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Scottie Scheffler Says Arrest Was 'Big Misunderstanding' After Being Charged In Cop's Assault Scottie Scheffler Says Arrest Was 'Big Misunderstanding' After Being Charged In Cop's Assault
Scottie Scheffler Says Arrest Was 'Big Misunderstanding' After Being Charged In Cop's Assault Scottie Scheffler, the No. 1 golfer in the world and a Bergen County native, has been charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer just before the second round of the PGA Championship, court records show. Scheffler, 27, was trying to drive past the scene of a fatal crash scene involving shuttle bus at the Valhalla Golf Club around 5 a.m. Friday, May 17, when he allegedly dragged an officer at the scene, as reported by ESPN. The reigning Masters champion was ultimately arrested and charged with  felony second-degree assault on a police officer, along with lesser charges of third-de…
Golfer, 27, Who Grew Up Swinging On Bergen County Courses Wins Second Masters Tournament Golfer, 27, Who Grew Up Swinging On Bergen County Courses Wins Second Masters Tournament
Golfer, 27, Who Grew Up Swinging On Bergen County Courses Wins Second Masters Tournament When it comes to golf, it's Scottie Scheffler's world and we're just living it. The Bergen County native won his second Masters Tournament on Sunday, April 14, continuing a dominant run that has seen him win three tournaments since March as he continues to be ranked #1 in the world. Scheffler, 27, got off to a blistering start at Augusta National, scoring a 66 in the first round and entering the final round on a path to victory. He clinched his victory on the last six holes, with three birdies, finishing with a 68. He won his second green jacket by four strokes, taking home $3.6 million in …
MAIL-ORDER METH: Bergen Man Charged After Quarter-Pound Arrives At Local Post Office MAIL-ORDER METH: Bergen Man Charged After Quarter-Pound Arrives At Local Post Office
Mail-order Meth: Bergen Man Charged After Quarter-Pound Arrives At Local Post Office A Bergenfield man who was being investigated for slinging meth in Bergen County was arrested when he had a quarter-pound of the drug shipped via U.S. mail, authorities said. Taha Aziz, a 34-year-old accountant by trade, was seized by local Narcotic Task Force detectives and members of the United States Postal Inspection Service when he tried to collect the shipment from California at the Bergenfield Post Office on Dec. 20, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. Aziz, an NJIT and Bergen Community College graduate whose online profile says he’d previously held several accounting position…
Volunteer Responder In Bergen, Passaic Charged With Theft Volunteer Responder In Bergen, Passaic Charged With Theft
Volunteer Responder In Bergen, Passaic Charged With Theft A volunteer first responder in two counties was arrested on theft charges in Bergen, records show. Tyler M. Kotchkowski, 21, was charged last week with two counts of theft from the North Arlington Volunteer Emergency Squad, for which sources said he'd served as treasurer. An exact amount couldn't immediately be determined. Kotchkowski, a North Arlington native who moved to Clifton last summer, studied criminal justice at Bergen Community College, according to his LinkedIn profile. He'd been with NAVES since May 2021 and also a volunteer with the West Paterson Fire Co. 3 since June 2021, i…
NJ's Scottie Scheffler Ranked #1 Following PGA Championship NJ's Scottie Scheffler Ranked #1 Following PGA Championship
NJ's Scottie Scheffler Ranked #1 Following PGA Championship Scottie Scheffler, a Bergen County native, is back on top. Scheffler is currently the #1 ranked golfer on the PGA Tour following his second place finish at the PGA Championship in Rochester, where he finished two strokes behind winner Brooks Koepeka.  At the PGA Championship, Scheffler got off to a hot start, with a -5 after two rounds. He struggled in the third round, carding a +3, but rebounded in the final round with a -5. With his second place finish, Scheffler earned $1.54 million in prize money. Last year, Scheffler became the first New Jersey native to win the Masters. The…
