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    The cat party don't start until she walks in.

    The party at the cat cafe don't start until she walks in. 

    Asbury Park was paid a visit by pop star Kesha this past Friday, and the visit was heavy on cats.

    Kesha spent time at Catsbury Park, a local cat cafe, this past Friday according to The Asbury Park Press. Cafe owner DJ Bornschein told The Asbury Park Press that Kesha was there for about two hours.

    "She's a true cat lover," Bornschein told the Asbury Park Press. "We sat and talked for over an hour about all of our cats and sharing cat stories and photos. She told me about how she recently rescued a kitten in need from Japan.

    The owner directed her to a cat named Kahlua.

    Kesha proceeded to post a video of Kahlua on Instagram.

    Kesha has performed recently in New Jersey, at PNC Bank Arts Center this past July and at Atlantic City's Ocean Resort Casino on Nov. 16.
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    Met Kahlua at the Catsbury Park cat cafe today and she stole my [?][?][?][?] !!!!!!! calling anyone near Asbury Park or jersey area to come give this sassy lady a good forever home !!!!! She's CUUUUUUTE @catsburypark check it out!!!!!

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    But the party don't stop, no.

    Kesha's also got a tiger tattoo at Electric Tattoo in town as well and thanked the shop on social media for the ink.

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    @robertryan323 @electrictattoonj thanks for the tiger! Robert, you're the best [?]

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    It's unclear why Kesha opted to spend Black Friday in Asbury Park, but it seems to us a better choice than, say, pursuing doorbuster deals at Kohl's. The singer has performed twice recently in New Jersey: at Holmdel's PNC Bank Arts Center this past July and at Atlantic City's Ocean Resort Casino on Nov. 16.

    Jeremy Schneider may be reached at jschneider@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @J_Schneider. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Paul Caneiro had been scheduled to appear in court on a charge accusing him of setting fire to his own house

    The court appearance for the brother of a Colts Neck man found dead with his family in a quadruple homicide at their mansion last week has been delayed.

    Paul Caneiro, 51, had been scheduled to appear in Monmouth County Superior Court Wednesday for a detention hearing on an aggravated arson charge accusing him of setting fire to his own house while his wife and two daughters were inside. 

    On Tuesday, officials said it had been pushed back to Friday at the request of Caneiro's attorney, Robert Honecker Jr. 

    Honecker did not immediately return a phone call from NJ Advance Media. 

    paul-caneiro-mugshot-arson-charge.jpgPaul Caneiro, police photo

    Caneiro, of Ocean Township, was charged with one count of aggravated arson the day after his brother, Keith Caneiro, was found shot to death outside his smoldering estate on Willow Brook Road in Colts Neck, authorities have said.

    Inside the house, authorities located the badly burned bodies of Keith Caniero's wife, Jennifer, 45, and two of their children, Sophia, 8, and 11-year-old Jesse.

    Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said the family was "targeted" but has not offered any information on suspects or a motive.

    A law enforcement source told NJ Advance Media that at least one of the children's bodies had stab wounds.

    Authorities responded to the Colts Neck blaze around 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 20.

    Earlier that day, around 5 a.m., firefighters in Ocean Township, approximately 12 miles south of Colts Neck, were called to a fire on Tilton Drive in the Wayside section of town.

    Authorities contend Paul Caneiro used gasoline to set his house on fire while his wife and two daughters were inside.

    Honecker previously told NJ Advance Media that he expects his client "will be exonerated when the case is finally resolved."

    Gramiccioni, speaking at a press conference announcing the arrest of Paul Caneiro, said detectives continue to explore leads that both fires are connected, but stopped short of saying he was a suspect in the Colts Neck homicide.

    Honecker said any connection to Paul Caneiro and what happened in Colts Neck is "pure speculation."

    Caneiro is facing between five and 10 years in state prison on the aggravated arson offense. 

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

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    Can you guess which? Hint: It's in Monmouth County.

    It's 2018 and more than 100 craft breweries have hopped up all over the Garden State, but this one is the very best -- at least according to Thrillist. 

    The website picked "The Best Craft Brewery in Every State" and gave the honor here to the much-loved Kane Brewing in Ocean Township.

    Michael Kane quit a Wall Street job to follow his dreams and started brewing in 2011. It's been gangbusters ever since. 

    Says Thrillist: "Kane started as a small brewery relentlessly focused on quality and devoted to self-distributing to New Jersey bars and restaurants to ensure beer excellence. In 2018, it's... still doing that, albeit on a bit of a larger scale thanks to everyone wanting to drink its beer."

    The website lauded "The Sunday Brunch," an imperial milk porter with maple, cinnamon, and coffee, as "way too good to actually be confined to just one day of the week," and also gave props to Kane's ever-popular Head High IPA.

    You may know Kane as the N.J. brewery where people literally line up for the release of a certain beer -- crowds abound for the Morning Bell, the brewery's you-can-only-get-it-once-a-year imperial milk stout brewed with neighboring Rook Coffee's dark roast Sumatra.

    What's your favorite N.J. craft brewery? Tell us in the comments. 

    Jessica Remo may be reached at jremo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @JessicaRemoNJ. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    The sweep, dubbed "Operation Trading Post," focused on individuals accused of trafficking child pornography online.

    Editor's note: This story was updated to include a brief statement from a Princeton University spokesperson and a statement from an attorney representing Alexander Ecock.

    A Princeton University director, a former member of the Environmental Commission in Atlantic Highlands and a high-level manager at ING Financial Markets were among 14 people arrested in a massive child pornography sweep in Monmouth County, officials announced Wednesday.

    The sweep, dubbed "Operation Trading Post," operated between June and October, and focused on the trafficking of child pornography online.

    "It is incumbent on everyone, particularly those of us in law enforcement, to protect children from harm and exploitation. To that end, Operation Trading Post caught individuals who shamelessly viewed and shared depraved images of children being sexually abused," Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said in a statement announcing the arrests.

    All 14 defendants were charged with third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in state prison and parole supervision for life. Some of the defendants received second-degree endangering offenses and will face up to 10 years in prison.

    One defendant, William McMahon, 64, of Keansburg, made plans to meet what he believed was a 14-year-old boy online, authorities said. He was charged with luring, a second-degree offense, and one count of attempted sexual assault.

    McMahon's attorney, Brian Goldenfarb, declined to comment.

    Here are the names of the defendants who were arrested:

    • Jonathan Henry, 22, of Keyport. Officials say Henry was employed as a dishwasher at The Turning Point, a restaurant with multiple locations in the Jersey Shore area.
    • Rene Torres, 48, of Howell, a vice president of operations for ING Financial Markets.
    • Brian Foley, 60, of Atlantic Highlands. Foley is an information technology specialist with Cerner Corporation and a former member of the Environmental Commission in Atlantic Highlands, according to the prosecutor's statement.
    • Gregory Cantrell, 61, of Freehold. Cantrell is the associate director of Environmental Health and Safety at Princeton University. A university spokesman, Mike Hotchkiss, said, "We are aware of the charge and are cooperating with authorities. The employee has been placed on administrative leave." 
    • Joshua Valerio, 37, of Eatontown, a laborer at Love, Inc., a religious non-profit group.
    • Michael Balbosa, 34, of Neptune City. Balbosa is a courier with Federal Express, officials said.
    • Fady Elghazaly, 33, of Marlboro, a mechanic with United Airlines.
    • Ronald Paul, 56, of Freehold.
    • Ryan Marques, 18, of Howell.
    • David Wu, 32, of Hazlet.
    • Thiago Thebald-Simas, 24, of Long Branch.
    • Alexander Ecock, 22, of Freehold. An attorney for Ecock, Richard Incremona, said, "My client has been charged with a possessory offense. He's not a danger to anyone in the community. And he is pursuing his defense in the normal course where it should be done in a court room, not in a public arena."
    • A Holmdel juvenile whose name was not released.
    • Anthony Johnson, 38, of Neptune Township.

    Jonathan F. Marshall, an attorney representing Balbosa, Torres and Wu, said, "We're working diligently to defend the charges."

    Attorneys for the other defendants either declined to comment or were not immediately available for comment. 

    NJ Advance Media reporter Paige Gross contributed to this report.

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

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    The update will come just over a week after the Caneiro family was found slain after a massive fire tore through their home

    Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni has scheduled a Thursday morning press conference to announce an update on last week's quadruple homicide in Colts Neck.

