year’s crackdown, participating agencies made 1,649 DWI arrests. 

Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2017 crackdown offer the following advice: 

  • If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.
  • Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night where the activity is held.
  • Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle.  It’s your best defense against an impaired driver
  •  If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juveniles Charged with Burglary and Theft at Town Pool

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces that four local juveniles, whose identity are being withheld because of their ages, have been charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief and conspiracy to commit burglary for an incident that occurred at the Fairfield Community Pool on or about July 21, 2017. The incident involved five chairs being thrown into the pool, towels being thrown around the property and approximately $28.00 stolen from an office area.

After the incident was reported to the police on July 22nd, detectives immediately obtained leads regarding the identity of the actors when one or more of them allegedly posted themselves jumping into the pool with the chairs on a social media site. As a result the juveniles were all identified and eventually charged. The case will be forwarded to the Family Court in Essex County for disposition. The investigation was conducted by Detective Robert Sanger.

 

Third Annual National Night Out Community Block Party was a Huge Success

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is happy to report that its third annual National Night Out community block party, that took place on Tuesday August 1, 2017 from 5PM-9PM, was a huge success. The event, which is designed to build community relations between all segments of the town and its police department, was attended by what was estimated to be a crowd of anywhere between 700-1000 people.

Once again, because of the generosity of various sponsors, all of the food, beverages and other attractions that were on hand were provided to the attendees free of charge.  This year, the crowd was treated to the magic of Mark Calabrese who amazed all with his tricks and mind reading skills. Another addition to this year’s event was the arrival of the New Jersey State Police helicopter, which landed on Palmieri Field and was available for the public to see and take photos with it.

“Since its inception three years ago, this has become the hallmark community policing event for our department. Our officers look forward to hosting our residents and business community to an event where we can thank them for the support our department receives from them all year long” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. “This event could not be possible without our generous sponsors and with the hard work of Sergeant Christopher Niemiec of the department’s Community Services Unit” said the chief.

The Fairfield Police Department would like to thank the following organizations for their participation in this year’s event:

  • Fairfield Mayor & Council
  • Fairfield Municipal Alliance Committee
  • Fairfield Recreation Department
  • Fairfield Fire Department
  • Fairfield Department of Public Works
  • Fairfield Public Library
  • West Essex First Aid Squad
  • West Essex Citizens Emergency Response Team
  • North Caldwell Police Department
  • Montville Police Department
  • West Caldwell Police Department
  • Montville Police Explorers
  • Essex County Sheriff’s Department
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • NJSP NorthSTAR Air Medical helicopter
  • UMDNJ Hospital/NJ EMS Task Force

On behalf of the community, the Fairfield Police Department would like to thank the following sponsors for their generosity:

  • Target
  • IMAC Insurance
  • Magnify Brewing
  • BCB Community Bank
  • Collision Restoration
  • Mecca Integrated Medical
  • Dr. Leonard Russo
  • Fairfield UNICO
  • Vitaquest
  • Demolition Dogs
  • United Food-Union Local 1245
  • Mr. Anthony DePasquale
  • Franklin Steakhouse
  • Any Excuse for a Party
  • The Calandra Family
  • Boardwalk Pizza
  • Shop Rite of West Caldwell
  • Shop Rite of Lincoln Park
  • Hollywood Pizza
  • Tiffany’s Restaurant
  • JAG Physical Therapy
  • Il Panino Deli
  • Il Panino Pizzeria
  • Montclair Radiology
  • Dietz & Watson
  • Patchworks Embroidery
  • ADT
  • Karis Lock
  • Stop & Shop of West Caldwell
  • Premio Sausage
  • Ippolito Stellato Funeral Home
  • Artistic Signs
  • X-Static Entertainment DJ Service
  • D & O Protégés Dance Studio
  • Fun Services
  • Corrados Market
  • AAA of Florham Park
  • Pomptonian/Grove Foods
  • First Commerce Bank

Garda Security Officer Arrested for $100,000 Theft of Cash

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Larry Brooks (19) of Elizabeth, N.J. for a theft of $100,000 of cash that occurred on July 25, 2017.

On July 26, 2017, security officials from Garda contacted the Fairfield Police Department after they had discovered that one of their employees, later identified as Brooks and who had only been employed for one day at the company, had allegedly stolen $100,000 in cash on the previous evening. It was alleged that the theft was caught on the company’s surveillance video system. Security officers were allegedly able to recover $85,900 from a vehicle that was parked in Elizabeth prior to contacting the police.

Brooks was arrested by Fairfield Detectives Jeffrey Didyk and Ian Rasmussen and was charged with a second degree theft. He was released on his own recognizance and the matter will be forwarded to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for prosecution.

(It should be noted that the charge against Brook is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horseneck Road Burglary Suspect Arrested

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Henry Adamson (51) of Paterson, N.J. for a burglary and theft that occurred on July 12, 2017 at a Horseneck Road residence. On that date, at approximately 5:03 PM, a Horseneck Road resident returned home to find a grey colored 2004 Acura MDX, with the engine idling, parked in her driveway. She then entered her home and allegedly observed Adamson inside of it.

Upon seeing the resident, it is alleged that Adamson fled the home carrying a black case and then got into the Acura and began to drive away. The resident followed behind Adamson and was able to take a series of photographs from their cell phone of the vehicle as it was leaving, capturing its license plate. Further investigation at the scene indicated that Adamson allegedly forced open the front door of the residence and escaped with jewelry from the home. It also revealed that the suspect’s vehicle was registered to an address in Paterson, N.J.

Later that night, a team of Fairfield officers led by Detective Lieutenant Charles Zampino and Detective Ian Rasmussen and officers from the Paterson Police Department, responded to the registered owner’s address and found the vehicle. Further investigation allegedly revealed that Adamson was in possession of the vehicle at the time the crime was committed. Investigators had warrants issued for Adamson’s arrest.

On July 26, 2017, Fairfield detectives along with officers from the United States Marshal’s Office found Adamson hiding in an apartment located at 91B Bridge Street in Paterson, N.J.. He was arrested and brought back to Fairfield police headquarters for processing. He was eventually transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charges against Adamson are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

 

Fire Department deals with Hotel Portico Blaze

Fairfield (NJ) On July 22, 2017, at approximately 9:34 P.M., Fairfield police, fire and EMS were dispatched to the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, on a report of an active fire. Upon arrival, it was determine that fire was burning along a Styrofoam wrapped column that was part of the portico for the main entrance to the hotel. While the fire was knocked down by firefighters and never actually made it into the main structure, the lobby and other parts of the hotel filled with smoke.

Fire alarms activated and the nearly filled to capacity hotel was evacuated for approximately two hours until it was assured the fire was out and that ventilation fans could help with smoke removal. One hotel guest was treated for feeling dizzy and faint but was released at the scene. Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

The Fairfield Fire Department received assistance from the North Caldwell and West Caldwell Fire Departments and the West Essex First Aid Squad. Hotel guest were able to return to their rooms at 11:30 PM   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleeping Montclair Driver Arrested for DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Paul Hoerrner (46) Montclair, N.J. for driving under the influence on July 20, 2017. On that date, at approximately 2:19 AM, Officer Brian Holzmann was on patrol and allegedly observed a 2016 BMW parked on the shoulder of Route 46 West. The vehicle was allegedly still running and the driver, identified as Hoerrner, asleep in the driver seat. It is alleged that it took some time to awaken him. When they did, it is alleged that Hoerrner displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, bloodshot and watery eyes, and droopy eyelids. Officer Sean McCormack arrived on scene as a back up officer.

At this time, officers administered field sobriety testing. Based upon the results of these tests and the totality of the circumstances, he was placed under arrest, transported to headquarters for breath testing and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

While at headquarters, breath samples were taken that allegedly confirmed Hoerrner’s blood alcohol concentration was above the legal limit set by law. He was also charged with careless driving and released on his own recognizance pending an August 3, 2017 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal.

(It should be noted that the charges against Hoerrner are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)  

 

Motor Vehicle Pursuits Highlight Weekend Police Activities

Fairfield (NJ) Fairfield police officers engaged in two motor vehicle pursuits over the July 14, 2017 weekend resulting in the arrest of one individual. The first pursuit occurred on July 14th at approximately 7:37 P.M. At that time, it is alleged that Wayne police officers were in pursuit of a 2005 Infiniti on Route 23 South for allegedly being involved in CDS distribution. Wayne officers lost sight of the vehicle as it entered the interchange.

At this point, Sergeants John McGrory and Frank Tracey observed the Infiniti enter Fairfield on Route 46 West driving in a reckless manner. The sergeants, who were in the same vehicle, then initiated a pursuit. The vehicle exited onto Fairfield Road via the Gately Overpass and then entered onto Route 46 East. It was at this time that the front seat passenger, identified as Kahail Weeks (24) of Newark, N.J., allegedly jumped out of the vehicle while it was still traveling at an estimated speed of 25-35 MPH. It is alleged that he hit the pavement with such force that his shoes came off and a bunch of pills scattered along the roadway. Weeks allegedly rolled onto the shoulder and was taken into custody by Officer Steven Ptaszynski. It is alleged that the Infiniti continued on Route 46 East, pursued by Sergeants McGrory and Tracey and Officer Stacy Chiarolanza.

As the vehicle approached the XO Lounge in Wayne, the driver stopped it and was taken into custody. He was identified as Rusean Hyde (22) of Newark, N.J. Hyde was turned over to the Wayne Police Department and his vehicle impounded by them. He was eventually criminally charged with eluding and with a variety of motor vehicle summonses.

It is alleged that Weeks had sustained severe injuries to his left leg and ankle. He was eventually transported, in police custody, to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. for treatment. It is alleged that approximately 40 Endocet tablets and 4 Oxycodone tablets were recovered at the scene. Weeks was charged with failure to turn over a controlled dangerous substance to the police and possession of prescription legend drugs. He was released from police custody.

The second pursuit occurred on July 15th in the early morning hours. At approximately 6:25 AM, the Summit Police Department alerted area police departments that they earlier had a 2016 blue BMW stolen from their town. Based upon recent car thefts in the area that were linked to incidents in Union County, Fairfield officers began to flood the residential areas of the town. At approximately 6:39 AM, Sergeant John McGrory was turning onto Jorgenson Lane and observed the stolen BMW pass him. He broadcast the information to the other units. At this time, Officer Steven Ptaszynski observed the vehicle on Hollywood Avenue and attempted to stop it. The vehicle then accelerated and a pursuit was initiated. Due to the excessive speeds and its reckless operation, the pursuit was terminated and the BMW and its occupants were last seen on Route 46 East.

“These car thief predators continue to surface in Fairfield and we will do our best to capture them. But we need our residents to do their part by locking their cars at night and making sure they remove their key fobs from their vehicles” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. “They should also immediately report any suspicious activity to the police” the chief said.

(It should be noted that the charges against Hyde and Weeks are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Sleeping Driver Arrested for Heroin Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Robert Rotter (37) of Montville, N.J. for possession of heroin, possession of hypodermic syringes and possession of drug paraphernalia on July 12, 2017. At approximately 10:51 AM, Sergeant Paul Bowden was dispatched to the area of the North Jersey Gun Club on Horseneck Road on a report of a driver asleep in a vehicle that was partially in the roadway.

Upon arrival, it is alleged that Rotter was found to be asleep behind the wheel of a 2002 Chevrolet that was partially in the southbound lane of Horseneck Road. It is further alleged that the officer observed a hypodermic syringe and several glassine envelopes that contained suspected heroin on his lap. At this time, Sergeant David Proctor arrived as back up.

The officers were able to awaken Rotter who apparently became startled and was then placed under arrest. Further investigation led to the discovery of the suspected heroin and paraphernalia. In addition to the criminal complaints, Rotter was also charged with a motor vehicle complaint of possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was eventually released on his own recognizance.

(It should be noted that the charges against Rotter are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Crash with Pole Leads to DUI Arrest of South Plainfield Man

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Justin Carpena (29) of South Plainfield for driving under the influence on July 10, 2017. On that date, at approximately 7:17 PM, Officers Christopher Yoo and Sean McCormack were dispatched to a single car motor vehicle crash near 198 Route 46 East.

Upon the arrival of the officers, it is alleged that they observed significant damage to a 1996 Nissan being operated by Carpena. During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that Carpena displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, slurred speech, bloodshot and watery eyes and droopy eyelids.

Based upon their observations, field sobriety tests were administered. As a result, Carpena was placed under arrest and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. He was transported to police headquarters where breath testing was conducted. Carpena allegedly had a blood alcohol concentration level over twice the legal limit. In addition to the DUI charge, he was also charged with careless driving, reckless driving and failing to maintain a lane. He was released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on July 20, 2017.

(It should be noted that the charges against Carpena are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

 

Motor Vehicle Thefts Occur Over Weekend

Fairfield (NJ) Two vehicles were stolen and two others had items removed from them from July 8-10, 2017. On July 9th, the Fairfield Police Department were contacted by the Newark Police Department and advised that they had recovered a 2017 Cadillac that was crashed and abandoned in their city and that it was registered to a Concord Road resident and had not yet been reported stolen. Officers then went to the residence and found that the homeowner was unaware that the vehicle had been taken. The vehicle was last seen at the residence on July 9th at 1:15 A.M. The keys were left in the vehicle.

On July 10th, at approximately 4:00 A.M., Officer Christopher Yoo was on patrol and flagged down by a Little Falls Road resident who told him that his father’s 2008 Acura was missing from their driveway. The vehicle was last seen at 2:00 A.M. and also had its keys left in it. This vehicle was later also recovered in Newark, N.J.

In addition to the thefts of motor vehicles, two other vehicles were illegally entered during this same time period and had items removed from them. One was on Glenroy Road South and the other was on Liberty Court.

“Once again, it appears that Fairfield has become the target of car thieves and that residents need to make sure that they do not leave their keys or other personal valuables in their cars” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. The police department is encouraging residents to immediately report any suspicious activities observed in their neighborhoods to the police.

 

New York Driver Arrested for Suspected DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Russell Cooke (37) of Baldwinsville, N.Y. for driving under the influence on July 7, 2017. On that date, at approximately 1:57 A.M., Officer Jeffrey Dean was monitoring traffic on Route 46 when he observed a 2003 Chevrolet traveling west. As he followed behind this vehicle, it is alleged that the vehicle failed to maintain its lane. It was stopped and found to be operated by Cooke.

During the course of the stop, it is alleged that Cooke displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, watery and bloodshot eyes, and fumbling hand movements. As a result of these observations, field sobriety tests were administered and, based upon the totality of the circumstances; Cooke was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

While at headquarters, it is alleged that Cooke refused to submit to giving samples of his breath for the purposes of conducting chemical testing. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, he was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, refusal to submit to a breath test, failure to maintain a lane, suspended driver and careless driving. He was released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on July 20, 2017.

(It should be noted that the charges against Cooke are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

  

 

 

Driver that Hits Target Building with BMW is Charged with DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of John Catania (27) of Montville, N.J. for use of a controlled dangerous substance and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence on July 5, 2017. The charges were filed as a result of an investigation conducted by Officer Brian Holzmann,of a motor vehicle crash whereby it is alleged, that Catania drove his 2017 BMW into the Little Falls Road side of the Target store, causing a large hole in the cinder block exterior wall and extensive damage to the car.

At approximately 3:07 P.M., Fairfield officers were dispatched to the Target store for a report of a vehicle that allegedly struck the building. Upon arrival, it is alleged that Catania was found unconscious behind the wheel of his BMW. Atlantic Ambulance and the Fairfield Fire Department were also dispatched to assist at the scene. EMS administered NARCAN which allegedly assisted with Catania’s recovery. He was then transported to Chilton Hospital in Pompton Plains, N.J. in police custody for further evaluation.

The police investigation revealed that Catania allegedly consumed a quantity of heroin while in or around the Dunkin Donuts located on Passaic Avenue in Fairfield. Catania then drove through the rear driveway of the Dunkin Donuts, which is also shared with the Goddard School. Surveillance video shows the BMW stopping for about five minutes in the parking lot of the nursery school just before the vehicle is seen accelerating across Little Falls Road, nearly striking two passing vehicles.

“Thankfully, no one else was injured during this incident especially children from the nursery school” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. “Our nation’s heroin epidemic continues to jeopardize, not only those who have fallen to its addictive spell, but as this case almost showed, the innocent citizen who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time” said the chief.

Catania was also charged with driving while under the influence in a school zone,  and careless and reckless driving. He is scheduled for an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on July 13, 2017.

(It should be noted that the charges against Catania are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairfield Officers Visit NYPD

Fairfield (NJ) On June 22, 2017, a contingent of Fairfield Police Department supervisors and detectives attended a leadership day with the New York City Police Department; a department viewed as one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the world, in order to get perspective as to their training and capabilities. Attending the event were Chief Anthony Manna, Lieutenants Charles Zampino and Daniel Dias, Sergeants Paul Bowden, John McNish, Christopher Niemiec, Frank Tracey, Michael Nyhuis, John McGrory, and Detective Jeffrey Didyk.

The trip started off with a visit to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum where the officers could reflect on that tragic day and get perspective regarding the sacrifices made by so many Americans, including first responders. Upon completing the museum tour, the group then boarded a 70’ NYPD boat for a tour around the city on both the Hudson and East Rivers, along the way, learning about the many responsibilities and the capabilities of the Harbor Unit.

It was then off to the police academy in College Point, Queens to see how NYPD’s Finest are trained, from initial recruit training to in-service classes for veterans and supervisors. The trip culminated with a teambuilding event with the officers attending a New York Yankee baseball game.

“Our gratitude goes out to the NYPD for their hospitality and for taking the time to educate us on how they go about keeping America’s largest city safe. I feel it was a great learning and team building experience for our officers” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. “The day would have been even better had the Yankees won” the chief said.

 

 

 

 

Fairfield Municipal Employees Receive A.L.I.C.E. Active Shooter Training

Fairfield (NJ) In June, Fairfield municipal employees received training in the A.L.I.C.E. protocol for actions to be taken in the event they encounter an active shooter situation. A.L.I.C.E.  is an acronym for Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate which are all actions that individuals could take if faced with an active shooter.

The training was conducted by Lieutenant Daniel Dias and Detective Jeffrey Didyk, both of whom are certified A.L.I.C.E. instructors. In the past, the Fairfield Police Department has presented the program for employees of private industry and will do so for any business looking to provide such training for their employees. Interested individuals can contact Lieutenant Daniel Dias at (973) 227-1400 for further details. In addition the department will be running an A.L.I.C.E. training session for citizens in the fall since its protocols can help when individuals are at the mall, stores or other public places.

“Unfortunately, due to the climate of violence that exists in our society, any location can quickly become the scene of an active shooter situation as was the case seen recently on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. “This training is extremely enlightening and important and can greatly increase an individual’s survivability in the event the unthinkable occurs” the chief said

 

Tractor Trailer Pulls Down Utility Pole Resulting in Road Closure

Fairfield (NJ) On June 12, 2017, at approximately 12:38 P.M., the Fairfield Police and Fire Departments responded to a motor vehicle crash on Passaic Avenue in the area of Pier Lane West involving tractor trailer that apparently took down a low-hanging wire. As a result, a utility pole was also pulled down across Passaic Avenue and a solar light panel that was attached to the pole became impaled in the trailer of the truck. Passaic Avenue was closed for 90 minutes while utility crews worked to shut power down and to clean up the debris associated with the crash. The road was reopened at approximately 2:10 PM.

The driver of the truck was identified as John Prato of Passaic, N.J. and the tractor is owned by Trade Show Technologies of West Caldwell, N.J.


Active Warrants Lead to Arrest of Vehicle Passengers

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Roger Jacobs (21) of Paterson, N.J. and Shaquan Capron (25) of Newark, N.J. on June 11, 2017 for having active arrest warrants issued by the Paterson Municipal Court. In addition, Capron was also charged with possessing less than 50 grams of marijuana as well.

On that date, at approximately 4:22 P.M., Officers David Lagan and Christopher Yoo were on patrol on Lane Road when they allegedly observed a 2003 Nissan with improperly tinted windows. The vehicle was then stopped, with Capron and Jacobs being passengers in it. As the officers were speaking with the driver and occupants it is alleged that they detected the odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Further investigation allegedly revealed the discovery of suspected marijuana in the possession of Capron. A further check of both Capron and Jacobs revealed that both had active arrest warrants issued by the Paterson Municipal Court. Both were then placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters.

Both were eventually released on their own recognizance pending an appearance in the Paterson Municipal Court on June 12, 2017.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Fairlawn Man Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Irwin Ortiz (25) of Fairlawn, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to turn over a controlled dangerous substance to a law enforcement officer on May 23, 2017.

On that date, at approximately 9:27 A.M., Officer Steven D’Argenio was monitoring traffic on Route 46 when he observed a 2016 Nissan, which was traveling west, with tinted windows. A check of the vehicle’s registration allegedly revealed that the driver’s license of the vehicle’s registered owner was suspended. The vehicle was then stopped and found to be operated by Ortiz.

During the traffic stop, it is alleged that the officer detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from within the vehicle. A subsequent investigation allegedly revealed the discovery of approximately 29 grams of suspected marijuana, a digital scale, a smoking pipe and two grinders. Ortiz was arrested without incident, charged and released on his own recognizance pending an initial court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court on June 1, 2017. He was also charged with several motor vehicle violations to include operating on the revoked list and possession of a CDS in a motor vehicle.

(It should be noted that the charges against Ortiz are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Passengers in Two Separate Incidents Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department arrested two passengers of vehicles for possessing less than 50 grams of marijuana, during two separate enforcement incidents on May 16, 2017,

The first incident occurred at approximately 10:02 A.M. when Officer Jeffrey Dean stopped a 2004 Mercedes Benz on Passaic Avenue for allegedly failing to maintain a lane. During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that a quantity of suspected marijuana was recovered from Sophia DeCarlo (21) of Totowa, N.J. Also found were items of drug paraphernalia to include two grinders. She was placed under arrest, charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and released on her own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on May 25, 2017.

The second incident occurred at 8:47 P.M. when Officers Steven Ptaszynski and Brian Geisler, riding in a two officer vehicle, observed a 2012 Mercedes Benz allegedly also fails to maintain its lane. The vehicle was then stopped on Route 46 East.

As the officers spoke with the vehicle’s occupants, it is alleged that they detected a pungent odor of raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle. As the investigation continued, it is alleged that the officers recovered a small quantity of suspected marijuana from Dalce, who was seated in the rear passenger seat. He was then placed under arrest, charged and released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on May 18, 2017. The driver was issued a summons for careless driving.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

Fairfield Man Charged with Aggravated Assault on Police Officer

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joshua Munn (26) of Fairfield, N.J. for aggravated assault on a police officer, obstruction of justice and resisting arrest on May 13, 2017.

On that date, at approximately 3:51 P.M., all available police units were dispatched to a Fairfield Road residence on a report of a medical issue involving Munn. Also dispatched was the West Essex First Aid Squad. It is alleged that as Sergeant David Proctor and Officer Steven D’Argenio were walking Munn to the ambulance, he became aggressive, combative and tried to punch the officers. He was then placed under arrest but continued to resist. He was finally handcuffed and eventually transported to Mountainside Hospital for evaluation under police guard. During the course of the struggle, Sergeant Proctor sustained a laceration that later required stiches. Munn was eventually charged and released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charges against Munn are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Police Department and Churchill School Celebrate L.E.A.D. Graduation

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department, the students and staff of Churchill School and members of the Fairfield Municipal Alliance Committee were on hand on May 15, 2017 for L.E.A.D. Day in Fairfield, an all day celebration commemorating the graduation of the sixth grade class from the Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D.) curriculum.The lessons in the program introduce and review a series of skills to prepare children to make healthy choices and resist unhealthy behaviors in life; including bullying, alcohol, and drug use and were taught by Officers Jeffrey Dean and James High Jr.

This marked the first time, in a number of years that uniformed police officers provided the anti-drug and alcohol curriculum to students at the elementary school. In the recent past, the program was taught by a retired law enforcement officer. “I am elated that once again, Fairfield police officers are back in the schools and instructing students in the dangers of drugs and alcohol and in helping to guide them in making good choices throughout their lives. I think it’s extremely important that our children get to know our officers at a young age so that a level of trust can begin and be maintained as they grow older. Officers Dean and High Jr. have done a truly remarkable job in beginning this relationship and I couldn’t be more proud and pleased in what they have accomplished” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

The day’s festivities started with students witnessing a solemn wreath laying and flag lowering ceremony at the department’s law enforcement memorial in commemoration of National Peace Officers’ Day and the start of police week nationwide. Students then took a tour of police headquarters, getting an opportunity to meet officers in their work environment and also seeing a variety of equipment and the workings of a police car up close.

At approximately 10:00 A.M., a helicopter from Atlantic Health Systems (Atlantic Air-1) landed on the baseball field at Churchill School and the students had an opportunity to hear from the crew about the work they do in saving lives throughout the state. The students were also able to sit inside of the helicopter for photos.

Next came an exciting and insightful demonstration by the Paterson Police Department’s K-9 unit and which seemed to be a favorite for students and adults. Sergeants Pistone and Curving, along with their K-9 partners Milan, Domino and Lonnie, showed how dogs greatly assist law enforcement officers in apprehending suspects. A pizza lunch was then provided by the Municipal Alliance Committee.

The day culminated with a graduation ceremony where each sixth grade student was given a certificate and L.E.A.D. t-shirt, also provided by the Municipal Alliance Committee. “This was a phenomenal way for us to kick off National Police Week and also helped to greatly reinforce the department’s commitment to our community and its youth” said the chief.

 

 

 

 

Fairfield Officers Begin 2017 Unity Tour Bicycle Trip to Washington, DC

Fairfield (NJ) Fairfield police Sergeant Frank Tracey and Detective Ian Rasmussen joined well over 200 other law enforcement officers at the Wyndham Hotel in Florham Park, N.J. on May 9th to begin the 2017 Police Unity Tour. The Unity Tour is an over 300 mile bicycle, three day bicycle ride that concludes when the officers arrive at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. The ride was established to bring attention to and honor the memory of all those law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty. Each rider is responsible for raising a specific amount of funds, which are then donated to the National Law Enforcement Memorial, in order for them to be able to ride. Sergeant Tracey and Detective Rasmussen raised $5500.00. The department extends its gratitude to all those who sponsored the officers. This is Sergeant Tracey’s third unity tour trip and Detective Rasmussen’s first.


Four Individuals Arrested for Drug Paraphernalia Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Lina Bachkhaz (21) Wayne, N.J., Anthony Iudici (19) of Fairfield, N.J., Robert Tucker (21) and Jesse Simunovich (24) both of North Caldwell, N.J. for possession of drug paraphernalia on May 5, 2017.

On that date, at approximately 11:39 P.M., Officer Frank Patierno was on patrol on Route 46 when he observed a 1997 Honda that allegedly had a front headlight that was inoperable. As the officer continued to follow the vehicle, it is alleged that the vehicle also failed to maintain its lane. The vehicle was then stopped on Sand Road and found to be operated by Bachkhaz. Officers Jeffrey Dean and David Lagan arrived to assist.

While speaking with Bachkhaz, it is alleged that one of the officers observed a glassine fold, in plain view, in the rear passenger portion of the vehicle. Further investigation allegedly revealed the discovery of 9 hypodermic syringes, one glass stem pipe and one glassine fold with suspected heroin residue. All four individuals were then placed under arrest, charged and later released on their own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on May 11, 2017.

