Target Employee Arrested for Theft of I-Phone
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Inser Silveira (24) of Bloomfield N.J. for theft which took place at the Target store, located on Route 46 East, on December 11, 2013. At the time of the arrest, Silveira was a store employee. It is alleged that Target loss prevention officers were informed that an I-Phone 5S box was discovered by the trash compactor near the loading dock of the store. A review of store surveillance video allegedly implicated Silveira in the theft.
Silveira was arrested and transported to police headquarters where he was charged and eventually released on his own recognizance. He was given an initial court appearance date of December 19, 2013 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)
Fairfield Police Deploy Patrol Rifles
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department recently deployed Colt M-4 Commando rifles in their patrol vehicles after 12 officers completed qualifications with the weapon as mandated by the New Jersey Attorney General. The authorization to purchase the weapons came quickly from the Fairfield Governing Body after recent national tragedies revealed the use of automatic weapons by the suspects during many of the incidents.
“With the deployment of these weapons, Fairfield officers are now better prepared and better equipped to protect our citizens” said Chief Charles Voelker. “I would like to thank the Mayor and Council for providing us with this necessary equipment to help us in this endeavor” said the chief.
International Student found Unresponsive at Hotel
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department, along with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 16 year old Austrian student, at the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road on December 9, 2013. At approximately 8:28 AM, on that date, the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from the hotel reporting an unresponsive female who was found in a bathtub in a guest room. Efforts were made at the scene to revive the victim to no avail. She was transported to Chilton Hospital, in Pompton Plains, N.J. where she was pronounced dead at 9:10 A.M.
The victim, whose identity is being withheld, had been residing with a host family in Canada and was at the hotel with other international students also staying with Canadian host families, as part of a tour group that had visited New York City.
The investigation of the incident is ongoing.
Fairfield Police to Conduct Drunk Driving Enforcement Crackdown as Part of Statewide Campaign
Fairfield (NJ) Officers from 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 6, 2013 and running through January 2, 2014, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
A concentrated national effort, the campaign helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools. “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 Chief Charles Voelker. “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” said the chief.
Last year in New Jersey, 19% of all motor vehicle fatalities were alcohol-related. Nationally, during the combined months of December in 2007-2011, there were 4,169 people killed in drunken driving crashes.
Law enforcement agencies participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” 2013 Year End Holiday Statewide crackdown offer the following advice:
- Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
- Spend the night where the activity 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.