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“Smash & Grab” car break ins hit County Duck Pound !

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Ridgewood NJ, Bergen County Sheriff’s Department officers investigated multiple “smash & grab” car break ins that occurred on Wednesday afternoon,10/10, in a parking lot of the Ridgewood Wild Duck Pond, 1133 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood. Items of an unknown nature were taken from at least three (3) vehicles after windows were smashed open in each. No suspects were identified. The Bergen County Sheriff’s Department’s Bureau of Criminal Identification was reportedly en route to the scene to collect evidence.

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Ridgewood Police Report Duel Break-ins on Emmett Place in Ridgewood

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June 31,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Police report that on May 23rd, an Emmett Place resident discovered the residence had been burglarized in the past and property from within was stolen. The Ridgewood Detective Bureau and the Bergen County Sheriff crime scene investigation unit responded and are continuing the investigation. The victim reported approximately $3000 in jewelry was stolen.

While investigating the burglary on Emmett Place on May 23rd, a second residence was found to have burglarized by canvassing the neighborhood. The front door appeared to have been forcefully entered. Patrol entered the residence and found no one home. The victim was unavailable at the time so the residence could not be processed. Patrol secured the residence until the victim was able to provide consent for the crime scene processing. The scene was later processed by the Ridgewood Detective Bureau and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department. The amount of property damage and property stolen has not been determined.

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The New Jersey State Police and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying an unknown male

Newbridge Medical Center in Paramus

February 27,2018

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Paramus NJ, The New Jersey State Police and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying an unknown male.
On January 29, the man was admitted to Newbridge Medical Center in Paramus where he currently remains non-responsive.
He is described as a white male in his mid to late 20’s with dirty blonde hair and hazel or gray eyes. He is 5’8”, weighs 130 lbs and has a tattoo on his left chest that reads “NAIVASHA.”Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Joel Trella at (609)203-7294.
Anonymous tips are welcome.

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Oakland Police Department Report a Pedestrian Death on Thackeray Road

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February 22,2018

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Oakland NJ, Borough of Oakland Police Department report that on February 21, 2018 at approximately 9:44 a.m., the Oakland Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting that a pedestrian had been struck by a motor vehicle on Thackeray Road. Officers were dispatched to the scene along with members of the Oakland First Aid Squad, the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department and a Paramedic Unit from Valley Hospital. Upon arrival of emergency services, the victim, a 38 year old resident of Oakland, was located beneath the vehicle, 1 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. After initiating rescue efforts, it was determined that the victim succumbed to her injuries.

Further investigation revealed the victim and a acquaintance of hers were walking on the sidewalk in front of 18 Thackeray Road when they were struck by a vehicle backing out of a driveway. The initial impact knocked the victim to the ground. The driver subsequently pulled the vehicle forward and back into the driveway. The vehicle then rolled backwards out of the driveway and stuck the victim again, this time pinning her beneath the vehicle.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by members of the responding Paramedic Unit. Lt. Christian Eldridge, Lt. Keith Sanzari, Detective Mark Piercy, PO Michael Catenacci, PO Michael Griffin and PO Robert Hintzen investigated along with members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Fatal Accident Investigation Unit and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department, BCI Unit.

Identities of those involved are not being released at this time, pending notification to next of kin.
The matter is currently still under investigation and no further information is available for release, at this time.

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Fatal Paramus Fire Caused by Faulty Electrical Outlet Strip

Paramus firefighters battle a smokey blaze at the Denny Wiggers Garden Center

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September 19,2017
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Paramus NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the investigation of a fatal house fire occurring today at 49 Forest Avenue in Paramus, New Jersey. The investigation was conducted jointly by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Squad and Arson Task Force under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, the Paramus Police Department under the direction of Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg, and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department, Bureau of Criminal Investigation under the direction of Sheriff Michael Saudino.

At approximately 6:30a.m., the Paramus Police Department received a call from a second floor resident of 49 Forest Avenue, reporting a fire in the first floor apartment within the house. Family members living on the second floor were able to flee the burning structure. Paramus Police quickly arrived to find a heavy smoke and fire condition within the small first floor apartment. The Paramus Fire Department arrived to combat the fire and located a deceased victim inside the apartment. The victim was later identified as David F. WARDE Jr. (DOB: 6/1/1940). Mr. Warde was single and unemployed and was the lone resident of the apartment.

