Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Fairfield Police Department

Separate Suspicious Vehicle Checks Net Narcotics and Wanted Person Arrests

Fairfield (NJ) Two separate checks of suspicious vehicles over the weekend resulted in the arrest of two individuals for narcotics charges and also found to have active arrest warrants.

In the first case, the Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Nicola Mancino (43) of Woodridge, N.J. for two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, having an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle and consuming an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle on April 19, 2014. On that date, at approximately 5:23 P.M., Officers Frank Tracey and David Lagan were on patrol in the parking lot of Target, located on Route 46, when they observed an occupied 2003 Honda parked in a remote area of the parking lot. The officers felt it warranted further investigation. The lone occupant was found to be Mancino.

During the course of this investigation, the officers allegedly recovered seven small plastic bags containing suspected cocaine, five prescription Suboxone tablets and beer that was in a Starbucks coffee cup. Mancino was arrested without incident and his vehicle was impounded. Further investigation at headquarters revealed that Mancino was wanted by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department. He was eventually released into their custody.

The second case took place on April 20, 2014 at approximately 9:53 A.M. Officer Raymond Puluse was on patrol in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located on Route 46, when he observed a 1996 Ford running in the parking lot. After observing this condition for a period of time, the officer decided to check on the condition. After speaking with the driver of this vehicle the investigation led to a guest room in the hotel where it is alleged that drug paraphernalia was found. Arrested was Scott Specchio (43) of Rutherford, N.J. It was also discovered that he had active arrest warrants issued by the Woodland Park and Rutherford Municipal Courts. Specchio was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and later turned over to the custody of the Woodland Park Police Department.

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

 

Local Resident Charged with Defiant Trespass

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Philip LaSusa (46) of Fairfield, N.J. on April 18, 2014. On that date, at approximately 2:20 P.M., Fairfield Police Officers Frank Tracey, Christopher Hlubik and David Lagan were dispatched to the Walgreens shopping complex, located at 397 Route 46, to investigate a report of a male who was loitering and bothering patrons of the shopping mall.

The officers arrived to allegedly find LaSusa loitering on the property. LaSusa was previously warned by the Fairfield Police Department at the request of business owners, from loitering in front of their business, after complaints were received by citizens who alleged he was repeatedly approaching them to give him money and cigarettes. LaSusa was arrested without incident. He was charged with defiant trespass and eventually released on his own recognizance. (It should be noted that the charges against LaSusa are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Four Individuals Arrested for Shoplifting at Target during Three Seperate Incidents

Fairfield (NJ) On April 17, 2014, the Fairfield Police Department responded to the Target store, located on Route 46, three separate times and arrested four individuals for shoplifting. The first incident took place at approximately 1:28 P.M. and involved a store employee, identified as Shadae Smith (21) of Paterson, N.J. and a customer identified as Ciera Berry (20) of Prospect Park, N.J. It is alleged that Berry brought approximately $1300.00 worth of merchandise to the register where Smith was working. Smith then allegedly scans the items but never takes payment for the items. Smith then allegedly voided the transaction and Berry then attempted to walk out with the merchandise but was stopped by Target security.

Both were charged with shoplifting and conspiracy to commit shoplifting. In addition, Smith was charged with possession of a Schedule III controlled dangerous substance after it is alleged that officers found 25 tablets containing Codeine in her possession for which she had no prescription for. Both were released on their own recognizance pending an April 24, 2014 court date in the superior court in Newark, N.J.

The second incident took place at 2:07 P.M. While officers were following up on the previous arrest, Target security allegedly observed an individual on the store’s video surveillance system that matched the description of an individual who allegedly stole baby formula on April 9, 2014. It is alleged, that while watching this individual on the store video surveillance system, Target security and Sgt. Christopher Niemiec observed this individual place approximately $140.00 worth of baby formula into her shopping cart and then wheel it past all points of payment, and push it out the front doors. She was arrested without incident.

The individual, identified as Jeanine Anthony (52) of Lincoln Park, N.J. was charged with shoplifting and possession of a controlled dangerous substance after it is alleged suspected heroin was found in her possession. She was also released on her own recognizance pending an April 24, 2014 court date in the superior court in Newark, N.J.

The last incident took place at approximately 5:14 P.M. At that time, Officer Brian Holzmann was dispatched to the area of Target on a report of a male that possibly just shoplifted from Target. A detailed description of the suspect was given. Officer Holzmann located a male, fitting the description, near the Willowbrook Mall bus station. During the course of the investigation, the officer recovered approximately $730.00 worth of merchandise allegedly taken from Target. Arrested and charged with shoplifting was Alexander Ramirez (36) of Paterson, N.J. He was released on his own recognizance pending an April 24, 2014 court date in the superior court in Newark, N.J.

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

 

West Orange Man Arrested for CDS Use and Drug Paraphernalia Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Lloyd Ricketts (31) of West Orange, N.J. for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and for possession of drug paraphernalia on April 15, 2014. On that date, at approximately 4:04 P.M., Officers Frank Tracey and David Lagan were on patrol in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located on Two Bridges Road, when they came upon an alleged suspicious vehicle.

During the course of investigating the vehicle, the occupants allegedly provided the officers with conflicting accounts as to why they were present at the hotel. As a result, the officers ended up in a guest room belonging to Ricketts, in order to confirm what was told to them. While there, they allegedly observed, in plain view, several items of suspected contraband. In addition, Ricketts allegedly displayed symptoms consistent with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. Ricketts was placed under arrest without incident.

Ricketts was later released on his own recognizance pending a April 23, 2014 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Ricketts are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Single Car Crash Nets Driver Careless Driving Summons

Fairfield (NJ) On April 15, 2014, at approximately 6:26 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department responded to a single car motor vehicle crash on Route 46 West, near Madison Road. Upon arrival, the officers observed a 2002 Mitsubishi on its side against a utility pole. The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, identified as Gilberto Tapia-Rodriguez of Paterson, N.J. was uninjured. An investigation conducted by Officer Thomas Myers revealed that the vehicle was attempting to exit Route 46 West onto Madison Road when it is alleged that Tapia-Rodriguez could not negotiate the turn, striking the curb of a concrete island divider, hitting a rock and then overturning. A summons for careless driving was issued. (It should be noted that the charge against Tapia-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)

North Caldwell Teen Arrested for Alleged Controlled Dangerous Substance Use

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Robert Tucker (18) of North Caldwell, N.J. for use/being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and for underage consumption of an alcoholic beverage on April 12, 2014.

On that date, at approximately 10:26 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a white Volkswagon Jetta was travelling on Fairfield Road, near Hollywood Avenue, and was allegedly all over the road. Officer R.J. Casendino located the suspect vehicle and initiated a motor vehicle stop on Nalesnik Court.

The vehicle was occupied by a female driver and passenger and Tucker who was located in the back seat. During the course of the investigation, it was allegedly determined that the two females had met Tucker, through Facebook, and had picked him up earlier in the evening. The females were allegedly giving him a ride to a friend’s house in Fairfield when he allegedly began to pull the hair of the driver which resulted in the erratic driving that was initially reported. Both females told the officer that they no longer wanted Tucker in the vehicle.

Officer Casendino, a certified drug recognition expert, allegedly determined that Tucker displayed various symptoms consistent with being under the influence of a narcotic analgesic type drug, as well as, allegedly having an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath. Tucker was then placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. Both females displayed no signs of being under the influence of any controlled dangerous substance or alcoholic beverage and were permitted to leave.

Tucker was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an April 16, 2014 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Tucker are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Paterson Man Charged with DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Calvin Roberts (45) of Paterson, N.J. for operating a vehicle while under the influence on April 12, 2014. At approximately 2:44 A.M., Officer Sean McCormack observed a 1999 Toyota travelling west on Route 46 allegedly having difficulty maintaining a lane. The vehicle was eventually stopped and the officer conducted a roadside investigation that included standardized field sobriety testing. As a result, Roberts was arrested without incident and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

Roberts was transported to police headquarters where breath testing was conducted. In addition to being charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence, Roberts was also charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence within a school zone, careless driving and failure to maintain a lane. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with a pending court date of April 16, 2014 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Roberts are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Three Paterson Men Arrested for Theft of Recycle Cardboard

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of David Luciano (39), Ali Toyse (44) and Jose Vazquez (46) all of Paterson, N.J. for theft on April 11, 2014. In addition Vazquez was also charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On that date, at approximately 3:48 A.M., a security guard from Teva Pharmaceuticals, located on Gloria Lane, alerted the Fairfield police to a suspicious condition involving three males allegedly loading recycled cardboard onto a truck without permission to do so. Sgt. John McNish and Officers Raymond Puluse and Steven D’Argenio arrived to find the trio had already loaded three pallets inside of a Penske rental truck. The cardboard was valued at $300.00.

While conducting the investigation, Officer Puluse recovered a hypodermic syringe and tourniquet allegedly belonging to Vazquez. All three were arrested without incident. After being charged, Luciano and Toyse were released on their own recognizance with a pending court date of April 17, 2014 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. Vazquez was found to be wanted by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department and was subsequently released into their custody. (It should be noted that the charges against all three are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Two Arrested on Heroin Possession Charges

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joelle Chalet (22) of Cedar Grove, N.J. and Adam Scarano (23) of Fairfield, N.J. for possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia on April 10, 2014. On that date, at approximately 11:26 A.M., detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force were conducting surveillance in Paterson N.J. and allegedly observed a 2012 Infiniti, registered to Scarano, in a high crime and drug area. The detectives followed the Infiniti and contacted the Fairfield Police Department, as it made its way back towards the Fairfield area.

The Infiniti was stopped on Horseneck Road. Further investigation revealed the alleged discovery of (4) glassine packets containing white powder residue believed to be heroin and (2) cut straws. These items were seized and both Chalet and Scarano placed under arrest without incident.

In addition to being charged under the New Jersey Criminal Code, Scarano also received a traffic summons for possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Both were released on their own recognizance pending an April 17th court date in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until if/ when they plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Motorist Drives Car through Store Window

Fairfield (NJ) At 5:05 PM, the Fairfield Police Department was alerted to a motor vehicle crash involving a 2006 Ford Taurus that ended up driving through the storefront window of Futon World, located at 420 Route 46 East.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a 61 year old male, from Wayne, N.J., whose identity is being withheld, was the operator and lone occupant of the vehicle. It appears that the vehicle was travelling on Route 46 East, at which time; the operator had some type of medical condition that resulted in him passing out while driving. The Ford then left the highway, struck a parked car in the lot of 420 Route 46 East, and then crashed through the window of Futon World. Fortunately, there were no injuries as a result of the motor vehicle crash. Even the operator did not sustain any injuries as a result of the crash.

The driver was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, N.J. to be treated for the condition that gave rise to the accident. “We are extremely fortunate that this did not result in someone being seriously injured or killed” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. No summonses are being issued; however, the Fairfield Police Department is notifying the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission relative to the cause of the accident so that the driver’s license of the operator could be re-evaluated. 

 

Lieutenant Peter Pollack Graduates Prestigious FBI National Academy

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is proud and honored to announce that Lieutenant Peter Pollack was amongst the two hundred-twenty one law enforcement officers who graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia on March 28, 2014. The 256th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 47 states. Included in the class were members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 23 international countries, five military organizations and two federal civilian organizations. FBI Director James Comey was the keynote speaker at the graduation and presented diplomas to the graduates.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, these officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, special agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise. Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the accreditation by the university of the many courses offered.

A total of 47,254 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it was initiated by former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in July 1935. Of this number, approximately 29,741 are still active in law enforcement work.

“I am extremely proud of Lieutenant Pollack’s accomplishment and his continued dedication to our profession” said Chief Charles Voelker. Lieutenant Pollack has served the citizens of Fairfield for approximately 20 years.

Two Car Crash being Investigated by Police

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a serious two-car motor vehicle crash that occurred on Route 46 East, near the Valero gas station, on March 30, 2014 at approximately 2:51 A.M.

At present, it appears that a 2014 Nissan was traveling east on Route 46 in the right lane when it was allegedly sideswiped by a 2012 Ford flatbed tow truck that was also traveling east in the left lane. The tow truck then left the roadway and stuck a pole that supports a Department of Transportation message sign. The tow truck is owned by Passaic Towing.

The officers at the scene were able to remove the driver of the tow truck. He was later transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries. At press time, he was listed in stable condition. The passenger of the tow truck was extricated from the vehicle with the assistance of personnel from the Fairfield Fire Department and the West Essex First Aid Squad. She was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. for treatment of her injuries. The two occupants of the Nissan were transported to Chilton Hospital in Pequannock, N.J. for minor injuries. They were treated and released.

The eastbound lanes of Route 46 were closed for approximately two hours while the scene was being cleared and investigated. At present, no summonses have been issued against either driver. Assisting at the scene were the Pine Brook Fire Department and the North Caldwell Police Department.

Towaco Men Arrested for Heroin Use

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joseph Fillippo (30) and Edmund Oertel (29) both of Towaco, N.J. for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of Suboxone and possession of hypodermic syringes on March 23, 2014.

On that date, at approximately 7:49 P.M., a concerned citizen contacted the Fairfield Police Department and reported that two individuals were in a maroon-colored GMC Jimmy located in the Target parking lot, and appeared to be injecting themselves with controlled dangerous substances. As a result, all available units were dispatched to the area. Officers Frank Tracey and David Lagan were the first to arrive.

The officers immediately located a vehicle and occupants, fitting the description provided by the citizen, and pulled up to it. It is alleged that when approaching the vehicle, they immediately observed the driver, identified as Oertel, was bleeding from both forearms. It is further alleged that both Oertel and Fillippo were lethargic, had slow and slurred speech and had pinpoint and abnormally constricted pupils. Both were then placed under arrest without incident.

During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that the men ingested approximately 6 bags of heroin. It is further alleged that officers recovered hypodermic syringes from inside the clothing of Oertel and that both men had in their possession, Suboxone, a controlled dangerous substance, without having a prescription.

Both men were eventually released on their own recognizance with a pending court date of April 2, 2014 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.(It should be noted that the charges against both men are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until if/when they are convicted or plead guilty in a court of law)

 

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)

 

 

 

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.

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.

 

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

West Orange Man Arrested for Warrant and Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Malcom Reeves-McCullough (21) of West Orange, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on March 1, 2014. On that date, at approximately 2:31 A.M., Officer Jeffrey Dean was monitoring traffic on Route 46 West when he allegedly observed a 2002 Honda pass his location with tinted windows, a violation of N.J. law.

Officer Dean followed the vehicle and it also allegedly had difficulty maintaining a lane. The vehicle was then stopped on Sand Road. During the course of the roadside stop, the officer noticed that the vehicle’s front seat passenger, identified as Reeves-McCullough, was allegedly not wearing his seat belt and requested he produced identification. A check of his identification revealed an active warrant issued by the Montville Municipal Court.

Reeves-McCullough was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. During the course of being processed at police headquarters, officers allegedly detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from a backpack that belonged to Reeves-McCullough. It is alleged that officers recovered a phony Dr. Pepper soda can that had a screw-off bottom. It is alleged that the can contained 15 small plastic bags with marijuana.

In addition to being charged with the marijuana possession, Reeves-McCullough also received a summons for failing to wear his seatbelt. He was released on his own recognizance pending a March 6, 2014 initial court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Motor Vehicle Crash Leads to DWI Arrest of North Bergen Man

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Placido Aguila-Perdomo (42) of North Bergen, N.J. for driving under the influence on February 28, 2014. On that date, at approximately 7:55 P.M., Fairfield police were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash that had just occurred on Fairfield Road, directly behind the Versailles Diner.

One of the vehicles involved in the crash was allegedly operated by Aguila-Perdomo. It is alleged that Aguila-Perdomo’s 2002 Ford Taurus was traveling east on Fairfield Road when it allegedly attempted a left turn in front of the other vehicle that was travelling west on Fairfield Road, causing the accident to occur.

Both drivers refused medical transportation to a hospital. During the course of investigating the accident, it is alleged that Officer Stacey Chiarolanza detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Aguila-Perdomo’s breath and that he had trouble maintaining his balance. He was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for breath testing.

It is alleged that Aguila-Perdomo refused breath testing. In addition to being charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence he was also charged with refusal to submit to breath testing, careless driving, failure to wear a seatbelt, failure to maintain a lane and improper left turn. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an initial court appearance date of March 6, 2014 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

IRS Phone Scam

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is cautioning the public to be aware of a telephone scam that was attempted this past week on at least two Fairfield residents. A male caller, with an Indian voice, contacts a potential victim and claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) Investigative Division. He tells the potential victim that the IRS has conducted a seven year audit on them and that the victim owes the IRS some amount of unpaid taxes (in one case the amount allegedly owed was $15,000) The caller then states that IRS agents will be coming to the residence to seize their property and to arrest the person who owes the taxes and states that there is not anything that could be done at this point, in an obvious attempt to pressure their prospective victim.

In both Fairfield cases, the scam was detected early so no money was exchanged. However, it is presumed that if it was not detected, the caller would have instructed the victim to send money to settle the outstanding taxes. The caller speaks very fast, is hard to understand, and is very aggressive in his tone.

Any member of the public who receives such a call should not immediately send any money but rather should contact an actual Internal Revenue Service Office and make the proper inquiries or should contact their local police department for guidance.

North Caldwell Man Arrested for DUI after Concerned Citizen Alerts Police

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Martin Sweeney (53) of North Caldwell, N.J. for driving while intoxicated on February 21, 2014. On that date, at approximately 2:33 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by a concerned citizen reporting that an alleged intoxicated male was leaving the Hampton Inn, located on Route 46 East, and was believed to be getting into the driver seat of a 2000 Chevrolet. All available police units were dispatched to the area.

Officer Raymond Puluse allegedly observed a vehicle exiting the Hampton Inn parking lot onto Route 46 East. Officer Puluse then stopped the vehicle to investigate further. The lone occupant was found to be Sweeney. During the course of the officer’s investigation, field sobriety testing was given, with the alleged results ultimately leading to Sweeney’s arrest without incident. Sweeney was eventually taken to the police station for breath testing and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

In addition to driving under the influence, Sweeney was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, reckless driving, careless driving and operating a vehicle without wipers on when lights are on. Sweeney was eventually released on his own recognizance. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

South Carolina Pair Arrested for Prostitution

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Chelsie Hightower (23) and Alexandria Bodden (24) both of Somerville, South Carolina for engaging in prostitution on February 17, 2014. In addition, Hightower was also charged with promoting prostitution.

Fairfield law enforcement officials became aware that the pair was set up in a room at a local hotel and soliciting patrons via an Internet advertisement. An undercover police officer, with a back up team of officers, was sent to the location and it is alleged the officer was solicited by the pair to engage in sexual acts with them in exchange for money. The pair was arrested without incident.

Both females were released on their own recognizance with a pending court date of February 26, 2014 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against the two are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Trio Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Rontaz Vann (32) of Newark, N.J. for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana less than 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia on February 17, 2014. Arrested with him and charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana were Gabrielle Vann (25) of Newark, N.J. and Aschli Victoria (2) of Laurelton, N.Y.

While investigating suspicious activity at a room at the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, Officer Frank Tracey became aware that Rontaz Vann, who was an occupant of the room under investigation, had four active arrest warrants totaling over $1000 in bail. Officer Tracey along with Sgt. John McNish and Officers Christopher Hlubik, Raymond Puluse and Steven D’Argenio went to the room and found Vann present. He was placed under arrest without incident.  

During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that the officers recovered 1 ¼ ounces of suspected marijuana, a digital scale, approximately $3000.00 in cash and an air soft pellet gun that looked like a real handgun. As a result, Gabrielle Vann and Victoria were then arrested without incident.

All three suspects were released on their own recognizance pending an initial court appearance date of February 26, 2014 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against all three are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Airplane Crashes at Essex County Airport

Fairfield (NJ) On February 17, 2014, at approximately 6:53 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by Essex County Airport Operations officials concerning an airplane that had crash landed on the airport runway and had overturned. Police, fire and EMS were immediately dispatched to the scene.

Initial investigation indicates that a single engine Cesna Model 172 airplane approached the airport from the west and attempted to land on Runway #4. The plane touched down, at which time, it veered off the runway to the left, striking a snow bank and then overturning. The plane was piloted by Chaim Masri (46) of Brooklyn, N.Y. Mr. Masri received a minor injury to his leg and declined medical attention.

Currently, the plane is being up-righted and will be secured at the airport pending an investigation by officials from the Federal Aviation Administration. Information relative to ownership of the plane was not available prior to this press release.

 

 

Former Georgia Resident Arrested for Stolen Car

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael Lemon (26), formerly from Lizella, GA. but now residing in Fairfield, N.J., for having been in possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

On January 29, 2014, Officer Stacy Chiarolanza was on patrol in the early morning hours on Holly Drive when she came upon a 2012 Nissan with a Georgia registration, parked near # 2 Holly Drive. A check of this license plate revealed the vehicle was reported stolen to law enforcement authorities in Georgia in January 2014. During the course of the recovery, several personal items allegedly belonging to Lemon were found in the vehicle.

A subsequent investigation conducted by Detective Jeffrey Didyk revealed that Lemon was wanted by Georgia authorities in connection with the theft of the vehicle. The investigation also led him to the residence at #2 Holly Drive where he allegedly ascertained that Lemon was now living. The detective contacted Lemon and requested that he come to the Fairfield Police Department under the guises of picking up his property that was recovered in the vehicle.

On February 7, 2014, Lemon arrived at headquarters at which time he was placed under arrest. He was subsequently charged by Fairfield police with receiving stolen property. He was remanded to the Essex County Jail awaiting extradition to Georgia. (It should be noted that the charges against Lemon are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Former New England Financial Employee Arrested for Credit Card Fraud

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Patricia Lanigan (65) of Clifton, N.J. for fraudulently obtaining a credit card and fraudulently using it. The arrest was made by Detectives Jeffrey Didyk and Robert Sanger on February 3, 2014 after Lanigan voluntarily came in to police headquarters to speak to the detectives regarding their investigation.

It is alleged that Lanigan, a former employee of New England Financial located at 30 Two Bridges Road, applied for a credit card in the name of her former boss. The case was brought to the attention of law enforcement in December of 2013 after the victim was contacted by the security department of Bank of America and an inquiry made as to whether or not he had recently applied for a new credit card. Further investigation revealed that another credit card had been opened in the name of the victim at Credit One. It is alleged that Lanigan’s name and address was added to this account.

Lanigan was released on her own recognizance with an initial pending court appearance date of February 20, 2014 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. )It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Six Fairfield Officers and Three Civilians Honored for Saving Life

Fairfield (NJ) On Monday January 27, 2014, at the regular meeting of the Fairfield Mayor and Council, six Fairfield police officers received life saving commendations and three civilians received Chief’s certificates for having successfully saved the life of Robert Goldberg on December 19, 2013. The officers were Sergeants Paul Bowden and Daniel Dias and Officers Ian Rasmussen, Christopher Nicholas, John McGrory and Brad Ahern. The civilians were Paul Fahey of Belleville, N.J., Paul Holzach of Little Falls, N.J. and Toni Smith of Lincoln Park, N.J.

On December 19, 2013, at approximately 2:08 P.M., Mr. Goldberg was training with Mr. Fahey at Combat Athlete MMA, located at 333 Passaic Avenue in Fairfield, when he suddenly collapsed and went into cardiac and respiratory arrest. Mr. Fahey summoned assistance from a neighboring company and had someone contact 9-1-1. The team of Fahey, Holzach and Smith then began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until the officers arrived. The officers continued CPR and used an automated external defibrillator (AED) and applied two shocks to Mr. Goldberg. He was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson where he has made a remarkable recovery.

Mr. Goldberg and his wife were able to join the ceremony and humbly thanked those who assisted him in his time of need. “As police officers, we are tasked with helping people in so many different ways, which is why most of us entered the profession in the first place” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “Still, there is no greater feeling of accomplishment then saving a life and we are so proud of what our officers and these civilians did together” said the deputy chief.

 

Red Light Violation Leads to DUI Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jennifer Fontanez (26) of Budd Lake, N.J. for driving under the influence on January 26, 2014. On that date, at approximately 2:22 A.M., Officer Raymond Puluse was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Passaic Avenue and Little Falls Road when he allegedly observed a 2012 Hyundai, in front of his vehicle, proceed through the red traffic signal and continue south on Passaic Avenue. He then stopped the vehicle and it is alleged that he detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage on Fontanez’ breath.

At this time, Officer Frank Tracey arrived and assisted with conducting a limited amount of sobriety tests due to the weather conditions. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, Fontanez was placed under arrest and later administered a breath test.

In addition to the driving while under the influence charge, Fontanez was also charged with a variety of other motor vehicle violations including driving with a suspended license. She was eventually released on her own recognizance with an initial pending court appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on January 30, 2014. (It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Elmwood Park Woman Arrested for Driving Under the Influence

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Tiffany Blanford (33) of Elmwood Park, N.J. for driving under the influence on January 16, 2013. On that date, at approximately 1:17 AM, Officer John McGrory observed a 1999 Oldsmobile stopped with its lights off in front of the old Byrnes Power Equipment Company, located at 482 Horseneck Road. The officer allegedly observed Blanford outside of the vehicle and decided to check on the suspicious condition.

During the course of his contact with Blanford, the officer allegedly made several observations relative to Blanford’s condition which included the presence of an odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath, she had difficulty walking, her speech was slurred and that she continually talked about being lost and trying to find Route 80 West.

