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    Meet the All-State girls athletes from the 2018 NJ winter track season


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    The 418-acre development could be the largest mixed-use project in state history, according to the developer.

    It's being hailed as the largest mixed-used development site in New Jersey history and one of the state's largest brownfield remediation projects, but what impact will a $2.5 billion redevelopment plan have on Sayreville? 

    Community members on Tuesday got their first chance to ask questions about a 418-acre project along the Raritan River announced last fall. They raised concerns about traffic, potential school overcrowding and a sewerage smell on the waterfront. 

    Most of those details are yet to be hammered out, representatives from the developer told about 200 residents at the standing-room only forum, but plans for the "Riverton" project are chugging along. 

    Here are eight new facts the developer, North American Properties, revealed: 

    1. The project is meant to create a "main street" or a city within a city of sorts, made up of residential, retail, entertainment, marina, office and hotel space along a two-mile tract of the Raritan River. 

    2. NAP plans to erect Riverton in five or six phases over the course of 10 to 12 years, with the first two phases slated to be the biggest. 

    3. The development will include 2,000 residential units, some of which will be rented and others of which will be owner-occupied. Although NAP representatives said they did not know for sure what the impact would be on Sayreville's schools, they said their previous, similar projects have overwhelmingly attracted childless millennials and empty nesters. 

    4. Bass Pro Shop, a huge hunting, fishing and boating store with 82 locations in North America, will be an anchor of the project. 

    5. Ten restaurants ranging from an Irish pub to a white tablecloth restaurant are expected to open in the development. 

    6. Riverton is intended to serve residents who live inside a 30- to 40-mile diameter circle surrounding Sayreville. Roughly 1.3 million people, with an average household income of more than $100,000, live within a 20-minute drive from where the project is supposed to rise. 

    7. NAP hopes to break ground on Riverton this year, although they are still in talks with the Sayreville Economic Redevelopment Authority and need green lights from the planning board and the council. They are also still seeking approval for a New Jersey Economic Development Authority grant that would partially fund the project. But...

    8. ...There's no guarantee the development will pan out at all. The riverside acreage has been vacant since the National Lead Industries paint factory closed in the 1980s, and a previous developer tried and failed to build there.

    "This is a long process, and it's an extremely heavy lift," said Mark Toro, the current developer's managing partner. "... It is in no way assured."

    Marisa Iati may be reached at miati@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @Marisa_Iati or on Facebook here. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    The 20-year-old had bought the unregistered motorcycle earlier in the day in Perth Amboy

    A 20-year-old motorcyclist was arrested when he crashed into a police car after eluding an officer who attempted to stop him on Route 1 on Wednesday, authorities said. 

    bennett.jpgAnthony Bennett (South Brunswick police) 

    Anthony Bennett, of Newportville, Pennsylvania, was riding south on Route 1 without a visible license plate when an officer tried to pull him over at 5:04 p.m., South Brunswick police said in a statement.

    The officer gave chase onto New Road, but called off the pursuit after Bennett accelerated to a speed of more than 80 mph, according to police. 

    Bennett drove around for 10 more minutes before police located him headed on east on New Road back toward Route 1, police said.

    He struck a patrol car as the officer pulled his vehicle out of the Kendall Park Rescue Squad near the intersection of New Road and Aldrich Road, Chief Raymond Hayducka said.

    Bennett was charged with eluding a police officer and issued several motor vehicle summonses. He was treated for minor injuries at Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro and then brought to the Middlesex County jail in North Brunswick.

    Bennett, who was driving with a suspended license, bought the unregistered, uninsured motorcycle earlier in the day in Perth Amboy, police said. 

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

     


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    If there's a pot o' gold to be found this Paddy's Day, it will be probably be in the one of these towns.


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    Some districts would get millions more. Other would get flat funding.

    Gov. Phil Murphy's first state budget would boost funding for 546 school districts, with more than half of them seeing at least a 5 percent increase in state aid, according to new state data. 

    The Democratic governor this week called for a $283 million increase in direct aid to schools, bringing total state funding for districts to more than $9.6 billion.

    Exactly what would that mean for districts?

    It could be millions more or nothing at all, depending on a district's demographics and enrollment -- core aspects of the state's school funding formula. 

    Newark Public Schools would get the largest increase, $37.5 million more -- a 5 percent increase that would bring state aid to nearly $790 million. 

    Haworth Public Schools is set up for the largest percentage increase, 16.5 percent. But for a district that receives little state aid, that's only $37,306 more, not even enough to hire a full-time teacher. 

    Thirty one districts would receive flat funding, but Murphy may have done them a favor anyway. If strictly followed, the school funding formula calls for decreased funding to districts with declining enrollment or certain demographic changes. 

    Even with the increases, though, most districts are receiving less than they should under the funding formula. Murphy said he wants to close that gap over the next four years. 

    Check out the tool below to see what Murphy's budget means for each district. 

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    Carla Astudillo may be reached at castudillo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @carla_astudi. Find her on Facebook.

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    Euna Shin, of Piscataway, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the fall, died from head injuries

    A 20-year-old New Jersey woman died Thursday from injuries sustained a day earlier while snowboarding at Blue Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania, authorities said.

    Euna Shin, of Piscataway, was pronounced dead at 5:36 p.m. at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township, Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Friday morning.

    Her death was caused by head injuries from a fall about 4:30 p.m. while she was snowboarding at the Carbon County ski area in Lower Towamensing Township, Grim said. He ruled Shin's death an accident.

    Shin was wearing a helmet, Grim said.

    Skiers died in January and February after incidents on Pocono Mountains slopes, authorities said.

    Grygoriy Sologub, 53, who was from the Philadelphia area, died from injuries to his head and neck after colliding with another skier on Jan. 24 at Blue Mountain, authorities reported.

    Lincoln James Kuwabara, of Ontario, was pronounced dead at 9:19 p.m. Feb. 20 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono in East Stroudsburg after going missing in woods at Camelback Resort in Jackson Township, authorities said. Kuwabara died from his injuries, the resort said in a statement.

    Tony Rhodin may be reached at arhodin@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyRhodin. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.


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    Mary Anne is very happy with other cats around.

    mx0318pet.jpgMary Anne 

    SAYREVILLE -- Mary Anne is a young domestic shorthair cat in the care of Sammy's Hope.

    Volunteers note that she is bashful until she has the time to get to know someone, but then will happily seek attention.

    Mary Anne is very happy with other cats around, and even has a "best friend" who could be adopted with her. She is FIV/FeLV negative, spayed and up-to-date on shots.

    For more information on Mary Anne, contact Sammy's Hope at 732-518-2313, email info@sammyshope.org or go to sammyshope.org. Sammy's Hope is a volunteer group in Middlesex County that fosters homeless animals and also cares for them at its shelter at 1400 Main St. in Sayreville.

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

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


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    WOODBRIDGE -- Owners Joe (left) and Stephen "Pete" Dalina are shown in Dalina's Tavern in Fords in the 1960s. MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey "Pete" Dalina went on to become chief of the Fords Fire Co., Woodbridge Township Council president and Middlesex County Freeholder Director. If you would like to share a photo that provides a glimpse of history...

    WOODBRIDGE -- Owners Joe (left) and Stephen "Pete" Dalina are shown in Dalina's Tavern in Fords in the 1960s.

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    "Pete" Dalina went on to become chief of the Fords Fire Co., Woodbridge Township Council president and Middlesex County Freeholder Director.

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

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


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    Students who walked out this week say they face suspensions. Watch video

    New Jersey students who are now facing consequences for walking out of their schools this week during a nationwide student-led protest against school violence say the punishments were well worth it.

    "My mother always told me that you needed to stand for something or you'll fall for everything," Maggy Mogollon, an 11th grade student at South Plainfield High School said Friday. "We knew before walking out what the consequences would be. Everyone who participated knew what we were getting into. But I still don't believe it was fair."

