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And hopefully not a 'slow burn.'
Vaudeville is the name given to a genre of variety entertainment that flourished in North America from the early 1880s until the early 1930s. Programs could include singers, dancers, actors performing Shakespeare, magicians and the form of entertainment remembered most from the period, comedy.
Acts like the Marx Brothers, Ritz Brothers and George Burns and Gracie Allen got their start in vaudeville, as did the Three Stooges, who would epitomize the genre known as 'slapstick' comedy
Slapstick: split a long stick or strip of wood down the middle but not all the way; when hitting another performer with it, a loud striking sound is made without causing (too much) pain to the strike. (source: seattleshakespeare.org)
Because the comedians were performing to a large audience that might not be maintaining respectful silence, their volume was loud and motions were exaggerated. One of the most well-known comedic motions would be the double-take:
Double-take: looking at something or someone, coming to sudden realization, then looking at it again in surprise. (source: goodmagic.com)
Hopefully, some of these photos might also make you come to a realization and look again in surprise. And below are links to some other galleries you'll enjoy.
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At least five people, including two children, were rushed to an area hospital, according to police.
The driver of a tractor-trailer truck failed to stop for a red light on Route 1 in Edison Wednesday evening, causing an eight-vehicle crash that left one woman critical and several others injured, authorities said.
Several people - including two children - were hurt in the chain-reaction crash, which occurred about 5:17 p.m. on the crowded highway near Prince Street, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.
"The preliminary investigation determined that the driver of a 2016 Volvo tractor trailer failed to stop for a red light and struck multiple vehicles from behind," Carey and Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan said in a statement.
Carey and Bryan did not identify the driver or any of the victims.
One person in a car suffered a serious injury and was taken to a local hospital and is listed in critical but stable condition.
"Many other drivers involved in the crash were also taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries," the statement said.
Edison firefighters cut apart five badly damaged cars to free trapped drivers, township officials said in the statement.
"Many of the people removed from those vehicles sustained cuts, scrapes and complained of legs, back and shoulder pain," said Edison Fire Department Capt. Andy Toth.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Lt. Dominick Masi of the Edison Police Department at 732-248-7400 or Det. Don Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office at 732-745-8842.
The highway was blocked from Main to Prince Street, according to an alert from police.
Former Rutgers player Brendan DeVera had his preliminary hearing after being charged in a credit card fraud scheme. Watch video
A recently dismissed Rutgers football player who was charged in what authorities called a credit card fraud scheme was freed from jail Thursday.
Brendan DeVera, an 18-year old Totowa resident who played linebacker for Rutgers last season, was released on on his own recognizance on the conditions that he appear at all court proceedings, Judge Michael Dowgin ruled in a preliminary hearing at Middlesex County Superior Court.
His attorney entered a plea of not guilty. DeVera, who had been jailed since turning himself in Wednesday, had his hearing by video from the Middlesex County jail.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 11 before Superior Court Judge Pedro Jimenez.
DeVera is charged with with promoting organized street crime in the second degree, money laundering in the third degree, fraudulent use of credit cards in the third degree and with conspiracy to commit theft by deception in the third degree, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey, whose office assisted the Rutgers University Police Department in an investigation that began in the spring.
The total amount of the alleged theft is $11,000, and the players are accused of stealing credit card numbers and transferring funds from various Rutgers University Express Accounts for their own personal use, Carey said.
"The scheme itself was to obtain the credit card information over parts of the internet known as the dark web,'' he said, "and then certain other players were taking that information and being able to put the money on the credit card. ... Some of the (players) who got the money put on their credit cards would go to such places as a book store on (campus) and they would purchase such things as gift cards, which is a red flag to law enforcement.''
Carey said, because the investigation is ongoing, the $11,000 amount may change.
"We want to branch out and see if there are other individuals involved,'' Carey said.
Asked about the potential of other Rutgers players getting charged in the scheme, Carey said: "I can't comment on what's possible but these eight are where we focused and we're confident to bringing the charges at this time.''
DeVera was dismissed from the Rutgers football program in July when news of the potential charges was first reported by NJ Advance Media. He is expected to play at ASA College, a junior-college football team in Brooklyn, this fall.
