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    Newark airport was among three other Port Authority-operated airports to break records for passenger traffic

    Newark Liberty International Airport is among the New York-area airports to set a record for the most passenger traffic last year.

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey -- which operates Newark, JFK, LaGuardia and Stewart airports -- said in a statement that Newark Liberty had more than 43 million passengers in 2017.

    In addition, the four Port Authority-operated airports set various records for total passenger traffic for the sixth straight year, totaling more than 132 million passengers who used those facilities in 2017 -- a 2.2 percent increase over the record in 2016.

    "Our airports continue to see robust and sustained growth, underscoring the importance of the agency's goals of developing world-class airports, while creating thousands of jobs," said Port Authority Aviation Director Huntley A. Lawrence in the statement.

    Newark Airport's $2.7B terminal overhaul will make flying easier for millions

    The following are the passenger records broken by the four New York airports:

    • Systemwide -- most international passengers, 47.6 million
    • Systemwide -- most domestic passengers, 85 million
    • JFK International Airport -- most total passengers, 59.4 million
    • Newark Liberty International Airport -- most total passengers, 43 million
    • LaGuardia Airport -- most international passengers, 2.1 million
    • Stewart International Airport -- most international passengers,141,000

    The Port Authority said that the increase in passenger traffic has fueled economic growth in the region with around 4,000 additional jobs and $700 million in economic benefits.

    The Port Authority is also investing 11.6 billion to modernize and improve its airports, including new terminals, infrastructure and critical repairs over the next 10 years, officials said.

    Spencer Kent may be reached at skent@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @SpencerMKent. Find the Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    An in-depth look at the storylines and statistics for the biggest weekend of the season.


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    Michael Schmitt has been accused of sending threatening messages on social media that sparked a lockdown at a local high school.

    A judge in Newark on Thursday for the second time declined to keep jailed a teen charged with recent alleged threats against schools in Essex County.

    Superior Court Judge Peter V. Ryan instead placed Michael Schmitt, 18, on home detention with electronic monitoring as a condition of his release from custody.

    "There's a lot of people in this court that want you locked up, and they conclude, maybe rightfully so, that you present such a danger that you should be locked up and remain locked up until such time as these matters can be resolved," Ryan said. "Pre-trial services thinks differently and I agree with them."

    Authorities on Sunday announced Schmitt had been charged with creating a false public alarm after his alleged threats sparked a lockdown at James Caldwell High School in West Caldwell amid an all-day musical program on Saturday.

    Because of Schmitt's lack of a prior criminal history, the automated public safety assessment used by court officials had recommended he be released "without any constraints whatsoever," Ryan noted.

    "I cannot do that and I will not do that," he said.

    Another Essex County teenager, 18-year-old Joseph Rafanello of Nutley, had appeared before Ryan on Wednesday in connection with alleged threats against Nutley High School. Ryan also chose to place Rafanello on home detention in lieu of an indefinite period in jail.

    The two are among at least 17 people charged with making threats against schools in New Jersey since a student gunman killed 17 people on Valentine's Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

    Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Giordano told Ryan that on Saturday, Schmitt had sent a Snapchat message to one girl at the school for the music festival. Giordano said several girls had reported receiving such messages.

    "It says, 'I'll give ya a little extra to hate me for today,'" Giordano said, adding that the message contained a link to a violent song on Schmitt's Soundcloud account that contained lyrics including "pull my gun" and "kill your (expletive) head, now you're dead, go to sleep."

    Schmitt's profile picture on SoundCloud shows him pointing a gun at the screen, and title of the song used derogatory terms to refer to female students at the high school.

    Giordano said Schmitt also had a lengthy disciplinary history at the high school that included spitting on another student and disobeying authority figures.

    In arguing against pre-trial detention, Schmitt's attorney, David Gray, noted that a police search of Schmitt's home did not turn up any firearms and that he had cooperated with investigators.

    Although the SoundCloud song's title included disparaging language, Gray said, it also included the words "I love you all even though you all hurt me," and "I forgive you."

    He also argued that the content of Schmitt's song, "though probably not in good taste," more likely referred to sexual conduct rather than threats of violence.

    "Your honor, we respect the fact that perhaps we live in a bit of a different world today," Gray said. "But I think the world still recognizes what is a threat and is not a threat."

