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Wild Street Brawl Sends Repeat Offender, Officers To Hospital: Hasbrouck Heights PD Wild Street Brawl Sends Repeat Offender, Officers To Hospital: Hasbrouck Heights PD
Wild Street Brawl Sends Repeat Offender, Officers To Hospital: Hasbrouck Heights PD A repeat offender from Toms River who was high on PCP fought violently with police who kept him from running into traffic outside a 7-Eleven in North Jersey, authorities said. The incident was another in a recent series of episodes involving Albert P. Fischetta III, 40, of Toms River, whose violent reaction sent two officers – and himself – to the hospital, they said. Fischetta had been freed after police at the Jersey Shore said he attacked an elderly man while not wearing any clothes last fall, records show. This time, his girlfriend told Hasbrouck Heights that Fischetta suddenly bailed …
GOTCHA! Bicycle-Riding Burglar From Passaic, 30, Captured By Hasbrouck Heights Officers: PD GOTCHA! Bicycle-Riding Burglar From Passaic, 30, Captured By Hasbrouck Heights Officers: PD
Gotcha! Bicycle-Riding Burglar From Passaic, 30, Captured By Hasbrouck Heights Officers: PD A 30-year-old repeat offender from Passaic known for getting around on a bicycle tried to run but was caught by Hasbrouck Heights police who authorities said chased him down before dawn Saturday. A concerned citizen's call about a car burglar brought officers to the area of Hamilton Avenue and the Boulevard around 2 a.m., May 25, Lt. John Behr said. Hector J. Torres-Duran tried to flee Officers Joseph Armeli and Kevin Condal but crashed the bike and took off on foot in the parking lots behind Boulevard businesses, the lieutenant said. "He was eventually cornered and found hiding behind a D…
2 Vehicles Badly Damaged In Crash At Major Hackensack Roadway, Route 17 Ramp 2 Vehicles Badly Damaged In Crash At Major Hackensack Roadway, Route 17 Ramp
2 Vehicles Badly Damaged In Crash At Major Hackensack Roadway, Route 17 Ramp A crash that severely damaged two vehicles closed a major Hackensack roadway and Route 17 entrance ramp on Tuesday morning, May 7. A Hyundai hatchback driven by a 55-year-old Hackensack woman and Toyota SUV driven by a 50-year-old Lodi man collided just before 10:30 a.m. on South Summit Avenue just past the Route 17 southbound entrance ramp, Hackensack Police Capt. Michael Antista said. Minor injuries were reported and no arrests were made. The roadway was closed from the 7-Eleven at the Hasbrouck Heights border up to the crash scene, rerouting drivers in the area. The accident remains und…
Motorcyclist Ejected In Rear-End Route 17 Crash (UPDATE) Motorcyclist Ejected In Rear-End Route 17 Crash (UPDATE)
Motorcyclist Ejected In Rear-End Route 17 Crash (Update) A 19-year-old motorcyclist from Moonachie was hospitalized after he was ejected during a rear-end crash early Tuesday with a Tesla on Route 17, authorities said. The May 7 morning rush was well underway when the motorcyclist rammed the other vehicle from behind just south of the busy Franklin Avenue intersection around 7:30 a.m. He was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center with injuries that didn't appear to be life-threatening, Hasbrouck Heights Police Lt. John Behr said. A lane of traffic was able to pass, while two remained closed, as the scene was cleared and an investigation b…
SUV Rams Hasbrouck Heights Apartment Building, Driver Ticketed SUV Rams Hasbrouck Heights Apartment Building, Driver Ticketed
SUV Rams Hasbrouck Heights Apartment Building, Driver Ticketed A driver escaped serious injury Thursday morning when her SUV slammed into the side of an apartment building in Hasbrouck Heights. Tenants in at least two units at the Boulevard Apartments were temporarily displaced, however. The entire building was initially vacated after the 68-year-old driver's parked Hyundai accelerated over the curb and into the support wall shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday, May 2. There was no immediate explanation of what may have caused it, Police Lt. John Behr said. Two units had to be vacated for the time being. Tony Greco for DAILY VOICE The driver was evalua…
Exterior Fire Enters Hasbrouck Heights Home Exterior Fire Enters Hasbrouck Heights Home
