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Central Jersey News from the Times of Trenton

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    By NJ Advance Media photographer Michael Mancuso

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    A Monmouth county judge granted prosecutor's request for pretrial detention for Dereal Finklin on Friday morning. Watch video

    A Monmouth County judge granted a prosecutor's pretrial detention request for a 43-year-old Princeton man accused of threatening a congressman online despite a family member's plea for consideration of the man's mental health. 

    Prosecutors argued in court on Friday morning that Dereal Finklin, 43, made threats online to U.S. Rep. Chris Smith and others on Facebook that put not only the congressman but the community in danger.

    According to prosecutors, Finklin posted a picture of Rep. Smith with the caption "dead man walking." 

    Finklin made these threats under his Facebook alias "Israel Bey," and added, "Anybody outside of my blood in Monmouth or Ocean County on my Facebook account, you are dead." 

    Finklin's aunt, Gwen Jones, wrote a letter to the judge asking him to consider her nephew's mental health. She told the judge her nephew has previously been committed to a psychiatric ward a number of times, and other family members, including his ex-wife and children, have separated themselves from him because of his severe mental health issues.

    Jones said Finklin was diagnosed with severe bi-polar disorder and has been treated in New Jersey several times. 

    She said mental health issues were also why the Lakewood High School and Vanderbilt University graduate had to sit out a year at Vanderbilt, where he played football. 

    "He should be in a mental health institution not a courtroom," Jones said from South Carolina by phone. "He doesn't have to be treated differently, but he needs to be treated fairly because of those issues." 

    Public defenders argued that Finklin's online threats to not only Smith, R-4th Dist., but to others should be taken seriously and that Finklin could be a threat to the community. Other posts by him threatened Lakewood High School staff,  prosecutors said.

    Ultimately, the judge agreed. 

    It was revealed in court that a former New Jersey State Trooper alerted authorities after a friend who knew Finklin from high school showed him Franklin's Facebook posts. 

    Finklin is charged with making terroristic threats and is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute in Freehold. 

    Last week, Smith told NJ Advance Media he was glad Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office was getting involved in the case. 

    His district covers parts of Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties, and Smith has local offices in Freehold, Plumsted and Hamilton

    Taylor Tiamoyo Harris may be reached at Follow her on Twitter @ladytiamoyoFind on Facebook. 


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    The new school is scheduled to open in September 2019 Watch video

    Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora and other officials took a tour of the Trenton Central High School construction site Friday morning.

    The state's Schools Development Authority, which is running the $155 project,  hosted the tour.

    In brief remarks, the SDA's new CEO, Lizette Delgado-Polanco, said the new school "will serve the students here for years to come" and described the project as a "a team effort."

    She then called on former SDA chief Charles McKenna to say a few words, and added: "I'm walking in to the legacy that he leaves behind." 

    The school's principal, Hope Grant, said the various career academies in the new school, which include STEM, culinary arts, television and media production will allow students, "to put purpose to their passion."

    The school is scheduled to open its door to students in September 2019.

    PHOTOS: New mayor, officials tour new Trenton Central High School

    Michael Mancuso may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @michaelmancuso, Instagram @michaelmancuso and Facebook @michaelmancuso

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    The game was a showcase for the World Cup Final Man of the Match, who once again proved that he may be the best player in the league. Watch video

    With the greatest World Cup in history a distant memory, the Premier League season took center stage Friday, for the first of 380 matches this season.

    Fittingly, the game was a showcase for the World Cup Final Man of the Match, Paul Labile Pogba, who once again showed that he may be the best player in the league.

    The game between Manchester United and Leicester City was the first of 10 this weekend, which will end with defending champion Manchester City traveling to the Emirates to take on new-look Arsenal.


    Manchester United 2-1 Leicester City


    Paul Pogba, Manchester United

    The midfielder only returned to training Monday, after winning the World Cup with France. But with the midfield shorthanded, Pogba stepped into the middle of the pitch at Old Trafford and delivered.

