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News from Monmouth County, New Jersey

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    A new poll shows where New Jerseyans stand two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow legal sports betting across the nation.

    Most New Jerseyans are OK with legal sports betting -- but they don't think pro sports leagues should get a cut of the action. 

    Those are the results of a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll that found about two-thirds of the Garden State's adults (62 percent) agree with the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to allow sports betting in all states.

    That's the highest percentage the FDU's survey has ever seen on the issue.

    A quarter (25 percent) are against the expansion, while 11 percent said they didn't know, and 2 percent refused to respond, according to the poll released Tuesday.

    "If support for the expansion is any indication of how widespread of a pastime this will become, New Jersey is poised to become a state with a lot of action around professional sporting events," said Krista Jenkins, the poll's director and a political science professor at FDU. 

    Ex-Mets and Yankees star makes sports betting pitch to N.J. lawmakers

    The same percentage -- 62 percent -- are against sharing revenue with professional teams, which has become a hot topic in New Jersey. A third (34 percent) back the idea.

    The poll comes two weeks after the Supreme Court ruled in New Jersey's favor in the state's seven-year quest to legalize sports betting at its casinos and racetracks. The court overturned a 1992 federal law that banned such wagering in all but four states, opening the door for states throughout the nation to allow sports bets -- and profit from the tax revenue. 

    New Jersey lawmakers are rushing to pass a bill by June 7 on how to regulate and tax the betting. Officials estimate the state could see $13 million in tax revenue from it in the upcoming fiscal year.

    But one unresolved issue: Some pro leagues are asking states for 1 percent of less of their total gaming revenue -- to help police against cheating and game-fixing and because the betting is based on their games. 

    State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, is staunchly against this so-called "integrity fee" largely because many of these leagues sued New Jersey repeatedly since 2011 to stop the state from instituting sports betting. Sweeney has likened it to "extortion."

    Gov. Phil Murphy, also a Democrat, has declined to say publicly where he stands on such fees. He said Friday "details" of New Jersey's sports betting legislation "are still being worked out."

    Donald Hoover, a senior lecturer at FDU's International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management called the fees "the historical chicken and egg scenario playing out, with the sports leagues and the operators accepting sports wagers."

    "The sports leagues believe that they should get a portion of the wagers or revenues because money is being made on their product," Hoover said. "The sports books and operators believe that the sports leagues are making more money because of sports wagering."

    The FDU poll also asked people why they support or oppose legal sports betting. 

    Of those who agree with it, 47 percent say it's the lure of more money and 39 percent said it's the practicality of allowing something that's already being done.

    Of those against it, 44 percent are worried about gambling addictions, 20 percent are concerned about the potential of organized crime, and 19 percent believe pro sports will appear less fair. 

    Nevada has allowed full-scale sports betting for years, while Delaware, Montana, and Oregon have offered smaller-scale wagering. Meanwhile, people have also bet for years illegally, with underground bookies making billions of dollars a year across the U.S.

    Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport and the Borgata casino in Atlantic City say they'll be ready to accept bets once Murphy signs the law in New Jersey.

    Ocean Resort casino in Atlantic City -- the former Revel -- announced a partnership Tuesday with British bookmaker William Hill to have a sports betting operation, as well. 

    The poll was conducted via phone May 16-21 with 926 New Jersey adults. The margin of error was plus-or-minus 3.5 percentage points. 

    Brent Johnson may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @johnsb01. Find Politics on Facebook.

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    The couple thinks their dog, named Jersey, was chasing an item that had fell out of the boat.

    A Hillsborough couple that went out on Sandy Hook Bay this weekend with their 1-year-old Golden Retriever Jersey, had to return home without their beloved dog named Jersey.

    Anne Finetto said she and her husband were about a half mile off shore when a piece of plastic blew off their motorboat and fell into the water.

    Seconds later, the couple realized jersey had disappeared. They believe Jersey likely jumped out of the boat to retrieve the plastic.

    "We're heartbroken," said Finetto. "She's very active and a great swimmer, so we just don't know how this could have happened." 

    Finetto said they slowed down the boat and retraced their GPS but was not able to find Jersey. They've gone out to search the land near the area everyday since the accident.

    Finetto said Jersey is a very active dog and a great swimmer, sometimes swimming up to 45 minutes alone. However, he was not wearing a life jacket at the time. 

    Dog spottings in Sandy Hook and Monmouth Beach and Shrewsbury River have come up negative for the couple. Finetto asks anyone who spots anything to call at 732-735-9835.