As a result, the officer administered field sobriety tests which ultimately led to her arrest without incident. She was transported to police headquarters for breath testing and her vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

Blanford was eventually released on her own recognizance with a pending initial court appearance date of January 23, 2014 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Blanford are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Oakland Man Charged with Cocaine Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Luis Cartagena Jr. (43) of Oakland, N.J. for possession of cocaine, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia on January 14, 2014. On that date, at approximately 12:35 P.M., Officer Sean McCormack conducted a random license plate inquiry on a 2002 Buick Century that he observed travelling east on Fairfield Road. The inquiry revealed that the vehicle’s registration was expired and it was stopped.

Further investigation revealed that the driver, Cartagena Jr., had active arrest warrants issued by the Montville and Union City Municipal Courts. He was placed under arrest without incident. During the course of the arrest, it is alleged that suspected cocaine and drug paraphernalia were found in his possession.

In addition to the criminal charges, Cartagena Jr. was also charged with motor vehicle violations that included possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, unregistered vehicle and failing to exhibit a driver’s license.

He was released after posting bail on the aforesaid warrants and given an initial court appearance date of January 23, 2014 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Lyndhurst Man Arrested for Driving Under the Influence

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield police Department announces the arrest of Lenny Vega (42) of Lyndhurst, N.J. for driving while under the influence on January 7, 2014. On that date, at approximately 9:36 P.M., Officer John McGrory was on patrol on Passaic Avenue when he allegedly observed a 1997 Honda travelling north that was having difficulty maintaining a lane. The vehicle was then stopped on Two Bridges Road.

During the course of the traffic stop, the officer allegedly made observations that led him to believe that Vega may be under the influence. Field sobriety tests were administered and as a result of the totality of the circumstances, Vega was placed under arrest for driving under the influence without incident. His vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. He was then transported to police headquarters.

In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, Vega was also charged with driving under the influence within a school zone, careless driving, failure to maintain a lane and failure to inspect. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court on January 9, 2014. (It should be noted that the charges against Vega are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Newark Man Arrested for Providing False Information

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Wazir Davis (21) of Newark, N.J. for providing false information to a law enforcement officer on January 4, 2014. On that date, at approximately 5:23 P.M., Officer David Chabay allegedly observed a 2000 Nissan make an illegal u-turn on Plymouth Street. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was unable to produce a driver’s license. It is alleged that Davis provided the officer with two separate false names and dates of birth. When the information that Davis provided could not be verified, he was placed under arrest and transported into police headquarters for further investigation.

Fingerprint identification at police headquarters revealed the driver to be Davis. Further investigation revealed Davis had active arrest warrants issued by the Newark and Irvington Municipal Courts. Davis was given an initial court appearance date of January 9, 2014 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. He was turned over to the custody of the Irvington Police Department. (It should be noted that the charges against Davis are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Boonton Female Charged with Shoplifting

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Sara Cerasiello (20) of Boonton, N.J. for shoplifting at the Target store, located at 632 Route 46 East, on January 4, 2014. On that date, at approximately 8:00 P.M., Fairfield police were contacted by Target security concerning an individual that was in custody for allegedly shoplifting. It is alleged that Cerasiello took three sets of Beats headphones, valued at approximately $600.00, and walked out of the store without paying for them. She was then taken into custody by Target security.

Cerasiello was taken to police headquarters where she was charged with shoplifting. She was later released on her own recognizance with a pending court appearance date of January 15, 2014 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Parsippany Man Arrested for Heroin Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael Schultheis (33) of Parsippany, N.J. for possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia on January 3, 2014. On that date, at approximately 11:37 A.M., Officer Sean McCormack conducted a random license plate inquiry of a 2001 Saturn that was travelling west on Route 46. The inquiry revealed the vehicle’s registration to be expired.

The vehicle was stopped and the officer requested Schultheis produce his driving credentials. It is alleged that when he went to produce his identification, two glassine packets containing suspected heroin fell out onto his lap. Schultheis was arrested without incident. It is further alleged that 34 glassine folds containing suspected heroin were recovered along with items of paraphernalia.

In addition to the criminal charges, Schultheis was also charged with operating an unregistered and uninsured vehicle and for possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance with a pending court date of January 9, 2014 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against Schultheis are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Illinois Pair Arrested for Marijuana Possession and Weapon Offense

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Tyrus Bingham (51) and Christopher Williams (26) both of Cairo, Illinois on January 2, 2014. On that date, at approximately 4:17 P.M., Lieutenant Peter Pollack and Officers Frank Tracey, Christopher Hlubik and Steven D’Argenio were inside of the LaQuinta Hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, when they allegedly smelled a pungent odor of burning marijuana on the second floor near room #201. At that same time, hotel management received a complaint of narcotics activity in the same room.

The officers then made contact with the occupants of the room found to be Bingham and Williams. During the course of their investigation, approximately a half ounce of suspected marijuana was allegedly found in the possession of Bingham. In addition, a pair of brass knuckles was also recovered and is alleged to belong to Williams. Both men were placed under arrest without incident and transported to police headquarters.

Bingham was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. Williams was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon. Both men were released on their own recognizance. Bingham has an initial court appearance date of January 9, 2014 in the Fairfield municipal Court. Williams has the same initial court appearance date but in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against both men are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Cranford Man Arrested for Driving While Under the Influence

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Vincent Lombardozzi (55) of Cranford, N.J. for driving while under the influence on December 29, 2013. On that date, at approximately 12:28 A.M., Officers Jeffrey Didyk and Brad Ahern were travelling on Route 46 East when they allegedly observed a 2008 Hyundai travelling in excess of the posted 50 M.P.H. speed limit. As they followed the vehicle it is alleged that it did not maintain its lane. The officers then attempted to initiate a stop of the vehicle by activating their lights and then siren. The vehicle did not immediately pull over but finally stopped in front of the Kings Inn hotel in Wayne, N.J. on Route 46 East. Lombardozzi was found to be the driver of the vehicle.

During the course of the stop, the officers allegedly made observations that indicated Lombardozzi exhibited signs of intoxication. The officers then attempted to administer field sobriety tests; however Lombardozzi allegedly became agitated at which time he was placed under arrest. He was transported to police headquarters for breath testing and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

In addition to being charged with driving while intoxicated, Lombardozzi was also charged with driving while intoxicated within a school zone, speeding, careless driving and failure to wear a seatbelt. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of January 9, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Lombardozzi are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Fairfield Woman Arrested for Aggravated Assault

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jessica Rosewall (27) of Fairfield, N.J. on December 21, 2013, for aggravated assault and possession of a weapon. On that date, at approximately 12:09 A.M., Officer Gerald Veneziano was on patrol on Hollywood Avenue when he came upon a 32-year-old male that was walking in the middle of the street. When the officer checked on his welfare, he observed his face to be swollen and bleeding.

The victim stated that he initially had an argument with Rosewall while the pair was sitting in her car in the parking lot of the St. Thomas More Church. The victim alleges that Rosewall then punched him in the face. The victim further alleges that he then got out of the car and stood in front of it, at which time, Rosewall allegedly drove forward. The victim then rolled over the hood of the car and struck his head on the pavement. The victim was later transported to Mountainside Hospital for treatment.

Officers Stacy Chiarolanza and Steven Ptaszynski then responded to Rosewall’s residence where she was arrested without incident. In addition to the criminal charges, Rosewall was also charged with reckless driving. She was later released on her own recognizance pending an initial court appearance date in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on January 9, 2014. (It should be noted that the charges against Rosewall are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Driver of Car that Strikes Pole Arrested for DWI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of John Ciccire 2nd (23) of Pine Brook, N.J. for driving while under the influence on December 22, 2013. At approximately 11:42 P.M., Fairfield police officers were dispatched to a report of a single car motor vehicle crash near 109 Hollywood Avenue involving a car that struck a telephone pole. Officer Steven Ptaszinsky was the first officer to arrive and allegedly observed the front passenger side of a 2000 Ford Mustang against a telephone pole. The driver identified as Ciccire and a passenger were out of the car and not injured.

During the course of the investigation, the officer allegedly made some observations that indicated that Ciccire had consumed alcoholic beverages, which resulted in field sobriety testing being administered. As a result of the totality of the circumstances, Ciccire was arrested without incident and was transported to police headquarters for breath testing.

In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, he was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, careless driving and failure to maintain a lane. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with a pending initial court appearance date of January 2, 2014 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Morris County Pair Arrested for Suspected Heroin Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield police Department announces the arrest of Alexandra Mills (28) of Succasunna, N.J. and Stefanie Venditte (25) of Chester, N.J. for possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and hypodermic syringes on December 20, 2013. At approximately 10:16 A.M., Officers Christopher Nicholas and Sean McCormack were monitoring traffic on Route 46 West when the officers conducted a random license plate inquiry for a 2000 Buick Elantra. The results of the inquiry allegedly revealed that the registered owner had a suspended driver’s license. In addition, both occupants were allegedly not wearing seatbelts.

The officers initiated a traffic stop and it was learned that the driver was not the registered owner. However, during the course of the stop, the officers allegedly made observation relating to the condition of both occupants. It is further alleged that the occupants gave conflicting stories as to where they were coming from. Further investigation resulted in the discovery of (20) glassine folds believed to contain suspected heroin, along with hypodermic syringes. Both were arrested without incident. The pair were brought to the police station, processed and later released on their own recognizance. (It should be noted that the charges against the pair are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Fairfield Officers Save Life

Fairfield (NJ) On December 19. 2013, at approximately 2:08 P.M., Fairfield police officers were dispatched to Combat Athlete MMA, located at 333 Passaic Avenue, on a report of an unresponsive, 48 year old male, who was not breathing and had no pulse. When the officers arrived, three individuals at the facility had already started CPR.

At this point, Sergeants Paul Bowden and Daniel Dias, along with Officers Ian Rasmussen, Christopher Nicholas and Brad Ahern, took over the care of the victim. CPR was continued, along with the use of an Automated External Defibulator. The victim was then transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. where, as of today, he was in the Intensive Care Unit and listed in stable condition.

“It is without a doubt that this individual’s life was saved due first to the efforts of the three civilians that were present, and who immediately started CPR, as well as the continued efforts made by our officers” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna.

 

Prostitution Sting Nets Sixteen Arrests

Fairfield (NJ) A joint investigation conducted on December 18, 2013 by investigators from the Fairfield Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Essex, Hudson, Bergen and Morris County Prosecutor’s Offices, the New Jersey State Police, and Human Services, Roxbury, Hopatcong and Parsippany Police Departments resulted in the arrest of 16 individuals for prostitution-related charges. The investigation was part of the national “Innocence Lost” initiative whereby law enforcement personnel attempt to rescue individuals who are being forced to engage in prostitution and to vigorously prosecute those who traffic these individuals.

The following individuals were arrested and charged with either promoting prostitution, prostitution or both:

Valnasia Heagler (20) of Paterson, N.J., Linda Cruz (36) of Union City, N.J. Degni Gutierrez (43) of Queens, N.Y., Maria Garcia Del Rio (25) of North Bergen, N.J., Teelah Elhitu (26) of Raleigh, N.C., Marikett Cherry (31) of North Plainfield, N.J., Angela Miller (30) of Philadelphia, PA., Desmond Edwards (25) and Benjamin Idada (28) both of Irvington, N.J. and Juan Pena (24), Shontel Funderburk (30), Eloise Ortiz (19) Altarik Walker (35) Shante Robinson (27) of Newark, N.J. Regina Evans (19) all of Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against these individuals are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Argument Leads to Robbery and Assault Charges

Fairfield (NJ) What started out as a verbal altercation between a boyfriend and girlfriend ultimately led to the arrest of Matthew Velazquez (19) of Newark, N.J. for robbery and simple assault on December 15, 2013. At approximately 9:03 P.M., Sergeant Christopher Morgan and Officer Raymond Puluse were dispatched to Houlihans, located on Route 46 West, to investigate the incident.

It is alleged that, while in his car at Houlihans, Velazquez got into an argument with his girlfriend after he demanded that she provide him with money. The argument then turned physical and it is alleged that Velazquez repeatedly punched the victim and took her pocketbook. He left the scene prior to the officers arriving.

The 18 year old victim, whose name is being withheld, sustained minor injuries and refused medical attention. She was transported to police headquarters where officers continued their investigation and further assisted her with her rights under domestic violence guidelines.

While this was occurring, Officers Brian Sabatelli and Stacy Chiarolanza came upon Velazquez back at Houlihans where he was placed under arrest without incident. The victim’s pocketbook was recovered but her keys, driver’s license and paycheck were missing. After being charged, Velazquez was held in lieu of $5000.00 bail. (It should be noted that the charges against Velazquez are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

 

Car Crash Investigation Leads to Criminal Mischief and Motor Vehicle Charges

Fairfield (NJ) Robert Ober III (28) of Rockaway, N.J. has been charged with one count of criminal mischief and several motor vehicle complaints after police investigated a motor vehicle crash that occurred on Big Piece Road on December 14, 2013. On that date, at approximately 12:30 A.M., Fairfield police officers were dispatched to the area of 351 Big Piece Road on a report of a vehicle that had just struck a pole and had fled the scene.

Officer Christopher Hlubik was one of the first officers on the scene and discovered that the mailbox at 351 Big Piece Road had been struck and destroyed. There was also substantial damage to a tree located next to the mailbox. A witness at the scene observed a white pick-up truck travelling west on Big Piece Road, just after the accident occurred. Officers allegedly then followed a trail of fluid, in the fresh fallen snow, to the rear of 269 Big Piece Road where the officers allegedly found a white pick-up truck with extensive passenger side damage. The driver of the vehicle could not be located.

The investigation at the scene allegedly indicated that the suspect vehicle had first voluntarily left the roadway onto a snow-covered grassy area where the vehicle appeared to be deliberately trying to “fishtail”. The vehicle then allegedly left this grassy area, at which time, the motor vehicle crash occurred.

In addition to being charged with criminal mischief, he was also charged with the following motor vehicle summonses; failing to report an accident, leaving the scene of an accident, careless driving, reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane, unsafe vehicle and failure to keep right. He was given a January 2, 2014 initial court appearance date. (It should be noted that the charges against Ober are merely allegations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law) 

Special DWI Patrol Nets Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Brandon Chu (26) of Montville, N.J. for driving while intoxicated on December 14, 2013. On that date, at approximately 2:08 A.M., Officer Steven D’Argenio, who was assigned to the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide enforcement crackdown, was on Route 46 West and about to assist a disabled motorist on the shoulder of the roadway, when a 2002 Mercedes Benz passed his location almost striking the officer’s patrol unit. It is alleged that the vehicle appeared to be exceeding the posted speed limit of 50 M.P.H.

The vehicle was stopped and Chu found to be the driver. A roadside investigation was conduct, which included field sobriety testing. As a result, Chu was arrested for allegedly operating his vehicle while under the influence. His vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law and he was transported into headquarters for breath testing.

In addition to being charged with driving while under the influence, Chu was also charged with driving while intoxicated in a school zone, failure to maintain a lane and careless driving. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with a pending court date of December 19, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Chu are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Fairfield Police and Fire Departments Respond to Pier Lane House Fire

Fairfield (NJ) On December 15, 2013, at approximately 4:24 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a house fire at 105 Pier Lane. First responding police and fire units found the house fully involved with fire. The three occupants and one dog that were in the residence when the fire started were able to escape without injury. Assisting the Fairfield Fire Department with extinguishing the blaze were firefighters from the Little Falls, West Caldwell and North Caldwell Fire Departments. Two Fairfield firefighters, whose names are being withheld, were transported to St. Barnabas Medical Center, by the West Essex First Aid Squad. One had a minor burn to his neck and the other suffered scrapes to his arm.

According to the homeowner, one of the occupants of the house had been exercising on a treadmill which was located on the first floor. The individual then briefly went downstairs and when he returned to the first floor, the treadmill was allegedly on fire. Still, the exact cause of the fire is being investigated by the Fairfield Fire Prevention Bureau. 

 

Father-Stepdaughter Team Arrested for Shoplifting

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Tammi Luke (23) of Wayne, N.J. and her stepfather George Smith (50) of Lincoln Park, N.J. on December 11, 2013 at the Target store, located on Route 46 East. The incident that led to the pair’s arrest occurred at approximately 3:54 P.M. That is when the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by Target security and advised that they had a shoplifting incident that was in progress.

As officers arrived at the scene, Luke was already being detained by security officers after she allegedly attempted to push out a shopping cart containing baby formula without paying for it, valued at approximately $265.00. The security personnel advised the police officers that she was being assisted by a male who was still in the store. The officers allegedly found Smith in the food court area where he was detained for further investigation.

The investigation that followed allegedly revealed that Smith acted as a lookout for Luke. It also revealed that the pair had been in the store, earlier the same day at approximately 12:46 P.M. and allegedly stole approximately $331.00 worth of baby formula at that time. It also revealed that Luke was in the store on December 10, 2013, at approximately 8:15 A.M. and allegedly stole approximately $160.00 worth of baby formula.

Both suspects were placed under arrest without incident. It is further alleged that officers found hypodermic syringes and other drug paraphernalia in Luke’s possession, prior to being transported to police headquarters.

Luke was charged with shoplifting, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of hypodermic syringes. Smith was charged with conspiracy to commit shoplifting. Charges for the additional thefts are pending. Both were released on their own recognizance with a pending court date of December 19, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that they are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Target Employee Arrested for Theft of I-Phone

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Inser Silveira (24) of Bloomfield N.J. for theft which took place at the Target store, located on Route 46 East, on December 11, 2013. At the time of the arrest, Silveira was a store employee. It is alleged that Target loss prevention officers were informed that an I-Phone 5S box was discovered by the trash compactor near the loading dock of the store. A review of store surveillance video allegedly implicated Silveira in the theft.

Silveira was arrested and transported to police headquarters where he was charged and eventually released on his own recognizance. He was given an initial court appearance date of December 19, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

International Student found Unresponsive at Hotel

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department, along with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 16 year old Austrian student, at the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road on December 9, 2013. At approximately 8:28 AM, on that date, the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from the hotel reporting an unresponsive female who was found in a bathtub in a guest room. Efforts were made at the scene to revive the victim to no avail. She was transported to Chilton Hospital, in Pompton Plains, N.J. where she was pronounced dead at 9:10 A.M.  

The victim, whose identity is being withheld, had been residing with a host family in Canada and was at the hotel with other international students also staying with Canadian host families, as part of a tour group that had visited New York City.

The investigation of the incident is ongoing.

Fairfield Police Deploy Patrol Rifles

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department recently deployed Colt M-4 Commando rifles in their patrol vehicles after 12 officers completed qualifications with the weapon as mandated by the New Jersey Attorney General. The authorization to purchase the weapons came quickly from the Fairfield Governing Body after recent national tragedies revealed the use of automatic weapons by the suspects during many of the incidents.

“With the deployment of these weapons, Fairfield officers are now better prepared and better equipped to protect our citizens” said Chief Charles Voelker. “I would like to thank the Mayor and Council for providing us with this necessary equipment to help us in this endeavor” said the chief.  

Fairfield Police to Conduct Drunk Driving Enforcement Crackdown as Part of Statewide Campaign

Fairfield (NJ) Officers from the Fairfield Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the annual holiday season “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign.  Beginning December 6, 2013 and running through January 2, 2014, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

A concentrated national effort, the campaign helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools. “This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent," said Chief Charles Voelker.  “This initiative brings attention to the serious consequences of drunk driving and the grave danger those who choose to drink and drive pose to all who share the road with them” said the chief.

Last year in New Jersey, 19% of all motor vehicle fatalities were alcohol-related. Nationally, during the combined months of December in 2007-2011, there were 4,169 people killed in drunken driving crashes.

 Law enforcement agencies participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” 2013 Year End Holiday Statewide crackdown offer the following advice:

  • Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night where the activity is held.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life. 
  • Always buckle-up, every ride.  It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • If you are 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 or escort you to your doorstep.
  • Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.

Illinois Man Arrested for Alleged Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield police Department announces the arrest of Joseph Valentine (27) of Mound City, Illinois for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and for hindering his own apprehension on December 2, 2013. On that date, at approximately 1:37 A.M., Officers Frank Tracey and Steven D’Argenio stopped a 2013 Chevrolet Impala after a registration inquiry made on the vehicle’s Missouri license plates did not come back on file. During the course of the roadside investigation, the officers allegedly smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle.

Further investigation resulted in the alleged discovery of four plastic bags in the possession of Valentine. He was arrested without incident. It is alleged that Valentine initially told the officers that his first name was Gabriel, however, while being processed at police headquarters, the officers allegedly discovered a driver’s license in Valentine’s sock that identified his first name as Joseph.

Valentine was charged and later released on his own recognizance pending a December 5, 2013 court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Valentine are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Two Fairfield Residents Arrested After Diner Incident

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Anthony Fernicola (27) and Anthony Angelo (28) both of Fairfield N.J. on December 1, 2013. Fernicola was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstructing the administration of law. Angelo was charged with driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a breath test, and driving under the influence within a school zone.

The incident that gave rise to the arrests started at 2:33 A.M. at the Versailles Diner, located on Route 46 East. Fairfield police were dispatched to this location on a report of a fight that was in progress. Initial arriving officers discovered that an altercation had taken place between two groups of individuals. Management of the diner allegedly directed the officers to a group of four individuals who they described as being the individuals who had started the altercation and requested the police remove them from the diner. This group allegedly consisted of Fernicola and Angelo.

It is alleged that both individuals appeared to the officers to be highly intoxicated, with Fernicola being defiant and disruptive during the entire incident and not complying with the instructions of the officers, resulting in his arrest. It is alleged that Angelo and two other individuals were picked up at the diner by individuals who were not present or intoxicated.

At approximately 8:00 A.M., it is alleged that Angelo drove to the Fairfield Police Department to register a complaint about the officers from the incident occurring several hours earlier. While the officers attempted to gather the information needed to facilitate a professional standards complaint, it was apparent that Angelo was still exhibiting signs of intoxication. The officers attempted to conduct field sobriety testing, however Angelo refused to cooperate. He was then placed under arrest and later requested to submit a breath sample which he allegedly refused to provide.

Both individuals were later released on their own recognizance. Both have a pending court appearance date, in the Fairfield Municipal Court, on December 5, 2013. Angelo’s complaint regarding the officers’ actions is being forwarded to the Professional Standards Unit of the Fairfield Police Department for investigation. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Investigation Uncovers Stolen Plastic Totes

Fairfield (NJ) A two month joint investigation, undertaken by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Fairfield Police Department relating to the theft of plastic totes, commonly used to ship food products and other retail items, is continuing after both agencies jointly executed search warrants at two Fairfield warehouse facilities and one Englewood Cifffs residence.

On November 19, 2013, law enforcement officials executed search warrants at Farmplast, located at 5 Washington Avenue, Fairfield, Adali Plastics, located at 40 Pier Lane West in Fairfield and at a Charlotte Place, Englewood Cliffs residence that is associated with Farmplast. Allegedly found at both facilities, were a voluminous amount of stolen plastic totes and plastic pallets, belonging to such companies as Rite Aid, CVS, Bimbo Bakeries, Pepsi Cola and Walgreens to name only a few. Even plastic pallets belonging to the United States Postal Service were recovered. Most if not all of the stolen plastic items were marked with the rightful owner’s company name on them and an advisement against their unauthorized use or theft. Conservative estimates put the value of the recovered stolen property at or near $100,000.   

It is alleged that before and throughout the course of the investigation, both facilities continuously received stolen plastic totes and other plastic items, around the clock, from a variety of individuals who were engaged in stealing them from various store locations in New York and New Jersey. After the stolen totes were received at the warehouse, it is alleged they would be ground up and new totes manufactured that both companies would then sell for profit.

Even while Fairfield police were securing the facilities after the search warrants were executed, four separate trucks, allegedly containing stolen totes, were stopped as they arrived at both locations. Arrested and charged with receiving stolen property were Fernando Marzan (20), Elvis Fermin (20), Armando DeDios (29), Luis Hernandez (24), Michael Malave (19), Victor Tejada Jr. (25) all of Paterson, N.J., Richard Ferreria (32) of Haledon, N.J. and Alfredo DeDios (53) of Hackensack, N.J.

According to industry experts who brought the case to the attention of law enforcement and who assisted them throughout the investigation, this activity costs the retail industry millions of dollars each year nationwide. Charges against Farmplast and Adali principles are pending.

 

 

 

Subject of Police Shooting Identified

Fairfield (NJ) Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray is reporting additional information with regards to last evening’s police related shooting in Fairfield, NJ. The suspect has been identified as Jeffery Harris, (46) of Lafayette, N.J. He is currently in stable condition under police guard at St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson.  He is being treated for a single graze gunshot wound to the forehead. Harris has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault on each police officer, possession of a weapon (his vehicle), possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and eluding police. There has been a $100,000 bail placed on him.

The involved officers have been released from the hospital and are assigned to administrative duty by Deputy Chief Anthony Manna until the completion of the investigation.

During last night’s incident one of the Fairfield marked police vehicles were rammed by the suspect's vehicle while eluding the officers. The police vehicle, along with a second marked patrol car, was impounded by the prosecutor's office as part of the investigation.

As the suspect eluded and drove westbound across a grassy median into the eastbound lane at the officers, one officer (10 year veteran) fired four shots from his weapon. The suspect was struck one time. One bullet did strike a fixed object in a nearby gas station. There were no other injuries.

The investigation is ongoing including the suspect driving while under the influence. There will be no additional information given out regarding this investigation, however Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Public Information Officer Katherine Carter will release to the press late tomorrow a date of the arraignment.

Fairfield Police Officer Shoots Driver of a Pickup Truck that Tried to Run Him Down.

Fairfield (NJ) Acting Essex County ProsecutorCarolyn Murray and Fairfield Police Chief Charles Voelker Jr. are reporting an officer involved shooting at 5:30 p.m. this evening in the Township. Minutes before the incident, a concerned driver contacted the Fairfield Police Department and reported a driver of a Ford pickup truck who was driving erratic and appeared to be a drunk driver.

The concerned driver was able to approach the pickup truck at Route 46 West and Plymouth Street and attempted to remove the keys and the driver. It was at that point the Fairfield police arrived. As the officers were investigating the incident, the driver put the truck in gear and rammed a Fairfield marked police car. He then backed up and drove over a grassy median driving in the direction of the police officer. The officer, having no avenue of escape, fired his weapon at the suspect striking him once in the head.

The suspect is a 46 year old Morris County resident whose name will be released after family members are notified. He was airlifted by the New Jersey State Police to Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, N.J.  where the suspect is listed in critical but stable condition. A blood sample was taken from the suspect at the hospital by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. There were no other occupants in the suspect’s vehicle.

The Fairfield police officer is a 10 year veteran. The officer was taken to a hospital and evaluated. (The officer’s name will not be released for security reasons).

There were several witnesses who gave consistent statements of the account. The incident is under investigation by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes and Professional Standards Bureau as well as the Fairfield Police Department.

The suspect has been placed under arrested by the Fairfield police (the charges will be given tomorrow along with the suspect’s name).

Toll Terrace Burglary Suspect Arrested

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Richard Penkoski Jr (37) of Fairfield, N.J. for burglary and theft on November 7, 2013. On November 3, 2013, the Fairfield police responded to a Toll Terrace residence to investigate a report of a burglary and theft. At that time, the victim reported that while they were out of state, unknown actor(s) illegally entered their garage and stole two plastic water bottles containing loose change.

An investigation conducted by Detective Sergeant Charles Zampino and Detective Michael Nyhuis resulted in information being obtained that Penkoski, a resident of Little Falls Road, was allegedly observed in the garage while the victims were away. It is further alleged that the victims did not authorize him to be there.

Penkoski was arrested on November 7, 2013 after coming to police headquarters to meet with the investigators. He was charged at that time with the crimes. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a court date in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Motor Vehicle Crash Results in DWI Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Linda Towey Krayton (57) of West Caldwell, N.J. for driving while under the influence on November 10, 2013. On that date, at approximately 4:39 P.M., Officers Christopher Nicholas and Steve D’Argenio were dispatched to the area of Madison Road and Route 46 West, in order to investigate a single car motor vehicle crash.

Upon the officers’ arrival, they allegedly found a 2010 Ford Focus, on Madison Road, that sustained heavy front-end damage. The operator of the vehicle was found to be Towey Krayton. Investigation of the crash indicated that when Towey Krayton was attempting to turn onto Madison Road from Route 46 West, she struck a concrete triangle median divider located at the intersection.

As the officers’ continued their investigation, they allegedly observed Towey Krayton to be displaying signs of intoxication, which resulted in field sobriety tests being administered. She was eventually placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for breath testing.

In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, she was also charged with driving while under the influence in a school zone and careless driving. She was eventually released on her own recognizance pending a court 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 proven guilty in a court of law)

Two Paterson Men Arrested for Alleged Cocaine Possession in Hotel Parking Lot

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is announcing the arrest of Shaquille Edwards (18) and Tinache Sumblin (20) both of Paterson, N.J. for possession of a controlled dangerous substance on November 9, 2013. On that date, at approximately 12:07 P.M., Officer Steven Ptaszynski was on patrol in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, when he observed two males allegedly acting suspiciously in and around a 2004 Infinity.

Further investigation revealed the discovery of a plastic bag containing suspected cocaine from within the vehicle. Both individuals were placed under arrest without incident and transported to police headquarters. Both men were eventually released on their own recognizance with a pending court date of November 20, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Kearny Man Arrested for Suspected DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael Nash (62) of Kearny, N.J. for driving under the influence on November 4, 2013. On that date, at approximately 9:41 P.M., Officer Jeffrey Dean allegedly observed a 1987 Chevrolet traveling west on Route 46 having difficulty maintaining a single lane. The officer conducted a check on the vehicle’s registration which resulted in the discovery that the registered owner had a suspended New Jersey license. As a result the vehicle was stopped on Hollywood Avenue. The driver was identified as Nash, the registered owner.

The officer conducted a roadside investigation which included the administering of field sobriety testing. As a result, Nash was placed under arrest without incident and his vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. Nash was transported to police headquarters for breath testing.

In addition to the driving under the influence charge, Nash was also charged with operating a motor vehicle while his license was suspended, having an open container of an alcoholic beverage in his vehicle and failing to maintain a lane. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with a pending court date of November 14, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Nash are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Morris Plains Woman Arrested for Suspected DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Cheryl Meekins (55) of Morris Plains, N.J. for driving under the influence on November 3, 2013. On that date, at approximately 12:22 A.M., Officers John McGrory and Brad Ahern were running radar on Passaic Avenue. The officers’ attention was allegedly drawn to a 1993 Saab that was traveling southbound and in excess of the posted speed limit of 45 MPH. The vehicle was eventually stopped in West Caldwell.

The officers conducted a roadside investigation which included field sobriety testing. As a result, Meekins was placed under arrest without incident and transported to police headquarters for breath testing.. Her vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

In addition to the driving while under the influence charge, Meekins was also charged with speeding, careless driving and failure to maintain a lane. She was eventually released on her own recognizance with a pending court date of November 14, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Meekins are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

North Caldwell Man Arrested for Suspected DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield police Department announces the arrest of Gary Falzarano (46) of North Caldwell, N.J. for driving under the influence on October 31, 2013. On that date, at approximately 2:39 A.M., Sergeant David Proctor was conducting the nightly check of liquor-licensed establishments within the Township, to assure they are complying with local ordinance requirements relating to closing times.

While checking Neko’s Tavern, located on Little Falls Road, the officer allegedly observed a 2003 Ford pick up truck that had apparently been driven off of the edge of the parking lot and was now stuck in the dirt. The truck’s frame was now touching the ground. The officer observed Falzarano sitting inside of the vehicle.

Investigation at the scene resulted in Falzarano being arrested for allegedly operating his vehicle while under the influence. His vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law and he was transported to police headquarters for chemical breath testing. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence he was also charged with careless driving. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with a pending court date of November 14, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Falzarano are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Fairfield Police Arrest Bicycle Thief

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Rayvaughn Toney-el (18) of East Orange, N.J. for the theft on October 30, 2013.

On August 29, 2013, at approximately 5:00 P.M., the Fairfield police were contacted and advised that an African American male had just stolen a BMX bicycle that was in front of a house on Clinton Road. Officers were dispatched to the area but the suspect and bicycle were gone.

On October 19, 2013, at approximately 5:00 P.M., it is alleged that this same African American male was observed on Matt Drive handling a bicycle. This individual was confronted and eventually left the area. The police were called and the actor again evaded detection. However, this time, witnesses observed the actor to be wearing a shirt from a local business known as College Hunks Hauling Junk, located on Commerce Road.

On October 30, 2013, detectives responded to the Commerce Road business and identified Toney-el as a person of interest in the case. He was eventually brought to the Fairfield Police Department, where further investigation resulted in him being charged with the theft. Toney-el was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a November 13, 2013 court appearance date in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charge against Toney-el is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Fairfield Police Investigate Henning Drive Burglary

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a burglary that occurred at a residence located on Henning Drive. The burglary allegedly took place in a twenty-four hour period from October 29-30, 2013. Unknown actor(s) gained entry to the home by smashing the window of a rear door. The master bedroom was ransacked and at press time, it was unclear what, if anything had been stolen.

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

 

Brooklyn Man Arrested for Alleged Shoplifting and Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Ryan Nelson (30) of Brooklyn, N.Y. for shoplifting, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on October 25, 2013. On that date, at approximately 5:50 P.M., Fairfield police were contacted by Target security regarding an alleged shoplifter that they were detaining. Officer Jeffrey Dean was the first to arrive and took custody of Nelson, who allegedly shoplifted various electronic items by placing them in a Target shopping bag and then walking out of the store without paying for the items. The merchandise involved was valued at approximately $430.00.

Investigation led officers to a 2003 Toyota Camry that was owned by Nelson. They allegedly recovered a small quantity of marijuana and some drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. Nelson was eventually released on his own recognizance with a pending court date of November 7, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against Nelson are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Fairfield Police Receive 23 Pounds of Unwanted Prescription Medications during Operation Take Back

Fairfield (NJ) On October 26, 2013, the Fairfield Police Department participated in the “Operation Take Back” program, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. During the course of the day, approximately 23 pounds of unwanted prescription medications were turned by the public. “Very often, these medications can fall into the hands of others who then end up abusing them” said Chief Charles Voelker. “I’m glad that the public took advantage of this opportunity to safely dispose of these potential hazards in their homes” said the chief.

West Caldwell Woman Arrested for Suspected Drunk Driving

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Denise Piersanti (57) of West Caldwell, N.J. for driving while under the influence on October 19, 2013. On that date, at approximately12:09 A.M., Officer Raymond Puluse allegedly observed a 2006 Cadillac, operated by Piersanti, disregard a red traffic signal at the intersection of Fairfield Road and Hollywood Avenue. Further investigation, which included standard field sobriety testing, resulted in her arrest without incident. She was taken to police headquarters where breath testing was conducted.

In addition to the driving while under the influence she was also charged with driving while under the influence in a school zone, failure to observe a traffic control device and careless driving. She was released on her own recognizance with a pending court date of October 24, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Area Broadcast Results in DWI Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Timothy Hughes (28) of Fairfield, N.J. for driving while under the influence on October 19, 2013. On that date, at approximately 2:48 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department monitored a regional broadcast by the Little Falls Police Department reporting a possible intoxicated driver operating a beige GMC Envoy on Route 46 West.

Based upon this information, Officer Frank Tracey observed a vehicle matching the description. The officer followed the vehicle and allegedly observed some erratic driving actions to include signaling to exit the highway at locations where there were no exit ramps and braking sporadically for no apparent reason. The vehicle was then stopped on Madison Road and found to be operated by Hughes. After conducting a roadside investigation, Hughes was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence and transported to headquarters for breath testing.

In addition to the charge of driving under the influence, Hughes was also charged with driving while under the influence in a school zone and careless driving. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an initial court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court on October 24, 2013. (It should be noted that the charges against Hughes are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Target Shoplifting Suspect Resists Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Isaah Edmond (2) of Newark, N.J. for shoplifting and resisting arrest on October 18, 2013 at the Target store, located on Route 46 East. On that date, at approximately 3:15 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department were contacted by members of Target security and advised that they believed they were witnessing a shoplifting that was in progress. All available units were dispatched to the area.

As officers arrived, Target security provided a description of the suspect, later identified as Edmond, and advised that he allegedly had left the store with merchandise he did not pay for and was now in the parking lot. Lieutenant Peter Pollack, Detective Sergeant Charles Zampino, Sergeant Paul Bowden and Officers Steven D'Argenio, Ian Rasmussen, John McGrory, and Christopher Andrews all converged on Edmond who the began to flee on foot. He was apprehended after a short foot pursuit.

It is alleged that the merchandise recovered included a storage tub and three sets of headphones, The value of the merchandise was approximately $550.00. After processing, investigation revealed that Edmond had outstanding arrest warrants in several New Jersey jurisdictions to include Burlington, Delran, Willingboro, Moorestown and Cherry Hill. In addition, Edmond remains the suspect in three separate shoplifting incidents at Target dating back to August 2013. (It should be noted that the charges against Edmond are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Fairfield Police and Fire Departments Rescue Boater Having Medical Emergency

Fairfield (NJ) On October 13, 2013, at approximately 10:11 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by a third party reporting that a 50 year old Fairfield resident was boating on the Passaic River and was allegedly having a diabetic emergency. The boater was not able to determine his whereabouts on the river. Police, fire and EMS units were dispatched to the area but could not locate the victim from the shore line. The Fairfield Fire Department launched a rescue boat and the victim was eventually found and brought to the shore line where he was treated by the Little Falls First Aid Squad and a paramedic unit. The victim declined transportation to the hospital

 

Warrant Arrest Leads to Marijuana Discovery

Fairfield (NJ) On October 10, 2013, at approximately 3:12 P.M., Officer Thomas Myers was monitoring traffic on Fairfield Road. He then conducted a random license plate inquiry of a 2003 Jaguar that passed his location. The results of the inquiry indicated that the driver’s license for the registered owner was suspended and that the driver was also wanted by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department.

The officer then initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle and determined that the driver, identified as Francisco Veras (32) of Paterson, N.J., was in fact the registered owner. Veras was placed under arrest without incident. Investigation of the front seat passenger, identified as Erik Banks (33) of Paterson, N.J. revealed that he had an active arrest warrant issued by the Elmwood Park Municipal Court. He was placed under arrest without incident.

It is alleged that while processing Banks, officers discovered a grinder which allegedly contained suspected marijuana. Banks was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was given an initial court appearance date of October 17, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. He was eventually turned over to the custody of the Elmwood Park Police Department.

Veras was charged with driving while suspended, having a suspended registration, failure to produce a valid insurance card and uninsured vehicle. He was eventually turned over to the custody of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Report of Suspicious Person Leads to Warrant Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Doremus Williams (48) of Boonton, N.J. for hindering apprehension on October 9, 2013. On that date, at approximately 3:55 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a report of a suspicious male in the area of Glenroy Road South that was apparently going door to door, looking for gasoline. Police were immediately dispatched to the area. Officer John McGrory found the individual, later identified as Williams, near the intersection of Glenroy Road South and Nell Court.

Williams allegedly told the officer that he had run out of gas and was looking for assistance. He also allegedly denied having any identification and provided the officer with his name and a date of birth that was later found to be fraudulent. Investigation revealed that Williams had active arrest warrants issued by the Morristown and Englewood Municipal Courts. He was placed under arrest. Officers then proceeded on to Route 80 and allegedly found Williams’ vehicle on the shoulder with an expired temporary New Jersey registration.  The vehicle was impounded.

In addition to the hindering apprehension charge, Williams was also charged with driving while suspended, being an unlicensed driver, unregistered vehicle and failing to notify change of address. He was released into the custody of the Morristown Police Department. Williams is scheduled to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court on October 17, 2013 to answer the charges. (It should be noted that the charges against Williams are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Announces New York Area K-9 Grants

The following press release was issued by the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 10, 2013

 Pittsburgh, PA – Today, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl Quarterback and Findlay, OH native, Ben Roethlisberger, announced the second and third grants of the 2013-14 season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund. The Foundation will be distributing grants to the Fort Lee Police Department just north of New York City and the Fairfield Police Department, northwest of the City and the stadium where the Steelers will play the Jets on Sunday, October 13.

Fort Lee PD will apply the grant funds to purchase a new K-9 dog for their unit while the Fairfield Police plan to use the funds to properly outfit a K-9 vehicle with a rear seat insert, automatic door opening system and fan, all for the dog’s safety.

During the 2013-14 NFL season, The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will be distributing grants to K-9 units of police and fire departments in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers. The Foundation will also distribute several grants to the Pittsburgh area and will consider a grant to a non-NFL market city in the United States for each playoff game in which the Steelers compete. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation invited police and fire departments across the country to submit proposals detailing their needs.

This marks the seventh season that the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has distributed grants to K-9 units. The mission of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is to support K-9 units of police and fire departments throughout the United States with a particular emphasis on support for service dogs in Pittsburgh, PA. Roethlisberger and the Foundation also strive to support Make-A-Wish.

The Foundation distributed more than $135,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2012 NFL season and has distributed in excess of $950,000 since 2007.

Fort Lee Police Chief Keith Bendul said, “The Fort Lee Police Department is honored to be the recipient of the Roethlisberger Foundation grant. This grant will enable Fort Lee to expand our K-9 unit and enhance the safety of our community through proactive patrols which combat drugs and criminal activity.”

Fairfield Police Chief Charles Voelker added, “The challenges to protect our citizens have greatly increased over the last decade in so many ways. The funds provided to the Fairfield Police Department by the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will serve as the final component necessary to allow us to implement a K-9 unit at no expense to the taxpayers. In doing so, it will greatly increase the level of protection and service we provide to our community and the surrounding communities.”

In commenting on why the mission of the foundation is so important to him, Roethlisberger said, “We’re very fortunate to be in the position that we are able to help these K-9 units. The work that is performed by the dogs and their handlers as well as the bond that is formed is incredible. We’re just thrilled to do our small part.”

For more information about the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation or The Giving Back Fund, please contact Stephanie Sandler or visit www.bigben7.com or www.givingback.org.

About Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger is in his ninth season as quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and already has secured his place in the record books. At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, he is aptly referred to as Big Ben, and has become known for big performances and a humble approach. Roethlisberger is one of only 10 starting quarterbacks to win two or more Super Bowls. In 2009, he led the Steelers to a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Tampa with a thrilling touchdown pass in the final seconds. In 2006, Roethlisberger became the youngest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl, defeating the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Detroit. Roethlisberger was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2012, and already holds most of the passing records for the Steelers. He is the only quarterback to lead his team to the conference championship game in each of his first two seasons. He was the unanimous Rookie of the Year in 2004, breaking Dan Marino’s rookie records for completion percentage and passer rating, and was the first quarterback in NFL history to compile a 13-0 regular season record as a rookie.

Roethlisberger was raised in Findlay, OH and was a three-sport star at Findlay High School. He went on to set nearly every quarterback record at Miami University (Ohio) prior to foregoing his senior season and becoming the 11th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2004 NFL Draft. Roethlisberger resides near Pittsburgh with his wife Ashley, son Benjamin and his two dogs, Zeus and Hercules.

 About The Giving Back Fund

The Giving Back Fund (GBF) is a national public charity that creates and professionally manages charitable foundations and other philanthropic programs for athletes, entertainers, business entrepreneurs, and corporations. Since our founding in 1997, GBF has created an important niche in expanding and diversifying philanthropy, particularly among young people, women and people of color. Our unique structure allows donors to direct more of their charitable dollars to causes they care about and less to administrative overhead. To date, The Giving Back Fund has provided philanthropic consulting, management and programming to more than 200 athletes, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and other high net worth individuals. GBF has overseen the distribution of more than $30,000,000 in charitable grants within the United States and other countries, and has developed dozens of unique scholarship, mentoring, medical, arts, and other philanthropic programs. For additional information, please visit www.givingback.org.

Contacts:
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The Giving Back Fund                                                     REP 1 Sports Group
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Fairfield Police and Fire Departments Respond to Various Weather-Related Emergencies

Fairfield (NJ) On October 7, 2013, between 3:00 P.M. and 6:45 P.M., the Fairfield police and fire departments responded to six separate emergencies, each of which may have had some if not all attributable to the prevailing weather that passed through the Township at that time.

The first calls occurred at approximately 3:15 P.M. reporting power lines down at 66 Passaic Avenue and 1 Washington Avenue. At both locations, power lines came down on vehicles that were parked in each parking lot. The area was secured and PSE&G notified.

At approximately 3:19 P.M., officers responded to 16 Kennedy Drive on a report of a large tree that had fallen. Although the tree reportedly brushed against the residence, there was apparently no damage.

At approximately 5:47 P.M., officers responded to a motor vehicle accident near Route 46 and Clinton Road wherein one person was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, N.J.

At approximately 6:43 P.M., Fairfield police and fire units responded to a utility pole that was apparently on fire near 80 Little Falls Road. Responding units found no fire but electricity to the building was shut off and PSE&G notified.

The most substantial incident taking place during this time period relative to resources and duration was a motor vehicle crash occurring in front of 10 Dwight Place that began at 4:55 P.M.. A box truck apparently left the roadway, severing a utility pole and fire hydrant. The truck came to rest just off the roadway with the utility pole resting on its roof. The lone driver was not injured. Further examination of the scene revealed that the truck was leaking diesel fuel into a storm drain, which resulted in the Nutley Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Unit having to respond to control and clean up the spill. The crash is still under investigation and police are still not sure what, if any role the weather played. As of 11:00 A.M. on October 8th, police personnel were still on scene while PSE&G personnel made the required repairs.

 A TRUCK LEFT THE ROADWAY ON DWIGHT PLACE STRIKING A UTILITY POLE AND FIRE HYDRANT

Unregistered Vehicle Leads to Drug Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Todd Fleming 2nd (23) of Roselle, N.J. and Chaniece Higgs (22) of Newark, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance on October 7, 2013.

On that date, at approximately 1:04 P.M., Officer John McGrory observed a 2000 blue Dodge Neon traveling on Fairfield Road allegedly with no front license plate displayed. The officer conducted a registration inquiry for the vehicle, which resulted in it being discovered that the vehicle’s registration was expired. The officer then initiated a traffic stop in the parking lot of McDonalds.

The officer approached the vehicle and found Higgs to be the operator and Fleming to be the passenger. Higgs allegedly produced both an expired registration and insurance card. During his course of interaction with Higgs, the officer allegedly smelled a pungent odor of marijuana. Further investigation led to the alleged discovery of suspected marijuana and related paraphernalia. Both individuals were placed under arrest without incident and the vehicle was impounded.

In addition to the criminal charges, Higgs was also charged with unclear plates, unregistered vehicle, failure to produce a valid insurance card and possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Both individuals were released on their own recognizance pending an October 10, 2013 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 proven guilty in a court of law)

Cedar Knolls Woman Arrested for Suspected DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Ashley Sierbinski (23) of Cedar Knolls, N.J. for driving while under the influence on October 6, 2013. On that date, at approximately 3:08 A.M., Officer Christopher Nicholas was on patrol on Route 46 West when he allegedly observed a 2009 black Nissan traveling west, having difficulty maintaining its lane. The officer initiated a motor vehicle stop and found Sierbinski as the operator.

Based upon the officer’s observation, he conducted field sobriety testing which ultimately led to Sierbinski’s arrest. Her vehicle was impounded under New Jersey’s John’s Law provisions and she was transported to police headquarters for breath testing. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, she was also charged with DWI in a school zone, failure to maintain a lane, careless driving and failure to keep right. She was eventually released on her own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on October 10, 2013. (It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Fairfield Police Helps Promote 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, 2013, 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. Although New Jersey has managed to celebrate the last two Put the Brakes on Fatalities Days (October 10, 2011 & 2012) without tragedy, it will take the combined vigilance of all roadway users to accomplish this feat for the third consecutive year.

To support this effort, the Fairfield Police will increase enforcement efforts and promote the day .

Last year in New Jersey, 589 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle-related crashes, down from 627 in 2011.  The decline continues a downward trend in motor vehicle fatalities, highlighted by 2010 which had the lowest number of recorded motor vehicle deaths in the State since the 1940s.

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

 

 

Morning Motor Vehicle Crash Leads to DUI Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joseph Kavlick (56) of Kearny, N.J. for driving while under the influence on September 25, 2013. On that date, at approximately 10:50 A.M., Officers Brian Sabatelli and Brian Holzmann were dispatched to the area of Commerce Road and Plymouth Street, to investigate a driver having a possible medical emergency.

Upon arrival, the officers allegedly observed a 2000 Dodge Durango on the lawn belonging to the Fairfield Fire Department. The vehicle was still running and in drive when the officers arrived and the lone driver, identified as Kavlick, was initially found to be unresponsive but then allegedly came around. It is alleged that the officers found eight cold cans of beer in the vehicle, with three of the cans being emptied. Kavlick was then transported by ambulance to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson in police custody.

He was eventually charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, driving under the influence in a school zone, consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, driving while suspended and careless driving. (It should be noted that these charges are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Officers D’Argenio and McCormack are Latest Additions to Fairfield’s Force

Fairfield (NJ) Chief Charles Voelker is pleased to announce the hiring of probationary police officers Steven D’Argenio and Sean McCormack. Both officers were sworn in at the September 23, 2013 meeting of the Fairfield Mayor and Council.

Officer D’Argenio is a 2003 graduate of Fair Lawn High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 2008-2012, with three overseas deployments including one tour of duty in Afghanistan. He most recently graduated in Class #13-1 of the Essex County College Police Academy as an alternate route candidate. Officer D’Argenio is married with one son. He is currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree through the University of Phoenix.

Officer McCormack is a 1998 graduate of Bergenfield High School. He served in the United States Army from 2005-2010, with a 15 month deployment in Iraq. Officer McCormack is also a graduate of Essex County College Police Academy Class #13-1 as an alternate route candidate.

“These new officers have displayed a dedicated commitment to our country by their service in the armed forces, a similar commitment to becoming police officers by putting themselves through the police academy at their own expense and I am absolutely sure they will bring this same level of commitment to the citizens of Fairfield” said Chief Charles Voelker. “ I am very happy that they joined our Fairfield police family” said the chief.

Both officers will begin an extensive field training program lasting anywhere from 8-12 weeks. They will then begin patrolling Fairfield on their own sometime in early December.

  

 

Marijuana Recovered during Motor Vehicle Crash Investigation

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Clay Hillman (34) of Monroe, N.Y. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on September 22, 2013. At approximately 2:38 P.M., on that date, Officer Frank Tracey was dispatched to a two car motor vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of Two Bridges Road and the Route 80 East entrance ramp.

During the course of the investigation, the officer detected an odor of marijuana on the clothing of Hillman; a passenger in one of the vehicle’s involved in the crash. It is alleged that Hillman informed the officer that he smoked marijuana earlier in the day but that he was no longer in possession of any at this time. Still, the officer continued his investigation which ultimately led to the alleged discovery of a small quantity of marijuana and a hidden New Jersey driver’s license on Hillman. He was placed under arrest without incident. It was later discovered that Hillman had an active arrest warrant issued by the Bergen County Superior Court.

