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Central Jersey News from the Times of Trenton

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    Trenton, the city in the shadow of the Statehouse, has stagnated for decades, plagued by poverty, high crime and an unstable economic base.

    The city that plays hosts to government offices and New Jersey's Statehouse could get a boost from Gov. Phil Murphy's administration.

    At least, that's the hope.

    Murphy on Wednesday signed an executive order that teams state government up with Trenton to help revitalize the city, the governor's office announced.

    It established the New Jersey State Capital Partnership. The group will act as an advisory board, according to the executive order.

    The state will, among other things, review Trenton's masterplan to with the aim of "identifying funding and resources to implement" the initiatives, create a redevelopment "action plan" and support public safety initiatives.

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    "Trenton played a pivotal role in the fate of our state and nation and yet for years it has not received the rightful level of support and attention it deserves," Murphy said in a statement.

    "Today, I am directing agencies within the executive branch to throw their support behind Trenton and work in partnership with Mayor Gusciora and Mercer County officials to help our capital city realize its true potential," he said. "I am confident that under Trenton's new leadership we can restore the vibrancy of our capital and secure its place as a leader in today's innovation economy."

    Reed Gusciora, who was elected mayor earlier this year, is a former state assemblyman.

    He called the initiative "a true partnership between the capital city and the state."

    "In the past, one side or the other may have been striving for this collaborative approach," he said. "But rarely have two administrations been on the same page as much as myself and Gov. Murphy."

    Trenton, the city in the shadow of the Statehouse, has stagnated for decades, plagued by poverty, high crime and an unstable economic base.

    Matt Arco may be reached at marco@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewArco or Facebook.


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    After the mistrial, the prosecutor's office asked a grand jury to indict Anthony Harris on different charges

    After failing to get a murder conviction at trial earlier this year, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office asked a grand jury to indict a 32-year-old Beverly man on lesser charges in the hopes that he'll be convicted at a second trial.

    anthony-harris.jpgAnthony Harris 

    It worked.

    A grand jury returned aggravated manslaughter and weapons indictments Tuesday against Anthony M. Harris, the office said.

    He's accused of the 2016 shooting death of Ronald Walker, 27, of Florence.

    A jury deadlocked on a murder charge at Harris' June trial, and the case will be tried again next month.

    This time around, the prosecutor's office is hoping a jury will be able to convict him of the lesser charge of aggravated manslaughter, since the level of evidence needed to prove murder -- that it was knowing and purposeful -- is so high.

    Harris was among a group of people from Beverly who went to Zinc Street in Florence Sept. 21, 2016 and started fighting with local residents, the prosecutor's office said.

    "Harris pulled a handgun, began shooting, and struck Ronald Walker," the office said. Walker was taken to Lourdes Medical Center in Willingboro but died from a single gunshot wound to the chest, the office said.

    Harris was arrested eight months later in Falls Township, Pa. and later extradited to the Burlington County Jail, where he remains.

    Rebecca Everett may be reached at reverett@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccajeverett. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    The number of adolescents hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or attempts more than doubled from 2008 to 2015.

    What is more horrifying than knowing that 84 of New Jersey's young people took their own lives between 2013 and 2015?

    How about wondering if one of more of these tragedies could have been prevented if our schools had taken preventive measures to avert them?

    The number of adolescents hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or attempts more than doubled from 2008 to 2015, according to the journal Pediatrics. Only half these teens are diagnosed before becoming adults.

    As many as two in three depressed teenagers aren't getting the care they need, meaning too many grapple alone with emotional or mental illness that can cripple them. Or worse.

    Now several state lawmakers are doubling down on efforts to identify these vulnerable youngsters by requiring depression screenings for public school students in grades 7 through 12.

    The early warning signs that a teen may be thinking about suicide

    Their bills, working their way through the state Legislature, stem from a recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatricians that beginning at age 12, young people be checked annually for the condition.

    State senators Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) and Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex) introduced in July. Assembly members Dr. Herb Conaway and Carol Murphy (D-Burlington) and Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden and Burlington) also introduced a version in their chamber.