Exterior Fire Enters Hasbrouck Heights Home Firefighters quickly doused a blaze that found its way inside a Hasbrouck Heights home. Flames climbed the side and extended into the basement and attic of the three-story wood-frame home on Franklin Avenue between Oak Grove Avenue and Boulevard at 9:15 p.m.  Saturday, April 27, responders said. No injuries were reported in the two-alarm blaze. The Red Cross found temporary food, clothing shelter for the occupants. Mutual aid responders included firefighters from Carlstadt, Hackensack, Little Ferry, Lodi, Moonachie, South Hackensack, Wallington and Wood-Ridge. A PSE&G c…
Wanted On Warrants: Trio Nabbed With Drugs, Dog In Hasbrouck Heights Wanted On Warrants: Trio Nabbed With Drugs, Dog In Hasbrouck Heights
Wanted On Warrants: Trio Nabbed With Drugs, Dog In Hasbrouck Heights A suspicious vehicle call led Hasbrouck Heights police to a drug-carrying, canine-accompanied trio wanted on warrants, authorities said. Officers Christopher Connors and Sgt. Dom D’Amico found the Subaru sedan in a Boulevard parking lot shortly before 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21, Lt. John Behr said. Officers Paul Albanese, Michael DeSimone and John Mullins joined them along with Wood-Ridge Officers Mark Torsiello and Devin Ochiuzzo, the lieutenant said. The three occupants were all sent to the Bergen County Jail after the officers found crack, clonazepam pills and dozens of empty wax paper…
BREAK IN, RINSE, REPEAT: Recidivist With 30-Year Sheet Busted For Burglaries In 4 Bergen Towns BREAK IN, RINSE, REPEAT: Recidivist With 30-Year Sheet Busted For Burglaries In 4 Bergen Towns
Break IN, Rinse, Repeat: Recidivist With 30-Year Sheet Busted For Burglaries In 4 Bergen Towns It never ends with some guys. Mark C. Todd, most recently of Hasbrouck Heights, just turned 50 amid what has been a three-decade-long string of burglaries, thefts and police pursuits in nearly a dozen Bergen County towns. It got to the point that detectives from Maywood, Carlstadt and Hasbrouck Heights all went together to arrest the ex-con at his home last Friday morning, April 12. He was charged with break-ins in Maywood, Carlstadt, Elmwood Park and Fair Lawn. Tood has remained held in the Bergen County Jail this past week based on the likelihood that he’ll be returned to prison. He sp…
'SNL' Looking For Paid Stand-In — Apparently For Bergen County Host Ramy Youssef 'SNL' Looking For Paid Stand-In — Apparently For Bergen County Host Ramy Youssef
'SNL' Looking For Paid Stand-In — Apparently For Bergen County Host Ramy Youssef If you look like Ramy Youssef, you too could be on "Saturday Night Live." "SNL" is looking for someone to serve as a stand-in for Youssef, a Hasbrouck Heights native who is hosting the show for the first time on Saturday, March 30. According to a casting notice, the show is looking for a Middle Eastern man between the ages of 18 and 40, who stands 5'9", to serve as Youssef's stand-in. Availability is required on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30.  The gig pays $31 an hour for an estimated 12 hours of work. Youssef will be joined on SNL with musical guest Travis Scott.  To …
Flooding Shuts Roads Across New Jersey: Here's Where Flooding Shuts Roads Across New Jersey: Here's Where
Flooding Shuts Roads Across New Jersey: Here's Where Flooding and heavy rain closed roads across New Jersey Saturday, March 23. According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest part of the storm may have passed. The flooding, however, has not. In Hasbrouck Heights, where Route 17 was closed, police pulled multiple drivers from their vehicles, Chief Rinke said. Members spent the past several hours rescuing over 20 trapped motorists from their vehicles in Heights and throughout Teterboro. Please avoid all flooded areas and do not attempt to drive through them. Posted by Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department on Saturday, March 23, …
Bergen Ex-Con Busted With Pistol Two Days After Prison Release Bergen Ex-Con Busted With Pistol Two Days After Prison Release