Also accused of taking part in the scheme are junior defensive back K.J. Gray, redshirt freshman defensive back Edwin Lopez, redshirt junior linebacker Malik Dixon, redshirt freshman linebacker Syhiem Simmons, sophomore defensive end C.J. Onyechi, senior defensive back Kobe Marfo and redshirt freshman defensive back Naijee Jones, authorities said.
Gray is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 11 before Superior Court Judge Michael A. Toto. Dixon, Jones, Lopez, Marfo, Onyechi, and Simmons are scheduled to have their first appearance in Middlesex County Superior Court on Sept. 13.
Gray was dismissed from the Rutgers football program along with DeVera in July. Lopez and Simmons have since transferred, while Dixon, Onyechi, Marfo and Jones are taking summer-school classes and their status at Rutgers will be determined after the Sept. 13 hearing.
"While the criminal activity was brought to law enforcement's attention a couple of months ago, as you can imagine with something like this we need to time to gather the evidence, get the financial records,'' Carey said. "Rutgers University Police Department did a very good job on this case. We've been able to work with the credit card companies and we're continuing to work backwards as we move forward with the investigation.
"But now is the time that we moved forward with the prosecution.''
Residents have slept through the crime spree, according to authorities.
Police on Thursday asked for the public's help to find the thief who has been sneaking into Central Jersey homes while residents sleep, taking alcohol and vehicles from the unsuspecting victims.
Most of the overnight burglaries have occurred near the Georges Road and Route 130 area in North Brunswick over recent weeks, according to township police. The intruder enters through unlocked, or open, first floor windows.
"He is either finding open windows without screens or removing the screen," said Capt. Brian Hoiberg. "Once inside, he hunts for what he wants to take, but does so pretty quietly."
In every case, the crime occurred without waking up residents and without any confrontation with a victim, according to police.
In addition to grabbing booze, the burglar often uses car keys found in the homes to also steal vehicles, according to authorities.
"There may also be the possibility that he has entered some homes without anyone realizing it, and therefore not reporting it to us," police said.
Authorities released images and video taken from surveillance systems in the hopes someone would recognize the suspect and call police. Investigators suspect the same burglar was behind similar crimes in neighboring towns.
Police urged residents to lock first floor windows overnight, to report anything suspicious and not to confront the suspect.
"We understand that these are the type of incidents that make our resident uneasy and concerned. That's exactly why we are asking for their help in identifying this guy, so we can get him out of our neighborhoods," the captain added.
Anyone with information was asked to call North Brunswick detectives at 732-247-0922, ext. 420. Police said callers would be kept anonymous.
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Authorities on Aug. 24, 2018, said Diego Hernandez, 18, of Carteret, has been arrested in the home invasion robbery of former Gov. Jim McGreevey's parents, who sources said were robbed at their Carteret home.
Authorities on Friday said an 18-year-old man has been arrested in the home invasion robbery of former Gov. Jim McGreevey's parents, who sources said were robbed at their Carteret home.
Diego Hernandez, of Carteret, was charged with various offenses, including robbery, burglary, theft, conspiracy and employing a juvenile to commit a criminal offense, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.
Though the prosecutor's office did not publicly identify the victims, sources told NJ Advance Media the former governor's parents were robbed in the incident shortly before 6 a.m. Aug. 18.
"Money, jewelry, a television, and two vehicles were stolen; the vehicles were later recovered in Jersey City," Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Carteret Police Director Kenneth Lebrato said in a joint statement announcing the arrest.
Reacting to the crime, Carteret Mayor Dan Reiman said in a Facebook post that he spoke to the McGreevey family.
"They are obviously shaken up, but unharmed and in good spirits and look forward to the Law Enforcement agencies concluding their investigation to determine how or why they were targeted," the mayor's statement added.
Authorities have not said if the accused robber had any ties to the victims or knew they were the parents of the state's former chief executive.
Before becoming governor, McGreevey served as mayor of neighboring Woodbridge from 1992 to 2002 and now runs a Jersey City-based prisoner re-entry program. He could not be immediately reached Friday.
The robbery was first reported by The Jersey Journal.
