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News from Monmouth County, New Jersey

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    All high-risk and most moderate-risk offenders are listed online -- 4,397 as of Wednesday.

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    Ana Pereira, 36, had previously been awarded $18.5 million in a prior settlement

    A woman whose legs and left hand were amputated after an infected kidney stone led to septic shock was awarded $24 million by a Monmouth County jury on Friday.

    Ana Pereira, 36, was treated for the kidney stone at the Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch in 2011, her attorney Bruce Nagel said.

    Following a month-long trial, the jury found the on-call urologist, Dr. Michael Esposito was negligent in treating Pereira.

    The jury did not find negligence from the other doctor named in the civil suit that led to the trial, critical care physician Dr. Violet Kramer.

    The $24 million is the second sum Pereira has received from suits about the care she received seven years ago. She was previously awarded $18.5 million when a suit against a group of doctors was settled, Nagel said.

    Nagel said his client is looking forward now.

    "She courageously fought back from that and hopefully now she can live her life peacefully," he said.

    "We're all glad it's over."

    Joe Brandt can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JBrandt_NJ. Find on Facebook.

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    See how Manasquan and Franklin stack up against each other in the T of C final.

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    Maximilien R. Reynolds was undergoing behavioral health treatment when he was arrested, his attorney said.

    An AR-15, bomb-making materials and a homemade silencer were among scores of items seized this month from the apartment of a former Cornell University student from New Jersey, federal authorities said. 

    State and federal investigators went to Maximilien R. Reynolds' apartment in Ithaca on March 7 after a Walmart employee reported his purchase of gun ammunition, hacksaw blades and other tools as suspicious, according to an affidavit filed Thursday by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. 

    Reynolds, 19, is on a leave of absence from Cornell and was taking classes at Tompkins-Cortland Community College when the ATF, the FBI and New York State Police went to his apartment to look for possible explosives, investigators said.  

    His girlfriend was home, let them inside and said she was concerned about Reynolds, according to the affidavit. He seemed "manic," was not taking his medications and was getting little sleep, she told investigators. 

    The apartment was in "severe disarray," with piles of clothes, food and lab glassware strewn about and mathematical equations scrawled on a window in red ink, authorities said. They said a bullet-resistant vest, military-style clothing and tactical items were also visible in the apartment. 

    Investigators went back to the apartment later when Reynolds was home, they said, and he consented to having his rifle and other weapons confiscated. He agreed to go to Cayuga Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation, authorities said. 

    Authorities said they also found the following items in Reynolds' apartment:

    • A homemade bomb made out of consumer fireworks and other materials
    • 300 rounds of ammunition in magazine clips compatible with the AR-15
    • Two sets of ballistic body armor
    • A gas mask
    • A pipe
    • Chemicals typically used to make explosives
    • Ball bearings that could be used as shrapnel in a bomb 

    Additional bomb-making materials were found in two storage units being rented by Reynolds, investigators said. 

    Another Ithaca resident told authorities that last fall, Reynolds gave him $1,000 to buy a firearm and another $200 to complete the transaction. Reynolds told the other man that he had to purchase the gun because Reynolds was prohibited from buying it himself, the affidavit says.

    The man falsely certified when he bought the firearm that he was its true owner, investigators said.

    Reynolds is charged with two counts of possession of an unregistered destructive device/silencer, one count of false statement in acquisition of a firearm and one count of false statement in required firearm record. 

    Reynolds' Ithaca-based attorney, Ray Schlather, said his client is ill and was undergoing behavioral health treatment at Cayuga Medical Center when the FBI arrested him late Thursday night. A federal judge has directed that his treatment continue and his mental health be evaluated before court proceedings move forward, so Reynolds has not entered a plea, Schlather said. 

    "All preliminary indications are that the materials and conduct at issue were defensive in nature, arising out of his medical condition, and that no one was under threat or in jeopardy," Schlather said in an email. 

    Ithaca police in June 2016 had detained Reynolds under the New York Mental Hygiene Law, the criminal complaint says. 

    Reynolds' mother lives in New Jersey, the complaint says, and public records show a Maximilien Reynolds with an address of Rumson in Monmouth County. 

    A call to the Reynolds family's home Saturday was not immediately returned.

    Cornell said in a statement that its campus police department was cooperating with local and federal authorities and believed there was no threat to the school or surrounding areas. 

    "The arrest was made following a tip from a good Samaritan in the local community," Cornell's vice president for university relations, Joel Malina, said in a statement. "This is a good reminder that we can all help to keep our community safe by immediately reporting suspicious activity."

