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  1. Requiescat In Pace: Beloved Saddle Brook Firefighter In ATV Crash Dies

    Requiescat In Pace: Beloved Saddle Brook Firefighter In ATV Crash Dies

    He fought hard for nine days, but on Sunday Saddle Brook Engine Co. #1 Lt. Shawn Sturdy died from injuries sustained in an ATV crash in Pennsylvania."Shawn was one of those people who lit up a room when he walked in," fellow firefighter Doug Habermann said. "He always had a smile on his face and a pleasant greeting when you saw him. I can’t even explain how much he’ll be ...

  2. Judge: Rapper In Gun Case Can’t Fly To Shows, Must Go With Mom

    Judge: Rapper In Gun Case Can’t Fly To Shows, Must Go With Mom

    A federal judge on Friday allowed Passaic County rapper Juelz Santana to perform at the first five dates of the upcoming “Diplomats’ Dipset Forever Tour” – with some severe restrictions.Santana, who left a bag with a gun inside it at Newark Airport three months ago, cannot travel by plane, U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer ordered.He must drive to the first five shows, which ...

  3. Crime Pays -- For Hackensack Police Dashcams

    Crime Pays -- For Hackensack Police Dashcams

    Money and property seized from criminals is paying to put video cameras in all 30 Hackensack Police Department patrol cars, authorities said.“This dispels false claims against police officers while serving the interests of the public,” Capt. Frank Aquila said.“Transparency is always a primary interest,” Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse added. “And what better way is there to be ...

  4. Lodi MVC Clerk: 7 Years For Selling Illegal Licenses To School Bus Drivers

    Lodi MVC Clerk: 7 Years For Selling Illegal Licenses To School Bus Drivers

    A former Lodi motor vehicle agency clerk was sentenced Friday in Hackensack to a plea-bargained seven years in prison after admitting that he collected thousands in dollars in bribes operating a ring that allowed 220 motorists -- including school bus drivers -- to obtain permit and licenses without having to take any tests.Rodman Lora, 39, of Queens must serve two years and four months ...

  5. $2 Billion GWB Restoration Project On Tap For Veteran Port Authority Leader

    $2 Billion GWB Restoration Project On Tap For Veteran Port Authority Leader

    The $2 billion George Washington Bridge restoration project will be overseen by a Port Authority veteran who has held key positions at the agency’s crossings, seaport and airport: Kenneth Sagrestano, who’s been with the authority 26 years, was named the new general manager of the bridge and bus station on Friday.He replaces 40-year agency veteran Bob Durando, who is retiring.Sagrestano, ...

  6. Off-Duty Wayne Police Recruit, Fiancée Rescue Owner Whose Boat Caught Fire

    Off-Duty Wayne Police Recruit, Fiancée Rescue Owner Whose Boat Caught Fire

    An off-duty Wayne police recruit and his fiancée rescued a homeowner who was severely burned when his boat caught fire, authorities said.The Alps Road victim was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston after trying to douse the 10:30 a.m. fire himself on Thursday, Detective Capt. Laurence Martin said.Township police recruit Al-Raheem Thomas was traveling on Alps Road with his ...

  7. Car Slams Into River Vale Dry Cleaners

    Car Slams Into River Vale Dry Cleaners

    A car plowed into a River Vale dry cleaners Friday morning.The crash occurred at Vale Cleaners, between M&T Bank and Dunkin Donuts, in a shopping center on Westwood Avenue.There was no immediate word on injuries.Inspectors were checking the building for structural damage.CHECK BACK FOR MORE DETAILS

  8. Retiree Charged With Sexually Abusing Elmwood Park Child

    Retiree Charged With Sexually Abusing Elmwood Park Child

    A retiree inappropriately touched a child in Elmwood Park, authorities charged.Leo Sarno, 67, was ordered held in the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing this Monday.The former Lodi resident is charged with sexual assault and child endangerment.Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo said Sarno was arrested Wednesday, a little over a week after Elmwood Park police and ...

  9. Elmwood Park 4th-Grader Brings Bullet To School, Faces Delinquency Charge

    Elmwood Park 4th-Grader Brings Bullet To School, Faces Delinquency Charge

    UPDATE: An Elmwood Park fourth-grade student brought a bullet to school Thursday morning, prompting a shelter-in-place and drawing a large law enforcement response."It was a fully-intact .40-caliber bullet," Police Chief Michael Foligno said. The Gantner Avenue School youngster "brought it to school and was showing the other kids in the playground," the chief said. ...

  10. Port Authority PD: North Carolina Couple At GWB Had Hidden Revolver, Pot

    Port Authority PD: North Carolina Couple At GWB Had Hidden Revolver, Pot

    A Port Authority police officer found a North Carolina couple he stopped at the George Washington Bridge toll plaza carrying a revolver hidden behind a vent panel, authorities said Friday.Officer David Hunter became suspicious after he stopped the white Ford pickup truck for a traffic violation Wednesday night, authority spokesperson Lenis Rodrigues told Daily Voice.After smelling a ...

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