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Acting Bergen Prosecutor Releases Information on Serious Motor Vehicle Crash on Route 4 West in Paramus

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Paramus NJ, Acting Prosecutor Dennis Calo announces the following information:

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit and the Paramus Police Department are investigating a motor vehicle crash that occurred early this morning, September 23, 2018.
At approximately 2:40 a.m., the Paramus Police Department responded to a report of a serious motor vehicle crash on Route 4 West between Forest Avenue and Spring Valley Road. Initial reports indicate that Vladimir Diaz was operating a 2006 Jeep Cherokee in the center lane when he was struck from behind by a 2011 Audi A4 driven by Herbert Reynoso (DOB: 09/07/94). As a result of the impact, Mr. Diaz’s car struck a utility pole. He was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center where he is currently listed in critical condition. Reynoso’s vehicle continued approximately 800 feet, then struck a utility pole and overturned. Reynoso was treated and released from HUMC.

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Paramus Police Department Warn of “Warrant ” Scam

Ridgewood Police Assist Paramus Police with Hit and Run Crash in Paramus

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Paramus NJ, the Paramus Police Department has posted a scam warning : We have received several calls from victims reporting that they were called by the Paramus Police Department or another Police Department, stating that they have a warrant and then asking for banking information in order to pay the fines. The caller will spoof the police department’s real phone number making it look legitimate. IT IS NOT! NO Police Department will request this information from you. Do not give any credit card or banking information to ANYONE that calls you over the phone! It is always a scam! Call your local PD if you receive one of these calls. Please share this information!

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PARAMUS MAN CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTION OF COCAINE

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July 31,2018

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Paramus NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ (DOB: 06/03/1973; married; and unemployed) of 24 Highland Street, Paterson, NJ on charges of Distribution Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Cocaine; Possession Of Controlled Dangerous Substances, namely Cocaine and Oxycodone pills; and Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia. 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 Paramus Police Department under the direction of Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg.

In July 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information that SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ was involved in the distribution of Cocaine. During the course of an investigation, Samuel RODRIGUEZ distributed Cocaine to an undercover detective on multiple occasions, including Thursday, July 26, 2018 when he was arrested in Paramus, NJ and charged with the following: one count of Distribution Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Cocaine in a quantity of one-half ounce or more but less than five ounces, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5B(2), a crime of the 2nd degree; one count of Possession Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Cocaine, in a quantity of one-half ounce or more but less than five ounces, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5B(2), a crime of the 2nd degree; one count of Possession Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Oxycodone, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10A(1), a crime of the 3rd degree; and one count of Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:36-3, a disorderly persons offense. RODRIGUEZ was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ.

Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the 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 Paramus Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.

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NJ State Police Investigate Fatal School Bus Crash

May 18,2018

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Mount Olive NJ , The New Jersey State Police are investigating a crash between a school bus carrying fifth-grade students and a dump truck, which killed two people and seriously injured several others yesterday morning.

Based on the preliminary investigation, at 10:20 a.m., a school bus carrying 38 fifth-grade students and 7 accompanying adults from East Brook Middle School entered westbound Interstate 80 from southbound U.S. Highway 206. In the area of milepost 25.1, the school bus and a Kenworth dump truck collided, which caused the bus to overturn.

As a result of the crash, one adult and one student were killed, and a total of 43 people were injured and transported to area hospitals. Twenty-one victims were transported to Morristown Medical Center, 10 to Hackettstown Hospital, 4 to St. Clare’s Denville, 3 to St. Clare’s Dover, 3 to UMDNJ Newark, and 2 to St. Joseph’s in Paterson. Some patients are in critical condition.

This is preliminary information only, and the crash remains an active investigation by the New Jersey State Police and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. There is no additional information available at this time.

Paramus Police Department : Additional information regarding the bus accident can be obtained by calling 888-407-9628. This line will be updated as needed.

