by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
FAIRFIELD, NJ - Late in the afternoon of Wednesday, July 12, a homeowner came home to encounter a burglar in her Horseneck Road home. By the next day, Fairfield Police announced that they had identified the suspect and issued a warrant for his arrest.
Today, Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna announced that Henry Adamson, 51, of Paterson has been placed under arrest in connection with the crime.
According to Manna, at about 5:03pm, a woman returned to her Horseneck Road home to find a grey 2004 Acura MDX, with the engine idling, parked in her driveway. Apparently, she then entered her home and found Adamson inside of it.
The woman related to police that, having been found out, Adamson immediately ran out of the house carrying a black case; he jumped in his car and began to drive away. Undaunted, the woman followed behind him - taking photos of the car as it was driving away - and managed to photograph the license plate.
Fairfield Police soon responded to her home and the resident was able to describe the suspect as a black male, bald, wearing a blue shirt. Police believe that Adamson forced open the front door of the home and escaped with some jewelry he found inside.
The Fairfield investigative team, led by Detective Lieutenant Charles Zampino
and Detective Ian Rasmussen, determined that the car was registered in Paterson. Later that evening the team, working with the Paterson Police Department, were able to locate the car at the owner's home, and determined that Adamson had been driving the car that afternoon at the time of the crime.
Because Adamson was not at his home, Fairfield Police issued a warrant for his arrest.
Manna reported that Fairfield detectives along with officers from the United States Marshal’s Service were able to locate Adamson today in a location where he had been hiding at 91B Bridge Street in Paterson.
Adamson was arrested on Burglary and Theft charges, brought to Fairfield Police headquarters for processing, and eventually transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark.
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - At about 4am this morning, North Caldwell Police Officer Charlie Krueser was out on patrol when he noticed a suspicious vehicle parked on Windridge Drive.
Police Chief Mark Deuer explained that after Krueser noticed the car, he turned his own patrol car around and then saw three individuals putting a television in the backseat of the parked vehicle. North Caldwell officer John Herbert arrived immediately to the scene as back-up.
To assist with the investigation, the North Caldwell Fire Department arrived on the scene with a search light, while mutual aid came from the Caldwell Police, Essex Fells Police, West Caldwell Police, and Verona Police departments.
"Officer Krueser's sense to turn around
Ultimately, three individuals were located in the area and were taken into custody:
Through the course of the investigation it was determined that three people were inside the home, sleeping, when it was broken into. Officers recovered a 357 Magnum handgun along with controlled substances.
Further information is not available at this time.
"Officer Krueser's proactive actions while on patrol at four in the morning should bring a level of comfort to our residents,
Wiliam Fitzsimmons, 85, Dies After Blunt Force Injuries He Received During May 16 Belleville Home Invasion
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced
today that William Fitzsimmons, 85, of Belleville died yesterday of injuries he received during a home invasion of his Cedar Hill Avenue residence.
Fitzsimmons had been hospitalized since the May 16 robbery, during which he suffered blunt force trauma.
According to a report in the Belleville Times, Fitzsimmons had told police that he had heard a knock at his door at about 7pm that Saturday evening. Apparently, as he opened the door he was then struck from behind by someone already inside of his house. He was then tied up while the intruder reportedly cut his phone lines, ransacked the house, stole costume jewelry and then fled the scene.
It's believed that after the robber left, Fitzsimmons went outside and then fell unconscious. The next morning at about 10am, two persons found Fitzsimmons outside his home; his face was "bloody, bruised and swollen." They contacted Belleville Police who began their investigation.
Belleville Police later charged Ray Cooley, 25, of Nutley, with attempted murder, burglary and kidnapping following Fitzsimmon's assault and those charges will likely be upgraded. Cooley reportedly admitted to police his role in the incident and stated that he had shoveled snow at Fitzsimmons' house over the winter. He is suspected of entering Fitzsimmon's home through an unlocked door.
The Essex County Prosecutor's Office along with the Belleville Police Department are continuing to investigate the incident.
VERONA, NJ - Verona Police have confirmed that another residential burglary has taken place within the township. The police are investigating an incident which occurred on Thursday night, at about 11:15pm, when an individual is said to have broken into a residence on Afterglow Road and taken at least one item; the homeowners were in their residence at the time. This event follows two previous recent and similar incidents on Grove Avenue and on Woodland Avenue.
During last night's burglary, police state that the suspect entered the Aspenglow home, saw the homeowner and fled the premises. No one was confronted or injured.
The police have further confirmed that the suspect is alleged to have gotten into a car which was last seen traveling east on Bloomfield Avenue.
Two recent previous incidents have occurred:
VERONA, NJ - Verona Police confirmed that a residential robbery took place at about 11:40pm on Sunday evening on Grove Avenue in the township. Reportedly, the homeowner was inside the residence and was tied up. The home invasion incident took place in the lower end of Grove between Bloomfield and Linden Avenues. In a statement, the police reported that the township has experienced several burglaries recently and the investigation into these incidents is ongoing.
After arriving at the scene, the Verona officers conducted a search of the residence and located an older female resident who had been tied up; she was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Essex County Prosecutors Office was the contacted to assist the department in the investigation.
Area police are asking the public to take extra precautions in securing their homes. Cedar Grove Police Chief Richard Vanderstreet commented that he felt it was best for the community to know about the situation and be aware of their need to be alert.
As a result of a nighttime residential burglary to an occupied home in a neighboring town, the police department is asking residents to be on the alert for suspicious activity and to take extra precautions in securing their homes. The burglary in question occurred on Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 11:40 p.m. and the victim had apparently been tied up by the burglars. The investigation into the incident is ongoing. As precautionary measures, residents are being asked to ensure their doors and windows are locked and their home alarms are set before retiring for the evening. In addition, some interior and exterior lights should be left on at night. Residents are also asked to be alert for suspicious persons and vehicles and if observed to immediately contact the police department at 973-239-4100 or 9-1-1 in an emergency.