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Carlstadt man in gun case indicted on charges of threatening wife, endangering kids

Photo Credit: Courtesy CARLSTADT PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Carlstadt man who police said fired a shot into the wall of his home during an argument was indicted by a grand jury in Hackensack today on a variety of charges — including threatening to shoot his wife and endangering their two teenage children.

Police at the time said they responded to the 10th Street home of Gregg Venturini on a call of a domestic dispute involving a handgun on Aug. 8.

Venturini, 57, apparently made “suicidal gestures” before firing a single .22-caliber shot into a bedroom wall and then tossing the legally registered Sterling Model 302SS semi-automatic handgun onto a back door overhang below, Carlstadt Police Chief Thomas Nielsen told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

Sgt. Damir Blagec and Officer Christopher Hasch took Venturini into custody and recovered the gun.

He was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center for medical treatment before being transported to the Bergen County Jail.

Venturini remained jail more than four months before posting $34,500 bail the day after Christmas.

The indictment returned today charges him with:

illegal weapons possession;

pointing the gun at his wife “under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life” (aggravated assault);

threatening to shoot or kill her “in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror”;

making the children — one 17, the other 14 — “abused or neglected.”


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