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

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    Emergency crews tried to revive the man using a heroin overdose antidote, according to prosecutor's office.

    Authorities on Tuesday said a man died shortly after he was arrested by Howell police and emergency crews attempted to save him using an opioid overdose antidote.

    It was not yet clear what caused Derek Boyle's death, but investigators determined "no physical force was used at any time on Boyle while he was in custody," according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.

    Police and emergency crews responded to a 9-1-1 call around 12:30 p.m. Saturday reporting a man was "acting erratically," the prosecutor's office said in a statement. Authorities said they found Boyle standing next to a stolen vehicle near Church Road and Tioga Drive, and learned the Jackson resident was wanted on unspecified warrants.

    "While at the scene, Boyle's condition began to deteriorate," the prosecutor's office said. "Emergency medical personnel deployed naloxone, a heroin overdose antidote."

    Emergency crews brought Boyle to Kimball Medical Center, where he died shortly before 2 p.m., according to officials. Howell police alerted the county prosecutor's office about the death, leading to an immediate investigation.

    Authorities said the vehicle was reported taken from a residence in Jackson. More details on the theft or circumstances surrounding the encounter with police were not immediately released.

    Anyone with information can contact prosecutor's office Detective Ryu Washburne at 1-800-533-7443 or township police at 732-620-4280.

    Results of an autopsy Sunday were pending, officials said.

    Anonymous tips can also be called in to 1-800-671-4400, sent by texting "MONMOUTH" plus the tip to 274637, or online at

    Noah Cohen may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @noahycFind on Facebook.



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    The list features more than 100 athletes that won multiple gold medals at the NJSIAA Sectional Championships.

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    They spent the cash gambling at Atlantic City casinos and on a $17,000 diamond ring among other items while homes damaged by Sandy were left unrepaired

    A New Jersey couple admitted Tuesday to stealing more than $1.4 million from Hurricane Sandy victims in a contracting fraud scheme so they could spend the cash on luxury items and gambling, authorities said. 

    colmyer-cimino.jpgJeffrey Colmyer and Tiffany Cimino admitted stealing more than $1.4 million from Hurricane Sandy victims through two contracting firms.  

    Jeffrey Colmyer, 42, and Tiffany Cimino, 34, of Little Egg Harbor in Ocean County, both admitted to theft charges. Colmyer also pleaded guilty to money laundering. Colmyer is expected to be sentenced in September to seven years in state prison, while the plea deal calls for Cimino to receive probation. 

    Colmyer gambled hundreds of thousands of dollars at seven Atlantic City casinos with the stolen cash, authorities said. The couple also bought at $17,000 diamond ring, authorities said. 

    The couple operated the fraud scheme through Rayne Construction Management Servics and Colmyer & Sons, and targeted more than 20 Hurricane Sandy victims who paid for reconstruction, home elevations or repairs that were not started or completed. Some of the stolen funds came from government relief programs.

    5 more charged with Hurricane Sandy relief fraud to repair vacation homes

    "Colmyer and Cimino heartlessly preyed on Sandy victims whose homes had been destroyed, stealing the relief funds that were the lifeline these victims needed to rebuild in the aftermath of the historic storm,"  New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement. "By sending Colmyer to prison, we deliver a strong deterrent message that anyone willing to sink so low as to steal disaster relief money from victims will face a stern reckoning."

    The plea deal also calls for the couple to pay $1.45 million in restitution and Colmyer also owes $56,472 in back taxes, authorities said. They were arrested in October 2015.

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    Highlights from the third round of states.

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    The Kenilworth school superintendent accused or defecating at Holmdel High School's running track is now due in court on June 12. Watch video

    The Kenilworth School District superintendent accused of pooping daily near the Holmdel High School running track was scheduled to appear in court May 30 but that hearing has been delayed.

    PooperSuper.jpgThomas Tramaglini  

    Thomas Tramaglini, on paid leave through June 30 from his $147,504 a year job, is now scheduled to appear in Holmdel Municipal Court on June 12 for charges of public urination/defecation, littering and lewdness. The charges are low-level offenses and Tramaglini likely will just be subjected to pay fines.

    Tramaglini's attorney, Matthew S. Adams, pointed out that it's a very common practice for early hearings to be moved to accommodate both parties.

    Adams, a defense attorney with Morristown-based Fox Rothschild, has previously said that Tramaglini looks forward to rebutting "some of the falsehoods that have been portrayed about him in the media." Adams has not said what information was incorrect.

    According to Holmdel police, officials "monitored" the area and were able to identify Tramaglini as the person responsible for defecating on the track daily. 

