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News from Monmouth County, New Jersey

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    Developers joined with municipal and transit officials to announce completion of the final phase of Link at Aberdeen Station.


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    Look at the top juniors in the state and cast your vote for the best of the best.


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    A handful of stunning upsets paved the way for a very different-looking Top 20 this week.


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    Nothing is sacred on an NJ Transit train.


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    A paraglider was seriously hurt Wednesday after he lost control of his glider and landed face-first in the water off Keansburg Beach.

    A paraglider was seriously hurt Wednesday after he lost control of his glider and landed face-first in the water off Keansburg Beach.

    An initial report said the paraglider was unconscious after he plunged into the water, but when officers arrived they found the 46-year-old man alert and suffering from multiple injuries, according to authorities.

    "Witnesses reported after the victim launched his glider off the beach, the glider veered right and when he tried to correct himself, he lost control and landed face first into the water near the shoreline," Lt. Sandra Burton said. 

    The witnesses rushed to help the man, pulling him to the beach, Burton said. Emergency crews secured the injured victim on a backboard and used a Humvee to reach an ambulance before he was transferred to a medical helicopter at a nearby field.

    Burton credited the work of Keansburg EMS, firefighters, paramedics and police in helping the fallen man.

    "Last but not least, a special thank you to the witnesses who acted quickly to rescue the victim from the water," the lieutenant said in a statement. "The Keansburg Police Department wishes the victim a speedy recovery."

    An update on the man's condition was not immediately available.

    Noah Cohen may be reached at ncohen@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @noahycFind NJ.com on Facebook

     

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    The MTV reality TV star appeared Friday in federal court in Newark. Watch video

    Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino, one of the stars of MTV's hit reality show "Jersey Shore," will spend eight months in jail for tax evasion, a federal judge ruled on Friday.

    Sorrentino, a 37-year-old Manalapan native who now lives in Long Branch, was facing up to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion in January. His brother Marc pleaded guilty to one count of assisting in the preparation of a false tax return.

    The reality TV star will also serve two years of probation and was ordered to pay $123,913 in restitution, which he already has done. Marc Sorrentino was sentenced to two years in prison. 

    See photos from Michael Sorrentino's court appearance. 

    Michael Sorrentino declined to comment as he exited the courthouse in downtown Newark with his fiance, Lauren Pesce, who he plans to marry in November. Sorrentino -- clad in a dark gray suit, a black tie and dark sunglasses -- gave the peace sign to a camera when one reporter asked if he had anything to say to his fans. 

    Fellow castmates Vinny Guadagnino and Jennifer "JWoww" Farley trailed behind Sorrentino but also declined to speak to reporters. Prior to the court hearing, all of the "Jersey Shore" cast members were present as Sorrentino arrived. Only Guadagnino and Farley, however, accompanied Sorrentino in the courtroom. 

    After the hearing, Sorrentino's attorney, Henry Klingeman, expressed disappointment with U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton's ruling. 

    "The fact is it's a sad day anytime anybody goes to prison," he said. "But in a situation like this, where Mike Sorrentino has righted his life, and he's contributing to not only his own well being but that of his greater community, that progress will be interrupted."

    A date for Sorrentino to surrender has not been set. Klingeman said that date won't be until after Sorrentino's wedding. 

    Prior to the sentencing, Klingeman pleaded with Wigenton to use discretion and sentence Sorrentino to probation. Prosecutors had asked the judge to sentence Sorrentino to 14 months in prison. 

    In asking for leniency, Klingeman explained how Sorrentino had battled an addiction to pain pills but has turned his life around. 

    "He's made a remarkable journey," he said. "It's a redemption story ... we love to see." 

    Sorrentino told Wigenton that he's "deeply sorry" for his past actions and that's he's worked hard to put his life back together. He said he's been clean and sober for three years. 

    "Today I live my life with integrity," he told the judge. "I don't drink, I don't drug, I don't cheat, I don't smoke. I don't even drive fast, your honor." 

    Prosecutors commended his drug-addiction recovery but said he made calculated decisions with a wealth of cash to avoid paying his taxes. 

    "This was not an isolated incident," said Yael Epstein, a trial attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office. "... This was a deliberate course of criminal conduct with a blatant disregard for the law."

    Authorities also argued that Sorrentino exploited his fame to the detriment of the American taxpayers. 

    "Lying to and defrauding the federal government is a very serious crime, regardless of a defendant's celebrity status," Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard Zuckerman said in a statement. "The Sorrentino brothers chose to use Michael's fame to benefit themselves at the expense of the American taxpayer, and with the help of our federal partners, they were held accountable. 

