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  1. UPDATE: Northbound Rt. 17 Remains Closed After Crash In Upper Saddle River

    UPDATE: Northbound Rt. 17 Remains Closed After Crash In Upper Saddle River

    UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. -- (UPDATE) A box truck slammed into a utility pole on northbound Route 17 in Upper Saddle River early Saturday night, igniting a chain reaction that kept the highway closed for hours.The pole snapped in half, downing wires across the highway -- which fell onto a tour bus and Jeep in the southbound lanes.No serious injuries were immediately reported in the crash ...

  2. Mahwah Police Rescue Boy, 11, Hip-Deep In Mud

    Mahwah Police Rescue Boy, 11, Hip-Deep In Mud

    MAHWAH, N.J. -- Swift-moving Mahwah police rescued an 11-year-old boy who got stuck in a muddy marsh late Saturday afternoon.Responding to a 911 call Officer Thomas Mitchell found the boy submerged up to his hip in an area behind Linden and Mark Twain Way. He grabbed a rope from his police cruiser and, with the help of fellow Officers Liam Kantanas, Keith Iorio and Daniel Stewart, had ...

  3. UPDATE: Northbound Rt. 17 Remains Closed After Crash In Upper Saddle River

    UPDATE: Northbound Rt. 17 Remains Closed After Crash In Upper Saddle River

    UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. -- (UPDATE) A box truck slammed into a utility pole on northbound Route 17 in Upper Saddle River early Saturday night, igniting a chain reaction that kept the highway closed for hours.The pole snapped in half, downing wires across the highway -- which fell onto a tour bus and Jeep in the southbound lanes.No serious injuries were immediately reported in the crash ...

  4. Mahwah Police Seize Drugs, Bust Two In Raid On Hotel Room Near High School

    Mahwah Police Seize Drugs, Bust Two In Raid On Hotel Room Near High School

    MAHWAH, N.J. -- Cocaine, Oxycodone and pot were among the drugs being sold from a hotel room near Mahwah High School, said police who busted a couple staying there.Investigating a tip, Detective Michael Grassi and Officer Matthew Buonocore and Officer Liam Kantanas watched the Route 17 hotel for four days before obtaining a search warrant and raiding the room, Police Chief James N. ...

  5. Student Jailed After 'Alarming' Instagram Gun Post Closed Nutley Schools

    Student Jailed After 'Alarming' Instagram Gun Post Closed Nutley Schools

    An 18-year-old Nutley High School student remained jailed Saturday after authorities said he posted an "alarming" Instagram video that included images of teens shooting a handgun at a firing range along with photos of his school and students in a classroom.Alhough he wasn't deemed a threat, the video led to charges of creating a false public alarm against Joseph Rafanello, ...

  6. Front Window Of Former Elmwood Park Pizzeria Smashed Overnight

    Front Window Of Former Elmwood Park Pizzeria Smashed Overnight

    ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. -- Someone smashed a front window at a former pizza place in Elmwood Park overnight Saturday.Police said they were investigating the criminal mischief incident at the vacant storefront that once housed Fratelli's Coal Burning Pizza on Route 46.Records show the property was listed for sale in September 2016.

  7. Police: 500 Fake Credit Cards Found Before Florida Fraudster Hits Newark

    Police: 500 Fake Credit Cards Found Before Florida Fraudster Hits Newark

    After finding 500 bogus credit and gift cards in his checked luggage, police at Orlando Airport called ahead to their Port Authority colleagues, who arrested a convicted con man as he got off a plane in Newark, authorities said.Robert Smith-Merced, 46, Kissimmee FL, "was unaware that the luggage holding the fraudulent cards was still being held by authorities in Orlando" when ...

  8. Passaic Sheriff's Detectives Charge Paterson Pair With 1.4 Pounds Of Coke

    Passaic Sheriff's Detectives Charge Paterson Pair With 1.4 Pounds Of Coke

    PATERSON, N.J. -- Passaic County sheriff's detectives seized nearly 1½ pounds of cocaine while arresting two brothers near a local high school, authorities said.A month-long investigation led to the arrests of city residents Daniel A. Hernandez, 38, and Alexis E. Hernandez, 32, at 86 Murray Street, Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik said.Detectives were watching Thursday night, he said, when ...

  9. Prosecutor: Twins' Father Hid Car In Route 46 Hit-Run Death

    Prosecutor: Twins' Father Hid Car In Route 46 Hit-Run Death

    (UPDATE) The father of twins charged in the hit-and-run death of a 28-year-old Teaneck man as he crossed Route 46 near the Teterboro Walmart last month hid the car at his Wallington home, said authorities who arrested him.Detectives on Thursday found the 2013 black Ford Focus at the home of John Bialek, , a 52-year-old train mechanic, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo said ...

  10. Elderly Driver Strands Car On Median At Bergenfield Shopping Center

    Elderly Driver Strands Car On Median At Bergenfield Shopping Center

    BERGENFIELD, N.J. -- An elderly driver with a walker crashed her car onto a median at a busy Bergenfield shopping center Friday afternoon.The woman refused to go to the hospital for an evaluation after the 2 p.m. incident at the New Bridge Shopping Plaza on New Bridge Road.Police kept her in a patrol vehicle until a loved one picked her up.Members of the Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance ...

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