EMERSON FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION UPDATE 
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FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced today charges filed related to the April 22, 2015, fatal crash in Emerson, NJ. The investigation is being conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO and the Emerson Police Department, under the direction of Chief Donald ROSSI. As a result of the investigation, a 17 year old juvenile was charged with a complaint of juvenile delinquency with the underlying offense of Vehicular Homicide.

As previously reported to the public, on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at approximately 8:40 p.m., Emerson Police officers responded to the scene of a single motor vehicle collision on Hasbrouck Avenue in Emerson.

As a result of a cooperative investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, and the Emerson Police Department, it was determined that the driver, a 17 year old juvenile, of the involved 2008 Nissan Pathfinder was traveling at what is believed to be a reckless, high rate of speed, north on Hasbrouck Avenue when control of the Nissan Pathfinder was lost in the area of Hasbrouck Avenue’s intersection with Chestnut Street. The SUV flipped numerous times, leaving the roadway and coming to rest on its driver’s side in the residence’s side yard. As the vehicle flipped and left the roadway, the front seat passenger, Stephanie MORGAN, an 18 year old Emerson woman, was ejected.

Ms. MORGAN was transported to the trauma center at Hackensack University Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead. The driver and a 15 year old rear seat passenger were transported to HUMC in Westwood and Hackensack for evaluation and treatment but neither suffered serious injury.

On April 24, 2015, the juvenile driver was charged with one complaint of juvenile delinquency based upon conduct if committed by an adult would constitute the 2nd degree crime of Vehicular Homicide, a violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5. The investigation is ongoing and motor vehicle summonses, for violations including reckless driving, speeding, failure to maintain lane and failure to abide by probationary driver’s license requirements, will be issued.

Prosecutor Molinelli stated that these charges are merely allegations and that this juvenile is presumed innocent until and unless adjudicated a delinquent. He would also like to thank the Emerson Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.

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RYAN WIECHNICKI CHARGED WITH SEX ASSAULT 
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FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrest of RYAN WIECHNICKI (DOB: 02/12/1994) of 138 Maple Avenue, New Milford, New Jersey, 07646 on charges of Sexual Assault. The arrest came about as a result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Special Victims Unit, under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO and the Ridgefield Police Department, under the direction of Chief Thomas GALLAGHER.

On April 23, 2015, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Special Victims Unit, and the Ridgefield Police Department arrested Ryan WIECHNICKI after learning that he engaged in inappropriate sexual activity on one occasion with a fifteen (15) year old female acquaintance. The Ridgefield Police Department learned of the incident then notified the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Special Victims Unit. Arrangements were made for the victim to be interviewed by a detective from the Special Victims Unit at the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office in Paramus, New Jersey. During that interview, the victim provided specific details regarding what had occurred with Mr. WIECHNICKI. The ensuing investigation resulted in the arrest of Mr. WIECHNICKI.

Ryan WIECHNICKI was charged with one (1) count of Sexual Assault. Bail for Mr. WIECHNICKI was set by the Honorable Francis McGrogan, J.S.C., at $50,000.00 with no ten percent option, no contact with the victim or victim’s family and the surrender of his passport as a condition of bail. Mr. WIECHNICKI was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail.

Prosecutor Molinelli states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would also like to thank the Ridgefield Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: RYAN WIECHNICKI DOB: 02/12/1994

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 138 MAPLE AVENUE, NEW MILFORD, NJ, 07646

MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE

OCCUPATION: STUDENT

ARREST INFORMATION

DATE OF ARREST: 04/23/2015

PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE

AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE, SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
RIDGEFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

ONE (1) COUNT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2C(4)-2ND DEGREE CRIME.

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE: 04/29/2015

JUDGE: DAVID LAFFERTY, J.M.C.

BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $50,000.00 NO 10%, NO CONTACT WITH THE VICTIM AND SURRENDER PASSPORT.

PRESENT STATUS: REMANDED TO BERGEN COUNTY JAIL IN LIEU OF BAIL.

