FAIRFIELD OFFICER CHARGED WITH OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT
Fairfield (NJ) Today, March 23, 2012,the Fairfield Police Department is regrettably confirming the arrest of Corporal Anthony Gerardi, a 24 year member of the Fairfield Police Department. The arrest was announced earlier today by Sussex County Prosecutor David J. Weaver. Corporal Gerardi was charged by the Hardyston Police Department with one count each of Official Misconduct and Hindering an Official Investigation for an alleged off-duty incident that occurred in that jurisdiction.
Because the matter is criminal in nature and is being prosecuted by the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Fairfield Police Department is referring all media inquiries to their attention and will have no further comment on the incident, however, Corporal Gerardi has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the criminal case and through any potential administrative charges that may follow.
The Fairfield Police Department also reminds all that these charges are merely allegations and that Corporal Gerardi is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Car Overturns on Hollywood Avenue
Fairfield (NJ) On March 22, 2012, at approximately 3:32 P.M., Fairfield police officers responded to the area of Hollywood Avenue and Barbara Drive on a report of an overturned vehicle. Responding officers discovered a silver 2007 Mercury Milano on its roof. The driver, identified as Barbara Garibell (61) of Fairfield, N.J., was removed from her vehicle, prior to police arrival, apparently by citizens who witnessed the accident. Ms. Garibell was later transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, N.J. for treatment of her injuries.
Preliminary investigation indicated that she may have blacked out, causing the vehicle to strike a utility poll prior to it overturning. The Fairfield Fire Department responded to the scene to assist. The accident is being investigated by Officer Christopher Hlubik.
Five Burglaries Occur Overnight at Strip Mall
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating five separate burglaries of stores found in the Walgreens strip mall located at 397 Route 46 West, that took place sometime in the early morning hours of March 17, 2012. The stores involved included Ninja Sushi, Venetian Nails, Bette Brite Cleaners,China King and the Cutting Edge Hair Salon. In addition, a sixth burglary took place at Plaza Nails, located in the Krausers’ complex at 376 Hollywood Avenue, which is in proximity to the strip mall. Police believe the actor(s) are the same for each location.
In each of the cases, a front door window was smashed out in order for entry to be gained. Cash was taken from all of the locations, as well as a laptop computer from the Cutting Edge Hair Salon.
Anyone with information can contact the Fairfield Police Department at 973-227-1400. The incident is being investigated by Detectives Charles Zampino and Robert Sanger.
STOLEN VEHICLE PURSUIT LEADS TO ARREST
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Peter Munoz (22) of Newark, N.J. for possessing a stolen motor vehicle, eluding police and a variety of motor vehicle violations. The incident that gave rise to these charges occurred on March 15, 2012 at approximately 10:20 A.M. That is when Officer Thomas Myers noticed a 2012 silver Honda Civic traveling east on Route 46, allegedly being operated by Munoz. Officer Myers conducted a random plate inquiry on his police mobile data computer. This check revealed the vehicle to be stolen out of Elizabeth N.J. on March 14, 2012.
Officers converged on the vehicle’s location as it was now traveling west on Route 46. They attempted to stop the vehicle and that is when Munoz allegedly engaged in evasive driving tactics in an attempt to elude the Fairfield officers. The pursuit proceeded trough Fairfield and into MontvilleTownship at which time Fairfield officers discontinued their attempts to actively apprehend the vehicle. The vehicle allegedly continued at a high rate of speed on the shoulder of Route 46 West.
It eventually crashed into another motor vehicle near the intersection of Route 46 and New Road in Parsippany, N.J. Munoz allegedly then fled on foot towards the Pella Window store, located at 108 Route 46 West. Frank Cocchi, a retired East Orange police officer, who operates the Curbside Café, a hot dog truck at that location, observed Munoz flee the crash. Cocchi attempted to contain Munoz using his personal vehicle, however, Munoz got around him and disappeared behind the building. He was found by police hiding in the bed of a pick up truck that was parked behind the store. He was taken into custody without further incident. Parsippany police report that no one was injured in the crash.
Fairfield Police Chief Charles Voelker stated, “The actions taken by retired officer Cocchi to assist us in apprehending this suspect is further proof that once someone has been a police officer they are always a police officer. In this case instinct took over and as a result, there is one less car thief on our streets. I commend him and all of the officers for a job well done.”
