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    Danny Diaz-Delgado was killed trying to buy a PlayStation for his little brother

    One of the two men charged with robbing and killing 20-year-old Danny Diaz-Delgado appeared in court Monday for the first time since a judge ruled he will remain jailed pending trail. 

    Rufus Thompson, 29, who was taken into custody and charged about a week after authorities found Diaz-Delgado's body on the shores of a Hamilton creek, appeared for a pre-indictment hearing Monday morning. 

    danny-diaz.jpgDanny Diaz-Delgado, 20, of Trenton was found shot to death in Hamilton in March. (Facebook) 

    Thompson's co-defendant, Akmal Alvaranga, 29, who was arrested and charged two weeks after Thompson for his role in the murder, will be tried separately, prosecutor Heather Hadley said.

    Alvaranga was supposed to appear in court Monday, but the appearance was adjourned to a later time. 

    Prosecutors allege Thompson lured Diaz-Delgado to a location near Thompson's home under the guise he would sell the 20-year-old a PlayStation. Diaz-Delgado planned to give the gaming system to his little brother.

    Thompson allegedly robbed Diaz-Delgado of the $200 he brought with him to the deal, and later withdrew additional money from Diaz-Delgado's account via an ATM, while Diaz-Delgado was tied up in a garage.

    According to an affidavit in the case, Thompson and Alvaranga bound Diaz-Delgado, transported him in the trunk of a car and shot him to death. Both men are charged with murder, robbery, kidnapping and related charges. 

    Members of Diaz-Delgado's family were present in the court room Monday, waiting patiently for nearly three hours to see Thompson appear in court. 

    Prosecutors said there's a lot of discovery to go through, and judge Peter Warshaw did not set further trial dates. 

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


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    The Thunder lead the EL in wins (18), shutouts (4) hits allowed (176), home runs allowed (11) runs allowed (87), and strikeouts (265). Watch video

    Ryan Bollinger's passport has got some stamps on it from his last four years of baseball.

    The newest Thunder starter, who got the win Sunday to conclude the four-game sweep of Harrisburg, came down to Trenton from Triple A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, where he pitched twice.

    Prior to this season, the 27-year-old has seen action on three continents. Bollinger spent part of 2015, and all of 2016-17 with the Trois-Rivieres Aigles of the Canadian-American Association. He also spent part of 2014 with St. Paul and Winnepeg.

    In 2017, Bollinger took his talents to Munich, Germany, to play for Munich-Haar of the Bundesliga. He then went to Australia, where he helped lead the Brisbane Bandits to the Australian Baseball League regular season and playoff championship with a 5-1 record.

    But now, the 6-6 lefty is back in the states, and making a big impression. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Sunday, and ended up with the victory, as the Thunder won 4-0.

    So how did Bollinger find himself back in America, after his adventures around the globe?

    "I really don't know," Bollinger said. "I was playing overseas, and I just got lucky that somebody saw me. I got a contract offer, and here I am. There was always that thought (that he would come back), but I was just going over there to enjoy baseball again, and have a good time playing."

    Bollinger had a chance to find the fun in the game of baseball, which can sometimes become much like a job. 

    "I learned more about baseball, honestly, just having a good time playing again, and not being under all that pressure," Bollinger said. "I just learned some different things about how to attack hitters, and to make things go your way.

    While he was in Munich, he did not get to any Bayern Munich matches, but he definitely enjoyed his time in both Munich and Brisbane. But did Bollinger have a favorite, and how did the level of play compare to the play here?

    "I did not get to any (Bayern Munich) games," Bollinger said. "I am still not a soccer fan. They were both great places, so it is really tough to pick between the two. I would say it was 50/50.

    "It is really hard to compare it to here, just because we don't play the same amount of games over there. It is good baseball, but you can't really compare it."

    Stoke relegated, Southampton heartbreak, on penultimate PL weekend

    NOTES:

    Reading is in town for the first of two visits in May, and a total of three this season (10 total games in Trenton). The Thunder play Reading twice on the road, for a total of five games.

    The Fightin Phils are struggling to start the 2018 campaign at 10-16, seven games behind Trenton coming into the series.