    Thankfully, the rates of death by suicide among 10- to 24-year-olds remain consistently lower in the Garden State than in the nation overall. Nevertheless, the 2017 New Jersey Youth Suicide Report paints a grim picture of young people in anguish.

    The report, published by the state Department of Children and Families in collaboration with the Department of Health, notes that the most common motivating factors are the recent death of a friend or family member, family stress, and school pressures.

    Under the legislation, which we favor with a small reservation, a qualified professional would administer the screenings, taking precautions to guarantee the privacy of the student.

    Schools would be required to notify the parents or guardians of any student whose screening sets off warning bells, and here is where we have an issue with the bills as they now stand.

    In reality, not all teenagers live in ideal households. While the majority of parents would likely respond to the school's findings appropriately, seeking treatment for a troubled teen, some would lash out in anger or hostility, putting the child in question at even greater risk.

    For that reason, when a screening raises a red flag, we'd like to see a process where a nurse or social worker schedules a counseling session with the student, designed to determine the best way forward before parental notification takes place.

    We're conscious of the burdens already resting on school personnel, and this screening process admittedly would add several more. But with suicide ranking as the third-leading cause of death for New Jersey's teenagers, business as usual is not an option.

    Bookmark NJ.com/Opinion. Follow on Twitter @NJ_Opinion and find NJ.com Opinion on Facebook.


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    We didn'r even give them a second thought.

    I recall a point made in the 1970s that was meant to illustrate how quickly technology advanced in the 20th century - how someone who was 10 years old when man first achieved powered flight watched man walk on the moon at age 76.

    TI30_1.jpgThe Texas Instruments TI30 calculator, introduced in 1976. 

    Fact is, if you look at any two-thirds-of-a-century stretch since the 1700s, you'll see just as great a leap in technology for mankind. Space flight, while amazing, doesn't necessarily supersede other advancements of humankind in industry, inventions or ideas.

    For example, on that spacecraft that landed on the moon, there was a guidance computer that had, according to consumereports.org, exactly 64 kilobytes of memory and a microprocessor speed of 0.043 megahertz. The latest iPhone can be purchased with 512 GIGAbytes of memory, and if my math is right, that's 536,870,912 kilobytes. Its microprocessor operates at 2.49 GIGAhertz and let's just say that's the difference between walking and the speed of light.

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    And that was in 49 years.

    As time flies by, it's easy to forget things that were matter-of-fact parts of our lives in the 1960s and 1970s, when Apollo missions were going to the moon with those teensy computers. Here's another installment of things that may have slipped from our memory ... and I don't know about you, but my memory isn't measured in giga, mega or kilobytes - it just bites.

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    Greg Hatala may be reached at greghatalagalleries@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.


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    Seven N.J. pizzerias are named among the nation's 101 best by The Daily Meal.

    Razza Pizza Artigianale in Jersey City serves the nation's second best pizza, according to The Daily Meal. 

    The food/drink website, in its annual list of the nation's 101 best pizzas, singled out Razza's Bufala pizza, with crushed N.J. heirloom tomato sauce, N.J. water buffalo milk mozzarella, garlic and basil, bested only by the white clam pizza with grated Parmesan, olive oil, garlic and oregano at Frank Pepe's in New Haven, Connecticut.

    "Not only has (Razza owner Dan) Richer perfected his crust -- it's crisp from end to end and its inside is soft with a complex flavor -- he's also meticulous about his toppings, which he sources locally," according to The Daily Meal.

    The website makes note of New York Times reviewer Pete Wells' glowing review of Razza last year; he named it "the best pizza in New York."

    My review of Razza's "terrific'' pizza appeared in 2012; at the time, Richer said his goal was to make Razza "the best pizzeria in the country."

    The Jersey City pizzeria was one of 10 finalists in our N.J.s best pizzeria showdown last summer. Razza's Bufala pie placed No. 46 on Daily Meal's 101 best pizzas list last year. 