    According to the arrest report, there are two DVDs with surveillance video footage of the crime. The township hasn't released the footage, saying it could compromise the school's "security measures and surveillance techniques."

    What's not known is why someone would relieve themselves at the school multiple times.

    Tramaglini was arrested at 5:45 a.m. on May 1 while he was running on the track at the high school.

    Robin Wilson-Glover may be reached at Follow her on Twitter @RobinGlover. Find on Facebook.

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    The Knickerbockers, who had a #20 hit in 1966 with "Lies" (they sounded a lot like the Beatles), took their name from their hometown's main street, Knickerbocker Road in Bergenfield.

    When I was growing up, my father was the photographer in the family.


    He started shooting home movies in the '60s. And, when we set off on a trip somewhere, the home movie would start with scenes taken through the front window of the car, complete with his knuckles on the steering wheel.

    He said he was "establishing the route" or something and we, of course, made fun of him for it.

    Now when we look at them again, he has the last laugh because those scenes of the streets and roads we were traveling are the ones people perk up for. "Look! There's so-and-so's store!" or "I forgot the such-and-such used to be there!"

    The photos in this gallery and galleries like it we've done in the past serve the same purpose. It's fascinating to see what streets we might drive down every day looked like 40 years ago ... 60 years ... 80 years. In one instance in the gallery, there's a photo of a street in my hometown from more than 150 years ago.

    Enjoy these scenes of streets and roads in New Jersey, as well as these links to other galleries. And if you have photos like the films my Dad used to take, by all means send them in, knuckles and all.

    Vintage photos of N.J. street scenes

    Vintage photos of streets and roads in N.J.

    Vintage photos of New Jersey street scenes

    Vintage photos of street scenes in N.J.

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

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    Angelo Curato pretended to be a 17-year-old girl while chatting with dozens of boys through Skype and other online messenger applications, authorities said

    A 26-year-old man who previously worked at a family amusement center in Monmouth County was accused Wednesday of luring boys into performing sex acts on Skype video chats and recording hundreds the images, authorities said.

    Angelo Curato, 26, of Manalapan, faces a federal charge of producing child pornography. The charge carries a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison. 

    Curato pretended to be a 17-year-old girl while chatting with dozens of boys through multiple accounts he maintained on Skype and other online messenger applications, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

    The boys engaged in sexually explicit conduct and sent Curato naked photos, authorities said.

    The charges come nearly a year after authorities searched his house and found hundreds of screenshots of boys engaging of sexually explicit conduct on his laptop. Curato was initially charged with distribution of child pornography by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office after that search.

    The family amusement center in Freehold where Curato previously worked was not identified in court documents.

    Federal officials are still seeking other potential victims. Anyone with information is asked to call 866-DHS-2-ICE.


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    The L Street beach along the Shark River in Belmar experienced high levels of bacteria

    The L Street beach in Belmar is closed after raw sewage seeped into the water, state environmental officials said.

    Tests performed by the state Department of Environmental Protections indicated the water from the Shark River contained bacteria levels more than twice as high as what's considered safe. 

    Sewage overflow discharged into a storm drain and contaminated the water.

    The 10 most contaminated beaches in New Jersey

    Officials performed follow-up tests on Wednesday and expect to release the results on Thursday. The beach is adjacent to Maclearie Park and near the Belmar marina, several blocks from the town's popular ocean beaches. 

    No other beaches are closed statewide. 

    New Jersey state officials perform weekly testing at 217 stations near public swimming beaches to identify potential bacteria problems throughout the summer.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report. Jeff Goldman may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find on Facebook.


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    It took more than 5 years to travel the nearly 4,000 miles between the coastlines.

    It's no message in a bottle, but a common Jersey Shore sight still made its way across the Atlantic to wash up on a very different shore. 

    A battered section of a broken real estate sign lost from a Jersey Shore property during Hurricane Sandy more than five years ago was recently found in France.

    Diane Turton, Realtors, a company headquartered in Point Pleasant Beach with offices throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties, shared photos of the sandy sign on Facebook Wednesday. 

    The company said the splintered sign was found two weeks ago by someone in Bordeaux, who contacted the company's marketing department.

    The sign was a casualty of Hurricane Sandy, torn from a waterfront listing on Cedar Crest Drive in Brielle when the super storm hit, said Perry Beneduce, manager of the company's office in Wall Township. 

    He said he knows the sign came from that house because it was the only waterfront listing at that time out of the Wall Township office. The sign bears the direct number for that office. 

