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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 …
Accused Crew Member Wanted For Glen Rock Liquor Store Thefts Brought To NJ From Rockland Accused Crew Member Wanted For Glen Rock Liquor Store Thefts Brought To NJ From Rockland
Accused Crew Member Wanted For Glen Rock Liquor Store Thefts Brought To NJ From Rockland A fugitive member of an organized retail theft crew from more than 50 miles away was brought to New Jersey after being captured across the state line in Rockland, authorities said. How long she'll remain jailed in the Garden State is open to question, however. Clarkstown police nabbed repeat offender Shatoya L. Smith, 26, of the Orange County, NY town of Newburgh on a fugitive warrant, Glen Rock Police Chief Dean Ackermann said. She’d been held in the Rockland County Correctional Center in New City before being extradited to New Jersey early last week to be charged in connection with a ser…
Uber Driver Slashed With Box Cutter, 71-Year-Old Female Passenger Jailed Uber Driver Slashed With Box Cutter, 71-Year-Old Female Passenger Jailed
New Milford PD: Bergenfield Woman Slashes Newark Uber Driver A 71-year-old passenger from Bergenfield was jailed after New Milford police said she slashed an Uber driver with a box cutter. The 53-year-old driver from Newark picked up Linda Buckner in Hackensack and was driving her home when she became irate for some reason and slashed his face, New Milford Police Capt. Kevin Van Saders said. Officers Pierre Hanikeh, Daniel O’Neill and Shane Churaman and their colleagues from Teaneck met with the injured driver on New Bridge Road near the borders of their towns around midnight Saturday, May 4, the captain said. He has two cuts on his face, …
Exterior Fire Enters Hasbrouck Heights Home Exterior Fire Enters Hasbrouck Heights Home
Exterior Fire Enters Hasbrouck Heights Home Firefighters quickly doused a blaze that found its way inside a Hasbrouck Heights home. Flames climbed the side and extended into the basement and attic of the three-story wood-frame home on Franklin Avenue between Oak Grove Avenue and Boulevard at 9:15 p.m.  Saturday, April 27, responders said. No injuries were reported in the two-alarm blaze. The Red Cross found temporary food, clothing shelter for the occupants. Mutual aid responders included firefighters from Carlstadt, Hackensack, Little Ferry, Lodi, Moonachie, South Hackensack, Wallington and Wood-Ridge. A PSE&G c…
Hackensack Rite Aid To Close Hackensack Rite Aid To Close
Hackensack Rite Aid To Close A Rite Aid is Hackensack is closing. Rite Aid announced the location at 219 Essex St. is set to shutter. The pharmacy closing on Thursday, May 16 and the front end of the store closing on Sunday, June 16, a spokesperson tells Daily Voice.  The closure comes after Rite Aid filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last October. More than 200 stores across the country have shut down with another dozen set to close as of last October (click here for a list of New Jersey stores closing). "Rite Aid regularly assesses its retail footprint to ensure we are operating efficiently while meeting the need…
Best Public High Schools In Bergen County Revealed In New Rankings Best Public High Schools In Bergen County Revealed In New Rankings
Best Public High Schools In Bergen County Revealed In New Rankings Bergen County is rife with top-rated schools. US News & World Report released its list of best high schools in the nation this week — and many of them are in Bergen County. ALSO SEE: Best High Schools: New Jersey Well-Represented In New National Rankings The rankings were determined by performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare students for college. Bergen County Academies in Hackensack came in at No. 62 nationally and No. 4 in all of New Jersey. According to US News & World Report, here are the top-rated schools in the county: No. 15: Pasca…
Best High Schools: New Jersey Well-Represented In New National Rankings Best High Schools: New Jersey Well-Represented In New National Rankings
Best High Schools: New Jersey Well-Represented In New National Rankings New Jersey is well-represented in brand-new rankings of the nation's best high schools. US News & World report released its annual list on Tuesday morning, April 23. The rankings were determined by performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare students for college. Two New Jersey schools made the top 50 in the U.S: High Technology High School in Lincroft at No. 24, and Edison Academy Magnet School at No. 42. According to US News & World Report, The top 10 best high schools in the Garden State are: No. 10: Academy for Allied Health Sciences …
SEE ANYTHING? Pre-Dawn Hackensack Carjacking Reported By NY Driver SEE ANYTHING? Pre-Dawn Hackensack Carjacking Reported By NY Driver
SEE Anything? Pre-Dawn Hackensack Carjacking Reported By NY Driver Hackensack police are investigating a New York man's report that he was carjacked at a local Wawa before dawn Monday. The 43-year-old driver told police four male robbers "forcefully took several belongings" with his 2018 Land Rover, outside the South River Street convenience store across from the ShopRite plaza around 4:30 a.m. April 22, said Capt. Michael Antista, the officer in charge of the department. No injuries were reported, the captain said. Nor were any detailed descriptions provided. City detectives were seeking clues from area surveillance video. ANYONE who might have seen som…
