Monday, October 13, 2014

Fire-General Alarm: Garage Fire October 12, 2014

On Sunday, October 12, 2014, at 4:28 PM, the Bergenfield Police Department Communications Desk received multiple 911 calls reporting a garage fire on Glenwood Drive North. Fire units were dispatched, but the actual fire location was quickly updated 1 Glenwood Drive East.

Fire Chief Jason Lanzilotti, upon arrival of fire apparatus, said the "garage was reported to be fully involved." Although the garage is detached from the residence, the neighboring residences "started to burn but were extinguished and cooled" as firefighters began their attack on the blaze, he said.

The fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters on scene and the fire chief further reported,  "because of the potential for collapse, hot spots, as well as the quantity of contents, the garage needed to be taken down with a controlled demo preformed in cooperative effort by members from the Bergenfield and Dumont fire departments."

Mutual aid was requested from the Dumont, New Milford, Tenafly, Englewood and Teaneck fire departments. In addition, the Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded and was on scene to standby and provide medical treatment if needed. The fire chief reported there were no injuries to either civilian or firefighter personnel during the incident.   

The fire remains under investigation and no specific cause is known yet, however, it is not deemed suspicious in nature at this time. All fire units cleared the scene by 6:56 PM.


Friday, September 19, 2014

"Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day" October 10, 2014

The Bergenfield Police Department will be participating in the "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day."  See the article and links below for more information.                                                                        

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

PSE&G Work Schedule Week of September 15

PSE&G has scheduled work to be conducted for the week of September 15, 2014.  The work will be conducted Monday through Saturday, weather permitting.  Please see the notification below for further details and road closures. 

Operation Take Back New Jersey is September 27, 2014

National Take Back Initiative September 27, 2014, 10 am  - 2 pm
Drop off your old, expired, unused, prescription medicine at
the Bergenfield Police Department, 198 N. Washington Avenue.
Click on link to the right for more information.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Charges for Attempted Murder; Aggravated Assault; Aiding Suicide against local male

Bergenfield Police Department reports that charges have been filed against John Humbert, age 66, Bergenfield, for Aggravated Assault, Possession of Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Aiding Suicide and Attempted Murder.

            On Saturday September 13, at approximately 8:56 AM, officers responded to the rear of 20 W. Church Street on the report of a disoriented male in need of medical attention. Officers found John Humbert with partially healed wounds consistent with having been inflicted with a cutting instrument. Further investigation found he admitted to inflicting such wounds upon himself. Mr. Humbert was transported to Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus after officers consulted with the Psychiatric Emergency Screening Program (PESP) counselor. Continued investigation at Mr. Humbert’s apartment, located on W. Church Street, found his wife, Joyce Humbert age 62, with similar wounds and in need of immediate medical attention. Mrs. Humbert also displayed signs of mental instability as well as verbalizing suicidal thoughts.  She was transported by Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) from the Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corps and paramedics from Holy Name Medical Center to Holy Name Emergency Room.

            The investigation continued and a search warrant was obtained for the Humbert apartment. Bergenfield detectives, along with detectives from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department, executed the warrant and checked the location for further evidence. After interviews, consult with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the search warrant, John Humbert was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon (razor), aiding suicide and the attempted murder of his wife. Bail was set by Bergen County Superior Court Judge Edward Jerejian at $500,000 no 10%. Mr. Humbert was remanded to the custody of the Bergen County Sheriff at the Bergen Regional Medical Center in lieu of bail and further evaluation by mental health staff. Joyce Humbert is recovering from wounds she received and is expected to survive. She too will be evaluated further by mental health professionals before any release from the hospital.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BPD to participate in National Take-Back Day September 27 September 27, 2014, from 10 am to 2 pm, the Bergenfield Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Bergenfield Police Department at 198 N. Washington Avenue. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Click on the link below for the National Drug Take back press release and results of the program for the last seven years.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines— flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.