    Reading's hitters have been good so far, with four regulars batting over .300: Jan Hernandez (.344), Cord Sandberg (.314), Malquin Canelo (.303), and Damek Tomsha (.301), with both Brandon Bednar (.294) and Zach Green (.292( flirting with the mark. The team is second in the Eastern League with a .258 average.

    Trenton is 11th out of 12 teams with a .222 average, with only Harrisburg (.219), which the Thunder just swept and took six out of seven in the last two home series, trailing.

    Where the Fightin Phils have struggled (and where Trenton excels) is on the mound.

    Reading is second last in team ERA at 4.27, leading only Portland (4.73).

    The Thunder lead the EL in wins (18), shutouts (4) hits allowed (176), home runs allowed (11) runs allowed (87), and strikeouts (265), and are second in ERA (2.67) to Akron (2.30).

    Trenton pitchers lead the lead in walks (131), which needs to improve. They have walked 27 more batters than the next highest team, Hartford.

    Contact Sean Miller at seanmillertrentontimes@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @TheProdigalSean


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    Three of New Jersey's major cities will choose their leaders in the non-partisan May municipal elections.

    It's not time for the November elections, or even the June primaries. You probably haven't been inundated with tacky campaign commercials, or public service announcements about the importance of voting.

    But, a handful of municipalities across the state are holding local elections Tuesday.

    The municipal races in 18 towns across the state are all non-partisan, and though there are several non-contested races in the mix, some of this year's most high-profile local elections will be decided long before the November shuffle.

    Voters in New Jersey's most populous city, Newark, will choose a mayor and all nine members of the city council. The race between incumbent Mayor Ras Baraka and challenger Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins has been a bitter one, and as the city is in the midst of an upward swing, with Amazon considering it as a finalist for its second headquarters, the stakes are high.

    Two other major New Jersey cities - Trenton and Paterson - will elect new mayors Tuesday night. Trenton's Eric Jackson announced earlier this year he would not seek a second term in office, spurring a seven-way race for the town's top job. In Paterson, a six-way race emerged after current Mayor Jane Williams-Warren -- who has served in an interim capacity since 2017 after Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres pleaded guiltyto corruption charges - said she would not run for a full term.

    In Long Branch, a hotly contested race for mayor has developed between incumbent Adam Schneider, School Board Member Avery Grant, and Councilman John Pallone, the brother of U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. 

    And in Newton, all eyes are on the future of Councilman Wayne Levante, who, while serving as mayor earlier this year, was catapulted into controversy after posting on Facebook conspiracy theories about the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

    See the list below to check out all of the May races happening across the state Tuesday. And, if you live in one of the 18 towns, contact the clerk's office for voting hours and information.

    Bergen County

    Ridgewood

    Council

    Two four-year terms

    • Alexandra Harwin
    • Susan Knudsen
    • Michael A. Sedon
    • Janice M. Willett

    Teterboro

    Council

    Five four-year terms

    • Christie Emden
    • Gregory J. Stein
    • Juan J. Ramirez
    • John B. Watt
    • John P. Watt

    Teaneck

    Council

    Four four-year terms

    • Keith Kaplan
    • Elie Y. Katz
    • Alan Sohn
    • Gervonn Romney Rice
    • James Dunleavy
    • Clara Williams
    • Charles Powers

    Burlington County

    Medford Lake Borough

    Council

    Two full terms

    • Joseph A. Aromando, III
    • Thomas J. Cranston
    • Robert D. Hanold, Sr.

    Camden County

    Pine Valley

    As one of N.J.'s smallest municipalities, there are only 15 registered voters in Pine Valley. According to the county clerk, residents vote only by mail, not in person.

    Commission

    Three full terms

    • Michael B. Kennedy
    • Debra M. Kennedy
    • Kendra L. Clark

    Cape May County

    Ocean City

    Mayor

    One four-year term

    • Jay Gillian
    • John Flood

    Council

    Three four-year terms

    • Karen Bergman
    • Keith Hartzell
    • Peter Madden

    Essex County

    Belleville

    Mayor

    One full term

    • Raymond Kimble
    • Liza M. Lopez
    • Michael A. Melham

    Council

    Two full terms

    • Charles G. Hood
    • Kevin G. Kennedy
    • Naomy Depena
    • Thomas Graziano
    • Victor G. Mesce
    • Felipe Reyes

    Irvington

    Mayor

    One full term

    • Tony Vauss

    Council

    Three full terms

    • Barnes Reid
    • Renee C. Burgess
    • October Hudley
    • Charnette Frederic

    Newark

    Mayor

    One four-year term

    • Ras Baraka
    • Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins

    Council At-Large

    Four four-year terms

    • Mildred C. Crump
    • Luis A. Quintana
    • Carlos M. Gonzalez
    • Eddie Osbourne
    • Dupre L. Kelly
    • Shakima K. Thomas
    • Bessie Walker
    • Hector M. Corchado
    • Ariagna Perello
    • Victor M. Monterrosa, Jr.
    • Council North Ward

    One four-year term

    • Anibal Ramos
    • Pablo Olivera
    • Hellane T. Freeman
    • Katilia Y. Velez

    Council South Ward

    One four-year term

    • Terrance L. Bankston
    • Khalil Kettles
    • John Sharpe James

    Council East Ward

    One four-year term

    • Augusto Amador
    • Anthony Campos
    • Jonathan T. Seabra
    • Crystal C. Fonseca
    • Tanisha H. Garner

    Council West Ward

    One four-year term

    • Tomecca Mecca Keyes
    • Dereck L. Dillard
    • Lavita E. Johnson
    • Marcellus T. Allen
    • Artice K. Norvell, III
    • Joseph McCallum, Jr.

    Council Central Ward

    One four-year term

    • LaMonica R. McIver
    • Rafael A. Brito
    • Jaime Gonzalez
    • Rashon K. Hasan
    • Shawn X. McCray
    • Anthony D. Diaz
    • Luther D. Roberson
    • Basil Parker
    • Czezre T. Adams

    Orange

    Council North Ward

    One full term

    • Tency A. Eason
    • Sharief Williams

    Council East Ward

    One full term

    • Kerry Coley
    • Dawan A. Alford

    Council West Ward

    One full term

    • Michael O. Scott
    • Harold J. Johnson, Jr.
    • Hassan Abdul-Rasheed

    Council South Ward

    One full term

    • Brandon K. Matthews
    • Jamie Summers-Johnson

    Hudson County

    Bayonne 

    Mayor

    One four-year term

    • Mitchell Brown 
    • Jimmy Davis
    • Jason O'Donnell 

    Council At-Large

    Two four-year terms

    • Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski
    • Melissa Enriquez-Rada
    • Juan Perez
    • Dan Ward

    Council First Ward

    One four-year term

    • Thomas Cotter
    • Sharma Montgomery 

    Council Second Ward

    One four-year term

    • Sal Gullace
    • Kevin Kuhl

    Council Third Ward

    One four-year term

    • Matt Klimansky 
    • Gary LaPelusa Sr.
    • Mark Urban 

    Union City

    Commission

    Five four-year terms

    • Brian P. Stack
    • Wendy Grullon 
    • Maryury A. Martinetti
    • Lucio P. Fernandez
    • Celin Valdivia

    Weehawken

    Council At-Large

    Two four-year terms

    • Richard F. Turner
    • David J. Curtis

    Council First Ward

    One four-year term

    • Carmela Silvestri-Ehret

    Concil Second Ward

    One four-year term

    • Rosemary Lavagnino

    Council Third Ward

    One four-year term

    • Raul I. Gonzalez

    Mercer County

    Trenton

    Mayor

    One four-year term

    • Reed Gusciora
    • Walker Worthy, Jr.
    • Darren "Freedom" Green
    • Paul Perez
    • Annette Horton-Lartigue
    • Duncan Harrison, Jr.
    • Alex Bethea

    Council At-Large

    Three four-year terms

    • Santiago Rodriguez
    • Rachel Cogsville-Lattimer
    • Elvin Montero
    • Nathaniel McCray
    • Kathy McBride
    • Jerell Blakeley 

    Council East Ward

    One four-year term

    • Elmer Sandoval
    • Joseph A. Harrison
    • Taiwanda Terry-Wilson
    • Perry Shaw III

    Council North Ward

    One four-year term

    • Algernon Ward, Jr.
    • Eboni Love
    • Marge Caldwell-Wilson

    Council South Ward

    One four-year term

    • Damian Malave
    • Jenna Kettenburg
    • George Muscal

    Council West Ward

    One four-year term

    • Robin Vaughn 
    • Dr. Shirley Gaines
    • Zachary Chester
    • Atalaya Armstrong

