Thursday, March 28, 2013
A New Jersey School Board Association forum held at Paramus High School offered parents the opportunity to hear from local law enforcement and school officials on what is being done across the area to make schools safer.
When it comes to handling a school emergency situation, preparedness is key, according to local law enforcement and school officials who tackled the pressing issue of school safety in front of an audience of about 200 parents Wednesday at Paramus High School. The New Jersey School Board Association hosted the forum, which featured Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli and other local police and school officials from across the county. The event gave parents an opportunity to hear from officials about what measures local districts are taking to increase school safety, an issue that has come to the forefront since the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. Molinelli told the audience that every law …
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…
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 …
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 …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Six months since a study recommended sweeping changes to Bergen County Police Department, none have come.
Note: This story was published on Dec. 4, 2011 Six months after a study called for sweeping changes to the Bergen County Police Department, none of the study's central recommendations have been implemented as the fight over the future of the agency continues, a fight that has seemingly chilled the relationship of two county leaders who were allies this time last year. Bergen County officials are currently waiting for a second report on the county police that’s supposed to be completed early next year, this one by a committee created by County Executive Kathleen Donovan. Critics - most notably Sheriff Michael Saudino, who swept into office with Donovan last November - argue the panel is composed primarily of political appointees rather …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Group wants special prosecutor appointed in murder of Elm Avenue man.
Friends and family of slain Teaneck resident Robert Cantor plan to rally Wednesday morning outside the Bergen County Justice Center in Hackensack and are calling for a special prosecutor to take over the investigation into the nearly year-old unsolved killing. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has made missteps in the case and has been hostile toward a group concerned about the progress of the investigation, according to a statement released by the Committee for Justice for Robert Cantor. The rally outside the courthouse is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. The committee asked Gov. Chris Christie for a meeting about the case last year, but state officials ultimately referred family members back to the county prosecutor's office. “To tell our …
Sunday, November 6, 2011
County on pace for 8 percent drop in overtime costs.
Employees at the Bergen County Jail racked up $1.72 million worth of overtime in 2010, more than twice as much as the majority of county departments. The four highest overtime recipients in the county were corrections officers, including two men who boosted their six-figure salaries by more than 60 percent by collecting a combined $129,516 in extra pay. In fact, jail workers dominated the rankings of county overtime earners in 2010, with five corrections officers in the top 10, and 10 in the top 20. “We came in with the intent to do something about that,’’ said Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino, who took office in January. The numbers indicate that Saudino has begun tackling overtime at the jail. County payroll records provided to …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
'Person of interest' identified in killing, private investigator says.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Noah Cohen
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli has blasted a private investigator hired to help solve the murder of an Elm Avenue man, calling the investigator’s comments in a newspaper article “irresponsible” and accused him of refusing to work with authorities. Friends and relatives of slain resident Robert Cantor hired retired NYPD Detective Jay Salpeter to help solve the more than six-month-old shooting death, the Record reported last Thursday. Salpeter said he had a "person of interest" in the murder who previously confronted Cantor. “Advertising to a defendant in the paper what he [Salpeter] suspects, what law enforcement knows or does not know is not recommended and, I suspect, done solely to justify the fee that he is charging individuals…
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Investigators still searching for van involved in the accident, prosecutor says.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Noah Cohen
Thursday, September 8, 2011
A New York City man who fatally struck a pedestrian as she crossed Teaneck Road last month, then fled the scene, surrendered to police Thursday morning, authorities said. Todd Jackman, 52, turned himself in to Teaneck Police after learning there was a warrant out for his arrest, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a statement. The August 25 accident claimed the life of 48-year-old Tracey Brown, of Englewood, who was found dead in the southbound lanes of Teaneck Road, near Selvage Avenue, authorities said. In August, the prosecutor's office said investigators believed Brown was first struck by a vehicle going north on Teaneck Road, then thrown into the southbound lanes and hit again. Authorities did not immediately say if …
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
County Youth Academy wraps up Friday in Hackensack.
Tuesday, a group of about 100 high school students from around Bergen County returned to the Bergen County Youth Police Academy for the tail end of a two week camp. While this week’s plans include several field trips to places like the Statue of Liberty, US Air Marshals, and Darlington County Park, most of the first week was spent at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute on Campgaw Road. Cadets spent the week involved in different simulated emergency and public service scenarios. “We really try to give the kids a sample of what it is like to be involved in a bunch of different aspects of law enforcement, firefighting, and other forms of public service,” Maureen Parenta, spokeswoman for the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, …