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    The woman was supposed to be babysitting the child, authorities said.

     

    A Camden woman has been jailed after allegedly kidnapping the young child she was supposed to be babysitting.

    Nadajia Hill 3.jpgNadajia Hill 

    Camden County police said Nadajia Hill, 22, had assumed care of a 4-month-old boy Friday night from the child's mother, but when the mom went to pick up her son Saturday morning he was missing.

    Investigators found Hill had allegedly taken the boy to Newark from Camden using public transportation.

    She was on her way back south around 12:30 p.m. Saturday on a New Jersey Transit RiverLine train with the toddler when it stopped at the Riverside station and officers found them.

    Police said the baby was in good health and was returned to his family.

    Authorities charged Hill with kidnapping and child endangerment and sent her to the Camden County Jail to await a court hearing, officials said.

    Camden County police were aided in their investigation by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Transit Police and Newark Police.

    Bill Gallo Jr. may be reached at bgallo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow Bill Gallo Jr. on Twitter @bgallojr. Find NJ.com on Facebook. Have a tip? Tell us. nj.com/tips


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    Glen Ridge artist interprets Pinocchio for the modern epidemic

    Theresa DeSalvio's modern version of Pinocchio is no children's tale.

    There is no cute marionette turned real boy, no singing cricket named Jiminy, no mischievous kitten underfoot called Figaro.

    Her version is no Disneyfied story. It is closer to the original cautionary tale of bad choices by Italian writer Carlo Collodi.

    "Collodi's Pinocchio is a very dark story," said DeSalvio, a Glen Ridge painter and visual artist who describes her work as allegorical.

    In Collodi's version, Pinocchio kills the talking cricket with a hammer. The cat isn't a loyal tagalong companion but a murderous traitor, who in the first ending, puts a noose around the puppet's neck and hangs him until dead.

    Grim stuff. Like heroin addiction.

    DeSalvio knows this all too well.  Her son, Michael, is an addict, and living on the streets in California.

    MORE: Recent Mark Di Ionno columns

    In her version, like Collodi's, Pinocchio surrounds himself with bad friends, makes worse decisions, steals from his family, which is forced to cast him out or be destroyed, degrades himself in the sex trade and comes imminently close to committing suicide.

    Yes, it is no children's tale but it is a story every child should know.

    "I have a boy who didn't look at the consequences," DeSalvio said. "He put himself in life-threatening situations."

    The depth of her son's addiction came into focus for her several years ago, when she was fighting cancer.

    "He never came to see me," she said. "That's when I realized the terrible grip this had on him."

    And that's when the heartbreak set in, and she let it foster her art.

    "As an artist, you process your work through your art," she said. "Addiction is a real mess for families to deal with. This project helped me make sense of it and bring the message to others."

    DeSalvio made 34 stark and dramatic paintings of Pinocchio's descent into addiction.

     He is led astray by the fox and cat, two evil characters from the Collodi original. He is tangled up in the cords of his addiction, unable to break free. He is lost in the woods. He chokes on his lies. He becomes homeless, living on the street with nightmarish characters. He is alone in prison, then rehab. He is desperate to cut those marionette strings, but heroin, the puppet master, has a death grip.

    The paintings are forceful and troubling. Pinocchio, in blue short pants, a blue jacket and red triangular hat, is dressed like a happy-go-lucky 19th Century Italian boy, but the creatures and images around him in the paintings are harrowing.

      Often, the backgrounds are dark or ghostly. DeSalvio's paints Pinocchio in a claustrophobic underground black hole. He is pinned in the sharp teeth of a shark, an allegory for the addiction that is about to chew him up and swallow him.

    The forest in which he wanders is haunting, as are mask-like faces of the street people who surround him.

    DeSalvio's cat, which symbolizes a girl who shared her son's addiction, is ugly and gray with expressionless eyes.

    "I like duality," she said. "It is something I work with all the time."

    DeSalvio's interest in Pinocchio started innocently enough.

    "I have always been proud of my Italian heritage and this story is so iconic, worldwide," she said.

