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N.Y. group sues to expand eruv in Upper Saddle River

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Tom Nobile, Staff Writer, @TomNobile Published 6:25 p.m. ET Sept. 15, 2017 | Updated 12:24 p.m. ET Sept. 16, 2017

UPPER SADDLE RIVER — An Orthodox Jewish group that erected a controversial boundary known as an eruv is suing the borough to expand it farther, arguing doing so would accommodate Jewish families living near the New York-New Jersey border.

The amended federal suit, filed Thursday, claims the borough has unlawfully threatened the constitutional, civil, and contractual rights of the Bergen Rockland Eruv Association and five Orthodox Jewish residents of Rockland County by demanding the removal of the existing eruv and refusing to allow its expansion.

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Four Gang Members Charged With Armed Robbery Jersey Bar and Violent Kidnapping Of Ridgewood Taxi Driver

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Ridgewood NJ,  Four 18th Street gang members from Bergen County, New Jersey, and Rockland County, New York, were charged today with various offenses arising from their armed robbery of a Hawthorne, New Jersey, bar and the violent carjacking of a taxi that took place shortly afterwards, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Wilbur Jonathan Barahona, 20, of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Guillermo Carillo-Iraheta, 19, of Suffern New York, Juan Chiliseo-Vega, 19, of Suffern, and Jostin Reyes, 21, of Waldwick, New Jersey, were charged by complaint with conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act Robbery, carjacking, use of a firearm during a crime of violence, and kidnapping. All four appeared this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark federal court.

Balmore Carillo-Iraheta, 19, of Suffern, and Oscar Avalos-Cortez, 22, of New City, New York, are also charged in the same complaint with conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery. They had their initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk on Nov. 1, 2016 and U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Clark on Nov. 10, 2016, respectively. All six defendants, with the exception of Avalos-Cortez, have been detained. Avalos-Cortez was released on a $150,000 unsecured bond.

According to the complaint:

On Dec. 25, 2016, Barahona, Guillermo Carillo-Iraheta, Chiliseo-Vega, Reyes, Balmore Carillo-Iraheta, and Avalos-Cortez robbed a bar at gunpoint in Hawthorne, New Jersey, while Avalos-Cortez operated the getaway vehicle.

Later that evening, Barahona, Guillermo Carillo-Iraheta, Chiliseo-Vega, and Reyes robbed a taxicab driver at gunpoint, hit the taxicab driver in the head with a beer bottle, and sliced his throat with a knife before leaving him on the side of the New York State Thruway near Woodbury, New York. The taxicab driver survived.

The kidnapping charge carries a maximum potential penalty of life imprisonment. The carjacking charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 25 years in prison. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum potential penalty of up to 20 years in prison. The charge of brandishing a weapon in connection with the carjacking offense carries a mandatory penalty of seven years in prison.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark, as well as the Ridgewood and Hawthorne Police Departments, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen D. Stringer of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Ex-Ridgewood man accused of improper sexual contact of college softball players faces more charges

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JULY 28, 2015, 6:57 PM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2015, 11:07 PM

Additional criminal counts have been filed against a former Ridgewood resident accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with seven of the college athletes he had coached.

A grand jury in Rockland County, N.Y., returned a 197-count indictment last month against Kurt G. Ludwigsen, the 44-year-old former coach for Nyack College’s softball team.

The indictment formalized the 190 counts of forcible touching and sexual abuse Ludwigsen was initially arrested on three months ago and added seven charges of first-degree felony coercion.

Related:   More charges for Ridgewood man accused of improper sexual contact by college softball players

Ludwigsen is due back in court on Aug. 19 at 9:30 a.m. in front of Rockland County Supreme Court Judge William Kelly.

Ludwigsen allegedly touched the buttocks and breasts of seven of the team’s players, including four freshmen, according to the indictment, and none of the women consented to the sexual contact.

The sexual abuse allegedly occurred between Sept. 1, 2014, and March 5 — just days before Ludwigsen was fired by the college, the indictment says.