    The attorney said Schmitt is being tutored at home and is on schedule to graduate this year.

    Gray declined to comment further on the charges after the hearing.

    As part of Schmitt's release conditions, Ryan barred him from using social media or possessing firearms and ordered that he undergo a mental health evaluation.

    Thomas Moriarty may be reached at tmoriarty@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ThomasDMoriarty. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    Oscar James Sr., who owned a consulting company, was sentenced in Newark federal court on Thursday.

    political consultant who worked for two former Newark mayors was sentenced to a year of home supervision Thursday after pleading guilty to tax evasion charges. 

    Oscar James Sr., 60, admitted he underreported his income from his consulting business, The James Group, between 2008-09, cheating the government of about $113,000 in taxes, court records show. 

    Appearing before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark, James said he took full responsibility for his actions.

    "My family, my profession and everything that's important to me has been impacted by my bad choice," James said, choking up. "I wish I could take them all back, but I can't." 

    McNulty said he would not order James, who was accompanied to court by his sister and his brother-in-law, to pay a fine because he lacked the ability to do so. James currently has no source of income, his attorney, Adalgiza Nunez, told the court.  

    James will not face prison time primarily because he met with federal prosecutors several times after he was charged and provided information that was helpful, although it has not led to other indictments, McNulty said. He and the attorneys declined to reveal the type of information James gave prosecutors, citing the sensitive nature of the investigation.

    The judge said he also believed James was remorseful and was unlikely to commit another financial crime. 

    Nunez and James' sister said after the hearing that James would not comment on his sentence.

    James, of West Orange, is the father of former South Ward Councilman Oscar James Jr., who lost his seat to Ras Baraka (now Newark's mayor) in 2010. James Sr. worked as an aide to former Mayor Sharpe James and later as an advisor to former Mayor Cory Booker, now a U.S. Senator for New Jersey. 

    Booker's camp did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the sentencing.

    In October, James pleaded guilty to underreporting his income between Jan. 2008 and Dec. 2009 by $320,000. He had actually earned $595,265 over the two years -- making slightly over $300,000 in 2008 and roughly $288,000 the following year, documents show.

    Nunez wrote a letter to Judge McNulty last week, requesting to delay the sentencing so her client could cash in on a $10,000 two-month job with the Committee for School Equality, Inc. 

    She said James' political consulting contracts were cancelled after he pleaded guilty last year and this was his first offer of employment since then. James was working part-time with UPS through the holidays, making $10 an hour, the letter said. 

    "He is of retirement age, this is most likely the last opportunity he will have for employment in his field, his alternative employment does not cover his basic expenses, and he is facing foreclosure and divorce," Nunez wrote. 

    McNulty denied the request. 

    James previously received no-bid contracts from the now-defunct Newark Watershed Corporation, according to the state. 

    A scathing 2014 investigative report by the New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller found the watershed corporation paid James $162,000 between 2007 and 2010 for "consulting matters." The report outlined how the watershed corporation recklessly spent millions in public money with little to no oversight. 

    James' son, Oscar James Jr., was then serving on the watershed's board of trustees. The consulting contract was awarded without approval from the full board, the report found. 

    Federal authorities have since charged and sentenced multiple people in connection with a million dollar kickback scheme at the agency that eventually led to its dismantling.

    The former watershed director, Linda Watkins Brashear, of West Orange, is serving more than eight years in federal prison for soliciting bribes in exchange for no-work or over-inflated contracts. Other managers, contractors and businessmen have been ensnared in the federal probe.

    While James may no longer be getting a paycheck for his consulting work, he remains involved in Newark politics. 

    Records filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission show James made a $2,600 in-kind contribution in January as a fundraising consultant for Terrance Bankston.

    Bankston plans to run for South Ward councilman in May's election, challenging incumbent John Sharpe James, the son of former Mayor James. 

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    Prosecutors in Ocean County have filed action with the state's Appellate Division to keep the main jailed pending trial

    An Essex County man who was arrested last month with more than 8 kilos of cocaine and a loaded AK-47 may be released from jail Friday if the state appellate court doesn't render a decision on an appeal filed by prosecutors hoping to keep him locked up. 

