Ridgewood Police Report Motorcycle thief raced off with elderly woman’s groceries, purse
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Police are reporting an elderly woman had both her groceries and purse stolen this weekend right outside her apartment building along South Maple Avenue, in Ridgewood .
Ridgewood police sources say the purse thief was a man in his 20s or 30s and fled on a black motorcycle.The incident happened just after 2 p.m. on Saturday, as the 83-year-old woman was returning home from food shopping.
The woman told police that when she arrived home, she noticed the man was in the driveway, working on his bike. As she reached the door, the man allegedly ran up and ripped the shopping bags and the purse from her hands, then fled.
Residents reported seeing a suspicious person on Woodside Avenue, rifling through the bags he was carrying while police were investigating .
Anyone with information about this crime or who may have witnessed the incident can contact the Ridgewood Detective Bureau at (201) 251-4537.
Christie-backed constitutional amendment to allow NJ judges to deny bail advances
TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to make major changes to the state’s bail system — first proposed more than two years ago — is finally gaining steam in the state Legislature.
The state Senate budget committee today advanced a measure that would ask voters to amend the state constitution so judges would be allowed to deny bail to defendants who pose a risk to public safety or may flee.
New Jersey used to deny bail only to defendants charged with offenses punishable by the death penalty. But when the state eliminated capital punishment in 2007, all defendants became eligible for bail.
“You constantly see prosecutors arguing a defendant is a risk to the public,” said state Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union), a sponsor, who is also a municipal prosecutor. “There’s a big need. I’ve had a lot of meetings with criminal judges as well. They all agree it’s time we need to make a change.”
Christie first proposed the amendment in 2012, when he also called for expanding the drug court program with the aim of avoiding jail time for all first-time drug offenders. Although the Legislature quickly took up the drug court bill, the bail resolution stalled until this year. (Friedman/Star-Ledger)
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Controversial app allows residents to report crime , zoning violations, service requests and dangerous conditions — and track the progress of their complaint
Mahwah tops website’s list of 50 safest towns in N.J.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
BY ALLISON PRIES
Mahwah has been named the safest community in New Jersey by a website that provides home security comparisons and reviews.
But one of the main reasons cited for the top ranking is a controversial app that is scheduled to be discussed at tonight’s Township Council meeting.
Mahwah Stay Connected is an app that Mayor Bill Laforet and Police Chief James Batelli purchased without the council’s knowledge. Typically, the council is asked to approve such expenditures. The service cost about $3,000 for 2013 and would run about $6,000 for 2014.
The contract with app provider PublicStuff Inc. began in September and was set to expire Dec. 31. Continuing the service was expected to be decided during budget discussions.
“I’m happy the app has gotten some recognition,” Laforet said. “It’s working in a very good way.”
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