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  1. VIDEO/PHOTOS: 'Best Day Ever' For 6-Year-Old Emerson 'Chief For a Day'

    VIDEO/PHOTOS: 'Best Day Ever' For 6-Year-Old Emerson 'Chief For a Day'

    A local youngster got the special honor of being Emerson’s “Chief for a Day” on Thursday.Joseph Cottone – the son of a Westwood police officer -- was selected during a borough PTA tricky tray event earlier this year.Joey, 6, got the full treatment, complete with a police escort from his home.Emerson Councilman Brian Downing swore in Joey, who did a uniform inspection of the officers and ...

  2. Passaic County Rapper Juelz Santana Admits Bringing Gun To Newark Airport

    Passaic County Rapper Juelz Santana Admits Bringing Gun To Newark Airport

    Passaic County rapper Juelz Santana admitted in federal court on Thursday that he brought a gun into Newark Airport earlier this year.Santana, 36, of Totowa -- whose real name is Laron L. James -- is likely looking at federal prison time because of a prior felony conviction out of Bergen County, which prohibits him from carrying a firearm.He remained free on house arrest with an ankle ...

  3. Justice? Franklin Lakes Owner Who Abused German Shepherds 'Walks Away,' Investigator Says

    Justice? Franklin Lakes Owner Who Abused German Shepherds 'Walks Away,' Investigator Says

    A 65-year-old Franklin Lakes woman with a history of similar offenses "got to walk away with a slap on the wrist" after pleading guilty Thursday to a single count of animal cruelty for severely damaging 14 German Shepherds in an illegal kennel that she operated from her home, an animal control investigator said Thursday."The only good thing that came out of today is that, ...

  4. WARM YOUR HEART: Bergen Boy With Stage 4 Cancer Surprised By NJ State Police Chopper

    WARM YOUR HEART: Bergen Boy With Stage 4 Cancer Surprised By NJ State Police Chopper

    PHOTOS: For a few moments Wednesday, young Cole McKeon of Waldwick and his family could think of something other than his Stage 4 cancer.New Jersey State Police Trooper Evan Curtiss, a Ridgewood High School graduate and village Emergency Services member, piloted the chopper that landed Wednesday behind Ridgewood police headquarters.Village PBA Local 20 requested the visit so that Cole – ...

  5. Rutherford PD: Hit-Run DWI Pickup Driver's Path Included Park Cars, Pedestrian, Tree, Fence

    Rutherford PD: Hit-Run DWI Pickup Driver's Path Included Park Cars, Pedestrian, Tree, Fence

    A Rutherford driver was drunk when his pickup truck hit two parked cars -- one of which clipped a pedestrian -- before it jumped the curb, careened across a lawn, took down a fence, struck a tree and kept going, authorities said Wednesday.A police officer found the damaged 2017 GMC pickup a block away and took Ed McClary, 56, into custody around 9 p.m. Sunday, Capt. Patrick Feliciano ...

  6. Serial Bank Robber Admits Holding Up Fort Lee, Hasbrouck Heights Branches, Targeting Englewood

    Serial Bank Robber Admits Holding Up Fort Lee, Hasbrouck Heights Branches, Targeting Englewood

    A serial bank robber from the Bronx admitted Wednesday that he held up banks in Fort Lee and Hasbrouck Heights and was planning to hit another in Englewood when federal agents captured him.Eddy Cruz, 42, also admitted during a plea hearing in U.S. District Court in Trenton that he robbed a PNC Bank branch in Jackson Township on Christmas Eve 2013 Cruz said he robbed a TD Bank branch in ...

  7. Mailbox 'Fishing' Thefts Continue -- This Time In Mahwah

    Mailbox 'Fishing' Thefts Continue -- This Time In Mahwah

    Rampant mailbox thefts in North Jersey continued in Mahwah when deposits were fished from three boxes outside the post office and another on Franklin Turnpike sometime overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, authorities said.Police Chief James N. Batelli urged anyone who deposited anything in these mailboxes that contained personal identifying information -- such as Social Security numbers or ...

  8. Snake Eyes: Hackensack Police Bust Different Kind Of 'Shooters,' Break Up Dice Game

    Snake Eyes: Hackensack Police Bust Different Kind Of 'Shooters,' Break Up Dice Game

    Hackensack police broke up a street dice game, arresting one man who they said was carrying pot and ticketing another who they said held the bones.Officers responding to a Tuesday night quality-of-life call at James and Second streets found Dylan Osmun, 23, of Wood-Ridge, holding the dice, Capt. Peter Busciglio said.Another man, 21-year-old Elijah Simmons of Hackensack, had loose ...

  9. Fair Lawn Adds Experienced Veteran Police Officer To Patrol, Three Specials To Schools

    Fair Lawn Adds Experienced Veteran Police Officer To Patrol, Three Specials To Schools

    Fair Lawn's newest police officer has plenty of experience in various areas.Miguel Cruz, who was sworn in at Tuesday's Borough Council meeting, comes from the Paterson Police Department, where he worked for 16 years.Cruz, 37, was a K-9 officer, a member of the Paterson PD's Emergency Response Team and a member of its sniper team."After completion of his familiarization training in ...

  10. Employee Fired For Chasing Clifton, Paterson Girls From Jersey Shore Gift Shop

    Employee Fired For Chasing Clifton, Paterson Girls From Jersey Shore Gift Shop

    A Jersey Shore shopkeeper was fired after a video went viral of her telling a group of young black girls from Clifton and Paterson that they weren’t welcome in the store.Jenkinson’s of Point Pleasant initially suspended the unidentified employee pending an investigation then announced Tuesday that she'd been let go.The incident "does not reflect the core values of the ...

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