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Local Business Owner Arrested after Officers Discover Teen Party & More from Fairfield Police Department


FAIRFIELD, NJ — A Montclair resident was arrested for maintaining a nuisance earlier this month after Fairfield police discovered a large group of juveniles suspected of consuming alcoholic beverages and two separate occasions at 1275 Bloomfield Avenue.

According to police, responding officers did not find anything during their first response to the complex, but observed a number of juveniles congregating around Move It Piano, LLC, in Fairfield up a second call to the above location.

Subsequent to investigation, officers discovered approximately 70-80 minors inside of the facility as well as several bottles and containers of alcoholic beverages scattered throughout the building—some open and others empty. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, according to police, Daniel Pauleson, 36, was arrested and charged with maintaining a nuisance.

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The Fairfield Police Department also announced the arrest of Bryan Baumann, 39, of Woodland Park for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia earlier the same day.

According to police, Officer James High Jr. stopped a 2012 white Jeep on Plymouth Street for having a broken taillight and found the vehicle being operated by Baumann. During the course of the stop, the officer detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle.

Subsequent to investigation, the officer discovered a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana and a smoking pipe. Baumann was arrested without incident with the drug charges as well as failure to maintain lamps and operating while his license was suspended.

Charges against both Baumann and Pauleson are merely allegations and both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law.

In other news, the Fairfield police and fire departments recently responded to the Gately Overpass on a report of a garbage truck that had flipped over and was on its side. Upon arrival, officers found a 1998 Mack garbage truck belonging to Suburban Disposal of Fairfield, lying on its side.

The operator of the vehicle, identified as Gloria Washington, 42, of Newark was still inside of the cab of the truck, according to police. Officers were able to assist her out of the vehicle after removing the front windshield. Washington was transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the garbage truck may have been having some problems with leaking hydraulic fluid, resulting in the driver trying to get back to the company’s Montesano Road depot. It appears that the vehicle was going faster than it should have been as it exited Route 46 West onto the Gately Overpass which ultimately resulted in it tipping over.

“We were extremely lucky that no other vehicles were entering onto Route 46 from the overpass or else we may have had a fatality,” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

The overpass remained closed for approximately two and a half hours. The crash is being investigated by Fairfield Officers Jeffrey Dean and David Chabay.

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