    Before handing down her sentence, Wigenton said what Sorrentino has done to turn his life around "is extraordinary." 

    "You have been provided a gift," she explained. "With celebrity comes responsibility; with celebrity comes a lot of benefits but also a lot of burdens. ... Part of the cost of making money is you have to pay taxes. We all have to."

    In January, Michael Sorrentino admitted to concealing some of his income to avoid paying the full amount of taxes he owed in 2011, and he said he made cash deposits into bank accounts in amounts less than $10,000 so they wouldn't catch the attention of the Internal Revenue Service. Banks are required to file reports with the U.S. Treasury for cash deposits exceeding $10,000.

    Sorrentino received instant fame after "Jersey Shore" first aired in 2009. The show documented the lives of eight young adults during a summer in Seaside Heights.

    To cash in on that success, authorities said, Sorrentino and his brother Marc Sorrentino created several businesses.

    And the two made a ton of money.

    From 2010 to 2012, the brothers earned approximately $8.9 million, according to an indictment filed against the two. The money, prosecutors said, came from personal and television appearances, product endorsements and the sales of various products.

    To book The Situation for a nightclub or bar appearance, it could cost a promoter anywhere from $1,500 to $48,000, the indictment said. The two ran an online clothing business and published an autobiography and a comic book featuring The Situation as a superhero. The product endorsements included vitamins, DVDs, clothing lines, jewelry, tuxedos and sunglasses.

    While the Sorrentino brothers were amassing a small fortune, authorities said they failed to pay all the federal income taxes on the revenue. In addition to underreporting the money they earned, they also used business funds to pay for personal items, like high-end vehicles, according to the indictment.

    It's illegal to use business funds for personal items because those items can be written off as a business expense.

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

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    Plus, there a Saturday matchup you can't miss

    Two top-ten matchups from the NJ.com Top 20 are on tap this week and you can watch the games from the comfort of your own home.

    In all NJ High School Sports Live will broadcast live from eight games this weekend. Friday's main event is No. 3 St. Peter's Prep vs. No. 9 Don Bosco Prep at 7 p.m.. Saturday's lone game is a huge one: No. 1 St. Joseph (Mont.) vs. No. 4 Bergen Catholic. Just another football weekend in New Jersey's Super Football Conference.

    Another six games are on the slate Friday night. The full schedule is below.


    MORE: Learn about NJ High School Sports Live


    If you can't make it to the games or want to watch an on-demand replay, NJ High School Sports Live was made for you. Our technology allows us to broadcast from member schools and a handful of select games, such as St. Joseph (Mont.) and Bergen Catholic. You can watch on your computer, phone or tablet - and you can watch live or on demand. Our season pass also give you access to any in-network game. The schedule is listed below, click on the links to watch.

    FRIDAY, OCT. 5
      Holmdel at Donovan Catholic, 6:30 p.m.
      Long Branch at No. 10 Red Bank Catholic, 7 p.m.
      No. 3 St. Peter's Prep at No. 9 Don Bosco Prep, 7 p.m.
      Iselin Kennedy at Montgomery, 7 p.m.
      Secaucus at New Milford, 7 p.m.
      Point Pleasant Beach at Shore, 7 p.m.
      North Bergen at Irvington, 7 p.m.

    SATURDAY, OCT. 6
      No. 4 Bergen Catholic at No. 1 St. Joseph (Mont.), 2:30 p.m.

    Andrew Koob can be reached at akoob@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewKoobHS. Like NJ.com High School Sports on Facebook

     


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    What went on in New Jersey high school football Friday? We've got you covered.

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    Sorrentino was surrounded by fellow 'Jersey Shore' cast members as he walked to federal court in Newark on Friday. He's set to get married next month.


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    Thousands of reanimated corpses came out from far and wide to participate.


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    Police seek witnesses to deadly wreck.

    The driver and a passenger in a tanker truck are dead after the vehicle overturned Saturday on Route 18 in Colts Neck, police said.

    The wreck occurred around 5 p.m. on the northbound highway, near mile marker 22, according to Lt. Frank Leccese. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

    The tanker was carrying a small amount of fuel oil, which spilled on the shoulder, Leccese said. Officials from Monmouth County's hazardous materials team and the state Department of Environmental Protection tended to the spilled oil.

    Police did not release the names of the people who died while officials were working to inform family members.

    All lanes of the highway remained closed north, near Colts Neck Road, as of around 9 p.m. Saturday, according to the state Department of Transportation.

    Anyone who witnessed the crash was asked to call police at 732-780-7323.

