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NJ Woman, 18, Stole $49K In Luxury Items From New York University Roommate, Sold Them: NYPD NJ Woman, 18, Stole $49K In Luxury Items From New York University Roommate, Sold Them: NYPD
NJ Woman, 18, Stole $49K In Luxury Items From New York University Roommate, Sold Them: Nypd An 18-year-old Bergen County woman is accused of stealing more than $49,000 in handbags and jewelry from her NYU roommate and then selling the items online, according to police and various news reports. Kaitlyn Fung, of Old Tappan, was charged on Thursday, May 2 with grand larceny after confessing to taking a 19-year-old complainant's ring, bracelet, tote, enclave, and top, totaling about $49,000, the NYPD tells Daily Voice. Fung then sold the items online, the NYPD said. Fung and her mother are both named in a lawsuit filed by 19-year-old Aurora Agapov, whose father is Andre Agapov, the CE…
Man Who Tracked Victim With GPS Before Attempted Armed Robbery Pleads Guilty: Bergen Prosecutor Man Who Tracked Victim With GPS Before Attempted Armed Robbery Pleads Guilty: Bergen Prosecutor
Man Who Tracked Victim With GPS Before Attempted Armed Robbery Pleads Guilty: Bergen Prosecutor A 27-year-old Bergen County man admitted to planting a tracking device on the vehicle of a man he tried to rob at gunpoint, officials said. Zef Hajdari, of Edgewater, pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery of a Teaneck resident in 2022, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. his co-conspirator, Jeremy Chico, was being held on Rikers Island. On June 16, 2022, Teaneck police were called to a home where they learned the victim was approached by a suspect, later identified as Hajdari, who pointed a gun at him and tried to rob him when he pulled up to his house, Musella's office sai…
Medical Billing Worker, 36, Embezzled $400K From Employer, Bergen Prosecutor Says Medical Billing Worker, 36, Embezzled $400K From Employer, Bergen Prosecutor Says
Medical Billing Worker, 36, Embezzled $400K From Employer, Bergen Prosecutor Says A 36-year-old Passaic County woman is facing charges in Bergen County after authorities say she stole $400,000 from her employer, officials announced. Briana Rodriguez embezzled the money through unauthorized refunds to accounts under her control through her role as a medical billing professional, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. The investigation, led by Chief Mathew Finck, came about in March 2022 when Hackensack police notified the BCPO's financial crimes unit of alleged employee embezzlement. Rodriguez was arrested outside of her home on Tuesday, June 18 by Bloomfield p…
Newly Minted Millionaire! Lotto Ticket Sold In Bergen County Wins $1 Mil Newly Minted Millionaire! Lotto Ticket Sold In Bergen County Wins $1 Mil
Newly Minted Millionaire! Lotto Ticket Sold In Bergen County Wins $1 Mil It was a fantastic Friday for a Mega Millions player in Bergen County. Their ticket matched all five numbers in the Mega Millions drawing held on Friday, June 14, winning $1 million. They were the only player in the country to win the big prize. The ticket was sold at 7-Eleven in New Milford. The winning numbers were 1, 25, 26, 31, 65 and the gold Megaball was 2.
