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ICE arrests Mexican, Honduran nationals after New Jersey County declines detainers


June 1,2017
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

NEWARK NJ, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers arrested two individuals, one from Mexico and one from Honduras, after they were released from the custody of Middlesex County with active ICE detainers in place.

On April 14, 2016, ICE lodged an immigration detainer on Elder Antonio Quintero Rodriguez, a Honduran citizen. On May 19, 2017, the facility released him from custody without notifying ICE. Quintero Rodriguez has a felony conviction of endangering abuse; the neglect of a child. ERO Newark officers arrested him in New Brunswick, New Jersey, May 30, 2017.

On April 21, 2017, ICE lodged an immigration detainer on Rolando Herrera Saavedra, a Mexican citizen. On April 29, 2017, the facility released him from custody without notifying ICE. Herrera Saavedra is currently facing state criminal charges. ERO Newark officers arrested Herrera Saavedra in Long Branch, New Jersey, May 24, 2017.

Neither Herrera Saavedra nor Quintero Rodriguez has lawful status in the United States. Both remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.

“As a nation, we must protect the integrity of our immigration system and aggressively pursue the removal of illegal criminal aliens; this is one of ICE’s top priorities,” said John Tsoukaris, ERO Newark field office director. “ICE shares the county’s ultimate objective to protect public safety and national security while simultaneously preserving the critical community-police bond; however, counties such as Middlesex that fail to work with ICE in the transfer of custody of criminal aliens, place the citizens of their communities at serious risk.”

In fiscal year 2016, ICE removed or returned 240,255 individuals. Of this total, 174,923 were apprehended while, or shortly after, attempting to illegally enter the United States. The remaining 65,332 were apprehended in the interior of the United States, and the vast majority was convicted criminals.

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Epic Pot Farm Found in New Jersey Couple’s Garage, Officials Say


In total, officials estimated the street value of the operation to be worth about $3 million

Authorities recovered nearly 1,500 budding marijuana plants from a New Jersey home in what they’re calling one of the biggest pot seizures in Essex County history.

Sherline Dare, 37, and her husband, 41-year-old Densley Lawrence, allegedly ran the pot growing operation, which officials estimate was worth about $3 million, out of their single-family home near Springdale Avenue in East Orange.

Source: Epic Pot Farm Found in New Jersey Couple’s Garage, Officials Say | NBC New York

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N.J. immigration attorney charged with visa fraud, identity theft


By Jeff Goldman | NJ Advance Media for
on April 07, 2017 at 2:45 PM, updated April 07, 2017 at 2:46 PM

An immigration attorney from New Jersey has been charged with visa fraud for submitting more than 150 phony forms on behalf of his clients in an effort to grant them an exception to stay in the country, authorities said.

Charles J. Lore, 43, of Denville, drafted the fraudulent I-129 forms in connection with applications for temporary non-immigrant worker visas, known as O-1 visas, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a news release.

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‘Holy Spirit’ told me to defecate in church, N.J. man reportedly told cops


by Jeff Goldman | NJ Advance Media for
on March 30, 2017 at 2:30 PM

A 65-year-old New Jersey man told police that the “Holy Spirit” told him to urinate and defecate in a church confessional in Connecticut, according to reports.

Donald R. Hurt, of Newark, was arrested after a custodian at Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist in Stamford found him naked at 2 p.m. Wednesday, said.

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‘The Watcher’ strikes again: 4th, more ‘sinister’ letter received, lawyer says

the watcher

By Tom Haydon | NJ Advance Media for
on March 29, 2017 at 8:45 AM, updated March 29, 2017 at 11:13 AM

WESTFIELD — A mysterious stalker known only as “The Watcher” has sent a fourth threatening letter to a township home that arrived in February, less than three weeks after a renter moved into the infamous home.

Derek and Maria Broaddus, the owners of the six-bedroom house on Boulevard, bought the property for $1.3 million in June 2014 and within days received the first letter from somebody identifying himself as “The Watcher.”

Two more letters arrived in the following weeks, all containing threats, two of them asking if the owners had “young blood,” a reference to children. The owners, who have children, refused to move into the home.

