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    The Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Essex County Eagle Rock Reservation was shrouded by fog as the names of the lives lost were read


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    The man was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the city's Central Ward.

    A Georgia man found with multiple gunshot wounds Monday afternoon in a car in Newark's Central Ward has died.

    Police, responding to a report of multiple shots fired, arrived at 500 S. 10th St. around 6:45 p.m. and searched the scene.

    They found David A. Hannibal, 41, of Dacula, Georgia, suffering from several gunshot wounds in a car, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. 

    Hannibal died at 7:39 p.m. at the scene, a spokeswoman in the Prosecutor's Office said.

    Linkedin page assigned to a person with the same first and last name and place of residence as the victim is a mobile mechanic in the Atlanta metro area. 

    It's not clear why Hannibal was in New Jersey, or if the car he was found in was his own. No arrests have been made in his death, officials said.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or (877) 847-7432.

    Taylor Tiamoyo Harris may be reached at tharris@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @ladytiamoyo.

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    Emergency responders worked to save the seriously injured student at the scene before he was taken to University Hospital in Newark, where he died shortly after 1 p.m.

    A 23-year-old Seton Hall University student died in an apparent fall from a parking deck at the school's South Orange campus Tuesday, police said.

    Officers rushed to a 911 call around 12:15 p.m. that reported someone had fallen from the roof of the structure, according to South Orange police Chief Kyle Kroll.

    Emergency responders worked to save the seriously injured student at the scene before he was taken to University Hospital in Newark, where he died shortly after 1 p.m., according to the chief.

    "At this time, the preliminary investigation reveals no evidence of foul play however; the incident is continuing to be investigated by detectives at this time," Kroll said in a news release.

    Photos shared on social media showed emergency crews at an approximately five-story parking deck.

    In a message addressed to the school community, University Interim President Mary J. Meehan said the student died from a fall.

    "No family member or loved one should ever have to receive news of this nature, and they will need our love and support in the coming days," she said.

    Meehan identified the student as Julian M. Mislavsky, a senior from Morristown. 

    "During this difficult period, I urge all of us to take care of one another and offer your support as needed. Let us offer our prayers for this young man, his family and loved ones, and all those affected by tragic loss," Meehan said.

    Campus counseling services are available 24/7 by calling 973-761-9500 (weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or 973-761-9300 after hours. The campus ministry can be reached at 973-761-9545. 

    Seton Hall also posted a "public safety alert" about the incident on its Twitter account earlier.

    Anyone with information or who witnessed the incident was asked to call South Orange police Detective Lt. Brian McGuire at 973-763-3000 x. 7788.

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

     

     


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    The shootings occured in the city's West and Central wards.

    Newark Police announced Tuesday that another man has died of from a shooting after being found by police suffering from multiple gunshot wounds inside a car. 

    The shooting took place in the city's West Ward at Sanford and Finlay Place shortly before 7:30 a.m. this morning, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. 

    Cory M. Munford, 40, of East Orange, died at the scene at approximately 7:45 a.m.

    In the Central ward, Essex County authorities said earlier Monday they found David A. Hannibal, 41, of Dacula, Georgia, suffering from several gunshot wounds in a car at around 6:45 p.m. Monday.

    Police say so arrests have been made in either homicide.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or (877) 847-7432.

     

    Taylor Tiamoyo Harris may be reached at tharris@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @ladytiamoyo.

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    A husband, wife and son were all charged with money laundering conspiracy Tuesday.

    Normally, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits help many struggling Americans pay for groceries that they otherwise may not be able to afford.

    But at one Newark grocery store, they were a way to get cash, federal prosecutors say.

    And they allege the store traded more than $5 million in SNAP debits for cash over three years.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey said Tuesday they've charged Juan Perdomo, 59, and his son Jose Perdomo, 34, with SNAP benefit fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

    The Perdomos and Maria Rodriguez, 58 (Juan's wife and Jose's mother) were also charged with money laundering conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said in a statement.

    The charges stem from years of transactions at M&R Supermarket on Irvine Turner Boulevard. Rodriguez owned the grocery while her husband and son worked there.

    SNAP benefits, formerly called food stamps, come via a debit card, and they can be used to buy food. It's illegal to turn an transaction into cash.

    When applying to the government to offer their customers SNAP payment, the grocers reported about $340,000 in annual retail sales, according to a criminal complaint. But from October 2015 to July 2018, the store reported more than $5.6 million from SNAP transactions.

    Workers analyzing data for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service flagged the store after seeing an unusually high number of transactions of more than $50, which is uncommon in a small grocery store, the complaint said.

    As an example, M&R redeemed just under $2.93 million in SNAP benefits between May 2017 to April 2018. Two nearby grocery stores of similar size took in about $20,000 and about $60,000 in the same time period.

    An undercover federal agent first visited the store in June 2017 and through 2018 had made at least 11 purchases at the store where he swiped an EBT card and received cash in return, the complaint says.

    The Perdomos and Rodriguez had their first appearances before Magistrate Judge Steven Mannion in federal court.

    SNAP benefit fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud have a maximum sentence of 20 years. Money laundering has a maximum sentence of 10 years. All three charges also could carry a $250,000 fine or double the value of whatever was gained.

    Joe Brandt can be reached at jbrandt@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JBrandt_NJ. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    Geoffrey Owens will guest star on "NCIS: New Orleans," the show's executive producer announced Tuesday.

    Geoffrey Owens, the "Cosby Show" alum who was job shamed for taking a job at a Trader Joe's store in New Jersey has landed a TV job.

    Owens will guest star on "NCIS: New Orleans," the show's executive producer announced Tuesday.

    "So excited he'll be joining our extended family. Total class act!" tweeted Christopher Silber.

    Owens will play Commander Adams, a longtime friend who Pride (played by Scott Bakula) relies on for medical and spiritual advice, reports Deadline.com.

    The 57-year-old, who lives in Montclair, is an experienced actor who taught the craft at Yale. But after the "Cosby Show" ended decades ago, he found lucrative TV and theater work difficult to come by.

    Owens took a job at Trader Joe's 15 months ago, he told Robin Roberts during a recent Good Morning America interview.

    "People recognized me every day and they were very, very cool about it," he said.

    But a customer recently snapped his picture as he worked in the grocery store and the photos ended up in the Daily Mail and on Fox News.

    "The Cosby Show star Geoffrey Owens is spotted working as a cashier at Trader Joe's in New Jersey," tweeted Daily Mail.

    On GMA, Owens said no one should feel sorry for him.

    "I've had a great life and I've had a great career," he said.

    GMA on Wednesday reported that Owens is now juggling multiple job offers.

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

     

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    The Irvington man faces at least five years in prison when he is sentenced in December

    A 33-year-old Irvington man on Tuesday admitted he was the third person to rob a club in Passaic of more than $26,000 about three years ago. 

    Jimmy Cooper pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and one count of Hobbs Act robbery, the U.S. Attorney's Office for New Jersey said in a statement.

    Career criminal gets 20 years for robbing N.J. go-go bar 'house mom'

    Two 30-year-old men, Keon Lawrence, of South Orange and Shaheed Blamahsah, of Newark have already been convicted and sentenced for their role in the Sept. 6, 2015 robbery. 

    Cooper faces more than 5 years in prison when he sentenced on Dec. 10.

    The robbers sneaked a gun into the club, threatened an employee at gunpoint in an office and stole cash out of of an open safe. They then led police on a chase through Passaic, Newark, and East Orange before abandoning a car Cooper stole a week earlier. 

    The gun was a 9mm Hi-Point semi-automatic handgun, according to court papers.

    Lawrence, a former Seton Hall University basketball player, and Blamahsah are serving sentences of 11 years, 3 months and 12 1/2 years, respectively. 

    Authorities never named the club.

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

     

     


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    Diane James was last seen at Beth Israel Hospital in Newark

    Authorities are asking for the public's help as they try to find a 74-year-old Newark woman has been missing for three weeks.

    missing-woman.jpgDiane James (Newark police) 

    Though Diane James was last seen Aug. 21, she was reported missing Tuesday, Newark police said in a statement. 

    James was last seen at Beth Israel Hospital in Newark.

    James, who might have dementia, is 5-foot-4 and about 130 pounds with red hair and brown eyes. Police noted her right eye is a prosthetic. They aren't sure what she was wearing on the day she vanished. 

    Anyone with information about James' whereabout is asked to call 1-877-695-8477 or 1-877-695-4867). Tips are kept confidential. Tips can also be using the police department's website or through the Newark Police Division's smartphone app. 

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

     

     


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    Classes at Montclair High School have been cancelled since a portion of a staircase collapsed in the main building Friday.

