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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…
Bergen Man Charged With 2010 Pre-Teen Sex Assault Bergen Man Charged With 2010 Pre-Teen Sex Assault
Bergen Man Charged With 2010 Pre-Teen Sex Assault A Midland Park man was charged with sexually assaulting a pre-teen in Wyckoff in 2010. Donato Avolio, now 35, was in his early 20s when he sexually assaulted the youngster, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. Wyckoff police notified his Special Victims Unit of the allegation on March 27, Musella said. An arrest warrant was drawn up the following day charging Avolio with second-degree sexual assault of a victim under 13, he said. A manhunt that lasted nearly three weeks ended with the single, Italian-born Avolio’s arrest in Clifton on Tuesday, April 16, the prosecutor said. He has…
WINNER! Bergen County Quick Draw Player Wins Big $$ WINNER! Bergen County Quick Draw Player Wins Big $$
Winner! Bergen County Quick Draw Player Wins Big $$ A Bergen County lottery player got a nice treat on Tax Day. The lucky player purchased a winning Quick Draw Progressive ticket on Monday, April 15, netting $80,950, 20 percent of the progressive jackpot. In Quick Draw, a set of nine “Your Jackpot Numbers” (01-80) are randomly selected and printed at the bottom of every Quick Draw ticket. If all nine of the player’s numbers are selected in any of the Quick Draw drawings the ticket is eligible for, the ticket wins a portion of the Progressive Jackpot based on the amount wagered per draw. The winning ticket was sold at Boulevard Bar & Gri…
Sixth Defendant Charged In Armed Edgewater Robbery Being Held In Westchester Sixth Defendant Charged In Armed Edgewater Robbery Being Held In Westchester
Sixth Defendant Charged In Armed Edgewater Robbery Being Held In Westchester 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: The broad-daylight holdup of an Edgewater shopper last fall was committed by an armed robbery crew that included a Bronx man who was arrested this week in Westchester, authorities said. Jose A. Santana Torres, 22, and his partners followed the victim from Hudson County to an unidentified shopping center on River Road in last Oct. 24, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. Two of them approached the victim and stole a watch at gunpoint while a third member of the crew served as lookout. The robbers then hopped into getaway vehicles driven by companions. The mid-afternoon holdu…
Paramus Chick-fil-A Weeks Away From Opening, Mayor Says Paramus Chick-fil-A Weeks Away From Opening, Mayor Says
Paramus Chick-fil-A Weeks Away From Opening, Mayor Says The opening of the brand-new Paramus Chick-fil-A is imminent. According to Paramus Mayor Chris DiPiazza, the Chick-fil-A being built alongside the northbound side of Route 17 will open in the first week of May. The fast-casual chicken joint replaces The Fireplace, which closed in July 2021 after 65 years in business. "We’re excited to welcome Chick-fil-A to Route 17," DiPiazza said. "Our residents and visitors will now have the easy opportunity to enjoy the nationwide brand. Their presence continues to keep our commercial corridors vibrant and help our residential tax base." Complete…
SEEN HER? Concerns Grow Following Unconfirmed Call That Missing Englewood Woman Was Dead SEEN HER? Concerns Grow Following Unconfirmed Call That Missing Englewood Woman Was Dead
Seen HER? Concerns Grow Following Unconfirmed Call That Missing Englewood Woman Was Dead 𝗠𝗜𝗦𝗦𝗜𝗡𝗚: A caller's claim that a missing single mom had died hasn't been confirmed, said authorities in Englewood who've stepped up their search for her. Concerns initially were raised when Cynthia Anderson, 33, who'd recently been homeless, stopped communicating with friends, police said. They became extremely worried when none of them could find her, Lt. Fred Pulice said. "No one's been in touch with her for a while," the lieutenant said on Wednesday, April 17, nine days after Anderson was last heard from. "There's genuine concern." One of the friends got a call from a masked number tha…
Sweet Escape: $1.499M Home With Sauna, Pool, Gazebo For Sale In Bergen County (PHOTOS) Sweet Escape: $1.499M Home With Sauna, Pool, Gazebo For Sale In Bergen County (PHOTOS)