Bergen Ex-Con Busted With Pistol Two Days After Prison Release A Garfield ex-con was caught with a gun during a Little Ferry police stop just two days after he was released from prison, authorities said. Nazir R. Halloway, 26, spent a mandatory one year behind bars coincidentally after pleading guilty last year to unlawful possession of a handgun, records show. He was paroled on Monday, March 18, according to the New Jersey Department of Corrections. Little Ferry Lt. John Andronaco was on patrol when he spotted a 2020 Acura ILX with darkly-tinted windows in the parking lot of the Stagecoach Motel just off westbound Route 46 shortly after midnight Wedn…
HEROES: Firefighters Free Trapped Driver After Tractor-Trailer, Pickup Collide On Route 17 HEROES: Firefighters Free Trapped Driver After Tractor-Trailer, Pickup Collide On Route 17
Heroes: Firefighters Free Trapped Driver After Tractor-Trailer, Pickup Collide On Route 17 Firefighters extricated a heavily trapped driver after a tractor-trailer and pickup truck collided on Route 17. Hasbrouck Heights firefighters were assisted by their Wood-Ridge colleagues in freeing the female pickup driver following the crash behind the Bendix Diner shortly before 9:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17. The driver was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center. Nick’s Towing removed the vehicles. Northbound Route 17 was temporarily closed at Franklin Avenue during the operation. Mutual aid was provided by, among others, firefighters from Carlstadt, Lodi, Rutherford and Wallingto…
Passenger Killed, Driver Seriously Injured In Route 80 Crash Passenger Killed, Driver Seriously Injured In Route 80 Crash
Passenger Killed, Driver Seriously Injured In Route 80 Crash A 38-year-old passenger was killed and the driver seriously injured in an overnight crash on Route 80, authorities confirmed. Richard Bahamonte of Hillside was pronounced dead at the scene of the eastbound crash near the Teaneck/Ridgefield Park border west of Exit 68 just after 3 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, NJ State Police said. The driver, Julio Brito, 40, of Hasbrouck Heights, lost control of the Honda, which careened off the road, slammed into a concrete barrier and ended up on its roof, they said. State Police and medics from Holy Name Medical Center tried to resuscitate both occupants. B…
Attendant Beaten, Gas Stations Robbed Minutes Apart In Bergen, Passaic Counties Attendant Beaten, Gas Stations Robbed Minutes Apart In Bergen, Passaic Counties
Attendant Beaten, Gas Stations Robbed Minutes Apart In Bergen, Passaic Counties A lone gunman committed back-to-back-to-back armed gas station robberies less than 10 miles apart in Bergen and Passaic counties Monday afternoon, authorities said. The attendant was pistol-whipped at a Valero on northbound Route 17 just before Route 46 in Hasbrouck Heights shortly before 3 p.m. Feb. 5, responders said. There was no immediate word on the extent of injuries to the attendant. Hasbrouck Heights police were directed to refer all questions to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, suggesting the likelihood that the same robber or robbers were involved in other area holdups. Le…
Motorist Freed By Firefighters After Crashing Into Her Hasbrouck Heights Home Motorist Freed By Firefighters After Crashing Into Her Hasbrouck Heights Home
Motorist Freed By Firefighters After Crashing Into Her Hasbrouck Heights Home A Hasbrouck Heights motorist appeared OK after her SUV plowed into the attached garage of her home and borough firefighters extricated her, responders said. The house on Raymond Street between Burton Avenue and Boulevard may have sustained some structural damage that would require attention, however, they said. A building inspector will make that call. The GMC Acadia crashed straight through one of the closed garage doors and struck a support column shortly before 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, responders said. Mutual aid included firefighters from Lodi, Moonachie and Wood-Ridge. The driver …
Disgraced NJ Judge’s Son Charged With Collecting Child Porn Disgraced NJ Judge’s Son Charged With Collecting Child Porn