    Classes at Montclair High School have been cancelled since a portion of a staircase collapsed in the main building Friday.

    No one was injured and the stairwell was immediately closed, Interim Principal Terry Trigg-Scales said in a statement to parents on Friday. 

    A structural engineer began analyzing the collapsed staircase and others in the building on Monday. That analysis continued into Wednesday, Superintendent Kendra Johnson said in a statement on the district's website.   

    Johnson did not respond directly to questions that were emailed Wednesday. 

    She did say that she will send another communication to families by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

    Next Monday, there will be a presentation at 7:45 p.m. about the issue. An architect and the director of building and grounds will update the board of education during a meeting that is open to the public and can be viewed by residents on Channel 33.

    The district has a tentative plan in place to reopen Montclair High School on Thursday with a two-hour delay. 

    Select sports teams are practicing using the Field House and outdoor fields. No students, staff, parents or visitors are permitted inside the high school.

    Montclair High School consists of two buildings -- the main building on the west side of Park Street and the George Inness Annex (known as the Freshman Building) on the east side of Park Street. More than 2,000 students in ninth through 12th grade attend classes in the two buildings. 

    Allison Pries may be reached at apries@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @AllisonPries. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    Residents say Newark is not providing basic city services such as consistently picking up recycled materials and cleaning the streets.

    A mix of cardboard boxes, plastic containers and glass bottles are being left behind on Newark's streets, residents say, polluting blocks already dirtied by ongoing inconsistencies with the city's street sweepers

    "We have no services," East Ward resident Luis Leitao, 35, said. "My taxes went up over $2,000 for remodeling (my house) and we get nothing back."

    The complaints boiled over Tuesday when city officials gave conflicting statements on why there was no contractor handling recycling services -- exasperating City Council members who were already frustrated by ongoing calls from residents, some waiting weeks for pick-ups. 

    "Garbage, more than anything else, reflects how we care about the residents in our community," East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador said. "If we don't do a good job, people lose faith in us."

    During Tuesday's council meeting, Valerie Gholston-Key, assistant director of public works said the former vendor, Galaxy Recycling, Inc., walked off the job in July, forcing the city to take on the work. 

    Gary Giordano, who owns Galaxy, refuted those claims and said the city did not renew their contract. A copy of Galaxy's $399,000, 90-day emergency contract showed it expired July 31. Galaxy also provided a copy of an email from Public Works Director Khalif Thomas instructing the company to stop sending any trucks after Aug. 1. 

    Thomas was not at the council meeting but through a spokesman later said the statements made by his own staff were "absolutely not true."

    "The company's emergency contract was not extended and also the city was not happy with that contractor and put the contract out to bid," spokesman Frank Baraff said. 

    In the meantime, the city has brought those services in-house. Newark has not hired additional workers but instead solicited help from its garbage contractor, Basso Rubbish Removal. But the recycling has piled up, according to residents.

    late_pickupA screenshot of a video shot by Luis Leitao showing workers picking up recycling at 10:45 p.m.
     

    "They don't take half the garbage, they skip people's garbage," Leitao said. He recorded a video of a garbage truck collecting cardboard at 10:45 p.m. Monday night. (The city said the incident involved the private contractor not city workers). In the video, one worker is heard yelling and cursing and leaving behind plastic and cardboard boxes in the rain.

    City officials said Tuesday they instructed workers to pick up garbage and then return to pick up recyclables. But resident Satha Palani said he saw workers picking up both at the same time and "putting it all in the same truck."

    Workers at Galaxy who went out on their routes the first week of August before they were told their services weren't needed also said they observed Newark sanitation trucks combining both materials, Giordano said.

    Mixing garbage with recyclables is against state law.

    Wayne Defeo, consulting solid waste coordinator for the Essex County Utilities Authority, said solid waste plants can reject loads if they have too many recyclables in it. 

    "Because if they don't, it's possible that they can be fined," Defeo said. 

    Baraff said workers who mixed garbage and recyclables were being disciplined.  

    "Collecting the trash is essentially the bare minimum we expect from the city," Palani, who lives in the East Ward, said. "A trash-related contract is something that you negotiate six months, one year ahead of time. You don't let it come down to the last week and then allow the contract to expire."

