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    Maltese had been serving a 64-year sentence when the Supreme Court overturned his previous convictions.

    Michael A. Maltese is headed back to prison, nine and a half years after he strangled his father to death in front of his mother, and then did the same to her.

    A jury convicted Maltese, now 29, of manslaughter on Tuesday after a month-long trial that featured evidence that he and his girlfriend buried the bodies in a shallow grave and then went on a shopping spree that included purchasing a diamond engagement ring.

    It was not the first time Maltese heard a Middlesex County Superior Court jury deliver a guilty verdict.

    In 2011 he was convicted of murder in his mother's death and manslaughter for killing his father, but the state's Supreme Court overturned the convictions in 2015, ruling that police had improperly obtained his confession.

    This time around, the jury did not find that Maltese committed murder when he killed the couple in the  Monmouth Junction Mobile Home Park in South Brunswick, but instead found the crime a case of "passionate provocation" manslaughter, the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office said.

    Maltese's 18-year-old girlfriend at the time of the crime, Nicole Taylor, agreed to testify against him and admitted that she helped him kill and bury his parents, Michael J. and Kathleen Maltese, on Oct. 8, 2008.

    She tearfully told the court in 2009 that she heard Maltese arguing with his father, as he often did, and then saw them on the ground wrestling with Kathleen Maltese trying to pull them apart.

    nicole-taylorNicole Taylor

    Taylor admitted she pulled his mother away and held her, and they watched as Maltese strangled his father until he stopped moving. Then Maltese "went for his mom" and choked her as Taylor watched, she told the court.

    She said they cleaned the bodies in the bathtub, wrapped them in blankets, carried them to the car, brought them to Beech Woods Park and buried them.

    Authorities said Maltese soon used his mother's credit card to buy food, sporting goods and a ring for Taylor, and Taylor tried unsuccessfully to cash a check made out to Maltese's parents.

    Taylor got a 10-year sentence in exchange for her testimony against Maltese, and was released from state prison last April, state records show.

    Maltese is now facing a sentence of up to 20 years, though he is likely to get credit for the time he's already served.

    When the Supreme Court overturned Maltese's murder conviction in 2015, it left in place the convictions on charges including disturbing, moving or concealing human remains, tampering with evidence, hindering apprehension, and fraudulent use of a credit card.

    Rebecca Everett may be reached at reverett@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccajeverett. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    Township officials were aware of the incident but would not comment further because it is a personnel matter.

    An Edison police officer accused of slashing someone's tires in a domestic dispute Monday night has been stripped of his gun and badge, NJ Advance Media has learned.

    Paul Pappas, a 15-year veteran of the force, was arrested in New Brunswick and charged with criminal mischief, specifically slashing a tire, municipal court records show.

    The arrest happened around 10 p.m. Monday on Hiram Square in the city, according to New Brunswick police Capt. J.T. Miller. He declined to release any additional information about the case because it was a domestic incident. 

    Edison Attorney William Northgrave said Tuesday the township was aware of the incident, which is under investigation by the local police, but would not comment citing it as a personnel matter.

    "Further comment would be inappropriate at this time except to say the police officer involved has been relieved of his badge and service weapon pending further investigation," Northgrave said in a statement.

    Pappas was hired by the department in 2003 and has an annual salary of $130,240, according to state pension records. 

    In 2012, an NJ Advance Media investigation into the Edison police force revealed multiple excessive force lawsuits and domestic disputes involving Pappas.

    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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    The National Weather Service is calling for up to 18 inches of snow in some spots and the vast majority of the state could see at least 8 inches Watch video

    With another significant storm expected to hit New Jersey with up to 18 inches of snow, high winds and coastal flooding, school districts across the state announced school closures and delays for Wednesday, March 21.

