31 12 2008
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Kollel Man Died R”L Near Baltimore.

29 12 2008

Baltimore, MD – Baltimore’s Ner Yisroel community joined their brothers worldwide in shock and grief upon learning of the sudden death of one of their own, Zvi Dovid (Fifi) Zahler, who tragically died this morning.

Mr. Zahler had departed Baltimore early this morning, and disappeared. Baltimore’s volunteer community patrol was shortly mobilized and spent the next several hour searching for Mr. Zahler until the Maryland State Police were contacted to ask whether any current incidents involved a vehicle matching the description of Mr. Zahler’s automobile. Police replied affirmatively.

According to police and other sources, Mr. Zahler’s vehicle was found on the Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge along I-95. The six-lane bridge spans the Susquehanna River about 25 miles northeast of Baltimore. Zahler’s body was R”L recovered from the water underneath the bridge.

Mr. Zahler is originally from Toronto and only married last year, was a member of the Ner Yisroel yeshivah’s kolel and had only married last year. He was 25.

Story Edited To Be More Factual.

Suspect in Route 21 slaying being held in New York

27 12 2008

PASSAIC — A police officer making a routine traffic stop Friday morning saw pools of blood in the backseat of the driver’s green Jeep, authorities said.

What happened next was a lucky twist of fate for Officer Ian Dubac. As it turns out, the motorist ended up leading police to a suspect accused of stabbing a Passaic man to death and allegedly dumping his body near an exit off Route 21.

The victim was a 32-year-old Hispanic man who received multiple stab wounds to the chest, neck and upper stomach, Passaic police Capt. Tony Zampino said Friday.

It is the fourth homicide reported in the city in 2008, Zampino said.

Zampino said he could not release further details about the case or the identity of the victim, because the man’s relatives had yet to be notified of his death.

Jaime Castro, 35, of President Street in Passaic, is facing murder and weapons charges. The driver of the vehicle, Jorge Sanchez Alfaro, 41, of Passaic, whom Dubac had stopped earlier in the day for reasons police didn’t specify, told investigators that he, Castro and the victim went to a bar Thursday evening on Main Avenue in Clifton. Zampino would not identify the bar.

Sanchez Alfaro told investigators that afterward, while he was driving home, a fight ensued between Castro and the victim in the backseat, Zampino said. Sanchez Alfaro told detectives that Castro stabbed the victim multiple times with a kitchen knife.

Castro then got out of the vehicle and dumped the body near Exit 11 in the southbound lanes of the highway, Zampino said.

Police have charged Sanchez Alfaro with two counts of hindering apprehension, one count of tampering with evidence, one count of obstructing justice and one count of endangering an injured victim.

Both suspects are Mexican nationals.

Port Authority Police, along with U.S. Customs officers, arrested Castro Friday afternoon at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. He was attempting to get on a flight back to Mexico, Zampino said.

Castro is being held in New York City, pending extradition to New Jersey, Zampino said.

Passaic Municipal Court Judge Xavier Rodriguez set bail for Castro and Sanchez Alfaro at $1 million each.

Castro worked at Los Arcos restaurant in Passaic, Zampino said.

On Friday, workers at the restaurant said they had not heard the news about Castro’s arrest.

Cristoba Nolasco, a security guard at the restaurant, said Castro had left his job about four months ago. Nolasco said Castro washed dishes at the restaurant.

As for Dubac, the arrests of Sanchez Alfaro and Castro taught him a memorable lesson about police work.

“The simplest of things can lead to the biggest break. … Who’d ever thought a $54 ticket (for a motor vehicle violation) could lead to a homicide arrest?” Dubac said.

Police are still interviewing witnesses. Anyone with information concerning the homicide investigation should contact Detective Marvin Eugene at 973-3653971. Northjersey.com

Fire On High Street In Passaic

24 12 2008
A fire broke out tonight on High Street near Boulevard in a home belonging to a Frum family, completely gutting it. Hatzolah of North Jersey and local EMS was on the scene, but thankfully the home was empty and their services were not needed. No injuries were reported to the firefighting crews who responded in from Clifton, Paterson, Wallington, Carlstadt, and as far out as wayne,  to assist the Passaic Fire Department in this 3 alarm fire. The house destroyed was in fact the Merilis Family.

Man Missing From Newark Found Miles Away

24 12 2008

Newark N.J.- Tuesday evening at about 6 pm the calls arrived. An emotionally disturbed Chassidishe man in his early 60s had many hours earlier wandered off from his job in Newark, New Jersey in frigid temperatures without taking his coat. This man was known to walk for hours on-end when distraught, and his family members were concerned for his safety in the cold, and in the dangerous neighborhoods of Newark.

Rabbi Moshe Leib Witriol, the director of Kiryas Joel Public Safety, and a Newark Police Chaplain, got in touch with a Newark Police captain, who sent down Newark’s “mobile precinct” truck, a detective and several officers. He also arranged for a helicopter to join the search.

