Monday, August 03, 2015

Threats Against Court Leads to Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Shilo Bruner (32) of Miami Beach, Florida for making a terroristic threat on June 15, 2015. It is alleged that on June 5, 2015, Bruner received a summons for speeding from a state trooper while operating his vehicle in Fairfield. He then contacted the Fairfield Municipal Court in order to schedule a court date. When the date given for him to appear in court did not fit with his schedule, Bruner allegedly became irate over the phone and made a threat to the court staff. The incident was immediately reported to the Fairfield Police Department and the Administrative Office of the Courts. At that time, court personnel decided to monitor the situation as opposed to signing criminal complaints.

On July 30, 2015, Bruner appeared in the Fairfield Municipal Court to answer the original speeding ticket. It is alleged that, while meeting with the prosecutor in court, Bruner again became irate with a plea discussion and attempted to grab a file from the prosecutor. He then stormed out of the courtroom, slamming the entrance doors as he left. He was stopped by Fairfield officers. Based upon his alleged actions and disregard for the court, Bruner was placed under arrest for the original threat made in June by Detective Jeffrey Didyk. He was eventually charged with making a terroristic threat and then released on his own recognizance with a pending court date in the Superior Court in Newark.

“The Fairfield Police Department takes very seriously any expressed or implied threats made against the court or any other government entity or official and will do whatever is necessary to secure their safety and assure they are free to carry out their duties without  intimidation or fear of reprisals” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna.

Speeding Violation Leads to Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Adriana Papp (29) of Somerville, N.J. for operating during period of license suspension for driving under the influence on July 31, 2015. On that date, at approximately 5:50 P.M., Officer Steven Ptaszynski was running stationary radar on Big Piece Road after residents voiced concerns over speeding on the street.

While engaged in this activity, it is alleged that a 2001 Honda, operated by Papp, was doing 46 M.P.H. in a 25 M.P.H. zone. The vehicle was then stopped and it was determined that Papp license was suspended as a result of a DUI conviction, a crime of the fourth degree. She was placed under arrest without incident.

In addition to the criminal charge, Papp she was also charged with speeding, driving while suspended, failure to install an interlock device and failure to exhibit both registration and insurance card. She was eventually released on her own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Superior Court in Newark on August 6, 2015.

(It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Paterson Trio Arrested for Burglary in Attempted Scrap Metal Theft

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Rogelio Ahumada (43), Vincente Ahumada-Moreno (49) and Cesar Moreno-Manotas (61) all of Paterson, N.J. for burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and possession of burglar’s tools on August 1, 2015. On that date, at approximately 1:22 A.M., Sergeant David Proctor was on patrol in the area of GPR Company, located at 22 Daniel Road East. This location was the scene of a recent theft of scrap metal. As the sergeant made his way down the street where the company was located, he observed headlights on a vehicle parked in adjacent company.

At this time, this vehicle which was identified as a 2001 Honda van, began to drive away. The sergeant immediately pulled behind the vehicle and stopped it on Passaic Avenue because of its suspicious activity and for allegedly rolling through a stop sign located at the intersection of Daniel Road and Passaic Avenue. The vehicle was found to be operated by Ahumada-Moreno. Also in the vehicle was Ahumada.

During the course of the stop, it is alleged that the occupants gave conflicting accounts as to why they were located in the industrial area. At this point, Sergeant Proctor sent Officer Stacy Chiarolanza to check the area of GPR for any signs of criminal activity. It is alleged that when she did, she found Moreno-Manotas laying in the dirt along the fence that secures the storage area for GPR. It is alleged that this individual told the officer that he had a fight with his wife and had come to Fairfield and was just there taking a nap.

During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that the officers found gloves and a flashlight and a separate set of gloves on the ground near the GPR property. Representative from GPR responded and based upon their knowledge of the storage area, they confirmed that someone had entered the fenced in area and had moved items in an attempt to take them. All three individuals were then placed under arrest and the vehicle impounded. All three were eventually released on bail with an initial court appearance date of August 5, 2015 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charges against all are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

Cell Phone Use Leads to MV Crash and Summons

Fairfield (NJ) On July 30, 2015, at approximately 6:05 P.M., the Fairfield Police and Fire Departments were called out to a single car motor vehicle crash that occurred in front of 330 Fairfield Road. The vehicle involved, a 2003 Toyota being operated by Mazher A. Syed, of Lake Hiawatha, N.J., allegedly went off the road and struck a utility pole.

Officer Christopher Andrews conducted the investigation and it is alleged that the vehicle was travelling west on Fairfield Road when Syed became distracted because of his cell phone, causing the crash to occur. Syed was issued a summons for cell phone use. No injuries were reported.

“This incident once again underscores how dangerous cell phone use is while driving. Lives can be forever changed in a fraction of a second that a driver is distracted from the roadway because of a text or a call” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna

 

Fairfield Officers Make a Series of DUI Arrests

Fairfield (NJ) Between July 24-26, 2015, the Fairfield Police Department arrested four individuals for allegedly operating their vehicles while either under the influence of alcoholic beverages and/or drugs. These arrests occurred as follows:

On July 23, 2015, at approximately 10:13 PM, the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a hit and run accident on Route 80 East near mile marker 50.7. The vehicle that was described as leaving the scene was a 2013 Chevrolet sedan with heavy front end damage. This information was broadcast to all Fairfield officers.

At this time, Officer Jeffrey Dean proceeded onto Route 80 East near Exit 52 and allegedly observed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle, pass his location. It is alleged that this vehicle was having difficulty maintaining its lane and was travelling in excess of the posted speed limit of 65 M.P.H. The vehicle then proceeded onto Route 46 where it was stopped by Officer Dean. The vehicle was found to be operated by Jorge Rodriguez (32) of Cedar Grove, N.J.

During the course of the stop, it is alleged that Rodriguez just stared at the officer when he asked him for his driving credentials. In addition it is alleged that Rodriguez had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, and his eyes were bloodshot and watery. In addition, he stumbled when asked to exit his vehicle. Rodriguez was given a series of standardized field sobriety tests and eventually arrested for driving under the influence. His vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, he was also charged with careless driving, failure to maintain a lane, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident. He was released on his own recognizance.

On July 24, 2015, at approximately 11:57 A.M., officers were dispatched to the area of Passaic Avenue and Greenbrook Road on a report of a three car motor vehicle crash. Officer Steven Ptaszynski was the first to arrive. The officer observed the driver of one of the vehicles, identified as Kimberly Sharir (31) of Verona, N.J., standing outside of her 2014 Hyundai. In speaking with her, it is alleged that Sharir was having difficulty answering questions, was stumbling, had slow and slurred speech. She also allegedly had droopy eyelids and was having difficulty staying awake. As the officers investigated the crash, it appeared that it was caused by Sharir making an unsafe turn from the center turn lane into oncoming traffic. Witnesses allegedly informed the officers that, prior to the accident; Sharir was allegedly operating her vehicle in an erratic manner. All of these are indicators of an individual who may be under the influence.

Sharir was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for additional investigation and testing. It is alleged that, while at headquarters, officers recovered a glass stem pipe commonly used to ingest narcotics, hypodermic syringes and an empty Xanax prescription bottle. Officer Christopher Nicholas, a certified drug recognition expert, then conducted an evaluation of Sharir and allegedly concluded that she was under the influence of a narcotic analgesic and could not safely operate a motor vehicle.

In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, she was also criminally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of hypodermic syringes. She also received motor vehicle summonses for DUI in a school zone, reckless driving and failure to maintain a lane. She is scheduled for a first appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on July 30, 2015.

The last incident occurred on July 26, 2015 at approximately 3:33 A.M. At that time, Officer John McGrory was on patrol when he observed a 2015 Dodge in the parking lot of Houlihans that appeared suspicious to him. At that time, the restaurant was closed. He then observed the vehicle pull out and proceed west on Route 46 and began to follow it.

At this point, the vehicle pulled to the shoulder of the road near the Raymour and Flanagan furniture store. At this time, he observed an individual exit the driver’s seat and walk around to the passenger side and allegedly switch positions with the other occupant of the vehicle. At this point, the officer decided to investigate further.

The individual who was allegedly originally operating the Dodge was identified as Sergio Galindo-Camarillo (26) of Paterson, N.J. As the investigation was continuing, it is alleged that Galindo-Camarillo displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, his speech being rambling and slurred, eyes that were bloodshot and watery and grasping for support to balance himself. In addition it is alleged that he also had urinated in his pants.

Standardized field sobriety tests were administered and ultimately led to Galindo-Camarillo being arrested and his vehicle being impounded. He was transported to police headquarters for breath testing.

In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, he was also charged with DUI in a school zone, careless driving and no parking on highway. He is scheduled for a first appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on July 30, 2015

(It should be noted that the charges against all are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Trio Arrested on Cocaine Charges

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Trishia Trautvetter (40) of Wayne, N.J. and Jesse Vance (31) and Frank Wesoly (34) both of Clifton, N.J. all for possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia on July 18, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 8:35 P.M., Officer James High Jr. was on patrol in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located on Two Bridges Road, when he came upon an occupied suspicious vehicle. The officer then made contact with the occupants when it is alleged he observed items of drug paraphernalia in plain view inside of the vehicle. He ordered the driver (Wesoly) out of the vehicle. While getting out of the vehicle, it is alleged that a glass crack pipe fell to the ground outside of the car. Wesoly was then placed under arrest. At this time, other officers arrived to assist.

It is alleged that while asking Trautvetter to exit the vehicle, officers observed her concealing a folded item in her shirt. The item was eventually turned over and found to contain suspected cocaine. Trautvetter was then arrested. As the investigation continued, it is alleged that the officers recovered additional cocaine and paraphernalia from within the vehicle resulting in Vance’s arrest. It is further alleged that while sitting in the rear seat of the police car, Trautvetter attempted to destroy cocaine that was secreted on her person. A female matron from the Verona Police Department assisted and addition cocaine was recovered.

In addition to being charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, the following charges were also filed; Wesoly was also charged with driving with a suspended license and for possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, Trautvetter was charged with possession of heroin, obstruction of law by attempting to destroy evidence and hindering apprehension.

All of the individuals were eventually released from custody on their own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on July 29, 2015

(It should be noted that the charges against all are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

Car Crash Leads to Narcotics, DUI Charges

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of David Cucolo (25) of Cedar Grove, N.J. for possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of hypodermic syringes, and for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance on July 14, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 5:09 P.M., Officer David Chabay was dispatched to the intersection of Fairfield Road and Tobia Place on a report of a single car motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival, it was determined that Cucolo was the operator of a 2008 Honda. It is alleged that Cucolo told the officer that he wanted to turn around to make a phone call when he misjudged the turn and struck the pole. He stated he then tried to back out and the car got stuck in reverse causing him to strike a curb. When asked to produce his driver’s license it is alleged that Cucolo first handed the officer two credit cards.

During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that Cucolo was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include having pinpoint pupils, being unsteady on his feet and shaking. This prompted Officer Christopher Nicholas, a state certified drug recognition expert to be called to the scene and assist in evaluating Cucolo. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, Cucolo was arrested. Allegedly found contained within the vehicle were nine hypodermic syringes.

While at headquarters, it is alleged that Cucolo was observed acting suspiciously while in the processing room by continually reaching into his pants. Officers responded and conducted an extensive search of Cucolo which allegedly resulted in the recovery of 15 glassine envelopes containing suspected heroin from his person.

In addition to the criminal charges, Cucolo was also charged with driving under the influence, careless driving and possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance on July 23, 2015 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charges against Cucolo are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Clifton Man Charged with Synthetic Marijuana and Paraphernalia Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joshua Petrozzino (19) of Clifton, N.J. for possession of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia and for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance on July 14, 2015. On that date, at approximately 3:17 AM, Officer James High Jr. was on patrol on Route 46 West when he observed a 2007 Dodge stopped in the driveway of the Houlihans restaurant with all of the vehicle’s lights off. The vehicle was observed to be occupied. This condition appeared suspicious to the officer and he decided to investigate further. At this time he was assisted by Officer Jeffrey Dean.

Upon making contact with the occupants of the vehicle, it is alleged that Officer High Jr. observed both a grinder and package of rolling papers in the passenger side door handle near where Petrozzino was sitting. It is further alleged that Petrozzino was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence specifically by having bloodshot and watery eyes and dilated pupils. He was eventually arrested without incident. 

Petrozzino was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a July 23, 2015 appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charges are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Maine Man Charged with CDS Use and Paraphernalia Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Patrick Grigway (21) of Norridegewock, ME for use of a controlled dangerous substance and for possessing drug paraphernalia on July 13, 2015. On that date, at approximately 10:45 P.M., Officer David Lagan was on patrol in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located on Two Bridges Road, when he came upon a man that was lying on the ground outside of the hotel, in an area where guest commonly allow their pets to relieve themselves.

The officer approached the individual, who was later identified as Grigway, and attempted to wake him by shining his flashlight into his face and by trying to speak with him. It is alleged that Grigway did not immediately respond. He finally began to move and slowly come around. It is further alleged that he appeared disoriented and confused.

It is alleged that during the contact, Grigway continually kept putting his hands in his pockets after being tod repeatedly not to do this. At this point, officers checked and allegedly recovered two pipes and a small tin, all with marijuana residue. Grigway was then placed under arrest without incident.

After being charged, he was released on his own recognizance pending a July 16, 2015 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(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)

Paterson Man Charged with DUI and Endangering Welfare of Minor

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Roger Reyna (35) of Paterson, N.J. for driving under the influence on July 5, 2015. On that date, at approximately 12:41 AM, Officer Christopher Nicholas allegedly observed a2003 Acura travelling west on Route 46 above the posted speed limit of 50 M.P.H. and also having difficulty maintaining a lane. The vehicle was eventually stopped and found to be operated by Reyna. The vehicle was also found to be occupied by an 11 year old juvenile.

During the roadside investigation, it is alleged that Reyna displayed signs and symptoms consistent with someone who was under the influence to include a strong smell of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, bloodshot and watery eyes, and slow and slurred speech. As a result of these observations, standard field sobriety tests were given. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, Reyna was placed under arrest, his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law, and the juvenile taken into protective custody.

In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, Reyna was also charged criminally with endangering the welfare of a minor. Reyna was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. The minor was released into the custody of a guardian.

(It should be noted that the charges against Reyna are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Fairfield Fire Department Battles Garbage Truck Fire

Fairfield (NJ) On July 2, 2015, the Fairfield Fire Department was called out to a garbage truck that was fully involved with fire at 6 Madison Road. According to the driver of the truck, as he was driving around the building, he observed flames coming up through the rear center area of the cab. He immediately exited the vehicle and called for help. The vehicle is owned by Gaeta Recycling of Paterson, N.J. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Motor Vehicle Stolen from Residential Driveway

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating the theft of a 2012 Infiniti from the driveway of a Concord Road residence between July 3-4, 2015. The vehicle was last seen at 10:00 PM on July 3rd and was discovered missing at 9:40 AM on July 4th.

The police department is cautioning residents to make sure that they lock the doors of their cars and remove valuables from the passenger compartment of the car.

 

Police Investigate Burglary at Pio Costa Business Complex

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a burglary and theft that took place at Boards and Beams, located at 1275 Bloomfield Avenue that occurred at approximately 5:00 AM on July 3, 2015. An unknown actor entered the facility and stole cash from the office area.

Anyone with information can contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. Detective Sergeant Charles Zampino is investigating the case.

 

Fairfield Police Promote Summer Bicycle Helmet Safety

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department, in conjunction with the Fairfield Municipal Alliance Committee will once again be on the lookout this summer for children who are wearing their required helmets when riding their bicycles. When observed by an officer, these children will be given coupons that will entitle them to one of the following:

  • A free slice of pizza and a soda from Hollywood Pizza
  • A free slice of pizza and a soda from Puzo’s Pizza
  • A free bagel and bottle of water from Manhattan Bagel
  • A free ice cream from Carmellas

Officers will also be taking enforcement action against those individuals found not to be wearing required helmets as well. “Obviously the summer weather presents greater opportunity for children to be out on their bicycles and it is our hope that this program will again serve as an incentive for them to comply with the law and get a reward for doing so. It also is a great relationship builder between our community’s children and our officers” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. The program will run throughout the summer.

The Fairfield Police Department would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors and the Fairfield Municipal Alliance Committee, without whom, this program would not exist.

 

Fairfield Police Seek Shoplifting Suspect

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively seeking to arrest Derrick Muldrow (43) of Roselle, N.J. who is wanted in connection for allegedly stealing a camera lens, valued at approximately $2000.00 from Unique Photo located on Route 46 on June 27, 2015.

It is alleged that Muldrow was handling a new Nikon 300 PF camera lens, which has not yet even been delivered for public purchase, when he allegedly concealed it in his pocket and left the store. Muldrow was identified by store representatives from prior transactions at the store. The lens was eventually returned the same day by a third party intermediary. Muldrow was allegedly supposed to turn himself in to Fairfield authorities on June 28, 2015. When he failed to appear, a warrant was issued for his arrest. Anyone with information about Muldrow’s whereabouts can contact the Fairfield Police Department at (973) 227-1400.

(It should be noted that the charges against Muldrow are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Pursuit Results in Criminal and Motor Vehicle Charges

Fairfield (NJ) Ibn Jones (37) from Newark, N.J. was charged with receiving stolen property and eluding police, as well as a litany of motor vehicle offenses to include reckless driving, driving while suspended, speeding and disregard of a traffic signal, on June 28, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 7:52 PM, Officer Raymond Puluse was on patrol and monitoring area police radio transmissions on his scanner when he heard that the North Caldwell Police Department was actively looking for a white Nissan 370z that was believed to be involved in an attempted motor vehicle theft in their jurisdiction. A short time later, he overheard a transmission indicating that the West Caldwell Police Department had spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle and attempted to stop it but that it failed to do so and was now travelling on Clinton Road into Fairfield.

Officers Raymond Puluse and Brian Sabatelli were on Clinton Road as the suspect vehicle passed their location. They attempted to stop the vehicle and pursued it into Montville at which time the vehicle entered onto Route 80 East and successfully eluded the officers. Shortly after that, Totowa police pursued the vehicle until it stopped and the two occupants fled on foot. Jones, the alleged driver was captured while the passenger remains at large. It is alleged that the Nissan they were in was reported stolen to the Linden police. Jones was being held in the Passaic County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

(It should be noted that the charges against Jones are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Fairfield Man Arrested on Weapons Charges

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael Francisco (24) of Fairfield, N.J. for making a terroristic threat and for two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose on June 26, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 7:27 P.M., the Fairfield police received a noise complaint from a Carroll Street requesting the police come and tell the individuals at a neighboring residence to lower loud music. While in route to the call, it was then broadcast that there was now a fight in progress at the location, with one individual allegedly in possession of a baseball bat and a machete. Officers arrived to find a large crowd of people scattered in the street.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Francisco began playing loud music from an amplifier near his garage when, according to him, his neighbor came onto his property and told him to lower the music and began cussing at him. This resulted initially in a physical confrontation between the two which resulted in others from both residences becoming involved in the altercation.

It is alleged, that at some point, Francisco went into his garage and retrieved both a baseball bat and a machete. It is believed that the sounds of approaching law enforcement made Francisco put the items back in the garage. Police later recovered the items from the residence. Francisco was arrested by Officer Raymond Puluse without incident.

Multiple individuals at the scene claimed to be the victims of simple assaults and all were referred to the Fairfield Municipal Court to sign complaints. At the time of the incident, all of these individuals declined transportation to a medical facility for treatment, however, after processing and being released on his own recognizance, Francisco was transported to Mountainside Hospital for treatment. He is scheduled to have an initial court appearance in the Superior Court in Newark on July 2, 2015.

(It should be noted that the charges against Francisco are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Officer Jeffrey Dean Honored by MADD for 2014 DUI Enforcement

Fairfield (NJ) On June 26, 2015, law enforcement officers from across the state were honored for their enforcement of drunken driving laws at a breakfast sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter of Mothers Against Drunken Driving (MADD) that took place at Monmouth College. Fairfield Officer Jeffrey Dean received recognition for having the most DUI arrests amongst Fairfield officers in 2014 with 9. In 2014, Fairfield officers arrested 47 individuals for allegedly operating their vehicles while under the influence.

“Removing these threats to innocent people from our highways remains a top priority of the Fairfield Police Department and we applaud the work that MADD does to assist law enforcement in this endeavor and for recognizing those officers who excel in this area” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “I am extremely proud of Officer Dean for doing such an outstanding job” said the deputy chief.

 

Fairfield Becomes First DNA Protected Community in New Jersey

Fairfield (NJ) Applied DNA Sciences (NASDAQ: APDN) (Twitter: @APDN), a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology, supply chain and product authentication solutions, has partnered with the Fairfield (NJ) Police Department to create the first DNA Protected Community in New Jersey. The DNA Home Asset Marking Program has been introduced to an exclusive adult community in Fairfield. Utilizing the Company’s DNAnet® plant-based DNA product, the program is intended to deter crime and assist law enforcement in returning stolen property to owners. This initiative follows the company’s previously announced partnership with law enforcement and government agencies in Suffolk County, NY, to utilize DNAnet in a pilot program to protect home and business owners, and is followed by the training of law enforcement in other parts of New Jersey.

The DNA Home Asset Marking Program enables home and business owners to mark property with a unique and invisible plant based DNA specific to the owner. The DNA mark on the property is easily identifiable by law enforcement utilizing ultraviolet light. The DNA mark is nearly impossible to remove.  Homeowners who mark personal property with the plant-based DNA are supplied signs and window decals warning would-be intruders that their property is marked with plant-based DNA.

Officers of the Fairfield Police Department, which is headed by Deputy Chief Anthony Manna, have received training by representatives of Applied DNA Sciences, and are prepared to identify marked property as well as submit samples for authentication. The program will be promoted to residents through the Fairfield Police Department website.

More information about DNA Home Asset Marking can be found at: http://www.adnas.com/home-asset-marking

 

Officers Recognize Young Law Enforcement Supporter at School Awards Ceremony

Fairfield (NJ) Members of the Fairfield Police Department presented Fairfield resident Daniel Shapiro with a special plaque recognizing his support of law enforcement at a recent awards ceremony at the Banyon School where Daniel is a student. Each day, as part of their regular assigned duties, Fairfield police officers walk the halls of all schools within the township as a community relations and school safety initiative.

During these walks in the Banyon School, officers were always greeted with enthusiasm and admiration from young Daniel who someday said he would like to be a police officer.  

As a result, Officer Frank Tracey came up with the idea to present Daniel with the award and with a department shirt recognizing his support of law enforcement.

“Daniel is such a big supporter of the Fairfield Police Department and it was our honor and pleasure in presenting him with this award. He told me that we made his dream come true” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna.  

 

Fairfield Driver Charged with DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Glenn Milarck (49) of Fairfield, N.J. for driving under the influence on June 6, 2015. On that date, at approximately 7:53 P.M., Officer James High Jr. was on patrol on Fairfield Road when he observed a 2003 Ford pickup truck allegedly travelling west on Fairfield Road in excess of the speed limit and crossing over a double yellow line.

The vehicle was then stopped on Horseneck Road and it was found to be operated by Milarck. It is alleged that, at the time of the stop, Milarck was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence of an alcoholic beverage to include a flushed face, bloodshot and watery eyes and emitting an odor of an alcoholic beverage from his breath. Standard field sobriety tests were administered which ultimately led to Milarck’s arrest.

In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, Milarck also received summonses for speeding, failure to maintain a lane and driving under the influence in a school zone. He is scheduled to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court on June 11, 2015.

(It should be noted that the charges against Milarck are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Detectives Investigate Attempted Armed Robbery of Dunkin Donuts

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating an attempted armed robbery that took place at the Dunkin Donuts, located at 378 Passaic Avenue on June 2, 2015. It was reported that at approximately 11:30 PM, a Caucasian or Hispanic male, with facial hair wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt, first entered the store and used the restroom. The actor then exited the store and went to a dark-colored sedan and remained outside of it. His actions were observed by an alert employee of the Dunkin Donuts who continued to watch him acting suspiciously outside of the store.

It is alleged that this same individual then began to walk towards the drive up window brandishing a handgun. As this occurred, the employee alerted his co-workers who in turned locked all the doors and the drive up window and then hid in a back room. The suspect then fled in a vehicle.

Anyone with information can contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. Detective Robert Sanger is conducting the investigation.

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.

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)

 

 

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)

 

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)

Burglary Occurs at Route 46 Gas Station

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a burglary that took place at the Delta gas station, located at 7 Route 46 West, sometime during the early morning hours on May 22, 2015. Unknown actor(s) ripped the electric meter from the building, disabling the security system. They then smashed a window to gain entry. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. All information will be kept confidential. The case is being investigated by Detective Michael Nyhuis.

Bronx Man Arrested with Stolen License Plate

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Llank Reyes (38) of the Bronx, N.Y. for possession of stolen property on May 18, 2015. On that date, at approximately 1:39 P.M., Officer Sean McCormack observed a 2006 Hyundai travelling east on Route 46 with an alleged view obstruction. He then conducted a license plate inquiry which allegedly revealed the license plate to have been reported stolen in Philadelphia PA.

The vehicle was stopped, Reyes arrested and the vehicle impounded. In addition to the criminal charge, Reyes was also summonsed for having a view obstruction, unregistered and uninsured vehicle and for displaying a fictitious license plate. He was eventually released on his own recognizance.

(It should be noted that the charges against Reyes are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Officer Tracey First Fairfield Officer to Complete Unity Tour Bicycle Ride to Washington DC

Fairfield (NJ) On May 12, 2015, at approximately 2:00 PM, Officer Frank Tracey pedaled past the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial in Washington, DC, becoming the first Fairfield police officer to ever participate in the Police Unity Tour in its nineteen year history and successfully completing the approximate 250 mile trip. Officer Ian Rasmussen was also scheduled to participate. Unfortunately, due to a last minute injury a day prior to the start of the event, he was unable to take part.

“Our entire department is extremely proud of Frank and this accomplishment. His dedication to the law enforcement profession, coupled with his tenacity, most assuredly helped him through this most difficult test of mind and body” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “His actions have already motivated other officers in the department to begin thinking about participating in next year’s 20th anniversary of the Police Unity Tour” said the deputy chief.

It was reported by officials of the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial that this year’s Police Unity Tour raised approximately $1,997,000. To date, the Unity Tour has donated over $16 million dollars to the Memorial Fund. The Fairfield Police Department would like to thank all those who contributed to this cause.

The motto of the Police Unity Tour is “We ride for those who died”. As such, the members of the Fairfield Police Department express their deepest condolences to the family and friends of the 117 law enforcement officers across the nation who were killed in the line of duty in 2014.

 

Verona Man Arrested for DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Kyle Porcelli (36) of Verona, N.J. for driving under the influence on May 16, 2015. On that date, at approximately 1:20 AM, Officer Steven D’Argenio was monitoring traffic on Route 46 West when he allegedly observed a 2015 Mercedes Benz that was exceeding the posted 50 MPH speed limit. The officer then began to follow the vehicle and it is alleged that Mercedes was having difficulty maintaining a lane and making an unsafe lane change. The vehicle was eventually stopped and found to be operated by Porcelli.

During the course of the stop, it is alleged that Porcelli was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include the smell of an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, pale and flushed face, droopy eyelids with red and watery eyes and sweating.

As a result of the officer’s observations, field sobriety tests were administered and Porcelli was eventually arrested and his vehicle impounded pursuant to John’s Law. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, he was also summonsed for driving under the influence in a school zone, speeding, careless driving and failure to maintain a lane. He was eventually released on his own recognizance.

