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For Immediate Release: February 27, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of MARTIN S. FISHMAN (DOB: 02/24/1951; married; unemployed) of 954 Pines Terrace, Franklin Lakes, NJ on charges of misappropriating clients’ money, identity theft, and forgery. FISHMAN’S license to practice law is suspended in New Jersey and revoked in New York. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Acting Chief Matthew Finck. Starting in May 2023, four victims reported to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit that, as early as 2014, they had been involved in real estate transactions with MARTIN S. FISHMAN, who had not repaid his loans, fraudulently drafted mortgage notes, dispersed bounced checks for real estate closings, misapplied funds intended for an attorney trust account, and then ceased communication with those attempting to recoup their money. The stolen funds totaled…

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For Immediate Release: February 27, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of JOHN MARK DILLON (DOB: 7/20/1963; married; cook) of Piermont, NY on charges of aggravated sexual assault. The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Acting Chief Matthew Finck and the Northvale Police Department under the direction of Chief Howard Ostrow. On Monday, February 26, 2024 the Northvale Police Department contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit regarding the alleged sexual assault of a juvenile that had occurred in the past. An investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Northvale Police Department revealed that JOHN MARK DILLON sexually assaulted a child under the age of 13 in Northvale, NJ. As a result of the ongoing investigation, on Monday, February 26, 2024, detectives of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office arrested JOHN MARK…

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For Immediate Release: February 23, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of OLIVER GARCIA (DOB: 4/3/1995; single; mechanic) of 183 Garfield Avenue, Apartment 1R, Jersey City, NJ for knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily injury, hindering apprehension, and tampering with physical evidence. The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit under the direction of Acting Chief Matthew Finck and the Fort Lee Police Department under the direction of Chief Matthew J. Hintze. On Saturday, February 17, 2024 at approximately 6:58 p.m., the Fort Lee Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting a hit-and-run crash involving two struck pedestrians that occurred on Lemoine Avenue in Fort Lee, NJ. As a result of the crash, the pedestrians were transported to the Hackensack University Medical Center where they were treated for serious…

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For Immediate Release: February 23, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of LUIS VILLAO-HARO (DOB: 10/23/1999) and ABDUL JIMENEZ-VERA (DOB: 9/22/2001), both of 642 Faile Street, Bronx, NY on charges related to a shooting in Fort Lee, NJ. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Acting Chief of Detectives Matthew Finck and the Fort Lee Police Department under the direction of Chief Matthew Hintze. On Friday, December 8, 2023, at approximately 5:06 pm, officers from the Fort Lee Police Department responded to Bridle Way in Fort Lee on the report of a possible shooting. Detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad also responded. A joint investigation determined that two unknown suspects wearing dark-colored clothing arrived outside the victim’s residence on a motorcycle, brandished a firearm, and opened fire on the victim’s unoccupied,…

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For Immediate Release: February 23, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of KURT ZIMMERMANN (DOB:11/16/1968; married; teacher) of Rockaway, NJ on charges of aggravated sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child. The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Acting Chief Matthew Finck. On Wednesday, January 3, 2024, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit was contacted by the Hopatcong (NJ) Police Department regarding alleged sexual conduct between a teacher and a student in Westwood, NJ. An investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office revealed that KURT ZIMMERMANN, while previously employed by the Westwood Regional School District as the Director of Bands, engaged in sexual conduct with a juvenile student between the ages of 13 and 17 on more than one occasion. The sexual conduct, which occurred in the past, was determined…

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For Immediate Release: February 22, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announces the following updated information regarding an apartment fire at 850 Palisade Avenue in Teaneck, NJ, that occurred on Monday, February 19, 2024. The investigation is being conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Acting Chief Matthew Finck and the Teaneck Police Department under the direction of Chief Andrew McGurr. As previously reported, the Teaneck Police Department received a 911 call on Monday, February 19, 2024, at approximately 12:30 a.m., reporting a fire at 850 Palisade Avenue in Teaneck. The Teaneck Police Department responded to the scene along with the Teaneck Fire Department and mutual aid from the Englewood and Hackensack Fire Departments. During fire suppression, first responders located and rescued three adults who were trapped in the basement apartment of the residence: 35-year-old Ranjodh Singh IV, 47-year-old Manjit Kaur, and an as-yet-unidentified woman. All…

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For Immediate Release: February 21, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of JOSHUA ALVARADO (DOB: 6/22/1994; single; unemployed) of New York, NY on charges of murder, felony murder, armed burglary, weapons offenses, aggravated assault, and theft. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Acting Chief Matthew Finck and the Englewood Police Department under the direction of Chief Thomas Greeley. As previously reported, on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at approximately 5:55 a.m., the Englewood Police Department responded to a 911 call from 6 Mevan Avenue reporting a shooting within the residence. Responding officers found 35-year-old Jason Hidalgo of Bronx, New York, inside the residence deceased from multiple gunshot wounds. An investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Englewood Police Department was initiated and revealed that JOSHUA ALVARADO shot Jason Hidalgo and…

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For Immediate Release: February 21, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of KALVIN LOPEZ (DOB: 02/24/1989; single; unemployed) of 300 Riverfront Boulevard, Unit 1313, Elmwood Park, NJ on charges of trafficking in personal identifying information and manufacturing fraudulent government documents. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Acting Chief Matthew Finck, the Manhattan (NY) District Attorney’s Office, and the United States Postal Inspection Service. Based upon information received from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit began an investigation into the suspected manufacture and sale of fraudulent documents by KALVIN LOPEZ. On Friday, February 2, 2024, a court authorized search warrant was executed on LOPEZ’s residence in Elmwood Park, NJ by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, and the United States Postal…

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For Immediate Release: February 20, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of AMY DOVIDIO (DOB: 5/18/1977; married; teacher) of Pompton Plains, NJ, on charges of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated criminal sexual contact and criminal sexual contact. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Acting Chief Matthew Finck and the Garfield Police Department under the direction of Chief Richard Uram. On Saturday, February 10, 2024, the Garfield Police Department contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit regarding the report of a teacher engaging in sexual conduct with a student at Garfield Middle School. An investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Garfield Police Department revealed that AMY DOVIDIO, while previously employed by the Garfield School District as a teacher, had engaged in sexual conduct…

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Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announces the following information: The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Teaneck Police Department are investigating a fire that occurred at 850 Palisade Avenue, Teaneck, NJ on Monday, February 19, 2024. At approximately 12:30 a.m., on February 19, 2024, the Teaneck Police Department received a report of a fire at 850 Palisade Avenue in Teaneck. Teaneck Police officers responded along with the Teaneck Fire Department and the Hackensack Fire Department. During fire suppression, first responders located multiple residents who were trapped in the basement of the residence.  All victims were transported to Hackensack University Medical Center.   An investigation is being conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Acting Chief Matthew Finck and the Teaneck Police Department under the direction of Andrew McGurr. No additional information is available at this time.

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