    Marisa Iati may be reached at Follow her on Twitter @Marisa_Iati or on Facebook here. Find on Facebook.

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    Dogs and cats throughout New Jersey await adoption.

    Here is this week's collection of some of the dogs and cats in need of adoption in New Jersey.

    We are now accepting dogs and cats to appear in the gallery from nonprofit shelters and rescues throughout New Jersey.

    If a group wishes to participate in this weekly gallery on, please contact Greg Hatala at or call 973-836-4922.

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    Betty Who has topped the dance charts, but she's making her way into our pop-loving hearts

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    50 of the new officers are from Ocean and Middlesex counties Watch video

    The N.J. Department of Corrections added 150 officers to its ranks during a graduation ceremony Monday morning at Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton.

    The graduates of Class 242 come from 17 of New Jersey's 21 counties, with 27 of them from Ocean County, and 23 from Middlesex County.

    The rest of the officers and their county of residence:

    Atlantic, 4; Bergen, 14; Burlington, 7; Camden, 5; Cumberland, 2; Essex, 18; Gloucester, 3; Hudson, 9; Mercer, 4; Monmouth, 11; Morris, 3; Passaic 10; Somerset, 1; Sussex, 3; and Union, 6.

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    An interactive stage show based on 'The Price is Right' is coming to the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park on Oct. 20. Anyone interested can register before the show for the chance to play games like Plinko and spin the Big Wheel for real cash prizes and other big-ticket awards. Watch video

    It's not on TV, but come on down anyway!

    "The Price is Right Live!," the stage show based on the popular CBS game show, will be in Asbury Park on Oct. 20.

    The Paramount Theatre will host "The Price is Right Live!," an interactive show that has been running for more than 14 years. The event is not televised and is not the actual game show, but it includes games and and features regular viewers will be familiar with, like Plinko, the Big Wheel, Cliffhangers and the Showcase. 

    There will, however, be cash prizes and other big-ticket winnings, like cars, vacations, refrigerators and pool tables. The live show has awarded more than $12 million in cash and prizes so far.

    Anyone interested in playing the game -- players must be at least 18 years old and legal residents of the United States or Canada, excluding Puerto Rico and Quebec -- can register in the lobby of the Paramount Theatre from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 20. Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8 p.m.

    There is no minimum age to watch the show. Tickets run from $47.50 to $148 for the "Spin the Big Wheel" package, which includes a ticket in the first 10 rows, the chance to spin the Big Wheel after the show, a photograph with the Big Wheel and expedited access to game registration (this does not have any bearing on who gets picked to play). Visit

    And Asbury Park isn't the only New Jersey date for the show. On Oct. 11, "The Price is Right Live!" comes to Morristown's Mayo Performing Arts Center. On Oct. 14, the show will be at Investors Bank Performing Arts Center in Sewell, and on Oct. 19, fans can catch the show at Bergen PAC in Englewood.


    Amy Kuperinsky may be reached at Follow her on Twitter @AmyKup or on Facebook.


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    The final boys basketball Top 50 for the 2017-18 season

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    The National Weather Service is calling for up to 18 inches of snow in some spots and the vast majority of the state could see at least 8 inches Watch video

    With another significant storm expected to hit New Jersey with up to 18 inches of snow, high winds and coastal flooding, school districts across the state announced school closures and delays for Wednesday, March 21.

    The following Monmouth County school districts have made announcements for Wednesday, March 21:


    • Asbury Park
    • Avon
    • Belmar Elementary School
    • Brielle Elementary School
    • Colts Neck Township Schools
    • Eatontown Public Schools
    • Freehold Borough Schools
    • Freehold Regional High School District Schools
    • Howell Township Public Schools
    • Keansburg Public Schools
    • Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools
    • Manasquan School District 
    • Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District 
    • Marlboro Township Public Schools
    • Middletown Township Public Schools
    • Millstone Township Schools
    • Monmouth County Vocational School District
    • Neptune City School
    • Neptune Township School District 
    • Oceanport School District


    • No announcements yet

    If you know of any delays or closures not on this list, let us know in the comments.

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    The 52-year-old stole $1,600 from a bank in Monmouth County last summer

    A 52-year-old man with two previous bank robbery convictions admitted Monday he did it a third time last summer.

    Martin Racioppi, of Momouth Beach, faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced July 10, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement. Racioppi pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Trenton to one count of bank robbery.

    Final defendant sentenced in armed bank robbery

    Racioppi walked into an Investors Bank in the Navesink section of Middletown on July 20, 2017 and told the teller, "give me you all your money," court documents say.

    When the teller replied, "Excuse me?" Racioppi again demanded money adding, "make it quick."