    The captain scored in just the third minute of the season, after the Red Devils were awarded a penalty just 75 seconds into the match. Pogba dispatched the penalty with ease, and then spent the rest of the contest running the show on both ends of the pitch.

    "Pogba was a monster," Jose Mourinho said after the match.

    Pogba was the Man of the Match with an 8.37 rating.

    Luke Shaw, Manchester United

    The left back has faced so much adversity over the last few seasons, but he started 2018-19 with a huge game.

    Attachment-1 (28).jpegLuke Shaw's first senior goal was the winner Friday, in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Leicester City. 

    Shaw's first senior goal in the 83rd minute eded up as the game winner, and he was very good defensively as well.

    "It was my first goal and that is all that was important," Shaw said after the match to Sky Sports. "It doesn't mater how I scored. I was meant to come inside and I managed to get in front of him and put it in.

    "It's the best feeling I have had in my career. I have worked really hard over the pre-season and I had a lot of time to reflect, and work on what I needed to. Even tonight, I know I can be better and that is what I want to keep showing the manager."

    Eric Bailly, Manchester United

    Another player that had a tough 2017-18 campaign, Bailly was a rock at the back of the defense Friday.

    Bailly and Victor Lindelof have the opportunity to form a rock solid pairing at the back for the Red Devils, as long as he can stay healthy.



    Newcastle United vs. Tottenham, 7:30 a.m. (NBC Sports, Universo, and

    Bournemouth vs. Cardiff City, 10 a.m. (NBC Sports Gold and

    Fulham vs. Crystal Palace, 10 a.m. (NBC Sports Gold and

    Huddersfield vs. Chelsea, 10 a.m. (NBC Sports, Universo, and

    Watford vs. Brighton & Hove Albion, 10 a.m. (NBC Sports Gold and

    Wolverhampton vs. Everton, 12:30 p.m. (NBC and

    Premier League 2018-19 preview: City set to repeat, Wolves could surprise


    All three promoted teams will take to the pitches around England Saturday. Cardiff City will visit AFC Bournemouth, while Fulham will host Crystal Palace, both at 10 a.m. EDT.

    In the showcase match of the day, two of the top spending teams of the summer window will meet at 12:30 p.m. EDT. Wolverhampton will host Everton, and both teams will think they can make a run at a UEFA Europa League spot.

    Will any of the new Premier League teams make their mark early in the campaign? 

    Contact Sean Miller at Follow him on Twitter @TheProdigalSean His weekly podcast, Box to Box Football, can be found on iTunes here

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    The plea deal calls for a possible 6-month jail term

    A veteran Trenton police officer pleaded guilty Friday to possessing child pornography as part of a plea bargain in which he faces jail and will lose his job.

    Paul Marinelli was in his 23rd year as a police officer when he was arrested in September 2017. He was charged as part of a state Attorney's General's Office investigation into child porn called Operation Safety Net.

    Paul Marinelli.jpgPaul Marinelli. 

    The 53-year-old South Brunswick resident appeared in in Middlesex County Superior Court Friday, the attorney general's office announced.

    His plea agreement calls for state prosecutors to recommend a 180-day sentence in the county jail, and a term of probation. And he loses his police job, from which he's been suspended since his arrest.

    His lawyer, David Schroth, said Marinelli took responsibility for something that was "clearly wrong."

    For 31 years, he's served publicly, first in the U.S. Army, including a tour in the 1991 Gulf War, and then as a police officer. "He has literally spent his entire adult life on the front lines," Schroth said.

    "And he deeply regrets the mistake he made," Schroth said.

    State authorities said Friday that investigators found child pornography in an iCloud email account belonging to Marinelli

    Detectives seized three laptops and USB flash and thumb drives from his home and an analysis of them later found numerous images and three videos of child pornography.

    The AG's office said their investigation did not reveal any evidence Marinelli distributed child pornography.