(It should be noted that the charges against all are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

Three Class 2 Special Police Officers Graduate and Join the Fairfield Force

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police department is pleased and proud to announce the graduation of Fairfield Special Police Officers James Ciampi, Paul Cicchetti, and Jayson Sickles from the Essex County College Police Academy on Thursday April 28, 2017. This brings the total number of Class 2 special officers in the department to four. At the graduation ceremony, Officer Ciampi received the class physical fitness award and Officer Sickles was honored for his service as the executive officer for the class.

“These dedicated men gave up their Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and every Saturday, for the last six and a half months and at their own expense, in order to serve our community and to begin their path to a full time law enforcement position. Our department members and I could not be more proud of their efforts and welcome them to our department family” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

These special police officers will undergo some in-house and field training and will ultimately be assigned to provide security at the municipal court, the schools and at the many community events that occur throughout the year. Additionally they will be used to help support a variety of other department initiatives including assisting with traffic enforcement and community policing.

   

North Bergen Man Arrested for Possessing Child Pornography on Computer

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Tejas Patel (36) of North Bergen, N.J..for third degree endangering the welfare of a child. Patel surrendered himself to Fairfield authorities on May 2, 2017 after an approximate yearlong investigation in which the files of his work computer was examined by law enforcement authorities.

In April 2016, company representatives from Command Nutritionals in Fairfield, which was Patel’s employer at the time, inadvertently discovered suspicious icons on Patel’s computer. They conducted a cursory investigation and then immediately notified the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Fairfield police. The computer was seized and eventually a search warrant was obtained to allow its files to be analyzed by technicians from the New Jersey State Police Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory.

As a result of this analysis, it is alleged that a variety of images involving minors engaged in pornographic activity were discovered and linked to Patel. A warrant was then issued for his arrest and it was served upon him when he voluntarily came to police headquarters. Patel was then transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, N.J. Detective Jeffrey Didyk investigated the case.

(It should be noted that the charge against Patel is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Thieves Target Landscaping Equipment

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is advising professional landscapers who store equipment within the township that there have been two separate incidents over the last week wherein skid steer machines and other equipment and vehicles have been stolen from separate locations.

The first incident took place between April 24-28, 2017, at the Essex County Airport located on Passaic Avenue. A 2001 Bobcat skid steer, belonging to Torluccio Landscaping and valued at approximately $12,000 was taken.

A similar incident occurred between April 30, and May 1, 2017 at a yard belonging to LCC Landscapers located on Bloomfield Avenue. This time, not only was a 2012 New Holland skid steer taken but so were a 2011 blue Ford pickup truck and a 1996 Eagle trailer. The total value of this theft was estimated to be $90,000.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400.   

Attempted Burglary Reported on Big Piece Road

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating an attempted residential burglary that occurred on Big Piece Road in the area of Sylvan Road on April 29. 2017 between 3PM and 6PM. Unknown actor(s) allegedly cut the weather stripping and then apparently pried open the door. It does not appear that the actor(s) entered the residence and nothing was reported missing.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400

Heroin and DUI Arrests Dominate Weekend

Fairfield (NJ) Three individuals were arrested in three separate incidents over this past weekend which involved heroin use, possession or involved driving under the influence or both.

The first incident took place on April 29, 2017 at approximately 3:14 A.M. and involved a single car motor vehicle crash on Route 46 West near Madison Road whereby the involved vehicle allegedly went airborne and left the roadway, ending up on the lawn of Bell Environmental located at 155 Route 46 West. Officer Daniel Moran arrived on the scene and allegedly found Jose Baez-Nunez (28) of Paterson, N.J. to be the driver and lone occupant of a 2001 Ford pickup truck.

As the officer began to investigate the crash, it is alleged that Baez-Nunez displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, slurred speech, bloodshot and watery eyes and droopy eyelids.

As a result, field sobriety tests were administered and based upon the results, and the totality of the circumstances, Baez-Nunez was placed under arrested and transported to police headquarters so that breath testing could be completed. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. It is further alleged that he refused to provide samples of his breath for chemical testing.

He was charged with driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a breath test, DUI in a school zone, reckless and careless driving. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on May 11, 2017

The second incident also took place later in the day on April 29, 2017 wherein Justin Ngo (24) of Mountain Lakes, N.J. was arrested and charged with failing to make a lawful disposition of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On that date, at approximately 5:35 PM, Officer David Lagan was dispatched to Once Upon A Child, located at 137 Route 46 West, on an unrelated incident. When he arrived, he observed a 2002 Toyota illegally parked in the fire zone and partially obstructing pedestrian traffic. He allegedly observed the driver, identified as Ngo, asleep in the driver seat. The officer knocked on the window and Ngo woke up. As the officer did this, it is alleged that he observed, in plain view, several glassine folds that the officer suspected to be heroin, stuffed in the steering wheel cover. At this point he was placed under arrest. Also allegedly found in Ngo’s possession were three Xanax tablets. After being charged, Ngo was released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court on May 4, 2017.

The last incident took place on April 30, 2017 at approximately 12:29 AM on Horseneck Road near the Route 80 overpass.  Sergeant Michael Nyhuis and Officer Daniel Moran responded to that location on a report of a suspicious vehicle. The caller allegedly reported that there was a vehicle at that location with all its doors open and that the driver was vomiting outside the vehicle and felt he might be intoxicated.

When the officers arrived, they observed a 2003 Nissan that was parked and running. The driver and lone occupant was determined to be Evan Menconi (31) of Boonton, N.J. When the officers approached the vehicle to speak with him, it is alleged that Menconi displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence of an opiate to include sweating profusely, watery eyes with constricted pupils, and appearing generally lethargic.

As they investigated further, it is alleged that they observed both a cut straw and several glassine folds that they believed contained suspected heroin, in plain view within the vehicle. Menconi was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where officers allegedly found additional glassine folds containing suspected heroin. A total of 42 folds were recovered between what was initially found in the car and then on Menconi while at the station.

Due to Menconi’s condition, he was brought to a local hospital for evaluation while remaining in police custody. Upon being cleared he was returned to police headquarters and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possessing a CDS for a purpose other than treatment of sickness or injury as prescribed by a physician and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with driving under the influence. Menconi was then transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charges against all three individuals are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three New Officers Join Fairfield Force

Fairfield (NJ) Probationary Police Officers Brian Geisler, Christopher Yoo and Louis Bisciotti were sworn in at the April 24, 2017 meeting of the Fairfield Mayor and Council.

Officer Geisler most recently served as a Class 2 special police officer with the Dover Police Department until his appointment with the Fairfield Police Department and is a veteran of the United States Army, serving from 2007-2011. He was honorably discharged.

Officer Yoo most recently served as a deputy sheriff with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department until his appointment with the Fairfield Police Department. Prior to that, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He also speaks and understands Spanish.

Officer Bisciotti most recently served as a police officer with the East Orange Police Department from May 2016 until his appointment to the Fairfield Police Department. Prior to that, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Graphics/New Media from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island.

All of these officers will undergo an 8-12 week field training program before being assigned to the department’s Patrol Division. Officers Geisler and Yoo will also be attending 40 additional hours at one of the state’s police academies in order to receive their Police Training Commission certification as a full time police officer. Officer Bisciotti has already received his PTC certification.

“We are extremely excited over the hiring of these three very capable individuals and commend the Mayor and Council in their endless support of the police department and their ongoing commitment in keeping our community and its residents safe and secure” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.   


 

Lake Hopatcong Man Arrested for Heroin Possession and Shoplifting

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Anthony Bellina (31) of Lake Hopatcong, N.J. for possession of heroin and shoplifting on April 18, 2017. On that date, at approximately 7:43 P.M., Fairfield officers responded to the Target store located on Route 46, after being informed by asset protection personnel that there was a shoplifting incident that was in progress.

As Fairfield officers arrived, Bellina was taken into custody by an asset protection officer when he allegedly tried to walk out of the store with approximately $150.00 worth of baby formula concealed in his backpack. Bellina was then placed under arrest. It is alleged, that during the search conducted incidental to his arrest, the officers found a small quantity of suspected heroin in his pants pocket.

After being charged it was discovered that Bellina had an active arrest warrant issued by the Roxbury Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance on the Fairfield charges and turned over to the custody of the Roxbury Police Department.

(It should be noted that the charges against Bellina are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Easter Altercation Leads to Aggravated Assault Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Durim Adili (72) of Little Falls, N.J. for aggravated assault on April 16, 2017. On that date, at approximately 9:49 AM, all available police units were dispatched to a Little Falls Road residence on a report of a physical altercation occurring between a resident and a contractor.

When the police arrived, the individuals were already separated. Investigation revealed that Adili wanted the victim to pay for some of the construction work that was being done on the victim’s home in advance of it being completed. The victim declined at which time a physical altercation ensued. It was during this altercation that it is alleged that Adili began to choke the victim with his hands, leaving ligature marks on the victim’s throat that the officers’ noticed. Adili was placed under arrest. He was then transported to an area hospital with chest pains. The victim refused any medical attention. At the time of this release, Adili remained in the hospital under police guard.  

(It should be noted that the charge against Adili is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or vis found guilty in a court of law)

DUI Arrest of Paterson Man

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Angel Maldonado (56) of Paterson, N.J. for driving under the influence on April 13, 2017.

On that date, at approximately 12:46 AM, Officer Sean McCormack was on patrol on Plymouth Street when he observed a 2005 Chrysler that allegedly failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection of Plymouth Street and Horseneck Road. The vehicle then proceeded south on Horseneck Road where it allegedly drifted out of the lane of travel and struck a curb. It was then stopped and found to be operated by Maldonado.

It is alleged that during his interaction with the officer, Maldonado displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, bloodshot and watery eyes with droopy eyelids, slurred speech and fumbling hand movements. Standardized field sobriety tests were administered, and based upon the totality of the circumstances, Maldonado was placed under arrest. His vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. He was then transported to police headquarters in order to provide breath samples.

In addition to driving under the influence, Maldonado was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, failure to maintain a lane, careless driving and failure to observe a traffic control device. He was released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on April 20, 2017.

(It should be noted that the charges against Maldonado are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

West Caldwell Man Charged with Shoplifting Appliances

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael DiOrio (30) of West Caldwell for shoplifting on April 14, 2017. On that date, at approximately 4:12 PM, officers were dispatched to the Target store, located on Route 46 East, on a report of a shoplifting incident that was in progress.

When the officers arrived, they waited outside and were being given updates by Target security regarding the suspect. It is alleged that DiOrio put approximately $700.00 worth of kitchen appliances into a shopping cart and then attempted to push it out of the doors without ever attempting to pay for it. He was arrested by Officers James High Jr., Christopher Nicholas and Sergeant Christopher Niemiec.

He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Essex County Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on April 26, 2017

(It should be noted that the charges against DiOrio are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Route 80 MV Stop Leads to Recovery of Heroin

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael Toth (35) of Dingmans Ferry, PA and William Braxton (28) of Lake Ariel, PA for possession of heroin, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute on April 13, 2017.

On that date, at approximately 2:27 PM, Officers Jeffrey Dean and Steven D’Argenio were conducting a traffic enforcement detail on Route 80 West when they allegedly observed a 2000 Jeep that allegedly had an unclear rear license plate. The vehicle was then stopped and found to be operated by Toth with Braxton as a front seat passenger.

The officers spoke with both individuals separately and it is alleged that both men were extremely nervous and gave conflicting accounts as to where they were coming from and who they had met when at that location. As a result, the officers requested Toth gran them permission to search the vehicle for any illicit material. Toth refused this request. Based upon their investigation to this point, a request was made for a narcotic K-9 to respond to the scene to assist with the investigation. An Essex County Sheriff’s Department officer and K-9 arrived. It is alleged that the K-9 gave positive indications for the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.

At this point the vehicle was secured and towed in order for a search warrant to be obtained. The search warrant was authorized and it is alleged that 300 glassine envelopes containing suspected heroin were found secreted in the center console. Both Toth and Braxton were subsequently arrested, charged and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, N.J.

“This was a very nice seizure of heroin that was obviously destined for distribution in Pennsylvania. If not for the alert actions of Officers Dean and D’Argenio, these individuals may have been successful in their efforts” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detectives Investigate Farmstead Lane Burglary

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a residential burglary that occurred on Farmstead Lane on April 11, 2017, between the hours of 8:00-8:45 P.M., No one was home at the time of the incident. Unknown actors gained entry to the residence by forcing open a kitchen window. Once inside, the actors ransacked the master bedroom and allegedly stole an undisclosed amount of jewelry and a 9 mm handgun.

Witnesses in the neighborhood apparently observed the actors and described them as two African American males, wearing white tee-shirts. They were seen putting items into a white sedan, believed to possibly be a Honda Civic. The vehicle then pulled away with no lights on and turned onto Long Acres Road towards Hollywood Avenue.

"We would like to remind our residents that they should call the police department to report any suspicious activities in their neighborhoods. Since they are the ones who live there and are familiar with normal conditions, they are the best to determine what is suspicious" said Chief Anthony G. Manna. "Very often people feel they are bothering the police when they call on such things but this is not the case. We would prefer to check on 10 suspicious conditions that turn out to be nothing then to go to one burglary that could possibly be prevent by a call from the public" said the chief.

Anyone who may have any information about this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Jeffrey Didyk of the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. All information will be kept confidential.

 

 

 

 

Repeated Calls to 9-1-1 Results in Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Robert Fritz (54) of Fairfield, N.J. for calling 9-1-1without having a need for a 9-1-1 service in violation of New Jersey statute 2C:33-3e on April 4, 2017.

On that date, between 5:16 P.M. and 5:20 P.M., it is alleged that the Fairfield Police Department received three calls to their 9-1-1 console that came from the same Fairfield residence and all of which were allegedly made by an intoxicated Fritz. During each of the calls, it is alleged that Fritz speech was slurred and he was requesting the police return his tractor to him.

At this point, Sgt. Frank Tracey and Officers James High Jr. and Jeffrey Dean responded to the Fritz residence on Forest Place. While there, it is alleged that they came in contact with Fritz who displayed symptoms of being under the influence to include slow and slurred speech, an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, and was unsteady on his feet. It is alleged that Fritz told the officers that he was earlier arrested in Little Falls for driving his tractor while under the influence and wanted his tractor back.

At this time, Fritz was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing. He was then transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, N.J. pending a bail hearing.

"Anytime someone contacts 9-1-1 and does not have an actual emergency, it potentially puts the public at risk who may actually need emergency services. In this case, Mr. Fritz was warned several times to cease that conduct and he did not listen" said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

(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)

 

 

North Caldwell Woman Arrested for Suspected DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joyce Pisani (55) of North Caldwell, N.J. for driving while under the influence on April 2, 2017. On that date, at approximately 11:00 PM, Officer Steven Ptaszynski was on patrol on Beverly Road when he observed a 2013 BMW traveling east on Beverly Road, allegedly at a speed of 37 MPH in a 25 MPH zone. In addition, it is alleged that the vehicle often travelled into the portion of the roadway for traffic that would be travelling in the opposite direction.

The vehicle was stopped and it was found to be operated by Pisani. During the stop, it is alleged that Pisano displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include an odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath, bloodshot and watery eyes and droopy eyelids. As a result of the officer’s observations, standard field sobriety tests were administered. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, Pisani was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters. Her vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

While at headquarters, it is alleged that Pisani refused to provide samples of her breath as is required by law. She was charged with driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a breath test, speeding, careless driving and failure to maintain a lane. She was released on her own recognizance pending an April 13, 2017 date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Fairfield Police Unveil New Special Enforcement Unit

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department has reassigned four officers to a newly created Special Enforcement Unit that will focus mainly on conducting traffic enforcement details at various locations within the community that have either been the subject of complaints, present a clear danger to the citizenry or where ongoing violations regularly occur. In addition to that, the unit will also focus attention on drug interdiction efforts and assist the Investigative Division with targeted criminal enforcement activities. The unit will be under the supervision of Sergeant Paul Bowden with Officers David Chabay, Christopher Nicholas and Brian Holzmann.

Citizens are encouraged to contact Sergeant Paul Bowden at 973-227-1400 to report any traffic enforcement related issues that the Special Enforcement Unit should be aware of.


Distracted Driving Enforcement and Education Campaign

Fairfield (NJ) Law enforcement officers from the Fairfield Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of New Jersey’s UDrive. UText. UPay. enforcement campaign.

Beginning April 1st and running through April 21st, the high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving.

“Distracted driving is a serious issue on our roadways,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.  "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2014 alone, 3,179 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and an estimated 431,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.” 

Despite the fact that using a hand held cell phone or texting while driving is illegal in New Jersey, the practice appears to be widespread. In a recent survey conducted by the FDU Public Mind Poll for the Division of Highway Traffic Safety, 67% of respondents said they “very often” see people driving and talking on a hand held cell phone. 42% of respondents said they “very often” see driver’s texting.

The campaign is being carried out during the month of April, which the National Safety Council has designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The New Jersey campaign is modeled after similar successful high visibility enforcement programs such as Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

 

Route 80 Traffic Stop Leads to Marijuana Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Hecmington Sanchez (23) of Paterson, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on March 19, 2017.

On that date, at approximately 7:43 P.M., Officer David Lagan was on patrol when he observed a 2011 Mazda allegedly with dark, tinted windows that were in violation of New Jersey law. The vehicle pulled onto Route 80 East where it was stopped by the officer. The vehicle was found to be operated by Sanchez. As the officer was speaking to Sanchez, he allegedly detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle. A subsequent investigation revealed the discovery of three small bags of suspected marijuana and a grinder. Sanchez was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing.

In addition to the criminal charges, he was also given summonses for illegally tinted windows and for possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance pending a March 23, 2017 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Sanchez are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he eother pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Hackensack Man Charged with Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Anthony Gorga (57) of Hackensack, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on March 10, 2017. On that date, at approximately 12:46 P.M., Officer Jeffrey Dean was on patrol in the parking lot when he allegedly observed a 2015 Jeep bearing the same New Jersey registration, that he observed only days earlier, acting suspiciously in the same parking lot.

He then stopped the vehicle as it exited the lot and found it to be operated by Gorga. Further investigation allegedly led to the discovery of a small quantity of suspected marijuana and a pipe. Gorga was arrested, processed and released on his own recognizance pending a appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on March 16, 2017.

(It should be noted that the charges against Gorga are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Near Drowning Averted with the Assistance of Heroic Hotel Guest

Fairfield (NJ) “A near fatal drowning of a 9 year old boy was averted because of the quick actions of a hotel guest” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. On March 2, 2017, at approximately 6:37 P.M., all available police units were dispatched to the pool area of the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, on a report of a 9 year old boy who had been underwater in the pool.

When the officers arrived, the boy was out of the water and CPR had been undertaken. The officers observed that the victim had a pulse and was breathing on his own. They administered oxygen and monitored his condition until he was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center by the West Essex First Aid Squad.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a mother and her five children ranging in age from 1-9 years old were all in the pool with a male companion of the mother. All are from Paterson and none of them knew how to swim. It appears that, while the adults were focusing their attention on the younger children, the 9 year old began to struggle and eventually ended up under the water in the deeper end of the pool.

The male companion then ran to the front desk to get assistance. At that time Mr. Randolph Tajada-Perez, a 37 year old from Hazelton, PA., was checking into the hotel and immediately responded to the pool area. Mr. Tajada-Perez, who himself does not know how to swim, then jumped into the pool, and after a few attempts, was able to go under water and remove the child from the pool.

“Anyone who has a fear of water and is not comfortable swimming can truly appreciate the bravery displayed by this hero guest, who conquered his own fears to save the young life of another. All of us at the police department are extremely proud of him” said the chief.

As of March 3, 2017 at 8:30 AM, the child was listed in stable condition. The incident was investigated by Det. Jeffrey Didyk of the Fairfield Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

 

 

 

 

Fairfield Police Promotes Five Officers

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department promoted the following officers at the February 27, 2017 meeting of the Mayor and Council:

  • Sergeant Charles Zampino to the rank of lieutenant
  • Sergeant Daniel Dias to the rank of lieutenant
  • Detective Michael Nyhuis to the rank of sergeant
  • Officer Frank Tracey to the rank of sergeant
  • Detective John McGrory to the rank of sergeant

These promotions will assist in a reorganization of the department with a lieutenant now being in charge of each of the department’s three divisions, Patrol, Investigative and Administrative. It will also allow for a special enforcement unit to be created that will be used for targeted traffic and criminal enforcement.

LT. CHARLES ZAMPINO

Lt. Zampino earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Jersey City State College in 1994. He started his law enforcement career with the Seaside Heights Police Department in 1998 where he graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy as a Class 2 Special Police Officer. This occurred on a Friday. On the following Monday, he was hired as a probationary police officer by the Fairfield Police Department.

He was initially assigned to the Patrol Division where he became an emergency medical technician, field training officer, a member of the Community Policing Unit, a founding member of the department’s Honor Guard, and a certified drug recognition expert.

He was re-assigned to the Investigative Division as a detective in September 2004 where he served as both the juvenile and narcotics detective. He has been there ever since. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in July 2012 and currently serves as the officer in charge of the Investigative Division.

He has been commended with 29 unit citations, 6 honorable service citations, 2 exceptional service citations, 2 chiefs certificate of recognition awards, 1 meritorious service citation and 1 lifesaving citation.  Additionally, he has received valor awards from the Essex County 200 Club and the Scottish Rite Valley of Northern NJ and a special commendation from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. He is also a past recipient of the Knights of Columbus Shield Award.

He is married to his wife Jen and they have two children, Christian and Blake. Upon his promotion, Lt. Zampino will be assigned as the Investigative Division Commander.

LT. DANIEL DIAS

Lt. Daniel Dias joined the Fairfield Police Department in January 1999 after having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island in 1995. He also attended Richmond University in London in 1995 as he was selected for an internship program with the United States Navy.

He graduated from the Essex County Police Academy in June 1999 earning his Academy Class physical fitness award. Upon graduation, he served in the Patrol Division until he was re-assigned to the Investigative Division as a detective in May of 2003. He was re-assigned back to the Patrol Division, eventually being promoted to the rank of sergeant in July of 2012. He currently serves as the officer in charge of the Firearms Training Unit.

Lt. Dias has been commended with 11 unit citations, 2 exceptional service citations, 1 honorable service citation and 1 criminal apprehension citation

He is married to his wife Dena and they have three children Gavin, Mia and Dash. Upon his promotion, Lt. Dias will be assigned as the Patrol Division Commander

SGT. MICHAEL NYHUIS

Sgt. Michael Nyhuis earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Rutgers University in 1998. He later went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Training and Development from Seton Hall University in 2005.

He was hired by the Fairfield Police Department in January of 2002 and graduated from the Morris County Police Academy. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Patrol Division where he became an emergency medical technician, a member of the Traffic Unit and a firearm’s instructor.

In 2012, he was re-assigned to the Investigative Division as a detective. While there, he served as both the juvenile detective and the custodian of evidence.

Sgt. Nyhuis has been commended with 8 unit citations, 2 honorable service citations, 1 chief’s certificate of recognition, and 1 lifesaving citation.

He is married to his wife Jenn and they have three children, Alana, Karly and Anthony. Upon his promotion, Sgt. Nyhuis will be assigned to the Patrol Division as a squad supervisor.

SGT. FRANK TRACEY

Sgt. Frank Tracey began his service in law enforcement in June of 2000 when he became a dispatcher with the Fairfield Police Department. In February 2001, he was hired as a police officer with the North Caldwell Police Department. He attended the Passaic County Police Academy where he was awarded a certificate from the Police Training Commission to the recruit, who in the opinion of their classmates displayed those qualities of scholarship and leadership that are indicative of exceptional future professional performance. In August 2004, Sgt. Tracey returned to the Fairfield Police Department as a police officer.

He was assigned to the Patrol Division where he served as a field training officer, emergency medical technician, baton and defensive tactics instructor, an Honor Guard member and as a police academy instructor in methods of Instruction, a course that is required of any police officer that intends teaching police recruits. In the past, Sgt. Tracey has served as a member of the former Essex/Union Auto Theft Task Force and has worked closely with the FBI in helping to disrupt human trafficking in New Jersey.

In May 2015, Sgt. Tracey became the first officer in our department’s history to participate in the Police Unity Tour, a four day bicycle ride from Florham Park, N.J. to Washington DC to honor those law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Sgt. Tracey has been commended with 3 honorable service citations, 2 lifesaving citations, 1 unit citation and 1 criminal apprehension citation. In addition he was the recipient of the American Red Cross Heroes Award and the 2012 Mothers Against Drunken Driving Distinguished Service Award.

Sgt. Tracey has two children, Frankie and Leah and spends most of his free time with his girlfriend of two years Lisa and her two children. Upon his promotion, Sgt. Tracey will be assigned to the Patrol Division as a squad supervisor. 

SGT. JOHN McGRORY

Sgt. McGrory began his law enforcement career with the Fairfield Police Department in 2004 as a police dispatcher. He was hired as a police officer in June 2005 and attended the Essex County Police Academy. He was assigned to the Patrol Division where he served as a member of the former Essex/Union Auto Theft Task Force, an emergency medical technician, and a field training officer.

He was re-assigned to the Investigative Division as a detective in January 2016 and is a member of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crime Task Force. Since July 2016, he was assigned to the DEA HIDTA task force to assist in their efforts in combating the drug epidemic.

Sgt. McGrory has been commended with 3 lifesaving citations. In addition he has received the American Red Cross Heroes Award and a special commendation from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. He is also a past recipient of the 2013 Mothers Against Drunken Driving Distinguished Service Award and the 2013 Knights of Columbus Shield Award.

Sgt. McGrory is married to his wife Mariah and has a son Desi. The couple is currently expecting their second child. Upon his promotion, Sgt. McGrory will be assigned to the Patrol Division as a squad supervisor.


 

 

 

 

Fairfield Chief Commends Officers and Civilians at Council Meeting

Fairfield (NJ) Fairfield Police Chief Anthony G. Manna formally commended a number of officers and two civilians at the monthly meeting of the Mayor and Council on February 27, 2017. The commendations given were as follows:

 Lifesaving Award

Lieutenant Peter Pollack

On October 24, 2016, while off duty and in another jurisdiction, Lt. Peter Pollack came upon two Parsippany police officers who were outside in a condominium complex with an unresponsive 36 year old female. Lt. Pollack, who has extensive medical training, began to assist the officers with CPR and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator. This female ultimately survived. For his actions, he is awarded a lifesaving ribbon

 Lifesaving Award

Sergeant Daniel Dias

Officer Christopher Andrews

Officer Ian Rasmussen

Officer Steven D’Argenio

Officer Daniel Moran

On November 2, 2016, these officers responded to 376 Hollywood Avenue on a report of a 64 year old male that was unresponsive. The officers immediately began CPR and shocked the victim with Automated External Defibrillator.  As a result the victim was saved and is currently recovering in Florida and could not be with us tonight. For their quick and decisive actions, these officers are awarded a lifesaving ribbon

 Lifesaving Award

Lieutenant Peter Pollack

Sergeant Joseph Keegan

Officer Jeffrey Dean

Officer Steven D’Argenio

On November 10, 2016, these officers responded to a single vehicle motor vehicle crash with a car hitting a telephone pole on Greenbrook Road. Upon arrival, they discovered a 38 year old unresponsive female. They began CPR and as a result, she survived. For their actions, they are awarded a lifesaving ribbon

 Criminal Apprehension Award

Officer David Lagan

On January 24, 2017, Officer Lagan stopped a car for a motor vehicle violation. As is often the case, he looked beyond the traffic violation and ultimately discovered that the driver was involved in the theft of credit card numbers. Recovered in the vehicle was a credit card embossing machine, a credit card reader and 21 falsely made credit cards with actual credit card numbers from innocent victims. For his actions, he is awarded a criminal apprehension ribbon

Lifesaving Award

Sergeant Christopher Oswald

Sergeant David Proctor

Officer Christopher Hlubik

Officer Sean McCormack

On February 7, 2017, these officers responded to a local hotel room on a report of an unresponsive 25 year old male. Officers administered Narcan and as a result, the individual became responsive. For their actions, they are awarded a lifesaving ribbon.