    While the sign at that property was lost, there was no other damage to the home, and it sold the next spring, he said. 

    Over the course of five and a half years, the sign traversed the nearly 4,000 miles. Yet the Diane Turton name was still visible enough on the double-sided sign to connect it back home to the Jersey Shore realtors.

    "Having our signage wash up in France on the beach truly proves that Diane Turton, Realtors is a global real estate company," the company wrote in the post. 

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

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    Everything you need to know heading into Friday's action.

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    Group championships are Friday and Saturday. Prepare yourself with our preview of all 12 meets at Franklin Township and Central Regional.

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    The stores are among 72 closing across the country.

    Three Sears and one Kmart stores in New Jersey will be among the 72 across the country to close

    The struggling retail giant released the full list on Thursday. 

    Sears Holdings identified 100 stores that are no longer profitable and decided to close 72 of them.

    "We continue to evaluate our network of stores, which are a critical component in our transformation, and will make further adjustments as needed and as warranted," Sears said in a statement.

    Here are the New Jersey locations that will being closing sales "in the near future."

    • Sears at the Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrenceville
    • Sears on at the Seaview Square Mall Route 66 in Ocean Township
    • Sears at The Center Burlington Mall in Burlington
    • Kmart on Barbour Avenue in Clifton

    See the full list of closures released Thursday here.


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    Delaware will become the first state to allow Las Vegas-style sports betting at its casinos on June 5 since the Supreme Court overturned a law that banned it in all but four states.

    Delaware will launch a full-scale sports betting operation at all three of that state's casinos on June 5, just a few days before an informal deadline New Jersey lawmakers have set for the passage of their own legislation regulating sports betting.

    Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, and Harrington Raceway & Casino will allow single-game and championship wagering on professional baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, golf and auto racing next week.

    "Delaware has all necessary legal and regulatory authority to move forward with a full-scale sports gaming operation, and we look forward to next week's launch," Delaware Gov. John Carney said Thursday in a press announcement. "We're hopeful that this will bring even more visitors into Delaware to see firsthand what our state has to offer."

    What N.J. thinks about sports betting

    The announcement comes about three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in New Jersey's favor in the state's seven-year battle to legalize sports betting at casinos and racetracks. The ruling overturned a 1992 federal law that banned sports betting in all but four states.

    Delaware will become the first of the states covered under the ban to offer sports betting since the ruling came down.

    New Jersey lawmakers are looking to pass a bill by June 7 on how to regulate and tax sports betting. Officials have said the state could see $13 million in tax revenue from it in the next fiscal year.

    New Jersey spent $9 million of of taxpayer money on a seven-year legal case fighting for sports betting at its casinos and tracks.

    After the Supreme Court's ruling, Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport was planning to be the first place on the East Coast to offer full-scale sports betting.

    But state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, New Jersey's top lawmaker, put the brakes on that. His regulation bill says any place that opens before the law takes effect will not receive a license from the state. So Monmouth Park had to hold off.

    Sweeney said Delaware opening first "doesn't make a difference" because New Jersey never expected to see a "giant windfall."

    "You're gonna pass our bill on June 7," Sweeney told NJ Advance Media on Thursday. We're the state that won the lawsuit. We're the state that went the distance."

    But former state Sen. Raymond Lesniak, the leading lawmaker fighting for sports betting, said he was disappointed.

    "I don't know what to say," Lesniak, D-Union, said. "I've been battling for 10 years for New Jersey to have sports betting. It's somewhat disheartening for Delaware to slip in before us."

    "But in the long run, it certainly won't hurt us," he said.

    Lawmakers in Trenton plan to hold hearings June 4 on the regulation bill and final votes June 7. After that, Murphy would still have to sign it into law. And that may not happen right away.

    A senior member of Murphy's administration said Murphy is not expected to sign the bill right away -- it must be reviewed first. The source asked to remain anonymous because they are not authorized to speak about the matter in public.

    Sweeney said he understands Murphy's office has "their own process."

    "Once we drop the bill, I'm sure they've got to go through it and see what's right and what's wrong," he said. "But I don't see why. You can move faster if you want. That's their call."

    Officials at Monmouth Park and the Borgata casino in Atlantic City have said they will be ready to accept bets once Murphy signs the bill into law. Ocean Resort casino in Atlantic City is also looking to have a sport betting operation.

    A new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll that found about two-thirds of the Garden State's adults (62-percent) agree with the court's decision to allow sports betting in all states.

    NJ Advance Media staff writer Brent Johnson contributed to this report.

    Chris Sheldon may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @chrisrsheldon Find on Facebook.


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