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Four Paterson Men Charged with Stealing $450,000 in Checks from Dozens of Mail Collection Boxes in Passaic, Bergen, Morris, Essex, and Middlesex counties

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Ridgewood NJ, Four Paterson, New Jersey, men are charged for their roles in a scheme to break into U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail collection boxes throughout northern New Jersey and steal the mail – particularly, checks – inside, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Aneuris Henriquez-Lopez, 24, Eleazer Peralta, 19, Fernando Santiago, 26, and Rikinson Rodriguez-Sanchez, 25, are each charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Henriquez-Lopez, Peralta and Santiago were arrested today and are scheduled to make their initial appearances this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge James B. Clark III in Newark federal court. Rodriguez-Sanchez remains at large.

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National Weather Service has issued a TORNADO WATCH for Bergen County

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Ridgewood NJ, the National Weather Service has issued a TORNADO WATCH

TORNADO WATCH 394 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1200 AM EDT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS NEW JERSEY COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE BERGEN, ESSEX ,MORRIS, PASSAIC, SUSSEX, and  WARREN counties.

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NJ Division of Consumer Affairs Warn Flood Victims to Beware of Price Gouging and Other Disaster-Related Fraud During State of Emergency

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Newark NJ,  The Office of the Attorney General and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs today warned residents in flood-ravaged New Jersey communities in Bergen, Essex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Passaic counties to beware of price gouging and other disaster-related consumer fraud in the aftermath of this week’s torrential rains.

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Real Estate Agents in Mahwah, Franklin Lakes and Ridgewood among Top Performers

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BERGEN COUNTY, NJ  Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate and the fastest growing real estate brokerage in northern New Jersey, recently recognized a number of its agents in the Mahwah, Franklin Lakes and Ridgewood offices for their overall sales performance in 2017 and for their recent rankings with New Jersey Multiple Listing Service (NJMLS).

“Whether the listing or selling agent, the success of our agents is testament to their hard work, Special Properties’ client-centric approach to customer service, and the power that Christie’s International Real Estate brings to the northern New Jersey real estate marketplace,” said Ilija Pavlovic, President and CEO of Special Properties Real Estate Services LLC.

Special Properties recently recognized the following agents for outstanding performance in overall sales in 2017:

  • Grazyna “Grace” Ziarko, Franklin Lakes
  • The Dator Team (Linda Dator, William “Bill” Dator, Lauren O’Rourke), Mahwah
  • Margaret Gregorek, Mahwah
  • Patricia Lomupo, Mahwah
  • Sharon Georgevich and William Savas, Mahwah
  • James “Jim” McElroy, Mahwah
  • Maureen Kuntz, Mahwah
  • Christina Gibbons, Ridgewood
  • Marisa Traverso, Ridgewood

NJMLS, a cooperative information network of real estate offices across Bergen, Essex, Passaic, and Hudson Counties, ranks its member realtors by total dollar values of real estate transactions in three categories: total production, listing agent and buyer’s agent. In Mahwah, Margaret Gregorek and Linda Dator were recently ranked second and third, respectively, for both total production and listed properties. For Ridgewood, Christina Gibbons was ranked fourth in the role of buyer’s agent.

“We congratulate the outstanding performance of our agents in a very competitive marketplace,” concluded Pavlovic.

About Special Properties Real Estate Services
Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC embraces the history and traditions of its flagship brokerage location in Saddle River, NJ, into an expanded, modern presence in Mahwah, Franklin Lakes and Ridgewood, NJ. With a staff of accomplished real estate brokers, its clients across northern New Jersey and southern New York are provided with customized, personalized services, backed by the luxury real estate brand of Christie’s International Real Estate. Special Properties provides local expertise with global connections. For more information, call 201-934-0607 or visit www.specialpropertiesres.com.

Top performing agents for Special Properties Real Estate Services recently gathered at the brokerage’s Mahwah location. Pictured (L-R) is James McElroy, Patricia Lomupo, Graznya “Grace” Ziarko, Sharon Georgevich, Marisa Traverso, Lauren O’Rourke, Margaret Gregorek, Maureen Kuntz, Christina Gibbons, and William Savas.

