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Pinegrove's rise and fall has proven a fascinating microcosm in the #MeToo era.
The Newark 17-year-old says he was shot in a case of mistaken identity.
A surviving suspect remains hospitalized in stable condition, authorities say.
Two armed men shot Wednesday by law enforcement officers in Newark were the subject of a multi-agency gun investigation, authorities confirmed Thursday.
Investigators had attempted a traffic stop on the car around 3:45p.m. when the men attempted to escape, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement.
At least one of the officers at the scene opened fire, striking Paul Braswell, 29, of Newark.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka on Wednesday identified the officers involved as member's of the city's police division and the county sheriff's office.
None of the officers involved have been publicly identified, and it remains unclear whether either suspect fired a weapon during the confrontation.
The surviving suspect, whom authorities have not publicly identified, fled the vehicle and was immediately arrested
The prosecutor's office said the man has been hospitalized in stable condition.
Police surrounded the car and tried for more than 45 minutes to get Braswell to come out of the vehicle, using a robot to approach the car when he would not respond. Officers using the robot were able to see that Braswell was either dead or unable to respond, the prosecutor's office said.
Braswell was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured in the shooting.
Superior Court records show Braswell had prior felony convictions for theft by deception and receiving stolen property. Investigators found a total of three firearms inside the car, authorities said.
The prosecutor's office, which is investigating the shooting under the guidelines of the state Attorney General's Office, said ballistics tests will be conducted to determine which weapon fired the fatal shots.
Authorities Wednesday did not specify the gun offenses at the center of the initial investigation.
Braswell was the second person fatally shot by law enforcement officers in Newark a 24-hour period. East Orange police officers late Tuesday night shot and killed Allen Travers, 37, near Central Avenue and South 10th Street after he allegedly commandeered a bus at gunpoint following a domestic dispute and ordered its driver to head into the city.
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The big, orange baby will appear at an event in Essex County on Sunday.
There will be a major "Trump" appearance in New Jersey this weekend -- but not by the one who likely comes to mind first.
One of the six Baby Trump balloons is coming to Ricalton Square in Maplewood, to take part in a South Orange Maplewood (SOMA) Action event.
While Baby Trump won't be flying (he'll be inflated with air, rather than helium), the giant, orange balloon with a signature swoop of blonde hair will be hard to miss.
"He's going to be sitting down and relaxing as an observer of the street fair that's happening Sunday," Jim Girvan, an organizer of Baby Trump Tour, told NJ Advance Media Friday.
The balloon is one of six organizers purchased after launching a GoFundMe this summer, hoping to bring the baby balloons made popular during President Trump's visit to the United Kingdom.
The SOMA Action group reached out to Baby Trump Tour, Girvan said, asking if a balloon could be used to help them attract people to canvas for congressional candidates in the coming election, Girvan said.
This will be Baby Trump's first major appearance in New Jersey, aside from a small, brief inflation at the Somerset County Democratic headquarters.
Another balloon was sent to Florida last weekend for a rally in support of Puerto Rico. There are other Florida events planned, and other balloons are expected to take trips to Wilmington, North Carolina, Los Angeles and Chicago, Girvan said.
"Hopefully, Mr. Trump will have the chance to see him when he's playing golf," he said.
The balloon is expected to be inflated Sunday between 11 a.m. and noon.
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In all, seven great games available live and on-demand this weekend.
The New Jersey high school schedule continues to roll and the marquee matchups keep on coming.
If you couldn't make it to the games or want to watch an on-demand replay, NJ High School Sports Live was made for you. Our technology allows us to broadcast from member schools and a handful of select games, such as St. Peter's Prep-DePaul. You can watch on your computer, phone or tablet - and you can watch live or on demand. Our season pass also give you access to any in-network game. The schedule is listed below, click on the links to watch.
* Lincoln at No. 15 West Essex, 7 p.m.
Editor's note: This game will not be available, due to a technical issue.
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Another man was shot and killed by police after he fled during an attempted traffic stop in Newark.
A man who was shot and hospitalized by police in Newark was charged with several weapons offenses Friday, police said.
Philip Belton, 39, of East Orange was one of two men shot by police after they tried to flee during an attempted traffic stop on Wednesday. The other man Paul Braswell, 29, of Newark, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Benton and Braswell were the focus of a multi-agency gun investigation, authorities confirmed Thursday.
Investigators attempted to stop on their car around 3:45 p.m. when they attempted to escape, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement.
At least one of the officers, who were members of the city's police division and the county sheriff's office, at the scene opened fire and struck Braswell, officials said.
Belton fled the car, was immediately arrested and remained hospitalized in stable condition Friday night, the prosecutor's office said.
Belton was charged with three counts of unlawful possession of a weapon - a handgun, a rifle and a shotgun. He was also charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon.