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The Port Authority Encourages You to Use Mass Transit and Prepare for Long Delays at All Area Airports


Travelers are Urged to Call Their Airlines Prior To Traveling to the Airports

Passengers Without a Confirmed Flight Should Not Come To the Airports

All Travelers are Advised to Use Mass Transit Options including the JFK AirTrain,

EWR AirTrain and LaGuardia Link Q70 Bus

Nearly 3,000 Tuesday Flights Cancelled at LaGuardia, Kennedy and  Newark Liberty Airports

99% of all Tuesday flights at LaGuardia Were Cancelled
March 15,2017
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Following today’s winter storm and nearly 3,000 flight cancellations, LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark Liberty Airports are expecting significant vehicular traffic on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Due to the severe weather, roughly 99 percent of all flights at LaGuardia were cancelled on Tuesday. Many flights on Wednesday are already fully booked, and prior to travelling to the airport, passengers are urged to call their airlines. Travelers without confirmed flights should not come to LaGuardia, Kennedy or Newark Liberty airports.

All passengers heading to LaGuardia, JFK and Newark Liberty are advised to use mass transit including the JFK AirTrain, EWR AirTrain and Q70 LaGuardia Link.

The Port Authority has an on-site Traffic Command Center at LaGuardia that monitors traffic conditions and deploys staff and resources where necessary. Airport traffic conditions are regularly updated and communicated via social media Facebook, or @LGAairport on Twitter and Additional tips for passengers and motorists can be found on the airport’s website at

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Head of Paterson teachers union faces tenure charges

Paterson Eastside High School

Joe Malinconico, Paterson PressPublished 7:49 p.m. ET March 3, 2017 | Updated 16 hours ago

PATERSON – The city school district has filed disciplinary charges against the president of the teachers union, accusing him of verbally attacking and intimidating a vice principal last year.

The district is seeking to revoke the tenure of John McEntee Jr., who is president of the Paterson Education Association, a union that has more than 3,000 members.

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Worker dies in cement mixer accident in New Jersey

Worker dies in cement mixer accident in New Jersey


WAYNE, NJ — A worker died in a cement-mixer accident in New Jersey Wednesday morning, local officials said.

Officials got a call about the incident around 10 a.m. The cement mixer was not in use at the time of the incident.

Initial reports show the victim was cleaning out the cement mixer on Dey Road and became trapped under the mixer’s drum. The victim was crushed by the body of the truck.

Worker dies in cement mixer accident in New Jersey

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N.J. city with large foreign population declines ‘sanctuary’ status


By Marisa Iati | NJ Advance Media for
on February 24, 2017 at 10:58 AM, updated February 24, 2017 at 11:17 AM

ELIZABETH — The mayor of Elizabeth, where almost half the population is foreign-born, said he won’t give the municipality a “sanctuary city” designation despite concerns of immigration advocates.

Mayor J. Christian Bollwage said this week he believes the “sanctuary” phrasing would put a target on the back of unauthorized immigrants.

“If you become a ‘sanctuary city,’ you’re kind of encouraging the national officials (and saying), ‘Come look at us. Here’s where the people are,'” he said.

The term “sanctuary city” has no official definition under U.S. law, but it usually means local police will decline to help the federal government find and detain unauthorized immigrants.

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Only One Vote of approval will select New Jersey’s next Governor



In the era of Trump, not much attention is being paid to the NJ Gubernatorial race right now, but for those who understand what happened last November with the Presidential election, where thousands of New Jersians who rarely voted and democrats who were tired of back-room deals and politics as usual, came out and voted for Donald Trump. This should give New Jersey residents some pause when considering options for the Democratic primary race. When Gov. Christie ran for his second term, he took NJ 60.3% to 38.2%.  One of the arguments from the Democratic candidate was that the power boss/es did not come out for her for whatever reasons.

In this year’s Democratic primary, we have several candidates but some corrupt party bosses are crowning their favorite, even before a single “public” vote has been cast. If the residents of New Jersey do not stand up and fight for their right to select the candidate they want to represent them, then the only vote that counts and that has already been cast, is that of the Democratic Chairman for Passaic County.  To better understand how control is maintained, we must understand that this chairman controls all the County agencies including the Board of Elections and Freeholders, Passaic County Technical Institute, Sheriff’s Department and Passaic County Community College just off the top of my head.  Now to be fair, the departments are run by different staff and professionals but the key elected positions and in some cases executive jobs are mostly the result of political deals made by the Democratic chair.  This was not done overnight. It took years for such a process to work, but now that all county and state elected officials are controlled by the Passaic County Democratic Chair, with the exception of Congressman Bill Pascrell who is focused influencing Trenton, have selected a candidate with no governing experience at all but with deep pockets to fund other candidates the chairman has in mind.