    In the 1990s she did art workshops sponsored by the Italian-American Cultural Center in Cedar Grove at various festivals. In a few of them, she taught children how to turn Collodi's Pinocchio characters into movable paper puppets.

    She began the Pinocchio series in 2014 and entered them in the metro area's first Drug Enforcement Agency's Heroin & Opioid Art Exhibition.

    She continued until she did 34 - 32 of which appear in a book "Tales: A Cautionary Story of Heroin Addiction."

    A documentary followed, which incorporated the paintings with statistics and information about addiction, including its eventual, inevitable link to crime, mental illness, homelessness, prostitution and prison.

    She was invited to show the film to a church group in Ohio, where regular Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings were held.

    "At the end, I had more people coming up and hugging me and appreciating my work than ever before," she said.

    "The stories came pouring out. One woman had a daughter who was a nurse with a family, and now was a prostitute living on the street. I think the film made the people feel safe to talk about it."

    In the past two years, DeSalvio's documentary has been entered in nearly a dozen festivals around the country, including the prestigious Great Lakes Shorts Festival and the Hudson Valley International Film Festival. She was included in two international documentary-only shows, Docs Without Borders and The Impact Docs Awards.

    But she said no audience is too small. She was featured in the "Hang on to Your Shorts!" Film Festival in Atlantic City and the Brightside Tavern Shorts Festival in Jersey City.

    She is looking to show it as often as possible at schools, churches, civic gatherings, anywhere people are touched by drug addiction, which seems to be everywhere these days. 

    (DeSalvio can be contacted through her website at www.TheresaDeSalvio.com)

    "The point is to reach people about this epidemic," she said. "And that's what it is. An epidemic."

    Mark Di Ionno may be reached at mdiionno@starledger.com. Follow The Star-Ledger on Twitter @StarLedger and find us on Facebook. 


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    Award-Winning ABC News correspondent and journalist Deborah Roberts will speak at Hudson County Community College's 2018 commencement ceremony.

    JERSEY CITY -- Award-Winning ABC News correspondent and journalist Deborah Roberts will speak at Hudson County Community College's 2018 commencement ceremony.

    Roberts, who joined the ABC News program 20/20 in 1995, will give the keynote address at the event to be held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on May 17 at 6 p.m.

    Roberts has received Emmy Awards for her reporting on California wildfires, an Ethiopian American woman's journey back to Africa to find her mother, and for her work on ABC's millennium coverage. She received a Clarion Award for her reporting on abuse in the Amish community.

    Her broadcast career began at NBC's Atlanta and Miami bureaus and later at Dateline NBC. She also reported from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War and was awarded an Emmy for her coverage of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

    Roberts has served as substitute anchor on Good Morning America and ABC World News Weekend.

    In June 2016, Roberts and her husband, NBC weatherman Al Roker, published "Been There, Done That," a collection of their life lessons, real-life stories and family anecdotes.


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    With snow in the forecast again for Monday, thousands of New Jerseyans still don't have power.


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    Complete guide to 2018 Championship Weekend

    Welcome to Championship Weekend, where 12 teams will compete for six state titles and the chance to advance to the Tournament of Champions.

    We're trying something new with our coverage this year.  Look out for our "Hot takes & full breakdowns" post that will collect photos, videos, impact players and our reporters' hottest takes on each game all in one place. That post will go up after the first game on Saturday and keep growing through the weekend.

    KEY LINKS
    Previews for every Group final
    Finals schedule
    Statewide Top 20
    South Jersey Top 20
    Sectional and Group brackets
    Statement wins upsets & surprises for the postseason


    NEW:  Hot takes & full report on every championship game


    SUNDAY'S GAMES
    Rutgers Athletic Center

    Group 3 Final
    No. 17 Nottingham 60, Chatham 53
    Look back at live updates 
    • Game story
    • Hot takes & full breakdown
    •  Photo gallery
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    Group 2 Final
    Haddonfield 62, Newark Central 45
    • Haddonfield pushes adversity aside en route to title
    Hot takes & full breakdown (MVP & more)
    •  WATCH: Haddonfield celebrates Group 2 championship
    •  Photo gallery
    Box score 
    Look back at live updates 

    Full coverage

    Group 4 Final
    No. 12 Shawnee 56, No. 8 Newark East Side 53 
    Shawnee wins title on Deveney's late basket
    Hot takes & full breakdown (MVP and more)
    •  Photo gallery
    •  WATCH: Shawnee celebrates Group 4 championship
    Box score 
    Look back at live updates 

    Full coverage

    Group 1 Final
    Cresskill vs Woodbury, 7
    LIVE updates
    • Game story
    • Hot takes & full breakdown
    •  Photo gallery
    • Box score
    • Full coverage


    AFTER TOC: The NJ.com Final 50 - top teams of the 2017-18 season


    SATURDAY'S GAMES
    RWJ Barnabas Arena, Toms River North

    Non-Public B Final
    No. 1 Roselle Catholic 63, No. 3 Ranney 61
    Reid rallies No. 1 Roselle Catholic in championship thriller
    Hot takes & full breakdown (Reid's game-winning alley-oop & more)
    •  WATCH: Naz Reid's game-winning block & alley-oop
    • Ranney's Lewis locked in, plays "Max Strong" (video)
    •  Photo gallery
    • 
     WATCH: Alanzo Frink drops 2-handed slam for RC
    •  WATCH: Bryan Antoine throws down monster jam for Ranney
    Box score

    Look back at live updates & stunning finish 
    Full coverage

    Non-Public A Final
    No. 4 Don Bosco 61, No. 18 Camden Catholic 54
    • Don Bosco repeats as N-P A champ
    Hot takes & full breakdown (Stars of the game, lots more)
    • Like father, like son? Rutgers can only hope with Ron Harper Jr. | Politi
    •   Photo gallery 
    •  WATCH: Don Bosco celebrates 2nd straight title
    Box score 
    Look back at live updates

    Full coverage

    STATE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE/SCOREBOARD
    NON-PUBLIC FINALS NON-PUBLIC A NON-PUBLIC B SUNDAY, MARCH 11 PUBLIC GROUP FINALS GROUP 4 GROUP 3 GROUP 2 GROUP 1


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    An arrest has been made in yesterday's fatal hit-and-run on Route 1&9 in Kearny that claimed the life of a man who was released from the nearby Hudson County jail earlier that morning.

    JERSEY CITY -- An arrest has been made in yesterday's fatal hit-and-run on Route 1&9 in Kearny that claimed the life of a man who was released from the nearby Hudson County jail earlier that morning.

    Niraj Patel, 21, of Edison, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death in connection to the collision that killed Naphtali Dykes, 30, of East Orange, as he walked near Central Avenue, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a press release this afternoon.

    Responding Kearny police officers found Dykes dead in the middle of the highway at 1:55 a.m. and he was pronounced dead at the scene at about 2:20 a.m., Prosecutor's Office spokesman Ray Worrall said.

    Detectives of the Hudson County Regional Fatal Collision Unit identified a man who remained at the scene after inadvertently running Dykes over. He faces no charges at this time, Worrall said.

    But after inspecting the crash scene, detectives discovered that another vehicle was apparently involved. After further investigation, the other suspected vehicle was located along with the alleged driver - Patel, Worrall said.

    The preliminary investigation revealed that Dykes had been released from the Hudson County jail Hackensack Avenue in Kearny earlier that morning, Worrall said.

    Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez credited the Kearny Police Department for assisting in the investigation and the Edison Police Department for assisting in making the arrest, Worrall said.

    The collision remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call crash investigators at (201) 915 - 1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Prosecutor's Office website at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/ .

    All information will be kept confidential, Worrall said.


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    The National Weather Service says there remains uncertainty about any resulting snowfall.


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    Everything you need for the state finals


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    Everything you need for the state finals


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    Dogs and cats throughout New Jersey await adoption.

    Apparently, Punxsutawney Phil nailed it this year.

    Until it starts warming up, BluePearl Veterinary Partners has some tips for protecting pets during freezing weather.

