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    According to its Trulia listing, the taxes on the property are $85,965.90.

    In this week's "Sold!" property, we feature a home in Montclair with 8,729 square feet of living space.

    The house sold for $2,405,950 in December 2017. According to its Trulia listing, the taxes on the property are $85,965.90.

    The home features eight bedrooms, five full bathrooms and one partial bath. The house was assessed in 2017 at $2,365,600.

    The median sale price for homes in the area is $630,000.

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

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    Geraldo Concepcion, 27, of Newark, was charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy

    A Newark man was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault in the beating of an off-duty police officer attacked by a group of men following a car crash in the city.

    concepcion.jpgGerardo Concepcion  

    Geraldo Concepcion, 27, was also charged with conspiracy after the assailants pounced on the 30-year-old officer who had just collided with another vehicle, according to Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose.

    The crash occurred about 11:05 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Bloomfield and Mount Prospect Avenues.

    "The officer exited his vehicle after observing someone on the ground," Ambrose said. "He was approached by a group of males who assaulted him and took his cell phone, although he had repeatedly announced that he was a police officer."

    The other driver ran to safety.

    The officer was taken to University Hospital for treatment, Ambrose said.

    Detectives arrested Concepcion after identifying him as one of the attackers, Abrose said.

    "Several other suspects remain at large as this investigation continues," Ambrose said.

    Anyone with information is asked to call police at 1-877-695-8477 or 1-877-695-4867.

    Anthony G. Attrino may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @TonyAttrino. Find on Facebook.

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    A few teams are making a late push to be included among the state's elite.

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    Long Branch Mayor-elect John Pallone, Rep. Frank Pallone's brother, was recovering from bypass surgery he had on Friday when he was elected mayor on Tuesday

    Pallone John B of LB.jpgLong Branch Mayor-elect John Pallone was elected while hospitalized for heart surgery Tuesday. 

    Long Branch Mayor-elect John Pallone was recovering from heart bypass surgery Tuesday when he won by a big margin over the city's 28-year incumbent, said his brother, constituent and congressman, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone.

    "He basically had bypass surgery," last Friday, the Democratic congressman told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday. "He's fine."

    "He may be coming out of the hospital today," added Pallone, a resident of Long Branch, in New Jersey's 6th Congressional District, who laughed at the suggestion that the landslide victory may have sped his 62-year-old brother's recovery. "He was just thrilled, obviously. He's been a councilman for a number of years, and he loves the city and feels like he can make a difference in the city."

    In one of a handful of non-partisan municipal elections around the state on Tuesday, John Pallone ousted Long Branch's nine-term incumbent, Mayor Adam Schneider. With 4,719 votes cast, Pallone pulled 2,908 votes, or 61.2 percent of the turnout, to Schneider's 1,549 votes, or 32.8%, according to the Monmouth County clerk's office. 

    Pallone's council slate, including one incumbent, Councilwoman Mary Jane Celli, also won by decisive margins, the clerk's office reported.

    "I think the people wanted a change," said Celli, who made up half of a 2-3 minority faction on the council with Pallone.

    Celli and Pallone first ran together in 1994, when she won her initial bid for council but Pallone lost a challenge to Schneider for mayor. 

    Celli and her council running mates Bill Dangler, Rose Widdis, Mario Vieira and Anita Voogt swept a Schneider-backed slate composed of incumbents Joy Bastelli, Kate Billings and Michael Sirianni, plus Diana Dos Santos and Adam Ponsi.

    The new mayor and council are scheduled to be sworn in July 1.

    Schneider blamed his loss in part on "money," asserting he was outspent 4-1 by the Pallone camp, which he said spent $400,000, largely on ads attacking him. But he also agreed with Celli, that after nearly three decades of his tenure, "I think the people wanted a change."  

    Schenider, 63, was not New Jersey's only long-serving mayor to be turned out of office on Tuesday. Belleville Mayor Raymond Kimble lost his bid for a fourth straight four-year term to challenger Michael Melham, who won by just 110 votes among more than 4,000 votes cast, the Essex County Clerk's office reported. 

    Bypass surgery repairs damage to arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle, essentially making sure the heart keeps beating.

    The congressman said his brother scheduled the surgery in a hurry after learning the results of what he had assumed would be a routine cardiac stress test. He said the doctors advised having the operation as quickly as possible, leaving little time to consider announcing his condition to voters. 

    "He didn't think that he was going to have to have the operation initially," the congressman said of his brother.   