    The teller then handed Racioppi $1,600 and he fled, authorities said. Police arrested him the next day thanks to the help of a confidential law enforcement source. The informant recognized Racioppi's neck tattoo while reviewing surveillance footage, according to court papers.

    Racioppi previously robbed a Sovereign Bank in Red Bank of $8,040 on Aug. 29, 2006. He was convicted the following year and released from federal prison on March 26, 2014, according to

    It's not clear when he committed the first robbery. 

    Jeff Goldman may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find on Facebook.



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    See the final Top 50 teams in N.J. girls basketball this year.

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    16 All-State stars, plus a bunch of All-Group players from 2017 are back this season.

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    And yes, we included pictures of dogs in the snow too.

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    Weather forecasters say our latest March coastal storm will be sticking around for several more hours. Here's the latest info on the timing, and how much - or little - snow has fallen so far.

    On this first full day of spring, some winter-weary New Jerseyans are wondering when the snow will stop. And others are wondering when the snow will start.

    Some advice from local weather experts: Don't put your snow shovels away just yet. The fourth coastal storm to lash New Jersey during the past three weeks is still lurking off the Atlantic coast Wednesday afternoon and continues to generate bursts of snow over the region.

    Many of those bursts are on the light side -- much lighter than some forecasters had expected. But some of those bursts are heavy, producing snow that is sticking to roads, cars and grass.  

    When will it all be over? Here's what meteorologists from the National Weather Service and the WeatherWorks forecasting company say.

    nj-weather-snow-forecast-nws-final-march-21.jpgThis is the National Weather Service's revised snowfall forecast, issued at 3 p.m. Wednesday and showing lower snowfall accumulations in several counties. 

    Wednesday afternoon

    Even though some parts of New Jersey have gotten only a light coating of snow as of early Wednesday afternoon, and some have received only light rain and sleet, other areas have been blanketed by 5 to 6 inches of snow. And forecasters say this storm still has a long way to go before pushing away from our region and taking aim at the Canadian Maritimes.

    Through the rest of this afternoon and early evening, snowfall rates are expected to increase, particularly in northern and central New Jersey, so accumulations will start picking up, according to the National Weather Service.

    The total amount of snow on the ground, however, won't be nearly as high as the weather service had predicted during the past few days, and even as late as Wednesday morning.

    In a final forecast map issued at 3 p.m., the weather service is now calling for 8 to 12 inches of snow in many areas that it initially had forecasted as much as 12 to 18 inches. Although that's a big drop, 8 to 12 inches would still be a significant snowstorm, if it pans out that way.

    Wednesday night

    Snow is expected to fall at a steady pace -- with some heavy bands dropping snow at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour -- Wednesday night, said Matthew Potter, a meteorologist at WeatherWorks in Warren County.

    Potter said the steady snow should start to wind down around midnight, first in the western areas of New Jersey and later in the eastern sections. Some light snow will linger until 3 a.m. or 4 a.m., and most of the snow should taper off before the Thursday morning rush hour.

    Lance Franck, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's regional forecast office in Mount Holly, also says the storm should start winding down later this evening, close to midnight, and the bulk of the snow should be over by sunrise. 

    Thursday forecast

    Some snow flurries are possible during the morning commute, but no additional accumulating snow is expected, forecasters said. Temperatures should rise into the low to mid-40s Thursday afternoon and some sunshine should break through the clouds. 

    However, steady winds of 10 to 20 mph could gust up to 30 mph, making it feel colder than it is.

    Early snowfall totals

    As of 3:30 p.m., these were among the highest snowfall accumulations reported by the National Weather Service offices in Mount Holly and Upton, N.Y.:

    • 6.0 inches in Quakertown, Hunterdon County
    • 5.0 inches in Kearny, Hudson County
    • 4.8 inches in Stewartsville, Warren County
    • 4.3 inches at Newark Airport, Essex and Union
    • 4.0 inches in Hackettstown, Warren County
    • 4.0 inches in Marcella, Morris County
    • 3.9 inches in Hoboken, Hudson County

    Len Melisurgo may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @LensReality or like him on Facebook. Find on Facebook.

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    New Jersey was hit with its fourth major storm in as many weeks Watch video

    With another significant storm hitting New Jersey Wednesday with snow, high winds and coastal flooding, districts across the state announced school closures and delays for Thursday, March 22.