    Seven N.J. pizzas made The Daily Meal's top 101 this year -- an improvement from six last year and five in 2016. The Sicilian at Santillo's Brick Oven Pizza in Elizabeth is No. 32, while the tomato pie at De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies in Robbinsville is ranked No. 37, and the thin-crust pizza at Star Tavern in Orange is No. 41.

    The sausage pizza at Papa's Tomato Pies in Robbinsville is No. 49, the A Mano pizza with marinara, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, arugula and basil at A Mano in Ridgewood is No. 81, and the Sicilian at Bruno's Pizzeria in Clifton is No. 82.

    New York City, to no one's surprise, dominated the rankings, with 36 pizzas in the top 101, one more than last year (the top-rated pizza in the city? The Boom Pie at John's on Bleecker Street).

    California has the second most pizzerias in the rankings, with 10; Connecticut is third, with seven. The website's "blue chip, geographically diverse list of panelists -- chefs, restaurant critics, bloggers, writers and just plain pizza authorities" considered nearly 1,000 pizzas in all. A total of 20 states are represented in the rankings.  

    Peter Genovese may be reached at pgenovese@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @PeteGenovese or via The Munchmobile @NJ_Munchmobile. Find the Munchmobile on Facebook and Instagram.


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    2 other suspects are in custody on charges they robbed a Sally Beauty store

    Police have charged three people with committing the armed robbery of a beauty store in West Windsor last month.

    West Windsor police have charged Brandon A. Butler, 31; Diamond M. Williams, 26, and Quan'Daesia "Daisy" T. Williams, 21, with committing the hold-up of a Sally Beauty store on Aug. 13.

    They're all from Trenton charged with armed robbery and related crimes, police said. Butler and Diamond Williams have since been arrested. 

    Quan'Daesia Williams remained at large Wednesday. She's the subject of a national warrant and an extradition order, said West Windsor Police Detective Jason Jones, the lead investigator.

    Jones said Quan'Daesia Williams has family in the southern U.S. and investigators suspect she's fled in that direction.

    The detective said his investigation alleges:

    Butler and Diamond Williams walked into the store in the Nassau Park Pavilion off Route 1 at 6:20 p.m. Both employees on duty were in the back of the store.

    Butler asked for assistance, and one of the employees walked out front and was met by Butler, holding a handgun and wearing a mask. Butler pushed the gun in the female employee's stomach and demanded cash from the register.

    During this confrontation, he pulled back the gun's slide, cocking it - police suspect it was a semi-automatic weapon.

    Butler and Diamond Williams, who was also masked - both with bandanas, filled a plastic bag with cash. Then, Butler demanded the employee open the nearby safe, but she did not have the key.

    So Butler went to the back and got the other employee and pointed his handgun at her face and demanded she open the safe. She did, and the robbers swiped more cash.

    The suspects fled the shopping center in a red sedan, Jones said. Police suspect Quan'Daesia Williams scoped out the business, and the one next door, and was aware of the plot to rob the store.

    Police connected the three to the crime and detained Butler on Aug. 16, and Diamond Williams on Aug. 30. They've been unable to find Quan'Daesia Williams.

    Quan'Daesia Williams and Diamond Williams are not related, but they are in a dating relationship, Jones said.

    Butler, who has an armed robbery conviction in Burlington County for which he served a state prison sentence, is already back in the state prison system, records show. He'd been paroled in August 2017.

    Diamond Williams remains incarcerated in the Mercer County jail.

    Anyone with information on Quan'Daesia Williams' whereabouts can contact Joones at 609-799-1222, jjones@westwindsorpolice.com or through West Windsor's anonymous tipline at 609-799-0452.

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


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    The female was not physically injured during the incident

    An investigation into the possible abduction and assault of a female student at The College of New Jersey led to one arrest, campus police said.

    The suspect, though, was not charged with committing any crime, but for an unrelated matter.

    The incident began Monday afternoon when two men selling candy for what they said was to raise funds a music gig approached a female student sitting on a bench by Lake Sylva, police said in an alert.