    The mayor-elect's campaign manager, Mitch Seim, said Pallone was looking forward to finishing out his second four-year term on the council and then taking over as mayor. 

    "He's ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work," Seim said.

    Pallone and Religious Leaders to Speak Out Against Hate and RacismU.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., seen here in August, said his brother was "thrilled" by his victory. 

    Seim said that work will include trying to fulfill Pallone's campaign pledge to extend the benefits of Long Branch's post-recession, post-Hurricane Sandy recovery to areas of the city beyond "a few square blocks along the waterfront," where developers have received tax breaks or other benefits not available to residents. 

    "Developers in general are getting special treatment and the people who live there aren't getting the attention and the resources they deserve," Seim said. 

    Seim was referring to the Pier Village redevelopment zone, where Extell Development is a partner of the Kushner Company, owned by the family of President Donald Trump's son-in-law and advisor, Jared Kushner.

    The redevelopment of Pier Village, along Ocean Avenue between Melrose Terrace and Morris Avenue, will create 269 luxury condominiums, priced from $510,000 to $2 million, along with a 72-room hotel, retail space and a parking garage. 

    Celli acknowledged that she and Pallone had voted to designate Extell and Kushner as the site's developer and had approved a tax abatement for the project.

    Reflecting on Tuesday's landslide loss, Schneider said the one thing that surprised him about it was "the sense of relief" he felt afterward. Schneider said he had no regrets, and that after years of working at what he said were "two full-time jobs" -- as a lawyer and a mayor -- the sexagenarian triathlete and boogie boarder said he looked forward to spending more time on his bike and in the ocean.

    "It's time for me to sit back and relax," Schneider said, "to go to the beach and enjoy myself." 

    Steve Strunsky may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @SteveStrunsky. Find on Facebook.

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    Which teams have the best chance to take home a title in 2018?

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    Some would see it as a ticket out of poverty. But to Jenny Rodriguez the hefty scholarship that she won -- over more than 15,000 applicants nationwide -- is a chance for her to do more good for her hometown of Orange. Watch video

    The $22,650 she just won will take Jenny Rodriguez far from her New Jersey home. But the high school senior says she doesn't see the hefty scholarship -- which she won from a pool of more than 15,000 applicants nationwide -- as a ticket out. Instead, it's chance for her to do more good for her hometown of Orange, she says.

    Rodriguez, whose family is from Ecuador, has grown up in a mostly Hispanic neighborhood where people are fearful of immigration policies and feel like they don't belong in this country, she said.

    "Seeing that first hand, how people feel like they don't have a voice"," Rodriguez said. "I have the privilege of having this voice and having this support system that tells me I can make a difference ...  I can be that person for them."

    Rodriguez was selected as the winner of a $22,650 scholarship from the National Honor Society. The award was presented last month in a surprise gathering at Orange High School that drew leaders from the Virginia headquarters of the National Honor Society and National Association of Secondary School Principals, which formed the NHS in 1921.

    The NHS awards scholarship for $2,850 to 475 national semi-finalists; $5,150 scholarships to 24 national finalists and just one $22,650 scholarship to a national winner.

    The judges chose Rodriguez after deliberating for four hours among the finalists, in part, because of her commitment to her hometown.

    IMG_2600.JPGJenny Rodriguez proudly holds the Orange High School flag. (Allison Pries | NJ Advance Media for

    "Her vision is not to be a lone voice for change, but to learn all she can about politics and law and then empower her neighbors to be their own voices for change," said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of the NASSP, at the award presentation.

    The scholarship came after a hard night of weighing her top two college choices -- her dream school, American University, and a less expensive runner up. The scholarship has allowed her to choose American, where she plans to study political science.

    "Jenny is a tenacious, goal-oriented, driven leader," said Jada Gore, Rodriguez's school counselor. "She's amazing."

    Rodriguez's ultimate goal is to work in Washington D.C. as a chief of staff or to manage a political campaign. And at just 18-years-old, she already has a document where she jots down things she wants to accomplish when she enters the world of politics. 

    "Those jobs hold so much power to do so much good," Rodriguez said.

    She, herself, is a first-generation American whose mother always encouraged her to study hard so she could get "becas" -- the Spanish word for scholarships.

    "She was always this voice in my ear," said Rodriguez, the middle child of three in her family.

    Her parents, who own a laundromat, struggle with English. So it was up to Rodriguez to navigate her way through her studies. 

    Now, among a long list of activities she's involved in, Rodriguez tutors other students whose parents don't speak English, and helps families enroll their children in school or navigate through paperwork.

    "Jenny has a very humble spirit and it comes across very clearly in all the times when she's asked to do something or not even asked to do something," said Marcey Thomas, the Orange High School National Honors Society advisor and Rodriguez's AP English teacher. "She steps up to the plate ... whether she's in the spot light or she is behind the scenes."

    For fun, Rodriguez reads the news and researches topics that she wants to learn more about -- homelessness and affirmative action are two examples.

    "Seeing what works, what doesn't, how it affects people and what's best for the country," Rodriguez said.

    Moving away from Orange is going to be hard, she said, but she won't ever desert her hometown.

    "Orange has developed me into who I am, so I can't just reap the benefits and then use the skills that I've learned ... somewhere else without coming back home," she said. "Maybe not coming back to live here, but putting in place policies and solutions that can be implemented back in Orange."

    "I'll always have Orange on my mind," she said.

    Allison Pries may be reached at Follow her on Twitter @AllisonPries. Find on Facebook. 

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    The 200 club's luncheon also serves as a fundraiser for scholarships for the children of fallen officers

    More than 20 members of law enforcement and fire departments were honored for their bravery and dedication at the annual Essex County 200 club luncheon. 

    "The job of a police officer or firefighter is tougher today than ever before," Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura , ho is also a member of The 200 Club's board of trustees, told the luncheon.

    From saving the lives of other officers, to rescuing residents from burning rooftops and taking down armed suspects, the officers honored during the event received individual valor awards and meritorious service awards.

    Newark Fire Capt. Daniel Iberer was the only honoree to receive two valor awards. 

    Iberer and firefighter Dean Scalfani rescued an unconscious man from the rooftop of a burning residential building. Iberer also rescued a trapped firefighter inside a tire shop engulfed in flames. 

    Last year, Newark Police Sgt. Juan Gonzalez, who is also a former Marine, was honored for jumping into the Passaic River to save and capture a person trying to escape police. 

    Essex County Sheriff's detectives Yusef Ellis and Jimmy Rodriguez received their awards for capturing an armed suspect who was firing his weapon wildly at dozens of residents near a housing complex in June of last year.

    When Ellis and Rodriguez arrived at the scene and told the subject to drop his weapon, the suspect ran, but officers tackled him and recovered 31 rounds of hollow-point ammunition. 

    The event's keynote speaker was Craig Carpenito, United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey 

    Also being honored during the luncheon was

    • Newark Fire Capt, Mark Furk, Fire Battalion Chief William Weidele, Capt. Steven LaPenta and Firefighter Paul Leber
    • Newark Police Detective Joseph Soares and Newark police officers Moises Vasquez, Gerard Freeman and Emily Santiago 
    • Essex County Prosecutor's Detective David Fontoura Essex County Sheriff's Detective Angel Colon
    • Irvington Police Officer Frederick McDuffie 
    • Verona Police Detective Timmy Banta
    • Nutley Police Sgt. Jeffrey Polewka 

    Since the organization's founding in 1966, over $2 million has been raised for the families of fallen officers via scholarships for their children. 

    "This special organization is dedicated to the principle of caring for those who care for us," Essex County 200 club president Lori Hennon-Bell said. "Each year, our support from business and community leaders has dramatically increased."

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    Police said approximately 5 people jumped the officer after the crash

    The Newark police officer who was beaten unconscious and robbed by a group of people after a car crash Monday night didn't have much trouble identifying one of his assailants.

    They went to school together and saw each other a month before, according to a police report filed in court.

    concepcion.jpg Geraldo Concepcion 

    Geraldo Concepcion, 27, of Newark, was hit by one of the cars in the crash and then allegedly helped attack Officer M. Fernandez, who was on his way to work, according to the document.

    Concepcion is the only arrest so far in the bizarre incident.

    Details about what happened in and after the crash remain scarce, perhaps partly because Officer M. Fernandez, 30, does not remember much of what happened, according to the report.

    Fernandez  - Newark police would not immediately provide his first name - suffered a concussion as well as bruises, swelling and a cut to his face and head, police wrote in court documents. Newark police did not answer a question Thursday about if he's returned to duty since the crash.

    According to court documents and statements by Newark police, Fernandez was driving to work in his personal vehicle just after 11 p.m. near the intersection of Bloomfield and Mount Prospect avenues when he was involved in a crash.

