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West Milford Man Smashing Car Windshields With Rocks Spits On 3 Arresting Officers: Cops West Milford Man Smashing Car Windshields With Rocks Spits On 3 Arresting Officers: Cops
West Milford Man Smashing Car Windshields With Rocks Spits On 3 Arresting Officers: Cops A 27-year-old West Milford man was arrested for throwing rocks and smashing windows of parked cars at a Wayne diner, including a police car, and spit on arresting officers, authorities said. Evan R. Gonzalez was found walking along Hamburg Turnpike by Wayne officers responding to Park Wayne Diner around 6:40 p.m. Saturday, July 13, Capt. Dan Daly said.  Gonzalez had been throwing rocks through windshields of parked cars in the business lots, and went into the diner where he threw items out before leaving, Daly said. Officers stopped traffic in both directions and approached Gonzalez, …
AGAIN: Big Purple Bud Bus Guy, Woman Arrested After Series Of Raids Across NJ, NY, Cops Say AGAIN: Big Purple Bud Bus Guy, Woman Arrested After Series Of Raids Across NJ, NY, Cops Say
Again: Big Purple Bud Bus Guy, Woman Arrested After Series Of Raids Across NJ, NY, Cops Say The New York owner of a popular cannabis company known for its fleet of purple buses and vans was taken into custody, as was a woman, on Wednesday, July 10, following a series of raids across New Jersey and New York, authorities said. Searches on Bill Schlette’s Bud Bus Inc. locations Hewitt, Manahawkin, Keyport, and West Nyack, NY turned up $200,000 in cash, according to West Milford Police Capt. Parrello. Back in May, West Milford police executed search warrants at five Bud Bus locations in town where 150 pounds of marijuana were seized, along with $11,000 in cash, police said. A warrant …
Teen Struck By Boat Propeller Airlifted After Saved By Off-Duty Officer On Greenwood Lake Teen Struck By Boat Propeller Airlifted After Saved By Off-Duty Officer On Greenwood Lake
Teen Struck By Boat Propeller Airlifted After Saved By Off-Duty Officer On Greenwood Lake An off-duty police officer came to the aid of an 18-year-old man who was struck by a boat propeller on Greenwood Lake last month. Vernon Cpl. Steve Rovetto was on the lake in West Milford when he saw that the man had been struck around 6 p.m. June 20, and called 9-1-1, West Milford Police Capt. Parrello said. Rovetto went over to the victim, improvised a tourniquet out of rope, and then accompanied him by boat to the South Shore Marina. At the marina, they were met by West Milford Sgt. Bregman who applied a tourniquet and requested a medical helicopter due to the seriousness of the injury.…
Boil Water Advisory Issued For Thousands In Butler, Bloomingdale Boil Water Advisory Issued For Thousands In Butler, Bloomingdale
Boil Water Advisory Issued For Thousands In Butler, Bloomingdale Thousands of residents across Morris and Passaic counties are urged to boil their water due to high turbidity, or cloudiness, officials said. Officials in both Butler and Bloomingdale made the announcement earlier this week due to "emergent conditions" at the Butler water treatment plant. A water sample taken on Monday, June 24 showed a peak turbidity level of 8.34 nephelometric turbidity — which is above the standard of 1 nephelometric turbidity unit, Butler Water said.  "Because of the high levels of turbidity, there is an increased chance that the water may contain d…
UPDATE: 2 Girls Airlifted After Tree Limb Smashes Through Tour Bus At NJ/NY State Line UPDATE: 2 Girls Airlifted After Tree Limb Smashes Through Tour Bus At NJ/NY State Line
Update: 2 Girls Airlifted After Tree Limb Smashes Through Tour Bus At NJ/NY State Line 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: Two teens were airlifted to New Jersey trauma centers after a charter bus filled with girls from a Brooklyn yeshiva crashed into a tree Tuesday afternoon barely a quarter mile from the New York State line. West Milford firefighters extricated the two critically injured victims following the 3:16 p.m. June 4 crash on East Shore Road alongside Greenwood Lake in Hewitt, responders at the scene told Daily Voice. Greenwood Lake Airport (NJ), five miles down the road, was used as the medevac landing zone, they said. One girl was flown to the trauma center at Hackensack University Me…
'Music Is Our Lifeblood:' West Milford Married Couple Bring Record Store, Intimate Venue To NJ 'Music Is Our Lifeblood:' West Milford Married Couple Bring Record Store, Intimate Venue To NJ
'Music Is Our Lifeblood:' West Milford Married Couple Bring Record Store, Intimate Venue To NJ Music lovers in Morris County will have a place to call home, thanks to a husband and wife. On a recent trip to Boonton Coffee, Shane and Michele Murphy noticed a vacant storefront at 520A Main St. The West Milford couple knew immediately how to use it. Shane, a U.S. Army veteran, and Michele will soon be opening Hidden Tracks Records, a music store and intimate music venue. The grand opening will be held on Saturday, June 1. Click here for tickets. The store, named after Shane's podcast, HiddenTracks, will feature new and used vinyl records, CDs, cassette tapes, stereo and record equ…
Storm Knocks Power To 1,920 West Milford Residents Storm Knocks Power To 1,920 West Milford Residents
Storm Knocks Power To 1,920 West Milford Residents 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 …
Big Purple NJ 'Bud Bus' Owner Arrested For Money Laundering, Deceptive Biz Practices: Cops Big Purple NJ 'Bud Bus' Owner Arrested For Money Laundering, Deceptive Biz Practices: Cops
Big Purple NJ 'Bud Bus' Owner Arrested For Money Laundering, Deceptive Biz Practices: Cops A 46-year-old Rockland County, NY man has been arrested for illegally selling marijuana out of a big purple van in New Jersey, authorities said. Bud Bus Inc. Founder William Schlette, of West Nyack, was charged with deceptive business practices, money laundering, and drug offenses, according to Warren County Prosecutor Anthony Picone. Two search warrants on Schlette's Bud Bus Inc, a van parked at 1077 State Highway 94 in Frelinghuysen Township, on March 7, culminated in the seizure of $1,900, a Ram Promaster van, a 2024 Loom trailer, suspected raw marijuana, and suspected cannabinoid i…
'WTF Man?:' West Milford Councilman Touched Sleeping Man's Genitals, Affidavit Says 'WTF Man?:' West Milford Councilman Touched Sleeping Man's Genitals, Affidavit Says
West Milford Councilman Matt Conlon Sex Assault Update More details have come to light in the arrest of a West Milford councilman. An affidavit for probable cause says Matthew P. Conlon touched the penis of a 20-year-old man after he fell asleep on the sofa the morning after staying the night at a friend's home. The alleged victim told members of the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office he was sitting on a sofa next to Conlon early Sunday, Feb. 4 when he felt Conlon touch his thigh at least twice, police papers show. The alleged victim pushed Conlon's hand off and told him to stop, indicating that he made it clear the gesture was unwelcome. That…
West Milford Councilman Charged With Inappropriately Touching Victim At Local Home: Prosecutor West Milford Councilman Charged With Inappropriately Touching Victim At Local Home: Prosecutor
West Milford Councilman Matt Conlon Arrested A West Milford councilman is facing charges after authorities said he sexually assaulted an adult. Matthew P. Conlon "touched the intimate part of an adult victim in an unwelcome and inappropriate manner" at a house in the township on Sunday, Feb. 4, a release from Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes' office said on Thursday, Feb. 15. He has been charged via complaint summons with Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Contact and Harassment, a Petty Disorderly Persons Offense, following an investigation conducted by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the We…
These Passaic County Towns Got The Most Snow These Passaic County Towns Got The Most Snow
These Passaic County Towns Got The Most Snow New Jersey residents are digging out of this week's snow storm — the worst of the season so far. According to the National Weather Service, the storm left 15 inches in the northern-most part of the state, canceling schools across the region. Here are the towns who got the most snow in the Tuesday, Feb. 13 storm, according to the National Weather Service. BERGEN River Vale: 9.8 inches Franklin Lakes: 9.1 Waldwick: 9.0 Bergenfield: 8.1 Mahwah: 8.0 Fair Lawn: 7.0 Lyndhurst: 6.5 HUDSON Harrison: 5.5 East Newark: 5.0 SW Hoboken: 4.8 MORRIS Green Pond/Randolph: 11.5 Denville: 10.2 Kinnelon…