    Monmouth County

    Keansburg

    Council

    Two full terms

    • Jim Cocuzza
    • Judy Ferraro

    Long Branch

    Mayor

    One full term

    • John Pallone
    • Avery Grant
    • Adam Schneider

    Council At-Large

    Five full terms

    • Edward Anastasio
    • Dennis Mikolay
    • Joy Bastelli
    • Kathleen "Kate" Billings
    • Diana Dos Santos
    • Adam Ponsi
    • Michael Sirianni
    • Mary Jane Celli
    • Lorenzo "Bill" Dangler
    • Rose M. Widdis
    • Mario R. Vieira
    • Anita Voogt

    Passaic County

    Paterson

    Mayor

    One full term

    • Alex Cruz
    • Michael Jackson
    • William McKoy
    • Alex Mendez
    • Pedro Rodriguez
    • Andre Sayegh

    Council

    Three full terms

    • Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman
    • Fatima Bell
    • Maritza Davila
    • Aslon Goow, Sr.
    • Bernard Jones
    • Douglas L. Maven
    • Kenneth McDaniel
    • Casey C. Melvin
    • Lilisa Mimms
    • Angela Muhammad
    • Flavio Rivera
    • Davon Roberts
    • Juan Mitch Santiago
    • Zellie Thomas

    Sussex County

    Newton

    Council

    Three four-year terms

    • Matthew Dickson
    • Sandra Diglio
    • E. Kevin Elvidge
    • Wayne Levante
    • Ludmilla Mecaj
    • Alex Majewski
    • Jason Schlaffer

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    Authorities are investigating the possibility that the suspect committed 2 non-fatal shootings in Neptune and Holmdel recently

    The gunman accused of opening fire and killing a 24-year-old motorist in Freehold Township last week appeared to have chosen his victim at random, according to police reports.

    kader-mustafa.jpgKader Mustafa

    The victim, Sciasia Calhoun, was driving with her boyfriend and their 1-year-old child on Route 33 west in Freehold when they first encountered the gunman, Kader Mustafa, who was driving in a white "beat up" Chevrolet Impala, according to the affidavit of probable cause in the case.

    Calhoun was driving a 1997 blue Mazda Protege with her high beams on because her headlights weren't working properly, the affidavit states. (The couple were initially heading east, to Neptune, but turned around when the headlights stopped working.)

    Calhoun pulled up behind Mustafa on Route 33 near The Cabin restaurant around 11:44 p.m. on Thursday.

    Moments later, Mustafa, a 34-year-old Hightstown resident, pulled over and left Calhoun pass him, the report states. He then "came up on them aggressively," it states, at which time Calhoun's boyfriend told her to take the Halls Mills Road exit to evade the Impala.

    As Mustafa passed them, he fired a shot at the car and then continued on Route 33, the report states.

    The shot hit Calhoun in the head, it says. 

    She was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:46 a.m. Her boyfriend and the child were not injured.

    Mustafa was arrested the following morning in Manalapan.

    Authorities are investigating the possibility he's responsible for two non-fatal shootings in Neptune Township and Holmdel on April 27 and 28, respectively. In those cases, a gunman randomly opened fire at occupied vehicles but did not injure any occupants.

    Police seized two handguns from Mustafa's vehicle when he was arrested.

    Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni told NJ Advance Media that his office doesn't have any reason to believe Mustafa legally owned the guns that were seized.

    Authorities have said they are ballistically testing the guns to see if there are any links.

    First Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey said at a press conference on Friday that detectives are "confident" there's no connection between the Freehold shooting and the highway shooting on Route 18 in Colts Neck in which Lloyd Earl Sanders was killed.

    Mustafa, who's charged with murder, attempted murder and two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, is scheduled to appear in Monmouth County Superior Court Wednesday morning for a detention hearing.

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

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    The 54-year-old was hit along Route 129 north

    A 54-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by an SUV in Trenton on Sunday night, authorities said. 

    Anthony Capon, 54, of Trenton, was hit by the northbound vehicle near Route 129 and Hamilton Avenue around 9 p.m, Lt. Steve Varn said.

    Pedestrian struck and killed by 2 tractor trailers on Route 1

    Capon was brought to St. Francis Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:43 p.m. 

