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Wallington, NJ

Bergen County Paramedic, 22, Killed In Crash Had 'Just Begun American Dream,' Obit Says Bergen County Paramedic, 22, Killed In Crash Had 'Just Begun American Dream,' Obit Says
Bergen County Paramedic, 22, Killed In Crash Had 'Just Begun American Dream,' Obit Says Services have been finalized for Marcin Bednarz, a 22-year-old paramedic from Bergen County who died in a New York crash on Sunday, April 28. Marcin, a paramedic with the Wallington Fire Department, was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Arden Valley Road in Tuxedo, N.Y. at 3:18 p.m., according to a New York State Police report. His obituary on the Warner-Wozniak Funeral Service website says he had "just begun his journey of his part of the American dream." Marcin became an EMT in high school and graduated at the top of his class for paramedic school at Bergen Community College, his …
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…
GOTCHA! Robber From Wallington Menaced 7-Eleven Workers At Two Stores With Knife: Prosecutor GOTCHA! Robber From Wallington Menaced 7-Eleven Workers At Two Stores With Knife: Prosecutor
Gotcha! Robber From Wallington Menaced 7-Eleven Workers At Two Stores With Knife: Prosecutor An elite team of investigators captured a 23-year-old Wallington man who they said robbed two 7-Elevens on either side of the Passaic River by threatening workers with a large knife. Tymear Haskins grabbed an employee from behind as the victim took out the trash in back of the 7-Eleven on Main Avenue in Wallington shortly before 4 p.m. April 8, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. After making the employee convince a co-worker to open a locked side door, Haskins tied one of them with a cord and held the other prisoner in a back office while demanding the code to a safe, the prosecuto…
UPDATE: Popular Garfield Restaurant Ravaged By Overnight Fire (w/PHOTOS) UPDATE: Popular Garfield Restaurant Ravaged By Overnight Fire (w/PHOTOS)
Update: Popular Garfield Restaurant Ravaged By Overnight Fire (w/Photos) A firefighter was taken to a local hospital and two civilians were tended to at the scene of an overnight blaze that destroyed a popular Garfield restaurant and severely damaged the apartments above it. A passerby alerted authorities to the fire that broke on the first floor of DP's Pub and Seafood Grill on River Drive shortly after 2:30 a.m. Friday, April 12, responders said. Firefighters found flames engulfing the bar and spreading quickly through the upper floors. Police Capt. Mario Pozo said two second-floor tenants were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene after responding Garfie…
Bright Green Fireball Blazes Across NJ, PA Skies Bright Green Fireball Blazes Across NJ, PA Skies
Bright Green Fireball Blazes Across NJ, PA Skies An earthquake, a total solar eclipse and now a fireball. What a week for weather in the Northeast. Dozens of residents across the region reported seeing a bright green fireball blaze across the sky on before dawn on Wednesday, April 10. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Daily Voice NJ (@dailyvoicenewjersey) Linda Price-Heine captured a fireball in the sky Wednesday, April 10. Daily Voice Linda Price-Heine got a text from her neighbor, Joan Piney, in Wall Township this morning telling her to check her camera, she said…
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…
Fire Behind Route 46 Mexican Restaurant Doused Fire Behind Route 46 Mexican Restaurant Doused
Fire Behind Route 46 Mexican Restaurant Doused Firefighters doused an overnight blaze in a building behind a Route 46 Mexican restaurant in Saddle Brook. The 9th Street fire ignited around 3 a.m. Wednesday March 13. Firefighters who initially found smoke coming from the ceiling of the one-story building behind Taqueria Los Güeros had the flames knocked down in under 15 minutes. No injuries were reported. Mutual aid included firefighters from Elmwood Park, Rochelle Park and Wallington. Members of the Saddle Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps also responded. The township Fire Prevention Office is investigating the cause. Damien Danis too…
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…
Smoky Post-Christmas House Fire Ravages Passaic Home Smoky Post-Christmas House Fire Ravages Passaic Home
Smoky Post-Christmas House Fire Ravages Passaic Home A smoky house fire in Passaic went to four alarms the day after Christmas. No injuries were immediately reported in the blaze, which ignited in a Van Buren Street home near Central Avenue around 11 a.m., Passaic Mayor Hector Carlos Lora said. "All tenants are reported to be out and safe," the mayor said around noon. "Nobody appears to be in the building." Firefighters were quickly removed after a partial ceiling collapse, Lora said. They had two ladder trucks and multiple hand lines in operation. Damien Danis for DAILY VOICE Although smoke met them at the scene, the fire may have b…
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…
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…
Sources: Paramus Councilman Eyed In Overnight Hit-And-Run Sources: Paramus Councilman Eyed In Overnight Hit-And-Run
Sources: Paramus Councilman Eyed In Overnight Hit-And-Run Authorities in Paramus are probing the suspected involvement of a borough councilman in a predawn hit-and-run crash, Daily Voice has learned. Ace Antonio, who's also the acting municipal clerk in Wallington, was believed to be driving a vehicle owned by his father that struck a utility pole on West Ridgewood Avenue near the Stony Lane School around 5 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Responding officers found the vehicle unoccupied, responders with direct knowledge of the incident said. Antonio, 32, who lives about two miles from the crash site, apparently walked home, they said. Police went to the…
Everyone OK In Overnight East Rutherford House Fire Everyone OK In Overnight East Rutherford House Fire
Everyone OK In Overnight East Rutherford House Fire Fears of a possibly trapped resident proved unfounded during an overnight house fire in East Rutherford. First-floor residents were vacating the two-family home on Rose Street near Paterson Avenue as first responders arrived at 2:35 a.m., Police Capt. Jeff Yannacone said. A search determined there was no one home upstairs, where the two-alarm kitchen fire originated, he said. Firefighters had the fire doused in under a half hour. No injuries were reported. Mutual aid was provided by firefighters from Carlstadt, Passaic, Rutherford and Wallington. A cause wasn't immediately disclosed…
Accused Thief Wanted In Pickup Theft Snared By Wallington Detective Accused Thief Wanted In Pickup Theft Snared By Wallington Detective
Accused Thief Wanted In Pickup Theft Snared By Wallington Detective A Wallington man who tried and failed to steal a pickup truck from an auto repair business grabbed another and roared off, said police who arrested him last week. Jake Kaniszewski, 26, entered the lot of the Main Avenue business on May 21, ransacked a Ford F-150 that was scheduled for repair, then tried to flee after finding the keys, said Wallington Police Capt. Shawn Kudlacik, the officer in charge of the department. Kaniszewski "appeared to be blocked in and couldn't exit," the captain said, so he found a second F-150 that he was able to drive off in. Police investigating the theft obt…
BI-STATE BUST: Bergen Man, Westchester Woman Had 20 Pounds Of Fentanyl, 2½ Pounds Of Coke: Feds BI-STATE BUST: Bergen Man, Westchester Woman Had 20 Pounds Of Fentanyl, 2½ Pounds Of Coke: Feds
Bi-state Bust: Bergen Man, Westchester Woman Had 20 Pounds Of Fentanyl, 2½ Pounds Of Coke: Feds A Bergen County man and a woman from Westchester were busted with 20 pounds of deadly fentanyl and 2½ pounds of cocaine for sale, federal authorities said. Plinio Junior Pineda Lopez, 33, of Oakland and Lorendy Diaz Beltre De Inoa, 27, of Yonkers were arrested with 1.5 kilos of fentanyl in Wallington, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Philip R. Sellinger said Wednesday. Nearly eight more kilos of hidden fentanyl were found during a court-approved search on Tuesday, July 11, of Lopez’s Hillside Avenue home just off West Oakland Avenue and down the street from an entrance/exit for Route 287, inve…
Firefighters Hospitalized, Blaze Destroys Passaic Home As Temps Break 90 Degrees Firefighters Hospitalized, Blaze Destroys Passaic Home As Temps Break 90 Degrees
Firefighters Hospitalized, Blaze Destroys Passaic Home As Temps Break 90 Degrees Four firefighters were hospitalized after battling an intense five-alarm blaze that destroyed a multi-family home amid blistering temperatures Wednesday afternoon in Passaic. The quartet was believed to be getting treatment for heat exhaustion, Passaic Mayor Hector Carlos Lora said from the scene of the fire on Union Avenue between Park Avenue and Spring Street. One was brought out and rushed to the hospital by ambulance following a mayday call. The extent of injuries couldn't be immediately determined. 67 Union Avenue, PassaicJeff Gumbman / INSET: Passaic Mayor Hector Carlos Lora Onl…
16-Year-Old Swimmer Drowns At Notorious Teen Hangout Known As 'Devil's Hole' 16-Year-Old Swimmer Drowns At Notorious Teen Hangout Known As 'Devil's Hole'
16-Year-Old Swimmer Drowns At Notorious Teen Hangout Known As 'Devil's Hole' A teenager drowned Saturday at a notorious off-limits summer hangout in North Jersey known as "Devil's Hole." Rescuers searched the wooded area and steep cliffs along the treacherous watering hole off Little Falls Road in Cedar Grove's Community Park for nearly an hour the night of July 8 before pulling the 16-year-old victim's body from the water. CPR was begun and continued as the Newark teen was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Cedar Grove police said. They were originally told that the victim was 18, township police said, but he was actually 16. They also said…
Longtime North Jersey Resident Piotr Grel Had 'Kind Heart, Willingness To Help Anyone,' 38 Longtime North Jersey Resident Piotr Grel Had 'Kind Heart, Willingness To Help Anyone,' 38
Longtime North Jersey Resident Piotr Grel Had 'Kind Heart, Willingness To Help Anyone,' 38 Beloved North Jersey resident Piotr Grel died Sunday, June 4 at the age of 38. Born in Bilgoraj, Poland, Piotr moved to the United States in 1991, growing up on Clifton and eventually settling in Wallington, his obituary says. Piotr spent several years working an HVAC Technician for Eco Flow in Wallington. He was known for his love of fishing and other outdoor hobbies. Piotr's leaves a legacy of altruism, compassion, and endless generosity for others, his obituary says: "Piotr will forever be loved and missed for his kind heart and willingness to help anyone. He was very passionate and …
Jackpot! Bergen County Lotto Player Wins $576,897 Jackpot! Bergen County Lotto Player Wins $576,897
Jackpot! Bergen County Lotto Player Wins $576,897 A trip to a liquor store in Wallington was very fruitful for one lucky lottery player. The player won $576,897 when their ticket matched all five numbers in the Jersey Cash 5 jackpot drawing on Thursday, June 8. The ticket was sold at King Liquors in Wallington. The winning numbers were: 13, 22, 25, 36 and 38 and the XTRA number was: 03. 
Babysitter, 69, Caught On Camera Beating Bergen Infant: Police, Dad Babysitter, 69, Caught On Camera Beating Bergen Infant: Police, Dad
Babysitter, 69, Caught On Camera Beating Bergen Infant: Police, Dad A 69-year-old babysitter was caught on camera punching and beating a crying 14-month-old infant in Wallington, authorities confirmed, and now an anguished father is warning other parents. Barbara Skrzypczynska had taken the baby for a walk when the authorities were called early Tuesday, May 23, Wallington Police Chief Carmello J. Imbruglia said. They were headed toward her own home in the nearby Mount Pleasant Village Apartments when Officer Richard Ray found them, he said. The officer brought the Polish national and the baby back to the Johnson Avenue house, Imbruglia said. Meanwhile, De…
Rutherford Attic Fire Doused Rutherford Attic Fire Doused
Rutherford Attic Fire Doused Firefighters quickly doused a house blaze Wednesday afternoon in Rutherford. The fire apparently broke out in the attic of a 2½-story, wood-frame home on Belford Avenue near Jackson Avenue around 1:30 p.m. Firefighters knocked the two-alarmer down in minutes and had it under control in well under a half hour. No injuries were reported. Damien Danis for DAILY VOICE Mutual aid responders at the scene or in coverage included firefighters from East Rutherford, Lyndhurst, North Arlington and Wallington. A preliminary cause wasn't immediately determined. Mutual aid responders at the sce…
Should Be No Problem Guessing What Happened At This Wallington Convenience Store Should Be No Problem Guessing What Happened At This Wallington Convenience Store
Should Be No Problem Guessing What Happened At This Wallington Convenience Store Yep -- she hit the gas instead of the brake, police said. A 58-year-old East Rutherford driver escaped serious injury -- as did anyone else who was nearby -- when her BMW sedan crashed through the front of the Krauszer's in Wallington during lunchtime, responders said. The woman claimed that she was "attempting to park her vehicle when she pressed the accelerator instead of the brake" just after noon on Wednesday, May 17, Police Chief Carmello Imbruglia said. The BMW took out the entire front window of the Krauszer's on Locust Avenue in Wallington.Kyle Mazza/UNF News for DAILY VOICE Th…
Soccer Player From Poland Charged With Vicious Attack On Wallington Bar Patron Soccer Player From Poland Charged With Vicious Attack On Wallington Bar Patron
Soccer Player From Poland Charged With Vicious Attack On Wallington Bar Patron A soccer player from Poland pummeled a man with his fists and feet outside a Wallington bar, sending the victim to the hospital with four broken ribs, a collapsed lung and a facial fracture, authorities said. Detectives who reviewed surveillance video identified the assailant as Oskar Potoczny, a 21-year-old Polish national who apparently quit playing football in his homeland last year. They arrested Potoczny on aggravated assault charges only to have a Superior Court judge in Hackensack release him the very next day. Potoczny played soccer in Poland most recently for Swit Szczecin la…
UPDATE: Firefighter Injured In Vacant Garden Apartment Blaze In Hasbrouck Heights UPDATE: Firefighter Injured In Vacant Garden Apartment Blaze In Hasbrouck Heights
Update: Firefighter Injured In Vacant Garden Apartment Blaze In Hasbrouck Heights Two firefighters were injured when part of a ceiling collapsed during a fire that destroyed a vacant garden apartment Thursday morning in Hasbrouck Heights, responders said. The injuries didn't appear life-threatening, they said, after the Skyline Apartments blaze at 20 Terrace Avenue was doused shortly before 10:30 a.m. May 11. Firefighters found the bedroom and bathroom fully involved barely a half-hour earlier. Investigators were summoned to the scene given the circumstances -- however, the cause was determined to be accidental. The mutual aid responders reported to Daily Voice as of t…
'57 Chevy Among Antique Vehicles Destroyed In Pre-Dawn Garfield Garage Fire: Responders '57 Chevy Among Antique Vehicles Destroyed In Pre-Dawn Garfield Garage Fire: Responders
'57 Chevy Among Antique Vehicles Destroyed In Pre-Dawn Garfield Garage Fire: Responders A vicious pre-dawn Bergen County garage fire exacted a steep sentimental price. THE quintessential American greaser car -- a 1957 Bel Air -- was destroyed along with another antique Chevy and a motorcycle in the overnight fire in Garfield, responders said. The fire broke out on the second floor of the detached Cedar Street garage off Belmont Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. Monday, May 1. The fire broke out on the second floor of the Cedar Street garage in Garfield shortly after 2 a.m. Monday, May 1.Damien Danis for DAILY VOICE Firefighters had it knocked down in just under a half hour and …
Eight Best Places To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo In North Jersey Eight Best Places To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo In North Jersey
Eight Best Places To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo In North Jersey Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner.  Whether it's nachos, tacos or margaritas you're looking for, there are plenty of spots in North Jersey to try. Here are some of the most popular restaurants in the area. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Charrito’s (@loscharritos_) Here are some of the highest rated Mexican restaurants on Yelp and Google to try: La Fortaleza, Carlstadt, Lodi, Garfield, Passaic, Clifton Central Taqueria, Morristown Viva Margarita, Hackensack, Edgewater, Cliffside Park, Wallington Los Charritos, Weehaw…
Wanted Suspect Caught After Ramming Wallington Police Car In Escape Attempt Wanted Suspect Caught After Ramming Wallington Police Car In Escape Attempt
Wanted Suspect Caught After Ramming Wallington Police Car In Escape Attempt A suspect wanted out of Carlstadt rammed a Wallington police car with her SUV in an escape attempt before she was chased down in East Rutherford, authorities said. Officer Kasper Zielinski spotted accused shoplifter Amy Putrino, 38, of Paterson, leaving the GNC store on Paterson Avenue, Police Chief Carmello J. Imbruglia said on Tuesday, April 25. The purple-haired Putrino, who fit the description of a woman wanted by Carlstadt police, got into a distinctive-looking Honda Element cited in their alert, the chief said. Zielinski "started to pull closer to her vehicle in his patrol unit when …
Fire Destroys Saddle Brook Home (w/PHOTOS, VIDEO) Fire Destroys Saddle Brook Home (w/PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Fire Destroys Saddle Brook Home (w/Photos, Video) A ferocious, fast-moving fire destroyed a Saddle Brook home Wednesday night. One minor injury was reported in the blaze, which responders said ignited in the garage of a two-story home on Nicholas Court off Pehle Avenue near the Garden State Parkway shortly before 9:30 p.m. April 12. Firefighters were met by heavy flames in the attic that quickly blew through the roof and raced through the home, they said. All firefighters were ordered out less than 20 minutes after they'd arrived. All firefighters were ordered out and an exterior attack launched less than 20 minutes after they'd arri…
Polish Ex-Con Nabbed In Burglary Spree Bites Wallington Detective: Authorities Polish Ex-Con Nabbed In Burglary Spree Bites Wallington Detective: Authorities
Polish Ex-Con Nabbed In Burglary Spree Bites Wallington Detective: Authorities A drug-addicted Polish national with a lengthy rap sheet – including three arrests in barely a month’s time – bit the hand of a Wallington detective while resisting arrest for a series of vehicle break-ins. Detective Lt. Joseph Rock and Detective Simon Popek identified Adam Marek Jaworski through surveillance video during an investigation into a vehicle burglary shortly before 6 a.m. April 4, Police Chief Carmello J. Imbruglia said. Jaworski, 30, who most recently has been living in Clifton, is known to police. He has a history of drug-related arrests in several Bergen and Passaic county t…
Lithium Battery Ignites Lodi Basement Fire Lithium Battery Ignites Lodi Basement Fire
Lithium Battery Ignites Lodi Basement Fire A lithium-ion battery from a hoverboard ignited a basement blaze that Lodi firefighters quickly extinguished Wednesday night. The fire broke out in a 1½-story private home on Avenue B off the corner of Main Street shortly before 10 p.m. March 22. An initial report of people possibly trapped fortunately proved unfounded. Main Street was temporarily closed while firefighters ran a supply line across it. They had the two-alarmer doused in under 10 minutes. No injuries were reported. Providing mutual aid at the scene or in coverage were firefighters from Garfield, Hasbrouck Heights and Walli…
Stubborn Fire Clears New Passaic Shopping Development Stubborn Fire Clears New Passaic Shopping Development
Stubborn Fire Clears New Passaic Shopping Development Firefighters doused a stubborn blaze Thursday at the recently redeveloped Brook Haven Mall in Passaic. Although an investigation was continuing, a welder's torch appear responsible for igniting the fire in an unfinished area of the Terhune Avenue building's enormous basement shortly after 9 a.m. March 9, Passaic Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost said. Firefighters quickly gained control of the blaze, which extended to a loading dock, but had to keep searching for the source while contending with 60,000 feet of basement smoke, the chief said. It was a labor-intensive job, he said, adding that c…