GOTCHA! Authorities Nab Accused Assailant After Police Rescue Stabbing Victim Near CNBC HQ GOTCHA! Authorities Nab Accused Assailant After Police Rescue Stabbing Victim Near CNBC HQ
Gotcha! Authorities Nab Accused Assailant After Police Rescue Stabbing Victim Near CNBC HQ UPDATE: Authorities captured a man who stabbed a woman in the parking lot of CNBC corporate headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced. The 30-year-old victim was leaving the Sylvan Avenue (Route 9W) facility shortly after 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, when Harshkuma H. Patel, 29, of Piscataway, approached her in the parking lot, the prosecutor said. The accused assailant, who 'd previously been seen hanging around the area, tapped on the woman's car window in the CNBC parking lot, sources said. The victim, who didn't know Patel, opened the window, …
Peek Inside Indian-Pakistani Restaurant Spicing Up Downtown Hackensack Peek Inside Indian-Pakistani Restaurant Spicing Up Downtown Hackensack
Peek Inside Indian-Pakistani Restaurant Spicing Up Downtown Hackensack A brand-new restaurant specializing in Indian and Pakistani cuisine has opened in Bergen County. Parathas & Platters held a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this month on Main Street in Hackensack. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Parathas & Platters (@parathas.platters) Cecilia Levine Cecilia Levine The restaurant, which is 100 percent Halal, has rice platters and parathas, or flatbreads, which can be eaten plain or stuffed with meats and vegetables. Its owners already own two other restaurants, Dera in Spring Valley,…
CAUGHT: Couple Charged In Cold-Blooded Killing Of Paterson Man CAUGHT: Couple Charged In Cold-Blooded Killing Of Paterson Man
Caught: Couple Charged In Cold-Blooded Killing Of Paterson Man 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: A Paterson couple have been charged in connection with what authorities said was the premeditated cold-blooded shooting death of a 44-year-old city man earlier this month. Mathew X. Amaro, 27, shot Twahee Howard in the area of Chadwick and Weiss streets shortly before 9 p.m. June 2, authorities said. Howard, 44, was pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center of multiple gunshot wounds a short time later. Amaro is charged with murder, conspiracy, and drug and weapons offenses, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Department Officer-In-Charge…
Video Shows Mom 4X Legal Limit Picking Up Child From Bergen County School Video Shows Mom 4X Legal Limit Picking Up Child From Bergen County School
Video Shows Mom 4X Legal Limit Picking Up Child From Bergen County School Newly-released bodycam footage shows the arrest of a Bergen County mother who showed up more than four times the legal limit to pick up her son from school. The video shared by DriveThruTours shows the DUI investigation and subsequent arrest of Mayowa Kubikisha, 28, outside of Memorial Elementary School on Thursday, May 9, as first reported by Daily Voice. Montvale PD bodycam footage via DriveThruTours Officers conducted a series of field sobriety tests and found 40 airplane bottles of vodka, a bottle of EJ rum, a tall white can of beer, and a green bottle of beer — all open containe…
CPA Firefighting Hero From Bergen Admits Role In $650,000 Tax Dodge CPA Firefighting Hero From Bergen Admits Role In $650,000 Tax Dodge
CPA Firefighting Hero From Bergen Admits Role In $650,000 Tax Dodge 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: A decorated veteran Bergen County firefighter admitted in federal court on Wednesday that he and his business partner conducted a blatant tax dodge on behalf of a bunch of construction companies that employed their New York accounting firm. Jack N. Sardis, 66, of Englewood Cliffs admitted that he schemed to con the IRS with his partner, George Sanossian, 70, of Scarsdale, out of a small CPA office in a massive Westchester County shopping center. Sardis also offered to do business elsewhere, telling one client "I can meet you at my firehouse,” according to an IRS complaint. The clie…
Meet Meghan Trainor In Bergen County Meet Meghan Trainor In Bergen County
Meet Meghan Trainor In Bergen County Usually Meghan Trainor is all about that bass. This week, she's going to be all about Bergen County. The singer is signing copies of her album "Timeless" at the Barnes and Noble in Paramus at 634 N State Route 17 on Friday, June 7 at 3 p.m. This is the sixth album for the "All About That Bass" singer. "Timeless" features the hit single, "Been Like This," a collaboration with the rapper T-Pain. Attendees can get either their CD or vinyl edition signed and a photo with Trainor. Trainor will not be personalizing records. For more information on the signing and to purchase tickets, click here…