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Cops in N.J. now earn over $100K.

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Ridgewood Village Bergen 13 median years of service  $145,874

Updated on May 9, 2017 at 4:43 PM Posted on May 9, 2017 at 8:13 AM

By Carla Astudillo

castudillo@njadvancemedia.com,

NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

New Jersey cops now earn a median salary of more than six figures, state treasury data shows.

An NJ Advance Media analysis of public employee salary data found that the median salary for more than 19,000 municipal police officers was $105,106 as of the end of 2016.

That’s an increase of about $14,400, or 16 percent, from what it was seven years ago when The Star-Ledger did the same analysis.

The analysis also showed that 60 percent of municipal police officers made at least $100,000 in 2016 – up from 30 percent in 2009.

The data also shows that the towns with the highest median salaries were wealthier suburban towns with very little crime and higher costs of living, and were mostly in Bergen County.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2017/05/how_much_is_the_median_cop_salary_in_your_town.html#databaselink

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HEAT ADVISORY AND AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT

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HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EDT THIS EVENING…

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for southern Connecticut,
northeast New Jersey and southeast New York.

AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 11 PM EDT
THIS EVENING…

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has issued an
Air Quality Action Day for the following counties…

Bergen…Essex…Passaic…Union…Hudson.

in effect from 11 AM this morning to 11 PM EDT this evening.

An Air Quality Action Day means that Ground Level Ozone within the
region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.

For additional information…please visit the New Jersey Department
of Environmental Protection Web site at…
http://www.njaqinow.net

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Suspect Wanted In Multiple Burglaries in Multiple Jurisdictions in Bergen, Passaic and Sussex Counties

Suspect Wanted In Multiple Burglaries in Multiple Jurisdictions in Bergen, Passaic and Sussex Counties

BURGLARY ARREST:
DATE OF CRIME: Various CASE:17-01726, 17-01716
TIME: During the day when people are at work
LOCATION: Multiple locations in multiple towns
STRUCTURE ENTERED: Homes
FORCED ENTRY: Yes
STRUCTURE LOCKED: Yes
CRIME WITH BURGLARY: Theft
IF THEFT WHAT AND VALUE: Multiple items with multiple values. Estimates by the detectives is at least $20,000.00
OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Hopatcong Detective Bureau, Byram Township Detectives, Sussex County Prosecutors Detectives, Sparta Detectives
NAME OF ACCUSED: Jason Major
ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: 4 Henry Street Hopatcong NJ
AGE OF ACCUSED: 34
ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Either investigations or charges for criminal mischief, Burglary and Theft from Hopatcong, Byram, Wayne, Pompton Lakes, Elmwood Park and Morris Township. Also Possession of hypodermic needles, crack cocaine pipe and heroin.
WAS BAIL SOUGHT: See narrative on the new bail reform law
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The following information on the arrest of Jason Major is a great example of residents helping their police. It also shows how crimes can be solved when multiple police agencies share information. Without the combined efforts of these agencies and residents from many towns giving us information, this arrest would not have happened so quickly.
Major is accused of committing multiple burglaries in multiple jurisdictions over the last month or so. (See the towns that we know of above). Major would put on a tri color safety vest and pose to be a DPW worker. He would knock on doors and if no one answered he would break in and steal what he could.
Through the help of residents, detectives found that Major was driving a 1990’s green Dodge Pickup with a black ladder rack. Hopatcong Police Detectives found that Major was living in our town at 4 Henry Street. On Friday 02/10/17 with the help of the Hopatcong Detectives, Byram Township Detectives, Sparta Township Detectives and the Sussex County Prosecutors Office, Major was investigated and arrested in Elmwood Park late Friday night. With the assistance of the Elmwood park police, drug paraphernalia, and proceeds from many burglaries were recovered.
Major was charged and released to us by Elmwood Park Police late Friday night. We charged him for two burglaries in Hopatcong. Because of the Elmwood Park charges, we were able to get a high enough score on the new PSA (Public Safety Assessment) to have him lodged in the Sussex County Jail on Saturday morning 2/11/17.
Major was released a few hours later after a court hearing On Sunday 2/12/17, Major was arrested in Morris Township for committing another burglary. He was charged and later released. At this time Major is not incarcerated. There is nothing the Police can do about this because of the new bail reform law. In our efforts to keep the public safe we can only attach Major’s picture to this press release. If you see him on your property or a neighbors, please call 911.
Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000
(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)
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N.J.State officials ask Bergen, Passaic and 10 other counties to voluntarily conserve water

