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Study: Painkillers, Anti-Anxiety Medications Linked To Increased Risk Of Homicide

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June 1, 2015 1:28 PM

ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – For the first time ever, scientists have linked prescription drugs that affect the central nervous system to an increased risk of committing a homicide.

European researchers found that people who were taking a class of tranquilizers called benzodiazpines were more likely to kill someone than those who were not taking these medicines, reports Live Science.

Those drugs are used to treat anxiety, insomnia and panic disorders. Pain relievers such as opioid medications and anti-inflammatories were also found to increase a person’s risk of homicide.

“I think that these chemical substances affect the impulse control of the person,” Dr. Jari Tiihonen, lead author and a professor, told Medical Daily. “The only surprising result was that painkillers also increase the risk.”

http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2015/06/01/medications-linked-to-homicide/

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Ridgewood Police Conduct training at Hawes School

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March 31,2015

Ridgewood NJ, According to the Ridgewood Police Department they will be conducting training at Hawes School beginning Monday 3/30/15 through Thursday 4/2/15 from 7am to 4pm each day. Expect to see police activity around the school.

This is a training exercise  and thats all we know at this juncture .
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Ridgewood Police Department Reminds Residents Lights On from 30 Minutes after Sunset

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Ridgewood Police Department Reminds Residents Lights On from 30 Minutes after Sunset 
March 23,2015

The Ridgewood Police Department would like to remind residents that NJ law requires headlights must be turned on:

o From 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise.
o In inclement weather, when visibility reduces to 500 feet or less.o Whenever your windshield wipers are in use.
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Ridgewood experienced at lest 6 car burglaries overnight

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Dear E-Notice Residents,

I wanted to let you know that we experienced at least 6 car burglaries overnight with one car stolen.  Surrounding towns have had a similar experience.

Ridgewood Police reported ,on March 16, 2015 the Ridgewood Police Department responded to six reports of car entries on Heights Road, Crest Road and Sunset Avenue. The vehicles were unlocked and unknown items were taken.

A 2009 Escalade was also reported stolen from a Sunset Avenue home. These matters are all under investigation.

The Ridgewood Police Department would like to remind residents that they should lock all car doors and never leave the keys in the vehicle. Items that may be expensive and vulnerable to theft should not be left in the vehicle. Please report any suspicious persons immediately.

Please take note of the following precautions with your vehicles:

Please do not leave your cars unlocked in your driveway.
Please do not leave any valuables in your car; if you have valuables in your car make sure they are not visible.
Please do not leave your car keys in your car, make sure they are in a safe place.

The Ridgewood Police Department is actively working on this.  If you see something suspicious, please contact the Police Department.   We will apprise you of any progress on this matter when available.

Be safe,

Roberta Sonenfeld
Village Manager
201-670-5500, ext. 203

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Fort Lee man among three charged in alleged burglary scheme targeting seniors

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Fort Lee man among three charged in alleged burglary scheme targeting seniors

MARCH 13, 2015, 8:49 PM    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015, 9:38 PM
BY ABBOTT KOLOFF
STAFF WRITER |
THE RECORD

Police have arrested a Fort Lee man and two others who allegedly ran a scheme targeting elderly people across several states by distracting them while their homes were burglarized, authorities said Friday in a news release.

The men were caught by a law enforcement task force after they allegedly attempted to run the scam in Ridgewood on Tuesday but came away from a Greenway Lane home without taking anything, said Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano. The men were arrested in Lyndhurst, he said.

The task force had been assembled in Somerset County after the three men allegedly stole a safe with $75,000 cash and an undisclosed amount of jewelry from a 90-year-old woman in Somerville late last year; one of the men had distracted her by saying he was with the water company and had come to check the pipes, Soriano said.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/fort-lee-man-among-three-charged-in-alleged-burglary-scheme-targeting-seniors-1.1288918

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Village of Ridgewood Police Promotions

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REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING

MARCH 11, 2015 8:00 P.M.

8.  Swearing-in of Police Sergeant Kyle Finch9.   Swearing-in of Police Sergeant Michael Lembo

10.  Swearing-in of Police Lieutenant Heath James

11.  Swearing-in of Police Captain Forest Lyons

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Ridgewood police warn residents to be proactive about preventing break-ins

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Ridgewood police warn residents to be proactive about preventing break-ins

March 6, 2015, 1:18 PM    Last updated: Friday, March 6, 2015, 1:18 PM
By CHRIS HARRIS
The Record

RIDGEWOOD — Police officials warned residents this week to be proactive about break-ins, which have been on the rise in the village.