    The court document states that it involved two other vehicles and a pedestrian, but Newark police have said there was only one other vehicle involved, and police never found any sign of a pedestrian who was hit.

    Fernandez told investigators that he saw a pedestrian had apparently been hit and was on the ground. He said he recognized Concepcion from attending school together, but also because he had interacted with him on a police call April 8.

    The report does not say whether Fernandez recalls Concepcion attacking him. It says Fernandez, who was wearing part of his uniform, told people on scene that he was a police officer, then turned to walk back toward his car.

    "He then remembers waking up in the hospital after being brutally beaten and losing consciousness," the report said.

    The department said that approximately five people took part in the beating and then stole Fernandez's cell phone. The driver of the other vehicle fled and while his phone was also stolen at the scene, detectives later recovered it, the report said.

    The charges against Concepcion -- aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault -- say that he attacked Fernandez because he believed the officer struck him with his car.

    The calls that drew responding officers to the scene said alternately that there was a crash involving a pedestrian, an aggravated assault and a man with a gun, according to court documents and Newark police.

    Detectives used surveillance footage in their investigation, the documents said.

    Police are still seeking the other assailants. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 1-877-695-8477 or 1-877-695-4867.

    Rebecca Everett may be reached at Follow her on Twitter @rebeccajeverett. Find on Facebook.

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    Maplewood student wins Princeton Prize in race relations.

    As a freshman at Columbia High School in Maplewood, Toibat Ayankunbi began to see a disturbing academic racial divide in her district.

    In honors classes, oftentimes she'd be among two or three African-American students in a class that was predominantly white. She wondered why there weren't more students who looked like her.

    "You can walk around the halls and see the leveling," Ayankunbi said.

    It's a practice the district has been accused of for years by parents, who say black students are placed in lower academic tracks and white students are assigned to advanced-placement courses.

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    In 2014, the ACLU New Jersey chapter and the Civil Rights Project at UCLA filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, alleging academic tracking in the South Orange Maplewood School District. The district reached an agreement to fix racial disparities in advanced-level courses, but the Black Parents Workshop of Maplewood and South Orange filed a lawsuit in January that says the district is still segregating black students into less challenging courses.

    Ayankunbi, 17, said the history is unsettling, but she sought to do something to help close the achievement gap and bring about inclusion and diversity in higher-level courses. In her sophomore and junior years, she took a leadership role with the Minority Achievement Community (MAC), a program in the district that prepares students of color to take honors and advanced placement courses.

    Ayankunbi explained the benefits of rigorous instruction to students, even though some of her peers were not confident about their ability or expressed apprehension about being the lone minority in a class. She, too, had reservations, but settled into an AP class her junior year and aced it.

    "It's not that they don't want that kind of achievement," Ayankunbi said. "I was trying to help students who I saw who could succeed in higher-level courses."

    Ayankunbi's advocacy hasn't stopped since becoming the senior class president and a MAC squad leader. Her work in the program was profound enough to win first place last month from the Princeton Prize in Race Relations of Northern New Jersey.

    "Being an African-American in an all-white class, that's tough," said MAC director Marcia Hicks. "She offers support to those kids."

    Ayankunbi meets one-on-one with 20 underclassmen twice a month for study groups, checks grades and sets academic goals. She reads essays, tutors juniors, doles out advice about college -- anything to help them get ahead.

    At school board meetings, she has addressed racial disparity in AP course placement as an injustice, and has participated in discussions with teachers, students and administrators about discriminatory leveling and biases in the classroom.

    The Princeton committee was moved by her commitment and entry. Established in 2003 by Princeton graduate Henry Von Kohorn, the Princeton Prize recognizes high school students' work on race relations.

    Seven other students across the state were honored with certificates for dealing with a racial issue in their school or community, but the committee found Ayankunbi's work to be the best. She received $1,000 and joined 26 other Princeton Prize winners from across the country at a leadership symposium at Princeton last month.

    "It was really astonishing and wonderful to read the application from a young person who was tackling something so bravely, something that most teachers and administrators are even afraid to touch," said Stephanie Greenberg, a committee member.

    Ayankunbi confronted the problem through education, and MAC has been the platform for her to have an impact.

    "She's a young person that said, 'I'm not just going to join this group,' " Hicks said. "She said, 'I'm going to be a leader.' "

    As one of several MAC squad leaders, Ayankunbi plays a critical role, conducting study sessions and writing workshops, reviewing report cards and discussing ways to improve. If a student is not doing well, squad leaders report problems to guidance counselors, who seek out tutors and academic support.