    The driver, a 23-year-old Trenton man, stopped and has not been charged, police said. Police are still investigating. 

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

     

     

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    The former Ewing High School baseball star playing for legendary coach

    David Angebranndt coached Mike Salvatore for only one baseball season at Ewing High School, but that's all he needed to know the kid was going on to bigger things.

    Passing on being drafted out of high school in the 19th round by the Cincinnati Reds - as a pitcher - he's now on one of the most successful Division I programs in the country.

    Salvatore-Mike-768x960.jpgMike Salvatore

    Salvatore plays shortstop for legendary coach Mike Martin at Florida State University.

    The junior has started all 48 games this season (through Monday night), mostly batting first. He leads the Seminoles in runs scored (37), has six doubles, a home run, has been walked 24 times and reached base 68 times. He is 8-for-11 in stolen bases, has knocked in 21 runs and has struck out only 16 times.

    The Seminoles are 32-16 and control their own destiny as far as winning the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

    "Everything you're watching him do now is basically the same stuff he was doing for me as a senior,'' Angebranndt said. "He's got five tools. He has the mental aspect of the game. He's extremely smart when it comes to baseball. He can run, field it, hit and throw it. He's a guy you want up when the game is on the line.''

    Salvatore was a pitcher for former Ewing coach Kip Harrison until senior year, firing 92-93 miles an hour. Angebranndt switched him to shortstop, preferring his defensive skills. During his career for the Blue Devils he reached the 100 hit mark.

    He opted for junior college out of high school, spending two years at Northwest Florida State College before transferring two hours east to FSU's Tallahassee campus.

    Salvatore describes his season as, "Not too bad. Overall I can't complain. I'm trying to do my part; do the little things to help the team win.''

    FSU is used to winning, having appeared in the NCAA tournament all of coach Martin's 39 years. Days ago, he set the NCAA all-time record for most baseball wins with 1,976 and under his watch the Seminoles have won 18 ACC titles and in six of the last nine years have been in the ACC championship game.

    Since 1990 no school has had more seasons of 50 or more victories (24). Since 2000 FSU has won 896 games.

    "You always hear about them growing up and playing for a team like FSU,'' Salvatore said.

    Angebranndt, a 2007 graduate of Ewing, also went the junior college route out of high school, catching for Mercer County Community College before going on to play for the University of Delaware. The last Ewing High grad to get drafted was Kyle Davis, class of 2005, who also played at Delaware. Davis was drafted by the Chicago White Sox but never reached the major leagues.

    "He's humble, courageous, outgoing; just a gamer,'' Angebranndt said about the 21 year-old. "He's everything you want as a leader on your team. He's a kid you can rely on and definitely a kid who deserves all the accolades he's going to get in the future.

    "He's making the best of an opportunity. He's worked hard from day one,'' he added, "and is not going to let anyone stop him. It's no surprise as to what he's doing now. Hopefully he'll do good things in Omaha and try and bring Mike Martin his first World Series title.''

    Even should FSU not win the ACC championship (beginning May 22 at Duke), it would likely get a bid to the NCAAs; maybe even hosting in the opening round beginning June 1. The Super Regionals are the following weekend and the World Series, held in Omaha, gets underway June 16.

    "It's no surprise as to what he's doing right now,'' Angebranndt said. "We all knew he'd be successful and I'm very proud of him. I hope he realizes a lot of people have his back and are pulling for him.''

     

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    Acevedo went on the 7-Day DL on April 13, retroactive to April 12. He has been out almost a month. Watch video

    One of the top prospects in the Yankees system is nearing a return to action.

    Domingo Acevedo, the 6-7 right-handed starting pitcher ranked number nine on the list of New York Yankees prospects, should be back on the mound in the coming weeks for the Trenton Thunder. He has been out of action with a blister on his right index finger.

    He also suffered a concussion on the last road trip. 

    "Today, he threw his third or fourth side, and did a really nice job," Thunder manager Jay Bell said Tuesday, before the second game of three with the Reading Fightin Phils. "He had a nice bullpen. I don't know what the plans are. I don' know if we are going to piggy-back him, or how we are going to work it.

    "But nonetheless, he looks good. His finger feels good. I asked him today if there were any hot spots, or if it felt a little hot, and he said no. So I am excited about that."