(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)

Seat Belt Enforcement and Education Campaign to be Conducted Locally as Part of Nationwide Click It or Ticket Mobilization May 18 – 31, 2015

Fairfield (NJ) Law enforcement officers from the (Name of Police Department) will be cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

Beginning May 18th and running through May 31st, the annual initiative includes high visibility law enforcement seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, as well as local and national publicity designed to ensure that drivers and passengers recognize the life-saving value of seat belts. 

“Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.   "In 2012 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,000 lives nationwide.” 

The front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 87.59%. Poedubicky noted that the goal for this year’s campaign is to increase the statewide rate to 90%.  “To meet our goal, we must rededicate our enforcement and public outreach efforts that educate all motor vehicle occupants about the importance of buckling up, every ride,” he said.

Poedubicky added that this year’s campaign will also focus on rear seat passengers, as well as nighttime enforcement. During evening hours seat belt usage is traditionally lower and the percentage of unbelted fatalities is higher.

 

Fairfield Knights of Columbus Latest to Join Fairfield Unity Tour Sponsors

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Council of the Knights of Columbus became the latest sponsor of the Fairfield Police Department’s Unity Tour Team by donating two checks, for $200.00 each, to help defray the costs of participating in the event.

“The Knights of Columbus has always been a strong supporter of law enforcement, especially here in Fairfield. I greatly appreciate their generous donation” said Deputy Chief of Police Anthony G. Manna

 

Weekend Results in Tow DUI Arrests

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Kelly Mangione (51) of Little Falls, N.J. on May 8, 2015 and Luis Ardon-Aguilar (24) of Lothian, MD. on May 10, 2015 for driving under the influence.

The first incident took place on May 8, 2015 at approximately 11:00 PM. At that time, off-duty Fairfield Police Sergeant Joseph Keegan was travelling on Route 46 west in Fairfield when he allegedly observed a 2010 Dodge. Driving east in the westbound lanes in the area of the Fairfield Executive Inn. The Dodge allegedly almost struck an oncoming vehicle.

At this time, the Dodge exited the highway at the Sunoco station on Route 46 and now began to travel in the proper direction on Route 46 West. Sgt. Keegan alerted on duty personnel and followed the vehicle until they could respond. A motor vehicle was then initiated by Officer Sean McCormack at Plymouth Street. The vehicle was found to be operated by Mangione.

During the course of the traffic stop, it is alleged that Mangione was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath, droopy, bloodshot and water eyes and fumbling hand movements. All of these observations resulted in field sobriety tests being administered. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, Mangione was arrested and her vehicle impounded.

In addition to the driving under the influence, Mangione also received summonses for going the wrong way on the highway and for reckless driving. She was released on her own recognizance pending a May 14, 2015 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

The second incident occurred on May 10, 2015 at approximately 3:06 AM. At that time, Officer Christopher Nicholas was on patrol on Route 46 East when he observed a 2006 BMW traveling east in front of him. It is alleged that the BMW was travelling well below the posted 50 MPH speed limit and was having difficulty maintaining a lane. The vehicle was then stopped and found to be operated by Ardon-Aguilar.

During the course of the traffic stop it is alleged that Ardon-Aguilar displayed signs and symptoms of being under the influence to include the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, slow and slurred speech, droopy eyelids with bloodshot and watery eyes and slow and fumbling hand movements. Field sobriety tests were then administered which ultimately led to Ardon-Aguilar’s arrest and his vehicle being impounded.

In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, he was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, failure to maintain a lane, and careless driving. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on May 14, 2015.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Fairfield Woman Charged with DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Danielle Rubin (27) of Fairfield, N.J. for driving under the influence on May 4, 2015. On that date, at approximately 2:09 A.M., Officer Frank Tracey observed a vehicle in the parking lot SAS Stresssteel located at 100 New Dutch Lane. Given the late hour the officer decided to investigate further and found Rubin to be the operator.

It is alleged that Rubin told the officer that she was turning around in the lot and was initially heading to North Caldwell and then said she was trying to just go home. During the course of the investigation it is alleged that Rubin displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence including slurred speech and an odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath. The officer then administered standardized field sobriety tests, and based upon the totality of the circumstances, placed her under arrest without incident.

In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, Rubin was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone and careless driving. She was released on her own recognizance pending an appearance on May 14, 2015 in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Route 80 Motorist Arrest for Heroin Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Kevin O’Connell (26) of Flanders, N.J. for possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of hypodermic syringes on April 21, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 12:15 Officer Jeffrey Dean was on patrol on Route 80 West when he observed a 2006 Nissan, also travelling west, allegedly with duct tape over one of the taillights. The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by O’Connell.

During the motor vehicle stop, it is alleged that the officer observed fresh “needle marks” on O’Connell’s arms. The investigation continued which ultimately led to the alleged recovery of suspected heroin and related drug paraphernalia. O’Connell was arrested without incident.

He was released on his own recognizance pending an April 29, 2015 appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.

(it should be noted that the charges against O’Connell are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Multiple Businesses Evacuated due to Carbon Monoxide

Fairfield (NJ) A building that contains approximately 12 individual businesses was evacuated after a carbon monoxide detector in one of them activated. The Fairfield Police and Fire Departments responded to 22 Commerce Road at 1:41P.M. and found the presence of extremely high levels of the dangerous gas in at least six of the businesses.

The fire department, along with representative of PSE&G attempted to initially find the source of the problem but could not readily do so. The businesses that were affected were then ventilated using exhaust fans. After this ventilation occurred, all doors and windows were closed to determine if carbon monoxide levels would again rise indicative of an ongoing issue. When they did not, the building was re-populated at approximately 3:30 P.M.

The exact source could not be determined but fire officials believed a propane gas fork lift may have played a part in the incident. “Once again, this incident demonstrates the need for every home and business to having function fire and carbon monoxide detectors. This incident could have definitely resulted in sickness or even possible death had the detector not gone off” said Deputy Chief Anthony G. Manna.

 Also assisting were members of the West Caldwell Fire Department, West Essex First Aid Squad and Atlantic Healthcare Ambulance EMS-7

Garfield Man Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joshua Valega (23) of Garfield, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on April 18, 2015. On that date, at approximately 12:38 AM, Officer Raymond Puluse was on patrol on Route 46 West when he observed a 2003 Mitsubishi, also travelling west, with an alleged equipment violation. The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Valega.

At the outset of the motor vehicle stop, it is alleged that the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside of the vehicle. Further investigation resulted in the discovery of suspected marijuana.

In addition to the criminal charge, Valega also received motor vehicle summonses for maintenance of lamps and for possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on April 30, 2015

(It should be noted that the charges against Valega are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Fairfield Man Arrested for Marijuana Possession during Equipment and Inspection Detail

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Pedro Narvaez (21) of Fairfield, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on April 15, 2015. On that date, at approximately 4:57 PM, Officer Christopher Nicholas was conducting an equipment and inspection detail on Lane Road. It is alleged that he observed a 2004 Honda approach his location with no front license plate displayed, in violation of New Jersey law. The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Narvaez.

At the time of the stop it is alleged that the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle as well as observing empty plastic bags containing suspected marijuana residue. Further investigation revealed the discovery of suspected marijuana.

In addition to the criminal charge, Narvaez also received motor vehicle summonses for having no front plate and for having a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was eventually released on his own recognizance.

(It should be noted that the charges against Narvaez are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Belleville Man Arrested for DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Daniel Roth (30) of Belleville, N.J. for driving while under the influence on April 13, 2015. On that date, at approximately 1:28 A.M., Officer Steven D’Argenio was on patrol on Route 46 West when he allegedly observed a 2008 Ford also travelling west having difficulty maintaining lane. The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Roth.

During the course of the stop, it is alleged that Roth displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. This resulted in administering field sobriety testing. Roth was eventually placed under arrest without incident and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

In addition to the operating under the influence charge, Roth also received a summons for careless driving, failure to maintain a lane and operating while under the influence in a school zone. Roth is scheduled to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court on April 16, 2015.

(It should be noted that the charges against Roth are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Peekskill Woman Arrested for Prostitution

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Patricia Guzman (55) of Peekskill, N.Y. for promoting and engaging in prostitution on April 9, 2015. On that date, at approximately 12:28 PM, the Fairfield Police Department received information that suspected prostitution was taking place from a room at a local hotel.

An undercover police officer arranged to meet with the individual and proceeded to the hotel where he found Guzman. It is alleged that Guzman offered sexual acts in exchange for money. A back up team of officers then arrested Guzman.

Guzman was released on her own recognizance pending a April 16, 2015 appearance date in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charges against Guzman are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Pennsylvania Man Charged with Illegal Possession of Handgun

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of William Holena for unlawful possession of a handgun on April 8, 2015. On that date, at approximately 11:13 AM, Officer Frank Tracey was on patrol on Route 46 West when he observed a 2014 Dodge pickup truck towing a car carrying trailer with three used cars on it. The pickup truck allegedly had no license plate displayed and was subsequently stopped. The vehicle was found to be operated by Holena.

During the course of the stop, it was determined that the pickup truck had only one license plate displayed and it was on the front of the vehicle. It is alleged that Holena told the officer that the Pennsylvania Division of Motor Vehicles advised him to put the single plate on the front of his vehicle since he used the pickup for towing.

It is further alleged that the officer then engaged Holena in conversation concerning Pennsylvania’s law about carrying handguns at which time Holena advised the officer that he had a permit to carry a handgun in Pennsylvania and that the gun was currently in his possession. A 9mm semi-automatic Taurus handgun was allegedly discovered in the pickup truck. Holena was then placed under arrest.

In addition to the criminal charge, he was also issued a motor vehicle summons for improper display of a license plate. Holena was released from custody after posting bail and is scheduled to appear in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on April 16, 2015.

This is the second time in approximately two weeks that the Fairfield Police Department arrested a Pennsylvania resident who possessed a valid Pennsylvania state permit to carry a handgun but illegally possessed the handgun in the State of New Jersey. On March 28th, a Hazleton, PA male was arrested for allegedly operating his vehicle while under the influence..Found in the vehicle was a Glock .40 caliber handgun along with a high capacity magazine which is also prohibited.

(It should be noted that the charges against Holena are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Mercedes Benz Driver Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Danny Roman (37) of Clifton, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia on April 7, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 7:27 A.M., Officer Sean McCormack observed a 2014 Mercedes Benz allegedly fail to signal a turn from Madison Road onto Plymouth Street. The officer then conducted a random license plate inquiry on the vehicle’s registration which revealed the owner to have an active arrest warrant issued by the Clifton Municipal Court. As a result, the vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Roman.

Roman was placed under arrest and during the course of the investigation, was allegedly found to be in possession of the suspected contraband. In addition to the narcotics charges, he was also charged with failing to signal a turn, having a view obstruction and for possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. After posting bail for the Clifton warrant, Roman was released on his own recognizance pending a court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Roman are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Second Marijuana Seizure at Fed Ex Facility

Fairfield (NJ) A second investigation conducted by the Fairfield Police Department at a Federal Express facility located in the Township resulted in another seizure of approximately ten pounds of suspected marijuana that was shipped from California and destined for Paterson, N.J. This seizure took place on April 6, 2015. A similar seizure of approximately the same amount occurred on March 26, 2015.

“The investigation is ongoing and no further details will be released” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “But it is obvious that we have disrupted, to some extent, a supply line of marijuana into New Jersey” said the deputy chief.

Wayne Woman Charged with DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Amanda Zollo (31) of Wayne, N.J. for driving under the influence on April 5, 2015. On that date, at approximately 12:49 A.M., Officer Steven D’Argenio was monitoring traffic on Route 46 East when he observed a 2011 Mitsubishi allegedly having difficulty maintaining a lane followed by an unsafe lane change that caused another vehicle to swerve to avoid contact.

The officer then initiated a motor vehicle stop and found Zollo to be the operator. Initial observations by the officer allegedly found that Zollo was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence. As a result, standard field sobriety tests were given and Zollo eventually was placed under arrest without incident and her vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

After conducting breath tests, in addition to being charged with driving under the influence, she was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, careless driving, failure to maintain a lane and unsafe lane change. She was released on her own recognizance pending an April 9, 2015 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Zollo are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Fairfield UNICO Contributes to Fairfield Police Unity Tour Team

Fairfield (NJ) On March 31, 2015, Fairfield UNICO chapter Board of Trustees Director Joseph Catenaro presents two $100.00 checks to Fairfield Police Officers Frank Tracey and Ian Rasmussen in support of their participation in the Police Unity Tour.

 

Weekend Nets Three DUI Arrests Including Weapons Charges

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department arrested three individuals in three separate incidents over the March 27-29, 2015 weekend, with one suspect found to be in possession of a handgun and a high capacity magazine. The individuals arrested included Nicholas Fania (25) of Long Valley, N.J., Kevin Nunes (21) of Roseland, N.J. and Halin Gil Gutierrez (26) of Hazelton, N.J.

The first incident occurred on March 27, 2015 at approximately 11:20 P.M.  At that time, Officer R.J. Casendino was stopped at the traffic light at the intersection of Clinton Road and Route 46. The officer observed two vehicles stopped on Route 46 West for a red traffic signal. It is alleged at this time, a 2006 Chevrolet pick-up truck was travelling west on Route 46 approaching the intersection but was not slowing down. It is alleged that the pick up truck, which was being operated by Fania, then struck the rear of the two vehicles that were stopped at the light.

Officer Casendino and other officers arrived on the scene to investigate and render assistance. The driver of one of the vehicles allegedly struck by Fania’s vehicle  was transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital for treatment of a neck injury. Fanio was allegedly uninjured.

As the investigation progressed, it is alleged that Fanio had the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. As a result of this and based upon Fanio’s operation of his vehicle, field sobriety tests were administered. Fanio was then arrested. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, he was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, reckless driving, failure to observe a traffic signal and failure to wear corrective lenses.

The second incident took place on March 28, 2015 at approximately 1:40 A.M. At that time, Officer Jeffrey Dean was patrolling Route 46 East when he allegedly observed a 2006 Pontiac that was also travelling east having difficulty maintaining a lane and tailgating another vehicle. The Pontiac was then stopped and found to be operated by Nunes.

During the course of the motor vehicle stop, it is alleged that Nunes was showing signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath and slow and slurred speech. Field sobriety tests were administered and Nunes was eventually placed under arrest and his vehicle impounded. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, he was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, careless driving, failure to maintain a lane and following to closely.

The last incident took place on March 28, 2015 at approximately 4:26 A.M. At that time,  Officer Jeffrey Dean was clearing from a call at the Crowne Plaza hotel, located on Route 46 East, when he observed a 2004 Honda travelling east on Route 46 allegedly at an extremely slow speed and having difficulty maintaining a lane. The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Gil Gutierrez.

During the motor vehicle stop, it is alleged that Gil Gutierrez was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence including an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, fumbling hand movements, slow and slurred speech and bloodshot and watery eyes. Field sobriety tests were given and Gil Gutierrez was arrested. It is alleged that, during the course of the investigation, officers recovered a Glock 23 handgun and a high capacity magazine from inside of Gil Gutierrez’ vehicle.

Gil Gutierrez was criminally charged with illegally possessing a handgun, possession of a high capacity magazine, as well as careless driving, failure to maintain a lane and unclear plates.

All suspects were released on their own recognizance.

(It should be noted that the charges against each are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Lodi Woman Charged with DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Trenisha Jackson (40) of Lodi, N.J. for driving under the influence and refusal to submit to a breath test on March 26, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 3:16 AM, Officer Steven D’Argenio was on patrol on Route 46 East when he observed a 2013 Nissan also traveling east in front of him. It is alleged that the vehicle was having difficulty maintaining a lane and was traveling in excess of the posted 50 M.P.H. speed limit at which time the vehicle was stopped.

As the officer conducted the traffic stop, it is alleged that Jackson displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence which included a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath, slow and slurred speech, fumbling hand movements and bloodshot and watery eyes. As a result of these observations, standard field sobriety tests were administered. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, Jackson was placed under arrest and her vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

It is alleged that at headquarters, Jackson failed to provide an adequate breath sample for testing which led to the refusal to submit breath sample charge. Additionally, she was charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, careless driving, failure to maintain a lane and speeding. She was eventually released on her own recognizance with a pending court date of April 2, 2015 in Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Jackson are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until either she pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Shipped Marijuana Seized at Fed Ex Facility

Fairfield (NJ) Approximately 8-10 pounds of suspected marijuana was seized at a Federal Express facility in Fairfield on March 26, 2015. Police were contacted after facility managers uncovered the drugs that were being shipped from California to Paterson. The street value of the seizure can easily be $30,000.

 

Car Left Running in Neighboring Driveway Leads to DUI Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Micahel Brescia (21) of Toms River, N.J. for driving under the influence on March 21, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 5:15 AM, officers were dispatched to 408 Fairfield Road on a report of a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle, a 2008 Audi, was left running in the driveway of that residence with homeowner not knowing who it belonged to. While the police were investigating the vehicle, it is alleged that Brescia came out of a neighboring residence and approached Officer John McGrory who allegedly immediately recognized that the individual was displaying signs and symptoms of being under the influence to include stumbling, being confused and having an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. It is alleged that Brescia said he was trying to get directions to the LaQuinta hotel.

Field sobriety tests were then given and based upon the totality of the circumstances, he was arrested for operating under the influence.  In addition, he was charged with leaving a vehicle running while unattended.

(It should be noted that the charges against Brescia are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Motorist from Paterson Arrested for Narcotics Violation

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joaquin Moraperez (22) of Paterson, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on March 21, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 2:30 PM, Officer Raymond Puluse was on patrol on Route 46 West when he observed a 1999 Honda traveling west with no front license plate. The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Moraperez.

During the course of the stop, it is alleged that the officer observed, in plain view, an item of suspected paraphernalia. As the investigation continued, the officer allegedly recovered a small quantity of suspected marijuana. Moraperez was then placed under arrest.

In addition to the criminal charge, Moraperez was also issued summonses for possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, no front license plate and failure to wear a seatbelt. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an April 2, 2015 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Moraperez are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Fairfield Knights of Columbus Honor Officer Tracey as 2014 Police Officer of the Year

Fairfield (NJ) Fairfield Knights of Columbus Council #6380 honored Fairfield Police Officer Frank Tracey as their 2014 Police Officer of the Year at their annual dinner on March 21, 2014. 

Officer Tracey began his career with the Township of Fairfield as a police dispatcher in January 2000. He left Fairfield in 2001 to become a North Caldwell police officer where he remained until 2004 at which time he returned to Fairfield as a police officer.

In 2014, Officer Tracey was second in the department in total arrests with 48 and has been an integral part in the department’s initiative towards quality of life crimes including narcotics and prostitution enforcement, assisting the F.B.I. in several undercover human trafficking investigations.

Officer Tracey continues to remain actively involved in community policing by being the officer who very often speaks to children at the Township’s schools about the dangers of drugs and about internet safety.  He is also a member of the department’s honor guard.

One of Officer Tracey’s biggest contributions to the department is his dedicated involvement in helping to anchor its field training program. This program acclimates new officers on how to do their jobs. “In this regard, Frank has had a hand in the training a whole new generation of Fairfield police officers in an outstanding manner and has greatly helped to make the department the professional organization it is today” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “This honor was well deserved” said the deputy chief.

 

Newark Woman Arrested for Alleged Shoplifting of Televisions

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Lamajah Perry (21) of Newark, N.J. for shoplifting on March 19, 2015 at the Target store located on Route 46.

On that date, at approximately 5:40 P.M., officers were dispatched to the Target store on a report of a shoplifting incident that was in progress. It is alleged that store security watched Perry attempted to walk a shopping cart, containing two televisions valued at approximately $780.00, out the exit doors. Store security confronted her and she allegedly left the store, leaving the cart behind.

Officer Christopher Nicholas found Perry in the parking lot and she was eventually arrested. After being charged with shoplifting, she was released on her own recognizance.

(It should be noted that the charge against Perry is merely an allegation and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Suspicious Activity Leads to Narcotics Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jorge Sierra-Rodriguez (21) of Riverdale, N.J. for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia on March 17, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 3:54 AM, Officer John McGrory set up a surveillance of the Hess gas station, located on Route 46 East, as a result of receiving information that similar convenience stores were robbed in Woodland Park and Little Falls earlier in the night. During this surveillance, it is alleged that the officer observed Sierra-Rodriguez and another individual, later found to be a 15 year old juvenile, acting suspiciously near the gas station. As the officer continued to observe the pair, he allegedly noticed that Sierra-Rodriguez had difficulty walking as the couple walked west on the eastbound shoulder of Route 46. The officer then drove and checked on the couples activity while at the Hess station and discovered that they were allegedly in the bathroom of the gas station for an extended period of time prior to the officer’s observations.

The officer then stopped the pair to investigate further. It is alleged that Sierra-Rodriguez displayed various symptoms consistent with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. Further investigation allegedly revealed the discovery of a glass pipe. He was then placed under arrest without incident. The juvenile was also taken into protective custody. Both were transported to Fairfield police headquarters.

While at headquarters, it is alleged that a capped hypodermic syringe and two empty glassine envelopes, commonly associated with the use of heroin, were found amongst Sierra-Rodriguez’ property. These items were seized. Sierra- Rodriguez was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance date of March 26, 2015 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. No charges were filed against the juvenile and she was eventually released to a parent.

(It should be noted that the charges against Sierra-Rodriguez are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Rahway Man Arrested for DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Shawn Cannon (41) of Rahway, N.J. for driving under the influence on March 15, 2015. On that date, at approximately 2:56 AM, Officer Christopher Nicholas was on patrol on Route 46 when he observed a 2014 Nissan allegedly traveling in excess of the posted speed limit of 50 M.P.H. and failing to maintain a lane. The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Cannon.

While speaking with Cannon, it is alleged that he was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence of an alcoholic beverage to include slow and slurred speech, fumbling hand movements and the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. This resulted in field sobriety testing being given. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, Cannon was placed under arrest and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

In addition to the driving under the influence charge, Cannon was also charged with driving while suspended, speeding, failure to maintain a lane, driving under the influence in a school zone and careless driving. He was released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court

(It should be noted that the charges against Cannon are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Suspected Drug Paraphernalia Found on Paterson Man

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jeffrey Valente (44) of Paterson, N.J. for possession of drug paraphernalia on March 16, 2015. On that date, at approximately 4:10 PM, police were dispatched to the Target store, located on Route 46, on an alleged report of a shoplifting incident that was in progress. Target security was reporting that they had suspicion that a male had concealed items and may be in possession of a cutting device that aids in removing security devices from packaging.  A description of this individual was broadcast to responding units.

Officer Christopher Hlubik arrived on scene and observed Valente near the exit doors, allegedly fitting the description of the suspect. The officer then conducted a field investigation which ultimately led to the discovery of a glass pipe believed to be associated with the use of controlled dangerous substances. Valente was then placed under arrest. No items from Target were found in his possession.

Valente was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a March 26, 2015 initial appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charge against Valante is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Wanted Suspect Arrested for Narcotics Possession after Fleeing Motor Vehicle Stop

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Neil McKenzie (30) of Teaneck, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing the administration of law on March 9, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 4:00 PM Officer Jeffrey Dean was on patrol in the area of the Target store on Route 46 when he observed six vehicles stopped in the driveway of Target allegedly causing a traffic hazard. In addition, the officer allegedly also observed that the license plates for all the vehicles were allegedly improperly mounted.

The officer stopped to investigate and made contact with the drivers’ of the vehicles, including McKenzie. He then continued his investigation by conducting inquiries on the information provided to him from each of the drivers. It is alleged that this check revealed an active arrest warrant for McKenzie issued by the Englewood Municipal Court.

When the officer went back to act on this information it is alleged that McKenzie had fled the scene when the officer was not looking. A witness at the scene allegedly informed the officer that he observed an individual fitting McKenzie’s description place items in a bush near a recycling dumpster located in proximity to the Valero gas station. A description of McKenzie was then broadcast to other Fairfield units in the field while Officer Dean investigated the area by the dumpsters. It is alleged that the officer recovered a quantity of suspected marijuana and a digital scale. Shortly after this occurred, Detectives Michael Nyhuis and Robert Sanger allegedly found McKenzie waiting at a bus stop on Route 46. He was then placed under arrest.

McKenzie was given a March 19, 2015 court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court. He was later transferred to the custody of the Englewood Police Department.

(It should be noted that the charges against McKenzie are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Fairfield Officers and Citizens Receive Commendations

Fairfield (NJ) A dozen Fairfield police officers and two Fairfield citizens were commended at the March 9, 2015 meeting of the Mayor and Council.

Officers John McGrory and Brian Holzmann received a life saving award for actions taken on January 2, 2015 in treating an individual who was in cardiac arrest.

Officer Frank Tracey received an honorable service ribbon for the apprehension of a suspect who fled a stolen motor vehicle in Roseland, N.J. on January 12, 2015.

Officer James High Jr. received a meritorious service ribbon and Lieutenant Peter Pollack, Sergeant Christopher Oswald, Sergeant David Proctor, Officer Stacy Chiarolanza, Officer R.J. Casendino and Officer Jeffrey Dean all received a unit citation for an incident that took place on January 26, 2015 where six suspects fled a stolen motor vehicle after being pursued by Officer High. All six suspects were immediately apprehended, with two of the suspects being allegedly wanted by Florida authorities for attempted murder.

Detective Sergeant Charles Zampino and Detective Michael Nyhuis received honorable service ribbons for their investigative efforts which led to the arrest of two burglary suspects who were allegedly responsible for committing four residential burglaries in Fairfield between January 29th and February 4, 2015. Fairfield residents Philip Volanti and Michael Llauget received the Chief’s Certificate of Recognition award for having provided Fairfield investigators with key information concerning the burglary suspect’s vehicle which ultimately helped investigators to track down the suspects.

“This is just a snapshot of what our officers encounter on a daily basis. They continue to do an outstanding job in keeping our community safe and in assisting our residents in their times of need. I couldn’t be more proud and appreciative of their efforts” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna.

 

 

Officers Tracey and Rasmussen First from Fairfield Police Department to Participate in Police Unity Tour

Fairfield (NJ) Every year hundreds of law enforcement officers die in the line of duty. Nothing can ever replace them to their family and friends. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC allows for their memories to live on and honors those men and woman forever. The Police Unity Tour Inc. was formed in 1997 by a group of law enforcement officers from New Jersey who rode their bicycles from Florham Park, N.J. to the Memorial in Washington DC.

For the past eighteen years, law enforcement officers nationwide have ridden the over 300 mile trip, with the purpose of raising awareness of those law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and financial support for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum. The Police Unity Tour has grown from 18 members to over 1800, and because of their efforts, nearly 16 million dollars has been donated to the Memorial, making the Police Unity Tour the single largest supporter of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

This year, the Fairfield Police Department is extremely proud to announce that Officers Frank Tracey and Ian Rasmussen will be the first officers in Fairfield Police Department history to participate in the Police Unity Tour. The trip takes place in May of each year during National Police Week.  “Over the years, many of our officers have attended the ceremonies at the Memorial during National Police Week but none have ever had the drive, dedication and commitment needed to bicycle there. This is not an easy thing to do” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “I and our entire department are extremely proud of them for wanting to do this” said the deputy chief.

Anyone interested in making a donation to help Officers Tracey and Rasmussen reach their goal of raising $1800.00 each can contact these officers at the Fairfield Police Department (973) 227-1400 to receive information on how to do so or visit the Fairfield Police Department website to dowload a support form.

 

Wanted Person Gives False Information to Police

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Anderson Martinez (18) of Paterson, N.J. for providing a law enforcement officer with false information to hinder apprehension on March 4, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 2:39 PM, Officer Jeffrey Dean was on patrol and came upon a disabled 1998 Mazda on Two Bridges Road that was in a hazardous position. The officer then stopped to assist. During the course of the stop, he asked the driver to provide identification to which he allegedly replied that he had none. He then allegedly provided the officer with a fake name and date of birth. The officer could not find any driver’s license for the name and birth date provided. However, when the officer realized that the driver originally stated that he was 18 years old and he changed the year on the date of birth that the suspect provided, it revealed the existence of an active warrant issued by the Passaic County Superior Court for an individual named Anderson Martinez.

