Two Paterson Inspectors Took Bribes For Permits: NJ Attorney General Two Paterson Inspectors Took Bribes For Permits: NJ Attorney General
Two Paterson Inspectors Took Bribes For Permits: NJ Attorney General Two Paterson housing and zoning inspectors were indicted on Tuesday, Feb. 20 for accepting bribes in exchange for issuing illegitimate building permits, Attorney General Matthew Platkin said. Jose Fermin, a 50-year-old Prospect Park resident and Jose Juan Guerrero-Cruz, a 44-year-old Florida resident carried out their scheme between Dec. 2020 and Feb. 2022,  producing bogus documents that including imitation signatures purportedly written by Paterson’s Planning and Zoning Director, Platkin said.  Guerrero-Cruz and Fermin would accept money in exchange for Fermin producing the…
One Dead In Paterson Fire: Authorities One Dead In Paterson Fire: Authorities
One Dead In Paterson Fire: Authorities One person was killed in a two-alarm fire in an abandoned building in Paterson early Thursday, Feb. 29, authorities said.  At 3:30 a.m., firefighters were on scene at 69 Mercer St., Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes, Paterson Police Department Officer In Charge Isa Abbassi, and Paterson Fire Chief Alex Alicea said. Firefighters discovered the body on the second floor of the house after putting out the blaze, authorities said. The identity of the deceased has not been confirmed, authorities said. Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh said the city is in mourning. "Our firefight…
Former Paterson Sergeant Used Chat Group To Upload Child Porn: Feds Former Paterson Sergeant Used Chat Group To Upload Child Porn: Feds
Former Paterson Sergeant Used Chat Group To Upload Child Porn: Feds A retired Paterson police sergeant was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday, Feb. 27 for distributing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.  Ryan Curving, 50 now living in Texas, pleaded guilty to the charges in August 2023 after admitting he sent child pornography videos to five other people via the Kik Messenger App, U.S. Attorney Alamdar Hamdani of the Southern District of Texas, said. Authorities originally searched his home in Dec. 2022 and Curving admitted to downloading child pornography on Kik and said he had been curious about child pornography for two year…
NJ Woman Using Counterfeit $100 Bills Busted At Florida Business: Police NJ Woman Using Counterfeit $100 Bills Busted At Florida Business: Police
NJ Woman Using Counterfeit $100 Bills Busted At Florida Business: Police A 33-year-old New Jersey woman was arrested and charged in Florida with using multiple $100 bills, authorities said. Police in Brevard County were initially notified by two businesses about the phony money, the Cocoa Beach Police Department said on Facebook.  After an investigation, police arrested Brenda Stefan Silvera Klembert and discovered additional victims, officers said.  Klembert was charged with uttering forged instruments and theft, police said. Police did not say where in the Garden State, Klembert was from. Police didn't say where Klembert is from but online rec…
Paramus Detectives Nab Thief Accused Of Burglarizing Local Home, Stealing BMW, Eluding Pursuit Paramus Detectives Nab Thief Accused Of Burglarizing Local Home, Stealing BMW, Eluding Pursuit
Paramus Detectives Nab Thief Accused Of Burglarizing Local Home, Stealing BMW, Eluding Pursuit Paramus police detectives identified and arrested an Irvington resident who they said stole a brand new BMW during a burglary and forced a uniformed officer to terminate a pursuit out of safety concerns. Kasieum Frye, 21, and an accomplice broke into an Oakwood Drive home and snatched the key fob for the 2024 X6 shortly before 4:30 a.m. late last September, Paramus Police Chief Robert Guidetti said. A neighbor alerted police, who found sliding glass doors to the kitchen pried open, the chief said on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Officer Matthew Mulick pursued the SUV on Farview Avenue until high spe…
Accused Dealer Charged With Fentanyl-Laced Crack Death Of Jersey City Man At Lyndhurst Hotel Accused Dealer Charged With Fentanyl-Laced Crack Death Of Jersey City Man At Lyndhurst Hotel