After being charged with the marijuana possession, Hillman was turned over to the custody of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department. He is scheduled to have an initial court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court on September 26, 2013 for the Fairfield charges. (It should be noted that the charges against Hillman are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Motor Vehicle Accident Leads to DUI and Narcotics Possession Charges

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jyoti Kumra (24) of Passaic, N.J. for driving under the influence, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and hindering apprehension on September 20, 2103.

At approximately 7:04 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a car that had struck a utility pole near 98 Clinton Road. Officers Frank Tracey and Raymond Puluse were the first to arrive and observed a 2005 Hyundai Elantra, allegedly operated by Kumra, against a utility pole. During the course of the accident investigation, the officers allegedly observed several indicators that Kumra was under the influence. Field sobriety testing was conducted which ultimately led to her arrest without incident. At the scene officers allegedly recovered suspected marijuana and a Xanax pill from her person. She was then transported her to police headquarters.

Upon arriving at headquarters, it is alleged that the officers recovered suspected heroin packets in the rear seat of their police car where Kumra was seated. During her processing and also during her confinement, it is alleged that the officers recovered additional packets containing suspected heroin.

After being charged, Kumra was released on her own recognizance pending an initial court appearance date of October 2, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. Kumar was transported by ambulance from the police station to an area hospital as a precautionary measure. (It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Four Individuals Arrested after Fleeing Gas Station

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Boubacar Diallo (62), Fritz Lazare (38), Jean Cotard (37) all of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Rubens Dubuisson (42) of Philadelphia, PA., for causing or risking widespread injury or damage. In addition Diallo is also being charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and using a vehicle as a weapon.

The incident that gave rise to the charges began on September 18, 2013 at approximately 12:29 A.M. It was at that time that Officers John McGrory and Jeffrey Dean spotted a suspicious condition at the Valero gas station, located at 650 Route 46 East that was similar to an incident reported in the media concerning individuals who were operating vans and filling up gas cans and 55 gallon drums, using bogus credit cards. In this case, the officers allegedly observed two white vans at the Valero pumps that appeared to the officers to be doing the same thing.

When the officers approached the individuals to investigate, it is alleged that Dubuisson fled from the officers on foot. He was pursued by Officers McGrory and Dean and apprehended a short time later in the Target parking lot. At this same time, the vans both fled the gas station. It is further alleged that a 2007Ford Econoline van, being operated by Diallo, attempted to exit onto Route 46 East and then deliberately rammed a Fairfield police unit being operated by Sergeant Christopher Morgan. The van became disabled and it is alleged that Diallo fled on foot. He was later apprehended by Sergeant Morgan. While checking this van, officers allegedly found Lazare in the rear of it and he was taken into custody.

A radio broadcast to area police regarding the second white van that apparently successfully fled the area was made which resulted in an officer from the Montville Police Department spotting the vehicle near Plymouth Street in Fairfield. The van was allegedly being operated by Cotard who was also taken into custody without incident. All four men were taken to the Fairfield Police Department. Assisting the Fairfield Police Department were officers from the Montville, North Caldwell and West Caldwell Police Departments.

It is alleged that the suspects had approximately (45) Visa and/or American Express gift cards, ranging in $50-$100 denominations in their possession. The origin of these cards is still under investigation. All of the suspects were still being held at the Fairfield Police Department at press time.

Authorities allege that both vans were found to contain over 600 gallons of gasoline that were contained in mostly 5 gallon plastic containers or 55 gallon plastic drums. The vans were towed to the Fairfield Municipal Complex and remain at this location. The Nutley Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Unit and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Agency were contacted to supervise the safe off-loading of the gasoline.

“This was a phenomenal piece of police work by two very observant and knowledgeable police officers which ultimately led to the arrest of these individuals and safeguarded the public from harm” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. (It should be noted that the charges against these individuals are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Former Employee Charged with Theft after Mount Airy Stay

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jill Norton (22) of Lake Hiawatha, N.J. on September 10, 2013 for a theft that occurred in May of 2013 at Lennox Industries, located at 4 Gardner Road in Fairfield.

Representatives of the company met with Detective Robert Sanger, after having conducted an internal company investigation that revealed that former employee Norton, allegedly stole $8411.00. The investigation revealed that, in May of 2013, Norton allegedly charged a three night stay at Mount Airy Hotel and Casino in Pennsylvania, totaling approximately $911.00, to her corporate credit card, which was not authorized or related to any business expense.

The investigation further revealed that the remaining $7500.00 that was allegedly stolen by Norton related to a sales transaction in which Norton was alleged to have sold HVAC merchandise to a customer,  allegedly doctored the sales information in the company’s computer system, and then pocketed the cash. The internal investigation was prompted after this same customer went to return some of the merchandise and company officials could not find a record of the transaction.

Norton was released on her own recognizance and given an initial court appearance date of September 25, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charge against Norton is merely an allegation and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Small Fire Occurs at Globe Motor Car Company

Fairfield (NJ) On September 12, 2013, at approximately 5:44 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from employees at Globe Motor Car Company, located at 1230 Bloomfield Avenue, reporting a fire inside of their used car building. The Fairfield Fire Department was dispatched and found a small fire in the ladies restroom that apparently started in an exhaust fan. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire with minimal damage occurring in the facility.

The Fairfield Fire Department was assisted by the Verona, Pine Brook, West Cladwell and North Caldwell Fire Departments. In addition, Atlantic Ambulance EMS-7 also stood by to assist.

Motorist Charged with Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Zakarie Robinson (35) of Clifton, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and use of a controlled dangerous substance on September 10, 2013. At approximately 11:08 A.M., Officer Christopher Nicholas was monitoring traffic traveling on Route 46 West. His attention was drawn to a 2006 Nissan Maxima that allegedly had tinted windows in violation of New Jersey law. The officer conducted an inquiry of the vehicle’s registration and discovered it was expired. He eventually stopped the vehicle.

During the course of the traffic stop, the officer allegedly smelled the odor of burned marijuana coming from within the vehicle that was being operated by Robinson. Further investigation led to the alleged recovery of a marijuana cigarette. Robinson was arrested and brought to police headquarters where he was charged with the previously mention offenses as well as for operating an unregistered vehicle. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with a pending court date of September 12, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Robinson are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Officer Ahern Joins Fairfield’s Finest

Fairfield (NJ) Chief Charles Voelker is pleased to announce the hiring of Brad Ahern as a probationary police officer with the Fairfield Police Department. Officer Ahern was sworn in as a Fairfield police officer at the meeting of the Mayor and Council on September 9, 2013

Officer Ahern is originally from Lodi. New Jersey. On September 5, 2013, he graduated as an alternate route candidate in Basic Police Class 13-1 at the Essex County College Police Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Montclair State University.

Officer Ahern will complete an approximate 8-12 week field training program with a veteran officer before he begins patrolling the streets of Fairfield on his own.

 

 

Passaic Man Arrested for DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Florencio Hernandes (45) of Passaic, N.J. for driving while under the influence on September 7, 2013. At approximately 10:31 P.M., Fairfield police monitored a radio transmission on the State Police Emergency Network reporting a possible drunk driver traveling on Route 46 West in the area of Wayne. The vehicle’s description and license plate were also broadcast.

Shortly after hearing this transmission, Officers Christopher Nicholas and Raymond Puluse spotted the vehicle near the Crowne Plaza strip mall. The officers allegedly observed the vehicle commit several motor vehicle violations. The vehicle was then stopped. As a result of the officers’ observations, Hernandes was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for breath testing.

Hernandes was later charged with driving while under the influence, driving while under the influence in a school zone, failure to maintain a lane, careless driving and for being an unlicensed driver.. He was released on his own recognizance. (It should be noted that the charges against Hernandes are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Argument Leads to DWI Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Ian Rogg (54) of Lincoln Park, N.J. for driving under the influence on September 7, 2013. At approximately 8:51 P.M., Fairfield police officers were dispatched to the area of Little Falls Road and Passaic Avenue on a report of a possible domestic violence incident that was occurring in a blue pickup truck. Responding officers found the vehicle on Two Bridges Road and initiated a motor vehicle stop. Investigation revealed that an argument had only occurred between Rogg and his wife.

While the officers were investigating the alleged domestic violence incident, they allegedly observed signs indicating that Rogg was under the influence. Field sobriety testing was conducted which resulted in Rogg’s arrest. He was transported to police headquarters where he was eventually charged with driving while under the influence, driving while under the influence within a school zone and careless driving. He was released on his own recognizance. (It should be noted that the charges against Rogg are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Jersey City Woman Arrest for Disorderly Conduct at Local Hotel

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Ledaishea Larkin (21) of Jersey City, N.J. for disorderly conduct on September 7, 2013. At approximately 7:57 P.M., Fairfield police were dispatched to the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, for a fight that was in progress in one of the guest rooms. Officer Frank Tracey was the first to arrive and observed several females near one of the guest rooms screaming and yelling at each other. At one point, Ms. Larkin emerged from the room and allegedly attempted to approach a second female standing in the hallway. She had to be restrained from doing this by one of the officers. It is alleged that Larkin continued to be loud and disruptive and allegedly refused to cooperate with the officers. She was eventually placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and transported to police headquarters.

She was charged and eventually released on her own recognizance with a pending court date of September 12. 2013, in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Larkin are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Pennsylvania Man Leads Police on Eight Hour Manhunt

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Theodore Doherty (57) of Lords Valley, PA on August 30, 2013 and James Miranda (27) of Milford, PA on August 31, 2013. Doherty was charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe. Miranda was charged with resisting arrest, hindering apprehension, possession of a hypodermic syringe along with driving with a suspended license.

The incident that gave rise to the encounter began at approximately 11:15 P.M. when Officer Gerald Veneziano observed a 2000 Toyota Camry, with a Pennsylvania registration, traveling west on Route 80 in Fairfield. It is alleged that the Toyota had an inoperative brake light and was having difficulty maintaining a lane. The officer intimated a traffic stop near mile marker 50.9 Officer R.J. Casendino arrived as a back up shortly thereafter. The vehicle was found to be operated by Miranda with Doherty as the front seat passenger.

While conducting a field investigation, Officer Veneziano allegedly observed a hypodermic syringe in the glove box. He then ordered both out of the vehicle. While conducting a pat down of Miranda, Veneziano allegedly recovered a folding knife from his pocket. He then began to check Miranda’s waistband area and allegedly felt something solid that the officer had reasonable suspicion to be a handgun. At this point, Miranda pushed away from the car and jumped the guardrail and fled into the wooded area adjacent to Route 80, followed by Veneziano. At this same time, Officer Casendino took Doherty into custody without incident.

Veneziano pursued Miranda until he lost sight of him in the dark, thick underbrush. Law enforcement officers from the New Jersey State Police, the Essex and Morris County Sheriff’s Department K-9 units and from the Wayne, Montville, Parsippany, Cedar Grove, West Caldwell, Lincoln Park, Caldwell and North Caldwell Police Departments arrived to assist.

Officers tracked the suspect’s movements throughout the night, keeping him contained in the wooded area that runs parallel to the Passaic River between Fairfield and Montville. As the daylight hours approached, at 6:46 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1call from a concerned citizen reporting that he believed he had just seen the suspect in the area of William and Maple Streets in Montville. Officer proceeded directly to that area where Miranda was spotted and began to flee on foot. He was then subdued by police and arrested. No weapon was found on Miranda at the time of his arrest. “This was an excellent example of teamwork displayed by a number of law enforcement agencies, determined to get their man” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “ We are currently searching the area of the incident for any contraband that may have been concealed by the suspect which could result in additional charges” said Manna.

At press time, both men were still in the custody of the Fairfield Police Department. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

 

 

Lincoln Park Man Arrested for Driving Under the Influence

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Anthony Zuppa (22) of Lincoln Park, N.J. for driving under the influence on August 30, 2013. At approximately 12:17 A.M., Officers Christopher Hlubik and Frank Tracey were conducting an investigation of a suspicious vehicle when their attention was drawn to a vehicle that had exited the parking lot of Houlihans, located on Route 46, at a high rate of speed causing its wheels to screech.

The officers eventually stopped the vehicle near the Target store and found the operator to be Zuppa. The officers conducted a field investigation that included sobriety testing which resulted in Zuppa’s arrest. He was transported to police headquarters where breath testing was conducted.

In addition to the DUI charge, he was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone and careless driving. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of September 5, 2013 at the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Suspect Wanted for Lewdness at Valero Station

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating an act of lewdness that allegedly occurred at the Valero gas station, located at 650 Route 46 East on August 29, 2013. The victims, a 23 year old woman and her 9 year old daughter allege that after exiting the Valero station, a male that was also in the store came out after them and unzipped his pants and shake his genitals at the victims.

The male then got into what the victims described as a large tan sports utility vehicle that was lifted with large off-road style tires. The rear window displayed a very long “family” stick figure decal. The vehicle is believed to have a New Jersey registration with the first three characters believed to be “JWD”

The suspect is described as a white male, with blonde hair that was long enough to cover his ears, approximately 30-40 years old and about 6’0” tall. His skin was tan.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. All information will be kept confidential.

 

 

Paterson Woman Arrested for DUI and Drug Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Amancy Polanco (22) of Paterson, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of Xanax and driving while under the influence on August 28, 2013.

At approximately 11:02 P.M., Officer Brian Sabatelli allegedly observed a 2013 BMW improperly pass another vehicle on Hollywood Avenue by crossing solid, double yellow lines. The officer initiated a motor vehicle stop and found Polanco to be the operator. A field investigation resulted in Polanco being arrested for operating her vehicle while under the influence. The vehicle was impounded and Polanco transported to police headquarters for processing.

While at headquarters, officers allegedly recovered a small quantity of suspected marijuana and a Xanax tablet. In addition to the previously mentioned charges, Polanco was also charged with careless driving, improper passing, DUI in a school zone and possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. She was eventually released on her own recognizance with a pending court date in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on September 11, 2013. (It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Attempted Armed Robbery at Dunkin Donuts in Walgreens Strip Mall

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating an apparent attempted armed robbery that occurred at the Dunkin Donuts, located at 397 Route 46 West.

It appears that at approximately 7:20 P.M., a lone male entered the store and walked up to the counter. He allegedly then put his hand under his shirt and pointed what the victim thought to be a gun under his shirt at him and asked for money. The actor then stated he was just kidding and went on to purchase a coffee. The actor then left the store at which time the victim noticed that money was missing from his tip jar on the counter.

The actor is described as being a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, 25 years of age with short brown hair. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. All information will be kept confidential.

Pair Arrested for Jewelry Theft

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Dana Carrera (22) of Fairfield, N.J. and Richard Nikow (29) of North Caldwell, N.J. for theft and receiving stolen property respectively. Carrera’s arrest occurred on August 26, 2013 and Nikow’s the following day on August 27, 2013.

In May of 2013, a Henning Drive resident reported to police the theft of several items of jewelry. The value of the jewelry is unknown. Shortly after the theft, Fairfield Police Detective Michael Nyhuis developed information that the stolen jewelry may have been sold at the Fairfield Diamond Exchange, located on Route 46. It is alleged that evidence was obtained indicating that Nikow and Carrera had sold several pieces of Jewelry.

On August 26, 2013, Detectives Nyhuis and Robert Sanger developed information that Carrera would be at Consumer Product Testing, located at 70 New Dutch Lane and that she currently had an active arrest warrant issued by the Wayne Municipal Court. Carrera was arrested on the warrant and brought to police headquarters. It is alleged that she was found to be in possession of a suspected pipe used to ingest controlled dangerous substances. As a result of the investigation, Carrera was charged with the theft of the jewelry and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was eventually transported to the Essex County Jail in lieu of $5000.00 bail.

On August 27, 2013, the detectives took Nikow into custody. It is alleged that Nikow assisted Carrera in selling the jewelry at the Diamond Exchange. Nikow was charged with receiving stolen property. He was released on his own recognizance. The case is being referred to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for prosecution. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)  

Robbery of Escort Occurs at Local Hotel

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a strong armed robbery that allegedly took place in a guest room at the Comfort Inn, located at 286 Route 46 East on August 24, 2013.

On August 25, 2013, Officers Frank Tracey and Christopher Hlubik were conducting an investigation of prostitution taking place in a room at the Comfort Inn. The officers responded to the hotel and came upon a female staying in one of the rooms who was allegedly engaged in prostitution. During the course of this investigation, this individual informed the officers that she was allegedly robbed the previous day.

The victim told the officers that, at approximately 6:00 P.M. on August 24th, a client came to her room. When she opened the door, the actor allegedly grabbed her by the throat and forced her to sit in a chair. The actor then allegedly identified himself as a police officer and told the victim that she would not be arrested as long as she gave him all her money. The victim then turned over approximately $1200.00 and an I-Phone to the actor. The actor then fled the scene. The victim did not report the incident to the police after it occurred.

The actor is described as a younger African American male, approximately 5’10” tall, with an average build. He had tattoos on his arms and also what appeared to be a burn mark on one of his forearms.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigation Division at (973) 227-1400. All information will be kept confidential.

 

 

Fugitive Arrested with Over $15,000 in Cash

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joseph Roman (33) of Paterson, N.J. on August 22, 2013. Roman was allegedly wanted by the Ogdensburg New York Police Department for failing to answer alleged narcotics distribution and weapons offenses dating back to 2010.

At approximately 3:53 A.M., Officer R.J. Casendino was on patrol on Route 46 East when he conducted a random license plate inquiry of a 2002 Mercedes Benz which was also traveling on Route 46. The result of the inquiry revealed that the registered owner was a wanted person by the Ogdensburg Police Department. As a result of this information, the officer conducted a motor vehicle stop of the Mercedes Benz which confirmed that Roman was the operator and registered owner. He was placed under arrest without incident.

While processing Roman at headquarters, officers discovered him to be in possession of over $15,000 for which Roman allegedly gave conflicting stories about its origin. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted relative to the money. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, authorities believe the money has a nexus to illegal activity and it was seized pending a civil forfeiture proceeding.

Roman was transported to the Essex County Jail pending extradition to New York. (It should be noted that all pending criminal and civil actions against Roman are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Pine Brook Man Arrested for Credit Card Fraud

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Ryan Lopez (21) of Pine Brook, N.J. for credit card theft and fraudulent use of a credit card on August 19, 2013. At approximately 4:41 P.M., a North Caldwell resident came to the Fairfield Police Department to report alleged fraudulent activity occurring on one of his credit cards. He stated that his credit card had been stolen and fraudulently used at the Target store in Fairfield to purchase and I-Pad. The victim alleged that the individual he believed to be involved in the theft and use of his credit card was Lopez, an associate of the victim.

Officers Ian Rasmussen and Raymond Puluse contacted the Montville Police Department in order to obtain background information on Lopez. Coincidentally, the Montville police informed Fairfield they currently had Lopez in custody on unrelated charges. They further confirmed that Lopez allegedly had in his possession an I-Pad and a Target receipt that had the victim’s credit card number on it.

Lopez was eventually transported to Fairfield police headquarters where he was charged and eventually released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of August 29, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against Lopez are merely allegations and that he is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Three Car Crash Leads to DUI Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Marianne Lyons (55) of North Caldwell, N.J. for driving while under the Influence on August 19, 2013. At approximately 7:42 P.M., Officers Christopher Nicholas and Frank Tracey were dispatched to the area of the A Plus Sunoco station, located at 152 Passaic Avenue, to investigate a three car motor vehicle crash that took place in the parking lot. The initial investigation revealed that the operator of a 2012 Cadillac, later identified as Lyons, allegedly struck two parked vehicles in the lot.

During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that Lyons was unable to perform field sobriety tests administered by Officer Nicholas which ultimately led to her arrest. She was transported to police headquarters and eventually charged with driving while intoxicated; driving while intoxicated within a school zone and careless driving. She was eventually released on her own recognizance and given an initial court appearance date of August 22, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Lyons are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Three Fairfield Juveniles Taken into Custody after ATV Incident

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announce that three Fairfield juveniles, two of which were12 years old and one who was 14 years old and whose identities are being withheld due to their ages, were taken into custody on August 18, 2013 after they allegedly were observed by police operating all terrain vehicles (ATVs) on the roadway on August 18, 2013.

At approximately 8:15 P.M., Sergeant Christopher Oswald was on patrol on Hollywood Avenue, near Long Acres Road, when he allegedly observed two ATVs being operated on the roadway.  It is alleged that the juveniles became aware of the officer’s presence and began to flee from the officer. They allegedly turned from Long Acres Road onto Farmstead Lane. The ATVs then left the roadway and pulled into the driveway of a Farmstead Lane residence. One of the ATVs then struck a 1975 BMW that was parked in the driveway. It is then alleged that all of the occupant of the ATVs fled on foot. Two of the juveniles were found hiding in the area. The third later turned themselves in to the police, accompanied by a parent.  The operators of both ATVs were both found to be 12 years of age. The ATVs were impounded.

Both operators were charged with careless driving, not having required registration, improper display of registration, being under the minimum operation age of 14, operating an ATV on public street, not having a helmet, not having liability insurance, and being an unlicensed operator. In addition, one of the operators was charged with failing to report an accident and leaving the scene of an accident. The 14 year old was charged with failing to wear a helmet. All were released to the custody of a parent pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that these charges are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

“Over the last few months, the Fairfield Police Department has received an increased number of complaints of ATVs being operated on roadways and on other parcels of property where such operation is prohibited” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “Due to the inherent dangers posed by the improper or illegal operation of these vehicles, such as what is alleged to have occurred in this case, our officers will take strict enforcement actions against anyone apprehended for illegal operation of these vehicles” said the deputy chief.

 

 

Fairfield Woman Arrested for DUI after Motor Vehicle Crash

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Edith Zarillo (69) of Fairfield, N.J. for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence on August 16, 2013. At approximately 12:37 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by a Hollywood Avenue resident concerning a motor vehicle crash that had just occurred in the area of the Fairfield Recreation Complex. The vehicle involved had apparently left the roadway, struck a traffic sign and mailbox, and then fled the scene. Officers Frank Tracey, Jeffrey Dean, Christopher Hlubik and David Chabay were all immediately dispatched to the area.

It is alleged that the officers immediately observed fresh vehicle fluid in the street where the crash occurred. A trail of this fluid allegedly continued west on Hollywood Avenue. The officers followed the fluid which eventually led to a 2012 Ford Focus, with heavy damage that was parked in a Crestwood Drive residence. The officers allegedly found Zarillo in her driveway assessing the vehicle’s damage. It is also alleged that officers recovered the front license plate of the Ford at crash scene.

A field investigation, which included sobriety testing ultimately led to Zarillo’s arrest. She was transported to Fairfield police headquarters where additional testing was conducted. In addition to the DUI charge, Zarillo was also charged with failure to maintain a lane, careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident. She was eventually released on her own recognizance and given a date of August 22, 2013 to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Old Tappan Man Arrested for Suspected Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Blake Ranno (31) of Old Tappan, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on August 12, 2013. At approximately 10:00 A.M., Officer John McGrory observed a 2002 Lincoln Continental traveling on Two Bridges Road with an alleged expired inspection sticker and a cracked windshield. The officer eventually stopped the vehicle on Passaic Avenue.

While speaking with the driver, identified as Ranno, the officer allegedly detected an odor of burnt marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Further investigation led to the alleged recovery of a pipe that contained burnt marijuana. Ranno was arrested without incident.

In addition to the criminal charges, Ranno was also charged with motor vehicle offenses to include driving while suspended, uninsured vehicle, possession of a controlled dangerous substance within a motor vehicle, failure to inspect and improper safety glass. He was released on his own recognizance and given an initial court appearance date of August 15, 2013 to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Ranno are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Highland Lakes Man Arrested for DUI and Use of Controlled Dangerous Substances

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield police Department announces the arrest of John Barbero (39) of Highland Lakes, N.J. for driving under the influence and for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance on August 6, 2013. At approximately 7:32 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by the management of Get Fit, a gym located at 410 Route 46 East regarding a male who had come into the gym, and allegedly climbed to the top of a chin up bar, and began to eat a bagel and drink coffee. The male, identified as Barbero, was not a member of the gym.

Barbero came down from the chin up bar and then filled out paperwork for a trial membership. At this time, management allegedly felt that Barbero was not acting in a normal manner and they felt concerned and notified police.

Officers John McGrory, Raymond Puluse and Thomas Myers responded. During the course of their investigation, it was determined that Barbero had allegedly operated a 2005 Cadillac, that was found parked in the parking lot of an adjoining business, to get to the gym. Based upon all of the observations by the officers, Barbero was placed under arrest without incident.

Barbero was given an initial court appearance date of August 15, 2013 to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court. Because of concern for Barbero’s welfare, he was transported to Mountainside Hospital for treatment. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

2013 Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign

Fairfield (NJ) Law enforcement officers from Fairfield will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the 2013 Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.  Beginning August 16 and running through September 2, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

“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 and public education tools, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs. Launched across theU.S. in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year, including the Labor Day holiday period.

“Recent surveys indicate that many people harbor the dangerous belief that after a few drinks they’re still safe to drive,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the 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.”  

In 2012 alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for 19 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.

The Fairfield police Department offers the following advice to avoid getting caught in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2013 crackdown:

  • 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.
  • Report impaired drivers to law enforcement.  InNew Jersey, drivers may dial #77 to report a drunk or aggressive driver.
  • 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.

 

 

Farmindale Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Ryan Gemma (25) of Farmindale, N.Y. for disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and resisting arrest on August 5, 2013. At approximately 2:36 A.M., Sergeant David Proctor and Officer Stacy Chiarolanza were dispatched to The Hampton Inn and Suites, located on Route 46 East, on a report of an intoxicated man in the hallways causing a disturbance.