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Paramus Police Department : one our buses was involved in a serious motor vehicle crash, while enroute to Waterloo Village

May 17,2018

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Paramus NJ, Paramus Police Department reports that ,Parents as you are aware one our buses was involved in a serious motor vehicle crash, while enroute to Waterloo Village, with East Brook 5th Graders on board.
We are working as fast as we possibly can to obtain further information concerning the well-being and exact location of your child. All information will be provided in person in the auditorium of the East Brook Middle School.
Dismissal of grades 6, 7, & 8 is ongoing. The remaining 2 buses of 5th graders have returned to East Brook Middle School. Those children will be re-unified and released to their parents shortly. Children will only be released to a parent or guardian. Updates will follow as soon as additional information becomes available.

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“OPERATION LOUD SPEAKER” CHARGES BERGEN RESIDENTS IN MULTI-STATE MARIJUANA DRUG TRAFFICKING NETWORK

May 5,2018

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Englewood NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrests of OSCAR HOLGUIN (DOB: 8/3/1979; single; and employed as an entertainment promoter) and his girlfriend PAOLA AMADOR (DOB: 12/21/1988; single; and unemployed) of 3301 Riverview Avenue, Englewood, NJ on narcotics and related and child endangerment charges. Additionally, NATALIE STOJANOV (DOB: 12/14/1990; single; and employed as a bartender) of 90 Bristol Station Court, Carteret, NJ was arrested on charges of Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana. These arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.

In January 2018, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (BCPO) received a tip from a concerned citizen regarding suspicious packages being shipped from California to the NY/ NJ area. The investigation revealed that OSCAR HOLGUIN was the ringleader of a nationwide drug-trafficking network. Over the course of the following two months, detectives from the BCPO were able to uncover the details of HOLGUIN’s illicit operation and identified AMADOR and STOJANOV as co-conspirators.

Traveling under the guise of a music promoter, HOLGUIN made weekly trips to an area north of San Francisco, California known for the production of marijuana in outdoor grow facilities. HOLGUIN large quantities of the marijuana at wholesale prices, planning to re-distribute it in New York and New Jersey. Breaking the bulk marijuana down into smaller, tightly sealed packages, HOLGUIN secreted his illegal product in large “subwoofer”- style speakers typically used by professional musicians, which he then shipped to various locations throughout New York and New Jersey.

The investigation culminated in the seizure of approximately 100 pounds of raw marijuana at several locations in New York and New Jersey, which were found secreted in speakers. Detectives froze bank accounts for HOLGUIN and seized a Range Rover and Dodge Durango, believed to be proceeds of his criminal activities. Detectives estimate that HOLGUIN and his associates used this method to ship thousands of pounds of marijuana over the course of 3 to 4 years from California to New Jersey. Although arrests have been made, more arrests are anticipated in New York and New Jersey.

As a result of the investigation, OSCAR HOLGUIN and PAOLA AMADOR were arrested on April 20, 2018 in Englewood, NJ and each charged with one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana in a quantity greater than twenty-five pounds, N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2A(1)/2C:35-5B(10)(A), a crime of the second degree; Possession of Marijuana in a quantity greater than one ounce but less than five pounds, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5B(11), a crime of the third degree; Possession of THC Edibles in a quantity greater than one pound but less than five pounds, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5B(10)B, a crime of the second degree; and Child Endangerment, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4A(2), a crime of the second degree. HOLGUIN also faces additional charges in New York in relation to Marijuana and THC Edibles in Yonkers. OSCAR HOLGUIN made a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on April 23, 2018.

NATALIE STOJANOV was arrested on April 20, 2018 in Carteret, NJ and charged with one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana in a quantity greater than twenty-five pounds, N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2A(1)/2C:35-5B(10)(A), a crime of the second degree. STOJANOV and AMADOR are scheduled to make their first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on May, 3, 2018.

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 Englewood Police Department, Tenafly Police Department, Yonkers Police Department, Paramus Police Department, the United States Postal Service, and The Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York for their assistance in this investigation.

