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The Hot List: Most Read Stories in July

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A Wyckoff man allegedly hit two men in the head with a baseball bat over a $40 debt in July.

Police arrested Ralph Zocco and charged the 18 year old with two counts of aggravated assault, criminal mischief, and two counts of possession of a weapon with intent to use it unlawfully. 

 arrested a third individual in connection with the  Thursday of a 19-year-old Ridgewood man. 

Samer Suhaid Saleh, of Waldwick, was charged with robbery, theft, and inflicting serious bodily injury with a baseball bat or pipe.

Saleh, 25, became a suspect after he was caught talking about his participation in the crime, according to Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox.

A Wyckoff woman is facing charges for allegedly luring an ex-boyfriend to a vacant schoolyard where two men beat him bloody with a bat and a pipe before robbing him.

Margaux H. Tocci, of Sicomac Avenue, was charged with robbery and theft by being armed with deadly weapons, by aiding suspects and luring the victim to the scene of the crime, and providing transportation from the scene for the suspects.

Franklin Lakes resident, and former Real Housewives of N.J. castmate Gia made an appearance to an unwelcome East Hamptons location. Gia, Kim G.'s daughter, was unknowingly caught up in a party scam.

Two real estate "con artists" made thousands of dollars renting out vacation houses in the Hamptons, then subletting them to teens for post-prom and graduation parties without the renters' permission, according to The New York Post.

Cops arrested four individuals they say illegally entered at least two vehicles in Wyckoff and Franklin Lakes and made off with more than $1,000 worth of private property last week, authorities said. 

At approximately 1:30 a.m. on July 12, a Franklin Lakes resident called 911 after he spotted two males walking down his Woodmere Court driveway.

 responding to the report stopped a vehicle on Summit Avenue in the vicinity of Woodmere Court, according to Franklin Lakes Police Lieutenant John Bakelaar.

Two men led Wyckoff Police on a brief high-speed chase Saturday morning before pulling into the driveway of a Crescent Avenue home and trying to lock officers out of the house, authorities said.

Patrolman Mark Tagliareni clocked a vehicle traveling on Wyckoff Avenue at more than double the speed limit at 2:19 a.m. on May 26.

This story spiked in popularity after one of the men involved in the May incident, Daniel Chaupiz, was arrested in connection with last week.

One man was taken to the hospital after his car was struck by another vehicle and flipped at the intersection of Ravine and Lafayette late Tuesday morning.

 Lt. Charles Van Dyk said the grey Honda CRV was travelling toward Hawthorne on Lafayette when the driver of a white Mercedes Benz SUV – who had a baby on board – failed to come to a complete stop at the stop sign heading down Ravine.

Burglars stole jewelry from a Ewing Avenue home sometime during a window of about 12 hours while the homeowner was away, according to police.

"There were no signs of forced entry" at the home, but "the investigation continues," said Franklin Lakes Police Lieutenant John Bakelaar.

The lover of a Wyckoff woman charged with luring her ex-boyfriend to a schoolyard for a savage beating and robbery was arrested Friday for allegedly carrying out the pummeling, police said late Friday.

Daniel A. Chaupiz, 20, of Crescent Avenue, was arrested at his Wyckoff residence hours after at Lincoln School with a baseball bat and a pipe.

The screams of an alert Wyckoff woman led to the arrest of a 37-year-old New York City man that Paramus Police say had been peering into women's dressing rooms  on Friday at Lord & Taylor as shoppers tried on bathing suits.

A Harrington Park man has been charged with using the Franklin Lakes Veterans of Foreign War coffers as his own personal piggy bank over the course of at least five years, according to borough police and a VFW official.

John Beahm, 57, the treasurer of VFW Post 5702 was arrested Friday by and charged with theft, misapplication of entrusted property, theft by deception, and credit card fraud. Beahm is alleged to have illegally used the post's checking account and credit card since at least 2007. 

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