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Monday, July 16, 2018

Westfield Resident Videotapes Interaction with Police

Westfield resident Ronald Posyton III confronts Westfield police supervisor inside headquarters.
Tap on YouTube link to watch video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOW4XkI8xsw

Mr. Posyton cites this court case as the reason for his actions.
Tap on link to review court case summary by ACLU.
Fields v Philadelphia
https://www.aclupa.org/our-work/legal/legaldocket/fields-v-city-philadelphia

FindLaw Review
https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-3rd-circuit/1867346.html

Friday, July 13, 2018

Westfield Police Chief David Wayman Believed To Be Resigning

     Multiple sources have revealed that Westfield Police Chief David Wayman will resign effective August 1, 2018.
     These reports are unconfirmed by the Town of Westfield but believed to be the result of an alleged deal made between Wayman and the Union County Prosecutors Office which, according to Westfield town officials, is conducting an investigation into a hit and run accident allegedly involving police chief Wayman as the alleged suspect and Lt. Leo Lugo as the officer that wrote the alleged fabricated police accident report and investigation report.
     What is unknown at this time is what criminal charges are being pursued by the UCPO, if any at all, against Wayman and Lugo, if a deal has been made.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Westfield Police Chief Levies Fines In Lieu of Departmental Charges

The Fact of The Matter has learned that Westfield Police Chief David Wayman, currently under investigation by the Union County Prosecutors Office for alleged misconduct, levied monetary fines on police officers in lieu of departmental charges for infractions and rules and regulations violations.

Not only is the legality of this called into question, but who collected the money and where did that money go?

Any officer required to pay a monetary fine can email TFoTM with details.  All correspondence will be kept confidential. 

Town Council Confirms Union County Investigation

At Tuesday evening’s Westfield town council meeting, Acting Mayor Linda Habgood confirmed that the Union County Prosecutor’s Office is conducting an investigation into a hit & run accident that allegedly involved Westfield Police Chief David Wayman as the suspect and Det. Lt. Leonard Lugo as the officer that wrote the accident report allegedly covering up the accident.

When asked what the current employment status of Wayman is, Westfield town administrator Jim Gidea confirmed that Wayman was still employed despite having taken off from work the previous seven days using accrued comp time.

When asked what the status of the investigation was and whether the outcome would affect Police Chief Wayman’s future employment with the town, Acting Mayor Habgood stated that the town could not comment any further due to the pending investigation.

Former Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky was warned of the consequences that would occur should he allow David Wayman to ascend to the department’s highest rank.  Those warnings were ignored.


Sunday, July 08, 2018

Union County Prosecutors Office Opens Another Investigation Into WPD

     While the Westfield Police Department awaits the findings of a Union County Prosecutors Office investigation into the alleged cover-up of a “hit and run” accident involving Westfield Police Chief David Wayman and Detective Lieutenant Leonard Lugo, another motor vehicle accident involving the family member of a high ranking supervisor is being looked at.

     TFoTM has learned that Westfield Police Captain John Ricerca’s personal motor vehicle, while being driven by an immediate family member, was involved in a major motor vehicle accident in January.  The crash occurred on Central Ave. and resulted in multiple injuries to the driver of another vehicle.  Ricerca’s vehicle was being operated by a family member allegedly driving with a probationary license.

     The Westfield police report filed revealed as many as 5 additional occupants of the Ricerca vehicle, passengers allegedly ranging in ages between 14 and 17.  New Jersey Title 39 Motor Vehicle Code restricts the number of occupants a probationary driver may have with them while operating a motor vehicle.

     No summonses were issued to the operator of the Ricerca motor vehicle, which is being reviewed by the UCPO, causing some to question whether responding officers were instructed not to issue summonses for careless driving, illegally crossing double yellow lines in the roadway, and offenses  related to operating a motor vehicle in violation of probationary driver status, among other possible violations.