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Paramus Police Department : Missing Person Reported

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March 16,2018

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Paramus NJ, The Paramus Police Department is endeavoring to locate a missing person with a concern for her personal welfare. She is Paige Lattimore, a 27 year old white female, 5’7″, approx. 160-180lbs, no known clothing description. She operates a 2016 white Acura RDX with a NJ Registration of N84FPE. She was last seen around 8 am on 03/14/2018 at her residence in the southeast section of Paramus. Anyone with information is asked to call the Paramus Police Department at 201-262-3400

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Paramus Police Department assist Paramus Public Schools with lock down drills

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January 26,2018

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Paramus NJ , The Paramus Police Department assisted the Paramus Public Schools with lock down drills at our schools this week. Please have discussions with your family about the importance of these drills. Your children can also teach you how to handle emergencies in public places with what they learn from school drills. Pictured are the police and security officers that conducted today’s drill at Paramus High School.

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PARAMUS IT WORKER CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT, CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT

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December 1,2017
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Paramus NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrest of JOHN P. HUANG (DOB: 4/10/70; single; and employed as an Information Technology professional) of Paramus, New Jersey on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Production of Child Pornography, Attempted Distribution of Child Pornography, and Possession of Child Pornography. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit executed a court-authorized search warrant at the residence of John HUANG during the course of an Internet child pornography investigation. The investigation revealed that John HUANG utilized the Internet to view, possess, and attempt to distribute digital images depicting nude or sexually explicit prepubescent and pubescent children. In addition, the investigation revealed that HUANG endangered the welfare of a child and produced/manufactured child pornography by taking digital pictures of a 10-year-old victim, which were nude or sexually explicit. Furthermore, the investigation revealed that HUANG sexually assaulted the 10-year-old victim.

As a result of the investigation, John HUANG was arrested on November 29, 2017 in Paramus and charged with one count of Aggravated Sexual Assault, N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(a)1, a first degree crime; one count of Production of Child Pornography, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4(b)3, a first degree crime; one count of Sexual Assault, N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2B, a second degree crime; one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4(a)1, a second degree crime; one count of Attempted Distribution of Child Pornography, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4(b)5(a), a second degree crime; and one count of Possession of Child Pornography in an amount greater than 100 images, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4(b)5(b), a third degree crime. HUANG was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending his arraignment, and is scheduled to appear at Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court for a first appearance on December 13, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.

Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutor Grewal would also like to thank the municipal police agencies that lend support to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Task Force, and whose personnel assisted with this investigation, namely the Paramus Police Department, the Ramsey Police Department, and the Oradell Police Department.

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PALISADES PARK MAN CHARGED WITH TERRORISTIC THREATS, INTIMIDATION AND HARRASSMENT AGAINST LOCAL POLICE 

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October 13,2017
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Palisades Park, NJ , Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrest of NIKOLAY LEVINSON (DOB: 6/08/83; single; and unemployed) of 407 Highland Avenue, Palisades Park, NJ on charges of terroristic threats, bias intimidation and harassment. The arrest is the result of a joint investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, the Paramus Police Department under the direction of Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg, the Fair Lawn Police Department under the direction of Chief Glen Cauwels, the Allendale Police Department under the direction of Chief George Scherb, the Englewood Police Department under the direction of Chief Lawrence Suffern, and the Fort Lee Police Department under the direction of Chief Keith Bendul.

Approximately two weeks ago, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information that three police officers from Paramus, Fair Lawn and Garfield had received harassing and threatening letters. During the same time period, several local businesses received letters that contained racial, homophobic, and threatening messages. As a result of the information received, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad and local police departments initiated an investigation.  During the investigation, two more letters were sent to businesses in Englewood and Allendale.  These letters contained anti-Semitic and racist remarks.  The letters all appeared to be written by the same person and contained similar threatening remarks.

As a result of the investigation, NIKOLAY LEVINSON was arrested on October 10, 2017 in Palisades Park, New Jersey and charged with two counts of Terroristic Threats, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3A, a Third degree crime; three counts of Bias Intimidation, N.J.S.A. 2C:16-1a(2), a Third Degree Crime; and four counts of Harassment, N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4a, a Third Degree Crime. LEVINSON is presently being detained in the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing scheduled for Monday, October 16, 2017.

Prosecutor Grewal 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 Paramus Police Department, Fair Lawn Police Department, Allendale Police Department, Englewood Police Department and the Fort Lee Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.