    Acevedo went on the 7-Day DL on April 13, retroactive to April 12. He has been out almost a month. 

    "I am going to assume so," Bell said on whether the organization would be cautious with Acevedo. "That is what it looks like. You don't want the guy to go out there and throw until it blisters again, and then try to get it better.

    "They are trying to get it toughened up, so that he does not have this issue again. We talked about it yesterday a little bit. I am not sure if there is a home remedy."

    Bell was not sure whether or not Acevedo would pitch a rehab start in Tampa, or if he would come right back onto the Trenton roster when he is cleared.

    "As soon as I find that out, I will let you know," Bell said. "That is one of the things that they are still (figuring out). There is still probably another side, probably a live side. So we are probably a week and a half away."

    Acevedo is 0-1, with a 2.61 ERA, in his two starts with the Thunder in 2018. He was 5-1 with Trenton last season, one of three levels he pitched at during the 2017 season. Acevedo told NJ.com's Randy Miller Monday night that he expects to be back on the 19th or 20th of this month.

    Bell also gave an update on Brandon Drury, the Yankees third baseman on rehab assignment in Trenton.

    "He is going to play the next two games here, and then he will will go back up to Scranton," Bell said. "It keeps him from having to make the bus trip to Richmond (with Trenton). But I do not know anything beyond that."

    Thunder pitcher Ryan Bollinger returns to America after world travels

    NOTES:

    Trenton came into Tuesday night's game with the Fightin Phils on fire.

    The Thunder (19-11) had won six in a row, and eight of nine, before a 2-0 loss to Reading in the second game of the series. Trenton is in a first place Eastern Division tie with New Hampshire (Toronto Blue Jays, 18-10), which has played two less games.

    In the Western Division, the Akron RubberDucks (Cleveland Indians) are 20-11, three games ahead of the Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates, 16-13). The Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants, 16-13) are half a game back of Altoona.

    Trenton plays its next 19 games against teams from the Western Division, starting Thursday with four on the road against the Flying Squirrels. The Thunder play three with Akron and four with Bowie at home, and four with Akron and Erie on the road, before Reading comes back to Trenton to end the month.

    Contact Sean Miller at seanmillertrentontimes@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @TheProdigalSean


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    Unofficial results for races in 18 New Jersey municipalities holding local elections May 8.


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    A 2-year-old boy was killed Tuesday afternoon when he and his mother were struck by a truck in Hamilton after the child darted into the street, police said.

    A 2-year-old boy was killed Tuesday afternoon when he and his mother were struck by a truck in Hamilton after the child darted into the street, police said.

    The boy, whose name has not been released, "darted out" between two cars that were parked on residential Lynwood Avenue, near Walnut Avenue, shortly before 4 p.m.

    His mother, 37, tried to grab him, and she was struck by the truck as well. She was listed in critical condition at Capital Health Regional Medical Center on Tuesday night.

    "It appears that he took off toward the street and his mother couldn't stop him in time," Hamilton Police Lt. Richard Mastropolo said.

    Mastropolo said that some homes along the residential street do not have driveways and that residents park on the street.

    Mastropolo said the driver of the truck, a 58-year-old Hamilton man, did not appear to be speeding, and that the accident is still under investigation. The road has a 25 mph speed limit.

    Mastropolo asked anyone who may have witnessed the accident to call the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000.

    Chris Sheldon may be reached at csheldon@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrisrsheldon Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    The votes are in, the ballots have been counted

    The votes are in, the ballots have been counted and here are the unofficial results for the Trenton municipal elections.

    With 100 percent of precincts reporting.

    Candidates must secure at least 50 percent of the vote today to win the seat to avoid a June runoff election. Runoff elections feature the top two vote-getters in the mayor and ward races, and the top six in the at-large race.

    The candidates apparently headed to runoff races are in bold.

