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ENGLEWOOD MAN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF MURDER

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Englewood NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of Pawel M. Boduch (DOB: 06/30/1975; single; unemployed) of 113 Lafayette Place, Englewood, N.J. on charges of Murder and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Anthony Cureton, and the Englewood Police Department under the direction of Chief Lawrence Suffern.

On Saturday, February 16, 2019, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information that two individuals were found deceased inside a Lafayette Place home. The decedents were subsequently identified as the home’s residents; Edward Boduch, 71 years old, and his wife, Miroslawa Potocka, 72 years old. Both were victims of homicide and each suffered multiple apparent stab wounds. The third occupant of the residence, their son Pawel M. Boduch, was not home at the time police discovered the bodies.

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Twp. of Washington Juvenile Charge in Drug Deal Gone Bad Hit and Run

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Twp. of Washington NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of a 17-year-old JUVENILE from Washington Township, NJ, on charges of Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Endangering An Injured Victim, Leaving The Scene Of A Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury, and Assault By Auto. 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 Washington Township Police Department under the direction of Chief Glenn Hooper.

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Disbarred Teaneck Lawyer Continued to Practice ,Stole Client Funds

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Teaneck NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of BARRY D. FRIEDMAN (DOB: 11/15/1961; married; self-employed as an attorney) of 474 Linden Avenue (Rear), Teaneck, NJ on charges of Misapplication Of Entrusted Funds, Theft By Deception, and Unauthorized Practice Of Law. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.

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Bergen County Serial Burglar Arrested in Hackensack

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Hackensack NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced today the arrest of STEVEN SAULTER (DOB: 12/14/1967; single; employed as a truck driver) of 325 Kaplan Avenue, Hackensack, NJ on a charge of Burglary. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.

In August 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad initiated an investigation into a series of residential burglaries in and around Bergen County that appeared to share the same modus operandi.

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Garfield Man Charged for Shooting Burglar

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Garfield NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of OMAR SMADIYA (DOB: 11/16/1981; married; self-employed/moving company) of 25 Farnham Avenue, 2nd Floor, Garfield, NJ on charges of Attempted Murder, Possession Of A Weapon For An Unlawful Purpose, and Possession Of A High Capacity Magazine; and CHRISTOPHER MANON-VELEZ (DOB: 7/16/1999; single; unemployed) of 153 Grove Street, 1st Floor, Passaic, NJ on a charge of Burglary To A Motor Vehicle. The arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Garfield Police Department under the direction of Chief Raymond Kovach.

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at approximately 3:26 a.m., the Garfield Police Department received information that a victim was shot in the area of 25 Farnham Avenue, Garfield, NJ. The victim, Christopher MANON-VELEZ, was found at a local restaurant and transported to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the back. An investigation revealed that MANON-VELEZ had burglarized several vehicles in the area just prior to the shooting. Omar SMADIYA, the owner of one of the vehicles, armed himself with a handgun and confronted MANON-VELEZ outside SMADIYA’S vehicle. MANON-VELEZ fled, and SMADIYA shot at him striking him once in the back. MANON-VELEZ was treated for internal injuries and is in stable condition at this time.

As a result of the investigation, Omar SMADIYA was arrested on January 8, 2019, in Garfield, NJ, and charged with one count of Attempted Murder, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1a(1)/2C:11-3a(1), a 1st degree crime; one count of Possession Of A Weapon For An Unlawful Purpose, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4a(1), a 2nd degree crime; and one count of Possession Of A High Capacity Magazine, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3j, a 4th degree crime.  Omar SMADIYA is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on January 11, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.

Christopher MANON-VELEZ was arrested on January 8, 2019, and charged with one count of Burglary To A Motor Vehicle, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2a(1), a 3rd degree crime.  MANON-VELEZ was served with a summons and released pending an appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on January 28, 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 Garfield Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.

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Hillsdale Bar Fight Leaves One Seriously Injured and Two Arrested

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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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Bergen Prosecutor’s Office Looking into Head-on Collision on Old Hook Road

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Harrington Park NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the ongoing investigation of a serious motor vehicle collision that occurred at approximately 6:56 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. The investigation is being conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, and the Harrington Park Police Department under the direction of Chief Albert Maalouf.

On Wednesday, January 2, 2019, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information that a head-on collision had occurred on Old Hook Road in the Borough of Harrington Park, west of Schraalenburgh Road. All three parties involved were reported to have suffered injuries with two of the parties sustaining serious injuries.

An investigation revealed that a 2016 Honda Odyssey operated by a 34-year-old female from Norwood, NJ, crossed over the double yellow line and struck a westbound 2016 Toyota Highlander head-on. The operator of the Toyota, a 74-year-old male from Englewood, NJ, was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. The operator of the Honda, along with an 8-year-old female passenger from Norwood, NJ, were both transported to Hackensack University Medical Center where they are currently listed in critical condition.

Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the cause of the collision is still under investigation, and would also like to thank the Harrington Park Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.