    Marinelli has been free pending the outcome of his case. He's scheduled to be sentenced in October.

    When he was arrested and suspended from his job last year, Marinelli was earning an annual salary of about $103,000.

    Kevin Shea may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @kevintshea. Find on Facebook.

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    Sadashiv Walunj pleaded no contest to aggravated indecent assault of a child. Following his sentence, he'll be sent back to India.

    While visiting his son in New Jersey from India last fall, family friends welcomed Sadashiv Walunj to stay with them at their home in Lower Makefield, across the river in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

    They hail from the same village in India.

    They called the 63-year-old "Baba," a term of respect for elder men in their culture.

    sadashiu_walunj.jpgSadashiv Walunj 

    During two separate stays, Walunj sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl.

    On Wednesday, a Bucks County judge sentenced Walunj to three to 10 years in state prison, the Bucks County District Attorney's Office announced.

    Walunj assaulted the child several times on multiple occasions at the girl's home and in her mother's vehicle.

    He spoke in court with the assistance of an interpreter and did not deny the allegations against him, but offered no explanation for his crimes, the district attorney's office said.

    The assaults occurred in late September and early October, and during a second visit in November. After the second visit, the girl confided in her father, who confronted Walunj, who admitted his actions, court documents say.

    Walunj had previously pleaded no contest to aggravated indecent assault of a child. Following his sentence, he'll be sent back to India.

    Deputy District Attorney Kate Kohler said in a statement that the girl's parents approved of the plea agreement, which kept their daughter from having to appear in court, and they were not present at the sentencing.

    Kevin Shea may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @kevintshea. Find on Facebook.


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    The man jumped into Lake Carnegie from a dock

    A man died in a local hospital about an hour after Princeton police pulled him from Lake Carnegie Friday afternoon, the Princeton Police Department said.

    The department received a 911 call at 2:52 p.m. reporting a man jumped off a dock near the boat launch and swam for a few moments, then went under and hadn't surfaced.

    Three officers got the lakeside at 2:55 p.m.

    Two went in to search and one stayed on the dock and probed the water with a pole, police said.

    The officers saw bubbles surface and dove down in that area one was able to grab the man's arm and pull him to the surface

    The three officers pulled the man out with Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad members, and they started CPR at 3:03 p.m.

    The man - who police did not immediately identify - was pronounced dead at 3:54 p.m., at Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro, the department said.

    The incident remained under investigation Friday evening, Princeton police said.

    Lake Carnegie's west shores are in Princeton, while it's eastern side is in West Windsor and Plainsboro in Middlesex County.

    It's also the home training water for USRowing, the governing body for the country's national and Olympic rowing teams.

    Kevin Shea may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @kevintshea. Find on Facebook.


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    Jario Jimenez, 29, was driving northbound on the Turnpike when he crashed his Yamaha motorcycle into a concrete median.

    A Mount Laurel man is dead after crashing his motorcycle into a concrete median on the New Jersey Turnpike, according to State Police. 

    Jairo Jimenez, 29, was driving northbound on the Turnpike when he crashed his Yamaha motorcycle into a concrete median near the 7A exit at 1:35 a.m. Saturday, Sgt. Lawrence Peel said.

    Jimenez was ejected off his bike after crashing into the media causing fatal injuries, he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Peel. 

    No other cars or vehicles were involved in the crash.

    The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation by the NJ State Police. 

    Olivia Rizzo may be reached at Follow her on Twitter @LivRizz. Find on Facebook

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    The best match of the weekend will be the finale, as Manchester City will take its high flying offensive attack on the road to face Arsenal.

    While Manchester United opened the Premier League season with a 2-1 win over Leicester City Friday, the league was in full swing Saturday, with six matches over three time slots.

    Fan protests started the day at Newcastle, while the newly promoted teams took to the pitches in the later kickoffs, with only one of the three managing to get a point.

    Oh, how we have missed Premier League mornings (and afternoons). 