    Recycling1.jpgRecycling bins left in the East Ward. (Courtesy: Satha Palani)
     

    When asked why the city allowed Galaxy's contract to end without having another vendor lined up, Baraff said the city found another company to assume recycling services in August but decided to re-bid the contract when officials realized that company had not paid its payroll taxes. 

    Baraff said the city had no plans to bring recycling in-house. City officials said they sent a new bid to 23 companies and only two responded by Sept. 6. 

    "Unfortunately, no one wants to do this work for Newark," Giordano said. Newark was late on its payments and owed the company for months of work, Giordano said. (Giordano also owns another company that distributes The Star-Ledger).

    Galaxy has picked up recycling for the whole city since 2013, records show. Giordano said its 40 employees are all Newark residents.

    Baraff said there were payment delays earlier in the year but that the city no longer owed Galaxy any money and would not pay for any work performed in August -- even though Galaxy said it dispatched its trucks the first week of the month.

    Palani said he was frustrated Newark did not communicate clearly with residents. 

    "Had they told us, we would not have put all the cardboard out," he said. "We could have helped alleviate the situation."

    The recycling woes comes after months of continuing problems with street cleaning. 

    In February, residents erupted over unswept streets after the city decided to transition its street cleaning services in-house. The cleaning remains inconsistent, residents say. 

    "We have residents that are getting their cars towed and ticketed and the street sweeping isn't even being done," South Ward Councilman John Sharpe James said. "For someone to not have their street being done and police to tow their vehicles ... there's no excuse for it."

    Karen Yi may be reached at kyi@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at @karen_yi or on Facebook


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    What's on the menu in New Jersey? Everything!

    Last winter, while out for a drive, I took my wife to White Rose Hamburgers in Highland Park.

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    More properly, to "The White Rose System." Which, according to nj.com's Pete Genovese, "opened in 1956 or 1958 - let's say sometime in the 50s, because even the guys who work there are not sure."

    The White Rose is one of the countless food spots in New Jersey that prides itself on being different. It's NOT White Tower, and it's not White Castle. My brother made regular runs there from Rutgers for French fries in the early '70s, and it hasn't changed much since ... a good thing. The food is good and plentiful and the ambience is nothing fancy. We both absolutely enjoyed our take-out burgers.

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    New Jersey is home to hundreds of unique places just like the White Rose as well as pretty much every fast food chain that's come down the pike since highways got people traveling. If you had a taste for just about anything, you've never had to go far in the Garden State to get it.

    Here's a gallery of vintage photos showing a variety of eateries in New Jersey. And here are links to some other galleries you'll enjoy.

    Vintage photos of foods for every taste in N.J.

    Vintage photos of eclectic eats in N.J.

    Vintage photos of diners in N.J.

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


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    A man admitted Thursday to robbing 14 hotels in New Jersey and New York and could be sentenced to life in prison for shooting a gun during one of the holdups, officials said.

    A man admitted Thursday to robbing 14 hotels in New Jersey and New York and could be sentenced to life in prison for shooting a gun during one of the holdups, officials said.

    Tremone Burnett, 46, of Orange, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and threaten physical violence, and using a firearm during a crime of violence, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

    Burnett robbed the following hotels in 2014:

    • Howard Johnson, Newark: April 24
    • Comfort Suites, Woodbridge, May 7
    • Marriott Fairfield Suites, Parsippany, May 9
    • Best Western, Rockaway, May 9
    • Crowne Plaza, Paramus, May 9
    • Extended Stay America, Secaucus, May 31
    • Sheraton, Weehawken, May 31
    • Howard Johnson, Airmont, NY, June 4
    • Comfort Inn, Edison, June 4
    • Marriott, Lebanon, June 8
    • Hilton Garden Inn, Nanuet, NY, June 13
    • Hotel Executive Suites, Carteret, June 15
    • Fairfield Inn, Newark, June 15
    • Comfort Suites, Newark, June 19

    Burnett had a handgun when he robbed each hotel and fired it during the Weehawken Sheraton robbery, authorities said.

    During five of the robberies, he used zip ties to tie the hands and feet of hotel employees, court records showed.

    Officials did not say how much money was taken during the robberies, but when he was first charged in 2014 for robbing six hotels, he made off with $2,850, safety deposit boxes, employee paychecks and an ATM machine. 

    The robbery count has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and the firearm charge carries a minimum sentence of 10 years or a maximum of life in prison.

    Burnett is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 18.

    Chris Sheldon may be reached at csheldon@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrisrsheldon Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

     

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