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Attorney for Leonia firefighters presses for meeting with borough officials

An attorney representing volunteer firefighters in Leonia in the wake of an alleged sexual assault in the firehouse said Monday that he still wants to meet with borough officials, despite the Borough Council’s criticism of him and the fire chief over the weekend.

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Dispute brewing as Leonia Fire Department reopens

LEONIA €” The borough reopened its volunteer Fire Department to members only on June 20, putting an end to the all-out shutdown local officials ordered after an 18-year-old who frequented the firehouse was arrested on sexual assault charges two weeks ago.

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Leonia fire department lawyer: No council records of suspension meetings

The borough apparently kept no record of what was said or who attended meetings at which the Borough Council’s Fire Committee decided to suspend its fire department after a young boy was allegedly molested in the firehouse, according to the firefighter’s lawyer who threatened legal action after the shutdown.

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Leonia Fire Department reopens following suspension

The borough’s volunteer Fire Department quietly reopened for emergencies Thursday morning, ending a two-day suspension prompted by allegations that a teenager with developmental disabilities molested the 3-year-old son of a fireman in the firehouse last week.

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Leonia Fire Department reinstated on 'limited basis'

The borough's suspended Fire Department has been reinstated on a "limited basis," according to a letter sent Wednesday evening to the firefighters' attorney Paul Kaufman. The attorney said he has received no explanation for what "limited basis" means, nor has the firehouse been reopened to the firefighters.

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Leonia officials stand by their suspension of Fire Department

A day after Leonia suspended its entire Fire Department, borough officials maintained it was their only option considering the liability they faced during the investigation of allegations that a teenager molested a 3-year-old boy in the firehouse last week.

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Man, 18, accused of 'inappropriate' contact with boy in Leonia Fire Department

An 18-year-old man whose parents said has physical and mental disabilities is accused of sexually assaulting a boy, 3. The suspect, Darius E. Levine, was arrested after investigators learned that he engaged in “inappropriate sexual activity with a 3-year-old male acquaintance,” Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said

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Leonia firehouse temporarily closed for investigations into a 'serious incident'

The borough’s fire headquarters has been closed for all but emergency firefighting purposes as authorities investigate a “serious incident” that took place there this week, officials said.

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Gas leak forces evacuations in Leonia

Businesses and homes in an area that covered several blocks were evacuated late Friday afternoon as natural gas spewed out of a pressure valve outside the Leonia Market, authorities said.

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Leonia shows of historic homes

LEONIA €” The Leonia Historical Preservation Committee hosted a Historic Homes Tour to highlight historical homes within the borough on June 2.

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