    They asked her to ride around campus with them, and when she declined, one grabbed her wrist and tried to get her into a black or dark gray car. She was able to escape, police said.

    Campus police sent an alert to the campus community about the incident, and due to a good number of tips and calls, were quickly able to track tracked down the candy sellers.

    During the investigation, they arrested one of the men for an unrelated matter not related to the campus incident, police said. The investigation is ongoing.

    Police did not immediately identify the arrested man, citing the ongoing investigation.

    A college spokesman also declined to comment, pending the ongoing investigation.

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

     

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    William Hines killed his mother's boyfriend 2 years ago

    A jury found a man guilty of murder on Thursday - on his 35th birthday.

    William Hines Jr. was convicted on murder and weapons charges for the October 2017 killing of his mother's boyfriend Scott Willis, 54, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said in a news statement.

    The three shared an apartment in Burlington Township. The jury found Hines stabbed Hines attacked Willis in the apartment's bathroom after the two argued.

    William E Hines Jr.jpgWilliam Hines Jr. 

    Officers arriving on the scene on the morning of Oct. 29, 2017 found Willis with multiple stab wounds and lacerations to his face, upper chest, hands and arms.

    Willis was treated at the scene and taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, where he was placed in critical condition. 

    Hines was arrested Oct. 30 after fleeing the apartment.

    Charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault were upgraded to murder when Willis died at Cooper on Nov. 4.

    This was a calculated, brutal attack, and has taken a tremendous toll on this family," Prosecutor Coffina said. He credited assistant prosecutors Bob VanGilst and Jensen Vizzard for their work trying the case.

    Hines' sentencing is scheduled for early November.

    Joe Brandt can be reached at jbrandt@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JBrandt_NJ. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    TCNJ physics students create and launch bottle rockets - for class Watch video

    Early on, the skies were threatening, but not enough to prevent a multiple rocket launches on The College of New Jersey campus Wednesday.

    A little rain might not have been much of a problem anyway. These rockets were fueled by the chemical H2O.

    As part of an annual tradition, freshman students in Professor Romulo Ochoa's orientation to physics class created personalized two-liter bottles rockets.

    They were shooting for the most "hang time."

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    For a few students' entries, aesthetics seemed to take precedence over aerodynamics, but most employed such serious implements as nose cones, fins and parachutes.

    The student whose rocket spends the most time airborne from launch to landing wins. This year, the winner was Dominick Vapsva, from Berkeley Heights.

    TCNJ junior Cynthia Reynolds, who won the competition in her freshman year was on hand in a mentoring role, kiddingly proclaiming "I'm trying to make a comeback!"

    But she made a rocket too. Her creation, "Grapefruit Seltzer," was an elegant blend of form and function, employing an eye-catching cover design and rocket fins.

    Rich Fiorillo, lab manager in the college's physics department, said: "There's a simple momentum conservation law that dictates their (the rocket's) initial speed. From then on it's all aerodynamics based on how they build the bottle."

    "It's more to inspire and to have fun," he said of the event.

    Michael Mancuso may be reached at mmancuso@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @michaelmancuso


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    But Chestnut has returned, and he is hungrier than ever to take back his title. Watch video

    The king of competitive eating has returned to Trenton, looking to retake the throne he abdicated last year.

    Joey Chestnut, ranked number one in the world by Major League Eating, will look to win his third Case's Pork Roll Eating Championship in four years, at the 2018 River Fest Saturday hosted by Arm & Hammer Park. The event will go from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., with the pork roll eating contest taking place at 3:30 p.m.

    Chestnut won the first two times the Trenton Thunder hosted the event, and set the world record in 2016, eating 43 sandwiches on the way to his second crown. He missed the competition last year, because he was away as a contestant on the television show "The Amazing Race". Carmen Cincotti, who finished a close second in 2016 to Chestnut, won the event last year, before retiring from competitive eating.