During the subsequent investigation, it was determined that the fire was caused by a faulty electrical outlet strip located in a living room area of the apartment. The residence remains uninhabitable at this time.

Prosecutor Grewal states that the investigation is ongoing. Prosecutor Grewal would like to thank the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office and the Paramus Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

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Route 4 Accident Near Bergen Town Centre Leave Two Dead

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August 29,2017

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Paramus NJ, On Sunday, August 27, 2017, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, along with members of the Paramus Police Department, under the direction of Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg, and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Michael Saudino, investigated a fatal motor vehicle collision in which two passengers of a 2001 Ford Mustang were ejected and killed as the car crashed along Route 4 East, into the Bergen Town Centre parking lot in Paramus, New Jersey.

Officers responded to the Bergen Town Centre parking lot on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at approximately 1:09 a.m., on multiple reports of a serious, roll-over, motor vehicle crash. There, officers found the heavily damaged Ford Mustang. All four occupants of the vehicle had been ejected and were found near the vehicle in the parking lot. One of the victims, a 19 year old female Garfield, New Jersey resident, was dead upon police arrival. The other three victims, two Garfield females, both of whom are believed to be in their early twenties; and a 23 year old Paterson male, were transported to Hackensack University Medical Center. After her arrival, one of the Garfield female victims succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead. The other female remains hospitalized with serious injuries. The Paterson male was treated and released. At this time, the Prosecutor’s Office is not identifying the vehicle occupants, pending further investigation and notification of next of kin.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation and no determination has yet been made relative to any potential criminal or motor vehicle charges. Prosecutor Grewal would like to thank members of the Paramus Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in this ongoing investigation.

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Glen Rock Police Announce Suspect arrested in connection with 15 vehicle burglaries

Glen Rock Police Announce Suspect arrested in connection with 15 vehicle burglaries

June 7,2017
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Glen Rock NJ, Early this morning Glen Rock PD patrol officers found several vehicles that had just been burglarized. A perimeter was setup and a K9 track located one suspect hiding in bushes who was arrested by police. Assisting with the arrest were officers from the Ridgewood Police Department and Bergen County Sheriff’s Department.

We are still investigating and believe there were additional actors. As of now, we have about 15 reported vehicle burglaries. The known locations are Kent Road, Greenway Road, Oak Knoll Road, Lowell Road, Hillside Avenue and Rock Road. Four additional vehicle burglaries were reported on the Boulevard over the past weekend. The Hawthorne and Allendale Police Departments are also investigating car burglaries that may or may not be related over the past few weeks. Any victims who had not yet made a report are asked to contact the Glen Rock Police Department at 201-652-3800.

The GRPD Detective Bureau is asking anyone with home vi deo surveillance systems to review footage between 1:00 AM and 3:30 AM this morning to see if they captured any suspects and or vehicles on video. Anyone with possible video or other information on these burglaries is asked to please contact Detective Michael Trover at 201-670-3947 or Detective James Calaski at 201-670-3948.

ARRESTED:
Josean Alexander
DOB 03/22/1997
34 Highland Cross
Rutherford, NJ 07070

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EAST RUTHERFORD MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER

December 20,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrest of FRANCIS TATTOLI (DOB: 06/07/1992) of 258 Summer Street, Apartment 1B, East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, December 18, 2016, on charges of attempted murder and possession of a weapon. The arrest is the result of a joint investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Squad under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department under the direction of Sheriff Michael Saudino, and the East Rutherford Police Department under the direction of Chief Lawrence Minda.

On Saturday December 17, 2016, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information from the East Rutherford Police Department that a 25-year-old female was attacked inside of 258 Summer Street, a multi-unit dwelling. The victim, identified as MONET THOMAS (DOB: 02/14/1991) of 184 Devon Street, Kearney, New Jersey, was found unresponsive and was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ, where she remains in critical condition.