    The update will come just over a week after Keith Caneiro, 50, his wife, Jennifer, 45, and the couple's two children, 11-year-old Jesse and 8-year-old Sophia, were killed before a massive fire tore through their Willow Brook Road mansion. 

    It also comes a week after Caneiro's brother, Paul Caneiro, was charged with aggravated arson for allegedly setting fire to his own Ocean Township home, hours before authorities responded to the Colts Neck blaze. 

    Authorities contend Paul Caneiro, 51, used gasoline to light his Tilton Drive house ablaze while his wife and two daughters were inside. They were not harmed. His attorney has maintained his client's innocence and said Paul Caneiro loved his family. 

    Gramiccioni, at a press event last week announcing the arrest of Paul Caneiro, said detectives continue to explore whether both fires are connected. 

    He said Caneiro family was "targeted" but that it was an isolated incident and there's no threat to the public. 

    The Thursday announcement is scheduled for 11 a.m.

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

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    Keith Caneiro, his wife and their two young children were found slain last at their burning home in Colts Neck last week

    A 51-year-old Ocean Township man was charged Thursday morning in the slaying of his younger brother, sister-in-law and his niece and nephew, all of whom were found dead after a fire at their Colts Neck home last week.

    paul-caneiro-mugshot-arson-charge.jpgPaul Caneiro

    Paul Caneiro is charged with four counts of murder in the killing of his brother, Keith Caniero, 50, Jennifer Caneiro, 45, and the couple's two children, according to online court records. Their bodies were discovered Nov. 20 after authorities responded to a fire at their massive Colts Neck estate. 

    Caneiro was also charged with possession of a firearm and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, according to warrants entered into court records shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday. A knife and gun were seized by authorities as part of the investigation, according to the criminal complaint.

    The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office has scheduled a press conference Thursday at 11 a.m. to announce an update in the case. 

    Keith Caneiro was found with a gunshot wound outside his smoldering mansion on Willow Brook Road, authorities have said. 

    Jennifer Caneiro and the couple's two children, Jesse, 11, and Sophia, 8, were found inside the $1.5-million dollar home, according to authorities. 

    A law enforcement source has told NJ Advance Media that at least one of the children's bodies was found with stab wounds. 

    Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni had previously said the family was "targeted," but hadn't offered any information on a possible motive. 

    Hours before authorities responded to the Colts Neck blaze, authorities allege Paul Caneiro set fire to his own Tilton Drive house in the Wayside section of Ocean Township while his wife and two daughters were inside. They were able to escape unharmed. 

    Fatal Colts Neck mansion fire: Timeline of a tragedy

    Neighbors told NJ Advance Media the following morning that Paul Caneiro appeared visibly distressed, with "tears in his eyes," after the fire broke out before dawn at his house. Caneiro was arrested on an aggravated arson charge in the fire at his house and has been in jail since Nov. 21. A hearing in that case had been scheduled for Wednesday, but was delayed until Friday

    His attorney, Robert A. Honecker Jr., said previously after the initial arson charge was filed that his client is innocent and "will be exonerated when the case is finally resolved." 

    Honecker said in a text message Thursday morning that he is reserving comment for after the prosecutor's press conference. 

    CaneiroKeith and Jennifer Caneiro 

    Keith Caneiro purchased the family's home on Willow Brook Road in Colts Neck in 1999, according to Monmouth County property records. He and his wife paid off the $1.8 million mortgage two years ago.

    Paul Caneiro bought his home in the Wayside section of Ocean Township in 1997, property records show. 

    The brothers were originally from Brooklyn and moved down to Monmouth County where they partnered in a tech business based in Asbury Park. A pesticide business was also operated out of the same Cookman Avenue office. Police seized multiple electronic devices including cell phones and computers during the investigation, according to the criminal complaint. 

    Keith was the best man at Paul's wedding in 1991, according to a wedding announcement in the Staten Island Advance.

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    Funeral services for the Caneiro family are planned for Sunday at Holmdel Funeral Home. The Caneiro children who died attended the Conover Road School in Colts Neck.