Delayed Opening For This Passaic County School District Jan. 8 Delayed Opening For This Passaic County School District Jan. 8
Delayed Opening For This Passaic County School District Jan. 8 The New Jersey school district in the town that got the most snow in the state over the weekend, and some in those around it, will operate on a delayed schedule Monday, Jan. 8. "All Sussex-Wantage Regional Schools will have a 90 minute delayed opening tomorrow Monday January 8th," the district announced on its website. "Morning care is closed. Use emergency snow bus stops if assigned one both morning and afternoon." Parts of Wantage saw 12 or 13 inches of snow over the weekend, according to local weather observers and the National Weather Service. Other area districts are also on a delayed…
SURPRISE! Fleeing Wrong-Way Driver Is Found, Jailed After Aiming At Officers:  Mahwah PD SURPRISE! Fleeing Wrong-Way Driver Is Found, Jailed After Aiming At Officers:  Mahwah PD
Surprise! Fleeing Wrong-Way Driver Is Found, Jailed After Aiming At Officers: Mahwah PD Mahwah police broke off the brief pursuit of a speeding, wrong-way driver who’d gunned his car straight at two officers on Friday for two sound and simple reasons. For one thing, there was a significant public safety risk, it being the middle of the afternoon of a holiday weekend, they said. For another: Turns out the guy works in town. It wasn’t long after the incident on Franklin Turnpike on Friday, Dec. 29 that police said they found and arrested 21-year-old Danny Hamlin of West Milford at his warehouse job. Lt. Michael Blondin and Officer Brian Doolittle were directing traffic a…
Bloods Leader, Passaic County Man Busted with 28 Lbs Of Coke, 500 Lbs Of Pot At Teterboro: FBI Bloods Leader, Passaic County Man Busted with 28 Lbs Of Coke, 500 Lbs Of Pot At Teterboro: FBI
Bloods Leader, Passaic County Man Busted with 28 Lbs Of Coke, 500 Lbs Of Pot At Teterboro: FBI A high-ranking member of the Bloods with longstanding mob ties and a Passaic County man with a criminal history of his own were seized when they tried to fly to London out of Teterboro Airport with 28 pounds of cocaine and 500 pounds of pot on a private jet, federal authorities said. Leonardo Petrosillo, 45, of West Milford, and Edwin Spears, 49, of Newark brought three companions -- Spears’s girlfriend, an exotic dancer from Maryland and a friend of hers -- as a front for a dozen drug-stuffed bags of luggage, they said. The plane was to fly it all to John Lennon Airport in London, accordin…
Death Of Husky Probed As 'Criminal Matter:' West Milford PD Death Of Husky Probed As 'Criminal Matter:' West Milford PD
Death Of Husky Probed As 'Criminal Matter:' West Milford PD A $1,000 reward has offered after a male husky was found dead in the woods on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 26, West Milford police said. The husky was located 10 feet into the woods off of Clinton Road by Schoolhouse Cove Road, police said. The black and white husky, who appeared young, was not neutered, police said. Police are investigating this as a criminal matter due to how the dog was found, officers said. The dog was wearing a large black nylon tactical style collar hooked to a yellow and blue bungee cord, police said. The dog did not have any I.D. tags and was not microchipped, poli…
Rite Aid To Close 12 New Jersey Stores After Filing For Bankruptcy Rite Aid To Close 12 New Jersey Stores After Filing For Bankruptcy
Rite Aid To Close 12 New Jersey Stores After Filing For Bankruptcy Rite Aid, the pharmacy giant that filed for bankruptcy on Sunday, Oct. 15, plans to close 154 underperforming stores nationwide, according to a new filing.  A dozen of the stores closing are located in New Jersey. They are: 431 Haledon Avenue in Haledon 35 Mill Road in Irvington 1636 Route 38 Suite 49 in Lumberton 210 Bridgeton Pike in Mantua 108 Swedesboro Road Suite 20 in Mullica Hill 2370 Route 33 in Robbinsville 773 Hamilton Street in Somerset 4057 Asbury Avenue Suite 8 in Tinton Falls 1726 Route 37 in East Toms River 3 Marshall Hill Road in West Milford 1434 South Black …
Propane To Blame In NJ House Explosion That Injured 5, One Critically, Fire Marshal Says Propane To Blame In NJ House Explosion That Injured 5, One Critically, Fire Marshal Says
Propane To Blame In NJ House Explosion That Injured 5, One Critically, Fire Marshal Says UPDATE: A house explosion last month in West Milford that sent five people to the hospital – one of whom remains in critical condition – apparently was due to a propane leak, the township’s fire marshal said. The other four victims injured when the home in the Upper Greenwood Lake section exploded and collapsed on Sept. 22 have since been released from the hospital, Fire Marshal Michael Moscatello said on Friday, Oct. 13. The fifth remains in the burn unit at the Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, he said. Everyone feared the worst at the time. The first unit at the scene, …
NJ House Explosion: Search-And-Rescue Operation Saves Family Members, Friends (UPDATE) NJ House Explosion: Search-And-Rescue Operation Saves Family Members, Friends (UPDATE)
NJ House Explosion: Search-And-Rescue Operation Saves Family Members, Friends (Update) HEROES: Everyone feared the worst. Yet if there’s a silver lining to be found in a devastating house explosion in West Milford on Friday, it’s that rescuers got those involved out alive. That includes a victim who was trapped for nearly an hour as firefighters tunneled their way into the leveled single-story ranch house. Five of those injured were airlifted to area hospitals following the dramatic search and rescue operation. A sixth declined further medical attention at the scene. Investigations continued combing through the wreckage well past daybreak as they try to determine what cause…
Driver, 26, In West Milford Crash Charged With DWI Driver, 26, In West Milford Crash Charged With DWI
Driver, 26, In West Milford Crash Charged With DWI A driver whose sedan slammed into a utility pole on a busy West Milford road was hospitalized and charged with DWI, authorities said. Officers responding to the crash at the corner of Macopin Road and Westbrook Road found a significantly damaged 2011 Volkswagen Jetta on Aug. 25. The driver, Klarissa Burwell, 26, of West Milford, showed signs of impairment, according to a township police news release. She was taken to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center while police prepared charges and summonses for DWI, reckless driving, failing to maintain a lane and careless driving causing property …
West Milford PD: Garfield Driver, 19, Whose Car Snapped Pole, Downed Wires Was DWI West Milford PD: Garfield Driver, 19, Whose Car Snapped Pole, Downed Wires Was DWI
West Milford PD: Garfield Driver, 19, Whose Car Snapped Pole, Downed Wires Was DWI A 19-year-old driver from Garfield was intoxicated when her car slammed into a utility pole, slid down an embankment and landed on its side in West Milford, authorities said. Officers who responded to the reported crash on Westbrook Road near Snake Den Road on Aug. 5 found a snapped utility pole and downed power lines, West Milford police said in a release on Tuesday, Sept. 5. They also found Jessica Szewczyk next to her blue 2022 Subaru WRX, which landed on its passenger side, according to the release. Szewczyk “displayed signs of being under the influence of an alcoholic beverage,” the r…
West Milford Man, 32, Accused Of Sexually Abusing Minor In Front Of Other Children West Milford Man, 32, Accused Of Sexually Abusing Minor In Front Of Other Children
West Milford Man, 32, Accused Of Sexually Abusing Minor In Front Of Other Children A 32-year-old West Milford man was charged with sexually abusing a child in the presence of two other youngsters. Michael Lemus was arrested without incident on Monday, Aug. 14, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes said. It followed an investigation that began after West Milford police notified her Special Victims Unit in June, right after the alleged assault occurred at a residence in town, the prosecutor said. Lemus, who most recently worked for a cargo and freight trucking company, remained held Wednesday in the Bergen County Jail. He's charged with two counts of sexual assault …
Longtime Haledon DPW Worker, West Milford Volunteer Firefighter Roy Sconfienza Dies, 63 Longtime Haledon DPW Worker, West Milford Volunteer Firefighter Roy Sconfienza Dies, 63
Longtime Haledon DPW Worker, West Milford Volunteer Firefighter Roy Sconfienza Dies, 63 Roy Sconfienza, a longtime volunteer firefighter for West Milford, and Haledon DPW worker died on Monday, July 10, according to his obituary. He was 63 years old. Sconfienza was a volunteer firefighter for Fire Company 6 for 30 years, and spent almost 40 years with the Borough of Haledon DPW. The West Milford Fire Company #6 regrets to announce the passing of Firefighter #118 Roy Sconfienza. Roy has served his... Posted by West Milford Fire Dept. Station 6 on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 The women and men of the Haledon Police Department are sincerely saddened about the unexpected loss o…
Police: West Milford Driver Was DWI When She Slammed Into SUV Driven By Sparta Man, 71 Police: West Milford Driver Was DWI When She Slammed Into SUV Driven By Sparta Man, 71
Police: West Milford Driver Was DWI When She Slammed Into SUV Driven By Sparta Man, 71 A driver was drunk when her sedan crossed a double-yellow line and slammed head-on into an SUV, seriously injuring herself and the other driver, on a road along Greenwood Lake in West Milford, authorities announced on Wednesday. Jessica Lima, 38, of West Milford was airlifted to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson following the late Saturday afternoon crash on Lakeside Road on June 10, township police Lt. Anthony Parrello said. The other driver, 71-year-old David Thierman of Sparta, was taken to St. Joe’s by ambulance, the lieutenant disclosed on July 12. Lima’s 2006 T…
Unconscious Teen Pulled From Greenwood Lake, Airlifted To Hospital Unconscious Teen Pulled From Greenwood Lake, Airlifted To Hospital
Unconscious Teen Pulled From Greenwood Lake, Airlifted To Hospital A young college student was airlifted to the hospital after he was seriously injured in Greenwood Lake over the weekend, authorities said. West Milford police responding to the noon call found Yilin Choi, 18, of Bellevue, Washington, unconscious but breathing on the dock at Lake Park Terrace on Saturday, Detective Sgt. Matthew Kloo said. Choi, who attends NYU, apparently was unfamiliar with the area. He dove into shallow water and didn’t resurface, according to Kloo. West Milford police and EMS tended to Choi, who was taken by ambulance to Greenwood Lake Airport, the sergeant said. Atlant…
It’s Over: Burglars Who Stole $1M In World Series Rings, More From Berra Museum Busted By Feds It’s Over: Burglars Who Stole $1M In World Series Rings, More From Berra Museum Busted By Feds
It’s Over: Burglars Who Stole $1M In World Series Rings, More From Berra Museum Busted By Feds The local cops suspected it was an inside job, but federal authorities on Thursday said otherwise. It seems the burglars who broke into the Yogi Berra Museum at Montclair State University nearly a decade ago and stole several of his World Series rings, two of his MVP plaques and the glove the Yankee legend used to catch Don Larsen’s perfect game were actually part of a multi-state ring. Eight people in all were charged with a series of heists of priceless artwork and one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia from museums and cultural centers in several states and Washington, D.C. from 1999 through …
Rider, 69, Airlifted After Falling From Horse In West Milford Rider, 69, Airlifted After Falling From Horse In West Milford
Rider, 69, Airlifted After Falling From Horse In West Milford A 69-year-old rider from Hawthorne was airlifted to the hospital after falling off a horse in West Milford, authorities said. The victim was conscious but disoriented and had several small cuts on his face following the mishap at the Echo Lake Stables on Blakely Lane, off Route 23, shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday, June 3, Police Detective Sgt. Matthew Kloo said. West Milford First Aid and Atlantic Medics tended to the victim before bringing him to a nearby field, the sergeant said. West Milford firefighters secured the landing zone for AirMed One, which transported him to Hackensack Univers…
Former West Milford HS Athlete, Honor Student Charged After Police Drug Raid Former West Milford HS Athlete, Honor Student Charged After Police Drug Raid