    The following Middlesex County school districts have made announcements for Wednesday, March 21:

    CLOSURES:

    • Academy of Urban Leadership Charter School
    • Carteret School District 
    • Cranbury School
    • Dunellen Public Schools
    • East Brunswick Public Schools
    • Edison Public Schools
    • Greater Brunswick Charter School
    • Highland Park Public Schools
    • Jamesburg Public Schools
    • Metuchen School District
    • Middlesex County Vocational & Technical Schools
    • Middlesex School District 
    • Milltown Public Schools
    • Monroe Township
    • New Brunswick Public Schools
    • North Brunswick Township Public Schools
    • Old Bridge Township Public Schools
    • Perth Amboy Public School District 
    • Piscataway Township School District
    • Rutgers University
    • Sayreville Public Schools
    • South Amboy Public Schools
    • South Brunswick School District 
    • South Plainfield Schools
    • South River Public Schools
    • West Windsor-Plainsboro Schools
    • Woodbridge Township Schools

    DELAYED OPENINGS:

    • No announcements yet

    If you know of any delays or closures not on this list, let us know in the comments.


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    Weather forecasters say our latest March coastal storm will be sticking around for several more hours. Here's the latest info on the timing, and how much - or little - snow has fallen so far.

    On this first full day of spring, some winter-weary New Jerseyans are wondering when the snow will stop. And others are wondering when the snow will start.

    Some advice from local weather experts: Don't put your snow shovels away just yet. The fourth coastal storm to lash New Jersey during the past three weeks is still lurking off the Atlantic coast Wednesday afternoon and continues to generate bursts of snow over the region.

    Many of those bursts are on the light side -- much lighter than some forecasters had expected. But some of those bursts are heavy, producing snow that is sticking to roads, cars and grass.  

    When will it all be over? Here's what meteorologists from the National Weather Service and the WeatherWorks forecasting company say.

    nj-weather-snow-forecast-nws-final-march-21.jpgThis is the National Weather Service's revised snowfall forecast, issued at 3 p.m. Wednesday and showing lower snowfall accumulations in several counties. 

    Wednesday afternoon

    Even though some parts of New Jersey have gotten only a light coating of snow as of early Wednesday afternoon, and some have received only light rain and sleet, other areas have been blanketed by 5 to 6 inches of snow. And forecasters say this storm still has a long way to go before pushing away from our region and taking aim at the Canadian Maritimes.

    Through the rest of this afternoon and early evening, snowfall rates are expected to increase, particularly in northern and central New Jersey, so accumulations will start picking up, according to the National Weather Service.

    The total amount of snow on the ground, however, won't be nearly as high as the weather service had predicted during the past few days, and even as late as Wednesday morning.

    In a final forecast map issued at 3 p.m., the weather service is now calling for 8 to 12 inches of snow in many areas that it initially had forecasted as much as 12 to 18 inches. Although that's a big drop, 8 to 12 inches would still be a significant snowstorm, if it pans out that way.

    Wednesday night

    Snow is expected to fall at a steady pace -- with some heavy bands dropping snow at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour -- Wednesday night, said Matthew Potter, a meteorologist at WeatherWorks in Warren County.

    Potter said the steady snow should start to wind down around midnight, first in the western areas of New Jersey and later in the eastern sections. Some light snow will linger until 3 a.m. or 4 a.m., and most of the snow should taper off before the Thursday morning rush hour.

    Lance Franck, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's regional forecast office in Mount Holly, also says the storm should start winding down later this evening, close to midnight, and the bulk of the snow should be over by sunrise. 

    Thursday forecast

    Some snow flurries are possible during the morning commute, but no additional accumulating snow is expected, forecasters said. Temperatures should rise into the low to mid-40s Thursday afternoon and some sunshine should break through the clouds. 

    However, steady winds of 10 to 20 mph could gust up to 30 mph, making it feel colder than it is.

    Early snowfall totals

    As of 3:30 p.m., these were among the highest snowfall accumulations reported by the National Weather Service offices in Mount Holly and Upton, N.Y.:

    • 6.0 inches in Quakertown, Hunterdon County
    • 5.0 inches in Kearny, Hudson County
    • 4.8 inches in Stewartsville, Warren County
    • 4.3 inches at Newark Airport, Essex and Union
    • 4.0 inches in Hackettstown, Warren County
    • 4.0 inches in Marcella, Morris County
    • 3.9 inches in Hoboken, Hudson County

    Len Melisurgo may be reached at LMelisurgo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @LensReality or like him on Facebook. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    The fourth nor'easter of the month has led to schools across Middlesex County announcing closures and delayed openings for Thursday, March 22 Watch video

    With another significant storm hitting New Jersey Wednesday with snow, high winds and coastal flooding, districts across the state announced school closures and delays for Thursday, March 22.