Ridgewood’s Chief John Ward said that so far in 2015, there have been three residential burglaries in the village and two failed attempts.

Ward said 2015 was on pace to surpass the previous three years for burglaries and break-in attempts, noting there were 44 last year, 53 the year before, and 46 in 2012.

Ward told the council Wednesday his department was taking its own measures to reverse the trend, but said there are things Ridgewood residents can do to prevent their homes from being victimized.

“We are stepping up patrols, and using unmarked cars while making positive progress on leads,” Ward said, adding he’d like to see neighborhood watch programs return to the village.

“Residents and neighbors are your best defense, and that means giving up personal space and information,” Ward said.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/ridgewood-police-warn-residents-to-be-proactive-about-preventing-break-ins-1.1284120

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Police: Ridgewood man charged with criminal mischief for punching hole in police department wall

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Police: Ridgewood man charged with criminal mischief for punching hole in police department wall

FEBRUARY 24, 2015, 2:31 PM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2015, 3:45 PM
BY CHRIS HARRIS
STAFF WRITER |
THE RECORD

RIDGEWOOD — A 22-year-old man was arrested on Monday after punching a hole in a wall inside the village’s police department, authorities said.

Matthew Boucher-Kerns, of Ridgewood, walked into the police station inside Village Hall just before 1 p.m. to complaint about a summons he had received earlier that day.

According to police, Boucher-Kerns “became very angry” inside the police station, and as he walked out, allegedly punched a wall next to an elevator.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/police-ridgewood-man-charged-with-criminal-mischief-for-punching-hole-in-police-department-wall-1.1276959

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The Ridgewood Police Department is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Chief Michael Feeney, Jr. Police Academy

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The Ridgewood Police Department is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Chief Michael Feeney, Jr. Police Academy
February 23,2015

Ridgewood NJ,The Ridgewood Police Department is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Chief Michael Feeney, Jr. Police Academy scheduled from June 22nd to July 1st 2015. Applications will be available on April 1st at the Ridgewood Police Station. The academy is open to Ridgewood Residents entering 6th 7th and 8th grades next fall.

The Junior Police Academy has proven to be a valuable experience for all involved and has provided a vital link between the Police Department and the youth of Ridgewood. Further, the Junior Police Academy has afforded students a deeper understanding of the Police function as well as an increased ability to see what the Police and the community can do to serve the Village. The overwhelming success of our first Junior Police Academy class has far exceeded the expectations of everyone involved. This program attracts a highly motivated group of recruits, and the Instructors thoroughly enjoy their interaction with these young people. We look forward to another great class.

scheduled from June 22nd to July 1st 2015. Applications will be available on April 1st at the Ridgewood Police Station. The academy is open to Ridgewood Residents entering 6th 7th and 8th grades next fall.

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Ridgewood Resident Hit by Phone Scam

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Ridgewood Resident Hit by Phone Scam
February 6,2015
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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood police report that on January 29, 2015 a Ridgewood resident reported getting a call from “American National Award” stating that she had won a cash award. The caller advised that she needed to wire money in order to receive her winnings. The victim complied and sent $539.00 to the caller. The matter is under investigation by the Ridgewood Detective Bureau.

Often, scammers who operate by phone don’t want to give you time to think about their pitch; they just want you to say “yes.” But some are so cunning that, even if you ask for more information, they seem happy to comply. They may direct you to a website or otherwise send information featuring “satisfied customers.” These customers, known as shills, are likely as fake as their praise for the company.

Here are a few red flags to help you spot telemarketing scams. If you hear a line that sounds like this, say “no, thank you,” hang up, and file a complaint with the FTC:

You’ve been specially selected (for this offer).
You’ll get a free bonus if you buy our product.
You’ve won one of five valuable prizes.
You’ve won big money in a foreign lottery.
This investment is low risk and provides a higher return than you can get anywhere else.
You have to make up your mind right away.
You trust me, right?
You don’t need to check our company with anyone.
We’ll just put the shipping and handling charges on your credit card. (http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams)

IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam

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WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

“This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country. We want to educate taxpayers so they can help protect themselves. Rest assured, we do not and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer,” says IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel. “If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling.” Werfel noted that the first IRS contact with taxpayers on a tax issue is likely to occur via mail

Other characteristics of this scam include:

Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security Number.
Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.
If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.
You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from the IRS.

The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the e-mail tophishing@irs.gov.

More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov.

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