Criminal Apprehension Award

Detective Jeffrey Didyk

On February 15, 2017, a burglary occurred at the Delta gas station on Route 46 West. Detective Jeffrey Didyk responded and was assigned the case. As a result of his investigation, a suspect was identified and arrested within a week. For his diligence, he is being awarded a criminal apprehension ribbon

 Narcotic Arrest Award

Detective John McGrory

Officer Jeffrey Dean

On February 22, 2017, Detective John McGrory, Officer Jeffrey Dean and members of the DEA HIDTA Task Force conducted an undercover operation that resulted in the arrest of an individual who had 61 glassine envelopes containing suspected heroin that was destined to be distributed to the undercover officers. The intelligence that led to this arrest was gathered by Officer Dean and worked on by Detective McGrory. For their efforts, they are awarded the narcotics arrest ribbon.

 Civilian Service Award

Pedro and Danielle Silva

On February 19, 2017 a shoplifter with prior active arrest warrants escaped from the custody of the police at the Target store. This launched an extensive search for the suspect. The department sent out a Nixle alert to the community advising them of the situation. This alert was received by Danielle Silva who then provided it to her husband Pedro who was not currently at home.  While driving on Route 46, Mr. Silva spotted the suspect, contacted the police and shortly after that, the suspect was back in custody. For their alertness and willingness to get involved, I am awarding them a civilian service award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alleged Pot Smoking in Hotel Leads to Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Alyssa Delavera (28) of Blakeslee, PA for possessing over 50 grams of marijuana on February 24, 2017. On that date, at approximately 10:28 A.M., the police department was contacted by the management of the LaQuinta hotel, located on Two Bridges Road, on a report of alleged marijuana smoking in one of the guest rooms.

As police arrived, Delavera was allegedly walking out of the front of the hotel and was pointed out by management as the individual involved. She was then detained by Sergeant Joseph Keegan. During the course of his investigation, it is alleged that the officer detected the odor of both burnt and raw marijuana coming from her clothing and from within a knapsack she was carrying. Delavera allegedly told police that the knapsack she was carrying wasn’t hers. Further investigation resulted in the discovery of three ounces of suspected marijuana.

 elavera was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters where she was processed. She was released on her own recognizance pending a future court date.

(It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Gas Station Burglary Suspect Arrested

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Mustafa Muhammad (57) of Union, N.J. for burglary and criminal mischief on February 22, 2017 for an incident that occurred on February 15, 2017 at the Delta gas station on Route 46 West.

On that date, at approximately 4:31 A.M., Fairfield police officers were dispatched to the Delta gas station on a report of an activated burglar alarm. While officers were responding, an employee of the gas station had arrived at work and had found the alarm ringing and the power to the building was off. When the officers arrived, they observed that an electrical meter on the outside of the building had been tampered with, allegedly causing the power outage. Additionally, they observed drawers in the main office to be opened and ransacked. They also found a small opening had been made in a roll up garage door, where entry was apparently gained. Lastly, the officers observed footprints in the snow that led from the parking lot of an adjoining business where it was suspected the actor had parked.

Detective Jeffrey Didyk processed the scene and assumed command over the investigation. During the course of the investigation, he obtained surveillance footage that clearly showed the lone actor and the New Jersey license plate of the 2016 grey Jeep rental vehicle that the actor came in. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was rented to Muhammad at the time of the crime. Fairfield police were allegedly familiar with Mohammad from two past arrests by the agency for two gas station burglaries in 2002. Further information was gathered by Det. Didyk which ultimately led to an arrest warrant being issued.

Working cooperatively with detectives from the Union Police Department, Mohammad was located and arrested and turned over to Fairfield officials on February 22, 2017. He was processed and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility.

“Detective Didyk did an outstanding job in bringing a suspect to justice in this case as quickly as he did” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

(It should be noted that the charges against Mohammad are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Craig’s List Ad Leads to Heroin Distribution Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of William Renfro (51) of Hoboken, N.J. for possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of heroin within a school zone on February 22, 2017.

The arrest came pursuant to a joint investigation between the Fairfield Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s HIDTA Task Force. It is alleged that Renfro, to some extent, covertly advertised heroin sales on Craig’s List with ads entitled “Super Fire Dogfood Dope-$60.  Renfro allegedly agreed to me undercover detectives on February 22nd in Fairfield for the sole purpose of selling 50 glassine envelopes containing heroin.

It is alleged that Renfro arrived in his 2011 Honda at approximately 11:30 AM near the Target store, at which time, officers converged on his location. Further investigation revealed the discovery of approximately 61 glassine envelopes containing suspected heroin and approximately $385.00 in currency. Police seized the suspected contraband, currency and the suspect’s vehicle. Renfro was arrested and processed. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charges against Renfro are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 


 

 

Citizen Alerted by Nixle Assists in Apprehension of Escaped Shoplifting Suspect

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Keenan S. Jenkins (28) of Teaneck, N.J. for two counts of shoplifting, escape, hindering apprehension, resisting arrest and theft on February 19, 2017.

On that date, at approximately 6:37 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by asset protection officers from Target, located on Route 46 East, in regards to a shoplifting incident that was in progress. Officers responded to the location and allegedly came upon Jenkins exiting the fitting room after having opened and removed a Play Station 4 gaming system valued at approximately $250.00. Jenkins was arrested and placed into handcuffs.

He was then walked outside of the store to a patrol car for the purpose of being transported to the police station to be processed. When the officer went to unlock his patrol car, Jenkins allegedly fled through the parking lot on foot, crossing Route 46 to the westbound side and then disappeared from the officer’s sight.

A perimeter was established by Fairfield officers with the assistance of police officers from the Cedar Grove, Lincoln Park, Wayne, Woodland Park Police Departments, and a K-9 unit from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. Also assisting were New Jersey state troopers from the Totowa barracks as well as their K-9 and aviation units.

At approximately 7:50 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department sent out a Nixle alert advising citizens of the ongoing search including a description of the suspect. A short time later, a citizen who had received the alert notified the department of an individual seen walking and crossing Route 46 from the westbound to the eastbound side in area of Dale Drive.

Officers immediately responded to the area and allegedly observed Jenkins near the Synergy gas station. Upon seeing the officers, Jenkins again fled on foot, crossing Route 46 to the westbound side. He was eventually apprehended behind Ashley Furniture.

“This was a great cooperative effort, not only by the responding police personnel but more importantly, by a member of the community who took the time to get involved by signing up for police advisements and then by acting on it when they received information about a wanted criminal” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

At the time of this press release, Jenkins was still being processed and held at the Fairfield Police Department. He was also found to have active arrest warrants issued by the Hackensack and Paramus Municipal Courts

(It should be noted that the charges against Jenkins are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

2017 “Officer Phil” Program Presented at Elementary School

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department, in conjunction with the Fairfield Public School System and several local business partners, once again presented the Officer Phil program to the kindergarten through third grade classes at the Stevenson Elementary School. The program presents various safety messages using magic and games during the presentation. Several Fairfield police officers were also on hand to be part of the event.

The Fairfield Police Department would like to thank the following for their contributions in helping to bring the event to Fairfield:

 

  • Euro Auto Works

    223 Horseneck Road

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • Fairfield Hand Car Wash

    1275 Bloomfield Avenue

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • Med-Care of Fairfield

    150 Fairfield Road

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • Mountain View Auto Body

    76 Mountain View Boulevard

    Wayne, N.J.

     

  • Fitness Innovations

    58 Clinton Road

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • Ralston’s Inc./Fairfield Sunoco

    245 Route 46 West

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • Alan G. Cruse Inc.

    460 Horseneck Road

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • Luce, Schwab & Kase, Inc.

    9 Gloria Lane

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • The Industrial Brush Co.

    105 Clinton Road

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • Mediterranean Tile & Marble

    461 Route 46 West

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • Lifesavers Inc.

    39 Plymouth Street

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning

    11 Daniel Road East

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • Fairfield Service

    111Clinton Road

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • All Pro Car Wash & Detailing Center

    460 Route 46 East

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • Puzo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

    397 Route 46 West

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • Garden on the Wall

    1275 Bloomfield Avenue

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • DiGarbeile, McNulty, Campanella & Co.

    22 Horseneck Road

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • Dr. Leonard M. Russo

    39 John Street

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • Criger Service

    79 Lane Road

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • Structural Stone Co.

    326 Route 46 West

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • Prismatic Development Corporation

    60 Route 46 East

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • Monster Mini Golf

    194 Route 46 East

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • Funtime Junction

    400 Fairfield Road

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

  • Sidelines Bar & Grille

    198 Route 46 East

    Fairfield, N.J.

     

Receptionist at Veterinary Hospital Charged with Stealing Controlled Dangerous Substances

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jaime Janson (32) of Paramus, N.J. for 3rd degree theft and 3rd degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance. She was arrested on February 15, 2017 by Detective Jeffrey Didyk.

The Fairfield Police Department was contacted on February 13, 2017 by representatives of The Animal Hospital of Fairfield located at 428 Fairfield Road, after cameras revealed that Janson, who was employed there as a receptionist, was observed on five separate occasions, stealing controlled dangerous substances from a locked medicine cabinet. The drugs involved were Tramadol and Buprenex, a narcotic used as a pain killer when conducting oral surgery on animals.

Janson was eventually released on her own recognizance pending a court appearance in Newark, N.J. “I would like to commend the representatives of the animal hospital for their quick and decisive actions and their cooperation in this investigation so that this case could be resolved as quickly as it was” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

(It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Road Rage Incident Involving Broken Pool Cue Results in Two Arrests

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jose Ramos (48) of Garfield, N.J. for terroristic threats, criminal mischief and menacing and Moaid Abougarbouh (21) of Union City, N.J. for hindering the apprehension of another on February 15, 2017.

On that date, at approximately 7:23 A.M. Sergeant Joseph Keegan and Officer David Lagan responded to the area of Route 46 West and Gardner Road after receiving a report of an alleged road rage incident that was taking place in that area which involved one individual being in possession of what was initially reported as a bat. The description of the vehicles involved was a 2011 gold Nissan Altima (later found to be operated by Ramos) and a 2003 black Acura, which was operated by the victim.

The officers checked the area and found the gold Nissan parked unoccupied at Atosa, located at 12 Gardner Road. At this time, Officer Lagan encountered Abougarbouh, an employee of Atosa, and asked if he knew where the driver of the Nissan was. It is alleged that Abougarbouh confirmed that Ramos was the operator, a co-employee, and also his brother-in-law. He stated that Ramos had just left the area in a company van to get coffee. Further investigation revealed that this statement was knowingly false and that officers later found Ramos hiding inside a warehouse office.

The investigation revealed that there was an alleged road rage incident involving Ramos and the driver of a black Acura on Route 46 West whereby Ramos got out of his car with a broken pool cue in a threatening manner. The incident eventually continued onto Gardner Road where Ramos again got out of his car with the pool cue and struck the Acura, causing damage. Additionally, it is alleged that Ramos also made terroristic threats against the driver.

Officers did recover a broken pool cue from within the passenger compartment Both Ramos and Abougarbouh were placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters.

Abougarbouh was released on his own recognizance. In addition to his criminal charges, Ramos was also charged with driving on the revoked list and driving without a license. He was later transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charges against the pair are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

Police Investigate Overnight Gas Station Burglary

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a burglary that occurred at the Delta gas station, located at 7 Route 46 West on February 15, 2017. At approximately 4:30 AM, the police department was notified that an alarm was activated at the gas station. As officers were responding, an employee of the station arrived at work and confirmed a burglary.

It appears that the suspect(s) ripped an electrical box from an exterior wall causing the exterior lights to go out. The suspect(s) then allegedly kicked in a wood panel on a garage-type door and then crawled through to gain entry into the building. They apparently set off an alarm when entering the office. It appears that no proceeds were obtained. The investigation is being headed by Detective Jeffrey Didyk

Pair Charged with Two Days of Shoplifting

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Matthew Richardson (28) of Bloomfield, N.J. and Anna Ambrosio (25) of Little Falls, N.J. and charged with two counts each of shoplifting and two counts each of conspiracy to commit shoplifting on January 31, 2017. In addition, Richardson was also charged with a single count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

On January 31, 2017, at approximately 6:10 P.M., Officers Jeffrey Dean and Frank Tracey were dispatched to the Target store, located on Route 46 East, for a shoplifting incident that was in progress. When the officers arrived, they allegedly observed a black 2014 Volkswagon Jetta in the parking lot that was occupied by a white female. They proceeded into the store where they were met by an asset protection representative from Target.

It is alleged that Richardson had placed several items, valued at approximately $900.00 into a shopping cart, and began making his way towards the front exits to the store. As he got close to the doors, he took the items out of the card and began to make his way outside. He was apprehended by Target agents. He was then placed under arrest by the officers. It is alleged that they discovered suspected drug paraphernalia in Richardson’s possession.

Target agents then informed the officers that they believed Richardson and an unknown female, later identified as Ambrosio, were allegedly involved in a shoplifting incident the previous day, January 30, 2017. On that date, it is alleged that Ambrosio took some of the same items that Richardson was trying to steal in the same manner. She then was seen entering a black Volkswagon Jetta. Target officials were unable to apprehend them at that time and they got away.

The officers then went to see if Ambrosio was still outside in the Volkswagon but she was no longer there. Richardson was transported to headquarters for processing. Officers then contacted Ambrosio and she later surrendered herself.

Ambrosio was released on her own recognizance while Richardson was transported to the Essex County Jail for the Fairfield charges and for being wanted by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Suspicious Person Call Leads to Narcotics Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Chad Camel (35) of Hacketstown, N.J. on charges of possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of heroin with intent to distribute within a school zone and a variety of other violation of the Controlled Dangerous Substance Act on January 27, 2017.

On that date, at approximately 8:54 P.M., Officers Sean McCormack and James High Jr. were dispatched to the area of Long Acres Road after a resident called and informed the police that a male had rung their doorbell and was requesting to use a phone. It is alleged that the individual was bleeding and was soaking wet.

The officers found the individual, later identified as Camel, on Cole Road. The officer allegedly noticed that his hands were bleeding, the bottoms of his pant legs were wet, he was profusely sweating and he had constricted pupils consistent with someone being under the influence. As the officers investigated further, it is allehged that they discovered a broke hypodermic syringe and a bag of crack cocaine. He was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters.

It is alleged that, while at headquarters, officers found additional contraband in Camel’s possession to include a total of 110 bags of suspected heroin that weighed approximately 1.09 ounces, 3 bags of suspected crack cocaine, 5 Adderall tablets and 7 Xanax tablets.

Further investigation also revealed that Camel had outstanding arrest warrants issued by the Roxbury and Springfield Municipal Courts. He was eventually transported to the Essex County Correction Facility in Newark, N.J.

“This is just another example of the police and the community working together to assure the safety of the public” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. “Had it not been for the actions of our alert residents by calling our department and reporting the suspicious activity, this individual would have possibly gone undetected and  would have been left to roam around the neighborhood” said the chief.

(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)  

 

New York Men Arrested for Fraud at Target

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Alberson Isaza (28) of Bronx, N.Y. and Jonathan Harris (23) of New York, N.Y., both for attempted shoplifting and other fraud related activities on January 21, 2017.

On that date, at approximately 2:18 P.M., officers were at Target, located on Route 46, on an unrelated matter when a suspicious condition was brought to their attention by the store’s asset protection personnel. It appeared that two individuals, later identified as Isaza and Harris, were attempting to purchase a variety of merchandise totaling over $1300.00 and were attempting to do so with a Target red card line of credit that they had just obtained. The transaction was not going through.

The police officers and the asset protection personnel continued to monitor the transaction and then eventually approached the two individuals to investigate further. It was later discovered that Harris allegedly had in his possession a fraudulent New Jersey driver’s license and a Discover credit card in the name of another which was used as the basis to obtain the Target line of credit. He was placed under arrest.

The focus of the investigation then turned to Isaza who allegedly also had in his possession a fraudulent driver’s license and Discover credit card in the name of another. He also was placed under arrest. In addition to attempted shoplifting, Isaza was charged with conspiracy to commit identity theft and possession of a fraudulent government document.

Harris was also charged with false statements to obtain a credit card, forgery, utilizing a false credit card to get credit, possession of a false government document and identity theft. Both individuals were eventually transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility. The incident was investigated by Officer Jeffrey Dean.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

Trio Arrested for Shoplifting and Drug Offenses

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Karim Anzour (30) of Prosepect Park, N.J., Edward Kurtyka (36) of Sussex, N.J., and Nasreen Yahsi (37) of Paterson, N.J. for various drug offenses and shoplifting on January 22, 2017.

On that date, at approximately 4:09 P.M., Officer Christopher Nicholas was dispatched to a shoplifting in progress call at the Target store, located on Route 46 East. Upon arriving in the area, the officer received information over the radio that the suspect was fleeing the area in a blue Hyundai. In addition, the officer observed a Target asset protection officer pointing at a vehicle that was still in the lot. The officer, along with Sgt. Daniel Dias, then stopped and approached a 2013 blue Hyindai.

It is alleged that a Target asset protection officer allegedly observed Azour enter the store, puta large plastic bin into a shopping cart and then filled the bin with baby formula. He then wheeled the cart out of the store without ever attempting to pay for it. He then placed it in the vehicle and began to flee but was stopped by the officers. The total valued of the alleged stolen merchandise was approximately $634.00. It is alleged that the plastic bin and baby formula was located in the Hyundai. Further investigation of the vehicle allegedly led to the discovery of several items of drug paraphernalia and a hypodermic syringe. All three individuals were then placed under arrest.

While at headquarters, it is alleged that officers found 3 Suboxin tablets and 44 Codenine tablets in the pocketbook belonging to Yashi. Yashi was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic syringe and two counts of a prescription legend drug.Anzour was charged with shoplifting, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a hypodermic syringe. Kurtyka was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe. All individuals were eventually released on their own recognizance.

(It should be noted that the charges against all are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Foot Pursuit of Shoplifter Results in Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Alexander Wehmeyer (26) of Paterson, N.J. for shoplifting, obstruction of justice and resisting arrest on January 19, 2017. On that date, at approximately 4:09 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by asset protection personnel from Target, located on Route 46, reporting that there was a shoplifting incident that was in progress. The actor, later identified as Wehmeyer, was allegedly attempting to take $865.00 in baby formula.

Officers were immediately dispatched to the location while Target security continued to monitor Wehmeyer’s actions. He allegedly eventually tried to push the cart with formula out of the doors without paying for it, at which time, the asset protection officers attempted to stop him. Wehmeyer then allegedly fled on foot into the parking lot where several officers attempted to apprehend him. He then fled into a wooded area behind 80 Little Falls Road and was finally taken into custody by Officers Christopher Hlubik, Sean McCormack and Jeffrey Dean.

In addition to the Fairfield charges it was discovered that Wehmeyer was wanted on an outstanding warrant issued by the Belleville 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)

 

DWI Driver Runs into Rear of Patrol Vehicle

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Desiree Christian (24) of Montclair, N.J. for driving while intoxicated on January 7, 2017. On that date, at approximately 2:51 A.M., Officer Frank Tracey was on patrol on Route 46 West and was slowing down for the red traffic signal at the intersection of Plymouth Street, when allegedly without warning, a 2016 Ford struck Officer Tracey’s police vehicle. The officer’s vehicle was pushed a decent distance and the Ford had substantial damage to the front of it.

Officer Tracey approached the vehicle and found Christian to be the loan occupant and operator of the Ford. The officer immediately checked on her medical condition and she stated she was uninjured and did not want any medical treatment.

It is alleged that when speaking to her, she appeared confused about where she was coming from and where she was going to. Additionally, although she was aware of the accident, she was not aware that she struck the rear of a police vehicle. It is alleged that Christian admitted to the officer that she earlier consumed alcoholic beverages. Because the weather was extremely cold and windy, Christian was transported to police headquarters so that field sobriety testing could be conducted in a better environment.

It is alleged that Christin was unable to perform any of the tests successfully. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, she was placed under arrest and a breath test administered. It is alleged that Christian’s blood alcohol concentration percentage was over twice the State’s legal limit. In addition to the DWI charge she was also charged with careless driving. She was eventually released on her own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on January 19, 2017. Officer Tracey experienced stiffness in his back but refused further medical treatment.

(It should be noted that the charges against Christian are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Car Stopped in Travel Lane of Highway Nets DUI Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Cesar Fajardo (39) of Clifton, N.J. for driving under the influence on January 2, 2017. On that date, at approximately 2:28 A.M., Officer Christopher Nicholas was on patrol when he allegedly observed a 2004 Honda stopped in the right lane of Route 46 West near Houlihans. The officer approached the vehicle and allegedly observed Fajardo asleep behind the wheel of the car. The officer also observed that the car was still in drive.

After an additional unit arrived, the officers were able to put the car in park and then turn it off. While doing this, they detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from within the passenger compartment of the Honda. It is alleged that it was difficult to awaken Fajardo and when they finally did, he appeared extremely confused.

During the course of the officers’ interactions with Fajardo, it is alleged that he displayed signs and symptoms of being under the influence to include the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, bloodshot and watery eyes and slurred speech. As a result of these observations, field sobriety tests were administered. Fajardo was then placed under arrest and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

While at headquarters, it is alleged that Fajardo refused to provide samples of his breath for chemical testing. In addition to the summons for driving while intoxicated, he was also charged with refusal to submit to a breath test, and reckless and careless driving. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance 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)

Marijuana Found in Winter Glove during Car Stop

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Andres Villalona (29) of Paterson, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on December 30, 2016. On that date, at approximately 11:32 P.M., Officer David Lagan was on patrol and observed a 2000 Honda travelling on Two Bridges Road allegedly with tinted windows. The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Villalona.

During the stop, it is alleged that a strong odor of raw marijuana was detected coming from within the vehicle. A subsequent investigation resulted in the discovery of a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana. The bag was allegedly found in a glove in the vehicle. Villalona was arrested. In addition to the criminal charge, he was also given traffic summonses for obstructed view and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on January 5, 2017.

 (It should be noted that the charges against Villalona are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Police Find More Than Engine Under Car’s Hood

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Najee Boucher (26) of Paterson, N.J. for possession of heroin on December 30, 2016. On that date, at approximately 11:17 A.M., Officer Jeffrey Dean was on patrol on Fairfield Road when he observed a 2010 BMW stopped at a red light near the Versailles Diner. When the light turned green, the vehicle did not move. Another vehicle pulled behind it and had to beep it horn in order for the BMW to start and move. The vehicle was eventually stopped for having obstructed traffic. It was found to be operated by Boucher.

The officer asked Boucher for his driving credentials. He was unable to produce a drivers license. During this interaction, it is alleged that the officer detected an odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle. The officer conducted a computer check and it revealed that Boucher’s license was suspended and that he had active warrants for his arrest issued by the Paterson and South Hackensack Municipal Courts. He was then placed under arrest for the warrants.

As the investigation continued, it is alleged that the officers open the hood of the BMW and found a plastic bag stuffed in the upper corner of the engine compartment. The bag was found to contain 30 glassine folds with suspected heroin.

In addition to the criminal charge, Boucher was also charged with delaying traffic, failure to keep right, driving while suspended and possession of a CDS in a motor vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance on the Fairfield charges pending an initial appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on January 18, 2017. At the time of this press release, Boucher was awaiting to post bail on the outstanding warrants.

(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 )

 

 

DUI Enforcement Detail Nets Drug Arrest of Four

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Carlos Zarzuela (23), Aalok Sheth (22) and Kartik Magnani (22) all of Secaucus, N.J. and Ravi Sheth (26) of Saddle Brook, N.J.for various drug offenses on December 29, 2016. On that date, at approximately 12:38 A.M., Lt. Peter Pollack was on patrol as a part of a drunken driving enforcement detail, when he allegedly observed a 2016 BMW travelling west on Route 46 in excess of the posted 50 M.P.H. speed limit. The officer followed the vehicle as it abruptly exited onto the Dey Overpass with the vehicle’s left wheels crossing over the double yellow line. The vehicle was then stopped and found to be operated by Zarzuela.

The officer requested the driver’s credentials. While speaking with the occupants, it is alleged that the officer detected an odor of marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle. By this time, other Fairfield officers arrived at the scene. A computer check revealed that Zarzuela’s license was suspended and that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest issued by the Riverdale Municipal Court. He was then placed under arrest. Further investigation revealed the discovery of (5) suspected MDMA tablets and (1) morphine tablet, suspected marijuana, and a grinder, scale and rolling device. All of the other individuals were then placed under arrest.

All were charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Zarzuela was also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a prescription legend drug. He also received motor vehicle summonses for failing to keep right, speeding, driving while suspended and possession of a CDS in a motor vehicle. All of the individuals were released on their own recognizance.

(It should be noted that the charges against all are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)  

 

Greenwood Lake Woman Arrested for Suspected Heroin Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Veronica Yangis (28) of Greenwood Lake, N.Y. for possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia on December 27, 2016. On that date, Officers Jeffrey Dean and Frank Patierno were patrolling together on Route 46 when they allegedly observed a 2005 Chevrolet pick-up truck following another vehicle too closely. The pick-up truck eventually pulled into the parking lot of Retro Fitness where the officers initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle was being operated by Lucas Faulkner of Montville, N.J. with Yangis as a front seat passenger. It is alleged that Yangis was not wearing her seat belt.

A computer check was conducted on both individuals which revealed that Faulkner’s driver’s licenses was allegedly suspended and that Yangis had an active arrest warrant issued by the North Caldwell Municipal Court. Yangis was placed under arrest. Further investigation resulted in the alleged discovery of suspected heroin and a hypodermic syringe within Yangis’ pocketbook. She was then transported to police headquarters for processing. Faulkner received a traffic summons for driving while suspended and following too closely. He was allowed to leave the scene.

Yangis was eventually released on her own recognizance on both the North Caldwell warrant and the new Fairfield charges. She is scheduled for an initial appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on January 12, 2017.

(It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Bridgewater Man Arrested in Stolen Car

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Irvin Cook (28) of Bridgewater, N.J. for receiving stolen property and possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on December 23, 2016.

On that date, at approximately 2:23 A.M., Officer Frank Tracey was on patrol on Passaic Avenue when he observed a 2015 red Misubishi allegedly having difficulty maintaining its lane. The officer then ran a motor vehicle check on the car’s license plate which indicated that the vehicle had been reported stolen to the New Brunswick Police Department on December 20, 2016. The vehicle proceeded into West Caldwell where additional officers from Fairfield and West Caldwell assisted in conducting a felony motor vehicle stop.

The driver, later identified as Cook, was then arrested without incident. Further investigation led to the alleged discovery of a small quantity of marijuana which was found in the vehicle. A further inquiry as to Cook’s status led to the discovery of six outstanding traffic warrants from other jurisdictions totaling $7500.00.

In addition to the criminal charges, Cook was also charged by Fairfield authorities with failure to maintain a lane, driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance on the Fairfield charges pending an initial appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on January 11, 2017. He was then turned over to the custody of the New Brunswick Police Department for two of the outstanding warrants.

