A 22-year-old Hasbrouck Heights man was charged with vehicular homicide after his passenger died in an early morning drunk driving crash on Route 208, authorities said.
Council voted to avoid both the risk and the expense of further litigation and pay out $550,000 to a former Fair Lawn police sergeant who sued the borough and its police chief in 2008 under the state’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act.
The overnight burglaries, which were concentrated in the Radburn Shopping Center area and a commercial strip along Saddle River Road, are believed to be connected, police said.
After an auspicious beginning to the budget wrap meeting, borough council returned to its recent history of partisan squabbles and failed to come together on supporting the municipal budget.
Police arrested one individual in connection with a morning home burglary and remain on the hunt for a second suspect who is still at large, police said. Update: The second suspect was eventually apprehended.
A council meeting devolved into partisan bickering after Democratic council members were asked to explain their vote against settling a lawsuit with former police Sgt. Michael Messina.
Burglaries in Fair Lawn, which were at a nine-year high in 2011, were confined largely to the area west and south of the Route 208 highway that effectively splits the borough in half, a Patch analysis has found.
An unexpected request by councilman Kurt Peluso to trim the budget as much as $1.5 million left borough council unable to reach a consensus at what was supposed to the budget wrap-up session.
In the past 27 months, no road in Fair Lawn has been the scene of more pedestrian strikes than Fair Lawn Avenue.