RYAN WIECHNICKI
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JOE DIMITRI NICOLAS CHARGED WITH DRUG POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE 
TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrest of JOE DIMITRI NICOLAS (DOB: 7/05/71) of 190 Lincoln Avenue, Deer Park, New York. This arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, Narcotic Task Force, under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO; and the Fort Lee Police Department, under the direction of Chief Keith BENDUL.

On April 23, 2015, a Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force detective, acting in an undercover capacity, arranged to purchase one half (1/2) of a kilogram (500 grams) of suspected “Molly” (powder Ecstasy/ MDMA) from Joe NICOLAS in Fort Lee, New Jersey. “Molly” is a synthetic substance that has become popularized predominantly by young people, and is prevalent in the nightclub and “rave” culture. The New York Metropolitan area has seen an influx of “Molly” seizures in recent years and the availability of the substance has led to a thriving, illicit market for the substance.

Later in the evening of April 23, 2015, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force and the Fort Lee Police Department arrested Joe NICOLAS without incident at a hotel in Fort Lee, New Jersey after he met with the undercover detective in the parking lot. This was the second time NICOLAS had traveled from New York to New Jersey to sell “Molly” to the undercover detective. A search warrant was subsequently executed on NICOLAS’ black Saab and detectives seized the negotiated suspected “Molly” from the vehicle’s glove compartment secreted inside a cake box. The estimated street value of the controlled dangerous substance seized on this date is approximately $6,300.00 dollars.

Joe NICOLAS was subsequently charged with one (1) count of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely “Molly” (MDMA), in a quantity greater than five (5) ounces, with the Intent to Distribute the Same, a first degree crime. Bail for NICOLAS was set by the Honorable Ronny Jo Siegal, J.S.C. at $100,000.00 with no ten percent option. Mr. NICOLAS was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail.

Prosecutor Molinelli states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would also like to thank the Fort Lee Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: JOE DIMITRI NICOLAS DOB: 07/05/1971
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 190 LINCOLN AVENUE, DEER PARK, NEW YORK
MARITAL STATUS: MARRIED
OCCUPATION: N/A
ARREST INFORMATION
DATE & TIME OF ARREST: APRIL 23, 2015 @ 9:00 PM
PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: FORT LEE, NEW JERSEY
AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE
FORT LEE POLICE DEPARTMENT
CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5A (1)/5B (1) – ONE (1) COUNT OF POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE, NAMELY MDMA, A FIRST DEGREE CRIME.
ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION
ARRAIGNMENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2015 @ 1:30 PM
JUDGE: HONORABLE RONNY JO SIEGAL, J.M.C.
BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $100,000.00 NO 10% CASH OPTION
PRESENT STATUS: REMANDED TO BERGEN COUNTY JAIL IN LIEU OF BAIL

JOE DIMITRI NICOLAS
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EMERSON FATAL ACCIDENT 
TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced today details related to an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO and the Emerson Police Department under the direction of Chief Donald ROSSI.

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at approximately 8:40 p.m., the Emerson Police Department was alerted to a motor vehicle collision on Hasbrouck Avenue in Emerson. Emerson Police officers responded to the scene where they located a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder which had left the roadway and had come to final rest on its driver’s side in the side yard of a residence at 221 Hasbrouck Avenue. At the scene, the responding officers found the driver, a 17 year old female Emerson resident, and a 15 year old male rear seat passenger, who had extricated themselves from the vehicle. The front seat passenger, Stephanie MORGAN, an 18 year old Emerson woman, had been ejected from the vehicle and was found, suffering from serious head injuries, on the roadway in front of 221 Hasbrouck Avenue. The driver was transported from the scene to Hackensack University Medical Center in Westwood for treatment and evaluation and the 15 year old passenger was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack (HUMC) for evaluation. Ms. MORGAN was transported to the trauma center at HUMC. At approximately 1:16 a.m., on Thursday, April 23, 2015, Ms. MORGAN was pronounced dead by the trauma center’s attending physician.

As a result of a cooperative investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit and the Emerson Police Department it was determined that the driver was traveling north on Hasbrouck Avenue when control of the Nissan Pathfinder was lost in the area of Hasbrouck Avenue’s intersection with Chestnut Street. The Pathfinder continued, in a yaw, traveling sideways along Hasbrouck Avenue until all directional control was lost and the SUV flipped. The SUV flipped numerous times, leaving the roadway and coming to rest on its driver’s side in the residence’s side yard. As the vehicle flipped and left the roadway, Ms. MORGAN was ejected.

