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.
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)
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)
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)