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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.

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Garfield Attorney Arrested for Failing to Return Clients Money

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Garfield NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of ALFREDO RAMOS (DOB: 07/19/1980; single; self-employed as an attorney) of 102 Belmont Avenue, Garfield, NJ on a charge of Misapplication Of Entrusted Funds. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.

In July 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit received a complaint from a client of Alfredo RAMOS, Esq., regarding his failure to disburse to the client approximately $100,000.00 that he had received in trust as the result of the sale of real property. An investigation revealed that Alfredo RAMOS had received the funds into his attorney trust account but, instead of forwarding them to the client, he used them for his own purposes.

On November 16, 2018 a warrant was issued for the arrest of Alfredo RAMOS. RAMOS was charged with one count of Misapplication Of Entrusted Funds, with the amount being greater than $75,000.00, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-15, a 2nd degree crime. On December 17, 2018, RAMOS was arrested as he reentered the United States from Colombia at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York by United States Customs and Border Protection agents with the assistance of the Port Authority Police Department. RAMOS is being held in New York pending extradition to New Jersey.

Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Englewood Man Held on Murder Charges in Bogota Shooting

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Bogota NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of TALEK T. LAWSON (DOB: 7/9/1995; single; construction worker) of 827 Rock Creek Terrace, Englewood, NJ, on charges of Murder, Unlawful Possession Of A Weapon, and Possession Of A Weapon For An Unlawful Purpose; and the arrest of JUSTIN DULA (DOB: 4/21/1998; single; unemployed) of 684 Rock Creek Terrace, Englewood, NJ, on a charge of Aggravated Assault. The arrests are the result of an investigation 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, the Bogota Police Department under the direction of Chief Daniel Maye, and the Englewood Police Department under the direction of Chief Lawrence Suffern.

On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information that a shooting had occurred on Leonia Avenue, in the area of Buddy’s Place bar, in Bogota, NJ. Responding officers and EMS treated Dakota Johnson, who had suffered an apparent gunshot wound. Johnson was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

An investigation revealed that, during a fight among numerous individuals, DULA assaulted one individual in an attempt to cause serious bodily injury. During the incident, LAWSON fired a handgun, striking and killing Johnson.

As a result of the investigation, Talek LAWSON was arrested and charged with one count of Murder, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3A(1),(2), a 1st degree crime; Unlawful Possession Of A Weapon, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5B(1), a 2nd degree crime; and Possession Of A Weapon For An Unlawful Purpose, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4A(1), a 2nd degree crime. DULA was arrested and charged with one count of Aggravated Assault, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1B(1), a 2nd degree crime. LAWSON and DULA were remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.

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, the Bogota Police Department, and the Englewood Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

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Bergen Man Arrested for Attempted Armed Robbery

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Westwood NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of DUSTIN VAN RIPER (DOB: 12/22/1995; single; unemployed) of 150 Sunset Lane, Old Tappan NJ on charges of Attempted Armed Burglary, Possession Of A Weapon For An Unlawful Purpose, and Resisting Arrest in Old Tappan, NJ; as well as Possession Of A Weapon For An Unlawful Purpose and Resisting Arrest in Westwood, NJ. 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.

On Friday, December 7, 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information that Dustin VAN RIPER attempted to break into a residence in Old Tappan, NJ and then fled the scene after the Old Tappan Police arrived at the scene. After fleeing the scene, VAN RIPER was located in the backyard of 201 Mill Street, Westwood, NJ, holding a weapon. When officers from the Westwood Police Department approached VAN RIPER, he disregarded their instructions to drop the weapon. A Westwood Police Officer fired one shot from the officer’s service weapon in the direction of VAN RIPER. VAN RIPER was not struck by the gunshot. VAN RIPER immediately dropped the weapon, and the Westwood Police Department placed him into custody.

As a result of the investigation, Dustin VAN RIPER was arrested on Friday, December 7, 2018, by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and charged with the following offenses for conduct that occurred in Old Tappan: one count of Attempted Armed Burglary, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1/2C:18-2b, a 2nd degree crime; one count of Possession Of A Weapon For An Unlawful Purpose, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4D, a 3rd degree crime; and one count of Resisting Arrest, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2a, a 4th degree crime. For conduct that occurred in Westwood, VAN RIPER was charged with 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 Resisting Arrest, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2A-3b, a 3rd degree crime.

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 Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for its assistance with this investigation.

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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.

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Drug Dealer Wanted in Bergen ,Who Assaulted a Police Officer Tracked Down In Philly

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Hackensack NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of LIONEL GUERRERO (DOB: 2/14/1984; single; and unemployed) of 4448 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA on charges of Attempt To Cause Death Or Serious Bodily Injury, Aggravated Assault On A Law Enforcement Officer, and Assault, as well as, Conspiracy To Possess With Intent To Distribute Crystal Methamphetamine and Conspiracy To Distribute Heroin. This 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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EDGEWATER COUPLE CHARGED WITH HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING

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Edgewater NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of TYRONE T. WASHINGTON (DOB: 08/21/1985; single; unemployed) and SHAMEKA M. LAMBERT (DOB: 04/18/1990; single; employed as a dancer) of Edgewater, NJ on charges of Human Trafficking 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.

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CRESSKILL MAN CHARGED IN THE NOVEMBER 10th HIT AND RUN IN TENAFLY

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Tenafly NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of PETER J. LEE (DOB: 11/26/1956; divorced; and self-employed as a garment salesman) of 606 Cottonwood Court, Cresskill, NJ for assault By Auto and Leaving the Scene of A Motor Vehicle Collision in Tenafly, NJ. 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 Tenafly Police Department under the direction of Chief Robert Chamberlain.

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