    Noah Cohen may be reached at ncohen@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @noahycFind NJ.com on Facebook

     

     


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    The nationwide phenomenon made its way to New Jersey again, promising more than 20 obstacle courses for thrill-seeking athletes

    There are some people who cringe at the idea of running, while others love it so much they'll do it in extreme conditions. 

    Some of those thrill-seekers flocked to Englishtown this weekend for a rare challenge: competing in the Tough Mudder, a rigorous and muddy obstacle course endurance event co-founded by a former counter-terrorism officer.

    Former Olympic gymnast and motivational speaker Nastia Liukin also made an appearance at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park to pump up the participants. 

     

    The 24-hour event boasts up to 25 different obstacle courses, suitable for different levels of athleticism, whether it's for first-timers or longtime endurance athletes. 

    Runners have to endure challenges such as climbing walls, monkey-barring their way over pits of water and crawling through mud pits to complete the race. 

    Gianluca D'Elia may be reached at gdelia@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @gianluca_delia. Find NJ.com on Facebook.  


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    Pets throughout New Jersey await adoption.

    If you're interested in helping homeless animals but aren't able to adopt one, there are a number of other ways you can be of assistance.

    Realistically, not everyone can adopt. People who live in apartments or developments that have no-pets policies fall into that category, as do people with allergies or disabilities that will not allow them to care for pets of their own. Here are some suggestions for ways people who want to help can participate in caring for homeless animals.

    * Help out at a local shelter. It's not glamorous work by any means, but it's vital and will be very much appreciated. You can do anything from help walk dogs to bottle feed kittens, help clean kennels or cat's cages or even help with bathing and grooming. Contact your local shelter to find out their policies regarding volunteers.

    * If you're handy, you can lend a hand in many ways. Shelters usually need repairs of many kinds, so fixer-uppers can help out like that. If you sew, quilt or crochet, you can make blankets for your local shelter.

    * Help out at an adoption event. Many shelters and rescue groups participate in local events by hosting a table with pets available for adoption. They also hold these program at malls, pet supply stores and banks, and can always use a helping hand.

    * For galleries like this one and for online adoptions sites, often a shelter or rescue group doesn't have the time or equipment to shoot good photos of their adoptable pets. Something as simple as making yourself available to shoot and provide digital files of pet photos can be a big help.

    * Donate. It doesn't have to be money; shelters need cleaning supplies, pet food, toys for the animals and often even things we don't think twice about getting rid of like old towels and newspapers. Every little bit helps.

    If you don't know where your local animal shelter or rescue group is, a quick online search will reveal a number of results. It doesn't take a lot of time or effort to get involved but it provides immeasurable assistance.

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


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    The trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday in state Superior Court.


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    Dr. Jeffrey Huguenin was the principal at Joseph J. Catena Elementary School in Freehold Township

    An elementary school principal in Freehold Township has died, district officials said Monday. 

    freehold-principal.jpgDr. Jeffrey Huguenin (Twitter) 

    District officials didn't provide a cause of death Dr. Jeffrey Huguenin, 46, of Howell. Officials also didn't say when or where he died. 

    Huguenin was the principal of Joseph J. Catena Elementary School, a K-5 building on Burlington Road. 

    "The district was made aware yesterday that Dr. Huguenin passed away,"  Freehold Township schools Superintendent Neal Dickstein said in a statement. 

    Schools in the district are closed for Columbus Day, though it was listed as a staff professional day for employees. Grief counselors will be made available on Tuesday. 

    "We are asking that you keep the Huguenin family and our school community in your thoughts and prayers," Dickstein said. "There is no other information to share at this time."

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

     


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    The wreck caused a fuel tank to separate from the truck and spill nearly 1,400 gallons of diesel fuel oil onto Route 18.

    A driver and passenger who died after they were ejected from the cab of a tanker truck when it overturned in Colts Neck on Saturday have been identified.

    The driver, Maurice Boatwright, 37, of Westfield, and the passenger Julio Escoto-Sandoval, 21, of Perth Amboy, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to a  release from the Colts Neck Police.

    The crash occurred around 5:30 p.m. near mile marker 22 on Highway 18 south and no other vehicles were involved.

    The truck, which belonged to KW Rastall, Inc., of North Brunswick, overturned and caused the tank to separate from the vehicle and spill nearly 1400 gallons of diesel fuel oil onto the shoulder of the highway, police said.

    Officials from Monmouth County's hazardous materials team and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection contained the spill and coordinated its cleanup.

    Traffic was detoured for over six hours while the scene was cleared.

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

     

     

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