This is an ongoing investigation. No charges have been filed as of this time.

Prosecutor Molinelli would like to thank the Emerson Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.


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GINES RODRIGUEZ, III CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTION OF OXYCODONE AND OTHER OFFENSES 
TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrest of GINES RODRIGUEZ III (DOB: 09/22/1971) of 13 Hershfield PK Place, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. This arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor=s Office Narcotic Task Force, under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO, and the Clifton Police Department, under the direction of Chief John E. LINK.

During the month of March, 2015, an undercover detective answered an advertisement on Craigslist that offered the sale of prescription medication. As a result, the undercover detective met an individual in Fair Lawn, NJ who was later identified as Gines RODRIGUEZ. Rodriguez is a retired police officer who served with the Paterson Police Department. At that time, RODRIGUEZ sold suspected Oxycodone Pills to the undercover detective.

On April 22, 2015, undercover detectives negotiated the purchase of additional pills from RODRIGUEZ. Later that evening, members of the Bergen County Narcotic Task Force and the Clifton Police Department arrested Gines Rodriguez III without incident in the area of the Walgreens, located at 835 Van Houten Avenue in Clifton, New Jersey. During his arrest, officers recovered three (3) handguns: a Glock forty (40) caliber hand gun, an H&K nine (9) millimeter handgun, and a Colt twenty five (25) caliber handgun. Additionally, detectives seized suspected Oxycodone Pills on Gines Rodriguez’ person as well as Oxycodone pills, Percocet, and a small amount of Marijuana from RODRIGUEZ’ vehicle.

Gines RODRIGUEZ was charged with the following: N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5B - Unlawful possession of weapons, specifically handguns, without being licensed to do so; N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4.1(A) - Any person who has in his possession any firearm while in the course of committing, attempting to commit, or conspiring to commit a violation of certain drug crimes; N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5B(5) – Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, specifically Oxycodone in a quantity less than one (1) ounce.

Gines Rodriguez was later transported to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of $25,000.00 (twenty-five thousand dollars) bail no 10% cash option.

Prosecutor Molinelli states these charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutor Molinelli would also like to thank the Clifton Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: Gines Rodriguez
DOB: 09/22/1971
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 13 Hershfield PK Place Pompton Lakes, N.J. 07442
MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE
OCCUPATION: N/A

ARREST INFORMATION
DATE OF ARREST: 04/22/2015
PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: Paramus, N.J.
AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force and Clifton Police Department

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5B(5) – Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Oxycodone, in a quantity less than one (1) ounce, (A Crime of The Third Degree)

N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5B - Unlawful possession of a weapon, specifically a handgun, without being licensed to do so, (A Crime of The Second Degree).

N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4.1(A) - Any person who has in his possession any firearm while in the course of committing, attempting to commit, or conspiring to commit a violation of [certain drug crimes], (A Crime of The Second Degree).

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION
ARRAIGNMENT DATE: 04/23/2015
JUDGE: HONORABLE LOUIS J. DINICE, J.M.C.
BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $ 25,000.00 WITH NO 10% OPTION
PRESENT STATUS: BERGEN COUNTY JAIL



GINES RODRIGUEZ, III

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NICHOLAS PARADISO CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT, SEXUAL ASSAULT AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT 
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FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrest of NICHOLAS PARADISO (DOB: 06/30/1993) of 39 Rumana Road, Wayne, New Jersey on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The arrest came about as a result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Special Victims Unit, under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO and the Lyndhurst Police Department, under the direction of Chief James O’CONNOR.

On April 22, 2015, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Special Victims Unit, and the Lyndhurst Police Department arrested Nicholas PARADISO after learning that he engaged in inappropriate sexual activity on two (2) occasions with a twelve (12) year old male. The victim was twelve (12) years old when the initial incident occurred, and thirteen (13) when the second incident occurred. The victim’s mother found what she believed to be inappropriate conversations via social media sites and text messaging on her child’s phone, and promptly notified the Lyndhurst Police Department. The Lyndhurst Police Department then notified the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Special Victims Unit. Arrangements were made for the victim to be interviewed by a detective from the Special Victims Unit at the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office in Paramus, New Jersey. During that interview, the victim provided specific details regarding what had occurred with Mr. PARADISO. The ensuing investigation resulted in the arrest of Mr. PARADISO.

Nicholas PARADISO was charged with one (1) count of Aggravated Sexual Assault, one (1) count of Sexual Assault and one (1) count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Bail for Mr. PARADISO was set by the Honorable Edward G. Jerejian, J.S.C., at $300,000.00 with no ten percent option, no contact with the victim, no social media and the surrender of his passport as a condition of bail. Mr. PARADISO was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail.

Prosecutor Molinelli states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would also like to thank the Lyndhurst Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: NICHOLAS PARADISO
DOB: 06/30/1993
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 39 RUMANA ROAD, WAYNE, NJ 07470
MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE
OCCUPATION: COUNTER PERSON – FOOD ESTABLISHMENT
ARREST INFORMATION
DATE OF ARREST: 04/22/2015
PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE
AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT AND LYNDHURST POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS
ONE (1) COUNT OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2A(1)-1ST DEGREE CRIME.

One (1) COUNT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2C(4) –2nd DEGREE CRIME.

ONE (1) COUNT OF ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4A-3RD DEGREE CRIME.

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION
ARRAIGNMENT DATE: 04/28/2015
JUDGE: GEORGE O. SAVINO, J.M.C.
BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $300,000.00 NO 10%, NO CONTACT WITH THE VICTIM, NO SOCIAL MEDIA AND SURRENDER PASSPORT.
PRESENT STATUS: REMANDED TO BERGEN COUNTY JAIL IN LIEU OF BAIL.



NICHOLAS PARADISO





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WALTER RODRIGUEZ CHARGED WITH SEX ASSAULT AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT 
TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrest of WALTER RODRIGUEZ (DOB: 11/12/1978) of 68 Fair Street, 2nd Floor, Hackensack, New Jersey on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO and the Hackensack Police Department under the direction of Police Director Michael MORDAGA.

On April 18, 2015, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Hackensack Police Department arrested Walter RODRIGUEZ after learning that he engaged in inappropriate sexual activity on several occasions with a fifteen (15) year old female. The victim was twelve (12) years old when the inappropriate sexual activity started but only recently disclosed that she was being victimized. Hackensack Police Department learned of the incidents and notified the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit. Arrangements were made for the victim to be interviewed by a detective from the Special Victims Unit at the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office in Paramus, New Jersey. During that interview, the victim provided specific details regarding what had occurred with Mr. RODRIGUEZ. The ensuing investigation resulted in the arrest of Mr. RODRIGUEZ.

Walter RODRIGUEZ was charged with two (2) counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault and one (1) count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Bail for Mr. RODRIGUEZ was set by the Honorable Ronny Jo Siegal, J.S.C. at $500,000.00 with no ten percent option, no contact with the victim and the surrender of his passport as a condition of bail. Mr. RODRIGUEZ was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail.

Prosecutor Molinelli states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would also like to thank the Hackensack Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: WALTER RODRIGUEZ DOB: 11/12/1978

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 68 FAIR STREET, 2ND FLOOR, HACKENSACK, NJ

MARITAL STATUS: MARRIED

OCCUPATION: WAIT STAFF

ARREST INFORMATION

DATE OF ARREST: 04/21/2015

PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE

AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE, SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
HACKENSACK POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

TWO (2) COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2A(2)-1ST DEGREE CRIME

ONE (1) COUNT OF ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4A-3RD DEGREE CRIME

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE: 04/22/2015

JUDGE: HONORABLE LOUIS J. DINISE, J.M.C.

BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $500,000.00 NO 10%, NO CONTACT WITH THE VICTIM AND SURRENDER PASSPORT

PRESENT STATUS: REMANDED TO BERGEN COUNTY JAIL IN LIEU OF BAIL

WALTER RODRIGUEZ
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