FAIRFIELD, NJ — Fairfield police are reminding West Essex area residents to lock their cars when unattended. Between 8 p.m. on Thursday and 7:30 a.m. on Friday, police said items were stolen from an unlocked car and a second vehicle was stolen from Glenroy Rd. in Fairfield.
In other news, the Fairfield Police Department announced the arrest of Joshua Munn, 25, of Fairfield and Lauren Traettino, 26, of Manalapan, for possession and being under the influence of heroin on Feb. 22. At approximately 5:20 p.m., officers responded to a Fairfield Road residence on a report of a dispute. Upon their arrival, they allegedly found Munn to be engaged in a verbal altercation with another family member.
Officer Sean McCormack observed Munn and noticed he had signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence of an opiate to include difficulty walking and eyelids that were droopy, according to police. Police said Munn continued to create a disturbance and was eventually arrested for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.
Officer Christopher Nicholas and Steven Ptaszynski then began speaking with Traettino and allegedly made similar observations concerning her condition to include slurred speech, difficulty keeping her balance and droopy eyelids. According to police, she also was placed under arrest for being under the influence. Both were transported to police headquarters.
During the course of prisoner intake, police said officers found 10 Glassine envelopes containing suspected heroin in the shoe of Munn. Similarly, with the aid of a female officer from the North Caldwell police, 13 glassine folds containing suspected heroin was found secreted in Traettino’s undergarments. Both were eventually released on their own recognizance pending a March 10, 2016 hearing in the Superior Court in Newark, N.J.
(It should be noted that the charges against the pair are merely allegations and that they are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)