NEWARK, NJ - Monday morning, Alaa Saadeh, 23, was arrested at his West New York home in Hudson County for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to ISIL - the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant," a designated foreign terrorist organization, US Attorney Paul J. Fishman
The FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) have been investigating a group of at least five individuals from New York and New Jersey who are allegedly involved with actively promoting ISIL. Saadeh, a United States citizen, is the fourth individual that the Department of Justice has noted is part of this current ISIL investigation.
Saadeh was charged with the following:
Information Gathered from Case Documents
The FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) have been investigating a group of individuals from New York and New Jersey who have allegedly conspired to provide material support to ISIL.
Following the reported arrest of "Conspirator 1" sometime in May in Jordan, the following individuals were also arrested as part of this current investigation:
Each count in the complaint carries:
Fishman credited the following in leading to today’s arrest:
The US Government will be represented by:
ROSELAND, NJ - Further information has been released from Roseland Police Department Chief Richard McDonough regarding Tuesday's arrest of two males in Millburn after a police chase which originated in Roseland.
McDonough explained that the incident began at about 4:40am Tuesday morning when Patrolman Martin Gutierrez was patrolling Eagle Rock Avenue near Locust Avenue and came upon a vehicle which he deemed suspicious. While continuing to follow the blue Chevy Monte Carlo, Gutierrez ran the plate and found that the car had been reported
stolen out of East Orange.
Without stopping for Gutierrez, the 16-years old male driver of the car, and his 21-years old male passenger led the officer on a high-speed chase which led up Livingston Avenue, onto JFK Parkway and into Millburn. The patrolman put out a call to his local law enforcement members in Livingston and Millburn and eventually, after the Chevy's front tire got blown out, the suspects made their way to the area of Parsonage Hill Road near JFK Parkway in Short Hills, left the car behind and took off into the wooded area.
Roseland, Livingston and Millburn Police were joined by the Essex County Sheriff's K9 unit and a NJ State Police Helicopter as they all searched the area, doing sweeps of the ground by car and on foot for the suspects and any possibly-tossed weapons.
Eventually, a member of Millburn Police located the two suspects and Gutierez placed them under arrest and brought them back to Roseland for processing.
Charges, Bail, Incarceration
The two men, both of Newark, were charged with the following:
McDonough expressed that he wished to thank the members of the Livingston and Millburn Police for their assistance.
ROSELAND, NJ - Two males are now under arrest after a police chase which stretched from Roseland to Millburn early Tuesday morning. The incident began at about 5am this morning and Roseland Police Department Chief Richard McDonough confirmed that the department does have two males in custody. No other information has been confirmed at this time, but will be updated as information is released.
Reports came in early Tuesday morning of Roseland and Livingston police pursuing two African-American males in a blue Chevy Monte Carlo. The chase led up Livingston Avenue, to JFK Parkway and into Millburn. The Chevy's front tire eventually got blown out as the suspects made their way to the area of Parsonage Hill Road near JFK Parkway in Short Hills.
Reportedly, the men decided to leave the car and took off into the wooded area, which is close to a reservoir. It was unclear if they get rid of guns or were possibly armed. K9 units and the NJ State Police Helicopter were called in to assist with the search.
As Millburn Police were called to the scene, Roseland and Livingston police continued to search the area, doing sweeps of the ground by car and on foot for the suspects and a possibly-tossed weapon.
Eventually, with the assistance of Millburn Police, two suspects were arrested.
Cedar Grove Police Investigating Suspect who Installed Camera and Skimming Device on Columbia Bank ATM
CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The Cedar Grove Police are asking the public's assistance in identifying a suspect who is wanted in connection with installing a "Skimming Device" on an ATM machine in the township.
Chief Richard Vanderstreet,
the incident took place on
Saturday at about 3:52pm at
Columbia Bank, located at
1027 Pompton Avenue.
The suspect appeared to be carrying a dark colored and white Tommy Hilfiger shoulder bag.
According to Vanderstreet, the suspect first installed a wireless camera to the top of the outdoor ATM, and then installed a skimming device over the top of the debit card input port. As he did this, his actions triggered the ATM's internal alarm to alert the bank manager who then discovered the device and the camera attached to the ATM machine. Due to the bank's quick response, it does not appear the suspect would have obtained any customer identification.
Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect is asked to contact Cedar Grove Police Detective Bureau at 973-239-4100 or by email.
TIPS TO PREVENT ATM FRAUD
In response to the discovery of the skimming device and camera on the ATM machine, Cedar Grove Police have offered the following tips to help avoid becoming a victim of ATM fraud:
Cedar Grove Police Department
Chief Richard Vanderstreet
525 Pompton Avenue
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - North Caldwell Police Chief Mark Deuer has confirmed that a Mountain Avenue resident awoke this morning to find that their dark blue 1985 Dodge pickup truck had been stolen overnight.
The incident happened in the Meadow Lane area of Mountain Avenue. At this time, there is no other information, and no other vehicles have been reported stolen in the area.
The North Caldwell Police are actively investigating the incident. Anyone with further information is asked to contact:
North Caldwell Police Department
Police Chief Mark Deuer
136 Gould Avenue
North Caldwell, NJ 07006
Newark Police Capt. Anthony Buono and former Newark Police Officer Dino D’Elia Arrested for Accessing and Selling Private Computer Data
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - On Tuesday, the arrest of Newark Police Captain Anthony Buono, 60, of Millstone and former Newark Police Officer Dino D’Elia, 49, of Nutley, was announced by Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray. The two were taken into custody for illegally accessing a private insurance database and then, reportedly after acquiring the information, selling the sensitive personal information to a third party. The Newark Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit took an active part in the investigation.
Six years ago, D'Elia retired from the Newark force after taking disability and went on to open a private investigation business.
The arrests followed an investigation into the men allegedly accessing an insurance database which is made available to police departments investigating insurance fraud and then selling that information afterwards. Both men have been charged with:
“The public should not have to worry that
The prosecutor's office alledge that on more than 900 occasions Buono and D’Elia
accessed the department's insurance database and collected sensitive personal information which they then sold to third parties at $100 per search. The computer breach was identified by December, 2014, and the prosecutor's office launched the investigation.
Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor Walter J. Dirkin explained today that on Aug. 1, 2014, Buono contacted the third party and identified himself on a form as being the Administrator for the Newark Police Department. Buono apparently stated that the former Administrator left to work for another company and that he would be taking his place and handling his duties. In this way, the captain was reportedly able to use his position as a police officer to gain access to the database.
Dirkin further related that Buono then reportedly gave D’Elia access to the database and it was D’Elia who then sold the data as part of his private investigation business.
If convicted, both men face 5 to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison on each count.
Updated - Monday 3:30pm
CALDWELL / WEST CALDWELL, NJ - On Monday morning, reports came into the
Caldwell Police and West Caldwell Police of cars having been stolen overnight. In total, three cars were reported to have been taken from Crane Avenue and Brookside Avenues and the residents were not aware of the timeframe; the distance between the two roads is about a five minute car ride.
Capt. Gerard Paris of West Caldwell Police confirmed that a Crane Avenue resident went out at about 7am to find that two of their vehicles had been stolen from their driveway:
Caldwell Police, however, upon closing the investigation determined that the Brookside Avenue car was NOT stolen.
Officers from Essex Fells Police, Fairfield and North Caldwell Police stated that no cars were reported stolen in their districts.
Verona Police Seek Public's Help in Identifying Man Wanted for Questioning in Saturday Morning Pompton Avenue Theft
VERONA, NJ - The Verona Police Department is asking the public's assistance in identifying the individual shown in the photo. He is wanted for questioning regarding a theft that occurred at about 9am, Saturday morning, at a Pompton Avenue business.
Anyone who can identify the person should contact the Detective Bureau at 973-857-4764.
FAIRFIELD, NJ - Today, Fairfield Deputy Police Chief Anthony Manna confirmed that police are continuing to investigate the attempted armed robbery at the Dunkin Donuts located at 378 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield. According to Manna, the Dunkin Donuts staff locked the take-out window and doors and then hid in a backroom while a male waving a gun was at the window. The suspect then left the area in his car. Reports of the incident came in at about 10:41pm Tuesday evening.
According to police, the suspect is described as:
"His actions were observed by an alert employee of the Dunkin Donuts who
Apparently, the suspect then started to walk towards the drive up window while waving a handgun. As this was happening, the employee alerted his co-workers who immediately locked all of the doors and the drive-up window and then hid in a back room. The suspect then fled in a vehicle.
Anyone with information should contact Fairfield Police Detective Robert Sanger, who is conducting the investigation, at 973-227-1400.
Nicholas DeGidio, DeCavalcante Family Associate, Pleads Guilty to Selling Half-Kilo of Cocaine to Undercover Fed
NEWARK, NJ - Today in Newark Federal Court, Nicholas DeGidio, of Union, admitted his role in distributing more than one-half a kilo of cocaine, US Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. DeGidio, 37, was named by the US Attorney as a known associate of the DeCavalcante organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra. He pleaded guilty before US District Judge William H. Walls.
Information Gathered from Case Documents and Court Statements
For pleading guilty, DeGidio could receive:
Sentencing is currently scheduled for Sept. 29, 2015
Fishman credited the following in leading to today’s plea:
The US Government is represented by: