Two Car Crash being Investigated by Police
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a serious two-car motor vehicle crash that occurred on Route 46 East, near the Valero gas station, on March 30, 2014 at approximately 2:51 A.M.
At present, it appears that a 2014 Nissan was traveling east on Route 46 in the right lane when it was allegedly sideswiped by a 2012 Ford flatbed tow truck that was also traveling east in the left lane. The tow truck then left the roadway and stuck a pole that supports a Department of Transportation message sign. The tow truck is owned by Passaic Towing.
The officers at the scene were able to remove the driver of the tow truck. He was later transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries. At press time, he was listed in stable condition. The passenger of the tow truck was extricated from the vehicle with the assistance of personnel from the Fairfield Fire Department and the West Essex First Aid Squad. She was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. for treatment of her injuries. The two occupants of the Nissan were transported to Chilton Hospital in Pequannock, N.J. for minor injuries. They were treated and released.
The eastbound lanes of Route 46 were closed for approximately two hours while the scene was being cleared and investigated. At present, no summonses have been issued against either driver. Assisting at the scene were the Pine Brook Fire Department and the North Caldwell Police Department.
Lincoln Park Man Arrested After Motor Vehicle Pursuit
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of George Smith (50) of Lincoln Park, N.J. for two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, eluding police, resisting arrest, possession of a weapon, two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of stolen property, possession of hypodermic syringes and possession of drug paraphernalia on March 16, 2014.
At approximately 10:02 A.M., Officer Christopher Nicholas was monitoring traffic traveling east on Route 46, near the Montville border, when he allegedly observed a 2002 Dodge Durango with no license plates displayed. The officer followed the vehicle as it exited Route 46 East and abruptly pulled into the parking lot of 125 Clinton Road. As he pulled behind the Dodge and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle immediately pulled away, went back out onto Clinton Road and then onto Route 46 East, followed by the officer.
The suspect’s vehicle continued on Route 46 East. It is alleged that near Two Bridges Road, Smith deliberately rammed two marked Fairfield police cars being operated by Sergeant Daniel Dias and Officer Brian Holzmann in a further attempt to elude the police. At this point, Smith’s vehicle suffered a flat front driver’s side tire but he continued to attempt to elude police and eventually drove into Lincoln Park from Two Bridges Road. His vehicle ultimately became disabled in the wooded area off of Lincoln Boulevard. He then led officers on a brief foot pursuit before being apprehended. During the foot pursuit, Fairfield police officer Steven Ptaszynski was injured when he slipped on ice. He was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and later released. Smith was also transported to a different area hospital, under police guard, for evaluation for injuries sustained during the incident.
The 2002 Dodge Durango was found to have been reported stolen to the Rockaway Police Department on February 24, 2014. Officers from the Wayne, Lincoln Park, North Caldwell and Essex Fells Police Departments responded to assist.
(It should be noted that the charges against Smith are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until if/when he is convicted or pleads guilty in a court of law)
Towaco Men Arrested for Heroin Use
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joseph Fillippo (30) and Edmund Oertel (29) both of Towaco, N.J. for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of Suboxone and possession of hypodermic syringes on March 23, 2014.
On that date, at approximately 7:49 P.M., a concerned citizen contacted the Fairfield Police Department and reported that two individuals were in a maroon-colored GMC Jimmy located in the Target parking lot, and appeared to be injecting themselves with controlled dangerous substances. As a result, all available units were dispatched to the area. Officers Frank Tracey and David Lagan were the first to arrive.
The officers immediately located a vehicle and occupants, fitting the description provided by the citizen, and pulled up to it. It is alleged that when approaching the vehicle, they immediately observed the driver, identified as Oertel, was bleeding from both forearms. It is further alleged that both Oertel and Fillippo were lethargic, had slow and slurred speech and had pinpoint and abnormally constricted pupils. Both were then placed under arrest without incident.
During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that the men ingested approximately 6 bags of heroin. It is further alleged that officers recovered hypodermic syringes from inside the clothing of Oertel and that both men had in their possession, Suboxone, a controlled dangerous substance, without having a prescription.
Both men were eventually released on their own recognizance with a pending court date of April 2, 2014 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.(It should be noted that the charges against both men are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until if/when they are convicted or plead guilty in a court of law)
Purchasing Manager Charged With Selling Stolen Tools on eBay
Fairfield – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Fairfield Police Chief Charles Voelker announced today that Ryszard Osika, 29, of Wallington has been charged with selling stolen high-end construction equipment valued at in excess of $250,000 on eBay, the online consumer-to-consumer shopping website.
It is alleged that Osika, a purchasing manager for a large construction company, would order drills and other tools made by Hilti, aTulsa Oklahoma based company, steal them, and re-sell them on eBay.
The thefts were uncovered when representatives from Hilti discovered their products being sold on eBay at below market prices. Using the name hiltiguy07, it is alleged that the thefts began in 2007 and continued until Osika was taken into custody earlier today. Osika is charged with second degree theft.
Prosecutor Murray credited the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit and Detective Robert Sanger of the Fairfield Police Department for the subsequent investigation that culminated in today’s arrest.
“Law enforcement and private industry worked hand in hand in this case to uncover illegal activity perpetrated by a trusted employee,’’ said Assistant Prosecutor Deborah Freier, who is handling the case.
Osika faces 5 to 10 years in a New Jersey State Prison if he is found guilty of the charges.
It should be noted these are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they enter a guilty plea or are found guilty in a court of law.