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MAN CHARGED IN FRANKLIN LAKES ARSON INVESTIGATION

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Franklin Lakes NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of KEITH KOEPPEL (DOB: 05/20/1958; single; employed as an auto salesman) of 770 Kingsland Avenue, 2nd floor, Ridgefield, NJ on charges of Aggravated Arson and Criminal Mischief. 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 Franklin Lakes Police Department under the direction of Chief Carmine Pezzuti.

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Burned by Rockland Electric? Now they want to increase your rates

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Ramsey NJ, In a letter hand-delivered to the Board of Public Utilities meeting today, Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips blasts Rockland Electric’s request for a rate hike despite their inadequate storm responses and poor customer service record.

“Rockland Electric’s initial reason for the increase is higher customer satisfaction. I believe customers would be more satisfied by simply receiving higher quality service without a rate increase,” wrote DePhillips (R-Bergen).

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FRANKLIN LAKES DOCTOR CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT AND ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD

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Franklin Lakes NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of DR. LORENZO PUERTAS (DOB: 09/02/1940; married; Executive Director of Psych-Ed Services, Inc.) of 781 Comanche Lane, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey on charges of Sexual Assault By Sexual Contact, 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, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Joseph Fulco, and the Franklin Lakes Police Department under the direction of Chief Carmine Pezzuti.

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FRANKLIN LAKES WOMEN, CHARGED WITH FOURTEEN COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY

June 8,2018

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Franklin Lakes NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced that DANIELLE WEITZ (DOB: 08/23/1952; married; unemployed) of 512 Haddon Place, Franklin Lakes, NJ was charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty. The charges are the result of an investigation by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Franklin Lakes Police Department under the direction of Chief Carmine Pezzuti.

On May 31, 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Animal Cruelty Task Force (“B.C.A.C.T.F.”) received information that a home at 512 Haddon Place in Franklin Lakes was being operated as a dog kennel. On June 5, 2018, as a result of an investigation by the B.C.A.C.T.F. and the Franklin Lakes Police Department, a search warrant was executed at 512 Haddon Place, and 14 dogs, in varying states of health and living in conditions unacceptable for the well-being of the animals, were removed from the home. Members of the borough’s Animal Control Unit and a veterinarian were present to ensure safe handling and medical assessment of the dogs as they were removed.

On June 6, 2018, Danielle WEITZ was served with 14 counts of Failure As The Owner Or As A Person Otherwise Charged With The Care Of A Living Animal Or Creature To Provide The Living Animal Or Creature With Necessary Care, N.J.S.A. 4:22-17A(4), a Disorderly Persons offense. WEITZ is scheduled for a first appearance in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Calo states that these 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 Franklin Lakes Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.

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Man dies after driving onto live wires in Franklin Lakes off Rout 208

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March 8,2018
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Franklin Lakes NJ, a downed live wire ignites car leaving a man dead after authorities say he drove his car around a barricade and onto live wires .The vehicle erupted in flames on Summit Avenue and Route 208 in Franklin Lakes just before 9 a.m.

Responding officers arrived finding a vehicle fully engulfed, with a live power line lying in the roadway near the vehicle.The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. He has not been positively identified.

The fire totally gutted the vehicle.The investigation is ongoing. Downed power lines remain a major problem in the wake of the region’s second nor’easter in a week.

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The Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department is actively seeking trained firefighters

The Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department

March 1,2018

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Franklin Lakes NJ, The Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department is actively seeking trained firefighters, who may be interested in participating in a newly formed Duty-Crew program and also Day Time Stipend program being funded by a FEMA S.A.F.E.R. grant. The Duty Crew program will require 10-12 10 hour daytime Monday – Friday shifts per quarter to be awarded a stipend of $1,500.00. Members who choose to participate in the Day Time Stipend program will be awarded a maximum of $412.00 per quarter. The number of participating volunteers will be limited and are filling quickly. Those who may be interested or who may have questions are asked to contact Chief Ryan Dodd at 201-891-5736 or firechief@franklinlakes.org. Members will be required to maintain active membership status with the Franklin Lakes Fire Department in order to participate in the above programs. Applications can be picked up at Franklin Lakes Borough Hall located at 480 Dekorte Drive, Franklin Lakes New Jersey.

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Real Estate Author and Accomplished Broker Joins Special Properties’ Franklin Lakes, NJ Office as Broker Associate

Harkins, Cynthia

September 23,2017
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FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ , Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, has welcomed Cynthia (Cindy) Harkins, and accomplished real estate author and experienced broker to its Franklin Lakes, NJ office as part of the agency’s ongoing expansion throughout the region.

Cindy Harkins has been a fixture in Bergen County’s luxury real estate market for nearly 20 years. In addition to her agency experience, she is a licensed real estate instructor and teaches the New Jersey real estate salesperson pre-licensure course to aspiring agents. Cindy is also the author of The Savvy Seller: Preparing Your Home for Showings, a handbook and roadmap for sellers to ready their homes for the real estate market. She was inspired to put her tips in print in order to help sellers’ market their properties to their fullest potential.

Cindy attributes her success in the industry to her keen listening skills, attention to detail, personalized service, and superior networking resources. Her network of community contacts is built on her home sales experience and her former law practice (before she entered real estate), as well as her enduring commitment to community service. Cindy is a member of the Board of Governors of Hackensack University Medical Center, and a board member of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Junior League of Bergen County.

Cindy graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctor degree from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.

About Special Properties Real Estate Services
Special Properties Real Estate Services 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) 904-2085.

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Exterminator succumbed to bee sting in Franklin Lakes

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November 7,2015

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Franklin lakes NJ,  Franklin Lakes PD, EMS, and FD, along with a paramedic unit from The Valley Hospital, responded to a 911 report of a man lying unconscious on the roof of a synagogue located at 375 Pulis Avenue sometime around 12 noon on Wednesday, 11/04. The victim, an exterminator, was pronounced dead on the scene by the paramedic team. He apparently succumbed to a bee sting.