Bergen County Golfer Struggling At Masters Bergen County Golfer Struggling At Masters
Bergen County Golfer Struggling At Masters It's been a rough round for Scottie Scheffler at the Masters. The Bergen County native is attempting to win his second straight green jacket. Scheffler is shot a +3 in the second round of the tournament on Friday, April 7. In the first round, Scheffler shot a -4. Scheffler is currently tied for 28th place. Scheffler's second round got off to a tough start when he bogeyed the first hole. He redeemed himself with a birdie on the eighth hole but then double bogeyed the ninth hole, as he continues to struggle with his putting game. He bogeyed the 18th hole.  Scheffler is the first New Jer…
SURPRISE! App Leads Bergen Sheriff's Officers Directly To Mercedes Thief At Mall In Paramus SURPRISE! App Leads Bergen Sheriff's Officers Directly To Mercedes Thief At Mall In Paramus
Surprise! App Leads Bergen Sheriff's Officers Directly To Mercedes Thief At Mall In Paramus A Hackensack repeat offender who swiped a Mercedes Benz apparently hadn't counted on technology to dime him out while he went shopping at a local mall with the victim's wallet, authorities said. The CLA owner, who’d misplaced his keys and fob at Bergen Community College, reported the vehicle stolen, then used a “Mercedes me connect” app feature to pinpoint its location – the Bergen Town Center mall in Paramus, county Sheriff Anthony Cureton said. Cureton’s officials found the sedan at the mall, then learned from a passerby that the driver had gone into the Target, the sheriff said. So the…
PURSUIT (UPDATE): Paramus Officer Injured, Two Police Cars Damaged, Newark Thieves Seized PURSUIT (UPDATE): Paramus Officer Injured, Two Police Cars Damaged, Newark Thieves Seized
Pursuit (Update): Paramus Officer Injured, Two Police Cars Damaged, Newark Thieves Seized UPDATE: An overnight stolen vehicle chase ended in a crash that sent a Paramus police officer to the hospital, three Newark thieves to jail and two department cruisers to the shop, authorities said. Police from Saddle River and Hillsdale began pursuing a stolen 2022 Mercedes GLS 450 and a tandem vehicle shortly after midnight Thursday, Oct. 13, Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said. All four of its occupants were wearing ski masks, the chief said. The fleeing vehicles sped south on Route 17 toward Paramus, where Ehrenberg said Officer Connor Nutland picked up the pursuit. Nutla…
PURSUIT: Paramus Officer Injured, Two Police Cars Damaged, Newark Thieves Seized PURSUIT: Paramus Officer Injured, Two Police Cars Damaged, Newark Thieves Seized
Pursuit: Paramus Officer Injured, Two Police Cars Damaged, Newark Thieves Seized UPDATE: An overnight stolen vehicle chase ended in a crash that sent a Paramus police officer to the hospital, three Newark thieves to jail and two department cruisers to the shop, authorities said. Police from Saddle River and Hillsdale began pursuing a stolen 2022 Mercedes GLS 450 and a tandem vehicle shortly after midnight Thursday, Oct. 13, Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said. All four of its occupants were wearing ski masks, the chief said. The fleeing vehicles sped south on Route 17 toward Paramus, where Ehrenberg said Officer Connor Nutland picked up the pursuit. Nutla…
Graduation Is First-Degree Achievement For Bergen Jail Inmates Graduation Is First-Degree Achievement For Bergen Jail Inmates
Graduation Is First-Degree Achievement For Bergen Jail Inmates Doing his part to fight recidivism, Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton staged an unprecedented graduation ceremony, complete with caps and gowns, for inmates who earned a high school diploma while behind bars. Their families hooked in via Zoom to watch the first-of-its-kind commencement, made possible through a partnership between Cureton’s office and Bergen Community College’s Continuing Education Department. The sheriff has committed himself and his department to providing access to quality education for students of varying educational and socio-economic backgrounds as a way of hopefu…
Repeat Child Porn Offender From Bergen Sentenced To 5 Years Repeat Child Porn Offender From Bergen Sentenced To 5 Years
Repeat Child Porn Offender From Bergen Sentenced To 5 Years A Bergen County landscaper who was caught collecting child porn for the second time in a decade was sentenced to five years in state prison. Detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor's Cyber Crimes Unit arrested Jakob Menzo, 33, of Waldwick on June 10, 2021. The investigators found that Menzo “used the Internet to view, download, and possess more than 600 digital files depicting nude and/or sexually explicit prepubescent and pubescent children,” Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said at the time. SEE: 10 Years After: Bergen Man Busted On Child Porn Charges Again Menzo was living in…
25-Year-Old NJ Native Turns Beekeeping Hobby Into Full-Scale Business (Look Inside) 25-Year-Old NJ Native Turns Beekeeping Hobby Into Full-Scale Business (Look Inside)
25-Year-Old NJ Native Turns Beekeeping Hobby Into Full-Scale Business (Look Inside) Once thought to be allergic to bees, one 25-year-old New Jersey man has turned his favorite hobby into a full-scale business while helping others to learn more about apiculture — the art of beekeeping — along the way. Dumont native Patrick Harrison, primary beekeeper at HarBee Beekeeping now open on Route 206 in Newton — tells DailyVoice.com that he once thought he was allergic to bees following an incident at scout camp when he was young. “Someone stepped on what was probably a wasp nest, after that, I carried an EpiPen,” he said. After testing negative for the allergy during his first y…
Three New Officers Sworn In River Vale, Veteran Promoted To Sergeant Three New Officers Sworn In River Vale, Veteran Promoted To Sergeant
Three New Officers Sworn In River Vale, Veteran Promoted To Sergeant A robust recruiting process by a dedicated police lieutenant produced the hiring of three new highly qualified officers in River Vale. Lt. Josh Wisse spent six months finding a large number of highly qualified applicants, Police Chief Sean Schiedle said. Following what the chief called an “exhaustive” interview and selection process, the department hired three probationary police officers – all of whom have names who were sworn in by Municipal Judge Michael Garrett: Born and raised in Ramsey, Officer Kyle Fanning played football and baseball at Ramsey High School before going on to play f…
FOUND! Missing NJ Student, 19, Safe And Sound, Taken To Hospital For Evaluation FOUND! Missing NJ Student, 19, Safe And Sound, Taken To Hospital For Evaluation
Found! Missing NJ Student, 19, Safe And Sound, Taken To Hospital For Evaluation UPDATE: Morgan Panzer, a 19-year-old Bergen Community College freshman from Nutley whose parents reported her missing on Wednesday, was found Friday evening in Clifton, a family member confirmed. "They found her in the Wendy's by the Clifton Commons," he told Daily Voice around 5:30 p.m. "She's OK. She heading to Clara Maas Medical Center (in Belleville).  "A huge shout out to the Nutley and Clifton police departments." It was a police officer's wife who spotted her, in fact. Morgan hadn't strayed far. Her father, Richard Panzer, had confirmed that Morgan was spotted at least twice on T…
FOUND! Missing NJ Student, 19, Safe And Sound FOUND! Missing NJ Student, 19, Safe And Sound
Found! Missing NJ Student, 19, Safe And Sound FOUND!! Morgan Panzer, a 19-year-old Bergen Community College freshman from Nutley whose parents reported her missing on Wednesday, was found Friday evening in Clifton, a family member confirmed. "They found her in the Wendy's by the Clifton Commons," he told Daily Voice around 5:30 p.m. "She's OK. She heading to Clara Maas Medical Center (in Belleville). "A huge shout out to the Nutley and Clifton police departments." It was a police officer's wife who spotted her, in fact. Morgan hadn't strayed far. Her father, Richard Panzer, had confirmed that Morgan was spotted at least twice o…
FOUND! Missing NJ Student, 19, Safe And Sound FOUND! Missing NJ Student, 19, Safe And Sound