(It should be noted that the charges against Cook are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

West Caldwell Woman Charged with Child Endangerment as a Result of November Car Crash

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announce the arrest of Mandee Brady (38) of West Caldwell for endangering the welfare of a child, assault by auto, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and while in a school zone on December 13, 2016.

The incident that gave rise to the charges occurred on November 10, 2016 at approximately 1:12 P.M. on Greenbrook Road. On that date the Fairfield police and fire departments responded to a single car motor vehicle crash involving a 1997 Mazda allegedly operated by Brady. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole in front of Sunrise Assisted Living.

When officers arrived, it was determined that Brady had exit the vehicle, remove a sixteen month old child who was a passenger in the vehicle, and hand them off to an individual who apparently witnessed the accident and stopped to render aid. Brady then allegedly passed out. Arriving officers performed CPR on her and she was eventually taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. where she was able to recover from her injuries and condition. At the time of the crash, the child appeared uninjured but was also taken to the hospital for evaluation.

The Fairfield Police Department continued its investigation and eventually executed a search warrant for the vehicle and its contents which remained in police custody. It is alleged that officers recovered various prescription drug bottles containing tablets and other items that indicated the unlawful use of these drugs.

As a result and in consultation with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, a warrant was issued for Brady’s arrest on December 12, 2016. Brady surrendered herself to Fairfield detectives at police headquarters on December 13, 2016. At the time of this press release, Brady was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. The case was investigated by Detective Sergeant Charles Zampino and Officer David Chabay.

(It should be noted that the charges against Brady are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

Route 80 Initiative Nets Heroin Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Brian Halpin (34) of Parsippany, N.J. for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia on November 28, 2016. On that date, at approximately 1:49 P.M., Officers Jeffrey Dean and Diego Ocampo were patrolling Route 80 in a two officer car when they observed a 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser allegedly make an unsafe lane change. The vehicle was then stopped and found to be operated by Halpin.

During the course of the stop and subsequent roadside investigation, it is alleged that the officers recovered suspected heroin and a hypodermic syringe. Halpin was arrested without incident and his vehicle impounded. In addition to the criminal charges, he was also summonsed for having a suspended license, , being an unlicensed driver, making an unsafe lane change and for possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance pending an initial court appearance date in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.

“Our department has begun a Route 80 initiative to try and assist with greater enforcement and interdiction efforts on the interstate. Many drug users and traffickers take the interstate as a faster means of getting to some of the cities located to our east, including New York City to purchase narcotics, that will later be used or distributed in our community or in communities west of Fairfield” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. “When staffing permits, our officers will be on the interstate so that those involved in illegal drug use or distribution will not just contend with being apprehended by state troopers but with our officers as well” said the chief.

(It should be noted that the charges against Halpin are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)  

Garbage Truck Rollover Closes Gately Overpass

Fairfield (NJ) On November 14, 2016, at approximately 9:28 A.M., the Fairfield police and fire departments responded to the Gately Overpass on a report of a garbage truck that had flipped over and was on its side. Upon arrival, officers found a 1998 Mack garbage truck belonging to Suburban Disposal of Fairfield, lying on its side. The operator of the vehicle, identified as Gloria Washington (42) of Newark, N.J., was still inside of the cab of the truck. Officers were able to assist her out of the vehicle after removing the front windshield. Washington was transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the garbage truck may have been having some problems with leaking hydraulic fluid resulting in the driver trying to get back to the company’s Montesano Road depot. It appears that the vehicle was going faster than it should have been as it exited Route 46 West onto the Gately Overpass which ultimately resulted in it tipping over. “We were extremely lucky that no other vehicles were entering onto Route 46 from the overpass or else we may have had a fatality” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. The overpass remained closed for approximately two and a half hours. The crash is being investigated by Officers Jeffrey Dean and David Chabay.


Business Owner Charged with Maintaining a Nuisance after Officers Discover Teen Party

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Daniel Pauleson (36) of Montclair, N.J. for maintaining a nuisance on November 10, 2016. On that date, on two separate occasions, police were called to 1275 Bloomfield Avenue on a report of a large group of juveniles that were suspected of consuming alcoholic beverages. Officers could not find anything during their first response to the complex. But at approximately 10:15 P.M., when they responded back after receiving another report of the same condition, it is alleged they observed a number of juveniles congregating around Move It Piano LLC, located in Building 3 of the multi-unit complex.

While investigating, it is alleged that the officers found approximately 70-80 minors inside of the facility. They also observed several bottles and containers of alcoholic beverages scattered throughout the building. Some were open while others were empty. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, Paulsen was arrested and charged with maintaining a nuisance. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on November 17, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charge against him is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Woodland Park Driver Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Bryan Baumann (39) of Woodland Park, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on November 10, 2016.

On that date, at approximately 8:35 P.M., Officer James High Jr. stopped a 2012 white Jeep on Plymouth Street for allegedly having a broken taillight. He found the vehicle being operated by Baumann.

During the course of the stop it is alleged that the officer detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle. Subsequent investigation allegedly led to the discovery of a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana and a smoking pipe. Baumann was arrested without incident.

In addition to the drug charges, Baumann was also charged with failure to maintain lamps and operating while his license was suspended. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on December 1, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charges against Baumann are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Fairfield Officers Save the Life of Business Owner

Fairfield (NJ) On November 1, 2016, at approximately 11:37 A.M., Sergeant Daniel Dias, and Officers Christopher Andrews, Ian Rasmussen, Steven D’Argenio and Daniel Moran all responded to Diversitex, located at 376 Hollywood Avenue, on a report of a 64 year old male who was apparently in both cardiac and respiratory arrest. The officers initiated CPR and used an AED to help revive the victim who was then transported to Chilton Hospital.

“On November 11th, I spoke with a representative of the company who told me that the victim was out of the hospital and at home resting said Chief Anthony G. Manna. “Once again, our officers have displayed the utmost professionalism and have put their continual training to great use. There is nothing more satisfying to any emergency responder then helping to save the life of another” the chief said.

The department will be commending these and other officers at an upcoming council meeting

Police Still Investigating Car that Struck Pole on Greenbrook Road

Fairfield (NJ) On November 10, 2016, at approximately 1:12 P.M., Fairfield officers were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash in front of 47 Greenbrook Road wherein a 1997 Mazda struck a utility pole. At the time of the crash, the vehicle was being operated by a 38 year old female from West Caldwell, N.J. and with a sixteen month old child. The child was properly strapped in a child safety seat.

When officers arrived, it was determined that the driver was able to exit the vehicle, remove the child, and hand him off to an individual who apparently witnessed the accident and stopped. The driver then allegedly passed out. Arriving officers performed CPR on the driver and she was eventually taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. with serious, life threatening injuries. The child appeared uninjured but was also taken to the hospital for evaluation.

The circumstances surrounding the cause of the accident is still being investigated by Officer David Chabay, of the department’s traffic unit, detectives from the investigative division and in consultation with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. The Fairfield Fire Department also responded to assist at the scene.


Missing License Plate Leads to Marijuana Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Mark Stanko (21) and Joseph Stanley (28), both of Wayne, N.J., for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on November 5, 2016.

On that date, at approximately 11:41 A.M., Officer Jeffrey Dean was monitoring traffic on Route 46 when he observed a 2010 red Dodge pick-up truck allegedly with no front license plate displayed. The vehicle was then stopped and found to be operated by Stanko with Stanley as the front seat passenger.

It is alleged that the officer immediately detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle. In addition, he allegedly observed small pieces of suspected marijuana on the floor and on the seats of the vehicle. Both individuals were then placed under arrest and the suspected marijuana collected. In addition, during the investigation, the officer also found rolling papers from within the vehicle.

In addition to the drug charges, Stanko was also charged with improper display of a license plate, operating an unregistered vehicle and possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Both individuals were released on their own recognizance pending a November 10, 2016 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Tennessee & Pennsylvania Men Arrested on Drug Charges

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joshua Miller (29) of Knoxville, TN for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and Samuel Horst (26) of East Stroudsburg, PA for possession of drug paraphernalia on November 6, 2016.

On that date, at approximately 4:19 A.M., Officer Sean McCormack stopped a 2011 silver Toyota pickup truck on Route 46 West that appeared to have no registration displayed. The vehicle was found to be operated by Miller with Horst in the front passenger seat. It is alleged that the officer smelled an odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, however it was mixed with the smell of an air freshener that had apparently just been sprayed.

During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that the officers recovered a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana, a metal grinder, a metal smoking pipe and two packages of rolling papers. Both men were then placed under arrest.

In addition to the criminal charges, Miller was also charged with improperly displaying a license plate, operating an unregistered vehicle and possession of  a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Both men were released on their own recognizance pending a November 10, 2016 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Staten Island Man Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael Pacheco (27) of Staten Island, N.Y. for possessing less than 50 grams of marijuana on November 3, 2016. On that date, at approximately 11:03 P.M., Officers Frank Tracey and Frank Patierno were on patrol together and were monitoring traffic on Route 46 when they allegedly observed a 2006 black Dodge travelling eastbound with malfunctioning headlights. The vehicle was then stopped and found to be operated by Pacheco.

During the course of the stop, it is alleged that Officer Tracey observed small flakes of suspected marijuana on Pacheco’s shirt, as well as detecting an overwhelming odor of raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Further investigation led to the discovery of approximately 27 grams of suspected marijuana. Pacheco was then placed under arrest without incident.

In addition to the criminal charge, he was also issued summonses for maintenance of lamps and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance pending a November 17, 2016 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Pacheco are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

 

Paterson Driver Arrested after Single Car Accident

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Gerald Harmon (23) of Paterson, N.J. for driving under the influence on November 1, 2016. On that date, at approximately 2:42 A.M., Officer Steven Ptaszynski was on patrol when he came upon two vehicles that were stopped, with their hazard lights on, on the Two Bridges Road southbound ramp to Route 46 West. One of the vehicles was a 2003 green Dodge which allegedly had a spare tire on the passenger side rear wheel and the passenger front tire was heavily damaged. It appeared that the vehicle had recently struck a curb. The operator of the Dodge was found to be Harmon.

It is alleged that Harmon said he had struck debris in the roadway and that was what caused the damage. During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that Harmon displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, eyes that were bloodshot and watery and eyelids that were droopy, slow and fumbling hand movements while trying to find his vehicle’s documents, slow and slurred speech and some confusion over the events surrounding the accident.

As a result, field sobriety tests were administered and based upon the totality of the circumstances, Harmon was placed under arrest and he eventually submitted to chemical breath testing.

In addition to the DUI charge, Harmon was also charged with careless driving, failure to maintain a lane and DUI in a school zone. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an initial court appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on November 10, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charges against Harmon are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

Montclair Woman Arrested for Shoplifting at Target

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Ashley Johnson (26) of Montclair, N.J. for shoplifting on November 1, 2016. On that date, at approximately 5:17 P.M., the Fairfield police were contacted by security officers of Target, located at 632 Route 46 East, and advised that they had an alleged shoplifter in custody that they needed assistance with. Officers Diego Ocampo, Jeffrey Dean, Sean McCormack and Sgt. Christopher Oswald all responded to investigate.

Prior to police arrival, it is alleged that Johnson was attempting to push a shopping cart full of merchandise valued at approximately $677.00, out of the doors without ever attempting to pay for it. She was then taken into custody by Target security.

Johnson was arrested and charged with shoplifting. She was eventually released on her own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Superior Court in Newark on November 16, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charge against Johnson is merely an allegation and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

New York Pair Arrested for CDS and Tampering with Evidence

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Yakov Weinbaum (25) and Natalie Shein (25) both from Brooklyn, N.Y. on October 17, 2016. Weinbaum was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of Suboxone and possession of drug paraphernalia and Shein with tampering with physical evidence.

On that date, at approximately 12:53 P.M., Officer Diego Ocampo was on patrol in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, when he observed a 2015 Toyota Sienna that was allegedly illegally parked and occupied. When he approached the vehicle to address the violation, it is alleged that he immediately detected the odor of both raw and burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. At this time, Officer Sean McCormack arrived as back up.

As they continued the investigation, they ordered the occupants out of the vehicle. It is alleged that at this time, Shein attempted to surreptitiously remove a yamaka from the passenger side door that was later found to contain three individual cigar blunts containing suspected marijuana. Additional paraphernalia, Suboxone and an electronic cigarette that allegedly contained marijuana oil that belonged to Weinbaum were also found. Both were placed under arrest without incident.

Both were released on their own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Superior Court in Newark on November 2, 2016

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Fairfield Swears in Four Class II Special Police Officer Candidates

Fairfield (NJ) On Tuesday October 11, 2016, at the monthly meeting of the Mayor and Council, four Class II Special Police Officer candidates were sworn in. They included James Ciampi, Paul Cicchetti, Jayson Sickles and Michael Bariso.

Class II officers are used by many police departments to help supplement the duties of full time officers. These officers attend a regular police academy several nights a week and for a full day on Saturdays. Upon their completion of their training, they graduate 40 hours short of becoming a full time New Jersey Police Training Commission certified full time police officer. Still they have the ability to carry firearms when on duty, issue citations and make arrests.

“This is a great and cost effective way to help expand our department and to have additional, part time officers available for our citizens should we encounter any natural disasters such as floods, for helping to secure our municipal court and schools and to assist at large gatherings and special events” said Chief Anthony Manna.  The candidates began their training at the Essex County Police Academy on October 15, 2016 and are scheduled to graduate in April 2017

 

 

Fairfield Police Arrest Seven during FBI Operation Cross Country

Fairfield (NJ) On October 13, 2016, officers from the Fairfield, North Caldwell, West Caldwell, and Essex Fells Police Departments, along with detectives from the New Jersey State Police and Essex and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Offices, joined agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in participating in Operation Cross Country. The following seven individuals were arrested and charged as follows:

  • Ezabella Aspilaire (35) of Orange, N.J. (Engaging and Promoting Prostitution)
  • Charday S. Stephens (27) of Oakland, CA (Engaging and Promoting Prostitution)
  • William Fabracio Avila (36) of Newark, N.J. (Promoting Prostitution)
  • Belkys Brito-Echavarria (34) of Bronx, N.Y. (Engaging in Prostitution)
  • Marvin Castillo (53) of North Bergen, N.J. (Promoting Prostitution)
  • Miguel Rivera (27) of North Bergen, N.J. (Promoting Prostitution)
  • Rechi Marei Robles (26) Engaging in Prostitution)

All of these individuals were released on their own recognizance pending future court dates. One minor was recovered during the investigation. “The Fairfield Police Department will continue to join with the FBI in helping them bring to justice anyone engaged in human trafficking” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

(It should be noted that the charges against all are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they are either found guilty or plead guilty in a court of law)


Four- Car Crash Closes Route 46 East

Fairfield (NJ) On October 5, 2016, at approximately 7:29 P.M.., Fairfield Police units responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a serious multi-vehicle crash in the area of 420 Route 46. Upon arrival, it was determined that four (4) vehicles were involved. 

A vehicle traveling on Route 46 West struck the rear of another vehicle travelling in the same direction for reasons that are presently unknown.  The vehicle that struck this second vehicle then crossed over the grass median and struck a vehicle that was travelling east on Route 46, hitting it head on.  A fourth vehicle, that attempted to avoid the eastbound crash, ultimately struck a utility pole on Route 46 East.

There were four (4) injuries, with three (3) of the four drivers being transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.  Two of the drivers were sent to Morristown Memorial Hospital.  The third injured driver was sent to St. Joseph’s Medical Center, in Paterson.  All were transported by the West Essex First Aid Squad.  The fourth injured individual was a passenger in the vehicle that was struck from behind and refused transport to the hospital.

“This was truly miraculous that no one was killed or even more seriously injured. In 31 years of policing, I never can recall a vehicle’s entire engine coming out of the car” said Chief Anthony Manna.

Route 46 East was closed for about two hours in order to investigate and clear the crash. Assisting the Fairfield PD at the scene were the Fairfield Fire Dept., the West Essex First Aid Squad, and Ajaco Towing. The crash is being investigated by Fairfield Police Officer Tom Myers.

 

 

Trespasser Arrested at Quick Check

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael Dispoto (43) of Little Falls, N.J. for defiant trespass on October 2, 2016. On that date, at approximately 12:41 P.M., Officer Frank Tracey was on patrol in the area of Little Falls Road and Passaic Avenue when he allegedly observed Dispoto walking in the area.

A few weeks earlier, Fairfield officers had been called to the Quick Check, located at 384 Passaic Avenue, allegedly because Dispoto was bothering customers as they entered and exited the store. At that time, management had advised Dispoto that he was no longer permitted on their property which was conveyed to him by the police officers.

This time, Officer Tracey watched as Dispoto allegedly walked on the property and entered the convenience store. It is alleged that management was about to call the police when Officers Tracey, Christopher Hlubik and Raymond Puluse arrived. Dispoto was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an October 13, 2016 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Dispoto are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Mother Arrested After Allegedly Directing Children to Shoplift

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Elaine Lott (28) of Newark, N.J. for shoplifting and employing a juvenile in the commission of a crime on October 2, 2016. On that date, at approximately 8:28 P.M., Officer James High Jr. and other officers were dispatched to the Target store, located on Route 46 East, on a report that store security officers were monitoring a suspected shoplifting incident that was in progress.

Upon the arrival of the police officer, a security officer pointed out three juveniles, whose ages were 11, 10 and 2, that were standing next to a vehicle in the parking lot. It is alleged that the trio had pushed a shopping cart of merchandise out of the store without paying for it. The security officer also advised the officer that another individual, later identified as Lott, was believed to be involved in the incident and still in the store. It is alleged that Lott instructed the juveniles to take the shopping cart filled with merchandise, valued at approximately $1115.00, out to the parking lot.

The officers then came in contact with Lott as she was exiting the store. It is alleged that further investigation revealed that Lott had approximately $445.00 of additional stolen merchandise in her cart. She was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. The juveniles were left in the custody of another adult who was present but found to be not involved in the incident.

Lott was processed and eventually released on her own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on October 13, 2016. The incident was also referred to the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency for further investigation.

(It should be noted that the charges against Lott are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Disregard of Officer’s Signal to Stop Results in Marijuana Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Paul Ranieri (25) of Staten Island, N.Y. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on September 23, 2016. On that date, at approximately 9:22 A.M., Officer James High Jr. was conducting stationary radar on New Dutch Lane when he allegedly observed a 2015 Infiniti travelling south and improperly passed a tractor trailer. The officer then activated a handheld radar unit and it is alleged that the Infiniti was travelling at a speed of 47 MPH in a 35 MPH zone.

The officer, who was in uniform, then stepped out into the roadway and signaled the vehicle to stop by extending his arm out in front of him. It is alleged that the vehicle disregarded this signal and continued south on New Dutch Lane. Officer David Lagan, who was also in the area and allegedly saw the vehicle disregard Officer High’s attempt to stop it, then activated his lights and also attempted to stop it. The vehicle then pulled into Consumer Product Testing, located at 70 New Dutch Lane, where both officers caught up with it. The vehicle was found to be operated by Ranieri.

It is alleged that when the officers asked him for his driving credentials, they immediately detected the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. Further investigation led to the discovery of suspected marijuana. Ranieri was arrested without incident.

In addition to the criminal charge, he was also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, speeding, disregard of a police officer’s signal and improper passing. He was released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on September 29, 2016.

(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)

 

DVD Thief Arrested at Target

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Monzerrat Marrano (27) of Nutley, N.J. for shoplifting on September 23, 2016. On that date, at approximately 4:57 P.M., Officers James High Jr. and Jeffrey Dean were dispatched to the Target store on a report of a shoplifter that security had in custody.

It is alleged that security observed Marrano conceal and attempt to leave the store with 21 DVDs, valued at approximately $589.00, without attempting to pay for them. It is further alleged that she was suspected of prior thefts at Target without having been apprehended. The officers investigated further and it is alleged that they recovered another 27 other DVDs inside of her 2014 Chevrolet parked in the lot.

She was arrested without incident and eventually released on bail after it was found that she had an active warrant issued by the Clifton Municipal Court. She is scheduled to appear in the superior court in Newark on October 6, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Driver of Speeding Car with Missing Wheel Arrested for DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Vincent Miloscio (25) of Fairfield, N.J. for driving under the influence on September 25, 2016. On that date, at approximately 11:43 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a black Ford Explorer travelling at an extremely high rate of speed on Big Piece Road. The callers also reported that the vehicle was missing a front tire and rim.

The Ford then turned onto Briarwood Drive and allegedly became disabled at Old Country Road. As Officer David Lagan was arriving, residents who were in their driveways were pointing out to the officer that the driver was attempting to flee the vehicle on foot. The officer yelled commands at the alleged driver, later identified as Miloscio, but he did not immediate comply. Finally, he lay on the ground and was taken into custody.

At this time, the Explorer was smoking to the point that the Fairfield Fire Department responded to make the vehicle safe. It is alleged that in speaking with Miloscio, he displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include having difficulty forming words, slightly slurred speech and an inability to focus on what had occurred and the questions being posed to him. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, he was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters. His vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

In addition to being charged with DUI, he was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, careless driving, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to maintain lane and failure to report an accident. He was released on his own recognizance pending a September 29, 2016 appearance 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)

 

 

 

2016 Child Safety Seat Installation Event a Huge Success

Fairfield (NJ) On September 17, 2016, between the hours of 9 AM and 12 PM, the Fairfield Police Department, in conjunction with Target, conducted a child safety seat installation event. The event was organized by Sergeant Christopher Niemiec of the department’s community services unit. Assisting Fairfield were officers from the Cedar Grove, Montville, Verona and East Orange Police Departments as well as representatives from Safe Kids of Northern New Jersey, AAA of Florham Park, Montville Police Explorers, Par-Troy EMS, West Essex CERT, and Avalon Center for Women’s Health.

“In that brief time period, technicians were able to inspect or install 65 child safety seats. Which ultimately amounts to protecting that many young lives from being injured in the event of a motor vehicle crash because the seats are properly installed” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

Individuals who have questions or who need assistance with the proper installation of child safety car seats can contact the Fairfield Police Department at (973) 227-1400 and make an appointment with a certified trained installer.

 

 

 

 

 

Suspicious Packages in Target Lot Found to be Safe

Fairfield (NJ) On September 20, 2016, at approximately 10:09 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted and notified of a suspicious package located in a shopping cart carousal in the parking lot of the Target store located at 632 Route 46 East. Officers and the fire department were immediately dispatched.

The initial package of concerned was the size of a shoe box and was gift wrapped. As the officers continued to check the lot, a second suspicious package was found in shopping cart carousal. This package was cylindrical and appeared to be a children’s building block container, however, it was sealed and authorities could not determine its contents.

At this time, the parking lot was shut down and all patrons were kept inside of the store until the arrival of bomb technicians from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. Upon examining the packages, it was determined that the area was safe. The parking lot and store were then re-opened.

Unfortunately, due to recent events in our area, thoroughly checking these conditions have become the new norm said Chief Anthony G. Manna. Still we encourage the public to remain vigilant as our eyes and ears and to report any conditions that appear to them to be suspicious the chief said.

Assisting the Fairfield police and fire departments were Atlantic Ambulances, and officers from the North Caldwell, West Caldwell and Little Falls Police Departments.

Inspection Detail Nets Marijuana Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Ellroy Scott (39) of Orange, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on September 16, 2016. On that date, at approximately 12:57 P.M., officers of the Fairfield Police Department were conducting a traffic detail on Fairfield Road looking for vehicles and/or drivers with violations such as inspection stickers, improperly mounted license plates or seat belts.

It is alleged that a 2010 Volkswagon, being operated by Scott, had an expired inspection sticker and was stopped. Officer Ian Rasmussen immediately approached the vehicle and allegedly detected the strong odor of raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle. A subsequent search ultimately allegedly led to the discovery of a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana. Scott was placed under arrest.

In addition to the criminal charge, he was also charged with failure to inspect the vehicle, failure to possess a valid insurance card and gfor having a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on September 22, 2016

(It should be noted that the charges against Scott are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Probationary Police Officers Patierno and Moran Added to the Police Force

Fairfield (NJ) Frank Patierno and Daniel Moran were publically sworn in as probationary police officers at the September 12, 2016 meeting of the Fairfield Mayor and Council by Mayor James Gasparini.

Officer Patierno formerly resided in Fairfield for fourteen years. He graduated from Mountain Lakes High School. He went on to attend Ramapo College and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Law & Society. He attended the Class II Special Law Enforcement Officers’ class at the Cape May County Police Academy as a Wildwood Police Department SLEO II officer. He graduated on June 30, 2016 and was part of the uniformed foot patrol division, mainly patrolling the Wildwood boardwalk. He presently serves as a member of the National Guard.

Officer Daniel Moran graduated from Pequannock High School and went on to attend Bloomsburg University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History. On September 9, 2014, he began his employment with the Township of Fairfield as a police dispatcher. He attended the Class II Special Law Enforcement Officers’ class at the Essex County Police Academy as a member of the Essex County Deputy Sheriff’s Department. He graduated on September 1, 2016 and received the Police Training Commission’s Merit Award, which is voted on by members of the graduating class.

Both officers are now be a part of the Passaic County Police Academy Class # 16-48BCPO which started on September 8, 2016. Here they will receive the remaining required training in order to become Police Training Commission certified full time police officers. The class is scheduled to graduate on March 6, 2017. Upon graduating, both officers will be assigned to the department’s uniformed Patrol Division.


Two Separate Suspicious Vehicle Incidents Leads to Narcotics Arrests

Fairfield (NJ) On September 6, 2016 and September 9, 2016, Officer Jeffrey Dean investigated the occupants of two separate suspicious vehicles that he came upon during his patrol activities which resulted in the arrest of two individuals for controlled dangerous substance violations.

On September 6th, Officer Dean was on patrol in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located on Two Bridges Road, when he came upon a 1998 Mercedes Benz that allegedly was occupied by two males and which had no license plate and an expired inspection sticker. As the officer drove past the vehicle, it is alleged that he detected the strong odor of burning marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer then parked his patrol car and approached on foot.

During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that one of the individuals, identified as Rontaz Vann (34) of Newark, N.J., refused to provide the officer with identification when requested to do so. He allegedly became confrontational and was eventually placed under arrest for obstruction of justice. As the investigation continued, it was determined that the 1998 Mercedes Benz that Vann and his friend were in was unregistered and were not guests of the hotel nor did they have permission to park the unregistered vehicle on the property of the hotel. It is further alleged that officers recovered a small quantity of suspected marijuana and rolling papers.

Vann was transported to police headquarters where he finally provided his name which revealed he had active arrest warrants issued by the Fairfield Municipal Court. He was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and obstruction of the administration of law. Since he could not post the bail of $750.00 for the outstanding warrants, he was transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, N.J.

In the second incident, on September 9, 2016 at approximately 12:19 P.M., Officer Dean was on patrol on Carlos Drive when he came upon an occupied 2000 Volkswagon parked in the cul-de-sac. The doors of the vehicle were open preventing the officer from making a turn. It also appeared to him that the male in the car appeared nervous. Thinking that a burglary might be occurring, the officer approached the occupant to inquire about his activities. The individual, who had no identification but who allegedly, initially identified himself as Carlos Fontanez with a false date of birth. It is alleged that the officer noticed fresh “track marks” on his arms and suspected drug paraphernalia in the car.

