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Mahwah Police,Fire and EMS Aid Driver of Overturned Dump Truck

photo courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook

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Mahwah NJ, Mahwah Police, Mahwah Fire Department, and Mahwah EMS responded to aid the driver of a tandem axle dump truck that overturned on an entrance ramp to the Pilot Travel Center, 230 Route 17, Mahwah on Friday morning, 05/10. The driver self extricated via the vehicle’s passenger side door and refused ambulance transport. Mahwah firefighters attended to a hydraulic fluid leak and remained on the scene awaiting the arrival of a heavy duty tow truck to right the vehicle.

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Mahwah Finally Has A New Police Chief

photo courtesy of Mahwah Strong

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Mahwah NJ, After weeks of delays Mahwah has a new police chief . Captain Jaffe was finally appointed Police Chief by a 5-2 Vote . After weeks of tabling the vote on the mayoral appointment for police chief, Mahwah can now officially call Stephen Jaffe, Chief of Police.

The town council has approved the mayoral appointment by a 5-2 vote at tonight’s special council meeting with Ferguson, Ariemma, Paz, Wong and May voting yes and Wysocki and Ervin voting no.

According to the group Mahwah Strong on February 24th, Mayor John Roth appointed Captain Stephen Jaffe to replace retiring Chief James Batelli. The appointment requires approval by the town council.

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Mahwah NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the indictments of MOLLY R. CAMPBELL (DOB 3/21/1989; Single; and employed as First Year Medical Resident/Expired) of 10 Saint Paul Place, Brooklyn, NY and ANTHONY M. KOPIECKI (DOB 6/2/1989, Single, First Year Medical Resident/Suspended) also of 10 Saint Paul Place, Brooklyn, NY on charges of Strict Liability for Drug Induced Death. The indictments are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, the Mahwah Police Department under the direction of Officer in Charge Captain Stephen Jaffe, the Jersey City Police Department under the direction of Chief Michael Kelly, and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Anthony Cureton.

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Ridgewood Child’s Library Card used to Rack up Over $1000 in Overdue Fines

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Ridgewood NJ, according to North Jersey Media a village child’s library card was fraudulently used to rack up over $1,000 in fines borrowing items from local area libraries.

Sources say ,at least 46 items were fraudulently checked out of two Bergen County libraries using a 12-year-old Ridgewood boy’s library card. The Items were checked out from both Mahwah and Wyckoff libraries and the Ridgewood resident has received an overdue notice of $1,000 fine notice.

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Protesters Converge on Toll Brothers’ Open House in Mahwah at Apple Ridge construction site

photos by Derek Michalski

June 25,2018

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Mahwah NJ, Heavy police presence during Toll Brothers’ Open House in Mahwah at Apple Ridge construction site over the weekend.

Probably never in the history of these three Bergen County towns Mahwah, Ramsey and Upper Saddle River residents who live along East Crescent Road heard so many drivers honking their horns. On June 24, 2018 Saturday afternoon over the course of four hours hundreds of drivers drove by and honked their horns sometimes 3, 4 and even 5 and more times in solidarity with the protesters who were all lined up along the road on East Crescent Avenue in Mahwah. The protest was aimed at Toll Brothers accused by some residents of Ramsey, Mahwah and Upper Saddle River of massive pollution of Pleasant Brook over the course of the past six months. The subject of this pollution was extensively covered by local and regional media. First CBS did a story which aired on April 23, 2018 on CBS NY News, than FIOS NJ one run all day reports from the site on. Also owned by USA Today media concern NJ Bergen Record wrote extensively in an article titled “Residents want backyard stream tested for arsenic, lead because of construction runoff”.

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Apparently this matter is not going away anytime soon said Derek Michalski, one of the community organizers of the protest. We are still waiting for our Mayor and Council to show us the results of the water tests and for the assurance that appropriate Superfund is being set up to provide for the cleanup of potential contamination of Pleasant Brook as well as drinking water wells in the corridor of Pleasant Brook. Many residents of bucolic once Upper Saddle River still rely of private wells as a source of their drinking water. Many USR residents scared of potential toxic and carcinogenic contaminants being arsenic and lead allegedly intentionally released into our streams and aquifer by Toll Brothers over the course of the past six months are switching from private wells into the city water but the issue is not should they switch or not.

The issue in my opinion is the following- why environmental disaster caused by cutting corners by one of the largest developer in the country makes our residents’ life more difficult and more expensive as a consequence – said Derek Michalski.

photo above Derek Michalski and Lisa Glick

Mahwah PD cars parked in the “Arsenic Field” at the Toll Brothers construction site – a name coined by volunteers after CBS run a news story on April 23, 2018.

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Tractor Trailer roll over on the Interstate 287 “flyover” in Mahwah sends Pallets Everywhere

photo courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook page

April 26,2018

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Mahwah NJ, A tractor and attached flatbed trailer rolled over on the Interstate Route 287 “flyover” in Mahwah Wednesday morning, 04/25. The trailer’s load of wooden pallets spilled off onto the “flyover” during the incident.

A “flyover ramp” is an overpass is a bridge, road, railway or similar structure that crosses over another road or railway. An overpass and underpass together form a grade separation. Stack interchanges are made up of many overpasses.

Mahwah Police, Mahwah Fire department, and NJSP Troop B personnel responded to the scene along with NJDOT Emergency Response units. No word on injuries to the tractor driver, nor if there was a passenger in the vehicle. A heavy duty tow truck righted the vehicles before they were removed from the scene. The “flyover” was closed for an extended period while tow truck and NJDOT Emergency Response workers cleaned up the mess.

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Mahwah Township School District Fails to Inform Parents of ongoing investigation of threat “to shoot up” Ramapo Ridge Middle School

Ramapo Ridge Middle School

Notification from: Mahwah Township School District

Dear Mahwah Families and Faculty,
The Mahwah School District is committed to the safety and education of all of our students. Essential to this is a commitment to communication with parents about potential safety issues.
​For this reason, I want to make you aware of related facts surrounding an ongoing investigation by the Mahwah Police Department. Several months ago, a student made a threat “to shoot up” Ramapo Ridge Middle School, on Friday, February 23.
From the onset, school administration has taken this above matter very seriously by investigating the threat and addressing the issue with the student and his parent with urgency. The matter was also simultaneously referred to the Mahwah Police Department who conducted their own thorough investigation that also included meeting with the student and the student’s parents(s) several times. Because of this, a series of interventions were put into place, and appropriate measures have been taken to remove the student from the school for the remainder of the school year. At the end of the school day, on February 22, the school will be secured, and on February 23, the Mahwah Police Department will have officers present in the school throughout the entire school day. Additional policing measures will also be in place, but will remain confidential, in an effort to not compromise these strategic security procedures.
There will continue to be a heightened presence of Mahwah Police officers throughout the school district as we work to maintain a safe learning environment for students, parents, staff, and faculty.
​Our district continues to work with our police department to fully investigate any potential safety concerns, as the protection of our students’ safety is our priority. Ultimately, we understand that situations may arise and are concerning to parents, students, and the surrounding community, and we want to make you aware that we diligently address any and all issues related to your child’s safety.

C. Lauren Schoen James N. Batelli
C. Lauren Schoen, Ed.D. James N. Batelli
Superintendent of Schools Mahwah Chief of Police

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Late Thursday Afternoon Accident leaves individual trapped in utility vehicle working at the guarded job site in Mahwah

Route 17 Mahwah

Photos courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook page

December 15,2017

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Mahwah NJ, Multiple injuries were reported in late Thursday afternoon, 12/14, three (3) vehicle crash on Route 17 northbound in Mahwah. The accident occurred at a highway work site being guarded by NJSP Troopers. Mahwah Fire Department resources were required to free an individual who was trapped in the rear of a utility vehicle working at the guarded job site. A loaded passenger van and a 4-door sedan were also involved in the crash Several ambulances were called to the scene. Occupants of the passenger van sought shelter in the lobby of a nearby office building A flatbed tow truck was standing by at the site to begin removing the wreckage. Mahwah Police and Mahwah EMS also responded, along with mutual aid ambulances from commercial providers.

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Mahwah Bank Robbery Foiled as Getaway Car Crashes

Mahwah Bank Robbery Foiled as Getaway Car Crashes

photos courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook

December 4,2017

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Mahwah NJ, Mahwah Police investigated a bank robbery reported to have taken place at the TD Bank, 375 North Route 17, Mahwah, shortly before 1 PM on Sunday, 12/03. Two (2) suspects, an adult male and an adult female, were captured near the Sheraton Crossroads Hotel, Mahwah within minutes after they fled the bank in a 2017 Toyota Corolla SE that crashed during a pursuit. The adult female sustained a non life threatening shoulder injury related to the crash. Both suspects were transported to Mahwah PD HQ for processing. The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Identification was requested to assist with the investigation.

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School bus Hits Tree in Mahwah

22770062_School bus Hits Tree in Mahwah

photos courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook page

October 25,2017

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Mahwah NJ ,Mahwah Police and EMS units rushed to the scene of a multi vehicle crash involving a mini school bus at the intersection of Bayberry Drive and Masonicus Road on Tuesday afternoon, 10/24. The school bus slammed head-on into a tree in Mahwah after being struck by another vehicle early Tuesday evening.

Multiple victims, adult and juvenile, were transported by ambulances to area hospitals. Three (3) vehicles, including the school bus, were removed from the scene by tow trucks.