     This UCPO investigation is just another in a series of inquiries regarding police corruption and misconduct infesting the command staff personnel of the Westfield Police Department in recent years.
Chief David Wayman - Det. Lt. Leonard Lugo - Captain John Ricerca

Thursday, July 05, 2018

To: Westfield Police Chief David Wayman


You will not be leaving on your terms.  Your corruption and misconduct have been exposed. Your lies, false statements, coverup have been exposed.  Your pending departure is the result of TFoTM’s patience and diligence.  Justice will be served when you are indicted and stripped of your title.  You are a disgrace to the profession, the rank and file, Westfield residents, and anyone that wears the uniform that is entrusted to protect and serve. 
 This is for everyone you screwed during your career to reach the corner office. 
TFOTM

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Rumors of Westfield Police Chief’s Imminent Departure Begin

Rumors about Westfield police chief David Wayman’s imminent departure have begun to circulate around the WPD. 
What is unknown at this time are the findings of an investigation by the Union County Prosecutors Office into a “hit & run” accident, allegedly involving Wayman, that was allegedly covered up.
Possible charges could include the following if Wayman and Westfield Detective Lieutenant Leonard Lugo, the author of the “hit & run” accident report, are charged departmentally and/or criminally. 
*See previous TFoTM coverage in stories posted below including police reports. 

Perjury
False sworn statement
Official misconduct
Lying under oath
Neglect of duty
Failure to supervise
Conduct unbecoming
Records tampering


Left: David Wayman   Right: Leonard Lugo

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Former Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky Claims Harassment and Being Frightened and Terrified

Part IV
Police Reports

Skibitsky said it was “frightening and terrifying” yet he waited 4 days to notify police of the incident and then he waited another 21 days until the day after his landslide election loss to file the charges that were dismissed in court.

Timeline of incident and reports to police:

•Incident occurred 10-14-17

•Skibitsky reports incident to police 10-18-18

•Skibitsky provides sworn statement 10-20-18 (Does not wish to file complaint on this date but will “consider signing complaints sometime in the near future.”)

•11-8-18 Skibitsky signs complaint against Kevin Monroe the day after his landslide election
loss.

•The charges were dismissed in court.......aka “tossed out.”




Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Investigation of Motor Vehicle Cover-up Nears Completion

     The Union County Prosecutor’s Office investigation into the alleged cover up of Westfield Police Chief David Wayman’s motor vehicle accident is nearing completion. 
     Wayman was allegedly involved in a motor vehicle accident in March of this year while driving in the secured lot of the Westfield conservation center on Lambertsmill Rd. 
     It is alleged that Wayman struck a parked UCPO vehicle, causing extensive damage to the front of the UCPO vehicle while driving a Town of Westfield truck with an attached snow plow. 
     Westfield Police Detective Lieutenant Leonard Lugo was tasked with submitting a police accident report and investigation report.  Both reports have been called into question as they document the accident as a “hit & run” with no suspects. 
     Sources, not authorized to speak on behalf of the Westfield Police Department, have confirmed that a Westfield police officer was allegedly a witness to the accident and allegedly was coerced into silence by Chief David Wayman. 
     TFoTM emails sent to Police Chief Wayman and Det. Lt. Lugo, seeking comment, have not been responded to. 

NOTE:  See previous blog posts of hit & run coverage including police reports and emails seeking comment from WPD officials. 

Left: Chief David Wayman. Right: Det. Lt. Leonard Lugo

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Westfield Councilwoman JoAnn Neylan Provides Sworn Statement

Westfield Councilwoman JoAnn Neylan gave a sworn statement to police in the matter of Skibitsky v Monroe.

Neylan was in the Krauser’s parking lot on Central Ave. waiting for Troy Skibitsky (mayor’s son) to exit the adjacent barbershop on a day where the Skibitsky campaign was in full swing.

Neylan’s campaigning effort on behalf of Andy Skibitsky was rebuffed by some residents of the neighboring community, including Mr. Monroe.

Neylan’s interaction with Kevin “Spud” Monroe would be the lightening rod that sparked harassment and disorderly person charges levied against Monroe, by then-Mayor Andy Skibitsky, a day after Skibitsky’s landslide election loss to Shelley Brindle and almost a month after the alleged incident.
Andy Skibitsky was not present during the incident.

Shortly after this alleged incident, Neylan took part in a round table debate/discussion at the Community Center on Cacciola Pl.

The charges were eventually dismissed in court during a hearing in which Neylan, Troy Skibitsky, and Andy Skibitsky did not show up for.





