Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Pursuit Ends in Drug and DUI Charges

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Amer Ahmad (31) of Hackettstown, N.J. for eluding police, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, and driving under the influence on May 27, 2013. At approximately 2:13 A.M., Officer Jeffrey Didyk was traveling east on Route 46 when he observed a blue Saturn allegedly exceeding the posted 50 M.P.H. speed limit. When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, it allegedly increased its speed and failed to pull over as it entered onto Route 80 East.

The pursuit continued near Exit 57 at which time a New Jersey state trooper was waiting and assisted with getting the vehicle to stop. The driver was then arrested. It is alleged that the officer observed, on the front seat, a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana which was seized. Also allegedly observed were several open containers of Smirnoff vodka which were also seized. Ahmad was eventually transported to Fairfield police headquarters.

While at headquarters, the officer continued his investigation and it was determined that Ahmad was allegedly operating his vehicle while under the influence of marijuana resulting in the driving under the influence charge. Ahmed was released on his own recognizance and given a court date of June 6, 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)

Michigan Man Wanted on Parole Violation Arrested

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Fred Tippins (32) formerly of Tampa Florida. At approximately 11:20 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by a concerned resident regarding a suspicious white van, with Florida plates, that was in the Sand Road area was traveling slowly through the neighborhoods. Officer Steven Ptaszynski located the vehicle on Addison Drive and stopped it. The vehicle was found to be occupied by three males, with Tippen being the operator.

When asked to produce his driving credentials, Tippen allegedly told the officer that he had left his driver’s license at his hotel. It is alleged that Tippen initially identified himself as Terrance D. Edwards but when this individual could not be found in the records of the Michigan Motor Vehicle files, it is alleged that Tippen told the officer his actual name and that he believed he was wanted in Michigan. A computer check confirmed that Tippen was in fact wanted by Michigan parole authorities for having allegedly violated provisions related to a manslaughter conviction. Tippens was arrested without incident and was transported to the Essex County Jail in Newark, N.J. awaiting extradition to Michigan.

The officer’s investigation revealed that the trio was working for a Florida-based company called Young Enterprises and was apparently in the area to go door to door selling liquid soap and cleaners. A fourth individual, also working for the company, was later picked up by police in the area of Malcolm Drive. These individuals were eventually released from the police department.

Fairfield Man Arrested for DWI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Harry Neugold 4th (19) of Fairfield, N.J. for driving while intoxicated on May 14, 2013. At approximately 2:40 A.M., Officer John McGrory allegedly observed a 2001 Ford Taurus make an improper right turn on red at New Dutch Lane and then almost struck a curb. The officer then allegedly attempted to stop the vehicle but it continued to the intersection of Passaic Avenue and Greenbrook Road. The vehicle then allegedly disregarded the red traffic signal at Greenbrook Road and finally pulled into the A Plus Sunoco station.

After conducting a field investigation which included sobriety testing the driver, identified as Neugold 4th, was placed under arrest and his vehicle impounded. In addition to driving while intoxicated, he was also charged with making an improper right turn on red, careless driving, improper use of a cell phone, failure to maintain a lane, failure to exhibit a driver’s license and failure to wear a seatbelt. He was given an initial court appearance date of May 16, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Seat Belt Enforcement and Education Campaign to be Conducted Locally as Part of Nationwide Click It or Ticket Mobilization May 20 – June 2, 2013

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

Beginning May 20 and running through June 2, 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 2010 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.” 

Last year, the front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey declined for the first time in 15 years, to 88.29%.  Poedubicky noted that the goal for this year’s campaign is to once again move the usage rate above 90%.  “To meet our goal, we must continue both enforcement and public outreach efforts that educate all motor vehicle occupants about the importance of buckling up, every ride,” he said.

Poedubicky added that the campaign will focus on rear seat passengers, as well.  Despite laws requiring adult back seat passengers to buckle up, adult back seat belt use stands at only 36 percent.

During the 2012 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 425 police agencies participated in the two-week initiative.  As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 29,307 seat belt citations, 4,951 speeding summonses and made 861 drunk driving arrests. 

 

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Three for CDS Possession and Warrants

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Timothy Habrack (26) of Essex Fells, N.J., Matthew Raabe (25) of West Caldwell, N.J. and Taylor Inglis (20) of Pompton Plains, N.J. on May 12, 2013. Both Habrack and Raabe were arrested for allegedly having active warrants for their arrest. Inglis was arrested for possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At approximately 12:15 A.M., Officer R.J. Casendino observed a 1999 Ford Taurus traveling south on Passaic Avenue with an alleged smashed front windshield. At that time, the officer attempted to turn around and stop the vehicle but he lost sight of it. At approximately 1:20 A.M., Officer Casendino re-acquired the vehicle in the area of Route 23 in Wayne, N.J. where he eventually stopped it.

During the course of his investigation, it was determined that two of the passengers in the vehicle, Habrack and Raabe, had active warrants for their arrest. Both were then placed under arrest. It was at this point that the officer allegedly observed and recovered a glassine package from the rear seat that contained suspected cocaine residue. A further search of the vehicle resulted in the alleged recovery of seven similar glassine packages containing suspected cocaine. The driver of the vehicle, Inglis, was then arrested and the vehicle impounded.

Habrack and Raabe were eventually released on their own recognizance and given court dates for the jurisdictions where they had warrants. Inglis was also released on his own recognizance after being charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia. He was given an initial court appearance date of May 22, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against Inglis are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law) 

Former Operations Manager Arrested for Theft

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the culmination of a two month theft investigation with the arrest of Ryan G. Snedeker (39) of South River, N.J. on May 1, 2013. Snedeker is the former operations manager of Jay Hill Repairs, located on Clinton Road in Fairfield. It is alleged that during the course of his employment, between April 1, 2012 and March 1, 2013, Snedeker ordered materials for fraudulent job orders that he created and then keeping the materials for himself and misused company credit card accounts. The total amount of theft allegedly exceeds $75,000, making it a second degree crime.

Fairfield detectives, armed with an arrest warrant, took Snedeker into custody at his South River residence. He was eventually released on $75,000 bail and given an initial court appearance date of May 9, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.  The case was investigated by Detective Sergeant Charles Zampino. (It should be noted that the charges against Snedeker are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Caldwell Woman Charged with DWI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Kaaryn Broemmer (49) of Caldwell, N.J. for driving under the influence on April 28, 2013. At approximately 2:00 A.M., Officer Steven Ptaszynski was on patrol southbound on Passaic Avenue when his attention was drawn to a 2002 Nissan that was allegedly drifting in and out of its lane. The vehicle was then stopped on Greenbrook Road and Broemmer was found to be the operator..

After conducting field investigation which included sobriety testing, Broemmer was arrested for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. While at headquarters, it is alleged that she refused to submit to providing samples of her breath for chemical analysis. In addition to driving under the influence, she was charged with a variety of other motor vehicle offenses to include driving while intoxicated in a school zone and refusal to submit to breath testing. She is scheduled to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court on May 2, 2013. (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)

 

Man Arrested for Obstruction After Traffic Stop

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Nicholas Henry for obstruction of justice on April 26, 2013. He was also charged with a variety of motor vehicle offenses including operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and failure to pull over for or yield to an emergency vehicle.

At approximately 9:22 A.M., Officer Thomas Myers was dispatched to Outreach Calling, located at 70 Clinton Road, to assist in keeping the peace while a recently-fired employee, identified as Henry, picked up his check. Several Fairfield police officers responded to the company the previous day after Henry was discharged from his employment and allegedly damaged a door in the building. He was gone prior to police arrival. During that investigation, Officer Myers had discovered that Henry was on the suspended list and that he had an outstanding arrest warrant issued by the Wayne Municipal Court.

While waiting outside of the company for Henry to arrive, Officer Myers observed a 1997 BMW that was allegedly being operated by Henry. The vehicle then made a sudden u-turn and attempted to exit the lot. The vehicle was then stopped. The officer asked Henry to produce his driving credentials and he allegedly continually refused to provide them. It is alleged that Henry then rolled up his window and locked his doors. He then proceeded to drive away, allegedly nearly causing an accident.

Henry allegedly proceeded down Clinton Road for approximately a quarter mile without pulling over for the officer. He finally got stuck in traffic that was stopped for the red light at Clinton Road and Route 46. He was ordered to shut his vehicle and to exit it as he was told he was under arrest and he again refused. He was finally taken into custody. And his vehicle impounded

Henry was eventually released on his own recognizance after having satisfied the outstanding Wayne warrant. He is scheduled for an initial court appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on May 2, 2013. (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)

 

Forensic Evidence Leads to Burglar’s Identity

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the issuance of an arrest warrant for Larry D. Ellis (55) formerly of Hempstead, N.Y. for burglary and theft. The warrant was issued on April 25, 2013 for a burglary that took place at the Banyon School, located adjacent to the St. Thomas More Church on September 8, 2012, that authorities now allege Ellis committed.

At the time of the burglary, it appeared that the actor removed a window mounted air conditioning unit in order to gain entry to the school. Taken during the burglary were approximately $120.00 and an IPAD 2. The break in the case came as a result of items that the actor discarded at the scene and which the case investigators recovered and submitted for forensic examination to the New Jersey State Police lab which allegedly identified Ellis. “This is a prime example of the excellent police work done by the Investigative Division of the Fairfield Police Department, specifically, Sergeants Charles Zampino and Christopher Niemiec” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna.

Ellis is currently incarcerated in the Chester County Jail in West Chester, Pennsylvania on an unrelated charge. He was arrested by the Malvern (PA) Police Department on October 21, 2012,  while allegedly in the act of committing a burglary to a school/church. A detainer has been placed on Ellis and he will be extradited to New Jersey to answer the Fairfield charges as soon as he is done in Pennsylvania. (It should be noted that the charges against Ellis are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Sleeping Motorist Arrested for DWI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of David Strahan (48) of East Brunswick, N.J. for driving under the influence on April 26, 2013. At approximately 2:30 P.M., Officer David Chabay was conducting the nightly closing check of liquor licensed establishments within the Township of Fairfield, when he allegedly observed a silver Toyota improperly parked blocking Fairfield Avenue near the driveway of the Field House Pub. The officer attempted to awaken Stahan, who was behind the wheel and apparently asleep.

When Strahan finally woke, the officer conducted field sobriety testing and based upon the results of the tests and the totality of the circumstances, Strahan was placed under arrest and his vehicle impounded. He is scheduled to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court on May 2, 2013. (It should be noted that the charges against Strahan are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Comcast Vehicles Target for Criminal Mischief

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating an act of criminal mischief that took place at the Comcast facility located at 39 Kulick Road sometime during the overnight hours of April 23-24, 2013. Unknown actor(s) entered a fenced in area where the company stores its work vehicles and damaged approximately 40 of them. The damage ranged from punctured tires to broken windows. The cost of repairing the damage is unknown.

This is not the first time that this Comcast facility was the victim of an act of criminal mischief to its vehicles. In July of 2011, 100 tires on 59 company vehicles were slashed. At that time, company officials reported there had been ongoing issues with the company’s union members; however there was no indication then that it had anything to do with the incident and no arrests were made. Insofar as this most recent incident is concerned, Comcast management again reported union issues relative to a recent schedule change as ongoing.

Anyone with any information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. All information will remain confidential.

 

Roseland Woman Arrested for Driving Under the Influence

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Leslie Manley (49) of Roseland, N.J. for driving under the influence on April 19, 2013. At approximately 11:43 P.M., Officer Brian Sabatelli was dispatched to the area of Hollywood Avenue and Campbell Road, to assist a disabled motorist. Upon the officer’s arrival, he observed a 2000 Plymouth minivan with a flat tire. Manley, who was identified as the operator, allegedly told the officer that she had struck the median and had gotten a flat tire. The officer inquired as to where this occurred, but Manley allegedly could not recall.

It is alleged that the officer smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage on Manley’s breath. He continued his field investigation which resulted in him developing probable cause to believe Manley was operating her vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. She was arrested and the vehicle impounded.

She was eventually charged with driving while under the influence and released on her own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of April 25, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (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)

 

Paterson Pair Arrested for CDS Use and Obstructing Justice

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Willie Butler (39) and Andrea Cummings (40) both of Paterson, N.J. Butler was charged with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and hindering his own apprehension and Cummings charged with hindering the apprehension of another.

The incident that led to the pairs arrest took place on April 20, 2013 at approximately 11:22 P.M. That is when Officer Frank Tracey observed an occupied 1995 Infiniti stopped on Maplewood Avenue near Little Falls Road, which he initially felt to be suspicious. When the vehicle finally pulled onto Little Falls Road, Officer Tracey allegedly observed that the vehicle had both a tail light out and had drifted out of its lane, which resulted in it being stopped. Cummings was allegedly the operator of the vehicle and Butler its front seat passenger.

As the officer was conducting the traffic stop, he allegedly smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that Butler allegedly had just smoked marijuana prior to being stopped. He was placed under arrest for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. It is alleged that he initially identified himself as Wyleek Butler with a different date of birth then his own real one. It is also alleged that Cummings verified this information as being true.

After being fingerprinted at Fairfield police headquarters, it was determined that Wyleek Butler was actually Willie Butler and that he had outstanding arrest warrants from Paterson and South Hackensack. It was at that point that Cummings was also arrested. In addition to the criminal charge, Cummings was also charged under motor vehicle law with careless driving, possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage, failure to maintain a lane and improper maintenance of lamps.

Both individuals were eventually released on their own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of April 25, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against the pair are merely allegations and that they are both presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

 

Plane Lands at Essex County Airport without Front Landing Gear

Fairfield (NJ) On April 10, 2013, at 12:21 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from officials from the Essex County Airport reporting a plane would be attempting to land without its front landing gear engaged. Emergency personnel were immediately dispatched to the scene. The plane, a 1982 fixed wing, single engine Cessna owned by CF Images LLC of 19 Wright Way, Fairfield, N.J. apparently had some malfunction in engaging its landing gear while in flight. Frederick Hartman Jr. of Century Air, which is located at the airport, was at the plane’s controls at the time of the incident. He was engaged in training a second individual, identified as Alberto Corvo, to become a flight instructor. The plane landed at 12:49 P.M. without the front landing gear and without incident. No one was injured.

The Fairfield Fire Department, Atlantic Ambulance and Paramedics and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department all responded to the emergency. The investigation of the incident was turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration. The airport has resumed normal operations.

This is the second incident at the Essex County Airport this year involving a plane that had landing gear malfunction during landing. The other occurred on February 7th and involved a 1964 Piper PA-30, fixed wing, multi-engine airplane. In that case, all of the landing gear malfunctioned and the plane ended up sliding down the runway. No one was injured during that incident.

 

Pennsylvania Man Arrested with Pound of Suspected Cocaine

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Charles F. Clark (58) 0f Windber, PA. for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of hydrocodone and possession of drug paraphernalia on April 8, 2013. At approximately 4:15 P.M., Sgt. Joseph Keegan was on patrol in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, when he observed a 2002 Jeep Cherokee that was occupied and appeared suspicious to the officer. Sgt. Keegan then pulled to a remote location in the parking lot and then approached the vehicle on foot.

In doing so, the officer conducted a field investigation which eventually led to the discovery of two plastic bags containing alleged cocaine. Clark was placed under arrest without incident. The cocaine seized was a little over a pound and is believed to have been destined for central Pennsylvania. “This was a significant seizure of cocaine with a potential conservative street value of nearly $20,000” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “We have been concentrating a lot of our enforcement efforts at our local hotels recently and this time it surely paid off” said Manna.

Clark was released on $1000 cash bail with a return court date of April 18, 2013 in the Superior Court in Essex County. (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)

 

West Caldwell Man Charged with DWI and Refusal to Submit to Breath Testing

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Daniel Dimaio (21) of West Caldwell, N.J. for driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a breath test and failure to observe a traffic control device, and careless driving on April 7, 2013. At approximately 12:30 A.M., Officer John McGrory was stopped at the traffic light located at Greenbrook Road and Passaic Avenue, he allegedly observed a 1999 Volkswagon, which was traveling northbound, disregard the red traffic signal and proceed through the intersection. He stopped this vehicle on Pier Lane and found it being operated by Dimaio.

