Ex-Civil Court Officer Stole $1.5M In Role As Financial Collector, Bergen Prosecutor Says Ex-Civil Court Officer Stole $1.5M In Role As Financial Collector, Bergen Prosecutor Says
Ex-Civil Court Officer Stole $1.5M In Role As Financial Collector, Bergen Prosecutor Says A Florida man has been arrested on accusations he stole nearly $1.5 million while working as a court officer entrusted with collecting money pursuant to civil court orders, authorities in Bergen County said. Bruce Piekarsky, of Davie, FL, became the center of an investigation in September 2023, when the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts tipped off the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit regarding allegations of misappropriation of funds, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. Following a months-long investigation, detectives discovered that Pi…
Car Thief, Fraudster Extradited To PA From NJ Jail, Cops Say Car Thief, Fraudster Extradited To PA From NJ Jail, Cops Say
Car Thief, Fraudster Extradited To PA From NJ Jail, Cops Say An Easton woman is in the Northampton County jail for a car theft early this year, say Forks Township police.  Authorities said they were called about a stolen Hyundai Santa Fe at 5335 Kesslersville Road on Feb. 29. The victim, a New Jersey resident, also reported fraudulent transactions on a debit card that was left in the vehicle.  Police used surveillance footage from the businesses where the transactions occurred to identify Penny Bellomi as a suspect, authorities said.  A warrant for her arrest was issued in March on charges of theft, receiving stolen property, and…
NJ Transit, Amtrak Service Resumes After Power Outage, Brush Fire NJ Transit, Amtrak Service Resumes After Power Outage, Brush Fire
NJ Transit, Amtrak Service Resumes After Power Outage, Brush Fire Service to NJ Transit and Amtrak trains was disrupted for the second time this week on Thursday, June 20 due to both power issues and brush fires along the NJ Turnpike, officials said. Amtrak service between Philadelphia and New Haven had been suspended while NJ Transit service in and out of NY Penn Station was also suspended, due to power issues on the Amtrak line, NJ Transit said. Service had resumed as of 10 p.m. with serious delays. A brush fire in Secaucus was compounding the issue as it was impacting wire repairs. NJ Transit service was also disrupted Tuesday morning, June 18, leavin…
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 …
Inside 3,500-Square-Foot Gastropub Now Open In Bergen County Inside 3,500-Square-Foot Gastropub Now Open In Bergen County
Inside 3,500-Square-Foot Gastropub Now Open In Bergen County June 2023 was when Mike Madigan says he experienced the scariest moment of his life. The 44-year-old Wyckoff, NJ, dad had finally taken the leap on owning a bar and restaurant of his own and had everything he needed to move forward with the project. He had the lease. He had the architectural plans. And he had the approval from everyone he needed. All he needed was a construction company to agree to the work. "I spent a good three or four months calling construction companies and setting up appointments," said Madigan, a Burlington, MA native who by day works as a controller for Keller Wil…
Officers Who Killed Bloodied, Naked Knife-Wielding Man In Fort Lee Won't Be Charged, AG Says Officers Who Killed Bloodied, Naked Knife-Wielding Man In Fort Lee Won't Be Charged, AG Says
Officers Who Killed Bloodied, Naked Knife-Wielding Man In Fort Lee Won't Be Charged, AG Says Fort Lee police officers who shot and killed an aggressive and bloodied knife-wielding man in February 2023 have been cleared of any wrongdoing, the New Jersey Attorney General's Office announced. A state grand jury voted not to file any criminal charges against the Fort Lee officers who killed 42-year-old Mohamed Bounaouar, of Las Vegas, NV, who was fully naked when he lunged at them with a knife at a John Street apartment on Feb. 4, 2023, Attorney General Matthew Platkin said. Click here for a series of bodyworn cam footage of the incident released by the NJ Attorney General's Office…
Thief Ditches Stolen Car, Arrested After High-Speed Pursuit Across Bergen County: Oakland PD Thief Ditches Stolen Car, Arrested After High-Speed Pursuit Across Bergen County: Oakland PD
