Roof Fire Occurs at Unifoil
Fairfield (NJ) On June 4, 2013 at 1:55 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a structure fire at Unifoil, 12 Daniel Road. First responding officers observed fire on the roof of the building. The Fairfield Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. Also assisting them were the West Caldwell and North Caldwell Fire Departments. In addition, Atlantic Healthcare Ambulance EMS-7 and the West Essex First Aid Squad stood by at the scene as a precautionary measure. There were no reported injuries. Fire operations ceased at 3:05 P.M.
All damage was contained to the roof area. The exact cause of the fire is being investigated by the Fairfield Fire Prevention Bureau, however preliminary investigation indicates a likely cause was an HVAC unit located on the roof. Unifoil is a manufacturer of specialty papers.
Secaucus Man Charged with Driving While Under the Influence and Resisting Arrest
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield police Department announces the arrest of Christopher Francis (25) of Secaucus, N.J. for driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a breath test, resisting arrest and a number of other motor vehicle violations. At approximately 2:08 A.M., Officer John McGrory was parked in the driveway of the municipal building when he observed a 1996 Ford Ranger traveling west on Fairfield Road. This vehicle allegedly disregard the red traffic signal at the intersection of Fairfield Road and Hollywood Avenue and also appeared to be travelling in excess of the posted speed limit.
The officer followed the vehicle as it eventually turned onto Marion Court where it attempted to make a K-turn in the driveway of a residence. The vehicle eventually stopped and Francis was found to be operator. The officer attempted to conduct field sobriety testing but Francis allegedly did not cooperate with the tests. The officer then attempted to place Francis under arrest, however, he allegedly passively resisted by not turning around to be handcuffed after repeated requests to do so. He was eventually handcuffed and brought to police headquarters. While at headquarters it is alleged that Francis refused to submit to breath testing. Francis was given an initial court appearance date of May 30, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Francis are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Black Bear Spotted Near Little Falls Road and Carlos Drive
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is advising the public that on June 2, 2013, a black bear was spotted near Little Falls Road and Carlos Drive. This same bear may have also been seen on Saturday June 1st near Clinton Road. This advisement has been issued so that specific precautions can be taken. In most cases a black bear, if not cornered, will be wary of people. However, black bears that are accompanied with their cubs, presents the need for residents to have a heightened level of awareness.
If you encounter a black bear in your neighborhood or outdoors while hiking or camping, follow these common-sense safety tips.
- Never feed or approach a bear
- Remain calm if you encounter a bear
- Make the bear aware of your presence by speaking in an assertive voice, singing, clapping your hands, or making other noises.
- Make sure the bear has an escape route.
- If a bear enters your home, provide it with an escape route by propping all doors open
- Avoid direct eye contact and never run from a bear. Instead, slowly back away
- To scare the bear away, make loud noises by yelling, banging pots and pans or using an air horn. Make yourself look as big as possible by waving your arms. If you are with someone else, stand close together with your arms raised above your head
- The bear may utter a series of huffs, make popping jaw sounds by snapping its jaws and swat the ground. These are warning signs that you are too close. Slowly back away, avoid direct eye contact and do not run
- If a bear stands on its hind legs or moves closer, it may be trying to get a better view or detect scents in the air. It is usually not a threatening behavior
- Black bears will sometimes "bluff charge" when cornered, threatened or attempting to steal food. Stand your ground, avoid direct eye contact, then slowly back away and do not run
- If the bear does not leave, move to a secure area
- Report black bear damage or nuisance behavior to the DEP's 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337)
- Families who live in areas frequented by black bears should have a "Bear Plan" in place for children, with an escape route and planned use of whistles and air horns
- Black bear attacks are extremely rare. If a black bear does attack, fight back!
While it is perfectly appropriate for residents seeing a bear to notify the police department, it should be understood that the police department’s response to such incidents are limited unless the black bear becomes a nuisance or an immediate threat to human life. Individuals wishing to obtain more information about black bears in New Jersey are encouraged to go to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Agency’s website at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bearfacts.htm
Slow Moving Vehicle Yields DWI Arrest
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Moise Espinoza (32) of Clifton, N.J. for driving under the influence on May 27, 2013. At approximately 1:35 A.M., Sergeant Christopher Oswald was running radar on Route 46 West when he observed a 1996 Toyota traveling west with a front headlight out. The vehicle was also allegedly traveling at an extremely low speed. The vehicle was eventually stopped and Espinoza was found to be the alleged operator. A field investigation, which included sobriety testing, resulted in Espinoza being arrested. He was given an initial court appearance date of May 30, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)