During the course of the traffic stop the officer made observations and conducted field sobriety testing which resulted in the officer having probable cause to believe that Dimaio was operating his vehicle while under the influence. As a result he was arrested and his vehicle impounded. While at headquarters it is alleged that Dimaio refused to provide breath samples as is required by New Jersey law. Dimaio was given an initial court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court of April 11, 2013. (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) 

Paterson Woman Arrested for Operating Vehicle Wile Under the Influence

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Rukia Begum (40) of Paterson N.J. for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and several other motor vehicle violations on April 3, 2013. At approximately 8:45 P.M., Officer John McGrory was on the center median of Route 46, monitoring eastbound traffic, when his attention was drawn to a  2011 Nissan that allegedly stopped in the left lane and was almost struck by another vehicle that was traveling westbound. Officer McGrory immediately pulled behind this vehicle and inquired as to why the vehicle was stopped there.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Begum, stated that she was lost and was trying to get back to Paterson. During the course of the roadside investigation, the officer allegedly developed probable cause to believe that Begum was operating her vehicle while under the influence. She was arrested and brought to headquarters where Officer R.J. Casnedino, a certified drug recognition expert, concluded that she was allegedly under the influence of a drug.

Begum was eventually released on her own recognizance and given an initial court appearance date of April 11, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (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)

 

Police Confront Suicidal Male in Hotel

Fairfield (NJ) On April 4, 2013, at approximately 9:45 P.M., several Fairfield police officers responded to the Comfort Inn, located at 286 Route 46 East, for the purpose of locating James Pugh Jr. The request to locate Pugh came from the Jersey City Police Department who had active arrest warrants for him and that he was allegedly making suicidal comments during phone calls to an individual in their jurisdiction.

After determining that Pugh was staying in a third floor room, the officers proceeded to the room, knocked on the door and announced their presence. It is alleged that Pugh, who was in the room, then began to make suicidal threats. Fearing that Pugh might do harm to himself, the officers attempted to force entry to the room, however, they could not immediately make entry because the dead bolt was in place.

At this point, Pugh allegedly then smashed out the hotel window that overlooks the parking lot. Pugh also allegedly began to make references that he had a gun. Pugh eventually opened the hotel room door and was taken into custody. He was transported, in police custody, to St. Clares Hospital in Denville, N.J. for evaluation.

Officers allegedly recovered items of drug paraphernalia from inside of Pugh’s room. Charges against Pugh in Fairfield for criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia are pending. Fairfield officers turned over custody of Pugh to the Jersey City Police Department later while at St. Clares Hospital.

 

 

 

Car Dealer Arrested for Possessing Stolen License Plate

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Gerald Ikezi (30) of Addisleigh, N.Y. for possessing stolen property on April 2, 2013. At approximately 9:15 A.M., Officer Brian Sabatelli observed a 2000 Hyundai on Plymouth street that was allegedly not displaying a license plate. The vehicle was stopped and was found to be operated by Ikezi. During the traffic stop, the officer observed a New Jersey used car dealer license plate inside the vehicle. Officer Sabatelli inquired about the plate and eventually conducted a check of the plate through the National Crime Information Center and discovered that the plate had been reported stolen in New York City on August 25, 2011. Ikezi was then placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters and the vehicle he was operating impounded.

Along with being charged with one count of receiving stolen property, Ikezi was also charged with improper display of a license plate, unregistered vehicle, uninsured vehicle and failure to exhibit documents. He was released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of April 4, 2013 scheduled in the Fairfield Municipal Court. Ikezi is affiliated with Rams Auto Sales of Bridgeton, 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)

East Rutherford Woman Arrested for DWI after Hit and Run Accident in West Caldwell

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Elaine Wisneski (26) of East Rutherford, N.J. for driving under the influence, driving under the influence in a school zone and other motor vehicle violations on March 31, 2013. At approximately 8:00 P.M., Officer Gerald Veneziano monitored a radio transmission from the West Caldwell Police Department regarding a hit and run accident that had just occurred in their jurisdiction. The driver of the vehicle that was struck was now apparently following the vehicle that left the scene of the accident. Both were now entering Fairfield and traveling on Route 46 East. Officer Veneziano observed both vehicles and initiated a stop of Wisneski’s vehicle.

Officer Veneziano conducted field sobriety tests and made observations which led him to believe that Wisneski was allegedly operating her vehicle while under the influence. She was then arrested and brought to police headquarters. While at police headquarters it is alleged that Ms. Wisneski claimed she was a diabetic in need of medical care. She was eventually transported to Mountainside Hospital in the custody of police. It is alleged that while at the hospital, she told police she did not have diabetes but allegedly told police that because she wanted to be taken to the hospital.

After being served with summonses, she was released from police custody while at the hospital. She has an initial court appearance date of April 4, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (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)

Jersey City Man Arrested for Drug Paraphernalia and being Under Influence of Controlled Dangerous Substance

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Troy Jones (39) of Jersey City, N.J. for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and for possession of drug paraphernalia on March 29, 2013. At approximately 12:00 noon, the Fairfield Police Department received a call from a concerned citizen of Mayhew Drive regarding a suspicious person in the wooded area between Mayhew Drive and 16-18 Passaic Avenue. Cpl. David Kane, Brian Holzmann and Christopher Nicholas responded to the area and allegedly observed Jones in the wooded area. As they attempted to approach him, the officers told him to stay where he was. Instead, Jones began to run. He was apprehended in the parking lot. Officers allegedly recovered rolling papers on Jones. Further investigation revealed that Jones was allegedly smoking marijuana while on his lunch break.

Jones was charged and later released on his own recognizance pending an initial court appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Jones are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Florida Woman Arrested for Prostitution

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield police Department announces the arrest of Nadjia N. Woods (29) of Pembroke Pines, Florida for promoting and engaging in prostitution on March 28, 2013. On that date, a contingent of Fairfield police officers who were assigned to investigate prostitution in the township’s hotels, developed information that prostitution was possibly taking place in a room at the LaQuinta hotel, located on Two Bridges Road. It is alleged that Woods offered sexual favors to an undercover police officer for money, resulting in her arrest.

Woods was released on $1000.00 bail and given an initial court appearance date of April 4, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark. (It should be noted that the charges against Woods are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Hit and Run Car Crash Leads to DWI Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield police Department announces the arrest of Joshua Landsman (65) of Montville, N.J. for driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident and other motor vehicle violations. The incident that resulted in the charges being filed took place on March 25, 2013 at approximately 8:00 P.M. It was then that Officer R.J. Casendino was dispatched to the area of 311 Route 46 West on a report of a hit and run motor vehicle accident that just occurred. Upon arriving at the scene, the officer found a 2011 Mazda off the roadway. The driver of that vehicle told the officer that she was driving in the right lane when she was suddenly struck from behind by a silver Acura, and pushed off the roadway. The Acura continued on Route 46 West.

Shortly thereafter, Officer Jeffrey Didyk discovered a 2003 silver Acura in the parking lot of Monster Golf, located at 194 Route 46 East, with heavy front end damage and which was being operated by Landsman. A roadside investigation gave rise to probable cause to believe that he was allegedly operating his vehicle while under the influence and he was arrested at the scene without incident. He is scheduled to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court on March 28, 2013 for his initial appearance. (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)

Florida Man Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Shade Mason (30) of Seminal, Florida for possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, use of marijuana and for possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest took place on March 21, 2013 at approximately 2:00 P.M. in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road. That is when Officer Frank Tracey, who was working in conjunction with other plain clothes Fairfield officers relative to ongoing investigations into prostitution occurring at local hotels, observed Mason sitting in the driver seat of a box truck allegedly smoking marijuana. Tracey and other Fairfield officers arrested Mason and allegedly recovered a small quantity of suspected marijuana and a pipe.

Mason was released on his own recognizance after being charged. He is scheduled to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court on March 28, 2013. (It should be noted that the charges against Mason are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Staten Island Woman Arrested for Prostitution and Drug Charges

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Ivelisse Lozano (33) of Staten Island, N.Y. for promoting prostitution, prostitution, and possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana on March 21, 2013. On that date a detail of Fairfield police officers, who were tasked with cracking down on prostitution in the township’s hotels, developed information that alleged prostitution was taking place in a room in the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road. The officers conducted an investigation throughout the day which ultimately resulted in them going to Lozano’s room and arresting her for alleged prostitution. The officers also allegedly found suspected marijuana in the room. The officers involved were Sgt. Paul Bowden and Officers Frank Tracey, Ian Rasmussen and Christopher Hlubik.

Lozano was released on her own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of March 28, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (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)

 

Glen Rock Man Arrested for Alleged Con

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Frank Corpi (48) of Glen Rock, N.J. on one count of theft by deception. A warrant for his arrest had been issued for the charge and he surrendered himself to Fairfield authorities on March 23, 2013.

The incident, which formed the basis for the charge, began back in December 2012. That is when the victim, who was in the midst of an extended stay at the LaQuinta hotel on Two Bridges Road, met Corpi who was also a guest of the hotel. Corpi purported himself to be a financial analyst and allegedly spoke to the victim about making a financial investment with him. Corpi allegedly helped to gain the confidence of the victim by helping to negotiate a better room and cell phone rate for the victim.

On December 22, 2012, the victim gave Corpi $11,000 to make an investment for her with the promise that Corpi would be paying her dividends on the investment by January 2013. No dividends were ever paid. The victim allegedly never saw Corpi again. The case was investigated by Detective Michael Nyhuis.

Corpi was released on $10,000 bail pending an initial court appearance date of April 3, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charge against Corpi are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)  

 

 

Broadway Lane Residence Destroyed by Fire

On March 21, 2013 at 11:26 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a house fire at 54 Broadway Lane. First responding officers found a heavy smoke condition along with the rear of the residence fully involved in fire. Fire departments from Fairfield, Verona, North Caldwell, West Caldwell and Pine Brook responded to extinguish the fire and assist with operations. In addition, the West Essex First Aid Squad also responded.

Fairfield Fire Department Chief Andrew Williams declared the fire under control at approximately 12:40 A.M. at which time overhaul operations were commencing. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fairfield Fire Prevention Bureau. No serious injuries were reported. The residence was unoccupied at the time of the incident.

 

Parsippany Man Arrested for DWI after Accident with Bus Stop Shelter

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Daniel Greenzweig (27) of Lake Hiawatha, N.J. for driving while intoxicated on March 17, 2013. At approximately 12:55 A.M., Officer John McGrory was on patrol on Route 46 as part of a drunk driving enforcement initiative that was put in place by the Fairfield Police Department for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, when he observed a Chevrolet Camaro ahead of him that appeared to be exceeding the posted speed limit of 50 M.P.H. and allegedly failing to maintain its lane. Officer McGrory then initiated a motor vehicle stop.

He identified the driver as Greenzweig. During the course of his roadside investigation, the officer noticed that the front of the Camaro had shards of glass on it. The officer noted that this along, with the vehicle’s description, matched an earlier alert that was put out by the Montville Police Department concerning a vehicle that allegedly struck a glass bus stop shelter in their jurisdiction and left the scene of the accident. The Montville police responded to the scene and confirmed that Greenzweig’s vehicle appeared to be the vehicle involved in the earlier accident. Officer McGrory eventually placed Greenzweig under arrested for driving while intoxicated.

He was later charged with DWI, driving with a suspended driver’s license and other motor vehicle violations. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of March 21, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. At press time, it was not known what if any charges the Montville Police Department were charging. (It should be noted that the charges against Greenzweig are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Paterson Man Charged with Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Bruce Byrd (33) of Paterson, N.J. for possession of under 50 grams of marijuana on March 14, 2013. The incident that led to the charges began at the LaQuinta hotel, located on Two Bridges Road. That is when Fairfield officers, who were targeting prostitution in Fairfield hotels, developed information that Byrd, a guest of the hotel, had an active warrant for his arrest issued by the Paterson Municipal Court.

Sgt. Joseph Keegan, Officer RJ Casendino and Officer Steven Ptaszynski responded to the guest room where Byrd was located. The officers knocked on the door, which was answered by Byrd. He was advised of the warrant and placed under arrest. It was then that the officers allegedly detected a strong smell of burnt marijuana coming from inside the room. Further investigation resulted in the discovery of 13 small plastic bags containing suspected marijuana.

Byrd was charged and given an initial court appearance date of March 21, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. He was eventually released on his own recognizance. (It should be noted that the charges against Byrd are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

West Caldwell Man Arrested for Drug Paraphernalia

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael A. Capardi (22) of West Caldwell, N.J. for possession of suspected drug paraphernalia on March 14, 2013. At approximately 11:10 P.M., Officer Frank Tracey was monitoring traffic on Route 46 East near Clinton Road when he observed a 2010 Infinity traveling east with tinted windows in violation of New Jersey law.

When he stopped the vehicle, he found it to be occupied by three individuals, one of which was Capardi. A record check revealed that Capardi allegedly had an outstanding arrest warrant issued by the Newark Municipal Court. When Tracey and Officer Christopher Hlubik went to arrest Capardi, it is alleged that he dropped two glassine packages that are commonly used to package heroin, which eventually resulted in him being charged with possessing drug paraphernalia.

Capardi eventually posted $2500.00 bail to satisfy the Newark warrant. He was released on his own recognizance relative to the Fairfield drug charge and given a date of March 21, 2013 as an initial appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Capardi are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Two New York Men Charged With Intent to Distribute Marijuana

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Kamar Facey (20) and Sean Lopez-Moses (22) both of the Bronx, N.Y. for possession of over 50 grams of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute on March 11, 2013. The incident that led to the pairs arrest began on Route 80 West at approximately 4:20 P.M. It was at that time that emergency medical technicians assigned to Atlantic Ambulance EMS-7, the ambulance that services Fairfield during the daytime hours, was traveling west on Route 80. The EMTs allegedly observed a 2008 Ford Explorer driving erratically and believed that the driver could be under the influence. They communicated their observations to the Fairfield police, who in turn, dispatched officers to try and locate the vehicle.

Officer Christopher Nicholas responded onto Route 80 and observed the vehicle and initiated a motor vehicle stop. The vehicle was found to be operated by Lopez-Moses and occupied in the front seat by Facey. During the course of the traffic stop, Officer Nicholas allegedly detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from within the passenger compartment of the Explorer. It is also alleged that the pair gave conflicting accounts as to where they were coming from, where they were going to and how they knew each other. When it was determined that Lopez-Moses was operating the vehicle with only a New York learner’s permit, the vehicle was impounded and the pair taken to Fairfield police headquarters for further investigation.

While at headquarters, a narcotic K-9 from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department responded and sniffed the exterior of the Explorer and allegedly gave a positive indication that the vehicle contained a controlled dangerous substance. Fairfield detectives obtained a search warrant which led to the recovery of approximately four ounces of suspected marijuana.

After being charged, the pair were released on their own recognizance with a pending initial court appearance date of March 21, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against them are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Lincoln Park Man Arrested for Shoplifting at Target

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Christopher Cheon (26) of Lincoln Park, N.J. for shoplifting on March 8, 2013. The incident that led to the charges occurred at approximately 3:00 P.M. at the Target store, located on Route 46. The Fairfield Police Department was notified by Target security of a possible shoplifting incident that was in progress. When Fairfield officers arrived, Target security was already detaining Cheon.

Security footage viewed by Officer Ian Rasmussen allegedly shows Cheon taking Similac baby formula and allegedly concealing it in his jacket. He then allegedly attempted to walk out the doors without paying for it, at which time, he was stopped by security.

Based upon these circumstances, Cheon was arrested and charged with shoplifting. He was later released on his own recognizance with a pending initial court appearance date of March 14, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Vehicle Stolen from Gas Station Leads Police on Car Chase and Results in Owner’s Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating the theft of a 2013 Honda Odyssey from the A Plus Sunoco station, located at the intersection of Passaic Avenue and Greenbrook Road on March 5, 2013 at approximately 11:00 P.M.

At that time, the owner of the Honda, identified as Terrence Byrd of Paterson, N.J. initially informed police that his vehicle was taken by three individuals, one of whom allegedly brandished a handgun. The Odyssey, followed by a black pickup truck that the men were originally in, then fled south on Passaic Avenue.

Sgt. John McNish, who was near the West Caldwell Walgreens, located at Passaic Avenue and Clinton Road when the call came in, spotted the suspect vehicles and attempted to stop them. The vehicles then actively attempted to elude police as they traveled through West Caldwell, Caldwell, Verona and West Orange. During this time, police from these jurisdictions also attempted to stop the vehicles. The pursuit was finally terminated on Route 280.