Found! Missing NJ Student, 19, Safe And Sound FOUND!! Morgan Panzer, a 19-year-old Bergen Community College freshman from Nutley whose parents reported her missing on Wednesday, was found Friday evening in Clifton, a family member confirmed. "They found her in the Wendy's by the Clifton Commons," he told Daily Voice around 5:30 p.m. "She's OK. She heading to Clara Maas Medical Center (in Belleville). "A huge shout out to the Nutley and Clifton police departments." It was a police officer's wife who spotted her, in fact. Morgan hadn't strayed far. Her father, Richard Panzer, had confirmed that Morgan was spotted at least twice on Th…
Fumes Overcome Four At Bergen Community College Fumes Overcome Four At Bergen Community College
Fumes Overcome Four At Bergen Community College Four workers at Bergen Community College were hospitalized Tuesday afternoon after being overcome by fumes from an apparent cleaning product, responders said. Work apparently was being done when a mixture was poured that created the fumes in the kitchen area of the Pitkin Education Building off Paramus Road around 4 p.m. No students were affected, responders said. The building, which houses the Student Center, was evacuated and was to remain closed Tuesday evening. Paramus firefighters responded along with Bergen County sheriff's officers, a Bergen County Hazardous Materials Unit and mult…
Beloved Ridgewood Native, 26, Dies In PA Crash Beloved Ridgewood Native, 26, Dies In PA Crash
Beloved Ridgewood Native, 26, Dies In PA Crash Sensei, astronomer, photographer and more, Michael Capurso was a man of many talents, gifts and pursuits. A memorial service is scheduled next weekend for the popular Ridgewood native, who was killed in a crash last week in Pennsylvania. Capurso, 26, was behind the wheel of a Subaru SUV that slid off the road into a tree and burst into flames near his Shohola, PA home around 11 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, friends said. Capurso had taught class that night at the Ridgewood Karate Academy, where he was a head instructor, friends said. "Michael was an incredible teacher and mentor to hundreds of ki…
‘You Have To Be Dedicated:’ Bergen County Native Hits It Big In Crypto, Opens Smoke Shop At 24 ‘You Have To Be Dedicated:’ Bergen County Native Hits It Big In Crypto, Opens Smoke Shop At 24
‘You Have To Be Dedicated:’ Bergen County Native Hits It Big In Crypto, Opens Smoke Shop At 24 A Bergen County man who hit it big in a cryptocurrency investment and opened a smoke shop at the age of 24 says dedication is the key for aspiring entrepreneurs. Generoso Lombardo graduated from Westwood High School in 2015 before attending Bergen Community College for three years and transferring to Montclair State University, where he studied business administration, he told Daily Voice. While Lombardo didn’t immediately know the specifics, he knew he wanted to own some type of business. Meanwhile, his side job kept him busy — and motivated — in between classes. “I got really motivated…
HEARTBREAK: Beloved Teaneck Couple Killed In Fire Were Pillars Of Church, Community HEARTBREAK: Beloved Teaneck Couple Killed In Fire Were Pillars Of Church, Community
Heartbreak: Beloved Teaneck Couple Killed In Fire Were Pillars Of Church, Community A community clutched faith Thursday as word spread of the deaths of a beloved Teaneck couple in an overnight house fire. Delton Brown, 32, and his wife, Amoya (Bennett) Brown, 29, were dedicated church-goers who served fellow worshippers as well as the greater community, said Winston Christian, pastor of the West Side (Pentecostal) Worship Center in Englewood. "I don't know what I'm going to do without them," Christian told reporters outside the Arlington Avenue home owned by Delton Brown's parents where the couple died before dawn. "They are that integral a part of our ministry here." Am…
House Fire Kills Teaneck Couple In Attic Apartment House Fire Kills Teaneck Couple In Attic Apartment
House Fire Kills Teaneck Couple In Attic Apartment A community clung tight to faith Thursday as word spread of the deaths of a beloved Teaneck couple in an overnight house fire. Delton Brown, 32, and his wife, Amoya (Bennett) Brown, 29, were dedicated church-goers who served fellow worshippers as well as the greater community, said Winston Christian, pastor of the West Side (Pentecostal) Worship Center in Englewood. "I don't know what I'm going to do without them," Christian told reporters outside the Arlington Avenue home owned by Delton Brown's parents where the couple died before dawn. "They are that integral a part of our ministry here…