    In Sayreville, Rosa Rodriguez said she was one of a few students who walked out despite district threats to punish students who did.

    "Yeah, I was suspended for one day. I'm suspended on Monday," she said. "But it's only one day so it ain't bad."

    National school walkout day: Thousands of students protest in N.J.

    Students at South Plainfield walked out at 10 a.m. Wednesday for a 17-minute procession around the high school and adjacent middle school. They carried 17 orange balloons that were released to symbolize 17 students and teachers killed during a shooting Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

    About 75 students in all participated in the walkout, Mogollon said.

    School administrators warned students over an intercom announcement the day before that a gathering in the assembly in the building would be allowed, but not the walkout, students and their parents said. 

    screen-shot-2018-03-16-at-32651-pmpng-d70e4c39c12d6e5a.pngStudents at South Plainfield. (Submitted photo)
     

    A request for a comment from Superintendent Noreen Lishak on Friday was not immediately returned.

    Mogollon's mother Maggie Jimenez said she's proud of her daughter and supports her right to protest.

    "These kids were courageous," Jimenez said. "They knew they were going to be suspended and did it anyway. It's like the Civil Rights movement, they knew they were going to be arrested and that they're safety would be threatened and they still did it. This can be a movement in that vein."

    Jimenez said she received a letter from the high school this week before the walkout advising the students to gather in the auditorium for a school-sponsored event to mark the national school walkout. The letter warned if students didn't go to the auditorium the only other option was to go to their regularly scheduled class or face punishment, she said.

    "Any student that engages in an activity that disrupts other students' learning, puts students or others' safety at risk, cuts class or leaves the building will receive an appropriate consequence as outlined in the student handbook," the letter from Principal Ronnie Spring said.

    Parents said children who walked out are facing an in-school suspension during the week or a three-hour Saturday detention. School officials said at a board meeting Thursday students who walked out could write a letter to the board to request the suspension be absolved from the their record and the request would be granted, the parents said.

    Jimenez said she went to the school board meeting Thursday night to complain about the suspensions and how the students were treated. She gives the South Plainfield school district high marks and said its part of a great community, but concluded, "they dropped the ball on this."

    Georgia Lambert's daughter Zoe, a 10th grader at the high school, also participated in the walkout. She said she attended the school board meeting and told administrators she disapproved of their actions.

    "I wish I had an answer to why they did what they did," Lambert said. "They could have handled it better."

    Bill Duhart may be reached at bduhart@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @bduhart. Find NJ.com on FacebookHave a tip? Tell us. nj.com/tips

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    An engineering honors student at Rutgers, friends remembered Euna Shin as an ambitious woman, talented musician and someone who always would lend a helping hand.

    The 20-year-old had planned the spring break trip for weeks with three close friends from high school. The friends drove the 90 minutes to Blue Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania, and headed to the slopes for some snowboarding.

    But on Wednesday, the Euna Shin fell while snowboarding, and despite wearing a helmet, died the next day from a head injury, leaving family and friends crushed by grief.

    "We lost a great, young lady. It's a tragic accident," Piscataway High School Principal Jason Lester said of the township native. "She will be missed, not only at the high school, but the world is going to miss out on a fine young lady."

    An engineering honors student at Rutgers, friends remembered Shin as an ambitious woman, talented musician and someone who always would lend a helping hand.

    "She was the kind of student that if you need something done, she would either do it or find someone who could do it," said Ken Zampella, director of the Garden State Jazz Orchestra, to which Shin belonged.

    euna shin.jpgRalph Costas and Euna Shin pose for a picture before senior prom at Piscataway High School. (Courtesy Ralph Costas)

    He recognized her extraordinary talent playing the saxophone while in high school, inviting her to join Garden State orchestra after graduation, he said.

    Shin even spearheaded a jazz fundraiser Zampella started.

    The orchestra will honor her at the third annual "Jazz Under the Stars" at Piscataway High School on June 8, he said.

    "She was always really excited about planning and doing that kind of stuff. She started [the fundraiser] with me, at the school, so we want to honor that," Zampella said.

    When she wasn't focused on music, the biomedical engineering major enjoyed the outdoors, friend Ralph Costas said.

    Last summer, the pair, along with two friends, took a spontaneous 12-hour road trip to hike at Acadia National Park in Maine, he said.

    "She had an amazing energy about her. She was easily the most brilliant, intelligent person I've ever known," Costas said, his voice breaking. "There was nothing she wasn't willing to do once."

    He said he will miss his volleyball partner, senior prom date and better half.  

    "There was no doubt she was going to do big things," he said. "She was my best friend. I'm never going to be able to replace that."

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

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    All high-risk and most moderate-risk offenders are listed online -- 4,397 as of Wednesday.


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    More than 80 groups marched through the streets for the city's annual parade.

    St. Patrick's Day may have come and gone, but Sunday was still a great day for a parade in South Amboy.

    More than 80 groups marched through the streets for the city's annual parade, with bagpipes echoing throughout the town.

    Sunny skies greeted thousands, many in green, although temperatures remained chilly in the 40s.

    This year's parade featured Brian Kelly as the grand marshal and George Fuller as the deputy grand marshal.

    Ed Murray may be reached at emurray@njadvancemedia.com. Follow Ed on Twitter at @EdMurrayphoto. Find NJ.COM on Facebook.


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    Dogs and cats throughout New Jersey await adoption.

    Here is this week's collection of some of the dogs and cats in need of adoption in New Jersey.

    We are now accepting dogs and cats to appear in the gallery from nonprofit shelters and rescues throughout New Jersey.

    If a group wishes to participate in this weekly gallery on nj.com, please contact Greg Hatala at ghatala@starledger.com or call 973-836-4922.


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    The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office confirmed the investigation Monday

    The Carteret Police Department may have issued more than three dozens gun permits over the past two years without running background checks on the buyers and, in five of those cases, authorities are trying to pull owners' permits.

    The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office confirmed the investigation Monday and said it has found that 38 possible permits or firearms purchaser identification cards were issued since 2015 without a complete review, including a check of mental health or criminal records. 

    The prosecutor's office has also filed a motion in Superior Court to revoke the permits in five cases where there are "serious statutory" issues, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said. 

    It was unclear how many background checks were done in total over that time.

    Carteret officials did not respond immediately for comment. 

    The revelation comes amid a national debate over access to firearms in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida -- and as lawmakers here in New Jersey consider a range of gun control bills.

    In New Jersey, local police departments are responsible for vetting applicants seeking firearms ID cards and handgun purchase permits by contacting references and checking mental health status. Police then submit their information to the State Police for a formal background check.

    The borough police department is cooperating with the prosecutor's office, and State Police are stepping in to approve new permits as the problem is fixed locally, according to authorities. 

    NJ Advance Media reporter S.P. Sullivan contributed to this report. 

    Craig McCarthy may be reached at 732-372-2078 or at CMcCarthy@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @createcraig and on Facebook here. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    50 of the new officers are from Ocean and Middlesex counties Watch video

    The N.J. Department of Corrections added 150 officers to its ranks during a graduation ceremony Monday morning at Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton.

    The graduates of Class 242 come from 17 of New Jersey's 21 counties, with 27 of them from Ocean County, and 23 from Middlesex County.

    The rest of the officers and their county of residence:

    Atlantic, 4; Bergen, 14; Burlington, 7; Camden, 5; Cumberland, 2; Essex, 18; Gloucester, 3; Hudson, 9; Mercer, 4; Monmouth, 11; Morris, 3; Passaic 10; Somerset, 1; Sussex, 3; and Union, 6.


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    The project will mix homes, retail and research. Murphy's office said the hope is for "The Hub" to be a pipeline for science and technology talent and ideas.

