Saturday, June 23, 2012
Officer Juan Rodriguez will resign his position with the Fair Lawn Police Department effective June 29 and join the Paterson Police Department.
Fair Lawn police officer Juan Rodriguez, who was sworn in to the department this past November, has resigned, effective June 29, to accept a position with the Paterson Police Department. Rodriguez, an Afghanistan war veteran, had worked as a patrolman in Paterson for four years before being laid off by the department in 2011, and taking a job in Fair Lawn. When he was recently offered his old job back, the Paterson native and longtime resident decided to return to the department. While Rodriguez could not be reached for comment, borough manager Tom Metzler said his decision to leave Fair Lawn was not made lightly. "Per his conversations with me yesterday, it was not an easy decision for him," Metzler said Friday. "But Paterson offers …
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Detective Jeff Welsh has been honored as the VFW National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
Detective Jeff Welsh, who in February was named the District 2 (Bergen County) Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of New Jersey, was honored again Thursday for his first-rate police work. This time, the VFW bestowed the National Law Enforcement Award upon Welsh, who was entered in the nationwide running because of his earlier selection within Bergen County. "We, the members of Fair Lawn PBA #67, are very proud of Jeff Welsh," PBA president and fellow Detective David Boone said in a statement. "He has served the Borough of Fair Lawn with great distinction for over 22 years and this is a well deserved recognition of his excellent police work. The Borough leaders and the residents should take great pride in …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Kyle Jackson and Emily Warrick charged with burglary and theft
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Friday, March 23, 2012
A Passaic man and a Wallington woman broke into two houses and stole jewelry, Sgt. Richard Schultz said. Fair Lawn Police on Friday charged Kyle Jackson, 41, and Emily Warrick, 19, with two counts each of burglary and theft. The first burglary took place March 15, Schultz said. A neighbor reported that a Burbank Street home had an open door and window. Officers Luke Hintzen and Louis Evangelista found the home had been ransacked, Schultz said. Several pieces of jewelry were missing, Schultz said. The following evening, police received another report of an open door and window. A Morlot Avenue homeowner told police that he came home from shopping and found his house ransacked, with jewelry missing, Schultz said. Detectives Timothy O'…
Friday, March 16, 2012
The borough accumulated $885,000 in budget reserves in 2011.
With budget reserves of nearly three times the norm in 2011, the borough was able to transfer nearly $1 million in overages to areas whose costs went over their allotted budgets. The majority of the transferred money went to cover excessive costs incurred by the Recycling Department who worked around the clock during last year’s storms. The reserves were drawn from more than a dozen different under-budget sources, including the Department of Public Works and the Police Department. The borough’s chief financial officer Karen Palermo said a combination of retirements, illnesses and leaves of absence in those departments left positions vacant that the borough had anticipated would be filled. Nowhere was the savings from those vacancies …
Monday, February 27, 2012
A Fair Lawn woman who allegedly refused to stop her car for a Bergen County police officer on Route 4 early Monday was charged with eluding police, resisting arrest and drunken driving, police said.
A soon-to-be proposed ordinance would charge residents annually to register their home security system.
Updated on Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. -- Borough manager Tom Metzler will propose to council Tuesday another revenue generation mechanism for the borough: security system registration. While he declined to provide estimated cost figures, Metzler said that under the ordinance anyone who has a security system would pay an annual registration fee and be subject to fines if their system malfunctions repeatedly, forcing police to unnecessarily rush to their address and waste borough resources. There is currently no requirement for residents to register their alarm system, and while fines are imposed after two warnings, they are not tiered based on the number of violations. Last year, Fair Lawn police responded to approximately 1,300 false alarms from a…
Friday, January 27, 2012
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Is there ever an excuse for a parent or guardian to host an underage drinking party? Two weeks ago, Fair Lawn police arrested and charged 46-year-old resident Kathleen Martorelli with endangering the welfare of children for allegedly hosting a New Year's Eve party where underage drinking took place. Martorelli's role as alleged host of the party was discovered when a girl stumbling home from the party early the next morning fell and hit her head on the rain gutter outside her home and required medical attention, Sgt. Richard Schultz said. Police responded to the accident and applied first aid until an ambulance could arrive and transport the juvenile to the hospital. Schultz said the injury was nothing serious, but that there was a lot of …
Peter Yuskaitis replaces Eric Van Kruiningen as rescue squad chief. He served as chief previously from 1997-2001
Peter Yuskaitis’ role as the new Fair Lawn Rescue Squad chief may not afford him the same notoriety that his younger brother, Tim, gets from dressing up in colonial garb and crying at public events. But he’s OK with that. “I like to keep a low profile,” the elder Yuskaitis said, sitting at a table in the Fair Lawn police detective bureau, where he works full-time. Yuskaitis is Fair Lawn’s emergency services version of a three-sport athlete. In addition to heading the rescue squad and being on the police force, Yuskaitis has also been a volunteer firefighter in town for about 25 years. “It definitely helps,” Yuskaitis said of serving in all three capacities. “It helps to know how each organization works and what’s expected of each. I only …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Wayne Robbins speaks with Carol Wagner and Lt. Derek Bastinck about the "Parents Who Host Lose The Most" program
For a special "Inside Fair Lawn" segment, Wayne Robbins chatted with Carol Wagner, director of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Fair Lawn police Lt. Derek Bastinck, about the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention and its campaign to educate parents about the consequences of hosting underage drinking parties.
Friday, January 13, 2012
A brief background on new councilman John Cosgrove and what inspired him to run for office
It took three decades of prodding from both parties but John Cosgrove finally agreed to run for Fair Lawn borough council in 2011. “I decided to do it this time because I feel that the next four years are going to be some of the most important in Fair Lawn’s history,” Cosgrove said back in October. “There’s going to be some very difficult decisions that have to be made.” A lifelong resident whose family has lived in town for more than 100 years, Cosgrove’s devotion to Fair Lawn is legendary. “A lot of my friends always kid me that Fair Lawn is the center of my universe.” Cosgrove quips. From a quick scan of his resume, it’s immediately clear why he’s affectionately called “Mr. Fair Lawn.” Not only has Cosgrove worked in some capacity with …