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Ridgewood OKsnew gear for police

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Ridgewood OKsnew gear for police

FEBRUARY 4, 2015    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2015, 1:21 AM
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RIDGEWOOD — The Village Council recently approved spending more than $18,000 to upgrade the camera and audio systems for the Police Department’s interview room.

The current system that documents police interrogations was recently determined to be faulty, Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld told Ridgewood’s council last week.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/ridgewood-oksnew-gear-for-police-1.1263951

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Remove Ice & Snow Before You Go

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Remove Ice & Snow Before You Go

January 28th 2015
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Remember to remove all ice and snow from your vehicle before driving, especially from the hood, windows and roof. It’s the law in New Jersey! Motorists who fail to do so face fines of $25 to $75 for each offense, regardless of whether the ice and snow is dislodged from the vehicle. If flying ice or snow causes property damage or injury to others, motorists face fines of $200 to $1,000 for each offense. There are approximately 500 fatalities in the United States per year due to icy road conditions.

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Six Bergen County towns named among state’s 10 safest small municipalities

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Six Bergen County towns named among state’s 10 safest small municipalities

January 15, 2015, 11:23 AM    Last updated: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 1:27 PM
By STEFANIE DAZIO
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Six Bergen County towns were named among the state’s 10 safest small municipalities by a consumer finance website.

Old Tappan was ranked No. 2, Park Ridge at No. 5 and Emerson, Wyckoff, Waldwick and Norwood taking the seventh through 10th spots in ValuePenguin’s list of towns with fewer than 20,000 residents. In the midsize municipality category — which ranked towns with populations between 20,000 and 45,000 — Bergenfield came in seventh.

No North Jersey towns were named in the big city category, which looked at municipalities with populations above 45,000.

On ValuePenguin’s top five safest cities — which did not take population into account — Old Tappan ranked No. 2 and Park Ridge came in at No. 5.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/six-bergen-county-towns-named-among-state-s-10-safest-small-municipalities-1.1195933

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BREAKING: Ridgewood Police : 2 Arrest made in Church Investigation

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BREAKING: Ridgewood Police : 2 Arrest made in Church Investigation

January 5, 2015

Ridgewood NJ , We are very pleased to tell you that we have made two arrests in connection with the Old Paramus Reform Church investigation. Our Police force worked tirelessly with other agencies to achieve this result in a very short period of time. I am very proud of the professionalism of our Police and the speed with which this investigation was conducted. I have attached below the press release with more details to this E-Notice.

Best Regards,

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

On January 12th, 2015 the Ridgewood Police Department made two arrests in relation to the Old Paramus Reform church investigation.
Joseph M Galli from Somerville NJ age 21 was arrested and charged with:
2C:17-3(B)(1) – Criminal Mischief in excess of $2000 – 3rd degree
2C:39-4A – Possession of a Firearm for an unlawful purpose – 2nd Degree
2C:39-5F – Possession of an Assault Firearm – 2nd Degree
2C:39-3B – Possession of a Sawed Off Shotgun (Short Barreled Rifle) – 3rd Degree
2C:39-9B – Manufacturing a Sawed Off Shotgun (Short Barreled Rifle) – 3rd Degree

The accused is currently in the custody of the Onslow county sheriff’s department of North Carolina awaiting extradition to Bergen County.

Alexander Norrell from Ridgewood NJ age 22
2C:5-2A1 – Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Mischief [2c:17-3a(2)]
2C:5-2A1 – Conspiracy to Commit Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose [2C:39-4A]

Bail set at $75,000 no 10%. Alexander Norrell was served his complaints at the Bergen County Jail and reprocessed. This bail was in addition to the $30,000.00 previously set on the Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, and possession of High capacity magazine charges. The accused is currently in Bergen county jail unable to post the updated $105,000.00 bail no 10%.
While this matter is still under investigation, we wanted to provide information of these arrests to hopefully provide some level of comfort for our community which has been understandably shaken by this event. To help further alleviate any further concerns it should be said that there are no other suspects believed to be involved in this incident.

The Ridgewood Police department would like to thank the Bergen County Prosecutors office, Bergen County Sheriff’s office, the Bergen County Regional SWAT team, NCIS, ATF, Somerville Police Department and all the other agencies who have and continue to assist with this multi-faceted investigation.
Additionally we would like to thank our community leaders and the public for their trust and patience during this investigation.
While this incident is still under investigation, we would like to reassure the public that we will continue to do everything in our power within the confines of the constitution to ensure the ongoing security of our community.

All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

-PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS-

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BREAKING : The Ridgewood Police Department will be holding a press conference in regards to arrests made in the shooting incidents at the Old Paramus Reform Church

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The Ridgewood Police Department will be holding a press conference in regards to arrests made in the shooting incidents at the Old Paramus Reform Church

January 13,2015

Ridgewood Nj, The Ridgewood Police Department will be holding a press conference in regards to arrests made in the shooting incidents at the Old Paramus Reform Church. The press conference will take place on Tuesday, January 13th at 4:30pm. It will be held in the Sydney Stoldt Court Room, located on the 4th floor of Ridgewood Village Hall, 131 North Maple Avenue Ridgewood, NJ 07450.

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Office of the Police Chief
131 North Maple Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-251-4537

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Ex-Ridgewood police chief to lead regional dispatch center

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Ex-Ridgewood police chief to lead regional dispatch center

JANUARY 4, 2015    LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, JANUARY 4, 2015, 1:21 AM
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Ridgewood’s Northwest Bergen Central Dispatch has a new director — the village’s former police chief, Lou Mader.

Mader’s appointment was announced by Ridgewood officials on Thursday.

Mader will replace Jack Tancos, who tendered his resignation in late October.

Tancos remains at Bergen Central Dispatch, working as a public safety dispatcher.

Mader, who holds a degree in public administration from William Paterson University, was most recently director of public safety for Hunter College, a position he held for nearly 14 years.

Prior to that, Mader spent eight years running Ridgewood’s police force. He begins his new job Jan. 20.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/ex-chief-to-lead-northwest-dispatch-center-1.1185747

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Ridgewood Police Issue Special Press Release – Midnight Gun Shots at Church

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Ridgewood Police Issue Special Press Release – Midnight Gun Shots at Church
December 29,2014

Ridgewood NJ, At approximately 11:15 am on Sunday December 28th the Ridgewood Police Department was called to the Old Paramus Reformed Church on E. Glen Avenue on a report of damage to the property from what they believed to be gun shots. Upon arrival to the Church, officers observed damage to the Church which was caused by a firearm.

The detective bureau and the Bergen County Crime Scene Investigation Unit were contacted to collect evidence and begin an investigation. The time frame of the incident has been determined to be the early morning hours of December 26. There are no known motives or threats received by the Church or the Pastor. The Chief of Police has increased police presence in the area. If anyone has any additional information, please contact the Ridgewood Detective Bureau at 201-251-4537

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Ridgewood police investigating bullet holes at historic church

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Ridgewood police investigating bullet holes at historic church

DECEMBER 28, 2014, 8:22 PM    LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2014, 9:05 PM
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RIDGEWOOD — Ridgewood Police are investigating an estimated 30 or more shots fired at the Old Paramus Reformed Church sometime before the Sunday morning service.

The Rev. Rob Miller told WNBC on Sunday that bullet holes, some in a stained glass window, were reported to police after the church service. No injuries were reported.

Detectives with the Ridgewood Police Department told WNBC that the motive for the vandalism was unknown. No threats against the church or its pastor have been reported.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/ridgewood-police-investigating-bullet-holes-at-historic-church-1.1182569

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Ridgewood Police remind Drivers to Drive Sober or get Pulled Over

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Ridgewood Police remind Drivers to Drive Sober or get Pulled Over

While your out enjoying a holiday party Ridgewood Police Officers will be out on extra patrol looking for impaired drivers. We would like you to enjoy your party and get home safely. If you intend to consume alcohol please follow our advice.

Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.

Spend the night rather than get behind the wheel.

Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. In New Jersey, drivers may dial #77 to report a drunk or aggressive driver.

Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.

If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep

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The Ridgewood Police Report a Number of “phone scams” in Recent Weeks

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The Ridgewood Police Report a Number of “phone scams” in Recent Weeks 

Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Police Department has experienced a number of “phone scam” reports from residents over the past several weeks. Below are some examples of phone scams that have been recently reported by several residents.

Scammer(s) have been placing calls and have even left voice messages stating that they are from a government law enforcement agency. The IRS has been popular recently, however scammers will sometimes us a name of an agency that is fake, for example: “National Bureau of Crime”. The scammer will advise the person that criminal complaints have been signed against them or a family member and unless they give money or personal identifying information, charges will be “filed”. They may also claim that you owe “back taxes” or some form of payment is required. This scam is not aimed at the elderly and anyone can be a victim of this. Please understand that no legitimate law enforcement agency will EVER contact you this way.

Another past phone scams, scammers(s) have used the “Grandparent Scam”. This often involves a person who calls posing as a family member in trouble. He or she places a call to an older person and when they pick up, the scammer will say something along the lines of: “Hi Grandma, do you know who this is?” When the unsuspecting grandparent guesses the name of the grandchild the scammer most sounds like, the scammer has established a fake identity without having done any background research. The fake grandchild will usually ask for money to solve some unexpected problem (arrested and need bail money, overdue rent, payment for car repairs, etc.), to be paid via Western Union or MoneyGram, which don’t always require identification to collect. At the same time, the scam artist will beg the grandparent “please don’t tell my parents, they would kill me.” The fake grandchild will generally say they are in another state and may even say they are in another country on “vacation”.

The Ridgewood Police asks that you spread the word about these scams to your friends and family (especially the elderly). Please remember to always be cautious when providing any personal identifying information to strangers over the phone and/or internet.

For more information on phone scams and ways to protect yourself please visit the following links:

http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Reiterates-Warning-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam