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Central Jersey News from the Times of Trenton

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    NJ Advance Media takes a crack at predicting who makes the sectional finals.


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    Trees, poles and power lines were down across the area

    Power outages and trees and wires blocking roads marred the greater Trenton area much of Friday as a powerful nor'easter moved across the Garden State.

    Most towns in the area were dealing with some type of road closure due to something blown over. And swirling snow.

    In Robbinsville, poles toppled onto Route 526 (Robbinsville-Edinburg Road), closing it from Route 33 to Union Street.

    In Florence, a tree landed across Route 130 north, blocking all lanes and leading to closures on both sides of the road.

    And in Princeton, two trees fell across a tree Rosedale Road near Preservation Place, knocking out power to Johnson Park School.

    Full coverage at the storm can be found at nj.com/weather 

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    The daily expense of supervising a probationer is 20 times less than the average cost of supervising a person in jail, according to the New Jersey Reentry Corporation. Watch video

    In the United States, some 12 million people are released from jails or prisons every year.

    What happens to these ex-cons - and their families - after they've done their time depends heavily on whether they can find paying jobs to help them make their way back into society.

    That's when the New Jersey Reentry Corporation steps in.

    With offices throughout the state, the nonprofit offers job training, counseling, social work services and legal support to help these men and women get back on their feet.

    The corporation also offers them a vision of what their new futures look like. And sometimes we mean that literally.

    Most recently, Kedar Hall got out of prison, only to confront a stark reality: He was losing his eyesight.

    McGreevey's prison reentry program opens new office

    Fortunately for him, former Gov. Jim McGreevey, who heads up the corporation, was there to lend Hall his own glasses. Then the agency helped arrange for Hall to get new prescription glasses, in effect allowing him to take the first steps toward his new life.

    "This here is a second sight, this is a second chance," the grateful ex-prisoner said recently at the opening of the organization's ninth office, this one in a basement in downtown New Brunswick.

    Already operating out of Elizabeth, Hackensack, Jersey City, Kearney, Neptune, Newark, Paterson and Toms River, the NJRC works with about 2,500 formerly incarcerated clients. The number is expected to grow as more people are released from prison in the next few years.

    The organization began life as a pilot program in Hudson County in 2014, with support from the Christie Administration.

    Since then, the U.S. Department of Justice has singled it out as being in the forefront in the reentry field; the program is one of only seven in the country recognized by the National Institute of Justice, the research, development and evaluation agency of the Justice Department.

    Many ex-inmates will run up against seemingly insurmountable challenges: finding housing, finding a job, dealing with health issues and addictions, readjusting to family life after months or years behind bars.

    The odds are stacked against them. The Reentry Corporation exists to help even out those odds. Everyone in the state benefits if the mission succeeds.

    The daily expense of supervising a probationer is 20 times less than the average cost of supervising a person in jail, according to the organization's research. Teaching a client how to find a job - and how to keep it - helps guarantee that the individual will stay on the right side of the law.

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    It turns out that when Gov. Phil Murphy announced that municipalities would share $161 million for local road projects and repairs, Trenton was conspicuously absent from the list.

    Tis the pothole season and as motorists in Trenton navigate around or dip into monster craters they may not be in such an understanding mood to learn that the city failed to apply for road repair funding.

    It turns out that when Gov. Phil Murphy announced that municipalities would share $161 million for local road projects and repairs, Trenton was conspicuously absent from the list.

    The reason: The capital city missed the deadline for submitting a grant application for the program, which is administered by the state Department of Transportation.

    This is just inexcusable.

    Trenton can ill afford to lose any funding it is entitled to receive. Just how much the city forfeited is hard to say, but it is easily in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. For fiscal year 2017, the city got about $335,000 from NJDOT for municipal aid.

    Compounding Trenton's faux pas is that it stood to receive double that amount this year, thanks to a 23-cent-per-gallon boost in the state's gasoline tax.

    Trenton fails to apply, shut out of road work funds

    Responsibility for submitting the request for municipal road repair money falls to the city's Public Works Department, headed by Merkle Cherry, who is no stranger to the city loosing out on funding issues.

    Back in 2000, former Mayor Douglas Palmer fired Cherry as head of the city's recreation director after Trenton was dropped from the federal Weed and Seed crime-prevention program because the application for recertification was incomplete.

    That was a big blow for Trenton, which was one of the original cities involved in the federal program, which allowed the city to provide after-school programs in three neighborhoods as well as other safe-city initiatives.

    Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson said he was "extremely disappointed" by this latest oversight, which he characterized as a "debacle." These are the kind of headaches Jackson will not have to put up with come July, when his first and only term ends. He has announced he will not run for a second term.

    City spokesman Michael Walker tried to put a positive spin on the city's loss of road funds.

    "We are about to launch a war on potholes we're paying for with our own money," Walker said.

    That may be the case this winter, which is still in the 2017 fiscal year, but when the 2018 fiscal year starts in July, that missing aid will surely be felt next pothole season.

    Whether Trenton can recoup its loss remains to be seen. Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, D-Mercer, said he plans to seek a supplemental appropriation from the Legislature, based in part on the argument that state employees rely on Trenton's roads. But he cautioned it would be a hard sell.

    It has to be admitted that in the world of government bureaucracy, it is not uncommon for things to fall through the cracks. Trenton was not the only municipality to drop the ball in applying for road funding. Thirty-two other New Jersey towns failed to do so.

    Still, that is no excuse. Trenton has to stay on top of all request for funding and aid and all department chiefs and the mayor should be held accountable.

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    High school girls in Mercer and Middlesex counties will soon be able to choose prom dresses from donations

    The Princess Prom Project recently announced dates for its seventh year of assisting girls in the local community in finding affordable dresses for their proms and other formal events of their youth.

    The annual drive, launched in the spring of 2011 by Assemblyman Wayne P. DeAngelo (D-Hamilton), aims to alleviates the financial worry that young ladies may face when shopping for dresses.

    "Over the last seven years, the generosity of individuals donating new or gently worn dresses to the Princess Prom Project has helped put smiles on faces of countless young ladies who have found the perfect dress for a special night," DeAngelo said.

    According to DeAngelo, the project has grown every year.

    "Our dress room is bursting at the seams with beautiful dresses of all designs and sizes perfect for any youth formal occasion," he said.

    The project assists the young ladies and their families to browse through their large collection of dresses - provided at not cost to them - by hosting "shopping parties" during the afternoons on several dates before their proms.

    "As a father of two daughters, I know how important these special occasions can be in creating treasured high school memories. The Princess Prom Project continues to be a great avenue for families who want their daughters to have memorable evening that will last a lifetime without the burden of an overwhelming price tag," DeAngelo said.

    The Princess Prom Project is opened to high school girls who live in the 14th legislative district, in Mercer and Middlesex counties - Cranbury, East Windsor, Hamilton, Hightstown, Jamesburg, Monroe, Middlesex, Plainsboro, Robbinsville and Spotswood.

    This year's shopping parties will be held at the 14th Legislative District Outreach Center at 4621A Nottingham Way, Hamilton, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on March 5; March 28; April 10; April 26; May 9; May 17; May 30; and June 7.

    Families may also schedule appointments by calling the outreach office at 609-631-7501.

    Individuals who would like to support the Princess Prom Project may do soat the outreach center as well. They will accept all size dresses that are in good condition and previously cleaned, to add to their "dress collection."

    To help complete the perfect head-to-toe look, they will also accept gently worn or new accessories such as purses and jewelry.

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    A look inside the renovations of the New Jersey Statehouse.


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    Howard Unruh killed 13 people in 1949, including relatives of a student who survived the Parkland school shooting.


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    The $40 million purchase of Westminster Choir College was announced last month

    The Chinese company Rider University selected to buy its Westminster Choir College last month also builds and installs steel bridges, and until December had a corporate name that reflected that industry.

    The company is now the Beijing Kaiwen Education Technology Co. Ltd., which Rider touted as running the Kaiwen Academies, two prominent K-12 international schools in Beijing when it announced the $40 million deal.

    In December, though, the company changed its name from the Jiangsu Zhongtai Bridge Steel Structure Co. Ltd., according to public statements by the company, which is publicly traded in China.

    Rider said in August it had identified a possible buyer, and in a Feb. 26 interview with the Rider News, university President Gregory Dell'Omo confirmed Kaiwen is the group the board of trustees has been negotiating with since August.

    And all of it has the university's professors union skeptical and angry. They have been on the forefront of opposition to Rider wanting to shed the choir college, in Princeton.

    "It is completely beyond belief that the buyer has the ability, not to mention the desire, to run a world-renowned choir college," Elizabeth Scheiber, a French and Italian professor and president of the union said in a statement.

    The union, the college's chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), also said in a statement that Kaiwan wants Westminster to increase its own profitability, and they'll likely shutter the choir college.

    "We believe that goal can only be accomplished by stripping Westminster of its assets, laying off faculty and administrators and then closing it and converting the land and buildings to other purposes, further evidence that Rider's administration, with approval of Rider's Board of Trustees, is acting in complete disregard of both its legal and moral obligations to Westminster Choir College," Jeffrey Halpern, a sociology professor and union officer said in the same statement.

    Rider U., its professors head to court over sale of choir college

    Kaiwen Education did not immediately respond to an email from NJ Advance Media this week for comment.

    But the union hasn't spoked to the company either.

    Halpern, in an email about the union statements, said the union only learned who the buyer was a week ago, and it's "not a believable story" that a for-profit company wants to spend $40 million, "because they like schools."

    And he said Rider itself cannot close Westminster because of the public relations impact. "A Chinese company does not have the same problem," Halpern said.

    Rider spokeswoman Kristine Brown, though, said throughout the process, Kaiwen Education has exhibited a commitment to invest in and grow Westminster, and keep it in place.

    And the university said in its announcement of the deal, the Kaiwen wants to keep current Westminster faculty and staffer and plans to offer them employement when the deal is conssumated.

    "We firmly believe that Kaiwen Education is the best option for Westminster to prosper. This process remains a priority for the university and many individuals are working diligently to ensure a successful and long-lasting future for Westminster," she said.

    "We will continue to take the necessary steps to make that a reality."

    Kevin Shea may be reached at kshea@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter@kevintshea. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Highlights from the state tournament.


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    Tragic news came from Italy, as 31-year old Davide Astori, captain of Fiorentina, passed away overnight before Sunday's match with Udinese.

    WBA ALL BUT RELEGATED; WHICH TEAMS WILL JOIN BAGGIES?

    West Bromwich Albion, which has three wins from 29 matches this season in the Premier League, probably needs a bare minimum of three victories from its final nine games to avoid relegation to the EFL Championship.

    The Baggies have 20 points, and are seven points adrift of 19th place Stoke City. Truthfully, there looks to be no way out of the drop zone for WBA after a 1-0 loss to Watford Saturday. If the Baggies do go down, it will be the end of an eight year run in the top flight, since they came back up at the first try in the 2009-10 season.

    But go on, try to pick the two teams that will join the Baggies in the Championship next season.

    Even supercomputers are having a problem with that task, as weekly results turn the bottom half of the table (bar WBA) upside down with every match week.

    Just this weekend, Swansea City jumped from 18th to 13th, with a 4-1 win over West Ham United. Brighton & Hove Albion, which sat 13th but was just four points outside of the bottom three, is now in the top half of the table in 10th after a 2-1 win over a reeling Arsenal team.

    Finally, Watford all but guaranteed it will stay up, with a 1-0 win over West Brom. With the win, the ninth-place Hornets will now try to track down Burnley in seventh, which might bring UEFA Europa League football next season.

    It looks likely that some well established, big name clubs may be heading to lower league football next year.

    PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS

    Burnley 2-1 Everton

    Leicester 1-1 Bournemouth

    Southampton 0-0 Stoke

    Swansea 4-1 West Ham

    Tottenham 2-0 Huddersfield

    Watford 1-0 West Brom

    Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle

    Brighton 2-1 Arsenal

    Man. City vs. Chelsea

    Monday

    Crystal Palace vs. Man. United, 3 p.m. EST (NBCSports and Fubo.tv)

    Man. City wins Carabao Cup; Man. United, Tottenham win to boost top 4 

    RIVAL FANS SAY WENGER IN, BUT TIDE MAY HAVE FINALLY TURNED 

    Arsenal is a mess.

    After two 3-0 defeats to Manchester City in five days, the Gunners dropped another decision Sunday, 2-1 to Brighton.

    Arsene Wenger's team trailed after just seven minutes, and was 2-0 down after 26. The Gunners have won just two of the eight Premier League matches since the turn of the year, and are 13 points behind Tottenham for the final UEFA Champions League place.

    Arsenal will have to win the UEFA Europa League to make it back into the Champions League, but the Gunners have a tough tie starting Thursday with Milan (1 p.m. EST, FS2 and Fubo.tv).

    How much longer will Wenger have the support of the Arsenal board? 

    FIORENTINA CAPTAIN, ITALY INT. DAVIDE ASTORI DIES SUDDENLY 

    Tragic news came from Italy, as 31-year old Davide Astori, captain of Fiorentina, passed away overnight before Sunday's match with Udinese.

    The entire slate of matches across all Italian leagues were cancelled, as people paid their respect to the defender, who won 14 caps for Italy.

    "Fiorentina are profoundly shocked to have to announce the death of captain Davide Astori after a sudden illness," Fiorentina said.

    "Given this terrible and delicate situation we appeal to everyone's sensitivity at this time, above all out of respect for his family."

    UEFA CHAMPIONS/EUROPA LEAGUES RETURN TUESDAY 

    Liverpool is up 5-0 on aggregate against Porto, and will cruise into the quarterfinals after Tuesday's game (2:45 p.m. FS2 and Fubo.tv). Real Madrid takes a 3-1 lead to Paris Tuesday, for the second leg against Neymar-less PSG (2:45 p.m. FS1 and Fubo.tv).

    Wednesday, Manchester City, with a 4-0 lead, welcomes Basel to town (2:45 p.m. FS2 and Fubo.tv). 

    The tie of the week will be played at Wembley, as Juventus comes to London to take on Tottenham (2:45 p.m. FS1 and Fubo.tv). With the teams coming in off a 2-2 draw three weeks ago in Turin, the Spurs just need to win the game, while a scoreless or 1-1 draw will see them advance as well on away goals.

    Thursday, the eight first leg ties in the Europa League will get underway at either 1 p.m. or 3:05 p.m. Arsenal is the lone English team left in the competition 

    Contact Sean Miller at seanmillertrentontimes@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @TheProdigalSean His weekly podcast, Box to Box Football, can be found on iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/box-to-box-football/id1208561351?mt=2


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    NJ.com's coverage of the action at Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, continually updated all day.


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    These towns had the highest average property tax bills in New Jersey in 2017.


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    Shelters and rescues throughout New Jersey have pets awaiting adoption.

    If you're interested in helping homeless animals but aren't able to adopt one, there are a number of other ways you can be of assistance.

    Realistically, not everyone can adopt. People who live in apartments or developments that have no-pets policies fall into that category, as do people with allergies or disabilities that will not allow them to care for pets of their own. Here are some suggestions for ways people who want to help can participate in caring for homeless animals.

    * Help out at a local shelter. It's not glamorous work by any means, but it's vital and will be very much appreciated. You can do anything from help walk dogs to bottle feed kittens, help clean kennels or cat's cages or even help with bathing and grooming. Contact your local shelter to find out their policies regarding volunteers.

    * If you're handy, you can lend a hand in many ways. Shelters usually need repairs of many kinds, so fixer-uppers can help out like that. If you sew, quilt or crochet, you can make blankets for your local shelter.

    * Help out at an adoption event. Many shelters and rescue groups participate in local events by hosting a table with pets available for adoption. They also hold these program at malls, pet supply stores and banks, and can always use a helping hand.

    * For galleries like this one and for online adoptions sites, often a shelter or rescue group doesn't have the time or equipment to shoot good photos of their adoptable pets, Something as simple as making yourself available to shoot and provide digital files of pet photos can be a big help.

    * Donate. It doesn't have to be money; shelters need cleaning supplies, pet food, toys for the animals and often even things we don't think twice about getting rid of like old towels and newspapers. Every little bit helps.

    If you don't know where your local animal shelter or rescue group is, a quick online search will reveal a number of results. It doesn't take a lot of time or effort to get involved but it provides immeasurable assistance.


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    Who are our picks for sectional titles?


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    NJ Advance Media takes a look at all 19 of Monday's and Tuesday's finals.


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    How has the first week of the state tournament affected the Top 20?


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    The Newark protest was one of six rallies in New Jersey to mark what was supposed to be the end of the DACA program protecting immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. Watch video

    Nearly 200 protesters chanting "No papers, no fear!" marched through the streets of Newark to the offices of federal immigration officials Monday to call for an extension of the DACA program for unauthorized immigrants.

    The protesters, who included both immigrants living in the country illegally and their supporters, shouted "Shame, shame" outside the windows of the federal building on Broad Street that houses the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE.

    "Today, we stand here united to denounce this administration's hunger for mass deportation," Esder Chong, an unauthorized immigrant attending Rutgers University, told the crowd as the march began.

    The marchers drew mostly cheers and honking horns of support as they walked about a mile from the campus of Rutgers-Newark to the ICE offices in the federal building. The protesters, who had a Newark police escort, briefly stopped traffic as they marched back and forth across Broad Street.

    Their shouts in front of the federal building drew some Department of Homeland Security police officers outside the building, but the protest remained peaceful. Some people inside the federal building came to the office windows to watch.

    The Newark demonstration was one of six scheduled around New Jersey Monday to mark what was scheduled to be the end of a program protecting immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

    President Donald Trump declared last year that March 5 would be the last day of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program unless Congress passed a new immigration reform plan.

    Trump's plan to quash the program has been tied up in court, allowing the DACA program to continue accepting renewal applications from the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients. But protesters around the country are still using the March 5 deadline to call for protections for the young unauthorized immigrants known as Dreamers.

    "This is my home. This is our home and we will keep fighting until everyone in our community is safe," said Chong, a DACA recipient and Rutgers sophomore who helped lead the Newark rally. "We are taking back the fear that stains this March 5 deadline set by the administration."

    Chong said she came to the U.S. from her native South Korea at age 6 and grew up as an unauthorized immigrant in Highland Park with her parents. She is a sophomore at Rutgers-Newark and wants to be a public policy attorney. But, she said she is "worried and frustrated" as the fate of the DACA program remains undecided.

    Several other DACA students told similar stories at the rally. Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor was among the officials speaking in support of the Dreamers.

    "We are putting a stake in the ground for what we're supposed to stand for: E pluribus unum -- our of many, one. Out of many, community," Cantor said, quoting the traditional Latin motto of the United States.

    The Newark rally is one of six scheduled protests across the state Monday. The other protests were planned for:

    • 12 p.m. at Rutgers-Camden, Campus Center, facing the Walt Whitman statue, in Camden.
    • 2 p.m. at the office of U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, 4573 S. Broad St. in Hamilton Township.
    • 3 p.m at the office of U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, 425 N. Ave E in Westfield.
    • 4 p.m. at the office of U.S. Rep. Frank Lobiondo, 5914 Main St. in Mays Landing.
    • 5 p.m at Rutgers-New Brunswick, Brower Commons, 145 College Ave., in New Brunswick.

    The protests were organized by more than 30 local groups, including RU Dreamers, New Labor, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, NAACP- New Brunswick Area Branch, Women's March on New Jersey and New Jersey Citizen Action.

    President Barack Obama's administration began DACA as a way for some children brought to the country illegally to get protections to work and go to college without fear of deportation. Congress has been unable to agree on a plan to extend the program after Trump declared his plans to end it.

    In New Jersey, approximately 22,000 unauthorized immigrants had registered under the DACA program as of last year. An estimated 51,000 immigrants living in the country illegally were eligible for the program in New Jersey.

    Kelly Heyboer may be reached at kheyboer@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @KellyHeyboer. Find her at KellyHeyboerReporteron Facebook.

     

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    This is the third lawsuit to come out of a 2012 incident where a Robbinsville Township officer broke into a home and tried to attack a 4-year-old boy and his mother, who was in a wheelchair.

    Robbinsville Township Council approved a $100,000 settlement to a former home aid who was assaulted in a 2012 incident involving a police officer who disrobed and attacked her and her clients in their home.

    The aid struggled with the officer in an attempt to protect the 4-year-old son of her two clients, according to the lawsuit.

    The township approved a $100,000 settlement to Bashemah Rountree for damages at a January meeting, njcivilsettlements.com reported.

    Mark Lee, then a 19-year veteran of the Robbinsville police force, broke into an apartment at Project Freedom, an independent-living facility for people with disabilities, on Sept. 17, 2012. He disrobed, then assaulted the 4-year-old boy and his mother, who was knocked out of her wheelchair. 

    When officers arrived at the family's home, Lee was partially clothed on the couch, the Trenton Times reported in 2013. Lee struggled with officers during his arrest and later broke out of the patrol car by kicking out a window. Lee was captured after fleeing, and was charged with misconduct, aggravated assault and other assault charges.

    Lee pleaded not guilty to the charges in 2013, and separately filed a lawsuit against the township claiming that it failed to accommodate a disability that caused the "psychotic episode" in September 2012. He claimed police noticed something "was wrong with him" and "he didn't act right" after they arrived on the scene.

    The prosecutor's office described Lee's condition as calcium deposits on his brain, a 2013 Trenton Times article said. In 2016, Robbinsville Township approved a $117,500 settlement to Lee.

    Rountree's suit is the third stemming from the 2012 incident.

    The couple filed a separate lawsuit against the township seeking damages for the incident, for which a settlement agreement is being reviewed.

    Paige Gross may be reached at pgross@njadvancemedia.comFollow her on Twitter @By_paigegross. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    Nikita Cross, 35, was just weeks away from being the first person in her family to earn a college degree

    A man admitted Friday to shooting a 35-year-old woman who was just weeks away from becoming the first one in her family to earn a college degree.

    Winningham_cropped.jpgDarren Winningham (Police photo)

    Darren Winningham, 44, was charged with murder and weapons offenses in the April 23, 2016, shooting death of Nikita Cross in Riverside.

    On Friday, Winningham pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter before Judge Terrence Cook in Burlington County Superior Court. He is expected to get a sentence of 10 years in state prison, according to a statement from the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office.

    On April 23, 2016, police got a call about a man with a gun at a party inside an apartment on the 200 block of Hooker Street in Riverside.

    When officers arrived at the scene, they found Cross on the floor with a gunshot wound to her chest, authorities said. She was taken to Lourdes Medical Center in Willingboro where she was pronounced dead.

    Witnesses told police that people had gathered at Winningham's home for a party for Winningham's aunt, but that Winningham grew angry and began brandishing a handgun. 

    While Winningham was holding the gun out to his side, witnesses said, he fired one shot that struck Cross in the chest before the gun was wrestled away from him. 

    Cross, of Galloway, was set to be the first one in her family to earn a college degree at Stockton University - which posthumously awarded Cross a degree in social work.

    "My sister rose above and beyond with her back against the wall, and that's why this is just such a tragedy," her brother, Darnell Ganges, said after her death. "She was just weeks away from her goal," said Ganges. "I knew she wasn't going to stop, nothing could stop her."

    Winningham is scheduled for sentencing on April 27. 

    Alex Napoliello may be reached at anapoliello@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @alexnapoNJ. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    The attendant, was trying to stop a hit0and-run driver when he was struck

    Police have charged an 18-year-old Trenton resident with hitting a gas station attendant in Lawrence and then driving away. The attendant later died.

    Nasir Reed.jpgNasir Reed

    Charles Nevius was trying to stop a car Feb. 19 that hit an SUV in the the parking lot of the Quick Chek on the Brunswick Circle in Lawrence, where he worked.

    The car hit Nevius, 35, and kept going, police have said.

    Nevius, who was known as Chuckie, died a few days later in a Trenton hospital.

    On Monday, police and prosecutor's say the driver was Nasir Reed, 18.

    Detectives arrested Reed earlier Monday on the charges death by auto and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with a fatality. They also found the car Reed was allegedly driving when he hit the car, and Nevius.

    Investigators solved the case by reviewing hours of surveillance footage and also got information from a confidential tip. Prosecutor's Detective David Petelle and Lawrence officers Andres Mejia, Joseph Radlinsky and Dan Gladney worked the case.

    Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said in a statement the office has filed a motion to have Reed detained.

    After he died, Nevius' family and friends held a vigil for him at the station. He enjoyed spending quality time with his daughter, cooking, playing video games with his brother and fishing with his Uncle Tommy, his obituary says.

    A friend has set up a GoFundMe page to aid his family with any financial burdens that may arise from Nevius' death.

    Kevin Shea may be reached at kshea@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter@kevintshea. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

     

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