    Jesse was in fifth grade and also played baseball for the town team, the family obituaries say. Sophia was a cheerleader and Girl Scout in the third grade. 

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    With apologies to the City of Trenton, "New Jersey Makes - The World Takes."

    It's called the Garden State, but more than fruits and vegetables have their seeds planted and nurtured in New Jersey.

    Innovative minds have always been some of the state's most valuable assets. And while we all know about Thomas Edison and his inventions, some people may not be aware of the host of other products and innovations that got their start in New Jersey.

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    This list is incomplete; future galleries will cover even more of the wonderful things "Made in New Jersey."

    Be sure to right-click on the links that tell more of the story about many of these 'Made in New Jersey' entries.

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


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    The Monmouth County prosecutor said Paul Caneiro set his own home ablaze to make it appear that the entire family was targeted. Watch video

    A man killed his brother's entire family and set both his own home and their house ablaze as a ruse to make it appear the whole family was targeted by someone else, the Monmouth County prosecutor said Thursday morning.

    Paul Caneiro mugshotPaul Caneiro. (Police photo)

    At a press conference, formally announcing four counts of first-degree murder against Paul Caneiro, 51, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said the motive for the killings appeared to be "financial in nature." The charges were earlier presented on NJ.com.

    Caneiro, of Ocean Township, now stands accused of fatally shooting Keith Caneiro, 50, and then killing Jennifer Caneiro, 45, and the couple's two children, 8-year-old Sophia and 11-year-old Jesse. He is also charged with weapons offenses.

    "We allege that Jennifer was shot and stabbed, and the two Caneiro children were repeatedly stabbed by knife," Gramiccioni told reporters at his office Thursday.

    Gramiccioni declined to elaborate as to why investigators believe Paul Caneiro carried out the slayings, but said the motive may be related to businesses the brothers operated in Asbury Park.

    A techology business ran by the brothers, Square One, had been struggling financially to stay afloat, according to a law enforcement source. 

    "We recovered a great deal of evidence, and that evidence is being analyzed as we speak here today," the prosecutor said, cautioning he couldn't comment on the quality or strength of that evidence.

    Caneiro is scheduled to have his first court appearance on Friday.

    Authorities first responded to a fire on Willow Brook Road in Colts Neck just after noon on Nov. 20. It's there they discovered a blaze tearing through a massive mansion and Caneiro's body on the front lawn with a gunshot wound. 

    Once the fire was contained, authorities made an even grislier discovery: Caneiro's wife, Jennifer, and their two young children.

    Caneiro familyInvestigators say Keith Caneiro and his wife Jennifer (left) were killed along with their children Jesse (center) and Sophia (right) by Keith's brother Paul, who is also accused of setting fire to the family's Colts Neck home. (Facebook)

    In a bizarre twist, Gramiccioni said later that day that authorities had responded a house fire in Ocean Township. That home, on Tilton Drive, was owned by Paul Caneiro and his wife, Susan.

    The next day, Paul Caneiro was charged with one count of aggravated arson after police said he set fire to his home with gasoline while his wife and two daughters were inside the house. 

    Further investigation, the prosecutor said Thursday, indicated Caneiro set his own home ablaze only after killing his brother and in-laws and starting a fire in the basement of the Colts Neck mansion.

    Gramiccioni said Paul Caneiro apparently set fire to his own residence both as an attempt to destroy evidence he had brought back from Colts Neck, and as "a ruse" to make it appear the whole Caneiro family had been targeted.

    His attorney, Robert Honecker Jr., has maintained his client's innocence and said Paul Caneiro loved his family. Honecker did not return a phone call seeking comment following the press conference. 

    The brothers were originally from Brooklyn and moved down to Monmouth County where they partnered in a tech business based in Asbury Park. A pesticide business was also operated out of the same Cookman Avenue office. 

    Keith was the best man at Paul's wedding in 1991, according to a wedding announcement in the Staten Island Advance.

    Funeral services for the Caneiro family are planned for Sunday at Holmdel Funeral Home. The Caneiro children who died attended the Conover Road School in Colts Neck.

    Jesse, 11, was in fifth grade and also played baseball for the town team, the family obituaries say. Sophia, 8, was a cheerleader and Girl Scout in the third grade. 

    The killings have rocked the wealthy, tight-knit community of Colts Neck, a rural Monmouth County suburb approximately 50 miles south of New York City and close to the Jersey Shore. 

    "I'd be lying if I stood here and told you this was easy," Colts Neck Mayor J.P. Bartolomeo said at a candlelight vigil last week. "We lost four really nice people from our community, who I happened to be friends with, who my boys were friends with."

    Gramiccioni said this is the "most brutal" crime he's seen he's took over the top law enforcement position in Monmouth County in 2012, and if he could, would try seek the death penalty.

    "I only enforce the law, I don't make it," Gramiccioni explained ."But if that was a possible sentence in the state of New Jersey, I would have certified this case as a Capital (Punishment) case."

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    Paul Caneiro is accused of killing the family after a dispute over the businesses the brothers shared. One of Keith Caneiro's friends said Keith was seeking to walk away from the businesses. Watch video

    UPDATE: In court, Paul Caneiro agrees to be held in jail until his trial

    An Ocean Township man charged with killing his younger brother, his sister-and-law and their two children after a dispute that prosecutors described as "financial in nature" is scheduled to face a judge on Friday for the first time since his arrest last week.

    Paul Caneiro mugshotPaul Caneiro. (Police photo)

    Paul Caneiro, 51, is facing four counts of first-degree murder, aggravated arson and weapons offenses in connection with the pre-dawn slaying of Keith Caneiro, 50, Keith's wife, Jennifer, 45, and their two young children, 8-year-old Sophia and 11-year-old Jesse, just days before Thanksgiving.

    Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni told reporters Thursday that he believes the motive stems from the two businesses the brothers ran together in Asbury Park -- Square One, a technology firm, and a pest control business, EcoStar Pest Management.  

    The tech company had been struggling to stay afloat, a law enforcement source told NJ Advance Media. And a former classmate of Keith Caneiro's from Columbia University said Caneiro was actively seeking to walk away from Square One. The classmate, who did not want to be named, said Caneiro had recently sent him his resume and indicated he was willing to relocate to California for a new opportunity.

    Authorities allege Paul Caneiro, armed with a handgun and a knife, shot his brother multiple times outside Keith Caneiro's million-dollar Colts Neck mansion. Paul Caneiro then shot and stabbed Jennifer before stabbing the two children, according to authorities.

    Paul Caneiro lit a fire in the basement of the Willow Brook Road home in the early morning hours before heading back to his Ocean Township house and intentionally setting it ablaze to make it appear as if the entire Caneiro family had been targeted, Gramiccioni said.

    Paul Caneiro was arrested the day after and charged with one count of aggravated arson for lighting his house on fire with his wife and two daughters inside, authorities announced.

    The additional murder charges were filed Thursday morning, and Gramiccioni laid out additional details of the crime at a press conference packed with reporters from national news outlets.

    Later in the day, Paul Caneiro's attorneys, Robert A. Honecker Jr. and Michell J. Ansell, issued a statement that said, in part, Caneiro "had absolutely nothing to do with these horrific crimes."

    "There is absolutely no reason in the world for Paul Caneiro to have committed the crimes he is alleged to have committed," the statement said.

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

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    Paul Caneiro appeared in an Ocean County courtroom Friday for the first time since his arrest. Watch video

    During his first court appearance Friday, an Ocean Township man charged with killing his younger brother and his brother's family at their Colts Neck mansion last week pleaded not guilty and agreed to remain jailed until trial.

    Paul Caneiro, 51, is facing four counts of first-degree murder, aggravated arson and weapons offenses in connection with the Nov. 20 pre-dawn slaying of Keith Caneiro, 50, Keith's wife, Jennifer, 45, and their two young children, 8-year-old Sophia and 11-year-old Jesse at their million-dollar estate. 

    Paul Caneiro's attorneys maintain he's innocent. 

    IMG_5393.jpgPaul Caneiro, 51, appears in Superior Court in Monmouth County Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 after being charged with murder in the killing of his brother and his brother's family. (Patti Sapone | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

    Caneiro waived his right to contest the prosecutor's motion to detain him until his trial. He is being held in Monmouth County jail in Freehold.