    --The most common-sense tip is - don't leave a pet in the cold for too long. Bring pets inside if you start to see redness in their tails or ears or they start to shiver. Once inside, help them clear any ice between their toes.

    --Find a de-icer that is pet-friendly if you use one on your driveway and sidewalks. Various toxins and even salt can cause problems for pets, as they have a tendency to lick the substances off their paws.

    --Winter can make it hard for pets to find their way back home because ice and snow mask familiar scents and paths. Make sure dogs and cats that are allowed to roam have identification tags and, if possible, are microchipped.

    --Dogs can't say "My arthritis is acting up in this cold." If a pet struggles when getting up and moving around the house, a trip to the vet might be in order. Also, make sure there is soft and warm bedding available in cold weather.

    --A sweater or coat for short-haired dogs is a wise investment. Rather than being decorative, items like these are highly functional in cold weather.

     Until the temperatures rise to springtime levels, it's a good idea to make sure your pets are as comfortable in cold weather as they can be.


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    Despite increasingly aggressive enforcement by the Trump administration, attitudes toward immigrants remain mixed.

    New Jersey, a state of immigrants, has long been supportive of newcomers.

    More than a decade ago, a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll found those living here believed by a better than two-to-one margin legal immigration was good for the Garden State.

    More than six out of 10 said they thought unauthorized immigrants who lived and worked in the United States for at least two years ought to be allowed to keep their jobs and eventually apply for legal status. Only 32 percent of New Jersey residents favored deporting unauthorized immigrants back to their native countries, the poll found.

    These days, the issue is on the front burner and heating up, with the Trump administration making aggressive immigration enforcement a particular focus of the Department of Homeland Security.

    And that effort has resonated with some.

    Rising anger

    According to the Center for Immigration Studies, a research group that opposes high levels of immigration, the Obama administration "prohibited U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from taking into custody any illegal aliens, even known gang members, for minor offenses or immigration violations."

    The center said the Trump administration "is reversing the feckless non-enforcement policies of its predecessor."

    In actuality, data shows that the number of deportations actually soared under the Obama administration, although those enforcement policies were targeted at violent criminals and those posing national security threats. Under Trump, the administration vastly expanded the groups prioritized for deportation.

    Many responding to stories about enforcement initiatives by ICE, meanwhile, say the administration should do even more to kick out those who did not come here through legal immigration.



    "You forgot to use the word 'ILLEGAL!'" complained one commenter, in reaction to a recent NJ.com headline about an ICE crackdown that led to nearly 100 arrests earlier this year.

    Jim Hannon of Lebanon said politicians who choose to enforce only the immigration laws they personally agree with should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

    "Their conduct fosters anarchy," he said. "We have a means to change laws. Until laws are changed, enforce the law."

    Hannon, who like many sees the issue in political terms, said he is convinced "Democrats are more interested in providing handouts to illegal aliens then providing a hand-up to U.S. citizens. Shameful!"

    But have attitudes about immigration changed that much in the past decade?

    A Pew Research Center study in October found that most Americans actually have a positive view of the contributions of immigrants to the country.

    About two-thirds said immigrants strengthen the country because of their hard work and talents.

    Another 26 percent said immigrants were a burden "because they take jobs, housing and health care."

    More recently, a Monmouth University Poll on the status of the so-called "Dreamers"--those who were brought to this country illegally with their families when they were children and grew up here--found the vast majority of Americans nationwide say they should stay in this country. And most said they opposed the building of a border wall.

    According to Monmouth Poll Director Patrick Murray, most Americans agree that illegal immigration is a serious problem, but they are looking for less draconian solutions, not just for Dreamers, but for other illegal immigrants who are already in the country.



    Those who work with immigrants seeking asylum or challenging deportation orders see a demonizing of groups who have always made their way to this country to find a better life or new opportunity, bolstered by an administration that has not only stepped up enforcement efforts against illegal immigration, but moved to sharply limit legal immigration as well.

    "I do believe that the administration's anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies have emboldened individuals and groups who see their hateful and xenophobic views validated by the federal government," remarked Nicole Miller, legal services director of the American Friends Services Committee's Immigrant Rights Program.