At this time, a second individual emerged from 54 Carlos Drive and informed the officer that they were contracted to do work at the residence. Further investigation revealed the recovery of a cut plastic straw with white residue, a hypodermic syringe and a bottle cap containing a whitish/brown burnt substance. These items were seized. It was now determined that the individual was Bart J. Carrero (47) of Paterson, N.J. and he was placed under arrest.

At headquarters, Carrero was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and providing false information to a law enforcement officer. It was also determined that Carrero had an active arrest warrant issued by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department who came and ultimately took custody of Carrero.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

Stop of Bicycle on Highway Leads to Narcotics Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Sergio Espinoza (23) of Fairfield, N.J. for possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia on September 7, 2016. On that date, at approximately 11:37 P.M., Officer Raymond Puluse was on patrol near the Walgreens complex on Route 46 when he allegedly observed an individual riding a bicycle on Route 46 without any lights or reflectors. At this point, the officer made contact with the bicyclist, identified by Espinoza.

It is alleged that Espinoza acknowledged that this was a dangerous condition. He also allegedly told the officer that he had active warrants for his arrest. A check revealed that he did in fact have arrest warrants issued by the Paterson and Wayne Municipal Courts. Espinoza was placed under arrest without incident and transported to headquarters. While there, it is alleged that the officer recovered suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia from Espinoza’s backpack.

He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an initial September 15, 2016 appearance 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 he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

Barrels Fall Off Truck and Causes Oil Spill

Fairfield (NJ) On September 7, 2016, at approximately 5:52 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was notified that a white truck had just dropped two 55 gallon drums off the rear of it which contained oil, causing a spill near 142 Clinton Road. Officers and the Fairfield Fire Department were immediately dispatched. Upon their arrival, the officers found the truck was gone and approximately 35-55 gallons of oil was spilled in the right lane of Clinton Road with some of it going into a storm drain.

The Hazardous Materials Unit of the Nutley Fire Department and the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Protection Emergency Response Unit also responded to assess the situation and to supervise the clean-up. A private contractor was hired by the DEP to conduct the clean-up.

Anyone with information regarding the white truck that appears to be responsible for this incident occurring can contact the Fairfield Police Department at (973) 227-1400.

 

 

Four Local Juveniles Apprehended Damaging New Recreation Building

Fairfield (NJ) On August 30, 2016, Detective Michael Nyhuis responded to the township’s new recreation building, located at 221 Hollywood Avenue, to investigate an apparent act of criminal mischief involving individuals having thrown rocks into a toilet located in the men’s rest room on August 29, 2016.

As a result of this report, an investigation was conducted which led police to four local juveniles, whose names are being withheld because of their ages, and who were allegedly responsible for the incident. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office was consulted and since there was no permanent damage, they directed that the incident be handled by the Fairfield Police Department and that restitution for all expenses incurred by the township for cleaning up the incident be paid by those involved. If not, charges would be formally filed with the family court.

“The Township of Fairfield has invested a great deal of time and money in building a fantastic new recreation building for all to enjoy. The Fairfield Police Department want all to know that we will do whatever it takes to protect this facility from damage and will prosecute anyone caught damaging it to the fullest extent of the law” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. “Additionally we are looking into banning anyone found guilty of damaging any parts of the facility from using it for a specified period of time” the chief said.

Fatal Motorcycle Accident Occurs at Little Falls Road and Passaic Avenue

Fairfield (NJ) A joint investigation between the Fairfield Police Department, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey State Police is being conducted to determine the cause of a fatal motor vehicle crash that took place at the intersection of Little Falls Road and Passaic Avenue on September 2, 2016 at approximately 12:40 P.M.. The crash involved a 2015 Ford F-150 pick-up truck and a Suzuki motorcycle. The operator of the motorcycle was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries. His identity is being withheld until family members can be notified.

Target Shoplifters Arrested in Two Separate Incidents

Fairfield (NJ) Over the last week, the Fairfield Police Department was called to Target, located on Route 46 East, to investigate shoplifting incidents that resulted in the arrest of two individuals. The first incident occurred on August 23, 2016 resulting in the arrest of Ronald Kaduscwicz (37) of Clifton, N.J. for shoplifting and possession of cocaine.

On that date, at approximately 8:57 P.M., Officer Jeffrey Dean and other officers responded to the Target store after security officers allegedly witnessed two individuals who attempted to push approximately $355.00 in merchandise out of the store’s entrance without paying for it. As the security officers approached the pair, one of the individuals was able to flee on foot and is still being sought. Kaduscwicz, was detained until the arrival of the police. It is further alleged that he was found to be in possession of suspected cocaine. Upon processing him at headquarters, it was determined that he had outstanding arrest warrants issued by the Bergen and Hudson County Sheriff’s Departments and the Kearny Municipal Court. He was eventually released to Hudson County authorities.

The second incident occurred on August 27, 2016 at approximately 9:58 P.M. At that time, the Fairfield police were again contacted by Target security in regards to an alleged shoplifter who was stopped when she attempted to wheel a shopping cart of merchandise, valued at approximately $1200.00, without attempting to pay for it. Officer Thomas Myers responded and arrested Shanisha Bennett (25) of Newark, N.J and charged her with shoplifting. She was released on her own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Superior Court in Newark on September 8, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Groom Arrested for Criminal Mischief on Wedding Night

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Eric Rebisz (25) of Hopatcong, N.J. for criminal mischief on August 21, 2016. On that date, at approximately 12:45 A.M., the police department was contacted by the management of the Crowne Plaza hotel, located at 690 Route 46 East, reporting a disturbance on the third floor. Officer Steven D’Argenio and other officers arrived at the scene and were advised by management that a patron had allegedly severally damaged a guest room and a lighting fixture in a hallway.

Officers then proceeded to room 333 where they found extensive damage to the room to include holes punched into the wall, a broken lamp that was allegedly thrown at a window causing the window to break, and a broken room telephone, all of which were allegedly caused by Rebisz. The value of the damage was estimated by management to be approximately $5000.00.

Investigation revealed that upon returning to the hotel from his wedding, Rebisz and his wife were put in a regular guest room rather than then the suite they were supposed to have, upsetting Rebisz. He then proceeded to the hotel’s bar and when he returned to his room, he became more upset when he repeatedly knocked on the door of his room and got no answer. It is alleged that his wife then came from down the hallway to tell him that the hotel had moved the couple to the suite they were supposed to have, however Rebisz was still upset an allegedly damaged the room because of it.

Rebisz was placed under arrest without incident, charged with criminal mischief and eventually released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Superior Court in Essex County on September 7, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charge against Rebisz is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

2016 Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be Conducted Locally as Part of National Campaign

Fairfield (NJ) New Jersey’s largest annual drunk driving crackdown will be here soon. Law enforcement officers from Fairfield will be participating in the 2016 Labor Day Statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Beginning August 19th and running through September 5th, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement backed up by public educational efforts including national radio and television advertisements, posters, banners and mobile video display signs. The campaign looks to curtail impaired driving during the busy summer travel season, including the Labor Day holiday period.

“Many people believe that after a few drinks they’re still safe to drive,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety.  “Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time, putting not only yourself, but everyone on the road, in danger.”  

“There is a zero tolerance message for this campaign. If drivers are caught operating their vehicle while impaired they will be arrested,” he added. In 2013 alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for 27 percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities. As part of the initiative, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to run the two-week campaign.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2016 crackdown offer the following advice:

  • If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.
  • Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night where the activity is held.
  • Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle.  It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.

 

 

 

 

Mayor Officially Presents Police with Battle of the Badges Trophy

Fairfield (NJ) Mayor James Gasparini made it official when he presented the Fairfield Police Department with the mayor’s trophy making them the reigning 2016 champions of the “Battle of the Badges” charity softball game between members of the police and fire departments. The trophy was presented at the August 15th meeting of the mayor and council.


Officer Chabay Commended in Handling Incident with Armed Individual

Fairfield (NJ) Officer David Chabay was officially commended by Chief Anthony G. Manna with a meritorious service citation at August 15, 2016 meeting of the Mayor and Council for an incident that he handled on July 19, 2016. On that date, at approximately 12:11 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was notified that a gunshot was heard in proximity to an abandoned residence on Clinton Street, which is located in a remote, wooded area of the township. Officer David Chabay was the first to respond and observed a 2008 Acura in the driveway of an abandoned residence. It is alleged that the vehicle was hot to the touch, indicating that it was recently driven there.

Officer Chabay began to search the area near this abandoned home and then another that was in proximity to the first one. As he approached the rear of this residence, he came upon Kim who was seated on the back stairs and allegedly appeared very emotional and upset. The officer immediately ordered him off the stairs at gunpoint and Kim complied. He was then taken into custody without further incident.

As the officer checked the area, he discovered a loaded .38 caliber Taurus revolver on the stairs where Kim was sitting. Further investigation revealed the discovery of a spent shell indicating that he allegedly fired at least one shot prior to the officers arriving.

“Officer Chabay did an outstanding job in bringing this potentially dangerous situation to a peaceful resolve. It is a testament to his professionalism and his years of experience. I am extremely proud of him” said Chief Anthony G. Manna

 

 

Trio Charged in Credit Card Fraud Scheme

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Ricardo Mattis (27) and Schaevaughn Watt (23), both of Brooklyn, N.Y. and a 17 year old juvenile from New Jersey whose name is being withheld due to his age for credit card fraud, intent to commit credit card fraud and conspiracy on August 7, 2016. In addition, Mattis was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana.

On that date, at approximately 9:34 PM, Officer David Lagan was on duty and had stopped to do foot patrol inside the Target store located on Route 46. While in the store, he was notified by Target security that a large number of gift cards were just purchased at a number of locations in the store using a number of different credit cards. The officer relied on his previous experience in dealing with past individuals who used stolen credit cards to purchase legitimate gift cards which in turn were used in part to purchase merchandise. Target security gave the officer a description of the suspects and advised the officer that he believed they had already left the store.

Officer Lagan immediately exited the store and started to drive towards Route 46 East when his attention was allegedly drawn to a black Nissan Pathfinder with New York plates, in the parking lot of the neighboring Valero gas station. He allegedly observed this vehicle pull into a parking space and almost immediately pull out of it. The vehicle then allegedly entered onto Route 46 East using an entrance only driveway in an extremely careless manner. The vehicle was then stopped on Route 46 and found to be operated by Mattis. The officer also observed a large number of Target bags in the vehicle and also noticed that the occupants allegedly matched the description of the suspects that were provided by Target security. At this time, other officers arrived as back up.

During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that the officer discovered and seized 35 Chase credit cards, all with different names, $1830.00 in Target gift cards and $8257.66 in merchandise purchased at Target to include 7 IPads and 4 Apple watches. Also found just outside of the car was a marijuana cigarette that allegedly belonged to Mattis.

All were placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. The vehicle was impounded and all the suspected stolen items and contraband was seized. The juvenile was charged and eventually released into the custody of a parent. In addition to the criminal charge, Mattis was charged with motor vehicle offenses of careless driving and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Both were released on their own recognizance with a pending initial court date in the Superior Court in Newark on August 18, 2016. The investigation is ongoing.

(It should be noted that the charges against these individuals are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they plead guilty or are found or adjudicated guilty in a court of law)


Another Arrest Made in Marijuana Grow Operation

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Donna Olster (68) of Fairfield, N.J. for possession of over 50 grams of marijuana, possession of 10-49 marijuana plants, maintaining or operating a controlled dangerous substance facility, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on August 3, 2016.

On that date, at approximately 1:30 P.M., detectives went to her Nell Court residence and executed an arrest warrant stemming from the discovery of a marijuana grow operation at her residence that was discovered by police on Saturday July 30, 2016. Mrs. Olster was out of the state when police executed a search warrant at her residence,

She was processed and brought to the Essex County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250,000 bail. She is scheduled for an initial appearance in the Superior Court in Essex County on August 11, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)


Second Annual National Night Out and Recreation Building Dedication a Huge Success

Fairfield (NJ) If the measure of the success of an event can be found in the amount of food served to the attendees, than the Fairfield Police Department’s Second Annual National Night Out was hugely successful. The department and its sponsors served up over 1000 hamburgers, 100 pounds of hot dogs, 75 pounds of Italian sausage, 250 Kohr’s ice scoops, 550 gelotti scoops, and approximately 90 pizzas, all complimentary to approximately 1000 people who attended the event.

But the greater measure of success was the smiles found on the faces of the attendees and from the interaction of Fairfield’s citizens with the officers who police their community. From children and adults taking turns at dunking a police officer in the dunk tank to officers cooking up and serving food, the community has the opportunity to witness that police officers are human and enjoy the exact same things that they do. Attendees were also treated to the music of a DJ from X-Static Entertainment as well as from a three piece band that played 50’s, 60’s and 70’s classic tunes.  Additionally, two young residents won brand new bicycles that were donated by Target.

The event also kicked off a “Paint Fairfield Blue” campaign wherein residents are encouraged to display blue ribbons on their houses and cars or to put blue bulbs in their outdoor lighting as a symbol of support for law enforcement. A group of citizens were on hand making and distributing blue ribbons for all who wanted them.

At approximately 7:00 PM, the crowd was treated to a beautiful rendering of the National Anthem by West Caldwell Police Officer Paul Mazzeo. A moment of silence followed for all law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the performance of their duties. Chief Manna took time to thank the many sponsors and the members of the community for their support of both the event and of the department. He also pointed out the hard work of Sergeant Christopher Niemiec, the officer who is most responsible for coordinating National Night Out and making it the success that it was. It was then on to the dedication of Fairfield’s new recreation building by Mayor Gasparini and members of the Council.

“The event was a tremendous success and our department couldn’t be happier. We appreciate all the support from those who came out and it was gratifying to all of us to be able to give our community a nice night out” said Chief Anthony G. Manna

The Fairfield Police Department would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to the following for their support of, not only this event, but to the police department overall:

  • Fairfield Mayor and Council

  • Fairfield Fire Department

  • Fairfield Department of Public Works

  • Fairfield Municipal Alliance Committee

  • Fairfield Recreation Department

  • Fairfield Public Library

  • West Essex First Aid Squad

  • North Caldwell Police Department

  • West Caldwell Police Department

  • Montville Police Department

  • Montville Police Explorers

  • Essex County Sheriff’s Department

  • The Calandra Family

  • Boardwalk Pizza

  • Bayonne Community Bank

  • Shop Rite of West Caldwell

  • Corrados Market

  • JAG Physical Therapy

  • Vitaquest

  • Windmill Vitamins

  • Target

  • Hollywood Pizza

  • West Essex Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT)

  • Full Recovery Wellness Center

  • Il Panino Deli

  • Atlantic Ambulance

  • PNC Bank

  • Any Excuse for a Party

  • Melon Ball Art Studio

  • Fun Services

  • SMS Security

  • Kohr’s of Fairfield

  • Pomptonian

  • AAA of Florham Park

  • Ring (You’re Always Home)

  • ADT

  • Columbia Savings

  • Stop & Shop of West Caldwell

  • Premio Sausage

  • Fairfield Valero

  • Manheim Metro Skyline

  • Artistic Signs

  • Collision Restoration

  • X-Static Entertainment DJ Service

  • UMDNJ Hospital/ NJ EMS Task Force

  • Applied DNA Sciences

  • Essex Dance Academy

  • D & O Protégé Dance Studio

     

     

     

Dispute Leads to Discovery of Marijuana Grow Operation

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Timothy Olster (40) of Fairfield, N.J. and Jose Sanchez (30) originally of Dover, N.J. but who was now residing in Fairfield, for possession of over 50 grams of marijuana, possession of 10-49 marijuana plants, maintaining or operating a controlled dangerous substance facility, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on July 31, 2016.

On that date, at approximately 8:18 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department was called to investigate a report of a dispute at a Nell Court residence. Officers James High Jr. and David Lagan were the first to arrive and observed an injury to the nose of Sanchez that was allegedly caused by Olster striking him. The officers then also observed a smashed driver side window on a 2013 GMC sport utility vehicle that belonged to Olster that was allegedly caused by Sanchez with a brick.

As the officers continued their investigation of the incident at the residence, it is alleged that they observed marijuana residue and packaging in Olster’s bedroom as well as two marijuana plants being automatically watered in the laundry room. In addition, they allegedly observed a cluster of marijuana plants, approximately six feet in height, growing in the rear yard near the pool. Both men were placed under arrest pursuant to their actions relating to the initial dispute.

The residence was then secured by police pending the officers obtaining a search warrant. At approximately 3:30 P.M., Fairfield officers along with a K-9 unit from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department returned and executed the search warrant. It is alleged that the officers found a marijuana growing operation throughout the residence. The windows to the basement were covered and a “hot box” tent was set up that contained timed lighting for the plants. In addition, the officers allegedly found various fertilizers and liquids to enhance plant growth, small soil pods for seedlings, a number of Tupperware containers with dried marijuana in them, packaging material and a number of small marijuana plants. They even allegedly found one marijuana plant in a pot on a shelf above the kitchen sink.

In addition to the narcotics related charges, Olster was also charged with simple assault and Sanchez with criminal mischief relating to the original call. Police are anticipating making one more arrest relating to the marijuana grow operation.

At press time, both Olster and Sanchez were still being held at the Fairfield Police Department pending bail being set. They are scheduled to make an initial appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on August 11, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)


Shoplifting Suspect Also Sought for Eluding Police

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is seeking assistance in locating Nikko Zaccardo (25) with a last known address in Belleville, N.J. in connection with a shoplifting and eluding police incident that began at the Target store on Route 46 East on July 30, 2016.

On that date, at approximately 12:14 P.M., security from Target contacted the Fairfield Police Department to report that an individual had just been allegedly observed shoplifting approximately $213.00 worth of laundry detergent and paper towels. It is alleged that the individual, later identified as Zaccardo, loaded these items into a shopping cart and walked out without paying. He then allegedly loaded these items into a 2002 beige Mercury Grand Marquis bearing New Jersey registration E36-DWF and was able to exit the parking lot onto Route 46 East before security officers could stop him.

Responding police units continued on Route 46 and eventually came upon the suspect’s vehicle. When they attempted to stop it, it is alleged that Zaccardo actively eluded their attempts to stop him and a pursuit ensued. The vehicle was last seen heading south on Route 21 heading towards Belleville. The vehicle was later found abandoned in Newark, N.J.  near North 10th Street with no signs of Zaccardo. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Anyone with information about Zaccardo’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department at (973) 227-1400. All information will be kept confidential.


 

Suspicious Man Arrested for Being Under Influence of CDS

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Blaise Wiget (28) of Milltown, N.J. for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a hypodermic syringe, possession of Suboxone and driving while under the influence on July 29, 2016.

On that date, at approximately 9:30 A.M., Fairfield officers were dispatched to the area of the Target store on a report that a male was operating a PT Cruiser in the parking lot and possibly doing so under the influence. As Officer James High Jr. and Det. Jeffrey Didyk were responding, Target security contacted police headquarters and reported that there was a male now in the store harassing customers.

Upon arrival, the officers observed a 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser unoccupied and running in the back portion of the lot, between two parking spaces. One officer remained with the vehicle while others responded inside of the Target store. While inside, the officers spotted Wiget and ordered him to stop. It is alleged that Wiget kept walking away from the officers at a faster pace. The officers ran after him and were finally able to stop him and investigate the incident.

It is alleged that Wiget displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence of an opiate to include constricted pupils, droopy eyelids and sweating profusely. It is alleged that Wiget admitted to operating the PT Cruiser and that he left it running as he was only going to be in the store for a short time. At this point, field sobriety testing was administered and based upon the totality of the circumstances, Wiget was placed under arrest for being under the influence. Allegedly found in his possession was a hypodermic syringe. Wiget’s vehicle was then impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. It is alleged that two Suboxone strips were found in the vehicle.

While at police headquarters, the New Jersey State Parole Office faxed a warrant ordering Wiget be transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility for allegedly violating terms of his parole. After being processed he was then brought to the jail pending an appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on August 11, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charges against Wiget are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)   

 

Med-Care Doctors Once Again Come to Aid of Police and Community

Fairfield (NJ) Doctors John C. Scolamiero and A.J. Scolamiero, the medical directors of Med-Care of Fairfield, have once again come to the aid of the Fairfield Police Department and the community at large by donating a supply of epi-pens. These pens, which contain Epinephrine, allow police officers to immediately treat the effects of severe swelling that usually accompanies most allergic reactions. “Since 2012, our good friends at Med-Care of Fairfield have generously donated these epi-pens so that those in need of such immediate treatment would be able to receive it. On behalf of all in our community I extend my sincerest appreciation for their donation” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.


 

Boater on Passaic River Charged with DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Richard Zaccaro (52) of Oak Ridge, N.J. for operating a boat while under the influence and obstruction of the administration of law on July 22, 2016.

On that date, at approximately 9:40 P.M., Fairfield Officer Frank Tracey overheard a police radio transmission from the Little Falls Police Department reporting that an alleged assault had just occurred in a boat on the Passaic River. The victim escaped her attacker, who she allegedly identified as Zaccaro who then fled in the boat towards Fairfield and Wayne. Fairfield officers immediately began to search the river from the shore for the suspect. Officers observed the suspect operating along the river in the area of Little Falls Road, between the Route 46 Bridge near the mall and across from Shire Avenue.

Eventually, the boat became disabled. Officers ordered Zaccaro to paddle the boat to the shore but it is alleged that he failed to comply with these directions. As such, the Fairfield Fire Department was contacted and launched one of their boats with three Fairfield police officers on it. They responded to the middle of the river where the boat was and took Zaccaro into custody.

While speaking with and observing Zaccaro, it is alleged that he displayed signs and symptoms of being under the influence to include slow and slurred speech, bloodshot and watery eyes and being unstable on his feet. The boat was impounded pursuant to John’s Law and he was transport to headquarters where field sobriety testing was conducted. It is alleged that Zaccaro refused to submit to a breath test. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, he was also charged with refusal to submit to a breath test, failure to provide a boat registration, not having a boater safety certificate and failure to comply with orders to stop the vessel. After it was determined that the original assault complaint took place in Wayne, Zaccaro was turned over to the Wayne Police Department for further investigation and processing.

(It should be noted that the charges against Zaccaro are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Fort Lee Man Charged with Weapon Offense

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Sangmin Kim (24) of Fort Lee, N.J. for the unlawful possession of a handgun on July 19, 2016. On that date, at approximately 12:11 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was notified that a gunshot was heard in proximity to an abandoned residence on Clinton Street, which is located in a remote, wooded area of the township. Officer David Chabay was the first to respond and observed a 2008 Acura in the driveway of an abandoned residence. It is alleged that the vehicle was hot to the touch, indicating that it was recently driven there.

Officer Chabay began to search the area near this abandoned home and then another that was in proximity to the first one. As he approached the rear of this residence, he came upon Kim who was seated on the back stairs and allegedly appeared very emotional and upset. The officer immediately ordered him off the stairs at gunpoint and Kim complied. He was then taken into custody without further incident.

As the officer checked the area, he discovered a loaded .38 caliber Taurus revolver on the stairs where Kim was sitting. Further investigation revealed the discovery of a spent shell indicating that he allegedly fired at least one shot prior to the officers arriving. Kim was eventually transported, in custody, to East Orange General Hospital for an evaluation. He was charged with the unlawful possession of a handgun. “This exemplifies the dangers that every police officer faces on a daily basis, whether the officer works in a city or suburban environment. I am extremely proud of Officer Chabay’s handling of this very dangerous situation and for bringing it to a peaceful resolve” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

(It should be noted that the charge against Kim is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Police Win New Version of “Battle of the Badges” Charity Softball Game

Fairfield (NJ) It was play ball on Saturday June 18, 2016 as the Fairfield Police Department played the Fairfield Fire Department in a charity softball game to benefit Bergen County Police Officer Daniel Breslin. Officer Breslin was on-duty and seriously injured in April 2014 when his police cruiser was rear-ended by an alleged drunken driver in Lodi, N.J.

The “Battle of the Badges” in Fairfield actually started in 1983 with the fire department winning that first game. The game was played throughout the 80’s, with both teams winning a few games. For whatever reason, the charity event was discontinued. The rivalry was reignited at the fire department’s annual awards dinner where Chief Manna challenged the fire department to a softball game this year on behalf of his department.

The 2016 version of the game saw the police department defeating the fire department by a score 0f 12-2. “To all of us, it really didn’t matter who won or lost the game. What matter most was that we all had a great day, the members of our two department’s became even closer then we already were and we were all able to help someone in need” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. After the game, the fire department hosted a barbeque for both teams, their families and game supporters. Both teams would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to all those who made a contribution to the fund, especially to the Franklin Steakhouse, Thatcher McGhees, and Sidelines, all of which, hosted events and gave portions of the proceeds to the Breslin Family which totaled approximately $4075.00.

 

 

 

 

 

Two Separate Motor Vehicle Stops Lead to Three Marijuana Arrests

Fairfield (NJ) On July 2, 2016, Fairfield police officers stopped two separate motor vehicles, resulting in the arrest of three individuals. The first incident occurred at 4:59 P.M. when Officer Sean McCormack stopped a 2008 BMW for allegedly making an illegal U-turn on Plymouth Street. When the officer spoke with the driver, Latoya Morrison (35) of Bloomfield, it is alleged that he detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle. A subsequent search allegedly turned up a small quantity of marijuana. Morrison was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and eventually released on her own recognizance.

In a separate incident, Officer James High Jr. observed a 2006 Lincoln on Two Bridges Road allegedly with a broken headlight. The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Anthony Torres (22) and a front seat passenger identified as Maria Trivino (21) both of Brooklyn, N.Y. It is alleged that the officer immediately detected the odor of both burnt and raw marijuana and also observed smoke within the vehicle.

Further investigation revealed the discovery of a suspected marijuana cigarette, that was still lit and smoking, as well as a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana. Both individuals were placed under arrest. Torres was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and issued motor vehicle summonses for failure to maintain lamps and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Trivino was charged with both possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and use of a controlled dangerous substance. Both individuals were eventually released on their own recognizance.

(It should be noted that the charges against all are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

Teaneck Woman Charged with Shoplifting

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jenna Campbell (22) of Teaneck, N.J. for shoplifting on July 3, 2016. On that date, at approximately 10:30 P.M., Officer David Lagan was on patrol in the parking lot of the Target store, located on Route 46 East, when he observed two individuals allegedly acting suspiciously near a 2011 Nissan. After observing them for a while, he ultimately approached them to check on the condition. During the course of this activity, the pair allegedly stated they were waiting for a third individual who was inside of the store. Both were unable to positively identify the individual in the store and how they knew her which heightened the officer’s suspicion even more.

A short time later, it is alleged that Campbell emerged from the store with a shopping cart filled with merchandise valued at $1890.37. She was allegedly unable to produce a receipt for any of the items. She was eventually placed under arrest. Further investigation revealed that she also had an active arrest warrant issued by the Paterson Municipal Court. After being charged, she was turned over to the Paterson Police Department.

(It should be noted that the charges against Campbell are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

Illegal U-Turn Leads to Marijuana Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Mecheal Leslie for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on June 21, 2016. On that date, at approximately 9:01 A.M., Officer Frank Tracy allegedly observed a 2012 Jeep avoid a traffic control device, prohibiting U-turns, on Plymouth Street. It is alleged that the Jeep used a private parking lot to accomplish the turn. The vehicle was then stopped and Leslie found to be its operator.

As the officer approached, it was alleged that he immediately detected a pungent odor of raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle. A subsequent investigation allegedly revealed a plastic bag with suspected marijuana in his pocket. He was placed under arrest without incident.