An investigation by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Squad and the East Rutherford Police Department revealed that on Saturday, December 17, 2016, MONET THOMAS visited an acquaintance in a different apartment at 258 Summer Street. Shortly after 9:00 p.m., THOMAS left the dwelling at 258 Summer Street. Upon her return a short time later, TATTOLI attacked her, including with a knife; her body was later discovered just inside the doorway of TATTOLI’s first floor apartment. TATTOLI subsequently fled his apartment, but was soon apprehended by East Rutherford Police a short distance from the home.

As a result of the investigation, TATTOLI was arrested and charged with one count of Attempted Murder, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1a(1), a first degree crime, and one count of possession of a weapon, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C: 39-4D, a second degree crime. The Honorable Bonnie Mizdol, A.J.S.C. of Bergen County set bail at $2,000,000.00 with no ten percent option. TATTOLI appeared today before the Honorable James J. Guida, J.S.C., for a first appearance and entered a not guilty plea, and his bail was continued.

Bergen County Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutor Grewal would also like to thank the East Rutherford Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in this investigation.

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Tedesco ready for quick changes in Bergen County

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Tedesco ready for quick changes in Bergen County

DECEMBER 29, 2014, 9:57 PM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2014, 5:35 AM
BY JOHN C. ENSSLIN
STAFF WRITER |
THE RECORD

From the moment James Tedesco raises his hand in the early hours of Thursday morning to take the oath of office as Bergen County executive, the Paramus Democrat will confront a series of decisions that could go a long way toward defining his administration over the next four years.

Many of the big issues that were debated during Tedesco’s campaign — consolidation of county law enforcement, the future of Bergen Regional Medical Center and the 2015 county budget — will present a quick sequence of choices in the first 100 days of his administration.

Other issues, including construction of an access road to a new public works facility in Paramus and his pledge to sit in on freeholder meetings, will help set the tone of his tenure. He has promised a more cooperative style that will be open to negotiated compromise.

Here is a quick look at what to watch for in the months ahead:

Law enforcement: consolidation or bust?

The hottest-button issue in county government over the last five years is due for a reckoning.

Tedesco — who pushed hard for combining the Bergen County Police force with the Sheriff’s Office — has made this effort one of the top priorities of his first 100 days.

For the last several months, a law enforcement task force appointed by the Democratic freeholder majority has been studying how to carry out what Democrats call “a realignment” of the two departments into one mega-agency.

Those efforts picked up steam after Tedesco’s upset victory on Nov. 4 over one-term Republican incumbent Kathleen Donovan.

Donovan opposed combining the departments, disputing the Democrats’ claim that it would save taxpayers $90 million to $200 million over the next 25 years through attrition, not layoffs.

So the stage is set for Tedesco to begin implementing that plan. One thing to watch for, however, is the reaction of the union representing county police officers. Officers for PBA Local 49 say that “realignment” is just another word for “merger.”

If so, they contend, a “poison pill” in their existing contract will kick in, requiring that their members be paid raises totaling about $1 million per year. The freeholders say their plan is not a merger, but rather a realignment that keeps the county police force intact while moving it under the command of the sheriff.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/analysis-tedesco-ready-for-quick-changes-in-bergen-county-1.1183009

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Bergen County Sheriff’s Department drops plan to acquire surplus military vehicles

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Bergen County Sheriff’s Department drops plan to acquire surplus military vehicles

DECEMBER 1, 2014, 8:28 PM    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2014, 8:28 PM
BY HERB JACKSON AND JOHN ENSSLIN
STAFF WRITERS |
THE RECORD

The Bergen County Sheriff’s Department has dropped plans to obtain two armored mine-resistant vehicles from the military in part because “it was no longer worth the effort,” a department spokesman said Monday.

The decision means Sheriff Michael Saudino is making permanent a delay announced in August.

The decision puts an end to a contentious debate that reverberated throughout this year’s elections for Bergen County executive and freeholder and one that started well before a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo.

The use of military-style vehicles, weapons and armor in response to protests in Ferguson led to state and federal reviews of programs that deploy surplus equipment from the Defense Department to domestic law enforcement.

The White House released one of those reviews on Monday and President Obama directed his cabinet to bring him concrete recommendations to ensure police departments “aren’t building a militarized culture.”

http://www.northjersey.com/news/bergen-county-sheriff-s-department-drops-plan-to-acquire-surplus-military-vehicles-1.1144489