    Rasheed Sanders, 37, of East Orange, was arrested inside an apartment on Lawrence Street in Lakewood on Feb. 17 during the execution of a search warrant by Ocean County narcotics investigators.

    Police found 8.5 kilos of cocaine and a loaded AK-47 rifle inside the apartment's kitchen.

    Sanders R.pngRasheed Sanders 

    A further search of the residence yielded another magazine of bullets for the rifle, six cellphones and drug paraphernalia, according to Ocean County Assistant Prosecutor Jamie Schion. 

    Sanders is charged with multiple drug dealing felonies.

    He appeared in court on Tuesday for a detention hearing, and Ocean County Superior Court Judge Wendel E. Daniels decided to release Sanders on level-three monitoring, which includes weekly check-ins with authorities.

    But before Sanders could be released, prosecutors asked he be held while they filed an appeal. The judge granted the stay and the hearing continued Thursday. 

    In court Thursday, defense attorney Michael Montanari argued that keeping his client in court any longer was belaboring the issue. 

    "The only one who is going to suffer here is my client," Montanari said. "The prosecution is just trying to get their ducks in a line."  

    "An AK 47 is a killing machine," Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor John Tassini said in arguing why he believed their appeal would be granted. "There is no reason to have one other than to cause harm."

    Tassini also told the judge the state believes Sanders is "part of a multi-state drug network," and would have the ability to flee. He believes the state's Appellate Division will likely have a response in a day or two and asked that Sanders be held until then. 

    Daniels decided to continue the stay until 4 p.m. Friday, and if the Appellate Division does not issue a ruling by then, Sanders will be released according to the terms of level-three monitoring. 

    "Filing this appeal is important because of the gravity of the charges and the danger to the community," Schion said outside the courtroom.

    When reached for comment, Al Della Fave said: "The prosecutor's office is feverishly working to put together this appeal to stop that release at all cost based on him having the assault weapon fully loaded within his reach.

    "And with regards to the amount of product, over 8 kilos, and our concern that he is part of a major network that will assist him in disappearing."

    Reporter Alex Napoliello contributed to this report.

    Olivia Rizzo may be reached at orizzo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @LivRizz. Find NJ.com on Facebook 

     

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    The state's Insurance Fraud Prosecutor announced the allegations, which go back almost six years

    A former East Orange teacher submitted nearly 30 forged documents to his insurance provider for several years, and received $74,000 in fraudulent disability payments, the state Attorney General's office announced Thursday.

    Major-Smith.jpgMajor Smith 

    Major Smith, 48, was indicted recently on insurance fraud, theft by deception, and two counts of impersonation for accident-related disability claims he filed with his insurer between 2012 and 2015, the state's Insurance Fraud Prosecutor said.

    Smith, who was employed as an East Orange teacher until June 2012, filed 27 disability claims with American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus - better known as Aflac - that had forms purportedly filled out by his doctors or his employer, the state said.

    The forms, filed between February 2012 and October 2015, were for several slip-and-fall accidents in which he claimed injury.

    But Smith allegedly impersonated his doctors in the filings, documenting treatments he claimed he underwent. And he allegedly pretended to be a representative of the East Orange school district and verified  his employment after he no longer worked in the district, the state said.

    "We allege that for years, Smith cloaked himself in the identities of his doctors and his employer to bilk his insurance provider out of thousands of dollars in disability payments," Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement.

    Kevin Shea may be reached at kshea@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter@kevintshea. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    A Belleville man is accused of possessing illicit images of children under a new state law that bans suggestive images of minors even if the children are clothed.

    A Belleville man is accused of possessing illicit images of children in what is possibly the first case brought under an expanded state law that bans sexually suggestive images of minors, even if the children are clothed, authorities said Thursday.

     Domenick.jpgAnthony Domenick, 25 (Photo: ECPO) 

    Anthony Domenick, 25, was arrested after officials with the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, State Police, federal Homeland Security Investigations and township police served a search warrant at his home Wednesday, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino.

    The search was part of an investigation into "possession and distribution of images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children," Laurino said in a statement.

    Domenick was charged with possessing the explicit images and also for having "child erotica," according to the prosecutor.