    Miller said the administration's "false narrative around immigration, which criminalizes and dehumanizes immigrant communities, is nothing more than fear-mongering meant to scare the public into accepting aggressive and harmful immigration enforcement."



    Brigid Harrison, a professor of political science and law at Montclair State University, whose daughter is a legal immigrant from China, said she has noticed "a significant uptick in the swath of anti-immigration rhetoric, on a personal, boots-on-the-ground level."

    Harrison said anti-immigration rhetoric generally increases as a result of people's own economic uncertainty.

    "During economic downturns, people want someone to blame and immigrants are a perfect foil because when we view economic bounty as finite, other people's successes negatively impact our own livelihoods," she said.

    The country has witnessed anti-immigrant attitudes in the past. In the 1860s, there was virulent anti-Irish sentiment and Chinese immigrants were targeted through the Chinese Exclusion Act and the Geary Act in the 1890's, noted Harrison.

    "During the campaign, Mr. Trump exploited this tendency, particularly among economically-vulnerable populations," she observed. "But his message has resonated with many, particularly when it is combined with the imagery of 'illegal immigrants' being criminals."

    That message has been embraced by other political candidates, including Kim Guadagno during last year's gubernatorial election," Harrison charged.

    Activists In Chicago Rally In Support Of Undocumented ImmigrantsDemonstrators protest the deportation of immigrants. (Scott Olson | Getty Images)

    The view from Jersey

    New Jersey has a large immigrant population, both legal and unauthorized. According to the American Immigration Council, more than one in five residents--some 2 million people--are foreign-born. The group, which promotes immigrant rights, estimated that about 500,000 are unautorized immigrants.

    About half of all immigrants in the state are naturalized U.S. citizens, said the council.

    Still, there is much anger, acknowledged immigration activist Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale, who has offered his Reformed Church of Highland Park as sanctuary for those fearing arrest on immigration charges.

    "There are real issues in America that hurt poor people across the board and we have a lot of people who don't really know what to do with that," Kaper-Dale remarked recently. "So instead of lashing out against the 1 percent, they lash out at people who the political system has helped paint as the problem. That's immigrants."

    Ted Sherman may be reached at tsherman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TedShermanSL. Facebook: @TedSherman.reporter. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    About 6K still in dark on Monday morning

    A little more than 6,000 homes and businesses in New Jersey remain without power early Monday as the state braces for another snowstorm.

    As of 7:30 a.m. JCP&L still has 3,415 customers in the dark. PSE&G says its working to restore power to 1,743, while Orange & Rockland has 927 outages. All Atlantic City Electric outages were restored by Friday night. 

    POWER OUTAGE TRACKER

    Keep track of power outages, from the major utility companies as they happen across the state using the N.J. Outage Tracker below.

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    Forecasters expected north and Central Jersey receive an additional 3 to 4 inches of snow beginning late Monday night. Crews worked through the night to restore power to everyone ahead of the upcoming storm. 

    Murphy threatens top power company as many remain in the dark

    Outages were down to about 15,000 at 6 p.m. Sunday, down from 120,000 on Friday. At the peak of Wednesday's nor'easter roughly 320,000 homes and businesses had no power. 

    Jeff Goldman may be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

     


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    We journeyed to the center of a Kid Rock concert and got way more than we bargained for


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    The rapper fled the airport and left a bag containing a loaded gun in a bag, police say.

    The rapper and Totowa resident known as Juelz Santana was arrested early Monday after fleeing from Newark airport Friday evening and leaving behind a bag with a loaded gun, police said.

    LaRon James, 36, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a weapon on an aircraft, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of drugs after he was arrested around 1 a.m. by detectives with the Port Authority police, said department spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

    James, more commonly known by his stage name Juelz Santana, left the security checkpoint area Friday at 6 p.m. in the C-1 area of Newark Liberty International Airport, leaving behind two bags and identification, Pentangelo said. 

