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)
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.”
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.
Stephanie Sandler Ryan Tollner
The Giving Back Fund REP 1 Sports Group
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)
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.