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Police: Handyman arrested for allegedly placing camera in customer’s bathroom

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    Paramus, NJ (WCBS) — Paramus police have arrested a handyman for allegedly placing a hidden camera in a customer’s bathroom and said he didn’t just do it in their town.

They are asking local residents if they remember hiring him before, CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported Wednesday.

It looks like a regular charger, but if you look closely, “It’s got the pinhole camera right there. It’s motion-activated audio and video recording,” Det. Mark Pinajian said.

When pried open, “There’s an SD card slot there,” Pinajian said.

Paramus police said a woman found the device in her bathroom.

“Noticed it plugged into the outlet, knowing her home and that it didn’t belong to her,” Pinajian said.

When she opened it and watched what was on the card, “Saw clips on there, especially of her bathroom and herself,” Pinajian said.

And it didn’t just happen to her.

“There was another location on that camera,” Pinajian said.

That location was another bathroom in Wayne. That alleged incident was also caught on the camera the handyman was hired by the woman to fix a window. Police arrested 47-year-old Romeo Sanchez of West New York, a married father.

Police said he admitted to doing it and planned to retrieve the device when he returned to finish his work. They said there’s no evidence he distributed the video to anyone and added there were no kids in either home.

“As far as we can see, he’s not a licensed contractor. He’s just like a handyman to do small odds and ends jobs and he was being referred to other people. That’s how he was getting business,” Pinajian said.

More people have called police now concerned that they, too, may have been a victim.

“If you have somebody in your home,

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Always a brother: Fraternity members, volunteers remodel late police officer’s home | News

NEW ALBANY — Starr Pavey said her heart has been broken since her husband, Bill, died in June, but a wide smile appeared across her face as she spoke about his personality and gregarious nature.

Bill was a jokester who made everyone smile, even while he was battling cancer for the last five years of his life, Starr said.

“We laughed all of the time until the last month or so. He said it hurt him to laugh,” Starr said of her late husband.

Bill Pavey was well-known throughout Southern Indiana for his service to the community. He worked for the New Albany-Floyd County Parks Department for over eight years as a park ranger before serving as a New Albany police officer for two decades.

It was the day of his death, June 3, when Starr said a friend who was at her house mentioned smelling gas. A few days later, she also noticed the smell, and upon further inspection, a serious gas leak was discovered under her home along with about five feet of standing water.



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Bill Pavey


“It’s just been overwhelming stress since before he died. It’s been one nightmare after the other,” Starr said.

She knew some work was needed on the New Albany house, but said Bill didn’t want any interruptions during their last few months together.

But the impact Bill Pavey had on others during his life has been exemplified by what others have been willing to do in his honor after his death.



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Doug Curry and volunteers worked on flooring inside a room in Starr Pavey’s house Saturday morning. Their goal is to secure the flooring by replacing the floor joists.




Pavey was one of the founding fathers of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Indiana University Southeast. Over 40

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EHC Mayor lists PD improvements and swears in new police officers | Galloway Township

EGG HARBOR CITY — Egg Harbor City Mayor Lisa Jiampetti outlined improvements that have taken place in the city’s police department due to an order from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office in 2013 and then proceeded to swear in four police officers during the Thursday, September 24 city council meeting.

“We have worked cooperatively to complete all 26 of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office mandates to improve police operations and policy,” Jiampetti said.

The mayor listed the improvements that have taken place. Included are an updated police rules and regulations manual, yearly performance evaluations, established an employee recognition program, increased staffing and rank, purchased body cameras with grant funding and increased accountability and communication between the police department and council.

“Staffing has been increased to include 15 full-time officers, two part-time special officers and two class-three officers to serve as school resource officers,” Jiampetti said. “We also promoted four sergeants, one lieutenant and one detective who is also training to serve on the Atlantic County S.W.A.T. team.

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Two rival concrete contractors fight over past debts: Bay Village Police Blotter

Bay Village, Ohio

Found dog

On Sept. 21 a dog owner reported that when he went into a local coffee shop, his nine-month-old, black and tan Belgian Malinois, jumped out of the window of his parked car and took off running. Bay Village Animal Control was called to assist. Luckily, an employee at a nearby retirement home came across the dog and was able to capture it unharmed. The dog was returned to a grateful owner.

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Altercation, Knickerbocker Road

On Sept. 25 a physical altercation was reported. Officers arrived and found that two rival concrete contractors, working just a few houses away from each other, had gotten into a physical altercation. Officers spoke with the men and found that there was bad blood between the 51-year-old Cleveland man and the 42-year-old Parma man over past debts. Officers also received conflicting stories about who started the fight, which left one of the men bloodied. Possible charges are pending.

Distracted driver, Lake Road

On Sept. 26 officers received multiple phone calls regarding a car that was being operated erratically. The car was travelling at slow speeds, was weaving and had crossed the double yellow line numerous times. Officers were able to stop the driver near Cahoon Road. They spoke with the elderly driver who told officers that she was receiving multiple phone calls on her phone and through her bluetooth and she was unsure how to terminate the calls. She was strongly advised to not drive while distracted and to maintain full time and attention to the road.

Thefts

Bay Village Police continue to seek help from residents regarding car thefts and theft from auto reports. During the past week, 17

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Man put hidden camera in bathroom of Paramus, Wayne homes, police say

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When someone is arrested and charged with a crime in New Jersey, police departments observe a protocol that includes the reading of Miranda Rights.

A West New York contractor was charged with invasion of privacy after he admitted to putting a camera in the bathrooms of homes in Paramus and Wayne, police said. 

Romeo Sanchez, 47, admitted to police that he put the cameras in the bathrooms after the Paramus resident reported a suspicious electronic device in their bathroom on Aug. 25, Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said in a statement. 

Police found it to be a “micro” camera with a memory card in one of the walls of the bathroom, the statement said, where the memory card had video clips of the bathroom and a bathroom at a different location. 

Romeo Sanchez, 47, of West New York was charged for putting a camera in the bathroom of a Paramus home while he was there to replace a window, according to Paramus Police. (Photo: Courtesy of Paramus Police Department)

Sanchez was identified by the resident as a contractor they hired to replace a window, where Sanchez said he didn’t finish and needed to come back, the statement said.

Police located Sanchez, who confessed to putting the camera in the Paramus home and planned to get it back when he came to “finish his job,” police said. Sanchez also identified the videos of the different location as a home in Wayne. 

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Paramus police said the investigation into the second home was left to Wayne police, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Anyone with information regarding Sanchez is asked to contact Paramus

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