Further investigation allegedly revealed that the driver was in fact Anderson Martinez. He was then placed under arrest and the vehicle removed from the roadway. At headquarters, Martinez was charged with the criminal violation and was held pending him being turned over to Passaic County officials.

(It should be noted that the charge against Martinez is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent unless he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

North Carolina Pair Arrested for CDS, Stun Gun Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Timothy Moore (28) and Kelly Stokes (22) both of Charlotte, North Carolina on March 4, 2015. Mr. Moore was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and Ms. Stokes with possession of a prohibited weapon (stun gun).

At approximately 1:45 AM, Officer Frank Tracey was on patrol on Andrea Drive, in the Stepping Ridge condominium complex when he observed 2014 Dodge Avenger that was parked and occupied. The officer investigated the vehicle further and found that the occupants allegedly gave a vague account as to their presence in the neighborhood. Further investigation allegedly revealed the discovery of white powdery substance believed to be a controlled dangerous substance found near Moore and a stun gun in the possession of Stokes. Both were placed under arrest and later charged.

After being charged both were released on their own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on March 12, 2015.

This is the second stun gun arrest that the Fairfield Police Department has made in the last two weeks.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Motorist Arrested for DUI after Striking Snow Bank

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Steven Cappiello (44) of Nutley, N.J. for the criminal charge of operating a motor vehicle while suspended as a result of a prior DUI conviction, and driving under the influence on March 1, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 4:18 PM, the Township was in the midst of a snow storm. Officer David Lagan was dispatched to the area of Lane Road for a report of a vehicle that had driven off the road. The officer found a 2010 Nissan that was into a snow bank near the intersection of Lane Road and the exit ramp for Route 80 West. It is alleged that Cappirllo was behind the wheel.

After making contact with him, it is alleged that the officer observed that the driver was exhibiting signs consistent with being under the influence to include the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and being confused as to where he was. The officer attempted to administer field sobriety tests but it is alleged Cappiello could not perform them. He was placed under arrest and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. Chemichal breath testing was later conducted.

In addition to the criminal charge for operating during a suspension period and driving under the influence, Cappiello was also charged with the motor vehicle offenses of driving while suspended, careless and reckless driving and being an unlicensed driver. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on March 11, 2015.

(It should be noted that the charges against Cappiello are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

ATV Driver Charged with Eluding Police and Motor Vehicle Offenses

Fairfield (NJ) A 14 year old juvenile, whose name is being withheld due to his age, was charged with eluding police on an all terrain vehicle on February 21, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 11:03 P.M., Officer Christopher Hlubik was dispatched to a complaint of all terrain vehicles (ATVs) operating on Henning Drive. On his way to this call, it is alleged that he observed two ATVs being operated on Nalesnik Drive. He then pulled his police vehicle perpendicular to the ATVs, rolled his window down and told the

drivers of the ATVs to stay where they were. It is alleged that both then fled from the officer. One of the ATVs successfully eluded the officer while the other stalled on Salvatore Court. The driver continued to try and start the ATV but the officer was able to apprehend the individual before he was able to restart it. He was taken into custody and the ATV impounded.

In addition to eluding police, the juvenile was also charged with being unlicensed, careless driving, unregistered ATV, operating an ATV on public streets, no helmet, no lights and no proof of insurance. “The police understand the attraction for both juveniles and adults of wanting to drive ATVs in the snow, however it still presents a clear danger and is still a violation of the law” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “I can’t overemphasize enough that we will absolutely prosecute to the fullest extent of the law, any and all operators who attempt to elude the police. In doing so they put themselves, the public and police officers at great risk.  Certainly it is always in the best interest of the operator to comply with an officer’s direction to stop rather than initiating a pursuit” said the deputy chief.

The charges are being referred to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

(It should be noted that the charges against this juvenile are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is adjudicated  guilty in a court of law)

 

New York Man Charged with Weapons and Narcotics Offenses

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael F. Ceccarelli (21) of Harrison, N.Y. for possession of a stun gun, possession of brass knuckles, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on February 20, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 2:23 PM, Sergeant Daniel Dias and Officer John McGrory were dispatched to Ralston’s Sunoco, located at 245 Route 46 West for a report of an individual (Ceccarelli) who was having difficulty breathing. As the officer’s were attending to Ceccarelli’s medical needs, it is alleged that they detected an odor of marijuana on his clothing. Emergency medical personnel responded, and after assessing Ceccarelli, he refused any further medical treatment.

The officers’ continued their investigation and it is alleged that they recovered a pair of brass knuckles, a marijuana cigarette and a cut straw with white powder residue from within Cerrarelli’s 2011 Toyota. He was then placed under arrest. It is alleged that found in his jacket, incident to his arrest, was a stun gun. Cerrarelli was transported to police headquarters and his vehicle impounded.

Cerrarelli was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the superior court in Newark, N.J. on February 26, 2015.

(It should be noted that the charges against Cerrarelli are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Fairfield Police, Fire and West Essex First Aid Squad Assist NJSP with Multiple Car Crash

Fairfield (NJ) On February 15, 2015, at approximately 5:30 PM, the Fairfield Police and Fire  Departments and the West Essex First Aid Squads were dispatched to a multi-vehicle accident on Route 80 East where one of the cars left the roadway and was on its roof near the office building located at 695 Route 46 East. All of the individuals were out of the car when emergency personnel arrived.

Five people were injured and were transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. with non-life threatening injuries. The accident is being investigated by the New Jersey State Police.

 

 

North Bergen Woman Arrested for DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Daneris Silverio (25) of North Bergen, N.J. for operating a vehicle while under the influence on February 14, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 1:19 AM, Officer Jeffrey Dean was on patrol on Route 46 when he observed a vehicle stopped at the traffic light, at Clinton Road, with an alleged inoperable brake light. He conducted a license plate inquiry and discovered that the 1998 Nissan Altima also had an expired registration. He followed the vehicle on Route 46 where it is alleged that a number of other motor vehicle violations occurred.  He then initiated a motor vehicle stop of the car. It was found to be operated by Silverio.

During the course of the stop, it is alleged that Silverio displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence. Field sobriety tests were then administered. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, Silvio was placed under arrest without incident and her vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, Silverio was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, speeding, careless driving, failure to maintain a lane, unregistered vehicle and improper maintenance of lights. She was released on her own recognizance pending a February 19, 2015 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Silverio are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Fairfield Police, Fairfield Public Schools and Community Businesses Partner to Bring Officer Phil Safety Program to Schools

Fairfield (NJ) A community partnership between the police department, the Fairfield public school district and many local businesses helped to bring the “Officer Phil” program to the Adlei Stevenson Elementary School on February 13, 2015. The program is directed at students from kindergarten to third grade and helps to teach them about various safety issues by using magic and games. “In all the years that this program has been brought into the school system, this year was the first time that I actually witnessed its effectiveness in person” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “The kids had a great time, while learning valuable safety tips” said the deputy chief.

The Fairfield Police Department would like to thank our partners in this endeavor, without whom, this program would not take place:

  • The Fairfield Public School District
  • Fischer Auto Transmission
  • Puzo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant
  • Euro Works
  • The Essex County Improvement Authority
  • Mountain View Auto Body
  • Med-Care of Fairfield
  • Karis Lock Company
  • Structural Stone Company
  • Luce, Schwab and Kase, Inc.
  • DiGabriele, McNaulty, Campanella & Co. LLC
  • Lifesavers, Inc.
  • Alan G. Cruise, Inc.
  • Prismatic
  • Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning
  • The Industrial Brush Co.
  • Aqua-Pro Tech Laboratories
  • Ralston’s Inc
  • Criger Service, Inc.
  • Fairfield Service Inc.
  • Middle Atlantic Products Inc.
  • Mediterranean Tile & Marble
  • All-Pro Car Wash and Detail Center
  • Dr. Leonard M. Russo
  • Trimount Corp.

 

 

 

 

Fairfield Officers Receive Tactical Training at FBI Training Facility

Fairfield (NJ) From February 9-11, 2015, a contingent of Fairfield police officers travelled to the FBI complex in Quantico, Virginia in order to receive advanced training in tactical building search operations and judgment situations. The officers participated in a variety of virtual scenarios, using state-of-the-art technology that is designed to assess how well they conducted searches for offenders, from a thoroughness, officer safety and “shoot-don’t shoot perspective. They were then able to critique their performance using a replay system that help the officers detect any deficiencies in their techniques. These officers were also able to conduct practical training in the FBI’s “Hogan’s Alley”, using weapons that fire simunition rounds, which is comparable to a paint ball.

In addition to the training, the officers were hosted to a guided tour of the facility, which included a stop at the famed FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit and a visit to the “Evil Minds” exhibit. The exhibit houses the writings, drawings and other items from some of the world’s most infamous serial killers. The officers were also treated to guided tours by members of the United States Marine Corps of the Presidential helicopter fleet and the Marine Corps Museum.

The training was arranged by Fairfield Police Lieutenant Peter Pollack, a graduate of the 256th Session of the FBI National Academy. “This was an excellent opportunity for our officers to receive some phenomenal training and also experience some sights that most people will never have the chance to see in their lifetime” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna.  

 

 

Budd Lake Man Arrested for Shoplifting, Possession of Marijuana

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael Gorth (38) of Budd Lake, N.J. for shoplifting, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia on February 11, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 10:52 AM, security personnel from the Target store, located on Route 46, contacted the Fairfield Police Department to report that they had a suspected shoplifter under surveillance and requested the assistance of police. Officer Diego Ocampo was dispatched to the location.

Upon his arrival, he observed Gorth exit the store and approach a 2003 Ford Taurus that was parked in the lot. The officer engaged Gorth in conversation. A short time later, Target security came out and reported that there were allegedly several open cell phone charger packages that were now missing the chargers in the same area of the store where Gorth had been observed allegedly acting suspicious. It is alleged that the officer recovered three cell phone chargers that were in Gorth’s possession and which Target security confirmed came from the packages inside the store. It is further alleged that a small quantity of marijuana and items of drug paraphernalia were recovered in the Ford Taurus.

Gorth was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending am appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on February 26, 2015.

(It should be noted that the charges against Gorth are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Two Charged in Recent Fairfield Burglary Spree

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Daniel Gomez(46) of Union City, New Jersey and Julio Ponce(33) of Clifton, New Jersey, on four counts of burglary, four counts of theft, and four counts of conspiracy to commit burglary on February 10, 2015. The arrests are the result of a two (2) month long joint investigation comprised of detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad and a task force comprised of investigators from the Paramus, Rutherford, Franklin Lakes, River Edge, Fair Lawn, Englewood, Tenafly, Cliffside Park, Belleville, Verona, and Totowa Police Departments and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office

Following a series of recent daytime residential burglaries, Fairfield, detectives shared information about these burglaries with investigators from task force who were already investigating the suspects. The information Fairfield detectives provided which was obtained from a witness to the Henrietta Drive burglary in Fairfield on February 4th helped the task force to identify the vehicle the suspects were now using.  Fairfield detectives then joined the task force.

On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, members of the task force were conducting physical surveillance of a van allegedly being driven by Daniel Gomez. During the morning hours, the van eventually picked-up Julio Ponce and they proceeded to drive from Clifton to Englewood. Shortly after 10:00 AM, task force officers notified the Englewood police that the suspects allegedly appeared to be looking at homes to burglarize in the First Ward section of their town.

After allegedly being scared off by an audible burglar alarm in the First Ward section of Englewood, the actors then proceeded to allegedly “case” other homes in Tenafly. After a short time of driving around Tenafly, the actors proceeded back to Englewood where they allegedly “cased” homes, this time in the Third Ward section of Englewood. Officers from the task force and Englewood police established a perimeter once the actor(s) allegedly approached a house.  After several minutes, task force officers and Englewood police who were positioned in the area arrested the actors without incident following the commission of an alleged residential burglary.

As a result of a search warrant that was executed on the van, evidence was allegedly recovered linking the suspects to the burglary of the residence in the Third Ward section of Englewood. Further evidence developed as a result of the investigation revealed that these same actors were allegedly responsible for committing the four recent burglaries in Fairfield on Salvatore Court, Green Meadows Road, Long Acres Road and Henrietta Drive and also responsible for over a dozen residential burglaries in the following jurisdictions: River Edge (2 homes), Fair Lawn (1 home), Franklin Lakes (1 home), Totowa (1 home), Belleville (1 home), Verona (1 home), Englewood (1 home) as well as an attempted burglary.

Both defendants are currently housed in the Bergen County Jail where on February 11, 2015 Fairfield detectives served them with the charges stemming from the incidents in Fairfield.

“This was a great cooperative effort by so many dedicated law enforcement officers which thankfully resulted in two predators being taken off the streets” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “Hopefully our residents can go to work each day a little easier knowing that their homes are safe” said the deputy chief. Detective Sergeant Charles Zampino and Detective Michael Nyhuis were the Fairfield detectives who assisted the task force in this investigation.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

Three Car Motor Vehicle Crash Closes Route 46

Fairfield (NJ) On February 10, 2015, at approximately 3:43 PM, Fairfield police officers were dispatched to a three car motor vehicle crash on Route 46 East near the Dey Overpass which resulted in the eastbound lanes being closed for approximately one hour. Traffic was diverted onto Fairfield Road which impacted the evening rush hour.

Preliminary investigation revealed that all three vehicles were traveling east on Route 46. They included a 2008 Acura, followed by a 2003 Honda Odyssey and then a 1999 Ford Econoline van. It is alleged that the Acura slowed and stopped for traffic that was in front of it when it was struck from behind by the Honda. The Honda was then struck from behind by the Ford van. Four individuals that were located in the Honda Odyssey, including the driver who was identified as Humberto Solis of Clifton, N.J., were transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. with non life-threatening injuries.

While the matter remains under investigation by Sergeant Christopher Niemiec, it is alleged that Solis is an unlicensed driver and that summonses are pending.

False Bomb Scare Call Results in Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jorge Perez (29) of New Bedford, Massachusetts for creating a false public alarm, calling 9-1-1 without purpose and possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on February 10, 2015.

At approximately 8:05 AM on that date, the Fairfield Police Department received an initial 9-1-1 call that was disconnected seconds after it was received. Pursuant to protocol, the police dispatcher called the number back to assure that the caller did not need help.

Upon call back, the caller now reported to the dispatcher that an employee at Automated Building Technologies, located at 6 Daniel Road, was believed to have a bomb. Emergency personnel to include the Fairfield Police and Fire Departments, the Essex County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad and an EMS ambulance were dispatched to the scene. The building was evacuated pending the arrival of the bomb squad.

During the course of the investigation at the scene, it was determined that the call received by the police department had been made from a cell phone that was located in the vicinity of 6 Daniel Road. Sergeant Paul Bowden then discovered that there were two vans filled with temporary warehouse employees who were waiting to go to work in another company located in the rear of 6 Daniel Road. Further investigation revealed that the telephone number that the bomb threat was received from allegedly belonged to Perez who was one of the temporary employees that was in the van. Perez was placed under arrest. He was allegedly found to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana.

It is alleged that Perez made the knowingly false bomb threat in retaliation for him and his co-workers having arrived at the location to work at 8:00 AM but thereafter being told that they would not be permitted to start work until 10:00 AM.

“Obviously, anytime someone reports a false incident to emergency personnel, there are severe consequences attached to their actions” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “In this case, a variety of emergency resources were tied up and a company inconvenienced for absolutely no reason” said the deputy chief.

Perez was released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance date of February 19, 2015 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charges against Perez are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)   

Orange Man Arrested for DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jose Trujillo (44) of Orange, N.J. for operating a vehicle while under the influence on February 4, 2015. On that date, at approximately 8:16 PM, Officers Jeffrey Dean and Stacy Chiarolanza were dispatched to the area of Knoll Road after a caller to police headquarters allegedly reported a vehicle that was driving on Hollywood Avenue that was “all over the road” and which allegedly almost caused an accident.

The officers found the alleged vehicle on running on Knoll Road. They approached the vehicle and found it to be operated by Trujillo. It was determined that he was in the area to pick up a family member who was engaged in cleaning houses on Knoll Road. During the course of the roadside stop, it is alleged that Trujillo was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence which included slurred speech, fumbling hand motions and the presence of a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. As a result, field sobriety tests were administered. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, Trujillio was arrested, transported to police headquarters for breath testing and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. It is alleged that the officers recovered an open bottle of Absolut from within the vehicle.

In addition to being issued a summons for driving under the influence he was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, failure to wear a seat belt, obstructing traffic and possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a February 12, 2015 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Trujillo are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

North Caldwell Man Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of David Campbell (18) of North Caldwell, N.J. for possession of marijuana less than 50 grams of marijuana on January27, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 10:20 P.M., Officer Jeffrey Dean was on patrol in the area of West Drive and Anthony Lane, when he observed a vehicle with four occupants parked near the end of West Drive. The vehicle and its occupants allegedly appeared suspicious to the officer and he attempted to conduct surveillance but the vehicle pulled away before this could be done. As the vehicle passed the officer, it was alleged that none of the occupants were wearing seatbelts. The vehicle was then stopped near Deer Park Road.

During the course of the stop, it is alleged that a small quantity of marijuana was found on Campbell, who was a rear seat passenger in the vehicle. A check of all the other occupants and the vehicle revealed no further contraband. These occupants were all eventually released from the scene with warnings concerning not wearing seatbelts.

Campbell was taken to police headquarters where in addition to the marijuana possession, he was also charged with failing to wear a seatbelt. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on February 5, 2015

(It should be noted that the charges against Campbell are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)  

Six Arrested for Stolen Car Possession, Resisting Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Johnson Bullock (22) of Winter Park, Fla., Thomson Bullock (25), Dominique Reid (19) all of Newark, N.J. and three other juveniles, whose names are being withheld because of their ages, for being in possession of a stolen motor vehicle and resisting arrest on January 26, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 9:37 P.M., Officer James High Jr. was on patrol, passing through West Caldwell, in order to access another part of Fairfield, when he allegedly observed a 2003 Nissan Altima travelling west on Bloomfield Avenue approaching the intersection of Passaic Avenue. The vehicle allegedly slid on the snowy road surface and partially into the intersection. The officer then conducted a random license plate inquiry on the vehicle and found it to have been reported stolen to the Elizabeth Police Department on January 19, 2015.

The vehicle turned onto Passaic Avenue travelling south through West Caldwell and into Roseland followed by the officer who was awaiting the arrival of other officers to the area before attempting to stop the vehicle. When the vehicle approached the intersection of Eagle Rock Avenue, the officer tried to stop it but it then allegedly attempted to elude the officer. The vehicle eventually crashed at the end of Eisenhower Parkway with the occupants allegedly fleeing on foot. All six occupants of the vehicle were eventually taken into custody by officers from the Fairfield, Essex Fells and the East Hanover Police Departments.

During the processing procedures at police headquarters, it was determined that Johnson and Thomson Bullock were both wanted for attempted homicide in the Orlando Florida area. Dominique Reid was also found to be wanted by Stroudsburg, PA. law enforcement authorities for an outstanding warrant. These individuals were transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility awaiting extradition.

It was also determined that, one of the juveniles had a warrant issued by Essex County. She and another of the juveniles were eventually transported to the Essex County Youth House. The other juvenile was released into the custody of a guardian.

In addition to the charges filed against all, it is alleged that Reid was allegedly the driver of the vehicle and was also charged with eluding police as well as various motor vehicle violations.

Assisting the Fairfield Police Department were officers from the North Caldwell, West Caldwell, Essex Fells, Roseland, East Hanover, and Caldwell Police Departments and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.

(It should be noted that the charges against all are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)  

 

 

 

Drug Recognition Evaluations Assist with Two DUI Arrests over Weekend

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Matthew Liberti (27) of Hopatcong, N.J. and Gregory Longueira (29) of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. for driving under the influence and for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance during two separate incidents over the weekend.

On January 23, 2015, at approximately 8:14 PM, Officers John McGrory and Steven D’Argenio were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Route 46 East near the Comfort Inn, involving a 2014 Hyundai that was allegedly struck from behind by a 2007 Ford van being operated by Liberti. The investigation revealed that Liberti was travelling east on Route 46 when he distracted by his dash-mounted GPS. When he looked up, the Hyundai was right in front of him. He then allegedly hit the gas rather than the brake causing the extensive damage to the Hyundai. None of the occupants of either vehicle required hospitalization.

As the investigation progressed, the officers’ allegedly noticed that Liberti was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence which resulted in field sobriety tests being administered. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, Liberti was arrested and his vehicle impounded pursuant to law.

Once at headquarters, a breath test was administered with the results allegedly indicating no alcoholic beverages were present, which was inconsistent with his symptoms. As a result, Officer William Roberts of the Caldwell Police Department, a certified drug recognition expert, assisted by conducting an evaluation on Liberti which resulted in the charges being filed. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on January 29, 2015.

In a separate incident, on January 24, 2015, at approximately 10:59 PM, Officer Ian Rasmussen stopped a BMW on Route 46 East that was allegedly travelling in excess of the posted 50 MPH speed limit. The vehicle was found to be operated by Longueira.

During the course of the roadside investigation, it is alleged that Longueira was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence. After conducting field sobriety testing, he was eventually placed under arrest and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

He was given a breath test at police headquarters which allegedly indicated there was no alcoholic beverages present which was inconsistent with his alleged symptoms. Once again, Officer William Roberts of the Caldwell Police Department was called to conduct an evaluation of the suspect which resulted in the charges being filed. He was eventually released on his own recognizance.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)  

 

Three Men Arrested in Second Alleged Credit Card Fraud Ring

Fairfield (NJ)  The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Richard Morgan Jr. (22), Kareem Prosper (21) and Terrence Williams (21) all of Jamaica, N.Y. for credit card theft, being in possession of altered credit cards and conspiracy on January 22, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 10:00 PM, Target security contacted the Fairfield Police Department reporting that three African-American males were in the store and was allegedly attempting to purchase electronics equipment with a variety of different gift cards. When the cashier became suspicious of the transaction, he contacted security in front of the suspects who then immediately left the store. Security was able to monitor the trio’s activities as they entered a 2014 Infiniti in the parking lot and exited onto Route 46. Security updated responding officers who then stopped the vehicle on Route 46.

During the course of the roadside investigation, it is alleged that all three individuals gave different versions relating to their activity inside the Target store. Several gift cards that allegedly appeared altered were found under the control of the trio. All three were then placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. The aforesaid vehicle was impounded.

It is alleged that at headquarters, officers recovered a variety of other cards that were secreted in Morgan’s shoe, Prosper’s sock and wallet and in Williams’ sock. A total of 29 cards were allegedly found amongst the trio. In addition to the cards, it is also alleged that suspected marijuana was found in Williams’ sock.

In addition to the fraud charges Williams was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and Prosper with possession of drug paraphernalia. All three individuals were released on their own recognizance pending an appearance in the Superior Court in Newark on January 29, 2015.

The investigation is ongoing as detectives are waiting to obtain a search warrant for the vehicle and are checking with various financial institutions as to the origin of the numbers found on each gift card.

This is the second such arrest made at the Target store in the last ten days. On January 13, 2015, four individuals were arrested and charged with similar offenses after allegedly being found in possession of over 80 gift cards with altered account numbers on them. “There is no evidence at this point to indicate that both groups are related to each other” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “Hopefully because of the alertness of Target security and the publicity surrounding these two arrests, other individuals engaged in credit card fraud will take note that the Fairfield Police Department will arrest and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law” said the deputy chief.

(It should be noted that the charges against all three are merely allegations and that they are all presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Elizabeth Woman Charged with Identity Theft

Fairfield (NJ) A six month investigation by the Fairfield Police Department into the fraudulent obtaining of cable services culminated in the execution of a search warrant at a Flora Street residence in Elizabeth, N.J. and  the arrest of Darcella L. Dickerson  of Elizabeth, N.J. for theft by deception, theft of services and identity theft on January 15, 2015.

Fairfield police detectives were initially notified by a township resident in July that, since 2010, an unknown individual had established a Cablevision account and had somehow been using the victim’s checking account to pay for it. The victim reported that in excess of $10,000.00 was paid to Cablevision from her account. 

Detective Michael Nyhuis developed information which lead police to the Flora Street residence early this morning. Investigators allegedly found Cablevision bills and other equipment linking Dickerson to the fraudulent account. She was eventually released on her own recognizance pending an appearance in the superior court in Essex County.

(It should be noted that the charges against Dickerson are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Bloomindale Man Arrested on Narcotics Related Charges

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Timothy Preziosi (22) of Bloomingdale, N.J. for possession of Xanax and possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on January 13, 2015. On that date, at approximately 5:20 P.M., the management of the LaQuinta hotel, located on Two Bridges Road, contacted the police department upon receiving a complaint from a guest concerning possible drug distribution taking place from one of the guest rooms. An investigation was launched and during the course of it, Preziosi was stopped after allegedly exiting the suspect room.

A computer check revealed that Preziosi had an active warrant for his arrest issued by the Kinnelon Municipal Court. He was then placed under arrest. It is alleged that while officers were walking him down the hallway of the hotel to take him to police headquarters, he stomped his foot on the ground which resulted in a cigarette pack that was in his pants to fall to the ground of the hallway. When the officers retrieved it they allegedly found suspected marijuana and a suspected Xanax tablet.

After being charged with the alleged narcotics offenses, the Kinnelon Police Department authorized his release on their warrant. He was the released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the superior court in Newark, N.J.

(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)

Four Arrested in Alleged Stolen, Fraudulent Credit Card Ring

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Duncan Williams (20) of Jersey City, N.J., Davon Ford (19), Itrue Brunner (20) and Angel Chapman (20) all of Bayonne, N.J.  for credit card theft, alteration of a credit card and for conspiracy on January 13, 2015. On that date, at approximately 9:48 PM, the Fairfield Police Department was contacted directly by the victim, who was in Brooklyn, N.Y., that she was being advised by PayPal that her credit card account was being used at the Target store in Fairfield, N.J. The notification to the victim of the illegal use of the card was being done in “real time” and not in the past.

As a result, officers were dispatched to the location and Target security alerted. It is alleged that Target security were able to pinpoint the suspects in the store while speaking to the victim and gathering her credit card information. It is alleged that identifying the suspects because some of their attempted transactions were already being declined at the registers.

As the officers arrived, all the suspects were found in a BMW that was allegedly parked in a handicapped spot in the front of the store. Investigation at the scene allegedly later resulted in the discovery of approximately 80 varying gift cards, ranging from Visa to Target. It is alleged that some of these cards were altered to include the legitimate credit card number of the reporting victim and possibly others.

All of the suspects were brought to police headquarters and eventually charged with the aforesaid charges. They were released on their own recognizance pending an appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on January 22, 2015. Chapman was released on her own recognizance after posting bail for an active warrant issued by the Bayonne Municipal Court.

This investigation is ongoing as detectives will attempt to determine the rightful owners for other numbers that were found on some of the cards with the potential for additional charges being filed.

(It should be noted that the charges against all are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

Fairfield Officer Finds Suspect Involved in Alleged Motor Vehicle Theft

Fairfield (NJ) On January 12, 2015, at approximately 1:24 AM, the Fairfield Police Department overheard a broadcast over the State Police Emergency Network, announcing that a Roseland police officer was in foot pursuit of a suspect following the crash of a suspected stolen motor vehicle out of Parsippany, N.J. The crash occurred near Eisenhower Parkway and Interstate 280. Several police agencies responded to the area including Officer Frank Tracey of the Fairfield Police Department.