    Newcastle United 1-2 Tottenham

    Bournemouth 2-0 Cardiff City

    Fulham 0-2 Crystal Palace

    Huddersfield 0-3 Chelsea

    Watford 2-0 Brighton 

    Wolverhampton 2-2 Everton


    Roberto Pererya, Watford

    Many people have written this Watford team off, but the Hornets have made it their business to be Premier League survivors.

    Pererya made sure that Watford started the 2018-19 season on a high note, against one of the clubs that figures to be in similar circumstances. The midfielder's brace lead the Hornets to a 2-0 win over the Seagulls.

    Pererya had the highest rating of the day from, and was the Man of the Match with a score of 9.55.

    Callum Wilson, Bournemouth

    The Cherries finished 12th last season, and came out of the blocks quickly again Saturday, thanks to Wilson.

    The forward's 90th minute goal gave Bournemouth a 2-0 win over Cardiff City, after he missed a penalty in the first half. Wilson also assisted Ryan Fraser's opener.

    He was the Man of the Match with a 8.23 rating.

    Ruben Neves, Wolverhampton

    He was the best player on the Wolves last year, as they won the EFL Championship, and he was the arguably the best player on the pitch Saturday against Everton.

    Neves had a first half strike, and assisted Raul Jimenez's second half equalizer, as Wolverhampton drew 2-2 with the Toffees.

    Neves just pipped Everton's Richarlison, who had a brace, to the Man of the Match, 8.32 to 8.26.

    Manchester United opens 2018-19 Premier League with a 2-1 win


    Liverpool vs. West Ham United, 8:30 a.m. (NBC Sports, Universo, and

    Southampton vs. Burnley, 8:30 a.m. (NBC Sports Gold and

    Arsenal vs. Manchester City, 11 a.m. (NBC Sports, Telemundo, and

    What is the weirdest thing you have ever seen at a football match?


    All three matches Sunday have interesting plots.

    The best match of the weekend will be the finale, as Manchester City will take its high flying offensive attack on the road to face Arsenal.

    After the F.A. Community Shield win last week over Chelsea, the Cityzens come in as overwhelming favorites to win a second straight Premier League title. Can the Gunners, led out by a manager other than Arsene Wenger (Unai Emery) for the first time in over two decades, make this a match?

    West Ham, fresh off a spending spree in the summer window, will travel to take on the team that spent the most in the window, Liverpool.

    The Hammers harbor Europa League dreams, and a result at Anfield could prove that they are a team to reckon with in 2018-19. But Liverpool will hope that this season brings some silverware for the first time since 2011, and just the second time since 2006. Can Mo Salah replicate his heroics from last campaign, when he scored 34 goals in the Premier League, and 43 overall?

    Burnley, fresh off a midweek trip to Istanbul to take on Basaksehir in the UEFA Europa League (0-0), will visit Southampton. The Clarets have a real shot to advance Thursday to the Europa League playoff, with a win at home over Basaksehir. How will Burnley manager Sean Dyche manage the lineup, with such a huge match to play midweek?

    Contact Sean Miller at Follow him on Twitter @TheProdigalSean His weekly podcast, Box to Box Football, can be found on iTunes here

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    Authorities are asking for the public to call them if they see the escapee in Cumberland County.

    A prisoner who escaped from custody in Cumberland County Friday remains on the loose, authorities say.

    riley.jpgDavid D. Riley. (New Jersey State Police) 

    Lt. Ted Schafer of New Jersey State Police said David D. Riley, 34, had a knife on him when he fled the custody of authorities in his underwear on Friday.

    Riley was being transported from Mercer County to a hearing in Superior Court in Bridgeton, Cumberland County, when he got loose.

    He escaped wearing only a T-shirt and boxer shorts on Old Deerfield Pike in Upper Deerfield Township north of Bridgeton around 10:30 a.m., authorities said.

    Riley is from the Bridgeton area.

    Schafer said Saturday he could say reveal where the search was centered, but said said police are actively pursuing leads. 