Sweet Escape: $1.499M Home With Sauna, Pool, Gazebo For Sale In Bergen County (Photos) A Bergen County home with ample opportunity for relaxation is on the market for just under $1.5 million. Located at 59 Tam O Shanter Dr. in Mahwah, the home spans 5,795 square feet and boasts 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms. Roi Klipper of Corcoran Infinity Properties is the listing agent. According to the listing, the house was designed for socializing with a great room located in the heart of the home. It features soaring ceilings and large windows, perfect for formal dinners or cozy evenings by the fireplace, the listing reads. The second floor is rounded out by four bedrooms includ…
Girl, 15, Killed In Ridgefield Crash Girl, 15, Killed In Ridgefield Crash
Girl, 15, Killed In Ridgefield Crash UPDATE: The death of a 15-year-old Ridgefield girl who was struck while riding a scooter near her home leaves a "profound void," said the schools chief in Clifton, where her father works. Serenity Law was struck at the intersection of Shaler Boulevard and Edgewater Avenue in Ridgefield shortly after 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. She was pronounced dead at Hackensack University Medical Center a short time later, the prosecutor said. Although Musella referred to the incident as a "pedestrian death," law enforcement sources confirmed that the tee…
Local Listing: See Inside $2.95M Custom-Built Bergen County Home Local Listing: See Inside $2.95M Custom-Built Bergen County Home
Local Listing: See Inside $2.95M Custom-Built Bergen County Home A 5,500-square-foot home is on the market for $2.95 million in Bergen County. Located at 469 Fairfield Road in Wyckoff, the home hit the market just last week. The listing agents are Adam DeFino and Anthony Donato of DeFino & Company. 469 Fairfield Road, Wyckoff. LuxQue Media 469 Fairfield Road, Wyckoff. LuxQue Media 469 Fairfield Road, Wyckoff. LuxQue Media According to the listing, the custom home has five bedrooms and six bathrooms. A saltwater pool, gourmet kitchen, a vaulted ceiling family room with french doors overlooking the backyard a…
Bergen Widower, 91, Charged With Exposing Himself To Three Kids Bergen Widower, 91, Charged With Exposing Himself To Three Kids
Bergen Widower, 91, Charged With Exposing Himself To Three Kids A 91-year-old Saddle Brook widower was jailed Friday after authorities said he exposed himself to a trio of preteens. John Urso was booked into the Bergen County Jail on April 12 following his arrest on lewdness charges hours earlier, records show. The defendant "exposed themselves to students who were playing outside at Franklin School," Saddle Brook Schools Supt. Toni Violetti wrote in a message to the community. Violetti thanked staff at the K-6 school on Caldwell Avenue "for their quick response" and township police "for their swift investigation and decisive action." Bergen Cou…
Amber Tamblyn, Russ Tamblyn Meet Fans In Northvale Amber Tamblyn, Russ Tamblyn Meet Fans In Northvale
Amber Tamblyn In New Jersey A famous actress accompanied her dad to a book signing in Bergen County on Thursday, April 11. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Daniel Koenig (@dankoenig) Amber Tamblyn, of "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and "Joan of Arcadia," was  joined by her father, Russ Tamblyn, of the original "West Side Story," bringing some good ripples to Books and Greetings in Northvale. Russ, who was nominated for an Academy Award for "Peyton's Place" and later starred in "Twin Peaks," was signing copies of his new memoir "Dancing on…
Ben & Jerry's Celebrates Free Cone Day In North Jersey Ben & Jerry's Celebrates Free Cone Day In North Jersey
Ben & Jerry's Celebrates Free Cone Day In North Jersey Do you have a craving for your favorite ice cream flavor or are looking to try something new in Bergen County? Ben and Jerry's has you covered. The ice cream chain is hosting its annual Free Cone Day on Tuesday, April 16 between noon and 8 p.m. at its Ridgewood location at 104-106 Franklin Ave.  "Every time you enjoy a scoop of Ben & Jerry's, you're showing us how much you care," the company said. "We love you too and Free Cone Day is our favorite way to show it."
