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Crime Blotter | Nov. 21, 2016


Nov. 17 PATERSON — A 170-year-old painting was stolen from the Paterson Museum last week. Museum Director Jack DeStefano said there were no signs of a break in and that the office would have been locked when the museum was closed. The theft is being investigated. The painting of the Great Falls was donated this September and was valued at $9,000.

Nov. 17 BERKELEY HEIGHTS — A Monmouth County woman falsely told police she was kidnapped after she lead them on a car chase through Berkeley Heights. Valerie Hedlund, 30, first caught the authorities attention for a minor traffic violation. Hedlund drove her car down an embankment before exiting the vehicle and running away. When police found her, Hedlund said she was kidnapped. Police later determined that not to be true. Hedlund was released from custody and has an upcoming court case.

Nov. 17 OCEAN TOWNSHIP — A man was accused of stabbing a woman in a home within a retirement community. The police have responded to that same home 50 times in the last five years. The man, in this incident, was charged with attempted murder, weapons offenses and aggravated assault on a police officer.

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