    There was a large police presence around the area where Riley escaped on Friday including helicopters and K-9s.

    The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office and Cumberland County Department of Corrections are also assisting the state police with the search. 

    Authorities have not said what charges Riley is currently facing.

    Court records do show Riley was previously sentenced to six years in July 2010 for with kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault. 

    Riley is described as about 5 foot, 9 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds with short brown hair, a short beard and blue eyes.

    He is considered armed and dangerous, authorities said.

    Officials ask anyone with information to contact the State Police Bridgeton Station at 856-451-0101 or call 911.

    Taylor Tiamoyo Harris may be reached at Follow her on Twitter @ladytiamoyo.

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    Family members of a 24-year-old reckon with the fact that there hasn't been a lead on his killers in more than a decade

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    Here is a list of 15 news stories that were really, really huge. One changed world history, one shaped modern media, one was a shocking precursor to the ongoing acceleration of mass shootings and one introduced a technology we take for granted today.

    Envisioning NJ 2A photo of Thomas Edison and his staff inside his Menlo Park lab. Edison worked at the location on several inventions between 1876 and 1881. The image is one of more than 650 in "Envisioning New Jersey: An Illustrated History of the Garden State," a new book from Rutgers University Press. (U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, Thomas Edison National Historical Park) 

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    So the coach, who was appointed in 2015 to change the fortunes of the Rams, decided to step down from his head coaching job.

    Ethan Jeros had a tough decision to make this summer.

    While he had just led the Hightstown football team to its best record in over a decade, Jeros also has a newborn child at home.

    So the coach, who was appointed in 2015 to change the fortunes of the Rams, decided to step down from his head coaching job.

    After a breakthrough 2017 campaign for the Hightstown football team, which saw the Rams go 5-5 following six years with a combined record of 11-48, there will be a new head coach in charge of the continued rebuilding process. Ryan Fullen was hired by Athletic Director Jim Peto, and he took over this week, as the Rams opened practice in preparation for their opening night game September 8 against Princeton.

    Both coaches spoke last week, Jeros about his decision, and Fullen about his optimism for the upcoming season.

    ""I just had a baby, and I just want to spend time with my family," Jeros said. "I have been coaching for over 20 years, and a lot of times through my 20 years, I heard coaches say, 'I regret not being there when my children were growing up. I regret all the time away coaching.'

    "This is my first child, and he is five months old. I really want to have an opportunity to be there for him, and help my wife, and to help him grow up. I know I can always go back to coaching. That will always be there. 

    "I always preach to the team family first, and I would be lying to them if I put my family aside for them. They are my family too, but at the end of the day, this is my family. That is my choice, really, and I am ok with it. I would like nothing more than to be with this group. Like you said earlier, we had a good thing going there.

    "At the end of the day, this is a family decision. I am also moving out of the area, so there are a lot of things going on. This is just the best thing to do for everybody, even the kids at Hightstown. I wouldn't have been able to give them the time that they deserved."

    Peto talked about Jeros, who helped change the culture of the team, as well as the newly-installed head coach.

    "Coach Jeros did a tremendous job at setting an atmosphere and culture for our student-athletes to learn, while enjoying playing for him," Peto said. "As well as our team did on the field, the relationships he fostered between his staff with parents, and the players with our community through volunteer work, was his greatest accomplishments. 

    "At the same time, the athletic department will always remember breaking the 40-year winless drought to Notre Dame and bringing home the Mayor's Cup all three years in our rivalry game against West Windsor South.

    "Coach Fullen comes to us with a wealth of football knowledge and a resume full of stops at successful college programs while he was on staff. Through my research of Coach Fullen, one area that continually popped up was his organization and care he shows his players.  We believe Coach Fullen will be a great fit for our athletic program, and I can't be happier to be the AD giving coach his first opportunity to run his own program."

    Fullen has coached at the college level, with four stops: Arizona Western (2007), Fordham (2007-2009), SUNY Brockport (2009-2010), and Wagner (2010-2016). He will now take over a Rams' program led by returning All-Area senior Michael Quigg (RB/QB/LB), which went 5-4 in the regular season last year, before a 27-20 loss in the NJSIAA consolation round to Middletown North.

    "I think one of the things that was enticing about the job was the infrastructure in place, which is solid," Fullen said. "Coach Jeros did a good job, in terms of getting the team to this point. I inherit a staff that is extremely knowledgeable.

    "They had a really good offense last year, and we are hopefully looking to continue that going forward. Jim Peto, the booster club, everybody I met was phenomenal. Everyone has been very welcoming, and I am very grateful for the position. 

    Fullen was excited to get out on the field last week, with the game against Princeton one month from the opening of practice. Hightstown beat the 0-10 Tigers 53-18 last season, which was the Rams only win in September.

    "It has been a hectic couple days," Fullen said. "We are up against it. But I not going to use the transition as an excuse. We have to be able to hit the ground running, and be able to utilize all the time we have.

    "I am thankful we are not starting week zero, that last weekend in August. We are going that weekend after Labor Day. The more time we have to get to know each other, offensively and defensively, the schemes, is better."

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    The man fled custody Friday wearing nothing but a tee-shirt and boxers and was considered armed and dangerous.

    An escaped prisoner who was considered armed and dangerous is back behind bars after two days on the run, according to police. 

    And his father, who allegedly aided his escape across state lines, is now facing charges as well. 

    David Riley, 34, of Bridgeton, fled while he was being transported from Mercer County to a Cumberland County Superior Court hearing in Bridgeton Friday morning, authorities said.

    He was located at a Baltimore bus terminal Saturday and taken into custody by U.S. Marshals, New Jersey State Police announced Sunday morning. He is being held in Baltimore and will be extradited to New Jersey. 

    Police said Riley's father, 58-year-old David Carty, of Bridgeton, helped him flee by driving him to Baltimore and purchasing him a bus ticket to Atlanta.  

    Riley was allegedly carrying a knife when he fled the custody of corrections officers wearing nothing but a tee-shirt and boxers. 

    It is not yet clear what charges Riley is facing, but court records show he was previously sentenced to six years in July 2010 for kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault. 

    His father, Carty, was apprehended by state police at a motel in Vineland. He faces charges of hindering apprehension, obstruction of justice, and aiding another in an escape, according to police. He is being held in Cumberland County Jail. 

    Amanda Hoover can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @amandahoovernj. Find on Facebook

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    Arsenal, coached by Unai Emery for the first time, took on the defending Premier League champion, Manchester City, in the 11 a.m. start.

    The final three matches of the Premier League opening weekend took place Sunday, with the showpiece contest left for last.

    Arsenal, coached by Unai Emery for the first time, took on the defending Premier League champion, Manchester City, in the 11 a.m. EDT start.

    Earlier, Liverpool made West Ham United look much like the shambles of a side the Hammers were last year, while Southampton and Burnley played out a scoreless draw on the south coast.

    Have any of the clubs below the top five closed the gap?



    Manchester United 2-1 Leicester City


    Newcastle United 1-2 Tottenham

    Bournemouth 2-0 Cardiff City

    Fulham 0-2 Crystal Palace

    Huddersfield 0-3 Chelsea

    Watford 2-0 Brighton 

    Wolverhampton 2-2 Everton


    Liverpool 4-0 West Ham United

    Southampton 0-0 Burnley

    Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City


    Sadio Mane, Liverpool

    The winger had a brace in Liverpool's 4-0 win over West Ham, to continue his scoring from last season.

    Mane was the Man of the Match with a 9.06 rating.

    Alex McCarthy, Southampton

    The fact that a keeper was the Man of the Match speaks volumes about the contest.

    McCarthy made six saves, and kept a clean sheet, as the Saints drew 0-0 with Burnley. He rated out at an 8.50.