Further investigation at the Sunoco station by Fairfield detectives revealed that no handgun was used but rather that Byrd left the vehicle running unattended which helped to facilitate its theft. Byrd’s alleged explanation for having reported the false carjacking was to get a quicker police response which it did. Unfortunately for Byrd, the response also netted him a charge for filing a false police report. “Mr. Byrd’s actions put a great number of people at risk including the public and the police officers who pursued the stolen vehicle believing the suspects were armed and dangerous” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. He is scheduled to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court on March 14, 2013 for an initial court appearance. As of press time, his vehicle has still not yet been recovered. (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)

 

Local Men Arrested for Strong Armed Robbery of Teen

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of David Stoia Jr. (21) of Totowa, N.J. and Joseph Neglia (21) of Fairfield, N.J. for robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. The incident that led to the charges started on the evening of March 2, 2013 at approximately 8:00 P.M. at the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne. It is alleged that is when the 16 year old victim of the robbery, was approached by the pair and asked if he wanted to purchase marijuana. The victim allegedly agreed to accompany the pair to another location for the purpose of purchasing the marijuana. The victim allegedly got into a 1994 black Honda and was driven to a residence on Little Falls Road in Fairfield where Stoia apparently once lived.

Stoia and Neglia then went around the back of the residence and allegedly emerged with a bag that they placed in the trunk. They then drove to a nearby side street and opened the trunk and Neglia allegedly got out and told the victim to get the bag with the marijuana. When the victim went to do this, Neglia got back into the car and the vehicle started to drive off. The victim then jumped into the truck which closed on top of him. A short time later, the vehicle stopped and the trunk was again opened. It is alleged that Neglia then grabbed the victim, threw him to the ground and punched him in the face. The vehicle then sped away with the victim’s Blackberry tablet, backpack and $60.00 in cash. The victim then contacted the police.  The victim was able to provide police with a description of the car and a partial license plate.

In the early morning hours of March 3, 2013, Officer R.J. Casendino was on patrol near the A Plus Sunoco station, located at the intersection of Greenbrook Road and Passaic Avenue when he came upon a 1994 black Honda Civic that fit the description and which had a license plate with the partial characters that had been provided by the victim. Officer Casendino stopped the vehicle and found the lone driver to be Stoia. The officer noticed that Stoia was allegedly wearing a shirt that matched the description provided by the victim. The officer also allegedly noticed other items in the rear seat of the vehicle that led him to believe that this was the vehicle involved in the earlier robbery.

During the course of this investigation, Officer Casedino determined that probable cause existed to believe that Stoia was operating his vehicle while under the influence. He was then arrested and the vehicle was impounded. Detective Sergeant Charles Zampino and Det. Robert Sanger conducted a follow up investigation which ultimately resulted in Stoia being charged with robbery and conspiracy. It also resulted in an arrest warrant being issued for Neglia for the same charges.

Stoia was released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of March 22, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. Neglia surrendered to authorities on March 5, 2013 and was also released on his own recognizance with the same court date. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Man Charged with Sexual Assault and Impersonating Police Officer

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office announce the arrest of Joseph Lipham (40) of Garfield, N.J. for two counts of sexual assault and one count of impersonating a law enforcement officer. Lipham was arrested at his residence during the morning hours of March 6, 2013 without incident.

The incident that led to his arrest allegedly took place on March 5, 2013 at approximately 12:00 noon at the LaQuinta hotel, located on Two Bridges Road in Fairfield, where Lipham arranged to meet the woman. When Lipham arrived at the room, he allegedly entered the room and identified himself as a law enforcement officer. He then allegedly told the victim he was going to arrest her unless she had sexual relations with him. Fearing arrest, the victim complied and allegedly engaged in sexual activity with Lipham.

Lipham then allegedly left the room at which time the victim contacted an acquaintance who was outside of the hotel and advised them of what occurred. This individual then allegedly confronted Lipham in the parking lot of the hotel, at which time Lipham again identified himself as a police officer. When Lipham drove away, the witness was able to obtain a license plate which greatly assisted investigators.

A joint investigation between detectives of the Fairfield Police Department and investigators from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit revealed that Lipham is not, and never was, a law enforcement officer. “The diligence and prompt attention of all the investigators involved in this case resulted in the apprehension of this predator in less than twenty four hours. All of us in the law enforcement profession take very seriously those individuals who engage in criminal activity while fraudulently claiming to be a police officer” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “

At press time, Lipham was being held at the Fairfield Police Department in lieu of $100,000 bail. He is scheduled for an initial court appearance date of March 14, 2013 in the Superior Court in Essex County. (It should be noted that Lipham is presumed innocent until if and/or when proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Police Investigate Theft of Truck Batteries

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is investigating a series of thefts throughout the Township involving commercial truck batteries dating back to February 14, 2013. The latest incidents occurred sometime between February 28-March1, 2013 in the area of Just Road. Four separate companies reported that 9 batteries were stolen from five different trucks.

Since this rash of thefts began, and not including what was reported to police on March 1, 2013, a total of 51 batteries valued at approximately $3800 have been stolen. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Fairfield police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400.

Target Shoplifting Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Antonio Brana (60) of Paterson, N.J. for shoplifting on February 27, 2013. The incident that led to the arrest took place at approximately 1:45 P.M. at the Target store, located on Route 46. That is when the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by Target security advising that they had an alleged shoplifter in custody. Officers Ian Rasmussen and John McGrory responded to investigate.

It is alleged that Brana concealed Enfamil baby formula in the sleeves of a jacket that he had in his shopping cart and then proceeded to walk out the doors without having paid. He was detained by store security without incident until police could arrived.

Officer McGrory charged him with one count of shoplifting. He was released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date scheduled for March 14, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Car Dealer Arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest at Skyline Auto Auction

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Ebenezer Eso (42) of Irvington, N.J. for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest on February 28, 2013. The incident that led to the arrest took place at approximately 7:23 P.M. at the Skyline Auto Auction, located on Route 46 East. It was at that time that the Fairfield police were contacted by security officers at the auction reporting that there was a disorderly person on the premises. Officer Christopher Hlubik and other officers responded to the scene and were advised by security that Eso allegedly would not present his Skyline Auto Auction dealer card, which permits only car dealers into the auction.

Officer Hlubik and the other officers then went to speak with Eso. He was informed that he would have to leave the property and initially he allegedly refused to do so. The officers became concerned for their safety as Eso allegedly refused to take his hands out of his pockets. The officers then attempted to assure that Eso was not in possession of any weapons. He allegedly refused to let the officers investigate this. The officers then attempted to arrest him but he allegedly actively resisted their efforts to handcuff him. He was finally taken into custody.

He was eventually charged by Officer Hlubik and released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date scheduled for March 14, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Three Arrested for being Under Influence of CDS

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Lauren Barca (22) of Little Ferry, N.J., Kevin Sisco (43) of Paterson, N.J. and John Notte Jr. (21) of Belleville, N.J. for possession of a hypodermic syringe and for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance on February 25, 2013.

At approximately 10:30 AM, Fairfield officers were called to the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, on a report of a dispute between a female and male. Upon the officers arrival, they were directed to a second floor guest room where they found Barca and Notte. A short time later, Sisco returned to the room. During the course of the investigation, officers allegedly observed a hypodermic syringe in an open dresser drawer. They also observed that each of the individuals allegedly had symptoms consistent with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. The investigation also revealed that Notte allegedly had an outstanding warrant issued by the New Jersey State Bureau of Parole. All were placed under arrest without incident.

Barca and Sisco were later released on their own recognizance with an initial court appearance date scheduled for February 28, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. Notte, who had complained of difficulty breathing while at the hotel, was transported from there to Mountainside Hospital in Montclair for treatment, while still in police custody. He was turned over to the custody of officers from the Bureau of Parole while at the hospital. The incident was investigated by Sgt. Joseph Keegan and Officer Brian Holzmann. (It should be noted that the charges against the three are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Suspicious Incident at Target Leads to Warrant Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) On February 23, 2013, at approximately 12:45 PM, the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by Target security regarding two women who were in the store and acting suspiciously. Officers responded to the area of the store. Target security informed the officers, that were outside the store that the women were wheeling around a shopping cart full of merchandise but then left the cart and exited the store. The officers then stopped the women to investigate their actions. It was at this time that one of the women, identified as Limary Colon (25) of Paterson, N.J. was found to have two active warrants for her arrest. The warrants were issued by the Woodbridge and Paterson Municipal Courts. Colon was arrested and brought to police headquarters where she later posted bail.

Two DWI Arrests on February 23, 2013

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department, in its efforts in keeping our roadways safe from drunk drivers, announces the arrest of Alejandro Gonzalez-Scott (32) of Lyndhurst, N.J. and Michael Andrews (40) of Andover, N.J. for allegedly driving while intoxicated. The arrest of both individuals took place on February 23, 2013 in two separate incidents within minutes of each other.

The first took place at approximately 2:06 AM. That is when Officer Brian Sabatelli observed a 2007 Honda traveling west on Route 46, appear to be exiting at the Two Bridges Road exit ramp. The vehicle then allegedly suddenly veered right back onto the highway, almost striking a curb. The vehicle was then stopped and the driver was allegedly found to be Gonzalez-Scott. The officer conducted a roadside investigation which ultimately led to the arrest. Gonzalez-Scott was charged with DWI, DWI in a school zone and some other motor vehicle violations. He is scheduled to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court of February 28, 2013.

Officer Frank Tracey arrived to assist Officer Sabatelli while he was conducting the previously mentioned motor vehicle stop. While assisting, Officer Tracey allegedly observed a 2011 Dodge pickup truck, traveling west on Route 46 and approaching the officers. The vehicle was allegedly traveling in excess of the speed limit and was in the right lane. As the truck passed the officers, the vehicle allegedly never slowed down or moved to the left lane as is required by New Jersey law when emergency vehicle are conducting operations on the shoulder of the roadway.

The officer then got into his vehicle and went after the Dodge and eventually stopped it near Plymouth Street. The driver was identified as Michael Andrews. The officer conducted a field investigation which ultimately led to Andrews’ arrest. He was later charged with DWI, DWI in a school zone and some other motor vehicle violations. He was also given an initial court appearance date of February 28, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Shoplifter Arrested After Incident at Target

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of John Nicosia (41) of North Haledon, N.J. for shoplifting on February 21, 2013. The incident that gave rise to the arrest occurred at approximately 10:00 P.M. at the Target store, located on Route 46 East. It is alleged that at that time, store security observed Nicosia conceal Enfamil baby formula under his coat and then attempted to leave the store. When confronted by security, it is alleged that Nicosia then ran into the parking lot.

Officers saturated the immediate area looking for the suspect. Lt. Peter Pollack observed a 2011 Nissan stopped on the shoulder of the road and picking up a pedestrian. Upon investigating this vehicle further, it was determined that the individual getting in the vehicle was the suspect in the shoplifting case. Nicosia was then arrested without incident. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Christina Boyd (30) was found to have alleged outstanding warrants issued by the Fort Lee, Passaic and South Hackensack Municipal Courts. She was arrested and charged with several motor vehicle violations. She was subsequently turned over to the Fort Lee Police Department.

Nicosia was charged by Officer Stacy Chiarolanza with shoplifting and given an initial court appearance date of February 28, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. The investigation into Nicosia’s activity is ongoing as he is allegedly suspected of at least five prior shoplifting incidents at Target dating back to October 2012. Nicosia was found to be wanted by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department and was eventually turned over to their custody. (It should be noted that the charges against Nicosia are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)  

 

Man armed with Knife in Standoff with Police Wanted for Aggravated Sexual Assault

Fairfield (NJ) On February 21, 2013, at approximately 9:00 AM, the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting that a vehicle that was parked in the lot of Robinson Tech International, located at 310 Fairfield Road, had what appeared to be blood dripping from it. First arriving officers observed a 1998 green Isuzu parked backed into a space. The officers observed a pool of blood under the vehicle and a substantial amount of blood inside of the driver side of the vehicle.

The vehicle was identified by employees of the company as belonging to a co-worker identified as Theodore Wilson (45) of Jersey City, N.J. A brief investigation indicated that other employees had observed Wilson at the company earlier but his whereabouts were currently unknown. While searching the building, officers came upon Wilson in a vacant second floor warehouse area, allegedly in possession of a knife and threatening self harm. Officers observed that Wilson had allegedly already cut himself and had lost a substantial amount of blood. Sergeant Joseph Keegan and Officer Christopher Nicholas, supported by other Fairfield officers, attempted to negotiate with Wilson. After approximately 10-15 minutes, Wilson stood up and then apparently passed out because of his wounds. He was treated by the officers at the scene and eventually transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital for additional medical treatment, accompanied by police.

While Fairfield officers continued their investigation, investigators from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office coincidentally arrived at the scene to arrest Wilson, for having allegedly committed aggravated sexual assault on a minor and for endangering the welfare of a minor within Hudson County. These investigators were informed what occurred. They then proceeded to the hospital to serve Wilson with the arrest warrant. It is unclear as to whether Wilson’s actions in Fairfield had anything to do with the outstanding charges. Wilson was not charged with any violations of law in Fairfield. (It should be noted that any charges against Wilson are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

 

Burglary Occurs at Plymouth Street Building

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a burglary that took place at 39 Plymouth Street sometime between December 21st and the 24th, 2012. Unknown actor(s) apparently climbed up an exterior stairway and pried open a door leading to a common hallway. Once inside, they broke into two vending machines that were located in the hallway. It is unclear how much money was stolen.

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

 

 

Woman Arrested for Possession of Prescription Drugs and DWI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Erin Ackerman (22) of Parsippany, N.J. for possession of a Schedule II and Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence. The incident that led to her arrest took place on December 20, 2012 at approximately 4:00 A.M. That is when Officer Gerald Veneziano observed a vehicle parked on an access road leading to Mid Atlantic Products, located at 300 Fairfield Road.

The vehicle was running and when the officer approached, he allegedly observed Ackerman asleep behind the wheel and she was difficult to awaken. During the course of his investigation, Officer Veneziano developed probable cause to believe that Ackerman was operating her vehicle while under the influence. She was arrested and brought to police headquarters where officers allegedly found (6) Alprazolam tablets and (4) Oxycodone tablets in Ackerman’s purse.

Ackerman was later transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital. She has an initial court appearance date of January 9, 2012 in the superior court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against Ackerman are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Woman Arrested for DWI and Suspected Heroin Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michelle Acosta (30) of Hopatcong, N.J. for possession of suspected heroin, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a hypodermic syringe, in addition to a motor vehicle complaint of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. The incident that gave rise to the charges occurred on December 18, 2012 at approximately 5:54 P.M.  That is when Fairfield police received a report of what was either a medical emergency or a motor vehicle crash in the parking lot of Walgreens located at 397 Route 46 West.

Arriving officers allegedly found Acosta in the driver’s seat of a 1999 Toyota Camry. The Toyota was backed into two other vehicles. Acosta appeared to the officers to be extremely lethargic, speaking with slurred speech and finding it difficult to stay awake.

During the course of the investigation, officers allegedly discovered a bag containing syringes and glassine envelopes commonly used to package heroin. Acosta was arrested and transported to police headquarters. It is alleged that while there, officers recovered (7) glassine envelopes containing suspected heroin.

Acosta was charged with the aforesaid violations, with an initial court appearance date of January 3, 2013 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. She was transported by the West Essex First Aid Squad to Chilton Hospital for evaluation. Sgt. Joseph Keegan and Officer Christopher Hlubik handled the case. (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) 

 

 

Overturned Truck Disrupts Route 46 Traffic

Fairfield (NJ) On December 6, 2012, at approximately 11:45 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department was notified of a truck that was on its side at the intersection of Route 46 East and Clinton Road. First responding officers found a Hertz rental truck resting on its passenger side, with the driver still in the vehicle. The Fairfield Fire Department, West Essex First Aid Squad and Atlantic Healthcare Ambulance EMS-7 all responded to the scene. The fire department was able to extricate the driver by breaking out the front windshield. He received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

The truck, a 2007 International box truck, was carrying a commercial sealant used on the undercarriage of vehicles. It appears that the product was not dispersed evenly when it was loaded and when the driver went to make a left turn onto Route 46 East and he applied his brakes in a hard manner, the load shifted and caused the truck to overturn.

No other vehicles or individuals were involved in the incident. The New Jersey Department of Transportation assisted in diverting Route 46 traffic until the vehicle could be up-righted and removed. Traffic in the area was delayed as a result. The incident concluded at approximately 3:10 P.M.

Members of the Fairfield Fire Department work to extricate the driver of an overturned vehicle at the intersection of Route 46 East and Clinton Road

 

Drunk Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be conducted locally as Part of Statewide Campaign

Fairfield (NJ) Law enforcement officials from Fairfield will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the annual holiday season “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign.  Beginning December 7, 2012 and running through January 2, 2013, 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, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs. Launched nationally in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year.

“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.”

Last year in New Jersey, 152 people were killed as a result of alcohol-impaired crashes. That number represents 24 percent of the 627 traffic fatalities reported in the state in 2011.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2012 Year End 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.
  • Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. InNew Jersey, drivers may dial #77 on their cell phones to report a drunk driver.
  • Always buckle-up, every ride.  It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • If you’re 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.

