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Hackensack NJ, Bergen County Acting Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of Hackensack Police Lieutenant RICHARD LEVIS (DOB: 02/21/1970; married; employed as a police officer) of Butler, NJ, on charges of Burglary and Stalking. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Oakland Police Department under the direction of Officer-in-Charge Keith Sanzari.

On December 30, 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information that Hackensack Police Lieutenant Richard LEVIS may have surreptitiously placed a Global Positioning System (“GPS”) tracking device in his estranged wife’s vehicle without permission. A subsequent investigation by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Confidential Investigations Unit and the Oakland Police Department Internal Affairs Unit confirmed that LEVIS’ estranged wife discovered a GPS in her vehicle and that LEVIS had been using the device to track her whereabouts.

As a result of the investigation, Richard LEVIS was issued a Summons by Bergen County Central Municipal Court on January 7, 2019 in Hackensack, charging him with one count of Burglary, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, a 3rd degree crime; and one count of Stalking, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-10(b), a 4th degree crime. Richard LEVIS is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.

Bergen County Acting 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 also like to thank the Oakland Police Department for its assistance in this investigation. Acting Prosecutor Calo would also like to thank the Hackensack Police Department for its cooperation in this matter.

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Hackensack police have charged a Connecticut couple with stealing from the USS Ling

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Hackensack NJ, the Hackensack police have charged a Connecticut couple with stealing a lantern and shoulder lapel from the USS Ling submarine on the Hackensack River, at the old Bergen Record Headquarters , a short time after someone looted and flooded the landmark museum. Jon P. Stevens, 48, of West Haven, Connecticut, and Laura B. Palmese, 38, of Colcheser, Connecticut, were charged with burglary and theft . The pair allegedly parked at the Heritage Diner and “swam through the Hackensack River to the submarine” on Aug. 11th.

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Hackensack Looking to Add Retired Police Officers in Every School

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March 24,2018
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Hackensack NJ, The Hackensack School District, as well as the mayor of Hackensack John P. Labrosse, Jr. , are working on a plan to increase security at all area schools.

Mayor John Labrosse says the town has a plan being finalized to put retired police officers in every school.The retired officers would be assigned to the middle school, four elementary schools and the pre-K program.

Hackensack High School will continue to be protected by a school resource officer, who is a current Hackensack Police Department member.

The current focus is on funding for the plan.

On March 14th Hackensack High School did not participate in the “student led walkout ” in support of the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. in Parkland, Florida , due to a security threat.

HHS Update regarding March 14, 2018

Dear Hackensack School Community,

In response to security concerns brought to the attention of Administration at Hackensack High School earlier today, Tuesday, March 13, the walk-out planned for tomorrow has been cancelled.

Instead, student organizers will share a presentation in support of the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. in Parkland, Florida, that will be streamed to all classrooms via the school TV Studio.

The safety of all students and staff is a critical priority. Any potential threat is taken very seriously. As a precautionary measure and to reassure students and staff, there will be an increased police presence at HHS tomorrow, Wednesday, March 14.

We ask all parents/guardians and community members that when you “see something” or “hear something” that concerns you, you need to “SAY SOMETHING.”

-Rosemary Marks/Andrea Parchment

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Hackensack Police Continue Crack Down of Bogus Handicapped Tags

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January 19,2018

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Hackensack NJ, Hackensack Police started of the New Year, with the same violations. More expired / fraudulent handicapped tags confiscated by the Traffic Bureau and Summonses issued! The Ridgewood blog reported in December of 2017 of the crack down . Following the first of the Hackensack Police picked right up where they left off.

Interestingly a Closter, N.J. resident reported to the Ridgewood Police headquarters on January 12, to report his vehicle was burglarized and an item was stolen from within. The victim reported the theft from the vehicle occurred between October 2017 and December 2017 while the vehicle was parked at 223 North Van Dien Avenue. The stolen item was reported to be a handicap placard.