Upon their arrival, management advised the officers that the subject had returned from a wedding and was apparently interested in speaking with a female in one of the guest rooms. The officers walked to the first floor hallway and allegedly observed Gemma in a standing in front of a guest room and talking loudly to the door. The officers requested, on several occasions, for Gemma to quiet down and to return to his room but he allegedly failed to comply with their requests. The officers then attempted to place Gemma under arrest but he allegedly actively resisted their efforts. They were finally able to handcuff him. He was then transported to police headquarters for processing.

While at headquarters, the management of the hotel notified the police department that there was property damage in Gemma’s guest room to include a broken window pane of glass and two broken lamps.

Gemma was charged and at press time still being held at the Fairfield Police Department. He was given an initial court appearance date of August 15, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against Gemma are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Another Plane Lands at Essex County Airport Without Front Landing Gear

Fairfield (NJ) On July 31, 2013, at approximately 10:22 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by Essex County Airport operations and advised that a twin Cessna 402 airplane had just landed safely without its front landing gear engaged. Fairfield police and fire units were immediately dispatched to the airport.

The airplane sustained damage to its undercarriage and propeller. The plane was piloted by William O’Connor of Sharpsburg, GA. There was one other passenger on the plane. Neither individual reported being injured. Information obtained at the scene indicated that Mr. O’Connor is an experienced pilot, which included flying in the Vietnam War. The plane is owned by Woolpert Inc., located in Dayton, Ohio. The incident has been referred to the Federal Aviation Administration for investigation

Pair Arrested for Possession of GHB and Crystal Methamphetamine

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael M. Roggenbach (35) of Belle Harbor, N.Y. and Michael F. McGovern Jr. (35) of Belleville, N.J. for various alleged violations of the New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substance Act. On July 30, 2013, at approximately 4:52 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by the management of the Crowne Plaza hotel, located on Route 46 East, regarding a dog that was barking in one of the guest rooms. Management advised that the presence of a dog in a guest room was against hotel policy.

Sgt. Joseph Keegan, Officer Christopher Nicholas and hotel management responded to the room to investigate this breech of the peace. After receiving no response upon knocking on the door, management and the officers entered the room to check on the condition. It is alleged that the officers found a Doberman Pincher left unattended in the room. In addition it is alleged they observed, in plain view, items of suspected contraband and paraphernalia used for its ingestion. The officers then left the room and conducted surveillance on it. A short time later the room’s occupants, McGovern and Roggenbach returned to the room and were then detained by the officers.

Further investigation allegedly led to the discovery of a large quantity of hypodermic syringes, and a small quantity of Valium and Xanax tablets, crystal methamphetamine, Gamma-Hydroxybutyric (GHB), as well as several items of drug paraphernalia.

The pair was arrested without incident and both were eventually charged with illegally possessing all of the aforesaid items. The pair was released on their own recognizance with a pending court date of August 8, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against the pair are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Ten Individuals Arrested in Fairfield under Operation Cross Country

Fairfield (NJ) Ten individuals were arrested and charged in Fairfield with various criminal offenses under New Jersey state law as a result of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Operation Cross Country. On July 24, 2013, investigators from the F.B.I., New Jersey State Police, Human Services Police, Essex, Bergen and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Offices and the Fairfield Police Department, conducted an extensive investigation that targeted the recovery of minors who were forced to engage in prostitution. This investigation was done with the cooperation of the management of a local hotel.

In addition to the ten arrests, four vehicles and over $300 in cash was also seized. The charges against these ten individuals were as follows: (7) counts of promoting prostitution, (9) counts of engaging in prostitution, (1) count of possession of a prohibited weapon, (1) count of possession of drug paraphernalia, (1) count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and (1) count of possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. The charges have all been referred to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for disposition. (It should be noted that these charges are merely allegations and that all of these defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

“The success of this investigation, along with the others that we have conducted in the recent past, is a direct result of the partnership we enjoy with the F.B.I., the New Jersey State Police, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and especially our hotel managers, all of whom want to pro-actively prevent the exploitation of minors” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “You can rest assured that we will continue to conduct these operations in our local hotels, in order to give those who want to engaged in this illegal activity in Fairfield, a moment to pause and think as to whether they are dealing with undercover law enforcement officers” the deputy chief said.  

Employee Arrested for theft of Cable Wire

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Erick Obregon (41) of Saddle Brook, N.J. for theft of copper wire, valued at approximately $5000.00 on July 26, 2013. Obregon was employed as a fleet mechanic for Arete Development Inc., located at 20 Industrial Road. On July 26th, company officials discovered the missing wire and immediately launched an internal investigation since it was less then twenty-four hours since the wire was last seen.

A review of the company’s video surveillance recording revealed that on July 25th, Obregon allegedly drives his 2009 Ford pick up truck into the warehouse, with the bed of the pickup truck empty. When the vehicle emerges, it is alleged that the bed now had something in it that was covered. After making these observations, Arete company officials responded to Obregon’s business, known as Erick’s Auto Repair located at 296 Midland Avenue in Saddle Brook where they allegedly observed the stolen wire in the bed of Obregon’s pick up truck. Officers from both the Fairfield and Saddle Brook Police Departments responded and assisted with arresting Obregon and recovering the stolen material.

Obregon was charged and eventually released on his own recognizance with a pending court date of August 7, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charge against Obregon is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law) 

Ringwood Woman Arrested for Giving Police False Information

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Kimberly Lindsey (28) of Ringwood, N.J. for providing law enforcement officers with false information on Sunday July 28, 2013. At approximately 3:37 A.M., Officers John McGrory and Raymond Puluse were patrolling the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, when the officers observed a 2001 Ford Explorer enter the parking lot. They allegedly noticed that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. They initiated a motor vehicle stop in the lot.

In addition to the driver, the vehicle was found occupied by two other individuals, one of whom was Lindsey. During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that Kimberly Lindsey identified herself as her sister Kelly Lindsey, in order to avoid being arrested for am active warrant she had that was issued by the Vernon Municipal Court. The officers became suspicious of Lindsey when they compared her to the picture of her sister that was displayed when they conducted a driver’s license check. Lindsey was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. She was charged with hindering her own apprehension and given an initial court appearance date of August 8, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. She was eventually turned over to the custody of the Vernon Police Department. (It should be noted that the charge against her is merely an allegation and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Marijuana Smoke in Vehicle Leads to Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of James Casapulla (21) of Wantage, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on Jul 20, 2013. At approximately 2:34 A.M., Officer R.J. Casendino stopped a vehicle on Route 80 westbound for allegedly failing to maintain a lane.  Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer allegedly detected a pungent smell of burnt marijuana. When confronted with the observation, the lone driver, identified as Casapulla, allegedly turned over a small quantity of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia to the officer. Casapulla was arrested without incident.

In addition to the criminal charges, Casapulla was also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, failure to maintain a lane, and improper maintenance of lamps. He was released on his own recognizance and given an initial court appearance date of July 25, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Casapulla are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Theft of Baby Formula Leads to Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Edwin Alvarado (27) of Paterson, N.J. for shoplifting and conspiracy to commit shoplifting and Thomas Schwarz (26) of Parsippany, N.J. for conspiracy to commit shoplifting on July 21, 2013. The incident that led to the pairs arrest took place at the Target store, located at 632 Route 46 East. At approximately 2:34 P.M., Target security alerted the police as to the presence of two individuals who were in the store and who were suspects in prior shoplifting incidents. While the officers were responding, Target security allegedly observed an alleged shoplifting and took one of the individuals into custody. The second suspect was found in the parking lot and detained by Officers Chrsitopher Nicholas and Brian Holzmann.

Investigation revealed that the pair were allegedly engaged in shoplifting baby formula, valued at approximately $213.00. Both men were arrested and taken to police headquarters. Schwarz was charged and eventually released on his own recognizance with a pending court date of August 8, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. Alvarado was charged and given the same court date, however, investigation revealed that he was wanted by the Morris County Sheriff’s Department. He was eventually transferred over to their custody. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Fairfield Police Announce Hiring of Two Probationary Police Officers

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the hiring of Raymond Puluse and Jeffrey Dean as probationary police officers. The officers were sworn in at the July 15th meeting of the Mayor and Council, in front of family, friends and fellow officers who packed the council chambers.

Officer Puluse graduated from the Essex County Police Academy in Cedar Grove in February 2012. He was most recently employed by the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department. He left his position with that agency to join the Fairfield Police Department. Officer Puluse is currently working towards obtaining his criminal justice degree from William Paterson University.

Officer Dean graduated the alternate route program of the Morris County Police Academy in June 2013. Upon his completion of that training, he accepted the position with the Fairfield Police Department. Officer Dean currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Caldwell College.

Upon completing an extensive 8-12 week field training program, both officers will then be assigned to the patrol division. These are the first new hires of police officers in Fairfield since  2007. Chief Charles Voelker praised the Mayor and Council for their hiring of the new officers to replace the loss of officers that came as a result of recent retirements.

DWI Arrest Leads to Resisting Arrest Charge

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Christopher Fierro (28) of Lake Hiawatha for resisting arrest, driving while under the influence, refusal to submit to a breath test and several other motor vehicle violations on June 28, 2013. At approximately 12:50 A.M., Officer Steven Ptaszynski observed a 1997 Jeep traveling on Route 46 East, allegedly having difficulty maintaining a lane. A traffic stop was initiated on Route 46 near the Hampton Inn and Suites.

During the course of the stop, the officer asked the driver, identified as Fierro, to perform standard field sobriety testing to help the officer better determine if he was operating his vehicle while under the influence. It is alleged that Fierro was uncooperative in performing these tests. As a result, the officer attempted to place Fierro under arrest. It is further alleged that Fierro refused to submit to being handcuffed and had to be so forcibly. In addition, it is alleged that he would not walk on his own to the police car for transportation to police headquarters. Once at police headquarters, Fierro allegedly refused to provide samples of his breath for chemical analysis as is required by New Jersey law.

At press time, Fierro was still in custody at police headquarters. He was given an initial court appearance date of July 10, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against Fierro are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Female Arrested for Shoplifting over $800 in Merchandise

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Sulenny Morel (23) of Paterson, N.J. for shoplifting on June 24, 2013 at the Target store, located on Route 46 East. At approximately 5:30 P.M., Officer Thomas Myers and other officers were dispatched to the Target store to assist security with an alleged shoplifter that was being detained. Investigation revealed that Morel allegedly concealed over $800.00 in merchandise in her handbag. When she attempted to leave the store, she was stopped by store security.

After being charged with one count of shoplifting, she was released from custody on her own recognizance. She was given an initial court appearance date of July 3, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against Morel are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Paterson Pair Arrested for Shoplifting

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield police Department announce the arrest of Limary Colon (26) and Perla Diaz (27) both of Paterson, N.J.  Both were charged with conspiracy to commit shoplifting, with Colon also being charged with shoplifting on June 19, 2013. At approximately 12:44 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by Target security and advised that there was a shoplifting offense in progress. Target security alleged that Colon had filled a shopping cart with various items and had pushed it out the front entrance doors without paying. The merchandise was then allegedly loaded into a 2000 Dodge van which then exited onto Route 46 East. Officer Thomas Myers, responding to the call, observed the suspect’s vehicle and initiated a motor vehicle stop. Both individuals were taken into custody without incident. Over $1700.00 in merchandise was recovered in the van.

Both were later released on their own recognizance and given an initial court appearance date of June 27, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against the pair are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Rockaway Township Man Arrested for Possession of CDS

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jonathan Pennachio (24) of Rockaway Township, N.J. for possession of a controlled dangerous substance on June 16, 2013. At approximately 1:00 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call regarding a blue Chevrolet that was traveling west on Route 80 and which allegedly struck a concrete divider. The vehicle then exited at exit 52 and into Fairfield. At that time, officers checked for this vehicle with negative results.

At approximately 1:47 P.M., Officer Frank Tracey was on patrol on Little Falls Road when he observed a blue Chevrolet, with heavy damage, in the parking lot of the Exxon gas station located at Little Falls Road and Passaic Avenue. The officer approached Pennachio, who was seated near the vehicle. During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that Pennachio gave several different accounts as to how the accident happened. The officer then conducted field sobriety testing on Pennachio to determine if he was under the influence. Mr. Pennachio allegedly passed these tests. Further investigation resulted in the alleged discovery of a single glassine envelope which contained suspected heroin, inside of the vehicle. Additionally, Pennachio was also found to be allegedly operating his vehicle while his New Jersey license was suspended. He was then arrested without incident.

In addition to being charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, Pennachio was also charged with several motor vehicle violations to include operating while suspended, unregistered vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. Pennachio was eventually released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of June 26, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Burglary Occurs at Route 46 Sandwich Shop

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a burglary that took place at the Tavolo Market Gourmet shop, located at 69 Route 46 West, sometime between June 15th at 10:30 A.M. and June 17, 2013 at 5:35 A.M. Unknown actor(s) gained entry by forcing open a side window. Once inside, cash was taken from the register.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Fairfield police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. All information will be kept confidential. The case is being investigated by Detective Michael Nyhuis.

 

Burglary Occurs at Andrea Drive Residence

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a burglary that occurred on Andrea Drive on June 11, 2013, sometime between 8:00 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. It is currently unclear actor(s) entered the residence, however once inside; they forced open a bedroom door and stole a safe containing an undisclosed amount of jewelry and cash.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. The case is being investigated by Detective Michael Nyhuis. All information will be kept confidential

 

Theft of Air Conditioning Units Results in Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joseph Garneau (32) of Dover, N.J. for shoplifting on June 10, 2013. At approximately 3:55 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by Target security regarding a shoplifting incident that was in progress. Store security officers allegedly observed Garneau wheel a shopping cart containing a portable air conditioning unit out the doors without having paid for it and then he placed it into a car in the lot. Garneau then re-entered the store and allegedly placed another air conditioner and some computer items into a shopping cart and then again exited the store without having paid for these items. He was immediately taken into custody without incident. The total amount of the merchandise recovered was approximately $820.00

After being charged with one count of shoplifting, Garneau was released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of June 20, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he uis presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Man Arrested for Shoplifting at Camera Expo

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Sylvain Evra (46) of Irvington, N.J. on June 9, 2013 for shoplifting. It is alleged that on June 8, 2013, Evra was in attendance at a camera expo that was being hosted by Unique Photo, located at 123 Route 46 West. At approximately 3:30 P.M., one of the vendors discovered that a Sigma 24-70 mm camera lens, valued at approximately $900.00, was missing. Authorities conducted a review of the facilities surveillance footage which allegedly implicated Evra in the theft. Eura had left the expo prior to the theft’s discovery.

On June 10th, at around 3:30 P.M., Evra returned to Unique Photo to pick up photos that were being processed there. He was taken into custody without incident. It is alleged that the Sigma lens was recovered from Eura’s 2004 Toyota. He was eventually charged and released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of June 19, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against Evra are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Failing to Move at Green Light Results in DUI Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Raffaele Siniscalchi (20) of Caldwell, N.J. for driving under the influence. At approximately 3:37 A.M., Sgt. David Proctor was stopped at the red traffic signal on the Route 46 West exit ramp at the intersection of Two Bridges Road. Located two cars in front of him, directly at the intersection, was a 2013 Jeep. When the light turned green for traffic on the exit ramp, the Jeep allegedly did not move. This action forced another vehicle to change lanes in order to get through the intersection. The sergeant then activated his vehicle’s emergency lights and approached the vehicle.

It is alleged that the driver, identified as Siniscalchi, was asleep at the wheel and the officer had difficulty awakening him. A filed investigation was conducted which ultimately led to Siniscalchi’s arrested for allegedly operating his vehicle while under the influence. He was brought to police headquarters and his vehicle impounded.

In addition to the driving under the influence charge, he was also charged with several other motor vehicle violations including failure to observe a traffic signal, failure to wear a seatbelt and obstructing traffic. He was eventually released on jis own recognizance and given an initial court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court of June 13, 2013. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Roof Fire Occurs at Unifoil

Fairfield (NJ) On June 4, 2013 at 1:55 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a structure fire at Unifoil, 12 Daniel Road. First responding officers observed fire on the roof of the building. The Fairfield Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. Also assisting them were the West Caldwell and North Caldwell Fire Departments. In addition, Atlantic Healthcare Ambulance EMS-7 and the West Essex First Aid Squad stood by at the scene as a precautionary measure. There were no reported injuries. Fire operations ceased at 3:05 P.M.

All damage was contained to the roof area. The exact cause of the fire is being investigated by the Fairfield Fire Prevention Bureau, however preliminary investigation indicates a likely cause was an HVAC unit located on the roof. Unifoil is a manufacturer of specialty papers.

 

Black Bear Spotted Near Little Falls Road and Carlos Drive

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is advising the public that on June 2, 2013, a black bear was spotted near Little Falls Road and Carlos Drive. This same bear may have also been seen on Saturday June 1st near Clinton Road. This advisement has been issued so that specific precautions can be taken. In most cases a black bear, if not cornered, will be wary of people. However, black bears that are accompanied with their cubs, presents the need for residents to have a heightened level of awareness.

If you encounter a black bear in your neighborhood or outdoors while hiking or camping, follow these common-sense safety tips.

  • Never feed or approach a bear
  • Remain calm if you encounter a bear
  • Make the bear aware of your presence by speaking in an assertive voice, singing, clapping your hands, or making other noises.
  • Make sure the bear has an escape route.
  • If a bear enters your home, provide it with an escape route by propping all doors open
  • Avoid direct eye contact and never run from a bear. Instead, slowly back away
  • To scare the bear away, make loud noises by yelling, banging pots and pans or using an air horn. Make yourself look as big as possible by waving your arms. If you are with someone else, stand close together with your arms raised above your head
  • The bear may utter a series of huffs, make popping jaw sounds by snapping its jaws and swat the ground. These are warning signs that you are too close. Slowly back away, avoid direct eye contact and do not run
  • If a bear stands on its hind legs or moves closer, it may be trying to get a better view or detect scents in the air. It is usually not a threatening behavior
  • Black bears will sometimes "bluff charge" when cornered, threatened or attempting to steal food. Stand your ground, avoid direct eye contact, then slowly back away and do not run
  • If the bear does not leave, move to a secure area
  • Report black bear damage or nuisance behavior to the DEP's 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337)
  • Families who live in areas frequented by black bears should have a "Bear Plan" in place for children, with an escape route and planned use of whistles and air horns
  • Black bear attacks are extremely rare. If a black bear does attack, fight back!

 While it is perfectly appropriate for residents seeing a bear to notify the police department, it should be understood that the police department’s response to such incidents are limited unless the black bear becomes a nuisance or an immediate threat to human life. Individuals wishing to obtain more information about black bears in New Jersey are encouraged to go to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Agency’s website at  http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bearfacts.htm

 

Secaucus Man Charged with Driving While Under the Influence and Resisting Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield police Department announces the arrest of Christopher Francis (25) of Secaucus, N.J. for driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a breath test, resisting arrest and a number of other motor vehicle violations. At approximately 2:08 A.M., Officer John  McGrory was parked in the driveway of the municipal building when he observed a 1996 Ford Ranger traveling west on Fairfield Road. This vehicle allegedly disregard the red traffic signal at the intersection of Fairfield Road and Hollywood Avenue and also appeared to be travelling in excess of the posted speed limit.

The officer followed the vehicle as it eventually turned onto Marion Court where it attempted to make a K-turn in the driveway of a residence. The vehicle eventually stopped and Francis was found to be operator. The officer attempted to conduct field sobriety testing but Francis allegedly did not cooperate with the tests. The officer then attempted to place Francis under arrest, however, he allegedly passively resisted by not turning around to be handcuffed after repeated requests to do so. He was eventually handcuffed and brought to police headquarters. While at headquarters it is alleged that Francis refused to submit to breath testing. Francis was given an initial court appearance date of May 30, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Francis are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Slow Moving Vehicle Yields DWI Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Moise Espinoza (32) of Clifton, N.J. for driving under the influence on May 27, 2013. At approximately 1:35 A.M., Sergeant Christopher Oswald was running radar on Route 46 West when he observed a 1996 Toyota traveling west with a front headlight out. The vehicle was also allegedly traveling at an extremely low speed. The vehicle was eventually stopped and Espinoza was found to be the alleged operator. A field investigation, which included sobriety testing, resulted in Espinoza being arrested. He was given an initial court appearance date of May 30, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Pursuit Ends in Drug and DUI Charges

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Amer Ahmad (31) of Hackettstown, N.J. for eluding police, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, and driving under the influence on May 27, 2013. At approximately 2:13 A.M., Officer Jeffrey Didyk was traveling east on Route 46 when he observed a blue Saturn allegedly exceeding the posted 50 M.P.H. speed limit. When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, it allegedly increased its speed and failed to pull over as it entered onto Route 80 East.

The pursuit continued near Exit 57 at which time a New Jersey state trooper was waiting and assisted with getting the vehicle to stop. The driver was then arrested. It is alleged that the officer observed, on the front seat, a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana which was seized. Also allegedly observed were several open containers of Smirnoff vodka which were also seized. Ahmad was eventually transported to Fairfield police headquarters.

While at headquarters, the officer continued his investigation and it was determined that Ahmad was allegedly operating his vehicle while under the influence of marijuana resulting in the driving under the influence charge. Ahmed was released on his own recognizance and given a court date of June 6, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Michigan Man Wanted on Parole Violation Arrested

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Fred Tippins (32) formerly of Tampa Florida. At approximately 11:20 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by a concerned resident regarding a suspicious white van, with Florida plates, that was in the Sand Road area was traveling slowly through the neighborhoods. Officer Steven Ptaszynski located the vehicle on Addison Drive and stopped it. The vehicle was found to be occupied by three males, with Tippen being the operator.

When asked to produce his driving credentials, Tippen allegedly told the officer that he had left his driver’s license at his hotel. It is alleged that Tippen initially identified himself as Terrance D. Edwards but when this individual could not be found in the records of the Michigan Motor Vehicle files, it is alleged that Tippen told the officer his actual name and that he believed he was wanted in Michigan. A computer check confirmed that Tippen was in fact wanted by Michigan parole authorities for having allegedly violated provisions related to a manslaughter conviction. Tippens was arrested without incident and was transported to the Essex County Jail in Newark, N.J. awaiting extradition to Michigan.

The officer’s investigation revealed that the trio was working for a Florida-based company called Young Enterprises and was apparently in the area to go door to door selling liquid soap and cleaners. A fourth individual, also working for the company, was later picked up by police in the area of Malcolm Drive. These individuals were eventually released from the police department.

Fairfield Man Arrested for DWI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Harry Neugold 4th (19) of Fairfield, N.J. for driving while intoxicated on May 14, 2013. At approximately 2:40 A.M., Officer John McGrory allegedly observed a 2001 Ford Taurus make an improper right turn on red at New Dutch Lane and then almost struck a curb. The officer then allegedly attempted to stop the vehicle but it continued to the intersection of Passaic Avenue and Greenbrook Road. The vehicle then allegedly disregarded the red traffic signal at Greenbrook Road and finally pulled into the A Plus Sunoco station.

After conducting a field investigation which included sobriety testing the driver, identified as Neugold 4th, was placed under arrest and his vehicle impounded. In addition to driving while intoxicated, he was also charged with making an improper right turn on red, careless driving, improper use of a cell phone, failure to maintain a lane, failure to exhibit a driver’s license and failure to wear a seatbelt. He was given an initial court appearance date of May 16, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Seat Belt Enforcement and Education Campaign to be Conducted Locally as Part of Nationwide Click It or Ticket Mobilization May 20 – June 2, 2013

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

Beginning May 20 and running through June 2, the annual initiative includes high visibility law enforcement seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, as well as local and national publicity designed to ensure that drivers and passengers recognize 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 2010 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.” 

Last year, the front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey declined for the first time in 15 years, to 88.29%.  Poedubicky noted that the goal for this year’s campaign is to once again move the usage rate above 90%.  “To meet our goal, we must continue both enforcement and public outreach efforts that educate all motor vehicle occupants about the importance of buckling up, every ride,” he said.

Poedubicky added that the campaign will focus on rear seat passengers, as well.  Despite laws requiring adult back seat passengers to buckle up, adult back seat belt use stands at only 36 percent.

During the 2012 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 425 police agencies participated in the two-week initiative.  As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 29,307 seat belt citations, 4,951 speeding summonses and made 861 drunk driving arrests. 

 

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Three for CDS Possession and Warrants

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Timothy Habrack (26) of Essex Fells, N.J., Matthew Raabe (25) of West Caldwell, N.J. and Taylor Inglis (20) of Pompton Plains, N.J. on May 12, 2013. Both Habrack and Raabe were arrested for allegedly having active warrants for their arrest. Inglis was arrested for possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At approximately 12:15 A.M., Officer R.J. Casendino observed a 1999 Ford Taurus traveling south on Passaic Avenue with an alleged smashed front windshield. At that time, the officer attempted to turn around and stop the vehicle but he lost sight of it. At approximately 1:20 A.M., Officer Casendino re-acquired the vehicle in the area of Route 23 in Wayne, N.J. where he eventually stopped it.

During the course of his investigation, it was determined that two of the passengers in the vehicle, Habrack and Raabe, had active warrants for their arrest. Both were then placed under arrest. It was at this point that the officer allegedly observed and recovered a glassine package from the rear seat that contained suspected cocaine residue. A further search of the vehicle resulted in the alleged recovery of seven similar glassine packages containing suspected cocaine. The driver of the vehicle, Inglis, was then arrested and the vehicle impounded.

