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Garfield Man Charged for Shooting Burglar

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Garfield NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of OMAR SMADIYA (DOB: 11/16/1981; married; self-employed/moving company) of 25 Farnham Avenue, 2nd Floor, Garfield, NJ on charges of Attempted Murder, Possession Of A Weapon For An Unlawful Purpose, and Possession Of A High Capacity Magazine; and CHRISTOPHER MANON-VELEZ (DOB: 7/16/1999; single; unemployed) of 153 Grove Street, 1st Floor, Passaic, NJ on a charge of Burglary To A Motor Vehicle. 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 Garfield Police Department under the direction of Chief Raymond Kovach.

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at approximately 3:26 a.m., the Garfield Police Department received information that a victim was shot in the area of 25 Farnham Avenue, Garfield, NJ. The victim, Christopher MANON-VELEZ, was found at a local restaurant and transported to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the back. An investigation revealed that MANON-VELEZ had burglarized several vehicles in the area just prior to the shooting. Omar SMADIYA, the owner of one of the vehicles, armed himself with a handgun and confronted MANON-VELEZ outside SMADIYA’S vehicle. MANON-VELEZ fled, and SMADIYA shot at him striking him once in the back. MANON-VELEZ was treated for internal injuries and is in stable condition at this time.

As a result of the investigation, Omar SMADIYA was arrested on January 8, 2019, in Garfield, NJ, and charged with one count of Attempted Murder, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1a(1)/2C:11-3a(1), a 1st degree crime; 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 Possession Of A High Capacity Magazine, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3j, a 4th degree crime.  Omar SMADIYA is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on January 11, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.

Christopher MANON-VELEZ was arrested on January 8, 2019, and charged with one count of Burglary To A Motor Vehicle, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2a(1), a 3rd degree crime.  MANON-VELEZ was served with a summons and released pending an appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on January 28, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.           

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 Garfield Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their 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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Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office report an arrest has been made in the fatal hit-and-run that occurred in Garfield on Monday night

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Garfield NJ, after the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Garfield Police Department are requested information from the public regarding a hit and run collision that resulted in serious injuries to a pedestrian.

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office report an arrest has been made in the fatal hit-and-run that occurred in Garfield on Monday night. Thanks to all in the news media and those on social media for spreading the word.

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New Jersey Transit Bus Struck by Train in Garfield

July 10,2018
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Garfield NJ, A New Jersey Transit bus was struck by a NJ Transit train in New Jersey Monday afternoon. It happened around 5 p.m. at Midland and Plauderville avenues in Garfield, near the Plauderville station, which is on the Bergen County Line.

Sources report that the bus became trapped between the closing train gates, the driver ordered the 15-20 passengers off the bus . Unfortunately the driver did return the bus and was injured. Some reports indicate the bus was hit by a Light rail train.

New Jersey Transit said Bergen County trains resumed with trains subject to 30 miin delays in both directions and substitute bus service was provided between Wesmont & Broadway & NJT Bus is accepting rail tickets and passes at Secaucus and on the BCL.

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Two Women Dressed as Nuns charged with Robbing a Pair of Bergen County banks are also suspected of trying to rob a bank in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains

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October 18,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, Two women dressed as nuns  are charged with robbing a pair of New Jersey banks and also suspected of trying to rob a bank in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains .

The Thelma and Louse pair are Nineteen-year-old Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, of New Haven, Connecticut, and 23-year-old Melisa Aquino Arias, of the Dominican Republic .
The Garfield heist was Sept. 27. The Teaneck heist was Sunday, when the women were arrested.

Law enforcement officials say the women are also suspected in an attempted robbery of the Citizens Bank in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 28. Those robbers were dressed as nuns and ran away without money after an alarm was triggered.

The women have as far as we know not confessed to anything , but Law enforcement officials say the women are also suspected in an attempted robbery of the Citizens Bank in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 28. Those robbers were dressed as nuns and ran away without money after an alarm was triggered.

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Garfield merchants and residents brace for eminent domain fight

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Kelly Nicholaides, Staff Writer, @rovingwriter Published 6:18 a.m. ET Aug. 26, 2017 | Updated 8:50 a.m. ET Aug. 26, 2017

GARFIELD — Merchants and homeowners are bracing for an eminent domain fight since their properties were included in a redevelopment study. Mayor Richard Rigoglioso points to news and magazine clips he is collecting that characterize Garfield as one of the worst places to live in New Jersey as to why redevelopment is needed to regrow the city.

Rigoglioso wants to change the negative perception–beginning with redeveloping the six block area surrounding the Passaic Street train station.

“It’s a tough area to live in, overpopulated with a lot of 2 to 3 family units and absentee landlords. These six blocks haven’t changed for the better,” said Rigoglioso after the Aug. 24 Planning Board meeting. “If we redevelop the area, we can gain Transit Village status, like what Bloomfield did to improve the area around their train station. We want people to visit Garfield and spend money here.”

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/2017/08/26/garfield-merchants-and-residents-brace-eminent-domain-fight/599805001/

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Garfield proposes garage next to train station

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Kristie Cattafi , Staff Writer, @KristieCattafiPublished 7:22 p.m. ET March 7, 2017 | Updated 11:53 a.m. ET March 8, 2017

GARFIELD — Discussions are underway for a transit village designation around Garfield Station and the possibility of a commuter parking garage.

Plans for the parking garage were unveiled at the Garfield Redevelopment meeting March 6. The garage would be in the 1st Ward rehabilitation area, flanked by Somerset Street, Palisade Avenue, Hepworth Place and Hudson Street, along the train tracks. Plans call for a three-story structure with 468 spaces, said Pike Development’s president, Peter Cornell, who gave the presentation.

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/bergen/garfield/2017/03/07/garfield-proposes-garage-next-train-station/98849528/