Officials said the investigation was ongoing. Anyone with information can call Carteret police Det. Keith Cassens at 732-541-3864, or prosecutor's office Det. Grace Brown at 732-745-3373.
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The men let off a single round of ammunition into the floor of the apartment, but police reported no injuries.
Police in South Brunswick are on the hunt for three men who broke into an apartment early Saturday morning.
The armed men entered the home around 12:45 a.m., and demanded cash from the residents according to Deputy Chief Ryan James.
The apartment, located along Buttonwood Court, was also unlocked, according to James.
The robbers got into a fight with the residents, and one of the gunmen fired a single round into the floor of the apartment.
No injuries were reported, but the men made out with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Detectives have identified several leads, but anyone with information is asked to call South Brunswick Police Detective Tim Hoover at 732-329-4646.
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A woman was fatally struck by a NJ Transit train Sunday in Dunellen, a transit company official said.
The incident occurred at 3:45 p.m. near the Dunellen Station. Raritan Valley Line train 5524 hit a "trespasser," Lisa Torbec, an NJ Transit spokeswoman said in an email.
There were 50 passengers and crew on board and no injuries were immediately reported. Service operated with up to 15 minute delays in both directions between Bound Brook and Plainfield.
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Holmdel volunteer wins international award in dog photography competition
The Kennel Club in London recently announced the winners of its annual Dog Photographer of the Year competition with Sonya Kolb of Holmdel selected as the winner of the competition's 'Rescue Dog' category.
The award comes with a PS500 prize for the charity of the winner's choice. Kolb has chosen to donate the money to the Monmouth County SPCA where she has been taking photos for seven years.
The dog in Kolb's winning photograph is rescue dog Cooper, whose family adopted him after their first rescue dog tragically died before they had even brought him home.
"I am extremely grateful to have won the Rescue category in the Dog Photographer of the Year competition," said Kolb. "I can remember every second of this photo shoot as if it were yesterday. This image reveals what is so important in life - our emotional connections with others. Dogs fulfill our deepest emotional needs, giving us so freely an abundance of love, comfort and joy. I love creating images that spread happiness and connect us heart to heart, hand to paw, with our most positive emotions."
Monica van der Maden from the Netherlands was chosen overall winner of the competition with an image of Noa the Great Dane which placed first in the 'Oldies' category. The other first place category winners were:
All of the winning images plus the photos that placed second and third for each category will be on display at the Kennel Club in London from through Oct. 5. To view all the winning images, go to dogphotographeroftheyear.org.uk.
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Ganesh Gudar, 46, both works and lives at the group home in Monroe Township, the prosecutor's office said.
A caregiver at a group home in Monroe has been charged with sexually touching a woman in his care.
Ganesh Gudar, 46, was arrested Aug. 24 and charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey announced Monday.
Gudar works and lives at the group home, which the prosecutor's office did not further identify.
Investigators believe the incident with a 62-year-old female resident occurred Aug. 21.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Monroe Police Sgt. Keith Saloom at 732-521-0222 ext. 178 or prosecutor's office Detective Allie Bitterman at 732-745-4401.
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Prosecutors are probing allegations of steroid use, officers who may have illegally run license plates and the department paying officers for no-show off-duty jobs
Just over five months ago, authorities say officer Paul Pappas clocked in for the evening shift, climbed in his unmarked patrol car and drove to New Brunswick to slash his ex-girlfriend's car tire.
The brazen, bizarre incident -- in which the 43-year-old cop, in full uniform, was found underneath his ex's car cutting the woman's tire -- was captured on a nearby security camera, leading to his arrest, according to the police report obtained by NJ Advance Media.
That arrest, on a minor municipal violation, has since sparked a multi-pronged criminal investigation into the Edison Police Department. And now, a police force well-known for its public scandals is facing allegations of steroid use, illegally running license plates and paying officers for no-show off-duty jobs.
So far, only four others face criminal charges -- Sgt. Ioannis "John" Mpletsakis, 38, officer James Panagoulakos, 32, both of Edison Township; officer Gregory Makras, 33, of Cranford; and Sgt. Brian Rossmeyer, 41, of Bedminster. But more arrests are coming.