    The revised law, which went into effect Feb. 1, criminalized images that depict children who are partially clothed but where the obvious intent of the image is to "concentrate prurient interest on the child or for sexual gratification," the prosecutor's office said.

    Then-Gov. Christie signed the updated law in July 2017 that enhanced penalties for possessing and trafficking in child pornography, and expanded the legal definition of the material. At least a dozen other states have similar laws that close a gap between pornography and sexual images of juveniles.

    The updated law criminalized "images that depict nearly naked, suggestively-posed, and inappropriately sexualized children," according to the statute.

    Officials said the allegations against Domenick marked the first such case in Essex County. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison on all counts. It was not immediately clear if he retained an attorney.

    Noah Cohen may be reached at ncohen@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @noahycFind NJ.com on Facebook.

     


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    A proposal for a homeless veteran shelter were rejected by the Newark Central Planning Board.

    The concept was on point: a shelter in Newark for homeless veterans.

    But the location -- an oblong, three-story building in the Ironbound -- appears to have been the problem for  the organization that would have run it, Independence: A Family of Services Inc.

    After a three-hour meeting Monday night, the Central Planning Board voted, 8-0, to reject the application of the multiservice agency from Irvington that sought to house veterans in the building it owns on Van Buren and Elm streets.

    Residents opposed to the plan cheered and loudly applauded the decision made in the municipal council chambers about 11:30 p.m.

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     "You would have thought it was the World Cup,'' said Augusto Amador, an East Ward Councilman and planning board member who was against the proposal.

    The defeat, he said, is not a repudiation of veterans. Amador said IFS has a good program, but its plan is "deficient'' and "lacked structure.''

    He said the building is too small, parking for staff and visitors is scarce on crowded Ironbound streets, and community support for the project has been sorely lacking.

    "If you want to provide service with dignity to these folks, you have to treat the veterans with respect and dignity and not cram them into a place like that,'' Amador said.

    "The councilman is not an architect, not a planner,'' countered IFS President Margaret Woods.

     He is also not objective about the plan, she added.

    "He can't be impartial,'' said Woods, who wanted Amador to recuse himself from the meeting before it started. "He's made this part of his reelection campaign."

    Amador refused the recusal request, saying he had the right as a councilman to express his views to oppose the project.

    Woods said she was disappointed by the board's "ill-advised" decision for her project, which she said is a permitted use under the city's zoning ordinance and is in line with city's master plan to develop transitional housing for homeless veterans.

    "It's unfortunate when the project is dedicated to veterans who put their lives on the line or their lives on hold to protect the freedoms that everybody enjoys, including the residents of the East Ward," Woods said.

     Woods said her property is appropriate and large enough for the program, which would serve 40 veterans who would live in the facility 60 to 90 days and get help finding permanent housing. Under the plan, they would have received behavioral and mental health counseling and life skills to help them settle in the community and reconnect with family members.

    A rooftop garden was planned for outdoor space, an idea that residents said was not big enough. Off-site, residents would be taken to the Veterans Affairs hospital in East Orange for other services.

    She maintains that there's adequate parking based on a study from an engineer that IFS hired. The project, she said, has support from community members, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in the Ironbound. The city's administration endorsed the program, too.

    But after a 90-minute detailed presentation, the planning board was not convinced by the IFS.

    The board then listened to residents, who have objected to the plan since they first heard about it in September. They've been consistent in their protests, airing concerns at two community meetings and again at the planning board meeting.

    Questions they've had didn't go away: Will the facility be just for veterans? How could the parking study determine that there was ample space? What happens with the veterans if they are not placed in permanent housing in 60 to 90 days?

    Residents have been concerned about veterans with post-traumatic stress syndrome when there is a preschool across the street and East Side High School a few blocks away.

    "It wasn't a suitable location for the veterans,'' said Paula Sociedade, a psychologist, who has a practice across the street. "They deserve better than what could be offered at that site.''

    Paula Vieira, a resident, said IFS didn't earn the community's trust in a neighborhood of working-class families.

    "We didn't get satisfactory answers,'' Vieira said. "You have to listen to the people and their concerns.''

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    Amador said he is still willing to help IFS find a building in the Ironbound for veterans, even though earlier negotiations didn't work out with Woods. He had identified developers interested in purchasing the building and asked Woods to make an offer. 