At press time, charges were still being prepared against Munoz and he was being held at the Fairfield Police Department. (Note; Any charges against Munoz are merely allegations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Police Investigate Sand Road Area Burglaries
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating both a confirmed and attempted burglary that took place in the Sand Road area on March 12, 2012 between 7:30 and 8:00 P.M. At approximately 8:00 P.M., the Fairfield police were notified of a loud banging noise followed directly by an alarm sounding in the area of Sand Road and Liberty Court. Police eventually were notified of an active burglar alarm at 174 Sand Road. Upon arrival, officers discovered that unknown actor(s) attempted to force open a rear door to the residence.
While investigating that incident, the Fairfield police were then notified that a resident of Victoria Lane had arrived home to find his front door open. Officers responded to that scene and confirmed that the front doors to the house had been forced open and a burglary had occurred. An undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry was taken.
The Essex County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit responded and assisted in the search for a suspect, with negative results. This marks the third incident in the Sand Road area since February 23, 2012 when a Liberty Court residence was also broke into. Authorities are asking residents of the area to be vigilant in watching out for their neighbors and to contact police concerning any suspicious activity.
Overturned Tractor Trailer Closes Route 80 Exit Ramp
Fairfield (NJ) On March 12, 2012 at approximately 12:47 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was alerted to an overturned tractor trailer on the Exit 52 ramp off of Route 80 Westbound. Sergeant Christopher Oswald and Officers Brian Holzmann, Jeffrey Didyk and Christopher Hlubik arrived to find a 1999 Peterbilt tractor and attached trailer and the driver was entrapped in the cab. Using a glass master tool, the officers were able to break the window of the tractor and remove the driver.
The driver identified as Gwanghou Han (49) of Flushing, N.Y. had lacerations and complained of pain to his shoulder. He was eventually taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, N.J. for treatment. The tractor is registered to Ponti Trucking of Paramus, N.J.
A quantity of diesel fuel leaked from the vehicle which prompted the response of the Fairfield Fire Department, the Nutley Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials team, and the Department of Environmental Protection Agency’s Hazardous Materials Response Team. The New Jersey Department of Transportation also responded to assist with closing the exit ramp.
Han allegedly told police that he was trying to avoid a squirrel that was in the roadway when the vehicle overturned, however a witness account indicated that he appeared to take the curve at an excessive speed. As a result, Han was issued a summons for careless driving.
The trailer was found to contain produce which authorities have condemned. Both the tractor and trailer were up righted at approximately 5:45 P.M. and it was anticipated that the roadway would be opened by 7:00 P.M.
Essex Campus Academy Locked Down to Search for Gun
Fairfield (NJ) Officers from theFairfield and North Caldwell Police Departments and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit responded to the Essex Campus Academy, located at 369 Passaic Avenue on Monday March 12, 2012 after school officials notified police that a student may have brought a gun to the school. The call to police came at approximately 12:52 P.M. after a staff member overheard a student in the hallway allegedly indicate that he had a gun.
The school was locked down for approximately 1 ½ hours while all students were checked with metal detecting wands and all rooms searched by officers and weapon detecting dogs. The results of the search came up negative. The investigation that followed the lockdown, which was conducted by Fairfield detectives, revealed that the 16 year old student in question was apparently reciting lines from the movie “Cousin Bang”.
“While we are fortunate that this incident appears to have been a complete misunderstanding, the fact remains that any direct or implied threat of violence in any school will be thoroughly investigated” said Chief Charles Voelker.
Police Investigate Two Commercial Burglaries on Route 46
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating two commercial burglaries that were each discovered on Saturday March 10, 2012 and in proximity of one another. The first of these burglaries occurred at Futon World, located at 420 Route 46 East. The alleged burglary took place sometime between March 9th at 8:00 PM and March 10th at 10:00 AM. The proceeds of this incident were an undisclosed amount of cash.
The second reported burglary took place almost directly across the highway at Lattimer Realty, located at 397 Route 46 West. It occurred sometime between March 9th at 6:30 PM and March 10th at 9:30 AM. In this case, unknown actor(s) forced open a rear door to the facility. At press time, the victim did not report anything missing as a result of the burglary.
Even though the burglaries took place in proximity to each other police are not sure that they are related. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. All information will be kept confidential.
Police Investigate Pier Lane Burglary
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating the burglary of a Pier Lane residence that took place on Thursday March 8, 2012, sometime between 6:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. The unknown actor(s) apparently forced entry to the front door. The only thing initially reported to police as missing was a laptop computer. Anyone with information concerning this or any other unsolved crime is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department at 973-227-1400. This case is being investigated by Detective Christopher Niemiec.