    Mayor

    One four-year term

    Reed Gusciora 1,833 votes, 20.76 percent of the vote
    Walker Worthy, Jr. 1,637, 18.54%
    Darren "Freedom" Green 1,306, 14.79%
    Paul Perez 2,536, 28.73%
    Annette Horton-Lartigue 235, 2.66%
    Duncan Harrison, Jr. 704, 7.97%
    Alex Bethea 560, 6.34

    Council At-Large

    Three four-year terms

    Santiago Rodriguez 2,352, 16.08%
    Rachel Cogsville-Lattimer 2,347, 16.04%
    Elvin Montero 2,262, 15.46%
    Nathaniel McCray 1,538, 10.51%
    Kathy McBride 3,353, 22.92%
    Jerell Blakeley 2,721, 18.60%

    Council East Ward

    One four-year term

    Elmer Sandoval 320, 20.46%
    Joseph A. Harrison 448, 28.64%
    Taiwanda Terry-Wilson 493, 31.52%
    Perry Shaw III 302, 19.31%

    Council North Ward

    One four-year term

    Algernon Ward, Jr. 630, 33.73%
    Eboni Love 367, 19.65%
    Marge Caldwell-Wilson 871, 46.63%

    Council South Ward

    One four-year term

    Damian Malave 400, 30.79%
    Jenna Kettenburg 294, 22.63%
    George Muscal 604, 46.50%

    Council West Ward

    One four-year term

    Robin Vaughn 1,277, 38.69%
    Dr. Shirley Gaines 857, 25.96%
    Zachary Chester 867, 26.26%
    Atalaya Armstrong 294, 8.91%

    Olivia Rizzo may be reached at orizzo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @LivRizz. Find NJ.com on Facebook

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    Paul Perez and Reed Gusciora will participate in a runoff election for Trenton's top position on city council.

    The polls are closed and ballots have been counted in Trenton's election to select a new mayor and five council members -- without results.

    Tuesday's top two vote-getters in the mayor's race -- candidates Paul Perez and Reed Gusciora -- will square off in a June runoff to decide who will hold the city's top spot. A candidate must secure more than 50 percent of the vote to win in the municipal election, which no candidate did.

    According to unofficial results, Perez, who owns a city business and runs a nonprofit in Trenton, received 28.8 percent of the vote. Reed Gusciora, a state Assemblyman, received 20.8 percent.

    Seven candidates, ranging from newcomers to longtime politicians, ran in Tuesday's election for Trenton's top job.

    Candidates like Gusciora, Duncan Harrison and Alex Bethea are no strangers to running for political office, with Bethea and Harrison currently serving on city council and Gusciora holding a seat in the state assembly. Perez ran an unsuccessful bid for Trenton mayor in 2014, along with Walker Worthy Jr. who finished third Tuesday night.

    Darren "Freedom" Green is a city activist who has built a following after an unsuccessful run for city council in 2010. Lartigue is a former city councilwoman.

    Whichever candidate ends up winning this year's race will take the helm in Trenton at an interesting time. The new administration will have to contend with what the state Department of Environmental Protection has called major mismanagement and water quality issues at Trenton Water Works, its municipal water utility. The mayor will also be expected to continue a push for the revitalization of the city.

    The splintered race materialized earlier this year after Mayor Eric Jackson announced he would not seek reelection.

    "I still believe I have much to contribute to Trenton's rebirth, but I believe my contributions will be greater outside the halls of City Hall and the mayor's office," Jackson said when announcing he would not run. 

    In June, a runoff election will be held and the citizens of Trenton will take to the voting booths once again to choose their next mayor. Council positions will also be decided in the runoff. See all of the unofficial results from Tuesday's elections here.

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    Gondek, who lives off Scotch Road, rode her motorized wheelchair 6.9 miles from her house all the way to Arm & Hammer Park.

    Janeen Gondek does not like to miss Trenton Thunder games.

    But the Ewing resident, who is confined to a wheelchair due to advanced Lyme's Disease, had a problem on Tuesday night. Gondek, who attends almost every home Thunder game each season, was supposed to meet her friend Christian Naugle at the game. With Reading in town, they were going to celebrate Naugle's (he is a big Phillies fan) 50th birthday, which was on Sunday.

    Access Link, which is a public transportation service for people with disabilities, did not pick her up for the game.

    "I was on the phone with Access Link, and they told me that I was a no show," Gondek said. "I told them there was no way I missed the bus. I told them to send the bus for me, but they said that I was a no show, and they would not send the bus back.

    "They take me to every game."

    With no way to get to the game via transportation, it was looking pretty bad for Gondek. But she improvised.