    Based on a price analysis or property in the area, Woods said her building was worth $3.1 million, even though the assessed value is $900,000. Amador said that was too much, and he pulled back from helping IFS to relocate.

    Veterans, however, deserve a home in the Ironbound and Amador said he'll reach out to Woods in writing offering his assistance again. Woods said she'll see if there's a letter in her mailbox when she returns from a business conference next week.

    Despite the setback, Woods said her agency will regroup, but is not sure of its next move.

    "I'm exploring options, but I'm not giving up on my commitment to service homeless veterans,'' Woods said.

    One option is to appeal the board's decision in Superior Court and have a judge hear the case.

    If that happens, Vieira said, residents will be there, too.

    Barry Carter: (973) 836-4925 or bcarter@starledger.com or 

    nj.com/carter or follow him on Twitter @BarryCarterSL


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    Check out the NJ.com mega-coverage guide, showing what we've done so far previewing the State Wrestling Championships at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on March 2, 3 and 4 and what's yet to come.

    Welcome to our complete preview coverage. For current live coverage of the 2018 NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, check out NJ.com's wrestling homepage.

    LIVE COVERAGE & MORE
    Starting 2:30 p.m.
    • LIVE UPDATES, results, photos, brackets and more 
    • LIVE CHAT: Friday

    STATE TOURNAMENT ESSENTIALS
    Full weekend schedule in Atlantic City
    Complete, interactive list of all 448 AC qualifiers
    All 14 state tournament brackets 
    • First round pairings

    SPECIAL LOOKS
      Weighing-in: Video previews for all 14 classes

    STATE TOURNAMENT PREVIEWS
    • N.J. in national rankings: 31 standouts head to Atlantic City

    Fantastic Friday: 25 best matches on Opening Day
    National No. 1 Kinner, Glory cap road show in Atlantic City
    Can Bryan Martin's magical season end with a state title?
    Gateway state champ wants rematch with Bergen Catholic national No. 1
    Delsea's Billy Janzer ready to join program's elites
    • These 7 wrestlers from Hudson County are headed to Atlantic City
    • Robbinsville's Bilgrav ready to take on the field at 160

    • Almost automatic to zero losses: A-to-Z guide to the finals
    Who are the 44 wrestling medalists returning to Atlantic City?
    State final bouts that we'd most like to see in A.C.
    35 unranked wrestlers who would make noise in Atlantic City
    Heading to A.C.: The top 8 wrestlers ranked at every weight class
    P4P wrestler rankings: Atlantic City shuffle, final 5 additions
    The final wrestling Top 20 of 2017-2018: The last shakeup after Toms River
    A look back at live updates from the NJSIAA seeding meeting

    REGION REWIND
    • Pope John's Rotunda, year after AC injury, aims to atone
    EPR's Babin defeats Bierdumpfel again
    • Westwood's Furman, Pompton Lakes' Flynn stay unbeaten
    Bergen Catholic's McKenzie goes from not wrestling to region champ
    • Hasbrouck Heights' O'Malley again leaves no doubt claiming 170 title
    • 'Little setback for major comeback.' Fair Lawn's Cedeno wins 113, eyes A.C. run
    WATCH DePaul's Ricky Cabanillas beats buzzer, former teammate
    •  WATCH Tempers flare in 126-pound final between N. Cabanillas, D. Weaver
    Hackettstown's Carida tops Delbarton's Tavoso in marquee bout
    • Delbarton, P'burg fulfill expectations, send 12 & 6 to AC
    • HP's Olivieri earns tough title, eyes AC debut
    •  WATCH: NP's Smith, Colonia's Poznanski provide stunning turns
    •  WATCH: Woodbridge's Nyers pulls 2 upsets to win 220 title
    •  WATCH: SPF's Wustefeld nails down 195 title
    •  WATCH: Joe Heilmann edges Kelly for title
    • Cunningham of SHP stops Fierro again to win at 132
    • Armamento pulls stunning comeback to win 120 title
    Wrestlers from Woodbridge have big day at Region 4
    • Coleman completes 1-2 takedown, wins at 138 as 4 seed
    • Voorhees big man rolls on
    • Monroe's Bradley, between anthem statements, earns title
    Casey wins 4th straight title, returning champs go 5-for-5
    • RFH freshman Brignola places 3rd as the 126 8 seed
    • HC freshman Ungar wins 106 title
     Hayes, Lamparelli, Bobchin are Mercer County winners
      WATCH: Bound Brook's Casey completes 4-peat at 152
      WATCH Raritan's Acevedo, a 10 seed, keeps amazing run going
      WATCH: Raritan's Wolf wins 220 title
      WATCH: Bound Brook's Sistrunk wins 285 title in UTB
    • Messina win's 1st region title for Freehold Borough since 1964
    Delran's Miraglia knocks off unbeaten Slendorn
     Hayes, Lamparelli, Bobchin are Mercer County winners
      WATCH: CBA's Koehler wins 3rd title; Ocean's Benner rolls to 2nd-straight