While the manhunt for the suspect was ongoing, Officer Tracey began patrolling the residential neighborhoods on the outer perimeter. It was at this time that he came across a gold colored Ford Explorer coming out of the Stonegate Condominium Complex. He observed that the vehicle was occupied by two African American males. The Explorer then turned down Cooper Avenue and disappeared from sight by the time Officer Tracey could turn around to check on it. He reacquired it on Glen Avenue, and based upon its suspicious activity, initiated a motor vehicle stop to investigate further.

As he approached the vehicle, he observed a third African American male lying across the back seat of the vehicle. This individuals clothing allegedly appeared wet and muddy, the individual appeared to be sweating and he had fresh scratch marks on the back of his hand. At this time, additional back-up from the West Caldwell Police Department arrived on scene. The individual in the rear seat, who was a 17 year old from East Orange and whose identity is being withheld due to their age, was taken into custody. The Parsippany police responded to the scene to investigate further. It is unknown what if anything was charged against any of the individuals by the Parsippany Police Department.

Medical Assist Emphasizes Importance of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Fairfield (NJ) On January 8, 2015, at approximately 4:00 AM, officers from the Fairfield Police Department were dispatched to a Pier Lane residence for a medical assist involving a 47 year old female that was having convulsions. While the officers were at the scene, three other members of the household began to complain of being light-headed, headaches and difficulty breathing.

Members of the West Essex First Aid Squad arrived on scene and when they entered the residence, carbon monoxide detectors that they carry in their medical bags activated indicating dangerous levels of the deadly gas was present in the residence. The house was immediate evacuated. Eventually, four individuals were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, N.J. for treatment. No emergency responders required treatment. The source of the carbon monoxide was traced to a faulty hot water heater in the basement. There were no working carbon monoxide detectors in the home. “This situation emphasizes all too clearly the importance of having and maintaining smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as we narrowly averted a tragedy” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna.

The Fairfield Police Departments wants to alert all citizens that, according to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include dull headaches, weakness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision, and/or loss of consciousness. The Consumer Reports website suggests that smoke and CO detectors should be tested weekly and vacuumed monthly. The alarms on these detectors have a limited life. They suggest that CO alarms be replaced every five years and smoke detectors every ten years.

Broken Taillight Leads to Warrant, Marijuana Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Anthony Green-Valentin for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on January 7, 2015. On that date, at approximately 10:26 AM, Officer Jeffrey Dean was monitoring traffic near Lane Road when he observed a 2005 Hyundai being operated by Green-Valentin, with an alleged malfunctioning taillight. He initiated a motor vehicle stop of the car on Passaic Avenue.

During the course of the stop, investigation revealed that Green-Valentin’s driving privileges were suspended and that he had an active arrest warrant issued by the North Bergen Municipal Court. He was then placed under arrest. In doing so, it is alleged that the officer recovered a small quantity of marijuana in his pocket.

In addition to being charged with possession of marijuana he was also charged with failing to maintain lights and operating while suspended. He was released into the custody of the North Bergen Police Department.

(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)

 

 

Police Caution Residents about Leaving Ladders in Yards

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is cautioning residents not to leave ladders in their yards as they are being used by burglars to access second floor windows of residences in the community. The latest incident was reported to police on January 3, 2015 by a South Hampton Drive resident.

Investigation revealed that the incident could have occurred at anytime between December 31, 2014 and the time it was reported. Unknown actor(s) used a ladder left in the yard to gain entry to the residence via a second floor window.  They stole an undisclosed amount of money and jewelry.

A residential burglary, with a similar modus operandi, occurred on Sarah Lane on November 8, 2014. Unknown actor(s) used a ladder from a neighboring residential construction site to access a second floor window and then took cash and jewelry.

The Fairfield Police are advising residents that if for some reason, they cannot put a ladder into their garage; they are encouraged to secure them with locks and chains to make their use by burglars more difficult. Residents are also being advised to immediately contact police if they see any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.

 

Fairfield Man Arrested for DUI, Possession of Syringe

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Steven Collin (25) of Fairfield, N.J. for driving under the influence and possession of a hypodermic syringe on January 3, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 3:00 AM, the Fairfield police received an anonymous tip reporting that Steven Collin of Fairfield was operating a beige Mercury Marquis, while under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. Officers began to search the area where Collin lived. It is alleged that Officer Steven Ptaszynski observed a vehicle matching the description, travelling on Little Falls Road. The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Collin.

It is alleged that Collin was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence resulting in the officer administering field sobriety tests. It is alleged that during the investigation, the officer recovered a hypodermic syringe belonging to Collin. He was eventually placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters and his vehicle impounded.

While at headquarters Officer RJ Casendino, a certified drug recognition expert, conducted an evaluation on Collin which allegedly revealed that he was under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.

In addition to being charged with driving under the influence and possession of a hypodermic syringe, Collin was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone and operating with a suspended license. He was eventually released on his own recognizance.

(It should be noted that the charges against Collin are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

New Years Eve Nets Trio for Narcotics Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Ernesto Regalado (19), Jeremy Rodriguez (18) both of Paterson, N.J. and a 16 year old juvenile, whose name is being withheld due to his age, with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on December 31, 2014. 

On that date, at approximately 11:30 P.M., Officer Frank Tracey was on patrol in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located on Two Bridges Road, when he observed a 2010 Toyota pull into the lot and into a parking space in the rear lot. The vehicle allegedly had dark tinted windows in violation of New Jersey law. The officer noticed that none of the occupants exited the vehicle. The officer continued to monitor the activities of the individuals in the vehicle and eventually initiated a field investigation.

When the officer approached the vehicle and made contact with the occupants, he allegedly observed smoke and smelled a pungent odor of marijuana. It is alleged that further investigation resulted in the discovery of a marijuana cigarette, a plastic bag with suspected marijuana and a glassine fold containing suspected heroin. All three occupants were then placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. At headquarters, it is alleged officers recovered a second glassine fold, containing suspected heroin in Rodriguez’ shoe.

In addition to all being charged with possession of marijuana, Regalado was charged with a motor vehicle summons for having a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle; Rodriguez was charged with possession of heroin and failure to surrender a controlled dangerous substance to police. The juvenile was charged with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. The juvenile was released into the custody of a parent while Regalado and Rodriguez were released on their recognizance.

(It should be noted that the charges against all three are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

 

Panhandler Call Results in Drug Paraphernalia Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Elliot Marko (26) of East Hanover, N.J. for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of hypodermic syringes on December 30, 2014.

On that date, at approximately 2:54 PM, Officer Jeffrey Dean was dispatched to the Target store, located on Route 46, to investigate a report of a male in the parking lot that was asking patrons for money. While the officer was in route, it was reported that the individual involved got into a 2000 Buick and was leaving the parking lot. The officer allegedly observed the vehicle and initiated a motor vehicle stop on Route 46 and investigation.

During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that the officer recovered various items of drug paraphernalia commonly associated with heroin use, including 20 hypodermic syringes. Marko was arrested and eventually released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on January 8, 2015.

(It should be noted that the charges against Marko are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Report of Passed Out Driver Results in DUI Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jason Mercer (35) of Lincoln Park for driving under the influence on December 30, 2014. On that date, at approximately 8:12 PM, Sgt. David Proctor and Officer Sean McCormack were dispatched to the parking lot of the Jose Tejas restaurant, located on Route 46, for a report of an individual who was allegedly passed out behind the wheel of a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer.

Upon the arrival of the officers, it is alleged that the vehicle was running, with its headlights on and with the driver’s side door partially open. It is further alleged that Mercer was in the driver seat with his head tilted back and his eyes closed. The officers awakened Mercer who allegedly was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence. During the course of conducting field sobriety testing, it is alleged that Mercer refused to conduct one of the tests. He was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for breath testing and his vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

While at headquarters, it is alleged that Mercer refused to submit samples of his breath for analysis. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, he was also charged with refusal to submit to a breath test. He was released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on January 8, 2015

(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)  

 

Shoplifting Turns into Robbery after Suspect Assaults Security Guard

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Teresa Distano (32) of Blairstown, N.J. for robbery, shoplifting and simple assault on December 29, 2014. On that date, at approximately 8:02 PM, Fairfield police officers were dispatched to the Target store, located on Route 46, to assist security with an alleged shoplifting suspect that was in custody. It is alleged that the suspect, identified as Distano, attempted to take two pairs of Beats headphones, valued at approximately $500.00, without paying for them.

When the security officers attempted to apprehend her, it is alleged that Distano began to fight with the officers, pushing one of them and striking him in the face. They were then able to take her into custody and contact the police. Distano was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where she was processed and charged.  She was eventually released on bail pending a January 21, 2015 appearance date in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. Neither security officer reported being injured during the incident.

(It should be noted that the charges against Distano are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Two More DUI Arrests Bring Holiday Crackdown to a Dozen

Fairfield (NJ) Since the December 5th “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” holiday crackdown began, to date the Fairfield Police Department have arrested 12 individuals for allegedly operating their vehicles while under the influence. The latest two arrests both occurred during separate incidents, on December 29, 2014. The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Taraneh Amiri (22) of Woodland Park, N.J. and Gyorgyi Peer (45) of Parsippany, N.J. for driving under the influence.

In the first incident, at approximately 2:00 AM, Officer Raymond Puluse was on patrol when he allegedly observed a 2004 Honda that committed several alleged motor vehicle violations as it was being operated on Route 46 and then onto Fairfield Road. The alleged violations included speeding, failure to maintain a lane and a stop sign violation.

The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Amiri. It is alleged that she was exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence which resulted in field sobriety tests being administered by the officer. Amiri was then placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for breath testing. Her vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

In addition to being charged with DUI she was also charged with DUI in a school zone, speeding, careless driving, failure to maintain a lane, failure to observe a stop sign, failure to signal a turn and failure to wear a seatbelt. She was released on her own recognizance pending a January 22, 2015 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

The second incident occurred at approximately 11:24 AM when Officer Jeffrey Dean was dispatched to an apparent motor vehicle crash that took place on Plymouth Street. The crash involved a vehicle that left the roadway, striking a fire hydrant, mailbox and recycle cans. The vehicle then left the scene with apparent having damage to the vehicle.

A short time later, the Montville police and the New Jersey State Police reported a vehicle that was disabled on Old Bloomfield Avenue in Montville that had heavy damage to it. In fact, the vehicle was missing its front passenger side tire. Officer Dean responded to continue the investigation.

Investigation revealed that the operator of the vehicle, identified as Peer, was on Plymouth Street a short time earlier and that the damage on her vehicle was consistent with having struck the fire hydrant. In addition, it is alleged that she was displaying signs and symptoms that were consistent with being under the influence. Based upon the officer’s observations, field sobriety tests were administered. As a result, Peer was arrested and transported to headquarters for breath testing.

It is alleged that while at headquarters, Peer refused to submit samples of her breath for testing. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, Peer was also charged with refusal to submit to a breath test, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving and having an unsafe vehicle. She was released on her own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

Fairfield Officers Join Sea of Blue at NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos’ Funeral

Fairfield (NJ) A contingent of Fairfield officers made their way into the Glenwood section of Queens on Saturday December 27, 2014 to join the over 25,000 estimated other law enforcement officers honoring the memory and service of murdered New York City Police Officer Rafael Ramos.

 

Handicapped Parking Offense Leads to CDS Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Paul Butler (47) of Wayne, N.J. for possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of prescription legend drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and providing false information to a law enforcement officer on December 17, 2014.

On that date, at approximately 8:11 PM, Officer John McGrory was on patrol in the parking lot of the Target store, located on Route 46. His attention was allegedly drawn to a 2014 Chevrolet that was being operated in the lot in an alleged careless manner given the amount of pedestrian traffic in the lot. The officer observed the vehicle park in a handicapped spot and the lone driver, later identified as Butler; quickly enter the store before the officer could speak with him.

The officer noticed the vehicle had a handicapped placard displayed but it appeared that Butler did not have any disability. Investigation revealed the handicap placard was expired and belonged to a 71 year old female. When Butler exited the store and approached his vehicle, the officer stopped him.

The officer asked Butler for identification and when Butler told him he did not have any with him, he allegedly gave the officer a false name and date of birth. When the officer checked this information in his mobile data terminal and was unable to find anyone matching that information, Butler allegedly then identified himself with his right name and date of birth. Investigation revealed that he had a suspended driver’s license and active arrest warrants issued by the Totowa and Little Falls Municipal Courts. He was then placed under arrest.

While being processed at headquarters, it is alleged that officers found 2 oxycodone tablets and a cut straw in Butler’s possession. In addition to the criminal charges, Butler was also charged with handicapped parking, improper use of a handicap placard, operating while license was suspended, and having a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was turned over to the Totowa police.

(It should be noted that the charges against Butler are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Three Males Arrested for Engaging, Promoting Prostitution

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Christopher Newman (21) of Jamaica, N.Y., Kenneth Oliver (24) of Bronx, N.Y. and Kareem Williams (23) of Brooklyn, N.Y. for promoting prostitution on December 17, 2014.

On that date, the Fairfield Police Department became aware that a room at the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, was possibly being used to promote prostitution. An investigation was initiated that involved an undercover police officer going to the room as a customer. It is alleged that Oliver, offered sexual favors in exchange for cash. When police entered the room to make the arrest, they found Williams hiding in the bathroom and Newman hiding in a closet.

In addition to the charge of promoting prostitution, Oliver was also charged in engaging in prostitution. All three individuals were released on their own recognizance pending an appearance in the Superior Court in Newark on January 8, 2014.

(It should be noted that the charges against all three are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

DUI Enforcement Crackdown Continues with Two More Arrests

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Diandra Lelaind (31) of Teaneck, N.J. on December 18, 2014 and William Fitzsimmons (46) of Maplewood, N.J. on December 17, 2014 for driving under the influence.

On December 17, 2014, at approximately 11:29 PM, Officer James High Jr. was conducting radar operations on Route 46 East when he allegedly observed a 2003 Toyota traveling at 69 M.P.H. in a 50 M.P.H. zone. The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Fitzsimmons. It is alleged that he was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence. The officer administered standard field sobriety testing and eventually arrested Fitzsimmons for allegedly operating a vehicle while under the influence. He was transported to police headquarters and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. At headquarters he provided breath samples. In addition to driving under the influence, he was also charged with speeding, Failure to maintain a lane and driving while under the influence in a school zone. He was released on his own recognizance pending a January 8, 2015 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

On December 18, 2014, at approximately 9:27 PM, Officer James High Jr. was on duty as a result of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”. He was traveling on Passaic Avenue with a 2003 Honda directly behind him with allegedly with its high beam headlights on. When the vehicle entered onto Route 46 East, the officer initiated a traffic stop and found Lelaind operating the vehicle.  Lelaind was allegedly coming from a holiday party and was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence.

After administering field sobriety tests and based upon the totality of the circumstances, she was placed under arrest and her vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. At police headquarters, she provided breath samples. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, she was also charged with the improper use of high beam headlights. She was released on her own recognizance pending a January 8, 2015 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

Since the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown started on December 5th, the Fairfield Police Department has arrested 9 individuals for allegedly operating their vehicles while under the influence.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

DUI Task Force Arrests Hawthorne Man

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jimmy Alvarado (22) of Hawthorne, N.J. for driving under the influence, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance on December 12, 2014.

On that date, at approximately 9:49 PM, Officer Steven Ptaszynski was on patrol pursuant to the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” drunken driving enforcement campaign when he allegedly observed a vehicle that was travelling on Route 46 East in excess of the posted 50 M.P.H. speed limit. The vehicle was stopped and Alvarado found to be its operator.

It is alleged that during the roadside investigation, the officer smelled burnt marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle. In addition, Alvarado allegedly displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. Field sobriety testing was administered and based on the totality of the circumstances, Alvarado was arrested and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. Prior to it being impounded, it is alleged that a small quantity of marijuana was found in the vehicle.

In addition to being charged with aforesaid offenses, Alvarado was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, speeding, careless driving, failure to maintain a lane and for possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a December 18, 2014 appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Alvarado are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Fairfield Man Charged with DUI, Drug Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of George Saad (21) of Fairfield, N.J. for driving under the influence and possession of a controlled dangerous substance on December 13, 2014.

On that date, at approximately 2:54 PM, all police units were dispatched to the parking lot of the Krauszers building, located on Hollywood Avenue, on a report, by a concerned citizen, of a male who appeared dazed and confused in a Mazda. Officer Steven D’Argenio was the first to arrive and located the vehicle with Saad standing outside of it.

The officer allegedly made observations of Saad’s sign and symptoms, to include the alleged smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from Saad’s breath, which were consistent with being under the influence. Saad allegedly told the officer that he had just driven to the location to purchase a pack of cigarettes.

Field sobriety testing was administered and based upon the totality of the circumstances; Saad was arrested for allegedly operating a vehicle while under the influence. His vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

While processing Saad at headquarters, it is alleged that officers found eight glassine envelopes containing suspected heroin. These items were seized.

In addition to driving under the influence and possession of a controlled dangerous substance, Saad was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone and possession of a CDS in a motor vehicle. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a January 7, 2015 appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charges against Saad are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Fire Department Responds to Clinton Road Vehicle Fire

Fairfield (NJ) On December 11, 2014, at approximately 12:05 PM, the Fairfield Police Department received several 9-1-1 calls reporting a vehicle fire at 20 Clinton Road. First arriving police personnel found a 2000 Ford pickup truck that was fully ablaze. The Fairfield Fire Department responded and quickly extinguished the blaze. At present, the cause of the fire was not immediately known.

 

Separate Accidents Result in Two DWI Arrests

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Anna Greer (59) of Roseland, N.J. and Eric Pressl (55) of West Caldwell, N.J. for driving under the influence on December 10, 2014 after both individuals were involved in separate motor vehicle crashes on Passaic Avenue.

On that date, at approximately 5:52 PM, Officer Sean McCormack and other Fairfield officers were dispatched to a two car motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Passaic Avenue and Greenbrook Road. Investigation revealed that Greer was the operator of a 2005 BMW and was traveling west on Greenbrook Road when she allegedly made a left turn onto Passaic Avenue without yield the right of way to a vehicle crossing Passaic Avenue onto Greenbrook RoadDuring the course of the crash investigation, Greer was allegedly displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence.

After the on-scene crash investigation was completed, she was transported to police headquarters where field sobriety testing was conducted. She was then placed under arrest. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, Greer also was charged with driving while intoxicated in a school zone, failing to yield and careless driving. She was released on her own recognizance.

On that same date, at approximately 7:11 PM, Officer David Lagan was dispatched to a two car motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Passaic Avenue and Little Falls Road. Investigation revealed that Pressl was the operator of a 2009 Honda that was travelling north on Passaic Avenue and allegedly ran into a vehicle that was in front of it.

During the course of the crash investigation, Pressl was allegedly displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence. Field sobriety tests were administered which ultimately resulted in Pressl being arrested. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, he was also charged with driving while suspended, careless driving and driving while under the influence in a school zone. He was released on his own recognizance.

No injuries were reported as a result of either crash. “These two crashes, happening within hours of each other, further demonstrate the need for the Fairfield Police Department’s aggressive participation in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign during the holiday season. Thankfully, no one was injured during these incidents” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. Since the campaign started on December 5th, the Fairfield police have arrested 4 individuals for allegedly operating their vehicles while under the influence.

(It should be noted that the charges against both individuals are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Newark Man Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Eyewu Lawson (33) of Newark, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on December 10, 2014. On that date, at approximately 11:24 PM, Officer David Lagan stopped a 2000 Jaguar on Route 46 for allegedly having changed lanes without signaling. The driver, identified as Lawson, was asked to produce his driving credentials.

While removing documents from the glove compartment, it is alleged that the officer observed a plastic bag that contained suspected marijuana. Lawson was arrested without incident and transported to police headquarters.

In addition to being charged with the drug possession Lawson was also charged with the motor vehicle violations of possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, unsafe vehicle and failing to signal. He was released on his own recognizance pending a December 18, 2014 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Lawson are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Pennsylvania Woman Arrested for Prostitution and Narcotics

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Lynn Roberts (31) of Wilkes-Barre, PA. for engaging and promoting prostitution, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of hypodermic syringes on December 8, 2014.

On that date, the Fairfield Police Department became aware that an individual was allegedly conducting prostitution activities from a room at the LaQuinta hotel, located on Two Bridges Road. A police undercover operation was conducted which resulted in the arrest of Roberts. It is alleged that officers recovered a small quantity of heroin and related drug paraphernalia in the suspect’s room.

Roberts was found to have a number of active arrest warrants, including one from Essex County. She was processed and turned over to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.

(It should be noted that the charges against Roberts are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

First Weekend of Holiday DWI Enforcement Campaign Nets Three Arrests

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Dakshaben Rana (48) of Parsippany, N.J. on December 5, 2014, Shawn Hacker (27) of West Orange, N.J. on December 6, 2014 and Carlos Barco-Perez (23) of Union City, N.J. on December 8, 2014, with all being charged with driving while under the influence.

On December 5, 2014, Officer John McGrory stopped a vehicle on Route 46 West after it allegedly had difficulty maintaining a lane. The vehicle was found to be operated by Rana. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that she was coming from a work holiday party and was allegedly displaying signs and symptoms of an individual who was under the influence. Field sobriety tests were administered and she was placed under arrest without incident at approximately 11:07 PM and her vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, she was also charged with refusal to submit to breath samples, careless driving, failure to maintain a lane, and obstructing traffic.

On December 6, 2014, at approximately 1:46 AM, Sergeant David Proctor was monitoring traffic on Bloomfield Avenue when he allegedly observed a 1999 Hyundai drive over a curb, onto the grass median and then back onto Bloomfield Avenue. The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Hacker. It is alleged that Hacker became distracted when using his cell phone’s GPs and that was why he ran off the road, however, the officer allegedly detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage and other signs and symptoms of an individual under the influence.  Field sobriety tests were administered which resulted in Hacker’s arrest without incident and the impounding of his vehicle. In addition to being charged with driving while under the influence, Hacker was also charged with driving on the median, careless driving, failure to keep right, and using a cellular device while driving. He was released on his own recognizance.

On December 8, 2014, at approximately 1:55 AM, Officer Jeffrey Dean was monitoring traffic on Route 46 when he allegedly observed a 2006 Suzuki travelling on Route 46 East. The officer allegedly heard a loud sound coming from the vehicle. He then observed the vehicle cross the center median from Route 46 East and was now travelling on Route 46 West.

The officer stopped the vehicle and allegedly discovered that the loud noise he had heard was caused by the fact that the front passenger side tire was missing and the vehicle was driving on its rim. The driver, identified as Barco-Perez was allegedly displaying signs and symptoms consistent with an individual under the influence. After field sobriety tests were conducted, he was placed under arrest without incident and his vehicle impounded. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, he was also charged with careless driving, failure to wear seatbelt, crossing a divided highway, unsafe vehicle, failure to notify of address change and failure to maintain a lane. He was released on his own recognizance.

All defendants are scheduled to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court on December 11, 2014. It should be noted that the charges against all three are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law

 

 

POLICE BLOTTER-WEEK OF DECEMBER 1-7, 2014

MV Impound- On December 1st, Officer Sean McCormack impounded a vehicle from Route 46 for allegedly being uninsured

Attempted Theft- On December 2nd, Officer Christopher Nicholas investigated the the attempted theft of parts from a vehicle at Skyline Auto Auction located at 100 Route 46

Attempted MV Theft- On December 3rd, Officer Frank Tracey investigated the attempted theft of a 2011 Ford truck from Bell Enviornmental, located at 155 Route 46

Theft- On December 3rd, Officer Ian Rasmussen investigated the theft of copper wiring from a cell tower site on Two Bridges Road

Theft- On December 4th, Officer Steven D'Argenio investigated a theft of wheel covers from a vehicle at the Fairfield Executive Inn, located on Route 46

Shoplifting- On December 4th, Officers Frank Tracey and Diego Ocampo investigated two past incidents of shoplifting that occurred at Target, located on Route 46

Fraud- On December 4th, Sgt. Daniel Dias investigated a fraud that occurred at the Full Recovery Wellness Center located at 333 Route 46

MV Theft- On December 4th, Officer Ian Rasmussen responded to Deluxe Motors Sales, located at 1275 Bloomfield Avenue, to investigate the theft of a utility trailer

Theft- On December 4th, Officer Thomas Myers investigated two incidents of thefts of dealer license plates that took place at Skyline Auto Exchange, located at 100 Route 46

Recovered Stolen Vehicle- On December 5th, Officer Sean McCormack investigated the recovery of a previously reported stolen vehicle at Skyline Auto Exchange located on Route 46

Warrant Arrest- On December 5th, Officer James High Jr. stopped a car on Route 46 for an alleged motor vehicle violation. Investigation revealed that the driver had an active arrest warrant issued by the Pompton Lakes Municipal Court. Arrested was Vincent Spagnolo (24) of Wanaque, N.J.

DUI Arrest- On December 5th, Officer John McGrory arrested an individual on Route 46 for allegedly operating a vehicle while under the influence.

Underage Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages- On December 5th, Officer Jeffrey Dean arrested an individual for allegedly consuming an alcoholic beverage while under age and for providing false information to a police officer

DUI Arrest- On December 6th, Sgt. David Proctor arrested an individual on Bloomfield Avenue for allegedly operating a vehicle while under the influence

MV Impound- On December 6th, Officer David Lagan impounded a vehicle on Madison Road for being unregistered

Domestic Violence- On December 7th, Officer David Lagan investigated an incident of domestic violence within the Township

 

Drunk Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be Conducted Locally as Part of Statewide Year End Campaign

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the annual holiday season “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign.  Beginning December 5, 2014 and continuing through January 2, 2015, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort endeavors to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education. “This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent," said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna.  “This initiative brings attention to the serious consequences of drunk driving and the grave danger those who choose to drink and drive pose to all who share the road with them.”

Last year, 22% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related. Nationally, more than 10,000 people die each year in drunken driving crashes. The societal cost associated with drunken driving crashes is estimated to be $37 billion annually.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2014 Year End Holiday Crackdown offer the following advice for holiday season:

  • Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night where the activity or party is held.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life. 
  • Always buckle-up, every ride.  It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • If you are intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep.
  • Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.

The Fairfield Police Department wishes all a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.

 

November Winter Storm Brings Downed Wires and Tree Limbs

Fairfield (NJ) On November 26, 2014, the Fairfield Police Department dealt with several issues associated with the winter storm that passed through the area.

At 12:36 PM, officers responded to the intersection of Kulick and Fairfield Roads on a report of a downed fiber optic telephone line. Kulick Road had to be closed near the intersection of Fairfield Road until Verizon could repair the line. Most traffic was not affected by the closure

At 1:27 PM, officers responded to Cielo, located at 168 Passaic Avenue on a report of a tree limb that broke and fell through the glass roof. No injuries were reported.

At 4:56 PM, a vehicle slid off the road near 346 Horseneck Road and struck a utility pole. There were no injuries reported however Horseneck Road was closed to through traffic between Cole Road and Big Piece Road from the time of the accident until approximately 10:00 PM.

Highland Lakes Woman Arrested for Narcotics Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Madison McManus (22) of Highland Lakes, N.J. for possession of heroin, possession of cocaine and possession of a hypodermic syringe on November 22, 2014. On that date, at approximately 12:04 PM, Officer Jeffrey Dean was on patrol in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, when he observed a 2004 Nissan parked in the lot. The officer allegedly recognized the vehicle from a prior arrest that he had made involving narcotics paraphernalia.

A computer check of the vehicle’s registration allegedly revealed that the registered owner (McManus) had active arrest warrants issued by the Fair Lawn and Wayne Municipal Courts. Officer Dean and Officer Christopher Nicholas entered the hotel and walked the common areas. As they were exiting the hotel, they observed the Nissan was moving and they ordered it to stop which it did. At that time, McManus was taken into custody, without incident, for the outstanding warrants.