10 Years After: Bergen Man Busted On Child Porn Charges Again 10 Years After: Bergen Man Busted On Child Porn Charges Again
10 Years After: Bergen Man Busted On Child Porn Charges Again A landscaper from Waldwick who was busted on child porn charges nearly 10 years ago was back in custody after detectives caught him this time with more than 600 illegal files, authorities said. Jakob Menzo, 31, was arrested after detectives raided his Dow Avenue home on Thursday, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. Members of his Cyber Crimes Unit found that Menzo “used the Internet to view, download, and possess more than 600 digital files depicting nude and/or sexually explicit prepubescent and pubescent children,” the prosecutor said. Menzo was living in Ramsey, attending Bergen…
Diverse Group Of Immigrants, Scholastic Athletes, Transfers Among New Paramus Police Officers Diverse Group Of Immigrants, Scholastic Athletes, Transfers Among New Paramus Police Officers
Diverse Group Of Immigrants, Scholastic Athletes, Transfers Among New Paramus Police Officers Three immigrants and several former scholastic athletes are among 10 men who officially became Paramus police officers this week. Here’s a little bit about them: Born in New York City, Jamie Takahashi is a longtime borough resident who was graduated from Paramus High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in economics from Syracuse University. Takahashi, who speaks both Korean and Japanese,  was then was commissioned into the New York Army National Guard as a transportation officer and is a first lieutenant and executive officer with the 719th Composite Truck Company in Manhat…
Drive-Thru COVID Testing Returns To BCC With One Slight Change Drive-Thru COVID Testing Returns To BCC With One Slight Change
Drive-Thru COVID Testing Returns To BCC With One Slight Change The drive-thru testing center at Bergen Community College is back, this time, with one slight change: Tests must be scheduled ahead of time. The Paramus site first opened in March, and in its first day open reached capacity in four hours. Over time, less and less people were showing up for tests, and so the site closed sometime over the summer. But with the number of new cases nearly back to where it was at the height of the first wave, the BCC testing site has reopened.   More than 1,000 tests were anticipated to be performed opening day (Tuesday, Dec. 1), Bergen County Exe…
Palisades Park Police Sergeant's New Book Examines Changing Role Of Law Enforcers In Film Palisades Park Police Sergeant's New Book Examines Changing Role Of Law Enforcers In Film
Palisades Park Police Sergeant's New Book Examines Changing Role Of Law Enforcers In Film A history of how law enforcement was portrayed on the big screen in the first half of the 20th century had never been written -- until now. A Palisades Park police veteran who's also a prolific author has just released his fifth book, "Law Enforcement in American Cinema, 1894-1952," which examines the history of police and policing on the big screen during that period. "Film is a site where public sentiments toward the police are both created and reflected," Sgt. George Beck wrote. Cineastes have often focused on the way gangsters and other criminals are romanticized in movies -- or film, …
BCC Freezes Tuition Rates, Transitions To Online Learning For Fall Semester BCC Freezes Tuition Rates, Transitions To Online Learning For Fall Semester
BCC Freezes Tuition Rates, Transitions To Online Learning For Fall Semester Bergen Community College (BCC) is moving most classes online and is freezing tuition rates for the Fall 2020 semester. No classes will be held at the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and only paramedic science program practicals will take place at Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst.  The school will offer a limited number of practice-based classes -- including those in health professions -- in person. The fall semester begins Sept. 2. Students can register here or email registration@bergen.edu for assistance. While the majority of BCC's fall classe…