In addition to the criminal charge, Leslie was also charged with avoiding a traffic control device, failing to maintain lamps, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance date on June 30, 2016 in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Leslie are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent unless he pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Officer Dean Honored by M.A.D.D. for Second Consecutive Year

Fairfield (NJ) On June 16, 2016, law enforcement officers from across the state, including Fairfield Officer Jeffrey Dean, were honored by Mothers Against Drunken Drivers (M.A.D.D.) at a breakfast at Rutgers University for their efforts in drunken driving enforcement in 2015. Officer Dean arrested 9 of the 53 individuals arrested for drunken driving by Fairfield officers last year. He has led the department in this category in both 2014 and 2015. To date, in 2016, the Fairfield Police Department has arrested 22 drivers for suspect DUI offenses.

“I am extremely proud of Officer Dean’s efforts in this critical area of law enforcement. As stated at the breakfast, it will never be fully known just how many innocent citizens’ lives have been saved every time a police officer arrests a drunken driver and removes them from the roadway” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.  


Fairfield Police Need Public’s Help in Identifying Second Burglary Suspect

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Hector J. Corazon 3rd (23) of Paterson, N.J. for three counts each of burglary, theft, conspiracy and one count of possession of burglar tools for incidents that occurred on April 18, 2016 and May 8, 2016. A second suspect, preliminarily identified as Allen Baker, is still being sought in connection with the crimes.

On April 16th, at approximately 2:46 P.M., it is alleged that Corazon and Baker went to Jan Pro Cleaning Services, located at 142 Fairfield Road, at which time Baker entered the facility while a presentation was being made to employees in another part of the building, and stole a bag containing an I-Pad, a Mont Blanc pen and a pair of silver cuff links and a tie tac all valued at approximately $1300.00.

Then, On May 8, 2016, at approximately 3:16 P.M., the pair went to the Synergy gas station, located at 572 Route 46 East, where it is alleged that Corazon distracted the attendant while Baker stole approximately $733.00 in cash and a vehicle diagnostic computer valued at approximately $150.00.

Detectives Michael Nyhuis and Robert Sanger were able to link the crimes using video surveillance from each location which revealed the same individuals in a 1995 black Lexus at both scenes. The investigators were able to get the vehicle’s registration which led them to Corazon who was eventually arrested by Fairfield detectives for these incidents on May 27, 2016. Corazon was remanded to the Essex County Jail in Newark in lieu of $10,000 bail.

While the second suspect has been preliminarily identified by Corazon as being known to him as Allen Baker who he said he met near the area of 19th Street and Broadway in Paterson, N.J., investigators are still trying to positively identify him, identify where he resides, and are asking the public’s help with this. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400.

(It should be noted that the charges against Corozan are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)


 

Suspected Car Thief Charged in Theft of Van

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Patrick J. Amato (43) of Lake Hopatcong, N.J. for motor vehicle theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief for an incident that took place on May 27, 2016.

On that date, it is alleged that Amato arrived in Fairfield operating a 1998 Jeep Cherokee, which was reported stolen in Jefferson, N.J. on May 27, 2016. He apparently went to the LaQuinta Inn, located on Two Bridges Road, and then attempted to steal a 1998 Jeep Laredo. When he was unable to successfully take this vehicle, it is alleged that he then stole a 1999 Ford van used by the hotel as a courtesy shuttle van. All of this was captured on the hotel’s video surveillance and reviewed by the Fairfield police after the incident was reported.

The Jefferson Police Department ultimately developed Amato as a suspect in the initial theft of the Jeep Cherokee and their subsequent investigation allegedly provided Fairfield Detective Jeffrey Didyk with sufficient probable cause to ultimately charge Amato with the offenses that took place in Fairfield on May 27th. Amato was being held in the Morris County Jail and was served with his charges there on June 14, 2016.

(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)

Three Car Crash Leads to Marijuana Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Matthew Rosen (30) of Randolph, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on June 10, 2016. On that date, at approximately 3:26 P.M., Sergeant Paul Bowden and Officers Frank Tracey, Christopher Hlubik and Raymond Puluse responded to a three car motor vehicle crash near 368 Passaic Avenue. It is alleged that Rosen collided into the back of another vehicle, which in turn collided with a vehicle in front of it.

While investigating the crash, the officers allegedly detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from 2014 Lexus convertible that Rosen was operating. It is alleged that the officers recovered a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana. Field sobriety tests to determine whether Rosen was under the influence were conducted and the results were negative.  He was placed under arrest for possessing the controlled dangerous substance.

In addition to the criminal charge, Rosen was also charged with careless driving and possessing CDS in a motor vehicle. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on June 16, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charges against Rosen are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent unless he pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Two Drivers Arrested in Separate Alleged DUI Incidents

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department was active with drunken driving enforcement on June 9, 2016 with the arrests of Gavin Sahadatalli (33) of Franklin, N.J. and Alan Gomez (22) of Wilmington, DE for driving under the influence.

The first arrest occurred at approximately 12:29 A.M. when Officer Christopher Nicholas was on patrol on Route 46 West and observed a 2008 BMW travelling on the shoulder with a flat tire. The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Sahadatalli. As the officer investigator further it is alleged that he displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and bloodshot and watery eyes. Field sobriety tests were then administered which ultimately led to Sahadatalli being placed under arrest and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. Sahadatalli provided breath samples for chemical analysis. In addition to receiving a summons for driving under the influence he also received a summons for DUI in a school zone, careless driving, and operating an unsafe vehicle. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

The second arrest came after Officer Stacy Chiarolanza checked on a suspicious vehicle that was parked and running in the parking lot of 294 Route 46 East. As the officer approached the 2003 Ford box truck, she was able to observe Gomez in the driver seat, allegedly slumped over towards the center of the truck and apparently asleep. The officer attempted to awaken Gomez several times by speaking loudly and patting him on his back however he did not immediately respond. He finally opened his eyes and sat up but allegedly appeared confused.

It is alleged at this that Gomez inexplicably told the officer that he was going to pay her and began to count out $90.00 and handed it to the officer. At this time, Sgt. David Proctor arrived as back up and the money given to the officer was returned to Gomez.

As both officers continued the investigation, it is alleged that Gomez displayed signs and symptoms of being under the influence to include the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, slow and slurred speech, mumbling incoherently and swaying uncontrollably when standing. Field sobriety tests were not administered for Gomez’ safety. He was placed under arrest and transported to the New Jersey State Police barracks in Totowa for breath testing. While there, it is alleged that Gomez refused to provide samples of his breath for testing. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, Gomez was also charged with DUI in a school zone and refusing to submit to a breath test. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Small Plane Crashes while Attempting Landing

Fairfield (NJ) On June 5, 2016, at approximately 12:15 P.M. the Fairfield Police Department received a call from the operations tower at the Essex County Airport reporting a plane crash having just occurred. Police, fire and EMS were immediately dispatched to the location. Upon arrival, they discovered a plane off the pavement of Runway #10. The plane was occupied by two individuals who were apparently uninjured and who refused any medical transport.

Preliminary investigation of the incident indicated that the 1985 Beech F33A fixed wing, single engine plane was being piloted by Tal Kienan (46) of New York, N.Y. and he was attempting to land on Runway 10 when it is believed that the plane may have clipped a tree on its approach. After the crash, the pilot reported having experienced some engine problems upon his approach.


Lodi Man Arrested for Obstruction and Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Edwin Ramos (29) of Lodi, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstruction of the administration of law on June 1, 2016.

On that date, at approximately 10:10 A.M., Officer David Lagan was on patrol on Route 46 West when he observed 2008 Ford pick-up truck allegedly with tinted windows. The vehicle was then stopped for the violation and was found to be operated by Ramos.

As the officer requested Ramos’ driving credentials, it is alleged that he smelled a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Ramos was requested to exit the vehicle in order for the officer to continue his investigation. It is alleged that Ramos locked the vehicle when exiting and allegedly refused to unlock it. At this point, he was placed under arrest for obstructing the administration of law. Further investigation allegedly revealed the discovery of a digital scale and approximately 45 grams of suspected marijuana.

Ramos was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a June 9, 2016 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Ramos are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Brooklyn Man Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of George Kornel (55) of Brooklyn. N.Y. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on May 31, 2016. On that date, at approximately 1:22 P.M., Officer James High Jr. was on patrol on Route 46 East when he allegedly observed Kornel on his cell phone while operating his 2009 Nissan. The vehicle was then stopped for the violation.

Upon requesting Kornel to produce his driving credentials it is alleged that the officer detected the odor of raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Further investigation revealed the discovery of a small quantity of suspected marijuana. Kornel was placed under arrest.

In addition to the criminal charge of possessing marijuana he also received motor vehicle summonses for use of a cell phone, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle and having unclear license plates. He was released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on June 9, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charges against Kornel are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Hollywood Avenue Crash Leads to DUI Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Tomasz Ogorzalek (31) of Fairfield, N.J. for driving under the influence on May 30, 2016. On that date, at approximately 7:36 P.M., Fairfield police units were dispatched to the intersection of Hollywood Avenue and Francavilla Drive for a report of a motor vehicle that struck a utility pole. Upon initial examination of the scene the driver, who was later identified as Ogorzalek, was not present at the scene. Witnesses reported that Ogorzalek left in a car with a male and female after being pulled out of his vehicle. He was found by Officer Christopher Nicholas at the intersection of Hollywood Avenue and Big Piece Road. In speaking with him, it is alleged that the officer detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Ogorzalek’s breath.

It is alleged that witnesses to the accident said that as Ogorzalek was travelling north on Hollywood Avenue and apparently lost control of his vehicle, striking a mailbox, garbage cans and two utility poles. As the investigation continued, in addition to the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath, it is alleged that Ogorzalek displayed other signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include slow and slurred speech, bloodshot and watery eyes and droopy eyelids. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, he was placed under arrest.

While in custody, it is alleged that Ogorzalek refused to submit to giving samples of his breath for the purposes of chemical analysis. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, he was also charged with refusing to submit to a breath test, reckless driving, operating an unregistered vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a June 9, 2016 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court. The case was investigated by Officer Sean McCormack.

(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)

 

 

Police Still Warn Residents to Lock Cars at Night

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is continuing to warn residents to be vigilant in locking their cars at night, even if the vehicle is parked in their driveway. On May 30, 2016, at approximately 2:50 A.M., police were called to a Glenroy Road South residence after the homeowner was awakened and looked outside the window to see an African American male, wearing a red or yellow baseball cap, standing outside of their 2016 Mercedes Benz. The individual then fled the scene. A search of the area for the suspect had negative results.

Earlier in the year, Fairfield and the surrounding towns had an increase of stolen cars from residential areas. At the time of those incidents, at least three separate suspects were being sought with one having been arrested.

“Having grown up in Fairfield I can remember a time when it was not necessary to even lock the doors to our homes or vehicles. Unfortunately, that time has long since passed. Keeping a car unlocked at night only makes a car thief’s job easier and ours more difficult” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. “We are asking our residents to contact the police regarding any suspicious activity they observe in their neighborhoods” said the chief.   

Normandy Reflections

Recently, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police continued it’s noteworthy leadership staff ride training, by conducting a trip to Normandy France. Sixteen law enforcement executives from New Jersey, Delaware, and Connecticut headed out to the coast of France on April 23rd with the expectation of learning military lessons in leadership from the decisions made by various historic icons during that epic conflict. The thought was that many of the leadership qualities and decisions made by them could be applied to the daily strategic decisions made by law enforcement executives. I was fortunate to be amongst those who went and felt compelled to write this.

 

The group of law enforcement executives that went on this trip are all seasoned police veterans with a great deal of leadership experience. From the outset, we collectively knew we would surely bring back some concepts that would assist us in our duties. But what followed during our few days at Normandy went far beyond that. It did help to reinforce the concept that leadership is not obtained through status or rank. Instead, leadership is an intrinsic quality that comes out through an individual’s actions, deeds and sacrifices. There were so many stories of common soldiers doing incredible things, which also reinforced the concept that you don’t have to be in charge to be a leader.

 

In order to better help us experience what occurred in France in June of 1944, our instructors provided each of us with a set of commemorative dog tags. One had our own name and police department on them and the other had the name and military assignment of an actual New Jersey soldier who fought in the Normandy campaign. Mine happened to be Corporal William Falduti of the 82nd Airborne Division. The nexus of this concept was to link us to a specific individual while we walked in their footsteps. The culmination would come on our last day there when we would visit the American cemetery and find out whether or not they survived the invasion.

 

Before doing that, we visited a number of historical sites in the area including the five beaches used by the Allied forces for their landings. As we ventured onto each beach, I collected a sand sample for both me and as a gift to our Fairfield VFW post. After all, this is sacred ground to any freedom-loving individual anywhere in the world. At Omaha Beach, the site of the worst American casualties, I felt compelled to leave something behind so I buried a Fairfield Police Department patch in the sand as a small gesture of our department’s appreciation.

 

We went on to tour the museum at Pegasus Bridge, another site where many extraordinary acts of valor and sacrifice took place by our British allies. While there, we were fortunate enough to meet an individual named Teddy, a 92 year old veteran of the Royal British Marines who had landed on Sword Beach 71 years earlier. He proudly wore a row of combat ribbons that were definitely well earned. He had been wounded three times in World War II during three separate campaigns, one of which involved him being shot in the neck.

 

Teddy was a proud veteran who recounted his wartime activities to us, even adding some humor when speaking about his injuries. The friends who were accompanying him on his trip jokingly said that when they go back to visit Sword Beach, they always stay a few paces away from him just in case someone takes a shot at him again.

 

As we were concluding our time with Teddy, I noticed a group of school children approaching him in the same inquisitive manner and reverence we did, which really was pleasing to see. Just before taking leave of Teddy, he said something to the children that resonates well with police officers. He said that each time he sees children, he realizes why he did what he did and how important it was to preserve their future. In that moment, I learned all I needed to about leadership.

 

Day three was now upon us and it was time to visit the American cemetery just above Omaha Beach and to finally find out the fate of our individual soldiers. The feeling of anticipation and emotion was unbelievable given the fact that we did not even know this soldier but we had somehow along the way become connected. I am happy and relieved to say that Corporal William Falduti, of Nutley, N.J. survived the Normandy invasion and World War II and went on to perform other acts of valor during the war, including receiving two purple hearts and a bronze star.

 

But this was not the case for many of the soldiers my colleagues had. Out of the sixteen soldiers we were given, only six survived. In honor and respect for these soldiers and their sacrifices, the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police placed American flags on each of their graves. As we left the cemetery and I had an opportunity to reflect on my entire Normandy experience, I recalled a phrase I had heard once in support of all soldiers, especially those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. “All gave some, some gave all”, which sums up very well what occurred in Normandy and everywhere else American forces have fought and died.

 

Upon my return to the United States, it was my great pleasure to go to Nutley and meet Mr. Falduti and to personally thank him for his service. He was everything I thought he would be and more. He recounted, in great detail, his Normandy experience including the evening when the 1st and 3rd armies were united and he had a few drinks with General George S. Patton and fighting at the Battle of the Bulge. It was such an honor just being in the same room with him. Mr. Falduti also was the epitome of what is arguably the “Greatest Generation”. Before I left, I gave him a bottle of sand from Omaha Beach.

 

Unfortunately, only four days after meeting Mr. Falduti, he passed away. I was completely shocked and upset by this. I had only met him for a half hour or so but I felt like I knew him my whole life. Some relief for me came in knowing that I got to thank him personally for all he did and to hear a few of his great stories. I felt even better when I was told by Steve Rodgers, the Nutley Commissioner for Veterans Affairs that Mr. Falduti was happy that we met and was talking about it right up until his death.

 

Due to the ages of heroes like Mr. Falduti, and so many other veterans, the window of opportunity for us to receive first hand accounts of their heroics or to personally extend our gratitude to all those who played such a significant role in preserving our freedom in World War II and beyond, is closing fast.

 

So as both Memorial Day and the 72nd anniversary of the Normandy invasion approach, it is my hope that the retelling of my Normandy experience will do something to help lead all of our citizens in seeking out a veteran and thanking them for their service. It doesn’t take much to do but will certainly go a long way. I also hope it does something to regenerate a greater sense of patriotism, pride, and

gratitude amongst our citizens, for our country, and for the sacrifices made by so many to keep all of us safe and free.

 

The officers of the Fairfield Police Department salute all veterans of the armed forces of the United States of America and thank you for your service, especially William Falduti.

 

Anthony G. Manna

Chief of Police

 

 

 

 

 

Fire Department Battles Residential Fire on Ralph Drive

Fairfield (NJ) On May 23, 2016, at approximately 9:56 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting house fire at 11 Ralph Drive. Police and fire units were immediately dispatched to the location. Upon arrival, it was discovered that the garage was fully involved in fire.

Prior to the arrival of the emergency units, the occupants of the residence, which numbered three, were apparently unaware of the fire. An unknown jogger and an off-duty North Caldwell police sergeant, who observed the fire, began knocking on the door of the residence to alert them. All escaped the blaze with no injuries.

 The Fairfield Fire Department, who was assisted by the North Caldwell, West Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Verona, Caldwell, Pine Brook and Lincoln Park Fire Departments were able to extinguish the fire within about 90 minutes. The West Essex First Aid Squad and Atlantic Healthcare Ambulance EMS-7 stood by as a precaution.

“These residents were unaware of the fire that was consuming their house and if  not for the actions of the jogger and of North Caldwell Sergeant Karl Strodthoff, this could have been a real tragedy” said Police Chief Anthony G. Manna.

At the time of this press release, the cause of the fire was still being investigated.

 

 

 

Lieutenant Pollack Meets Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist

Fairfield (NJ) On May 16, 2016, Lieutenant Peter Pollack was on hand at Chow for Now Foods, located at 1275 Bloomfield Avenue, to meet Olympic women’s basketball gold medalist Ruthie Bolton. Ms. Bolton is the subject of an ESPN Documentary scheduled to premiere on May 22nd, 24th & 30th, 2016 on SEC/ESPN Network, entitled “Mighty Ruthie.”

In the documentary, Ms. Bolton talks about the determination necessary to climb as high as she did in Women’s Basketball, and also her unfortunate experience as a victim/survivor of Domestic Violence. Chow for Now is donating a portion of their profits for the last few weeks of May to the Family Service League of Montclair; SAVE of Essex County and the Family Justice Center of Essex County.


Officer Tracey Completes 2016 Unity Tour Bicycle Ride to National Police Memorial

Fairfield (NJ) P.O. Frank Tracey was amongst the many law enforcement officers that participated in the 20th Anniversary Police Unity Tour bicycle ride from New Jersey to the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial in Washington, D.C. between May 9-12,2016.

“Unfortunately, this year’s ride was bitter-sweet for me and all of the participants because of the accidental death of former Roxbury Police Lieutenant Joseph Franklin during a bicycle crash only miles into the ride. Lieutenant Franklin and his family remain in the prayers of the entire Fairfield Police Department” said Officer Tracey.

The Police Unity Tour was founded to help bring greater attention to the many law enforcement officers throughout the country who gave their lives in the line of duty. To date, it has raised over 18 million dollars to benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and museum.


Four Individuals Arrested for Prostitution Related Offenses

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Tonya Ann Worth (32) of Portland, Oregon and Evelyn Lemme (28) of Allenhurst, N.J. for promoting and engaging in prostitution and Vincent Ptak (58) of Oak Ridge, N.J. and Mohammed Badaway (40) of Wayne, N.J. for soliciting prostitution on May 16, 2016.

On that date, at approximately 1:24 P.M., Officers Jeffrey Dean and R.J. Casendino began an investigation of alleged prostitution taking place at the LaQuinta Hotel, located on Two Bridges Road, after the officers became aware of an Internet posting advertising an escort/massage service. The officers responded to the hotel and that they were able to track down the rooms from which Worth and Lemme were allegedly conducting business from. It is further alleged that Ptak and Badaway were in the rooms at the time the officers came to investigate and that probable cause existed to believe that both males were there for the purposes of soliciting prostitution.

It is alleged that when officers went to place Badaway under arrest, he did not immediately comply with the officers instructions and would not submit to the arrest. He was later charged with resisting arrest. As the investigation continued it is alleged that officers recovered the drug “molly” from inside of Lemme’s room. She was later charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance. All were released on their own recognizance pending court appearance dates.

(It should be noted that the charges against all are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Seat Belt Enforcement and Education Campaign to be Conducted in Fairfield as Part of Nationwide Click It or Ticket Mobilization May 23 – June 5, 2016

Fairfield (NJ) Law enforcement officers from the Fairfield Police Department will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

Beginning May 23 and running through June 5, the annual “Click It or Ticket” national mobilization utilizes high visibility seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, in combination with local and national publicity efforts, to reiterate the life-saving value of seat belts. 

“Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.   "In 2013, 21,000 people in the U.S. were killed in traffic crashes, and almost half of them were unrestrained.” 

Poedubicky added that a key focus of this year’s campaign is to promote seat belt usage by adults in the rear seats of vehicles. The front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 91.36%. However, adults riding in rear seats are only buckling up at a rate of 39%. “This is a concern,” he said. “We need to drive home the message that all motor vehicle occupants need to buckle up during every trip, in every seating position.”              

During the 2015 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 372 New Jersey police agencies participated in the two-week initiative.  As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 26,308 seat belt citations, 4,969 speeding summonses and made 833 impaired driving arrests. 

 

Fairfield Sergeant Honored as Essex County Crime Prevention Officer of the Year

Fairfield (NJ) On May 7, 2016, Sergeant Christopher Niemiec was honored by his peers when the Essex County Crime Prevention Officers Association presented him with the 2015 Officer of the Year Award. The presentation occurred at the association’s annual police expo at the Livingston Mall which helps to kick off National Law Enforcement Appreciation Week.

Sergeant Niemiec is a 17 year veteran of the Fairfield Police Department and was promoted to sergeant in 2012. He serves as both a child safety seat installation and C.P.R. instructor. In 2015, he organized a one day child safety seat installation event at the Target store in September where 61 child seats were properly installed in vehicles. He was most notably the person who single-handedly organized the Fairfield Police Department’s first ever National Night Out event last August which was a huge success.

“May I first say, that in my opinion, there was no more deserving officer to receive this award than Sergeant Niemiec. He is extremely dedicated to the department and the community and always gives both 100% of his effort. I am so proud and happy for him as there is no better accolade than being given one from your peers, especially in this county where so many good crime prevention officers do so many great things” said Chief Anthony G. Manna   

 

 

Speeding Violation Leads to CDS and Warrant Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Christopher Gosa (25) of East Stroudsburg, PA. for possession of heroin, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and hindering apprehension and Joshua Gerena (26) of Jersey City, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on May 8, 2016.

On that date, at approximately 9:41 P.M. , Officer David Lagan was monitoring traffic travelling east on Route 46 East when he allegedly observed a 2014 Jeep proceeding at a high rate of speed. Radar allegedly indicated the vehicle was travelling at 65 M.P.H. in a 50 M.P.H. zone. The vehicle was then stopped.

During the course of the stop, it is alleged that the officer detected a pungent odor of raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Further investigation resulted in the discovery of a plastic bag of suspected marijuana in the glove box. It is alleged that Gerena admitted this item belonged to him. He was placed under arrest without incident.

As the investigation continued, it is alleged that Gosa provided officers with a false name and date of birth in order to avoid being arrested for two outstanding warrants for his arrest out of Jersey City. His true identity was discovered and he was also placed under arrest. It is further alleged that, incidental to his arrest, officers found suspected marijuana and heroin in his coat pockets.

Both men were released on their own recognizance after the Jersey City police provided Gosa with a new court appearance date for the warrants. Gerena was released pending a May 12, 2016 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court. Gosa was released pending an appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on May 25, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charges against both men are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

Irvington Driver Arrested for DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of John Gwer (32) of Irvington, N.J. for driving under the influence on May 8, 2016. On that date, at approximately 7:48 A.M., Officers Sean McCormack and Sergeant Christopher Niemiec were in the parking lot of the Quick Check, located at 384 Passaic Avenue, when they were alerted by a gas station attendant to a man sleeping in a 2008 BMW near the front of the main entrance. The vehicle was allegedly running and had been there for a couple of hours.

The officers approached the vehicle for the purposes of checking on the welfare of the individual, later identified as Gwer. It is alleged they observed him slouched over and sleeping. In addition they observed 3 open bottles of Heiniken beer. The officers then attempted to awaken Gwer which took some time. When he finally did awaken, he exited his vehicle. It is alleged that he had the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath and that he confirmed that he had been drinking the beers seen in the vehicle.

At this time, field sobriety tests were administered. After completing them, Gwer was placed under arrest without incident and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. He also later provided breath samples for chemical analysis.

In addition to the charge of driving under the influence, he was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, and having an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on May 19, 2016.

(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)

 

 

 

Lake Hiawatha Driver Arrested for DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Bahdresh Patel (52) of Lake Hiawatha, N.J. for driving under the influence on May 6, 2016. On that date, at approximately 11:04 P.M., Officer Jeffrey Dean was on patrol on Clinton Road when a 2011 Nissan pick-up truck, allegedly travelling in the opposite direction with no headlights on, crossed the double yellow almost striking the patrol car. The vehicle was stopped in West Caldwell and the operator, identified as Patel, was asked to produce his driving credentials.

During this period, it is alleged that Patel displayed signs and symptoms consistent with someone being under the influence to include the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, his eyes were bloodshot and watery and his speech slow and slurred. Based upon these observations, field sobriety tests were administered and based upon the results, and the totality of the circumstances, Patel was arrested without incident.

In addition to driving under the influence, Patel was also issued summonses for careless driving, failure to use headlights, failure to maintain a lane, failure to wear a seatbelt and failure to produce a registration. He was released on his own recognizance pending a May 18, 2016 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Patel are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Police Arrest Pursuit Suspect after Ramming Police Car

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Kirsten Miller (21) of Hopatcong, N.J. for various criminal and motor vehicle offenses after leading police on a motor vehicle pursuit on May 3, 2016.

On that date, at approximately 9:05 A.M., Officer Diego Ocampo was dispatched to the Quick Check, located at 384 Passaic Avenue, on a report of a female using a controlled dangerous substance in a parked car in front of the store. The caller alleged that Miller was ingesting heroin while sitting in the driver seat of a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser.

The officer then pulled his police vehicle behind the Chrysler at a slight angle and approached the vehicle. It is alleged that Miller initially had her feet up and resting on the steering wheel and smoking a cigarette. It is alleged that the officer observed several glassine folds commonly associated with heroin use. The officer order Miller several times to unlock the vehicle and to exit it. She did not comply with this request.

At this point, Miller allegedly sat up straight, put the car in reverse, and rammed the police vehicle and continued to accelerate backwards in an attempt to escape. She then pulled forward and then again in reverse, almost striking Officer Ocampo and again striking the police vehicle. She finally got around the police vehicle and continued in reverse, striking a 2012 Ford pick-up truck that was at the gas pumps. Miller then allegedly fled east on Little Falls Road.

Officer Christopher Nicholas, who was responding to the call, began to pursue the suspect who was now driving in an extremely erratic manner. The pursuit continued into North Caldwell and concluded when Miller allegedly pulled onto Park Place, a dead end street. She was taken into custody after pulling into a driveway. Officers from the North Caldwell and Little Falls Police Departments responded to assist. After being arrested it is alleged that 18 glassine folds of suspected heroin was found on her.

Miller was charged with eluding police, aggravated assault on a police officer, possessing the vehicle as a weapon for an unlawful purpose, use of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of heroin, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, destruction of evidence, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice. In addition she was issued 17 motor vehicle summonses, including driving under the influence. She was eventually transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail.