One Adult, Two Juveniles Arrested for Shoplifting
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Elmer Carmona (39) of Jersey City, along with two juveniles, for allegedly shoplifting at the Target store, located on Route 46 on March 4, 2012. The identities of the juveniles are being withheld due to their ages.
The Fairfield Police Department was contacted by Target security at approximately 8:17 P.M. and advised that it appeared that three individuals were actively engaged in shoplifting. Officers Nyhuis, Hlubik, McGrory and Chabay were dispatched to the store. Working in conjunction with Target security, the three individuals were taken into custody when two allegedly walked out of the store with merchandise. The items that were allegedly stolen included clothing items and Monster I-Beat ear phones. The total value of the stolen items was approximately $220.00
Carmona was charged with shoplifting, conspiracy to commit shoplifting, possession of burglar’s tools and two counts of using a juvenile to commit a crime. At press time, he was being held in lieu of bail with a March 14, 2012 court appearance date in Superior Court in Essex County. The two juveniles were each charged with shoplifting and conspiracy to commit shoplifting. They were later released into the custody of a guardian. (It should be noted that the charges against all three are merely allegations and that they are innocent until proven guilty)
Police Investigate the Thefts of Two Vehicles from Evans Street
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating the theft of two vehicles from the property of 5 Evans Street sometime between March 3 and March 5, 2012. Both vehicles are associated with UTZ foods that warehouses product at that location. One of the vehicles stolen was a 2009 white Ford Eco box truck and the other was a 2006 white Workman step van. Both vehicles contained various UTZ products such as potato chips, pretzels and cheese balls valued at approximately $5500.00.
These vehicle thefts comes in the wake of a previous vehicle theft that occurred sometime between February 24 and 25, 2012 at the Panera Bread warehouse, also located at 5 Evans Street. In that case, a 2006 International truck was stolen from the lot but was recovered a block away when it was believed that the engine automatically shut off as a result of the vehicle’s air brakes malfunctioning. No Panera Bread product was on the truck at the time of the theft.
Cedar Grove Man Arrested for Shoplifting
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Kurt Brechner (72) of Cedar Grove, N.J. for shoplifting. The incident that leads to the arrest took place at the Target store, located on Route 46, on February 27, 2012.
At approximately 12:42 P.M., officers from the Fairfield Police Department responded to assist Target security officers with an alleged shoplifter that they had in custody. Officer Brian Holzmann responded and arrested Brechner after security officers allegedly observed him taking food items.
Brechner was charged with shoplifting and released on his own recognizance. He was given a date of March 1, 2012 as his initial appearance at the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the cahrge against Brechner is merely an allegation and that he is innocent until proven guilty)
Gas Station Attendant is Victim of Aggravated Assault
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Giorgi Nazghaidze (25) of Summit, N.J. for aggravated assault and Ilya Dzhikiya (54) of Staten Island,N.Y. for disorderly conduct for an event that happened on February 25, 2012. The incident that leads to the arrest occurred at the Gulf gas station, located at 6 Route 46 East.
It is alleged that Nazghaidze and Dzhikiya pulled into the gas station and instructed the attendant to remove a gas can from the trunk of their vehicle and to fill it with gas. The attendant declined and requested that the men remove the can and he would then help them as he was busy attending to other vehicles. Nazghaidze then removed the can and attempted to fill the can with gas. The attendant then told him to stop and to leave, at which time, it is alleged that Nazghaidze then punched the attendant in the face. An altercation ensued and it is alleged that Nazghaidze picked up a broom stick that was leaning against the building, and used it to strike the attendant. It is further alleged that Dzhikiya got involved to assist his friend.
Officers Frank Tracey and Brian Sabatelli were the first to respond to the incident and took the men into custody without incident. The attendant had an abrasion on his face but refused any medical attention.