Disgraced NJ Judge’s Son Charged With Collecting Child Porn BREAKING NEWS: The son of a former judge who was removed from the bench for misconduct was busted on child porn charges following a raid on the family home in Waldwick, authorities confirmed on Friday. George M. Silebi, 27, “used the Internet to view, download, and possess items depicting nude and/or sexually explicit prepubescent and pubescent children,” Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said on Jan. 18. Detectives from Musella’s Cyber Crimes Unit raided the Sheridan Avenue home of former Superior Court Judge Liliana DeAvila-Silebi exactly a week earlier. From there they traveled to N…
Dumpster Fire Doused At Avalon Apartments In Wood-Ridge Dumpster Fire Doused At Avalon Apartments In Wood-Ridge
Dumpster Fire Doused At Avalon Apartments In Wood-Ridge A building manager kept a trash bin fire in the basement of a Wood-Ridge apartment complex from spreading and borough responders took it from there, authorities said. Wood-Ridge Lt. Jeffrey Geisler and Officers Joseph Barbiera and Michael Donato evacuated the building at the Avalon at Westmount Station apartments shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, Capt. Joseph Biamonte said. Although the building manager contained the blaze, smoke extended up the trash chute to other floors, said firefighters who ventilated the building. They were assisted at the scene by fellow firefighters from Car…
Falling Tree Misses Officer, Major Roadways Flooded: North Jersey Storm Damage Update Falling Tree Misses Officer, Major Roadways Flooded: North Jersey Storm Damage Update
Falling Tree Misses Officer, Major Roadways Flooded: North Jersey Storm Damage Update North Jersey residents are feeling the impact of this week's storm with thousands still without power and schools closed or delayed. In Bergen County, houses were hit on East Midland Avenue in Paramus and on Sunset Avenue in Englewood. A Mahwah police officer also escaped serious injury when a falling tree struck his cruiser. Route 17 was closed in both directions at various times in multiple spots, including in Hasbrouck Heights around 9:30 p.m., in East Rutherford just before midnight and in Rochelle Park about an hour later. A stretch of Route 46 in Lodi also was under water, as we…
FIREBALL (UPDATE): Gas Tanker Flips From One Side Of Route 17 To Other, Dealership Destroyed FIREBALL (UPDATE): Gas Tanker Flips From One Side Of Route 17 To Other, Dealership Destroyed
Fireball (Update): Gas Tanker Flips From One Side Of Route 17 To Other, Dealership Destroyed In nothing short of a miracle, no serious injuries were reported after a gas tanker truck exploded into a huge fireball on Route 17 Monday morning. A used car dealership and many of its two dozen or so vehicles were destroyed in the five-alarm blaze after the truck and a passenger vehicle collided near the U-turn at the White Castle on the highway's southbound side in Hasbrouck Heights at 5:43 a.m. Jan. 8. The force flipped the tanker over the divider into the northbound lanes, Fire Chief Mike Greco said at the scene. (Justin Derevyanik took the photo at the top of this story. See his vide…
Miracle On The Turnpike: Passing Bergen Fire Veterans Rescue Young Child Having Seizure Miracle On The Turnpike: Passing Bergen Fire Veterans Rescue Young Child Having Seizure
Miracle On The Turnpike: Passing Bergen Fire Veterans Rescue Young Child Having Seizure HEROES: A seizure suffered by an epileptic child on a jammed New Jersey Turnpike had her stranded mom praying for a pre-Christmas miracle. Sure enough, she got one. Vanessa Senquis of Bayonne was taking her 4-year-old daughter Leilani to Hackensack University Medical Center after she’d fallen down some steps and cut her forehead. The unconscious child was in serious peril during the medical episode as her terrified mother shouted to a 911 dispatcher: “I need help! I need help!” Seemingly out of nowhere, Hasbrouck Heights Fire Chief Michael Greco was next to her in his chief’s truck. S…
Bus Rider Struck Dashing Across Hasbrouck Heights Street, Witnesses Say Bus Rider Struck Dashing Across Hasbrouck Heights Street, Witnesses Say
Bus Rider Struck Dashing Across Hasbrouck Heights Street, Witnesses Say A 27-year-old Hasbrouck Heights man who'd just gotten off a bus was struck by a car when he tried to run across a street, witnesses told police. The victim exited the commuter bus outside the TD Bank branch on Boulevard near Henry Street when he was struck by a Mercedes just after midnight Tuesday, Dec. 12, Police Lt. John Behr said. An ambulance and paramedic unit responded along with a Spanish-speaking officer from South Hackensack who assisted with translation, the lieutenant said. The victim was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center with injuries that weren't considered life-th…