UPDATE: Mahwah Motorcyclist Rendered Amputee, Wrong-Way DWI Driver Charged With Assault By Auto UPDATE: Mahwah Motorcyclist Rendered Amputee, Wrong-Way DWI Driver Charged With Assault By Auto
Update: Mahwah Motorcyclist Rendered Amputee, Wrong-Way DWI Driver Charged With Assault By Auto A 67-year-old Florida man was intoxicated when his SUV crossed the double yellow line on a Mahwah road and hit a motorcyclist last weekend, costing the victim his foot and ankle, authorities said. Terence J. Cotter of Delray Beach was headed south on East Crescent Lane when his 2022 Volkswagen Taos crossed into the northbound lane and collided head-on with the motorcycle shortly after 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. The rider, 58-year-old Paul Granados of Mahwah, was airlifted to Hackensack University Medical Center after being struck between Apple Ri…
UPDATE: Accused Public Masturbator From Englewood Jailed Again For Two Other Incidents UPDATE: Accused Public Masturbator From Englewood Jailed Again For Two Other Incidents
Update: Accused Public Masturbator From Englewood Jailed Again For Two Other Incidents A 34-year-old Englewood man who'd been arrested and released on charges of masturbating in front of a pre-teen was jailed again after authorities said they discovered at least two other alleged incidents. Dawid S. Iwaszek originally was arrested on May 25 for exposing himself and masturbating in front of a pre-teen in Englewood, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. The prosecutor said at the time that detectives from his Special Victims Unit were continuing to investigate at least two previous incidents involving children in Englewood and Teaneck. They charg…
Mom Charged With Aggravated Manslaughter For Drug OD Death Of Daughter, 12, In Fort Lee Mom Charged With Aggravated Manslaughter For Drug OD Death Of Daughter, 12, In Fort Lee
Mom Charged With Aggravated Manslaughter For Drug OD Death Of Daughter, 12, In Fort Lee 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: A 48-year-old Fort Lee mom was charged with aggravated manslaughter for the drug overdose death of her 12-year-old daughter. Frances Caso was initially jailed on various child endangerment and drug possession charges after onetime child model Trinity Caso Perez overdosed on May 25. Further investigation led to the more serious charge, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said on Friday, May 31. Fort Lee police responding to a 3:34 p.m. call last Saturday found the lifeless child at Caso's Maple Street home. The youngster was pronounced dead soon after at Hackensack University Med…
Dunkin' Opening Newly Remodeled Store In Bergen County Dunkin' Opening Newly Remodeled Store In Bergen County
Dunkin' Opening Newly Remodeled Store In Bergen County Dunkin' is introducing a new concept to Bergen County. The store at 233 N. Franklin Turnpike in Ramsey will be celebrating a grand reopening of its Ramsey location on Friday, May 31.  The first 100 guests will receive a coupon book containing four free medium hot or iced coffee coupons per month for 14 months. The coupon books will be distributed at 9 a.m. Dunkin’ Rewards members, and those who sign up for Dunkin’ Rewards, can spin a Dunkin’ prize wheel to receive complimentary merchandise, including Dunkin’ cups, sunglasses, cinch bags and pens, beginning at 9 a.m. The 2,100-square-…
Mahwah PD Nabs Stolen Car Driver After Owner's BF Follows Him From NYC Mahwah PD Nabs Stolen Car Driver After Owner's BF Follows Him From NYC
Mahwah PD Nabs Stolen Car Driver After Owner's BF Follows Him From NYC A man whose girlfriend's car was stolen in New York City tracked it to Suffern and then followed the driver into New Jersey, where Mahwah police made an arrest. The 2019 Mercedes 300 coupe was valet-parked at a Manhattan restaurant when it was stolen Tuesday night, May 28, Mahwah Police Lt. Michael Blondin said. Township police got a call at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday from the boyfriend, who the lieutenant said "was now behind it getting onto Route 287 south entering Mahwah" more than 25 miles from the city. Officer Ryan Berger was completing a traffic stop on Route 287 when both vehicles passed …
Bergen County District Suddenly Terminates Super, Hires New One With Double Doctorates Bergen County District Suddenly Terminates Super, Hires New One With Double Doctorates