Twelve weeks ago, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said he expects more officers to be charged in the "near future," but since then, there's been no word out of the office.
Law enforcement sources, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the inner workings of the department, say the county agency has essentially taken over the internal affairs unit and are logging long hours, working through weekends to review timecards and years of payroll.
Concerned about the possibility of interference, the county has shut the locals out of the investigation -- a sign investigators are looking at the higher-ups on the force, four sources told the news outlet.
At each week's end, there's a feeling of unease among the ranks as officers wonder if today is the day the authorities will bring charges, according to sources.
As many as 20 officers, including those already charged, on a force with 170 sworn officers could be implicated once the investigation is done, according to the sources. It is not known whether all those wrapped up in the probe broke the law or would just face internal discipline.
The county agency has interviewed at least 15 officers, from those on patrol to Police Chief Thomas Bryan, according to sources. The chief has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
Last week, Assistant Prosecutor Christine D'Elia provided a pinhole view of what might be coming, saying in court that Pappas recently sat down with investigators, but she stopped short of saying he was cooperating. That interview is expected to lead to additional charges against one of the cops who has already been charged, D'Elia said.
Sources believe Pappas' interview, as well as records investigators are thought to have found information on his cellphone, could incriminate others on the force.
The prosecutor's office declined to comment on this story, citing the ongoing investigation.
Chief Bryan also declined to comment.
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The five charged officers, four of whom appeared in Middlesex County Superior Court before Judge Michael Toto on Aug. 21, have been accused of making tens of thousands of dollars from voluntary details that authorities say they never worked.
Investigators have been looking at whether those in the administration who sign off on payroll knew of, or raised questions about the officers' swelled salary -- in which some pulled in more than the chief.
The system set up to dole out these off-duty details has been a long-standing concern among Edison officers and their union representatives, who have questioned the arrangement that often appeared to favor some over others. But their prior complaints fell on deaf ears, sources say.
And the cash at hand is no small sum. Over the past 2 1/2 years, officers have made $8 million from those details.
Officials, and those inside the department, are now asking if leadership wasn't aware of the alleged widespread paycheck abuse, which lasted nearly three years, is ignorance an acceptable defense?
Carey previously admonished the administration for its system, or lack thereof, for assigning the shifts that "directly resulted in nepotism and corruption." These contracted shifts can pay $40 to $90 per hour for jobs such as security or construction details.
"Edison township officials, however, are responsible for allowing a system of fiscal irresponsibility to exist," the prosecutor previously said in a statement.
A policy was in place, according to two sources, in which officers were required to check in with dispatch and the supervisors on duty when they start and end their shifts, even if those details are off-duty jobs since the cops are armed and have full police responsibilities.
Proper use of that policy could have raised red flags long ago, but it's unknown if it was being followed or if there was a log of those check-ins.
The five officers who have been charged were clocking in at least three places at once for some shifts, sources say.
Officers also used to receive an email around each pay period that would detail the pay and shifts cops were picking up on the side, according to two sources. That emailed breakdown, which provided transparency among officers of the department's voluntary assignments, ended about 18 months ago. But since criminal charges were announced, the practice started again.
When asked about the policies in a series of emailed questions Thursday, Bryan said, "I'm not at liberty to discuss anything about this matter due to the active criminal investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office."
Not a cut and dry case
The county agency is believed to have faced difficulty finding information to charge additional officers in the extra-duty scandal because, aside from the sloppy records, the township's deals with these third parties could include clauses that if a job gets canceled, cops could still get paid for the full shift, according to sources.
The records then could appear as if an officer was in two places at once, so investigators are sifting through records, day by day, and comparing them to the off-duty records.
NJ Advance Media requested copies of those contracts when it reviewed the off-duty earnings in May, but the township clerk said no records exist.
In addition, sources say, officers' paychecks with the extra income are incorrect at times, marked with the wrong date of a detail, and sometimes those wages aren't paid out for months.
The scheduling and payouts were previously handled by former cop Andres Rosa, who retired from the department in 1995 and, for the last 20 years, has been running the side-job operation on a $51,868 township salary.