Nazghaidze was charged with aggravated assault and faces an appearance in Superior Court in Essex County on March 1, 2012. Dzhikiya was charged with disorderly conduct and faces an initial court appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on the same date. Both men were released on their own recognizance. (It should be noted that the charges against the pair are merely allegations and that they are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Motorist Arrested for Possessing Cocaine
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Benjamin D. Bloom (23) of Andover, N.J. for allegedly possessing suspected cocaine, less than 50 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
The arrest happened on February 24, 2012, at approximately 11:15 A.M. after Officer John McGrory stopped the 1996 green Cadillac that Bloom was operating because he was not wearing his seatbelt. During the course of the roadside investigation, Officer McGrory allegedly recovered suspected marijuana and related drug paraphernalia. Bloom was arrested and transported to police headquarters where officers allegedly found 13 small plastic bags containing suspected rock cocaine.
In addition to being charged with the controlled dangerous violations, Bloom also was charged with several motor vehicle violations including the possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.
Bloom was released on his own recognizance, with a scheduled Superior Court date in Newark, N.J. on March 1, 2012. (It should be noted that the charges against Bloom are merely allegations and that he is innocent until proven guilty)
Police Advisory about Mystery Shopper Scam
Fairfield (NJ) On February 23, 2012, the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by a Township resident about a potential scam that she was almost the victim off. The victim reported that she received an e-mail requesting that she participate in a mystery shopper event. She responded to the e-mail and shortly thereafter, received a priority mail package delivered by the United States Postal Service. The package contained a U.S. Postal Service money order in the amount of $970.00 and instructions for her participation in the program. When the victim went to cash the money order and follow the instructions she was given to participate in the program, she was advised that the money order was fraudulent. She immediately notified the police, who in turn, forwarded the information to the United States Postal Inspectors.
Police Investigate Liberty Court Burglary
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a residential burglary that took place on Liberty Court on February 23, 2012, between the hours of 5:30 PM and 8:00 PM. Unknown actor(s) apparently forced open the front doors. Once inside, an undisclosed amount of jewelry was taken. It appears the actor(s) may have exited the residence through a rear sliding glass door.
Anyone with information on this or any other crime can contact the Fairfield Police Department Investigation Division at 973-227-1400
Six Second Change Helps Alleviate Traffic at Greenbrook Road Intersection
Fairfield (NJ) In an effort to alleviate the continued build-up of traffic waiting to make a left turn onto Greenbrook Road from the southbound lanes of Passaic Avenue, the Fairfield Police Department, in conjunction with the Essex County Engineering Department, have added six seconds to the left turn signal allowing a greater number of cars to get through the intersection.
While this has been a long-standing problem at that intersection, it became apparent that it needed to be addressed when both the Fairfield and North Caldwell Police Departments and officials from the West Essex Regional School District, conducted a review of traffic concerns around the area during school hours and events.
“In recent times, we have seen an increase in the number of motorists illegally cutting through the parking lot of 155-165 Passaic Avenue in order to avoid waiting in traffic to access Greenbrook Road” said Chief Charles Voelker. “Many of these violators were West Essex students from Fairfield and rather then taking continued enforcement action, we felt it more prudent to try and better resolve the cause of the situation” said the chief.
Fairfield police officers have monitored the intersection since the change and have found that a greater number of vehicles are able to make the left turn, clearing the lane of vehicles. This statement is being issued to help inform the public of the change and to remind them that the Fairfield Police Department will take enforcement action against motorists who use private property to avoid the traffic signal.
Solicitors Arrested for Active Warrants
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael T. Lopez (31) and Thiago A. Sena-Pitanga (29) both of Garfield,N.J. on February 18, 2012. The pair was stopped on Salvatore Court, at approximately 12:00 P.M. by Sergeant Christopher Oswald andOfficer John McGrory after an off-duty police officer, who resides in the area, alerted police that the men were soliciting tree service door to door.
Investigation revealed that neither had proper authorization to be soliciting within the Township. Additionally, it revealed that Sena-Pitanga had an active warrant for his arrest authorized by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department for civil contempt. He was arrested and currently awaits transfer to the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department.
While continuing with the investigation, it is alleged that Lopez provided police with false information in an attempt to conceal his identification. His identity was eventually discovered and he was found to have an active arrest warrant out ofAtlanticCountyfor receiving stolen property. He too was arrested and was charged with providing a law enforcement officer with false information. Lopez is currently awaiting transfer toAtlanticCounty.
The individual found driving the pair around was identified as Francis A. Fedroff (29) ofHowell,N.J.and was allegedly found to have a suspended driver’s license. He was issued motor vehicle summonses and released from custody. (It should be noted that the charges against these individuals are merely allegations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty)
Police Investigate Vehicle Theft from Hollywood Avenue Driveway
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating the theft of a 2005 black Infiniti that was allegedly stolen from the driveway of a Hollywood Avenue residence on February 17, 2012 at approximately 8:00 P.M. The victim had just arrived home and noticed what he described as a red sport utility vehicle with pink-colored headlights and tinted windows, parked across the street from his residence. He did not give the vehicle a second thought for being there.