    Raina Hackett, a senior who is a member of the MAC executive committee, said her friend keeps the group's focus on academics and doesn't allow students to get distracted.

    "She made sure we were serious and always thinking clearly and logically," Hackett said.

    MAC is about the business of scholarship, and the members are finding their places in the classroom. Seven years ago, the program started with 20 students in the high school. Now, there are 100 and Hicks said 90 percent of them are in advance placement and honors classes.

    Trevon Valentine, 16, considers himself a good student, but the junior said MAC pushed academic excellence and gave him the confidence to sign up for two advance placement courses when school starts in September.

    "I didn't think I could handle the work, but the upperclassmen in MAC tell you that you can do it," Valentine said.

    Kaitlynn Henrilus, 17, said she was slipping in chemistry until assisted by MAC.

    "If you fall through the crack, it helps you get back up and on your feet," said Henrilus, who also will take two AP classes next semester.

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    MAC filters down to younger students, as well. Throughout the year, Ayankunbi and her MAC peers are guiding the little ones. They call it Mini-MAC.

    There are 80 students from the elementary schools and 30 from the middle school who are members. At the grammar school level, Ayankunbi said, the focus is more on good study habits and setting goals. When they reach eighth grade, she said, the conversation shifts to what's ahead in high school.

    "You want to build that trajectory where all kids see themselves on the path to the highest level of courses," said Columbia High principal Elizabeth Aaron. "We want to make them feel like you're supposed to be here."

    The district has implemented an Access and Equity Policy to ensure barrier-free access to advanced courses. In February, the Board of Education voted to reduce 11 levels of math and science, a realignment that interim Superintendent Thomas Ficarra has said is necessary to bring about change when data show that there is segregation in the elementary schools and the high school.

    Ayankunbi has done her part. As she heads off to Rutgers University, she's confident that the underclassmen will continue the scholarship that MAC has started.

    "They know how to lead," she said.

    They should. They've had you as an example to follow.

    Barry Carter: (973) 836-4925 or or or follow him on Twitter @BarryCarterSL

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    Stubblefield is scheduled to be sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated criminal sexual contact.

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    Anna's broken leg that required two surgeries.


    CALDWELL -- Anna is a 2-year-old female terrier mix in the care of Rescue Haven.

    She came to the group with a broken leg that required two surgeries. Anna is recovering nicely and is ready for adoption.

    Described by volunteers as "quiet and gentle," she interacts well with other dogs. Anna has been spayed and is up-to-date on shots.

    For more information on Anna, email or go to The rescue foundation, currently caring for 13 dogs, is a nonprofit group that rescues dogs from animal shelters and provides foster care until they are adopted.

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

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

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    N.J.'s track & field world is in the final stretch as we approach postseason meets.

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    Anna Stubblefield admitted to having sexual contact with a disabled student and could not speak Watch video

    A judge on Friday sentenced a former Rutgers philosophy professor to time served for having criminal sexual contact with a disabled man who was once her student, bringing an end to a long, complex case that almost stretched into a second trial.

    Anna Stubblefield, 48, had already served nearly two years behind bars before an appeal's court overturned her conviction in June 2017.

    Stubblefield will not have to go back to state prison. 

    08ruTeacher.JPGAnna Stubblefield appears in state Superior Court in Essex County on Friday, May 11, 2018. (Patti Sapone | NJ Advance Media for

    On March 19, Stubblefield, who once chaired the Rutgers-Newark philosophy department, struck a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to a third-degree charge of aggravated criminal sexual contact.

    In accepting the offer, the West Orange resident admitted she knew at the time of her sexual encounters with D.J., a 37-year-old nonverbal man with cerebral palsy, that he had been found mentally incompetent and could not legally consent.

    The case, largely centered around a controversial technique known as facilitated communication, has piqued the interest of a documentary filmmaker, academic scholars and playwrights.

    At the core of the case, tried by Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Eric Plant, is whether D.J. could communicate by using a keyboard with Stubblefield's assistance and therefore consent to sexual relations with his professor.

    Stubblefield testified during her trial that she began to have "romantic feelings" for D.J. in the spring of 2010, and that the two would communicate with one another. 

    She would go on to be accused of abusing D.J. in her Newark office in 2011.