The prosecutor's office, which is investigating the shooting under the guidelines of the state Attorney General's Office, said ballistics tests will be conducted to determine which weapon fired the shots that killed Braswell.
None of the officers involved have been identified, and it is not known if either Braswell or Belton fired a weapon during the confrontation.
It's the time of year when we start to think about ghouls and haunted places. If your looking to ramp up the scare factor Six Flags Fright Fest is the place to go. The park features more than 25 Halloween-themed shows and attractions, including the terrifying Hell Fest maze based on the new horror movie, Hell Fest, currently in theaters.
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A pedestrian was struck and killed by a single vehicle late Friday night.
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car late Friday night.
The incident occurred at 11:25 p.m. on South Orange Avenue near Newark Academy in Livingston, township police said.
Neither the name of the victim nor the driver has been released as the investigation is still ongoing.
The Livingston Police Traffic Unit and the Essex County Prosecutor's office are investigating the incident.
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For an average assessed home of $175K in Newark, the city portion of the tax bill is expected to increase by $90.66 a year.
The state's largest city approved its $681 million budget last week, which will mean a slight increase in local taxes.
For an average assessed home of $175,000 in Newark, the city portion of the tax bill is expected to increase by $90.66 a year, according to business administrator Eric Pennington.
The average annual tax increase including the county and school portions will be $242.50, he added.
"We're trying to maintain the mode of austerity that we have dealt with over the last several years," said Pennington, who started his post in July. "And keep close watch over the dollars that we spend."
No layoffs or significant budget cuts are expected. And Pennington said there's no plans to beef any department in particular.
Chief Operating Officer Natasha Rogers, who also started with the city this summer, said with inflation, "expenses are always going to increase. That's why the tax levy increase is 1.7 percent over last year."
She said the bump in the amount to be raised by taxes "is the lowest increase in the last three (mayoral) terms."
Rogers previously worked in the private sector.
"With the new (business administrator) and myself coming on board, this time around is just focused on process improvement, looking at where there's areas to tighten up and reduce costs," she said.
The city's $665.8 million budget last year included additional money to hire 200 police officers and staff up the code enforcement office.
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Among those paid to defend Newark in the lawsuit is high-profile Bridgegate attorney Michael Critchley.
A whistleblower lawsuit filed by Newark's former corporation counsel last year could cost city taxpayers another $325,000 in legal fees -- which includes maintaining the high-profile Bridgegate lawyer hired to represent Mayor Ras Baraka.
The City Council recently approved a second contract for Michael Critchley's firm, Critchley, Kinum and DeNoia, for up to $125,000. Critchley represented Bridget Anne Kelly in the Bridgegate trial.
Willie Parker, the city's ex-top attorney, sued the city, Baraka and other high-ranking officials last year, alleging he was fired in retaliation for not backing a multi-million dollar development deal. Parker claimed the development contract -- a $65 million public works project now under construction --- benefitted private interests at the expense of citizens.
A city spokesman said the city does not comment on pending litigation.
City officials have previously said in a statement that Parker was fired because he was not properly supervising attorneys and over rumors he was having inappropriate relationships with other staff members. Parker's attorney has refuted those claims.
The council last week also greenlit another $125,000 for Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith and Davis to represent chief of staff Amiri "Middy" Baraka (the mayor's brother) and up to $75,000 for Tompkins, McGuire, Wachenfeld and Barry to represent former Business Administrator Jack Kelly and Personnel Director Kecia Daniels.
All three contracts run from Aug. 1 through July 31, 2019.
Last October, the council approved $325,000 for all three firms to represent the parties in the case. A city official previously said it made sense to have different firms given the scope of the claims.
Parker, who served as general counsel from February 2015 to March 2017, said the city began negotiating the development contract at the core of the case in August 2016, according to the lawsuit.
He allegedly refused to sign off on the project due to a provision that would cause the city to lose money while benefitting private interests.
City officials said the project on 52-90 Amsterdam Street, which is backed by Goldman Sachs, remains under construction. But it's been entangled in other legal issues. After the Parker lawsuit, one of the principals in the company that owns the land was charged in an unrelated $5 million mortgage fraud scheme involving other properties in the city.
Victor Santos, the real estate investor charged in the scheme, stepped down from the project but has contested the allegations. His case is ongoing.
At 51, the former corporate trainer will have to summon all her past experience to shepherd her 26,000 parishioners in 98 parishes over most of northern New Jersey.
"I get up with butterflies," the Most Rev. Carlyle J. Hughes admitted. "This is a fun time for me. ... There is a lot of excitement."
It is understandable because she was elected on May 19 as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark on the first ballot and consecrated at NJPAC last weekend as the first woman and African American to serve as bishop of this diocese.
