Second arrest in death of Paterson teen – New Jersey news summary
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have made another arrest in the shooting death of a promising New Jersey high school basketball player.
Twenty-year-old Hasmeek Coles, of Paterson, faces single counts of murder and receiving stolen property and three counts of attempted murder. His bail was set at $2 million, and it wasn't known Saturday if he's retained an attorney.
Coles was arrested Friday, one day after another city man charged in the case — 20-year Gregory Oliver — pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted murder and weapons charges.
Both men are charged in the death of 15-year-old Armoni Sexton. He was killed and three others were injured in a drive-by shooting in Paterson on April 18.
Sexton was a top scorer and rebounder at the Paterson Charter School for Science for Science and Technology.
Prosecutors: School official inappropriately touched teen
ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say the assistant principal of a northern New Jersey high school inappropriately touched a teenager.
Bail was set at $100,000 cash for 55-year-old Roger Schneider of Rockaway Township, who was charged Saturday with child endangerment and aggravated criminal sexual contact. It wasn't known if he has retained an attorney.
Schneider is the assistant principal at Roxbury High School. Morris County prosecutors say the alleged victim was 15 when the incidents occurred and is not a student in the Roxbury district, but further details — including the teen's gender — were not released.
Prosecutors say the teen disclosed the incidents to another person this week.
The abuse allegedly happened from August 2013 to January 2015 at Schneider's home.
Mother in custody dispute freed after 8 years behind bars
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman jailed in a custody dispute has been freed after spending more than eight years behind bars and is likely to be reunited with her daughter in Spain who's been without either parent for nearly a decade.
The Record reports María Jose Carrascosa, a native of Spain, was released from jail Friday.
Carrascosa was arrested in 2006 after she defied a court order granting custody of her 5-year-old daughter to the child's father, and moved the child to Spain.
Carrascosa was paroled last year after serving a prison term but then jailed for contempt of court.
A judge ordered her release Friday after her former husband said he wasn't against her returning to Spain to be with their daughter, now 14.
Motive sought in fatal shooting of man on Camden sidewalk
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a man found shot on a Camden sidewalk has died from his wounds.
Camden County prosecutors say 18-year-old city resident Jameer Bullard was found early Saturday in the 1200 block of Mechanic Street. County police officers had responded there after getting an alert through the city's gunshot detection system around 12:25 a.m.
Bullard was taken to a hospital, where he died a short time later.
No other injuries were reported in the shooting, and authorities say a motive remains under investigation. But further details about the shooting were not disclosed, including what type of weapon was used.
No arrests have been made.
Judge: Attending Pink concert didn't harm New Jersey girl
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TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A mom's decision to take her 11-year-old daughter to a Pink concert has a judge saying, "so what?"
The New Jersey judge says the concert trip isn't evidence of bad parenting.
NJ.com reports the girl's parents are divorced, and her father accused his ex-wife of abusing her parental discretion by taking their daughter to the December 2013 concert at the Prudential Center in Newark.
But state Superior Court Judge Lawrence Jones rejected the complaint in a 37-page decision that contained a brief history of rock-and-roll and a commentary on the increasing use of judges as referees for warring divorced parents.
Jones says Pink may have some suggestive moves and lyrics, but she's an artist whose works aren't necessarily inappropriate for preteens.
Prosecutors: 2 charged in armed robbery of twins
WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — Two people stand accused of conspiring to rob a twin brother and sister, and authorities say another alleged conspirator was killed in a hit-and-run crash involving a car driven by the brother.
Gloucester County prosecutors say 33-year-old Anthony Young Jr., of Gibbstown and 30-year-old Christine Demore, of Paulsboro, were armed with a .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun when the robbery occurred last May.
Their alleged co-conspirator, 30-year-old Eddie Warthen of Greenwich Township, died later that day after being struck in Paulsboro by a car that authorities say was driven by Robert Springer.
The 26-year-old Washington Township man faces several counts, including murder and hindering prosecution.
His twin sister, Jessica, is charged with tampering with evidence and hindering, and both remain jailed in lieu of bail.
'Operation Babylift' kids, soldiers reunite 40 years later
HOLMDEL, N.J. (AP) — Vietnamese orphans airlifted to the United States in the frantic final days of the Vietnam War have been reunited with some of the soldiers who helped evacuate them.
Twenty evacuees and their adopted families took part in the reunion Saturday at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel. It marked the 40th anniversary of Operation Babylift.
Operation Babylift was authorized by President Gerald Ford in April 1975. It evacuated 2,547 children to families in the United States and allied countries as Viet Cong troops descended on Saigon.
Participants at Saturday's event dedicated a plaque inscribed with the names of 138 children, volunteers and soldiers who perished when their C-5A Galaxy crashed while headed to Clark Air Base in the Philippines.
'Rutgers Day' festival draws record-setting crowd
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers officials say a record-setting crowd turned out to get an up-close look at the university and its many offerings.
School officials say an estimated 91,000 people came out Saturday for "Rutgers Day."
The annual festival featured hundreds of events and programs sponsored by schools, departments, institutes, centers and student organizations. It was staged at the university's campuses in New Brunswick.
Each campus focused on specific topics to showcase student talents and program offerings.
Among this year's featured events was the "Tent of Big Ideas," staged by the School of Arts and Sciences. Faculty members presented short, thought-provoking talks on several topics ranging from autism to the theologies of Bruce Springsteen.
Visitors also had the chance to test their athletic skills at a "Mini Combine" hosted by student-athletes.
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