BREAK IN, RINSE, REPEAT: Recidivist With 30-Year Sheet Busted For Burglaries In 4 Bergen Towns BREAK IN, RINSE, REPEAT: Recidivist With 30-Year Sheet Busted For Burglaries In 4 Bergen Towns
Break IN, Rinse, Repeat: Recidivist With 30-Year Sheet Busted For Burglaries In 4 Bergen Towns It never ends with some guys. Mark C. Todd, most recently of Hasbrouck Heights, just turned 50 amid what has been a three-decade-long string of burglaries, thefts and police pursuits in nearly a dozen Bergen County towns. It got to the point that detectives from Maywood, Carlstadt and Hasbrouck Heights all went together to arrest the ex-con at his home last Friday morning, April 12. He was charged with break-ins in Maywood, Carlstadt, Elmwood Park and Fair Lawn. Tood has remained held in the Bergen County Jail this past week based on the likelihood that he’ll be returned to prison. He sp…
Bergen Man Charged With 2010 Pre-Teen Sex Assault Bergen Man Charged With 2010 Pre-Teen Sex Assault
Bergen Man Charged With 2010 Pre-Teen Sex Assault A Midland Park man was charged with sexually assaulting a pre-teen in Wyckoff in 2010. Donato Avolio, now 35, was in his early 20s when he sexually assaulted the youngster, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. Wyckoff police notified his Special Victims Unit of the allegation on March 27, Musella said. An arrest warrant was drawn up the following day charging Avolio with second-degree sexual assault of a victim under 13, he said. A manhunt that lasted nearly three weeks ended with the single, Italian-born Avolio’s arrest in Clifton on Tuesday, April 16, the prosecutor said. He has…
Paramus Chick-fil-A Weeks Away From Opening, Mayor Says Paramus Chick-fil-A Weeks Away From Opening, Mayor Says
Paramus Chick-fil-A Weeks Away From Opening, Mayor Says The opening of the brand-new Paramus Chick-fil-A is imminent. According to Paramus Mayor Chris DiPiazza, the Chick-fil-A being built alongside the northbound side of Route 17 will open in the first week of May. The fast-casual chicken joint replaces The Fireplace, which closed in July 2021 after 65 years in business. "We’re excited to welcome Chick-fil-A to Route 17," DiPiazza said. "Our residents and visitors will now have the easy opportunity to enjoy the nationwide brand. Their presence continues to keep our commercial corridors vibrant and help our residential tax base." Complete…
Did Hackensack Hot Dog Shop Close Less Than Year After Opening? Did Hackensack Hot Dog Shop Close Less Than Year After Opening?
Did Hackensack Hot Dog Shop Close Less Than Year After Opening? Maybe their wieners weren't up to snuff? Hackensack Hot Dogs, which billed itself as having the "best wieners in town" appears to have closed after less than 10 months in business, according to a Google listing.  The restaurant's phones have been disconnected and the restaurant stopped posting on social media in February. However, city online ordering appears to still be operational. The hot dog shop at 7 State St. was the brainchild of three friends with deep roots in the city, serving up deep fried dogs with a variety of different flavors. On Facebook, commentators blamed…
CRIME SPREE: Paramus Police Nab Thieving Trio With $12,800 Worth Of Loot At Garden State Plaza CRIME SPREE: Paramus Police Nab Thieving Trio With $12,800 Worth Of Loot At Garden State Plaza
Crime Spree: Paramus Police Nab Thieving Trio With $12,800 Worth Of Loot At Garden State Plaza A trio of thieving New Yorkers were in the middle of a big-ticket crime spree at the Garden State Plaza -- snatching nearly 200 items worth more than $12,800 in under an hour and a half -- when Paramus police nabbed them, authorities said. Police caught their break when the three stole a cellphone and a wallet from a pair of kiosk workers shortly before 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, Paramus Police Chief Robert Guidetti said. Assisted by mall security, Paramus Detective Lt. Tom Schroeder and Detective Mark Pinajian quickly homed in on the trio, he said. Two of them -- Alexander Aria…
UPDATE: Popular Garfield Restaurant Ravaged By Overnight Fire (w/PHOTOS) UPDATE: Popular Garfield Restaurant Ravaged By Overnight Fire (w/PHOTOS)
Update: Popular Garfield Restaurant Ravaged By Overnight Fire (w/Photos) A firefighter was taken to a local hospital and two civilians were tended to at the scene of an overnight blaze that destroyed a popular Garfield restaurant and severely damaged the apartments above it. A passerby alerted authorities to the fire that broke on the first floor of DP's Pub and Seafood Grill on River Drive shortly after 2:30 a.m. Friday, April 12, responders said. Firefighters found flames engulfing the bar and spreading quickly through the upper floors. Police Capt. Mario Pozo said two second-floor tenants were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene after responding Garfie…