    It's called "The Hub" -- a redevelopment project in New Brunswick that Gov. Phil Murphy says will help realize his goal of making New Jersey a magnet for scientific and technological innovation.

    Plus, he said, it will bring "lots" of new jobs to the state.

    Murphy and a bevy of state, local, education, and business officials gathered Monday at Rutgers University to tout the long-planned 12-acre complex, which will mix residences, retail and research facilities.

    The governor's office referred to the project as a partnership between the state, private corporations, and Rutgers, New Jersey's largest university.

    Murphy stressed that it falls in line with his effort to "grow the darn economy" in the Garden State -- especially what he calls the "innovation economy."

    The hope, he said, is "The Hub" will attract top talent and businesses in the science and tech industries, as well as start-up companies.

    Murphy added this will also be an opportunity for Rutgers, which he said is already one of the nation's best research schools, to reach "another level." 

    Plans for the project go back five years, and Murphy stressed that Monday was not a "ribbon-cutting ceremony." 

    But the governor -- a Democrat who took office in January -- said there is now a "will" to get the project moving along. 

    "This is the first step in a long journey that will take a long time," the governor told reporters at the news conference at Rutgers' Winants Hall. "But it is a journey that will be worth it."

    Here's how Murphy plans to sell his state budget

    Still, other details -- such as what businesses will be involved -- were scarce Monday.

    Murphy said the project will be developed over "a couple of years," and he was uncertain as to who will pay for it or how much it will cost. 

    "It's too early to tell," the governor said. 

    Murphy said the New Jersey Economic Development Authority will conduct a planning and implementation study of the project and will look for partners to sign on.

    The Hub 2An artistic rendering of "The Hub," which is planned for downtown New Brunswick. 

    The site -- owned by New Brunswick and managed by DevCo, the city's redevelopment organization -- is currently an empty lot where the Ferren mall and parking deck used to be. 

    It's located across from the city's train station, about halfway between New York and Trenton -- and a short drive from a system of highways that crisscross in central Jersey. 

    Also at the roundtable meeting were state Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-Middlesex; New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill, another Democrat; and Rutgers University President Robert Barchi. 

    Barchi called Murphy the "catalyst" for the project being kicked into gear.

    Cahill said a 4-acre portion of the site is "shovel-ready."

    Coughlin said the project will be "a wonderful economic driver" in a city that has a "history of reinventing itself." 

    The complex joins a long line of redevelopment projects that have reshaped New Brunswick --  the seat of Middlesex County, the state's second-most populous county -- in recent years.

    The project's name is appropriate: New Brunswick's nickname is "The Hub City," because of its centralized location in the state and its transportation perks. 

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    Brent Johnson may be reached at bjohnson@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @johnsb01. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook.


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    Marlon Peek pleaded guilty to 14 counts of a federal indictment

    A man who pleaded guilty to robbing seven banks, attempting to rob another and attempting multiple carjackings, carried a note with him, federal prosecutors said Monday.

    The note, which Plainfield man Marlon Peek handed to a teller at the TD Bank in Edison on March 17, 2015, read in part: "I have gun will shoot to kill you have 3 seconds."

    Marlon Peek 

    Peek, 41, would go on to rob six more banks, before he was caught after an attempted armed robbery at a Bank of America where he took a hostage, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark said in a statement.

    In at least six of the robberies, he handed a similarly threatening note to tellers.

    Peek robbed or attempted to rob the following banks in New Jersey:

    • TD Bank, Edison, March 17, 2015
    • Magyar Bank, Edison, March 31, 2015
    • Investors Bank, Dunellen, April 9, 2015
    • Wells Fargo, South Plainfield, April 14, 2015 (aiding and abetting)
    • Unity Bank, Middlesex, April 15, 2015
    • PNC Bank, South Plainfield, April 21, 2015
    • TD Bank, Springfield, April 21, 2015
    • Bank of America, Linden, May 6, 2015

    At each bank, Peek would hand tellers the note demanding cash and indicating that he had a gun and would shoot them.

