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GOTCHA! Arrest Made In Theft Of $62,000 Worth Of Parts From BMW HQ: Woodcliff Lake PD GOTCHA! Arrest Made In Theft Of $62,000 Worth Of Parts From BMW HQ: Woodcliff Lake PD
Gotcha! Arrest Made In Theft Of $62,000 Worth Of Parts From BMW HQ: Woodcliff Lake PD 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: Thieves stole and then sold $62,000 worth of parts from vehicles at BMW North America’s corporate headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, police said in announcing the arrest of a suspect. Joseph Domenico Varano, 21, of Bloomfield and his cohorts hit the parking lot of the campus off Chestnut Ridge Road near the Garden State Parkway on May 4, Woodcliff Lake Police Chief Stephen Regula said. Borough police identified Varano and arrested him at his home on Thursday, May 16, with help from Bloomfield police. They charged him with six counts of motor vehicle burglary, theft, criminal misc…
Hudson Grade School Teacher From Morris Admits Trafficking Child Porn Hudson Grade School Teacher From Morris Admits Trafficking Child Porn
Hudson Grade School Teacher From Morris Admits Trafficking Child Porn UPDATE: A now-former Hudson County grammar school teacher from Morris County admitted in federal court that he trafficked child porn. Anselmo Girimonte, 53, of Wharton, had taught Italian in grades 3 through 8 in the Kearny School District since 2006, according to his LinkedIn profile. Girimonte, previously of Madison and Bloomfield, was taken into federal custody in March 2022 after undercover investigators collected several shared video files that U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger said contained "multiple visual depictions of prepubescent children being sexually abused by adu…
Armed Robber Busted In Newark After April Fools Pursuit: Police Armed Robber Busted In Newark After April Fools Pursuit: Police
Armed Robber Busted In Newark After April Fools Pursuit: Police A 27-year-old Newark man was arrested and charged with attempting to rob two men at gunpoint in Bloomfield on Monday, April 1, police said. At 11:30 a.m., two men were picked up for work near the 100 block of Floyd Avenue by Alameen Mohammed in a silver Mercedes Benz, Bloomfield police said.  Mohammed brandished a handgun and demanded money from the men, police said. The men had no money and exited the vehicle before calling 911, police said. Newark police recognized Mohammed's vehicle and began a pursuit, officers said The vehicle crashed and officers pursued Mohammed on foot before …
'Ruthless' Brick City Brims Druglord From Montclair Convicted Of Three Murders, More 'Ruthless' Brick City Brims Druglord From Montclair Convicted Of Three Murders, More
Brick City Brims Newark Drugs Murder Montclair Bloods Gang The leader of a notorious Essex County street gang that dominated the region's drug trade was convicted by a federal jury of three murders, among other counts, authorities said. Michael Healy, 43, of Montclair, "ruthlessly ordered murders so that he could protect his narcotics operation and continue to sell large quantities of dangerous [drugs],” U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said after federal jurors in Newark returned their verdicts on Wednesday, April 3. Healy "recruited men to kill someone he thought was an informant, and even when they killed the wrong person – a bystander – he ord…
18-Year-Old Shot In Montclair: PD 18-Year-Old Shot In Montclair: PD
18-Year-Old Shot In Montclair: PD An 18-year-old Bloomfield resident is in stable condition after he was shot in Montclair on Monday, April 1, authorities said. At 9:56 p.m., officers responded to Maple Avenue and Woodland Avenue on a report of shots fired, Montclair Police said. Police observed two men running into a vehicle parked on Woodland Avenue, officers said. After stopping the vehicle, police spotted the 18-year-old in the passenger seat with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, officers said. Two other men in the vehicle were not injured, police said. The 18-year-old was treated on scene by Montclair EMS and was trans…
Ex-Con Charged By FBI With Igniting Explosive Outside Passaic County ATM Ex-Con Charged By FBI With Igniting Explosive Outside Passaic County ATM
Ex-Con Charged By FBI With Igniting Explosive Outside Passaic County ATM A career criminal from Passaic County who's been busted dozens of times in North Jersey in just the past few years used an explosive device to damage an ATM, federal authorities charged. Nicolas Torres, 41, of Passaic, has amassed a lengthy rap sheet over much of his adult life, mostly involving business break-ins that local police and county prosecutors have dealt with. This time, though, the FBI's got him. Torres was captured on surveillance video igniting the device in front of the Chase Bank ATM on North 6th Street in Prospect Park in the early morning hours of July 5, 2022, U.S. Attor…
Heroin, Cocaine, Guns Seized In Essex County Sweep: Sheriff Heroin, Cocaine, Guns Seized In Essex County Sweep: Sheriff
Heroin, Cocaine, Guns Seized In Essex County Sweep: Sheriff Five people were arrested after the Essex County Sherriff's Bureau of Narcotics conducted multiple investigations in Newark this month, authorities said. Investigators honed in on Hill Street and Washington Street and South 10th Street and Clinton Avenue, resulting in the seizure of four weapons, 39 grams of heroin, 828 grams of cocaine and over 60 ecstasy pills, Essex County Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura said. Police arrested Jermaine Hartwell, a 49-year-old Edgewater Park resident, Stephen Heien, a Flanders resident, Israel Hughee, a 46-year-old Newark resident, Victor Liggins, a 50-ye…
Iconic Sopranos Booth Sells For $82K: 'This Is Heartbreaking' Iconic Sopranos Booth Sells For $82K: 'This Is Heartbreaking'
Iconic Sopranos Booth Sells For $82K: 'This Is Heartbreaking' Woke up this mornin', got yourself a booth.  The booth that Tony Soprano and his family sat in the final scene of "The Sopranos" was sold by Holsten's Ice Cream, Chocolate & Restaurant in Bloomfield on Ebay for $82,600.  The restaurant said on Instagram the booth — where tension built, onion rings were eaten, and  "Don't Stop Believing" was playing — was structurally not safe, having been repaired many times over for more than 60 years. "The time has come," the restaurant wrote. "All good things sometimes need an upgrade. Please understand we don't wa…
Holsten's Selling Famous 'Sopranos' Booth: 'Don't Do It' Holsten's Selling Famous 'Sopranos' Booth: 'Don't Do It'
Holsten's Selling Famous 'Sopranos' Booth: 'Don't Do It' Have you ever wanted to re-create "The Sopranos" finale and be as authentic as possible? Now is your chance. Holsten's Ice Cream, Chocolate & Restaurant in Bloomfield is selling the exact booth Tony Soprano and his family sat in the final scene of the iconic TV show as tension built, onion rings were eaten, "Don't Stop Believing" was playing and the screen inexplicably cut to black.  Tony Soprano The restaurant said on Instagram the booths are structurally not safe, having been repaired many times over 60 years.  "The time has come," the restaurant wrote. "All good things …
Accused Dealer Charged With Fentanyl-Laced Crack Death Of Jersey City Man At Lyndhurst Hotel Accused Dealer Charged With Fentanyl-Laced Crack Death Of Jersey City Man At Lyndhurst Hotel
Accused Dealer Charged With Fentanyl-Laced Crack Death Of Jersey City Man At Lyndhurst Hotel An accused drug dealer from Bloomfield provided the drugs that killed a user from Jersey City at a Lyndhurst motel, authorities charged. Alberto Delgado, 43, was accused of selling the fentanyl-laced crack that killed 54-year-old Luke Revell after he smoked it at the Winslow Motor Hotel just off eastbound Route 3. Delgado had more than a pound and a half of the drugs in a storage unit when detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office searched it, according to a complaint on file in Superior Court in Hackensack. They also learned that Delgado had communicated with Revell by ce…
Bloomfield Man Gets 35 Years For Murder Of Gas Station Attendant: Prosecutors Bloomfield Man Gets 35 Years For Murder Of Gas Station Attendant: Prosecutors
Bloomfield Man Gets 35 Years For Murder Of Gas Station Attendant: Prosecutors A 36-year-old Bloomfield man was sentenced to 35 years in state prison on Tuesday, Feb. 6 after being convicted of murdering Jahque Benbow, a 23-year-old gas station attendant in May 2022, prosecutors announced. Lamar Sommers, along with two other men, conspired to shoot Benbow at the Irvington gas station where he worked, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II said.  Sommers waited in the car while the two men shot Benbow five times, Stephens said. Sommers was apprehended in North Carolina a month later, Stephens said. Aside from murder, Sommers was also convicted of&nbs…
Newark Shooting Suspect Busted In Las Vegas Newark Shooting Suspect Busted In Las Vegas
Newark Shooting Suspect Busted In Las Vegas Deidre Moses, a 28-year-old woman who previously lived in Bloomfield, was arrested last month in Las Vegas for shooting a man in Newark in August, authorities said. At 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24, police responded to North 4th Street and found a man who had been shot while inside his residence, Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé said.  Before the shooting occurred, the man heard an altercation involving people vandalizing a parked vehicle, Fragé said. The suspects then fired a weapon, striking the home and injuring the man, Fragé said. He was taken to Universit…
WRONG-WAY CRASH: Blood Taken After Route 46 Wreck Sends Both Drivers To Hospital WRONG-WAY CRASH: Blood Taken After Route 46 Wreck Sends Both Drivers To Hospital
Wrong-way Crash: Blood Taken After Route 46 Wreck Sends Both Drivers To Hospital Authorities were awaiting the results of a blood test after a wrong-way driver crashed her sedan into an oncoming SUV on Route 46 in Little Falls. Police in Totowa and Clifton had received calls from motorists and were headed to the highway when the crash occurred shortly after 12:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 18. The wrong-way 2004 Oldsmobile Alero driven by a 32-year-old Lodi woman collided with a 2020 Toyota RAV 4 driven by a 57-year-old man from Bloomfield, Little Falls Police Lt. Ryan Hoyt said. Both drivers were taken to St. Joseph's University Medical Center, the lieutenant said. Firefighte…
Convict In 9-Robbery Spree In NJ, NY Gets Whopping 34 Years in Federal Prison, No Parole Convict In 9-Robbery Spree In NJ, NY Gets Whopping 34 Years in Federal Prison, No Parole
Convict In 9-Robbery Spree In NJ, NY Gets Whopping 34 Years in Federal Prison, No Parole Three Elizabeth men who committed nine armed robberies in less than four months in New Jersey and New York were sentenced to lengthy prison terms. The most severe went to ex-con Vincent Chan-Guillen, 33, who was sentenced to nearly 34 years in federal prison – longer than he’s been alive -- following his conviction of a host of charges. Meanwhile, Jamie Fontanez, 45, got a plea-bargained 14½ years, while 33-year-old Paul Jimenez managed to get 10. All must serve out their terms because there’s no parole in the federal prison system. Store video shows Chan-Guillen pointing a gun at an empl…
Most Spectacular Christmas Light Displays To See This Year In North Jersey Most Spectacular Christmas Light Displays To See This Year In North Jersey
Most Spectacular Christmas Light Displays To See This Year In North Jersey It may be getting dark early but Christmas light displays are keeping New Jersey bright. Daily Voice has partnered with Sandy Nussbaum-Giercyk, the creator of "The Great Holiday Light List: Sights of the Season," to come up with your guide to the best home Christmas light displays across North Jersey. Nussbaum-Giercyk, who owns a Disney-focused travel company, has compiled multiple lists for every county in NJ, FL, NY, PA and MA. "Since we all can't live in Disney every day, holiday lights are the next best way to create magic," she said. "You can see them where ever in the country yo…
NJ Parents Tried To Get Son Psychiatric Help Right Before He Killed Them, Police Say NJ Parents Tried To Get Son Psychiatric Help Right Before He Killed Them, Police Say