    But Chestnut has returned, and he is hungrier than ever to take back his title.

    "I was doing the Amazing Race tv show, so I didn't really have a choice," Chestnut said. "But it is great to be back. I am hoping I can make a new record, and just have some fun."

    Case's Pork Roll president Tom Dolan is happy to see the return of Chestnut.

    "It is awesome," Dolan said. "That is what it is all about, having the top guy. We definitely like having him be the spotlight.'

    Chestnut has won 11 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest titles (every one except 2015 since 2007). He just upped his record to 74 July 4, but pork roll sandwiches have proved tougher to master.

    "I am from California, so we don't get that at all," Chestnut said. "I had to call Case's, to get them to send me out a little bit. It took a little bit more energy to get familiar with the taste of it, but now I am familiar with it.

    "I feel good. For different contests, it is about building a tolerance for the food. Once you build a tolerance, you have a comfort level. You get comfortable taking in a massive amount, and pushing your body to the limit, with that food."

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    Chestnut has become a worldwide phenomenon, but he could never have believed he would achieve this level of notoriety in his 14th year of competitive eating.

    "Never man," Chestnut said. "I got an engineering degree (San Jose State) and worked in construction management. The eating just started getting bigger and bigger, and eventually it made sense to do it full time.

    "It is like I am riding this weird wave, and eventually it is going to stop. I don't know what direction I will go next, and where it will take me. But for right now, I am having a blast.

    "I see new opportunities, weird opportunities, that I would never have imagined to be doing at the scale I am. The Amazing Race tv show, I have a condiment line with mustards and ketchups. It is weird. I was in Canada, and people recognized me on the street. It wasn't my goal in life, but I am having fun with it."

    NOTES:

    * Chestnut will face some tough competition, especially from Geoffrey Esperi, who is ranked number three in MLE.

    "He is hungry as heck," Chestnut said of Esperi. "He will be right on my butt."

    Other top-ranked competitors include sixth-ranked Gideon Oji, 15th-ranked Nick Wehry, 23rd-ranked Badlands Booker, 28th-ranked Brian "Dud Lite" Dudzinski, 30th-ranked Crazy Legs Conti, 39th-ranked Wild Bill Myers, and 46th-ranked Michael Deitz.

    New Jersey natives Kristina and Rene Rovtar will also get their chance to go up against Chestnut.

    * There will be several pork roll foods at the event, as well as some other edibles from around the area. The now famous Sticky Pig sandwich will be served, along with items such as the Classic (two slices of pork roll and American cheese on a kaiser roll), the Hog Steak (Trenton version of a pork roll cheesesteak with chopped pork roll and cheese sauce on a torpedo roll), and the Pig Pen (a healthy serving of mashed potatoes, pulled pork, bacon bits, and chopped pork roll to give eaters a perfect combination of pork in one bite).

    The 1911 Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, which has been another fan favorite at Arm & Hammer Park, will have pork roll meatballs and all manner of barbecue foods. Rob's Craft Sandwiches will also be at the event. 

    * The first 1,000 fans will receive a Pork Roll Championship Pint Glass, courtesy of Budweiser, upon entry.

    River Fest will once again feature The Ultimate Beer Special, allowing fans of age to sample each of the fall selections by purchasing a 12oz cup for $15. Refills of the cup will be sold for just $1 throughout the festival. 

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


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    Army veteran David Hamilton Jr. was considered dangerous, and possibly armed, as he eluded arrest.

    UPDATE: Fugitive jailed without bail on child rape charges


    A dangerous fugitive on the run since last week was caught Friday in a bedroom closet in Pennsylvania, authorities said.

    David Allen Hamilton Jr., 47, of Lower Southampton Township in Bucks County, was on the run from authorities since being charged Sept. 19 with two counts of child rape and 10 related crimes, said to have occurred in 2013.

    He was also wanted on aggravated assault and related charges for allegedly fighting with and trying to take the firearm of a New Hope police officer Sept. 21.

