YOU READ THESE HERE FIRST: A Mahwah minister faces another trial on charges of having sex with an underaged congregant, a jilted boyfriend who harassed a Bergen fashion editor avoided prison and Bergen’s prosecutor took a direct role in how the county will be policed — all news that you learned exclusively on CLIFFVIEW PILOT this week.
Here’s a sampling of the week’s exclusives, with links to the full stories:
Underage sex trial date set for former Mahwah minister
EXCLUSIVE (ONLY ON CVP): A former Mahwah minister serving an eight-year prison sentence for having sex with an underaged member of his congregation will be retried next month in connection with another alleged assault on a teenaged congregant. READ MORE….
Jilted boyfriend who harassed Bergen fashion editor gets probation, training
ANOTHER EXCLUSIVE (ONLY ON CVP): An ex-boyfriend who violated a “no contact” order by making late-night phone calls to the fashion editor of a local magazine will be sentenced to five years’ probation and a mandatory 26-week training course on domestic violence after pleading guilty to the charges today. READ MORE….
Molinelli putting county sheriff in charge of regional SWAT, splitting K-9 duties
MAJOR CVP EXCLUSIVE: Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli today gave the county police six months to join a regional SWAT team that will be headed by the county sheriff, while giving both county agencies three months to implement a plan dividing specific K-9 duties between them, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned. What that means for the long-term future of the Bergen County Police SWAT team was an open question this afternoon. READ MORE….
Location, location, drugs, money: Indictments in major N.J. ring
BEHIND THE STORY: Location isn’t important only in real estate: State indictments were returned today against four men in a multi-million-dollar drug ring that authorities said relied on a Middlesex County warehouse and Hackensack apartment that both provided easy cover and quick access to major highways. READ MORE….
Dr. Oz can keep trees that block NYC view, appeals court rules
ANOTHER CVP SCOOP: A well-known Cliffside Park lawyer took the wrong route when he sued his next-door neighbor, TV’s Dr. Oz, for planting three large trees that blocked his view of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline — and now it’s too late to do anything about it, a state court ruled this week. READ MORE….
Good news for Edgewater Superfund site, bad news for deer
SPECIAL REPORT: The long-term news is good for one of the East Coast’s most notorious Superfund sites — but not for several deer who’ve been roaming the former Quanta Resources property on River Road in Edgewater. READ MORE….
Englewood police: ATM skimmers tied to $1M in thefts
ANOTHER CVP FIRST: Working with Citibank investigators, Englewood police busted a pair of ATM “skim crew” thieves, turning up 80 cards created with victims’ accounts, more than $10,000 in cash and various disguises that they said the two undocumented Romanian immigrants used as they swept through the area withdrawing money. READ MORE….
North Jersey men charged in national drug ring
YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Two North Jersey men are among 18 charged with participating in a large-scale ring that brought several hundreds of pounds of pot at a time from California, laundered the proceeds through an eBay front and then sent the cash back west sewn into the lining of handbags. READ MORE….