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Rapper Charged, 'James Bond' Leader Arrested in Top County News

Here are the top headlines from around Bergen County, brought to you by the Patch editors who know those towns best.

Rapper Jim Jones Charged with Disorderly Conduct in Fair Lawn

Fair Lawn resident and rap mogul Jim Jones was arrested Wednesday after he "got out of line" with an officer who was handling a parking complaint in front of the Dipset founder's Ward Street home, police said.

Three members of a Bergen County burglary ring known as the “James Bond Gang” were arrested after they broke into and ransacked a Sparta residence Wednesday, Township Police Sgt. John-Paul Beebe said. The alleged gang is believed to be responsible for dozens of burglaries of high-end homes in Morris and Somerset counties, as well as other parts of the tri-state area.

Hostage Scam Triggers Rapid Police Response at Chase Bank

Police from across Bergen County rushed to the Chase Bank in Fair Lawn Thursday amid reports of a robbery in progress. Upon investigation, however, the robbery suspect ended up being the real victim in what police said is a common hostage scam.

A 20-year-old Hawthorne man was charged with driving while under the influence, reckless driving, possession of marijuana and possession of narcotics in a motor vehicle.

Cops on Look Out for 'Alarming' Beggar

Mahwah Police are warning local residents to look out for a man who has reportedly approached five different women in area shopping centers over the past two-and-a-half weeks begging for money.

Though police say the man has not committed any crimes, his behavior is “alarming…not normal [and] concerning to law enforcement authorities,” Police Chief Jim Batelli said Tuesday.

'Cake Boss' Arrives in Ridgewood [Poll]

Despite Buddy Valastro's intention to craft the Ridgewood location as less touristy than the original Hoboken store, lines wrapped down the block at the new store opening Sunday. Fans glued their faces to the window while Buddy crafted Carlo's famous cakes with staff and family.

Real Housewives Kickback Doc Sentenced to 5 Months

A Franklin Lakes doctor who appeared on The Real Housewives was sentenced Wednesday to five months in prison, five months of home confinement and fined $30,000 for his role in a payment-for-patients scheme in which he took envelopes of cash in exchange for making patient referrals, according to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

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