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2015, 2:51 PM    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2015, 5:48 PM
BY SCOTT FALLON
STAFF WRITER |
THE RECORD

State officials on Wednesday began urging North Jersey residents to conserve water with a very dry summer having come to a close and forecasts showing little rain in the near future.

The state’s designated “drought watch” for 12 counties including all of Bergen and Passaic comes about three weeks after some utilities began asking their customers to limit consumption.

The state Department of Environmental Protection singled out United Water for a “significant” decline in reservoir levels because the company has been relying on other water providers to help meet the demand of its 800,000 customers in the counties of Bergen and Hudson. The company’s three New Jersey reservoirs were at 48.6-percent capacity on Wednesday and have been pumping in water from other sources including the Wanaque Reservoir and the Passaic Valley Water Commission for much of the summer.

But United Water executives and their counterparts at other utilities said Wednesday that demand has dropped significantly with cooler autumnal temperatures arriving. The Wanaque Reservoir, which is at 51-percent capacity, is releasing 20 million gallons per day less this week than it was at the beginning of the month, a 16-percent drop.

“We’re getting out of peak season, so things are looking better despite the lack of rain,” said Rich Henning, a spokesman for United Water. “If we were at this point at the beginning of summer or the middle of summer, then there would be much more of a concern.”

Still, water companies have a lot of volume to make up. The counties of Bergen and Passaic have received only 5.7 inches of rain during the past 60 days, about 12 inches below normal, according to the National Weather Service.

 

http://www.northjersey.com/news/n-j-asks-bergen-passaic-and-10-other-counties-to-voluntarily-conserve-water-1.1416223

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So Much for the War on Women : Women’s Political Caucus of NJ backs Donovan in Bergen

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So Much for the War on Women : Women’s Political Caucus of NJ backs Donovan in Bergen
By Max Pizarro | 10/23/14 8:39am

The Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) this morning announced its endorsement of Kathe Donovan for Bergen County Executive.

Jennie Lamon-Mullen, Chair of the WPCNJ Republican Task Force, said, “Kathe Donovan, BergenCounty’s and New Jersey’s first and only elected woman County Executive, is an outstanding leader for the people of New Jersey. She has dedicated her career to public service and advancing issues important to women, children and families.  In 2011, WPCNJ honored Donovan with the Barbara Boggs Sigmund award for the inspiring example she has set as a public leader.”

Running for re-election to a second term as county executive, Donovan served as a part-time public defender in her hometown of Lyndhurst from 1982 to 1998. From 1986 to 1988, she represented the 36th Legislative District in the General Assembly. In 1988, Donovan was the first woman elected Bergen County Clerk.  In 1994, Donovan was appointed by then Governor Christine Todd Whitman as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where she also served as Chairwoman until 2002. And in 2010, she was elected as Bergen County Executive: the first woman in the history of New Jersey to be elected to this position.

“Women’s issues range from fair pay, to access to contraception and health care, and continue to be crucial issues not just for women, but for the families of New Jersey. Despite making up 51% of the population, women are continually underrepresented in New Jersey politics. In fact, Governor Christine Todd Whitman is the only woman to have served as the state’s chief executive in the state’s history. Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno’s election in 2009 marked another important turning point towards increased representation. However, progress remains slow, currently women make up just 30% of the New Jersey Legislature and hold none of the state’s 12 Congressional or 2 Senate seats. That is why it is more important than ever to endorse and support women like Kathe Donovan,” said Michel M. Bitritto, WPCNJ President.

http://politickernj.com/2014/10/womens-political-caucus-of-nj-backs-donovan-in-bergen/