It is alleged, that while processing her at police headquarters, officers recovered (11) glassine folds containing suspected heroin, (1) small bag containing suspected cocaine and (1) hypodermic syringe. She was eventually turned over to the custody of the Wayne Police Department with a pending court date of December 3, 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 she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Illegal Massage Parlor Engaging in Prostitution Closed and Two Arrested

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Juan Li (36) of West Orange, N.J. and Taozhu Li (52) of Flushing, N.Y. for promoting and engaging in prostitution on November 14, 2014. On that date, at approximately 1:41 P.M., Fairfield detectives acting on information that they received from a concerned citizen, sent an undercover officer into an unnamed business located at 124 Little Falls Road allegedly engaging in unlicensed massage therapy and prostitution. As a result of the investigation, Fairfield detectives raided the location and made the arrests.

“This business was only operating for a few weeks before it came onto our radar and was closed down” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “This is a quality of life issue for our entire community and I am extremely proud on how swiftly our detectives were able to act” the deputy chief said.

Both individuals were eventually released on their own recognizance pending an initial court appearance date of November 20, 2014 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. Enforcement relating to the operation of a massage parlor in alleged violation of Fairfield local ordinance was referred to the Township’s zoning official. The investigation was carried out by Sergeant Charles Zampino, Detective Robert Sanger, Detective Michael Nyhuis and Officer Christopher Andrews.

(It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Three Arrested for Criminal Trespass and Criminal Mischief

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of   Jonathan Arce (29) of North Arlington, N.J., Angel Beltran (41) of Kearny, N.J. and Edwin Perez (57) of the Bronx, N.Y. for criminal trespass and criminal mischief on November 9, 2014. On that date, at approximately 2:11 P.M., Sergeant Joseph Keegan was on patrol in the Pio Costa Complex, located at 1275 Bloomfield Avenue, when he noticed a 2000 GMC box truck that was inside of a fenced in area that houses a cell phone tower that was the scene of past burglaries. The officer then decided to investigate further.

It is alleged that the men claimed to be doing repairs to a T-Mobile antenna that was located on the cell tower; however, in checking with officials from T-Mobile, no such work was scheduled. It is further alleged that the officer also noticed that the chain that was securing the gate had been cut.  At this point, all three were placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing.

In addition to the aforesaid charges, Jonathan Arce was also charged with hindering his own apprehension as it is alleged that he initially provided officers with a false name. A fingerprint check positively identified him and further indicated that he was wanted by the United States Marshall Service.

Perez and Beltran were eventually released on their own recognizance pending a November 19, 2014 court date in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. Arce was turned over to the Marshall Service.

(It should be noted that the charges against all are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Burglary Occurs at Sarah Lane Residence

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a residential  burglary that took place on Sarah Lane, sometime between November 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM and November 8, 2014 at 8:45 PM. The unknown actor(s) apparently took a ladder from a nearby house that was under construction and used it to gain entry to the residence via a second floor window leading to the master bedroom. Taken was an unspecified amount of jewelry.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. Detective Michael Nyhuis is investigating the incident.

Late Morning Burglary Occurs at Horseneck Road Residence

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a residential burglary that took place at approximately 11:16 A.M. on November 7, 2014 on Horseneck Road near Voelker Road. A witness contacted police after seeing two men run from the residence carrying items and leaving the front door wide open. The actors then got into what is believed to be a newer model white Jeep (possibly Compass) that appeared to have a temporary license plate. A third suspect was in the driver seat, waiting for the others.

All three men were believed to be white or Hispanic males. The two that came out of the residence were wearing black hoodies. The driver was wearing a blue jacket and was balding. An undisclosed amount of jewelry and currency was taken.

Anyone with information about this incident are encouraged to call the Fairfield Police Department Investigative Division at (973) 227=1400. All information will be kept confidential.

 

Connecticut Man Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Dwayne Jones (24) of Waterbury, Connecticut for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on November 3, 2014. On that date, at approximately 11:21 AM, Officer Brian Holzmann was travelling east on Route 46 when he allegedly observed the driver of a 2008 BMW operating the vehicle while talking on his cell phone. The officer then initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle

During the course of the stop, it is alleged that the officer detected the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and ultimately recovered a mason jar containing three bags of suspected marijuana in addition to cigars that are commonly used to help ingest the marijuana. Jones was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. In addition to the previously stated charges, he was also charged with use of a cell phone and for having unclear plates. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a November 13, 2014 court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Jones are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Suspected Marijuana in Backpack Lead to Juvenile Charges

Fairfield (NJ) A 17 year old, whose identity was being withheld because of his age, was taken into custody on October 31, 2014 and charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. On that date, at approximately 12:14 P.M., Officer Thomas Myers was dispatched to the Essex Campus Academy after it is alleged that school officials uncovered a small quantity of suspected marijuana in a student’s backpack. The juvenile was charged and eventually released into the custody of a guardian. The matter will be referred to the Essex County Family Court for adjudication.

(It should be noted that the charge against this individual is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Haskell Man Arrest for Alleged Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Alim Reci (22) of Haskell, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on November 1, 2014. On that date, at approximately 12:12 AM, Officer Brian Sabatelli was on patrol on Route 46 East when he observed a 2011 Nissan travelling east in front of his vehicle. The Nissan allegedly swerved and almost collided with a traffic sign on the median of the highway. The vehicle was subsequently stopped.

During the course of the stop, it is alleged that the officer observed a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana within the vehicle. Reci was placed under arrest without incident and was transported to police headquarters. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a November 13, 2014 court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charge against Reci is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Fairfield Township Names Police Building after Former Chief

Fairfield (NJ) On October 28, 2014, at their monthly meeting, the Fairfield Mayor and Council formally named the headquarters of the Fairfield Police Department after life-long Fairfield resident and former Chief of Police Stephen J. Filipow.

The ceremony, which was attended by approximately 75 family, friends and former and current police officers, included the reading of a proclamation and the unveiling of letters stating the “Chief Stephen J. Filipow Public Safety Building” on the east side of the building, just above the memorial garden that was dedicated to former Chief of Police George “Don” Milne earlier this year.

“Both are fitting tributes to two men who served our community with extreme dedication and with the utmost professionalism” said Deputy Chief Anthony G. Manna.

Chief Filipow was born in Fairfield in 1934 and served three years in the United States Marine Corps. In 1962, he joined the Caldwell Township Police Department, which would eventually become the Fairfield Police Department. He served on the force for over 30 years and was appointed chief in 1988. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, having attended the 101st Session in Quantico, Virginia. He also served two terms as President of the Essex County Chiefs of Police Association. Chief Filipow retired from the Fairfield Police Department in 1993.

 

 

Fairfield Police Building Named after Former Chief

Fairfield (NJ) On October 28, 2014, at their monthly meeting, the Fairfield Mayor and Council formally named the headquarters of the Fairfield Police Department after life-long Fairfield resident and former Chief of Police Stephen J. Filipow.

The ceremony, which was attended by approximately 75 family, friends and former and current police officers, included the reading of a proclamation and the unveiling of letters stating the “Chief Stephen J. Filipow Public Safety Building” on the east side of the building, just above the memorial garden that was dedicated to former Chief of Police George “Don” Milne earlier this year.

“Both are fitting tributes to two men who served our community with extreme dedication and with the utmost professionalism” said Deputy Chief Anthony G. Manna.

Chief Filipow was born in Fairfield in 1934 and served three years in the United States Marine Corps. In 1962, he joined the Caldwell Township Police Department, which would eventually become the Fairfield Police Department. He served on the force for over 30 years and was appointed chief in 1988. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, having attended the 101st Session in Quantico, Virginia. He also served two terms as President of the Essex County Chiefs of Police Association. Chief Filipow retired from the Fairfield Police Department in 1993.

 

Trio Arrested for Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Rigoberto Arocho (37) of Rochelle Park, N.J., Daniel Diaz (37) of North Bergen, N.J. and Wilfredo Hernandez (43) of Union City for burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and possession of burglary tools for an incident that took place on October 20, 2014. On that date, at approximately 12:36 AM, Fairfield police officers were dispatched to the area of 24 Commerce Road for a report of a suspicious silver mini van that was possibly involved in “casing” trailers that were parked there. This area was the scene of recent thefts of vehicles and trailers.

Upon arrival to the area, Officers Jeffrey Dean, David Lagan and Stacy Chiarolanza spotted a vehicle that fit the description on Commerce Road and initiated a traffic stop to investigate further. During the course of the stop, it is alleged that the occupants told the officers that they were in the area looking for jobs. The officers allegedly observed a flashlight, gloves and a dent puller, which is used to make body repairs to vehicles but is also commonly used to pull cylinder locks of vehicles so they can be entered. It is further alleged that at least two of the individuals were wet, dirty and had small sticky brush attached to their pants. At the time, officers were unsure if probable cause existed to warrant an arrest so they gathered the trio’s information and allowed them to leave the area.

Further investigation resulted in the officers identifying the witness/caller who was asleep in his truck near 24 Commerce Road when he allegedly was awakened by voices. He stated that individuals were walking around the trailers and even felt his trailer move. He then saw the silver mini van pull away and notified police based upon the knowledge he had concerning the previous thefts. It is alleged that he then examined the outside of his vehicle and observed that the vents on his trailer and on an adjacent trailer were now in the open position. In doing so, this would allow someone to see if a trailer was full and what was possibly inside of it.

As a result of the totality of the circumstances, Detective Michael Nyhuis took over the investigation and on October 22, 2014, obtained arrest warrants for all three individuals.

Rigoberto Arocho was arrested at his home on October 23, 2014, while Diaz and Hernandez surrendered themselves to Fairfield police on October 27, 2014. All individuals were released on bail pending court appearances.

(It should be noted that the charges against the trio are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

DUI Arrest of Motorist Stopped on Bloomfield Avenue

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Osmar Alvizuri (26) of Paterson, N.J. for driving while under the influence on October 26, 2014. On that date, at approximately 3:31 AM, Officer Jeffrey Dean was on patrol on Bloomfield Avenue, when he allegedly came upon a 2014 Nissan that was stopped in the right, eastbound lane. The officer stopped behind the vehicle to investigate further. It is alleged that the officer observed fresh damage on the driver side of the vehicle.

The officer then made contact with the driver, identified as Alvizuri, who allegedly displayed signs consistent with intoxication. This led to standardized field sobriety testing being conducted. Based upon the results of these tests and the totality of the circumstances, Alvizuri was placed under arrest. Allegedly found in the vehicle was one empty Corona beer and one full one. The vehicle was then impounded pursuant to New Jersey law and Alvizuri was transported to headquarters for breath testing.

In addition to the charge of driving under the influence, Alvzuri was charged with obstructing traffic, careless driving and having an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a November 6, 2014 court appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(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)

 

 

 

Paterson Trio Arrested for Shoplifting

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Federico Franco (21), Francheska Franco (23) and Darlene Guzman (22) all of Paterson, N.J. for shoplifting and conspiracy to commit shoplifting on October 26, 2014. On that date, at approximately 10:23 AM, Officer Sean McCormack was on patrol in the parking lot of Target, located on Route 46, when he observed a vehicle that allegedly appeared suspicious based upon where it was parked and due to the actions of its occupant. The officer continued to monitor its actions. He further noticed that the vehicle allegedly had a cracked windshield and an improperly mounted license plate. When the vehicle entered onto Route 46 East, he initiated a motor vehicle stop.

During the course of the stop, it is alleged that the occupants of the vehicle were in possession of several items from the Target store that they had no sales receipts for. These items included (9) GoLite backup phone chargers, (2) sets of earphones and (2) winter hats. With the assistance of Target security, both inventory records and store video surveillance was checked which resulted in all three occupants being arrested and brought to Fairfield police headquarters. The amount of alleged stolen items recovered was approximately $350.00

All of the individuals were charged and released on their own recognizance pending a November 5, 2014 court appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charges against all three are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Fairfield Man Arrested for DUI and Drug Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Andrew Coursey (24) of Fairfield for operating a vehicle while under the influence, possession of a Scheduled III Controlled Dangerous Substance and possession of drug paraphernalia on October 25, 2014. On that date, at approximately 1:09 AM, Officer Jeffrey Dean stopped a 1998 Chevrolet on Route 46 for alleged motor vehicle violations.

During the course of the stop, it is alleged that the driver, Coursey, exhibited signs that were consistent with someone who was under the influence. This resulted in field sobriety testing being administered. Based upon the results of the tests and the totality of the circumstances, Coursey was placed under arrest. It is alleged that after being placed under arrest, (4) Roxycodone tablets, were found in Coursey’s possession. Also allegedly recovered was a tubular item that is believed to be used to assist with the ingestion of a controlled dangerous substance. Coursey was transported to police headquarters for breath testing and processing.

In addition to the previously mentioned charges, Coursey was also charged with careless driving, failure to maintain a lane and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on November 5, 2014.

(It should be noted that the charges against Coursey are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Overnight Fire Occurs at Cheese Company

Fairfield (NJ) On October 24, 2014, at approximately 12:16 AM, Fairfield police officers were dispatched to 330 Fairfield Road on a report of an active water flow alarm. Officers Thomas Myers and James High Jr. responded and found water flowing from the building and a smoke condition in the portion of the building occupied by Empire Specialty Cheese.

The Fairfield Fire Department, assisted by the Caldwell, North Caldwell, West Caldwell and Pine Brook Fire Departments responded and extinguished the fire in about 45 minutes. Preliminary investigation indicates the fire was concentrated between a refrigeration unit and the ceiling; however, the actual cause of the fire is still under the investigation by the Fairfield Fire Prevention Bureau.

Extensive water and smoke damage occurred within the Empire Specialty Cheese portion of the building. The building is also the home of Electronic Business Solutions.  The Fairfield Health Department was contacted in regards to the damage sustained to the cheese product.

No injuries were report but the West Essex First Aid Squad stood by as a precautionary measure.

 

Fairfield Man Charged with Intent to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of John Saad (27) of Fairfield, N.J. for Possession with Intent to Distribute of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession with Intent to Distribute of a Schedule III Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance on October 21, 2014.

On that date, at approximately Officer R.J. Casendino was on patrol on Route 46 West when he observed a 2009 Hyundai also  traveling west in front of him. The vehicle allegedly had an inoperable taillight and was having difficulty maintaining a lane. The officer then initiated a motor vehicle stop.

During the course of the roadside investigation, it is alleged that the officer recovered a plastic bottle, with no markings, containing several tablets one type of which the officer recognized to be Xanax. Saad was then placed under arrest without incident.

As the investigation continued, it is alleged that the officer recovered in total (47) Xanax tablets, (17) Oxycodone tablets and (16) Suboxone sublingual strips, along with approximately $4000.00 in cash, all of which was seized.

Saad was being held on $10,000 bail pending an October 30, 2014 appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.(It should be noted that the charges against Saad are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Sussex Man Charged with DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Charles Fernandes (23) of Sussex, N.J. for driving while under the influence on October 19, 2014. On that date, at approximately 1:29 AM, Sergeant John McNish was on patrol on Route 46 West when he observed a 2011 Hyundai that was allegedly traveling in excess of the posted speed limit of 50 M.P.H. The officer then conducted a check of the registration which revealed that it was expired. The vehicle was then stopped near Gardner Road.

During the course of the stop, it is alleged that the driver, identified as Fernandes, exhibited various indicators consistent with an individual who was under the influence. As a result, field sobriety testing was conducted and based upon the totality of the circumstances; Fernandes was placed under arrest without incident. He was brought to Fairfield police headquarters for breath testing and his vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

In addition to the charge of driving under the influence, Fernandes was also charged with speeding, unregistered vehicle, careless driving, failure to wear a seatbelt and driving under the influence in a school zone. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an October 23, 2014 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Fernandes are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Police Seek Witnesses of Motor Vehicle Crash at Passaic Avenue and Greenbrook Road

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a motor vehicle crash that took place at the intersection of Passaic Avenue and Greenbrook Road on Thursday October 16, 2014 at 9:25 P.M. that resulted in four injuries, one of which was severe. The investigation thus far has revealed conflicting accounts as to the cause of the crash. The Fairfield Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in trying to determine if anyone witnessed this motor vehicle crash. Anyone with information can contact Officer Stacy Chiarolanza at (973) 227-1400.

Wayne Man Arrested for Alleged Unprovoked Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Assault on Police Officers and Resisting Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Thomas Burns (25) of Wayne, N.J. for one count of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and two counts of resisting arrest on October 15, 2014. On that date, at approximately 10:24 P.M., Fairfield police officers were dispatched to the LaQuinta hotel, located on Two Bridges Road, for an unspecified medical emergency.

Upon the arrival of the officers, they discovered an Asian male, lying in the hallway with substantial trauma to his facial area, including missing teeth. Investigation of the incident, which included interviewing an eyewitness, indicated that the male victim, who is 37 years of age and is visiting the United States with a tour group from China, was in the hallway smoking a cigarette when Burns allegedly approach him and punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground. Burns allegedly continued to assault him while the victim lay on the floor. Burns then allegedly fled the hotel and left in a black Infiniti.

Police were able to identify Burns as the suspect from hotel surveillance video, witness information and by researching the hotel’s registry which allegedly indicated Burns was registered at the hotel with a room in proximity where the assault took place. The victim was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, N.J. where he allegedly was found to have a broken orbital bone near his left eye.

At approximately 5:45 A.M., Officer David Lagan was patrolling the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel and observed a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle Burns allegedly left in. Officers then converged on his room in the hotel. They allegedly announced themselves at the door and after repeated knocking, Burns answered the door. It is alleged that the officers recognized him from the hotel surveillance video and the witness description as being the suspect in the assault.  As they attempted to place him under arrest, Burns allegedly struck officer R.J. Casendino in the ribs and Sergeant Christopher Oswald in the face. He was eventually handcuffed and taken into custody.

“From all indications thus far, this appears to have been an unprovoked attack with no reason found as to why it occurred” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna.

Burns was being held on $50,000 bond pending an initial court appearance date of October 23, 2014 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. Officer Casendino received treatment at a local medical care facility and was released.

(It should be noted that the charges against Burns are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Child Safety Seat Installation Event at Target a Huge Success

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department, in conjunction with Target, the Boonton Police Department, the Fairfield Fire Department, the West Essex First Aid Squad, the West Essex Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT), Safe Kids of Northern New Jersey, and Avalon Center for Women and Health, held a child safety seat installation event on Saturday September 20, 2014 in the parking lot of Target, located on Route 46 East, which was a huge success.

The technicians were able to inspect or re-install 48 child safety seats in the four hour period that the event ran for. The technicians were supported by members of the Fairfield Fire Department, the West Essex First Aid Squad, the West Essex Citizens Emergency Response Team, Safe Kids of Northern New Jersey and the Avalon Center for Women and Health. Guests had the chance to see a fire truck and an ambulance up close and top ask questions about the equipment firefighters and EMTs use. Refreshments and other support were provided by Target and its staff.

“This was a great collaboration between so many partners which resulted in a phenomenal community event that will undoubtedly help to save lives” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna

Those from the public who may not have had the opportunity to visit this event will have one in the spring of 2015 when another similar event is planned.

Suspicious Vehicle Complaint Leads to Drug Paraphernalia Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael Napolitano (32) of Nutley, N.J. for possession of drug paraphernalia on October 6, 2014. On that date, at approximately 9:07 P.M., Officers David Lagan, Stacy Chiarolanza and Jeffrey Dean were dispatched to the area of Clifton Place for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Upon arriving in the area, Officer Lagan located the vehicle along with two individuals to whom it belonged. One of these individuals was Napolitano.

The men allegedly told the officer that they were in the area to help repair a disabled vehicle belonging to a friend of Napolitano. A check of both individuals revealed an active arrest warrant for Napolitano issued by the Paramus Municipal Court. Napolitano was then placed under arrest. During the course of the arrest, it is alleged that the officer recovered a small tube with the suspected residue of a controlled dangerous substance inside of it as well as an e-cigarette like device containing suspected marijuana residue on it. These items were seized.

After being charged, Napolitano posted bail on the Paramus warrant and was then released on his own recognizance pending an October 16, 2014 court appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charge against Napolitano is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

DUI Leads to Narcotics Distribution Charges

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Shawntrail Lee (37) of Lodi, N.J. for possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and driving under the influence for an incident occurring on September 28, 2014. On that date, at approximately 3:42 AM, Officer Sean McCormack observed a 2014 Honda, traveling on Route 46, allegedly having difficulty maintaining a lane. The vehicle was then stopped and Lee was found to be the operator and lone occupant of the vehicle.

During the course of the officer’s interaction with Lee, it is alleged that Lee exhibited symptoms consistent with someone who was under the influence which resulted in field sobriety tests being administered. Based upon the results of these tests, and the totality of the circumstances, Lee was placed under arrest. Pursuant to New Jersey law, arrangements were made to impound the Honda. During the course of preparing the vehicle for impound, it is alleged that suspected cocaine and cash were found in the vehicle. At this point, Lee and his vehicle were brought to police headquarters. Lee eventually submitted breath samples for testing.

Detectives eventually obtained and executed a search warrant for the Honda. It is alleged that additional suspected cocaine and cash were discovered. It is alleged that a total of approximately a half ounce of cocaine was seized along with $3251.00 in cash which authorities believe are both associated with the distribution of controlled dangerous substances.

In addition to the aforementioned charges, Lee was also charged with driving while under the influence in a school zone, possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was eventually released on a $25,000 bail bond.

(It should be noted that the charges against Lee are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

Distraction Theft Occurs in Fairfield Neighborhood

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is warning the community about a pair of individuals who allegedly committed a distraction theft at a Cole Road residence on September 26, 2014. The incident was reported to police on September 30th.

The victim informed police that on September 26, 2014, at approximately 3:00 PM, a Middle Eastern male knocked on the victim’s door and informed her that he was a fence installer and had been contracted to install a fence at a neighboring property. He told the victim that he would have to take several of the victim’s trees down to accomplish the work and requested that the victim join him in the rear yard so he could show her what he was talking about.

The victim joined the male outside. She noticed an unoccupied white SUV parked on the street. As the male lured the victim further to the back of the yard, the victim became suspicious and asked the male if he was alone and if he had a business card. The male told her that he was alone and did not have a business card with him.

The victim began to walk towards the front of the house at which time the male made a quick phone call, speaking in a different language. As the victim came to the front of the house, she now observed a second male near the SUV. The vehicle then left the scene and the male that the victim was speaking to fled the scene on foot in another direction. The victim later discovered that cash was missing from an envelope in her home.

The Fairfield Police Department is asking anyone with any information about this incident to contact the Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400.

Two Officers Added to Fairfield’s Finest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is pleased to announce the appointment of two new probationary officers to its ranks. Officers James High Jr. and Diego Ocampo were sworn in at the September 29, 2014 meeting of the Fairfield Mayor and Council in front of much family, friends and fellow officers.

Officer High, is a former Fairfield resident and the son of retired Fairfield Deputy Chief of Police James High. He has either past or present affiliations with the West Essex First Aid Squad as a volunteer EMT and with the North and West Caldwell Fire Departments as a volunteer fireman. He is a graduate of Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice Studies. He is a certified paramedic. Prior to joining the Fairfield Police Department, he was an officer with the Little Falls Police Department since July 2012.

Officer Ocampo recently graduated the alternate route program at the Essex County College Police Academy in Cedar Grove, N.J. as a part of Basic Police Class 14-1. He graduated from Felician College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. He is fluent in both English and Spanish and has served as a volunteer on the Juvenile Conference Committee in the town in which he resides. Prior to entering law enforcement, he worked for the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Newark Airport where he was promoted to a supervisory position.

“Both of these officers come with a great deal of life experience and an obvious dedication to serving our community. I wish them both the best as they start their careers with our department” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “I would also like to thank the Fairfield Mayor and Council for these appointments and for their commitment in keeping the police department adequately staffed” said the deputy chief.

Both officers will be assigned to the uniformed division, filling two existing vacancies, and bringing the department’s ranks up to 35 officers. They will participate in an extensive field training program and should be on their own by late November or early December. Both officers will be starting at a salary of $38,358.00

 

 

 

9-1-1 Hang Up Leads to Warrant/Narcotics Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Robert Tucker (19) of North Caldwell, N.J. for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and obstructing justice on September 26, 2014. On that date, at approximately 4:05 PM, a 9-1-1 hang up call was received from a Horseneck Road residence. Officer Christopher Nicholas was dispatched to investigate.

Upon his arrival, the officer observed three individuals on the porch. One of these individuals, later identified as Tucker, then allegedly ran into the house. One of the other individuals on the porch, who resides at the residence, allegedly told the officer that he did not want Tucker on the property and that was the original reason he dialed 9-1-1. At this time, other Fairfield police officers arrived and assisted Officer Nicholas with entering the residence and finding Tucker. He was then escorted from the residence.

Investigation revealed that Tucker had active arrest warrants issued by the North Caldwell, Montville and Fairfield Municipal Courts. He was then placed under arrest. Officer Nicholas, a certified drug recognition expert, determined that Tucker exhibited symptoms consistent with an individual under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. He was eventually charged and released into the custody of the North Caldwell Police Department.

(It should be noted that the charges against Tucker are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Warrant Arrest of Paterson Woman Leads to Narcotics Discovery

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Christina Napolitano (27) of Paterson, N.J. for possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a prescription legend drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe on September 26, 2014. On that date, at approximately 1:36 P.M., Officer Jeffrey Dean was on patrol on Lane Road when he allegedly observed a 2005 Toyota with a view obstruction to the front. The vehicle was stopped on Two Bridges Road.

During the course of the roadside investigation it was determined that one of the passengers in the vehicle, identified as Napolitano, had active arrest warrants issued by the Wayne, Paterson and Clifton Municipal Courts. She was then placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters.

While there, it is alleged that the officer recovered two glassine folds containing suspected heroin and a hypodermic syringe. In addition, the officer allegedly also located 28 white tablets that were later identified as an amphetamine. After being charged, she was released into the custody of the Wayne Police Department with a scheduled court date of October 2, 2014 for the Fairfield charges in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against Napolitano are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Motorcycle Operator Arrested for Alleged DUI/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Raymond Barile (42) of Lodi, N.J. for driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia on September 26, 2014. On that date, at approximately 10:05 P.M., Officer Sean McCormack was conducting a radar enforcement detail on Route 46 East when he allegedly observed a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle traveling at 73 M.P.H. in a 50 M.P.H. zone. The motorcycle was eventually stopped and the operator, identified as Barile, asked to produce his driving credentials.

During the course of the roadside investigation, Barile allegedly displayed symptoms and actions that were consistent with an individual who was under the influence. It was further determined that Barile had allegedly taken a controlled dangerous substance earlier in the day. As a result, field sobriety testing was conducted which resulted in Barile being arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence. It is alleged that, incidental to the arrest, a straw containing a white powder residue was discovered in Barile’s jacket pocket. This item was seized.

Police Investigate Tailgate Theft by Masked Thief

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is investigating the theft of a tailgate from a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado that was parked in the lot of Get Fit, located at 277 Fairfield Road. At approximately 4:21 A.M., the driver of the aforesaid Chevrolet was parked and sleeping, waiting for the Get Fit gym to open. He allegedly was awakened by a loud noise outside of his vehicle. It was at this time that he observed a man with a ski mask over his face, running away with the tailgate to his truck.

It is alleged that the tailgate was then put into the back of a blue Dodge Ram pick-up truck. This vehicle, along with a Dodge Charger with a New Jersey temporary registration, then fled onto Route 46 East. The victim pulled out behind them and began to follow them, notifying police via cell phone of what occurred. A radio broadcast to surrounding police agencies resulted in the Clifton Police Department locating the vehicles and attempting to stop them. The registration on the Charger was found to be stolen. The vehicles were followed into Newark where they eluded the police.

Five Individuals Arrested for CDS/Warrants during Two Separate Events

Fairfield (NJ) Fairfield police officers were extremely active on September 12, 2014, arresting two sets of individuals during two separate traffic stops, for allegedly violating provisions of the New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substance Act and for having active arrest warrants.

The first incident took place at approximately 11:54 A.M. At that time, Officers Brian Holzmann and Sean McCormack were conducting a traffic enforcement detail near the intersection of Lane Road and the Route 80 West exit ramp. It is alleged that the officers observed a 2011 Nissan with tinted windows and a cracked windshield. The vehicle was then stopped.

As the officers approached to speak with the occupants, it is alleged that they smelled a pungent odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and that the passenger, identified as Gustavo Diaz (18) of Totowa, N.J. appeared to be concealing something in his waistband. Further investigation resulted in the alleged recovery of a small quantity of suspected marijuana from Diaz’ pants. He was placed under arrest without incident. Further investigation revealed that the driver, identified as Samuel Tabatneck (18) of Fairfield, N.J., was allegedly operating the vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. In addition, computer checks revealed that Tabatneck had active arrest warrants issued by the Little Falls Municipal Court. He was also placed under arrest without incident.

Diaz was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. He was later released on his own recognizance with a September 17, 2014 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court. Tabatneck was issued summonses for having a suspended license, obstructed view and for having a cracked windshield. He was released after posting bail for the Little Falls warrants.

The second incident took place at approximately 2:33 P.M. At that time, Officers David Lagan and RJ Casendino were conducting a two-officer enforcement detail on Route 80, when they observed a 2002 Mercedes Benz that was traveling west, dragging some unknown object underneath the car. The vehicle was then stopped so the officers could investigate further.

As the officers approached and spoke with the occupants of the car, it is alleged they smelled the odor of raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle. The driver, identified as Michael Merchant (27) of Nanuet, N.Y., was separated from the occupants and shown the item that was being dragged. It appeared to be that part of the Mercedes undercarriage had become dislodged and that’s what was being dragged.

In speaking with some of the occupants, it appeared to Officer Casendino, a certified drug recognition expert, that both Merchant and another passenger, identified as Kashaun Henry (29) of Bronx, N.Y. were displaying symptoms consistent with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. Further investigation ultimately led to the alleged discovery of a small quantity of suspected cocaine and a suspected marijuana cigarette. Merchant and Henry were then arrested. The Mercedes was impounded and the vehicle’s other occupants, along with Merchant and Henry, were all transported to police headquarters.

While at headquarters, it was discovered that another of the vehicle’s passengers, identified as Jessica Irons (26) of Mount Vernon, N.Y., had an active arrest warrant issued by the Manalapan Municipal Court. She was placed under arrest as well.

Henry was charged with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. Merchant was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were released on their own recognizance. Irons posted bail for the Manalapan warrant and was also released from custody.

(It should be noted that the charges against all individuals are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

Bicyclist Struck by Vehicle on Horseneck Road

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is currently investigating an automobile crash involving a car and a bicycle that took place earlier this date at the intersection of Horseneck Road and Big Piece Road. Preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 7:42 AM, pedacyclist Alan Shier (61) of Pine Brook, N.J. was traveling north on Horseneck Road crossing Big Piece Road when a 2006 Cadillac, being operated by Jean Porreca (79) also of Pine Brook, N.J., which was traveling south on Horseneck Road, attempted to turn on Big Piece Road and struck the pedacyclist.

Shier, who was wearing a helmet, struck his head and was transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital for treatment. At present, no summonses have been issued. The incident is being investigated by Officer David Chabay.

Cedar Knolls Man Charged with DUI and Refusal to Give Breath Samples

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Anthony DeLaurentis (52) of Cedar Knolls, N.J. for allegedly driving under the influence on September 5, 2014. On that date, at approximately 11:50 P.M., Officer Raymond Puluse was on patrol on Route 46 West when he observed a 2008 Dodge Charger allegedly having difficulty maintaining its lane. The vehicle was then stopped and DeLaurentis asked to produce his driving credentials which he allegedly could not produce.

During the course of the roadside investigation, it is alleged that DeLaurentis displayed behavior consistent with an individual who was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Field sobriety testing was conducted and as a result, DeLaurentis was placed under arrest without incident and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. He was then transported to headquarters for processing and breath testing.

While at headquarters, it is alleged that he refused to supply samples of his breath for testing. In addition to being charged with driving while under the influence and refusal to submit to breath testing he was also charged with DUI in a school zone, careless driving, failure to maintain a lane and failure to exhibit documents. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a September 10, 2014 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against DeLaurentis are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)  

 

Fairfield Police Investigate Fatal ATV Accident

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is investigating an all terrain vehicle accident that allegedly caused the death of a 26 year old Parsippany man earlier this date. On September 2, 2014, at approximately 7:30 PM Joseph McDonough and a group of three other individuals were operating their all terrain vehicles on off road trails that run parallel to Interstate 80 and throughout the Big Piece swamp area in Fairfield.

Preliminary investigation revealed that McDonough, who was operating a Polaris ATV drove it up an embankment to avoid a drainage pipe that runs underneath the Interstate. It appears that McDonough inadvertently struck a tree root which caused him to lose his balance and be thrown approximately ten feet to the ground followed by the ATV which struck him.

The victim, who was conscious, was eventually transported by the group to an area residence at which time police and EMS were notified. He was then transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson N.J. where he eventually expired at 2:14 A.M. on September 3rd. Sergeant Paul Bowden and Detective Jeffrey Didyk of the Fairfield Police Department are conducting the investigation.

“This is an unfortunate tragedy that will hopefully send a powerful message regarding the dangers of this activity. Our thoughts and prayers are with the McDonough family” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “Illegal ATV operation throughout the Township has become an abundant problem. The department will continue with a zero tolerance policy and will take strong enforcement action against anyone who operates these dangerous machines in violation of state law or local ordinance” said the chief.

 

Pennsylvania Trio Charged with Possessing Marijuana Intended for Distribution

Fairfield, N.J.-The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of John Bensley (20) of Milford, PA., Jessy Martucci (18) of Matamoras, PA. and Tyler Gallini (27) of Shohola, PA. for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana less than 50 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia on August 29, 2014. On that date, at approximately 2:58 P.M., Officer Steven D’Argenio was on patrol as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement detail when he allegedly observed a 2012 silver Hyundai traveling west on Route 46 allegedly being operated in a careless manner as well as failing to keep right. The officer then initiated a motor vehicle stop of the Hyundai.

During the course of the stop, Officer D’Argenio allegedly observed marijuana in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. The roadside investigation continued with the assistance of a narcotics-trained K-9 from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. It is further alleged that a quantity of marijuana was recovered from within the vehicle that was separated in a manner consistent with distribution. All three individuals were placed under arrest without incident.

In addition to the criminal charges, Bensley was also charged with failure to keep right, careless driving, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. All three were eventually released on their own recognizance pending a September 4, 2014 court date in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charges against all three individuals are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Local Man Arrested for Defiant Trespass

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Philip LaSusa (46) of Fairfield, N.J. on August 24, 2014 for defiant trespass. On that date, at approximately 6:45 P.M., Officer Frank Tracey was on patrol near the Valero gas station when he allegedly observed LaSusa pacing on the sidewalk in front of the Valero gas station. It is alleged that LaSusa had been warned several times by the management of the Valero station that he was no longer welcome on the property because he allegedly panhandles customers coming to and leaving from the store.

Officer Tracey pulled into the adjacent Target parking lot where he continued to monitor LaSusa’s actions for the next forty minutes. It is alleged that LaSusa approached four separate customers and asked them for cigarettes. At this point, Officer Tracey approached LaSusa and placed him under arrest for defiant trespass.

He was transported to Fairfield police headquarters where he was processed, charged and later released on his own recognizance pending a September 25, 2014 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charge against LaSusa is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Goose Contributes to Two Car Crash on Route 46

Fairfield (NJ) On August 25, 2014, at approximately 7:59 AM, the Fairfield Police Department received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a two car motor vehicle crash on Route 46 West, near the Two Bridges Road Overpass. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2012 Mazda, being operated by Jessica Wood (40) of Hawthorne, N.J., was traveling west on Route 46 in the left lane. Wood allegedly observed a Canadian goose in the roadway and applied her brakes in order to avoid striking it. At this point, a 1999 Suzuki, being operated by Bruce Figueroa (42) of Passaic, N.J., allegedly swerved to avoid striking the Mazda but couldn’t.

Wood had to be extricated from the Mazda with the assistance of the Fairfield Fire Department, the West Essex First Aid Squad and Atlantic Healthcare Ambulance. Both she and Figueroa were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, N.J. with unspecified, non-life threatening injuries.

Figueroa was charged with careless driving. Traffic on Route 46 West was affected for a period of approximately 90 minutes while the scene remained active. The investigation is being handled by Officer Steven D’Argenio.

 

 

Towaco Man Charged with Heroin Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Justin Finnerty (24) of Towaco, N.J. for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia on August 20, 2014. On that date, at approximately 9:47 PM, Officer Jeffrey Dean observed a Dodge pickup truck, traveling on Two Bridges Road that allegedly did not have its license plate light illuminated. The officer stopped the vehicle in Lincoln Park.

The vehicle was found to be operated by Finnerty. During the course of the roadside investigation, it was determined that Finnerty’s driver’s license was allegedly suspended. It is also alleged that he found 21 glassine envelopes containing suspected heroin in Finnerty’s possession. He was then placed under arrest. Further investigation revealed that one of the vehicle’s passengers, identified as Thomas Fulleman (26) of Cedar Grove, N.J. had active arrest warrants issued by the Jersey City and Union City Municipal Courts. He was also arrested. Both individuals were transported to Fairfield police headquarters for processing.

In addition to the criminal charges, Finnerty was also charged with operating while suspended, failure to exhibit a driver’s license, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle and for having unclear plates. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with a pending court date in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on August 28, 2014. Fulleman was released into the custody of the Jersey City Police Department.

(It should be noted that the charges against both men are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

First Weekend of Added DUI Patrols Nets Three Arrests

Fairfield (NJ) The first weekend of increased drunk driving enforcement patrols in Fairfield, as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, netted three arrests for alleged drunken driving in three separate incidents. The first incident took place on August 15, 2014. At approximately 10:40 P.M., Fairfield officers checked a tractor trailer that was parked on the shoulder of Route 46 East, near the Target store. It is alleged that the driver, identified as Thomas Jowers (55) of Inkster, MI, was asleep in the cab, with the truck’s engine running. Further investigation by the officers revealed that Jowers’ condition was consistent with someone under the influence. The officers attempted to conduct field sobriety tests on him but he allegedly would not cooperate. He was then placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for breath testing. His tractor-trailer was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

While at headquarters, it is alleged that Jowers refused to submit proper samples of his breath for testing. He was charged with driving under the influence, refusal to submit to breath testing, operating a commercial vehicle while under the influence, refusal to submit to breath samples while operating a commercial vehicle and improper parking on the highway. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an August 27, 2014 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

The second incident occurred the next evening on August 16, 2014 at approximately 11:40 P.M. At that time, Fairfield officers allegedly observed a 1994BMW, exit a driveway near the McDonalds restaurant, located on Route 46 East. The BMW entered the highway and allegedly began to travel west in the eastbound lanes of Route 46. Officers immediately attempted to get the attention of the driver, later identified as Jason Untracht (32) of New York City, by driving their police vehicles onto the grass median with lights and sirens on, however Untracht did not stop or slow down. Officers were finally able to get the vehicle stopped near the Comfort Inn hotel, approximately three quarters of a mile from where the vehicle first began traveling the wrong way on the highway. It was reported that at least five vehicles that were traveling east on Route 46 had to avoid a collision with the BMW.

Investigation at the scene, which included the administering of standard field sobriety testing resulted in Untracht being placed under arrest without incident and his BMW being impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. Untracht was taken to headquarters for breath testing. He was charged with operating while under the influence, operating with a suspended license, driving the wrong way on the highway, careless driving, and failure to produce an insurance card. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of August 27, 2014 in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

The last incident took place on August 17, 2014. At approximately 8:40 P.M., Officer Jeffrey Dean was on patrol on Two Bridges Road when he observed a 1999 Chevrolet with a brake light that was allegedly not working. The officer followed the vehicle onto Route 80 East where it allegedly had difficulty maintaining its lane. The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Anibal Correa (34) of Paterson, N.J.

During the course of the stop, the officer allegedly made observations concerning Correa’s condition which resulted in the administering of standard field sobriety testing, ultimately leading to Correa’s arrest without incident. His vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. He was transported to headquarters for breath testing.

He was then charged with operating under the influence, improper maintenance of lamps, careless driving and failure to maintain a lane. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with an initial court date scheduled for August 20, 2014 in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against all three men are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Highland Lakes Woman Charged with Alleged Syringe Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Madison McManus (21) of Highland Lakes, N.J. for possession of a hypodermic syringe and for hindering her own apprehension on August 12, 2014. On that date, at approximately 7:49 P.M., Officer Jeffrey Dean observed a 2004 Nissan traveling west on Route 46 allegedly with tinted windows and a brake light that was not operational. The officer initiated a stop of the vehicle.

During the course of the roadside investigation, it is alleged that the passenger in the vehicle, identified as McManus, had a difficult time staying awake and had fresh needle marks visible on her arms. It is further alleged that she initially identified herself to the officer as Meaghan McManus but further investigation revealed she was actually Madison with active arrest warrants issued by the Fair Lawn and Paramus Municipal Courts. McManus was placed under arrest without incident. It is alleged that, found in her possession, was a hypodermic syringe.

She was charged and given an initial court appearance date of August 20, 2014 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. She was eventually turned over to the Fair Lawn Police Department.

(It should be noted that the charges against McManus are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Police Investigate Passaic Avenue Car Crash

Fairfield (NJ) On July 29, 2014, at approximately 2:23 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department responded to a two car motor vehicle crash on Passaic Avenue, near the intersection of Greenbrook Road. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2013 Ford Edge, being operated by Robert Esposito (40) of Lyndhurst, N.J., was traveling in the right, northbound lane of Passaic Avenue when a 2004 Toyota Corolla, being operated by Anthony Melillo (75) of Clifton, N.J. allegedly made a left hand turn in front of the Ford in an attempt to enter the A-Plus Sunoco station. Impact occurred causing the Ford to leave the roadway and end up on the lawn of Waveline, located at 180 Passaic Avenue. Both drivers complained of minor injuries, with both refusing any medical attention. The incident is being investigated by Officer David Chabay. No summons have been issued as of yet.

Open Trunk Leads to Narcotics Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Daniel Mourad (28) of Totowa, N.J. for three counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, one count of a prescription legend drug and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia on July 26, 2014. On that date, at approximately 12:34 P.M., Officer John McGrory was on patrol on Cheri Lane when he took notice of a 2010 Toyota that passed him. At that time, the vehicle was being operated by Mourad.

A short time later, he noticed the same vehicle, now being operated by a different individual, with Mourad now in the passenger seat and allegedly not wearing his seatbelt. While the officer was behind the vehicle, he allegedly noticed that the vehicle’s trunk was not secured and was flapping about. Fearful that something might fly out of the trunk and strike another motor vehicle, he initiated a motor vehicle stop.

During the course of the roadside stop, the officer allegedly uncovered the fact that Mourad did not possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle and that was why he was now not operating the car. The officer asked Mourad to exit the vehicle and when he did, the allegedly observed a Xanax tablet on the seat when Mourad got up. Mourad allegedly did not have a prescription to possess the Xanax so he was placed under arrest. Further investigation allegedly revealed the discovery of suspected heroin and Suboxen films.

In addition to the criminal charges, Mourad was also charged with being an unlicensed driver and for being in possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an August 6, 2014 court date in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charges against Mourad are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is proven guilty in a court of law)

Service of Arrest Warrant Leads to Narcotics Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Samuel Russell (26) of Paterson, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on July 22, 2014. On that date, at approximately 11:28 P.M., Officer Sean McCormack was patrolling Route 46 when he observed a 1993 Lexus that was traveling east, allegedly in excess of the posted 50 M.P.H. speed limit. The officer stopped the vehicle and found it being operated by Russell, with two other passengers in the vehicle.

Investigation revealed that Russell had an active arrest warrant issued by the Paterson Municipal Court and also that his license was suspended. When the officer placed him under arrest for the warrant, he allegedly recovered a small quantity of suspected marijuana and rolling papers in his pocket. Further investigation revealed that one of the passengers in the vehicle, identified as Victor Mora (32) of Parsippany, N.J., also had an active arrest warrant issued by the Teaneck Municipal Court. Mora was also placed under arrest. Both were transported to police headquarters.

While at headquarters, Mora posted his own bail for the active warrant. He was then released from custody.

In addition to the criminal charges, Russell was also charged with motor vehicle violations to include speeding, careless driving, operating with a suspended license and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Russell posted his own bail on the active warrant and was released on his own recognizance for the new Fairfield charges with a pending court date of July 30, 2014 in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Russell are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Suspicious Activity in Hotel Parking Lot Leads to Drug Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joseph Desmond (20) of Totowa, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams and for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance on July 11, 2014. On that date, at approximately 11:00 PM, Officer Steven D’Argenio was on patrol in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, when he observed several individuals gathered around a 1998 Mazada. The officer then made contact with the individuals.

During the course of the encounter, the officer allegedly noticed that Desmond displayed symptoms consistent with those of an individual under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. Further investigation allegedly revealed the discovery of a quantity of suspected marijuana. Desmond was placed under arrest without incident and transported to headquarters where he was processed. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on July 23, 2014. No other arrests were made.

(It should be noted that the charges against Desmond are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until if or when he pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Lincoln Park Woman Charged with DUI and CDS Offenses

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Ambra Louvier (61) of Lincoln Park, N.J. for driving under the influence, for criminally being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, and for being in possession of a prescription drug without a valid prescription on July 12, 2014. On that date, at approximately 8:08 PM, the Fairfield Police Department received a telephone report of an erratic driver, operating a white Mercedes Benz. The caller allegedly reported that the vehicle swerved off the roadway several times as it was traveling in Lincoln Park and as it entered into Fairfield and onto Route 46 West.

Sergeant Christopher Morgan responded to the area and allegedly observed a vehicle, matching the description of the suspect vehicle, parked in front of the gates of the Fairfield Garden Center. This location was closed at the time. The officer approached the vehicle and found it to be running with the driver’s side door open. The officer allegedly observed a purse on the passenger seat that he could observe contained several prescription bottles.

As the officer checked the area, he allegedly observed Louvier wandering around the parking lot of the closed garden center. When he finally was able to get her attention and had contact with her, he observed that her speech was allegedly slow and slurred, her eyes were glassy and she was grasping for support. The officer then administered standardized field sobriety tests which ultimately led to Louvier’s arrest. She was transported to headquarters and her vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

While at headquarters, breath testing was conducted as well as a drug recognition examination by Officer Christopher Nicholas, a certified drug recognition expert. As a result of this examination, the charges were filed against Louvier. Further examination of the prescription bottles that were in Louvier’s alleged possession revealed that they were in the name of another individual. Louvier was released on her own recognizance pending a court date in the Superior Court in Newark on July 23, 2014. She was eventually transported, by ambulance, to an area hospital for evaluation.

(It should be noted that the charges against Louvier are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until if or when she pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Route 80 Car Stop Leads to Narcotics Arrest of Four Individuals

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jonathan Hummer (28), Kenneth Widdis (27), Robert Carbonell (35) all of Morristown, N.J. and Shirlyn Holinko (25) of Landing, N.J. for various violations of the New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substance Act on July 9, 2014. On that date, at approximately 9:55 PM, Officer R.J. Casendino, along with a detective from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office who was riding along with the Fairfield officer to observe suburban patrol tactics, was monitoring traffic on Route 80 westbound. The officer’s attention was drawn to a 2006 Chrysler that was allegedly having difficulty maintaining a lane as it was entering into a construction work zone.

The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Widdis. The officer asked him to produce his driving credentials. Widdis was unable to produce a driver’s license. During the course of the roadside stop Officer Casendino, who is a certified drug recognition expert, allegedly made observations of the four occupants of the vehicle that were consistent with individuals who were under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. His suspicions were enhanced further when some of the occupants allegedly gave conflicting stories as to where the group was coming from. The subsequent investigation allegedly led to the discovery of a small quantity of suspected heroin, crack cocaine and drug related paraphernalia. All four were placed under arrest without incident. They were transported to police headquarters and eventually charged as follows:

 Jonathan Hummer-

  • Under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
  • Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe

Robert Carbonell-

  • Possession of Heroin
  • Possession of Cocaine
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

 Shirlyn Holinko-

  • Under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

Kenneth Widdis-

  • Possession of Heroin
  • Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe
  • Under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

In addition to the criminal charges, Widdis was also charged with failure to maintain a lane, being an unlicensed driver and possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.

Investigation further revealed that Hummer had an active arrest warrant issued by the Morristown Municipal Court and Widdis had an active arrest warrant issued by the Montville Municipal Court. Both were turned over to the jurisdiction of those courts. Carbonell and Holinko were eventually released on their own recognizance.

(It should be noted that the charges against all individuals are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Tree Falls and Damages Vehicles and Building

Fairfield (NJ) On July 5, 2014, at 3:55 PM, Officer Sean McCormack responded to Hudson Equities Management, located at 7 Kingsbridge Road, on a report of a tree that had just fallen and damaged vehicles in the parking lot. When the officer arrived, he found a large tree had come down directly on a 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis and completely crushed it. Also struck were a 2012 Mazda and a 2014 Mitsubishi. A portion of the building also was damaged. No injuries were reported. The Fairfield Fire Department also responded to determine the extent of the damage to the building.

 

 

 

Virginia Man Arrested for Marijuana, Paraphernalia Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Stephen Templeton (27) of Charlottesville, VA for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia on July 4, 2014. On that date, at approximately 2:35 AM, Officer Jeffrey Dean was on patrol in the parking lot of the Fairfield Executive Inn, located on Route 46, when he came upon a 2010 Dodge SUV that was running and occupied. After observing the vehicle for a period of time, the officer finally approached it to determine what the occupants were doing.

As he made contact with the driver, identified as Templeton, the officer allegedly smelled the odor of burned marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Further investigation allegedly revealed the discovery of a small quantity of suspected marijuana and a pipe. Templeton was arrested without incident.

He was brought to the police station where he was charged and eventually released on his own recognizance pending a July 16, 2014 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Templeton are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Police Investigate Bloomfield Avenue Car Crash

Fairfield (NJ) On June 30, 2014, at approximately 4:21 PM, the Fairfield Police Department received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a motor vehicle crash on Bloomfield Avenue near Verner Cadby Ford. Upon arrival, the officers determined there were no injuries at the scene. Investigation revealed that a 2012 Honda, being operated by Brian Lawless (56) of Verona, N.J. was travelling east on Bloomfield Avenue when he allegedly got distracted and looked down at a water bottle inside of the car. In that moment, the Honda left the roadway and eventually struck a telephone pole and six new vehicles that were parked in the parking lot of Verner Cadby Ford. The incident is being investigated by Officer Christopher Nicholas. No summonses have been issued at present.

Weekend Speeding Nets Two Marijuana Arrests

Fairfield (NJ) Two individuals were arrested over the weekend, in two separate incidents and charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. Arrested were Matthew Reiser (25) of Pine Brook, N.J. and Omar Aly (20) of North Caldwell, N.J.

On June 28, 2014, at approximately 12:24 A.M., Officer John McGrory allegedly observed two vehicles that were travelling west on Route 46, side by side, appearing to the officer to be well exceeding the posted speed limit of 50 MPH. The officer attempted to catch both vehicles; however one exited into the Walgreens strip mall on Route 46. He continued after the second vehicle which was found to be a 2013 Cadillac. He stopped the vehicle on Madison Road and found the vehicle being operated by Reiser. During the course of the stop and subsequent investigation, it is alleged that the officer recovered a small quantity of suspected marijuana and a glass pipe. Reiser was arrested without incident. In addition to the marijuana possession charge, he was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as careless driving and having a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance pending a July 16, 2014 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

On June 29, 2014, at approximately 12:49 A.M., Officer John McGrory was on patrol on Route 46 East when he allegedly observed a 2007 Jeep that was travelling in front of him. The vehicle was allegedly having difficulty maintaining a lane and was travelling in excess of the posted speed limit of 50 MPH. The officer allegedly attempted to stop the vehicle but it did not immediately pull over. It was finally stopped near the Willowbrook Mall and was found to be operated by Aly. During the course of the stop and subsequent investigation, the officer allegedly recovered a baggie containing a small quantity of marijuana. Aly was arrested without incident. In addition to the marijuana possession charge, he was also charged with failure to maintain a lane, careless driving, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and for possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Aly was released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court on July 16, 2014.

(It should be noted that the charges against both individuals are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Office of Weights and Measures, Announce Complaints Against 21 Jewelers Accused of Violating “Cash for Gold” Consumer Protection Laws

The following is a joint press release issued by the Fairfield Police Department and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and its Office of Weights and Measures:

AVENEL – The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and its Office of Weights and Measures today announced the results of a crackdown on “cash-for-gold” shops resulting in 936 civil citations for alleged violations of State consumer protection laws at 21 jewelry stores across northern and central New Jersey. 

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Edison Police Department, and Fairfield Police Department played important roles in the investigation, which included undercover visits to jewelry stores by officers who posed as consumers seeking to sell their jewelry.

“New Jersey’s cash-for-gold laws serve two important functions.  On one hand they require jewelers to be transparent about their pricing and the evaluation of precious metals when buying from consumers.  On the other hand, they help fight the sale of stolen jewelry, by requiring the buyers to maintain a fully detailed record that can be provided to police,” Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said. 

Today’s announcement marks the launch of a statewide investigation, led by the Division of Consumer Affairs and Office of Weights and Measures, that will include undercover operations, as well as unannounced inspections at jewelry shops that offer to buy precious metals from consumers.

“Especially now that the price of gold appears to be rising, we are focusing on the integrity of those businesses that attract consumers who may face financial hardships with the promise of cash for gold, silver, and precious jewelry,” Division of Consumer Affairs Acting Director Steve C. Lee said.  “This enforcement action is just the beginning of a year-long focus to ensure jewelry stores comply with our cash-for-gold laws.”

The initial cash-for-gold crackdown included the following operations, conducted by the State Office of Weights and Measures and, in certain operations, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Edison Police Department, and/or Fairfield Police Department.    The civil violations were filed as summonses in municipal court. Each civil violation carries a penalty of $500 to $1,000. 

To help ensure consumers are not cheated when they sell precious metals, New Jersey law requires, among other things, that the buyer must weigh the precious metals, and test their fineness, within clear sight of the seller. The buyer must use a scale that has been certified by the Office of Weights and Measures. The buyer also must post a sign clearly showing the prices he or she offers, by weight and fineness, for various precious metals.

To help prevent the sale of stolen jewelry, and help return stolen jewelry to its rightful owner, State law also requires that the buyer must obtain proof of identification from the seller. The buyer also must create a serialized receipt that includes the date of the transaction, the name, address, and signature of the seller, the name and address of the buyer, and the types of precious metals purchased, their weight and fineness, and the prices paid. The buyer must give the seller a copy of the receipt. He or she also must keep another copy of the receipt for the buyer’s own records -- for at least one year under New Jersey’s Weights and Measures statute, and for at least five years under the state’s criminal statutes. In addition, the buyer must retain any precious metals in the form in which they were purchased, for no less than two business days under New Jersey’s Weights and Measures statute and, under criminal statutes, for no less than 10 business days following delivery of the sales record to local police.