    Between the robberies of the PNC Bank in South Plainfield and the TD Bank in Springfield, Peek committed a carjacking in Plainfield, prosecutors said.

    Peek was caught on May 6 of that year after attempting to rob a Bank of America in Linden, in which he pointed a gun at a bank teller. While fleeing, he attempted three carjackings before entering a warehouse, grabbing a hostage, and putting the gun to the hostage's head, the statement said. 

    Police arrived and told Peek to drop the gun. He did, and was arrested. While at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Rahway, he slipped out of his handcuffs but an officer guarding the room tackled him in the hallway.

    Another man, Nathaniel Brown, pleaded guilty to involvement in the Wells Fargo robbery with Peek, and will be sentenced May 30.

    Peek faces as much as 20 years on a robbery charge alone, prosecutors said, but any time from the charge of using a firearm during a crime of violence would be consecutive to other sentences. The latter charge has a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison.

    Peek is scheduled to be sentenced June 11.

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

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    We rank the best wrestlers in the state, regardless of weight class, from 50 to 1.


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    "The prosecution can't proceed with the case in absence of state's witness," the judge said from the bench

    Two men who have accused an indicted Carteret officer of excessive force have been cleared of criminal charges in their arrests.

    Municipal Judge James F. Weber dismissed the charges against Jamal Merritt and Aramis Rosario, both of whom were arrested by Joseph Reiman in separate incidents during the officer's 23 months on the force. Both faced resisting and obstruction charges. 

    "The prosecution can't proceed with the case in absence of state's witness," Webner said from the bench in South Amboy. 

    Reiman, 31, has been indicted on multiple charges of official misconduct and assault in the arrest of a teenager last May. His attorney, Charlies Sciarra, said the officer had not been asked to testify and other cops involved in arrest have been told not to take the stand. 

    No Carteret officers attended the proceedings Tuesday.

    Reiman is youngest brother of longtime Carteret Mayor Daniel Reiman.

    "[Joseph Reiman] would do so on all of these cases because these were all solid arrests," Sciarra said. "Criminal suspects are walking free because the Middlesex County prosecutor has sided with them, not law enforcement. It's truly shameful and time for legislative and executive leaders to determine how much public safety they will allow to be compromised in the service of the prosecutor's vendetta against Reiman." 

    Merritt and Rosario were interviewed last year by NJ Advance Media as part of an investigation into Reiman's history of force on the department in which the news outlet found the officer had accounted for more than 20 percent of all incidents involving force. 

    In Merritt's case, the 35-year-old Carteret man was arrested in the August 2015 at outside his sister's house while police searched the neighborhood for a known gang member.

    He claimed he was beaten and pepper-sprayed for nearly a minute during his arrest. His mother, Carol Foster, sister, Nakia Merritt, and friend, Zoraida Roque, were all also charged with obstruction in the incident and have been fighting the charges in municipal courts since that summer. 

    The case started in Carteret and was transferred last year to Woodbridge after Reiman was charged. It was transferred again earlier this year to South Amboy over additional potential conflicts of interest.

    "This file is a mess," the judge said before dismissing the charges against Merritt, his family and friend. "It looks like every judge in the county has signed an order on this file."

    Rosario, 29, who has accused officer Reiman of pushing him into a Plexiglass door and cracking it, had both resisting and obstruction charges dismissed as well in his May 2016 arrest.

    The Perth Amboy man had filed a report against Reiman and other officers the month before this arrest accusing them of harassing him. 

    As the judge review more than a dozen traffic citations, all of which were consolated and resolved Tuesday, Weber asked of Rosario, "What do you do, just drive through town and say pull me over?"

    "You just dodged a huge bullet for a number of reasons," the judge said after approving the deal made by the municipal prosecutor with Rosario's attorney, Kevin Flood.

    "My clients are happy this is over," said Flood, who represented both Merritt and Rosario.  

    Craig McCarthy may be reached at 732-372-2078 or at CMcCarthy@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @createcraig and on Facebook here. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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