    When Stubblefield told D.J.'s family about the sexual encounters and her feelings for him, the victim's mother and brother told her to leave him alone. Rutgers University referred the case to law enforcement.

    jury convicted Stubblefield in October 2015 and found her guilty of two counts of first-degree aggravated assault. The judge at the time, Siobhan Teare, handed her a 12-year prison sentence

    Throughout the legal process, D.J.'s family has continued to express its disdain with Stubblefield. 

    "I don't think Anna understood the depth of pain she caused my family," D.J.'s brother said at her first sentencing in 2016, using the word "rape" to describe their sexual encounter. 

    He echoed those concerns at Friday's sentencing, as he read a statement aloud to Judge John Zunic, who was assigned the case following the appeal's court ruling. D.J. stood beside his brother, gripping his arm at times. 

    "Anna Stubblefield took advantage of (D.J.'s) vulnerability," he said. "And the thing that she was supposedly saving him from was the very thing she needed to get away with her crime: D.J.'s silence. ... It feels like a scab of an almost healed wound has been ripped off. I do not feel there is justice in this plea deal."

    09ruTeacher.JPGEssex Superior Court Judge John Zunic addresses the court at Anna Stubblefield's sentencing on Friday, May 11, 2018. (Patti Sapone | NJ Advance Media for

    D.J.'s brother implored that Zunic vacate the plea deal and take the "unprecedented" step of reimposing her original charges. 

    Zunic did not.

    "If there were a plea agreement that really shocked my conscience, I would vacate it under the ruling," he said. "I don't see that in this case, though."

    He added that he sympathized with the victim's family and that the sentence imposed "certainly does not bring any finality to the victim and his family."

    Stubblefield, wearing a white sweater and a green skirt, remained seated beside her attorneys during the sentencing. She declined to comment when asked by Zunic if she'd like to speak. Her attorney, James Patton, did not wish to comment after the hearing. 

    Stubblefield will have to spend the rest of her life under parole supervision and will have to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law. She will also not be allowed to have contact with the victim or his family. 

    The victim's attorney, Charles Lorber, filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of his clients, in which a judge awarded $4 million to the victim's family. He says he filed the suit without the expectation of collecting anything.

    This is a case, Zunic said, that will always have unanswered questions. 

    "The big question is, 'Why?'" Zunic said. "Why did this happen? Why was that line crossed? ... This is one of those cases where you go back, scratch your head and just say, 'Why?'"

    Alex Napoliello may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @alexnapoNJ. Find on Facebook.

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    Julia Vega was last seen in Newark on South 7th Street driving a 2006 White Toyota Sienna

    Newark police are searching for a woman they say was the victim of a domestic violence assault committed by the father of their children.

    vega.jpgFrom left, Julia Vega and Gualberto Lebron. 

    The missing woman, Julia Vega, stands is 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds.

    She was last seen in the 200 block of South 7th Street at about 12 p.m. Thursday driving her 2006 White Toyota Sienna. The vehicle has New Jersey license plates, E56-GVV.

    On Wednesday, police issued a warrant for Gualberto Lebron, 32, of Newark after a verbal dispute last Saturday between Lebron and Vega turned violent. Police say Lebron attacked and choked Vega, but she managed to escape.

    Lebron remains at-large, and detectives looking for Vega are trying to find out if she and Lebron are together. 

    Lebron and Vega have two children together, and dated in the past, according to police.

    car.jpegVega's Toyota Sienna, police photo 

    Anyone with information about Lebron or Vega can contact Newark police via the Crime Stopper tipline, 1-877-695-8477 or calling 1-877-NWK-GUNS (1-877-695-4867).  All Crime Stoppers tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.

    Anonymous tips may also be made using the police department's website at:

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    The 5,200-square-foot home has has five bedrooms, six bathrooms and is located on a little less than an acre of land.

    The great-grandson of John D. Rockefeller, the richest American of all time, put his 5,200-square-foot Montclair home on the market Thursday for $3.4 million, according to its Trulia listing.

    The home, owned by Nelson Rockefeller Jr. and his wife, Amy Taylor, is described as a "spectacular" Colonial-style home with an open floor plan that "incorporates exquisite details and high-end amenities," according to its listing. It has five bedrooms, six bathrooms and is located on a little less than an acre of land.

    On the first floor of the home is a chef's kitchen with high-end appliances and hardwood floors that leads into the family room, which has French doors that open to a bluestone patio. There is also an expansive sun room on the first floor.

    The "spacious" master suite has two walk-in closets and a luxurious bathroom, according to the listing.

    Other highlights of the home include: a library with built-in bookcases and a fireplace, a heated three-car garage, a basement level with a fitness room, a movie theater, a playroom, a family room, and a pool in the backyard. 

