Fort Lee Patch’s Most-Read Stories of 2012
The 10 most-read stories of the past year.
A 16-year-old boy from Fort Lee died when he fell off a cliff in Fort Lee’s section of the Palisades Interstate Park, near the George Washington Bridge in June, police said.
A 26-year-old Fort Lee man was charged with murder in connection with the hit-and-run death of his girlfriend in February outside the Fort Lee Community Center, where he allegedly struck her with his car and then drove over her multiple times, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said.
A 16-year-old boy from Sayreville riding on a bus full of teenagers heading to a Sweet 16 was killed in August after he stuck his head out of a roof hatch on the bus and hit an overpass as the vehicle drove on Interstate 95 southbound, near the George Washington Bridge, an official said.
The former law partner of the Fort Lee mayor helped a pair of large-scale marijuana dealers establish a relationship with a crooked bank manager, authorities said. Marcanton Macri, a North Bergen municipal prosecutor, was accused of "facilitating" a relationship between the banker and two Edgewater men authorities said imported as much as 1,000 pounds of marijuana into New Jersey from Northern California since the start of 2012.
No residents or firefighters were injured when a four-alarm fire tore into a six-unit townhouse complex in Fort Lee on a March afternoon, officials said.
A routine traffic stop on Interstate 95 in Fort Lee led state troopers to seize more than $783,000 and arrest two Bronx men on money laundering charges, state police said in a statement in April.
An 82-year-old Mahwah man called his daughter on a June morning to tell her he had just killed her mother and was going to turn the gun on himself, authorities said Friday. When police arrived at the couple's Polo Lane home in Mahwah shortly after 8 a.m., they found 79-year-old Barbara Ellis downstairs with a gunshot wound to the "top of her head," Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli said.
The Fort Lee Board of Education approved a resolution in July calling for a “restructuring” of administrative staff. Several principals changed schools, but Priscilla Church stayed at Fort Lee High School.
In the aftermath of Sandy, Fort Lee found its streets littered with downed trees, wires and telephone poles. From the Junction at the base of Abbot Boulevard north to Coytesville, large large portions of the town were without power.
Police in June charged the ex-husband of an employee at Fort Lee School No. 3, with aggravated assault for allegedly punching the principal at the school in the head during Field Day activities, before following him inside the school and continuing the attack, police said.