Bergen County District Suddenly Terminates Super, Hires New One With Double Doctorates Ramapo-lndian Hills Regional High School has hired a new superintendent. In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, May 28, the RIH Board of Education voted 9-0 in favor of approving Dr. Ronnie Tarchichi's contract, which goes into effect July 1. The board also voted 7-0 with two abstentions to terminate the contract of interim superintendent Dr. James Baker. When asked about the sudden termination of Baker's contract, the BOE declined to comment on personnel matters. The board also voted 5-4 in favor of appointing Dr. Melissa Quackenbush, the district's director of curriculum, to acting su…
GOTCHA! Gunman Who Terrorized Robbery Victims In Bergen, Passaic Captured In VA: Prosecutor GOTCHA! Gunman Who Terrorized Robbery Victims In Bergen, Passaic Captured In VA: Prosecutor
Gotcha! Gunman Who Terrorized Robbery Victims In Bergen, Passaic Captured In VA: Prosecutor 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: A 24-year-old fugitive from Elmwood Park who was wanted for a terrifying armed robbery spree in Bergen and Passaic counties was captured in Virginia, authorities announced Wednesday. Husem Nasri pistol-whipped an attendant at a Valero station on northbound Route 17 near Route 46 in Hasbrouck Heights shortly before 3 p.m. Feb. 5, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. Less 20 minutes later Nasri pointed a gun at an attendant who locked himself in the Delta station at Van Houten and Broad avenues in Clifton – also near Route 46, the prosecutor said. Nasri fled empty-handed both …
RECOGNIZE HIM? Authorities Believe Accused Public Masturbator From Englewood Struck Elsewhere RECOGNIZE HIM? Authorities Believe Accused Public Masturbator From Englewood Struck Elsewhere
Recognize HIM? Authorities Believe Accused Public Masturbator From Englewood Struck Elsewhere A 34-year-old Englewood man charged with masturbating in front of a pre-teen may have also done it elsewhere, authorities said following his arrest. Dawid S. Iwaszek “exposed himself and masturbated in public while in the presence of a juvenile under the age of 13” on Thursday, May 23, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. The Polish-born Iwaszek was arrested on Saturday, charged with criminal sexual assault, child endangerment and lewdness and sent to the Bergen County Jail. A judge released him the next day pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensa…
Bergen County Man Killed In Mountain Bike Accident At NY State Park Bergen County Man Killed In Mountain Bike Accident At NY State Park
Bergen County Man Killed In Mountain Bike Accident At NY State Park A 71-year-old Bergen County man was killed in a mountain bike accident at a state park in the Hudson Valley. Alido M. Pavan, of Tenafly, was riding his mountain bike at Tallman State Park when he lost control of his bike, causing him to hit the ground striking his head around 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, New York State Police Trooper Steven Nevel said. Pavan was wearing biking shoes and was clipped to the bike; he was also wearing a helmet, Nevel said. Witnesses rushed to Pavan’s aid, called 911, and rendered first aid. State Police arrived on the scene, removed him fr…
These North Jersey Pools Offer Day Passes To Non-Residents These North Jersey Pools Offer Day Passes To Non-Residents
These North Jersey Pools Offer Day Passes To Non-Residents Summer weather has arrived and will be sticking around for the foreseeable future. Cool off at North Jersey pools, many of which are now open for the season. Here's which ones offer day-passes to non-residents: Bogota: Day passes offered to Bergen County residents only at $15 per person. Check the website for hours. Darlington State Park, Mahwah: Bergen County adults can enter for $10 on weekends and $8 on weekdays, children are $6. Highlands Natural Pool, Ringwood: Day passes are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for children. Check the website for hours. Palisades Park: Open we…
Oakland Man, 55, Charged With Threatening To Shoot Police, Prosecutor Announces Oakland Man, 55, Charged With Threatening To Shoot Police, Prosecutor Announces
Oakland Man, 55, Charged With Threatening To Shoot Police, Prosecutor Announces A 55-year-old Oakland man was charged with threatening to shoot police, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced on Friday, May 24. Todd Gentile was responsible for “an emerging pattern of social media posts threatening to shoot law enforcement officers,” the prosecutor said. Gentile had been in the Bergen County Jail following a similar arrest for making terroristic threats earlier this month, records show. He remained held Friday pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.   
Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting Teen In Elmwood Park Brought Back To Bergen From The Bronx Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting Teen In Elmwood Park Brought Back To Bergen From The Bronx
Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting Teen In Elmwood Park Brought Back To Bergen From The Bronx Bergen County prosecutor’s detectives tracked down a Bronx man who they said sexually assaulted an underage girl in Elmwood Park several years ago. Jorge Sanchez, 38, became the target of an investigation following an allegation from the New Jersey Division of Child Protection & Permanency late last month that he abused a victim between her 13th and 16th birthdays, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. Detectives from Musella’s Special Victims Unit subsequently found that Sanchez penetrated the victim's vagina with his mouth and his hand between May 2020 and April 2021, a complain…
Custom Built French Manor Listed At $1.895M In Bergen County Custom Built French Manor Listed At $1.895M In Bergen County
Custom Built French Manor Listed At $1.895M In Bergen County Want to live like royalty in Bergen County? This might be the house for you. A 5-bedroom, 7-bathroom home in Wyckoff has hit the market at $1.895 million.  Located at 443 Hartung Drive, the 5,900-square-foot home is situated on an acre of land and features an outdoor pool with a cabana, and a basketball court, according to the listing. The agent is Mindy Felixbrod, of Keller Williams Village Square. The home also offers blooming perennials, according to the listing. Inside the home includes a chandelier, five fireplaces, a bar area with its own dishwasher and a game tab…
Fast-Moving Storm Knocks Power To Thousands Across North Jersey Fast-Moving Storm Knocks Power To Thousands Across North Jersey
Fast-Moving Storm Knocks Power To Thousands Across North Jersey A fast-moving round of thunderstorm knocked power to thousands of New Jersey residents Thursday morning, May 23. PSEG was reporting approximately 2,000 outages in Bergen County (1,156 in New Milford, 398 in Paramus); 2,341 in Essex County (983 in Caldwell, 448 in West Caldwell); 1,230 in Gloucester County (1,206 in Woodbury City). JCP&L was reporting approximately 1,300 in Franklin Township, where a downed tree closed Route 57. JCP&L also said 1,000 residents in Lebanon were in the dark, as were 1,000 in Bethlehem. Knowlton, Hope, Liberty, and Independence …
Shooting At Glen Rock Basketball Court: One Wounded, Law Enforcement Responds In Numbers Shooting At Glen Rock Basketball Court: One Wounded, Law Enforcement Responds In Numbers
Shooting At Glen Rock Basketball Court: One Wounded, Law Enforcement Responds In Numbers 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: Unable to produce any suspects in the shooting of a 23-year-old Paterson man at an outdoor basketball court in Glen Rock, authorities turned to the public for help. What locals described as a larger-than-usual crowd at Wilde Memorial Park courts off Maple Avenue had gathered for what borough officials said was an unauthorized basketball tournament Tuesday evening, May 21. Shortly before 7:30 p.m., shots were fired. The victim was taken to St. Joseph's University Medical Center with a gunshot wound that responders said wasn't life-threatening.  Nearly 24 hours later, Berg…
Overdose Death Of Lodi Man, 62, Leads To SWAT Raid, Arrest Overdose Death Of Lodi Man, 62, Leads To SWAT Raid, Arrest
Overdose Death Of Lodi Man, 62, Leads To SWAT Raid, Arrest 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: A Lodi man was jailed Tuesday in connection with the overdose death of a 62-year-old drug user last month from cocaine laced with fentanyl, authorities said. A Bergen County Regional SWAT team led a May 21 raid on the Victor Street apartment of Randy Lantigua, 25. The early-morning raid and arrest stem from an investigation into the death of James White of Lodi, who was found unresponsive from an overdose in the bedroom of his home on April 6, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. Raised in Wood-Ridge, James Anthony White was a self-employed contract pain…