      WATCH: Wall's Kelly score big in 2nd on way to 145 title
    • No. 4 Paulsboro wins 2 titles, sends 8 to Atlantic City
    • Lacey wins 2 championships, sends 3 to AC
    • No. 18 Camden Catholic wins 2 titles, sends 5 to states (PHOTOS)
    • Lacey 145-pounder Luke Gauthier wins MOW
     State champs prevail: Kinner wins 4th, Mininno, Janzer earn 3rd
     WATCH: Gateway's Mininno, Kingsway's Kinner prevail in finals
    O'Connell's redemption keys Southern's big day
    •  Region 2 photo gallery
    •  Region 3 photo gallery
    •  Region 6 photo gallery
    •  Region 7 photo gallery
    •  Region 8 photo gallery

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  • 03/02/18--05:06: Blue Persians need a home
  • Ideally, Rickie and is brother, Garfield, would be adopted together.

    ex0304pet.jpgRickie 

    MILLBURN -- Rickie is 1-year-old purebred blue Persian in the care of the Homeless Animal Rescue Team.

    Ideally, he and is brother, Garfield, would be adopted together. Originally purchased from a pet store, they were given up when a baby was born into their home.

    Volunteers say they are both sweet and affectionate and eagerly greet new people. They are both up-to-date on shots.

    H.A.R.T. will hold an adoption event with Ricky and other felines today and March 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Pet Adoption Center, 187 Millburn Ave. For information on adopting or volunteering, call 908-337-0477 or go to awos.petfinder.com/shelters/NJ384.html.

    Shelters interested in placing a pet in the Paw Print adoption column or submitting news should call 973-836-4922 or email essex@starledger.com.

    Greg Hatala may be reached at ghatala@starledger.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.


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    Highlights from the state tournament.


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    MONTCLAIR -- A photo of the Mountainside School of Nursing Class of 1916. According to documents from the University of Penn library, the first class of three nursing students at the Montclair school began in 1894. MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey The last graduating class was in 2011; the school closed, with some of its facilities being used by...

    MONTCLAIR -- A photo of the Mountainside School of Nursing Class of 1916. According to documents from the University of Penn library, the first class of three nursing students at the Montclair school began in 1894.

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    The last graduating class was in 2011; the school closed, with some of its facilities being used by nursing students from Caldwell College.

    If you would like to share a photo that provides a glimpse of history in your community, please call 973-836-4922 or send an email to essex@starledger.com. And, check out more glimpses of history in our online galleries on nj.com.

    Greg Hatala may be reached at ghatala@starledger.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.


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    What you need to know from the state tournament


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    Ocean County prosecutors appealed to a higher court to keep the suspect behind bars pending trial

    Ocean County prosecutors have a few more days to argue why a man charged with having 8 kilos of cocaine and a loaded AK-47 should remain in jail.

    Sanders R crop.pngRasheed Sanders 

    The state Appellate Division has agreed to hear the emergency case, and prosecutors have until Tuesday to submit their arguments, the division said.

    Rasheed Sanders, 37, of East Orange, was arrested inside an apartment on Lawrence Street in Lakewood on Feb. 17 during the execution of a search warrant by Ocean County narcotics investigators.

    At a detention hearing on Tuesday, Ocean County Superior Court Judge Judge Wendel E. Daniels decided to release Sanders on level-three monitoring, which includes weekly check-ins with authorities.