Habrack and Raabe were eventually released on their own recognizance and given court dates for the jurisdictions where they had warrants. Inglis was also released on his own recognizance after being charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia. He was given an initial court appearance date of May 22, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against Inglis are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law) 

Former Operations Manager Arrested for Theft

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the culmination of a two month theft investigation with the arrest of Ryan G. Snedeker (39) of South River, N.J. on May 1, 2013. Snedeker is the former operations manager of Jay Hill Repairs, located on Clinton Road in Fairfield. It is alleged that during the course of his employment, between April 1, 2012 and March 1, 2013, Snedeker ordered materials for fraudulent job orders that he created and then keeping the materials for himself and misused company credit card accounts. The total amount of theft allegedly exceeds $75,000, making it a second degree crime.

Fairfield detectives, armed with an arrest warrant, took Snedeker into custody at his South River residence. He was eventually released on $75,000 bail and given an initial court appearance date of May 9, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.  The case was investigated by Detective Sergeant Charles Zampino. (It should be noted that the charges against Snedeker are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Caldwell Woman Charged with DWI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Kaaryn Broemmer (49) of Caldwell, N.J. for driving under the influence on April 28, 2013. At approximately 2:00 A.M., Officer Steven Ptaszynski was on patrol southbound on Passaic Avenue when his attention was drawn to a 2002 Nissan that was allegedly drifting in and out of its lane. The vehicle was then stopped on Greenbrook Road and Broemmer was found to be the operator..

After conducting field investigation which included sobriety testing, Broemmer was arrested for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. While at headquarters, it is alleged that she refused to submit to providing samples of her breath for chemical analysis. In addition to driving under the influence, she was charged with a variety of other motor vehicle offenses to include driving while intoxicated in a school zone and refusal to submit to breath testing. She is scheduled to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court on May 2, 2013. (It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Man Arrested for Obstruction After Traffic Stop

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Nicholas Henry for obstruction of justice on April 26, 2013. He was also charged with a variety of motor vehicle offenses including operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and failure to pull over for or yield to an emergency vehicle.

At approximately 9:22 A.M., Officer Thomas Myers was dispatched to Outreach Calling, located at 70 Clinton Road, to assist in keeping the peace while a recently-fired employee, identified as Henry, picked up his check. Several Fairfield police officers responded to the company the previous day after Henry was discharged from his employment and allegedly damaged a door in the building. He was gone prior to police arrival. During that investigation, Officer Myers had discovered that Henry was on the suspended list and that he had an outstanding arrest warrant issued by the Wayne Municipal Court.

While waiting outside of the company for Henry to arrive, Officer Myers observed a 1997 BMW that was allegedly being operated by Henry. The vehicle then made a sudden u-turn and attempted to exit the lot. The vehicle was then stopped. The officer asked Henry to produce his driving credentials and he allegedly continually refused to provide them. It is alleged that Henry then rolled up his window and locked his doors. He then proceeded to drive away, allegedly nearly causing an accident.

Henry allegedly proceeded down Clinton Road for approximately a quarter mile without pulling over for the officer. He finally got stuck in traffic that was stopped for the red light at Clinton Road and Route 46. He was ordered to shut his vehicle and to exit it as he was told he was under arrest and he again refused. He was finally taken into custody. And his vehicle impounded

Henry was eventually released on his own recognizance after having satisfied the outstanding Wayne warrant. He is scheduled for an initial court appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on May 2, 2013. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Forensic Evidence Leads to Burglar’s Identity

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the issuance of an arrest warrant for Larry D. Ellis (55) formerly of Hempstead, N.Y. for burglary and theft. The warrant was issued on April 25, 2013 for a burglary that took place at the Banyon School, located adjacent to the St. Thomas More Church on September 8, 2012, that authorities now allege Ellis committed.

At the time of the burglary, it appeared that the actor removed a window mounted air conditioning unit in order to gain entry to the school. Taken during the burglary were approximately $120.00 and an IPAD 2. The break in the case came as a result of items that the actor discarded at the scene and which the case investigators recovered and submitted for forensic examination to the New Jersey State Police lab which allegedly identified Ellis. “This is a prime example of the excellent police work done by the Investigative Division of the Fairfield Police Department, specifically, Sergeants Charles Zampino and Christopher Niemiec” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna.

Ellis is currently incarcerated in the Chester County Jail in West Chester, Pennsylvania on an unrelated charge. He was arrested by the Malvern (PA) Police Department on October 21, 2012,  while allegedly in the act of committing a burglary to a school/church. A detainer has been placed on Ellis and he will be extradited to New Jersey to answer the Fairfield charges as soon as he is done in Pennsylvania. (It should be noted that the charges against Ellis are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Sleeping Motorist Arrested for DWI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of David Strahan (48) of East Brunswick, N.J. for driving under the influence on April 26, 2013. At approximately 2:30 P.M., Officer David Chabay was conducting the nightly closing check of liquor licensed establishments within the Township of Fairfield, when he allegedly observed a silver Toyota improperly parked blocking Fairfield Avenue near the driveway of the Field House Pub. The officer attempted to awaken Stahan, who was behind the wheel and apparently asleep.

When Strahan finally woke, the officer conducted field sobriety testing and based upon the results of the tests and the totality of the circumstances, Strahan was placed under arrest and his vehicle impounded. He is scheduled to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court on May 2, 2013. (It should be noted that the charges against Strahan are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Comcast Vehicles Target for Criminal Mischief

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating an act of criminal mischief that took place at the Comcast facility located at 39 Kulick Road sometime during the overnight hours of April 23-24, 2013. Unknown actor(s) entered a fenced in area where the company stores its work vehicles and damaged approximately 40 of them. The damage ranged from punctured tires to broken windows. The cost of repairing the damage is unknown.

This is not the first time that this Comcast facility was the victim of an act of criminal mischief to its vehicles. In July of 2011, 100 tires on 59 company vehicles were slashed. At that time, company officials reported there had been ongoing issues with the company’s union members; however there was no indication then that it had anything to do with the incident and no arrests were made. Insofar as this most recent incident is concerned, Comcast management again reported union issues relative to a recent schedule change as ongoing.

Anyone with any information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. All information will remain confidential.

 

Roseland Woman Arrested for Driving Under the Influence

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Leslie Manley (49) of Roseland, N.J. for driving under the influence on April 19, 2013. At approximately 11:43 P.M., Officer Brian Sabatelli was dispatched to the area of Hollywood Avenue and Campbell Road, to assist a disabled motorist. Upon the officer’s arrival, he observed a 2000 Plymouth minivan with a flat tire. Manley, who was identified as the operator, allegedly told the officer that she had struck the median and had gotten a flat tire. The officer inquired as to where this occurred, but Manley allegedly could not recall.

It is alleged that the officer smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage on Manley’s breath. He continued his field investigation which resulted in him developing probable cause to believe Manley was operating her vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. She was arrested and the vehicle impounded.

She was eventually charged with driving while under the influence and released on her own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of April 25, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Paterson Pair Arrested for CDS Use and Obstructing Justice

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Willie Butler (39) and Andrea Cummings (40) both of Paterson, N.J. Butler was charged with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and hindering his own apprehension and Cummings charged with hindering the apprehension of another.

The incident that led to the pairs arrest took place on April 20, 2013 at approximately 11:22 P.M. That is when Officer Frank Tracey observed an occupied 1995 Infiniti stopped on Maplewood Avenue near Little Falls Road, which he initially felt to be suspicious. When the vehicle finally pulled onto Little Falls Road, Officer Tracey allegedly observed that the vehicle had both a tail light out and had drifted out of its lane, which resulted in it being stopped. Cummings was allegedly the operator of the vehicle and Butler its front seat passenger.

As the officer was conducting the traffic stop, he allegedly smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that Butler allegedly had just smoked marijuana prior to being stopped. He was placed under arrest for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. It is alleged that he initially identified himself as Wyleek Butler with a different date of birth then his own real one. It is also alleged that Cummings verified this information as being true.

After being fingerprinted at Fairfield police headquarters, it was determined that Wyleek Butler was actually Willie Butler and that he had outstanding arrest warrants from Paterson and South Hackensack. It was at that point that Cummings was also arrested. In addition to the criminal charge, Cummings was also charged under motor vehicle law with careless driving, possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage, failure to maintain a lane and improper maintenance of lamps.

Both individuals were eventually released on their own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of April 25, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against the pair are merely allegations and that they are both presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

 

Plane Lands at Essex County Airport without Front Landing Gear

Fairfield (NJ) On April 10, 2013, at 12:21 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from officials from the Essex County Airport reporting a plane would be attempting to land without its front landing gear engaged. Emergency personnel were immediately dispatched to the scene. The plane, a 1982 fixed wing, single engine Cessna owned by CF Images LLC of 19 Wright Way, Fairfield, N.J. apparently had some malfunction in engaging its landing gear while in flight. Frederick Hartman Jr. of Century Air, which is located at the airport, was at the plane’s controls at the time of the incident. He was engaged in training a second individual, identified as Alberto Corvo, to become a flight instructor. The plane landed at 12:49 P.M. without the front landing gear and without incident. No one was injured.

The Fairfield Fire Department, Atlantic Ambulance and Paramedics and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department all responded to the emergency. The investigation of the incident was turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration. The airport has resumed normal operations.

This is the second incident at the Essex County Airport this year involving a plane that had landing gear malfunction during landing. The other occurred on February 7th and involved a 1964 Piper PA-30, fixed wing, multi-engine airplane. In that case, all of the landing gear malfunctioned and the plane ended up sliding down the runway. No one was injured during that incident.

 

Pennsylvania Man Arrested with Pound of Suspected Cocaine

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Charles F. Clark (58) 0f Windber, PA. for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of hydrocodone and possession of drug paraphernalia on April 8, 2013. At approximately 4:15 P.M., Sgt. Joseph Keegan was on patrol in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, when he observed a 2002 Jeep Cherokee that was occupied and appeared suspicious to the officer. Sgt. Keegan then pulled to a remote location in the parking lot and then approached the vehicle on foot.

In doing so, the officer conducted a field investigation which eventually led to the discovery of two plastic bags containing alleged cocaine. Clark was placed under arrest without incident. The cocaine seized was a little over a pound and is believed to have been destined for central Pennsylvania. “This was a significant seizure of cocaine with a potential conservative street value of nearly $20,000” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “We have been concentrating a lot of our enforcement efforts at our local hotels recently and this time it surely paid off” said Manna.

Clark was released on $1000 cash bail with a return court date of April 18, 2013 in the Superior Court in Essex County. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

West Caldwell Man Charged with DWI and Refusal to Submit to Breath Testing

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Daniel Dimaio (21) of West Caldwell, N.J. for driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a breath test and failure to observe a traffic control device, and careless driving on April 7, 2013. At approximately 12:30 A.M., Officer John McGrory was stopped at the traffic light located at Greenbrook Road and Passaic Avenue, he allegedly observed a 1999 Volkswagon, which was traveling northbound, disregard the red traffic signal and proceed through the intersection. He stopped this vehicle on Pier Lane and found it being operated by Dimaio.

During the course of the traffic stop the officer made observations and conducted field sobriety testing which resulted in the officer having probable cause to believe that Dimaio was operating his vehicle while under the influence. As a result he was arrested and his vehicle impounded. While at headquarters it is alleged that Dimaio refused to provide breath samples as is required by New Jersey law. Dimaio was given an initial court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court of April 11, 2013. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law) 

Paterson Woman Arrested for Operating Vehicle Wile Under the Influence

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Rukia Begum (40) of Paterson N.J. for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and several other motor vehicle violations on April 3, 2013. At approximately 8:45 P.M., Officer John McGrory was on the center median of Route 46, monitoring eastbound traffic, when his attention was drawn to a  2011 Nissan that allegedly stopped in the left lane and was almost struck by another vehicle that was traveling westbound. Officer McGrory immediately pulled behind this vehicle and inquired as to why the vehicle was stopped there.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Begum, stated that she was lost and was trying to get back to Paterson. During the course of the roadside investigation, the officer allegedly developed probable cause to believe that Begum was operating her vehicle while under the influence. She was arrested and brought to headquarters where Officer R.J. Casnedino, a certified drug recognition expert, concluded that she was allegedly under the influence of a drug.

Begum was eventually released on her own recognizance and given an initial court appearance date of April 11, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Police Confront Suicidal Male in Hotel

Fairfield (NJ) On April 4, 2013, at approximately 9:45 P.M., several Fairfield police officers responded to the Comfort Inn, located at 286 Route 46 East, for the purpose of locating James Pugh Jr. The request to locate Pugh came from the Jersey City Police Department who had active arrest warrants for him and that he was allegedly making suicidal comments during phone calls to an individual in their jurisdiction.

After determining that Pugh was staying in a third floor room, the officers proceeded to the room, knocked on the door and announced their presence. It is alleged that Pugh, who was in the room, then began to make suicidal threats. Fearing that Pugh might do harm to himself, the officers attempted to force entry to the room, however, they could not immediately make entry because the dead bolt was in place.

At this point, Pugh allegedly then smashed out the hotel window that overlooks the parking lot. Pugh also allegedly began to make references that he had a gun. Pugh eventually opened the hotel room door and was taken into custody. He was transported, in police custody, to St. Clares Hospital in Denville, N.J. for evaluation.

Officers allegedly recovered items of drug paraphernalia from inside of Pugh’s room. Charges against Pugh in Fairfield for criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia are pending. Fairfield officers turned over custody of Pugh to the Jersey City Police Department later while at St. Clares Hospital.

 

 

 

Car Dealer Arrested for Possessing Stolen License Plate

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Gerald Ikezi (30) of Addisleigh, N.Y. for possessing stolen property on April 2, 2013. At approximately 9:15 A.M., Officer Brian Sabatelli observed a 2000 Hyundai on Plymouth street that was allegedly not displaying a license plate. The vehicle was stopped and was found to be operated by Ikezi. During the traffic stop, the officer observed a New Jersey used car dealer license plate inside the vehicle. Officer Sabatelli inquired about the plate and eventually conducted a check of the plate through the National Crime Information Center and discovered that the plate had been reported stolen in New York City on August 25, 2011. Ikezi was then placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters and the vehicle he was operating impounded.

Along with being charged with one count of receiving stolen property, Ikezi was also charged with improper display of a license plate, unregistered vehicle, uninsured vehicle and failure to exhibit documents. He was released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of April 4, 2013 scheduled in the Fairfield Municipal Court. Ikezi is affiliated with Rams Auto Sales of Bridgeton, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

East Rutherford Woman Arrested for DWI after Hit and Run Accident in West Caldwell

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Elaine Wisneski (26) of East Rutherford, N.J. for driving under the influence, driving under the influence in a school zone and other motor vehicle violations on March 31, 2013. At approximately 8:00 P.M., Officer Gerald Veneziano monitored a radio transmission from the West Caldwell Police Department regarding a hit and run accident that had just occurred in their jurisdiction. The driver of the vehicle that was struck was now apparently following the vehicle that left the scene of the accident. Both were now entering Fairfield and traveling on Route 46 East. Officer Veneziano observed both vehicles and initiated a stop of Wisneski’s vehicle.

Officer Veneziano conducted field sobriety tests and made observations which led him to believe that Wisneski was allegedly operating her vehicle while under the influence. She was then arrested and brought to police headquarters. While at police headquarters it is alleged that Ms. Wisneski claimed she was a diabetic in need of medical care. She was eventually transported to Mountainside Hospital in the custody of police. It is alleged that while at the hospital, she told police she did not have diabetes but allegedly told police that because she wanted to be taken to the hospital.

After being served with summonses, she was released from police custody while at the hospital. She has an initial court appearance date of April 4, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Jersey City Man Arrested for Drug Paraphernalia and being Under Influence of Controlled Dangerous Substance

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Troy Jones (39) of Jersey City, N.J. for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and for possession of drug paraphernalia on March 29, 2013. At approximately 12:00 noon, the Fairfield Police Department received a call from a concerned citizen of Mayhew Drive regarding a suspicious person in the wooded area between Mayhew Drive and 16-18 Passaic Avenue. Cpl. David Kane, Brian Holzmann and Christopher Nicholas responded to the area and allegedly observed Jones in the wooded area. As they attempted to approach him, the officers told him to stay where he was. Instead, Jones began to run. He was apprehended in the parking lot. Officers allegedly recovered rolling papers on Jones. Further investigation revealed that Jones was allegedly smoking marijuana while on his lunch break.

Jones was charged and later released on his own recognizance pending an initial court appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Jones are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Florida Woman Arrested for Prostitution

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield police Department announces the arrest of Nadjia N. Woods (29) of Pembroke Pines, Florida for promoting and engaging in prostitution on March 28, 2013. On that date, a contingent of Fairfield police officers who were assigned to investigate prostitution in the township’s hotels, developed information that prostitution was possibly taking place in a room at the LaQuinta hotel, located on Two Bridges Road. It is alleged that Woods offered sexual favors to an undercover police officer for money, resulting in her arrest.

Woods was released on $1000.00 bail and given an initial court appearance date of April 4, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark. (It should be noted that the charges against Woods are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Hit and Run Car Crash Leads to DWI Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield police Department announces the arrest of Joshua Landsman (65) of Montville, N.J. for driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident and other motor vehicle violations. The incident that resulted in the charges being filed took place on March 25, 2013 at approximately 8:00 P.M. It was then that Officer R.J. Casendino was dispatched to the area of 311 Route 46 West on a report of a hit and run motor vehicle accident that just occurred. Upon arriving at the scene, the officer found a 2011 Mazda off the roadway. The driver of that vehicle told the officer that she was driving in the right lane when she was suddenly struck from behind by a silver Acura, and pushed off the roadway. The Acura continued on Route 46 West.

Shortly thereafter, Officer Jeffrey Didyk discovered a 2003 silver Acura in the parking lot of Monster Golf, located at 194 Route 46 East, with heavy front end damage and which was being operated by Landsman. A roadside investigation gave rise to probable cause to believe that he was allegedly operating his vehicle while under the influence and he was arrested at the scene without incident. He is scheduled to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court on March 28, 2013 for his initial appearance. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Florida Man Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Shade Mason (30) of Seminal, Florida for possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, use of marijuana and for possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest took place on March 21, 2013 at approximately 2:00 P.M. in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road. That is when Officer Frank Tracey, who was working in conjunction with other plain clothes Fairfield officers relative to ongoing investigations into prostitution occurring at local hotels, observed Mason sitting in the driver seat of a box truck allegedly smoking marijuana. Tracey and other Fairfield officers arrested Mason and allegedly recovered a small quantity of suspected marijuana and a pipe.

Mason was released on his own recognizance after being charged. He is scheduled to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court on March 28, 2013. (It should be noted that the charges against Mason are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Staten Island Woman Arrested for Prostitution and Drug Charges

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Ivelisse Lozano (33) of Staten Island, N.Y. for promoting prostitution, prostitution, and possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on March 21, 2013. On that date a detail of Fairfield police officers, who were tasked with cracking down on prostitution in the township’s hotels, developed information that alleged prostitution was taking place in a room in the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road. The officers conducted an investigation throughout the day which ultimately resulted in them going to Lozano’s room and arresting her for alleged prostitution. The officers also allegedly found suspected marijuana in the room. The officers involved were Sgt. Paul Bowden and Officers Frank Tracey, Ian Rasmussen and Christopher Hlubik.

Lozano was released on her own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of March 28, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Glen Rock Man Arrested for Alleged Con

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Frank Corpi (48) of Glen Rock, N.J. on one count of theft by deception. A warrant for his arrest had been issued for the charge and he surrendered himself to Fairfield authorities on March 23, 2013.

The incident, which formed the basis for the charge, began back in December 2012. That is when the victim, who was in the midst of an extended stay at the LaQuinta hotel on Two Bridges Road, met Corpi who was also a guest of the hotel. Corpi purported himself to be a financial analyst and allegedly spoke to the victim about making a financial investment with him. Corpi allegedly helped to gain the confidence of the victim by helping to negotiate a better room and cell phone rate for the victim.

On December 22, 2012, the victim gave Corpi $11,000 to make an investment for her with the promise that Corpi would be paying her dividends on the investment by January 2013. No dividends were ever paid. The victim allegedly never saw Corpi again. The case was investigated by Detective Michael Nyhuis.

Corpi was released on $10,000 bail pending an initial court appearance date of April 3, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charge against Corpi are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)  

 

 

Broadway Lane Residence Destroyed by Fire

On March 21, 2013 at 11:26 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a house fire at 54 Broadway Lane. First responding officers found a heavy smoke condition along with the rear of the residence fully involved in fire. Fire departments from Fairfield, Verona, North Caldwell, West Caldwell and Pine Brook responded to extinguish the fire and assist with operations. In addition, the West Essex First Aid Squad also responded.

Fairfield Fire Department Chief Andrew Williams declared the fire under control at approximately 12:40 A.M. at which time overhaul operations were commencing. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fairfield Fire Prevention Bureau. No serious injuries were reported. The residence was unoccupied at the time of the incident.

 

Parsippany Man Arrested for DWI after Accident with Bus Stop Shelter

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Daniel Greenzweig (27) of Lake Hiawatha, N.J. for driving while intoxicated on March 17, 2013. At approximately 12:55 A.M., Officer John McGrory was on patrol on Route 46 as part of a drunk driving enforcement initiative that was put in place by the Fairfield Police Department for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, when he observed a Chevrolet Camaro ahead of him that appeared to be exceeding the posted speed limit of 50 M.P.H. and allegedly failing to maintain its lane. Officer McGrory then initiated a motor vehicle stop.

He identified the driver as Greenzweig. During the course of his roadside investigation, the officer noticed that the front of the Camaro had shards of glass on it. The officer noted that this along, with the vehicle’s description, matched an earlier alert that was put out by the Montville Police Department concerning a vehicle that allegedly struck a glass bus stop shelter in their jurisdiction and left the scene of the accident. The Montville police responded to the scene and confirmed that Greenzweig’s vehicle appeared to be the vehicle involved in the earlier accident. Officer McGrory eventually placed Greenzweig under arrested for driving while intoxicated.

He was later charged with DWI, driving with a suspended driver’s license and other motor vehicle violations. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of March 21, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. At press time, it was not known what if any charges the Montville Police Department were charging. (It should be noted that the charges against Greenzweig are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Paterson Man Charged with Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Bruce Byrd (33) of Paterson, N.J. for possession of under 50 grams of marijuana on March 14, 2013. The incident that led to the charges began at the LaQuinta hotel, located on Two Bridges Road. That is when Fairfield officers, who were targeting prostitution in Fairfield hotels, developed information that Byrd, a guest of the hotel, had an active warrant for his arrest issued by the Paterson Municipal Court.

Sgt. Joseph Keegan, Officer RJ Casendino and Officer Steven Ptaszynski responded to the guest room where Byrd was located. The officers knocked on the door, which was answered by Byrd. He was advised of the warrant and placed under arrest. It was then that the officers allegedly detected a strong smell of burnt marijuana coming from inside the room. Further investigation resulted in the discovery of 13 small plastic bags containing suspected marijuana.

Byrd was charged and given an initial court appearance date of March 21, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. He was eventually released on his own recognizance. (It should be noted that the charges against Byrd are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

West Caldwell Man Arrested for Drug Paraphernalia

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael A. Capardi (22) of West Caldwell, N.J. for possession of suspected drug paraphernalia on March 14, 2013. At approximately 11:10 P.M., Officer Frank Tracey was monitoring traffic on Route 46 East near Clinton Road when he observed a 2010 Infinity traveling east with tinted windows in violation of New Jersey law.

When he stopped the vehicle, he found it to be occupied by three individuals, one of which was Capardi. A record check revealed that Capardi allegedly had an outstanding arrest warrant issued by the Newark Municipal Court. When Tracey and Officer Christopher Hlubik went to arrest Capardi, it is alleged that he dropped two glassine packages that are commonly used to package heroin, which eventually resulted in him being charged with possessing drug paraphernalia.

Capardi eventually posted $2500.00 bail to satisfy the Newark warrant. He was released on his own recognizance relative to the Fairfield drug charge and given a date of March 21, 2013 as an initial appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Capardi are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Two New York Men Charged With Intent to Distribute Marijuana

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Kamar Facey (20) and Sean Lopez-Moses (22) both of the Bronx, N.Y. for possession of over 50 grams of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute on March 11, 2013. The incident that led to the pairs arrest began on Route 80 West at approximately 4:20 P.M. It was at that time that emergency medical technicians assigned to Atlantic Ambulance EMS-7, the ambulance that services Fairfield during the daytime hours, was traveling west on Route 80. The EMTs allegedly observed a 2008 Ford Explorer driving erratically and believed that the driver could be under the influence. They communicated their observations to the Fairfield police, who in turn, dispatched officers to try and locate the vehicle.

Officer Christopher Nicholas responded onto Route 80 and observed the vehicle and initiated a motor vehicle stop. The vehicle was found to be operated by Lopez-Moses and occupied in the front seat by Facey. During the course of the traffic stop, Officer Nicholas allegedly detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from within the passenger compartment of the Explorer. It is also alleged that the pair gave conflicting accounts as to where they were coming from, where they were going to and how they knew each other. When it was determined that Lopez-Moses was operating the vehicle with only a New York learner’s permit, the vehicle was impounded and the pair taken to Fairfield police headquarters for further investigation.

While at headquarters, a narcotic K-9 from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department responded and sniffed the exterior of the Explorer and allegedly gave a positive indication that the vehicle contained a controlled dangerous substance. Fairfield detectives obtained a search warrant which led to the recovery of approximately four ounces of suspected marijuana.

After being charged, the pair were released on their own recognizance with a pending initial court appearance date of March 21, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against them are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Lincoln Park Man Arrested for Shoplifting at Target

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Christopher Cheon (26) of Lincoln Park, N.J. for shoplifting on March 8, 2013. The incident that led to the charges occurred at approximately 3:00 P.M. at the Target store, located on Route 46. The Fairfield Police Department was notified by Target security of a possible shoplifting incident that was in progress. When Fairfield officers arrived, Target security was already detaining Cheon.