Sunday, June 24, 2018

Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky’s Sworn Statement to Police




Six days after an incident between Westfield Councilwoman JoAnn Neylan and resident Kevin “Spud” Monroe, then mayor Andy Skibitsky decided to pursue harassment charges against Mr. Monroe.  
Here is Skibitsky’s sworn statement to police detectives.  
Keep in mind that Skibitsky was not present during the alleged threat that was eventually dismissed and thrown out of court. 
Note:  A victim of harassment typically has a report taken and is told to go to the violations bureau to seek help from the court clerk in filing charges.  Skibitsky was afforded much more than that. 
WPD detectives had sought terroristic threat charges and were rebuffed by the Union County Prosecutors Office. 
I have redacted personal information including date of birth, social security number, place of birth, and address.







Friday, June 22, 2018

Email Reveals Lack of Urgency In Mayor Andy Skibitsky’s Harassment Complaint

An email obtained by The Fact of The Matter reveals that Mayor Andy Skibitsky wanted to wait until after November’s mayoral election to proceed with the harassment charge levied against a Westfield resident. 

Skibitsky had claimed that he was in fear for his safety and that of his family’s safety after Kevin Monroe told Westfield Councilwoman JoAnn Neylan, who was campaigning for Skibitsky, “He’s done,” in reference to his desire to see the end of Skibitsky’s tenure as mayor.  The verbal communication was made simultaneously with a hand gesture where Monroe motioned with his hand across his own neck/throat.  Monroe had indicated to Neylan that the community wasn’t voting for Skibitsky. 

Neylan was on Central Ave. near Krausers when the alleged harassment occurred. 
Skibitsky was not present during this incident and the harassment charge against Kevin Monroe was ultimately dismissed in court. 

The incident took place almost a month before Skibitsky finally filed the harassment charge against Monroe, which was the day after his landslide election loss to eventual winner Shelley Wright Brindle. 

More to come on this including sworn statements from the police investigation that ensued as a result of Andy Skibitsky’s claim.  

This Email reveals that former Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky’s sense of urgency, in filing a harassment complaint against Westfield resident Kevin Monroe, was a fabrication in total contradiction to his sworn statement to police. 
The email is from WPD Detective DaSilva to the UCPO. 



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Former Westfield Mayor Skibitsky’s Harassment Complaint Heads to Trial

Skibitsky/Monroe Trial Update:

•Former Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky is scheduled to have his harassment complaint against Westfield Resident Kevin Monroe heard on June 20th in Clark Municipal court. 

•The trial was moved to Clark due to a conflict of interest in Westfield, Mountainside, and Cranford. 

•Westfield taxpayers are footing the bill for Skibitsky’s representation by Clark Municipal Prosecutor Jon Henry Barr. 

•Skibitsky has alleged he was harassed by Mr. Monroe when Monroe allegedly made comments, and an alleged had gesture, to Westfield Councilwoman JoAnn Neylan while she was on the campaign trail leading up to last November’s town council elections. 

•Skibitsky was not present during the alleged harassment for which he allegedly claims had put him in fear for his and his family’s safety. 

•Skibitsky waited until the day after his landslide election loss, almost a month after the alleged harassment, to file his complaint with the court. 

•JoAnn Neylan and Troy Skibitsky (Andy Skibitsky’s son) are listed as witnesses for plaintiff Skibitsky.



Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Westfield Police Chief Undermines Investigation with Lies and Deceit

     Westfield police chief David Wayman is no stranger to lies and deceit.  Wayman has manipulated the internal affairs process to give connected cops a pass, including himself, while passing harsh judgement on those that he holds grudges against.
     Chief Wayman must be removed from office immediately while he is under investigation for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident, filing a false police report, lying under oath, official misconduct, and witness tampering.
     Chief Wayman’s ability to lead the Westfield police department has been compromised by the lack of integrity displayed while covering up his own crimes and misconduct.
     The good men and women of the Westfield police department deserve better.  The taxpayers of Westfield expect better.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

In Memory of Westfield Police Detective Eric Lieberman: May You Rest In Peace



"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
 Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord,
 It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
Author Unknown

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Union County Prosecutor Investigating Westfield Police Department......Again



Recent misconduct, chronicled in print and video, that has alleged to have taken place in neighboring Mountainside’s police department, draws attention to police policing police.

The Fact of The Matter has obtained information over the years of pervasive and systemic misconduct in the Westfield Police Department.
In 2009 and 2010, concerns were made known to Mayor Andy Skibitsky and Town Attorney Robert Cochran regarding the selection process for police chief and what would happen if Westfield promoted David Wayman to police chief.  Those warnings were ignored.