NJ Parents Tried To Get Son Psychiatric Help Right Before He Killed Them, Police Say On Wednesday, Nov. 1, Cheryl Mulgrew called police seeking a psychiatric evaluation for her 34-year-old son, Michael Mulgrew, who had been experiencing a mental health problem, police documents say. But Michael Mulgrew came home later that night seeming calm, and so Cheryl, 69, told police not to bother, and she'd take him to the doctors in the morning, the affidavit says. Around 11 a.m. the following day, one of Mulgrew's parents called police again seeking a psychiatric evaluation, according to police papers. There, they found Cheryl and her husband, Michael's 71-year-old dad, Eugene…
Izaak Medina, Bloomfield Native, Dies At 44 Izaak Medina, Bloomfield Native, Dies At 44
Izaak Medina, Bloomfield Native, Dies At 44 Izaak Medina died on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the age of 44 after battling diabetes, according to his obituary. Born and raised in Brooklyn before moving to Bloomfield, where he had a son, Izaak, Jr. with his partner, Lana, his obituary reads. He worked for Showcase Kitchen and Bath and also as a security guard before he opened his own computer technology company, his obituary reads. The love of my life, my best friend, my sons daddy Izaak Medina very peacefully passed away at 10:29pm last night. I... Posted by Lana Santimone on Saturday, November 11, 2023 Medina is survived by Lana and Iz…
Teen Nabbed After Pulling Gun During Bogus Bicycle Sale In Wallington Park, Prosecutor Says Teen Nabbed After Pulling Gun During Bogus Bicycle Sale In Wallington Park, Prosecutor Says
Teen Nabbed After Pulling Gun During Bogus Bicycle Sale In Wallington Park, Prosecutor Says A Bloomfield teenager with a conviction already on his record was charged with pulling a reverse online bicycle sale robbery at a park in Wallington last month. Cristopher Pacheco-Rosario, 19, arranged to sell a bicycle to one of a group of five juveniles at Samuel Nelkin County Park on Oct. 24 through Facebook Marketplace, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. Instead, Pacheco-Rosario pulled a gun on them when they arrived, and the group fled, the prosecutor said, a Dominican national living in the Brookdale Gardens apartments. Wallington police and members of the Bergen County Pros…
Police ID Woman, 60, Fatally Struck By Car In Bloomfield Police ID Woman, 60, Fatally Struck By Car In Bloomfield
Police ID Woman, 60, Fatally Struck By Car In Bloomfield A 60-year-old Bloomfield woman was fatally struck by a vehicle Friday, Oct. 20, authorities said. Nelly Fernandez was taken to University Hospital and pronounced dead after being struck around 7:25 p.m., at Bloomfield Avenue and Grove Street, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and Bloomfield Police Chief George Ricci said. The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene. The investigation is active and ongoing. No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7…
Bloomfield Man Convicted Of Murdering Gas Station Attendant: Prosecutors Bloomfield Man Convicted Of Murdering Gas Station Attendant: Prosecutors
Bloomfield Man Convicted Of Murdering Gas Station Attendant: Prosecutors A 36-year-old Bloomfield man was convicted of murdering Jahque Benbow, a 23-year-old gas station attendant in May 2022, prosecutors announced. On Tuesday, Oct. 10, a jury found Lamar Sommers guilty of murder in the first degree, conspiracy to commit murder and two weapons charges, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II said. He faces a minimum of 30 years in prison when he is sentenced in December, Stephens said. Sommers, along with two other men, conspired to shoot Benbow at the Irvington gas station where he worked, Stephens said. Sommers waited in the car while the …
Reckless Manslaughter Among New Charges For Driver In Crash That Killed Bloomfield Woman Reckless Manslaughter Among New Charges For Driver In Crash That Killed Bloomfield Woman
Reckless Manslaughter Among New Charges For Driver In Crash That Killed Bloomfield Woman Additional charges have been filed against a New Jersey driver involved in a fatal wreck, authorities said. Gabriel Melo, a 22-year-old Newark resident, was behind the wheel of a car when it crashed and killed 21-year-old Daniella Rosario, of Bloomfield, last month, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced on Thursday, Oct. 5. Melo was originally charged with death by auto, but is now facing charges of aggravated manslaughter, reckless manslaughter and assault by auto, the prosecutor announced. Melo was operating a 2018 Audi that collided with a tractor trailer on the Rou…
