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Judge Releases Ridgewood Police Officer Charged With Sexting Purported Girl, 15

UPDATE: A judge in Hackensack on Thursday allowed the release -- with conditions -- of a Ridgewood police officer accused of having sex chats on Tinder with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl but was really an undercover detective with the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.


Retired Army Sgt. Had 1,500+ Child Porn Files: Passaic Sheriff

A Passaic County man was arrested on several child pornography-related charges during an investigation by the Passaic County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office Internet Crime Against Children Task Force received several reports regarding someone distributing files of child pornography on the int


NYPD cop and suspect shot after wild exchange of gunfire in Hudson Heights

A police officer has been shot in Manhattan, according to law enforcement sources. The cop was responding to a call of a man wildly shooting into the air at 181st Street and Wadsworth Avenue in Hudson Heights when he took a bullet to the arm Thursday, the sources said.


‘Significant Fraud Arrest’ by Passaic County Sheriff’s Office

A 29-year-old Paterson man arrested Tuesday by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad had faces several additional charges, Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik reported Wednesday.


Bergen County Psychologist charged with repeated sexual assaults of a child

A psychologist whose business works with children was accused Thursday of multiple sexual assaults of a child under 13 years old. Lorenzo Puertas, 78, was charged Wednesday with two counts of sexual assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo ann


NJ man fatally crushed by collapsed equipment at work site

JACKSON — A man who called police after he was pinned under a piece of heavy equipment that collapsed on him Thursday morning died several hours later. Kenneth Mann, 58, was taking apart equipment when it collapsed just after 7 a.m. at the garage at Ralph Clayton & Sons, according to a preliminary i


Passaic Sheriff: Probation Violator Nabbed With Dozens Of Bogus Credit, Gift Cards, More

Two Passaic County sheriff’s detectives who tracked down and arrested a Paterson man wanted on a probation violation found him carrying 19 bogus credit cards, three phony health insurance cards and more, authorities said.


Ohio Authorities Arrest Man Accused of Abducting 15-Year-old from Paterson

A 35-year-old man pulled over earlier this week in Ohio was taken into custody after police determined that the 15-year-old girl in his vehicle had been reported missing out of Paterson.


2 Small Earthquakes Impacted NJ Within Last 10 Days, USGS Says

NEW JERSEY – Those shakes you felt recently weren't necessarily caused by your kids jumping up and down on their beds. Two earthquakes have impacted New Jersey over the past 10 days.


Man with gas cans at cathedral is NJ college prof who teaches God class

The man arrested while carrying cans of gasoline and lighter fluid at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral is a college professor from New Jersey who teaches a course on the existence of God and had previously been arrested at a New Jersey cathedral days earlier.


NJ mom charged after toddler found wandering alone outside on street twice

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — A New Jersey mother is facing child endangerment charges after her toddler was found wandering around the streets of Englewood on two different occasions. Police say the 3-year-old daughter of Maria Ramirez was found just after 11 p.m. on April 3 wandering into traffic in the area


Two Car Accident Shuts Two Lanes of Route 17 South in Hasbrouck Heights

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- A two car accident on Route 17 South in Hasbrouck Heights has shut down two lanes of traffic. Traffic is being pushed to the shoulder. Traffic is blocked from Malcolm Avenue across Route 17 to Franklin Avenue West.


Paterson: Car hits two people on Church Street

A vehicle struck two people on the corner of Church Street and Broadway on Wednesday afternoon. Police responded to report of two pedestrians struck by a vehicle at around 4:42 p.m. A 2013 Toyota Prius collided with the two victims who were not in a crosswalk.


Wendy Williams’ estranged husband Kevin Hunter is no longer with her TV show

It’s splitsville both at home and in their professional lives. Wendy Williams’ estranged husband Kevin Hunter is no longer with her daytime syndicated talk-show, officially cutting ties exactly a week after she filed for divorce in Essex County, N.J.


Police rescue 20 dogs — 5 critical — from NJ woman’s home

SHAMONG — A woman faces 60 counts of animal cruelty after officers rescued 20 dogs from "deplorable and inhumane conditions" at her home. Marissa Corbett, 39, was arrested and released with a pending court date.


NYPD officer wounded, suspect dead in New York City shooting

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan (WABC) -- Authorities are investigating after a suspect was killed and an NYPD officer was shot in the arm in Washington Heights on Thursday afternoon.


Paterson girl allegedly kidnapped, raped by unauthorized immigrant

An unauthorized Mexican immigrant was arrested in a traffic stop in Ohio on Tuesday transporting a 15-year-old Paterson girl he had allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.


Brothers Posed As Immigration Officers In Newark Robbery: Police

NEWARK, NJ — A pair of brothers from Parlin posing as immigration officers allegedly beat and robbed a man in Newark earlier this week. The brothers then assaulted a friend who tried to help the victim, authorities said.


St. Patrick's Cathedral arrest: Man had 2 gas cans, prior arrest and 1-way ticket to Rome

MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- A man arrested after attempting to enter St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan with two gasoline cans and lighter fluid Wednesday night was also arrested at a church in New Jersey Monday and had booked a one-way ticket to Rome, according to police.


Woodland Park Police Department Welcomes New Officer

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Borough Council at last night's meeting swore in new police officer to the Woodland Park Police Department, Fina Matranga. "This is a special night for our department," Chief Eileen Tiernan said. "Any time you can fill an open spot, our resources are better for residents.