    Gondek, who lives off Scotch Road by the Ewing Municipal Building, rode her motorized wheelchair 6.9 miles from her house all the way to Arm & Hammer Park. Her route took her onto Rt. 29 during rush hour, a daunting task at times with a car. But with a little help from the Sheriff's Office, and the Trenton Police, Gondek arrived safely at the game, which was won by Naugle's Fightin Phils 2-0.

    "I just decided that I was going to drive my chair to the game," Gondek said. "So I take my stuff, my dog, my bag, I make sure my bell and megaphone are packed, and I get on Scotch Road.

    "I cut through the Presbyterian cemetery there, because I don't want to go around that curve there. I take Scotch Road to Parkway, Parkway to Lower Ferry, Lower Ferry to Sullivan, and Sullivan to 29.

    "I get on 29, and I am cruising along in my chair, and all of a sudden, I notice that the traffic behind me is a little slow. I was on the right shoulder, on the river side. I am really just enjoying the view, and the weather. 

    "I stopped, and moved as far to the curb as I could, and tried to wave the car around. Then I saw the lights of the Sheriff's officer. I said oh no, I am going to get a ticket. But they said to me, 'Keep going, we are keeping you safe.'"

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    If anyone has tried to navigate Rt. 29 at rush hour, with the state office workers trying to get home, he or she knows that the Calhoun Street Bridge and Rt. 1 Bridge entrances are tough to navigate. But Gondek once again got some help, to continue on her way.

    "We got to the Trenton Water Works, and I pulled into the parking lot," Gondek said. "My concern was, the merging traffic coming on and off the Calhoun Street Bridge, plus to get on the Route 1 Bridge, the shoulder isn't there. 

    "So the Trenton Police show up behind the Sheriff's van. They called Access Link, which refused to send a van. They escorted me all the way until I got up on the sidewalk by the field.

    "The whole thing took one hour and 20 minutes."

    Naugle could not believe Gondek did all that to get to the game.

    "I heard the story three times, and I thought it was a joke and she was messing with me," Naugle said. "When we sat down, and she told me she really did it, she started to get into the details of it. I have known her for about three years. We met in this stadium. 

    "I started to put the logistics of it together, and I know she has been out on the open road before, to take her daughter to school. But that was quite shorter than seven miles."

    The main question that had to be asked is, why all this effort?

    "Because the Thunder are my favorite," Gondek said. 

    "There is nothing this women can't do," Naugle said. "Baseball is her passion, and this team is her passion.  

    Trenton won the rubber game with Reading 3-1 Wednesday, to move to 20-11. The Thunder got three runs in the bottom of the second inning, on a double from Ben Ruta and a two-RBI single from Trey Amburgey, then watched as Jonathan Loaisiga limited the Fightin Phils to a Zach Green solo home run in the fourth.

    Contact Sean Miller at seanmillertrentontimes@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @TheProdigalSean


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    Its one of a string of recent cases of "strict liability for drug-induced death," or dealing drugs that kill those who used them.

    A Monmouth County grand jury has indicted a Mercer County man on charges he sold a Howell Township man the heroin that killed him last year.

    John R. Varra, 50, who was arrested last year a few days after the death, was indicted on one count of strict liability for a drug-induced death for the May 1, 2017 sale of the dose led to the death of a 31-year-old Howell Township man two days later, the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office announced.

    The 31-year-old man's wife called police just after midnight on May 3, 2017 when she found him unresponsive in their bedroom. Emergency responders tried to revive him with naloxone -- an opioid overdose reversal drug -- but the efforts were unsuccessful.

    Police began investigating the source of the man's heroin, and arrested Varra in Howell Township later the same day, officials said. He also faces a third-degree heroin possession and distribution charges as well.

    He was not in police custody as of Wednesday.

    Varra - who has a Trenton mailing address, but records show he lives in the Ewing -  is one of several New Jerseyans recently charged with for selling a deadly dose of heroin.

    21-year-old man from Burlington County was recently charged after selling to a 15-year-old girl who died by overdose. The man allegedly searching the internet for ways to get people addicted to heroin, googling "I want to get a girl addicted to heroin."

    And a 25-year-old Camden dealer was recently found guilty during trial for selling the heroin that killed a 35-year-old Burlington County man. 

    Varra currently faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in state prison without parole and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if found guilty during a trial, prosecutors said. 

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

     

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