Police & Fire

August 4, 2020

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Western Essex County emerged from under a Tropical Storm Warning Tuesday afternoon as Tropical Storm Isaias pulled out of the area and skies cleared, leaving downed trees and wires in its wake. “Please help us by remaining at home!” West Caldwell police urged on the ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Lennon and Zaros children got an early taste of philanthropy selling lemonade on July 11 to raise money and buy a gift card for the Fairfield Police Department. Charlotte (10 years old), Patrick (7) and Andrew Lennon (5) and their cousins Grace (11), Ella (9) and Allie Zaros ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield Police Department charged two individuals with eluding police and other criminal and motor vehicle charges in the wake of two separate incidents. The first incident took place on January 24, 2020. On that date, at approximately 1:41 AM, Officer James Ciampi was ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — A coyote sighting in the township earlier this week was the impetus for extra patrol cars in the area and an issuance of safety guidelines to help avoid conflict with the animals. A coyote was sighted near the Fairfield Recreational Center Wednesday evening at 8:30 p.m., ...

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ROSELAND, NJ — The advisory to boil water that was issued Tuesday for portions of the borough remained in effect on Wednesday and probably will not be lifted untl sometime Thursday, according to the Department of Public Works. A water main break occurred at 141 Passaic Ave. on Tuesday which ...

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ROSELAND, NJ — In a Facebook post earlier today, the Roseland Police Department announced a bear sighting near the Holmehill Section of Roseland. The department warns residents to please stay alert and use caution in the area. This is a developing story, and will be updated as more information ...

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ESSEX FEELS, NJ - Essex Fells Police Chief William Theilacker retired last week after serving the town for three decades. Dozens of friends and colleagues saluted him with a drive by parade. Theilacker, a Livingston native, became interested in law enforcement while working for Arnie’s ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — A house fire on Tuesday night caused major damage to a house at 27 Big Piece Rd. in Fairfield. According to authorities, none of the residents were injured in the blaze. At 4:55 p.m. the Fairfield police received a 911 call from a resident reporting a fire in her home. The ...

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ESSEX FELLS, NJ -- A house fire Sunday afternoon caused some damage to an upstairs room of a single-family dwelling on Windsor Place. According to Essex Fells police, the fire in one of the colonial home's four bedrooms started when a mattress was ignited after it had been leaning against a ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — A 23-year-old East Orange man was recently arrested in Fairfield for burglary, hindering apprehension and possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. At approximately 5:06 p.m. on Tuesday, officers were dispatched to Gardner Road on a report of suspicious male seen pulling on ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — After receiving a call from the owner of Veton LLC ambulance company regarding an ambulatory transport van that had been taken from his business without permission over the weekend, the Fairfield Police Department located and arrested Jonathan Roman, 34, of Paterson for receiving ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — Logan Goldstein, a 12-year-old North Caldwell resident, has used her spare time in quarantine to get a head start on her bat mitzvah project by raising funds to collect and distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to her local first responders to help keep them safe ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — Members of the Fairfield Police Department, which has been actively giving back to the community for several weeks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has recently made a temporary change to its officers’ daily uniform. During the current health crisis, the department has ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — Members of the Fairfield Police Department recently assisted in the apprehension of several individuals who assisted in the armed robbery of a Verizon store in Denville on March 29. “Not only are our front-line officers fighting the surreptitious COVID-19 virus, but they also ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — Inspired by the children of Spain and Italy, communities across the United States, including Fairfield, are posting artwork in the form of rainbows in their windows as a way of spreading hope and connecting with each other during the global health crisis.  In order to participate ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — In order to give police officers the ability to have virtual face-to-face contact with callers using a person’s cell phone camera to stream live real-time video of a scene directly to the police department’s dispatch center, the Fairfield Police Department has initiated the use of a ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — After the Township of Fairfield announced that three cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID19 (novel coronavirus) have been discovered among Fairfield residents, Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna released a statement on Friday night assuring the community that Fairfield officers ...

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WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Council chambers was standing room only during Tuesday’s West Caldwell Township Council meeting as family, friends, residents and West Caldwell police supported the swearing in of Paul G. Velardi and Justin D. Ritter as probationary police officers. As Mayor Joseph Tempesta ...

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CALDWELL, NJ -- Students at Trinity Academy "clapped out” Caldwell Police Sergeant Fred Arnold on Thursday. Arnold will be retiring from the force on Friday. He has been a D.A.R.E. | L.E.A.D.  instructor in Caldwell. The student at the school performed the "clap out" as part of their farewell ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — Six Fairfield police officers were commended with lifesaving awards earlier this week for their assistance in reviving a 57-year-old man on Super Bowl Sunday after he suffered a massive heart attack.  Christopher Zawisla, the Fair Lawn resident whose life the officers saved, ...

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ROSELAND, NJ — As proud family members and colleagues looked on, three Roseland police officers were promoted to the rank of sergeant during Tuesday’s borough council meeting. As he swore the officers into their new positions, Mayor James Spango noted that the officers who were once their peers ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — Two individuals were recently arrested in Fairfield on charges of driving while under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol. Officer Michael Tilton was on patrol on Horseneck Road when he observed a vehicle that was failing to maintain its lane. While engaging the ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — Police Officers from Essex Fells, Fairfield, North Caldwell and Roseland recently visited students at West Essex Middle School to host their first “Cookie with a Cop” event, designed to allow students to become more familiar and comfortable with local law enforcement. During ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — Fairfield natives Frank, Marc and Joe Messineo recently expressed their “sincere gratitude and appreciation for the caring and compassion” that the Fairfield Police Department (FPD) showed in November when their father suffered a heart attack. On behalf of the family, Frank spoke ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a shoplifting incident that resulted in a motor vehicle pursuit with the suspect successfully eluding police on Sunday morning. At approximately 8:30 a.m., asset protection officers from the Target store located on Route ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — In addition to launching an investigation on Friday following a series of vehicle burglaries and attempts, the Fairfield Police Department (FPD) has also mad several arrests over the last month, including two individual arrests for driving under the influence (DUI), the arrest of a ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — In a room packed with family and friends, Fairfield police sergeants Brian Sabatelli, Robert Sanger, Ralph “RJ” Casendino and Steven Ptaszynski and Class II Special Law Enforcement Officer (SLEO 2) Patrick Reynolds were officially sworn into their new positions by Mayor James ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — Staff members and animals were deemed safe on Saturday night after being evacuated from the Animal Hospital of Fairfield, located at 428 Fairfield Road, due to a heavy fire that is now under investigation by the Fairfield Fire Prevention Bureau Fire departments from Fairfield, ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — In late December, the Fairfield Police Department investigated two separate motor vehicle crashes involving young, inexperienced drivers from Fairfield who responding officers said were operating vehicles in both fast and careless manners. The department is now requesting that ...

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CALDWELL, NJ — As per a resolution adopted on Dec. 18, the Caldwell town council voted to terminate the employment of Police Lt. Michael Geary effective immediately.  In the absence of council members Capozzoli and O’Donnell, the four remaining council members voted unanimously to support the ...

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