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  1. Rochelle Park PD: Philly Pair Stopped On Route 17 Had Heroin, Stolen Phones

    Rochelle Park PD: Philly Pair Stopped On Route 17 Had Heroin, Stolen Phones

    ROCHELLE PARK, N.J. – A tailgating stop by a Rochelle Park police officer on Route 17 led to the discovery of five packages of heroin and two cellphones stolen from the Teterboro Costco and the arrests of two Philadelphia men, authorities said.Officer Jared Shatkin spotted the black Nissan with Pennsylvania license plates on the northbound highway just after 2:30 p.m. Monday.While ...

  2. Bergen Sheriff: Laid-Off County Police Could've Kept Jobs With Pay Cuts

    Bergen Sheriff: Laid-Off County Police Could've Kept Jobs With Pay Cuts

    HACKENSACK, N.J. – Layoffs of what were once Bergen County Police officers could have been avoided if union leaders had allowed members to vote on a revised proposal aimed at keeping them employed, Sheriff Michael Saudino said.Twenty-six law enforcement officers with the reconstituted Bureau of Police Services were laid off Monday, and 11 more were demoted, according to PBA Local 49 ...

  3. NJ Senate Committee Recommends Assistant Passaic Prosecutor As Judge

    NJ Senate Committee Recommends Assistant Passaic Prosecutor As Judge

    PATERSON, N.J. -- An assistant Passaic County prosecutor was recommended for approval as a Superior Court judge Monday by the state Senate Judiciary Committee in Trenton.LaToyia Jenkins of Butler was one of 14 judges nominated this go-round by Gov. Christie -- all of whom had no opposition.Jenkins, a Paterson Catholic Regional High School graduate, has been an assistant Passaic County ...

  4. Cliffside Park Crash Leaves Pole Tipped Over Intersection

    Cliffside Park Crash Leaves Pole Tipped Over Intersection

    CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. -- A sedan driver was hospitalized Monday night after a crash with a pickup truck that toppled a mailbox and left a utility pole tipped precariously over a Cliffside Park street.Palisade Avenue remained closed as police awaited a PSE&G crew to replace or repair the pole, which tipped over the intersection in front of the Bank of New Jersey at Jersey ...

  5. Ridgefield Park Man Admits $495,000 'Shotgun' Real Estate Scheme

    Ridgefield Park Man Admits $495,000 'Shotgun' Real Estate Scheme

    RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – A Ridgefield Park man admitted in federal court in Newark on Monday that he used bogus information and simultaneous loan applications at various banks to fraudulently obtain home equity lines of credit -- a practice known as “shotgunning.”A U.S. District Court judge set an Oct. 10 sentencing date after Rafael Popoteur, 65, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit ...

  6. SEEN HIM? Resident Missing From Rutherford Assisted Living Facility

    SEEN HIM? Resident Missing From Rutherford Assisted Living Facility

    RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rutherford police asked the public's help Monday finding a man who went missing from an assisted living facility three days earlier.Thomas Straus, 44, wasn't on the bus back after a trip Friday afternoon to CBH Care on Salem Street in Hackensack, Capt. Patrick Feliciano said.Straus is 5-foot-10 and 205 pounds, wiht brown eyes and black hair.He was wearing shorts, a ...

  7. Landscapers Aid Washington Township Woman, 94, After Tree Hits House

    Landscapers Aid Washington Township Woman, 94, After Tree Hits House

    WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- A 94-year-old Washington Township woman was doing laundry in her basement Monday afternoon when a backyard tree snapped in half and smashed through her kitchen and living room, responders said.The woman, who's lived in the Taylor Avenue home for nearly 60 years, wasn't injured, they said.She told responders that she ordinarily sits in the kitchen but ...

  8. 'Rocket' Rod From Burning Car Smashes Maywood Fire Truck Windshield

    'Rocket' Rod From Burning Car Smashes Maywood Fire Truck Windshield

    MAYWOOD, N.J. -- A rod launched from a burning car engine whizzed past six Maywood firefighters before smashing the windshield of their truck Monday morning on Route 17."That thing was like a rocket," Fire Lt. Roy DeYoung Jr. told Daily Voice.Firefighters were stretching a line from the truck to reach the blaze beneath the vehicle's hood and dashboard, DeYoung said."We ...

  9. High Tension: Wallington Police Subdue Suicidal Man With 12-Inch Knife

    High Tension: Wallington Police Subdue Suicidal Man With 12-Inch Knife

    WALLINGTON, N.J. -- A knife-wielding man was threatening to harm himself or someone else when a trio of Wallington police officers calmly subdued him and took him into custody, saving his life, authorities said Monday.Summoned to a Locust Avenue apartment by the 38-year-old troubled man's father, police found him "in an agitated state, complaining about his father, God, Jesus and ...

  10. Franklin Lakes PD: Wanted Parolee Caught In Stolen Car After Brief Chase

    Franklin Lakes PD: Wanted Parolee Caught In Stolen Car After Brief Chase

    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. – Franklin Lakes police chased down and caught a wanted parolee who was behind the wheel of a stolen car, authorities said Monday.Officers Mark MacQuesten and Francis O’Brien were on Route 208 when they spotted the car, which had been reported stolen out of Newark last Thursday, around 11:15 p.m. Saturday, Capt. John Bakelaar said.A brief pursuit ended on Route 287 ...

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