Security footage viewed by Officer Ian Rasmussen allegedly shows Cheon taking Similac baby formula and allegedly concealing it in his jacket. He then allegedly attempted to walk out the doors without paying for it, at which time, he was stopped by security.

Based upon these circumstances, Cheon was arrested and charged with shoplifting. He was later released on his own recognizance with a pending initial court appearance date of March 14, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Vehicle Stolen from Gas Station Leads Police on Car Chase and Results in Owner’s Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating the theft of a 2013 Honda Odyssey from the A Plus Sunoco station, located at the intersection of Passaic Avenue and Greenbrook Road on March 5, 2013 at approximately 11:00 P.M.

At that time, the owner of the Honda, identified as Terrence Byrd of Paterson, N.J. initially informed police that his vehicle was taken by three individuals, one of whom allegedly brandished a handgun. The Odyssey, followed by a black pickup truck that the men were originally in, then fled south on Passaic Avenue.

Sgt. John McNish, who was near the West Caldwell Walgreens, located at Passaic Avenue and Clinton Road when the call came in, spotted the suspect vehicles and attempted to stop them. The vehicles then actively attempted to elude police as they traveled through West Caldwell, Caldwell, Verona and West Orange. During this time, police from these jurisdictions also attempted to stop the vehicles. The pursuit was finally terminated on Route 280.

Further investigation at the Sunoco station by Fairfield detectives revealed that no handgun was used but rather that Byrd left the vehicle running unattended which helped to facilitate its theft. Byrd’s alleged explanation for having reported the false carjacking was to get a quicker police response which it did. Unfortunately for Byrd, the response also netted him a charge for filing a false police report. “Mr. Byrd’s actions put a great number of people at risk including the public and the police officers who pursued the stolen vehicle believing the suspects were armed and dangerous” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. He is scheduled to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court on March 14, 2013 for an initial court appearance. As of press time, his vehicle has still not yet been recovered. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Local Men Arrested for Strong Armed Robbery of Teen

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of David Stoia Jr. (21) of Totowa, N.J. and Joseph Neglia (21) of Fairfield, N.J. for robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. The incident that led to the charges started on the evening of March 2, 2013 at approximately 8:00 P.M. at the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne. It is alleged that is when the 16 year old victim of the robbery, was approached by the pair and asked if he wanted to purchase marijuana. The victim allegedly agreed to accompany the pair to another location for the purpose of purchasing the marijuana. The victim allegedly got into a 1994 black Honda and was driven to a residence on Little Falls Road in Fairfield where Stoia apparently once lived.

Stoia and Neglia then went around the back of the residence and allegedly emerged with a bag that they placed in the trunk. They then drove to a nearby side street and opened the trunk and Neglia allegedly got out and told the victim to get the bag with the marijuana. When the victim went to do this, Neglia got back into the car and the vehicle started to drive off. The victim then jumped into the truck which closed on top of him. A short time later, the vehicle stopped and the trunk was again opened. It is alleged that Neglia then grabbed the victim, threw him to the ground and punched him in the face. The vehicle then sped away with the victim’s Blackberry tablet, backpack and $60.00 in cash. The victim then contacted the police.  The victim was able to provide police with a description of the car and a partial license plate.

In the early morning hours of March 3, 2013, Officer R.J. Casendino was on patrol near the A Plus Sunoco station, located at the intersection of Greenbrook Road and Passaic Avenue when he came upon a 1994 black Honda Civic that fit the description and which had a license plate with the partial characters that had been provided by the victim. Officer Casendino stopped the vehicle and found the lone driver to be Stoia. The officer noticed that Stoia was allegedly wearing a shirt that matched the description provided by the victim. The officer also allegedly noticed other items in the rear seat of the vehicle that led him to believe that this was the vehicle involved in the earlier robbery.

During the course of this investigation, Officer Casedino determined that probable cause existed to believe that Stoia was operating his vehicle while under the influence. He was then arrested and the vehicle was impounded. Detective Sergeant Charles Zampino and Det. Robert Sanger conducted a follow up investigation which ultimately resulted in Stoia being charged with robbery and conspiracy. It also resulted in an arrest warrant being issued for Neglia for the same charges.

Stoia was released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of March 22, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. Neglia surrendered to authorities on March 5, 2013 and was also released on his own recognizance with the same court date. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Man Charged with Sexual Assault and Impersonating Police Officer

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office announce the arrest of Joseph Lipham (40) of Garfield, N.J. for two counts of sexual assault and one count of impersonating a law enforcement officer. Lipham was arrested at his residence during the morning hours of March 6, 2013 without incident.

The incident that led to his arrest allegedly took place on March 5, 2013 at approximately 12:00 noon at the LaQuinta hotel, located on Two Bridges Road in Fairfield, where Lipham arranged to meet the woman. When Lipham arrived at the room, he allegedly entered the room and identified himself as a law enforcement officer. He then allegedly told the victim he was going to arrest her unless she had sexual relations with him. Fearing arrest, the victim complied and allegedly engaged in sexual activity with Lipham.

Lipham then allegedly left the room at which time the victim contacted an acquaintance who was outside of the hotel and advised them of what occurred. This individual then allegedly confronted Lipham in the parking lot of the hotel, at which time Lipham again identified himself as a police officer. When Lipham drove away, the witness was able to obtain a license plate which greatly assisted investigators.

A joint investigation between detectives of the Fairfield Police Department and investigators from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit revealed that Lipham is not, and never was, a law enforcement officer. “The diligence and prompt attention of all the investigators involved in this case resulted in the apprehension of this predator in less than twenty four hours. All of us in the law enforcement profession take very seriously those individuals who engage in criminal activity while fraudulently claiming to be a police officer” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “

At press time, Lipham was being held at the Fairfield Police Department in lieu of $100,000 bail. He is scheduled for an initial court appearance date of March 14, 2013 in the Superior Court in Essex County. (It should be noted that Lipham is presumed innocent until if and/or when proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Police Investigate Theft of Truck Batteries

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is investigating a series of thefts throughout the Township involving commercial truck batteries dating back to February 14, 2013. The latest incidents occurred sometime between February 28-March1, 2013 in the area of Just Road. Four separate companies reported that 9 batteries were stolen from five different trucks.

Since this rash of thefts began, and not including what was reported to police on March 1, 2013, a total of 51 batteries valued at approximately $3800 have been stolen. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Fairfield police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400.

Target Shoplifting Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Antonio Brana (60) of Paterson, N.J. for shoplifting on February 27, 2013. The incident that led to the arrest took place at approximately 1:45 P.M. at the Target store, located on Route 46. That is when the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by Target security advising that they had an alleged shoplifter in custody. Officers Ian Rasmussen and John McGrory responded to investigate.

It is alleged that Brana concealed Enfamil baby formula in the sleeves of a jacket that he had in his shopping cart and then proceeded to walk out the doors without having paid. He was detained by store security without incident until police could arrived.

Officer McGrory charged him with one count of shoplifting. He was released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date scheduled for March 14, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Car Dealer Arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest at Skyline Auto Auction

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Ebenezer Eso (42) of Irvington, N.J. for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest on February 28, 2013. The incident that led to the arrest took place at approximately 7:23 P.M. at the Skyline Auto Auction, located on Route 46 East. It was at that time that the Fairfield police were contacted by security officers at the auction reporting that there was a disorderly person on the premises. Officer Christopher Hlubik and other officers responded to the scene and were advised by security that Eso allegedly would not present his Skyline Auto Auction dealer card, which permits only car dealers into the auction.

Officer Hlubik and the other officers then went to speak with Eso. He was informed that he would have to leave the property and initially he allegedly refused to do so. The officers became concerned for their safety as Eso allegedly refused to take his hands out of his pockets. The officers then attempted to assure that Eso was not in possession of any weapons. He allegedly refused to let the officers investigate this. The officers then attempted to arrest him but he allegedly actively resisted their efforts to handcuff him. He was finally taken into custody.

He was eventually charged by Officer Hlubik and released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date scheduled for March 14, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Three Arrested for being Under Influence of CDS

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Lauren Barca (22) of Little Ferry, N.J., Kevin Sisco (43) of Paterson, N.J. and John Notte Jr. (21) of Belleville, N.J. for possession of a hypodermic syringe and for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance on February 25, 2013.

At approximately 10:30 AM, Fairfield officers were called to the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, on a report of a dispute between a female and male. Upon the officers arrival, they were directed to a second floor guest room where they found Barca and Notte. A short time later, Sisco returned to the room. During the course of the investigation, officers allegedly observed a hypodermic syringe in an open dresser drawer. They also observed that each of the individuals allegedly had symptoms consistent with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. The investigation also revealed that Notte allegedly had an outstanding warrant issued by the New Jersey State Bureau of Parole. All were placed under arrest without incident.

Barca and Sisco were later released on their own recognizance with an initial court appearance date scheduled for February 28, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. Notte, who had complained of difficulty breathing while at the hotel, was transported from there to Mountainside Hospital in Montclair for treatment, while still in police custody. He was turned over to the custody of officers from the Bureau of Parole while at the hospital. The incident was investigated by Sgt. Joseph Keegan and Officer Brian Holzmann. (It should be noted that the charges against the three are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Suspicious Incident at Target Leads to Warrant Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) On February 23, 2013, at approximately 12:45 PM, the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by Target security regarding two women who were in the store and acting suspiciously. Officers responded to the area of the store. Target security informed the officers, that were outside the store that the women were wheeling around a shopping cart full of merchandise but then left the cart and exited the store. The officers then stopped the women to investigate their actions. It was at this time that one of the women, identified as Limary Colon (25) of Paterson, N.J. was found to have two active warrants for her arrest. The warrants were issued by the Woodbridge and Paterson Municipal Courts. Colon was arrested and brought to police headquarters where she later posted bail.

Two DWI Arrests on February 23, 2013

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department, in its efforts in keeping our roadways safe from drunk drivers, announces the arrest of Alejandro Gonzalez-Scott (32) of Lyndhurst, N.J. and Michael Andrews (40) of Andover, N.J. for allegedly driving while intoxicated. The arrest of both individuals took place on February 23, 2013 in two separate incidents within minutes of each other.

The first took place at approximately 2:06 AM. That is when Officer Brian Sabatelli observed a 2007 Honda traveling west on Route 46, appear to be exiting at the Two Bridges Road exit ramp. The vehicle then allegedly suddenly veered right back onto the highway, almost striking a curb. The vehicle was then stopped and the driver was allegedly found to be Gonzalez-Scott. The officer conducted a roadside investigation which ultimately led to the arrest. Gonzalez-Scott was charged with DWI, DWI in a school zone and some other motor vehicle violations. He is scheduled to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court of February 28, 2013.

Officer Frank Tracey arrived to assist Officer Sabatelli while he was conducting the previously mentioned motor vehicle stop. While assisting, Officer Tracey allegedly observed a 2011 Dodge pickup truck, traveling west on Route 46 and approaching the officers. The vehicle was allegedly traveling in excess of the speed limit and was in the right lane. As the truck passed the officers, the vehicle allegedly never slowed down or moved to the left lane as is required by New Jersey law when emergency vehicle are conducting operations on the shoulder of the roadway.

The officer then got into his vehicle and went after the Dodge and eventually stopped it near Plymouth Street. The driver was identified as Michael Andrews. The officer conducted a field investigation which ultimately led to Andrews’ arrest. He was later charged with DWI, DWI in a school zone and some other motor vehicle violations. He was also given an initial court appearance date of February 28, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Shoplifter Arrested After Incident at Target

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of John Nicosia (41) of North Haledon, N.J. for shoplifting on February 21, 2013. The incident that gave rise to the arrest occurred at approximately 10:00 P.M. at the Target store, located on Route 46 East. It is alleged that at that time, store security observed Nicosia conceal Enfamil baby formula under his coat and then attempted to leave the store. When confronted by security, it is alleged that Nicosia then ran into the parking lot.

Officers saturated the immediate area looking for the suspect. Lt. Peter Pollack observed a 2011 Nissan stopped on the shoulder of the road and picking up a pedestrian. Upon investigating this vehicle further, it was determined that the individual getting in the vehicle was the suspect in the shoplifting case. Nicosia was then arrested without incident. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Christina Boyd (30) was found to have alleged outstanding warrants issued by the Fort Lee, Passaic and South Hackensack Municipal Courts. She was arrested and charged with several motor vehicle violations. She was subsequently turned over to the Fort Lee Police Department.

Nicosia was charged by Officer Stacy Chiarolanza with shoplifting and given an initial court appearance date of February 28, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. The investigation into Nicosia’s activity is ongoing as he is allegedly suspected of at least five prior shoplifting incidents at Target dating back to October 2012. Nicosia was found to be wanted by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department and was eventually turned over to their custody. (It should be noted that the charges against Nicosia are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)  

 

Man armed with Knife in Standoff with Police Wanted for Aggravated Sexual Assault

Fairfield (NJ) On February 21, 2013, at approximately 9:00 AM, the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting that a vehicle that was parked in the lot of Robinson Tech International, located at 310 Fairfield Road, had what appeared to be blood dripping from it. First arriving officers observed a 1998 green Isuzu parked backed into a space. The officers observed a pool of blood under the vehicle and a substantial amount of blood inside of the driver side of the vehicle.

The vehicle was identified by employees of the company as belonging to a co-worker identified as Theodore Wilson (45) of Jersey City, N.J. A brief investigation indicated that other employees had observed Wilson at the company earlier but his whereabouts were currently unknown. While searching the building, officers came upon Wilson in a vacant second floor warehouse area, allegedly in possession of a knife and threatening self harm. Officers observed that Wilson had allegedly already cut himself and had lost a substantial amount of blood. Sergeant Joseph Keegan and Officer Christopher Nicholas, supported by other Fairfield officers, attempted to negotiate with Wilson. After approximately 10-15 minutes, Wilson stood up and then apparently passed out because of his wounds. He was treated by the officers at the scene and eventually transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital for additional medical treatment, accompanied by police.

While Fairfield officers continued their investigation, investigators from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office coincidentally arrived at the scene to arrest Wilson, for having allegedly committed aggravated sexual assault on a minor and for endangering the welfare of a minor within Hudson County. These investigators were informed what occurred. They then proceeded to the hospital to serve Wilson with the arrest warrant. It is unclear as to whether Wilson’s actions in Fairfield had anything to do with the outstanding charges. Wilson was not charged with any violations of law in Fairfield. (It should be noted that any charges against Wilson are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

Burglary Occurs at Plymouth Street Building

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a burglary that took place at 39 Plymouth Street sometime between December 21st and the 24th, 2012. Unknown actor(s) apparently climbed up an exterior stairway and pried open a door leading to a common hallway. Once inside, they broke into two vending machines that were located in the hallway. It is unclear how much money was stolen.

Anyone with any information can contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. Detective Robert Sanger is investigating.

 

 

Woman Arrested for Possession of Prescription Drugs and DWI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Erin Ackerman (22) of Parsippany, N.J. for possession of a Schedule II and Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence. The incident that led to her arrest took place on December 20, 2012 at approximately 4:00 A.M. That is when Officer Gerald Veneziano observed a vehicle parked on an access road leading to Mid Atlantic Products, located at 300 Fairfield Road.

The vehicle was running and when the officer approached, he allegedly observed Ackerman asleep behind the wheel and she was difficult to awaken. During the course of his investigation, Officer Veneziano developed probable cause to believe that Ackerman was operating her vehicle while under the influence. She was arrested and brought to police headquarters where officers allegedly found (6) Alprazolam tablets and (4) Oxycodone tablets in Ackerman’s purse.

Ackerman was later transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital. She has an initial court appearance date of January 9, 2012 in the superior court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against Ackerman are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Woman Arrested for DWI and Suspected Heroin Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michelle Acosta (30) of Hopatcong, N.J. for possession of suspected heroin, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a hypodermic syringe, in addition to a motor vehicle complaint of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. The incident that gave rise to the charges occurred on December 18, 2012 at approximately 5:54 P.M.  That is when Fairfield police received a report of what was either a medical emergency or a motor vehicle crash in the parking lot of Walgreens located at 397 Route 46 West.

Arriving officers allegedly found Acosta in the driver’s seat of a 1999 Toyota Camry. The Toyota was backed into two other vehicles. Acosta appeared to the officers to be extremely lethargic, speaking with slurred speech and finding it difficult to stay awake.

During the course of the investigation, officers allegedly discovered a bag containing syringes and glassine envelopes commonly used to package heroin. Acosta was arrested and transported to police headquarters. It is alleged that while there, officers recovered (7) glassine envelopes containing suspected heroin.

Acosta was charged with the aforesaid violations, with an initial court appearance date of January 3, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. She was transported by the West Essex First Aid Squad to Chilton Hospital for evaluation. Sgt. Joseph Keegan and Officer Christopher Hlubik handled the case. (It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law) 

 

 

Overturned Truck Disrupts Route 46 Traffic

Fairfield (NJ) On December 6, 2012, at approximately 11:45 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department was notified of a truck that was on its side at the intersection of Route 46 East and Clinton Road. First responding officers found a Hertz rental truck resting on its passenger side, with the driver still in the vehicle. The Fairfield Fire Department, West Essex First Aid Squad and Atlantic Healthcare Ambulance EMS-7 all responded to the scene. The fire department was able to extricate the driver by breaking out the front windshield. He received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

The truck, a 2007 International box truck, was carrying a commercial sealant used on the undercarriage of vehicles. It appears that the product was not dispersed evenly when it was loaded and when the driver went to make a left turn onto Route 46 East and he applied his brakes in a hard manner, the load shifted and caused the truck to overturn.

No other vehicles or individuals were involved in the incident. The New Jersey Department of Transportation assisted in diverting Route 46 traffic until the vehicle could be up-righted and removed. Traffic in the area was delayed as a result. The incident concluded at approximately 3:10 P.M.

Members of the Fairfield Fire Department work to extricate the driver of an overturned vehicle at the intersection of Route 46 East and Clinton Road

 

Drunk Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be conducted locally as Part of Statewide Campaign

Fairfield (NJ) Law enforcement officials from Fairfield will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the annual holiday season “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign.  Beginning December 7, 2012 and running through January 2, 2013, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

A concentrated national effort, the campaign helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs. Launched nationally in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year.

“This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent," said Chief Charles Voelker.  “This initiative brings attention to the serious consequences of drunk driving and the grave danger those who choose to drink and drive pose to all who share the road with them.”

Last year in New Jersey, 152 people were killed as a result of alcohol-impaired crashes. That number represents 24 percent of the 627 traffic fatalities reported in the state in 2011.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2012 Year End Crackdown offer the following advice:

  • Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night where the activity is held.
  • Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. InNew Jersey, drivers may dial #77 on their cell phones to report a drunk driver.
  • Always buckle-up, every ride.  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 or escort you to your doorstep.

 Motorists are also asked to subscribe to the pledge of the Ensign John R. Elliot HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers: Drive sober, be a designated driver and don’t let friends drive drunk.  Under the effort, local businesses and community groups, law enforcement agencies, and schools work together to keep drunk drivers off the road.  Started inNew Jerseyby the Elliot family following the tragic death of their son, John, in a head-on collision with a drunk driver, the campaign has become a national model for preventing drunk driving.

 

 

Fairfield’s Finest Tops Plane Pull Fundraising Efforts for NJ Special Olympics

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department’s Special Olympics Plane Pull team, known as “Fairfield’s Finest” recently raised $7, 375 to benefit New Jersey Special Olympics. The donation was presented at the organization’s annual plane pull that took place on Saturday September 29, 2012 at Newark Liberty Airport. The donation was the largest received from any of the teams that participated in this year’s competition. To date, over the last eleven years, Fairfield’s Finest has contributed over $58,000 to this worthwhile cause.

This year, the Fairfield team was not only made up of  Fairfield police officers but also a Fairfield Department of Public works employee and his children, an Essex County inspector, local business owners, police department family members and private citizens. Team captain, Detective Robert Sanger stated, “The diversity of our team members shows just how important the mission of Special Olympics has become in Fairfield”

2012 FAIRFIELD'S FINEST PLANE PULL TEAM PRIOR TO PULLING A 737 UNITED AIRPLANE

 

THE TEAM LINES UP AND IS ALMOST READY TO BEGIN

SELECT MEMBERS OF "FAIRFIELD'S FINEST" ATTEMPT TO PULL THE PLANE WITH THE LOWEST COMBINED WEIGHT

FAIRFIELD'S FINEST POSES WITH TROPHY SIGNIFYING THEM AS THE 2012 LEAD FUNDRAISING TEAM (Pictured at far right is Sue Parsons of N.J. Special Olympics who presented the team with the trophy)

Target Provides $1500 Grant to Aid Fairfield Police

Fairfield (NJ) At the November 26, 2012 meeting of the Fairfield Mayor and Council, representatives from the Target store in Fairfield graciously presented the Fairfield Police Department with a check for $1500 as part of Target’s ongoing commitment to building a stronger community through their Public Safety Grant Program (PSGP). Since 1946, Target has given 5% of their income - more than $3 million every week - to the communities where they do business. The PSGP program provides funding to law enforcement and emergency management organizations to support their efforts to build strong, healthy and safe communities.

“The grant money that Target provided will be used to assist us in expanding on the community-wide alert system that we put in place this year to help keep citizens better informed with up-to-the minute notifications on their cell phones and e-mail accounts of incidents that might affect them” said Chief Charles Voelker. “Target remains a great supporter of the Fairfield Police Department and our community at large” said the chief.

Individuals wishing to join the Fairfield Police Department’s Community Notification System can go to the Fairfield Police Department’s website at www.fairfieldpolicenj.org

TARGET REPRESENTATIVES PRESENT CHIEF CHARLES VOELKER AND MAYOR JAMES GASPARINI WITH A $1500 CHECK (Pictured from left to right are Store Team Leader Kelvin Bernadine, Chief Voelker, Mayor Gasparini, and Team Leader of Asset Protection Alan Barsamian)

 

Leaking Propane Cylinder Closes Route 46

Fairfield (NJ) At approximately 9:48 A.M. the Fairfield Police Department was contacted and advised of a leaking propane cylinder at the Fairfield Garden Center, located at 445 Route 46 West. The cylinder that was leaking was above ground and is commonly used to fill household propane tanks for gas grills. The Fairfield Fire Department was dispatched to the location. It was decided that, for precautionary purposes, Route 46 in both directions would be closed and traffic diverted onto Fairfield Road, avoiding the affected area. In addition, portions of the Crown Plaza strip mall, the Huffman Koos furniture store and the Goodwill store were evacuated.

The Fairfield Fire Department was able to shut off the main to the cylinder, rendering it safe. Route 46 was reopened and surrounding buildings repopulated  by approximately 10:42 A.M.

 

Irate Driver Arrested for DWI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joseph Gambino (40) of Staten Island, N.Y. for driving while intoxicated, DWI in a school zone and refusal to submit to a breath test on November 25, 2012. At approximately 9:50 P.M., Officer Christopher Nicholas observed a 2003 white Kia traveling on Route 46 West appearing to continually brake for no reason. The officer followed the vehicle as it stopped for a red traffic signal at the intersection of Hollywood Avenue and Fairfield Road.

It is alleged that the driver of the Kia, Gambino,  now rolled down his window and began yelling for the vehicle that was next to his to roll down their window. It is alleged that he started to yell louder and began to use expletives to get the other driver to comply with his request. At this time, Officer Nicholas initiated a motor vehicle stop of the Kia. During the course of his field investigation, Officer Nicholas developed probable cause to believe Gambino was under the influence and was subsequently arrested. It is alleged that, while at headquarters, he refused to submit to a breath test. Gambino is scheduled for an initial court appearance date of November 29, 2012 in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

Motorist Arrested for Alleged Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of James Williams (26) of West Orange, N.J. for possessing less than 50 grams of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia on November 23, 2012. At approximately 12:30 P.M., Officer John McGrory was on patrol when he observed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn. He continued to observe the vehicle until it exited onto Route 46. Officer McGrory observed that the driver was allegedly not wearing his seatbelt and he stopped the vehicle.

During the traffic stop it is alleged that the officer observed suspected marijuana near the vehicle’s center console area. Additional marijuana and a smoking pipe were allegedly also recovered from this area. The driver, identified as Williams was then arrested. In addition to the drug charges, Williams was also charged with motor vehicle violations to include failure to wear a seatbelt and possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Williams has an initial court appearance date of November 29, 2012 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Williams are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Car Crash leads to DWI Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Christopher Sierra (18) of North Caldwell, N.J. for driving while intoxicated on November 22, 2012. At approximately 12:25 A.M., Officer R.J. Casendino was on patrol on Route 46 East when he came upon a 2010 Volkswagon Passat that was off the roadway and now located on the front lawn/landscaped area of McDonalds, located at 450 Route 46 East. Sierra was uninjured from the crash.

