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Paterson Man Faces 30 Years in Jail on Child Pornography Charges

May 14, 2020

NEWARK, NJ – A Paterson man was due in federal court Thursday to face charges of producing and distributing images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

According to court documents, Jose Minaya, 24, used a web-based application in July 2019 to engage an 11-year-old child in a sexually explicit conversation online. Minaya ultimately instructed the child to take ...

Arrest Made in Easter Sunday Shooting

PATERSON, NJ - A motor vehicle stop by members of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office in the early hours of Saturday led to the arrest of a 22-year-old Paterson man previously identified as the suspect in an Easter Sunday shooting.

According to a statement by Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora, ...

Anonymous Tip Leads to Drugs Arrest, Sheriff Berdnik Announces

PATERSON, NJ - An anonymous tip to a member of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office led the arrest of an alleged drug dealer in the early hours of Monday, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik.

In a statement Berdnik announced that PCSO Officer Angelo Calabro received the tip at approximately 1:50 a.m. directing him to the area of Summer Street and Hamilton ...

Paterson Man Was Under the Influence in Fatal Hit-And-Run, Authorities Say 

HACKENSACK, NJ -- A 47-year-old Paterson man is facing charges for vehicular homicide after he allegedly ran over a Hackensack man last night near the Bergen County Justice Center before driving off.

After 8 p.m. Friday, the Hackensack Police Department received word of a pedestrian who had been struck in front of 60 Court Street, an office building that neighbors the Bergen County ...

A Family Affair. Paterson Brothers Charged in Thursday Shooting

PATERSON, NJ - A pair of Paterson brothers face up to 20 years in prison for the most serious charge of Attempted Murder in connection with a shooting law enforcement officials say they were involved in Thursday in the area of Hamilton Avenue.

According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora, Johan Lake-Rodriguez, 28, fired multiple gunshots at ...

Wanted Paterson Man Nabbed in Connection with January Shooting

PATERSON, NJ - A 19-year-old Paterson man faces decades in prison following his arrest in connection with a January 11 shooting.

According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora, Leighmeir Singletary, was arrested Thursday following a joint investigation by the two agencies.

As previously reported, members of the Paterson Police Department ...

Passaic County CASA Swears in New Volunteer Advocates Virtually

WAYNE, NJ - While the COVID-19 public heath crisis has shut down much of our day-to-day lives it hasn't brought a halt  to child abuse, Erica Fischer-Kaslander, Executive Director of Passaic County CASA, lamented. "In fact," she said, "studies show that instances of abuse and neglect rise when there’s increased financial stress on a family and when victims are ...

Don't Be Taken Advantage of by Foreign Coronavirus Scams, Disinformation Warns NJ Homeland Security

HAMILTON, NJ -- As health care workers combat the spread of COVID-19, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) is leading New Jersey's leading the fight against disinformation, rumors, and scams to take advantage of the public during the pandemic.  On Thursday, NJOHSP highlighted a state website -- "COVID-19 Rumor Control and ...

Nearly 200 Police Officers Tested in Effort to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus

PASSAIC COUNTY, NJ – As COVID-19 continues to spread across New Jersey, law enforcement officers from throughout Passaic County are undergoing testing, officials said. In Passaic County – which now has more than 5,000 confirmed coronavirus cases – officers are on the frontline of the pandemic and run the risk daily of exposure. 

John Welsh, president of PBA Local 197 ...

Quick Arrest Made in Friday Shooting

PATERSON, NJ - A 37-year-old Paterson man is under arrest in connection with a Friday afternoon shooting that sent a 33-year-old man to St. Joseph’s Health with a non-fatal gunshot wound.

According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora, Wayne A. Smith has been charged with Attempted Murder, First Degree; Unlawful Possession of a ...


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The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health is Greater than We Know 

May 27, 2020

While COVID-19 makes its horrific mark on New Jersey, we at Family Connections are continuing to serve thousands of people of all ages through our dynamic programming. In talking to these clients, we’re hearing increased symptoms among those who already had mental health issues and reports from clients now experiencing new feelings of depression, anxiety and social isolation. We are also ...

Superintendent Eileen Shafer Making Things Happen During Difficult Time, BOE Commissioner Says

May 27, 2020

Dear Readers:

Disclaimer: this letter expresses my personal thoughts and opinions. I am not speaking for the Board but as a resident who happens to be a member of the Paterson board of Education. 

We have been living in some of the most uncertain of times. Difficulties have almost been insurmountable at times. I want to say that given all we have been through, our superintendent ...

Widespread Testing Signals 'Enormous’ Progress for NJ’s Road Back

May 27, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — One month into New Jersey’s recovery period, trends in data are showing the state is well past COVID-19’s harrowing April peak. 

But according to officials, the decreases in new cases and hospitalizations aren’t a declaration of victory. Gov. Phil Murphy reminded citizens on Wednesday that while numbers continue to fall across the state, they’re ...

Murphy: Graduation Ceremonies Are Back On, Professional Sports Teams Can Start Practicing

TRENTON, NJ - Class of 2020, grab your caps, gowns and get ready for the pomp and circumstance of a live graduation ceremony.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing Tuesday that outdoor graduation ceremonies adhering to appropriate health and safety guidelines can be held beginning July 6.

"We want them to celebrate and be celebrated by their ...

Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

May 20, 2020

Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors.  TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate.  You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos.  Your Milestone post will be posted on the TAPinto site of your choosing and stay there forever.  ...

New Jersey to Launch Online Grocery Shopping for SNAP Recipients

TRENTON, NJ –  New Jerseyans enrolled in the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be able to use their benefits to order groceries online starting next week.  Online shopping will be available through Amazon and participating Walmarts, ShopRites and The Fresh Grocers.

NJ SNAP recipients will be able to use their benefits card to order ...