“This is just another incident that highlights the heroin epidemic in this country and the dangers law enforcement officers face every day. Here an officer was seemingly just checking on a 21 year old female yet was almost struck by the suspect’s vehicle and could have been seriously injured” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

 (It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Suspicious Activity Leads to Drug Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Adam Boyle (22) of West Caldwell, N.J. for possession of heroin, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia on May 3, 2016.

On that date, at approximately 12:10 A.M., Officer Jeffrey Dean was on patrol near the intersection of Two Bridges Road and Sand Road, when he observed Boyle walking on Two Bridges Road. It is alleged that Boyle was wearing dark-colored clothing and appeared to stagger between the lawn of 30 Two Bridges Road and then into the roadway. Concerned for his safety, the officer illuminated Boyle with his spotlight and intended to turn his patrol vehicle and check on him. It is alleged at this point that Boyle began running toward the entrance of 30 Two Bridges Road. By the time the officer could turn around, he could not locate the individual. Other Fairfield officers responded to assist.

A short time later, it is alleged that Officer Dean found Boyle getting into a car in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road. During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that the officer recovered a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana, five glassine folds containing suspected heroin and a cut straw. He was placed under arrest without incident.

Boyle was released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on May 18, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charges against Boyle are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Juveniles Charged with Criminal Mischief to Town Recreation Building

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the charging of two 15 year old juveniles, one from Fairfield and the other from Wayne, with criminal mischief on May 2, 2016 after it is alleged that they illegally entered the Van Dessel house, located on Big Piece Road, and proceeded to break windows and smash holes in the walls. The names of the juveniles are being withheld due to their ages.

At approximately 7:01 P.M., an off duty Newark police sergeant allegedly witnessed the pair damaging the property and intervened and took custody of the pair. The Fairfield police were contacted, investigated the incident and took the pair into custody; Both juveniles were charged and later released into the custody of their parents. The matter will be forwarded to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for their review.

(It should be noted that the charge against the pair is merely an allegation and that both are presumed innocent unless adjudicated delinquent in a court of law)

Fairfield Officer Slightly Injured in Motor Vehicle Crash

Fairfield (NJ) On April 10, 2016, at approximately 7:56 P.M., Officer Christopher Nicholas and Sergeant David Proctor were responding, with emergency lights, to a motor vehicle crash on Passaic Avenue near Little Falls Road. As the officers proceeded down Little Falls Road toward the crash scene, with Nicholas first followed by Proctor who was slightly back, it is alleged that a 2006 Toyota pulled to the shoulder to let Officer Nicholas pass. It is then alleged that as Sergeant Proctor rounded the bend, the Toyota then pulled out in front of the police vehicle in an attempt to either make a U-turn or to pull into the driveway of a gas station. The vehicles then impacted and ended up in the westbound lane of Little Falls Road.

Sergeant Proctor sustained minor injuries to his left hand and shoulder. He was transported to Chilton Hospital in Pompton Plains, N.J. where he was treated and released. The driver and passenger of the Toyota also complained of injuries. They were transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital for treatment. No further information about their condition is available.

The accident is being investigated by Sergeant Christopher Niemiec of the Fairfield Police Department Traffic Bureau. “I am thankful that no one sustained serious injuries in this incident” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.


Warren County Man Charged with Theft of Copper Wire

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joseph D. Vega (22) of Washington Township for theft that took place at Cooper Electric, located at 444 Route 46 East on four separate occasions between March 17-29, 2016. It is alleged that on each of these occasions, a suspect entered the facility and made his way into the warehouse area when company employees were either busy or not at the counter and removed spools of copper wire.

Video surveillance captured each incident but the suspect was not identified until an incident that took place on April 8, 2016 at the facility. On that date, at approximately 11:09 A.M., it is alleged the same individual from the previous thefts and who was later identified as Vega came into Cooper Electric. Management observed him and then attempted to detain him while contacting the police at the same time. It appears that Vega became suspicious and exited the building and got into a 2005 blue Saab and drove away onto Fairfield Road. This time, management was able to get the license plate of the Saab and in turn gave it to the police. Responding officers attempted to locate the vehicle but could not immediately find it.

A short time later, Officer David Lagan found the Saab parked at Middle Atlantic Products, located on Fairfield Road. Detective and officers then investigated further and discovered that Vega was part of a family business that was doing communications installation work at the facility. Vega was brought to police headquarters for further investigation which ultimately resulted in him being charged by Detective Robert Sanger with the theft. None of the copper wire was used at Middle Atlantic Products and none of it was recovered.  The total amount of theft was valued at $1900.00.

Vega was released on his own recognizance pending an initial court appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on April 14, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charge against Vega is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)


 

 

Fairfield Officers Assist Montville Police with Combative Trespasser

Fairfield (NJ) On April 9, 2016, at approximately 9:25 A.M., the Montville Police Department requested assistance with helping them eject a trespasser, later identified as Kevin Moreno (35) of Park Ridge, N.J., from inside the Star Ledger building located on Riverside Drive. Officer R.J. Casendino was the initial officer dispatched to assist on the call.

Upon arrival, it is alleged that the Montville officers who were on scene were struggling with Moreno inside of a second floor supervisors’ locker room. It is further alleged that when the officers had initially arrived, Moreno had a hypodermic syringe and was injecting himself with what was believed to be methamphetamine. At this point, Officer Casendino requested additional assistance from all other Fairfield officers. Four other Fairfield officers then made their way to the location and rendered assistance in taking Moreno into custody. “It took approximately eight officers, struggling with Moreno about 30 minutes to finally subdue him and place him in custody. He was eventually transported to St. Clares Hospital in Denville for evaluation. Officer Jeffrey Dean of the Fairfield Police Department received some cuts from the altercation and was also treated at the hospital.

The investigation and any charges are being handled by the Montville Police Department.

 

 

Cedar Grove Man Arrested for DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Cody Diorio (23) of Cedar Grove, N.J. for driving under the influence on April 9, 2016. On that date, at approximately 2:55 A.M., Officer Diego Ocampo was on patrol in the area of Annette Road when his attention was allegedly drawn to a 2015 red Chrysler that made an abrupt turn from Hollywood Avenue onto Annette Road. The officer continued to monitor the vehicle’s activity as it proceeded eventually onto Route 46 East. It is alleged that the vehicle had difficulty maintaining a lane. The vehicle was finally stopped and found to be operated by Diorio.

During the course of the stop, it is alleged that Diorio displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath, watery, droopy and bloodshot eyes, a flushed face and slow and slurred speech. Based upon these observations, standard field sobriety tests were given and, based upon the totality of the circumstances, Diorio was arrested for driving under the influence and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

At headquarters, breath testing was conducted. In addition to the driving under the influence charge, Diorio was also charged with failure to maintain a lane, careless driving and driving under the influence in a school zone. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an April 21, 2016 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Diorio are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Morristown Driver arrested for Heroin Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Alexander Fiducia (34) of Morristown, N.J. for possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe on April 8, 2016.

On that date, at approximately 9:15 P.M., Officer Diego Ocampo was on patrol near the intersection of Little Falls Road and Passaic Avenue when he observed a 2002 Saturn that allegedly disregarded the red traffic signal as it proceeded south on Passaic Avenue. The vehicle was then stopped and the driver found to be Fiducia.

During the course of the traffic stop, Fiducia allegedly appeared extremely nervous and told the officer that he had been coming from Englewood and was going to Morristown but had made a wrong turn off of Route 80 which seemed suspicious to the officer as Route 80 would be a direct route between those two locations. It was also determined that Fiducia’s license was suspended.

As the officer continued his investigation, he allegedly observed “track” marks on Fiducia’s arms. Officers also allegedly observed a glassine fold, commonly used to hold heroin, on the front passenger floor. Officers also recovered 7 glassine folds containing suspected heroin, 10 hypodermic syringes and a suspected crack pipe. These items were seized and Fiducia placed under arrest.

In addition to the criminal charges, he also received summonses for failure to observe a traffic control signal, careless driving, possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle and operating while suspended. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on April 14, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charges against Fiducia are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Ex-Armored Car Guard Arrested for Theft of Cash

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Ishmail J. Poindexter (29) of Newark, N.J. for the theft of approximately $42, 000 in cash. At the time of the theft, Poindexter was employed as an armored truck guard for Garda located in Fairfield.

On or about June 22, 2015, Poindexter and his partner were dispatched to a Garda location in Edison, N.J. for a money transfer. While at the Edison facility, it is alleged that an extra money bag containing approximately $42,000 was mistakenly turned over to Poindexter and his partner who then proceeded directly back to the Garda in Fairfield. The truck was allegedly off-loaded, however the $42,000 money bag never made it off the truck even though all other cargo on the truck was off loaded with no problems.

Since the Fairfield location was not expecting that bag, the theft was not immediately discovered by company officials. It is alleged that the theft was discovered a week or so later when the Edison location realized what had happened and inquired to the Fairfield location about the bag’s whereabouts. As a result, an immediate internal investigation was launched by Garda which resulted in the armored car that Poindexter and his partner were operating that day being searched. It is alleged that Garda investigators recovered the bag secreted behind the cargo walls in the interior of the truck. The bag was sliced opened and empty.

The case was referred to the Fairfield Police Department in August of 2015. Detective Jeffrey Didyk conducted an extensive investigation to include reviewing video surveillance and conducting a variety of interviews, and based upon the totality of the circumstances, a theft charge was signed. Poindexter surrendered to Fairfield authorities on April 7, 2016 where he was served with the complaint and released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on April 13, 2016

(It should be noted that the charges against Poindexter are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

Dump Truck Overturns on Route 46

Fairfield (NJ) On April 7, 2016 at approximately 5:34 P.M., a 1992 Ford 700 dump body truck was attempting to enter onto Route 46 West from the Dey Overpass. As the truck approached the highway, the load that it was carrying allegedly shifted, putting all the weight onto the driver side of the truck and causing it to tip. The truck, which is owned by Darrin Lazorchak Inc, out of East Hanover, N.J. and which was being operated by Yahel Aldahondo of Newark, N.J., was carrying a load of scrap metal machinery at the time of the incident.

Traffic on Route 46 West was reduced to one lane while an area tow company off-loaded the scrap machinery and was able to lift the truck back on its wheels. No one was injured during the incident. The Fairfield Fire Department also responded to the scene. The scene was cleared by 7:00 P.M.

 

 

Hopatcong Man Charged with Aggravated Arson after Attempting to Blow up Fairfield Residence

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of John Dagostino (45) of Hopatcong, N.J. for aggravated arson on April 7, 2016. The Fairfield Police Department’s first contact with Dagostino occurred on April 6, 2016 at approximately 8:20 P.M. when Fairfield officers arrested D’agostino and served him with an outstanding arrest warrant issued by the Hopatcong Municipal Court for an incident occurring in their jurisdiction. Pursuant to instructions issued by the Hopatcong Municipal Court, Dagostino was processed and released on his own recognizance pending an April 14, 2016 appearance in court.

On April 7, 2016, at approximately 12:16 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department was alerted to a possible house fire at 6 Oak Road. Police and fire units were immediately dispatched to the location. Officer Frank Tracey was the first to arrive and found a slight smoke condition in the residence but no active fire. He also allegedly observed Dagostino in the driveway arguing with his brother.

Further investigation allegedly revealed that Dagostino was distraught over some personal issues. After being released from the Fairfield Police Department earlier in the evening, he returned to his father’s residence on Oak Road where he had been staying and devised a method to do himself harm. It is alleged that he first gathered up all the pets in the residence and several family photos and secured them in a vehicle. He then turned on the gas jets to the stove and extinguished the pilot lights in an attempt to have the house fill with natural gas. He then allegedly poured gasoline from the kitchen area to the bathroom. He then got into the bathtub and ignited the gasoline trailer. Fortunately, the house did not explode and it appears that the fire burned itself out before any substantial damage could occur.

After the failed arson, it is alleged that Dagostino went to his brother’s house located in the area and advised him what had just occurred. This resulted in the police department being contacted. No other individuals were home at the time of the incident and no injuries were reported. The Fairfield Fire Department also responded to the scene. The incident is being investigated by the Fairfield Fire Prevention Bureau and Detective Sergeant Charles Zampino and Detective Robert Sanger.

Dagostino was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated arson. He was transported to the East Orange Hospital Crisis Unit for evaluation.

“We are very thankful that there was no explosion or fire and that this individual is getting the assistance he needs. This incident could have had serious unintended consequences to many innocent people” said Chief Anthony G. Manna

(It should be noted that the charges against Dagostino are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

Community Sponsors Once Again Help to Bring Officer Phil Program to Elementary School

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department, the Fairfield public school system and several local civic sponsors have once again teamed up in order to bring the “Officer Phil” safety program to the students of Stevenson School in mid-January. The interactive program is directed at students from kindergarten to third grade and helps to instruct them about various safety issues by using games and magic. Officer David Chabay joined the students at the presentation. "This was a great event and I think the children thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and had fun while learning valuable lessons" said Chief Anthony Manna.

The Fairfield Police Department would like to thank our partners in this endeavor, without whom, this program would not take place:

  • The Fairfield Public School District

  • Fisher Auto Transmission

  • Puzo's Pizzeria & Restorante

  • Euro Auto Works

  • Med-Care of Fairfield

  • Mountain View Auto Body

  • Fairfield Service

  • Screen Play Inc.

  • Mediterranean Tile & Marble

  • All-Pro Car Wash & Detail Center

  • Lifesavers, Inc.

  • Garden on the Wall

  • Luce, Schwab & Kase, Inc.

  • Criger Service Inc.

  • Alan G. Cruse, Inc.

  • Fitness Innovations

  • DiGarbeile, McNulty, Campanella & Co., LLC

  • Ralston's Inc./Fairfield Sunoco

  • Karis Lock Co. Inc.

  • Structural Stone Co., Inc.

  • New Jersey Heating and Cooling

  • The Industrial Brush Co., Inc.

  • Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning

  • Prismatic Development Corporation

  • Dr. Leonard M. Russo

  • Middle Atlantic Products

     

     

Officer Tracey to Participate in Police Unity Tour Again

Fairfield (NJ) Every year hundreds of law enforcement officers die in the line of duty. Nothing can ever replace them to their family and friends. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC allows for their memories to live on and honors those men and woman forever. The Police Unity Tour Inc. was formed in 1997 by a group of law enforcement officers from New Jersey who rode their bicycles from Florham Park, N.J. to the Memorial in Washington DC.

For the past nineteen years, law enforcement officers nationwide have ridden the over 300 mile trip, with the purpose of raising awareness of those law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and financial support for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum. The Police Unity Tour has grown from 18 members to over 1800, and because of their efforts, nearly 16 million dollars has been donated to the Memorial, making the Police Unity Tour the single largest supporter of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

This year, the Fairfield Police Department is extremely proud to announce that Officer Frank Tracey will again be participating in the Police Unity Tour. The trip takes place in May of each year during National Police Week.  “I am extremely happy and proud that Officer Tracey has once again decided to take on the challenge that is the Police Unity Tour and in representing our department so well” said Chief Anthony G. Manna

Anyone interested in making a donation to help Officer Tracey reach his goal of raising $1850.00 can contact him at the Fairfield Police Department (973) 227-1400 to receive information on how to do so or can visitOfficer Tracey’s personal fundraising page at http://my.policeunitytour.com/franktracey to donate. Thanking all for their support.

 

One Suspect Arrested in Recent Rash of Car Thefts

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Kenyon S. Esannason (18) of Newark, N.J. for motor vehicle theft and conspiracy to commit motor vehicle theft. On March 21, 2016, the Newark Police Department allegedly arrested Esannason in their city while in possession of a vehicle that was stolen out of Mendham. Fairfield Detective Michael Nyhuis, who has been working closely with the Newark Police Department and other local departments since the rash of car thefts began in Fairfield in February, were able to identify Esannason from surveillance footage that was recovered after one of the car thefts in Fairfield.

Esannason was charged with the March 8, 2016 theft of a 2009 Honda Pilot from the driveway of a Philip Drive residence. He was served with the arrest warrant at the Essex County Jail where he is still being held on the Newark charges. Bail on the Fairfield warrant was set at $25,000. At least two other accomplices are being sought in connection with other cars stolen from Fairfield residences.

“This was a great collaborative effort on the part of so many law enforcement agencies, especially by the Newark police. There is no doubt that this individual and his associates have been responsible for a large number of car thefts in Essex, Passaic, Morris Bergen and Union Counties. It’s great to see that law enforcement is finally tracking them down” said Chief Anthony G. Manna

(It should be noted that the charges against Esannason are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

Queens Village Man Arrested for Eluding Police and Resisting Arrest after Motor Vehicle Pursuit

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Oshane E. Thompson (25) of Queens Village, N.Y. for eluding police, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on April 2, 2016.

On that date, at approximately 6:14 P.M., Officer Christopher Hlubik stopped a 2013 Nissan Altima on Route 46 East for allegedly making an illegal U-turn. The lone driver was Thompson. As the officer approached the car, it is alleged that Thompson suddenly drove away at a high rate of speed. The officer returned to his vehicle and began to pursue the Nissan. As the vehicle proceeded east on Route 46, at a high rate of speed, other Fairfield units joined in and attempted to assist.

The Nissan then exited Route 46 East at Two Bridges but got stuck behind stopped traffic at the intersection. It then allegedly proceeded over the curb and grass and into the rear parking lot of the PNC Bank located at 49 Little Falls Road where it became disabled due to a right front tire that had blown out. Officers converged on the vehicle at which time, Thompson allegedly fled on foot towards the Chase Bank located at the intersection of Passaic Avenue and Little Falls Road. He was finally apprehended by Officers Frank Tracey, Steven D’Argenio, Thomas Myers and Hlubik inside of the construction site of the new Wawa. Two of the officers received minor scrapes and cuts while struggling to place Thompson under arrest.

It is alleged that officers found a small quantity of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and 15 Visa and Mastercard gift cards both on Thompson and in his vehicle. Fairfield detectives will be investigating further as to whether or not these gift cards contain stolen credit card numbers. Investigation revealed that Thompson is currently wanted by the Lycoming County (PA) Sheriff’s Office for alleged various credit card related offenses. In addition to the criminal charges, Thompson also received 22 motor vehicle summonses for his actions on the roadways of Fairfield. At the time of this press release, Thompson was being held at the Fairfield Police Department awaiting transport to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charges against Thompson are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

POLICE RECEIVE RE-ACRREDITATION CERTIFICATE

Fairfield (NJ) On Monday March 28, 2016 Mr. Harry Delgado, the Accreditation Program Manager for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) presented the Fairfield Police Department with their re-accreditation certificate at the monthly meeting of the Fairfield Mayor and Council. The certificate acknowledges the fact that the department has demonstrated compliance with 104 standards set forth by the Chiefs’ Association to assure the highest degree of law enforcement professionalism.

NJSACOP accredited departments must show compliance with these standards every three years. The Fairfield Police received their initial accreditation in 2008. The department’s accreditation team consists of Detective Robert Sanger (the accreditation manager), Lieutenant Richard Filipow and Officer Christopher Andrews.

“I am extremely proud of the entire department and all of the work required reaching this milestone” said Chief Anthony Manna.’ It’s a grueling process but worth every ounce of the effort for the public to know they are receiving quality and professional law enforcement services” said the chief.  

 

Fairfield Police Department Receive New Jersey State Chiefs of Police

Fairfield (NJ) On Monday March 28, 2016 Mr. Harry Delgado, the Accreditation Program Manager for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) presented the Fairfield Police Department with their re-accreditation certificate at the monthly meeting of the Fairfield Mayor and Council. The certificate acknowledges the fact that the department has demonstrated compliance with 104 standards set forth by the Chiefs’ Association to assure the highest degree of law enforcement professionalism.

NJSACOP accredited departments must show compliance with these standards every three years. The Fairfield Police received their initial accreditation in 2008. The department’s accreditation team consists of Detective Robert Sanger (the accreditation manager), Lieutenant Richard Filipow and Officer Christopher Andrews.

“I am extremely proud of the entire department and all of the work required reaching this milestone” said Chief Anthony Manna.’ It’s a grueling process but worth every ounce of the effort for the public to know they are receiving quality and professional law enforcement services” said the chief.  

 

 

 

Fairfield Man Arrested for False Reports of Boaters in Need

Fairfield (NJ) A joint investigation conducted by the Fairfield Police Department, the New Jersey State Police and the United States Coast Guard has resulted in the arrest of Joseph Bell (32) of Fairfield, N.J. on March 21, 2016 for two counts of making a false public alarm.

It is alleged that, on two separate occasions that spanned five months, Bell contacted the United States Coast Guard station in Staten Island, using a marine radio, both times reporting that there were boaters in need of emergency assistance when he knew it was not true. Each time, these reports set off an emergency response by members of the Fairfield, Wayne, Little Falls and Lincoln Park Police and Fire Departments, various first aid squads and the New Jersey State Police marine and aviation units.

The first incident allegedly attributed to Bell took place on October 27, 2015 at approximately 3:53 P.M. During that incident, it is alleged that Bell reported that a boat had either capsized or tipped over in the Passaic River in the area of Lincoln Park and Fairfield and that it was occupied by one adult, three children and a dog who were all in need of assistance. An extensive search revealed no signs of any boat in distress and Bell’s report to the Coast Guard was the only report received by any emergency agency.

The second incident allegedly attributed to Bell took place on March 15, 2016 at approximately 5:04 P.M. This time it is alleged that Bell reported to the United States Coast Guard that he was reporting a distress call he was monitoring involving an alleged boater in need of assistance on the Passaic River in Fairfield. He went on to say that there were two children and a father that was trapped or injured. Once again, an extensive marine and air search were conducted with negative results. No other emergency calls were received regarding the incident.

“I would like to thank all those police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, state troopers and Coast Guard personnel who either responded to these false reports in order to assure that someone was not actually in need of help or helped to bring this individual to justice. We committed to finding the individual responsible and today we did” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. “Hopefully this will serve as a message to others that law enforcement takes seriously, false reports and we will do whatever we can to track down those who take valuable resources away from the general public” said the Chief.

Bell was released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. It is unclear at press time whether local and state agencies will be attempting to seek restitution regarding the cost for deploying their assets to these false reports.

(It should be noted that the charges against Bell are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)


 

 

 

Student Arrested for Criminal Mischief after Breaking Three Computers

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Sharone Pemberton (18) of Newark, N.J. for criminal mischief on March 17, 2016. On that date, at approximately 10:13 A.M., Sergeant Christopher Niemiec and Officer Diego Ocampo were dispatched to the Essex Campus Academy on a report of a student who intentionally threw three computers to the ground. Upon their arrival, the officers met with school staff and viewed video surveillance that allegedly showed Pemberton becoming angry and picking up three computers and throwing them to the ground. The value of the computers is approximately $3000.00. Pemberton was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was charged. He was released on his own recognizance pending a March 30, 2016 appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charge against him is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Pair Arrested on Clinton Road for Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Anthony Acevedo (27) of Passaic, N.J. and Cristopher Laluz (26) of Nutley, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on March 16, 2016.

On that date, at approximately 11:50 A.M., Officer Diego Ocampo was on patrol and allegedly observed a 2010 Dodge make an illegal u-turn on Plymouth Street. The vehicle was then stopped on Clinton Road and found to be operated by Acevedo with Laluz as a passenger. It is alleged that when the officer asked Acevedo for his driving credentials, he detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Further investigation revealed the discovery of a small quantity of suspected marijuana, a grinder and rolling papers which resulted in Acevedo’s arrest. It is further alleged that a small quantity of marijuana was found on Laluz which resulted in his arrest.

In addition to being charged with possession of marijuana, Acevedo was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, disregard of a traffic signal and for making an improper u-turn. Both were released on their own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on March 24, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Another Capsized Boat Report on Passaic River Deemed a Hoax

Fairfield (NJ) On March 15, 2016, at approximately 5:04 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by the New Jersey State Police Marine Bureau reporting a distress call involving an alleged boater in need of assistance on the Passaic River in Fairfield. The call had actually been received by the United States Coast Guard in Staten Island over the marine radio band.

Based upon these reports, emergency services personnel which included the Fairfield Police Department, a boat from the Fairfield Fire Department, two boats from the Lincoln Park Fire Department and a boat and helicopter from the New Jersey State Police searched the river with negative results.

Based upon the totality of the circumstances, it appears that this is the third in a series of false reports concerning a boater in need of assistance on the Passaic River in Fairfield since 2012. All of the reports were received the same way and the condition of the boater in need of assistance was all very similar.  The last similar report was received on October 27, 2015 at approximately the same time. The report received then indicated that a boat either capsized or tipped over and that an adult, three children and a dog were all in need of assistance.

Detectives from the Fairfield Police Department are working closely with agents from the United States Coast Guard in investigating the case.

Driver of Vehicle Blocking Strip Mall Driveway Arrested for DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jose Espinal (28) of Newark, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and driving under the influence on March 13, 2016.

On that date, at approximately 7:20 A.M., Officer Steven Ptaszynski was dispatched to the Calandra Plaza, located on Route 46 East, on a report of a vehicle that was blocking the entrance/exit driveway of the facility and that it had not moved for a while. Upon the arrival of the officer, he allegedly observed a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe blocking the driveway. When he approached the vehicle, the officer allegedly observed Espinal in the driver seat asleep. The vehicle’s ignition was on and the vehicle was in drive.

At this time, other officers arrived on the scene to assist. Police vehicles were parked around the Tahoe in order to protect the public in the event the vehicle began to move after the officers awakened Espinal. The officers then attempted to awaken him by banging on the windows but he allegedly did not immediately respond. When he did finally awaken, he took his foot off the brake and the car lunged forward, striking a police vehicle. Espinal appeared confused and was not following instructions to put the car in park. The vehicle was finally made safe and Espinal exited the vehicle.

When he got out of the vehicle, it is alleged that the officer immediately detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Espinal’s breath, as well as a pungent odor of raw marijuana coming from inside of the Tahoe. Espinal also allegedly exhibited other signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include disorientation, watery and bloodshot eyes and droopy eyelids. As a result, field sobriety tests were administered, and shortly thereafter, he was placed under arrest.

It is alleged that officers recovered, from inside the vehicle, a quantity of marijuana that was contained in a Thermos bottle and a bottle of Hennessy Cognac that was nearly finished. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

At headquarters, Espinal submitted to breath testing. In addition to the aforesaid charges, Espinal was also charged with having a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, careless driving, and consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, and having an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Espinal are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

 

Pennsylvania Man Arrested for DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Arnoldo Salguero (38) of Brookhave, PA, for driving under the influence on March 13, 2016. On that date, at approximately 4:07 A.M., Officer Jeffrey Dean was monitoring traffic on Route 46 West when he allegedly observed a 2001 Acura traveling west on Route 46 in excess of the posted 50 M.P.H. speed limit. The vehicle was eventually stopped and Salguero was found to be the operator.

It is alleged that after having contact with the operator, the officer made several observations that were consistent with Saguero being under the influence to include a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath, slow and slurred speech, swaying while standing and bloodshot and watery eyes. The officer administered field sobriety tests which ultimately resulted in his arrest. The suspect’s vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

At headquarters, Saguero submitted to breath testing. In addition to the charge of driving under the influence, he was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, careless driving, speeding and failure to maintain a lane. He was released on his own recognizance pending a March 24, 2016 appearance 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)

Former Company Employee Charged with Theft and Computer Related Theft

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Crystal T. Forde (33) of Sparta, N.J. for theft and for altering computer data. Forde had been under investigation since January and turned herself in to investigators on March 10, 2016.

