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Waldwick Man Charged with Sexual Assault on an Underaged Girl

August 3,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Waldwick NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of JOSE A. PALACIOS RIVAS, (DOB: 12/02/1992; Single; and employed as restaurant food runner) of 32 West Prospect Street, Waldwick, New Jersey, on charges of Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. 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 Waldwick Police Department under the direction of Chief Mark Messner.

On Thursday, June 21, 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit (“BCPOSVU”) received a report that Jose A. PALACIOS RIVAS, who was then twenty-years-old, had sexual intercourse on multiple occasions with a female who was under the age of sixteen. An investigation by the BCPOSVU and the Waldwick Police Department resulted in the arrest of PALACIOS RIVAS on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. PALACIOS RIVAS was charged with one count of Sexual Assault, N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2C(4), a crime of the 2nd degree and one count of Endangering The Welfare Of A Child, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4(a), a crime of the 3rd degree. PALACIOS RIVAS is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 1:30 PM.

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 Waldwick Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.

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Ridgewood Officers volunteered their time to assist the Waldwick Police Department during this difficult time.


Ridgewood Officers volunteered their time to assist the Waldwick Police Department during this difficult time.

As Waldwick mourns policeman’s sudden death, fellow cops cover

JULY 18, 2014, 2:07 PM    LAST UPDATED: SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014, 4:02 PM

Police officers from neighboring towns mobilized Friday to support their grieving Waldwick colleagues, providing 24-hour coverage for the borough so that the town’s officers could mourn the sudden death of 32-year-old Patrolman Christopher Goodell.

Waldwick’s police cruisers remained parked at headquarters while officers from nearby towns answered all emergency calls. And they will continue to do so until Wednesday morning, the day after Goodell’s funeral.

“It’s the natural thing,” Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward said. “Our guys are volunteering to be there. These are the events you never, ever need to ask people to step up for.”

Goodell, a decorated Marine Corps veteran who joined the Waldwick force five years ago, was killed around 1:30 a.m. Thursday when a tractor-trailer rammed into his parked police car on the shoulder of Route 17 while he was conducting a radar patrol.

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Procession for Fallen Waldwick Police officer


Procession for Fallen Waldwick Police officer
July 21,2014
Ridgewood Police Department

Ridgewood N, The Waldwick Police Department would like to thank all of our residents, neighbors and friends for their support during this difficult time. The outpouring of that support has been incredibly comforting to Officer Goodell’s family and his police department family.

On Monday July 21, 2014 at 1pm, there will be a procession to bring Officer Goodell to St. Luke’s Church on Franklin Tpke in HoHoKus. The procession will enter Waldwick from Wyckoff, via Wyckoff Avenue. It will continue on Wyckoff Avenue to Hopper Avenue and turn left; continue to Franklin Turnpike in Allendale and make a right; continue to Grove Street and make a left turn; right turn onto Centre Street and a right turn onto E.Prospect Street. The procession will stop for a brief pause in front of the Public Safety Building, before making a left turn onto Franklin Turnpike and continuing to St. Luke’s Church. Visitation will begin at approximately 2pm. It is recommended that anyone wishing to view the procession should assemble in front of Waldwick High School or in the area of the Public Safety Building.

Over the past several days, we have been preparing for Officer Goodell’s services with the assistance of countless local and county agencies. The wake will be from 2pm to 9pm on Monday and the Funeral Mass will be at 11am on Tuesday, both at St. Luke’s Church in HoHoKus. It is anticipated that several thousand people will be paying their respects to Officer Goodell on Monday and Tuesday. That being said, traffic and parking are going to be issues that we all need to contend with. There will be traffic delays and periodic road closures. We have arranged for Bergen Community College to be the main parking area for anyone wishing to attend the services. Buses will be available to transport people to and from St. Luke’s Church. We have made special parking and transportation accommodations for Waldwick residents only. In order to ease our transportation concerns, we are asking that everyone adhere to the plans that we have prepared.



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