    The criminal complaint said James, who was scheduled to leave for a flight to San Francisco at 6:25 p.m., "paced the area nervously and requested that several individuals screen his bag expeditiously because he was going to miss his flight." 

    Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents checked the bags and found a loaded Derringer 38-caliber handgun.

    Police believed he fled the airport in a taxicab.

    James was arrested by the Port Authority police without incident, Pentangelo said.

    He was also booked on a federal warrant and is scheduled to appear in federal court in Newark at 2 p.m.on Monday.  

    The possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft each carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. 

    A statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office said James is not allowed to carry a gun because of a conviction in 2013 for manufacturing and selling drugs.  

    But that's not the only brush with law enforcement the "There it Go (The Whistle Song)" performer has had in New Jersey. 

    In 2016, a warrant was issued for his arrest after he reportedly owed nearly $30,000 in child support.

    While living in Teaneck in 2009, he was arrested after police said he threatened his girlfriend with a knife inside his home.

    And in 2011, a search of his Bergenfield recording studio turned up two loaded 9mm handguns and 17 bags of suspected marijuana.

    After working on two singles with rapper Cam'ron, Santa released his solo album "From Me To U," in 2003. The album, which featured the track "Dipset (Santana's Town), topped the Billboard charts at No. 8.

    Santana went on to make "What The Game's Been Missing!" containing perhaps his most famous single, "There it Go (The Whistle Song)." He was also featured in Chris Brown's "Run It!"

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

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    Take a walk down memory lane and check out every Tournament of Champions winner.


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    The student-led activism in the wake of the Florida high school massacre is inspiring students across the Garden State to in their schools and outside of it to demand the change they want to see.


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    Take a look at state history and see which teams have won it all in the TOC.


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    Police found the man after responding to a report of a shooting

    A 43-year-old man was gunned down in a Bloomfield park Monday morning, authorities said.

    Bloomfield police responded to Milbank Park, located on North 17th Street, around 8:40 a.m. after receiving a report of a shooting, according to a statement from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. 

    The victim, Aristedes Statiroudis of Bloomfield, was found in the park unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds, the statement said. 

    He was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:57 a.m.

    The director of public safety in Bloomfield, Samuel DeMaio, said in a statement that the shooting does "not appear to be a random act of violence."

    "The Bloomfield Police will maintain a heavy police presence in the area today, though we see no indication at all that there will be future violence related to this incident," DeMaio said.  

    The shooting remains under investigation by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office's Homicide Task Force and the Bloomfield Police Department. 

    Authorities asked anyone with information to call the prosecutor's office's tips line at 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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    The FBI has charged the rapper, a convicted felon, with trying to carry a gun onboard an airplane

    Rapper Juelz Santana will remain in federal custody pending a preliminary hearing on charges he attempted to carry a handgun aboard a plane leaving from Newark Liberty International Airport, a magistrate judge ruled Monday.

    Santana, a Totowa resident whose legal name is Laron James, appeared in court wearing a black long-sleeve T-shirt and sweatpants Monday afternoon, just hours after he was taken into custody by Port Authority police detectives.

    When Magistrate Judge Joseph Dickson asked James if he understood his rights, the rapper replied only, "Yes, sir."

    In a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, an FBI task force officer wrote that James had been waiting to board a flight from Newark to San Francisco on Friday when security personnel discovered a .38-caliber derringer pistol in his carry-on bag.

    When the bag was pulled aside for additional screening, the investigator said, James left the airport without his belongings or identification.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Desiree Latzer said the U.S. Attorney's Office was seeking pre-trial detention for James, who has a 2013 state conviction for drug distribution.

    In addition to attempting to bring a firearm on board an aircraft, Latzer said, James is charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

    An assistant federal public defender stood in as James' attorney during his initial appearance, but told the court James -- best known for his 2005 single "There It Go (The Whistle Song)" -- had retained private criminal defense attorney Brian Neary, who was unable to appear in court Monday afternoon.

    Dickson ordered James remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending a preliminary hearing on the charges scheduled for 2 p.m. on March 26.

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

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    Check out every thing you need to know about the opening round of the TOC.


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