    But before Sanders could be released, prosecutors asked he be held while they filed an appeal. The judge granted the stay and the hearing continued Thursday. 

    On Thursday, the prosecution was granted a one-day extension to get a stay from the Appellate Division, which they did.

    The higher court has since responded and ordered that Sanders remain in jail while they consider the prosecution's appeal.

    Sanders is lodged at the Ocean County jail in Toms River.

    Olivia Rizzo may be reached at orizzo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @LivRizz. Find NJ.com on Facebook 

     

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    NJ Advance Media takes a crack at predicting who makes the sectional finals.


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    New Jersey Transit has suspended service on Morris and Essex Line between Dover and Convent Station due to a tree tangled in wires, an NJ Transit spokeswoman said.

    New Jersey Transit has suspended service on Morris and Essex Line between Dover and Convent Station due to a tree tangled in wires, an NJ Transit spokeswoman said.

    It's unclear when the service, which has been suspended since about 12 p.m., will be restored, spokeswoman Nancy Snyder said. 

    "Historically, we've had situations like this where we were able to get it before afternoon rush," Snyder said. "It takes a little time."

     

    Until it's back in service, NJ Transit is providing bus service to customers between Dover and Madison, she said. 

    NJ Transit is running on 20 minute delays system-wide due to inclement weather, which is expected to continue through the afternoon. The agency is cross-honoring tickets for rail, bus and ferry. 

    Sophie Nieto-Munoz may be reached at snietomunoz@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her at @snietomunoz. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    Complete coverage of the N.J. State Wrestling Championships

    Welcome to NJ.com's coverage of the 2018 NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships from Atlantic City. We have a talented group of reporters, photographers and videographers at the arena, ready to provide live updates and keep wrestling fans informed on the top stories coming out of Boardwalk Hall.  


    RELATED: Who are the 44 wrestling medalists returning to Atlantic City?


    2018 State Championship brackets
    106 | 113 | 120 | 126 | 132 | 138 | 145
    152 | 160 | 170 | 182 | 195 | 220 | 285

    RESULTS AND PAIRINGS
    First round pairings 


    LIVE UPDATES: Friday's action, beginning at 2:30 p.m.


    TOURNAMENT ESSENTIALS, PREVIEWS
      Weighing In - NJ.com's predictions for the tourney 
    Full weekend schedule
    • Complete list of AC qualifiers
     Fantastic Friday: 25 best matches on opening day of state wrestling


    RELATED: Mega-coverage guide - Full preview & all you need to be ready for the finals


    MORE PREVIEWS
     National No. 1 Kinner, Glory cap road show in Atlantic City
     Can Bryan Martin's magical season end with a state title?
     Gateway state champion wants rematch with Bergen Catholic national No. 1
     Delsea's Billy Janzer ready to join program's elites
     Fantastic Friday: 25 best matches on Opening Day
    • Almost automatic to zero losses: A-to-Z guide to the finals
     Who are the 44 wrestling medalists returning to Atlantic City?
     State final bouts that we'd most like to see in A.C.
     35 unranked wrestlers who would make noise in Atlantic City
     Heading to A.C.: The top 8 wrestlers ranked at every weight class
     P4P wrestler rankings: Atlantic City shuffle, final 5 additions
     The final wrestling Top 20 of 2017-2018: The last shakeup after Toms River


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    Powerful nor'easter continues to pound New Jersey with snow, rain and strong winds. Thousands of power outages reported. Hundreds of flights canceled.


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    No arrests have been made as of Friday

    A 30-year-old man was fatally shot Thursday night in the city's South Ward, authorities said.

    Eric Lasure was gunned down on the 100 block of Leslie Street around 8 p.m., according to a statement from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

    Lasure was taken to University Hospital in Newark where he was pronounced dead at 10:13 p.m., the statement said.

    The shooting is under investigation by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office's Homicide and Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department.

    No arrests have been made.

    This is the city's ninth homicide of the year.

    This time last year, Newark had six homicides to date. However, overall crime in the city is down 11 percent year-to-date, according to the statistics provided on the Newark Police Department's website.

    The Essex County Prosecutor's Office asked anyone with information on the most recent shooting to call the tip line at 1-877TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.

    Alex Napoliello may be reached at anapoliello@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @alexnapoNJ. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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