Accused Dealer Charged With Fentanyl-Laced Crack Death Of Jersey City Man At Lyndhurst Hotel An accused drug dealer from Bloomfield provided the drugs that killed a user from Jersey City at a Lyndhurst motel, authorities charged. Alberto Delgado, 43, was accused of selling the fentanyl-laced crack that killed 54-year-old Luke Revell after he smoked it at the Winslow Motor Hotel just off eastbound Route 3. Delgado had more than a pound and a half of the drugs in a storage unit when detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office searched it, according to a complaint on file in Superior Court in Hackensack. They also learned that Delgado had communicated with Revell by ce…
Four Charged In Parent Brawl At Warren County Wrestling Meet (VIDEO) Four Charged In Parent Brawl At Warren County Wrestling Meet (VIDEO)
Four Charged In Parent Brawl At Warren County Wrestling Meet (Video) Real-life Royal Rumbles have consequences. Just ask four people recently arrested in Warren County. Four people faces charges after a  bench-clearing brawl broke out between parents during a wrestling meet at Phillipsburg High School in Lopatcong Township on Sunday, Jan. 28. The brouhaha was shared across social media. Whwa During a wrestling match between Anderson Diaz and Alexander Finklestein, a physical altercation broke out between Dayne Takach, a 49-year-old Montague resident and Nicholas Cassidy, a 24-year-old Bloomsbury resident, James Pfeiffer, Warren County Prose…
Animal Control Officer Left Dog To Die In Kennel Dumpster: Mahwah PD Animal Control Officer Left Dog To Die In Kennel Dumpster: Mahwah PD
Animal Control Officer Left Dog To Die In Kennel Dumpster: Mahwah PD An animal control officer for several New Jersey towns was arrested after leaving a dog to die in a Dumpster at a kennel he owns and operates in Mahwah, township police said. Authorities took Richard A. DuBarton III, 57, into custody and removed 47 malnourished and severely weakened dogs from the Aranwood Kennels after finding them locked outside in freezing temperatures, a Mahwah police complaint says. They'd been left in dog runs "with feces and urine that [DuBarton] failed to clean up," according to the complaint filed in Superior Court in Hackensack. "Multiple dogs were seen shiver…
HEROES: North Bergen Detectives Find Missing Woman, 58, Cold, Shivering In Jersey City Park HEROES: North Bergen Detectives Find Missing Woman, 58, Cold, Shivering In Jersey City Park
Heroes: North Bergen Detectives Find Missing Woman, 58, Cold, Shivering In Jersey City Park North Bergen detectives found a township woman cold and shivering on a Jersey City park bench two days after she went missing. A solid tip generated by media attention helped make it happen, they said. Maria Martin-Vila, 58, was reportedly last seen boarding a southbound commuter van on Bergenline Avenue at 80th Street across from Braddock Park around 1 p.m. Feb. 26. "Because of the attention this story garnered, we received a credible tip that the victim was seen in the area of Bowers and Palisade Avenue in Jersey City," North Bergen Detective Capt. David Dowd said. "Detectives were also…
DWI Bergen County Driver Busted With Handgun: Fairfield PD DWI Bergen County Driver Busted With Handgun: Fairfield PD
DWI Bergen County Driver Busted With Handgun: Fairfield PD A 43-year-old Elmwood Park man who was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Fairfield over the weekend was found to be in possession of a handgun without a permit, authorities said. At 12:35 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, police responded to a two-car crash on Passaic Avenue in front of Franklin Steakhouse, officers said. One of the vehicles, a black Audi, was driven by Jose Roa, who had bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech and the inability to stand without supporting himself, police said. Roa refused to cooperate with officer's instructions during field sobriety tests and was placed u…
Rockland Cook Charged With Sexually Assaulting Child In Bergen Rockland Cook Charged With Sexually Assaulting Child In Bergen
Rockland Cook Charged With Sexually Assaulting Child In Bergen A cook from Rockland was arrested this week on charges of sexually assaulting a pre-teen in Bergen County several years ago, authorities said. Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said John Mark Dillon, 60, who currently lives in Piermont, sexually assaulted the youngster at least twice in Northvale, where records show he’d previously lived. The prosecutor didn’t provide dates. Dillon remained held in the Rockland County Correctional Center in New City, pending extradition to New Jersey, following his arrest in Orangeburg on Monday, Feb. 26. He's charged with two counts of aggravated sex…
