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Lawyer: Synagogue Firebombing Suspect Has ‘Psychological Issues’

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments



MYFOXNY.COM – Calling their case against Anthony Graziano "rock solid," prosecutors say he confessed. But his lawyer said that confession should be taken with a grain of salt. "He has psychological and emotional issues," said attorney Robert Kalisch, who blamed his client's mental health and video games for his behavior. "When you have emotional, psychiatric, […]




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Prosecutors: Graziano confessed to Rutherford temple firebombing, Paramus arson

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments



Prosecutors say Anthony Graziano confessed to continuing to throw firebombs inside a rabbi’s home despite hearing screaming inside, but his defense attorney said the admission shouldn’t be taken seriously due to his client’s mental health. Graziano, 19, of Lodi, also admitted to the setting fire to a Paramus synagogue in addition to the Rutherford attack, […]




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Torah Burned in Synagogue Fire in Lower Galilee

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments



Jewish congregants in Harish, located in the Lower Galilee and near the Arab city of Umm el-Fahm east of Hadera, arrived at synagogue on Saturday morning to find firefighters trying to put out a blaze that had erupted inside their house of worship. By the time the fire was subdued a Torah scroll, a pair […]




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‘Lone wolves’ more common, dangerous than organized supremacists, experts say

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments



HACKENSACK, N.J. – A loner who broke from obscurity to commit a violent crime – that’s the description provided by law enforcement officials of the 19-year-old Lodi, N.J., man they’ve accused of firebombing a North Jersey synagogue and other violent bias crimes. It’s also a profile that fits the perpetrators of any number of horrific […]




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Police to search N.J. synagogues near home of suspected firebomber

| January 25, 2012 | 0 Comments



BERGEN COUNTY — Authorities said they are planning to conduct a sweep of synagogues within a 10-mile radius of the home of a suspected firebomber in Bergen County to search for arson materials. The announcement of the investigation came after a teenager charged with attempted murder in the firebombings of two North Jersey synagogues pleaded […]




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Man accused in Bergen County temple firebombings wants change of venue

| January 25, 2012 | 0 Comments



HACKENSACK — The attorney for the Lodi man accused of attempted murder and aggrevated arson in connection to two synagogue firebombings in Bergen County is seeking a change of venue for the case, according to published reports. Anthony M. Graziano, 19, plead not guilty Tuesday to charges related to the attacks in Rutherford and Paramus, […]




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Torah theft suspect had done handyman work at Monticello synagogue

| January 25, 2012 | 0 Comments



MONTICELLO – The Woodridge man charged with the theft of a $35,000 Torah from Landfield Avenue Synagogue had worked on several repair projects at the synagogue and had been sought for weeks for questioning, the congregation's rabbi said. Chris Colvill, a registered sex offender who has served prison time for attempted sodomy and attempted assault, […]




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Tipsters, surveillance video led to arrest of Lodi man in Bergen County synagogue firebombings

| January 24, 2012 | 0 Comments



PARAMUS — A Lodi teen arrested in connection with two arsons at Bergen County synagogues was apprehended late Monday after the ingredients in the Molotov cocktails he allegedly produced were tracked to a Saddle Brook Wal-Mart. Anthony M. Graziano, 19, faces nine counts of attempted murder for the Jan. 11 firebombing of a Rutherford synagogue […]




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Fair Lawn Jewish Center receives anti-Semitic letter

| January 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



Fair Lawn – Local synagogues are on the alert after the Fair Lawn Jewish Center on Norma Avenue received an anti-Semitic letter on Jan. 20. Fair Lawn Police Capt. Joseph Cook told local rabbis in an email on Jan. 20 that the synagogue received a "suspicious letter" containing "images of various magazine covers depicting major […]




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Person of interest sought in connection with Bergen synagogue firebombings

| January 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



BERGEN COUNTY — The unidentified man in the photos above is being sought for questioning by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit and the Rutherford Police Department in connection with the firebombing that occurred at the Temple Beth El in Rutherford on Jan. 11, according to information released by the prosecutor's office this […]




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Firebombed Rutherford temple seeking donations to up security following attack

| January 19, 2012 | 0 Comments



RUTHERFORD — The Orthodox synagogue that was firebombed in an apparent arson attack last week is seeking donations to improve its security infrastructure. The old Victorian house that serves as both a temple and the residence of Rabbi Nosson Schuman and his family was set ablaze last Wednesday when an unknown number of persons threw […]




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Officials pledge federal resources for investigation into temple firebombing, bias crimes

| January 13, 2012 | 0 Comments



PARAMUS — Federal elected officials from North Jersey and across the state pledged resources in the investigation into the firebombing of a Rutherford synagogue at a meeting convened to discuss safety at Jewish temples Thursday night. Rabbi Nosson Schuman joined members of New Jersey's Congressional delegation and local officials as he recounted the early-morning attack […]




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Arsonists could face federal charges for firebombing of Rutherford synagogue

| January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments



RUTHERFORD — The person — or persons — who threw Molotov cocktails through the windows of the Congregation Beth El synagogue Wednesday face a minimum of 40 years in prison, authorities said. An FBI official said they have been involved for two weeks "in a support capacity" with the Bergen County Prosecutor's office investigation into […]




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Officials, community leaders urge vigilance from Bergen County residents after firebombing of Rutherford synagogue

| January 11, 2012 | 0 Comments



HACKENSACK — Officials and community leaders in Bergen County are calling for a "higher level of awareness" from area residents after a series of bias crimes on Jewish temples, including the firebombing of a synagogue Wednesday. "I don't think that this is the type of offense that we should just have a higher level of […]




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Prosecutor: Rutherford synagogue was firebombed in attempted murder

| January 11, 2012 | 0 Comments



RUTHERFORD — Arsonists threw Molotov cocktails into the windows of an Orthodox synagogue while the rabbi and his family slept inside early this morning, authorities said. Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli today told reporters Congregation Beth El on Montross Avenue was firebombed by one or more arsonists who threw multiple explosive devices into the temple […]




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