 Motorists are also asked to subscribe to the pledge of the Ensign John R. Elliot HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers: Drive sober, be a designated driver and don’t let friends drive drunk.  Under the effort, local businesses and community groups, law enforcement agencies, and schools work together to keep drunk drivers off the road.  Started inNew Jerseyby the Elliot family following the tragic death of their son, John, in a head-on collision with a drunk driver, the campaign has become a national model for preventing drunk driving.

 

 

Fairfield’s Finest Tops Plane Pull Fundraising Efforts for NJ Special Olympics

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department’s Special Olympics Plane Pull team, known as “Fairfield’s Finest” recently raised $7, 375 to benefit New Jersey Special Olympics. The donation was presented at the organization’s annual plane pull that took place on Saturday September 29, 2012 at Newark Liberty Airport. The donation was the largest received from any of the teams that participated in this year’s competition. To date, over the last eleven years, Fairfield’s Finest has contributed over $58,000 to this worthwhile cause.

This year, the Fairfield team was not only made up of  Fairfield police officers but also a Fairfield Department of Public works employee and his children, an Essex County inspector, local business owners, police department family members and private citizens. Team captain, Detective Robert Sanger stated, “The diversity of our team members shows just how important the mission of Special Olympics has become in Fairfield”

2012 FAIRFIELD'S FINEST PLANE PULL TEAM PRIOR TO PULLING A 737 UNITED AIRPLANE

 

THE TEAM LINES UP AND IS ALMOST READY TO BEGIN

SELECT MEMBERS OF "FAIRFIELD'S FINEST" ATTEMPT TO PULL THE PLANE WITH THE LOWEST COMBINED WEIGHT

FAIRFIELD'S FINEST POSES WITH TROPHY SIGNIFYING THEM AS THE 2012 LEAD FUNDRAISING TEAM (Pictured at far right is Sue Parsons of N.J. Special Olympics who presented the team with the trophy)

Target Provides $1500 Grant to Aid Fairfield Police

Fairfield (NJ) At the November 26, 2012 meeting of the Fairfield Mayor and Council, representatives from the Target store in Fairfield graciously presented the Fairfield Police Department with a check for $1500 as part of Target’s ongoing commitment to building a stronger community through their Public Safety Grant Program (PSGP). Since 1946, Target has given 5% of their income - more than $3 million every week - to the communities where they do business. The PSGP program provides funding to law enforcement and emergency management organizations to support their efforts to build strong, healthy and safe communities.

“The grant money that Target provided will be used to assist us in expanding on the community-wide alert system that we put in place this year to help keep citizens better informed with up-to-the minute notifications on their cell phones and e-mail accounts of incidents that might affect them” said Chief Charles Voelker. “Target remains a great supporter of the Fairfield Police Department and our community at large” said the chief.

Individuals wishing to join the Fairfield Police Department’s Community Notification System can go to the Fairfield Police Department’s website at www.fairfieldpolicenj.org

TARGET REPRESENTATIVES PRESENT CHIEF CHARLES VOELKER AND MAYOR JAMES GASPARINI WITH A $1500 CHECK (Pictured from left to right are Store Team Leader Kelvin Bernadine, Chief Voelker, Mayor Gasparini, and Team Leader of Asset Protection Alan Barsamian)

 

Leaking Propane Cylinder Closes Route 46

Fairfield (NJ) At approximately 9:48 A.M. the Fairfield Police Department was contacted and advised of a leaking propane cylinder at the Fairfield Garden Center, located at 445 Route 46 West. The cylinder that was leaking was above ground and is commonly used to fill household propane tanks for gas grills. The Fairfield Fire Department was dispatched to the location. It was decided that, for precautionary purposes, Route 46 in both directions would be closed and traffic diverted onto Fairfield Road, avoiding the affected area. In addition, portions of the Crown Plaza strip mall, the Huffman Koos furniture store and the Goodwill store were evacuated.

The Fairfield Fire Department was able to shut off the main to the cylinder, rendering it safe. Route 46 was reopened and surrounding buildings repopulated  by approximately 10:42 A.M.

 

Irate Driver Arrested for DWI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joseph Gambino (40) of Staten Island, N.Y. for driving while intoxicated, DWI in a school zone and refusal to submit to a breath test on November 25, 2012. At approximately 9:50 P.M., Officer Christopher Nicholas observed a 2003 white Kia traveling on Route 46 West appearing to continually brake for no reason. The officer followed the vehicle as it stopped for a red traffic signal at the intersection of Hollywood Avenue and Fairfield Road.

It is alleged that the driver of the Kia, Gambino,  now rolled down his window and began yelling for the vehicle that was next to his to roll down their window. It is alleged that he started to yell louder and began to use expletives to get the other driver to comply with his request. At this time, Officer Nicholas initiated a motor vehicle stop of the Kia. During the course of his field investigation, Officer Nicholas developed probable cause to believe Gambino was under the influence and was subsequently arrested. It is alleged that, while at headquarters, he refused to submit to a breath test. Gambino is scheduled for an initial court appearance date of November 29, 2012 in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

Motorist Arrested for Alleged Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of James Williams (26) of West Orange, N.J. for possessing less than 50 grams of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia on November 23, 2012. At approximately 12:30 P.M., Officer John McGrory was on patrol when he observed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn. He continued to observe the vehicle until it exited onto Route 46. Officer McGrory observed that the driver was allegedly not wearing his seatbelt and he stopped the vehicle.

During the traffic stop it is alleged that the officer observed suspected marijuana near the vehicle’s center console area. Additional marijuana and a smoking pipe were allegedly also recovered from this area. The driver, identified as Williams was then arrested. In addition to the drug charges, Williams was also charged with motor vehicle violations to include failure to wear a seatbelt and possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Williams has an initial court appearance date of November 29, 2012 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Williams are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Car Crash leads to DWI Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Christopher Sierra (18) of North Caldwell, N.J. for driving while intoxicated on November 22, 2012. At approximately 12:25 A.M., Officer R.J. Casendino was on patrol on Route 46 East when he came upon a 2010 Volkswagon Passat that was off the roadway and now located on the front lawn/landscaped area of McDonalds, located at 450 Route 46 East. Sierra was uninjured from the crash.

Officer Casendino conducted an investigation of the incident which allegedly revealed that Sierra was racing with one of his friends who was in another vehicle, when he lost control and crashed. Based upon other observations, Officer Casendino felt he had probable cause to believe Sierra was operating his vehicle while allegedly under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. He was arrested and later administered a breath test which resulted in the DWI charge. In addition, he was also charged with reckless driving, DWI in a school zone and racing on the highway. He has an initial court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court on November 29, 2012. (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)

Weekend Brings Two DWI Arrests

Fairfield (NJ) On November 18, 2012, the Fairfield Police Department arrested two individuals for allegedly operating their vehicles while being under the influence, during two separate encounters. The first incident occurred at approximately 3:30 A.M. At that time, Officer R.J. Casendino was on patrol on Route 46 East when he observed a 2003 Honda allegedly having difficulty maintaining a lane. The vehicle was eventually stopped and Officer Csendino developed probable cause to believe the operator was driving while under the influence. Arrested and charged with DWI, DWI in a school zone, careless driving and failure to maintain a lane was Garett Fullmer (20) of Wayne, N.J. He has an initial court appearance date of November 29, 2012 in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

The second incident took place at approximately 5:00 P.M. At that time, Officer Frank Tracey was dispatched to a John Street residence on a report of an alleged hit and run motor vehicle crash involving a parked car. The individuals from the residence apparently knew the identity of the driver who had left the scene and allegedly contacted her and requested that she return to the location. When she did, Officer Tracey’s conducted an investigation which gave rise to probable cause to believe that the driver was operating her vehicle while under the influence. Arrested and charged with DWI, refusal to submit to breath testing, leaving the scene and failing to report an accident was Colleen Lentz (49) of Fairfield, N.J. In addition, investigation also revealed that allegedly, at the time of the initial motor vehicle crash, Ms. Lentz’ vehicle contained two minor children which also gave rise to a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence with minors in the vehicle. Her initial court appearance date is also scheduled for November 29, 2012 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until if/when proven guilty in a court of law)  

Target Employee Arrested for Taking Merchandise

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Richelle Solis (18) of Fair Lawn, N.J. for shoplifting on November 16, 2012. The incident(s) that gave rise to the arrest took place on seven separate occasions between October 29th and November 6, 2012 where it is alleged that she either failed to scan items, under rang items and/or voided transactions in the amount of $1014.24. Sergeant Daniel Dias responded to the store after Target asset protection officers took her into custody. None of the alleged missing merchandise was recovered. Solis has an initial court appearance date of November 28, 2012 at 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)

 

Man Arrest for DWI and for Operating Vehicle While License Suspended for Previous DWI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Shaun Campbell (43) of East Rutherford, N.J. for allegedly driving while intoxicated, along with other motor vehicle charges to include driving while suspended, careless driving, and being an unlicensed driver. He was also charged with the criminal offense of operating a motor vehicle while suspended for a prior DWI conviction, a crime of the fourth degree.

The arrest took place on November 13, 2012 at approximately 9:40 P.M. It was at that time that Officer Frank Tracey was on patrol near the intersection of Hollywood Avenue and Horseneck Road. He observed a van traveling south on Horseneck Road. The officer observed as the van was allegedly being operated in an erratic manner. The van was eventually stopped near 1275 Bloomfield Avenue. It is alleged that Campbell was the operator.

Officer Tracey conducted a field investigation, which gave rise that probable cause existed to believe that Campbell was allegedly operating his vehicle while under the influence. He was placed under arrest and his vehicle impounded based upon New Jersey law. After further investigation at headquarters, he was charged with the aforesaid offenses. It was discovered that Campbell had an outstanding warrant for his arrest that was issued by the Dover Municipal Court. He was eventually turned over to the custody of the Dover Police Department. Campbell has an initial court appearance date at the Superior Court of Essex County on November 21, 2012. (It should be noted that the charges against Campbell are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until if/when he is convicted in a court of law)

Three Men Arrested for Burglary during Power Outage

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Richard Zaccaro (49) of Fairfield, N.J., Eric Labrador (26) and Michael Smolt (44) both of Wayne, N.J. for burglary, theft, conspiracy to commit those crimes and obstructing the administration of law by flight. The arrest of these individuals occurred on October 31, 2012.

On that date, at approximately 8:45 P.M., the Fairfield police responded to a Little Falls Road residence after the homeowner had arrived home and discovered a man inside of her home. At that time, much of Fairfield including this residence was experiencing power outages due to Hurricane Sandy. The intruder then fled the home through the front door.

Responding officers began to check the immediate area. It was at this time that Sgt. John McNish observed three individuals running near the Jane Road pump house, which is near the Passaic River and across the street from the incident location. Sgt. McNish ordered the three individuals to stop but they kept running. Other officers, to include Brian Sabatelli, Gerald Veneziano and Christopher Nicholas, all then converged on the area.

At this point, they observed the three individuals enter two boats, which were tied along the river bank. It is alleged that the officers continued to tell the trio to stop but they failed to do so. Instead one of the boats was untied and began to drift into the Passaic River. Sgt. McNish entered the water and stopped the boat from going further. The other boat never left the shore. The three men were taken into custody and based upon the investigation at the scene, they were ultimately charged with the aforesaid offenses.

All were eventually released on their own recognizance. (It should be noted that the charges against these individuals are merely allegations and that they are all presumed innocent until if/when they are proven guilty in a court of law)

 

RICHARD ZACCARO

MICHAEL SMOLT

ERIC LABRADOR

East Orange Man Arrested for Allegedly Driving Under the Influence

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of John Coyne (60) of East Orange, N.J. for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while under the influence on November 12, 2012. At around midnight, Officer Brian Holzmann was on patrol on Ray Place and was attempting to make a right turn onto Clinton Road when his police vehicle was almost struck by a vehicle that was allegedly traveling on the wrong side of the road. Officer Holzmann stopped the vehicle, a 2012 Honda Civic, allegedly being operated by Coyne.

Officer Holzmann’s field investigation resulted in probable cause to believe Coyne was operating his vehicle while under the influence. He was arrested and transported to police headquarters. While there, Coyne complained of chest pains and he was subsequently transported to Mountainside Hospital. In addition to the DWI charge, Coyne was also charged with driving while suspended, careless driving and failure to maintain a lane. His initial court appearance is scheduled for November 15, 2012 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Coyne are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Man Arrested for Possessing Over Five Pounds of Marijuana

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Tayron Latroy Stepney (32) of Linden, NJ on November 9, 2012 for possession of over five pounds of marijuana, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The circumstances that lead to the arrest are as follows:

At approximately 2:27 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by representatives of the Arthur Schumann Company, located at 40 New Dutch Lane, concerning a package they had received at their company. The package had been opened by company representatives and was found to allegedly contain suspected marijuana.

Sgt. Charles Zampino, Det. Robert Sanger and Det. Michael Nyhuis responded to investigate. At that time, the package was allegedly re-sealed, surreptitiously marked and placed back in the shipping area of the company.

By this time it is alleged that Stepney, an employ of the company, was already making inquiries about the package. It is further alleged that he took possession of the package from the shipping area and placed it into his vehicle. His vehicle was eventually stopped by uniformed Fairfield officers and he was arrested after he drove from the facility.

In addition to the drug charges, Stepney was also charged with driving while suspended and being an unlicensed driver. The investigation also revealed that he had a total of five additional outstanding warrants. 

 

He was being held on $10,000.00 bail.  He has an initial court appearance date of November 15, 2012 in the Essex County Superior Court. (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is considered innocent until if/when he is convicted in a court of law)

 

Tayron Latroy Stepney

Burglary Occurs at Commerce Road Cosmetics Company

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a burglary that occurred at Divine Cosmetics, located at 19 Commerce Road. The incident allegedly occurred sometime between October 25th at 5:00 P.M. and October 26, 2012 at approximately 9:15 A.M. It appears that entry to the warehouse was gained by forcing open a door. Approximately $50,000-$75,000 worth cosmetics was taken. Also taken were 24 fluorescent light bulbs, valued at $170. Anyone with information is asked 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 Sergeant Charles Zampino and Detective Michael Nyhuis.

Third Suspect Arrested for Possessing Stolen Vehicle/Eluding Police

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Michael A. Capardi (22) of West Caldwell, N.J. for one count of eluding police and two counts of receiving stolen property. Fairfield and West Caldwell police executed an arrest warrant at his residence on October 19, 2012. At 10:00 A.M. He was taken into custody without incident.

Detective Sergeant Charles Zampino and Detective Michael Nyhuis conducted a follow-up investigation into the October 16th incident whereby Fairfield police pursued a stolen Volkswagon Passat that eventually crashed in West Caldwell and the occupants fleeing the scene on foot. The investigation allegedly identified Capardi as one of the occupants. Police are still seeking a fourth individual.

Capardi was transported to the Essex County Jail in Newark, N.J. in lieu of posting a $25,000 bail.  (It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until if/when he is convicted in a court of law)

MICHAEL CAPARDI

 

Police Seek Van Involved in Theft of Cooking Oil

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating the theft of used cooking oil that apparently took place at the Merchant House Tavern, located at 4 Little Falls Road, on October 17m 2012 at around 10:00 P.M. At that time, a blue Ford Econoline van, bearing New York registration GBF-7153 and occupied by two individuals, allegedly entered the parking lot of the restaurant. The owner of the facility happened to be still present and sitting in his car when one of the men approached him and allegedly said that they were there to pick up the used cooking oil. The owner, knowing that this was not the company that he contracted with to perform this service waited in the loot for the men to begin taking the oil and intended to contact the police then. The men never got back out of the vehicle and instead left the facility. The owner also left believing that he foiled the theft.

A short time later, it is alleged that employees contacted the owner and reported the vehicle was back and the men were now taking the oil. The police were contacted but the vehicle and oil was gone prior to their arrival. The used cooking oil sells for approximately $1.00 per gallon, making this theft valued between $500-$750.

“While the severity of this crime may seem minimal, the fact is that given these economic times, every dollar counts for many restaurants. From a law enforcement perspective, there has been a significant increase in this type of activity in the area of the last few years” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. The Fairfield Police Department are cautioning restaurants in the area that this activity is occurring and ask that they contact the police reporting any suspicious activity that they may observe related to this type of crime.

Two Individuals Arrested for Possessing Stolen Car

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Mustafa Berry (26) and Monique Spencer (23), both of Newark, N.J., on two counts each of receiving stolen property and one count each of eluding police. The incident that gave rise to these charges began on October 16, 2012 just after midnight. At that time, Officer Gerald Veneziano was on patrol in the area of Glendale Lane. In recent weeks, this area appeared to be the target of thieves, who on at least two occasions, were scared off by residents as they attempted to enter vehicles in the driveways of homes.

Officer Veneziano allegedly observed a brown colored Volkswagon Passat, which he believed, matched the description of a vehicle that was involved in an earlier motor vehicle theft that took place on Hillside Drive in Fairfield. During that incident, a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee, that was left running in the driveway of a residence, was stolen and later pursued by the West Caldwell Police Department. A brown Volkswagon Passat was seen at the Hillside Drive residence at the time of that theft.

Officer Veneziano began to follow this vehicle in an attempt to investigate further. When the officer activated his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle, it allegedly began to travel at a high rate of speed on Passaic Avenue in an obvious effort to try and elude the officer. Officer Veneziano continued to attempt to stop this vehicle as it entered West Caldwell. He eventually lost sight of it near Westville Avenue. A very short time later, officers from the West Caldwell Police Department discovered that the Volkswagon Passat had crashed on the front lawn of 291 Passaic Avenue. The vehicle was found to be unoccupied, with the suspects allegedly fleeing on foot.

Officers from Fairfield, West Caldwell, and other surrounding towns converged on the area. A K-9 unit from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department also responded to assist with the search for the suspects.

It is alleged that Spencer was found hiding behind an air conditioning unit at 22 Knoll Terrace.  At this same time, the K-9 unit allegedly tracked Berry along a creek and he was found near 319 Passaic Avenue. Both individuals were taken into custody without further incident. The search for two other alleged actors proved negative, however, a vehicle that was left running near the condominium complex on Bovensierpen Court in Roseland was reported stolen at 7:27 A.M. this morning.  

Investigation revealed that the Volkswagon Passat was reported stolen to the West Caldwell Police Department on October 10, 2012. It is alleged that, at the time of its recovery, the Passat contained a woman’s purse that was alleged to originally be in the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee that had been stolen earlier, based upon the identification found in it.  The investigation of this incident is ongoing.

At the time of this press release, both Spencer and Berry were being held at the Fairfield Police Department awaiting the setting of bail and/or remand to the Essex County Jail. Both have been given an initial court appearance date of October 24, 2012 at the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.  (It should be noted that the charges filed against the pair are merely allegations and that both should be considered innocent until if/when they are proven guilty in a court of law)  

 

 MUSTAFA BERRY

 

MONIQUE SPENCER

Vehicle Stolen From Hillside Drive

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating the theft of a gray 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was stolen from the driveway of a Hillside Drive residence on October 15, 2012 at approximately 6:55 P.M. The driver of the vehicle left it running while he was stopping by a friend’s house for a moment. When the driver exited the house, he allegedly observed a male standing by the driver side of the vehicle. This individual quickly entered the vehicle and drove off in it. It appears that the stolen Jeep was being followed by a four-door white Volkswagon Pasat, which police believe to be involved in the incident. A short time later, the vehicle was spotted by a West Caldwell police officer and briefly pursued. It was last seen in the area of Westville Avenue and Lane Road in West Caldwell.

Missing Boaters Call Believed to be a Hoax

Fairfield (NJ) On October 10, 2012, at approximately 9:46 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by the United States Coast Guard, located in Staten Island, and informed that they had received a radio transmission reporting that a boat, with three individuals, had become disabled on the Passaic River in Fairfield, N.J. and was taking on water. As a result of this communication, and extensive search operation was undertaken which, included the use of boats from the Fairfield and Lincoln Park Fire Departments and a helicopter from the New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit. The initial search lasted approximately three hours and revealed nothing to indicate that there was a boat in trouble on the Passaic River in Fairfield. The search was suspended for the evening and resumed the next day during daylight hours.

On October 11, 2012, at approximately 8:00 A.M., once again boats from the Fairfield and Lincoln Park Fire Departments were put into the waters of the Passaic River. This time they were also joined by a boat from the New Jersey State Police Marine Unit and a helicopter from the New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit. The Passaic River was extensively search from the Fairfield/Pine Brook border to Elmwood Park, N.J. Once again, there were no signs indicating a boat and its occupants were in trouble. The search was terminated at approximately 1:00 P.M.

At present, based upon the totality of the circumstances to include that the river is extremely shallow, so much so that emergency boats could not pass certain points, that there were no signs of boat trailers without boats on them anywhere along the river in Fairfield, that no missing person reports indicating three individuals were missing was made, that no phone calls were received by authorities from any individuals who may have been on this boat and that no eyewitnesses have come forward to indicate they saw a boat on the water leads the Fairfield Police Department to believe that this incident was a hoax. As such, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office was notified of the results of the search and the Fairfield Police Department is now conducting a criminal investigation of this incident.

 

 

Fairfield Police Receive State Chiefs Association Re-Accreditation Certificate

Fairfield (NJ) On October 1, 2012, at the meeting of the Fairfield Mayor and Council, Chief Charles Voelker and Fairfield Accreditation Manager, Detective Robert Sanger, proudly accepted a certificate that was presented to them by Mr. Harry Delgado, the Accreditation Program Manager for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.

According to the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, “Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping law enforcement agencies calculate and improve their overall performances. The foundation of Accreditation lies in the adoption of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participating agencies conduct a thorough self-analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of trained assessors verifies that applicable standards have been successfully implemented.”

The Fairfield Police Department first obtained NJSACOP accreditation in 2007. Fairfield Chief of Police Charles Voelker stated: “In Fairfield, much like community policing did in law enforcement in the 90’s, accreditation has now become a department wide philosophy and because of it, the public most assuredly benefits from it.” The chief went on to say, “This task could not have been successfully completed without the diligent work of Detective Robert Sanger.”

The Fairfield Police Department will need to renew their accreditation certificate in 2015.

 

HARRY DELGADO (far right), THE ACCREDITATION PROGRAM MANAGER FOR THE NEW JERSEY STATE ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE, PRESENTS CHIEF CHARLES VOELKER (center) AND DETECTIVE ROBERT SANGER (far left) WITH THE NJSACOP ACCREDITATION CERTIFICATE

(From left to right) DETECTIVE ROBERT SANGER, CHIEF CHARLES VOELKER AND MAYOR JAMES GASPARINI PROUDLY DISPLAY THE NEW JERSEY STATE ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE ACCREDITATION CERTIFICATE PRESENTED TO THE FAIRFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT ON OCTOBER 1, 2012 

Fairfield Police Department Helps Promote Annual “Put the Brakes on Fatalities" Day

Fairfield (NJ)  Motorists in New Jersey and throughout the nation are asked to join a day-long effort on October 10, 2012, designed to increase awareness about safe driving behaviors and keep the State’s roadways fatality free for one-day.

Known as Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day, the national initiative was designed to unite the country in moving toward zero fatalities for one full day by encouraging motorists to obey all traffic laws, including buckling up, every ride; driving the posted speed limit; avoiding distractions while driving; and always being safe and sober behind the wheel.

To support this effort, the Fairfield Police Department will take a two pronged approach in raising public awareness to this event. During a portion of the day, officers will be handing out flyers as a way of educating the public relative to the increase in motor vehicle crash fatalities. In addition, there will be increased enforcement efforts along the Township roadways in order to obtain the goal of a fatality free day.

Last year in New Jersey, 627 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle-related crashes, up from 556 in 2010.  Although nationally there is a downward trend in motor vehicle fatalities in 2011 in New Jersey fatalities increased over 2010 by 71 deaths.

“Clearly, this effort will go a long way in our continuing efforts to stem the tide of tragedies that occur every day on New Jersey’s roadways,” said Chief Charles Voelker.  “Shining the spotlight on this one day can help create a groundswell of support for good driving behaviors that can carry over throughout the year.”

 “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day not only raises awareness about the individual responsibility we have for our driving behaviors, but also engages drivers in making positive changes behind-the-wheel every day of the year,” added the chief.

Additional information on the “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” is available by logging on to www.brakesonfatalities.org .

 

Burglary Occurs at Verizon Store

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a burglary that occurred on September 29, 2012 at the Verizon store, located at 430 Route 46 East. According to images captured by store surveillance video, at approximately 7:40 A.M., an unknown actor is observed smashing the glass door in the front of the store. He then quickly opens a side door and he is joined by three other actors. These individuals then take a variety of cell phones, tablets, a safe and the store’s cash register. The entire incident lasted approximately one minute. The proceeds of the theft of these items is estimated by store management to be approximately $50,000.

Three of the actors appear to be African American males, all wearing hooded sweatshirts. The fourth actor appears to be either a light-skinned African American or possibly of Hispanic descent.

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

 

Driver of Commercial Vehicle Arrested for DWI

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Kemraj Singh (26) of Brooklyn, N.Y. for driving while intoxicated, operating a commercial vehicle with a blood Alcohol concentration above 0.04% and other motor vehicle offenses. The incident that led to the arrest occurred on September 20, 2012 at approximately 1:00 P.M.

At that time, Sergeant Joseph Keegan and Officer Steven Ptaszynski, along with EMS, were dispatched to the Hess gas station, located at 90 Route 46 East, on a report of two individuals who appeared to be unconscious inside of a box truck. Upon the arrival of Officer Ptaszynski, he allegedly observed a box truck in the area of the gas pumps. The vehicle was still running and the two occupants were inside of it, slumped over to their sides. The officer immediately shut down the vehicle and attempted to awake the individuals. When they finally awoken, the officer developed probable cause from his observation to believe the driver, identified as Kemraj Singh, was allegedly operating his vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Singh was placed under arrest and the truck, which he was driving, was impounded pursuant to New Jersey’s “John’s Law”

Singh was taken to police headquarters where breath testing was conducted. He was eventually issued a total of seven traffic summonses with an initial court appearance date of September 27, 2012. ( The charges aginst Singh are merely allegations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Fairfield Branch of Chase Bank Robbed

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a bank robbery that occurred at the Fairfield branch of the Chase Bank located at 387 Passaic Avenue. On September 20, 2012 at 5:36 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from the branch manager of the Chase Bank reporting a bank robbery in progress. Fairfield officers were immediately dispatched to the bank at which time a perimeter was set up with the assistance of officers from the North Caldwell, West Caldwell, Montclair, Lincoln Park and Montville Police Departments and from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department when it could not be definitively confirmed that the actor had left the bank. Eventually it was discovered that the actor did flee the facility prior to police arrival.  

Preliminary investigation indicates that a lone actor entered the bank and handed the teller a note indicating the bank was being robbed. The teller turned over approximately $4000 to the actor who did not display any weapon. After getting the currency, the actor walked out of the front door of the bank.

The actor being sought is described as an African American male, approximately 30 years of age, thin build, approximately 5’5” tall, wearing a hat that was blue with a little white in the front, wearing large, dark sunglasses and also wearing a light nylon type grey jacket and gloves.

At present, the case is being jointly investigated by detectives from the Fairfield Police Department and special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Anyone with any information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. All information will remain confidential.

 

BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT

Wayne Woman Charged with Shoplifting

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Christina Warhurst (23) of Wayne, N.J. for shoplifting. The incident that leads to the arrest occurred at the Target store, located at 632 Route 46 East, on September 15, 2012.

At 2:24 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by Target security in reference to an alleged shoplifter that security had in custody.  Sergeant Joseph Keegan, Officer Brian Holzmann and Officer Steven Ptaszynski all responded to the store. It is alleged that Warhurst concealed approximately $175.00 worth of merchandise in her purse. These items included I-phone cases and Xbox and Play Station 3 headsets.

She was eventually charged and released on her own recognizance with an initial court appearance date in the Fairfield Municipal Court on September 20, 2012. (It should be noted that the charges against Warhust are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Commercial Burglary Occurs at Mortgage Company

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a burglary that occurred at On Line Mortgage Group, located at 353 Route 46 West. The burglary allegedly took place sometime between Saturday, September 15th at 1:00 P.M. and its discovery on Monday September 17, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. There were no signs of forced entry at the scene. The unknown actor(s) took computer monitors, valued at $3600.00 and telephones, valued at $540.00.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. The case is being investigated by Detective Robert Sanger.

 

Two Juveniles Charged with Causing Criminal Mischief at Fairfield Recreation Complex

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the charging of two juveniles on September 10, 2012 for having caused criminal mischief at the Fairfield Recreation Complex, located on Hollywood Avenue in May of 2012. The juveniles, whose names are being withheld due to their ages, are alleged to have set fire to the new turf field on or about May 13, 2012, causing approximately $1000.00 in damage.

The charges were filed by Detective Sergeant Charles Zampino after information was developed by Fairfield Recreation Director Anthony Pompei. The case is being forwarded to the Family Court in Newark for disposition.

“The charges against these juveniles come in the wake of more frequent acts of criminal mischief taking place at the park” said Fairfield Chief of Police Charles Voelker. “We will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute those individuals responsible for damaging public property at the park” the chief said. The Fairfield Police Department has increased patrols at the complex and will be employing plain clothes officers in an effort to both deter and apprehend anyone involved in such acts. Anyone who sees suspicious activity at the park is encouraged to immediately contact the Fairfield Police Department.

 

 

Wayne Man Arrested for Shoplifting

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Paul Kelly (50) of Wayne, N.J. for allegedly shoplifting at the Target store, located on Route 46, on September 8, 2012. At approximately 5:55 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by Target security relative to a shoplifter that they had in custody. Sergeant Daniel Dias and other officers arrived and viewed surveillance video that allegedly showed Kelly pushing a shopping cart with merchandise out of the entrance doors without having paid for the items. He was detained by store security until police could be called. The merchandise in the cart included a Kitchenaid countertop oven, a Dyson vacuum and various toiletry items. The merchandise was valued at approximately $600.00.

Kelly was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to have an initial court appearance date in the superior court in Newark, N.J. on September 13, 2012. (It should be noted that the charges against Kelly are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until if and when proven guilty in a court of law)

Burglary Occurs at Banyon School

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a burglary that occurred at the Banyon School, located in the St. Thomas More R.C. Church complex, 10 Hollywood Avenue. The incident apparently occurred sometime between September 7th at 5:00 P.M. and September 8, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. It appears that entry to the building was gained by pushing in a window air conditioning unit. The main office and computer lab were entered and ransacked. At present, it appears that an undisclosed amount of petty cash and five I-Pads were taken.

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

Two Charged with Theft of Hotel Lobby Television

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Fillipo Orofino (29) of Brooklyn,N.Y. for theft and conspiracy to commit theft. A second individual, identified as Joseph DePaulis (42) of Juno Beach, Florida, has also been charged with the same offenses. The incident that gave rise to the charges took place at the Fairfield Executive Inn, located on Route 46, on August 13, 2012.

At that time, hotel surveillance video showed two males removing a flat screen television, valued at $2800.00, from the hotel. The television was originally located in a hallway adjacent to the main lobby.

Through investigation, Detective Michael Nyhuis was alleged to have positively identified one of the individuals involved as Orofino. Further investigation resulted in DePaulis allegedly being positively identified as the second individual seen on the video tape. It is alleged that Orofino and DePaulis were attending a wedding at the hotel at that time of the incident. Detectives allegedly recovered a 63” Samsung plasma television in Orofino’s possession.

Orofino was arrested on August 29, 2012. He was released on his own recognizance with an initial court appearance date having taken place in the Fairfield Municipal Court on August 30, 2012. DePaulis was sent a complaint summons to his Florida address and police are awaiting his initial appearance in Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against the pair are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Two Arrested for Target Shoplifting

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Georgeanna Egner (30) and Timothy Egner (22) both of Belleville, N.J. for shoplifting. The circumstances that gave rise to the charges occurred at the Target store, located on Route 46 East, on August 31, 2012 at approximately 7:00 P.M. At that time, the Fairfield police were contacted by Target security in reference to two individuals who were acting suspiciously in the store and were under surveillance by store security. Officers responded to the area and assisted in observing the couple as they continued to walk around the store.

It is alleged that the couple then walked out of the exit doors with a shopping cart of merchandise without having paid for any of it. They were immediately apprehended in the parking lot without incident. Recovered in the cart was approximately $1200 in merchandise to include household items and several Nintendo DSI gaming systems. At the time of their arrest, an 18 month old child was with the couple. All were transported to the police department where the child was released into the custody of a family member. The New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services was contacted concerning the incident.

The suspects were charged and eventually released on their own recognizance. They have an initial court appearance date of September 6, 2012 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.(It should be noted that the charges against the pair are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Fairfield Police Assist Paterson Police with Alleged Kidnapping

Fairfield (NJ) On August 31, 2012, at approximately 12:30 A.M., officers were dispatched to the area of 61 Fairfield Road on a report of a hysterical female who claimed to have been abducted at gunpoint in Paterson, N.J. The victim, whose identity is being withheld, informed the responding Fairfield officers that she was at an ATM near 18th Avenue when an older male forced her into a vehicle at gunpoint. They somehow ended up in Fairfield and when the suspect pulled over on Fairfield Road, the victim fled from the vehicle. The victim was eventually transported to the Paterson Police Department where the investigation was to continue.

Drowning Occurs at LaQuinta Hotel Pool

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating the circumstances surrounding the drowning death of a 51 year old male that occurred on September 1, 2012 at approximately 6:55 A.M. at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites, located at 38 Two Bridges Road.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the drowning appears to be accidental. The victim, whose name is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin, was at the hotel with the World Outreach Church on a retreat. He entered the pool with another member of the church and apparently inadvertently moved towards the deeper end of the pool where he had trouble keeping himself above water. The individual with whom he was in the pool with was himself not a good swimmer. Upon seeing what was going on, he immediately went to the front desk for help. Another hotel guest came to the victim’s aid and removed the victim from the pool. Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation was started and the victim was eventually transported to St. Joseph’s MedicalC enteri n Paterson, N.J. where he was pronounced deceased at 7:51 A.M.. 

Succasunna Man Arrested for Upskirting

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Stephen Andrew Kozubal (37) of Succasunna, N.J. for invasion of privacy, a third degree crime. The arrest took place on August 21, 2012 at approximately 1:00 P.M. at the Target store, located on Route 46 East.

At that time, the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by Target security concerning a male who was allegedly walking throughout the store and appearing to be following women customers. Sergeant Paul Bowden and Officer Frank Tracey responded to the store and, with the assistance of Target security, were able to observe the suspect, later identified as Kozubal, via the store security camera system. The officers watched Kozubal for almost an hour as he allegedly walked aimlessly throughout the store. At one point the officers allegedly observed Kozubal approach a female customer from behind and then allegedly crouched down and surreptitiously recorded under the victim’s skirt without her knowledge.

The officers approached Kozubal and he was taken into custody. While the investigation is still ongoing, the police were able to confirm that Kozubal’s cell phone allegedly had inappropriate video footage of the victim.

This incident marks the second time in two months that an individual was charged with a similar offense occurring at the Target store. In June, Fairfield police arrested an individual who was allegedly filming women in the store’s dressing room. “Target security has been outstanding in their diligence in keeping their customers safe. Without their astute observations, individuals engaged in such activity might get away with it. But it seems not to be the case in Fairfield”, said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna.

Police are warning women that this activity is an Internet sensation known as “upskirting” and caution them to always be mindful of their surroundings and to immediately report suspicious activity to store employees. “In this case, the victim was not even aware the alleged activity took place until after Fairfield police officers informed her” said the deputy chief.

At press time, Kozubal was still being held at Fairfield police headquarters pending bail being set. He is scheduled to have a first appearance in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on August 29, 2012. (It should be noted that the charges against Kozubal are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until if and when he is found guilty in a court of law)

 

 STEPHEN ANDREW KOZUBAL

Motorist Arrested for Possessing Stolen License Plate

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Javier Rigoberto
(48) of New York, N.Y. for possessing a stolen license plate and for possessing fraudulent temporary registrations. The incident that lead to the arrest occurred on August 14, 2012 at approximately 2:45 P.M. on Route 46 East.

Sergeant Joseph Keegan observed a 2000 Dodge Caravan, bearing a Florida dealer registration traveling on Route 46 East. He conducted a registration inquiry on his in car computer which revealed that the license plate had been allegedly reported stolen earlier in New York City. The vehicle was allegedly being operated by Rigoberto and was occupied by four other individuals. The vehicle was stopped by Sgt. Keegan and other Fairfield officers.

Rigoberto was arrested and the vehicle was impounded. Officers allegedly also discovered seven fraudulent New Jersey temporary registrations in his possession. Rigoberto was also charged with a variety of motor vehicle violations. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending an initial court appearance date of August 23, 2012 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)

Residential Burglary Occurs on Cole Road

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a residential burglary that occurred at 30 Cole Road on August 14, 2012. The residence was unoccupied from 11:00 A.M. and 10:00 P.M.

At approximately 10:00 P.M., Fairfield police were dispatched to an active burglar alarm at the residence. The officers discovered a second floor window, accessible from a deck, was cut and the rear kitchen door unlocked. The officers searched the residence for actor(s) with negative results. It appears that a jewelry box may have been taken from the master bedroom.

Anyone with information concerning this incident are encouraged to call the Fairfield Police Department Investigative Division at 973-227-1400. All information will be kept confidential. The incident is being investigated by Detective Robert Sanger.

Four Arrested for Marijuana Possession at Carlos Drive Residence

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jesse Mekita (18) and Richard Powell (18) both of Fairfield, N.J. , Samuel Velazquez (21) of the Bronx, N.Y. and a seventeen year old juvenile, whose identity is being withheld due to his age, for possession of less then 50 grams of marijuana. The arrest took place on August 12, 2012, at approximately 7:45 P.M., in the rear of a Carlos Drive residence.

Lt. Peter Pollack and Sgt. John McNish were dispatched to the area of Carlos Drive to investigate a report of vehicles racing in the street. Upon the arrival of the officers, several residents stopped to complain about the manner in which the vehicles were being operated. The residents described the vehicles involved as a grey-colored Dodge Charger, a blue-colored Honda and a whiteToyota.

The officers allegedly discovered vehicles fitting the descriptions as those that were previously reported to them in the driveway and in front of 55 Carlos Drive. The officers went to the front door and rang the doorbell and knocked on the door, but got no response. At this time, the officers went around to the back of the house to see if anyone was outside.

It was at this time that the officers allegedly smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the area of the deck. Upon entering onto the deck, the officers allegedly observed a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana, on the table that the individuals were seated at. In addition, the officers also allegedly observed Velazquez pass a suspected marijuana cigarette to Mekita, as well as allegedly seeing the juvenile also in possession of a suspected marijuana cigarette.

The individuals were taken into custody without incident. In addition to the possession charge, the juvenile, Velazquez and Mekita were also charged with use/being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. The adults were released on their own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of August 16, 2012 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. The juvenile was released into the custody of a parent. The case against him will be referred to the Essex County Family Court for disposition. (It should be noted that the charges against each of these individuals are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Attempted Burglary Occurs on Harding Drive

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating an attempted burglary that occurred at 36 Harding Drive, sometime between the evening hours of August 10th and its discovery on August 11, 2012 at approximately 10:30 A.M. The unknown actor(s) allegedly attempted to gain entry to the residence by attempting to pry open a first floor window; however entry was not gained.

Anyone with any information can contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at 973-227-1400. All information will be kept confidential.

 

Multi-Car Accident on Passaic Avenue Results in Multiple Traffic Summonses

Fairfield (NJ) On August 6, 2012, at approximately 1:30 P.M., the Fairfield police were dispatched to a multi-vehicle car crash in front of the Dunkin Donuts, located at 378 Passaic Avenue. Investigation revealed that Christine Couch (26) of East Orange, N.J. was the driver of a 1998 Honda and was allegedly attempting to make an improper left turn out of the parking lot of the Dunkin Donuts and into the southbound lanes of Passaic Avenue, when the accident occurred.

It is alleged that after being waived on by the driver of a truck that was stopped in the right northbound lane of Passaic Avenue, Couch then crossed into the left northbound lane and was struck by a 2008 Toyota Tundra pick up truck being operated by Seweryn Hyziak (37) of Lodi, N.J. Couch’s vehicle then spun and came to rest on the lawn of the Dunkin Donuts. A third vehicle, a 2011 Nissan Altima which was in the southbound turn lane and waiting to enter the Dunkin Donuts, was also struck. Couch was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident. No other injuries were reported.

The accident was investigated by Officer Christopher Andrews and as a result, Couch was issued summonses for making an improper turn, careless driving, failure to yield and for having an expired driver’s license. Police diverted northbound traffic traveling on Passaic Avenue onto Pier Lane while the accident investigation was being conducted. The entire event last approximately one hour.

“Unfortunately, many motorists attempt to exit the Dunkin Donuts in this very dangerous manner every day and this is exactly why left turns from the Dunkin Donuts driveway onto Passaic Avenue are prohibited” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. Motorists wanting to proceed south on Passaic Avenue are reminded that they must exit behind the Dunkin Donuts onto Little Falls Road to make this turn legally. “The police department will be increasing enforcement at this location over the next few weeks to emphasize this point” Manna said.

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Fairfield police investigate a three car motor vehicle crash on Passaic Avenue in front of the Dunkin Donuts. One vehicle came to rest on the lawn of the donut shop

View for motorists exiting the Dunkin Donuts, located at 378 Passaic Avenue. Motorists are reminded that left turns onto Passaic Avenue are prohibited

Nine Vehicles Broken Into at Fairfield Hotels

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating the burglary into and theft from nine motor vehicles that were parked in the lots of Fairfield hotels between the overnight hours of August 1 and August 2, 2012. Three of the vehicles were parked at the Crowne hotel, located at 690 Route 46 East. Two of the vehicles were parked at the Fairfield Executive Inn, located at 218 Route 46 East. Three were parked at the Hampton Inn, located at 118 Route 46 East and one vehicle was parked at the LaQuinta hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road. Various items of clothing, sunglasses and a global positioning satellite (GPS) unit were taken. Similar incidents were reported as to have occurred in Parsippany and Lincoln Park as well.

In what Fairfield authorities believe may be related to these incidents, at approximately 2:00 A.M. on August 2, 2012, Officer Jeffrey Didyk was on patrol in the parking lot of the LaQuinta hotel when his attention was drawn to a 2010 black BMW with tinted windows. Officer Didyk conducted a random check on the vehicle’s registration which revealed that the vehicle was reported stolen in Newark, N.J.on August 1, 2012. The officer attempted to initiate a motor vehicle stop on Route 46 East; however the driver of the BMW resisted all efforts to be stopped and began to elude the officer. A brief pursuit took place and was terminated by the officer when he lost sight of the BMW in Little Falls.

Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be conducted in Fairfield as Part of Statewide Campaign

Fairfield (NJ) Law enforcement officers from Fairfield will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the summer 2012 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.  Beginning August 17 and running through September 3, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

As 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, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs. Launched nationally in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year, including the Labor Day holiday period.

“Many people believe that after a few drinks they’re still safe to drive,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety.  “Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time, putting not only yourself, but everyone on the road, in danger.”  

In 2010 alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for 20 percent ofNew Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities. As part of the initiative, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to run the two-week campaign. The Fairfield Police Department is one of the law enforcement agencies selected to receive such grant money.

Fairfield Police Chief Charles Voelker offers the following advice to motorists:

  • If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.
  • Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night where the activity is held.
  • Report impaired drivers to law enforcement.  InNew Jersey, drivers may dial #77 to report a drunk or aggressive driver.
  • Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle.  It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • If you’re 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 you to your doorstep.

The Fairfield Police Department wishes all a happy and safe summer season.

 

 

Authorized by:Chief Charles Voelker

Attorney Arrested for Forgery and Theft by Deception

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of George S. Cummings (30) of Rockaway, N.J. for having allegedly committed seven counts of forgery and theft by deception and six counts of falsifying a written record. Cummings surrendered himself to Fairfield authorities on July 31, 2012 after Fairfield detectives conducted a four month investigation into allegations that, while employed at the law firm of Manieri and Moroules, LLC, located at 30 Two Bridges Road, Cummings allegedly altered and cashed checks that were intended for company use. It appeared that Cummings was allegedly engaged in this activity for well over a year.

Cummings now a former employee of the firm, was responsible for processing checks issued by a New York based titling company and destined for the bank accounts of the Manieri and Moroules law firm. He allegedly altered seven checks, totaling approximately $40,000, to reflect payment to him. The money was not recovered by authorities.

“The investigation revealed that at no time did Cummings’ alleged activities directly or indirectly involve the clients of the law firm. In fact, this case was solved as a direct result of the cooperation of the partners of the firm” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. The case was investigated by Detective Sergeants Charles Zampino and Christopher Niemiec.

Cummings has an initial court appearance date in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on August 8, 2012. The incident has also been referred to the New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics for investigation. (Its should be noted that the charges against Cummings are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Pompton Plains Man Charged with Possessing Stolen Jewelry

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Richard DePinto (21) of Pompton Plains, N.J. on July 25, 2012 for receiving stolen property. The circumstances surrounding the arrest are as follows:

On July 25, 2012, the victim of a theft of jewelry that had occurred earlier in Wayne, N.J. received information from a family member that DePinto was alone in their residence and allegedly stole two rings and sold them at the Diamond Exchange, located at 653 Route 46 West in Fairfield.  As a result, the victim went to the Diamond Exchange and allegedly spotted the two rings at one of the booths. She immediately alerted the Fairfield Police Department as to this discovery. Detective Sergeant Charles Zampino and Detective Michael Nyhuis responded to investigate further.

After conducting a preliminary investigation at the scene, the detectives apparently spotted DePinto walking onTwo Bridges Road. DePinto was initially taken into custody for further investigation which ultimately lead to him being charged with possessing the stolen jewelry. DePinto was released on his own recognizance and has an initial court appearance date in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. on August 1, 2012. The rings were valued at approximately $4000.00. (It should be noted that the charges against DePinto are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Armed Robbery and Carjacking Occurs on Pier Lane

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating an armed robbery and carjacking that occurred just after midnight on June 19, 2012 on Pier Lane. It is alleged that the victim had just returned to his residence after having visited relatives in Paterson, N.J.. After exiting his vehicle he was approached by two dark-skinned male actors, one of which spoke Spanish. Both were wearing hooded sweatshirts with masks and both were armed with handguns. The actors demanded that the victim give them whatever he had on him, which included $200.00 and an I-Phone

The actors then walked away down the driveway towards Pier Lane but returned to the victim and demanded the keys to a 2005 black Acura that the victim had just drove up in. The actors then fled in the stolen Acura towards Little Falls Road.

Anyone with any information concerning this incident can 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 Robert Sanger and investigators from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit/Carjacking Task Force.

 

Police Investigate Burglary of Good Will Store

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating the burglary of the Good Will Store, located at 423 Route 46 West. The burglary was discovered at approximately 7:30 A.M. on July 16, 2012 and could have occurred anytime between its discovery and when the store closed the previous day at 8:30 P.M.

It appears that unknown actor(s) forced open an exterior door located on the east side of the building. They then removed a safe from the manager’s office and apparently cut it open and removed cash. The actor(s) took a variety of steps to avoid detection by cutting exterior phone lines and dismantling the alarm and phone panels inside of the building, as well as, taking the interior digital video recorder for the security system from inside of the manager’s office. Approximately $5000.00 in cash was stolen.

Anyone with any information is asked 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.

 

Pet Emergency Leads to Motor Vehicle Pursuit and Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Amy Bakunas (45) of Elmwood Park, N.J. for eluding police, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The arrest took place on July 13, 2012 at approximately 8:30 P.M. That is when Officer Brian Sabatelli allegedly observed a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse run a red light at the intersection of Little Falls Road and Passaic Avenue. He then initiated a traffic stop. The driver, identified as Bakunas, stopped her vehicle in the right lane and then emerged from it and began to approach the officer’s vehicle, allegedly screaming that she had an emergency and had to bring her cat to the pet hospital. The officer directed Bakunas to return to her vehicle as a matter of safety. She then allegedly got back into her car and drove off. Officer Sabatelli then initiated a pursuit of the vehicle.

The suspect vehicle then continued south on Passaic Avenue, allegedly running three red light traffic signals along Passaic Avenue in both Fairfield and West Caldwell. The vehicle eventually became stopped in traffic at the intersection of Passaic Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue; however it attempted to get around traffic by entering the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Bank. Fairfield officers converged on the vehicle but the driver allegedly still attempted to elude the officers. It appears that when Bakunas finally realized that there was no where else to go, she stopped the vehicle.

Officers attempted to take her into custody but she allegedly resisted their efforts. She was finally taken into custody after a brief struggle. Bakunas received minor injuries as a result of her resisting the officers’ attempts to arrest her and she refused medical treatment at Fairfield police headquarters. The Animal Emergency andReferralCenterwas contacted and responded to aid the sick feline.

Along with the criminal charges, Bakunas also received a series of motor vehicle summonses as well. She was later released on her own recognizance. In addition, at press time, the prognosis for the sick feline was apparently good. (It should be noted that the charges here are merely allegations and that Bakunas is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law) 

Man Arrested for Possessing Over 3000 Pills

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Seyed Shirinpour (46) of Totowa, N.J. for possessing a prescription legend drug with intent to distribute, possessing a Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, and possessing a Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance. The arrest occurred on July 10, 2012 at approximately 6:30 P.M.