 Edison:

On May 7, 2014 and May 9, 2014, State Office of Weights and Measures officers joined with Edison Police Department detectives for an undercover operation at International Gold Buyers, a jewelry store in Edison.  On each day, an undercover officer entered the store while posing as a consumer seeking to sell jewelry.  On May 9, after the undercover sales were concluded, Office of Weights and Measures officers entered the jewelry store and announced they were performing an inspection pursuant to New Jersey’s Weights and Measures Act and New Jersey criminal statutes.  The officers and detectives observed the jewelry store’s scales and signage, and obtained all receipts the store maintained on the premises.

As a result of this investigation, the State Office of Weights and Measures filed summonses in municipal court detailing 209 violations of New Jersey’s cash-for-gold laws at International Gold Buyers.  The store allegedly failed to keep its scale in plain view of the seller and failed to post the prices offered for precious metals. The store also allegedly failed to maintain receipts with required information such as the weights, fineness, and/or types of precious metals purchased; and, on at least two occasions, the seller’s name, address, and/or signature; the buyer’s name and/or address; and/or the date of the transaction – all of which are required to aid in the investigation of items that may turn out to have been stolen. 

Fairfield:

On May 16, 2014 State Office of Weights and Measures officers joined with Essex County Prosecutor’s Office investigators and Fairfield Police Department detectives for an undercover operation at six jewelry stores, all located at the Route 46 Diamond Exchange. A team of undercover officers and detectives visited each store while posing as consumers seeking to sell jewelry.  Later that day, the officers and Fairfield Police detectives entered each store and announced they were performing an inspection pursuant to New Jersey’s Weights and Measures Act and New Jersey criminal statutes.  The officers and detectives observed the jewelry store’s scales and signage, and obtained all receipts the store maintained on the premises.

As a result of this investigation, the State Office of Weights and Measures filed summonses in municipal court detailing a total of 241 violations at the six stores, specifically:

Six Star Jewelry: This store allegedly failed to keep its scale in plain view of the seller, and failed to post the prices offered for precious metals. The store also on one occasion allegedly failed to maintain a serialized receipt with required information such as the weights, fineness, and/or types of precious metals purchased; and/or the seller’s name, address, signature, and/or proof of identification; and/or the buyer’s name and address; and/or the date of the transaction. This store is charged with 13 civil violations.

Haniken Jewelers: This store allegedly failed to keep its scale in plain view of the seller, failed to use a scale that had been secured with a lead and wire seal to prevent tampering with the scale device; and failed to post the prices offered for precious metals. The store also on at least one occasion allegedly failed to maintain a serialized receipt with required information such as the weights, fineness, and/or types of precious metals purchased; and/or the seller’s name, address, signature, and/or proof of identification; and/or the buyer’s name and address; and/or the date of the transaction.  Weights and Measures officers also confiscated this store’s scale because it was of a type not approved for the purchasing of jewelry. This store is charged with 15 civil violations.

Elizabeth Jewelry: This store allegedly failed to keep its scale in plain view of the seller, failed to use a scale that had been secured with a lead and wire seal to prevent tampering with the scale device; and failed to post the prices offered for precious metals. The store also on at least one occasion allegedly failed to maintain a serialized receipt with required information such as the weights, fineness, and/or types of precious metals purchased; the seller’s name, address, signature, and/or proof of identification; the buyer’s name and/or address; and/or the date of the transaction.  The store also allegedly failed to retain jewelry in its original form for two full business days. Weights and Measures officers confiscated this store’s scale because it was of a type not approved for the purchasing of jewelry. This store is charged with 16 civil violations.

Jewelry by Marcus: This store allegedly failed to keep its scale in plain view of the seller, failed to use a scale that had been secured with a lead and wire seal to prevent tampering with the scale device; and failed to post the prices offered for precious metals.  The store also allegedly failed to maintain serialized receipts with required information such as the weights, fineness and/or prices paid per unit of weight of precious metals purchased; and/or the seller’s signature and/or proof of identification; and/or the date of the transaction.  This store is charged with 96 civil violations.

David’s Sons Jewelry:  This store allegedly failed to use a scale that had been secured with a lead and wire seal to prevent tampering with the scale device; and failed to post the prices offered for precious metals. The store also on at least two occasions allegedly failed to maintain serialized receipts with required information such as the weights, fineness, and/or types of precious metals purchased; and/or the seller’s name, address, and/or signature; and/or the buyer’s name and address; and/or the date of the transaction.  The store also allegedly failed to retain jewelry in its original form for two full business days.  This store is charged with 19 civil violations.

 

John Anthony Jewelers:  This store allegedly failed to keep its scale in plain view of the seller, failed to use a scale that had been secured with a lead and wire seal to prevent tampering with the scale device and failed to post the prices offered for precious metals. The store also allegedly failed to maintain serialized receipts with required information such as the weights, fineness, and/or types of precious metals purchased; and/or the seller’s name, address, signature, and/or proof of identification; and/or the buyer’s name and address; and the date of the transaction.  Weights and Measures officers confiscated this store’s scale because it was of a type not approved for the purchasing of jewelry. This store is charged with 82 civil violations.

Emerson, Jersey City, North Bergen, Plainfield, Union, Vauxhall:

In early and mid-May 2014, State Office of Weights and Measures officers visited a total of 36 jewelry stores that offer “cash for gold” in Bergen, Hudson, and Union counties.  At each store the inspectors announced they were performing an inspection pursuant to New Jersey’s Weights and Measures Act.  They found a total of 486 alleged violations at 14 of the stores, specifically:

Reliance Gold Buyers, in the Borough of Emerson: This store allegedly failed to post the prices offered for precious metals.  The store also allegedly failed to maintain receipts with required information such as the weights, fineness, and prices paid per unit of weight for purchased jewelry.  This store is charged with 123 civil violations.

Village Jewelry, in Jersey City:  This store allegedly failed to use a scale that had been secured with a lead and wire seal to prevent tampering with the scale device; and failed to use a scale with a Weights and Measures certificate clearly and prominently displayed.  This store is charged with two civil violations.

Christina Jewelry, in Jersey City:  This store allegedly failed to maintain receipts with required information such as the weight, fineness, type, and/or prices paid per unit of weight of precious metals purchased, and/or the seller’s signature.  This store is charged with 42 civil violations.

Taj Diamond Inc., in Jersey City: This store allegedly failed to maintain receipts with the weights and types of precious metals purchased; and/or the seller’s signature and/or proof of identification.  This store is charged with 34 civil violations.

M & J Jewelers, in North Bergen: This store allegedly failed to use a scale that had been secured with a lead and wire seal to prevent tampering with the scale device; failed to use a scale registered with the Office of Weights and Measures; and failed to prominently display a Weights and Measures inspection certificate on the scale.  The store also allegedly failed to maintain receipts with required information such as the fineness of purchased precious metals and/or the price paid per unit of weight for purchased precious metals; and/or the seller’s signature and/or proof of identification; and/or the date of the transaction.  This store is charged with 38 civil violations.

Gold Star Jewelers, in Union:  This store allegedly failed to post the prices offered for precious metals.  This store is charged with one civil violation.

City Line Exchange, in Union:  This store allegedly failed to post the prices offered for precious metals, and failed to include serial numbers on receipts.  This store is charged with eight civil violations.

Capital Diamond, in Union: This store allegedly failed to post the prices offered for precious metals, and failed to prominently display a Weights and Measures inspection certificate on its scale.  The store also allegedly failed to maintain receipts with serial numbers and/or the weights, types, and/or prices paid per unit of weight of precious metals purchased.  This store is charged with 19 civil violations.

D & M Jewelry, in Vauxhall:  This store allegedly failed to keep its scale in plain view of the seller, and failed to test the fineness of precious metals in plain view of the seller, and failed to post the prices offered for precious metals.  The store also allegedly failed to record the types of precious metals purchased, and/or the sellers’ signature and/or proof of identification, on receipts.  This store is charged with 25 civil violations.

Electronic & Jewelry Spot, in Plainfield: This store allegedly failed to post the prices offered for precious metals, and failed to prominently display a Weights and Measures inspection certificate on its scale. This store is charged with two civil violations.

Gold Breeze Jewelry, in Plainfield: This store allegedly failed to post the prices offered for precious metals.  The store also on at least one occasion allegedly failed to maintain a serialized receipt with the weights and prices paid per unit of weight, of purchased precious metals.  This store is charged with four civil violations.

Gold Star Jewelry, in Plainfield:  This store allegedly failed to post the prices offered for precious metals.  The store also allegedly failed to maintain receipts with the type, weights, fineness, and or prices paid per unit of weight of purchased precious metals.  This store is charged with 97 civil violations.

Dia Jewelers, in Plainfield:  This store allegedly failed to keep its scale in plain view of the seller, and failed to test the fineness of precious metals in plain view of the seller.  The store also allegedly failed to prominently display a Weights and Measures inspection certificate on its scale. The store also allegedly failed to maintain serialized receipts with information including the type, weight, and/or fineness of purchased precious metals; and/or the seller’s signature; and/or the buyer’s name and address.  This store is charged with 26 civil violations.

Bong Jewelers, in Plainfield:  This store allegedly failed to maintain serialized receipts with the prices paid per unit of weight of purchased items, and/or the seller’s signature.  This store is charged with 65 civil violations.

Advice for Consumers When Selling Precious Metals or Jewelry

The State Division of Consumer Affairs provides important advice and information for those wishing to sell their precious metals or jewelry, in the following publications:

 Selling Your Precious Metals and Jewelry

Consumer Brief: Precious Metals and Jewelry

Precious Metals: A Guide for Law Enforcement

 The consumer tips include:

  • Know with whom you are doing business. The buyer of precious metals and jewelry must include their name and address in all advertisements and at the point of purchase.

 

  • Remember that any weighing and testing of your precious metals or jewelry must be done in plain view of you, the seller.

 

  • Check the scale being used to weigh your precious metals or jewelry. The scale must bear a blue New Jersey Office of Weights and Measures sticker, dated to show the scale has been tested by the State within the last 12 months. Make sure the scale bears a seal that is not broken; a broken seal indicates possible tampering.

 

  • Prices must be prominently posted.

 

  • Be sure to get a complete sales receipt. The receipt must include the buyer's name and address; the date of the transaction; the names of the precious metals purchased; the fineness and weights of the precious metals purchased; the prices paid for the precious metals at the standard measures of weight; and the name, address, and signature of the seller.

 

  • After the sale, the buyer is required to retain the precious metal in its original form for at least two business days pursuant to New Jersey's Weights and Measures statute, and at least 10 business days following the delivery of the record to local police, pursuant to criminal statutes. The buyer also is required to keep a serialized receipt of each transaction for at least one year pursuant to New Jersey's Weights and Measures statute, and for at least five years under criminal statutes.

 

State Office of Weights and Measures Acting Superintendent Howard Pine and John T. McGuire, State Supervisor of Enforcement for the Office of Weights and Measures, led this investigation.  State Weights and Measures officers Kathy Belknap, James Logothetis, Veatrece Newton, Richard Pluymers, Robert Spiegel, and Yocelin Tejada participated in the investigation.

Deputy Attorney General Neil Magnus is representing the State in this action.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Edison Police Department, and Fairfield Police Department also played important roles in this initiative.

Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.

 

Fairfield Police Participate in FBI’s Operation Cross Country

Fairfield (NJ) On Saturday June 21, 2014, law enforcement officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Essex and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Offices, and the Fairfield, West Caldwell and Essex Fells Police Departments, took part in Operation Cross Country, a nationwide initiative spearheaded by the F.B.I., aimed at recovering minors who have been forced into prostitution and prosecuting those who exploit them. The operation took place at a local hotel, and resulted in the arrest of eleven individuals, the seizure of three vehicles and approximately $900 in currency.

Arrested and charged with either prostitution and/or promoting prostitution were Alisha Harper (28) of Newark, N.J., Tionna Williams (24) of Jersey City, N.J., Marina Sviridenko (26) of Toms River, N.J.,Geanean Thompson (27) of Las Vegas, NV, Desia Sierra (24) North Bayshore, N.Y., Miajah Burton (23) of Newark, N.J., Naimah Muhammad (21) of Newark, N.J., Brittany Malsch (26) of Paterson, N.J.,Semed West (23) of Newark, N.J., Delores Sosa (23) of Chicago, IL, Lindsay Wilson (25) of South Bend, ID and Whitney Davis (24) of San Pablo, CA. All of these individuals were released on their own recognizance with the exception of Harper who, was found to be wanted by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. She was eventually transported to the Essex County Jail in Newark.

“The Fairfield Police Department will continue to work with the F.B.I. in their pursuit of justice against anyone who promotes minors into the illegal sex business” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. Nationally, during this initiative, the F.B.I. report 168 minors having been recovered and 281 pimps apprehended.

(It should be noted that all of the individuals listed above are all presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

To see FBI Director James Comey's comments about Operation Cross Country, use the link below

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2avBExn0oI

North Caldwell Man Arrested for Allegedly Being Under Influence of CDS

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jordan Krakauer (21) of North Caldwell, N.J. for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance on June 13, 2014 at the Target store, located on Route 46. On that date at approximately 8:23 P.M., the Fairfield police were contacted by Target security reporting a suspicious male that was in the store and had created a disturbance. Officers John McGrory and Christopher Andrews responded and allegedly found the Krakauer sitting in the front passenger seat of a vehicle in the lot.

After interviewing Target security officers, it is alleged that Krakauer was observed in the store near the food court. He was drinking a soda and allegedly began coughing uncontrollably. The security officer approached him to see if he was alright. At this point, he allegedly began loudly yelling the name of a female who accompanied him and was somewhere in the store. This action allegedly drew attention from a number of customers. At this point, it is further alleged that Krakauer then abruptly ran towards the produce area, took a banana and placed it in his pocket. He then ran out of the store and ate the banana while seated on a bench outside of the store. Security then notified the police.

During their interaction with Krakauer, his behavior and other observations the officers allegedly made led them to believe he was under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. He was then placed under arrest without incident. And was taken to Fairfield police headquarters where he was charged. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a June 18, 2014 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charge against Krakauer is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Former Taylor Tap House Waitress Charged with Theft and Credit Card Fraud

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Daisy Moss (33) of Woodland Park, N.J. for theft, credit card fraud and forgery on June 6, 2014. The circumstances that led to the arrest are as follows. Between May 7-23, 2014, Moss who was employed at the Taylor Tap House, located on Fairfield Road at the time, allegedly altered the credit card receipts of approximately 20 patrons of the restaurant, increasing the tip amounts that the customers had left for her, eventually totaling approximately $1095.00.

The scheme was discovered by an observant customer who was checking his credit card statement and discovered the increased charge. He then alerted the management of Taylor Tap House who in turn contacted the police. The management of Taylor Tap House then worked closely with Detective Sergeant Charles Zampino and Detective Jeffrey Didyk in helping to make the case against Moss. She was eventually released on her own recognizance pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

The Fairfield Police Department cautions all consumers to frequently check their credit card statements for accuracy to avoid becoming an unknown victim of crime.

(It should be noted that the charges against Moss are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Officer McGrory Honored by Fairfield Knights of Columbus

Fairfield (NJ) On June 9, 2014, Officer John McGrory was presented with the Fairfield Knights of Columbus Police Officer of the Year Award. The presentation, which was made by Fairfield Knights of Columbus Council #6380 Grand Knight Michael Micchelli took place at the regular meeting of the Fairfield Mayor and Council.

Officer McGrory is a nine year veteran with the Fairfield Police Department who has served the department as an emergency medical technician, a field training officer and a drug recognition expert. He was selected for this prestigious honor for a variety of reasons. He led the department in 2013 in drunken driving arrests with 7. He also was ranked in the top four for the department in all major statistical categories as follows: total motor vehicle stops (1st), motor vehicle summonses issued (2nd), total cases handled (2nd), calls per officer (3rd) and total arrests (4th).

In January 2014, Officer McGrory was one of six Fairfield officers to receive a life saving commendation for their work in saving the life of a man who was training at a martial arts school on Passaic Avenue in December 2013 and who suddenly went into both cardiac and respiratory arrest. The life saving efforts undertaken by those officers, including Officer McGrory allowed the victim to make a full recovery.

“Officer McGrory epitomizes what a Fairfield police officer should be. He is extremely knowledgeable, personable, and is dedicated to performing his duties in a manner that serves the citizens of Fairfield at the highest levels” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna.

 

 

 

Montville Resident Arrested for Suspected DWI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of George Pillajo (47) of Montville, N.J. for driving while under the influence on June 8, 2014. On that date, at approximately 3:30 A.M., Officer Steven Ptaszynski was on patrol on Route 46 West, in the area of Madison Road, when he allegedly observed a vehicle that appeared to be exceeding the speed limit and was having difficulty maintaining a lane. The vehicle was eventually stopped in Montville Township.

During the course of the roadside investigation, Officer Ptaszynski allegedly made several observations indicating that the driver, identified as Pillajo, was operating his vehicle while under the influence. As a result, standard field sobriety tests were administered which resulted in Pillajo’s arrest. He was then taken to police headquarters for breath testing.

In addition to a summons for driving while under the influence, Pillajo also received a summons for speeding, careless driving, failure to maintain a lane, and failure to produce an insurance card. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Pillajo are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Blairstown Woman Arrested for Alleged Heroin, Drug Paraphernalia Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Teresa Distano (32) of Blairstown, N.J. for possession of suspected heroin, possession of hypodermic syringes and for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance on June 5, 2014.

On that date, at approximately 2:14 A.M., Officer Steven D’Argenio was on patrol in the parking lot of the Jose Tejas restaurant, located on Route 46, when he came across a 1992 Lincoln that was parked in the lot and running. When he approached the vehicle he allegedly observed Distano asleep in the driver seat. He attempted to wake her by knocking on the window, however she did not immediately respond. After repeated knocking on the window, Distano finally awoke.

During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that the officer recovered suspected heroin in eight glassine envelopes and also two hypodermic syringes. Distano was placed under arrest without incident and transported to police headquarters. After being charged she was later released on her own recognizance with a pending of June 12, 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 either she pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Candle Suspected as Cause to Fairfield Road House Fire

Fairfield (NJ) On June 1, 2014, at approximately 1:07 PM, the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from a motorist on Fairfield Road reporting a heavy smoke condition in the area of Kulick and Fairfield Roads. Officers were dispatched to the area and found a working house fire at #133 Fairfield Road. The officers were able to alert the lone resident and got her out of the house.

The Fairfield Fire Department, assisted by the West Caldwell and Pine Brook Fire Departments, were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, which was mostly contained in a second floor bedroom. The West Essex First Aid Squad also responded.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the fire was most likely started by a candle that was lit in the second floor bedroom and which was left unattended. No injuries were reported.

 

 

Chief Charles Voelker Announces Retirement after 30 Years of Service

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department regrettably announces the retirement of Chief of Police Charles Voelker effective June 30, 2014. Chief Voelker will begin a period of terminal leave beginning on May 13, 2014 until his official retirement date. Chief Voelker has issued the following statement relative to his retirement:

“To the Fairfield Community:

 It has been my honor and privilege to serve the Township of Fairfield for over 30 years, the last 6 ½ as your Chief of Police. The officers of the Fairfield Police Department are a group of extremely dedicated professionals, who serve this community to the best of their ability 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, but it is the partnerships that we have formed in this municipality that makes it all work as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Support from our residents, school and government officials, business community, civic groups, Fire Department, EMS service providers, such as the West Essex First Aid Squad and the police agencies from the surrounding communities, who are our mutual aid partners, all make the level of public safety in our community possible. We are not the most highly populated community in the West Essex area, but our daytime population far exceeds nearly all of them, thus contributing to the high volume of calls for service we receive each day.

 

I sincerely hope that all of the community stakeholders mentioned above continue to assist the Fairfield Police Department in the future to ensure that we maintain the highest level of public safety possible. Knowing so many of you in this community where I was born and raised, is the most difficult part of saying good-bye to everyone. I look forward to seeing all of you at some time in the not too distant future when I can express my gratitude personally.”

 

Suspicious Male at Target Results in Driving Under Influence Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Sean Albanese (35) of Hackettstown, N.J. for driving while under the influence on May 9, 2014. On that date, at approximately 10:43 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by an employee of Target, concerning a suspicious male. The employee stated that an individual was allegedly inside of one of the fitting rooms for over an hour and may have passed out in there and urinated on the floor. When the male emerged, he was allegedly swaying as he walked and almost fell over, prompting the call to the police. The witness observed the male get into a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu.

Upon receiving this information, Officers RJ Casendino and Stacy Chiarolanza responded and stopped a vehicle matching the description given by the witness as it was pulling out of a parking stall. The vehicle was being operated by Albanese and he was allegedly identified by the witness as the individual seen in the store earlier.

Further investigation, which included standardized field sobriety testing resulted in his arrest without incident and he was transported to police headquarters. His vehicle was eventually impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, Albanese was also charged with operating a vehicle while his license was suspended and for careless driving. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a May 21, 2014 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Albanese are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is proven guilty in a court of law)

Lake Hopatcong Man Arrested for DWI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Steven Kramer (48) of Lake Hopatcong, N.J. for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while under the influence on May 10, 2014. On that date, at approximately 11:28 P.M., Officer RJ Casendino was on patrol on Route 46 when he allegedly observed a 1998 Jeep travelling on the shoulder of the roadway, not entering a lane. When the vehicle finally did enter a lane, it allegedly was having difficulty maintaining its lane. The vehicle was eventually stopped near Clinton Road and Kramer was found to be the operator.

Further investigation at the scene, which included standard field sobriety testing, resulted in Kramer’s arrest without incident. His vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. He was transported to police headquarters for breath testing. While at headquarters, it is alleged that Kramer refused to submit samples of his breath for testing.

In addition to being charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, he was also charged with refusal to submit to a breath test, careless driving and failure to maintain a lane. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a May 21, 2014 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(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)

Six People Charged with Narcotic Distribution Related Offenses

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Christopher Chytrak (21) of Wayne, N.J., Sophia DeCarlo (18) of Paramus, N.J., Edward Doherty (18) and Samer Merhi (23) both of Woodland Park, N.J., Anthony Jimenez (23) of Totowa, N.J., and a 17 year old juvenile, whose identity is being withheld due to their age, for possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on May 6, 2014.

On that date, at approximately 10:08, several Fairfield police officers responded to the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, in order to conduct a follow-up welfare check concerning an incident reported to the police on May 5, 2014. Information led the officers to room 159 where they went and knocked on the door. When the door opened, officers allegedly observed suspected marijuana roaches and drug paraphernalia in plain view. Further investigation revealed the alleged discovery of cocaine, packaged for distribution, a scale, a quantity of suspected marijuana and $765 in currency. All individuals were placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Fairfield Police Department.

All of the adults were released on their own recognizance pending a May 14, 2014 court date in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. The juvenile was released into the custody of a parent pending a hearing in the Family Court also in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charges against all are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until either they plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

Fairfield Police to Dedicate Memorial to Present and Past Members

Fairfield (NJ) Chief Charles Voelker and the officers of the Fairfield Police Department announce the dedication of the Chief George “Don” Milne Memorial Garden on Saturday May 10, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. The garden area is located just outside of the main entrance of the Fairfield Police Department and contains two flag poles and a memorial stone honoring all current and past officers of the department who have served the citizens of Fairfield with “faith and honor”, the motto of the Fairfield Police Department.

The project was first conceptualized by Deputy Chief Anthony Manna who wanted a place that paid tribute to the sacrifices and dedication of the officers who have served Fairfield. However, the project stalled, mostly due to financing. In 2012, former Fairfield Police Chief George “Don” Milne, who served the department for over 30 years, passed away. At that time, his family approached current Chief Charles Voelker looking to do something to honor Chief Milne’s memory. The project was presented to them and they agreed to provide most of the funding. “Without the generous donation made by the Milne Family, I seriously doubt this project would have ever gotten off the ground” said Chief Charles Voelker.

The final component came into place when Fairfield Troop 7 Boy Scout Jason Morganti approached Chief Voelker looking for a service project to complete in order to satisfy the requirements for him becoming an Eagle Scout. “Jason agreed to take on the labor and as a result, everything came together and a beautiful permanent monument to our past and present officers was completed” said Chief Charles Voelker.

The dedication of the memorial was planned to coincide with National Police Week, which is observed during the week of May 13th and is designed to help remember and honor law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Also contributing to completing the monument were members of the Fairfield Department of Public Works, the Fairfield Garden Center, Stellato’s Funeral Home and Condurso’s Garden Center in Montville.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the ceremony.

 

 

Alleged Intoxicated Male Arrested for Criminal Mischief, Underage Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Adam Anderson (20) of Roseville, N.J. for criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and the underage consumption of an alcoholic beverage on May 3, 2014. On that date, at approximately 1:20 A.M., Fairfield police were summoned by the management of the Crowne Plaza hotel, located at 690 Route 46 East, on a report of an intoxicated male who was causing property damage in the lobby. Officer John McGrory was the first officer to arrive and spotted the alleged suspect, identified as Anderson, outside in the parking lot.

Anderson was allegedly displaying clear signs of intoxication, having difficulty walking and maintaining his balance and having slow and slurred speech. Further investigation revealed that Anderson was at the hotel attending a wedding when he allegedly became loud and began arguing with other guests from the wedding. He allegedly punch out a small window pane of the sales and catering office. At this point, he was placed under arrest without incident.

Anderson was charged and eventually released on his own recognizance pending a May 7, 2014 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Anderson are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Teen Charged After Eluding Police on Dirt Bike

Fairfield (NJ) A 16 year old juvenile, whose identity is being withheld due to his age, was taken into custody on May 1, 2014, a few hours after leading police on a short chase down Big Piece Road and into the Fairfield Recreation Complex. At approximately 4:26 P.M., Officer Sean McCormack was on patrol on Hollywood Avenue near the intersection of Big Piece Road, when he observed an individual sitting on a motorcycle, without a helmet, and another standing next to it.

When the officer turned onto Big Piece Road, the individual sitting on the motorcycle took off on the bike, leaving the other individual standing there. The officer signaled the motorcycle to stop, however it continued on Big Piece Road, driving on the wrong side of the road around another vehicle. The motorcycle then entered the Fairfield Recreation Complex, off of Big Piece Road and in doing so, was successful in eluding the officer.

The officer then went back and picked up the individual that was standing next to the motorcycle when it took off. He was identified as Moohanna Alshammary (20) of Totowa, N.J. He was brought to headquarters for further investigation. While there it is alleged that Alshammary provided false information to police relative to his age and identification and initially falsely implicated another as being the driver of the motorcycle, when in fact the individual was not. Further investigation led officers to a Windsor Court residence where the motorcycle was allegedly recovered and the juvenile taken into custody.

In addition to the criminal complaint of eluding police, the juvenile was also charged with a series of motor vehicle offenses to include reckless driving and operating an uninsured and unregistered vehicle on the roadway. The juvenile was remanded to the Essex County Juvenile Detention Facility in Newark, N.J. pending a hearing on the charges. Alshammary was later charged with providing false information to a law enforcement officer and giving false reports to a law enforcement officer to implicate another.

(It should be noted that the charges against the pair are merely allegations and that both individuals are presumed innocent until if or when they plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Pennsylvania Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield police Department announces the arrest of Zachery Grisella (23) of Huntington Valley, PA for disorderly conduct on April 28, 2014. On that date, at approximately 3:51 AM, Sgt. Christopher Oswald and Officers RJ Casendino and Jeffrey Dean, responded to the Hampton Inn and Suites, located on Route 46 East, on a report of an alleged intoxicated individual who was acting disorderly and giving the hotel staff problems.

The officers located Grisella on the second floor, allegedly having difficulty keeping his balance and screaming and cussing at hotel staff. Management of the hotel requested that he be escorted off the property. When the officers walked him outside in the parking lot, he allegedly continued his tirade and was eventually placed under arrest.