Little Ferry Pedestrian, 58, Struck, Killed In East Rutherford Little Ferry Pedestrian, 58, Struck, Killed In East Rutherford
Little Ferry Pedestrian, 58, Struck, Killed In East Rutherford A 58-year-old Little Ferry woman was struck and killed in East Rutherford over the weekend. The victim was struck by a Jeep Cherokee off the intersection of Paterson Avenue and Franklin Place near the Wallington border around 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, East Rutherford Police Chief Dennis Rivelli said. Witnesses said she was thrown several yards. CPR was conducted on the victim, who Riverlli said was pronounced dead at Hackensack University Medical Center. The 19-year-old driver from Hasbrouck Heights remained at the scene. No summonses were immediately issued nor charges immediately file…
Longtime Arson Investigator, Expert Fire Photographer Richard Wolfson Dies (TRIBUTE) Longtime Arson Investigator, Expert Fire Photographer Richard Wolfson Dies (TRIBUTE)
Longtime Arson Investigator, Expert Fire Photographer Richard Wolfson Dies (Tribute) Whether he was capturing it through his lens, fighting it or investigating it, Richard Wolfson was likely at the fire. Wolfson volunteered 40 of the 50 years he lived in Garfield as one of his city's bravest. He was also a regional arson investigator, often serving as an expert witness in criminal cases.  And he single-handedly founded the NJ Metro Fire Photographers Association in 1985, serving as its first-ever president. Rich Wolfson's impact was felt throughout North Jersey's firefighting, fire photography and fire investigating communities, which is why his death last week leaves suc…
Death At Route 17 Holiday Inn: Cause Not Official Yet Death At Route 17 Holiday Inn: Cause Not Official Yet
Death At Route 17 Holiday Inn: Cause Not Official Yet All signs point to the death of a 56-year-old guest at a Holiday Inn off Route 17 as the result of a medical emergency, possibly a heart attack. But it’s not official yet. Hasbrouck Heights police were still awaiting the results of an autopsy by the Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office. It began with a 911 call from the hotel for an ambulance at the Holiday Inn Hasbrouck Heights-Meadowlands shortly before 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20.  CPR reportedly was in progress before the man in Room 203 was pronounced dead a short time later. The Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identifi…
Unofficial Results Of Bergen County Mayoral Elections (DEVELOPING) Unofficial Results Of Bergen County Mayoral Elections (DEVELOPING)
Unofficial Results Of Bergen County Mayoral Elections (Developing) The results of Bergen County's 38 mayoral races are rolling in. Votes were being counted in real time on the Bergen County elections website.  Here is the vote count for the mayoral races as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, according to the county's election result website. ** NOTE: This is a developing story. Totals are not final ** Bergenfield:  Arvin Amatorio (D)* — 100% of votes Bogota (replacing Claudia Lopez): Mary Ellen Murphy (D) — 54% Daniele Fede (R) — 46% Carlstadt: Lorraine Joewono (D) — 22% Robert J. Zimmerman (R)* — 77% Cliffside Park: Thomas Calabrese (D)* —…
Charges Upgraded Against Teaneck Restaurant Manager In Double-Fatal DWI Crash Charges Upgraded Against Teaneck Restaurant Manager In Double-Fatal DWI Crash
Charges Upgraded Against Teaneck Restaurant Manager In Double-Fatal DWI Crash UPDATE: Authorities have upgraded charges against a Teaneck restaurant manager who they said was drunk when he slammed his speeding car into a tree, killing two of his passengers. Teddy Mejia, 32, originally was charged with death by auto following the horrific Oct. 21 crash that killed Rudy Rosales Escobar, 40, of Hasbrouck Heights, and Alexander Cosme Curruchich, 29, of Englewood. Investigators have since determined that Mejia was not only intoxicated but also speeding down Teaneck Road when his 2021 BMW M850i hit the tree – shearing off an entire limb – and rolled onto its roof near Bilt…
