Thursday, September 13, 2012
Man accused of shooting at vehicle near Route 4.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Noah Cohen
Thursday, September 13, 2012
An alleged Teaneck drug dealer accused of shooting at a vehicle near Route 4 early Sunday was arrested this week while authorities search for his associate, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday night. Prosecutor’s Office detectives began investigating Durelle Whitening and his neighbor Anthony Trumpet this month for peddling illegal drugs, Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a statement. County investigators met on Monday with Teaneck police who had been eyeing Whitening as the gunman in the weekend incident, Molinelli said. Undercover detectives bought crack cocaine and marijuana from the two, Molinelli said. The undercover buys and shooting investigation led authorities to obtain search warrants for Trumpet and Whitening…
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Bergen County Police say the remote control evidence recovery robot is one of only a half dozen in the county and provides a valuable shared service that local municipalities likely couldn't afford on their own.
An underwater robot the size of a microwave has found its way into the crossfire of a divisive county-wide debate. This week, the Bergen County Police Department’s Water Search and Recovery Unit showed off its new SeaBotix LBV-200-4 Mini ROV — a robot designed to assist the 15-person unit in underwater search and recovery. During a demonstration at the lower lake of the Ramapo Reservation in Mahwah this week, BCPD Sgt. Mark Tiedemann showcased the remote-control device, which sends a video feed from underwater to its operator on dry land. County police conducted the demonstration in the long shadow of a debate over whether or not the county’s police department — and its specialty units like the WSAR — will continue to exist on their own or…
Monday, August 6, 2012
Accused killer allegedly tried to flee the country after stabbing.
A Bergen County Grand Jury has indicted a 25-year-old man on charges he tied up, assaulted and fatally stabbed his estranged wife in her Teaneck apartment last year, county Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said Monday. Pedro Gutierrez, of New Milford, faces a dozen charges in the Oct. 4 slaying of 23-year-old Shaday Betancourth, including murder, kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and weapons possession. A relative found Betancourth stabbed multiple times in her East Forest Avenue home and rushed her to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, where she died a short time later, authorities said. Investigators zeroed in on Gutierrez after they said neighbors spotted him near Betancourth’s apartment the day of the killing. Following the grisly …
Monday, July 30, 2012
A Bergen County Grand Jury handed up a two-count indictment charging Charles J. Ann with murdering Aena Hong, whom he allegedly ran over with his car multiple times outside the Fort Lee Community Center in February.
FORT LEE - A Fort Lee man was indicted Monday on murder charges in connection with the brutal hit-and-run death of his girlfriend outside the Fort Lee Community Center in February, authorities said. A Bergen County Grand Jury handed up an indictment charging Charles J. Ann, 26, with the murder of 25-year-old Aena Hong, according to Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli. Ann, who pleaded not guilty to murdering Hong on Feb. 27, was arrested at about 4 a.m. on Feb. 21, at a friend’s apartment in Flushing, Queens, after a roughly 11-hour manhunt. The alleged incident occurred at about 4:55 p.m. Feb. 20, near the intersection of Anderson Avenue and Inwood Terrace in Fort Lee, where Ann allegedly struck Hong with his car, put it in reverse…
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Two nearby congregations targeted in attacks will also receive homeland security funds.
Three Teaneck synagogues were among thirteen North Jersey non-profit groups awarded thousands in federal grant money to upgrade their security, Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. announced. Pascrell had urged Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to maintain funding for the federal Non-Profit Security Grant Program after some state and local assistance saw a more than 40 percent cut. “One important way we can improve our nation’s homeland security is supporting hometown security. Ensuring that the Non-Profit Security Grant Program continues to exist is a high priority for me and I am pleased to see it deliver for so many local synagogues and community organizations,” the congressman said in a statement. In Teaneck, Congregation Beth …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Bergen Prosecutor treats chronically ill youth to day of fun in countywide celebration.
A 7-year-old from Teaneck was treated to an inside look at law enforcement and a day of fun after being sworn in as the county’s “chief for a day” by Prosecutor John L. Molinelli. Jahki Cudjoe, who was diagnosed with a genetic disorder, was picked up at his Teaneck home by the prosecutor’s Fatal Accident Investigation Unit truck and headed to his school where classmates got an up-close look at the truck. Joined by his parents and grandparents, Cudjoe was given a tour of the courthouse and prosecutor’s office. Cudjoe, in full uniform, was then sworn in by Molinelli as county “chief” of detectives. Although Cudjoe’s condition can cause learning disabilities, Molinelli noted it hasn’t stopped the young boy’s curiosity and energy. “Jahki’s …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Aakash Dalal, the former Lodi man allegedly behind the anti-semitic arsons earlier this year, has pleaded not guilty to additional charges that he plotted to murder the assistant prosecutor in the case.
The former Lodi man who allegedly played a guiding role in the firebombings of Jewish synagogues earlier this year has pleaded not guilty to new charges that he conspired to kill the assistant prosecutor handling his case, authorities said Thursday. Aakash Dalal, 20, who had been attending Rutgers University and has a New Brunswick address, plotted to obtain a gun and murder Assistant Prosecutor Martin Delaney after he made bail, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a statement. Dalal, who was scheduled to be released from jail this week after arranging to post $1 million bail, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to possess a weapon for unlawful purposes and terroristic threats. In early May, FBI agents …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Girl first reported abuse to her mother, authorities say.
A 40-year-old Teaneck man was arrested Friday after investigators learned he sexually abused a young girl, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office said. Richard Rhode, of Voorhees Street, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child, authorities said. He was ordered held at the Bergen County Jail on $75,000 bail, with no ten percent option, after an arrest by Teaneck police and county Special Victims Unit detectives. The girl first reported the abuse to her mother, who contacted authorities, according to a prosecutor’s office statement. Authorities described Rhode as an acquaintance of the juvenile victim. -- Follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to our free daily newsletter
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Case heads to grand jury.
The Manhattan man charged with murder and arson in the killing of Teaneck software engineer Robert Cantor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a host of charges filed in the 2011 shooting death. Sui Kam “Tony” Tung remained held on $3 million bail, with no ten percent option. He pleaded not guilty to all charges including, murder, arson and stalking, northjersey.com reported. Tung, 49, was arrested at his Upper East Side apartment earlier this month, more than a year after Cantor was found dead in his burning Elm Avenue home. Tung initially declined to waive extradition from New York City where he was held after the arrest, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has said. Prosecutors said Cantor, 59, was having an affair with Tung’s wife, who …
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Prosecutor’s Office investigators seized cash, drugs in six county warrant sweep, authorities say
Two Teaneck men were among 20 people arrested Thursday by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force in a drug warrant sweep spanning six counties, authorities said. The arrests came as a result of undercover drug investigations the task force conducted over the past 12 months, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a statement Friday. Investigators seized two pounds of marijuana, more than one-half ounce of cocaine and approximately 100 pills of prescriptions drugs, along with about $3,200 in cash, the prosecutor said. In Teaneck, Elm Avenue resident Daniel Robinson, III, and Taariq Huggins-Perdomo, of Genesee Avenue, were each arrested on charges of distribution of marijuana, distribution of marijuana within …