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Former Teacher Sentence to Three Years for Attempting to Exchange Cash for Sex with Students

December 11, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- A former teacher at John F. Kennedy High School has been sentenced to three years in New Jersey State Prison and lifetime parole supervision for his efforts to coerce students to engage in sexual acts in exchange for money.

According to a statement by Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, the sentence against Thomas Weir, 56, was handed down by the Hon. Marilyn C. Clark, ...

16 Years in Prison for Paterson Man Found with 2,600 Videos and Images of Child Pornography

PATERSON, NJ- A 30-year old Paterson man found guilty of the possession and distribution of child pornography in September has been sentenced to a total of 16 years in prison.

According to a statement by Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, the sentence was handed down against Omar Saloukha by Honorable Justine Niccollai, J.S.C., on December 6.

The investigation conducted by the ...

Investigation Leads to Arrest, Large Illegal Drugs Haul

PATERSON, NJ - An early morning raid of an residence on Camden Street led to the arrest of a Paterson man and the confiscation of a large amount of illegal narcotics.

According to Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale the arrest of Nicco Lago, 28, at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Thursday stemmed from an investigation launched in October following numerous citizen complaints into alleged drug ...

Hate Crimes Forum Slated for Tuesday

PATERSON, NJ- The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office is set to host a Hate Crimes Forum for communities, faith-based groups, and non-profit organizations on Tuesday.

Facilitated by the United States Department of Justice Community Relations Office, the event will be held at Passaic County Community College’s auditorium and begin at 5:30 p.m.

New Jersey Attorney General ...

New Jersey Attorney General Discusses 'Unique Moment' With Paterson Residents

PATERSON, NJ- Just hours after announcing a new set of directives establishing rules on how local and state law enforcement officers will perform their duties as it relates to immigrant populations, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal was in Paterson on Thursday to speak about a “unique moment” the state is in when it comes to relations between police and the communities they ...

Man Faces Life in Prison for Sexual Crimes Against Child

PATERSON, NJ- A Paterson man faces life in prison following his conviction on 13 charges related to the sexual of a little girl in the city.

According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, Jose Antonio Gueits was found guilty by a jury for the abuse of the child who was between five and 10 years old when the crimes took place.

Gueits will remain in custody until his sentencing by ...

Two Arrested, Over $9000 Worth of Cocaine Seized

PATERSON, NJ- A surveillance operation by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Narcotics yielded two arrests and the confiscation of cocaine with a street value of more than $9000.

According to Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, detectives were positioned in the area of East 27th Street and 10th Avenue on Wednesday when they allegedly observed Phillip Patilla, the driver of a Chevy ...

Paterson Pet Owners Reminded to Shelter Their Pets in Freezing Temperatures

PATERSON, NJ - With temperatures expected to dip below freezing Wednesday into Thursday pet owners are reminded that extreme can be dangerous to pets.

According to New Jersey state law dogs cannot be outside if temperatures are below 34 degrees without proper shelter (insulated, elevated, heated). Keep your pets safe and avoid getting a fine by bringing your pets indoors any ...

Division of Consumer Affairs Takes Action Against Dozens of “Notarios”, Including One from Paterson, for Fraudulently Offering Immigration Services

NEWARK, NJ - The Division of Consumer Affairs announced last week that they have issued Notices of Violation against 28 businesses that allegedly defrauded consumers by offering immigration services that they are not legally permitted to provide. Seven of those businesses were located in the City of Elizabeth. 

The Notices of Violation, which seek a total of $326,000 in civil penalties, ...

Routine Stop Leads to Drugs Arrest

PATERSON, NJ- A 20-year old Paterson whose vehicle allegedly contained a strong odor of burnt marijuana was arrested following a routine traffic stop by members of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a statement by Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, Kwazier Murray was stopped at the intersection of Governor Street and Carroll Street. After smelling the marijuana, ...

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