Innocent! NJ Daycare Worker Accused Of Abusing 4-Year-Old At Nap Time Found Not Guilty Innocent! NJ Daycare Worker Accused Of Abusing 4-Year-Old At Nap Time Found Not Guilty
Innocent! NJ Daycare Worker Accused Of Abusing 4-Year-Old At Nap Time Found Not Guilty A Cumberland County jury has found a daycare worker not guilty in an abuse and neglect case, authorities said. Claudia J. Smith-Heard, 51, of Millville, was accused of aggressive behavior to get a 4-year-old boy to take a nap on his first day of child care at Golden Gate center on Nov. 1, 2021, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Vineland police. A jury found Smith-Heard not guilty on all counts on Wednesday, Feb. 21 after a trial, according to Crystal Harris, criminal division manager. Smith-Heard had been charged on a summons with simple assault and child endangerment, a…
Old Tappan Crash Downs Wires, Triggers Airbags, Doesn't Keep Driver From Hotel Job In Rockland Old Tappan Crash Downs Wires, Triggers Airbags, Doesn't Keep Driver From Hotel Job In Rockland
Old Tappan Crash Downs Wires, Triggers Airbags, Doesn't Keep Driver From Hotel Job In Rockland A driver who slammed his SUV into a utility pole in Old Tappan kept going -- with all of his airbags deployed -- all the way to his job at a hotel in Rockland County, authorities said. Juan Gonzalez, 48, of Hawthorne, drove off after his 2004 Acura MDX hit the pole on Old Tappan Road, downing utility wires, outside an Exxon station near DeWolf Road shortly before 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26. An alert was immediately broadcast, Old Tappan Police Chief Joseph Tracy said. Orangetown police found the heavily damaged SUV a short time later at the Residence Inn by Marriott just off the Palisades Inte…
HEROES: North Bergen Detectives Find Missing Woman, 58, Cold, Shivering In Jersey City Park HEROES: North Bergen Detectives Find Missing Woman, 58, Cold, Shivering In Jersey City Park
Heroes: North Bergen Detectives Find Missing Woman, 58, Cold, Shivering In Jersey City Park North Bergen detectives found a township woman cold and shivering on a Jersey City park bench two days after she went missing. A solid tip generated by media attention helped make it happen, they said. Maria Martin-Vila, 58, was reportedly last seen boarding a southbound commuter van on Bergenline Avenue at 80th Street across from Braddock Park around 1 p.m. Feb. 26. "Because of the attention this story garnered, we received a credible tip that the victim was seen in the area of Bowers and Palisade Avenue in Jersey City," North Bergen Detective Capt. David Dowd said. "Detectives were…
WILD PURSUIT: Car Thief Pulled From Frigid Meadowlands Creek Is Violent Career Criminal WILD PURSUIT: Car Thief Pulled From Frigid Meadowlands Creek Is Violent Career Criminal
Wild Pursuit: Car Thief Pulled From Frigid Meadowlands Creek Is Violent Career Criminal UPDATE: A Union City man who jumped into a frigid Meadowlands creek during a dramatic police chase is an ex-con with nearly 50 arrests in no fewer than five North Jersey counties over the past 35 years. Career criminal Gregory Calvo, 53, is the very embodiment of the phrase “known to police.” He's been convicted nearly two dozen times in Bergen, Hudson, Passaic, Morris and Essex counties since 1989 – for offenses that include robbery, theft, burglary, drug dealing, domestic violence and aggravated assault -- and has been in and out of state prison and county jails since that time only to be…
‘KITTY FLIPPERS’: $500,000 Worth Of Dangerous Ecstasy/Ketamine Mix Seized In Hudson ‘KITTY FLIPPERS’: $500,000 Worth Of Dangerous Ecstasy/Ketamine Mix Seized In Hudson
Kitty Flippers’: $500,000 Worth Of Dangerous Ecstasy/Ketamine Mix Seized In Hudson More than five kilos of a highly dangerous – and potentially fatal – drug mixture was seized and three men arrested in North Bergen in a joint operation of local and federal authorities. A handgun and $100,000 in drug cash were recovered along with the nearly 12 pounds of Ecstasy and Ketamine, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. Members of Suarez’s Narcotics Task Force teamed up with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Newark and the federal Postal Inspection Service to make the case, the prosecutor said on Monday, Feb. 26. Arrested in the area of 91st Street and Bergenwood Aven…
