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Two Landscapers Overcome By Carbon Monoxide In Township of Washington

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Twp. of Washington NJ, Representatives from OSHA are currently investigating a Tuesday morning, 12/11 workplace accident in Washington Township involving Carbon Monoxide exposure that sent two (2) landscapers to The Valley Hospital in critical condition. Washington Township Police and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Identification are also on the Pond Drive, Washington Township scene.

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South Hackensack Man Allegedly Stole $150,000 From Employer

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South Hackensack NJ, acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of NICHOLAS CARUSO (DOB: 02/07/1969; married; employed as a medical office manager) of 29 Maple Avenue, South Hackensack, NJ on charges of Theft by Deception and Computer Related Theft. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.

In October 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit received a complaint that Nicholas CARUSO was suspected of using his Bergen County based employer’s Amazon and bank accounts to make purchases for himself and to pay his own personal bills.

An investigation by detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit revealed that between July 2015 and September 2018, Nicholas CARUSO, an office manager at a Bergen County based medical practice, had gained access to his employer’s business checking account and had used online banking and bill pay services to pay his own personal expenses. Those expenses included credit card and vehicle finance charges. CARUSO also established an Amazon account in his employer’s name, which was attached to the business checking account for payment purposes. The total theft by CARUSO was in excess of $150,000.

As a result of the investigation, Nicholas CARUSO was arrested on December 6, 2018 in Hackensack, NJ and charged with one count of Theft By Deception, with the amount involved being greater than $75,000, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4, a 2nd degree crime; and, one count of Computer Related Theft, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-25c, with the amount involved being greater than $5,000, a 2nd degree crime. CARUSO is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. 2

Acting Prosecutor Calo states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Two Alarm Fire in Fair Lawn Quickly Extinguished

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Far Lawn NJ, A two (2) alarm residential structure fire in the 900 block of Bellair Avenue, Fair Lawn was quickly extinguished late Friday afternoon, 12/07. All Fair Lawn fire companies responded to the scene as did Fair Lawn Heavy Rescue, Fair Lawn EMS, Fair Lawn Police, and a paramedic team from The Valley Hospital.

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Ho-Ho-Kus Volunteer Fire Department : Operation “Santa Sunday”

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HO-HO-KUS, N.J.,The season is bright with joy! Santa Claus will be riding the fire truck with the Ho-Ho-Kus Volunteer Fire Department Sunday, December 23rd, 2018.
Residents on all borough streets will have the special opportunity to greet Santa Claus, take photos, and receive a candy cane from Santa, himself! This long standing tradition, known as “Operation Santa Sunday” will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”

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Increased Police Presence at all of Fair Lawn Public Schools

December 4, 2018
Dear Fair Lawn Parents/Guardians:
In an effort to remain as transparent as possible, I would like to provide you with an update following the threat made against Thomas Jefferson Middle School yesterday, December 3, 2018.
As an educator, administrator, and most importantly a parent, I understand it can be frustrating not having all the details of the incident. At times, however we need to follow the recommendations of the local authorities, while not compromising the investigation by the police and administration. As always, our students and staff’s safety is our number one priority.
As detailed in my letter home last night, there was an increased police presence at all of Fair Lawn Public Schools today, especially at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Mr. Weaver and Mr. Grubman greeted every student and parent who dropped off their child this morning, followed by a meeting with the faculty. In addition, Mr. Weaver also met with all students during their lunch periods to reinforce for them that their physical and emotional safety is his top priority.
Although we were more vigilant than ever today, in light of the threat made against TJMS, the students and staff had a regular day and all activities commenced like any other day at TJMS.
This is an ongoing investigation and the Fair Lawn Police Department is following up on some leads of the person responsible. Also, until further notice, we will continue to have an increased police presence at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. When I have additional information, I will update you in a timely manner.
I want to thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
Nicholas J. Norcia

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Seniors Increasingly Targeted by Scammers

By: Emma Fletcher(FTC)

Ridgewood NJ, In 2018, the Consumer Sentinel Network has seen a striking increase in the median dollar amount that people 70 and over are saying they lost to fraud. Digging into the data, we found some common stories with an unusual twist: people 70 and older report mailing huge amounts of cash to people who pretended to be their grandchildren.

People 70 and over rarely report to the FTC that they paid a scammer with cash. But for one particular type of fraud – family and friend imposters – fully 25% of people 70 and over who reported to the FTC how they paid money told us they sent cash.

We call these family and friend imposter scams, but you may know them as the “grandparent scam” and with good reason. People 70 and over report that the scammer posed as a grandchild, usually a grandson, about 70% of the time.

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Fallen Tree Shuts Down Washington Township Public Library

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Twp of Washington NJ, a tree fell onto roof of Washington Township Public Library on Tuesday, closing the library till further notice . The library is located at 144 Woodfield Road.

According to the Library’s website : Due to a fallen tree on the building, we are closed until further notice. Please call or check back for future updates.

Not sure what the policy is on over due books when the Library is closed ?

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United States Postal Service holiday package theft prevention/awareness campaign

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Midland Park NJ, from the Midland Park Police Department :

Midland Park residents………
From the United States Postal Service….The U.S. Postal Inspection Service would like to notify local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel that due to the increased amount of holiday deliveries USPS employees will be working extended holiday hours including delivering mail through the evening hours and they may be utilizing non-USPS vehicles.

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Hawthorne Police Cruiser Involved in Collision on Diamond Bridge Avenue and Goffle Road

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Hawthorne NJ, A two (2) vehicle Saturday afternoon, 12/01, crash involving a marked Hawthorne Police Department vehicle resulted in the drivers of both vehicles being transported to local hospitals by ambulances. The collision occurred at the intersection of Diamond Bridge Avenue and Goffle Road shortly before 2 PM and sent one (1) of the vehicles down an embankment into a section of the nearby Goffle Brook County Park. Hawthorne EMS and Hawthorne Fire Department also responded to the incident. Both wrecked vehicles were removed from the scene by flatbed tow trucks. Unofficial reports are that the injuries to both the police officer and other driver were non life threatening in nature. A utility pole was also damaged in the crash; a PSE&G was on the scene minutes after the impact evaluating its condition.

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Glen Rock to unveil two electric vehicle charging stations

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Glen Rock NJ, Mayor Bruce Packer, the Borough of Glen Rock Council, and the Glen Rock Environmental Commission will unveil two electric vehicle charging stations at the Main Line Station parking lot on Sunday December 2.

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