The victim apparently left the keys to the vehicle in it as he was taking items out of the car. A few moments later, he was advised by a group of juveniles that his car was missing, at which time, he alerted police.
Anyone with information about this or any other crime is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400.
Police Investigate Glenroy Road East Burglary
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is currently investigating a residential burglary that occurred on Glenroy Road East sometime between February 10-13, 2012. Unknown actor(s) apparently forced entry to a rear door and stole watches, a television set and a checkbook. The incident was not immediately reported to police until February 15, 2012 when the victim discovered that two of the stolen checks were apparently forged and cashed. The total amount stolen as a result of this incident is estimated to be approximately $8000.00.
Anyone with information about this or any other crime can contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at 973-227-1400
Couple Arrested for Obstruction and Resisting Arrest
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joshua Munn (21) of Fairfield, N.J. and Lauren Traettino (22) of Verona N.J. on February 10, 2012. The arrest took place at Munn’s Fairfield Road residence after Officer Gerald Veneziano observed Munn inside of his house. Munn was allegedly wanted on an active arrest warrant in connection to burglary and drug charges in Bergen County.
Additional officers responded to the scene, at which time, the officers announced their presence at the front door. It is alleged that Traettino refused to open the door and denied Munn was in the house. Even after lengthy negotiations took place between Traettino and police, she still refused to open the door. Police eventually forced entry and allegedly found Munn hiding in a bedroom closet.
Munn was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing the administration of law. Traettino was charged with obstructing the administration of law and hindering the apprehension of another. Munn was held on $5000.00 bail for the new Fairfield charges and was being detained as well on the Bergen County warrant. Traettino was held on $2500.00 bail. Both are scheduled to appear in Essex County Superior Court in Newark on February 16, 2012.
(It should be noted that the charges against both Munn and Traettino are merely allegations and both must be proven guilty in a court of law)
Juvenile Arrested for Burglary of Camp Lane Residence
Fairfield (NJ) On February 5, 2012, the Fairfield Police Department arrested a 15 year old male and charged him with burglary. The identity of this individual was being withheld due to his age.
The burglary, which allegedly occurred at a vacant residence located on Camp Lane on February 3, 2012, was discovered after police were called to deal with another situation involving the juvenile. During the course of that investigation, officers allegedly developed information that the juvenile had broken into a house that was under repair and which had been vacant since the August 2011 floods for the purpose of stealing copper piping. When they went to the residence, the officers allegedly discovered a window that had been removed from the frame and an unlocked sliding glass door.
The charges against the juvenile are being forwarded to the Essex County Family Court for disposition. (It should be noted that the charges against this juvenile are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty)
Juvenile Arrested for Assault After Striking School Staffer
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department arrested a 16 year old juvenile and he was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly struck a school official at the Gramon School, located on Dwight Place, on February 1, 2012. The identity of the juvenile is being withheld due to his age. The incident occurred at approximately 9:00 A.M. after the student was told, by the school official, that he had an in school suspension to serve. The student then allegedly struck the school official in the face with a closed fist. The school official had a minor injury. The case is being referred to the Essex County Family Court for review.
Missing Juvenile Arrested for Possessing Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting Arrest
Fairfield (NJ) A 15 year old juvenile was taken into custody on February 1, 2012, at approximately 11:15 P.M., and charged with possessing drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest, after being reported as a missing person. The identity of the juvenile is being withheld due to his age.
After receiving a report of a missing juvenile, Officer Frank Tracey began searching the east end of Fairfield for this individual. Officer Tracey observed an individual fitting the description of the missing juvenile, walking onTwo Bridges Road. When the officer exited his patrol car and identified the juvenile as being the missing person, the juvenile immediately began to run from the officer. With the assistance of other officers, the juvenile was finally stopped. During this interaction, the officers allegedly found a glass pipe which they recognized from their training and experience, as being associated with the use of controlled dangerous substances.
