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 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)
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)
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.