Here's a look at the five stories that topped news in Bergen and Passaic counties this week:
Marathon Masturbator: A spectator in pajamas who witnesses said suddenly dropped his pants and began masturbating in front of dozens of marathon runners on an Emerson street was identified by police Monday as a 55-year-old borough man.
Dead Drug Defendant: The body of a 53-year-old former Glen Rock resident arrested earlier this summer on drug charges was found Tuesday in a recreational vehicle parked in a local driveway.
Big Dreams Shattered In Little Falls: After an unexpected property reassessment, a Little Falls family is facing a tax increase. But who's to blame?
Hawthorne Shooter: A 27-year-old Paterson man was shot in Hawthorne before dawn Thursday, said authorities who were searching for the person responsible.
Human Trafficking In South Hackensack : A member of a human trafficking ring admitted her role Wednesday in prostituting a 16-year-old girl at motels in South Hackensack and Clifton.
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