Fort Lee NJ, Bergen County prosecutors say a former captain in the Army from Wallington is being held until his trial after he was caught on a “reconnaissance” mission on the George Washington Bridge.
Daniel Czerepak, 29, made his first court appearance Monday and was ordered held at the Bergen County Jail. According to Bergen County prosecutors, Czerepak was allegedly caught two weeks ago trying to get to a restricted area of the bridge in Fort Lee.
South Hackensack NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the investigation into the death of Ismael Fajardo (an 18-year-old male) of 12 Hoffman Street, South Hackensack, N.J. The investigation is being conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Anthony Cureton, and the South Hackensack Police Department under the direction of Chief Joseph Terraccino.
Ridgewood NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrests of HECTOR RIVAS (DOB: 1/22/1992; single; and employed as a dishwasher) of 32 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ and VICTOR MARTINEZ (DOB: 4/15/1989; single; and unemployed) of 23 John F. Kennedy Drive, Bloomfield, NJ on charges of Distribution of Cocaine. The arrests are the result of a month-long joint investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, the Ridgewood Police Department under the direction of Chief Jacqueline Luthcke, and the New Jersey State Police under the direction of Acting Superintendent Colonel Patrick J. Callahan.
In October 2017, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task received information that RIVAS was trafficking cocaine in Ridgewood, NJ. In the weeks that followed, RIVAS began distributing cocaine to undercover detectives.
On November 15, 2017, RIVAS negotiated the sale of eighty bags of cocaine, which were delivered to an undercover detective by MARTINEZ. RIVAS and MARTINEZ were placed under arrest following the drug transaction.
RIVAS and MARTINEZ were each charged with one count each of Distribution of Cocaine, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5B(2), a 2nd degree crime; and one count of Distribution of Cocaine within a Drug-Free School Zone, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7, a 3rd degree crime. RIVAS received additional charges of Distribution of Cocaine, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5B(3), a 3rd degree crime; and Distribution of Cocaine within a Drug-Free School Zone, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7, a 3rd degree crime for an October 23, 2017 sale. RIVAS and MARTINEZ have a first appearance Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court for on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 8:30 A.M.
Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would also like to thank the Ridgewood Police Department and the New Jersey State Police for their assistance in this investigation.
BY JOHN SEASLY AND MATTHEW MCGRATH STAFF WRITERS | THE RECORD
BERGENFIELD — An 11-year-old boy discovered the bodies of his parents late Saturday morning, after what authorities suspect was a murder and suicide, Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal said.
The deaths, which took place at 268 West Clinton Ave., are being investigated as a case of domestic violence, Grewal said during a brief news conference at the scene late Saturday afternoon.
The boy — who like his parents was not identified by authorities pending notification of other family members — alerted a neighbor that his parents weren’t breathing Saturday morning and the neighbor placed a call to 911 about 10:21 a.m., Grewal said.
Bergen prosecutor opposes parole bid by Ho-Ho-Kus Killer
APRIL 27, 2014 LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2014, 1:21 AM BY ABBOTT KOLOFF STAFF WRITER THE RECORD
The Bergen County prosecutor has asked the state to deny parole to a former Ho-Ho-Kus man who killed his parents in their home 30 years, saying he did so because he resented their rules and once said he would make his mother pay for trying to have him committed for psychiatric treatment.
Richard J. Spillane, 52, told The Record in an interview this year that he heard voices at the time of the 1984 murders, believed the CIA wanted him to kill his parents, and was afraid they would have him committed to a psychiatric hospital. He said he now believes his mental illness is under control with the aid of medications he is taking in state prison.
His first parole hearing, before a two-person panel, is set for Monday. If that panel recommends him for parole, he would go before the full state Parole Board for a hearing to determine whether to release him. The earliest he could be released is May 5.
Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli wrote to the Parole Board on April 9, saying that a detective once witnessed Spillane threatening his mother, Jeanne Hamilton, after a judge signed an order to have him committed. Spillane said he would sue police and his mother for violating his civil rights, Molinelli wrote, and pointed at his mother and said: “You’ll pay for this.”