Marijuana Recovered during Motor Vehicle Crash Investigation
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Clay Hillman (34) of Monroe, N.Y. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on September 22, 2013. At approximately 2:38 P.M., on that date, Officer Frank Tracey was dispatched to a two car motor vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of Two Bridges Road and the Route 80 East entrance ramp.
During the course of the investigation, the officer detected an odor of marijuana on the clothing of Hillman; a passenger in one of the vehicle’s involved in the crash. It is alleged that Hillman informed the officer that he smoked marijuana earlier in the day but that he was no longer in possession of any at this time. Still, the officer continued his investigation which ultimately led to the alleged discovery of a small quantity of marijuana and a hidden New Jersey driver’s license on Hillman. He was placed under arrest without incident. It was later discovered that Hillman had an active arrest warrant issued by the Bergen County Superior Court.
After being charged with the marijuana possession, Hillman was turned over to the custody of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department. He is scheduled to have an initial court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court on September 26, 2013 for the Fairfield charges. (It should be noted that the charges against Hillman are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Four Individuals Arrested after Fleeing Gas Station
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Boubacar Diallo (62), Fritz Lazare (38), Jean Cotard (37) all of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Rubens Dubuisson (42) of Philadelphia, PA., for causing or risking widespread injury or damage. In addition Diallo is also being charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and using a vehicle as a weapon.
The incident that gave rise to the charges began on September 18, 2013 at approximately 12:29 A.M. It was at that time that Officers John McGrory and Jeffrey Dean spotted a suspicious condition at the Valero gas station, located at 650 Route 46 East that was similar to an incident reported in the media concerning individuals who were operating vans and filling up gas cans and 55 gallon drums, using bogus credit cards. In this case, the officers allegedly observed two white vans at the Valero pumps that appeared to the officers to be doing the same thing.
When the officers approached the individuals to investigate, it is alleged that Dubuisson fled from the officers on foot. He was pursued by Officers McGrory and Dean and apprehended a short time later in the Target parking lot. At this same time, the vans both fled the gas station. It is further alleged that a 2007Ford Econoline van, being operated by Diallo, attempted to exit onto Route 46 East and then deliberately rammed a Fairfield police unit being operated by Sergeant Christopher Morgan. The van became disabled and it is alleged that Diallo fled on foot. He was later apprehended by Sergeant Morgan. While checking this van, officers allegedly found Lazare in the rear of it and he was taken into custody.
A radio broadcast to area police regarding the second white van that apparently successfully fled the area was made which resulted in an officer from the Montville Police Department spotting the vehicle near Plymouth Street in Fairfield. The van was allegedly being operated by Cotard who was also taken into custody without incident. All four men were taken to the Fairfield Police Department. Assisting the Fairfield Police Department were officers from the Montville, North Caldwell and West Caldwell Police Departments.
It is alleged that the suspects had approximately (45) Visa and/or American Express gift cards, ranging in $50-$100 denominations in their possession. The origin of these cards is still under investigation. All of the suspects were still being held at the Fairfield Police Department at press time.
Authorities allege that both vans were found to contain over 600 gallons of gasoline that were contained in mostly 5 gallon plastic containers or 55 gallon plastic drums. The vans were towed to the Fairfield Municipal Complex and remain at this location. The Nutley Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Unit and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Agency were contacted to supervise the safe off-loading of the gasoline.
“This was a phenomenal piece of police work by two very observant and knowledgeable police officers which ultimately led to the arrest of these individuals and safeguarded the public from harm” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. (It should be noted that the charges against these individuals are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Motor Vehicle Accident Leads to DUI and Narcotics Possession Charges
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jyoti Kumra (24) of Passaic, N.J. for driving under the influence, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and hindering apprehension on September 20, 2103.
At approximately 7:04 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a car that had struck a utility pole near 98 Clinton Road. Officers Frank Tracey and Raymond Puluse were the first to arrive and observed a 2005 Hyundai Elantra, allegedly operated by Kumra, against a utility pole. During the course of the accident investigation, the officers allegedly observed several indicators that Kumra was under the influence. Field sobriety testing was conducted which ultimately led to her arrest without incident. At the scene officers allegedly recovered suspected marijuana and a Xanax pill from her person. She was then transported her to police headquarters.
Upon arriving at headquarters, it is alleged that the officers recovered suspected heroin packets in the rear seat of their police car where Kumra was seated. During her processing and also during her confinement, it is alleged that the officers recovered additional packets containing suspected heroin.
After being charged, Kumra was released on her own recognizance pending an initial court appearance date of October 2, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. Kumar was transported by ambulance from the police station to an area hospital as a precautionary measure. (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)
Former Employee Charged with Theft after Mount Airy Stay
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jill Norton (22) of Lake Hiawatha, N.J. on September 10, 2013 for a theft that occurred in May of 2013 at Lennox Industries, located at 4 Gardner Road in Fairfield.
Representatives of the company met with Detective Robert Sanger, after having conducted an internal company investigation that revealed that former employee Norton, allegedly stole $8411.00. The investigation revealed that, in May of 2013, Norton allegedly charged a three night stay at Mount Airy Hotel and Casino in Pennsylvania, totaling approximately $911.00, to her corporate credit card, which was not authorized or related to any business expense.
The investigation further revealed that the remaining $7500.00 that was allegedly stolen by Norton related to a sales transaction in which Norton was alleged to have sold HVAC merchandise to a customer, allegedly doctored the sales information in the company’s computer system, and then pocketed the cash. The internal investigation was prompted after this same customer went to return some of the merchandise and company officials could not find a record of the transaction.
Norton was released on her own recognizance and given an initial court appearance date of September 25, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charge against Norton is merely an allegation and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)