NJ Prison Officer Admits Looking Other Way While Inmates Were Beaten, Brutalized NJ Prison Officer Admits Looking Other Way While Inmates Were Beaten, Brutalized
NJ Prison Officer Admits Looking Other Way While Inmates Were Beaten, Brutalized 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: Nine months after a former corrections officer at a New Jersey prison was sentenced to 2½ years behind bars for admitting that he brutalized inmates in what one victim called a “fight club," a second officer cut his own deal with federal prosecutors. Joshua Hand, 34, of Millville, admitted in federal court in Camden on Monday, Feb. 26, that he stood by while two prisoners were being assaulted by fellow inmates at Bayside State Prison in Leesburg, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced. Hand violated both inmates' civil rights by not stopping their assailants or reporting the in…
Resident, 64, Dies In House Fire Above Lake Hopatcong Resident, 64, Dies In House Fire Above Lake Hopatcong
Resident, 64, Dies In House Fire Above Lake Hopatcong A 64-year-old man died in an overnight fire in a home overlooking Lake Hopatcong, authorities said. Firefighters discovered the body of Robert Powers after a pair of borough police officers braved the flames at 303 Lakeside Avenue, which were engulfing the house when they arrived shortly before 12:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26, borough police said in a statement. Both officers had to be treated for smoke inhalation, police said. The fire apparently ignited in the rear of the more than100-year-old, two-story wood-frame house, responders said. Borough firefighters expressed their gratitude to the…
Ex-Cons Who Tried To Shake Down Wayne Burglary Victim Caught With Guns: Police Ex-Cons Who Tried To Shake Down Wayne Burglary Victim Caught With Guns: Police
Ex-Cons Who Tried To Shake Down Wayne Burglary Victim Caught With Guns: Police Two ex-cons who demanded $1,000 for the return of a passport and Social Security card that were stolen from a Wayne home were found carrying a gun, a high-capacity magazine and the pilfered documents, authorities said. The victimized Chopin Drive resident kept one of the visitors talking after they suddenly showed up at his home and tried to shake him down early last week, Wayne Police Detective Capt. Dan Daly said on Monday, Feb. 26. Meanwhile, a relative called police. Officers Harrison Kirby and David Beltran got there instantly. They found Newark residents Wahid Floyd, 29, and Alquadir…
Crash Severely Injures Teen Son Of Local Councilwoman, BergenPAC Administrator (UPDATE) Crash Severely Injures Teen Son Of Local Councilwoman, BergenPAC Administrator (UPDATE)
Crash Severely Injures Teen Son Of Local Councilwoman, BergenPAC Administrator (Update) The teenage son of a Glen Rock councilwoman who's also a BergenPAC administrator remained hospitalized with severe injuries following a weekend car crash. Teddy Martin, 18, reportedly suffered a broken tibia and femur, as well as kidney and spleen lacerations, in the collision in Alexandria, NJ shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Martin was making a left from Whitehead Road onto Everittstown Road (Route 513) less than a mile from the Pittstown border when his Nissan collided with a Jeep, New Jersey State Police Trooper Troy McNair said. He was airlifted to a local hospital, the troope…
NJ Police Chief To Retire After Investigation Into Argument With Sergeant Caught On Camera NJ Police Chief To Retire After Investigation Into Argument With Sergeant Caught On Camera
NJ Police Chief To Retire After Investigation Into Argument With Sergeant Caught On Camera The head of a Jersey Shore police department will step down about three months after a heated interaction between him and one of his sergeants during a crash investigation, officials said. Bradley Beach police Chief Leonard Guida will retire on Friday, Mar. 1, according to a Monday, Feb. 26 statement from Mayor Larry Fox. The mayor said Chief Guida's retirement was six months earlier than the borough anticipated. The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office investigated the exchange between Chief Guida and Sgt. William Major, which happened on Thursday, Nov. 9. At a council meetin…