    Please note, some districts that initially announced delays later switched to closures

    The following Middlesex County school districts have made announcements for Thursday, March 22:

    CLOSURES:

    • Carteret
    • East Brunswick 
    • Greater Brunswick Charter School 
    • Jamesburg
    • Monroe
    • Old Bridge
    • Perth Amboy
    • Sayreville 
    • Spotswood

    DELAYED OPENINGS:

    • Cranbury
    • Dunellen - 2 hours 
    • Edison 
    • Educational Services Commission - 1 hour 
    • Highland Park 
    • Metuchen
    • Middlesex - 2 hours 
    • Middlesex County Vocational & Technical Schools - 2 hours 
    • Milltown - 2 hours 
    • North Brunswick - 90 minutes 
    • Piscataway - 2 hours 
    • South Amboy 
    • South Brunswick - 90 minutes 
    • South Plainfield - 90 minutes
    • South River - 90 minutes
    • West Windsor-Plainsboro - 90 minutes
    • Woodbridge - 2 hours 

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

     


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    Unquestionably, this gallery SHOULD go on and on.

    To be certain, reference books should provide a more balanced view of the historical contributions made by women. 

    Writing for time.com in 2016, Anita Sarkeesian and Laura Hudson pointed out that "if we were to judge by the history books, it would be easy to think that men were pretty much the only people who mattered in history -- or at least, the only ones worth remembering. That isn't true, of course, but that's the story we're accustomed to hearing about the past: one where the presence of men is taken as a given, and the presence of women is exceptional." 

    As an example, history books refer to "Molly Pitcher" as a person in New Jersey, usually Mary Ludwig Hayes, who assisted her husband and others in the Continental Army by carrying water to soldiers in battle and helping the wounded and injured. But revolutionary-war.net notes that "there is some debate among historians as to who the 'real' Molly Pitcher was. Most believe that the title is a composite character of all of the women who fought in and supported the Continental Army."

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    There were likely scores of "Molly Pitchers" during the Revolutionary War, yet they were summed up in history books by one character, while heroic men were remembered as individuals. 

    As Sarkeesian and Hudson noted, "Regardless of what our cultural narratives tell us, women as leaders, heroes and rebels isn't unrealistic -- either now or throughout history. It's reality -- just not a reality we get to hear about often enough." 

    In this gallery, we highlight just a handful of women from New Jersey who have impacted history, including computer pioneer and Navy officer Grace Hopper, agricultural scientist Elizabeth Coleman White, playwright Ntozake Shange and entertainer Dionne Warwick. Unquestionably, this gallery could go on and on.

    And here are links to other galleries you'll enjoy.

    Vintage photos of women and the war effort in N.J.

    Vintage N.J. photos that are works of art

    Vintage photos from N.J. that are works of art

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


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    The 15-year veteran, Paul Pappas, has since been charged with criminal mischief and stripped of his gun and badge

    Just after clocking in Monday evening, an Edison cop drove his unmarked car to New Brunswick and slashed a tire on his ex-girlfriend's car, according to three sources with knowledge of the incident.

    The 15-year veteran, Paul Pappas, has since been charged with criminal mischief and stripped of his gun and badge, but the new details mirror previous known issues in the Edison police force, which officials have said they have worked to clean up.

    Township officials would not comment further on the incident citing it as a personnel matter, and New Brunswick police could also not provide any additional details of the 10 p.m. arrest on Monday because the case is considered a domestic incident. 

    The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office is reviewing the case, spokeswoman Andrea Boulton said Thursday. 

    This isn't the first time the police had to respond to a domestic dispute involving an on-duty Pappas. In 2007, his wife at the time called police frantic saying he was going to attack her, according to previous reporting by NJ Advance Media. He was in uniform.

