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Passaic County Sheriff Dies of Self Inflicted Wounds

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Clifton NJ, Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik, a prominent law enforcement figure with strong connections to North Jersey, tragically took his own life on Tuesday afternoon at the renowned Turkish restaurant Toros in Clifton, as confirmed by multiple sources.

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Division of Consumer Affairs Announce $640,000 Settlement with Defunct NJ Cosmetology School in Paramus

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Paramus NJ, Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and the Division of Consumer Affairs (“the Division”) announced today that a now-defunct New Jersey cosmetology school and its related entities have agreed to pay nearly $640,000 – a majority of which will be used for consumer restitution – to resolve the State’s lawsuit alleging they defrauded students and engaged in substandard business practices that financially harmed students. In a separate settlement with the State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling (“the Board”), the school also agreed to surrender its licenses to operate in New Jersey.

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Clifton Man Charged for Allegedly Smearing Feces on a Sign at the Elementary School in Paterson

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Clifton NJ, Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin today announced a bias intimidation charge against a Passaic County man in connection with vandalism targeting the Dr. Hani Awadallah public school in Paterson, NJ in the early morning hours of April 10, 2023.

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Suspect Who Tried to Run Down Clifton Police Officers Still at Large

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SUSPECT: Alberto J. Maymi-Sepulveda
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Clifton NJ, on 6/18/22, Clifton Police officers responded to the area of Valley Road on the report of a suspicious act in progress. Once our officers arrived on scene, one of the involved parties; specifically, Alberto J. Maymi-Sepulveda (42 years of age), began to flee the scene in a vehicle. While in the process of doing so, he slammed the door on the officer who was attempting to stop him. The suspect then accelerated and struck the officer with the vehicle as he fled from the scene. (The officer suffered arm contusions as a result of the incident).

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Passaic County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. Team Intervenes In Clifton Standoff

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Clifton NJ, Earlier yesterday, Clifton Police officers responded to the 300 block of Lexington Avenue on the report of an individual lighting clothes on fire inside an apartment. They arrived to find a combative party who refused to open the door. After determining that the fire was no longer burning, patrol officers tried to negotiate with the individual from the hallway. However, he grew more angry and began to toss chairs and other hard objects from the second floor window, damaging patrol cars that were parked outside.

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Car drives off Garden State Parkway and crashes into Clifton townhouse

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Clifton NJ, early Wednesday afternoon the Clifton Fire Department and the New Jersey State Police received a call for a vehicle that drove off the Garden State Parkway. E6, T2 and NJ State Police arrived and found a vehicle that drove well off the road and down an embankment at Cambridge Crossing townhouses.  The driver was taken to an area hospital with non life threatening injuries.

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Clifton Man Charged for the 3rd Time with Stalking

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Clifton NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of CHRISTOPHER J. GRIEG (DOB: 4/20/1982; single; unemployed) of Clifton, New Jersey on charges of stalking, contempt of a stalking restraining order and cyber-harassment. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love.

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Clifton Surgeon Stiped of His Medical License For Indiscriminate Prescribing of Addictive Opioid Painkillers

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Clifton NJ,  Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that the State Board of Medical Examiners (“the Board”) has permanently revoked the license of a Passaic County orthopedic surgeon who allegedly prescribed high dosages of addictive opioid painkillers to his patients for years without a legitimate medical purpose, often while turning a blind eye to signs that patients may have been abusing the controlled dangerous substances (“CDS”) or diverting them for illegal purposes.

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NJ AG Announces Indictment Of Man Charged With Attempted Murder by Stabbing Of Store Clerk In Clifton

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Clifton NJ, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced that a state grand jury has returned an indictment charging a man with attempted murder and bias intimidation in connection with the attempted stabbing of a grocery store clerk in Clifton in March.

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Bronx, Man Who Scammed Over $140,000 From Eight Victims Through “Grandparent Scam” Gets 5 years

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Clifton NJ, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that a Bronx, N.Y., man was sentenced to state prison today for stealing a total of $142,900 from eight older adults in New Jersey using a “grandparent scam.”

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NJ Attorney General’s Office Investigating Incident after Officers Were Attacked at Route 3 West Howard Johnsons

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Clifton NJ, the NJ Attorney General’s Office is investigating an incident that took place earlier this morning at a hotel in Clifton, N.J., during which a man allegedly slashed a police officer in the face with a knife, and two other officers fired their service weapons at the man. The man, who was not hit by the gunfire, later stabbed himself in the chest during a subsequent encounter with police at the hotel. The 35-year-old man, whose identity is not being released at this time, was transported to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, where he underwent surgery and remains hospitalized.

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NJ Securities Trader Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Market Manipulation Scheme

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Clifton NJ, a New Jersey-based securities trader was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for orchestrating a massive, long-running market manipulation scheme and tax fraud that netted more than $17 million in illegal profits between 2014 and 2016, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

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Wayne and Clifton Schools Go Full Remote

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Wayne NJ,  Students will begin a full week of virtual learning on Monday, as the K-12 district comes to grips with more potential cases of COVID-19 than its contact tracers can handle, school officials said. Sports and other extracurricular activities also will be suspended until at least Nov. 16.

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Attorney General’s Office : Clifton Police Vehicle Strikes Pedestrian While Responding to a Crime

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Clifton NJ,  The Attorney General’s Office is conducting an investigation of a fatal motor vehicle accident last evening in Clifton, N.J., in which a police vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian.

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