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UPDATE: Man charged in weekend hit-and-run

Authorities have charged a 36-year-old Irvington man in connection with the weekend hit-and-run death of another man outside the Mantra Restaurant.

For full details, visit the Bergen County Examiner.


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UPDATE: Man charged in weekend hit-and-run

Authorities have charged a 36-year-old Irvington man in connection with the weekend hit-and-run death of another man outside the Mantra Restaurant.

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Paterson man killed in early morning hit-and-run

A man was killed early Sunday after a hit and run in Paramus. The incident occurred after a dispute between two groups from Newark and Paterson.

For details, click to read the full report on the Bergen County Examiner.

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BREAKING NEWS: Ex-Husband Sought in Mahwah Stabbing

by Noah Cohen

MAHWAH (Sept. 18, 2009) A Rockland County woman was found stabbed this morning in the parking lot of the Sheraton Crossroads in Mahwah and her ex-husband is being sought for questioning, according to a statement from Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli.

Laura Matosek, of Valley Cottage, N.Y. was found by police at 8:30 a.m. with stab wounds to her torso and taken to Hackensack University Medical Center where she underwent surgery, the statement said.  She was in critical condition at the time of this report.

Authorities are looking for the woman’s ex-husband, Allan Pelcak Jr, 41, of Spring Valley, N.Y.  The couple separated approximately two and a half years ago, authorities said.

“At this time no arrest warrants have been signed but Mr. Pelcak is wanted for questioning,” Molinelli said in the statement issued late Friday afternoon.

They have two children together – an eight and five-year-old – who authorities said are safe.

Authorities urged anyone with information on Pelcak’s whereabouts to call the Mahwah Police Department at (201)529-1000 or the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit at (201)226-5653.

Updates will be released as more information becomes available.

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Air Force Serviceman Arrested in Online Sex Sting

by Noah Cohen

HACKENSACK (Sept. 17, 2009) Bergen County authorities have arrested a married U.S. Air Force serviceman for allegedly engaging in a

William Carrasquillo, 30. Photo: BCPO

William Carrasquillo, 30. Photo: BCPO

sexually explicit Internet chat with what he thought was a 14-year-old girl, according to County Prosecutor John Molinelli.

Members of the Bergen County Computer Crime Task Force arrested William Carrasquillo, 30, of Brown Mills, N.J., at his home Thursday morning.

“Carrasquillo initiated sexually explicit dialog and instructed the 14-year-old girl to masturbate at his direction,” said a statement from the Prosecutor’s Office.

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Special Feature: Convicted Killer Seeks Freedom from State Parole Board

Convicted killer Christopher Righetti is scheduled to testify before the New Jersey State Parole Board today as the board decides whether to grant his parole.

Righetti, of River Vale, was convicted in 1976 of murdering Kim Montelaro, then 20, of New Milford.  He kidnapped her from the Paramus Park Mall before raping and stabbing Montelaro six times and left her body in a Washington Township swimming area.  Although he was 16 at the time, he was tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison.

Righetti , 49, is serving his sentence in Northern State Prison in Newark and will be eligible for parole Sept 26, according to state records.

The prospect of his release has led to the creation of “Keep Bergen Safe,” a grassroots effort founded by Washington Township Councilman Bob Schroeder, to oppose Righetti’s parole.  The group maintains a Web site at where they urge visitors to write letters in support of keeping him locked up.

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Route 17 Southbound Closed, Several Accidents Reported

by Bergen Live News

RIDGEWOOD (August 11, 2009) Several early morning traffic accidents are causing delays around Bergen County and Route 17 south in Ridgewood at Linwood Avenue remains closed after a feul spill at approximately 6 a.m. this morning.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation reported a two mile delay on Route 17 north near the spill scene and a three mile delay between Allendale Avenue in Saddle River and Racetrack Road in Ho-Ho-Kus.

Another accident between a car and a motorcycle was reported around 7 a.m. at Grand Avenue in Englewood on the eastbound side of Route 4, according to police.


Emergency crews are working on an accident with injuries in the southbound side of the  Garden State Parkway, south of Exit 160 in Rochelle Park, however, all lanes remain open and no delays are reported, according to the NJ DOT.

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FBI Investigating White Powder sent to NJ officials, businesses

by Noah Cohen

NEWARK (July, 27 2009) The FBI is investigating 11 suspicious letters containing a white powder sent to public and government buildings in Bergen and Passaic counties, authorities said.

Lab tests completed on three of the letters were negative for harmful substances and no one has been injured, according to a statement released by the FBI’s Newark Division.

The tests, done by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, did not identify the substance, Donna Leusner, a state health department spokeswoman said.

The letters being investigated began on July 17, the statement said.

A similar white powder turned up July 3 at Paterson Police headquarters after it was sent to an unidentified man. In that incident, three officers were given precautionary decontamination treatment at the scene and the first floor of the police building was evacuated, city police said.

Special Agent Bryan Travers of the Newark FBI said the agency was not calling the 11 incidents connected.

“The matter is under investigation and we will not speculate on motive or connection between each letter incident,” the FBI statement said.

The FBI is investigating incidents in Totowa, Clifton, Wayne, Ringwood, Woodland Park and Fair Lawn.

In Fair Lawn, a letter was mailed to Police Chief Erik Rose, officials confirmed. A letter was also mailed to the Wayne Police Department.

Suspicious letters have been reported at police, government and business buildings.

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Man Dead After Jumping from GWB

by Noah Cohen

An unidentified man was killed when he jumped from the George Washington Bridge shortly after 4:30 p.m. Monday, authorities said.

The Port Authority confirmed the man’s body was recovered by police but declined to release details of the incident, citing concerns over copycats.

Bergen County Police said the body was taken to the Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office in Paramus.  The medical examiner’s office could not be immediately reached for comment at the time of this report.

The United States Coast Guard, who assisted local authorities, was notified of a suspicious package reportedly left by the dead man near the New Jersey tower of the bridge’s upper level, Annie Berlin, a Coast Guard spokeswoman said.

Berlin said she could not confirm details of the incident because the Coast Guard only assisted local authorities.

The bridge remained open during the incident and there were no major traffic delays, authorities said.

Bergen Live News will continue to update this story.

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Three Arrested, $1.2 Million Worth of Pot Seized

by Noah Cohen

BERGEN LIVE NEWS (July 17, 2009) Bergen and Passaic County authorities seized 200 pounds of marijuana, valued at $1.2 million, and arrested three New York men as they attempted to move the drugs near Route 46 in Fort Lee, John Molinelli, the Bergen County prosecutor said.

The investigation began July 16 after the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Narcotics Task Force was alerted by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department of a large drug shipment being delivered to a Closter warehouse.

As a team of Closter Police and Bergen and Passaic County authorities watched, five packages later found to be the drugs, were delivered to the building, authorities said.

“A short time later, surveillance members observed a flatbed truck being driven by a male subsequently identified as Chester Marshall who then retrieved all five of these packages and departed the area,” Molinelli said in a statement released today.

Investigators moved in to arrest the group when they saw the drugs being loaded into to a green Lexus driven by Marvin Martin,  of Bronx, N.Y. and Alva Hupstead of Mount Vernon N.Y.

The alleged drug dealers did not go down easily, according to the prosecutor.

“Martin and Hupstead fled the scene on foot.  Martin was placed into custody as he ran across Route 46, and Hupstead was also placed into custody after a short foot chase,” Molinelli said.

All three suspects were charged with “possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and money laundering.” Martin and Hupstead were also charged with resisting arrest, according to a statement.

The suspects were in custody at the Bergen County Jail at the time of this post, according to jail records.

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