Lincoln Park Man Arrested After Motor Vehicle Pursuit
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of George Smith (50) of Lincoln Park, N.J. for two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, eluding police, resisting arrest, possession of a weapon, two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of stolen property, possession of hypodermic syringes and possession of drug paraphernalia on March 16, 2014.
At approximately 10:02 A.M., Officer Christopher Nicholas was monitoring traffic traveling east on Route 46, near the Montville border, when he allegedly observed a 2002 Dodge Durango with no license plates displayed. The officer followed the vehicle as it exited Route 46 East and abruptly pulled into the parking lot of 125 Clinton Road. As he pulled behind the Dodge and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle immediately pulled away, went back out onto Clinton Road and then onto Route 46 East, followed by the officer.
The suspect’s vehicle continued on Route 46 East. It is alleged that near Two Bridges Road, Smith deliberately rammed two marked Fairfield police cars being operated by Sergeant Daniel Dias and Officer Brian Holzmann in a further attempt to elude the police. At this point, Smith’s vehicle suffered a flat front driver’s side tire but he continued to attempt to elude police and eventually drove into Lincoln Park from Two Bridges Road. His vehicle ultimately became disabled in the wooded area off of Lincoln Boulevard. He then led officers on a brief foot pursuit before being apprehended. During the foot pursuit, Fairfield police officer Steven Ptaszynski was injured when he slipped on ice. He was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and later released. Smith was also transported to a different area hospital, under police guard, for evaluation for injuries sustained during the incident.
The 2002 Dodge Durango was found to have been reported stolen to the Rockaway Police Department on February 24, 2014. Officers from the Wayne, Lincoln Park, North Caldwell and Essex Fells Police Departments responded to assist.
(It should be noted that the charges against Smith are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until if/when he is convicted or pleads guilty in a court of law)
Former Caldwell Police Auxiliary Officer Joins Fairfield’s Police Force
Fairfield (NJ) Chief Charles Voelker and the members of the Fairfield Police Department are proud and glad to welcome David Lagan as a probationary police officer. Officer Lagan was sworn in at the March 10, 2014 meeting of the Fairfield Mayor and Council. He graduated from the Essex County College Police Academy on March 5, 2014 as an alternate route candidate in Class #13-2. Prior to that, he served as an auxiliary officer with the Caldwell Police Department.
Officer Lagan grew up in Simsbury Connecticut and went on to attend Cedarville University in Ohio where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Electronic Media. He is married and resides in the West Essex area.
Officer Lagan will take part in an 8-12 week field training program. After that, he will be assigned to the Uniformed Division.
Purchasing Manager Charged With Selling Stolen Tools on eBay
Fairfield – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Fairfield Police Chief Charles Voelker announced today that Ryszard Osika, 29, of Wallington has been charged with selling stolen high-end construction equipment valued at in excess of $250,000 on eBay, the online consumer-to-consumer shopping website.
It is alleged that Osika, a purchasing manager for a large construction company, would order drills and other tools made by Hilti, aTulsa Oklahoma based company, steal them, and re-sell them on eBay.
The thefts were uncovered when representatives from Hilti discovered their products being sold on eBay at below market prices. Using the name hiltiguy07, it is alleged that the thefts began in 2007 and continued until Osika was taken into custody earlier today. Osika is charged with second degree theft.
Prosecutor Murray credited the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit and Detective Robert Sanger of the Fairfield Police Department for the subsequent investigation that culminated in today’s arrest.
“Law enforcement and private industry worked hand in hand in this case to uncover illegal activity perpetrated by a trusted employee,’’ said Assistant Prosecutor Deborah Freier, who is handling the case.
Osika faces 5 to 10 years in a New Jersey State Prison if he is found guilty of the charges.
It should be noted these are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they enter a guilty plea or are found guilty in a court of law.
10 Pounds of Marijuana Intercepted at Fed Ex Distribution Center
Fairfield (NJ) On March 3, 2014, the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by representatives of the Federal Express facility, located on Daniel Road, regarding a suspicious package that was being shipped through their facility. The package was deemed suspicious do to how it was packaged and secured, its location of origin and its final destination. As a result, the package was checked further and found to contain 10 pounds of marijuana, packaged in one pound increments. The contraband was turned over to the Fairfield police for further investigation and destruction. “The street value of this seizure could be as high as $30,000” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna