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Surprise! Popular Pitmaster Secretly Opens New Bergen County Location Surprise! Popular Pitmaster Secretly Opens New Bergen County Location
Surprise! Popular Pitmaster Secretly Opens New Bergen County Location He's back. Popular area pitmaster Robert Austin Cho, that is. Nearly a year after closing his Westwood eatery, Cho has secretly opened his new venture: Austin Cho Kitchen. It's a takeout only spot that he likened to a "fully equipped stationary food truck" in Downtown Hackensack. Cho, known for his Korean-Texas barbecue, on July 2 announced a soft opening only to his loyal followers on Instagram. "We didn’t list on Google or Yelp. No press release," he said. Click here to browse the menu, which Cho says is still a work in progress but so far includes brisket sandwiches, empanadas, …
Greedy Employee Manipulates Payroll To Steal $1.2M From Bergen County Company, Prosecutor Says Greedy Employee Manipulates Payroll To Steal $1.2M From Bergen County Company, Prosecutor Says
Greedy Employee Manipulates Payroll To Steal $1.2M From Bergen County Company, Prosecutor Says A Somerset County man is facing theft charges after manipulating his employer's payroll and employee reimbursement systems to steal $1.2 million over the course of several years, authorities in Bergen County said. Sang Park, 44, of Belle Mead used various internal payroll and expense systems to steal the $1.2 million from a Ridgefield Park company between 2018 and 2022, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. The alleged thefts came to light in December 2023, when they were reported to Ridgefield Park police, who notified the prosecutor's office's financial crimes unit, Musella sai…
Have You Voted? Where Is The Best Ice Cream In North Jersey? Have You Voted? Where Is The Best Ice Cream In North Jersey?
Have You Voted? Where Is The Best Ice Cream In North Jersey? It'll melt fast, but it sure is good. We asked Daily Voice Instagram followers their favorite ice cream spots in North Jersey. The most popular suggestions are listed in the poll above. Vote on your favorite now! Honorable mentions include Cranberry Junction in Hackensack, Gelotti in Paterson, Conrad's in Westwood, and Ice Cream on Grand in Englewood, which were also mentioned by our Instagram followers several times. Voting ends July 15 at 8 p.m. Winner gets bragging rights.
Former Bergen Courthouse Secretary, Paramus Mom Tracy Keenan Dies After Longtime Lupus Battle Former Bergen Courthouse Secretary, Paramus Mom Tracy Keenan Dies After Longtime Lupus Battle
Former Bergen Courthouse Secretary, Paramus Mom Tracy Keenan Dies After Longtime Lupus Battle Tracy Keenan, a 46-year-old mom from Paramus, died on Tuesday, July 2, after years of battling lupus, according to her obituary. Tracy was born in Belleville and grew up in Park Ridge, graduating from Park Ridge High School, her obituary on the Vander Plaat Funeral Home website reads. She later worked at the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack as a secretary for 10 years, according to her obituary. She is survived by her husband, Ilir; her three daughters, Lila, Abigail and Sidney; her mother, Maureen; siblings, Andrew, Megan and Kevin, along with numerous family members and friends, acc…
Paterson Ex-Con Arrested In Carjacking, Kidnapping That Prompted Widespread Amber Alert: Cops Paterson Ex-Con Arrested In Carjacking, Kidnapping That Prompted Widespread Amber Alert: Cops
Paterson Ex-Con Arrested In Carjacking, Kidnapping That Prompted Widespread Amber Alert: Cops A 33-year-old ex-con has been arrested in connection with the carjacking and kidnapping of a 34-year-old woman and her 2-year-old son, prompting an Amber Alert overnight in Paterson, authorities announced Friday, June 28. Junior Nunez was identified by police as a suspect in the carjacking and kidnapping at Percy and Holsman streets around 10:40 p.m. Thursday, June 27, Passaic County Prosecutor Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Department Officer-In- Charge Isa Abbassi said. A warrant was issued for Nunez's arrest as an amber alert was issued overnight for the child…
Hackensack SWAT Standoff Ends After 5 Hours Hackensack SWAT Standoff Ends After 5 Hours
Hackensack SWAT Standoff Ends After 5 Hours One person was in custody after a more than five-hour standoff with a regional SWAT team and crisis negotiators in Hackensack Wednesday evening, June 26, police said. Hackensack Police Capt. Michael Antista said only that the man was being hospitalized for evaluation after peacefully surrendering to authorities at approximately 10 p.m. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Daily Voice NJ (@dailyvoicenewjersey) Negotiators and the county's regional SWAT team responded to 423 Hudson St. at approximately 5 p.m., where they were "havi…
Tractor Trailer Hauling Peat Moss Overturns On Route 80 Ramp (PHOTOS) Tractor Trailer Hauling Peat Moss Overturns On Route 80 Ramp (PHOTOS)
Tractor Trailer Hauling Peat Moss Overturns On Route 80 Ramp (Photos) A tractor trailer hauling peat moss overturned on the ramp from Route 17 to Route 80 Wednesday morning, June 26 in Hackensack, responders said. The pre-dawn crash closed all lanes of Route 80's local eastbound lanes at Exit 65. This morning at approximately 5:30am Deputy 4, Engine 1, Engine 2 and Rescue 1 responded to Route 80 on ramp from Route... Posted by City of Hackensack Fire Department on Wednesday, June 26, 2024 A jackknifed tractor trailer closed all lanes of Route 80 in Hackensack Wednesday morning, June 26, the NJDOT site shows. NJDOT Hackensack firefighters said…
Victim Extricated, Seriously Injured In Route 80 Box Truck Crash (UPDATE) Victim Extricated, Seriously Injured In Route 80 Box Truck Crash (UPDATE)
Victim Extricated, Seriously Injured In Route 80 Box Truck Crash (Update) An early-morning crash involving a box truck brought a large emergency response to Route 80 in Bergen County Friday, June 21. Firefighters were called to the westbound lanes at milepost 65.5 just after 3:20 a.m., where a Mercedes Benz had rear-ended a box truck, according to New Jersey State Police Sgt. Jeffrey Lebron. Firefighters found the victim was pinned inside the vehicle, and worked to remove the roof and door of the car. The patient was stabilized and removed, then treated by EMS on scene. The patient was then taken to HMH Hackensack University Medical Center with serious…
Hackensack Man Secretly Recorded Victim, Sexually Assaulted Child Repeatedly, Prosecutor Says Hackensack Man Secretly Recorded Victim, Sexually Assaulted Child Repeatedly, Prosecutor Says
Hackensack Man Secretly Recorded Victim, Sexually Assaulted Child Repeatedly, Prosecutor Says A Hackensack man has been arrested on accusations he secretly recorded a victim and sexually assaulted a child multiple times, authorities said. Braulio F. Toral, 52, became the center of an investigation on June 17, 2024, when Hackensack police contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit regarding an alleged incident of invasion of privacy, Prosecutor Mark Musella said. An investigation found that Toral had recorded one victim without their consent multiple times, in "circumstances in which one would not expect to be observed," Musella said.  Toral also …
Medical Billing Worker, 36, Embezzled $400K From Employer, Bergen Prosecutor Says Medical Billing Worker, 36, Embezzled $400K From Employer, Bergen Prosecutor Says
Medical Billing Worker, 36, Embezzled $400K From Employer, Bergen Prosecutor Says A 36-year-old Passaic County woman is facing charges in Bergen County after authorities say she stole $400,000 from her employer, officials announced. Briana Rodriguez embezzled the money through unauthorized refunds to accounts under her control through her role as a medical billing professional, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. The investigation, led by Chief Mathew Finck, came about in March 2022 when Hackensack police notified the BCPO's financial crimes unit of alleged employee embezzlement. Rodriguez was arrested outside of her home on Tuesday, June 18 by Bloomfield p…
Rochelle Park House Fire Quickly Knocked Rochelle Park House Fire Quickly Knocked
Rochelle Park House Fire Quickly Knocked Firefighters made quick work of a Rochelle Park house blaze. The fire broke out on the second floor of Parkway home off Rochelle Avenue shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday, June 16. Firefighters contained it there, knocking down the main body barely 20 minutes before they began. The fire was declared under control around 8:40 p.m.  Damien Danis for DAILY VOICE No injuries were reported. Fire officials are investigating the cause. Mutual aid was provided at the scene and in coverage by firefighters from Elmwood Park, Hackensack, Lodi, Maywood, Paramus and Saddle Brook. Damien Danis for …
GOTCHA! Authorities Nab Accused Assailant, Police Rescue Stabbing Victim At CNBC HQ Lot GOTCHA! Authorities Nab Accused Assailant, Police Rescue Stabbing Victim At CNBC HQ Lot
Gotcha! Authorities Nab Accused Assailant, Police Rescue Stabbing Victim At CNBC HQ Lot UPDATE: Authorities captured a man who stabbed a woman in the parking lot of CNBC corporate headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced. The 30-year-old victim was leaving the Sylvan Avenue (Route 9W) facility shortly after 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, when Harshkuma H. Patel, 29, of Piscataway, approached her in the parking lot, the prosecutor said. The accused assailant, who 'd previously been seen hanging around the area, tapped on the woman's car window in the CNBC parking lot, sources said. The victim, who didn't know Patel, opened the window, …
Peek Inside Indian-Pakistani Restaurant Spicing Up Downtown Hackensack Peek Inside Indian-Pakistani Restaurant Spicing Up Downtown Hackensack
Peek Inside Indian-Pakistani Restaurant Spicing Up Downtown Hackensack A brand-new restaurant specializing in Indian and Pakistani cuisine has opened in Bergen County. Parathas & Platters held a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this month on Main Street in Hackensack. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Parathas & Platters (@parathas.platters) Cecilia Levine Cecilia Levine The restaurant, which is 100 percent Halal, has rice platters and parathas, or flatbreads, which can be eaten plain or stuffed with meats and vegetables. Its owners already own two other restaurants, Dera in Spring Valley,…
Fire Ravages Englewood Home Fire Ravages Englewood Home
Fire Ravages Englewood Home Flames blew through the roof of an Englewood home ravaged by a ferocious fire. The blaze apparently ignited on the second floor of the 2½-story, $1 million wood-frame home on Walton Street just off Jones Road shortly after 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 13. It was well-involved when firefighters arrived, requiring a defensive operation. A huge column of smoke could be seen from nearby Route 4. No injuries were reported. Firefighters faced water pressure issues as they continued to battle the blaze at noontime. Mutual aid at the scene and in coverage included firefighters from Bergenfield, Bo…
UPDATE: Dogs Die In New Milford House Fire UPDATE: Dogs Die In New Milford House Fire
Update: Dogs Die In New Milford House Fire Two dogs were killed in a New Milford house fire early Tuesday night, authorities said. The residents weren't home when the blaze broke out in the kitchen at the back of the Voorhis Avenue home and quickly spread shortly after 7 p.m., New Milford Police Chief Brian Clancy said. Borough firefighters were immediately joined by their colleagues from Oradell and River Edge, with New Milford Fire Chief Gerry Smithson operating as the scene commander, the chief said. They battled cluttered conditions along with the flames, he said. The blaze broke out in the rear kitchen at the Voorhis…
Dumont Mom Jailed For Abusing Kid: Prosecutor Dumont Mom Jailed For Abusing Kid: Prosecutor
Dumont Mom Jailed For Abusing Kid: Prosecutor A 46-year-old Dumont woman was jailed for physically abusing one of her children, authorities said. Stacey A. Wilmarth was arrested by Dumont police on Monday, June 3, in connection with allegations from a week earlier, records show. Detectives from Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella’s Special Victims Unit subsequently charged Wilmarth with aggravated assault and child endangerment. She remained held Tuesday in the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack. ****** ALSO SEE: A 48-year-old Fort Lee mom was charged with aggravated ma…
UPDATE: Accused Public Masturbator From Englewood Jailed Again For Two Other Incidents UPDATE: Accused Public Masturbator From Englewood Jailed Again For Two Other Incidents
Update: Accused Public Masturbator From Englewood Jailed Again For Two Other Incidents A 34-year-old Englewood man who'd been arrested and released on charges of masturbating in front of a pre-teen was jailed again after authorities said they discovered at least two other alleged incidents. Dawid S. Iwaszek originally was arrested on May 25 for exposing himself and masturbating in front of a pre-teen in Englewood, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. The prosecutor said at the time that detectives from his Special Victims Unit were continuing to investigate at least two previous incidents involving children in Englewood and Teaneck. They charg…
Mahwah PD Nabs Stolen Car Driver After Owner's BF Follows Him From NYC Mahwah PD Nabs Stolen Car Driver After Owner's BF Follows Him From NYC
Mahwah PD Nabs Stolen Car Driver After Owner's BF Follows Him From NYC A man whose girlfriend's car was stolen in New York City tracked it to Suffern and then followed the driver into New Jersey, where Mahwah police made an arrest. The 2019 Mercedes 300 coupe was valet-parked at a Manhattan restaurant when it was stolen Tuesday night, May 28, Mahwah Police Lt. Michael Blondin said. Township police got a call at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday from the boyfriend, who the lieutenant said "was now behind it getting onto Route 287 south entering Mahwah" more than 25 miles from the city. Officer Ryan Berger was completing a traffic stop on Route 287 when both vehicles passed …
RECOGNIZE HIM? Authorities Believe Accused Public Masturbator From Englewood Struck Elsewhere RECOGNIZE HIM? Authorities Believe Accused Public Masturbator From Englewood Struck Elsewhere
Recognize HIM? Authorities Believe Accused Public Masturbator From Englewood Struck Elsewhere A 34-year-old Englewood man charged with masturbating in front of a pre-teen may have also done it elsewhere, authorities said following his arrest. Dawid S. Iwaszek “exposed himself and masturbated in public while in the presence of a juvenile under the age of 13” on Thursday, May 23, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. The Polish-born Iwaszek was arrested on Saturday, charged with criminal sexual assault, child endangerment and lewdness and sent to the Bergen County Jail. A judge released him the next day pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensa…
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 …
Oakland Man, 55, Charged With Threatening To Shoot Police, Prosecutor Announces Oakland Man, 55, Charged With Threatening To Shoot Police, Prosecutor Announces
Oakland Man, 55, Charged With Threatening To Shoot Police, Prosecutor Announces A 55-year-old Oakland man was charged with threatening to shoot police, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced on Friday, May 24. Todd Gentile was responsible for “an emerging pattern of social media posts threatening to shoot law enforcement officers,” the prosecutor said. Gentile had been in the Bergen County Jail following a similar arrest for making terroristic threats earlier this month, records show. He remained held Friday pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.   
Two Dead, Box Truck Incinerated In Multi-Vehicle Route 80 Crash, Here's What Happened (UPDATE) Two Dead, Box Truck Incinerated In Multi-Vehicle Route 80 Crash, Here's What Happened (UPDATE)
Two Dead, Box Truck Incinerated In Multi-Vehicle Route 80 Crash, Here's What Happened (Update) 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: A driver and passenger in a box truck were killed and two occupants of a tractor-trailer hospitalized with severe injuries in a fiery multi-vehicle crash on Route 80 in Hackensack, New Jersey State Police confirmed. The box truck was instantly consumed by flames as firefighters reached Exit 66 shortly after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21. "It was a cremation," one responder at the scene said. Ambiorix Torres-Fernandez, 40, of Paterson, passenger Juan Sanchez-Rodriguez, 27, of Garfield, were declared dead at the scene. Meanwhile, the cab of the rig involved in the crash went through th…
UPDATE: Two Killed, Box Truck Incinerated In Multi-Vehicle Route 80 Crash UPDATE: Two Killed, Box Truck Incinerated In Multi-Vehicle Route 80 Crash
Update: Two Killed, Box Truck Incinerated In Multi-Vehicle Route 80 Crash 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: A driver and passenger in a box truck were killed and two occupants of a tractor-trailer hospitalized with severe injuries in a fiery multi-vehicle crash on Route 80 in Hackensack, New Jersey State Police confirmed. The box truck was instantly consumed by flames as firefighters reached Exit 66 shortly after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21. "It was a cremation," one responder at the scene said. Ambiorix Torres-Fernandez, 40, of Paterson, passenger Juan Sanchez-Rodriguez, 27, of Garfield, were declared dead at the scene. Meanwhile, the cab of the rig involved in the crash went through th…
UPDATE: Convicted ‘Bling Bishop’ From Bergen Jailed Ahead Of Sentencing UPDATE: Convicted ‘Bling Bishop’ From Bergen Jailed Ahead Of Sentencing
Update: Convicted ‘Bling Bishop’ From Bergen Jailed Ahead Of Sentencing 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: A convicted con man from Bergen County known as the "Bling Bishop" was jailed on Monday after violating terms of his release before this summer's sentencing, federal authorities said. Federal jurors in lower Manhattan convicted Lamor Whitehead of Paramus two months ago of swindling the elderly mom of a parishioner from New Jersey out of her $90,000 life savings, among other counts. They also found him guilty of using ties to New York City Mayor Eric Adams in an attempt to extort a business owner into loaning him $500,000 and of lying to hide a second cellphone from FBI agents as the…
SEXTORTION: Out-Of-State Fugitive Freed After NJ Senior Looking For Love Loses $20,000 SEXTORTION: Out-Of-State Fugitive Freed After NJ Senior Looking For Love Loses $20,000
