'Known Gang Member' Arrested, Teen Charged in House Fire and More in Top County News
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Police chief James Batelli credited the “excellent police work” of two Mahwah officers in the apprehension of a “known gang member” wanted in New York.
Mitchell Gardner, 30, of Kingston, N.Y., was arrested in Mahwah Tuesday after being pulled over for a motor vehicle violation, Batelli said. Gardner “was wanted out of New York State for a parole violation,” and had an “extensive criminal history for serious crimes and is a known gang member,” Batelli said.
A 17-year-old neighbor's carelessly discarded cigarette started last Tuesday's Loretto Avenue house fire that caused major damage to the rear of the building and displaced its two residents, Fair Lawn fire marshal Jay Bender said Monday.
Bender said the individual, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, inadvertently ignited the blaze by flicking a cigarette butt into the trash area behind the home.
A Westview Avenue home was burglarized last week by people pretending to be borough contractors, one of whom distracted the homeowner while two others stole jewelry, police said.
A woman living in the south part of Paramus, bordering Rochelle Park and the Garden State Plaza, was approached by a man on Wednesday afternoon as she watered her garden, Paramus Police Chief Christopher Brock said.
If you're looking to score some candy or nuts in the Ridgewood, you're pretty much out of luck.
A Paterson man was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Wyckoff Sunday after telling police he was born on a date that didn't quite exist.
A local congregation is offering a reward for information leading to the safe return of an Englewood teenager who disappeared last month.
Touro College student Caroline Starkman, 18, went missing after visiting a "friend" in Brooklyn the weekend of July 6, according to a message from Congregation Ahavath Torah. She also goes by Vicki or Victoria.