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  1. Cliffside Park Crash Leaves Pole Tipped Over Intersection

    Cliffside Park Crash Leaves Pole Tipped Over Intersection

    CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. -- A sedan driver was hospitalized Monday night after a crash with a pickup truck that toppled a mailbox and left a utility pole tipped precariously over a Cliffside Park street.Palisade Avenue remained closed as police awaited a PSE&G crew to replace or repair the pole, which tipped over the intersection in front of the Bank of New Jersey at Jersey ...

  2. Ridgefield Park Man Admits $495,000 'Shotgun' Real Estate Scheme

    Ridgefield Park Man Admits $495,000 'Shotgun' Real Estate Scheme

    RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – A Ridgefield Park man admitted in federal court in Newark on Monday that he used bogus information and simultaneous loan applications at various banks to fraudulently obtain home equity lines of credit -- a practice known as “shotgunning.”A U.S. District Court judge set an Oct. 10 sentencing date after Rafael Popoteur, 65, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit ...

  3. Missing Resident From Rutherford Assisted Living Facility Found In Philly

    Missing Resident From Rutherford Assisted Living Facility Found In Philly

    A man who went missing from a Rutherford assisted living facility turned up more than 100 miles away -- in Philadelphia -- and was due to be returned after a medical checkup, police said Tuesday.Thomas Straus, 44, who was carrying cash when he went missing on Friday, "may have hopped on a bus in Hackensack and wound up in a facility where he was previously housed many years ...

  4. Landscapers Aid Washington Township Woman, 94, After Tree Hits House

    Landscapers Aid Washington Township Woman, 94, After Tree Hits House

    WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- A 94-year-old Washington Township woman was doing laundry in her basement Monday afternoon when a backyard tree snapped in half and smashed through her kitchen and living room, responders said.The woman, who's lived in the Taylor Avenue home for nearly 60 years, wasn't injured, they said.She told responders that she ordinarily sits in the kitchen but ...

  5. 'Rocket' Rod From Burning Car Smashes Maywood Fire Truck Windshield

    'Rocket' Rod From Burning Car Smashes Maywood Fire Truck Windshield

    MAYWOOD, N.J. -- A rod launched from a burning car engine whizzed past six Maywood firefighters before smashing the windshield of their truck Monday morning on Route 17."That thing was like a rocket," Fire Lt. Roy DeYoung Jr. told Daily Voice.Firefighters were stretching a line from the truck to reach the blaze beneath the vehicle's hood and dashboard, DeYoung said."We ...

  6. High Tension: Wallington Police Subdue Suicidal Man With 12-Inch Knife

    High Tension: Wallington Police Subdue Suicidal Man With 12-Inch Knife

    WALLINGTON, N.J. -- A knife-wielding man was threatening to harm himself or someone else when a trio of Wallington police officers calmly subdued him and took him into custody, saving his life, authorities said Monday.Summoned to a Locust Avenue apartment by the 38-year-old troubled man's father, police found him "in an agitated state, complaining about his father, God, Jesus and ...

  7. Franklin Lakes PD: Wanted Parolee Caught In Stolen Car After Brief Chase

    Franklin Lakes PD: Wanted Parolee Caught In Stolen Car After Brief Chase

    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. – Franklin Lakes police chased down and caught a wanted parolee who was behind the wheel of a stolen car, authorities said Monday.Officers Mark MacQuesten and Francis O’Brien were on Route 208 when they spotted the car, which had been reported stolen out of Newark last Thursday, around 11:15 p.m. Saturday, Capt. John Bakelaar said.A brief pursuit ended on Route 287 ...

  8. Glen Rock Drug Stop Nets Released Offenders, Heroin, Fentanyl

    Glen Rock Drug Stop Nets Released Offenders, Heroin, Fentanyl

    GLEN ROCK, N.J. -- Glen Rock police arrested an East Bergen trio -- one of them an ex-con who's been caught and released several times since last fall -- during a traffic stop that they said turned up 31 bags of heroin, seven patches of fentanyl and four bags of cocaine.Officer John Tarantino pulled the car over on northbound Route 208 just after 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Police Chief Dean ...

  9. Ridgewood PD Withhold Weekend Incident Information Pending Investigation

    Ridgewood PD Withhold Weekend Incident Information Pending Investigation

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — What brought police to a quiet Ridgewood street over the weekend -- as well as the outcome -- was temporarily being withheld, Police Chief Jacqueline Luthcke told Daily Voice late Monday morning."It is an active investigation and I am not releasing any information until we have more," she said.A police officer armed with an assault rifle and another holding a ...

  10. Clifton PD: Passaic Gunman Seized, Aggressive Partiers Pepper-Sprayed

    Clifton PD: Passaic Gunman Seized, Aggressive Partiers Pepper-Sprayed

    CLIFTON, N.J. -- Clifton police said they had to use pepper spray to quell several "irate and uncooperative" partygoers during a large weekend disturbance at a home where a handgun was shown."Due to the aggressive behavior of some in attendance" at the Madison Avenue party around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police deployed pepper spray and took two juveniles into custody ...

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