    Benjamin Mendy, Manchester City

    The left back, who missed so much of the 2017-18 season with a knee injury, came back this campaign with a World Cup winner's medal. He makes City better defensively, and on the offensive end of the pitch as well.

    Mendy had both assists in the 2-0 win over Arsenal, and rated out at a a 7.75 on, just .04 less than team mate Raheem Sterling.


    Roberto Pereyra, Watford

    The midfielder rated out the highest on, with a massive 9.55 score.

    His two goals led Watford to a 2-0 victory over Brighton.

    Premier League in full swing, as Tottenham, Chelsea get away wins


    All times EDT

    Saturday, August 18

    Cardiff vs. Newcastle, 7:30 a.m. (NBC Sports and

    Spurs vs. Fulham, 10 a.m. (NBC Sports, Universo, and

    Burnley vs. Watford, 10 a.m. (NBC Sports Gold and

    Everton vs. Southampton, 10 a.m. (NBC Sports Gold and

    Leicester vs. Wolverhampton, 10 a.m. (NBC Sports Gold and

    West Ham vs. Bournemouth 10 a.m. (NBC Sports Gold and

    Chelsea vs. Arsenal, 12:30 p.m. (NBC and

    Sunday, August 19

    Manchester City vs. Huddersfield, 8:30 a.m. (NBC Sports, Universo, and

    Brighton vs. Manchester United, 11 a.m. (NBC Sports and

    Monday, August 20

    Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool, 3 p.m. (NBC Sports and


    Chelsea vs. Arsenal

    It is a huge match already for the Gunners, who look likely to start the season with two losses. Chelsea can continue to stake its claim for a top four spot, after a 3-0 away win Saturday over Huddersfield.

    Arsenal looked toothless Sunday against Manchester City, and it could be a long season at the Emirates, which means Robbie Lyle of Arsenal Fan TV will be very busy


    Did Manchester City lose this weekend?


    The Citizens cruised past Arsenal 2-0, and never got out of second gear in the process. After they lost just two of 38 matches last season, and set a record with 18 consecutive wins, they come into the 2018-19 as heavy favorites to repeat as champions.

    But can Manchester City go the whole season league unbeaten, like the 2003-04 Arsenal Invincibles? The Gunners won 26 matches that season and drew 12, to finish as the lone unbeaten team in Premier League history, and only the second in English football (Preston North End 1888-89; PNE also went unbeaten in the F.A. Cup, allowing no goals.)

    The Citizens have lost just once in the Premier League since January 14, 3-2 to Manchester United April 7. 


    With the amount of money spent on players throughout the Premier League, there are added expectations on many of the mid-tier teams, as well as two of the promoted teams.

    With just a one week sample size, this season may bring more of the status quo. Manchester United got the weekend going with a home win, as did Liverpool. Chelsea, Manchester City, and Tottenham won games on the road, as last season's top five all started the new campaign with three points.

    Two of the three promoted teams lost 2-0: Cardiff City away to Bournemouth and Fulham at home to Crystal Palace. Wolverhampton, which has high expectations on it after a spending spree this summer, came back to draw 2-2 with 10-man Everton, another club that spent this summer.

    Mane, Pereyra, and Everton's Richarlison all had two goal outings, while Mendy and Jose Holebas of Watford had two assists.

    Contact Sean Miller at Follow him on Twitter @TheProdigalSean His weekly podcast, Box to Box Football, can be found on iTunes here

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    Dogs and cats throughout New Jersey patiently await adoption.

    This information on dog safety was compiled by members of the Dog Bite Prevention Coalition -- the U.S. Postal Service, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Humane Society, Insurance Information Institute and State Farm Insurance.

    If a carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog into a separate room and close the door before opening the front door. Parents should also remind their children not to take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family pet as the dog may see handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture.

    People often assume that a dog with a wagging tail is a friendly dog, but this is far from the truth. Dogs wag their tails for numerous reasons, including when they're feeling aggressive. A tail that is held high and moves stiffly is a sign that the dog is feeling dominant, aggressive, or angry.