    Pappas, 43, was hired by the department in 2003 and has an annual salary of $130,240, according to state pension records.

    The officer was named six years ago in NJ Advance Media's investigation into the shocking record of police misconduct on the force, which serves the state's fifth-largest municipality. 

    That report brought to light numerous assault, excessive force and domestic incident allegations. 

    One of the most notable cops named in that investigation was Michael Dotro, who has since been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Dotro struck a plea deal last year in the firebombing of his supervisor's home.

    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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    The main march in D.C. and sister marches across New Jersey call for strengthened gun control laws.


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    US News & World Report is out with its latest rankings -- and New Jersey fared well across many categories


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    Kerry Ann Mansueto, a former volunteer firefighter, decided to tell her story of sexual harassment in light of the #MeToo movement. Watch video

    Inspired by the heroism of the rescue workers who responded when the planes hit the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, Kerry Ann Mansueto set out 15 years ago to become the first female career firefighter in Carteret.

    When the terrorists attacked, Mansueto was attending a meeting at the World Trade Center as a marketing director contracted with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She escaped, but several of her colleagues died.

    But she says her dream quickly became a nightmare: Seven years of relentless harassment and hostility from male colleagues in a Carteret firehouse. Unwanted sexual advances. A texted photo of male genitalia. And then something even more alarming -- a firecall in 2010 when, she says, her fellow crewmen abandoned her in a burning building.

    Mansueto, a volunteer firefighter, left the Carteret fire department before she even had a chance to become a career, or paid, firefighter. She filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Middlesex County borough in 2011, winning $1.1 million in a settlement.

    Details of her time in the department were revealed in the lawsuit, but Mansueto has been wary of giving a full account of her story -- until now.

    PB030865_0004.JPGKerry Mansueto, center, at the scene of a fire in Carteret on Nov. 3, 2010. (Courtesy of Kerry Mansueto)  

    Emboldened by the #MeToo movement, the 44-year-old contacted NJ Advance Media to tell her experience of trying to succeed in a predominantly male environment and the outright aggression, opposition and relentless harassment she said she encountered every step of the way.

    "People have no idea what actually takes place in the fire house," Mansueto said. "You wouldn't even believe if I told you the reality of what takes place in a fire house."

    The harassment drove her out of firefighting and forced her to abandon her desire to turn her 9/11 experience into something positive, she said. 

    "I was just so devastated, so heartbroken," Mansueto said. "To just know that everything -- everything that I went through, everything that I fought for, everything that I lost -- was for nothing."

    Hostile work environment

    In a recent, two-hour interview, Mansueto spoke forcefully about her path to serving as a career firefighter and the brutal harassment that stood in her way.

    Mansueto started as a volunteer with the Carteret department in 2003. But almost from the start, she said, she encountered a hostile environment.

    04Kerry.JPGKerry Mansueto speaks at her attorney's office in Nutley. (Patti Sapone | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

    The harassment began in June 2004, when an EMT at the firehouse commented in explicit terms about sexual things he wanted to do to her, Mansueto said. After he continued to harass her for several months, she said she filed a formal complaint with the fire department, and an investigation conducted by Carteret was inconclusive.

    Eventually, between seven and 10 career firefighters out of roughly 25 participated in the harassment, Mansueto said.

    There were no female firefighters on the career side of the department while Mansueto served there. Even now, there are no female career firefighters in Carteret, the borough attorney said.

    Mansueto described a boy's club atmosphere at the firehouse, which had not been outfitted for a female firefighter. The firefighters used to walk around in their underwear and cut out naked pictures of women and put them in the bathroom, she said.

    "They wear you down," she said. "I went in confident. ... By the time I walked out of there, I was beaten down. I had no self-esteem."

    In November 2010, she said she was left in a house that was on fire when the other firefighters left the building through a back route and did not tell her they were leaving. They were on a different floor from her, she said, and didn't blow a horn like they normally do when they evacuate.

    "I think that they just didn't want a girl in their department, and I think ... they saw an opportunity to either scare me to death, injure me or just convince me that I should just not take this career job," Mansueto said.