Bergen Grade Schoolers Accused Of Sodomizing Boy With Sex Toy Bergen Grade Schoolers Accused Of Sodomizing Boy With Sex Toy
Sodomy Old Tappan Boys Dildo Sex Toy A group of young boys from Old Tappan are accused of sodomizing another with a sex toy. According to multiple parents, the 8th graders pooled their money to buy the penis-shaped sex aid from a popular gift company. One apparently turned it on another at a local residence while at least two others helped with the horrific assault, they said. Video of the penetration and what the parents said was an equally disgusting subsequent act was apparently recorded and shared. It wasn't immediately clear what physical injuries the victim may have suffered or what medical treatment was needed.  …
Young Teen Sexually Assaulted In New Milford By Elderly Man, Middle-Aged Companion:  Prosecutor Young Teen Sexually Assaulted In New Milford By Elderly Man, Middle-Aged Companion:  Prosecutor
Young Teen Sexually Assaulted In New Milford By Elderly Man, Middle-Aged Companion: Prosecutor An underage teen was sexually assaulted in New Milford by two men – one of them 67, the other 59 -- said authorities who reported finding one of them with a date rape drug. The older man, Eliezer Kopelowitz of Englewood, and Wayne Bambling of River Edge, were both arrested in New Milford late last week, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said on Monday, April 8. Kopelowitz was charged with second-degree sexual assault of the child, who the prosecutor said was between 13 and 17. He was also charged with child endangerment, criminal sexual contact and possession of both GHB and drug parap…
WINNER! Bergen County Powerball Player Scores Big Bucks WINNER! Bergen County Powerball Player Scores Big Bucks
Winner! Bergen County Powerball Player Scores Big Bucks It was a lucrative Saturday for a Powerball player in Bergen County. A ticket sold in Montvale matched four numbers and the red Powerball in the drawing held on Saturday, April 6, winning $150,000. The ticket was sold at an Exxon in Montvale. The winning numbers were 22, 27, 44, 52, 69 and the red Powerball was 9.
ICE Seizes Turkish National Charged With Sexually Assaulting Drive-Share Passenger In Fair Lawn ICE Seizes Turkish National Charged With Sexually Assaulting Drive-Share Passenger In Fair Lawn
ICE Seizes Turkish National Charged With Sexually Assaulting Drive-Share Passenger In Fair Lawn ICE agents took custody of a 33-year-old ride-share driver from Turkey after he was jailed on charges of sexually assaulting a female passenger in Fair Lawn. Ahmet Yusuf Aydemir sexually assaulted the woman “while she was a passenger in his vehicle” on Wednesday, April 3, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. He didn’t specify which ride-share service, however. Aydemir, a Turkish national who's been living in Garfield, was arrested on Thursday and charged with sexual assault and criminal sexual contact charges, records show. He was sent to the Bergen County Jail -- but he didn’…
FACEBOOK ROBBERIES: College Freshman From Bayonne Charged After Bergen Hit-And-Run Holdup FACEBOOK ROBBERIES: College Freshman From Bayonne Charged After Bergen Hit-And-Run Holdup
Facebook Robberies: College Freshman From Bayonne Charged After Bergen Hit-And-Run Holdup Authorities believe they've cracked a series of Facebook Marketplace robberies with the arrest of a tennis-playing college freshman who they said struck and seriously injured a Bergen County victim with his car before speeding off. Yassine G. Rahi, 18, of Bayonne created bogus Facebook accounts offering PlayStation 5 consoles for sale, arranged meetings with buyers and robbed them, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. One of the victims, a 22-year-old man, arrived at an arranged location on Avenue C in Moonachie shortly before 5 p.m. March 20, the prosecutor said. After robbing him …
GUILTY: Jurors Convict Ex-Con Bank Robber, 73, Of Stabbing Albany Man Dead At Bergen Mall GUILTY: Jurors Convict Ex-Con Bank Robber, 73, Of Stabbing Albany Man Dead At Bergen Mall
Guilty: Jurors Convict Ex-Con Bank Robber, 73, Of Stabbing Albany Man Dead At Bergen Mall With his dying breath, an Albany man who was stabbed in the parking lot of a Bergen County shopping mall identified convicted bank robber Augusto Perez as his killer. Jurors in Hackensack needed five hours of deliberation to convict the 73-year-old Perez on Friday, April 5, for stabbing Omar Cruz, 64, to death behind the Ulta Beauty store on the Maywood side of the Bergen Town Center on Feb. 16, 2021. The jury rejected a murder conviction, which required premeditated intent, and instead found Perez, of North Bergen, guilty of aggravated manslaughter, along with hindering apprehension, follo…
AGAIN? Repeat Bergen Offender Busted Trafficking 28,000 Child Sex Images: Prosecutor AGAIN? Repeat Bergen Offender Busted Trafficking 28,000 Child Sex Images: Prosecutor
Again? Repeat Bergen Offender Busted Trafficking 28,000 Child Sex Images: Prosecutor A repeat offender from South Hackensack relapsed following his release from prison by amassing and sharing 28,000 images of child pornography, said authorities who arrested him on Thursday. Corey Barraclough, 33, was released from the Adult Diagnostic Treatment Center in Avenel last October after serving more than 5½ years behind bars. The first 17 months or so were spent in the Bergen County Jail beginning in and the rest in state custody, records show. That's because the Northvale native had been found with more than 2,400 illegal child-porn images -- and was caught chatting online with …
One Arrest Made During Gaza War Protest In Teaneck One Arrest Made During Gaza War Protest In Teaneck
One Arrest Made During Gaza War Protest In Teaneck FOLLOW UP: An Upper Manhattanite was the only person arrested at a large demonstration outside a Teaneck synagogue, authorities said. Pro-Palestinian protestors faced off against Jewish counter-demonstrators during a fundraiser on Monday, April 1, at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun on West Englewood Avenue. The private event featured a representative of ZAKA, a Jewish group that collects body parts and blood for burial at the scenes of accidents and terrorist attacks. After American Muslims for Palestine and Within Our Lifetime announced plans to picket the event, township authorities took the …
WINNER! Bergen County Lottery Player Scores Big $$ WINNER! Bergen County Lottery Player Scores Big $$
Winner! Bergen County Lottery Player Scores Big $$ Amidst the heavy rainfall, a lottery player in Bergen County found a reason to celebrate. A Mega Millions ticket sold in Little Ferry matched four numbers and the gold Megaball, winning $30,000 in the drawing held on Tuesday, April 2. The ticket was sold at JTL Pharmacy on Main Street. The winning numbers were 10, 50, 56, 60, 66 and the gold Megaball was 19.
Trio Caught Burglarizing Lyndhurst Museum For Newspaper's 9/11 Front Page Trio Caught Burglarizing Lyndhurst Museum For Newspaper's 9/11 Front Page
Trio Caught Burglarizing Lyndhurst Museum For Newspaper's 9/11 Front Page A Lyndhurst police officer caught a trio of teens moments after they broke into a 120-year-old museum and stole the front page from a 2001 newspaper that featured coverage of 9/11, authorities said. Officer Michael Carrino found two young men and a young woman running from the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum on Riverside Avenue while responding to a burglar alarm shortly before 7:20 p.m. Sunday, March 31, Detective Lt. Vincent Auteri said. Carrino immediately identified himself as a police officer, stopping all three in their tracks, the lieutenant said. Lt. Richard Holicki and Officers Mark…
Ridgewood Contractor Who Ducked Taxes On $3.27 Million Charged In 18-Count Indictment: Feds Ridgewood Contractor Who Ducked Taxes On $3.27 Million Charged In 18-Count Indictment: Feds
Ridgewood Contractor Who Ducked Taxes On $3.27 Million Charged In 18-Count Indictment: Feds A Bergen County contractor avoided taxes on $3.275 million in income over six years through a scheme that the IRS sniffed out, federal authorities said. John Constantino, 67, of Ridgewood, ended up stiffing the government out of $682,735 in corporate and personal income taxes, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Philip Sellinger said. As sole owner and president, Constantino took steps to conceal both his personal income and assets and those of his fireproofing and painting business between 2017 and 2022, the U.S. attorney said. For starters, Constantino used a false address on his driver’s licen…
Dumont Man, 42, Struck, Killed By Freight Train Dumont Man, 42, Struck, Killed By Freight Train
Dumont Man, 42, Struck, Killed By Freight Train A 42-year-old Dumont man was struck and killed by a freight train at daybreak Monday, authorities confirmed. A northbound CSX train struck the man between West Madison and New Milford avenues around 6:30 a.m. April 1, Dumont Police Chief Brian Joyce said. "Our investigation supports that this was a suicide," the chief said. "Our department’s condolences are extended to the family." Joyce cited the assistance of CSX police, the Bergen County Sheriff's Office and the county Medical Examiner's Office, which collected the body.This comes a little less than a week after a 26-year-old N…
14 Years Later: Accused Child Porn Collector From New Milford Busted Again 14 Years Later: Accused Child Porn Collector From New Milford Busted Again
14 Years Later: Accused Child Porn Collector From New Milford Busted Again A New Milford man busted for collecting child porn 14 years ago has been arrested again. State Parole Board officers tipped off local authorities after taking Brian Driscoll, 36, into custody this past January, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. A court-approved search of Driscoll’s electronic devices by members of the prosecutor’s Cyber Crimes Unit found that he'd “viewed, downloaded, and/or possessed a total of 1,102 items depicting nude and/or sexually explicit prepubescent and pubescent children,” Musella said. The detectives arrested Driscoll on Wednesday, March 27, he said. …
Hackensack Rapper Charged With Punching Security Guard At Teaneck Purim Celebration Hackensack Rapper Charged With Punching Security Guard At Teaneck Purim Celebration
Hackensack Rapper Charged With Punching Security Guard At Teaneck Purim Celebration A trespasser punched a security guard during a Purim celebration at a Jewish high school in Teaneck before he was subdued and turned over to police, authorities said. Nakieme Murphy – a 29-year-old aspiring rapper from Hackensack who goes by the name “Kieme Lynx” – entered Hiechal HaTorah High School on Sterling Place just after midnight Sunday, March 24, said Teaneck Police Chief Andrew McGurr. Murphy refused to leave and was being escorted to an exit when he punched the officer, the chief said. Security staff and event attendees subdued Murphy and held him for police. They charged M…
Ex-Con Involved In Undercover Shooting Charged With Drug-Induced Death Of Garfield Man Ex-Con Involved In Undercover Shooting Charged With Drug-Induced Death Of Garfield Man
Ex-Con Involved In Undercover Shooting Charged With Drug-Induced Death Of Garfield Man UPDATE: An ex-con from Garfield who served time for a botched drug deal that led to the shooting of an undercover police officer was arrested on Thursday and charged with causing the overdose death of a 30-year-old user late last summer. Melvin Guzman, 29, is charged with strict liability in the drug-induced death of Ivan Santiago of Passaic last Sept. 17, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced on March 28. Santiago and another user were hospitalized after overdosing at a home on Lincoln Place, the prosecutor said. He was pronounced dead soon after. “A six-month investigation by t…
HORRIFYING: Convicted Sex Offender Lured Foreign Woman To NJ To Abuse Her Kids, Feds Say HORRIFYING: Convicted Sex Offender Lured Foreign Woman To NJ To Abuse Her Kids, Feds Say
Horrifying: Convicted Sex Offender Lured Foreign Woman To NJ To Abuse Her Kids, Feds Say WARNING: The allegations described in this report are horrific in the extreme. A registered sex offender from Bergen County lured a woman from the other side of the world to the United States so he could sexually abuse her two young children, federal authorities charged. Corey Hipscher, 52, of Lodi first got the woman's 11-year-old daughter to take naked selfies and send them to him after connecting directly with the youngster on social media, the FBI said. Among the horrific images, federal authorities said, is a video of the youngster self-penetrating with the top of a bowling pin. Soon…
NJ Tri-County Takedown Nets 12,100 Heroin Folds, 9½ Ounces Of Crack, $107,089 Cash, Loaded Gun NJ Tri-County Takedown Nets 12,100 Heroin Folds, 9½ Ounces Of Crack, $107,089 Cash, Loaded Gun
NJ Tri-County Takedown Nets 12,100 Heroin Folds, 9½ Ounces Of Crack, $107,089 Cash, Loaded Gun A law enforcement supergroup seized 12,100 folds of heroin mixed with fentanyl, 9½ ounces of crack, $107,089 in suspected drug money and a loaded gun while busting a drug-dealing North Haledon couple, authorities said. Armed with search warrants, investigators hit 10 locations in Passaic, Bergen, and Sussex counties, leading to the arrests of Demoy Woolley and Qa’Lasia Williams. The couple became the focus of an investigation by Wayne police last November, said Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Wayne Police Department Chief Jack McNiff. Participating in the investigation…
Bergen County Fencer Qualifies For Olympics In Paris Bergen County Fencer Qualifies For Olympics In Paris
Bergen County Fencer Qualifies For Olympics In Paris A fencer from Bergen County is going to be saying "en garde" at the Olympics this summer. Mitchell Saron, a Ridgewood native and senior at Harvard University, recently qualified for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, competing in the men's saber event. Saron got his start the Bergen Fencing Club in Waldwick. Congratulations to Mitchell Saron for winning a Silver in the team World Cup at Padua, Italy, earlier this... Posted by Bergen Fencing Club on Monday, March 11, 2024 Saron said he got his start in fencing after watching the lightsaber duels in "Star Wars" and dreamed of becomin…
Buffalo Wild Wings Opens In North Jersey, Offering Free Wings For A Year Buffalo Wild Wings Opens In North Jersey, Offering Free Wings For A Year
Buffalo Wild Wings Opens In North Jersey, Offering Free Wings For A Year Want to eat 312 chicken wings over the course of a year for free? Head to Bergen County and get in line. The first Buffalo Wild Wings in Bergen County is opening in Fair Lawn on Wednesday, March 27 at 2108 Maple Ave. in the ShopRite Shopping Plaza at 10:30 a.m.  The first 50 guests in line will get a voucher for six free wings every week for 52 weeks at the Fair Lawn location. The 1,300 square-foot restaurant will offer traditional and boneless wings, chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches, burgers, sides and 26 Buffalo Wild Wings signature sauces and dry rubs. The restaurant is open Su…