Newark Police brought down its K-9 unit (a.k.a. a.dog) to sniff for the scent of the missing person. Due to the cold and the wind, however, the dog was unable to track the scent.

Hatzolahs of North Jersey and Union City responded with volunteers, and began coordinating a searching of the local streets and in the nearby park. Hatzolah of North Jersey volunteers borrowed a heat-sensing thermal imager from Rabbi Witriol, in order to search for heat in the park and in cluttered parts of the warehouses where the man worked.

The Kiryas Joel, and Misaskim command centers arrived and set up at the staging area, and coordinated the search together with coordinators from North Jersey and Union City Hatzolahs, and Boro Park Shomrim.

As it got later, more volunteers from Chaveirim, Shomrim, Hatzolah, as well as non-affiliated people showed up to assist with the search. At about 10:00 pm, some searchers at a laundromat a few miles away were told that a “Hasidic man” had been seen there several hours before, but no one had seen where he had gone.

At 11:03 pm, someone received a call that the missing man had been found walking near the Goethals Bridge. It was hard to get the details because the person calling was not the person who had the missing man. The caller stated that someone had the man in a car in an Exxon Station right at the foot of the Goethals Bridge.

The ambulances from Union City and North Jersey Hatzolahs raced over to the gas station, which was a 9 mile drive from Newark. The missing man was found in good condition in the car of a middle-aged non-Jewish couple, Bob and Susan Streit.

The couple explained that they had been driving in the area, when the Susan spotted a “Hasidic man” walking in the cold without a coat. She told Bob, who turned the car around and asked the man to come in the car. He seemed not-well, so they asked him where he was from, and he told them from Boro Park. The husband knew a frum person from Boro Park, Heshy Deutch, whom he did business with, and called him and told him he had found a “Hasidic man.” walking without a coat.

Mr. Deutch told him that that was amazing, because not less than 10 minutes before, he had received a text message about a search for a missing man in Newark. Mr. Deutch then called someone who was at the search. The couple was very humble about their role, and insisted it was what anyone should have done.

The missing person was checked out by Hatzolah of Union City, and was taken back to the police “mobile precinct” where the police finished their report, and the man who was just cold, but in stable condition was taken home by family members.

(News Source: The Yeshivah World North Jersey Desk)

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Governer Corzine Extends Holiday Greetings

23 12 2008



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Teaneck Police Participate in “Cops in Shops Program”

22 12 2008


21Teaneck, N.J.-  The Teaneck Police Department was recently chosen to participate in the “COPS IN SHOPS 2008/2009 College/Fall Initiative” under a Grant provided by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety and Alcoholic Beverage Control. Since its inception in 1996, the Teaneck Police Department has regularly participated in this program due to our continued success in curbing and preventing the illegal sale of alcohol to minors. Cops in Shops is a proactive approach which places undercover officers in retail liquor establishments to foil the sale of alcohol to minors as well as to those of legal age who attempt to purchase it for them.

If caught, offenders find themselves talking to a police officer, not a store clerk, about losing their driver’s license, going to court and paying fines. And the penalties are harsh—an arrest can lead to a minimum $500.00 fine and a mandatory six month loss of driving privileges. Since 1996, the Cops in Shops program has accounted for more than 7,100 arrests

Underage drinking is a significant safety problem that affects the citizens of our State. Through the Cops in Shops program, local retailers and law enforcement work together to send a strong message that such behavior will not be tolerated anywhere, whether in our parks, local neighborhoods, or in our college communities.

In New Jersey, 29,270 individuals were arrested in 2006 for drunk driving, and 2,971 of those people charged with DWI were under the age of 21, Young drivers face many risks every time they get behind the wheel. Inexperience, driver distraction and speed are just a few of the factors that contribute to making traffic crashes the number one cause of death for motorists 15 to 34 years of age. Adding alcohol to that already potentially deadly equation can only result in tragedies for teen drivers and all who share the road with them.

The true benefit of Cops in Shops goes beyond the number of arrests a police officer makes. It deters young people from attempting to purchase alcohol and helps cut down on illegal age consumption in New Jersey. By working closely with the licensed beverage industry, we can maximize our resources for combating underage drinking. Retailers who might otherwise be exposed to liability for underage sales are assisting law enforcement and, law enforcement is much better able to apprehend underage purchasers and send its message of deterrence. This initiative focuses on the individual who knows he or she is breaking the law, rather than on the licensee who may, in good faith, believe the person is of legal age.

Parents are urged to take the time to talk with their children about the consequences of underage drinking and the penalties for attempting to illegally purchase alcohol. Our goal is to educate our young people rather than having to take enforcement action against them and it is imperative that parents join us in this effort.

(News Source: Helene V. Fall-Municipal Manager)