    U.S. Marshals said they received a tip, and searched a home in the 100 block of Roberts Road in Aston, Delaware County. Marshals believe the home belongs to a female relative of Hamilton.

    Hamilton was found hiding in an upstairs bedroom closet, authorities said. He was arrested without incident.

    "This sexual predator placed the community in significant danger. We are extremely glad we were able to bring Mr. Hamilton in custody without incident and in a timely manner," Supervisory Deputy Robert Clark said in a news release.

    Hamilton is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army and was a Cavalry scout who served two tours in Iraq, Lower Southampton police Chief Ted Krimmel said, citing information from family and friends of the fugitive.

    The manhunt spanned the Delaware River. Hamilton was spotted on a bicycle Sept. 20 in Morrisville, Bucks County, where police found his white 2016 Toyota Corolla, then was seen crossing the Calhoun Street Bridge into Trenton about 12:15 a.m. Sept. 21, authorities said.

    After the run-in with the New Hope officer that afternoon in Solebury Township, Bucks County, Hamilton was photographed by an archery hunter in a wooded area near Stoney Hill and Reeder roads in the township, according to police.

    That night, a Friday, Hamilton began hiding out in the Bobwhite Road home of a 78-year-old woman in Solebury, aided by the elderly woman's caregiver, investigators said. The caregiver, 58-year-old New Hope resident Meredith Custodio, was arrested Sept. 26 on hindering apprehension and conspiracy charges and sent to Bucks County prison.

    By the morning of Sept. 26, Hamilton had disappeared and was believed to have stolen a white Toyota Avalon with Pennsylvania license plate PD3759P.

    The U.S. Marshals Service on Sept. 26 released a surveillance photo purported to show Hamilton buying a tent Sept. 15 at the Target Oxford Valley Store in Langhorne, Bucks County.

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    Authorities asked for the public's help in keeping an eye out for the Avalon and Hamilton's white tent with red rain fly, and they said he may be hiding out along the Delaware River or Canal area.

    Police advised residents to keep their doors locked at home and on outbuildings like sheds or barns.

    Anyone with information on Hamilton's whereabouts was urged to call the U.S. Marshals tip-line at 866-865-8477 (TIPS) or 911.

    Investigators offered a $1,000 reward for information leading directly to Hamilton's arrest.

    "I would again ask residents of Hunterdon County especially those in the western region to please remain vigilant, if located call 911 immediately, and remind everyone that all tips submitted will be kept anonymous," Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony Kearns III said in announcing the CrimeStoppers reward Sept. 26.

    The manhunt began as U.S. Marshals were wrapping up a three-month search for Shawn Christy, the New Jersey native and Pennsylvania resident accused of threatening President Donald Trump and other officials. He was arrested Sept. 21 in Ohio and was awaiting extradition back to Pennsylvania on federal and local charges.

    The Hamilton search also came during the fourth anniversary of the 48-day hunt for cop killer Eric Frein in September and October 2014 in Monroe and Pike counties. Frein was convicted of killing Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass in a Sept. 12, 2014, ambush on the state police Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County. He was sentenced to death and is appealing his conviction.

    Kurt Bresswein may be reached at kbresswein@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @KurtBresswein and Facebook. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.


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    Christopher Costello was found guilty of aggravated manslaughter and sentenced Friday

    A Burlington County man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for killing a friend and burying him in the backyard.

    At a second trial, in August, a jury had found Christopher Costello, 29, guilty of aggravated manslaughter.

    A jury in the previous trial, in March, acquitted him of murder but was hung on aggravated manslaughter -- they found him guilty of desecration of human remains and hindering apprehension. 

    Christopher Costello.jpgChristopher Costello 

    His brother Bryan Costello, 26, has already been sentenced to 15 years after admitting to the killing of Justin Dubois, a 23-year-old West Windsor resident in late 2016.

    The younger Costello said he beat Dubois with a baseball bat before burying his body in the backyard of the brothers' Lumberton home that they shared with their father.

    "This was a gruesome, horrifying crime that was difficult to prosecute due to the collusion of the defendants in their attempt to evade justice," Burlington County Prosecutor Coffina said in a statement announcing the sentencing.

    "But the Costello brothers could not escape the physical evidence presented to the jury. Justin's family has endured a terrible ordeal over the past two years, and we honor them today for their perseverance in seeking justice for him. 

    A relative reported Dubois missing on Oct. 31, 2016, after not hearing from him for a few days. Dubois stayed with the Costellos occasionally.

    Investigators acting on a search warrant at the home found a suspicious spot of soil and later excavated Dubois' body.

    The elder Costello must serve 85 percent of his sentence before parole eligibility.

    Joe Brandt can be reached at jbrandt@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JBrandt_NJ. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    A pilot program would also encourage electric utilities to put electric school buses on New Jersey's road.

    After years of running on empty, efforts to ramp up the state's clean energy program are roaring back to life, spurred by Gov. Phil Murphy's ambitious plan to provide 100 percent clean energy for the state by the year 2050.

    A reinvigorated offshore-wind industry and a push for solar energy are welcome signs of the new focus.

    Now comes a legislative shot in the arm for users of electric vehicles, which are not only cheaper to run and to maintain, but also are kinder to the environment than conventional internal combustion energy vehicles.

    A measure paving the way for the development of hundreds of fast-charging stations throughout the state will soon reach lawmakers' desks.

    The proposal focuses mainly on light-duty vehicles, but there's also a plan for a pilot program to encourage electric utilities to put electric school buses on our roads - with the long-range aim of ultimately powering all the state's school buses with electricity.

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    State Sen. Bob Smith (D-Middlesex and Somerset), chair of the Senate Environment Committee, hopes to post the bill on Oct. 15.

    It addresses the vexing issue of range anxiety: the fear that your car will run out of power before you reach your destination.

    By the end of 2021, Smith envisions a minimum of 600 fast-charging stations at 300 venues up and down the state, as well as another 1,000 slower-charging stations.

    In addition, the bill pushes for a rebate program to encourage more consumers to invest in plug-in cars, calling on the state to set aside $100 million annually for three years to cover the cost of the incentives.

    The U.S. Department of Energy touts the benefits of electric vehicles, which reduce the emissions contributing to climate change and smog, improve public health and reduce ecological damage - all while easing the nation's dependence on foreign-produced petroleum.

    But in the Garden State, only 0.4 percent of automotive sales in 2018 involved electric vehicles - a number expected to rise to 4.5 percent by year's end, says Jim Appleton, president of the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers.

    Not surprisingly, the big hang-up is: Who pays for all the progress Smith's bill promises? Even the lawmaker himself admits that "The financial side is tricky."

    Smith's measure suggests using part of the fees the utilities charge for clean-energy programs, or taking advantage of money the state expects to get when it rejoins the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a consortium of states working together to cap carbon-dioxide emissions.

    And maybe even asking utility customers to contribute.

    A combination of all these sources probably would work best, but the important thing is to get the conversation started, paving the way to reaching that 100 percent clean-energy goal before our great-grandchildren are old enough to drive.

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    Hoffenheim 0-5 Manchester City, Manchester United 1-0 Valencia, Tottenham 1-4 Barcelona, Napoli 2-2 Liverpool.

    On an afternoon when all eyes were focused on Stamford Bridge, Manchester City has quietly found itself back at the top of the table.

    Chelsea and Liverpool have been splitting the headlines of late, most notably Eden Hazard, who is off to his best start to a Premier League campaign in his career with six goals. 

    But Manchester City is now on top of the table, with 21 goals in seven games.

    The Citizens city mates, Manchester United, have started the season miserably. The 10 points from seven matches, with a minus-two goal difference, is the worst start to a Red Devils' Premier League campaign, and manager Jose Mourinho has seemingly alienated half the squad and the fanbase.

    At the foot of the table sit three teams without a win: Newcastle United, Cardiff City, and Huddersfield Town. Have the lines of demarcation already been set at the top and bottom of the standings?