Former West Milford HS Athlete, Honor Student Charged After Police Drug Raid A former high school honor student and basketball player was busted on drug charges after West Milford police raided his home, authorities said. Shaan Celik, 20, had psilocybin mushrooms, THC vape cartridges, pot edibles and marijuana for sale at the Otterhole Road residence, Police Chief James DeVore said. Police also found packaging materials and an undisclosed amount of suspected proceeds from drug sales, DeVore said. Detectives worked the case for several months before the 9 a.m. May 15 raid, the chief said. Another man who was in another bedroom was released without charges, he said.…
YOUNG HEROES: Neighborhood Kids Save Bedridden Woman After Dog Starts West Milford House Fire YOUNG HEROES: Neighborhood Kids Save Bedridden Woman After Dog Starts West Milford House Fire
Young Heroes: Neighborhood Kids Save Bedridden Woman After Dog Starts West Milford House Fire A bedridden West Milford woman's home had quickly begun filling with smoke after her dog accidentally ignited a fire on her kitchen stove. "This was close to being a fatal," one responder said. It wasn't, authorities said, because four neighborhood youngsters who heard alarms quickly ran to get help. Township Police Officers Randy Yevchak and Bill Pittelko and Company 3 Fire Chief Keith Weber forced open the door and found the Ridge Road home at the corner of Juanita Street filled with smoke shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday, May 13, Fire Public Information Officer Rich Poplaski said. The wo…
THAT'S ALL, FOLKS: Threat From Largest North Jersey Wildfire In 13 Years Is Over, Officials Say THAT'S ALL, FOLKS: Threat From Largest North Jersey Wildfire In 13 Years Is Over, Officials Say
That'S ALL, Folks: Threat From Largest North Jersey Wildfire In 13 Years Is Over, Officials Say THE WORST IS OVER: The wildfire that marched through West Milford the past three days is 100% contained, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service reported on Saturday. The blaze, which was beaten back at first but then grew steadily over the previous 48 hours, finally topped out at 972 acres on April 15 – and that was it, the service said. Fire officials also said this would be the last of the updates from the “Kanouse Wildfire," the largest blaze in North Jersey since 2010. Ten structures in all were threatened – half of which were evacuated – yet none were seriously damaged thanks to the supp…
IN CONTROL: North Jersey Wildfire 100% Contained, Threat Is Gone, Officials Say IN CONTROL: North Jersey Wildfire 100% Contained, Threat Is Gone, Officials Say
IN Control: North Jersey Wildfire 100% Contained, Threat Is Gone, Officials Say UPDATE: The wildfire that marched through West Milford the past three days is 100% contained, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service reported on Saturday. The blaze, which was beaten back at first but then grew steadily over the previous 48 hours, finally topped out at 972 acres on April 15 – and that was it, the service said. Fire officials also said this would be the last of the updates from the “Kanouse Wildfire," the largest blaze in North Jersey since 2010. Ten structures in all were threatened – half of which were evacuated – yet none were seriously damaged thanks to the support of fire…
DONE AND DONE: North Jersey Wildfire Is 100% Contained, No More Updates, Authorities Say DONE AND DONE: North Jersey Wildfire Is 100% Contained, No More Updates, Authorities Say
Done AND Done: North Jersey Wildfire Is 100% Contained, No More Updates, Authorities Say The worst is over: The wildfire that marched through West Milford the past three days is 100% contained, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service reported on Saturday. The blaze, which was beaten back at first but then grew steadily over the previous 48 hours, finally topped out at 972 acres on April 15 – and that was it, the service said. Fire officials also said this would be the last of the updates from the “Kanouse Wildfire," the largest blaze in North Jersey since 2010. Ten structures in all were threatened – half of which were evacuated – yet none were seriously damaged thanks to the supp…