Police Investigate Burglary of Good Will Store
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating the burglary of the Good Will Store, located at 423 Route 46 West. The burglary was discovered at approximately 7:30 A.M. on July 16, 2012 and could have occurred anytime between its discovery and when the store closed the previous day at 8:30 P.M.
It appears that unknown actor(s) forced open an exterior door located on the east side of the building. They then removed a safe from the manager’s office and apparently cut it open and removed cash. The actor(s) took a variety of steps to avoid detection by cutting exterior phone lines and dismantling the alarm and phone panels inside of the building, as well as, taking the interior digital video recorder for the security system from inside of the manager’s office. Approximately $5000.00 in cash was stolen.
Anyone with any 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 Detective Michael Nyhuis.
Man Arrested for Possessing Over 3000 Pills
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Seyed Shirinpour (46) of Totowa, N.J. for possessing a prescription legend drug with intent to distribute, possessing a Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, and possessing a Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance. The arrest occurred on July 10, 2012 at approximately 6:30 P.M.
At that time, the Fairfield Police Department was called to the LaQuinta hotel, located onTwo Bridges Road, on a report of a man who was semi-conscious and was feeling faint. Officers arrived to allegedly find Shirinpour in a chair on the outside of the hotel being assisted by another guest of the hotel. They immediately began to treat his condition; however Shirinpour was unable to communicate with the officers.
In an attempt to determine what may have caused the medical condition of the victim, the officers proceeded to check Shirinpour’s hotel room where they allegedly discovered an assortment of approximately 3800 pills, There were allegedly eight different types of pills with 875 of them preliminarily being identified as Xanax, a Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance. Identification of the other items are pending submission to the New Jersey State Police for lab analysis.
Shirinpour was transported directly to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. for treatment and remained under police guard until approximately 8 A.M. on July 11, 2012. He was then released on his own recognizance. The case will be referred to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for prosecution.
Pet Emergency Leads to Motor Vehicle Pursuit and Arrest
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Amy Bakunas (45) of Elmwood Park, N.J. for eluding police, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The arrest took place on July 13, 2012 at approximately 8:30 P.M. That is when Officer Brian Sabatelli allegedly observed a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse run a red light at the intersection of Little Falls Road and Passaic Avenue. He then initiated a traffic stop. The driver, identified as Bakunas, stopped her vehicle in the right lane and then emerged from it and began to approach the officer’s vehicle, allegedly screaming that she had an emergency and had to bring her cat to the pet hospital. The officer directed Bakunas to return to her vehicle as a matter of safety. She then allegedly got back into her car and drove off. Officer Sabatelli then initiated a pursuit of the vehicle.
The suspect vehicle then continued south on Passaic Avenue, allegedly running three red light traffic signals along Passaic Avenue in both Fairfield and West Caldwell. The vehicle eventually became stopped in traffic at the intersection of Passaic Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue; however it attempted to get around traffic by entering the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Bank. Fairfield officers converged on the vehicle but the driver allegedly still attempted to elude the officers. It appears that when Bakunas finally realized that there was no where else to go, she stopped the vehicle.
Officers attempted to take her into custody but she allegedly resisted their efforts. She was finally taken into custody after a brief struggle. Bakunas received minor injuries as a result of her resisting the officers’ attempts to arrest her and she refused medical treatment at Fairfield police headquarters. The Animal Emergency andReferralCenterwas contacted and responded to aid the sick feline.
Along with the criminal charges, Bakunas also received a series of motor vehicle summonses as well. She was later released on her own recognizance. In addition, at press time, the prognosis for the sick feline was apparently good. (It should be noted that the charges here are merely allegations and that Bakunas is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Officers Zampino, Dias and Niemiec Promoted to Sergeant
Fairfield (NJ) Chief Charles Voelker is pleased to announce the promotion of three police officers to the rank of sergeant. The officers are Charles Zampino, Daniel Dias and Christopher Niemiec. “All three are extremely dedicated and exceptional officers and there is no doubt in my mind that they will all make excellent supervisors” said the chief.
Sergeant Charles Zampino has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the Ocean County Police Academy and started his career in law enforcement with the Seaside Heights Police Department in 1998. He joined the Fairfield Police Department in January of 1999. During his tenure, he has served as an Emergency Medical Technician, a field training officer, a Drug Recognition Expert and is a founding member of the department’s honor guard. He was assigned to the department’s Investigative Division in September 2004 and is still assigned there today. Sergeant Zampino will remain assigned to the Investigative Division and it is anticipated that he will be its next commander with the scheduled retirement of Lt. Louis Cammarata in November.
Sergeant Daniel Dias has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. He joined the Fairfield Police Department in January 1999 and graduated from the Essex County Police Academy in the spring of that year. He was initially assigned to the Patrol Division. In May of 2003, he was re-assigned to the Investigative Division where he remained until February of 2011. During his tenure there, he served as the juvenile-aid officer, Juvenile Conference Committee coordinator, Domestic Violence Response Team representative and was in charge of firearms permits and licensing. He also is a certified firearms instructor and a Glock/Remington armorer. Sergeant Dias will continue his assignment in the Patrol Division as a line supervisor.
Sergeant Christopher Niemiec has an Associates Degree in Business Administration. He joined the Fairfield Police Department in January 1999 and graduated from the Essex County Police Academy in the spring of that year. He was assigned to the Patrol Division from June 1999 until December of 2008 and is presently assigned to the Investigative Division. During his tenure with the department, he has served as an EMT/Paramedic, a field training officer for police officers and communications dispatchers, an NCIC computer terminal agency coordinator and is an instructor in American Heart Association CPR, child passenger safety seat installations, training communications officers and emergency medical dispatch. Sergeant Niemiec will be re-assigned to the Patrol Division where he will serve as a line supervisor.
Officer Charles Zampino, Officer Christopher Niemiec and Officer Daniel Dias were all promoted to the rank of sergeant at the July 9th meeting of the Mayor and Council
(from left to right) Councilman Thomas Morgan, Councilman Michael McGlynn, Deputy Chief Anthony Manna, Chief Charles Voelker, Sgt. Christopher Niemeic, Sgt. Daniel Dias, Sgt. Charles Zampino, Mayor James Gasparini, Councilman John LaForgia and Councilman Joseph Cifelli after the promotion ceremony
Officer Charles Zampino being sworn in to the rank of sergeant while his wife and sons look on
Officer Christopher Niemiec being sworn in to the rank of sergeant while his wife and daughter look on
Mayor James Gasparini administers the oath of office to Sgt. Daniel Dias while his family looks on