He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending a May 14, 2014 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (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)

Stolen PBA Window Shield Leads to Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Margaret Ramos (47) of Jersey City, N.J. for receiving stolen property on April 27, 2014. On that date, at approximately 3:29 P.M., Officers Christopher Nicholas and Steven Ptaszynski, were conducting a traffic enforcement detail on Lane Road near the Route 80 West off ramp, when a 2010 BMW exited Route 80. The vehicle allegedly had several equipment violations to include no front license plate and tinted windows. The vehicle was also displaying a Patrolmen Benevolent Association’s gold window shield. The vehicle was signaled to stop. It was found to be operated by Ramos.

During the course of the vehicle stop, the officers asked Ramos to produce the authorization card that must accompany the shield. Ramos allegedly told the officers that the card was at home. The officers then inquired as to where she obtained the shield from. Ramos allegedly told the officers she got it from a retired Jersey City police officer. The officers became suspicious when they allegedly noticed that the shield’s serial number was covered with black tape.

Further investigation revealed that the shield belonged to a Passaic County Sheriff’s officer and had been reported stolen to the Paterson Police Department. Ramos was then placed under arrest without incident. In addition to the criminal charge, she was also issued a summons for having unclear plates. She was released on her own recognizance pending a May 7, 2014 court date. (It should be noted that the charges against Ramos are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Narcotics Charges after Motor Vehicle Stop

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Sabrina Potts-Malachi (35) of Paterson, N.J. for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and for possessing drug paraphernalia on April 24, 2014. On that date, at approximately 11:05 P.M., Officer John McGrory was on patrol on Route 46 East when he observed a 2003 Jeep travelling in front of his vehicle, allegedly having difficulty maintaining a lane. The officer then conducted a check of the vehicle’s registration and found it to be expired.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle by activating his emergency lights and siren but the vehicle continued on Route 46 and eventually exited onto Two Bridges Road where it finally pulled over. The vehicle was found to be operated by a male from Clifton, N.J., with Potts-Malachi being the front seat passenger.

Further investigation revealed that Potts-Malachi had an active warrant for her arrest issued by the Jersey City Municipal Court. She was placed under arrest without incident. The driver of the vehicle was eventually issued motor vehicle summonses for having and unregistered and uninsured vehicle, as well as for careless driving. The vehicle was impounded.

While at headquarters, it is alleged that officers recovered two glass pipes associated with the ingestion of a controlled dangerous substance. Potts-Malachi was eventually released on her own recognizance with a pending court date of April 30, 2014 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (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)

Separate Suspicious Vehicle Checks Net Narcotics and Wanted Person Arrests

Fairfield (NJ) Two separate checks of suspicious vehicles over the weekend resulted in the arrest of two individuals for narcotics charges and also found to have active arrest warrants.

In the first case, the Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Nicola Mancino (43) of Woodridge, N.J. for two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, having an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle and consuming an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle on April 19, 2014. On that date, at approximately 5:23 P.M., Officers Frank Tracey and David Lagan were on patrol in the parking lot of Target, located on Route 46, when they observed an occupied 2003 Honda parked in a remote area of the parking lot. The officers felt it warranted further investigation. The lone occupant was found to be Mancino.

During the course of this investigation, the officers allegedly recovered seven small plastic bags containing suspected cocaine, five prescription Suboxone tablets and beer that was in a Starbucks coffee cup. Mancino was arrested without incident and his vehicle was impounded. Further investigation at headquarters revealed that Mancino was wanted by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department. He was eventually released into their custody.

The second case took place on April 20, 2014 at approximately 9:53 A.M. Officer Raymond Puluse was on patrol in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located on Route 46, when he observed a 1996 Ford running in the parking lot. After observing this condition for a period of time, the officer decided to check on the condition. After speaking with the driver of this vehicle the investigation led to a guest room in the hotel where it is alleged that drug paraphernalia was found. Arrested was Scott Specchio (43) of Rutherford, N.J. It was also discovered that he had active arrest warrants issued by the Woodland Park and Rutherford Municipal Courts. Specchio was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and later turned over to the custody of the Woodland Park Police Department.

(It should be noted that the charges against these individuals are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

Local Resident Charged with Defiant Trespass

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Philip LaSusa (46) of Fairfield, N.J. on April 18, 2014. On that date, at approximately 2:20 P.M., Fairfield Police Officers Frank Tracey, Christopher Hlubik and David Lagan were dispatched to the Walgreens shopping complex, located at 397 Route 46, to investigate a report of a male who was loitering and bothering patrons of the shopping mall.

The officers arrived to allegedly find LaSusa loitering on the property. LaSusa was previously warned by the Fairfield Police Department at the request of business owners, from loitering in front of their business, after complaints were received by citizens who alleged he was repeatedly approaching them to give him money and cigarettes. LaSusa was arrested without incident. He was charged with defiant trespass and eventually released on his own recognizance. (It should be noted that the charges against LaSusa are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Four Individuals Arrested for Shoplifting at Target during Three Seperate Incidents

Fairfield (NJ) On April 17, 2014, the Fairfield Police Department responded to the Target store, located on Route 46, three separate times and arrested four individuals for shoplifting. The first incident took place at approximately 1:28 P.M. and involved a store employee, identified as Shadae Smith (21) of Paterson, N.J. and a customer identified as Ciera Berry (20) of Prospect Park, N.J. It is alleged that Berry brought approximately $1300.00 worth of merchandise to the register where Smith was working. Smith then allegedly scans the items but never takes payment for the items. Smith then allegedly voided the transaction and Berry then attempted to walk out with the merchandise but was stopped by Target security.

Both were charged with shoplifting and conspiracy to commit shoplifting. In addition, Smith was charged with possession of a Schedule III controlled dangerous substance after it is alleged that officers found 25 tablets containing Codeine in her possession for which she had no prescription for. Both were released on their own recognizance pending an April 24, 2014 court date in the superior court in Newark, N.J.

The second incident took place at 2:07 P.M. While officers were following up on the previous arrest, Target security allegedly observed an individual on the store’s video surveillance system that matched the description of an individual who allegedly stole baby formula on April 9, 2014. It is alleged, that while watching this individual on the store video surveillance system, Target security and Sgt. Christopher Niemiec observed this individual place approximately $140.00 worth of baby formula into her shopping cart and then wheel it past all points of payment, and push it out the front doors. She was arrested without incident.

The individual, identified as Jeanine Anthony (52) of Lincoln Park, N.J. was charged with shoplifting and possession of a controlled dangerous substance after it is alleged suspected heroin was found in her possession. She was also released on her own recognizance pending an April 24, 2014 court date in the superior court in Newark, N.J.

The last incident took place at approximately 5:14 P.M. At that time, Officer Brian Holzmann was dispatched to the area of Target on a report of a male that possibly just shoplifted from Target. A detailed description of the suspect was given. Officer Holzmann located a male, fitting the description, near the Willowbrook Mall bus station. During the course of the investigation, the officer recovered approximately $730.00 worth of merchandise allegedly taken from Target. Arrested and charged with shoplifting was Alexander Ramirez (36) of Paterson, N.J. He was released on his own recognizance pending an April 24, 2014 court date in the superior court in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charges against all these individuals are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until the either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

 

West Orange Man Arrested for CDS Use and Drug Paraphernalia Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Lloyd Ricketts (31) of West Orange, N.J. for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and for possession of drug paraphernalia on April 15, 2014. On that date, at approximately 4:04 P.M., Officers Frank Tracey and David Lagan were on patrol in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located on Two Bridges Road, when they came upon an alleged suspicious vehicle.

During the course of investigating the vehicle, the occupants allegedly provided the officers with conflicting accounts as to why they were present at the hotel. As a result, the officers ended up in a guest room belonging to Ricketts, in order to confirm what was told to them. While there, they allegedly observed, in plain view, several items of suspected contraband. In addition, Ricketts allegedly displayed symptoms consistent with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. Ricketts was placed under arrest without incident.

Ricketts was later released on his own recognizance pending a April 23, 2014 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Ricketts are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Single Car Crash Nets Driver Careless Driving Summons

Fairfield (NJ) On April 15, 2014, at approximately 6:26 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department responded to a single car motor vehicle crash on Route 46 West, near Madison Road. Upon arrival, the officers observed a 2002 Mitsubishi on its side against a utility pole. The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, identified as Gilberto Tapia-Rodriguez of Paterson, N.J. was uninjured. An investigation conducted by Officer Thomas Myers revealed that the vehicle was attempting to exit Route 46 West onto Madison Road when it is alleged that Tapia-Rodriguez could not negotiate the turn, striking the curb of a concrete island divider, hitting a rock and then overturning. A summons for careless driving was issued. (It should be noted that the charge against Tapia-Rodriguez is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

North Caldwell Teen Arrested for Alleged Controlled Dangerous Substance Use

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Robert Tucker (18) of North Caldwell, N.J. for use/being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and for underage consumption of an alcoholic beverage on April 12, 2014.

On that date, at approximately 10:26 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a white Volkswagon Jetta was travelling on Fairfield Road, near Hollywood Avenue, and was allegedly all over the road. Officer R.J. Casendino located the suspect vehicle and initiated a motor vehicle stop on Nalesnik Court.

The vehicle was occupied by a female driver and passenger and Tucker who was located in the back seat. During the course of the investigation, it was allegedly determined that the two females had met Tucker, through Facebook, and had picked him up earlier in the evening. The females were allegedly giving him a ride to a friend’s house in Fairfield when he allegedly began to pull the hair of the driver which resulted in the erratic driving that was initially reported. Both females told the officer that they no longer wanted Tucker in the vehicle.

Officer Casendino, a certified drug recognition expert, allegedly determined that Tucker displayed various symptoms consistent with being under the influence of a narcotic analgesic type drug, as well as, allegedly having an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath. Tucker was then placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. Both females displayed no signs of being under the influence of any controlled dangerous substance or alcoholic beverage and were permitted to leave.

Tucker was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an April 16, 2014 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Tucker are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

 

Paterson Man Charged with DUI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Calvin Roberts (45) of Paterson, N.J. for operating a vehicle while under the influence on April 12, 2014. At approximately 2:44 A.M., Officer Sean McCormack observed a 1999 Toyota travelling west on Route 46 allegedly having difficulty maintaining a lane. The vehicle was eventually stopped and the officer conducted a roadside investigation that included standardized field sobriety testing. As a result, Roberts was arrested without incident and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

Roberts was transported to police headquarters where breath testing was conducted. In addition to being charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence, Roberts was also charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence within a school zone, careless driving and failure to maintain a lane. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with a pending court date of April 16, 2014 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Roberts are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Three Paterson Men Arrested for Theft of Recycle Cardboard

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of David Luciano (39), Ali Toyse (44) and Jose Vazquez (46) all of Paterson, N.J. for theft on April 11, 2014. In addition Vazquez was also charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On that date, at approximately 3:48 A.M., a security guard from Teva Pharmaceuticals, located on Gloria Lane, alerted the Fairfield police to a suspicious condition involving three males allegedly loading recycled cardboard onto a truck without permission to do so. Sgt. John McNish and Officers Raymond Puluse and Steven D’Argenio arrived to find the trio had already loaded three pallets inside of a Penske rental truck. The cardboard was valued at $300.00.

While conducting the investigation, Officer Puluse recovered a hypodermic syringe and tourniquet allegedly belonging to Vazquez. All three were arrested without incident. After being charged, Luciano and Toyse were released on their own recognizance with a pending court date of April 17, 2014 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. Vazquez was found to be wanted by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department and was subsequently released into their custody. (It should be noted that the charges against all three are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Two Arrested on Heroin Possession Charges

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joelle Chalet (22) of Cedar Grove, N.J. and Adam Scarano (23) of Fairfield, N.J. for possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia on April 10, 2014. On that date, at approximately 11:26 A.M., detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force were conducting surveillance in Paterson N.J. and allegedly observed a 2012 Infiniti, registered to Scarano, in a high crime and drug area. The detectives followed the Infiniti and contacted the Fairfield Police Department, as it made its way back towards the Fairfield area.

The Infiniti was stopped on Horseneck Road. Further investigation revealed the alleged discovery of (4) glassine packets containing white powder residue believed to be heroin and (2) cut straws. These items were seized and both Chalet and Scarano placed under arrest without incident.

In addition to being charged under the New Jersey Criminal Code, Scarano also received a traffic summons for possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Both were released on their own recognizance pending an April 17th court date in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until if/ when they plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)

Motorist Drives Car through Store Window

Fairfield (NJ) At 5:05 PM, the Fairfield Police Department was alerted to a motor vehicle crash involving a 2006 Ford Taurus that ended up driving through the storefront window of Futon World, located at 420 Route 46 East.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a 61 year old male, from Wayne, N.J., whose identity is being withheld, was the operator and lone occupant of the vehicle. It appears that the vehicle was travelling on Route 46 East, at which time; the operator had some type of medical condition that resulted in him passing out while driving. The Ford then left the highway, struck a parked car in the lot of 420 Route 46 East, and then crashed through the window of Futon World. Fortunately, there were no injuries as a result of the motor vehicle crash. Even the operator did not sustain any injuries as a result of the crash.

The driver was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, N.J. to be treated for the condition that gave rise to the accident. “We are extremely fortunate that this did not result in someone being seriously injured or killed” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. No summonses are being issued; however, the Fairfield Police Department is notifying the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission relative to the cause of the accident so that the driver’s license of the operator could be re-evaluated. 

 

Lieutenant Peter Pollack Graduates Prestigious FBI National Academy

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is proud and honored to announce that Lieutenant Peter Pollack was amongst the two hundred-twenty one law enforcement officers who graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia on March 28, 2014. The 256th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 47 states. Included in the class were members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 23 international countries, five military organizations and two federal civilian organizations. FBI Director James Comey was the keynote speaker at the graduation and presented diplomas to the graduates.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, these officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, special agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise. Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the accreditation by the university of the many courses offered.

A total of 47,254 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it was initiated by former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in July 1935. Of this number, approximately 29,741 are still active in law enforcement work.

“I am extremely proud of Lieutenant Pollack’s accomplishment and his continued dedication to our profession” said Chief Charles Voelker. Lieutenant Pollack has served the citizens of Fairfield for approximately 20 years.

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.

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)

 

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)

 

 

 

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.

Former Caldwell Police Auxiliary Officer Joins Fairfield’s Police Force

Fairfield (NJ) Chief Charles Voelker and the members of the Fairfield Police Department are proud and glad to welcome David Lagan as a probationary police officer. Officer Lagan was sworn in at the March 10, 2014 meeting of the Fairfield Mayor and Council. He graduated from the Essex County College Police Academy on March 5, 2014 as an alternate route candidate in Class #13-2. Prior to that, he served as an auxiliary officer with the Caldwell Police Department.

Officer Lagan grew up in Simsbury Connecticut and went on to attend Cedarville University in Ohio where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Electronic Media. He is married and resides in the West Essex area.

Officer Lagan will take part in an 8-12 week field training program. After that, he will be assigned to the Uniformed Division.

 

10 Pounds of Marijuana Intercepted at Fed Ex Distribution Center

Fairfield (NJ) On March 3, 2014, the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by representatives of the Federal Express facility, located on Daniel Road, regarding a suspicious package that was being shipped through their facility. The package was deemed suspicious do to how it was packaged and secured, its location of origin and its final destination. As a result, the package was checked further and found to contain 10 pounds of marijuana, packaged in one pound increments. The contraband was turned over to the Fairfield police for further investigation and destruction. “The street value of this seizure could be as high as $30,000” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna

West Orange Man Arrested for Warrant and Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Malcom Reeves-McCullough (21) of West Orange, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on March 1, 2014. On that date, at approximately 2:31 A.M., Officer Jeffrey Dean was monitoring traffic on Route 46 West when he allegedly observed a 2002 Honda pass his location with tinted windows, a violation of N.J. law.

Officer Dean followed the vehicle and it also allegedly had difficulty maintaining a lane. The vehicle was then stopped on Sand Road. During the course of the roadside stop, the officer noticed that the vehicle’s front seat passenger, identified as Reeves-McCullough, was allegedly not wearing his seat belt and requested he produced identification. A check of his identification revealed an active warrant issued by the Montville Municipal Court.

Reeves-McCullough was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. During the course of being processed at police headquarters, officers allegedly detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from a backpack that belonged to Reeves-McCullough. It is alleged that officers recovered a phony Dr. Pepper soda can that had a screw-off bottom. It is alleged that the can contained 15 small plastic bags with marijuana.

In addition to being charged with the marijuana possession, Reeves-McCullough also received a summons for failing to wear his seatbelt. He was released on his own recognizance pending a March 6, 2014 initial court appearance date 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)

 

Motor Vehicle Crash Leads to DWI Arrest of North Bergen Man

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Placido Aguila-Perdomo (42) of North Bergen, N.J. for driving under the influence on February 28, 2014. On that date, at approximately 7:55 P.M., Fairfield police were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash that had just occurred on Fairfield Road, directly behind the Versailles Diner.

One of the vehicles involved in the crash was allegedly operated by Aguila-Perdomo. It is alleged that Aguila-Perdomo’s 2002 Ford Taurus was traveling east on Fairfield Road when it allegedly attempted a left turn in front of the other vehicle that was travelling west on Fairfield Road, causing the accident to occur.

Both drivers refused medical transportation to a hospital. During the course of investigating the accident, it is alleged that Officer Stacey Chiarolanza detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Aguila-Perdomo’s breath and that he had trouble maintaining his balance. He was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for breath testing.

It is alleged that Aguila-Perdomo refused breath testing. In addition to being charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence he was also charged with refusal to submit to breath testing, careless driving, failure to wear a seatbelt, failure to maintain a lane and improper left turn. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an initial court appearance date of March 6, 2014 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)

IRS Phone Scam

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is cautioning the public to be aware of a telephone scam that was attempted this past week on at least two Fairfield residents. A male caller, with an Indian voice, contacts a potential victim and claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) Investigative Division. He tells the potential victim that the IRS has conducted a seven year audit on them and that the victim owes the IRS some amount of unpaid taxes (in one case the amount allegedly owed was $15,000) The caller then states that IRS agents will be coming to the residence to seize their property and to arrest the person who owes the taxes and states that there is not anything that could be done at this point, in an obvious attempt to pressure their prospective victim.

In both Fairfield cases, the scam was detected early so no money was exchanged. However, it is presumed that if it was not detected, the caller would have instructed the victim to send money to settle the outstanding taxes. The caller speaks very fast, is hard to understand, and is very aggressive in his tone.

Any member of the public who receives such a call should not immediately send any money but rather should contact an actual Internal Revenue Service Office and make the proper inquiries or should contact their local police department for guidance.

North Caldwell Man Arrested for DUI after Concerned Citizen Alerts Police

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Martin Sweeney (53) of North Caldwell, N.J. for driving while intoxicated on February 21, 2014. On that date, at approximately 2:33 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by a concerned citizen reporting that an alleged intoxicated male was leaving the Hampton Inn, located on Route 46 East, and was believed to be getting into the driver seat of a 2000 Chevrolet. All available police units were dispatched to the area.

Officer Raymond Puluse allegedly observed a vehicle exiting the Hampton Inn parking lot onto Route 46 East. Officer Puluse then stopped the vehicle to investigate further. The lone occupant was found to be Sweeney. During the course of the officer’s investigation, field sobriety testing was given, with the alleged results ultimately leading to Sweeney’s arrest without incident. Sweeney was eventually taken to the police station for breath testing and his vehicle impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

In addition to driving under the influence, Sweeney was also charged with driving under the influence in a school zone, reckless driving, careless driving and operating a vehicle without wipers on when lights are on. Sweeney was eventually released on his own recognizance. (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)

South Carolina Pair Arrested for Prostitution

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Chelsie Hightower (23) and Alexandria Bodden (24) both of Somerville, South Carolina for engaging in prostitution on February 17, 2014. In addition, Hightower was also charged with promoting prostitution.

Fairfield law enforcement officials became aware that the pair was set up in a room at a local hotel and soliciting patrons via an Internet advertisement. An undercover police officer, with a back up team of officers, was sent to the location and it is alleged the officer was solicited by the pair to engage in sexual acts with them in exchange for money. The pair was arrested without incident.

Both females were released on their own recognizance with a pending court date of February 26, 2014 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against the two are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Trio Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Rontaz Vann (32) of Newark, N.J. for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana less than 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia on February 17, 2014. Arrested with him and charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana were Gabrielle Vann (25) of Newark, N.J. and Aschli Victoria (2) of Laurelton, N.Y.

While investigating suspicious activity at a room at the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, Officer Frank Tracey became aware that Rontaz Vann, who was an occupant of the room under investigation, had four active arrest warrants totaling over $1000 in bail. Officer Tracey along with Sgt. John McNish and Officers Christopher Hlubik, Raymond Puluse and Steven D’Argenio went to the room and found Vann present. He was placed under arrest without incident.  

During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that the officers recovered 1 ¼ ounces of suspected marijuana, a digital scale, approximately $3000.00 in cash and an air soft pellet gun that looked like a real handgun. As a result, Gabrielle Vann and Victoria were then arrested without incident.

All three suspects were released on their own recognizance pending an initial court appearance date of February 26, 2014 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against all three are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

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 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)

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)

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.

 

Red Light Violation Leads to DUI Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jennifer Fontanez (26) of Budd Lake, N.J. for driving under the influence on January 26, 2014. On that date, at approximately 2:22 A.M., Officer Raymond Puluse was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Passaic Avenue and Little Falls Road when he allegedly observed a 2012 Hyundai, in front of his vehicle, proceed through the red traffic signal and continue south on Passaic Avenue. He then stopped the vehicle and it is alleged that he detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage on Fontanez’ breath.

At this time, Officer Frank Tracey arrived and assisted with conducting a limited amount of sobriety tests due to the weather conditions. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, Fontanez was placed under arrest and later administered a breath test.

In addition to the driving while under the influence charge, Fontanez was also charged with a variety of other motor vehicle violations including driving with a suspended license. She was eventually released on her own recognizance with an initial pending court appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on January 30, 2014. (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)

Elmwood Park Woman Arrested for Driving Under the Influence

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Tiffany Blanford (33) of Elmwood Park, N.J. for driving under the influence on January 16, 2013. On that date, at approximately 1:17 AM, Officer John McGrory observed a 1999 Oldsmobile stopped with its lights off in front of the old Byrnes Power Equipment Company, located at 482 Horseneck Road. The officer allegedly observed Blanford outside of the vehicle and decided to check on the suspicious condition.

During the course of his contact with Blanford, the officer allegedly made several observations relative to Blanford’s condition which included the presence of an odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath, she had difficulty walking, her speech was slurred and that she continually talked about being lost and trying to find Route 80 West.

As a result, the officer administered field sobriety tests which ultimately led to her arrest without incident. She was transported to police headquarters for breath testing and her vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law.

Blanford was eventually released on her own recognizance with a pending initial court appearance date of January 23, 2014 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Blanford are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Oakland Man Charged with Cocaine Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Luis Cartagena Jr. (43) of Oakland, N.J. for possession of cocaine, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia on January 14, 2014. On that date, at approximately 12:35 P.M., Officer Sean McCormack conducted a random license plate inquiry on a 2002 Buick Century that he observed travelling east on Fairfield Road. The inquiry revealed that the vehicle’s registration was expired and it was stopped.

Further investigation revealed that the driver, Cartagena Jr., had active arrest warrants issued by the Montville and Union City Municipal Courts. He was placed under arrest without incident. During the course of the arrest, it is alleged that suspected cocaine and drug paraphernalia were found in his possession.

In addition to the criminal charges, Cartagena Jr. was also charged with motor vehicle violations that included possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, unregistered vehicle and failing to exhibit a driver’s license.

He was released after posting bail on the aforesaid warrants and given an initial court appearance date of January 23, 2014 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (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)

Lyndhurst Man Arrested for Driving Under the Influence

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield police Department announces the arrest of Lenny Vega (42) of Lyndhurst, N.J. for driving while under the influence on January 7, 2014. On that date, at approximately 9:36 P.M., Officer John McGrory was on patrol on Passaic Avenue when he allegedly observed a 1997 Honda travelling north that was having difficulty maintaining a lane. The vehicle was then stopped on Two Bridges Road.

During the course of the traffic stop, the officer allegedly made observations that led him to believe that Vega may be under the influence. Field sobriety tests were administered and as a result of the totality of the circumstances, Vega was placed under arrest for driving under the influence without incident. His vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law. He was then transported to police headquarters.

In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, Vega was also charged with driving under the influence within a school zone, careless driving, failure to maintain a lane and failure to inspect. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court on January 9, 2014. (It should be noted that the charges against Vega are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Newark Man Arrested for Providing False Information

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Wazir Davis (21) of Newark, N.J. for providing false information to a law enforcement officer on January 4, 2014. On that date, at approximately 5:23 P.M., Officer David Chabay allegedly observed a 2000 Nissan make an illegal u-turn on Plymouth Street. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was unable to produce a driver’s license. It is alleged that Davis provided the officer with two separate false names and dates of birth. When the information that Davis provided could not be verified, he was placed under arrest and transported into police headquarters for further investigation.

Fingerprint identification at police headquarters revealed the driver to be Davis. Further investigation revealed Davis had active arrest warrants issued by the Newark and Irvington Municipal Courts. Davis was given an initial court appearance date of January 9, 2014 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. He was turned over to the custody of the Irvington Police Department. (It should be noted that the charges against Davis are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Parsippany Man Arrested for Heroin Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael Schultheis (33) of Parsippany, N.J. for possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia on January 3, 2014. On that date, at approximately 11:37 A.M., Officer Sean McCormack conducted a random license plate inquiry of a 2001 Saturn that was travelling west on Route 46. The inquiry revealed the vehicle’s registration to be expired.

The vehicle was stopped and the officer requested Schultheis produce his driving credentials. It is alleged that when he went to produce his identification, two glassine packets containing suspected heroin fell out onto his lap. Schultheis was arrested without incident. It is further alleged that 34 glassine folds containing suspected heroin were recovered along with items of paraphernalia.

In addition to the criminal charges, Schultheis was also charged with operating an unregistered and uninsured vehicle and for possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance with a pending court date of January 9, 2014 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against Schultheis are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Boonton Female Charged with Shoplifting

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Sara Cerasiello (20) of Boonton, N.J. for shoplifting at the Target store, located at 632 Route 46 East, on January 4, 2014. On that date, at approximately 8:00 P.M., Fairfield police were contacted by Target security concerning an individual that was in custody for allegedly shoplifting. It is alleged that Cerasiello took three sets of Beats headphones, valued at approximately $600.00, and walked out of the store without paying for them. She was then taken into custody by Target security.

Cerasiello was taken to police headquarters where she was charged with shoplifting. She was later released on her own recognizance with a pending court appearance date of January 15, 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)

 

 

Illinois Pair Arrested for Marijuana Possession and Weapon Offense

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Tyrus Bingham (51) and Christopher Williams (26) both of Cairo, Illinois on January 2, 2014. On that date, at approximately 4:17 P.M., Lieutenant Peter Pollack and Officers Frank Tracey, Christopher Hlubik and Steven D’Argenio were inside of the LaQuinta Hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, when they allegedly smelled a pungent odor of burning marijuana on the second floor near room #201. At that same time, hotel management received a complaint of narcotics activity in the same room.

The officers then made contact with the occupants of the room found to be Bingham and Williams. During the course of their investigation, approximately a half ounce of suspected marijuana was allegedly found in the possession of Bingham. In addition, a pair of brass knuckles was also recovered and is alleged to belong to Williams. Both men were placed under arrest without incident and transported to police headquarters.

Bingham was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. Williams was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon. Both men were released on their own recognizance. Bingham has an initial court appearance date of January 9, 2014 in the Fairfield municipal Court. Williams has the same initial court appearance date but 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 proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

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