    Carteret Mayor Daniel Reiman in 2014 said an investigation had found no credible evidence that "a firefighter ever left another firefighter inside a burning building."

    Soon after the house fire, Mansueto said the mayor's office called her to schedule an interview for a career firefighting position. She said she decided she could not handle continuing to work in the department, turned down the meeting and later filed a lawsuit.

    "I just wanted to be a firefighter, that was it. I just wanted to be treated fairly, that was it," Mansueto said.

    Mansueto's lawsuit alleged firefighters and EMTs exchanged rumors about her sex life and accused her of having sexual relationships with various men. She also claimed her application to become a part-time EMT was needlessly delayed and that firefighters and EMTs purposely discredited her.

    The harassment took its toll, she said.

    By the time the settlement was reached, Mansueto said her marriage had disintegrated and she was struggling to find other work. She eventually earned a second master's degree in healthcare administration and entered that field.

    Only 1 firefighter has been punished

    In the settlement Mansueto reached with Cartertet in 2014, the borough agreed to pay $1.1 million and to discipline four firefighters accused of harassment. The settlement agreement did not identify the firefighters, and Mansueto declined to name them.

    Carteret's insurance carrier paid Mansueto $664,863. Her attorneys received $407,636, and her counseling service received $27,500 for medical fees. 

    More than three years after the settlement took effect, the terms have not fully been enacted.

    One of the four firefighters served a suspension, another is appealing his termination and two others have not yet had disciplinary hearings, the borough attorney, Robert Bergen, said in an interview.

    The firefighter who was suspended served his 180-day suspension beginning in 2015, and his salary decreased from $97,329 to $66,352, Bergen said.

    A hearing officer recommended a second firefighter's employment be terminated, Bergen said. He said a state trial in that firefighter's appeal is scheduled for the coming months.

    Carteret is seeking to terminate the other two firefighters who were supposed to be disciplined, but Bergen said the borough was waiting to see how the state rules in the appeal of the other firefighter before proceeding. The other two hearings are "in the process of being scheduled," Bergen said, but he declined to specify when they will happen.

    Carteret Fire Chief Mark Hruska, who was the president of Carteret's FMBA Union when Mansueto worked there, deferred comment to Bergen.

    An attorney listed in the settlement agreement for the firefighters, Susan K. O'Connor, did not respond to requests for comment.

    It's not "ideal" that the Carteret firefighter's disciplinary process has taken this long, but it's also "not unusual," said Jim Cooney, a professor at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations and an attorney who handled public sector civil service cases.

    The settlement also required Carteret to "exercise its best efforts" to implement biannual harassment and discrimination training. The training is now offered every other year, but is not written into any borough policy, Bergen said.

    An outside attorney, Mark Kluger of Tinton Falls-based Kluger and Healey LLC, confirmed he provides this training to the borough every other year.

    These days, Mansueto said she chooses not to think much about the firefighters who have not been disciplined.

    "It is not my place to judge them, nor punish them," she said. "In fact, every evening when I pray, I pray for every one of them, and I thank God for my experience."

    She said she is now speaking out about her time as a firefighter because she wants other women in public service industries to know help is available for people who are used to aiding others.

    "I was in an industry where we are the help," Mansueto said. "... There needs to be hope for women that are out there that are in industries such as this."

    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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    NEW BRUNSWICK -- Longtime New Brunswick resident Christine Moore Howell was a hair care product businesswoman who founded Christine Cosmetics and formulated her own line of cosmetics and hair care products. MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey She was named chairman of the New Jersey Board of Beauty Culture in 1935. If you would like to share a photo that...

    NEW BRUNSWICK -- Longtime New Brunswick resident Christine Moore Howell was a hair care product businesswoman who founded Christine Cosmetics and formulated her own line of cosmetics and hair care products.

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    She was named chairman of the New Jersey Board of Beauty Culture in 1935.

    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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    There are 17 returning all-state players from 2017 returning to start the 2018 high school baseball season


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    These are the athletes to keep an eye on in 2018.