Gang Member Admits Planning Murder, Committing Gunpoint Robbery: NJ Feds Gang Member Admits Planning Murder, Committing Gunpoint Robbery: NJ Feds
Gang Member Admits Planning Murder, Committing Gunpoint Robbery: NJ Feds A member of the Rollin’ 60s Neighborhood Crips gang admitted his role in planning a murder and robbing a victim at gunpoint, federal authorities said. Federal prosecutors used the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law to charge Tre Byrd, 22, and dozens of other reputed gang bangers rounded up by a collection of crime-fighting “supergroups.” Byrd, they said, belonged to the Rollin’ 60s Neighborhood Crips – a violent drug-selling gang -- for seven years. He was in on planning the rubout of a rival who was shot dead in March 2019 in Irvington, then more than a year later r…
Door-To-Door Contractors Bilk Bloomfield Victim Out Of $125K: Police Door-To-Door Contractors Bilk Bloomfield Victim Out Of $125K: Police
Door-To-Door Contractors Bilk Bloomfield Victim Out Of $125K: Police A pair of door-to-door contractors were arrested after police say they scammed a North Jersey woman out of $125,000. The victim hired Patrick O'Doherty and Anthony Doherty to repair to sets of concrete steps for $3,800, paid in full in advance, on Aug. 20, Bloomfield police said. Once the demolition began on the steps, Doherty and O'Doherty would show up sporadically, usually in the late afternoon hours, to do more demolition work. The problem was, though, every time they came, they'd perform more demolition work and ask for more money — never repairing the actual steps, police said. The …
Newark Driver Charged In Crash That Killed Bloomfield's Daniella Rosario, 21 Newark Driver Charged In Crash That Killed Bloomfield's Daniella Rosario, 21
Newark Driver Charged In Crash That Killed Bloomfield's Daniella Rosario, 21 A 22-year-old Newark man has been arrested in connection with a crash that killed a 21-year-old Bloomfield resident on Friday, Sept. 1, authorities said. Gabriel Melo was behind the wheel of the 2018 Audi that collided with the tractor trailer on the Routes 1 & 9 North ramp at Route 139 West, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. Melo was arrested at the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office on Thursday, Sept. 7, Suarez said. Daniella RosarioGoFundMe Melo's passenger, Daniella Rosario, of Bloomfield, and formerly of Paramus and Haledon, ultimately died, while two other passengers…
Masseuse Offered Sex To Undercover Officer In Bloomfield: Police Masseuse Offered Sex To Undercover Officer In Bloomfield: Police
Masseuse Offered Sex To Undercover Officer In Bloomfield: Police A 41-year-old Queens, NY woman working as a masseuse in Essex County was arrested in an undercover prostitution sting, authorities said. Sujin Huh worked at Top Health Spa on Washington Street in Bloomfield, when she propositioned an undercover officer for sex on Thursday, Aug. 24, Bloomfield Police Chief George Ricci said. "This was brought to the department’s attention by a resident concerned with this quality of life issue," Ricci said.  Huh, who did not have a massage license, was arrested and charged with engaging in prostitution. She was issued a summons, released and …
Jackpot! Lotto Players Win Big In Essex County Jackpot! Lotto Players Win Big In Essex County
Jackpot! Lotto Players Win Big In Essex County Three lotto players in North Jersey are about to receive a Power Ball payout. Three tickets sold in Essex County, Hudson County and Passaic County respectively matched four of the five white balls and the Power Ball drawn in the Wednesday, August 16 drawing, netting them $50,000. The tickets were sold at Krauser's Food Store in Bloomfield, Shoprite of Bayonne and Quick Stop in Clifton. The ticket sold at Krauser's was purchased with a Power Play option multiplying the prize to $100,000. The winning numbers were: 09, 11, 17, 19, and 55. The Red Power Ball number was 01.
Car Burglar Arrested After Foot Pursuit: Glen Ridge PD Car Burglar Arrested After Foot Pursuit: Glen Ridge PD
Car Burglar Arrested After Foot Pursuit: Glen Ridge PD A 20-year-old Bloomfield resident was arrested after Glen Ridge Police caught him breaking into vehicles on Wednesday, August 9, authorities said. At 2:25 a.m., a resident of Outlook Place called police after seeing Akeem Williams walking in their driveway before proceeding east toward Essex Avenue, police said. Police began searching for Williams before finding him inside a parked vehicle, officers said. Williams fled on foot toward Essex Avenue as two police officers gave chase, police said. Another officer was able to apprehend him on Bay Avenue and Broad Street, police said. Williams w…
Former Newark Cop Gets Five Years For Vehicular Homicide, Attempted Coverup Former Newark Cop Gets Five Years For Vehicular Homicide, Attempted Coverup
Former Newark Cop Gets Five Years For Vehicular Homicide, Attempted Coverup Louis Santiago, a 26-year-old Bloomfield resident and former Newark police officer, was sentenced to five years in prison for fatally striking a pedestrian while driving drunk and then driving home with the victim's body in his car, authorities said. Santiago had previously pled guilty to reckless vehicular homicide, desecrating human remains and driving under the influence in the death of Damian Dymka, a 29-year-old Garfield resident, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II said. On Nov. 1, 2021, at 3 a.m., Santiago, who was off duty and intoxicated, was traveling nort…
14-Year-Old Boy Rams Paramus Police Vehicle With SUV Stolen From Jersey Shore 14-Year-Old Boy Rams Paramus Police Vehicle With SUV Stolen From Jersey Shore
14-Year-Old Boy Rams Paramus Police Vehicle With SUV Stolen From Jersey Shore A 14-year-old boy rammed a Paramus police vehicle with an SUV stolen from the Jersey Shore before he and two companions were captured, authorities said. Paramus Police Chief Robert Guidetti said the 2020 BMW X7 was reported stolen during a burglary more than 50 miles away in the affluent Monmouth County town of Marlboro. Officer Nicholas Perna and the driver spotted one another at the same moment shortly before 11:30 p.m. Monday, July 24, the chief said. At that point, the Newark juvenile hit the gas and headed right for the officer’s cruiser, he said. Perna quickly turned his wheel – an…
Hearts Break For Nutley's Nicholas Messina, 53 Hearts Break For Nutley's Nicholas Messina, 53
Hearts Break For Nutley's Nicholas Messina, 53 Nicholas Thomas Messina III died suddenly on Saturday, July 15 at the age of 53, according to his obituary. Nicholas was a native of Bloomfield and lived in Nutley, his obituary reads. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth and his two-year-old son, Nicholas Thomas Messina IV.  Nicholas worked for Essex County’s job development unit in East Orange, "helping people find jobs and making a difference in the community," his obituary reads.  "Nicholas made friends wherever he went, all over the world. His gracious and giving nature touched so many lives and his light will shine for years to com…
3 Brick City Brims Get 100 Years Combined For Murdering Informant, Bystander, Rival Gangster 3 Brick City Brims Get 100 Years Combined For Murdering Informant, Bystander, Rival Gangster
3 Brick City Brims Get 100 Years Combined For Murdering Informant, Bystander, Rival Gangster A trio of ruthless Essex County gang members who admitted gunning down a government informant after killing an innocent bystander they mistook for the snitch were sentenced to nearly 100 years combined in federal prison. There’s no parole in the federal prison system, which means the East Orange trio will all have to serve out their plea-bargained sentences: Thomas Zimmerman, 28, was sentenced to 37 years; Tyquan Daniels, 27, got 35 years; Ali Hill, 30, was sentenced to 25 years. That means Daniels and Zimmerman will both be pushing 65 when either tastes freedom again. Hill would be approa…