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Hackensack school bond referendum crushed by an overwhelming majority

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Hackenasck NJ , Tuesday’s Hackensack school bond referendum was crushed by an overwhelming majority. The $170 million referendum was voted down to defeat by a 2225 to 638 margin on Tuesday . School officials put out the following information on the district website :

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Cars Robbed in Home Depot Lot in Hackensack

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Hackensack NJ, in a matter of seconds ,a purse and work laptop GONE .The is just a reminder that in a matter of minutes you cant be hit .

A Facebook friend had just run into Home Depot in Hackensack for a quick pick up and BOOM .

This is part of the massive crime wave sweeping over Bergen County .

Once again a reminder do not leave anything of value in a parked car , it only takes a second .

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Three Women File Governor Murphy Recall Petition

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Hackensack NJ, According to a report from the Shore News Network, three women have filed an official petition to recall Governor Murphy.

Representing the official recall committee, according to the report, are Hackensack resident and former gubernatorial candidate Monica Brinson, Patty Hoch, and Terry Beck.  They told the Shore News Network that the Governor’s ‘actions will not be tolerated.  We are a very strong and powerful committee. We bring lots of knowledge, skills and contacts to make a difference’.

The Asbury Park Press notes in their report on the filing that the petition would need 4 million signatures for a successful recall.

A Facebook page associated with the effort, Stop Phil Murphy, has over 1,000 members, and states that it was created as an ‘effort to help New Jersey residents organize an effort to keep Governor Phil Murphy accountable for his actions’.

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HACKENSACK POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED ON BURGLARY AND STALKING CHARGES

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Hackensack NJ, Bergen County Acting Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of Hackensack Police Lieutenant RICHARD LEVIS (DOB: 02/21/1970; married; employed as a police officer) of Butler, NJ, on charges of Burglary and Stalking. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Oakland Police Department under the direction of Officer-in-Charge Keith Sanzari.

On December 30, 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information that Hackensack Police Lieutenant Richard LEVIS may have surreptitiously placed a Global Positioning System (“GPS”) tracking device in his estranged wife’s vehicle without permission. A subsequent investigation by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Confidential Investigations Unit and the Oakland Police Department Internal Affairs Unit confirmed that LEVIS’ estranged wife discovered a GPS in her vehicle and that LEVIS had been using the device to track her whereabouts.

As a result of the investigation, Richard LEVIS was issued a Summons by Bergen County Central Municipal Court on January 7, 2019 in Hackensack, charging him with one count of Burglary, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, a 3rd degree crime; and one count of Stalking, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-10(b), a 4th degree crime. Richard LEVIS is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.

Bergen County Acting Prosecutor Calo states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would also like to thank the Oakland Police Department for its assistance in this investigation. Acting Prosecutor Calo would also like to thank the Hackensack Police Department for its cooperation in this matter.

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Hackensack Ice Skating Coach Arrested For Sexually Assaulting a Minor

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Hackensack NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of ANDREW LAVRIK (DOB: 01/24/1986; single; employed as a ice skating coach/instructor) of Hackensack, NJ, on charges of Criminal Sexual Contact and Endangering The Welfare Of A Child. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, and the Edgewater Police Department under the direction of Chief Donald Martin.

On Monday, December 10, 2018, the Edgewater Police Department received a report that Andrew LAVRIK engaged in inappropriate conduct with a minor in Edgewater, NJ in November 2018.

As a result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Edgewater Police Department, Andrew LAVRIK was arrested on Thursday, January 3, 2019, in Paramus, NJ and charged with one count of Endangering The Welfare Of A Child, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4A1, a 2nd degree crime; and one count of Criminal Sexual Contact, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3B, a 4th degree crime. LAVRIK was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing scheduled for Monday, January 7, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would like to thank the Edgewater Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.

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Hillsdale Bar Fight Leaves One Seriously Injured and Two Arrested

photo courtesy of the Hilldale Police Department

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Hillsdale NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of JUAN FERNANDEZ (DOB: 3/28/1996; single; unemployed/student) of 1302 Marsh Cove Court, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, on a charge of Aggravated Assault and ALEX Z. GREEN (DOB: 06/03/1996; single; unemployed/student) of 15 Goodwin Terrace, Westwood, NJ, on a charge of Hindering Apprehension. The arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.

On Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at approximately 12:51 a.m., the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Hillsdale Police Department received information that a victim was assaulted outside a bar/restaurant in Hillsdale and had suffered a severe head injury. The investigation revealed that the victim was assaulted by Juan FERNANDEZ, who subsequently fled the scene in a vehicle driven by Alex Z. GREEN. The victim was transported to a hospital in critical condition and remains hospitalized at this time.

As a result of the investigation, Alex Z. GREEN was arrested on January 2, 2019, in Westwood and charged with one count of Hindering Apprehension, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-3A(1), a 3rd degree crime. GREEN is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack on January 16, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.

Juan FERNANDEZ was arrested on January 4, 2019 in Paramus and charged with one count of Aggravated Assault, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1B(1), a 2nd degree crime. FERNANDEZ is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack on January 23, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.

Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would also like to thank the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office and the Hillsdale and Ridgewood Police Departments for their assistance in this investigation.

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Motorcyclist Sustained Non Life Threatening Injuries after colliding with a Car in Glen Rock

photos courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook Page

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Glen Rock NJ, A motorcyclist sustained non life threatening injuries after colliding with a passenger vehicle at the intersection of Beekman Place and Prospect Street, Glen Rock on Friday morning, 01/04. Glen Rock Police and Glen Rock EMS rushed to aid the adult male victim. He was transported by ambulance to Hackensack University Medical Center’s main campus. Both vehicles involved in the crash were removed from the scene by a flatbed tow truck. Glen Rock Police reportedly issued one (1) crash related summons.

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Medical Emergency Victim Rushed Hackensack Medical Center

photo courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook Page

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Paramus NJ, Paramus Police and Paramus EMS units rushed to aid the driver of a passenger car who experienced a serious medical episode after he exited his vehicle on Paramus Road near Bergen Community College in Paramus. The victim had stopped to check an unsecured rear hatch, fell to the pavement and rolled under the vehicle’s chassis as the episode was occurring. He was transported to Hackensack University Center’s main campus by a Paramus EMS ambulance. A portion of northbound Paramus Road was closed while emergency crews worked at the scene.

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Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office warns of “diversion burglaries “

file photo by Boyd Loving

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Hackensack NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office warns of “diversion burglaries ” .A diversion burglary is a specific type of theft that involves one or more suspects portraying themselves as public utility workers, inspectors, or officials of some kind who need to enter your home under the pretense that they are there to help.

They aren’t there to help. In fact, they are hoping you won’t ask too many questions or verify their identity. They are hoping you’ll simply allow these strangers into your home so they can distract you a while.

As one of the bogus utility workers keeps you busy in one room or on the front steps of your home, the other will wander off to steal jewelry, money, or other valuables inside.

Don’t fall for these con artists. Always be wary of strangers dropping by.

Ask for identification and keep them waiting outside while you call your local police to verify. Don’t permit unknown visitors into your home. Keep in mind the diversion style burglary method next time your doorbell rings.

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South Hackensack Man Allegedly Stole $150,000 From Employer

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South Hackensack NJ, acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of NICHOLAS CARUSO (DOB: 02/07/1969; married; employed as a medical office manager) of 29 Maple Avenue, South Hackensack, NJ on charges of Theft by Deception and Computer Related Theft. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.

In October 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit received a complaint that Nicholas CARUSO was suspected of using his Bergen County based employer’s Amazon and bank accounts to make purchases for himself and to pay his own personal bills.

An investigation by detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit revealed that between July 2015 and September 2018, Nicholas CARUSO, an office manager at a Bergen County based medical practice, had gained access to his employer’s business checking account and had used online banking and bill pay services to pay his own personal expenses. Those expenses included credit card and vehicle finance charges. CARUSO also established an Amazon account in his employer’s name, which was attached to the business checking account for payment purposes. The total theft by CARUSO was in excess of $150,000.

As a result of the investigation, Nicholas CARUSO was arrested on December 6, 2018 in Hackensack, NJ and charged with one count of Theft By Deception, with the amount involved being greater than $75,000, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4, a 2nd degree crime; and, one count of Computer Related Theft, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-25c, with the amount involved being greater than $5,000, a 2nd degree crime. CARUSO is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. 2

Acting Prosecutor Calo states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.