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Police officer’s home destroyed in blaze that killed family pets, authorities say

A Garfield police officer’s home was gutted in a fire Saturday night that took the lives of her cats and torched her car, according to fellow police officers.

The home on Van Winkle Avenue in Garfield went up in flames around 8 p.m. and spread to a neighboring home, video on Twitter shows. No one was injured in the fire.

Rebecca Schmidt, a four-year veteran of the department who shares the house with her parents, also lost her police uniforms, service weapons and all of her personal belongings in the fire, Garfield local PBA #46 said.

Schmidt began working as a volunteer EMT as a high school student while growing up in Garfield and went on to become a police officer, Sgt. Jeff Stewart wrote in an Instagram post. She continues to volunteer her time as with the Garfield police’s community affairs department, according to Stewart.

A police spokesman

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New York authorities found materials that could be used to make explosives in a Queens home following a fire

Materials that could be used to make explosives were found in a Queens home after a fire was reported in part of the house Tuesday, authorities said.



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Authorities are investigating after materials that could be used to make explosives were found in a Queens home.

The property’s landlord found items that raised concern after the fire in the downstairs portion of the residence was extinguished, deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism for the New York Police Department said.

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Investigators discovered books on military explosives and boobytraps in the home, as well as chemicals and some written material, Miller said.

The individual who lives in the residence was described as “distraught” and was taken to a local hospital for observation, Miller said. He could face charges.

“Right now he is a patient in a hospital as an emotionally disturbed person,” Miller said. “While we continue this investigation,

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Former administrator at Meadow Green Nursing Home in Waltham stole $230K from resident to pay for family vacations and other expenses, authorities say

A former administrator at a Massachusetts nursing home was accused this week of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from an elderly resident and using the money to pay for family vacations, home repairs and other expenses, authorities said.

Christina Polcari, the former admissions director at the Meadow Green Nursing Home in Waltham, was charged in connection with the scheme to steal $230,000 from the resident, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Monday.

Authorities claimed that from August 2018 to May 2019, Polcari spent the resident’s funds on personal expenses, including repairs to her home, restaurants, cash withdrawals and vacations for her and her family.

She is accused of using a forged signature for various promissory notes, letter and checks to cover up the theft, Healey’s office said in a statement.

The nursing home administrator left her position in May 2019 when officials at the facility found out about

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