At that time, the Fairfield Police Department was called to the LaQuinta hotel, located onTwo Bridges Road, on a report of a man who was semi-conscious and was feeling faint. Officers arrived to allegedly find Shirinpour in a chair on the outside of the hotel being assisted by another guest of the hotel. They immediately began to treat his condition; however Shirinpour was unable to communicate with the officers.

In an attempt to determine what may have caused the medical condition of the victim, the officers proceeded to check Shirinpour’s hotel room where they allegedly discovered an assortment of approximately 3800 pills, There were allegedly eight different types of pills with 875 of them preliminarily being identified as Xanax, a Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance. Identification of the other items are pending submission to the New Jersey State Police for lab analysis.

Shirinpour was transported directly to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. for treatment and remained under police guard until approximately 8 A.M. on July 11, 2012. He was then released on his own recognizance. The case will be referred to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for prosecution.

 

Officers Zampino, Dias and Niemiec Promoted to Sergeant

Fairfield (NJ) Chief Charles Voelker is pleased to announce the promotion of three police officers to the rank of sergeant. The officers are Charles Zampino, Daniel Dias and Christopher Niemiec. “All three are extremely dedicated and exceptional officers and there is no doubt in my mind that they will all make excellent supervisors” said the chief.

Sergeant Charles Zampino has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the Ocean County Police Academy and started his career in law enforcement with the Seaside Heights Police Department in 1998. He joined the Fairfield Police Department in January of 1999. During his tenure, he has served as an Emergency Medical Technician, a field training officer, a Drug Recognition Expert and is a founding member of the department’s honor guard. He was assigned to the department’s Investigative Division in September 2004 and is still assigned there today. Sergeant Zampino will remain assigned to the Investigative Division and it is anticipated that he will be its next commander with the scheduled retirement of Lt. Louis Cammarata in November.

Sergeant Daniel Dias has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. He joined the Fairfield Police Department in January 1999 and graduated from the Essex County Police Academy in the spring of that year. He was initially assigned to the Patrol Division. In May of 2003, he was re-assigned to the Investigative Division where he remained until February of 2011. During his tenure there, he served as the juvenile-aid officer, Juvenile Conference Committee coordinator, Domestic Violence Response Team representative and was in charge of firearms permits and licensing. He also is a certified firearms instructor and a Glock/Remington armorer. Sergeant Dias will continue his assignment in the Patrol Division as a line supervisor.

Sergeant Christopher Niemiec has an Associates Degree in Business Administration. He joined the Fairfield Police Department in January 1999 and graduated from the Essex County Police Academy in the spring of that year. He was assigned to the Patrol Division from June 1999 until December of 2008 and is presently assigned to the Investigative Division. During his tenure with the department, he has served as an EMT/Paramedic, a field training officer for police officers and communications dispatchers, an NCIC computer terminal agency coordinator and is an instructor in American Heart Association CPR, child passenger safety seat installations, training communications officers and emergency medical dispatch. Sergeant Niemiec will be re-assigned to the Patrol Division where he will serve as a line supervisor.

 

 Officer Charles Zampino, Officer Christopher Niemiec and Officer Daniel Dias were all promoted to the rank of sergeant at the July 9th meeting of the Mayor and Council

(from left to right) Councilman Thomas Morgan, Councilman Michael McGlynn, Deputy Chief Anthony Manna, Chief Charles Voelker, Sgt. Christopher Niemeic, Sgt. Daniel Dias, Sgt. Charles Zampino, Mayor James Gasparini, Councilman John LaForgia and Councilman Joseph Cifelli after the promotion ceremony

 

 Officer Charles Zampino being sworn in to the rank of sergeant while his wife and sons look on

Officer Christopher Niemiec being sworn in to the rank of sergeant while his wife and daughter look on

Mayor James Gasparini administers the oath of office to Sgt. Daniel Dias while his family looks on

Man Arrested for Immigration Warrant

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Ricardo Lemus-Hernandez (26) of Paterson, N.J.  Mr. Lemus-Hernandez was allegedly wanted on an outstanding warrant issued by the United States Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.). He was taken into custody on July 2, 2012 after Officer Jeffrey Didyk stopped the vehicle that he was operating for having allegedly committed a motor vehicle violation on Little Falls Road near the Target store. A computer check conducted by the officer lead to the discovery of the active warrant. Lemus-Hernandez was eventually turned over to I.C.E. agents.  

 

 

 

Woman Arrested for Possessing Stun Gun

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jecika Merzius (22) of Newark, N.J. for possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and for making terroristic threats. On June 29, 2012, at approximately 11:00 P.M., the Fairfield police were called to respond to the Animal Emergency and Referral Center, located at 1237 Bloomfield Avenue, on a report of a fight in progress.

Upon police arrival, there was no active altercation. Investigation of the incident revealed that Merzius allegedly felt that the victim looked at her the wrong way when the victim smiled at her as she walked past him in the animal hospital, which prompted the altercation.

It is alleged that Merzius then threatened to use a taser on the victim. A stun gun was allegedly recovered from the vehicle Merzius’ occupied; however, she never attempted to use it against the victim. Officer Gerald Veneziano then arrested Merzius.

Merzius was released on her own recognizance and given an intial court appearance date of July 12, 2012 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. (It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Man Arrested Again for Theft by Deception

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Evans Brouette (32) of Mount Vernon, N.Y. for theft by deception on June 28, 2012. It is alleged that in January of 2012, the victim in this case gave Brouette $4000.00 in cash which was to be used by Brouette to purchase a used car at the Skyline Auto Auction, located on Route 46. The vehicle was allegedly never purchased nor was the victim’s money returned to him. The incident was reported to Detective Christopher Niemeic on March 5, 2012. After an approximate one month investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Brouette's arrest.

On June 28, 2012, at approximately 5:00 P.M., Skyline Auto Auction security contacted the Fairfield police and reported that Brouette was at the auction. Bruette was taken into custody without incident. He was eventually released on $25,000 bail with an intial court appearance date in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.on July 12, 2012.

Brouette was also arrested for theft by deception by Fairfield police on October 18, 2011 for allegedly doing the same thing. (It should be noted that the charges against Brouette are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Police Respond to Industrial Accident on Clinton Road

Fairfield (NJ) On June 21, 2012, at approximately 11:43 A.M., Fairfield police officers responded to Jay Hill Repairs, located at 90 Clinton Road, on an industrial accident involving shelving that toppled over. Initial reports indicated that two individuals were trapped beneath the shelving and its contents.

Officer Brian Sabatelli was the first officer on the scene and it was determined that no one was trapped under the shelves, however, a 57 year old company employee complained of pain in his head and neck as a result of the accident. This employee was later transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, N.J. for treatment.

The five rows of shelving, that were 60’-80’ in length and approximately 7’-8’ high and which ran the entire length of the warehouse and contained heavy metal parts apparently fell over like dominos. Currently, it is not exactly known what caused the shelving to topple.

“This incident could have been much more serious then it was in that we could have had many more people hurt” said Chief Charles Voelker.

The Fairfield Fire Department also responded to assist. The investigation of the incident has been turned over to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

 

Man Arrested for Videoing Patrons in Target Dressing Room

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Seth C. Pilipski (35) of Bloomfield, N.J. on June 18, 2012. Pilipski was charged with attempting to invade the privacy of patrons using the dressing rooms at Target, hindering apprehension and for possessing less then 50 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The incident that led to his arrest occurred at approximately 7:40 P.M. That is when Target security alerted the Fairfield Police Department that an individual was allegedly just observed video recording individuals in the dressing rooms using a cell phone. When confronted, the suspect then quickly exited the store and entered a blue Hyundai wagon and proceeded onto Route 46 East.

Officer Ian Rasmussen caught up with the suspect's vehicle and stopped it on Route 46 in Wayne, N.J.The lone individual in the vehicle was found to be Pilipski. Officer Rasmussen conducted a roadside investigation at which time Pilipski  allegedly denied even having a cell phone, however, police allegedly found one surreptitiously hidden on his person which gave rise to the hindering apprehension charge. Police allegedly also found a small quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Pilipski was then arrested.

While the roadside investigation was being conducted detectives were reviewing store surveillance video that allegedly showed Pilipski entering the dressing room area and remaining in there for approximately 7 minutes. The surveillance video, when compared with material allegedly found on Pilipski’s cell phone, confirmed that the video had just been recorded. The investigation of the incident is ongoing.

Fairfield Chief of Police Charles Voelker commends the actions of both Target security personnel for giving quick and precise information so that responding units could find the suspect and for two observant witnesses who made the initial observation as to what Pilipski was allegedly doing.

Pilipski was released on his own recognizance with an initial court date scheduled for June 27, 2012 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 Vehicles to Carry Epi-Pens

Fairfield (NJ) Fairfield Chief of Police Charles Voelker is pleased to announce that beginning June 11, 2012; the Fairfield Police Department started carrying Epi-Pens in their police vehicles. The pens, which contain Epinephrine, will allow Fairfield police officers to immediately treat the affects of individuals suffering from severe allergic reactions. Fairfield is the first police department in Essex County, and among only six police departments statewide, to do so.

Epinephrine is a drug used to treat severe swelling of the airway, which causes difficulty breathing, during an allergic reaction. “In Fairfield, we constantly strive to find ways to better serve the public and with the introduction of Epi-Pens in our police vehicles, we have done just that” said Chief Charles Voelker. “When seconds count, having Epi-Pens immediately available to our officers will invariably save lives” said the chief.

Bringing Epi-Pens to the Fairfield Police Department was the idea of Lieutenant Peter Pollack and Sergeant David Proctor, both supervisors in the department’s Emergency Services Unit. In May 2012, they were responsible for having fifteen officers, who are certified emergency medical technicians; receive four hours of training that was sponsored by Atlantic Healthcare Services, in order for them to be certified to administer the Epi-Pen. The American Red Cross in Fairfield made their building available so that the training could be conducted in a comfortable setting.

The final component of the program came as a result of the generosity of Dr. John C. Scolamiero and Dr. A.J. Scolamiero, the medical directors of Med-Care of Fairfield, who donated (3) sets of adult Epi-Pens and (3) sets used for children. “Med-Care of Fairfield has been around for 23 years and during that time, they have proven time and again their commitment to assuring that the people who live, work or travel through Fairfield, receive the best medical care possible” said Chief Voelker.

 

Traffic Stop Leads to Narcotics Arrest

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Luzangela Harmer (35) of Weehawken, N.J. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance. The arrest took place on June 12, 2012 at approximately 1:30 A.M. That is when Officer Christopher Nicholas observed a 1999 Jeep allegedly failed to maintain a lane as it traveled on Route 46 East. The officer then conducted an inquiry of the vehicle’s registration through the Motor Vehicle Commission’s database which revealed the registered owner to have a suspended license. The officer then stopped the vehicle on Little Falls Road and found the vehicle’s driver, John Calenda, to also be the registered owner.

The officer became suspicious of Harmer, the vehicle’s front seat passenger, when he received conflicting accounts as to the couple’s activities. Officer Nicholas then allegedly observed a prescription bottle in proximity to where Harmer was sitting after he ordered her out of the vehicle. It is alleged that the prescription bottle contained the suspected marijuana. Further investigation also revealed the discovery of a variety of prescription drugs that were allegedly in Harmer’s possession and which she allegedly did not receive from a licensed practitioner.

Harmer was arrested, charged and released on her own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of June 20, 2012 in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J. Calenda received a summons for driving while his license was suspended. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Attempted Motor Vehicle Theft from Spielman Road Company

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating an attempted motor vehicle theft that occurred at Sparks Belting Company, located at 5 Spielman Road, sometime between 12:00 P.M. on June 7, 2012 and 7:00 A.M. on June 8, 2012. Unknown actor(s) forced open a 2007 GMC truck and then removed the ignition cylinder and damaged the steering column in an apparent attempt to steal the vehicle.

This incident is preceded by the theft of a 2003 Acura from the parking lot of 420 Route 46 East during the afternoon of June 2, 2012 and an attempted theft of a 2001 Ford Econoline van, also from the parking lot of 420 Route 46 East on June 4, 2012. The Acura was recovered by the New Jersey State Police on June 7, 2012.

Police Investigating Three Incidents at Crowne Plaza Hotel

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is investigating three separate incidents that occurred outside of the Crowne Plaza hotel between June 7-8, 2012. The first incident took place sometime on June 7th and involved the theft of (7) “Queen Mary” stainless steel shelves, located outside of the hotel near the kitchen. The shelves are valued at $4900.00.

The next two incidents were reported on the morning of June 8th and involved unknown actor(s) unlawfully entering two separate vehicles. The first was a 2007 Infiniti from which nothing was taken. The second vehicle to be entered was a 2006 Jaguar. In that case, it is alleged that a wallet, containing $220.00, was taken.

Anyone with any information can contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at 973-227-1400. All information will be kept confidential.

 

Deliverymen Arrested for Burglary and Theft of Television

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Alexander Hernandez (34) of Passaic, N.J. and Alfred Barrera (25) of Branchburg, N.J. for burglary, theft and conspiracy to commit those crimes. The incident that led to the charges occurred on May 24, 2012 at 155 Passaic Avenue in Fairfield.

At approximately 4:50 P.M. on that date, Barrera and Hernandez, who were working for FMD Distribution of Fairfield, N.J. and who were being employed to assist Daniella Koren Inc. in moving their offices from Montvale, N.J. to the Passaic Avenue location, delivered a copy machine to that location. After doing so, it is alleged that the two then took a 55” Samsung television, valued at $1800.00, from the office. The break in the case came as a result of surveillance video that allegedly captured the theft.

On June 7, 2012, Detectives Robert Sanger and Charles Zampino conducted a follow up investigation which involved speaking with Hernandez. As a result of this investigation, Hernandez was arrested and charged with burglary, theft and conspiracy to commit those crimes. Arrest warrants charging Barrera with the same crimes were then issued and he was arrested later on June 7th with the assistance of the Branchburg (NJ) Police Department. The stolen television was allegedly recovered from Barrera’s residence.

Both men were released on their own recognizance pending an initial court date of June 14, 2012 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)

 

  

Bloomfield Man Arrested for Target Shoplifting Incident

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Seth Dupree (23) of Bloomfield, N.J. on June 6, 2012 for shoplifting. The incident that gave rise to the charges took place at approximately 7:15 P.M. That is when Target security observed Dupree enter the store. He was immediately recognized by security as an individual suspected of an alleged shoplifting incident that took place on May 31, 2012.

During this most recent incident, store security watched as Dupree filled a shopping cart with a variety of items to include baby formula and cases of Red Bull energy drink, with the total value of merchandise being approximately $1400.00. It is then alleged that Dupree bypassed all cash registers and was heading directly to the exit doors when he was confronted by security. Dupree allegedly then fled on foot only to be stopped and detained until the arrival of the police.

Dupree was charged with two counts of shoplifting, one each for the May 31st and June 6th incidents. He was eventually released on his own recognizance and given an initial court date of June 14, 2012 at the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.

 

 

 

Two Individuals Arrested for Clinton Road Scrap Metal Thefts

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Thomas Crandell (43) of Paterson, N.J. and Tyrone Flippen (31) of Irvington, N.J. for theft. The incident that led to the arrest took place on May 31, 2012 at approximately 5:15 A.M. At that time, the Fairfield Police Department was contacted and advised of a possible scrap metal theft that was in progress at CDA Services, located at 98 Clinton Road. The caller provided police with a description of the suspects’ vehicle. Sergeant David Proctor and Officer Christopher Nicholas were dispatched to the call.

Officer Nicholas located a vehicle matching that of the suspects’ in the Pio Costa Complex, located at 1275 Bloomfield Avenue. It was allegedly occupied by Crandell and Flippen and the officers could see metal items inside of the van. Further investigation by the officers at the scene indicated that these individuals allegedly removed the metal items from outside of 98 Clinton Road. Both were placed under arrest and their vehicle was impounded. The items allegedly found in the van were 38 steel brackets, valued at $570.00, resulting in a theft charge for each.

Detectives Charles Zampino and Christopher Niemiec were able to link Crandell to the alleged theft of air conditioning equipment from the T.I.S. Company, located at 125 Clinton Road, on March 9, 2012. This came as a result of surveillance video from that incident and from their continued investigation. Crandell received a second charge of theft for this incident. The merchandise taken then was valued at approximately $6,715.00.

Both defendants are scheduled to appear in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.on June 7, 2012. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that they are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Corporal Anthony Gerardi Resigns from the Fairfield Police Department

Fairfield (NJ) The following quotation is taken from a press release issued by the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office on May 31, 2012:

“Sussex County Prosecutor David J. Weaver announced the entry of a guilty plea to an Accusation before the Honorable N. Peter Conforti, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on May 30, 2012 by Anthony Gerardi, Jr. Mr. Gerardi pled guilty to a third degree charge of Hindering Apprehension in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-3a(7). As part of his plea, Mr. Gerardi was required to resign his position as a Fairfield Police Officer effective May 30, 2012 and is prohibited from seeking public employment in the future. Sentencing is scheduled for July 20, 2012. Mr. Gerardi was represented by Anthony Iacullo, Esq. and the State was represented by First Assistant Prosecutor Gregory R. Mueller.”

The Fairfield Police Department is confirming that they received Corporal Gerardi’s resignation on May 31, 2012 and it was effective May 30, 2012.

 

Man Arrested for DWI After Leaving Scene of Accident

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Anthony Trapasso (43) of East Hanover, N.J. for driving while under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, and failing to report and accident. The incident that gave rise to the charges occurred on May 25, 2012 at approximately 12:30 P.M.

At that time, the Fairfield Police Department was alerted to a motor vehicle crash that occurred onTwo Bridges Roadand that one of the vehicles, a white Chevrolet Silverado, had fled the scene towards Lincoln Park. The driver of the vehicle that was struck was able to provide police with a license plate number of this vehicle. An alert was sent to surrounding towns via the State Police Emergency Network which resulted in the Lincoln Park Police Department finding the vehicle and alleged driver in their jurisdiction. Further investigation resulted in officers developing probable cause to believe the driver (Trapasso) was allegedly operating his vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. He was arrested and transported to Fairfield police headquarters where he was eventually charged with DWI. The driver of the other vehicle, while shaken up, did not claim to be injured in the crash.

Trapasso faces an initial court appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court on June 7, 2012. (It should be noted that the allegations against Trapasso are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law) The case was investigated by Officers John McGrory and Michael Nyhuis)

Two Men Arrested at TD Bank for Outstanding Warrants and Narcotics

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of James Dingle (49) of Tannersville, PA and Michael Fordham (51) of Greentown,PA., on May 23, 2012. The incident that gave rise to the arrests occurred at approximately 3:15 P.M. That is when Officer Gerald Veneziano was on patrol and pulled into the parking lot of the TD Bank, located at 436 Hollywood Avenue. His attention was drawn to a blue 1998 Ford sedan that was parked in the lot and had a male outside of it talking on a cell phone. As the officer drove past the vehicle, the officer allegedly observed a beer can on the front seat. As a result, he stopped to make an inquiry.

As the officer approached the vehicle, he allegedly not only observed an open beer can but also a prescription bottle in the vehicle that allegedly was later found to contain three separate types of medications in it. As the officer spoke with the individual who was by the car, now identified as Fordham, a second man then exited the bank and approached the vehicle. He was later identified as Dingle.

A computer check revealed that Dingle was an alleged wanted person from Pennsylvania as well as having an active warrant issued by the Rivervale (NJ) Municipal Court. Fordham was also found to have active warrants issued by the Columbia and Rockaway (NJ) Municipal Courts. Both men were arrested.

Fordham was also charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance, possession of a prescription legend drug of five or more doses and for having an open container of an alcoholic beverage within a motor vehicle. (Note; The charges against both men are merely allegations and that they are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

Residential Burglary Reported at 15 Little Falls Road

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a residential burglary that occurred at 15 Little Falls Road sometime between May 21, 2012 at 10:00 PM and May 22, 2012 at 1:30 AM. It appears that the unknown actor(s) gained entry to the building by climbing a fire escape and entering though a second floor window. The victim reported cash and jewelry missing.

Anyone with information about this incident can contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. The case is being investigated by Detective Charles Zampino.

 

Man Arrested for Hindering Apprehension

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Nathan Hill (49) of South Orange, N.J. for hindering his own apprehension. On May 19, 2012, at approximately 5:00 PM, Officer Gerald Veneziano stopped a car for a motor vehicle violation. He asked the driver to produce his driving credentials, however he was unable to produce his driver’s license as it was allegedly suspended. Hill, who was a front seat passenger, was asked by the officer for his identification. It was at that time that it is alleged that Hill gave the officer false information relative to his name, date of birth and social security number.

Further investigation revealed that Hill was wanted for an outstanding arrest warrant issued by the Essex County Superior Court. He was eventually arrested and charged with hindering his own apprehension. Hill was eventually transferred to the Essex County Jail in Newark, N. J.

Juvenile Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Fairfield (NJ) A 17 year old, whose identity is being withheld because of her age, was taken into custody on May 18, 2012 and charged with allegedly being in possession of under 50 grams of marijuana. The incident, which led to the arrest, occurred at approximately 5:30 P.M. That is when Officers Gerald Veneziano and Frank Tracey were dispatched to the wooded area that runs adjacent to Henning Drive on a report of four individuals who were acting suspiciously.

The officers entered the woods and observed the individuals sitting on a log, however, one of the individuals, identified as the 17 year old, appeared to the officers to be concealing something in her purse. Officers allegedly found a plastic bag that contained suspected marijuana. The juvenile was taken into custody, charged and later released into the custody of her mother. The case is being referred to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for review. (Note: The charges against the juvenile are merely allegations and this juvenile is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

Residential Burglary Occurs at 330 Hollywood Avenue

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a residential burglary that apparently occurred at 330 Hollywood Avenue, sometime between May 17, 2012 at 6:30 P.M. and May 18, 2012 at 8:00 A.M. The unknown actor(s) allegedly forced entry to the front door of the residence. It appears that the actor(s) took an undisclosed amount of jewelry.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. The case is being investigated byDetective Charles Zampino.

Burglary at Route 46 Gas Station

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a commercial burglary that took place at the Gulf gas station, located at 3 Route 46 East, sometime between May 13th at 7:30 PM and May 14th at 5:30 AM. The unknown actor(s) apparently gained entry to the building by smashing a rear window. It appears only a small amount of money was taken.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at 973-227-1400. The case is being investigated byDetective Christopher Niemiec.

 

 

Burglary at 198 Sand Road

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a residential burglary that occurred at 198 Sand Road on May 11, 2012, sometime between 9:00 PM and 10:30 PM. The homeowner, who was out of the area at the time of the incident, was apparently contacted by his alarm company notifying him of an alarm activation. The homeowner advised the alarm company not to dispatch the police. Instead, he contacted a friend to check on the home at his convenience. Upon doing so, the friend discovered that the front door to the home had been forced open. He then alerted police. During the course of the incident, the unknown actor(s) attempted to disengage the alarm system by cutting the phone lines and ripping the alarm panel from the wall. At present, it has not yet been determined what, if anything was taken.

Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact the Fairfield Police Department Investigative Division at 973-227-1400. The case is being investigated by Detective Robert Sanger.

 

Fire Destroys Barbara Drive Residence

Fairfield (NJ) On May 7, 2012, at approximately 4:00 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was alerted to a house fire at 11 Barbara Drive. Initial reports were that the fire was in the attic and that the elderly residents were still in the home. First responding officers found the homeowners did in fact evacuate the house. They observed a heavy smoke condition and flames along an interior stairway.

The Fairfield Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the blaze. Assisting Fairfield were fire departments from Caldwell, North Caldwell, Pine Brook and West Caldwell. In addition, Atlantic Healthcare Ambulance EMS-7 and the West Essex First Aid Squad also responded to assist.

The Fairfield Fire Prevention Bureau is investigating the cause of the blaze, which at present, is believed to be accidental. There were no injuries as a result of this incident.

Attempted Burglary Occurs on Fox Hill Road

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating an attempted burglary of a Fox Hill Road residence that occurred on May 2, 2012 at approximately 9:00 P.M. At that time, officers were dispatched to a burglar alarm at 34 Fox Hill Road. When they arrived, they allegedly observed signs of forced entry to a rear screen door. A canvass of the neighborhood revealed a witness who apparently observed two youths running from the residence immediately after the alarm had sounded. These individuals were described as possibly being 15-18 years of age, wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with any information about this is incident is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. The case is being investigated byDetective Robert Sanger.

 

 

 

Man Arrested for Stalking and Criminal Trespass

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Evan Caffrey (20) of Haledon,N.J. for stalking and criminal trespass. The incident that gave rise to the charges occurred on April 30, 2012 at approximately 2:23 P.M.

At that time, the Fairfield Police Department was contacted and advised that an individual had allegedly just unlawfully entered a Pier Lane residence. The caller was the homeowner who was alerted to the incident by his 17 year old daughter who was apparently home when the individual made entry. The intruder was apparently known by the teen to be Caffrey.

Investigation revealed that Caffrey allegedly contacted the teen prior to coming to the residence and told her that he wanted to hang out with her. The teen allegedly told him no but he apparently came to the residence anyway. It is alleged that Caffrey climbed a ladder and entered the residence through a second floor window. It is further alleged that Caffrey searched for the teen, and when he did not find her, he left the residence.

Officers conducted a search of the area. Officer Christopher Andrews observed Caffrey on a bicycle in the parking lot of Target. He was taken into custody without incident. In addition to the stalking and criminal trespass charges, Caffrey was also found to have active warrants for his arrest issued by the Essex County Superior Court and North Caldwell Municipal Court. Caffrey was remanded to the Essex County Jail in Newark, N.J. (Note: The charges aginst Caffrey are merely allegations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

 

Criminal Mischief at Fairfield Recreation Complex

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating criminal mischief that took place at the Fairfield Recreation Complex located on Hollywood Avenue. The damage was reported on April 30, 2012 and involved 7 electrical faceplates being ripped off, 6 spotlights being broken and a window on the new concession stand being smashed. Anyone with information can contact the Fairfield Police Department Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. All information will remain confidential.

Little Falls Woman Arrested for Possession of over 100 Fraudulent Designer Handbags

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Samara Haziin (62) of Little Falls, N.J. for possessing counterfeit registered products in violation of N.J.S. 2C:21-32, a third degree crime.

The incident that led to her arrest took place on April 28, 2012, at approximately 11:50 A.M. At that time, representatives from Allegiance Protection Group, which is headquartered in New York City and who investigates incidents involving individuals or companies engaged in the possession or sale of what are commonly known as designer “knock off” items, contacted the Fairfield Police Department to report that such activity was taking place at Spa Lady, located at 461 Route 46 West in Fairfield.

Fairfield police officers responded to the location and eventually met up with investigators from Allegiance Protection Group. Upon entering Spa Lady, it is alleged that they observed Hazin with multiple tables set up and engaged in selling various pocketbooks and items of men’s clothing that were identified as being fraudulent. Some of the designer names involved on the fraudulent items included Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Coach and Tory Burch. Hazin was arrested without incident. Police also impounded a 2001 Ford Econoline van from the parking lot of the strip mall where Spa Lady is located when investigators allegedly observed additional fraudulent designer items inside of it. All told, police allegedly seized over 200 fraudulent designer items and it is estimated that these items could have sold on the street for approximately $7000.00.

Hazin was charged and released on her own recognizance. She has an initial court appearance date in Essex County Superior Court on May 3, 2012. (It should be noted that the charges against Hazin are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 

Juvenile Arrested for Possessing Marijuana

Fairfield (NJ) On April 24, 2012, a 14 year old juvenile, whose identity is being withheld because of his age, was taken into police custody and charged with possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia. At approximately 11:26 A.M., Officer Brian Holzmann was dispatched to a suspicious person call involving an individual in the woods behind the Banyon School, which is located at St. Thomas More Church on Hollywood Avenue.

Officer Holzmann entered the wooded area and allegedly found the juvenile in possession of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The juvenile was brought to police headquarters were a juvenile complaint was issued. The juvenile was released into the custody of a parent.  The juvenile had no association with the Banyon School. The case will be forwarded to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

Burglary Occurs at Floral Shop

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a burglary that took place at Bernice’s Floral, located at 100 Plymouth Street. The crime occurred sometime between April 19-20, 2012. Unknown actor(s) pried open a window and stole an undisclosed amount of cash. It appears that the same actor(s) also attempted to force entry into the Caboose on the Corner deli, which is located in the same building, by cutting holes into a screen on a window. Entry was not made.

Anyone with information about this or any other crime are encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department Investigative Division at 973-227-1400.

 

Police Investigating Theft of Golf Cart from Recreation Complex

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating the burglary of a shed located at the Fairfield Recreation Complex that occurred between April 18-19, 2012. The unknown actor(s) allegedly entered the shed, which was locked, and apparently stole a golf cart that belongs to the Township’s recreation department. The golf cart was located at the intersection of Green Meadows Road and Holly Drive on the morning of April 19th. It appears that the cart’s battery went dead.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at 973-227-1400.

 

Fairfield Officer Alex Cifelli Honored at PBA Essex County Conference Awards Ceremony

Fairfield (NJ) Fairfield Police Officer Alex Cifelli was honored by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association Essex County Conference Awards Ceremony as the Police Officer of the Year. The event took place on April 15, 2012 at the Il Tulipano restaurant inCedar Grove,N.J.

Officer Cifelli was permanently injured in the line of duty on June 19, 2011 when his police vehicle was intentionally rammed by one of six vehicles that were being stolen from the Skyline Auto Auction. After being rammed and injured, Officer Cifelli still assisted other Fairfield officers with apprehending the individual who rammed his vehicle after that suspect had fled the scene on foot.

Chief Charles Voelker stated: “Officer Cifelli epitomizes the extraordinary qualities of the officers of the Fairfield Police Department. He is an absolute credit to the law enforcement profession and I and the other members of the department are extremely proud of him and this deserving accolade.” 

 

Juvenile Charged with Weapon Offenses and Assault

Fairfield (NJ) A 14 year old juvenile, whose identity is being withheld due to his age, was taken into custody and charged with possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and aggravated assault from an incident that allegedly occurred on a school bus on the afternoon of April 17, 2012 near Hollywood Avenue and Dardanello Court.

Three juveniles, accompanied by parents, came to the Fairfield Police Department at approximately 3:00 P.M. on April 17th to report the alleged incident to authorities. It is alleged that the 14 year old suspect participated in a bullying incident against another juvenile on the bus. When a friend of the individual being bullied intervened, the 14 year old suspect allegedly brandished a knife, showing the blade. This juvenile then allegedly struck the 14 year old suspect across the face with an open hand which resulted in the 14 year old suspect choking the other individual around their throat. Other juveniles intervened in order to stop the assault. The victim did not require hospitalization.

Fairfield detectives contacted the 14 year old juvenile and his parents, who both eventually came to police headquarters where the charges were served upon the suspect. The suspect was transported to the Essex County Youth Detention Center in Newark, N.J.The case will be forwarded to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for review. ( Note: The charges against this juvenile are merely allegations and he is presumed innocent until adjudicated guilty in a court of law)

 

Thefts from Vehicles Occur at Two Hotels

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating two thefts from motor vehicles that occurred at two separate area hotels. Both thefts allegedly occurred during the early morning hours of April 14, 2012. Based upon the time frames of the crimes, the proximity to each other and the manner by which the thefts occurred, police are hypothesizing that the crimes were committed by the same actor(s).

One of the thefts occurred at the Hampton Inn and Suites, located on Route 46. Unknown actor(s) forced entry to a 2009 BMW and allegedly removed an I-Pod Touch, various DVDs and loose change bringing the value of the theft to approximately $450.00.

The other theft occurred at the Fairfield Executive Inn, also located on Route 46, involved a 2011 Land Rover. In that case, one of the vehicle’s window was smashed and ladies clothing, valued at approximately $40.00, was taken.

In both cases, the victims parked their vehicles in the parking lot of each hotel at around midnight and discovered the thefts at around 9:00 A.M.

 

Car Overturns on Horseneck Road After Collision

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is investigating a two car motor vehicle crash that occurred near #488 Horseneck Road, on March 30th at approximately 2:37 P.M. One of the vehicles, a 2009 Honda CRV rolled on its side, entrapping the two occupants. The driver of this vehicle, identified as Angell Chang (42) of Montville, N.J. and her passenger Mei-Fang Zheng (65) from China, had to be extricated from the vehicle by members of the Fairfield Fire Department. Both were later transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, N.J. with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the second vehicle, which was a 2003 Jeep Liberty also received minor injuries and was transported to Morristown Memoria lHospital. He is identified as Christopher Rosende (34) from Montville, N.J.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the Jeep was traveling north on Horseneck Road when the Honda allegedly made a left turn in front of it, causing the collision to occur. Air bags went off in both vehicles. “All of the individuals in this accident were extremely fortunate as their injuries could have been much more severe based upon where the damage to the vehicles was located” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. The West Essex First Aid Squad and Atlantic Healthcare Ambulance EMS-7 assisted in transporting the victims. The accident is being investigated by Officer Ian Rasmussen. The driver of the Honda was issued summonses for careless driving and failure to yield right of way.

 

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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