Home Invader Who Beat, Robbed Allendale Tenant ID'd As Passaic County Reoffender, 23 Home Invader Who Beat, Robbed Allendale Tenant ID'd As Passaic County Reoffender, 23
Home Invader Who Beat, Robbed Allendale Tenant ID'd As Passaic County Reoffender, 23 Authorities identified the assailant who beat and robbed an Allendale tenant at gunpoint two months ago of $900 in cash, pot and a bottle of booze as a violent repeat offender from Passaic County. Jahan A. Hendley, 23, of Clifton ambushed the victim outside his apartment shortly before 4 p.m. March 25, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said Tuesday, May 21. Forcing him back inside, Hendley assaulted and robbed the victim – then pointed a gun at another civilian as he fled, the prosecutor said. Detectives didn’t have to go far to find Hendley. He'd been arrested in Passaic County in Ap…
UPDATE: Convicted ‘Bling Bishop’ From Bergen Jailed Ahead Of Sentencing UPDATE: Convicted ‘Bling Bishop’ From Bergen Jailed Ahead Of Sentencing
Update: Convicted ‘Bling Bishop’ From Bergen Jailed Ahead Of Sentencing 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: A convicted con man from Bergen County known as the "Bling Bishop" was jailed on Monday after violating terms of his release before this summer's sentencing, federal authorities said. Federal jurors in lower Manhattan convicted Lamor Whitehead of Paramus two months ago of swindling the elderly mom of a parishioner from New Jersey out of her $90,000 life savings, among other counts. They also found him guilty of using ties to New York City Mayor Eric Adams in an attempt to extort a business owner into loaning him $500,000 and of lying to hide a second cellphone from FBI agents as the…
HERO: Civilian Rescues Woman From Serial Groper Who Tried To Drag Her Behind Garfield Church HERO: Civilian Rescues Woman From Serial Groper Who Tried To Drag Her Behind Garfield Church
Hero: Civilian Rescues Woman From Serial Groper Who Tried To Drag Her Behind Garfield Church UPDATE: A serial groper who was captured by a SWAT team after a civilian stopped him from dragging a woman behind a church in Garfield earlier this month had been stalking the victim at least since April, authorities said. Garfield police have surveillance video of Michael Hernandez, 25, following, running up and grabbing the woman outside Praise Assembly church at the corner of Main Street and Banta Avenue shortly after 12 noon May 8, investigators said. Grabbing her by her neck and backpack, Hernandez tries to drag the woman behind the church, they said. But a good Samaritan comes to her…
George Washington Bridge Climber, Not Protestors, Jams NYC-Bound Traffic For Hours George Washington Bridge Climber, Not Protestors, Jams NYC-Bound Traffic For Hours
George Washington Bridge Climber, Not Protestors, Jams Nyc-bound Traffic For Hours Police expected a protest that would throw the George Washington Bridge into chaos on Saturday and got something else entirely. A 24-year-old climber partially caused massive delays when he started climbing the Manhattan tower's south side shortly before noon May 18. What began as half-hour backups quickly stretched to more than 90 minutes on both levels during one of the busiest times of the average GWB weekend. All eastbound lanes were eventually closed at one point as Port Authority and NYPD emergency services officers with rappelling ropes and other rescue gear eventually got him down …
Modern Opulence: $5.988M Home With Floating Staircase Hits Bergen County Market (PHOTOS) Modern Opulence: $5.988M Home With Floating Staircase Hits Bergen County Market (PHOTOS)
Modern Opulence: $5.988M Home With Floating Staircase Hits Bergen County Market (Photos) A brand-new Bergen County home is on the market for just under $6 million. The home at 247 Glen Pl., in Franklin Lakes was built this year and is complete with 5 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. The listing agent is Joshua Baris of Coldwell Banker Realty/NJ Lux. An oversized 6x10-foot door made of pristine glass and iron opens into a foyer replete with floor-to-ceiling windows. Marvel at the 3-story floating staircase embellished with a 28-foot chandelier. An "architectural gem," the home boasts a state-of-the-art, chef-caliber kitchen with numerous islands and waterfall countert…