Pair Killed In Horrific DWI Rollover Crash In Teaneck ID'd, Charged Driver Remains Hospitalized Pair Killed In Horrific DWI Rollover Crash In Teaneck ID'd, Charged Driver Remains Hospitalized
Pair Killed In Horrific DWI Rollover Crash In Teaneck ID'd, Charged Driver Remains Hospitalized UPDATE: Authorities have upgraded charges against a Teaneck restaurant manager who they said was drunk when he slammed his speeding car into a tree, killing two of his passengers. Teddy Mejia, 32, originally was charged with death by auto following the horrific Oct. 21 crash that killed Rudy Rosales Escobar, 40, of Hasbrouck Heights, and Alexander Cosme Curruchich, 29, of Englewood. Investigators have since determined that Mejia was not only intoxicated but also speeding down Teaneck Road when his 2021 BMW M850i hit the tree – shearing off an entire limb – and rolled onto its roof near…
Bergen County Mom Turns Passion Into Purpose With Persian Restaurant Bergen County Mom Turns Passion Into Purpose With Persian Restaurant
Bergen County Mom Turns Passion Into Purpose With Persian Restaurant Cooking has already given Bergen County's Shahin Rezaei so much. It gave her something to do when her she moved to the U.S. with her husband, Daryush Saadati, from Sweden 26 years ago. She didn't have a car and she didn't have anything to do when Saadati went to work, and so Rezaei passed the time by perfecting her recipes. Cooking gave Rezaei friends: She met so many people through the catering business she opened seven years ago, when the family's furniture store closed. But most of all, cooking has given Rezaei purpose. "Because of all of this, I know who I am," said Rezaei, more …
Officer Hit By Bottle Thrown By Attendee Of Party With Underage Drinkers In Hasbrouck Heights Officer Hit By Bottle Thrown By Attendee Of Party With Underage Drinkers In Hasbrouck Heights
Officer Hit By Bottle Thrown By Attendee Of Party With Underage Drinkers In Hasbrouck Heights A Hasbrouck Heights police officer was struck by a bottle thrown through the open window of a patrol car while approaching a group of 75 mostly underage attendees of an illegal drinking party at a local home, authorities said. Although the officer escaped serious injury, whoever threw the bottle will be prosecuted aggressively, Hasbrouck Heights Police Chief Joseph Rinke said. Homeowners Joshua and Cynthia Daniels were criminally charged with allowing underage drinking at their Ottawa Avenue home, a couple of doors down from the Hasbrouck Heights Middle and High School, Lt. John Behr said. …
Two Passengers Dead, Driver Charged In Horrific Teaneck Crash Two Passengers Dead, Driver Charged In Horrific Teaneck Crash
Two Passengers Dead, Driver Charged In Horrific Teaneck Crash UPDATE: Authorities have upgraded charges against a Teaneck restaurant manager who they said was drunk when he slammed his speeding car into a tree, killing two of his passengers. Teddy Mejia, 32, originally was charged with death by auto following the horrific Oct. 21 crash that killed Rudy Rosales Escobar, 40, of Hasbrouck Heights, and Alexander Cosme Curruchich, 29, of Englewood. Investigators have since determined that Mejia was not only intoxicated but also speeding down Teaneck Road when his 2021 BMW M850i hit the tree – shearing off an entire limb – and rolled onto its roof near…
North Hudson Fire Official, Sister Arrested After Domestic Dispute Allegedly Gets Physical North Hudson Fire Official, Sister Arrested After Domestic Dispute Allegedly Gets Physical
North Hudson Fire Official, Sister Arrested After Domestic Dispute Allegedly Gets Physical A North Jersey fire official and his sister were taken into custody after a dispute allegedly got physical, multiple responders have confirmed. Police charged both Kevin Todd, 58, and Monica Todd Lanzara, 57, with simple assault following the incident at their parent's home on Williams Avenue in Hasbrouck Heights on Wednesday, Oct. 18.  Lanzara said she independently went to a CityMD in Teterboro on Thursday, rather than a hospital emergency room on Wednesday, and was diagnosed with fractured ribs. She said Friday that she's sent the report to police. Both siblings were released pendi…