    The following Monmouth County school districts have made announcements for Thursday, March 22. Please note, some districts that initially announced delays later switched to closures:


    • Monmouth University
    • Asbury Park
    • Atlantic Highlands Elementary School
    • Bradley Beach Elementary School
    • Colts Neck
    • Eatontown
    • Freehold Borough
    • Freehold Regional
    • Freehold Township
    • Hazlet Township
    • Henry Hudson Regional School
    • Highlands Elementary School
    • Hope Academy Charter School
    • Howell
    • Keansburg
    • Keyport
    • Little Silver
    • Manalapan-Englishtown Regional
    • Marlboro
    • Mataway-Aberdeen
    • Middletown
    • Monmouth County Vocational School
    • Monmouth Regional
    • Monmouth Ocean Educational Services Commission
    • Neptune City
    • Neptune Township
    • Oceanport 
    • Ocean Township
    • Red Bank Borough
    • Red Bank Regional
    • Roosevelt Public School
    • Rumson
    • Rumson-Fair Haven Regional
    • Shore Regional
    • Shrewsbury Borough
    • The Shore Center for Students With Autism
    • Tinton Falls
    • Union Beach
    • Wall
    • West Long Branch


    • Academy Charter High School - 2 hours
    • Avon Elementary School - 10:05 a.m.
    • Belmar Elementary School - 10 a.m.
    • Brielle Elementary School - 2 hours
    • Deal School - 2 hours
    • Eatontown - 90 minutes; no morning preschool
    • Fair Haven - delayed schedule 
    • Holmdel - delayed schedule 
    • H. W. Mountz Elementary School - 10 a.m. 
    • Manasquan - 90 minutes
    • Memorial School - 2 hours 
    • Millstone - 2 hours
    • Monmouth Beach - delayed schedule 
    • Sea Girt Elementary School - 90 minutes 
    • Spring Lake Heights - delayed schedule 
    • Ocean Township - 2 hours 
    • Upper Freehold Regional - 2 hours
    • Woodrow Wilson - 2 hours 

    If you know of any delays or closures not on this list, let us know in the comments.

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    Unquestionably, this gallery SHOULD go on and on.

    To be certain, reference books should provide a more balanced view of the historical contributions made by women. 

    Writing for in 2016, Anita Sarkeesian and Laura Hudson pointed out that "if we were to judge by the history books, it would be easy to think that men were pretty much the only people who mattered in history -- or at least, the only ones worth remembering. That isn't true, of course, but that's the story we're accustomed to hearing about the past: one where the presence of men is taken as a given, and the presence of women is exceptional." 

    As an example, history books refer to "Molly Pitcher" as a person in New Jersey, usually Mary Ludwig Hayes, who assisted her husband and others in the Continental Army by carrying water to soldiers in battle and helping the wounded and injured. But notes that "there is some debate among historians as to who the 'real' Molly Pitcher was. Most believe that the title is a composite character of all of the women who fought in and supported the Continental Army."

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    There were likely scores of "Molly Pitchers" during the Revolutionary War, yet they were summed up in history books by one character, while heroic men were remembered as individuals. 

    As Sarkeesian and Hudson noted, "Regardless of what our cultural narratives tell us, women as leaders, heroes and rebels isn't unrealistic -- either now or throughout history. It's reality -- just not a reality we get to hear about often enough." 

    In this gallery, we highlight just a handful of women from New Jersey who have impacted history, including computer pioneer and Navy officer Grace Hopper, agricultural scientist Elizabeth Coleman White, playwright Ntozake Shange and entertainer Dionne Warwick. Unquestionably, this gallery could go on and on.

    And here are links to other galleries you'll enjoy.

    Vintage photos of women and the war effort in N.J.

    Vintage N.J. photos that are works of art

    Vintage photos from N.J. that are works of art

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

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    The arrest of Sgt. Matthew Brady on aggravated assault charges stems from a Nov. 15, 2016, incident in which a recruit asked him a question inside the Seaside Park Municipal Building.

    A police sergeant is facing criminal charges after he pointed his gun at the head of a recruit, authorities said.

    The arrest of Sgt. Matthew Brady on aggravated assault charges stems from a Nov. 15, 2016, incident in which Class One Officer Thomas Schiermeyer asked Brady a question while Schiermeyer and other police recruits were filing out paperwork inside the Seaside Park Municipal Building, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Seaside Heights Police Chief Murphy Larkin said in a statement Thursday.

    The incident was brought to the attention of the Internal Affairs Unit of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office by members of the Seaside Park Police Department, authorities said.

    Brady was processed on a summons and released. He is suspended without pay from the Seaside Park Police Department. 

    Larkin did not return a call immediately seeking comment.

    Allison Pries may be reached at Follow her on Twitter @AllisonPries. Find on Facebook.


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