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Victim and Cause Identified in Fatal House fire in Montvale

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Montvale NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the results of an investigation into a house fire at 53 North Avenue, Montvale, NJ that involved a fatality. The investigation is being conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Anthony Cureton, and the Montvale Police Department under the direction of Acting Chief Joseph Sanfilippo.

On Sunday, December 23, 2018, the Montvale Police Department received a report of a house fire at 53 North Avenue, Montvale, NJ. When the Montvale Police and Fire Departments arrived on the scene, the single-family residence was consumed by heavy fire and the occupant, Ninette Grannis, a 77-year-old female, was unaccounted for and presumed to be inside.

During the investigation, the remains of Ninette Grannis were located inside the residence. Ninette Grannis was positively identified during a post mortem examination by the Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental due to carelessly discarded smoking materials.

Acting Prosecutor Calo thanks the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Montvale Police Department, as well as the Montvale Fire Department and responding Fire Departments from surrounding towns.

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RIDGEFIELD PARK COUPLE CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTION OF HEROIN, INFRONT OF A 13 YEAR OLD

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Ridgefield Park NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of DERAN ROGERS (DOB: 07/13/1973; single; employed as an electrical technician) of 586 East 39th Street, Paterson, NJ and MARITZA RODRIGUEZ (DOB: 02/09/1966; single; self-employed) of 86 Hudson Avenue, 3rd Floor, Ridgefield Park, NJ, on charges of Distribution Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Heroin, Possession With Intent To Distribute A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Heroin and Crack-Cocaine, and Endangering The Welfare Of A Child. The arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Ridgefield Park Police Department under the direction of Chief Edward Rose.

On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, pursuant to a narcotics investigation, law enforcement officers from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ridgefield Park Police Department executed a search warrant at the residence of Maritza RODRIGUEZ in Ridgefield Park. A 13-year-old male was in the residence during the search. He was released to his father at the scene. During the search, law enforcement personnel located and seized approximately 350 wax paper folds containing suspected Heroin and approximately 47 baggies containing suspected Crack-Cocaine.

Maritza RODRIGUEZ was arrested on December 19, 2018, in Ridgefield Park and charged with one count of Endangering The Welfare Of A Child, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4A(2), a 2nd degree crime; one count of Distribution Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Heroin, in an amount less than one-half ounce, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5B(3), a 3rd degree crime; two counts of Possession With Intent To Distribute A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Heroin and Crack-Cocaine, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5B(3), a 3rd degree crime; and one count of Possession With Intent to Distribute A Controlled Dangerous Substance Within 1,000 Feet Of School Property, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7A, a 3rd degree crime. RODRIGUEZ is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack on Wednesday, January 9, 2018, at 8:30 a.m.

Deran ROGERS was arrested on December 19, 2018, at RODRIGUEZ’s residence in Ridgefield Park and charged with three counts of Distribution Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Heroin, in an amount less than one-half ounce, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5B(3), a 3rd degree crime; two counts of Possession With Intent To Distribute A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Heroin and Crack-Cocaine, in an amount less than one-half ounce, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5B(3), a 3rd degree crime; one count of Possession With Intent to Distribute A Controlled Dangerous Substance Within 1,000 Feet Of School Property, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7A, a 3rd degree crime; one count of Endangering The Welfare Of A Child, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4A, a 3rd degree crime; and one count of Conspiracy To Distribute A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Heroin, in an amount less than one-half ounce, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2/2C:35-5B(3), a 4th degree crime. ROGERS was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending an appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.

Acting Prosecutor Calo states that these 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 Ridgefield Park Police Department for its assistance in this investigation

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FORT LEE WOMEN CHARGED WITH LEAVING THE SCENE OF A FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION

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Fort Lee NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of JUNE REINER (DOB: 6/26/1948; single; retired) of 1512 Palisade Avenue, Unit 9M, Fort Lee, NJ, on a charge of Leaving The Scene Of A Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision. 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 Fort Lee Police Department under the direction of Chief Keith Bendul.

At approximately 4:54 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, the Fort Lee Police Department received a report of a pedestrian struck by a hit and run vehicle on Main Street near the intersection with Jones Road. Upon arriving at the scene, officers observed a female victim lying in the roadway with serious injuries consistent with having been struck by a motor vehicle. The 61-year-old victim, later identified as Vera P. Zozulevich, was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

An investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Unit and the Fort Lee Police Department revealed that Zozulevich was attempting to cross Main Street when she was struck by a westbound box truck and then struck again by an eastbound Mercedes-Benz SUV. The box truck remained on the scene, but the Mercedes-Benz, operated by June REINER fled. Witness accounts and surveillance video recovered from the area led investigators to the location of the fleeing vehicle and its driver, June REINER.

As a result of the investigation, June REINER was arrested on December 19, 2018 in Fort Lee and charged with one count of Leaving The Scene Of A Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5.1, a 2nd degree crime. REINER is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on Friday, January 4, 2019.

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 also like to thank the Fort Lee Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.