Sextortion: Out-Of-State Fugitive Freed After NJ Senior Looking For Love Loses $20,000 A fugitive from Maryland charged with sextorting a New Jersey senior out of $20,000 online after getting him to take compromising selfies was immediately freed by a judge after surrendering to police. Posing as a woman, Ali H. Maman, 59, of Frederick, MD, communicated with an elderly Glen Rock resident through Instagram and WhatsApp, Police Chief Dean Ackermann said. The victim was convinced to share the risqué photos, then was contacted by someone else who demanded a $20,000 bank wire transfer in exchange for not posting them online, Ackermann said. The victim wired the money last July to…
Hackensack Man Throws Bleach In Mechanic's Face, Smashes Windshield: Rochelle Park PD Hackensack Man Throws Bleach In Mechanic's Face, Smashes Windshield: Rochelle Park PD
Hackensack Man Throws Bleach In Mechanic's Face, Smashes Windshield: Rochelle Park PD Surveillance cameras recorded a Hackensack man throwing bleach in the face of a mechanic at a Rochelle Park service station, then smashing his windshield, authorities said. Alonge Jones, 33, went to the station at the corner of Rochelle and Central avenues after his girlfriend purportedly had some type of “negative interaction” with the mechanic a day earlier, Rochelle Park Police Capt. James M. DePreta said. Jones then assaulted the victim and smashed the windshield with a tool when he showed up, the captain said. The worker as taken to a local hospital with an eye injury. Meanwhile, Det…
GOTCHA! Arrest Made In Theft Of $62,000 Worth Of Parts From BMW HQ: Woodcliff Lake PD GOTCHA! Arrest Made In Theft Of $62,000 Worth Of Parts From BMW HQ: Woodcliff Lake PD
Gotcha! Arrest Made In Theft Of $62,000 Worth Of Parts From BMW HQ: Woodcliff Lake PD 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: Thieves stole and then sold $62,000 worth of parts from vehicles at BMW North America’s corporate headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, police said in announcing the arrest of a suspect. Joseph Domenico Varano, 21, of Bloomfield and his cohorts hit the parking lot of the campus off Chestnut Ridge Road near the Garden State Parkway on May 4, Woodcliff Lake Police Chief Stephen Regula said. Borough police identified Varano and arrested him at his home on Thursday, May 16, with help from Bloomfield police. They charged him with six counts of motor vehicle burglary, theft, criminal misc…
Former Site Of Hackensack YMCA Approved For 'Landmark Project' Former Site Of Hackensack YMCA Approved For 'Landmark Project'
Former Site Of Hackensack YMCA Approved For 'Landmark Project' The revitalization of Hackensack's downtown continues — with the approval of a high-end apartment building approved at the site of the shuttered Hackensack YMCA. The City Planning Board approved a 254-unit high-end residential building with a 6,000 square foot public plaza at 360 Main Street, officials announced on Wednesday, May 15. The building has been vacant since the YMCA closed in 2022 after 90 years. Once fully leased, the "landmark project" is expected to generate more than $1 million in annual tax revenue on a formerly tax-exempt site, while creating an estimated 1,000 constr…
Hackensack Woman Dumps Boiling Water On Man, 69, During Apartment House Argument: Police Hackensack Woman Dumps Boiling Water On Man, 69, During Apartment House Argument: Police
Hackensack Woman Dumps Boiling Water On Man, 69, During Apartment House Argument: Police A Hackensack woman dumped boiling water on a 69-year-old man during an argument, police said. The victim fortunately escaped with minor injuries, for which he was treated at Hackensack University Medical Center following the assault shortly before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning May 15 assault at the notorious Lehigh Street apartment complex. Evelyn Sampson, 62, meanwhile, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and illegal weapons possession, Hackensack Police Capt. Michael Antista said. The unemployed Sampson was sent to the Bergen County Jail, where she remained Wednesday pending…
ICE Moves To Seize Accused Molester In Hackensack Family Sleepover ICE Moves To Seize Accused Molester In Hackensack Family Sleepover
ICE Moves To Seize Accused Molester In Hackensack Family Sleepover ICE agents placed a detainer on an Ecuadorian national living in Hackensack who local authorities said felt up a youngster during a sleepover at a family member’s home. Diego G. Buri-Mora, 35, was seized on Tuesday, May 14 by Hackensack police, who notified members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit. The incident “was reported to have occurred while the juvenile was visiting family members,” Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. A joint investigation by his detectives and city police “revealed that Diego Buri-Mora inappropriately touched the juvenile while …
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…