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$10 Million Fraud Scheme, Accidents and Car Thefts Top Local News

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$10 Million Fraud Scheme, Accidents and Car Thefts Top Local News

$10M Mortgage Fraud Scheme Allegedly Linked to Verona Man

A Verona man was among nine New Jersey residents charged in connection with an alleged mortgage fraud scheme that defrauded financial institutions of $10 million over several years, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Thursday.

FBI agents arrested the defendants Thursday morning and charged them with one count each of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Each defendant faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of $1 million if convicted, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office news release.

Early Morning Accident Stalls Traffic on Bloomfield Ave.

An early morning crash on Bloomfield and Park avenues in Verona caused heavy traffic delays Friday morning, as PSE&G replaced a damaged utility pole.

A male driver was traveling West on Bloomfield Avenue between 1 and 2 a.m. on Friday, when the Honda crossed into the Eastbound lane and crashed, taking out a utility pole, streetlight and garage can, said Verona Chief of Police Douglas Huber.

Two Cedar Grove Cars Stolen From Driveways Thursday

Cedar Grove Police are searching for two vehicles stolen while idling from driveways early Thursday morning.

The cars, a 2008 Acura and the 2011 Jeep, were idling in driveways on Young Avenue and Cedar Grove Parkway when they were stolen around 7:30 a.m., police said.

Police: Resident's Call May Have Thwarted Burglary

A Cedar Grove resident may have stopped a potential burglary, police said, after a suspicious person was spotted visiting various homes on Devonshire Road.

Cedar Grove Police were called to the residence at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, after receiving a call of a suspicious person.

Stricter Chaperone Regulations May Be Too Stern For Some

The Verona Board of Education is once again contemplating a re-evaluation of some district procedures when picking chaperones from school trips.

At the June 19, 2012 board meeting, the board announced it will tighten its rules about chaperoning class trips after a group of fathers supposedly held a party in a cabin during a fifth-grade camping trip. 

More than 100 area residents turned out for Wednesday night’s Community College Citizen Preparedness Program (3CP2) to learn disaster preparedness techniques from specially trained experts.

Police Departments from Verona, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells and North Caldwell teamed up with the Essex County College Police Academy at the Verona Community Center to help residents prepare and teach them skills for surviving hundred-year storms much like the recent Hurricane Sandy or Hurricane Irene.

Verona Settles With DEP Over Wastewater Provisions

The Verona Township Council announced at its Tuesday night meeting it had settled a lawsuit with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) involving the township’s wastewater treatment plant on the Peckman River.

The NJDEP imposed certain requirements in December of 2007 for the plant, but the township felt some of the regulations imposed by the NJDEP did not apply to the township.

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