Thursday, May 2, 2013
Reward for information leading to capture of Joanne Chesimard, convicted in 1973 killing of state trooper, totals $2 million.
The most wanted woman in New Jersey history is now the first woman on the FBI's fugitive terrorist list. Joanne Chesimard, convicted of a murdering a state trooper in 1973, was added to the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list Thursday on the 40-year anniversary of the trooper's death. The FBI Newark Division held a press conference Thursday to announce the addition of Chesimard's name and the collaboration between federal and state law enforcement agencies in upping the reward for information that leads to her arrest to $2 million. Chesimard is the first woman on the Most Wanted Terrorist List. Chesimard, who is now known as Assata Shakur, has been living under political asylum in Cuba since she broke out of a Hunterdon County prison during a…
Friday, March 15, 2013
Ramp closed for more than five hours
A tractor-trailer overturned on a ramp from Route 80 east to Route 95 south early Friday in Teaneck, spilling lumber across the road, state police said. Crews were still working to clear the wood more than five hours after the truck flipped, which has closed the Exit 68 ramp. State Police Sgt. Adam Grossman said it was not immediately known when the ramp would be reopened. The Teaneck Fire Department responded as a precaution after officials reported smoke coming from the big-rig, Grossman said. There were no injuries in the one-vehicle accident. Grossman said the truck was uprighted around 8:30 a.m. and has since been removed. There were no major traffic delays in the area. Additional details were not immediately available. Follow …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Weekly town-by-town crime data made available online
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Friday, February 15
Updated crime statistics for towns and counties in New Jersey will be made available more frequently than in the past, according to State Police. Police will be updating an online database of crime stats weekly, or as often as local departments report their new information. In the past, statewide statistics on crime were updated only once per year in the annual Uniform Crime Report. Data for 2011 was released in December. “For the first time, we are able to give the public a sense of the current crime picture in their area. Even as preliminary data, this will be a great new tool for the public,” Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police Colonel Rick Fuentes said in a statement. The new data is available online here. It is currently …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
State police warn residents of flash floods as remnants of Isaac may impact the northeast area of NJ on Wednesday. Meanwhile weather forecasts predict heavy rain showers, thunderstorms for the area.
New Jersey State Police have a issued a warning to resients that the remnants of Hurricane Isaac may impace the northeast area of New Jersey on Wednesday. State police warned residents via Nixle alert on Tuesday to be aware of flash flooding in flood prone areas on Wednesday. The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for the area Tuesday into Wednesday. The weather service predicts periods of heavy rain showevers and embedded thunderstorms with rainfall between 1 and 3 inches possible which cause lead to flooding in some areas. The forecast for the Bergen County area is: Follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to our free daily newsletter
Friday, July 27, 2012
Attorney General's Office says troopers allegedly altered plates in high-speed escort.
Two New Jersey state troopers accused of leading a high-speed escort on the Garden State Parkway for a fleet of luxury cars have been criminally charged, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office announced. The New Jersey State Police (NJSP) received complaints regarding the March 2012 caravan to Atlantic City, and the troopers were subsequently suspended without pay in April. In a press conference in Trenton on Friday, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said the troopers who conducted the unauthorized escort "turned our highway into a virtual speedway." "What they did was absolutely wrong," he said. An investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice into the incident found that the troopers, Sgt. First Class Nadir Nassry, 47, and Trooper…
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Pair has been suspended since April while Attorney General's Office conducts investigation into high-speed escort.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012
The two state troopers allegedly involved in a high-speed luxury car escort down the Garden State Parkway in March could be criminally charged Friday and one of the troopers has resigned, according to NJ.com. New Jersey State Police Sgt. Nadir Nassry and Joseph Ventrella were suspended without pay in April, the Attorney General's Office has said. Ventrella was a member of the force for six years and was assigned to the Troop B Tactical Patrol Unit. Nassry, 47, of Phillipsburg, was a trooper of 25 years and was assigned to Totowa Station. NJ.com reported Thursday that the suspended troopers could face third- or fourth-degree criminal charges after they were allegedly caught on video camera escorting luxury cars to Atlantic City at a high …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Money was found in hidden compartment, troopers say.
A routine traffic stop on Interstate 95 in Fort Lee led state troopers to seize more than $783,000 and arrest two Bronx men on money laundering charges, state police said in a statement Tuesday night. Trooper Stephen Spitaleri saw a blue Ford Expedition driving erratically on the highway’s southbound lanes April 19, state police said. After the stop, an investigation turned up the cash in a box and hydraulically operated compartment hidden inside the truck. The two 45-year-old men in the Expedition, Franklin Delacruz and Jose Tremillo-Carnillo, were charged with money laundering and conspiracy. Both were taken to the Bergen County Jail on $500,000 full cash bail. Additional details were not released and a state police spokesperson was not …
Friday, April 20, 2012
Lanes closed in Ridgefield Park
An accident in the northbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike in Ridgefield Park led to injuries and traffic delays Friday afternoon. State police at the Newark station said one driver was conscious and alert after the crash. They could not immediately provide additional details. The accident was reported near the approach to Route 80, according to the state Department of Transportation. The agency also reported injuries on its traffic website. Lanes were temporarily blocked around 2 p.m., but later reopened. A State Police spokesman did not immediately have more information. Ridgefield Park firefighters, along with Holy Name Medical Center medics were at the scene. Check back for updates on this breaking news report. Follow Patch on …
Friday, April 13, 2012
As many as 225 spots will be available for applicants who want to become state troopers.
Police departments across New Jersey have been hit hard by layoffs over the past few years due to budget cuts in a crippled economy, but one law-enforcement agency in the state is actually hiring. New Jersey State Police announced Wednesday they will begin accepting applications next month from candidates who want to be state troopers. As many as 225 spots will be available when two State Police academy classes commence training next spring. The application period runs online from May 7 to 29. This is the first time the state police have accepted applications since February 2010. The most recent class of state troopers graduated this past January, adding 85 to the ranks. State Police Col. Joseph R. Fuentes and state Attorney General …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Borough resident had license suspended more than a dozen times before crash, officials say.
A 29-year-old Bogota man had a suspended license when the pick-up truck he was driving collided with a broken down Honda on Route 80, killing the car’s driver and a passenger in a fiery crash Tuesday, authorities said. The wreck happened around 11 p.m. when the Ford-150 pick-up struck the disabled Honda Civic in the center local lane of Route 80 east in Lodi, said Lt. Stephen Jones of the New Jersey State Police. Both cars erupted in flames. The Honda’s driver, 24-year-old Passaic resident Esmanuel Perez, and an unidentified rear passenger were pronounced dead at the scene, Jones said. Front seat passenger Juan Torres, 28, also of Passaic, was in critical condition at Hackensack University Medical Center. Police charged the pick-up’s …