Ex-NJ Middle School Band Director Charged With Sexual Touching Ex-NJ Middle School Band Director Charged With Sexual Touching
Ex-NJ Middle School Band Director Charged With Sexual Touching A Sussex County high school administrator had sexual contact multiple times with an underage student in Bergen County when he was a middle school band director there, authorities charged. Kurt Zimmerman, a 55-year-old married father of two, “engaged in sexual conduct” with a student between 13 and 17 years old both at Westwood Regional Middle School in Westwood and at Westwood Regional High School in Washington Township, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. Zimmerman, of Rockaway, has worked since 2013 at Hopatcong High School, first as a band director for 10 years and then as coo…
GOTCHA (x2)! Paramus Officer Chases Down Separate Suspects From Same Mall Incident GOTCHA (x2)! Paramus Officer Chases Down Separate Suspects From Same Mall Incident
Gotcha (x2)! Paramus Officer Chases Down Separate Suspects From Same Mall Incident A Paramus police officer chased down two separate suspects who fled the Bergen Towne Center, authorities said. Two men and a woman all bolted from the Nordstrom Rack, then ran in different directions, after stealing Burberry and Givenchy apparel and a Reaction wristwatch worth nearly $667 combined, Police Chief Robert Guidetti said. Officer Kevin Grady, who was among the responders, ran after Yerbinson Zapata-Zus as he fled east on Route 4 near Forest Avenue, the chief said. Zapata-Zus resisted after Grady grabbed him, Guidetti said, but he was quickly subdued. Grady was driving him back …
UPDATE: Three Cats Die In Fierce Fair Lawn House Fire UPDATE: Three Cats Die In Fierce Fair Lawn House Fire
Update: Three Cats Die In Fierce Fair Lawn House Fire UPDATE: Three cats died in a fierce fire that all but destroyed a Fair Lawn home, officials said. The feline trio were the only ones home when the three-alarm blaze ignited at the front of the nearly 100-year-old wood-frame house on 5th Street off Morlot Avenue shortly before 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Fair Lawn native Nick Cornwell and his wife, Ashley, also lost all of their belongings. “We encountered heavy fire upon our arrival," Fair Lawn Fire Department Assistant Chief Ralph Rinaldo said. "The members did a great job knocking the fire down using deck guns before entering the b…
Passenger Killed, Driver Seriously Injured In Route 80 Crash Passenger Killed, Driver Seriously Injured In Route 80 Crash
Passenger Killed, Driver Seriously Injured In Route 80 Crash A 38-year-old passenger was killed and the driver seriously injured in an overnight crash on Route 80, authorities confirmed. Richard Bahamonte of Hillside was pronounced dead at the scene of the eastbound crash near the Teaneck/Ridgefield Park border west of Exit 68 just after 3 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, NJ State Police said. The driver, Julio Brito, 40, of Hasbrouck Heights, lost control of the Honda, which careened off the road, slammed into a concrete barrier and ended up on its roof, they said. State Police and medics from Holy Name Medical Center tried to resuscitate both occupants. B…
Burglars Hit Same Saddle Brook Residence Twice While Homeowner Is There, Police Say Burglars Hit Same Saddle Brook Residence Twice While Homeowner Is There, Police Say
Burglars Hit Same Saddle Brook Residence Twice While Homeowner Is There, Police Say A Saddle Brook resident was home when burglars entered not once but twice, apparently trying to find a vehicle key fob, authorities said. It was shortly before 5 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, when a dark-colored sedan dropped off two burglars in front of the victim's home at the south end of town, said Capt. John A. Zotollo, Jr., the officer in charge of the department. The pair removed a rear screen, climbed in and fled with several purses and a jacket, the captain said. All were later found discarded nearby after the thieves had apparently rummaged through them, he said. The duo doubled back an…