Immediately upon the discovery of this item, the juvenile once again fled from the officers on foot. He was instantaniously apprehended and transported to Fairfield police headquarters where he was charged and eventually released into the custody of his parents. The case is being referred to the Essex County Family Court for review. (It should be noted that the charges against this juvenile are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Two Essex County Men Arrested for Stealing Off Duty Officer's Vehicle
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Shakir Curry (24) of Newark, N.J. and Esua Kearney (36) of East Orange,N.J. for theft, conspiracy to commit theft and eluding police. In addition, Curry was also charged with obstruction of justice after allegedly providing police with false information regarding his identity.
The incident that gave rise to the charges occurred on January 28, 2012 at approximately 10:00 P.M. That is when an off-duty Essex County Sheriff’s officer pulled his 2010 Mercedes Benz in front of the entrance to TD Bank, located at the intersection of Hollywood Avenue and Fairfield Road, in order to use the bank’s ATM machine, which is in the lobby. As he entered the lobby of the bank, he observed a green 2003 Ford van suddenly stop on Hollywood Avenue and pull into a strip mall across the street from the bank. He then observed a male exit the van and begin to walk towards the bank.
Upon completing his transaction and exiting the bank, the officer observed the individual was now in his vehicle. The officer identified himself as a law enforcement officer and attempted to detain the suspect but he ultimately fled in the Mercedes towards Route 46. The officer immediately contacted the Fairfield police, via his cell phone and alerted them as to the theft. The officer then attempted to detain the two occupants of the van on Hollywood Avenue. While he was able to stop them for a brief period, after identifying himself as a police officer, the van ultimately fled from the officer.
Shortly thereafter, the Totowa Police Department reported that their officers located the stolen Mercedes Benz traveling east on Route 46 and attempted to stop it but the driver eluded their efforts. At about the same time that this was occurring, a Montville police officer observed the green van traveling west on Route 46 and was able to stop it. Assisted by Officer Frank Tracey, both were able to take the occupants of the van (Curry andKearney) into custody without incident.
During his booking process, Curry allegedly provided police with a false name. Electronic fingerprint submissions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, later confirmed Curry’s positive identification. It also indicated that he was wanted by the F.B.I.’s Newark Field Office. Both suspects were held on $50,000 bail and were transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility. (Note: The charges against Curry and Kearney are merely allegations. Both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
The Fairfield Police Department is still actively seeking to recover the stolen Mercedes Benz and to identify the third suspect who drove it away. Anyone with information can contact the Fairfield Police Department at (973) 227-1400.
Police Investigate Criminal Mischief at Route 46 Business
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is investigating an act of criminal mischief that took place at APV Enterprises, located at 311 Route 46 West, sometime between January 23, 2012 at 5:00 P.M. and January 24, 2012 at 6:00 A.M. The criminal mischief involved nine of its company vehicles having their tires slashed. The total estimated cost of the damage is believed to be in excess of $4000.00. Anyone with information about this incident can contact the Fairfield Police Department Investigative Division at 973-227-1400. All information will be kept confidential.
Target Employee Arrested for Taking Cash
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Shakeem McCutcheon (19) of Paterson, N.J. for theft. At the time of his arrest on January 21, 2012, McCutchen was an employee of Target in Fairfield. It is alleged that store security officers witnessed McCutchen take two $20.00 bills from a store cash register. He was detained by store security officers until the arrival of Sergeant Christopher Oswald and Officer Steven Ptaszynski, who ultimately arrested McCutchen. He was released on his own recognizance and was given an initial court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court of January 27, 2012
New Fairfield DARE Program Resumes After 1 Year Hiatus
Fairfield (NJ) It is with deep regret that Chief Charles Voelker announces the end of the DARE program in Fairfield. Conceived in 1983 by former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates, the DARE program for years brought uniformed police officers primarily into 5th grade classrooms, in order to instruct children about such things as drug and alcohol use, gangs, bullying and the need for children to possess a high self esteem.
“This program has touched the lives of so many of our children over the last twenty years and we may never know how many children were turned away from drug and alcohol use do to it. Because every individual’s life is precious, if we saved just one life then we have been successful” said Chief Charles Voelker.
Ending the program in 2012 was a decision that was not taken lightly, however, due to a 26% reduction of staffing in the police department; it was no longer feasible to assign an officer to instruct the program. “I am now simply trying to staff the road with officers to handle emergency and calls for service which is a challenge in of itself these days” said the chief.
The Fairfield Police Department would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Fairfield Municipal Alliance Committee, both past and present, the members of the Fairfield Board of Education, both past and present, all the teachers and staff of the Fairfield schools and the countless others over the last 20 years who contributed in someway to the success of this program.