    SATURDAY RESULTS

    West Ham United 3-1 Manchester United

    Arsenal 2-0 Watford

    Everton 3-0 Fulham

    Huddersfield Town 0-2 Tottenham

    Manchester City 2-0 Brighton & Hove

    Newcastle United 0-2 Leicester City

    Wolverhampton 2-0 Southampton

    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    SATURDAY'S THREE STARS

    Harry Maguire, Leicester City

    Helped keep a clean sheet for the Foxes, and also put the match to bed with his 73rd minute goal. He was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with a 9.04 rating.

    Gylfi Sigurdsson, Everton

    His second half brace gave Everton a huge 3-0 victory. Sigurdsson was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with a 9.27 rating.

    Raheem Sterling, Manchester City

    He opened the scoring in the first half for the Citizens, and also assisted on Sergio Aguero's second half goal. Sterling was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with a 9.07 rating.

    Premier League recap: City, Liverpool, Chelsea stay unbeaten

    MOURINHO LOSES THE DRESSING ROOM, NO HOPE FOR HUDDERSFIELD

    How long can Jose Mourinho continue in this untenable position?

    Manchester United has looked suspect defensively, anemic offensively, and the manager continues to cause controversy with his squad. Even with five defenders, West Ham United managed to win 3-1 Saturday, after the Red Devils were dumped out of the Carabao Cup midweek by Derby County.

    Is Zinedine Zidane on the horizon, after his alleged meeting in London last week?

    But United's struggles pale in comparison to those of Huddersfield Town, which has the look (even this early) of a team destined for the EFL Championship next season.

    The Terriers lost again at home, and head into what looks like a relatively easy part of their schedule. They visit Burnley, host Liverpool, visit Watford, host Fulham and West Ham, visit Wolverhampton, host Brighton, and visit Bournemouth over their next eight fixtures.

    One would think that anything less than a couple wins over that time could see Huddersfield cut even further adrift.

    MANCHESTER CITY WEEKLY PREMIER LEAGUE UNBEATEN WATCH

    Did Manchester City lose this weekend?

    No, the Citizens beat Brighton 2-0.

    Sterling (29') and Aguero (65') scored the goals for City, which now has 19 points from a possible 21, with a plus-18 goal difference.

    City took over the top spot in the Premier League table on goal difference over Liverpool. The two sides will meet next Sunday (11:30 a.m. EDT NBC Sports and Fubo.tv) to see which team can keep its unbeaten start to the 2018-19 campaign going for another match day.

    SCHEDULE FOR REST OF WEEK

    Sunday

    Cardiff City vs. Burnley, 11 a.m. EDT (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Monday

    Bournemouth vs. Crystal Palace, 3 p.m. EDT (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE (All times 3 p.m. EDT unless listed)

    Tuesday

    Hoffenheim vs. Manchester City, 12:55 p.m. EDT (TNT and Fubo.tv)

    Juventus vs. Young Boys, 12:55 p.m. EDT 

    Manchester United vs. Valencia ((TNT and Fubo.tv)

    CSKA Moscow vs. Real Madrid

    Bayern Munich vs. Ajax

    AEK Athens vs. Benfica

    Lyon vs. Shakhtar Donetsk

    Roma vs. Viktoria Plzen

    Wednesday

    PSG vs. Red Star Belgrade, 12:55 p.m. EDT (TNT and Fubo.tv)

    Lokomotiv Moscow vs. Schalke, 12:55 p.m. EDT

    Tottenham vs. Barcelona (TNT and Fubo.tv)

    PSV Eindhoven vs. Internazionale

    Atletico Madrid vs. Club Brugge

    Napoli vs. Liverpool

    Borussia Dortmund vs. Monaco

    Porto vs. Galatasaray

    PREDICTIONS FOR ENGLISH CLUBS

    Hoffenheim 0-5 Manchester City, Manchester United 1-0 Valencia, Tottenham 1-4 Barcelona, Napoli 2-2 Liverpool.

    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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