Saturday, January 26, 2013
Jade Ransom, formerly of Morris Township, was accused of shooting and killing a 23-year-old Dover man in 2008.
- POLICE & FIRE
Saturday, January 26
A former Morris Township resident accused of gunning down a man in Dover in 2008 and facing a potential life sentence took a plea deal Thursday that could have her out on the street in only a few years, reports NJ.com. Jade Ransom, now 25 and formerly of Morris Township, had been charged with the murder of 23-year-old Jesus Dimas Rodriguez-Marques, of Dover. Her plea for a reduced charge of reckless manslaughter came as jury selection for her trial entered its second week, according to the article. Under the plea agreement, Ransom would serve a 10-year prison sentence and be required to serve 85 percent of that before parole eligibility kicks in, according to the article. Sentencing is scheduled for March 1 in Morris County Superior Court …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Two teens, from Thailand and Germany, currently hosted by local families through the AFS student exchange program.
American food has no taste? Anyone who worships at the altar of apple pie need not get all in a lather. It's simply the honest impression one may get when they are from a country known for its highly-spiced fare, a place that offers only two seasons: hot and wet, hot and dry. And, it was the impression of 17-year-old Penpitcha Pimonekaksorn when she came to Morristown in August, as part of the American Field Service (AFS) exchange program. Penpitcha, known by her nickname "Dream," is one of two students living in the Morristown area until June through the program, which began during the first World War as a volunteer ambulance corps. More than 60 countries participate today in the AFS program, sending students between 15 and 18 years old …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Nicholas Cevasco had previously served with the Rutgers University Police Department.
- POLICE & FIRE
Tuesday, January 22
The Morris Township Police Department welcomed its newest member to the force during last week's Township Committee meeting. The hiring of Nicholas Cevasco brings the total number of officers serving Morris Township to 41. The below information is courtesy Morris Township Police Chief John McGuinness: Nicholas Cevasco is a July 2006 alternate route graduate of the Somerset County Police Academy. Since 2006 Officer Cevasco has worked at the Rutgers University Police Department. Officer Cevasco has many professional certifications that include: Certification as a Drug Recognition Expert, an Alcotest Operator, Crash Investigation and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. For three years Officer Cevasco received the MADD award for leading his …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Only four properties went off the market recently in Morristown and Morris Township.
- REAL ESTATE
Saturday, January 19
It must be January is a slow time for real estate. Once again, few homes sold this week--one in the township and three in Morristown, including one labeled a "fixer-upper." Here are some more details about what was sold: See what sold in Parsippany, Madison, East Hanover and Florham Park.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Project expected to begin in the fall with first plantings in spring 2014.
Not only is Frelinghuysen Middle School going to be a little bigger this fall, it's expected to get a little greener, as well. In collaboration with Grow it Green Morristown, plans have been drawn up to create a 2,000 square foot garden on the sprawling West Hanover Avenue property, which will be used by students as both an outdoor classroom as well as a source of produce. Carolle Huber, one of the co-founders of Grow it Green and a landscape architect by trade donated her design services to the school after her and Shaun Ananko--the farm manager at Grow it Green Morristown's Urban Farm at Lafayette--discussed possible projects with FMS Principal Mark Manning last spring. "2012 was the first year Frelinghuysen students came to the Urban …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Thursday meeting at the Morristown & Morris Township Library one of over 200 planned community meetings around the country.
As the president was moving forward with sweeping gun control proposals on Wednesday, grassroot efforts around the nation were preparing for their own conversations on gun violence. Over 200 "Community Committee Against Gun Violence" meetings are scheduled throughout the country Thursday, including at 10 a.m. at the Morristown & Morris Township Library. Not only are these events on the heels of President Obama's Wednesday announcement, which includes 23 executive actions to take effect immediately, it also is just days following a public event in Cranford, where many New Jersey mayors part of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns advocacy group convened. "The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., was the last straw," reads the MoveOn.org information page …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Connor Lade, 23, currently plays with the New York Red Bulls.
A Morristown High School grad and township native is getting a shot at soccer glory. Connor Lade, currently a defender/midfielder with the New York Red Bulls soccer team is one of 25 players reporting to the U.S. Men's National Team January camp Monday at the National Training Center in Carson, CA. The team will train together until Jan. 27, leading up to their first match of 2013, against Canada on Jan. 29. The match is the only game scheduled prior to the start of the Final Round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which begins for the United States on Feb. 6 against Honduras in San Pedro Sula. Lade, 23, in a New York Red Bulls interview called the call from U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann prior to the holidays, "a…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Pair of cars collided at Columbia Road and Normandy Heights Road shortly after noon, according to police.
No significant injuries, but significant vehicle damage, were reported when two cars collided at the intersection of Columbia Road and Normandy Heights Road early Thursday afternoon. The accident occurred at about 12:15 p.m., said Township Police Lt. Ed Conrads. One vehicle traveling eastbound on Columbia Road was making a left turn in front of another vehicle traveling westbound, he said, noting, "there was significant damage to both vehicles and both were towed from the location." There Conrads noted there were no significant injuries, one driver had complained of pain in his wrist and was checked out by an ambulance at the scene. The turning driver received a summons for failing to yield to the other driver, Conrads said.
While it could not be confirmed in Wednesday night incident, township fire chief cited dryer lint build-up as No. 1 cause of dryer-related fires.
The Morris Township Fire Department responded to a Spring Brook Road heavy smoke incident Wednesday night, where a fire began in the dryer in the basement. Fire crews arrived at approximately 9:30 p.m. with the last leaving shortly before 11 p.m. No one was reported injured. Damage occurred primarily in the basement due to smoke, but additional damage was reported in the first and second floor areas, said Morris Township Fire Chief Scott Lovenberg. "A primary search was conducted and found a fire within the dryer in the basement," he said. "The fire was quickly extinguished by the fire department." While Lovenberg could not confirm whether the fire had started because of dryer lint—everything was burned up, including the clothes in the …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Train kills man, ex-scout leader accused of sex abuse among top headlines.
A man who was fatally struck late Monday morning near the Morris Plains Train Station made no attempt to move out of the way of a westbound passenger train, an NJ Transit spokeswoman said. The man whom an NJ Transit spokeswoman Monday said made no attempt to move out of the way of an oncoming train was later identified as Stanislav Kling-Loy, who won the annual Morristown's Got Talent event with his sister in February 2011. A Morris Plains man and former Parsippany Boy Scout leader accused in January of showing child pornography to a boy was arrested again Thursday on charges he molested two teenage boys in the 1990s, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said. Poor communication, infrastructure and equipment problems after storm among …