Officer Casendino conducted an investigation of the incident which allegedly revealed that Sierra was racing with one of his friends who was in another vehicle, when he lost control and crashed. Based upon other observations, Officer Casendino felt he had probable cause to believe Sierra was operating his vehicle while allegedly under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. He was arrested and later administered a breath test which resulted in the DWI charge. In addition, he was also charged with reckless driving, DWI in a school zone and racing on the highway. He has an initial court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court on November 29, 2012. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Weekend Brings Two DWI Arrests

Fairfield (NJ) On November 18, 2012, the Fairfield Police Department arrested two individuals for allegedly operating their vehicles while being under the influence, during two separate encounters. The first incident occurred at approximately 3:30 A.M. At that time, Officer R.J. Casendino was on patrol on Route 46 East when he observed a 2003 Honda allegedly having difficulty maintaining a lane. The vehicle was eventually stopped and Officer Csendino developed probable cause to believe the operator was driving while under the influence. Arrested and charged with DWI, DWI in a school zone, careless driving and failure to maintain a lane was Garett Fullmer (20) of Wayne, N.J. He has an initial court appearance date of November 29, 2012 in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

The second incident took place at approximately 5:00 P.M. At that time, Officer Frank Tracey was dispatched to a John Street residence on a report of an alleged hit and run motor vehicle crash involving a parked car. The individuals from the residence apparently knew the identity of the driver who had left the scene and allegedly contacted her and requested that she return to the location. When she did, Officer Tracey’s conducted an investigation which gave rise to probable cause to believe that the driver was operating her vehicle while under the influence. Arrested and charged with DWI, refusal to submit to breath testing, leaving the scene and failing to report an accident was Colleen Lentz (49) of Fairfield, N.J. In addition, investigation also revealed that allegedly, at the time of the initial motor vehicle crash, Ms. Lentz’ vehicle contained two minor children which also gave rise to a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence with minors in the vehicle. Her initial court appearance date is also scheduled for November 29, 2012 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until if/when proven guilty in a court of law)  

Target Employee Arrested for Taking Merchandise

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Richelle Solis (18) of Fair Lawn, N.J. for shoplifting on November 16, 2012. The incident(s) that gave rise to the arrest took place on seven separate occasions between October 29th and November 6, 2012 where it is alleged that she either failed to scan items, under rang items and/or voided transactions in the amount of $1014.24. Sergeant Daniel Dias responded to the store after Target asset protection officers took her into custody. None of the alleged missing merchandise was recovered. Solis has an initial court appearance date of November 28, 2012 at the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Man Arrest for DWI and for Operating Vehicle While License Suspended for Previous DWI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Shaun Campbell (43) of East Rutherford, N.J. for allegedly driving while intoxicated, along with other motor vehicle charges to include driving while suspended, careless driving, and being an unlicensed driver. He was also charged with the criminal offense of operating a motor vehicle while suspended for a prior DWI conviction, a crime of the fourth degree.

The arrest took place on November 13, 2012 at approximately 9:40 P.M. It was at that time that Officer Frank Tracey was on patrol near the intersection of Hollywood Avenue and Horseneck Road. He observed a van traveling south on Horseneck Road. The officer observed as the van was allegedly being operated in an erratic manner. The van was eventually stopped near 1275 Bloomfield Avenue. It is alleged that Campbell was the operator.

Officer Tracey conducted a field investigation, which gave rise that probable cause existed to believe that Campbell was allegedly operating his vehicle while under the influence. He was placed under arrest and his vehicle impounded based upon New Jersey law. After further investigation at headquarters, he was charged with the aforesaid offenses. It was discovered that Campbell had an outstanding warrant for his arrest that was issued by the Dover Municipal Court. He was eventually turned over to the custody of the Dover Police Department. Campbell has an initial court appearance date at the Superior Court of Essex County on November 21, 2012. (It should be noted that the charges against Campbell are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until if/when he is convicted in a court of law)

Three Men Arrested for Burglary during Power Outage

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Richard Zaccaro (49) of Fairfield, N.J., Eric Labrador (26) and Michael Smolt (44) both of Wayne, N.J. for burglary, theft, conspiracy to commit those crimes and obstructing the administration of law by flight. The arrest of these individuals occurred on October 31, 2012.

On that date, at approximately 8:45 P.M., the Fairfield police responded to a Little Falls Road residence after the homeowner had arrived home and discovered a man inside of her home. At that time, much of Fairfield including this residence was experiencing power outages due to Hurricane Sandy. The intruder then fled the home through the front door.

Responding officers began to check the immediate area. It was at this time that Sgt. John McNish observed three individuals running near the Jane Road pump house, which is near the Passaic River and across the street from the incident location. Sgt. McNish ordered the three individuals to stop but they kept running. Other officers, to include Brian Sabatelli, Gerald Veneziano and Christopher Nicholas, all then converged on the area.

At this point, they observed the three individuals enter two boats, which were tied along the river bank. It is alleged that the officers continued to tell the trio to stop but they failed to do so. Instead one of the boats was untied and began to drift into the Passaic River. Sgt. McNish entered the water and stopped the boat from going further. The other boat never left the shore. The three men were taken into custody and based upon the investigation at the scene, they were ultimately charged with the aforesaid offenses.

All were eventually released on their own recognizance. (It should be noted that the charges against these individuals are merely allegations and that they are all presumed innocent until if/when they are proven guilty in a court of law)

 

RICHARD ZACCARO

MICHAEL SMOLT

ERIC LABRADOR

East Orange Man Arrested for Allegedly Driving Under the Influence

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of John Coyne (60) of East Orange, N.J. for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while under the influence on November 12, 2012. At around midnight, Officer Brian Holzmann was on patrol on Ray Place and was attempting to make a right turn onto Clinton Road when his police vehicle was almost struck by a vehicle that was allegedly traveling on the wrong side of the road. Officer Holzmann stopped the vehicle, a 2012 Honda Civic, allegedly being operated by Coyne.

Officer Holzmann’s field investigation resulted in probable cause to believe Coyne was operating his vehicle while under the influence. He was arrested and transported to police headquarters. While there, Coyne complained of chest pains and he was subsequently transported to Mountainside Hospital. In addition to the DWI charge, Coyne was also charged with driving while suspended, careless driving and failure to maintain a lane. His initial court appearance is scheduled for November 15, 2012 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Coyne are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Man Arrested for Possessing Over Five Pounds of Marijuana

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Tayron Latroy Stepney (32) of Linden, NJ on November 9, 2012 for possession of over five pounds of marijuana, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The circumstances that lead to the arrest are as follows:

At approximately 2:27 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by representatives of the Arthur Schumann Company, located at 40 New Dutch Lane, concerning a package they had received at their company. The package had been opened by company representatives and was found to allegedly contain suspected marijuana.

Sgt. Charles Zampino, Det. Robert Sanger and Det. Michael Nyhuis responded to investigate. At that time, the package was allegedly re-sealed, surreptitiously marked and placed back in the shipping area of the company.

By this time it is alleged that Stepney, an employ of the company, was already making inquiries about the package. It is further alleged that he took possession of the package from the shipping area and placed it into his vehicle. His vehicle was eventually stopped by uniformed Fairfield officers and he was arrested after he drove from the facility.

In addition to the drug charges, Stepney was also charged with driving while suspended and being an unlicensed driver. The investigation also revealed that he had a total of five additional outstanding warrants. 

 

He was being held on $10,000.00 bail.  He has an initial court appearance date of November 15, 2012 in the Essex County Superior Court. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is considered innocent until if/when he is convicted in a court of law)

 

Tayron Latroy Stepney

Burglary Occurs at Commerce Road Cosmetics Company

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a burglary that occurred at Divine Cosmetics, located at 19 Commerce Road. The incident allegedly occurred sometime between October 25th at 5:00 P.M. and October 26, 2012 at approximately 9:15 A.M. It appears that entry to the warehouse was gained by forcing open a door. Approximately $50,000-$75,000 worth cosmetics was taken. Also taken were 24 fluorescent light bulbs, valued at $170. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. All information will be kept confidential. The case is being investigated by Sergeant Charles Zampino and Detective Michael Nyhuis.

Third Suspect Arrested for Possessing Stolen Vehicle/Eluding Police

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael A. Capardi (22) of West Caldwell, N.J. for one count of eluding police and two counts of receiving stolen property. Fairfield and West Caldwell police executed an arrest warrant at his residence on October 19, 2012. At 10:00 A.M. He was taken into custody without incident.

Detective Sergeant Charles Zampino and Detective Michael Nyhuis conducted a follow-up investigation into the October 16th incident whereby Fairfield police pursued a stolen Volkswagon Passat that eventually crashed in West Caldwell and the occupants fleeing the scene on foot. The investigation allegedly identified Capardi as one of the occupants. Police are still seeking a fourth individual.

Capardi was transported to the Essex County Jail in Newark, N.J. in lieu of posting a $25,000 bail.  (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until if/when he is convicted in a court of law)

MICHAEL CAPARDI

 

Police Seek Van Involved in Theft of Cooking Oil

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating the theft of used cooking oil that apparently took place at the Merchant House Tavern, located at 4 Little Falls Road, on October 17m 2012 at around 10:00 P.M. At that time, a blue Ford Econoline van, bearing New York registration GBF-7153 and occupied by two individuals, allegedly entered the parking lot of the restaurant. The owner of the facility happened to be still present and sitting in his car when one of the men approached him and allegedly said that they were there to pick up the used cooking oil. The owner, knowing that this was not the company that he contracted with to perform this service waited in the loot for the men to begin taking the oil and intended to contact the police then. The men never got back out of the vehicle and instead left the facility. The owner also left believing that he foiled the theft.

A short time later, it is alleged that employees contacted the owner and reported the vehicle was back and the men were now taking the oil. The police were contacted but the vehicle and oil was gone prior to their arrival. The used cooking oil sells for approximately $1.00 per gallon, making this theft valued between $500-$750.

“While the severity of this crime may seem minimal, the fact is that given these economic times, every dollar counts for many restaurants. From a law enforcement perspective, there has been a significant increase in this type of activity in the area of the last few years” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. The Fairfield Police Department are cautioning restaurants in the area that this activity is occurring and ask that they contact the police reporting any suspicious activity that they may observe related to this type of crime.

Two Individuals Arrested for Possessing Stolen Car

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Mustafa Berry (26) and Monique Spencer (23), both of Newark, N.J., on two counts each of receiving stolen property and one count each of eluding police. The incident that gave rise to these charges began on October 16, 2012 just after midnight. At that time, Officer Gerald Veneziano was on patrol in the area of Glendale Lane. In recent weeks, this area appeared to be the target of thieves, who on at least two occasions, were scared off by residents as they attempted to enter vehicles in the driveways of homes.

Officer Veneziano allegedly observed a brown colored Volkswagon Passat, which he believed, matched the description of a vehicle that was involved in an earlier motor vehicle theft that took place on Hillside Drive in Fairfield. During that incident, a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee, that was left running in the driveway of a residence, was stolen and later pursued by the West Caldwell Police Department. A brown Volkswagon Passat was seen at the Hillside Drive residence at the time of that theft.

Officer Veneziano began to follow this vehicle in an attempt to investigate further. When the officer activated his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle, it allegedly began to travel at a high rate of speed on Passaic Avenue in an obvious effort to try and elude the officer. Officer Veneziano continued to attempt to stop this vehicle as it entered West Caldwell. He eventually lost sight of it near Westville Avenue. A very short time later, officers from the West Caldwell Police Department discovered that the Volkswagon Passat had crashed on the front lawn of 291 Passaic Avenue. The vehicle was found to be unoccupied, with the suspects allegedly fleeing on foot.

Officers from Fairfield, West Caldwell, and other surrounding towns converged on the area. A K-9 unit from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department also responded to assist with the search for the suspects.

It is alleged that Spencer was found hiding behind an air conditioning unit at 22 Knoll Terrace.  At this same time, the K-9 unit allegedly tracked Berry along a creek and he was found near 319 Passaic Avenue. Both individuals were taken into custody without further incident. The search for two other alleged actors proved negative, however, a vehicle that was left running near the condominium complex on Bovensierpen Court in Roseland was reported stolen at 7:27 A.M. this morning.  

Investigation revealed that the Volkswagon Passat was reported stolen to the West Caldwell Police Department on October 10, 2012. It is alleged that, at the time of its recovery, the Passat contained a woman’s purse that was alleged to originally be in the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee that had been stolen earlier, based upon the identification found in it.  The investigation of this incident is ongoing.

At the time of this press release, both Spencer and Berry were being held at the Fairfield Police Department awaiting the setting of bail and/or remand to the Essex County Jail. Both have been given an initial court appearance date of October 24, 2012 at the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.  (It should be noted that the charges filed against the pair are merely allegations and that both should be considered innocent until if/when they are proven guilty in a court of law)  

 

 MUSTAFA BERRY

 

MONIQUE SPENCER

Vehicle Stolen From Hillside Drive

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating the theft of a gray 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was stolen from the driveway of a Hillside Drive residence on October 15, 2012 at approximately 6:55 P.M. The driver of the vehicle left it running while he was stopping by a friend’s house for a moment. When the driver exited the house, he allegedly observed a male standing by the driver side of the vehicle. This individual quickly entered the vehicle and drove off in it. It appears that the stolen Jeep was being followed by a four-door white Volkswagon Pasat, which police believe to be involved in the incident. A short time later, the vehicle was spotted by a West Caldwell police officer and briefly pursued. It was last seen in the area of Westville Avenue and Lane Road in West Caldwell.

Missing Boaters Call Believed to be a Hoax

Fairfield (NJ) On October 10, 2012, at approximately 9:46 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by the United States Coast Guard, located in Staten Island, and informed that they had received a radio transmission reporting that a boat, with three individuals, had become disabled on the Passaic River in Fairfield, N.J. and was taking on water. As a result of this communication, and extensive search operation was undertaken which, included the use of boats from the Fairfield and Lincoln Park Fire Departments and a helicopter from the New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit. The initial search lasted approximately three hours and revealed nothing to indicate that there was a boat in trouble on the Passaic River in Fairfield. The search was suspended for the evening and resumed the next day during daylight hours.

On October 11, 2012, at approximately 8:00 A.M., once again boats from the Fairfield and Lincoln Park Fire Departments were put into the waters of the Passaic River. This time they were also joined by a boat from the New Jersey State Police Marine Unit and a helicopter from the New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit. The Passaic River was extensively search from the Fairfield/Pine Brook border to Elmwood Park, N.J. Once again, there were no signs indicating a boat and its occupants were in trouble. The search was terminated at approximately 1:00 P.M.

At present, based upon the totality of the circumstances to include that the river is extremely shallow, so much so that emergency boats could not pass certain points, that there were no signs of boat trailers without boats on them anywhere along the river in Fairfield, that no missing person reports indicating three individuals were missing was made, that no phone calls were received by authorities from any individuals who may have been on this boat and that no eyewitnesses have come forward to indicate they saw a boat on the water leads the Fairfield Police Department to believe that this incident was a hoax. As such, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office was notified of the results of the search and the Fairfield Police Department is now conducting a criminal investigation of this incident.

 

 

Fairfield Police Receive State Chiefs Association Re-Accreditation Certificate

Fairfield (NJ) On October 1, 2012, at the meeting of the Fairfield Mayor and Council, Chief Charles Voelker and Fairfield Accreditation Manager, Detective Robert Sanger, proudly accepted a certificate that was presented to them by Mr. Harry Delgado, the Accreditation Program Manager for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.

According to the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, “Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping law enforcement agencies calculate and improve their overall performances. The foundation of Accreditation lies in the adoption of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participating agencies conduct a thorough self-analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of trained assessors verifies that applicable standards have been successfully implemented.”

The Fairfield Police Department first obtained NJSACOP accreditation in 2007. Fairfield Chief of Police Charles Voelker stated: “In Fairfield, much like community policing did in law enforcement in the 90’s, accreditation has now become a department wide philosophy and because of it, the public most assuredly benefits from it.” The chief went on to say, “This task could not have been successfully completed without the diligent work of Detective Robert Sanger.”

The Fairfield Police Department will need to renew their accreditation certificate in 2015.

 

HARRY DELGADO (far right), THE ACCREDITATION PROGRAM MANAGER FOR THE NEW JERSEY STATE ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE, PRESENTS CHIEF CHARLES VOELKER (center) AND DETECTIVE ROBERT SANGER (far left) WITH THE NJSACOP ACCREDITATION CERTIFICATE

(From left to right) DETECTIVE ROBERT SANGER, CHIEF CHARLES VOELKER AND MAYOR JAMES GASPARINI PROUDLY DISPLAY THE NEW JERSEY STATE ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE ACCREDITATION CERTIFICATE PRESENTED TO THE FAIRFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT ON OCTOBER 1, 2012 

Fairfield Police Department Helps Promote 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, 2012, 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.

To support this effort, the Fairfield Police Department will take a two pronged approach in raising public awareness to this event. During a portion of the day, officers will be handing out flyers as a way of educating the public relative to the increase in motor vehicle crash fatalities. In addition, there will be increased enforcement efforts along the Township roadways in order to obtain the goal of a fatality free day.

Last year in New Jersey, 627 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle-related crashes, up from 556 in 2010.  Although nationally there is a downward trend in motor vehicle fatalities in 2011 in New Jersey fatalities increased over 2010 by 71 deaths.

“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 Charles Voelker.  “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,” added the chief.

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

 

Burglary Occurs at Verizon Store

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a burglary that occurred on September 29, 2012 at the Verizon store, located at 430 Route 46 East. According to images captured by store surveillance video, at approximately 7:40 A.M., an unknown actor is observed smashing the glass door in the front of the store. He then quickly opens a side door and he is joined by three other actors. These individuals then take a variety of cell phones, tablets, a safe and the store’s cash register. The entire incident lasted approximately one minute. The proceeds of the theft of these items is estimated by store management to be approximately $50,000.

Three of the actors appear to be African American males, all wearing hooded sweatshirts. The fourth actor appears to be either a light-skinned African American or possibly of Hispanic descent.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at 973-227-1400. The case is being investigated by Detective Michael Nyhuis. All information will be kept confidential.

 

Driver of Commercial Vehicle Arrested for DWI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Kemraj Singh (26) of Brooklyn, N.Y. for driving while intoxicated, operating a commercial vehicle with a blood Alcohol concentration above 0.04% and other motor vehicle offenses. The incident that led to the arrest occurred on September 20, 2012 at approximately 1:00 P.M.

At that time, Sergeant Joseph Keegan and Officer Steven Ptaszynski, along with EMS, were dispatched to the Hess gas station, located at 90 Route 46 East, on a report of two individuals who appeared to be unconscious inside of a box truck. Upon the arrival of Officer Ptaszynski, he allegedly observed a box truck in the area of the gas pumps. The vehicle was still running and the two occupants were inside of it, slumped over to their sides. The officer immediately shut down the vehicle and attempted to awake the individuals. When they finally awoken, the officer developed probable cause from his observation to believe the driver, identified as Kemraj Singh, was allegedly operating his vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Singh was placed under arrest and the truck, which he was driving, was impounded pursuant to New Jersey’s “John’s Law”

Singh was taken to police headquarters where breath testing was conducted. He was eventually issued a total of seven traffic summonses with an initial court appearance date of September 27, 2012. ( The charges aginst Singh are merely allegations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Fairfield Branch of Chase Bank Robbed

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a bank robbery that occurred at the Fairfield branch of the Chase Bank located at 387 Passaic Avenue. On September 20, 2012 at 5:36 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from the branch manager of the Chase Bank reporting a bank robbery in progress. Fairfield officers were immediately dispatched to the bank at which time a perimeter was set up with the assistance of officers from the North Caldwell, West Caldwell, Montclair, Lincoln Park and Montville Police Departments and from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department when it could not be definitively confirmed that the actor had left the bank. Eventually it was discovered that the actor did flee the facility prior to police arrival.  

Preliminary investigation indicates that a lone actor entered the bank and handed the teller a note indicating the bank was being robbed. The teller turned over approximately $4000 to the actor who did not display any weapon. After getting the currency, the actor walked out of the front door of the bank.

The actor being sought is described as an African American male, approximately 30 years of age, thin build, approximately 5’5” tall, wearing a hat that was blue with a little white in the front, wearing large, dark sunglasses and also wearing a light nylon type grey jacket and gloves.

At present, the case is being jointly investigated by detectives from the Fairfield Police Department and special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Anyone with any information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. All information will remain confidential.

 

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Wayne Woman Charged with Shoplifting

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Christina Warhurst (23) of Wayne, N.J. for shoplifting. The incident that leads to the arrest occurred at the Target store, located at 632 Route 46 East, on September 15, 2012.

At 2:24 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by Target security in reference to an alleged shoplifter that security had in custody.  Sergeant Joseph Keegan, Officer Brian Holzmann and Officer Steven Ptaszynski all responded to the store. It is alleged that Warhurst concealed approximately $175.00 worth of merchandise in her purse. These items included I-phone cases and Xbox and Play Station 3 headsets.

She was eventually charged and released on her own recognizance with an initial court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court on September 20, 2012. (It should be noted that the charges against Warhust are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Commercial Burglary Occurs at Mortgage Company

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a burglary that occurred at On Line Mortgage Group, located at 353 Route 46 West. The burglary allegedly took place sometime between Saturday, September 15th at 1:00 P.M. and its discovery on Monday September 17, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. There were no signs of forced entry at the scene. The unknown actor(s) took computer monitors, valued at $3600.00 and telephones, valued at $540.00.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. The case is being investigated by Detective Robert Sanger.

 

Two Juveniles Charged with Causing Criminal Mischief at Fairfield Recreation Complex

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the charging of two juveniles on September 10, 2012 for having caused criminal mischief at the Fairfield Recreation Complex, located on Hollywood Avenue in May of 2012. The juveniles, whose names are being withheld due to their ages, are alleged to have set fire to the new turf field on or about May 13, 2012, causing approximately $1000.00 in damage.

The charges were filed by Detective Sergeant Charles Zampino after information was developed by Fairfield Recreation Director Anthony Pompei. The case is being forwarded to the Family Court in Newark for disposition.

“The charges against these juveniles come in the wake of more frequent acts of criminal mischief taking place at the park” said Fairfield Chief of Police Charles Voelker. “We will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute those individuals responsible for damaging public property at the park” the chief said. The Fairfield Police Department has increased patrols at the complex and will be employing plain clothes officers in an effort to both deter and apprehend anyone involved in such acts. Anyone who sees suspicious activity at the park is encouraged to immediately contact the Fairfield Police Department.

 

 

Wayne Man Arrested for Shoplifting

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Paul Kelly (50) of Wayne, N.J. for allegedly shoplifting at the Target store, located on Route 46, on September 8, 2012. At approximately 5:55 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by Target security relative to a shoplifter that they had in custody. Sergeant Daniel Dias and other officers arrived and viewed surveillance video that allegedly showed Kelly pushing a shopping cart with merchandise out of the entrance doors without having paid for the items. He was detained by store security until police could be called. The merchandise in the cart included a Kitchenaid countertop oven, a Dyson vacuum and various toiletry items. The merchandise was valued at approximately $600.00.

Kelly was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to have an initial court appearance date in the superior court in Newark, N.J. on September 13, 2012. (It should be noted that the charges against Kelly are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until if and when proven guilty in a court of law)

Burglary Occurs at Banyon School

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a burglary that occurred at the Banyon School, located in the St. Thomas More R.C. Church complex, 10 Hollywood Avenue. The incident apparently occurred sometime between September 7th at 5:00 P.M. and September 8, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. It appears that entry to the building was gained by pushing in a window air conditioning unit. The main office and computer lab were entered and ransacked. At present, it appears that an undisclosed amount of petty cash and five I-Pads were taken.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. All information will be kept confidential.

Two Arrested for Target Shoplifting

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Georgeanna Egner (30) and Timothy Egner (22) both of Belleville, N.J. for shoplifting. The circumstances that gave rise to the charges occurred at the Target store, located on Route 46 East, on August 31, 2012 at approximately 7:00 P.M. At that time, the Fairfield police were contacted by Target security in reference to two individuals who were acting suspiciously in the store and were under surveillance by store security. Officers responded to the area and assisted in observing the couple as they continued to walk around the store.

It is alleged that the couple then walked out of the exit doors with a shopping cart of merchandise without having paid for any of it. They were immediately apprehended in the parking lot without incident. Recovered in the cart was approximately $1200 in merchandise to include household items and several Nintendo DSI gaming systems. At the time of their arrest, an 18 month old child was with the couple. All were transported to the police department where the child was released into the custody of a family member. The New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services was contacted concerning the incident.

The suspects were charged and eventually released on their own recognizance. They have an initial court appearance date of September 6, 2012 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.(It should be noted that the charges against the pair are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Two Charged with Theft of Hotel Lobby Television

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Fillipo Orofino (29) of Brooklyn,N.Y. for theft and conspiracy to commit theft. A second individual, identified as Joseph DePaulis (42) of Juno Beach, Florida, has also been charged with the same offenses. The incident that gave rise to the charges took place at the Fairfield Executive Inn, located on Route 46, on August 13, 2012.

At that time, hotel surveillance video showed two males removing a flat screen television, valued at $2800.00, from the hotel. The television was originally located in a hallway adjacent to the main lobby.

Through investigation, Detective Michael Nyhuis was alleged to have positively identified one of the individuals involved as Orofino. Further investigation resulted in DePaulis allegedly being positively identified as the second individual seen on the video tape. It is alleged that Orofino and DePaulis were attending a wedding at the hotel at that time of the incident. Detectives allegedly recovered a 63” Samsung plasma television in Orofino’s possession.

Orofino was arrested on August 29, 2012. He was released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date having taken place in the Fairfield Municipal Court on August 30, 2012. DePaulis was sent a complaint summons to his Florida address and police are awaiting his initial appearance in Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against the pair are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Fairfield Police Assist Paterson Police with Alleged Kidnapping

Fairfield (NJ) On August 31, 2012, at approximately 12:30 A.M., officers were dispatched to the area of 61 Fairfield Road on a report of a hysterical female who claimed to have been abducted at gunpoint in Paterson, N.J. The victim, whose identity is being withheld, informed the responding Fairfield officers that she was at an ATM near 18th Avenue when an older male forced her into a vehicle at gunpoint. They somehow ended up in Fairfield and when the suspect pulled over on Fairfield Road, the victim fled from the vehicle. The victim was eventually transported to the Paterson Police Department where the investigation was to continue.

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