At 51, the former corporate trainer will have to summon all her past experience to shepherd her 26,000 parishioners in 98 parishes over most of northern New Jersey to take ownership of a new way of being an Episcopalian in the 21st century.
"I also have 200 priests to get to know quickly," she said. "And to build relationships among churches, clergy and lay leaders."
Hughes' vision of the diocese is "as a hub and network of support for those seeking a loving, compassionate, and just way of life."
She harkened back to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s idea of the "Beloved Community."
"God has created and called us to be loving, compassionate and deeply spiritual beings who thrive in Beloved Community," she said.
The most novel ceremony over several days of celebrations was a Mass in Jersey City's Ferris Triangle Park, across from Triangle Park Community Center at 247 Old Bergen Road last Sunday. There, Hughes presided and preached at the outdoor service for the combined Jersey City Episcopal congregations: Grace Church Van Vorst in the Downtown section, St. Paul's on Duncan Avenue and Incarnation a few blocks away.
About 200 people packed under two tents prayed with the new bishop.
The Jersey City churches, she said, have been looking to do ministry in Greenville, a section of the city where there is no Episcopal presence. They had held programs at the nearby community center.
At the end of the 20th century, the diocese was considering opening a new church in Greenville with insurance funds from the shuttered and fire-damaged Ascension Church in the Heights.
Hughes acknowledged that there has been conversation about this but said she needs to look into it more. Plus, I think she is overwhelmed with the prospects of leading one of the most progressive dioceses in their communion.
One of the previous bishops was the intellectual firebrand, John Shelby Spong, who took no prisoners.
And the Episcopal Church in the U.S. split over stands on women priests, homosexuality and lots of other liberal changes. And Newark was a leading liberal bastion.
As a result, many local churches throughout the country aligned with more traditional Anglican dioceses in Africa. The rifts have not been healed yet.
Hughes' home diocese in Texas is one that split.
A life-long Episcopalian, Hughes was born Tulsa, Oklahoma, and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She earned a B.A. in drama from the University of Texas in Austin, and for 20 years she made her home in New York City while pursuing a career in human resources as a corporate trainer, mostly in the hotel industry.
She attended Virginia Theological seminary, earning a Master of Divinity in 2005.
After a Lilly Fellowship at St. James' Church in New York City, she was called to serve as rector first at St. Peter's Church in Peekskill, New York, and most recently at Trinity Church in Fort Worth
The Episcopalians allow their priests to apply for the post of bishop wherever a vacancy opens up in the U.S.
Hughes applied for the Newark opening because, she said, in Newark "they had a web presence and a sense of call." She said she sensed they were dealing with the question, "What would the church look like next?"
She knows that means bringing more people in the doors of their churches and also liked the idea of "going local," which means what is happening in our neighborhoods with our neighbors.
Her chief consecrator was the the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, who was elected to that office in 2015 for a single nine-year term. He also made history at the first Black to be presiding bishop. He caught the world's attention when he preached at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19 - just a few hours before Hughes was elected.
Hughes is married to David Smedley and they have a dog, Abbey.
Hughes had spent the two weeks before her consecration meeting and talking with many people and she has found them "warm and welcoming."
"I send a big thank you to Newark," she said.
And if she succeeds, as many think she will, they will be grateful to the 1,109th bishop in the U.S. Episcopal Church.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Rev. Alexander Santora is the pastor of Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph, 400 Willow Ave., Hoboken, 07030, FAX: 201-659-5833; Email: email@example.com; Twitter: @padrehoboken.
Members of a grassroots group hoped the inflatable caricature would draw people to their canvassing meeting.
Members of a Maplewood political action group were hoping to catch the attention of passersby Sunday by hosting a certain inflatable guest at a public meeting.
The 20-foot-tall orange balloon with a signature swoop of blonde hair was hard to miss.
Members of the South Orange Maplewood Action group were the first to welcome the "Baby Trump" balloon to New Jersey Sunday afternoon at Ricalton Square during a meeting about door-knocking prior to November's midterm elections.
"We want to get out the vote," member Amy Higer said.
"It's a terrifying week we went through," she added "We want to give people a place to feel not alone."
The balloon is one of six organizers purchased after launching a GoFundMe this summer, hoping to bring home the baby balloons made popular during President Trump's visit to the United Kingdom.
A Baby Trump balloon had only made one brief prior appearance in N.J., at the Somerset County Democratic Party headquarters.
The SOMA Action group reached out to Baby Trump Tour organizer Jim Girvan, asking if a balloon could be used to help them attract people to canvas for congressional candidates in the coming election.
"They asked and we did it free of charge," Girvan said.
"Hopefully, Mr. Trump will have the chance to see him when he's playing golf," he added.
Ed Murray contributed reporting to this post.