    New Jersey did away with a cash bail system in 2017 and now every defendant charged with an indictable offense has to appear before a judge to learn whether he or she will remain behind bars pending trial. 

    Caniero limped into the court in a green jail jumpsuit with his hands cuffed in front of him. His neighbors previously told NJ Advance Media he was in a bad car crash in Asbury Park a couple years ago.

    He sat in the jury box and stared straight ahead as Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Decker presented him with the charges he's facing. Caneiro sat expressionlessly as Decker read aloud the accusations that he killed his brother, his sister-in-law and young niece and nephew. 

    The only talking he did was to answer "yes" to Superior Court Judge James McGann's questions about whether Caneiro understood his rights. 

    The courtroom was standing room only, mostly filled with reporters, but absent were any of Paul Caneiro's remaining family members. 

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    The prosecutor's office contends that Paul Caneiro shot his brother multiple times outside Keith Caneiro's mansion in the early morning hours on Nov. 20. Paul Caneiro then went into the house where he allegedly shot and stabbed Jennifer Caneiro before stabbing their two young children multiple times, according to authorities.

    They say he also lit a fire in the basement of their Willow Brook Road house that slowly spread through the $1.6 million home. 

    Paul Caneiro then went back to his Ocean Township house and set it on fire around 5 a.m., hoping to make it look like the entire Caneiro family had been targeted, Gramiccioni said. His wife and two daughters were home at the time but escaped unharmed.

    Caneirofamily.jpgKeith Caneiro, 50, Keith's wife, Jennifer, 45, and their two young children, 8-year-old Sophia and 11-year-old Jesse were all killed on Nov. 20, and their home set on fire. (Facebook). 

    Paul Caneiro was arrested the day after and charged with one count of aggravated arson for lighting his house on fire, authorities announced.

    The additional murder charges were filed Thursday morning and the grisly details of the killing were described by Gramiccioni at a packed press conference later in the day.

    He told reporters the motive was "financial in nature" and likely stemmed from the two businesses the brothers ran together in Asbury Park -- Square One, a technology firm, and a pest control business, EcoStar Pest Management.  

    A law enforcement source told NJ Advance Media that the tech company was struggling financially, and a former classmate of Keith Caneiro's from Columbia University said Caneiro was seeking new job opportunities and was looking to walk away from Square One. 

    paul-caneiro-court.jpgPaul Caneiro, 51, sits in Superior Court in Monmouth County Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Patti Sapone | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com) 

    An attorney representing Caneiro, Mitchell Ansell, told reporters outside the Monmouth County courthouse that he has not received any evidence from prosecutors indicating his client had financial problems. 

    Ansell's partner, Robert A. Honecker Jr., said Paul Caneiro "will be vindicated" and that he loves his family. 

    "He has indicated that he would never engage in conduct that would cause harm to his brother or his brother's family," Honecker said. "He intends to challenge the evidence that has been gathered by the prosecutor's office in this case. The state has their view of what occurred in Colts Neck. Certainly, we will be presenting a different view and ultimately a decision will be made as to what happened in the early morning hours in Colts Neck."

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    A tiny sampling of the thousands of pets awaiting adoption in New Jersey.

    It's that time of year again, when we spend enormous sums on pets that can't tell us they hate what we got them.

    Here's just a sampling of some of the good, the bad and ... the other gifts available for your pets in 2018.

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    A 'medium dog bowl' from one company costs $32 plus shipping; it must be a water bowl because there's a molded bone sticking up in the middle of it around which the dog would otherwise have to eat. My dog enjoys her water just fine out of a 32-cent Tupperware bowl.

    Another company is selling a 'Riviera Dog Bed' for only $398. The picture shows a dog that can't weigh more than 20 pounds taking up most of it. Meanwhile, a name-brand queen size mattress sells for $239, and your dog would prefer to be on a human mattress anyway, as you well know.

    There's a pillow that has 'Santa, I've Been a Good Cat' stitched into it and selling for $68. No cat I've ever owned slept on a pillow and the last time I checked, they can't read anyway.

    That doesn't mean all pet gifts are ... curious. I also found a beautiful embroidered pet Christmas stocking that comes with the pet's name for $29. And in the spirit of the season, there's a bag of rawhide bones that look exactly like candy canes for $15.99.

    And before you picture a doting senior like me as the purchaser of such things, take note: according to a survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and reported on mercurynews.com, "people in the 17- to 21-year-old age group -- which PwC calls "mature Generation Z" -- will spend an average of $71 on their pets this holiday season."

    "Urban dwellers in large cities will spend about the same," the article goes on to note, "followed by fathers between the ages of 22 and 35, who will spend $70 on their pets."

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    The detective's report includes "an incredible amount of detail" regarding the investigation against Paul Caneiro. Watch video

    A judge agreed to seal a detective's report that contains extensive details about accusations that Paul Caneiro allegedly killed his brother and his brother's entire family at their Colts Neck estate last month.

    The report, known as an affidavit of probable cause, lays out the essential details as to what grounds authorities have to charge a defendant with the crime he or she is accused of. It also contains information about how police received that information, like interviews with witnesses or copies of surveillance footage.

    The affidavit of probable cause is attached to a criminal complaint, which is a court document and therefore available to the public.

    In the case of Paul Caneiro -- who is accused of slaying Keith Caneiro, 50, Keith's wife, Jennifer, 45, and the couple's two young children on Nov. 20 - the 16-paragraph document "provides details of a great amount of evidence, where it was located and how it was secured," according to a court order issued Monday by Assignment Judge Lisa P. Thornton in Monmouth County Superior Court.

    "The defendant has established good cause to seal the affidavit at this juncture," Thornton wrote. "Disclosure of many of the details included in the affidavit would most certainly not be favorable to him. Disclosure of these facts, less than a week after he was charged, would leave him without a mechanism to combat the tide of negative publicity that would most certainly follow." 

    A hearing to seal the documents occurred Saturday. Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Decker, defense attorneys Mitchell Ansell and Robert Honecker Jr. and Thornton attended the court session.

    Thornton's order notes that the defense attorneys argued that releasing the affidavit "could influence public opinion against (Paul Caneiro)" and taint his ability to receive a fair trial.

    Decker argued that the document contains names of witnesses and that releasing the names "could lead to harassment of witnesses or interference with the investigation."

    When NJ Advance Media has received this document in other cases, personal information of witnesses, including names, is typically redacted by the records custodian releasing the document. 

    According to the order, The Wall Street Journal requested and may have received a copy of the record from Colts Neck Municipal Court before it was sealed, and The Asbury Park Press was invited to represent itself at the hearing but did not send an attorney.

    NJ Advance Media was not notified of the hearing.

    Several media outlets, including NJ Advance Media, had sought a copy of the affidavit against Paul Caneiro from superior court but it was never filed in that court and therefore not available to the outlets.

    Caneiro, 51, waved his right to a detention hearing last week, agreeing to stay in the Monmouth County jail pending the outcome of his case.

    Honecker and Ansell have told reporters that Caneiro is innocent of the crimes he's charged with and maintain that their client loved his family and wouldn't hurt them.

    Reporter Matt Gray contributed to this report.

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

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    Time to crank up those committee hearings: In Trumpworld, the health of the planet, the economy, the coastal communities are all secondary to the interests of the oil industry. Watch video

    It was on Black Friday that the Trump Administration published a dire climate report, which warned that the planet's warming will imperil our health, affect every region of the country, and take a massive toll on the national economy if we don't wean ourselves off fossil fuels, and soon.

    So in keeping with his mission to risk anything in order to give oil and gas companies another sloppy kiss, the president used the latest Friday news dump to announce that we're back in the offshore drilling game in New Jersey and throughout the Atlantic coast, with gusto.

    This might ordinarily cause a national outbreak of cognitive dissonance, but it's hard to be surprised by Trump's reckless stewardship of his Twitter feed, much less the environment.

    The only comfort is that he will face formidable opposition from a Democratic majority in the House, notably from an Energy and Commerce Committee chaired by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th Dist.), who will lead a rally on the Asbury Park boardwalk Tuesday morning at 10:30.

    The rally is the latest in a series of reminders that drilling off our shore is a non-negotiable. Our 130-mile coastline is an economic powerhouse: It generates $44 billion a year in tourism revenue, our commercial fishing industry generates another $8 billion, and the shore supports roughly 10 percent of our state's workforce, directly or indirectly. It is also home to $700 billion in coastal properties.