The township has since taken steps to hire an outside party to handle the scheduling, a practice common in other departments.
Paul Pappas at the center of the investigation
Pappas, a 15-year veteran of the force who has been suspended without pay, now appears to be at the center of all three aspects of the probe into the department: off-duty work, steroid use and illegally running license plates.
The revelation that Pappas sat down for an interview with the prosecutor's office has those inside the department wondering what else he knows.
The defense attorneys for the four other officers facing charges were provided with a copy of the recording before the hearing this past week.
What was said on that recording provided a sobering reality for one of the accused, who is said to have realized the gravity of the case being brought by investigators, according to one source.
Much of what investigators started with in the probe, according to sources, came from Pappas directly or indirectly. Authorities are believed to be in possession of some of Pappas' records from the off-duty jobs, which were said to have been on his phone. Also, days after the tire-slashing incident, Pappas' ex gave statements to internal affairs detailing what the two had discussed over the years.
Deals have been put on the table for the four charged in the job scandal, according to the prosecutor's office: four years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea to second-degree official misconduct.
None has taken the prosecutor's office up on the offer. Their defense attorneys all declined to comment after court Tuesday. All have been suspended without pay.
In the department and at a PBA meeting, officers have been told that if they were involved with Pappas, they should get a lawyer and tell investigators what they know, according to three sources.
News broke of possible illegal steroid use among a handful of police officers two months after Pappas was arrested on the municipal charge.
The exact number of officers who were drug tested was unknown, but sources previously said it was at least 15.
When NJ Advance Media first reported the claims, seven officers had been placed on desk duty as they awaited the results of their drug screens.
Since then, two of those officers, who the news outlet did not name because they have not been charged, have been suspended with pay, according to the township.
Sources say those officers tested positive for steroids, while the others accused of drug use had their tests come back clean or had provided authorities with a prescription and have returned to full duty.
Little is known about the case against officers who allegedly helped Pappas stalk his ex-girlfriend by accessing a police database and running license plates.
Pappas has been charged with accessing police records illegally, but NJ Advance Media has only learned of other officers' involvement through sources.
None of those officers have been named.
This is reminiscent of a small facet of the now-infamous Michael Dotro case in which four officers lost their jobs for similar misdeeds.
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Sandy Masselli Jr., of Old Bridge, is accused of defrauding 26 New Jersey investors
A Middlesex County man was accused Tuesday of masterminding a million-dollar fraud from 26 investors in an online gambling company he started with his family.
But instead of putting the $1.3 million from those investors -- all New Jersey residents -- into the company, Sandy Masselli Jr. used it for personal expenses, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and the state Bureau of Securities announced in a statement.
Masselli, of Old Bridge, is accused of using the money on restaurant and hotel bills, vehicle leases, his son's George Washington University tuition and a $93,000 payment to a law firm that defended Masselli in a criminal case. (The criminal case, filed late last year in federal court, is ongoing.)
Also yesterday, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a parallel action against Masselli in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, alleging his dealings violated several federal securities laws.
In the state filing, Masselli and associate Joseph Picco, of Colts Neck, sold the 26 investors shares of the companies Carlyle Gaming and Carlyle Ltd. between July 2012 and December 2017, the AG's office said.
The investors were told to send their payments to accounts for Masselli's related companies -- accounts that he controlled.
"Masselli held himself out to investors as a savvy businessman with a long and successful track record in the online gambling industry," Grewal said. "Today's allegations make clear that this was nothing more than a million-dollar fraud, and that Masselli used investors' hard-earned money to finance his own extravagant lifestyle."
Grewal's office is seeking restitution for the allegedly defrauded investors.
Christopher W. Gerold, the Bureau of Securities chief, said Masselli and his associates' conduct was "a pure scam."
"They made untrue statements and omitted material facts in dealings with investors to defraud investors," he said. "Our action today sends a message that those who financially prey on New Jersey investors face serious consequences."
The Bureau encourages anyone exploring an investment opportunity to check this form. Anyone with issues or complaints about New Jersey financial professionals or investments can contact 1-866-466-8378 within the state or 973-504-3600 if calling from outside the state.
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