College Dropouts Take Over As New Owners Of Edgewater's 'Pizza Club' College Dropouts Take Over As New Owners Of Edgewater's 'Pizza Club'
College Dropouts Take Over As New Owners Of Edgewater's 'Pizza Club' Michael Ghinelli of Wyckoff was in his junior year and distracted from classwork by designs for his own t-shirt company when a teacher told him he'd never go anywhere. That stuck with him, he said. But now, the 21-year-old has taken over Pizza Club in Edgewater with business partner Hadi Parhizkaran. And he says he's proving his teacher wrong one slice at a time. Ghinelli and Parhizkaran, also of Wyckoff, have always been motivated to work, talking about potential future business ventures when they first met as teenagers in the kitchen at Blue Moon Mexican Cafe. “We were just kids at …
Drive Right Up: Bergen's Public Coronavirus Testing Site Has Tests To Spare Drive Right Up: Bergen's Public Coronavirus Testing Site Has Tests To Spare
Drive Right Up: Bergen's Public Coronavirus Testing Site Has Tests To Spare You don't have to be showing symptoms and won't be waiting in line for hours to be tested for coronavirus in New Jersey anymore. In fact, the Bergen Community College site has tests to spare at the end of each day.  It's a stark contrast to where things were two months ago, when people were sleeping in their cars overnight hoping they'd be one of the lucky 500 to be tested. Many people were turned away within hours as the site reached capacity within hours of opening. As of 10:30 a.m. Friday, there was no line at BCC -- and still hundreds of tests available.  The BCC site -- alo…
NJ's State-Run Coronavirus Testing Sites Expand To Residents Without Symptoms NJ's State-Run Coronavirus Testing Sites Expand To Residents Without Symptoms
NJ's State-Run Coronavirus Testing Sites Expand To Residents Without Symptoms New Jersey's two state-run coronavirus testing sites will soon allow residents without symptoms to be tested, state officials said. The sites at Bergen Community College and PNC Bank Art Center in Holmdel Township will provide tests to certain "asymptomatic" state residents, Gov. Phil Murphy said during Friday's COVID-19 briefing. Residents looking to be tested should contact a health-care provider who agrees they should get the test to keep demand lower, Murphy said.  "By expanding our testing capability, we can build confidence,'' Murphy said. "We're making huge progress, but we're …
Saddle Brook Adds 2 Needed Police Officers To Force Saddle Brook Adds 2 Needed Police Officers To Force
Saddle Brook Adds 2 Needed Police Officers To Force Saddle Brook officially added two desperately needed police officers to its depleted force on Tuesday. Both Frank Giordano and Lawrence DiBello Jr. were promoted from special police officer/dispatchers to full-fledged patrol officers in a decidedly low-key proceeding at Township Hall in which everyone wore protective masks and the officers also wore gloves. Everyone also kept a safe distance from one another -- including Mayor Robert White, who swore in the officers. Coronavirus quarantines combined with the recent death of an officer, two recent retirements, injuries and an officer on fa…
COVID-19: Here's Where You Can Get Tested In North Jersey COVID-19: Here's Where You Can Get Tested In North Jersey
Covid-19: Here's Where You Can Get Tested In North Jersey As expected, the number of coronavirus cases has increased with the opening of testing sites across New Jersey. And that number is only going to increase, Gov. Phil Murphy said. "As the testing regime expands, we’re going to see these numbers go up in a big way," he said. "We are getting a clearer and better sense of how far the coronavirus has already spread.” Here's a list of coronavirus testing sites in New Jersey: Officials are urging New Jersey residents to keep these testing sites open to those who need it saying that if you feel okay, stay home and rest.  You'll need state ID…