    An oil spill would endanger all of that. Even NASA and the Pentagon agree that it's reckless and short-sighted.

    Regardless, the Trump administration got the drilling process going Friday by authorizing five oil companies to conduct seismic airgun testing that could start in April.

    These deafening seismic surveys will take place between Delaware and Florida, but our state will not be immune to their impacts.

    These tests involve the use of airgun blasts to search the ocean floor for fossil fuel deposits. The noise can reach 260 decibels and travel 2,500 miles. Douglas Nowacek, a Duke University expert on the impact of noise on ocean life, told Congress that it is akin to being at "the epicenter of a grenade blast, and would easily cause the rupture of the human eardrum."

    So even before they get to drill, there could be devastating effects on marine life. The National Resources Defense Council believes that the seismic activity might drive the North American right whale - whose population has fallen to 400 - to extinction. The feds reply that if any harm is deemed "unintentional," the operators won't be penalized. They haven't explained how they'll determine whether species are being "unintentionally" harmed as they try to migrate or breed across a 2,500-mile perimeter, however.

    Stand up to Trump: No oil drilling off N.J.'s coast | Editorial

    It's all a reminder that federal waters along the Atlantic have been closed to oil drilling for nearly four decades for good reason.

    It should also make New Jerseyans wonder why this state is so often a target for Trump's smash-mouth governance. He has shown a sadistic joy in punishing blue states; in our case, he's given us a tax plan that reduced our SALT deduction, he has refused to help fund the Gateway Project, and he tried to slash funding for states that expanded Medicaid in his Obamacare repeal bill.

    That isn't exactly showing gratitude to a state that is crucial to the national economy, one that gives far more than it gets. New Jersey is the fourth least-dependent state for federal funding, according to WalletHub, the consumer website. Trump probably hasn't noticed. Nor has he noticed that 10 of the top 11 moochers are red states.

    Perhaps the president believes Oklahoma and Kansas can carry the national economy. But he needs to be reminded, again, that coastal states rely on clean shorelines for their economic viability. That cannot be compromised, and it must not be sold out for oil interests without a brawl.

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    The food shopping experience hasn't changed a lot over the years.

    We already have drones delivering online purchases in some parts of the country. You have to admit - you probably didn't think you'd live to see the day.

    Yet it's interesting that supermarkets are remarkably similar today to the experience a succession of generations have had over the years.

    Think about it. The manual cash register (and its almost musical sound) has been replaced by bar code scanners ... but the process of your purchases passing along a conveyor as you move through the thin checkout line is hardly different.

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    Items are still arranged in rows of shelves that we push shopping carts up and down. The carts themselves may be made of plastic instead of metal but the design has barely been altered.

    Fruits and vegetables are still open to be chosen individually; meats and fish are neatly arranged in refrigerated displays. It's an experience we had as children that our own children -- and likely their children - have been and will be able to share.

    Here's a gallery of vintage photos of supermarkets in New Jersey. And here are links to more vintage photo galleries of supermarkets and food stores in the Garden State.

    Vintage N.J. photos of supermarkets

    Vintage photos of supermarkets and food stores in N.J.

    Vintage photos of neighborhood food stores in N.J.

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


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    Pets throughout New Jersey await adoption.

    Last week, I wrote about the money pet owners will spend on gifts for their furry friends this holiday season. But, what are the options for people on a budget -- or, for those, like me, who are just plain cheap?

    Livingonthecheap.com has some suggestions for low-cost, and even no-cost, pet gifts.

    Some household items make great cat toys. If you were going to throw out old shower curtain rings, toilet paper cardboard tubes or just plain empty boxes, your kitty can have hours of fun with them instead.

    A simple homemade dog toy can be made by inserting an empty plastic water bottle into an old sock, then tying a knot in the end. Dogs love the crunching sound.

    If it's okay for your dog to have peanut butter, give him or her the old plastic jar before you throw it out; it'll provide lasting fun for your dog and for you watching.

    Those little bell balls that were all the rage on shoelaces can be tied to a doorknob with string to make cat toys all around your house.

    Finally, you can make a durable pull toy for your dog by braiding long strips of old clothes.