    "Perfect for today's lifestyle," is how the listing describes the home, noting it is "unlike any other home in Montclair."

    According to the listing, the sale also includes a neighboring lot that was most recently assessed at $419,800. Total property taxes for the home and the neighboring lot are $87,509.

    The couple bought the home for $2.55 million in 2011, according to property records. This is the first time it has been on the market since then, according to Zillow.

    Nelson Rockefeller Jr. has not garnered the same attention as his father, who served as Gerald Ford's vice president from 1974-1977 after being the 49th governor of New York, and certainly not his great-grandfather, John D. Rockefeller, who as an oil baron and industrialist of the early 20th century amassed a legendary fortune.

    According to The Observer, Rockefeller Jr. sold his Central Park West apartment for $7.4 million in 2015.

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    The entire New Jersey congressional delegation lined up behind Gov. Phil Murphy's request for federal help. Watch video

    WASHINGTON -- Gov. Phil Murphy has asked President Donald Trump for federal assistance to help the state clean up after the March winter storm, and the entire New Jersey congressional delegation has lined up behind his request.

    The lawmakers sent a letter to the president in support of Murphy's request for a disaster declaration that would free up federal aid for Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic and Somerset counties.

    In the letter, led by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., the delegation said the price tag for March 6-8 storm, which dropped more than two feet of snow in some locations, neared $20 million. Around 337,000 utility customers lost power, some of them for days.

    How did Murphy handle the winter storm?

    "While the immediate response by state and local emergency responders was robust and professional, the sheer size of this storm, combined with New Jersey suffering multiple nor'easters in the month of March alone, created a significant burden on our state's resources," the lawmakers wrote.

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    In December, the comedian, who stars in the HBO series 'Crashing,' pleaded guilty to heroin possession. He's expected to be sentenced on May 18 in Newark. This isn't the first time he's canceled a show because of blood sugar issues. Watch video

    Just a week before he's due in court to be sentenced for drug possession, Artie Lange canceled a comedy show because of health concerns. 

    Lange, 50, previously had a court date postponed because he had to be hospitalized for complications of diabetes. On May 18, Lange, who pleaded guilty to heroin possession, is expected to be sentenced in state Superior Court in Newark. 

    The comedian was supposed to perform at Scotty's Pub and Comedy Cove in Springfield on May 10, but in the hours before he was set to take the stage, organizers called those planning to attend to say that he wasn't going to be there.

    Laurielle Nagel, manager at the Comedy Cove, said Lange was in the hospital. 

    "His problem is his blood pressure and his sugar," she told NJ Advance Media. 

    Lange, who grew up in Union Township and lives in Hoboken, has been testing out new material at the Union County spot. 

    On May 5, he received a standing ovation for his set, Nagel said.  

    "His show is phenomenal," she said.

    Lange is supposed to return to the venue on May 31, then perform every second and fourth Thursday. 

    "He's got to get his health in order," Nagel said. 

    Health issues have been a concern for Lange even before he emerged from drug rehab at the beginning of the year following several arrests in 2017. In October, he had to cancel a show in Akron, Ohio because of spiking blood sugar levels he attributed to going a little overboard on his birthday with cake and wine. 

    "I have diabetes," Lange said at the time on "The Artie and Anthony Show," his Compound Media show with Anthony Cumia. "And my blood sugar was, let's say, it was Babe Ruth's lifetime slugging percentage." He promised to make it right with fans in Ohio. 

    Lange also addressed his health battles after his court appearance was postponed in February.

    "I went in the hospital to get my blood sugar under control," he tweeted. "I'm out to go to work. I missed too many days & I insisted. My blood pressure is way up. So I have to go back in tonight til it's down. I'm payin for an unhealthy life. When the medication is right I will be fine."

    "So don't worry," Lange continued at the time. "But when a doctor says I'm in danger of a stroke unless I change everything I do I get insanely scared. I hate the hospital but they said if I don't go back they'd refuse to treat me. I will do this guys. I ain't ready to check out yet."

    In December, Lange pleaded guilty to possession of 81 decks of heroin (bags usually worth about $10 each) after he was arrested for missing a court date in connection with his arrest in May 2017 (it was the second court date he'd missed that year). 

    State Police said they stopped Lange during a plainclothes surveillance operation after he was allegedly seen driving erratically away from a McDonald's in Bloomfield on the Garden State Parkway. Police allegedly found Lange with a bag of heroin in his lap and a straw. 