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    When and where the marches are happening in New Jersey, Washington D.C. and New York City on Saturday, March 24, 2018 (3/24/2018). Where N.J. Governor Phil Muphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy are speaking. What time the marches start.

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    The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival celebrates 13 years.

    The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival celebrated its 13th year Friday night with thousands of beer enthusiasts who awaited eagerly for the gates -- and taps -- to open. 

    What greeted them on the Atlantic City Convention Center floor were 174 breweries featuring approximately 1,000 craft beers.  

    "I think it's going to be a great weekend," said Jon Henderson, producer of the festival, as he mingled with guests in the VIP area.  

    Just after the National Anthem was sung, the gates opened and customers walked briskly to their first brewery of the four-hour session. 

    The New Jersey section was hopping as thirsty people weaved their way through the crowd to sample the selections of 61 hometown breweries, including Demented Brewing Company in Middlesex, Double Nickel Brewing Company in Pennsauken, and Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company in Cherry Hill. 

    "Besides the Great American Beer Fest, I think this is the second best beer fest in the country," said Rob Zarko, founder of Ship Bottom Brewery in Beach Haven. 

    His brewery came prepared, featuring 8 to 10 beers on tap for customers to sample.

    "Some people are amazed at some of the flavors we infuse into the beers," said Zarko.

    One of the beers on tap was the Baconator Stout, brewed with bacon, maple syrup, coffee, chocolate and oatmeal. 

    Besides the beer, there were plenty of other activities to try including a hatchet toss, yoga, and giant cornhole. 

    "There's a little bit of everything," said second-year attendee Keri Rickman, of New Brunswick. "Free arcade games, pinball, a concert, you got it all."

    Matt Portnoy, of Point Pleasant, came to see the Descendents perform and to kick back a few beers. 

    His plan going in was to try every beer but admitted, about halfway through the session, it was getting more and more difficult to accomplish that goal.

    A limited number of tickets remain for today's afternoon session, which runs from noon until 4 p.m. and features the skacore band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and the last session of the festival which begins at 6 p.m. and features Pepper as the headliner. 

    Tickets for the last two sessions can be purchased at the Atlantic City Convention Center box office.

    Tim Hawk may be reached at thawk@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @photogthawk. Find NJ.com on Facebook. Have a tip? Tell us. nj.com/tips.


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    "Things don't look good," one officer says on the police video in the hours after the May 2017 arrest in Carteret that has led to criminal charges. Watch video

    One officer described a chaotic scene when he arrived at an arrest last year to find a bruised 16-year-old cuffed and face down in a bed of rocks with "blood all over the f-----g place."

    A second described his appalled reaction on seeing the injured teen at police headquarters. Another said the incident was "indefensible."

    They said they knew their now-indicted fellow officer had pummeled the teen, but believed the department would cover for Officer Joseph Reiman, according to a previously unreleased dashboard-camera video.

    "Things don't look good," an officer says on the recording.

    "Didn't look good at the scene," another responds.

    The candid conversations between three officers from the early morning of May 31 were revealed this past week after NJ Advance Media reviewed hours of previously unreleased police dashboard and body camera videos in the arrest of a borough teen -- an encounter that has spurred criminal charges and a federal lawsuit. 

    REIMANSTATUS_miller_460.JPGCarteret Police officer Joseph Reiman appears in Judge Joseph Paone's courtroom on charges of official misconduct at Middlesex County Municipal Court in New Brunswick on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. 

    One of the police car videos, obtained through a records' request, was left on for more than three hours after the arrest and gives further insight into the incident and Reiman's reputation on the 50-person force.

    "I've been doing this less time than you but I've never punched anybody in the face like [inaudible]... never," an officer says in the recording. 

    "That's what I told Jerome last time," another officer responds. 

    In a later separate conversation, as two officers are driving back to the borough after following the teen to the hospital, one asks, "If he does this as a cop, what did he do before actually when he was in war?"

    "Uh, huh. I was thinking the same thing the other day," another responds.

    "Holy s--t.... there was probably a wave of freakin' innocent victims," the officer says.