In 2012, after obtaining a classified confidential memo from then Police Chief John Parizeau’s desk and posting it here at TFoTM, town officials were not happy. TFoTM received a subpoena from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office mandating an appearance before a grand jury to answer questions on how this blog site obtains such information. The ACLU stepped in to represent The Fact of The Matter (pro bono) and had the subpoena “quashed”....thrown out.....withdrawn.  TFoTM was recognized as a news source and protected under the New Jersey Shield Law that protects reporters from revealing their source(s) of information.

When the Fact of The Matter presented evidence to the Union County Prosecutor, that a crime had been committed by members of the Westfield Police Department, the UCPO detectives assigned to the case were more interested in how TFoTM got its hands on then Westfield Police Chief John Parizeau’s memo detailing theft of time by superior officers.  UCPO detectives Ed Koenig and James Tansey were assigned to the investigation.  When TFoTM was interviewed by these two detectives, they were more interested in knowing who gave TFoTM the confidential memo.  Ultimately, Westfield Chief John Parizeau and his predecessor, the disgraced Barney Tracy, were not held accountable for their failure to administer disciplinary action against superior officers in the Westfield Police Dept. for theft of time.  Westfield Detective Sergeant John Rowe, an alleged suspect in the thefts, and personal friend to Tracy and Parizeau, was not charged with any crime, or at least a departmental infraction, by the UCPO.

While the Union County Prosecutors Office currently investigates Westfield Police Chief David Wayman’s role in the “hit and run” accident that occurred in a secured police lot on town property, many question whether or not the UCPO can be trusted to do a thorough investigation without covering up the alleged misconduct perpetrated by WPD Chief Wayman.  (See previous stories on Wayman’s alleged coverup of accident.)

The mere fact that Westfield Det. Lt. Leo Lugo submitted a one line investigation report on the hit and run accident proves that no investigation took place at the local Westfield PD level.

Now it’s the Union County Prosecutors turn to investigate.



Friday, May 18, 2018

........The Hits Just Keep On Coming

NJ.com documents the pervasive and systemic misconduct and corruption that has surfaced in the Mountainside police department.
Mountainside, a neighboring town of Westfield, NJ, kept the lid on this salacious news story until yesterday when local, state, national, and international news outlets covered the story after a 48 page lawsuit was filed.
Could the Westfield police department be warming up in the batter’s box to defend recent pervasive and systemic misconduct being investigated?

Click on the link below to read today’s NJ.com coverage.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/05/dildos_testicles_in_food_and_xx_other_insane_detai.html

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Mountainside Police Lawsuit: Sexual Harassment, Racism, Pornography and More

Mountainside police Department rocked by scandal including sexual harassment, pornography, aggravated assault, racism, and more.
L to R:  Lt. Murphy, Chief Attanasio, Det. Sgt Huber


To view lawsuit documents, tap on link below.  WARNING: contents of lawsuit are graphic.
Google Doc

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OKePWbDWcI8JggwXddRjgWcQuzugDwVq/view?usp=sharing

Thursday, May 10, 2018

TFoTM Seeks Answers from Det. Lt. Leonard Lugo Regarding Alleged WPD Cover-up and Official Misconduct

The Fact of The Matter has contacted the lead investigator of the Westfield police department, Detective Lieutenant Leonard Lugo, seeking a statement regarding the “hit & run” accident report and investigation report he authored. 
Many questions remain surrounding the “hit & run” accident in a “secured” police impound lot involving Westfield police chief David Wayman.  (See previous blog stories)
TFoTM has yet to receive any answers or statements from Westfield police in response to emails sent to both Westfield police chief David Wayman and Det. Lt. Lugo. 
The lack of a detailed investigation report is indicative of a “cover-up” and accusations of internal corruption continue. 




Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Westfield Police Chief Absent from Town Council Meeting, No Answer to Email

The Fact of The Matter has requested a statement from Westfield police chief David Wayman regarding the “hit & run” accident the took place in a “secured” police lot at the Westfield conservation center on Lambertsmill Rd. 
TFoTM has yet to receive a response and Chief Wayman was absent from Tuesday night’s town council meeting, which he normally attends, so unfortunately follow up questions couldn’t be asked. 




