Fairfield Police Investigate Serious Motor Vehicle Crash
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is investigating what appears to be a serious single car motor vehicle crash that took place on Route 46 West, across from the Fairfield Executive Inn on May 27, 2015 at approximately 10 PM.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2000 Toyota Celica operated by a 29 year old female from Morris Plains, N.J., left the roadway for an unknown reason near the Portes QQ cigar store, located at 235 Route 46 West. The vehicle struck a utility pole and ended up in the woods and underbrush well off the roadway. The driver was apparently ejected from the vehicle with serious injuries. The victim was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. where at last report she remains in critical condition. There appears to have been no other occupants in the vehicle.
Assisting at the scene was the Fairfield Fire Department, the West Essex First Aid Squad, and Atlantic Healthcare paramedics. The New Jersey State Police also assisted Fairfield investigators with accident reconstruction. The cause of the crash is ongoing and is being investigated by Sergeant Christopher Niemiec of the Fairfield Police Department.
Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Fairfield Police Department at (973) 227-1400.
Pair of Drug Arrests Take Place over Memorial Day Weekend
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Tramaine Mitchell (33) of Paterson, N.J. and Anthony Lawrence (27) of Parsippany, N.J. in separate incidents.
Mitchell was arrested on May 22, 2015, at approximately 3:54 PM after his vehicle was stopped on Route 46 West by Officer Diego Ocampo for allegedly exceeding the posted 50 M.P.H. speed limit. During the course of the stop, it is alleged that Mitchell did not have his driver’s license with him and provided the officer with false information as to his identity. When the officer made an inquiry on his mobile data terminal, the false name that was provided revealed it as one of Mitchell’s previously used aliases. It allegedly further revealed that Mitchell was wanted by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department. Mitchell was then placed under arrest.
While at police headquarters it is alleged that suspected marijuana was found on Mitchell. He was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and hindering apprehension. He was eventually turned over to the custody of the Passaic County Sherriff’s Department.
The second incident took place on May 23, 2015. At approximately 1:18 PM, the police department received a call reporting a 1987 Cadillac that was parked at 55 Lane Road with the windows down and asleep. Officer Christopher Nicholas and Sergeant Christopher Niemiec were dispatched to investigate. While in route, it is alleged that the caller stated the male was no longer asleep but appeared disoriented.
Upon arrival, the officers found Lawrence to be the operator of the vehicle and inquired as to his condition. During the course of this inquiry, it is alleged that Officer Nicholas, a certified drug recognition expert, observed that Lawrence was displaying signs and symptoms of being under the influence of a narcotic analgesic to include slow and slurred speech, droopy eyelids, constricted pupils and a fresh needle puncture in his arm.
Further investigation allegedly revealed the discovery of glassine packets containing suspected heroin, a hypodermic syringe and other drug paraphernalia. Lawrence was then placed under arrest. Lawrence was charged with possession of heroin, use of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lawrence was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on June 3, 2015.
(It should be noted that the charges against the pair are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)
Cancun Bound Man Arrested at Airport on Outstanding Fairfield Warrant
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael Vasquez (33) of Newark, N.J. for receiving stolen property, credit card fraud and conspiracy to commit these offenses. The incident that gave rise to the charges occurred on April 20, 2015 at the Target store, located on Route 46 East. It is alleged on that date Vasquez, and an unknown female accomplice, used stolen credit cards to purchase approximately $5000.00 worth of merchandise. It is alleged that the credit cards that were used were stolen from vehicles that were parked in Paramus and Wayne on April 19, 2015.
Detective Michael Nyhuis, the case investigator, initially attempted to get Vasquez to surrender himself to authorities. When that failed, Vasquez was entered into the National Crime and Information Center as a wanted individual on May 22, 2015.
At approximately 5:30 AM, on May 23, 2015, agents from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency at Newark International Airport came upon Vasquez as he attempted to board a flight to Cancun Mexico for vacation. He was taken into custody on the outstanding warrant and turned over to the Fairfield police.
Vasquez was eventually released from custody after posting bail. He is scheduled to appear in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on June 4, 2015 for an initial hearing. Vasquez’ accomplice is still being sought by police.
(It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)
Former Employee Charged with Theft from Company in Accounts Receivable Scheme
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Angel Sulca (52) of North Bergen, N.J. for theft of approximately $41,000 that occurred between December 2014 and April 2015. Representatives of Vel-Mac Foods Inc., located at 20 Stewart Place, report the theft to the Fairfield police after conducting an internal investigation. The results of that investigation allegedly revealed that Sulca, who was a salesman at the company and responsible in part for helping to collect accounts receivable that were owed to the company, was contacting customers and offering to reduce the amount owed to Vel-Mac if payment was made in cash. It is alleged that Sulca then kept this cash for himself.
Sulca surrendered himself on May 21, 2015 to Fairfield Police Detective Michael Nyhuis who was the investigator handling the case. Sulca was released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Superior Court in Essex County on May 28, 2015.
(It should be noted that the charge against Sulca is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)