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Hackensack Police Crack Down on Illegal Parking in Handicapped Spots

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December 19,2017

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Hackensack NJ, Hackensack Police ticketed 500 drivers for parking illegally in a handicapped parking spaces, and they recently confiscated hundreds of fake and expired handicapped parking tags , in Hackensack and at Riverside Square Mall .

 Prohibit parking motor vehicles in handicapped spaces without a special vehicle identification card; mandate initial and subsequent fines of $250 each and up to 90 days of community services (C.39:4-197.(3)c).
 Authorize municipalities to establish handicapped spaces in front of residences, schools, hospitals, public buildings, and in shopping and business districts (C.39:4-197.5).
 Authorize municipalities to establish handicapped parking zones in front of residences occupied by people with disabilities, unless such parking interferes with the flow of traffic (C.39:4-197.6).
 Enable enforcement officers to enforce handicapped parking laws on both public and private property (C.39:4-138.o).
 Authorize municipalities to set up parking enforcement units that concentrate on shopping centers and malls (C.39.4-197.9).
 Authorize eligible people with disabilities to request law enforcement officers to arrange for the removal and storage of motor vehicles unlawfully parked in handicapped parking spaces or zones (C.39:4-207.7).

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Hackensack Police and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office are Seeking the Publics Assistance in a Hit and Run Investigation 

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November 14,2017
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Hackensack NJ, The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Hackensack Police Department are requesting information from the public regarding a hit and run collision which resulted in a pedestrian sustaining serious bodily injury.

At approximately 7:11 pm on Thursday, November 9, 2017, the Hackensack Police Department received a report of a pedestrian who was struck by a motor vehicle near the intersection of Polifly Road and Lodi Street in the city of Hackensack. The striking vehicle then fled the scene of the collision, traveling south on Polifly Road, possibly onto Route 80 East.  Upon arrival at the scene of the collision, officers observed a male victim lying in the roadway. The victim suffered serious injuries consistent with having been struck by a motor vehicle, and was transported and admitted to Hackensack University Medical Center.

At this time, the vehicle is believed to be a 1992 to 1999 Buick LeSabre, Pontiac Bonneville, or Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight, light in color, with possible damage to the front bumper, hood, and/or windshield, as well as tire/wheel damage.

Anyone with information regarding this hit and run collision is encouraged to contact the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit at 201-226-5595, or the Hackensack Police Department at 201-646-7777.

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Suspect in murder of MTA worker girlfriend, found dead after police standoff in Hackensack

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May 6,2017
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Hackensack NJ, Zire King, the man accused of murdering his MTA worker girlfriend, was found dead Friday evening inside the Bergen County home he had barricaded himself during a police standoff.

King was accused of killing Jacqueline Dicks, 41, on May 1 , shooting her while she was walking home from her job as an MTA conductor in East New York.

Detectives from the NYPD as well as Hackensack Police responded to 388 First St. at 1:20 p.m. in search of King.

Police were told King had barricaded inside a closet and was possibly armed in a second-floor bedroom. Bergen County SWAT was brought in to assist.

Effortswere made to negotiate with King to get him to give up peacefully. At 5:45 p.m, with no contact established with King, authorities deployed tear gas into the home. At 6:45, the SWAT members entered the home, still not having heard from King, where they found him dead in a second-floor closet.

Police said he died of unknown injuries. The Bergen County Medical Examiner’s office is conducting an autopsy.

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Body found in snow-covered car outside Hackensack Burger King

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By Anthony G. Attrino | NJ Advance Media for
on January 25, 2016 at 9:51 AM, updated January 25, 2016 at 12:31 PM

HACKENSACK – Police on Monday were at the scene of a Burger King parking lot amid reports that a dead body had been found.

The body was found inside car parked at the fast food restaurant.

The car is a gold-colored Cadillac with New York plates. The rear passenger window was down and a police officer was seen looking inside the vehicle.

The car had been covered in snow early this morning as two Burger King employees arrived to work, according to one witness.