Thief Ditches Stolen Car, Arrested After High-Speed Pursuit Across Bergen County: Oakland PD Thee people including a 17-year-old were arrested after a high-speed pursuit and subsequent crash in Bergen County early Thursday, June 20, police said. Oakland police officer Karley Greulich saw a man in all black with his hoodie up and a ski mask near Enterprise Rent-a-Car around 2:40 a.m., Oakland police Capt. Timothy Keenan said. Upon seeing her patrol car, the man, later identified as Yordalis Reyes-Fernandez, 20, of Paterson ran to his red SUV, which was parked behind M&T Bank, and tried to flee the area, Keenan said. A registration check of the SUV found it had been st…
Meek Mill Joins NJ Gov. Murphy To Celebrate Landmark Clemency Effort On Juneteenth Meek Mill Joins NJ Gov. Murphy To Celebrate Landmark Clemency Effort On Juneteenth
Meek Mill Joins NJ Gov. Murphy To Celebrate Landmark Clemency Effort On Juneteenth Gov. Phil Murphy celebrated Juneteenth by announcing a historic initiative in an effort to improve racial justice in New Jersey. The governor signed an executive order on clemency at Saint James AME Church in Newark on Wednesday, June 19. The order establishes standards for people to receive expedited consideration for pardons and commutations. Gov. Murphy said the goal is to fix the racial inequalities that have existed in the criminal justice system. "As we celebrate Juneteenth and reflect on our nation’s ongoing journey toward racial justice for Black and Brown …
E-Bike Operator Hospitalized With Head Trauma In Bergen County Crash E-Bike Operator Hospitalized With Head Trauma In Bergen County Crash
E-Bike Operator Hospitalized With Head Trauma In Bergen County Crash The operator of an electric bicycle was hospitalized in an early-morning Fairview crash Thursday, June 20, police said. The man appears to have tried to pass a landscaping truck while heading west on Fairview Avenue when he was struck by an eastbound motorist around 7:40 a.m., Deputy Chief John Pierotti said. He was rushed to HMH Hackensack University Medical Center with head trauma, Pierotti said. The crash remains under investigation.
Artistic Visionary's Custom-Built Mansion Listed At $3.65M In Franklin Lakes Artistic Visionary's Custom-Built Mansion Listed At $3.65M In Franklin Lakes
Artistic Visionary's Custom-Built Mansion Listed At $3.65M In Franklin Lakes A mansion in Bergen County is a "modern masterpiece" and could be yours for $3.65 million. The 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom house at 240 Terrace Rd. in Franklin Lakes has landed on the market. The home offers "luxury, sophistication and unparalleled privacy" according to the listing.  "The home was custom built for a creative visionary that has an eye for artful and beautiful things," said listing agent is Mary Premtaj of Compass in Ridgewood. "And this home essentially provided the perfect environment, or backdrop for her to express and display herself." Amenities include a dipping po…
Details Released In Deadly Dump Truck Crash In North Jersey Town Details Released In Deadly Dump Truck Crash In North Jersey Town
Details Released In Deadly Dump Truck Crash In North Jersey Town Authorities have released details in a dump truck crash on Route 31 in Clinton Township that left one person dead on Tuesday, June 18. A 66-year-old man was operating a dump truck that collided with a Toyota sedan driven by a 64-year-old woman around 2:20 p.m. in front of Riley and Jake's Restaurant, the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office said. Both vehicles were heading north. The Toyota then entered the southbound lane and collided with a Volkswagen, operated by a 17-year-old girl. A passenger in the Toyota, Arthur John Latzko, 70, of Stroudsburg, PA, died at the scene, the prosecutor's…
Paterson Sex Assault Suspect Arrested 1 Year Later, Ordered Held Pending Trial, Prosecutor Says Paterson Sex Assault Suspect Arrested 1 Year Later, Ordered Held Pending Trial, Prosecutor Says
Paterson Sex Assault Suspect Arrested 1 Year Later, Ordered Held Pending Trial, Prosecutor Says A 38-year-old Paterson man has been arrested for sexually assaulting a woman last year. A woman reported the alleged incident on June 17, 2023, saying she was sexually assaulted near 10th Avenue and East 26th Street the day prior, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes said. Keshawn Harley was charged with sexual assault, aggravated assault, and was arrested exactly one year later near Park Avenue and East 22nd Street, Valdes said. He was also issued a disorderly persons offense of simple assault, Valdes said. The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a motion fo…