It is alleged that Forde, a former employee of Quten Research Insitutute of Audrey Place, initiated fraudulent company purchase orders and re-directed legitimate ones in order to convert in Excess of $75,000 for her own personal use. In addition, it is also alleged that Forde deleted a Quten company customer service account for which she was an administrator. Company officials discovered the improprieties shortly after Forde left the company in January 2016.

Forde was released on her own recognizance pending a March 23, 2016 appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. The case was investigated by Detective John McGrory.

(It should be noted that the charges against Forde are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing after Engine Problems

Fairfield (NJ) On March 9, 2016, at approximately 5:31 P.M., a 1979 Piper Aerostar had just taken off from the Essex County Airport. Upon reaching approximately 2000 feet, the pilot experienced engine problems in one of the plane’s two engines resulting in one of the engines becoming disabled. While the plane was still in the air, police and fire units were dispatched to the airport but the plane safely landed prior to their arrival. The Fairfield Fire Department did put water on the disabled engine as it was hot and smoking. No one was injured during the incident. The plane was being piloted by Herme Bloom of Willmington Delaware. There was one other passenger on board.

“It is my understanding that the pilot had nearly 40 years’ experience which most certainly helped to resolve this malfunction safely. Mr. Bloom did a phenomenal job” said Chief Anthony Manna

 


 

 

Fairfield Police Named Top Fundraiser for Special Olympics Plane Pull

Fairfield (NJ) “Fairfield’s Finest” was recognized for being the top fundraising team for the 2015 Special Olympics Annual Plane Pull that took place on October 3, 2015 at Newark Airport. Sue Parsons and Bob McFarland of Special Olympics NJ presented the team with a trophy on March 9, 2016 at a ceremony at the police department.

This year, the team raised $8650.00 for the one day event, bringing its fourteen year total fundraising efforts to over $75,000. “Fairfield’s Finest” has been the top fundraising team, three out of the last four years.

“Our fundraising success over the years is attributed to the generosity of our sponsors who, each and every year, look to give us enough money to help assure our number one ranking is continued” said team captain Detective Robert Sanger. “They are all wonderful people” said the detective.

“Fairfield’s Finest” sponsors include:

  • Andersen Interiors       (Fairfield)
  • Boardwalk Pizza           (Fairfield)
  • The Calandra Family    (Fairfield)
  • Collision Restoration   (Fairfield)
  • Divine Cosmetics         (Fairfield)
  • Mecca Medical             (Fairfield)
  • Ned Stevens Gutters   (Fairfield)
  • Palisades Medical Center  (North Bergen)
  • Seven Seas Trading    (Fairfield)
  • Councilman Thomas Morgan Esq. (Fairfield)
  • Tiny Treasures    (Fairfield)
  • Trematore   (Fairfield)
  • Westwood Health & Fitness   (Westwood)

 

 

Prostitution Sting Results in Recovery of Minor

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department, in its joint on-going efforts with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and their “Innocence Lost National Initiative” conducted a special undercover operation on March 3, 2016 at an area hotel. Also assisting in the operation were investigators from the F.B.I., the New Jersey State Police, the Essex and Hudson County Prosecutors’ Offices, and from the Caldwell, Essex Fells, Montville, North Caldwell and Pequannock Police Departments.

As a result of their joint investigative efforts, (10) individuals were arrested for various charges, (1) imitation firearm, a small quantity of marijuana and Percocet was recovered and (3) vehicles and approximately $2700.00 in cash was seized. Most importantly, a 16 year old runaway female, who was being promoted for the purposes of prostitution, was recovered.

“This is why this absolutely not a victimless crime as many proclaim. There are real young people who should be enjoying their teen years rather than being placed in a hotel room in Fairfield for the purposes of prostitution” said Chief Anthony Manna. “We will continue to be a leading law enforcement agency whose goal it is to arrest and prosecute anyone who takes the innocence away from a juvenile” said the chief.

 The following individuals were arrested during this operation:

  • Jasmine Crisp (19) of Newark, N.J. for engaging in prostitution

  • Oshane Crooks (30) of Brooklyn, N.Y. for promoting prostitution and possession of drug paraphernalia

  • Shennette Munroe (25) of Brooklyn, N.Y. for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia

  • Katherine Soland (25) of Elmwood Park, N.J. for engaging in prostitution and possession of drug paraphernalia

  • Jessica Burns (38) of Brooklyn, N.Y. for promoting prostitution and possession of an imitation firearm

  • Roberta Lombardi (43) of Cedar Grove, N.J. for engaging in prostitution

  • Unique Andrews (19) of New York, N.Y. for promoting and engaging in prostitution

  • Antoniese Nguyen (22) of Atlanta, Ga. for promoting and engaging in prostitution

  • Jackie Cotton-Pearson (35) of East Orange, N.J. for first degree promoting prostitution of a minor, possession of a fraudulent drivers license and possession of Percoet

  • Janae Fussell (18) of Newark, N.J. for first degree promoting prostitution of a minor and engaging in prostitution.

Bail was set at $50,000 for Cotton-Pearson and $25,000 for Fussell and both were transported to the Essex County Correctional Center in lieu of posting bail.

Since becoming involved in this initiative, the Fairfield Police Department has conducted approximately eight similar joint investigations that have resulted in the recovery of three minors.  Recently, the department received a citation from the F.B.I. commending their efforts.

(It should be noted that the charges against all of these individuals are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 


 

 

 

Wayne Man Arrested for Marijuana Possession Twice in 24 Hours

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Christopher Rozell (41) of Wayne, N.J. on March 4, 2016 and March 5, 2016 for possession of under 50 grams of marijuana.

On March 4, 2016, at approximately 5:57 P.M., an anonymous citizen caller alerted the police department to the fact that a white male was seated in a 2004 Dodge Durango parked in a handicapped space in the Walgreens parking lot which is located at 397 Route 46 West. Sergeant Daniel Dias and Officer Brian Sabatelli responded to this complaint. It is alleged that as Officer Sabatelli approached the vehicle, he could detect a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the interior of the Dodge. It is alleged that the officers found a small amount of marijuana and a few prescription tablets that were loose and not in their original pill bottles.

Further investigation revealed that Rozell was allegedly using an expired temporary handicapped placard that he once used to drive his father around with, thus making his vehicle parked illegally. The vehicle was impounded.

Rozell was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, and unlawful possession of prescription legend drugs. He also received summonses for possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle and for handicapped parking. He was then released on his own recognizance.

On March 5, 2016, at approximately 10:25 A.M., Rozell came to police headquarters in order to obtain a release for his impounded vehicle. Officer Frank Tracey met Rozell in the lobby of the police department and immediately detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from Rozell. Further investigation revealed the discovery of a small plastic bag allegedly containing marijuana that was found on Rozell. He was then placed under arrest and charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. He was again released on his own recognizance pending a March 10, 2016 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

“I’m not sure if this was arrogance or stupidity that leads an individual to walk into a police station stinking of marijuana and results in being arrested twice in less than 24 hours for literally the same offense” said Chief Anthony Manna. “Even a child knows not to stick their hand into fire again after just having gotten burned” the chief said.

(It should be noted that the charges against Rozell are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Sleeping Springfield Woman Arrested for DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jennifer Dwyer (35) of Springfield, N.J. for driving while under the influence and refusal to submit to a breath test on March 3, 2016. On that date, at approximately 9:49 P.M., Officer Jeffrey Dean was on patrol in the area of Fairfield Avenue when he came upon a 2009 grey Honda that was idling with the headlights on. The officer then observed a female in the driver seat, lying down. He attempted to awaken her by banging on the window several times but she allegedly barely moved. He finally was able to awaken her.

It is alleged that she was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include being confused and incoherent, having an odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath, slow and deliberate hand movements, slow and slurred speech and bloodshot and watery eyes. Based upon these observations, field sobriety tests were performed and as a result of the totality of the circumstances, Dwyer was arrested and her vehicle impounded.

While in custody, it is alleged that Dwyer did not follow instructions as it related to the breath test and therefore refused to provide samples of her breath for chemical testing. She was eventually released on her own recognizance pending a March 17, 2016 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Dwyer are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Bartender Arrested at Local Bar

Fairfield (NJ) An approximate two month long investigation into allegations of marijuana distribution by a bartender at the Sidelines Bar and Grill, located at 198 Route 46 East, ended with the execution of a search warrant on March 4, 2016. On that date, at approximately 5:26 P.M., officers from the Fairfield Police Department entered the bar and served a search warrant upon John P. Rodriguez (33) of Clifton, N.J. authorizing the search of him, his property and vehicle. It is alleged that a small quantity of marijuana was found in a backpack that belonged to Rodriguez resulting in his arrest.

In conjunction with the execution of the search warrants, agents from the New Jersey Division of Alcohol Beverage Control accompanied the officers and conducted an ABC compliance inspection at the facility.

Rodriguez was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on March 23, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charge against Rodriguez is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)    

 

 

Pair Arrested for Heroin Use and Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joshua Munn (25) of Fairfield, N.J. and Lauren Traettino (26) of Manalapan, N.J. for possession and being under the influence of heroin on February 22, 2016. On that date, at approximately 5:20 P.M., officers responded to a Fairfield Road residence on a report of a dispute. Upon their arrival, they allegedly found Munn to be engaged in a verbal altercation with another family member. Officer Sean McCormack observed Munn and noticed he allegedly had signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence of an opiate to include difficulty walking and eyelids that were droopy. Munn continued to create a disturbance and was eventually arrested for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.

Officer Christopher Nicholas and Steven Ptaszynski then began speaking with Traettino and allegedly made similar observations concerning her condition to include slurred speech, difficulty keeping her balance and droopy eyelids. She also was placed under arrest for being under the influence. Both were transported to police headquarters.

During the course of prisoner intake, it is alleged that officers found 10 Glassine envelopes containing suspected heroin in the shoe of Munn. Similarly, with the aid of a female officer from the North Caldwell police, 13 glassine folds containing suspected heroin was found secreted in Traettino’s bra. Both were eventually released on their own recognizance pending a March 10, 2016 hearing in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charges against the pair are merely allegations and that they are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)   

 

 

Alert from Neighboring Police Department Nets DUI Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of John Dubuque (38) of Fairfield, N.J. for driving under the influence on February 23, 2016. On that date, at approximately 10:59 P.M., the Little Falls Police Department put out a broadcast to area departments that one of their off-duty officers was following a 2014 Nissan on Route 46 West, that was allegedly speeding and being driven in a careless manner. The vehicle’s registration had been checked with the Motor Vehicle Commission’s database and revealed it was registered to an individual from Fairfield.

Officer David Lagan, who was on patrol on Route 46, eventually spotted the vehicle as it turned onto Plymouth Street and then onto Horseneck Road where it allegedly crossed over a double yellow line and then stopped. The driver was found to be Dubuque.

During the course of the stop, the driver allegedly displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, red, watery eyes and slurred speech. After administering field sobriety tests, Dubuque was placed under arrest and his vehicle impounded. At headquarters, chemical breath analysis was conducted.  In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, he was also charged with failure to maintain a lane, careless driving and DUI in a school zone. He was released on his own recognize pending a March 3, 2016 hearing 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)    

Disregard of Traffic Signal Results in DUI Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Clifford Moore (41) of West Caldwell, N.J. for driving under the influence on February 22, 2016. On that date, at approximately 11:27 P.M., Sgt. David Proctor was at the traffic light of Two Bridges Road and the Route 46 West exit ramp, when he witnessed a 2016 Dodge pick up truck, that had exited Route 46 West, allegedly go through a red traffic signal and proceed south on Two Bridges Road. The vehicle was eventually stopped on Passaic Avenue and found to be operated by Moore.

During the stop, it is alleged that Sgt. Proctor detected Moore had signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, slurred speech and red and watery eyes. As a result, field sobriety tests were given and he was eventually arrested and his vehicle impounded. He was brought to police headquarters where chemical breath analysis was done and allegedly revealed a blood alcohol concentration nearly three times the legal limit.

In addition to the charge of driving under the influence, he was also charged with failure to exhibit a registration, DUI in a school zone and for disregarding a traffic signal. He was released on his own recognizance pending a February 25, 2016 hearing 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)  

 

 

 

Narcan Reverses Effects of Two Opiate Overdoses over Past Week

Fairfield (NJ) Between February 17-19, 2016, the Fairfield Police Department responded to three opiate overdoses within the Township, thankfully with all of the victims surviving. Two of the three incidents required officers to administer Narcan to help reverse the effects of the drug. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office mandated that local police departments carry Narcan. The Fairfield Police Department began carrying it in 2014 and has deployed it five times.

“Unfortunately, no community large or small is immune from the current opiate epidemic plaguing our country. Thankfully, the use of Narcan by first responders is helping to reduce the number of fatalities attributed to its rampant use” said Chief Anthony Manna.   

Clinton Road Motor Vehicle Crash leads to DUI Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Elizabeth Maly (45) of Fairfield, N.J. for driving under the influence on February 19, 2016. On that date, at approximately 7:27 P.M., Fairfield officers were dispatched to a two car motor vehicle crash located near 122 Clinton Road. One of the vehicles was reported to be off the roadway.

Officer Steven D’Argenio and other officers arrived on scene and it was allegedly initially determined that Maly’s 2014 Audi, which was travelling north, had crossed over the double yellow line and sideswiped a car carrier travelling in the opposite direction. The Audi then went onto the property of 122 Clinton Road.

As Officer D’Argenio was conducting his investigation, he allegedly made several observations of Maly that were consistent with being under the influence to include the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from her breath, slurred speech, fumbling through driving documents when asked to produce them and bloodshot and watery eyes. In addition, a witness who had stopped to see if Maly was alright prior to police arrival, had allegedly observed her stumble to the corner of the building and dump the liquid contents of a red Solo cup on the ground. She left the cup in that area.

At this point, field sobriety tests were administered, and based upon the totality of the circumstances; she was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters where a breath test was administered. Her vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

In addition to receiving the summons for driving under the influence, she also received summonses for careless driving and failure to maintain a lane. She was released on her own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on February 25, 2016

(It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Bronx Man Charged with Forgery and Bad Checks in Check Cashing Scheme

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Wesley Baez (19) of The Bronx, N.Y. for forgery and bad checks on February 18, 2016. The incident that resulted in the charges took place at the Fairfield branch of the TD Bank, located on Hollywood Avenue, on February 5, 2016.

It is alleged that on that date, Baez went to the TD Bank in Fairfield and cashed a fraudulent check, receiving $760.00 in cash. Later that day, he allegedly went to the TD Bank located in West Caldwell and attempted to do the same thing, however bank personnel realized what he was trying to do and alerted the West Caldwell police who arrested him at the scene. West Caldwell police detectives provided information to Fairfield Police Detective John McGrory, who then worked the case which ultimately led to the charges in Fairfield. Baez surrendered himself to detectives at the Fairfield Police Department on February 18, 2016 and was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a March 10, 2016 appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charges against Baez are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)   

Alert Officer and Sprinkler System Prevents Structure Fire

Fairfield (NJ) On February 14, 2016, at approximately 9:54 P.M., Sergeant David Proctor was on patrol when he came upon United Manufacturing Corporation, located at 23H Commerce Road and noticed water pouring out from under the rear overhead garage door. The fire department was dispatched and ultimately forced entry to the building. Instead of finding a broken sprinkler pipe due to the extreme cold, they found a smoke condition and a small fire smoldering in an industrial electro-chemical cleaning machine located in the front portion of the manufacturing plant. The fire was extinguished and determined to be accidental and most probably caused by an electrical malfunction.

“I commend Sergeant Proctor for his attentiveness and patrol abilities which ultimately helped to minimize the water and smoke damage to the business” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. The department did not receive any alarm notification for the water flow or fire.

Pair Arrested in Hotel Lot for Narcotics Charges

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Samuel Miranda (20) of Paterson, N.J. and George Paduani (21) of Roanoke, VA. for various narcotic-related offenses on February 14, 2016.

On that date, at approximately 2:15 A.M., Officer Diego Ocampo was on patrol in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located on Two Bridges Road, when he came upon an occupied 2005 Nissan that was parked in the lot which he felt to be suspicious. The officer then checked on the vehicle and found Paduani in the driver seat and Miranda in the front passenger seat. As he was speaking with these individuals, it is alleged that the officer detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle. At this time, it is alleged that Paduani stepped out of the vehicle and had to be ordered back into the vehicle.

During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that the officer recovered a plastic bag containing (30) smaller plastic bags, each of which contained suspected marijuana in the coat pocket of Miranda. Also found in his possession was an open bottle of Hennessy liquors. He was then placed under arrest without incident.

As the investigation continued, it is alleged that the officers also recovered a small plastic bag from underneath the vehicle in the area where Paduani had been when he exited the vehicle which contained a white crystal powder substance later identified as “Molly”. Paduani was also placed under arrest without incident.

Miranda was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of an alcoholic beverage while under the legal age. Paduani was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and for tampering with evidence. Both were eventually released on their own recognizance pending an appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on March 2, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)  

 

 

 

Checking Suspicious Vehicle Leads to DUI, Hindering Apprehension Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Rahkeem McGuire (30) of Paterson, N.J. for driving under the influence and for hindering apprehension on February 13, 2016. On that date, at approximately 1:31 A.M., Officer Diego Ocampo was on patrol in the parking lots of the LaQuinta hotel and the office building of 695 Route 46 West, when he allegedly observed 2005 Dodge that was continually driving between the two parking lots, stopping in each for several minutes. The officer felt the activity to be suspicious and ultimately stopped the vehicle.

The driver, later identified as Rahkeem McGuire, allegedly initially identified himself to the officer as Eric McGuire and was unable to provide any identification. While speaking with McGuire, it is alleged that he was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath, slow speech and bloodshot eyes with droopy lids.

A computer check of the Motor Vehicle Commission’s database could not locate a driver’s license for the driver. McGuire’s actual name was finally revealed when the owner of the vehicle, who was McGuire’s girlfriend, approached the stop on foot and provided the officer with his real name. A further computer check revealed Rahkeem McGuire’s driver’s license to be suspended. He was then placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. While at headquarters, field sobriety tests and a breath test were administered.

In addition to the aforesaid charges, McGuire was also charged with being both a suspended and unlicensed driver. He was released on his own recognizance pending an initial hearing in the Fairfield Municipal Court on February 18, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charges against McGuire are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

Brooklyn Female Arrested for Credit Card Fraud

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Nicole Raymond (20) of Brooklyn, N.Y. for attempted credit card fraud, identity theft, exhibiting a false document and tampering with evidence on February 9, 2016.

On that date, at approximately 6:25 P.M., Fairfield police were contacted by the management of Unique Photo, located at 123 Route 46 West, reporting a possible credit card fraud that was in progress. It was being reported that an African American female was attempting to purchase approximately $3200.00 in camera equipment using what appeared to be a fraudulent Capital One Mastercard that the store could not get approval on. It is further alleged that the suspect had produced a New York driver’s license in the same name on the credit card that also appeared to be fraudulent. At this time, management took a copy of both documents and secretly alerted the police. The suspect then said to forget the transaction and exited the store where she was eventually detained by arriving officers. Raymond was positively identified as the individual who attempted to purchase the camera equipment.

During the course of the investigation, the officers could not find either the credit card or driver’s license that Raymond had presented earlier. It is alleged that she claimed that both belonged to her sister. As the investigation continued, officers contacted the actual individual that was listed on both the credit card and driver’s license and it is alleged that the individual did not have a sister or a Capital One Mastercard nor did she know Raymond. She was eventually arrested, charged and released on her own recognizance pending an initial court date in the Superior Court in Newark on February 25, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charges against Raymond are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Route 80 Motorist Arrested with Marijuana Laced Cookies

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael Cohen (48) of New York, N.Y. for possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of drug paraphernalia on February 4, 2016. On that date, at approximately 1:36 P.M., Officers R.J. Casendino and Jeffrey Dean were in a two man police unit and monitoring traffic on Route 80 Westbound when they observed 1999 Mercury bearing a Pennsylvania registration that was failing to keep right. The officers began to follow the vehicle which allegedly continued to fail to keep right. The vehicle was ultimately stopped by the officers. The vehicle was found to be operated by Cohen.

It is alleged, that as they were speaking with Cohen, they detected a very strong odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. When the officers confronted Cohen about the odor, He allegedly turned over a small quantity of marijuana and a pipe. As the investigation continued, officers recovered just less than 100 grams of suspected marijuana and approximately $1900.00 in cash from inside the vehicle. In addition, the officers also discovered marijuana-laced cookies that Cohen allegedly makes himself and sells to customers. He was placed under arrest without incident.

In addition to the criminal charges, Cohen was also charged with failing to keep right and for possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Superior Court in Newark on February 18, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charges against Cohen are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)  

 

 

DUI Suspect Drives Through Office Building Lobby

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of James Feeny (52) of Hackettstown, N.J. for driving under the influence on February 6, 2016. On that date, at approximately 2:53 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department was notified by a security officer at the Crowne Plaza hotel that a 2013 black Ford had just smashed through the glass door of an adjacent office building that is attached to the hotel. It is alleged that the vehicle then continued to drive down the first floor hallway and then smashed through the glass door located at the other end. The vehicle then fled the scene on Route 46 East.

After police arrived on the scene, the security officer now observed the same Ford travelling west on Route 46 past the incident location and informed the officers. Officer Frank Tracey and other Fairfield officers then stopped the vehicle which was allegedly being operated by Feeny. It is alleged that the vehicle had fresh damage to include a broken driver side mirror, scratches and was covered in glass on the hood and base of the windshield.

It is alleged that Feeny displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence. Field sobriety tests were then administered and based upon the totality of the circumstances, he was placed under arrest. It is alleged that Feeny denied knowledge of having been involved in driving through the building. It is alleged that Feeny’s blood alcohol concentration was nearly twice the legal limit. In addition to the driving while intoxicated charge, Feeny received several other motor vehicle summonses. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Feeny are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

West Caldwell Man Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Teodor Carlino (35) of West Caldwell, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on February 1, 2016. On that date, at approximately 11:56 A.M., Officer Steven D’Argenio was monitoring traffic on Route 46 East when he observed a black Porsche travelling east with the operator allegedly on his cell phone. The officer then pulled out and began to follow the vehicle which was also allegedly exceeding the posted 50 M.P.H. speed limit. The vehicle was then stopped and found to be operated by Carlino.

It is alleged that as the officer was speaking with Carlino, he detected a strong odor of raw marijuana emanating from inside of the vehicle and also observed pieces of green vegetation on Carlino’s sweater. Further investigation revealed the discovery of alleged marijuana in a cigarette box that was in his possession. He was then placed under arrest without incident.

In addition to the criminal charge, Carlino was also charged with careless driving and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Carlino are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Shoplifting of Red Bull Drink Results in Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael Llopis (35) of Belleville, N.J. for shoplifting and possession of drug paraphernalia on February 3, 2016. On that date, at approximately 6:22 P.M., police units were dispatched to the Target store, located on Route 46, to investigate a suspected shoplifting incident that was in progress. It is alleged that Target security officers observed Llopis push a shopping cart containing cases of Red Bull energy drink, laundry detergent and toilet paper and valued at approximately $390.00, past the cash registers and out the front doors without attempting to pay. When Llopis entered the parking lot, he was almost immediately apprehended by Officer Jeffrey Dean, who was being updated as to the progress of the incident. He was then placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters.

It is alleged that, during processing, officers recovered a cut straw with white residue and several empty glassine envelopes commonly associated with the use of controlled dangerous substances. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on February 11, 2016.

(It should be noted that the charges against Llopis are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Downed Electrical Wires Cause 20 Burned Cars at Auto Auction

Fairfield (NJ) OnFebruary 3, 2016, at approximately 7:47 A.M., the Fairfield Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the Skyline Auto Auction, located at 100 Route 46 East, initially for a transformer fire. Eventually, the electrically charged wires in the area of the transformer came down on top of several vehicles. Due to the downed wires and the unsafe condition that existed, the fire department was initially unable to conduct fire suppression operations until PSE&G could shut down power to the lines. The fire was basically extinguished around 9:00 A.M. Approximately 20 cars were damaged to various degrees. There were no injuries. Traffic on Route 46 was affected slightly at the intersection of Clinton Road due to the traffic signal being out. The North Caldwell Fire Department relocated to Fairfield in order to assure fire protection for the township.


 

 

Broken Taillight Nets Marijuana Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Gemini-Dawn Deal (22) of Caldwell, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on January 16, 2016. On that date, at approximately 1:58 A.M., Officer James High Jr. observed a 1999 Chevrolet with an alleged broken taillight, travelling south on Passaic Avenue. The vehicle was stopped.

During the stop, it is alleged that the officer detected an odor of raw marijuana from within the vehicle. Further investigation revealed the discovery of suspected marijuana and pipe in Deal’s possession. She was arrested without incident and charged. She was released on her own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on January 21, 2016

(It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Medicine Disposal Box Located at Fairfield Police Headquarters

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department, in partnership with the Fairfield Municipal Alliance Committee, Walgreens of Fairfield, ADAPT (Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Team) and the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey have today unveiled a medicine disposal box inside the lobby of the Fairfield Police Department that will be available for citizens to deposit unwanted or unused prescription medication on an 24 hour a day, seven day a week basis.

The medicine disposal box is registered with the American Medicine Chest Challenge, a national program taking place in 45 states at over 1700 locations, where citizens can log onto the American Medicine Chest Challenge website and find the closest disposal box to discard their medicine.

“Fairfield is proud to join the many other police departments across the country in doing our part to help rid our community of the scourge of prescription drug use by providing this community service to our citizens” said Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna. “Very often, the pathway to prescription drug abuse begins with old medicine that should have been properly discarded. Now in Fairfield, it can be everyday” said the Chief.  

Presiding over the ceremony (from left to right) were Andres Nunez Jr. (Fairfield Walgreens Store Manager), Ankur Jetley (Fairfield Walgreens Pharmacy Manager), Joel Torres (Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Team), Joseph Catenaro (Fairfield Township Administrator), Chief Anthony Manna, Angelo Valente (Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey), Denise Cafone (Fairfield Municipal Alliance Committee)


 

 

Suspected Marijuana Found on Route 46 Motorist

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Vincent George (33) of Wayne, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on January 16, 2016. On that date, at approximately 10:06 P.M., Officer Jeffrey Dean was on patrol on Route 46 East when he allegedly observed a 1998 Ford pick-up truck that was traveling on Route 46 East and having difficulty maintaining its lane. The officer then initiated a motor vehicle stop near the Willowbrook Mall. The vehicle was found to be operated by George whose license was found to allegedly be suspended.

It is alleged that the officer then detected a pungent odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. It is alleged that the officer then recovered suspected marijuana in a plastic bag that was in George’s possession. He was placed under arrest without incident.

In addition to the criminal charge, George was also given summonses for careless driving, suspended license and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance pending a January 21, 2016 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against George are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Smoke Detectors Help Avert House Fire

Fairfield (NJ) On January 11, 2016, at approximately 6:28 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a house fire at a Riveredge Drive residence. Initial reports indicated that there was smoke coming out of several electrical outlets. Police officers and the fire department were immediately dispatched. Upon the arrival of the officers, all occupants of the residence were already out of the house. The residents told responding officers that they were alerted to the smoke condition because their smoke detectors activated.

The Fairfield Fire Department arrived and discovered that insulation in the crawl space under the house was smoldering. They extinguished the fire with only minimal damage. “There is very little doubt that the smoke detectors help avert a potential tragedy” said Chief Anthony Manna. “We are hoping that everyone takes a moment to assure that their own smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly” said the chief.

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