Law & Justice

June 21, 2021

HAWTHORNE, NJ - At the Hawthorne Council meeting on June 16, Mayor Goldberg appointed the Honorable John F. Meola as Judge of the Hawthorne Municipal Court. Meola was sworn into office in 2006, following the retirement of State Superior Court Judge Vincent Hull. Additionally, three officers took ...

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CLIFTON, NJ - Law enforcement officials are seeking information in a hit-and-run crash that occurred during the early morning hours of Sunday near 395 Route 3 East, in Clifton. According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Clifton Police Chief Thomas Rinaldi, Clifton police ...

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CLINTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday his plan to close the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, the state's only women's correctional facility, following an investigation into a violent attack on prisoners in January. Murphy's administration released an investigative report ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Hawthorne Borough Council was in agreement with the objections from a caller regarding the nature of the development of the area of 530-558 Goffle Road and 18 Lynack Road.  The council was voting to adopt Ordinance 2273-21 which alters the zoning for "the Ronson site" and allows ...

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SOUTH RIVER, NJ - Gladys Sicknick of South River, NJ, mother of deceased Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, is pleading with members of the United States Senate to open an investigation into the riot that took place on January 6, 2021.  She has requested a meeting with Senators to encourage ...

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PATERSON, NJ - While a recent two-day operation spearheaded by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office led to the arrest of 14 individuals on drugs related charges, the real story is that 13 accepted the opportunity to turn their lives around and help break the cycle of addiction by connecting each ...

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NEW JERSEY - Criminal jury trials will resume in person next month, under a Supreme Court order issued Tuesday that revises juror service based on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in New Jersey. The Court’s order directs the resumption of in-person criminal jury trials beginning June 15, with ...

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WASHINGTON DC – Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr., who represents the 9th New Jersey congressional district that includes Hawthorne, issued a statement following the removal of Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney from a position of leadership by the House Republican Caucus. She was removed ...

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PATERSON, NJ – The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office (PCPO) has assumed responsibility for the internal affairs functions of the Paterson Police Department (PPD), Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announced Tuesday. The action means that the PCPO ...

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RIDGEWOOD, NJ - On a sunlit Saturday afternoon, Van Neste Square Memorial Park was the site of the Stop Asian Hate Peaceful Rally, where leaders of local Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations joined local government officials, including Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco, to ...

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WASHINGTON, DC - Two men have been arrested and charged with assault for the attack that led to the death of South River native Brian Sicknick, the U.S. Capitol Police officer who died following injuries he sustained during the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol Building, according to multiple media ...

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TRENTON, NJ — With the threat of foreclosures looming across the state and country because of the economic downturn and covid lockdown, Governor Phil Murphy recently signed a new law that provides direct assistance to those faced with losing their home. The measure, sponsored by Senator Troy ...

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TRENTON, NJ – The Attorney General for the State of New Jersey announced the recent indictment of the owner of a school bus company; a Wayne resident. The bus company allegedly hired unqualified drivers with criminal records, one of which was a registered sex offender, according to a statement ...

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HALEDON, NJ - The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office announced that a 35-year-old Haledon man, Salvador Navarro, was indicted by a Passaic County Grand Jury for "sexual offenses against a child between the ages of thirteen and sixteen."  The offenses were said to have taken place between February ...

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NEW JERSEY — Earlier this week, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana use in the Garden State and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months. Shortly after, however, the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association (PBA) issued a ...

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PASSAIC COUNTY, NJ - A Clifton man was arrested and charged with three counts each of maintaining, distribution of, and possessing child pornography Thursday after an investigation by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crime Against Children Task Force. According to Sheriff Richard H.

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Hawthorne Borough Council Meeting took place virtually on February 3. The council thanked the DPW for their hard work cleaning roads during the recent snow storm.  "I'd like to give kudos to the Public Works Department who dealt with a very difficult storm this week," said ...

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TRENTON, NJ  – Legislation to prohibit the sale of cosmetic products that have been tested on animals was passed by the New Jersey Senate Commerce Committee on January 21. The bill, S-1726, is sponsored by Senators Joseph Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic) and Nellie Pou (D-Bergen/Passaic) and would ...

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FAIR LAWN, NJ – A Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) employee has been arrested for attempting to bribe a commission official, former Mayor John Cosgrove, for work and political matters. Cosgrove, who was appointed to the Commission by Gov. Phil Murphy in 2019, reported the attempt ...

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PARAMUS, NJ - The Paramus Borough Council took the first step toward prohibiting recreational marijuana dispensaries in an ordinance approved on first reading January 5. The ordinance will undergo a public hearing and final vote to be announced. In an amended version of its zoning ordinance, the ...

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TRENTON, NJ - An appeals court has ruled that New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal can release the names of all law enforcement officers who have received major professional discipline in the state, a plan that was announced this past summer following widespread national protests for police ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Owners Linda and Michael Passaro have been running local eatery Primo Amore on Diamond Bridge Avenue for the last three and a half years. Having both come from families in the hospitality and restaurant industry, their dream of opening up their own family restaurant was realized ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Long before she became a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent nearly a decade in Newark as a professor at the School of Law–Newark, now Rutgers Law School. Ginsburg, 87, who died Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, worked at the law school from 1963 ...

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NEW JERSEY - Female leaders from across the country, the state, and the local community are mourning the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday, Sept. 18. Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora have announced that Tyheem T. Jones, 37, Hawthorne, has now been charged with murder in connection with the death of Nicolas Reyes, 18. As previously reported, Jones was initially charged with ...

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PATERSON, NJ - A Hawthorne man was arrested and charged today with first degree attempted murder as a result of an investigation conducted by the Paterson Police Department, according to a statement from law enforcement authorities. Authorities stated that Tyheem Jones, 37, was arrested in ...

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FAIR LAWN, NJ - Police said they are prepared to respond this evening to questions about a rally and a protest march that occurred simultaneously on August 3 after they received "multiple inquiries," according to a posting on the department's Facebook page. A Police and First Responder Rally ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - A Hawthorne woman was "fine, only shaken" after a man entered the backseat of her car on August 6.  The resident, who did not wish to be named, said that she was driving alone to run an errand and stopped at an area restaurant for a take-out to bring home. In what she described ...

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NEWARK, NJ - US District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard ...

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PASSAIC COUNTY – Crime hasn’t stopped during the coronavirus outbreak and neither have the law enforcement officers trying to fight it. “It’s been a time,” said Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes. “We had an election, COVID, protests and shooting sprees.” And in the midst of that, many ...

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