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Paterson Man, 45, Slain At One Of City’s Deadliest Corners

A 45-year-old Paterson man was gunned down at one of North Jersey’s deadliest street corners Monday night, authorities confirmed.

Robert Covington was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center after the shooting at the intersection of Governor and Carroll streets shortly after 9 p.m.

He was pronounced dead a little over a half-hour later, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora said in a joint release.

They didn’t say whether they had anyone in custody or a suspect or suspects identified.

They did ask that anyone who might have witnessed the shooting or has information that can help find whoever was responsible contact the Passaic County prosecutor’s tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org or the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at 973-321-1120.

All three shooting deaths in Paterson this year happened in the same 4th Ward neighborhood.

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Passaic Sheriff: Clifton Building Supply Salesman, 63, Collected, Shared Child Porn

A Clifton building supply salesman was caught trafficking child pornography, authorities said.

Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik said his Internet Crime Against Children Task Force, working with the assistance of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, arrested Robert A. Dvorak, 63 after searching his Bender Drive home.

They seized several devices as part of the investigation, the sheriff said.

A forensic exam of Dvorak’s laptop turned up child porn files and bookmarks, he said.

Dvorak was sent to the Passaic County Jail to await a detention hearing in Central Judicial Processing Court in Paterson on three separate counts of possessing, maintaining and distributing the images.

The investigation was continuing, Berdnik said.

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Authorities: Paterson PD Clips Latin King Who Offered More Than Shave, Haircut At Barbershop

Drug detectives raided the Paterson barbershop and Little Falls home of a high-ranking Latin King, seizing more than 10 pounds of pot, a stolen handgun and nearly $21,500 in drug cash, authorities said.

Investigators had been watching the “Smooth Kreationz” barbershop owned by ex-con Jecksan “King Smooth” Cancel, 41, after receiving a tip that he’d been selling pot from the Ellison Street business, Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale said Friday.

Working with Little Falls police, they raided four locations – including Cancel’s second-floor Lower Notch Road apartment — seizing the marijuana, 28 THC vapor cartridges, a high-capacity ammunition magazine and the .40-caliber Springfield handgun with 11 unspent rounds, Speziale said.

Police hit Cancel with a variety of drug and weapons charges, including being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Arrested along with him were Daisy Figueroa, 47, of Clifton, who was charged with weapons and ammo offenses, and Angel Sanchez, 26, of Paterson, on drug charges.

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REWARD: $5,000 Offered To Help Capture Little Falls Bank Robbers

A $5,000 reward was offered Wednesday for help catching two masked men who robbed a Valley National Bank in Little Falls at gunpoint last Thursday.

One of the robbers held a handgun while the other went behind the counter at the at Main Street bank and removed money from the tellers’ drawers, authorities said.

Responders told Daily Voice the robbers then herded employees into the vault and took more cash.

Although authorities wouldn’t say how much the robbers got, it was believed to be substantial given their methods — which drew the attention of the FBI.

Both are Hispanic — possibly Dominican or Puerto Rican, authorities said Wednesday.

The gunman was described as 5-foot-9, with a medium build and wearing a dark-colored scarf around face, blue jeans, a black colored ‘Champion’ sweatshirt and black or gray shoes with white soles. The weapon was a black and silver semi-automatic handgun, the FBI and Little Falls police said.

The second bandit was described as 5-foot-7, also with a medium build and wearing a dark-colored scarf around his face, along with beige or gray pants, a black-colored peacoat-style jacket and black and red shoes. He was carrying a black-colored backpack, authorities said.

Anyone with information that can help them catch the robbers is asked to either:

  • call Little Falls police: (973) 256-0200;
  • leave a tip at (973) 256-2411;
  • email crimetips@littlefallspd.org;
  • go to tips.fbi.gov.

Tipsters can remain anonymous.

RECOGNIZE THEM? Burglars broke into a Hackensack office building and stole $40,000 worth of collectible coins and a painting worth several thousand dollars, said police who released a surveillance video Wednesday.

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Paterson Police Raid: Two Loaded Guns, 161 Heroin Folds, 175 Cocaine Vials, Five Arrests

Paterson drug detectives responding to citizen complaints seized two guns, 161 heroin folds, 175 cocaine vials and more than a half-pound of pot while arresting two accused dealers during a raid, authorities said Tuesday.

Anthony Davis, 24, of Paterson, and ex-con Tyquawon Davis, 35, of East Orange, were charged with a variety of weapon and drug offenses, Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale said.

These included the elder Davis being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Seized were a 9mm Taurus Millennium G2 handgun loaded with 21 rounds and a .45-caliber Colt rail gun loaded with eight rounds, along with the drugs, which also included 25 Xanax tablets, Speziale said.

Police also found a high-capacity magazine, for which the Davises were also charged, and seized $1,521 in drug proceeds, the director said.

Also arrested in the raid were a trio of buyers – two from Paterson and one Ramsey, he said.

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Passaic Sheriff: Detectives Nab Garfield Account Executive With 1½ Kilos Of Heroin, Fentanyl

A Garfield businesswoman wasn’t lying when she told Passaic County sheriff’s detectives who’d been tailing her that she was carrying “something illegal” in a large shopping bag.

Turns out it was more than five pounds of heroin and fentanyl, Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik said.

Drug investigators acting on a tip Monday night went to Belmont Avenue in Paterson, where they saw Yakania Polanco park and get out of a white BMW carrying a large blue and white shopping bag, Berdnik said.

When they stopped her and asked what was in the bag, the sheriff said, Polanco, a 33-year-old strategic account executive, responded, “something illegal.”

“For their safety, detectives opened the bag, which revealed…2.4 kilograms of suspected heroin and fentanyl inside of several vacuum-sealed bags and sandwich-type bags, along with a scale and glassine envelopes commonly used to package [drugs for sale],” he said.

The estimated street value, he said, was $160,000.

Polanco was charged with various drug possession counts and sent to the Passaic County Jail to await a detention hearing.

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Authorities: Clifton Woman Steals Pick-Up With Owner In Bed, Crashes Stolen Minivan

A 35-year-old Clifton woman is facing several charges after carjacking two vehicles — one a pick-up truck with its owner in the bed, the other a minivan that she crashed in Phillipsburg, authorities said.

The incidents began around 11 a.m. Friday when a passerby spotted a man in he bed of a blue, Ford pick-up truck headed westbound on Route 46 in Washington Township (Morris County), police said.

The man, later identified as the truck’s owner, was trying to get other driver’s attention with Ammany Jafar behind the wheel of his vehicle, according to police.

When the truck reached the intersection of East Avenue and Route 46, Jafar started yelling she needed help, reports say.

A minivan driver got out to try to help, but Jafar jumped inside of his van and headed southbound on East Avenue — a female passenger inside, authorities said.

Jafar stopped after driving a few hundred feet and ordered the passenger out of the vehicle, police said.

Warren County police were notified of a pursuit with a minivan heading west on Route 57 just before 11:30 a.m.

Moments later, Jafar crashed the vehicle into a deli and minimart on South Main Street in Phillipsburg.

Jafar got on the ground and was taken into police custody.