    Dogs, even ones you know have good days and bad days. You should never pet a dog without asking the owner first and especially if it is through a window or fence. For a dog, this makes them feel like you are intruding on their space and could result in the dog biting you.

    ALL DOGS are capable of biting. There's no one breed or type of dog that's more likely to bite than others. Biting has more to do with circumstances, behavior, and training.

    Dogs have a language that allows them to communicate their emotional state and their intentions to others around them. Although dogs do use sounds and signals, much of the information that they send is through their body language, specifically their facial expressions and body postures. You can tell how a dog is feeling (sad, tired, happy, angry, scared) by looking at the position of a dogs' ears, mouth, eyes, and tail.

    Dogs are social animals who crave human companionship. That's why they thrive and behave better when living indoors with their pack -- their human family members. Dogs that are tied up or chained outside are frustrated and can become aggressive because they are unhappy. They can also become very afraid because when they are tied or chained up, they can't escape from things that scare them.

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    Emergency personnel found the unresponsive man in the living room of the home, police said.

    Hamilton police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found inside a burning home in the township on Sunday afternoon.

    Police responded along with local fire personnel around 12:18 p.m. to a report of a structure fire at 75 Irving Court, where firefighters found the unresponsive victim in the living room, according to a statement from the Hamilton Police Division.

    The man was removed from the home and taken by ambulance to St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, where he was later pronounced dead, police said. The Middlesex County Medical Examiner's Office is expected to conduct an autopsy.

    Though authorities said the fire does not appear to be suspicious, they have asked anyone with information to call Detective Joseph Ialacci of the Hamilton Police Criminal Investigations Section at 609-689-5822, or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

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    The policy allows judges to continue working until their 80th birthday, in some cases.

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    A second suspect has yet to appear in court on charges related to the June shooting that wounded over 30 people

    One of two men charged with firing guns during the Father's Day shooting that killed one person and injured nearly 30 others at the Art all Night festival in Trenton appeared in court Monday.

    Amir Armstrong, 23, who was wounded himself in the gunfire at the overnight event on June 17, was recently moved from a medical facility to the Mercer County jail, officials said. He's charged with firearms-related offenses.

    He made an appearance via video conference in Superior Court in Trenton, and pleaded not guilty.

    At the hearing, prosecutors said they would seek to detain him until and throughout his trial. That hearing is scheduled for this Thursday.

    Representatives from the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office did not divulge any new details Monday about the shooting.

    Bloody aftermath of art festival shootout captured on police video

    Gunfire that began at about 2:45 a.m. caused a stampede of people - about 1,000 were present at the time - who were trying to escape the event. 

    Arriving Trenton police returned gunfire with suspects, killing one, Tahaij Wells, 32, of Trenton.

    Authorities later charged two wounded men, Armstrong and Davone White, 26, with weapons offenses charges. White has yet to appear in court.

    A probable cause affidavit describes officers removing find Armstrong with a head wound and then removing his shirt to check for additional injuries, only to find a revolver in his waistband. According to another affidavit, a black handgun was found at the scene three feet from White. 

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    A witness saw that he hadn't surfaced and and called 911

    The man who jumped off a dock and later drowned in Lake Carnegie in Princeton Friday night was a Trenton man.

    Princeton police identified him Monday as Talven Page, a 23-year-old.

    Page was not part of any event at the lake. The investigation so far shows he was there on his own, jumped into the lake near a public access ramp near Princeton-Kingston Road, swam for a while and then went under and never surfaced, a police spokes 

    A witness saw that he hadn't surfaced and and called 911 at 2:52 p.m.

    Three officers got to the lakeside at 2:55 p.m. and two went into the water and moments later found him, and brought him to the side, where other first responders were waiting.

    They started CPR at 3:03 p.m., but Page was pronounced dead at 3:54 p.m., at Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro, the department said.

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