Detectives Nab Driver From Hudson In Fort Lee Hit-Run Bus Stop Crash That Seriously Injured Two Detectives Nab Driver From Hudson In Fort Lee Hit-Run Bus Stop Crash That Seriously Injured Two
Detectives Nab Driver From Hudson In Fort Lee Hit-Run Bus Stop Crash That Seriously Injured Two Bergen County prosecutor’s detectives charged a mechanic from Jersey City with a hit-and-run chain-reaction crash that seriously injured two people at a bus stop near the George Washington Bridge nearly a week ago. Oliver Garcia, 28, was driving 2007 BMW 550i that slammed into a Honda CRV, knocking it into the pedestrians at the Lemoine Avenue bus stop in front of the Wells Fargo Bank branch shortly before 7 p.m. last Saturday, Feb. 17, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. The Honda driver remained at the scene, but Garcia sped off, the prosecutor said. The pedestrians were taken to…
Accused NJ Killer Walks Free After Decade In Prison For College Student's Murder Accused NJ Killer Walks Free After Decade In Prison For College Student's Murder
Accused NJ Killer Walks Free After Decade In Prison For College Student's Murder Timothy Puskas is a free man. The one-time convicted killer was released on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from MIddlesex County Jail, after winning a second trial on a murder charge, according to his attorney, Joseph Mazraani. Puskas was convicted seven years ago in the slaying of 22-year-old college student William “Billy” McCaw in New Brunswick. He'd been incarcerated for 10 years. A Middlesex County jury deliberated five hours before returning the not guilty verdict in the six-week trial, which began on Jan. 9, Mazraani said. Puskas’ 2017 murder conviction was reversed by an appellate court …
Man Held Sexually Abused Woman Captive At Gunpoint In Hackensack Home: Police Man Held Sexually Abused Woman Captive At Gunpoint In Hackensack Home: Police
Man Held Sexually Abused Woman Captive At Gunpoint In Hackensack Home: Police A car salesman was arrested by Hackensack police after he held a woman he’d sexually abused captive at gunpoint, authorities said. Christopher Baboolal, 29, was seized without incident at the Poplar Avenue home where the victim had been held against her will, said Hackensack Police Capt. Michael Antista, the officer in charge of the department. They recovered a gun – for which Baboolal didn’t have a permit -- and a high-capacity magazine, which is also illegal in New Jersey, the captain said. Colleagues from neighboring Ridgefield Park brought the woman to city police headquarters, Antista…
RECOGNIZE ANYONE? Hoboken PD Seeks Help Following Pistol-Whip Knifepoint Carjacking RECOGNIZE ANYONE? Hoboken PD Seeks Help Following Pistol-Whip Knifepoint Carjacking
Recognize Anyone? Hoboken PD Seeks Help Following Pistol-Whip Knifepoint Carjacking Hoboken police turned to the public for help investigating a carjacking in which the victim was pistol-whipped and threatened with a knife. Multiple masked robbers pulled the victim from his 2008 Honda Accord on Sinatra Drive near Stevens Tech and demanded his cell phone shortly after 11:30 p.m. Jan. 15, city police said. One of them then hit him in the head with a gun while another threatened him with a large combat-style knife, the victim told police. The trio fled with the vehicle, the phone and valuables that included power tools and recording equipment worth a combined $2,300, he…
What Happens When You Try To Rob Two Stores Across From Police HQ? Ask Little Ferry PD What Happens When You Try To Rob Two Stores Across From Police HQ? Ask Little Ferry PD
What Happens When You Try To Rob Two Stores Across From Police HQ? Ask Little Ferry PD "This is a robbery, give me all your Oxy pills and Percocet,” read the note a would-be robber handed to a female pharmacist at a CVS in Little Ferry. “Otherwise my boys are coming in.” The unarmed bandit might have succeeded had he not chosen a target DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET from police HQ. It was shortly before noon Wednesday, Feb. 21, when Santiago Munoz-Pelaez entered the Liberty Street CVS in a blue hoodie, batting gloves and a mask covering his nose and mouth, Little Ferry Police Chief James Walters said. The pharmacist backed up after reading the note and told Munoz-Pelaez, 25, of…