Two Juveniles Charged with Inappropriate Touching
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department have charged two juveniles, one seventeen years of age and one 14 years of age, with four counts of inappropriate touching under NJS 2C:33-4. The identities of these individuals are being withheld due to their ages. The charges stem from an incident that allegedly took place on a school bus on Friday January 13, 2012.
“The circumstances surrounding this incident shows the serious approach the Fairfield Police Department intends to take against anyone who bullies, intimidates or harasses by any means any student who is simply trying to receive an education” said Chief Charles Voelker. “It also reinforces the strong partnership our department has with the West Essex Regional School administration in trying to prevent such incidents from occurring” said the chief.
The case was investigated byDetective Sergeant Louis Cammarata and Detective Charles Zampino.
GPS Tracking Leads to Arrest of Female for I-Phone Theft
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Nirrvanna Kahlo (32) of Paterson,N.J. for theft. The incident took place at Jose Tejas, located on Route 46 West, on January 13, 2012 at approximately 9:37 P.M.
The Fairfield Police Department was contacted to help investigate the theft of an I-Phone that had just taken place. Officer Thomas Myers was the first to respond and was advised by the victim that, prior to the police arriving, she had left her I-Phone in the restroom at Jose Tejas. Using a friend’s phone, she activated a GPS tracking program for her phone which indicated that her I-Phone was located in the east side parking lot of Jose Tejas. The victim and a friend then went outside and confronted Kahlo and another individual, both of whom were seated in a 1999 Honda Civic. At that time, Kahlo allegedly denied having taken the phone. Kahlo then apparently moved her vehicle to the front parking area of Jose Tejas and when doing so, the GPS tracking system then indicated the phone was now located in the front parking area.
The investigation conducted by Officer Myers, Officer Stacy Chiarolanza and Sergeant John McNish ultimately lead to the alleged recovery of the victim’s I-Phone from inside of Kahlo’s vehicle. She was arrested and later charged with theft with the value of the I-Phone estimated to be $650.00. Kahlo was released on her own recognizance with an intial superior court date inNewark,N.J.on January 19, 2012. (It should be noted that the charge against Kahlo is merely an allegation and that she is innocent until proven guilty)
Fairfield Man Arrested for Possessing Handgun
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Anthony Convertino Jr. (47) of Fairfield N.J. on two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, resisting arrest and theft. The incident occurred on January 13, 2012 at approximately 11:55 A.M. at the suspect’s Glenroy Road East residence.
On January 13, 2012, the Fairfield Police Department was requested to conduct a welfare check of Mr. Convertino who was purported to be upset and possibly in possession of a handgun. Lieutenant Richard Filipow, Detective Charles Zampino and Officer Christopher Andrews initially responded to the residence but did not find Convertino to be home. As they were preparing to resume their duties that is when they observed Convertino pull into his driveway in a Chevrolet Tahoe and remotely open his garage door.
At that time, the officers approached Convertino and observed him to allegedly be holding a Glock Model 27 handgun. The officers drew their weapons and ordered him to drop the gun. He hesitated for a moment then put the gun on the ground. When the officers ordered him to drop to his knees so that they could take him into custody, Convertino then fled into his residence. The officers took control of the handgun and set up a perimeter around the residence.
Other Fairfield officers arrived to assist as did officers from the North Caldwell Police Department. The suspect remained in the residence for what is estimated to be approximately five minutes. He then fled the residence through a rear door and proceeded to run from police. After being ordered to stop on several occasions, Convertino finally heeded these commands and surrendered himself to officers in a wooded area. Upon taking him into custody, he was allegedly found to be in possession of a large kitchen knife.
At the time of this press release, Convertino was still being held at Fairfield police headquarters pending bail being set. The charges against him are being referred to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for review. (It should be noted that the charges against Convertino are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Man Arrested for Possessing Baseball Bat with Nails
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joe Seabra (32) of Newark,N.J. for possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. The arrest took place on January 12, 2012 at approximately 2:28 P.M. at the Walgreens strip mall complex, located at 397 Route 46 West.
