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Mother, Daughter Murder Case; Mahwah Sex Charges 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.

The Teaneck man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death and smothering her 5-year-old daughter after the child witnessed her mother's murder pleaded not guilty at a packed state Superior Court hearing in Hackensack Thursday. 

Michael C. Brady said nothing during a first appearance on charges he killed 40-year-old Tam Marie “Tammy” Pitts-Gaddy and her daughter, Natasia, early Monday in Englewood. 

Although he showed no emotion during the hearing, Brady let out loud sobs as he was escorted to a cell by sheriff's officers. 

Man Charged In Sex Assault Of Underage 'Roulette' Chat Girl

An Indiana man drove more than 10 hours to Mahwah to have sexual relations with a 15-year-old township girl he met online, Police Chief Jim Batelli said Wednesday afternoon.

Joshua Elkins, 28, of Fort Wayne, is currently in an Indiana state prison after being charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, Batelli said. Elkins was arrested on Tuesday.

Fighting Pit Bulls Injure Three in Ridgewood

Three people suffered minor injuries when they attempted to subdue two fighting pit bulls outside a Ridgewood home Thursday afternoon, village policesaid.

It's the second reported incident of violence involving a dog in as many months in Ridgewood.

A Saddle Brook man and his son were both hospitalized after a fire spread through the Oxford Avenue home they share shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday, Saddle Brook Fire Chief Bob Meyers said.

Paramus Fabric Center Still Thriving After 55 Years

The Paramus Fabric Center has seen changes in the 55 years it’s been in business, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the family who runs it and their personal service, which keeps customers coming back generation after generation.  

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