    It was Lange's second drug arrest that year. In March of 2017, he was arrested outside his Hoboken condo after he was allegedly found with heroin, cocaine and drug paraphernalia in the building's parking garage. 

    Lange's real-life struggles with drug addiction were the focus of an episode of the latest season of the HBO series "Crashing," in which the Jersey comedian plays himself as a kind of grumpy mentor to an amateur comedian played by Pete Holmes (see clip below).

    Though Lange tweeted that he had been cut from the show after he was arrested, he ended up staying on the show, and both Holmes and executive producer Judd Apatow stood by Lange in the wake of his arrests. 

    Lange, who is expected to appear in the show's third season, has said that the episode, titled "Artie," was being considered for submission to the Emmys. 

    On March 23, Lange tweeted about his pre-sentence interview.

    "I saw the judge who is very fair," he said. "She said I looked better! The interview went well. So I'm praying for probation but I will respectfully do what they tell me to do!"

    Lange's lawyer, Frank Arleo, said he hadn't heard any health news from the comedian this week. 

    On May 6, Lange tweeted a photo of a plate of pizza and what appeared to be a cup of Coca-Cola with this message:

    "You sent Yoga videos to a guy who's currently calling this breakfast."

    Apart from the Scotty's Pub shows, Lange's next billed gigs are scheduled for June 14, 15 and 16 at the Stress Factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut


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    Built in 1930, the 10,593-square-foot stone home has eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms.

    Located in the 425-acre gated community of Llewellyn Park in West Orange, this 10,593-square-foot home, which was built for Charles Edison, the 42nd governor of New Jersey and Thomas Edison's son, in 1930, went on the market Thursday for $4 million, according to its Trulia listing.

    The three-story stone house, known as the Landmore Estate, is at the end of a tree-lined private driveway and sits on six acres of land. It has eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms.

    The home was designed by William Adams Delano and Chester Holmes Aldrich, who, according to Architectural Digest, were "among the most successful of the generation of architects who took European and classical precedent and forged a personal interpretation of house architecture."

    Inside of the home, which has had "numerous upgrades," there are hardwood floors throughout, "generously" sized rooms, a wood-paneled office with built-in bookcases and a chandelier, and an expansive wine cellar.

    The outside of the Landmore Estate also has a lot to offer: The "beautifully manicured grounds" have luxury amenities throughout, including a heated pool, a tennis court and a children's play castle.

    The home is about half a mile from the Edison National Historic site.

    Including Edison, there have only been three owners of the home since it was built. It last sold for $3.7 million in August 2007. Before this week, the home was on the market for $5.9 million from December 2015 until February 2017.

    According to property records, the property was last assessed for $2.5 million. Property taxes for the home were $99,195 in 2017.

    Charles Edison served as Governor of New Jersey from 1941-1944. He died in 1969, and was buried in Rosedale Cemetery in Orange.

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    Police are searching for Ulises Yance, 16, Alex Lopez, 15, and Alexa Arenas, 16.

    Police are searching for three missing Bloomfield teenagers who may have stolen thousands of dollars from one of the teens' fathers, township officials said Saturday. 

    Ulises Yance, 16, and Alex Lopez, 15, were last seen around 7:30 a.m. Friday. Alexa Arenas, 16, was last seen Thursday. 

    Yance's father told police that $8,000 was stolen from him, making him think the teenagers may have run away -- possibly to New Mexico, according to a township news release. Police cannot confirm this is what happened, the release says.

    The parents have been in touch with each other and remain in contact with investigators, said Alexa's father, Carlos Arenas.

    "Right now, we're just really worried and concerned for her safety," Arenas said Saturday. "Whatever problems she may have, we're here for her."

    The whole family is pitching in to help spread the word, posting fliers and sharing details on social media in hopes that the kids are located. Alexa has a brother and sister who are "pretty upset" about her disappearance, Arenas said.

    He described the missing teens as friends, and police believe they are together.

    A Bloomfield police bulletin describes Yance as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 100 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and fair skin. 

    Lopez is 5 feet 11 inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown eyes, brown hair and fair skin.

    Arenas is 5 feet 4 inches tall, 165 pounds, with brown eyes, brown hair and fair skin.  

    Bloomfield police and the State Police Missing Persons Unit are searching for the teenagers.

    The township asks anyone with information about the teens' whereabouts to immediately call Bloomfield police at 973-680-4141. 

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