    Reiman, 31, a former Marine who joined the force in 2015 as a disabled veteran, has been suspended with pay as the case continues. The officer is the youngest brother of Carteret's longtime mayor, Daniel Reiman.

    Joseph Reiman's attorney, Charles Sciarra, said in a statement Friday, referring to the police heard in the videos, that these "officers are known malingerers who slow roll to calls like they did on this one, and are cut from the same cloth as the officer in the Florida school shooting who stayed outside the building while those kids were slaughtered."

    Sciarra also called on NJ Advance Media to name the officers so the attorney could "review their pitiful arrest numbers and lack of law enforcement activity as well as their agenda."

    Borough officials didn't respond to multiple requests for comment.

    NJ Advance Media has not named the three officers heard in the video. None of the officers has been accused of any wrongdoing, nor are they named in the lawsuit stemming from the incident.

    The officers who were recorded on the running dashcam video in two separate conversations were not there when Reiman first encountered the teen but had seen the teen after the incident at the scene, at police headquarters and in the hospital.

    "They know, they know how he is and they just let him continue," an officer says on the recording. "And here you are... just letting it go... and you keep making excuses." 

    The official narrative to explain the events, according to the officers, started at the scene and continued at headquarters: One recalls, "When I was there, they were like, 'Well, he was in a car accident. He was in a car accident.' I'm looking at this kid's face, I'm like, "that ain't a f-----g car accident... the whole side of his face has to be away from his skull and it's like repeated... lump... lump... lump."

    Officer Charles Reiman, the middle Reiman brother who was the second on scene, had repeated, "He wouldn't show his hands," the same officer recalls.

    "Charlie's already, ya know, writing his thesis," he says.

    Another officer can be heard later in a separate recorded conversation,"They are going to blame it on the car accident... Nothin's gonna happen. They're gonna say nothing happen... he didn't have his body camera on." 

    The officer already knew Reiman's body camera wasn't on and questioned whether anyone's recorded the incident.

    "What do you want to bet... they're all sitting around a table right now trying to get their f-----g story straight?" one officer asks after leaving the hospital. 

    The officer later recalls being annoyed at the hospital after the ER doctor remarked, "Wow you guys beat the s--t out of him."

    "I'm just looking at him, like, would you go away?" the officer says. "Everybody we passed ... 'Hello, we didn't do this, it was this f-----g crazy guy.'"

    The teen, who was unlicensed and driving his parent's car, crashed a sedan into a suspension wire at the corner of Edwin and Bergen streets following a brief police chase.

    NJ Advance Media first published his account of the arrest two days before the officer was charged.

    Joseph Reiman's attorney says the teen was injured in the crash and has maintained his client's innocence, saying the officer followed his training. 

    "Joe Reiman makes no apology for his military service and his law enforcement efforts," Sciarra said in the statement. "Face it, if your readers needed a critical response to their own life-or-death situation, they'd want Joe Reiman who runs in and not these cowards who run away."

    However, two of the officers recorded on the video say what Reiman did that night went against how they've been taught to restrain someone during an arrest. None believed his injuries were from the crash. 

    "This is indefensible, you look at this kid and this kid is not overpowering Joe," one says after leaving the hospital. "Joe is just punching this kid in the face and not attempting at all to get control of his arms."

    "We're all trained, to hold arms," another says. "You get a grip on someone's arms, there's not a lot of strength to control what they're doing."

    "You're not getting a f-----g facial injury from a motor vehicle... here... and here... and here," another officer says later in the recording.

    "This is just Joe f-----g pounding this kid," an officer responds. 

    Last summer, the prosecutor's office released videos from two police cruisers, which they said confirmed the teen's account.

    The existence of the additional recordings emerged earlier this month in an amended civil lawsuit, which brought more allegations of misconduct, and were obtained through records' requests. 

    The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the teen in the weeks after the arrest, claims multiple officers were involved in the "savage beating" and that the mayor had previously protected his brother from discipline. 

    Two of the body camera records, which were released by Carteret, show the officers wearing them arrive at the scene minutes after the arrest and the footage runs until a tow truck takes the sedan away. 

    "We're are gonna need a towel," an officer can be heard saying before picking up a bloody watch. "Just be careful there's a lot of blood around there."

    Those videos, for the first time, provide a view of inside the car where there does not appear to be any blood. The videos do show that the airbags deployed and an 8-inch indent can be seen on the inside of the windshield on the driver's side, which NJ Advance Media reported in its initial interview with the teen. 

    "Knocked the windshield pretty good," one officer can be heard saying in a body camera recording. 

    "That's what happens when you don't wear a seat belt," another responds. "...I don't understand why he ran, there's nothing in the car."

    Reiman's attorney has argued in court that the car was prematurely totaled by the teen's family leaving him unable to do forensics on the vehicle. He claims glass was taken out of the teen's eye. 

    In a February hearing, Sciarra accused the prosecutor's office of failing to maintain evidence because it didn't take steps to keep the car for the defense to inspect. 

    The borough has not yet provided a copy of Charles Reiman's body camera video, citing an inability to redact the video to protect the identity of the juvenile. 

    The attorney for the teen, Eric Pennington, said previously he could not comment beyond the complaint because a judge had marked the videos confidential in the civil case. It was unclear if Charles Reiman's recording captured any of the incident or accusations made in the lawsuit.

    Officer Antonio Dominguez and special officer Kevin Horn -- the two other officers involved in the arrest, according to police documents -- did not have the body cameras on during the arrest, Carteret's law director, Robert Bergen, said.

    No other officers have been accused of any wrongdoing. 

    NJ Advance Media previously reviewed Joseph Reiman's use-of-force records from his 23 months on the job and found the officer had accounted for more than a fifth of all the department's arrests involving force over that time. 

    In a Feb. 9 court appearance, the assistant prosecutor Christine D'Elia said she would not use the officer's prior records of use-of-force in her main case but still may use the information against Joseph Reiman if he takes the stand. The assistant prosecutor had previously ordered a probe of the officer's history following an NJ Advance Media investigation. 

    Sciarra objected, but the judge said he would give the defense time to find an expert and order the state to hand over the additional discovery if the state's motion to use the officer's history was approved.

    The teen, who is not being named because he is a minor, was mailed a series of traffic summonses the week after the incident but was not charged criminally, according to his father. 

    Reiman has been charged with assault and multiple counts of official misconduct, including falsifying records and failing to turn on his body camera.

    He also faces three other lawsuits over alleged excessive force.

    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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    A Middlesex County student will tour with the 2018 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America this summer.

     

    WOODBRIDGE -- Robin Park of Princeton Junction, a student at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, has been selected for the 2018 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

    Stein, a cellist, is among 106 student musicians ages 16 to 19 nationwide, and only nine from New Jersey, chosen for the 2018 NYO-USA orchestra by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute after advancing through a competitive audition process.

    Rounding out the New Jersey members are Alyssa Kim of Oradell; Justin Zeitlinger, Dumont; Juliette Duguid, Westfield; Kingston Ho, New Providence; David Stein, Morristown; and Faustina Housner, Simon Housner and Clara Bouch of Cherry Hill.

    The orchestra members will take part in a three-week training residency on the SUNY Purchase College campus in July before embarking on a summer tour to Asia, where they will perform under the direction of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

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    WOODBRIDGE -- Sharmi Shah, a junior at Colonia High School, was among seven students who captured the top prize at the Nokia Bell Labs North Jersey Regional Science Fair, held March 9 and 10 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

    The NJRSF is a science competition for high school students from Bergen, Essex, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren counties. Students work individually or in groups of no more than two to create and then present original, investigative science projects.

    Awards went to the overall winners and the winners of 11 individual scientific categories. Special awards were also presented in a number of specific disciplines.

    Rounding out the top winners were Sophie Andres of Chatham High School; Steve Molina, Summit High School; Joo Un Lee, Tenafly High School; Grace Y. Lee, Academies@Englewood at Dwight Morrow High School; and Rebecca Volkov and Natalia Murillo from Pascack Hills High School in Montvale.

    The winners received an all-expense paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, an international pre-college science competition that will take place May 13 through 18 in Pittsburgh.

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