Monday, May 07, 2018

To the dedicated men and women of the Westfield Police Department, keep up the great work and don’t ever let the corruption from within taint your determination and dedication to do what’s right. 
Life is good. 
TFoTM 

Sunday, May 06, 2018

“Hit & Run” Accident Crime Scene Involving Westfield Police Chief David Wayman

     The “hit and run” accident as described in Westfield Detective Lieutenant Leo Lugo’s reports (see previous story) took place in a “secured” area of the Westfield DPW’s conservation center on Lambertsmill Rd. 
     The “secured area” as noted by Westfield’s lead detective, is a locked gated area known as the Westfield police department’s impound lot where numerous vehicles and equipment are stored. 
     The “secured” lot is currently occupied by military surplus vehicles obtained by the police department, a pall barn housing police department vehicles and equipment, and other vehicles seized and stored by the authority of the Westfield police department.
     It is in this “secured” lot that a “hit and run” accident took place involving Westfield police chief David Wayman and subsequently reported by Detective Lieutenant Leo Lugo. 
     The Fact of The Matter has obtained information from sources not authorized to speak on behalf of the WPD and who wish to remain anonymous. 





Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Former Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky Makes First Court Appearance

      

     Former Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky appeared in Cranford Municipal Court yesterday along with current Westfield Councilwoman JoAnn Neylan and one of his sons......both are listed as witnesses.
     Yesterday was the first appearance for a charge Andy Skibitsky filed against a Westfield resident for harassment leading up to last year's mayoral election.
     The harassment charge stems from a claim made by JoAnn Neylan, that a Windsor Ave. resident made a threat aimed at then Mayor Skibitsky, even though Skibitsky wasn't present at the time the words and a gesture were allegedly made.
     The words and perceived threat occurred weeks before November's election but the harassment charge wasn't filed by Skibitsky until the day after Skibitsky's landslide election loss.
     Stay tuned.........

Friday, March 02, 2018

Westfield Police Chief’s Waste of Westfield Resources.......Shut Down

Westfield police chief David Wayman and his emergency mobile command center will not be attending Hoboken’s LepreCon “drunkfest” this year.  
The wasting of Westfield’s resources will no longer be a burden on Westfield taxpayers.  
Westfield’s former parking director, the disgraced John Morgan, resigned from Hoboken’s parking authority last year due to alleged questionable circumstances. 
It’s quite possible that Westfield’s new administration put the stop on traveling to Hoboken with the $300K mobile command center in tow. 

Caitlin Mott of the Jersey Journal reports:

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Stealing Time: Theft in Union...Coverup in Westfield

The theft of time by a police officer in Westfield was covered up allowing Detective Sergeant John Rowe to retire while in Union, NJ, an officer loses his job.

Cop loses job, faces probation after admitting overtime theft http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/02/union_police_sergeant_loses_job_after_lying_about.html

Friday, February 02, 2018

Westfield Police Chief Wayman: Blatant Liability

Should a town employee be allowed to operate a town owned motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol?
How about on weekends, returning home from a bar, or after a lunch date or night out with his secretary?
What about rendezvous at Atlantic City hotels and other convention destinations?

A recent situation has arisen where a public employee is being questioned about her use of taxpayer money while she engaged in immoral behavior. 
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has admitted that she had an extramarital affair with the former head of her security detail.
She has denied improper use of taxpayer money during the affair with her security head, as Metro police Sgt. Robert Forrest Jr.”

It wasn’t long ago that disgraced Westfield Police Chief Barney Tracy totalled a town owned unmarked police vehicle after a night of alleged drinking.  The accident scene in Rahway, NJ allegedly included parked cars and a building.  One rumor speculated that Tracy’s unlicensed nephew was at the wheel. 


After Chief Tracy, Westfield Town Administrator Jim Gildea named John Parizeau to lead the WPD.  It wasn’t long before his exploits were uncovered by his own subordinates on routine patrol one night when they came upon his parked municipal owned vehicle behind a local business off South Ave. with steamed up windows and a mistress occupying the passenger seat. 

History has a habit of repeating itself.  Must be something about absolute power that currupts absolutely. 

Someone needs to question the town administrators police chief selections. 
Three strikes already. 


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Former Mayor: Plaintiff Andy Skibitsky

A court case looms in the near future that will potentially expose the retaliatory behavior of the former mayor scorned by his election loss.
More details to follow.