At that time, the Fairfield Police Department was notified of a disturbance involving a group of men with one possibly possessing a baseball bat.Officer Christopher Hlubikwas the first to arrive and separate the individuals from each other. He was assisted by Officers Christopher Nicholas and Brian Holzmann. Preliminary investigation revealed that a group of four men were on the sidewalk in front of Fairfield Bagel when a verbal altercation began between them and Seabra, who was seated in a van that was parked in front of the bagel store. It is not exactly clear as to who or how the verbal altercation started. However, witnesses indicated that Seabra allegedly stepped out of the van carrying a baseball bat which had nails driven through the end of it. Seabra allegedly turned this item over to police at the scene.
In addition to Seabra being arrested, one of the four individuals involved in the confrontation with Seabra was also arrested on an outstanding warrant. Hamad Abouzeed (23) of Rockaway, N.J. was also taken into custody when a record check indicated he had an active warrant issued by the Parsippany Municipal Court.
The charges against Seabra are being referred to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for review. He has an initial superior court appearance scheduled for January 19, 2012 in Newark. He was released on his own recognizance. (It should be noted that the charges against Seabra are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law) Abouzeed posted bail on the outstanding warrant and was released from custody.
Target Employee Arrested for Shoplifting
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joshua Monet (20) of Paterson,N.J. for shoplifting. On Saturday January 7, 2012, at approximately 1:05 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by Target security and advised that an alleged shoplifting had just occurred and involved an employee who had since left the store.
Responding officers found the suspect (Monet) in the parking lot of the Valero gas station, which is adjacent to the Target store. He was initially taken into custody until officers could speak with Target security. It is alleged that while unloading merchandise in the loading dock area, Monet was allegedly observed concealing an Ipod Touch, valued at $395.00. Security confronted Monet and he allegedly turned the Ipod over to them but then left the store. That is when he was taken into custody by Officer Christopher Hlubik.
Monet’s charges will be forwarded to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for review. His initial appearance in Superior Court is scheduled for January 12, 2012. (The charges against Monet are merely allegations. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Theft of 2006 Chrysler 300
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is investigating the theft of a 2006 Chrysler 300 that was allegedly stolen from the parking lot of Bruschetta restaurant, located at 292 Passaic Avenue, sometime on January 9, 2012 between the hours of 4:00 P.M. and 5:30 P.M. The victim also left her purse, which contained various forms of identification and credit cards, in the trunk of the vehicle. A check by the victim with her financial institutions indicated two fraudulent charges were immediately done at locations in Paterson,N.J.
Man Arrested for Possessing Heroin
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Daniel Walder (24) of Wayne, N.J. on January 8, 2012, for allegedly possessing and being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.
Sergeant Joseph Keegan was on patrol when he observed a 1999 Volkswagon that was stopped in the parking lot of 390-400 Fairfield Road, The driver appeared to the officer to be acting suspiciously. Sergeant Keegan exited his vehicle and approached the vehicle. As he did, he allegedly observed Walder in the use of a controlled dangerous substance. Walder was placed under arrest without incident. Officers also allegedly recovered a glassine packet that contained suspected heroin.
The charges against Walder are being referred to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for review, with Walder’s initial superior court appearance scheduled for January 18, 2012
Two Arrested for Residential Burglary
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Robert Leszczynski Jr. (26) of Pompton Plains, N.J. and Justin Huber (29) of Pequannock, N.J. for burglary, theft and conspiracy to commit those crimes. The charges stem from a burglary that occurred on October 6, 2011 at a Fairfield Road residence where approximately $4100.00 worth of jewelry and currency was taken.
The break in the case came when the Parsippany Police Department arrested the pair on December 29, 2011 while the two were allegedly committing a burglary in that jurisdiction. Items allegedly found in their possession include receipts from a pawn shop located in Paterson, N.J. After being alerted to this information, Detectives Christopher Niemiec and Charles Zampino visited the pawn shop and were able to positively identify a Movado watch, with had an inscription on it, as being one of the items allegedly stolen during the October 6th incident and which matched the pawn receipt that was allegedly signed for and in the possession of Huber.
“This case demonstrates just how important it is for victims of burglaries and thefts to describe to police, in great detail, the items that criminals take from their homes said Chief Charles Voelker. “Often, victims think they will not get their prized possessions back but this simply is not always true. This case might have gone unsolved had it not been for the great description provided by the victim and the work of our detectives” said the chief.
The pair is both currently being detained in the Morris County Correctional Facility as a result of the Parsippany incident. They are also now being held on theFairfieldcharges in lieu of $15,000 bail each. The case will be forwarded to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for prosecution. The charges against the pair are merely allegations. Both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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