Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Prosecutors have said a township man plotted to frame gang members at the Passaic County Jail.
A former corrections officer from Teaneck who smuggled heroin into the Passaic County Jail in a scheme to impress his employer by finding the drugs lost an appeal Wednesday. Marvin S. Thompson, 47, was arrested in 2007 and is serving a five-year sentence in state prison on charges of drug possession, official misconduct and filing a false report. Investigators uncovered Thompson's plot after a jailhouse informant wore a wire and recorded the former officer discussing his plan to bring drugs and makeshift weapons into the jail and blame the contraband on inmate members of the Bloods street gang, according to court documents. Authorities discovered heroin and "shanks" made from heavy gauge wire in the "ice room" at the jail. Thompson's …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Teaneck man was killed in a case of mistaken identity
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Tuesday, February 26
Three members of the “Dominicans Don’t Play” gang were sentenced to prison Tuesday in the 2009 killing of a Teaneck man attacked in Hackensack, northjersey.com reported. Union City resident Gabriel Pujols, 25, was sentenced to 23 years, the report said. Co-defendants 29-year-old Frederick DeLeon, also of Union City and Hackensack resident Manuel Ramirez were sentenced to 12 and 10 year terms. Prosecutors said the three were drinking at a party in Hackensack and got into a fight with a group of men they thought were from the “Trinitarios” gang, according to the report. Pujols and his co-defendants later went searching for the rivals and happened upon Victor Garcia, who was not a gang member. Pujols admitted to stabbing 20-year-old Garcia, …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Ridgewood police, New Jersey state troopers named in federal lawsuit
A former Fairleigh Dickinson University professor linked to a neo-Nazi group has filed a civil rights lawsuit alleging he and his wife were victims of police brutality during a 2011 raid of his Ridgewood apartment. Jacques Pluss, an ex-adjunct history and politics professor at FDU's Teaneck campus, claimed in the suit that state troopers and Ridgewood police burned him with a cigarette, dragged him, and threw him into a pile of ice and snow during his arrest for threats authorities say he made against an Anti-Defamation League official. Then-girlfriend Jessica Stephens, who has since married Pluss, was "thrown into the cement walkway to be tightly zip tied and handcuffed which caused injury to her wrists and shoulders," the lawsuit …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Mobster known as "Papa Smurf" also arrested in federal takedown of mob plot to control garbage hauling companies, according to federal authorities.
A reputed Ramsey mobster known as "Papa Smurf" was charged Wednesday in a widespread federal sweep targeting a mob-run conspiracy to control the trash-hauling industry in New York and New Jersey. Borough resident Carmine Franco, a 77-year-old Genovese Crime Family associate who had two prior convictions in connection with organized crime in the trash removal industry, was allegedly the ring leader of a scheme to control crooked waste management companies, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. Franco and a brother formerly owned the Sal Car transfer station in Hillsdale, which they later sold to Waste Management. Also arrested Wednesday was Teaneck resident Jonathan Greene, 47, who faces a charge of interstate transportation of stolen…
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Motive in double-shooting remains unclear.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
- Noah Cohen
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The Queens nightclub owned accused in the shooting deaths of two men in Teaneck ran a scheme to buy counterfeit money and use it to purchase and resell cocaine, a prosecutor said in opening arguments Tuesday, northjersey.com reported. Nicholas Kiriakakis, 27, used Michael Mirasola and Jonathan Beneduce as unknowing investors in the scam, Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Wayne Mello said in court. Kiriakakis allegedly fatally shot the two men on Oakdene Avenue in Teaneck in February 2010. Prosecutors did not detail a specific motive in the killings, according to the report. A defense attorney for Kiriakakis, Marc Agnifilo, contended that although illegal dealings had taken place, his client did not kill the two men. Kiriakakis reportedly …
Monday, October 22, 2012
A Queens man is accused of gunning down two men on a street in Teaneck nearly three years ago.
Opening arguments in the trial of a New York City lounge owner accused of killing two men on Oakdene Avenue in Teaneck are set to begin Tuesday in Superior Court in Hackensack, northjersey.com reported. Queens nightclub owner Nicholas Kiriakakis, 28, is charged with fatally shooting Michael Mirasola and Jonathan Beneduce Feb. 18, 2010 in what prosecutors have called drug-related killings. Mirasola and Beneduce drove to Teaneck in a 2007 Ford Explorer as Kiriakakis followed, prosecutors have said. He allegedly shot his two friends and fled. The purpose of the trip was “believed to be related to an illegal narcotic transaction,” prosecutor’s said in statement issued after the slayings. Kiriakakis was freed on $2 million bail and faces …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Judge finds man to be a flight risk.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Noah Cohen
Thursday, September 20, 2012
A judge on Thursday rejected a request to lower bail for the man accused in what prosecutors have described as the love-triangle slaying of a Teaneck software engineer, northjersey.com reported. Sui Kam “Tony” Tung has close ties to China and his brother is a convicted felon, giving Tung access to weapons and fake documents, Judge Liliana DeAvila-Silebi said in denying his request for a reduction of the $3 million bail, according to the report. Tung is accused the March 2011 death of Robert Cantor. Prosecutors allege Tung began stalking Cantor after he learned of a relationship Cantor was having with Tung's estranged wife. Cantor was also separated from his wife. Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Wayne Mello claimed Tung confronted …
Monday, August 13, 2012
Woman billed for work that was never completed.
A public adjuster from Englewood admitted in court Friday to pocketing more than $42,000 in insurance payments for work that was never completed, prosecutors said Monday. Sheena Clarke, 59, admitted that between July 2005 and August 2010 she submitted damage claims to four insurance companies for properties in Paterson, Newark, Irvington and East Orange, when no repairs had been done, state Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said in a statement. Clarke pleaded guilty in state Superior Court to third-degree insurance fraud for scamming the companies and clients. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 28. Under a plea agreement, the state will recommend she be sentenced to probation if she pays $42,519 in restitution, prosecutors said. Clarke …
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Court moved as part of effort to ease overcrowding at county justice complex.
The new location for Bergen County Central Municipal Court will open Tuesday in Hackensack, one step in a major renovation of the county’s justice complex. Officials will open the new location at 71 Hudson Street. The county has been renovating the building since last year. Central Municipal Court is unique to Bergen and generally handles summonses issued by county agencies. The busy court was located in the Bergen County Courthouse on Main Street. Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan has announced plans to rehabilitate the historic courthouse and surrounding justice complex. John L. Molinelli, the county prosecutor, pledged $7 million in forfeiture funds to help fund the project. In addition to courtroom renovations, the county plans …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Attorney for accused burglar says bail is too high, according to report.
A 37-year-old convicted robber from Teaneck was indicted Thursday on charges that he broke into two homes on Hanover Street in January, northjersey.com reported. Kali Carter was out on bail for burglaries in Fort Lee when police arrested him for the two Teaneck burglaries, records show. In the Hanover Street case, Teaneck police responded to a burglar alarm going off and found a glass patio door had been smashed, and jewelry stolen, authorities said at the time. Officers learned another nearby house had been burglarized and found the bedroom ransacked. Investigators set up surveillance on Carter’s Cranford Place home. As detectives watched, Carter pulled up with another man, 21-year-old Hackensack resident Hakeem Chance, police said. …